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General Charles King,
the famous soldier-novelist
will have a charming love
story in next Sunday's Re
public. What American Capital
Can Do in the Philippine
See Frank Carpenter's lette
THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
. ( In St. Louis
In St. Louis. One Cent.
ST. LOUIS, MO., TUESDAY. AUGUST 7, 1900.
Lou la, Ttto cent '
Allied Relief Force Lost Twelve Hundred Men at Peitsang,
Twelve Miles on the Road to Pekin.
HA2TJTAi "YOU TTNDEBSTAOT, OF COURSE, THAT THIS IS A FREE-WILL CONTRIBU
ETON ON YOUR PART."
Official News in London Chinese Trying to Ob
tain Ministers' Consent to Removal Un
der Escort to Tien-Tsin.
Ijonasn, Aug. 7 CTuesaay). "The advance
of the allies commenced to-day," cables
the British Consul at TIen-TEin, under date
of August 4. This Is tho first official Infor
mation received here that the attempt to
relieve Pekin had begun.
Th. British Consul doe3 not mention any
fighting; but the Shanghai correspondent
of the Dally Mall, telegraphing Sunday,
says: "The Pekin relief column Is reported
to havi suffered a check. The Chinese are
Bald to have adopted Tugela tactics and, aft
er hours of fighting, to havo retreated."
This Is the only thing received In London
this morning bearing out the reports of
AdmlrtJ Remey and Commander Taussig.
The fact that tho advance did not begin
until Saturday Is taken to strengthen the
aocounts of a battle Sunday.
In the same cable, which was read In tho
House of Commons, tho Consul at Tien
"News from tho Japancso Legation has
been received up to August V
Therefore tho edicts announcing the
safety of the Ministers are confirmed.
Yesterday, the Chinese Minister, Sir Chlh
Chen Ix Feng Luh, communicated to Lord
Balisbury a message from the Chinese For
eign Office, dated July 31. reiterating the
statement that the Ministers were eafo on
that date, and recounted tho friendly re
lating existing between them and tho Ta
roen, as well as reporting tho sending of
supplies to the legations by the Yamen.
The message contained this Important
"A successful termination of the confer
ence with the Ministers for their convey
ance under escort to Tlen-Tsln Is expectod.
On account of the recommencement of hos
tilities at Tlen-Tsln, code telegrams for
transmission to the representatives are con
The Lokal Anzciger of Berlin, publish
ing an Interview with LI Hung Chang,
quotes him as declaring emphatically that
China must not. In any circumstances, cede
any more territory to any Power. In ro
ply to a question If tho rebellion was now
put down, he said:
"T blame Prince Tuan, the Empress Dow
ager and the whole Government. But for
their lack of energy the situation would
havo never becomo so serious."
The St. Petersburg correspondent of the
Dally Mall says:
"Active negotiations are proceeding be
tween Russia and the United States, tho
probable outcome of which will be a reso
lution to uphold tho integrity of China
A Shanghai correspondent of tho same pa
per says that the Americans there are
urging the appointment of General Mac
Arthur as Commauder-lu-Chief of the allied
The Standard's Shanghai representative,
wiring Sunday, says:
"It I clear that the march to the relief
of Pekin will be anything but a walkover.
Japanese scouts have discovered a large
force of Chinese south of Tlen-Tsln and an
other large force In the vicinity of Lu-Tal,
to the eastward.
It H learned now that tho members of
the Chinese Foreign Office, who were put
to death for their alleged foreign proclivi
ties, wero cut in twain, this being the no
yerest punishment In the Manchu code."
A Shanghai special, dated August 6, says:
i Hung Chang has officially Informed
the Consuls that the Ministers left Pekin
for Ti'ttt-Toln last Friday, August 3, with
RECEIPT FOR HEAD
t OF MAJOR WALLER, f
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Shanghai, Aug. 6. (Copyright,
1000, by "W. R. Hearst) In tho
papers of tho Viceroy at Tien- i
Tsln was found a receipt for 100 J
taels paid to tho Boxers for the
head of Major Waller of tho
United States Marines, who was J
killed at tho first battle of Tien-
General Tung Lu in command of the es
cort. "Tbo Consuls are by no means disposed to
credit Earl Li's statement."
