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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 198. FOR DUTY ON ISTHMUS THREE HUNDRED ADDITIONAL MARINES ORDERED TO PRO- CEED TO COLON. WILL REACH THERE MONDAY NEXT fORCE THEN ON SCENE ABLE TO PRESERVE ORDER AND PRE- VENT INVASION. "Washington, Dec. 11.Nothing of an Official character concerning the re ported movement of Colombian troops upon the isthmus has been received at the state department since the re ports that came Wednesday from Ven zuelan ports indicating that such a lovement was on foot, nor thas the minister from Panama any informa tion on this point. At the navy department it was an nounced that the marine contingent an the isthmus would be reinioiced by 300 men now on the Prairie, orders having been sent to Admiral Barker, squadron, now at Guantanamo, to dis patch the Prairie to the isthmus. She W^il leave at once and will reach Colon by Monday next. It is felt that, thus Reinforced, the marines on the isth mus will be fully competent to pre serve order and prevent any invasion. OF A PACIFIC NATURE. Cablegrams Received by General Reyes From Colombia. Washington, Dec. 11.Cablegrams received during the day by General eyes, the Colombian minister, and by r. Herran, the Colombian secretary of legation, are pacific in tenor and the officials of the Colombian legation are inclined to believe that the Colom bian people are obeying the final in structions of General Reyes, their commander-in-chief, who, before leav ing his country, issued an order that no hostile, move was to be made Ladies' Shoes. Fifty pairs of Ladies' Shoes, some hand turned, some Goodyear welt, good assort iment of sizes and widths Iprice stamped on bottom I$3, $3.50 and $4 our special [price this week $2.69 a pair tommander of the North Atlantic countries, is by birth an American and ,owns extensive lumber interests in Michigan. He is considered as one of 25 per cent from regular Overcoats rice. 'C41 I !_ against me Txnrtea States or ranama pending the completion of his mission. Secretary Hay's illness has prevent ed a conference between the secretary and the Colombian minister this week, but upon Mr. Hay's return to the state department General Reyes expects to see him and the chances are the gen eral's mission will be concluded very soon thereafter. General Reyes has cabled the Bogota government setting forth very explicitly the true situation here. He has not attempted in his advices to cloak the fact that there is no hope of prevailing on the Unite States to retrace its steps on the isth mus. The only possible result General Reyes could bring about here, as he has officially informed the Bogota gov ernment, would be the securing of satisfactory peace terms with the new republic. Pan-American diplomats say that with the departure of General Reyes from Washington they expect the Co lombian legation to remain closed for an indefinite period. ADVOCATES RECIPROCITY. Member of Canadian Parliament Ad dresses Americans. Boston, Dec. 11.John Charlton, member of the Canadian parliament, delivered a forceful address upon the subject of "Reciprocity With Canada" before the Boston chamber of com merce. Mr. Charlton, who also is a member of the United States and British joint commission created in 1897 to deal with the trade relations between the the foremost champions of reciprocity in Canada. The tenor of Mr. Charl ton's address was that the United States must grant more liberal tariff provisions or Canadian tariff rates would be eventually advanced. Abso lute free trade between the two coun tries could not yet be attained, he said, but the nearer it could be ap proached the better. Mr. Charlton discussed the objec tions of the American farmer and lumberman to Canadian reciprocity. He claimed that their fear that their business would be injured was a groundless one. A'dolphus Drucker, at one time a member of the British parliament and possessed of considerable means, hav. ing large mining interests at Ross ville, B. C, is dead in Bellevue hos pital, New York city. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. Thursday Friday and Saturday Bargains W want you to see our stock of 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 Ribbe 1 Shirts and Drawers, price $1, HOT:1 79c a garment Ladies' Walking Skirts. A nice as- so rtment of Ladies' Walking Skirts in all the lar fabrics, in- cl tiding ibelines, heviots, netian a Ladies Coats. oNtchjOne lot of Ladies' Coats. ed. all' good .assortment of ',zes an 3 -i colors, ati styies, at .1-3 off from marked price a discount Men's and# our regular One lot of Men's Heavy W ol Under- li i (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 36 inch Flan nelette, the 15c quality, -7-^rr^r. T- 10c a vard BoV's Suits and 0 from regular pVice nt.