Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, August 21, 1900, Page 2, Image 2

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Sets Up His Stand as a
.Asks That Consrer Be Appointed, to
Begin Xesoilatlonh Xot lately
to Be Successful.
WASHINGTON", Aug. 20. The American
reply to -China's latest appeal for a ces
sation of hostilities, received today from
X.1 Hung Chans, has not yet been made
known, and It is likely that the matter
will be. one of tne main subjects of con-,
eideration at the Cabinet meeting tomor
row. But there is reason to believe that
the overtures will in effect be rejected,
on the ground that the conditions laid
down In the American note of August 12
have not been complied -with, and, unless
compiled -with, the Government's course
must proceed -without reference to China's
appeal for a halt in the proceedings. The
dispatch of August 12 said specifically
that the "United States was ready to enter
into an agreement between the powers
and the -Chinese Government for a ces
sation of hostilities on condition that the
relief forces should be permitted to emer
Pekin unmolested" -and escort the Lega
tioners therefrom under such circum
stances as the commanding General
might lay down. But up to the present
there lb no evidence that the allied forces
are unmolested at Pekin. or have received
the sanction of the Imperial Government
to convey the Legatloners to Tien Tsin
without further trouble and under the
conditions laid down by the Commanding
General. On the contrary, all of the dis
patches indicate that the allies are meet
ing with stubborn resistance, and there is
an entire lack of compliance with the
conditions laid down by the United States
in its dispatch of August 12. As stated,
however, the Government has given no
authoritative statement of its purpose in
reply to China's application of today,
and thore is still a slight chance that
coxnnlete compliance with the demands of
August 12 may be announced In the Pekin.
dispatches before the final determination
on the reply is made. But the disposition
Is clearly in the line Indicated.
China's last application for peace nego
tiations -was received early today at the
Chinese legation, and was transmitted
by Mr. "Vu to the State Department.
Secretaries Hay and Root were out of the
.city, but Acting Secretary Adee went
nver the subject with the President. Earl
Li's request is that the United States
shall name Minister Conger or some
othor ofiicl&l to act as peace envoy for
the cessation of hostilities. Li expressed
his willingness to go to such point as the
powers may desire, and under the inti
mations made it is thought that Pekin or
Tien Tsin would be selected for the nego
tiations. The Chinese envoy proposed no
terms as to the -withdrawal of troops and
made no other suggestion as to what
was to come before the commission, his
sole anxiety being to secure the cessa
tion of hostilities.
Other Power Appealed To.
The application is understood also to
have been made to the powers. In the
hope that if all would name a commis
sioner there would ge a general council
ot peace between Li Hung Chang on the
one hand and the several representatives
of the nations on the other Aside from
the fact that the conditions on August 12
have not boon complied with by China,
It is probable that this Government would
desire to take sufficient time to learn
what the other powers intend doing on
the same line, as all are acting in unison.
Moreover, there are some unexplained
features of X.1 Hung Chang's application,
one of them being that, while he asks
the allies to cease hostilities, he gives
no assurance that he has the power to
make tho Chinese Army and the rebellious
Boxers coase their hostilities.
The situation at Pekin was made clearer
today from many sources. The latest ad
vice appears to be that from Consul
Fowler, at Che Foo. repeating a dispatch
received from Consul Ragsdale, at Tien
Tsin. The latter reports the "Chinese
troops surrounded in the palace grounds."
The Japanese Legation received a dis
patch of the same general tenor, but more
In detail, stating that the Chinese troops
retreated on the 15th within the Imperial
Palace, and that they were surrounded
there, with the Japanese military head
quarters located in the Japanese lega
tion Admiral Remey alp transmitted an
authentic report from Pekin on the 15th,
saying: "Troops moving on Imperial
These several dispatches from different
sources establish clearly that the Imperial
Palace and grounds were under siege,
but not one of the dispatches is clear as
to how late this condition of affairs ex
isted. The Fowler dlspntch is the latest
to be received, and is dated the 20th. but
probably that is tho dato on which it left
Tien Tsin
The attitude which the international
forces will observe toward tho Emperor
nnd Empress Dowager is understood to
have received official consideration among
tho powers resulting from a request by
the southern Viceroys that no personal
indignity be shown to China's rulers. In
response to this it is quite generally un
derstood that there will bo no personal ln
dlgnltv to the Emperor and Empress
Dowager not because It is felt there is
nnv special consideration duo them, but
because China would be precipitated Into
a chaotic condition if the responsible
heads of the Government lost their func
tions. In view of the general desire of
this Government and the others concerned
to keop China intact, tho disposition
nmong officials Is toward refraining from
any personal indignities to tho Chinese
rulers. It develops in this connection
that all of the powers recently rejected
tho proposition of the Consuls at Tien
Tsin to destroy the tombs of the Ming
dynasty. Tho proposed destruction was a
threat held out to the Chineso In the hope
of bringing them to terms. But the
powers rejected the proposal, and thus
gave significant evidence that nn thing
calculated to give personal affront or in
dignity to the Chinese was not part of the
present campaign.
