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TO ESCAPE . CAPTURE
EUSSIANS BLEW UP THEIR
' OWN SHIP AT CHEFOO.
Japanese Are Seen Off the Habcor
One Man Is Left on -the Vessel '
to Light Fuses Three Ex- ;.
; ' 'Plosions .Heard A , .i
... Single Spar Marks ; ,
Her Grave. ; 7
Chefoe, Nov; 16. Fearing cap
tare by the Japanese, whose boats
were off the Port, the Russians to
day blew up the torpedo-boat de
stroyer Ratstoropony, which escap
ed from Port Arthur under cover of
a severe etorm, and entered this
harbor last night.
The correspondent of the Associ
ated Press learns authoritatively
that the Ratstoropony cairied eeal
ed orders providing that nnless
there came a highly favorable op-
book was confident and ; in good
spirits. : " - - ; -'.-'" .,
He declared the destroyer's object
web simply to carry dispatches.
The other Russia;' ships remained
at Port Arthur:1 ; ..- .v
The Batstoroponj, being1 one of
the fastest of the Russian vessels,
soon outdistanced ' her pursuers.
he entered Ghefoo with a music
box playing a sprightly air, and
the savory odor of a breakfast steak
apparerl v testifying to the fact
that Port Arthur still erjoysfresh
meat. The destroyer spied in like
an arro at 6:50 a. m.y and anchor
ed fe hundred yarda abaft .the
United States cruise r New Orleans,
flagship of Rear Admiral Folger,
commander of the cruiser squadron
of the Asiatic fleet.;-.v '- - -
The Chinese cruiser Hai Yung
raised steam within 20 minutes and
came-coee to the - Ratstoropony,
Captain Ching, of the'; Hal Yang,
board either and held a brief con
ference? with Commander Pelem.
EnsigA Wain wright," Rear . Admir
al Folger's aid, .boarded the Rat
storopocy immediately, but he and
Captain' Ching were not invited in-
A SEVERE STORM
ATLANTIC WIRES GONE IN
ALL r DIRECTIONS.,.-.
Snow and Rain Aid In'. jthV Work
. of Destruction New iYork
v. Reports . Condition ; , the f -'
. . Worst Since the Memf .
: orable Storm ofs ,,v v
New York; NoK 14. Tfe--storm
which swept up through the Atlan
tic states frem the - Gulf yesterday
and laBt night, developing f into a
gale of hurricane force as it moved
up, resulted in the most complete
tie-up of wire communication that
the' East has experienced since the
memorable enow storm of 1888, dis
arranged traiu schedules, paralyzed
trolley lines and - piled several
from the island to One hundred and
thirty-eighth street to get the New,
York keepers.' - After considerable V
work they managed to get out into
the river, where the - wind seemed -to
increase, and the three men were -unable
to reaoh the main land, the ;
boat -being swept down the hi vet to
South Brother Island, where It waa "
beached.. v , "' 1
The whereabouts of the men were
..ci ' .
feared they had been drowned, an
they had been compelled to remain
on the island all night. :
The chief damage attributable to v
the storm, was the crippling of the -telephonic,
telegraphio and theeleo ; -trie
light Bervlce throughout North
ern and Eastern New England .
ThrougbilSe entire rear of Maine,
Newhanjshire and ..VermontjUe"
course of the telegraph and tele-,
phone lines is marked by the' hun "
dreds t)f polee that ; wear blown- .
One of the most singular . effects
of the gale so fat reported was the
washing ashore of whale, 80 feet .-.
lontr. at Pennellville. Mains. .. TJn-
able to get back into deep water,
portunity to escape, the vessel
should be blown up. Sufficient
powder for the purpose was secret
ed before the destroyer left Port Ar
thur, small charges of ordinary
powder placed in each of the five
water-tight compartments were ex
Customs (Jmcer K.oemg was on
board the destroyer, and the Rus
sians experienced considerable dif
ficulty ia getting him off without
arousing his suspicions. The de
stroyer's cutter, manned by two
men, was lying near, and the offi
cial was persuaded to take a ride
around the Ratstoropony in order
that he might eee the injuries she
was alleged to have received.
No sooner had the customs offi
cer stepped into the cutter" than a
petty officer drew his watch and
urged the rowers to make all possi
ble speed away. When the destrov-
er had gone down the official was
The Russians, with the excep
tion of one man, left the destroyer
during the afternoon. This last
man lit slow fuses and blew up the
vessel. There were three dull ex
plosions which were Ecarcely audi
ble 100 yards from the place where
they occurred. Almost simultan
eously the Ratstoropony sank to
the bottom. A single spar marks
Prior to the destruction of the de
stroyer the Taotai.had officially no
tified the Japanese consul, that ber
disarmament had been completed,
the breech blocks and ammunition
being removed and the machinery
Commander Pelem, of the Kat
storopouy, in an interview on his
adventurous voyage, said:
"I left Port Arthur at midnight
in a blinding snowstorm. The
boat was navigated through all
dangers of floating mines without a
mishap. Once reaching the open
sea we eaw a Japanese cruiser and
some torpedo boats in the distance,
but we were EteamiDg rapidly
through the storms with lights ex
tinguished and passed them unno
ticed. We reached Chefoo without
mishap of any kind."
