The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, August 10, 1900, Image 2
M'COOK TRIBUNE. . M. KIMMELI > , Fublliltor. McCOOK , - - NEBRASKA BRIEF TELEGRAMS. The Chinese insist that all mes sages must bo In plain language here after. Heat and lack of water and iqe are causing many deaths and great dis tress in Paris. Anarchists of New York are rejoic ing greatly over the assassination of King Humbert. At Enid , Oklahoma , Major J. B. Crump was run down and killed by a train at a crossing. Judge George H. Morgan , one of the most prominent men in the state , died at Cookeville , Tenn. The slayer of King Humbert says he would make way with others if he was given opoprtunity. At Vincennes , Ind. , B. Kuhn & Co.'s dry goods store was burned. The loss is estimated at $50,000. James R. Clark , a postal clerk of Louisville , was found dead on a mail care on the Chesapeake & Ohio train. Richard D. Yelland , the distin guished landscape artist , died of pneu monia at his residence in Oakland , -Cal. Cal.At At San Antonio , Tex. , the wife and daughter of Secretary Shaw of the Y. M. C. A. were drowned while boat ing. ing.A A competent engineer is to deter mine value of the Omaha water works plant preparatory to purchase by the city. city.Berlin Berlin button , feather and hosiery manufacturers complain of a loss of business owing to the Chinese situa tion. tion.The The secretary of the interior has appointed Eugene McComas of Illinois a special Indian -agent at $2,000 a year. George Daniels , United States con sul at Hull , England , under Piesi- dent Harrison's administration , died at London. General Sternberg says that 100 ad ditional medical officers are wanted by the surgeon general for duty in the Philippines. The Continental Iron company op erating mills at Niles , O. , and Wheat- land , Pa. , filed a petition in voluntary bankruptcy. At St. Louis five cars of the Transit company were damaged by dynamite placed on the tracks. Nobody wab in jured so far as learned. George B. Nichols , manager of the Globe theater at Joplin , Mo. , died at the Kansas ( Jity University hospital after a surgical operation. J. P. Faurot , cashier of the Bank of Armstrong , 111. , has bet $1,000 that Richard Yates will be elected governor of Illinois by 50,000 majority. A firm of American contractors is advertising at Santiago for 4,000 la borers to begin work on the Central railroad in Cuba on November 1. General Greely , chief signal officer , has left Washington for Alaska to su perintend arrangements for telegraph communication with that territory. It is denied that Geronimo , the noted Apache prisoner , has gone stark mad. He is not imprisoned , but is living with his squaw on the Fort Sill reser vation. The latest experiments in wireless telegraphy on cruisers of the northern squadron , between Cherbourg and Brest , resulted in perfect transmission at a distance of forty miles. At Scranton , Pa. , the runners and drivers at the Delaware & Hudson mines struck for an increase of wages. This has caused a complete tie up of 4,000 men and boys employed at the mines. Mrs. Augusta Bergenthal , a Chicago widow , was shot and killed without apparent provocation by Ludwig Ras- musser , who then killed himself. The latter was a widower and the father of six children. The Temescal ranch of 14,000 acres , situated partly in Ventura and Los Angeles counties , California , the prop erty of David C. Cook , the Chicago publisher , has been purchased by a syndicate of Los Angeles oil men for about $1,500,000. Drilling for oil will be begun Immediately. Colonel Webb H. Hayes has left Fremont , O , . for China , via San Fran cisco. He says he is going on a sight seeing tour , but it is hinted that he goes as President McKinley's personal representative. Mr. Hayes was re cently a guest of the president at Canton. According to oriental papers , 250 persons were killed and many hun dreds Injured by the eruption of Mount Azuma. E. C. Senkler , gold commissioner of the Yukon territory , has received unofficial Information that the Cana dian government is about to intro duce radical reforms in the Klondike. The Fifty-second Iowa volunteers held a reunion at Perry last week. . Harry Arinott , locator and part owner of the Little Annie group of mines in the Big Bug district , Arizona , has committed suicide by taking strychnine. Despondency due to ill health was the cause. Bressl , the murderer of King Hum bert of Italy , claims to have a wife in Hoboken , New Jersey. An unknown vandal wrenched the head from the queen's statue in Else- wick park , Newcastle. The police think it wa's the work of a crank whose mind has been unsettled by the as sassination of King Humbert A number of new routes for rural free delivery are to be established in Nebraska in the near coming months. All the Italian troops took the oath of allegiance to the ntfw king amid the applause of the people. Perfect tranquillity reigns throughout the en tire country. The president has tendered the ap pointment of ambassador to Italy to former Governor Roger Wolcott of Massachusetts. Twenty-seven Japanese and seven teen Chinese officers are attaches tp the German army for instruction , be sides representatives of other foreign countries. Said to Have Given -Before Ultimatum of Mr. Hay , MINISTERS MAY COMMUNICATE Cheng Reports an Imperial Edict. Order- that All Restrictions He Removed and Sending Lcgatloners to Tien Tslu The General Situation. SHANGHAI , Aug. 6 ( New York World Cablegram. ) An imperial edict has been issued , providing for the escort cert of the diplomatic corps to Tien Tsin by a high official , rendering fur ther action for their relief by the al lied forces unnecessary. This is the first step towards the solution of the situation. LI HUNG CHANG. PARIS , Aug. G. ( New York World Cablegram. ) China has backed down squarely before the United States. The American secretary of state ca bled an ultimatum August 1 , demand ing free communication with Minister Conger. The very next day a Chinese impe rial edict was issued , ordering that the envoys have free communication with their governments. The news of China's instant knuck ling to the United States when mat ters came to a climax was received here in a special dispatch dated yes terday to Temps , a newspaper of the highest reputation for conservatism and accuracy of information. That dispatch , dated from Shanghai , announced that Sheng , the director general of Chinese railways and tele graphs , had just communicated to the foreign consuls there "an imperial de cree , dated August 2 , authorizing the foreign ministers in Pekin to commu nicate without restriction with their governments and ordering their de parture for Tien Tsin under a govern ment escort. " No message has been sent out since that date by Mr. Conger or any of the other envoys , but one may be expected at any hour. The Shanghai correspondent of the Temps , telegraphing today , also says : "The number of allies leaving Tien Tsin is no better known here than are the facts as to the march itself , but it is rumored that the advance guard j had been repulsed. "Li Ping Heng ( former governor of Shan Tung ) , who is intensely hostile to Europeans , has been named com mander of the Chinese forces. " The French foreign ministry has re ceived the following dispatch from the French consul at Che Fee , dated Au gust 2 : "The governor of Moukden in a proclamation has urged the people ple of Manchuria to massacre Chris tians. Nearly all the missions have been destroyed. The missionaries have organized for defense , and are assisted by other Christians. " The French'consul at Shanghai , tel egraphing Saturday , says : "Li Hung Chang informs me that Li Ping Heng was appointed general of the troops in the north of the empire on his ar rival at Pekin. " SALSON'S GUN ACTS QIEERLY. So Arranged that Not Ono of Five Cart ridges Will Explode. PARIS , Aug. 6. The French police have arrested at Abbeville Augeste Vallete , a dangerous anarchist , who is supposed to have been the instigator of Salson's attempt upon the shah of Persia's life. Vallete left Paris imme diately after the crime. He and Sal- son will be confronted. Today the po lice tried to discharge Salson's revolver ver , but not one of the five cartridges exploded , because of the way in which he had filed the hammer. LI HUNG CHANG STILL LIVES. Is Very Despondent , bat Has Made no Attempt at Suicide. SHANGHAI , Aug. G. The report that Li Hung Chang had committed suicide is without foundation. He is only in a very despondent state. The Japanese consul here has re ceived a message from Pekin saying that General Tung Fuh Siang has stop ped all provisions going to the lega tions. Admiral Seymour arrived at Shang hai today. Fay Well Known In Denver. DENVER , Aug. G. W. J. Fay , who was killed on a Union Pacific train near Hugo , Colo. , while resisting train robbers , was formerly a prominent resident of this city. He established the first gas and water plants here and was superintendent of the old Den ver Gas company for a number of years. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows and had organized a number of lodges in Colorado. He moved to Anaheim , Cal. , seven years ago and had since lived in that state. Lepers In the Philippines. WASHINGTON , Aug. 6 General MacArthur has convened a board con sisting of Major Louis M. Maus , sur geon ; Captain George P. Ahren , Ninth infantry , and Captain W. E. Horton. assistant quartermaster , to select an island in the Philippine archipelago for the segregation of lepers , to pre pare plans and estimates for suitable buildings thereon and estimates of sal aries for the necessary officials and em ployes. Brings Klondike Gold. SEATTLE , Wash. , Aug. 6. The steamship Humboldt arrived from the north yesterday with forty-one passen gers and $200,000 in treasure. Hum boldt Gates and C. W. Hall brought out $150,000 , a portion of it being the proceeds of the sale of Gates' interest in No. 28 Eldorado. Gates is one of the pioneers of the Klondike. Juneau pas sengers report a rich quartz strike on Windham bay. It was made in Al May's mine , a vein twenty feet wide being found which carries high val ues. The vein was traced for 6,000 feet. The poorest average gave assay returns of $19.60 per ton. DOUBT AS TO ADVANCE. DUpatches to London Papers from Tien Tain Seeua Not to Agree. LONDON , Aug. 0.Th'J American and British forces began the advance on Pekin last Thursday , according tea a dispatch dated August 2 from Tien Tsin to the Daily Expresss. "The main body of the allies , " con tinues the correspondent , "marched on July 30. General Chaffee was delayed by difficulties of disembarkation. Gen eral Dorward , the British commander , had no such obstacles and his de lay is inexplicable. "The other foreign troops are now half way to Loofa. The force includes 20,000 Japanese under General Yama- chuehi and 10,000 Russians. The Brit ish fcfrcG totals 9,000 and the other for eign troops number 7,000. We are weak in artillery. "On August 1 a strong force of Chi nese from the native city attacked Tien Tsin. By a series of brilliant charges our troops drove the enemy from their positions. The naitve city is still defiant and the allies are un willing to march troops through its streets , as this would mean an Im mense slaughter. When the Chinese saw so large a body of troops march ing westward they apparently believed they would have an easy victory over those who were left. " PART Of ALASKA LOPPED Off. Certain Streams Conceded to lie Canadian Territory. SEATTLE , Wash. , Aug. G. 0. H. Titman , United States commisssioner in the matter of international boun dary between Alaska and Canada , has arrived from the north. He and F. W. King , the British commissioner , have been setting monuments in ac cordance with the agreement reached in the modus vivendi. Titraan states that Glacier , Bouolder Rock and other creeks which the miners claim con stituted a portion of the Porcupine district , are now in British territory. Kill a Man in a Holdup. KANSAS CITY , Aug. G. A Journal special from Salina , Kan. , says : Union Pacific eastbound train No. 4 , which left Denver last night , was held up by two men several miles west of Hugo. , Colo. , ninety miles this side of Denver. The passengers in the Pull man sleepers were robbed of their money and valuables. An old man named Fay refused to surrender his valuables and fired a shot at one of the robbers , but missed. Thereupon the robbers fired in return , one shot entering Fay's mouth and coming out at the back of his head , killing him almost instantly. The robbers es caped. Conger Again Heard From. WASHINGTON , Aug. 6. A belated message from Minister Conger was received yesterday at tiie state depart ment. It came through Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai , who transmit ted messages received by Mr. Ragsdale , United States consul at Tien Tsin , from Mr. Conger and Mr. Squires , sec retary of the United States legation at Pekin. The advices are the ssame as those received a day or two ago by the state department from Consul Fowler at Chee Foo. Mr. Goodnow's message was transmitted to President McKinley at Canton. New Rule for Philippines. MANILA , Aug. G. On September 1 the commisssion headed by Judge Taft will become the executive body of the Phillippines , with power to take and appropriate insular moneys , to establish judicial and educational systems