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MAYSVILLE, KYM WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1904.
BIG BATTLE RAGING
Combined Japanese Fleet En-
' gaged the Russian Forts and
Warships at Port Arthur.
THIRTY JAPS TAKEN PRISONERS.
Three Fire Ships Were Sunk by the
Russian Batteries in the En
, trance to the Harbor.
Four Were Blown Up By Coming In
Contact With a Mine and An-
, other One Was Wrecked
I on the Shore.
Port Arthur, May 4. (Censored).
Another naval battle is in progress at
this writing with the result in doubt.
The combined Japanese fleet, under
command of Adm. Togo, appeared off
Port Arthur at dawn Tuesday morn
ing and fjt one engaged the Russian
'forts and warships in the inner hnr
bor. Thirty Japanese have been ta
i At 1 o'clock. Tuesday morning -Ave
Japanese torpedo boats wero sighted
and the Russian land batteries and the
gunboat Glllak and the coast defense
vessels Gremlshlhi and Otvashnl open
ed Are and compelled them to retire.
.Immediately afterwards other Japan
ese ships were sighted on the horizon.
They were headed by a flreshlp,
which was sunk near the entrance of
the harbor at 1:20 a. m.
After an Interval of 25 minutes two
,more fireships came on and were sent
to the bottom.
At 2:25 four more fireships ap
proached. Three of these blew up on
our mine. Two o these sank immedi
ately and the other two fireships were
,sunk by the batteries and warships.
The protected cruiser Askold partici
pated in the firing.
Fifteen minutes later three more
fireships arrived. One of them blew
up on a mine, the second vessel was
wrecked on the shore and the third
was sunk by the Russian shells.
The Japanese attack still continues.
The crews of the Japanese fireships
which were sunk Tuesday morning
while attempting to block the channel
tried to save themselves by boats in
vwh'ich they put out to sea. A majority
of them were killed by the Russian
machine guns and. rifles. Some of the
survivors were picked up. At day
break a number of Japanese were seen
clinging to the masts and funnels of
the sunken vessels, and these were
rescued by the Russians. Thirteen of
the wounded Japanese have since died.
The Russians supplied the survivors
with food and clothing and the wound
ed were taken to the hospital ship
St. Petersburg, May 4. High Adm.
Grand Duke Alexis has received the
following official telegram from Vice
roy Alexleff, reporting the Japanese
attempt to blockade Port Arthur early
"I respectfully report to your high
ness that a fresh attack was made by
the enemy Monday night with the ob
ject of obstructing the entrance to the
port, and that It was successfully re
pelled. "At 6 o'clock Tuesday morning five
torpedo boats were perceived near the
coast from the eastern batteries. Un
der the fire of our wdrshlps and tho
batteries they retreated southward.
"At 1:45 o'clock tho first flreshlp,
escorted by several torpedo boats wa3
sighted and wo opened fire upon it
.from the batteries and the warships.
Three-quarters of an hour afterwards
our searchlights revealed a number of
fireships making for the entrance ol
the harbor from the east and south
west. Tho coast defense vessels Ot
vashnl and Gremieshchl and the gun
boat Sillak repulsed them by a well
"Altogether eight ships were sunk
by our vigorous cannonade, by White
head torpedoes launched from our tor
pedo boats and by the explosion of
several submarino mines. Further, ac
cording to the reports of the officers
commanding the batteries, and the
gunboat Slliak, two Japanese torpedo
boats were destroyed.
"After 4 o'clock a. m. the batteries
and warships ceased fire, subsequent
ly firing only at intervals on tho ene
my's torpedo boats which wero visible
on the horizon.'
"All the fireships carried quick-firing
guns with which they maintained a
"Up to the present 30 men, Includ
ing two mortally wounded ofllcers who
took refuge on a launch, or were res
cued from the fireships by us, have
been picked up. Tho inspection of the
roadstead and the work of saving the
enemy's men was hindered by the
heavy sea running. We suffered no
casualties. with the exception of a sea
man belonging to the torpedo boat de
"On tho appearance- of the first fire-
ship accompanied by the enemy's tor
pedo boats I boarded a launch and
proceeded to the Otvashnl to take im
mediate measures for repulsing the
fireships. With me were Lieut. Gen.
