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INDIANAPOLIS, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 12, 1900-S1XTEEN PAGES.
another .message moM tub im.
PERILED ASIEniCAX 3IINISTER.
Comal MrWadft at Canton Notified
that the Situation of the Legation
era tn Peking I Desperate
STILL BESIEGED BY CHINESE
LOSSES SIXTY KILLED ANO AH OUT
ONE HUNDRED WOl'KDCD.
Whatever May Be the Outcome," Say
the Minister, "We Will Hold
RUSSIA'S HOVE A SURPRISE
WASHINGTON OFFICIALS SAY tT
.WILL JfOT AFFECT OUR FOLICY.
United States Has No Intention of Per
mitting Conger to Leave Pek
lns Under Chinese Escort.
REPORT FROM GEN. CHAFFEE
MANY OF THE ALLIES OVERCOME RY
THE INTENSE II EAT
No Action in Regard to China's Pro
test Against Landing of
Troops at Shanghai.
WASHINGTON', Aus. 11. Consul Mc-
Wade, at Canton, China, to-day cabled to
the State Department the main points of a
message received by him from Minister
Conger, at reklng. Consul McWade'i mes
Canton, Aug. 11. Conger, date
Augf. 10, Tsi-Nan, answering my
.message, says the legations are
under siege by the imperial sol
diery. The situation is desperate.
The losses of the legations have
been sixty killed and about one
hundred wounded. There is some
sickness. Nevertheless, the gen
eral health continues good. He
concludes: "Whatever may be the
outcome, wc will hold on indefi
Ths following cablegram has been re
ceived at the Navy Department from Ad
Taku. Aug. 7, via Che-Foo, Aug. 10.
Chaffee telegraphs from front, under date
of Aug 6: 'Yang-Tsun occupied. Casualties
about sixty in my command. Two marines
wounded. Many prostrated by heat and
fatigue. Next move yet unknown. General
commanding English at front telegraphs:
"Marched from Pei-Tsing nine miles toward
Yang-Tsun on right, Russians on left.
After rapid advance of three miles under
hot rifie and shell fire, our troops carried
first line of defense. Caaulties about fifty
killed, or dead from sunstroke." "
ONE ENCOURAGING FEATURE.
Legntioner Supposed to De Sapplied
rrlth Food Russia's Alleged Action
Special to the Indianapol! Journal.
WASHINGTON, Aug 11. The dispatch
from Minister Conger, made public to-day,
Is not in reply to any of the messages sent
to him by the State Department. He reit
crates that the situation of the ministers
In Peking is desperate, but declares that
whatever may be the outcome they will
hold on indefinitely. It is encouraging.
however, that he says nothing of a short
age of provisions. This tends to confirm
the stories from Chinese sources that the
cowager Empress has supplied the lega
tions with food. The attacks on the lega
tlon however, have not ceased, and, of
course, there is a possibility these attacks
may be successful at any time.
The rumor from London that the Czar
lias given permission to the Russian min
uter to leave Peking with a Chinese escort
and under a government guarantee of safe
ty is received here with surprise and in
credulity. Russian troops have taken an
active and gallant part in the advance of
the lilies, 3nd It is not believed the Rus
Man government will act independently of
the other foreign government engaged in
an attempt to rescue all the foreign dlplo
mats in Teking. The fact that the story
comes from London is a reason for doubt
ing it correctness. England hates and
fears Russia, and is always only too glad
to circulate stories, true or false, that will
hive a tendency to prejudice other coun
tries, and especially the United States,
against the Czar and his government and
WILL NOT HEED CHINA'S APPEAL.
America Will Take No Action Re
garding; Troops nt Shanghai.
Arsoctite! Press Dispatch.
WASHINGTON, Aug. H. It is stated of
ficially to-night that this government will
r ay no attention whatever to the latest ap
Veal from China, transmitted in the form
cf a memorial from the southern viceroys.
begging the United States to use its influ
ence against the landing of British troops
m tbs Yar.g-Tse -alJty.
