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V OL LXN°- 19,567.
(Copyright; lf«X>: By The New- York Tribune.]
London. June 12, 6 a. m. — Messages published
toy "The Express" from Lourenco Marques re
port two severe British reverses, one at Don
kerspoort. at the southern extremity of the
Orange River Colony, and another at Vredefort,
where the British casualties were stated to be
750 killed and wounded and 150 prisoners. The
former affair is incomprehensible at present,
but the latter is probably the Boer account of
the disaster to the Derby shires at Roodeval.
I. N. F.
I Copy right; 1000: By The New-York Tribune.]
IliY cable TO the tribune.]
London, June 12. 1 a. m.— news from the
Free State oozes out slowly from the War Of
fice. The line of communications was cut on
Wednesday, the day after Lord Roberts entered
Pretoria, but the fact was not admitted until
Saturday nor the truth revealed until yester
day that there had been severe fighting at
Roodeval. and that the militia battalion of the
Derbyshire regiment and other details had been
taken prisoners. These details were guarding
the railway where the Boer raiders struck the
line cf communications, and their casualties
were severe, about a hundred being killed and
wounded. So far as reported, the defence of the
militia was clearly vigorous, but the force was
outnumbered, and the Boers v.-ere enabled to
destroy the railway for over twenty miles.
Lord Methuen, after reaching Llndley by
& forced march from the railway, left a garrison
there, and headed for Heilbron to join General
Colvile. but was fighting with a Boer force on
Thursday within ten miles of his destination.
Whether this force was returning from Rhode
val with its prisoners, or was an auxiliary col
umn hovering: about Heilbron, is uncertain. Ap
parently the raiding column remained on the
railway for several days, for a casualty list
reached General Knox. at Kroonstad. under a
flag of truce. General Kelly-Kenny has or
dered General' Knox to go north, but the direc
tion taken by the raiding forces, whether east
or south, is not known at Bloemfontein.
General Pagefs garrison at Lindley would ap
pear to be in imminent danger, although no
references are made to it in the dispatches.
This unfavorable news has caused keen disap
pointment in military circles here, but there is
no disposition on the part of well informed men
to censure Lord Roberts. He took the risk of
having his line broken when he pushed on to
Pretoria by forced marches, and the results ob
tained have justified his course, even if his
army be compelled to live off the country until
arder tan be restored along the railway.
The Free State forces have delivered an ef
fective counterstroke. and have taken over a
thousand prisoners at Lindley and Rhodeval.
They have thrown the British campaign into
Sisorder by their brilliant strategy, and have
learned by experience how much mischief they
tan cause by harassing the British line of com
Lord Roberts's plan of campaign massed the
mounted force at the front for a series of
springs toward Pretoria, and left Generals Run
2!e, Brabrant. Methuen and Colvile on the east
ern flank to keep the Free State forces away
from the line of communications. It has car
ried hJm to Pretoria, but has exposed the rail
way line to temporary interruption, and has
fiven to General De Wet two successful hauls
■A ijrisoners in his net. The British forces will
te massed against the Free State commandoes
is toon as Lord Roberts regains control of the
Sir Rtdvers Buller, after attempting to coax
Beaeral Botha's forces into surrender, when
they were not surrounded, and reporting that
Laing'e Nek was untenable, has led the bulk of
I y through Botha's Pass, fifteen miles to
■ and is apparently seeking to cut off
the retreat af the Boers by working around the
tunnel through a difficult country toward Yolks
lUi <; "-ration has not }--t been corn
evacuation of Lainfr's Nek is
This win leave General Buller at lib-
ÜBCe toward Standerton, and to open
t Bt-cond line of communication with Pretoria.
General Hunter's progress in the western part
3f the Transvaal is satisfactory.
: .rs ct Cape Town is in a ferment over
Mr. Sehreiner'.s measure for disfranchisement of
I a possible Ministerial crisis.
The rr ;(J *: insuring intelligence at midnight
aa* thf- Central News report from Pretoria
that 3.7.V' i;r.ti-h prisoners, including 150 offi
:<ers. I .1 at Waterval. and that only
by the Boers.
I. N. F.
London, June 11.— Lieutenant-General Sir
Frederick Forestier- Walker, in command of the
tires of communication in South Africa, re
ports that in the disaster to the British troops
oa June 7. at Roodeval, where the Boers cut
Lord Roberts'* line of .communications, the 4th
Battalion of the Derbyshire Regiment were all
killed, wounded or made prisoners, except 6ix
tnliatc-d men. Two officers and fifteen men
were killed, and five officers and seventy-two
men were wounded, many of them severely.