All other reports that have reached Lon
don up to this hour indicate that the Min
isters havo not left Pekin.
Prlnco Tuan seeks to Inspirit his army by
proclamations, ordering every toot of the
load from Tion-Tsln to Pekin to be disput
ed All tho Chinese troops have evidently
been paid In full, and troops, money and
supplies are going to Pekin from tho south
ern Provinces. It Is deemed qulto probable
by military men In London that tho Chi
nese will make a fierce fight at Pekin on a
much greater scale than during tho defense
EARL LI'S EXPLANATION.
Berlin, Aug. 6. The German Foreign Of
fice announces this evening that It has re
ceived no fresh China news.
The Lokal Anzelger publishes an inter
view which Doctor Zaker, lt3 special China
correspondent, had with LI Hung Chang
at Canton, July E. Earl LI told the cor
respondent that the Boxers w.jro not rebels,
but wore true to the royal house. Their
movement, ho explained, was directed chief
ly against native Christians, who had been
using international protection to oppress
Boxers. "With reference to the missiona
ries, ho said:
"It Is my firm conviction that the mis
sionaries aro always In danger, for tho
relations between the Chinese population
and foreigners have been the cause of near
ly all the troubles, and will always con
tinue to be."
Earl LI went on to say that Chinese
hatred of foreigners had been Increased
of late through the action of tho Powers,
particularly in the seizure of Klao-Chou,
which he described as "an exorbitant pen
alty for a couple of mlsslbnaxies."
Referring to the murder of Baron von
Kelteler, German Minister at Pekin, ho
gave a positive assurance that neither
Prince Tuan nor any other member of
the Government knew of the Intended kill
ing, and he also declared that Baron von
Kettcler was not killed because he was
a German, but simply because he was a
foreigner. In a word, he was a victim of
the Chinese hatred of foreigners.
"Tho Chinese Government is not strong
enough to put down the Boxers," said
Earl LI, "but the thought of accepting as
sistance from the Powers to put them down
Is extremely repugnant to the Govern
ment," In reply to a question as to who was
the head of tho Central Government, he
said it was administered by Prince Tuan,
In tho name of the Emperor.
ADVANCE GUARDS S.TART.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Tien-Tsin, July 29, via Shanghai, Aug. 6.
For MfjT-yiri and Illinois Oeneimllr
(air Tnendar. Wednesday folri light
to freah southerly wind..
For Arkansas Local rains and thun
demtorma In eastern, fair In western,
portion Tuesday. Wednesday cool
er; easterly wind.
1. Chlntsj "Whipped After Seven Hours
Advance Began Last Saturday.
2. "Will Try to Live on Fifteen Cents a
Reach Ame: ca From Tlen-Tsln.
American Flag on Chinese Ship.
Girl "Wouldn't Be "Wed.
Pettlgrew Replies to Dewey,
3. Threo Planned Humbert's Death.
Train Robbers Caused Insanl y.
Death of Mrs. Cecilia Kehrmnnn.
Ship's Officer Killed Himself.
Sues Bandmaster for Price of Medal,
Shlrt-Walst Man Not "Wonted.
i Race Track Results.
Robison's Caustic Criticism of His Club.
5. Bryan Party Oft for Indianapolis.
Ruhlln Before Picture Machine.
"Will Try to Kill Hospital B11L
Houso Passed Appropriation B1U.
7. Congregation Again In Harmony.
Mr. Hawcs Denies Rumors.
City News In Brief.
"W. C. T. U. Day at Piasa.
8. Republic Want Ads.
9. Now Corporations.
Transfers of Realty.
10. Grain and Produce.
1L Financial News.
12. Adlal Stevenson Going to Sedalla.
Merchants Arriving in St, Louis.
May Find Long-Lost Son.
Mrs. Bauer's Weary Tramp.
Now Garbage Inspectors.
(Copyright. 1200, by W. R. Hearst) The
advance guard made tho first move to-day.