This memorial was transmitted to the
Ftate Department thl morning Cy the Chi
ne rainUter. Mr. Wu. It urged upon thl
government the serious consequences that
would follow the landing of a British force
at ßhanshal and represented that the prep
arations already mad had induced a panic
among the resident Chinese and would para
lyze commercial activity in that part of the
empire almost as much as a formal declara
tion of war by Great Britain. This govern
ment decided that not only would it be en
tirely out of its province to interfere with
the British programme In southern China,
which was being carried forward by Ad
miral Seymour, on the ground with the full
knowledge of local conditions, but in view
of China's present recalcitrant attitude, and
the lack, up to date, of even an acknowl
edgment of our latest demand concerning
the safety of our ministers, the United
States was not Inclined to shoulder any ot
China's troubles with Great Britain or any
other of the powers. Consequently the ap
peal of the viceroys will be Ignored. It is
possible that the communication from. Min
ister Wu may be turned over to the Brit
ish government for Its Information, on the
general friendly principle that has been
adopted by the powers of keeping each
other Informed on the various developments
in the situation. Even this step, however,
has not been decided on yet, and will be
left to the Judgment of the President.
JAPAN NOT CONCERNED.
In connection with the proposed landing
of Adm.'ral Seymour's force, it may be said
that the report of Japan's opposition to
this move is without any official confirma
tion here. The Japanese minister, in gen
eral conversation, when the subject was
first broached, said that he had no informa
tion of any protest having been entered by
Japan. What developments subsequent
events might bring it was Impossible for
him to say. It may be said, however, aside
from Minister Takahlra's statement, that
Japan has up to data displayed no Jealousy
of Great Britain in the Chinese campaign.
Japan herself, It has been announced semi
officially, has no colonial ambitions.
Incidentally it may be said that the cor
dial relaUons between Japan and the United
States, aside from her participation in the
British and American advance on Pei-
Tsang, have been shown in her reply to the
State Department's advices concerning our
last note to China. This note was transmit
ted for information to Japan, as well as
to the other powers interested, .and the
Japanese government, promptly acknowl
edged its receipt and Indicated its friendly
approval of the stand taken by the United
States. While this acknoweldgement was
a mere official courtesy, Japan Is the only
one of the powers so far to give formal
expression of its concurrence in the action
of the United States.
The action of the Russian government in
authorizing M. De Giers to start from Pe
king for Tien-Tsln under Chinese escort
causes no little concern and surprise in of
ficial circles here, as It is diametrically op
posed to the course of the other govern
ments, although there is no disposition to
question the good faith which has Inspired
It. The officials say that its only effect
is to leave M. De Giers acting independent
ly and upon his own discretion. If he de
termines to leave Peking with a Chinese
guard and succeeds in getting through to
Tien-Tsln it at least will have demon
strated that this course is less hazardous
than has been supposed. The position of
the United States authorities is unchanged
in declining to entertain the idea of allow
ing Minister Conger to leave under Chinese
PROPOSED PEACE NEGOTIATIONS.
Up to the present time the Chinese lega
tion has not been advised of Lt Hung
Chang's selection as envoy to negotiate for
peace in behalf of China, but the report is
credited by the Chinese minister here, who
says that Earl Li is eminently qualified
to perform such service in case the imperial
government determines on such a course.
As stated, however, the fact that peace
overtures are imminent has not been of
ficially communicated to the minister here,
nor, so far as is known, to the State De
partment. A member of the Cabinet stated
to-day that the reported imperial edict
authorizing Li Hung Chang to sue for peace
was likely to have no immediate effect on
the situation. "It may be true," he said,
"and the Chinese may be awakening to a
realization of the situation. But neither
that edict nor anything else will bring
about a change in the present plan to push
on to Peking and rescue the legationers. I
do not apprehend that anything will occur
that will be sufficient warrant for stopping
the march on to the Chinese capital. The
ministers must be rescued first. We would
put little faith In any such step until it is
backed up by something more definite. LI
Hung Chang may Immediately put himself
in communication with some of the powers,
but it will not affect present plans until our
legationers are rescued." It was further
stated that this government did not have a
high opinion of the reliability of the Chi
nese statesman, and was not Inclined to
pin great faith to his acts.
The course of such a negotiation as out
lined to-day by an eminent diplomatist,
personally conversant with Peking, would
be along the following general lines. The
first move would be for a truce on both
sides during which hostilities would be sus
pended. But it is recognized that the pow
ers would insist as the first condition of
the truce that the initial action under it
would be the rescue of the ministers and all
other foreigners at Peking. To accomplish
that, it is stated by this diplomat, the
most advisable course would be to have
the International column proceed to a point
about two miles outside the east gate of
the imperial city and there camp, with a
distinct assurance from the commander that
no assault on the city would bo made. This
east gate is the nearest point to the place
where Minister Conger and all the other
ministers and foreigners are now located,
it being one and a half miles from their
compound The international force could
then wait for the imperial government to
deliver the foreigners to the camp of the
allied forces. It was stated by the diplo
mat who outlined this plan that lt was en
tirely feasible and that in the present
emergency it was essential that some such
means of meeting the complexities .should
be devised. It is realized that any plan sug
gested would be hazardous and open to
objection, but this one is said to have the
least features of substantial objections.
