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A Pioneer
Will Do It.
Indications That Tide of Battle
In Vicinity of Liaoyang
Has Turned.
Russians Retire to Fortified Posi
tions in the City and Its
Immediate Enviorns.
The clay's dispatches indicate that
the tide of battle around Liaoyang has
turned appreciably in favor of the Jap
anese. "With a tremendous and sus
tained assault on his right and center
and threatened in his rear by a heavy
force which has crossed the Taitse
river Kuropatkin has been forced to
fall back from his first line of battle
to the fortified position he had estab
lished in the town of Liaoyang and its
immediate environs. A St. Petersburg
dispatch says this order was given
after the Russians had withstood an
artillery and infantry attack from
dawn to midnight, but that the Jap-
[In Command of Combined Japanese
Forces at Liaoyang. 1
anese pressure was too great to per
mit its being executed, Kuropatkin
probably fearing that a retrograde
movement at that time might result
in a rout. A dispatch from Tokio,
however, bringing the action up to a
later hour, says that the Russian right
and center is falling back, pursued by
the Japanese.
Russian official advices say that
General Kuroki, who was reported as
moving northward on the Russian
left, has thrown pontoons over the
Taitse river and has crossed with one
division, while others are following.
Kuroki's object obviously is to inter
pose his force between Liaoyang, the
Russian base, and the north, a move
ment which, if successful, would cut
Kuropatkin's rear and command the
railroad leading from Liaoyang to
Mukden. The withdrawal of t-he Rus
sian right and center probably will in
volve a similar movement of the
troops holding the extreme left of the
line and result in a concentration ot
Kuropatkin's army in the position he
has established in Liaoyang. This is
said to be superbly fortified with rille
pits, entrenchments and barbed wire
Tokio, Sept. 2.The Russian right
and center defending Liaoyang south
ward are retreating. The Japanese
are pursuing the Russians.
A telegram from the Japanese head
quarters in the field says the Russians
at Liaoyang number twelve or thir
teen divisions.
As Kuropatkin's line, according to
previous advices, occupied a semi
circle several miles to the southward
of the town of Liaoyang it is evident
that the movement above alluded to
is a retreat into the fortified positions
of the town and its environs and- not
from Liaoyang itself northward.
St. Petersburg, Sept. 2.The war
office is unable to confirm the dispatch
from Tokio to the Associated Press
announcing that the Russian right and
center before Liaoyang had fallen
back upon the city. No reports of the
day's fighting have been received up
to this hour, it is pointed out, how
ever, that it is quite possible General
Kuropatkin may have repeated his or
der to fall back on the main positions,
which was given at 8 o'clock in the
evening and was not carried out be
cause the Japanese resumed the battle.
Reported at Tokio That Liaoyang Has
Tokio, Sept. 2.There is a report
current here that the Japanese have
captured Liaoyang.
It is quite without confirmation.
Japs Northeast of Mukden.
Mukden, Sept. 2.A Japanese force
of 10,000 is reported to be advancing
from the norlheast of Mukden.
Russian Cruiser Still at Saigon.
Paris, Sept. 2.Advices received at
the foreign office here from Saigon,
French Indo-China, say that the Rus
sian cruiser Diana, which arrived
there damaged Aug. 20, following the
naval battle off Port Arthur Aug. 10
is still at Saigon. She has not yet
entered the dock for repairs. Final
orders from the Russian admiralty are
expected to reach the Diana soon.
Japanese Made Desiperate Attacks on
Russian Front.
Liaoyang, Sept. 2.A Russian cor
respondent of the Associated Press
Bends the following from the south
Bast front:
After midday "Wednesday the -Jap
anese concentrated the strength of all
their artillery fire against hill No. 98
and the village of Maetum, endeavor
ing to break into our line. At the
panic time they viciously attacked our
fc-est line to the right of the hill.
