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BIG FIRE VISITS ROCHESTER. IUSTXESS CEXTRE SUFFERS TO THE EXTEXT OF ABOUT $5.000j000. f[dv Svni moved from Syracuse and Buffalo — Over 7\o Thousand Persons Thrown Out of Work. The dtr of Rochester was visited with the most disastrous fire in its history yestrr <igf th* lo*f reaching an amount between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000. The conflagration *-_; fat the heart of the business district. While only seven buildings were destroyed, they wac o f the better clas*. The heaviest loser was the Sibley, Lindsay ft Curr Company, t_tc_ suffered to the extent of $1,500,000. Aid was summoned from Syracuse and Buffalo, and firemen from those cities did r _li_Bt service. No wind made the work of subduing the names much easier than it would bate been twentr-f our boon earlier. There were no fatalities, and none were injured, with the exception ot Assistant Chief JaTses, of the Rochester Fire Department, who was cut by a flying nozzle. Many fire insurance men In this city expressed the opinion that the losses by the Bgcbectcr fire would drive several of the smaller insurance companies, already crippled fey the Baltimore losses, out of bodncM. Some of them, however, said they thought the lotos in Rochester would fall below $2,000,000. THE WORST FIRE IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY. f»r Twimnurm to t_» t»»«hb.l iMjbepter. Feb. Thl» dty was -Is •ted to-day with th* most costly oonnagra ttao in its history. There have been fires In *tlch njore bundlngs were destmred and more t!v» k*t, but never a flre when the property m was so heavy. Thl» 1» ertJmat-d *t between K.000.000 anfl $5,000.00Qi •O» lire broke out a few minutes before 6 a. m. | t the basement of the Rochester Dry Goods rw^ys store., at No. 156 to 106 Malii^. *_K, which Is almost In the heart of the business dClet of Rochester. The flre *tarted. It Is said, rma defective electric wires near the elevator gaaft. The flames spread with amazing rapidity, aal ty the time an alarm was sent In the entire r*ot of the building was a mass of flames. The Fir* Department responded promptly, and As (Muvnt Chief Jayne*. realizing that the flre was a 4_ngeroue one. Immediately turned In a gen eral alarm. All the available apparatus I* th« r'.ty was soon at the flre and every hydrar.t la tbe neighborhood was In use, ninety streams ot *ater being played on the building. But despite the effortp of tl.e firemen the fiames orert rap- IrV.y beyonfl their control, and when Chief Lttffc nrrlvefl he saw a bi« conflagration was in evitable. ATPEALS TO BTRA.CUSE ANP BUFFALO. He immediately telegraphed appeal? to Syra iuse and Buffalo for asßistance. and replies were rromptlr raoefved frwn th* chiefs cf the de - miueuti hi fboee two ciues that engines and >oe» companies were on tkelr way to Roches ter. Their ww a great deal of difficulty In their arriving here, however, as the extreme old ■.Rated against the trair.s running vr\ rched ct» time. Four Byracuse companies srrlvcd here flrst, st 111 o'dtK-k. Within five minutes after they arrived the esmpanle* were, hurrying to the ftre. The rapidity of the Fyraeusans' anr^r i nfl their eagern?se to Jumr» into the t'.. k of the Srtt wori the *prlause of the Rochester firemen anC the crowds. They v ere r-beered vigorously rn<3 gallantly w her, they offered to *t«tlon them- Nlnt la the most dangerous F^ot. The Buffalo ■i—ui were stalled west of the city, snd did sot arrive here until 11 o'clock- They made up fsr iest time, howr^er, when they went Into action. for seven heuir the flr« ra.T*d. an-1 the flame* •■ere beyonfl the control of tn* local depart- STtßt. The only thtr. that saved the entire %_jui*i Mcdon of t!i« city «:» the fsrt that *_B>wlnl v»f Mowing. Py S o'clock tb«» flames b*4 spread to Fix larpe business buildings. The l«rg» Granite ■■■__ t*-eK<» ftories litgb. was »*"•' ln flames. F^\^ral e\plorion» Interfered *"lth tb» work of th» firem* 11.1 1. THE BTILDING? VI • THEIR I/»PSES. t— uiaaee mer est!:n<i.te t^e loss at $4.