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VOLUME 3. NUMBEB 231 Willemstad, Island of Curacao, Jan. 22.The Venezuelan government is .actively engaged in garrisoning the ports of the republic and furnishing the troops with supplies. According to the advices received here the general public in Venezuela received the news of the rupture of diplomatic relations between Venezu ela and France with the utmost in difference, but diplomatic circles at Caracas are indignant at the action of the Venezuelan government in not al lowing M. Taigny, the retiring French" charge, to return to the shore after he had gone on board the French line steamer Martinique at La Guayra Jan. 14 in order to obtain his correspond ence. The Venezuelan government is con sidering a project for laying a cable between La Guayra and Porto Rico. AWAITING AMERICAN ADVICE. Reason for Apparent Hesitation on Part of France. Paris, Jan. 22.The apparent hesi tation in France's decision relative to Venezuela appears to be prompted by the desire not to begin active meas ures without first taking the advice of the authorities at Washington. For this purpose Ambassador Jusserand has been fully instructed regarding his government's point of view, which he is laying before the American gov ernment. The officials here agree that France's action is somewhat ham pered owing to Venezuela's peculiar situation, the foreign claims upon the customs being regarded as placing a bloejkadp .?Vnost out of the ',j Weli It is feared that if France stopped commerce with the exterior President Castro would immediately seize this :as a pretext for refusing to comply with Venezuela's obligations towards .other nations. It is admitted that. preparations are going on for reinforc ing the French squadron, but the ob ject of this step is still undefined. This much is regarded as certain France's next move will depend on ihe result of M. Jusserand's confer ences at Washington. ADOPTS PLAN OF ACTION. Russian Political Party Will Work for Universal Suffrage. St. Petersburg, Jan. 22.The role of the Constitutional Democratic party in the national assembly, according to a resolution adopted at the convention just closed here, will be to obstruct all ordinary legislation. However, in uase the attempt at the first session to convert the assembly into a full fledged constituent body is unsuccess ful, the members of the Constitutional Democratic party will endeavor to secure the passage of an election law providing for general, direct and equal suffrage and statutes guaranteeing liberty of speech, assembly press and religion and measures for the pacifica tion of the country. A resolution pro viding for the participation of the Con stitutional Democratic party in the elections to the national assembly was passed with only two dissenting votes, thus nullifying the chances of a split which the extremists hoped to effect on this question. At the suggestion Df M. Boditcheff the convention de clined to favor any specific measures regarding the solution of the agrarian question. DENIES CROSSING OCEAN. Mrs. Taggart Said to Be in Highland Park, III. Wooster, O., Jan. 22.Friends here claim to have received a letter from Mrs. Grace Taggart, dated Highland Park, 111., written on Wednesday, showing the noted divorcee is not in Europe. She referred in her letter to the report that she had sailed for Eu rope, saying she was very much sur prised to learn she was on the way across the briny deep. Released Prisoners in Distress. Victoria, B. C, Jan. 22.Russian re leased prisoners of war, who recently arrived by the Japanese liner Kana gawa to seek homes, having refused to go to Vladivostok when released by I he Japanese government, are report ed to be in distress and starving at Vancouver and other points in British Columbia. CASTRO NOW IS VERY BUSY MAN Anticipates Rupture With France and Ports of Venezuela are Now Be ing Garrisoned. jtot3*** ^u% ,o/e POPULACE SHOWS LITlIS MERES OHIO BANKER SLAIN. Mysterious Murder Occurs in Village of West Farmington. Warren, O., Jan. 22.The people of West Farmington, a village near here, are greatly excited as a result of the mysterious murder of R. K. Lewis, a wealthy banker and farmer. An un known man came to the home of Lewis in a carriage. Lewis and this man, it is said, were in conference for an hour. At the end of that time a hired man in another part of the house smelled smoke and rushed into the room. He found Lewis lying dead with his head