and to make and pass all laws. No moneys will be permitted to be drawn from the insular fund except by authority of the commission. Judge Taft and his colleagues will also ex ercise certain legislative functions. They will appoint judges , officials in the educational department and officers of municipalities. Photographs of the New Comet. CAMBRIDGE , Mass. , Aug. 6. Seven photographs of the newly discovered comet were taken at Harvard observa tory last night , and at the same time Prof. Wendell measured the light of the 10.5 magnitude star in the com et's path. The passage of the comet only diminished the star's brightness .03 of the magnitude. Geneva Has a Scare. GENEVA , Neb. , Aug. 6. Geneva has a genuine mad dog scare. Mayor H. P. Wilson has issued a decree that all canines at large not muzzled must suffer the death penalty. One boy , a calf and some shoats are said to have been bitten. The shoats and calf act strangely. To North. Pole August llth. BERLIN , Aug. 6 Captain Banen- dahl of the imperial navy , who has been arranging for an expedition in search of the north pole , will set sail from Hamburg August 11 on the Mat ador , a fishing schooner of forty-four tons burden. He now intends to enter the pack ice east of Spitzbergen. Secretary Hay 111. BOSTON , Mass. , Aug. 0. A special to the Journal from Sunapee , N. H. , says that Secretary of State Hay is ill , suffering from nervous exhaustion due to his arduous labors at Washington. Suicide of a Brakeman. CLINTON , la. , Aug. G. Despondency over losing his position as a brakeman on the Northwestern railway caused James Morton to commit suicide. Bresl'8 Relative Horsetrhlpped. BUENOS AYRES , Aug. 6. Buiseppe Castagni , brother-in-law of Bressi , has secured passage for Montevideo , after failing to secure the return passage money to New York , which he paid three weeks ago. He boasts that Bres ci committed a highly commendable deed and assserts that Queen Victoria will be the next victim. Some clerks in a British shipping office here gave him a horsewhipping for his remarks regarding the queen. It is not known whether he will sail for Montevideo or New York. Chinese Viceroy Makes Diplomatic , but Threatening Answer to Hay , REPLY NOT REGARDED AS fINAL Dispatch from Goodnow Indicates Impe rial Sanction of Outrages Resistance Being Encountered by Foreign Scouts Indicates Strong Opposition. WASHINGTON , Aug. 4. The State department makes public the follow ing telegrams received yesterday , Au gust 3 , from the consul general at Shanghai and the consul at Che Fee : "SHANGHAI , Aug. 3. Secretary of State , Washington : Americans left Chun King yesterday. Li told French consul today no messages will be de livered ministers because foreigners advancing on Pekin. Two pro-foreign members of the.tsung li yamen be headed 27th for urging preservation ministers by Li Ping Han , now com manding troops Pekiu. He ordered Pao Ting massacre. GOODNOW. " "CHE FOO , Afternoon , Aug. 2. Sec retary of State , Washington : Just re ceived telegram from governor of Shan Tung , requesting me to transmit to you the following : 'Have just received tele gram , dated July 30 , tsung li yaraen. stating various ministers , the German legation , and others ( foreigners ) all well ; not in distress. Provisions were repeatedly sent. Relations most friend ly. Now conferring as to proper measures to protect various ministers to Tien Tsin for temporary shelter , which conference will soon be ended. " 'YUAN , Governor. ' "FOWLER. " Li Hung Chang's answer to Secre tary Hay's peremptory demand of Au gust 1 , to be put in communication with the foreign ministers at Pekin , is evasive and not final and leaves the matter open to diplomacy. But Li's action , as reported by Consul General Goodnow , are undoubtedly sinister and will amount to a rejec tion of the proposition. Mr. Good- now's dispatch contains some further information bearing on the question of responsibility for Pekin conditions , in the statement that the commander of the Chinese troops , by inference an swerable to the Chinese government , ordered the Pao Ting massacre. It is learned here that Li Ping Hong , the commander referred to , is a civil official and well known to all the Chi nese officials abroad as one of the most rabid anti-foreign leaders in China. He is a close friend of Prince Tuan , and the association of these two in Pekin affairs , with power enough behind them to cause the igno minious death of two high officials , is regarded here as a bad sign. Simultaneously with Mr. Goodnow's dispatch came a characteristically dip lomatic message from Yuan Shih Kai , the governor of Shan Tung , repeat ing the story of two days ago that the Chinese government was ai ranging to deliver the ministers in safety at Tien Tsin. No effort is made to reconcile that statement with Earl Li's refusal to allow communication with the min isters. General Chaffee's message as to the unexpected resistance of Chinese re connaissance is regarded by military men here as forecasting a greater de gree of resistance to militan' move ments than had been expected and they are now satisfied that Chinese troops will furnish material for at least one severe battle before the way is clear to Pekin. The Navy department today issued an order for the co-operation of its officers abroad with the officers of the army In landing and transporting troops destined for Chinese service. This revives the situation that ex isted in Cuba when Shafter's army was landed largely through the efforts of the navy. CONGER MESSAGt WAS DATED. July 17 Was the Time of Sending the First Message. WASHINGTON , Aug. 4. The state department has received a cablegram from Consul Fowler at Che Fee , which says that he has obtained the copy of the cipher dispatch from Minister Con ger which was sent through Minister Wu to the department here. The dis patch is dated July 17 and signed by Conger. Consul Fowler has no doubt as to its genuineness. Wu Calls to Secure News. WASHINGTON , Aug. 4. The ab sence of the Chinese minister from the state department yesterday , des pite the fact that it was diplomatic day , taken in conjunction with the exceeding sharp note of Secretary Hay , was the subject of speculation. Minister Wu explained his absence on , the ground that ho had no news to communicate and his appearance at the department this morning was awaited with considerable interest. The minis ter came in the course of the morn ing , imperturbable as usual. He an nounced that he had absolutely no news from China. Qitpon Also to Be Killed. NEW YORK , Aug. 4. Information ! rom Rome is printed hereto the ef- ; ect that Antonio Lana , arrested as an accomplice of Bresci , has confess ed , affirming that a plot existed in volving the simultaneous assassination of King Humbert and Queen Mar gherita. Transport Indiana for China. WASHINGTON , Aug. 4. The adju- : ant general received a cable message from General MacArthur at Manila to day saying he had arranged for the .ransport Indiana to meet the trans port Sumner at Nagasaki and take its nen and supplies at once to Taku. The Sumner left San Francisco on July IV with General Barry and part of the Fiftenth infantry. General Barry is ordered to report to General Chaffee 'or temporary service with the troops in China The Sumner is due at Na gasaki in about two weeks. OMINOUSLY CLOSE TO WAR. Reply of Secretary liny to Earl X l U Taken to Indicate a Crisis. WASHINGTON , Aug. 3. Secretary Hay's reply to Li Hung Chang has closed the negotiations with Chjna unless the old viceroy is able to se cure the full acceptance of our terms relative to the foreign ministers and that at * once. No orders , therefore , looking to the relaxation of the prep arations for the advance on Pekin have gone out from Washington , for , as the situation is described by one of the leading ofiicials here , "there will be no bargaining on our part in advance of the concession by the Chi nese authorities of full and free com munication with the foreign minis ters. " There is , moreover , a note ominously nously close to actual war in Secre tary Hay's declaration that the con duct of the Chinese government is "unfriendly. " That kind of language is extreme in diplomacy and it is only a narrow step between it and formal war. war.The The impression prevails here that the Chinese government , if it is now absolutely bereft of power to act in defiance of the Boxers , will accept the terms of the United States gov ernment and some such action is look ed for very soon. Possibly a battle , not more , it s believed , than one at most , will be required to bring the imperial government to the point of acceptance , though in that case it is questionable whether the original con ditions would be regarded as still open to acceptance. ATTEMPT TO STOP ADVANCE. Ll Hung Chang : Wants to Stay March at International Coin inn. PARIS , Aug. 3. The French consul general at Shanghai telegraphs as fol lows : Li Hung