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VOL. XLIIL 80. 13,479.
PORTLAND, OKEGON, MOM)AY, FEBRUARY 22, 1904.
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Their Advance Guard
EFFORT TO SUPPRESS NEWS
Reports Agree That Japanese
Gained Great Victory.
LARGE FORCE WAS ENGAGED
Russians Lose 2500 Dead News
Leaks Out at St Petersburg,
Despite the Censor, and Is
Confirmed at Nlichwang.
TIIE WAR SITUATION.
Ruse-Ian preparations for a siege ot ,
Port Arthur Indicate no chance In
plans. "Whether the Russian lines are '
thrown forward to the. TaJu or with-
drawn to Harbin, Port Arthur win be ,
held. The Japanese are not likely to
attempt the sudden capture of the
fortress It the Russians fall back, but ',
will probably invest the place, which
must eventually capitulate.
Reports concerning the Vladivostok
cruiser squadron are indefinite, and
should be regarded as doubtful. In
the hands of daring seamen the Rus
sian cruisers might be used to inflict ,
greatdamace .on r Japanese shipping, .
crews are not.
SPECIAL CABLE TO NEW YORK HERALD
AN.D PORTLAND OREGONIAN.
ST. PETERSBURG, Sunday, Feb. 2L I
have authority which prohibits me doubt
ing the veracity of the report that, in
spite of the official dispatches stating that
nothing is taking place and everything is
perfectly quiet, outpost engagements have
taken place on the Yalu resulting in the
Russian Advance Guards being .driven
back with considerable losses, which are
estimated at 2500 lives, but whether this
means those who fell on the Yalu or the
entire Russian losses since the commence
ment of the war is not exactly clear.
LARGE FORCE ENGAGED.
Report From Nlu Chwang Says Rus
sians Lost Several Thousand.
SPECIAL CABLE SERVICE.
NIT CHWANG. Feb. 2L A Japanese
victory Is reported near the Yalu River.
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said to have lost several thousand men.
There are no details of the engagement
SEEKING RUSSIAN SHIPS.
Japanese Fleet Wants Battle With,
Cable-Cutting Squadron. ,
SPECIAL, WAR SERVICE.
NEW YORK. Feb. ZL The American's
Toklo .cable, dated February 2L says:
"Russian warships are reported between
Japan and Corea. Transports carrying
troops across are heavily conveyed in
consequence. Half the Japanese fleet is
occupied In surveying and protecting the
landing of troops In Corea and the other
half is searching for the Russian Vladi
The prefectural office has received a tel
egram' from the chief magistrate of the
Island of Miyake, south of the Gulf of
Corea, reporting that 12 Russians de
barked in a boat from a vessel in the
offing on February 19. The subsequent
movements of this mysterious party are
not reported, but inquiry Is under way.
The Russians were probably seeking to
cut the cable, as three warships were re
ported off Okushirl Island today search
ing for the cable.
ARMING BLACK SEA COAST.
Russia Mounts Big Guns, Showing
Fear of Other Powers.
SPECIAL. CABLE TO THE LONDON TIMES
AND PORTLAND OREOONIAN.
WARSAW, Feb. 21. Heavy siege guns
are being mounted on the coast 15 versts
(ten miles) from Odessa. They will cover
the approach to the harbor.
Russia's feverish military and naval ac
tivity belles the optimistic official assur
ances to the effect that nothing untoward
is anticipated and that no other power is
expected to become Involved In the pres
FIGHT BETWEEN OUTPOSTS.
Japanese Attempt to Destroy Rail
road, but Are Repulsed.
TIENTSIN. Feb. 22. What Is reported
to have been a band of Chunchuiesj but
Is believed to have been a scouting party
of Japanese, attacked the Russian force
of railroad guards at Fu Chan and at
tempted to destroy the railway. A pitched
battle followed, and the attacking party
was driven o- with loss. It is not known
if the Russian guards suffered any loss.
