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While Doing So ' Other Warships of the
Mikado Are Busy Taking Captive
.. Vessels of the Czar.
the Yalu River Two Russian Ships Reported
to Have Fallen Into the Hands of Japanese . .
Cruisers Today Army Ms, Landing .
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(Hearst Special Service.)
, London, Feb. 11. A dispatch to the Central News from Its Port:
Arthur correspondent today saya that a report has just been received at,
Tien Tsln that the Russian steamers Nonni and Mukdon were captured
off the mouth of the Yalu river by two Japanese cruisers. In the same
1 dispatch the blowing up f-th Manchuria-Jjrldge is oonflrmed. -
, The correspond,ent saya that the Japanese have given up their pro
posed occupancy of Fort Arthur at this time and believe that: better
results will be obtained by waiting Until the Russians are forced to come
out and give battle. AU days yesterday the Japanese attempted to land
forces In the several bays,, but they were unsuccessful, although pro
tected by cruisers. Jt is reported that the Japanese wilt' press the fight
on Port Arthur if within three days the Russians do not com forth
with their ships, as the Japanese will not risk a Russian reinforcement.
Lloyds' Shanghai agent cables thi afternoon that the report has
ben verified that Japanese warships sunk the Russian steamer JJon
golla, bound from Shanghai to Dalny, and ho adds that the three Rus
slun warships damaged by torpedoes at Port Arthur have sunk. , This
dispatch corresponds with the verified report of the Central -News cor
AT A MOMENT'S WORD
A BATTLE MAY OOOUR
Speoial Cable Dispatch by Songlas sTtory, War Correspondent of the Xearst Wewa
papers. Published Bimnltaneonalr la The Journal by Special Arrangement.
Chee Foo, Feb. 11. A large body of
Russian troops is assembled on. 'the
Yalu river to oppose the Japanese . ad
vance. There are 60,000 men there now
and these will be augmented by 10,000
more before night . ' - ' .
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Fotir Battleships, and Three Cruisers of the Czar's Navy
Sunk by the Japanese Latter Power Has Two
Warships Damaged-Bloody Engagement.
London, Feb. 11 i 6 p. m. A dispatch, to Reuter's from Tokio, dated .7:10
p. m. yesterday, says an unofficial report is current there that the Russian
fleet has been destroyed, four battleships and three cruisers being sunk, and
that two Japanese warships were damaged in a fearful engagement yesterday
off Port Arthur, the Japanese getting between the Russians and the entrance
to the harbor before the fight commenced.
NO TELLING WHEN OR
Special Interview Given to the Hearst
New York, Feb. 11. Capt Alfred .T
Mahan said todayi
"About all that can be said now, in
the light of present information In re
gard to the engagements off Port Ar
thur, is that while the Japanese have
won the first battles, it does, not settle
anything. I would not. care to express
any further opinion until I have studied
the strategic situation- more carefully.
"The information we have received so
far is meager and may be misleading.
There are many points that I do not
fully . understand; an - explanation . of
these obscure points may- affect my
opinion of the logical outcome of the
"To what points do you especially
refer? was asked.
WelU' said he,' "that Russian fleet
had three torpedo boats out on guard.
Still 'the Japanese were able to reach
the fleet and do frightful work among
it I can't understand why some tor-
Paper by Captain Alfred T. Mahen
Journal by Special Arrangement. '
pedo boats ' were not detected. If the
guard was , established and maintained
as the dispatches from the seat of en
gagement Inform us. Of Course, prop
er vigilance may: not have been main
tained, but that is something we should
not talk about until we know it to be
the fact. . , -
"Do you consider that the success of
the : Japanese ' torpedo boats demon
strates the utility of the torpedo boat
as a practically irresistible ; agent of
naval warfare t ' ' '' -
."I don't think the present achieve
ment -can -be ' said - to be a thorough
test because I am not Informed of all
the- circumstances. There arises . the
question " of vigilance, about which
everything still Js uncertain. But as a
general proposition, you may say for me
that the torpedo boat Is practically Ir
resistible. By , that X don't .mean that
several of them could steam into a fleet
of hostile ; vessels upon the alert . for
their coming and empty their destruc-
and Printed Simultaneously . in The
tlve tubes. But I do say that no mat
ter how keen vigil is kept, some of these
destroyers may get through the guard
line and work havdo on the enemy.
. "Torpede : warfare the operation' of
swift, moving little engines of destruc
tion is, to my mind, very much' like a
duel with sharp swords and deadly in
tent between two masters of fence. One
may- represent the attacking torpedo
fleet and the other the guard line, de
fending the torpedo boat destroyers.
They cut they thtuet and parry,
returning again and again to the at
tack, and exhausting all their skill of
maneuver anu defense. But finally one
of these swordsmen will find an open
ing. There is a quick lunge, a touch
"This is torpedo warfare. Constant
vigilance on one side, tenacity 'and per
sistence on the other. The advantage,
If anything, is with the attacking party,
who is always looking for that small
opening to end the combat" :
RAISE WAR FUNDS
Japan Holds Prisoners the Men of the
: War Vessels Sunk in the Fight
Great Menace to Russia Is the Balkan' Outbreak
Which Threatens Japan Is Confident of A
. Success if She Can Strike-Quickly.;
A war fund was started by the 100 Japanese of Portland at a meet
ing last night of the standing committee of the Portland Japanese as
sociation. This fund .will be sent to the Island empire for the main
tenance of troops. ,
i- There-is much -desire - among -the- local -subjects' of the ' mikado to
return home for army, service, and not to await a summons.
' Vice-Consul Alba received an offer this morning from a profes
sional nurse now residing at Spokane tendering her services to his
government. Mr. Alba says that not a day goes by without, his receiv
ing offers, either . personally, or by maU, from Americans and others
desirous of enlisting Inthe Japanese military service. These come from
engineers, army or militia officers, and some from men willing to serve
. in the ranks. Mr. Alba said: ,: ,".
. V "The Japanese government' ba established rule which forbids the
acceptance of services of volunteers in military or naval service from
the Citlsens of other countries. 2 do not believe that this rule will be
changed. It Is natural that our. people should feel ery grateful for
all these : kindly offers, even though at present, at least, we cannot
accept them. .Whether the rule extends to the exclusion of the volun
teer services from other nations of trained nurses, or a medical and
surgical corps.. I am not informed."
RUSSIA MAY FIND
HER HANDS TOO FULL
Paris, Feb. 11. Ii Patrle today pub
lishes a telegram from Bucharest that
Bulgaria has commenced the mobiliza
tion of forces and all officers are ordered,
to hasten to their posts. Thirty million
cartridges have been ordered fronl
France, and war with Turkey Is expecUJ
early in March. .' '
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MAP QIVING BIRDSEYfi VIEW OF THEATER OF WAR IN THE FAR EAST BETWEEN RUSSIA AND JAPAN
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LOCATION OF WARSHIPS SHOWS STRATEGIC POINTS OF OPPOSING POWERS, BUT NOT THE EXACT DISPOSITION OF THE SQUADRONS AT PRESENT