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Ptfrt Arthur, which the Russian squadron left
+ i 7 o'clock on Wednesday. August I°.
Crippled Czarevitch and Palladaaiid
Noiik at German Port.
Che-Foo. Auk 13— A !ate report from Tuins-
Chau says that ♦!-.*• Russian warships still there
m the battleship <'zarevltch. the protected
• nan Fallada a:id Novik. and threw torpedo
no»t destroyer.. Ti;e Csareritslw which is bad
iy damaged, is being repaired with German ■••
sistance. Jt im eJlrged.
A 'trur.g detachment of Jap.ar.ese warships Is
jeported 10 have railed south for the purpose of
intercepting the Vladivostok feet, which it is
believed ha» not yet «-ffecied ■ Junction, with the
vessel reported to have been purchased by
J-u**i* from the Argentine fe'overom«r.t.
Berlin. Aug. 12.— The ForeUm Office confirms
the arrival last niglu at Tsimr-Cliau. at the en
irance of Klao-Chau Bay. th^ German conces
sion on the Shar.-Tung Peninsula, of th« Rus
sian battleship Czarevitch <not the protects
cruiser Askold.i. the protected cruiser >'ovlk and
an unnamed tori>edo boat.
The. Cxarevltch is in an worthy condi
tion, having been damaged vi Wednesday's
Ctoe-Fbo, Aug. 12.— 1t Is reported here that
the Russian warships at T*'ng-Ohau are the
protected cruisers Novik and A«kold and s bat
tleship of the Czarevitch type. Two of them
»nd one destroyer, he adds, are taking Cardiff
coal on board. Another report says that the
••misere in th« Aekold r.i the Dl&na. The Jap
anew are guarding sU points
Two Rusfljiti lorpedo boats are said to have
been captured en the Chine** CB— <.
It '.* V*lJe\-ed ih*t the attempt of the Russian
•hips at Port Arthur tr, join the Vladivostok
*iuadron has been thwarted.
The German armored cruiser Filrst Bismarck
•ailed at 2 p. m. far the port of Tsing-Chau.
Her preparations werr made In the greatest
Warship* Must Leave Port in a Day
or Be Dismantled.
Washington. Aug. — Consul Crenersl Goo<J
now gent a dispatch to the State Department to
«!aj' from Shanghai, saylnir that a Runslan tor
pedo boat destroyer had just arrived there and
that four Russian crul»er» are expected to
The status of the Ru*»iß.n vessel Tvhlch ar*
reported to have taken refuge In Klao-Chau
Harbor Is said here to be -well defined in inter
national law, and the Berlin advices Indicate
that the German government is in no doubt on
that point. Tlie vessel* must, if able, leave
the port within twenty-four hours after their
arrival, else Germany will herself be guilty of
a breach of neutrality. The alternative is that
the ships shall be dismantled, and the German
' government vrlll be responsible for their deten
tion in the harbor until the end of the war.
In the case of the Crarevitch. the battleship
reported to be In an ur.pea worthy condition, the
German authorities may allow emergency re
pairs before requiring her to leave the port, but
the seaworthy vessels must go. taking only suffi
cient coal to move them to the nearest home,
port, which would in this case probably be re
garded as Vladivostok. UM miles distant.
rrobahly the treaty of peace which will con
clude the war will contain a. paragraph making
dispositioa of the Russian vessels which have
taken refuge In Chinese waters. If Japan is the
\lctor she probably will claim the ships; other
wise they v ill be again armed and return to'
RttSFIH.. ports.
IWlin, Aug. 1J. — The government's instruc-
It J >ns lo Captain Truppel. Governor of Klao-
Chau. which Is In the Jurisdiction of the Navy
Department although explicit In that the Novlk
and tlie torpedo boat must leave Tsing-Chau
within the twenty-four hour limit, do not. it is
understood, provide for the possible refusal of
the Russian vessels to leave that part. The
Czarevitch, being unseaworthy. must naturally
remain in the harbor.
The Foreign C>fflre probably will take no
further action until Admiral yon Trlttwitz ar
rives at Kiao-Chau and reports on the situation.
The admiral sailed to-das- from Che-Foo on
i>oard the armored cruiser Furst Bismarck.
It is suggested by one In authority that if the
Russian ships refuse to depart they will be re
quired to disarm.
Chancellor yon B:'.'. .v ho n-.e to Berlin to
*+■ Emperor WJillani yesterday, returned this
afternoon to N'ord^riiey Island, Hanover, where
fie Is spending his alien. This is interpreted
to mean that he does not rejranl the arrival of
Russian warships at Kiao-Cbau as ■etagf a seri
ous incident, as otherwise ha would rrmain here
or Join the Emperor at TTflhelmshohe.
Said to Have Gone Drum Off Port
Arthur with All on Board
■ Ivonflon. Aug. 12.— a dispatch to Router's Tele
grarr. Company from St. Petersburg says that
the Japanese armored cruiser Kasuga. formerly
the Argentine warship Rivadavia, was sunk
with all or. hoard in the engagement off Port
Arthur or Wednesday la*t.
Th« Kaeug* and the Nl»»hin »er« pjrc!;aj»«d by
Japan from AiC'itina prior to the outbreak of
the war. Th«r »«« built in Italy, ami left Oenoa
on January 9 for Yokoh&nit. #sjsra they arrived
«ri February ]«, and took prominent parts In th«
operations before Port Arthur.
