VOLUME t, NUMBER 170.
Virginia City, Mont., Nov. 7.Seven
are dead, a number more burned and
perhaps three score lost in the under
ground workings in a fire which start
ed in the Kearsarge mine, situated at
Summit, eight miles from here, dur
ing the morning. The known dead are
Superintendent R. B. Turner, a miner
named Tobin and five other miners,
too badly burned to be identified.
These seven bodies have been recov
ered. From fifty to seventy-five men
are still down in the mine and may I
have perished from flame or moke. I
The plant employed 200 men. It is i
the property of United States Senator
Millard of Nebraska and was valued at
about $1,000,000. There is no way to'
estimate the loss at present.
The^fire, which started as the shifts'
were being changed, still rages fierce
ly and the rescuers, hundreds of whom
have gone from Virginia City, will be
hampered, as there is no apparatus at
the mine. It is not known how the
IN MONTANA MINE
Shaft of Kearsarge Mine Catches Fire.
Eight Are Dead and Many
ADMITS SHORTAGE OF $36,000. MINES CLOSING DOWN.
Cashier of Newark (O.) Barik Self- Thousands of Men Out of Work in
Confessed Defaulter. Northern Minnesota.
Newark, O., Nov. 7.H. J. Hoover,
until recently cashier of the Licking
County bank and two years ago as
sistant cashier of the People's Nation
al bank, has made a partial confession
to the People's bank officials that he
is a defaulter to the amount of about
$36,000. He said he had been manip
ulating the bank's books for ten years
and by reason of his connection with
the other bank succeeded in replacing
funds so as to escape detection until
Harry P. Scott, bookkeeper, discov
ered it two years ago and for friend
ship for Hoover did not make the de
Gave His Life for His Men.
Superintendent Turner gave his life
for his men. He was at breakfast and
partially dressed when the alarm
came. Dashing into the house in his
shirt sleeves, with another miner
whose name has not been learned,
Turner made his way into the main
tunnel. Here they found everything
ablaze. They groped their way down
and dragged out five bodies, including
Tobin's. In a second! attempt they
did not come out and were later
brought forth dead by the rescuers.
Turner was acknowledged as the
leading authority on cyaniding in
The mine is eight miles from Vir
ginia City and communication by tele
phone is difficult.
The shafthouse, cyaniding plant and
tunnel are a total loss.
The total number of dead may not
be known for some time and the bod
ies, all but those of Tobin and Turner,
are too badly burned to be identified.
Two Harbors, Minn., Nov. 7.The
curtailment of operations at the iron
mines and the transportation of ore,
as promised by the officials of the
United States Steel corporation upon
their recent flying trip through this
country inspecting their holdings, has
gone into effect. Never before in the
history of Northern Minnesota's great
mining industry has so many mines
been closed so early in the season.
Thousands of miners and hundreds
of railroad men have been given their
time. Those who are still employed
are working on a shorter day.
miss it if you fail to attend the sale
on Ladies' Sweaters, Embroidery,
Misses' Union Suits, Saxony Yarn,
Ladies' Kid Gloves, Ladies' Outing Flannel
Night Gowns, Camp Blankets, Sewing Ma-
chines and Candy tonight at
AFFECTS MANY THOUSANDS.
Agreement Signed by Glass Compa.
nies and Employes.
Pittsburg, Nov. 7.As a result of
the general conference of window
glass interests in Philadelphia fully
10,000 skilled window glass workers,
who have been idle for over six
months, will be back at work within
ten days and before the first of the
month at least 40,000 workmen de
pendent upon them -will have employ
ment. All the trading and producing
companies and both organizations of
workers were represented.
Under the agreement made the
workers will receive 2% per cent in
creases in wages, but the most im
portant part of the new scale Is the
concession made by the workers which
will enable the manufacturers to shut
out from 800.000 to 900.000 boxes of
foreign window glass imported an
nually from Belgium and Prance. The
new scale becomes effective Nov. 10
and continues in force until June.
RANSOM OF $100,000 ASKED.
Young Millionaire a Captive in Cum
Bristol, Tenn., Nov. 7.Edward L.
