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ELLIOTT IS SELECTED
8ECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF BUR- LINGTON BECOMES^EAD OF NORTHERN PACIFIC. BEGAN AT BOTTOM OF THE LADDER WHO LE CAREER AS A RAILROAD MAIM SPENT IN SERVICE OF WESTERN LINES. New York, Oct. 22.Following a meeting of the Northern Pacific rail way directors the following announce ment was made by First Vice Presi dent La mont: "Hownrii EiKott, Hew second vice president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, has been elected president of the Northern Pacific Rail way company to succeed Charles S. Mellen, who has resigned to accept election as president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad company. "Mr. Elliott will, assume his duties on the 24th inst." No statement regarding the North ern Pacific dividend for the ioiiith quarter was made. Three dividends aggregating 5 per cent have thus tai been declared. President Howard Elliott is a comparatively young man. He was born in New York city, Dec. 6, 1860. He entered railway service in 1880 as a rodman in the engineering corps of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. Within a year he was clerk in the president's office of the St. Louis, Keo kuk and Northwestern at Keokuk, la., and in 1882 was a clerk in the as sistant treasurer's office of the same road at Keokuk. From 1882 to 1887 he was auditoi and assistant treasurer of the Chicago, Burlington and Kansas City and St. Louis, Keokuk and Northwestern at Keokuk and from 1887 to 1891 was general freight and passenger agent of the same lines at Keokuk. In 1891 Mr. Elliott was made gen eral freight agent at St. Louis of the Missouri river lines of the Burlington system, which included the Hannibal and St. Joseph and the Kansas City. St. Joseph and Council Bluffs, in addi tion to the lines with which he was previously connected. Mr. Elliott held this position until 1896, when he was made general man ager of the Missouri river lines of the^ Burlington, and in 1901 was promoted to the position of second vice presi dent of the Burlington system at Chi cago, in charge of the operating de partment of the entire system. RAILWAY CLERKS ORGANIZED. Effort Will Soon Be Made to Secure Higher Wages. Chicago, Oct. 22".Iteilway clerks are-preparing to make a demand for a uniform wage scale the first of the year. Organizers for the Railway Clerks' union are working in all parts of the United States and are meeting with considerable success, according to reports received at headquarters of the organization here. The employes of the Chicago and Northwestern, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul and the Chesapeake and Ohio have been brought into the union fold. Representatives of the union are in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, St. Paul and Eastern cities. It is assert ed that railway clerks missed pros perity. It passed without touching them, they say. BANKERS IN SESSION. Annual Convention Meets in San Francisco. San Francisco, Oct. 22.The actual business of the twenty-ninth annual convention of the American Bankers' association began during the morning when the delegates assembled in the California theater. Mayor Schmitz welcomed the dis tinguished visitors and he was fol lowed by Governor Pardee. Another address of welcome was made by James D. Phelan on behalf of the San Francisco bankers. Presi dent Hardy made a brief response. Secretary Branch read his report and was followed by George F. Orde, the treasurer. NEW JESUIT COLLEGE. Plans Under Way for Big Institution at Lake Geneva, Wis. I^ake Geneva, Wis., Oct. 22.The I Jesuits contemplate the erection here of one of the largest of their denomi national institutions in the country. With the ai rival next week of the first group of priests expelled from France the foundations will be laid. The Jesuits now have an estate of forty acres on the lake shore near the Yerkes observatory. Accommodation has been provided for the exiles, who will assist in the erection of the col lege. Subscriptions for the buildings have already been collected. The uni versity will eventually accommodate ljOOO students. IMPROVE UPPER MISSISSIPPI. Delegates From Interested Cities Meet at pavenport. Davenport, la.. Oct. 22.In response to the call recently circulated throng)) Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wi^oTisiri