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THE MORNING OREGONIAN, MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1904.
How th,e Petropavlovsk
Was Blown iJ p.
ROSE OUT OF THE WATER
Mines Seemed Directly Under
the Vessel's Bridge.
STQRYOF AN EYEWITNESS
Makaroff's Flagship Was at Harbor's
Mouth Guarding the Return of
. the Torpedo-Boats Against
Superior Fleet of Enemy.
LIAO YANG, April IS. The Associated
Iress icorrespondent, -believing that the
Japanese would repeat the attempt to
t16ck the entrance to Port Arthur with
"fire ghips on Easter Eve, -went from Llao
Yang to Port Arthur a. week ago yester
day. Tor four nights I watched with the
sentries on Golden Hill. Three nights
Tuesday night, April 12, Vice-Admiral
Makaroff took to sea with his entire
squadron, including fourteen torpedo
boats. The next night, April 13, in the
teeth of a gale, eight torpedo-boats were
sent out to reconnolter. From Golden
"Hill, on which I was standing, through
the blackness the searchlights of the
fortification flashed over the inky waters
of the roadstead and far out to the hazy
Chased by the Japanese.
At 11 o'clock I heard firing at sea and
qounted seven shots, but could see noth
ing. At daybreak I made out through
the light to the southward about five
miles from shore six torpedo-boats strung
out.in line, all firing.
In the lead and outstripping the others
was a boat heading at full speed directly
forthe entrance of the harbor. The last
lnJlne was beclouded in steam and lag
ging. She had evidently been hit
It was difficult to distinguish the boats,
but finally through my glasses I saw
that the leader and the laggard were
Russians and that the four others were
Japanese. The flash of the guns and the
splash of the projectiles at they struck
the water showed the intensity of the
Crippled Craft Spits Back.
The torpedo-boat from which steam was
escaping was firing viciously. The four
qcnter craft together were concentrating
their fire on her, but the crippled boat
poured out her fire and was successfully
keeping off her assailants. The signals
then flashed the news to the men that the
vessel was the Strashni.
The unequal combat was observed with
breathless interest, but the net drew
close around the doomed boat. The four
Japanese vessels formed a semicircle and
poured in a deadly Are. The steam from
the Strashni grew denser, covering her
like a white pall. Still she fought desper
ately. Running straight for the adversary bar
ring her way to safety she passed the
Japanese astern and fired at them. At
this stage Vice-Admiral Makaroff, who
iad been observing the progress of the
conflict through a telescope, signaled to
the cruiser Bayan, lying in the inner
harbor, to weigh anchor and go to the
Fired as She Sank.
The Japanese boats clung to their ene
mies like hounds in a chase. They had
become separated, but again resumed
thpir formation. Small Jets of flame and
smoke were spurting from the light rapld
flrers, varied by denser clouds as tor
pedoes were discharged against the
Strashni. It was the end. The stricken
"boat loosed a final round, hut it was as
If a volley had been fired over her own
grave, for she disappeared beneath the
waves, only a little cloud of steam mark
ing the place where she went down.
Satisfied with what they had accom
plished, the Japanese torpedo-boats turned
and made off at full speed, followed by
the Bayan. To their support came six of
the enemy's cruisers. Still the Bayan
went on, seemingly Inviting certain de
struction. She soon ported her helm to
bring a broadside to bear upon the foe,
which was advancing in line of battle.
Bayan Braves Destruction.
She opened some of them and turned
quickly and stood on into the hail of the
enemy's broadsides. The Japanese
steamed at a slight angle, enabling all
their guns to bear, and projectiles rained
around the Bayan, raising columns of
-water as they burst, but none struck
To the eastward suddenly appeared flvo
more of our torpedo-boats returning to
the harbor under forced draught Two of
the Japanese cruisers were immediately
detached to cut them off, but the Bayan,
noticing the movement checked it by
turning a hot fire upon them. The move
ment was effective. The Japanese cruis
ers slowed down and the tropedo-boats
slipped through Into the harbor.
