(tepittm PAGES I TO 10 20 PMES PRICE FIVE CENTS- VOL. XLIV. POETLAtfD. OREGON, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1904. FIVE ARE GUILTT Jury Returns Verdict in Land-Fraud Trial. MARIE WARE IS ACQUITTED Conspiracy to Defraud Gov ernment to BeTDTilshed- DELIBERATIONS ARE SHORT S. A.t3. Puter, Emma L. Watson, Hor ace G. McKinley, Frank H. Wal gamot and Dan W- Tarpley Are Convicted. WHAT JUDGE BEIXINGEK SAID. Ctentlemen o the Jury: A conspiracy is formed when two or mora persons agree together to do an unlawful act; and when there Is ouch an agreement, and one or more of the parties does any act to effect the object of the common design, they are guilty of the offense of conspiracy. It Is not necessary that the conspiracy should be proved by evidence of an ex press agreement between the conspira tor, or by direct evidence of any agree ment. The acts of the defendants, and each of them, prior to theJTth day of March, lf01. may bo considered by you In de termining the relations between the de fendant, and the probability or non probablllty of persons bearing such re lations entering Into the conspiracy al leged 1n the Indictment. The wolght to be given the testimony of a 'witness whose opinion is based upon familiarity with, the writing in question depends upon the opportunities which the witness has had to become acquainted with the writing to which he testifies. I deem it unnecessary to refer to the testimony in the case. The time occu pied in its production, and the many arguments made pro and con in your hcarings to its materiality and tend ency, will enable you to give It due consideration In its relation to the sev eral facts Fought to he proved, without comment cr suggestion from me. The law presumes thai the defendants are innocent, and the burden is upon the Government . to overcome that presump tion by such, a preponderance of the evidence as. satisfies you of the guilt of the accused, and of each of them, be yond a reasonable doubt. "We have, your Honor." Those words yesterday afternoon brought the blood in surging waves to the checks of Emma I. "Watson, drove, In spite of himself, the mocking smile from the face of Horace G. McKinley, puckered still more the small, restless black eyes of S. A. D. Puter into a steady gleam and forced back the blood from the face of Dan W. Tarpley. The long trial has ended and has passed into history; the tired but patient jury has gone, each member to his distant home, but no't until its composite hand traced the mark of guilt against the .name of each defendant in the famous case. The strife and contention of the Gov ernment, the sullen resistance of the de fense; the mass of evidence and the sweep of oratory, all has been weighed, sifted and judged and 12 men have de cided that Emma X. Watson, 5. A. D, Puter, Horace G. McKinley, Frank H. Walgamot and Dan W. Tarpley are guilty of the crime of having defrauded the Government out of title to a portion of its public land. It was noon yesterday when Mr. Heney had finished his address to the Jury, and at 2 o'clock- Judge Bellinger commenced his charge to the men in whose hands rested the fate of the defendants. It was ton minutes later when he had finished and Captain J. A Sladon had adminis tered the oath to the bailiffs of the court In whose charge the jury was to be placed during1 its deliberations. At 2:15 the 12 men filed from the courtroom out Into the little room in which the fate of so many men have been decided. The court announced a recess until such time as the jury should have come to a decision and the hum of conversation arose and filled the bare, comfortless chambor. Men stood, packed like bales of brooms, outside the lobby rail and laid wagers, over shoulder, with friends upon the length of the intermission. Women sat around the wall and the Inner circle and exchanged excited whispers unon the out come. The lawyers deserted their" posts where for 12 days they have clustered around the long table in earnest conten tion and in little groups discussed the outcome. The defendants 'bunched together and talked in low tones as they awaited their fate. Ton minutes passed and the whis pering groups had dissolved. Tarpley loaned against the clerk's desk alone Puter sat twisting a fragment of paper, slowly, ceaselessly in his hands; Mc Klnley leaned against a pillar, silent, his face no longer wreathed in smiles; Mrs. Watson waited, and with each swing of the pendulum the blood mounted to her face until her eyes, red and bloodshot. gazed out from a mask of purple red. Jury Returns Verdict. It lacked ten minutes until the hand had touched throe when the tread of the jury was heard along the hall and the hum of voices sank to silence. The men Jlled In and took each the place which has been his for 12 days and more. 