The commander was optimistic
with reference to Port Arthur. He
declared all the forts remained in
Russian hands and that the garri-
to the Ratstoropony B cabin
though a blizzard was cutting
Captain Ching notified comman
der Pelem' that 24 hours was the
limit of lime he could remain arm
ed at Chefoo, after which the Rat
storopony would be compelled to
disarm. While delivering this ul
timatum the sailors, who eeemed to
be healthy and carefree, began greas
ing the torpedo tubes, which were
Following the conference with
Captain Ching, the Ratstoropony
was moved further into the bid an
chorage of the torpedo-boat destroy
er Ryeshitelni, where the Russian
consul boarded the Ratstoropony
and brought dispatches ashore.
The Russian officers are all reti
cent, but deny the report that the
Russian armored cruiser Bayan has
been sunk, though they admit that
a ehell damaged her engines, which
are being repaed. Russian cruis
ers come out of Port Arthur daily,
the battle ships remaining in the
The overdrawn optimism of the
officers, it was ascerted ashore, made
it obvious that their story was re
hearsed" before it was given to the
VVnen the correspondents were al
lowed on board the Ratstoropony e
quarter of beef waa carefully placed
where it was not impossible to miss.
seeing it. This, it was claimed,
was meant to convey the irppres
sion that Port Arthur was snug and
i com fOT table.
! It was learned from the officers
! of the torpedo-boat destroyer the
ex-ltussian governor of Port Arthur,
M. Sakaharoff, died recently at
Port Arthur, of enteric fever.
The explosion was bo subdued
and the. crew remained so silent
that it was some time before the re
port of the affair became current,
Even the officials most intimately
concerned got the news from the
The Japanese consul say that cine of
the iiuseian crew came ashore with
their rifles, against which action he"
ha9 protested to the authorities.
The Japanese consul declares
that the Russians wasted their ves
sel, 88 the Ryeshitelni incident
would not have besn repeated.
wrecks along the coast. A down
pour of rain and heavy snow which
accompanied the storm added to the
destructive force of the gale. Many
telephone and telegraph poles were
tome down by the weight of the
wind, while snow and ice caused
hundreds of wires to give way, cut
ting off whole sections of the coun
try. Both the telegraph companies
and the telephone companies, with
long distance wires today reported
their field of operation restricted to
the territory bounded on the west
by Philadelphia, on the east by
Boston and on the north by New
burg, N. Y. The big brokerage
concerns in Wall street, many of
whom, under nominal conditions,
operate thousands of miles of wire,
today found themselves practically
helpless. The exchanges were no
more fortunate and the only quota
tions received from Chicago and
New Orleans W6re the market re
ports of the Associated Press. These
quotations brought over the Associ
ated Press wires, were the only fig
ures obtained in this city from the
cotton and grain centers of the
boulh and West.
By an elaborate system of relays
and by the use of both telephone
and telegraph wires, the AssociaTed
Press eucceeded in bridging the
path between East and west cut by
the Etorm and reached all points
West, North and East, with the ex
ception of a small section in the vi
cinity of Albany. There the dam
age from the snow and wind seem
ed bej ond immediate repair, and
with the exception of trains there
was no communication with that
section during the day. The gener
al breaking down of wires was al
most entirely responsible for trou
ble on the railroads. The move
ment of trains could not be report
ed and delays extending into hours
in many cases were reported.
That no more disasters at sea re
sulted from the gale probably was
due to the ealy warning of the ap
proaching hurricane sent out by the
weather bureau. Bulletins sent out
Saturday afternoon told of- the gale
that would sweep the coast and cau
tioned all msiiaers against leaving
The "trusties" and a keeper em
ployed on Riker's Island, during
the etorm, started in a small boat
the great creature lay helpless on
the beach and a bullet from a hun
ter's rifle ended its life.
Clear and cold weather followed
in the wake of the storm.
Portland, Nov. 15. Oregonian:
Accused of wantonly taking the
life-of a fellow-Indian, Lorenz Sav
age, last living chief of his tribe, is
now on trial for his life in the Unit
ed States court.
The murder for which the United
States officials expect to make Sav
age pay the penalty, waa commit
ted on the Grand Ronde reserva
tion, early in the morning of April
24, and appears to have been the
termination of a night of drunken
revelry on the part of the Indians
The story as told before the trial
shows thatt party ot Indians had
spent the night in drink and play
ing games. Savage, it is claimed,
drank to excess and became ugly,
quarreling with several companions.
During an altercation, Wacheno
suddenly appeared, and it is alleg
ed Savage turned upon him with a
revolver and fired two shots, mor
tally wounding him. After an es
cape and remaining in hiding for a
few days Savage was captured and
brought to Portland where he was
indicted by the last Federal grand
jury, but pleaded not guilty to the
charge of murder.
Owing to the position occupied
by Savage in hi3 tribe a determined
effort ia being made to free him .
from the charge under which he is
being tried, and his friends on the
reservation have engaged B. F.
Jones, of Toledo, for the defense.
The trial began at 2 o'ciock yester
day and a jury secured with little
The first witness examined was
Dr. Andrew Kershaw, superintend
ent of the Grande Ronde reserva
tion, who testified that Wacheno
had died aa a result of two bullet
Abraham Mitchel, belter known
on the reservation as Jos Connor,
and one of the men with whom
Savage had quarreled on the night
of the murder, proved a etrong wit
ness for the prosecution. He de
tailed the events leading up to and
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