The Russian commander displayed reluc
tance to join the advance but a portion of
tho troops have already beon thrown for
ward. The forces avnilable for the advance in
clude 2.S00 British, 1,600 Americana, 12,000
Japanese and 4,MK) Russians.
General Gaselce decided to utilize tho
Pei-llo River route as far as possible. Gen
eral Chaffee takes the same view and the
American and British forces aro acting to
gether. BRYAN'S ACCEPTANCE.
What He Will Do With the Philip
pines, if Elected.
Chicago, Aug. 6. William J. Bryan's
speech of acceptance of the Democratic
nomination for the presidency has been
read and reread at the national headquar
ters In the Auditorium and has been ab
solutely approved by the party managers.
Mr. Bryan's friends are not only satisfied,
but aro delighted with it
Tho candidate alludes to the currency
plank once In the course of his speech,
charging tho Republican party with hav
ing made a new Issue in declaring for the
slnglo gold standard and repudiating Inter
national bimetallism. He charges the Re
publicans with having changed their prin
ciples In regard to the currency from pro
fessing international bimetallism to advo
cating tho monometallic gold standard
gold, pure and simple.
Tho rest of his address is devoted almost
entirely to Imperialism, the Philippines and
other allied subjects, such as militarism,
standing armies and the lust for foreign
This is the keynote of the notification
speech. Mr. Bryan deals with Imperialism
almost exclusively and says that If he
shall be elected President of the United
States he will Immediately after his In
auguration call upon Congress to end the
war in tho Philippines and provide a sta
ble self-government for the Filipino,
Desperate Stand by the Enemy Ex
pected at the Walled City
Tlio Republio Unreal!,
14th St. und I'enn"ilvania Ave.
Washington, Aug. 0. The first great
battle between the invading allies and
tho Chinese has been fought. It oc
curred Sunday. Tho scene was Peit
sang, twelve miles from Tien-Tsin, on
the road to Pelcin. Twelve huudred of
the internationals went down before
Chines.0 shot and shell, and later re
ports may swell this number. There is
no doubt that Americans were in the
fight, but it is not known yet to what
extent each particular forco suffered. It
was a victory for the Powers, though
dearly bought The native army is re
ported retreating. No doubt it is fall
ing back to an even stronger position.
News of the light was received at tho
Navy Department to-day from two
sources. Tho first intelligence wa3
brought In a cable message from Com
mander Taussig of tho gunboat York
town, which is used as a dispatch craft
between Taku and Che-Foo. Tho dis
patch was as follows: ,
"Che-Foo, Aug. G. Bureau Naviga
tion, Washington: British Fame reports,
unofficial engagement at Iteitsang, Sun
day morning, 3 to 10:30. Allied loss,
killed and wounded, 1,200, chiefly Rus
sians and Japanese, Chinese retreat
ing. (Signed) "TAUSSIG."
Then camo tho following messago
from Remey, confirming tho first tid
ings: "Che-Foo, Aug. 6. Bureau Navigation,
Washington: Official report, believe re
liable, about 10,000 allies heavily en
gaged Chinese at Peitsang daylight of
Americans In the Fight.
There Is not the slightest question regard
ing tho authenticity of cither dispatch. De
partment officials state that neither officer
would have cabled his message If there was
the slightest doubt regarding tho reliability
of Its source. It is accepted as true that a
big battle has taken ploco and that the
allies paid heavily for their victory.
Nothing was received from General
Chaffee, and this silence Indicates that he
Is at tho front with his troops. While no
reference is made to the Americans in the
dispatches received, representatives of
Uncle Sam are with the advance. No doubt
upon this score is felt at the War Depart
ment. American blood mlnsled with that of
other nations In the initial clash of the
campaign to tho Chinese capital. It is
known that Chaffee sent his men to the
front tho moment of his arrival, and It Is
generally believed that at least a portion,
nr possibly tho whole, of the 1,000 Amer
icans reported to be with the advance col
umn were engaged.
