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A triumph in shoe making *:* ?an accomplishment in under- **? selling-. 16 styles of Ladies' Shoes?modeled on the newest *?* & and most approved lasts?made * *?? by the same man and of the ? same materials as the standard *** $3 line of shoes selling in Wash- v ington. Our leader for women at $2.55 % 1 V y ? ? v ? % t I X |Children's Shoes| From 50c. to \ $2.50. ? ? V y ? 9 y Children's Shoes are no side ? line with us. A special depart X ment. specially stocked. The Y care with whicli'we fit the chil ?? dren is in itself reason enough X why you should bring the cliil ? dren here for their shoes. * I lEdinnioinistoe'sl I 1334 F St * V :< 11 /. Great Reduction in Blair Goods. Switches $2..V>? formerly $5.00 Switches $0 1*)?formerly $10 50 Gray Switches... .13.00?formerly $5.00 Gray Switches... .$-1.50? formerly $?;.,'jp IIalrdres>lng. Shampooing, etc. Hair dyeing and Bleaching a specialty. Imperial llair Regenerator for re storing gray hair. Natural color. $1.2". S. HELLER'S, fe2-3M 72Q SEVENTH ST. N.W. Sample Bottle FREE2 ?? nPHOfJE who suffer with headache, lnel U d>nt to over mental exertion, or from ? whatever cntise. are Invited to try a sample bottle ,,f "KEF"?GUARANTEED To CURE HEADACHE Oil NEURAIjGIA without af fectlng the heart or upsetting the stomach. H^Tall and get a bottle. Wholesale '9and Retail Evans' Drugstore, 822-024 F Street. ocS-tfid Use Only Sexton's Latrobes, Furnaces and Ranges. They Are the Most Reliable. For Sale by All Dealers. se21 7Rt-14 [Horses ^sh IN A ? '? lilt!:1 I" " '""'S: For styl ish Turnouts the CONCORD SniT ? ? HARNESS is con ?lniarneSSo ceded to I* the correct i thing. A smart harness like the Concord shows off the horse and gives the equipage an air of distinction. LUTZ & CO., 497 PA. AYE. ocl-3m-20 ... 87c, SLOOGBontpftsiDDD WMM ?? ^ the do rr your own UAIIKY LACE i'URTAINS and ' ?ave laundry hills. This $1 SAW, Curtain Stretcher saves Its cost WARRANTED. lna?eaS"U. Strong and serviceabl#. Josiah R. Bailey,820 7th St. or6-14d FOK CH3LLS AND FEVER tsB DR. HOSKINS* INDIAN SAGE. rr THE KIND THAT CURES. ^3 60 CENTS. AT YOUR DKUGGIi?I\ ?e27-lm*14 Yes, We Are Making those Oval Photographs that are so popu lar. and a call will convince jou that our work and prices are right. EST A IS U' ?< ?K (Ground Floor), 1227 l'a. ave. 8e2V s.tU.th.X.tf GUARANTEED SET OF TEETH, $5 00. The Evans Dental Parlors, Established 1880, 1309 F Street N. W. Branc h Office. 3o7 7th street n.w. GOOD. RELIABLE WORK AT MODERATE COST. <x-114tf NEAR DUPONT CIRCLE CARPENTER'S 8HOP. Jobbing by experienced and reliable men. JOHN T WALKER. Builder, li?U N t-t. n.w. Branch office. ItSJO Conn. ave. se2S<-lw*.4 BHBATBDICI Of WARSHIPS. Chief Construrtur II Irhhorn DeitrrilioH (lie Kiprrlence of the llache. Admiral HH-hborn, chief constructor, has submitted to the Navy l>e|?irtment a report on the coast survey steamer liache, bearing upon the utl'ity of sheathing naval vessels which has Riven rise to the liveliest contro versy between naval officers. The admiral's conclusions, based upon the record history of the ship. Is as folows: "To summarize. It may be stated that this vessel, not originally Intended to be shealh ed. was nine years after her launching litttd with a system of s-heathlng which Involved a neglect of some of the most obvious pre cautions in such work, and the use of iron bolts, and In the execution of which the workmanship was bad. She served thirteen years continuously without an examination ??f or repairs to her sheathing or sheathing bolts, and Is today in active service, though nearly thirty years old, with her frames fcnd plates in such a condition through ln terr.il corrosion in the machinery and t>unker spaces as would have long sir.ee Compelled her abandonment or extensive re buiUljng had she not beea sheathed, with out the sheathing applied twenty years since having been renewed or the bottom plating 'sighted' or repaired. "That these result.-- are possible under such conditions sj>eaks volumes for the pos sibilities of an efficient system based upon experience (in which every precaution is taken and neutral non-corrosive naval brass bolts are employed), executed with scrupu lous regard for the highest class of work manship, in a service where periodical ex amination and prcper care are fully pro vided for." ?2 WHITE ROCK WSTER Gets Gold Medal at Paris Over all Competitors. French Government Chemist pronounces White Rock the only Perfect table water. swfixuMjiaiww INEP^* * 'Vj? -TB ? . ?y 4 : .7 * --v. White Rock Table Water has been awarded the Gold Medal for purity, taste and mixing quality at the Paris Exposition. The award was made by jurors se lected from different countries These jurors "were furnished an analysis of each water in the competition, not knowing its name, but under a num ber. The jurors marked their opinion of the dif ferent waters on a scale, running from one to twenty. The numbers were ? all added together and divided by the number of jurors. Water falling be tween 1 and 4 were design ated ordinary ; 4 to 8 fair : 8 to 12 good : 12 to 16 very* good; and 16 to 20 perfect. White Rock was the only water that fell between 16 and 20 out of 21 competitors. WHITE ROCK MINERAL SPRING COMPANY, Waukesha, Wis. THE