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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 Philippines.
See Frank Carpenter's letter
I In St. I.c
PEICE I ss'5SS.
In St. Louis. One Cent.
ST. LOUIS, MO., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST , 1900.
St. 1.011(3, ttto Cents. '
us, Three Cents.
Chinese Thus Cover Re
treat From Pei-
Dispatch Straight From Conger Adds: "To Do
So Means Certain Death."
SAVE THEIR CANNON.
liJijx U JljXjIvv.
I k J 1 I k
u 1 Hi
Both Sides Lose Heav
" Fight Weil.
Great Battle Imminent
AN IMPERIAL EDICT.
It Orders the Recapture
of Tien-Tsin and
SPECTAIS BY CABLSL
Che-Foo. Monday, Aug. 6.-(Copyrlgnt,
1900, by the New York Herald Com
pany.) The allies attacked the Tel
Tsang lntrenchments on both Bides of
the- Pel-Ho River yesterday morning
and drove out the Chinese.
When forced In from their outer works
tho Chinese blew up the bridge. The
Japanese crossed the river exposed to a
murderous crossfire, losing heavily.
The fighting lasted from 3 o'clock until
11, with heavy losses on both sides. The
Chinese retreated up tho river, pursued
by the allies, but pursuit was difficult,
as the river banks had been cut and the
country around was flooded.
There Is a force of 15,000 Chinese
about two days' march to the south and
east of Tien-Tsin, which Is guarded by
0,000 men of the allied forces with four
An Imperial edict has been issued at
i'ekin tuat Tien-Tsin and the Taku forts
)nmt be retaken at any cost
SPECIAL BY CABLH. '
Pol-Tsar tr. TiipRdav. A nc R. fConvA
right, 1900. hv W- R, HeacptOw erM
beSlHcn-dEThe allies toMe-e- tUo-too
6leged ministers at I'ekln left Tien-Tsin it
on Friday. The advance guard of tho
army consisted of about 16,000 men.
The expedition moved slowly, because
It was found that the Chinese had
placed many mines and torpedoes In the
Pel-Ho River. As a consequence, great
care in navigating the stream was found
The Japanese In the advance soon
struck, a force of the enemy near Tlen
Tsln and a skirmish followed. The Chi
nese fought well und the Japanese suf
fered a lobs of twelve men.
Tho Chinese then retired upon Pel
Tsang, about nine miles from Tien-Tsin,
where It had been reported the troops
of General Ma and General Tung were
Scouts reported that thiee large guns
and many smaller cannon were in plate
la the Chinese lntrenchments at l'el
Tsang. A spy who had gone out In ad
vance of the allies brought In the Infor
mation that the Chinese force consisted
of fully 40,000 men, well armed and
strongly Intrenched. Nevertheless, the
allies puiihod on energetically and with
Tho American, Japanese and British
troops marched lip the west bank of tho I attacked Chinese right, west of river. In
river. The Russians and French moved , flank. other forces, Kussian, French, about
along the east bank. I 4,000 htrong, opposlto side between river and
Light-draught transport boats with ! railroad. Chinese position apparently
supplies and artillery moved slowly up ! strong. Army reported 30,000 between Pc
the river betweeu the columns. The IJans ana Yanc-Tsun, 0r crossing of road
weather was Ideal and the troops were
In good condition and high lighting
Pei-Ts&ng was made Sunday at day-
Jigut. ije umnese troops were In a
strong position. They were In deep
trenches and had heavy breastwork.
Many of the houses were luophokd.
The advance of the allies was In the
face of a hot tire. The resistance of tho
Chinese was most stubborn.
For several hours the result of the
battle was In doubt.
Then the allied troops rushed the Chi
nese position and the yellow men were
driven from their trenches.
The American troops did splendid ex
execution, lighting most gallantly.
The losses of the allies were very
CHINESE SAVED CANNON.
London, Aug. 7. A special dispatch
from Shanghai dated to-day says:
"It Is reported that heavy lighting took
place last Sunday east of Peit Sang, the
allies losing 400, of whom sixty-five
"The Japanese artillery did splendid
Eervice In the face of a galling Chinese
crossfire, under which they lost heavily.
