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VOLUME 2. NUMBER 204.
C. W. Hastings, President The stock of the Bemidji Mercantile Company is now on sale at the Old Bank Building Staple and Fancy Groceries, Crockery, Glassware, Candies, Cigars, and Tobaccos. OLEARY & BOWSER ^h The Bemi the Fixtures must be sold at once regardless of cost. AAA d^T- A piece of Cut Glass, a Fine Fur, or an article selected from our Ladies' or Gentlemen's Clothing Department would be about the right thing if you wish to show that you appreciate your Xmas present. ygfc A A A J^ WE WISH ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR P. P. Sheldon, Vice-Pres. Bemidji, Minnesota. -'General A. P. White, Cashier. G. N. Millard Ass't Cash. First National Bank, tS Business. kil al 4s*! & 4s .*$* 4 $- 4* 4* 4P 4S Denver, Dec. 28.The cowboys cf Hugo served to President Roosevelt a cowboy breakfast, in May, 1903, when the chief executive was on his West ern tour. In return the president has sent an invitation to take breakfast with him in the White House to some of those who participated. Judge C. M. Miles of Hugo and John Keppell, the cowboy cook, who looked after the proposition of the breakfast which the president so much relished, will go to Washington, starting on Jan. 20, and will enjoy Mr. Roosevelt's hospitality as representatives of the cowboys of Colorado. 4 4s 4 4s Jja Savings Department in Connection.8 Fire Insurance. 4 *$ 4 4 f Hugh A. Jamieson, one of the most prominent business men of Pennsyl vania, is dead at Warren, Pa. Rev. Father T. F. Lillis of Kansas City has been consecrated bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Leaven worth, Kan. By the burning of the house of Mr. La Freniere near Calendar, Ont., his four children perished before assist ance could reach them. A proposal is now before the em peror of China to send the students of the navy college to the British- ad- miral at Shanghai for a course of in struction. V. ,t- 'k&rZ* t*j^. St. Paul, Dec. 28.The United States yesterday began suit against the so-called paper trust by filling in the United States district court a peti tion to enjoin and restrain the Gener al Paper company and 25 other con stituent members of the combination for the restraint of trade and com merce. The petition, which was filed by Attorney General Moody, District Attorney Haupe and Frank B. Kellog and James M. Beck, special assistant URGE AREA COVERED STORM OF WIND, RAIN AND SNOW PREVAILS OVER ALMOST EN- TIRE COUNTRY, BLIZZARD GENERAL IN THE WEST RAILROAD TRAFFIC IS IMPEDED AND WIRE COMMUNICATION INTERRUPTED. Washington, Dec. 28.Reports to the weather bureau say the storm that reached the Oregon coast Satur day morning moved southeastward to the Texas coast, thence northeastward Into the Middle Mississippi valley. In the last twenty-four hours it has in creased greatly in intensity and forms the most severe wind and rain storm of the season throughout the Middle and Ivower Mississippi valley, Tennes see and the East^Gulf states. Heavy, downpours of rain, accompanied' by thunder atorms and high shifting winds, have occurred in the Lower Mississippi valley, Tennessee and the Lower Ohjo valley, and rain, sleet and snow in the Upper and Middle por tions of the Mississippi valley and the west portion of the lake region. Rain, snow or sleet has fallen at practically every station west of the Mississippi, while a cold wave prevails between the Mississippi and the Rocky moun tains. The Mississippi valley disturb ance will move northeastward during the next thirty-six hours. IN THE NORTHWEST. Traffic Blocked by Worst Blizzard of the Season. St. Paul, Dec. 28.A snow storm, accompanied by a high wind, prevails throughout the entire Northwest. On the prairies the storm is particularly severe and railroad traffic is greatly interfered with, some coast trains, al ready overdue here, being twenty-four hours late. Trains from the East are also hard hit and local street car serv ice is seriously impeded. Wire com munication is interrupted in all direc tions. Des Moines, Dec. 28.A blizzard, blowing across the state with unusual fierceness, piling snowdrifts high, breaking down telegraph and tele phone wires and delaying railway traffic, prevailed in Iowa during the day. In Des Moines street car service was suspended early in the day. The storm grew in severity as the day progressed. Superior, Wis., Dec. 28.A violent now storm, which for a time assumed the proportions of a blizzard, prevailed .here during most of the night. About four inches of snow fell, but it is drift ing considerably, the wind having reached a velocity of forty miles an tour. Milwaukee, Dec. 28.A severe sleet storm north of Fond du Lac has cut off wire communication of all kinds to Oshkosh and north of there. The telegraph companies report a number of poles blown down and the wires in a bad tangle. Madison, Wis., Dec. 28.A heavy sleet and snow storm is prevailing here and accumuulated ice is breaking down trees and telephone wires. The local telephone company places iia probable loss at $10,000. La Crosse, Wis., Dec. 28.A foot of snow, accompanied by a fierce wind, has delayed traffic on the railroads.