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CAUTION TO BB QBSBEVBD
America o Proceed Slowly in the
3iatcr of Mediation
United Slnlri ot to A p lily to he
Powers to Aeeept I lrlendl Of
fices tlitll Cnmmnnlenlloii 11ns
Ileen Istalillsheil VISIi Coiiprcf If
lie Is Alhr The Ministers VIciih
TJesired u Intention til Alinniliin
lie Advnnee on PeLIn Kicn If
1orelKiiers nt the Capital Are Un
harmedPossession of the City liy
the Allien nt Ienst for n Time
grarded na a Unnrnnty of lenee
It may be staled on authority too good
to be doubted that the United States Gov
ernment will not formally apply to the
powers to accept its friendly offices to
bring about a settlement of the Chinese
troubles until communication with the for
eign Ministers in Pekin if they arc alive
lias been re established the first condi
tion laid down in the Presidents answer
to the petition of the throne
This Government would it was ex
plained desire to get the views of Minis
ter Conger on the line of pollc to be fol
lowed in the direction of bringing about
peace between China and the rest of the
world If Mr Conger has been Killed that
may affect the situation In a way -which
the Government Is not at this time pre
pared to define It is therefore necessary
a Times reporter was told to get news
from Mr Conger or some reliable source
In Pekin as to what has happened there
including the attitude displayed toward the
foreigners by the imperial authorities be
fore any formal steps may be taken to
brins lo the notice of the powers the fact
that the President is willing tp mediate
between them and the Chinese
There Is apparently no Intention on the
part of the Government to withdraw its
forces from China or to abandon its in
terest in the campaign against Pekin if
Minister- Conger and the other Americans
are safely delivered at Tientsin or some
other place outside of the capital Pekin
it is maintained is bound to be a danger
point if it is not In the possession of the
silled forces their presence there being
the only assurance that the disorders wll
be suppressed
Then again the powere have a heavy
ecore to settle with China no matter how
satisfactory the outcome of the situation
at Pekin and they would demand that
their forces hold the capital until the
terms of settlement have been signed
The United States Government in its In
terest in the ultimate adjustment of the
Chinese question would It Is held hardly
weaken Its position by withdrawing its
forces from China or not secdlnc them to
Pekin American troops ar likely to le
man in China for some time to come ev en
if the Ministers are safely delivered to the
allies at Tientsin and order is re-established
throughout the Empire
EXPLANATION FROM KEMPFF
If In Course nt Tnku Approved by the
nvy Department
In a mall report to the Navy Depart
ment written while he was in command
of the American naval force at Taku Rear
Admiral Kenipff makes an explanation of
his reasons for not joining with the other
foreign commanders In the demand for the
surrender of the Chinese forts at Taku
and participating In the bombardment
when the demand was refused that Ie en
tirely satisfactory to the Department In
the opinion of the naval authorities it
shows Admiral Kcmpff to have been a
level headed discreet officer who realized
the serious effect his co operation in the
attack might have on the conditions in
China
Tho Navy Department Intends to make
the report public In order that the people
of the United States may understand Ad
miral Kempffs reasons for what has been
characterized by some critics of his course
as short sightedness and timidity tut
hlch is shown by his explanation so he
naval officials sa to have been a cry
wise and far seeing attitude oth from a
political end a military standpoint
Briefly the Admiral says that hie non
partclpatlon in the demand and attack was
due to several reasons chief of which are
that the United States and China were
not at war that he considered that bis
Instructions from the Navy Department
were not sufficient to Justify his co-operation
In a hostile act and what is con
sidered by the officiuls as most Important
of all because he realized that the attack
on the forts would probably csult In the
death of the foreign Ministers and other
foreigners in Pekin and would cause the
troubles at the capital to spread through
out the entire Dm pi re
Tho naval officials are delighted with tho
admirals explanation They say that te
considered the wbole situation In the light
of present and future events and arrived
nt conclusion the wisdom of which has
been demonstrated by the existing desper
ate situation In Pekin It Is now conceded
by the authorities here that Admiral
Kcmpff knew his business better than any
one this far away from China and showed
good tommon Eens la everj thing be CM
ocd did not do
Tolnl IlrKIsli Casllllllles
LONDON July 24 A War Office return
shows that the total British losses In South
Africa thus far have been ZiZZ0
Get n Whiff of Suit Air
It costs cotLing at Chesapeake Beach
10 Cuxtufniifiiin V
10
VIII II V
All trains July 27 valid lor return wlililn