<>fin/ l ' i^ aanrotter lames Johnson, the most exrert b_nw» man In the cltv. gives the following 'arnaaties of lorse* ar.fl l:.suranee, after con BRYAN SPURNS HILL. REFUSES TO }fEET HIM. yrbrashan Vi*itx the Mayor—E.v ■ pre*a More Vkm on Cierclcnd. In fp'te of vlrorons efforts of >he pacificators » ordinary, harmony tail** to hover o>r th- *e»« at the Demecrs- stronghold yesterday. Hryan would not raw Hill, though they were ' tiw mow ho—. yore than that, harmony r The kind Nom,«n E. Ma< k. eMst pacificator. «••«> etnmlrari for Ch>f Judge Alton n. Parker, **r>iB. h not *"ln« to materialize anywhere. I- the cour*. cf a vlrlt Charles F. Murphy. leafier of Tammany, paid to Mr. Mack at the JloSman House, ytirterciay, he declared most ♦rophaUcally that hp <*a* oppof-d to sending •n Instructed dei-. ratlon trom. this State to *'• Louis. No -o«ruct*« «ttaratkwi to Mr. Mack means •• *«inatJ«n for Judfe Parker. Mr. Mack had been sounding Mr. Murphy. * on the subject m trer.eral of an Instructed ♦legation, then of a de'.egatlon tr*tru<ted in particular to vote for Judge Parker. VThtn ■ Murphy called oc the Ftate Commltteo man K«t«rtay, tjjj, was ail cW*r*4 up thoroughly •MjSecavely. Mr. Murvhy «u opposed on **a*r*l Principles to an Instructed delegation. ,''. 'd - He WM not favorlr* Judge Parker's ****• ana If be had anything to 4o with th , C * UOn ° r tSj * o««duct of its noemhera, at J*«»"oa would co uninetructed. •c a/^H^'' u>0 ' to llke! > to **•*• conslderabl. mi^^ tht ***«*•• Mr. Hill may have Ti^T** "* y but unrtl H to a fervent YorT2^* "there's only one eader In New- Th.r^f*' hc hacss oul ln I^urteenth-Pt «ui*a ~: ° an m ' ouM not «swt Mr. HUI wa« >,V; fl J.'.".f* ' 6etb * ck to Mr. Mack. He had ~p— \—i Mr. brym wouW totether l«MlAti«* «a fourth ptn , x^..^. e T^V.-^ W in, B .ru,NEW-YORK. SATURDAY. /FEBRUARY 27. 1904 -SIXTEEN PAGES.-* t**^"^*,. •ultation with the tftnts of the many lr.rur ance companies that are Interested In the fir*: Granite Building, value. 1600.000; loss at pres ent. (300.000; insurance, $175,000. Buell Puildlng. next east of Granite Building, occupied by the Slbley. Lindsay ft Ourr Com pany, value of building. 17.1,000; Insurance, $60. 000. Total loss. Building owned by EHwanager 9t Barry, known as the Marble Building estate, next to the Buell Building, occupied by the Beadle * Sherburae Company, value of building, $20,000; lnnuraroe. f 1.1.000. Total lot*. Cornwall Building, next eest of the Ellwanger & Barry BulUlng. and occupied by the Beadle & Sherbum- Company, value. $75,000: Insur ance. $60,000. Total loss. Klrley Bulling, next east of the Cornwall Building, and occupied by the Rochester Dry goods Company; value. $.V».O00; insurance. $20,000. Total loam. Building occupied by Walkover Shoe Com d fast of tbe Kirley Building, value. $10,000. insurance. $5,000. Slbley. LJndsny & Curr Company, wholesale building, in rear of Granite " iildlng. fronting on St. Paul-st.; insurance. SSSO.OOOL Total loss. Tie lows to stock and insurance are thus summarized l>y Mr. Johnson: ihley. L!nds.-iy A Curr Company— Reta^ Mock, vaj-je $350,000: insurance, $3(XM*X); total las*. Wholesale stock, value $1,20 •• Insur : '-e $].<M».W<»; total loss. L**s to tenants In the Granite Building. $200. <.->/: tsscmce. ?I<*».<«" Uama to teriNntc in the Buell Building. 529.6Q0; Insurance. t2O,OOT\ Loss to tenants in the Klrley Building. $25.