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ROJESTVENSKY'S FLEET PRACTI I Captured and Two Transports and CALLY ANNIHILATED. Twelve Warships Have Been Sunk or Two Boat Destroyers Sunk—Battle Occurred in Korean Straits—Com I Tokio, May 30.—It is officially an nounced that Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet has been practically annihilated, Twelve warships have been sunk or captured, and two transports and two torpedo boat destroyers have been sunk. I The correspondent of the Morning batants Lose Heavily. Rost at Shanghai says that a telegram has been received there announcing ning naval engagement between the Russian and Japanese fleets in the strait of Korea, near the island of Oki It is reported that the whole Russian fleet is not participating, all the slow I ■ I ' I er vessels having steamed around Jap- • The Japanese losses so far are 1 an. The island of Oki is in the sea of Japan about 200 miles northeast of j the strait of Korea, where the battle j between the Japanese and Russtäh fleets is reported to have had its be ginning. stated to be one cruiser and 10 torpedo boats. Later. Tokio, May 30.—In the battle fought Saturday in the Korean straits the Rus I sian battleships Borodino and Alexan der III., the armored cruisers Admiral j Nakahimoff, Dmitri Donskoi and Vlad-. imir Monimaoh, the coast defense iron- ! olda Admiral Ousbakoff, the protected oruisres Svietlaua and Jemtchug, the repair ship Kamchatka and the cruiser Irtesin were sunk. The battleships Orel and Nicolai I. and the coast defense ironclads Admir al Seniavin and General Admiral Ap raxined were captured. I . I Washington, May 30.—According to advices received by the navy depart ment from Tokio, the Japanese, in ad- I dition to the ships already named,cap tured the Russian battleship Sissoi Veliky and the Russian flagship seriously damaged. An official telegram from Tokio states that Admiral Togo reports to his government that the total losses sutained by the Russian Heet Saturday and Sunday are: Two battleships, one coast defense armor clad, five cruisers, two special service ships and three de streyers, all sunk. In addition, there were captured two battleships, two coast defense armor clads, one special service ship, one destroyer and over 2000 prisoners. Adimral Togo adds that the Japanese squadron was uu-} damaged. was that Rojestvensky's fleet has been de feated and is fleeing northward, and that four Russian ships, including the battleship Borodino, have been sunk. The Tokio correspondent of the Daily Mail says that the Russian fleet has been dispersed; that several Russian 1 shixis have been disabled, and that the remainder are in flight, with the Jap- ; According to the latest information, I ' anese pursuing. the battle between the Russian and Japanese naval forces for the suprem acy of the oriental seas, on which hangs the outcome of the war in the far east, has begun, if it has not ter minuted decisively. All dispatches re ceived by the Associated Press point to a Japanese victory, though it is not i yet known that the full force of Vice \ Admiral Rojestvensky's fighting ships 1 took part in the contest, which, ac cording to the dispatches, took place in the comparatively narrow waters of the strait of Korea. The first information came in a dis patch from the American consul at Nagasaki to the state department at Washington telling that the Japanese had sunk one Russian battleship, four other warships and a repair ship in the Korean strait, and this was fol lowed by a dispatch received by the state department, the date of which was not given, that "the Japanese gov ernment has made the announcement that its fleet had engaged the Russians in the strait of Korea Saturday and had held them." The state department also received information that two of the vessels reported to have been sunk were the sister battleships Orel and Borodino, and that three of the other ships were cruisers. From Tsingtau, the German port on the Shantung peninsula, came a re port that a running naval engagement took place near the island of Oki in the sea of Japan, 2000 miles northeast of the strait of Korea, and that the whole Russian fleet did not participate, the slow vessels having been sent around Japan. Russian sources give no news of the battle, while the Japanese, following their custom, are silent as to either the battle or its outcome. Prolonged Engagement. Tsingtau, May 29.—There is a run Rear Admiral Nebogatoff, (former commander of the fourth division of the Pacific fleet and recently comman der of the information squadron, com with 3000 other Rnsiaus, is among tht prisoners captured by the Japanese. Vice Admiral Rojestvensky appears to have escaped. The battle blegan Sat urday morning and the Japanese are still in pursuit of the Russians. Paris—The late dispatches showing the crushing nature of the Russian na val defeat have led to the comment that Russia has played her last card and must bring the war to a close. The semiofficial Temps makes an urg ent appeal on the subject, voicing the sentiment of the allied nations that Russia should [abandon a straggle which has become hopeless and make the best peace possible. The paper says Admiral Rojestvensky (<was the last hope and his defeat leaves Jiapan master of J£the seas without t a further chance of the Russian navy or army achieving a victory. YANKEE SHIP IS LOST. el ^ sinking of an unknown American s ^ eanler Formosa by Vice Admiral Rojestvensky. It is recognized at the admiralty as quite possible tnat Ro jestvensky may have been compelled military necessity to destroy a neu tral. If he feared that to allow it to Russia Says She Knows Nothing of the Steamer. St. Petersburg, May 5>1.