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VOL. XLIII. NO. 67.
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• LOS ANGELES, MONDAY MORNING. DECEMBER T, 1894-
AT THE NATION'S CAPITAL.
House and Senate Forecast
for the Week.
Efforts to Pass the Nicaragua
Canal Bill.
A Vote May Be Had on It Before the
Holidays.
Kir'tlng Debato Kxpioted OB tha No
CurrtooT Hill — Commercial War
With Germmnr—Urorcr Ooaa
X Gunning,
By the Associated Press.
Washington, Deo. 16.—The Nicaragua
canst bill bolds its place as tbe nnlin
isbed business on the senate calendar
and the general understanding appears
tc be tbat it will continue to occupy the
attention of tbe senate, with few inter
ruptions, and those by consent, until a
vote is taken upon it. The bill only
comes up on each day alter the dis
posal of tbe morning morning business,
and will surrender tbia place tempo
rarily on Thnraday to permit the cere
monies in commemoration of Webster
and Starke, on tbe unveiling of their
| stntuea, which have been placed in the
capitol. There ie also a probability that
the committee on appropriations may
aßk consideration of tbe urgent de
ficiency bill towaid tne last of tbe week.
It is understood that Senator Cockrell,
chairman of this committee, will lay
stress upon tbe choice of getting thia
bill through before the holidays, and
that he will ask the senate to pass it on
Monday or Tuesday. There is little
probability, however, that any of the
other appropriation Dills will receive
the attention of the senate during the
week.
The disposition among tbe senators is
favorable to an adjournment on Thurs
day until after the Christmas holidays,
but it is probable thnt the house will
not consent to this arrangement and
that the adjournment will be delayed
until Saturday. The programme there,
with relerencs to adjournment, so far as
one baa been arranged, is to adjourn on
Saturday, the 22d iustant, until Thurs
day, the 3d of January.
Some senators predict tbat the final
vote on the Nicaragua canal bill will be
reached this week, but tbe frienda o! the
bill scarcely hope for thia reanlt. They
realize that tbe precedents of the senate
are all against action ao apeedy on a
' measure of such Importance and pre*
sentiug ao many pointa for debate and
act speeches, and they are also prepared
to encounter opposition which haa not
yet taken definite ahape. Senator
Oaffery'a objection to an agreement for
a vote on tbe bill on Wednesday neat is
understood to have been made npon
constitutional grounds, and it ia quite
likely that he, with several othsr tena
tora, including Vest. Teller, Georpe and
Vilas, will desire to be heard in opposi
tion to tbe meaanre before it shall be
disposed oi. Seuator Cullom will to
morrow open tbe speaking for tbe week
with a speech on tbie question.
HOUSE FORECAST.
This week, tbe laat before the holiday
recess, promises to be an exciting one in
tbe bouse. The banking and currency
committee has arranged to bring for
ward tbe banking bill and will ask a re
port from tbe committee on rulea for a
special order which will eet aaide the
remainder of the week beginning Tues
day for debate on the Carlisle bill with
provisions for a final vote on Friday
next. Tbe banking committee desires
10 prolong the session so as to begin at
11 a. m. and continue until 10:30 at
night, with a receaa from 5 until 8 p. m.
The terms of the apecial order will be
submitted to tbe committee on rulea to
morrow.
There ia considerable oppoaition
among the Democrats of the house to
the abort limit it ia proposed to act on
tbe debate. Many feel that auoh a
measure, contemplating aa it does, a
revolution in tbe entire banking system
ot the country, should not be crowded
through in haste. This feeling is shared
by some of tbe most prominent Demo
cratic leaders of tbe house, end there
seems to be a large probability that the
banking and currency committee will be
overruled and that the special order will
give thia week to debate witb a provi
sion for a dual vote after the holiday re
cess.
Tomorrow tbe house will take np and
dispose of the army appropriation bill.
I The adjournment for the holiday recess
will probably occur Saturday. The talk
of continuing the session without the
customary recess seems to be baaed on
very alight foundation.
COMMERCIAL WAR WITH GERMANY.
In view of tbe diainclination of con
gress to take up the auger schedules of
tbe tariff act and the consequent im
probability of auy action snch aa waa
recommended by the president looking
to the repeal of tbe duty of one-tenth
of one cent on aagar produced under the
bounty system, tbe future action of tbe
German government ii being awaited
with some apprehension here.