" Meanwhile, in accordance with Vlce-Ad-fniral
Makaroff's orders, the battleships
and cruisers in the inner harbor slipped
anchor. Majestically the Petropavlovsk,
flying the Admiral's flag, steamed through
the entrance. On her appearance the
formidable army of Japanese cruisers
turned and fled. The Admiral signaled the
Bayan to return. Then a stream of flags
fluttered out "Brave Bayan."
Chase of the Japanese Fleet.
By this tlmo the entire Russian squad
ron was in the outer harbor. The flags
announcing the Admiral's approbation of
the Bayan were hauled down and replaced
by another signal. Immediately the torpedo-boats
dashed ahead and the heavier
ships began to spread out
Seeing the flight of the Japanese
cruisers the Petropavlovsk opened firo
with her great guns, but the enemy was
out of range and soon disappeared. Our
squadron continued the chase, finally
fading from view.
"I waited anxiously for Its reappear
ance, and in about an hour it came in
sight Far beyond it the number of
points from which smoke arose an
nounced the presence of the enemy.
Nearer and nearer came the vessels, and
at last I made out .behind our squadron
a fleet of 14, of which six were battle
ships and the remainder armored and
unafmored cruisers. .
Smaller Boats Pass Into Harbor.
"Unable to get within effective range
of Vice-Admiral Makaroff's ships, the
enemy stopped 18 rersts frpm shore.
Our squadron, with the Petropavlovsk
leading, arrived at the entrance to tho
harbor and drew up in line of battle.
Another signal was floated from the
flagship, and the torpedo-boats at once
proceeded through tho entrance into the
inner harbor. Vice-Admlral Makaroff
was evidently unwilling to risk his vul
nerable craft to the heavy projectiles
of tho enemy's armored ships.
"I watched the Petropavlovsk closely
as she steamed toward Electric Cllffi
The frowning marine monster whoso
guns wero ever turning toward tho en
emy was prepared to send huge mes
sengers of death against him.
'A11 was quiet It was the hush "be
fore a battle the hush when nerye Is
strained to get into impending danger.
I looked for the Japanese ships, but
they were without movoment save that
caused by the heaving sea.
Qreat Ship Blown Up.
My glanco returned to our squadron.
The Petropavlovsk was almost without
headway when suddenly I saw her
tremble. She seemed to rise out of tho
wa"ter, a tremendous explosion rent the
air. and then a second and then a third.
Fragments flew In all directions, and
wreckage and men were mixed up in a
terrible mass. I was hardly able to
realize the horror of it when tho ship
began to list
In a moment the sea seemed to open
and the water rushed over her. The
Petropavlovsk had disappeared.
The floating woodwork and the few1
men struggling in the water wore all
that was left to recall the splendid
fighting machine which a few hours be
fore had sailed out of the harbor. The
same shock experlenqed by the observ
ers on Golden Hill paralyzed for a mo
ment the men on the other ships, but
when it passed, torpedo-boats and small
boats rushed to the aid of tho survivor.
Survivor's Graphic Tale.
Eager to ascertain what had occurred
on board the sunken ship, I hastened
to a landing where a small remnant of
tho gallant crew were being put ashore
and conveyed to a hospital. Signalman
Pochkhoff, who was slightly wounded,
was able to give me a remarkably clear
statement of the disaster. Ho said:
"We were returning to the harbor,
tho Petropavlovsk leading. Somo of our
cruisers, which had remained in tho
harbor, came out and steamed toward
the enemy, firing' 16 shots at him with
their bow guns. They then retired. Tho
enemy numbered 14 heavy ships, nearly
all armored, while ours were nine.
Against their armored cruisers we had
only the Bayan.
"I stood in the wheelhouse on board
the battleship looking at the signal
boolc The Admiral's last signal had
been for the torpedo-boats to enter tho
harbor. The Petropavlovsk slowly
steamed arid almost stood still.
Three Distinct Explosions.
"Suddenly she shook violently, I
heard a fearful explosion, immediately
followed by another and then another.
They seemed to me to be directly un
der the bridge. I rushed to the door
"of the wheelhouse, where I met an of
ficer, probably a helmsman. I could not
pass him, and I sprang to the wintiow
and Jumped out Tho ship was listing
and I feared that every moment she
would turn over.
