Newspaper Page Text
VOLUME 1. NUMBER 197.
ON A FLYING VISIT UNIT ED STATES MINISTER AR- RIVES AT HAVANA TO CON- FER WITH CUBANS. DIFFICULTY ON THE ISLE OF PINES AMERICAN RESIDENTS COMPLAIN THAT THEIR INTERESTS ARE IN JEOPARDY. Havana, Dec. 10.United States Minister Sqsiers arrived during the day from the United States on a flying trip when half tnrough with his vaca tion. Mr. Sqyiers declined to disclose the object ofTiis visit, but he had an interview with Foreign Minister Zaldo in relation to Isle of Pine matters. Much misunderstanding has devel oped among the Americans on the isl and concerning the attitude of the United States and Mr Squiers' refer ence to the safeguarding of the inter ests of the American residents in the treaty ceding the island. The feeling on this subject is intensified now that the ratification of the treaty is pend ing at Washington. The complaints received here and in petitions sent to "Washington allege that Mr. Squiers, during his visits to the Isle of Pines, specifically promised that clauses con ferring certain local advantages would be incorporated" in the treaty. These mainly were agreements that Cuba should establish a court of first in stance and a register of deeds in the island and that she should also pro vide an American school and a port of entry. Although it was manifestly impracticable to include such matters in an international treaty these re quests have all along been preferred, as requests, by Mr. Squiers. The Cu ban government has shown cordial willingness to grant the request, as was shown Tuesday by the passage of the house bill in which provision is made for a court of first instance and register of deeds for the Isle of Pines. Ladies' Shoes. Fifty pairs of Ladies' Shoes, some hand turned, some Goodyear welt, good assort ment of sizes and widths price stamped on bottom $3, $3.50 and $4 our special price this week $2.69 a pair Ladies' Walking Skirts. A nice as- sortment of Ladies' Walk ing Skirts in all tie popu lar abuics, in- 1 ding ibelines. heviots, netian and S mixed, all styles, at a discount of 25 per cent from regular price. REYES DOUBTS THE REPORT. Hardly Thinks Colombian Troops Are Advancing. Washington, Dec. 10.Dr. Herran, the Colombian charge, has authorized the statement that if troops from Car tagena have landed near the mouth of Atrota river, as reported by the French steamer which has arrived at La Guayra, it is directly in opposition to the advices of both himself and General Reyes. General Reyes stated that the La Guayra dispatch was the first informa tion he had received of the reported movement of Colombian troops. He declared, however, that if it is true, as stated, that such movement has taken place, it was without any orders from him. Upon coming to Washing ton as the special representative of the Colombian government General Reyes temporarily relinquished the command of the Colombian army, the duties falling upon General Castro, second in command. General Reyes has been fully in formed by the president himself as to the intentions of the government of the United States respecting the isth mus. He was told by the president that, as was set out in the president's message to congress, the United States had determined to maintain the inde pendence of the new republic of Pan ama against all comers. While this guarantee is contained in a treaty now pending before the United States sen ate and as yet unratified tne adminis tration has for some time' past been acting upon the theory that the under standing is in full force. Therefore all necesary preparations have been made to exert whatever physical force may be necessary to protect the isth mian transit. And instead of confining military and naval operations to the narrow strip of the right of way across the isthmus it has been decided that sound military policy requires the extension of the protected zone to in clude the entire territory of tue repub lic of Panama. Consequently no Co lombian troops will be allowed to cross the frontier to Panama, or, if they cross, they will be ejected in due time. RECEIVERS DISCHARGED. Dowie Once More in Control of Zion City, III. Chicago, Dec. 10.John Alexander Dowie is again in control of Zion City and all its industries. This turn in the affairs of the head BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. Thursday, Friday and Saturday Bargains W want you to see our stock cf Christmas Goods. It is the finest in town, and we are going to make it an inducement for you to look it over whether you buy or not, by offering extraordinary bargains in staple mer- chandise Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Men's Underwear. Men's Heavy Ribbed Shirts and Drawers, price $1, now 79c a garmen^ our regular One lot of Men's avy W ol Under- shirts (no drawers), our regular $1.50 garment for 98c each Outing Flannels. Ten pieces of 10c Outing, light and dark patterns. 7 l-4c a yard Eight pieces of 30 inch Flan nelette, the l~ quality, 10c a yard Ladies' Coats. One jot 61 Ladies' Coats, good a- tent of sizes and colors. 