THE OLD RELIABLE
THEM IS NO SUBSTITUTE
IT WOULD MEAN WAR
•AID KUWIA HAS AUTHORIZED
ADMIRAL ALEXIEFF TO SET
TLE WITH JAPAN.
6REAT BRITAIN MAY BE INVOLVED
GERMAN OFFICIALS OF THE OPIN-
ION THAT ENGLAND WILL
AID HER ALLY.
St. Petersburg. Dec. 24.—A telegram
from Vladivostok to the Wostotschni
Yestnlk says Admiral Alexieff, the
vkeroy of the Far East, has been au
thorized to "settle on the spot all
quest ions concerning neighboring
•fates and to take all the measures
Which appear expedient."
GREAT BRITAIN TO AID.
Gtrrran Officials Believe (England Will
Berlin, Dec. 24.—The German for
eign office, in estimating the probabil
ities of war in the Far East, fixes its
ai tent ion at this moment on fJreai
Hritain, rather than on Japan, for it
is recognized that Japan only awaits
Great Britain to give the word before
beginning hostilities. A new and even
more portentious element in the situ
ation. as it is looked upon here, is the
rising feeling in Great Britain that
liusma must yield or Japan and Great
itrita'n mils' fight her. The Associated
I'ress learns from the highest diplo
matic source that the German govern
ment, while still refusing to believe
that war is certain, is convinced now
that if war between Russia and Japan
comes Great Britain will take a part
in it because the British government
looks upon war as possibly the only
means of saving and re-establishing
position in the East.
Sir Frank Lascelles, the British am
bHssador. who returned here from Eng
lund three days ago, is understood to
bavf imparted his impression unofti
dally to the German government that
the British cabinet apprehended that
war would result if Russia persisted
In her present attitude toward Japan.
Thh expression ot opinion by the am
bisHudoi was stripped of all sugges
tions that Great Britain might partic
ipate, but great significance is attrib
uted to it.
BARON HAYA8HI DISCOURAGED.
Japanese Minister in London Thinks
London. Dec. 24 —Baron Hayashi,
the Japanese minister, had an inter
view with a representative of the As
sociated Press, saying:
"Nothing has actually been arrived
•t between England and Japan regard
ing the course of action that will be
pursued in the event of a Russo-Jap
anese "war beyond the stipulations of
the Anglo-Japanese treaty."
The minister, while admitting some
"such arrangement for the support of
Japan by Great Britain, provided
Japan agrees to accept a certain spec
ified compromise, as surmised by the
German embassy, fails to see how
Japan's demands can &e granted.
"I am netting very pessimistic re
garding the eventual outcome," he
amid. "but I do not expert the question
of peace or war to be settled until
®fter the new year. If the dispute can
only be .settled bv war the present de
lay, of course, is greatly to Russia's
In common with other diplomats in
I.ondon Baron Hayashl shares the be
lief that Russia's reply is net likely
to be decisive.
WAR CANNOT BE AVERTED.
Opinion of Britinh and Japanese Minis
ters at Peking.
Pekiaa, T)ec. 24.—The two members
of the Btplomatic corps at the Chinese
whose opinions regarding the
present critical condition of affairs in
the Far East are probably most valu
able are Japanese Minister Unchida
and Sir Ernest Mason Satow. who for
«ver three years has represented the
JBritlah government at Peking. It is
(no secret that both see onlv a faint
"j, jprospect of war being averted.
Minister Satow was connected with i
tk* ftritMh dinlomatic service |o T»n««
inr a qiKirter of a century, tie is one
of the greatest living authorities on
Japanese history and literature and i^
in constant communication with the
foremost statesmen of Japan. He is
ciuot"d as saying that any one who
Imagines that Japan will not fight for
what she conceives to be her greatest
interests does not know the Japanese
M'nister Unchida is an adherent of
the Young Japan party" and has al
ways advocated war, if necessary, to
lecu'e the evacuation of Manchuria.
BRITISH OFFICIALS SILENT.
Decline tt Discuss Question of Baek*
ing Up Japan.
London, Dec. 24.—The British for
eign office declined to discuss the
statements made in the Associated
press dispatch from Berlin on the
ground that "the contingency was too
At the German and other embassies
the impression prevailed, not. however.
based on any official communication
from the British government, that the
Russo-Japanese negotiations have
reached such a point that it would not
be at all surprising if Great Britain
expressed her willingness, providing
Jppan agrees to accept a certain spec
ified compromise, to guarantee to back
tip Japan, if necessary, by force of
There are no known developments
and the diplomats do not expect any
immediately, or until the Russian re
ply to Japan's request fot a recon
struct ion uf the latest Russian note is
FRENCH OFFICIAL DENIAL.
No Offer Made to Arbitrate Russo-Jap
Paris, Dec. 24.—An authoritative de
nial is made here of the report pub
lished in London that Foreign Minis
ter Delcasse has offered to arbitrate
the Russo-Japanese dispute. The steps
taken by M. Delcasse are confined to
those previously outlined in these dis
patches, he and Lord Lansdowno mak
ing nacific representations at Tokio
with the view of ameliorating Japan's
tnswt'r. In making these representa
tions France and Great Britain acted
separately, but on the same general
lin^s. Their action, therefore, is not
in joint accord, but is limited to an
urgent expression in favor of a pacific
solution. The official view here con
tinues to be that an agreement will
PARTS BAKERS ON STRIKE.