about 200 reuresentstiTr Dnsmess men or tne nve states as sembled in Davenport during the day and began a two days' convention for the discussion of the improvement of I the upper Mississippi river. Knox Opposes Reopening Case. Washington, Oct. 22.Attorney Gon- i cral Knox has decided to advise the I president not to reopen the case of United States Marshal Field of Ver mont, recently dismissed for neglect of duty in connection with the escape of three Chinamen who were being de ported to China. SUM OF $1,900,000 INVOLVED. Suit by Stockholders Against Texas, Oil Company. Minneapolis, Oct. 22.Complaint has been filed in the district court in what is perhaps the most gigantic suit ever brought in Hennepin county. Allegations of fraud are set forth which are appalling in proportions and an order is asked from the court tc have officers account for their official acts and to have a judgment of $1,- 900,000 entered against the defendants. The suit is brought by J. W. Little and other stockholders in, the Stai Petroleum company, a corporation or ganized according to the laws of Tex as and having an office and doing busi ness in Minnesota. The principal defendant is W. E. Brice, the president and general man ager of the company. RACE COURSE GAMBLING. Mayor Harrison Will Stop All Betting, on Horses. Chicago, Oct. 22.Mayor Harrison has given notice of his intention to stop all forms of race course gambling and to proceed against the handbook evil through the revocation of licenses of all saloons in which that form ot, the betting evil is permitted. Mayoi, Harrison's campaign against book makers Includes all forms of horse race betting at all seasons and against all interests. He declares there will be no betting at Washington Park next summer if he stops the wintei books. The information upon which the mayor will act is being collected by secret service men whom he has had at work for the last two weeks. DULUTH MEN INDICTED. Charged With Trespassing Upon Gov. ernment Land. Duluth, Oct. 22.The United States grand jury has returned indictments against Peter Proneveau and John. W.! McKinley, charging trespass .upon gov ernment land. The former has been the star witness for the government' in the civil action which has been on trial in the United States court 1 against Bates and McDonald, who it is alleged, have conductel logging opera tions in Cook county, this state, noon land which belongs to Uncle Sam. Net only is there a civil action against D. D. McDonald, but he has likewise been indicted and It is thought will be tried I at the present term of court. I Kills Sweetheart and Himself. Stephen, Minn., Oct. 22.The vil lage of "Roseau was greatly shocked upon the discovery of the dead body I of Albert Jensen, aged thirty, and Josie Johnson, aged nineteen, in Jen sen's house on his farm east of Ro seau. Jensen murdered his sweet heart with the butt end of a revolver and cut his own throat with a razor. Ivfif"* VOLUME I. NUMBER 156. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, O0T0BES 22, 1903. TEN CEs TS PER WEE O. N THE FACiJbir swm WHOLESALE LAND FRANDS SAIL TO HAVE BEEN UNEARTHED. Grafters' Ring Alleged to Have Se cured Large Timber Areas by Various Fraudulent Means. Portland. Ore., Oct. 22.The Ore gonian says: The government has unearthed 8 "land graft" ring that has been carry ing on a business in every well tim bered area on the Pacific slope. This ring has not only acquired "base" lands by "dummies" and other fraud ulent means, it has debauched stat* land officials, making them hireling* of partners in the business it has maintained in the general land office at Washington agents whose duties were to "leak" information about pro posed reserves and other profitable matter, and by use of money has influ enced placing of reserve boundaries tc its own interests. The central figures of this conspiracy are said to be ic. San Francisco. A treasury and a de partment of the interior official were I in Portland last week gathering evi dence. WITNESSES ARE ANGRY. Threaten District Attorney With Slan der Suits. San Juan, P. R., Oct. 22.The wit nesses who testified before the fed eral grand jury when it found an in dictment against Collector of Customs Alonzo Cruzen for having received un lawful emoluments of smuggled goods and who were accused of perjury in the indorsement with which United States