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the business department of the Presby
terian Board of Foreign Missions at 156
Fifth avenue. The' letter Is from Mr.
Vandenburg's brother. Dr. K. E. Vanden
burg, a medical missionary at Nodoa, in
the island of Hainan. The letter, which
was .written about the middle of May,
states' that" there was a band of robbers,
a thousand strong, in the mountains back
of Nodoa. The town Is nineteen miles
inland and without protection. The towns
people wanted the missionaries to let them
have their, guns so they, could fight the
robbers. The missionaries declined on the
ground' that the treaty ' forbade such a
course. The robbers belonged to a soci
ety known by the name of "Lol." They
are: supposed to be an offshoot of tho
Boxers. • , .
In his -letter Dr. Vandenburg says:
"Lately the thieves Just below here have
been robbing and pillaging, and they took
one bojv about 15 years old up In the hills
fifteen miles, from here and held him un
til J3OO had : been _ paid, a very large sum
" Orders were issued to-day directing the
collier Caesar to proceed to China. -She
Is loaded with coal, which will be trans
ferred to th«» vessels of * Admiral Remey's
command. Work on other colliers Is being
pushed as rapidly as possible. . .
"I don't mean to scare people," he said,
"but, lt seems to me that the powers
should without delay take possession of
the "Woo Sung forts and U>e warships be
longing to China lying in the harbor. The
Woo Sung forts are five miles below
Shanghai.' and if 4t becomes necessary to
drive their garrison out the Chinese sol
diers will retreat through the city, mur
dering and looting foreigners. You per
haps have noticed that natives are leaving
Shanghai in large numbers, and this is a
pretty good indication of what may hap
pen. - During the Franco-Chinese war,
though the French did not attack the Woo
Sung forts, it was expected they would do
so, and every night our men-of-war were
prepared to defend the American settle
ment in case of attack by the Chinese.".
A naval- officer who saw service in the
East , during the Franco-Chinese war
called attention to-day to the reports that
the Chinese are mounting additional guns
on the Woo Sung forts and are collecting
a fleet In Shanghai harbor.
Such action is necessary In view of the
Ignorance which prevails with respect to
the fate of the Ministers and to the neces
sity of relieving them without further de
lay If they are held prisoners in Peking.
If they are in the possession of the Chi
nese as hostages then the powers can only
hope to rescue them by seizing the persona
of the Empress Dowager and Emperor
and compelling them to take measures for
There seems 10 be the greatest ignorance
in official and diplomatic circles regarding
the movement of the allied, column, and
it is not known here whether It has start
ed, though It is believed, in view of the
failure of Vice Admiral Seymour's expedi
tion, that it will proceed Immediately to
The troops that will be "sent in future
to China will, of course, be in the nature
of reinforcements, as by the time the
American regiments arrive the allied
forces ¦will probably be well on their way
He will then proceed to Taku. But this Is
a question of naval detail which is causing
the authorities no concern whatever. Un
der the understanding from General Mac-
Arthur's dispatches the inexpediency of
further reducing the American force In
the Philippines, unless additional troops
are Immediately sent to replace those
withdrawn; the War Department is now
considering what troops serving in the
United States can best be spared for ser
vice either in the Philippines or China,
probably the former. Two regiments will
be relieved from service in Cuba within a
few weeks, and they will be ordered to the
United States to take the place of troops
which will be sent to the East. The
Ninth Cavalry and Fifteenth Infantry are
spoken of for service in the Philippines,
and it is also said that the artillery branch
may be drawn upon to supply troops to
act as infantry.
MINISTERS DEAD OR
HELD AS HOSTAGES
Powers May Find it Necessary to Seize the
Persons of the Empress Dowager and
Emperor — Admiral Remey to Succeed
Kempff, Whose Actions Are Not Satis-
Special Dispatch to the Call.
CALL HEADQUARTERS, WEL
LINGTON HOTEL, WASHING
TON, June 22.— Pessimism has re
placed the optimism which pre
vailed yesterday in official circles
in reference to, the foreign lega
tions in China. It is generally conceded
to-day that the - foreign Ministers are
either dead or held as hostages, though
there is one shred of hope to which the
President is clinging— that the foreigners
in Peking have been assigned to a. well
defined position inside of the forbidden
city of the capital, and the Imperial
troops are aiding the foreign guards in
protecting them. This possibility Is re
garded as a slim one, especially .in view
of the dispatch received by Minister Wu
from the Tsung-LI-Yamen stating that
they (the legations) were to leave in a
short time with their guards for Tientsin.
