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LONDON, March 30. — The Times prints a dispatch from its correspond ent at Weihalw^l; received last" night, which says: . "I have just returned, after a 190-mile cruise,"and I saw nothing. of either the Russian oi\ the Japanese fleets, though the watch 'reported flash signaling at about. 4 o'clock this morning. I was debarred from running to Port Arthur by a heavy fog," and I imagine that the weather, is too thick for' the Japanese to remain close to' Port Artfiur, in view of the strength of the Russians in their torpedo-boat de stroyers.". ' / OSKALOOSA, Iowa, March 29.— One hundred head of draft horses were sold to an agent of the Russian Government here to-day. One mare brought J250. Itus-sla IJuys Iowa Horses. VLADIVOSTOK. March 29. — There is an amusing sequel to the order of the Chief of Police directing that a keen lookout be kept for Japanese disguised as Koreans or Chinese. Since the order was issued the police nelze every Asiatic they see for a pull at his queue In order to ascertain whether it is real or false. Not Amusing to the Chinese. ST. PETERSBURG, March 29.—Ac cording to a letter received from an of ficer of the Russian gunboat Koreitz, which was destroyed by the Japanese at Chemulpo, his ship, technically fired the first shot of the war, but this shot was not fired until the Japanese had fired three torpedoes in an effort to sink the Koreitz. . The officer writes that on February 8, wlthtfut knowing that there had been even a rupture in diplomatic re lations, the Korelta left Chemulpo for Port Arthur with dispatches from Pav loff, the^ Russian Minister to 'Korea, and met^the j Japanese cruiser and tor pedo squadron while still In neutral waters. Being .unsuspicious,: the- Kor^ eitz steamed between the two divisions of .the squadron with the tarpaulins still covering her guns, when It was noticed that-the cruisers were training their guns on the Russian vessel ; but i^was not until the torpedo boats be gan, ,to ; maneuver" preparatory to tor pedoing .that those on board the Kor eitz; became 'really alarmed. It was FAILS TO SIGHT THE RIVAL FLEETS OFF PORT ARTHUR HOW FIRST SHOT OF THE FAR EAST WAR WAS FIRED IRKUTSK, March 29— -Traffic across Lake Baikal is being carried on as regular as clockwork. The troops cross on the ice, singing as they march. The ice breaker is likely to begin the work of cutting a i channel any day. ¦Troops Sing as^hey March. SEOUL, March 28, 5:15 p. m. — Marquis Ito, upon taking his depar ture yesterday, submitted to the Gov ernment some suggestions for Korean reforms. The Emperor has appointed Yi Chi Ying, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, as a special .Embas sador to bear presents to the Japanese Emperor and return the compliment of Marquis Ito's visit to Korea. Many Korean officials who were formerly implicated In pro-Russian movements and who remained in hid ing during the recent stay here of Marquis Ito, are reported now to be reappearing. They are confident and have been assured that drastic re forms for the purging of Korean of ficial circles are hot imminent. PARIS March 30, — The St. Peters burg correspondent of the Echo de Paris says: "Uearn that the Czar intends to send Vice Admiral Chouknin, director of the naval school, to Port Arthur as assist ant to Vice Admiral Makaroff." A Harbin correspondent of the Matin says that General Volkoff has issued a ukase informing the inhabitants of Manchuria and trans-Balkalia that all persons convicted of circulating false news will be punished with the utmost rigor, according to military law. This ukase, the correspondent says, is espe cially directed against handbills pro mulgating-false news issued by the Chinese. • ? «- r . KOREAN RULER SENDING PRESENTS TO THE MIKADO It is said Lesser believes that if Rus sia were at liberty to- deal China a crushing blow in the vicinity of the great wall and then make a quick at tack on the capital, it coujd imme diately put an end to all danger that China may join its, army and fleet with those of Japan and at the same time overthrow Japanese influence in this city. ' The situation between Russia and China Is generally recognized as strained. It is even threatening to become critical. The action of the Russians in arbitrarily Imposing their jurisdiction on the neutral