Continued From Page 1, Columns 6 and 7.
ISTews Prom the Front
at the front that some of the phases right in their point of view have al
ready been discounted by official or; later news; but, taken as a whole, they
present a vivid panorama of. the situation at the front, #ave at .the extreme
east, where the heaviest Russian attack was planned to be delivered. From
that quarter the news is less full and satisfactory,- though it eeems» un
questionable .that the Russian advance upon" the .main Japanese position
at Bensihu • has ' been checked. > ";¦'¦'
"We are all wet to the skin. A
thunderstorm of almost tropical char
acter swept down upon us. last night
and flooded the trenches. The sky was
torn with bolts heavier than those of
any „ artillery. It is now 10 o'clock in
the morning and U.J storm is increas
ing. The crash of thunder, mingled
with the , roar of . cannon . and the
whistle of bullets and shells, make a
glorious but: terrible -spectacle."
"It Is impossible at present to judge
of the situation. To do this we prob
ably will have to wait some days. Our
men still believe we shall achieve a
final success. - -
havior of several regiments. The
Trans-Baikal regiment, under Colonel
Gavrilieff ,\ is doing splendid work. The
Japanese to-day landed an unexpected
blow on our right flank and took two
batteries, but we regained them.
To Cure a Cold hi One Day
Take Laxative i Bromo Quinine TablaU. All
druggist* refund the money If It falls to cur*.
E. W. Grove's signature U on each box. 25c. •
No News From Port Arthur.
CHEFU, Oct. 14, evening. — No news
reached Chef u to-day concerning the
operations at Port Arthur.
TOKIO, Oct. 14. — it is officially an
nounced that twenty-seven officers
were killed and 183 were wounded
during the operations against Port
Arthur from June 26 to July 31.
If a i burglar were to break Into a
woman's house, she would- probably
eay "Shoo!"- to him.
Preparing to Receive the Wounded.
LONDON, Oct. 14.—A dispatch to
a news agency from Harbin to-day
says that the hospitals are preparing
for the reception of thirty-seven offi
cers, and 1200 men wounded during
the recent fighting before Yentai and
who are now on their way to Harbin
Following the story of H. H. Pear
son's successful evasion of service of
summons in a suit for S 15,000 while
hiding in the bunkers of the steam
ship China at Honolulu, a suit was
filed yesterday in the local Superior
Court for the recovery of .the -sum
named. The plaintiff Is L. S. High
ton, who says that he holds Henry E.
Highton's assignment for the cla Im.
The complaint was prepared by At
torneys Sullivan & Sullivan and the
papers were nerved on Pearson as he
emerged from his bathroom, by a pri
vate . detective. Pearson was too sur
prised, to make any comment
Henry E. High ton was practicing
law In California in 1886, when he
was engaged to defend Pearson at
Salt Lake in a trial for murder. Pear
son was acquitted and went to . the
Orient Highton, who has since re
moved v to Honolulu, learned • that
Pearson was on his way to. San Fran
cisco on the China and made arrange
ments to have him served with the
summons while in the Hawaiian -port.
The officer, . however, was unable to
find him on the boat
Evaded Summons at Honolulu, but
Will Have to Answer In
Reports Death of Russian Officer.
ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 15, 7:50
a. m.— A special dispatch from Chef u
reports that the commander of the
Russian gunboat Giliak, in the harbor
of Port. Arthur, has been killed and
that many sailors have been wounded.
Possibly this refers to the reported
wrecking of a Russian warship by
Japanese land batteries.
SUIT AGAINST PEARSON
FOR HIGHTON'S BIG FEE
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 14.—
Eight torpedo boats, evidently destined
for Japan, have arrived at Minnesota
Transfer from Fore River, Quincy,
Mass. The boats are loaded on nine
teen cars. Every effort is being made
to hasten the departure of the ship
ment and special detectives are em
ployed in watching night and day. The
cars came in. over the Burlington and
left to-night over the Great Northern.
Torpedo Boats for Japan.
Church May .Furnish Sinews of War.
