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LAST EDITION. WEDNESDAY E VEXING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JULY 11. 1900. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. W V 7 r I CONSTANT FIGHTING. Chinese Give the Allies No Rest at Tien Tsin. Foreign Troops Defending the City Becoming Exhausted. LOSSES ARE HEAVY. Russians Burled 200 Men in One Day. Rain Saved the Allied Army From Annihilation. Little Confidence Felt Regard ing Safety of the Ministers. London, July 11, 2:02 p. m. Although Shanghai today repeats the statement that both the emperor and dowager empress are alive and telegrams from Chinese officialdom again testify to the safety of the legations, the assertions no longer stimulate hope here and pes simism will prevail as long as the au thorities,, who, on their own showing, are able to get messages to the coast, fail to send confirmation of the safety of the foreigners from some member of a legation at Pekin. London sees in the disappearance and reappearance of prominent people at Pekin and the ef forts apparently to shift the blame from one to the other and in the attempts to represent themselves as victims instead of principals in the recent oc currences only preparations for alibis and defenses in view of the approach of the troops of the powers and the tragedy they may discover on reaching the Chinese capital. According to a dispatch from Shanghai, the fighting at Tien Tsin, July 6. was the heaviest that has yet occurred, the Russians alone burying 200 men. The allies are becoming ex hausted by constant fighting. A dispatch from Canton says Li Hung Chang1 is keeping excellent order there. Robbers and pirates are executed pub licly and frequently, and the people are cowed and afraid to disturb the peace. - FROM ADMIRAL RE5IET. Washington, July 11. The following cablegram has been received at the navy department from Admiral Remey: "Che Foo, July 10. Secretary Navy: Arrived yesterday. Two battalions Ninth infantry and one battalion ma rines. Colonel Meade, landed today to proceed to Tien Tsin. Allied forces at Tien Tsin engaged in maintaining their defenses. Ordered Solace here to take sick and wounded to Yokohama hos pital. Oregon proceed soon to dock at Kure towed by chartered steamer and convoyed by Nashville. Just learned from Admiral Seymour at Tien Tsin, foreigners are hard pressed. 'REMEY." NEW CHUANG BURNED. New York, July 11. A dispatch to the Herald from Che Foo says: The steamer chartered by the Ameri can consul to rescue missionaries has returned from its third trip, bringing fifteen Catholics and six Americans. The latter were the Rev. W. B. Ham ilton and the Rev. H. Perkins and wife, from Chinan Fu. and the Rev. C. Ma tter and Prof. Mason Wells, wife and child, from Teng Chow Fu. The missionaries report that at Yang Hi Kwo, where they embarked, the box ers collected and threatened them. Na tive Christians were suffering great persecution. The American refugees are leaving here for Japan at every op portunity. The situation at Tien Tsin and Che Foo is unchanged. No newa reaches here from Pekin. Dissatisfaction is expressed by the British residents here at the refusal of the British admiral to station a war ship in the harbor. They are grateful to the American government for the Nashville, which is here almost con tinuously. But for the Nashville Che Foo would often be without any protec tion. Many other warships visit here, but none stay. A steamer' which has just arrived re ports that the' native city of New Chwang has been burned. A dispatch to the Herald from Shanghai says. An edict of the empress dowager, pro mulgated on June 30, has just been pub lished in Shanghai. Her majesty ex presses sorrow for the death or Baron von Ketteler. the German minister.who, she says, went ta the Tsung Li Yamen on the day of his death against her wishes. Her majesty expresses regret that the capture of the Taku forts should have complicated matters, but orders that the boxers be suppressed and the for eign legations in Pekin protected. The whole tone of the edict protected. " The foreigners blamable for the gravity of the crisis. Two hundred and fifty white refugees from Tien Tsin have arrived in Shang bai. ALMOST A DISASTER. London, July 11. No authentic news from Pekin, is still the burden of the dispatches from the far east, and al though the disposition is to believe the optimistic reports from Chinese sources, no real confidence is possible until the legations are permitted to communicate with their governments. If, as alleged, the boxer movement is losing ground In Pekin, it might have been supposed that the boxers would have endeavored to send, up reinforcements from Tieti Tsin, but instead of that they are still in great force in the neighborhood of the latter place and are assisted by the Chi nest Imperial troops, with ample, ef ficient artillery. According to a Che Foo dispatch, the fighting around Tien Tsin on the 3d and 4th, was the severest yet experienced. The British losses alone were 30 killed or wounded. The Chinese had 75.000 men