CENTRAL LABOR UN'ON PROCEEDINGS OF REGILAR MEET ING HELD LAST EVEMXG. Invitation for American Federation of Lalior to Meet in WnNhinK ton?Other Matters. At the meeting last evening of the Cen J tral Labor Union, which was held in Typo | graphical Temple, resolutions were adopted I to the effect that as the American Federa | tion of Labor has strenuously endeavored for the past two years or more to have j passed a uniform eight-hour bill, and other legislation necessary for the needs and bet terment of the wage earners of this coun try, and having failed to secure the vote3 and support of the men who, from the stump and platform in the various states they represent, proclaim their interest in the advancement of organized labor, and promise their constituents to support every just measure beneficial to labor, and when elected and given the opportunity to vote for labor's cause fail to do so; and, be lieving it would be in the interests of the many bills now before Congress advocated and supported by the American Federation of I,abor to have the convention of that great organization meet in this city in De j cember, l'JUl, at the beginning of the Fiity seventh Congress, the Central Labor Union | of the District of Columbia herewith ex tends to the delegates In convention to be ! assembled at Louisville in. December, liKHi, ai invitation to meet here, and request them to vote for the city of Washington as their next place of meeting, and accept the hospitality of the organized labor of this city. The secretary was directed to communi cate with the District Commissioners, board of trade and Business Men's Association, and request them to extend an invitation ' to the American Federation of Labor to meet in this city, and the delegate from the Central Labor Union to the convention in Louisville was instructed to use his best endeavors to have this city selected as the next place of meeting. The Annual Convention. A communication was read from Mr. Samuel Gompers, president of the Ameri can Federation of Labor, calling atten tion to the fact that the next annual con vention of that organization will be held at Louisville, Ky., beginning December 5, and notifying theme of their right to elect a delegate thereto. After some remarks were made on the subject, all of a com plimentary nature, it was determined to hold an election for the purpose at the last meeting of the union in this month. The committee on constitution and by laws reported several important amend ments thereto. These provide for an as sistant recording secretary; constituting the president, vice president and the chair men of the grievance and contract com mittees an executive cjmmittee of the body; also rescinding the provision which permitted the admission of fraternal dele gates from other central bodies. The con sideration of the report was deferred until the next meeting of the Central Labor Union. The committee which was appointed to secure a room for permanent headquarters reported that a room had been secured for the purpose in Typographical Temple, and that headquarters will be established there in the near future. Under the call of unions a delegate from Pricklayers' Union, No. 1, reported that, pursuant to a resolution adopted at the last national convention of the Bricklayers j and Masons' International Union, referring to a referendum vote the question of affil iation with the American Federation of Labor the local union of bricklayers at its last meeting voted affirmatively on the subject. Pending Strike. A delegate from the Electrical Workers' 1'nion made a statement relative to the pending strike of the employes of the Na j tional Electrical Supply Company. He stated that the objectionable man employed , by that company Is not an electrical work ! er and was never enrolled by the local union as a helper; that the company could have secured a competent electrician for the work at Fort Washington, but refused to pay the additional expense for a work 1 man to go to and from that place. At the I conclusion of the statement the Central ] Labor Union indorsed the strike and pledg i ed support. Delegates were admitted from Interna tional Brotherhood of Bookbinders' Local Union, No. 4; Pattern Makers' League of N. A., Printing Pressmen's Union, No. 1, and Journeymen Bakers and Confectioners' I Union, No. 118. Committed Suieide in Court. A highly dramatic incident occurred in the municipal court rcom in Bennington, Vt., yesterday, when Dennis M. Biackmer, who was being arraigned on the charge of felonious assault upon a ten-year-old girl, rose In his seat and shot himself in the forehead. The wound will undoubtedly cause his death. Mr. Blackmer is a well-known resident of Bennington, sixty years old. and mar ried. He was a member of the 1st Vermont Cavalry during the civil war. and was ad jutant general of the U. A. R. of Vermont under Department Commander Puffer. AFFAIRS IN ALEXANDRIA MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL TO BE HEM) THIS EVEM.VU. Report of Committee on Proponed Im provement* to Streets?Democratic Commit teen in Conference. Evening Star Bureau, No. 701 King street. Bell Telephone No. 106, ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 9. 1!