*!ifeMjAai l-f'nh r.ifagiii4^teiiili'i DAILY RIOTING !S RESUMED. Chicago Street Car Manned by Non unionists Wrecked. Chicago, Dec. 11.In a riot growing *out of the recent strike of the Chicago City railway a car was wrecked by a mob of union sympathizers, who furi ously attacked the nonunion conductor and motorman, badly injuring both. The crew of the car escaped into a nearby building, where they were BITTER FIGHT IS IN SIGHT Mormon Pledge of U. S. Senator Smoot Incompatible With Oath Taken on Assuming Office. Washington, Dec. 11.Congressional I rately callers at the White House are mani festing increasing interest in the .rase involving the seat of Senator Smoot of Utah and the indications now arc that the contest, which, it is asserted. is certain to result from the present agitation, will rival in importance and In earnestness the case of Brigham H. Roberts before the house of represen tatives a few years ag. While the president is familiar with the develop ments thus far in the Smoot case no effort is being made by either side to draw him into the controversy, the realization being general that it in volves a question which the senate must determine for itself. That a thorough investigation of the subject will be made by the sen ate committee on privileges and elec tions now appears to be beyond doubt. By those who are pressing the inves tigation it is said it will "be more com prehensive and searching than any similar inquiry ever has been. An ef fort will be drmde to ascertain accu- Notions. D2539 Envelopes^ 5,000 No,\l ,Ivag Stock 6 \-l Envelopes, our regular 10c goods at 5c a package of 24 Thread. Coats 200 yard Cob ton and Belding 50 yard silk, six spools iov 25c Tooth Powder, Lyons' box 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 10c- Dekng Hooks and Eyes, the 10c kind 5c a paper 5c Sewing Needles 4c a paper Fancy CrofehetVCotton -4C a(,Jal 10c per ball Ice Wool I to if i Vt ZTf^^H^K th Attitude of the Mormon Church toward the government of the Unit ed States and to learn whether or not a member of that organization is bound by any pledge or oath, the tak ing of which is incompatible with his oath as a senator of the United States. It is believed, by some at least of those who are opposing Senator Smoot, that any effort made to prove he is a polygamist would result in failure and while that point cannot said to have been abandoned absolutely it is quite certain the opposition will concentrate its endeavors to prove that the posi tion he holds in the Mormon church is incompatible with the oath of al legiance he has taken to the United States. That proof must be made, in the opinion of senators, before he can be unseated. As to the ability of the opposition of Senator Smoot to establish such a proposition there is wide divergence of opinion among the senators, but there is a pretty general agreement that if it should be established its result would be the unseating of the Utah senatcr. his per 15c Witch Hazel per bottle 15c BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. rue not cccurrea street line near guaraeo Dy ponce, on the Halstead Archer avenue. The riot was participated in by hun dreds of men and boys. Forced to flee from the car the nonunion men were knocked off their feet and severely pumrr.eled. Struggling up again fho victims fid in different directions, pursued by the crowd. The mob. fail ing to recapture the fugitives, returned to the car. which had been abandoned at Halstead street and Archer avenue, and wreaked vengeance on the con veyance, destroying the woodwork and rendering the coach unfit tor use. A patrol wagonload of police meantime rescued the two nopuhionists. As fi result of the riot ,^?et car traffic on the line was suspended for nearly an hour and hundreds of passengers were (Jftayed. The trouble occurred owing to the refusal of passengers, among flierii several women, to pay fares to the conductor, who wore no union but ion. When the nickels were refused him he announced that the car would stop unless the money was paid. At this several of the passengers in the car seized him, while others pro ceeded to tne front platform and or dered the motorman to start the car. At first the motorman refused, but when one of the passengers exhibited a revolver, concealed in the folds of his overcoat, he started the car and did not stop until Archer avenue was reached. Then he leaped from the conveyance and ran, pursued by a crowd of men. The conductor was then attacked. Both of the victims, it is said, were employed as strike breakers during the recent strike. STRANGE TRAGEDY IN ITALY. Ends in solution during the day. A young man named Beretta, a millionaire' of Milan and a famous sportsman, was Invited by the Chevalier Angelo Vec chio,*an organizer shows. Plan to Murder Millionaire Suicide of Plotter Rome. Dec. ,11.One of the Strang est of crimes had a most, dramatic-*- Echo of Shipbuilding Flotation in Case Just