Army officers hero say that tho fight must
have been very fierce to havo resulted In so
heavy losses to tho lntornationols, but the
loss sustained by tho Invaders, It ! be
lieved, was small compared with that of
That tho enemy should have been found
In forco so near Tien-Tsin argues well for a
bloody march to Pekin. An officer vouched
the opinion to-day that tho fight of Sun
day would bo considered a mere skirmish
when compared to some of tho battles dos
tlned to tako place boforo the flags of the
Powors flont over Pekin.
"It was nothing," said he, "in vlw of
what may possibly come. A big fight always
begins In that manner. Tho Chineso havo
fallen back upon re-enforcements, or a
more advantageous position of defense. I
cannot say I attach much Importance to
the fight It was simply a "curtain-raiser'
to tho real show. When tho relief column
Is in a compact mass and tho whole of tho
Chinose Army has summoned all Us strength
to block the way at some easily-defended
point, this preliminary fight will not look
so great The big clash will havo to come.
It will be tho turning point of the cam
paign. After that, providing tho Powers do
not receive a check, it will be an easy
march to tho gates of Pekin. where there
will be considerable knocking neccsiary to
get in. Tho conquest of Pokln will prove a
Desperate Stand at Tungr-Chorr.
Peitsang is at tho head of tida water on
tho Pel-Ho, between eleven and twelve
miles by road beyond Tien-Tsin. It is a
village of mud huts of considerable size,
but not walled. Tho river at this point is
not navigable by anything larger than a
good-sized steam launch, and it is thought
that the troops probably reached there In
small boats, towed by the naval launches.
The country all along tho river between
Pekin and Tien-Tsin la a low, alluvial
plain, almost Impassable fcr wheeled ve
hicles In tho wet season and under quite
a high state of cultivation. It presents no
natural defensive features, and the War
Department knows no strategic reason why
tho Chineso should have made a stand
thero rather than nt tho dozen villages
east of tho walled town of Tung-Chow,
where Is stored an Immense amount of pro
visions upon which the city of Pekin would
have to depend in caso of siege.
From the fact that tho engagement lasted
seven and a half hours, it is argued in tho
department that cither the Chinese must
have been heavily intrenched or that there
was an Immense horde of them to so stub
bornly contest the advance of the 10,000 in
ternational troops. It Is possible that a
blow of this magnitude may break the re
sistance of tho Chinese to the advance of
the foreign column, but, on the other hand.
It is probable that this may be one of a
large number of places on the road that
have been Intrenched with a view to
falling back and contesting the foreign
advance so as to delay as long as possible
the arrival of the foreigners at Pekin.
Unless the opposition suddenly breaks
down, the military experts look for a des
perate engagement when the troops reach
the walled city of Tung-Chow, which is
said to be even more favorably located
"HELP AT ONCE,"
SPECIAL BY CABLE. T
X Shanghai, Aug. C (Copyright,
1000, by W. It. Hcarst.)-Colonel
f Meade of the Marino Corps has
received by native courier a mes-
sage wrapped in pig skin, signed
by Minister Conger, as follows:
"Help at onco if at all. Be-
a sieged in British Legation. No
$ Government Pekin except mill-
tnry chiefs, who are determined on A
destruction foreigners." x
for purposes of defense than was Tlen
Tsln. May Delay the Advance,
There is no little speculation among army
officers as to how long It will be before
tho capital ia reached. Generally, it is
thought, that a month will be consumed
In tho march, but thore is really nothing
to base calculations upon, A great deal de
pends upon the valor of the Chinese and
their wirfaro facllltiea It is stated that
tho latter aro unlimited, but the former 13
practically an unknown quantity. However,
tho allies have to combat all that an enemy
in a strange country la called upon to face.