The Boers returned the wounded to the Brit
ish. The officers killed were Lieutenant-Colo-
Hl Baird-Douglas and Lieutenant Hawley. The
wounded Include Colonel Wilkinson and Lieu
tenant chard, of the Canadian Infantry.
General Forestier- Walker's dispatch in full
le as follows:
Cape Town, June 10.— The following telegram
bas been received from Charles Knox:
Kroonstad. — The following casualties, reported
from Roodeval, June 7, received from Stonham,
commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital,
dated Rhenoster River, June 8, received here
by flag of truce June 10:
The 4th Battalion of the Derbyshire Regi
ment (the Sherwood Foresters)— Killed. Lieu
tenant-Colonel Baird-Douglas and Lieutenant
Hawley and fifteen of the rank and Hie;
wounded. Colonel Wilkinson, Captain Bailey,
Lieutenants Hall, Ladder and Blanchard, and
fifty-nine of the rank and file: the Shropshire
Light Infantry, one; Cape Pioneer Railway
Regiment, seven; Ammunition Park, Royal Ma
rines and Imperial Telegraphs, one each; Post
office corps, one.
Etonham reports that many were severely
wounded and the remaining of the 4th Derby
shire and details of prisoners, except cix of the
rank and file, are in tola camp. All the wouDdfed
■M in his camp, lately occupied by the 4th
Derbyshire. Inquiries are being made as to
the names.
It is inferred that the Boers captured over five
hundred men, and as late as June 10 held po
sitions cutting off the British forces north of
Kroonstad from reinforcements.
Another dispatch from General For^stier-
Walker says that General Methuen was fight-
Ing within ten miles of Heiibron on June S. It
Cape Town, June 10.— Kelly-Kenny reports
from Bloemfontein this morning that Methuen
w-ith the greater part of his division was fight
ing early in the morning of June 8 ten miles
south of Heiibron. where Cnlvile was reported
to be with the Highland Brigade. Methuen left
Lindley June "• with ample supplies for himself
and Colville. leaving Paget to hold Lindley with
a sufficient force and supplies.
Kelly-Kenny has ordered Knox to press in the
enemy's outposts, believing the enemy's strength
to be exaggerated.
All is quiet, and there is no anxiety as re
gards the district to the south. Communications
north of Kroonstad have been cut since June li.
London, June 11. — The following report from
General Buller has been issued by the War
Headquarters in Natal, June 11— The force
was concentrated on the Klip River at its junc
tion with the Gansvlei last night. We antici
pated at that defile a force of the enemy about
three thousand strong, who had. I think, in
tended to occupy it, and he retired as soon as
our heavy guns opened, which were very
smartly brought into action by Major May, of
the Royal Artillery, and Captain Jones, of the
Royal Navy.
The South African Light Horse and the Sec
ond Cavalry Brigade were smartly engaged
while covering our left front.
Our casualties are about six killed and seven
London, June 11— The Ministerial caucus at
Cape Town has resulted unfavorably to Premier
Schreiner, only ten supporting him, and Mr.
Schreiner has given notice of his intention to
resign. The question at issue is Mr. Schreiner's
desire to introduce immediately bills punishing
colonial rebels and indemnifying the Govern
ment for acts committed under martial law.
A Cape Town dispatch to "The Times" says:
It is impossible to say whether Mr. Pchreiner
Will manage to form a coalition ministry with
the co-operation of Mr. Rose-lnnes and possibly
even Gorden Snrigps. or whether Sir Alfred Mil
ner wiil intrust the task to t^pri^g.
Reports from Maseru. Basutoland, on June 0.
say the Boers around Ficksburg refuse to sur
render, and severe fighting is expected, though
a dispatch of June 8 from Hammonia, which is
only a few miles from Fieksburg. says the situ
ation in the southeast corner of the Orange Col
ony is unchanged, and that General Rundle has
received the Boer delegates sent to negotiate
peace terms. The result of the negotiations fs
not known.
Ventersdorp, June 11.— Two hundred and fifty
Boers have surrendered to General Hunter, and
the remainder in this district have promised
to give up their arms.