- SEVERE IN SOUTHWEST. Western Blizzard Strikes St. Louis and Vicinity. St. Louis, Dec. 28.The blizzard that hus been raging in the West struck St. Louis and vicinity during the day and there was a fall of 2u degrees in the temperature in less than two hours. By night it is expect ed that the zero mark will be reached. Topeka, Kan., Dec. 28.The storm which began in Kansas Monday night has assumed the proportions of a bliz zard and the temperature fell to zero, with a strong wind blowing. Street railway traffic here was practically suspended and all eastbound trains were late. Telegraph wires are down and communication .with the south western and northwestern portions of the state is almost completely shut off. BK -^JI, MINNESOTA.. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBEK 28, 1904. BEGINS BIG BATTLE WITH PAPER TRUST United States Begins Suit Involving Three Minnesota Paper Companies. I ..r.&KMjgj attorney general, late yesterday after noon makes the General Paper com-' pany defendant and $5 other paper companies, including the Itasca Paper company of Grand Rapids, Minn. Hennepin Paper company, of Little Falls, Minn. and the Northwest Pap er company of Cloquet, Minn., party defendants. It asks that the defen dants be enjoined and restrained from doing business through the General Paper company's sales agent in viola tion of the Sherman anti-trust law. CZAR'S REFORM UKASE IMPERIAL MANIFESTO JUST IS- SUED CONTAINS SOME VERY LIBERAL PROMISES. MANY SUBJECTS COVERED IN EDICT QUESTION OF A CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL ONE LEFT UNTOUCHED. St. Petersburg, Dec. ~28.Emperor Nicholas' long cherished reform ukase has been issued. The document, makes decidedly liberal promises under a number of heads. The ukase promises a full and equit able enforcement of existing laws as sures the zemstvos of the fullest pos sible measure of self-government and the enforcement of the laws now ex isting in their ^behalf ^promulgates a scheme of workmen's Insurance ex tends the liberty of the press and promises a full legal trial of all per sons accused. It deals with practically all the sub jects brought to the emperor's atten tion by the memorial of the congress of the zemstvos presidents held here last month. While not specifically pledging the government to carry out the various reforms in their entirety as demanded by the memorial the manifesto promises that each shall be referred to the council of ministers with orders to report promptly on the fullest measures of relief which can be accorded on the various subjects. The question not touched by the ukase is that of the constitutional as sembly. Neither is the Jewish religion spe cifically mentioned, though freedom for all creeds or sects, whether Chris tian or otherwise, is among the sub jects which will be dealt with. In brief the subjects which will be re ferred to committees of the council of ministers for early report are: FirstA just and equitable enforce ment of existing laws, with a view of securing the harmonious administra tion of all the courts. Promises Made in Manifesto. SecondZemstvo organization with a view to giving the widest latitude and autonomy to the various zemstvos, calling additional zemstvo representa tives where required and creating smaller zemstvo units capable of deal^ ing directly with the local needs of the peasants. ThirdEquality of all citizens be fore the law, this touching the much mooted question of peasant equality before the courts. FourthArranging a scheme of workmen's insurance for the benefit and participation of factory workers throughout the empire. FifthTo secure citizens against jarbitrary arreft and to accord im munity from harsh-action of the police except in the cases of persons known to be conspiring to commit overt acts against the stability of the state. 'SixthThe religious freedom of all subjects of the empire without respect of creed or manner of worship. ':^:'A% SeventhFor rescinding all unnec essary repressive laws, leaving in force only those designed for the par ticipation of peasants and for the bene fit generally of subjects of the empire. EighthTo accord the fullest possi ble measure of liberty to the press^ and the removal as far as possible of Vari ous restrictive laws. FIRST IN MANY MONTHS. South Greatly Benefitted by Heavy Rainfall. Louisville, Dec. 28.The South has iiceived during the last thirty-six hours the-first soaking rain in many months. In the territory from the Ohio river fo the Gulf and from Texas over into Georgia the. springlike weather of the past few days has been broken by heavy rains, which were preceded by lightning and followed by high winds. In several places a cold wave has sent the mercury scurrying to the bulb, a fall of 9 degrees in one hour being recorded at Nashville. In Kentucky the rain was general, the local weather bureau