«W>, insurance, $'JO.O<.M. Loss to Walkover Shoe Company. $1S,000; In sur:»nr*. $1 H)r t Gihlions A Stone Company. Insurance $15,000; partial loss. I,oss ln flock to Beadle A- Shelburne Com pany. $.';.VH tm. i;;suri4!,ce. ISSOunOOt l^s* !n stork of Rochester Drygoods Com pany. nMtfNKfc insurance. $125/ •<"«». Mnunm CRUSHED by walls. Ttie low to buildings !n the rear of the Miin- Ft. structuren. crushed by falling walls. Is estl mated -• .<7.<*^». The buildings consist of five houses In Mortimcr-£.t.. the Wright livery stable, the ihley barn in i.«lon-st. and William B. P.;.rker"s warehouse. The Granite Building is the largest and mosi htUriHilir* one In the burnefj _r*a> Its base inent and ground floor and portions of the sec on-l, third and foUTttl floors are *Qe_P—si by the drygoods firm <■' BUKkJ. Indsay * Curr; the r^rrafntrg stories are clven over to busi ness sT.d rrofe^slonal tiien The contents of this -)i!<llPg have been entirely • destroyed. Among the tenants of tbe Granite Building were the Vpmiu m Oil Cornpsr.y. a hran<-b of the Ft.ir.dard Oil Comr»ry. and the p>-adstreet Mer cantile AgT y It Is estimated that 2.ri(V> po r . sons are afO^ted directly by the fire. The Fib ley, ' 'ndsay _• Curr Comrsny employed I.f"X» r«f»ttr.MSl on flflb P»«e. TO PRAISE ROOSEVELT. COXVESTIOX APRIL 12. Erprrted Action of State Committee — Talk tiith Governor. Tlie R»piiM!can Plate Committee, at Its meet ins at th- Tifth Avenue RoCd this forenoon at |0 o'clock, will adopt resolutions praielnp, the administration of Prr«Jdent Roo_erelt and de claring 1t to be the pense of the committee that the delegates from this Ptate to the national convention ln Chicago on June 21 should be in structed for him. The convention, it was fairly well settled last r.icht. will be held In f'arnegle Hall on April 12. The Congress district conventions through out the Ptate for the ejection of delegates to the nationsl rcr.ventlon will, as a rule, be held before the State convention. , after a talk last night with Senator Plaf lasting an hour and a half, said: "Thcr '11 lie no objection, I think, to the bj*i_lng in early State convention, and the adoption of a resolution commending the ad ministration of President Roosevelt." "Will anything come up to-morrow with ref erence to a successor to Colonel Dunn as chair man of the State Committee?' the Governor was asked. "No." Mid tbe Governor. "The new Stnte Clmmltte* elects its own chairman, and the new Ptate Committee will not be assembled until the Bute .-onventlon." The etory was revived yesterday at the Fifth AxetiL* Hotel that after the subject of the man agement of the next State campaign Is all thrashed out the Governors friends in the new < ontlauea >m fourth pace. FAMOUS TRAINS TO FLORIDA. "N. T. & Fla. gpedal." 2_» P. H- "Fla. * Wejrt Indian Ltd.," »-3 A. M. Unexr*l!~d 5-rvtce vta rcnn. ft AU&oUc Coast Una. ll«i way.— Aiivt. THE BURNED BLOCK IV ROCHESTER. The twelve structure In the centra of th« view wag knov-n as th* Granite BuiMing. and wu ceenpied by th- Slbley, Lindsay & Curr Company. Tha flre started at the rUht of the G-anlte 3ulldlns ar.<i burned all the bu'ldtnjs shown In the picture. <Photo«raph by National Art Vl«rs C* MACIIEX FOL'ND GUILTY. POSTAL FRAUDS PROVED. The Groffs and Lorenz r Also Con victed — Government Victory. frUOJt THB ■■■ ■■■ ST'RIUU.] Washington. Feb. August W. Machen. the man on whom, ns long ago as August 1. The Tribune conferred the title of "Prince of Graft ers." and who was the chief conspirator in the gigantic frauds which last summer were found to have permeated the Postofnre Department, has been ronvhted of having violated s. ctlon 5.440 r.f the i:nlt»-d Sttt's statutes, and will probably «oon l.e sentenced to a term ln th* peni tentiary. With