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Agreement Between Hill and Mur
phy Is Announced in New
Tammany Leader, Who May Be for
Parker After All.
From The Journal Bureau, Colorado Building,
Washington, June 13.The New
York Tribune to-day prints a story on
Its first page, which, if true, will have
an important bearing on Judge Park
er's candidacy for president. It says
In part:
"It was announced last night that
an understanding had been reached
between ex-Senator David B. Hill,
leader of the Parker forces In this
state, and Charles F. Murphy, leader
of Tammany Hall, whereby Murnhy
will abandon his fight against the can
didacy of Judge Parker. In return it
was said Hill would withdraw all
support from Senator P. H. McCarren,
who is fighting to retain the leader
ship in Kings county, and would take
steps to minimize the importance
of August Belmont in the cam
paign. This report could not be sub
stantiated from any authoritative
source, but it was generally believed.
"According to statements made last
night, negotiations looking to har
mony between the state organization
and Tammany Hall have been under
way for a week. The Tribune last
Monday morning announced that the
fight between Murphy and Hill was
more a financial than a pontical fight.
It is said to be a war of rival traction
interests. August Belmont, one of the
strongest Parker leaders, is president
of the interborough company, which
owns subway and elevated roads. In
his traction plans, he has clashed with
Thomas A. Ryan, who is the controll
ing power in the Metropolitan. Ryan
is a close friend and adviser of Charles
F. Murphy.
"The traction feuds a^brding to
the general belief, have been carried
into the field of politics. As an
nounced in the Tribune last week,
Murphy offered to abandon his war on
Parker, if Hill would agree to drop
McCarren and Belmont. At that time
the offer was refused. According to
reports last night Hill had reconsid
ered his attitude, and McCarren is to
be left to shift for himself. Belmont
is to be sidetracked, and Murphy and
Hill will hook up together to promote
Parker's fortunes."
Parker's First Ballot.
The democratic politicians of New
York are beginning to make tables
showing what they think Judge Par k
er's strength will be on the first ballot
at the St. Louis convention. These
tables are imperfect, yet they show
concrete" crystallization of democratic
thought in the east concerning his
strength. The table which perhaps
is most nearly correct, because pre
pared in a spirit of fairness to all can
didates, estimates Parker's strength
on the opening ballot at about 435
votes, or 194 short of the necessary
two-thirds. The same table allows
Hearst not more than 200, Bryan forty,
Gorman about 20, favorite sons, of
whom there are four, Cockrell, Olney,
Gray and Wall, 100, and uninstructed
200. These figures show a total slight
ly in excess of the 994 votes in the
convention, but for present purposes
are accurate enough.
After the opening ballot, Parker
will have two important sources of
strength, the favorite sons and the
uninstructed groups. Cockrell, Gray,
Wall, Gorman and Olney, in Missouri,
Delaware, Wisconsin and Massachu
setts, respectively, represent more of
a protest against Hearst and the radi
cals than they do a hope th at any
favorite son can be nominated. Fo
example, Missouri and Massachusetts
have absolutely no hope of landing
either Cockrell or Olney. The latter,
in fact, is known to be a stalking horse
for Parker.
The uninstructed delegations will
come, in the main, from Ohio, forty
six votes Michigan, twenty-eight
Minnesota, twenty-two, and Pennsyl
vania, sixty-eight. It is assumed for
the purpose' of this article that Min
nesota on the 22d will not instruct.
Her delegation, under such circum
stances, however, will be much more
likely to go to Parker than to any
other candidate. The failure to in
struct will be directly in the interest
of Parker and against Hearst. This
situation obtains also in other states
So, it would seem that Parker has
a good prospect for increasing his vote
after the first ballot from the two
sources named. This prospect is be
ing increased by reports from south
ern states, which are either instruct
ing for Parker or failing to instruct
after electing Parker men, as was the
case in Virginia the other day. Par
ker's name was the only one men
tioned at the Richmond convention,
and yet no instructions were given.