'Gentlemen, asked the count, "have you agreed upon a verdict?" A. Blevlns rose from his chair in the back row and made answer to the ques tion. We have, your honor." He sat down leaving the aged bailiff to boar the vcr diot to the court, who passed It to the dork. "We. the jury." road the clork, "em pannelcd to try the case of the United States vs. Jbmma L. watson. b. A. D, Pntar. Horace G. McKinley. D. W. Tar pk$. Frank H. Walgamot, Marie I. Ware At al find the defendants guilty of the crime of conspiracy to defraud the Gov- j ernment out of a part of Its public lands situated in township 11 south, of range 7 east. "We, the jury, find Emma !. Watson guilty, as charged In the indictment. We find S. A. D. Puter. Horace G. McKinley, D. W. Tarpley and Frank H. Walgamot guilty as charged In the Indictment. Wo find the defendant Marie Jj. Ware not guilty as charged." "Is that your verdict, gentlemen.?" asked the court. "It is," was the reply of the foreman, and the long trial was a thing of the past. Mr. Hall asked that the defendants be placed under additional bonds In this case, aa he did not consider the existing bonds, which also bound the defendants to the coming trials, to be sufficient, now that conviction had been secured. The offense was pot an extradictable one, and as the bonds were for only $4000 the Gov ernment did not desire to run the risk of forfeiture in this case and consequent loss of trial In the cases yet 'to come. Thf-edurt decided that a. bond of $4000 for --the case convicted would be ample rrid therefore ordered that such security be given. This will place the defendants each under 5S000 bonds, with the excep tion of Tarpley and Walgamot. who are concerned in one case only, and whose bonds arc $4000 each. The case has been a long and stub bornly contested one, both for and against. No pains or time or expense has been spared by the. Government to accom plish' its purpose. Special' Inspector A. R. Greene has woven around the defendants a net so compact, so close' and unbreaka ble that there was no means of escape. John H. Hall, the attorney who has been laboring for months on the case, has gathered together the loose ends of evi dence until nothing was overlooked or forgotten; special prosecutor Francis J. Heney has guided the conduct of the trial and has hurled the mass of evidence at the defense until the other side has stopped aghast at the onslaught and been bereft of hope. Appeal Will Be Taken. There Is no doubt but that an appeal will be taken. The attorneys for the de fense are now preparing their motion, and will in all probability present It at the opening of the next case, on Tuesday, De cember 13. Mr. Heney closed the case for the Gov ernment, and spoke from the opening of the morning session until a little after noon had struck. His argument was a detailed one, and covered the ground of the prosecution from first to last. There was not a point left untouched or a loop hole left unguarded. From tho time of the first filing until the speech of Judge O'Day nothing was forgotten. "I feel," he said In opening, "that we ought to congratulate ourselves that the disgusting spectacle of yesterday. In which a whole day was spent In vilifica tion and abuse, has passed and la gone. I will net spend more time In following this line of argument other than to answer the challenge of Judge O'Day. .The Govern ment Is not called upon to present the de fendant's side of the case. In olden times the defendants used to be tried by the witnesses before the Jury- In olden times the people of Portland, those before whom Puter and Watson flaunted their vice, would have tried the defendants. Now we try to get those who know nothing of tho case. Judge O'Day Is Answered. "Yesterday Judge O'Day had tho ef frontery to laud Mr. Burns fls a great detective and me as a great -attorney, and then In the next breath to accuse us of being hero for money alone to prosecute some of the lesBer thieves while we leave the corporations and the money powers alone.' Since the opening of the trial Judge- O'Day has been trying to inject into the caee another issue. He has tried to get me to attack Senator Mitchell. Tou all. know why I wanted the Senator to come here. Tou ail remember the letter that I read, which he had written to Mr. Hermann, but which the latter had for gotten and which had a bearing on the connection of the Defendants Puter and Watson In this case. You all know that the actions of the Senator