A wonderful powdw of rare
mtrlt and unrivaled strength.
WILL CLOSE LEGATION
REPRESENTATIVES OF COLOMBIA
AT WASHINGTON PftEPAR.
ING TO LEAVE.
10 HOPE W SATISFACTORY REPU
•CCRETAWV HAY'® ANSWER TC
GENERAL REYES' NOTE NOT
Washington. TVf. 29.— Although See
rotary Hay has not yet replied to tin
liuie of (initial Hfyes preparations art
rapid ly going on for tbe closing of th
Colombian legation here and the le
parture of Colombia's representatives
for home. It is lear that they do not
entertain any hope of a satisfactory
response by this government. Al
ready most of the legation files have
teen packed and arrangements com
pleted for placing them in storage
h«?re. For several days General Reyes
denied himself to callers.
It is believed that, while the reply
ot Mr. Hay has not been made, suffi
eient information has been obtained
by the Colombian representatives in
the interviews they have had with the
•ecretary to enable them to forecast
Its conclusions. The preparations go
ing on fofrclosJng up the affairs of the
legarion would seem to indicate that
General Reyes and I)r. 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
situation before severing diplomatic
relations with the United States.
MORE VESSELS FOR ISTHMUS.
Additional American Waship* en the
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. The 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
I.eague Island Monday for Colon with
the Panama marine brigade, number
ing about 60o men. in command ot
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. \1ex.. 011
the 2Blh 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 4liem will
•tart South In a day or two.
DIXIE SAILS FOR COLON.
Carries Six Hundred Marines and Five
Philadelphia. Dec. 29.—The auxili
ary cruiser Dixie sailed from the
I.eague Island navyyard during the
day en route for Colon, carrying titto
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 Washington,
Company Annapolis, Company
Philadelphia and Companies'B and
Train load of Army Supplies.
San Francisco, Dec. 29.—Nearly a
trainload 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 bad been carried on Uie
fastest trains through the West.
Thousand Man Affected.
Philadelphia, Dec. 29.—A reduction
of wages at the American Bridge com
pany's works went Into effect during
the day. The piece workers were re
duced 10 per cent. Salaries below
$4.oj0 a year were reduced 20 per
cent and between $4,000 and flO.OUU
25 per cent. Two thousand men are
AMID GREAT EXCITEMENT.
Cotton Prices at New Yo»k Touch
New High Record.
New York, Dec. 29.—New high rec
ord prices were ni"!e amid the great
est excitement, at tluj very opening of
the Cotton Exchange. First prices
were at an advance of 2!? to 1 points.
Hero re the call was fairly completed
March had sold at 14.01, May at 14.20
and July at 14.14. The advance fol
lowed the surprising strength at Liver
pool. Wher« 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
gains to heavy buying for Continental.
Egyptian and American accounts. The
early market was active and excited.
There was tremendous buying for
both accounts, with New Orleans sup
porting just 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 firs!
fifteen or twenty minutes, although
the market continued very feverish
and unsettled, with most of the selling
by parties having profits to lake.
After fluctuating very irregularly for
a time, about 10 to 15 points under the
best prices of the morning, the mat
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 4h
to 59 points.
HAY MAY GO SOUTH.
Secretary's Bronchial Trouble Docs
Not Yield to Treatment.
Washington. Dec. 29—The condition
of Secretary Hay remains unchanged.
Contrary to the expectation of his phy
sician the secretary's bronchial trou
ble has net yielded readily to treat
ment ai 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 the secretary before
and it is hoped may again prove an
Unless a decided and unexpected
change for the better in Mr. Hay's
condition occurs within the next few
days Mr. Loomis will officiate at the
breakfast on New Year's day to the
diplomatic corps at the residence of
Secretary and Mrs. Hay. Mr. Loomis
alfio will be present at the president's
reception in the same capacity.
GOES INTO EFFECT JAN. 1.
Reduction of Wages in Union Sheet
WWatourg, Dec- 29. Notice® have
been sent out from the headquarters
of the Amalgamated Association of
Iron, Steel ami Tin Workers that ihe
vote of the sheet lodges on the propo
sition to reduce the base of the wage
scale from to 31£ 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
beer idle for a long time owing to the
inability of the independent manufac
turers to meet the competition of the
nonunion sheet mills of the American
Sheet Steel company.
CHOIR GOES OUT ON STRIKE.
Objects to Being Criticised for Eating
Candy During Services.
Montreal. Dec. 29— Melville church,
the leading Presbyterian place of wor
ship in West mount, the fashionable
residence suburb of Montreal, was
without the services of a choir Sun
day. I11 his sermon on Christmas
morning Hex. T. W. Winfleld. pastor
of the church, severely criticised th^
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 Sanuday and
requested a retraction. This he re
fused to make and as a result the
choir. without an exception, went out
LIABILITY LAW CONSTRUIO.