Attack followed attack for three
hours. Between 2 and 5 o'clock in the
afternoon we repulsed three headlong
charges against our line. After this
the Japanese, with the strength of all
their batteries, opened fire along the
whole southern front, but this attack,
too, was driven back with what
seemed tremendous loss, although it
tvas impossible to tell clearly what
happened amid the shell fire and fight
ing. The roar of siege guns, mortar
batteries and mixed volley firing went
Dn until darkness set in.
To the north a storm, accompanied
by thunder and lightning, broke, while
along the front thousands of shells
were bursting constantly. It seemed
like a magnificent display of fireworks,
beggaring description.
St. Petersburg, Sept. 2.General
Kuroki's force is crossing tho Taitso
river on pontoons. One division is
already across and others are follow
General Kuropatkin's forces, it wa
announced from St. Petersburg o\\
Wednesday, occupied positions forc
ing a semi-circle about Liaoyang, t"
flanks resting on the Taitse river,
which flows- north of Liaoyang, the
left flank being east and the right
flank west of the city. It will there
fore be seen that the dispatch from
St. Petersburg announcing that Gen
eral Kuroki's force was crossing tno
Taitse river on pontoons would im.i
cate that, the Japanese have either
turned or are turning the Russian left
flank, as Kuroki is understood to have
been on the Russian left flank. A dis
patch to the Associated Press from
Liaoyang Wednesday evening an
nounced that the Japanese were get
ting around the Russian left flank and
that developments were expected in
the west and northwest. This state
ment now appears to be confirmed,
for it is announced from Mukden in a
delayed dispatch that a Japanese force
of 10,000 men is said to be advancing
from the northeast of Mukden. The
western move has not yet developed,
according to the advices to hand, but
the announcement probably refers to
the Japanese force which has been
reported to be moving up the Liao
Description of Second Day's Fighting
at Liaoyang.
St. Petersburg, Sept. 2.General
Sakharoff, in a dispatch to the general
staff on Wednesday's fighting, says:
"A portion of General Kuroki's force
has crossed to the right bank of the
Taitse river at Sakankankwantun. A
division of infantry, with cavalry and
artillery, crossed first and covered the
advance of another detachment. After
fording the river the Japanese ad
vanced toward Liaoyang in two bodies,
one due west and the other by way of
the Yontai mines.
"There was fighting between the two
armies all day long especially between
8 p. m. and midnight, after which the
fire slackened. As on the previous
day the fighting ended with complete
success for us. The Russians main
tained all their positions, General Kon
dratenko's detachment specially dis
tinguishing itself. The Russians
maintained a stubborn defense the
whole day. Our troops all day long
were exposed to a hail of shrapnel,
but defended the positions entrusted
to them with desperate bravery. After
preparing for the assault with artillery
the Japanese repeatedly attacked our
positions. Some of our advanced for
tifications passed into their hands
after a stubborn defense. They were,
however, each time recaptured by us
at the point of the bayonet. The Jap
anese left a number of dead. After
each bayonet engagement our troops
found time to dig pits in the fields of
Chinese corn in front of our positions.
These in some cases were completely
filled with Japanese corpses. The en
emy's losses must have been enor
mous. Ours have not yet even been
approximately computed, but they are
also large. A considerable number of
Japanese arms fell into our hands."
Japs Capture Port Arthur Fort but
Fail to Hold It.
Chefoo, Sept. 2.At 4:40 on Aug.
28 the Japanese attacked fort No. 6,
on the northeast portion of the right
flank. This fort is a new and strong
one. After an hour's fierce firing, dur
ing which the Japanese endured a
cross fire from fort No. 2, the Japanese
succeeded in entering the fort. When
the Russians were safely away from
fort No. 6 the Japanese flag waved
over it, but several forts concentrated
their fire on it and the Japanese were
compelled to retire.
Speedy Pacer Lowers the Mark for a
Half-Mile Track.
Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 2.In an exhibi
tion mile on the state fair grounds
track Wednesday Dan Patch lowered
the record for a half-mile track and
clipped three-quarters of a second off
his own best time for a half-mile
track made at Des Moines last week.
He covered the mile Wednesday in
2:05% on a track still a trifle lumpy
from the recent rains. He was ac
companied by a runner but no wind
shield. Fifteen thousand people saw
the performance.
Order Tying Up the Independent
Packers Limited to Chi
cago and St. Louis.
Strike of Handlers Causes Com
plete Cessation of Work
in Stock Yards.
Chicago, Sept. 2.The strike order
of President Donnelly with regard to
independent packing plants is to apply
only to those plants in Chicago and
St. Louis.
"It was President Donnelly's idea,"
said a national officer of the striking
butchers' organization, "to tie up the
independent packers and bring on a
meat shortage in order to awaken pub
lic interest in the strike. This was
opposed because it was felt such ac
tion would hurt us most by throwing
our men out of employment in large
numbers. Confining the order to Chi
cago and St. Louis is not an effort to
produce a meat famine, but is simply
a case of co-operation with the strik
ing live stock handlers. Comparatively
few independent houses will be af
"Stock handlers," said President
Donnelly, "are on strike only in Chi
cago and St. Louis. In Chicago only
the independents within the stock
yards enclosure will be of necessity
affected. Union men employed in in
dependent packinghouses will not be
permitted to dress cattle handled on
the hoof by nonunion men. The fate
of the outside independent packers de
pends on their ability to secure stock
without recourse to the Stock Yards
Not a bullock, hog or sheep has been
driven out of the stock yards since the
order to the handlers went into force.
A committee of live stock owners and
commission men has waited upon
Donnelly and requested permission to
load cattle now in the yards for ship
ment to the east. The request was
referred to the allied trades council.
After several hours' consideration
the conference board of the allied
trades council refused to call off the
strike at the plants of the independent
Wholesalers have already begun to
raise the price of meats and it is
stated that .before another week is
over Chicago will be without meat.
Testifies in Suit Involving Famous
Northern Pacific Corner.
New York, Sept. 2.James J. Hili,
president of the Northern Securities,
company, testified during the day that
on May 9, 1^01, the day of the panic in
Northern Pacific stock, he remained in
his office and was busy considering
the buying of new locofhotives and
other railroad affairs. When ques
tioned as to the apportionment of
Northern Pacific stock prior to the
panic Air. Hill said his personal hold
ings in Northern Pacific amounted to
$7,000,000 and an additional $14,000,-
000 was held by friends of his. Mr.
Morgan's share, he said, was $20,000,-
000. These holdings were of common
stock. Mr. Hill was called to tell what
he knew of the famous Northern Pa
cific corner in which John J. O'Leary
of Chicago, who was short, claims that
his brokers closed down on him at a
much higher figure than should have
been done, and in the suit, in which
Mr. Hill, J. Pierpont Morgan and oth
ers have been called as witnesses,
O'Leary seeks to recover $53,000 de
posited with his brokers as margins.
It was announced that Mr. Morgan
will not testify in person, but repre
sentatives of his firm will be present.
Wisconsin Democratic Convention Is
Making Slow Progress.
Oshkosti, Wis. Sept. 2.The entire
morning session of the Democratic
state convention was spent in a fruit
less discussion of the proposed plat
form. No action had been taken when
the convention recessed until after
The convention reassembled at 9
o'clock. Former Attorney General
James L. O'Connor of Milwaukee was
made permanent chairman. A bitter
fight was precipitated by the reports
of the resolutions committee, consist
ing of a majority and two minority
.reports. The majority report, which
is advocated by the faction headed by
Vilas and Rose, contains a plank de
nouncing the present system of pri
mary elections, which is to be voted
upon and made operative by the peo-.
pie at the election next November.
The fight was waged on this plank.
The intimation that the majority
report was dictated by the "stalwart"
leaders of the Republican party was
bitterly resented by the men who
signed it.
