13 Haziran 1900 Tarihli The San Francisco Call Gazetesi Sayfa 1

13 Haziran 1900 Tarihli The San Francisco Call Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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SUMMER RESIDENCE OF BRITISH MINISTER BURNED LOXDON', June 13.— The correspondents at Tientsin, Shanghai and other treaty ports throw Bide lights upon the situation. According to one dispatch from Tientsin it is understood there that the foreign Ministers will insist, as . soon as fresh bayonets arrive at Peking, upon the re moval of the anti-foreign advisers of the Dowager Empress and upon the substitu tion for them of -councilors friendly to Western civilization. The English at Shanghai are'afraid that Great Britain has been deceived and that the whole business will have to be gone through again. Russia's aims, they argue, are net understood, and Russia and France are apparently not working in the same spirit a*« the ether powers." Five thousand Russians are ready to land at Taku. .. . _ - . . . .•-••.. A telegram from Yokohama, dated Tuesday evening, says .that- the Japanese Government has ordered four more war ships to proceed to Taku and 4003 men of all arms are under. orders to be in imme diate readiness for. embarkation. T.he dispatch says the Japanese Govern ment "trusts the powers will not miscon strue this action." The Japanese prcs3 is urging vigorous methods. -';</ The Shanghai correspondent of the Times, telegraphing Tuesday, says: "The Japanese Minister, is -pressing for recog nition of a Japanese sphere of influence, to Include the provinces of Chekiang, Fo kien and Kiangsi." The Hongkong correspondent of the Times, wiring yesterday says: "The ad miralty have engaged a transport to take S00 troops to Tangku. The sailing date has not been fixed.": The only bit of information which tho British' 'War Office has made public- re garding the situation since it became Im portant wa&the admission yesterday that the # summer residence of the British Min ister in Peking. Sir Claude Macdonald. has been burned. '¦ ' s Insurance rates ;' for Tientsin have been raised to 53 per 100 pounds. BRITISH MARINES SLAUGHTER BOXERS y ONTXDX. June 13. 4:41 a. m.— SIxt<v> n British marines reconnoiterinR- in ad- E vanee of the International column marchir.g to Peking fought and chased 7 Boxers on Morday. killing twenty or thirty. A correspondent accom £ A panrJrig the column, in a dlsp 3 trh dated Tientsin. Juno 12, via Shanghai. June 13. says: "While the "working pnrtlrs. accompanied by a patrol of six teen British marines-, commanded by Major Johr^on. were repairing the line Mon day afternoon eight miles l.ryorxl Lnfa they encountered small parties of Boxers who w«*re destroying th* line. Tho Boxors moved away from the advancing ma rine? and apparently dispersed into the country, leaving the rails moved and the sleepers burned. "Th<» marine?, when two m'.l^s in advance of the first train, near Langfansr, ru<3<3enly perceived .Br.xrrs Ftreaming from a village on the left. It was estimated that they numbered 2W>. some of them belner mounted, and thev were trying to between tho marines and the train. Most of them were armed with spears and swords. A few had firearms, which they handled awkwardly. The marines retreating kept up a running fight for over a mile, and killed between twenty and thirty Boxers. "The Boxers pursued the British for some distance. Then, seeing more ma rines from the train -.-omlr.s to their assistance. Major Johnson's sixteen halted and poured a heavy continuous flre into the crowd, driving them across the front of the reinforcing bluejackets, who punished the Boxers severely with Maxims. The Boxer* f.rd and the Europeans, following up their success, "cleared out two villages. The total loss of the Boxers I« estlmared at forty killed and wounded. Seven of their wounded were attended to by British surgeons. The European's loss win nothlnc " - * *'¦" •Tr.less their Joss caures> tho Borers to lose heart the International column will have much trouble before it reaches Peking. The railway is so much dam aged that the column covered only thirty-four miles Sunday and Monday, and tn<?re Is reason to fear that the road beyond Is more badly damaged. "Evidences of General Nirh's operations were found In headless bodies. . The whol" country presents a desolate aspect, entire villages having been deserted •The expedition numbers 2044. as follows: British. 916; German. 250: Russian £'•0: French. ITS; American, 104; Japanese, 52; Italians, 40;» Austrlans. 23." SIX THOUSAND BOXERS ARE ATTACKING CATHOLIC CONVENT n~y IENTSIN. June, 12.