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PRINCE TUAN KILLED.
Said to Have Lost His Life in, a Boxer
Revolt at Pekln.
LONDON, July 2s3The Shanghai cor
respondent of the Dally Express, wiring
"It is reported here that a large sec
tion of the Boxers have revolted against
Prince Tuan, alleging that he is making
tools of them for his own ends.
"A desperate conflict took place outside
of Pekln Sunday. Prince Tuan personally
led hl3 followers, two of his Generals
having deserted him. The battle lasted
several hours, and Prince Tuan -was "de
feated and killed."
To Take LI Back.
HONG KONG, July 27. It is asserted j
here that a Chinese transport now coal- j
ing at Canton Is going to Shanghai to
bring Li Hung Chang back.
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WASHINGTON, July 27. Postmaster
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between the United States and the Island
possessions. It directs that all mall sent
from the United States to the Island of
Guam, the Philippine Archipelago, or
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SUPPLIED WITH FOOD
Chinese Government Aiding
THIS IS SHENG'S LATEST REPORT
The Message Does Not Came Much
Hope in London Sir Claude Mac-
LONDON, July 2S, A. M. Lymwx J.
Gage's statement that there is still "hope
but that It is constantly diminishing is
held here to define accurately tho sit
The Chinese Minister in London, Sir
Chih Chen Leh Feng Loh, yesterday re
ceived a telegram from Sheng, Director
of Railways and Telegraphs, to the effect
that an imperial decree In the following
terms was issued July 31:
"It Is fortunate that all the foreign
representatives, except Baron von Kette
ler, are found In safety and unharmed.
Provisions in the shape of food stuffs,
vegetables and fruits will be supplied
to the Legations in order to show our
The Morning Post goes so far as to
assert that there Is now direct commu
nication between the Chinese authorities
In Pekln and London, and that the Min
isters are safe. However this may be.
it Is certain that the attempts of the
French, Italian and other Consuls to get
direct replies from Pekln have utterly
failed, and it is pointed out that the
ability to supply the Legations with fruit
and vegetables Involves the conclusion
that communication Is not Impeded by
the Boxers. Thus, despite the daily al
ternation of hopes and fears, the reiterated
Chinese assertions of the safety of tho
Ministers fall to carry conviction, and
the decision of the United States not to
delay military measures is taken as the
only possible course to pursue.
The Daily News says that negotiations
with Chinese authorities. If there be any
in China, are useless. It turns out that
as early as July 12 an appeal from the
Empress of China to Queen Victoria for
mediation, dated July 13, was handed the
Marquis of Salisbury, and It Is understood
other powers wero not communicated
with until July 20.
The Shanghai correspondent of the
Dally Express asserts that three ver
sions of Sir Claude MacDonald's letter
of July 6 are current there, and that it
Is believed all three originated from Chi
nese sources. He adds, however, that 11
Hung Chang says the Legation party
ought tg reach Tien Tsln Sunday.
The Morning Post correspondent at Che
Foo, wiring Wednesday, says there Is a
rumor that Prince Ching rescued the Le
gations and convoyed them to a place of
Eighteen missionaries have been mas
sacred at Tang Chau.
General Sir Alfred Gaselee has started
?fQr 5akm. -. -u OTgtft fiWrr
Germany and United BtatesJ
The attitude of Germany and the United
States respectively toward the Chinese
problem Is a theme of considerable dis
cussion. It Ib stated In Berlin, with a
show of authority, that both Germany
and Russia are determined to inflict ex
emplary punishment. The Berlin papers,
on the whole, adversely criticise President
McKlnley's conciliatory polipy. The Lon
don Standard also complains that the of
ficial declarations of Washington have
a "perceptibly uncertain sound," and
"Washington politicians use a great
many words to say a simplo thing, and
this we know Is one devlco of people who
wish to slip out of an unwelcome obliga
tion. It Is probable, however, that when
the tlmo for action arrives, President
McKlnley will not refuse to co-operate."
The Daily Chronicle says: "Secretary
Hay shows at last some grasp of the
The Daily Graphic, commenting today
upon Germany's indignation at the at
titude of the United States toward China,
contends that, save for the fact that
Secretary Hay Is less vindictive, there is
no difference of policy between Wash
ington and Berlin. "By the exercise of
a little sobriety," it says, "the United
States is careful to keep open diplomatic
channels, while It 1b not a whit less
serious or active for the rescue of the
Europeans in Pekln. It is precisely a
caso Justifying the policy of 'holding the
candle to the devil's eye.' and Mr. Hay
cannot be blamed for taking that course.