port of Newchwang is calculated to make matters worse. • . PEKING, March 29. — Paul Lesser, the Russian Minister, here, is accused of systematically endeavoring to bring about a state of war between China and Russia. He is wearing out. the patience of the Chinese by insolent nagging of the Foreign Office with petty complaints and unwarrantable demands. He almost assumes . the right to command the Chinese army on the Manchurian frontier. The Min ister's conduct is attributed partly to personal ill feeling on account of his failure to prevent China opening ports to foreign trade and partly to a desire to alter the balance of prestige as be tween Russia and Japan in Peking. SLAV GOVERNMENT SEEKING TO FORCE WAR UPON CHINA MOSCOW, March 29. — Three Brit ish officers, who arrived here yester day from India by way of Persia, have pronounced themselves as being impressed by the calm confidence among the Russians. The officers no ticed no signs of military activity and did not see a single military train through the Caucasus or European Russia. It was just as if Russia were not engaged in war. Calm Confidence of Russians. ODESSA, March 29. — Information has been received here that the Rus sian steamship Malaya, with the sur vivora of the Ruxslan .cruiser Varlag and the- jcunboat Koreitz. passed the Dardanelles to-day and will arrive here to-morrow. Preparations for the reception of the survivors have been completed. The town will be deco rated with bunting and there will be grand Illuminations especially com memorative of the Chemulpo fight. Glorious Home-Comins of Marines. WASHINGTON, * March 29.— Count Cassini, the Russian Embassador, has delivered to the State Department the following notes: "I have the honor, by direction of my Government, to bring to the atten tion of your Excellency that the Red Cross has fitted up a, floating hospital on board a steamer of the Eastern Chinese Railroad' Company now at Port Arthur, and that the necessary steps have been taken in all that con cerns its exterior painting, Its crew and equipment in order that the ves sel may comply with the stipulations of The Hague conference concerning the application to maritime warfare of the principle of the convention of Geneva, of August, 1864." "By order of my Government I have the honor to bring to the attention of your Excellency that, owing to exist ing circumstances, the lieutenant of his Majesty in the Far East finds him self under the necessity of causing mines to be laid at the mouth of the Llao River, near Ylnkow. Neutral merchant vessels may still be freely admitted into the above named port, on condition that they shall comply with the regulations issued for the pur pose." Yinkow is the port of Newchwang, at the mouth of Liao River. While the situation at sea is regarded as less clearly under the complete mas tery of Admiral Togo, it is not believed that Admiral Makaroff's vessels are in a position to do much damage. It is expected that they will remain close e;.nugh to Port Arthur to be in a posi tion to refreat under the cover of the shore batteries In case of emergency. No Japanese report of the land opera, tions !n Korea has been received here and there is much speculation as to the size of the opposing armies, re garding which there is no reliable In formation. A correspondent at Russian head quarters in Mukden telegraphs that ac cording to reports received there about 10,000 Japanese have crossed the river at Chinchangau f.nd 5000 have ad vanced north from Chongju. The Chronicle's Shanghai corre spondent assertB that - practically the whole Japanese army in. Korea, con sisting of 100,000 men, is concentrated at Pukcheng and Anju, only small de tachments being left In Southern Korea to maintain communication. A St. Petersburg special says that a' Russian division of 25,000 men from Southern Ussuri Is advancing in two columns through Korea. ' The main column, coming along the east coast road, reached Pukcheng, 180 miles from Tumen River, and a flanking column, consisting of Cossacks and mountain artillery, coming along the valley of the Tumen River toward Its source, has reached the coast of Lake Tadjl; This column reports that the Japanese are advancing north from Tonsan and that their advance guard is encamped at Chongping. Is is expected that when the major ity ot Kuropatkin's troops