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REAVER WINS HIS FIGHT
MACHINE IN UTTER ROUT.
gas People Withdraw Offer—No
Talk of Reprisals.
JUT TBUBORAFB TO THE TSIBCXX.)
Philadelphia, May 27.— Surrender, complete
,-,5 unconditional, such as Grant demanded
m jr t!T, Buckner at Fort Donelson. brings to a
t'.o»<* one °* I^ 10 most momentous battles ever
Ij-ggp.-l bet ween citizenship and an arrogant po
htiral organization In any municipality In this
►saritry. The gas officials have withdrawn the
trpposcd lease and the organization has aban
faned the ; an fo force it through. The ring
i gs abandoned every standard. With colors
fc^cred. defeated and also disgraced, the ma-
Lyne of this city to-night Is a broken and inert
jtfng. Whether there is any resiliency, whether
|j,»re 1? i ny latent recuperative power, remains
to t>«" ?^ n - To-night it is Inanimate. Gone iB
111 talk of passing the gas lease over the
ksrer'i veto. Gone is the talk of punishing
gjose who broke away from the organisation.
son* Is the talk of retaliation on the Mayor.
rjjf. organization leaders have forsaken every
|ta:rl that they took so g-a^y -when the Mayor
pifeW town ihe page of batttle. A courageous
|n4 militant citizenship is triumphant. The
jjry has won a victory worthy of its traditions.
The fifTln r>ll vent out of the organization
tead»r? to-day. The tna'ss meeting to Indorse
[he tit and of Mayor Weaver had much to do
fc-ith it- The ringing resolutions adopted struck
terror to the hearts of the machine managers.
the revolt of the people was not theoretic*],
tut practical. Meetings addressed by business
tn»n cf standing were held on many street cor
perr Councilman who talked of supporting the
[ease were waited on by delegations who de
manded that they recant. If they failed to give
luch assurances they were shunned socially,
t ■; In •■ business sense and made pariahs
their fellows. Th* newspapers poured
round after round of hot shot into the ranks of
the eneroy. For the last forty hours the lines
bare be?n wavering, and this afternoon the bat
tle turned into an absolute rout.
On<? of the most remarkable suggestions of
»he Ftrugrle ram* from organization headquar
ter* This was that Mayor Weaver should be
jmi*Bch»'s. When he removed Costello and
fmyth the organization leaders were loud In
JrruTiciation and said that Weaver should be
frnreached. The lawyers true to the ring gath
tr»d Broond a table In Senator Penrose's office
tiri discussed plans for impeaching Weaver.
rh«y had. however, to finally subscribe to the
ler.tinvnt expressed by Edmund Burke when
I do rot know the method of drawing up an
j}<is<Mmer.t r.gftir.st a whole people."
The flrst absolute sign of disintegration among
Jr.p organization's forces came this morning. The
ppders had been o>r]nring confidently that there
(iculd be a "snap" meting of the Councils on
Monday and that the leas» would be passed over
;he Mayor's veto. They had talked of impeach-
B.p the Mayor and of disciplining those who had
te?n weak enough to break away from the ring's
Mandates'. A hurried meeting -was called in the
»ffice of Senator Penrose this morning. At this
feieetinsr. jLffd* from Senator Penrose. were Com
fristioner Durham. Senator McNlcbol, David
fcTartin, President; Doian of the United Gas Im
prox-ement Company, Commissioner Potter,
potaeflman Seger and others. At 2 o'clock
president Dblan issued a statement. It was a
f<vrrß' notice of complete surrender on the part
ff the gas officials and the machine leaders. This
statement was In the nature of a letter to the
president of the Select Council and the presi-
Cer.t of the Common Council. In it Mr. Dolan
The manner in which tho whole subject has
fc*en treated induces the United Gas Improve
pient Company to believe that the community Is
tpposed to any extension of the gas lease upon
pv.y urns. This being so, this company is un
villlnsr to accept the ordinancq^which has been
Jießged or to enter into any contract whatever
«v!th the city looking to any variation <>f the
t p r:r.e of the present lease.