crushed, while his hands and feet were tightly bound. The body was covered with burning straw, which had been saturated in coal oil. The unknown stranger was missing. It is believed that the murder fol lowed a quarrel over business matters, as a number of account books of the dead man were found lying on the table in the room where the crime was committed. Lewis, who was a widower and sev enty years of age, lived alone in the house with a hired man. Detectives have been summoned from Cleveland. ARMENIANS HOLD PASSES. Troops Unable to Succor Beleaguered Mohammedans. Elizabethpol, Transcaucasia, Jan. 22.A courier arrived here during the day from Agdam with dispatches de scribing the repeated attempts made by the authorities to get a convoy of provisions to the starving and be leaguered Mohammedans of Shusha, Transcaucasia The convoy set out three times with a strong escort of troops, Mohammedan volunteers and auxiliaries, but was intercepted by the Armenians holding the mountain passes. The whole district around Agdam is harried by Armenians and others who are perpetrating horrible atrocities, not giving any quarter to the wounded or to women or children. The Mohammedans are greatly en raged at the attack made on the cele brated shrine of Karapirim. After a savage conflict the Armenian attack sis broke and fled, leaving fifty dead or wounded. LIBERALS GAIN MORE SEATS. Slaughter of British Unionists Con tinues Unabated. London, Jan. 22.The electoral slaughter of the Unionists proceeds unabated. Out of forty-one returns during the morning the Liberals take twenty-one seats, of which twelve were captured from the Unionists, includ ing Woodstock, where the Marlbor ough influence did not suffice to stem the ami-Conservative flood. Among the Unionists who lost their seats is Bir Wiliiam Hart Dyke, Conservative, former member for the Dartford divi sion of Kent, who was president of the louncil from 1887 to 1892. The totals to date are: liberals, 149 Unionists, 111 Irish Nationalists, ?8 Laborites, 37. Extension of Minnesota Road. Duluth, Jan. 22.The Duluth, Rainy Lake and Winnipeg railroad has placed an order for eight locomotives, which, with its recent order for 8,000 tons of steel rails, are to be used in i the immediate extension of its line from its present terminus at Ashawa to Rainy Lake. Decision Closes Saloons. I Atlantic, la., Jan. 22.The ten sa-' loons in this city were closed when uews was received that the supreme court had dissolved an injunction against the state executive council to prevent the publication of revised cen sus figures, showing that Atlantic had I less than 5,000 population. Cities less I than that size have no power to li rense saloons. I Warm Weather at Chicago. Chicago, Jan. 21.Saturday was, with one exception, the warmest win ter day experienced in this city since the establishment of the weather bu reau, the temperature reaching 62. In 1876 a January day attained a tem perature of 65, which is the record for winter. DEMANDS OF MINERS V-' EMPLOYES OF CENTRAL COMPET- ITIVE DISTRICT AGREE ON WAGE SCALE. AFFECTS LARGE SECTION OF COUNTRY TWELVE AND ONE-HALF PER CENT INCREASE IN PAY IS REQUESTED. Indianapolis, Jan. 22.The sub committee of the scale committee of the United Mine Workers' convention, which has been considering the wage scale demands to be made by the miners of the Central competitive dis trict, composed of Indiana, Ohio, Illi nois and Western Pennsylvania, and also to be made by the miners of Iowa, Michigan and that part of the Virginias that ships to the West, and Northwest, has agreed to report to the general committee meeting the follow ing demands: FirstAdmission of the Southwest ern states to the Central competitive field. SecondA 12y2 per cent increase in wages. Third1Prohibition of employment of boys less^ than sixteen years of age. RATE CAUCUS HELD. Republicans in House Slightly Modify Hepburn Bill. Washington, Jan. 22.The Repub lican members of the house committee on interstate and foreign commerce held a caucus at the capitol at which the Hepburn rate bill was discussed. The caucus reached an agreement regarding the phraseology to be used in defining the rate which may be fixed by the commission. This will provide for a "just, reasonable and fairly remunerative rate* which shall be the maximum that may be charged" by the carrier. Chicago, Jan, 22.A severe rain, sleet and snow storm which com menced before midnight, caused one of the worst tie ups which this