are in the re gion between Liaoyang and the Yalu River the Japanese will attempt to cut the Russian communications and try conclusions within easy reach of the sea, which is the true base of the Mi kado's army. Meanwhile an entire army corpus ;fs ready for- action in r the northern" end "of JapanT and can* be moved at an hour's notice toward any point where the Mikado's generals be lieve the Russians are least able to op pose it. According to all experts, heavy blows must begin to fall within a few days. It is accepted as certain that, wherever or in whatever manner Japan may at tack, she will reserve ample forces to execute those flanking movements to which the Japanese strategists have from the first pinned great faith. LONDON, March 29.— Students of the military situation in the Far East are becoming convinced that the delay in the- Japanese operations, which was due at first to climatic difficulties, is now the result of a desire to permit Rus sians to complete the mobilization of the main Manchurian army south of Mukden. It is apparent that the Japan ese have made no effort whatever to prevent this mobilization, although they might at any time have dispatched raiding parties to destroy the railway. CASSINI NOTIFIES HAY OF THE MINING OF THE LIA0 RIVER T0KI0 WAR BOARD HOPES TO HEM IN RUSSIAN ARMY However, the great Japanese machine works everywhere smoothly.. The spirit is a splendid one of confidence and quiet determination. These officers and men realize the great privations and enor mous di5T:u!tles ahead, but unflinch ingly resolve to attain the great ob jective — Harbin. In conversation an of ficial expressed the opinion that If Har bin be taken Japan will turn to Amer ica and England,* saying: • ¦'•>] "We have fought your battle. Help us by diplomatic pressure to keep Man churia open, whose key, Harbin, we possess." Wherever the Japanese have mili tary work, Korean coolies are pressed into their service. The Koreans re maining here become daily fewer. The Japanese flag flies on the houses of rich and Door alike. The streets are filled with hurrying soldiers and small tradesmen, a^ cloud of whom has de scended upon Korea. All of the correspondents were forced to return to Seoul. Foreigners long resident here agree that the first Japanese reverse will be followed by an uprising of Tong-Haks, a .secret Korean society, which an nounces that it is an ally of Russia. KOREANS ARE KEPT BUSY. ' A party of American miners convey ing bullion has had many opportuni ties of judging the feeling of the Man churian Chinese and expresses a strong opinion that all are in favor of Russia, while a large number are prepared to assist actively. These miners tell also hew Russia is enormously strengthen ing her large number of fortified posts along the Yalu. heavy reinforcements having arrived during the last three weeks. The miners, who crossed the Chengcheng River In boats, feel certain that the Japanese will be unable to throw pontoon bridges across that stream before early in April, owing to the severity of the winter. CIIIXESE FAVOR RUSSIA. PINGYANG (via Shanghai). March 29. — The Chengcheng River at pres ent is the line dividing the Japanese and Russian forces. Anju is held in force by 1500 Japanese, who are be ing continually reinforced from Ping yang and, latterly, also from Che nampho. The latter city is being strengthened as part of the Japanese scheme to offer a determined resist ance in the event of a forced retreat. Similarly all strategical points have been fortified -as the advance pro gresses. The Pingyang walls and gates have been fortified. On the hills overlook ing the city the Japanese have mount ed guns. The work has been in prog ress for the last five years, disguised army officers and other spies having been busy, so that now the Japanese advance with a knowledge of all nec essary points in the strategical scheme and these are. now being quietly and effectively occupied. The territory north of Chengcheng River is still Russian. The main routes are filled with cavalry. Each party is accompanied by an intelligence officer, wJu> is busy sketching and surveying. 