Zallnski and Capt. Eberhardt, of the
naval general staff. Lieut. Gen. Stoes
sel was on the fortifications at the
same time, and Gen. Loschinsky, chief
of the defense force of the forts, was
on board the Giliak."
THE ALASKAN BOUNDARY.
It Will De Determined By American
and Canadian Surveyors.
Vancouver, B. C, May 4. W. F.
King, Canadian boundary commission
er, is en route to Vancouver to ar
range for the dispatch of three Cana
dian parties of surveyors who are to
work Jointly witji the American sur
veyors in delimiting the Alaskan boun
dary under the London award last
year. Two Canadian and two United
States parties will survey the country
where tho boundary will cross the
headwaters of the Lynn canal, Chll
Kat river. A Joint party will make a
survey on the Stlkine. This will de
limit the more important district
through yhjeh the boundary will pass.
The total distance to be surveyed ex
tends about 550 miles from ft. t.
Ellas and south.
The Principal Streets of Austin, Tex.,
Austin, Tex., May 4. This section
and nil Central Texas was visited by
a terrific cloudburst Tuesday. The
principal streets of the city wero
wrecked by the flood and great dam
ago was done to crops in the fields.
A number of bridges w'ere washed
away and country roads will be im
passable for several days. Trains ar
riving here from the north came
through water six inches deep on the
track and the train crews had to clear
the track of drift at many points
Three railroad bridges and much track
were washed away in this immediate
A BRAVE WOMAN.
Fired the Contents of Both Barrels of
a Shotgun Into a Bandit.
Eureka Springs, Ark., May 4. Mrs.
Rena Rhiel fired both barrels of a
shotgun into a highwayman as he
stood on her porch Tuesday waiting
for her to deliver up her cash and
valuables. The masked bandit appear
ed at the Rhiel home a. short time after
her husband had started to town. Mrs.
Rhiel appearing to a acquiesce to the
robbers' demand, went to a closet, seiz
ed the gun and fired. The man fell at
tho first shot, but managed to get
away. Sheriff Morris and posse arp
searching the surrounding woods and
his escape In his weakened condition
is hardly posslbla
He Is Not a Candidate For the Vice
Washington, May 4. "Even at the
risk of being accused of declining that
which I probably could not get, if I de
sired, I answer most unequivocally ii
the nomination were tendered to me 1
would not accept it under circum
stances whatever." Thus strongly did
Speaker Cannon, in an authorized In
tervlew with a Post reporter Tuesday
emphasize his determination with ref
erenco to the vice presidency. As he
concluded dictating what he had to say
tho speaker added: "If there is any
language which can be more decisive,
write it in."
Fully 75 Affidavits Have Been Pre
pared at Ouray, Col.
Ouray, Col., May 4. Fully 75 affida
vits have been prepared here to b?
used In contempt proceedings to be in
stituted before Judge Stevens at Tellu
ride when the district court opens
there May 10. The defendants will ha
members of the Tellurlde Citizens'
Alliance and others who participated
in the forcible deportation of CO to 75
strikers from that city on the nlghl
of March 14 last Among those who
will bo named as defendants is Capt.
Bulkley Wells, of Troop A, Colorado
Roman Catholic Chaplains.
St. Petersburg, May 4. A Roman
Catholic priest has been assigned to
service as a chaplain with the army
and others will be appointed to serve
in tho far east It is estimated that
there are 10,000 Roman Catholics
among the troops. ,
Assistant Attorney General.
Washington, May 4. Judge Good
win, of Aurora, 111., has been selected
by Postmaster General Payne for tho
position of assistant attorney general
for tho post office department. Mr.
Goodwin is a constituent of Senator
COURT'S FIND JNGS,
The Report on the Cause of the
Accident on the Battle
BLAMED ON SMOKELESS POWDER.