city has known in many years. Few telegraph wires are working out of the city in any direction and there is no communication whatever with the east. Almost the entire street car system is paralyzed and all cars are ouo of commission. Traffic is at a stand still and all telephone lines are crippled. CHARGES OF INDIFFERENCE. CHICAGO TIED UP BY FIERCE STORM Severe Rain, Sleet and Snow Storm Put all Telegraph Wires Out of Com mission Last Night. IMPOSSIBLE O MOV E STREET CARS Made Against American Officials in Porto Rico. Washington, Jan. 22.Some broad charges as to the indifference of Am erican officials in Porto Rico to the wishes of Porto Ricans were made by Mayor Robert O. Todd of San Juan in a hearing before the house committee n insular altairs on the proposed bill to reorganize the insular government. Mayor Todd charged that the six Am erican members of the executive coun cil, who are also the heads of the de partments of the insular government, flo not consult the five native members of the body and do not even invite them to meetings of the council. This body is both executive and legislative in its functions and stands in the re lation of a senate to the house of dele gates of Porto Rico. Under the pres ent government organization the eleven members of this body are ap pointed by the president of the United States and it is required that only five of them shall be Porto Ricans. Consequently the natives insist their representation is wholly inadequate and they desire they be granted a senate to be elected wholly by the' people instead Q the. council. ELING OF DISTRUST INQ OPENLY AT MOROCCAN CONFERENCE. LACK OF CONFIDENCE IS APPARENT ENVOYS OF LESS INTERESTED POWERS NOT HOPEFUL OF AGREEMENT. Algeciras, Spain, Jan. 22.Behind the screen of amiability that envelops the relations of the envoys of the powers to the Moroccan conference a rising feeling of distrust is observable, due seemingly to the unwillingness of both France and Germany to define their positions beyond reaffirming now somewhat wearisomely their adher ence to the open door, the sovereignty of the sultan and the integrity of his territory. The French delegates in all their conversational reconnais sances with their opponents have been unable to learn precisely what is the position of Germany, nor apparently have the German representatives been able to ascertain the joint intentions of France and Great Britain. Extreme caution and lack of confidence have begun to destroy the favorable at mosphere for negotiations which was created by the courtesies and assur ances of the first day. There is a feel ing among the ambassadors of the less interested powers that trouble is in sight. The Moroccan delegates have become conscious of this and take sat isfaction therefrom. Moors Greatly Interested. Tangier, Morocco, Jan. 22.The American charge d'affaires, Hoffman Philips, says the Moorish population here is in a state of great expectancy over the result of the international conference at Algeciras. He believes that the majority of the Moors would prefer the status quo or the open door. Preparing for Bombardment. Malaga, Spain, Jan. 22 The report is current at Melilla, the Spanish set tlement on the north coast of Morocco, that the Moroccan gunboat Sid Bt Turki is preparing to bombard the Maripica factory, where the Belgian flag is floatinc:. BEMIDJ1, MINNESOTA, MCpAY, JANUARY 22, 1906 K^^4^- /MC^^ V. TEN CENTS PER WEEK \.,-'f FRANCE AND GERMANY NOT ACT- PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT. Monster Petition to Save Historic Frigate Constitution. Washington, Jan. 22.A monster petition signed by 30,000 citizens of Massachusetts was presented to the president during the day, opposing the recommendation of Secretary Bona parte that the old frigate Constitution be either broken up or made an ob ject for target practice. The petition itself is 170 feet long. Et was unfolded before a group includ ing, besides the president, Admiral Dewey, Senator Frye of Maine, Sen ator Spooner of Wisconsin, Represen tative McCall of Massachusetts and some invited guests. The president suggested that the old frigate be rigged and equipped as she appeared in her fighting days and sent to An napolis. Another suggestion was that the vessel be sent to Washington. In no unmistakable way the president indi cated that the vessel ought to be pre served. Senator Spooner remarked: "I think we should not only pre serve-the Constitution but should also