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ST. LOUIS, MO.. MONDAY, JULY 16. 1000.
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Governor of Shan-Tung
Confirms the World's
DESPERATE FIGHT IN VAIN.
Women and Children Killed to
Save Them From the Chinese
Tien-Tsin Still Bravely
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
London, Monday, July 10. (Copyright,
1000, by the New York Herald Com
pany.) Confirmation of the worst fears
of the civilized world has been received
A special dNpatch to the Dally Tele
graph from Shanghai, Sunday, says
Taotai (Governor) Sheng has received
the following from Yuan Shi Kal, Gov
ernor of Shan-Tung Province:
"Chlan-Fu, July 14. A messenger
who left Pekln on July 7 ar
rived here to-day. He reports that the
artillery of tho Boiers and General
Tung Fu Slang's troops made a breach
in the legation, wall (presumably tho
wall of the British Legation), which
was then leveled. Afterwards the lega
tion was taken by assault.
-A massacre followed, NONE BEING
LEFT ALIVE. The losses among tho
Boiers and troops were enormous.
"The foreign troops used up their am
munition before the Chinese effected an
entrance into the compounds."
SOIITIE EMtAGED TCAM.
Two earlier dispatches from the earuo
Fource, addressed to Sheng, give a few
additional details. The first, dated July
0, says the legation guards made a
sortie, killing n hundred Boiers and en
raging General Tung, who replied by
bombarding the building occupied by
tbe foreigners. Tho second, dated July
7, 6ays the riotous troops with tho
Boiers attacked tho legations, and,
being unable to force an entrance,
brought cannon to bcarl
This circumstantial jni of. ! -tacre
comes to the Dally Mali from Its
ppecial correspondent at Shanghai,
dated Sunday night:
"I deeply regret to have to confirm ab
solutely and fully tho announcement
.which I cabled on Friday to the effect
that tie legations in Pekln were de
stroyed on the night of July C-7, and
that all the British And Europeans were
massacred. Further official Chinese
messages, one from tho Governor of
Shan-Tung Province, were received hero
yesterday (Saturday), confirming the
LITTLE BAND'S GALLAXT FIGIIT.
"After June 23 the Boiers and Im
perial troops gradually Increased in
number and massed themselves around
the British Legation, camping In the
streets and places laid waste by tho
"Dally Eortles were mado by a small
body of defenders, who met the Chinese
in tho streets, inflicting severe punish
ment upon them. These sorties, too,
often took place at night.
"So great was the courage and energy
of the little force that they gradually
compelled the Chinese to retreat from
the immediate vicinity of the British
"These reverses were having a dis
heartening effect, and there began to be
open signs of disaffection and frequent
desertions of the troops to Prince Ching,
who was endeavoring to co-operate with
"Ultimately Princo Tnan decided to
make an organized night attack. Hav
ing secured a plentiful supply of am
munition for heavy guns, a conference
of tho Chinese leaders was held and a
regular plan of attack was agreed upon.
ATTACKED 1V1TU ARTILLERY.
"In threo powerful columns, with
strong reserves, at 6 p. rcu, on Jnly C,
Hro was opened with artillery upon the
British Legation, where the allies and
all tho Europeans had concentrated.
"For two hours tha walls and build
ings were battered with bhot and shell,
aud huge breaches were mado in them.
"Then a general advance was ordered,
and tho Chinese infantry, volleying con
stantly, moved toward the gaps. Tho
fire oX tho defenders, however, was ho
accurato and steady that the hordes of
Chinese soldiers and Boiers broke and
fled in the wildest confusion, leaving
large numbers of dead and woundtd
around the legation.
"They were not rallied until out of
rifle range. Then Prince Tuan, making
u desperate appeal, induced them to
stand and return to tho attack. Their
artillery Are was resumed, and at mid
dle watch a second attack was attempt
ed, but before the attackers could ac
complish their object they were met by
T7,-no r:!i!nr nnd General "Wang tVeng
ol. I.K thnlr tl-nnno. who WCXO COlDJT (
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RELIEF FORCE DEFEATED.
