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OF BATTLES THUS FAR. Russia's Navy Chief Goes to Seat of War—Uncle Sam's Neutrality—Japs Say Report of Torpedos Sinking— Telegraph Wires Cut—British Send Troops to Canada. St. Petersburg.—Rear Admiral Ro jesvenski, chief of the general staff of the navy, leaves here for the far east February 16. Philippines Warned. Washington.—The entire text of the president's neutrality proclamation was transmitted to the Philippines. This was done at groat expense, for the reason that the Philippines prob ably would be the most likely scene of breaches of neutrality, owing to their contiguity to the scene of war. Japan Sends Denials. The Japanese minister at Washing ton has received a cable from his government officially denying the re port that four Japanese torpedo boats had been sunk'in the Port Arthur at tack. Cut All the Wires. Chefoo.—Land telegraphs have been cut by the Japanese in north and south Seoul. Both powers are endeavoring to seal up all means of communica tion. Correspondents' dispatch boats at various ports are being held up by both Russian and Japanese. Feeling is Intensified by the fact that a vessel loaded with foreign refugees has been fired on, five Chinese being killed. Kansas Russians Scared. Hays City, Kan.—There are hun dreds of Russians in this county who now seek naturalization papers to avoid taking any chances of being compelled to return to their native land to be drafted in the army. Will It Be General? Chicago.—"It is extremely probable that the United States and each of the great powers will do actual fighting before this war is over. The United States has taken a strong and cour ageous position," said Dr. Tokiochi Ylenga, formerly a secretary in the for eign department of Japan. He has just completed a series of lectures in Chicago under the auspices of the Uni versity of Chicago. He continued: "All along 1 have been saying that the United States and England should Join with Japan in settling this dis pute. The United States has done just what Japan wanted. President Roose velt and Secretary Hay, by proposing to limit the question, have taken a very strong stand. The only way to prevent a general war, in which all the nations would be fighting, would be to carry out the proposal which has been made by the United States." Great Britain Active. The British government is making inquiries concerning facilities for quar tering in Canada seven regiments of troops in addition to those already there during the war in the east. Interests All Europe. The St Petersburg correspondent of the London Telegraph, already quoted as having cabled that he had informa tion on "unimpeachable authority for stating that if the fortunes of war prove adverse to Russia, a diversion which may lead to far reaching re sults is confidently expected from Ger many," further says: "Already proposals are affirmed to have been made by the chief of that state, which, if accepted, will consider ably complicate matters. The German government will support Russia dip lomatically if any action is taken to bring the alleged evacuation of Wei Hal Wei before The Hague tribunal. Germany's fixed resolution is to bring back Russia's friendship, but the pro posals which have emanated from Ber lin are definite and concrete, and if accepted are likely to Interest Europe more keenly in the far eastern war." American Boat Detained. Washington.—The state department has directed Minister McCormick to ask the Russian government at St. Petersburg for an explanation of the compulsory detention in the harbor of Port Arthur of the American steam ship Pleiades, which conveyed a cargo of flour to that place from Honolulu just before the outbreak of hostilities. It is assumed that the vessel is de tained for strategical purposes, and naval officers point out that her de parture at this time might enable the Japanese to learn important facts about the condition of affairs at Port Arthur. It Is roughly estimated that ample demurrage would be from $100 to $200 per day, depending upon the value of the vessel's return cargo. Russia In a Bad Plight. (By Admiral Sir John Colomb.) London.