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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, July 30, 1900, Image 2

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"Sheng now admits that he has had
telegrams since July 10, announcing that
every foreigner in Paotlng-Fu was mur
dered, .including" forty British, French
and American missionaries, and announc
ing that two French Jesuits and a thou
sand converts have been massacred at
Kwangplngr-Fu, on the borders of Shang
tung and Chi-Li. v
"A majority of the consuls favor strong
measures against Sheng*s duplicity.
"Local officials assert that the Italian
; priests murdered in Hunan- Wen were
wrapped in cotton, which had been soak-
I ed with kerosene, and were slowly roast
ed to death; It Is believed that aU for
eigners in Chi-L! have by this time been
massacred, and the wave of massacre is
spreading toward*. Ning-Po and Hong
chow, from which point thirty English
and American missionaries are endeavor
'lng to escape In boats down the river to
Kiangsu. Officials have anticipated a
peneral rising along the Yangtse-Kians
about Aupust 1.
"An astounding American Intrigue has
been revealed to the consuls here in the
shape of a skillful attempt to get the
maritime customs placed in the hands of
an American missionary named Fergu
son, who. althoueh he was an active ally
of Sheng in the latter's endeavors to
hoodwink the world with regard to events
in Peking, was supported by the Ameri
can officials in the claim to the appoint
ment of Inspector General."
Special Cable to The Call and Xew York Her
ald. Copyright. 1900, by the Herald Pub
lisbins Company. • - --. ¦*.*
CHEFU. Friday, via Shanghai. July
29.— The Fourteenth United States Infan
try from Manila has arrived at Taku.
SANTIAGO I>E CUBA. July 29.— The
Second Battalion of the Fifth United
States Infantry, Major Borden command
ing, will leave to-morrow for the United
States. The companies at Guantanamo
and Baracoa will be taken aboard en,
route. The officers have received instruc
tions to prepare warm clothing for a hard
winter campaign and to be ready to re
embark shortly after arriving in New
York. All the men are enthusiastic at the
prospect of active service in China.
Special Cable to the New York Herald. Copyright, 19OO, by New York Herald Publishing Company.' He
publication of this dispatch is prohibited. All rights reserved in the United States and Grsat Britain.
[Special Cable to the New York Herald. Copyright, 19GO, by the New
York Herald Publishing Company. Kepublication of this dispatch
is prohibited. All rights reserved in the United States and Great
"|- ONDOX. July DO.— The Canton corres-
Lpondcnt of the Daily Telegraph in a
dispatch dated Saturday says:
"The Triads have bc-come numerous and
threatening in Hainan. The Taotai aul
the local mandarins 3re terror-strick* n
and decline to protect foreigners. All the
missionaries except three have left With
their wivrs and famllU-F. The natives of
the Xodc-a district of the Island were so
frightened thsX th«»y joint-d the ranks <jJ
the Triads.
"Seriovs disturbances are expected be
tween August 1 and August 15, during th«=
festival to be held to appease the shadea
of the dead. The Boxers are charging
large sums to the Chinese for passports
from Peking to Tientsin. Lao Yun Fu,
the Black Flag chief, has refused - .o
march on Peking unless Viceroy Tak&u
will furnish him with £0.000 soldiers.
"The Chinese authorities have just dis
closed a Boxer plot devised by Soon Mun
to blow up the Mansato temple a'nd +u
destroy the Cantonese officials while per
forming ceremonies in honor of the Km
preps' birthday. If the plot had succeed
ed., the Boxt-rs would have attacked Can
ion, looting the city and murdering for
eigners and all persons friendly to •'for
T ONDON. July 30.— The general Fltua- ;
t tion in Chir.a is steadily becoming i
I - darker and a crisis is said to be fast
approaching. It is rumored in Shanghai I
that 10,000 Chinese troops have been so- j
cretly ciovwl into that vicinity, tind that |
th^ comraaailcr of tne Kiajig-Yu forts has j
been ordered to fire If any further add!- !
tion is made to the number of foreign
ships ascending the river. Rioting has al
ready occurred at Kiuklang, the mobs
threatening death to foreigners.
With the arrivals of the second Japa-,
nose division the- allied forces at Taku
and Tientsin will number 70.000. The river
floods near Tientsin are diminishing. .{-,.¦
It is reported that Russians from Har
bin have arrived at a point 150 miles north
of Peking after severe fighting.