Dispatches from native sources are ac
cepted with reserve* by the officials in
view of the fact that they have persist
ently stated that the foreign Ministers
were with Vice Admiral Seymour's col
umn, when it is now known that the re
lieving force has heard nothing of the
Ministers or. their fate.
Notwithstanding the character of the
news received to-day from Rear Ad
miral Kempff. the President, unlike the
members of his Cabinet, has left Wash
ington, hoping that when the darkness
shrouding China lifts the Ministers and
their staffs will be found alive and well
under the protection of the Imperial Gov
ernment. The President frankly states
that he has no information upon which
to base this hope, but he cannot under
stand how 700 foreigners could be mur
dered without Information in some way
reaching the civilized world. '
Members of the Cabinet who discussed
the situation after the Cabinet meeting
expressed the greatest anxiety over tne
situation and especially over the Minis
ters. Their anxiety is due to the dlspatcn
received by Secretary Long this morn-
Ing from Rear Admiral Kempff. A dis
patch a, few days ago • from Admiral
Kempff stated: "The Peking force and
foreign Ministers are reported with thk
Peking relief expedition."
It Is no longer a secret in naval. circles
that the Navy Department is not alto,
gether satisfied with the manner in which
Admiral Kempff has been handling af
fairs, and especially in reporting details
to Washington. Though some days have,
elapsed since the casualties In Majo»*
Waller's command occurred he has falleC
to cable to Washington the names. of the
marines killed and wounded. Instru^
tions to do so were cabled htm to-day.
Why he did not participate in the bom
bardment of the Taku forts Is a ques
tion that the authorities have been ask
ing since that event occurred.
It Is understood that under the instruc
tions cabled him Rear Admiral Remey
.will upon - arriving at , Taku within the
next . ten ¦ days investigate Admiral
Kempff's conduct, and the latter will prob
ably be ordered to Manila to take charge
of affairs there. Admiral Remey.wlth the
Brooklyn will leave Hongkong to-morrow
for Nagasaki, where his flagship will coal. 1
AMONG THE MASSACRED OR CAPTIVES.
THE FRENCH MINISTER, PICHON, WITH HIS FAMILY, STAFF AND
GUARDS, IN FRONT OF THE FRENCH LEGATION AT PEKING.
(From Le Monde Illustre.)
BY SEYMOUR'S FORCE
LONDON, June 23.— 1n the House of
secretaries of the Presbyterian board, to
day sent the following cable to Rev. W.
0. Elterich. secretary of the mission at
Chefu: "Spare no expense to save Pres
Dr, Brown also cabled Rev. George F.
Fitch at Shanghai as follows: "O/der
Killing missionaries to port. Cable par
ticulars. Where is Morris?"
Kuling Is a mountain town, forty-flve
miles up the Yangtse River and fifteen
miles from the river. The steamers on
the Yangtse are run by foreigners, but
there are Chinese forts all along the
river, and If trouble should extend down
to that region the missionaries at Kuling
would be cut off from the civilized world
entirely. The Morris referred to is Rev.
Dr. Morris. He Is supposed to be at
Kuling. as are two medical missionaries.
Drs. Samuel Cochran and H. W. Boyd.
Mrs. Cochran and Mrs. l#oyd were also
there at last accounts.
for these people. The Christians in a vil
lage called Siak Bay. not far below here,
have been here with tears in their eyes to
send them rifles, but as it is against the.
treaty I believe we will have to refuse
them. The people 'have built a square
fort, two stories, of mud bricks, so as to
be able to. keep thieves away from their
Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Brown, one of the
Commons to-day the Parliamentary Secre
tary of the Foreign Office. William St.
John Broderlck. announced that the Brit
ish losses with Vice Admiral Seymour's
force, which with the rest of the relief
force had returned to Tientsin on June 26.
were: Killed. Captain Herbert "W. H.
Beyts (Royal Marines) and twenty-four
men; wounded, seven officers and ninety
Mr. Broderlck added that the returns of
the foreign casualties were Incomplete,
but the total was supposed to be sixty
two men killed and 212 men wounded.
In conclusion Broderlck said that the
most recent reports which had reached the
Government pointed to the legatlonera be
ing still at Peking.
MINISTERS STILL MISSING.
