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SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 1900.
In the picture of the group in front of the American Consulate, the Consul, J. W. Ragsdale, is
shown by a heavy cross at his feet. On his right is Bertrand Bagsdale, the Marshal of the Consulate, and
in the rear on the steps are Mrs. Bagsdale and other members of the household. The'Chinese attaches and
some native spectators are in the foreground to the right. ;*- i
Views in Tientsin, Where the Whole Foreign Population : Is Said to Have
LONDON, June 22.— A special from Shanghai says that it is reported
from Japanese sources that I5OO foreigners have been massacred
CHEFU, June 22.— It is officially reported that the bombardment of
Tientsin with .large guns continues incessantly. The foreign concessions
have nearly all been burned and the Amejrican consulate has been razed
to the ground. The Russians are occupying the railroad station, but are
hard pressed. Reinforcements are urgently needed. The casualties are
heavy. - ;<
BERLIN, June 22.— In naval circles at Kiel it is stated that the cruiser
Hansa lias driven a Chinese ship ashore and captured. a second, and that
fifty Chinese were killed and seventy wounded. .:?:^ - ;fe
Within Ten Days tne Powers In
terested Intend to Have This
Vast Force Hastening to the
Relief of Peking and Tientsin.
TWENTY THOUSAND FORE IGN TROOPS SOON TO
BE MARCHING ON CHINESE SOIL
After the Cabinet meeting an instruction was sent to General MacArthur directing him to
expedite the departure of the Ninth Infantry, and to inform the' department what additional
troops, including artillery, could be spared for service with-Kempff. General MacArthur is not
to v be embarrassed by the withdrawal of too large a force. A reduction of the army in the Philip
pines might cause the Filipino insurgents to gain the impression that the United States proposed
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Rear Admiral Kempff's dispatch yesterday .'showing the dangerous character of the situa
tion at Tientsin' lias been supplemented by messages received this morning from that officer.
These messages were considered by the .Cabinet to indicate that there is need for immediate rein
forcements, as the force sent to the reiief of Tientsin is. inadequate to guard' the city and pursue
the Chinese attacking it. Artillery is especially required to answer the fire of the- assailants.
With this army in the field there can be no doubt of the prompt establishment of peace
and order throughout the empire. According to an official of the State: Department, Secretary
Hay was formally notified to-day that there is.complete accord between the powers in regard to
China, and that assurances have been given this and the French governments that, the' troops
sent into the empire will be employed only for the establishment and preservation of Qrder. While
gratified that these assurances have been given, officials do not forget the possibility that the
jealousies existing between the powers may be accentuated by, the. dispatch by Japan of more
troops, to .Taku than those sent by Russia or any other power, and that: the concert of action may
be ruptured in consequence. This possibility, however, is always present and will not disappear
until China resumes her normal condition and foreign troops are withdrawn.
GALL -HEADQUARTERS, WELLINGTON ; HOTEL, WASHINGTON, June 22.—
Within the next ter< days twenty thousand foreign troops will be on Chinese soil, marching
to the relief of Tientsin and Peking, and in pursuit of s ( uch organizations of "Boxers" as
may appear formidable. These troops will be formed by coalition of six or seven thousand
troops sent by Japan, four thousand troops assigned to duty in the Celestial Empire by Russia,
four thousand troops by France, and the remainder of the force will be contributed by Great
Britain, the United* States and Germany.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
FROM INIHA TO CHINA.
CALCUTTA. June 22.— Fourteen trans
ports will convey troops from India to
China. All except six are already In port.
The Nerbudda and Palamcotta will prob
ably sail Sunday with the Seventh Bengal
BRUSSELS. June 22.— The Petit Bleu
states that a telegram was received by an
Important Brussels firm from China say
ing that Admiral Seymour's relieving
force and the Russian column entered
Peking simultaneously. The legations
were reported Intact and all the Belgian
residents are said to be safe.
PEKING LEGATIONS INTACT.
HONGKONG, Juno 22.— Li Hung Chang,
who wasJnterviewed In Canton yesterday,
said he would leave for Peking on June
27, In obedience to an order from. the Em
press, to suppress the Boxers and to
make peace with the powers. He indorsed
the opinion that he was the only man In
China capable of coping with the situa
tion. He said he believed the Boxers to
be a "rabble led away by fanaticism and
anti-Chrlstlan feeling^" but he also de
clared that the native Christian leaders
were much to blame. Inasmuch as they
engendered litigation In the native
courts. He asserted that he did not re
gard the Boxers as a. political society,
and that In his opinion the Empress had
been misled and : misinformed. '
Prince Li said he had been officially In
formed that the Taku forts fired upon the
allied fleet because the admirals sent an
ultimatum. calling for the removal of the
soldiers. He does not interpret that ac
tion as a declaration of war, and he has
not ' received any '. lnsa tructions to the . eX-
LI HUNG CHANG TO
SUPPRESS, THE BOXERS
sieged. In danger of massacre.