Poo Tinic Fa MnKsncre.
The State Department this morning re
ceived a dispatch from Consul Fowler,
dated Che Foo, August IS It related to
the massacre of missionaries and others
t Pao Tiiwr Fu. which has been referred
to. a number of times in the press dis
patches and has generallv been conceded
to have occurred on June 30 The first
part of the dispatch Is so biyily mangled
In tranmision that it Is impossible to
make much out of it. The text is as fol
lows "Ch Foo (Received Aug. lS-1-Secre-tarv
of "State, Washington: Evening of
28th reported all Presbyterian mlsslon
wrles at Pao Ting Fu killed June SO;
promises burned. Same night. Catholic
mission. Rain stopped worlc Julv l, at
tacked American (Board?). Pitkin (?)
shot dead trying to keep gang out.
Mlst Morrril, Gould taken Boxer head
quarters killed (BagiialP) killed near
(Ttomplt) Cooper Belgians fate uncer
tain. Officials had sent all home from
"iamun. AH natives connected with for
eigners suffered Mke, fate. Authority:
Special messenger sent by Tien Tsin mis
sionaries FOWLER."
Attempt to Divert Allien From Par
unit or nmprmi.
XEW YORK. Alls. 28 A dispatch to
th JrtrmU aad Advertiser rrom Shang
hai says:
KiLsg Yi, ex-Aselstant Grand Secretary
of the Empire, and General Tung Fuh
SJang are heading an army that Is ad
vancing from Pekin to the southeast, with
the object of diverting the allies from
pursuit of the Emperor and Empress
Dowager. Saturday, August 11, the Im
perial household left Pekin. Prince Tuan
ried the march with his troops, taking
tha Emperor and Empress Dowager and
all the Manehu nobles. Their destina
tion Is believed to be Slnan Fu, in
Shen Si Province. With them left all
the elements hostile to foreigners. Prince
Ching was left In command at Pekin,
and he welcomed the allies In a friendly
manner. These reports aro from Chinese
The Empress Dowager beheaded 12 of
the Imperial clansmen, who refused to
leave tho capital, and were suspected of
favoring the foreigners. The personal
property which the Empress Dowager
sent awav filled six carts.
The Chinese report heavy losses In tho
fighting between Tien Tsin and Pekin.
General Li Yung Hang was wounded at
Pelt Sang and died the next day. Gen
eral Ma was dangerously wounded at
Tung Chow, where General Chent-Sellln
and General Chang Cheng Fu, com
manding "Wung Lu's vanguard, were
killed. . .
The Chinese are circulating a story that
the legations' guard, owing to cartridges
giving out, fired silver bullets during the
last days of the siege.
Mrs. Denny Writes of Their Courage
at Tien Tsin.
E3DLAN1APOLIS, Aug. 20.-Th follow
ing letter was received last night from
Mrs. Charles Denby, Jr., dated Tien Tsln,
July 20:
"On the night of June 15 enormous fires
in the native city were started, and the
Boxers began their attack on the settle
ment, so we were all aroused at 4 o'clock,
and every one who lived In the extra
concession went either to friends on the
Victoria road or to the town hall. As it
happened, Mrs. von Hennekln had asked
us to come to her in case of alarm, so
we escaped to the town halL There were
perhaps lOO-people who remained In their
own homes. All the rest were huddled
together in Gordon Hall for 10 days. The
Chinese troops were everywhere.
"Two days before the alarm 1700 Rus
sian troops arrived. They saved our
lives. Had It not been, for them all of
us would havo been 'slaughtered. On
that Monday they fought 5000 Chinese
foreign-drilled troops for 12- hours. At
one time we thought they could not hold
them at bay, but In the evening the Rus
sians still maintained their positions.
How the Russians fought and suffered
I cannot describe their courage. For
three days they lay in the open, exposed
to a terrible fire, without being able to
fight back. The Chineso were behind
trenches, so the Russians could not afford
to waste ammunition.
"All these days we were watching and
waiting for reinforcements. We could
not believe the Admirals would bombard
the forts and plunge us into -war and
then leave us with only a few hundred
troops. Such, however, was the case.
No ono knows where the fault lay. There
havo been dreadful days of fighting. But
when the second additional troops were
dispatched from Taku, after the arrival
of Jim Watts, the brave Russian rider,
they were able, with such a reinforce
ment, to work their way through. Thus
they all arrived on Sunday morning and
wo wero saved."
Denial From Mrs. Drew.
WASHINGTON. Aug". 2a The diplo
mats connected with the Russian Em
bassy have been annoyed by constant re
ports attributing atrocity to the Russian
troops in China. One of the most nota
ble instances was an alleged Interview
with Mrs. Anna Drew, wife of B. B.