Mai'hen have N-cn r->nvlct*d his co-consplrator*. Dlller U. f}roff. Samuel A. Groff and George K. I>oren«, the flr«' tv. n the manufacturers of the GmfT fastener, the <ither the "go-beturen" through whom th'; Illegal com n.l.ssions whlfh the Groffs paid to Machen passed. T?;er*» are thirteen inor» tndtctn'.entu against M— chen. on sevenU of which he Is al most certain to be tried. Martha J. I>ore«iz was dl«charg«*d at the suggestion of the prosecution, there not being _i_Bl 111 1 evidence to convkt her. While MaclMa and his "rial*" hive been found guilty on every OOVttt of the Indlc'ment. tliey are convicted. in thi< hrttlWt. of or.ly gM crime, an 1 the penalty prcs< rlbed bj the ''.-itut" consists of a fine of not |_h than $I.'JU<>. and not more than 51".*"""'. and not to ex.e^d two years' lmprisonm«nt. Mth^ugh this p*JM_tjr f-eems light. In view nf tIM cravlty of the of ff-nce. Machen and the *th*ra hn\ing in this In stance defrauded the government out of ap proxlmati-ly .*!> •.<•"»». that causes »io regret to the goveri. ment o;in-i;tls. who regard the moral effect for which they have b«e!i striving so rnrnestly a« fully accomplished bjf the simple fact that Machen and his p_T-BCTS in rrlme will have to undergo imprisonni'nt. This i« _ pourc« of great satisfaction to all con> erncd in the Po3toflire Inv. stlgati"!i ;ird the »uh*eo,uent pro^ e<-utton. It has long been whispered that no pub 11 ■ ofTirial could cv<r _■ convicted l>y a Wash ington Jurv for defrauding the government. That supposition has n^-w been disproved. nn«l Marhen's experience will stand as a forcible ex ample to every official who may her'.ifter be tempted to betray th- trust Imposed In hlm. OFFICIALS MUCH GRATIFIED. 1 The attorneys for the defence have already given notlr* of their intention to appeal for a new trial, but there i« no reason to believe that the plea will avail. It Is a source of gratifica tion, now that conviction has Wn obtained, that the defence has few exceptions on which to base an appeal to a higher court. In almost every Insisnce all mooted questions have been decided in favor of the defence throughout the seven weeks' trial J'ist ended. One ruling of the court In particular caused serious uneasiness to th-: government. In <-harglng the Jury, Justice Pritchard informed then, that unless the evi dence showed that Machen's conspiracy resulted in an Increased cost of the Groft fasteners to the government they must find the accused men Innocent. This was a direct reversal of the charge of the Baltimore court fore which Up ton and McGregor were tried and convicted, the Judge in that Instance having declared that proof that officials had profited by the sales to the government must be considered as proof of guilt. This makes the third conviction which the government has obtained as a result of the Post office Investigation. T'pton and McGregor were convicted in Baltimore and ex-Rep-esentatlve prlggn In Brooklyn. Only one ca?e has been lost, that of Miller and John?. Under the cir cumstances the ros,toffive officials regard the conviction of Beaver*. Green and others under indictment and awaiting trial as a foregone con clusion. This is also regarded as notable evi dence of the thoroughness of the recent investi gation and of the Justice of th« conclusions drawn by Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bristow. Assistant Attorney General Robb and their subordinates. THE VERDICT ANNOUNCED. "Guilty as Indicted" was the verdict an nounced by Carl Peterson, the foreman of the shortly after 8 o'clock to-night. He said at the same time that this was the verdict as to all four defendants. August W. Maehen. late general superintendent of the rural free delivery division; George