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ISTews Prom the Front at the front that some of the phases right in their point of view have al ready been discounted by official or; later news; but, taken as a whole, they present a vivid panorama of. the situation at the front, #ave at .the extreme east, where the heaviest Russian attack was planned to be delivered. From that quarter the news is less full and satisfactory,- though it eeems» un questionable .that the Russian advance upon" the .main Japanese position at Bensihu • has ' been checked. > ";¦'¦' "We are all wet to the skin. A thunderstorm of almost tropical char acter swept down upon us. last night and flooded the trenches. The sky was torn with bolts heavier than those of any „ artillery. It is now 10 o'clock in the morning and U.J storm is increas ing. The crash of thunder, mingled with the , roar of . cannon . and the whistle of bullets and shells, make a glorious but: terrible -spectacle." "It Is impossible at present to judge of the situation. To do this we prob ably will have to wait some days. Our men still believe we shall achieve a final success. - - havior of several regiments. The Trans-Baikal regiment, under Colonel Gavrilieff ,\ is doing splendid work. The Japanese to-day landed an unexpected blow on our right flank and took two batteries, but we regained them. To Cure a Cold hi One Day Take Laxative i Bromo Quinine TablaU. All druggist* refund the money If It falls to cur*. E. W. Grove's signature U on each box. 25c. • No News From Port Arthur. CHEFU, Oct. 14, evening. — No news reached Chef u to-day concerning the operations at Port Arthur. TOKIO, Oct. 14. — it is officially an nounced that twenty-seven officers were killed and 183 were wounded during the operations against Port Arthur from June 26 to July 31. If a i burglar were to break Into a woman's house, she would- probably eay "Shoo!"- to him. Preparing to Receive the Wounded. LONDON, Oct. 14.—A dispatch to a news agency from Harbin to-day says that the hospitals are preparing for the reception of thirty-seven offi cers, and 1200 men wounded during the recent fighting before Yentai and who are now on their way to Harbin by train. Following the story of H. H. Pear son's successful evasion of service of summons in a suit for S 15,000 while hiding in the bunkers of the steam ship China at Honolulu, a suit was filed yesterday in the local Superior Court for the recovery of .the -sum named. The plaintiff Is L. S. High ton, who says that he holds Henry E. Highton's assignment for the cla Im. The complaint was prepared by At torneys Sullivan & Sullivan and the papers were nerved on Pearson as he emerged from his bathroom, by a pri vate . detective. Pearson was too sur prised, to make any comment Henry E. High ton was practicing law In California in 1886, when he was engaged to defend Pearson at Salt Lake in a trial for murder. Pear son was acquitted and went to . the Orient Highton, who has since re moved v to Honolulu, learned • that Pearson was on his way to. San Fran cisco on the China and made arrange ments to have him served with the summons while in the Hawaiian -port. The officer, . however, was unable to find him on the boat Evaded Summons at Honolulu, but Will Have to Answer In Court Here. Reports Death of Russian Officer. ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 15, 7:50 a. m.— A special dispatch from Chef u reports that the commander of the Russian gunboat Giliak, in the harbor of Port. Arthur, has been killed and that many sailors have been wounded. Possibly this refers to the reported wrecking of a Russian warship by Japanese land batteries. SUIT AGAINST PEARSON FOR HIGHTON'S BIG FEE MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 14.— Eight torpedo boats, evidently destined for Japan, have arrived at Minnesota Transfer from Fore River, Quincy, Mass. The boats are loaded on nine teen cars. Every effort is being made to hasten the departure of the ship ment and special detectives are em ployed in watching night and day. The cars came in. over the Burlington and left to-night over the Great Northern. Torpedo Boats for Japan. Church May .Furnish Sinews of War. LONDON, .Oct. 15. — A Russian corre spondent of the Times reports a rumor that the Russian Treasurer has ap proached the Holy Synod with a view to drawing upon church property for the sinews of war.* • From the same source it is . reported that General Keller's widow ,hafl been persuaded, through official influence, to postpone the publication of , her husband's let ters, because revelations of the de ficiencies of the military organization and equipment, would cause a painful impression. WASHINGTON HEARS NEWS. Japanese Legation Receives Cablegram From Toklo Government. WASHINGTON. Oct. 14. — The Jap anese Legation to-day received the following cablegram from Tokio: "Marshal Oyama sends the follow ing report of the engagement of Wednesday and Thursday: " 'In the direction of Benslhr the enemy made repeated counter attacks on Wednesday, but were repulsed. The enemy showed a sign of retreat to ward evening and our forces have as- LONDON, Oct. 16.