—Nothing is known at the admiralty of the report proceed and report the whereabouts and direction of the Russian fleet, would endanger his strategic plan, he had no other alternative except to take off the crew and sink the ship. Such an incident is unfortunate, but every nava l officer must admit that the risk n suc h a crisis is too great to take chances. If this ship was un Justifiably sunk from the standpoint international law Russia, of course, have to foot the bills; but any cost is , cheap if it furthered Rojes veu sky s mission, IDAHO NEWS. It is not improbable now that the ex tension of the Spokane & Inland to Lewiston is under consideration. John McKenna, a rancher in Fourth of July canyon above Cataldo, died last evening from the drinking of wood alcohol by mistake. "Portland Whitey," who rested at Coeur d'Alene, charged with the robbing of the postoffice at Wal lace, will be given a lively examina tion. After being confined in the hospital for several months, L. N. O'Dell, the aeronaut who fell about 150 feet from a balloon at Wallace last March when he and V. Middlekauf were giving a double ascension, which resulted in the death of the latter, has left the insti tution. The Heyburn oratorical contest be tween the students of the University of Idaho was won by Thomas R. Jones of Wardner. The Heyburn prize for oratory consists of $20 in cash, and is given by Senator W. B. Heyburn to the student representing one of the two debating societies organized from among the students. was ar Russians Good Retreaters. For hundreds of years the Russians have been making themselves famous as a nation of retreaters. of almost every conflict into which The history they have entered is filled with de scriptions of retreats—retreats which have either been flights before a vic torious foe, as in the present war in Manchuria, or retreats designed j ure pursuers on to defeat, as in the case Q f Napoleon. 1 When the first de f ea ts came to Russian arms in the ori en t, an( j t jj e arm i es Q f the C zar began t0 j> a n j jac i f( m iiita.ry experts and mil lions of other people said: "Wait! to The Japanese seem vic torious now—but it is Russian policy to retreat to lure her victims on ! " every country in Europe and Asia, this "policy" of retreating has lost half all those sent out to fight the battles of Russian In a score of wars, fought in nearly a million men, or one-fourth of czars. May Grazé All This Year. Grazing regulations will not be ap plied this season on forest reserves created since May 1. The season is well advanced and all stock which was occupying the range at the time of the creation of the reserve, or which was grazed thereon during the past season, will be allowed to graze dur ing the season of 1905, with the un derstanding that such reduction in numbers as may be found necessary will be made in the allowance for the season of 1906. Naples.—Mount Vesuvius has shown reneVed signs of activity. Explosions are heard 10 miles distant from the volcano, while burning stones thrown 1000 feet above the crater produce a magnificent spectacle, especially at night. —- No man is ashamed of his acts as .often as he should be. Vesuvius Active. NORTHWEST STATES WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA, AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS. A Few Interesting Items Gathered From Our Exchanges of the Sur rounding Country—Numerous Acci dents and Personal Events Take Place—Outlook Is Bright. WASHINGTON NOTES. Memorial day. May 30, was observ ed over the state last Tuesday. The town of Colton has a commer cial club and has decided to have a market day. Spokane is busy just now getting her parks into good condition for the coming summer. A new and entirely modern electric light and power plant is being install ed at Harrington. The supreme court has dismissed the appeal of the murderer, Frank Pas quale of Tacoma. The extension of the B. B. & B. C. from Bellingham to Spokane has been postponed for this year. Lake Chelan is the largest lake in the state, one of the deepest lakes in the world, and the most scenic locality on the continent. The postponement of the dedication of the Washington building at the Lewis and Clark centennial until June 2 is under consideration. The next attraction of general in terest throughout Whitman county is the Elberton picnic, which is announc ed for June 21, 22 and 23. Herman Swartz, a "swamper," or porter, in the Keystone saloon at Spo kane on North Howard street, com mitted suicide Saturday night. "1 do not believe that the consoli dation of Rossland mines will be ac complished," said A. I. Goodell, man ager of the Le Roi smelter at North port. Dog fanciers of Spokane have em ployed an attorney to frame a pro posed city ordinance to cover speci fically the matter of promiscuous dog poisoning. Captain John O'Brien of the steam ship Olympia recently fell from the deck of his vessel to a pile of lumber 35 feet below, and is believed to be dying. Official announcement is made of the appointment of Harry M. Adams as assistant traffic manager of the Great Northern, with headquarters at Seat tle, to succeed J. C. Eden. The first sale of hops for 1905 was closed Saturday afternoon in North Yakima, causing a little flurry in the situation in Yakima. Noah Cullerier sold 78 bales to McNeil Bros, at 22 Vè cents per pound. At a recent meeting of