The speech of the German chancellor
in the reiohatag, in which he made a
atrong point of tbe discrimination im
posed by tbe United States towarda
German engar, ia believed to indicate a
strengthening of tbe policy which that
government haa adopted, directed to the
exclnsion or severe restriction of
American prodncta aought to be
imported into Germany. At pres
ent Mr. Bunyon, our ambassador 1
to Berlin, is working bard to secure an
amelioration of the stringent order of
exclusion in the case of American cattle,
and Secretary Greabam is in almost
daily consultation witb tbe German
minister here on tbe same subjeot. Up
to this time no appreciable degree ol
aucceaa haa attended tbe efforts of our
government. The character of the
negotiations appears to indicate a pur
pose on the part of tbe German govern
ment to procrastination nntil congress
decisively announces its intention in the
matter of tbe auger duty. As long as
these conditions remain, our govern
ment is likely to wait patiently, but
should there be any fresh attacks by
Germany upon American interests,
there ia reaßon to believe the adminis
tration will have recourse to the retalia
tion act of 1890, and single out German
articles, the importation of which into
tbe United States in volume about
equals the American meat and cattle
trade with Germany, and forbid their
importation.

AMERICAN REPUBLICS.
Inangaral Address or tho New President
of Brazil.
Washington, Dso. 16. —The bureau of
American republics has received the
inll inaugural address of President Prn>
dente de Moreas, delivered November
15th.
Tbe new president is the first to be
elected to that high office by the voice
ol tbe people ol Brazil—his two prede
cessors having been elected by the vote
of tbe national congress.
Tbe president speaks of the dissension
and strife through which tbe republic
ban passed since its inception, Novem
-1 ber 15. 1889, and closes with a patriotic
1 apostrophe to tbe loyalty and confidence
' of hie countrymen.
It is learned by tbe bureau tbat the
long pending boundary question be
tween Paraguay and Bolivia has been at
last settled by a treaty agreement be
tween the two countries. Bolivia ac
quires territory which gives her an out
let along the right bank of tbe Para
guay river ior a distance of about '20
leagues.
The bureau is notified that tbe repub
lic of Honduras has adopted the gold
dollar of tbe United States as its
Btandard coin.
GROVER GOES A GUNNING.
The President again On* on a Hunting;
Trip.
Washington, Dec. 16. — Preaident
Cleveland, accompanied by Dr. Ordway,
Captain Kvana and Mr. Charles Jeffer
son, left Waahington this evening on an
Atlantic coast train for a hunting trip
on tho coast of Houth Carolina. The
party will return in about a week.
The town of Georgetown is tbe desti
nation of the party. Fine duck hunting
ia there afforded and a few deer are
occasionally shot.
disgusted FiGursns.
A Hegjtra of Pag* From N«w Orleans.
The BnWea Tret-arty.
New Orleans, Dec. 10. —Jamea Barry
left this morning for home aur 1 waa
much disappointed and eaya he will pay
no attention to Connors in the future.
Tommy Ryan also departed.
Lavigne ia detained by the police. Ac
aoon aa be can get away he will go borne
and reat for three months. He will not
retire from the ring but will try for a
match with Johnson of Minneapolia.
Bowen'e funeral will take place in
the morning. The grand jury will begin
an inveetigation at the eaaie time and
tix the blame for bia death.
Governor Foster waa seen tbia even
ing and aaked for an expression of his
opinion of the so-called glove contests
in tho light of the tragic outcome of the
Lavigne- Bowen fight. The governor
expreaeed himself as firmly opposed to
such exhibitions. He Baid:
"I have alwaye been very positive
and emphatic in my opposition to the
glove contests as carried on in New Or
leans by professional prize fighters. I
regard it aa a brntal exhibition, tending
to demoralize public sentiment and in
no wise calculated to elevate the tone of
public morale.
"When the effort waa made to have
tbe Corbett-Mitchell fight take place in
New Orleane, I determined to exhaust
all the power of the state to prevent it,
and so declared at that time. Tbe un
fortunate termination of tbe Lavigne-
Bowen contest accentuates tbe import
ance of prohibiting any Buch further
exhibitions."
Disappointed Oynllsts.
