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LAST ATTACK ON FOR f ARTHUR
JAPANEBE 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. -'.• -official advices
received at the war office from
Japanese headquarters at' Port Anhur
state that the general attack upon the
fortress which began in the afternoon
of November 16 is still in progress.
That (lay was one of disappointment to
the Japanese. Qeaerala Nakamura and
Baito, leading .specially trained bands
of swordsmen, charged into the fort ß
utterly regardless of the withering (ire
directed at them. Many of the attack
era were shot in their tracks, but the
others continued the wild rush over
the bodies of the dead and wounded
and finally reached the parapets.
Tin- attack was directed mainly
against the Bungshuaban and Ebrlung
shan fortifications and the northern
forts of east Kekwanshan. Simultane
ously other Japanese detachments
brought mountain and field guns with
in range of the points of attack.
While the swordsmen escalded 'he
parapets and hurled themselves
against the defenders, the guns shelled
the breastworks with awful results.
Dead 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 j
as eclipsed any that has occurred since
the beginning the siege.
The valor of the defenders might
well be termed unparalleled. In the
face 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
(irarett, a prominent ranchman, on
October 1!) has been cleared by the con
fession of Willie Ericksou, a 1!) year
old boy. Erickson confesses that on
driving off a calf belonging to the Er
icksons, he was met by Otto Erickson,
and commanded to release the calf,
(iariett, 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. Garrott
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
"Dad" and his money, had been swal
lowed by an earthqnake they would
not be more securely hidden.
John Schaff, a laborer, aged 37, was
horribly erased in the railroad yards at
S pokane. Pysioiaus say the injuries
will prove fatal.
It is said the large circuses of this
country 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 wax and a
(Irand Army mad, was drowned in a
shallow pool of water at Tacoma. The
paddle in which Mr. Blood met his
death is scacely three inches deep.
General Jacob S. Coxey of Mount
Veruon, Ohio, celebrated as the leader
of the "Coxey " army has filed a per
sonal petition in bankruptcy in the
United States court. His liabilities
are given as $:£87,000. His MMfti 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, Nov. 29. —N0 farther 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
are now blocking Port Arthur.
(Generals Kuroputkiu and Sakharoff
are sending daily long detailed ac
counts of preliminary fighting, which
may turn out to be the beginning of
another great battle, deciding the fate
With the Russian forces at Shenk
ing.—The attack by the Japanese upon
General Rennenkampff'a position on
November 24 resulted in three days'
fighting at the Tsinkhetchen.'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 be able to ser
iously harass the Russians.
The latest estimate of the disposition
■ of the Japanese forces is as follows:
One brigade of infantry and five regi
ments Ol cavalry, with a second line
of one brigade, between Bandioza and
the Hun river; two divisions of infan
| try bet wen Bandioza and Linshinpn;
one division between Linshinpu and
Liaodiaouza, one division betweu Liao
diaouza and Chinsandiza; cne division
between Chinsandiza and Kosangau;
one brigade between Kosangaa and
Sunmuga, with a second line consist
ing of one brigade and two divisions,
one division at Bepupza; one brigade
occupying the country southwest of Be
pnpnza as far as Chingizi, with one
brigade of infantry and one of cavalry
as a second line. Behind,.the main
army are one brigade of infantry sta
tioned at Liaoyang, one at Yentai and
one at Tsiukhetchen.
Tokio.— lt is reported that the at
tack agianst 208 Metre hill by the Jap
anese light artillery is succeeeding. It
is estimated that 90 per cent of the
work of the occupation of Port Arthur
will be finished with this height in the
POSeaaiop, of the Japanese. No part of
the harbor of Port Arthur will then be
concealed from the Japanese.
Mukden, Nov. 30 —The activity of
the Japanese against General Rennen
kampff's 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 prcrty 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 Nanganza, situated
at the foot of the double humped hill
! opposite Poutilloff (Lone jTree) hill.
The Japanese had been occupying the
a building in this village every night
and hampering the Russian sharp-
I shooters. Attacking the village in the
rear, the Russian volunteers drove the
out Japanese from the village early in
the evening, mined the bnldiing and
retired. The Japanese subsequently
reoccupied the whole village destroyed.
The* Russian losses during the whole
affair were three men killed aud Ift
Chinese report that the main Japan-
I ese force is located at JShilikhe, ou the
railroad, 10 miles suoth of Shakhe, but
it is impossible to estimate its number.
The Japanese, at close quarters, es
pecially daring the night fighting,
usually use Russian words and phrases
with the object of misleading the foes.
(Mineral Linevitch has especially
warned the troops on this point.
Sau Francisco,Cal., November 30.—
In the greatest fight in years,"Battling
Nelson" of Chicago woo from Young
Corbett of Denver in 10 rounds.
From the tap of the gong until Co -
bett's seconds 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
fight Corbett was as helpless as a baby,
but he wobbled around groggily and
gamely until the repeated calls from
around the house to stop the fight
caused Harry Tuthill to enter the rin^.
The fight was over and a new man is
in line to vanquish Champion Britt.
Vegetable gums found on trees are
products of bacteria.
IHt WORLD'S NEWS NOTES
;ULLED FROM DISPATCHES OF
THE ASSOCIATED PREBB.