E. Lorenz. of Toledo, Ohio, and Samuel A. and Diller B. Groff, of this city. The jury had be«n out nine hours, although the ver dict was reached in eight hours and twenty-five Contln i-d mm ninth »•_». P.uj/V SERVICE TO PINEHURST. Pullman Parlor and sleeptn* car*, dally, via Sea board Air Uim Ry. I-cave New "iork B«R M and 15:10 A. M. Arrive Ptnehurst 7«o *• M. » nd 'ow v U. <»«'•«-« -13 Broad way. -AiS\_ .. A LIBERAL VICTORY NEAR BALFOVR CABINET WF.iK. Dissolution of Parliament Within Six Weeks Predicted. London, F«b. 26. — The Associated Press Is In a position to state that there will be a disso lution of Parliament within six week?, and If. >• It is expected, the Liberals are returned to power. King Edward will summon I^ord Spencer (Liberal leader In the House of Lords) to form a Cabinet. His majesty and all prominent politicians are fully aware of the situation crested by the Ir remediable rieavaice In the Unionist ranks by fiscal and by other differences, and they are all preparinn for a speedy fall of th* government »n«i a c.isequent general election. T(i* *govertarr.«:nt'« majorities ' have been iwlndllng gradually »ver since the N»irlnntnr of the present session of Parliament. A majority of M out of a nominal 120 was all the *r»vern menf could muster after n debate of one week on such an Important plank of its policy as the fiscal question. A Mmllar small majority saved in* Ko\rrnment from defeat on the army ques tion, whll* last Tilrht It roul<? show only a b*ir- Karly majority of fourteen against an opposi tion amendment reducing the Important supple mentary navy vote. Ijast night's narrow esrape was not very Im portant, because It was In the nature of a "snatch" vote, but several such Incidents make the Kovrroment's position untenable. Such large numbers of the government's usual supporters have decided not to stnnd for re-election that they are Indifferent ax to when the dissolution 0.-.urs. and In spit* of ■" thr efforts of th whips it ha* been found Impossible to secure their regular uttmaimmm. On th* other hand the opposition factions have been gradually h'-allng their differences. and their constant attacks OpOO the govern ment have shown rapidly Increasing strength. Th<> decision of th<» government against the Ir!«h Vnlversltv bill completed the alienation of the Nationalist* 1 and John Redmond's follow ers decided at a meeting yesterday to vote with the Liberals to turn out the government at th first opportunity. The resignation of the Duke of r»evon*hlr« as Lord President of the Council proved a shat tering blow to the already weakened Balfour Cabinet, and his subsequent repudiation of everything In the nature of a departure from Great Britain's free trade policy assisted mate rially in bringing together the various factions opposed to the present administration, and in d-rldlng the Free Food Liberal Unionists to abstain from at least a"lve support of the ministers. Those wht ire best Informed on political mat ters including even man> persons In close touch with Joseph Chamberlain, anticipate that the Liberals will not only win easily at the forth coming general election, but estimate that their majority may be as high as 150. For «n interesting letter on tn« Parlfam-ntarr situa tion by Th« Trlbanet London torr»»pon<l*nt. ee« th« flev#nth par* UNIONISTS GAIN A SEAT. 1 nnnor Feb. 2* -The by-election to nil the seat In Parliament from South Birmingham, made va rant by the recent death of Jcseph Powell Will lams (Liberal-Unionist) was held to-day, with the following result: Lord M«nvtri <tntent«> *•£*. Ulr»t H"llo-»U (Über«l> - _. Unionist majority 307a Joseph Pow'll Williams was elected for South Birmingham without opposition. COLD ULSTER CO PUMPKIN BLOWS UP. Explosion Shatters Stove and Partially Wrecks a House. [BT TEUEORAPn TO THE MMM] Poughkeepsie. N. Y.. Feb. 26.