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NINE BATTLESHIPS AND FOUR CRUISERS FOR FAR EAST. The Fleet Will Touch at Libau, Where 12 Transports and Colliers Will Join —Emperor Calls to Arms Entire Re serve Troops of Russia. Cronstadt, Sept. 13.—The vessels of the Baltic fleet, which have sailed for the far east contained nine battleships and four cruisers and several torpedo boats and torpedo boat destroyers. The fleet will merely touch at Libau, where it will be joined by 12 transports, col liers and supply ships^ already waiting there, and will then proceed direct to the orient. The scene of the departure of the fleet was an imposing one. At dawn the first anchor was hoisted on the cruiser Aurora, which, accompanied by two torpedo boats, slipped out of the harbor. The town was awakened by the booming of the guns of the forts as the Aurora sped toward Libau in advance of the main squadron. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the time for the departure of the remain der of the fleet, the imperial yacht, with the emperor, the Grand Duke Alexis, the high admiral, and other high naval officers on board, put out from Peterhof, on the other side of the bay, with an escort of three torpedo boats. Admiral Rojestvensky, Voelkersam and Enquist went on board the im perial yacht and personally said fare well to the emperor. ahead and Then, with destroyers abeam, the Souvaroff led the squadron down the Finnish gulf. The water front and piers and forts were crowded with spectators. The ensigns on the yachts dipped and the guns from each were chain of forts across the bay joined in an admiral's salute, while from the masts above the forts fluttered a string of signal flags, reading, "Good luck to the Baltic fleet on its long voyage." The departure of the Baltic fleet for the east is officially announced, mirai Birllieff, commander of the naval forces at Cronstadt, will accompany the fleet as far as Libau, from which port this modern armada of almost 40 penants will sail immediately for the Ad orient. The admiral does not state how long Admiral Rojestvensky will stop at Libau, but it is understood that it will only be a few days. The emperor has called to arms the reserve troops In 22 circuits of the governments of Kherzon, Bessarabia, Ekaterinoslav and Taurida, belonging to the military district of Odessa, and also one category of reserve officers throughout the empire. AS OYAMA REPORTS TO TOKIO. Russians Sent North by Train 10,000 Killed and Wounded. A dispatch to the Japanese legation from Tokio, says: "Field Marshal Oyama reports from the fighting of September 4 and Sep tember 5, our right occupied the Yen tai colliery and Yuraentse hill, enemy's main force is believed to be retarded north of the Hun river. "Natives say the enemy sent by train over 10,000 killed and wounded. We buried over 3000 Russians. burned magazines near sta The The enemy tions before evacuation. We captured, however, immense quantities of provi sions and ammunition." Trade Report. Dun's Weekly Review of Trade says: Holiday influence is calculated to check distribution of merchandise, but the past week has brought more en couraging results world and from many points come re ports of steadily expanding trade, while it is not exceptional to find com parisons with the corresponding week last year favorable to 1904. trade in fall lines of dry goods, cloth ing, millinery and nearly all wearing apparel shows a healthy growth and for hardware, household utensils and kindred lines there is a broader de in the business Retail mand. Crop progress is better than aver and high prices promise large age profits to the farmers. Failures numbered 200 in the Unit ed States. Northwestern Wheat. Tacoma, Wash.—Unchanged; blue stem, 82c; club, 77c. Portland, Ore.—For export: Walla Walla, 77c; bluestem, 82c; valley, 83c. Buenos Ayres.—A further heavy en gagement between the insurgents and the troops of the government, in which the latter are reported to have been defeated, is said to have occurred in Uruguay. Negotiations between the Faragua government and the revolutionists Another Battle in Uruguay. A yan are still proceeding. WALLED CITY OF LIAOYANG. s Two Miles North and South, Two Miles East and West. The city of Llaoyang is built four squire. It is surrounded by walls of stone, topped by brick and crenelated for archery or gun fire. The walls run north and south and east and west. There is a main gate in the center of each wall—thus there is a north gate. a south gate, an east gate and a west gate. The north gate opens out on the Taitze river. The west gate opens on the railroad station, and the Rus sian cavalry barracks close to the sta tion. From the south gate the old im perial road goes southward to New chwang. From the east gate another imperial road goes eastward to An ping, and thence to the Yalu and Ko The city measures two and a half miles north and south, by two miles east and west, or rather, this is the extent enclosed by the walls. But the walled space, five miles square in area, is far too large for the hundred thou sand Chinese and Manchu inhabitants and much of it is laid out in market gardens. rett. The city itself resembles all Chinese walled