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VOLUME 1 NUMBER 28 UTILE DAMAGE DONE JAPANESE SQUADRON RENEWS BOMBARDMENT OF PORT AR- THUR FORTIFICATIONS. REPULSE ATTACK BY TORPEDO BOATS SHORE BATTERIES AND GUARD- SHIPS COMPEL SMALL JAP -11 CRAFT TO RETIRE. MAKAROFF'S FLEET LEAVES HARBOR RUSSIAN COMMANDER PREPARES FOR NAVAL ENGAGEMENT BUT NONE -OCCURS. St. Petersburg, March 24.Japanese torpedo boats appeared off Port Arthur at midnight of the night of March 21-22 and the shore batteries and guardships shelled them for twenty minutes. The Japanese retreated, but reap peared four hours later, when they met with the same reception, when they retired again. At 6 a. m. a Japanese squadron of two divisions, consisting of four and eleven ships and accompanied by eight torpedo boats, appeared and the Rus sian squadron sailed out from the outer roadstead to meet them. At 9 a. m. the Japanese battleships having fired several sjiots at-Lioa tishin and sheltered behind the prom ontory, commenced a bombardment of Port Arthur. The dispatches to the emperor from Viceroy Alexieff and private informa tion show that the Russians sustained little damage, having only five soldiers killed and ten wounded. Jap Battleship Struck. Vice Admiral Makaroff claims that one of the Japanese battleships was struck by a shell. It is believed here that the reappear ance of the Japanese fleet merely was for the purpose of letting the Russians know that the Japanese remain in the vicinity and thus causing the Rus sians to stay at Port Arthur, and also to cover Japanese landing operations. When the first official dispatches were received the belief gained ground that Vice Admiral Makaroff had put to sea and that a naval fight had taken place. While this would be in keep ing with his character as an intrepid officer, which is further indicated by his use of a cruiser as his flagship, it was not in accordance with the plans of the Russian authorities. Later advices established the fact that the admiral had simply goiii with the undamaged portico cf. Vi frrot to the outer roads, wheisj i-J codci uiore effectively support the Kittenes and at the same time take advantage of any jweakness which might develop in the enemy's attack. THROWING UP EARTHWORKS. Russians Will Resist Jap Landing Near Port Arthur. St. Petersburg, March 24.The cor respondent of the Novi Krai of Port Arthur, who is proceeding to the Yalu river, writes that he saw crowds of Chinese coolies' throwing up earth works on the frowning, impregnable heights at Kinchow, north of Port Dalny. This shows that the Russians are determined to resist the Japanese attempt to land on the neck of the Liaotung peninsula. The correspondent adds that the Chinese officials, who had invariably made official calls on the occasions of the Russian and Chinese New Years, failed to do so this year, be lieving that the-Japanese are going to drive out the Russians. MASSING AT PINGYANG. United States Minister Allen Cables Jap Movements. Washington, March 24.The only direct information touching the prog ress of the war in the Far East that has reached the state department in the last three days came during the day in the following cablegram from United States Minister Allen, dated Seoul: "Japanese forces stopped a specie -^caravan- en- routeJo^he_mjnes_qn_this side of Anju. Miners on this side a fr not allowed to proceed to the mines. Newspaper correspondents have been sent to Seoul from the north. The censorship is very strict. Japanese forces are massing at Pingyang after a fortnight of marching." ONLY TWENTY THOUSAND MEN. Russian Force in Manchuria Not So Large as Reported Washington, March 24.Officers' of the general army staff showed much interest in a dispatch from Harbin Which said that noLmore than 20,000 Russian troops have been landed there since war began It was admitted _that this report -agTeea wnh cohTi3enfiar"lnforination. which has been received at the war de partment from the Far East. From the same source comes the belief that ac tive land operations will not be begun by Japan foF'five or six weeks. It is said that the roads in Northern Korea and in Manchuria are impassable and are likely to remain in that condition until early in May. WITH INCREASED VIGOR. Dispatch of Russian Troops to the Far East. St. Petersburg, March 