The United Gas Improvement Company, there
fore, begs respectfully to advise Councils that
for the reasons stated above, should the pending
ordinance become a lav. , it will not be accepted
On May 18, 19O.", Councils passed an ordl
f.ance extending by fifty-three years the term of
the lease of the gasworks to the United Gas
improvement Company, which fixed the price of
pcs at £1 for five years, 05 cents for tea years,
f "» cents for fifteen years, 85 cents for twenty
jears and SO cents thereafter, and provided for
the payment to the city of Philadelphia of an
edvar.ee. without interest, for the sum of $25.
Though this ordinance was not in full accord
*!th the letter of this company of the 26th of
1806. addressed to the chairman of the
ruh-committee of the Finance Committee, the
fiiodification would have been accepted by this
This proposition was a plain business one. In
the opinion of this company it was one the city
could and should accept. Among the reasons
In eupport of it were the following:
According to the reports filed with the City
Controller each year, and audited by his depart
ment, the amounts expended by the United Gas
improvement Company in additions, extensions,
Improvements, etc.. under the lease have aver
f-pe<i JL495.000 per annum.
Assume that, the average for the future will
V>e 0,000 per annum, the total for the period
cf the whole term as extended would be $60.
000,000 plus th» amount now due thle company
<■' 5M.563.551 48, making a total of $74,803.
Mr. T>olan presents other figures to show that.
including the company's payment of $25,000,000
tii^ interest thereon, free ga*>. to public buildings
fc.nd street lamps, «tc, the city would net $437,
£81,227 48 la the ensuing seventy-five years.
Continuing 1 , he Bays:
While, cf course, the city would not li» a
gainer by any decrease In the cost of produc
tion of gas, on the other hand it would be re
lieved of all risk of advance in the prloe of
materials taring into the manufacture of gas.
•ucc as coal, oil, etc, all of which are increasing
In cost, and of all other risks incident to the
conduct of the gae business, such as competi
tion from electricity and possible future dis
coveries in the art of Illumination. It would
eJso be relieved of the present necessity of bor
rowing money for the city improvements now
under way and contemplated, and tbd conse
quent increase In tax rat© to meet the interest
end sinking fund requirement*.
Thin proposition, as with all business proposi
tions in which the public are involved, ■was, of
course, a proper subject for public consideration
end discussion. Instead of the proposition being
discussed as a business one from the standpoint
of facts open to those who cared to investigate
and dlecuM the subject, there has been little but
BATTLE NOT OVER YKT.
The withdrawal of the United Gas Improve
ment Company's offer is undoubtedly a signal
victory for Mayo* Weaver In his fight with the
' rganitation." though It does not mean the end
Of the battle. The injunction proceeding!
brought by David Smyth, former Director at
Safety, and Peter E. Coetello, former l)i
- of Public Works, against Mayor Weaver
t>rA their successors. Colonel Sheldon Potter and
A Lincoln Acker, to restrain ihe Mayor's ap
pointees from conducting the affairs of the two
raattna«d on uvond p«s*
PAIN'S FIREWORKS FOR THE 4TH.
Examine the sticklees rockets and other novelties
•*M«4rk Place, New-York.- AdvC
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LONGER TERM FOR MAYOR.
ALDERMEN'S POWER GONE
Important City Measures Signed
Bronx Sneer Assured.
tBT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE. I
Albany. May 27.— The next Mayor, Controller
and Borough Presidents of New-York City will
serve for four years, and the next Board of Al
dermen will find little chance for franchise
hold-ups, for Governor Higgles to-day signed
the bill Increasing to four years the term of the
above named city officials and that placing In
the hands of the Board of. Estimate and Appor
tionment control over public franchises In New-
York City. The former of these two measures
has been approved by a number of Independent
civic bodies. It restores the term to the length
fixed by the original charter, under which Van
Wyck was the first Mayor.
