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JAPANESE FORÇED BACK IN FIRST
ATTEMP AT FORTRE88.
Great Disappointment to Japanese
Generals—Band of Specially Trained
8wordsmen Made Vicious Attack in
Hand to Hand Fight—Fiercest Sines
Beginning of 8iege.
Tokio, Nov. 29.—Official advices
received at the war office from
Japanese headquarters at tort Arthur
state that the general attack upon the
fortress which began In the afternoon
of November 26 Is still in progress.
That day was one of disappointment to
the Japanese. Generals Nakamura and
Salto, leading specially trained bands
of swordsmen, charged into the forts
utterly regardless of the withering Are
directed at them. Many of the attack
ers were shot In their tracks, but the
others continued the wild rush over
the bodies of the dead and wounded
and finally reached the parapets.
The attack was directed mainly
against the Sungshushan and Ehrlung
shan fortifications and the northern
forts of east Kekwânshan. Simultane
ously other Japanese detachments
brought mountain and field guns with
in range of the points of attack.
While the swordsmen escalded the
parapets and hurled themselves
against the defenders, the guns shelled
the breastworks with awful results.
Dead and wounded rolled down the in
clined approaches. Soon the attack,
which was meant to be an onslaught
of such overwhelming force that It
would sweep the parapets clear of their
defenders, developed into a hand to
hand fight of such fury and fierceness
as eclipsed any that has occurred since
the beginning the siege.
The valor of the defenders might
well be termed unparalleled. In the
face of the well aimed slashes of de
termined swordsmen and the havoc
wrought by the Japanese soldiers, they
gradually drove back the attackers.
Hundreds fell, killed or disabled. Rifles
were thrown away and swords took
their place, and after a while even
these weapons became useless, so close
was the fight.
As the evening progressed it de
veloped into fights of man against man,
hundreds of them locked in the dead
ly embrace at one time, the Russians
endeavoring to drag their antagonists
over the edge of the breastworks, the
Japanese straining every muscle to
hurl themselves, with their victims,
down the inclines leading to the Jap
anese approaches. When this state
had been reached the Japanese guns
became useless. A single shell would
have killed as many friends as foes.
Then the fight began to grow uneven
and the order was given to retire. The
losses on either side may not yet be
GRAND TRUNK ROAD A "GO."
Premier Laurier says it Certainly Will
San Francisco, Nov. 29.—Sir Wilfrid
Laurier, premier of Canada, is here,
whence he will return to Chicago by
the Santa Fe route. He is accompanied
by Mrs. Laurier and is on a tour of
recreation, following the recent elec
tion in the dominion. In an interview,
Premier Laurier said there was no
question of the construction of the
Orand Trunk Pacific railroad, and that
the terminus of the road would be at
Port Simpson, B. C. All the prelimi
nary details had been worked out, he
said, and the road would be pushed
DEATH OF MR8. DENSMORE.
She Was a Great Friend of Florence
New York.—Mrs. Helen Densmore,
wife of Dr. Emmett Densmore, a prom
inent Brooklyn manufacture^, died re
cently, the cause of death being given
Dr. Densmore and wife founded the
natural food society of London, and
for the past 14 vears they have been
constant in their efforts on behalf of
Mrs. Florence Maybrlck, who waB their
guest after her arrival in this country
after her release from the English
prison. Mrs. Densmore was 71 years
old. Mrs. Maybrlck was with Mrs.
Densmore up to the time of death.
Weber Said to Be Holdup.
Auburn, Cal., Nov. 29.—The money,
amounting to $6000, of which the
Placer county bank last May was rob
bed, has been found in a cow shed
on the Weber place. The money was
buried in an old five pound lard can.
Adolph Weber, who is under arrest on
the charge of murdering his parents,
brother and sister, has been formally
charged with having also held up the
Diamonds Stolen in New York.
New York.—Mrs. Caroline Jeannette,
proprietor of the Strathmore hotel in
this city, reported to the police tonight
that diamonds valued at $6000 had dis
appeared from her hotel.