recording a precipitation of 2 inches. A fall in temperature of 40 degrees is forecast ed. Mountain streams are filling up and crops will be greatly benefitted. A boating stage in the Ohio seems as sured and many places suffering from a shortage of coal will soon have their wants supplied. CHICAGO'S BIS SUBWAY COMPANY CONTROLLED BY LARG- EST RAILROAD AND FINAN- CIAL INTERESTS. WELL MOWN MEN IN UNDERGROUND TRANSFER OF ^MERCHANDISE FROM STORES TO FREIGHTHOUSES. Chicago, Dec. 28.The Chicago Sub way company, owned and controlled by the largest railroad and financial interests of the country, made an nouncement during the day that among the prominent men in the di rectory of the Illinois Tunnel com pany, the operating' company, will be the following: A. J. Earling, president Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railway E. P. Ripley, president Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railway George H. Har ris, president Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railway S. M. Felton, presi dent Chicago and Alton railway J. Kruttschnitt, director of maintenance and ways Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railways B. L. Winchell, presi dent Rock Island railway A. C. Bird, vice president Gould lines F. D. Un derwood, president of the Erie rail way Benjamin Thomas, president oi the Chicago and Western Indiana P. A. Valentine, vice president Armour & Co. Albert G. Wheeler,-president Illinois Tunnel company. Announcement of the representation of other railroad interests in the tun nel company's board will be made in a few days. Among the additional di rectors will be representatives of the Vanderbilt lines, Pennsylvania railway and the Chicago and Northwestern railway. The Chicago Subway company owns the stock of the Illinois Tunnel com pany, the Illinois Telephone Construc tion company and the Chicago Ware house and Terminal company. The tunnel company will operate the tun nels constructed in Chicago for the transfer of all freight, merchandise, mail, newspapers and packages be tween business houses and the rail road stations. The Illinois Telephone Construction company not only does the construction work of the tunnel company but will also enter into con tracts for the handling of excavations, and.deliver building material for new buildings through the tunnels and will also do fh Chicago similar work to. what the,Realty- company does in New York. The Chicago Warehouse ana Terminal, company will handle all the warehouse and terminal business in connection with the tunnel business. FREIGHT RATE QUESTION. President and Attorney General Dis cuss the Subject. Washington, Dec. 28. President Roosevelt embraced the opportunity during the day to take up with the members of the cabinet many ques tions of detail in departmental admin istration, the semi-weekly meeting of the cabinet being longer than usual. At the conclusion of the meeting the members of the cabinet said in re sponse to inquiries that little business of serious importance was considered. After other members of the cabinet had left the executive offices Attor ney General Moody discussed with the president some phases of the railroad freight rate question. Both the presi dent and the attorney general recent ly have devoted much time to that problem. The latter is giving particu lar attention to the legal side of the question so that he may be prepared to advise with the president on the subject and with such members of congress as may wish to consult him. It is understood not to be the inten tion of the president and the attorney general to prepare and press the con sideration in congress of an "admin istrative measure" dealing with the railroad freight problem. Such a bill, it is thought (to quote a member of the" cabinet), "would be destined to defeat."' Both the president and the attorney general, it is said, are pro ceeding on the assumption that the committees of congress are amply able to prepare their own measures, al though the president in conversation with senators, and representatives has presented clearly his own ideas. The attorney general, too, has discussed the subject with members of-congress. NOT PART OF UNITED STATES. Laws of This Country Not Applicable to Canal Zone. Washington, Dec. 28.In an opinion rendered by Frank L. Campbell, as sistant attorney general for the inte rior department, it is held that the laws of the United States are not ap plicable to the Panama canal zone. The canal zone is described in the opinion as not being an organized territory of the United States and the assistant attorney general holds that there is no provision in the treaty with Panama or the laws or regula tions making the laws of the United States generally applicable. The question at issue was whether or not the patent or trade mark law extended to the canal zone. This, it is held, is.not the case, the opinion taking in the whole subject of the ap plication of the laws of the United States generally to the canal zone. MOSCOW UNIVERSITY