*I0. The first regular meeting of the city council after the summer vacation will be held this evening. General matters that have accumulated during the summer will be acted upon. It Is probable that the com mittee on streets will make a report on the appropriation of funds for the proposed im provements on King street between Royal and Fairfax streets. This project was started more than two years ago, and has been hanging flro ever since. After defeat ing in the court of appeals the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon railroad, which objected to laying on King street the new and improved pattern of rails pre scribed by council, it seemed probable that the work would be shortly commenced. But when the matter came before council again it was in the form of an appropriation car rying an additional $.7>o, and manv mem bers objected to this increase. For this reason the b'll has been in the hands of the committee on streets all summer The original appropriation was $2,500 Improvement of the city's streets on an extended scale has been a long-felt need and the delay in getting the King street work started has occasioned considerable . >eni- ? The I>avinK this square with vitrified brick on a concrete base is In tended as an object lesson, with a view of continuing the improvements. The board of aldermen will probably elect a president to succeed the late William H. Alarbury, whos? death occurred during the recess. Under the rules a majority of those present can make a choice. Messrs. Bal lenger and Sweeney are mentioned for the position. City Democratm Confer. A joint meeting of the city democratic committee and a working committee Trom the Bryan, Stevenson and Klxey Campaign C lub was held last night in Sarepta Hall. Mr. O. F. Carter of the city committee was called to the chair, and he stated the object of the gathering, which was to outline addi tional plans for the campaign. Messrs. Gardner L. Boothe and D. R. Stansbury shared the duties of secretary. It was an nounced that Attorney General Montague and R. Walton Moore will deliver addresses in the interests of the democratic candi dates at the Opera House the 20th Instant and that other prominent party leaders will probably attend. After a discussion on financial matters it was decided to start collectors out today to raise funds for campaign purposes. Some discussion arose over the barbecue which It is proposed to hold October 24. The ques l?n .js \? whether the two committees should take part in the event was not de sert. but will probably come up for action at the next meeting. The committees ad journed until Thursday night. Crhcii Set for Hearing. Judge Norton has set Friday as the date for hearing in the corporation court the case of Police Commissioner Frank Price, who is summoned on a writ quo warranto, the object being to test his eligibility as com missioner while at the same time holding a government position. Mr. S. G. Brent, his attorney will file an affidavit setting out that while the proceedings are brought by ommonwcalth Attorney Alarbury. they were Instigated by Mr. Frank C. S pinks, jr Th?mas Beckham, jr., tip*t 'r WH h?u5*br<'aking. will, be called next Tuesday. The case of T. O. Powell against A. S. Price was called in court this morning and discontinued. General and Personal. The Sharps and Flats, a local organiza tion of singers, met last evening in Pea body Hall. It was decided to render "The Bohemian Girl'" after the Christmas holi days. The following officers were elected for the ensuing term: George H. Evans, president; Gardner L. Boothe, vice presi ? oZlK manIa^r; John Herndon, secre 1? 5?r5:ce Itamey, treasurer, and Mrs M. \V. O Brien, director. Funeral services over the remains of Mrs ?. ? ? /',0.ue ,?'ere held thls morning at St. Mar) s Catholic Church, and were large ly attended by friends and relatives of the deceased. Rev. Father B. J. Cutler of ficiatc-d and the interment took place in St. Mary's cemetery. Toots Olden, colored, was fined $5 bv Mayor Simpson in the Police Court this morning on the charge of assaulting Jen nie Gordon Sarah Haney. also colored assessed 'or disorderly conduct 1 he officers of the Alexandria Bight In fantry Company G, will leave for Rich mond this evening to attend a meeting of officers from the 70th Virginia Regiment rhe meeting will be held tomorrow morn ing at 10 o'clock and will be called tTo" der by Capt. James E. King of the locai company, rhe senior officer in the regiment i I8,., T. Williams of Keyser, W. Va I FalVfaxr'str ****** Warfle,d' on South THE SIEGE OF PEKIN Graphic Tales Told by the Sur vivors. RELIEF FORCE CAME JDST IB TIME Joy Over the American Message to Mr. Conger. COARSE FOOD, BUT PLENTYi "The relief?oh, I cannot do justice to that! The poor American soldiers! I never saw such exhausted men in my life. They literally dragged themselves into Pekin," said Miss Ceclle Payen, who was a guest of Minister and Mrs. Conger during the siege of Pekin. in describing her experience to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter. "But human faces were never more beautiful than theirs. The ?ound of their cannon and guns approaching was the sweetest music 1 ever heard. It is impcssible to de scribe our feelings. I was afraid that when relief actually came some persons would