"A desperate battle ensued between
the various forces of Chinese and
Manchus. Unfortunately many of
Prince Ching troops deserted to Prince
"Prince Ching fell. It was supposed I
at first that ho was Jdilea, nut me
search for his body the next morning
Continued on Pms Tito.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Tlen-Tsin, July .(Copyright, 1900,
by W. It. Hearst.) The Chinese made a
determined attack on the railway sta
tion at a o'clock yesterday morning.
Fighting lasted three hours, the Chinese
being driven off at C o'clock.
The allies lost loO killed and wounded.
The Chinese lost very heavily.
The artillery of the allies demolished
a Chlnesefort and signal Htation.
An addMunal force of 1,000 Americans
SPECIAL, BY CABLE.
Tien-Tein, July 9. (Copyright, 1900.
by W. It. Hearst.) The allies attacked
the Chinese position southwest of tho
city at 4 o'clock this morning.
The Japanese made a flank move
ment and drove back the enemy, cup
turlDg four guns.
Tha cavalry pursued, completing the
rout of the Chlneie forces.
The allies afterward occupied the
western ars-enal, capturing two guns.
They burned the arsenal. The Chinese
losses are estimated at 300.
London, July 15. The following dis
patches from Admiral Seymour were
published this evening:
Tien-Tiu. July 0. The enemy's
position touthwest of the settlement
was attacked at 4 o'clock this morning.
The Japanese, by a flank movement
drove the enemy out and captured four
guns. Cavalry pursued and completed
tho rout of tho enemy, killing large
numbers of soldiers and Boiers. The
allied forces shelled and occupied the
western ascent, capturing two guns.
The arsenal was burned, as the allies
were unable to hold it. The enemy's
loss was 350 killed. The loss of the
allied forces was small."
"Tlen-Tsln, JMy 11'. The Chinese at 3
a. m. yesterday mado a determined at
tack upon the railway btatlon In great
force. Finally they were driven off, at
C a. m., but the allies lost 100 killed and
wounded. The Chinese loss Is unknown,
but is believed to have been heavy.
"Tho forts were bombarded at noon
by British and French guns. A fort and
a pagoda used a a signal tower were
"The allied forces bate been increased
by the arrival of 1,000 Americans."
FIGHTING ON JULY 6, 7 AND 8.
Chee-Foo, July 10, via Shanghai, July
10. Dispatches received to-day from
Tlen-Tsin cover events that took place
there on July 0, 7 and S. The Chinese
were growing In numbers and audacity
daily, and drawing closer In. Their fire
had already wrecked many buildings,
including one gas holder.
After the British and Americans had
unsuccessfully attempted to capture a
gun, the Chinese, on the night of July
0, fiercely attacked the foreign settle
ment, but were repulsed. Next day the
bombardment was renewed from sev
eral new nositions. and shells foil in th
British quarters, killing two and wouud
Tho artillery duel was In progress
July S, when tho dispatches left.
GUNS TRAINED ON CHE-FOO.
BY THE KDV. FREDERICK BROWN'.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Che-Foo, July 13-(Copyright, 1900,
by W. It. Hearst) Tho guns of tho
British cruiser Terrible, the American
gunboat Nashville and the other war
ships in the harbor were trained on the
city yesterday in answer to urgent mes
sages 6ent from ashore that an out
break was about to take place.
All the foreigners were called out for
defensive guard duty and they respond
ed with alacrity. Sentries were posted
and close watch kept on the natives.
The men on board the ships kept close
to their guns prepared to open fire on a
moment's notice, but the occasion did
The American Baptist and American
Presbyterian missionaries of Shan
Tung Province have safely reached the
The Wcnchow community also has es
caped from Ningpo.
The French Cathedral at Ningpo has
been burned, probably in revenge by
Talchow men for the elocution, by the
request of a French priest, of one of
their members last year.
ILLINOISANS WANT A FIGHT.
Second Uegiment Will Ask to Go
Chicago. July li The Second Regiment,
Illinois National Guard, will volunteer for
service In China.