were simply those of a public officer serving one of his constituents who had been recommended to him. And If on that evidence I had tried to bring Senator Mitchell into this case I would have been open to the cen sure which Judge O'Day has heaped upon me. And they have charged me. with bring Ing another thing Into this case, and It comes with ill grace from the Hps of the defense to accuse me of wanting to drag the name of any woman Into a criminal case, when they have dragged from his grave the name of old Joel Ware to con nect It even by reference with this trou ble. I say that old Joel Ware Is now look ing down from his home In heaven de manding vengeance from Horace G. Mc Klnley, that vile and depraved being there, for having dragged that child down into the mire of crime. It Is said that to spare the humiliation of the wife and children Puter should have, gone un scathed, he who has had so little care for the humiliation of wife or the disgrace of children, he who has gone defiantly in open adultery with this woman Watson. "There is another thing that I want to resent and that Is the imputation of Judge 'O'Day that the majority of women are as this Defendant Watson Is. In my narrow circle of acquaintance, thank (Concluded on Page 12.) EMMA I WATS OK. The following are short biographical sketches of the defendants found guilty of conspiracy in the land-fraud trial: Emma I. Watson is between S3 and 40 years of age. Her maiden name was Sutton and she was born and grew up in Cincinnati. About 15 years ago she was married In Indiana to a man named Watson. They went to Chicago and it Is said were implicated In a t WELL FOR JETTY Liberal Appropriation Seems Certain. MITCHELL MAKES CANVASS Congressional Committees A re Friendly to Columbia, GENERALLY FAVORS OREGON The Dalles-CelHo Canal'Project Is As sured of Favorablev-onslderatlon, and Other Projects Will Not Suffer. OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU; Wash Ington, Dec 6. That. there Is an excellent prospect of Oregon rivers and harbors se curing liberal appropriations Is the firm belief of Senator Mitchell. He has thor oughly canvassed the situation, and today Issued the following statement: 'In view of what I have learned since I have been here and what myself and col leagues have done, I am very much cnr couraged to believe we shall get very lib eral appropriations for our rivers and har bors. Especially do I believe we shall be able to get In the sundry civil and river and harbor bills enough money to com plete the Jetty at the mouth of the Co lumbia. "Seven hundred thousand dollars, ap proved by the Chief of Engineers, by which Major Iangfltt's estimate was cut from Jl.300,000, will without question go into the sundry civil bill, as It is cov ered by continuing contract. The Chief Engineer advises me he thinks $100,000 out of the remaining $600,000 of Langfltt's cstl mate can be dropped without injury- This will leave for completion of the Jetty but $500,000 to be carried by the river and har bor bill. This, I feel, with careful work upon the part of ourselves and friends, we will be able to get Into the bill before It becomes a law. "I also feel satisfied that we will get the amount recommended by the Chief En glneer for Tho Dallea.canaL . . "Of coMrse, other river and harbor ap. proprlatlons will not be neglected."- Senator Foster and Representative Jqnes, who are members of the Commit tees which handle river and harbor legis lation, have both pledged themselves to do everything in their power to secure liberal appropriations for the Columbia at the mouth of the river as well as The Dalles. Celllo canal and the upper river. They arc confident, with the backing of the delegations from Oregon, Washington and Idaho, they can ultimately secure all the money that can be expended on these various projects up to the time the next river and harbor bill Is framed. SETTLERS CANNOT GET LANDS Eastern Oregon People Must Be Con tent With Pay for Improvement. OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash ington, Dec. 6. Based upon a report sent to Congress today by Secretary Hitchcock, the Oregon delegation In Congress will undertake to secure legislation to relm burse settlers in Sherman County, Or., for losses which they sustained by being dis possessed of homesteads within the limits of the Grant to The Dalles Military Road Company and the Northern Pacific Rail road. Secretary Hitchcock reports that the Eastern Oregon Land Company, suc cessor of The Dalles Road Company, and present owner of the lands which are be Ing leased to the original settlers. Is not anxious to sell, but If