Were tho defenders almost any other peo
ple than the Chinese, the task, with the
present force, would be a forlorn one. Tho
hope of the allies Is to create a stampede
after the big battle to come Is fought and
to follow on tho heels of the terrified na
tives to tho gates of Pekin. From what la
learned, all preparation to carve their way
through the fleeing thousands is1 mado by
It Is eald that in the advance guard of tho
Internationals there are 16,000 men, but It
Is not thought that all these were engaged,
despite the fact that the battle lasted seven
hours. If It la a fact that this force bod to
bo thrown againsjtthe Chinese to dislodge
them, then. Indeed it looks as though the
salvation of the Envoys may be accom
plished only "at a price that will stagger
Adjutant General Corbln stated to-day
that the message shows that the allies
probably left Tlen-Tsln Saturday. Thi3
would mean a day's march to Peitsang.
It la thought that the Russians must have
come to the fore in good shape, as they
bore the brunt of the losses with the Jap
anese. The allies' los3 of 1.200 will weaken tho ad
vance for a tlmo, and re-enforcements will
bo ecnt for from Taku and Tlen-Tsln. Com
pleto details ore expocted from General
Although tho War Department Is exercis
ing duo diligence in tho dispatch of re-enforcements
from this country to China to
give General Chaffee a command in keep
ing with the necessities of the case. It 13
realized that it is Blow work, owing to tho
great distance to bo traversed.
Three transports, carrying about 3,000
troops, nro now on their way across the
Pacific and. If they met with no obstacles,
should land their men at Taku about Sep
tember L One of these vessels, the Sum
ner, Is about two weeks In advance of her
consorts, and should arrive that much
ahead of them, or about the middlo of tho
Further re-enforcements will be forwarded
from San Francisco according to the follow
August 7, the Garonne, with two squad
rons of First Cavalry and recruits; August
1G, the Warren, with two squadrons of tho
Ninth Cavalry and recruits; August 22, the
Belgian King, with siege battery, recruits
and animals; August 25, the Rosecrans, with
two batteries of Seventh Artillery and re
cruits. For tho additional troops under orders to
tho Far East, there aro available the Logan,
which will be ready to sail September 1;
tho Thomas, September 16; the Grant Oc
tober L and tho Sheridan, October 18. Tho
arrival of these troops will give General
Chaffee an available force of about 6,000
men. Instead of only about 3,000, as at pres
ent, of which about one-half aro with the
BIS Gans. (or Chaffee.
Tho War Department Is In receipt of a
dispatch from General MacArthur announ
cing that ho has shipped additional artillery
suopllcs to Taku for use In the Chinese
campaign. These supplies Include several
gatllng guns and tho remainder of the rifle
and howitzer siege train now In Manila,
which up to date has remained useless in
that country on account of the bad roads.
How much better General Chaffee may bo
ablo to handle these monster guns through
the almost Impassable rlco swamps of Chi
na no ono at the War Department was will
ing to guess, but his recent dispatch con
tained an urgent appeal for more artillery
and he is getting It The ordnance experts
at the War Department say that if It comes
to a bombardment of Pekin, these 5-inch
rifles and 7-Inch howitzers, with their enor
mous bursting charges of high explosives,
will bo the most effectivo battering weap
ons In the international column.
The Fifth Infantry probably will be sent
to China or take the place of the regiments
to bo sent to that country or to the Phil
ippines. LEAVING CHUNG-KING.
Situation More Serious on the Up
Paris, Aug. 6. The French Consul at
Chung-King telegraphs, under date of Au
gust 3, that the situation Is becoming more
serious on the Upper lang-tse-Kiang. The
English Consul, he says, has left, with the
Custom-house staff, and the French Con
sul Intends to leave with his Japanese col
league. The mall service has been staa&
Li Hung Chang Says Ministers Havo
Left Pekin and Probably
Will be Murdered.
SPECLVL'UY CABLE - f
Shanghai, Aug. 0. (Copyright, 1000, by "W. R. Hearst.) LI Ping Hang's
reign of terror has begun.
LI Hung Chang and Sheng, Director of Railroad3 and Telegraphs, are fig.
urlng now on how to save themselves from his vengeance, they having posed aa
friends of tho foreigners.
It Is reported that Yuan Shi Kal, Viceroy of Shan-Tung, has been killed byj
order of LI Ping Hang and Prince Tuan.