Russian Wounded Go to Hong Kong
SPECIAL CABLE TO THE OREGONJAN.
LONDON, Fob. 22. The correspondent of
the London Times cabled that the" British
cruiser Amphltrlte has sailed for Hong
Kong with the Russian wounded who were
injured in the battle of Chemulpo, in
which the Russian cruiser Varlag was de
stroyed.. They- will-be- lrnded therer and,
on-giving their 'parole not to fight again
during the war unless exchanged, will be
taken care of by Russian agents.
A dispatch from Shanghai to the Times
states that the Russian Consul is making
arrangements to send the Russian refu
gees from Chemulpo and the survivors of
the cruiser Varlag, who have been brought
to Shanghai, to Odessa. They are desti
tute and suffering, and the Russian Con
sul is unable to supply their wants.
Russians Chase Japanese Ship.
NEW YORK. Feb. 21. A Toklo dispatch
to the American says:
The crew of the Tamagawa Maru, which
arrived at Shimonosekl Sunday, reports
that the ship was followed by four war
ships from a point seven miles off the har
bor of Fusan until close to the Island of
Tsushima, where the chase was aban
doned. More Troops for Manchuria.
SPECIAL CABLE TO THE LONDON TIMES
AND PORTLAND OREGONIAN.
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 21. Eleven
thousand troops are leaving South Russia
Immediately for Manchuria.
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Kouropatkin Will Lead
IS LOVED BY HIS SOLDIERS
Four Grand Dukes Will Ac
company Him to Orient.
ALEXIEFF IS PUSHED ASIDE
Alexis, Who Has Visited the United
States, Will Command Navy
Russians Condemn Action
of the Vicksburg.
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 21. The ap
pointment of General Kouropatkin, who
was yesterday relieved of his functions as
Minister of "War, to the chief command
of the Russian army In the Far East,
was gazetted this morning.
With- the possible exception of General
Dragomlroff. formerly Governor-General
of Kleff and later member of the Council
of State. General Kouropatkin Is the most
ponular man In the Russian army. As a
bluff old soldier who has fought his way
up from the bottom to be Minister of
Tar, he is the Ideal of. the enlisted men.
Not one in the Czar's army has seen more
fighting ana no one can tell a story bet
ter. There 13 never a dull moment In
his company, for he Intermingles the
humorous incidents of his campaign .with
tales of the self-sacrifices of the 'men
whom he led with Skobeleff over the
parched wastes of Geok-Tepe or over the
Icy slopes of Plevna. No one meeting the
short, grizzled warrior in his charming
home on. the sunny side of the Molka
would guess the extent of his power or
the burden of responsibility weighing on
his shoulders. As Minister of War he
was considered a Just chief who gave re
wards and administered punishments
without fear or favor. It Is small won
der, therefore." that the Russian army
' Confident He Will Wli.
The appointment of General Kouropat
kin to direct command In the field has
been received with enthusiasm and his
leadership inspires complete confidence
that there will be no mistake and that
Russian arms will be carried to success
on land. General Kouropatkin will be
accompanied to the front by the Grand
Dukes Boris, Alexis, Nicholas and Michael
The Emperor and Empress gave
luncheon today to General Kuropatkln
yahd the Grand Dukes at the Alexandria
IPaiace. TsarsKoe-&eio, ana oaae mem
The exact mission of Grand Duke Alexis
is unknown, but It undoubtedly an lm
portant one, as be has been n supreme
command of the Russian army as presl
dent of the Board of Admiralty, taking an
active part in the negotiations preceding
hostilities. He presided at the special
council which prepared Russia's unde
livered reply to Japan. .Alexis paid a
memorable pleasant visit to the United
States when a young man., His career
as High Admiral Is well known and bril
liant and he has always surrounded him
self with a notable staff. Grand Duke
Alexis Is now in very bad health, but his
4esire to go to the front could not be
resisted. If his health permits, he may
exercise general direction of the naval
movements in the Far East.