—Russia's navy now may be said to be in a state of complete par alysis. The vessels the czar com mands, scattered as they are. between Port Arthur, the Baltic and Vladivos tock, can not possibly effect a Junc tlon In time to interfere with the Jan anese naval and military movements It is safe to assume that under these circumstances there will be no concen tration of Russian naval power suf ficient to dispute Japanese control of the sea. It is obvious that no great military expedition over the sea can be successfully executed by Russia as long as her enemy holds command of the waters. On the other hand, the splendid cel erity and admirable judgment of the Japanese have crippled Russia to such an extent that she will find It Impos sible to prevent the landing of a pow erful hostile enemy. It Is believed the conditions of the land fighting to come will approximate very closely those that prevailed In South Africa. It is my firm conviction that Russia will sustain a defeat on land quite as serious as that we have been led to believe she has suffered on the sea. The Japanese army is undoubtedly better organized than the Russian ar my, and under the conditions that wil 1 prevail In the approaching campaign, mobility Is likely to be determining factor. War Is always so uncertain that one hesitates to predict, but at the present moment It seems that ev erything favors the eventual triumph of the Japanese. The British Joyful. London.—The end of the first week of the Russo-Japanese war brings in tense satisfaction in Great Britain and tne extent of the popular jubilation finds no adequate expression in the London press, which is careful not to offend Russia. HOLDUP IN SAN FRANCISCO. Gambling Club Robbed of Thousands of Dollars. San Francisco.—Five masked men entered the Colonial club, a resort fre quented by leading sporting men in this city. While one remained on guard, the others broke into the clubroom and rounded up the Inmates, who were lin ed up against the wall with their hands down. They were then relieved of their valuables. From J. Schriber they took $200 in coin, and from John Lyons $295 in gold and a diamond stud and ring. Clarence Waterhouse forfeited $1,000 in coin and a diamond valued at $1,000. Perry Quill gave up a diamond stud and ring, value unknown; W. Eng strom, $300 and a diamond ring, and Russ Flint $50 in gold and a diamond ring. The keys of the bank were taken from Joe Harlanjoe, and from it the robbers got $5,000 in gold coin. The victims were then bound hand and foot and laid face downward up on the floor, two of the robbers being left in charge of them until the rest of the band had sufficient time to get away In safety. They then extin guished the lights and made good their escape. No trace of the thieves has been so far obtained. BLAME FOR CLALLAM WRECK. Sinking of Boat Due to Negligence of Chief Engineer, Seattle.—The decision of the marine board of inquiry, which sat upon the Clallam disaster case, handed down recently, lays the chief blame for the disaster upon Chief Engineer De Lau nay, charging him with neglect and In competency. Captain Roberts is cen sured for not having an officer of the ship in the second and third boats that were launched, and for not giving ex plicit orders to the captain of the Hol yoke to take the ship to the nearest shelter. The officers of the tugboats Holyoke and Sea Lion are highly complimented for their share in the work of rescuing the passengers of the Clallam. De Launay'a license is revoked and the license of Captain Roberts is sus pended for one year. The decision is signed by Bion B. Whitney, in spect er of hulls, and Robert A. Turner, in spector of boilers. Russians Strengthen Forces. Tientsin, Feb. 14.—The Russians are increasing their forces at Kulum and Jebol, and also strengthening their le gation guard at Pekin. Their position at Newchwang Is very strong. The British, American, French, Ger man and Italian ministers have jointly notified the Russian and Japanese min isters at Pekin that no hostilities would be allowed on Chinese soil oth er than Manchuria. A great exodus of natives is going on at Pekin. Nine hundred tons of small arms and ammunition have arrived here via Ching Wantoo for the Chinese troops. The Siberian railway is reported broken in several places. Japs Capture Six Ships. Nagasaki, Feb. 16.—Six Norwegian steamers chartered by a Russian na val contractor have been captured. It is rumored that 1800 Japanese sol diers have been killed, presumably by the sinking of a transport Disturbances are reported proceel ing in Seoul. Will Not Leave Pekin. Pekin, Feb. 16.