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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 70.
SUING INTO ISISLAST SLEEP PONTIFF DESCRIBED AS LITERAL- LY PANTING FOR LIFE'S BREATH. TALK Of ANOTHER OPERATION IN HIS PRESENT ENFEEBLED CONDITION IT MIGHT PROVE FATAL. HAS DIfnGULFY IN BREATHING SERIOUS RAPIDITY OF RESPIRA- TION THE MOST ALARMING SYMPTOM. Rome, July 18, 7:45 a. m.The pope had a comparatively tranquil night and his general condition this morn ing is stationary. Rome, July 18, 2:55 a. m. The pope's condition this morning is even less satisfactory than yesterday morn ing, and he was suffering from much uneasiness and difficulty in breathing until relieved to some extent by the Injection of caffeine. A new crisis in the pope's condition preoented itself yesterday when the doctors were con fronted on the one hand with the ap parently imperative necessity of an other operation, and on the other hand with the danger that such an opera tion in the patient's present enfeebled condition Might Prove Fatal. This dilemma was canvassed by Dr. Lapponi and Dr. Mazzoni throughout the day. At their earlier conferences there was some prospect that the op eration might not occur, and the doc tors left the sick room Mthout arriv ing at a definite detern '.nation as to when it would tek6 placo. They ex pressed the belief, however, that a delay until to-day would serve a use ful purpose in permitting a larger ex traction of serum in case the opera tion was undertaken. Meantime the pope continued in a state of great de pression. Thanks to a fairly good af ternoon's sleep the physicians were able to isjsue a bulletin at 7:25 p. m. showing that there had been no vital change in the normal progress of the disease, though the Same Serious Rapidity of respiration as was noticed in the morning had again to be recorded. So painful had the latter become that one ef those presont in the sick room described the pontiff as literally pant ing for his life's breath. Later the pope was sufficiently at ease to re ceive Cardinal Rampolla, and his holi ness conferred on him the enlarged authority, made necessary by the pres ent illness, for t&e executive adminis tration of papal affairs. It is under stood that one res.uk of this action will probably be the speedy appoint ment of a successor to Mgr. Volpini as secretary of the consistorial con gregation. KNAPP GUILTY OF MURDER. Man Who Killed Five Wives Will Go to the Electric Chair. Cincinnati, July 18.Alfred Knapp is guilty of murder in th first degree. He will be sentenced to die in the electric chair. The case was given to the jury late Wednesday and a ver dict was returned yesterday morning. Knapp is accused of having murdered five wives. He has had a career of crime almost without parallel. He has spent two-thirds of his life in jails and was finally arrested in February last for the murder of his third wife, Hannah GcrlcLird Knapp, whom he choked to dertn and threw the body into the river. Knapp confessed to having hilled Emma Littleman in a lumber yard hf Cincinnati May Eck ert, Walnut street, Cincinnati Jennie Knapp. at Cincinnati Ida Gebhardt, Indianapolis, and Hannah Goddard Knapp, Hamilton, Ohio. NEGRO SHOOTS THREE PEOPLE. Jealousy Is Given ns the Cause of the Sheeting. Poughkeepsie. N. Y., July 18.War- ren Welch, an unmarried negro aged thirty, is under arrest at South Dover charged with intent to kill. Welch livsd on a farm near South Dover with another negro and his wife. Early yesterday he went to their bedroom and shot both as they lay in bed. A nephew of the woman ran up stairs and was shot by Welch as he entered the room. This man is seriously hurt and is likely to die. The couple who were in bed were not badly hurt. Welch escaped to the woods, where he was captured later. Jealousy over a young negress who left the house for New York Wednesday night is said to be the cause of the shooting. Subscribe for The Pioneer. NARROW ESCAPE. Eight Men Nearly Lose Their Lives on the St. Croix River. Stillwater. Minn., July IS.Dr. J. F. Johnson and a party of seven other men had a narrow escape last night. They went on a pleasure trip to Hud son on the naphtha launch of Dr. Johnson. By some means a quantity of waste gasoline had collected on the water in the bottom of the launch, and while in the middle of the St. Croix, which is quite wide at that point, one of the party dropped a lighted match, and the entire surface of the boat was soon covered by a blaze. All of the men jumped into the water, but clung to the sides of the launch for about three-quarters of an hour, until men in batteaus from the Sauntry rafting grounds responded