attacking simultaneously from the west, north and east and made excellent practice with over 100 guns. The defenders numbered 14.000 with scant supplies, and it was only the pres ence of newly arrived Japanese and Russian guns that prevented a disaster. One report is ViTkt a Russian company of infantry, numbering 120 men, had 115 killed or wounded. The German contin gent also suffered heavily. By the even ing of the 4th the situation was very critical. The allies narrowly escaped to tal defeat. Providentially, when things were at their worst a torrential rainfall compelled the Chinese to retire. On July 6, the rain b u ing abated, the Chinese renewed the attack, opening fire on Tien Tsin with two batteries of four inch guns but the allies aided by two of H. M. S. Terrible's 4.7 guns suc ceeded in silencing the artillery after eight hours' fighting. At Shanghai it seems to be the gen eral belief that the date of the dispatch of July 2 asserting that two legations were still standing out, was an error, either accidental or intentional. The couriers must have left Pekin at least five days earlier, making the real date of the message June 28, while alleged massacres are said to have occurred on June 30. Until this point can be cleared up the greatest anxiety will be felt as to the fate of the Europeans. CHINA DISCLAIMS RESPONSI BILITY. Washington, July 11. Wu Ting Fang, the Chinese minister to this country, came to the state department in person this morning and delivered to Secretary Hay, a copy of a cablegram received by him purporting to be from the Chinese imperial government, believed to have originated at the Chinese war depart ment, disclaiming responsibility on the part of the imperial government for the boxer troubles, and asserting that the engagement at Tien Tsin was the direct result of the bombardment of Taku forts by the foreigners. OUT OF DANGER JULY 4. Berlin, July 11. The German consul at Che Foo telegraphs that the gover nor of Shan Tung announces that,- ac cording to reports on July 4, the foreign ministers at Pekin were out of danger, and the revolt was decreasing. BRITISH ARMY OF 100,000. London, July 11. It has been learned by the Associated Press that the British government is making arrangements to send 100.000 troops from India to China in the autumn. UNCEASING BOMBARDMENT. Berlin, July 11. The German consul at Tien Tsin cables that the foreign set tlements were continually bombarded by the Chinese from July 5 to July 8. On July 6. 2.000 boxers attacked the French settlement and were routed by the Russians. The British and Japa nese forces, July 7, bombarded the Chi nese batteries. Toward evening Chinese shells penetrated the roof of the German consulate and caused an outbreak of fire, which was extinguished after slight damage had been done. On July 6, the Peipeng sailed for Taku with the Ger man wounded. River communication between Tien Tsin and Taku has been safe since the Chinese fort midway be tween the two towns was captured. The railroad from Tong Ku has been repair ed to within three miles of Tien Tsin. Nearly all the families of foreigners left Tien Tsin for Taku Julv 4. VON KETTELER'S "SUCCESSOR. Berlin, July 11. Dr. Mumm von Schwarzenstein, the envoy extraordi nary of Germany to the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, has been appointed min ister in China for Germany in succes sion to the late Baron von Ketteler. Ho starts for the far east in a few days accompanied by Baron von der Goltz. ORPHANAGE PILLAGED. Paris. July 11. At a cabinet council today the minister of foreign affairs, M. Delcasse, read a telgram from To kio, confirming the news that Japan will send immediately to Taku a com plete division of 19,000 men. A dispatch from Che Foo, dated July 7, says the orphange at Shan Tung has been pil laged. LI HEARS FROM PEKIN. Paris. July 11. The Chinese minister here informed M. Delcasse today that Li Hung Chang had cabled him from Canton, under yesterday's date, saying that he had Just received a telegram from Pekin asserting that the soldiers, and rebels who surrounded the lega tions had gradually dispersed. INDIANS REBEL Against the Exactions of the Schoolmaster at Ft. Mojave. Needles, Cal., July 11. Since the clos ing of the term of school last week at Fort Mojave there has been much trouble between the Indians and the superintend ent, Major J. J. McKoin. It seems that the parents of the Indian scholars think the children should be permitted to come home at the close of the school term, but Major McKoin insists that they shall re main at work on the school farm. Re cently the Indian boys ran away from the fort and Superintendent McKoin with his deputies has been trying to capture them and take them back. Saturday McKoin and a deputy went to a camp three miles from The Needles to take a boy and were set upon by the In dians and terribly beaten. Four Indians have been arrested and placed in Jail and hundreds of Mojaves have gathered here. It is feared that trouble of a serious na ture may occur. TREASURE TRAIN On the B. & 0. Nearly Wrecked by