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LAST ATTACK ON PORf ARTHUR
JAPANESE FORCED BACK IN FIRST
ATTEMP AT FORTRESS.
Great Disappointment to Japanese
Generals—Band of Specially Trained
Swordsmen Made Vicious Attack in
Hand to Hand Fight—Fiercest Since
Beginning of Siege.
Tokio, Nov. 29. —Official advices
receired at the war office from
Japanese headquarters at Fort Arthur
■tate that the general attack upon the
fortress which began In 'tic afternoon
of November 2G is still in progress.
That day was one of disappointment to
the Japanese. Oenerais Nakaxnura and
Saito, leading specially trained bands
of swordsmen, charged Into the forts
utterly regardless of the withering fire
directed at them. Many of the attack
ers were shot in their tracks, but the
others continued the wild rush OTer
the bodies of the dead and wounded
and finally reached the parapets.
The attack was directed mainly
against the Sungshushan and Ehrlung
slum fortifications and the nortln in
forts of east Kekwanshan, (Simultane
ously other Japanese detachmeiiis
brought mountain and field guns with
in range of the points of attack.
While the swordsmen escalded the
parapets and hurled themselves
against the defenders, the guns shelled
the breastworks with awful results.
Head and wounded rolled down the in
clined approaches. Soon the attack,
Which was meant to be an onslaught
of such overwhelming force that it
would sweep the parapets clear of their
defenders, developed into a hand to
hand fight of such fury and fierceness
as eclipsed any that has occurred since
the beginning the siege.
The valor of the defenders might
well be termed unparalleled. In the
lace of the well aimed slashes of de
termined swordsmen and the havoc
wrought by the Japanese soldiers, they
gradually drove back the attackers.
Hundreds fell, killed or disabled. Rifles
were thrown away and swords took |
their place, and after a while even
these weapons became useless, so close |
was the fight.
As the evening progressed it de
veloped into fights of man against man,
hundreds of them locked in the dead
ly embrace at one time, the Russians
endeavoring to drag their antagonists
over the edge of the breastworks, the
Japanese straining every muscle to
hurl themselves, with their victims,
down the inclines leading to the Jap
anese approaches. When this state
had been reached the Japanese guns
became useless. A single shell would
have killed as many friends as foes.
Then the fight began to grow uneven
and the order was given to retire. The
losses on either side may not yet be
Sundance, Wyo.,Nov. 80.—The mys
tery of the disappearance of James
Grarett, a prominent ranchman, on
October 19 has been cleared by the con
fession of Willie Eriokson, a 19 year
old boy. Erickson confesses that on
driving off a calf belonging to the Er
icksons, he was met by Otto Erickson,
and commander 1 to release the calf. j
Gariett, in reply, knocked Otto from
his horse and attempted to shoot him
with a rifle. The boy was too quick, '
and shot Garrett three times. Garrett
fell from his horse, still alive, and the
Encksons dragged him into some
bushes and there cut his throat with a
knife, despite his appeals for mercy.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
Ivan" D. Lyons, known throughout
eastern Washington and northern Ida
ho as "Dad" Lyons, ,'has disappeared
at Spokane together with $2100.
Searcers have worked in vain. If
'^LriJ' and his money, had been swal-
OT^|)|vby an earthquake they would
Bmore securely hidden.
John Schaff, a laborer, aged 37, was
horribly erased in the railroad yards at
S pokane. Pyßioians say the injuries
will prove fatal.
It is said the large circuses of this
oountry will discard the large posters
in the future and do all their advertis
ing in the papers.
Simon P. Blood, pioneer of Pieroe
county, veteran of the civil war and a
Grand Army man, was drowned in a
shallow pool of water at Tacoma. The
puddle in which Mr. Blood met his
death is scaoely three inches deep.
General Jacob S. Coxey of Mount
Vernon, Ohio, celebrated as the leader
of the "Coxey " army has filed a per-
Boual petition in bankruptcy in the
l'uit*d States court. His liabilities
are given as $287,000. His ■mm* con
sist of a lot of shares of stock in differ
A tax on racing in England such as
is proposed, viz: on the French basis
would produce $10,000,000 a year
London, Nor. 29.-f No further news
has from Port Arthur been received be
yond reports from Shanghai that the
storming of the Russian
Very few of Admiral Togo's ships
nro now blocking Port Arthur.