REVIEW OF THE DISPATCHES.
What Officials Say About Conger's and
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11. While the State
Department does not attempt to fix a date
upon which the latest Conger message left
Peking, the officials are inclined to believe
that it was one of the messages smuggled
out of Peking before the imperial edict was
Issued removing the restriction on the
transmission or cipher messages. The date
of the edict was Aug. Z. There is little that
Is new in the message, beyond the ominous
reiteration of Mr. Conger's statement that
the condition was desperate. The conclud
ing sentence of Mr. Conger's message, say
ing that the legationers are prepared to
hold on Indefinitely, no matter what tn
outcome may be, is considered gratifying
Intelligence, because it indicates that the
besieged ministers are not growing faint
hearted, and will stand out to the bitter
(CONTINUED ON SECOND PAGE-i"
MAY FALL OUT
EUROPEAN POWERS VIEWING EACH
OTHER WITH SUSPICION.
3Iny Clash Among Themselves Refore
the Trouble In the Ear East
Is Finally Settled
GERMANY WATCHING BRITAIN
DETERMINED TO C1IECK3IATE DE
SIGN'S IN THE YANG -TSE VALLEY.
Will Hare French Aid, nnd Hopes to
Secure Amerlcnn Support In Pre
venting Seizure of Shanghai.
FRENCHMEN NOT PLEASED
AVALDER SEE'S APPOINTMENT A I1IT-
TER DOSE FOR MILITARY SET.
The Idea of a German Generalissimo
Not a Pleasant Prospect Gen
eral Ncgrler Preferred.
LCopyright, 1300, by the Associated Press.
BERLIN, Aug. 11. The belief still pre
vails here that the allied forces have not
undertaken the Peking advance, and that
the recent actions at Pel-Tsung and Yang-
Tsun were solely meant to secure the
strategic tenure of Tien-Tsln against
the Chinese ' troops sent from Pe
king or from the south, as Yang
inatps both railroad and
river communication. The military authori
ties here also maintain that an advance on
Peking with the present forces, and lack
ing an officer in chief command, would be
equivalent to failure and enormous losses.
The Foreign Office wholly distrusts the re
liability of the news that Ll Hung Chang
has been empowered to negotiate for peace.
ana the German press coincides In that
The news received here that the United
States is satisfied with the appointment of
Field Marshal Count Von Waldersee to the
chief command of the allied forces has cre
ated deep satisfaction, as for a time it was
feared the United States might, with Great
Britain, object, thus frustrating military
The news cabled here that the United
States is now desirous of bringing about a
clear diplomatic understanding regarding
the intended extent of the expedition is
received by the Foreign Office favorably.
since the alms of the United States, name
ly, the re-establishment of order, the
awarding of damages to Americans for In
jury and guarantees against the recurrence
of similar ' events, tally precisely, so the
Foreign Office declares, with the German
programme. It is surmised here that such
diplomatic negotiations will not meet the
approbation, of Great Britain and Russia,
whose enormous sacrifices In . men and
money owing to the Chinese troubles seem
indeed worth some equivalents.
Regarding Great Britain's apparent de
feigns upon the Yang-Tse valley, particular
ly Shanghai, Germany will not allow their
realization, and in. this France supports
Germany and lt is hoped here that the
United States will also do so, since such
action contravenes the open door policy.
Germany, before long, will have a good-
eized force In Shanghai to checkmate
ingle-handed the British schemes there
The correspondent of the Associated Press
hears that a brigade of 5,000 men Is now
forming and will proceed to Shanghai for
that purpose and to protect German com
mercial interests in the Yang-Tse valley.
notably Shanghai and Hang-Chow.
The German press comment anent the
present situation Is very varied. The Lokal
Anzeiger deems it probable that Field
Marshal Von Waldersee will not be bedded
In roses in China, owing partly to the
manifest lack of harmony among the pow
ers, even at this early stage, and it be
lleves that before long quarrels will arise
between Russia and Japan, France and
Great Britain, and the United States and
Germany. It points out that the main dlf
ferences between the powers are "not of a
military, but of a commercial, character."