Towne Nursing His Boom.
The uninstructed delegates may, of
course, support some dark horse,
and it is on this theory that C. A.
Towne is quietly nursing his boom.
Yet with Parker controlling consider
ably more than a third of the con
vention to start with, it would require
an exceedingly felicitous selection of
a candidate to unite two-thirds against
him. Thus the leading candidate con
tinues to be the New York justice,
against whom the field, led by Tam
many, is still scheming.
The breaking up of the uninstructed
delegations is a thing to be closely
watched. Under the impetus that has
been given the Parker movement by
the southern states, it is barely possi
ble that Parker's nomination may be
practically conceded before the con
vention meets.
The convention may possibly be a
Continued on Second Page*
%& n&*iltisi*Vi K
Antis Are in the Lead, With Less
Than Twenty Counties to
The Hearst men ^re behind on the
latest returns fror. the Minnesota
county conventions. .u.Jtho the strong
delegations from Hennepin and St.
Louis counties were captured by the
Hearst forces, few other delegations
were instructed, and the majority are
reported as opposed to the presiden
tial aspirations of the New York edi
tor. The indications now are that
Minnesota's twenty-two delegates to
the national convention will go free
to vote as they please.
In four counties heard from no con
ventions were held Saturday, and the
outlook is that there will be several
empty delegation seats at Duluth. The
full delegate strength is 1,009, making
505 necessary to a choice, but with a
reduced attendance the anti-Hearst
counties already heard from will be
strong enough to control the situa
tion. They may not be able to put
thru an anti-Hearst slate of delegates,
but they are pretty sure to head off in
The Hearst men have not given up
the state by any means. At the local
headquarters reports have been re
ceived from fifty-five counties, with
767 delegates, of which it is claimed
458 are for Hearst, and 273 antis, in
cluding the contested delegation of
twenty from Polk. There are thirty
six delegates marked "unknown," in
cluding eleven from Kandiyohi, eight
from Murray, six from Pope, and four
teen from Scott. These were all unin
structed, and The Journal's re
ports show that the Scott and Kandi
yohi county delegations are against
The delegates claimed for Hearst are
as follows:
Anoka, 7 Beltrami, 6 Big Stone, 7
Blue Earth, 6 Brown, 4 Carver, 11
Chippewa, 8 Crow Wing, 8 Douglas,
11 Fillmore, 12 Freeborn, 9 Henne
pin, 102 Isanti, 6 Kanabec, 4 Le
Sueur, 15 Lyon, 9 McLeod, 12 Mar
tin, 4 Meeker, 12 Morrison, 16 Olm
sted, 14 Rock, 7: St. Louis, 36 Sher
burne, 5 Sibley, 11 Steele, 3 Stevens,
8 Swift, 10 Todd, 13 Traverse, 8
Wabasha, 6 Waseca, 11 Winona, 26
Wright, 16.
The Hearst managers say they will
pick up enough delegates from the
counties not heard from to give the
control of the convention.
However, the reports from Journal
correspondents indicate that the
Hearst claims are not well founded
in several counties, including Crow
Wing, Fillmore, Le Sueur, Meeker,
Stevens, Winona and Wright.
According to the best information
at hand to-day, the delegates chosen
are lined up as follows:
Aitkin Anoka
Benton Big Stone
Blue Earth
Hearst Hearst.
Chippewa Crow Wing
Fillmore Freeborn
Goodhue Hennepin
Houston Isanti
Itasca Kanabec Kandiyohi Kittson
Le Sueur
Lyon Martin
Meeker Morrison Murray
Olmsted Otter Tall
Pine Pipestone 8
Polk t
Pope Ramsey
Bed Lake
Rice Rock
Roseau St. Louis 36
Sherburne 5
Stearns .t
Steele 8
Swift 4
Todd 13
15 14
Wabasha 3
Waseca Washington Watonwan
Winona Wright
26 16
Totals 287
County Reports.