Drew, tho chief secretary of Sir Robert
Hart. As a refutation of tho sentiments
put in her mouth, Mrs. Drew addressed
tho following letter from Chicago, under
date of August 14, to the Russian Am
bassador: "We have been living at Tien Tsln tha
past year and I returned from there only
last week. Our steamer was besieged
with newspaper reporters upon our ar
rival at San Francisco, and although I
was extremely careful In what I said to
them, a great many strange things havo
been put into my mouth by some dis
agreeable people. The worst of all was
an article which attributed to me the
most horrible story of the atrocities com
mitted by the Russian soldiers. I wish
to deny these statements In full, and as
the account has been copied into many
Eastern papers, it has, perhaps, come to
your notice. I feel that I, at least, must
tell you how false it all is. In fact, I
can from my own experience during those
terrible days of the siege of Tien Tsin
speak only in the highest terms of praise
of tho Russian soldiers, who undoubted
ly saved our lives on more than ono oc
Japanese Cavalry on the Trail of the
Flyinu Court.
LONDON, Aug. 20, Tho Japanese Cav
alry has left Pekln in pursuit of the
Dowager Empress and her court, accord
ing to telegrams from the north, received
at Shanghai by Chinese officials. These
dispatches aver that tho Empress and
her treasure train, protected by 30,000
troops, have already arrived at Wu Tal
San, in Shan SI province. The field tele
graph north of Yang Tsun is interrupted
and nothing under Pekin date appears to
have reached Yang Tsun since August
17. Heavy rains havo been falling in the
province of Po Chi Li.
The landing of the British troops at
Shanghai is not causing excitement
among the natives. A detachment of 100
French marines landed there today. A cus
toms cruiser is reported to have gone to
Tien Tsin to take away the foreigners
rescued from Pekin.
Many influential . Chineso have inter
ested themselves in the fate of a China
man sentenced by an English court at
Hong Kong to six months1' imprisonment
at hard labor because ho was a member
of a triad society.
Bombardment Continues.
BERLIN, Aug. 20. Tho foreign office
has received a dispatch from the German
Consul at Che Foo, under today's date,
saying the Dowager Empress was be
lieved to bo inside the palace at Pekin,
and that the allies were still bombard
ing the fortifications.
Will Open at
Spring's Today.
Colorado Springs is preparing to enter
tain the Farmers' National Congress,
which assembles in this city tomorrow
morning. The day has witnessed the ar
rival of a large number of delegates from
various sections of the country, but tbo
leaders of the organization will not ar
rive until the morning trains.
The visitors will be welcomed at their
meeting tomorrow morning, in the High
School auditorium, by Mayor J. R. Robin
son, on the part of the city. Tomorrow's
speakers Include, besides Mayor Robin
son. General B. F. Clayton. Hon. H. J.
Redding, of Georgia; F. L. Whltmore, of
Sunderland. Mass., and Professor Elwood
Mead, of Cheyenne, Wyo.
A Fire Insurance Convention.
MILWAUKEE. Wis.. Aug: 30. Tho fifth i
annual convention of the National As
sociation of Local Fire Insurance Agents
will be held here August 30 to September
S. Tho organization is made up of local
representatives of flro insurance compa
nies throughout the United States, and
resembles in some respects the trade
union movement It is estimated that
between 1000 and 1503 delegates, repre
senting more than 40 state associations,
will be present This year's convention
will be the most important so far held,
as legislation affecting the Interests of
agents and companies, as well as the
general public, is anticipated, .
One Sergeant nnd Six Privates Were
Killed and Trro Privates
Were Wounded.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 20. The Bureau of
Navigation thuf morning received the
following cablegram from Admiral
. "Taku, Aug. 19. Authentic report from
Pekin, 15th, from L zutenant Latimer.
Troops moving on Imperial city. Clear
ing out Tartar city. ..All Americans who
remained in Pekin are well except one
child. Captain Myers, recovered from
wound, has typhoid; crisis passed and 1h"
now convalescing. , Assistant Surgeon
Lippett was wounded in upper left leg,
bone fractured; leg saved; now recover
ing. "The following casualties during the
siege of Pekin: t
"Killed Sergeant J. F. Fanning, Pri
vates C. D. King, J. W. Tucker, J. Ken
nedy, R: E. Thomas, A. Turner, H. Fisher.
"Wounded Private J. Schroeder, elbow,
severe; now dangerously 111 from fever;
Seaman J. Mitchell, uper arm; severe;
now recovering. All other wounded and
sick returned to duty. . .
"Casualties in Major Biddies' command,
in attack on Tan Pa Ting: First Lieuten
ant Butler, chest; Prlvatae Green, .wrist;
Private Warrrel, right temple; all slight.
"Reported from Chinese sources that
the royal family has escaped md are en
route to Slan Fu. ' RE11EX."