24.The dis patch of- troops -to the Far East is proceeding with increased vigor. A rifle battalion left St, Petersburg dur ing the day and three others will fol low this week, the largest draft going from the Moscow district. TO CUT OFF PORT ART IR 8T PETERSBURG OFFICIALS BE- LIEVE JAPS ARE READY TO LAND AN ARMY the ships and waste ammunition with out compensating advantages. On the other hand the Russians had better luck, a shell from the battleship Ret vizan. which was firing over, the hill, landing on one of the Japanese bat tleships. Of course it is admitted that these shots.are trying to the garrison. Vice Admiral Makaroff, the naval commander at Port Arthur, is being commended for his self restraint in not risking his ships in an engage ment with the enemy. The feeling here is that the Japane'se* tactics are preliminary to a landing on the peninsula in an attempt to cm off Port Arthur, simultaneously with a general bombardment and com mencement of a siege. For this the Russians declare they are fully pre pared. During the last ten days a general shutting down upon newspa per telegrams from the Far East has Keen noticeable. This is owing to in creased precautions to prevent the en emy from obtaining news of the move ments of Russian troops. The Russians are being massed in force along their first line from Feng huangcheng northward for thirty miles, while their second line extends from Mukden to Haicheng. CHARGED WITH TREASON. Committee to Investigate Tokio Ed itor and Legislator. Toklo, March 24 The house of re resentatives has appointed a commit 1 tee of eighteen, members to invaftJ- S aie ure cuctige mai xeisune AKiyama, a member of parliament, is in the em ploy of the Russian government. Aki yama is the publisher of the Niro kushitbun, a Tokio paper, which has been bitterly assailing the govern ment, particularly upojti its financial policy. It has also charged the gov ernment with having forced capitalists to subscribe to the war bonds recently issued and has predicted that a sec ond loan will prove a failure. A local prosecution, which was instituted, re sulted In a decision ordering the per manent suppression of the publication and the imprisonment of the paper's signatory for four months. The case was subsequentlyappealed and both Akiyama and his friends vigorously, deny the charge that he is a spy. The hearing before the committee and the later discussion of the question in the house promises to be exceedingly bit ter. JAPS BUILD FORTS. Have a Strong Line of Them Across Korean Peninsula Mukden, March 24.Officers of the Russian patrol report unanimously that Jh^J^panese_ are__estab_lishing strong fortifications on a large scale across the Korean peninsula between Anju and Port Lazareff, with advanced positions at Genchon and Hamebeung, to secure their line of retreat should their campaign in Manchuria prove un successful. Directed by Japanese engineers $, 000 Korean coolie3 are working on these fortifications, which, are ap proaching completion. It is reported that the Japanese will not begin their general advance until the fortifications arc-finished. Russian officers describe these. fortifications" as impregnable -so long as the Japanese command the sea. AFFORDS A STRONG POSITION. Russian View of Jap Occupation of Anju, Korea. St. Petersburg, March 24 Accord ing to the government's reports the Japanese cavalry seen north of Anju, Korea, this week cannot keep in touch with the Russians. The military organ says the occupa tion of Anju, lying at the juncture of the best roads leading to Wiju, Seoul, Gensan and Kirin, affords a strong po sitlonTas"a~scrgerrtcrthe -movement of troops from Pingyang. But much of this natural advantage has been lost by the lack on the part of the Japan ese of mounted skirmishers REPORT PROBABLY UNTRUE. Rumor in Japan of Sinking of Russian Battleship. Tokio, March 24.A special dispatch from Moji (opposite Shiminoseki, Japan) says the Japanese fleet made another attack on Port Arthur March 18, bombarded the city and its de fenses and fought a furious engage ment with the Russian fleet outside thajharbgr, destroying one Russian "battleship. Seven Japanese casualties are reported. There is no information concerning the Japanese fleet's condi tion. The navy department has not been advised of this engagement