— A most un usual incident occurred at (iardlner, Ulster County, yesterday, when a stove was blown to fragments in the home of Mrs. J. R. Oallimore and the house partially wrecked by the ex plosion of a large pumpkin. It happened that the ordinary protection from frost provided for the pumpkin pile was not proof against the severe cold of the winter. Mrs. Gallimore placed the pumpkin in the oven to thaw out, starting a roaring lire. As she stepped Into an adjoin ing room she heard the roar of the explosion. Hurryln* bark, she found the room covered with scraps cf iron and pumpkin seeds and ulp. HAMMERING AT PORT ARTHUR LITTLE DAMAGE CAUSED BY REPEATED ATTACKS OF THE JAPANESE SQUADRON . Corea to Call nv Trnnps to Serze rvith the Mikado's Forces -Frrnncw amd Spain Sign Arbitration Treatij — Japanese Wanhip* O Japanese torpedo boats again attempted to cre^p up to the Russian warship* at Port Arthur on the morning cf Februarv 26. but were discovered and repulsed. Another bombardment by the Japanese squadron was reported ineffective. The Russians repeat the statement that one Japanese torpedo boat was sunk m the previous encounter The result of the attempt to block the channel at Fort Arthur bv sinking steamers remains ;n doubt One Tokio dispatch told of the venture's failure, while other messages to the legations at Wa:hington and London said the object had been attained. The Corean government decided to order the troops to join the Japanese in the field. TO DESTROY VLADIVOSTOK British Experts, Horceier, Doubt Landing at Possiet Bay. (Ss«ctai to Th« New Tart Trtbun* bT rrenrh Cuble ) foprrltht: l»O4: Rr Tn« Trtlmn* AMOdatto*.) London. Feb. 20.— Th» military writers are sorely perplexed by the range anJ contra>l nature of the war rumors. The fifth attack of Admiral Togo upon Port Arthur Is described in the Russian dispatches as a fresh Japanese re pulse after a three hours' engagement, but th« details are lacking, and the reports must be ac cepted with caution. The reports of the appearance of another strong Japanese fleet off Vladivostok fit in with the new version of the Japanese land .'ampsdgn. but will be discussed with reserve and suspicion by the military writers In the morning papers. The account of the landing of a large Japanese, force at Possiet Bay without opposition excites Incredulity, since there were two Russian gar risons within ten miles, and 25,000 troops were supposed to be available at the outbreak of th* war for the defence of the Vladivostok district. The theory that an array corps Is marching across the country toward Klrln Is rejected by the majority of the -rltlrs. and the opinion pre vails that Vladivostok Itself Is the object of at tack If operation* have been undertaken In that quarter. The select of Possiet Bay as a base help* to explain marur unintelligible reports about breaks In the railway between Harbin and Vladlvlstok. the withdrawal of the government onVials inland and the mysterious mamrurres of the Russian cruiser fleet. Tt also renders In telligible the persistent efforts of Admiral Toco to shut up the entran.-e to Port Arthur. While the critics accept the confirmation of the Possiet Hay rumors with extreme caution, they admit that the Japanese rarnot do better than to In- T«st Vladivostok befor* b»«leflng Port Arthur. since it is a more vu)n«rs>bl* im*mi ftitlcr. TV first object of tbe Japan— e. they contend, must be the destruction of the Russian naval pow»r f:i the Pacific, and this cannot be accomplished until the two strongholds are besieged and captured. After communications with Harbin have boen cut the army corps In Corea, accord- In to this view, will be stationed there to hoM the capital and to keep the Russians on the Yalu on the defensive. There is little trusts orthy news from Northern Corea or any other quarter, the Japanese plans being carried out with great secrecy. I. N. F. RUPTURE WITH FRANCE? St. Petersburg Hears a Startling Rumor of Break at Seoul. T.'