— All accounts of the fighting south of Mukden that have reached London appear to confirm the completeness of the Japanese victory and the only question discussed by mil itary critics is whether General Kuro patkin will be able to make as orderly a retreat as he did from Liaoyang or whether the Japanese possess sufficient fresh reserves to undertake a success ful pursuit, in which latter case it is believed the Russians will be com pelled to abandon Mukden. In this connection, the Standard's Yentai cor respondent, in a dispatch, asserts that General Oku's army has occupied Pachiatze, only twelve miles from Muk den. It Is considered here, however, that the Japanese advance could hard ly have pushed as far as these reports make it appear and probably the error arises out of the difficulty of locating places mentioned in various reports. A dispatch from Tokio to the Stand ard says: "It is unofficially reported that th« Japanese right army has succeeded in isolating a force of Russians in the Bensihu-Kiaotoan district. It is ru mored that Kuropatkin himself is with the force, which seems doomed to de struction. The central army captured eleven guns and the left army twenty five guns, while, the spoils of the right army are expected to be still more val uable. It is believed here that the dis astrous advance was forced on General Kuropatkin from St. Petersburg. In any case his move was an unexpected godsend for the Japanese army." Nothing reliable has thus far been re ceived concerning the fate of the Rus sian force reported to have been iso lated in the vicinity of Bensihu. The Standard's correspondent at Yen tai, under date of October 10, says: "The whole Russian line has been driven back over a distance of twenty miles, and seventy guns have been cap tured. Pursuit is being kept up by a strong force on both flanks. There is good reason to hope that Oyama has succeeded in enveloping the enemy. The cause of the Russian defeat is that the Japanese army drove a wedge Into the middle of the enemy's line. Prisoners say General Kuropatkin personally commanded the troops on the main road and that General Mistchenko was in command at Bensihu. A brigade of Infantry and a regiment of cavalry crossed the Taitse River, but found themselves In a critcal position and're tired to the right bank, with the Japa nese in pursuit. The Japanese hurled back sixteen counter-attacks upon their right. The army lost 3000 men in } the fighting around Bensihu." TELL. OF JAPANESE VICTORY. "Last night passed with the usual intermittent rifle fire, capped with a terrible. rainstorm, which added to the discomforts of every one." "Captain Michaels got the range of the Japanese batteries later and two of our shells put them out of action. The Japanese then seemed to lose their heads, swarmed out of the trenches and fled. Our Infantry occupied the position, but it was a harder fight than Liaoyang. "We are expecting a heary attack. It is understood the Japanese have strong reserves and guns of big cali ber. "The Japanese ran out of ammuni tion and met our men with stones and clubbed rifles in a bitter hand-to-hand struggle. In the meantime Japanese reinforcements and ammunition ar rived. Lieutenant Grozdieff was shot in the chest. "We were forced to retire. One of our batteries, having spent most of the night in dragging its guns* by hand up an almost perpendicular mountain and ousting the Japanese from the crest after a hard fight, was forced to retire when a Japanese mortar battery got the range of its position. "We resumed the attack on Toumin lineky under a hail of firing, especially from two well concealed mortars which we were unable to locate. "Judging from the sound the heav iest firing took place north of Yentai, where the Japanese themselves as sumed the offensive. Nearer the cen ter it was quieter. We moved forward, occupying some of the small passes. "It should be pointed out that with such an extensive front it is difficult to say which position constitutes the real center. It will be more correct to dis tinguish the center and flanks separ ately of each division. '"Our losses on October 11 were com paratively small. In the small ravine where we were stationed the firing slackened toward evening, but recom menced after dark and continued, with little intermission, all night. On Oc tober 12 every one looked for a crucial engagement, but though heavy fight ing followed, the result remained inde cisive. The Japanese advanced boldly and attacked hotly on the extreme right at Yentai and further toward the left. All their attacks were -repulsed with great loss. We also suffered heav ily. The conveyance of the wounded to hospitals was accomplished with diffi culty, owing to the distance of the rail way. "The division to which I am at tached deployed on October 13, oppo site two passes called Touminlinsky, eight miles north of Bensihu, and Hua Pass, five miles west, each bounded by high and almost perpendicular hills, which held Japanese. Our troops had tried on the night of October 11 to take the passes during a storm. Lieu tenant Grozdieff led another assault on the Japanese trenches at the top of the hill. "The fighting on October 11 was fu rious and continuous along a front so extensive that it would be impossible to give details from any one point. MUKDEN, Oct. 14.