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VOLUME XCVI— XO. 17.
PRICE FIVE CENTS COM31ANDER IN CHIEF OF THE RUSSIAN LAND FORCES IN THE FAR EASTERN WAR. Continued on Page 2, Columns 2, 3 and 4* s. Continued on Page 3. Columns 3 and 3, Continued on Page 2, Columns 5 and t. TOKIO, June 16. — All doubt as to the sinking of the transports Hitachi, of 6172 tons, and Sado. of 6213 tons, by the Russians has been removed. Three hundred an>*" ninety-seven survivors of the Hitachi arrived at Mojl and 153 survivor3 of the Sado have arrived at Kokura. The survivors report that the Sado and Hitachi were sunk by torpedoes.. It Is reported that the transports Hitachi and Sado carried only 1400 men. If this is trus the loss in lives probably is less than 1000. The transports, however, had many horses and large quantities of supplies on board. Details obtained from the survivors of the ill-fated Japanese transports show that the Hitachi and the Sado met three Russian warships near Iki Island at 10 o'clocK on Wednesday morning-. The Russians fired upon the Japanese ships and stopped them and foon afterward they torpedoed and sank the helpless transports. SADO'S CAPTAIN AMONG PRISONERS. The captain of the Sado and several other men - were captured. More than 100 men escaped In 'the boats and landed at Kokura. A message has been received here from Hagi saying that several survivors of the Hitachi had drifted north to Shlmonoseki and been iaved. The transport Lsumi is still missing. The transport HIno. which has returned to Moji. reports that she en countered the Russian Vladivostok sauadronat 11:20 a. m. yesterday, twenty miles west of the island of Shiro. of the Iki group. The Hitachi and the Sado were seen two miles to the westward. "The weather was foggy and the sea was calm. When the Hino sighted the Russian fleet she turned, ran and signaled. a warning to the Kanazawa and they both took refuge inside the island Chtyt. Both signaled danger to the Ib'uri. which also escaped. The Hino saw the Hitachi and the Sado surrounded by Russian vessels. &* REPORTS OF XAVAL, ENGAGEMENT. SEOUL, June 16.— It was reported here /his morning that ¦ a naval engagement had taken place off Fusan. between three Russian cruisers belonging- to the Vladi vostok squadron and four Japanese ships. The fears entertained « yesterday for the safety of the American steamship Ohio, on which Hayashi. the Jap anese Minister to Korea,\.was a passenger, were dispelled to-day by the arrival of i the steamship at ?himonoseki. FUSAN, via Seoul, June 16. — Heavy cannonading which was heard off. this port yesterday continued till 2 o'clock, . when the j Russian squadron proceeded east- TOKIO, June 16.— Admiral Kaniimura, with his homogeneous squadron of ar mored and other cruisers, yesterday went in pursuit of the Vladivostok squadron. KOBE, Japan, June 1G.— Admiral Kamimurcts vessels . encountered the three Eussian cruisers of Admiral SkrydlofTs Vladivostok squadron at 11 o'clock this morn ing near the island of Iki, in Krusenstern Strait. The result of the encounter is not yet known. u j Special Dispatch to The Call. Two Helpless Vessels, Crowded WitH Soldiers, Are Sent to the Bottom With Torpedoes. RUSSIAN CRUISERS SINK TRANSPORTS AND HUNDREDS OF JAPANESE PERISH The wreck of the Slocran lies about 200 feet off Barrel!o3 Point. Two floats are made fast to the bow of the boat, and dlvere are, continually going down into the water. , Edward Flannigan. chief officer of the Slocum. when questioned by As- NEW YORK. June 15.— At the .point where the General Slocum lies snb merged the water is deep and the currents are swift and beyond a doubt many bodies have been borne along with the tide, to be given up en a later day at some distant point. There are a number of places where the livis? may have landed and it is believed that many that are now reported miss ing are safe and eventually will be heard frcm by the officials who have the rescue work In hand. To-night a surprising number cf persons repcrt?d to these officials that they had been saved, thus cutting the list of missing down considerably, as well as the probab!e mortality list. Many persons were injured in the panic that followed the breaking out cf the flames on the Slocum. At least 100 were taken to the hospitals. Not a death has occurred in the hospitals. Perhaps the most