I London, Nor. 29.— No further news
as from Port Arthur been received be
ond reports from Shanghai that the
forming of the Russian
Very few of Admiral Togo's ships
re now btoeking Port Arthur.
funerals Kuropatkiu and Hakharoff
re tending daily long detailed ac
counts of preliminary fighting, which
may turn out to bo the beginning of
another great battle, deciding the fate
With the Russian forces nt Shenk
ing.—The attack by the Japanese upon
General Rennenkainpff'i position on
November 24 resulted in three days'
lighting at the Tsinkhetehen.'near Da
pass. Though the Japanese have been
repulsed, the fighting still continues.
The Japanese have succeeded in plac
ing several big siege guns in position,
with which they will bo able to ser
iously harass the Russians.
The latest estimate of the disposition
of the Japanese forces is as follows:
Impulsed, fighting still continues.
he .Japanese have succeeded in plac
ig several big siege guns in position,
ith which they will be able to ser
usly harass the Russians.
The latent estimate of the disposition
' the Japanese forces is as follows:
One brigade of iufantry and five regi
ents ot cavalry, with a second line
of one brigade, between Bandioza and
the Hun river; two divisions of infan
try betwen Bandioza and Linshinpu;
one division between Linshinpu and
aodiaouza, one division betwen Liao
niaouza and Chinsandiza; cne division
between Chinsandiza and Kosangau;
one brigade between Kosangau and
Sunmuga, with a second line consist
| ing of one brigade and two divisions,
j one division at Bepupza; one brigade
occupying the country southwest of Be
pupuza as far as Chiugizi, with one
brigade of infantry and one of cavalry
us a second line. Behind ,the main
army are one brigade of infantry sta
tioned at Liaoyang, one at Yentai and
one at Tsiukhetohen.
Tokio.—lt is reported that the at
tack agiaust 203 Metre hill by the Jap
anese light artillery is sucoeeeding. It
is estimated that 90 per cent of the
work of the occupation of Port Arthur
will be finished 1 with this height in the
posession of the Japanese. No part of
the harbor of Port Arthur will then be
concealed from the Japanese.
Mukden, Nov. 80 —The activity of
the Japanese against (General Rennen
kampff'B front continued November 28,
culminating before noon in one of the
severest fights in recent weeks. The
Japanese retired only about 600 yards,
but after the fight the Russians col
lected 232 Japanese dead, all from the
Seventh and Ninth reserve brigades.
The Russians also captured a large
quantity of rifles, entrenching tools
and Red Cross stores.
Night sorties continue. Russian
soldiers prove very adaptable to this
work, and can go all around the Jap
anese in woodcraft.
On the night of November 25 a party
of Siberians sharpsho:ters went out
and captured every one of the guards
in front of the Japanese pwrty cutting
firewood without arousing the suspic
ion of the Japs that anything had hap
On the evening of November 27 a
party of Russian volunteers practically
out the'vlilage of Nnnganza, situated
at ( the foot of the double humped hill
opposite Poutilloff (LoneJTree) hill.
The Japanese had bet-u occupying the
a building in this village every night
and hampering the Russian sharp
shooters. Attacking the village in the
rear, the Russian volunteers drove the
out Japanese from the village early in
the evening, mined the buldiing and
retired. The Japanese subsequently
reoccupied the whole village destroyed.
The* Russian losses during the whole
affair were three men killed and 15
Chinese report that the main Japan
ese force is located at Shilikhe, on the
railroad, 10 miles suoth of Shakhe, but
it is impossible to estimate its number.
The Japanese, at close quarters, es
pecially during the night fighting,
usually use Russian words and phrases
with the object of misleading the foes.
General Linevitch has especially
warned the troops on this point.
San Francisco,Cal., November 30.—
In the greatest fight in years,"Battling
Nelson" of Chicago won from Young
Corbett of Denver in 10 rounds.
From the tap of the gong until Co -
bett's second* thiew up the ponge,
Nelson was the master of the situation
at every stage of the game. His in
fighting was a revelation and the most
brilliant ever witnessed in any ring
here. For the last three rounds of the
light Corbett was as helpless as a baby,
but he wobbled around groggily and
gamely until the rt«peated calls from
around the house to stop the light
caused Harry Tnthill to enter the ring.