London, June 11. — Colonel Will^ocks, fn com
mane' of the Ashanteo reiief force expedition, sent
a dispatch from Phrahsu, under date of June 9.
as follows:
Have just receiv >d a message from Colonel
Carter, from Kwisa, reporting that he advanced
June 8. effecting a Junction with Captain Hall
at Bekwal. He found the rebel forces strongly
fortified at Dompoassi. The fight continued for
a long time and the enemy were dislodged, but.
on account «f the loss of seven European offi
cers wounded and ninety other casualties, he
was unable to advance and returned to Kwisa.
There is no news from Coomassie. Hall is at
Eturm-ja and Bekwai, which is friendly.
Kokofu and Adansi are in a state of rebellion.
The Donglassi are probably joining the rebel
The commandant at the base sent to the Colo
i.ial Office the following dispatch:
Cape Coast, June 9. — The following is the
purport of a dispatch received from Captain
Esumeja. May 24.— Collected the forces at
Esumeja, EJinassl and Bekwai May 2.1. Consid
ered It necessary to find out the strength Of the
rebel forces to the front and flank before ad
vancing on Coomassie. The plan of the rehel
forces was to hold our front at Ejumum and
outflank us from Kokofu. A garrison was left
behind at Ejinassi. The remainder of the forces
were concentrated at Esumeja. where we left
fifty men and a Maxim. Told King-, at Bekwai,
to advance to Abadon as soon as he heard rifle
firt- or encountered serious opposition.
Within half an hour m.n resistance in a Kokofu
village, repulsed the natives and burned the vil
lage in their sight. The Kokofu main villages
were then attacked. Eight thousand held them
for half an hour. Waa unable to advance, but
successfully withdrew.
Lieutenant Edwards and six men were
wounded. Thf> enemy's loss was considerable.
Defcided to hold Esumeja, and to keep communi
cations open for news of the main body.
London, June 12. — "The Daily Mail" has the
following dispatch from Accra, dated June 10:
There is no fresh news from Coomassie, but
persistent rumors are in circulation that Sir
Frederic Hodgson is a prisoner.
Baltimore, June 11 ("Special).— Upon a unique
question, which involved the settlement of the
estate of Rufua King, of Columbus, Ohio. Miss
Katharine Noble, of this city, one of the sur
vivors of the wreck of the steamer Mohegan, on
the English coast several years ago, has given
testimony whifh is intended to determine whether
Mr. Kin« of his little son. Rufus King, Jr., died
first, as both were lost.
The will of Mr. Kintf bequeathed the greater
portion of his large estate to his son, with the
proviso that if the father should survive the sor:
tter*a share should revert to another mem
ber of the family. Mr. King's wife and her mother
also perished in the disaster.
The whole family, together with Miss No"ble and
oths-rs, were swept from the deck of the stt-amer
In her testimony, given at the reqaest of the ex
ecutors. Miss Noble says that ihe and the mem
bers of the King family were among the last to
leave the ship. When a big sea washed them over
liourd and she came to the surface, she caught hold
of a jjlank. and little Rufus King, about a minute
afterward, rose and caught hold to th<- same plank.
Sh»- trn-d to help him but could not. He clung on for
Borne time, but finally dropped off exhausted. The
chili was the oniy member of the King family she
MW aft<-r they were ewept into the eea In the dark.
London, June 12— Seven thousand dock laborers
went on strike yesterday, alleging that the agree
ment with respect to overtime and mealtime had
been violated by their employers.
travelling on the Pennsylvania Limited to Chicago.
St. Loula and Cindncatl. Fast »cbedule.-Advt,
Fire broke out in Room No. 78, on the fifth
floor of the Tribune Building, at midnight last
night, and burned fiercely for about an hour.
During this time it was confined to three
rooms. This was undoubtedly due to the su
perior fireproof construction of the building. The
Fire Department was prompt to respond, and
did efficient work.
Charles Connolly, a "Journal" office boy, dis
covered the fire. He was dozing in Room No.
78 on the fifth floor, overlooking Frankfort-st..
when he was aroused by the smell of smoke'
He looked about and found that the papers
about his desk were all in flame. He Jumped
up and tried to put out the flre with his feet.
but finding it had gained too much headway,
he became frightened and ran out of the room.
When the watchman, William L. Cleary. met
him on the stairway, he was told not to go
down the hall. But, unheeding the warning.
the watchman forced his way throu^n the
smoke and opened the windows of the burning
room. He then opened the windows of the
adjacent rooms.