LONDON, .Oct. 15. — A Russian corre
spondent of the Times reports a rumor
that the Russian Treasurer has ap
proached the Holy Synod with a view
to drawing upon church property for
the sinews of war.* • From the same
source it is . reported that General
Keller's widow ,hafl been persuaded,
through official influence, to postpone
the publication of , her husband's let
ters, because revelations of the de
ficiencies of the military organization
and equipment, would cause a painful
WASHINGTON HEARS NEWS.
Japanese Legation Receives Cablegram
From Toklo Government.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 14. — The Jap
anese Legation to-day received the
following cablegram from Tokio:
"Marshal Oyama sends the follow
ing report of the engagement of
Wednesday and Thursday:
" 'In the direction of Benslhr the
enemy made repeated counter attacks
on Wednesday, but were repulsed. The
enemy showed a sign of retreat to
ward evening and our forces have as-
LONDON, Oct. 16.— All accounts of
the fighting south of Mukden that have
reached London appear to confirm the
completeness of the Japanese victory
and the only question discussed by mil
itary critics is whether General Kuro
patkin will be able to make as orderly
a retreat as he did from Liaoyang or
whether the Japanese possess sufficient
fresh reserves to undertake a success
ful pursuit, in which latter case it is
believed the Russians will be com
pelled to abandon Mukden. In this
connection, the Standard's Yentai cor
respondent, in a dispatch, asserts that
General Oku's army has occupied
Pachiatze, only twelve miles from Muk
den. It Is considered here, however,
that the Japanese advance could hard
ly have pushed as far as these reports
make it appear and probably the error
arises out of the difficulty of locating
places mentioned in various reports.
A dispatch from Tokio to the Stand
"It is unofficially reported that th«
Japanese right army has succeeded in
isolating a force of Russians in the
Bensihu-Kiaotoan district. It is ru
mored that Kuropatkin himself is with
the force, which seems doomed to de
struction. The central army captured
eleven guns and the left army twenty
five guns, while, the spoils of the right
army are expected to be still more val
uable. It is believed here that the dis
astrous advance was forced on General
Kuropatkin from St. Petersburg. In
any case his move was an unexpected
godsend for the Japanese army."
Nothing reliable has thus far been re
ceived concerning the fate of the Rus
sian force reported to have been iso
lated in the vicinity of Bensihu.
The Standard's correspondent at Yen
tai, under date of October 10, says:
"The whole Russian line has been
driven back over a distance of twenty
miles, and seventy guns have been cap
tured. Pursuit is being kept up by a
strong force on both flanks. There is
good reason to hope that Oyama has
succeeded in enveloping the enemy. The
cause of the Russian defeat is that the
Japanese army drove a wedge Into the
middle of the enemy's line. Prisoners
say General Kuropatkin personally
commanded the troops on the main
road and that General Mistchenko was
in command at Bensihu. A brigade of
Infantry and a regiment of cavalry
crossed the Taitse River, but found
themselves In a critcal position and're
tired to the right bank, with the Japa
nese in pursuit. The Japanese hurled
back sixteen counter-attacks upon
their right. The army lost 3000 men in
} the fighting around Bensihu."
TELL. OF JAPANESE VICTORY.
"Last night passed with the usual
intermittent rifle fire, capped with a
terrible. rainstorm, which added to the
discomforts of every one."
"Captain Michaels got the range of
the Japanese batteries later and two
of our shells put them out of action.
The Japanese then seemed to lose their
heads, swarmed out of the trenches
and fled. Our Infantry occupied the
position, but it was a harder fight than
"We are expecting a heary attack.
It is understood the Japanese have
strong reserves and guns of big cali
"The Japanese ran out of ammuni
tion and met our men with stones and
clubbed rifles in a bitter hand-to-hand
struggle. In the meantime Japanese
reinforcements and ammunition ar
rived. Lieutenant Grozdieff was shot
in the chest.
"We were forced to retire. One of
our batteries, having spent most of the
night in dragging its guns* by hand up
an almost perpendicular mountain and
ousting the Japanese from the crest
after a hard fight, was forced to retire
when a Japanese mortar battery got
the range of its position.
