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Up Battleships and Land More Marines, Tr)ere Is No AbatemcQt in Outrages Committed by ALARMING REPORTS CONTINUE TO COME FROM CHINA , Continued ' on Oeeond Pago. 'WITH BULLER'S ADVANCE TO LAINGS NEK — British Scouts Ques tioning Suspected Natives. LONDON.. June 9.— Definite returns regarding the severe fighting be tvrccn~t!:e'Chinese troops and "the Boxers that w.asy going on Thurs day between Tientsin and Pt-klng had not been received at Tientsin when the latest telegrams to reach London were filed. The Chinese troops, however, had killed many Boxers, according to some reports, while another account had the Government soldiers sorely defeated la an engagement near Pao Ting Fu. Apparently, the legation guards have not yet tak^n a hand in the fighting, but they" are ready, to do so at a moment's notice. The Boxer movement affects tome hundreds of square miles. • Official dispatches to Vienna from Peking -aver that the eect is more power ful than any political party In China, embracing r.o less than 4,000.000. and ma nipulated by zealcus and adroit men. Powers in Perfect Concert. The representatives of the powers are Ft'.ll acting in perfect concert, which ap pears for the present to give the Chinese Government ample chance to put" down the disturbances alone.- The Tientsin cor respondent of the Daily Mail, telegraph ing June 7, says: "For the last three days the whole community of Tientsin has been prepar ing to deftnd itself against an expected ettark by the Boxers. There is a con tinual influx of refugees from the sur rounding jcountry. who are now crowding the city. This increases the excitement. Nearly all the villages surrounding Tientsin are Joining the Boxer move ment, which is taking more and more a fanatical character. "Parties cf foreigners when approach ing the villajjea are driven back by armed bands. Yesterday the Chinese troops were ordered to ilachang, on the Grand Canal, within twenty miles of ¦• which a large body of Boxr-rs are reported to be collecting. Attempts to re-establish the regular working of the Poking-Tlentsin railway have hitherto proved futile. Every night the Boxers set fire to the Eleept-rp and ihe woodwork of the bridges. "Genernl Kieh eecrsa bent upon acting TrJth enc;rET and dealing: out heavj' blows to tho rebels, rzccsz^zlag the necessity cf destroying the prestige of the Boxers, which ha3 btrrun to demoralize hla army." Protection cf the Sabsls. Secret or6c73 from Peking fcr the pro tection of tho rebels h.ivi paralyzed mili tary aciion a«d ra-sci the Matua cf the Boxers In th<? fjrcu cf the Jsncrant classes. AlHiCii^tx the Boxera declare drilled soldiers had fired upon the Box ers who were destroying the railway near Tientsin was favorably received, as giv ing.some ground for hope that the Gov ernment would change its policy. Now arrives the intelligence that Nieh's troops have- been ordered to return to camp.at Lu Tai, and that their action has been condemned. The Tsung LI Yamen, how ever, denies the iruth of the latter state ment. But the denials of the Tsung Li Yamen are never convincing. If it be true, the news must fco regarded as serious. "The American Missionary Conference to-day sent a dispatch to President Mc- Kinley appealing for protection and as serting that the, missionaries at Pao Ting Fu and other places are in extreme dan ger; that the Tun" Chu mission station has been, abandoned, that the chapels have everywhere been burned and that hundreds of native Christians have been massacred. "The- serious condition of affairs' at Peking Is reacting upjon the provinces. The French Minister here has received a telegram saying that the French Consul at Mong Tazo and the- French agent at Yun Han Fu have both been compelled to retire from their, posts, as the Vice roy announced that he was unable to guarantee their safety. ', "The Boxers burned a Russian chapel at Tung Ting, thirty-five miles north of Peking. Haut Ching Cheang, director of railways, admits that the destruction of the Peking-Tientsin Railway Is contin uing, the Tsung LI Yamen being power less to prevent It, and that It is useless to expect the early restoration of com munication." REPORTS RECEIVED FROM KEMPFF AND CONGER Captain McCalla in Charge of the Landing Force and He May Com . maud at Peking. ; . WASHINGTON, June 8.-The following cablegram from Admiral Kempff. was re ; celved at the Navy Department this after noon: ¦ "TONG KU, June 8.— On June 3 landed forces to protect American Interests with consent of China. Fifty-six men sent? to Peking, rest to Tientsin. The , nations sent forces " to : both cities. - No injury '"so far.