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VOLUME XCVI— NO. 135.
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1904: PRICE FIVE CEXTS. General; Kuropatkin's ad vance has been met with a counter advance of the forces under Tield Marshal Oyama. According . to advices re ceived at Tokio, a general engagement is in progress between Liaoyang and Muk den, but reports from Rus sian sources describe the fighting there as merely in the nature of advance guard actions. General Kuropat kin is reported to be aiming to strike simultaneously at two widely separated points on the Japanese left. There. has been hard fight ing a short distance north of Bensihu, in which a Eussian loss of 150 killed or wounded is admitted. The Japanese say they have cut off a Rus sian column south of the Taitse River*. Xo official re- ports from the front were re ceived .at the Russian War Office last night, and the fact is regarded in. some quarters as indicating the non-snecess thus far of General Kuropat kin's forward movement. 3Iilitary authorities, how ever, point ont that owing to the magnitude of the move ment planned it is too early to expect news of decisive results. Situation in the Far East. I JAPANESE TROOPS CAUGHT IN A BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENT ERECTED BT THE RUSSIANS. Continued on Page 2, Cnhnaa V been successfully solved, and subsist ence affairs In the archlgelago are now run with system and economy." The subsistence department, it Is stated, was able to make a contract for fresh beef for the fiscal year 1905 by which an annual saving of over $140,000 was effected as compared with the con tract for the previous fiscal year. The running expenses gradually have . boon reduced to a minimum, the report; says; and a saving fit more than $40,000 made in J wages , of ~ civilian employes alonel Credit forthese.results is given. to Col onel - Henryv.G.' Sharpe, chief J commis sary. 61 the Philippines"; division, v WASHINGTON, Oct. 12. — Robert W. Bliss has been appointed second secretary of the embassy at St Pet ersburg; Montgomery Schuyler Jr., secretary of the legation and Consul V General at Bangkok. Siam. and Paul Wk Xash Consul of the United States at These are all transfers and I exchanges and not critical appoint- BfiB Robert W. Bliss Appointed Second Secretary at St. Petersburg. Otbcr Transfers. MINOR CHANGES MADE IN AMERICAN EMBASSIES ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 13, 3:20 a. m. No official news of the result of to-day's battle- south of Mukden is available at this hour. General Kuropatkin doubt less has communicated his regular re port to Emperor Nicholas, but the dis patch was not sent back to the general Btaff to-night. So the latest word from Russian sources is contained in the press dispatch from Mukden. As "3 natural, the absence of official news Is pessimistically interpreted In many quarters, but the general staff, though reticent, counsels patience, pointing out that the offensive movement was planned on a large scale, and has not yet reached a stage where a decisive result could have been attained. The frontal attack, on the Yental mines developed a -• desperate battle, in". which probably 100,000 men are : en gaged, but, though the dispatches so far deal -almost exclusively with this feature of the battle. It is pointed out that there is a * much wider field : ln ivolved: • A : fight on • the ; Russian left flank has not . yet , developed, and pos sibly here General Kuropatkin Intends todeliver his main blow. What force Absence or Official News Concerning Battle .Causes Uneasiness. ST. PETERSBURG ANXIOUS. Admiral Alexieff, after taking* leave of - ' Kuropatkin, . telegraphed to ; St." Petersburg, saying that the programme of campaign had ;i been . carefully ex plained , to him by the commanding gen eral. As a result: tie was convinced 'of its - feasibility and success. . ¦ i In '- accounting - for General > Kuropat-r kin's sudden decision to "advance/ which 'surprised ; the vworld,] a clew; to ; the ; true reason" Is that Count" Radzlwill [arrived The battle is continuing nighf and day. It commenced ; by the' Russians getting to within three versts (two miles) of YentaL - The Japanese, receiving strong rein forcements, rapidly located and dis lodged the Russian batteries. The battle ended in a desperate fight In i a blinding sandstorm, . the Russians eventually retiring across the Bhill River. :* * ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 12.— The Russians made a rush for Benslhu after their victory at Benlapwtz. There they found a strong Japanese force holding the right bank of the Taitse River. Brisk fighting is proceeding there and around Yental. In the latter vicinity there was a force of artillery. - Dislodge, Russian Batteries. Japanese Receive Reinforcements and FIGHT NIGHT AND DAT. SPRINGFIELD, Mo.. Oct 12.