cities, except that its streets have, for the last five or six years, been kept somewhat cleaner and light ed at night, by order of the Russians. There is only one slight elevation in side the walls, on which stands the Imperial treasury. The Buddhist tem ple to Kwan Yin, the goddess of mer cy, is the finest object architecturally while the mission stations are the most interesting to westerners. These had some 1200 converts five years ago, but as Liaoyang was the center of the Boxer movement in Manchuria many were terrorized into relinquishing the The missionaries relate ing by armed force. Liaoyang used to be the capital of southern Manchuria, and Is still important, its chief Indus try being the distillinng af a native liquor from the hemp and millet of new faith, with pride how one of their number, Dr. Westwater, prevented the Rus sians from storming the Boxer upris ALEXIEFF RESIGNS dispatch to London, Sept. 13.—A Reuter's Telegram company from St. Petersburg says it is understood that viceroy Alexieff, in view of the mill tary exigencies in the far east, has placed his resignation in the hands of the emperor, but that no decision with regard to it has yet been made. C. P. R. TRAIN IS HELD UP. Robbers Get $8000 from the Express Car Safe. Vancouver, B. C.—The transconti nental express, due here at 8 o'clock in the evening, was held up about 15 miles east of this city. When the train was seven miles west of Mission, three masked men crawled to the engine and forced the engineer to uncouple the engine, which they ran ahead. Then they proceeded to the express car and forced the ex press messenger to give them the con tents of the safe, which was said to nave contained about $7000 in cash. *ais is the first train robbery which has ever taken place in British Co lumbia. Teamsters Return to Work. Chicago.—All probability of compli cations at the stockyards was removed Sunday when the packing house team sters voted to return to work, offer of the packers to take back now as many teamsters as are needed and to hire the others as necessity de mands was made known through a committee that had visited the packers and the proposition was accepted with out opposition. The Jap Casualties Total 1/,539. An approximation of the Japanese casualties in the battle of Liaoyang, based upon reports of the chiefs of the medical corps of the three Japanese armies, concluded. It covers the fight ing from August 26 and shows that the Japanese killed and wounded amount to 17,539 men. people Hurt, Shops Pillaged. St. Petersburg.—Anti-semetic rioting took place at Rovno, in the govern ment of Colhynai, September 4, during which many persons were injured and shops pillaged. —— The Washington State fair this year promises to be full of interest to ev erybody. There will be a larger num [ ber of features than heretofore and there will be more contests for the big I prizes offered than ever before. SHELLED JAPS IN TRENCHES > j During One Attack NEAR PORT ARTHUR. of Japs Their Shells Struck Hospital—On Septem ber 6 Jap Troops Captured Some Outpost Trenches, Near Mountain. Corner Chefoo, Sept. 12.—According to the latest news received here from Port shelled the Japanese covered trenches in front of Palichuang and destroyed them. Everything was quiet along the ]i ne during the night of August 30, but j n the morning it was seen that the Japanese outposts had crept closer j n t 0 the Russian lines, one incident of the recent bombard j ng G f Port Arthur was the stri.ang of the roof of a hospital by a Japanese Arthur the Russians, on September"4. shell. The Japanese fire was drawn to the hospital by a Japanese shell, ( The Japanese fire was drawn to the hospital by the placing near it by the Russians of beacon signals, succeeded in creeping close to the One small Russian scouting party Japanese entrenchments on Corner mountain, but the barking of dogs gave the alarm and prevented a further ad vance. Japanese reserves poured into the entrenchments and opened fire on the Russians, but a shell from a Rus sian battery landed in the trench and killed many of the Japanese soldiers and the remainder retired. This en abled the Russians to occupy the trench until dawn. The trench evi dently was unimportant, for the Jap anese troops captured some outpost trenches on a high hill which is not ; f ar f rom Corner mountain, but the ap j p Ioac i 1 later of a Russian detacnment j cause( i them to evacuate this position without fighting. James J. Corbett laughed when as>k ed for an opinion on Jeffries' proposi tion to fight three men in succession, Iver Lawson is the Champion Bi cycle rider. The Salt Lake boy won the bicycle race in London. During a severe electrical storm which has swept over Port Jervis, N. Y., many houses and barns were struck by lightning. Juan Chavez, aged 134 years, is dead. Mr. Chavez was the oldest Mexican in New Mexico, and was born in the Pecos valley when this was a portion of Mexico. Several of the Balkan states are seeking French loans. The Bulgarian minister of finance is now in Paris and the new Servian administration is also seeking for a loan of $6,000,000. The recent flight of Princess Lou ise of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, with