be overcome and go insane, but joy seldom kills, and all recovered their equilibrium rapidly." The story told by those who endured the terrible siege reminds one of the days of the Sepoy mutiny and the timely relief of Lucknow. Among the cabin passengers of the steamer Coptic, which reached San Francisco last week, were more than a score of men and women from Pekin who were besieged within the walls of the Brit ish legation at the Chinese capital for many weary, fearful weeks, while the yellow hordes of Chinese Boxers were battering its walls. The passengers brought by the Coptic are the first to reach America from the Chinese x-apital since the International forces en tered that city and dispersed the Mongol hordes that had for weeks been seeking to j destroy all Christians within its walls. Many of them are accompanied by their I children, some being babies in arms, and nearly all can show the marks of blisters on their hands, reminders of their labors in erecting barricades to keep out the yel low-skinned fanatics. On the Sth of June the missionaries, warn ed of the approaching trouble, took refuge in the Methodist mission in Pekin. On the 2oth the murder of Baron von Ketteler, the German ambassador, caused them to lose all faith in the Chinese government's prom ises of protection, and on that date they hurried, together with the members of the European colonies, to that section of the Tartar city in which the legations were lo cated. There they remained until the ar rival of the long looked for relief column on the morning of Wednesday, August 13. IImImIiik the Siege. The most graphic account of the raising of the siege is that given to the San Fran cisco Call by the Rev. C. H. Fenn. "After we had taken, up our quarters in the British legation," he said, "all commu nication with the outside world practically ceased. We were confident, however, that the arrival of the rellel column would soon put an end to our troubles and so none felt the situation very keenly until hope began to die out, and things got down to a life and death struggle with ail the chances in favor of the latter. "I received my scalp wound while assist ing to erect the barricade placed round the British legation. I undoubtedly owe my life to the pith helmet which I wore and which broke the force of the concussion." Questioned as to the origin of the reports of Conger's murder and of the massacre of the legationers, Mr. Fenn declared them to have been manufactured by the Chinese to delay the allies' advance to Pekin. "You have no idea," he said, "of the du plicity and cunning of these Chinese. Be fore the trouble commenced at all the Box ers had black lists prepared which con tained an accurate list of all the Christian adherents in Pekin." Mr. Fenn gives the following account of the raising of the siege on tbe 15th: "I was taking photographs In the garden of the British legation when I received the first intimation of the entry of the relief column into the city. On August l.'l we were to have met the Chinese ministers. In cluding Prince Tuan. to confer with them regarding a truce. On August 11 the ap proach of the relief column had been noised about and it was thought that the Chinese were weakening on account of their ad vance. At the time set for the conference, however, the ministers failed to material ize; instead came a message, stating that the foreigners evidently did not wish peace ! as their soldiers had killed twenty-six Chinese. Just after this message had been received, at about 11 a.m., the sound of heavy cannonading was heard toward the southeast. Every one of the besieged gar rison felt that this heralded the approach of the long-expected relief column and hope ran high. At 10 o'clock that night the Chinese began a fierce fusillade which last ed for some, hours. Unlike the tiring on former occasions this attack was very de termined and served to strengthen our be lief that the near approach of the relief column was nerving the Chinese for a last effort. As you may imagine, none of us got much sleep that night, and at about 2 o'clock in the morning of the 14th the rat tle and bang of field and gatling guns from the direction of the Tung-Pein and Tse Hwa gates brought joy to all within the legation walls. Fiercer and fiercer grew the bombardment, and it was during a lull in the 'afternoon that I went out to take my photographs. It was then that the messenger ran through proclaiming the entry of the relief column, the advance guard of which was afterward found to be composed of the yellow-skinned Hindu troops of Great Britain and an American marine column. It had been a long wait sixty days?but the relief was such that all our sufferings were forgotten in the gen eral rejoicing. "The Chinese," concluded Mr. Fenn, "must be taught a severe lesson. Any vacillation now means a repetition sooner or later of the late horrors. They must be crushed utterly, and thoroughly beaten into submission." Jllm Payen'* Narrative. Miss Ceclle E. Payen, the young minia ture painter, who went to Pekin last spring as the guest of Minister and Mrs. Conger, told a graphic story of the sieffe. Like all the other women, a comprehensive view of the operations was denied her, the women and children being confined within a compara