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SAN FRANCISCO, ' WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 1904. VOLUME XCV— NO. 121. ST. PETERSBURG, March 29.— The Emperor has received a dispatch from General Kuropatkin, giving a lengthy report from General Mischtchenko, dated at 10 p. m,, March 28, which says that an important engagement took place at the town of Chongju, the Russians -retiring in perfect order after a combat lasting an hGur and a half. The Japanese suffered heavily. The Russian loss wasj three off iceis wounded and three men killed and twelve wounded. Cavalry and infantry on both sides Were engaged. The Russians occupied a commanding position on a hill, the Japanese being in the town. The Japanese fought, gallantly, but owing to their heavy losses were unable to occupy the position abandoned by the Russians. ¦ RUSSIAN AND JAPANESE CAVALRY AND INFANTRY FIGHT A BATTLE IN KOREA; CZAR'S SOLDIERS RETIRE, LEAVING BROWN MEN IN POSSESSION OF THE FIELD War News Continued on Page A. ; PARIS; 'March 29.— According to the Ixmdorr correspondent of the Matin, a I dispatch" was , received from Berlin • dur .jngi^heinight corning from a high:quar ter,,which says that alarming news has beenlreeeived -concerning the health of Emperor 'William, owing • to *a recru-* desce nee. of /the -threatened trouble •'for. /which* theVEmperoT was 'operated :on last year, j Alarming. Rumors Are to Effect .That . . Caiit-er is Re . turning. . KAISER'S HEALTH AGAIN.; _v ; .'"¦ " REPORTED .TO BE FAILING ST. PETERSBURG, March 29.—Gen eral Kuropatkin. in his first report to the Emx>eror from the scene of war, announced that offensive land opera tions had taken place against the Jap anese upon the sixth anniversary of the occupation of Port Arthur by the Rus sians. These operations took the form of & cavalry attack yesterday by six companies of Cossacks, led possibly by General Mischtchenko against four squadrons of Japanese cavalry which the general believed to be beyond Chongju. but which he found to be in occupation of that town. Despite a cross flre which General Mischtchenko cleverly directed asainst the enemy, he pays a tribute to the tenacity and bravery of the Japanese, who ceased fire only after a combat which lasted for a half hour. Before the Russians could follow up their advantage three Japanese squadrons galloped toward the town, which two of them succeeded in entering, while the third was driven back in disorder, men and horses fall ing. The fire maintained upon the town was so destructive that the Jap anese were unable to make effective return. Further Japanese reinforcements ar rived an hour later and, in, view of the superiority of the enemy. General Mischtchenko determined to retire, doing so without 'embarrassment, al- though he carried with him three killed and fifteen wounded. «.• General. Mischtchenko's Cossacks have been endeavoring for some days to come into contact with the Japanese patrols, but the latter refused to com bat. The. skirmish of to-day will have the effect of encouraging the Russians to retard as much as possible the.ad vance of the Japanese army. • : General Kuropatkin's dispatch re porting . General Mischtchenko's opera tions, as published, does not give the place of its origin, but it is presumed that the commander In chief is either.'at Liaoyang or eh route to Newchwahg." ¦ NEW YORK. March 29. — David H. Miller, one of the "two receivers for the suspended cotton firm of Daniel J. Sully & Co.. said to-day that the receivers had applied to the United States courts for an order for the ex amination of Edwin Hawley and Frank ,-Ray, - the \ alleged partners of Sully in. the big cotton deal, which re rulted 1 in the suspension of the firm. The object of this examination will be to find out' more about Sully's a-M-ta, Receivers Order an Examination of Two Alleged Partners of Cotton Plunder. SEEKING INFORMATION- ABOUT SULL\"S ASSETS Japanese HpldTheir Position for Thirty Minutes in the • Face of a Murderous Cross Fire. RUSSIAN COMMANDER PAYS TRIBUTE TO BRAVERY OF CHONGJU'S DEFENDERS primaries to-day Insured the election of Parker/ delegates as follows: Albany 12,' Rensselaer 9, . Kings 57, Onohdaga 12, Monroe 12, Erie 24, Niag ara 6, Cayuga\ 6. This will add 133 del egates', to those already chosen, giving him, 228, which is more than a majority of 1 the convention. . * • , I -' In addition, primaries or conventions are yet to be held in counties where the Parker men . are confident of gaining jseventy-two more delegates, which will Tgive'hirnVa tptal'of at least 300 of '450 deiegates.in the convention. -This cal culatiq'n leaves the opposition with only 140 and odd 'delegates at most. 