BERLIN. June 29. — The German Consul
at Chefu telegraphs ender date of Juno
2S that nothing la known concerning tha
foreign Ministers. He adds that the rail
road between Taku and Tientsin was still
threatened and that the bombardment of
Tientsin on the west continues, though
the Chinese shells explode badly. It waa
also said that three residents had, been
killed or wounded.
LEGATIONS AT PEKING.
LONDON, June 29.— The British Consul
at Chefu wires the Foreign Office to-day
that a message from Pe*lng to the Taotai
of Customs at Tientsin says the foreign
legations are still at Peking.
NO TIDINGS FROM THE DIPLOMATS IN CHINA
Ministers Who Were in Peking at
the Outbreak of Boxer Troubles
Are Not With Seymour's Force,
and It Is the Opinion in "Wash
ington That /They. Have Been
Killed or Held as Hostages.
From Mongol Sources Reports Continue to Come
That the Foreigners Are Safe, but the Worst
Fears Are Entertained — Admiral Seymour
Sends a Thrilling Story of His Battles With
Celestials and a Long List of Casualties in
the Allied Forces.
LONDON, June 30, 4 a.m. — Vice Admiral Seymour sends the following list of his casu
alties uo to date: •
British — Killed 27, wounded 75.
Austrian — Killed 1, wounded 1.
French — Killed 1, wounded 10.
Italian — Killed 5, wounded 3.
American — Killed 4, wounded 25.
Japanese — Killed 2, wounded 3.
Russian — Killed 10, wounded 27.
Germans— Killed 12, wounded 62.
WASHINGTON, June 29. — The Ivavy Department this morning received the following
cablegram from Admiral Kempff:
"CHEFU, June 29. — Secretary of the Navy: Peking relief expedition now in Tientsin with
200 sick and wounded. Ministers and Peking party not with them. No news from them."
LOXDOX. June 30, 4a. m.— There is absolutely no authentic word as to the whereabouts of the members of the le
gation, although abundant reports from Chinese sources say that they wtre safe a few days ago. The Daily Mall's
Shanghai correspondent, telegraphing yesterday, says:
"An imperial decree has been sent to all the Viceroys advising them that the foreign Ministers were safo
In Peking on Jure 23 and affirmh.g that the Government would protect them. That is authentic and reliable. I
received it through a high Chinese official having means of communication from the capital to Shanghai by courier to
Pao Tir.g Fu and thence by telegraph. There is no doubt that the Chinese Government fully recognizes what the safety
of the Ministers Impjies at the present time and for this reason there is less uneasiness about them."
The Shanghai correspondent of the Daily Express, under yesterday's date, says:
"Chinese officials declare that they have imperial authority for stating that the foreign Ministers left Peking for Tien
tsin, via Pao Ting Fu. on June 26. They had passports and were escorted by a strong body of Chinese troops. It is
Impossible to verify this statement and the Consuls here are not disposed t,o place much faith In It. Jung Lv, former
generalissimo of the Chinese forces, who was dismissed by the Empress Dowager when she designated Pu Chun as
heir apparent to the throne, has promulgated an order to all Viceroys and Governors not to obey imperial edicts is
sued since June 16. This is interpreted to mean another coup d'etat is foreshadowed, and it is believed that a new Em
peror will be proclaimed."
The Canton correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, in a dispatch dated Thursday, says:
"The unexpected arrival of an edict late last night from the Emperor and Empress Dowager the de
parture of Li Hung Chang northward on the United States steamer Brooklyn. Arrangements for his sailing had been
quietly completed by United States Consul Robert M. Me Wade and Commander McLean of the Don Juan de Austria
The possibility of a rebellion in Canton and the imperative necessity of the organization of a properly armed and re
liable corps of 10.000 men are among the chief reasons for the edict detaining Earl Li. One hundred and thirty pirates anu
Boxers were t-eheaded yesterday by Lis order to terrorize law-breakers. The United States steamer Princeton has been
ordered to Canton."
A dispatch from Shanghai of yesterday's date says the position at Chung Kfng is very critical and that the steamer
Pioneer has been, detained.