tively small space. But even the soldiers were little better off, as they were fighting an unseen enemy. "Of the whole eight weeks of terrible anxiety and dread," said Miss Payen, "three nights stand out with special prominence. They are spoken of by the besieged as 'the three terrible nights.' The first was just before the siege?about June 17 or 18. That was while we were in the American lega^ tlon. We went Into thP British legation compound on June 20. The night I speak of was one the foreigners will never forget. All night long went up those terrible cries? those howls and shouts Of thousands upon thousands of Chinese crying for the blood of the foreigners, j.ike a wave the sound rose and fell. In that great pagan city, surrounded as we were "by millions of hu man beings who seefned to have turned Into fiends, that mighty cry literally chilled our blood. It foretold all the horrors that fol lowed and conveyed to the mind an idea of irresistible, demoniac foroe. Language cannot convey an idea of the feelings that came Into our hearts during that night?it is out of the question. "The second terrlbie night was about the middle of the siege, wben, after three or fcur days of muggy and sultry weather, one of the most violent thunderstorms I ever experienced broke over the city. Everybody had predicted that with the coming of the rain the Chinese would cease firing, but the effect was just the op posite. It was a night of bellowing thun der, roaring arfTllery, Incessant lightning and pouring rain. The thunder was some thing awful, but at its very height it was pierced by volley after volley of mus ketry and booming cannon. The Chinese seemed to be possessed of the spirit of satan and worked like demons. I have written in my diary under that rate that it seemed like a contest between the elements of heaven and hell, with fiends using their powers to swell the tumult. Women Were Coaraireona. "It is to be said to the credit of the wo men that only one was hysterical that night. This was a Japanese or Russian woman who was out in the pavilion, sur Winter Salts At Half Coat. 'Now Buy Your Winter CSotihing at Haif Cost." Don't Wait Until It is Too Late! Ornwiti At Your Own Price Tomorrow We 5hall Sell ? ????? i Clothing Even Lower Than Last Week. Even the unparalleled selling of the past weeks has not materially reduced the enormous stock of the Co-Operative Clothing Co., which we purchased for a mere fmction of cost. These goods must be sold at once?it is imperative means the finest clothing at half cost. -there must be cash realized. And the benefit is YOURS?it JJO Superb Oxford Gray OVERCOATS, made and finished in perfect style. These are the regular $10 Over coats, such as are sold every where?every day?at this fig ure. This is your /(jp chance to get Q(g) ^ them at d? Tl Q Satin-lined OYER 110 COATS?lined through out; quite correct in every detail of cut, cloth, linings, fit and finish. An immense variety of cloths, rough and smooth, to se lect from. Take any one of them for ''$7.40 One thousand pairs of Men's Fine All-wool Trousers, in 50 different varieties of pattern? that were made to sell at $4, $5 and $6 ?go tomorrow for ,40 $10 SUITS. We can't possi bly describe the bewil dering variety?you must come and see them for yourself. Never before were such values offered in the whole United States. They go at. $? '$4.7. ?yes, genuine, veritable $15 SUITS?made for fine winter trade. Such an im mense line as there is of these, such a choice selection, that it is little less than a slaughter to mark them, as we have, at i6o48 $20 & $2! Tailor - made SUITS, the finest of the whole Co-( )perative Company's assignment. Exquisite materials and absolutely fault less cut and fit. You are more than fortu nate if you get ^^0(Q)0 one at A lot of Royn' and Men's MuckintoKhe*, art- rpfnilarl}- $4, f.r> anil $?i, at whit h $1.68 1,000 Fancy Silk Vents for Men; those have al ways sold for $4; during this sale, at $1.4! An II immense Line of Boys' and Children's Clothing at Just the Same ReductlomiSo IH; it Ho Fried lander Bro? ?Cor. 9th amid E Sts, rounded by boxes instead of walls. The pavilion bad a roof, but no sides. Low walls were improvised of boxes and bar rels, and in this frail place some of the peo ple were camped. During that stormy niKht a Swede who had been half insane before went stark mad and raised his un eaithly howls above the roar of storm and battle. Between claps of thunder and booming of cannon could be heard his shrieks. The third and last night of horrors was that of August 13, the day before the relief came. On that night the Chinese were fairly frantic and moved heaven and earth to break in and kill us. Firing that had seemed furious before was tame compared with the hail of shot and shell that poured in upon us that night. It came from all quarters and seemed to be from every im aginable kind of firearm. We had received reports of the approach of the relief col umn. and knew that it must be near, from the frantic attempts of the Chinese to slay us. \\ e expected that any moment might be our last, as many breaches were made by shells, and a determined assault at any one place would have opened the way for the hordes outside. Few Women Indreaned. "Few of the women undressed during those