— Mrs. Hollet Snow to-day dashed a glassful of carbolic acid into the face of Mrs. Mary BuneL Mrs. Bund's face, neck and chest were burned black and she probably will lose her eyesight. Mrs. Snow was arrested. Both women are young. Mrs. Bunel was one of the heirs of the famous Bunel estate, which was In litigation In the courts of this country and France for twenty years. _Mrs. Snow recently filed suit for damages against Mrs. Bunel. alleging that the defend ant had alienated her husband's af fections. ¦ ' Mrs. Mary Bund Victim of Mrs. Snow, Who Claims She Stole Hus band's Love. ACID HURLED IN HER FACE ' BY WOMAN FOR REVENGE General Weston eays the problem of feeding the army In the Philippines was a very difficult one, but "It /^j. General Weston says that it is diffi cult and often impossible to prevent losses of perishable stores. Losses are due principally, to long and difficult water and inland transportation and to trying climatic conditions. The rapid abandonment of posts also re sulted in large losses, particularly in the Philippines. , General Weston urgently recom mends the passage of a bill by Congress to give authority to all officers intrust ed with the disbursement of subsist ence funds to hold restricted amounts of such funds In their personal pos session. He says the exigencies -of the public service require an open disre gard of the restrictions of the exist ing law In cities where the treasurer or an assistant treasurer Is located. He urges legislation authorizing the sale at public auction of accumulated subsistence stores in good condition, which cannot advantageously be trans ported to other points for. issue or sale to troops. .;"."* WASHINGTON, Oct. 12.— The an nual report of Brigadier General J. F. Weston. commissary general of the army, says the total cost of feeding the army during the past fiscal year was $8,521,750. During the year the losses were $415,650 in the Philippines, $7467 on the transports and $129,853 in the United States, Alaska, Porto Rico and elsewhere. From the total amount of losses is to be deducted $85,9S0, the pro ceeds of sales at auctions of damaged and deteriorated stores. bearing important dispatches from General Stoessel. at Mukden. Septem ber 29. General Kuropatkin stopped his . retreating movement and four days later he issued the order to advance. This is taken as showing that Port Ar thur needed relief without delay. Japanese ~ ships - are hovering about Vladivostok on the lookout for contra band. The battle now in progress undoubt edly wCl outweigh In importance the hard .fighting at LJaoyang. for Kcro patkin's victory, partial or complete, is necessary. Defeat would certainly spell nxia for his military, reputation, and: probably prove a disaster of tha first magnJtnde to the Russian army. If the Japanese should -roll up Ktrro patMn's advance now, -all hope of an Is pushing forward in this direction be hind the screen containing the column at Shaktlntaidze is unknown, but th? appearance to-night of a Russian col umn at Tzyanchan, thirty miles south east, striking at Field Marshal Oyama's communications with the Yalu. and the knowledge that another column is al ready across the Taitse River, gives evidence of the wide nature of th« turning movement. It is possible that the attack on the Yental mines may simply be Intended to hold the main Japanese force stationary, and that the outcome of the Yental fight may have little bearing on the result of the gen eral engagement. While it is now asserted that Gen eral Kuropatkin enjoys a considerable numerical superior force, the main fear expressed Is that this superiority is in sufficient to enable him to carry oat the big operations he has undertaken. Apprehension Is caused by the Tokto dispatch saying that Ffeld Marshal Oyama reports that he Is gaining ground and has cat off a Russian col umn below the Taitse River. It la only natural, after the repeated reverses already suffered, that Russian* fully realize how much General Kuropatkln has staked rn the assumption of tha offensive. of the enemy holding Chanotvitzu and Yuchiatientzu and their vicinities. Should the commander be unable - to accomplish ' his purpose ' before . i sun down he will continue the attack dur ing the night and the following day\ The enemy opposing numbers at least two divisions.". Commissary General Makes Annual Report. . MILLIONS IN FOOD FOR ARMY TOKIO, Oct. 12, 8 p. m. — Reports dis patched last night from the scene, of the great battle now raging along an extended front from a central point north of Tentai, westward across the railroad southeast to Benslhu, on the Taitse River, say that the struggle continued undecdsively throughout the day. The Japanese commander's avowed purpose was to continue the assault throughout the night and the following day. The Russians have a great force down close to the Taitse River. Apparently Field Marshal Oyama's attack was nicely timed to interrupt a strong turning movement that was threatening Liaoyang itself. The right army, reporting last night, says: "The enemy's artillery opened a se vere attack at 10 o'clock Tuesday against our forces at Bensihu. The enemy with one regiment from his right and five battalions from his center as sumed the aggressive. Fighting is now progressing. " He is bombarding be tween Ta pass and Benslhu. In the di rection of Tumentzu pass another ar tillery duel is progressing. Our de tachment, sent to the left bank of the Taitse River, returned after driving the enemy back. The enemy has some guns near Tayupo, on an upper stream of the Tnltse River. The enemy is hold ing a line from Tumentzu pass to