Philadelphia, Dec. 17. —The profes
sional six-day bicycle race between
prominent wheelmen of tbia and other
countrtea had been announced to begin
at 12:01 this morning. When that hour
arrived, however, it waa diecovered that
through a misunderstanding the bicy
cles had not been brought from a Chest
nut-street store, from which tbey bad
been hired, and at 1:45 a.m. tbe efforts
of the managers to* aeenre the wheels
and etart tbe race had not succeeded.
Jockey Grlfnn*e Arrival.
San Francisco. Dec. 16. —Jockey
Harry Griffin, the highest salaried man
in hia profession in America, arrived to
day and will appear before tbe San
Francieco public at the Bay Diatrict
track this week. He ie under contract
for next season at a salary of $30,000.
Can Not lieoover.
Asheville, N. C, Dec. 16.—Vice-
President Stevenaon returned to Waah
ington last night. Mr. Stevenaon iB
liable to be recalled to Aaheville at any
hour, as Mica Stevenson's condition ie
extremely critical. In fact, it ie con
ceded that bar recovery ia impossible.
An Uverdue Steamer.
New York, Dec. 16.—Some anxiety
has been caused by the non-arrival ot
tbe Mallory ateamer San Marcoa. She
waa expected to reach here Saturday at
tbe latest. The ateamer haa not been
reported aince leaving Galveaton.
Order your euit early. H. A. Getz ie
crowded for fine tailoring at moderate
pricea. 112 Weet Third Btreet.
Wickatrom & Peraon, tailora. Fit,
workmanahip and goods guaranteed
first-class ; prices moderate. Room 1,
120>2 S. Spring atreet.
The new tariff on crude robber baa not
yet affected Off & Vaughn's pricea on
hot water bottlea and fountain syringes.
1 quart, 50 cents; 2 quarts, 75 cent; 3
quarta, 85 centa; 4 quarta, $1.
Caehmere Bouquet soap 20 centa a
cake at Off oc Vuughn'a, corner Fourth
and Spring atreetß.
Hollenbeck Hotel Cafe, 214 Second
street. Oysters 50c a dozen, any style.
Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder
World's Fair Highest Medal and Diploma.
ATROCITIES IN TURKEY.
Armenian Heroes Fiendishly
Tortured.
Flayed Alive and Their Flesh
Eaten.
The Saltan's Tacit Approval of the
Slaughter.
•'..kin Pasha Decorated for Conducting
the Butchery—A Stat.mant by-
Ike American Board
of Missionaries.
By the Associated Press.
Tifklis, Russian Trang-Caucaeia, Dec.
li.. — A letter which appeared in a paper
here states tbat for 19 days tbe residents
of Armenian villages where the outrages
were perpetrated fought against tbe
Kurds. The Armenians loßt only 10
warriorß, while the' Kurds lost 56!).
When tbe troopa nnder Zekki Pasba
appeared tbe Armenians were compelled
to succumb. Alter Zekki Pasha's
treachery in offering peace, 03 young
Armenian men were tortured horribly
for three dayß, then all were murdered
and their bodies buried in a ditch.
Among the Armenian heroes who lost
their lives, the writer mentions Derbe
droz, who with bis own hand killed
seven Kurds in a fair right. He was
captured and flayed to the waist. Pieces
of hia flesh were cooked and eaten by
tho savage Turks, while he was etill
alive.
gbfdfb
more than other missionary organiza
tions in America, centralizes the work in
behalf of Armenians in Asiatic Turkey.
Its western Turkish mission began in
1819, its eastern Turkish mission in 1836,
and ita central Turkish mission in 1847.
Theße three missions comorise 15 sta
tions, 268 out stations, 45 missionaries,
one medical missionary in eastern Tur
key, 42 married womeu and 73 unmar
ried women—in fact, it employs 791 na
tive laborers. These laborers occupy 299
places for stated preaching, securing
average conssregationß of 30,747 peraone.
Tha Sabbath schoolß number 264. Tbe
adherents are estimated at 46,864.
There are 112 churches, witb a member
ship oi 11,181, of which 458 were re
ceived within a year. Tbe educational
j work is extensive. There are four theo
logical schools, 31 colleges, high and
boarding scboola for boye and 20 col
leges, high and boarding achoola for
girls. There are 375 common achoola,
containing 16,833 pupila. The contri
butions of the natives last year to tbe
American board amounted to $34,758.