thirty da when stamped by Chautauqua Associa
tion Accnt
Wliltc pine InOis only
err lCO Call on I Llbbry i Co Clh and
If V c
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CONDITIONS OF MEDIATION
The Presidents Hepl to the Ap
peal lrom Chlnn
The response of the President to the ap
peal of the Emperor cf China that the
United States act as mediator in the pres
ent crisis was made public by the State
Department vestcrdej The text of the np
peal was also given out The corre
spondence is as follows
Translation of a cablegram receiv
ed by Minister Vu on July 20 1300
from the Taolai of Shanghai dated
July 19 1900
Have received a telegram from
Goernor Yuan of Shantung dated
23d day of this moon July 13 who
having rcceicd from the lrivv Council
at Pekin a despatch embodying an
Imperial letter to the President of the
United States Instructed me to transmit
it to Your Excellency Tho Imperial
message is respectfully transmitted as
follows
The Emperor of China to His
Excellency the President of the Unit
ed States-
Greeting China has long main
tained friendly relations with the Unit
ed States and Is deeply conscious that
tho object of the United States Is in
ternational commerce Neither coun
try entertains the least suspicion or
distrust toward the other Recent out
breaks of mutual antluathy between
the people and Christian missions
caused the foreign powers to view with
unwarranted suspicion the position of
the Imperial Government as favorable
to the people and prejudicial to tho
missions with the result that the Taku
forts were attacked and captured Con
sequently there has been clashing of
forces with calamitous consequences
The situation has become more
and more serious anl critical We have
Just received a telegraphic memorial
from our envoy Wu Ting fang and it
is highly gratifying to us to learn that
the United States Government having
In view the friendly relations between
the two countries has taken a deep in
terest in the present situation Now
China driven by the irresistible course
of events has unfortunately gained
well nigh universal Indignation For
settling the present difficulty China
places special reliance In the United
States We address this message to
Your Excellency In all sincerity and
candidness with the hope that Your
Excellency will devise measures and
take the initiative in bringing about a
concert of the powers for the restora
tion of order ani peace The favor of
a kind reply is earnestly requested and
awaited with the greatest anxiety
Kwangshu 2Cth year 6th moon
23d day July 19 1900
It is therefore my duty to trans
mit tho above with the request that
Your Excellency In respectful obedi
ence of Imperial wishes will deliver
the same to its high destination and
favor me with a reply
XV LIEN YUEN
Taotai at Shanghai
Kwanghsu 25th year Cth moon
23d day July 19 1900
This cablegram was at once com
municated to the President at Canton
Ohio and the following is his reply
The President of the United States
to the Emperor of China
Greeting I have received Your
Majestys message of the 19th of July
and am glad to know that Your Maj
esty recognizes the fact that the Gov
ernment and people of the United
States desire of China nothing but
what is Just an- equitable The pur
pose for which xe landed troops In
China was the rsscue of our legation
from Brave danger and the protection
of the lives and property of Americans
who were sojourning in China in the
enjoyment of rights guaranteed them
by treaty and by International law
The same purposes are publicly de
clared by all the powers which have
landed forces in Your Majestys Em
pire
I am to Infer from your majestys
letter that the malefactors who hive
disturbed the peace of China who Love
murdered the Minister of Germany and
a member of the Japanese Legaton
and who cow hold besieged in Pekin
those foreign diplomatists who EtIII sur
vive have not only not received any
favor or encouragement from yoar
majesty but are actually In rebellion
ogalnst the Imperial authority If this
be the case I most solemnly urge
upon your majestys Government
1 To give public assurance wheth
er the foreign ministers are alive and
if eo in what condition
j0 put jje diplomatic represen
tatives of the powers In Immediate and
free communication with their re
spective Governments and to remove
all danger to their lives and liberty
3 To place the imperial authori
ties of China in communication with
the relief expedition so that co-operation
may be secured between them for
the liberation of the legations the pro
tection of foreigners and the restora
tion of order
If theEe objects are accomplished
it is the belief of this Government that
no obstacles will be found to exist on
the part of the powers to an amicable
settlement of ail the questions arising
out of the recent troubles and the
friendly good offices of this Government
will with the assen of the other pow
ers bo cheerfully placed at Your Ma
jestys disposition for that purpose
July 23 1900
Mckinley
By the President-
JOHN HAY
Secretary of State
MAY LEAVE CANTON SOON
Colonel Illelv Talks of the Presidents