— A correspondent gives the following account of the battle: "Up to the present time the battle along the whole line has been one of varying success. We are now resting, cold, drenched and weary, from a heavy thunderstorm which began last evening and continued this morning. We hold positions captured from the Japanese a.nd are awaiting develop ments on the extreme east: lt UN OUT OF A3IMUN1TION. "Our men are displaying the great est -bravery and endurance In the face of all obstacles. Ouna have been dragged by hand up impossible moun tains. In one narrow defile the Jap anese rolled stones on them. We could not take the pass, but men scaled the hill sides and took the heights com manding the Japanese positions after a stubborn fight. Our right has recov ered itself. We have kept within touch of our turning column, bo that strategically we have a decided ad vantage. In greatest contrast to the veteran regiments that participated in the battle of Liaoyang, the new re serves from European Russia, in fresh uniforms and equipments, with faces untanned ' and unworn by". war, are watchful, epergetio and determined. : "I cannot • speak" In* detail of the be- BRAVERY OF THE RUSSIANS. "From our turning column on the left nothing; has been heard. We are anxiously expecting news that it has reached its destination.' "From 8 O'clock in the morning the fight raged. Along the whole line the infernal din of the refle fire continued as on the previous day, but up to noon the Japanese batteries gave no sign of life. It ' developed that they were waiting to locate our positions before opening fire. Even after they com menced it was not so heavy as the previous day's bombardment. "Far to the westward the Japanese are trying to work around our flank, but there we are safe and have suffi cient forces to meet them. Two simul taneous turning movements are pro ceeding, their's and our's. "Reports of heavy losses during the night attack- are coming in. The Tomsk Regiment suffered terribly. Of the brilliant Tamboff Regiment few re main. The troops fought like heroes throughout the hours of darkness and the morning found most of them dead on the ground they had bravely de fended. Those .remaining continue to fight. In the big village before us the remnants of -several regiments, after repelling attacks throughout the night, ensconced themselves in the shelter of the walls of the houses, prepared for a fresh day's work.^ "The Japanese* attack on Temple Mountain began at 8:45 o'clock in the morning, but our batteries on each side kept them in view and repelled the at tack. The attack was repeated at 10 o'clock and finally at noon ""> general commanding ordered a retirement from the position, going .to Shikhl. We had scarcely left the hill before it vas filled with Japanese projectiles. At Shikhi we met. General Zalinsky, who had come to report. Then an aid gal loped up with the news that the Jap anese had driven us from the railroad i on the west, but had not followed up the temporary advantage, stopping to cook their noonday .meal. Late at night we caught them at a disadvan tage and the Mornshensk Regiment paid them with interest for their suc cess .of the morning. DIN OF THE RIFLE FIRE. SOUSZOUTAM (twelve miles south of Mukden, on the railway, Oct. 13 (de layed in transmission).— A Russian cor respondent telegraphs as follows: • "For over two days the battle has raged ceaselessly. It was close to mid night of October 10 when the Japanese attempted to surprise and attack our frontal positions in the impenetrable darkness and hurled the full force of their battalions against our intrench ments. The darkness was split by the blaze of their rifles and the answering volleys of our men. The attack never ceased for hours. We lay close, hug ging the intrenchments, with but a few minutes of respite, every man's gun to his shoulder, firing at the flashes until near dawn, when the evil-boding rifle fire ceased and even the distant batter ies were silent. We watched the day light break in bands of red and yellow. The clouds, seemingly tinged with streaks of blood, hung over the silent valley, which might have been empty for all the signs of life it gave, while from the plain below us rose dark and silent hills, like the silhouettes of tomb stones through the half-light. The fog thickened, covering low-lying places. Nothing could have better suited for to-day's duel between two races. "Day had hardly lightened the slope of the two-horned mountain when our batteries began to cover it with shrap nel. Puffs of white smoke marked the .landing of each shell. With the naked eye we could see the Japanese being shelled out of their trenches. First one and then groups of three and four black figures sprang into view, squatting down, running for cover or scurrying away among the rocks, but the shells followed them, tearing up the rocks.. -"Japanese fell literally like wheat thrown by, the hand of a sower. On the. mountain beside the Buddhist tem ple our battery was also working. Then another opened from the opposite side. The Japanese fled so .quickly . that the gunners could hardly follow them. Soon Japanese resourcefulness showed itself. 