The Kaau^a. was of T.fyi leas ttsplaeeaMat.
aatsJsd a <-re«r oT »i • ffi.^r^ •• n.i n.en ru-A j,,,;
-• ie-'.t,r:i fun. •-. 8-inch guriK. fourteen 6-inch
*.■-'«. lea ? Inch guns o ■ '. eight smaller rapid
fro gun*. si.c had sis in«rhf» or nickel steel
On May IS th« Kn.tii.ca ran lute »nd sank th»
•**panes» cruiter Yoahino. only nlnetv of th« lat
—. vessars .-•«• Ye."i; mvk.
Shangfud Report Gives Rise to Be
lief in Fleet's Escape.
Ft. Petersburg. Aug •;;. -At the Admiralty,
.«.> the officers were an duty lute, every re-
I*>rt received whs eagerly aranmsl but the frag
i-er.iary news from gsfsfpi an.i Japanc-i
sources left much flcabt ss to the result of th*
fight between the Port Arthur squadron and tho
Japanese last •in*. us to th.- location of the Rus-
BSBSI ships. All thai acsasa to be established is
that there was a Sar-« running right and a alght
torpedo attack, lit which come of the chips be
oame separated from the squadron, but the
litest 4i;j*tche* from Shanghai, saying that
four battleships are near that city, seem to in.li
cate that the Japanese ».er# b-a«en o?T. though
with what «amar» Is not <iesr.
Tlioujfo at least four itussLati.baiU?»hlpa an
aaay to her* rescho-J il a <«iien *„.-.. .he cruUeni
Fallada, Askold in! Diana :I ] : <j one battleship
remain un»4jcount<-: fcr\ Tha injuries ausUb>o4
*7 the battleship Czarevitch miik* her ?af«. In
lbs harbor of Tsir.it Cl tv t, it tho Novlk v
under notlca served by the German authorltl*;
to depart As she Is capable of making twenty,
thru* knots an hour, there are strong hopes tha:
see will escape. unless thero are Japanese cmis
C** awaitlji^ her.
Russian Cruiser Leaves Tsing-Chau
at End of Time Limit.
Chee-Ko<>, Aug. 13 (noon).— A message has
Just been received here saying that the Russian
cruiser NovJk escaped from Tsing-Chau at the
expiration of the time limit of twenty-four hours
sot upon her remaining there.
No fighting at sea has yet been reported.
One Shell Kills or Wounds Two
Hundred Persons.
Che-Foo. Aug. 12.— A Junk which has arrived
here from Port Arthur on August 8, brings
confirmation of previous reports of severe fight
ing day and night.
Or* Japancso shell struck the corner of a
bunding In Port Arthur, and killed or wounded
two hundred persona. Fifteen 6-Inch shells fell
at one spot on the waterfront In one day, but
hurt no one.
It is roughly ertlmnted thai the Japanese are
from five to eight miles from Port Arthur.
It was learned to-day that four Russian
sailors were carried away on the Ryeshitelni.
Slight Pressure on South Front—
\n Change on East.
m Pwteraburg Au«. 12.— Tho Empstw haa ro
oarrad the following dlapatch froßi General
Kuropatkir,. dsterl August 11:
A forward movement of a ,«mall detachment of
Japanese against the south front of the Man
churlan army was observed to-day
Rands of Chinese bandits led by Japanese offi
cers are beginning to appear in th? region ol tne
Liao River, above New-Chwang.
General Kuropatkin also reports n skirmish In
which the Japanese losi fifteen men killed or
wounded and the Russians one man killed. He
ears no important changes have taken pin'-* on
the efi*t front.
General Oku's Outposts Reported Eight
Miles from An-Shan-Chau.
Paris, aug. 12.— A dispatch to the -Temps"
from L.tao-Yansr says:
The. Jar»nese outposts are eight miles south
of ECal-Chan-Chwang (An-Shan-Chan?). The
Japanese advance has entirely stopped.
The Chinese afhrm that several r*glm«nte
have been detached from this army and sent to
Port Art!.:-
The Fights at Yang-Tse and Yushu
-Busman* Driven Back.
General Kuroki's Headquarters In th.- Field,
Mar rowan, Aug. I (delayed in transmission*.—
Yest err] ays battle consisted of a double attack
for the. purpose of driving the Hussions from their
strong defences commanding the Yang-Tse Pass,
on •!- Mao-Yang ■■■..!. through the Orel range
of hills beyond Motion Pass and from Yushu Pass
on the road to Moukden. The operations extended
ovr a front more than fifty miles long. Beth «t
talk* were successful In respect to carrying l«c«1
points, but the Japai ccc plans were rot fulfilled.
lor the reason that they contemplated parti) sur
rounding the enemy, capturing many ar.<l po*siblr
capturing the batteries Th» Russians managed
to retreat with all their pnu except one They
carried «way their dead and wounded, mid they
left c«wer prisoners behind than in several rec'-nt
outpost nklrnilabea.
