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Vol. XVI. No. .52.
COIJVALLIS, OREGON. FEBRUARY 13.1904.
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Three Russian Battle Ships Disa
bled in Midnight Attack Japa
A pproach Harbor, Let Tor
pedoea Fly and Made
off in Darkness.
London. Feb. 9. The decided
victory of the Japanese flotilla at
Port Arthur in the darkness of last
night lends strength to the belief
already strong in the minds of high
officials that in the warfare now be
gan there may occur at least one if
not more of tbe greatest sea engage'
ments of modern times.
It is generally conceded here that
the navies of Russia and Japan will
be the most prominent factors in
the coming conflicts, and it ia pos
sible that the world- may at last
learn the actual fighting values of
modern ships of war. There is but
slight difference in the strength of
the two conflicting navies, for the
larger number of- Russia's armored
ships is offset by the better types
and superior personnel of the Jap
anese battleships and her armored
cruisers, and the fact that Japan's
facilities for supplying and main
taining her fleet are vastly superior
to those of Russia gives the smaller
navy a distinct advantage.
Russia's fight is practically away
from home. Fort Arthur and Vlad
ivostok, nearly 1,200 miles apart,
are her only two naval ports in the
Orient, and, - Vladivostok being - ac
cessible during the winter months,
only Fort Arthur remains a harbor
of refuge and defense for upward of
80 vessels, including destroyers, tor
nedo boats and transports.
Japan, on tbe other nana, naa
four dockyards, and five naval bar
bors, five of which are distant only
24.0 to 240 miles from Fort Arthur,
and tbe latter port is far from being
an ideal harbor. It can accommo
date a small number of vessels and
the dockyard could be shelled by an
enemy in the open sea without great
riek to it from the Russian forts.
Thus Russia, has "all her eggs in
a basket, while Japan's dockyards,
naval harbors and sources of supply
are distributed on three islands dif
ficult to approach, well fortified
and impossible of blockade.
A protracted war, therefore, say
men in ureat .Britain toreign oi
fice. would be disastrous to Russia,
and efforts to strike a decisive blow
to annihilate Japan's navy may be
looked for. Should Russia fail in
this, or even only partially succeed,
Japan's chances for final , victory
may still be considered excaedingiy
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Washington. l"eb. a. It is re
ported here officially that Japanese
torpedo boat destroyers have been
lurking in the vicinity of Fort -Ar
thur, and this is taken to mean that
the concentration of Japan's vessels
can be made at any given time.
Tbe Japanese appear to have played
a smooth same of preparation, and
the Russians know that their ships
aie menaced and may be all de
The landing at Seoul of Japanese
troops, covered by a torpedo divi
sion that is constantly cruising back
and forth, " keeping a lookout for
Russian ships, is constantly going
on. . Eight thousand troops have
been landed so far.
There is no truth in the .report
that Germany will take a hand, or
that France is desirous of having
the powers sending troops to
China. Official denial is made at
the French capital, and Germany
sends word that she is preparing to
issue a proclamation of neutrality.
Fekin, Feb. 9. Authentic re-
ports were received at tbe v&rious
legations here today that brought
great surprise 11 not wonder. - lhe
reports say that Japan has seized
three Russian ships, one of which
is a small gunboat, the other two
are transports loaded with Kussian
. CheeFoo, Feb. 9. The British
steamship Columbia, which, arrived
here today from Fort Arthur,
brought news of the attack by the
Japanese fleet upon the Russian
fleet. The Columbia was in the
roads at the time, and felt the first
shock of a torpedo explosion at 11
o'clock last night. The attack con
tinued all night, and at daylight to
day two Russian battle ships and
one first-class Russian cruiser were
seen to have been disabled and
beached at tbe entrance of the har
bor. The cruiser was badly listed
to one side.
t A naval officer who was recently
at Port Arthur says the Russians
were not prepared for the attack on
their ships and had an insufficient
amount of tteam up. A boat pa
trolled the straits of Pe Chi Xii con
tinuously, but apparently the Jap
anese torpedo boats were not notic
ed until after the first torpedo was
fired.x The Russians fired, but the
Japanese backed off instead of re
turning the fire. An hour later the 1
discharge of torpedoes was repeated, J
after which the torpedo boats with-1
drew to some distance. '-.'-,
" At ten o'clock Tuesday morning
the Russian forts opened fire on the
Japanese fleet, which was about
three, miles distant. A battle then
began, the Russian foeta ' and 14
ships against 16 Japanese vessels.