— The latest news from Pao Ting Fu is that the Box- ' I ers. 63C» strong-, are attacking the Catholic convent there. The situation \ I Is critical and the officials are evidently, inactive. 45. I One hundred and Elxty-three British landed last evening. An addi- ( ¦*- tlonal twenty. British have been 3ent to Fong Shan. This morning a - special train left Tientsin for Tangtsun to bring- General Nieh' to consult < with the Viceroy. Telegraphic communication with Peking Is still Inter- " rupted. Tho Russian warships Petropaulovskl and Komlloff are at Taku Bar and the Russian torpedo boats "13" and "lOT" are in . the river Taku. Want of ; transport prevents the Russians from ianding troops. The Russians are ( very active here to-day. it is reported that General Fung Fah Siang. with many thousand troops, < is at Feng- Tal. The United States warships Xash\ille and Monocacy are re- - ported at Taku. * tween the capital and Tientsin is kept open so as to insure a safe road for retreat should necessity compel the adoption 'of such a cour?e. \Yu Ting Fang, Chinese Minister, declined to-day to discuss the appeal alleged to emanate from Weng Tung No, formerly tutor to the Chinese Emperor, for the deposition of the Empress Dowager and the restoration of Kwang Hsu to the throne. Dip lomats well versed in Chinese affairs would not be surprised if the appeal were genuine. Weng Tung No, after his dismissal by the Empress Dowager in 1898. retired to his home at Soo Chow, sev eral hours distant from Shanghai, and as the appeal is dated Shanghai it looks as though he may be responsible for it. That it is issued with the sanction of the Emperor is hardly believed., in view of the fact that Kwang Hsu is closely guarded jn the imperial palace and communication with him is extremely difficult. It is possible, however, that Weng Tung No is familiar with the Em peror's aspirations and acted as he did knowing that the appeal would be approved. It would not be surprising if the powers were to go to the extent of removing the Empress Dowager and restor ing the Emperor, especially in view of the fact that she is encour aging the Boxer movement, and so long as she is in power will not take action for its suppression. With the Emperor on the throne, under control of the diplomatic corps, no time would be lost in putting an end to the movement, and it is believed here no' trouble would be experienced in suppressing the rebellious Chi nese once they are assured that they can ' look for no assistance from the Government. The only encouraging message which was received here to-day came to Mr. Xabeshima, Japanese Charge d'Affaires, who was informed by. his Government that the representatives of the powers at Peking were acting harmoniously for the protection of foreign life and property and for the reopening- of communication be tween Peking and Tientsin. In view of the danger besetting the foreign diplomats in Peking it is expected that foreign marines will see to it that communication be- LONDON. June 11—3:20 A. M.— According to a dispatch to the Dally Express

from Machadodorp dated June 10. via Lourenzo Marques, those around President Krugrr say that Generals Louis Botha and Delarey hare been ' offered indirectly £10,000 a year to lay down their arms, and President Kruger expects the same offer to be made to himself, President Steyn and De "Wet. President Kruger believes that the British make these efforts to close the war on the principle that it would cost less than to fight It out. Two plec?s of news encouraging to the British In the official dispatches are that the broken communications of Lord Roberts are In a fair way to be mended by the forces moving northward and southward and driving off the roving com mandos, and that Sir Redvers Buller la at last master of Laings Kek. Tele graphic communication with Lord Roberts Is expected to be restored to-day, as a dispatch from Bloemfontein. dated yesterday, says that the railway is In Brit ish possession again and that the work of repairing the line Is going on rapidly with abundant material warehoused at Bloemfonteln. From the subjoined telegram it would appear that General Hunter was In command of the troops referred to by General Kelly-Kenney. In his dispatch from Eloemfontein June 12: "General Hunter is coming up rapidly from the north west, having severely defeated a large cemmand of Boers who had destroyed two miles of railway north of Kroonstad." Th*». Boer government Is also Issuing news cheering to Its sympathizers. Tha following bulletin, the Boer version of the disaster to the Derbyshlres. was