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St.Petersburg St. Petersburg, Jan. 23.—Panic ex ists in the darkened portion of the city. The correspondent of the Associated Press has just returned from a trip through the Nevsky Prospect as far as the Moscow station. All the stores and houses are closed and the windows and doors are barred, but sullen crowds of strikers continue in the streets. The whole appearance of the district is sinister and an ex plosion might occur at any moment. The police are going from house to house warning the people to remain in doors, an injunction which the terror stricken inhabitants sitting in their darkened homes, are glad to obey. The greatest fear is that the water supply mwill be out off and the city burned. The military authorities are trying to find workmen to start up the electric plant. The troops had not fired on the peo ple up to this hour. It is rumored that Emperor Nicholas will issue a manifesto tomorrow de claring St. Petersburg to be in a state of seige. This afternoonthe city again resem bled an armed camp. Strikers continue to drift toward the palace square and the Cossacks and police are having more difficulty in keeping the crowds moving. Emperor Nicholas is prostrated by grief. He is reported to be almost in a state of collapse over the situation. In the meantime everything awaits his decision. All the schools are closed. Every window in Grand Duke Ser gius' palace was broken by a mob dur ing the night. The vast admirality works here are ablaze. The police have closed all the sun smith shops and firearms and other weapons have been removed from the windows and locked up in the cellars. The city is filled as on yesterday with sensational rumors, maoug them one that the Grand Dukes Alexis and Sergius are already on their way to the frontier M. Pobiedenostzeff, proour arer general of the holy syrod, is ser iously ill. The authorities feel aesier for the time being. Camp fires are burning in all the streets where detachments of soldiers are stationed, square when the darkness fell resem bled a vast bivouac, the glare of camp fires being reflected against the big red palaces and surrounding ministries. It is now officially denied that a sin The palace gle regiment refused to obey orders yes terday, and the war office expresses not ^he slightest doubt of the loyalty of the troops. Moscow, Jan. 23. — The people of Moosow are greatly excited over the news from Bt. Petersburg, which was received voer the telephone from pri vate sources and spread like wild fire through the city. Last night it was then only topic of conversation. The workmen here are greatly arous ed and the social democrats are resolv ed to make the best of the opportunity. The factory and mill owners are also excited, as a general suspention of work is expected January 26. The owners and the authorities are conferring in regard to the measures to meet disturbances. Many shop owners are purchasing arms to protect their property. BRYAN VISITS ROOSEVELT. Is Given Hearty Welcome—Has Short Interview. Washington.—W.J. Bryan called on President Roosevelt at the White House Saturday. He was cordially greeted by Mr. Roosevelt, as well as by a number of republican senators and representatives who happened to be in the executive office at the time of his visit. Mr. Bryan was ushered into the cab inet room which was filled with peo ple. The president was engaged in an adjoining room with Senator Proc tor, but as soon as he learned that the noted democrat was in the cabinet room, went to him and grasped his hftnd cordially. "Come in here," said the president, who piloted Mr. Bryan into his private room, where, joined by former Senator Jones of Arkansas, they remained for over 10 minutes. At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Bryan said to newspaper men that his talk with the president had been cordial and satisfactory, and that they had discussed several matters. "It was a pleasure to commend bis attention on some things," said Mr. Bryan. "Not on all things," then?" he wa» asked. "No, of course not," said Mr. Bryan. "I believe in speaking well of any policy that is good regardless of what party is supporting it. ' No Strike. Philadelphia, Jan. 24.—It is now re garded as certain that there will be no strike of trainmen of the Pennsyl vania railroad. KILLED THE RUSSIAN GUARD. Circassians in Rev.lt in the Caucasus. Victoria, B. C., Jan. 24.