"On the bridge I saw an officer welt
ering in blood It was our Admiral
Makaroff. He lay face downward. I
sprang to him, grasped him by the
shoulder and attempted to raise him.
The ship seemed to be filling. From all
sides flew fragmonts.
"I heard tho deafening screech and
the frightful din. The smoke rose in
dense clouds and tho flames seemed to
leap toward the bridge where I was
standing beside tho Admiral. I jumped,
on the rail and was washed out, but
succeeded in grabbing something.
Death of Verestchagin, Artist.
"On our ship was an old man with a
beautiful white beard who had been
good to our men. He had a book in his
hand and seemed to be writing. He was
Vesestchagln, the 'painter."
RUSSIA IN NEED OF MONEY.
Issue of $200,000,000 Five Per Cent
Bonds Will Soon Be Made.,
LONDON, April 18. Reports arw again
in circulation here of Russia's need to
raise money. When the war broke out
the gold held abroad by the Bank of
Russia amounted to $87,300,000. Of this
amount $50,000,000 has been expended and
therefore, according to these reports, it
would soon be necessary to have re
course to the gold held in the treasury.
According to a, telegram from Brussels
printed this morning the outcome of the
ways and means conference at St Peters
burg will be the issue of 5200,000.000 in
5 per cent treasury bonds in Paris, Brus
sels and Amsterdam.
Vice-Admlral Togo's report Is accepted
here as fully explaining the mystery of
the destruction of the battleship
Petropavlovsk and the newspapers pay
warm tribute to the daring and skill dis
played by the Japanese, contrasting these
with tho apparent lack of foresight and
vigilance on the part of tho Russians.
War correspondents arriving at Ping
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For thirty years Tutts Pills have
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Are truly the sick man's friend
A Known Fact
For bilious headache, dyspepsia
sour stomach, malaria.constipa
tion and all kindred diseases.
TUTT'S Liver PILLS
AN ABSOLUTE CliRE.
VIMnADTANT fpwc TTHAV Wanted ot once 10 first-class. Millinery Trimmers. Must be Al, none
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Sort o' Shop
Home of Quality and Fashion Fifth and Washington Streets
Gist of Yesterday's Mentions of Today's Extraordinary Values Listed for
Among the Patrons of The "Different Store."
"Women'? new $1.25 Kid Qloves; all sizes,
per pair 89
Women's 50c all linen handkerchiefs,
dainty colored borders 25
Children's 15c Handkerchiefs 5
New very swell fancy Bibbons, values to 50c, W2 and iy2-
inch widths, yard . 25
Ladies' $15 Equestrienne Boots 10.00
Boys 50c Gold Shirts 37
Handsome Persian Bands, 1 and l-toc- widths, 25c and
35c values at, yard 15
BIG SALE Of PATTERN VEILS All of our dainty, chic
" and charming pattern Veils, 1V yards in length, blacks,
whites, browns and navys in nlain or dotted effects, some
with hemstitched borders, velvet and silk chenille dotted,
50c, 75c, 90c and $1 values, all divided in three lots and
priced at, each 30, 4o and 65
Monster Slaughter Sale at Portland's Largest and Best
Silk and Dress Goods Store
Opens This Morning
Shrewd buyers are finding their way in larger numbers than
ever to this Mecca of liberal, vigorous values. "We ad
vise early shopping; best go. first. Profits cut out. Costs
sacrificed to reduce our tremendous stocks. All on ac
count of the bad weather last month. $1.00 all pure silk
Crepe de Chine, has beautiful high rich finish, no better
sold anywhere at the price; colors are black, white; ivory,
cream, mais, pink, light blue, tans, champagne, reseda,
pearl gray, brown and nary. Special for r Of
this week v
Greatest value giving in town on new Silks, suitable for
shirtwaist suits, fancy gowns and waists nearly 200 pieces
In the lot to select from. Come in neat checks and dots,
hairline stripes, Ahnures, Glace and Boutanne effects. All
latest down-to-date designs and colors. These are silks
purchased not over three weeks ago, so there is no old-style
or colors to be found in the lot, but all new, pretty shim
mering, serviceable Silks such as this store only in the
great Northwest is noted for. The entire lot are to bo found
on our bargain tables divided in three lots.
