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Important Link in Port Arthur's
Defenses Said to Have
Kuropatkin's Position Regarded
in St. Petersburg as One of
Much Danger.
peoiftl to The Journal.
Rome, July 11.A dispatch to the
Agenzia Libera irom Chi-fu reports
that Ciung-tao, the ey to the de
fenses of Port Arthur, has been ca p
tured by the Japanese. Fighting is
proceeding all along the chain of hills
between Ciung-tao. and Port Arthur.
The reports adds that the Russian bat
tleship Retvlzan and another battle
ship have been destroyed. N details
are given In the report.
"Washington, July 11.It is su s
pected here that the Japanese cam
paign in Manchuria and especially in
the direction of Port Arthur, is ap
proaching another one of such
climaxes as marked the passage of the
Yal u. This is inferred from Minister
Griscom's cablegram from Tokio say
ing that foreign military attaches who
have been assigned to accompany the
second army may go to the front on
he 20th and press correspondents a
day later.
It is recalled that the Japanese
general staff as permitted the news
paper correspondents and attaches to
come to the front at such moments as
initiated the delivery of a great and
carefully planned blow against the
His Present Situation Regarded
Decidedly Dangerous.
General Count Keller's force,
which was a little southwe st of Liao
yang, has apparently mov ed farther
southward to 3tay the advance of the
Japanese direct fr om the Feng-
Huang-cheng-Hal-cheng road.
The pressure on the Russian left
rear as it withdraws continues.
There is now seemingly practically
nothing in the way of a Japanese oc
cupation of Nlu-chuang and the com
pletion of the Japanese line across the
head of the Liao-tung peninsula. The
fortification of the passes of the Fen
shui range and the semi-circle east
of Liao-yang is reported.
With pressure on two sides, if the
Japanese have any serious intentions
of pushing home their advance in the
direction Mukden, General Kuro
patkin's position would seem decided
ly dangerous. Their northern ad
vance posts are at Tai-dln-sln and
Slao-syr. Whether the Japanese op
erations north will be pressed in the
face of the rainy season, which is not
regard ed as probable here, the Jap
anese seem assured of the command
of the mouth of the Liao river val
ley, which will gl^ them a new base,
with two railroads, one direct to Muk
den and the other to the Sin-min-ting
river and the imperial high road. The
Sin-min-ti ng road opens va st possi
bilities for flanking if an advan ce is
begun at the end of the rains.
Severe fighting is not Improbable
north of Ta-tche-kiao, but the belief
is growing that Kuropatkin does not
intend to accept a general engage
ment at this time, even if challenged.
Additional details of the Hoi-yan
fight, July 4, describe the Russian
bayonet charge as being the most
brilliant incident of the war. Japan
ese and Russians were found dead in
the trench with their bayonets thru
each others' bodies.
Togo's Torpedo Flotilla Attacks Port
Arthur Fleet.
Tokio, July 11. 11 a.m.The Rus
sian cruisers Bayan, Diana, Palladia
a nd Novik, two gunboats and seven
torpe do boat destroyers came from
the harbor of Port Arthur on Satur
day morning, July 9, preceded by a
number of steamers engaged in clear
ing away mines. In the afternoon
the Russian vessels reached a .point
between Sen-slk and Lun-wan-tang,
where they were attacked by a Jap
anese flotilla of torpedoboats and
torpedoboat destroyers. Fire was ex
changed with the Bayan. A 4
o'clock in the afternoon the Russian
Vessels retreated to the harbor.
Admiral Togo reports that the Jap
anese vessels had one cabin boy
slightly wounde d. The vessels them
selves sustained no damag e.
JReport of Kuropatkin's Plan on Paper
Causes N Stir.
London, July 11.The attem pt of
the London Daily Expre ss to revive
the bo gy of a possible Russian invasion
of India by the publication of an al
leged secret plan of campaign pre
pared by General Kuropatkin as cabled
to the Associated Press early this
morning has not created a ripple of
excitement. Even if the document is
authentic it is recognized that It will
not give the slightest cause for alarm.
It is pointed out that the whole
scheme as published is of so academic
a character that there is nothing in
the nature of a direct menace therein.