An Unexpected Ignition of the Two
Sections of the Charge Then
in the Gun.
Rr. Adm. Walker Declares That the
Properties of the Explosive Have
Not Been Fully Understood
By Those Using It.
Washington, May 4. By order of
Mr. Darling, acting secretary of the
navy, the full findings and opinion of
the court of Inquiry which investi
gated the accident of April 13 on board
the battleship Missouri were made pub
lic at the navy department Tuesday
with the announcement that action by
the department was postponed pending
careful consideration of the findings
by Rr. Adm. George A. Converse, chief
of the bureau of ordnance, who will
make a full report on them. Textu
ally the finding of the court reads:
"That the cause of said accident was
the unexpected ignition of the two sec
tions of the charge of smokeless pow
der, then in the gun, by what is term
ed throughout tho proceedings a 'Flare
back,' a flame resulting from the igni
tion, In some manner not yet known,
of residual gases attendant upon the
combustion of the smokeless powder
now in use.
"That the flame from these sections
ignited the two other sections then in
the ammunition car and that a shower
of burning powder grains from those
sections in the turret was projected
down the open trunk which connects
the turret with the 12-inch handling
room, igniting there eight other sec
tions of the smokeless powder, two
charges of which had been taken out
of the magazines and were In that
place. That said accident In said ves
sel was on occasion named, In no re
spect due to fault or negligence on the
part of any of the officers or members
of the crew of said vessel.
"The court further finds that
every officer and man in said vessel
did his whole duty and In circum
stances probably the most trying that
can come to men afloat."
Rr. Adm. Barker, commander-in-chief
of the North Atlantic fleet. In his
review of the findings, declares that
the navy has a smokeless powder "the
properties or which have not been
fully understood either by those using
It on board our ships or by those who
make and issne It for service."
"Rapid firing," he continued, "has
brought to light some of these hith
erto unknown or dimly perceived prop
erties, but an exhaustive investigation
in laboratory and In experimental fir
ing on shore is still needed."
Adm. Barker says in the bravery
displayed by the ofllcers and men of
"The disaster was appalling, but it
developed heroes. History records no
more heroic act than that of Monsson,
who crawled through a hole into tho
burning magazine to put out the
flames. He calls attention to those
points brought out in the testimony:
"1. Exhaustive inquiry as to the na
ture of the gases given off by smoke
less powder which remain In the gun
or cartridge cases and whether or not
these gases can be prevented.
"2. Whether It be possible to ar
range the interior of turrets so as to
separate one gun from another, but
both from the handling rooms, making
accidents from exploding shell or burn
ing powder Improbable if not impos
sible THE NAVAL ACADEMY.
List of Candidates Who Passed a Suc
Annapolis, Md., May 4. The naval
academy authorities announced Tues
day the names of the candidates who
were successful in the recent examina
tion for admission to the naval school
here as midshipmen. Among the list
are: C. W. Adair, Ohio; H. A. Badt,
Texas; B. W. Bradfute, Indiana; F.
Cannon, Texas; S. Cochran, Texas; H.
R. Cooder, Ohio; K. H. Donavln, Ohio;
E. J. Foy, Arkansas; F. G. Hamilton,
Indiana; Hugh Henry, Texas; G. O.
McCauley, Texas; U. H. Madlgan,
Ohio; C. H. Nichols, Indiana; P. J.
Peyton, Mississippi; J. B. Shoemaker,
Ohio; O. L. Spiller, Texas; C. W.
Sproul, Ohio; P. R. Vandeber, Ohio;
C. G. West, Ohio; N. D. Wlllet, Ohio;
W. W. Wuest Ohio.
Seoul, May 4. Later reports of the
Russian reverses on the Yalu rlyer are
to tho effect that the Japanese cap
tured 28 small rapid-flre guns and 20
field guns. They also captured 30
Russian ofllcers and over 500 men,
many of whom wero hiding.
Threatened Contests Between Bradley
and Yerkes Did Not Take Place.