—An imperial edict declares that the court has no inten tion of leaving the capital. PRISONER A. J. BECKMAN PLUNG ED KNIFE IN HIS THROAT. He Was on Trial for the Murder of Helen Kelly—When His Attorney Addressed Jury, the Prisoner Arose and Shouted, Then Cut His Throat— A General Fight Resulted. Butte, Mont., Feb. 14.—The most dramatic spectacle ever witnessed in a courtroom in the history of Mon tana was presented in the district court, when Albert J. Backman, on trial for his life for the murder of Helen Kelly, a 17 year old girl, on October 15, deliberately arose from nis chair beside his attorneys and plunged a knife into his throat. Attorney Maurice English was ad dressing the jury and closed an ap peal to their sympathy with the state ment: that poor man's life," when Beckman Jumped to his feet with an open pock et knife in his hand and shouted: "No, by God; I'll do it myself. I am going to Helen." Drove the Knife Into His Throat. With this statement he drove the knife to the hilt into the left side of his throat, and was in the act of re peating the deed when grappled with by Deputy Sheriff Pelletier and Bailiff Frank Burke. The wounded man rav ed and struggled with the officers like a maniac and shouted for "Helen." Immediately after the deed Judge McCleruan ordered court adjourned and the jury filed out of the box. Beck man, bleeding profusely and still strug gling with his captors, continued to rave and stagger about the courtroom, while the blood spurted in every di rection, causing the place to take on the appearance of a shambles, carpet was spattered with blood, while at the end of the table, where the pris oner sat when he plunged the knife into his throat, a large pool of blood marked the spot Whole Court in an Uproar, In the struggle between the deputies and their prisoner they covered near ly every part of the courtroom, their progress being marked by a trail of blood. The courtroom was in an up roar immediately after the desperate act, and many rushed to the street. Miss Mary Kelly, sister of the mur dered girl, was sitting in the court room and was with difficulty escorted to the judge's chambers. Wound Not a Dangerous One. Immediately after the tragedy. Dr. Murray was summoned, and after a hurried examination, pronounced the wound in Beckman's neck as not be ing dangerous, although serious. The injured man was taken to a hos pital for medical treatment, where Beckman secured the pearl han dled pocket knife with which ho did the cutting is a mystery. Beckman killed Helen Kelly, his sweetheart, in a local lodging bouse three months ago because she had jilt ed him. He was thought to be insane. Believing there were extenuating cir cumstances in the murder, the officials had offered to allow Backman to plead guilty to second degree murder. This he refused to do, saying he wished to die and would plead guilty to nothing but the first degree. "And you are going to take The Just Korea Sides With Japan. Tokio, Friday, Feb. 16. The Jap anese minister to Seoul was given an audience by the emperor of c iea Convinced that Japan will be victorl ous, the emperor suddenly has become pro-Japanese and ranged himself dell nftely on the side of Japan. Tientsin, Saturday, Feb. 16.—Ten thousand Chinese regulars have been ordered to leave Pao Ting Fu for ser vlce on the Chi Li-Manchurian border. FOREIGNERS '1UST LEAVE. Port Arthur to he Free of Crvilians hy Order of Kua-inn Viceeoy. Ying Kow, Feb. 16.—In consequence of the attack by the Japanese upon Port Arthur, Viceroy Alexieff has or dered all foreigners and civilian to leave that place. The families of the Russian officers in Manchuria are ue ing sent to Rnsisa.aud this causes gr iai pressure on the railway. Dalny was the first plao > to be de serted. The combatants and civilians have abandoned all their property at Port Arthur and Dalny. The Russians freely admit their unpreparedness for the Japanese attack to have been a ter rible blunder. Only half of the ships were in linejff battle, and their officers were ashore celebrating the annniversary of Vice roy Alexieff's birth. A stiring espisode was the ' enti anoe into the harbor of the Czarevitch and Novic after the fight. They came in under their own steam, with bands playing andjtuen cheering. Throughout the atfernoon and night of February 9 wounded men were being removed to the shore. Chinese Regulars Active. WASHINGTON ITEMS. About 20 Inches of snow fell during two days at