Colonel James E. Stewart announced to
day that ha will Immediately make a
formal proffer of his Havana-seasoned com
panies to the National Government for use
aeafcut Uw Boxara,
IN PEKIN DEAD
f-M 1 1 1 1 IIH-H-H-H-I-
LAST DESPERATE SORTIE. t
Shanghai, July 1."). Shrug has informed the Consuls that $
the foreigners in the British Legation, after enduring several days
of bombardment, and being starving, determined to make a rally
? at night. The women and rhildren were placed in the center of a.
j. hollow square aud the sortie began. " 4.
The guards fought desperately and slew many Boxer,, but in ?
vain. The hordes of Chinese rushed on the foreigners, who killed t
their own women and children first. They fought to the end.
The Chinese trained rapid-fire guns on them, and killed near-
ly all. A few escaped back to the British Legation, but the Chi-
iiee battered down the walls with
tire. The occupants were binned.
the corpses of the dead.
Prince Ching attempted to
Tuan's troops. t
Every foreigner was massacred. The streets ran red with "
blood. All the native Christians were massacred. j?
M 1 !-! 1 1 1 II T - I - t - l - I - H - H - t - H - r'H - I - f -
LONDON'S LAST HOPE GONE.
One Correspondent Says Chinese
Officials Had the News
a Week Ago.
BV ASSOCIATED PRESS.
London, July 15, 3:30 a. m. It seems impossible to entertain any longer
the leat doubt as to the fate of the Europeans In i'tkin. The Associated
Press learns that Lady Hart, 'wife of Sir Itobert Hart, director of the Chlneso
Imperial Maritime Customs, on July G received tho following telegram from
"Our ieople, including the women, are In the legations. Trcparo to hear
The European Governments have received from their representatives at
Shanghai a dispatch from tho Governor of Shan-Tung, dated July 7, report
ing that the European troops made a sortio from Pekln and killed 100 of Gen
eral Tung Fuh Slang's forces and that the Boiers were mounting guns to
make a breach in the defences.
Under date of July 12, the Governor of Shan-Tung wires as follows:
"Native soldiers and Boiers have been attacking the legations for some
hours, but have not yet effected an entrance. They are now all bombarding
with large cannon to make a breach for a heavy onhlauht. I fear that all the
Ministers, and the Government, as well, are In great danger. The Government
Is Intensely anilous."
Finally comes the news from Shanghai that a breach in the leration wall
had been mado and all foreigners killed. All the dates probably refer to a
much earlier period, but the presumption Is ihat tho successive dispatches
give an outline of what has happened.
The foreigners, having reached the end of their resource, made a desperate
eortle and then bravely met their fate. AH the details of the horriblu 6tory
probably never will be known.
London Daily Express Description.
The Shanghai correspondent of tha Dally Express on authority of couriers
who brought the story, gives a very eusat!oiial account. He tays:
"Maddened with huuger, after having been without food for many days,
the members of the legation and the guards made a sortie on the night of
June 30 and killed 200 Chinese In an unexpected attack. General Tung Fuh
Slang, enraged over tho loss of so many men, brought up heavy guns, and
Prince Tuan gave the order that every foreigner must be destroyed. His words
were: 'Destroy every foreign vestige and make China a healed book to all
"Prince Tuan had previously dlscovi-red that Prince Ching was supplying
foreigners with ammunition. He, therefore, ordered his troops to lire on Prince
Ching's troops. Prince Ching was killed or seriously wounded.
"In the tlnal attempt to cut their way through, the legationers formed a
square, with the women and children in the center. When the Borers realized
that they were being attacked they become like wild beasts and bhot each
other with revolvers. Heavy guns bombarded all night, until the buildings
were demolished and In flames. Many foreigners were roasted in the ruins.
The Boxers rushed upon them and hacked and stabbed both dead and wound
ed, cutting off their heads and carrying these through the streets on their
rltles, shouting fiercely. They then attacked tho natlvo Christian quarters,
massacred all who refused to Join them, outraged the women and brained the
children. Hundreds of mission buildings were burned."
The correspondent adds: "All China Is now ailame with revolt against for
eigners. jOnly in the extreme west Is there quiet. In the Provinces of Hupe and
Hunau thousands of native Christians have been mutilated aud tortured, thu
women being tirst outraged and then massacred."