1-3 off from marked price Men's and Boy's Suits and Overcoats 1-4 off from regular price Washington, Dec. 10. Professor Langley's airship is now a complete wreck. Under weather conditions which were regarded as perfect the airship was given a second trial a short dis tance from Washington down the Po tomac. On the word being given to launch or me christian carrjoiic cnurcn ioi lowed a financial showing made during the afternoon which satisfied all the creditors, who immediately made a formal motion before Judge Kohlsaat to have the receivership appointed by the United States district court a week ago dissolved. As no objection was offered to the motion by any of the creditors Judge Kohlsaat granted the request and Receivers Blount and Currier were discharged. While the receivers have been re lieved of further duties at. Zion City the bankruptcy proceedings are still maintained. It is likely, however,, that these will be dismissed in a day or two, or as soon as the creditors' com mittee appointed on Monday has an opportunity to report on the advisa bility of accepting Dowie's offer Qf settlement. This provides for pay ment of all merchandise accounts within one year and the giving of notes, in the meantime, bearing 5 per cent interest. By the terms of agree ment Dowie has agreed to pay all the expenses of the receivers. Texas Town in Flames. Dallas, Tex., Dec. 10.A telephone message just received from Abbott, Hill county, states that the entire business portion of the town has been destroyed by fire. The flames are spreading to the residence section. Notions. Envelopes, 5,000 No. 1 Rag Stock 6 1-2 Envelopes, our regular 10c goods at 5c a package of 24 Thread, Coats' 200 yard Cot^ ton and Belding 50 yard silk, six spools for 25c Lyons' Tooth .Powder, per box 15c Witch Hazel per bottle 15c Frostella per bottle 15c Cuticura Soap per cake 19c Adamantine Pins lc a paper 10c Crepe Paper 7c a roll Belding Bros/ Skein Silk three for v 10c Delong Hooks and Eyes, the lOc kind 5e a paper 5c Sewing Needles 4ca paper Fancy Crochet Cotton 4c a ball Ice Wool 10c per ball BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1903. LANGLEY AIRSHIP COMPLETE WRECK Another Attempt to Fly the Machine Proves a Complete Failure. DAILY PIONEER. tue aeroplane gnoea smootrny aiong the launching tramway until the end of the tramway was reached, when, on being left' to itself, the aeroplane broke iu two and turned completely over, precipitating Professor Charles M. Mauley, who was operating it, into the icy waters beneath the tangled mass. MARCHING ON PANAMA ADVANCE GUARD OF COLOMBIAN TROOPS OPENING A ROUTE OVF.R THE MOUNTAINS. AWAITING RESULT OF REYES' MISSION SOLDIERS FROM EVERY DEPART- MENT CONVERGING ON THE ISTHMIAN BORDER. La Guayra, Venezuela. Dec. 10.The French steamer Versailles, which has arrived here from Savanilla. reports that Colombian steamers have landed 1,100 men from Caratgena near the mouth of the Atrato river, on the gulf of Darien, to open a way over the Da rien mountain into Panama. Other troops from the department of Cauca, Colombia, are said to be converging on Panama and from all parts of Co lombia troops are reported to be marching or awaiting the result of General" Reyes' mission to Washing ton. NAVY DEPARTMENT'S POLICY. Will Make Every Effort to Prevent a Conflict. Washington, Dec. 10.The policy of the navy department with respect to the entry of Colombian troops into Panama was said during the day to be to prevent, a conflict before it. com menced. To this end, having in mind previous experiences on the isthmus, the naval commanders in those waters have been given instructions to keep the Colombian troops at a greater dis tance from the isthmus at points where a fight with the Panaman troops is likely to occur. In all naval opera tions, it may be stated on authority, the department is still guided by the treaty of 1846, under which the United States guarantees to keep transit across the isthmus ppen. A broader interpretation of the duties and respon sibilities of the government in this respect has now been given to this treaty, by which the protection of the United States will not alone be con fined to the canal strip, but to any part of the territory of Panama where an opportunity is afforded Colombian troops to encounter those of Panama and thereby temporarily, at least, en danger free and unobstructed traffic across the isthmus. READY TO DISPATCH TROOPS. General Young Says War Department Is Prepared. Washington, Dec. 10.Lieutenant General Young, chief of staff, author ized the statement to be made that the war department was ready to dis patch troops to the isthmus on short notice, should their presence be de manded. 