District Attorney Pettingill nolled the indictment are furiouslj angry with Mr. Pettingill and are threatening to sue him for slander. The district attorney declares that he may prosecute these witnesses The case has- aroused great interest throughout the island and the fina. action of the court is anxiously await ed. The local press sustains the grand jury in its action. BRAVE MINER IS KILLED. Overcome by Smoke While Aiding to Put Out a Fire. Duluth, Oct. 22.Fire during the night destroyed the timber shaft in the Pettit mine at McKinley, on the Mesaba range, and one life was sacri ficed. Jack Sutanen, a Finnish miner twenty-four years of age, responded to a call for volunteers to take a hose into the shaft. He was soon overcome by smoke and gas and fell to the bot tom, where his body is now covered by tons of dirt and ore, the shaft hav ing caved badly after the fire had eat en into the timbers. This cuts off the air supply from the main hoisting shaft and a new timber shaft may have to be sunk. Numerous Depositors Affected, ooliet, 111,, Oct. 22.The Exchange bank closed during the day. Numer ous small depositors are affected. The bank was capitalized at $25,000 and the deposits are thought to be in the neighborhood of $40,000. HAS CLOSED ITS BOOK S FEDERAL NATIONAL BANK OF PITTSBURG SUSPENDS. President Langfitt Blames Stockhold ers and Depositors for Failure of Institution. Pittsburg, Oct. 22.The doors oi the Federal National bank were, not opened for business during the morn ing. The following notice was posted in explanation: "Closed by the authority of the comptroller of the currency." Some such action as this has been within the possibilities during the past two days, forecasted by the de termined raid made upon the institu tion's stock on the Pittsburg Stock Exchange. Th/ positive statements however, of the president, J. A. Lang fitt, to the effect that the bank was not in need of money and that itt losses would not affect its capital oi surplus did much toward allaying dis trust on the part of its depositors thus preventing a run. The bank was established in 1901 with a capital of $2,000,000 and the last statement, filed with the comp troller in September, shows resources and liabilities of $7,693,782 each. The closing of the bank was de cided upon at a meeting of the direc tors, which did not break up until 2 o'clock in the morning. At that taoui none of the officials would make a statement and locally the outcome oi the meeting was not generally known until the receiver's notice was posted at o'clock. Held Government Deposits. The bank is a United States depos itory and reported on hand Sept. 9 $50,000 of United States deposits. The stock of the company has Been subjected to sharp declines on the Pittsburg Exchange this week. On Monday the stock sold down from I If to 85, but was forced up again to 101 All day Monday it sagged and the closing quotations were 8.0 bid and 85 asked, a number of transactions hav ing been made at 80. The course of the stock had at tracted much attention and numerous adverse reports were in circulation but they were promptly and fully de nied by President J. A. Langfitt. He stated that the bank had suffered only one possible lossthat of $140,000 for which it held notes of the Eastern Tube company of Zanesville. O. That company is in the hands of a receive! and a plan of reorganization is being worked out, he said, and the bank's lor.s on that account may be small. In a signed statement J. A. Lang fitt, president of the Federal National bank,?said: "The Federal National bank haF finally yielded to the combined as saults of its stockholders and depos itors and has closed its doors until arrangements can be madc^ to (lis charge all depositors' claims. The question of reopening will then be de cided." MET~ INSTANT DEATH. Owner of Indianapolis Sentinel Falls Three Stories. Indianapolis, Oct. 22.Samuel E. Morss. editor and proprietor of th i urnuuwipuus oeuuuei, iva uvui third story window of his office in the Sentinel building during the morning and lived but fifteen minutes. No one was with hire at the time, though sev eral persons were waiting in the ante room to see him. Mr. Morss has been in bad health for some time and it was announced by his private sec're-| tary that he had probably opened the window for air and was overcome by heart trouble. Financial troubles