posted by President Kruger at Machadodorp: "On June 7 four divisions of burghers, commanded by Steenkammp. Frlne man. Duploy. Fourie and'Hel, attacked the British at Roodeval. killed 200, took 700 prisoners and captured immense stores of food and ammunition— a Maxim gun and 1C00 lyddite shells. Some food was taken by the Boer farmers and the rest was burned. The English 'mail was taken. The burghers attacked from the open veMt and gave evidence of unprecedented bravery." General de Wet was also fighting on June 2. whether at Roodeval or elsewhere is not clear, but the Boer War Office gives It out that he captured 3000 suits of clothing, blankets, gloves, boots, etc. Being unable to take them with him In his rapid advance through the country, according to the Transvaal War Office, he burned the whole mass. General de Wet has also reported that he put 1000 Brit ish out of action and destroyed property valued at £100,000. As Lord Methuen Is officially described as fighting on June 7 it Is possible that he was engaged by General de- Wet. A dispatch from Lourenzo Marqtxes say3 that 1500 Boers are reported to be retiring on Middleburg from various quarters and that, after weeding out the faint-hearted. 20,000 men are still left. .... . General ' Buller was unable on Monday to follow up the Boers from lack of cavalry' as well as water. The dispatches describe him as fighting: a spirited ad vance over a rugged field under prolonged rifle fire. The Boers had two guns, which they got away. Few dead or wounded Boers were found. It seems probable. that the major portion of the Boers had withdrawn before the ad vance, beian._ • Lord Methuen. General Rundle and General ' Brabant are reported to have 30,000 men and fifty. guns engaged in Inclosing the Boers In the eastern port of Orange : River Colony. SIR ALFRED^ MILNER. GOVERNOR OF CAPE COLONY. AND Hit ' ' COMMISSIONER FOR SOUTH AFRICA. CROWN COLONY GOVERNMENT PLANNED FOR SOUTH AFRICA LONDON. June 12.— It Is learned by the Associated Press that the Gov ernment has at last decided upon a pjan for the civil settlement of South Africa. The details are kept most secret, but It can safely be said that the Orange River Colony and the Transvaal will become crown colonies. Sir Alfred Milner. It is declared. Is to be High Com missioner of South Africa, in spite, of the opposition he has incurred. The crown colony form of government can be best understood by reference to the system in vogue in the West .Indies, Sierra Leone and Ceylon. Endeavors will be. made to put this in force as soor. as possible In the Transvaal and Or ange River colonies, though It ?s scarcely expected that the details will be announced or some parts of the work be begun for a few months. "While the civil settlement will .be drawn up so as to be eventually Independent of military enforcement. It is realized that the initial -work must be done with the co-operation of the troops. Sir Alfred Milner appears to believe that civil reorganization and military pacification can proceed simultaneously, and that a possible scattered rising: will^not seriously retard the progress of reorgan ization once it is begun. The Colonial Office Is said to be of the opinion, however, that the maintenance of good-sized garrisons at such centers as Bloernfontein. Kroonstad. Johannesburg and Pretoria will be necessary for a long time after the crown colony system gets In -working order. For this reason and others put forward by Sir Alfred Milner, the idea of granting an autonomous ftrm of government has been abandoned. It is believed, though it cannot be verified, that a portion of the Transvaal will be parti tioned off to Natal. The whole arrangement may be roughly described as coinciding with the views .advanced by the progressives, as opposed to those held by bundltea. The final Fteps in this direction have been taken during the last few days. Mr. Cbambrrlatn sent for J. P. Fltzpatrick. author of "The Transvaal From Within." who is well known In connection with South African affairs, and spent n whole day In consultation with hJm. Mr. Fitzpatrlck will sail for Cape Town June IS to join the advisory committee which Sir Alfred Milner Is forming. _ : PRINCIPAL;. GATEWAY. LEADING .INTO THE PURPLE .OR > FOR- VbII>DEN< CITY. v WHICH r LIES I WIT HIM *: THE * IMPERIAL OR' YELLOW VCITY;VyVHERE=.THE 'EMPEROR. HVES. : [ -f PEKING, June 12. — Boxers have murdered one of the secretaries of the Japanese Legation here. The remainder of the foreign residents are besieged in Legation street. Nothing has been heard of the relief force which we are advised