The Russians had their batteries and entrench
ments In One strategic positions, and :■' ■• showed
better generalship than heretofore. Their artillery
fire Whs accurate when they hart located the Jap
anese positions. Their Infantry In some of th«
trencbee n-.»ue determined stands, but most of the
contingents fled when the Japanese «m« able v,
r ,. 1( -h Heee quarters, betas evidently unnerved t>y
i -.fir previous experience!" with th»; Japanese troops.
The Russian batteries left their ammunition and
much of Utetr equipment on the Held ami one gun
which lad been overturned when they were- gallop-
Ing down the hill, showing thai the butteries were
hard pressed. The Japanese artillery fir., wi ac
curate, and the advance of the Infantry was
courageous, m usual. The Japan** plan of battle
was as follows:
The main body of the. division occupying the .■«■■!
tre of the Japanese iine Wai to move on Yang-
T*e Pass with on Infantry attack, crossing the val
ley diagonally toward the southwest. The division
occupying the Japanese left was to attack from the
south, flanking and taking the rear of the Russian
positions. The division on the Japanese ritrlit. to
gether with a contingent from the centre division,
was to attack Yunhu Pas*. The Infantry advance,
on Vnng-Tse Pass begun BO late that the Japanese
were unable to reach the highest Russian intrench
ments before dark, owing to the vigorous defence.
The attack was resumed early the next morning.
The main body of the Russians had retired in the
nig'nt. leaving only ■ rear guard.
In the night „f July 30 the Japanese repaired the
road so as to bring up guns. Scouting parties lo
cated and prepared positions for the guns. Seven
batteries were sent forward. A majority of them
took possession of a range of hills nearest the val
ley, while the others reached the cover of the corn
fields below. The left division advanced three
brigades on different roads These engaged In an
Infantry attack all day. At ip. m. the. Russians at
tempted a counter attack, but they ware, repulsed,
Bostalning a heavy loss. One Japanese brigade
x«achcd a •itlon southwest of Yarg-Ts« Pass at 5
p. m.. being practically in the Kufc.Uu rear, but th«
attack was unsuccessful.
The centre of the. division marched from th*
northeeet. took the village of Tlensutin on the
plain and a gun position there, but It met a stub
bon; resistance on ■ cool htll north of the pass,
where th» Russians were Intrenched and where
they made a successful Ktand with a small force.
Th* light at Tuahu I'hhh also began at daylight.
A detachment from th» Japan*-** centre. <llvislon
marched thither through Henltti At 8 o'clock a
K*-neral attai * was made on the Kussiar. sight. The
Kneslaiis lost many men, and raised three Red
rosa flags. Under their cover they carried away
their wounded, the Japanese, ceasing their fire In
the mean time.. The Ruaslana were driven from the
flrrt lines of their defences, and pursued to the
second line. The fighting wan renewed this morn-
Ing (August 1), and the Japanese carried the posi
tions. The artillery battle was more evenly
matched, and a more impressive spectacle than the
vii<- preceding tin crossing of the Yalu
The two armleii hanged fire from the hilltops
• rr;»s the valley for twelve hours, with the excep
tion of a <!«esatlor: for two hours at midday, it
waa Impossltiln to sec the results of the fire.
N»Hher side succeeded lr. pilencing any of the bat
tes!ea of the other. It appeared to be a drawn
«ran.«- Th« Russians used about thirty cuns. Their
principal position was on the hishest hill southwest
of Towar, facing the road from Mao- Tien Pass.
Tor three hours in the morning the Japanese shells
were constantly burstir.g about the Hillside, ami
puff* of whit* shrapnel smoke were hanging there
fa clusters, with in <.ccaalonal cloud of dust thrown
up when a shell struck the •art!:. Another Rus
sian battery was on lha elope or a hill one mile
north of Towaa. Another was on a low hill direct
ly south of the village, covering th» approaches
to the village across the fields from tho south and
east. These batteries were the targets of a con
stant bombardment. When the last one was visited
t>rterwar<l more than fifty holes torn by shells
were discovered In the ground within a radius of
in© yards directly behind the puns. Yhree dead
horses, killed when hrought up to remove the bat
tery. were also found
Until the attacking infantry appeared in th*
Jlelds at ip. in., the country seemed deserted All
the ni'salsne were <i>ider cover, and the Japanese
w.rro concealed In th*- foothills. The advance over
the plain was largely concealed by fields of high
corn. A Japsuie*.. regiment which entered Towan
had Its flag carri-;<i ahead by riders. The stroncost
Ru«»lan trer.clien were on the hillsides without
tovr .or the attackers, but the flrst of th« 4
trenrhi ■ were carr'.ed by a stubborn and ptaady
advance .yah comparatively small losses. r
E.jin ■Kit Urs«i> conoeaied by Mds O f hiith
A .)apane». regiment whlrh entered Townn
» 3a< carrlod ahead by rideri. The strongest
in trenches -.uri r,n the htllatdee without
■: the attackers, hut ihe rtr«t of these
v ere '-.irr'.ed by a stubborn and steady
■" -'Tr.pitrattvely small losses
Berlin. Aug. 12.— A despatch to th* "l»kal
Anrelger" from Bremerhaven says that the
North German Lloyd steamer I^ahn hag been
s-old i« ■ private Russian Una.
CeatlaiMd from «rrt »•«••
unable to resist, but this in a breach of neu- .
trality and courtesy."
