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THE MORNING NEWS. Established 1150. - Incorporated 18SS J. H. ESTILL. President. HURLED TO DEATH WITHOUT WARNING Thirty-five People Killed In an Awful Wreck on the Southern Railway. FAST PASSENGER TRAIN RAN INTO WASHOUT. Cars Smashed Into Kindling Wood, and the Wreck Caught Fire. Washout Which Wbi Near Mcllonouitli, Probably Canard by a Cloudburst • Few Houra Before the Train Beached It—Only Those In the Pull man Car Saved—All Other* Were Probably Instantly Killed and Fire Completed What the Smaslinp Failed to Do. Atlanta, June 34.—A passenger train on the Macon branch of the Southern Rail way ran Into a washout one and a half miles north of McDonough, Ga., last night and was completely wrecked. T?he wreck caught fire and the entire train, with the exception of the sleeper, was destroyed. , Every person on the train, except the occupants of the Pullman car, perished. Not a member of the train crew escaped. Thirty-five people in all were killed. Following Is a list of the dead: William A. Barclay, conductor, Atlanta. J. E. Wood, conductor, Atlanta. J. H. Hunnlcutt, conductor, Atlanta. J. T. Sullivan, engineer, Atlanta. r JV. W. Bennett, baggagemaster, Atlanta. T F. Maddox, cotton buyer, Atlanta. W. J. Pate, Atlanta, Twelve-year-old son of W. J. Pate, Atlanta. '" H. R. Cressman, Pullman conductor. George W. Flourney, Atlanta. D. C. Hightower, Stockbridge, Ga. / W- W. Ipark, Macon, Ga. Elder Henson, travelingman, supposed to have been from Florida. J. R, Florida, Nashville,. Tenn. W. O. Ellis, bridgeman, Stockbridge, Ga. D. T. Griffith, supervisor. J. H. Rhodes, flagman. John Brantley, white, fireman. Will Green, extra fireman. W. L Morrisett, pumper. W. R. Lawrence, foreman extra gang. Ed Byrd, colored, fireman, Atlanta, “ | Robert Spencer, train porter. < Four bodies yet unidentified. Eight negro section hands. > The following passengers were rescued without serious injuries: Jesse L. Rahe. Baltimore; Walter Pope, Atlanta; Miss Mary B. Merritt. Boston. Mass.; Mias Clara Alden, Boston. Mass; J. C. Flynn, Atlanta; E. Bchrynr, Chattanooga, Tenn.; E. X- Mack, Chatlaneoga, Tenn.; J. J. Wuinlin, flagman; T. C. Carter, Pullman por ter. and Handy Tomlinson. ' Went to Death Without Warning. The train left Macon at 7:10, and was due In Atlanta at 9:45 last night. Mc- Donough was reached on time. At this point, connection is made for Colum bus, Ga., and here every night the Columbus train Is coupled on and hauled through to Atlanta. * Last night, however, for the first time in many months, the Columbus train was reported two hours late on account of the washout on that branch, and the Macon train started on to Atlanta without its Colurhbus connection. Tremendous rains, of daily occurrence for the past two weeks, have swollen all streams in this part of the South, and several washouts have been reported on the different roads. Camp's creek, which runs into the Ocmulgee, was over Its banks, and its waters had spread to all the lowlapds through which it runs. About a mile and a half north of McDonough, the creek comes somewhat near the Southern's tracks, and running alongside it for some distance, finally passes away under the road by a heavy stone culvert. A cloudburst broke over that section of the country about 6 o'clock last night, and, presumably, shortly after dark, washed out a section of the track, nearly 1(0 feet in length. Into this the swiftly moving train plunged. There was not a note of warning. The storm was still ragging, and all the windows were closed. The passengers, secure they thought, and sheltered com fortably from the Inclement weather, went to death without an instant’s warn ing. Sins* of Wreckage Caught Fire. The train, consisting of a baggage car, second class coach, first class coach, and a Pullman sleeper, was knocked into kindling wood by the fall. The wreck caught fire a few minutes after (he fall and all the coaches were burned except the Pullman car. J Every person on the train except the occupants of the Pullman car perished In the disaster. There was no escape, as the heavy Pullman car weighted down the others and the few alive in the sleeper were unable to render assistance to their fellow pas sengers. For a brief time there was s'lence. Then the occupants of the Pullman recov ered from their bewilderment, and after hard word managed to get out of their car and found themselves on the track in the pouring rein. The extent of the catas trophe was quickly apparent. j Flames were already seen coming from that part of the wreckage, not covered by the water. As the wreck began to go to pieces under the destructive work of both fire and flood human bodies floated out from the mass and were carried down stream by the swift current. | The storm did not-abate in fury. Flashes of lightning added to the steady glow of the burning train, and they lighted up the scene with fearful distinct ness. assistance Was Sent for. Flagman Qulnlln, who was one of the first to get out. at once started for the nearest telegraph station. Making his way as rapidly as possible In the face of the blinding storm, he stumbled Into the office at McDonough, and after telling the night operator of the wreck, fell fainting to the floor. Word was quick ly sent to both Macon and Atlanta, but no assistance was to be had, except from the latter place, as the interrupted track prevented the arrival of any train from Macon. Nearly