Probably he pigeonholes of all the
war offices in Europe are filled with
similar plans providing for theoretic
Invasions of their neighbors' territory.
Heavy Firing at Port Arthur.
Chi-Fu, July 11, 6 p.m.The re was
heavy firing at Port Arthur from mi d
night until three o'clock this morning.
Food Plentiful in Fortress.
New York Sun Special Service.
Chi-Fu, July 11.Refugees from
Port Arthur say that food supplies in
the fortress are plentiful and there
are still large numbers of cattle and
fresh vegetables always obtainable.
The battleship Sevastopol as almo st
been repaired. The other warships
are all mtact.
St. Petersburg, July 11, 3:35 p.m.
General Kuropatkin, according to
private advices from the front, will
hot make a serious attempt to hold
Ta-tche-kiao, midway between Kai
chau and Hai-cheng, where the rail
road connects with th branch from
Developments of the Japanese
strength on the Siu-yen road seem to
be forcing a Russian concentration
between Hai-cheng and Llao-yang,
but preparations seem to be making
to defend the former aa long as possi
Toledo, Ohio, Ju|y 11.At 8
o'clock today Mayor ^ones was un
conscious with higher fever and all
signs pointed to his death at any
Samuel Milton Jones was born in Bedd
gelert, North Wales. Aug. 3, 1846, and
came to the United States when he was
3 years old. As a child he was com
pelled, on account of poverty, to labor.
In 1864 we went to Tltusvllle, Pa., to
work in the oil fields. Later he became
By Merest Chance Dora Larson
Did Not Sail on the
Trivial circumstances kept a girl
fr om sailing on the Norge, broug ht
great happine ss to the family of John
N, Larson, 2921 Third avenue S, a nd
will soon unite with her uncle a nd
relatives Dora Larson of Stockhol m,
who landed yesterday fr om the Oscar
II. and is speeding westwar d.
This joyful combination is the re
sult of a little urging a week ago on
the part of friends in Christiania. Dora
Larson, aged 20, bought passage to
America on the Norge. On the way
to the steamer she was urged to stay
over for he Oscar II.
This boat arrived in New York,
Saturday, with all aboard safe and
happy. The passengers came ashore
yesterday. Then for the first ti me
Do ra heard of the terrible fate of the
Norge and at once notified her rela
tives in Minneapolis of her escape.
Any anxiety experienced by north
westerners for the safety of friends
on the Oscar II., following he loss of
the steamer Norge of the same line,
was dispelled this morning by the an
nouncement from the A. E Johnson
company that this staunch new steam
er ad docked Saturday, having made
the trip in the remarkably short ti me
of nine days from Chrlstiansand.
In sharp contrast with the burden
of grief which has come to scores of
families in the northwest from the loss
of the Norge those who have had
friends aboard the Oscar will have
a double measu re of happiness.
he Oscar is supposed to have
brought the names of Norge passen
gers who bought their tickets in he
old country, and this will so on reach
the Minneapolis office. Until this is
published many Scandinavian families
In this section will be in uncertainty.
he Americ an purchase list was pub
lished Wednesday InThe Journal,
Special to The Journal.
New York, July 11. A cablegram
from Berlin says that 306 German
papers have printed protests against
the favors shown the Vanderbilts, the
Goelets and other American million
aires during the Kiel regatta. The
report that the Vanderbilts are pro
ceeding northward on their steam
yacht in company with the Hohenzol
lern, on which the kaiser will make
his trip to Scandinavia, Is sure to
cause fresh outbursts. The Morg en
Post contrasts in fierce terms the
kaiser's neglect in not receiving a
deputation of German Southwest Afri
can colonists with this favoritism
toward Americans. he pape rs say:
"If the kaiser as time to concern
himself with American moneybags, he
ought to find time to devote to the
misfortunes of the Germans in Africa."
Toledo's "Golden Rule" Mayor," Who Is Now Confronted by Death.