Chang has stated to the United States consul that the min isters will be put in communication with their respective governments if the allies arrest their march on Pe kin. Chang is yet unable to secure a reply to the message , in his care , to M. Pinchon ( the French minister in Pekin ) , as the tsung li yamen will not consent to the forwarding of ci pher messages for the ministers. KILLING Off MISSIONARIES. Reported Murder of Fifty of Them In the Province of Shan Si. LONDON , Aug. 3. The Chinonp In land mission received the following cablegram from Rev. F. W. Steven son today : "SHANGHAI , July 31 Probably Misses King , Burton and Rasmussen and Mrs. Cunnells have been murder ed at Ho Shan , province of Shan Si. There is a local rebellion in the Ning Po district and the worst is appre hended for all the workers , who are two married couples and four single women. " Schlcy Just Escaped. WASHINGTON , D. C. , Aug. 3. Ad miral Schley has advised the Navy department that he narrowly missed being quarantined , with his squadron , for a period of twenty-eight days , in the harbor of Montevideo. The South Atlantic squadron had touched in at Rio on its way south , and although there was not even a suspicious case aboard , the port authorities at Mon tevideo declared that the warships should go to quarantine for nearly a month. Admiral Schley protested , and putting himself in communica tion with United States Minister Finch , managed to go free after a three days' detention in quarantine. Admiral Seymonr Goes to Nankin. SHANGHAI , Aug. 3. Admiral Sey mour , on board the British dispatch boat Alacrity , started for Nankin to day to consult with Liu-Kun-Yi , vice roy of Nankin. Admiral Seymour wired the viceroy of his intended visit and Liu-Kun-Yi replied : "I am unwell and cannot see you. " Admiral Sey mour insisted upon making the visit and the viceroy responded by wire : "I am instructing a war ship to pro ceed down the river to escort the Alacrity to Nankin in case of mis understanding in passing the forts. " United Stites Will Investigate. WASHINGTON , Aug. 2. The possi ble connection between Bresci , the Italian murderer of King Humbert , and the New Jersey group of anarch ists , has moved this government to take measures to investigate the an archist situation in and around New York. Just what steps have been taken is not made public. Going : to the North Pole. BERLIN , Aug. 3 Captain Banen- dahl of the imperial navy will start for the north pole in a fortnight. He will sail directly into the pack ice re gions north of Spitzbergen and then eastward to the open sea , when he be lieves that he can reacn the pole. He will take three years' provisions. Col. Cnchran to China. WASHINGTON , Aug. 3. Colonel P. C. Pope , now attached to the marine barracks , Brooklyn has been ordered to succeed Colonel H. C. Cochran as commander of the marines at the Bos ton navy yard. Colonel Cochran has been ordered to China to take com mand of the marine forces there. Afraid to Visit London. LONDON , Aug. 3. The shah's visit to England has been virtually aban doned , according to the Times , on ac count of the attempt to assassinate him in Paris. Young King at His Father's Bier. MONZA , Aug. 3. King Victor Emanuel III upon arriving here met his mother , Queen Margherita , at the castle. She fell into his arms weep- ing. The king knelt before the body of his father and repeatedly kissed and embraced his mother. Afterward for an hour he , his mother and his wife prayed in the death chamber. Subsequently the king received the members of the cabinet. All the min isters except those of war and justice - tice , who are in Rome , took the oath of allegiance. . Hostilities Hava Goosed , but the Foreign- era Eomain Vigilant. TREACHERY Of CHINESE IS FEARED Dr. George E. Morrison Cables to London Times Situation in CuplUl Barricade * About Besieged Legations Are Being Hade Stronger. LONDON , Aug. 2. Dr. George Ern est Morrison , the Pekin correspondent of the Times , has been hoard from di rect. The Times prints the following dispatch from him , dated July 21 : "There has been a cessation of hos tilities here ( Pekin ) since July 18 , but for fear of treachery there has been no relaxation of vigilance. The Chinese soldiers continue to strengthen the barricades around the besieged area , and also the batteries on top of the im perial city wall , but in the meantime they have discontinued firing , probably because they are short of ammunition. "The main