Grand Duke Boris Is a Lieutenant of
Hussars and Is considered a daredevil of
the soldier sort. He is likely to distin
guish himself in battle, and probably will
be on the staff of Grand Duke Nicholas,
After Boris returned from the United
States, he bought a palace formerly oc
cupled by Ambassador McCormlck.
Grand Duke Nicholas Is 47 years ot age
and Is considered the foremost cavalry
expert In the Russian army. As the occu
pant of the responsible post of Inspector-
General of Cavalry, he will be able to ad
vise General Kouropatkin, who Is an In
fantry specialist Nicholas Is one of the
few Grand Dukes who married a com
moner, and. though his marriage has not
been recorded. It is none the less happy.
His wife was the widow of a wealthy
merchant named Bourenln.
Alexieff Is Sidetracked.
"With General Kouropatkin's appointment
as Commander-in-Chief of the army and
the presenee of Grand Duke Alexis in
the Far East, the opinion Is strengthened
that, while Admiral Alexieff may remain
as Viceroy, the active direction of opera
tions will pass out of his hands.
Vicksburg's Action Criticised.
The action of the commander of the
United States gunboat Vicksburg In de
clining to join the commanders of other
foreign warships In a protest against the
attack of the Japanese fleet at Chemulpo
which resulted In the sinking of the Rus
sian cruisers Varlag and Korictz promises
to cause much discussion here. The
Novoe Vremya's London correspondent
eablcs that the protest of the British
Captain against the Japanese attack on
tho ground that it was a breach of neu
trality proved ineffectual, because the
American commander would not assent.
Newspapers here are laying stress on
the personal note of M. Kurtr.o, the Jap
anese Minister at St. Petersburg, to Count
Larnsdorff. the Russian Foreign -Minister,
on the eve of the notification of the sev
erance of diplomatic relations, in which
iL Kurlno expressed the hope (hat the
rupture would be of brief duration. They
point to this Incident as a proof that
Russia bad no sreason. to believe that
Japan Intended to follow up the rupture
with actual hostilities.
Official news received here confirms the
report that none of the crew of the
Korietz was lost.
Animmense congregation attended the
requiem today for Count "Nelrod. the only
officer killed aboard the Varlag. The
Count was a great favorite In St. Peters
ADVANCE TO THE YALU.
Japanese Mass on Corsan Front!
Russians Threaten India.
LONDON, Feb. 22. The cables are aS-1
solutely silent with regard to the prog-1
ress of the war. but there are vague ru- j
mors of land fighting. As an instance.
the Paris edition of the New York Her
ald's, correspondent . at -St. Petersburg
talks of a Russian repulse on the Yalu
River with a loss of 2300' lives. These ru
mors are unconfirmed, and from a reli
able quarter the Morning Post's Chefoo
corrsepondent says he learns that tens
of thousands of Japanese are advancing
by forced marches from the various porta.
of Corea on the Yalu River, and that se
vere fighting Is expected shortly. These
are the only references to actual opera
tions that have reached London.
The announcement that General Ko-
dama has been replaced In the Japan
ese Cabinet by Mr. Koshlkawa Is regard
ed as meaning that General Kodama Is
about to take command of the Japanese
forces. Kodama, who Is Japan's leading
general, did splendid work In the Chlno-
It Is said that Viceroy Alexieff has
asked the Ministry of Marine to send
him officers who are not too young, and
Admirals who are .not too old, of whom
he already had too many.
The Viceroy has Issued proclamations
to the Chinese throughout Manchuria,
seeking to enlist their sympathy In behalf
of Russia and their assistance In maln-
ktalnlng the railway intact by represent
ing to them Japan s alleged treacherous
methods in beginning the war.
A Port Arthur dispatch received at St.
Petersburg reports that the Russian
cruiser Novlk had been repaired and had
left her dock.