"The Chjuese were forced to retreat,
but saved their guns. Their rear-guard
.was attacked and especially decimated."
DRIVEN FROM TRENCHES.
Copj-right, ISM. by the Associated rress.
TIen-Tsin, Sunday, Aug. 5., 8 a. m., via
Shanghai, Aug.N7. This morning at day
light, 1U.000 allies attacked the Chinese , t
at Pel-Tsang and forced the
from the trenches. The Americans who
participated were the Ninth and Four
teenth regiments. Reillv's baiturv nml i
the marines. A heavy battle is still inl
h i will II f -2 J'
Chaffee Sends Them Into the
Thick of the Fray at
PLANS OF THE ADVANCE.
Report Is Received From Uni
ted States' General at
The Republic Bureau,
Hth St. and Pennsylvania Ave.
"WashinBton. Aug. 7. Convincing Intelll
genco that American soldiers were assigned
to an Important post and were In the thick
of tho fight on Sunday at Pel-Tsans was
sent by General Chaffee to-day. The message
made public was the plan of attack on the
Intrenched Chinese as agreed upon at a
conference of tho International command
ers. The battle of Pei-Tsang was the re
sult. There are Indications that tho pro
gramme was carried out to the letter, and
that tho nlllcs knew In advance, that the
assault probably would cost many men.
j Still, the enemy's stronghold had to be re
' duced, and It tvaa dono at tho cost of 1.BM
men. There Is somo satisfaction that tho
fight was tho result of a prearranged plan.
It was thought possible that the advance
' might have stumbled unexpectedly against
I a greater number of Chinese than had been
anticipated, and that the slaughter -ftlileh
followed was the result of a blunder. But
; It was not. Chaffee sent the details of tho
plan August 3, and It was executed faith
fully. Chaffee's cablo message was a3 fol
"Che-Poo, Au;?. 7. Adjutant General,
Washington: Tien-Tsin, 3d. Conference to
day decided battlo Sunday. Chinese In
trenched east and west through Pel-Tsang
Left of Chinese protected by flooded ground,
practically unassailable. Japanese, Eng-
11r)i- Amfrlrnn fftrrna ntimit 1fl fW otrrmr
I over I'cl-Ho. Yang-Tsun objective. Our
force 2,000 and battery. Conemaugh ar
rived. Sixth Cavalry left (at Tien-Tsin) for
guard of city and awaiting mounts. Jlin-
isters safe on Sth of July.
Americans Xnmbercd 2,-00.
It is now known that tho Americans In
the fight numbered about 2,200. How many
of them fell has not ben cabled the de
partment. It will not be known for several
days tho debt of blood that America paid
for her share of tho victory. It fell to the
lot of Uncle Sam's boys to fight side by sldo
with the splendid troops of Japan and the
sturdy Britons. That they acquitted them
selves with their traditional gallantry is as
sured, but news of Just what part the
Americans played In the battlo is awaited
Secretary Root said to The Republic cor
respondent to-day that our troops probably
were desperately engaged against over
whelming odds. The" American regiments
on the firing line v. era the Xinth Infantry,
Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Coolldge;
Fourteenth Infantry, Colonel Aaron S. Dag
gett; Reillj's Battery. Sixth Artillery and
United States marines.
Tho assignment of the Americans 'was that
of a flanking force with the Japanese and
British. They were on -one s.de of the
Pel-Ho River, while the Russians, Germans
and French attacked the town on the oppo
site sldo of the stream. That the forco
should bo divided into two columns -was
necessary by the fact that the town of Pel
Tsang Is divided by the river.
According to the plan of battle submitted
by General Chaffee, the left flank of tho
Chinese was not attacked because of Its
unassailablllty. It was protected by a
flooded region and the Inference is drawn
that the two columns had to indulge in
desperate fighting to drive back the Chinese
from th Yinintc nt ffo.lr ?ha-A .I.. ..!
. , ...fcw .. ut.wu.wi.. ...ii.au U1C uuuves
had massed for defense.
Sixth Cnvnlry Left Behind.
The Sixth Cavalry was not In the engage-
inis 13 a matter of some regret, as
Continued on Vase Two.