At. 12:30 p. m. adjournment was
taken to 1:30 without action on the
resolutions reports.
Officer of Federation of Labor Visits
Judge Parker.
Esopus, N. Y., Sept. 2.John H.
Bogart, one of the state organizers of
the American Federation of Labor,
was a visitor at Rosemount during the
day. He declined to discuss his visit
and Judge Parker would say nothing
about it, but it was understood that
he came at Judge Parker's invitation
andjihat his visit had to do with the
reported attacks of the labor organi
zations upon Senator McCarron as
chairman of the state executive com
mittee. It was stated here during the
afternoon that an effort would be made
to get the labor people to modify the
methods of
theiro attacrk
McCarron so as1
on Senator
defe the battle to
some occasion other than a national
Mob Attacks Street Car Bound for the
Stock Yards.
East St. Louis, 111., ept. 2.Several
persons were seriousjy injured in a
riot that was precipitated by the ar
rival at the Vandalia. crossing of the
first street car bound for the stock
yards with nonunion men on board.
James Johnson, one of the passen
gers, was struck on the head with a
stone and his skull fractured. "Doc"
Murphy, a negro, was badly beaten
by the mob, his left ear being almost
torn off. Another n^gro was knocked
senseless and several
were badly beaten
befor they go
Several of the nonunion men were
pursued and a pistol battle ensued. A
fusillade of shots was fired, but none
was struck.
Hundreds of Druggists Accused of Vio
lating an Injunction.
Chicago, Sept. 2.--Twenty-flve hun
dred retail druggists in the United
States have been declared guilty of
contempt of court by Judge Dunne
of the circuit court and the Nation
al Association of ..Retail Druggists,
of which they are members, was fined
$2,000, while Thomas V": Wooten, sec
retary of the organization, was fined
St. Petersburg, Sept. 2.The second
flay's battle at Liaoyang was of the
most desperate character. It raged
continuously from dawn until mid
I aight and the* slaughter must have
been immense. At 8 in the evening,
after holding his outer positions all
flay in the face of the most desperate
charges, General Kuropatkin gave the
order to retire upon the main works
about the city. The Japanese assaults
during the day had been directed
principally against the Russian center,
a little east of Maietung hill, near the
railroad and three miles southwest of
Liaoyang. Nothing approaching the
severity of the infantry and artillery
fire here had been heretofore experi
enced in this war. General Kondratz
viteh's division bore the brunt and
suffered the most. Bayonet charges
succeeded each other in rapid succes
sion, while the artillery duel never
ceased for a moment. No attempt was
made in the official advices to esti
mate the number of guns the Japanese
used, except that they had many hun
dreds. Each gun carries 150 charges
and these must have been expended
many times, as several hundred thou
sand shells were fired between sun
rise and sunset.
General Kuiopatkin's order to fall
back on the fortifications was probably
due to the receipt of information that
the Japanese had succeeded in cross
ing the Taitse river, northeast of Liao
yang, although Generals Renneu
kampff's and Mandaritaff's divisions
had been especially placed in position
in this direction to checkmate such a
move. The Japanese crossed at a
point called Sakankankwantun, twenty
miles east and somewhat above Liao
yang, and marched in force directly
westward with the evident object of
cutting tlie, Russian line .& cojnmjmb
cation" with Mukden. Their" exact
strength was not established, but a
division was made out.
Japanese Resume the Attack.
As soon as the Japanese found that
the Russians were retiring from their
outer positions southward they re
sumed the attack there, although it
was then quite dark. Thus pressed
the Russians arrested their move
ment to the rear and again faced the
Japanese. With the view of eventual
retirement from their outer positions
the Russians had dug a large number
of pits, with stakes concealed in their
bottoms. The pits were artfully con
cealed among the high Chinese corn.
When the Japanese charged after the
Russians, they fell into__ihe Pits
The best Tea Dust I can get, usual price per pound 25
cts,, now 15 cts. or 2 pounds for 25 cts.