left Tientsin three days since. Wires running south from Peking have been cut, but the Russian line is still working. . LONDON, June 13, 5:20 a. m. — The Times, in an extra edition, publishes the following dispatch from Peking, dated June 12, 2 p. m.: "The Chancellor of the Japanese Legation. Sugyiama Akira, while proceeding alone and unprotected on official duty, was brutally murdered by soldiers of Tung Fuh Siang, the favorite body-guard of the Empress Dowager, at Manigate railroad station yesterday. Reinforcements are daily expected. The present isolated" position at Peking, the destruc tion of foreign property in the country and the insecurity of life are directly attributable to treachery of the Chinese Government." CALL HEADQUARTERS, WELLINGTON HOTEL, WASHINGTON, June 12.— Fears are expressed in diplomatic circles here. to-night that the mur der of the Tapanese secretary of the legation and the besieging of foreign residents in Legation street, Peking, will furnish a spark which will cause the spread of the internal conflagration in China to the powers. Secretary Hay told me that he had not been advised of the death of the Japanese diplomat and of the imminent danger in which foreigners in Peking seem to be. Mr. Nabeshima, secretary of the Japanese Legation, also stated that he .was without advices, but expressed confidence that upon confirmation of the report his Government would take prompt measures for the protection of its subjects and their interests in the celestial kingdom. The murder of the Japanese secretary of the legation, in the opinion of administration circles, increases the danger of murder of American missionaries. The grave danger in which these missionaries are placed was considered during a meeting of the Cabinet to-day and a serious discussion took place, with a view of de termining upon some means to furnish them efficient protection. A member of the Cabinet, after leaving the White, House, said that the truth. of the matter is that the President does not fully comprehend the situation because of a lack of information; that messages so far received are very indefinite, and that before a final pol icy can be determined upon fuller advices are necessary. There is no doubt that during the Cabinet session there was talk of using troops, but this same official de clared that the President does not care to dispatch soldiers into China, preferring, so long as other powers make no such move, to leave operations to detachments from the naval squadrons at Taku. But the murder of a Japanese diplomat and the dangerous situation of foreign .residents of Peking,- added to the conceded proba bility that Japan will now send troops to China, may cause a rapid change of view. with respect to the use of American soldiers. Japan is in no mood { to permit her official representative in Peking to be murdered, especially by persons engaged in a movement encouraged by the ruler of the Chinese empire. The Empress Dow ager is jealous of Japan, and Russia will probably either object to the dispatch of Japanese troops into China or else send herself a large, force into the territory in cluded in her sphere of influence and perhaps to Peking itself. The result is difficult to foresee unless an agreement of some kind should be reached beforehand. The imperative need of vigorous action is shown by the dispatches received by the State Department from several points in China, only one of which was made public. The appeal for a warship has not been answered, but it is believed it will be, and Consul Martin is expected to continue to wire developments to Secre tary Hay. The American Consul at Chefoo has reported a very dangerous situation there, and it was rumored to-day that he stated that the Boxers were attacking, missionaries near his consulate. This report could not be confirmed. TTHis Deed \A/ill JRurnfsh ei Spark \A/h!eh Is Lil<ely to Cause the Spread of Internal Conflagration In China to the Powers. JAPANESE DIPLOMAT IN PEKING MURDERED BY THE BOXERS Those Near Kruger Sau Generals Botna and Delarey Have Been Promised Ten Thousand Pounds a Year to Quit Fighting. BRIBES OFFEREDE BOER LEADERS TO LAY DOWN ARMS SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1900. PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLUME LXXXVIU— NO. 13. The San Francisco Call. BRITISH CASUALTIES. LONDON, June 13. — The War Otnce casualty returns up to June 9 aggregate 23,664, bssides 792 officers and 12,355 men sent home as invalids, but not including the sick in South African hos pitals.

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