4*Although the statement heretofore has been denied it is learned that the department has taken notice of the repeated reports that Co lombian troops were assembling at different points with the avowed pur pose ot making a hostile demonstra tion against Panama and has perfected all military plans to repel such an in vasion. General Young said that should he be called upon to assist the navy it would not be necessary to send to the isthmus more than a regiment or two. Although none of the members of the joint army and navy board, which met during the day, would admit that the isthmian situation was under discus sion, it is known that such was the case and that both the army and the navy are now in a state of prepared ro-s for any conflict with Colombia whi'li might arise. COLOMBIAN ACTIVITY. Washington Officials Doubt Reliability of the Reports. Washington. Dec. 10.News has readied Washington of the reported movement of Colombian troops toward the isthmus, but the reports, coming in a roundabout manner, throws doubt about their reliability. The point on the gulf of Darien where the Colom bian troops are reported to have lahd etl is believed To be lust about on the dividing line "between tne territory or Panama and Colombia and it is prob able the troops will not cross the bor der without instructions from Bogot which, in turn, will depend on the re ports made to the Colombian govern ment by General Reyes and by the two commissioners, Jimlnez and Blanco, who left Washington a few days ac on their return to Cartagena. A cur rent report is to the effect that Colom bian naval vessels are participating in the movement toward the isthmus, but it is said at the navy department that they are so insignificant In power and size that the smallest of the war ships on the east side of the isthmus could speedily terminate their activity. COLOMBIAN ELECTIONS. General Reyes the Unanimous Choice for President. New York. Dec. 10The national elections will take place tomorrow, says a Herald dispatch from Bogota under date of Dec. Announcement wus made on the eve of election that the national electoral committee would not accept the withdrawal sent by General Reyes from Harraiupiilln. The committee proclaimed General Reyes to be the unanimous choice for the presidency of Colombia and Gen eral Gonzales Valencia as the choice lor the vice presidency. President Marroquin has cabled GeuraJ Reyes at Washington that any negotiation proposed at Washington not based on the return of Panama will be useless and unacceptable to Colombia. Battleship Maine Needs Repairs. Colon, Dec. 10.The United States battleship Maine loft here during the day for the United States to und rgo repairs. REPUBLICAN LEADER OBJECTS. Democrats Ask for an Additional Mem ber on House Committees. Washington, Dec. 10.Mr. Payne, chairman of the committee on ways and means, reported, when the house convened, a resolution providing for the reference of the president's mes sage to committees, and the house went into committee of the whole with Mr. Burkett (Neb.) in the chair, lot its consideration. The resolution, amended so as to give the committee on foreign rela tions jurisdiction over matters relat ing to Cuba, Mr. Payne explaining that his committee recommended this because Cuba now is a republic, was favorably reported to the whole house and adopted without debate or divi sion. Mr. De Armond (Dem., Mo.), amid applause on the minority side, asked if it would be in order to request that an additional member of the minority be added to each of the sixteen big committees. The speaker said that stream would be crossed when reached. Mr. De Armond then said that in or der to relieve the speaker of embar rassment he would ask unanimous con sent for the additional minority repre sentation on those committees. Mr. Payne objected and tin house, at 12:150 p. m., adjourned. MERGER BRIEFS FILED. Railways Present Their Case to United States Supreme Court. Washington, Dec. 10.Attorneys George B. Young and C. W. Ilntin of St. Paul, representing, respectively, the Northern Securities company and the Northern Pacific Railroad com pany, have filed in the United States supreme court their briefs in the suit brought by the United States govern ment against these companies and the Great. Northern Railway company to dissolve the merger between the Great Northern and Northern Pacific roads. Mr. Young's brief is a document of over 300 pages and In it he traces mi nutely the origin of the merger. The brief of Mr. Young is an argu ment to show that, the action of the two railroad companies did not come within the anti-trust act. TELLER CONTINUES SPEECH. Cuban Reciprocity Bill Under Debate in the Senate. Washington, Dec. 10.After a sug gestion that the Penrose resolution for an investigation of the postofflce de partment be considered and a state ment by Mr. Cullom that the Cuban bill should have the right of wuy the senate took up the Cuban bill* when the routine business was completed. Mr. Teller continued his speech be gun the previous day. He again took up the question of the activity of Gen eral Wood while acting as governor of Cuba, in behalf of Cuban reciprocity with the United States. Mr. Teller was