CLOSED. Action Taken as Result of Recent *T4j- Student: Disturbances. London, Dec. 28.A dispatch from St. Petersburg to a news agency says the Russian authorities have closed Moscow university until Feb. 1, owing to recent student disturbances. According to the same source of in formation during the riots at Razon two railway bridges were blown up, and at' Chenstohovo an attempt was made to dynamite the .statue of Alexander II., but only the steps were i injured. DIRECTORATEStripped 4& New York, Dec. 28.A woman twen ty-one years old, known as Cecil Hall, killed herself instantly by jumping from the third story window of a house near Broadway, in West Forty sixth street. Her act created a commotion in the neighborhood, where it was declared that the girl was screaming for help when she was seen to fling herself in a nude condition headforemost from the\ window. Coroner Scholer took charge of the matter and immediately gave it as his opinion that the girl was not a suicide but had been detained, against her will and was attempting to escape. Later he modified his statement somewhat, pending further investigation. The woman's clothing was found scattered about the room from which she leaped. PASSENGERS SHAKEN UP. Train Filled With Mystic Shrinets in Collision. Baltimore, Dec. 28.A collision oc curred in the yards of the Pennsyl vania road at the Union station be tween the Northern Central hani^ burg express train, en route irom Washington, and an empty express train of the Philadelphia, Baitimo and Washington railway. On the Har risburg express were a large number of Mystic Shrinerg of that city and other passengers,.-including Admiiai Schley. George Ungleb, engineer of tha Har risburg express, was hurt internally. Several other railway employes were less seriously injured.. None of the passengers was injured, but all were badly shaken up. CHAT WITH GIRL KILLS FOUR. Man Converses With Another's-Sweet heart and Fight Follows.^ Huntington, W. Va., Dec. 28.As a result of a quarrel over a man talk ing with another man's sweethea without asking the Jatter's. permission four men are dead following a general shooting affray and two ale seriously injured at. Grangers, Logan county. ,The-- deady are:- -John- and-- Marvfer Hart, aged,twenty-three, and. twenty six, respectively Martin Johnson and Luther Bascom. William Riley and Henry Tuberville are injured, the lat ter probably fatally. BLAST INJURES FjVE. Dynamite in Ground Struck by Steam Shovel. Chicago, Dec. 28.An unexpected explosion of a stick of blasting dyna mite fatally injured five men, injured a score of others and partly wrecked a large steam shovel on the drainage canal near Lockport, 111. Those fatally hurt are: W. H. Hill, engineer: Eli Domich, laborer Mich ael Melorich, laborer Albert Oestry, laborer, and an unidentified Italian laborer. A steam shovel struck the blast in the ground. PAY AMERICAN CREDITORS. Monterey and Mexican Road Must Settle $2,000,000 Claims. Monterey, Mex., Dec. 28.Colonel J. A. Robertson of this city has been ad vised that his case, which for years has been pending in the courts of the City of Mexico against the receivers Bf the Monterey and Mexican Gulf lailway, has been decided in his favor by the federal supreme court. The Belgian company will have to pay the claims of American creditors. About $2,000,000 is .involved. jSi Fatal Explosion in Steel Plant. Pittsburg, Dec. 28.John Guy, fore man of bricklayers, was burned to death and five others seriously injured in an explosion ..in furnace of the Edgar Thomson plant of the Carnegie Steel company at Braddock. Of the injured, who were all foreigners, Mich ael Pasnlck will die. PROMOTER-ENDS HIS LIFE. Made Desperate by Failure of a Fuel Corporation. New York, Dec. 28.Made desperate by the failure of the American Fuel corporation, of which he was the sec retary, George S. Evans, a broker and promoter, ended his life in a hotel In Jersey City by shooting himself in the head. When he committed the act his wife was* sitting before a window inj the residence of her father in Bloom field, N. J., waiting for her husband, and when a messenger brought the an nouncement of the tragedy she col lapsed and is, now in a serious condi- Uo11- Y\..- *Jk*y\ ^PERSECUTING BULGARIANS. Turks Resume Excesses and Serious Trouble May Occur. wfSofia, Dec. 28.Reports from Adria nople indicate a recrudescence of perse cution excesses by the Turks against the Bulgarians. -The Bulgarian gov ernment has notified the foreign rep resentatives of the excesses and re quested that they communicate with their respective governments, calling attention to the possible consequences and notifying them that Bulgaria de clines to accept the responsibility. fe~- Oil Operator Electrocuted.