the Government will purchase not less than 10,000 acres it can be had in quarter-section tracts at the uniform price of $60 an acre. While this prlco Is high, the company says the lands DEFENDANTS IN THE DAN W. case of forgery in that city just before the Columbian Exposition. Shortly after that time Mrs. Watson came to Oregon, where she met S. A. D. Puter and engaged in timber land speculation with him. She has shown herself to be a cunning and resourceful woman. Horace G. McKinley Is about 23 years of age. He Is a native of West Salem, Wis., and comes of an excellent fam ily, his father being extensively en gaged in the logging business. He are exceptionally fertile, and well located. To the value of the land the company has added the expense which It has borne In litigation defending its title. Inasmuch as there are over 22,000 acres Involved, it would cost $1,300,000 or more' to buy up this land and present It to the settlers. This figure is too great to be considered by Congress, so the delegation will take the other alternative and seek to secure an appropriation of a few hundred thousand dollars to pay settlers for the Improvements which they lost at the -time they were dispossessed, and give them the right to make entry elsewhere on the pub lic domain. The exact form of the bill that will be pressed Is yet to be deter mined. Result of Chehalls Election. CHEHAT.1S. Wash., Dec 7. (Special.) Chehalls city election resulted. In the. suc cess of the following: Mayor, David Stewart: Treasurer. A. S.. Cory; Clerk, W. A. Westover; Health " Officer, E. 11. pow; Attorney, W. E. Bishop; Council men, two years, C. B. Quick, Dan WIs- ner, George L. loung; Councilman at large, George Walker. CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER Russo-Japanese War. Japanese from 203-Moter Hill arc shelling Russian fleet and have sunk-one battle ship and set a number of other vessels on Arc. Page 1. Russians are making nightly attacks on 203-Meter Hill, and have lost 3000 men trying to retake it. Page 1. Russian diplomats fear Britain too greatly to permit Black TSea fleet to try to pass the Dardanelles. Page 5. British prestige has suffered terribly In near Bast as result of Dosrger Bank policy. Page 5. National. Taf t acknowledges he made a mistake in .ex tending Dingley tariff to canal zone at Panama celebration. Page 3. Government flies answer in Senator Burton case, and strongly argues he is guilty. Page 11. Domestic. Denver grand Jury is empanelled to investi gate election frauds. Page It. Seven Jurors are secured in the Nan Pat terson case. Page 5. Mrs. Chadwick. Mrs" Chadwick is suffering from nervous prostration, and is seriously ill. Page 1. Mrs. Chad-Kick changes hotels, and is fol lowed by Secret Service men. Page 1. Carnegie and Federal officer fall to hold expected conference to examine signatures to notes. Page 1. The many names Mrs. Chadwick has gone under and the cities she has operated In. Pago 4. Newton now acknowledges he has no secur ity for the $190,800 he lent tho woman. Page 4. Congress. Liberal appropriation for Columbia River Jetty is assured. Page 1. President's message Is read in both houses. Page 4. Text of the President's message. Pago 14. Senator Piatt will introduce a bill to re duce representation of several states, prin cipally the South. Page 4. Henry B. Miller, of, Oregon, Is again noml nated for. Constli-General at Chefoo; , JnajJF .qts.erjionrtjatlonj. Page 4.. x-acuic coaar. Coos County will spend 10,000 on Lewis and Clark Fair exhibit. Page 11. Governor-elect Mead, of Washington, will ' recommend stricter laws on divorce. Page 0. Corvallls poultry show will be made a great event. Page S. C. W. Mcllwain. of Salem, takes poison as short road to divorce. Page 8. Commercial and Marine. Effect on stock market of President's mes sage. Page 19. Ar cause fluctuations in wheat market. Page 10. Improvement In San Francisco potato mar ket. Page 10. Two spot ships chartered for wheat and flour. Page 5. New schedule of Portland & Asiatic Steam ship line. Page S. Northern Pacific transfer barge launched at Hoqulara. Page G. Portland and Vicinity. Verdict of guilty returned In land fraud trial. Page 1. Greed, and defllance of law killing the salmon industry, says F. A. Seufert Page 11. Mrs. Helen C. Jennings is insane as result of shock following divorce. Page 12. Franklin Association of printers will abolish eight-hour day. Page 7. Portland amateur photographers represent ed in New Tork salon. Page 12. Women arrested for opium smoking hide Identity behind veils. Page 13. Portland Gas Company is not preparing for competition. Pago Grand