1 The present military delay, while val uable to the Japanese, is materially useful to Russia, enabling her to push forward her first line of resistance southward over '"country considered friendly to the Japanese, and thus to weaken the Japanese army before the real contest is begun where Russia is supreme. While the Koreitz w&a going about, the Japanese launched a torpedo which passed astern, and then the captain ordered "quarters" sounded. The Jap anese launched another torpedo, but it was only when a third torpedo was seen coming directly for the Koreltz's beam that the command was given to open fire, and two shots were fired. The third torpedo sank just before reaching the Koreitz.' The officer's letter also says that when next day the captain of the Brit ish cruiser Talbot, at the request of the captain of the Russian cruiser Var- Jag, asked the Japanese Admiralty why the Koreitz had been attacked, he re plied that war had been declared at 2 o'clock the day before. then decided to put back into the har bor, v . PARIS, March 29.— The removal by (he Russian authorities of British and American flags at .Newchwang is caus ing a lively discussion in the press here. The general opinion supports: Russia's right to administer Newchwang mill- FRANCE SIDES WITir ALLY. LONDON. March 29.— The British Government has no- intention of pro testing against the Russian action in declaring martial law at Newchwang. An endeavor will be made in the ordi nary way and after, the cessation of hostilities to secure compensation for such British merchants as are pecu niarily affected. It has not yet been decided whether the British Consul will remain at Newchwang, but this is not considered of serious importance. It is pointed out at the Foreign Office that neither the United States nor Great Britain ever considered Newchwang neutral, and when Secretary Hay's note was received it was tacitly admitted that Newchwang might quite likely be one of the points of a Japanese attack and the Russians are considered quite within their rights in taking the neces sary steps to prevent possible Japanese aggression. . *%'"'.. At the Japanese legation the Rus sian proclamation of martial law at Newchwang was believed to- be rather favorable to Japan than otherwise, as it eliminates any protest on the part of the other powers In the event of an attack on Newchwang by Vice Admiral Togo. American, German and other diplomatic circles here- agree with the British view that there is no ground for complaint. against Russia! Several of the afternoon papers, however, bit terly attack Viceroy. A lex left's procla mation and demand that Great'Britain and the United States forcibly: protest against it.* A correspondent of the Times at Newchwang, cabling under yesterday's date, says: "The Russians to-day or dered ? the American flag on the'cor respondents' mess to be hauled down.' The proclamation of martial law^com pletely paralyzed the whole commerce of this port." The Chinese Minister to-day notified Secretary Hay that Prince Pulin, the Imperial Chinese Minister to the World's Fair, would sail to-morrow for his post from Yokohama. BRITAIN NOT OFFKNDED. However, the. State Department has determined to move with the utmost circumspection and deliberation in taking any action or lodging any pro test which might convey the impres sion that the United States was in jecting itself Into the present struggle without the" most pressing necessity. In fact, it is stated that it is the in tention to let matters run along for a while, in order to allow actual experi ence to determine whether America's interests really suffer from any of the acts taken by either of the belliger ents in Manchuria as a result of these various notices and proclamations. Part of this policy is to_ refrain from hurrying to their posts Cheshire juid Davidson, . the American Consuls to Mukden and Antung, respectively. Mukden is an armed camp and An tung is in the very vortex of the war, and it is realized here that it might be embarrassing to the belligerents to have foreign Consuls newly located there, especially as their coming could not be defended «n the ground of trade necessity, for there is no trade at pres ent between these towns and the United States. Nor does Conger refer to the report ed notice from the Russian authorities at Newchwang to the Consuls that they may no longer exercise consular Jurishdlction and consular functions, especially extraterritorial Jurisdiction. It ts said that if any such action has been taken it will raise a very serious question for the Consuls to exercise their power in this treaty port under treaty stipulation with a sovereign power which is not a party to the war. It is not recalled, moreover, that It has been customary in time of war for a belligerent to undertake to deprive Consuls of their functions. HAY ACTS WITH CAUTION". TIENTSIN, March 29.