Certainly such speeches as Emperor Wil
liam made yesterday are calculated to
do more harm than good."
The only Information regarding China
that the Parliamentary Secretary of the
Foreign Office. William St. John Broder
ick, was able to Impart to the House
of Commons was that preparations, for
the advance on Pekln seem to be ap
The alleged departure of the Ministers
from Pekln has led to a reassertlon of
the belief that the story Is part of a deep
laid plan by China to conceal the date of
the massacre at Pekln. the suggestion
being that Chinese officials will claim
that the Ministers left Pekin under a
strong escort, but were ambushed and
massacred by Boxers en route to Tien
Tsln. However, although It Is still be
lieved that a massacre has occurred of
tho colony at Pekln, the disposition now
is to think the Ministers were somehow
rescued from a tragic fate.
The Administration Bcclnnlnff- to
Distrust Chinese Assurances.
WASHINGTON. July 27.-Unless some
authentic assurance as to the conditions
of the Americans in Pekln reaches the
State Department within a day or two,
the Administration is likely to abandon
whatever Jaith it has manifested thus far
In the truthfulness of Chinese informa
tion. The Chinese Minister Is confident
that within that time there will be news
from Pekln of a character to soothe the
most skeptical, and he Is also confident
that this will be good news from the
American point of. view. The State De
partment is still receptive, though look
ing with growing coldness upon the nu
merous edicts and telegrams which are
coming from China, all wlthouf bringing
The contributions of the day were
from Consul-General Goodnow, at Shang
hai, and Consul Fowler, at Che Foo.
So -much of these messages as was given
out for publication related to the wel
fare of certain American missionaries who
have been made the subject of inquiry by
relatives in this country. The cables man
gled these messages, and there Is reason
to doubt the value of the information at
tempted to be conveyed through them.
Mr. Goodnow also had something to say
about the political situation, and it is be
lieved that part of his message was not
of an encouraging character. At any
rate It was withheld from the pres3, prob
ably because the department did not re
gard It as wise to give the stamp of Its
fcnnmval to matters which Mr Goodnow
wishes to be taken In a purely specula
Ever since the receipt at Tien Tsln of
tho autograph message from Mr. Conger,
dated Pekln, July 4, State Department
officials have had grave doubts as to the
authenticity bf the cipher message at
tributed to him, dated Pekln, July 18.
There have been many little side lights
on this message that afford grounds for
suspicion, and now the British have added
their quota to the growing distrust of
things Chinese. It seems that a Mr.
Warren, at present acting as British
Consul at Shanghai, had been told by
Sheng, the famous Chinese Director of
Posts and Telegraphs, that Yuan, the
Governor of Shan Tung, told him (Sheng)
that a message had passed through- to the
United States from the Minister July 18,
telling of the conditions at the British
legation. This cipher dispatch was
"faked" tiy Chinese officials. It is pointed
out at the State Department, however,
that there are plausible explanations of
this curious fact which tend to show the
authenticity of the cipher dispatch. Sec
retary Hay cabled Mr. Conger that he
might have implicit faith In the person
who brought the dispatch to him. Mr.
Commander of the French forces.
Conger, therefore, had to trust the man,
and possibly he told him In a general way
the contents of the dispatch. If the mes
senger should be obliged to destroy it to
insure his own safety. However that may
be, the British Government has thought
Mr. Warren's report worthy the attention
of tho Crown Government.
The Chinese Cannot Bribe Us.
The State Department officials do not
like the European criticism more or less
directly attributing to our Government
lack of whole-heartedness in the effort to
get to Pekin. They point to what the
American troops and marines have al
ready done; to the loss of life and limb
suffered by them, and to the repeated
urging of the. American officials at every
point looking to a forward movement on
Pekln. .In answer to the intimation that
they are t responsfv$";tcADlhesefcI&ftar
to onoe.us oy tne- delivery of Mr. Con
ger at Tien Tsln, and thus seduce, us to
abandon tho Pekln campaign, thS de
partment loqt no time this morning in
making known the fact that it had not
and could not countenance any such prop
osition. The department rather strength
ened Its position through being enabled in
this way to reject the proposition by an
ticipation. It was pointed out that even
should the other powers agree to any
such proposition, we would not consider
it until Minister Conger's views were
known. It is explained that to agree to
such a plan might result in sending the.
Ministers forward with an inadequate es
cort, and if murdered we would then be
estopped from demanding redress.