Jury returns Indictments. Page 12. Barbers' Commission refuses aged man a permit; he goes to Poor Farm. Page 7. Mayor's sewer experts Inspect Tanner Creek tunnel. Page 10. Liberal arts building at Lewis and Clark Fair completed. Page 12. LAND-FRAUD TRIAL FOUND GUILTY BY JURY OF CONSPIRACY TARPLEY. HORACE came to Oregon in 1S0O and has been dabbling In timber Jands -ever, since He is said to - be an expert timber, cruiser and in this capacity he selected some of the bestMimber land in the state for hu co-conspirators and vari ous corporations. He Is unmarried, having been divorced from his wife some time ago. S. A. D. Puter. generally recognized as the leader of the conspiracy, is be tween 45 .and - 50 years- old. He has ERVE5 Ft HE Mrs. Chadwick . Faints. in. New York Hotel. fc NOW IN SERIOUS CONDITION Moves From House Where She Has Been Guest SomeTime. SECRET SERVICE MEN F0LL0W Expected Conference Between Car .negle and Federal Officer to Ex amine Signatures to 'Notes Is Not Held. NEW TORK, Dec. 6. The. expected did not happen tonight In the Chadwick case. and all the predictions proved at fault when, at a late hour. It was announced that no conference between Federal of ficers and Andrew Carnegie had been held at the latter's home. This turn was surprising, for Mr. Car negie had announced in4 the course of the day he would be glad to receive a Fed eral officer, and it was supposed that F. F. Oldham, representing the Controller of the Currency, would meet him tonight. and that the matters of the notes alleged to have been given to Ira Reynolds, of Cleveland, and said to bear the name of Andrew Carnegie, would be discussed. As unexpected as the news that no con ference was held was the departure of Mrs. Chadwick from the Holland House, where she has resided, for the New Am sterdam Hotel. She was accompanied by her son and a maid, and took with her some baggage. Secret Service men who have been at the Holland House for sev eral days followed Mrs. Chadwick. It was about 10 P. M. when Mrs. Chad wick, with her son and maid, left an elevator in the Holland House and took a cab. She walked slowly, and her ac tions indicated that she has not fully re covered from her recent Indisposition. As soon' as Mrs. Chadwlck's cab left the hotel, Secret Service men. tqpk other ve- L hides and drove after hejr. . r- .- Mrs-. Ciharfwlr.Ir Pain... At the New Amsterdam Hotel she was helped Into the women's reception-room where she fainted. After some Ave mln utcs the woman was able to walk again and, clinging to her son; she went to the elevator and was shown to a room on the first floor. She did not register, nor did her son. nor the maid. The hotel man agers declined to give Information as to how long the rooms were engaged for. The son and maid carried Mrs. Chad wick's baggage. The son returned to the reception-room for the baggage after he had taken his mother to her room, and the Secret Service men held him In con versation for some minutes and then let him go. He went back to his mother. The detectives refused to say what they had asked. The son engaged the room3 for his mother's party. Shortly before . midnight Mrs. Chad wlck's son went to the public telephone and called up Dr. Atbertus A. Moore. He asked the physician to hurry at once- to his mother, who, he said, was very 111. Dr. Moore said later: 'JMrs. Chadwick Is suffering from nerv ous prostration, the result of her re moval from the Holland House to this hotel, and being followed by Secret Serv ice men and reporters." The coach used by Mrs. Chadwick, her son and the maid, was driven to Gram ercy Park after leaving the party. Against Orders of Physician. Mrs. Chadwick changed her hotel against the orders of her physician. Dr. A. A. Moore, who visited her at least twice today. After his evening call, the physician said Mrs. Chadwick was In a .serious condition, and he believed her on the verge of nervous prostration. He G. M'KINIYEY. operated In Oregon lands for the past 20 years- and Is known as a very dar ing and . energetic speculator. He has a wife, and . two daughters living at Berkeley, Cal. It Is believed that he and Mrs. Watson got the largest por tion of the profits arising from the conspiracy. As nearly as can be deter mined at this time the coterie of .Um ber thieves secured lands worth In an aggregate more than $500,000. The the ory of the Government Is. however. feared If the excitement attending the case continued much longer. Mrs. Chad wick would break down entirely. Shortly after the physician left the, Hol land House, Mrs. Chadwick made her preparations for her departure, and ear ned them out without