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VOLUME I. NUMBER 212.
NINETEEN ARE KILLED WRECK ON PERE MARQUETTE ROAD RESULTS IN CONSID- ERABLE LOSS OF LIFE. FAST PASSENGER TRAINS COLLIDE EXTINGUISHING OF RED SIGNAL LIGHT HIGH WIND AL LEGED AS THE CAUSE. Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 29.pletely Nineteen persons were killed and thirty-eight Injured in the collision of two Pere Marquette passsenger trains near East Paris, Mich. The extinguishment of the red sig nal light,at McCords Station by the high wind was the cause of the wreck. Two minutes before the westbound train dashed by McCords Station, where she was due to stop for orders, the operator says that the light was burning. When the train dashed by the oper ator did the only thing in his power, telegraphed for medical aid and wreck ing trains, as he knew that a collision was inevitable. The blinding blizzard prevented the engineers from seeing each other and the trains came to gether at full speed. The engines were crushed by the terrible impact and the cars of both trains were telescoped and turned over and over. On both trains together there were about 200 passengers and all who were not killed suffered some injury. Relief trains soon arrived and the bodies taken from the wreckage. The injured were rushed to the hospitals at Grand Rapids, where several will probably die. Investigation by the coroner .and railroad officials has brought out con flicting testimony. The engineer on the westbound train says that a light was burning at the station, but that it was not the danger signal and he thought that all was well. torn Furs Ladies9 Ladies' $35 hair seal jackets lined with Skinner satin now $29 50 Ladies' $50 hair seal jackets, an extra fine garment, now, 39 50 Ladies' $50 Astrakhan jacket, sable dyed,opossum collar, revers and cuffs, now 43 50 Ladies' $35 Astrakhan jackets now 28 50 Ladies' extra fine $52.50 Astrakhan jackets now 45 00 Ladies'$27.50 Astrakhan jackets now.. 24 50 Ladies' $45 Krimmer jackets now 38 00 Ladies' $37.50 hair seal capes now 31 50 Men's Fu Coats Men's $30 Galloway calf coats now... .$25 00 Men's $25 Galloway calf coats now 19 50 Men's 29 Galloway calf coats now 20 50 Men's $8.50 full length canvas, sheep lined coat with fur collar, now 6 75 Men's $10 canvas coat, full length, sheep lined all the way down, fur collar, now 8 00 Men's $12 corduroy, sheep lined coats, wambat collar, now i 8 50 Men's $6."50 black canvas, sheep lined coats, now 5 00 Sviits Ladies9 Ladies' S10 and $11 suits now $ 7 75 Ladies' $14, $14.50 and $15 suits now.. 9 75 Ladies' $20 suits now 145 50 Ladies' $21.50 suits now Ladies' $18 suits now Ladies' $22.50 suits now Ladies' $25 suits now 19 75 CITIZENS FIGHT BANDITS. Bank at Kiowa, I. T., Rifled by Gang of Robbers. South McAlester, I. T.f Dec. 29. While their sentinels were engaged in a fierce fight with citizens robbers looted the safe of the hank at Kiowa. The thieves gained entrance to the bank building through a window. The first charge of nitroglycerin made no impression on the safe, but the noise aroused residents of the town and soon a posse composed of fifty men was congregated in the stock yards at the rear of the bank. A volley of shots was fired at the building and it was at one* returned by the sentinels of the robbers, se creted on the outside of the structure. An almost incessant fire was kept up for half an hour, during which time the robbers continued their efforts to open the safe. It required three dis charges to force the door. The third explosion was terrific and almost com demolished the safe as well as the interior of the bank. Paper money was blown into shreds, large quantities of mutilated bills be ing left by the bandits. After looting the safe the robbers left the building from the front and backed off into the darkness, keeping up a fire on the posse. The men went in a southerly direction and were fol lowed quite a distance. It is said that one of the robbers was injured. The bank officials place their mone tary loss at $2,800. NELSON BROTHERS TO HANG. Governor Van Sant Sets Feb. 10 as the Date for Their Execution. St. Paul, Dec. 29.Governor Van Sant has fixed Wednesday, Feb. 10, as the date of execution of Charles and Henry Nelson, who were convicted by the Steele county court of the murder of Henry Krier, a saloonkeeper, last April. The Nelson brothers and William Sutton were indicted by the Steele county grand jury and charged with murder in the first degree. Sutton pleaded guilty to murder in the sec ond degree and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Nelsons pleaded cot guilty, were tried and found guilty on the indictment of the grand jury. They vainly petitioned the supreme court for a new trial. It is understood that the attorneys and friends will endeavor to have the sentence commuted at the meeting of the state board of pardons in January. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. Great Sacrifice Sale O furs,L adies' Suits, Coats and Skirts We must close out these goods before taking inventory Jan. 31. Now is the chance to buy these goods at wholesale. All good, fresh stock. 0 7 1 12250 0 Washington, Dec. 29.Although Sec retary Hay has not yet replied to the note of General Reyes preparations are rapidly going on for the closing of the Colombian legation here and the de parture of Colombia's representatives for home. It is clear that they do not entertain any hope of a satisfactory response by this government. Al ready most of the legation files have been packed and arrangements com pleted for placing them in storage here. For several days General Reyes has denied himself to callers. It is believed that, while the reply of Mr. Hay has not been made, suffi cient information has been obtained by the Colombian representatives in the interviews they have had with the secretary to enable them to forecast its conclusions. The preparations go ing on for closing up the affairs of the legation would seem to indicate that. General Reyes and Dr. Herran are awaiting only as a matter of form and diplomatic courtesy the official com munication of Mr. Hay setting forth the reasons why this government can not accept their view of the Panama Small Furs Ladies' $7 ermine boa now $ 4 50 Ladies' $8 martin collar now 5 95 Ladies' $7.50 beaver collar now 4 98 Ladies' $1.50 boas now 98 Ladies' $12 Siberian squirrel scarf now 8 50 Ladies'$20 electric bo a 54 inches long now 15 OH Ladies' $25 beaver collar now 18 50 Coats Ladies9 Ladies' $5 coa ts now $ 3 75 Ladies' $0 coa ts now 4 50 Ladies' $10 and $11 coats now 7 75 Ladies' $12 coats now .,^2 5 Ladies'$14, $14.50 and $15 coa ts now.. 9 75 Ladies' $16 coat now 12 50 Ladies' $18 and $18.50 coa ts how 13 50 Ladies' $20 coats now 14 98 Ladies' $23 and $23.50 coa ts now. 17 50 Ladies'* $25 coats now 17 98 Skirts Ladies9 Ladies' $2 skirts now, $ 1 50 Ladies' $2.50 skirts now 1 98 Ladies' $3.25 skirts now 2 50 Ladies' $5 skirts now 3 75 Ladies' $6 skirts now 4 25 Ladies' $8 skirts now 5 75 Ladies' $10 skirts now 7 95 Misses' and children's coats one-third off from the regular price. Special for this week only. One-third off on Toys, Silverware and Cut Glass. THE DAILY PIONEER. SITUATION IS MOREJJTRAINED Representatives of Colombia Prepare to Leave the Capital Without Further Delay. LITTLE HOP E O SATISFACTOR REPL Answer of Secretary Hay to the Recent Note of General Reyes is Still Forthcoming. situation Detore severing diplomatic relations with the United States. MORE VESSELS FOR ISTHMUS. Additional American Waships on the Way South. Washington, Dec. 29.The fleets of warships on both sides of the isthmus of Panama will shortly be reinforced by several vessels now on their way to that quarter. The gunboat Topeka of the Atlantic training squadron has left Key West for Colon by way of Kingston as convoy of the torpedo boat destroyers Truxton and Stewart, which have been assigned to patrol duty on the Carribean coast of the isthmus. Tho gunboat Castine ar rived at Colon Sunday from Philadel phia none the "worse for her recent grounding on a bar In the Delaware river. The big collier Caesar has left Culebra for Colon with coal for the fleet. The converted cruiser Dixie left League Island Monday for Colon with the Panama marine brigade, number ing about GO O men. in command of Brigadier General Elliott. Naval movements in the direction of the isthmus have been almost equally active on the Pacific coast. The gunboat Petrel, bound for Pan ama, arrived at Acapulco, Mex,, on the 26th inst. and undoubtedly has left there by this time. The flagship New York, the gunboat Bennington, the torpedo boat destroyers Preble and Paul Jones and the collier Saturn have been fitted out at San Francisco for service in the vicinity of Panama and it is expected that all of them will start South in a day or two. DIXIE SAILS FOR COLON. Carries Six Hundred Marines and Five Months' Supplies. Philadelphia. Dec. 29.The auxili ary cruiser Dixie sailed from the League Island navyyard during the day en route for Colon, carrying GO O marines and five months' living and fighting supplies for 1.000 men. Six companies of marines divided into two battalions sailed on the Dixie. Company A is composed of men from Boston, Company 15 Washington, Company Annapolis, Company I) Philadelphia and Companies E and Brooklyn. Trainload of Army Supplies. San Francisco, Dec. 29.Nearly a trainloa'd of army supplies, hospital tents and blankets have arrived here under rush orders, having been ex pressed by the government from Omaha to the superintendent of the transport service in this city. The consignment had been carried on the fastest trains through the West. Will Assume Part of Debt. Washington, Doe. 29.The state ment of M. Bunati-Varilla, the Panama minister, that his government Is will ing to assume a portion of the Colom bian debt has been received at the British embassy and transmitted hy