Admiral Remey's dispatches have not
in any way altered the plans of the
Government, and nothing at the Cabinet
meeting occurred which changed In any
way our position. The meeting was
rather In the nature of a review of lhe
situation and an exchange of views; It is
the earnest desire of this Government
that the forward movement on Pekln
be made at the earliest possible moment.
The International Commnnder.
The Government will make no effort to
press General Chaffee for command -of
the International forces, although the
Government feels that he personally Is
fit for such an honor and If chosen would
acquit himself with credit. -If another
commander is selected, It Is the wish of
the President that the American force
should not be divided as to command,
but that In carrying out its share of any
movement all orders to the American
force should go through General Chaffee.
In case the commanders of, the allies can
not reacH an agreement as to who shall
command. It may become necessary for
the governments themselves to decide the
matter. While the Secretary of State has
sent no circular on this subject to those
of the foreign Ministers who have seen
him and who have broached the subject,
he suggested this solution in the event
of a hitch. It is earnestly hoped, how
ever, that no such necessity will arise,
but that the commanders themselves will
reach an agreement.
tl Is reported that 23,000 soldiers are al
ready at Tien Tsln. not half of the force
regarded as necessary to begin the move
ment upon Pekln. The State Department
advices this afternoon, however, were to
the effect that all of the Japanese troops
have been landed. In which case the In
ternational force should be considerably
augmented. The War Department, lack
ing exact Information, owing to the slow
means of telegraphic communication, be
lieves that it now has about 3300 trained
and seasoned American troops In the
vicinity of Tien Tsln under the immediate
command of General Chaffee, assuming
that the Grant has landed her passen
gers, which she should have done, if she
sailed from Nagasaki as was the inten
tion. Tho department believes that the last
reinforcements ordered from the Philip
pines two battalions of the Fourteenth
Infantry, and a battery of tho Sixth Ar
tillery, have arrived at Tien Tsln. If the
splendid marine force under Major Waller
is placed under Chaffee's command, that
officer will have altogether about 4200
troops, In addition to this force, about
3000 regulars are under orders, some of
whom are on the way for China, so that
altogether the United States should have
a respectable contingent In the interna
tional column when it starts for Pekln.
CHINESE GAME EXPOSED.
Could Not Get Word From the Ital
HONG KONG, July 27. In order to
test tho Chinese assurances regarding tho
safety of tho Legations, the Italian Con
sul here yesterday requested the acting
Viceroy of Canton to communicate with
the Italian Minister, Marquis Salvago
Beggl, and to obtain a reply from him
concerning a matter known only to the
Minister and the Consul. Today the act
ing Viceroy replled'that it was impossible
for him to accede to the request, as all
messages were received from Pekln
through the Governor of Shan Tung se
cretly. For this reason he was com
pelled to refuse.
SOLD LIFE DEARLY
New Orleans Desperado, Lo
cated, Smoked Out and Shot.
BUT FIRST HE KILLED FOUR MEN
Charles, the Negro Slayer of Officers
Day and Lamb, Held the Police at
Bay Till Fre Drove Hlxa Oat.
NEW ORLEANS, July 27. Twelve per
sons killed, including one woman, and
2S wounded, including a woman and a
girl, some so seriously that death is prob
able, is the casualty list of the troubles
in New Orleans, which began with the
OF THE INTERNATIONAL FORCES IN CHINA.
Commander of the German forces.
attempt of Policemen Iay and Lamb to
arrest the negroes Charles and Pierce.
The desperate negro, Robert Charles,
whose crimes have caused the terrible
events of the past two days, was located
In a negro's dwelling on Saratoga street,
and in effecting his capture the lives of
four more white men two policemen and
two citizens, was sacrificed. Charles re
sistance cost him his life, and with him
was- killed a negro companion who had
aided him In his defiance of the authori
With the organization of a citizens'
police force last nlgnt the turbulent ele
ment yielded and peace and order were
restored. This morning the better class
of negroes resumed their usual customs
and the restoration of order promised to
bepermanent. Tho early hours of the
f ternoon. however, 'wrougrilf a startling
chang In thtf situation. The'TresbL-Yio-lence
of today bak revived the turbulence
j- of the unruly element and added strength
to their forces. The citizens' police force
has reached over 1000. Four companies
of" state mllltla are under arms and are
guarding the prison and other 'Important
points. The general belief Is that the
force In hand Is ample to suppress the
Tremendous excitement reigned in New
Orleans as tho battle went on between
the police and citizens and the negro with
his Winchester. After the tragedy was
over and Charles was dragged out from
the mud and slush in which he had
fallen with the mob howling for the
burning of his body, statements were
made that the man killed was not really
the desperado who had killed Day and
Lamb, but papers found on his person and
the fact that he fought so desperately
for his life and shot so accurately, seem
to leave, little doubt that he was the
Sergeant Portcous, one of tho best
known officers on the forco, and Ser
geant Lally. who has a record for brav
ery, wero Informed during the day by
a negro that Charles was In hiding In a
j houso in Clio, near Saratoga street. The
officers summoned a number of patrol
men to their assitance and went to the
house. The negro Informant of the po
lice accompanied the officers; They en
tered tho side alloy, leading to the house,
and wore served like Day and Lamb.