Chelan last week. The business men of Colville have perfected the organization of a com mercial club. John Keenan, an old Spokane pio neer, formerly in the mnih'e business, died In Los Angeles recently, Spokane's population January 1, 190-1 was 65,267, according to the estimates made by the publishers of Polk's di rectory for Spokane. During the present year the Yakima county commissioners will make some permanent Improvements on the coun ty roads. J. C. Ireland, who was wanted In Lincoln county for forgery, and whc was recently captured by + ho sheriff of Kittitas county ln Ellensburg, has been Identified by his alleged victims. Senator Foster will endeavor to se cure an appropriation of $90,000 for building a bridge across the Spokane river near Fort Wright. J. S. Mount, for 23 years a resident of Cheney, is dead from the effects of a carbuncle. There has been a rapid increase in the number of prisoners at the state penitentiary within the past two months. The total is 670. From eight to ten miles of Walla Walla streets will be macadamized this year. Work will be started within the next few weeks. The Colfax schools are crowded at presènt. The heaviest storm of the last ten years raged over lower Puget Sound Friday and Saturday. The business men of Wenatchee are using every effort to secure the estab lishment of a sugar beet factory. Spokane is one of the largest con sumers of electricity in lighting homes that can be found in the country. The state board of control has ap pointed as its secretary Charles A. Burr, of Seattle. Mr. Burr succeeds C. W. Grant, who resigned Feb. 1. Governor McBride has paroled Rein hold Harras, convicted of cattle steal ing and sentenced to four years in the penitentiary. He had a few months more to serve. ■ Friday was observed as a holiday in the state of Washington, it being the anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Only six other states have made February 12 a legal holiday. They are Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wyom ing. The latest town to be designated on the Stevens county map is Jerome, situated at a point formerly known as Elbow, on the Columbia river, and in the extreme southwest corner of the county, just north of the Spokane In dian reservation. Isabelle Miller has purchased for $22,000 cash, 600 acres of farm lan 1 lying near Waitsburg, of Mrs. Hen rietta Stone, one of the pioneer women of the country. The land is considered one of the best farms in the county. A movement of wheat has been in progress for several days at Walla Walla, and a number of heavy holders have sold most of their 1903 crop. It is estimated that fully 135,000 bushels have changed hands within the past week. Academy Emanuel and all its con tents burned at Pasco Saturday morn ing. The fire was caused by a gas explosion. Thirty-two people were In the building. AH were saved. The building originally cost $18,000. There was partial insurance. F. W. Dennis, an Oakesdale farmer, was knocked down and robbed of $100 by thugs at Spokane recently, about 9 o'clock at night. Every evidence points to the crime having been com mitted by men who came in on the O. R. & N. train with Mr. Dennis. Water power of the Spokane river is to be developed by a new company which proposes to engage in furnishing electric power and electric lights in Spokane and other points of the inland Empire. The power is to be devel oped at a point about 26 miles down the river from Spokane. The Interstate Red Cedar Shingle company and the leading wholesalers of this state have effected a compro mise. whereby the former company markets its shingles through the Job bers and gives the latter representa tion on the board of directors. At the same time the jobbers agree to have all their mills enter the combine. With murder in his heart a desperate highwayman entered the drug store at 1566 South Tacoma avenue, known as Trommald's pharmacy, at 8:30 o'clock at night and,without the slightest prov ocation, shot and probably fatally wounded Siever Larsen, one of the proprietors.. He made his escape in tha dark without securing a cent for his trouble. Ttm state snpernitendent has appor tioned ^ cnmmt sohool fnnd for the - present quarter among the several East Side00nntleRBS followB: Adams $3046. 03; A80tin> $ 1991 .05; Chelan, $2305 21; Colnmbia |o 872 .56; Douglas, $2987 - 24; Ferry) fig70 02; Franklin. $656 88; Garfield, $1590.78; Kittitas, $4298.96; Klickitat, $2612.29; Lincoln, $6144. 