but evi dently expects news. YONGAMPHO AN OPEN PORT. Imperial Decree Issued Regarding Ko rean Town. Seoul, March 24.An imperial edict has been issued opening Yongampho to foreign trade. Outposts Clash Near Anju. Seoul, March 24.A brush between /the opposing forces has occurred at the outposts north of Anju. One Jap anese was killed. TREATY WILL EXPIRE QH|N A GIVE S F0 DENOUNCING THE EXISTING EXCLUSION TREATY. CONVENTION ENDS ON DEC. 27 NEXT St. Petersburg, March 24.Further details of Tuesday's attack on.Por t: Arthur are expected during the day,. but nothing in the way of private or newspaper dispatches supplementing] the official accounts has been received up to the present time. According to information here there now exists a complete embargo upon newspaper dis patches direct from Port Arthur. The military\ authorities seem to manifest no displeasure at the Japanese tactics .._, Tuesday. On, the contrary they do- Washington. March 24-The state clare that such bombardments only department-^ received formal notice wear out the guns and machinery of STATE DEPARTMENT HAS MADE STRONG EFFORTS TO KEEP AGREEMENT ALIVE. from the Chinese government de nouncing the Chinese exclusion treaty, so this convention will expire Dec. 27 next unless replaced by another treaty by that date. Tinder its .terms six months before the expiration of-s-pe- riod of ten years from Dec. 27, 1894, if either power be dissatisfied with the treaty, it is required to denounce it. This is the action which China has taken in spito of the strongest efforts to the contrary on the part of the state department. Had the notice not been served the treaty would have contin ued in force for another term of ten years from Dec. 27, 1904. The depart ment pointed out to the Peking au thorities, through Mr. Conger, that it was very probable that so far from bettering the conditions relating to the admission of. Chinese into the United States the new treaty would probably have the opposite effect. Should the new treaty fail of approval in the senate the Chinese would thus be exposed, in the absence of the shel tering treaty, to the full rigor of the Geary and Heinz law and the exclu sion would be much more complete than at present. However, the treaty having been denounced, there is noth ing for the state department to do now but to proceed with the formula tion of a new treaty, which already has been initiated in a way, although with little hope of senatorial" approval Buster Brown Suits for little boys 2 1-2 to 5 years, white collar 1 and silk ties price $5.00. Men's Fancy Vests. A fine assortment of Men's Fancy Vests at this store, from the plain while duck at $1 to the silk vesting at $3.50 each. The Bemidji Daily Pioneer BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA. THURSDAY. MARCH 24, 1904. ASK FOR BEIRFOBCEMENTSJ RMAL NOTICE TWELVE BATTALIONS OF TURK- ISH TROOPS SURROt'ND TEN THOUSAND ALBANIANS. Salonica. Macedonia, March 24 Twelve battalions of Turkish troops commanded by Shaklr Pasha have sur rounded 10.000 Albanians at Babatepe. Shaklr Pasha has asked for reinforce ments. Ten additional battalions will be sent to him. Pending their arrival Shaklr Pasha is negotiating with the Albanians. MILITIA TO RESTORE ORDER. State of Insurrection Declared in Las Animas County, Colo. Denver, March 24.About 400 mem bers of the national guard of Colorado reached Trinidad during the day and were distributed among the various camps in Las Animas county, which Governor Pcabody has declared to be in a state of insurrection. The governor has instructed Major Zeph T. Hill, commander of the force, to use such means as he may deem proper, acting in conjunction with or. independent of the civil authorities, to restore peace and good order. The coal miners in the Trinidad dis trict have been on a strike for several months, claiming that they suffer abuses in the weighing of coal, the company store and other matters. La bor leaders express the opinion that the purpose of sending a military force to l.as Animas county is to inaugurate a series of deportations such as have been carried out at Telluride. Young Colored Woman Murdered. Cincinnati, March 24.The body of an-unknown young colored woman was found during the day near West wood with every .indication of'a most atro cious outrage and murder. The strug gle was on a highway and the girl Ev idently fought desperately. Her skull was crushed with a club, one eye was torn out of the socket, most of her hair Milled out and her body badly intiti- AAA4LAAAA AAAAAAAiA A +.M. 0vMtfttt have sterling sil- ver buckles, some heavy gold plate: your choice of the lot 79c a pair. ww & BEMIDJI. MINN13SOTA. Umbrellas. It begins to look as though one might soon need an urn- brella we have the Kwes-Huh- bartl lino the .price is from 50 cents to $5.00. Ladies' Oxford Tiess We are pleased to announce that this season we are able to sell -the=$3,50 grade of. ladies' Oxfords at $.'