Wentz, the young Philadelphia mil
lionaire who mysteriously disappeared
from his father's home at Big Stone
Gap, Va., is alive and a captive in the
A letter has just been received from
him addressed to his parents in which
he states that he is well and asks that
the ransom of $100,000 demanded by
his captors be at once paid so that he
can get his freedom. Negotiations for
his release are being made.
PLATT A DEFAULTER.
Pittsburg Suicide Found to Be Short
in His Accounts.
St. Louis, Nov. 7.Henry S. Piatt,
the St. Louis contractor who attempt
ed suicide at Pittsburg, is charged
with being a defaulter to the extent of
over $20,000 by the stockholders of the
George Piatt Contracting company in
a petition which they filed in the cir
cuit court asking that a receiver be
appointed for the company. George
Piatt, president of the company and
father of the man in Pittsburg, as
sumed the liabilities for his son's al
An explosion of gas in a pit at the
repair shops of the Pennsylvania rail
road at Pittsburg killed two men al
NO IN GOO
NEW REPUBLIC OF PANAMA OF-
FICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY
THE UNITED STATES.
ACTION HAS A FARREACHING EFFECT
TRANSIT ACROSS THE ISTHMUS
AS WELL AS TERMINALS
WILL BE PROTECTED.
COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT HELPLESS
HER ATTITUDE TOWARD TH E
NEW REPUBLIC BECOMES
OF NO IMPORTANCE.
"Washington, Nov. 7.The United
States government has recognized the
de facto government of Panama and
instructions have been sent to Unit
ed States Minister Beaupre at Bogota,
and to Mr. Ehrman, the United States
vice consul at Panama and now act
ing conr-ul there, to inform the govern
ments of Colombia and Panama, re
spectively, that the de facto govern
ment is recognized.
The decision to recognize the de
facto government of Panama was ar
rived at after a protracted session of
the cabinet at which every member
was present except Secretaries Root
and Wilson. No other subject was con-
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
sidered. The president emphasized Colon pending the appointment of
the importance of the recognition of
the de facto government.
The events of the day as developed
here as to the Situation on the isth
mus were the receipt of dispatches
from Commander Hubbard of thieare
Nashville, the arrival in Washington
of Consul General Gudger of Panama,
the issue of orders to Admiral Cogh
lan to proceed forthwith to the isth
mus with the consul general, and the
business recognition by the United
States of the de facto government of
the new republic, which will later be
fully recognized politically.
Revolutionists in Control.
Commander Hubbard cabled that
the Colombian government troops un
der Generals Torres' and Tovar, 450
strong, at Colon, had departed on a
merchant vessel. He stated that the
isthmus from one side to the other
was in the hands of the revolutionists.
This statement is of the greatest Im
portance. The United States govern
ment being bound by treaty to main
tain order and preserve free traffic
across the isthmus is now under the
obligation to prevent any hostile col
lisions either along the line_of the
Panama railway or at the termini,
Panama and Colon. Thus the future
attitude of the Colombian government
toward the new republic of Panama
becomes of little importance, for it is
practically impossible for it to go to
war with Panama.
So for practical purposes the sep
aration of Panama from Colombia is
complete and is likely to be per
manent according to the official belief
here. OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION SENT.
Instructions for Representatives
Bogota and Panama.
Washington, Nov. 7.The following
telegram was sent by the state depart
ment during the day to Mr. Ehrman,
the acting consul general of the Unit
ed States at Panama:
"The people of Panama have, by an
apparently unanimous movement, dis
solved their political relations with
the republic of Colombia and assumed
their independence. When you are
satisfied that a de facto government,
republican in form and without sub
stantial opposition from its own peo
ple, has been established in the state
Df Panama you will enter into rela
tions with it as the responsible gov
srnment of the territory and look to it
for all due action to protect the per
sons and property of all citizens of
the United States and to keep open the
isthmian transit in accordance with
the obligations of existing treaties
governing the relations of the United
States to that territory."
Message to Minister Beaupre.
Immediately afterward an instruc
tion was sent by telegram to Mr.