The latter bill will Instantly meet the situa
tion existing- In relation to the New-York and
Port Chester Railroad, -which has possessed the
necessary qualification, except that of the permis
sion of the aldermen to cross city streets for
building Ha line. The signing of the bill to-day
will go far toward counteracting: the effect of
the victory scored by the New-York and West
Chester Railroad in the refusal of the Attorney
General to permit an attack on the charter of
this road as non-existent, as under the new law
this question can be promptly put up to the
Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The op
position of the aldermen and the merits of the
measure were discussed at a public hearing be
fore the Governor on Thursday, when ex-Secre
tary Elihu Boot and Edward M. Shepard ppoke
In favor of the bill.
The Governor also signed Assemblyman Rig
by's bill creating a commission of one member
each from Tonkers, Mount Vernon and White
Plains to provide for the construction of a
$2,000,000 trunk sewer through the Bronx Val
ley, emptying Into the Hudson, to prevent the
pollution of the streams of Westchester County;
and Senator Saxe's bill, increasing the penalties
for violating the Election laws. and. especially,
making it a felony to enroll with two parties at
the same time.
The Bronx Valley sewer is to be seventeen
miles long, and vlll be the largest public im
provement ever attempted in Westehester
County. It will drain the entire territory from
White Plains to Mount Vernon. Including the
Peventh Ward of yonkers. and then, passing
under the city of Yonkers by means of a tunnel.
have its outlet in the Hudson River at the
lower boundary line of the city of Yonkers.
The board of commissioners is composed of John
E. Andrus, Mayor of Yonkers; William Archer,
of Mount Vernon, and John J. Brown, president
of the village of White Plains. The hill stipu
lates that the sewer must be completed in three
years. Otherwise its management will revert to
the Board of Supervisors of Westchester County.
Angry at Pennsylvania—
To Be Reckoned With.
Alderman Reginald S. Doull, one of the Tammany
"Big Three" in the board, says that the aldermen
will fight the law curtailing their power? signed by
Governor Hlggini. yesterday. Alderman • "Little
Tim" Sullivan Is not in favor of obstructinjr the
building of further subways, and If the Rapid
Transit Commission, .in order to be on the safe
Bide, sends the next route or contract to the board
it la altogether likely that the aldermen will handle
It. and in this way relieve the interested parties
from testing the legality of the Elsberg law. But
the aldermen ar*» angry at the Pennsylvania com
pany and are ready to declare war on It at V pry
"If the Pennsylvania." said Alderman Doull yes
terday, "was seeking to hold up every railroad
franchise now pending ft could not have proceeded
with any more certainty of accomplishing- Its desire
than In getting this bill through the legislature. It
simply means that all subway and railway fran
chises will be held ut> for an indefinite time. It is a
disgrace to the city that an unconstitutional meas
ure should be put on the statute nooks to gratify
the whim of a corporation."
This 1b one side of the picture that the obstructors
in the Board of Aldermen are talking about, but
there is another, phase that they have not consid
ered, and that Is th« more deliberate derision of
the leaders of Tammany Hall. Charles F. Murphy
and Mayor McClellan are more than anxious that
the Tammany ticket should be successful this fall.
There are several Democratic Club members who
are aspirants for public honors and who want to
see the Tammany men clinch their title to a four
year occupancy of the City Hall. Mr. Murphy has
been treated with great consideration by the Penn
sylvania Railroad. The Board of Aldermen made
it perfectly plain to the business Interests of the
city that it was not eolr.~ to do any business un
less properly "recognized" by the company. Mr.
Murphy was "recognized." The aldermen started
in with almost precisely similar tactics when the
tunnel franchise reached them. Public sentiment
compelled action on that franchise. If the alder
men go out of their way to perform tho highway
man role, it is going to provoke a lot of questions
with reference to motive.
Messrs. Sullivan. McCall and Doull are vociferous
as to their fighting plans, but the Tammany judges
who think things over more carefully have not
"tipped oft"' Mr. Murphy on the right course to
pursue, and until they do the prediction of, the
aldermen as to what will happen is of little conse
It ie understood that ax-Judge John P. Dillon
and I*. Laflln Kellogg will at the first opportunity
ralso the point of constitutionality. But it costs
money to hire distinguished counsel, and the alder
men are not likely to keep up that kind of a cam
j>a!gn for any considerable length of time.