Trouble Begins to Assume Serious Pro
Paris, Dec. 24.—The strike here of
men emploved in the various branches
of food supply began to assume seri
ous proportions duriug the day. The
bakers assembled at the labor ex
change and adopted resolutions favor
ing a strike throughout the baking
trade, to begin at once declaring in
favor of a general strike in all the
branches of the alimentation trade
and announcing their intention not to
resume work until parliament sup
pressed the municipal employment
The indications are that a considera
ble number of butchers, grocers and
pastry cooks will take part In the
The city has taken on a martial ap
pearance. Squadrons of mounted
troops and police are stationed on the
main squares and on the principal
thoroughfares. The proprietors of the
bakeries say they have no fear of a
bread famine, as many bakers are not
participating in the strike movement.
The butchers and restaurant wait
ers are holding a meeting to decide
whether or not to join the strike.
WILL STRIKE JAN. 1.
Cabmen and Carriage Drivers at St.
Louis to Quit Work.
St. Louis Dec. 24.—A strike of 9,000
carriage drivers and teamsters in St.
Louis is threatened. It is stated that
if the Citizens' Industrial association
of St. liouis. in its announced inten
tion to enforce law and order, inter
feres with the proposed strike of cab
men and carriage drivers, which has
been set for Jan. 1. the officers of a
dozen local unions of the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters threaten
that ft.000 men will refuse to work and
that not a pound of freight or a ton
of coal will be moved by union labor
until the strike is settled.
COURT DENIES THC WRIT.
St. Louis Ticket Brokers Lose Case
Jefferson City. Mo, Dec. 24.—The
supreme court has denied the writ of
prohibition asked for by St. lxuis
ic ket brokers against railways enter
.ng thai city to enjoin the circuit court
from enforcing injunctions preventing
the sale by them of excursion tickets
for world's fair traffic on the ground
that the lower court has jurisdiction in
such cases. The opinion was written
jv Judge Marshall and concurred in
by Judges Robinson, Brace, Fox and
Burgess. Judge Valiiant wrote a dis
senting opinion, which was concurred
in by Judge Gantt.
HARD FOUGHT CONTEST.
Chamberlain Supporter Elected to the
House of Commons.
l^ondon, Dec. 21 -Rowland Hunt,
Liberal Unionist and a supporter of
Joseph Chamberlain's fiscal policy,
has been elected to represent the
Ludlow division of Shropshire in the
house of commons to succeed Robert J.
Moore, Liberal Unionist, deceased, by
a majority of 970 votes.
The issue was clear cut. The con
test was fought exclusively on the fis
cal question. The constituency was
deluged with organizers and speakers
from Birmingham aud representatives
REYES ANXIOUS TO GO
COLOMBIAN MINISTER AT WASH
INGTON FASTENING TO COM
PLETE HIS NMS3ION.
IfJLIZES SUAVITY OF THE SITUATION
INFORMS HIS GOVERNMENT WAP
ON PANAMA MEANS FIGHT
Washington. Dec. 24.—"War on Pan
ima means war with the United
Piatcs," is the substance of cable
grams which General Rafael Reyes,
the Colombian minister, is sending to
the Bogota government and to his
more influential followers throughou
Realizing the gravity of the situa
tion General Reyes is endeavoring to
ln'ng the Colombian people face to
lace with, the situation as he knows it
here. He is convinced that the United
States will not permit a Colombian
army to land within the territory oi
Panama. General Reyes, with the as
sistance of Dr. Herran and the Amer
lean lawyer whom ho has employed, is
actively engaged in the preparation oi
his communication to the state depart
ment. Me is not certain when this will
be completed. It is his present in
tention to return to Colombia and a^
sume personal command of the arm
as soon as he has filed his statement
at the state department, as he realize
unless he soon returns the war party
in Bogota will get the upper hand and
his hitherto predominant influence
there will be injured.
ADMIRAL WALKER REPORTS.
Informs State Department of Affairs on
Washington, Dec. 24.—Hear Admiral
John G. Walker, retired, called upon
Acting Secretary of State Loom is dur
ing the day and explained conditions
on tne isthmus of Panama when
left there a week ago, his conclusions
being that they were very satisfactory.
The admiral had a double mission,
first, to look into the condition of the
plant ami properties of the Panama
Canal company and the exact amount
of the work so far accomplished by
the engineers who are operating un
der the agreement made last spring be
tween the United States goveruineni
and the Panama ('anal company.
The second purpose of the admiral's
visit to the isthmus was to serve as
the representative of the presidens
from a political point of view and
while on the isthmus he has kept the
chief executive fully advised as to de
vHopments. Consequently there was
little for the admiral to add to his pre
ceding reports beyond mere details.
PANAMA FILES PROTEST.