New York, July 11.Plans are
being made for the formation of a
permanent organization of he Na
tional Structural Building Trades Al
liance, composed of all building trades
organizations thruout he country, to
bring about yearly trade agreements
with a view of fostering a better feel
ing between employers and employees
and further to arbitrate in labor dis
It is estimated th at at least half a
million men will be represented in he
organization. A temporary organiza
tion as been effected which will be
made permanent at a meeting set for
Aug. 8.
Mobile, Ala., July 11.Charles McLean,
mayor of Mobile, is dead
an oil producer, invented improved oil
well appliances and established a factory
in Toledo, Ohio, In which he introduced
various labor reforms. He was elected
mayor of Toledo as a -republican in 1897,
and as an Independent in 1899, 1901 and
1903. He was by petition a non-partizan
candidate for governor of Ohio in 1900.
He has, been noted for his advocacy of
municipal ownership, direct legislation,
the eight-hour day and direct nomination
by the people. has written two bc^oks,
"The New Right" and "Letters of Love
and Labor."
Home of Superintendent of Sell
wood's Mines Destroyed by
Defective Page
Ironwood, Mich., July
residence of Earl Walton,
tendent of the Srotherton and Sunday
Lake mines at Wakefield, one mile
ea st on he end of the Gogebic range,
was destroyed by dynamite early today.
Not less th an twenty pounds of dyn a
mite were used. A lighted fuse
probably set off the explosive. N
connecting wires could be found.
Sections of the house and veranda
were blown 200 feet, but the family
were asleep upstairs a nd escaped
serious injury.
Superintendent Walton as no idea
as to the identity of the perpetrators
or their motives.
A stike occurred at the mines in
January against a 10 per cent cut in
wages. Some of the old employees
found their places taken when the
two mines resumed shipping.
Sheriff Olsen as sworn in an extra
force of deputies. he Brotherton
and Sunday Lake mines are important
iron ore producers and are owned by
Joseph Sellwood of Duluth.
I ft- ^M-
Parker Telegram Loses Votes
Only Where Roosevelt Is
New York, Indiana and Similar
States Made the Fighting
Ground of Yore.
From Staff Correspondent.
St. Louis, July 11.It may not
have been a "put up job," but it had
that appearance, a nd Bryan, in his
first speech to the convention Satur
day night, said that was what he
thought it. I refer to the message
fr om Judge Parker, in which he said
he was unalterably for he gold stand
ard and would act accordingly if
The resolutions committee of he
convention had debated he curren
cy question for sixteen' hours, finally
agreeing, in thie interest of harmon y,
not to mention it in the platform.
On this compromise all factions of he
party stood a nd the' platform, was
adopted by unanimous vote..
When word reached he east th at
there had been a platform agreement,
the leaders of the,'gold democrats,
whose favor must he secured in order
to give the democracy standing in
this campaign, wer.6 furious. They
deluged St. Louis.with telegrams, a nd
apparently there was a heavy rain
fall of them at Esopus-on-the-Hud-
son also.
he net effect of -the Parker mes
sage and he answer he convention
sent thereto, is to. cojnmit the demo
cratic party to the go ld standard.
Support In East.
So far as Parker is concerned per
sonally, that telegram has insured him
the support of the gold democratic
forces in the states where they are
strongest, namely: New York, New
Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland
and Indiana. It has .lost him support
in all the states west of the Missis
sippi, where silver was strongest, but
that Joss will not ^'change a single
electoral vote, for Roosevelt will car
ry those states anyway. he Parker
telegram will simply' increase the
Roosevelt pluralities, in he west.
A illustrating the effect the tele
gram will have In gold democratlo
states, I cite he Indiana situation.
It is in this state that the campaign
in he middle westWill be centered.
It was a doubtful state until silver be
came the issue but, beginning with
and since 1896, it has gone republican
by steadily increasing majorities, un
til it touched highwater mark with
McKinl ey in 1900, givi ng him a ma
jority of almost 50,000. A number
of the leading gold democrats of In
dianapolis were in St. Louis last week.