Matta sich Keglevitch, from Bad Elster, w r here she had been taking the cure, jhas dwarfed all other topics of public (interest in the Belgian and Germanic capitals. According to Hirata Tatsuo, who writes in the September Review of Re views, General Kuroki, the brilliant commander of the Japanese right wing In the advance into Manchuria, is of pure Samurai blood, and is not of half Polish origin, as was recently an nounced from Berlin. The torpedo transport Volga has been successfully launched at the new admiralty yards at St. Petersburg. At the same time the keel of the torpedo boat destroyer Khevmetz was laid. The cruiser Izumrud has been commis sioned and has joined the squadron at Cronstadt. The latter sails for Libau immediately. The most important gathering of clergy and laity in the Episcopal church of the United States will take place October 6 in Boston. It is representative body of every diocese and missionary jurisdiction and is can onically called the general convention. It meets every three years and its last sessions were held in San Francisco. LATE NEWS ITEMS. Rio Grande on a Rampage, Alphine, Tex.—The Rio Grande is on the worst rampage in its —story, and great destruction of property has already occurred at Presidio del Norte, ujlnito and many other smaller settle ments situated on both sides of the river for a distance of 300 mues along its course. More than iuu houses of Presidio del Norte, including the Unit ed States customs house, were washed away by\the flood. Tokio. —The Japanese foreign trade during the first nine months of the cur j rént year amounted to 424,000,000 yen, (being by 91,000,000 yen more than for the corresponding period of 1903. j it the development continues, the valume for the entire year will be 625,000,000 yen. The issue of 10. 000,000 exchequer bonds has been fully subscribed. Heavy Japan Foreign Trade. THE MILWAUKEE LAUNCHED. New Fighting Craft to Be a Very Speedy Vessel. San Francisco.—The new cruiser Milwaukee was launched successfully from the ways of the Union Iron works In this city. The christening ceremony was per formed by Miss Janet Mitchell of Mil waukee, daughter of the late United States Senator Mitchell, who was sur rounded by a party of visitors from Milwaukee. Not a hitch occurred in the proceed ings, and the Milwaukee gracefully moved down the ways and Into the wa ters of San Francisco bay, as the cus tomary bottle of champagne released by Miss Mitchell broke upon her bow. The keel of the Milwaukee, the last of the warships lately resting on the ways of the local shipbuilding works, was laid on July 30, 1902. She is a protected cruiser and with the excep tion of her two sister ships, the New Charleston and the St. Louis, is the largest vessel of her class in the Unit ed States navy. Her length is 424 feet; extreme breadth 66 feet; mean draft 22.6 feet; displacement 9700 ton. She is designed to maintain a maxi mum sea speed of 22 knots with 21,000 indicated horse power. When completed she will carry battery consisting of 14 six inch and 18 three inch rapid fire guns; 12 three pounder semi-automatic guns; one pounder automatics; eight one pounder rapid fire guns; four four inch field pieces, and 10 .3 caliber machine guns, eight of which will be automatic. She will carry 40 officers and 631 men. The cost of the Milwaukee's hull and machinery is $2,825,000. four officers Most over the ground. The Japanese oper ate the railway frequently with coolie Japanese reinforcements are Prince JAPS LOOT AND ROB AT LIAO YANG. Attempt to Steal from Red Cross Com pound. Liaoyang.—The Japanese were unable to restrain their soldiers after six days of desperate fighting, and looting became general. The soldiers in attempting to rob the missionary and Red Cross com pound, stabbed Dr. A. M. Westwater, a well known medical missionary, in qhe neck and hand. This is said to be the first instance where Japanese soldiers have been known to have been uncontrollable. The Japanese were welcomed by the Chinese, but they abused the good which they established in the Chinese refu name Chino-Japanese war. gees are still arriving from the battle field, where native fortune seekers are scouring the field for treasure, of the dead have been burled, but broken accoutrements are scattered power. en route north by all roads. Kai Yen, brother of the emperor Japan, commanding the second brig ade of cavalry, has passed Haicheng. The Red Cross officers fear an epi demic of disease will break out both armies, the torrents of^rain that fell after the 10 days' battle at Liao having compelled the wornout yang and hungry troops tcf sleep without shelter in mire by the roadsides. any case it is believed to be certain that the hardships endured by the sickness. JAP WARSHIPS FARE BADLY. Drydocks Full of Craft Hit by Shells of Russians. Captain Ryan of the Canadian per manent forces has arrived in Seattle from Japan, en route to his home at Ottawa, after spending some months in Tokio as the representative of the Canadian militia. He was detained in Tokio with other foreign attaches and correspondents. He says the Japanese fleet has suffered severely in the en counters with the Russian war vessels, and that all the