The State Department has received a
cablegram from Consul Goodnow, tt
Shanghai, announcing the occupation of
Pekin by the allied troops, and stating
that it is reported that the Dowager
Empress and Emperorleft Pekin August
Transport Delayed, by the Non-Arrival
of Troops.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20. The 'trans
port Sherman w scheduled to sail to
day with troops for China, but owing to
a delay in the arrival of a battalion ot
the Second Infantry, she will not get
away until tomorrow. The Sherman will
take about 1650 troops to Nagasaki, in ad
dition to a large number of cabin passen
gers. According; to the present arrange
ments they will bo transferred to an
other transport at that point, but as the
Sherman has no freight for Manila, she
may proceed to Taku.
Company A and Company B, First In
fantry, commanded by Captain F. E.
Lacy and Lieutenant E. C. Carroll, from
Fort Riley, Kan., have arrived at the
Presldlq, where they will await sailing
orders. Today 720 h,orses will be put on
board the transport Strathgyle, which
will probably sail for the Orient tomor
row. The Thyria has been chartered by
the Government and will come here di
rect from Honolulu.
A detail of chronic and Incurable cases
has been selected by Lieutenant C. C.
Colllnls at the GeneJarHospltal, and will
be sent to the Government Hospital at
En Rontc to China.
CHICAGO', Aug. 20 Two battalions of
United States infantrymen left Chicago
today for San Francisco, whence they
will be transported August 30 to China.
They were the first battalion of the Fifth
from Fort Sheridan, and the third bat
talion of tho Second from Fort Thomas,
Ky. Each detachment consisted of regi
mental headquarters, band and four com
panles of men.
Hopes for a Speedy 'arid Satisfactory,
" " "' Termination ot the Tjrdblq., j
NEW YORK, Aug. 20.'-A despatch to
the Herald, from, Washington says:
Wu Ting Fang, Chinese Minister' to the
United States, In an 'interview, made the
following statements: ' "'
"China recognizes the Emperor and Em
press Dowager as her ruler. I have no
idea that an attempt will be made by the
Chinese to overthrow them. An official
dispatch, which I received yesterday from
LI Hung Chang, announcing the entrance
of the allies into Pekln, and the, safety
of the legations, also stated that .before
tho city was attacked the court had gone
to the west .
"Naturally, I am deeply grieved," he
continued, "that conditions should havo
arisen which have brought about a con
flict between the Chinese and "the allied
forces., but I am hopeful that a full and
free discussion, such as will undoubtedly
occur between Li Hung Chang and the
representatives of the powers, will indi
cate where the responsibility lies for what
occurred, and will culminate in a settle
ment of the questions, and a permanent
withdrawal of the foreign troops.
"Now that the Ministers and those un
der their protection have heen rescued,
and the Emperor and Empress Dowager
have signified, through LI Hung Chang,
their desire to accomplish a complete res
toration of friendly relations with the
western world, I am confident that in the
interest of all the nations and their sub
jects, not to mention their commerce, a
satisfactory termination of the trouble will
be attained.
"I have said from the first that China
did not want war with the whole western
world. She appreciates the Immenso
strength which It would bo able to hurl
against her. Essentially -. peaceful na
tion, she has always endeavored to main-'
tain pacific relations with her sister na
tions. "In all parts of China, except Taku. and
Pekln, there is, aside from a few" local
disturbances, order, and the fact that this
order has been maintained under most
trying conditions, shows tho strength of;
the Imperial Government and of its ser
vants. In Southern China, particularly,
there ha3 been no disturbance of any mo
ment, the Viceroys there preserving quiet
to the satisfaction of the foreigners as
well as to that of the Chinese. I do not
anticipate, from tho reports which I have
at this moment, any outbreaks In these'
provinces, as the Viceroys havo the situ
ation well in hand.
"I presume from Li Hung Chang's dis
patch, saying 'tho court' has sone to the
west, both tho Emperor and Empres
Dowager are meant. I believe the report
of a few days ago, that the Emperor and
Empress Dowager had gono to Tsl Nan
Fu. Is correct "
"The mere fact that the Emperor and
Empress Dowager are not now inPekln
does not change the governing power of
China. Queen Victoria recently -went, to
Ireland, but she still remained Queen of
Great Britain. So 'with the"Emperor and
Empress Dowager. I have told' you that
I do not fear an internal revolt against
them. I slncersly trust that tho -powers
will do nothing to remove the present
ruler from the government of China.
"I am not Informed as to the-terms
which the powers will present, and I am
equally uninformed as to the propositions,
If any, which LI Hung Chang will sub
mit Whatever the wrong for which Chtha
may be responsible, she will rectify it, I
am sure."
For the Settlement "ot the Chinese
NEW,' YORK, Aug. '20. A dispatch to
"the Herald from Washington says:
President McKInley ' is considering the
advisability of proposing to the powers
the organization of an international con
gress which shall sit In China and recom
mend to the several governments repre
sented a permanent solution of pending
The President recognizes tha fact that
tho duties that United States Minister Con
ger would be called upon to perform
would be so exacting and arduous that U
would be unfair to ask him to take the
additional burden of discussing a method
ot settlement of tha matters in controver
sy; that Special Commissioner Rockhlli
will be too busily employed in obtaining
Information and In communication with
high Chinese officials to give time to them,
and that direct negotiations between the
powers is likely to prove unsatisfactory
and give rise to complications which
might otherwise be avoided.