These facts do not include the work in
European Turkey.
Numerous inquiries have been re
ceived from the press and from the Con
gregational constituency in the United
States, which baa induced these organ
izations to furnish the following state
ment relating to affaira in Turkey :
THE MISSIONARIES' POSITION.
Wo are not unconcerned by tbe re
ports of massacres in eastern Turkey.
Tbe position of the missionaries of the
American board within tbe Turkish em
pire is an extremely delicate one. Sym
pathizing deeply on tbe one aide witb
all who are Buffering by reaaon of pov
erty, oppression and misrule, they have
yet been loyal to tbe government under
which they have lived, and have never
countenanced Bedition or rebellion.
It has been their blessed privilege,
while preaching tbe gospel of Jeaus
Christ, to aid the poor, to protect, as
far aB possible, the oppreaaed and to de
liver from unjust officials multitudes
who have been arrested or imprisoned.
It is not necessary for our missionaries
after these scores of yeara of devoted
labor to prove their sympathy with the
Buffering and oppreaaed by joining oth
ers who, at a aafe diatance from the
scene of danger, are pasaing vigoroua
resolution", in condemnation of the
wrongs indicted. They are doing their
best, amid no little peril to themselves,
in the interests of those for whom they
have long labored, but our readers can
well understand that for tbe aake, both
of the helpers and the helped, it ia in
expedient for ua to make a full state
ment of all we bear and believe. Some
things we may properly cay prior to tbe
full investigation of tbe alleged atroci
ties, which we trußt will he made by the
representatives of both our government
and tbe European powers.
STORY OF TUB MASSACRE.
In the Saasoun region, south of the
Mooßh plain, there are, or were, many
villages inhabited by Armenians. These
people were systematically robbed of
their flocks by Kurds, and in the latter
part of the summer tbe Armeniana pur
sued tbe robbers in tbeir endeavor to
recover tbeir property. In alight which
reaulted aome Kurds were killed, among
whom were some who were enrolled as
Turkish soldiers.
When information waa given that the
Armeniana had killed aome of tbe sul
tan's troops, the charge of
robellion was made and orders
were sent to put down the
insurrection. The reauit waa tbat the
lawless and uncontrolled soldiers made
indiscriminate slaughter of the people
who had sought to defend their prop
erty. In tbe horrible massacres which
followed thousands were slain, aome
state 6000, others 10,000. The details of
tbia wretched affair are not obtainable,
even by those near the scene. They
will never bo obtained unless foreign
governments insist upon a thorough in
vestigation conducted by foreignere.
The poor people are in terror and do not
etate tbe truth unless under protection.
UNRELIABLE REPORTS.
A document baa been prepared near
the scene of the carnage, purporting to
give the judgment of the people, that
the thousands slain inTalvorie met their
just deaerta, and expressing regret that
it had been thought beat to eend con
suls to investigate, since there haa been
TEN PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS.
AN INDEX TO YESTERDAY.
BY TKI.KOr.APU—Alleged Japanese out
rages at l'ort Arthur . ..Turkish atrocities
in Armenia A crisis in Italy Death of
Robert Louis Stevenson Congressional
forecast ... President Cloveland off on
another shooting trip Appointments of
stateoflicers-elect ...Controller Colgan'a re
port Overdue ships Another storm on
the Pacific Coast notes Sensational
tragedy at Council Blufl'3....General hows
gleanings.
LOCAL—Chief of Police Glass makes his an
nual report Occidentr.l college news —
Yesterday In tho churches Retnrn of an
excursir n party who visited the delta of the
Colorado river Railway employees ob
ject strongly to the cut in wages—Willis
Chapman's story about being robbed by
Maud May.
NEIGHBORING PLACES.
Mt. Low k—Home notable visitors.
Pasadena.-Funeral of F. 11. Valletta....Mn
licale at Hotel Green.
Santa Ana—Dr. Warnon'a faith cures....Lo
cal afl'alrs.
POINTERS FOR TODAY.
City Hall—Council 10 s. m,
The Imperial— Vaudeville.
no need for tbeir coming. The value of
auch a dooument will be underetood
when the methods for eecuring signa
tures are known.
But Buch investigations should be
made moat vigorously, either to relieve
"the government from unjust chargee if
tbe statements are incorrect, or, if they
are proven, to bring about punishment
of tbe guilty parties.