Robbers. Philadelphia, July 11. According to officials of the Baltimore & Ohio rail way, a deliberate attempt to wreck the Washington express bearing $3,900,000 In gold to the sub-treasury in New Tork'came near being successful early today at Folsom, a short distance out side of this city. The train consisted of two sleepers, two day coaches and three baggage cars, and left Washing ton at 11:30 last night. It was due here at 3:10 this morning. An open switch at Folsom overturned the engine and de railed the three baggage cars, but no one was injured. Examination disclosed the fact that the switch had been tampered with, for the apparent purpose of wrecking a train. Whether it was done with the intention of wrecking the express bear ing the currency can only be conjec tured. The railroad officials have placed detectives on the case, and have offered a reward of $300 for the arrest or conviction of those tampering with the switch. It required considerable time to get the derailed cars back, on the tracks. Mortgage For $75,000,000. Savannah. Ga.. July 11. The Seaboard Air line has filed in the courts here a mortgage tor $75,000,000. The mortgage is to cover the issue of fiftv year 4 per cent gold bonds and executed to the Continen tal Trust company, of Baltimore, Md. Weather Indications. Chicago, July 11. Forecast for Kan sas: Probably fair tonight and Thurs day; high maximum temperatures; light variable winds. VERY HOPEFUL. The Republican State Central Committee Meets. Roseate Views Entertained by the Tarious Members. CLAIM 25,000 MAJORITY Various Lists Presented in Executive Session Showing Voters Asserted to Have Changed Politics. No Inner Circle of Committee men This Year. At the meeting of the Republican state committee last night there was a large attendance. Every member of the state committee, the chairmen of the congressional com mittees and the state officers read to the committee meeting lists of men who have said to have renounced the faith of the Populists and have declared their intention of supporting M.cKinley and the state administration. With the exception of a very small number of counties, in the western part of the state from which no reports have been received every county in the state, according to the members of the com mittee here last night, is now able to report a number of changes in the atti tude of its voters. Where a Democrat or fusionists announces his Intention of supporting the McKinley ticket in Kan sas, this means a change of two votes in the general result. That is, the op position loses one and the Republicans gain one and the opposite rule i3 also true. " The members of the state committee, claimed that in their opinion expressed in and out of the meeting last night, that the majority this year, based upon the figures now at hand, will not fall below 25,000, but is likely to be much larger. The Republican state committee haa two strings to its campaign bow either one of which they believe is taut enough to win with. One is the McKinley pros perity; the other is the record of the present state administration. According to the reports from mem bers of the committee made last night these two propositions are winning vote3 every day. Then, they say the reports show that some of the old line members of the party, who have later associated with the Populists, have asserted them selves on the subject of vice president and declare that they will not support Stevenson. Political claims without the figures are more or less questionable, especially in the minds of those who do not fol low in the pathway of the political party making the claims. "This claim on the part of the Repub lican committee," says Chairman Al baugh, "is borne out by the actual fig ures. "In place of general reports to the ef fect that men have come into the Re publican party recently, the members of the committee and local workers have submitted to our committee lists of names of men who have espoused the cause of prosperity and McKinleyism. These lists are on file from every county in the eastern part of the state, two or three from western Kansas counties only, being omitted. These particular counties have always returned Republi can majorities and members of the leg islature and there is no fear on the part of the committee officials that the rec ord of these counties will be changed this year." For several weeks the state commit tee has been making up a list of voters who have changed their politics since the last election. Charles Lobdell and Chairman A1 baugh have been sending out scores of letters to county and township commit teemen asking that a report of the changes be made to the state headquar ters. These lists have been coming in for several weeks. "They indicate," says one of the com mittee, "numerous desertions of Popu lism for Republicanism, while the num ber of men in the state who have aban doned the Republican party for the oth er view is comparatively small." On the other hand, the officials will not state how many men have recently espoused Republicanism but say the fig ures are large, and