"We resumed the attack on Toumin
lineky under a hail of firing, especially
from two well concealed mortars which
we were unable to locate.
"Judging from the sound the heav
iest firing took place north of Yentai,
where the Japanese themselves as
sumed the offensive. Nearer the cen
ter it was quieter. We moved forward,
occupying some of the small passes.
"It should be pointed out that with
such an extensive front it is difficult to
say which position constitutes the real
center. It will be more correct to dis
tinguish the center and flanks separ
ately of each division.
'"Our losses on October 11 were com
paratively small. In the small ravine
where we were stationed the firing
slackened toward evening, but recom
menced after dark and continued, with
little intermission, all night. On Oc
tober 12 every one looked for a crucial
engagement, but though heavy fight
ing followed, the result remained inde
cisive. The Japanese advanced boldly
and attacked hotly on the extreme
right at Yentai and further toward the
left. All their attacks were -repulsed
with great loss. We also suffered heav
ily. The conveyance of the wounded to
hospitals was accomplished with diffi
culty, owing to the distance of the rail
"The division to which I am at
tached deployed on October 13, oppo
site two passes called Touminlinsky,
eight miles north of Bensihu, and Hua
Pass, five miles west, each bounded by
high and almost perpendicular hills,
which held Japanese. Our troops had
tried on the night of October 11 to
take the passes during a storm. Lieu
tenant Grozdieff led another assault on
the Japanese trenches at the top of the
"The fighting on October 11 was fu
rious and continuous along a front so
extensive that it would be impossible
to give details from any one point.
MUKDEN, Oct. 14.— A correspondent
gives the following account of the
"Up to the present time the battle
along the whole line has been one of
varying success. We are now resting,
cold, drenched and weary, from a
heavy thunderstorm which began last
evening and continued this morning.
We hold positions captured from the
Japanese a.nd are awaiting develop
ments on the extreme east:
lt UN OUT OF A3IMUN1TION.
"Our men are displaying the great
est -bravery and endurance In the face
of all obstacles. Ouna have been
dragged by hand up impossible moun
tains. In one narrow defile the Jap
anese rolled stones on them. We could
not take the pass, but men scaled the
hill sides and took the heights com
manding the Japanese positions after
a stubborn fight. Our right has recov
ered itself. We have kept within
touch of our turning column, bo that
strategically we have a decided ad
vantage. In greatest contrast to the
veteran regiments that participated in
the battle of Liaoyang, the new re
serves from European Russia, in fresh
uniforms and equipments, with faces
untanned ' and unworn by". war, are
watchful, epergetio and determined.
: "I cannot • speak" In* detail of the be-
BRAVERY OF THE RUSSIANS.
"From our turning column on the left
nothing; has been heard. We are
anxiously expecting news that it has
reached its destination.'
"From 8 O'clock in the morning the
fight raged. Along the whole line the
infernal din of the refle fire continued
as on the previous day, but up to noon
the Japanese batteries gave no sign
of life. It ' developed that they were
waiting to locate our positions before
opening fire. Even after they com
menced it was not so heavy as the
previous day's bombardment.
"Far to the westward the Japanese
are trying to work around our flank,
but there we are safe and have suffi
cient forces to meet them. Two simul
taneous turning movements are pro
ceeding, their's and our's.
"Reports of heavy losses during the
night attack- are coming in. The
Tomsk Regiment suffered terribly. Of
the brilliant Tamboff Regiment few re
main. The troops fought like heroes
throughout the hours of darkness and
the morning found most of them dead
on the ground they had bravely de
fended. Those .remaining continue to
fight. In the big village before us the
remnants of -several regiments, after
repelling attacks throughout the night,
ensconced themselves in the shelter of
the walls of the houses, prepared for a
fresh day's work.^
"The Japanese* attack on Temple
Mountain began at 8:45 o'clock in the
morning, but our batteries on each side
kept them in view and repelled the at
tack. The attack was repeated at 10
o'clock and finally at noon ""> general
commanding ordered a retirement from
the position, going .to Shikhl. We
had scarcely left the hill before it vas
filled with Japanese projectiles. At
Shikhi we met. General Zalinsky, who
had come to report. Then an aid gal
loped up with the news that the Jap
anese had driven us from the railroad
i on the west, but had not followed up
the temporary advantage, stopping to
cook their noonday .meal. Late at
night we caught them at a disadvan
tage and the Mornshensk Regiment
paid them with interest for their suc
cess .of the morning.