remarkable case In the many appalling experiences cf those who were on the Slocum was that of Miss Clara Hartman. who was picked up for dead, was towed behind a boat for several miles, was wrap ped in a tarpaulin, was tagged and then recovered consciousness. It Is now believed she will recover. Although a great number of the bodies were mutilated and the clothing badly burned, valuables have been taken from the dead to the amount of $£00,000. •¦- -• • Mayor McCIellan to-day, after receiving messages of condolence from many sources, visited North Brother Island and later visited the Morgue. He issued a proclamation to the citizens of New York and appotnted a re lief committee of prominent men. Relief win be needed in that little East Side territory which the vast majority of those that perished were accus tomed to call home. The Coroner's Investigation to fix the responsibility for tha disaster wtn begin on Monday next. The Federel authorities, aa well as the District At torney, will hold an investigation and the Society for the retention of Cruelty to Children, through its counsel, has signified its Intention to push tha inquiry to the utmost. Cv," 3IAYOR McCLELLAN'S PROCLAMATION. The proclamation issued by Mayor McCleCan was as foEow*: "To the Citizens of New York: The appalling disaster yesterday, by which more than 500 men. women and children lost their lives by fire and drowning, has shocked and horrified our city. Knowing the keen sympathy of the people of the city of New York with their strlckenfellowa, I have ap pointed a committee of citizens to receive contributions to a fund to pro vide for the fit and proper burial of the dead and for such ether relief as may be necessary. "The following gentlemen have been asked to serve on the committee: Morris K. Jessup, Jacob E. H. Schlff, Herman RIdder, Charles A. Dickey. Robert A. Van Courtlandt. Erskine Hewitt. Joshua Hendrlx. Thomaj ilulley. George Ehret. John Fox. John Weimacht and H. B. Scherman. "Until the committee has had an opportunity to organize I shall be glad to receive contributions at the Mayor's office. "As a sign of mourning I have ordered the flags of the City Hall to be put at half mast." Mayor McCIellan said a suggestion had been made that he name a day for a publfc memorial service and that he had taken the sn^gestion under advlsement. The Mayor declared that Investigation disclosed that the city officials were absolutely powerless to take any steps to prevent a repetition of the accident. They have no right to take a single step looking to the Inspection of any steamboat or to recommend any measures for its safety, as the Fed eral Government has complete jurisdiction. TO FIX THE RESPONSIBILITY. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children issued an official statement that the society win tak? determined action to fix the respon sibility t>or the deaths of the little ones who perished In the General Slocum disaster.' Howard Townsend. chairman of one. of the most important com mittees of the Bar Association.' as weJI as counsel for the society, author ized -this statement to be made to-day: "The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will co-operat* In every way to fix the guilt of ths persons responsible for this awfu! tras edy. All tHe money In our treasury is at the service, if necessary, for the proper prosecution of the case."* Collector of the Port Stranahan to-day sent a communication to the su pervising inspector of steam vessels In this port askintr for a conference to-morrow for the purpose of making mere effective the. Inspection of ex cursion steamboats. In regard to the number of passengers carried. Th» collector has nothing to do with the investigation, but must enforce the penalties upon the report of the Inspectors. TOKIO, June IS.