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BERLIN, June 2S.— The commander of
the German squadron at Taku telegraphs
under date of June 26 as follows: j "The
foreign Ministers are with the landing
.According, to reports of. Christians, It. Is
added fighting) continued at Tientsin June
25, the fortified arsenal outside j the. town
being still An possession of . the Chinese.
¦ - ¦¦ -. — — -• — '¦ —
BERLIN, June , 28.— The Cologne Yolks
Zeitung has received a cablegram , saying
that the situation in, the mission, districts
In the: southern -part;' of -the , province of
Shantung^isinow: extremely: threatening.
Pro- Vicar iFreinademetz^telegraphs from
Reining,- on the Grand canal, that the mis
sionaries lax* without ; protection "and that
their, lives : are In great danger. ,-
According to the: same paper, there are
In Peking ,10,000 Catholics, ; with twenty,
five ; Catholic; missionaries and 100 Protest
tant : missionaries, t The Volks ; Zeitung ex
presses "astonishment t that \ none • of ; these
people . havo been' able : to send news to
tha coast. , s " '*.
It Is due to the Russians that any one la
alive Jat Tientsin. -The American j Consul
telegraphs that the American mission at
Wei-Hal -Wei. has . been completely de^
stroyed." "
/From official sources It Is learned that
the'legatons at Peking and the foreigners
there. were safe June 25.
General yon Honneken, formerly mili
tary instructor in the Chinese army, re
plying to a statement in the English pres»
that the Taku forts were: built by, Ger
man engineers, says- they were built by
Chinese mechanics and afterward remod
eled by. Americans.
The Vorwaerts complains ( that the
German Government Is taking all the va
rious steps' in China without consulting
the Reichstag, which Is now adjourned,
whereas,, the British and French Parlia
ments are In session, and the governments
of London and Paris must make reports
to -them on the progress of events. It
"It Is high time that our people recog
nized the danger threatening them and
that- they* call the Government to strlci
ST. PETERSBURG, June 23.— The Min
ister of War has received the following
from Admiral Alexleff, dated Port Arthur,
Juno 27:.^
, '"During: the night of June 25 a detach
ment of -four, companies of Russians, Col
onel Schlvlenskl commanding, and the
same number of foreigners went to the
relief ; of Admiral .Seymour and brought
200 of tils wounded to Tientsin."
LONDON, Juno 23.— Admiral Bruco, in
, BERLIN, June 28.— The ¦ German .com
mander at ' Taku reports that , In the re
lief of Tientsin the Germans lost Lieuten
ant Frederich and ten men killed- and had
twenty men wounded. The fight lasted
eight hours.
command of the British forces at Taku.
reports to the British Admiralty the fol
lowing casualties: At Taku. June 24. on*
seaman wounded; at Tientsin up to tha
forenoon -of June 23, four seamen killed
and Lieutenants' Sterling. Powell and
Wright, Commander Beatty and forty
four midshipmen and seamen wounded.
NEW YORK. June 23.— The New York
agency of the Hongkong Shanghai
Banking Corporation received the follow
ing dispatch from the corporation's Lon
don office:
"We are informed on reliable authority
that the legations at Peking were safa
up to June 23 and were receiving Govern
ment protection."
WASHINGTON". June 28.— The follow
ing was received from General Mac Arthur
this morning: : .
"Adjutant General. Washington: Trans
port" left Manila 8:30 morning ' June 27,
with Colonel Liscum In command. 39 of
ficers, 1271 men. MACARTHUR."
CHKFT7, "Wednesday, June 27.— The
American mission at Wuh Slen, Shan
tung Province, has been destroyed. Tha
missionaries escaped. The Governor has
notified foreigners Inland that he Is un
able to protect them.
SHANGHAI, June 28.— 1t Is asserted
here that Liv, tha Viceroy of Nakln, has
received Instructions from Peking to In
form tho foreign Consuls here immedi
ately that tho legations at Ftkinx **<fcav«
been arrangisff peace terms."
GALL. HEADQUARTERS, WELLINGTON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, June 28.— Official Washington is hourly expect
ing the receipt of a dispatch from Minister Conger which will determine whether a state of war or riot exists In
China. Though up to the close of office hours this afternoon neither the State nor Xavy Department has received
Information confirmatory of the press dispatches that Vice Admiral Seymour's column and its charges had been
rescued. It is the confident belief of the President and Secretary Hay that such is the case: There remains a ques
tion as to whether the Ministers were expelled from Peking, and. If . so, whether such an: act should be regarded as an
Insult by the civilized world. The recognition of a state of war will involve the possibility of international complications,
end the powers hesitate to take such action, especially when there has been harmony of procedure up to this time. From
present indications Europe and Japan will adopt the attitude pursued by the United States and regard the situation r as a
Elate of international disorder which the imperial Government is .too weak to suppress.