^ Lima, O., Dec. 28.J. W. Griffin, one of the wealthiest oil operators in the city and vice president of the Lima Trust company, was electrocuted in his bathroom here. He received a heavy voltage of electricity, the con tact being made by an iron register and an electric light chand0"o TEN CENTS PER WEEK A YOUNG WOMAN LEAPS TO DEATH of A1^Iothing, She Jumps From an Upper' Window to the Pavement Beneath. ABSURD TO HIDE DEFECTS. CONTAIN LITTLE OF VALUE. Receiver Locates Mrs. Chadwick's Trunk and Satchel. Cleveland, Dec. 28.Contrary to ex pectations the inquiry in connection with the, Chadwick receivership case was not resumed during the day. Re ceiver Loeser stated that nothing, more would be dpne in the matter for several days.......... ..._ "We have definitely located the* trunk and satchel- -that were from the Holland House in New York,'1-taken said Mr. Loeser, "and they will be brought here within a day or two. Aside from wearing apparel there is, I understand, little of value in either the trunk or the satchel." Continuing Mr.- Loeser said: "I had intended to examine Henry Wuerst, the Elyria (O.) jeweler, who holds about $20,000 worth of Mrs. Chadwick's jewels as security for a.-, loan. Wuerst has made a full state-1 ment of just what he holds, however, and has expressed his willingness to surrender them whenever the loan is made good. The jewels will be ap praised later, but my impression is that they are worth no more than the sum advanced by Wuerst to Mrs. Chadwick." MUCH LIQUOR CONFISCATED. Naval Academy Midshipmen Planned'.'. on Celebrating Holidays. Annapolis, Md., Doc. 28.The naval academy authorities discoveied tuat preparation? for the drinking of a' large amount of intoxicants during the holidays had been made by some of the midshipmen, the liquor to be ob tained through same of the academy attendants. Watchmen weie placed^* at the gates to i'.-^e.t persons com'ng" in and were successiul in finding a: considerable quantity of liquor, which was confiscated. A quantity of it was smuggled in, however, an.l several' banquets were interrupted in differert quarteis. As a result the prison shipy^ Santee is full of often Jing milshi^aien I' and three have been lecommended for _' dismissal by Commandant Larger. .J3 f- WELL KNOWN MEN INVOLVED. S Officials Seeking Corrcbo-alion of the-'- jfj-^ Dodge Confession. J^p New York,- Ecc. 8.District Aftor ney Jerome and his assistants are working hard to obtain corro'ooi ative evidence in connection with the con fession of Charles F. Dodge, who wasNs: brought here from Texas on a charge^ of perjury which grew out of the ^-i Morse-Dodge divorce entanglement. This confession, according to cur-^?| rent report, involves a conspiracy on jsj? the part of men well known here to" defeat the ends of justice but the dls trict attorney is understood to take the position that corroboration of the statement is a necessity' before any.s** court or jury because Dodge admits^ that he committed perjury in the case. STOCKHOLDERS CALLED, ON. Subject to Double Liability in Oberlin Bank Failure. Cleveland, Dec. 28.Acting upon in structions issued by the controller of the currency Receiver Robert Lyon of the closed Citizens' National bank of Oberlin has notified the stockholders of the latter concern that they must stand double liability on their stock. It is estimated that about $60,000 will be secured by the receiver in this man ner. Some of the stockholders, it is understood, have already paid their double liability. Murderer Given Life Sentence., Port Huron, Mich., Dec. 28.George Bearss,' who murdered Mrs.. Abel Brown at her home on a farm near Berville" last Friday, has pleaded guilty to the charge and was sen tenced by Judge Law to life imprison'' ment in Marquette prison. s&ft. --^i* ?w&& 3t. Petersburg Paper Criticises Condi* tion of Navy. St. Petersburg, Dec. 28.In an out spoken article in reply to a recent let ter of Admiral Biereleff, which ap pealed to the Russians not to openly --,","j criticise the condition of the navy, _, the Russ declares the time is past for *j*jjj silence in view of the fact that the "old system of concealing facts is re sponsible for the loss of 150,000,000 ^-r^ roubles' worth of warships and has Covered us with shame and grief. It wouid be absurd to hide the defects that can still be repaired in the ships which remain at Cronstadt and Libau, We have already criminally wasted enough time." The Russ enumerated the defects in the ships still in Russian waters, averring that the "peculiarities of structure of several Of the vessels destined for the Far East make the voyage dangerous and the torpedo boats are in such a shocking condition that it is a matter of surprise that the authorities accepted their delivery. Torpedo boats intended to reinforce Vice Admiral Rojestvensky must clearly not be dispatched with the nu-^ merous defects which have been proved to exist in them." In conclu sion-the Russ says: "Even if iBQmiral Rojestvensky is a clever leader and his 12,000 comrades -#~**5V are heroic sailors every one "knows that we have imposed on them an al most superhuman task in consequence of our not being furnished with a true account of the gravity of the events which have occurred since the fatal night of Feb. 8." ?t "3 3k 4 \w /-_ 4 \'ia 35 a :\'-fi Mi