have been-worrying him recently. Samuel 13. Morss was born in Fort Wayne. Ihd., Dec, 15, 1852. In IS71-7" he was a member of the editorial stafi and editor-in-chief of the Fort Waynt Gazette and later be... editor ami part owner of the Fort Wayne Sen thiol, lie was one of the founders oi the Kansas City Star. After ret urn ing from a European trip from \ss to 18S8 tie fas \v3hinrton corre Bprvi\dn oi the Chicago i ireies, In 1802 he was ch.d.ian of the Indiana delegation to the 5 itlonal Democrat]! convention and a member of the com mil tee on resolutions. From ISO tr 1807 he was United States consul at Paris. INSPIRED TO CAUSE FRICTION Rumors of Russia's Purpose to Oppose Treaty With China. Washington. Oct. 22.-The state- de partment officials nro disposed to at inch little credence to the reports that come from the Far East of a purpose on the part of Russia to defeat the operation of the new treaty between the United States and China, so fai as it relates to the opening of ports in Manchuria to our commerce. It it pointod out that the reports come in a roundabout way from sources which are probably inspired by a desire tc canto friction between the United States and Russia. As an act of cour tesy and in view of Russia's consid evable Manchuria interests a draft oi this treaty before signature was un officially submitted to the Russian agents in China and by them com municated to the Russian foreign office. Through entirely reliable channels the United States was as Bured that the treaty was not objec tlonablc to Russia. With Uo fpmpli cations then existing In Southern Eli ropo engaging her attention, in add] tlon to the Manchurian and Korean problems, it Is understood that Russia was very glad to con to terms with tho United States on a basts that did not involve tho sacrifice of any ol Russia's political aspirations as te Manchuria. LAWYER~~HEAD OF DYNAMITERS. Leader of Gang Endeavoring to Black mail Northern Pacific. Helena, Mont., Oct. 22.Isaac Gra vcllc, under arrest In connection with the Northern Pacific dynamite out rages, has been positively identified and there! id no doubt in the minds ol the railway officials that he Is a mem ber of the gang which is endeavoring to blackmail the company out of $50, 000. There is a story current in usually well Informed circle's that a lawyer practicing before the courts ol this" stati' is the real pWer In ih matter and thai Gravelle is the men tool. The theory.the detectives ar said to be working on Is that Ibis law y'er, who has had nioro or less troubb with the company, has taken thb means of revenge, J. T. Sherwood, employed on t! ranch of Nick R. Ovlg, at which place fifty pounds of dynamite wee found on the tracks of the Northern Pacifh three weeks ago, came to Holcma dur ing iho day and positively Identified Gravelle as the man he bad conversed with in a pasture a day before the dynamite was found. Sherwood alec went to a livery stable and selected from ampng forty animals the one rid den by Gravelle when he was cap tmed near here Sunday after the dis covory of an excavation under the FABULOUS FIND8 OF GOLD. Montana Gulch Said to Eclipse the Klondike. Butte, Mont.. Oct. 22?Almost fab ulotis ilnds of gold ore have been made on Owl creek, according to reports re calved In Butte from Hamilton, Mont The greatest excitement prevails over the discovery. Which "Is said to eclipse tho Klondike finds, and a stampede is on. Miles Rommey, mayor of Hamilton, nays ten massive ledges uncovered on the side of the mountain blaze In in numerable .spots from the glint o! gold, dazzling the eye A lowering cliff overhanglngs th" leads, and far below the gulch is r)ked with bould ers sloughed from tie- heights. These chunks of ore, Romney de clares, range in size from hazel nuts to chunks as large as four-story blocks. Enough ore is in sight, he says, lying on the ground, to run a thousand stamps a hundred years. DISMISSED BY PAYNE. 