The Shanghai correspondent of the
Times, wiring yesterday, says:
"I learn that Li Ping Hong and Lu
Chuan Lin. Governor of Kiang-Su, both
rabidly anti-foreign, are advancing toward
Peking with large bodies of troops. Their
advent must seriously affect the situation
there." : ¦ ¦„•-;• ¦-• »
To-day the consular body decided that
the situation demanded the presence of a
military roree In Shanghai, and the Con
suls have notified their governments ac
cordingly. . ' -,t ¦':.
From Le Journal Illustre, Paris.
Attacked by amob of Chinese on June 17, while on his return from a visit to the Tsung 11 Yamen (Chinese For
eign Office), the Kaiser's representative was dragged from his horse and beaten and hacked to pieces. *
Though there are many reasons for be
lieving that the Chinese Government Is
not acting in good faith, the United States
will officially accept all its protestations
of friendship that come through Minister
Wu until it Is known to a certainty that
they are false. President McKlnley*s re
ply to the appeal for mediation and the
use of the good offices of the United
States to secure peace has not yet re
sulted in disclosing the real attitude of
the Imperial Government, as it was hoped
would be the result. Minister Wu did not
officially express his opinion to the State
Department that his Governmetn would
accede to the conditions imposed in the
President's letter, but he let It be known
that he was confident that this would be
the result. Ills confidence has since been
somewhat shaken. Communication with
the Ministers la still the first condition In
sisted upon by the United States as pre
liminary to any negotiations with tha
Chinese Government.
Whatever may be the attitude of the
imperial Government, which even Min
ister Wu admits, he dqes not understand,
the State Department Is satisfied that
many of the most powerful men In China
are opposed 'to the hopeful feature of the
situation, and it la believed that if the
international forces succeed In defeating:
in a decisive manner the Chinese forces
between Tientsin and Peking strong, pres
sure will be exerted upon the imperiat
Government to secure peace on a basis
that will guarantee the safety of foreign
ers and their interests in China In the fu
tion — and immediate action," saJd
Secretary Hay to me this evening,
"Is the policy which the United States is
urging in China. "We are not waiting for
more information, but are proceeding as
If we knew all."
Lacking sufficient forces in China to
make an advance on Peking Independent
ly of the other powers, this Government
can urge the American commanders in
China to exert their influence to the ut
most against delay. This is being done,
and it is believed that more energetic ac
tion may follow* the arrival of Major Gen
eral Chaffee at Tientsin.
The authorities here attach much im
portance to the report of the Chinese stu
dent who was sent frqm Tientsin to Pe
king by Missionary "Wilder and who
brought back word that he saw no Chi
nese troops for sixty miles south of Pe
king, but found 20.000 in the vicinity of
Yangtse-San and Pietsang. If this report
is correct the international troops are con
fronted In the immediate neighborhood of
Tientsin with the only formidable resist
ance they will encounter until they reach
the neighborhood of the capital, which
this student reported to be surrounded
with imperial troops. It is thought here
that this force of 20.000 could easily be
overcome by the international forces, and
that their, defeat, followed by a steady
advance on Peking, would produce a
moral effect that would greatly weaken
the resistance at the gates of the capital.
[Special Cable to the New York Herald. Copyright, 1900, by the New
York Herald Publishing Company. Republication of this dis
patch is prohibited- All rights, reserved in the United States
and Great Britain.]
LOXDOX. July 30.— The Dally Tele
graph publishes this dispatch from
its social correspondent:
"SHANGHAI. July 29.— LI Hun?
Chang was questioned to-<Jay. He
Bays he is very much gratified by the ami
cable attitude shown by America and
believes a friendly settlement with the j
allies is possible. He explains that the
intense heat prevents him continuing his ¦
Journey northward. He declares that the
Emperor, the Empress Dowager and the
foreign Minister* are all cafe, but he has
no more compunction than benefits an
Oriental for tiie condition of the women,
and children In Peking-. He is unable to
explain why, if the Ministers are safe.- he
cannot produce such proof as would sat
isfy the powers, but he strongly favors
holding the Ministers as hostages so a3
to secure favorable terms for the Empress
Dowager and the rebel Government. H«
does not s=ee how holding 1 the envoys as
hostages would be only a lesser crime
than killing them.
"It is obvious now that the object of Li
Hung: Chang's visit here is to sew discora
among the allies through the Consuls,
who virtually represent their Govern
ments, hut I think he has not met with
success as yet."
Wily Chinese Diplomat Favors Hold
ing Them to Coerce Foreign
From Harper's "Weekly.