Li Huug Chang has all his baggage packed for flight. He has asked Pekin
for "sick leave." Ho says his memorial to tho Empress, urging that the lega
tions be saved, has Incurred the animosity of the irreconcilable butchers ia
And Sheng expects to receive an order for his own decapitation. He has
appealed to tho British Consul for aid, asking what measures can be taken foe
Li Hung Chang says the members of the foreign legations left Pekin on Au
gust 3, escorted by General Yung Lu and his army.
It Is said, however, that General Tung Fuh SI at tho head of the rebels,
went out before them determined to intercept tho forces, massacre tho Minis
ters and then push on to meet the relieving army. t
Admiral Seymour has ordered all British subjects to leave Chln-KIang. i
LI Kung, Chang Chi Tung and LI Hung Chang, according to the latter, senfi
an urgent message to the Empress, requesting that General Chung Lu be per
mitted to escort all the foreign Ministers to Tien-Tsin, where the Viceroys could
meet end care for them. This was sent prior to July 20, on which day. LI Ping
Hang arrived In Pekin and had an audience with tho Empresa
On August 1. the same Viceroys Bent a similar message Sheng received arj
answer to the iirst In tho form of the imperial edict of July 30, ordering Jin
Lu to provide an escort for the Ministers to Tien-Tsin whenover tho lattetf
should fix the date for the departure. There was no Intimation, however,
whether the Ministers would avail themselves of this chance of reaching tho
coast, or would regard It with suspicion of treachery and wait in Pekin fori
the arrival of the relief column. ,
CONFERENCE WITH MINISTERS ON REMOVAL
London, Aug. 7. (Tuesday.) Yesterday, the Chineso Minister here com
municated to Lord Salisbury a dispatch from the Chinese Foreign Office under?
date of July 31, which stated:
"A successful termination of the conference with the Ministers for their;
conveyance under escort to Tlen-Tsln Is expected."
NEW FEAR FOR LIVES
OF THE MINISTERS.,
Anti-Foreign Fanatic Rules Pekin Ambassador1
White Expects Russia and Germany
to Declare War.
Washington, Aug. 6. The renewal of
fighting is regarded as rendering more dif
ficult the settlement of the trouble with
China by diplomacy, and there Is naturally
a feeling -of keen apprehension as to tho
safety of tho foreign Ministers In Pekin.
This Is increased by the reappearance in
Pekin politics of that rabid antl-forcign
fanatic. Id Ping Hang. It la said that his
appearance in Pekin affairs may havo had
something to do with the Shanghai rumors
of LI Hung Chang's suicide. It 13 certain
that with LI Ping Hang and Prince Tuan in
control of the do facto Government in
China, religious war of the dervlsh-Uke fa
naticism probably will be waged against all
foreigners, and" friends of the more liberal
Chinese statesmen are exceedingly anxious
as to their fate under the Tuan-Ll regime.
"This anxiety Is augmented by the follow
ing cable to The Republic and New York
Journal from Shanghai:
"Director of Telegraphs Sheng, in an
interview, says that two Commibslon
ers of the Tsung Ll Yamcn, or Chinese For
eign Office, wero put to death for alleged
friendliness to the foreigners, and adds to
tho previous story tho names of the officials
and the circumstances of their death. He
says the victims of Li Ping Hang's wrath
were Hsu Chlng Cheng, formerly MlnUter
to Russia, and more recently Imperial Di
rector General of Railways, and Yuan
Chang. They had been doing good work in
suppressing the Boxers, and had supported
the efforts of Prince Chlng to save the for
eign Ministers and restore order In Pekin.
For this they Incurred the displeasure of
Ll Ping Hang, and, notwithstanding they
were members of the Tsung Li Yamen, they
were led out on July 23 and beheaded as a
warning to others who might seek to be
friend the besieged Ministers. Prince Chlng
protested, Sheng declares, but his efforts
"This, according to Director Sheng, shows
that Ll Ping Hang Is master at Pekin, and
ho adds that Tung Fub Slang has 20,000
troops In the vicinity of Pekin. He fear3
that should the allies force an entrance to
Pekin, Tung will compel the Emperor and
Empress Dowager to evacuate the palacu
and place themselves under his protection.