Additional information that the legations were safe was furnished Secretary Hay this afternoon by Wu Ting Fang,
the Chinese Minister, from the Chinese Embassador In London. Minister Wu received a copy of a dispatch from Li Hung
Chang, important only because it shows that Viceroy Li is still at Canton and has not yet started for Peking./ It reads: '
"All foreign Ministers are with Vice Admiral Seymour, twelve miles from Tientsin."
The Minister expressed confidence that no trouble had befallen the legations, and %ald that undoubtedly Viceroy LI
had meant by the term "foreign Ministers" the whole of the legations.
The Minister is conducting himself in a very e'reumspect manner, and there is no disposition ; on the, part of Secre
tary Hay to make his position here mor« difficult than it Is. It Is apparent that the Minister's dispatch is several days old,
as Rear Admiral Kempff notified the Navy Department yesterday that the Ministers were with Vice Admiral Seymour's
column eight miles from Tientsin. The Minister FUggested that the imperial Government had furnished the legations with
an armed escort, which whll: on its way from Peking to Tientsin had met Vice Admiral Seymour's command 1 and had
turned their charges over to the allied force. He did not know whether the imperial troops continued with Vice Ad
miral Seymour, aiding the allies in forcing their way back to Tientsin, or had returned to the capital. 'The latter is the
official \lew, .
Before Minister Wu arrived at the State Department Secretary Long received this message .from Rear /Admiral
ICexnpif : ¦ V ." ¦-• ¦'¦'¦ •>
"CHEFU, June 28. — Secretary of Navy, Washington: About 12,000 foreign troops are now ashore. The soldiers or
dered Ehould report at Taku instead of Chefu. I have substituted the Nashville for the Yorktown at Chef tf. The
Yorktovrn Is used a» a dispatch boat, being more suitable."
Considerable comment occurred in official and diplomatic circles to-day In connection with the London dispatch quot
ing Inspector General Hart of the Chinese Customs ' Service as saying that the foreign legations had been* "desired" "to
leave Peking. The dispatch received by Minister Wu from the Tsung-li Yamen and transmitted yesterday to the State
Department announced that, the demand made by the foreign admirals that the Taku forts be turned over to them Im
mediately "looked like an and we communicated the fact to the foreign Ministers in Peking." ;lt was sug
gested In an Eastern diplomatic quarter, to-day that the Chinese Government, fearing tho effect of the action ot the foreign
admirals In so peremptorily demanding the possession of the Taku forts upon a populace already excited by the anti-for
eign movement, had intimated to the foreign legations. ln the interest of their safety that they should remove to Tientsin. '¦¦;
"Supposing the foreign admirals had demanded Immediate possession of the Taku forts." said, a diplomat Who discussed
the situation to-day, *;!and supposing the Chinese Government believed this to be a hostile act and tantamount to a dec
laration of war and requested the foreign Ministers in the Interest of their own safety to leave Peking,' who would be re
eponsible? Would the powers have declared war on China? Would China have declared war on 'the powers? China does
not desire war. Every dispatch that Minister Wu has received from his Government or. Its officials proves this [ conclu
sively. She knows the futility of fighting the whole world. Had the foreign Ministers been permitted to: remain'- In. Peking'
It might have been impossible to have restrained the fury of the people when they had learned that the powers had com
menced the dispatch of an army Into the empire, and being ignorant of the purpose of the movement, they might have
thought that it was preliminary to the dismemberment of their country, as has so long been threatened." ¦
It Js the belief of diplomats here that the allied forces will immediately take up their march to Peking. Nothing offi
cially hao been received here to confirm the report that the Russians withdrew from Vice Admiral ' Seymour's command
when be turned back to Tientsin and continued on the way to Peking. It Is possible this message may have referred to the
Russian column, 4000 strong, which Is reported to have started some days ago for Peking. .Inquiry at the Russian em
bassy to-day developed -that this column has probably been confounded with thaJp which, according to Its Information,
waJB to leave Port Arthur for Taku. , - • /
"Xo matter what or where the Russian troops may be in China," said an attache; who talked about - -the • situation,
"they will be withdrawn when the trouble ende. The Russian Government has announced that they; have been sent 1 into*
China merely for the purpose of protecting life and property, and when their services are no longer required, they will' ba
returned to their stations." 9B«S|il ' '.' " - ¦ '
Washington Officials Await Ad
vices From Minister Conger
Before Determining Whether a
State of War or Riot Exists in
NEW YORK. June 28.— The following
cable was received at the Methodist
Episcopal Mission Board to-day from
Chefu, from the Rev. Mr. Brown, one of
their missionaries in the Tientsin dis
trict. It ,s dated June 28:
"Mission destroyed by fire. About ICO
LONDON, June 29.4 a.