— The Russian hope of relieving the pressure on Port Arthur by threatening- the rear cf General Oku, the commander of the Jap anese fcrces investing the Russian stronghold, came to an end yesterday at Telissu. a pcint on the railroad fifty miles north of KInchou and twenty- Cvt miles north of Vafangow, when the Russians were outmaneuvered enveloped and sweepingly defeated. They left more than 500 dead en the field and the Japanese captured 300 prisoners and fourteen quick-firing field guns. The Russians retreated hastily to the northward. • The Japanese charge that the Russians -violated the Japanese flag. Certain officers aver that during the fighting a body of Russian soldiers appeared, carrying a Japanese flag, and that the Japanese artillery, deceived by this, ceased firing upon that particular body of Russians. Official dis patches from the Japanese commanders make specific charges of this flag violation. Early estimates cf the Japanese losses at Telissu say that 10CO men were killed or wounded. JAPANESE ARTILLERY BEGINS THE BATTLE. The Japanese attacking force was divided Into right and left columns ard began the advance on Tuesday, along both sides of the railroad. They encountered the Russians east of Vafangtien and drove them back. At a late hcur in the afternoon the Russians held a line between Lungwangtiao and Tafangshen. The Japanese artillery opened on this line and the Rus sians responded- The shelling continued far two hours and It was followed by the advance cf the Japanese line to a position extending from Lungchia tur ts Yuhotun. Darkness put an end to the fighting. The Japanese dispatched a col umn to the westward, toward Fuchou. for the purpose of covering the Russian right wing and to protect their left and rear. During the night it became apparent that the Russians were being re irfcrced and it was decided to make a general attack in the morning and fcrce the Russians Into a defile back of Tellsiu. RUSSIAN DEFEAT BECOMES A ROCT. When morning came It was discovered that the Russians held a line extending from Tafangshen to Chengtxushan. with a force estimated at more **i>v two drriaions. The Japanese planned to enveiop the Russians near Telissu, and they succeeded admirably. 'While the main Japanese fore* was moving north along the railroad, columns were swung to the left and to the right, and finally converged at noon on the main Russian position. The Russians in this position were at a disadvantage, but they held it with determination until 3 o'clock in th* afternoon. At this hour they were routed. Tb* Japanese cavalry continued to pursue the enemy --d probably in flicted considerable punishment. The JaDanese commander makes no estimate of the Russian losses, but says they probably were great. Amcns the Russian officers captured by the Japanese is the colonel of ST. PETERSBURG AD3ETTS DEFEAT. ST. PETERSBURG, June 15.— The War Office announces that General Stakelberg was forced back before greatly superior numbers and retreated to Vantrialin. thirty miles north of Vafangow. The officials here deny that there was anything in the nature of a rout. The enemy had more than four divisions in action. A special dispatch from Llaoyang to the Official Messenger says the battle of Vafangow raged the whole of yesterday, and. the Japanese re ceiving considerable retnforcernents.crushed the Russians' left flank and compelled the Russians to retire northward. No estimate of the losses is given and no mention is made of the loss of the Russian guns. The popular disappointment felt in St. Petersburg over the result of Lieutenant Gen«ral Stakelberg s fight, which It had been hoped for the r-a« thirty-six hours might turn out to be a victory, is tempered som-- T-nat by the knowledge that the Russian force was overwhelmed by num bers. General ..Stake! berg does not attempt to conceal the seriousness of his Josses, but his report and the reports from all other Russian sources aeree that the retreat was in no sens*- a rout. The fierce character of th* fijrht is rr-ade evident by the fact that the Russians were again forced to "aban don their runs, thus indicating, as in previous encounters, the suDeriorltv cf the Japanese artillery. The Russian official reports of the losses are awaited with the keenest interest. The War Office de-lines to accept the Japanese fizares unrf sorrediy. although the officials frankly admit that they believe the Rus sian cisti3]tS* > 3 were severe. " ETAKFXBERG , IN GRAVE PERIL Tbe keenest interest la now manifested in the reported advance of two Japanese divisions from Siuyen. with the Intention of taking General «?ta kelberg in the rear. It Is realised that If this report should prove true'the NEW YORK, June 16. — All day long, from sunrise until darkness shut off even the melancholy satisfaction of watching for the dead, anxious searchers kept up their vigilance, and at midnight there had