— A Frenchman named Kreautlar, an employe of the Russo-Chinese Bank, has been ap pointed French Consular Agent at Newchwang. He has hoisted the French flag over the bank buildings, it Is considered probable that this is a forerunner of a movement to fly the tricolor over all the Russian Govern ment buildings at Newchwang. WASHINGTON, March 29.— Minister Conger has cabled the State Depart ment from Peking that the Russian authorities have declared martial law at Newchwang, and have formally notified all foreigners. Conger's message makes no reference to the reported hauling down of for eign flags by the Russians. The offi cials here assume that if this has been done it simply means that Russia has assumed the responsibility for the pro tection of foreign property belonging to the belligerents, and that no effort will be made to interfere with the consular flags. It is also ju>inted out that Russia save notice W the foreign governments before laying 'torpedoes, in the harbor of Newchwang and gave notice also of pther defensive measures. It is main tained that, since this brought no pro test, Russia's' right to adopt all the necessary defensive measures is con ceded. ¦ J tartly. TheftlUl*&n finbnHsy points out that the n*groUaU"ua following the pro press of s«cvr*tar>* Hay'n note on China left Manchuria within the zone of mili tary operations ntul they say that the substitution of inllltnry for civil au thority followed ns» a result of a mili tary regime in Manchuria. W0' Continuing, the Minister of Marine declared that the revival of martial spirit at Port Arthur since the arrival there of Vice Admiral Makaroft was apparent and he expressed the hope that the Russians would emerge bold ly from the harbor and attack the Japanese fleet. The House unanimously adopted a resolution encouraging the Govern ment, praising the navy and pledging Itself to spare no cost in the prosecu tion of the war. "Slightly wounded — Lieutenant Ma eaki. Engineer Kurita and six sailors. • "The remainder were safely taken in by our torpedo-boat destroyer flo tilla, and torj>edo-boat flotilla. "Of the torpedo flotilla the Oa <!aka and the Tsubame, while escort- Ing* the bottling-up squadron and at about one mile from the entrance of Port Arthur, engaged in a fight with one destroyer of the enemy and In flicted serious damage to her. The fnemy'n ship retreated, raiding an f-normous column of steam, as if her boiler was broken. "Wh^n all the members of the bot tling up squadron had been taken In and our boats withdrew to the out side of the harbpr a ship, which ap peared like one of the enemy"*, was seen at the foot of Golden Hill, ut terly incapable of action. "Although both our destroyer flo tilla and torpedo-boat flotilla were subjected to terrific flrine from . the enemy until dawn, not the slightest damage was done to any of the boat*." DIITT REARS TOGO'S REPORT. TOKIO. March 29. — Admiral Baron Yamamoto, Minister of Marine, read Vice Admiral Togo's account of the sixth Japanese attack upon Port Ar thur in the lower house of the Japan ewe Diet this afternoon. The report was' received with tremendous ap plauee. Admiral Yamnmoto referred feel ingly, to the heroic death of an officer who was killed in the engagement and dwelt upon the great difficulty of "bottling up" Port Arthur effectively. He said that this project was still far from completion. "Killed — Commander Hirose Takeo, one und'T officer and two sailors. - "Seriously wounded — Sub-lieutenant Fhimaga. The casualties were as follows "The result of the action being as above described, there is some space Ifft between the Hachi-Hiko and the Yoneyama Maru. It Is a matter of regret that the roadstead could not be completely closed up. XAVAL OFFICER KILLED "The steamer Chiyo Maru, an chored at a position about half a cable from the Golden Hill, blew up itself and sank. The Fukui Maru passed a little ahead of the Chiyo Maru, by its left side, and at the moment when line was laying her anchor was shot by a torpedo from the enemy's de stroyers and sunk In that position. The Hachi-HIko Maru anchored to the' left of the Fukui Maru and blew up h'.