The Standard's Kleff correspondent
hears that the Caucasus and Turkestan
armies are to be mobilized. He adds that
the rumor Is not confirmed officially, but
says, if It is true, it can only be Inter
preted as a veiled threat against India
in certain emergencies.
The correspondent at Tien Tsln of the
Standard reports, an attack by 500 Chi
nese "brigands" on the Russian posts at
Foochow as probably an attempt to
wreck the railway.
HER CREDIT IS LOW.
Doubt Whether -Russia Can Raise
Money for Prolonged War.
LONDON, Feb. 2L The question as to
how long Russia will be ableto bear the
financial strain caused by the war with
out having recourse to a foreign loan
exerts a great Influence In the money
markets. It Is the general belief that.
owing to economic conditions resulting
from the bad harvests and other causes, it
will be difficult for Russia to raise in
ternal loans, and that. If the war lasts
beyond a couple cf years, that country
will be bound to raise money abroad.
The Stock .Exchange- experienced a very
depressed and nervous weeks ;due- largely
to the fears of trouble in" the Balkans.
Rumors of the Illness of Emperor
"William, as well as the war In the Far
East, have also exerted considerable in
fluence in causing this depression. For
eign stocks of all classes were almost de
moralized, quantities of them being
thrown upon the market from Paris and
Berlin, where operators were overloaded
by recent heavy purchases made, under
the belief that peace In -the Far East
would be maintained.
The other markets were dull and de
pressed. In sympathy with foreign mar
kets, while American securities were
characterized by an almost complete ab
sence of dealings.
Spain Only Taking Precautions.
PARIS, Feb. 21. The correspondent at
Madrid of the Temps says that In the ses4
slon of the Cortes on Monday the govern
ment will deny the report of foreign alli
ances, which were the cause of the 'ex
citement Sunday, and will say that the
movements of troops are only precaution
ary and for the purpose of enforcing Span
ish neutrality In the war In the Far jast.
RUSSIAN SICK AND WOUNDED HAVE A TRUE
FRIEND IN HER
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 20. The Crarjna, who continues to take great per
sonal interest in the work ot providing' for the sick and wounded of the war,
presided today at a special meeting of the Ladies Patriotic Society, which
was attended by several Grand Duchesses and others of the highest ladles In
the land, and presided at a service held at the Winter Palace at which the
girls of the Imperial Schools acted as choristers. During a discussion la regard
to utilizing - the services unsparingly offered by the girlhood and womanhood of
Russia for the relief of the wounded, the Czarina proposed temporarily to sus
pend .the studies in the girls' schools, in order that the girls might be able to
devote the school hours to sewing. The suggestion was applauded, hut co def
inite action. was" taken. Her Majesty, .who Is an expert needlewoman, has done
much to encourage sewing' among Russian society women;' ' ,. '
Hay's Note on Neutral
ity of China.
THE POSITION OF RUSSIA
She Will Publish News of the
War, Good or Bad.
CASSINI DEFINES THE POLICY
American Sympathy Not All With
Japan Captain of Varlag a
Hero Russia. Will Give
Japan Her Fill.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 2L "Russia gladly
and willingly favored the suggestion of
Secretary Hay that, as far as possible,
the belligerents in the Far East "War lo
calize hostilities and respect the neu
trality of China in the Interest of a con
tinuance of peaceful Intercourse of the
rest of .the world. My government ex
pressed the conviction that Mr. Hay's
suggestion was prompted by motives ot
the highest humanity and was mutually
advantageous to the belligerents." .