Special Dispatch, to The CalL *
"Immediate Action" Is the Policy
Advocated by the State
From Navy and Army.
The walls of Peking have a total circumference of over thirty miles.
They vary in height and thickness. At the point shown In the picture the
wall Is fifty feet high and forty-five feet thick. The poles shown in the middle
of the wall near the front are used to expose the heads of persons who have
been executed. There is a regular pathway along the top of the wall.
ANEW situation, scarcely less appalling than would have been the massacre of all for
eigners in Peking, confronts the world. In the light of the dispatch to The Call, cred
ence can at least be given to the messages announcing the safety of the legations in
Peking which have been sent out in profusion by the Chinese authorities. The Ministers are
safe, but they are held as hostages. Li Hung Chang himself admits this, being apparently
unable to see, as a special dispatch from Shanghai says, the enormity of the crime against
international rights.
The Chefu Consul says that nothing was written about the other Ministers.
pressed the opinion that the besieaed foreigners could hold out for some weeks more. .
[Special Cable to the New York Herald. Copyright, 1900, by the New York Herald Publishing Company. Kepublication of this dispatch is prohibited. All rights reserved in the United States and Great Britain.]
CHEFU, Friday (via Shanghai), July 29.-The Japanese Consul at Tientsin sent a runner on July 15 to Peking. On the 19th the runner left Peking, bringing a cipher telegram to the Japanese Government. It reads:
"We are defending ourselves against the Chinese very well/but now the attack has stopped. We will keep up to the last of the month, although it will be no easy task. The Japanese casualties are: Killed—
Kozima, diplomatic attache; a captain and one student and also a few marines. Wounded— Five or six. Slightly wounded— Very many. r '
CALL BUREAU, WELLINGTON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, July 29.— Again the veil which shrouds the fate of the foreigners in Peking has been lifted. A foreign Government has received a cipher message from its Minister in the
beleaguered legation building, dated well past the middle of July. The authenticity of the dispatch is beyond question, it was brought from the capital to the coast by a runner sent by a foreign Consul to Peking for the
purpose, who returned with a dispatch in the Government cipher. Naturally the message gave no news of casualties, except in the legation concerned. It stated, however, that attacks had become less severe, and ex-
.stlll'fully 2000 Europeans connected with
missionary work in isolated situations.
. "When the Governor of Shantung com
municated to the Consuls the imperial de
cree of July 24 he omitted the Important
passes addressed to Li Hung Chang:
" 'It I is admittedly Inadvisable to kill
all the Ministers, but It is equally unwise
to send them to Tientsin. It will be much
wlsjprto keep the survivors at Peking as
hostages. : ¦
"'You are commanded to hasten to Pe-
"Commands are also given that not [ %
single foreigner shall be allowed to es
cape from the interior, where there are
"The Viceroys are also commanded to
guard their territories vigilantly against;
attack and to prevent" by all means in
their power the advance of the foreign
troops, especially - along the Yangtse-
Kiang. ' The decree says the officials will
answer, with their lives for any failure to
execute the orders.
LONPON, July 30.— The Shanghai
correspondent of the Express tele
graphing yesterday says: , :'•¦
"A new imperial edict * promul
gated this evening urgently: orders
all Viceroys and provincial -Governors i to
endeavor to negotiate peace with the pow
ers, whose Ministers are 'held as. hostages
pending the .result of ; the , overtures . for
the abandonment of hostilities against
China,' • . • -
LONDON. July 30.— The Daily Mail publishes the following from its special corre
SHANGHAI, July 28. — A telegram was received yesterday from Mission
ary Morgan at Shinan-Fu stating that in Shansi province the natives and converts were being
massacred and that five more foreigners had been murdered.
Chinese hordes are now deluging the province of Chili with Christian blood. More than
two thousand persons have already been butchered. The Catholic cathedral at Huhfung-
Kow is besieged and the inmates are doomed. Yu Seen, Governor of Shansi, has ordered that
all missionaries and converts be massacred. The China Inland Mission at Ying Chow, Ngan-
Avhei province, had been burned. -
king. You are incurring Imperial dis
pleasure by delay. You have been ap
pointed Viceroy of Chl-L4 because, with
your military experience, you will suc
cessfully lead the imperial armies against
the foreigners in Chi-Ll. which Tu Lu.
the present Viceroy, is unable to do. ow
ing to his ignorance of mlllfary affairs.'
"Li Hung Chang replied to this edict.
asking- to be allowed to retire on account
of his age.

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