* British, Russian and Chinese ad mirals and : twenty warships are here. \' ¦ "Cropa likely to fall, causing, probably uioro . trouble in- tho near future.,", Our landing . force tender McCu.!la. On Juno 5 the situation was mostcritlcal.. The Rus sian force began fighting. I landed fifty more men; have requested Helena be sent ! immediately to protect our interests or a vessel Jlke her. Consider a battalion of ¦ marines necessary, .with gunboat as a base inside. On June 6 the Tientsin- Peking Railway was cut. Will act in con cert with the naval forces of jothor pow ers to protect interests if necessary. A meeting of,, foreign senior 'naval officers was held to-day.' Present English, French, German, Austrian, Italian. Japanese and American officers. Will arrange for com bined action to protect life and -property if- required. Nine; hundred men are ashore; twenty-five warships here. "KEMPFF.". The following cablegram was received at the Navy Department; this morning from Admiral Kempff, on board the New ark, off the Taku forts: "TONG KU, June S.— Battle between Chinese and Boxers near Tientsin. Large number of Boxers expected to reach Tien tsin to-morrow. : - ' ' KEMPFF." Minister Conger at Peking also has been heard from to-day. ¦ His message to the State Department said there was no im provement in the situation and asked for instructions. It was not deemed proper by the officials to indicate upon Just what point Mr. Conger ;needs advice, but there is an intimation that he .wishes to know to what extent 1 he is to ; co-operate with the '". diplomatics representatives of the European, powers at Peking. Secretary Hay took the message to the Cabinet meeting. The State Department is steadily pur suing the line of policy laid down at the beginning of this; Boxer. trouble of avoid ing any Interference" with Chinese inter nal affairs, beyond such measures as may be absolutely necessary for the protec tion of life and; property there." Espe cially It Is determined : to; avoid, commit ment to the policies of , any . of the Euro pean' powers'* which .might;,' Involve 'the United : States in trouble. .." Therefore, not withstanding the : ominous news conveyed in Admiral Kempff's. cablegram;, it seems entirely probable that Minister " Conger will be directed to . stick i to the > same line of policy which he has pursued'up to this time. "¦¦¦ '/ ';,-¦¦¦..,¦¦ •' - '£*. ':¦:' ¦ '.'"¦• It is not :to^ be A>jv this '.that' the United States | la\ desirous | of evading any proper measures of responsibility.* and the ' State Department I officials ore j careful to . point out , that, r. while \ retaining our in dependence, of action, our \ Government is^ really actlns concurrently with the Euro T their first object to be annihilation of Catholic converts, the wire-pullers evi dently wish to propagate hatred among; the country people against foreigners and things foreign in general. The movement on the surface has a patriotic character, but it may turn ultimately against the dynasty.- This seems to be the reason why It has thus far been treated with a gentle hand. The ' legations at Peking have wired for reinforcements. A dispatch to the Daily Mall from Yo kohama, dated Friday, describing the ef fect upon Japan of the refusal of the Korean Emperor to give an audience to the Japanese Minister regarding the tor ture and execution of political suspects, says: "The feeling here is exceedingly ex cited. It may net be possible for the Government to keep it in check, as the officla. were able to do at the end of March, when Russia made her demands, particularly on the question of Masam pho. It is thought here that Russian Influence is behind the affront given by Korea to Japan. The tone of the Jap anese press Js very bitter, and grave de velopments are possible." HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIANS * HAVE BEEN MASSACRED Missionaries Norman and Robinson Hacked to PieceB TJnder Circum stances of Hevolting Barbarity. LONDON, June 9.— The Peking corre spondent of the Times in a dispatch dated June 7 says: "Partlculars received here show that Messrs. Norman and Robinson, the mis sionaries, were hacked to pieces under cir cumstances of revolting barbarity. The Chinese- Government cannot be exon erated from the charge of complicity In these murders. From the beginning their action .will bear only one interpretation, namely, that of approval of the anti foreign movement which has had these results. "The Government has delegated as a commissioner to Cho Kau and Pao Tins Fu.'the chief centers of the Boxers, to Investigate and report, a notorious antl forclgn official, who Is known to be In pymapthy with the Boxers.and who was the director of a mining and' railway bu reau that was founded to thwart all rail way and mining development." The Pekinff correspondent of the Tirses. telegraphing June 8. says: •The news that General Nieh's forelcn- GREAT seriousness marks the situation in China. A horde of "Boxers" is ex pected to attack Tientsin to-day, according to advices from Admiral Kempif. They i'ought the Chinese soldiers yesterday near the city. Twenty-five foreign war ships are now lying off Taku, and senior naval officers, lacking the Russian, have made plans for joint action. Captain McCaHa of the Newark commands the American landing party and may direct joint operations against the "Boxers," Problems of the Chinese situation occupied the Cabinet session at Washington yesterday. Protection of American 5ives and property without aiding any other na tion's ambition will be the policy of the United States, and Minister Conger has been instructed on that line. London heard a report last night that notes were passing between France, Great Britain and the United States relative to joint' action 'to restore order in China. Hundreds of Christians have been slain by the fanatical' "Boxers," arid two British missionaries were hacked to pieces under circumstances of the most revolting barbarity. GRAND MERCHANT STREET, PEKING, ANjD THE TSIEN-MEN GATEi, THE ABOVE PICTURE. TAKEN* FROM LE MONDE ILLUSTRE, SHOWS THE, GREAT COiIMERCIAii ARTERY OP THE CHINESE PART OF PE KING AND THE PRINCIPAL GATEWAY BY WHICH IT ENTERS THE TARTAR CITY. JUST BEYOND AND DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE /GATEWAY IS THE ENTRANCE TO THE IMPERIAL PALACE, NOT FAR FROM WHICH- IS THE EUROPEAN QUARTER OF THE CITY. WHERE ARE SITUATED THE FOREIGN LEGATIONS, NOW GUARDED BY THE SAILORS AND MARINES RECENTLY SENT UP FROM THE WARSHIPS NEAR TIENTSIN. RUMORED SURRENDER TO ASHANTIS L017D01J, Juna 9. — Ac cording to a dispatch to the Daily Mail from Ac cra, dated June 8, a native ru mor is in circulation here that Sir Frederick Mitchell Hodg son, Governor of Gold Coast Colony, mads a sortie from Kumassie, whers he had bsen besieged by the Ashantis, but was forced to retire and ulti mately to surrender. Mail advices from Accra, dated May 17, say: "Fifty thousand Ashantis are in arms and the insurrection is spreading. It is impossible for white men to go into the in terior successfully during the. rainy season." crowded and refused a furlough. This seems a curious return to make for their conspicuous services voluntarily rendered. I have it on jnclipputablo authority that it is the practice of the War Office to ad minister the British volunteer and. for all I know, the regular army, by means of regulations drafted end issued in great part on no better authority than that of its promoted second-class clerks, a body of gentlemen, no doubt, of irreproachable character, but by no means adapted by their intelligence or education to be en trusted with so great a responsibility. Such a delegation of authority, which is unconstitutional as well as' unbusinesslike, is in itself enough to show that the whole War "Office from top to bottom must be re formed if ..not ¦; reconstituted after the war.'- .¦-••,;"*::••• ', .JM BULLER HAS SEfZED VAN WYKE HILL * LONDON. June 8.— The War Offlce has received the following dispatch from Gen eral Buller: ."YELLOW BOOM FARM. June 8.— On June. 6 General Talbot, with the Tenth Brigade and the South African Lignt Horse, seized Van Wyke Hill. .The enemy made some resistance and a good deal of sniping occurred. ] Our . casualties were about four killed and thirteen wounded. "Durlng that day and the following we got two 4.7 and two 12-pounder naval guns on Van AVyke-Hill and two '5-inch guns on the southeastern spur of Inkewelo. Under cover of their fire General Hlld yard to-day assaulted all the spurs of the berg between 1 Botha's Pass and Inkewelo. . "The attack, which wa"3 well planned by Hildyard and carried out with immense dash by his troops, for whom no moun- OMAHA, June S. — Envoy Wessels and his secretary. Dr. de Bruyn, arrived In Omaha at 9:10 o'clock from Sioux City over the Chicago. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Omaha Railway. A lame number of representative citizens, headed by Chair man John Rush, received the visitors and escorted them In carriage to the Paxton Hotel, where a large crowd had gathered to await their arrival. The lobby of the Paxton was crowded by an enthusiastic crowd when Mayor Moores mounted the steps and welcomed the Boers to Omaha and the State. Mr. Wessels responded in brief. At 1 o'clock to-morrow a reception will be given Envoy Wessels at the City Hall and a mass-meeting at the Creighton Theater will follow. illLWAUKEK, June 8. — Abraham Fischer, the peace envoy of the Trans vaal. arri\*ed in Milwaukee to-night from St. Paul. He was given a royal recep tion. Mr. Fischer will rest until to-mor row, when he will speak to a large gather ing at the Exposition building. TO AID CANADIAN CONTINGENT. LONDON, June 8. — A cafe chatant was held at the Carlton Hotel this afternoon, organized by Mrs. Morton, In aid of the Canadian contingent In the war. Lady Randolph Churchill, the Earl and Coun tess of Chatterfleld. the Karl and Countess of Yarborough, Miss Muriel Wilson, Mme. Albani, Miss Edna May, Mrs. Langtry. Mrs. Leslie Carter and a host of prominent actresses and musicians as sisted in various ways to make the event a great success. HOLLIS INTERVIEWED KRUGER. LOURENZO UARQtTKS. June 8.