three weeks. If we disrobed, there \\ as not a night that we did not start re peatedly to dress, fearing that the Chinese had at last broken through. We had no idea where we would go or what would happen. Then there were the fire alarms, which were of daily occurrence during the first weeks of the siege. The Chinese tired buildings all around us. trying to burn us cut. "Here I recall a feature of the siege that will be remembered by all who were inside. It was the ringing of the chapel bell. This was rung whenever there was a general alarm, either of attack or fire. The sound of that dreadful bell sent our hearts'down into our shoes. But curiously enough, the bell had its effect on the Chinese, too. .They seemed to be afraid of it, and stopped firing for a time when it was rung. So we used to ask the men to give the bell a long and vigorous ringing. Xo SulTerlnK From Hunger. There was 110 actual hunger during the siege. We had boiled rice three times a day, and cracked wheat and horse and mule meat. Fresh meat we did not have except once. One day, about the middle of the siege, a soldier on the imperial wall killed a passing Chinese who had a pig, a duck and a chicken. The soldier brought them to us. Mrs. Conger offered him money, but he said he would trade the meat for a glass of beer. In the IViek of Time. "It is not generally known, I believe, how nearly we came to being taken. In another twenty-four hours a mine would have been exploded under the northern wall of the legation that would have left the way open for the Chinese. The enemy was right be side us. I went with others to the wall, and by removing a little stone at the loop hole we could see the Chinese at work and hear their conversation. Our party dis covered that* a mine was being laid and under Mr. Gamewell's direction, a counter mine was laid inside the wall. This was about ten feet deep. We did not know ex actly where the Chinese mine was. but we could sometimes hear them at work. They had run their mine about ten feet under ours and mere directing it well inside the compound, and had begun to store powder in it fbr the explosion when our relief came. ?After Relief Cutne. "There was severe firing, you know, after relief came. The Sikhs, who seemed to have suffered less from the heat and fa tigue than the Americans, were ready to fight within twenty minutes after their ar rival. They sat in the tennis court, which was in the center of the compound, and the bullets whistled about them. They were surprised to see us women and children walking about and exclaimed: "Why are you not afraid of this fire?" We replied that the firing was nothing compared vriih what we had been through. The Sikhs thought it was pretty hot, and got up and broke through the wall and cleared out a lot of Chinese. "Mr. Pethick, Li Hung Chang's secretary, was with us all during the siege. He was much incensed, as we all were, over the duplicity of the Chinese government. He expected to find his house in ruins, as the houses of all other foreigners had been laid in ashes, but after relief came he went out and discovered that the Chinese had placed locks upon his doors and that not a thing had been disturbed. The books lay on the table where he had left them, food was untouched In the dishes and the house was exactly as he had left it. The Chinese knew who he was. Evidently they also knew LI Hung Chang." Number of Legatlonera. Rev. C. H. Fenn, who with his wife and baby endured the siege, said: "On June 20 we were hustled Into the British legation by the ministers, who at last saw that trouble was on, after every body else had been telling them for weeks to be prepared. We had to get out with what we could grab on the run. That af ternoon a man, accompanied by a friendly Chinese, went back to the church and got his bicycle, and returned unmolested. So we made up a party of forty and made several trips, getting out clothing and food. For some reason the Chinese did not dis turb us. "Inside the lines formed by us we dis covered 5,000 bushels of wheat that had just come in when the siege shut down upon us. That was our salvation. We also found plenty of rice. I was one of the food supply committee, and was put In charge of the eleven rude mills and fifteen mules that ground thq wheat. It was slow work, but we ground out enough to eke out the supply. There were eighty-five horses eaten by us during the siege. The popula | tion under siege was: Whites, about 4.10: marines and soldiers, 4.">0: Chinese ser vants, 400; Protestant refugees, native, XW; Catholic refugees, native, l.HOO; total, 3,f?00. The MexNOKe to ConKer. "On July 17 we received a message from the outside world that said: 'Communicate tidings bearer.' There was no date and no signature. Mr. Conger sent it to the tsung ii yamen, with the request that it be made plain. He received in reply a copy of Min ister Wu's dispatch, which stated that the United States government demanded word from Minister Conger in cipher. That mes sage made our hearts jump with joy. Con ger sent his reply at once. "That night before relitf arrived we heard the rattle of the machine guns at a dis ! tance, and it was sweet music. Every body got up?it was about 1 o'clock?the women made coffee, and there was no more sleeping