\ Review of Happening* in Both
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
During the Past Week—National,
Historical, Political and Personal
Events Tersely Told.
On excellent authority it is stated
ilia, the Japanese army lias been or
dered t" renew its attack on Poll Ar
thur and to take the main fortifica
tions at any cost.
Portland, Ore. —The National Grange
decided to hold the next animal session
in the stale of New Jersey.
New fork.— The Republic Iron &
Steel company has advanced the juice
of bar mm $;} a ton. Their agents are
Instructed to receive no business un
der $1.55, PlttflVurg 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 Weil, suspected by
the police of being "Mr. Dove," charg
ed with the murder of Chauffeur Jo
seph W. Hate, 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 tirm 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!*Uiff.versity of California
created quite a flutter at the recent
session of the Pacific branch of the
American Historical association by his
announcement that he does not con-
Bider the average woman suited to the
teaching of civics in the high school.
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 inn 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 $2,500,01)0, and not $3,500,000, as
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 1-Yiday. 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, Cal.—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 Buelow's
system of reciprocal commercial trea
ties was not ready to lay before the
rcii hstag when it opened Tuesday, be
cause an agreement had not yet been
reached with Austria-Hungary.
KILLED AT BUPPER 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 Finos Wells, Tor
Colonel Chaves was the guest of a
friend, and while they were eating sup
per a shot was fired 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 ('haves was born in New
Mexico in LBBI. He was educated in
St. Louis university, and also attended
.the College or 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 First
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 IS7<i. Two years ago he
aws appointed by the governor terri
torial superintendent of instruction,
and was named by the legislature of
1903 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 nuts are in a
pi table condition.
The war has reached such 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 G^TS 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, Nov. 29. —Sir Wilfrid
Laurier, premier of Canada, is here,
whence he will return to Chicago by
the Santa Fe route. He is accompanied
by Mrs. Laurier and is on a tour of
recreation, following the recent elec
tion in the dominion. In an interview.
Premier Laurier said there was no
question of the construction of the
Grand Trunk Pacific railroad, and that
the terminus of the road 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 Prance 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 HIGH
Congressional Committee and Mr. Taft
Proceeded to Panama, Where They
Were Greeted by President Amador
and His Cabinet—Mr. Taft Makes
Panama.—Secretary of War Taft and
party has arrived at Colon on board
the United States cruiser Columbia.
Mr. Taft was received on shore by
Vice President Arosemena and other
Panama officials; General Davis, com
mander of the canal zone, and Minister
After a conference with the Ameri
can congressional delegation, Mr. Taft
went by a special train to Panama,
where he was officially received by a.
commission and quartered at the resi
dence of Mr. Wallace, chief engineer
in charge of construction of the Pana
ma canal. He was received by Presi
dent Amador and the Panama cabinet.
Mr. Taft's Address.
After greetings bad been exchanged
Mr. Taft said:
"It is a pleasure to bring the greet
ings of the president of the United
States and to congratulate Panama
upon the propitious beginning of a
long ami prosperous life; in fact, a life
that is to be a peaceful and one in
which the president and peopje of tne
United States are most willing assist
ants. The United States lias 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
Rooaevelt 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 later in the day
returned Secretary Taft's official call.
TRAGEDY FOLLOWS FIGHT.
San Francisco Man Kills Young As
San Francisco. —Joseph McGowan,
aged 28 years, was shot and instantly"
killed by Joseph Smith, a retired capi
taljst, who is about 60 years old. The
murder was the result of a quarrel over
business matters. The crime was com
mitted with a shotgun, which blew off
a portion of McGowan's head.
After killing McGowan, Smith dis
charged the other barrel of his gun at.
James Beatty, the dead man's friend
and employe. The second charge, how
ever, went wild and tore through the
side of the shed in which the men were
standing. Incidentally, William Butle
had a narrow escape. He was stand
ing near McGowan when the first
charge was fired, and one of the shots
passed through his coat.
SECRET DIES WITH HIM.
nventor of Fulminate Mercury Caps
St. Louis. —Harry Mills, inventor o£
fulminate mercury caps, was instantly
killed at the plant of the Western Cap
& Chemical company at East Alton,
and the building in which he was work
ing was blown into kindling wood.
For years he has carefully guarded
the secret of his invention, and always
worked in a little building which was
isolated from the rest of the plant and
located in the woods. No one was al
lowed to go near the building.
It is not known whether he had ever
divulged the secret of the explosive,
but from what could be learned at the
chemical works it is believed that he
had not, and that his secret died with
General Andrew Neff Is Dead.
Kansas City, Mo.—Brigadier Gen
eral Andrew J. Neff of this city, who
commanded the Eighty-fourth Indiana
volunteers during the latter part of the
civil war and who was formerly a
prominent newspaper man and politi
cian of New York, is dead at San An
tonio, Texas, aged 79 years. He was
the father of Mayor J. H. Neff of Kan
Photographs of Russian Baltic Fleet.
Paris.—The navy department at
Washington will receive this week
largo photographs of the larger ships
( of the Russian Second Pacific squad
ron, first sent out after the removal of
the censorship which was maintained
prior to the departure of the last ships.