the Spokane Masonic Temple association President H. L. Kennan was authorized to ap point an executive committee to ar range for the opening of the Masonic temple August 24. Governor Mead has reached a deter mination to name Judge S. J. Chad wick of the Whitman county bench and John S. McMillan of Roche Har bor as the associates of Harry Fair child, on the railroad commission. Mrs. Josephine Lillie, proprietress of the Toppenish townsite, who is esti mated to be worth $75,000, is held in $2000 bail by Justice Taggard on the charge of shooting at Mrs. Alena Lil lie, wife of her divorced husband. The trouble arose over property rights. The new rate sheet to be introduced by the passenger department of the Great Northern will materially reduce rates on the Spokane Falls & North ern. At present the rates on this road are 3% cents to Northport and 4 cents beyond that point. Under the new law these will be brought down to 3 cents a mile. As a result of a duel Sunday after noon to which no living witness can be found, the Chinese barber at Walla Walla is dead and the cook trom Fort Walla Walla lies in a hospital, perhaps mortally wounded. The dead man had been killed by a gun, while the wound ed man was horribly hacked with a knife. OREGON NEWS. Charles F. McGinty, a self-confessed wue beater, was held to the grand jury by Judge Hogue of the Portland police court, so that the prisoner could be punished at the whipping post. Reports from the territory south of Pendleton are that while the fruit was almost totally annihilated by the last frost, the alfalfa crop will be far' bet ter than it was last year. It develops that the name John Mal colm Graham "of Portland" which was attached to The Trail ballad which won the $100 exposition prize, is a nom de plume. The writer is Mrs. A. A. Llndsley, wife of the former state treasurer of Washington. H. L. McKinney, a sheep buyer from the east, has shipped 29 cars of sheep from Echo to Wyoming, where they will be ranged until fall, when they will be turned on the Chicago markets. The shqep were purchased in the eastern end of Umatilla county. Colonel E. Z. Steever, grand marshal of the opening day exercises at the Lewis and Clark fair, has announced that the parade, which will be the most imposing that has occurred in the history of the northwest, will start from Sixth and Morrison streets June 1 at 10 o'clock in the morning, military contingent alone will consist of nearly 10,000 U. S. re gular soldiers. IDAHO SQUIBBS. Wardner and Kellogg have decided to unite and give a Fourth of July celebration. Farmers say that everything points to a prosperous year on Camas prairie. An abundance of rain has fallen. The Kootenai county commissioners have awarded contracts for building two bridges across the Spokane river at Post Falls. The bank of Troy has been reor ganized as a state bank, under the new law passed by the last legisla ture, and is the first bank to be in corporated under the new act. Bulletin No. 48 of the Idaho experi ment station has just been issued. It treats of raising calves on separator milk, and is by H. T. French, director and agriculturist of the station. Suit has been filed by the govern ment against Frank G. Ramsey for $488.11. Ramsey was United States marshal from January, 1899, to Janu ary, 1902. It is alleged in the com plaint that he received public mon eys to the amount named. E. E. Gapie, special agent of the general land office, has made a demand upon the Barber Lumber company for $12,000 for 1,700,000 feet of logs cut on the south fork of the Boise and on Cottonwood creek. The claim will be contested. The A cloudburst in the hills above Boise sent a flood down Cottonwood gulch, through the military post and into the town. So far as can now be learned no serious damage has been done, but the upper part of town is afloat, and a flood is pouring down all the streets as far as Main. Dividend No. 23 of 1 cent per share, amounting to $10,000, has just been paid by the Hecla Mining company. This is the regular monthly dividend of the property and brings the total amount of dividends paid to date up to $360,000. The Hecla is a silver-lead mine at Burke. [ Clarence Atherton, the young crimi nal captured last weex in Spokane has confessed fully and completely to the robbery of the postoffice at Troy, on tqe night of May 1. George Bradley, the man charged wiht holding up the Norden ealoon in Spokane, was the prime mover in the robbery and put Atherton up to the job. A good roads convention will be held in Weiser June 8, under the aus pices of the commercial club. The National Good Roads convention will meet at Portland June 22, 23 and 24, and a special train conveying the par ty will go from Weiser to that place. Four cities in Idaho have been chosen as places of organization, Weiser, Po catello, Boise and Idaho Falls. The people of this section are enthusiastic over the proposition. Acting Secretary Reynolds has ap proved the recommendation of Acting Supervising Architect Kemper with re spect to the Boise federal building con tract and H. A. Riddenbaugh, contrac tor. In this matter Uncle Sam has been even more magnanimous than at first reported. Riddenbaugh, accord ing to Secretary Reynolds, will not be required to pay $26,000 penalty, the actual loss incurred by the govern ment while awaiting the completion of the Boise federal building, which was two years late in delivery. MONTANA NOTES. Miles Fuller has been sentenced at Butte to hang July 24 by Judge Don lan, for the murder of Henry J. Cal lahan October 24, 