1 They fired the big native village on the side of the two-horned moun tain, rightly guessing that the wind from the east would carry the smoke toward us, making a screen for them and confusing the aim of our gun ners. Reports from the left, however, only bring the situation up to yesterday af ternoon. A high officer of the general staff says that the situation, while crit ical, is not desperate. Kuropatkin is keeping his head and acting cautiously, as is shown by his withdrawal of both wings in the belief that the Japanese assaults will exhaust themselves. He says the slaughter was frightful. No estimate of the losses is yet possible, but they run far into the thousands. The losses were especially heavy on the Russian left and center. In a single regiment, out of more than a hundred officers, only eight escaped. The same authority says that no in formation has been received here tend ing to confirm the report that the Jap anese are likely to cut off a force on the Russian left. Neither is the threat ened enveloping movement against the Russian right greatly feared, Kuro patkin having a large number _of Cos sacks on his right; held in leash to meet just such a contingency. It is now evident that Kuropatkin's plan was to press his advance not di rectly from the front, but toward the left for the purpose of getting in the rear of Oyama's triangle. SITUATION IS CRITICAL). A later dispatch from General Sak haroff, sent at 6 o'clock this morning, explains more of the operations' of Oc tober 12 and 13, in which it appears that the Russian center was due north of the Yentai mines, the right running west a short distance beyond the rail-; road and the left sweeping southeast ward toward Bensihu. The real bloody work did not. begin until Wednesday, when the Japanese made a series of de termined attacks on Sialiupedzy, about seven miles north of Yentai, but the Russians, .held off their assailants. In the meantime, however, the extreme right, comparatively lightly held, was forced back, thus compelling Kuropat kin to. slightly draw back his line above Yentai in. order to preserve its align ment. .... ._,.'. : On, the extreme left, after a'deter mined resistance, the Russians 'suc ceeded in " carrying the rocky heights and Hua Pass, north of Bensihu, : but the arrival of Japanese reinforcements, Kuropatkin says, made it impossible for the Russians to press their advan tage here and as the left was now too far advanced, it also . was withdrawn some distance. ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 14.—An other dispatch from General; Sakharoff, dated early this morning, says regard ing the fight of October 12 and 13 that the Russians on the right 1 wing de fe'nded their advanced positions and also portions of the different; main po oitions, particularly in the direction of Sialiupedzy, "until toward % evening, when Kuropatkin ordered them to withdraw a short distance. In spite of the fact that the Japanese attacks were chiefly directed against these troops they held the ground to which they retired. On the left wing, after a very ob stinate struggle, the Russians occupied the rocky hills south of Bentsiaputze and near Bensihu, about eighty miles north of Yentai, but the arrival - of large Japanese reinforcements prevent ed them from profiting by this success, and as this body was separated from the rest of the troops Kuropatkin or dered It to retire. FORCE RUSSIANS RIGHT BACK. "The left column of the left army occupied a line from Heilintun to Fuchlatien. "Our fresh reinforcements are con stantly arriving at Yentai and In that vicinity." "The center column of the left army is now attacking Shchopo. The right column of the same army is attacking Huanghuatien. After sunset part of the right wing of the left column at tacked Lluchenpo and another ' part occupied Wanchlayuatzu. : . . "The center column of the right army is now attacking a strong: body of the enemy* "The right wing of the left column Of the- right army, after a desperate battle, occupied the northern height of Shao takou, the key of the enemy's position. "The attack movement of the center army is proceeding satisfactorily. The forces have occupied the heights north of Huchiakuchiatzu and Manchuafun. "The attack movement of the right army, owing to topographical difficul ties, is not proceeding as desired. "The right column of the center army commenced its attack movement at 10 o'clock in the morning agaipst a height north of Huchiakuchlatzu. At 2 o'clock the enemy's artillery, began retreating., "The right column of the left army occupied Panehiapo on the morning -of the 13th. Its advanced force has al ready reached Pachiatzu. This column has been reinforced from the supports now attacking a division of Russians in the rear of Huanghuatien, but the state of the fighting is uncertain. "Several batteries of Russian artil lery posted at' Chianhuangchiatien made a stubborn resistance and part of our supports attacked them with ar tillery. The attack is proceeding satis factorily. "The pursuing force of the center column of the left army occupied Liesanchiatzu and is now pursuing the enemy toward Koduitun. "The right wing of the left column is now attacking the enemy at Hung linpo." 