BITS OF 8PORTING NEW8.
Jimmy Michaels, Famous Bike Rider,
Jimmy Michaels, the noted Welsh
middle distance bicycle rider, died sud
denly on board the French liner La
Savoie, of congestion of the brain. He
was coming to the United States to
race again with Walthour.
Chicago.—State legislation forbid
ding the playing of football in Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin is
urged by James F. Rowley, whose son
died of injuries received in a game
on November 6.
Lansing, Mich.— J. W. Burdette of
Kentucky, a student at the Michigan
agricultural college,. died of injuries
received in a football game last week.
With the close of the football sea
son the sons of Ell claim the cham
pionship for Yale. The New Haven
boys have defeated Princeton and Har
vard, two of the "big four." Yale did
not meet Pennsylvania, but defeated
Harvard by one more point than did
the Quakers. Yale was defeated by
West Point, but by collegiate fiction
this did not count against the college
team. On this basis Yale is celebrat
ing as the undisputed champions of
Lewiston, Idaho.—In the most fierce
ly contested game of football ever wit
nessed in Lewiston the local high
school eleven went down to defeat this
afternoon before the Seattle high
school team by a score of 5 to 0. It
was a brilliant game.
Carlisle 34, Haskell 4, is the result
of the Indian football game at St.
Portland, Ore.—Monday the papers
calling for the transfer of the Portland
baseball franchise will be signed and
Judge W. W. McCreedie and his neph
ew, Walter McCreedie, will become
sole owners. Walter McCreedie, well
known on the Pacific coast as "Judge"
McCreedie, will be made manager.
Philadelphia.—West Point defeated
the Annapolis football eleven, 11 to 0,
making two touchdowns and one goal.
The score does not properly indicate
the relative strength of the two elev
ens, for probably not in the history of
the great university game have two
teams been more evenly matched.
St. Louis.—Alfred DeOro of New
York, pool champion of the world, suc
cessfully defended his title against
Thomas Hueston of St. Louis, defeat
ing him in the third and final block of
the 600 point series, 188 to 161. Total
score: DeOro, 600; Hueston, 470.
Chicago.—Formal charges of profes
sionalism have been made by Professor
H. J. Barton of the University of Illin
ois against Hugo Bezdek, the star full
back of the University of Chicago foot
ball team. Bezdek is charged with be
ing a prizefighter and with having ac
cepted money for fighting, under the
name of "Young Hugo."
TYPHOON ADDS TO HORRORS.
Shakhe River Armies Fight the Cold
and Each Other.
Mukden, Nov. 29.—A terrible storm
was experienced here on Saturday, and
residents expect a repetition of such
weather, coincident with typhoons off
the coast, until March. The tempera
ture now is below freezing. The in
habitants of the leaky huts are in a
The war has reached such a phase
that the interest of small skirmishes
is very slight. Everyone has been look
ing for a big battle, but though rein
forcements continue to arrive and both
sides continue to entrench, a general
engagement apparently is as far off
as ever. No one now discusses the sub
A number of commanders are drill
ing their men as in time of peace.
More interest is expressed here in
the fate of Port Arthur and its ability
to hold out against the Japanese than
in what is happening at close quar
There have been the usual small
skirmishes. Vilmanstranskis sharp
shooters took a Japanese advanced po
sition Saturday, driving out the Japan
ese at the point of the bayonet. The
latter left 20 dead, and the Russian
loss was three. The Japanese attack
ed the Russian lines at several places,
taking advantage of a snowstorm on
one occasion, but in all cases were re
The village of Erdago continues to
be the scene of frequent small fights.
The Japanese made a tentative attack
there on November 25, but did not at
tempt to push home the attack in the
face of Russian artillery fire.
In Roosevelt's Own County.
The official count of the vote of Nas
sau ebun'ty, New York, has been count
ed, and shows that Roosevelt received
in his home county 2931 plurality. In
1896 McKinley received a plurality of
Hale Against Revision.