Amount Fixed by Express Company
Minneapolis, Dec. 29.—Judge Pond
has rendered a decision stating that
where goods intrusted to ail express
company ate not valu»d in shipment
that the $r»o liability limit established
by the expiess companies not bind
ing and the full value of the goods
may be recovered.
A local Dim sued the Welta-Fargo
company for $1,219 worth of silk
waists which were lost in a wreck
e ompan fell back upon its $."0
liability rule, hut is now ordered to
pay the full amount of the loss.
Twe Hundred Delegates Present.
St Louis, Dec. 29. Tie fifty-third
annual meeting of the American Asso
ciation for the Advancement of Sci
ence began her.' 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.
Play Produced in Church.
Baltimore Dec. 29.—A play has
been produced in the Trinity German
Lutheran church here. It took the
place of the usual Sunday night ser
mon and was written, staged and pro
duced by the minister in charge of the
church. The lone of the drama, which
was la German, was highly religious
JAPS DISCUSS FUNDS
CABINET AND PRIVY COUNCIL, IN
JOINT MEETING, CONSIDER
WAYS AND MEANS.
DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN WAR
UNLESS RUSSIA MODIFIES REPLY
JAPAN WILL IMMEDIATELY
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
No difficulty is anticipated In provid
ing for the extraordinary expenditure,
including the completion of the Seoul
It is believed that unless Russia
modifies her reply Japan will imme
diately safeguard Korea, though such
a step will not necessarily mean war
CZAR DESIRES PEACE.
Believed Russia Will Make Conces
sions to Japan.
St. Petersburg, Dec-. 29.—The con
census of unofficial opinion among
those associated with the government,
but net responsible therefor, is that
the czar Is so peacefully disposed that
he will make such concessions to
Japan ax ate necessary to prevent, war,
provided that na unforeseen events
fore™ the hands of the governments
At the same time the czar, it is
pointed our, agrees with those who
believe that preparation fcr war is
the best safeguard of peace and that
apparent willingness to allow matters
to be submitted to the test of arms is
more likely to lead to a satisfactory
compromise than an exhibition of
This unofficial opinion, however,
believes the controlling party in Rus
sia regards Korea as necessary to
the consolidation of Russian interests
in the Far East and. therefore, is de
termined to prevent the peninsula
falling into Japanese hands and that
any concessions Russia now makes to
Japan will only be with the object of
deferring the difficulty until a more
Russia Can Secure Ample Funds.
There is not likely to be much diffi
culty in finding money in case of war.
A foreign loan on acceptable terms is
probably impossible, but the Russian
banks and merchants have ample
funds on which the government could
One reason why the British alarm
ist news fails to convince the Russians
is the perfect understanding here of
the benefits Great Britain derives from
a continuance of the strained situa
tion. It was known here a year ago
that Great Britain was planning to
occupy Thibet and extend the railroad
to a point in the Yangtse valley, which
is reachable by gunboats from the sea.
G^eat Britain's forward movement at
this time excites both admiration and
rage, the former for the clever po
litical move, the latter because Russia
is so preoccupied in the Far East that
she is unable to prevent Great Britain
from creating her own Manchuria in
the Yangtse province. It. is pointed
out here that the present situation
affords Great Britain the same oppor
tunity as actual war between Russia
and any third power.
RUSSIANS WANT MEAT.
Rush Order Is Received for 1,000,000
Pounds of Food.
Omaha. Dec. 29.—-The Cudahy Pack
ing company® of South Omaha is just
in receipt of a rush order for 1,0oti,oun
pounds of extra mess meat for the
Russian government. The shipment
must be made from South Omaha so
.as to reach San Francisco before Jan.
2f. On that date two Russian ships
will be prepared to sail from that port
with the beef on board. It Is learned
in Omaha that the same ships will also
carry a large amount of other sup
plies. whi'h are now on their way or
are in preparation for shipment from
various pans of the United States.
All of these supplies, it is said, are
tor the war department of Russia.
Kansas City. Dec. 29.—The Russian
government has just placed an order
with local packers for
of mess meat for immediate shipment
to San Francisco The order calls fi
delivery of the meat at San Francis
Jan. 22. The meat, it is said, is f:
the use of the Russian army and i'
destination is said to be Port Arthur
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
British Naval Reserves Must Be in
London, Dec. 29- An admiralty 0
ifr 'smied at Portsmouth requires th"
ojflcers and men of the British nav n
reserve to notify the authorities of tl
addresses where telegrams can 1
sent in case of emergency should th y
be required for active service. Tin
order is generally connected with t!
rumors that the fleet in the Far Ea-t
Is »o be strengthened, concerning
which, however, the authorities profe. .
Purchase Not Completed.
London, Dec. 29.—Japan is negotint
ing for the purchase of the Argentina
warships Moreno and Rivadavia, now
building at Genoa, Italy, but so far th
Japanese legation has not heard of the
ni»QfcHion ttf their parchaae.
Paper money wai
large quantities of
ing left by the banc
MADISON'SOimr DAKOTA TIT-'hW [lITFAtllKn 2 ft
CITIZENS FIGHT BANDITS.