The Vorwaerts says the "irresponsible
China policy," meaning the Emperor's, has
thus far "carried everything before it,
adding that the "responsible policy of the
Cabinet has all along been annulled by
Several papers, among them being the
Hamburg Correspondenz, counsel the im
mediate seizure of the right Yang-Tse
shore by Germany in order to neutralize
Great Britain's attempts there.
The Germania and Cologne Volks Zelt
ung, the two leading Centrist organs, in
sist that the Reichstag decide on the pres
exit and future China policy to be followed
The prince regent of Bavaria, Luitpelz,
has summoned his Berlin delegate to the
Bundesrath, Count Von J.erchenfeld, to
take counsel with him regarding Article 54
of the imperial Constitution as to whether
it is admissible that, besides volunteers,
regulars may also be sent to China. This,
with a number of other signs, shows that
Emperor William's vigorous policy toward
China is by no means approved all around
A member of the Japanese legation has
informed the Associated Press correspond
ent that the Japanese government wel
comes the appointment of Field Marshal
Von Waldersee as commander-in-chief of
the allied forces, but the legation thinks
the rescue of the ministers will be finished
before Von Waldersee's arrival in China,
and is of the opinion that the allies will
not be able to advance without great dlf
Great Britain has answered Germany's
proposal of Field Marshal Von Waldersee
as commander-in-chief by accepting the
same, provided all the other powers do
A Tien-Tsln dispatch, dated Aug. 7, re
celved here to-day says that after the
capture of Pel-Tsung the German, Aus
trian and Italian forces returned to Tien
BITTER DOSE FOR FRANCE.
Appointment of Waldersee as Gener
alissimo Is Not Relished.
ICorrrlUht. 13 by the AsioelstM Pren.)
PARIS, Aug. IL Though official France,
when forced to a decision, will graciously
admit the superior rank of Field Marshal
Count Von Waldersee and acknowledge
him as generalissimo of the alllies in China,
the Paris press and French citizens will ac
cept the situation with a grimace such as
bitter medicine produces. Though year3
have passed, the time is not long enough to
efface the memory of the day when the
German troops marched along the Champs
Elysees, and so it is even thought an ex
peditionary force under a German com
mander will be sufficient to throw the anti-
republican press into qualms of resentment.
Naturally the government is the object
against which they hurl their anathemas.
La Libre Parole says: "Wc will b3 consid
ered a nation of the second part In fact,
a part of the German confederation," while
the Echo de Paris speaks of the humilia
tion of the French soldiers and the sacri
fice therein Imposed.
What makes the dose more nauseating
is the fact that General Ncgrier, on July
21, pleaded to be sent to China, but his
offer to go was not accepted. He outranks
Count Von Waldersee, and thus it would
have been permitted to France to hold the
leading office. The announcement in Berlin
that France acquiesced in the selection of
the commander-in-chief is at least prema
ture. No such acknowledgment has been
admitted, for so the Foreign Office informed
a reporter of the Associated Press, but
there is no disposition to stand but against
the other povers In consenting when Count
Von Waldersee shall have reached China.
"Thl3 hubbub," said a member of
France's official family, "is purely politi
cal and 13 not disconcerting. We have a
present duty to perform, which is the im
mediate relief of the Christians in reklng.
Surely none expects, in the face of the ap
peals for rescue, that the allies will camp
out while the ministers are telegraphing
urging immediate assistance. It will be the
middle of October when Count Von Wal
dersee arrives. Is there any one who coun
sels inactivity for that time? The cable
dispatch from our minister, M. Pichon,
leaves no question as to the advisability of
quick action, for it is evident that the dy
nasty is painfully anxious to rid itself of
the foreign ministers in order to arrest the
march of the allies on Peking. It is equally
certain that it means almost sure death to
all foreigners to order tho legations to ac
cept a Chinese escort which would prob
ably massacre them. We must march, and
all France's Influence must be brought to
bear in this direction. We need no gen
eralissimo to accomplish this."
Paris, which began seriously to doubt
that M. Pichon or any of the legation staff
was living, was Intensely relieved on
Thursday when the minister's message ar
rived. The tone of the dispatch was warm
ly applauded, as indicating that the offi
cial position of France was not one of ag
grandizement, but of simple regard of the
lives and property of the Christians.
The French consul at Tsung-Klang, wir
ing under date of Aug. 5, says: "Many mis
sions have been destroyed and some Chris
tian's killed, but the missionaries are safe
and sound. All is calm at Tsung-Klang.