Objects to Action of San Francisco
Washington. Dec. 24.—The republir
of Panama, through its minister,
Bunau Yarilla. has filed its first protest
against the action of a United Staies
oftfcial affecting matters pertaining to
that republic. The Panaman consul at
San Francisco, R. Ararius Farud. Jr..
has notified the minister that the pos
tal authorities of that city had re
fused to accept registered mail or par
eel post addressed to the republic or
Panama, insisting on mail being ad
dressed "republic of Colombia."
The matter is now before the post
master general who will take steps to
rectify this action of the San Fran
LAW PARTNER Of LINCOLN.
Hiram W. Beckwith Dies in a Chicago
Chicago, Dec. 24.—-Hiram W. Beck
with, a law partner of Abraham Lin
coln from 185H to 16H1, is dead at St
Luke's hospital here at the age of sev
entvtwo. His lather was one of the
pioneers of the state and among the
founders of Danville in 1819.
Hiram Beckwith became one of Lin
soln's closest personal friends. From
18i»7 to 1902 Mr. Bec kwith was presi
dent of the State Historical society
of Illinois. He left a widow and two
REAR ADMIRAL WHITE DEAD.
Retired Naval Officer Stricken Willi
New York. Dec. 24.—Rear Admiral
Edwin While, retired, was stricken
with apoplexy at the navyyard early
in the clay and c'ied before medical aid
could be summoned. He had come
from his home in Princeton to visit
Rear Admiral Rodgers, commandant ot
Rear Admiral White was a native
of Ohio and entered the naval service
Nov. 29 18il. He was made a rear
admiral upon the day of his retire
ment, Dec. 2S. 1899.
VETERAN ENGINEER DEAD.
Patrlak H. Carney, Oldest in Northern
Brainerd, Minn.. Dec. 24.—Patrick
Cprney, the oldest engineer on the
Northern Pacific, who had been in tIn
service for thirty two years and for
the last twenty-five years had rui'
trains Numbers 5 and 6 between
Brainerd and St. Paul, is dead at his
home here. He was one of the most
generally known men in the history Of
railroad service in the state.
and left the
MADISON 80UTH DAKOTA THURSDAY. DECEMKKR
A perfectly healthful
powder made by
methods and of accu*
What Make Better Presents Than
I Fine Leather Slipper
for a boy, just tike dad's or a pair for dad, just like sonTs.
nice pair of .Nilsson Kid
Broc waist either.
Pair of Portiers. Rugs, Linen Table Set
Lunch Cloth, Hem Stitched Towel,
Burnt Wood Novelties
Fruits etc., for Christmas, including a full lineof
Trout Bnkioir Powder* *#11 for 4R or
50 c««iiU per pouud nuH may b« iden
tified by tin* exorbitant price.
Tliiy nrn a mnuaca to public health,
a* food prepared from them con
tains lar«r« -jtinntittof Rc1ip11«
•alts, a dauK«roue cathartic druf.
and finest invoice of Candies, Nuts,
I Funke's Chocolates and Bon Bons
4 Everybody needs Sweetmeats to cheer the little OHM 1
i hearts on Xmas day. Don't fail to purchase here as this is
one of our apeciallmes.
FRESH BAKED GOODS DAILY.
Cloaks & Furs
To Close Out riy Entire Stock
IN THIS LINE
I am offering some
Excellent Snap Bargains
Which it will Pay Yon
I am also carrying & Select Line of
I. D. PMILimBlf.
Saiah Curtis. Detn.it "Mv facn wan
Ju such horrible »bHt* I wax a«hamed to
made my face
m»t«. Frank Smith.
so out iloorn. K.xkv Mountain Tea *,mm1 ®g
for mamma, or a nice
For any of the above w© are in it
The Fair. 1
HAS ARRIVED AT
J. E. COLE'S CONFECTIONERY
Arbor "Have tri«l
medi.meH but find nothing so
4 telf. There'* no other medicine that wakes
Frank 8mi th.
quickly- 35 eeuta
and wchavca line 111 all sizes
that will staad the rough wear.
call and see our New Pall dress
patterns which arrived a few
I J.J. DAHL&SON.
THAT ARE USEFUL
Nothing would please one more than a
nice pair of slippers for Xmas. We have an
elegant line to select in Ladies', Hen's and
Also a complete lineof Warm Lined shoe*.
.. NICK BJORNSTAD...
R. C. McCALLISTER.
Everything in the line of house furnishing,'
a specialty, in charge of licensed embalmer for
3 Minnesota and South Dakota. The latest and
most refined appliances. Calls answered day
NOW THEY GO
Great Slaughter |in Ladies' Hisses' and
Childrens'Coats and Furs. To close the line
completely out we shall make some of the low
est prices ever made in ladies' ready to wear
garments, there will be no limit to price. Come
and see this nice line to select from.
C. H. MORSE.
I have a fine assortment of Fancy
China for Christmas including Dinner
Sets, Chamber Sets and Fancy Lamps and
many pieces of Havelin ware. Our novel
ties include many pretty 1904 patterns,
and I am selling them on a close margin,
Let me fill your Candy order for Xmas.
Your Children Need i
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