Senator Hale of Maine is against
tariff revision. He has Just arrived
for the coming session. "Maine is de
cidedly," he declared, "against a re
vision of the tariff."
A tax on racing in England such as
is proposed, viz: on the French basis,
would produce $10,000,000 a year.
PRESIDENT HT WORLD'S fl
WAS GREAT DAY OF PLEASURE—
NOT AN ACCIDENT.
Announcement That Nation's Chief
Would Attend Fair Drew Great
Throngs of People—The Party Took
in Whole Show—Receives Presents
and Given Great Banquet In Evening.
St. Louis, Nov. 27. —Never have more
perfect conditions prevailed since the
opening of the world's fair than those
that marked Saturday, which was de
voted to a tour through the exposition
by President Roosevelt, accompanied
by Mrs. Roosevelt, Miss Alice Roose
velt and members of the president's
party. It was strictly a day of pleas
ure with not the slightest incident to
mar the perfect enjoyment of the occa
The heralded announcement that the
nation's chief executive would visit
the exposition drew tremendous
throngs, and to guard him from pos
sible danger that might menace him,
secret service men, soldiers and police
guards abounded, but. they had com
paratively little to do in preserving
The sentiment seemed to be unani
mous in the minds of the thousands of
spectators that President Roosevelt
was the guest of each one, and each
did his best to preserve order. The
consequence was that the authorities
had only to designate their wishes and
instantly crowds parted, passage ways
were cleared and hindrances quickly
removed and every moment of the
president's limited time might be oc
cupied in viewing the exposition.
"This is marvelous," he said. "It is
beyond description, and exceed« my
fondest expectations. I have had the
best time I have ever had in my life,
and I have seen more than I ever ex
pect to see in one day's time."
From 10 o'clock in the morning until
6 o'clock in the evening the distin
guished visitors, following a schedule,
hurried from one builidng to the next,
from one part of the grounds to an
other, and overlooked nothing of in
terest. From the start to the end of
the tour Mrs. Roosevelt and Miss Alice
accompanied the president, and fatigue
was forgotten in the enjoyment of the
The first speech of the day was made
in the French pavilion in response to
the welcome accorded by Commission
er General Gerald.
Champagne was sipped in honor of
the toast, and then the party hurried
to the other national pavilions, com
pleting the inspection after midday.
Luncheon was served at the west pa
vilion. This occupied about an hour,
and was purely informal.
A hurried visit was made to the
American building and thence to the
Roosevelt cabin, which sheltered the
president in former days on the Mon
tana ranch. He evinced the greatest
interest in the old log structure, and
pointed out to Mrs. Roosevelt and
Miss Alice a buffalo skin from a buf
falo he had killed.
The rest of the day was spent in
the Philippine reservation. Guards had
cleared the area of visitors and the
entire place was given over to inspec
tion by the presidential party.
During the hour and a half spent in
the Philippine reservation every por
tion was inspected. In the Igorrote
village, Chief Antonio, who had been
to Washington and met the president,
presented him with an album contain
ing 40 photographs of Igorrotes.
Filipinos Sang "America."
A class of natives then sang "Amer
ica" in the English tongue, having
learned it since they came to the expo
At the Lanao Moro village the. na
tives presented a silver dish and a set
of silver bottles to the president, who,
in accepting them, said: "I thank you
very much for this gift. My him is to
help you increase your happiness and
prosperity, and 1 am glad to meet you
on this side of the water."
Given Silver, Knife, Cane and Dish.
Passing into the Moro village, ad
joining, the president was met by Dat
to F'acunda, who presented him with
& big knife, saying through an inter
"I give you my pria, which has been
my own individual weapon, and with
which I have killed three enemies.*
There will be no more fighting in my
country, and I will have no more use
for my pria. I will give it to nobody
The president accepted the knife and
expressed his thankfulness that war
was at an end and that the disposal of
the weapon was emblematic of peace.
The banquet given in honor of the
presidential party at the world's fair
was served in the main dining hall of
the Alps, at which 600 guests of prom
inence in the social, business and po
litical world sat down.