drydocks and repair ing harbors in Japan are full of Jap vessels in various stages of anese war repairs. One big cruiser, which was in the great naval battle off Port Arthur, had ''all her funnels shot away and 25 holes in her hull. Captain Ryan reports that the Jap themselves admitted gross blun anese dering in allowing loaded transports to leave Japan for Korea and other points without proper escort, and that the raids of the Vladivostock fleet flll ed all Japan with intense alarm. The report circulated by the Japan officers that the unexpected ese war stubbornness of the Russians in the recent fighting is due to the improve ment in rifle shooting and steadiness in the troops. Captain Ryan says, false, as the Japanese are well aware of the fact that they are now confront ed wth regiments straight from Eu rope. and not undisciplined, raw levies of Siberian peasants hastily hurried the seat of war. He speaks bitterly of the treatment accorded the attaches and correspondents. Violinist Stern Is Dead. linden.—Leo Stern, the violinist, husband of Susanne Adam, the singer, [is dead. I RUSSIAN GENERAL RETURNS AF TER INSPECTING FOR I 6. Russians Continue to Retreat North ward—Chinese Bandits Shooting and Torturing Russian Patroli Fighting at Lioayang Fiercest Possible—Rus sians Retreat Was Masterly. London, Sept. 13.—The Daily Mail's Sinmintin correspondent, cabling, says: "General Kuropatkin has returned to Mukden after inspecting the fortifica tions at Tie pass, work on which is not well advanced, but which is being hurried along. At the present time dangerous and costly efforts to delay the Japanese are being made. "I learn from the Russian sources that the emperor peremptorily com manded Kuropatkin to retake Llao yang. "There is no abatement in the re treat of the Russian forces northward. The noise of a fierce engagement was heard south of Mukden Friday night. "The whole line of retreating Rus sians when within five miles south east of Mukden was attacked by Jap anese marksmen, who were invisible amid the millet. The Russian troops sent to Tapinshan retreated with heavy losses. "Cnmese bandits are swarming the district and have stopped traffic be tween Sinmintin and Mukden, shooting and torturing to death Russian pa trols.'' Twelve Days of Awful Fighting. The Morning Post's correspondent, in the field with General Kurokl, de asscribes the operations against Liao yang as 12 days of the hardest pos sible fighting and marching on short rations with a temperature of 100 de grees in the shade and frequent falls of rain. All of this, he says, was borne splendidly, though the men were worn out after the tense struggle. Recounting the general lines of fighting, the correspondent says: "On September 2, while the other ar mies were pressing Liaoyang from the south, the turning force continued stubbornly fighting the foe. But slow advance was made, and step by step was the only advantage gained. "On September 3 the attack of the Japanese first army had been check ed. The enemy were much stronger than we, they having five divisions holding the northeastern heights. Our position for the time was critical iu view of the possibility that the enemy might have attacked us in force, but a mixed brigade and later the left col U mn reinforced us, making our posi tion safer. "On September 4 the enemy was in full retreat, and the first army was ordered to pursue. General Kuropat kin's retreat was masterly. He held the northeastern heights to the last possible moment and secured safe re tirement for his array and his guns." Kuroki in Jeopardy for a Time. Bennett Burleigh sends to the Daily Telegram from the Japanese head quarters a long description of the fight ing. He said in part; "General Kuroki, who was hotly at tacked by Kuropatkin and was for a time in jeopardy, was unable to get astride the railway, otherwise Liao yang would have been the Sedan for the Russians. "What surprised me more than any thing else was the wonderful manner in which the Japanese continued for a whole week their awful bombard ment of the Russian positions. It was the fiercest artillery attack, perhaps, in history. Tens of thousands of shells were thrown daily, but the supplies of them seemed inexhaustible. The Russians only replied spasmodically, but their rifle fire was often the heaviest." Kramer Wins Handicap. Vailsburg, N. J.—Vailsburg's "an nual handicap" day produced a new American record for one mile, Frank L. Kramer winning the handicap at the distance from the scratch in 1:49 2-5, only two fifths of a second slower than the world's record for the dis tance, made by McFarland in Australia several months ago. Melba's Auto Kills Aged Man. Paris.—Madame Melba, while driv ing in an automobile Sunday evening, accompanying her two cousins, Misses Walker, ran over a man about 80 years of age and killed him instant ly. The chauffer was not to blame, as the old man got in the way of the automobile while endeavoring to es cape being run over by a cab. Un Letter of Acceptance. Oyster Bay, L. I., Sept 12.—The let ter of acceptance of President Roose velt accepting the nomination for president by the republican national convention, was given to the press for publication Monday morning.