-<n.lon, F*b. 27 A report which er.ianates from St. Petersburg, says the Japanese Min ister at Seoul has requested the Corean gov ernment to hand the French Minister his pass ports. COREA TO JOIN I\ WAR Troops Will Be Ordered to Japanese in the Field. P»oul. Feb. SbV-41* Cot*an corvernm*nt hss decided to order the Corean troops to Join the Japsnese In the field. The port of WIJu was opened to forelim trade last night. The limitations to b» placed on trade and other Incidental matter* will h-» passed on later. This action makes a harbor necessary, and Tongamph" has b*°n chosen. Paris. Feb. 26\-The French Foreign Office categorically denies the report published In j. London paper that, Corea having become the ally of Japan, under th» new Japanese-Corean treaty, France is thereby required to become the active ally of Russia. The officials say the situation does not warrant such a conclusion, and add that the new treaty does not make the slightest change in the position of France. The Statesman's Tear Book for 1303 gtres the following details of the Corean Army Th* standing armv now consists of abwit T7_«W men with European m-tho.!* In IS>> It wm taken In hand by n. Ku«?ian colonel, with fhre- commis sio-icd and ten ncn-commtsfioned craoers. who r/" t red. however, In IS3». A. royal bodyguard of l.flm rnen'waa formed, and has been well drilled, and periodically a draft of well trained men is trans ferred from It to tr,- other regiments of th* utand inE- armv A police force- of about two thousand men has also been formed an<l ts under the police department. BATTLE NEAR T\ COMMA. JTl— fl of Opposing Forces Mi Russians Xot Advnnring. London. Feb. 27— "Russian and Japanese scouts." *ays the Tokio correspondent of The Times." "sighted each other on Thursday morn ing at Sukchen. twenty-five miles north of Ping- Tang, but did not come In contact. "The Russians are not moving southward of the Tuinen Rlv-r. where in- l__is are ex tremely had. •The changes In the Corean Cabinet have brought into power the partisans of the United States and Japan. "Russian soldiers have seiaed the premises of an American mining «ompany at Ur.san. about one hundred ami fifty miles north of Ping- Tang." ' INVESTIGATE THE RECORD o' the famous Seaboard Florida Limited train and b* convinc. : -rtorlty. Lea—* USo P. _l. dally Offlc« IIS". Broadway.— Ad\ t. PRICE THREE CENTS. ANOTHER SHORT ACTION. T>>rpcdo Boats and Squadron 'Again Fail To Do Damage. St. P-tershurr *>h. 2*.-* dispatch llMlnd here from Port Arthur, dated l>br_arr 2*. says: "At 1 o'clock th_i mmrntum *snr*tal Japanese torpedo boats were sighted from here with their sails set for the purpose of disguising their character. The batt>*>.:;> R-v:__n and the shore batteries opened flr« on them and con tteued flrln» until daybreak, without any visible result. "Aftor daybreak a Japanese squadron, appar ently con-oytng transport*, was sighted. At 11:15 thl* squadron came nearer, and an en gagement which lasted forty minutes ensued. "There wa* no damage. Few sheU» fell la Port Arthur. "It I* expected her* that th* Japanese will at- "An Inspection of the Japaaese flr*e_lp* sent teto thl* harbor on !