3:20 p. m. — A report dispatched from the battlefield last night covering the progress of the fighting since the fore going report is as follows: . "".. . "The right column of the right army was facing a strong force of the enemy at Chaohsienlin, but after the arrival of reinforcements our progress there im proved. "Our force in this direction began the attack early this morning, but the latest stages of the operation have not been reported. "A large cavalry force, commanded by Prince Kanin, made a detour of the enemy's left flank in the rear of Ben sihu and put the enemy's supports in great confusion, thereby helping our movement in this direction. Kanin's cavalry will again advance toward the rear of the enemy. "The right column of the right army is now attacking the enemy at Chaoh sienlin. The center colurnn of the same army occupied the surrounding heights of Lienhua and Maerh mountains. The left column is now attacking a rem nant of the enemy's force on a height north of Shaotakou. . . , TOKIO, Oct. 14, 1:30 p. ra.-An ex tended report from the Manchurian headquarters reached Toklo during the night. It records severe fighting dur ing yesterday and additional Japanese gains. The contest around Bensihu con tinues to be undetermined. Yesterday a force of Japanese caval ry, commanded by Prince Kanin, made a detour of the Russian left flank in the rear of Bensihu and partially scat tered the Russian supports. The report is as follows: "Several attacks of the enemy, made in the direction of Bensihu, have been repulsed. The enemy showed signs of retreat at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It is stated, at the Navy Department that the mail pouch referred to did not contain any official communications. simply mail for the men aboard the ship. WASHINGTON, Oct. 14. — It devel oped to-day that a pouch containing mail for the United States cruiser Cincinnati, then, at Nagasaki, Japan, which was aboard the British gteamer Calchas when that vessel was seized by the Russian Vladivostok squadron, had been opened while in the possession of the Russian officials, subsequently resealed and sent on to its destination. This information came to the Post omce Department to-day in'a communi cation from the Japanese Postal Ad ministration, in conformity with a practice always followed when there has been any mishap in the delivery of mail pouches. The matter will be referred to the State Department for action, as was done with the case of the ordinary United States mail on the vessel at the time she was seized. This latest phase of the seizure of the Calchas mails haa caused a painful sur prise in official circles, and if the action of opening the pouch addressed to the Cincinnati was wittingly done, the probability is that a second pro test will be lodged with the Russian Government. ¦ .. New Phase of the Seizure of Steamer Catenas Comes . to Light. Retreat Made Necessary by a Threatened Enveloping Movement Tribute Is Paid to Bravery and Endurance of the Russian Troops. At 11 o'clock in the morning the bat tle reached a stage of severity three times greater than that of yesterday, *olid masses of troops filling up the front. At 2:20 p. m. the Japanese were oc cupying a hill two miles to the south of Hungpas Hill, which they shelled from a battery which was plainly vis ible. The results of the shelling were not Important. At 4:15 p. m. the Russian army made an orderly and timely withdrawal, fol lowed by a furious rifle fire from the Japanese. The Red Cross surgeons are perform ing operations at Siulintzu railway sta tion. Many of the wounded wer« load ed on trains which moved north during the day. At sundown the cannonading to the southwest could be heard constantly. The Russian rear guard was holding its ground at nightfall. The Japanese proved their ability to utilize the strong position at the Yen tai coal mines, which the Russian ad vance guard reported had not been utilized up to October 10. The Rus sians moving in that direction were un able to occupy the position owing to the developments of the past forty eight hours, and fell back in confor mity with previous plans. To the westward there is a growing activity, and the smoke from the shells forms an almost impenetrable haze, hiding the operations of the infantry. There was an entangled artillery duel in the vicinity of Tousanpu, to the westward, in which during the day one regiment was caught by a cross fire and threatened with extinction. Tousanpu wavered until noon, when the Japanese made good their occupa tion, and Colonel Stackovitch, who had made a magnificent stand for four days, after more than twenty of his officers had been put out of action, fell back before the terrible onslaught of the Japanese. RUSSIAN ARMY WITHDRAWS. The result of the fight was that a mile of ground along the front west of the railway was lost, but the Russians regained the ground during the night by a bayonet attack, without a shot having: been fired. The battle was renewed at dawn to day with terrible effect. The eastern