THUS ST.A.:R BOJLiaiDEK.
AMERICA PREPARES PLANS FOR
. m. ,,, , . .
Washington. Aug. 7 Although tho Powers aro harmoniously prosecuting the
campaign In China, the Dewey Policy Board Is continuing the preparation of plana
of campaign to be followed In case of International conflict. A meeting of tho
board has been called for tho last of tho month at Newport. Admiral Dewey,
who Is president of tho board, has been studying tho possible points of concen
tration for American ships In tho evont of war. To each of the other members of
the board ha? been assigned a special feature of the problem, and at the coming
meeting tho solutions will bo presented and harmonised.
While it cannot bo learned what nations are regarded as poFslblo enemies. It
is thought In naval circles that Great Britain and Japan aro counted upon 03
allies or friends.
It I9 understood that tho board's consideration of tho Chinese question Is a ro
sult of ths- suggestion mad several weeks ago by Secretary Long. The Secretary
in. 1 confiattl-3 from tho i2glnnirig of tho trouble that it would be settled with
out conflict among the Powers. At tho same time he deems it the part of prudonco
to be prepared for all possibilities, and suggested to Admiral Dewey that the
board prepare plans of a naval campaign, with the far Pacific as tho scene of
LI HUNG CHANG'S DICTUM.
'If Allies Advance, the
London, Aug. 8, 3:55 a. m. "In case tho
trocps advance the Chlneso must fight. Tho
suggestion that tho allies should be allowed
to enter Pekin, in order to e&cort tho Min
isters to Tien-Tsin, Is absolutely impossi
ble." This is tho dictum of LI Hung Chang.
It was transmitted last evening to Mr. Wil
liam Prltchard Morgan, member of Parlia
ment, for Mcrthyr Tydvll, by his agent at
Shanghai. Tho agent had carried to E.irl
LI a message from Mr. Morgan, urging that
the allied troops bo allowed to enter tho
capital, and stating that a settlement could
be inailo at TIen-T.sln.
So even the optimistic LI falls to hold out
tho slightest hope of averting a war against
the Powers, nlthough ho reiterates to Mr.
Morgan's agent his declaration that tho
Ministers had left Pekin, fixing tho dato of
their departuro as August 2. Tho agent
makea this comment:
"The Consuls nre without confirmation."
These messages have been sent to Lord
Salisbury, accompanied by a statement by
Mr. Morgan, urging that tho allies should
take no step to endanger tho lives of tho
A message from the Belgian Minister,
dated Pekin, August 2, eecms effectually to
dispose of the rumors that the Ministers
have cither left or are ltncndlng to leave Pe
kin. The Chinese Minister In London, Sir Chih
Chen Lo Feng Luh, says he has received o
telegram from China announcing that a
long imperial edict was Issued on August 2
authorizing the Immediate and safe con
veyance of all Europeans In Pekin to Tlen
Tsln. Accountn of Sunday's Untile.
Several dispatches are printed giving
heresay accounts of Sunday's battle. Thu
Dally Mall's correspondent at Che-Foo, tel
egraphing Monday, says
ine jishuub latum se yen nours, ana tne ,
uiuca, niiwi taj 1 cyvi t lull, wtuu puaiuus
the Chinese; but, owing to tho floods, prog
ress was difficult.
"Thus the Chinese will have to re-form
to recover from the effects of battle.
Only a small garrison, with fourteen guns,
remains at Tien-Tsin, where some anxiety
is felt because of a report that 15,01)0
Chinese are said to be moving two nays'
march to the Southeast."
All the corespondents agree In praising
the bravery and organization of tho Japa
nese; but none of them brings the story
much beyond General Chaffee's report.
Li Ping Hcna, according to the Shang
hai correspondent of The Standard, has
been appointed Generalissimo of tho
Chinese forces, and has left Pekin to com
mand the troops outside the city.
The Shanghia correspondent of the Dally
Mall confirming the massacre of mission
aries at Chu-Chow-Fu says that two Amer
ican women were among the victims.
The Sebastopol correspondent of the Daily
Graphic asserts that the Russian Govern
ment will sefld 125,000 additional troops
from Odessa to the Far East beforo the
end of the year.