Though our missionaries in Eastern
Turkey are often upon the Mooch plain,
wbere there are many out statione in
which the evangelical work ia conducted
by them, yet their work has not extend
el into tbe Saaeoun district, and hence
they have had no direct reports from the
eceue of the massacre.
the sultan's approbation.
Papers from Constantinople, entirely
under tbe control of the Turkish censors
of the press, announce that the aultan
has sent one of his imcerial guards to
the city of Erzingaan, in Eastern Turkey,
to carry a decoration to Zekki Pasha,
the commander of the Fourth army
corps. which ia located there.
Zekki Paeba ie the military com
mander who led tbe troope against the
defenseless villages in tbe Saaaonn
district at the time of tbe massacre.
Another envoy carries four banners from
the sultan to the four leading Kurdish
chiefs who were associated with the
militaiy commandant in the reported
massacre, and who probably were tbe
instigators of it. Alter tbe eultan hae
thus approved of the action of his troops
and of the Kurds, it will be impossible
for any commission appointed by the
Turkish government to investigate the
outrages and bring any report that re
flects either on tha Kurds or the army.
By tbia act ths aultan aesms to aaaume
all the responsibility for what has bsen
done.
ALL CHRISTENDOM AROUSED.
These stories of wrong and oppreaaion
hays aroused the civilized world. We
are glad to learn our government haa
directed one of ita conanla to make an
independent inveatigation of all matters
connected with the reported maeaaore.
But our government does not etand in
the came relatione to Turkey ac do the
European powera that, nnder the treaty
of Berlin, secured the right of seeing
that good government was maintained
throughout tbe Turkish empire. The
rights thus guaranteed ought now be
exercised and tbe firat step should be
the most thorough inveatigation aa to
the conduct of affaire throughout
Armenia. We cannot doubt that the
European powera will attend to tbeir
duty.
The winter ia not a favorable time for
visiting Eastern Tnrkey, where the
snow ia often from eight to twelve feet
doep. Time and patience will be re
quired.
Erzingnan, which is referred to in the
preceding statement, ia a city 06 miles
southwest of Erzeroum, situated on tbe
Euphrates, in the midst of the mount
ains. It is not noted for the energy of
its people, both Turka and Armenians.
A HFARTBROKEN WIPE,
Bin. Saaly Spends Sunday In Jail With
Hal Husband.
New York, Deo. 16.—Samuel O.
Seely, the National Shoe and Leather
bank bookkeeper, who is locked up at
the Ludlow street jail charged with
atealing $354,000, aaw his wife for the
first time today since he abandoned
her some time in November and
then fled to Chicago. Hie wife
has been very ill since his flight, and tbe
prisoner's chief anxiety haa been for
her, for tbe pair are devotedly attached.
The evening waa well advanced before
Mrs, Seely went away. A cad scene waa
enacted at the separation. The two
clnng to each other for a long time with
out saying a word and then, supported
by her brother, the woman walked
slowly out of tbe room.
A THREE PEK CENT LOAN.
American Bonds Would Find a Keady
Market in London.
London, Dec. 16.—1n ita financial arti
cle tbia morning the Daily Newa says
tbat if the American congress would
aanction a 3 per cent gold loan it could
be placed here at advantageous terms.
Such a loan would not imply any large
withdrawals of gold from here, but
would check the arrivals, which threaten
to intensify the present congeation here
while creating dietruat in America.
Fatal Collision of Hoae Carta.
Rochester, N. V., Dec. 16. —In re
eponding to an alarm of fire this even
ing,'hose carte Noa. 6 and 9 bad a colli
sion at a street crossing. Both oarta were
going at full apeed, and tbe firemen
were thrown in all directions. Louie
Rico, tbe driver oi No. 6, wae instantly
killed, and Captain Frank Grafton of
No 9, was seriously injured and may
die.
John Borne Uoee to Omaha.
Denver, Dec. 16.—John Burns, the
English labor leader, left tonight for
Omaba, Nebraska, where he is booked
for a epeeob.
Florida oranges at Althouse Bros.'
OUT DAMN'D SPOT
Japan Trying to Remove the
Bed Stain From Her
Escutcheon.
NOTHING TO CONCEAL.
A Denial of the Alleged Mas
sacre of Chinese at Port
Arthur.