army evidently is engaged in continu ous smallarms fighting. There can be heard the desultory breaking of shells along the fo.thills about five miles from the railway. SLAVS MAKi; XlfiHT ATTACK. The battle at that moment was beet observed from Hungpas Hill, two miles southeast of Siulintzu. Both the Japa nese and Russian batteries were dis tinguished by the clouds of dust which were raised by the concussions. By the evening of the 11th 600 wound ed had reached the field hospital, situ ated at the Siulintzu railway station, ion miles from the front. The most fierce and most important fighting that has taken place since the l>attle of Liaoyang reached its height at noon to-day, when after a bold at tack which lasted for three days the Russians began a sagacious retirement from the positions they held yesterday, and the Japanese by a strong central movement forced the Russian lines five miles to the north. The battle reached a etage of un usual severity on October 11. along the railway and to the westward, culminat ing in the vicinity of Tousanpu. The line* are in contact from the vest to the east, and the opposing armies are in a square frontal fight. Contrary to former plans, the ad \ance of the Japanese, which had been pushing up the Liao Uiver as though with a determination to turn the Rus sian right flank, has now crossed the Hun River. HEADQUARTERS OF THE RUS SIAN WESTERN ARMY, Oct. 13, via Poking, Oct. 14.— Siulintzu was safely held until midnight to-night, when all the wounded and the baggage had been K-nioved. TOMSK REGIMENT SUFFERS TERRIBLY riving continually at "Eentai. 1 " sumed the offensive since daybreak of Thursday. The flanking movement of our strong force of cavalry under Kanin largely contributed to the fav orable development of the situation in that quarter." ' "The central and left columns of the Right army both occupied important eminences and continued attacks. Operations of the Central army are progressing favorably, dislodging the enemy there from several strategical positions. Our reinforcements are ar- UNABLE. TO RETAIN HILLS NEAR' YENTAI Strikes an Unexpected Blow and Throws Russians Into Confusion. KAXIX MAKES DETOUR OF F0E r S LEFT FLANK UXCLE SAM LIKELY TO FILE PROTEST Correspondent Gives Graphic Pen Picture of the Fight Near Miikden. Arrivnl of Large Japanese Reinforcements Compels Him to Move Back. Fighting Continues Around Bensilm, but Result Is Still in Doubt, Letters for the Cincinnati Are Not Respected by Russian Officials. Slavs Make a Night Attack and Retake Position Near the Railway. KUROPATKIN ORDERS MEN TO WITHDRAW NIGHT FAILS TO STOP THE ENGAGEMENT OPEN POUCH OF MAIL FOR BIG CRUISER SLAV ATTACK IS REPULSED BY JAPANESE Most Serious Engagement Since Liaoyang Battle Is Taking Place. RUSSIANS FALL BACK BEFORE TERRIBLE ONSLAUGHT OF JAPANESE, BUT HOLD SIULINTZU UNTIL THEY SAFELY REMOVE THEIR WOUNDED THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURPAY, OCTOBER 15, 1904 CHICAGO. Oct. 14. — Merrltt Joslyn. who was assistant Secretary of the In terior under President Arthur, la dead at Woodstock, 111. He served in the civil war as captain and was at various times a member of the Illinois Legisla ture. Former Federal Official Dead. The Russ says that while the re tirement and loss of guns constitute an unpleasant eplsodjv'Iiii»sOnly ai * episode. General Kuropatkin's plan of battle, the article adds, is too ex tensive to be judged by «• minnr ra verse to one part of the line, and bet ter newa Is expected from the eastern flank, whence reports are yet meager* but where most Important operations are proceeding. ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 15. 7:15 a.- m. — There is scanty comment In the morning papers here upon the military situation. The Novostl frankly characterizes it as a defeat, basing its estimate on reports from the front up to October 12. The paper says, however, that the defeat is by no means decisive and hopes for better news and a further advance before tha battle ends. RUSSIAX PRESS HOPEFUL. ST. PETERSBURG. Oct. 14.— Th* Emperor has received tbe following: dis patch dated yesterday from General Kuropatkin: "Two regiments of the Russian right on October \2 sustained heavy losses. The commander of one was killed and the brigade commander was wounded. Both regiments were compelled to withdraw, abandoning their artillery, but subsequently, under Colonel Van novsky, who temporarily assumed com mand of the brigade, they, after a desperate assault, regained possession of the guns with the exception of six teen, which remained in the hands of the Japanese. "The final issue of the battle "Wednes day on this flank was unsuccessful for us. On account of a night attack of the Japanese, who executed a turning movement, oar troops were forced not only to abandon their positions, but again lost the guns previously recover ed from the Japanese. Our forces re tired to the position previously pre pared on the Shakhe River." Yictorious Japanese Drive Foe From Field and Cap ture Sixteen Guns. COSSACK EEGDIEXTS ¦"ABANDON ARTILLERY Kuropatkin Sends Ileport of Heavy Losses to Rus sian Right. 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