construct a modern battleship, if pos sible the finest in the world, to bear the name Constitution II." This suggestion was approved cor dially by the president, who indicated that it might not be many years be forea new Constitution, as invincible as the old, would plow the seas. Admiral Dewey cordially endorsed the project to save and restore the historic vessel. OFFICIAL WILL BE REMOVED. Friends Unable to Save Consul Gen eral at Rio Janeiro. Washington, Jan. 22.Eugene Zeger of Chicago, who is United States con sul general at Rio de Janeiro, is to be removed from office for the good of the public service. Secretary Root has made this announcement to the friends of Mr. Zeger, who have appealed to the president to retain him in office. Mr. Zegers proposed removal is due directly to his trpuble with Am bassador David E. Thompson of Ne braska, against whom he transmitted charges. This is not given as a rea son, however. It is said at the state department that the German friends of Mr. Zeger in Chicago have made urgent repre sentations to the president in his be half. The president recognizes that Mr. Zeger performed excellent serv ice for the Republican party among German-Americans during the last campaign. It was also said further that Senator Cullom has displayed much interest in Mr. Zeger's case and urgently recommended his reten tion, but the president found himself unable to comply with his wishes. if- o Mil CHICAGO HAS NOW AWAKENED The Few Men Arrested For Committing Crime are Receiving the Maximum Punishment Allowed. YOUN AND OL ARE BEING PUNISHED The Young Mother has to supply Strength and Nourishment for herself and baby. She can meet this in- creased demand by taking ^HEUSER-BUScjy Chicago, Jan. 22.The law laid air iron hand during the day on offenders of the class who have terrorized Chi cago recently by their armed hold-ups and attacks on women. In one cage an octogenarian in spite of the plea of his attorneys that his life race v/as nearly run, was sentenced to ninety nine years in the penitentiary. In an other court three youths under nine teen years of age were sentenced to prison for life after having been con victed of an armed robbery. No mercy because of his great age was shown Nicholas Holland, when lie. was found guilty of attacking a little girl. Although eighty-six years of age he was given a sentence that, if he could live that long, would free him from prison at the age of 185. Peter Brady, Joseph Hase and Law rence Roscoe were the youths sen tenced to the penitentiary lor life. Th life sentence was inflicted under that portion of the statute which provider such imprisonment when revolvers are carried in such attacks. The three boys were convicted of eight robberie.s in one night. The largest amount of money secured by them as booty wa one dollar. INCORPORATED IN MONTANA. Four Companies Apparently Controlled by Milwaukee Road. Helena, Mont., Jan. 22.Four cor porations, the directors representing the Chicago Milwaukee and 'St.- Pafij#': Railway company, have filed articles o: incorporation here. The companies are the Enterprise Land and Improve ment company, Western Townsitc? company, Republic Coal company ancf the Rig Horn Timber company. Bach company has a paid up capital o- $100,000, the incorporators and direc tors being Burton Harrison of Chi cago, George F. Shelton and Thomas Allen of Butte. Mr. Harrison is one of the officials of the Milwaukee. Shelton is attornev for the company in Montana and Al len is connected with the traffic de partment. WILL PAY ALLEGED SHORTAGE. Former Kansas Treasurer Waives. Statute of Limitations. Topeka, Kan., Jan.. 22.F. E. Grimes, ex-state treasurer, has noti fied Governor Hoch that he would willingly waive the statute of limita tion and pay every cent of the alleged shortage found covering his adminis tration of the office. Recently expert accountants found a shortage of $77,- 000 in the treasurer's office covering: the administration of ex-Treasurer Grimes and running into the admin istration of T. T. Kelley, the present treasurer. The accountants were un able to state what became of the money. TRADE MARK. The ideal Tonic and Predigested Food.' This excellent preparation supplies food for Mother and Baby. Aids convalescence and restores the system to sound health. ''&i ??*4 ky ^11 druggists and grocers. Prepared by :^i&i''Anheuser-Busch Brewing Ass'n St. Louis. I). S. A. m^^miMi4^fsm-trR'azrsrsrRm iMMMMHHkMUM4Mt^ppHH^ V*7 L'tifci, fee *k.~.