Ben" sihtt, and east of the roadway he has eighty guns and fully two divisions of Infantry. The enemy opposing the main strength of the right army and holding a line from Sanchiatzu to Pa ciatzu numbers four divisions. The right column of the right wing and the left column continued severe, fighting until sundown. The left wing of the left column, co-operating with the right column and the center army, tried to attack the enemy, poctrd at Sanchi atzu, bin was unable to effect this pur pose before sundown, but the progress of the front center and left wing is very favorable. The commander of the army was still keeping up the attack on the enemy even after dark." The center army reports that its right column.' which has been occupy ing the heights- north of Yuamentzu since yesterday, is co-operating with the left column of the right army and began advancing toward Ouchiatzu, which place it attacked. In themean while the left wing advanced and at tacked Wanoniutum . and Samkwal shlshan. The result of the • attack In those directions' is unknown. The enemy opposing the left column holds a line from Fanchlatan. on the Schill River, to Reuitaokou: and makes a stubborn' resistance." "It was sundown." says the , report, /'before we coul d effect our intended' advance. The enemy op posing this column is slightly less : in number, than one '¦ division." ' The left army '-¦, reports as • follows: "The advance effected by us to-day has been comparatively .favorable. : We axe continuing the r attack against a .line extending 'from vPatchlapo to , Luitun kowV ;.The "right "column took posses sion of Tangcheuang- and Is advancing toward 1 Liusnacbiatzn." The left 'column has advanced *_to~ a* line ' extending I from Tayuchwangapo* to ; Ldtalentun, j through Chihgtuitxu,'.?; and ¦•¦VwltH ' ? its main strength 1 ' is' menacing the .right -.flank .,;. TQRIO, Qct. 13, 9 :30 a. m.— EieldL'JIa^ f roniPtlie^eld yes terday, says that operations are progressing favorably. Artillery Duel Being Fought in. tbe Direction oI-Tn mentzu Pass. Father Ricardo says it is likely that the late electrical storm and general meteorological disturbance witnessed upon the coast were in a large meas ure due to the formation of the sun spots. He can give no reason for the formation of the spots. The larger of the spots Is a slight distance below the sun equator, and the two smaller ones ten degrees above the equator. The size of the larger spot is very great in comparison with the earth. One of the small spots is a double one, being composed of two smaller ones, and, compared with the earth, is very large. These spots this afternoon* appeared to grow in size, and the discoverer believes they will further increase. SAN JOSE. Oct. 12.— Three large spots were discovered upon the sun this afternoon by Father Ricardo, di rector of the meteorological observa tory at Santa Clara College. One of the spots is several times larger than the earth, and the other two are of still greater magnitude. These spots were discovered about 2:30 o'clock and observed several times by the senior class and Father Bell, who. pronounced them true sun spots. * The observations were made through the S-Inch equato rial. " ' ' ~ •-¦ ." The proposition now ts to purchase fourteen of the largest and most pow erful steam shovels and make a begin ning under Government supervision in order to form some basis of the cost. If bide are then called for from con tractors the commission can determine the question of economy. The President advised agaln?t build- Ing up too heavy a clerical force or any other Hxtravagances, and plainly Indi cated that the commission itself would be held responsible. Soon after the members of the com mission left the White House John Barrett, United States Minister to Pan ama, conferred with the President. The President gave to Barrett some "get together" advice. On coming away Barrett made a qualified denial that differences exist between himself and Admiral Walker. "When I left Panama." he sald."I had a perfect understanding with the Pan ama authorities and I am here now working out the agreement I made with them.' The President called the commission into conference for the purpose of find ing out at first hand what progress has been made in beginning the work of construction- The question of whether the work can be more eco nrmically performed by contract or un der the direction of the Government •was discussed and It seemed to be the Central opinion that before It was de ckiei finally the Government 3hould rrake experiments in the line of actual work. v WASHINGTON, Oct. 12.