Red LakeAgainst Hearst. Instructions for
John Morgan, a Parker man, as delegate to the
national convention. John Morgan was recom
mended as state committeeman.
RoseauUninstructed but against Hearst. J.
F. Holmes for committeeman.
Big StoneKansas City platform Indorsed. D.
H. Evans of Tracy and O'Hair of Wheaton In
dorsed for delegates.
ScottNo Instructions.
StevensNo Instructions.
WatonwanSentiment Is anti-Hearst.
WrightNo instructions.
SwiftMost of the delegates against Hearst.
C. L. Kane for district delegate.
DakotaOwen Austin was recommended for
member of the state central committee. The
delegates are anti-Hearst.
NicolletDelegates are uninstructed.
KanabecKanabec is for Hearst and for R. W.
Satford as delegate to St. Lonls.
HockGeorge P. Jones was Indorsed as dele
gate from the second district, and Jay La Due
was re-elected state committeeman. The dele
gates are uninstructed.
MorrisonInstructions for Hearst and for
Charles Vasaly of Little Falls and S. J. Mealey
of Wright for district delegates, and James
Bennett, Jr., of St. Cloud for delegate at large.
Blue EarthThree delegates are for Hearst
and the rest anti-Hearst. John C. Thro was
recommended for state committeeman.
DouglasInstructed for Hearst.
IsantiInstructions for a candidate who will
support the Kansas City platform.
TraverseA Hearst convention. Evans and
O'Hair indorsed for delegates to St. Louis.
SherburnNo instructions.
FreebornVirtual instructions for Hearst.
WabashaThe delegates are probably about
one-half for Parker and will support Dr. W. F.
Milligan for district delegate,
ChippewaInstructions for Hearst.
St. LouisCharles D'Autremont was favored
as a delegate-at-large. Instructions for Hearst.
AitkinUninstructed but strongly anti-Hearst.
GoodhueNo instructions.
BeltramiDelegation unpledged, but senti
ment strong for Hearst.
Crow WingUninstructed but for Parker for
president and Werner Hemstead for committee
PopeNo Instructions.
MurrayNo instructions.
FillmoreUninstructed, but strongly anti
KittsonAnti-Hearst. ToddInstructed for Hearst.
HoustonNo instructions. W. H. Harries for
Otter TallProbably for Parker, but unin
RiceHearst's name not mentioned. H. V.
Gress of Northfleldl for delegate to national con
Le SueurUninstructed Hearst resolution
voted down, 17 to 33.
BrownNo instructions. W. R. Hodges was
indorsed for member of the state central com
WashingtonAnti-Hearst instructions for J.
G. Armson as delegate at large and member of
the state central committeee.
OlmstedHearst favored. Dr.. W. W. Mayo
at head of delegation.
PineThe delegates were instructed to vote
for Charles Reinholdson for delegate to the na-
Continued on Second Paso*
Thirty Are Already in Line for
the Opening Scheduled on
Bpeoial to The Journal.
Cass Lake, Minn., June 13.The
advance rush for lands to be opened
Wednesday has commenced, and thir
ty men are lined in front of the land
office ready to file. Th line was
formed at 6 o'clock Sunday night,
twenty men falling in to close order
There have since been regular aug
mentations, and many more are here
for information relative to the char
acter of the lands.
The land in the Cass Lake district
to be opened comprises 63,000 acres.
Every precaution has been taken that
no unfair advantage be gained in the
Many are out on the land looking it
over, and it is expected they will all
be in before to-morrow rfoon, when
the line will number several hundred.
There is perfect order and harmony
among the land-seekers. A large
part of the land is valuable for agri
Lexington. Ky., June 13.-Police
Judge John J. Riley to-day restored
public whipping posts as a means of
punishment here. sentenced
mon Scearce, a 15-year-old negro lad,
to be whipped in the public square.
Scearce had struck a small white boy.
The court decreed that the boy's
mother take the negro to the public
square and give him twenty lashes
with a buggy whip. The mother, in
the presence of a large- orowd, admin
istered the punishment as directed.