Captain Shestakovsky then secretly corn- j
manded one of hi« lieutenant* to prepare gun- ;
powder with which to blow up the Russian de- ,
Btroyer. To gain the time necessary to make
read> for this step. Captain Shestakovsky ar- j
gued with the Japanese officer, whose reply to ,
all the contentions of the Russian was: "Come |
to the open sea and fight or prepare to be towed ,
out." . I
In the mean while tho command was .ssuea
quietly to the Russian soldiers to resist the Jap- j
anese with their fists in the manner which j
would be shown them b,y their captain. Con
tinuing his account. Captain Shestskovsky said:
The Japanese officer told me to "J£Sw d & l
saying that as a prisoner my life . I o "VL£ k : ,
spared. This Insult so stung me that I strucK
the Japanese before I intended nnr veTs" I
afraid that the explosive to blow up our vessel
had not yet been prepared My Wow Knocßei
the lieutenant overboard. In going he f"gßert
me with him. He fell into his small boat along,
side, while 1 fell Into the water I clung to hW
throat and pummelled him until my hold was
The crew of the Ryeshitelni meanwhile had |
betrun fighting with the Japane« sailor*, who j
used their rifles and bayonets. The fighting men
scuffled over the deck, and fell overboard In
Struggling pairs after the example accidentally
set by their captain. Captain Shestakovsky. >
teeing his men fighting on the deck of the de- i
Btroyer, attempted to climb back OH board and :
command them. H<» whs shot at four times, i
and while In the water he received a severe j
wound In the right leg.
There were fifty-one Russian officers and men
on l«oard the Ryeshltelnl and thirty-five have
been accounted for A number of the Japanese
also are believed to have perished.
Being unable to regain the deck of his ship.
Captain Shestakovsky swam toward a nearby
Junk, from which be was driver, away by blows
with a boat hook. He remained In the water
for fifty minutes, swimming In spite of his
wound, and was finally picked up by one of the
three boat* sent out by the Hal-Yung. Captain
Chlng cured for the Russian captain, and two
of hie lieutenants in his own cabin.
The Russian sailors rescued by the boats from
the Hal-Tung exchanged their drenched cloth-
Ing for the uniforms of Chinese sailors, In which
garb they were brought ashore to-day to the
Russian consulate.
Before leaving < "he-Ton Commander Fujlmoto
sent an outline report of the occurrences of the
night to the Japanese consul here. This report
differs from that sen- by Th» Adsociated PreM
only In that it does nor nay that the Japanese
Bred nt the Russian soldiern while the latter
•were In the water. II adds that th« commander
was noting under the admiral's orders to right
or capture the Ryeshltelnl.
<apta'n Shestakovnky is unable to explain
why his vessel «a* not sunk by th» explosive
placed for that purpose. He any* that he In dis
graced, although the Russian refugees he r « In
sist that he la .i hero. His sailors i«y that he
told the Japanese officer to kill him. and th.i
"he would never surrender.
The nature of Captain flhsstskovlrr's mission
to Che-FV>o is not known, although It Is doubt
less Important. In the Interview with the Rus
sian captain regarding the rapture of bis ves
sel it waa inferred that i>l«ns and important
papers were burned oil board the Ry»ahltelul
before the Js>paw*ss hoarding party arrived.
Th« loi;il consuls are mnklntr <-arefui rvport^
of th occurrence of last niK»t to. their reap*
tive governments.
The disarmament ■>' the Ryefthltelnl was com
pleted last night, and her flag whs hauled down
the crew Pinging the national anthem. Tears
cmrned down til** <-hf»k» of ("aptaln Shestakov
pky 'luring tlie ceremony. It wan evident all
the preceding day that the necessity of *l>nn
donlng h!s ship, which had served hlr.j so weil.
greatly affected the captain who won consider
able renown at Port Arthur.
A Formal Objection Sent Through
France to Japan.
St. Petersburg, Aug. I..—Th e Associate,!
Press in able to announce that Russia has al
ready formally protested to Japan, through
France, agairaH the action nf the Japanese do
stroyers in attacking the Ryeshltelnl at Che
p"oo and towing her away from that port, hi ll '
that the protest ha* been communicated to the
This prompt action Is linned upon the official
report of the Russian Consul at Che-Foo, which
is explicit on the subject of the dismantling of
the Ryeahitelni, saying that not only were the
breechblocks of her gun* and all her small arms
removed, but her engines were rendered useless.
The vessel therefore- «m reduced to the condi
tion of a hulk. The consul also reported that the
Japanese fired upon the Russian Bailors while
they were In the, water
France and Germany Said To Be
Giving Support at Peking.
St. Petersburg, Aug. 13, 4 a. m. —it is .stated
l:*-re that both Franc* »md Oermany are sup
porting at Peking the protest of the Russian
government against tho action of the Japanese
destroyers in attacking the KyeHhitelnl In the
harbor of Che-Foo.
Great Britain Alarmed Over Japan's
Act at CKc-Foo.
London. Aug. 12.— The British officials and
foreign diplomats regard the action of tho Jap
anese In cutting out the Russian torpedo boat
destroyer Ryeahitelni at Che-Foo as raising a
terious question of importance to all nations.