then display the covers of a voluminous record on file in the headquarters. The committee has not yet attempted to make a full poll of the state and has been devoting its energies to a collection of data concerning the attitude of the voters. The official poll will be made later on. It was noticeable last night that the members of the committee and their friends were especially enthusias tic. Their utterances indicate their ab solute confidence in the result, still they are mapping out a comprehensive and vigorous campaign. The committee meeting last night de veloped the fact that heads of the stats Institutions are leaving their official du ties to dabble In politics, when" the par ty management professes to be in sym pathy with the movement to take the institutions out of the influence of poli tics. Governor Stanley is very firm in this idea but L. L. Uhls, superintendent of the Osawatomie asylum and E L Hillis, superintendent of the soldiers' orphans' home at Atchison, appointees of the state board of charities, were mingling with the committeemen last night. It is said that the state board of charities will see that this does not oc cur again and if the board does not act the governor will. Congressmen Reeder of the Sixth Bowersock of the Second and Calder head of the Fifth were present at the committee meeting.as were many prom inent local workers from various parts of the state. As foretold in the State Journal last night, the committee decided that an executive committee is unnecessary and that feature of the committee work will be omitted this year. Instead the chair men cf the congressional committees will be given a place in Jne party coun cils and there will be no inner circle This inrer circle has, in the past, been productive of much complaint because it was believed that the committee whirh has held the title of executive committee has been manipulating the affairs of the state committee for per sonal advancement. The next meeting, of the committee will be heid in about a month. Monthly meetings of the committee wull be held i until the campaign closes. DOSCHER RETIRES. Sugar Trust Interests Are Not Likely to be Disturbed. , 'New York, July 11. The Tribune says: Wall street is interested in a report that Claus Doscher has withdrawn from the National Sugar Refining company, of New Jersey, of which he has been a direc tor and a large stockholder, and has re tired permanently from the sugar busi ness. The report is$ .accepted as true, al though Mr. 1 Jose.h i! oiiuW not be found when an effort waspHde to secure a con firmation from him.kone f hia fellow di rectors was quotel(however, as declar ing that Mr. Doschei's retirement was not the result of any tiisajfreement in the board. - The National Sugar Refining company, of New Jersey, was Incorporated on June 2 at Trenton, with $20,000,000 capital, one half being preferred stock and one-half common. It was a consolidation of three so-called - "independent" companiesjr-the National Sugar Refining company cap italized at $1,0(10.000 in stock, the Mollen auer Sugar-Refining company, capitalized at $1,000,000, and the New York Sugar Re fining company, with a capitalization of $000,000 stock and $2,400,000. bonds. The National and the Mollenhauer had all along been on friendly terms with the American Sugar Refining company, whlla the. New York, controlled by Mr. Doscher, has been a strenuous competitor of the trust. It was, therefore, taken by the Street as an indication that the sugar war was over when the Doscher refinery was consolidated with the National and Mol lenhauer; and in fact the raising of the price of refined sugar, which has been go ing on so rapldlil during the last tew weeks, began at just about the time of the new company's organization, the trust announcing each advance and th Ar buckles and the new National ' company promptly making the new rate. DESERT LINCOLN. Stevenson. Departs For Minne tonka and Towne For Home. Lincoln, Neb., July 11. Adlai E. Stev enson left Lin&tin today for Lake Min-i netonka, Minn., where his family is stopping. He will probably remain there a few days and then proceed home until notified of his nomination. Mr. Stevenson said he did not expect to take any active part in the campaign until after that time. Charles A. Towne also left this afternoon for home. EXROUTE TO ASIA. Steamer Nippon Maur Has Aboard Many Naval Officers. San Francisco, July 11. The steamer Nippon Maru, which sailed for the Ori ent last night, has on board a number of naval officers en route to Manila and the Asiatic station. Among them are Com manders C. T. Forse; Perry Garst and J. S. Ogden, Lieut. Commanders J. C. Col well, recently naval attache at the court of St. James, J. O. Fremont, R. H. Gait and W. F. Kasley; Naval Con structor Tt F. Ruhlin. Lteuts.C. B. Brit tain, H. G. Bullard, R. K. Crank, W. A. Gill, H. M. P. Huse. R. D. Hasbrouck, J. J. Knapp, H. B. Price. T. W. Ryan, C. S. Stanworth, F. H. Tomley and sev eral ensigns and cadets. Rear Admiral Lester A. Beardslee, retired, and Mrs. Beardslee are passengers on a