Regular $1.50 grades for 97
Regular $1.25 grades for .". 87p
Regular $1.00 grades for 78p
And we doubt very much if you can match them anywhere
in town at the regular prices.
Colored Dress Goods
Unmercifully slaughtered. Our buyer now in New York
again prods us by wire to reduce our immense stock of
colored Dress Goods, consequently you will find the ensuing
week the greatest Dress Goods bargains ever known to
Portland. Cost has not been considered in this shakeup,
prices have been reduced regardless of cost for the double
purpose of adding more to our already larjje number of
patrons, and to reduce our stock.
Regular $2.50 and $2.25 values in French Crepe Voile
Etamines, in plain and bourette effects, Prench Worsted
Suitings, and English Novelty Mohairs, in Shirtwaist Suits,
tailor-made and dressy gowns, these have no equal. To
reduce stock we price them for the week at, yard. .$1.89
Regular $2.00 values in French Tailor Suitings, Bourette
Tweeds, English Boutonne Mohairs and ficotch Tweeds,
in the swell mannish effects. Splendid assortment of col
ors to select from. This week at, yard $1.52
Regular $1.75 values in Imported and Domestic Tweeds and
fine Worsted Tailor Suitings. Come in checks, neat stripes
and illuminated effects. All wanted colors in this lot.
This week, yard $1.35
Regular $1.50 values in 56 and 52-inch Tweed Suitings, ex
cellent wearing fabrics for skirts and tailor suits, in small
checks, nubbed and boutonne effects. Splendid values
this week, yard 95
$1.50 and $1.25 values in cream, all-wool fabrics. So much
now in demand for suits and coats in canvas cloth, basket
weaves, embroidered albatross and illuminated etamine.
We advise you to come early for these, for they will not
last long. This week, yard B2$
An Exceptional Underwear and Hosiery
We place on sale this morning a very unusual value in
i each aisle where Portland women shoppers are wont to con
gregate when seeking best values in Underwear and
Hosiery first floor.
Ladies' "Merode" Vests and Tights. Vests white lisle,
high neck, long sleeves; low neck, sleeveless; high neck,
short sleeves. Ankle and knee length tights to match.
Our regular 75c quality; special, at, each 49
Ladies' all lace black lisle Hose; a brilliant black, 35c
quality; special, at, pair 23d
Fine "Fixins" for Men's Wear at Very
MEN'S TOGGERY SHOP-FIRST FLOOR.
A GREAT SPECIAL THREE-DAYS SALE OPENS THIS
MORNING AND CONTINUES TUESDAY AND
MEN'S NEW $1 GOLF SHIRTS, 69c Very latest styles,
newest patterns and swellest colorings, fronts plain or
plaited, just tho needed shirts for comfort these warmer
days. Best $1 line in town, for three days only, choice
MEN'S "TWO-BIT" HALF HOSE, 15c PAIR The best
hosiery bargain of the season. All new, a case just re
ceived from the factory. Black; with fancy silk clocking
at sides. Choice of these 25c values for three days only,
at, the pair .. 15
MEN'S 75c UNDERWEAR AT 59c Combed Egyptian
balbriggan, derby ribbed, form fitting, shirts have French
neck and silk facings, drawers with the French strap
backs. Best 76c garment sent out by the mills. For
three days only at a choice per garment, at 59
MEN'S $1 NECKWEAR FOR 59c Vory swell late -patterns,
Imperials, Ascots or English squares. A swagger
line of high-class dollar neckwear for three days, at,
Today OnlyWomen's $35.50
Dress Suits for
$2 1 .95
We place on sale fox tho day a magnificent line, selected
from the very newest, latest and handsomest $28.50, $32.50,
$35 and $38.50 Dress Suits, at a choice for $21.95
Don't confound these splendid new high-grade Suits, se
lected from the leading style modistes of New York, with
baits thrown out by stores "of little repute in fashion cir