-rself and sunk. The Yoneyaxna Maru; colliding with the stern of one of the enemy's torpedo-boat destroy ers, passed by the others and an chored in the roadstead. At this nio 'ment the ship was shot by a torpedo, *ae carried toward the left side shore •and sunk sidewaj'5. "About 3:20 a- m. of the 27th of March the bottling up squadron, com posed of four ship*, escorted by a tor pedo-boat destroyer flotilla and a tor pedo-boat flotilla, reaching the outside of Port. Arthur and without minding the searchlights of the enemy, steered utraigrnt toward the entrance of the harbor. At about two marine leagues from the entrance the bottling up squadron was discovered by the en emy. Thereupon the shore batteries and Euardships showered a hot fire on the squadron, but in spite of the terrific fire the ships made their way into the' Interior roadstead, one after the other. WASHINGTON*. March 29. — The Japanese legation haa received from Tokio the following report made by Admiral Togo respecting the second attempt to bottle up the Port Arthur squadron: LIAOYANG, March 29. — Southern Manchuria is reported to be quiet. An enormous movement of troops is In progress and trains are arriv ing several times daily. General Linevitch has received a telegram from General Kuropatkin expressing satisfaction that so well trained a sol dier is with the army, saying: "May God help you to carry out the most difficult part of the problem. I will be very happy if I find on my arrival that you will. remain with the army, which so firmly believes in you. until the greatest danger Is past." In the rear of Bidnevo fifty Cossacks encountered a strong band of Chinese bandits and charged upon them, kill ing twenty-eight and capturing six. Three Cossacks were killed and six wounded. ST. PETERSBURG. March 30.— A correspondent of the Novosti at Liao yang. under yesterday's date, report;? that the Japanese have moved on the Yalu River and that a conflict be tween them and the Russians is ex pected about April 2. The Harbin correspondent of the Russky Videmosti explodes the re cent report that three Japanese ' of ficers were hanged for attempting to blow up the Sungari bridge, on the trans-Siberian Railroad. The Ministry of Finance denies that it has dispatched agents abroad to negotiate a loan, and says that therefore there is no foundation for the rumors that such agents have un successfully attempted to enter nego tiations for this purpose with foreign bankers. I was warned not to proceed north, where. the cavalry has been ordered to stop all correspondents. ; I . have been frequently stopped on the street' with a curt question as to my business. My answer "American newspaper" always finds a smiling greeting and an evi dent desire to fraternize'. r~« CZAR WILL SEND NAVAL EXPERT TO ASSIST MAKAROFF AH houses at Chemulpo have been commandeered and It was only by the courtesy of Colonel Matsuishi that 'I established headquarters here. The telegraphs, previously nominally in the control of the Koreans,, have now been taken by the Japanese, whose strict censorship results In the mutilation and delay and refusal of messages." CHEMULPO, (via Shanghai), March 29. — The ice ha« broken in the harbor, permitting the entry of a large fleet of Japanese transports, chiefly laden with supplies. Immediately five boat bridges were thrown over the shallow water from the harbor's edge and the landing of the Second Division, other wise the Imperial Guard, the cream of the Japanese army, commenced. Hitherto comparatively few troops have reached here, but preparations point to an early landing 'of a great force. Some of the Imperial Guards have set out for Anju and others for Pingyang, where the troops are* massing. The trans-Pacific liner Hongkong Maru, having a . maximum speed of nineteen knots, la now lying at Che mulpo, fitted as an auxiliary cruiser, mounting five-inch guns at bow and stern. Her sides bristle with rapid fire guns and one-pounders, making her a formidable commerce destroyer. . IMPERIAL GUARD LANDS. Cruising immediately outside the harbor and for ten miles along the coast are twenty wan-hips, mostly small boats, guarding against a rear attack. I am informed that the