The Foreign Office declined this afternoon to
comment on the effect of the Japanese action,
but the ofllcial* are hopeful that an adequate ex
planation will be made which will not permit the
incident to serve as justification for future viola
tions of Chinese neutrality. It is believed that
Japan will promptly disavow the action of the
commanders of her destroyers, returning the
Ryeshitelni to Che-Foo If convinced that the j
Japanese officer* noted wrongfully.
The Japanese Legation here ha* scrnt a •Its
patch to Toklo asking for an explanation, and
expects that an immediate Inquiry will be in
stituted by the Japanese government. Until alt
the facts are ascertained the legation says it
will be unable Intelligently to discuss the pro
cedure of the officer*. It was added at the
Japan Is deeply interested In the maintenance
of the neutrality of China, and has given the
most stringent orders to prevent Its violation.
In view of this fact, wo are loath to believe that
the officers were guilty of disobedience to or
ders, unless circumstance* justified such notion.
No representation s have yet been made to
this government by the Russian Ambassador,
but It in pointed out in Russian diplomatic cir
cles that the question Is one which partcularly
concerns the United States, which obtained
ptedg.es from bulh Japan ui:-i Itusala to reauect
the neutrality of China. Great Britain, too.
must take notice of the Che-Foo occurrence, as
*he accepted the principle of the neutrality or
Chinese territory outside the tone of the Rus
sian occupation. Any action which Great Brit
ain takes will be simply advisory.
Diplomats Find Blame for Both
Jajxin and China.
Peking, Aug. 12— The Russian legation here
says that it has received no word of the capture
by Japanese of the dismantled destroyer Rye
shltelnl at Che-Foo. and in case it finds this
report to be true, the legation cannot way what
demands will be made on the Chinese govern
ment by Russia.
The Che-Foo incident i» discussed freely here,
and It is the genera! opinion in diplomatic
circles that Japan has committed, to cay the
least, a grave indiscretion. The report current
here that the Chinese warships at Che-Foo
did nothing to prevent the capture of the
Ryeshitelni is thought to place China In an un
enviable position.
Washington View of Capture of the
Russian Torpedo Boat.
Washington, Aug. 12. — The report of the capt
ure by the Japanese torpedo boat destroyers of
the Russian destroyer Ryeshitelni in the harbor
of Che-Foo wan confirmed by a dispatch from
Consul General Fowl«r. received at the State De
partment to-day. it caused the. deepest in
terest and concern, for it was realized that there
were germs of serious International trouble In
this incident. Mr. Fowler spoke of the affair as
a "cutting out" expedition, thus differing in an
Important point from the press dispatches,
which at first reading nppf-ared to Indicate that
the seizure of th« Russian boat was In some de
gree, at least, caused by th» action of the cap
tain of the craft In attacking the Japanese
boarding lieutenant. It may be that on this
point the decision as to whether or not there
has been a violation of Chinese neutrality by the
Japanese will turn.
if the expedition waa a genuine cutting out
one. there is no question In the minds of offi
cials here that the Japanese have committed an
offence against international law by violating
Chinese neutrality, and in addition have broken
of the war, at the Instance of the Ujilted States
government, to limit the field of warlike opera
tions to Manchuria and Cores and their waters.
Should thin prove to be the case, the results will
probably be grave and vexatious. Under Inter
national law the captured vessel must be re
turned to the custody of the Chinese govern
ment and an apology made for the offence
against Chinese neutrality. But if Russian lives
have been lost, a* reported In the press dls
patches, a greater complication will follow, for
Russia may In turn hold China responsible for
the punishment of the Japanese who caused th«
death of her sailors when under the shelter of
the Chinese port authorities.
Altogether the situation Is full of danger, and
the principal apprehension of th« officials here
in that It may be the incident which will break
down 'he agreement of the powers ami plunge
China Into the war as a full-fledged belligerent
nnd n»ly of Japan. The consequences of such an
act on existing alllnncea between Japan and
Great Britain and between Russia and France
can only bo lectured, nnd the prospect is •■>
alarming that It Is not doubted the State rv
pnrtment will do its utmost, In co-operation
with the other neutral powers, to effect such a
settlement Of f His Incident as shall preserve the
■green <•• I regarding China In full force.
The Ryethitelni Entirely i>i Control
of the Chinese.
Chicago, Aug. VI .— A dispatch to "The Chicago
Dally News" from Che- Poo Kayo:
There is no >iouht that the Russian destroyer
was completely In th»- hands of the Chinese
authorities. Mr Hogerty. of Th- Associated
Prcas, with an Interpreter, was on board the
Uy.-«<htteit!i and witnessed the negotiations. He
h.is it document recording the conversation of
the Chinese officer with the l»;is!«l.i!i raptali
conducted through his Interpreter.
After the !.■•••! arrived here yesterday
she was boarded by an officer from the Chinese
cruiser Hi- .■;■. who starred on deck until th.»
\<»BS'*l tiad been completely dismantled. The
same evening the small arms a:. breechblocks
Of the puns were loaded into the Chinese launch
jitui taken In irga by the Chinese authorities.
The destroyer then anchored, with Its entire
ere « ami officers aboard, near the harbor light
Two Japanese torpedo l«->»ts which were oh
nervefi scouting about the. harbor entrance dur-
Ing the afternoon entered at 8 p. in., and
anchored five hundred yards from the Russian
destroyer. An official report from the master of
the lightship to the commissioner of customs
filed this morning, states that about midnight lie
observed a small boat lowered from one of the
.lHl«fiiii-v vessels and run alongside the Russian
destroyer. One officer and flvo armed men were
In the. Japanese boat. They boarded the de
stroyer and began firing. Hand to hand fighting
continued for about an hour.