A few of the Japanese shells . were
effective, but as far as seen the Rus
sian shots fell short. The Russian
cruisers then went out, and the
Japanese vessels disappeared. They
were seen later going in the direc
tion of Dalney, apparently undam
aged. Although the officers of the
Columbia say that there were 17
ships in the attacking party, on
ly 16 were seen la'ter in the day by
the Bteamer Fee Chow. '
The Columbia had a narrow es
cape from injury. Her passengers
and crew were very . much excited
in regard to her dangerous posi
tion. While going out of the roads
at Port Arthur the Russian cruiser
Novik got between the Columbia
and ' the Japanese fleet. Shells
which passed over the Novik struck
around the Columbia. Her flag
waacnt into splinters, and one shell
fell on her deck. The faces of those
who were on deck were blackened
with powder smoke.
A member of the crew of the Co
lumbia tells the following story of
the battle: L . .
"The Columbia was lying in the
roadstead, surrounded by 14 Rus
sian battle ships and cruisers. At
11:30 last night a severe shock was
telt on board the Columbia, lhe
Russians immediately commenced
to operate their searchlights, and
opened fire towards the sea. Tbe
firing lasted only a snort time. At
0 clock more shocks were felt, and
the Russians again commenced fir
"The Japanese did not return the
fire. At 2 o'clock two Kussian bat
tie-ships went in and were beached
across the entrance of the harbor.
They were soon followed by a Rus
sian cruiser, which also was beach
ed. None of the vessels was dam
aged above the water line. More
shocks from torpedoes were felt
during the early morning, and then
all was quiet.
"At 10 o'clock this morning three
Japanese cruisers passed Fort Ar
thur in sight of the Kussian fleet.
The whole Russian fleet immediate
lv weighed anchor and went after
them, but returned in half an
The two battlesbips disabled are
the Poltava and the Czarovitcn
The disabled cruiser Boyarin and
grounded battleships block the en
trance to the harbor, preventing
gunboats from going out and battle
ships and cruisers from coming in
and getting coal.
MORE SHIPS SUNK.
JAPANESE ADD TO THEIR
VICTORIES ON THE SEA.
Surround Russian Squadron and
Send Three Battleships to the
... Bottom Seven Vessels
Captured Port Arthur J
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sunken vessels then took . re
fuge on the French cruiser Pascal.
There was no casualties, on the
Japanese side. .
London. Feb. 12. In a disnatch
from Shanghai dated Feb. 12, 2 A.
, a correspondent of the , Dailv
Telegraph says: v . ,
"The bombardment of Port Ar-:
thnr continues. Three Russian
cruisers have been sunk The
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the morning and arriving late in
Tokio, Feb. 10. Japan is mak
ing tremendous preparations 10
land more troops in Korea. She
lready has succeeded in landing
several thousand of her forces at
Chemulpo despite the presence nf
two Russian Cruisers. Four bat
talions have been landed at Gen
san, one 01 tne treaty ports 01 rxo
rea, 115 miles south of Seoul.
Japan is concentrating her forces
at Tsushima island in the straits of
Korea, which is Japan's most ad
It Is officially stated here that
the Russian troops have cross
ed the Yalu river and are pouring
into Korea. Their objective point
it ia believed to be Seoul. Officials
here declare that this action com
pelled Japan to initiate hostile
measures and make war a terrible
Official cireles in Tokio are con
vinced that a great batJle between
the Russian and Japan land forces
will occur soon in Korean territory.
The Japanese, however, are clam
oring for a rigorous prosecution of
hostilities all along the line. Flans
of landing a greater Japanese force
in Korea are being pushed strenu-
ouslv. All troops on Tsushima isl
and are held ready to embark. The
creneral transport neet has been e-
. - .
normously augmented Dy steam
ships chartered everywhere, regard
less of cost. Newspaper corres
pondents were refused permission
to accompany the first expedition.