—Captain Orlan Cullen, representative of the Imperial Marine association of Tokio, has received a cablegram from Con stantinople to the effect that 1600 Cir cassians had revolted and killed the Russian guard, numbering 200, at Sla ving In the Caucasus, and that Rus sians and Turks In large numbers were crossing the frontier into the Caucasus to spread revolution in Tiflis province. Tiflis City is practically in a state of siege, he. said, and communication is had only by dispatch bearers. St. Petersburg.—A letter from Father Qopon is in the hands of the Russian soldiers. It was smuggled into the camp barracks by emissaries, many of whom have already been arrested, but the damage has been done and the words of the proclamation are being repeated from mouth. "This is a holy war," writes Father Gopon, "which is being fought in the cause of liberty and truth. I promise you, the soldiers of Russia, absolution from the sin of violating your oath of allegiance. It is your duty toward your brothers to join in the holy cru sade. I bless you all who will take part in this wax for truth and liberty." This new development is being view ed by the authorities with great con sternation. The correspondent of the Publishers' Press has been informed by a high army officer (tat this matter is the worst blow which has been struck at the discipline of the army since the outbreak of tne insurrection. He ex pressed the opinion that it will be an extremely dangerous proceeding to ask soldiers who have read the letter to shoot the strikes. Last night the name of Father Gopon was again on every body's lips, as it wwas on the day of the upising. IDAHO ITEMS. A bill has been introduced in the house by Fuid of Blaine for the cre ation of a state school of mines to be located at Hailey. The measure pro vides for a scientific school similar to those in adjacent states where mining is the leading industry, in which the tuition shall be entirely free to resi dents of Idaho. Fifty thousand acres of state lands are set apart for the benefit of the school. In order to get the school established a bond issue of $50,000 is authorized. Considerable feeling is aroused in Wardner over the reports, which have been verified, that several lumbermen from down the river are visiting tim ber claims on the North Fork and cut ting the timber from them, running the same down the river to men who con tract for the supply. By the upsetting of a canoe, Ben Jar vey of Enaville, A. L. Smith of Kings ton and A. P. Powell of Harrison, had a narrow escape from drowning re cently in the Coeur d'Alene river. The men are engaged in the logging busi ness near Kingston, and were crossing the river in a small canoe. Gus Nelson, an old time miner and prospector of the Coeur d'Alene vi cinity, who has resided around Ward ner for the past 16 years, died re cently of a complication of diseases. Commencing Ferbuary 1, Burke, Gem, Mace and Black Bear will use Pacific time, as does Wallace and Wardner. At the present time all the Canyon mines use mountain time, which is an hour faster than the Paci fic time, which is in effect at Wallace and Wardner. Navigation of the Coeur d'Alene river has been resumed after a suspen tion of two weeks on account of ice. Norman Jackson, who for the past two years has been chief clerk of the state land board, has resigned his posi tion and the board has accepted it. Charles MoConnel will fill the position pending a permanent appointment. A shakeup in the Ladd Metals com pany of Portland resulted in the resig nation of General Manager G. W. Mc Dowell. His probable successor will be Dr. S. Peacock of Chicago. The affairs of the Ladd Metal company have not gone smoothly. The smelters at Mineral and uandore have never been operated successfully. Arthur Ferguson, a 14 year old boy, while out hunting about three miles from East Hope, was mistaken for a cougar by Minnes Miller and instantly killed with a rifle ball. An imperial decree has been Issued forbidding any Russian club to use a pack of cards more than once, Every pack of playing cards In Russia pays a tax. Perish in Farmhouse Fire. Iron River, Wis., Jan. 23.—The resi dence of George Barnes, one of the best known farmers in northern Wis consin, was burned Sunday. Four per sons perished. The dead: Mrs. Geo. Barnes, Jennie May Barnes, aged 7; Margins Barnes, aged 4; Miss Elsie Meister of Washburn, Wis., a school teacher. European medical experts have come to the conclusion that boiled and sterilized milk is not as nutritious as fresh milk. FIFTEEN THOUSAND MEN MARCH ED TO ST. PETERSBURG. Czar's Soldiers Fired Three Volleys of Blank Shots and Then Charged on Crowd With Horsewhips and Dis persed it—Letter to Czar Read— Father Gopson Excommunicated. SL Petersburg, Jan. 22.