that night. The next day, as the Americans came in, I went down and shook hands with tach man as he staggered in through the water gate." Mrx, Woodward"* Story. Mrs. M. S. Woodward and her daughter were guests of Minister and Mrs. Conger during the siege. Mrs. Woodward said, in describing her experiences: "As you may know, we started to leave Pekin on June 5, but we were one day too late. Accompanied by a small guard that j was placed at our disposal by Minister | Conger, we went to the railroad depot on the morning of that day, and waited from 7 o'clock in the morning until 11 o'clock at night for a train to take us to Tien Tsin. But the train never came. Train connection with the outside world had been cut off the day before. So we all went back to the legation and prepared for the worst. We were surrounded by a howling mob of Chinese at the railroad depot and made our way with much difficulty back to legation street, although none of the Chinese of fered to do us bodily harm. "It was not long afterward that the seri ous trouble began, however. The very next day the missionaries from the burned Catholic cathedral at Nantung came to the legation for protection, and we had our hands full looking after their wants. There were hundreds of maimed, bleeding and | burned native Christians, who had barely escaped the wrath of the mob with their lives. I saw little children with spear wounds all over their bodies and many others, old and young, bleeding and burned. It was an awful sight and impressed us with the fear of a worse fate for ourselves. With two children at home and a daugh ter with me I was afraid to think, so 1 did what I could for the immediate comfort of the suffering ones under our care. I be came a nurse, with other ladies at the lega tion, and was assigned to duty every other night. Tunneled Throunh the Wall*. "After we all took refuge in the British legation elaborate plans for our defense were undertaken. We experienced no diffi culty in getting to the British legation, although we were constantly harassed by the Boxer mob. The Russian legation stood between the American and British legations. The men cut through the inter vening walls and then made our retreat as secure as possible by erecting barricades. geirlng Silk Snnd Hntfs. "There was plenty of work for the wo men. We sewed sand bags for the barri cades, and the world never saw such mag nificent sand bags. Our forces made a sortie, captured the establishments of a number of rich Chinese merchants, and appropriated enough silks and rich stuffs to clothe an army in raiment rich as Solo mon's. This all went for sand bags. We made the bags out of costly silks and vhe richest embroidery fabrics to be found in the realm of the dowager empress. No one ever saw such barricades before and never will again. It seemed an awful extrava gance, but cheaper material was not at hand and the silk cost nothing but an ef fort. "After this there was continual fighting, day and night. The Boxers were not want ing in diligence. One night they captured the wall held by our forces. It was the wall of Pekin that separated us from the native city. We regained it, however, through the heroism of Captain Jack My ers of the Oregon and twenty of the New ark's men. With his score of brave lads he made a dash for the wall and capturcd it without a scratch. Shortly after that Capt. Myers received a spear wound, and in ad dition suffered an attack of typhoid fever that momentarily threatened his life. "The siege developed may heroes. Sir Claude Macdonald, the British minister, was made commander-in-chief of the allied forces, and Secretary Herbert E. Squlers of the American legation was his chief of staff. They planned and carried out the de fense of the legations, with the advice and co-operation of the other ministers. Our men made their own ammunition when ;im munition ran short. Bullets were molded in the ground. We captured lots of Chinese powder. ' Gunner Mitchell's Exploit. "Joseph Mitchell, a gunner of the New ark, was one of the most active men among the American forces, and, in fact, among the entire force of allies. Let me tell you what he did. He captured an old English gun that was made back In 1800, mounted it on an Austrian carriage, loaded H with Russian ammunition and Chinese powder, and fired It day and night throughout the siege. He went through the trying ord.jal without a scratch to the very day the re lief forces arrived, when he was shot in the arm. The brave fellow was taken to Tien Tsln. and when we left It was feared he would lose the injured member. "We called that gun the 'International,' and It was the pride of the legations to the day the lost shot was fired. Mitchell made himself a hero in other ways. He cap tured a Boxer flag from a Chinese barricade in a shower of bullets and won -the earnest admiration of every soul within the lega tion comiK>uncl for his bravery." A Kittle Heroine. Little Ruth Ingram, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Ingram, Congregatlonalist mis sionaries stationed at Tung Ohou. twelve miles from Pekln, ami who escaped to the British legation, told an interesting story. She said to an Examiner reporter: "We fled from the mission at Tung Chnu on Wednesday night. June S. The Boxers were