the knowledge of her doctor. The Secret Service men have taken rooms near Mrs. Chadwick at the New Amsterdam. The officers had hertoforc denied that their mission was connected with the. Chadwick case, but their actions tonight served to confirm previous reports- that the Secret Service had officially taken cognizance of the case. The management of the Holland House said tonight Mrs. Chadwick left there of her own volition, and that she had settled- Ker. bill up to last Sunday. Despite reports to the contrary. Philip Carpenter, attorney for Mrs. Chadwick, stated to the Associated PrcS3 tonight that Ira Reynolds, who is reputed to have come here frcm Cleveland with securities valued at 53,000,000 belonging to Mrs. Chadwick, had not seen his client today. "Will a warrant for Mrs. Chadwlck's arrest be issued?" was asked, and Mr. Carpenter replied: "I do not think any warrant will be Issued at all." Secret Service Man Informed. When asked why Mrs. Chadwick changed hotels, Mr. Carpenter declined to state, but added: "There was no secrecy about the change. She went out of the main entrance, and the fact that the Secret Service men had a cab In waiting would signify they had been informed in advance of the contem plated move." Andrew Squire, a Cleveland attorney. representing Ira Reynolds, made the an nouncement tonight, after several confer ences with Receiver Lyon, Mr. Oldham and others, that he believed there would be no further developments in the case before ; tomorrow and also said that Mr, Oldham had returned to Washington. This announcement was the first indication that there would not be a meeting at Carnegie's home tonight. Stories of a possible arrest In the case wer still current this evening, but so far as known no warrant has been Issued. Lawyer Carpenter, one of Mrs. Chad- wicks' counsel In New York, declined to give the results of the numerous confer ences today. Percy W. Carver, counsel for Herbert D. Newton, In an interview with an Associated Press representative, said that the Newton claim had not been paid, and that no new assurances had been given as to Its payment, and'George W. Ryall. associated with Mr. Carver, gave no new information besides confirm ing the story that he had been In confer ence with Mrs. Chadwick today. As to the subject of their talk he declined to make -any. statement. Mr. Squire, of Cleveland, had a long conference with Mrs. Chadwick today. When seen at the Waldorf-Astoria to night he declined to tell the results of his Interview, merely saying things' would come out, at the proper time. From present indications every effort will be made by Mrs. Chadwlck's friends tomorrow to settle the case. It was said tonight by one Interested in her affairs that Mrs. Chadwick has at the present time much more than enough to settle those claims which have been matte up to this time. Her counsel said today that she Is worth over 51,000,000. MRS. CHADWICK VERY ILU Another Physician Is Called in About Midnight. NEW YORK, Dec. 7. Dr. Moore, who was called to attend Mrs. Chadwick after she arrived at her new apartments, called In Dr. J. P. Ferguson about midnight, and they were in consultation late Into the night. Dr. Moore said that Mrs. Chadwick Is very 111, but declined to go Into the matter further. A gentleman Intimately connected with the Chadwick case was asked tonight why Mr. Reynolds had come to New Tork with Mrs. Chadwlck's securities, and he stated It was for the purpose of raising money so that a settlement might be ef fected without further legal complications. As to stories of possible arrests, he said: "So far no complainant has appeared. If the notes said to bear the name of a well-known man are forgeries they must be so declared, and until he has seen them nothing can be done. The gentleman was asked if some of ficial of the Oberlln bank could not be the complainant- The answer was re turned: "It must first be shown that the bank has been swindled, and until this fact can be ascertained, great caution must be ex ercised." S. A. D. rUTER. that most of the money realized from these operations has gone into the coffers of certain lumber syndicates and that Puter and his associates have squandered most of their illegitimate earnings. ' Dan W. Tarpley is a young lawyer of Salem, where he was born and has lived all his life. He Is about SO years of age and was apparently taken Into the conspiracy some time after its formation. SHIPS OFTEN HIT Japanese Train Guns on Port Arthur Fleet ONE BATTLESHIP IS SUNK Others Must Put to Sea or Suf fer Irreparable Damages. ATTACKS: FROM METER HILL Russians Realize the Great Advantage of the