Louisville, Ky., May 4. The threat
ened contest between former Gov. W
O. Bradley and Commissioner of In
ternal Revenue John W. Yerkes, for
the control of the republican state
and central committee failed to ma
terialize at the convention Tuesday.
In two speeches which won him ova
tions Mr. Bradley declared for har
mony. He moved that the rules and
order of business be suspended before
the report of the committee on creden
tials should be announced and that Mr.
Yerkes, the temporary chairman, be
unanimously declared permanent chali
man. The same motion applied to the
retention of Samuel J. Roberts an J
Young D. Allison as permanent secre
taries. The motion was carried unani
mously after it had been held up for
some time by former Congressman
John D. White, who was finally howled
down. The platform adopted endorses
the administration of President Roose
velt, "which, following as it has dono
the policy of William McKinley, has
continued with unabated force the
marvelous prosperity with which our
country has been blessed since the re
turn of the republican party to power
Richard P. Ernest, of Covington, and
George M. Long, of Leitchfield, were
nominated by acclamation to servo
with Mr. Bradley, leaving one more
delegate at large to be selected.
Tho practice of previous state con
ventions having been to name a Ne
gro delegate at large, the remaining
position on the delegation was con
tested for by several of that race. Dr.
E. E. Underwood, colored, of Frank
fort, was nominated.
TWO DEATHS OF FIVE CASES.
It Is Alleged Yellow Fever Rages In
Sergent, Ky., May 4. Five cases of
what is said to be yellow fever are re
ported In the vicinity of Long Fork
creek, Eastern Pike county, near tho
Letcher county lino. Two deaths have
already occurred. Rev. Tandy John
son, aged 70, died from the disease
Monday night Frank Burk died there
Sunday. There are at present threr
other cases, two in the Johnson family
and one In the Burk family. Physi
cians have pronounced the disease gen
uine yellow fever, and the people of
the whole section are wrought up for
fear there will be a general spread.
It la said here that a traveling man
from New York,, who came here from
South America and traversed this
county during the latter part of last
month, Introduced the Infection.
Won the Debutante Stakes.
Louisville, Ky., May 4. MIbs Inez
Charles R. Ellison's Pirate of Pen
zance filly, won the Debutante stakes
at four furlongs Tuesday afternoon In
a driving finish with Imp. Lady Savoy
The others were beaten off. Five
horses started In the steeplechase
event and all fell but Volantlne, which
won. Nitrate, the favorite, fell at the
last jump and Leo Planter went over
h'm and fell on Jockey Schimmel, who
was astride of Nitrate. Schimmel's
right leg was broken In two places and
he was seriously Injured Internally
and may die.
Speed Will Case.
Frankfort, Ky., May 4. The will
case of the late Mrs. Speed, of Louis
ville, was argued before the court of
appeals Tuesday by Helm Bruce, Jas.
P. Helm, Ed. F. Trabue and ex-Senator
William Lindsay and submitted. Tho
heirs seek to break a will by which
the Methodist church inherits $225,000
for the endowment of educationnl In
To Break the Will.
Louisville, Ky., May 4. Tho trial of
Miss Bessie Irwin's suit to break the
will of her father was begun In Judge
Gordon's court. Miss Irwin declnres
she is cut off without a dollar. She
charges testamentary incapacity and
undue influence. The estate is worth
A Family Pet Attacks Child.
Newport, Ky., May 4. Irene, the 4-
year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam Smith, of C38 Robert street, wns
attacked by a water spaniel belonging
to tho family Tuesday morning and se
verely bitten in the face near the left
eye. The flesh was terribly lacerated.
Is a Raving Maniac.
Newport, Ky., May 4. Henry Weld
ner, former president of the German
national bank, of this city, is a raving
maniac and 1b now confined in tho
Newport city Jail for safe-keeping.
Continual brooding over the loss of a
fortune of about $17,00 tho cause.
Struck By a Train.
