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INCREASEing RUSSO-JAPANESE MARITIME IN- SURANCE GOES UP AN ADDI- TIONAL FIVE PER CENT. RUSSIAN OPINION REMAINS OPTIMISTIC CAN SEE NO REASON WSHY JAPAN SHOULD DESIRE TO BREAK OFF NEGOTIATIONS. London, Dec. 19.Russo-Japanese war risks at Lloyds rose about 5 per cent during the day, 20 guineas per cent being quoted to the end of Jan uary and 25 to the end of February. Ordinary insurance on a cargo to and from Japan rose about 5 per cent, with a fair amount of business. Japanese bonds declined on the Stock Exchange from three-quarters to one point, but rallied and closed un changed. Bizerta, Tunis, Dec. 19.The Rus sian naval force now anchored here, comprising a battleship, three armored cruisers and several torpedo boats, will be reinforced in a few days by six torpedo boats and will proceed hence to the Far East. RESENTS AMERICAN ACTIVITY. Russia Opposes Opening of Chinese and Korean Ports. Seoul, Dec. 19.The attitude of the Russians here indicates a possible de termination to prevent Japan from gaining a foothold in Korea. The radicals insist that Russia must reach the sea to insure protection in the fu ture and argite ..that Japan in posses sion of Korea would be a constant menace. The emperor still studiously avoids an answer to the questions of United States Minister Allen in regard to Wiju. The latter is now pressing the matter and has asked for another au dience. The Russians are inclined -to resent see him at any time in our east window. Children's Toys. Dolls, Doll Clothing, Flat Irons, Dust Pans, Horses, Fire Engines, Steam Engines, Hose Carts, Banks, Animals, Candy Boxes, Horns, Drums, Swords, Guns, Mouth Organs, Balls, Brownies and Tool Chests. Candies. Chocolates, Bon Bons, Butter Cups, Velvets, Paris Kisses, Conversation Loz engers, Chocolate Chips, Candy Animals and Mixed Candies. to one of the proprietors strangers must be recommended. Xm&fit-tfti: acrvrny concerning wira and say that the Americans are play the Japanese game. The Russians do not object to Americans coming in and trading with Manchuria, but as sert that the opening of Mukden and Antung admitted Japanese, whose presence is constantly irritating, and that it might lead to a repetition of this if Yongampho and Wiju are opened. They say that Americans now enjoy a large trade with Manchuria, which, except in the matter of flour, will largely increase in the future and in sist that the present attitude of Amer ica only injures a friend and customer and favors a manufacturing rival. RUSSIANS OPTIMISTIC. Hope for Peaceful Settlement of Dis pute With Japan. London, Dec. 19.A special dispatch from St. Petersburg says: Optimistic anticipations of a pacific solution of the Russo-Japanese crisis are still entertained in the leading Russian official circles in spite ot some disquietude on the part of the public and alarmist press reports. The opinion here is that the Russo Japanese negotiations will proceed. It is pointed out that there is no reason why Japan, if not satisfied with Rus sia's reply, should break off the nego tiations, since the reply is in no sense an ultimatum, leaving the way open for counter proposals. It is suggested as an expedient in case no agreement can be reached that an arrangement might be made to maintain the pres ent status for a number of years. JUMP FROM FIFTH STORY. Four Persons Seriously Injured, Two of Whom Will Die. Dayton, 0., Dec. 19.To escape death by suffocation twelve girls leaped from the fifth story windows of the Canby building, landing on the roof and skylights of a one-story build ing below. At least half this number were caught in the arms of Dr. Lam bert, who has offices in-the building and who, by breaking the force of their fall, saved probably six lives. The flame? originated in the basement of the building and the dense smoke went up the elevator shaft, quickly fill ing the upper floors. The property loss Was small. The injured are: Minnie Troxell, Will die Charles Reeder, will die Mrs. Frank Hughes, seriously hurt Miss Levisson, seriously hurt. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. SANTA CLAUS Is now at our Store making his Christmas purchases. He is a wise old fellow, always buys where he can get the most for his money. We are helping him out this year with our 2 5 per cent discount on little Boys' Suits and Overcoats so lie will have more money to buy Toys with. He will be here until Christmas eve. and the little boys and girls can Any parent whose children are in need of Clothing, which they are through sickness or misfortune unable to purchase, will be given at least one article of wearing apparel, free of charge, on Monday, Tuesday o.i Wednesday of next week. Application must be made Oleary $ Bowse VOLUME 1. NUMBER 205. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 19, 1903. Washington. Dec. 19.When the house convened Mr, Wanger (Rep., Pa.), chairman of the committee on expenditures of the postoffice depart ment, reported favorably the resolu tion authorizing that committee to re quest the postmaster general for pa pers in connection with the recent in vestigation of the posto.'fice depart ment and asked for its immediate consideration. Mr. Wanger contended that the information sought was es sential to the proper consideration of matters before it. Mr. Overstreet (Rep.. Ind.) opposed the resolution on the ground that the information sought already is in the hands of members. Mr. Cobb (Dem., Mo.) contended for the resolution and said both commit tees should have the information, add ing that possibly the judiciary commit tee might A|ant it. Mr. Williams (Dem., Miss.), reply ing to Mr. Overstreet, said if making trouble consisted in making a thor ough inquiry into the postoffice situa tion the minority proposed to make trouble. He announced that if given an opportunity he would offer a reso lution providing that the postmaster general be requested to send to the