cles. See the Suits in a Fifth-street window, then visit the
second floor salons, and unless you're temptation-proof we
ween you'll become the possessor of a handsome Suit at
nearly half its worth. Another attraction is an
Extraordinary sale of Crepe Shirtwaists, best $5 values in
the city. Monday only, at $2.49
In Millinery's Halls Today
200 TRIMMED HATS, WORTH $8 TO $10 EACH, AT
$5 The Hats alone, untrimmed, are worth $6. They are
of fine silk chiffon in close bias folds light as a Summer
zephyr, but full of service. Artistically trimmed by our
best designers in flowers, foliage, ribbons, silk and feather
effects; colors are white, black, light blue, pink, lilac,
brown, etc., and five distinct shapes are in the splendid
choosing, embracing the popular new Torpedo and Flat
iron Turbans, Tri-corner Continental and Pompadour
styles. Every hat an $8 to $10 value. To- C Aa
day only at a choice for pxJ.'UIJ
20 IMPORTED PATTERN HATS AT HALF PRICE
We've just 20 of the Imported Parisian Pattern Hats re
maining at time of writing 2 P. M. of Saturday. They
are the genuine French beauties, brought over for the
openings. Want one? Prices were $35 to $75. Today
only they're half for choice $17.50 to $37.50
In the Art Shop and Annex
Hosts of new arrivals In the art shop thoroughfare aisle.
Among others stamped linen in plain or hemstitched, in
all sizes, in a great variety of floral and conventional
designs, ranging in prices from $3.00 to $2.50
New Shirtwaist Insertions, stamped on fine wash material,
at 20p and 30 per yard; also Mexican drawn work
insertion, at, per yard $1.50
New fancy Battenberg, Flemish, Point Lace, Duchess,
Guipure and Arabian Silk Braids, in white, cream, ecru,
black, or in combinations of colors. Just the proper braids
for fancy collars.
In the Children's Annex Toggery Shop
Children's Colored Wash Dresses, in all the new styles,
from 1 to 5 years, to the most elaborate styles from 4 to
li yeara; made of percale, gingham, linen, crash,
chambry and calico, at prices, according to sizes and
material, from 30 to $7.50
The lines including Children's White Dresses embrace a
great variety of styles and material. They have a style
of their own; nothing old, all now and down to date.
Prices, according to sizes and materials, for 1 to 3 years,
from 65 to $25.00
For 4 to 14 years, from $1.25 to $27.00
Misses White Intermediate Dresses. These are for misses
from 14 to 18 years, and serve as a go-between from a
large child to a ladies' dress. The proper two-piece dress
for parties and graduating exorcises, at prices
from $6.00 to $22.00
The Big White Fair Continues in Annex
AGGRESSIVE ATTACK ON REGULAR PRICES OF
DAINTY UNDERMUSLLNS AND SWELL
No room for lengthy details today, but lively announce
ments of startling value-giving and bargain-creating will
follow day by day during the week. The three specials
pointed below are merely vanes pointing the way of the
Ladies' fine Cambric Corset Covers, low neck, two rows of
ribbon leading between two rows of wide lace insertion,
lace edging around yoke and over shoulders. Regular
price $1; special, at .. 79
Ladies' fine Cambric Drawers, deep flounce with torchon
lace insertion and edging on deep flounces, with fancy
herring bone stitching between rows of hemstitched tucks.
Regular price 75c; special, at 57
Ladies' fine Cambric Skirts, deep Spanish, flounce with
either 3-inch Val. lace insertion and 5-inch lace edging, or
with three rows of lV-inch lace insertion, two clusters
of hemstitched tucks and lace edging. Regular price
$4; special, at $2.78
Our latest addition in Summer Corsets is a linen netting
girdle, just the thing for horseback riding or athletic ex
ercises. Sold at Royal Worcester corset counter.