Begun. New York, Dec. 11.Notice of suit has been served upon the llrm of Har ris, Gates & Co., of which John W. Gates is a member, by J&mes B. Dill. villa outsideofofsporting Milan on-th pretext that Beretta examine some old pictures. Once there Reretta was seized and bound and obliged, with a i revolver pointed at his head, to make a will leaving his fortune to Vecchio, besides writing a letter saying he had committed suicide. Vecchio then left the villa after Instructing an accom I plice to drown Beretta the next, day in a bath and carry the body far away from the villa so as to give Vecchio a change to prove an alibi. But the heart of Vecchio's accomplice softened and he set Beretta at liberty and Vec chio. who read in the newspapers that his plot had been discovered, disap peared. The police thought he had gone to America. Later, however, it was learned that Vecchio had committed suicide by shooting while driving in an open carriage on the famous Monte Pinsio drive. WANTS STATE LAWS CHANGED. Crank From Minnesota Calls at the White House. Washington. Dec. 11.John August Miller, forty-five years old, called at the White House during the day to have a change made in the Minnesota laws and was sent to the Washington hospital for observation. Miller...said. thathe had come to Washington la^t TueBday from Franklin ^Grove. Ind. Most of his trouble, however, Trccurred in Waseca county, M"jnn., and he'.want- ed president goosgrelt to s^nyort his $ai^ for VMamatts jyrair.st, Karl DoDberstelrT a, faTnerT'and claim for $60 against County Attorn ASSrjfrs-of tSnf^ol^ity., AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS. no Death of Rear Admiral Gherardi, U. S. N., Retired. Stratford, Conn.. Dec. 11.Rear Ad miral Bancroft Ghorartll, retired, died it his residence here during the day. Admiral Gherardi retired in 18i and came to this city to live. He was ADMIRAL GUEllA J.M. tnken ill about four weeks ngo, but his condition did not become serious until few days ago. He was seventy one years of ngo. From 1889 to 1892 ho was in com mand of the North Atlantic station. CIVIL SERVICE LEAGUE. Annual Convention in Session at Bal timore. Baltimore, Dec. 11.The National Civil Service Reform league began its thirty-third annual meeting in this city during the dny. Daniel C. Oilman, president of the league, opened the convention with ta few appropriate remarks, The morning session was taken up chiefly with the reading of reports and discussions upon the same. Among these were the annual report of the council and reports from th/s women's auxiliaries. Among the notable delegates pres ent are Carl Schurz, Edward Wheeler, Homer Polkes and Edward Carey of New York James R. Garfield and W. E. Cushing of Ohio Richard Henry Dana. Charles J. Bonaparte, John Proctor. Charles Richardson, Elliott II Goodwin, Alfred W. Cooleuy, Henry F. Greene. Henry W. Farnan and William D. Poukes. Many of the dele gates are accompanied by their wives. After the adjournment of the morn ing session the delegates were enter tained at luncheon by the woman's auxiliary to the Maryland Civil Serv ice Reform association. CLAIM LEGALITY OF MERGER. Briefs Filed in Behalf of Morgan, La mont and Others. Washington. Dec. 11.A brief in be half of Messrs. J, Plerpont Morgan, Robert Bacon and Daniel S. Lamont, appellants with others In the case of the United States vs. tho Northern Securities company, has been filed in the United States supreme court. The legality of the so-called merger is upheld and the purposes of its for mation are explained In detail. A brief was also fllod by John W. Griggs, counsel for the Northern Se curities company, In the proceeding of the United States against that com pany for violation of the Sherman anti-trust law. He contends that the formation of the Securities company I and the purchase by it of the majority of the stock of the Northern Pacific land Great Northern were perfectly I legal and natural acts and he urges that the Securities company has as much right to acquire the stock of the I two roads as an individual would have. SUIT TO RECOVER $7GO,0G0. counsel for the Commonwealth Trust company, as successor to the Trust Company of the Republic for $7.ro,- 000, alleged to have been deposited by the Trust Company of the Republic with Harris, Gates & Co. in connec tion with the flotation of the. United Stales Shipbuilding company. The suit is the first of the actions announce*] a few weeks aj?o as about to be brought by the directors of the trust company at. the Instance of Messrs. Fish, Boldt and Crimmins of the Republic TruBt directorate and th nP W ca( eof lh ctorate.trust to vindi directorf the com pany and show they took no part in any questionable transactions in con nection wfth the Shipbuilding com pany's affairs. BUILDING CONTRACTORS MEET. Labor Unions Discussed at National Convention. Chi'-ago, Her. 11.Building con tractors from nearly every large city in the United States met in confer ence here during the national associati6n Tl were the principal topic Much enthusiasm was the conference promises I orgapIzatioB formed.on the welfare of the building both foreigners. to form Or \r- .cur oce'l iforftv TJ-?