m.— An' imperial decree
published in Shanghai
on Thursday, says a cor
respondent Of the Daily
Express,' asserts that
the imperial palace in
Peking was burned on
June 16 and that the
attack on the palace
was made by revolting
Chinese troops.
mission, a hospital and a school. In all
tho property of the Methodist Episcopal
Board Is valued at something more than
• The Rev." Dr. M. B. Leonard, secretary
of the Missionary Society, said:
"Presumably, those killed 'were natives,
but it Is not clear even that they were
native Christians. Many of them may
have been Boxers or Chinese soldiers.
The -risk ; for • foreigners evidently, is In
Tientsin, .where Mr. Brown expects to go
himself in a few. days.'/ -¦']¦
Dr. Leonard thinks none . of the Metho
dist missionaries were among the killed,
or Dr.' Brown would certainly have men
tioned the fact.
NEW YORK, June 2S.— Two cablegrams
were received by the Presbyterian Board
of Foreign Missions this morning. The
first from Shanghai read:
"Wei-Hen destroyed. Foreigners es
caped." .
The Presbyterian • Board y had ¦'• $40,000
Kvorth of property, in Wei-Hen, and this Is
now all gone. Dr. Fairrles was one of the
missionaries there .'and ho escaped' with
tho others. The .other" cablegram came
from Chefu and-stated:-. - :
t "Lbbenstein' at. Shanghai, Fenas at Pe
king." - ¦- ¦-¦ -/¦.• •¦¦'¦¦ ¦ ¦-*¦; >'--•¦ .:¦... :
•¦ : Rev.-: B. C." Lobensteln- was stationed at
Nankin, and it would appear as If he had
to -make : his escape to Shanghai. Tho
cablegram -also "stated:.
- ; "No word has been received from Pe
king"or: Pao-Tiufu/V__ „ .
. ' SHANGHAI, Juno 28.— The , Daily, News
has !a r dispatch from Wei-Hal-Wei,- dated
Captain 1 Bay! ey It published*: that
June 17, saying:*' ;/'.-'-.¦¦.¦'-.'=.-¦¦; /'.-'- . ¦¦.¦'-.'=.-¦¦ : '.:;' : '---' '/j} \ -.'</¦
-; "The: railway;, terminus,: which . is ; eight
miles north ;' of'- Tientsin, ;_ Is % destroyed;
By the mission Is meant the mission at
Tientsin, but just how much of that mis
sion is destroyed the homo board doe 3
not know what to infer. The mission
there Is In three compounds, as they are
called. Oije compound Is composed/ of
two missions and a church, another of a
mission and a school, and a third of a
BERLIN, June 28 —
The Vorwaerts says:
"From an absolutely
reliable source we hear
the Russian War; Minis
try has sent to all, the
military, authorities -in
Russia .telegraphic se
cret orders to prepare
everything For §jriobi!i
zation. The orders
bear the date oF June
18 and 19."
killed. I think there Is serious risk for
foreigners. Will return In a few days to
Tientsin. Shall I return home? Will you
United States Consuls to Deal "Witli
Viceroys Without Reference
to Peking Government
In- accordance with the representation
made yesterday by Minister TVu, Secre
tary Hay has sent a cable Instruction
to American Consuls in China, directing
them to confer with Viceroys or their
representative to obtain protection for
Americans and their interests. It is* un
derstood that other powers have given
6imilar Instructions. So long as the local
authorities comply with the represcnta-
tlons by foreign consuls and preserve
peace and order foreign troops will not
be sent Into their territory. This ar
rangement greatly simplifies affairs In an
official point of view, as It confines the
region In ¦which peace and order must be
restored by the allies to a comparatively
small portion of the great Chinese em
>^HANGHAI, June 28.— -Admiral Seymour has arrived, at Ticntcin. S*"ty-two of his
men have been killed and 312 wounded. - The damage in Tientsin, it is hoped, has
been exaggerated, but nothing is certainly known. Absolutely no trustworthy infor
mation has come out .of Peking for two weeks? all wires being down. The whereabouts of the
legations is unknown. It is the belief of the Chinese that Prince Tttan has superseded the
Empress Dowager at the head of affairs. Prince Tuan is the recognized head of the Boxers.
Grave tidings come from Shantung province. The Wei-Hsien mission premises have
been destroyed, but the missionaries escaped. This is thought premonitory of fvtrther dis
turbances. Thus far the Boxers have been operating only in Chili ar.d Shantung provinces.