been recovered 541 bodies, for the greater part women and. children — mothers who weeks ago had planned the fatal outing for their children ; little ones who had longed for the coming of the happy day. Up to dusk 499 bodies had passed through the morgue, and • of these more than 300 were identified. The East Side had it3 human sympathies aroused to the fullest extent, and down by the river, where the boats unloaded their dead, themsands gathered throughout the day. Streets leading to the morgue were blocked, and only with difficulty. could the police keep clear the passage* leading to the. long rows of coffins for those who came to search Up the sound, where the hulk of the General Slocum iie3 submerged, showing only a paddle-box, scores of small craft aid ed the tugs in grappling for the victims. -Divers went down time and again, and when their work ended for the day they declared there were no more bodies in the wreck. A score of times a diver reappeared after his plunge "with the body of a woman or a child. Two of them came to the surface together on one occasion, having in their ai ms two little girls, sisters, clasped in each other's embrace, and their mother, whose hand tightly clenched the skirt of one of them. ST. PETERSBURG. June 16. — Emperor Nicholas has re ceived the following telegram, dated June 16, from General Kuro patkin : "I have received the following dispatch from Lieutenant General Baron Stakelberg. dated June 16. 1 120 a. ra. : "*Yesterday I had intended to attack the enemy's right flank: but just as our troops had been assigned for the purpose and were beginning to successfully envelop the enemy's right flank the Japanese in their turn attacked my right flank with superior forces and I was compelled to 1 etreat by three roads to the north. " 'Our losses are heavy, but they are not yet completely known. , '* 'During the engagement the Third and Fourth batteries ot the First Artillery Brigade were literally cut to pieces, by the Jap " 'Of sixteen guns thirteen were rendered completely useless and were abandoned. " 'The conduct of the troops was excellent, a large proportion of them refusing to retire until after they had been repeatedly or dered to do so.' " TOKIO. June 16. — In the battle of Telissu the Russians lost 500 men killed. 300 taken prisoner and 14 guns. The casualties on the Tamr.ese side are estimated at 1000 men killed or wounded. Special Dispatch to The GaXL Special Dispatch to The Call. Losses of the Victorious Japanese Army Will Aggregate One Thousand Men. Report That There Are No More* Bodies in the Submerged Steamboat. DIVERS REMOVE DEAD FROM SLOCUM'S HOLD GENERAL STAKELBERG'S FORCE ABANDONS GUNS LONDON, June 17.— A dispatch received here from the headquarters of General Kuroki, whose location is not given, states that, following the defeat of General Stakelberg's brigade at Telissu, the entire Russian main army, commanded by General Kuropatkin in person, began an advance to relieve Stakelberg and attack Kuroki. Japanese estimate the Rus sian losses at Telissu at nearly 2)Q0 men, including >00 slain and 300 captured. Kuropatkin's force numbers 160,000 men. TOKIO REPORT OF LOSSES. Russians C300 Japanese 1000 Total 5500 RUSSIANS ROUTED AT TELISSU LEAVE FIVE HUNDRED DEAD ON FIELD NEW YORK, June 16.— With unceasing effort, search is going on for the bodies of those who perished yesterday in the steamboat General Slocum disaster. Police and Health Department officials have placed the estimate of the number- of victims at a figure as high as 1000 and more, but to-nightit would seem that the maximum fatality will not largely avooH TflfY \\r\ tr\ mirinirrrif CJ.t KrvHiPC h^H HpPFI YPCfWIPTP(\ CAcCCU /UU. Up IU IIlIUIllgilL ?^l UUUICo llau uccii iLtuvtitu. VICTIMS OF THE SL.OCTM. Dead 541 Mlashur 315 Injured 230 Total 1 10« VICTIMS OF STEAMBOAT SLOCUM HORROR WILL EXCEED SEVEN HUNDRED TZS WZ&TEI3L Forecast mad* at San Tru cisco for thirty hoars e&ding siid^lgrSt Jut 17: East rrasdsco and vfcialty — fair rridzT; lij-fct west wisA. X«cal rcrecister, Tcsxperaxtty ta Ck*r?e. ¦ The San Francisco Call. Alcaxar — "Charley's Anat." California. — "Secret Service." Central — -Tie Octoroon.'* Colombia — Tfc« Frond Prtac*."* CSute»— Tauderill*. Fischer's — "T7. 8." Grand — "Bm Barry.** Orp&ras — Tandemi*. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 1904.