Beaupre, the United States minister
it Bogota, in the following terms:
"The people of^pftnama, having by
in apparently unanimous movement,
iissolved their political connection
with the republic of Colombia and re
sumed their independence and having
ldopted a government of their own,
republican in form, with which the
government of the United States of
America has entered into relations,
i president of the United States, in
ccordance with the ties of friendship
hich have so long and so happily
f:isted between the respective na- Boldi&sj, f^l
Sons, most earnestly commends to Governor Taft has just denied, the
:he governments ot Colombia and of protest of the foreign consuls against
Panama the peaceful and equitable the action of customs officials Irijsup-
3ettlement of all questions at issue flying- -importers with samplc|f of
He holds that he is" "goofis ~s"hlppecr VO
sound not merely by treaty obllg*-~[)dsltfefl,UC
lions but by the interests of civiliza
:ion to see that the peaceful tiafftc. of
:he world across the isthmus of Pan
ima shall not longer be disturbed by
1 constant succession of unnecessary
ind wasteful civil wars."
New Haven. Conn., Nov. 7.JudgO
Livingston W. Cleaveland of the pro
bate court has handed down dei i
sion in ibe Philo S. Bennett will case
holding that the secret letter direct
ing Sirs Bennett, the widow, to pay
William J. Bryan $50,000 was not part
of the will.
The effect of this is to prevent Mr.
Bryan from obtaining the money men
tioned in the letter unless the present
decision is reversed by a higher court,
or unless he should be successful in
legal proceedings against .Mrs. B.'uv
NEW GOVERNMENT IN COMPLETE
CONTROL OF PANAMA.
General Satisfaction Is Expressed
Throughout the Isthmus for the
New Order of Things.
Colon, Colombia, Nov. 7.The gov
ernment of the republic of Panama
has appointed Senor Porforio Melon
dez civil and military governor of
i now officials. Those of the old gov
eminent have~bcen impotent since the
1 troops left. The prefect, Senor Cuad
ros, and the alcalde, Senor Guerrevo,
now nonentites. They have not
Governor Melendez has notified the
i officials that they may remain at
I their posts for the present if they
I swear allegiance to the new republic.
He has also notified the steamship
agents that Colombian ports on the
I Atlantic are closed to all arrivals.
This refers only to their non-accept
ance of troops from coast ports.
i A steam launch has been dispatched
to capture Bocas del Torro in the in
terest of the new republic. No dlill
culties are anticipated there.
The new republic doubtless Is firm
ly established. There are no Colom
bian troops on the isthmus and satis
faction is everywhere exprossed at
the now order of things
The American employes of the rail
road and others have been armed with
rifles and revolvers supplied by the
United States cruiser Nashville. To
gether with the latter men the volun
teers presented a bold front Wednes
day and Thursday afternoons to the
Colombians who were threatening the
lives of Americans.
SITUATION IS QUIET.
Colombian Government Troops Evac
Washington, Nov. 7.The navy de
partment has received a cablegram.
from Commander Delano of the Dixie
announcing his arrival at Colon.
i The cablegram states that the Co
lombian troops have evacuated and
that the situation is quiet.
Commander Delano cables that he
has landed an adequate force of ma
rines from the Dixie and that the blue
jackets landed from the Nashville
had re-embarked. The Dixie carries
I 400 marines.
PROCEEDING A FULL SPEED.
Part of the Pacific Squadron Safls for
Washington, Nov. 7.The navy de
partment has received a cablegram
from Rear Admiral Glass, command
ing the Pacific squadron, announcing
the departure of the Marblchead* Con
cord and Wyoming and the collier
Nero, at Acapulco, Mex., for Panama.
The squadron Is proceeding at full
United States Held Responsible.
New York, Nov. 7.The newspapers
here say little regarding \hp Panama
revolution, cables the 'Herald's Val
paraiso (Chile) correspondent. The
belief Is general, however, that the
movement was the work of the Unit
MOROS AR E FRIENDLY*.
WILLIAM J. BRYAN
Secret Letter Conveying Large Sum of
Money Not Part of Will of Late
Philo S. Bennett.