to the cries for help. The men were all rescued and came home on an Omaha train from Hudson. Several of the party sustained burns. J. F. Behrns was badly burned on the left arm and leg. Mr Olstad had his hands and arms burned. TO KILL LOCO WEED. Montana Ranchmen Searching for Bug Supposed to Destroy It. Livingston, Mont., July 18. Man tana stockmen are searching for a de stroyer of the loco weed, which in the past has caused great loss to 1he own ers of the cattle that feed on the ranges. Some time ago came a report from the Southwest that a naturalist there has found an insect, resembling the common chinch bug, that de stroyed the loco weed. Ever since that time Montana ranchmen have been hot on his trail, but thus far without success. The loco weed habit is harder for an animal to break than is the whisky habit for a human being. After a steer has once eaten of the weed he will travel miles to get it, and after he gets it will eat until he is a raving maniac, when he begins fight ing. DOG THEIR ONLY GUARD. Two Girls Live Alone in a Cabin for a Month. Helena, Mont., July 18. Guarded only by a faithful sheep dog, Ada and Nellie Lawrence, aged fourteen and eleven years, respectively, have lived alone in a tumble-down cabin near Rimini, at the mouth of Moose creek, for more than a month. Officers of the humane society learned of the case and brought them here, where they will be cared for until their father can be found. He went away to look for work. When the humane society agent tried to approach the cabin he was attacked by the dog, which put up such a fight that the man was glad to retreat. Finally he held a long-dis tance conversation with the girls, who called the dog off. STORM DOES DAMAGE. Severest Railfall in Years Washes Out the Streets. Little Falls, Minn., July 18. At 7 o'clock last evening this city was visited by the heaviest rain in years, doing hundreds of dollars of damage. The rain lasted about half an hour, but'during that time the retaining wall at curb line in front of the Dem ocrat office was washed out, the side walk fell and part of the brick founda tion of the building.is gone. The re taining wall in front of the Victor block was also. washed out and the basement Hooded. Nearly all the base ments in town are flooded. WOULD REFORM BUTTE. Montana City Now Has a Law and Order League. Butte. Mont.. July 18.For the first time in her BTstgvy this city has a law and order league. When Pat Muliins was nominated for mayor be declared that it would be his policy to allow wide-open gambling, under po lice restriction, and that if the people did not want it they had better defea him for mayor. He was elecied, and he has kept his promise as to gam i bling. It is said that the law and or der league will turn its attmtion to I gambling the first thing, and take up I other matters later. MAY START A FIGHT. North Dakota Fair People Are Feeling Hurt Over a Tax Levy. Grafton, N. D.. July 18:The board of county commissioners some timfi ago voted a tax levy of 1 mill to aid the Park River fair. Their act has caused heart burning among the mem bers of the Minto Fair association, and there is talk of securing an injunction against the enforcement of the levy. Should this action be taken it will in volve much expense and bitter feel ing. At present there is much hard feelins on either side. Performed Wonderful Cures. Brookincs S. I). July 18. Dr. F. M. Erkel. purporting to hail from Min neapolis, was arrested here on the charge practicing without having obtained a state license. He adver tises himself as a magnetic healer, and claims to hav performed wonder ful cures in Minnesota. He Was bound over to the next term of court. Subscribe for The Pioneer. Subscribe for the Pioneer. THE DAILY PIONEE/ RUSSIA SAYS WILL NEITHER RECEIVE NOK CONSIDER THE JEWISH PETITION. WHICH ENDS THIS SfflW NO FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN BY THIS GOV- ERNMENT. MANCHIRHN QUESTION SfTTLtB CHINA WILL OPEN TREATY PCRTS AND RUSSIA WITH- DRAWS OBJECTION. Washington. July 18It was learneif last night that the state department had received a reply from Russia stating that it neither would receive nor consider the* matter of the Jew ish petition on the subject of the Kischiheff incident. This information came in the form of a cable dispatch from Mr. Riddle. American charge at St. Petersburg, to whom was com mitted the delicate task of inrmiring of the Russian government as to its attitude with respect to the presenta tion of the petition. It is believe* that this will end the matter and that no further steps will be taken by this government to bring the views of the petitioners