The adventures of the hard fighting allies under Admiral Seymour— their reaching Anting, twelve miles from Peking,
the decision to retreat, the capture of rice and immp^se stores of modern arms and ammunition, affording material for a
strenuous defense until relieved— all this told in a dispatch from Admiral Seymour received by the Admiralty at midnight,
which rur.F as follows:
"TIENTSIN, June 27 (via Chefu, June 23, 10:05 p. m.)— Have returned to Tientsin with the forces, having been un
able to reach Peking- by rail. On June 13 two attacks on the advance guard were made by the Boxers, who were repulsed
with considerable loss to them and none on our side. On June 14 the Boxers attacked the train at Lang Yang in largo
numbers and with great determination. We repulsed them with a loss of about 100 killed. Our loss was seven Italians.
The same afternoon the Boxers attacked the British guard left to protect Lofa station. Reinforcements were sent
Lack and the enemy were driven off with 100 killed. Two of our seamen were wounded.
"IVe pushed forward to Anting- and enpaped the enemy on June 13 and June 14. inflicting a loss of 175. There were
no casualties on our side. Extensive destruction of the railway in our front having made further advance by rail,lm
possible I decided on June 16 to return to Yang Tsun, where It was proposed to organize an advance by the river to
Peking. After my departure from La.ng Yang two trains left to follow on were attacked on June lSbv Boxers and
Imperial troops from Peking, who lost from 400 to 500 killed. Our casualties wore six killed and forty-eight wounded.
These trains joined me at Yang Tsun the same evening. The railway at Yang Tsun was found entirely demolished and
the trains could not be moved. The force being short of provisions and hampered with wounded compelled us to with
draw on Tientsin, ¦with which we had not been in communication for six days and our supplies had been cut oft.
"On June 19 the wounded, with necessaries, started by boat, the forces marching alongside the river. Opposition was
experienced during the whole course of the river from nearly every village, the Boxers, when defeated in one village re
tiring to the next, and skillfully retarding our advance by occupying well selected positions from which they had to be
forced, often at the point of the bayonet and in the face of a galling fire difficult to locate. . '
"On June 23 we made a night march, arriving at daybreak opposite the Imperial armory above Tientsin, wjiere
after friendly advances, a treacherous heavy fire was opened while our men were exposed on the opposite river bank The
enemy were kept in check by rifle fire in front while their position was turned by a party of marines and seamen un
der Major Johnson, who rushed and occupied one of the salient points, seizing the guns. The Germans, lower down
silenced two guns and then crossed the river and captured them. The armory was next occupied by the combined forces
Determined attempts to retake the armory were made on the following day. but unsuccessfully. We found Immense
stores of guns, arms and ammunition of the latert pattern. Several guns were mounted in our defense and shelled the
Chinese forts lower down. Having found ammunition and rice, we could have held out for some days, but being hampered
with large numbers of wounded I sent to Tientsin for a relieving force, which arrived on the morning of June 25. The
armory was evacuated and the forces arrived at Tientsin on June 26. We burned the armory."
JAPAN IS MOBILIZING A
BIG NAVAL FORCE AT TAKU
Powers Interested in China Still Acting in
Harmony, but Appear to Be Taking No
Chances — Ministers of the Celestial Empire
May Receive Their Passports.
Special Dispatch to the Call.
WASHINGTON. June 29.— The State De
partment also was made acquainted with
the terms of the agreement between the
Consuls and the Viceroys looking to the
protection of foreign interests ; in the
southern provinces in China. The first
step to this end, was indicated in Secre
tary Hay's cablegram of last Wednesday
to the American Consuls In China, au
thorizing them to take direct action in
stead of waiting on ¦ possible communica
tions with Minister Conger. .'Thus'author
ized Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai
and probably eeverar others in the south
PARIS, June 29.— 1t was announced to
day, that the Chinese legation here had
communicated to the French Government
the text, of a document cabled ly the
Viceroys of. Nankin and Hankow. June 27,
which is an agreement between the Vice
roys and Consuls at ' Shanghai, whereby,
subject to certain conditions, the Viceroys
undertake to protect the missionaries and
foreign merchants In South and East
China. The document, which was sent for
ratification by 11. Delcasse, consists of
TO PROTECT MISSIONARIES
knew, is it the intention of any power to
precipitate a discussion of the final solu
tion of the Chinese question until the
fate of the foreign legations is finally es
tablished. China undoubtedly will be com
pelled,to pay heavy Indemnity, especially
if the Ministers have been murdered, and
appreciating this fact the Tsung-11 Yamen,
according to the notion of the official,
would take care to see that they were
provided with all necessary protection. It
seems to be the settled belief of the au
thorities that the rule of the Empress
Dowager must be brought- to a close, and
It -Is expected that as soon as Peking is
captured the powers will take measures
for substituting a modern government for
that which now exists.