house all the papers and evidence in connection with the investigation. Mr. Wanger then moved the previ ous question, Mr. Williams calling for the ayes and noes. The vote on the motion for the pre vious question, a party vote, was a tie. The speaker voted in the affirma tive, thus carrying it. A division pn'the question of adopt- Useful Presents. Clothing, Shirts, Ties, Hose, Handker chiefs, Suspenders, Gloves, Caps, Hats, Smoking Jackets, Fancy Vests, Cuff But tons, Ann Bands, Garters. Night Shirts, Shoes, Slippers, Dry Goods, Ladies'- Suits, Coats, Furs, Skirts, Night Robes, Muslin Underwear, Silk Hose, Silk Garters, Hand kerchiefs, Pillow Tops, Doilies. Center Pieces, Table Linen, Towels. Bed Spreads, Shirt Waists. Sweaters. Opera Shawls. China, Silverware, Plush and Celluloid Goods. ADOPTED BY CLOSE REPORT House Passes Resolution Requesting Papers in Postal Investigations. Minority Almost Solid For It. DAILY PIONEER. ing tne resolution respited tn major ity vote in the negative, the Demo crats, with two or throe exceptions, voiine: fer the resolution. A rollcall was ordefed and the reso lution was adoptedH! to LOO. 'The minority was practically solid in support of the resolution. DANIEL ON PANAMA QUESTION. Criticises Remarks of President and Mr. Loomis. Washington, Dee. 19.At the begin ning of the day's session of the senate I Mr. Hoar ottered a resolution instruct ing the committee on printing to as certain whether it is not possible to have t!u Congressional Record print ed in better type than at present and briefly addressed the senate on the subject, saying that it was very diffi cult to read it as now printed. The resolution was agreed to. Mr. Daniel was then recognized to |peak upon 'Sir. Hoar's resolution re questing the president to send to the senate all the information hearing upon the revolution in Panama. He said that the Panama treaty had been discussed by the president in his mes sage, amply in some respects, but in Other respects very sparsely. Mr. Cullom called attention to the fact that the treaty had not been acted upon by the committee on foreign re lations and intimated that it was not in order to discuss it Mr. Daniel retorted by saying thai "there is not so much nervousness over any inquiry on the part of Re publican enatoi'S as to cause them to jump before they have been spurred." He reiterated his statement that the president had discussed the treaty in public and called attention to Secre tary l.oomis' New York speech, as well as to the debates in the senate, and dared that "never before has there Len such a thorough defiance aud contempt 6' the law of secrecy which prevails in diplomatic affairs as have been displayed in this matter." Mi. Daniel also referred to Minister Bunau-Varilla and said of him that, while it is true that all men play many parts in the course of their lives that gentleman had "played more parts in a shorter time than any other actor who had challenged favor from back of the footlights." INTRODUCED BY MORGAN. Resolution Opposing President's Ac tion in Panama Affair. Washington. Dec. 19.-Senator Mor gan has introduced a resolution declar ing that the president has no right to wage war against any foreign power without the consent of congress, when such country is at peace with the United States that the provision of the canal treaty between the United States and Panama guaranteeing the independence of Panama is, in effect, a declaration of war with Colombia that the intervention of the United States in preventing Colombia to sup press the secession of Panama is con trary to the law of neutrality and the law of nations. LIVED IN LUXURIOUS STYLE. Nine Dollar-a-Week Clerk Steals $200 a Day From Employers. Chicago, Dec. 19.While working on a salary of $9 a week Gus A. Grigsby I robbed his employers at a rate ot $200 ner day, according to Manager David L. Rose of M. L. Barrett & Co. When arrested $250 worth of costly vanilla beans*were found concealed in Grigsby's clothes. In the few months that his meager salary has kept him attached to the firm it is believed that he has stolen between $12,000 and $15,000 worth of stock. Grigsby is a young man and has held the position of chemist's helper for the importing firm for the past nine months. After his arrest he ad mitted that his peculations had con tinued 'luring most of that time and in such amounts that he could not es timate their.total value. "I needed a little ready money.'' was the only explanation he deigned to vouchsafe. In a search of Grigsby's apartments, which had been rented for $A~ a month and were richly furnished, more prop erty was found and claimed by Man- ag'-r Rose. PUERTO PLATA FALLS. Surrenders to Revolutionists Without Resistance. New York, Dec. 19.This city has been su a iered to the revolutionists without Ttghting, a Herald dis patch f:om Puert Plata, Santo Do mingo. The gover* forces, after a se vere battle-. icen forced to aban don Santiago de loa Caballeros. They were short of ammunition. General Caceras, who announced that he would support the provisional president. Morales, has fled and cov ered up his tracks. This is reckoned as establishing the supremacy of ex. President Jiminez in the northern part of the island. VWWWWWWVSA FOR Is Something Unusual, B\it Beginning 3 5 3 Monday, December 14, -WE SIIALL- Give Away Free 50 MINIATURE Cuko Cuko Clocks, One With Every $10 Cash Purchase. These Little (Mocks are not toys but Practical Time Keepers aud we (uiai'iintee Everyone Keep Time. Our Line 9/ We are pleased to have you come and look over our stock whether you purchase or not. TEX CENTS PER WEEK. wwww Nothing to Hun and Watches, Diamonds, Clocks, Silverware, Cut Glass and Souvenir China Is the most complete and Newest Designed in Bemidji. Kvery article guaranteed to give satisfaction or your money will be refunded. E. A BARfKER. 513 Third Street, Bemidji, Minn. We will be pleased to lay aside anything you may select until Christmas.