Talks with diplomats hero indicate that
their governments would be willing to
join in a congress for the settlement of
the Chinese question, and. Baron- -von
Sternberg, the German Charge d' Affaires
in Washington, has beon suggested as tha
representative of Germany.
President McKInley 'Will ' Not De
vote His Visit to SpeechmaktngT.
CHICAGO, Aug. 20. It was stated here
today that President McKInley Intends
to deliver no set or long speeches while
in Chicago attending the G. A. R. en
campment While the nominal headquar
ters of the Presidential party- will be at
the Palmer House, the President and
Mrs. McKInley will spend their time at
the residence of -La Fayette McWllllams.
While here the President and Mrs. Mc
KInley will probably make a visit at the
home of Controller Dawes, at Bvanston.
As .yet Chief of Detectives Colleran has
not appointed a bodyguard for Presi
dent McKInley during the latter's pres
ence here.
"I do not expect any attempt on the
part of the anarchists or anybody else
to molest the President," said he today,
"but all the distinguished guests will be
amply protected."
Although there is much to do within
the auditorium of the new Coliseum be
fore it will be ready for the listening
thousands"who will be there next Sun
day for the opening exercises of the en
campment, the work was sufficiently ad
vanced yesterday to allow Professor Katz
enberger to give his chorus the first re
hearsal. That chorus will be something
for the visiting Grand Army men to re
member as long as they live. It will be
composed of 607 women, selected, from
the best singers of the city, in 'addition
to a cumber of soloists of note.
The election of -National Commander
and other officers will be held at the
second business meeting of the encamp
ment, or that of Wednesday. There Is
but one candidate mentioned seriously
for that office,-Major Leo Rausseur, of
St Louis. fSome of" the Illinois delegates
have talked of General John C. Black
for that position, but those who know say
the General does not care for the honor.
He might have' accepted It by apppoint
ment at the death of Colonel Sexton',
but he, with many others, believes that
Illinois has no right to ask for the office
the second time.
The President' Plan.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20. The President
and Mrs. McKInley will leave Washington
Friday afternoon to attend the 'annual
encampment of the G. A. R. They will
arrive In Chicago Saturday afternoon, and
will remain until Wednesday afternoon
of next week. Sunday the President will
attend union services of the Sunday
schools in the morning and of the churches
In the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday
he will review parades, and Wednesday
he will go to Fort Sheridan. He will bo
present at a number of banquets during
his stay. Late Wednesday tho party will
rreturn to Canton, where th President
and Mrs. McKInley will remain until Sep
tember 11, when they will go to Somerset,
Pa., to attend the marriage of their niece,
Miss Mabel McKInley, and Dr. Hermann
Baer. Tbe marriage will be solemnized
September 12, at the house of Abner Mc
An Ansvrer to the Criticism of a New
Orleans Camp.
ATLANTA. " Ga., Aug. 20. General Wi
B. Gordon, commander-in-clilef of the
United Confederate Veterans, has pre"
pare'd -"a reply t&'a resolution recently
adopted by a.-camp.W Confederate vet-'eranst-'ot-rNew
Orleans, condemning the
blue and. gray reunion at Atlanta, recom
mending that no more, similar reunions
be held, and protesting against General
Gordon accepting an Invitation to the
G. A. R. reunion at Chicago. Tho reply
is as follows:
"Kirkwood, Ga,, Aug. 20. To tho Con
federate Association of the Army of Ten
nesseeComrades: A resolution recently
adopted by your association, at the In
stance of General Chaleron, criticising
certain acts or. supposed acts of mine,
entirely escaped my .attention at the time
of its appearance in the public press,
and I have just seen ft for the first time.
I understand this action of your associa
tion to mean a formal and public notice
that you disapprove of my participation
in the Blue and Gray meeting, which re
cently occurred In Atlanta; and also that
it means a formal and public protest by
your association against my acceptance
of an invitation extended to me by tho
G. A. R, and by the executive committee
of the citizens of Chicago. The object
of this reply to your resolution, whlqh
you failed to send mo, Is not to call In
question tho right of your association to
criticise any official act of mine which
does not meet your approval. I do wish,
however, to stato frankly and plainly
that my own conscience, and my own
conception of duty must be my guide in
the future, as in the past
"As to tho courteous and cordial invi
tation of both the G. A. R. and of the
executive committee of Chicago citizens.