Berlin dispatches say It is rumored that
Chinese Must Fight" It
War Is On.
fin agreement has been reached between
Emperor Nicolas and Emperor William
whereby the German troops will he per
mitted to proceed to China by way of
The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich has been
ordered to send 30,OJO,CC0 rounds of small
urm ammunition to China.
London, Aug. 7. The Parliamentary Sec
rotary of tho Foreign Olllce, Mr. Broderlck,
In tho House of Commons to-day, answering
a question, said her Majasty's Government
had Informed tho Chinese Government that
Us members will bo held personally re
sponsible If thu membeis of tho foreign le
gations or other foreigners at Pekin suffer
Mr. Broderlck added that her Majesty's
Government did ijot think any useful pur
poso would bo served by further communi
cations. Answering another question, Mr. Brod
erlck said that her Majesty's Government
had no confirmation of the statement at
tributed to Li Hung Chang to the effect
that tho foreigners had loft Pekin for Tien
Tsin under eecorL
MORE INDIAN TROOPS GOING.
London. Aug. ". A dispatch from Hong-
Kong, under to-day's date, says trade with-
the West River la at a standstill.
It Is now fully confirmed that a fourth
brigade of Indian troop3 has been ordered
FIGHT EAST OF PEI-TSANG.
BY ItEV. FREDERICK BItOWN.
SPECIAL BY CABLD.
Che-Foo, Aug. 0, via Shanghai, Aug. 7.
(Copyright. 1000, by W. U. Ilearst.)
The Russians have gone out to-day to a
village east of Pei-Tsang, where the Chi
nese are strongly Intrenched. The Jap-
aMse came 5n touch with tb(J chIneS(.
Boats have been sunk In the Pei-Ho
to hinder progress, while tho river bank
has been cut, Hooding the country to tho
General Ma Is in command.
The Viceroy meditates escape to
Hwang-Hue-Tien, but he may be Inter
cepted. At Tien-Tsin looting by the allies is
common and private residences are en
tered by the soldiers.
Pekin news is more hopefuL
HEAVIEST BATTERY STARTS.
Seven-Inch Siege Guns Are Sent
Fort Riley, Kas., Aug. 7. Battery O, with
Its seven-inch shge guns, the largest In
tho army, and 175 men, were started for
San Francisco during the night on hurry
orders from Washington to procted to
China. The guns, with the new carrldges
Just received, alone filled four cars. Two
trains were necessary to carry the entire
Chinese Imperial Troops IReattack Legations, Which
Are Bravely Defended, Though Short
Washington, Aug. 7. The following cablegram from Minister
Conger was received to-night by the State Department:
sieged. Situation more
upon our leaving Pekin, which would be certain death. Rifle firing
upon us daily by Imperial troops. Have abundant courage, but little
ammunition or provisions. Two progressive Yamen ministers be
headed. All connected with legation of the United States well at
EVERY EFFORT BEING MADE TO EXPEDITE THE FORWARD MOVEMENT9
Washington, Aug. 7. Another cablegram
came to tho Stato Department this after
noon from Minister Conger nt PeUln, which
is the second received from him since June
12. It is the first which has come direct
from the Minister since the above date, the
other having been received through the In
termediary of tho Chlneso Minister here
Minister Wu. To-day's telegram shows that
the situation In the Chinese capital Is still
of a very serious character; that the Min
isters aro still In danger from the Chlnc-n
troops, and that their supplies of ammuni
tion and provisions have been reduced to
a vory considerable extent.
So Important wero the statements con
tained In tho dispatch that a conference
was held by wire between several of tho
ollicials here nnd the President at Canton,
lasting for several hours. At its conclu
sion the cablegram from Minister Conger
was made public.
The cablegram camo In tho official cipher
of the department. It Is checked by tho
telegraph company, as having been put on
Uio wires at Tel-Nan. a .large city, about
eighty miles southeast of Pekin. on Au
gust 7. The dispatch reached the depart
ment at 4:20 p. m., but was not made pub
lic until late In the evening.