"WALTER S. EMENS."
NEW YORK. June 22.— Rev. Dr. Leon
ard, secretary of the Methodist Foreign
Missionary Society In this city, received
the following cablegram to-day:
CHEFU, June 15,— Tientsin bombarded.
Peking very serious. Hopkins, Brown and
King saved. Gunboat. BROWN.
Mr. " Brown is the Rev. F. Brown of
Tientsin. The others referred to are N.
S. Hopkins. M. D.. and the Rev. H. E.
King. Dr. Hopkins Is stationed at Tsun
Hua and Mr. King at Peking. Last, week'
word was received^ that the Methodist
missionaries at Tsun Hua had gone to
Tientsin for safety. At the missionary
society it is estimated that. Including
their wives and families, there are now
thirty-seven Americans under the protec
tion of the gunboat referred to.
The three men mentioned are missiona
ries. Dr. Leonard Infers that the remain
ing twenty-four missionaries at Tientsin
have been murdered by the Boxers.
Among them are many women. Including
five In the Woman's Foreign , Missionary
Society and members of the Haynor. Pike.
Hopkins and Brown families.
SYRACUSE. N. Y.. June 22-Dr. P. Wal
ter Emens of this city, whose son, Walter
C Emens represents the American Trad-
Ing Company In China, to-day received
the following cablegram, dated Tientsin,
June 16: *_
••Situation growing worse. Peking be-
MANY WOMEN AMONG
feet that war has been declared. Hia
remedy for the situation is to decapitate
the leaders t>f the Boxers, to send their
Ignorant followers home and to maka
peace with the powers
PRESS OF RUSSIA
LONDON. June 23.— The Vienna corre
spondent of the Dally Express says the
Russian Minister of the Interior. M. Slpia
guine, has Issued the following Instruc
tions ;f or the guidance, of newspapers in
dealing with the Far Eastern question:
"First— <No reference to the movement of
Russian troops or warships.
"Second— Papers must bear In mind that
the Czar is actuated only by a desire to
maintain peace and good will among the
"Third — No gesstp about differences
among the powers that would be dis
pleasing to the Government.
"Fourth— No criticism of Russian diplo
macy or of military or naval strategy.
"Fifth— Editorial writers should recollect
that Russia ls-predestlned to predominate
• • "Sixth — Comparisons may be made be
tween Russian and foreign troop3 and sea
men when unfavorable to foreigners."
FOREIGN RESIDENTS ARE
COOPED UP IN TIENTSIN
LONDON, June 23.— A special dispatch
from Shanghai, dated yesterday, says:
"Intelligence has been brought by the
United States gunboat Nashville that the
foreign quarter at Tientsin was bombard
ed on Tuesday by Generals Nieh. Tung
Fuh Slang. Kand Su and Tuan Shu Kal.
The result of the fighting Is not known.
"The foreign residents are confined to a
restricted district, and as food and water
are scarce they have suffered greatly.
"The Ton Shan mines at Pieh-Tai-Ho
were abandoned by the soldiers, and the
rioters flooded the mines and ruined the
machinery." _• '
LONDON. June 23. 3 a. m.— The silence of Peking continues unbroken. Four
thousand men of the allied forces were having sharp defensive fighting at
Tientsin on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a prospect of being reinforced en
Thursday. This is the situation Sn China as set forth in the British Govern
"Eight hundred Americans are taking part In the fighting at Tientsin."
says the Shanghai correspondent of the Dally Express, cabling last evening, "and
they apparently form a part of a supplementary force, arriving, with the Germans
and British .after, the conflict started. It Is Impossible to estimate the number of
Chinese' there, but they had a surprising number of gun*."
This information appears to ltave becjh. brought by the United States gunboat
Nashville , to . Chef u and telegraphed thence to Shanghai. The Chinese are desert
ing Shanghai In large numbers and going Into the Interior. Reports from native
sources continue to reach Shanghai of anarchy in Peking. According to thesa
tales the streets are filled day and night with Boxer3. vho are wholly beyond the
control of the Chinese troops and who are working themselves up to a frenzy and
clamoring, for the death of all foreigners.
The English consulate at Shanghai Is said to have received from influential na
tives reports of a tragedy In the palace at Peking, though precisely what Is not
defined. The consulate thinks that Admiral Seymour, commanding the interna
tional relief column, was misled by Information from Peking, and consequently
underestlmatsd the difficulties In his way and the Chinese power of resistance with
Maxim guns and Mausers.