Some one ran In the street to ring in an
alarm. Policeman Lewis, of the Oak-st. sta
tion, on duty in Park Row, saw the reflection
of the flames against the Pulitzer Building and
was the first to reach Box No. 60, at Frank
fort and Nassau sts.
But the alarm box was out of order, and h»
had finally to run over to Engine House No. 7.
at Chambers and Centre sts.
The firemen stationed there immediately went
out on the run to the scene of the flre. By this
time the flames had broken through the win
dows on the fifth floor, and were rolling up
dark clouds of smoke.
Then second and third alarms were rung in,
and Acting Chief Duane responded. The water
tower came on the third alarm, but owing to
the narrowness of Frankfort-st., it was fifteen
or twenty minutes before it could be erected
and was throwing on a stream of water.
Three streams were now playing on the fire,
one from a hose hauled up the stairway to the
fifth floor, one dragged to the sixth floor and
the stream from .the water tower.
The flre had been burning twenty mvhutes,
but still had been confined to the room. Only
the wooden casings of the windows above had
caught fire. The reason the fire did not spread
from one fioor to another was due to the fire
proof structure of the ceilings and walls.
And for some time after the flre had got a
good headway many working in the building
on adjacent floors knew nothing of what was
going on.
The men in the editorial rooms of "The New-
York Journal," on the second floor, did not leave
'their desks.
Those who were at werk in the editorial
rocms of The Tribune, which occupy the ninth
floor of the building, first knew of the fire from
a black cloud of smoKe, which came up the
elevator shaft. On the floor above, which is
The Tribune composing room, the printers also
became aware of the fire below, and rushed
down to take the elevators to the main entrance,
in Nassau-st.
Here one elevj -< >r had been running, but *n
spite of many shouts down the shaft it did not
come up. The reason was scon evident, when
it was seen that the shaft above the fifth floor
was choked with smoke.
Accordingly, the back elevator, which is for
freight and runs down to a side entrance in
Spruce-st., was sought for by all The Tribune
After several trips it had landed everybody
at the bottom with the exception of three men,
who slid down ropes lowered from the tenth
floor composing room's windows to "The Sun"
Rooms 7fi, 77 and 78. where the fire originated
and to which it was confined, are occupied by
'The Journal" for classified advertising and as
a summer resort bureau. The contents of these
rooms were almost wholly destroyed. The
rooms directly above on the remaining five
floors practically escaped injury- Whatever
damage resulted to the office rooms below was
due to water.
"The Journal 1 " wa3 nearly ready to go to
press on the early edition, so the papers were
run off. Half of the machines, numbering
twenty-five or thirty, which are in the first
floor, were entirely disabled by water. In the
obituary department of "The Journal." on the
second floor, a larpe force of employes worked
steadily, passing the files out from the dripping
room into a place of safety. All these were
Work in The Tribune editorial and composing
rooms was suspended about an hour.
London, June 11.— Mrs. Gladstone has suffered
another relapse and is now unconscious.
Adelaide, South Australia, June 11.— A total of
twenty-three deaths from the bubonic plague la of
ficially reported from Rockhampton. Queensland.
Two fre3h cases are reported here, one of whi£h
has proved fatal.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court
has confirmed the decision of Justice Freedman
that Captain F. Norton Goddard is entitled to a
certificate of election as a delegate from the Xllth
Congress District of New-York to the Republican
National Convention. J. H. Hammond, attorney
for Captain Goddard. has prepared a brief to be
submitted to the Republican National Committee,
telling why Captain Goddard should be seated in
place of Charles A. Hess ii. thi» National Conven
tion He declares that the National Committee
should respect the finding of the Appellate Court,
because Mr. Hess was the first to appeal to the
Mr Hess said yesterday that he Intended to
carry the cat-r to tbe Court of Appeals, but the
Republican National Committee would settle the
controversy in the BWaa tim»-. and he hoped to
gt-t the seat in the National Convention to which
Captain Goddard had been elected by the last
district convention.
Newport News. Va.. June 11 (Special).— battle
ship Kentucky, Captain Chester, sailed from
Hampton Roads this morninß bound' for Newport.
R. 1., where eho will receive her torpedo equip
ment and will Join Admiral Farquhar's squadron.
If this' powerful aggregation of warships Is in
tended for anything more serious than this sum
mer cruise announced by th.- Navy Department
the Government may waive the official inspection
trial of the Kentucky ami accept her without fur
ther red tape.