73; Okanogan, $1453 82; Spokane, $21.605 99; Stevens, $4652.26; Walla Walla. $7121.09;Whitman, $11.968.03; Yakima, $6969.26. THEY LANDED 600 SOLDIERS AND HAD 410 KILLED. Remainder of Japanese Escaped to Their Ships—Japs Land Large Force at Dalny, Center of Russia's Com merce in Manchuria—Port Arthur Sealed Up by Japs. London, Feb. 15.—The Daily Mail'» Port Arthur correspondent says: "Official advices state that the Jap anese landed 600 soldiers near Tallen wan with disastrous results, 410 being sabered by Cossacks. Tbe remainder escaped to their ships. It is further stated that the Japanese landed at Dove bay, where 30 of them were kill ed and the remainder retreated." The Daily Telegraph's Shanghai cor respondent says it is reported that the Japanese have bombarded Dalny and landed marines. Hand to Hand Fight. Chefoo, Feb. 15.—It is reported that 12.000 Japaneses troops were landed at Dove bay last Wednesday morning, and that they were met by the Rus sians, who engaged them in a hand to hand fight. The report says the Jap anese were driven back. It is also re ported that Japanese troops have been landed 40 miles further west. Landing Troops Near Dalny. Pekin, Feb. 15.—It is reported here that the Japanese have been success ful in their efforts to destroy the rail way communication of the Russians between Port Arthur and Vladivostock, and have landed 6000 troops near Dal ny, to the eastward of Port Arthur. The railway from Port Arthur to Vladivo stok has been dynamited, rendering it useless. It is the evident intention of the troops landing near Dalny to blow up the small line connecting the lat ter place with Port Arthur. If this is successfully accomplished it will be a severe blow to Russian interests in Manchuria, as Dalny has been laid out with idea of making it the center of Russian commercial activity in Man churia. All telegraph wires between: Vladivostok and Port Arthur have been cut by the Japanese. Pigeon Bay Engagement. London, Feb. 15.—The Times' Wei Hai Wei correspondent says that on the morning of February 10 the Jap anese occupied Ching Haia Wen, a Rus sian coaling station, close to Masam pho. Eleven Ships Damaged. Chefoo, Feb. 16.—It is stated that 11 Russian ships were damaged in the re cent engagement at Port Arthur. The whole fleet has moved into the inner harbor. The American steamer Pleiades, which was detained several days at Port Arthur by the Russian authorities, has arrived here, having left quietly during a storm. Third Attack on Port Arthur. Tientsin, Feb. 13.—Reports have reached here of a further naval action off Port Arthur. Before dawn Thurs day two Japanese warships appeared off Port Arthur and opened fire with shells. The Russian batteries com menced a reply and the squadron moved out and also opened fire. The Japanese vessels retired, fighting as they went, but one, the name of which is unknown, was sunk. The Japanese fleet arrived in time to reinforce the remaining vessel, and a general action began in which the Russian squadron suffered serious damage and was forced to retreat into the harbor. Re ports vary some in detail. It is be lieved, however, that several Russian ships are ashore or sunk. Jap Scouts off Inkau. St. Petersburg, Feb. 15.—Major Gen eral Pflug wires that according to private advice the Japanese, after the battle of Chemulpo, landed 19,000 troops. Communication by wireless telegraphy has been established with Chemulpo and Chefoo by ships sta tioned between these two places. All is quiet at Port Arthur. Millionaire Hayward Is Dead. ®an Francisco, Feb. 16. Alonzo Hayward, the millionaire mining man, , la dead - was stricken with paraly I 8 i a several weeks ago. CAPTURE TWO HIGHWAYMEN. Their Arrest and Confession Ex honorates Several Suspects. Spokane, Feb. 15.—By the dramatic arrest and confession of the real rob bers Sunday, it was proven that young Freeman James, grandson of the late banker. S. S. Glldden, had nothing to do with holding up W. W. Kay. Le Roy Burns, a young gasfitter, 26 years old, and William E. Hoffman, aged 19, are booked at the police station on charges of highway robbery, and Burns has confessed to ten holdups, including some of which the police had never heard. One of the holdups ad mitted by Burns and Hoffman have ex honorated A1 Arneson and Lcilch, who have played baseball in many of the surrounding towns.