SPECIAL CLEARANCE SALE OF
In order to clear the decks for easier removal to the new
Sixth-street annex of some of our most important stocks in
the house-furnishing lines and enlargement of these depart
ments, we open today a series of WONDERFUL BARGAIN
Decorated English Semi-porcelain, neat border pattern
50-piece Dinner Sets, $5.20; special 3.92
60-piece Dinner Sets, $6.60; special $5.00
100-piece Dinner Sets, $10.30; special .. ..$7.76
American White Semi-Vitreous China Dinner Sets
50-piece Dinner Sets, $4.08; special $3.13
60-piece Dinner Sets, $5.20; special $4.06
100-piece Dinner Sets, $8.07; special $6.20
German Decorated China Dinner Sets
100-piece Sets, $18.00; special $14.75
Haviland Decorated China Dinner Sets
100-piece Sets, $27.50; special $22.00
Unequaled assortment of white and decorated Dinner
Sets, consisting of English porcelain, American, German
and French china. All at special reduced prices.
Seasonable articles in Lawn and Garden Tools, etc.
Lawn Mowers, five styles; Garden Hose, Window Screens,
Garden Trowels, Spades and Rakes; "Quick Meal" Steel
Ranges, Blue-flame Coal Oil Stoves, Gasoline Stoves.
That Monster Salvage Sale of
the Portland Woolen Mills
Blanket Stock Opens Today
Housekeepers, hotel men and rooming-house managers
will make money by saving it in blanket buying now.
We told you yesterday of our good luck in securing this
grand lot of Blankets. We'll simply recall the bargains to
your mind today.
Plain Gray Wool Blankets, $2.75 values at $1.75
Plain Gray Wool Blankets, $3.00 values at S2.00
Plain Gray Wool Blankets, $3.50 values at , $2.50 I
Plain Gray Wool Blankets, $4.50 values at $3.00
Plain Gray Wool Blankets, $5.00 values at $3.50
Very fine All-wool Sanitary and Natural Gray Blankets:
Regular $5.00 values, at $3.50
Regular $6.00 values, at $4.25
Vicuna Brown, extra $4.50 values, at $3.25
Maroon, extra $4.00 values, at $3.25
All-wool, White, these have very slight imperfections caused
by stains, otherwise perfect; the regular $7.50 values
go for $4.75
$8.75 values for $5.75
O. W. & K. Sewing Machines on this floor, $21.00,
$22.65 and $24.90
Baby Go-carts, folding styles $3.25 to $6.00
Adjustable styles, with red bodies, patent foot brakes,
rubber tires, etc., complete with parasol
. $9.50 to $55.00
Tans report that the roads are In ter
rible condition, but that the Japanese
troops In marching display splendid en
durance. The Dally Mall's Ping Tang correspond
ent says that food supplies aro being
pushed forth on a gigantic scale. All the
preparations prove that the Japanese are
In readiness to sustain a prolonged cam
paign. The correspondent describes the
Irresistible courage shown by tho Jap
anese In the fighting at Chlngju. charg
ing recklessly up hill In the face of su
The Dally Chronicle's correspondent at
Shan Hal Kwan gives a report that a
Japanese fleet of 26 vessels has been seen
escorting 100 transports north of Port
Rumors emanate from various quarters
that trouble Is Imminent between Russia
and China, but there Is no authentic news
to this effect. Some St Petersburg cor
respondents consider the sudden departure
of the Chinese from Moscow to bo sig
nificant. The Dally Telegraph's Shanghai corre
spondent cables a report to tho effect
that the Russians are disarming all tho
Chinese troops In Manchuria cast of the
Llao River, including the Tartar Vice
LANDING BALKED DY MINES.
Japanese Unable to Effect Foothold
In Rear of Port Arthur..
ST. PETERSBURG. April 17. It is said
that, the Japanese torpedo flotilla's at
tack on Port Arthur April IS was In
tended to cover a landing from nine
transports at Shangtaltse, 20 miles south
west of Takashan, with a "view to cut
ting off the retreat of tho Port Arthur
troops to Slu Ten and Kalplng, destroy
ing the railway and preventing trocps
stationed in Southern Llao Tung from
effecting a Junction with the main Rus
sian forces concentrated at Llao Tang
The execution of this operation only
failed owing to the fact that all places
on tho peninsula suitable for the land
Jng of troops aro protected by mines,
well fortified and strongly guarded.