This statement was made by Count
Casslni, the Russian Ambassador, in the
course of a conversation with a represen
tative of the Associated Press at the Em
bassy tonight. The Ambassador spoke in
general on the Far Eastern situation. Al
though the negotiations on the neutrality
proposition have been carried on almost
entirely between the several foreign gov
ernments addressed and the American En
voys accredited to them, the weight of
the work of the Russian Ambassador at
Washington In the counsels of his Impe
rial Aiajesiy was strongly mnuenuai in
the shaping of Russia's reply. As soon as
the note was addressed to the Russian
government. Count Casslnl was advised
of the fact by Secretary Hay and a long
and earnest conversation followed on the
motives of the "Washington Government
In initiating this movement, unique In dl
plomacy. To the frankness of this con
versation, a frankness made possible by
the cordial and intimate relations wmcn
Mr. Hay and Count Casslni have enjoyed
at Washington. Is- largely due,. It Is said.
If the prompt response of the. Russian gov
ernment, which is materially concerned
with many matters rf the gravest Import
ance and some demanding the most
speedy attention, such as war measures.
Offers of Aid to Russia.
"It Is fortunate." continued the Am
bassador, "that whatever may be the
feeling here and there in the United States
of sympathy for Japan, the traditional,
and. so far as Russia Is concerned, tho
highly-prized friendly relations between
the Washington Government and St--Pe
tersburg government In no way have been
interfered with. Every mall brings to the
Embassy some 50 to 100 contradictions. In
the form of offers of assistance, medical
and .military, of the statement that Rus
sia Is without friends in this country. It
Is In this country, as In every other, that
the smaller nation can count on a cer
tain amount of sympathy, arising solely
from the fact of its minority, but it Is a
tribute to the fairness of your Govern
ment that the official conduct of your
Government certainly has been all that
either belligerent could expect in the pres
crvatlon of tho strict neutrality which the
President directed shall be observed by
his people. So numerous have these of
fers of medical and other aid become that
I have felt it my duty to "bring them to the
attention of my government. It Is pos-
siDie tnat. in recognition of the kindly
spirit of humanity and friendliness which
Is evidenced by the American physicians
who have offered their assistance, my
government may find a way to accept
some of them' and that American physi
cians and nurses may aid us In earring for
tne wounded in the Far Eastern War. I
am daily expecting answer from St. Pe
tersburg on this point."
The Truth Will Come Out.
"What will be the effect of the removal
of the censorship on all news from St.
Petersburg to the outside world?" the
Ambassador was asked. He replied:
"It Is believed that this will effectively
diminish the number of canards which
have been secretly sent from Russia, es
pecially to England "and the UnltedyStates,
about, my country. Censored dispatches
were wrongly considered abroad as hav
ing the approval of the government. Noth
ing could have been further from the
truth, unless It was the additional false
Impression that uncensored dispatches
represented the facts as they were. With
the censorship removed, it is hoped that
the outside world will have a better Idea
of my government and my people. It
was gratifying to hear from a represen
tative American several days ago of the
approval In this country of the policy.
which has been strictly adhered to. of
making public the news from the Far
East, whether good or bad.
"In the earnest hope that peace might
be preserved with Japan, my government
was giving more attention to tho meth
ods by which a diplomatic settlement
might be reached than to preparations
for the recourse to arms which we are
now convinced Japan had determined on
at the outset of the negotiations. For
this reason, the first chapter in the Far
Eastern War have not been characterized
by Russian victories.
Heroism of Russian,. Captain.
"The truth, however, has been made
public as rapidly as Admiral Alexleff's
dispatches have been made known to His
Majesty. In this first chapter, however.
is contained a picture, which, as was to
be expected, the Americans were quick to
appreciate and applaud. I refer to the
noble conduct of the Captain of the Va
rlag, who, after refusing to surrender
his ship, came out of the harbor of Che
mulpo to face an overwhelming force of
Japanese warships, to whose fire he re
plied as effectively as he could and then
blew up his own ship that she might not
fall Into the hands of the enemy. ' The
contribution of such a page to Russian
history more than compensates for any
losses sustained by our navy as a result
of Japan attacking us before a declara
tion, and while her envoy at St. Peters
burg was still enjoying the courtesy and
protection of the Russian government.
Will Give Japan Enough.