They wer# g^atryrjftl^pROinted when
tite platfo*H'" compromise was an
nounced a nd saiejt that compromise
would give Indiana to Rposevelt. But
after he Parker telegr am 'had been
received- and ans'wered, they recov
ered their smiles a nd good, humor
a nd said Indiana would go for Par
ker. One of these gold democrats,
an Indianapolis man worth many
millions, who voted for McKinl ey
bo th times, openly. announced last
night in the lobby of the Planters'
th at he would give $50,000 to the
democratic campaign fu nd this year,
now th at the Parker telegrams ad
commited he party to the gold stand
ard. The strength of he gold demo
cratic vote in Indiana is roughly esti
mated at 40,000. Give that vote to
Parker and the republican majority
of Indiana again drops to less than
10,000, making he state doubtful.
Broken Promise Back of Plat
form's Silence and Park
er's Telegram.
Gold Plank Intrusted to Sage of
Wolfert's Roost for Plat
form by Leaders.
New York Sun Speoial Service,
Esopus, N. Y., July li.Until
Judge Parker read in the newspapers
that David B. Hill ad publicly stated
to Mr. Bryan that he did not know
Judge Parker's financial views a nd
had never discussed he matter with
him, it had not occurred to Judge
Parker that there was the slightest
occasion or necessity for him to make
any public statement on he subject.
Everyone who. as ad any politi
cal conversation with Judge Parker
knows what are his financial views.
Judge Parker thought everybody
knew that tho he ad voted for Mr.
Bryan he did it, not because of Mr.
Bryan's financial views, but in spite
of them not because Mr. Bryan ad
vocated he free coinage of silver at
the ratio of 16 to 1, but because Judge
Parker had always been a democrat,
the democratic party ad highly hon
ored him, a nd he did not propose to
leave the party because of Mr. Bryan's
financial view s.
Judge Parker has never taken he
slightest trouble to conceal his views.
All he has asked was that he re
porters should not quote him, as he
was unwilling to appear as a candi
date in advance of he action of he
Bryan Knew Views.
Continued- on Seoond Page. Continued on Seco nd Page.
And When He Did Speak It Was So Sudden It Almost Caused a Runaway,
Mr. Bryan himself we ll knew Judge
Parker's financial views. ,He well re
calls his request of Judge Parker for
public support a nd the conclusive rea
sons Judge Parker gave why it was
impossible for him to do what Mr.
Bryan asked. Against Mr. Bryan him
self .Judge Parker has no grievance.
respects Mr. Bryan as a sincere
a nd able man, guided by his own be
lief and convictions as Judge Parker is
guided by his. Had Judge Parker
not respected he sincerity a nd hon
esty of Mr. Bryan the man, his vote
might Jiave been different, in 1896.
This year Judge Parker believed
that Bryan would bow to the decision
of the majority of delegates to he St.
Louis convention as many good demo
crats bowed to the decision of he con
vention of 1896.
On many" political questions bo th
Bryan a nd Parker believe alike, on
other questions they differ. It nev er
seemed to Parker that it was possible
that^ anyone should he in doubt that
his pbsitlon on the money question
was opposed to Bryan's any more than
th at his position on he authority and
sanctity of he supreme court should
not be he same as Bryan's.
This was he state of affairs when
he democratic national convention
met. Bryan had been opposing Par
ker because their views did not co
incide. There was no personal feel
ing a nd no element of personal un
friendliness. Sheehan a nd other
friends of Parker had be en doing
their best to secure delegates for him
a nd one of their strongest arguments
was th at Parker was the best man
with whom to defeat Bryan's financial
Sheeh..n's Position.
The position of Sheehan was th at
the question of he financial standard
West Virginia Man, Democratic Nom
i inee for Vice Presidency.
Minnesota Democratic Leaders
Abandon Hope, Since Parker
"Telegram Incident.
From a Staff Correspondent.
St. Louis, July 11.T he democratic
leaders of Minnesota and other north
weste rn states have thrown up their
hands as far as the national campaign
is concerned. With the chances not
really against them, he &e,west turn in
affairs have taken fr om them what lit
tle hope they had. he most sanguine
do not expect to get as many votes for
Parker on his gold basis as they got
for Bryan in 1896 a nd 1900.