Chines Knew It a Week Ago.
The Shanghai correspondent of tho Dally Mall says:
'I can assert positively that tho Chinese authorities had the dreadful news
from Pekln a week ago, and that Sheng knew all tho foreigners In Pekln were
dead when ho asked tho American Consul to cable Washington a proposal to
deliver the foreigners In safety at Tien-Tsln on condition that the allies would
suspend their operations to tho north of Peklu."
SEEK TOPROTECT WHITES.
fian Francisco Chinese Wire Vice
roys to Spare 2fo Pains.
San Francisco, Cal., Julr 15. The members
of the Cilneso Empire Reform Association
of this city are very much perturbed over
tho serious condition of affairs la the Orient
and are exerting1 every possible endeavor to
prevent the persecution of forelcners re
siding in China.
Cablegrams fire being sent dally to the
Viceroys of the different Provinces praylns
them to use nil their Influence to prevent
further slaughter nf Innocent persons of
other nations who have not ad on oppor
tunity to leave the country for forao place
of safety. Following are soma of the mes
Eages sent to China by the association:
San Francisco, July 14. LI Hung Chang,
Canton: Reports received here that Box
ers are massacrelng foreigners. This Is in
iolatlon of treaty rights. We pray your
excellency to Instruct all Vlceros to pro
tect all foreigners, even as we are pro
tected by them here. Wo beg of you to
suppress these barbarous outrages that
peace and resumption of commerco may
"CHINESE EMPIRE REFORM AS3NV
"To Chuy Sing: Uso all your influence to
sao foreigners In the north. Send money,
ships, anything In reason, and wo will pay
A message to Singapore, asking for In
formation regarding the reported wound
ing of Kang You Wei, Is quite pathetic In
tone. It reads:
"Khoo Seek Wan, Slrapore: Spare no ex
panse In forwarding us all detail, regard
ing the condition of our beloved leader,
Kang Yu Wei. For your love of liberty, wo
ask that you rrotect our wisest philosopher
artillery and set the building on
The Boxers horribly mutilated
defend the foreigners from Trinee
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LONDON PRESS COMMENT. '
One Taper Impatient With tho
London. July 15. The morning papers are
unanimous In believing that the foreigners
have been annihilated, and In calling for
The Dally Chronicle comments upon the
statement of Its Washington correspondent
that the United States will not consider It
self at war with China, and says:
"If the Americans aro resolved to accept
an apology for Mr. Conger's- death they
may as well take their consolation without
movlns another gun."
The Dally Telegraph, tho Times and
other papers applaud Lord Salisbury's
policy of employing Japan as the only
policy that might have saved the foreign
ers. Tha Dally Telegraph declares that a
terrible responsibility rests upon those who
delayed Japanese action.
Ths Times publishes a letter from its
Pekln correspondent, dated June 10, which
contains an assertion, made on seemingly
good authority, that the Empress Dowager
had decided that every foreigner was to
be massacred that night. It also publishes
the last message from Its correspondents,
dated June 14, when the Boxers had made
two attempts to rush the foreign quarters.
Sir Halllday MacCartney. Secretary to
the Chinese Legation In London, who was
Interviewed yesterday, said that the lega
tion had no advices and no official news of
any kind, but that he still hoped the ter
rible reports were without foundation. He
expressed the opinion that some definite
Information ought to be obtained Immedl-ftUir.
SEYMOUR WAS FORCED
TO KILL HIS OWN
Wounded Bluejackets Begged Their Com
mander to Save Them by Merciful
Death From Chinese Torture.
Harassed Fighters Could Not Carry Their Stricken
Brothers to Safety Firing Squad, Told Off
by the Admiral, Cheated the Mongol
Mob of Its Prey.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Tien-Tsin, July 8, via Shanghai,
1900, by W. R. Hearst.) We are fighting hordes of Chinese day
and night, but are unable to beat them off. They are approaching
closer to the foreign settlement after each battle.
No quarter is given or asked on either side.