—About 10 o'clock this morning 16,000 men start ed from the Neva works toward St. Petersburg, but an hour later were stopped by two companies of Cossacks drawn up in five rows, who barred the way. The Cossacks fired three volleys of blank shots and some of the strikers fled across the Neva, but others held their ground and the Cossacks loaded with ball cartridges and charged the crowd with heavy whips and dispersed it. It is not yet known how many per sons were killed or wounded. Mounted troops are now passing around the pal ace. In the meantime the strikers are carrying out their original plan. The few mills and factories remaining act ive in the city were closed Saturday, one of the last of them being the gov ernment powder mill. Strike leaders visited every shop in the city, and all of them, even those of butchers and bakers and laundries, were closed. Traffic was stopped on the street oar lines, the men having joined the strik ers. Active preparations for a big demon stration at the winter palace square at 2 o'clock today have not been suspend ed, although the leaders have been warned that it must not take place, and that the emperor will not be there. The workmen all are convinced that his majesty will appear and listen to the grievances set forth in the petition. The deputation which on Friday took the invitation to EmperorNicholas to attend the meeting having failed to gain access to his majesty, Father Qo pon today sent it by his secretary to Interior Minister Sivatolpk-Mirsky. The text of the letter follows: "Your Excellency: Workmen of all classes in St. Petersburg wish to see the em peror at 2 o'clock p. m. January 22 at the winter palace square in order to personally express to him the need of all the Russian people. I am assured by all workmen, my oolaborers and comrades, and even by alleged revolu tionaries, that his majesty has nothing to fear. His personal safety is assured. Let him come as the true emperor, with courageous heart, to his people to receive the petition from our hands that is demanded by regard fur his o wn welfare, as well as for that of the in habitants of St. Petersburg and of Rus sia. Otherwise the moral bond hither to existing between the emperor and the people may he broken. "It is your excellency's high duty to the emperor and the entire people of Russia to present the foregoing to his majesty, the emperor, today, without delay, and also the contents of our pe tition attached hereto. Say to the em peror that I, togther with many work man and thousands of people of Russia, am irrevocably resolved with my faith in him to proceed to the winter palace in order that he may show his faith by deeds and not by manifestos." The document is signed by Father Gopon and 11 representatives of sec tions of the workmen's union. Father Gopon had a long interview with Minister of Justice Mnravieff to day, and the minister took formal cog nizance of the demands of the strikers. He said that everyone must do his duty and act according to his convic tions. During the day Antonius, metropoli tan of 8t. Petersburg, formally exoom unicated Father Gopon on the ground that he was causing the people to rise against the emperor, the head of the church. Spokane Retail Markets. Vegetables—-Potatoes, l%@2%c lb; rutabagas, 3c lb; dry onions, 5@6c lb; cabbage, 3@4c lb; celery, 2Vk@5c a stalk; parsley, 3@5c bunch; new beets 3 bunches 10c; watercress^ 6c bunch; parsnips, 2@3c lb; cauliflower, 20®' 35c head; green peppers. 12®18c lb; sweet potatoes,, 3%@6c lb; brussels sprouts, 2 lbs 30c; wax beans, 25c lb; artichokes, 15c each; chickory, 5c a bunch; lettuce. 10@20c lb; cucumbers, 2 for 25c; tomatoes, 25c lb. •Poultry—Dressed chickens, 14@16c lb; spring ducks, 18c lb; geese, 16® 18c lb; turkey, 25c lb. Dairy Products—Butter, best cream ery, 40c lb; common creamery, 30® 35c lb; best country, 25c lb; common country, 15@20c lb; imported Swiss cheese, 25@35c lb; American Swiss, 25c lb; cream brick cheese, }8®2oc lb; New York cheese, 20c lb; Wlscon sin cheese. 