T have to state that I greatly appreciate
the compliment paid me by that invita
tion and the spirit which prompted it
Circumstances, however, rendered it im
possible for me to accept, and I so no
tified the officers and committees nearly
two months ago, when that Invitation first
reached me. But In this connection also
I wish to say that I must be the judge,
now and hereafter, of the propriety ot
accepting Invitations from any section
of the country or any class of my fellow
countrymen. In order that there may be
no possible misunderstanding of my po
sition on these and all kindred matters,
I repeat my solo guide must be my own
convictions of .duty to this whole coun
try and to the Southern people, whose
glorious record in all the past, whose
traditions, dignity and honor I have en
deavored to defend and uphold at all
times In all sections and under all con
ditions. '
"In conclusion let it definitely be un
derstood that so long as Providence per
mits me to speak or labor, I shall con
tinue the efforts which I have made for
30 years in the Interest of sectional har
mony and unity. Whatever I can do
will assuredly be done for the truth of
history, for justice to the South and to
all sections, for fostering our cherished
memories, for the obliteration of all sec
tional bitterness, and for the settlement
ot all sectlohal controversies on a basis
consistent with the honor and the man
hood and self-respect of all. I am, as
ever, fraternally yours,
Veterans Object to Bryan.
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20. James Mor
rison, State Department Commander of
the G. A. R., announced today that but
three of the 36 posts in this city, with a
membership of 7000. will send delegations
to the National encampment in. Chicago
next week. Commander Morrisoa stated
that this act Is the result of the invita
tion extended to W. J. Bryan to attend
the encampment
"It is customary," said Mr. Morrison,
"to invite the President, but never a
candidate, and the old soldiers express
indignation, because they object to poll
tics being Injected Into the encampment.
The delegation from this city will con
sist of about 150 men, the smallest num
ber that has attended an encampment
during the past 20 years."
Crane Company Wins Victory.
PARIS, Aug. 20. A gold medal for brass
and Iron valves and fittings for all pur
poses is awarded to the Crane Company,
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All the Operations Are Not Against
Guerrillas Encasements
In Xeyte.
MANTIiA, July 15. It has been expect
ed that some of the 275 garrisons the
United States troops maintain in these
Islands would sooner or later be sur
rounded by the enemy and attacked with
such determination and 'advantage hi
point of numbers and ground that the
American soldiers .would, be powerless
to resist the onslaught This has hap
pened at Catublg, on the Island of Samar,'
and the detachment of the " Forty-third
Volunteer Infantry, the troops In ques
tlon, lost 20 of Its 30 .men. No one is
surprised at this result, considering tho
circumstances: but surprise is manifested
that a similar, f ate has not overtaken
other small garrisons In isolated towns.
The official report of the Catubigincident
is as follows:
"In the Catublg engagement, in which
the Insurgents numbered about COO men
wlth2Q0 rifles and one cannon, our men
gave an heroic account of themselves by
killing more than 200. Our loss was 19
killed and five wounded. The detach
ment was at tho time quartered in the
convent. At 5 A. JL, April 15, almost
simultaneously Are was opened upon if
from the hills on both sides, as well as
from every available part of the town. Jt
continued all day and night, and was
vigorously resumed at 5 A. M. tho fol
lowing morning. At 8 A. M. the cannon'
began flring nails, pieces of chain and
Iron scraps. This sort of attack con
tinued until the third day, when a large
number ot the Insurgents got Into the
adjoining church. With 10 volunteers
Sergeant George charged on tho churcn,
killing a large number of men, but he
could not hold it. From tho windows
of the same the insurgents threw a quan
tity of hemp saturated with kerosene
against tho side of the convent and thus
set it on Are. As this building soon be
came untenable, tho detachment attempt
ed to escape to the' river and cross it;
and here occurred ita first considerable
losses. All of the men of tho detach
ment, except Sergeant Hall, Corporal
Carson and 15 privates attempted to get
into a boat and In so doing they were
klllod. Sergeant Hall and his men began
Intrenching themselves near the river,
and there that little band held out (un
der Corporal Carson), two days longer.
In tho face of most adverse circum
stances, until rescued. Sergeant Hall and
two others were killed, and two were
wounded , during that period.
"Not the least heroic incident of the
Catublg engagement was the rescue by
-Lieutenant Sweeney and ten men. When
tha steamer was about one mil from
the town he- found the river blockaded
with trees that were lashed" together.
These were removed and the ascent con
tinued to within a few hundred yards,
when he learned for the first time that
there was an engagement taking place.
The steamer was put at full speed, and in
a few moments was in . rain of bullets.
Leaving three men on board ho started
to embark his detachment on two small
boats, but before finishing this a Corporal
was shot in the side and a private in tha
leg. He finally made a landing, and was
then compelled to fight his way across
open ground to Corporal Carson's trench,
75 yards distant. In doing this Private
Clancy was shot in tho foot Lieutenant
Sweeney succeeded in burying those of
our dead that could be found, and In
rescuing all that were left alive. He
, " The streets were covered with dead
Insurgents. The town was f ortiflea ,
everywhere, particularly along -the, river.
iront, where the insurgents used bags
of ,rlce a"nd, dirt; hemp .was also used for
breastworks. '
'Ttfls? detachment lost? 'all,.. its quarterVJ
master ana commissary supplies, though
it had the 'good 'Judgment to save all its
ammunition and practically all its rifles.
The men shot getting into the boat had
so much ammunition on their persons
that they Immediately went to the bottom
of the river.