DIN OF THE RIFLE FIRE.
SOUSZOUTAM (twelve miles south
of Mukden, on the railway, Oct. 13 (de
layed in transmission).— A Russian cor
respondent telegraphs as follows:
• "For over two days the battle has
raged ceaselessly. It was close to mid
night of October 10 when the Japanese
attempted to surprise and attack our
frontal positions in the impenetrable
darkness and hurled the full force of
their battalions against our intrench
ments. The darkness was split by the
blaze of their rifles and the answering
volleys of our men. The attack never
ceased for hours. We lay close, hug
ging the intrenchments, with but a few
minutes of respite, every man's gun to
his shoulder, firing at the flashes until
near dawn, when the evil-boding rifle
fire ceased and even the distant batter
ies were silent. We watched the day
light break in bands of red and yellow.
The clouds, seemingly tinged with
streaks of blood, hung over the silent
valley, which might have been empty
for all the signs of life it gave, while
from the plain below us rose dark and
silent hills, like the silhouettes of tomb
stones through the half-light. The fog
thickened, covering low-lying places.
Nothing could have better suited for
to-day's duel between two races.
"Day had hardly lightened the slope
of the two-horned mountain when our
batteries began to cover it with shrap
nel. Puffs of white smoke marked the
.landing of each shell. With the
naked eye we could see the Japanese
being shelled out of their trenches.
First one and then groups of three
and four black figures sprang into
view, squatting down, running for
cover or scurrying away among the
rocks, but the shells followed them,
tearing up the rocks..
-"Japanese fell literally like wheat
thrown by, the hand of a sower. On
the. mountain beside the Buddhist tem
ple our battery was also working. Then
another opened from the opposite side.
The Japanese fled so .quickly . that the
gunners could hardly follow them.
Soon Japanese resourcefulness showed
itself. 1 They fired the big native village
on the side of the two-horned moun
tain, rightly guessing that the wind
from the east would carry the smoke
toward us, making a screen for them
and confusing the aim of our gun
Reports from the left, however, only
bring the situation up to yesterday af
ternoon. A high officer of the general
staff says that the situation, while crit
ical, is not desperate. Kuropatkin is
keeping his head and acting cautiously,
as is shown by his withdrawal of both
wings in the belief that the Japanese
assaults will exhaust themselves. He
says the slaughter was frightful. No
estimate of the losses is yet possible,
but they run far into the thousands.
The losses were especially heavy on
the Russian left and center. In a single
regiment, out of more than a hundred
officers, only eight escaped.
The same authority says that no in
formation has been received here tend
ing to confirm the report that the Jap
anese are likely to cut off a force on
the Russian left. Neither is the threat
ened enveloping movement against the
Russian right greatly feared, Kuro
patkin having a large number _of Cos
sacks on his right; held in leash to
meet just such a contingency.
It is now evident that Kuropatkin's
plan was to press his advance not di
rectly from the front, but toward the
left for the purpose of getting in the
rear of Oyama's triangle.
SITUATION IS CRITICAL).
A later dispatch from General Sak
haroff, sent at 6 o'clock this morning,
explains more of the operations' of Oc
tober 12 and 13, in which it appears
that the Russian center was due north
of the Yentai mines, the right running
west a short distance beyond the rail-;
road and the left sweeping southeast
ward toward Bensihu. The real bloody
work did not. begin until Wednesday,
when the Japanese made a series of de
termined attacks on Sialiupedzy, about
seven miles north of Yentai, but the
Russians, .held off their assailants. In
the meantime, however, the extreme
right, comparatively lightly held, was
forced back, thus compelling Kuropat
kin to. slightly draw back his line above
Yentai in. order to preserve its align
ment. .... ._,.'.