Even those who agree with him and
honor his frankness, know th at his
position is one that will be unpopul ar
with the democrats of the northwest,
a nd will drive thousands of votes to
Delegates a nd democratic visitors
here have been more or less open
about expressing their opinion and all
are sore over the Parker telegr am and
he consequent committal of he party
on the money question. There are
two ways of looking at it, as there
have been always two sides to every
In the Minnesota delegation, he
men who supported Parker have lit
tle to say, but it is plain th at they
feel they have been placed inffe false
position. ,.-v
Blow to the Party.
They were satisfied to drop he
money question a nd make the fight on
other issues, but the last thing they
wanted to see was an open declaration
fr om candidate and convention, turn
ing the party right about face on the
issues of four and eight years ago.
They feel that this declaration as not
only hurt he party in Minnesota, but
will also make trouble for he Parker
leaders there, individually.
It can gain them very few votes, for
most gold democrats have already
found their way back in he fold, and
were ready to vote for Parker with or
without the gold standard declaration.
Some votes will be won in the twin
cities, in Stearns coun ty and in Ger
man communities alo ng the Minnesota
river, but these will be a mere hand
ful to the thousands of former popu
lists and silver republicans, a nd the
numbers of radical democra ts who
will fly the track and declare for
Roosevelt, as they will be inclined to
take out their grudge on he men who
helped nominate Parker.
The men who fought Parker's nom
ination are furious a nd indulge in
some radical talk. They predict th at
he rank a nd file of he state democ
racy will prefer Roosevelt and his pro
gressive policies to Parker a nd Wall
street backing.
Much will depend on the attitude of
Bryan. If he decides to stand for the
ticket, some votes will be saved, but
if Bryan refuses to swallow his last
a nd most bitter pill, many thousands
of his admirers will go wherever he
says, either to Rooseyjlt or to a third
party ticket.
State Ticket Handicapped.
One feature discouraging to both
sides is that this loss of votes for the
national ticket will be a handic ap for
the state and local candidates. It
gives democracy a discouraging start
for he fall campaign in every west
ern state a nd it is safe to say that all
efforts will be made on state a nd local
tickets and none wasted on Parker
a nd Davis.
Conditions in Minnesota will be ex
aggerated in North a nd South Dakot a,
where he leading democra ts are ex
pected to bolt and make it practically
unanimous for Roosevelt. The same
causes are expected to make Montana,
he great silver stalte, once mo re safely
Northwestern democra ts feel that
they have been sacrificed for the ake
of electoral votes fr om three or four
eastern states a nd they fear he dis
integration of the party under the new
conditions. These fears are but ill
Charles B. Cheney.
St. Petersburg, July 11.T he sys
tem of. condemning political prisoners
by administrative order has been
abolished by imperial decree, a nd per
sons accused of political crimes hence
forth will be tried by he courts under
the regular procedure.
This reform is mo st far-reaching,
ending forever he arbitrary con
demnation to exile or even death of
political suspects without the interven
tion of he courts.
It is considered one of the most
sweeping reforms of this generation
a nd it is understood th at it was rec
ommended by he council of the em
pire with the acquiescence and ap
proval of he minister of he interior,
M. Plehwe.
Pierre, S. D., July 11.The date set for
the launching of the cruiser South Dakota
at the Union Iron works, at San Fran
cisco, has been fixed at Thursday, July
jSl, at 6:30 p.n-
Last Session of Democratic Con
vention the Most Dramatic
in Many a Year.
Message From Presidential Nomi
nee Rends Harmony of
Speoial to The Journal.
St. Louis, July 11.True to his
practice for forty years in national
and state politics, he cowardice of
David B. Hill made necessary a tele-r
gram from Judge Parker, insisting
that he must stand on a gold platform
a nd threw the national democracy,
which had selected Parker as its can-i
didate into a panic th at for several
hours on Saturday night seemed disas-
trous to the success of. he party.
This is the Parker telegram:
Ho n. W F. Sheehan, Hotel Jef
ferson: I regard he gold stand
ard as firmly and irrevocably es
tablished a nd shall act according
ly if the action of he convention
of today shall be ratified by the
people. A he platform is silent
on the subject, my views should
be made known to the convention,
a nd if it is proved to be unsatis
factory to he majority, I request
you to decline the nominati on for
me at once, so th at another may
be nominated before adjournment.