LAW DELAYED FOR CROPS.
Whitecap Case* in Mississippi Put
Of Till Cotton Is Gathered.
[BT TZLECHIAFH TO THE TRIBUNE.]
New-Orleans, May 27.— Judge Wilkinson, of
the Federal Circuit Court, to-day announced
that he would postpone the cases of the four
hundred alleged whitecappers until the cotton
crop was in. In making the announcement he
eaid that nearly all the men indicted are plant
ers, and that to require their presence in Jack
son at this time would mean that the cotton
in that part of the State would be made a com
plete failure. .
The impression Is strong throughout Missis
sippi that the whitecap cases will never be
brought to trial, as the members of the various
bands of the State seem to be thoroughly fright
ened and no outrages have been reported since
the federal grand Jury brought In the indict
REBELLION IN CRETE.
Three French Warships Held in
Readiness to Sail.
Toulon. May 27. — destroyers Tourmente
and Chevalier and the cruiser Kleber have been
ordered to prepare to start for Crete because of
the troubles arising from an attempt to form a
union of Crete with Greece.
The West Shore Railroad Is the JB.OO line to
Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Up the west side of the
Hudson and through the Mohawk Valley.-Advt.
LOCATION OF TSTJ ISLANDS*, WHERE GRftAT NAVAL BATTLE MAY HAVE BEEN*
The star indicates the imported position of Rojeat vensky's fleet yesterday noon.
"AUTO" RUNS OVER BOY.
Lad, Playing in Front of His Home,
Has Thigh Broken.
Early last evening an automobile, operated by
Charles Campbell, the sixteen-year-oM son of
Charles H. Campbell, a banker, living at 86th-st.
and Broadway, ran over August Thode. ten years
old, of No. 310 West imh-st., as he was playing
In front of his home. In the automobile were
the boy's mother and Jean Stone, of No. 277
West 72d-st., the driver, who was teaching the
boy how to operate the machine.
The automobile swung east into 07th-st. from
Riverside Drive at a good pace as the Thode boy
ran across the street. It could not be s-topped In
time, and the heavy car passed over his thigh,
breaking the bone. The Injured boy was car
ried to his home, where Dr. Breed, of the J.
Hood Wright Hospital, assured him that he
would recover and that he would not be com
pelled to use crutches.
Charles Campbell was placed under arrest,
charged with assault.
CROWD PURSUES "AUTO."
Shouts "Lynch Him!" as Driver Is
Taken to Station.
More than three hundred men, women and
children followed an automobile driver to the
West 100th-st. station last night, shouting
"Lynch him!" Four policemen kept the crowd
back from the machine. The driver said he was
Robert Herb, of No. B_ ( 7 7th-ave.
Bicycle Policeman Mallon. while at 107th-Bt.
and Amsterdam-aye., saw the machine, which
contained two women and a man besfldes the
driver, going down the avenue at a fast rate.
He Jumpf-d on his motor cycle and started in
pursuit. Down Amsterdam-aye. they went.
At 06th-st. a little girl, her arms filled -with
groceries, started to cross the street. The auto
mobile just missed her. At 0.3d-st. the automo
bile slowed down and Mallon caught it. The two
women and one man jumped out and fled.
LEG CRUSHED BY A CAR.
Aged Musician Run Over While
Levi B. Wilber. an aged violinist, of No. 69 West
108th-st., was seriously injured last night by belli*
knocked down and run over by a northbound Bth
ave. car at Central Park West and 109th-st. He was
taken to the J. Hood Wright Hospital.
When Wilber was crossing the street there were
several automobiles and a southbound car ap
proaching. He dodged between the machines and
went around the car. but failed to see th*» north
bound car. which struck him and knocked him
down. He fell so that the front wheels nearly
amputated his right leg. When Wilber was ex
tricated he was unconscious.
Patrick Herlihy. the motorman, was arrested.
IN STUPOR SIX WEEKS.
Yonkers Meningitis Patient Uncon
scious Longer than Pittsburg Man.