1904. Fuller is over 70 years of age, and he presented a pathetic figure as the fateful words Fuller, In desperation, hinted at suicide, and the death watch es were at once placed over him. Word has been received by the Sil ver Bow Athletic club that Jimmy Gardner had changed his mind about fighting Buddy Ryan in Butte June 13, Miners' Union day, and that he would meet Jack O'Keefe of Chicago in Salt Lake that date. At a recent meeting at Harlem of those interested in irrigation in the Milk river valley, it was decided start friendly suits all along the val ley from Chinook to Glasgow, a dis tance of about 150 miles, to determine priority of water rights. This action is taken preliminary to national irri gation, and it is believed will straight en out some of the difficulties which the reclamation service has ered. were uttered. to encount Bearmouth is rapidly gaining the to Independence, Mo., when the James enviable notoriety that once attached boys were at the height of their reer. nii ca In the ■ last two years three trains have been held up at this point and from one of them booty was obtained. considerable It seems to be c favored spot for robbery, owing to its isolation and the convenient ., , . cover in which desperadoes may secrete them selves. SLAVWARSHIPSSUNK JAPS HELD RUSSIANS IN THE KOREAN STRAITS. Cannonading Heard in Tokio —Russian Battleships Orel and Her Sister Ship, the Borodino, Reported Sunk— They Were Finest Type of Russian Navy. Washington. May 30.—Japanese Min ister Takahira has received a dispatch from Tokio saying, in effect, that the fighting in the naval battle thus far • has been with favoraule prospects to the Japanese. The minister's dispatch is from private sources. A dispatch was received at the state department saying that the Japanese government has made the announce ment that its fleet had engaged the Russians in the straits of Korea Satur day and had held them. The report ed sinking of the battleship Borodino is mentioned in a dispatch received at the state department from the consul at Nagasaki. Following is the text of the Naga saki dispatch to the state department: "The Japanese sunk the Russian bat tleship Borodino and four more war ships and a repair ship." The other dispatch follows: "Japanese fleet engaged the Baltic squadron this afternoon in the straits of Tsushima, which was held. Can nonading heard from shore." The belief in naval circles in Wasn inglon is that the Japanese resorted to a free use of their torpedo boats in their attacks on the ships of Admiral Rojestvensky's ueet. The Japanese have a large number of torpedo boats in their fleet, and they demonstrated their effectiveness in the operations around Port Arthur. Naval officials here express the opinion that it was unlikely that such serious losses as those reported had been inflicted by ordinary fire. From information which has been received in Washington it is believed that two of the Russian ships reported to have been sunk in the Korean straits by the Japanese are the Orel and her sister ship, the Borodino. They are battleships of 13,000 tons. Three other vessels reported to have been sunk are believed to have been cruisers, the remaining one being a re pair ship. The Orel and Borodino are of 18,516 tons displacement each, heavily ar mored, well protected and were de signed to make 18 knots an hour. They measured 397 feet by 76 feet, with 26 feet draft, and both have a lofty spar deck fully 30 feet above the water line, extending from the bow to the quarter deck. Forward is mounted a pair of 12.4 inch guns in a turret pro tected by 11 Inches of Krupp armor. Another pair of guns, of the same size, is mounted aft. There are 30 other guns of the intermediate battery, and the vessels carry two submerged tor pedo tubes and two above water. A special feature of the vessels is their vertical longitudinal bulkheads, run ning throughout the whole length of the ship at a distance of 9 or 10 feet inboard from the ship's sides, designed to localize the effect of a ~.ow from a torpedo. Later Report. Definite Japanese statements are ac cepted at Berlin as being acccurate. Theefore, it is assumed t in profesional quarters that the Japanese inflicted greater damage than they themselves sustained. A disatch to the Londion Evening News from Tokio says eight captains of Russian warships were drowned dur ing the battle. Advices received from London and and other leading continental financial centers by the New York bankers all of the opinion that Japan's decisive victory would hasten peace. Reports that the government at Washington WlTi' had signified its willingness to act mediator in the event of peace propo sals are current and added to the hope ful feling in financial circles that the end of the war might be looked for. as Father Sues Son. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick of Brooklyn, formerly an extensive glass manufac turer, with large interests in New York and in western Pennsylvania, has brought suit against his son James and the latter's wife for the restitution of over $1,000,000 in bonds, securities and realty, which he claims have been wrongfully taken from him. Ellen Lease Robbed. Mrs. Mary Ellen Lease, the lecturer and reform populist leader, was the victim of a daring robbery in her in New York. While one robber held a revolver with the muzzle pressing against her temple and admonished her not to make ... an outcry, another went through her flat from end to end. You can't tell what a woman thinks of a man by what she says about him.