Home of the crew of the Russian destroyer
lumped overboard; others were thrown over.
The entire affair was witnessed by the master
of the lightship, which was only one hundred
feet away. He had a boat lowered and rescued
on» officer and two men. It is thought that
several of the crew were killed and that some
were drowned. Captain Shestakovsky, of th«
Russian destroyer, waa wounded. He Is now
aboard the Hal-Chl.
Toward morning the two Japanese torpedo
bouts approached the Russian destroyer, fast
••tie.l a rope to the bow, raised the anchor and
began to tow the vessel from the harbor. Just
then a load explosion took place in the forward
part of the destroyer, resulting In little damage.
One of the officer* rescued by the lightship says
thai as soon as the Japanese began towing the
vessel the captain gave orders to the balance
of the crew aboard to explode the magazine.
The attempt however, was a partial failure.
When the Japanese torpedo destroyer towed
the Ryeshltelnl out of the harbor the two ves
sels passed in full view of three Chines* . ruiaer*.
Swift Vessels To Be Built by Vickers. Maxim
& Armstrong Firm.
London. Aug. 12. -According to -Th« Shipping
Gazette,' Japan has ordered two large battle
ships of twenty-three knots from V.ickers,
Maxim & Armstrong. in addition to the battle
ship already being built there.
Will Supervise Construction of Mercantile
Ships at Sebastopol.
St Petersburg, Aug. 12.— Lewis N'Ucn. of New-
Tork. has closed >• '»»— contract with th« De
partment of Mercantile Marine for buiMinK ships
for the Black B*a- The correspondent of The As
sociated Press is unable to ascertain the number
or character of the »htp.. to be built, but It ran
be stated that they will be constructed in the
yards at Sevastopol. The work of construction
will begin next winter. Mr. Nixon will personally
Bupervtee the. building of tha ship*.
Total of 12,055 Killed and Wounded Up to
August 1.
Washington, Aug. 12.— The Japanese Legation has
received a revised list of casualties on the Japanese
side from the battle of Chongju, on March 2S. up to
.ii.i Including the battle of Yangtsa Pass, on Au
gust 1, showing 'he total estimated casualties to
be 12.065. Tn<« largest losses resulted from the
battles of Kin-Chow and Nan-Shan, when 33 offi
cer* and 713 men were killed and 3,455 men wounded.
Th* nest largest los» »•»» suffered in the battle of
Tellsmi on June 15. when the total casualties were
1 173 Including seven officers killed and forty-three,
officers wounded. The actual known losses for the
period of this report are given as follows: Killed—
Officers, 64; men. 1.609. Wounded --Officers. 9«: men.
8,330 to which arc a d<l<*d the estimated camalltl.
of Bom. of the engagement*, amounting to 1.0C5,
iaakluz the fraud total of 12.055.
A fair with Turkey Approaching a
Satisfactory Settlement
Washington, Aug. 12.— arrival of Admiral ;
Jewell's squadron, consisting of the Olympia. ,
the Cleveland and the Baltimore, at Smyrna •
was reported to the Navy Department to-day.
Confirmation of the diplomatic triumph of the i
administration in Its dealings with Turkey, j
which was predicted in these dispatches of ;
August 10. was received at the State Depart
ment to-day in the form of a cable dispatch
from Minister Leishman, outlining in detail the I
proposition of the Porte in reply to the Ameri- j
can demands. While tha text of Minister Leish
man's dispatch is withheld from publication for
the present, it is admitted to be satisfactory in
■ tenor, and only the necessity of securing a more .
explicit promise regarding certain details pre
vented the acceptance of the Turkish proposition
Minister Leishman was advised to-day regard
ing those points on which the administration !
i believes more definite assurances should be
' given, and it is confidently predicted that the j
i incident will be closed by Monday. If not to
! morrow. Rear Admiral Jewell has been in
structed to act in concert with Minister Irish- ;
man, but the battleship fleet, under command of
Rear Admiral Barker, has been ordered to return
j to this country, thus indicating the confidence i
| of the administration In a satisfactory outcome '
, of the negotiation.
It Is Intimated that the status of the American i
, legation at Constantinople will, as the outcome ;
of the recent negotiations, become of far greater
; importance, and that the way hat* been paved
for amicable relations with the Porte under all
', ordinary circumstances. It is highly probable,
nevertheless, that Secretary Hay will ask au
thority from Congress to Bend an Ambassador j
i to such capitals ap. in the judgment of the ;
, President, require the presence of an American |
! diplomatic representative of the highest rank, i
It Is maintained by many able students of the '
Constitution that th* President possesses the au- j
thority, under its provisions, to send an Am- ;
i bassador wherever he may deem it wise to do ;
i so. but It is probable that, in view of the fact
j that some dispute exists on this question. Secre- ;
j tary Hay will choose the more conservative
j course and suggest to Congress the advisability j
; of a change in the law.