The mandarins are doing all possible to
repress troubles and I believe they will
succeed. I am negotiating with Viceroy
Tche Li relative to the protection of mis
sionaries who, instead of assembling at one
place, should retire to the walled cities of
their respective districts."
M. Delcassc, the minister of foreign af
fairs, has forwarded two cipher messages
to M. Pichon, the French minister at Pe
king,, felicitating .JiLm on hh;'. attitude and
asking him to expedite any unrecelved
President Loubet, accompanied by M.
Delcassc, the minister of foreign affairs.
General Angre, the minister of war, and
M. De Lanessan, the minister of marine,
left Paris this evening for Marseilles to
present flags to the departing expedition
ary corps bound for China and to make
The Kolnlche Zeitung, at Cologne, Is au
thority for the statement that the Mikado
has wired Emperor William expressing his
willingness to place the Japanese troops
under the command of Count Von Walder
see The Fremdenblatt, of Hamburg, states
that Captain Karl Woklck, of the Austrian
general staff, has been attached to Count
Von Waldersee' s staff.
LIKE CR0NIN TRAGEDY
DODY OF A DEAD MAM FOUND IN A
SEWER CATCH BASIN.
Ghastly Discovery by Two Children
in 31 1. Auburn, nn Aristocratic
CINCINNATI, O., Aug. U. Two children,
romping carelessly on the side streets of
Mount Auburn, made a ghastly discovery
in a secluded sewer catch basin just before
dark to-night. It was the body of a dead
man with his head literally beaten to a
jelly with clubs. There Is no positive clew
to his identity. The police are searching
the city for missing men.
The murder Is supposed to have taken
place last Wednesday. The dead body had
neither shoes nor stockings. A new laun
dried shirt and collar and pantaloons and
drawers were the only clothing on him. Ills
dress indicated respectability. He was
about thirty-five years old. five feet seven
inches high and of brunette complexion,
with dark curly hair. These facts form the
only semblance of a clew to his identity.
As a mystery it is as suggestive as that
of Dr. Cronin in Chicago several years ago,
nnd it may develop a sensational story.
The astonishing circumstance about this
mystery is that the body was found on
Mount Auburn, where crimes of violence
have been unknown, and in a sewer within
two hundred yards of some of the finest
homes in that select quarter of the city.
"FRISCO SLIM" ARRESTED.
He Is Suspected of ft Da finer Bank
DorKlary lu Virginia.
NEW YORK. Aug. ll.-"Frisco Slim,
whose name is John Butler, suspected of
daring and sensational bank burglary in
Strausburg, Va., in which 313.000 was pro
cured from a blasted safe, was arrested in
Brooklyn to-day. Butler is suspected of
having been an associate in times of 'To
peka Joe." or Joseph Rapley. who was ar
rested in Portland. Ore., a week ago, and
brought to this city.
It was thought he was one of the men
wanted in Wiliamsburg. Va for a bank
robbery there May 23. when the burglars
worked at the sate while the town sur
rounded the bank armed to the teeth. The
men shot their way out and escaped with
rome thousand? cf dollars of tho bank's
money. The Strausburg affair was of a
similar kind. Butler Is charged with being
a fugitive from Justice frcra. yirgtnU,
31LRDEXI OF CHARLES LANE STILL
SURROUNDED MY MYSTERY.
None of the Robbers Who Killed nu
Express Messenger on a Penn
sylvania Train Arrested
MANY DETECTIVES AT WORK
CLEW THOUGHT TO HAVE nEEN SE
CURED AT PLAIN CITY.
Revolver Which May Have Reen Used
In Killing Lane Found Hid
den in a Bed.
STORY OF THE BAGGAGE MASTER
WHO SAW LANE ALIVE AT RICH
MOND, IND., AND GREENVILLE, O.,
And Who Noticed Several Strange Men
at Cnpell nnd Later nt Marble
Cliff, Near Colnmbns.