Cape Henry. Va., June 11.— The battleship Ken
tucky, from Hampton Roods, anchored In th» chan
nel abreast of Cape Henry at noon.
The most possible pleasure for {Ml is a Day Lino
£ learner Newburgn excursion. Mu«lo.-Advt.
[Copyright; 1900: By The New-York Tribune]
London, June 12, 0 a. m. — Through the med
ium of 'The Express' the Emperor of China
publishes a message to the peoples of the civil
ized world. His Majesty urges that the Pow
ers shall set him free from his prison in the
Peking palace, transfer him to a new capital,
depose the Empress Dowager and establish a
joint protectorate over the Empire, which they
shall govern through him, assuming entire con
trol of customs ports and telegraphs.
The Copenhagen correspondent of "The Mall"
says that the Russian Ambassador at Peking
has sent a dispatch stating that the Powers
have agreed upon a plan of action with regard
to China. Under the leadership of England and
Russia all European Powers will take part in a
great demonstration. America is believed to
have given her hearty adhesion to the proposal.
,A telegram to "The Post" from Peking states
that General Tung, who is notoriously hostile to
foreigners, has arrived at the capital, and has
been appointed chief of the Tsung-li-Yamen.
It is reported from Berlin that twenty thou
sand European and American troops have suc
ceeded in reaching Peking. I. N. F.
(Copyright; 1000: By The New-Y.->rk Tribune.!
London, Jun^ 112, 1 a. m. — London has been
severed temporarily from communication with
two centres of the most interesting news — Peking
and Pretoria. The Boxers, like the Boers, have
cut the- wires, and Tien-Tsin and Taku have not
known with precision what was happening at
Peking, where the Imperial Government is cen
suring the regular troops for offering resistance
to the rebels and complimenting the fanatical
mobs for their patriotism and public, spirit in
killing foreigners and burning their property.
The force of over two thousand marines which
left Tien-Tsin on Sunday and yesterday in
three trains is believed to have reached the
capital in safety. The presence of this force was
urgently needed, for the Dowager Empress has
dropped all pretences and is in open sympathy
with the enemies of the missionaries and for
eigners, and all the mission property at Peking
is menaced with the fate of the American sta
tion at Tung-Chau, where the buildings have
been, destroyed and the native Christinas mur
dered by the soldiers commissioned to protect
It is. the story of Armenia repeated in Peking.
All Christian converts and foreigners at the
capital are at the mercy of the mobs, as well
as the regular soldiers, unless marines from the
thirty-one ships of war can protect them. *
A reassuring feature of the situation is ap
parent in the heartiness with which the great
Powers are co-operating in a determined effort
to protect foreign interests in China. The
United States Government is accepting Its re
sponsibility for the lives and property of Ameri
cans, and even the minor States like Denmark
are adopting protective measures.
R( "torts that Russian troops have crossed the
frontier and that 6,000 men from the garrison
at Port Arthur ars preparing to go to Peking
under an arrangement agreed upon by the Euro
pean Powers are not fully confirmed, but the
crisis is so momentous that Jealousies of the
suspicious European capitals may be overcome
and the nearest foreign army be dispatched to
Peking to avert a catastrophe of massacre and
The London press is still steering cautiously
in a fog without having any official bearings,
but there is a general agreement that the depo
sition of the ferocious Empress and the restora
tion of the weakling Emperor to power by the
common consent of European Powers is the
most practical expedient which can be adopted.
The opinion in diplomatic circles yesterday
was that Japan would not object to the entrance
of Russian troops, provided that other Powers
were allowed to co-operate in a military demon
stration. I. N. F.
London, June 12. — The Shanghai, correspond
ent of "The Dally Express, " telegraphing yes
terday, says:
"Weng Tung Ho, Emperor Kwang Su's tutor
and confident, who was dismissed i>y the Dow
ager Empress after the coup d'etat in 1898.
sends with the special sanction of the Emperor
and his party, including three viceroys, a mes
sage to the people of the WWest.W T est. In part, it Is
as follows:
His Majesty is convinced, through amp'y trust
worthy sources, that the loyal support of many
scores of millions of the Chinese will be ac
corded to his proposals for putting an end to
the state of anarchy brought about by the ac
tion of Empress Hst-Tsi.