Thoso who were at the White House in
London, Aug. 8, 3:30 n. in
Shanghai special says that official
advices from Tokio announce that i
armed collisions have occurred be-
tween parties or Kusslans and a
J Japanese outside Taku. This, how- J
ever, as It comes by way of Shang-
lial, must await conGrmation be-
fore being credited. J
MlfcKourl fnlr nnd con tinned nritrni
Wetlnesilny nnd Tliurnilny; nouthcrly
IUInnN Fnlr nnd continued vrnrm
AVcrincMlny nnd ThnrHilny; Iiht to
fresli southwesterly winds.
1. Canal Banks Cut to Stop Allies.
Message Received From Conger.
American Soldiers In Battle.
Differences Among the Powers.
2. Babes Bayoneted by the Russians.
Jruth About tho Philippines.
Checked a Bully's Sport.
3. Towne Declines Populist Nomination
James J. Butler for Congress.
Notification Speeches To-Day.
Details of Rally at Sedalia.
4. Results at Race Tracks.
5. Sharkey to Wed the "Bello of Sheeps-
6. Recognition for Shirt-Waist Man.
Boys Tried to Kidnap a Baby.
Fined and Arrested Again.
Livery Business en a Largo Scale.
Took a Name She Couldn't Pronounce.
7. Dynamiters at Work In Daytime.
Goes to Join Her Husband In Manila.
Taylor B. Johnson to Marry New York
Couldn't Stop Hospital Bill.
Federal Officer's Strange Discovery.
9. Wheat Harvest Nearly Finished.
Belleville Elopers Wed In St. Louis.
10. Republic Want Ads.
11. River Telegrama
12. Grain and Produce.
13. Financial News.
14. Death of Lester Crawford.
Layman Selected as Pastor.
Buyers Coming to St. Louis.
Triplets, All Boys, and Doing-Well.
Used Penknife on Robbers.
Sold to Enemies of Lead Trust.
Telegraph Companies Must Transmit
conference with the President, Including
Acting Secretary Adee of the State Depart
ment, Secretary Root and Adjutant General
Corbln. Captain Michael, the chief clerk of
the State Department, through whose hands
the cablegrams pass, was also present part
of the time.
What the result of the conference was the
officials decline to say. That It will stimu
late the energies of the Government to Its
utmost endeavor to press forward the ad
vance movement toward Pekin is certain,
for Mr. Conger's message makes It clear
that for the Ministers to leave Pekin would
result In their death.
Secretary Root did not care to make any
statement when asked about tho situation
The officials had been led to believe from
more recent dispatches, which had pur
ported to emanate from Chinese sources, as
well as from Imperial edicts, that the con
dition of the legatloners was much Im
proved, but to-day's dispatch shows a very
different aspect of affairs.
Vtceroj-a to lie Executed.
SPECIAL BT CABLE.
London, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (Copyright.
1900, by the New York Herald Company.)
A special dispatch to the Dally Mall
dated Shanghai, Monday, says:
"A message from Pekin, dated July 29,
AMONG THE POWERS.
Britain's Course in Yang-
Tse Region Arouses
Nations Unable to Agree
Berlin, Aug. 7. Tho German Foreign Of
fice up to midnight had not received con
firmation from Tien-Tsin of the report that
the advance on Pekin had begun, but It
considers the advices that tho forcc3 had a
severe engagement with the Chinese Sun
day and drove back the enemy to be re
liable. It Is pointed out. however, that the
occurrence of such an engagement may nut
mean that an advance Is In progress.
Why official news regarding these impor
tant matters does not arrive here the For
eign Office Is unable to explain. It admits
that serious differences have broken out
between the Powers with reference to tti9
advance Itself, and to the measures that
are being taken In the Yang-tse Valley.
Germany's opinion 'regarding the steps
Great Britain has taken In the Yang-tse
region has been expressed through the Co
The opinion Is one of disapproval of steps
taken already or contemplated. Inasmuch
as Germany, with a number of the other
Powers, Is as much interested as England
in keeping the Yang-tse valley open for
commerce. The Foreign Office believes that
In this particular all the Powers except
England are agreed. It does not believe that
Englund would Insist upon carrying things
with a high hand there, now that she knows
she Is opposed by all the other Powers. The
Foreign OHIce Is confident that the United
Stau-s and Japan will sldo with Germany
and the other European Powers against
England with reference to her apparent In
tentions along the Yaug-Ue-Klang.