15® 18c lb. - The number of timber sleepers on the railways of the world Is calculated to be about 1,494,000,000 and their value $900,000,000. estimated to be about. General Stoessel Not a Hero The London Times' correspnodent at Pekin, whojjhas returned from a visit at Port Arthur, describes the impres sions he gathered there and says; "Without seeing them, nobody could form any idea of the stupendous strength of the forts or the incredible heroism displayed in the their capture. No foreign oifioer is able to explain the reason for the surrender of Port Ar thur. Those who have seen the condi tion of the fortress believe that no more disoretitable surrender is recorded in history; • There were 26.000 able bodied men capable of making a sortie, hundreds of officers, all well nourish ed, and plenty of ammunition,! the largest magazine being untouched and full to the roof wtih all kinds of am munition for naval gnus. There was furtber, aple food for three months, even if no fresh supplies could be re ceived, and, beside, the waters are teeming with fish. There was an abundance of wine, and medical com forts, and large quantities of fuel of all kinds. The stroies that the Red Cross buildings were wrecked by the Japanese are admitted by reputable residents to have been pure fabrica tions to excite sympathy. All accounts agree in condemning the majority of the officers, who feared the failure of comforts more than of ammunition, and agree that no man ever held a responsible command who less deserved the title of hero than General Stoes sel. ' ' WASHINGTON NEWS. A basket ball league has been form ed in Spokane. A new Northern Pacific bridge is to be built over the Columbia at Pasco. A cheese weighing 511 pounds was received in Spokane recently from a St. Louis exhibit. Governor Mead has signed the bill repealing the libel law. The bill car ried an emergency clause and is in effect now. The Northern Pacific has ordered its train crews vaccinated because of the smallpox in many of the districts along the railroad. The president has assured Represen tative Humphrey of the early reap pointment of George M. Stewart as postmaster at Seattle. Andrew Jensen, a tool sharpener, was instantly killed and Will Fisher, a laborer, was severely injured by an ac cidental discharge of giant powder at the Mineral Hill mines, near Conoon nuly. William Nettleton, a pioneer of Spo kane, met a tragic death last Friday morning by falling from the high bridge of the Great Northern railway in the west end of the city. The protected cruiser Washington will be launched at the Ship Building Companys yards, Camden, N. J.. March 11. Arrangements are now , . , . ° « being made to secure the presence rf ,, * r Governor Mead, and as many others * ., . . * . , , j . . from the state as may be induced to be present. Benjamin B. Allen, an employe of the United States assay office in Seattle, is dead at the age of 69. „ _ . . „ . More than 326 citizens of Colfax and , , , vicinity attended the mass meeting to meet Jay P. Graves and Fred B. Grin nell of Spokane, who are there to dis cuss the proposition of building an electric railroad from Spokane to Mos cow, via Rosalia, Colfax and Pullman, The meeting was attended largely by farmers. Farmers were enthuslastlcal ly in favor of helping to build the road. The Butte Business Men's associa tion will hold its annual banquet on the evening of Wednesday, February 22, in honor of George Washington's Representative Charles W Dempster of Silver Bow county insists that his bill establishing the whipping post in Montana is no joke. MONTANA NOTES. The Livingston public schools are closed this week because of the threat ened spread of smallpox. birthday. Invitations have been received by a number of prominent people in the state Inviting them to attend the in stallation ceremonies, pontifical mass and banquet attending the arrival of Right Rev. John P. Carroll as bishop of Helena. ... The smallpox situation at Billings is such as to cause fears of a general spread of the disease through the towns of eastern Montana, and rigid precautoms are being taken by health officers. Joseph Mateusi, an Austrian, was shot and almost instantly killed by Anglo Perra, a fellow countryman, in Gabriel Frankino's saloon in Meaderville Sun day morning, and died within to minutes after the bullet entered his body. The house subcommittee on merchant marine and fisheries has decided to re port an omnibus fish hatcheries bill es tablishing hatcheries in Washington,' Idaho and Montana. While the report will soon be made the bill is not expect ed to become a law at this session be cause of the prevalent spirit of economy, f h in SEEMLY IN GRASP OF INCIPIENT REVOLUTION. Thousands of Workmen Parade the Streets—Agitators and Fanatics Sowing Seeds of Disorder—City Without Fire Protection—Father John Spirited Away. St. Petersburg, Jan. 21.