DETAILS OF THE AFFAIR.
Saeh Overt Arts at Wars Committed by
tha Japs War* Fully Jaittfletl,
An Investigation In
Progress.
By tho Associated Press.
San Fbancisco, Deo. 16.—The Chroni
cle today received the following cable*
gram from iti special correspondent now
at Hiroshima, giving a strong denial to
the reports of butchers' of Chinese civil
ians at Port Arthur after the forts were
taken:
Hiroshima, Japan, Dec. 16.—Concern
ing the alleged massacre at Port Ar'.hur,
lam assured by Ito Myogi, secretary
generalof tbe Imperial cabinet, r.'hat %kM
reports are exaggerated. He aoka con
aideiation of the facts:
First—That a majority cf the so
called Chinese civilians said to have
been butchered by Japanere troops in
Port Arthur were really soldiers in
plain clothes.
Second —Tbat tbe Cbi/aeta soldiers al
ways discard their uniforms when in
I flight.
Third—Tbat most of the civilians had
previously fled. Those who remained
were armed with rifles and tired on tut
Japanese.
Fourth —That the mikado's forces,
when they marched into the fallen
stronghold, were highly excited to find
that the bodies of tbeir captured com
rades had been fearfully mutilated. The
Chinese garrison, seeing that Port Ar
thur waa doomed, had put the Japanese
prisoners to atrocious deaths. The
viotors found the pinioned bodies ot
tbeir fellowKsoldiers ripped open and
disemboweled, while some captives had
been burned alive. These atrocities and
the memory of others committed by the
Chinese since the beginning of the war.
enraged the Japanese beyond endur
ance, yet nearly 400 Chinese prisoners
were taken by the Japanese when Port
Arthur fell. These will be sent to Tokio
and aa kindly treated as others have
been.
The wounded Chineae here are treated
well, tha emperor'a own phyaician being
in charge of the hospital.
JAPAN INVESTIGATING.
Washington, Dec. 16, —A telegram
haa been received at the Japaneae lega
tion in relation to the atrocities alleged
to have been committed by the Japan
ese on the capture of Port Arthur. Tha
government at Tokio is not yet in pos
aeaaion of full details of the affair, but
the information already at band shows
conclnaively tbat aome of the reports
which have been circulated concerning
the conduct of Japanese troopa are ex
aggerating and misleading. If there
waa unnecesaary bloodahed, the Japan
ese government cannot bnt believe there
haa been aome inciting cause for the
behavior of the Japanese troops, aa
hitherto they have been moat exem
plary at times nnder circumstances cal
culated to excite feelings of the deepest
resentment and animoaity.
It ia known to be a fact that the great
majority of those Cbineee who were
killed at Port Arthur were not peaceful
inhabitants, but Chinese soldiers dis
guised in civilian drees. Moat of the
inhabitants fled from the place several
daye before ita capture, and at the
preaent time have returned and are pur
suing without molestation or restraint
their accustomed occupations.
The Japanese government has no dis
position to conceal any facta, but hat
canaed the strictest investigation to be
made, the results of which will bs inada
public shortly.
some recent fighting.
Hiroshima, Dec 16.—A dispatch from
the front states reinforcements were
sent to the Japanese detachment
which, on Daonmber 12tb, waa com
pelled by a auperior Chineae force to
retire from Sci Baabu. On December
14th the strengthened Japanße force
made another attack on the Chinese,
who were advancing from Sai Baebu.
The latter fought with vigor, but were
completly routed, fleeing to the shore.
The Japanese pursued tbe enemy as far
as Cbokinasha and captured four gune
and several prisoners. The Japanese
loss waa three officers wounded and 70
privates killed or wounded. The Chi
neae are atill confronting tbe Japanese
divieion commanded by General Tat
aumi and fighting is expected shortly.
a peace ambassador.
London, Dec. 16. —A Times epecial
from Shanghai aaye there is a Chinese
report that Chang Yin X wan, president
of tbe board of revenue, hae been ap
pointed ambassador to Tokio to arrange
terms of peace.
A dispatch from Hiroshima to ths
Timea aaya that Field Marabal Varna
gate, commander of the tirat Japanese
army, haa arived at that place, having
been invalided and orderod horns. The
report aaya tbat tha third Japanass
army is atill at Hiroshima awaiting
orders.

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