'As. the' unit "rule 'will be applied to the national convention, . the minority will have no "voice. at St. ;:. Louis. ' . ALBANY. March 29.— The, indorse ment of Judge Parker as "New York's candidate for the. Democratic Presiden tial nomination is assured by thej pri maries held in. .the most important counties of the State to-day. There will, be an overwhelming majority ~ in the Democratic State Convention . to: pre-. sent Judge Parker's name; and,; to ; use every effort to place him at -the head of the national ticket. Air the expectations of Judge; Par ker's friends have f been more than' reaU ized. David B. Hill, surrounded by. the Democratic, leaders (from various parts of the State, remained in, his office until after midnight, "-receiving reports of the results Of : the ' primaries - and county, conventions. ' '• ; ' ¦ * _ ¦ There was rejoicing over (he news of the complete [defeat of the anti-Parker faction In 1 Buffalo. '".The", 'Parker; men swept Erie County,"' carrying all three Senatorial , districts. .This 'will * make John W; Fisher^the Democratic leader in Erie, in 'place- of Mr. ; Conners, -who sided wUh; Charles -Murphy, leader*' of Tammany.' V . : ' y . * : . " ; .~; V.- v : The conventions Jield in Madison and Chenango Aunties and ;two ! districts [of Oswego to-day added twelve more dele-^ gates to the Parkef,c6lumri,"givlng him a total * ! .df j j ninety"; instructed '.delegates out of 450 in the State convention! 'The - V .. \YhiIe differing some in detail, it is possible that the foregoing is another version of the en gagement at Chongju, which has already been reported from Russian sources. The name of the plate. Tyonjyn," is not given on any maps that are available. ' Negotiations between Mrs. Oelrichs and representatives of the Sharon es tate have reached a point that war rants the announcement that the Pal ace Hotel management has secured the new, Fairmont Hotel on the crest of Nob HllL It Is calculated that the Fairmont will be ready for the recep tion of guests in June, 1905. The manager of the Palace, Colonel J. C. Klrkpatrlck; is fully determined to hold the prestige In the hotel field of the Pacific Coast which was gained twenty-five years ago and has ever since been maintained by the Palace. It is understood that the lease agreed upon, by Mrs. Oelrichs. and the repre sentatives of the . Sharon estate covers a; period of twenty years. When the initial overtures for the Fairmont were made in behalf of , the Palace Mrs. Oelrichs* representative' named . a fig ure so high that Colonel Klrkpatrick could not recommend . Its acceptance. Subsequent events. have made It clear that the hotel business in San cisco, ' which has been reasonably profitable In the past, will be im mensely, important and remunerative in the, future. The immediate success of the; St. _ Francis ; is accepted as one object . lesson. The '. story „ is current that Manager Pollok and his asso ciates hadsome notlon'of reaching out /or control " of the Fairmont. The high figure named by Mrs. Oelrichs caused a suspension of negotiations, . how ever. At the time Mrs. Oelrichs placed th* mortgage with the Hlbernla feank on real estate in this city to raise J45O.00O. the amount required for the comple tion of the hotel enterprise, ahe had entered into a provisional" contract or arrangement with Baumgarten of New York for the furnishing of the hotel. Afew days ago Baumgarten re ceived-advices from New York" that the pjans made with him for the equip ment of the house had been canceled, and that the decorations and furniture would be supplied by the Palace Ho tel management! Special Dispatch to The CalL Representatives of Sharon Estate Resolve to Hold Supremacy. Jurist Is Overwhelmingly^ Selected for the Presidential Race. PARKER THE VICTOR IN NEW YORK STATE PALACE HOTEL WINS THE FAIRMONT LEASE *| COSSACK .PATROL TAKING fTO/HARBIN ; CHINESE CAPTURED \\TklIiE ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY* A BRIDGE OVER THE PUNGARI. I ,* .TOKIO a March 29. — A mixed force of Japanese cavalry and infantry attacked and dispersed a force of Russians at .Tyonjyn, near Pingyang, last Sunday morning. The Russians had erected a temporary fortress, which was defended by a force of Cossack cavalry, estimated in number 'The Japanese attacked in considerable force. The Russians offered a strong resistance at first, but finally fell back, abandoning their position. The Japanese sustained a loss of one officer and-onje sergeant killed and two officers and ten privates wounded. The Russians are reported to have left three'desrd behind, but to have succeeded in carrying oft a number of wounded. The Jap anese. for*:e entered the town, cheering for the Emperor. " 'An hour and a half after the beginning of the engagement four companies were seen on the Kasan road hastening to attack. I gave the order to mount, and the entire . force, with a covering squadron, advanced in perfect order and formed in line behind the hill. The wounded were placed in front, and the retirement was carried out with the deliberation of a parade. " 'The Japanese squadron, which was thrown into disorder, was evidently unable to occupy the hill which we had just evacuated, and their infantry arrived too late. '* 'The detachment protecting our rear arrived quietly at Kasan. where we halted for two hours in order to give attention to our wounded. At 4 p. m. our force reached Noosan. ; . " 'It is supposed the Japanese had heavy losses in men and horses. On our side three officers were severely wounded. Three Cossacks t were killed and twelve wounded, including five seriously.' "General Mischtchenko bears witness to the excellent conduct and gallantry of the officers and Cossacks, and especially praises the Third Company of the Argunsk Regiment." Japanese Say Russians Abandoned Dead. " *In the town a company of infantry and a squadron of cavalry were lying" in ambush. Our %. men v/ere reinforced by three companies and attacked the Japanese with a cross fire. Notwithstand-"; ing this and our commanding:, position, the Japanese-gallantly held^hcfr ground* and- it -was-only after*\ a fierce fight o£ a half-hour's duration that the Japanese ceased firing and sought "refuge, /in the houses. The Japanese hoisted the Red Cross flag at two _ points. "'Soon afterward three squadrons of the enemy were seen advancing along the Kasan road at full gallop toward the town, which two of the squadrons succeeded in entering, while the third fell back in disorder under repeated volleys from our troops. A number of men and horses were seen " 'For an hour afterward our companies continued to fire on the Tapanese in the town, pre venting them from leaving the houses. Russians Retire With Deliberation. ST. PETERSBURG, March 29. — General Kuropatkin's report after the engagement at Chon^jti is as follows: "I have the honor to respectfully communicate to your Majesty the report of General Mischtchenko. dated March 28 at 10 p. m.. which says: " 'For three successive days our small outposts attempted to draw the Japanese cavalry into action, but their patrols, after contact was established, retired beyond Chongju (about fifty miles northwest of Pingyang). "**¦ " 'Having learned that four squadrons of the enemy were posted five versts beyond Chongju on :March 27, six companies marched toward Kasan, and on March 28 reached Chongju at 10 :$o a. m. As soon as our scouts approached the town the enemy opened fire 'from behind the wall. Two squadrons promptly dismounted and occupied the heights, 600 yards djstant. An engagement Japanese Gallantly Hold Their Ground: Cossack Attack Upon Chongju Repulsed, Muscovite Force Retreating When Reinforcements for the Enemy Are Sighted. Alcaxar— "ParsiTal." Cftllf ornia— "Scacnolrccy." Central— "The Hustler." Colnm'bla — "Harriet's Koney r moon." . Chnt ea — "V»nd avllle. Fischer's— "Kismet." Grand— "Hrida Oabler." Orpheum— Vaudeville. Mitiaes to-day. Tivoli — "Mr. Pickwick." TH23 ' TKEATEIIS, Torecast mad* at San Fran cisco lor 30 hoar* eadinjr *aid jiig-ht, March 30, 1904: San Praacisoo maA TteJalty— Clearing slowly W«l»e«d»yi fresh westerly wlads. . "A. O. ICoAZSXE, District 7or«easter. TSE-WEATSIS.. 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