to the attention oJ^Russia although as yet no consideration has been given by the president to the course to be pursued in the light oC Russia's response to our inquiry. Manchurian Question Settled. The Manchurian question has been. settled satisfactorily to this govern ment. Assurances have been received from the Chinese government that.it will in the near future open treaty ports now closed to the world's trade The Russian government, has con veyed a formal assurairee to the United States that it will not in any way oppose such opening. While the ports to be opened are not yet specified, it is gathered* from the communications received that they are Moukden, the principal inland port of Manchuria, and Tatung Kao, at the mouth of the Yalu river. The state department is highly grat ified at this outcome, feeling that it has secured- not only for American commerce, but for the commerce of the world at large a very substantial gain. Although no set time is mentioned in the promise to open the ports, it is believed that this will follow soon af ter the Russian evacuation in Septem 'ber. COAT OF TAR AND FEATHERS Administered to Man Who Drove Wife and Children From Home. Ithaca, N. Y., July 18.The citizens of Peruvilie, a village ten miles from here. &dminis_tered a coat of tar and feathers yesterday to Theodore Under wood, who was tried here a year ago for the murder of J. F. Teeter. It is reported that Underwood drove his wife and three children from home three days ago and they have since lived with neighbors. It is said Mrs. Underwood attempted to return to her home, but was again driven away. A crowd assembled, lighted a bonfire in the road, heated a pot of tar and sent a posse for the offender. According to the report he was stripped, smeared with tar and feathers and sent home. KENTUCKY REPUBLICANS. They Name a Ticket Heaaed by Morris B. Belknap. Louisville. Ky July In the Re publican convention yesterday Col. Morris B. Belknap, a iolesale mer chant widely known throughout the country. received^tSe nomination for governor on the/1 BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, JULY 18. 1903. first ballot. Mr. Bel- knap was nominated after an onthusi astic supporter of former Gov. Bradley had placed the former governor in nomination. The threatened stamped" to Bradley was quelled by an em I phatic declaration by Mr. Bradley that he would not tie a candidate. The nomination of the balance of the ticket was without incident. The resolutions strongly indorse the administration of President Roosevelt. HIGH PRICE FOR SPOONS. They Bring $24,500 at an Auction Sale in London. London. July 18. Thirteen silver apostle spoons with figures of Christ and the twelve apostles upon them were auctioned at London yesterday. They brought the record price of $25,500. The spoons were dated 153'i and constitute the earliest complete set known. The bidding was spirited, commencing at $2,500 and rising rap idly until they were finally knocked down to a dealer for the sensational figure. Wholesale and Retail P, M. ARTHUR DROPS DEAD. Had Just Risen to Respond to a Toast at a Banquet. Winnipeg, Man.. July 18. P. M. Arthur, grand chief engineer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, dropped dead at midnight while speakingat the banquet closing the annual" Union convention of the Broth erhood of Locomotive Engineers, which has been in session for the last few days. Mr. Arthur had just risen to respond to a toast and repeated the words: "It may be my parting words to many of you," when he fell backward and ex pired. GUILTY OR CRAZY. Mrs. Frank Mattson Says She Poi soned Her Former Husband. Willniar, Minn., July 18The widow of Nic Johnson, who died two years ago at Lake Elizabeth, has made a confession that she poisoned her hus band. She is believed to have been driven Insane by brooding over her troubles, but the body will be ex humed and examined. The woman's name is now Mrs. Frank Mattson, she having mauried, soon after her first hushacd's death, a man whose rela tions with her before his demise had caused talk. TRAINS ARE BUMPED. One Man Is Slightly Cut by Broken Glass. Little Falls. Minn., July 18. A Northern Pacific passenger train col lided with a freight at Swanville yes terday afternoon and the pilots were knocked off both engines. Mr. Lanegal of Burtrum was slightly cut by glass. He was the only one injured. The freight was backing in on a siding when the passenger pulled in and had not ot into clear track when the pas senger struck it. SLAYTON'S FIRE. Hotel Guests Escape in Their Night Clothes. Slayton. Minn.. July IX.Fire broke out in the Southwell block at 4:4.r