Hetiirn to AYnshIiiitoii
CANTON Ohio July 24 President Mc
Kinley may return to Washington In a
very short time to attend to Chinese mat
ters The suggestion of an early return
comes from Colonel Dick who hail nn
hours conference with the President this
afternoon One thing which broucht him
f here was to arrange for a visit ncM Satur
day of the members of the Ohio State and
Central Executive Committees the Smto
officials and the Republican candidates for
State offices
He said tho visit would be made on that
day If the President remains In his Canton
home until then
Has be given any Intimation of going
away was asked
On account of the Chinese situation he
may find It necessary to return to Wash
ington any hour
Did the President say as much today
That Is pulling It unfairly I am speak
ing from public reports and especially those
on mediation If the President Is to un
dertake mediation between tho powers it
is natural to presume that he Will want to
be at Washington where the representa
tives of the powers arc
Colonel Dick would not say that he had
any knowledge of mediation other than
that In possession of the general public
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Take ILe Hay Sliorc Limited at u p m
llyiiuH Business College feth mill IC
rtjilncs Shorthand Tjpcviriilrg 2S a jear
Just rceelveil from MlehlKnn while
pine lath only J25 at Clh and N avc
STILL FEAR THE PEST
Hiiiisli Anxiety Xot Allayed by
JIacdoiialds Letter
Merelj the Part Thnt the Ior
elsners nt lehln Were Alive on
lnne UumiirN of Kiisslnn Oeeu
liiillon of the t hi iiiie Capital
7npnnese Ioree Iteporteil Well on
the AVnj llelnteil Despatches Irom
Tientsin Li Hung Chang Appeals
to Jnpnn for Assistance Clcsc Con
neetion ltetwecn the Two Coun
tries Cronnil for IrIemII Aetlon
A Heiniest for n Secret Answer
LONDON July 25 -While the letter of
Sir Claude Macdonald the British Minister
at Pekin to the British Consul at Tientsin
is considered as disposing of the rumors
that the foreigners In the Chinese capital
were massacred on June 30 the impression
It has created on the whole is rather un
pleasant than encouraging It Is regarded
as containing enough to warrant the fears
that the worst has happened
Nevertheless the most conservative
opinion still refrains from accepting the
massacre as a fact while in some quarters
there is a decided tendency to optimem
A despatch sent from Chcfoo Monday to
the Standard reports the arrival there of
a message from Pekin dated July 10 stat
ing that the foreigners In the British Lega
tion urgently needed relief They were
suffering greatly from sickness The Chi
nese were still maintaining the siege This
Information may be the same as that trans
mitted Monday by Colonel Vojak of the
Russian army through the Consul at
Shanghai but Its source Is not stated
An undated despatch to the Standard
from Tientsin sent by way of Chefoo July
23 says that the Russians at Tientsin de
clare that a Russian force occupied Pekin
two days ago when all the foreigners were
safe but nothing is known cf it here and
the report is not generally believed There
is also a report from Tientsin dated July
15 that tho Japanese are already well on
the way to Pekin
The remainder of the news from China
printed today Is principally belated stories
of the operations at Tientsin One of them
tells of the burial of Colonel Llscum of
tho Ninth Infantry who was interred with J
military honors on the evening of July It
General Dorward the British commander
attended with his wounded arm In a sling
When the British bluejackets went to
assist tho Americans who were In a tight
place they were almost cut off by a cross
fire of surprising accuracy They were un
able to move until dark when Colonel
Liscums body was brought back to the
camp One correspondent says that the
Americans at first underestimated tne
fighting capacity of the Chinese
AH the correspondents agrco In stating
that the Japanese showed remarkable en
ergy and daring and it is generally hoped
that they will have the satisfaction of Lc
ing the first to reach Pekin
The officers of the British warship Terri
ble who were at Ladysmith are reported
as saying that the Chinese shell fire was
more severe than that of the Boers
The Telegraph prints a Shanghai de
spatch dated July 23 saying that LI Hung
Chang yesterday sent frequent messages
to the Empress requesting her to quickly
suppress the Boxers if such were her In
tention and adding that he did not have
sufficient forces to reach Pekin If he had
to force his way He telegraphed to the
Governor of the Grand Canal to prepare a
route for him as he was not going by way
of Taku He also tclegrpahed as follows
to the Japanese Government
Our countries aro too closely connected
to go to war Unexpected trouble has
broken out instigated by the Imperial Gov
ernment Nevertheless you must find
means to assist us If China Is ruined Oj
will be lost Wo beg vou not to send more
troops and to ask the other powers to
bring the affair to a close Ask the other
powers their intention and act as medi
ator and find a method of securing peace