Position, and Are Making Nightly Attacks to Recapture It Many Men Lost. TOKIO. Dec. 7. (Noon.) It Is officially announced vthat the Russian battleship Poltava has been sunk in the harbor of. Port Arthur as a result of tho Japanese bombardment, and that the battleship Retvizan has been seriously damaged. (The Poltava was an armored turret ship of 10,960 tons displacement and 11.255 indicated horsepower. She was built In St. Petersburg In 1894. and went Into commission in 1S9S. Her cost of construc tion was nearly 55,000,000. Her arma ment consisted of four 12-inch. 12 5.9 Inch and 34 smaller caliber breech-loading rifle guns of the Russian Krupp pat tern. She had a crew of 700 men. She had a speed of 16.2 knots. The Retvizan is a battleship of 12.700 tons displacement and 16.000 indicated horsepower. She was built in Philadel phia in 1902. Her armament cqnslsted of four 12-inch, 12 six-inch. 20 three-inch, 20 thrcc-pounder and six one-pounder guns of Russian Krupp pattern. Her speed was IS knots per hour.) SEVERAL SHIPS SET AFIRE. Japanese Attack Russian Vessels From 203-Meter Hill. TOKIO, Dec. 6. The effective bombard ment of the Russian battleships in Port Arthur, which began Saturday last,- was one of the results .of1- the capture of- 203 Mcte'r Hill. "Up to that time the War ships had been able to seek shelter from the Japanese fire under Pelyu Mountain, but the capture of 203-Meter Hill, No vember 29-30, enabled the Japanese to train their guns on the Russian vessels, with the result that a number of them have been set on flro and the others must either put to sea or suffer Irreparable damage. The Port Arthur besiegers re port as follows: "On Saturday, December 3, our naval guns bombarded the Russian ships. The Pobieda (battleship), was struck six times; a vessel of the Retvizan (battleship) type. was hit eight times, and on other ships 16 shells took effect. "On the following Monday the Pobieda was hit seven times, the Poltava (battle ship). 11 times, and the Retvizan 11 times. At about 3 o'clock in the afternoon one of our shells struck a magazine south of Peiyu Mountain, causing a heavy explo sion. The conflagration that followed was not extinguished for two hours. "The same day our heavy guns were directed at the enemy's ships. The Pers vlet (battleship), was struck twice, and two more shells were lodged in other ships. A vessel of the Poltava type was observed to be on fire for onehour, send ing up a great volume of smoke. "The attacking operations against the Sungshu Mountain forts eastward are carried on day and night Two 36-milIi-meter quick-firers were captured Sunday in a half-moon fort, pn Rihlung Moun tain." The Russians are nightly attacking 203 Meter Hill in a determined endeavor to retake the summit of the ground In con tention. The Japanese are Increasing their de fenses on the position and have succeed ed, so far, in repelling all the assaults. The Russians have suffered the heaviest losses, and It is estimated they have sac rificed 3000 men In their effort to recap ture the ground, which the Japanese are confident In their ability to hold. Observations Indicate that the garrison Is feeling the shortage of men. The works against Sungshu Mountain and the forts to the eastward are pro gressing speedily, and all indications point to an early general assault, al though the date when It will begin is kept secret. It is expected that the next general assault will prove successful. Japanese Cruiser Blown Up by Mine. MOSCOW, Dec. 6. A special dispatch from Vladivostok says that a steamer which has arrived there from Shanghai reports that the ' Japanese armored cruiser Adsuma has been blown up and sunk by a mine. SETTLING DOWN FOR WINTER Japanese Preparing for Long Stay in Front of Mukden. GENERAL OKU'S HEADQUARTERS, via Fusan, Monday. Dec. 5 (delayed In transmission). In the villages near the actual Japanese line houses are being built and repaired, scores of wells aro being dug, villages are being denuded of trees and fuel is being carried. Every Indication points to the Intention to re main on the present line during the Win tor. The cold weather is not affecting the Japanese, although the temperature has already fallen to a few degrees above zero. There are only a few sick men. Germany Prepares for Trouble. BERLIN, Dec. 6. A dispatch to the 'Tageblatt from Kiel says the Admiralty has determined to double the strength of the detachment of marine artillery at Kiaochou, the German port of the Shan .Tung Peninsula, and to add four compa nies, numbering 700 men. to the garrison, also sending out an experienced officer from the General Admiralty staff.