! a pair. The goods arrived this week and are now in stock. GcriuineGoodycar well, extension soles, patent kid and Corona colt at $3.00 a Pair. UMDHPTAnTEBetQ 11.50 Silk Sus- Oft (1OTHM, t*Aw e, s: some ON ENORMOUS SCALE TRADING IN UNION AND SOUTH' ERN PACIFIC MONOPOLIZES NEW YORK MARKET. DEMAND FOR NORTHERN SECURITIES FEARS, ENTERTAINED UNION PA- CIFIC BUYING INDICATES FIGHT FOR CONTROL. Now York, March, 2 1 An excited and feverish stock market resulted from the announcement of the terms of distribution of the Northern Secu rities holdings, of Great Northern pre ferred and Northern Pacific stock Trading in Union Pacific and South ern Pacific was on an enormous scale and almost monopolized the market for a time, but when these stocks be gan to run off under heavy realizing the .demand shitted to some of the Eastern trunk lines and the Western groups. Some tears were entertained that the excited buying of Union Pa cific represented a contest fur con trol, as that company la Insured large unci inihiential holdings both of North ern Pacific and of Great Northern un der the terms of the distribution with out any compensatory holdings in Un ion Pacific on the part of these com panies. There was much mystery attached to the whole movement and the sus picion that, it might bo due? to specu lative manipulation kept the lone le vorish and uncertain. In the curb mar ket there was eager demnnd'Tor North* eru Securities stock, which carried it up to ll.0 beI ore a reaction set in. Trading in the stock was carried on simultaneously in three or four groups. amongst the (tub brokers. The open ing prices for Union Pacific were not held. On the first reaction it touched 82?^ and. alter a feverish rally, ran A A A MSBM.pnrizaec We offer by far the largest assortment of Hoys' Clothing in town, and selling clothing in connection with so. many other lines make it possible to make a very low price. Hoys' ionjr pants suit-at $3.50, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and $12. Boys' Two-piece Knee Pant Suits from $2.00 to $10.00. Boys' eslee Suits, from to i) years, at from $2.00 to $6.00 a Suit. ww *r W W w^w Chicago, March -I. strike of QQ0 employes in oho stock yards is tr\.atened today. The tremble arose on u\o uttonijit of one of the packing houaeVtO Interfere with the pork pack- 9.' off-again more man oerore Stock Sold at Auction. Twenty shares of Northern Pacific stock were sold at auction at the real estate salesrooms during the nay. The price paid was 146^4 per share, A number of Wall street houses were represented among the bidders. On tin: curb there had been bids and offers, 1 lit* having been bid, while the stock was offered at 1-T At the auc tion the tirst bid was 1"20 and the stock went up by half points to 125, then by points to 1.40, then rose by half points again till it was knocked down at 14fl Various stocks wore taken in hand during the day and raised to a higher level, but profit taking in Union Pa cific was persistently taken up. The market showed signs of weariness dur ing the afternoon and advances were largely reduced. Northern Securities on the (tub dropped .back to about t'S. Sales weie reported on the curb of shares of Northern Pacific, when re leased from the Northern Securities holding, at .i::o, and .100 shares in the ^-*-^^-*--*--'1 Baby Roys' Patent Leather Oxfords, best quality of patent kid, Goodyear welt, extension sole price Men's Driving Shoes. AMAZON RIVER SHOE This store is headquarters lor rvfon't Shoes price from McGee Bros.' Adjustable Yolk Petticoats made from fine mercerized sateeu price from $1.50 to $3.50. ^T^^'y^yT^'TyT ivinjr TEN CENTS PER WEEK. THREATENED Fight on the Unions Threatens To Throw 35,00 Men Out of Work. ers' union- Notice was this mornirg serxed on the tirm that, unless it abau ilaticd its efforts to disrupt the union, a closed shop would be called for anil every union man in the. yaids called out ARNOLD DEAD London, Mareh 2-1.Sir Edwin Ar nold, poet author and lecturer, died this morning. Kt Sir Kdwiu was bori in regumr way at i~v Late In the day Northern Pacific, when released. l down from 130 to l^t'. on the transfer of about 600 shares. POSTOFFICE INVESTIGATION. Democratic Senators Will Insist on an Inquiry. Washington. March 24.