This is the first time such an inci
dent has been Witnessed in Kentucky
since the civil war.
Bpeoial to The Journal.
Fergus Falls, Minn., June 18.A
hold-up occurred on the Elizabeth
road, six rniles north of the city, Sat
urday night, Arne Arneson being
taken from his buggy and robbed
of $1,100 and a gold watch and chain.
Arneson was formerly employed on
the Great Northern as a section man
and his hand car was struck by a
train. He sustained a broken leg, for
which the company gave him $5,000.
He consequently had plenty of money,
and, being lame, was an easy victim.
Chicago, June 13.Frie"hds and
relatives who assembled at the North
Western railway station to welcome
Mrs. Helen M. Wood home from Cali
fornia encountered her lifeless body as
the train rolled in. She was found
dead in her berth.
Mrs. Woods, who was 74, had been
in ill health for some time, and was
reconciled to death, but hoped to
reach her home here before the end
came. She was the wife of Alonzo M.
Wood, and one of her daughters is the
wife of Governor Frank White of
North Dakota.
Thousands of Christian Scientists Go to
Concord, N. H.
Boston, June 13.Several thousand
Christian Scientists left here to-day by
special trains for Concord, N. H., on the
annual pilgrimage to the home of Mrs*.
Mary Baker G. Eddy, the founder of
Christian Science. In connection with the
pilgrimage and in response to a special
invitation from Mrs. Eddy, the visitors
were to view the elaborate new Christian
Science edifice at Concord, the gift of
Mrs. Eddy.
Michael Davitt, ftow in St. Peters
burg, Feels Pulse of the
Irish Leader Who Sizes Up Russian
St. Petersburg, June 13.Michael
Davitt, who is now in St. Petersburg
investigating the labor and industrial
conditions of Russia, in an interview
to-day with the correspondent of the
Associated Press, said:
"I have been greatly impressed at
the attitude of the masses in Rus
sia toward the war. I have visited
every working quarter of St. Peters
burg, the extensive Selosmolenskoe
region, the Narvaskaia district, and
such places as the Potiloff compa
ny's locomotive and steel works, em
ploying 10,000 men. I have inter
viewed workers outside of the fac
tories, in the churches, parks and
places of public entertainment, but
have failed- to find anything except
quiet confidence that Russia is bound
to win in the end. Th government
is decidedly frank in its dissemina
tion of news. Official bulletins are
posted everywhere. The news is dis
cussed among the bystanders, but al
ways quietly. There is no trace of
excitement. Certainly the war is not
affecting the general current of life.
Business everywhere is progressing as
usual and the people are following
their ordinary routine. The only sen
timent is full faith th at Russia ulti
mately will win.
The stories published abroad that
600 persons were executed at Mos
cow recently, th at wholesale sentences
have been imposed at Moscow and
that sanguinary conflicts have oc
curred at Odessa, are all, so far as
my inquiries show, pure inventions,
deliberately set afloat for the pur
pose of injuring the Russian loan
Special to The Journal.
New Richmond, Wis., June 13.
Fire broke out at 1 o'clock this morn
ing and wiped out over half of the
business part of Spooner.
Spooner is the division headquar
ters of the Omaha, and one of the
best towns between New Richmond
and the head of the lakes.
A bank was burned, but the hotel
and railroad property was saved. The
losses are fairly well insured.
New York, June 13.Rodolphus Bing
ham, inventor of a wheat food upon which
he claimed life could be maintained at the
cost of 6% cents a day, is dead at Cam
den, N. J. -He*Was 80 years old and had
spent a fortune In advancing various
scientific ideas, among them a system of
phonetic spelling which he tried for many
years to have introduced in schools.
Blackwell Sees Opening for Ten
fold More American Prod
ucts in Canada.*
Special to The Journal.