The Government of China being virtually non
existent, the Emperor proposes that the foreign
Powers whose troops dominate the capital shall
remove his Imperial person from the Palace in
which His Majesty Is confined as a prisoner,
shall declare Empress Hsi-Tsi and her present
Ministers to be usurpers, und shall hrlrm- Km
peror Kwang-Su to Nan- King, Wu-Chang or
Shanghai, whichever the said foreign Powers
deem to be the most suitable situation for the
new capital of the Chinese Empire, under the
new conditions.
It is proposed by His Majesty and his advis
ers that the foreign Powers should declare a
joint protectorate and undertake the task of
governing the country through His Majesty.
The message suggests that the protectorate
should abolish certain Boards in Peking, appoint
new Ministers, abolish the existing so-called
armies, establish gendarmerie under foreign offi
cers, take control of the customs, posts and
telegraphs and work them through Chinese offi
cials; establish a uniform currency; readjust
taxation and insure the freedom of religion.
Wentf-Tung-Ho, who predicts a peaciful ac
ceptance of such a rule, goes on to »a.y:
China is ripe for the change of tide which the
Reactionaries vainly seek to stem. If it should
ao be on tha other hand, that the foreign Pow
ers seriously contemplate the dismpmh^rment
of th" Chinese Empire, they have btfore thrm
the huge task of facing dense millions, who,
although lacking training, and who make con
temptible soldiers, possess boundless powers of
passive resistance, and would be able to wear
out the patience of any European rulers seek
ing to govern them without regard to the
prejudice*] of the oldest civilization.
The conquest and division of China would be
possible with a hundred thousand troops, but to
retain the government would require a million
soldiers and centuries of work. The task would
end with the most unhappy results for both con
quered and conquerors.
His Majesty and his advisers beg America and
Japan to pause before resorting to dismember
ment, which can be deferred at lra:=t until the
Emperor's efforts to govern his people and to
restore the happiness of this great division of
the human race havt» proved abortive. If the
people are assured that the Powers are guiding
and protecting His Majesty and do not Intend to
swallow the country piecemeal, they and the
soldiers will return unquestionably to the alle
giance from which the Empress diverted them.
Washington, June 11 —The Navy Depart
ment has received the following cabls dispatch
from Admiral Kempff:
Tong-Ku, June 11.
Secretary Navy:
In case all communication Peking cut. not
able ero alone: if other nations go will join to
relieve Americans, pending instructions. Situ
ation serious. Battalion of marines from Ma
nila has been urgently requested. Answer.
Secretary Long at once sent the following"
dispatch to Admiral Remey at Manila:
Navy Department, June 11.
Remey, Manila.
Send by Solace immediately all dispatch to
K^mpff one hundred marines, arranging if
practicable that after landing Solace shall con
tinue homeward voyage as previously ordered.
Secretary Long said this afternoon that he
had sent no direct answer to Admiral Kempff.
nor was such an answer necessary in view of
the dispatch to Admiral Remey at Manila. The
reinforcements in the shape of one hundred ad
ditional marines, which will come to him from
Manila in th? course of a week, would indicate
the Department's position sufficiently. It will
take the Solace a full we»k to make the trip,
according to th<=> estimate of the naval officers,
for It is about two thousand miles from Ma
nila to Taku. It is recalled at the Navy De
partment that Admiral Kempff is not entirely
dependent on these marines from Manila for
reinforcements, for he was- authorized last week
to call on the United States naval vessels at
Shanghai, the Yorktown and the Castine, for
more men if he needed them, and it is suggested
that the Oregon also may supply another force
in addition to the twenty marines she has sent
already to Admiral Kempff. It is evident that
the Navy Department approves all Admiral
Kempff has done, up to this point at least, as
is shown by the disinclination to hamper him
by instructions.
The following undated dispatch was received
at the Navy Department this morning:
Secretary of the Navy:
Forces landed by different nation?. Opening
communications to Peking. America I n E^p l^p
Admiral Kempff also reported the arrival or
the Monocaey at Taku.
Minister Conger was heard from again this
morning. It Is fortunate that, although direct
telegraphic communication between the foreign
forces at Taku and Tlen-Tsin and the foreign
embassies and legations at Peking is Interrupted
through the cutting of the wires, there yet re
mains a channel open between the diplomats at
Peking and their home Governments via over
land wire to Shanghai and then by cable. It is
also possible through this roundabout way for a
connection to be maintained between the foreign
diplomats and the naval commanders at Taku.