pleasure trip. Tunk Kin Chau, one of the secre taries of the Chinese legation at Wash ington, is returning home. Capt. L. Hintz of the German navy, who passed through this city a few weeks ago on his way home from China, is returning to Nagasaki under' orders from Berlin. MYSTEKIOUS PLAGUE. Breaks Out in Louisiana Carrying Off Many Colored People. New Orleans, July 11. President Sou chon of the state board of health today received a telegram from the president of the parish board of health for Cald well parish, saying that a mysterious plague had broken out there which was fatal in every instance. The telegram stated that forty people, mostly negroes, had already succumbed to the disease. President Souchon sent Dr. Beard, the state expert, on the evening train. It is believed the epidem la a very malig nant form of smallpox. A HEAVY ALIMONY. Mrs. J. R. Holmes of Kansas City Given Judgment For $16,000. Kansas City, JuJy 11. Judge Gates granted a divorce Tuesday to Eliza beth Holmes from Robert J. Holmes, the manufacturer of soda water, and gave Mrs. Holmes judgment for $15,000 alimonv. Judge Gates further de creed that Holmes must pay the fees of his wife's attorneys and the costs of the lawsuit. - ' Mr. and Mrs. Holmes were school mates and were sweethearts when they were children. She was 15 years old when he married her. They lived hap pily together for a few years and then he neglected her and she heard that he was in numerous -escapades with wo men. Once Jie was away from home several weeks and wrote to her from Council Bluffs that he had been sick there. She went to Council Bluffs to nurse him and found another woman with him. NOMINATIONS MADE. Burton Receives Instructions of Leg islative" Nominees. The Burton forces were mainly re sponsible for the bringing out as a can didate and the subsequent nomination of Charles F. Scott for congressman at large by the Republicans. Now Mr. Burton has been rewarded by the Allen county Republicans who have instructed two candidates nominated for the legis lature vesterdav for Burton. The nom inees are S. J. Smith for senator in the I district composed of Allen and Woodson counties and J. R. Francis for represen tative from Allen county. The Republicans of Jefferson and Douglas counties in a convention yes- I teraay nominated a. iieniey oi jjaw rence for state. senator. - Jason Helmick.Populist. better known in the legislature as "Uncle Jason" wa3 renominated by his party for sen ator in the district composed of Chau tauqua and Elk counties. R. B. Anderson was nominated for representative by Greenwood county Republicans and instructed for J. R. Burton. B. Y. P. TJ. Convention. Cincinnati, O.. July 11. Several hundred delegates have " already arrived and more are expected today, to attend the open ing tomorrow of the tenth annual con vention of the Baptist Young People s t'nion of America. A strictly executive session of the executive committee and the board of managers was held today j and the various reports to be presented to the convention were submitted and -considered, and plans for the enduing year discussed. The convention will bring a horde of delegates here from all parts of the country. WHO IS WRONG. Assessors Show Topeka's Popu lation Is 36,782. This Is Over 3,000 More Than Shown by Census. MANY WERE MISSED. Two County Officers Who Were Not Enumerated. Camparison of. the Figures by Wards. Population of Topeka, 36,782. That is the result ot the enumeration by the assessors. . Something Is wrong with Topeka's census. Sam Radges, who knows more about the population of Topeka than any one else, pays the figures are in accurate, and the report of the city as sessor, which, has just been filed, bears out this statement. Either the assess ors are wrong or the census enumerat ors are wrong, and the people ought to know 'who has made the mistake. The oensus enumerators' reUirns show that the population of Topeka is 33,609. The assessors' returns show that the population of Topeka is 36.7S2. Here is a difference of over 3,000, and it is evident hat both cannot be right. Who is wrong? County Clerk Wright and County Commissioner T. P. Rodgers say they were missed by the census enumerat ors. Sam Radges says he was missed. How many more are there who have not noticed the omission? The returns of the assessors shows the following population, by wards: First ward 7,009 Second ward 9,987 Third ward '. 6,827 Fourth ward 6,997 Fifth ward 3,766 Sixth ward 2,196 Total 36,782 The figures as returned by the census enumerators are as follows: First ward 6,637 Second ward 8.644 Third ward 7,5 il Fourth ward 6,127 Fifth ward .." 