Boston, June 13.Discussing the
question of reciprocity with Canada
.and Newfoundland before the Massa
chusetts club Saturday night,'.Henry-
B. Blackwell said it was one of the
most important questions ever brought
before the American people and of
vital interest to New England. Settle
ment of the boundary dispute had re
moved the chief obstacle to securing
it. Mr. Blackwell further said:
"Reciprocity with Canada and New
foundland is imperatively needed by
this city. To escape decadence and
decay, New England must have free
access to raw materials, food and fuel,
and we can escape from our present
enslavement in industrial trusts only
by* availing ourselves of Canadian
"As a matter of fact, Canada buys
of us twice as much agricultural prod
ucts as we buy of her. Suppose by
reciprocity we increase this traffic
tenfold. Evidently we shall increase
our sales of agricultural products ten
fold. Suppose she increases her sales
to us equally. That also will be for
our advantage, since we shall thereby
supply ourselves at lower prices than
now, with food and fuel that our peo
ple need.
"The prosperity of our manufactur
ers is due primarily not to protection,
but to the superior thrift, industry and
intelligence of our people. These
qualities have been developed by our
magnificent system of domestic free
trade from ocean to ocean and from
Canada to the gulf."
Congressman Gardner thought the
United States should not seek to ac
quire foreign markets at the risk of
losing home markets. also as
serted there is no chance that Canada
would grant reciprocity in manufac
Eugene N. Foss strongly advocated
close trade relations between the
United States and Canada and New
i -Ci-jSiWJ .gf-. Philadelphia, June 13.In his bac
calaureate sermon to the graduating
class of the University of Pennsyl
vania the Rev. William C. Richardson
of St. James Protestant Episcopal
church, one of the wealthiest and
most fashionable in the city, has de
nounced the method of filling Senator
Quay's seat by appointment as an en
croachment on freedom..
"It is within the power of you,
young man," he said, "to reform these
conditions. Go into politics and be
come leaders. When the professors
and students of our great universities
assume control we shall have justice
in our government."
Canton, Ohio, June 13.Clifford
Boylan, the victim of Sunday's race
riot, is still alive, but death is mo
mentarily expected.
The night passed without disorder.
Railroad men, who were in a threaten
ing mood for several hours after the
shooting, did not go near the county
Jail or city prison, where the negroes
were held. Officers of the railroad
went among them at-t he roundhouse
and other places where they congre
gated, counseling them to commit no
violence and urging them to go honys,
and this had a salutary effect. :&Jjt
3^^'& WASHnraT0K i NOTES.
Washington, June 13.Rural free delivery ser
vice is to be established July 15 as follows:
South DakotaWInfred. Lake county, route 1,
population 412, houses 102. MontanaMissoula,
Missoula county, route 1, population 850, houses
189. James A. Larson has been appointed post
master at Walnut Grove, Redwood county,
Minn., rice Viola Long, resigned.
Two Days Given Up to Butchery
as Result of Sultan's
Special to The Journal.
Constantinople, June 13.Armenian
patriarchs have received information
th at an irade has been issued by the
sultan which has resulted in whole
sale massacres and destruction of Ar
menian property. The irade prohib
its the settlement of Armenians in the
villages destroyed.
According to the information, two
days- were devoted to massacres
May 16 and June 3and on these
two days thirty-seven villages were
destroyed, and of a population of
5,000, 2,000 persons were massacred.
The women of the villages who dis
appeared during the massacres have
been received by their husbands, but
most of the girls have not been seen
The villages destroyed were in the
districts of Chetas and Hian. Massa
cres are feared in other places. Shops
have been closed for three days at
Bitlls, while at Diarbeker and Sas
soun reserves have been sent for by
the authorities to suppress disorders.
James J. Hill Says He Expects
Early Decision in Stock Dis
tribution Suit.
New York, Jure 13.James J. Hill,
president of the Northern Securities
company, has issued a circular to
stockholders saying that cash to pay
the dividend declared on May 2 has
been deposited in bank by the North
ern Pacific and Great Northern and
that payment will immediately follow
the distribution and formal transfer
of the railway shares.