bodies of the Imperial soldiers have left Pekin in order to meet the relief forces. Supplies are be ginning to come in and the condition of the besieged is improving. The wounded are doing well. Our hospital nrrangments are admirable and 15ft cases have passed through the hospi tal. "The tsung li yamen forwarded to Sir Claude MacDonald a copy of a dis patch telegraphed by the emperor to Queen Victoria , attributing deeds of violence to bandits and requesting her majesty's assistance to extricate the Chinese government from its difficul ties. The queen's retfly is not stated , but the Chinese minister at Washing ton telegraphs that the United States government would gladly assist the Chinese authorities. "This dispatch to the queen was sent to the tsung li yamen by the grand council on July 3 , yet the day before an imperial edict had been issued callIng - Ing on the noxers to continue to ren der loyal and patriotic services in ex terminating the Christians. The edict also commanded viceroys ana govern ors to expel all missionaries from China and to arrest all Christians and compel them to renounce all their faith. Other decrees applauding the Boxers speak approvingly of their burning out and slaying converts. Their leaders are stated in a decree to 1)0 princes and ministers. "On July IS another uecree made a complete volte face due to the victories of the foreign troops at Tien isin. In this decree , for the first lime and one- month after the occurrence , an allu sion was made to the death of Baron von Ketteler , the German minister , which was attributed to the action of local brigands , although there is no- doubt that it was premeditated and that the assassination was committed by an imperial officer , as the survivor , . Hcrr Cordes , can testify. "The force besieging the legation consists of the imperial troops under General Tung Lu and General Tung- Fuh Siang , whose gallantry is applaud ed in imperial decrees , although it has consisted in bombarding for one month defenseless women and children cooped up in the legation sjot and expanding" bullets. The Chinese throughout , with characteristic treachery , posted procla mations assuring us of protection and the same night they made a general attack In the hope of surprising us. "The wounded number 138 , including the American surgeon , Lippitt , severe ly wounded , and Captain Myers , who is doing well. Seven Americans have been killed. "The ministers and members of the legations and their families are in good health. The general health of the community is excellent and we are contentedly awaiting relief. " HEAD SET fOR PEKIN. Allies Begin Advance In Direction of Chinese Capital City. BRUSSELS , Aug. 2. M. Favreau , minister of foreign affairs has receiv ed the following dispatch , dated Shang- hhai , August 1 , from M. de Cartier do Marchienne , secretary of thp Belgian legation , now acting as charge d'af faires of Belgium at Shanghai : "The allies are marching on Pekin. They are eighteen miles from Tien Tsin and should reach Pekin in eight days. "All the Europeans have taken ref uge in the inner rectorale of the im perial city. " LONDON , Aug. 2. "The allies be gan the advance from Tien Tsin this morning , " announces an agency bul letin , dated at Shanghai at 11:10 a. T : . today. The Belgian government has re ceived news that the allies have al ready marched eight miles in the di rection of Pekin. It is assumed that the Americans , British and Japanese are taking part in this forward movement , whether other nationalities are or not. An ad vance base will probably be estab lished twenty or thirty miles nearer Pekin and supplies will be assem bled preparatory to a direct stroke at the capital. Statement of Coinage. WASHINGTON , Aug. 2. The monthly statement of the director of the mint shows the total coinage at the mints during July , 1900 , to have been $8,404,427 , as follows : Gold ? G- 540,000 ; silver , $1,827,827 ; minor coins , $36,600. American Forces Arc Ready. TIEX TSIN , Thursday , July 25 , via Che Fee , July 30 , and Shanghai , Aug. 2The Amaricaa commander received orders from Washington not to delay the advance on Peitin. He was also informed that heavy reinforcements are enroute. Great activity is noticeable at Jap anese headquarters. Transport prep arations are being hurried. It is ex tremely unlikely that either the Jap anese or the British intend to be left behind the Americans , though the British preparations ar a long from completeness.