3everal Postoffice Officials Lose Their Positions. Washington, Oct. 22.The postmas ter general has dismissed from office M. A. Louis, superintendent of sup plies of the postoffice department Louis Kempner, superintendent of reg istry department, and C. B. Terry, a clerk in the supply division. The action Is in connection with the Norwegian Cabinet Resigns. Christiania. Norway, Oct 22.The cabinet presided over by Otto Blehr lias resigned in consequence of a par liamentary committee's decision in I favor of the opposition in a disputed election in the Nedenaes district.' whereby the opposition gained four I seat-- A coalition cabinet, made up of Conservatives and Moderate Liberal?, will he formed A, MORE WARLIKE MOVES DEVELOPMENTS IN FAR EASTERN SITUATION RENEW ANTICI- PATIONS OF TROUBLE. HAM PREP/RATIONS IN JAPAN FIG-HTING ADMIRAL" TOGA AP- POINTED TO COMMAND THE STANDING SQUADRON. Yokohama. Oct. 22.The minis terial conferences, naytJ I reparations and. notably, the appointment of Vice Admiral Toga, known as a "fighting admiral," to command the standing Btliiadron, have led to a renewal of the anticipations of trow le. tome decided development in the crisis la dxpected shortly. The steamship and railroad com panies are reported to have been noti fied lo he in readiness for emergencies. RUSSIA SCORES POINT. New Treaty Regarding Manchuria Concluded. London, Oct 22. The yostotachnl Vestnik, a Russian newspaper pub lished in the Far East, asserts that M. Lessar, the Russian minister at Peking, has concluded a treaty with China confirming the Russian control over Manchuria and providing that, in the event of war arising over the treaty, China and Russia will cooper ate. Should China withdraw Russia will carry on th' war alone and If she is victorious China will cede to her the whole of Manchuria. Tho Chinese civil and military officials will there upon immediately depart from Man churia and settle in other Chinese provinces. FOR SAKE OF EXISTENCE. Japanese Delieve They Must Take De cisive Steps. London, Oct. 22. A dispatch to Renter's Telegram company from To* kio says: Russian military activity on the Ko rean frontiers Is unabated. The im portant newspapers take a gloomy view. They are inclined to believe Russia does not intend to fulfill her repeated promises and declarations, In which case it will be Incumbent on Japan to take decisive steps for the sake of her very existence. The Japanese gun boat Chlokul was to have wintered at Newchwaug, but this ar rangement has been countermanded. RUMOR ON STOCK EXCHANGE. Rjcso-Japanese Negotiations Reported Broken Off. London, Oct. 22. A report was in circulation on the Stock Exchange during the day that thti negotiations between Russia and Japan had been broken off, hot the foreign office offi cials here said they had not heard anything confirmatory of the rumor.. This statement was made subsequent to a visit paid by Huron Hnyashi to Foreign Minister Lausdowne in the afternoon. The officials of the for eign office added that the report was contrary lo the general trend of its Infnriiifi I inn REGRETTABLE BUT HONORABLE. Comment of London Press on Alaskan Decision. London, Oct. 22.The comment of the afternoon newspapers here on the Alaska boundary decision is similar to thai of the morning papers. "Regret table but honorable," sums up the general tenor. The St. James Gazette says it considers the fact that Chief Justice Alverstone signed the award to he' proof of the correctness thereof and adds: "We have tho fullest confidence, therefore, that the decision we deplore was absolutely required1 by the justice of the ease." The St. .lamps Gazette regrets that 1h Canadian commissioners pub lished an explanation of their position. appearing to east a reflection on their colleague, and the Pall Mall Gazette comments on the lack of dignity and :olf possession shown by the Canadian commissioners in declining to sign the decision and declaring the finding to be an "unjudicial" one. MUST BE MODIFIED. Russians Object to Chinese-American Treaty. St. Petersburg, Oct 22.Tho Novy lcral of Port Arthur, commenting on tho commercial treaty between the United States and China, declares that article 12 (opening ports in Man churia to United States trade) strikes Bl the very heart of Russian interests in Manchuria and says it is convinced the treaty will only bo ratified after material modifications, as it affects part of the territory which, by virtue of existing relations, is not free so long as Russia has not definitely come to an understanding with China re garding her rights. "Moreover," the Novykrai adds, "prior to her present occupation Rus sia had special treaty relations with China regarding this territory, giving her the right to build railways and guaranteeing that no similar privileges will be granted to others."