Mr. Conger's dispatch this morning was to the
effect that the Pao-Ting-Fu missionaries are
safe up to the present; that the Chinese Govern
ment has sent troops there, and promises ample
protection to the mission, though it is not
thought that this protection will insure perma
nent safety. According to Mr. Conger, it is im
possible at this moment to send any foreign
forces from Peking to Pao-Ting-Fu.
Mr. Conger's doubt as to the permanence of
the Chinese ability to protect the missions la in
line with his previous expressions of opinion, in
dicating a belief in his mind that the few Chi
nese generals who are disposed to protect for
eigners are to be overcome by the element at the
Chinese Court which is favorable to the Boxers.
The attitude of the United States Government
respecting the Boxer troubles having been mis
represented in certain quarters, it can be stated
authoritatively that up to this point not the first
step has been taken toward sending any troops
frcm General Mac Arthur's army in the Philip
pines to China. It was decided last week that
none of the troops could be spared, even If want
ed, and that none would be spared, if they could
be. for such a purpose in the present aspect of
the Chinese trouble.
Mr. Conger asked for further instructions, and
was directed to proceed with energy in the pro
tection of American interests, and more es
pecially the protection of the American Legation
and the lives of the American citizens in China.
He was warned, however, not to be a party to
any alliance or combination of groups of Pow.
ers. He was to act independently whenever this
was practicable, although he was not forbidden
.to take concurrent action with other diplomatic
representatives if a sudden necessity should
arise for it. He wa» to do nothing to commit
the United States in its future action. The tra
ditional policy cf the United States in this re
spect was to be strictly observed.
The naval officials say that the Nashville can
scarcely reach Taku before Friday or Saturday
next. Then the run up the shallow and rapid
Pei-Ho River to Tien-Tsin will consume an
other day. Meanwhile the Yorktown and the
Castine at Shanghai are rapidly being put in
shape for sea. They were undergoing some re
pairs, but this work doubtless will be hastened,
■0 that if the conditions become more grave at
Tien-Tsln one or both of the ships can reach
there from Shanghai even before the Nashville
The Chinese crisis continues to be an absorb
ing topic at the foreign embassies ar^l legations
in Washington, but the pruvall'.ji^^ntiment is
that it will be confined to mob outbreaks and
will not eventuate in a territorial dismember
ment involving the various Powers. It is
pointed out that up to this time the foreign
1> a era have ftated most positively that their
sole purpose was to restore order and protect
their citizens and property, and. while there
has been some suspicion of an ulterior motive on
the part of some of them, this has not taken
form. On the contrary, all the efflcial declara
tions have disavowed anything more than a
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Washington. June 11.— A few Senator? and
Representatives still linger in Washington, as
do a few other politicians of prominence, and
gossip about the Vice-Presidency is thus kept
alive. Some of the dinner table calk at Senator
Hanna's on Saturday night. where a number of
influential Republicans were present, has leaked
out. and the outside gossips are relating It with
variations and amplifications. One of the cur
rent reports is that on the occasion referred to
the chairman of the Republican National Com
mittee expressed himself strongly In favor Of
the candidacy of Representative Dolllver, of
lowa, assigning, among other reasons, that the
lowa man -was one on whom the delegates from
Ohio westward could readily and heartily unite,
and that a Western candidate would help the
National ticket. This bit of gossip is given for
what it may be worth. It la not discredited In
the least by the fact that among Mr. Dolllver's
most earnest and enthusiastic supporters la
General Grosvenor. of Ohio.
Governor Roosevelt's mm*, however. Is the
one that is oftenest heard In the discussions
about the second place on the Republican Na
tional ticket, despite the emphatic and repeated
declarations of such close friends of his as Sen
ator Lodge and Representative Littauer that
"the Governor doesn't desire the nomination,
and wouldn't accept It. which facts he will make
plain to the National Conversion if the neces
sity shall arise." And yet there Is a strong Im
pression among the political wiseacres here that
the nomination will go to New-York, and that
Governor Roosevelt ' will probably be the nom
inee. It is believed here that Senator Platt will
use all the power of the machine to force the
Governor on the National ticket, not because of
any desire to help Mr. McKinley. but solely to
get Governor Roosevelt out of the way. and
give Mr. Platt an opportunity to elect a tool of
his own as Governor through the impulse and
enthusiasm aroused by a National campaign.