COLOMBIANS DEPART NOT A SOIL ESCAPEE
Major Troublesome Filipinos Greet
Manila, Nov. 7.Major GoOeral
Wood reports that during his recent
trip to Lake Lnao the hitherto hostile
Moros ofcffcs^ wtSntry-cant*- in to-meet
him in^v%if Mfnjiily tpifcit*, He will
next \A^djk$'wi&re-4h&e hasfbeen
trouble recWtly through some IJSOIOB
attac!*rrigjiujpl pounding two Ameficaft'
the St. Xouli ex-
The. Hamburg-American line Beam-1
er Fuerst Bismarck, which sailefrpm
Southampton Friday for New pork,
took $950.000 in gold.
nci in Tne event that the $~.i... I
shop! be paid under clause 12 of the
will, which reads as follows:
"TwelfthI give and bequeath unto
my wu' Grace Imogen Bennett, the
sum of fifty thousan dollars ($50,000)
in trust, howi'ver. cot the purposes set
forth In a sealed letter which will be
found with said will."
The text of the letter was made pub
lie ar one of the hearings on the will.
Mr. Bryan was not present when the
decision was announced, but his at
torneys said he would undoubtedly ap
peal from Judge Cleavohmd's decision.
MASSACRE OF GERMANS IN DA-
Rebellion of the Natives Officially At-
tributed to Distress Caused
by the Drouth.
Care Town, Nov. 7.Official ad
vices received here fully confirm the
massacre at Warmbad, Damaraland,
German Southwest Africa, by the lion
The Germans gallantly fought to fhe
end but were overwhelmed. II Is be
lieved that none of them escaped
Reports of isolated murders of Ger
man traders are also coming in.
The rebellion in Damaraland is ofil
cially attributed to distress caused by
CAPITALIST IN JAIL.
Bondsmen Surrender Alleged St. Paul
St. Paul, Nov. 7.Casper J. Ernst,
the local capitalist arrested a few days
ago for forgery and embezzlement,
spent the night In the Ramsey county
The developments of the past few
days indicate that his alleged defalca
tions will reach much greater figure
than at first supposed and will prob
ably be from $iro,i)o to $200,000. His
bondsmen, R. T. O'Connor and Ttuunas
Grace, who went on the $f.0o bond
fixed In the case brought against
Ernst by Father Metzler of Chippewa
Falls. Wis., gave Ernst up and Deputy
Sheriff Hnrdlck of Ramsey county
went to Ernst's residence and took
him to the county jail.
It has developed that a priest In
New Yerk sent Ernst $10,000 to In
vest, a widow In Wisconsin sent him
$10,000 and a priest in Northern Min
nesota is said to have lost a large
Ernst, It appears, secured their
money to invest for them, promising
them 8 per cent. He did not. It is
claimed, invest the money, but paid
the interest out of other funds so
cured for the same pnrpose.
CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY.
Frank B. Poor Arrested in Seattle,
Seattle. WaSrt, 'Nov. 7.Frank' B.
Poor, president of the Citizens' Light
and Power company, recently organiz
ed as a rival of a company of he samo
na. mp ,whU ,was incorporated 1 ti N
Jersey, was arrested Thursday on a
bench..warrant issued from the :imr
of general sessions, New York City,
efearglhg hipj with grand larceny in
the first degree.
The'specific charge alleged is that
Pooi while a partner in the banking
house of Marquand & Co.. New York
City, .'appropriated to his own .use
nine $1,000 Iron Mountain .mortgage
bnilfN and subsequently (led the", coun
try, 'piping to- Syattln. The alleged
appropriation Is' said to "have been
committed on June 26, PM.it. An. in
dict ment bv tha grand~1nrv was "ob-
tained on the 28U) or October, last.
Poor's -bond was fixed at. $l,OOn and
the date of hearing Nov. 19. Bail was
ON THE CANADIAN SIDE.
Big Vein of Gold Ore Discovered Near
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Nov. 7.A
big vein of gold has been discovered
near Webbwood. ir the Algana ore
district in Ontario, not far
Canadia*Hsko,-whk- -is- 1,000 7 long
Th'e"goH'^Y he ren r'te jock
has &-rp th/n*r9'(but frptn a ce of
^hcUrioWltycamH into s-es
sion of J. B. Miller last Ju* inly
$2,000 ami he has just sol? the
Shakespeare Cold Mining co for
It is probable that as a rese'r of the
discovery that "gi'eat developments In
that loxjaltfar.iWiU foRow.
The Shakespeaie company is com
posed of capitalists from Duluthland
Wisconsin. It-will work from now on
and employ man) "u.
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