-Aggressive tactics have boon decided upon by the Democratic: members of the senate to air their demands for an Investigation by cougress of the postotfico depart ment.. Notice to that effect was served upon the senate (onimittee on postof-. Iiccs and postroads during the day by the Democratic members when the committee again put off the requests of Senators C.orman and Clay that ono oi the resolutions now pending In tho committee looking to a congressional Investigation be re'pbfteit'td the senate. The plan of the Democratic senators is now to offer a now resolution calling attention to the former resolutions and to the fact that they have been per mitted to Bleep in committee. This would bring the entire question before tho Bonate. They assert xjiat the ef fect would be to bring out a full de bate, which, It is estimated, will last a week at. least. ASPHYXIATED BY GAS. In Three Persons Lose Their Lives New York Tenement. Now'- York, March 24.Three per sons were killed by Illuminating gas In a live-story tenement in teast Elev enth street and many occupants of neighboring Hats were more or less overcome. The dead are Otto dross- uinu, thirty-live yoars old, a^ hostler^ Jennie (IroBsman, thirty-two years old. his wiro Hosie Longfelder, thirty-two years old, a seamstress, boarding with tho (Jrossmans. Two gas jets were found turned on full head. According to neighbors Grossman eeveral times threatened to turn on the gag and end his life and that or his I o. HORSE RACING AND GAMBLING. President Roosevelt Soundly Lectures Indian Callers. Washington, March 24.President Roosevelt soundly lectured a party of his callers during the day. They were Ogallala Sioux Indians, who, it is said, arc more addicted to horse racing and gambling than they are to the pursuits of agriculture. The president endeav ored to Impress upon his visitors ideas Of Industry and thrift. While the lec ture was being Interpreted the Indians listened In solemn silence. As they emerged from tho executive offices 1'ielT favee beamed, with..jsxntl.es. The -callers were .presented to the president by Representative Burke of Smith Dakota AGITATION AGAINST DIVORCE. Pretestant Episcopal Ministers and Laymen Discuss Problem.-. New York, March 24.Agitation against divorce and the marriage of divorced persons has resulted in a meeting here of eminent Protestant Episcopal ministers and laymen, who will attempt to solve the problem of uniform legislation on the subject by the states of the Union. A meeting of the executive committee of the con- -fcw^acu,pCjddiid_._oxejL_by__.Bishop DoSne of Albany, drafted a rough out lino of tho proposed law which later will be presented to the full meeting for discussion. The conference is a direst result of action taken by the Prc-teatanf Episcopal church in its last general conference at San Francisco. WOUNDS OFFICER AND SUICIDES. Detroit (Mich.) Man Resents Service of a Writ. Detroit. March 24.George W. Borfj man-,amusicdealer ar~33F""GTand River avenue, shot- and seriously wounded Constable Schmelzer and then killed himself. Schmelzer, accompanied by Consta ble Jarvis, entered Borgman's store for the purpose of serving a writ of eject ment when Borgman flew into a rage and, after a few words, whipped out a revolver and fired at the officers, wounding Schmelzer. He then shot himself through the head and died in a few minutes. Schmelzer, it is thought, will recover. _, ^Parik. Mft" **--Tha-halUrf-siead. ily grows that the Combes ministry may. not.be_ableAa.weaJtheiLtha-recent minor reverses and it is even said in high quarters that a culmination of the crisis Is likely to come next Fri day, with the retirement of Marine Minister Pellatan and probably all the members of the present ministry.