The Consuls at Shanghai still believe the foreign Ministers at Peking safe, al
though Japanese reports received at Shanghai allege that up to June 15 100 for
eigners had been killed In Peking.
The Daily Kxpress says: "We understand that Reginald Thomas Tower, sec
retary of the British embassy In "Washington, is to succeed Sir Claude Macdonald
at Peking, and that the reason of Sir Claude's recall is the breakdown to hla
A special dispatch from Vienna says: "Li Hung Chang has wired the various
Chinese legations In Europe directing them to Inform the Governments to which
they are accredited that he Is called to Peking by the Empress to act as interme
diary between. China and the powers to negotiate a settlement of the points at Is
sue, and he instructs them to beg the powers to facilitate his mission by ceasing
to send troops to China."
Sheng, Director General of Telegraphs, wires from Shanghai to the Chinese le
gations iii Europe that the foreign legations In Peking are safe.
It is reported that the British Government will send KflO marines to China, and
possibly, according to some of the morning papers, 10,000 of the regulars now with
Eight Hundred Americans Tak
ing Part in the Fighting at
Tientsin— At Peking Chinese
Troops Are Reported to Be
Clamoring for the Death of
VICE ADMIRAL SETMOtJR. COMMANDING THE FOREIGN FORCE3
SENT TO THE RELIEF OF PEKING, WHOSE WHEREABOUTS IS A
©ontinuid on Second Page. .
Homer Lea, a Stanford Student,
Sails for China With a Big
Sum of Money Collected for
the Purpose of Raising an
Army to Outwit the Dowager
LONDON*, June 22.— Lord Salisbury pre
sided this morning at a meeting of the
Cabinet especially summoned to consider
the Far Eastern crisis. Prior to the meet-
Ing the French Embassador, M. Paul
Cambon. and the Chinese Minister.
Chih Chen Lo Feng- Luh, paid a lengthy
visit to the officials of the Foreign Office,
and It is expected that important develop
ments* will be the outcome of the Cabinet
conference, as Lord Salisbury proceeded
to Windsor after the meeting.
The apprehensions as to the fate of the
Europeans cut off at Tientsin have been
sharpened by Admiral Kcmpff's message,
which was the first definite announcement
of the bombardment and destruction of
the foreign concessions. But in spite of
Shanghai's grim statement that the Chi
nese used forty-pounders and that 1500
foreigners were massacred, there Is no
reason to conclude that the foreign colony
has been unable to protect Itself. A
Shanghai dispatch reports that Tientsin
was bombarded for two fays, that the
casualties were 100, that 5tf» International
troops are there and that now that the
ailied commanders at Taku are hastily
pushing forward a relief column It Is
hoped the. worst apprehensions will soon
be dispelled. ¦ ; •"
Another Shanghai dispatch announces
that all the members of the foreign com
munity of Pel Tal'Ho, including thirty
three Americans, have arrived at Chefu
on board the Nashi-llle. but they left all
their possessions behind them.
A dispatch, from Shanghai under this
afternoon's date pays five Chinese war
ships passed Woo Sung to-day, and that
officers of tlje British armored cruiser Un
daunted visited the Chinese commanding
officer and received an. assurance that the
rhips were under orders to act against
any Boxer. rising. The superintendent of
foreign telegraphs has started for Chefu
to organize a service thence to Shanghai.
It is understood the Admiralty has re
ceived a dispatch from the British naval
commander in Chinese waters on the sub
ject of the heavy damage done to the for
eign concessions at Tientsin and the cas
ualties of the International forces. This
has net yet been published.
The Admiralty sent orders to Ports
mouth and Plymouth this morning to hold
detachments of marine artillery and In
fantry in instant readiness for service in
It is thought in some quarters that LI
Hung Chang's failure to go to Peking In
dicates that he is aware that the situa
tion Is bo bad that it is Impossible for him
to overcome the difficulties.
RUSSIA'S STAND IN
THE CHINESE CONFLICT
ST. PETERSBURG. June 22.— The view
expressed by both the press and politi
cians here is that Russia should make
common caus> e with the powers In meet-
Ing the common danger In China. It.ls
pointed out, however, that when once the
time arrives to settle the Chinese ques
tion, Russia must regulate her true inter
ests, which differ greatly from those of
the other powers and prevent her more
particularly from definitely embarking: in
hostilities against the vast Chinese em
pire, her neighbor. This Is also under
stood to be the Government view of the
situation. - • • j
BRITISH TROOPS READY
FOR CHINESE SERVICE
UNTTSUAL. significance Is attached to the departure on the steamship China
yesterday of Homer Lea, a Stanford student, who for some time past has
been acting as the secret agent on this coast of the Po Wong Woi, or the
ecdety for the reformation of the Chinese empire. It is believed that Lea
has in his possession about $5>),ooo collected in this country by the Chinese
Empire Reform Association, a branch of the Po Wong Wol, which Is to be
used in outfitting an army intended to support Quongr Su. the young- Emperor, In
overthrowing- the Krnprcf s Dowager, who Is now in control of the Government.