One of the most remarkable cases that has
come before Yonkers physicians is that of Joseph
Canepi. six years old. of No. I>4 Schoo!-st. H«»
was stricken with spinal meningitis on April 11.
and since then has not been conscious. He has
been fed through the nose. Tho case resembles
that of Dr. Krwin Fischer, the Pittsburg phy
sician, who died a week ago after belnp uncon
scious nearly five weeks. He suffered from lo
YOUNG ROEBLING FOUND.
Searchers Discover Missing Lad in
Knorvilli . Term.
Aaheville, N. C Kay -7. John A. Roebling,
father of Siegfried Koebllng. who disappeared
from his home here si week ago to-night, re
ceived a telegram dated Knoxvllle, Term.. from
Judge T. A. Jones, of tins city, stating tint the
boy hud be*-i found by him ther*. aixi would be
in Asheville Sunday. The boy v.aj reported as
Mr. Roebling stated to-night that his son
would not !"=• required to go back to the Ashe
ville bch.M.i h<- left laat»Sunday.
ACCIDENT TO BROOKLYN FLORIST.
Henry Warndorf. a florist, living In Knicker
bocker-five . Brooklyn, was taken to Bellevue
early this morning with a fractured skull. Mr.
Warndorf fell while entering the downtown sub
way station at 2Sth-st. and 4th-ave. He was
found lying unconscious at the foot of the stairs
by a passenger.
DEWEYS PURE WINES 4. GRAPE JUICE.
Vneaualled for the weak and overworked.
H T Dew!, ■ * Sons Co.. 138 Fulton St.. New-York.
EtHenrnve Damage \n Indian Terri
tory — Communication Cut.
Denison Tex., May 27. — The. towns of Platter,
Woodville, Call. Robert and Roberta, on the
'Frisco Railroad, in Indian Territory, were vis
ited by a tornado early to-day. Only meagre
advices are procurable, communication being
cut off. A section foreman walked to Red
River bridge and gave the first news of the
storm, it is reported that nearly every house
in Platter was blown down.
One man was so badly hurt that he is not
expected to live, and others were injured. The
station waa badly damaged. The storm cut a
swath through the timber two hundred yards
wide. The other towns named suffered injuries,
but the force of the storm was spent when they
From Anardarko, Okla.. it i* reported that
a terrific storm struck Caddo County, wrecking
many houses. . Rock Island tracks were washed
out and the large steel bridge recently built by
the government near Mountain View is in dan
ger. It is anchored by rope*. A section fore
man near Randlett Is spending the night in a
tree, caught between washouts.
Many houses and barns were struck by light
ning and the Bonebrake Rallaback Hardware
store at Mountain View was damaged to the
extent of $10,000. Hundreds of acres of crops
have been destroyed.
A tornado struck three miles west of Cement.
Okla., causing great loss, but no lives were re
ported lost. A cyclone was reported on Hog
Creek which tore up timber, but did no other
FLOOD IX)SS 91.000,000.
801 l Weevil Follows High Water in
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THE THIBV**. 1
Galvcston, Tex., May 27. — The first estimates
of the river Hood damages place the losses at
slightly over $1,000,000. and this is not the full
extent of the damage. Corn and cotton are the
principal sufferers along the Brazos and Trinity
rivers. Direct losses to the corn crop so far
reported will aggregate over $300,000, and cot
ton has suffered $700,000. These i'gures do not
include farm property damaged nor losses suf
fered by the railroads.
The cotton region south and east of Dallas
was inundated for a mile from the river, and
twenty-five thousand acres of cotton were de
stroyed. The corn crop was the finest for many
years before the floods swept the fields. In the
inundated districts boll weevils have appeared
in vast swarms after the water receded, and in
four counties the weevil made its first appear
ance this year after thf flood.
CITY SWEPT AWAY.
Flood Destroj/s Historic Toxin of
!BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRim VF '
Denver, May 27.— The city of Tome. X. If.,
has been swppt away by a flood.