Among the guests, besides the pres
ident and Mrs. Roosevelt and Miss
Alice, were the Duke and Duchess of
Winchester, Mayor and Mrs. Wells,
Governor Dockery, Thomas H. Carter
of Montana, Governor-elect Folk of
Missouri, Governor Van Sant of Min
nesota, Robert McCormick, American
ambassador to Russia; Governor and
Mrs. Yates of Illinois, and others.
At the conclusion of the banquet
President Francis introduced President
Roosevelt as the "Typical American
who typifies objects of American "prin
President Roosevelt made the only
speech of the evening.
PAST WEEK OF THE WAR.
Few Developments in Far East—Baltic
Fleet in Sanal.
There were few developments in the
far east last week, although rumors
came regularly that an immediate en
gagement was probable. There were
skirmishes at many points along the
line at the Shakhe river, with several
sharp artillery exchanges last Sunday.
No important movement was made,
however, save that of the Russians in
retiring from Da pass. The Japanese
made an attack on the forts of Kekwan
mountain, near Port Arthur, but were
The Japanese attacked Poutiloff (or
Lone Tree) hill on Tuesday, and after
a small but somewhat sanguinary con
test were repulsed. The following day
it was announced that they were at
tempting to execute a wide turning
movement on the east, with a view of
flanking the Russian left, but there
was nothing to show that important
progress had been made in the man
During the week a part of the Baltic
squadron reached Port Said, and will
probably pass through the Suez canal
this week. Now that it seems cer
tain that the Russians actually intend
to attempt to relieve the situation by
the dispatch of a new fleet into Asiat
ic waters, it is thought that an aggres
sive assault will be made on Port Ar
thur in an effort to reduce it and com
pel a surrender before the Baltic ves
sels ariive on the scene. It is said
that the besieged may be able to hold
out until January, but whatever the
strength of the garrison, it is probable
that conditions within the fortress are
rapidly approaching a critical stage.
SAMUEL GOMPERS PRESIDENT.
Succeeds Himself as Head of Ameri
San Francisco.—Samuel Gompers
was practically unanimously reelected
president of the American Federation
of Labor Saturday. One delegate, Vic
tor Berger of Milwaukee, voted in the
negative, and asked that his vote be
Gompers was given a great ovation
when he retook the gavel. He prom
ised the delegates to try to do as
much or more for the labor movement
in the future than he had done in the
past. Secretary FYank Morrison and
Treasurer John B. Lennon were unan
imously chosen to serve for another
year. The following eight vice presi
dents were reelected: James Duncan,
John Mitchell, James O'Connell, Max
Morris, Thomas I. Kidd, D. A. Hayes,
Daniel J. Keefe and William J. Spen
cer. The election of the latter was by
unanimous choice, except in the cases
of Mr. Kidd and Mr. Spencer. The
former was elected over Joseph O.
Bahlhorn of the Brotherhood of Paint
ers by a vote of 11,879 to 3,569. The
latter defeated James Grimes, H. W.
Sherman and O. A. Tveltmoe.
To British Congress.
John McFltt of the United Hatters
was elected unanimously as a frater
nal delegate to the British trade union
congress. James Wood of the cigar
makers' international union was elect
ed second fraternal delegate to the
British trades union congress; Frank
Feeney of Philadelphia, of the eleva
tormen's union, was chosen fraternal
delegate to the Canadian trades and
The federation voted at the night
session to meet next year at Pitts
burg, Fa. Pittsburg was selected by
a large vote over St. Louis, Toronto
and Niagara Falls.
Heads Off Bitter Fight.
An effort was made to reopen the
Chicago dispute and give Delegate
Mangan a hearing, but Chairman Gom
pers ruled that it was out of order
and a bitter fight was nipped in the
The report of the committee on
building trades councils recommended
the affiliation of the building trades
alliance with the American Federation
of Labor, the enactment of a law giv
ing mechanics and laborers prior
claim on liens and the obtaining of a
strong employers' liability act. The
report was unanimously adopted.