If there Is any answer keep it secret
He also sent a message to the foreign
representatives asking them to request the
powers not to send any more troops and
to obtain the opinions and Intentions of
the respective Governments
CHINAS APPEAL TO GERMANY
Von Itlielovv Iternses to liven Sllhiillt
It to the Knlser
BERLIN July 21 In reply to a request
from the Emperor of China for the good
offices of Germany in the matter of media
tion with the powers Count on Lutlow
the Minister of Foreign Affairs declined
even to submit the telegram to the Kaier
until the fate of the foreigners at Pekin
has ben definitely ascertained the murder
of Baron von Kctttlcr atoned for and
adequate guarantees provided for Chinas
future conduct In consonance with inter
national law and civilization
REGARDED WITH SUSPICION
taerinnny Considers Chinas Appeal
for Mediation Iertlillons
BERLIN July 24 Chinas appeal for
the mediation of Germany and other pow
ers is regarded here as probably Inspired
by perfidious motives It Is guessed that
the object of Chinas diplomacy is similar
to that of 1SC0 namey to gain time to
complete her military preparations and to
endeavor to undermine the political har
mony of the powers The attitude of tho
United States toward the appeal for me
diation while It is regarded as a decided
trlumjh for Chinese diplomacy has ex
cited general surprise and It Is disap
proved as a regrettable error Count von
Buelowt reply Is entirely endorsed by
the press and public
tJlO To Mniaira lnlls ami Itetnrn 1JI
Alfl Ieimsj Iv ajiln Knllrnail
Kirtt Iersonally Conducted Tour of 1900 pC
rial train of pjrlor cars and day cxuclu will
lse uth Mrcct station at S u in July 20
Tickets cooil rftunlnj within ton da arlouring
tlopovirs at lluBalo liocliuttr and Wllkins
Second tour Augtiat 9
1 to Harpers Ierry and Itetnrn
IIv ipcciil train from I k O Station SM a
m July 2 aceount Y Si C A re anion He
turning at 530 p ra An intcrifctint programme
liai been arrangtd
Laths only Tl and white pine
at fiat just In at Clh and X Y ait
HOMES HOPEFUL NEWS
ttnllnn Consul nt Minnclinl Ileports
the MlnlMterK nfe
LONDON July 25 The Rone corres
pondent of the Telegraph says that the
Torelgn Office has reclved u highly satis
factory telegram from the Italian Consul
at Shanghai transmitting a direct message
from Marquis Raggi the Italian Minister
at Pekin which confirms the reports of the
safety of the members of the legations
The correspondent adds that the news
will probably be made publls Wednesday
ASKED EOR AUTHENTICATION
Itnli in loreldii Minister Inert iIiiIoiik
ConeernirjT nripateh
LONDON July 25 A despatch to tho
Times from Rome says that the Ioreign
Office has received the following from the
commander of the warship Elba at Tika
I learn that the foreign detachments at
Pekin have suffered heavy losses The
Ministers arc safe
Marquis Visconti Venosta Minister of
Torelgn Affairs imraedistelycablcd enquir
ing as to the source of the Information
An answer is expected Thursday Marquis
Venosta attaches the smallest credence to
Chinese statements Diplomatic negotia
tions are at a standstill pending positive
information regarding the fate of the lega
tions Meanwhile the Government has pro
hibit d Italians from selling or conveying
munitions of war to China
El HUNG CHANGS PROMISE
Agrees to KwtnhllKh Communication
Willi the Ireucli Minister
PARIS July 24 M Delcasse Minister
cf Ioreign Affairs Issued the following
despatch from M De Bezaure the French
Consul General at Shanghai
Shanghai July 23 Li Hung Chang
has Just assuied me that M Pichon the
Trench Minister Is alive He has afrced
to send him a message from me asking
a reply within five days1
EN ROUTE TO TIENTSIN
Zerninn Correspondent Reports
Meinhers of the Legations Well
BERLIN July 21 The Hamburischer
Correspondent prints a report that the
members of the Pekin legations are well
and arc now on the way t3 Tientsin
SUBTLE CHINESE DIPLOMACY
Governor of Miaiitxmi lteported to
Ilnvc Ilvolved n Scheme
LONDON July 23 In a second edition
the Telegraph prints a Shanghai de
spatch containing Information from a very
Important source which however the cor
respondent states he cannot guarantee to
be authentic to the effect that If the offi
cials of central and southern China per
suade themselves that the partition of the
country is intended the whole Empire will
rise against the foreigners
Yuan Shih Kal Governor of Shantung
has drawn up a definite plan of action
for the present crisis which has been
sent to the Viceroys and ovmors The
sub3tance of this plan is that the generals
who are marching to the rescue of the
Emperor must not attack Prince Tuan or
the Boxers until the Viceroys are assured
of the future
If the members of the legations have
really been murdered the western powers
he says will try to destroy Pekin The
generals must help Prinze Tuan and the
Boxers to avert this They must form
the rear guard during the flight of the
Empress to Hslan Yu whsre a new capital
will be established All ports and cities
accessible to foreign warships must be
strengthened and a solid front presented