original plan was to land an army at Mesam pho, in Southern Korea, but the de struction of the Russian shirs at Chemulpo permitted the first landing there. Japan's later naval successes now permit a landing at Chemulpo and possibly even farther north. HOPES TO KNTRAP ItUSSIAXS. There are no Russians now south of the Anju River, and it is estimated that there are not more than 5000 Rus sians between the Chengcheng and Yalu rivers. General Sasaka hopes to land a suf ficient force at the mouth of the Yalu to cut off the retreat of these troops. Then the Japanese objective will be the Manchurian city of Pongwangsang, sixty miles north of the Yalu, which is an important strategic- point. CHE.VAMPHO (via Shanghai), March 29. — Nineteen transports are now here discharging troops and a half-dozen more transports arrive, discharge and leave dally. Landing continuously, day and night, N the troops Immediately go either to Plngyang *>r, in open boats, to a more northern port, probably the mouth of Chengcheng River. Prince Kanin, who was educated in the Rus sian cavalry school, landed to-day and went on to Pingyang to take charge of the Imperial Guard Cavalry. They are well mounted, good horsemen and far superior to the other Japanese cavalry. The troops landed thus far consist of the First, Second and Fourth provi sional divisions; al.°o the Imperial body guard. Special Cable to The Call •nd New York Her ald. Copyright. l»04. by the New York Her ald Publishing Company. Special Cable to The Call and New York Her ald. Copyright, 19C4, by/the New York Her ald Publishing Company. > Heavy Russian Fire Does No Damage to the Attack ing Flotilla. Famed Imperial Guard of the Mikado Is Going to Rebellion in Hermit King dom Will Follow Victory by Kuropatkin. United States and Other Neutral Powers Will Not Pro f test Against Russia's, Proclamation of Martial Law in Newchwang. Cossacks and Chinese Ban dits Fight on the Man churian Border. Enormous Additions to the Slav Forces on Korean Frontier. Reported Hanging of Three Japanese Officers Is Proved False. Hope to Cut Off the Retreat of Russians South of Yalu River. One Japanese Xaval Com mander Killed in the Combat. Says the Entrance to the Harbor Is Partly Blocked. Troops Landed at Chenam pho Proceed Northward in Open Boats. Russians in Force North and Japanese South of the Chengcheng. Russians Expect Decisive Conflict to Occur About April 2. TOCO TELLS OF FIGHT AT PORT ARTHUR Neither the United States nor Great Uriiulu U illsp«w«l to protest ugruiiist the Uiis.slan proclamation of martial law at Xewchwang. It is tacitly tutmltttHt that Xt-wcliwanc is properly uiUiin the war area and that Hii-mIh Is justiiied In taking "measure* fur it- defend, hi view of the intention of the Japanese to at tempt the capture of the place. Ku^ia's action who relieves Jnpan of the embarrassment of attacking a town whose status as neutral or belligm'JU W»i in'tJOUuU The IlrKt land engagement of consequence since the war between Russia and Japan waa begun has been fought ut Chongju, »v town northwest of Pingyang, the Japanese base on the western slope of Korea, during Uie advance toward the Ynln. While the forces engaged .were not large, both infantry and cavalry were brought into play. The Russians made a Qcrco attack upon the town, which was gallantly held by tlic .lupniiiM' and rvcntunlly the Russian commander withdrew his forces when reinforcements for the town's defenders appeared in sight. The Russian loss, according to an official . report to the Czar, was three killed nnd fifteen wounded, while the Japanese report their loss as two killed and twelve wounded. An interesting review of land operations In Korea develops the fact that, In addition to the armies that face one -another on the Yalu, both " Hii&du and .Japan have large forces advancing through, East ern Korea, the former descending from the north in two bodies nnd the latter advancing -northward from a point of debarkation on the eastern coast of the. "hermit kingdom." Besides her Korean armies, Japan has landed many troops on the islands off the coast of l.tnotuns Peninsula, whence they will ultimately proceed to attempt the capture of XcwcliwtuiB ami an entire army corps In stationed at Japanese sea ports ready to be dispatched to the mainland whon the Toklo tacticians decide upon the most effective j>olnt for its oi»eratlons. It Is believed to be. Jtuwm's Intention to land a force in the rear of Uie/Rus tilnnn on the Yalu. JAPAN PLANS REAR ATTACK UPON ENEMY FOES' ARMIES KEPT APART BY A RIVER SUMMARY OF THE CALL'S WAR NEWS. BROWN ARMY ADVANCING TO STRIKE BLOW GREAT BATTLE WILL BE FOUGHT NEAR THE YALU RIVER WITHIN A WEEK THE SAN KKANCISCO CALL. WEDNESDAY, V. MARCH JJO, 1004. The bonds. of the Philippine Islands are Quoted higher than British consols. \ SAN JOSE. March 21).