Tho negro was hidden behind a screen
and began a furious and accurate fire.
Lally fell with a bullet In the abdomen.
Porteous was shot through the head and
dropped dead across the body of Lally.
The officers -and the negro fled from the
The report of Charles' Winchester and
tho fact that tbo two officers lay bleeding
In the yard ralsei tremendous excite
ment. Hurry calls were sent to the May
or, the Chief of Police, and Colonel Wood,
In command of the special police, and
armed hosts were rushed to the scene.
In a little while there was an immense
Fired on a Priest.
In the meantime Father Fitzgerald, of
St. Johns Church, was summoned to ad
minister extreme unction to the police
officers who were dying In the alley. The
priest was annolnting the body of Por
teous, with Alfred Bloomfield, a young
boy standing by his side, when Charles
I again appearea at tne winaow. rne iaa
j saw him and begged the desperado not
to shoot him. xne negro, nowver, nrea
his Winchester again, and Bloomfield fell
dead. The priest, unhurt, left the scene,
after plucklly performing the last offices
for the dead officer.
When the ambulance arrived two men
volunteered to go Into tbo alley and
bring out tho body of Lally. They en
tered and while they were attempting to
take the body of the dead officer from
that of his colleague, Charles fired
again. The men got Lallys body out and
afterward took Porteous body out, also.
In the meantime an immense crowd had
gathered In the vicinity and schemes
were set on foot to get Charles out of
the building. Charles, however, did not
propose to be captured without selling his
life dearly. Time after time he came to
the window and as men, one by one,
entered the alley, he blazed away at
them. In this manner Confectioner Le
clerc, who was one of the special police
squad; ex-Policeman Evans, John Ban
ville and George H. Lyons, son of the
head of a dry goods establishment, were
At this time the extra police began to
fire at the negro and ho returned their
fire. Andy Van Kuren, keeper of tho
police Jail, got a bullet In the body and
fell dead. Just afterward H. H. Ball,
aged 65, working for the Mutual Benevo
lent Association, was hit and mortally
wounded. About the same time Frank
Bertucci received a shot in the left
shoulder, and J. W. Bofel one in the
Building: Seat Klre To.
Ultimately It was decided that the only
way to get Charles out was to burn the
building In which he was entrenched.
There wore, however, .some scruples about
resorting to this method, the district be
ing densely populated, but It was de
termined that the fire department should
be called out to protect the surrounding
property. At the moment of apparent
indecision, some one went to a neighbor
ing grocery, purchased a can of oil, and
pouring it over the rear steps of the
building, applied a match and soon
started a lire. It became evident very
soon that no human being could live in
the building and picked men from the po
lice squad and soldiers stationed them
selves about the building In order to
pick off the desperado as he attempted to
leave the house.
A young soldier named Adolph Ander
son, a member of the Thirteenth Com
pany of State Mllltla, was one of the
first to see Charles as he left the steps.
Charles ran across the yard, and as he
did so, Anderson fired several times.
fHe shot the negro in the breast and
Charles fell and died soon afterward. As
the negro fell, numbers of persons armed
, with Winchesters and revolvers rushed
In and fired into the body. Charles was
i literally shot to pieces.
' V After It was certain that he was dead,
a mob entered the yard and dragged the
General Sir Francis W. Grenfell,
"Who will command tho British forces.
body into the street. There the police
and the mob emptied their revolvers into
the corpse, while a son of one of the
murdered men rushed up and stamped the
face beyond recognition. There were
loud cries that the body bo taken to a
vacant square in tho vicinity and publicly
burned. At this Instant, however, a big
squad of police arrived In a patrol wagon.