I !
j Turkish Situation and Russo-Japanese War i
Washington. Aug. 12.— Foreign affairs, to Mm
practical exclusion of everything e!s». were consid
ere.i at to-d»y"s meeting of th« Cabinet Seers- ;
tarlfs Hay. Shaw and Metcall and Postmaster Gen- j
eral Payn« were the only members present, the j
others being out of the city. Secretary Hay before !
the meeting reoeive.l a cable dispatch from Ad
miral Jewell. (-■>rnman<linK the European squadron,
which arrived at g(Bjrnu '--lay. The dispatch was '
received by jlv Navy Department ami transmitted
at once, to Secretary May. The Turkish situation
was discussed at length, ami a lino of action, in
"■an*! Minister Irishman's efforts ire unavailing.
was agreed to. but Its nature was not disclosed.
Secretary Hay aNo presented In the Cabinet some
Important Information ►•!!! :.. the Star* I>epart
m^nt by Minister Grtecom ni Tokio, confirming the
reports of a great naval engagement off Port Ar
thur. It Is said that the discussion of the Rass«
Japati<!.->« situation wa? .ica«iernl<* and nut in any
sentw relative to the attitude of America toward
either of th? contending powers.
British Subject Imprisoned by Sultan's
Order Europeans Indignant.
Tangier. Aug. l'.'.-Hamet Jitya, principal sec
retary to El Mehebhl, the Moroccan Minister of
War. has br-en arrested and imprisoned her©
and his goods have been confiscated under the
orders of the Sultan.
Jaiya is a British subject, and the European
residents are indignant at his arrest. They say
that life and property, especially where British
subjects are concerned, are unsafe. The British
Legation has strongly protested to the Moroccan
government, but so far the protest has been
Insurgents Take Three Towns and a Steamer
Attack on the Capital Expected.
Buenos Ayr*. Aug. 12— A number of Paraguay- ,
jan have been killed or wounded in a rsasTisl be- :
! t*een n revolutionary vessel and a steamer com- ,
i naadeered by th« garvenuaent Th« latter ve»»ei ;
: was raptured, an.l Is now ni.-vr:ne.l by revolutionist!". !
! Th--> acting Minister of War. who was Ml board the
, steamer, attemptsd to oscape by Jumping overboard
and swimming to the river bank, but was lakes
prisoner before reaching the short
The revolutionists ha%« seUe.l the town* of
llumalta. Villa del PVar and Villa Franca. TrasH
, qullltty prevails In Asuncion, and th.- srovernment
! Is preparinK to resist the Impending attack on th«
j capital. Many revolutionists who tered Argen
tine territory unarmed are now Joining the In
i »;'irK*-iit« It is expect* thnt th<> Insurrection wlj
! be successful. .
Passes the Commons and First Reading in j
the Lords.
London. auk 12.— The French Convention bill |
unanimously passed I" »htr<l rending In th* House :
of Commons this evening amid cheer*, and wa» I
sent to the House of Lords, where !t passed its firM !
Before th« passage of the bill by the House of j
Commons Thomas Olobob Bowles (Conservative* !
protested. He said It would be better to postpone j
action until the French Chamber of Deputies had |
Anally acted.
Premier Balfour. replying. val-i that «uch a J
course would be Inconsistent with the generous j
nplrit with which Great Brttata desired to treat t
with France.
Mr Bowle 9 then withdrew his objections.
No Flagman or Lights Where Man j
Wai Crushed.
i i
An unknown man. believed to be an employe (
I of l.una Tark. was th* victim of another grade j
i crossing accident at Coney Island last night. A j
Luna Park express train struck the man as he
wan crossing the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Rail
road tracks which are in West Nlnth-st.. ad- ,
joining the Sea Beach Palace. Both legs were
i severed from his body. He died In the Recep
; tion Hospital.
The accident happened at a point where a !
; private thoroughfare, crosses the railroad track. ,
I It Is used by some- of the Luna Park and Coney |
' Island Zoo employ**. A curve at the crossing !
' makes it exceedingly dangerous, and no flagman j
jls stationed there. It Is almost Impossible for |
i a motorman to see a person cross the track at j
night, owing to the. lark of light*.
When the victim of last night's accident was j
crossing he was hit by motor car No. 1.087, in •
• charge of Alfred Semhen, of No. 690 Lexington- j
1 aye.. Brooklyn. The car. according to the train
I crew, was running at the rate of eight miles an j
"hour toward the Luna Park terminal. The mo- j
torman. who was taken to the Coney Island po- '
lice station, declared that when he saw the man
I crossing the track he blew his whistle. The
i man turned his back for an Instant and then
j was hurled thirty feet by the car. which ran
1 several feet before It could be brought to a
1 utop. The two front cars of the train passed |
over him.
llir Tribune publl.be. each 3»tnrdar ••>-
uouDC(n.ruli at tit* T.rtoo. chun-b«. »ilk
Dime »{ preacher «nd topic •lirrmoi, > ,1
• all «!.«••«• aittrrtlirmrnti t.>-«l«j nujrf
' lieadtns ot "llellsloaa Sotic*«." _.z . I
Continued from first IN**
the United States and Italy, whic?i I am Ten
pleased to say are most pleasant and frieadty •
Lawyer Retained by Sicilians in Al
leged "Black Hand" Case.