— "Get to gether and dig." This vtas President Roosevelt's advice to the Panama Canal Commissioners to-day, all of whom called at the White House with the ex ception of General Wi:son. The con ference lasted more than an hour. But how to "dig," whether by contract or under Government construction, was the principal feature or the canal ques tion discussed. With a view to expe diting the work in accordance with the President's wishes. th.e commission favors the purchase and operation of steam shovels in order to form an es timation of what the work ,v?ill actu ally cost in the event that it is finally decided to do it by contract. The board left with the President a mem orandum of what has been done to date. Er*clal Dispatch to The CalL That was the plaint of all the chil dren. "We were Just watching and the explosion came. It hurt, oh, It hurt awfully." '-» '« Gional was arrested by Detectives Ryan and O'Connell four hours after the explosion and his name -was placed en the detinue book. He will be held until it is ascertained whether the in juries of any of the children result fa tally. He is a Greek. He made the following statement to the police: "I borrowed a plumber's furnace from a man living across the street. The thing began to splutter and I laid it in the street while I went for help. A crowd of children gathered around It and it cro'.oded.** Edie Descazecsi of 7 Hinckley alley suffered the most severe injuries- All of the sufferers were removed ta their homes after their wounds were dressed. Joe Maestrettl, who is a nephew of Public Works Commissioner Maestret ti. said: "We were watching the thing burn. Of a rudden there was a noise end. oh. how my face hurt. I put up rny hands to save ray eyes and the burning stuff seemed to run all over me." At the Central Emergency Hospital parents arriving to claim their little ones became hysterical at the sight of their darlings covered with bandages and moaning in pain. Calls -were sont to the Emergency Hospital and to the Central police sta tion. Thr**e of th«* children were taken t rt the Harbor Hospital and eight to the Central Emergency Hospital. Those taken to the hospitals were suffering from severe burns about the face, arms ar.<3 necks. Some may die from the complications incident to their wcunds. Sufidenlr the gasoline blower used by G 'local began to splutter. He became ;richt?r.ed, rushed to the doorway and hurled it into the street. In l*>ss than a. minute it was — zr rounded by a circle of small boys "and girls. Then there was a muffled explo sion, followed by ehrieks. The blaring gasoline spattered teto the faces of the children and Gional escaped. Sergeant Brophy. Patrolmen P. J. McManus and J. Brott hurried to the rf-^cuc of the little or.es, some of whom were 3 name. A blazing gasoline furnace, thrown into the street by Spiro Gional at 717 Montgomery avenue yesterday, explod ed in the midst of a group of children. The blazing fluid flew in all directions. 1 Kleven of the little ones -were terribly j burned on their faces, necks and arms. ] Ten others received slighter injuries. The names of the severely injured j are: George Fusco, 5 years old. 5 Gra- j ham place; Joe Maestretti. 10 years old. j 37iS Kcarr.y street; Lawrence Baciga- j lupi. 10 years old. 2 Telegraph place; \ Julia Le Roy, 30 years old, 71S Green- ] vrJch Ftreft; Fr^da Hahmberg, 13 years <~<\t. i2> Vsi'.~,:ira'eo strict; Sophie Tied etsan. "'J years old. 700 Montgomery j avenue; Hulda Tiedeman, 8 years old. j 700 Montgomery avenue: Edie Desca zenri. S ytars old, 7 Hinckley alley; Ger mania Anderson, 7 years old. 718 Green street; Henrietta Anderson. 8 years old, TIP Green street; J. Orlando, 7 years old. 117 Montgomery. avenue. Gicral, Tvho owns a restaurant at 717 ! Montgomery avenue, "was engaged in making repairs about the place. A crowd of children en their way home irom school tarried to peep through the window*. Special Dispatch to The Call. Terrific. Engagement Takes Place Soutn oi Mukden. Police Rescue Little Ones From Flames and Eleven Are Under Care of Smergercy Surgeons. Director of Meteorological Observatory Believes Blurs on Sol's Face the Cause of Recent Storms. Will Enable Board to Decide Whether Contract System or Government Construction Is Cheaper. Experiments to Be Made to Determine Most Eco nomical Method. Father Ricardo oi Santa Clara College the Columbus. Hospitals Filled With Moan ing Victims oi the Accident Bursting of Gasoline Blower Injures Twenty-One. Japanese Resist KuropatMn's Advance. ? Each oi Them Much Larger Than \ the Earth. President Tells the Commissioners to Dig. FIERCE BATTLE RAGING CHILDREN BURIED IN EXPLOSION HUGE SPOTS DISCOVERED ON THE SUN DIRT WILL SOON FLY AT PANAMA MUKDEN, Oct. 12,2:40 p.m. — Stubborn fighting is still in progress, this being the third day of the engagement. It is impossible at this time to say what has been accomplished. Hospital trains are continually arriving from the south. The wounded are being sent farther north. A dressing station has been established on the railway platform here, where nurses and surgeons give prompt attention to the most urgent cases before the trains, proceed. FURIOUSLY the Russian and Japanese Armies Are FIGHTING The San Francisco Call. THE WEATHER. Forecast made at San Franclreo tot thirty hcar« enfilae midnight, Octo ber 13: Northern California — Fair Thurs day, except cloudy along the northern coast; ISrtt nortiwert wind. Eia Francisco and vicinity — Fair Thurtiay; liffct northwest wind. O. H. VFILL6ON. Local Forecaster ctercporarily in charge). THE THEATERS. ALCAZAB— 'Xard and Lady Algy."**' CALIFORNIA— "Th« Tenderfoot." CENTRAL — ••She." CHITTES — Vaudeville. COLUMBIA— "The Offlc« Bcr." FISCHER'S — "Down the Une." GRAND — 'The Bursomajter." L.TRIC HALL— "Twelfth Nljit." MAJESTIC— "A Japanese Nightin gale." Matlr.f* to-dajr. ORPHETJM — VaudeTUle; matlae« to day. TIVOLI— "Der Rastelbind.r.-