Isnk at Kiowa, I. T.. f*5fied by Gang
South McAlester, I. Dec-. 29.—
While their scntiueis wow engaged I'
a fierce fight with ciiixens robber
tooted the safe of the bank at Kiowa
The thieves gained entrance to th?
bank building through n window. Th
first charge of nitroglycerin made
Impression on the safe, but the nois
aroused residents of the town anu
soon a posse composed of fifty men
was congregated in tjhe stock yards a
Ihe rear of the banWI
A vol'ey of shots, was fired at the
building and it war —1—*"•'
by the sentinels o
creted on the outsi
Aa almost in essat
for half an hour,
the robbers eontint
open the ?afe. It
charges to force tl
explosion was terrij
the interior of the
After looting the safe the robber
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 tha!
one of the robbers wasf 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
he Steele county court of tbe murder
of Henry Krier, a saloonkeeper, last
The Nelson brothers and William
Sutton were indicted by the Steele
county grand jury ai.d charged with
murder in the first degree. Sutton
pleaded guilty to mtoder in the sec
ond degree and was sentenced to life
imprisonment. The Nelsons pleaded
not guilt.1. were tried and found guilty
on the indictment of the grand jury.
They vainly petitioned the supreme1
court for a new trial.
It is understood that the attorneys
and friends will endeuvor to have the
sentence commuted at the meeting of
the state board of pa dons in January
RANGE WAR IS THREATENED.
Cowboys Kill Sheepmen in Reprisal
for Death of Friend.
Phoenix, Ariz.. Dec. 29—Another
Tonto basin war appears to be break
ing out between the cattlemen and
sheepni°n, who are yearly invading
the range with ifeore* of thousands of
sheep. Last year a Mexican sheep
herder murdered one of the most
prominent of the cattlemen, Eugene
Packard. Three days ago cowboys
killed a couple of sheepmen In re
prisal. From accounts at hand the
affair appears to have been a cold
blooded murder. The victims were a
young man named Barry, in charge
of his father's band of several thou
sand sheep, and a Mexican lad, his
assistant. Both were shot from am
b:ish. The authorities claim to have
clues which will result in the arreet
of the murderers.
ONLY SAFETY LIES IN FLIGHT.
Anti-Jewish Demonstrations Break Out
New York. Dec. 29.—As a forerun
ner of another anti-Semitic demon
stration called for Jan. 7 (the Greek
church Christmas) in a recently is
sued anonymous circular indirect at
on the Jews already have com
menced, according to a dispatch from
Kishineff to the American tinder date
of Dec. 25. The windows of man)
Jewish houses have been broken am
the inmate.® threatened with personal
The only safety for the Jews seems
now in flight, ihe correspondent as
serfs, and all are preparing to emi
FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER.
Mrs. Myra Jane Williams May Hang
for Killing Her Child.
Braincrd. Minn Dec. 29. Mrs. Myra
Jane Williams, on trial charged with
killing her child, two and one-hal:
•.ears old, was found guilty of murdej
in the first degree, the jury being out
only three hours
The penalty for the erfme, as de
fined by the Minnesota statute*, It
I Invoice I
at once returnee
the robbers, sc
of the structure,
fire was kept up
iring which time
(i 'heir efforts to
•quired three dis
door. The thin!
and almost com
e safe as well a
blown into shreds.
•la'.-nl bt:is be
DO YOU KNOW?
BALTIC is the Flour.
I carry a tull line of
Baltic, Mad i
Also Seeds, Rock Salt,
Peed, Gasoline and Kerosene
Oil, Wood, etc.
HOI km STREET.
J. 8. KOEHLES k SDR.
Having^re-engajced in busi
ness, we solicit the patronage of
former customers and new ones.
We carry the choicest meats
and will guarantee to please.
i Dray Line.
NOW THEY GO
Great Slaughter |in Ladies* Hisses1 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.
IEST OUTFITS IN TIE CITT.
All kinds of Praying done
promptlj also moving $
household goods. Piano &
Safe rioving a specialty.
C. H. MORSE.
I Let me fill your
11904 Calendars Free 1904
1 have some handsome 1904
Calendars which I will give
away to all my customers who
will balance their account* 1
u before Jan. 1,^ '04, also1 to all
1 has been sufficient to entitle I
S them to one. These Calen
dars are handsome ornaments
for any home. 5
I E. L. i$INQSLEY, I
THE HARDWARE HAN. fa
Furniture Store. I
R. C. McCALLlSTER.
Everything in the line of house furnishing.1
a specialty, in charge of licensed em balm er for
Minnesota and South Dakota. The latest and
most refined appliances. Calls answered day
I have a fine assortment of Fancy
I China for Christmas including Dinner i
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 margia. I
I TOM CAREY,
riadison, S. D.
order for Xmas.
CHA5. B. KENNEDY,
J. H. WILLIAH50N.
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