President Gompers spoke of a rumor
that had gained some currency to the
effect that an effort would be made at
the next session of congress to give
government employes the right to be
come union men. He said that he did
not credit the rumor, but if the issue
should come, organized labor would
vehemently express itself and fix the
responsibility for such an un-American
After singing "America" and "Auld
Lang Syne" the convention adjourned
RECEIVED ON SHORE BY HIGH
Congressional Committee and Mr. Taft
Proceeded to Panama, Where They
Were Greeted by President Amador
and His Cabinet—Mr. Taft Make»
Panama.—Secretary of War Taft and
party has arrived at Colon on board
the United States cruiser Columbia.
Mr. Taft was received on shore by
Vice President Arosemena and other
Panama officials; General Davis, com
mander of the canal zone, and Minister
After a conference with the Ameri
can congressional delegation, Mr. Taft
went by a special train to Panama,
where he was officially received by a
commission and quartered at the resi
dence of Mr. Wallace, chief engineer
in charge of construction of the Pana
ma canal. He was received by Presi
dent Amador and the Panama cabinet.
Mr. Taft's Address.
After greetings had been exchanged
Mr. Taft said:
"It is a pleasure to bring the greet
ings of the president of the United
States and to congratulate Panama
upon the propitious beginning of a
long and prosperous life; in fact, a life
that is to be a peaceful and one in
which the president and people of tne
United States are most willing assist
ants. The United States has no in
tention in the isthmus other than to
build the canal for the benefit of Pana
ma, the United States and mankind.
There is no desire to exercise further
power. I will, in the next few days,
confer on those matters about which
discussion has arisen, and hope to
reach a solution full of honor to both
"I have the great honor to present
the personal greetings of President
Roosevelt and expressions of profound
Amador Is Amicable.
President Amador in reply said:
"Your arrival in Panama, and the
purpose that brings you here, are the
highest honor this republic has re
ceived since it was born. The gov
ernment and people will know how to
appreciate this new proof of sincerity
with which the United States has de
cided to distinguish us."
President Amador later in the day
returned Secretary Taft's official call.
MODERATE TARIFF REVISION.
But Not Before 59th Congress Meets a
Tariff revision of an extremely mod
erate sort by the 59th congress when
it meets in regular session a year
hence is the way the agitation of the
political subject in various parts of the
country impresses Senator Foraker of
Ohio. He is not impressed by declara
tions of strong revisionists that unless
an extra session is called next spring
the revising process will come so close
to the next congressional elections that
the republican majority in the house
will be imperiled.
Revision is a part of the political
game he well knows, but his Judgment
is that while alterations in the Ding
ley schedules will come, they will be
so slight eventually that the country
will easily accustom itself to them
without danger of such dire industrial
consequences as the antirevisionists
WORLD'S FAIR CLOSES DEC. 1.
The Dismantling Process Will Begin at
St. Louis.—Promptly at midnight on
December 1 a force of 75 men employ
ed by the general service company of
the Louisiana Purchase exposition will
shunt 200 freight cars loaded with
empty packing cases into the several
exhibit palaces, and the work of dis
mantling the world's fair will begin.
Piled at different parts of the expo
sition grounds are 1500 carloads of
empty packing cases, while outside the
grounds are others, aggregating 10O
carloads more. These will be distrib
uted as rapidly as possible and the
packing of exhibits will be rushed.
At daylight December 2 another
large force of men will begin to tear
up the walks that conceal the tracks
about the exposition grounds. They
will also tear up the switches in the
rear of the stadium and lay tracks con
necting the line with each of the-ex
Homestead Plan for Siberia.
St. Petersburg.—A project for apply
ing the American scheme of free lanu
for settlers in Siberia in order to at
tract colonization from the congested
district« of European Russia is attract
ing much favorable comment. The
plan, as proposed, follows closely the
American homestead system.
Japan has established her up to date
system of education in Formosa with