This will Induce the foreigners to make
peace Overtures must begin promptly
the war preparations proceeding concur
rently
The Governor adds that diplomacy al
wajs helps China He further says that
the export of arms and munitions from
Europe is being slopped and the Chinese
arsenals must thereforo work double time
The Vlcerojs south of the Hoang IIo must
continue to protect foreigners until the
court Is safely at Hslan Yu when a gen
eral war will be inevitable Should the
members of the legations b alive and the
partitioning of China reliably disclaimed
the generals who are moving north will
order the Boxers to disperse on pain of at
tack Peace will then easily follow
LI HUNG CHANG ON INDEMNITY
Chlnn Too Poor lo Pay VIone mid
Cannot Give Terrllorj
LONDON July 23 A despatch to the
Times from Shanghai dated July 23
sivs that Li llunv Chang is much aged He
walks supported bv retainers and appears
to be pbvslcally unfit to undertake the
overland Journey to Pekin In an Inter
view he expressed the ftllcst confidence In
theEafetyof the forelgncrsln thecapltal and
reiterated his statemtnt tht If the Manchu
part had been guilty of the horrible
treachery of their deathi he would abso
lutely refuse to attempt to negotiate with
the powers
He repeated the story of the
communication with the Ministers
and added that tho lighting had ceased and
that the foreign troops were holding a po
sition south of the Yuho bridge while Gen
eral Tung Fuh Slangs troops were to the
north of tho bridge
LI Hung Chang desired an Intimation
from the commanders at Tientsin that an
advance on Pekin was now unnecessary
as tho Ministers would shortly be leaving
the capital He laid he intended to await
further news of their movements before
In- went north When he goes to Pekin ho
will be escorted b 10000 troops who aro
now mustering In tho province
When asked concerning the lines of pro
posed negotiations Li Hung Chang rc
plieil thit it was his opinion that the state
of Chinas finances vioull not permit her
to pay anj Indsranlty and the people would
not submit to further annexations of ter
ritory He considered that the powers
should be willing to accept assurances that
the administration would ha reformed and
the officials dlrecly responsible for the
crisis removed
I nder Chinese Iroteetinn
HONGKONG J iy 21 Tho acting Vies
roy of Canton has Informed the Cons tls
here that the legations In Pekin were safe
on July 18 and wero adequately protected
by the Chinese Government
Ilout Willi to ChesapeaUe Hrarh
ic To It Vernon nml He turn So
And to Alexandria and Mrn alter 7 p in
Ucctrlc trams Irora 1354 and Ki
A liarjalu In plnsterlii Jnths
Mime pine laths i75 by R - Co
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vMsnrNTrTOX Wednesday jttly 25 moo
IB 41 ABOUND TIENTSIN
Details of the Operations of Hie
Allied Forces
Helrtteil Calileprams Tell of the IroK
ress Made liy the 1orelKn Troops
Slnee July I Chinese Show Sur
prising Power In Itnttle llenvy
Losses Irom Their Itllle Ilre
Miells From Their Ilenvy Gnus
Dropped Willi Wonderful Precision
Imperinl Troops Kei cigiiiril liy
Their Uniforms Inck of Unit
Alining the Invliders ChnrKe In
Which Iiseillll Was Killed
TIENTSIN July 1 S p m Via Che
foo July 16 and thence by post to Shang
hai July 23 Sniping continues steadily
arcund the city This morning there re
two little engagements The Russians on
the north side of the city undertook to
drive out what they thought were a few
Chinese A party of Cossacks with artil
lery were sent against them but the Rus
sians only succeeded In uncovering a force
that poured such a hot fire into them that
they were compelled to retire The Chi
nese used smokeless powder and the Rus
sians were utterly unable to locate them
Early this morning 100 Japanese Ameri
cans Welsh Fusiliers Sikhs and Chinese
soldiers from started to re
connoitre a fort near the Chinese city half
way to the West Arsenal It wa raining
steadily at the time and the roads were
heavy and difficult for the transport and
artillery An apparently strong force of
the enemy was encountered and tho allies
returned without having accomplished the
object of their rcconnolssancc During the
morning the Chinese shelled the settle
ments without effect Rifle bullets dropped
In the streets all day The Japanese suc
ceeded in burning a small village near tha
walled city The women and children are
leaving An epidemic of sickness Is likely
The allies will be unable to move to the
relief of Pekin for several days Artillery
and cavalry are urgently needed The in
evitable complications attending the com
bination of several forces are beginning
to show themselves hero Meanwhile with
about 5000 men here doing practically
nothing the last news received from Pekin
shows that the situation there is almost
hopeless Military men say that 00000
troops are needed to relieve Pekin and
guard Tientsin
rour llonfs of Iliflitlnir
TIENTSIN July 38 p m Via Che
foo July 14 and thence by post to Shang
hai July 23 Last night the Chinese Le
gan a sharp attack on the Russians holding