Covington, May 4. Henry Jackson,
25, colored, was Btruck by an L. & N.
train. at Pike and Russell Btreets, Cov
ington, shortly after 7 o'clock Tuesday
evening. Ho was severely Injured
about tho head and shoulders. It ta
thought his skuU .was, fractured.
A Conservatory in Agricultural
Building in Which 10,000 Na
tive Bulbs Are Planted.
WILL BE CONSTANTLY IN BLOOM.
Locomotive Laboratory Tests Will
Uegrin Daily in the Transportation
Building, World's Fair.
The Cancelling Machine In Exposition
Post Office Is In Operation First
Letter Cancelled Addressed
to President Francis.
St. Louis, May 4. A general demand
Is being made for photographic season
tickets to the fair. The price original
ly named for placing the owners pho
tograph on each coupon of the season
ticket book was $2, but considerable
complaint was made and the price was
reduced to $1. This met with general
approval and the sales up to Tuesday
have amounted to 8,700 season ticket
Tho cancelling machine in the
World's fair post office was put Into
operation Tuesday and the first letter
to be cancelled was addressed to Presi
dent Francis, from Farran Zerbe, chief
of the souvenir coin department. The
envelope bore a three-cent stamp de
signed especially for the Philadelphia
centennial In 1870; a two-cent stamp
of tho Columbian exposition In Chi
cago in 1893; a two-cent stamp of the
Trans-Mississippi exposition at Oma
ha In 1898; a two-cent Pan-American
exposition stamp from Buffalo in 1901,
and the Louisiana purchase exposition
stamp of 1904.
In the south side of the agriculture
building Mexico has a conservatory In
which are planted 10,000 native flow"
erlng bulbs which will be constantly
in bloom during the exposition.
During the exposition prominent or
ganists from all parts of the country
will preside at organ recitals, begin
ning the middle of May.
Locomotive laboratory testa will
soon begin dally In the transportation
building. Twelve sample locomotives
whose wheels rest on rollers will bo
run at full speed, each In turn by the
same crew. The tests will be con
ducted under the auspices of the Am
erican Societies of Mechanical Engi
neers. Announcement was made Tuesday
that exhibitions by the United States
life saving service under Capt. Chas.
H. McLellan will take place every aft
ernoon in Filipino lake, at the base of
In a letter received by President
Francis, Comte Engene Brunetla
d'Usseaux, secretary general of tho
International Olympic committee, and
the Italian representative of the body,
expresses his. regret at his probab'e
inability to attend the exposition at
the time of the Olympian games.
Ten states and two foreign countrlos
have completed their exhibits in tho
pnlace of education. The work on tho
remaining exhibits which are complete-are
Colorado, Connecticut, Ken
tucky, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota.
New York, Tennessee, Virginia and
The foreign exhibits complete are
Great Britain and Sweden.
The art woik of the higier trades in
the British exhibit is especially strllt
OPENING DAY ATTENDANCE.
The Total Attendance, 187,792; Re
cord Admissions, 178,423.
St Louis, May 4. Tho official an
nouncement of the attendance at the
Louisiana purchase exposition on April
30, the opening day, was made by
President Francis late Tuesday. Tho
total attendance was 187,792. Tho re
corded admissions amounted to 17S,
423. The difference between tho total
attendance and the recorded admis
sions is the number of invited guests,
employes, exhibitors, concessionaries
and officials, some of whom wero In
the grounds all night and others of
whom were admitted without having
passes through the turnstiles.
Named the Republican Party.
Milwaukee, Wis., 'May 4. News has
been received here of the death of
James W. Sanders at Kansas City,
Kan., who Is credited with having
named tho republican party at tho
small meeting held in RIpon, Wis.,
March 20, 1854.
Nominated White Delegates.
New 'Orleans, May 4. The lily whlto
republicans who have been recognized
as tho dominant republican faction In
Louisiana and who hold federal of
fices, Tuesday nominated an all whlto
delegation to tho national convention.
St. Paul,M!nn.,' May 4. Robert -A.
Smith, democrat, was re-elected mayor
Tuesday by a largo plurality over Col.
F P. Wright republican,