cable to the London government for its consideration. READY TO INVADE TURKEY. Four Thousand Macedonians Under Bulgarian Officers. Salonica, European Turkey, Dec 29. Th authorities are informed that 4 000 Macedonian revolutionists, un der the leadership of eighty Bulgarian officers, are ready to invade Turkish territory. An order was issued here during the day requesting the Turkish officers to exercise extreme vigilance. It is rumored that the Second army reserve will again be called out. Two Hundred Delegates Present. St. Louis, Dee. 29.The fifty-third annual meeting of the American Asso ciation for the Advancement of Sci ence began here during the day with about 200 members present, compris ing some of the most notable men in the country. The convention will re main in session all week. Shot by Enragea HTisband. St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 29.H. G. Ed mondeon, a real estate dealer, was found in a room with Mrs. G. W Grote in a South St. Joseph hotel and was fatally shot by the woman's hus i band, who is a building contractor. Grote tj^ed a shotgun and fired through 11 the panel of the door. Grote's wife accompanied the injured man to the BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2D, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. AMID GREAT EXCITEMENT. Cotton Prices at New York Touch New High Record. New York, Deo. 29.New high rec ord prices were made amid the great est excitement at the very opening of the Cotton Exchange First prices wore at an advance of 'J3 to 51 points. Before the call was fairly completed March had sold at 14.01, May at 14.20 and July at 14.14. Tho advance fol lowed the surprising strength at Liver pool, where prices were 17 to 20 points higher at the time of the local open ing instead of a shade lower as ex pected, with private cables ascribing gain* to heavy buying for Continental, Egyptian and American accounts. Tho early market was active and excited. There was tremendous buying for both accounts, with New Orleans sup porting ju3t enough to add to the ap prehension of shorts, who were ap parently in a panic stricken condition. But realizing, too, was very heavy and after the call prices showed a declin ing tendency, sagging off several points from the best during the first fifteen or twenty minutes, although the market continued very feverish and unsettled, with most of the selling by parties having profits to.take. After fluctuating very irregularly for a time, about 10 to 15 points Aider the bast prices of the morning, the mar ket turned very strong again in the early afternoon, reaching still higher prices on all the active months. The excitement was intense. There was liquidation on every fresh upward movement and toward the close the market sagged off a few points, but was finally firm at an advance of 48 to 59 points. HAY MAY GO SOUTH. Secretary's Bronchial Trouble Does Not Yield to Treatment. Washington, Dee. 29.-The condition of Secretary Hay remains unchanged. Contrary to the expectation of his phy sician the secretary's bronchial trou ble has not yielded readily to treat ment and Mr. Hay will probably leave Washington early In January for Thomasville, Ga., for a visit to Colo nel Oliver Payne. The mild climate there has helped tho secretary before and it is hoped may again prove an effective cure. Unless a decided and unexpected change for the better in Mr. Hay's condition occurs within the next few days Mr. Loomls will officiate at the breakfast on New Year's day to the diplomatic corps at the residence of Secretary and Mrs. Hay. Mr. Loomla also will be present at the president's reception in the same capacity. GOES INTO EFFECT JAN. 1. Reduction of Wages in Union Sheet Steel Plants. Pittsburg, Dec. 29.Notices have been sent out from the headquarters of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers that the vote of the sheet lodges on the propo sition to reduce the base of the wage scale from 3 to 3% cents, thereby cut ting wages 10 per cent, has been ac cepted. The new rate will go into effect on Jan. 1 and it is believed this decision will result in the starting next Monday of a large number of union sheet steel plants that have been Idle for a long time owing to the inability of the independent manufact furors to meet the competition of th' nonunion sheet mills of the American Sheet Steel company. CHOIR GOES OU ON STRIK E. Objects to Being Criticised for Eating Candy During Services. Montreal, Dec. 29.Melville church, the leading Presbyterian place of wor ship In Westmount, the fashionable residence suburb of Montreal, was without the services of a choir Sun day. In his sermon on Christmas morning Rev. T. W. Winfleld, pastor of the church, severely criticised tb members of the choir for eating candj during the progress of the service. As .a result of the criticism a deputa tion from the choir waited upon the reverend gentleman on Saturday and requested a retraction. This he. re fused to make and as a result choir, without an exception, went on etxike.