yes- terday morning, totally destroying the block and the Slayton hotel, both two-story frame buildings. Twenty five people in the hotel escaped in their night clothes. The losses are estimated at $23,500. No one was in jured. Spontaneous combustion is supposed to be the cause. COUNTY REVENUES INCREASED. Important Decision Regarding Insur ance Companies in Montana. Helena, Mont., July is. The su preme court has decided that insur ance companies in this state are liable for tiixet- upon the excess of premiums received over losses and expenses in the county where the agents conduct the business. The decision is regard ed a? a very important one and may greatly increase the revenues of every county in the state. WARFARE OF WORKERS. Italians Strike and Try to Drive Off Those Who Take Their Places. Webster City, Iowa, July 18One hundred and fifty striking Italians at tacked about fifteen laborers yester day morning who had replaced them at the grading job which the Illinois Central is doing in this city. They were repulsed by the city police. The discharge of six of the leading dis turbers caused the strike. oaroolic Acid Instead of Medicine. St. Joseph, Mo., July IS.Maj. An drew Russell, for many years' 'promi nent in militia work of Kansas while a resident of Leavenworth, died yes iprday at the state hospital tor in sane through the accidental adminis tering of carbolic acid instead of med icine. Advertise in trie Pioneer. I FRED C. SMYTH, President THOS. P. SMYTH, Sec.-Treas. I). SMYTH. Manager BEMIDJI MERCANTILE CO. Opposite the Old Court House Groceries, Flour, Hay and Grain Phon 2 1 5 SIEGE 85 ORDERED AT REQUEST OF CONSULS CAS- TRO WILL NOT SHELL CIU DAD BOLIVAR. SHOWS A MrRCIFUL SPIRIT WILLING TO SPARE ALL THE REBELS WITH EXCEPTION OF GEN. FERRERA. TO STARVE OU Thf REBUS GEN. GOMEZ NOT TO OPEN FIRE ON BOLIVAR UNLESS ATTACKED. Soledad, Venezuela, July 18. The situation Is unhanged. The attack on Ciudad Bolivar by Hie Venezuelan government troops, which appeared imminent a day or two ago, has been deferred at the request of United States Consul Henderson, Herr Brpk mail, the German consul, and the bishop, who transmitted to President Cawtro through Gen. Gomez, the com mander-in-chief of the government forces, a lonu telegram askinji-hlni to and farmers. Till: iNBV TOWN Or KELLIHER situated as it is, tit the head Bullhead Lake, and at the tor minus oi the Bullhead branch of the M. I. railway, and being in the heart of the timber dis trict where logging will bo curried on extensively for the next fifteen year-. La bound to be a thriving town in a very short time. The soil In this vicinity is loam with clay s-ubsoH-j showing excellent pros pects in regard to agricultural run i oses. The O'Kelliher Mercantile Co. of Blackduck will build a large gerierai store, to supply loggei 'THE young town- in Northern Minnesota are fam ous for their rapid growth, and everything goes to show that KELLIHER will be one of the busiest logging centers in this district For information Raiding prices of lots, or other general information, write or call at the Crookston Lumber Company LOGGING DEPARTMENT BEMIDJI MINN. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. We Sell Large Quantities and Our Goods Are Always Fresh \^f*i^^\^^^^\^^^^*^^^A^^^S^\^APlr^^^^^%T ne inamiautnious ami to snow mercy to the revolutionists. It Is known thai i lie president answered as fol lows "Yes. for every one except the traitor. Ken-era. the author of so many tears and the cause of making so many orphans." A Siege Is Ordered. The final period' of delay given by (!eii. Gomez for a definite answer to his request for the surrender of Gen. Rolando and bis followers expired yesterday, but at the last minute Pres ident Castro, wishing to save the lives of the inhabitants of Ciudad Uolivar, ordered Gen. Gomez not to open tiro unless be is attacked, but simply to besiege the city. The revolutionists, haying no provisions, cannot resist more than ten days. The Venezuelan man-of-war Bolivar has left for the Island of Trinidad to fetch provisions for the government troops. The United States gunboat Bancroft i and the French cruiser Jouffroy have arrived oft this port. Shamrock III. Wins Trial Heat. Atlantic Highlands, N. J., July 18. After a forty-mile leeward and wind ward- race off Sandy Hook lightship yesterday Shamrock 111. led her trial horsy to the finish line by six minutes and thirty seconds and won by only fifteen seconds loss. Maud Jordine Not Guilty. Bloomlngton, III., July 18. Matid Jordine was declared not guilty of tho mrder of her two-year old sister lan Thursday evening ut the preliminary tearing just held.