Tome was formerly capital of the Territory,
and one of the oldest and most htstoric places
in the Southwest. It was the. sceVie of a terri
ble massacre of Spaniards by the Comauehe
Indians 100 years ago. Its annual fiesta. Sep
tember 7, was celebrated by people who came
from far and near to spend a week of lnerry
niaklng with the natives. At one time ther-r
lived in Ton;e The flower of the Mexican aris
tocracy, the Kara. Castile Otero, Chaves. Sa
lazar, Luna. Romero, Jimlnls, Waldona, Vallejo
and Sanchez families, whose descendants arc
still leaders in Territorial business, soctety anil
BROKEN NECK. WALKS.
Painter Goes Mile and a Half After
Chicago, Maj -7 -Benjamin yuinette, ;i
painter, to-day fell from a building and broko
his neck. He then walked r* mile and a half to
his home, holding his hea«i in his hni.tls th •
entire distance His wife sent for the police am
bulance and Quinette was taken to the county
hospital. Physicians declared that his neck hail
been fractured .it the fifth cerrkaal vertebra*.
The mane injuries are expected tc prove fatal.
PEER TO WED AMERICAN
Lord Racist oke Will Marry Mrs.
('. I). Gibsons Sister.
[BT TEI.E-iPA.ru TO THE TRIBIMT i
Richmond, Va.. May 27 —It is learned that Mrs.
Nannie Langhorne Shaw will be married soon
to Lord Revelmoke. an English peer, who is
. onnected with the London firm of Baring
Brothers. Th*> formal announcement has not
been made as yet Mrs Shaw Is a sister of Mrs.
Charles Dana tilbe n and a daughter of C. D.
I.anghorne She was married to Robert G
Shaw, of Boston, and later secured a divorce
BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF SLA.
WORLD AWAITING NEWS OF A DECISIVE STRUGGLE
IN THE COREAN STRAITS
"Historic Events" Reported from Tokio. but Details of Action Withheld
— Russian Fleet in Two Columns.
Tokio. May 27. 9 p. m.— Tr.insmissi blr information concerning trv^ir s hrtonc
rvrnts in thr neighborhood of thf Tsu Island* is limited to the barr f*ot that AsassVal
Rojpstvrnsky's main fleet, steaming in two minimi*, with the b.ittleshipn on the -tirho.ird
and the rrui?ers and monitors on the port side, appeared in the Straits of Cssca.
All other information is withheld by the .Upinese nr.thoritics. and cable transn
of any other reference to the movements of the Russian fleet or the movrmenta of the Jap
anese is refused.
ARMIES AWAIT RESULT.
Hostilities Almost Suspended Pend
ing Outcome on Sea.
Hua-Phu Pass. May 27— The attention of nil
the armies is now directed toward the fleet.
The editions of "The Army Messenger" contain
ing the press dispatches are inadequate to sup
ply the demand, and axe sold out to crowds of
soldiers as soon as they reach the station.
After the obstacles he has overcome, confi
dence In Admiral RoJ«stvensky's success Is
St. Petersburg. May 27.— The correspondent
of The Associated Press at the Russian head
quarters confirms the theory of a change In
the Japanese plans. He telegraphs that the
Japanese are retiring at the slightest pressure
on their right or entre and ar© shifting east
ward, seemingly with General Kurokl develop
ing a turning movement against General Llne
vitch's left for the purpose of screening Gen
eral Kawamura's army, whioh is reported to
bo still farther east, presumably ready to march
on Vladivostok. The Japanese movements are ap
parently awaiting the result of the sea fight.
A dispatch from General Ltnevitch. dated May
There wan no change May 24 In the position
of the armies on our left flank.
The Japanese on May 24 assumed the offen
sive from Ehrdagan in the west toward Bank
hegan. Our troops ambushed a company of
Japanese, killing or wounding over thirty of
Toklo. May 27. — Imperial army headquarters
made the following announcement to-day:
On May 25 our cavalry, in driving a body of
Russian cavalry northeastward, occupied Hsu-
Mlen-Cheng. eighteen miles north of Chang-Tu-
Fu. With the exception of small collisions be
tween detached parties on both sides, the situa
tion is unchanged.