- tlie out LIABILITY LAW CONSTRUED. Amount Fixed by Express Company Not Binding. Minneapolis, Doc. 29.Judge Pond has rendered a decision stating that where goods intrusted to an express company are not. valued In shipment that the $50 liability limit established by the express companies is not bind ing and the full value of the goods may be recovered. A local firm sued the Wells -Fargo company for $1,219 worth of silk waists which were lost in a wreck. The company fell back upon its $50 liability rule, but Is now ordered to pay the full amount of the loss. Ten Per Cent Cut In Wages. Pittsburg, Dec. 29.The employes of the Union .Railway company, with the exception of the trainmen, have been notified of a 10 per cent reduction In wages to take place on Jan. 1. Tho Union Railroad company is connected with the Carnegie Steel company and is a subsidiary company of the United States Steel corporation. Blackmailer Threatens Murder. St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 29.Superin- tendent Perkins of the Burlington road has received a letter mailed at Wat son, Mo., a station on that road eighty miles north of here, saying that unless he deposited $5,000 in a spot desig nated the writer, "Odell Carter," would kill him on sight. JAPS DISCUSS FUNDS CABINET AMD PRIVY COUNCIL, I N JOINT MEETING, CONSIDER WAYS AND M^EANS. ODES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN WAR *JNLESS RUSSIA MODIFIES REPLY JAPAN WILL IMMEDIATELY SAFEGUARD KOREA. Tokio. Dec. 29.An important joint meeting of the cabinet and privy coun cil took place during the day to con sider ways and means In view of the grave situation. No difficulty is anticipated in provid ing for the extraordinary expenditure, including the completion of the Seotil Fusan railway. It is believed th: unless Russia modifies her reply Japan will imme diately safeguard Korea, though such a step will not necessarily mean war with Russia. CZAR DESIRES PEACE. Believed Russia Will Make Conces sions to Japan. St. Petersburg, Doc. 2'J The con census of unofficial opinion among those associated with the government, but. not responsible therefor, Is Unit the czar is so peacefully disposed that he will make such concessions to Japan as are necessary to prevent war, provided that no unforeseen events force the hands of the governments concerned. At the same time the czar, it is pointed out, agrees with those wli believe that preparation for war is the best safeguard of peace and, that apparent willingness to allow matters to be suomitted to the test or .arms is more likely to lead to a satisfactory compromise than an exhibition of overmuch peaeefulncss. This unofficial opinion, however, believes the controlling party in sia regards Keren as necessary tn the consolidation of Russian Interests In the Far lOast and, therefore. I termined to prevent the peninsula falling Into Japanese hands and thaj any concessions Russia now Japan will only be with the .!je. i i deferring the difficulty until a mo seasonable time. Russia Can 8ecure Ample Funds. There is not likely to be much dif'i rnlty In finding money In case of war. A foreign loan on accentabte i probably impossible, but tl banks and merchants have ai funds on which the govi IOI co draw. One reason why the lirlt! i) 1st news falls com is the pi I lect (111 I- bl the benefits Great Rd'ati I a ('Miliniiam of 'he fll tied tion. It was know that Great Hi it a In v. a Occupy Thibet and exi'Mid flic raH nail to point In the Yn ngl vail I is rrftt habln by gunboat i from th"' "*i- Crieat Rrlraln's forwai I offi this time excites bolh, adi and rag the former Cor the lltlcal move, the latter lie au-o Russia is SO |n eei lUjiiiil 111 IHl she in unable to prav.cnI Gn al Britain from creating her In the Yangtse province. li od out here that the pi affords Great Britain the same oppor tunity as actual ir between Russia and any third powe RUSSIANS WANT MEAT. Rush Order In Received for 1 CCO.CCO Pounds d. Omaha. Dec. L! Th iri!r ompnny of So.iii (Ima! a 1 Uisl In receipt of a i it) pounds ef e.ti r) the KUSSla-H covernne -i-t 'i mu i he made fron I as to reach Srm Fi 2,C 'ii thai date Ru i will be pi epared lo I fi with th beef on be ird It I in Omaha that the cany a large rf' of pli whb are i.i. or are in prepai.itIon for Qm various parts ol All of these suppll lor the. war depart i Ri Kansas Cj.t-y, Dec 29..1 ,A government has just wli Ioi al i ai kers i of mess meat for ir i... to San Francisco The dellvej the meal at Jan. 22 The meat the use of the Rus dun its destination is said I IN CASE OF EM' ::3FNCY. British Naval Re6jeV Readi London, Dec. 29.- der issued at Port officers am' men o! reserve to notify tin addresses where sent in ase of erne be require rl for ir order is generally rumors that the tic is to Tie strong! whi h, however, the ignorant e. William J. Bry. Hague Monday fro: I ign minis Must P? In i Ity or- th isl