He adds th at an early decision in
the pending litigation is expected.
New York, June 13.Mrs. Na Pat
terson, the actress who was with Cae
sar Young, the bookmaker, in a cab
on June 1, when he was shot and
killed, was to-day indicted for murder
in the first degree.
Young, who had been a close friend
of Mrs. Patterson for several years,
met her by .appointment about two
hours before the time set for the sail
ing of the steamship which he was to
sail on with his wife for Europe. They
haoT'spent most of the previous-even
ing in conference over the impending
separation and it is understood that
this farewell meeting had been ar
ranged for the transfer to Young of
certain letters in the possession of
Mrs. Patterson.
Conflicting stories have been told of
the happenings in the cab and Mrs.
Patterson has refused to give the de
tails of the shooting except to say that
Young shot himself and that after
shooting she had picked up the re
volver and placed it in Young's right
One eye-witness has presented him
self and his testimony was to the ef
fect that Young had shot himself.
New York, June 13.In an address
at the Madison Avenue Reformed
church, Mrs. Ballington Booth has
caused much consternation among the
members of the fashionable congrega
tion. She was speaking of work in
the state prisons of the country and
success in the reformation of so-called
"habitual" criminals.
"I see before me many examples
of what the love of Jesus Christ can
do for habitual criminals," she said.
"I see here former convicts, with their
wives and even some with children."
.Many of the listeners looked at one
another as if each felt that a neigh
bor might be one of those to whom
Mrs. Booth was referring.
Suspicious glances were cast and
many looked askance to see a tell
tale blush, but none was observable,
and Mrs. Booth continued her re
marks, assuring the congregation that
she did not intend going into details.
New York Bun Special Service,
Chicago, June 13.Altho no rela
tive or friend stood beside the grave,
500 strangers surrounded a lot in
Montrose cemetery yesterday after
noon and bowed their heads in rever
ence as the one unclaimed victim of
the Iroquois theater horror was low
ered into a nameless grave.
The simple inscription on the coffin
told the story:
"The unknown, Dec. 30, 1903."
The body was prepared for burial
by Undertaker Keercher, who donated
his services and the casket. The
grave in which the last of the 576
victims of ,the fire was laid away was
a gift from the cemetery association.
New U. C. T. Officers Elected by the
Qrand Council at Winnipeg.
Bpeoial to The Journal. $00
Winnipeg, Man., June 13.The elevihth
annual session of the grand council of
United Commercial Travelers of America,
jurisdiction of Mlnnesota,s the Dakota's
and Manitoba, elected the following of
Past grand councillor, Ernest Grant of
Minneapolis grand'councillor, George W.
Rodgers of St. Paul grand Junior coun
cillor, Walter Jacobs of Aberdeen grand
conductor, Henry J. McGarvey of Huron
grand page, J. A. McPherson of Grand
Forks grand sentinel, Charles P. Van
dermere of Minneapolis grand secretary,
J. M. Dresser of St. Paul grand treas.
urer, F. M. Noble of St. Paul grand ex
ecutive committee, W. D. Austin of Far
go, F. J. C. Cox of Winnipeg, H. M. West
fall of Sioux Falls and J. M. Schurch of
A resolution WAS adopted reducing the
entertainment tax on subordinate council
members. Heretofore it has been 50 cents
a member, and a cut of one-half was
made. i
Led Into Trap by Japanese Re.
treat, Czar's Soldiers Are
Slaughtered. LEWIS ETZEL,
American Killed by Chinese Soldiers
Off Liao-tung Coast.
Niu-chang, Sunday, June 12, (Mid
night).Information was received*
here at 10 o'clock to-night thru here-'.
tofore reliable channels th at part of
the Japanese force left at Pu-lan-tien
to checkmate the Russians' southward
movement to relieve Port Arthur was
attacked southeast of Shungnmao yes
terday. After slight fighting the Jap-,
anese made a false retreat, the Rus-?
sians hotly following them, when the
Japanese made a flank movement,/
catching the Russians in a trap. The
Russian losses are placed at 800 men..