The fight was over and a new man is
in line to vanquish Champion Britt.
Vegetable gums found on trees are
products of bacteria.
1 WORLD'S NEWS NOTES
JULLED FROM DIBPATCHEB OF
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
\ Review of Happenings In Both
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
During the Past Week—National,
Historical, Political and Personal
Events Tersely Told.
On excellent authority it. is stated
that the Japanese army has been or
dered tp renew its attack on Port Ar
thur and to take the main fortifica
tions at any cost.
Portland, Ore.—The National Grange
decided to hold the next annual session
in the state of New Jersey.
New York.—The Republic Iron &
Steel company has advanced the price
of bar iron $;< a ton. Their agents are
instructed to receive no business un
der $1.55, Pittsburg basis.
New York. —News has reached here
of the signing of a treaty between Peru
and Brazil looking to the peaceful set
tlement of the boundary disputes be
tween the two nations and the adjust
ment of claims arising out of the boun
dary line disputes.
London.—Joseph Chamberlain and
Mrs. Chamberlain are back in London,
having returned from Italy unan
nounced quite a few days earlier than
they were expected.
Chicago, —Joseph Well, suspected by
the police of being "Mr. Dove," charg
ed with the murder of Chauffeur Jo
seph W. Bate, cleared himself today.
At the Auditorium hotel, where "Dove"
ordered the automobile Saturday night,
it was said that Weil bore no resem
blance to "Dove."
Chicago.—Wallace Kirk, formerly of
the firm of J. s. Kirk & Co., soap man
ufacturers, is dead.
Spain has accepted in principle the
president's invitation for another peace
conference at The Hague, reserving
for further discussion the fixing of a
date for the meeting.
Cincinnati.—Thomas Bracken, who
was charged with complicity in the
murder of Samuel Weakley, a non
union molder, was held to the grand
jury without bail. Edward Trainer,
another alleged accomplice, was plac
ed under $5,000 bond.
Cherbourg, France. —Some Russian
transports and two torpedo boat de
stroyers from Skaw have anchored in
the the roads here.
San Francisco. —Professor Bernard
Moses of the University of California
created a, flutter at the recent
session of the' Pacific branch of the
American Historical association jby his
announcement that he does not con
sider the average woman suited to the
teaching of civics in the high schot^
St. Joseph, Mo. —George J. Gay and
son, Lester, who were held by Sheriff
Spencer for investigation in connec
tion with the murder of Mrs. Gay, were
The canvass of the vote in Illinois
shows the Roosevelt vote in the whole
state was 632,745, against 328,008 for
Parker, giving the former a plurality
of 304,737. In the city of Chicago
Roosevelt had a plurality of 109,894,
receiving 208,659. In Cook county, in
cluding the city, Roosevelt's vote was
229,849 and the Parker vote was 103,
London.—lt was learned that Wil
liam \\ aldorf Astor was the financier
who put up the money for the pur
chase of the Standard by C. Arthur
Pearson, proprietor of the Daily Ex
press and many other papers. The
price actually paid for the Standard
was $2,500,000, and not $1,500,000, aa
has been generally stated.
The metropolitan of St. Petersburg
has conferred a gold cross upon Rob
ert Morgan, the American colored bish
op, who has been visiting Moscow.
Colon. —Continuous heavy rains are
interfering somewhat with the inspec
tion of the canal zone by the American
congressional party. The party was at
Bohia Friday. The United States
cruiser Columbia is expected to ar
rive here tonight.
The rail and steel mills of the Illin
ois Steel company at Chicago, a branch
of the United States Steel corporation,
were ordered closed for an indefinite
period owing to the lack of business,
throwing 3000 men out of employment.
An official canvass of the Kansas
election returns shows: Roosevelt re
ceived 219,873; Parker, 84,800; Roose
velt's plurality, 126,073.
It is stated at Cheyenne, Wyo., on
good authority that if Secretary Hitch
cock of the interior department re
signs he will be succeeded by William
Richards, commissioner of the general
land office and former governor.