— United States Consul Hollls, who returned here'yesterday from theTran3vaal by spe cial train, had a two hours' interview in close conference with President Kruger at Machadodorp. It is stated that Mr. Ilollis was the bearer of friendly dis patches from the United States Govern ment urging Kruger to treat for petace. BOER OUTPOSTS DRIVEN BACK. HAMMONI. Orange River Colony. June S. — General Rundle made a strong demon stration against the Boer positions, em ploying 500 of General Brabant's Queens town Mounted Rifles, two guns and tho Cage Mounted Infantry under Colonel Dal getty. The Boer outposts were driven back and their laager was looted, but the troops returned without a battle. MAFEKING, Tuesday. May 23.— Colonel Plumer occupied Zerest yesterday without opposition. This district is regaining its normal condition. Supplies are arriving daily. * : .- tain? were too steep, outflanked the ene my, who were forced tr> retire from their very strong position. 1 think we did not have any casualties and I hope I have obtained a position from which I can ren der Laings Nek untenable. BOER PEACE ENVOYS ARE WARMLY WELCOMED EONDON. June 9.-3:15 A. M.-General Buller has at length taken the rf fensive. and by maneuvering he has secured a position west of Laings Nek, by which he believes he can make the Boer positions untenable. Pre sumably, he will -immediately follow up his. success. I Lord Roberts has communicated noth- I ing for three days, not permitting the correspondents to wire what is going on. London's inference is that he is resting, although he is possibly disposing his army for a reach after Commandant Gen eral Botha. ' A blockade ol the wires owing to the rush of official correspondence may. ac count for the scanty press dispatches. Some telegrams filed a week ago are only Just arriving. Among these are spir ited descriptions of the fighting at Elands Fontein. -According Jo one of them, the streets were. filled with women and child ren.' .Rifle shots could be heard every where. The British. soldiers would stop firing and join in the chase after chickens. The .burghers surrendered to any one. Kaffirs went about looting the Jewish stores and mounted Infantry galloped hither and thither. Lord ¦; Roberts'' army . has a new song. It runs thus: • "We're marching into Pretoria. It belongs to Queen Victoria." Botha L«ft During the Night. The Daily Kxpress has the following from Pretoria, dated Wednesday: "The 1000 prisoners who were deported from . Waterval were told that they were about i to be given up to Lord Roberts. They entrained cheerfully and were conveyed to Nooitgedache. instead of Pretoria. . "General Louis Botha, with a rear pu.ird of 2000. left Pretoria during the night. ' The Rritlsh advance guard on en tering v.-as upon the -very heels of the re tiring, Boers. Botha has. sworn to carry on. the war in the mountains." "At Lourenzo Marques Station a crowd waited all .Tuesday night to see President Kruger.iaa it was reported that he would arrive, by a, special train to gain an asy lum op board 'the Netherlands cruiser Friesland. JFiUl of .Boer j Refugees. • iOfiaiefourp issaldto be full of Boer ref ugees and wounded. The railway still de livers' goods at Brockhorst Spruit, forty .miles east of- Pretoria, i A British column is ¦ at "Bremersdcrp. Swaziland. Eleven British 'prisoners have been taken to Mid dleDurg. "The British at Beira are mov ing into the interior in detachments of 200, daily. •-...-' .. G. ;V." . Fiddes, Imperial Secretary to the. High Commissioner, with a part of Sir Alfred Mllncr's staff, left. Cape Town Tuesday evening for Pretoria, possibly, as the Cape Town correspondent of the Daily News thinks, to arrange the an nexation details. , Bad Treatment of Canadians. "The invalid Canadians at Shorncliffe camp, returned from the front, complain that, they are badly fed, unhealthily . Harold G. Parson's, Federation del egatQ from "West Australia, writing to the morning papers to protest against the treatment given to the wounded Cana dians, says: Lord Roberts Has Not Communicated Anything for Three Days, but It Is Thought He Is Preparing to Pursue Commandant General Botha. By Maneuvering He Has Secured a Posi tion West of Laings Nek, and Ex pects to Drive Out the Boers. GENERAL BULLER HAS TAKEN THE OFFENSIVF SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1900. VOLUME LXXXV1I1— XO. 9. PRICE FIVE CENTS. The San Francisco Call.