A 40 cent Tea, per pound 30 cts. or 3 1-2 lbs. for $1.
Pearl Tapioca, per lb 5 cts., usual price 3 lbs for 25 cts.
Fine German Sago, per lb 5 cts., usual price 3 lbs for
25 cts.
Pop Corn, very dry, bought over a year ago so every
kernel ought to pop, only 5 cts. per lb.
Fancy large Lemons, per doz. 20 cts.
Seeded Raisins 10 cts. per lb, usually sold for 1 cts.
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sFine Shoes
Douglas Shoes for Men
$3.00, $3.50, $4.00, $4.50, $5.00
Pingree Shoes for Ladies
$2.50, $3.00, $4.00, $5.00
Little Giant Shoes for Children
$1.50 to $2.50
Story Books and Blotters free to school children.
O'Leary (8)L Bowser,
Bemidji, Minnesota..
hundreds and* were engulfed" and" im
paled on the stakes and their lines
were thrown into confusion. When
the Russians faced about and returned
to their old positions they found these
death traps filled with dead and dying.
The rattle of musketry and boom of
cannon continued until midnight when,
at last, silence brooded over the
bloody battlefield and the tired sol
diers lay down where they had fought,
while the worn out surgeons and
angels of mercy ministered to the
wounded ail night and the Chinese
coolies worked at carrying them into
General Sakharoff, in reporting the
battle, says the Japanese suffered
enormous losses, much larger than
those-of the Russian5* who aJso_ lost
SINCE COMING TO BEMIDJI I have been confronted with the same problem every merchant has to
meetnamely, whether to do a cash business or to extend credit. Everyone knows when credit is given a
merchant is obliged to mark his prices a little higher in order to cover losses he meets through bad debts and
slow paying customers. I have always thought it an injustice to those who pay promptly to be obliged to pay for
those who do not and consequently have finally determined to put my prices down on a strictly cash basis.
Note the Following:
Continued In Our Next.
Kirks Soap Co.'s Laundry Soaps, none better made, 9
bars Satinet for 25 cts or $2.65 per box, 7 bars Dome or
White Russian for 25 cts. or 15 bars for 50 cts., per
box $3.25, 8 bars Cabinet for 25 cts. or $3 per box.
Toilet SoapsBengal Castile 3 for 10 cts, per doz. 40
cts. Butter Milk 3 for 10' cts., per doz. 40 cts. Oat Meal
Soap 3 for 10, per doz. 40 cts. Daily Queen 3 for 10 cts.,
per doz. 40 cts. Golf 3 for 10 cts., per doz. 40 cts. All
above are usually sold at 5 cts. straight. Violet DeParm
3 for 20 cts., per doz. 75 cts. Jockey Club 3 for 20 cts.,
pertloz. 75 cts. Shandon Dell 3 for 20 cts, per doz. 75
cts. Heliothorpe 3 for 20 cts., per doz. 75 cts. Above
are especially low prices, some brands less than whole-
sale. Juvenile per cake 15 cts. This is usually sold for
25 cents per cake.
The Pioneer Prints
than any other news
paper between Duluth
and Crookston. St Paul
and the North Pole.
The largest stock of Shoes in 5
Northern Minnesota to select jg
from. The makers make the
prices the same in Bemidji as 5
in New York.
heavily. No statement is^macfe in Re
gard to the losses.
General Stakelberg, who is among
the wounded, still retains command of
his army corps, although he is no
longer in chief jypmmand of the south
ern army, w^Pch has since been con
solidated under General Zaroubaieff.
General Marozovsky, who was also
wounded, commanded the artillery
brigade. He distinguished himself
during the suppression of the boxer
trouble in China. His wound is se
vere. There has been no interruption
of telegraphic communication with
Liaoyang up to this hour, which the
general staff considers to be conclusive
evidence that if the Japanese flanking
movement was pressed north of Liao
yang it was unsuccessful.

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