Headquarters of the Japanese Left Army. May
26. — The celebration of the anniversary of the
battle of Xan-Shan. the first battle fought by
this army, was held to-day. General Oku gave a
•luncheon 'tn his officers, the foreign attaches and
newspaper correspondents. Heavy rains spoiled
a big celebration in a grove near headquarters.
Chanchavadae. May 27. — The recnnnols«anot»
of General Mlstchenko, which is considered the
most brilliant cavalry exploit of the war, was
well planned and dashingly executed. It estab
lished the fact that the Japanese are concen
trating south of Kal-Yuan. and was fruitful of
much other Information of the greatest value.
The Japanese prepared a trap for General Mist
chenko"s return, and flung a strong force of in
fantry, cavalry and artillery across the line of
his retreat, but the Russian cavalry, after a bold
feint in one direction, cut its way through. The
total loss to the Japanese in men killed and
taken prisoners was over five hundred
The rain of the last three days has caused
some of the wagon trains to become bogged.
Some natives say that this is an early begin
ning of the ralnv season, which sometimes lasts
SHIPS HELD IN RESERVE ?
Six Russian Warships Sail North
from Saddle Islands.
Washington. May 27— Mintsi.r Griscom. at
Tokin, has reported tn the State Department the,
announcement of the British Admiralty that
the entire fighting strength of the Russian Bal
tic fleet was seen thts morning headed for th©
Private advices of an entirely authentic nat
ure received here report more thin twenty-one
Russian vessels, including three battleships and
three cruisers, off Saddle Islands, which are
sixty or seventy miles southeast .if Shanghai.
Additional Information says thar it is ru
mored a naval engagement has taken place.
Information has been received here from
Shanghai that the six Russian war vessels re
ported to-day nt the fHiddle Islnniis have fle
Sixteen of the other vessels remain at Wno
sun?, in spltr> of the protest of the Chines* go\
The Tsu Island* ar» in the centre of th* Straits
of Corea. It is only at high water that t«u be
comes a double island, a sound then dividing It Into
two parts. North and west of Tsu Islands Is the
Western Channel. or Broughton Strait, from twen
ty-five to thirty-four mllm wide, separating thorn
from Cores. South and east Is th« Eastern Chan
nel, or Krusenstem Strait, twenty-five miles wide
at its narrowest part, separating them Iron the
Islands off th» mainland of Japan Tho Tsu islands
are about thirty-sever, mil** l"ii? and DtMeM a
tors* sound containing :i number of small harbors,
a* well as several •mailer sounds and bays.
Itsuhara. th* capital of the Tsu Islands. lies in
a mlley between Ma* rifles of hills in a birht of
Itsuhara Bay. Th» place has about five thousand
At the outbreak of the war between Japan and
China in lSf'l it was understood that the Japanese
had established a strong nival base at the Tsu
Islands and that they had >"'' fortified
DEPARTURE FROM SADDLE ISLANDS
Entire Russian Fleet Said to Have Sailei
Northward on May 24.
Palgor.. >I:i> -" -K?tuinlng iolllers report
that Vii e-Admiral Kojestvensky s fleet arrived
off the Saddle Islands fii May IM and proceeded
in the direction of the Straits of Coiva.
Hong Kong. May -7. - The British steamer
Saint Kllda, which arrived here to-day from
Kuchlnotsu. Japan, reports having sighted early
in the morning of Wednesday. May 24. forty
f\v« Russian vessels. including battleships,
cruisers, destroyers, colliers, a hospital ship and
tugs. 14<> miles south-southeast of the Saddle
Islands. The Russians were stationary when
first sighted and most of the colliers were half
empty. Subsequently the Russian vessels
steamed away, heading In a north-northwesterly
PFJCE FIVE CENTS.
MAIN FLEET IN STKAIK
The Russians Sighted -News Prom'
ised "in Good Time."
Tokio. May 27. 4:30 p. m.— All Tokio la eager
ly awaiting advice* of an engagement be
tween the naval forces of Admiral Togo and
Rear Admiral Rojestvensky. It is believed that
the fleet of Russian vessels seen on May 24 at
Saddle Islands comprised the main flshtln*
strength of Admiral Rojestv*nsky*s force*. Th«
Russians bravely headed for the Tsn islands,
and were sights in the Straits to-day.