Sixteen thousand troops of the allies Have already landed at Taku. This -number should
be quadrupled. The best interests of China demand the suppression of the Boxers, the
overthrow of the Empress Dowager and the reactionary party, and the reinstatement of the
power of the Emperor. If the Boxers gain any substantial advantage the consequences can
not be foreseen. The insurrection will spread like wildfire.
The Wu-Char\g and Nanking Viceroys give assurances that they are able to quell the
disturbances, and have issued ' proclamations. " Nevertheless the condition of affairs in the
Yang-tse Valley" is "the occasion for serious apprehensions." "Shanghai, under ordinary cir
cumstances, is' safe. "Volunteers and men-of-war are affording protection, but more are
needed both at Shanghai and in the Yang-tsc Valley to meet the contingencies that are more
than possible, and will be beyond the control of the local authorities.*
Special Cable to The Call and New York Herald. Copyright, 1900, by tha Herald Publishing Company.
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Hemmed in by Hordes of Fanatical Chinese
the Besieged Column Intrenched and
Successfully Fought Off the Mongol
Assailants— One Prisoner Declared That
the Peking Legations Had Been Burned
and the Ministers Killed.
LONDON. June 23, 4a. m.— The casualties of the international force attack
ing Tientsin were: Americans, killed 3. wounded 2; British, killed 2. wound
ed 1; Oenrans. killed 15, wounded 27; Russians, killed 10, wounded 37. The
pin fire of the Americans and British Is described as "beautiful."
After the relieving force passed on to the rescue of Admiral Seymour,
CMaese regulars under General Xieh, says a dispatch from Shanghai, again at
tacked Tientsin fiercely and bombarded the foreign settlement with a terrible
British Colonel Don-ward commanded the column that relieved Admiral Sey
mour. American marines participated in the achievement. The admiral was found
Intrenched and surrounded by Immense masses of Chinese, who ¦were driven off
by the relieving column after a brisk fight. His men made a brilliant resistance,
never failing In courage for fifteen da>s of continued fighting. During ten days
the men were on quarter rations. They started with provisions for ten days
and they could have held out a day or two longer.
The column was a few miles beyond Lofa. Deeming it hopeless to attempt
to break through the hordes, Admirnl Seymour essayed a night retreat to
ward Tientsin, but he came into collle-lon with a strong force of Chinese ar
riving' from the northwest, and could neither advance nor retreat. There wa»
nothing to do but to Intrench and to stand a siege. He vainly attempted helio
graphlc communication.
Seymour's men caught several . Chinese, who safd the legations had been
burned and the illnisters killed. Others said that the Ministers had been im
The Chinese displayed fanatical courage in the attack.
Four thousand ¦ Russians left Tientsin four days after Admiral Seymour, but
they never er>t in touch with him.
Railway communication from Taku to Tientsin has been restored and* the force
Is advancing toward Peking. Fighting was in progress Wednesday in the vicin
ity of Ts<? Chulln. Large preparations are being made to support and rein
force the Peking relieving column. Twenty thousand troops of all arms, largely
Japanese, have now been landed. The fate of the members of the legations
Is ctlll a mystery. If they are alive and unharmed at Peking the Chinese Gov
ernment deserves some credit, Shanghai correspondents think, for restraining the
fanatical mob.
The Shanghai correspondent of the Dally Telegraph, wiring at 9:05 p. m. yes
terday, pays:
"It is reported on good Chinese authority that the Government, alarmed by
the foreign military preparations, has issued an edict ordering the peremptory
suppression of the Boxers and announcing a decision to protect the legations at
all hazards."
However this may be, the British Consulate at Shanghai received definite in
formation yesterday, the Daily Express correspondent says, that while solemnly
promising complete abstention from warlike preparations, the Chinese are mount
ing several new 6-inch guns at the Woo Sung forts.
The British warships have sailed from Hongkong to reinforce the allied squad
ron at Shanghai. The southern provinces are sending troops toward Peking, and
the exodus of Chinese of oil classes from Shanghai continues at the rate of from
10.000 to 15.000 a day.
Kusslan prestige has been injured during the recent fighting and an anti-
Russian rising In the Liaotong peninsula, Russian Manchuria, is predicted.
According to the Shanghai correspondent of the Times, advices from Shang
rasr say that Governor Youan fihik Kai maintains cordial relations" with for
eigners and has sent numerous couriers to Peking, but none of them have re»
Foreign Forces Under Admiral
Seymour Made a Brilliant
Resistance for Fifteen Days
Until Relief Arrived.
The San Francisco Call.

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