the railroad bridge and stations There
was a heavy and almost continuous rifle
fire for three hours and occasionally shells
were fired A body of French infantry
went to help the A few Sikhs
and some of the British Chinese regiments
from were engaged farther
along the allies left with Chinese occupy
ing the villages across the river between
the settlements and the native city At
11 oclock the whole line was heavily en
gaged the fighting lasting almost wlthojt
interruption for nearly four hours
At S oclock this morning Chinese bgan
shelling the settlements They had Impro
vised a fort about two miles northeast of
the French concession and mount d four
guns In a village north of the railroad sta
tion They had two other smaller guns
somewhere In the native city and still
another that was believed to be a
rifle The Russians advancel noith
of the railroad station with three gum
They also mounted one on a mud wall east
of the town where the railroad crss es
The Chinese found thl3 quickly and suc
ceeded In knocking It down the bank and
silencing It completely killing four men
and wounding several Sikhs
and Welsh Fusiliers who had been
waiting en the ground wesf of the settle
ments during the night expecting an at
tack They had tb Terrlbles 12 pojnder
The Russians asked for this gun walch wai
moved near the rallrcod station Tie Chi
nese located it almost immediately ad
twice compelled a shifting of its position
Aeeiirnte Artillery Pire
Late In the morning the shelling of the
settlements was very severe Many large
shrapnel struck the British concision The
women and children were odercd into the
cellars of the town hall and sells burst
all about the settlements Many wcr
thrown clear bejond the south wa 1
At noon the Japanese Infantry and a
mountain battery moved to support the
Russians The battery lost Its captain and
three men killed and a lieutenant and ten
men wounded It had only sixty officers and
men It succeeded In silencing the gun in
the native city wall The Japanese were
conspicuously gallant The fighting fin
ished at 5 p m The ammunition of the
Japanese was then exhausted and the al
lies retired The Russians had about torty
casualties
General Mahs Shankaikwan troops are
believed to have been with the Chinese
More of the uniforms of the imperial troops
were seen The situation here is very
grave Accessions to the forces are com
ing in slowly The railroad to Tongku is
exactly In the same condition as a week
ago The river transportation Is slow dif
ficult and uncertain The landing facili
ties at Tongku aro absurdly inadequate
There Is no telegraphic communication be
tween Tientsin and Taku Artillery Is ur
gently needed and cavalry also
The Pekin consideration seems to be a
secondary consideration here It Is nec
essary to take Chinese Tientsin before any
attempt can be made to move lo the relief
of the capital The women and children
have been ordered to leie and proceed to
Taku
A censorship has been established by
the British nnd Americans owing to some
cor espondents alleging in their despatches
thit there was friction among the com
manders
Continued on Second lacc
TxlLe u llnth nt ChesnpenUe lleneh
Win Not Visit the Ilojs While
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FIGHTING AT PANAMA
Coloiiihiau Itevolutloiilsts Make n
lleree Attnck on the City
NEW YORK July 23 343 a m A
special to the Herald from Panama
dated July 24 says
Fighting Is now solng on In the out
skirts of the city Large numbers of tho
revolutionary forces reached the suburbs
early this morning and began a vigorous
attack which is still In progress The
rifle fire Is sharp and continuous and at
intervals tho artillery fire Is heavy and
severe
Government forces arc making a strong
resistance In the entrenched positions they
have occupied for several daj 3
It is calculated that two hundred men
have been killed or wounded so far among
them being many well known young resi
dents of this city
The Red Cross Hospital here is filled
with wounded and dying soldiers
AMBASSADOR DRAPER RESIGNS
Deuiniiils of His Iliisluess Interests
Gis en as the Cnnse
WORCESTER Mass July 21 Gen
William F Draper has sent his resigna
tion to Washington as United States Am
bassador to Italy Increasing pressure of
business of the Draper Company of Hope
dale is given as the reason for his resig
nation at this time Although it was
originally his intention to serve out his
appointment the rapidly growing bvslncss
of which he is at the head has made his
step Imperative and immediate
General Draper went Into the employ of
the E D and George Draper Company at
the cl03c of the war In 1SS3 he became
the head of the firm of George Draper
Sons of Hopedale manufacturers of cot
ton machinery
In 1888 he was a candidate for the Re
publican nomination P3 Governor of Mass
achusetts but wa3 defeated in the con
vention by Oliver Ames of Easton He
declined to be a candidate in 1889 but In
1S92 was elected as Representative de
feating George Fred Williams of
ham He was re elected in 1S94 His war
record was a brilliant one He enlisted
as a private and was rapidly promoted