The fact that Rear Admiral Rojestvenaky ap
pears to have used the Formosan Channel has
created surprise. It was generally expected
that he would pursue a course eastward of
Formosa. This increases th« belief that th«
Russians are anxious to give battle.
The Navy Department refrains from confirm
ing or denying any of the score of reports cir
culated through the capital to-day, and has
promised to advise th* public In »ood tins* of
The people have received the news of th*
prospective fight with elation, so great Is their
confidence in the prowess of Admiral Togo.
While it is thought a portion of the Russian
fleet is certain to reach Vladivostok it is be
lieved that Admiral Togo is bound to cripple
seriously the main fighting ships of his adver
SANK AMERICAN VESSEL.
Russians Said to Have Destroyed
Steamer Off Formosa.
Toklo, May 28, • a. m. — Xews has b«en re
ceived that Admiral Rojestvensky'n fleet sank an
Ariertcan steamer off F«rm«>sa aofut May 2!.
The nam# of the st«*mer is unknown H •
AID FROM VLADIVOSTOK.
Cruisers Acting nith Rojcstvertsky —
Rejoicing in Unsmm,
St. Petersburg. May 2S.— The Russian Foreign
Office and the Admiralty thus far have been
entirely dependent on dispatches from Tokio
for news concerning the movements of the war
ships in the Oorsan Straits, and up to midnight
were in receipt of no' telegram? from the Rus
Th*» Aseoctetsd Press is able fo announce that
the Vladivostok cruisers have left that port, and
are now acting in general co-operation with
Vice-Admiral Rojestvensky under plars pre
pared for the present emergency. Captain
15roussikoff. who i? well known in th- Unit-d
States.. commands the armored cruiser Gro
Vlce-Admiral Rojestvensky s success in reach
ing the Corean Straits, th- gateway to Vladivo
stok, has aroused something like genuine en
thusiasm. The showy Russian capital on th»
banks of the Neva, arrayed in gala attire and
illuminated in honor of the anniversary of the
coronation of Emperor Nicholas, seemed deco
rated for th* occasion. For once. St. Peters
burg was not pessimistic. Everywhere the re
port current that Rojestvensky had dafeat»d
T0 ,,, was ?ccept»d as true, and in the streets
the Russian Admirals name was on every lip.
In th» rslfs and gardens he was toasted as th
hero of the hour. Yet St. Petersburg had only
the advices from Tokio
The authorities, however, while elated over'
the news. indulged In no unwarrant?d rejoicing,
but Instead awaited almost breathlessly fur
ther news. The lights In the Admiralty Office
burned far into the night, and the fact that
no further dispatches had arrived from Tokio.
where alon<* th*» secret of th« situation is know,
was considered lUBSSUIIng. Admiral Wir<*nlus,
i-hief of the general staff of the navy, said:
If Roiestvensky has cleared »he Corean Strait
-God bless him!— he has open water ahead If
he has* succeeded In mystifying thf> en«»niy an<t
entored the Japan Sea with hi? force unim
paired, he has earned th«* title of master of naval
At Tssrkee Seta, wh*ri» It is realized th» wfco'*
fortune Of the wnr and nosslbly the fate of th«
dynasty Is staked on the is*-:---. the rr<»rste?t anx
iety prevailed. F!mperor Nicholas re«S|VSd th«»
n*ws with satisfaction, but without Nation, an
an indication that v«iisky had outwitted
his adversary and had cleared the difficult en
trance to the Japan Sra. Throughout hlr maj
esty has displayed th» gr»at«»st confidence In Ro-
Jestvensky's ability, hut with the arrival of th'»
decisive moment h* showed nervousness anl
repeatedly had officials at court Inquire of ?h<
Admiralty and the Foreign Office for dispatches.
Captain yon Essen believes that Rojestven
sky's arrival In the Corean Strait is not an af
fair of mystification, but is due to the r^lativ*
strength of th* fleets. He expressed yesterday
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