A. B. Parker.
When the convention met at 6.20 p.
m. it was to select a candidate for the
vice presidency, and nominati ng
speeches were made in behalf of for
mer Senator Henry G. Davis of West
Virginia, former Senator Turner of
Washingto n, former Senator Harris of
Kansas, Senator Carmack of Ten
nessee a nd Congressman Williams of
Illinois. "Vague rumors began to be
heard of a fateful telegr am from
Parker, and Cutberson of Texas pre
cipitated a crisis by rising a nd oppos
ing the nominati on of a candidate for
the vice presidency until the conven
tion was sure it had not before it th
duty of again nominating a candidate
for the presidency.
A recess full of excitement fololwed,
a nd when the convention met again at
8.30 only he leaders ad been en
lightened as to the real purport of he
telegram from Judge Parker. Gov
ernor Vardaman of Mississippi de
manded th at he truth be told, the
conventionthat he chairman of he
New York delegation reveal ^to, the
delegates Jiie text of the Parker^Teie-
Williams Speaks.
he platform adopted by this
convention is silent on he ques
tion of the monetary standard be
because it is not regarded by us
as a possible issue in this cam
paign, and only campaign issues
were mentioned in he platform.
Therefore, there is nothing in the
views expressed by you in the tel
egram just received which would
preclude a man entertaining them
from accepting a nomination on
said platform.
In he excitement following tho
rumor of a telegr am from Esopu s,
Senator Tillman had declared that the
democratic party could always be de
pended on to make a damn fool of
itself at critical moments. But now
Tillman, grown cooler, declared that
the Parker telegram had not altered
conditions one iota.
Bryan Enters.
While Tillman was speaking, Wil-"
Iiam J. Bryan entered. had
arisen from a sickbed to meet he
new crisis. is face was pale, his
lips tightly compressed. A Tillman
finished there was an uproar. Cries
of "Bryan" came fr om every part of
the hall. Mr. Bryan faced the co n
vention. said:
Now, my friends, I am sorry this conten
tion ever arose. I acted as I did in the
committee on resolutions because I want
ed harmony. I joined because I want*
ed to put a united party back of your can
didate. I think a man should express his
opinion before the convention adjourns. I
think it would have been better to express
his opinion before the convention met. It
is a manly thing to express his opinion
before the delegates act on his nomina
tion, but it would have been a manlier
thing to express his opinion before the
voters of this country went to their pri
maries and their conventions and sent
delegates here. I can be pardoned for in
jecting this condition here. It is the
judge's fault that he did not speak sooner,
not our fault. He has been invited to
speak on numerous occasions. It is not
our fault that this question was ever
raised. It was by his friends that it was
brought into the committee and "offered
in the platform but, having been offered
and having been stricken out and the
committee having acted. I would not be
willing to send this naked statement to
him and thereby write in our platform a
plank that we intended to leave out of the
platform. I shall therefore oppose this
telegram, or rather that the matter may,
be acted on, I will propose seme amend*
Continued on Second Page,
John Sharp Williams of Mississippi
was introauoed. told he conven
tlon that a telegram had been re
ceived th at despite rumors to he con
trary, the telegram did not contain a
word that could be construed as a
demand for a gold plank in he pla t
form and th at if there was error in
the telegram, it was "an error of judg
ment proceeding from a too sensitive
spirit of honor." gave the tele
gram to Governor Vardaman and it
was read amid intense silence followed
by a cheer, then silence more in
tense than before.
Mr. Williams resumed. de
clared the platform wasjpurposely si
lent on finance, since that was not an
issue in the campaign that the in
tent had been to give to the party
a platforrn on which any candidate
Parker, Cleveland, Bryanmight
stand upon which the party niight
be united. declared eve ry man
in the resolutions committee was ful
ly aware of Judge Parker's belief in
the gold standard. And he ask ed
Senator Tillman to read to he con
vention the reply which the leaders
had framed, to be se nt to Judge Par
ker if the convention so decreed. This
is he reply:
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