The correspondent of the Associated Pres3
Is informed that the United States Embassy
in Berlin has Informed tho German Foreign
Olllco that tho American Government de
sires under all conditions that the Yang-tse-Kiang
be left open for American trado and
that Washington will also oppose all
schemes for division of China, no matter
from what Power they may proceed. It Is
understood that this attitude Is fully ap
proved by tho German Government, since it
coincides with the wishes of Germany. The
correspondent further learns that Japan,
on this same question, has abandoned Eng
land and has already sought and found the
friendship of Berlin.
Several papers print a statement that a
censorship has been established at Tien-
of State:. Still be-
says that seven Chinese officials have now
been executed, including two members of
the Tsung LI Tamen.
"A secret edict has been Issued, ordering
the decapitation of Taotal Sheng, Tu Yin
Lln, Viceroy of Hankow, and Liu Ku Yi,
Viceroy of ICankin."
EXVOYS EXPECTING ATTACK.
Shanghai, Aug. 7. The Japanese Consul
has received by wire to-day a message to
the effect that the foreign Ministers at Pe
kin were safe August 1, but that they ex
pected a renewal of the Attack by the Chi
nese at any moment. It was added that
only twenty-five cartridges each and six
days' provisions were left. It was also said
that the Japanese secretary had died of his
TO TRAVEL TO TIEX-TSIIC.
Rome, Aug. 7. Information received here
from Taku, via Che-Foo, August 3, says
that tho commander of the Italian cruiser
Elba ha3 seen a note from the Governor of
Shan-Tung, dated Pekin, July CO, Baying
that the Ministers and foreigners are safe,
that provisions had been supplied to them,
and that conferences had taken place ont
the subject of the measures to be taken to
protect tho Ministers during their trip to
Tien-Tsin, where. It Is added, they were to
establish their headquarter.
t RUSSIANS SLAY
London, Aug. 7.
who have been fighting
TBal-Chow, aro reported, according J
to a dispatch from Shanghai, dated
August 6, to have killed 3,000 Chi-
Tho Taotal of New-Chwnnjj has
refused the Russian demand to give
X up tho forts there. X
Tsln, which cuppresses news because It Is?
Others assert that tho British have es
tablished a censorship at Shanghai and
will not allow anti-British news to pass.
However this may be, Germany has
taken steps to muzzle German correspond
ents who are proceeding to China. Thirteen
now accompanying the German expedition
ary force promised to submit every line
to the German commander before putting It
on the wires.
Lieutenant Colonel R. Wasner, in tho
National Zeltung, Insists that the rescue of
tho Europeans In Pekin 19 not the most
important nor the most pressing task be
fore the Powers, but that the principal
thing now Is to devise a plan of Joint cam
paign which shall be carried out, and tot
exact adequate punishment and guarantees
against the recurrence of such outrages.
Washington, August 7. It Is perhaps note
worthy and significant that In the plan of
attack upon the enemy at Pel-Tsang the
American, British and Japanese were Joined
In the movement to turn the enemy's flank,
while the Russians and French operated
together on the opposite side of the river
against the enemy's left. This may Indi
cate the line of cleavage among the allies,
whose general dissensions were reported at
It Is also exceedingly significant that Gen'
era! Chaffee's dispatch docs not mention
the German force at alL
The War Department officials do not be
lieve that this could have been due to an
oversight on his part If It was arranged that
they were to participate In the movement.
It therefore seems likely that the Germans
were not engaged at Pel-Tsang. It Is
thought possible that they may be acting
independently. However, the German force
consists of but ZiA) men, and so would not
merit much attention. It probably was left
at Tien-Tsin to await re-enforcementa now
en route from Germany.
MILL MEN MADE HAPPY. '
Minnesota Lumber Coming Out on
Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 7. The copious
rains of yesterday and to-day have saved
the day for the saw-mill men.
There Is a foot rise in the level of the
Mississippi River, and the big drives of loga
will arrive In time to keep the mills run
ning the rest of the season.
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