3,649 Sixth ward 981 As will be noticed by these figures, there is a difference in every ward, but the assessors admit that the distinction in ward boundaries made by them are not entirely accurate as the assessors did not follow the ward boundaries in making the assessment and taking the enumeration. This, however, should make no difference In the total. In only one ward the Third do the census figures show a larger number than the returns of the assessors. CHINHSIDE. Official Statement by the Im perial Government Regarding the Origin and Pro gress of the Disorders. Washington, July 11. An imperial decree, dated third day of sixth moon (June 29), was received by telegraph today by Minister Wu from the Tao Tai of Shanghai, transmitted on July 1, from the treasurer of the Chi Li prov ince, who received it by special cour ier on June 30, from the board of war, who in turn received it from the privy council in Pekin. The decree is as fol lows: "The circumstances which led to the commencement of fighting between the Chinese and foreigners were of such a complex, confusing and " unfortunate character as to- be entirely unexpected. "Our various capable diplomatic representatives abroad, owing to their distance from the scene of action, have had no. means of knowing the true state of things, and accordingly cannot lay the views of the government before the ministers for foreign affairs of the re spective powers to which they are ac credited. Now we take this opportunity of going fully into the matter for the information of our : representatives aforesaid. . "In the first place there arose in the provinces of Chi Li and Shan Tung a band of rebellious subjects who had been in the habit of practicing box ing and fencing in their respective vil lages, and at the same time clothing their doings with spiritualistic and strange rites. The local authorities failed to take due notice of them at the time. Accordingly the infection spread with astonishing rapidity. Within the space of a month it seemed to make its appearance everywhere, and finally even reached the capital itself. Every one looked upon the movement as su pernatural and strange, and many Joined it "Then there were lawless and treach erous perrons who sounded the cry cf 'Down with Christianity' about the mid dle of the fifth moon. These persons be gan to create disturbances without warning. Churches were burned and converts were killed. The whole city was in a ferment. A situation was cre ated which cnuld not be brought under control. At first the foreign powers re quested that foreign troops be allowed to enter the capital for the protection of the legations. The imperial govern ment, having in view the comparative urgency of the occasion, granted the request as an extraordinary mark of courtesy beyond the requirements of in ternational intercourse. Over 500 for eign troops were sent to Pekin. This shows clearly how much care China exercised in the maintenance oi friend ly relations wlSi other countries. The lesc.tions at the capital never had much to do with the people. But from the time foreign troops entered the city, the guards did not devote 'themsf Ives exclusively to the protection of their respective legations. They sometimes fired their guns on the top of the city walls, and sometimes patrolled the streets everywhere. There were reports of persons being hit by stray bullets. Moreover they strolled about the city without restraint, and even attempted to enter the Tsung, Hua gate (the east ern gate of the palace grounds). They only desisted when admittance was pos itively forbidden. On this account both the soldiers and the people were pro voked to resentment, and voiced their indignation with one accord. Lawless persons then took advantage of the situation to do mischief and became bolder than ever in burning and killing Christian converts. "The powers thereupon attempted to reinforce the foreign troops but the re inforcements encountered resistance and defeat at the hands of the insurgents on the way and have not yet been able to proceed. The insurgents of the two provinces of Chi Li and Shan Tung had by this time effected a complete union, and could- not be separated. The imper ial government was by no means re luctant to issue orders for the entire suppression of this insurgent element. But as the trouble was so near at hand, there was a great fear that due protec tion might not be assured to the lega tions if the anarchists should be driven to extremities, thus bringing on a na tional calamity. There also was a fear that uprisings might occur in the pro vinces of Chi Li and Shan Tung at the same time with the result tlmt both for eign missionaries and Chinese converts in the two pronvices might fall victims to popular fury. It was therefore, ab solutely necessary to consider the mat ter from every point of view. As a measure of precaution it was finally de cided to request the foreign ministers to retire temporarily to Tien Tsin for safety. It was while the discussion of this proposition was in progress that the German minister. Baron von Ket teler, was assassinated by a riotous mob one morning while on his way to the Tsung Li Yameii. On the previous day the German minister had written a letter appointing a time for calling at the Tsung Li Yamen. But the Yamen fearing he might be molested on the way did not consent to the appointment as suggested by the minister. Since this occurrence the anarchists assumed a more bold and threatening attitude and consequently it was not deemed wise to