until the close of the war when he was
brevetted a brigadier general He wa3 torn
in Lowell in 1S42
BOERS SOUTH OF SERrONTEIN
A Inrpc Puree To Inff to Make n
Junction With De Wet
LONDON July 24 The War Office has
received word from General Forrestier
Walker the commander at Cape Town un
der yesterdays date that the Boers In
force rsve crossed south of Serfontein and
are believed to be making for Kerrstore
near the Junction of the Vaal and Rhenos
ter rivers to Join General De Wet
Colonel Bullock reports the capture of a
train and 100 men by the Boers at Win
drow This Is probably the supply train
and 100 Highlanders reported capfured jes
terday
NOT RIPE EOR CIVIL LAW
Cnpe Legislators lavnr n Continu
ance of Martini Herniations
CAPE TOWN July 24 Treasurer Mer
riman in submitting a motion in the House
of Assembly today said that the time had
come when private liberty should be re
stored and the laws or the land prevail
Attorney General Rose Innes in reply
stated that he had consulted with twenty
two magistrates Two favored the repeal
of martial law four favored a quallQed re
peal and sixteen were opposed to any re
peal The liberty of the subject he added
was subservient to the safety of tho state
The time was not ripe for the reinstltu
tion of the civil law
Ex Attjrney General Solomon In sup
pertnt Mr Rose Innes stated that only
six cases arioing from a mere breach of
the martial law regulations had been tried
by court martial Of the Judgments In
these cases only one appeared to him to be
a miscarriage of justice The military au
thorities upon application willingly sub
mitted the records In these cases Upon
his advice the severe sentence that had
been Imposed was reduced from five jears
to six months
Hardships were undoubtedly caused by
martial law and be sympathized with
those who were subject to It but never
before had martial law been so carefully
administered nor had there ever been
such a desire lo do strict justice tempered
with leniency
ELEVATOR A TOTAL LOSS
Aiierlean Linseed Couipnns Has a
SUUOUDO Ilre nt IlulTnlo
BUFFALO N Y July 24 The Eastern
Elevator owned by the American Linseed
Company caught fire at midnight and will
be a total loss The fire made a splendid
spectacle lighting up the whole water
front The elevator was built five years
ago at a cost of 300000
Its capacity was 1000000 bushels and
tonight it held about half that amount
largely oats The loss will be about 600
000 fully Insured
LAUNCHED AT RICHMOND
The Dale Takes Its Initial Dip in
the Writer
RICHMOND Va July 24 Five thou
sand persons witnessed the launching of
the United States torpedo boat destroyer
Dale at the W R Trigg shipyards today
it 120 oclock Among those present were
Major Trvlor and Governor Tyler and
Naval Constructor Grosbeck There was
some little difficulty in knocking the props
and the launching was delajed nearly half
an hour The boat took the water smooth
ly Miss Hazell Wilson of Philadelphia a
direct descendant of Admiral Dale for
whom the boat 13 named acted as sponser
siv Rounds to u Draw
CHICAGO July 24 Tommy Ryan of
Syracuse and Jack Root of Chicago
fought six rounds to a draw bfore a
crowd of 10000 at the Tattcrsall Athletic
Club here tonight The fight was rather
tame from the start Both men were
fresh at the end
lenee nt Last in eaernela
CARACAS July 24 Peace was formally
declared today bv President There
was much onuiMSlasra Business and finan
cial conditions are much improved
QZ To the Seashore anil Return 9-
- In Iennsj Iv auln Itnllroad
Tickets on sale for all trains Fridays anj Sat
urdays to vtlaatic City Cape Hay Ocean City
ard ra hlo Citv X J good to return until
following Tuesday Ticket good via Delaware
Dridre ltoute to Atlantic City
SI73 rer 101 ft for flooring
Xor Car pirn T it t and dressed Libber Co
jPrice One Cent
HOPES BASED OS POSIOH
Secrelary EtIerion Says firyan
Will Sweep the West
Deelares That Perfect Union Has
Hern iiTecteiI in All the Slates Save
Idnho Drmoeratle Cnndldntes
lln 11s Unsettled Ills first Iulillc
Lttrrnucc to He nt Indlnnnpolls
LINCOLN Neb July 24 Mr Bryan was
somewhat surprised thl3 morning when ha
read that the New York State Committee
had announced that he would make a
ber of speeches in that State after October
1 He said he had been asked to fix somo
date when his time would permit of his go
in there but he had come to no decision
In the matter and absolutely bad no plans
at all made After the Indianapolis affair
he added there were two other notifica
tions these of the Fusioaists and Free Sil
ver Republicans to be marie and the dates
and places of these had yet to be fixed
Until that was done no engagements look
ing toward an extended campaign tour of
any State or section would be made
Mr Bryans only visitor of political dis
tinction today was J A Edgerton Sec
retary of the Fuslonlst National Commit
tee Mr Edgcrton laughed at the stories
of possible fusion defeat In Colorado and
he said that fusion was perfect and defec
tions few Every report that he had re
ceived from the Western States save Ida
bo was to the same effect and he assured