COLUMBUS. O., Aug. 11. The whole
country along the Pennsylvania Railroad
between this city and Urbana is being
scoured by officers in purpsuit of the men
who murdered Express Messenger Lane
and robbed, the way safe in his car last
night. Dozens of stories and rumors
have been sifted down and the officers are
apparently no nearer to a solution of the
mystery than when they started. If any
promising clews have been secured they are
being very closely guarded. All of the per
sons placed under surveillance to-day have
been released. The old man who flagged
the train at Marble Cliff was found and
gave a satisfactory account of his move
ments. J. F. Hamilton, a farmer who
lives at Raymond, O., called at police head
quarters this afternoon and confessed to
beating his way on the train from Milford
Center to Columbus. He claims he got on
the fro'nt end of the first car and found
two men on the platform. They got off at
Plain City. Hamilton thinks he heard shots
fired In the express car after the train
passed Marble Cliff, but his story is not
given any credence because the car which
he designated was not the one in which the
murder and robbery occurred. It was re
ported that ft trail of blood had been found
along the track near Plain City, indicating
that one of the robbers might have been
wounded, but the report has not yet been
confirmed. Efforts are now being made to
tret trace of a mysterious stranger who
loafed about Plain City for several days
and who disappeared the day of the rob
bery. Two men, one of whom answers .the
description of a Dayton crook, arrived at
Springfield at 3:13 this morning and their
peculiar actions excited suspicion. They
took an interurban car to Dayton.
It was reported Jate to-night that the Co
lumbus detectives working at Plain City
had secured an Important clew. The land
lord of the hotel there reported that a
stranger who had got oft the train on
which the murder and robbery took place
came to the hotel and secured a room. The
stranger was uneasy, and frequently
glanced furtively about him. Early Satur
day morning he got his breakfast and left
for Columbus. He did not register, and
his name is unknown. Detective Foster
went to the room with the landlord, and a
close examination was made of it. Noth
Ing in the shape of papers" or letters was
found, but in the bed, under the mattress
and hidden between the springs and bed
slats, was found a large bulldog revolver.
This is believed to be the revolver that
fired tho first shot into Messenger Lane's
back, the murder being finished later by it
and Lane's own weapon. A description of
the stranger was obtained. The police now
believe that Lane was shot before the train
reached Milford Center. A farmer residing
near that plp.ee claims he heard five shots
fired as the train nearcd that place. Con
cluctor Taylor ?s now positive that he was
mistaken about talking with Lane at Mil
ford Center. He thinks it was probably at
Urbana or St. Paris.
DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY.
Where Messenger Lane Was Probably
Killed Baggage Master's Story.
COLUMBUS. O., Aug. 11. Much mys
tery surrounds the killing of Express Mes
senger Charles Lane and the robbery
of his car full details of which were
printed exclusively in the second edition
cf Saturday's Journal. The murder
and robbery were committed on Penn
yylvanla passenger train No. 8, which ar
rived here from St. Louis at 11:40 o'clock
last night. Charles Lane, an Adams Ex
press messenger, formerly of Indianapolis,
but recently a resident of Columbus, was
shot and instantly killed shortly before the
train reached the Unjon Station in this city.
and the "local" safe was robbed of all the
money and valuables which it contained.
The robbers escaped, and. as they were not
seen by any living person, so far as known.
the affair is shrouded In mystery. How
much booty the robbers secured is purely
a matter of speculation. The safe robbed
contained only the packages of money and
valuables collected after the train Ifft St.
Louis, and the officials of the express com
pany Insist that the sum was not large.
All the money forwarded from St. Louis
and points west was in a sealed safe, which
was not disturbed by the robbers, probably
for the reason that they did not have time
The only bit of light thrown on the affair
Is by. John Fletcher, baggage master on the
Kain, who occupied the car. directly la Eie
rear of the one in which the murder oc
curred. As a result of his narrative the
police are looking for four persons, of
whom they have slight descriptions. Bag
gage Master Fletcher made the following
statement this morning:
"Lane was all right at Richmond, and
then again at Greenville. I saw him put off
and take on freight at Urbana. After we
left Urbana everything went well until we
rtached Capell, where wc made a stop. I
remember now that I heard talking there.
When I first heard the voices they appeared
to be coming along the train, there being
two or three of them, and one man stepped
on a piece of rotten wood, which attracted
my attention just before the train got un
der way. I thought the men were going
to get left. We stopped at Plain City and
Milford. and I heard no unusual sounds.
After we left Tlaln City I thought I would
wash up, and tried the door of the express
car. but found it would only move about
an inch. I concluded that Lane had freight
against it. We stopped at Marble
Cliff, and there I saw two men running
toward the train. One was an old man and
the other a young fellow. Both were
dressed in dark clothes."
DID NOT TOUCH SILVER.
Fletcher was able to give a sort of de
scription of these four persons, and the
police are trying to locate them. It is
claimed by the detectives that the men who
committed the robbery and murder were
perfectly familiar with the train and the
customs of the people on board. The ban
dits overlooked or purposely left a large
quantity of silver bullion and a number of
east-bound packages of value. They seem
to have been pressed for time In their
operations. After leaving Marble Cliff the
train made no stop, except at the Hocking
Valley crossing In the suburbs of this city.