The name of Secretary Long is still regarded
with apparent favor by many of the politicians,
among them beinsr several Western Senators and
Representatives, who are inclined to the opinion
that an Eastern man should be chosen as the
Vice-Presidential candidate. Ii is fair to say.
however, that none of them seem to be very
hopeful of his nomination. A good many have
recently expressed views in substance the same
as a prominent Western Senator did some days
"Well. I am for Long — but I am not hopeful
that he will be nominated."
There have been some indications very re
cently of a desire to bring forward again the
names of Senator Allison and Senator Spooner.
each of whom has repeatedly declared that he
did not desire the honor. Some of Mr. Dolliver*a
friends profess to see in these latter manifesta
tions, as well as in the suggestion of Repre
sentative Hitfs name, a desire to handicap their
favorite on the part of the men who, they be
lieve, are determined to force the nomination of
Governor Roosevelt or some other Eastern man.
Representative Stallings. of Alabama, who re
cently suffered so disastrous a defeat as a. candi
date for th* Democratic nomination fc>r Gov
ernor of that State, kindly consented to-day to
contribute his views on the subject of Vice-
Presidential candidate* for both the Democrat!*
and Republican 'parties. He said:
If It were left to me or if it were left to th»
two parties in the House of Representatives. the
nominees for Vice-President would be Dolliver and
McClellan. They are both square men of fine char
acter and good attainments, and have impressed
themselves upon the public as -worthy of the high
honor. Mr. Dolilver Is a big-hef>rte,l fellow, above
all narrow partisanship; he never indulges In mean
personalities, and is personally as popular as any
man in public life to-day. Mr. McClellan is a little
younscer than Mr. Dolllver. but he is also popular
and esteemed for his qualities of mind and heart.
I think the two conventions can do no better than
to nominate Dolllver and McClellan.
Mr. Stallings believes that the Democratic
Convention will briefly reaffirm in general terms
the Chicago platform of ISOG. merely adding
planks on imperialism, trusts and militarism.
Representative Clayton, also of Alabama, says
that the reaffirmation will be brier and in gen
eral terms, not specifying subjects or~ouchlng
Although Senator Platt and other leaders of
the Republican organization in New-York have
declared that Governor Roosevelt is not to be
forced to take a nomination for the Vice-Presi
dency, the belief that he will be nominated as
President McKinley 3 running mate is being ex
pressed by many Republican politicians of the
city who are close enough to the leaders to know
their secret plans.
The politicians say. significantly, that if the
National Convention calls upon the Governor to
be a candidate for the Vice-Presidency he can
not refuse. Senator Platt has been say:
same thing. He has said, too. that the N w-
Ycrk delegation may net agree upon any other
man as New-York's choice fur the Vice-Presi
Some of the politicians familiar with the
views of the leaders have been saying that
before the Republican National Convention
meets the Governor wijj hear something' that
will make him less inclined to refuse to be a
Vice- Presidential candidate. He will hear. It
is said, that an attempt on his part to dictate
to the organization what nomination he will
have will be displeasing to his party. He will
hear, It is said, that Republican leaders who
want him to run for the Vice-Presidency this
year would make his refusal to run for the
office a reason for opposing his nomination for
the Presidency four years hence.
Some of the shrewdest of the politicians who
are friends of Governor Roosevelt say that the
evident purpose of Senator Platt and leaders
close to him is to force the Governor on the
National ticket. Not with any Idea of helping
McKinley. but in order to get Roosevelt out of
the way for the nomination of a man Ilk Ben
jamin B. Odell, jr.. for Governor, trusting such
a man could be elected Governor through the
support given to the Republican ticket in a,
Presidential year.
Governor Roosevelt was in this city a few
hours yesterday, but he would not talk about
the Vice-Presidency. 'He had luncheon with
some friends at the Union League Club amonj
them being General Francis V. Greene. Th»
Governor is believed to be encouraging a move
ment to secure for General Greene the indorao
ment of the New-York delegation. The Brook
lyn boomers who are trying to get such on In
dorsement for Lieutenant-Governor Woodruff
have said they are not afraid of General Green*,
but Senator Platt said on Saturday that Gen
eral Greene seemed to be gaining strength The
Governor went to Albany yesterday afternoon.
It is his Intention to go to Philadelphia with
Senator Platt on Saturday,
Mr W . i!ruff had a talk with Beaat mr >n
Sunday, anl MB I ■ lay that
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