—With the Russian capital seemingly on the verge of an incipient revolution, thousands of workmen parading the streets, agi tators and fanatics sowing the seeds of disorder, half of the city in darkness , and without fire protection, owing to walkouts, the situation was hourly growing tense tonight when the author ities decided to adopt energetic meas ures to preserve order, prevent rioting and overawe the violent minded, at the same time seeking to placate the strik ing workmen by offering satisfaction of their demands in so far as they are just and reasonable, thus acting with combined firmness and moderation. The government tonight augmented the garrison of St. Petersburg with 2500 cavalry and 1000 infantry from Tsarkoe Selo and filled the streets, es pecially in the disaffected quarters, with heavy patrols of soldiers. The refusal to permit a delegation of workmen to present a petition to Em peror Nicholas at Tsarkoe Selo has made it known that the great demon stration planned for Sunday, with its unlimited possibilities for an outbreak, will not be permitted to take place. At the same time, acting in conjunc tion with a conference of employers, it has deterimned to offer concessions in terms of employment, which the em ployes declared the groat majoritfy of the workmen would be inclined to ac cept if they were guaranteed protection from the more violent fraction Late tonight it was reported that Father John, leader of the workmen, had been onietly spirited away from his bodyguard and taken into custody in furtherance of the plan to disorgau ize the elements that are threatening the peace of St. Petersburg, The authorities believe that by these steps they have the situation well in hand, and announce they expect a peaceful solution of the problem. The situation has entered an acute stage today, and the strike had assum ed an open political phase. The day was one of intense excitement. Mill after mill and factory after factory closed. Throngs of workmen paraded the streets, and when their colleagues refused to join them broke down gates and forced out the men. The whole industrial center is idle, „ AU U)xtjle millB and every int . ing oftice in St. Petersburg are closed. ._.. . ,_. . One electric light plant and one water . . , , ■ , * , , plant have been shut down and over _ . 100,000 men are out. 1 A deputation of workmen endeavored 1 to see his majetsy at Tsarkoe Selo and ] ap f eal to him to come to the winter I palaoe . &nuday *?. be preaent ttt /" lm ; mense demonstration of the industrial classes. It was planned to have the workmen of Ht Petersburg headed by their leader, Father Gopon in his full canonical garb, march to the palace an( j assemble in the great parade grounds in froqt of the palace and there present the petition to his majes ty. The deputation, however, will be refused admission to Tsarkoe Solo, The government believes this will ren der a meeting on Sunday impossible. The employes at the same time, after conferences with the ministry of fin ance, which was the first to recognize the gravity of the situation, determin j ed to offer concessions in wages and I other conditions of labor to individual employes, but declared it was impossi ble to grant an eight hour day without general legi latiou affecting competi tors and price regulations for piece work. It is rumored that M.Smirnoff, manager of the Putilolf iron works, (where the great striae began) was murdered in the night. SLAY YANKEES; STRIP BODIES. Yaqui Indians Ambush Many Ameri cans. I Nogales.—Four Americans and one Mexican ambushed and killed Yaqui Indians recently, four miler east of Cobachl, 36 miles east of La Colorado, state of Sonora, Mexico. The bodie8 wlll be broll ght to this place today Tbe dead are . Dr / Johll K . c . C oy,'Chicago, j John K Maf . kenzie . Chicago, I M A McCall. Toledo. Ohio. Walter Stubinger, Kewanee, Ill. Mexican driver, name unknown. H. L. Miller and a man named Tarle ton> both G f Chicago, and a second Mexican cochert) escaped and made their way to Cobachl, thence to La Col orado. Miller was slightly wounded, but the other two were unhurt. 1 The country which sells most to Japan is British India, Great Britian coming next, with China third, the United States fourth and Germany fifth.