Thousands of persons congregated in the
vicinity and It looked as if there would
be a clash. ThQ police, somehow, seemed
to have regained their courage and
promptly pushed the crowd aside, picked
up the body and threw It into the patrol
wagon. The driver whipped up his horses
and the wagon started off, with EOO0
people running after It and clamoring for
the cremation of the body of the despera
do The wagon was faster than the mob
and It ultimately made its way in safety
to. polio headquarters. There an. -.im-menid
crowd had gathered and great
difficulty was experienced In taking the
corpse of. the negro from the wagon into
the morgue. When Charles' body was
stripped it was found to have been liter
ally lacerated from head to foot by bul
lets. The Nearro Identified.
Shortly after the body had been placed
upon the marble slab In the morguo a ne
gro woman, who was alleged to have
known Charles Intimately, came to the
morgue and after regarding the body
carefully, declared it was not that of
Charles, but that of his brother. Sly
Jackson. Later, however, Joseph Stassl,
a responsible Italian, positively identified
it as that of the murderer of Day and
Shortly after the body of Charles had
been taken away a report spread that
there were still more negroes In tho
burning building. The square was quickly
surrounded by a guard of men with Win
chesters and a special squad made Its
way Into the burning building. In a room
which tho fire had not yet reached, three
negroes were found dressed in women's
clothes. They were hustled out and sent
to Jail In a patrol wagon. Subsequently,
a fourth negro, a mulatto, was discovered
in the building. He made a desperate re
sistance, and while In the hands of the
police was killed by a shot fired from a
pistol In tho hands of one of tho dis
orderly mob that had congregated in the
Just about the time that Charles' body
reached the morgue the body of an un
known negro who had been shot and
stabbed to death on Gallatin street was
carried in. This negro was passing the
French market when he was seen by a
crowd of white men, all Intensely ex
cited by the news of the killing of Por
teous and others, and they immediately
mobbed him. The unknown negro ran for
hl3 life and tho angry mob kept at his
heels, the crowd increasing in numbers
every minute. The negro finally suc
ceeded In entering: a house on Gallatin
street. He ran upstairs and Jumped from
the gallery to the ground. Before ho
could rise the mob shot and stabbed him
Last night passed with comparative
absence of violence, except for the atro
cious murder pf Hannah Mabry, an old
negress, at her home at 1923 Rosseau
street. A mob went to her house at 1
o'clock this morning, ostensibly to catch
a couple of desperate negroes who were
said to reside there. In the house were
Hannah, her 62-year-old husband, a son
and an infant child. The mob broke into
the house and shot the woman, who died
on the way to the hospital. Her son
claims that he recognized two of the mur
derers and gave their names to the po
After midnight, a mob which had evad
ed the militia and citizens' police at
tacked the Thorny Lafon schoolhouse,
Sixth and Rampart streets, upon the
supposition that negroes had stored arms
and ammunition in the building. Unop
posed they had no difficulty in gaining
possession and firing the structure, de
stroying it completely. The school build
ing was erected a few years ago by the
city, and, being .devoted exclusively to
the education of the negroes, it bore the
name of the well-known philanthropist.
No negroes were found In the school
house, but a number who emerged from
houses In the vicinity were pursued for
quite a distance.
Dr. Brooks' Comet.
GENEVA. N. T., July 27. Dr. Brooks,
director of Smith Observatory, secured
another observation of the recently dis
covered comet this morning in the eastern
heavens. Its position was right ascen
sion, 2:46:30, declination north 2L degrees,
one minute, with motion north of near
ly three degrees daily, The comet is now
about 10 degrees west of the Pleiades.
Congressman Sheldon Renominated.
CALUMET, Mich., July 27. Congressman
C D. Sheldon was renominated by the
Twelfth District Republican Convention
FLIGHT OF BOERS
French Comes Up With the
Rear of the Dutch Army.
IT IS IN DISORGANIZED RETREAT
Makinar for. tho Mountains In tho
Lydenburgr District Bethlehem
Boers Hemmed In
LONDON. July 27, 11: P. M. The War
Office has received the following dispatch
from Lord Roberts:
"French and Hutton continued their
pursuit on July 25. The former crossed
Ollphant's (Ollfants) River, and from the
high ground on the east bank he could
see Mlddloburg and the enemy retiring In
great disorder. The main road north
was blocked for several miles with horse
men and wagons. The enemy's rear was
then seven miles north. Mounted forces
were still west of the river. Night was
closing In; the rain was falling in tor
rents, and so it was impossible to fol
low. The night was terrible. In addition
to the rain, a strong east wind made
the bivouac most uncomfortable. One
officer, I regret to say, died of exposure,
and the mortality among the mules and
oxen was great. The men made light of
the hardships, and were in famous spirits
when I saw them.