COSSACK SCOUTS AT SUNGJIN
Intention of Russians Is to Divert
Japanese From the Yalu.
SEOUL, Corea, April 17. 3 P. M. It
has been learned here that 33 Cossacks
occupied Sungjln on tho night of April
16. The Japanese refugees who fled from
there arrived at Gensan this morning.
Theumors that 5000 Russian troops are
following this advance of 33 men con
tinue, and it is declared that they intend
to divert the Japanese from the Talu
River. These .statements, however, are
J discredited, because it would be quite
posaime ior tno Japanese to enect a land
ing near Sungjln and cut off these troops.
The English missionaries reside at
Sungjln. but It 13 not known whether or
not they have left there. They are not
believed to be In danger. The Japanese
Consul and residents left Sungjln on a
steamship .from Gensan yesterday.
Sungjln is a small port on the cast
coast of Corea, about 150 miles northeast
of Gensan and about the same distance
southwest of the mouth of the Tumen
River, which marks the northeastern
boundary between Corea and Manchuria.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TOGO.
Japanese Minister of Marine Praises
Fleet's Gallant Action.
TOKIO. April 17, G P. M. Admiral
Baron Tamamoto, the Minister of Marine,
sent the following congratulatory message
to Vice-Admlral Togo today:
"I am delighted over the success of
tho eighth attack on Port Arthur. The
result wa.s splendid, and, while It is at
tributed to the Emperor's illustrious vir
tue, the loyal and gallant action of the
officers and men of the fleot played a
conspicuous part. Their behavior leaves
nothing to regrot
"I tender toy congratulations to you and
to the officers and men In your command,
and I hope that tho same noble discharge
of duties will be continued while the pres
ent great national problem lies before us.
"The goal Is yet distant, Take tho best
care of yourself In order that you all may
be enabled to finish the great work ex
pected of you."
Empress Is Greatly Shocked.
PARIS, April IS. A dispatch to the
Matin from it3 St Petersburg correspond
The Russians have the fullest confidence
that General Kouropatkln will soon drive
the Japanese out of Corea.
"While a strong army blockades Ping
Tang, another army corps will advance
to Seoul, these being the only points
where serious resistance Is expected.
"The Empress was so shocked by the
disaster to the Petropavlovsk that she
has been obliged to keep to her bed. She
got up for a few hours today.
"The Emperor Is working hard and Is
not receiving any one, not even the high
Tale Left Untold.
CHEFOO. April 17. 7 P. M. A letter
from Port Arthur, dated April 8, which
has been received here, says:
"I would like to tell you of the con
ditions existing here, but tho censorship
is too severe to allow me to do so."
Sickness to Soldiers in the Field.
ST. PETERSBURG, April 17. Accord
ing to ttfe reports of spies"; the Japanese
troops in Corea have been ravaged by
various diseases. One of these diseases,
called "imblon," Is a kind of Intermittent
typhus. Another, called "souda," tfhlch
has not yet been studied by European
doctors, produces premature senility Tho
patients lose their teeth, become ex
tremely weak and tho nails are twisted
back on the fingers. Dysentery is -very
prevalent among the Russians at Harbin.
Japanese Using Submarine Boats.
ST. PETERSBURG, April 17.-M. 3u
verlne, manager of the Xovoe Vremya.
says he has seen a letter, dated March.
19, from Dr. Volkovltch, who was drqwned
on tho Pctropa lovsk. In which It Is al
leged that Vice-Admlral Makaroff and
his staff declared that the Japanese were,
using submarine boats and that Port
Arthur was not defended by Russian
Will Superintend Construction.
SEOUL, Corea, April 17, 3 P. M. The
Emperor has oppolnted Tim Tun Chan,
who was at once time Premier of Corea,
to superintend the construction of tho
Marines Quell Bluejacket Riot.
PENSACOLA. Fla.. April 17. No more
rioting here by the bluejackets has oc
curred since last night, when one artil
leryman from Fort Barancas was klied
'and four or five bluejackets wounded, but
it was due solely to the presence of three
detachments of marines heavily armed.