carry out the project of sending the diplomatic corps to Tien Tsin under an escort. However orders were issued to the troops detailed for the protection of the legations to keep stricter watch and take greater protection against any measure. v "To our surprise on the 20th of the fifth moon (June 16th) foreign (naval) offi cers at Taku called upon Lo Jung Kwang, the general commanding and demanded the surrender of the forts, notifying him that failing to receive compliance they would at 2 o'clock the next day, take steps to seize the forts by force. Lo, Jung Kwang being bound by the duties of his office to hold the forts he could not yield. On the day named they fired on the forts which responded and kept up fighting all day and then surrendered. Thus the con flict of forces began, but certainly the initiative did not come from our side. Even supposing that China were not consciou3 of her true condition, how could she take such a step as to en gage in war with all the powers sim ultaneously and how could she, relying upon the support of anarchistic popu lace go into war with the powers? "Our position in this matter ought to be clearly understood by all the powers. The above is a statement of the wrongs we have suffered and how China was driven to the unfortunate position from which she could not escape. "Our several ministers will make known accurately and in detail the con tents of this decree and the policy of China to the ministers of foreign affairs in their respective Countries and assure them that military authorities are still strictly enjoined to afford protection to the legations as hitherto, to the utmost of their power. As for the anarchists they will be strictly dealt with as circum stances permit. "The several ministers who continue in the discharge of the duties of their offices as hitherto without hesitation or doubt. This telegraphic decree to be transmitted for their information. Re peat this." TRAIN HELD UP. Robbers Secure $10,000 and Escape, in Kentucky. Paducah, Ky., July 11. The Illinois Central fast train from New Orleans to Chicago, was held up and robbed this morning at 1:20 o'clock two miles south of Wickliff, Ky. The train was flagged and when it stopped the bandits entered the cab. The fireman, J. J. Fryisch, was struck on the head with the butt of a revolver and badly hurt. The robbers, six in number, cut off the engine and express car and ran a mile and a half to Ft: Jefferson, near the Ohio river and within sight of the Missouri shore. Here they blew the express safe and secured all the valuables It contained and cross ed into Missouri. They dropped one package containing J700 on the Ken tucky side, and another package on the Missouri side, both of which have been recovered. The robbers did not attempt to molest the passengers. A special train with bloodhounds and an armed posse, left Jackson, Tenn., for the scene and it is understood Missouri officers are hot on the robbers' trail. About $10,000 was secured in addition to money dropped by the robbers. COLER WITH II ILL. Croker Was Wrong at Kansas City, the New Tork Comptroller Says. New Tork, July 11. Bird S. Color has broken with Croker and says he will pup port Iavil B. Hill's policy. He said: "I consider the position Mr. Hill took at Kansas City was that of a straightfor ward and honest Democrat. His whole course was Democratic to the core. He was loyal. He was riht against Croker's wrong1 and in this state I stand by him I shall be puided entirely by the course adopted by Mr. Hill and in politics will do whatever he consents. "The nominee for vice president is a personal friend of my family and natur ullv I am pteased with his nomination. I greatly regret that the lt to 1 plank was incorporated in the platform. The silver Issue isdead and should not have been revived. Nobody takes it seriously, but it was a mistake to put in the platform. Trusts and imperialism are the real Is sues." "You will support the ticket?" "X have always voted the Democratic ticket." replied Mr. Coler sharply. "What do you think of Mr. Hill's treat ment by Tammany at Kansas City?' "Only this. replied Mr. Coler. with strong emphasis.- "ex-Senator Hill was never so near the presidency as he is to day." Marlborough Starts For Home. Cape Town, July 11. The Duke of Marlborough, the Duke of Norfolk. Lady Sarah Wilson and Dr. Conaa Doyle saiUfor England today. TO KILUTOLEY A Plot Against President's Life is Discovered. Spaniards and Cubans at the Bottom of It. A WAItNIXG LETTER Sent by One of the Conspirators Who Weakened. Executive is Now Guarded Detectives at Canton. by New Tork, July 11. The World says: A plot to assassinate President McKin ley has been frustrated. It was concocted by a group of Spanish and Cuban con spirators, who had headquarters in Ne York. One of the plotters weakened and sent a warning letter to a member of the Re publican national committee. The letter was placed in the hands of Secretary Charles JJick, who referred it to Chair man of the New York Stae Cummlurti Odell for investigation. Clialrman Odell eiiKaged a detective, who