"Hunter has occupied Forierburg, and
so far as I know did not suffer loss.
He found Mrs. Stoyn, wife of the ex
President, and several of our men whom
Dewet had captured at different times and
whom ho was unable to send to Machodo
dorp. "The enemy In the Bethlehem Hills aro
now closed In upon. Basutoland Is closed
to them. Harrlsmlth is the only line open,
and It will not be easy for them to
reach there with guns and wagons.
"Broadwood is still watching Christian
Dewet, who has taken up a position on
high hills near Reltsburg, about seven
mlle3 south of the VaaL P. Dewet, a
younger brother of Christian, surrendered
at Kroonstadt yesterday.
"Barron reports from Krugersdorp that
he has reconnoltered the railway to Bank
Station, where the train was wrecked on,
July 19, and been enabled to replenish hl3
"Methuen's column, which reached the
Krugersdorp-Potchetstroom Railway, Is
now moving on Potchetstroom.
"Buller reports that the railway was
opened to Heidelberg yesterday, giving us
through communication to Natal."
THE OREGON IDOCKED.
Wilde Cables the Ship's Structural
Strength Is Intact.
WASHINGTON, July 27. The Navy De
partment today received the following
cablegram from Captain Wilde, com
mander of the Oregon:
"Kure, July 26. Secretary Navy, Wash
ingtonShip docked. Structural strength
While the dispatch omits the technical
details of. the injury received by the Ore
gon In running on a rock: in the Gulf
of Pe Chi Li. Captain Wilde is known to
have supplied some of these details. They
Indicate that, although the structural
strength of the great battle-ship is still
Intact her injuries were of an ugly char
acter. None of the longitudinal frames
were Injured, but the vessel's bottom wag
badly torn, and some of her pumping
connections broken. The main Injury sus
tained was to compartment A, as It is
technically known. Captain Wilde, In his
cable message of several days ago, esti
mated that It would require a few weeks
to make temporary repairs, and at least
four months to make complete repairs.
The Navy Department authorized Captain
Wilde to patch her up with temporary re
pairs in order that she might return to
the Chinese coast for service. These or
ders will stand, unless, after full con
sideration of the character of the Ore
gon's injuries by tho bureau chiefs at
Washington, It Is desirous to proceed im
mediately with the necessary permanent
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS
A Chinese edict that reached London declares
the Ministers were safo July 24. and wcra
being- supplied with food by tho government.
The United States has refused the Chinese
proposition to suspend military operations la
return for tho delivery of tha foreign Min
isters. In a flcht between Boxers at Pekln Sunday
Prince Tuan is said to have been killed.
Emperor "William urged his soldiers going to
China to spare nobody and take no prison
ers. A letter from the British Minister at Pekln, re
ceived at Shanghai, says the foreigners were
holding out July 6.
The battle-ship Oregon has been docked at
Kobe. Her structural strength Is intact. ,
Roberta reports that the Boers are retreating
northward in disorder.
A peace treaty has been signed between tho
Colombian Government and the rebels.
Yellow fever is spreadlnx among the troops la
Spain will sell tho Islands of Sibutn and Ca-
gayen to the United States for $100,000.
The first conference of the Republican Cam
paign Committee was held in New-York yes
terday. It Is said that Towne will withdraw from the
Populist ticket about August IS.
Bryan's speech at the notification meeting will
be devoted principally to imperialism.
Charles, the New Orleans murderer, was shot
to pieces after he had killed four men and
fatally wounded four others. ,
Tho report of the Borchgrevlnck Antarctic ex
pedition has been received at San Francisco.
"Wallace, Idaho, city officers aro under arrest
for enforcing a flre-llmlt ordinance.
The new smelter at Sumpter. Or., has made a
'successful trial run.
Property worth $20,000, Including a dozen
horses, burned In tho Buckley Are.
"Wheat markets Improved on light Argentine
shipments and smaller estimates of English
Iron and steel trade continues In bad shape.
Trade reviews show numerous favorable Influ
ences at work.
In-bound cargo ships making slow passages,
Britlsh shipowners Investing In sailers.
Tho first work of movlns headquarters of the
Pacific States Telephone Company to Port
land has begun.
The funeral of Judge Shattuck will take place
at 10:30 this morning.
Portland hotels are unusually busy for this sea
son of the year.
Baseball game 3 P. M. today on Multnomah
field for Baby Home benefit.