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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 20b.
O A RUPTURE BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERN- MENTS MAKE STRONG REPRE- SENTATIONS AT TOKIO. BELIEVED TO HAYE HAD GOOD EFFECT EXERCISED A RESTRAINING IN- FLUENCE IN THE JAPANESE ANSWER TO RUSSIA. Paris, Dec. 23.Confirmation was obtained from official sources during the day of the reports that British Foreign Secretary Lansdowne and Foreign Minister Delcasse of France have within the last few days made strong representations at Tokio with the view to averting a crisis between Russia and Japan. There is reason to believe that these representations, coming at the critical moment when Japan's reply was being handed to the Russian min ister, Baron de Rosen, exercised a powerful restraining influence. This is especially true of Lord Lansdowne, owing to Great Britain being the ally of Japan. The terms of the Japanese answer are not yet known here, but owing to the action taken by Great Britain and Fiance the officials here are confident that her answer permits of a continu ance of the diplomatic negotiations to wards securing common grounds* for an agreement. Japs Expect First Victory. The officials of the Japanese lega tion insist that they do not believe there is any immediate danger of war between Russia and Japan and express the opinion that the dispute will be settled amicably. They add, however, that Japan will not abandon any of her rights in Manchuria and say that if' a conflict occurs they believe the Japanese will obtain the first victory on the sea. Press dispatches from Tokio affirm Dress and Skirt Patterns. What makes a more desirable present for a ladj than a nice dress pattern. Here you can find all the winter fabrics at pop ular prices. Dress Patterns $6, $7.50, $7.00, $8, $8.50, $8.75 and $10. Waist Patterns $2, 2.50, $2.75 and $3! Silk Hose, Ladies' All Silk Hose at $1.25, $1.75 and $2.50- Silk Garters, Gold or Silver Buckles, $1 and $1.25 a pair. Hand Bags from 25 cents to $5. Kid .Gloves $1 and $1.50 a pair. Caslimere Gloves, Silk Lined, $1 a pair. Handkerchiefs at from 5c to $1 each. Toys, Toys. This is the place you can get Toys at the right price. We have them in Tin, Wood, Iron and China. Candy. Mixed Candy at 5 and 10 cents a pound. Chocolates at 20, 25 and 40 cents a pound. Butter Cups 40 cents a pound. Penny Goods, Velvets and Chocolate Chips. tfiat tne Japanese mmisiers aoroaa have been instructed to deny the sen sational reports regarding the relations between Japan and Russia and to say that while Japan replied to Russia Monday her response was not in the nature of an ultimatum, that it de mands, simply, changes in some of the determined points, and, finally, that Russia is ready to continue the exchange of diplomatic views. It is added that the Japanese now give every evidence of a pacific tendency. This information accords with the view prevailing in diplomatic circles here. ONLY ONE VESSEL REMAINS. Russian Fleet in Korean Waters Re turns to Port Arthur. St. Petersburg. Dec. 23.Of the Rus sian warships recently at Chemulpo, Korea, in connection with the disturb ance there only the cruiser Boyarin remains at that place. All the other vessels have returned to Port Arthur. Vice Admiral Stark, commanding the Russian Pacific squadron while the warships were at Chemulpo, had an audience with the emperor of Korea. According to the Port Arthur Novy krai some of the Chinese militia fought in the ranks of the Chinese robber bands in the recent encounter with Russians. The paper contends that Russia is compelled to take active steps to rid Manchuria of these ban dits because China has not filled all her treaty engagements. REJECTS FUNDAMENTAL POINTS. Information Concerning Japan's Reply to Russia. Tokio, Dec. 23.It is asserted in cffU cial circles here that the Japanese re ply to Russia rejects the fundamental points at issue, which are understood to include mutual guarantees for the preservation of Chinese and Korean sovereignty while securing their In dividual interests. The situation is graver than since the commencement of the negotiations, but is still sus ceptible to a pacific solution if Russia will quickly reconsider her reply. FILED IN SUPREME COURT. Brief in Case of Minnesota Against Se curities Company. Washington, Dec. 23.The brief of the state of Minnesota in the suit of that state against the Northern Securi- "*i company was filed in the supreme The Time is Drawing Nig Select your presents early. Those waiting until the last day will surely be disappointed. DAILY New York, Dec. 23.Battalion Fire Chief Martin Coleman was pinioned between falling walls in a fire in the varnish, lumber and furniture plant of H. Herman & Co., Mott street, and burned to death. Richard Joyce, a newly appointed fireman, is missing and is believed to have been buried in the ruins. couft or tne united States during the day by Attorney General Douglas and Messrs. M. D. Munn and George B. Wilson. The brief is a document ot 176 pages and its authors contend that the merger of the Northern Pacific and Great Northern Railroad com panies into the Northern Securities company was for the purpose of stifling competition. CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED. State Auditor Weston of Nebraska Settles Bank Trouble. Caspen, Wyo., Dec. 23.State Aud tor Weston of Nebraska, arrested some weeks ago in connection with a bank suspension, left for Lincoln last even ing. He deposited $10,000 to the credit of the closed Denecke & Co. hank, of which he was a stockholder, and the criminal charges against him were dismissed. The bank, it is as serted, now has sufficient funds to pay a 50 per cent dividend. Death Sentence for a Woman. Bennington. Vt., Dec. 