San Diego, C»l.—The destitution of
nearly all of the remaining Indians on
the five reservations, in the south
eastern part of this county, is well
authenticated. The Indians have been
starving and suffering greatly because
of lack of clothing.
Berlin. —Chancellor yon Ruelow's
Ijratem of reciprocal commercial trea
ties was not ready to lay before the
reiclistag when it opened Tuesday, be
cause an Mffeemeni had not yet been
reached with Austria-Hungary.
1 KILLED AT SUPPER TABLE.
Colonel R. F. Chaves, Prominent New
Alubuquerque, N. M.—News has
reached here of the assassination of
Colonel! R. Francisco Chaves, probably
the best known republican politician
in the southwest, at Pinos Wells, Tor
Colonel' Chaves was the guest of a
friend, and While they were eating sup
per a shot w;is Bred through a window
and the colonel fell from his chair
As soon as possible- a posse took
the trail of the assassin.
Fought Under Kit Carson.
Colonel Chaves was born in New
Mexico in ix:il. He was educated in
St. Louis university, and also attended
the College of Physicians and Sur
geons In New York. He served as a
soldier under Kit Carson in many In
dian wars Of New Mexico, and in 1861
was commissioned major of the Firs!
New Mexico infantry by President Lin
coln and afterward promoted to col
Mr. Chaves took part in several civil
war battles in this section, especially
In the battle of Valverda. In 1865 he
was elected delegate to congress and
served three terms. He had been in
the territorial legislative council con
tinually since 1 576. Two years ago he
aws appointed by the governor terri
torial superintendent of instruction,
and was named by the legislature of
litfl;' the historian for New Mexico.
These positions he held at the time of
TYPHOON ADDS TO HORRORS.
Shakhe River Armies Fight the Cold
and Each Other.
Mukden. Nov. 29.—A terrible storm
was experienced here on Saturday, and
residents expect, a repetition of such
weather, coincident with typhoons off
the coast, until March. The tempera
ture now is below freezing. The in
habitants of the leaky huts are in a
The war has reached BUCh a phase
that the interest of small skirmishes
is very slight. Everyone has been look
ing for a big battle, but though rein
forcements continue to arrive and both
sides continue to entrench, a general
engagement apparently is as far off
as ever. No one now discusses the sub
A number of commanders are drill
ing their men as in time of peace.
More interest is expressed here in
the fate of Port Arthur and its ability
to hold out against the Japanese than
in what is happening at close quar
There have been the usual small
skirmishes. Vilmanstranskis sharp
shooters took a Japanese advanced po
sition Saturday, driving out the Japan
ese at the point of the bayonet The
latter left 20 dead, and the Russian
loss was three. The Japanese attack
ed the Russian lines at several places,
taking advantage of a snowstorm on
one occasion, but. in all cases were re
The village of Erdago continues to
be the scene of frequent small fights.
The Japanese made a tentative attack
there on November 25, but did not at
tempt to push home the attack in the
face of Russian artillery fire.
BIG GIFTS TO SEMINARY.
Morris K. Jessup and Mrs. W. E. Dodge
New York. —The givers of the $240,
--000 to the Union Theological seminary,
following an announcement of its atti
tude toward the Westminster confes
sion of faith, are Morris K. Jessup and
the widow of William Earl Dodge. Mrs.
Dodge has pledged $120,000 for the es
tablishment of a chair for applied
Christianity, while Mr. Jessup, who is
a director of the seminary, has given
a like sum for the establishment of a
professorship of preaching.
Rev. Dr. James M. Ludlow of Orange,
N. J., a director in the seminary, today
denied that.the seminary had discard
ed the Westminster confession of faith
in any particular.
GRAND TRUNK ROAD A "GO."
Premier Laurier says it Certainly Will
San Francisco, N !9.-—Sir Wilfrid
Laurier, premier vnada, is here,
whence he will rt to Chicago by
the Santa Fe rout* s accompanied
by Mrs. Laurier i a on a tour of
recreation, followi. he recent elec
tion in the dominion an interview,
Premier Laurier Bf there was no
question of the c» ruction of the
Grand Trunk Pacific ilroad and that
the terminus of the jad would be at
Port Simpson, B. C. All the prelimi
nary details had been worked out, he
said, and the road would be pushed
Revive New Year's Card Custom.