Washington, Feb. 9. News of
the daring exploit of the Japanese
torpedo boats at Port Arthur last
night was received with great inter
est by the naval officers here. The
general impression is that the Jap
anese boats did not actually run in
to the harbor, but passed swiftly a
cross the mouth, under cover
darkness, let fly their . torpedoes
broadside, and at least three of these
found their mark. Naval officers
here say that this feat could not
have been performed if the Russian
vessels had 1 remained under the
guns of forts in the inner harbor,
but the torpedo boats advocates
point to a daring raid by Japanese
torpedo boats into the splendidly
fortified harbor of Wei Hal Wei
just opposite Port Arthur during
the China-Japanese war, when three
great Chinese battle ships were sent
to the bottom.
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In a dispatch from
correspondent of the
"There has been a renewed at
tack on Port Arthur. The Japan
ese captured seven Russian ships
and chased others. There have -
been disturbances at Port Arthur in
which a number of Japanese civil-,
ians were killed or imprisoned. A ,
inmese mop naa destroyed the tel
egraph line around Niu Chwang."
The St. Petersburg correspond
ent of the Reuters Telegram Com
pany cables that the naval head
quarters' staff there announces that,
in the fight at Port Arthur six Jap
anese ships were slightly damaged,
and 50 Japanese were killed and
London, Feb. 10. The official
account of the Chemulpo battle re
ceived at the Japanese embassy
here this afternoon saya that the
Japanese squadron in escorting
transports to Korea jvionaay aiter-
noon was met on its way to Ohe-
mulpo by the Russian gunboat Ko
netz as the latter was leaving port.
The Korietz assumed the offensive
and fired on a Japanese torpedo
boat. The latter replied by firing
two torpedoes without effect. The
Korietz then returned to anchor-
ase in the port and early next
morning Admiral inu, command
ing the Japanese fleet, formally de
manded that ail Russian vessels
leave the port of Chemulpo, adding
that if they did not comply by noon
yesterday he would be compelled to
attack them within tne namor.
The Russian men-of-war left the
port at 11:30 and battle was imme
diately given outside Polynesian
After one hour's engagement the
Russians took refuge among the
islands, and towards evening the
cruiser Variag sank.
About 4 o cioct this morning,
Feb. 10. the Korietz was reported
sunk by her own crew, who, finding
her utterly disabled, blew her up
The officers and men of , the two
London, Feb. 11. A disnatch to
Reuter's Telegraph Company from
Tokio. dated 7:io'P. M., yesterday,
says an unofficial xeport was cur
rent there that tbe Russian fleet
was destroyed, four battleships and
three cruisers being sunk, and that
two Japanese warships weie dam
aged in an engagement yesterday,
off Port Arthur, the Japanese get
ting between the Russians and the
entrance of the harbor before the
fight commenced. . .
Berlin, Feb, ir. A dispatch to
the Nosaiche Zeitung from Yoka
hama says the greater number of
the Russian warships at Port Ar-' -thnr
have already been disabled
and several Japanese warships
have been sent home for repairs.
Lbndon,'Feb. 12. That a" land
confliot ia rapidly -approaching in
the Far East there ia no doubt,
and, while no battle has been posi
tively chronicled, the cables re
ceived here indicate that the Rus
sian army marching toward the
Corean capital is Eteadily moving; '
forward, The Japanese are al
ready in Seoul. It is thou eh t prob
able that the report from Tien Tsin
that a neet of five Russian cruisers
haa laid low the city of Hakodate ia
Latest reports from Vladivostok
are to the effect that the Russian
fleet there is still confined to the
harbor, by ice, and, with the de
struction of about half of the navat
force at Port Arthur, it is consid
ered unlikely that any vessels
available for such destructive work
as that reported at Hakodate could
have been sent to the Japanese
London, Feb. 12. A correspond
ent of the Standard at Tokio sends
in this morning an entirely new ac
count of the Port Arthur encounter.
He says Admiral Toeo's fleet ar
rived on Monday night and found
the Russian squadron drawn up in
Dauie lormauon outside the harbor
and under the shadow of the forts.
the destroyers beiDg spread out
in front over a distance of five
miles. Admiral Toeo decided on a '
night attack and opened fire at 11.
o'clock. While the cannonade was
hottest, a number of Japanese tor
pedo boats crept along close inshore
at the foot of the cliff and succeeded,
in the darkness in getting between
the Russian ships and the land.
Here they lay unnoticed until the
Russians began to give way before
the Japanese fire and sought to re
enter the harbor. The Japanese
torpedo boats then opened fire at
close range and sank two battle
ships and one cruiser close to the
entrance of the harbor.
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