>brt uiry 24 shows that they were loaded with coal and keroaena. and that electrical Infernal machine* bad been plaesd in th* midst of this cargo. " A Ruasian coiiopondent of Tbe Ajmcl* tm _ Pr-s* telegraphs from Port Artaur under *•-» of February 26 a* follow s: "I_rt night at about 10 o'clock Japanese t«r pedo boat* again —ucos-fmPy attempted to approach Port Arthur. Flrtas wa* heard at s-a after midnight, and It k* pia— isnsd that Ilii-rts- torpedo boats or torpedo boat destroy ers had attacked th* Jaaaae**. No detail* of the reswlt are at h_hd." ALEX JEFF'S REPORTS. One Japanese Torpedo Bnnt Sunk in the Previoui Actions. m Petersburg. Feb. 2&— The following tele gram from Viceroy Alexte+T to the Oar. dat*# February 28, is published b*re: On rebruary 24 seventeen of th>- ewsrar'* warships, with twehr* torpedo boats ana steamers, were cruial_» ©u-side, Port Arthur, but keeping out of range. On the same day the Rue-ian T cruiser* Bay an. Askold and Novik left the roadstead. Two Japanese cruisers advanced toward the Novik. which, returned to Port Arthur, accompanied by our torpedo boats frorn Pigeon Bay. Th* enemy's cruisers wer* let* In the evening our cruisers i*t«rned to th» r On the night of February 25 our torpedo beats proceeded award. The same rUjght »*J«» anese torpedo boats again appeared In the road* and th- battleship Retvtzan and the fort bat teries opened flre on them. Battery No. IS re ports having sunk on« of the enemy'* torj«*» Hi o'clock ln the morning a squadron •♦ fcurt^en vessels was sighted __J»»« distance. m Maps of Port Arthur and Port Ailams and chart of the Tellow Sea were dtoro-ered aboard the enemy's vessels which were, s_n» m th<* night attack of February 24. Cuada-li*» wir** and electrtc batteries were found on the re— *i which cauarht flr». The wire* wer» cut by port miners. The flre ha* been extinguished. A copy of another telegram from Viceroy AlexlefT to the Emperor has Just b*en given out. It I* dated February 2T». The plao* whence It is sent Is not stated, but to supposed to b* Moukden. The message Is as follows: A squadron of the enemy's vessels, cumbering sixteen . approached the fortress about "* o'clock this morning and opened a '"■'""j" on th* cruisers Aakold. Bay an and ><*»■*• which were in the outer harbor, and also on the fortress. The flrins continued for half *n hour Then our cruisers went into the narbor The. enernv tired for s-veral minutes on one o. our tattertesT and the-, began to leave. They stopped "within ■tsht of the fort, but out of four of the enemy's cruisers de- They directed also a 3tron« eaiUM-Waw against the shore. The rommandant «■■ rm»nMv *ent troops to Pigeon Bay. q TVe firing there last.d for thirty minutes B no landing was made Th* Japanese «iw*sj* then departed SuitaMe messures hwre been taken to oppose a po«lble effort on Ik* part of th r*,u'r n To m s r erth^d P ay P w b ereTne man wounded at "l respectfully report the above to yourfcn perlal maj- ALEXIEFr*. A «imllar di^atch was recetr-d frorn Oen*r_l Pflug. the Viceroy's ch'ef of staff. Th# g*» eral ad^s: The ©fflcer .omm_nding at \ I>div ?* ta * JL J?' ports that on February 24. early in th* —»• ing ten of the enemy's ships wer* ■— n tm of the island* Tmff dtoapp*axed «n tb* •_»*_• in the evening. An unofficial dtopateh from Fert Arthur says the Japanese torpedo boat attack of February 2f> resulted In a complete RiMStan m*. i***- The accurate shootln* of th» batterie* lnflkrtad los*-s on the enemy and caused the boiler on an* «f the Japanese torpedo boats to explr Early In tbe morning a Japanese fleet, con sisting of six battleship* and four er_to» peared on the hortaon. The Ruavtan crutoer* Askold. B«yan and Wovlk wer* then In t_* harbor, and the Japa aea* torpedo 1 boat* ad vanced to within thirty or thlrty-fl-e cabi* lengths to attack them. The Japanese battleship* and rruto*r* «-p arated. and th*» advanced ipitnt two BuaH-M torpedo boat* cruising In Picecu B_y. O_e at