Fitlippo Massaro and his brother Giuseppe
both of whom live at No. 86 East Third-at
were arraigned in the Essex Market court yes
terday charged with extortion. The men are
believed to be members of the so-railed "Black
Hand" Society, which organization Is believe*
to be- responsible for the circulation of many
letters demanding money on penalty of death.
The complainant is their uncle, Reggi,,
Ni"ci«a, who lives with his wife, eon and
daughter at No. 214 Second-st. Nicclsa en
August <>. he says, got a letter demanding $4,000
on pain of his house being blown up. At th»
suggestion of the police a letter was sent to
the address signed to the letter offering $100.
Then, it is alleged, Giuseppe called at his uncle's
house and said to him:
"Uncle, you had better look out for that lette
and give them the money, for I have heard
they will blow you up."
The detectives were told of this, and arrange
ments were made for Giuseppe to call at the
house while the detectives were hidden la a
Th» detective gave Nicctsa 5125 in marked
money, and when Gulsseppe called at the house
Thursday night the money was given to him by
Niccisa, but not before he had made serious ob
jection to the small amount. The arrest fol
Yesterday afternoon. Frederick E. Goldsmith
was on hand as counsel for the Hassans.
He told Magistrate Whitman that he had been
retained by a. society of Sicilians, whose name
he did no' know, in behalf of the two men.
He askel for "i\ adjournment for a couple of
day*. MassJatrat* Whitman said he could not
see any reason for the requested adjournment.
and declared that the eass looked to him no
serious that an immediate examination was im
perative. Th« m»n said they were innocent.
Magistrate Whitman finally made the bail
S2.."»0»"» in each case, saying that the named
tociety which had retained Mr. Goldsmith
ought to be able, If the members believed in
the truthfulness of the prisoners, to furnish
bail in that sum. The men were not bailed out
last night, but the lawyer declared that they
• -:M be to-day.
(BY Tst.E'.R.vPH TO THE TR!Br.\E. )
Troy. N. V.. Aug. IZ.-Petectlve Hackett, of a«,
Met Attorney Jerome's «fnVe. made an important
arrest in .-nnnrctlnn with the ItaMan Black Hand
Society wv last atgßJt, h» xecure-i Mary Sar
tello. an Italian unman who has been in this
neighborhood for several months. She 13 as im
portant witness in the trial of Antvmta Caseanio
fcr th« murder of r*>minick ami Antonio Cal
lararo TLafello in New-York last November. Sh«
»a.< found in .i hon.«e on the nnmpUln Tanai at
\feehani. svlile. ■ few mtles north of this city.
Th» arrest was accomplished with the .■:.! ot Mart
1 iiifim.se. who is eonn*etet] with tho New-Tor*
i!-*t»<-Tt\ •» bureau ;ih Interpreter.
Uaokett Hud Mk*t N»w-Vork officers have h«en
•■n the trail or thi< woman several Uays. They
traced her la Albany an?! from there tc> this city.
When Hackett ma<!« known his errand r .. th»
Troy police, rhey t«M him that a woman ar.sw<»r-
Ing the description of Mary Hart< had been s^en
ji»«ar Fourt^ and Ferry sts.. h s*"tlon l»rg"ly
populated by Italians, where it was earned that
the woman bad lefr this city early Thursday morn-
Ing, gutng mrth. There la a lance Italian colony
at MeehanicsvilK». an.l the officers were ■•« on
the trail "i the afternoon. A- soon as they left
the. car at 3A«cbanlesYlUa the Troy policeman saw
.•n Italian he kr.-»w. By following him, and
through the wiles of the woman detective, who
m.»'!" him believe p«=t«ctive Hackett was a lawyer
en^asi-d i-i t!ie defenc* «f C^scanfcn they w*»r»»
led to the bouse or. t. K .e con&l where th« wornai
was found. They started at nans for New-Tork.
with th»fr prf.oiner. Th* :srr»st ts' <I*-->3red to N»
art imp<"-t.!r r »t»l> towarii the breaking up cf th«
Black. Hand Society.
Joseph Strrivalli. the Italian barber, of >»•■>. 417
Third-ate., who appealed to the police of the East
Th!rty-fifth-st. i>tation last Saturday, saying that
he hart been threatened with muriier unless he
gave t".'*' to a supposed 'secret society of Italian".
told Captain Shtre yesterday that be had received
another letter from the ?am. source. As a result
of these Utters and of th* kMnapptng of the Man
nino boy. in Brooklyn. Stravalli is thoroughly terri
Be fears the persons who wrote th* letters " "
falsa may attempt to steal some of his children.
He baa seven. Tie has locked them in their home
over the barber shop, ami their mother keeps a
close watch over them. He told Captain Shir*
that in response to the instructions '.:: the first
letter he ha.« been tr> the spot named as * "' '
dezvous cv»ry night jtnee he received it, loottins
lor the men to appear, but he has scon r.or.e of
Another Month of
July, 1904,
More than July, 1902.
— — —^
A gain of
In two years in the net
sales of The
Daily and Sunday
Tt» targe* la*r,«*d cbe-tatto. e« Th«
Pnnday Trlbane n*et«U»i** •« « ala * U
> pw . at a. earl, hoar. **—— •«
, «onfer » faTor by .«ata* la their WW •*
the enrllett po?»lbl« momeat.

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