— Artlclei Incor porating the Uolden Weet Distilling Company Were filed here to-day. Its purpose la to «• ttblUh a large distillery here and to manu facture brandy and alcohol from wine and fruits, and to engagre In all kinds of business pertaining to distilling:. The capital stock of the corporation Is |200,000, divided Itito 20,000 Ahaxcs. ¦ CADIZ, Spain, March 29. — The Rus sian "protected cruiser Aurora and a torpedo-boat have arrived here. A number of warships, . believed to be Russian," have been sighted in - the Straits of. Gibraltar. * Warships. Sighted Off Gibraltar. Dress suit cases, traveling: rolls, trunks, valises, combs, brushes, lap tab lets, pocketbooks. card cases, bill books cameras, and toilet articles. All fine leather poods, lettered in gold • free of charge. Best goods and - lowest prices. 6an born. Vail & Co.; 7U Market et. ?• Traveler's Outfit*. BOSTOX, March 29.— Wallace J. Ham, for (herly manager of th« American Surety Com pany of yew York, and who pleaded irulUy to embezzling. nearly 1250. OlX>, wag to-day sen tenced to ssrv§ not less than fifteen nor more than twenty years In the Bute Prison at hard labor. . . ... ¦ -,* - VICTORIA, March 29. — It is re ported that the vessels of the.. British naval squadron on this stations have received orders from* the. Admiralty to cancel their quarterly practice fir ing with the light and heavy guns, re serve their . ammunition • and ' hold themselves in readiness for instant or ders to sail for a distant quarter, pre sumably Chinese waters. The cruisers therefore are- remaining in or very near Esquimau harbor. — - 4 Invalids and children, even the most delicate, use them with marked ben- efit, as they contain no strong. Irri- tating drugs, no cathartic nor any harmful ingredient. Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets is the most Bucceasful and most, widely known of any remedy for stomach troubles because It is the most rea- sonable and scientific of modern med- icines. Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets are sold by every druggist In the United States and Canada, as well as in Great Bri- tain, at 50 cents for complete- treat- ment. Nothing further is required to cure any stomach trouble or to make thin, nervous, dyspeptic people strong, plump and well. But the trouble is that while we eat enough and generally too much, the stomach, from abuse and overwork, does not properly digest and assimilate it, which is the reason eo many peo- ple remain thin and under weight the digestive organs do not complete- ly digest the flesh v forming beefsteak and eggs and similar wholesome food. There are thousands of such .who are really confirmed dyspeptics, al- though they may have no particular pain ' or inconvenienge . from their stomachs. If such persons would lay their prejudices aside and make a regular practice of taking, after each meal, one or two of Stuart's Dyspy^sia Tab- lets the food would be quickly and thoroughly digested, because these tablets contain the natural peptones and dlastate which every. weak stom- ach lacks, and by supplying this want the stomach is soon enabled to regain its natural tone and visor. Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets digest every form of flesh forming- food, meat, eggsf bread and potatoes, and this Is the reason they so quickly build up, strengthen and invigorate' thin, dyspeptic men, women and children. Common sense would suggest that if one wishes to become lleshv and plump it can only result from the food we eat and digest and that food should be albuminous of flesh forming food, like eggs, beefsteak and cereals; In other words the kinds of food that make flesh are the foods which farm the greater part of our daily bills of. fare. Uiit It Has Proven of Interest ami Value to Thousands. 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