They then fell back .on Kai-chou and"""
began to retreat along the Baimatgu
tsaichou road.
About 2,00,0 Russian infantry from',
Kai-chou passed thru Niu-chang this
morning accompanied by a large sup-c
ply and hospital train. Several carts"
contained bandaged men. The troops'"
appeared to be fagged out and showed
every indication of a long, forced
A noncommissioned officer told a
correspondent of the Associated Press'
that all the troops were retreating
from Tsai-chau. Before he could say
anything further he was reprimanded
by a captain. Stragglers are closely
watched by noncommissioned officers
to prevent them from talking.
The Russians have abandoned the
ground mines eight miles south of
here. A native messenger just in from
the Russian camp east of here reports
that there are many wounded men
Chinese Government Sends Taotal to
^Probe the Killing.
Nlu-chuang June 13.The Chi
nese government is apparently greatly
worried over the death of Lewis
Etzel, the correspondent of the Lon
don Dally Telegraph, who was shot
and killed recently by Chinese soldiers
off the Liao-tung coast.
The affair is being energetically in
vestigated by United States Consul'
General Miller and the viceroy at
Shan-hai-kwan sent the tao-tai Liu
here to act in the matter on the be
half of the Chinese government.
Tao-tai Liu served at one time as
secretary to the Chinese legation at
Washington and subsequently as Chi
nese consul at New York. He is now
tao-tai of Tientsin.
Reports of Fights on Land and Sea
Received in London.
New York Sun Special Service,
London, June 13.A dispatch to the
Express from Nagasaki via Shanghai
says that information from a high
source is to the effect that Japanese
engineers are sapping their way to- _,
ward the fortifications of Port Arthur.
Under cover of artillery new earth
works are thrown up nightly. The
trenches are gradually nearing the
Russians. The garrison is using shells
sparingly, and is evidently reserving
its ammunition.
Over 200 Japanese field guns cover
the operations of the trench makers.
Siege guns have not been used yet.
They are being mounted on cement
platforms in commanding positions.
A rumor which cannot be confirmed
is circulating in St. Petersburg that
a great haval battle has been fought
qff Port Arthur in which two Russian
and four Japanese battleships werej
A dispatch from Chi-fu states th at
Chinese arriving there from Port Ar
thur say a battle was fought within
seven miles of the inner forts there)
last Wednesday. The Japanese fleet*
lying off the east coast of the Liao
yang peninsula supported the army a
the encounter. vis
The Chinese say the conditions in
Port Arthur are unchanged.
-f y.^5$?*
Heavy Cannonading.
The correspondent of the Chronicle
at Peking telegraphs that heavy can
nonading was heard yesterday in the
neighborhood of Si-ung-yao, the sec
ond station to the south of Kai-ping.
The Japanese appear to have been
again bombarding the coast. Furious
rifle firing was also heard in the vi
cinity of Niu-chuang, Chinese troops
being engaged there with Chung
chusas. Rumors have reached here
of a Russian ^victory, but they are not
The correspondent of the Daily
Mail at St. Petersburg says news has
reached Moscow that the Japanese
are building a railway from Yalu to
Feng-huang-cheng. The country is
hilly but presents no serious engineer
ing difficulty. It would be hard to
exaggerate the advantage given the
Japanese by the easy .and swift means
of transportation they will thus be
able to use during the season of heavy,
rains. c$
Skrydloff on the Sea.,f|
The Standard's correspondent at St.
Petersburg telegraphs that dispatches
have been received from Admiral
Skrydloff stating that on Tuesday last
he moved with the Vladivostok squad
ron toward Port Arthur and arrived
within thirty miles of that place.
There he ran into a fog and found
several Japanese torpedo boats and
two battleships confronting him.
The Japanese attacked fiercely and
inflicted some damage. The Russians
returned the Japanese fire, but as none
of the Fort Arthur ships appeared as
Skrydloff expected, they returned to
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