speedily verilied certain allegations made In the warning letter. Thereupon Mr. Odell reported tt Secretarv Dick, who laid all the facts be for Chairman Mark Hanna. Mr. Odella report caused great ahtrm among tho president's ekse friend's and advisors. Mr. Odell made it plain that lie ri yard ed the plot as a matter nf utmost serinus ness and urged that extreme precautions be made to keep the president out of. harm's reach. Messrs. Ulc-k and Hanna laid the whola matter before the president shortly before he departed for Canton. They instructed Mr. Odell to continue his investigations and cautioned him to work with the ut most secrecy. To a AVorld reporter last night Mr. Odell admitted that he and certain members of the national committee had discovered a plot to assassinate- the presi dent. "i'es, it Is true," he said, "but I re great exceedingly 'that the matter has be come public." rie was extremely anxious that no ref erence whatever should be made to thtf matter. Special detectives are guarding the pres ident in Canton. ODELL, TELLS HOW IT WAS. Newburg, N. Y., July 11. Chairman B. B. Odell of the Republican state com mittee said today concerning the alleged plot to assassinate President McKinley: "I read the account in a. newspaper this morning with reference to an al . leged plot to assassinate President Mc Kinley, and also as to the part which I am supposed to have taken in the matter. I have nothing to say upon the subject except that I have made an in vestigation ' which - I started with' the state committee detective on the line of what I supposed to be political infofma tion and I discovered either a crank or Baron Munchausen, and on the prin ciple that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, it is probable that my report to Secretary Dick is the cause for the extra care now being taken of the president. I have nothing further to say upon this subject except that I regret that some one has been in discreet enough to make of a trifling matter the gigantic plot exposed in the papers." HANNA NEVER HEARD OF IT. Cleveland, O., July 11. Senator Hanna' today, referring to the report that a plot to assassinate President McKinley had been discovered in New York, em phatically declared that the story was false. "This," said Mr. Hanna, pointing toi the story of the alleged plot published in the morning papers, "is the first I have heard of it. There is absolutely, to the .best of my knowledge, no truth in it." Cornelius N. Bliss, ex-secretary of the interior, and National Committee man Payne, of Wisconsin, arrived here early today. Both were closeted with senator Hanna for an hour or more discussing, it is understood, the per sonnel of the new national executive committee. Shortly after noon Senator Lodge ar rived and Joined the conference. Asked if he would be a member of the new executive committee, Mr. Blissi said that he preferred not to discuss the matter. He stated that he had come to Cleveland to accompany the notifica tion committee to Canton tomorrow as the guest of Mr. Hanna. qES. M'ALI'IN sulks. New Tork Republican Not to Vote For President McKinley. New York, July 11. Former Adjutant General E. A. McAlpin, N. G. N. Y., is not going to vote the Republican na tional ticket. Since General McAlpin is treasurer of the Republican state committee, Senator Piatt will have to look for another man to carry the cam paign bag. Oddly enough. General McAlpin does not see it that way. He has been telling his friends all around that he was against the Republican national ticket, but that he remains a good state Re publican organization man. Friends quote him as saying: "I have nothing personal against President McKinley. I am not going top vote for Bryan. If Odell is nominated for governor I will take off my coat and work for him. I'll do the same for any man the organization nominates fur governor.- There is no reason, there fore, why I should be read out of the party or turned out of the treasurer ship. I never asked for that appoint ment, anyway." General McAlpin refused yesterday to make any statement f"r publication as to his reasons for refusing to support the Republican national administration. The fact is that the war tlx relating to tobacco was framed the way the to bacco trust's lobbyists wanted it. The house ways and means committee had promised a conference of independent tobacco manufacturers that it would adopt the pehedule they had prepared. General MeAlpin is an independent tobacco manufacturer. . After .this ac tion bv congress he denounced it as a breach of faith, and was Inclined, for a time, to hold Senator Piatt himself responsible for the "throw down." as he called it. British Losses in Africa London. July 11. The war office has issued another casualty list from South Africa, showing that during the week ending July 7 there were killed, wound ed or captured, 15 officers and ISO men, occidental deaths, two men; died of disease, four officers and 149 men; In valided' home, 73 officers and 1.306 m?n. The total casualties as a result of th war are 48.188 officers and men.