The crime was not discovered until the
train pulled into Union Station here. When
Extra Messenger Sheldon, ot the Adams
transfer office at the station, went to the
car he was surprised to find the side door,
which is usually opened by the messenger
as the train pulls into the station, closed.
Pushing the door back Sheldon was startled
by the sight of Lane's body lying face down
ward In a pool of blood between the stove
and the side of the car in the forward end.
The body was found to have been riddled
with bullets and there were evidences that
a desperate struggle had taken place. No
less than eight bullet wounds were found,
three in the right side of the back, one In
the left side and four in the right leg. It
seemed that two of the bullets might have
been fired Into the man's back as he lay
on the floor. The bullets extracted were of
CS-callbre. The robbers had taken the key
to the local safe from the mesenger's
locket, opened the safe and looted lt of
everything of probable value. The key
was left sticking in the safe door. The
messenger's revolver, with two chambers
empty, was found in the safe, where it
had probably been laid by the robbers after
being wrenched from his hand.
The murder was probably committed just
after the train left Milford Center, twenty
tight miles west of Columbus, where it is
believed the robbers boarded the train.
Conductor Taylor saw and talked with
Messenger Lane there. When the body was
discovered here It was cold, and the blood
clotted, showing that death had occurred
at least half an hour previous. Lane had
washed and changed his clothes prepara
tory to leaving the train when attacked by
the robbers. , This be probably , did near
DOOR WAS LEFT OPEN.
The robbers had no difficulty in getting
into the car after boarding the train as the
end door had been left open on account of
the heat. The train made only two stops
between Milford Center and Columbus, one
at Plain City and the other at Marble Cliff,
the latter five miles out of the city. At
the latter place the train was flagged to
take on a passenger, an old man. The po
lice were first inclined to the belief that
the robbers got on the train at Marble
Cliff, but the express officials do not enter
tain that theory. They think it more likely
that the robbers got off there, or as the
train slowed up coming Into the city.
All the city detectives were immediately
sent out along the line of the railroad and
they are scouring all the neighboring coun
try. How many of the robbers there were
is not known, but it is considered certain
there were at least two. because of the
number of bullets fired into the body of
the express messenger. Early this morning
two tramps were found in a boxcar near
Marble Cliff and sent in on suspicion.
Nothing is known by the police here
about the reported arrest of four men at
Plain City, charged with the murder of
Lane. Three men were placed under sur
velllance there to-day to identify Hamilton,
the farmer, who later called at police head
quarters in this city and told his story.
The men were allowed to go as soon as
Hamilton's statement was secured.
The express officials still profess to be un
eble to make an estimate of the loss, say
ing that until the waybills from all stations
between this city and St. Louis have been
checked there is no manner in which they
can fix the amount.
CHARRED BODY FOUND.
All that Remained of One Train Rob
ber nt Goodland.
GOODLAND, Kan., Aug. 11. The charred
remains of the Union Pacific robber, who
yesterday escaped the bullets of the posse.
were found, to-day, in the ruins of the
house burned over his head. A hole in the
skull indicated he had shot himself to
escape the flames. The body of the robber
shot in trying to escape was to-day recog
nized by Denver officers as that of Y. A.
Dempsey, an old offender. The bodies will
be buried by the county.
J. E. Riggs. the hotel keeper, shot In yes
terday's fight, has email chance of re
covery'. George Culllns. the other member
of the posse who was shot, will recover.
Chicago Roard of Improvement
Charged with Dishonesty
CHICAGO, Aug. ll.-Formal charges of
incompetency, neglect of duty and unlawful
and dishonest collusion with contractors on
the part of members of the Municipal
Board bf Local Improvement were filed
with the Civil-service Commission to-day
by Alderman Frank T. Fowler, member of
the Merit Board. The commission agreed
to call an official investigation, and inter
esting developments, especially as regards
the assessment bureau, are looked for. The
following city officials compose the board:
Lawrence E. McGann, commissioner of
public works; M. J. Doherty, superintend
ent of streets; R. O. Burke, superintendent
of assessment bureau, ohn E. Erlscon. city
engineer. The charge are the outcome of
tne investigations made recently into
charges of fraud In the paving of various
streets, which have taken on a much Mdr
racg than actlcipate
TO QUIT PEKING
RUSSIAN MINISTER GIVEN PEIt.MlS
SlON 11 V THE CZA1U
31. He Giers nnd Ills Entire Staff .May
Go to Tien-Tsln If Their Safe
ty lie Assured.
MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER,
CONVEYING THE SAME NEWS FOR
WARDED RY CONGER.
Action of Ciar Based on Promise of
the Tnting Ll Yamen that Lega- '
tloners Were Free to Leave.
CONTRARY TO OTHER POWERS
WHICH HAVE INSTRUCTED THEIR,
3IINISTEUS TO AWAIT RELIEF.
Hulft Charged with Hating a J)cslr
to Annex the Whole of Man
churia to Siberia
RUMORS FROM SHANGHAI
PRINCE TUAN SAID TO BE PREPAR
ING TO LEAVE PEKING.
Little Fresh News Concerning the
Movements of the Allies Chris
tian! Stoned to Death.
ST. PETERSBURG. Aug. ll.-The Of
clal Messenger to-day publishes the fol
lowing: "The Foreign Office received a telegram
to-day direct from M. De Giers (the Rus
sian minister at the Chinese capital) from
Peking. The dispatch was evidently taken
by special courier to Tsl-Nan from thf
capital of Shan-Tung and was thenc tele
graphed Aug. 7 by the local yamen. M. Dt
Giers announces that the siege of the lega
tions continues, the besieged still havlnj
some provisions left. The Chinese gov
eminent proposes to transmit the minis
ters' messages and that they leave Ftking.
As the ministers had not sufficient guar
antee, they replied that they must receive
the permission of then governments befora
leaving the city." .
The Messenger then announces that the
Czar's approval has been given for M. D
Giers to start for Tien-Tsln with his en
tire staff and the marine guard, on condi
tion that the existing government at Pe
king and the Emperor afford them sure
guarantee that the journey can be under
taken without danger. At the same time
M. De Giers is expected to call attention
to the heavy responsibility the Chinese
government will incur should there be the
slightest Infraction of the vlolabillty of the.
persons accompanying them to Tien-Tsln.
Official dispatches report further mall
Russian successes on the Siberian frontier.
The Chinese have evacuated the country
round Kharbin as far as Slntehempc,
Ashekho and Chaulantehen. The capture
of Kharbin was very timely, the situation
being still grave, as, owing to the repeated
attacks which had to be repelled, there was
danger of the ammunition becoming ex
hausted. General Sakharoff has ordered
the fortification of Kharbin.
Comment on the Dispatch to 91. De
Glcrs Designs on 3Iancharla.
LONDON, Aug. 12. The Russian govern
ment's permission to M. De Giers and hit
staff to leave Peking under Chinese guar
antees, while the United States and other
governments tell their ministers to hold
out till relieved, is the subject of much
comment in London, where supposed Rus
sian designs are closely scrutinized.
A special dispatch from St. Petersburg
attributes to Russia the Intention to fill
Manchuria with troops and not to let go
that territory when the present ebullition
is over. The Russian War Office expects
to have H2.000 men and 212 guns in Siberia
by the end of September.
The Chinese minister. Sir Chlh Chen Lo
Feng Luh. in an Interview yesterday, sal 1
the ministers of the powers in declining
to leave Peking had undoubtedly compli
cated the situation, adding that if the allies
pushed on to the capital it might have the
effect of Involving the southern provinces
in great trouble. Only to-day, the minister
continued, he had received information that
the proposed landing of Indian troops at
Shanghai had already caused irrave appre
hension, and there would be an exodus of
Chinese merchants. If these troops were
landed, he pointed out, others, cf course,
would follow, and great conflicts would re
sult. The minister also said that If ths
powers had adopted his suggestion and
opened negotiations with Li Hung Chans
matters might have been arranged. The
movement of allies on Peking, the Chinese
diplomat further remarked, would endan
ger the foreign lives, adding that the tele
grams had already been received showlr.f
that trouble had arisen in this connect loa.
The only news Ust night relative to the
advance on Peking was found in a belated
Tokio dispatch of August 9. according to
which, after the capture of Yang-Tsun. on
Aug. C, it was arranged that two battalions
of Japanese Infantry, a squadron of cav
alry, a battery of mounted artillery and a
company of engineers should march, on
Aug. 7. in advance of the main body vt
allies and occupy a!-Tun, five ir.lli
north of Yang-Tsun. Other dl.patches
merely repeat the details of the capture of
Yang-Tsun. One cable ravage credits the
Emperor of Korea with giving permission
for the laying of a cable between Taku and
V Yokohama dlpatch et the data of, Au,