stand that if he could have prevented the
outbreak which has occurred he would
certainlyhave done so. There Is no dis
position to impeach the Minister's veracity
on account of the fact that he has sup
plied the Department -of State with dis
patchrs from Chinese officials stating that
the Ministers were safe with the column
under the command of Vice Admiral Sey
mour. It is appreciated that the Minister
can only furnish to Secretary Hay dis
patches he received, though it is' now ap
parent they must have been based upon
Minister Wu cannot understand how
there can be such a discrepancy between
the dispatches he received and those sent
by Rear Admiral Kempff. He is satisfied
there is a mistake somewhere. At the
fame time he remains confident that the
Ministers are safe.
Careful inquiry made in official and dip
lomatic circles to-day fails to elicit any
information confirmatory of a report from
Paris that the powers have reached an
agreement in respect to China for the
maintenance of the status quo as regard*
spheres of influence and commercial
agreements and also respecting the nature
cf guarantees and compensations which
will be demanded from China. The Parl3
dispatch also stated that the agreement
fixed the International army of occupa
tion at 80.000 men, of which the United
States will supply 5(O0. It is said upon
authority tha,t absolutely no negotiations
of the kind have been participated in by
the United States. , It is conceded that
there may have been some exchange of.
notes on the part of European powers
which have not yet been brought to the
attention of this Government, but this
is not thought likely. None of the em
bassy appears to be Informed of the
agreement and diplomats accept it with
An official who discussed ' the interna
tional phase of the Chinese situation said
that the only propositions thus far dis
cussed relate to the protection of foreign '
life and property. It Is not the intention
o* the United States, nor, so far as he
It is the expectation of high officials
that if the foreign Ministers have been
kilted or are held as hostages the
powers will deem it wise to hand the
Chinese representatives accredited to
them their passports. There Is no difpo-
Fltion to act hastily. Minister Wu Ting
Fang, v.-ho is accredited to the United
States, .is held in high esteem at Wash
ington, and .the authorities fully under-
Rursia has protested with every evi
dence of sincerity that as soon as the
trouble In China is at an end she will
withdraw her troops.
It may be. however.' that Japan deems
it wise to have a strong force at hand
to ree that not only Russia, but other
nations do nothing to enhance their own
interests to her disadvantage.
No information of the composition of
the Japanese fleet can be obtained here.
It is stated that Japanese men-of-war,
up to a few days ago at least, were in pre
ponderating force at Taku, and it is there
fore hard to understand why reinforce
ments are considered necessary- So far
as known here the Governments Interest
ed In China are still acting irf harmony.
fand from present indications will continue
to do co, at least until Peking is cap
tured and it Is learned whether the Min
isters are dead or safe.
CALL HEADQUARTERS, WELLING
TON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, June 29.—
Authoritative information has been re
ceix-ed in an official quarter here that
Japan has Issued orders for the mobiliza
tion of an exceptionally large naval force
at Taku. What the object of this impos
ing naval demonstration Is the adminis
tration officials can only conjecture. Cer
tainly It is not for the purpose of morally
coercing the Chinese Government, nor can
It be that Japan desires to reinforce her
land detachment by sailors from the fleet.
for the reason that she has now about
Z'JtQ troops at Taku. It is the disposition
of the officials here to regard the action
Of the Tokio authorities as an intimation
to the world that whatever happens in
China. Japan proposes to be in a position
to df-fend her cv/n interests.
began negotiations with the Viceroys and
Tao Tais of their respective districts.
BY ROBBER BANDS
NEW YORK, June 29.— The interna
tional committee of the Y. M. C. A. to
day received from Secretary Lewis, , lo
cated at Shanghai, the following answer
to a cable sent him last Monday asking
for Information concerning . Robert P.
Galley, In charge of the work at Tientsin,
and his family: I ...
'A- letter showing that the disturbance
In China. ls widespread. has just been re
ceived fey A. D. Vandenburg, who Is In
¦ "SHANGHAI. June 29.— Galley Is report
ed to have escaped. Unable to communi
cate with them,: as- the telegraph line. Is
broken to Tientsin. Have applied to Con
sul at TChefii to try to obtain further par
ticulars.". ''¦']'/¦ -J '. . . v ;'
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