"The following Is- a complete list of tho
killed and wounded:
"Killed Sergeants Dustln L. Georgo
and William J. Hall, Corporals Herbert H.
Edwards and John F.' J. Hamilton, Cook
Burton E. Hess. Musician Burton R.
I Wagner, Privates Treffllo Pomelow, Otto
a. Loose, Stephano Appertl, Joseph Noeil,
John E. Kuhn, Ralph H. Zlm, Edward
Braman, Chester A. A. Conklln, Walter
E. Collins, Joseph J. Kerins, Henry Du
mas, Philip Sallng, and George AT Slack.
"Wounded Privates Lester Rushworth,
Harry C. Lee, Michael J. Farron, Com
pany H; Corporal White, of Company F;
Private James H. Clancy; all will prob
ably recover, although their wounds are
badly Infected owing to lack of medical
Fighting- Against Trenches.
It is a mistake to suppose all the fight
ing going on nowadays in tho Philippines
is bushwhacking. The Americans con
tinue to go against good trenches con
structed on commanding positions, and
they even have at times to dislodge tha
enemy from stone forts. Take, for ex
ample, the work the Forty-third In
fantry, has lately been doing .on Leyta
Island. An expedition against General
Mojlca's stronghold was made by four
columns of this regiment during which
the Americans carried three distinct lines
of lntrenchments, crowning hilltops ap
pr6achable only over such steeo ascents
that the enemy rolled boulders' down
upon tho advancing troops. In another
expedition against the town of Hillon
gas, in Southern Leyto, In which the
Forty-third was assisted by the Navy,
tho enemy was In a masonry fortress,
whose strong walls successfully resisted
tho shells from the gunboats, so Colonel
Murray carried the fort by a charge,
in which tho Americans lost four men.
The enemy's" loss in this fight was 70
"buried," 29 wounded and' 50 captured,
besides about To rifles, some stores, am
munition, clothing and Ave muzzle-loading
brass cannon. Tho resistance to this
attack was prolonged and stubborn, arid
many of the enemy escaped from the
fort by means of .underground tunnels,
which the American troops did not dis
cover until too lato to prevent their use
fulness. The flro off the enemy was
good and well controlled, and why moro
of tho Americans were not hit is a mys
tery. Captain Polk was wounded in this
Lieutenant John H. Evans, a very capa
ble officer of the Forty-third, was killed,
with two other men, on Samar Island,
while leading a charge against some con
cealed trenches. The service can ill af
ford to lose such men as Evans.
' Commenting upon their recent work in
Samar and Leyte, an officer of the Forty
third said:
"And this Is what Is called guerrilla
warfare? Constantly fighting fortified
lines of works against an enemy who has
little-fdea of quitting."
The Forty-third landed In Samar and
Leyte about February 1. During the first
four months of their occupation of this
territory the regiment lost by disease
three men; killed in action, 35 men; miss
ing and probably killed, three men, and
wounded, 6S men, which gives a total of
110 men.
Up to within a few days ago the Forty
third was about equally distributed ov?r
the two Visayan Islands of Samar and
Leyte, and there were not enough troops
on either Island successfully to meet the
existing military requirements. Now a
change has been effected, and those com
panies of the Forty-third under Major
Allen, formerly in Samar, have been re-
lleved by a battalion of the Twenty-ninth
under Colonel Harden, and the entire
Forty-third Regiment is 'at present in
Leyte. An active campaign will imme
diately be begun against the insurgent
General Mbjlca and his 500 riflemen in
Leyte, and to" this end a "flying column" L
has been organized under tho command
of Major Henry T. Allen, the senior Major
ot this regiment The column, will be
composed'of the following organizations t.
umptuijrv;, unuer comraana, oi uapcain
Washington IfGoldsborough, with a base
at Dagaml; Johnstbn's Scouts (white),
under Lieutenant Gordon. Johnston; Com
pany I, under; Captain William B. Pres
ton, with a base 'of supplies at Tacloban;
Company K, under Captain William C.
Dow, with a base of supplies at Barauen;
Company M, under Captain George O.
Duncan, with a base of supplies at
Abuyog; Company L, under Captain
Frank C. PresCott, headquarters of tho
column, and Gasser's Scouts (natives),
withTa basest Dulag, Leyte.
The native scouts were formed at Cat
balogan. Island of Samar, and have done
good work on several occasions, particu
larly at Matiginao, Lukhan'a capital,
where the Insurgents were 'routed, their
capital -burned, and a number killed.
From the above it will be-seen that tho
column will consist of five companies of
the Forty-third Infantry, viz.: The Third
Battalion, and one company of the First
together with two scout organizations,
and with this force it is intended to
strike Mojlca and if possible capture or
exterminate his forces in Leyte.