President Loubet of France has di
rected the resumption of the practice
of receiving New Year's cards.
The rice crop project In japan is
good. It is nearly 43,000,000 bushels
in excess of the average crop of 20,000,
RECEIVED ON SHORE BY
Congressional Committee and Mr
Proceeded to Panama, WheJ'^
Were Greeted by President Am
and His Cabinet-Mr. Taft M *
Short Address. iket
Panama.—Secretary of War T^lPi
party has arrived at Colon on I" 1"1
the United States cruiser S.S?
Mr. Taft was received on st^
Vice President Arosemena ££***
Panama officials; General l>av ls -r
mander of the canal zone, and mLS"
Darrett. MiDl «er
After a conference with the Am
can congressional delegation Mr T,'"
went by a special train to'p an9
where he was officially received h
commission and quartered at theS
dence of Mr. Wallace, chief eB **
in charge of construction of th Pa
ma canal. He was received by pS*!
dent Amador and the Panama cabinet
Mr. Taft's Address.
After greetings had hem exchaneM
Mr. Tat! said: m
"It is a pleasure to bring the greet"
ings of the president of the lUnlted
States and to congratulate Panama
upon the propitious beginning of ?*
long and prosperous fife; in fact a life
that is to be a peaceful and one in
which the president and people of tne
United States are most willing "assist
ants. The United States has no in
tention in the isthmus other than to'
build the canal for the benefit of Pana- :
ma, the United States and mankind'
There is no desire to exercise further
power. I will, in the next few days ;
confer on those matters about which '
discussion has arisen, and hope to
reach a solution full of honor to both
"I have the great honor to present
the personal greetings of President
Roosevelt and expressions of profound
Amador Is Amicable.
President Amador in reply said:
"Your arrival in Panama, and the
purpose that brings you here, are the
highest honor this republic has re
ceived since it was born. The gov
ernment and people will know how to
appreciate this new proof of sincerity
with which the United States has de-
cided to distinguish us."
President Amador late^in the day
returned Secretary Taft's (hlcial call.
TRAGEDY FOLLOWS FIGHT. 1
/ , ■ ,< ■ .;?%:
San 1 Joun 9 l*
San, !t McGowan,
aged | ;; shot and instantly hi
killed : th, a retired capi- :
talist, . ~ 0 years old. The
murder j of a quarrel over
business"; y ■ > crime was com
mitted v, '..'which blew off
a portion . rg head.
After ki . an, Smith dis
charged th * iof his gun'at
James Beat fV man's friend
and employe. V d charge, how
ever, went w 1 3 through the
side of the sht the men were
standing. Inci NBm Butle
had a narrow t c was stand
ing near McGo\ $itthe* first -.■■
charge was fired,' fof the shots
passed through hi.
SECRET DIES H HIM.
Inventor of Fulmin&«* Mercury Cap*
St. Louis.— Harry Mills, inventor of
fulminate mercury caps, was instantly
killed at the plant of the Western Cap
& Chemical company at East Altos,
and the building in which he was wow
ing was blown into kindling wood. Vfe
For years he has carefully guarde
the secret of his invention, and alwW
worked in a little building which *
isolated from the rest of the plant ana
located in the woods. No one was *■
lowed to go near the building. -A 'jS*
It is not known whether he had p®^
divulged the secret of the expl°Bl^
but from what could be learned M«jU
chemical works It Is believed that »
had not, and that his secret died wi
General Andrew Net \*;S>**sM
Kansas City, Mo.—Brigadier ,^|;
eral Andrew J. Neff of this city, *
commanded the Eighty-fourth ■J^JJJl
volunteers during the latter PSEgftSJ
civil war and who was toTXp^o:%
prominent newspaper man M°wyf
clan of New York, is dead at WJ^f
tonio, Texas, aged 79 years.m?jg||
the father of Mayor J. H. Neß^jg**
sas City. ••..
Photographs of Russian Bal^.%sl
Paris.-The navy department^ ,
Washington will receive tni ■ .
large photographs of the la^jg»*fi
of the Russian Second Pacl"^cfl
ron, first sent out after the *™^M
the censorship which was m*
prior to the departure of tho,^.-#jijf