: On, the extreme left, after a'deter
mined resistance, the Russians 'suc
ceeded in " carrying the rocky heights
and Hua Pass, north of Bensihu, : but
the arrival of Japanese reinforcements,
Kuropatkin says, made it impossible
for the Russians to press their advan
tage here and as the left was now too
far advanced, it also . was withdrawn
ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 14.—An
other dispatch from General; Sakharoff,
dated early this morning, says regard
ing the fight of October 12 and 13 that
the Russians on the right 1 wing de
fe'nded their advanced positions and
also portions of the different; main po
oitions, particularly in the direction of
Sialiupedzy, "until toward % evening,
when Kuropatkin ordered them to
withdraw a short distance. In spite of
the fact that the Japanese attacks
were chiefly directed against these
troops they held the ground to which
On the left wing, after a very ob
stinate struggle, the Russians occupied
the rocky hills south of Bentsiaputze
and near Bensihu, about eighty miles
north of Yentai, but the arrival - of
large Japanese reinforcements prevent
ed them from profiting by this success,
and as this body was separated from
the rest of the troops Kuropatkin or
dered It to retire.
FORCE RUSSIANS RIGHT BACK.
"The left column of the left army
occupied a line from Heilintun to
"Our fresh reinforcements are con
stantly arriving at Yentai and In that
"The center column of the left army
is now attacking Shchopo. The right
column of the same army is attacking
Huanghuatien. After sunset part of
the right wing of the left column at
tacked Lluchenpo and another ' part
occupied Wanchlayuatzu. : . .
"The center column of the right army
is now attacking a strong: body of the
"The right wing of the left column Of
the- right army, after a desperate battle,
occupied the northern height of Shao
takou, the key of the enemy's position.
"The attack movement of the center
army is proceeding satisfactorily. The
forces have occupied the heights north
of Huchiakuchiatzu and Manchuafun.
"The attack movement of the right
army, owing to topographical difficul
ties, is not proceeding as desired.
"The right column of the center army
commenced its attack movement at 10
o'clock in the morning agaipst a height
north of Huchiakuchlatzu. At 2 o'clock
the enemy's artillery, began retreating.,
"The right column of the left army
occupied Panehiapo on the morning -of
the 13th. Its advanced force has al
ready reached Pachiatzu. This column
has been reinforced from the supports
now attacking a division of Russians
in the rear of Huanghuatien, but the
state of the fighting is uncertain.
"Several batteries of Russian artil
lery posted at' Chianhuangchiatien
made a stubborn resistance and part
of our supports attacked them with ar
tillery. The attack is proceeding satis
"The pursuing force of the center
column of the left army occupied
Liesanchiatzu and is now pursuing the
enemy toward Koduitun.
"The right wing of the left column is
now attacking the enemy at Hung
3:20 p. m. — A report dispatched from
the battlefield last night covering the
progress of the fighting since the fore
going report is as follows: . "".. .
"The right column of the right army
was facing a strong force of the enemy
at Chaohsienlin, but after the arrival of
reinforcements our progress there im
"Our force in this direction began the
attack early this morning, but the
latest stages of the operation have not
"A large cavalry force, commanded
by Prince Kanin, made a detour of the
enemy's left flank in the rear of Ben
sihu and put the enemy's supports in
great confusion, thereby helping our
movement in this direction. Kanin's
cavalry will again advance toward the
rear of the enemy.
"The right column of the right army
is now attacking the enemy at Chaoh
sienlin. The center colurnn of the same
army occupied the surrounding heights
of Lienhua and Maerh mountains. The
left column is now attacking a rem
nant of the enemy's force on a height
north of Shaotakou. . . ,
TOKIO, Oct. 14, 1:30 p. ra.-An ex
tended report from the Manchurian
headquarters reached Toklo during the
night. It records severe fighting dur
ing yesterday and additional Japanese
The contest around Bensihu con
tinues to be undetermined.