23.Mrs. Mary A. Rogers has been found guilty of murder in the first degree in killing her husband, Marcus H. Rogers, on Aug. 12, 1902. The verdict carries the death penalty: Present for Gentlemen. Buying presents for a man is generally considered a hard task. It is easy here so many nice things at so Jow a price. Mens Smoking Jackets at $5 to $7.50. Men's Ties at 25, 50 and 75 cents. Men's Suspenders, one pair in a box. at from 85 cents to $2.50. Men's Flannel Shirts from $1 to 3 each. Men's Night Shirts from G5 cents to $1.50. Men's Fur Lined Caps $1 each. Men's Patent Leather Shoes at $3.50, $4 and $5.00. Men's, Boys' and Children's Suits and Overcoats at thre-quarters of the regular price. Any parent whose children are in need of Clothing, which they are through sick- ness or misfortune unable to purchase, will be given at least one article of wearing apparel, free of charge, on Tuesday or Wednesday Applications must be made to one of the proprietors: strangers BWost be recommended. Store will be open from 8 to 10 o'clock Christmas Day to allow customers to exchange presents. BEMIDJI. MIISTKESOTA. E3X SLOWLY BURNED TO DEATH Horrible Fate of Chief of New York Battalion at a Fire There Today. 'Coleman and 'Father Smith, the faro department chaplain, wont into the building with Fireman Jones. A wall caved in and all fled, but Jones ami Coleman were caught. The priest and other firemen wont back and got Jones out of the wreck, but Coleman was too tightly pinioned and slowly burnod to. death. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA,, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 23, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. MAYHAVESOMEEFFECT PRESIDENT DISCUSSES WOOD'S NOMINATION WITH INTER- ESTED SENATORS. ITHER OFFICERS NEED HAYE NO FEAR WOOD WILL NOT SUCCEED CHAF- Washington. Dec. 23. To prne of the senators who have particularly In terested Ihems.elve's in the pending Wood nomination with an eye espe cially to the protection of some ol the veteran Officers (it the army the presi dent has expressed himself very plain ly to the effect that these officers have nothing to fear-in the immediate fu ture. As it was pointed out to him that there was considerable apprehen sion among the friends of these army officers lest upon the retirement of General Chaffee with the rank of lieu tenant general the president might ap point Major General Leonard Wood to bo lieutenant general, involving the "jumping" of a number of distin guished general officers who never would have a chance to attain the highest rank by reason of General Wood's incumbency for the place for fifteen years, the president has ex pressly declared that he has no such intention. Incidentally that involved an undertaking on his part to promoto some of these general officers referred to after General Chaffee's retirement./ But he did not state that when he made such promotions as he saw (it he would not close the list by appointing General Wood to be lieutenant gen eral. The understanding thus reached with the senators is expected to have an important influence upon the ac tion that will be had upon the Wood nomination. CABINET MEETINGS SUSPENDED. Noae Will Be Held During the Holi day Recess. Washington, Dec. 23.No cabinet meetings will be held during the holi day recess. Both President* Roosevelt and his official advisers will observe the recess so far as public service will permit. Such business as the several cabinet officers may have with the president will be brought to his atten-! tion by them as individuals, unless] some emergency should arise which i should render it necessary for. the cab-j inet to assemble as a body for its con sideration. Such callers as the president may receive during the holidays will have to make their engagements for the afternoon!- as he will spend no time In his office during the mornings. Secretary Moody had a brief confer ence with the president during the day. They considered the latest offi cial advices received by the navy de partment from the isthmus of Pan ama, but assurance is given that they are of no great importance. Both the president and Secretary Moody are keeping in close touch with the situa tion through the naval officers at the isthmus. Should anything either sig nificant or important occur there the I administration will be advised imme-' dlately. ESCAPE WITH LIGHT SENTENCES. Authors of Kishineff Massacre Tried and Convicted. Kishineff, Bessarabia. Dec. 23.Two Russians named Gnetschin and Maros jeik, who have been on trial charged with murder as the authors of the massacre of Jews here last spring, 'have been sentenced to seven and five years' penal servitude, respectively. Twenty-two others charged with be Ing involved in the massacre were sentenced to periods ranging from one to two years each. One person was sentenced to six wentbs' imprisonment and twelve irere acquitted, while forty-eight civil pktions brought against the accused were dismissed. The costs of the prosecutions must be paid by the con victed persons. 1 i AS LIEUTENANT GEN- FEE ERAL OF ARMY. Something We are pleased to have you come and look over our' htock whether you purchase or not. FOR Nothing Is Something Unusual, Bvit Beginning 5 5 5 Monday, December 14, \XK SHALL Give Away Free 50 MINI ATI1 UK One With Every $10 Cash Purchase. These Little Clocks :ire not toys but|P.pactical Time Keepers and we Guarantee Everyone to Run and eep I line. Our Line of Watches, Diamonds, Clocks, Silverware, Cut Glass and Souvenir China Is the most complete and Newest Designed in Bemidji. Every article guaranteed to give satisfaction or your money will be refunded. E A. BARKER. 513 Third Street, Bemidji, Minn. Clocks. We will be pleased to lay aside anything you may select until Christmas.