followed by Mr. Mor gan (Ala.), who u!so opposed the bill. I JONES ISSUES THE CALL. Democratic National Committee Will Meet on Jan. 12. Washington, Dec. in.James K. Jones, chairman of the Democratic na- I tinnal committee, has issued a call foi the committee to meet at the i Shoreham hotel in this city, Tuesday,] Jan. 12, for the purpose of deciding upon the time and place of holding the Democratic national convention. Milliner Accused of Arson. Duluth, Dec. 10.Etta Tucker, a well known milliner and dressmaker, i was arraigned before Judge Windorn In municipal court during the day on a charge of arson in setting fire to her store. She was committed to jail in default of $250 bail. vmaries iiammv agen rorty, Kansas City agent of the Pillsbury Milling company of Minneapolis, killed himself Wednesday He was despondent. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. RUSSIA IS AGGRESSIVE STRONG SQUADRON OF WARSHIPS SAID TO HAVE ARRIVED AT CHEMULPO, KOREA. OPPOSES OPENING OF YONGAMPHO RUSSIANS THREATEN TO LAND MEN AND MARCH ON THE KOREAN CAPITAL. Tokio. Dec. 10.A strong Russian squadron. Consisting of eight warships, including two battleships, has arrived Pt Chemulpo. Korea, the port of Seoul, the capital, to PiirJ*ort Russia's oppo sition to the proposed opening ot Yongainpho to the commerce of tho world. The Russians threaten to hind 3,000 men and march on Seoul should Ko rea disregard their warning, APPREHENSION IN LONDON. News of Arrival of Russian Fleet at Chemulpo. t.midon, Dec. 10. The Tokio dis patch announcing the arrival of a Rus sian fleet off Chemulpo was communi cated to the foreign office here by the Associated Press and was received with apprehension, through it was not confirmed by any foreign office dis patches from the Far Kast. It was said that if the information from To kio is correct it would most certainly nullify any negotiations, however pa cific, now proceeding between Russia and Japan. The Japanese legation had no con firmation of the Tokio report and Baron Hayashi, the Japanese minis tor, said to the Associated Press that he was incliued to discredit it. AWAITING RUSSIA'S REPLY. Japan Will Not Yield Anything on De mands Made. Yokohama, Dec. 10.Advices re ceived here from Tokio say Russia's reply to the Japaneso proposals has not yet been rccivod and it is not be lieved there that It will be finally de cisive, but will probably necessltatu further negotiations on the subject of: minor details. It is believed that un less Japan's minimum demands are virtually concerted tho cabinet at To kio may decline any amendments. In any case a section of the Japaneso diet is expected to impeach the cabi net for Its apparent lack of aggressive ness, but the result is doubtful, as the government can dissolve the house if the opposition threatens to embarrass its foreign policy. Japan, generally, Is calmly awaiting Russia's reply, ready to end the sus pense one way or the other, but re solved not to yield anything of her present moderate stand. ENDORSE FISCAL CHANGES. British Farmers Approve of Chamber lain's Policy. London. Dec. 1 0- The central and associated chambers of agriculture of the United Kingdom endorsed Joseph Chamberlain's fiscal proposals at a meeting held iu London during the day. The chambers, which an thor oughly representative of the agricul tural interests, debated the matter at Beveral recent meetings before adopt ing a resolution welcoming the former colonial secretary's proposals as neces sary for the welfare of the farmers. The concensus, of the speeches dis sented from Premier 'Balfour's scheme and declared farmers, in their own in terests, must heartily support Mr. Chamberlain. OPENS A PORT TO TRADE. Decree Just Issued by the Venezuelan Government. Washington, Dec. 10.The state de partment has received a cablegram from Mr. Russell. United States charge at Caracas, Btatlng that the Venezue lan government had decreed the open ing to trade of the port of Cristobal Colon, on the bay of the same name, on the west shore of the gulf at Paris. Mr. Russell also reports that when this port la opened the government will open the port of Ciudad Bolivar, on the Orinoco, which has been closed to trade for the past year. CARDINAL ESPINOSA DEAD. Became Seriously III During Recent Conclave at Rome. Madrid, Dec. 10. Cardinal Herrero Esplnosa, archbishop Of alencia, is dead. Cardinal Herrero Espinosa was eighty-one years old. He was created a cardinal bv the late Pope Leo XIII. in June last. During the conclave whi^h elected Pope Pius X. Cardinal Herroro EsnincfsS became seriously ill. His bealt! (Dbsequentiy became better, howeve. and on Aug. 22 Pius X. conferred tne red hat i,,,ou him. Many Woodcr Board. Duluth. Pec. 1 -'earner C. W. Moore of the A. iioo'h line is ashore sixteen miles down the north shore and the tug Schenek has gone to hei assistance. The steamer carried a large number of woodsmen out of Du luth to be distributed among North Shore camps. She is not thought to be badly damaged.