'The Associated Press dispatches from
St. Petersburg have correctly reported
the -tidal wave of national feeling and en
thusiasm which has swept over my coun
try. No longer Is the struggle In the Far
East a political one, interesting for tho
most part diplomats and statesmen. It
has flared up Into a national war. My
august master has shown extraordinary
patience in endeavoring to arrive at
settlement without war. But, now that
Japan has made war, the determination
of the Russian Emperor and his neoole
that she shall be satisfied with that for
which she" has seemed so anxious' Is" made
stronger by the patience and forbearance
which have hitherto characterized olir
dealings with the Japanese.
"In the interests of the world's human
lty, I am confident all nations will hope
.ror the success, of Secretary Hay's effort
to limit the deplorable war to the bellig
erents now engaged."
JAPANESE ARE AFTER IT.
Russian Gunboat Must Leave
Shanghai or Suffer Results.
SHANGHAI, Feb. 21. Urged by the Jap
anese Consul here, the Taotal ordered the
Russian gunboat Mandjur to leave the
harbor before 5 o'clock this afternoon, the
order, however, being ignored. It Is said
that a Japanese squadron has been or
dered to ejnforce the Taotai's demand and
to enable Japanese steamship companies
to resume service between Japan and
WILLING TO MEDIATE.
King Edward Offers His Services to
PARIS, Feb. 22. The Petit Parlsienne's
London, correspondent says that during an
interview preceding the departure from
London for St. Petersburg, yesterday of
cjount BencKendorff, the Russian Ambas.
sador. Lord Lansdowne, the British For
eign Minister, intimated to him that King
toward was willing to offer his mediation
in the war in the Far East If the Czar
thought he could accept it.
CONTENTS OP TODAY'S PAPEE
Japanese inflict crushing defeat on Russian
advance guard on Talu River. Page 1.
Russian Black Sea fleet may force the Dar
danelles. Page 1.
Count Cassinl states position of Russia on
Chinese neutrality and says she will give
Japan enough.. Page 1.
Russian squadron cutting cables between Jap-
. anese Islands; Japanese fleet seeking it.
Japan has dispute with ChinaS. about Russian
gunboat which takes refuge at Shanghai.
General Kouropatkin to command Russian
army, aided by Grand Dukes. Page 1.
Russians condemn action of American ship
vicksburg at ctiemuipo. rage I.
Turkey and Montenegro on the verge of war.
Bulgaria- accuses Turkey of trying to provoke
hostilities. Page 2.
French financiers strivo to stop stock panic
Page - s
American warship? rout Don: fn lean, rebels who
fire cn American vessel. Page 3."
Panama canal treaty will be ratified on Tues
day. Pace 3.
Consul Skinner's successful trade mission to
Abyssinia. Page 3.
Opponents of Ballinger seeking candidate " for
Mayor of Seattle. Pace 4. ,
Olympla doctors- dictate terms to druggists.
New method of feeding convicts at Salem
Sam Baker launches Presidential boom for
FItzhugh Lee. Page 8.
preachers ark support for local-option !aw.
Special committee leaves- for Washington,
D C. to urge that Fair appropriation be not
reduced. Page 10.
Owners of right of. way for Celllo canal will
convey It to State. Page 11..
Indian war veteran defends memory of Gov
ernor Gaines. Page 12.
Member of church choir .elopes from WInlock,
Wash., and is arreoted with male escort.
Many silver cups'-offered as prlzea -for Dog
Show. Page 5. -
American Tars Chase
AFTER BOMBARDING THEM
Cruiser Newark Shoots Good
Mariners Into Them;
FIRED ON AMERICAN SHIP
People of Land of . Revolutionists,
Froth, at Insult. to Dignity De
cisive Defeat Inflicted on
PARIS, Feb. 2L A dispatch from Santa
Domingo says that the United. Stated
cruiser Columbia and the training ship
Hartford have bombarded Derate, which
lsoccupied by the Insurgents!