Ineffectual attempts have been made to conceal the horrible
fact that Admiral Seymour was compelled to shoot his own wound
ed during the recent disastrous retreat of the Pekin relief expedition.
All the wounded and prisoners who fell into the hands of
the Chinese were frightfully tortured.
The bodies of two marines who were captured by the Chinese
were recovered. The bodies had been cut to pieces. First the
eyes had been hacked out; then the cheeks, arms and legs cut off,
until death ended the sufferings of the poor fellows.
When Admiral Seymour, in his retreat, found himself so
hard pressed that he was unable longer to carry his wounded with
him, he asked them:
"Which do you prefer, to be left to the mercies of the Chi
nese or be shot by your own commander?"
As Admiral Seymour put the question, the tears were
streaming down his cheeks.
"We prefer death to torture! Shoot us now, that we may
die like men!" was the piteous response of the helpless men.
A firing squad was told off, and while the allied force
stopped and beat off with gun fire the Chinese horde that sur
rounded it, inside its lines an act of mercy was performed as the
firing squad carried out its orders.
A few merciful volleys from the rifles in the hands ot
friends and the harassed expedition was relieved of its burden of
wounded, the fanatical Chinese horde was cheated of victims for its
torture and the sufferings and fears of the unfortunates were
brought to an end in an honorable death under their own flag.
FATES THAT AWAITED THE WOUNDED.
The atvful fnte of tho foreigners in Tekin. now no longer doubted, and the
frightful alternative which compelled Admiral Seymour to kill his own wound
ed, as described In cable dispatches from China, arouse deep interest in the
unspeakable cruelty of the Mongol fanatic.
Nor are these tortures dealt out nolely by the Boxers and by irresponsible
mobs. Father Tannet, a Itoman Catholic missionary in Northern China, has
quite recently reported how he had been compelled to see eleven of his Chris
tians imprisoned under false pretenses and tortured In tho most horrible man
ner under the direction of a mandarin. They were scourged, suspended by tho
thumbs, by the hair and by the ears.
A Franciscan missionary, describing the death of a catechlst at Xan-Kuen-sie,
"lie was seized, stripped of his clothes, beaten and bound. lie was then
"'Are you a Christian?
' 'Yes, I am.'
"At this reply one ear was cut off.
" "Are you still a Christian?'
" 'Yes; I am a follower of Christ
"The other ear was then severed. The victim's third declaration was his
death sentence. A stroke of the sword severed his head from his body, and
placed him in the ranks of the martyrs."
In other cases the executioners tear out the victims eyes and cut the
muscles of the feet. lie lives only to suffer. In other cases men and women
arc burled alive. To deprive them of any possible assistance their mouths,
eyes and ears are stopped with mud.
The Boxers are fiends of cruelty. They maltreat, In these different ways,
helpless women and girls and old men. Their most exquisite method of torture
Is known as the "slicing process."
Their own name for It is the "ting-che."
Under this hideous rite the bodies of the fallen are cut Into small pieces
with powerful blows from cleaver-like knives, which are wielded with arms
guided by an in"QinDrehensible and insatiate thirst for bluod The pieces arc
XaU to the dew.
July 15. (Copyright,
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derntornis Monday, with cooler la
For nilnola Loral ralna and thna
dtritormi Monday) frrah Ttrly
For Arkamas Thnnderatorma and
1. Seymour IVas Forced to Kill His Own
3. Kansas Editor's Fight for Death.
Missouri Soldiers Arrive In Camp.
Great Fire at Prescott, Arte
British Inactive; Boers Tronblesom.
4. More Light Thrown on Cuban Scandal.
Four Hurt In Street Car Explosion.
G. Sermons and 'Services in the Churches.
Swam River to Evade Posse.
. Uahn Too Much for St. Louis Flayers.
St. Louis Club's AVerag-et.
7. Americans Won Eight Events.
"Xo Colonies." Senator Vest.
Ills Last Wish Gratified.
9. Railway News.
Place Faith In Gompers.
Value ot Surplus Productions.
Working for County Fair.
11. Movement of Grain.
Live Stock and Cotton Markets.
II. Supposed Corpse Came to Life.
On tbe Trail of Robber Xelsoa.
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