Mr Bryan that he would not lose an elec
toral vote In the We3t
He and Mr Bryan had an informal talk
over the matter of the notification by the
ruslonists He favors having it in some
Western city preferably Lincoln whero
whatever political benefit that accrues
from such ceremonies will be of Increased
valued This and other matters la connec
tion with the maintenance of good feel
ing between the parties to the fusion will
be settled Mr EJgerton thinks at the
joint meeting of members of the two na
tional committees In Chicago next week
Today Mr Edgerton opened national head
quarters for tho Fuslonlst Committee at
the Lincoln Hotel where a whole floor
has been engaged
Senator Butler seems to have rested on
the laurels he achieved in re election as
chairman and will not take an active part
in the management of the Fuslonlst cam
paign He is now busy attempting to se
cure a re election a3 Senator and propa
gating an alliance between North Carolina
Populists and Republicans His campaign
will end shortly and he expects to attend
the meeting la Chicago and afterward to
formally Install the work here He will
be nominal chairman only and will leave
the work in charge of Vice Chairman Ed
miston and Secretary EJgerton
The fact that ths party known 33 Pop
ulists has always borne the designatlcn
of -Peoples Independent threatens to ba
the cau26ctjQEJggiJyJebItter litigation
In tho Western States Tfieilld Tloadersla
this State have adopted the name Popu
list and will demand that their candidates
be to designated en the official ballot
They however are a branch of the na
tional organization which claims to bo the
Peoples Independent Party and the
point Is made by the State officers that
they cannot claim any other designation
but must stand or fall on their right to
tbe old party name
Mr Bryan has received considerable
epistolary proof of the fact that his candi
dacy is causing somewhat of a division in
the MeKinley family He has received six
letters so far from gentlemen laying claim
to the family name of the President who
declare themselves unreservedly for him
Our of the McKlnlcys signs himself as
president of a Bryan club in Denver
The announcement that Roosevelt had
promised to make a series of campaign
speeches In Nebraska In September or Oc
tober has considerably aroused the Demo
crats here The State Committee has re
ceived Information that Governor Roose
velt can come In September but they want
him in October nearer the end of the
campaign and promise him an itinerary
that will enable him to do the State la a
few davs The Democrats are- talking of
putting Webster Davis on Roosevelts
track
Mr Bryan wired Chairman Riddle of the
Kansas Tuslonist State Committee that he
would be unable to accept an Invitation
that came today ftom the ruslon State
Convention to address them at Fort Scott
Kan He reiterated that he would speak
nowhere before hie Indianapolis speech
Mrs Bryan will accompany her husband
to Indianapolis They have promised Mr
Stevenson and his daughter that they will
spend a little time with them at Miane
tonka some time during August but their
indefinite plans do not permit their saying
just when
DirEERENCES OP OPINION
Ilnus for n Third Tlrket Meeting
Mueh Opposition
INDIANAPOLIS Jul 24 If Indications
are to be rciied uponiSfhe meeting of the
Gold Democrats will develop a very
decided difference of opinion In re
spect to the expediency of putting nation
al candidates in the field at any rate
between that organization and the antl
lmperiallsts
Several members of the latter party ar
rived this afternoon and at the same time
a half dozen members of the Gold Demo
cratic party reached the city The senti
ment of the Gold Democrats seems to bo
that a third ticket would not poll as many
votes as Palmer and Buekner received in
1806 and that these votes if left free
from party obligation would go to MeKin
ley and that the result would not In the
end be different from what it would be it
a third ticket was nominated
On the other hand the anti imperialists
are urging the establishment of a new
party and express tho belief that It can
be made a permanent organization If a
union of the two forces can be effected
They say that tho opposition to the im
perialistic tendencies of the Administra
tion is as strong among Republicans In
the East as opposition to free silver is
among Democrats in the East and West
and that these two elements could effect
an organization which might throw tho
eledion of a President Into the Jlause
where the new party might also hold tha
balance of power and dictate the election
Oeean steamship Movements
NEW YORK July 24 Arrived out
Deutschland from New York at Cher
bourg Pennsylvania from New York at
Cherbourg Katscrin Maria Theresa froa
New York at Southampton
Ccol off nt Chesapeake Reach
Xorfollc A- Washington Steamboat Co
IliUsMlul trips daily at 0 3 p m to Old Point
Ccnitnt Nwpcrt ws Norfolk Virclnu Ccah
and Ocean Miff Fir scludule e page 3
Lttmher hns dropped lowest hLls
alwajs I v F Libbey Co eth and X Y tie

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