Less than a week ago a dispatch was received at the headquarters of the local
Bocitiy-t^ftn Kvng Yu Wei. president of the I*o Wong- Wol, which rmd a~si'fGSJ<TWs: ¦
"'"One of the commanders of the'Chinese forces killed. Send money at once to
Singapore." ->.-/.*. ., ~ .'i"-. r 7
For many months Lea. who is only 24 years of ag«?, has been working hand
and glove, with the members of the local reform association, who teemed, for some
reason, to repose exeat confluence in him. His ambition, frankly stated, has been
to become a commanding general in the Chinese reformers' army. The story of his
life and ambition was recently published in The Call and attracted wide attention.
Since that time he has received hundreds of letters from American and English
army officer*, both cctive and retired, asking for enlistment under his banner.
Many of his fellow-students at Stanford, it is stated on reliable authority, and at
least cr.e professor, have agreed tc follow him to China when the call comes.
POWERS ARE AGREED
AS TO THREE POINTS
BERL.TN", June 22.— The commander of
the German squadron at Taku vrircd as
follows to the Government:
"A French oflccr who arrived here from
Tientsin, which he loft June 20, reports
that for three Jays the city had been bom
l>arfied bjr the Chinese and that the troops
cf the foreign detachment were short of
"The German cruiser Irene has arrived
here with 240 marine:?, who, with 3S0 Brit
ish and 1500 Russians, proceeded to the
relief of Tientsin. The railway is work
ing from Taku to within fifteen kilometers
Whether the powers interested in China
•will ultimately reach an agreement re
garding concerted action, it fems to be
certain, judging from the result's of inves
tigations made to-day, that no such agree
ment has been i cached. The tame Ft-ries
of questions were put successively to the
German Foreign Office and to the Russian
and French embassies. The German For
cigTi Office »said:
"The powers just now are agreed as to
three points only— the- relief of Tientsin
and PtkiujT. adequate fatisfaction for the
severe injuries European interest? have
sustained and the establishment of guar
antees against a repetition of such out
rages. Beyond this the attitude of the
powers will largely depend upon what has
really happened at Peking, which is still
inknown to Europe."
The reply of the Russian Embassadot.
Count Osten-Sacljen. was substantially the
came as that of the German Foreign Of
flce except- on two points. The Embassa
<3or said with much emphasis:
"The intervention of the powers in China
must, under no condition?, mean a settle?
ment by wax of old scores with the Chi-
r ..-s«- Government and must not embrace.
governmental reorganization. - Especially
it rnust not Include a change in the head
of the Government. Even if the Chinese
end the international armies come into
collision, these considerations must never
be lost sight of."
The French Embaspador. Marquis de
Noallles, expressed a different v*ew. While
eubstantlally coinciding with the pro
gramme of the German Foreign Office he
Insisted that the removal of the Empress
Dowager and her clique would be neces
sary to secure the permanent results
which the powers desire.
The Washington Government several
days a£o inquired through United States
Embassador White regarding the where
abouts snd safety of a number of Ameri
can missionaries located within the Ger
man fiphere of Influence in Shantung.
Thus far the German Government has
been unable to furnish a satisfactory re
ply. The semi-ofQcial Berliner Post has a
epeclal dispatch from Rome asserting that
the Vatican his applied to the French
Government urgently entreating that
larger reinforcements be sent for the pro
tection of Christians In China. The reply
of the Part* Cabinet, according to this
correspondent. 1? that the matter will be
treated in harmony and solidarity with
the other powers.
The Chinese embassy bavins received
several anonymous letters threatening
vengeance should the news of the murder
of the German Minister In Peking. Baron
von JCstteler. prove to be true. It imme
diately applied to the Berlin police for
protection, and a number of policemen In
plain clothlnff now patrol the precincts of
the embassy night and flay. '
HOMER LEA. A YOT'NG CALIFORN'IAN AND AGENT OF THE CHI
KESE REFORMERS. WHO HAS STARTED FOR CHIXA TO AID THE
MOVEMENT AGAINST THE DOWAGER EMPRESS.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
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