Yesterday a force of Japanese caval
ry, commanded by Prince Kanin, made
a detour of the Russian left flank in
the rear of Bensihu and partially scat
tered the Russian supports.
The report is as follows:
"Several attacks of the enemy, made
in the direction of Bensihu, have been
repulsed. The enemy showed signs of
retreat at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
It is stated, at the Navy Department
that the mail pouch referred to did not
contain any official communications.
simply mail for the men aboard the
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14. — It devel
oped to-day that a pouch containing
mail for the United States cruiser
Cincinnati, then, at Nagasaki, Japan,
which was aboard the British gteamer
Calchas when that vessel was seized
by the Russian Vladivostok squadron,
had been opened while in the possession
of the Russian officials, subsequently
resealed and sent on to its destination.
This information came to the Post
omce Department to-day in'a communi
cation from the Japanese Postal Ad
ministration, in conformity with a
practice always followed when there
has been any mishap in the delivery of
The matter will be referred to the
State Department for action, as was
done with the case of the ordinary
United States mail on the vessel at the
time she was seized.
This latest phase of the seizure of the
Calchas mails haa caused a painful sur
prise in official circles, and if the
action of opening the pouch addressed
to the Cincinnati was wittingly done,
the probability is that a second pro
test will be lodged with the Russian
Government. ¦ ..
New Phase of the Seizure
of Steamer Catenas Comes .
Retreat Made Necessary by
a Threatened Enveloping
Tribute Is Paid to Bravery
and Endurance of the
At 11 o'clock in the morning the bat
tle reached a stage of severity three
times greater than that of yesterday,
*olid masses of troops filling up the
At 2:20 p. m. the Japanese were oc
cupying a hill two miles to the south
of Hungpas Hill, which they shelled
from a battery which was plainly vis
ible. The results of the shelling were
At 4:15 p. m. the Russian army made
an orderly and timely withdrawal, fol
lowed by a furious rifle fire from the
The Red Cross surgeons are perform
ing operations at Siulintzu railway sta
tion. Many of the wounded wer« load
ed on trains which moved north during
At sundown the cannonading to the
southwest could be heard constantly.
The Russian rear guard was holding
its ground at nightfall.
The Japanese proved their ability to
utilize the strong position at the Yen
tai coal mines, which the Russian ad
vance guard reported had not been
utilized up to October 10. The Rus
sians moving in that direction were un
able to occupy the position owing to
the developments of the past forty
eight hours, and fell back in confor
mity with previous plans.
To the westward there is a growing
activity, and the smoke from the shells
forms an almost impenetrable haze,
hiding the operations of the infantry.
There was an entangled artillery duel
in the vicinity of Tousanpu, to the
westward, in which during the day one
regiment was caught by a cross fire
and threatened with extinction.
Tousanpu wavered until noon, when
the Japanese made good their occupa
tion, and Colonel Stackovitch, who had
made a magnificent stand for four
days, after more than twenty of his
officers had been put out of action, fell
back before the terrible onslaught of
RUSSIAN ARMY WITHDRAWS.
The result of the fight was that a
mile of ground along the front west of
the railway was lost, but the Russians
regained the ground during the night
by a bayonet attack, without a shot
having: been fired.
The battle was renewed at dawn to
day with terrible effect. The eastern
army evidently is engaged in continu
ous smallarms fighting. There can be
heard the desultory breaking of shells
along the fo.thills about five miles from
SLAVS MAKi; XlfiHT ATTACK.
The battle at that moment was beet
observed from Hungpas Hill, two miles
southeast of Siulintzu. Both the Japa
nese and Russian batteries were dis
tinguished by the clouds of dust which
were raised by the concussions.
By the evening of the 11th 600 wound
ed had reached the field hospital, situ
ated at the Siulintzu railway station,
ion miles from the front.
The most fierce and most important
fighting that has taken place since the
l>attle of Liaoyang reached its height
at noon to-day, when after a bold at
tack which lasted for three days the
Russians began a sagacious retirement
from the positions they held yesterday,
and the Japanese by a strong central
movement forced the Russian lines five
miles to the north.