Long Report Forvrarded by General
Mac Arthur.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20. General Mac
Arthur transmits' the following death ll3t
from Manilas t
Dysentery August 2, Company C, Twenty-second
Infantry, William H. Fullmar;
Seventeenth Infantry, George Middleton;
Thirty-sYenth Infantry, Oscar Rlblet;
August 12, Thirty-sixth Infantry. Walter
S. Keith; August 11, Twenty-first Infantry,
Quartermaster-Sergeant jsdward Murphy;
August-l4, Thirty-ninth Infantry, James
E. Curtis; August 17, Third Infantry, Hen
ry G. Voght; Forty-flrsflnfantry, Harry
Barnhart; Sixteenth Infantry, Fred Gor
don. Enterocolitis August 16, Corporal Cole
man S. Stacy.
Hemplegia, August 15, Seventeenth In
fantry, Frank Dixon.
Pyemia, Thirty-ninth Infantry, Harvey
Collins. -
Variola Thirtieth Infantry. Rufus N..
Finney; August 14, Thirtieth Infantry,
Jeff Summers.
Pneumonia August 11, Captain William
Lundy; August 16, Thirty-sixth Infantry,
Charles Peterson.
Heart disease August 5, Seventh Infan
try. Homer E. Ward. ,.
Syncope, August 15, Seventeenth Infan
try, James Saunders.
Tuberculosis August 13, Thirty-seventh
Infantry, Corporal Levi C. Woodley.
Killed fighting comrade August 4, Thirty-sixth
Infantry, Joseph Kelly.
Drowned Thirty-eighth Infantry, Boyd
M. Young.
Pin true In Manlln.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20. The record of
the plague In Manila for the two weeks
ending July 17, as Just reported to the
marine hospital service, Is seven new
cases and five deaths. Of the new cases
four wero Filipinos and three Chinese.
Judge Wallace Refused to Revoke
His Recent Order.
NEW YORK, Aug. 20. Judge Wallace,
of the United States Circuit Court, this
afternoon denied the request of United
States Attorney Burnett for a revocation
of his recent order in the Neely case, by
which Neely was remanded to the custody
of the United States Marshal pending
an appeal to the United States Supremo
Court from tho denial of a writ of ha
beas corpus. Judge Wallace said that
hawould await further developments In
the- extradition proceeding.
Judge "Wallace said that if It seemed
necessary or expedient, he would permit
Neeli's. counsel to, make a further appli
cation for a writ of habeas corpus and
take such action thcroir as"Was deemed
rpro'per; ' Judge Wallace added: , - "
other petition in his behalf, which bed
sides reciting' the averments of the for
mer petition should set up the Marshal's
return artd the observations of Judge La
combo, the whole controvefsy, In all Its
aspects as It really exists, would then
be In the record before the Supreme
Court In (an appeal of an order denying
the application for the writ based upon
such petition."
Mr. Lindsay then submitted a new pe
tition for a writ of habeas corpus "as
suggested by Judge Wallace. Judge "Wal
lace, the United States District Attorney
and Mr. Lindsay began a discussion over
the. question as to who is at present the
custodian of Neely. It was finally agreed
that Neely is in the Marshal's custody.
Alnslca Censiis-Tafeers Not Drotvncd.
WASHINGTON, Aug.. 20 A report re
ceived at-the Census Bureau, today from
Special Agent Dunham, in charge of the
work in Alaska, shows that Charles M.
Robinson and William G. Plnecoffln, spe
cial agents for the northern district of
Alaska, were not drowned, as was feared,
and that the schedules supposed to have
been lost with them are safe in tho
hands of Mr. Dunham. Relatives of the
men had been apprehensive that they had
been, drowned in a big storm on the Yu
kon. The submission of the schedules
completes the enumeration for Alaska,
and Special Agent Dunham will arrive
here probably next month with all the
census portfolios for that territory.
GIas-Flattcners Strike.
PITTSBURG, Aug. 20. At the instance
of tho American Window-Glass Company,
the flatteners met the manufacturers to
day In a final effort to adjust the wage
scale ,for the coming fire. Thi3 was a
failure, and the flatteners are now on a
strike. There seems to be no hbpe of a
settlement and a general shut-down Is
probable, although the company's officials
claim they will be able to start the fac
tories September 1 without the-union men.
The employment of 10,000 skilled workmen
and several thousands of others depends
upon the success of the combine to start
Its factories without unkm flatteners.
Trial of the Alabama.
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20 The United
States battle-ship Alabama left Cramps'
shipyards today fbr her official trial, to
take place off the New England Coast
early next week. The Alabama will go di
rectly to the Brooklyn navy-yard, where
she TVill be placed In drydock to
have her bottom cleaned and painted.
From there she will go to Boston Har
bor, where she will anchor for several
days while her machinery Is bjelng over
hauled. The speed trial will 'take place
over a measured course between Cape
Ann and Cape Porpoise.
A Texas Tragedy.
DAVIS, Tex., Aug. 20. A. telephone
message from.Bloomlngton Grove states
that J. McCann, a fanner, shot and killed
H. R. Chlpley, a rich planter, because
Chlpley would not consebt that MeCann
marry his 14-year-old daughter. McCarm
Is In jail.
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