all around us and we had hern shut in the mission for two weeks. Some one told papa we would be killed, so he er.?t us together and we hurried toward Pekln in the dark. There were twenty-five grown people and nine children in our party. Wc reached Pekln in the morning and were sent to the chapel, where we remained until the soldiers drove the Boxers away. "When we went into the capital we ex pected Capt. McCalla would rescue us in a few days, but we heard he had got half way from Tien Tsin and was driven back. Then our sufferings commenced. "The day the German minister was killed all our people thought we would be mur dered. We were all in the British legation, and there were only marines to defend us. I put away my doll, which I had car ried from the mission, and tried to help mamma. The men brought in silks and we made bags, sometimes using four or five thicknesses to make them strong enough to hold the sand. Every piece of cloth the men could find was made up. and then the ladies made sacks of their extra dresses. The yard in front of the Briiish secretary's house was all dug out to liil the bags. When we left there was a hieli path, like a bridge, to the secretary's house, and on each side were great deep holes. Many Atvful Weeks. "For many weeks, while we were con fined in the chapel of the British legation at Pekin, we had nothing to eat but moldy rice and horse meat. And all the little babies were so sick, and many of them died right there in the little room where we were imprisoned. "At firr.t I was frightened, but my mamma and the other ladies tried to teach us not to he afraid. All ninht long the bursting shells and' the dreadful cannonad ing kept the children awake, anil we hardly had any sleep at all. Every day. even on Sunday, the women and the girls who could sew strongly had to work making sacks, which the men would fill with earth and place on the barricades at night. "Then, when the larger girls got tired out Vewing and their fingers were sore, we would take care of the babies. There were thirteen children in the chapel where we were, and most of them were babies. "The food we had to eat made us all sick. It was moldy rice most of the time, and then we had horse meat. The rice had been stored by the Chinese for several years, and the men found it. We also had some wheat, which was ground in an old Chinese mill made of two big stones. One of the men would pour the wheat Into a hole In tfie upper stone, which was turned like a merry-go-round, by a mule. "One night our mother* thought we would all be killed. A shell struck the roof of the chapel and pieces of the ceiling fell. That was the only time our building was hit. "Our men who were wounded by the Box ers' bullets would come to the chapel for bandages, and some who were badly hurt were brought in where the women and children were compounded. "When the soldiers came to relieve us the ladies in the chapel cried and huKgtd their babies. Then we all knelt and said a prayer. "What did you do after the Boxers were driven away?" "Oh. I Just sat down after a little while and played with my Chinese dolly." And the "little heroine" took her dolly from her bag of toys and proudly exhib ited it. "That's my dolly: I brought it with me and I am going to keep it forever." Monter Sqnlrrii Carried n Rifle. There was a young hero of the siege, too. Master William P. Squires, son of H. O. Squires, first secretary of the American legation at Pekin. He is only sixteen, but he carried a rifle and helped In the defense. Relating his experience, the young sol dier said: "The day the German minister was killed wo were just waiting to start out for Tien Tsin. When he was killed, though, that started the fighting, and after that we did ' nothing else but fight. Everybody went to the British legation for safety. Barricades were put in p'.ace and rice was brought from the nearest stores and put away in case we should need it. I he'.ped wheel the rice. "When the Chinese made their first night attack I took part. I was out until 2 In the morning and was soaked with the rain, for the attack was made during a thunder storm. Everybody was afraid the Boxers would get over the barricades and it was hard to go to sleep. But then I got so tired I slept quite soundly. After that night I always carried a rifle. "I happened to be on the wall the day the runner came in with the news that the relief soldiers were coming. I saw the - Chinese come running in, all covered with dirt. He had three messages and they were all sewed In his big straw hat. Every body came out and shouted then, for we knew we were safe. It was about time, too. for the Chinese who were with us had only leaves from the trees and some dog meat to live on. But when we knew we were safe everybody had all he wanted. "On the afternoon of August 14. about 2 o'clock, a man came running down from the wall and said the relief column was in sight. Two cr three hours after that Gen. Chaffee came in. The Russians and the Japanese came in next day. The Russians are a wild lot cf men. After that day the Russians and Japanese and Americans and English and all of us looted the Chines* buildings." In the Police Court today, by direction of Judge Kimball. John Coleman paid fit) for assaulting Char lea Weeks.