The battle reached a etage of un
usual severity on October 11. along the
railway and to the westward, culminat
ing in the vicinity of Tousanpu.
The line* are in contact from the
vest to the east, and the opposing
armies are in a square frontal fight.
Contrary to former plans, the ad
\ance of the Japanese, which had been
pushing up the Liao Uiver as though
with a determination to turn the Rus
sian right flank, has now crossed the
HEADQUARTERS OF THE RUS
SIAN WESTERN ARMY, Oct. 13, via
Poking, Oct. 14.— Siulintzu was safely
held until midnight to-night, when all
the wounded and the baggage had been
riving continually at "Eentai. 1 "
sumed the offensive since daybreak of
Thursday. The flanking movement of
our strong force of cavalry under
Kanin largely contributed to the fav
orable development of the situation in
' "The central and left columns of the
Right army both occupied important
eminences and continued attacks.
Operations of the Central army are
progressing favorably, dislodging the
enemy there from several strategical
positions. Our reinforcements are ar-
UNABLE. TO RETAIN
HILLS NEAR' YENTAI
Strikes an Unexpected Blow
and Throws Russians
KAXIX MAKES DETOUR
OF F0E r S LEFT FLANK
UXCLE SAM LIKELY
TO FILE PROTEST
Correspondent Gives Graphic
Pen Picture of the Fight
Arrivnl of Large Japanese
Him to Move Back.
Fighting Continues Around
Bensilm, but Result Is
Still in Doubt,
Letters for the Cincinnati
Are Not Respected by
Slavs Make a Night Attack
and Retake Position
Near the Railway.
TO STOP THE
OF MAIL FOR
Most Serious Engagement
Since Liaoyang Battle
Is Taking Place.
RUSSIANS FALL BACK BEFORE TERRIBLE ONSLAUGHT OF JAPANESE,
BUT HOLD SIULINTZU UNTIL THEY SAFELY REMOVE THEIR WOUNDED
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURPAY, OCTOBER 15, 1904
CHICAGO. Oct. 14. — Merrltt Joslyn.
who was assistant Secretary of the In
terior under President Arthur, la dead
at Woodstock, 111. He served in the
civil war as captain and was at various
times a member of the Illinois Legisla
Former Federal Official Dead.
The Russ says that while the re
tirement and loss of guns constitute
an unpleasant eplsodjv'Iiii»sOnly ai *
episode. General Kuropatkin's plan
of battle, the article adds, is too ex
tensive to be judged by «• minnr ra
verse to one part of the line, and bet
ter newa Is expected from the eastern
flank, whence reports are yet meager*
but where most Important operations
ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 15. 7:15
a.- m. — There is scanty comment In
the morning papers here upon the
military situation. The Novostl
frankly characterizes it as a defeat,
basing its estimate on reports from
the front up to October 12. The paper
says, however, that the defeat is by no
means decisive and hopes for better
news and a further advance before tha
RUSSIAX PRESS HOPEFUL.
ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 14.— Th*
Emperor has received tbe following: dis
patch dated yesterday from General
"Two regiments of the Russian right
on October \2 sustained heavy losses.
The commander of one was killed and
the brigade commander was wounded.
Both regiments were compelled to
withdraw, abandoning their artillery,
but subsequently, under Colonel Van
novsky, who temporarily assumed com
mand of the brigade, they, after a
desperate assault, regained possession
of the guns with the exception of six
teen, which remained in the hands of
"The final issue of the battle "Wednes
day on this flank was unsuccessful for
us. On account of a night attack of
the Japanese, who executed a turning
movement, oar troops were forced not
only to abandon their positions, but
again lost the guns previously recover
ed from the Japanese. Our forces re
tired to the position previously pre
pared on the Shakhe River."
Yictorious Japanese Drive
Foe From Field and Cap
ture Sixteen Guns.
Kuropatkin Sends Ileport
of Heavy Losses to Rus
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