* Roof of CasfthgPiouse Collages. YoiingstQ-wn, O., Dec. l'l^THlf roof of the castinghouse of the Andrews & Hitchjioc3( furnace in Halberd} five tnlletf-rVom lfere, collapsed at tafdnlght, killing John Patrick a Slavonian, and prohjbljt atalljE injuring", two other 'J, WAR WITH GERMANY GENERAL MACARTHUR PREDICTS TROUBLE, ACCORDING TO ALLEGED INTERVIEW. HAWAII A STRONG STRATEGIC POINT CAPTURE OF THE ISLANDS MUST PRECEDE ANY ATTACK ON PACIFIC COAST. Honolulu. Dec. 11.Major General MacArthur, during the military con ference, said that In all probability war will t:tl place between the United States and Germany in the near future, which makes the Hawa iian national guard of national impor tance. The Pan-Germanic doctrine is growing among German-Americans, few of whom volunteered in the war with Spain, lie believes that German Interests are growing to such an ex tent In South America that the strain upon the Monroe doctrine will even tually result in a conflict. Hawaii be ing a strategic point no nation, he says, will make any attempt upon the shore line of the Pacific states until the capture of the Hawaiian Islands had been effected. This statement of Major General MacArthur has just been made public through the report of Colonel Jones to Governor Carter. QUESTION ITS ACCURACY. Army Officers Say MacArthur Never Made Rash Statement. San Francisco, Dec. 11.Major Gen eral MacArthur. who 's quoted in a cable dispatch from Honolulu as pre dicting a war between the United States and Germany, has not returned to this city. At army headquarters it was stated that be was not expected back 1'ronr Honolulu until about Christ mas, though ho may come on the Sherman, due In a few days. Referring to the statement attrib uted to General MacArthur. which, it. appears, was transmitted to Governor Carter by Colonel Jones of the Ha waiian militia, a high military official said: "I cannot believe that General Mac Arthur made the prediction attributed to him. It Is quite possible that In conferring with the fortifications board, which recently met In Hono lulu, he may have incidentally' re ferred to the possibility of war with some foreign power as an argument in favor of properly defending the Hawaiian islands, which, as everybody knows, are very Important strategic ally. By way of illustration he may have mentioned Germany as a growing sea and commercial power, but he is too experienced an officer and diplo mat to make the rash statement with which ho is credited." Other army officers expressed sim ilar views and all were confident that General MacArthur would make a prompt, and entirely satisfactory ex planation. ADMINISTRATION IS ALERT. Letter of Secretary Hay Refers to Manchurian Situation. San Francisco, Dec. 11.Andrea Sbarboro, president of the Manufac turers and Producers' association, has received a letter from Secretary of State Hay acknowledging the receipt of resolutions relative to the trade of the United States in Mam hu_tbL__ln-. his IBtiel Secretary Hay says: "The subject to which you refer is one of the greatest importance and has occupied the close attention of President McKinley and of President Roosevelt for several years. The ob ject which you propose is one to which this government has steadily adhered anil nas pursued through circum stances of peculiar difficulty and em barrassment. 1 can only assure you and authorize you to assure your as sociates that the president will not lose sight of the important interests to which he has already devoted so much time and care." SAID TO BE INCORRECT. Rumored Arrival of Russian Fleet Off Chemulpo. St. Petersburg, Dec. 11.The dis patch from Tokio announcing that a Russian squadron of eight warships had arrived off Chemulpo, Korea, to support Russia's opposition to the pro posed opening of Yongampho, on the Yalu river, to the commerce of the world and that the Russians threat ened to land 3,000 men and march on Seoul should Korea disregard their warning, is utterly discredited here. The foreign office has no confirmation of the report and is inclined to class it with other sensational rumors from tho Far East which later have been proved to be baseless. JAPANESE DIET OPENED. Emperor Refers Briefly to Dispute With Russia. Tokio. Japan, Dec. 11.The.emperor opened the met during the morning, In#refeTT:ng to tho situation wfth re i gird to Russia he only said that. his [Ministers are.vnow conducting, with prudence and. circumspection, impor tant international negotiations for the preservation of peace in the Far East and of Japan's rights and interests.