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. A belated dis
patch dated February 12, from Captain J.
M. Miller, of the cruiser Columbia, with
which the Newark Is In Santo Domingo
waters, brings official confirmation of the
Associated Press dispatch regarding the
bombardment of the Insurgents by tha
war vessels In a position near the capital
city, the landing of marines and blue
jackets to punish revolutionists, andtfelr
According to Captain Miller's dispatch,
the affair occurred on a river about two
miles from Santo Domingo, presumably
at Pajarlto, the place mentioned In the
press dispatches as the locality of the
bombardment. The insurgents, who were
stationed on the mainland, fired on a
United States merchant vessel, the New
York, which was under the convoy of a
launch of the Newark. The shots fell so
dangerously near the war" vessels that the
acts of the Insurgents were construed by
Captain Miller as an attack on the vessels,
and a battery fire was opened on the
This was followed up by the debarka
tion of 400 marines and bluejackets from
the Columbia and the Newark, who made
a successful landing. T&ey dislodged tho
insurgents from -their positions and chased
them into the country. After accom
plishing thi3, the marines and- bluejackets
took again to their boats and. returned to
their ships. One man, a bugler named
Painter, was seriously wounded by th$
accidental explosion of his firing piece.
There were no other casualties.
Close attention Is being given by Ad
ministration officers to affairs In Santo
Domingo. A number of warships are be
ing kept In the waters of that country, so
that American Interests may be zealous
ly protected In case of trouble between
the regular government and the Insur-
, gents. Forcible Interference In the af
fairs of the country, however, has been
avoided up to this time, so far as news
received by the department Is concerned.
It Is authoritatively stated that tha
question of the annexation of Santo Do
mingo to the United States has never re
ceived the slightest consideration on tha
part of the United States, and moreover
the Administration is unable to take a
position or adopt a policy other than the
protection of American interests In Santo
Domingo, because of the absence of sat
isfactory information as to conditions
INSURGENTS BROKE WORD.
Fired After Promising Peace and
Got Swift Punishment.
SANTO DOMINGO. Thursday, Feb. 11.
The Clye liner New York arrived here
this morning, convoyed by the United
States cruiser Newark, and Minister
Powell Instructed the captain of the ves-
sel to discharge his cargo at the wharf.
An agreement had been made by Minister
Powell and Commander Miller -with tha
Insurgents and government that neither
party should fire while the New York
was at the wharf discharging. The gov
ernment kept this agreement, but the in
surgents fired on the steamer and on a
launch from the cruiser Columbia, which!
was entering the river. Eight rifle shota
damaged the New York's woodwork, en
dangering the lives of passengers and
The Commander of the United States
warship then decided to shell Pajarlto,
near this city, the place occupied by tha
Insurgents, and to land 200 marines with
the cbject of punishing the insurgents for
insulting the United States flag and dam
aging an American steamer. At 2:30 the?
Newark approached and opened fire, dis
charging ten shells. The Insurgents fired
upon the marines while they were landing,
wounding some of them. The marines re
turned tho fire and the Insurgents ran
The marines landed, were divided Into
two columns and searched the houses,
woods and bushes. They then followed
the Insurgents, who fired while the ma
rines were reloading. The result of tha
bombardment Is not known.
The New York left here at 5 o'clock P.
M., for the roadstead, after landing her
AH is now quiet and it is supposed that
the insurgents have retreated a consid
Reports from the Interior are favorable
to the government. Great misery exists
in the city for want of food and the ar
rival of the Clyde-line steamer Is a great
relief. The steamer could,not land a por
tion of her cargo at Monte Crlsti. being
prevented from so doing by a Dominican
REBELS BADLY WHIPPED.
Driven From Santo Domingo and
Sisge of City Raised.
SANTO DOMINGO. Feb. 16. Tuesday.
TTesterday a French merchant' steamer en
tered the river, convoyed by a launch from
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