Then ho will, most likely, murder the for
"Unless Tung 13 suppressed, Sheng fears
there Is no hope for tho legations."
AVu-tlilncton Government Unyielding.
The position of the United States, diplo
matically, remains unchanged. This Gov
ernment will not consent to the removal of
tho Ministers and foreigners from Pekin un
til there Is free communication by the Pow
ers with their Ministers. Nor will this Gov
ernnfent consent to communication in plain
language alone, but Insists that cipher mes
sages must pass freely between Minister
Conger and our State Department.
It Is emphatically stated that unless such
messages are exchanged, the United States
cannot know beyond question that tho mes
sages were not garbled and both the
United States Government and the Minis
There seems to be no doubt that the Min
isters at Pekin will remain where they will
be able to protect themselves and will not
bo Induced to accept any offers of the Chi
nese Government to escort them to Tien
Tsin until they have had communication
with their Governments. Confidence is ex
pressed, however, that the Chinese Govern
ment will soon see the necessity of accept
ing the terms laid down in Secretary Hay's
noto to Consul Goodnow.
It la stated that if all the international
forces in the vicinity of Taku can be land
ed and the supplies brought up there Is
sufficient force to overcome any army
which the Chineso may brlns forward t
prevent the march on Pekin. It also Is be
lieved at the War Department that the in
formation received through the Navy Da
partment of a battle ia correct.
Minister Wu left Washington Saturday
for Cape May and remained away front
Washington to-day, although he had been
expected to return Sunday night. That
Chinese Legation wore an air of desola- '
tlon and desertion throughout the day, and
all interrogations of the Chinese In charge
were met with the response that there wa3
no news, nor expectation of any.
EXPECTS DEC:tAItAT10X OP WAR.
New York, Aug. 6. Andrew D. White,
United States Ambassador to Germany, was
a passenger on board the Deutschland,
which reached her dock to-day from Ham
burg. Among other passengers on board
the Deutschland was John D. Rockefeller.
Mr. White sold. In answer to Questions;
regarding affairs in China, that Emperor
William's speech to tho soldiers who wercj
going to China was generally mlslnter
proted. "He never meant," tho Ambassa
dor said, "to tell them to give the Chineso
no quarter. Nobody so understood his
speech until some French papers put that
construction upon it. Tho first time Z
heard of such an Interpretation was when X
received a certain Paris paper. The Em
peror Is an emotional man and he may ba
inclined to yield to the impulse of the mo
ment, perhaps, but he knows how to con
trol himself, and he certainly never meant
to command his soldiers to bo merciless.
What he did say to them was that they;
should bear in mind that they were going
to face a desperate foe.
Asked what he thought of tho cabled ro
port that Russia and Germany would de
clare war conjointly against China, the Asm
"I think it Is very llkoly. Both countries
have tho same causa for war and botli
would havo a common cause for acting to
He did not think partition will be made o
China, and said on the subject:
"I do not think that the Powers will di
vide China. Tho condition that meets them
now is the pacification of the country. Thero
Is no talk of partition In Germany, and
I do not bellevo there will be any on the
part of the other Powers. There Is a big;
undertaking before the Powers, and they;
cannot go into this with any feeling or de
sire for division of the Chinese Empire. The
first thing is the rescue of tho foreign Min
isters. Then will come the restoration ofi
peace. Indemnities and such other solu-i
tlon of affairs will follow."
"Germany feels deeply the assassination
of her Minister," Mr. White continued,
"Baron von Ketteler was a superior man.
He was much admired, and his sad deatH
made a deep impression."
Speaking of the general situation in Chins
Ambassador White said with enthusiasm I
"The present conflict means the birth-throes
of a new era. It means the beginning oC
the opening of China to the civilized world.'
"Admiral Kempff's conduct In China,'
Mr. White said, further, "was at first mis
construed, but now the Germans approve o
"Russia to looked upon with the usual
distrust," the Ambassador continued, "but
the fact that she and Germany fight shoul
der to shoulder In Chitia tends to improve
tha feeling between the twe countries.'!