the entire male population of McDonough went to the scene to ren der assistance, but little could be done by the rescuers, as the Are kept them at a distance. At daylight the bodies that had floated from the gorge were gathered up. One body was found a mile from the wreck, and many were seen along its banks. A wrecking train was started our from Atlanta at midnight, but owing to the burning wreckage, nothing could be done until morning. A special train at 6 this morning took doctors, minister, railroad officials and helpers to the scene, but nothing could be done, save to gather up the bodies. Dead Were Taken to tlrDnnongh. As the dead were found they wers removed to McDonough. There are two undertakers there. Both establishments were soon full of the mangled remains of the passengers. Some bf the bodies were terribly burned, while others were crushed beyond recognition. The only means of identification In the majority of the cases were letters and papers In the pockets of the victims In the catastrophe. The bodies were prepared for burial as rapidly as possible. Some may be burled at McDonough. Others will be sent to their homes as fast as the proper ad dresses con be ascertained. Only three, ladles were on the train. Two escaped. It is presumed that the other perished, but the body has not been foufid. Besides the regular crew of the train, several conductors and other employes were en route to Atlanta to spend Sunday. All were killed. Conductor W. A. Barclay was in charge of the train. A section boss with a gang of eight gggroes occupied seats In the second-class coach. They were on their way to repair a washout on the Georgia Midland and Gulf Road. Not one escaped when the car went down. Continued op Fifth Page. Jlato&tttt&l) Mbfmx® ■ SAVANNAH. GA.. MONDAY. JUNE 25. 1909. FILIPINO PEACE PROPOSALS. Gen. MacArthnr Answers Leader* Who Submitted Them. Manila, June 21, 10:35 p. m.—Gen. Mae- Arthur has given formal answer to the Filipino leaders, who, last Thursday, sub mitted to him peace proposals that had been approved earlier In the day by a meeting of representative insurgents. In his reply he assured them that all personal rights under the United States constitution, except trial by Jury and the right to bear arms, would be guar anteed them. The promoters of the peace movement are now engaged In reconstructing the draft of the seven clauses submitted to Gen. Mae Arthur in such a way as to ren der It acceptable to both sides. The seventh clause, providing for the oxpulslon of the friars, Gen. Mae Arthur rejected on the ground that the settle ment of this question rests with the com mission headed by Judge Taft. That portion of the Forty-third Infan try which formerly garrisoned the Island of Samar will proceed to the Island of Leyte, giving the garrison there the need ed reinforcement. The battalion of the Twenty-ninth In fantry, which was sent yesterday to Sa mar will act as the garrison there. TO THE RELIEF OF KUNSASBI. Supplies Collected and Advance Be gun Yesterday. Prahsu, Saturday, June 23—Sufficient supplies have at last been collected, and the final advance to open communications with Kumassi will begin to-morrow (Sun day). On the road from Ashtuiti to Kwahou are three villages where are gathered some 2.000 fighting men, who have prac ticed the rites of fetish w’orship and pledged themselves to help the Ashantis. A QUEEN AT THE BACK OF IT. Old Woman the I,ending Spirit of the Ashanti Rebellion, London, June 25.—A dispatch to the Ex press from Prahsu. dated Saturday, says: “The brain and Inspiration of the Ashanti rebellion is the aged Queen' of Ofesu. Although old, she Is full of phys ical energy. She curries a gun herself and personally leads 1,000 picked hunt ers. "Her principal confederate Is the old blind crafty King of the Adansts. "Coblna Foil, heir to the Adansl stool, is a prisoner of the British. He professes loyalty. The revolt, he says, has been simmering for a year. All the tribes, ex cept the Bekwais, according to his ac count, object to paying British taxes. He says the golden stool Is made of wood, covered with thin gold plates.” ANOTHER DEMAND ON TURKEY, Vigorous Note Sent Insisting on Pay ment of Indemnity. Constantinople, Saturday, June 23. Lloyd C. Griscom, United States charge d’affaires, to-day presented a fresh note to the Ottoman government, insisting upon the immediate reply to the demand of the United States for a settlement of the • indemnity in connection with the losses of Americans at the time of the Aryienian massacres. Although vigorously phrased, the note is not an ultimatum. It Is said, how ever, to have been a disagreeable sur prise to the Porte, testifying as it does to the intention of the United States gov ernment to pursue this matter of indem niy to the end. CRAZY MAX'S DEADLY WORK. Killed Two Men ns Soon as He Got Out of the Asylum. New Orleans, June 24.—William H. Rob inson, a man recently discharge.! from the state insane asylum, to-day deliberately murdered William S. SteesseJ in his own home. A crowd pursued him, threatening lynching, ar.d he killed a young man named Whiiaker, one of his pursuers, and shot a policeman. After running a mile he found refuge in the parish prison, where the sheriff and his men kept the crowd at—bay with Winchesters until Robinson was locked up. HAD A BAD EFFECT OX TRADE. Uncertainty nf Chinese Sltnntlon Wns a Heavy Weight. Berlin, June 24.—The uncertainly of the Chinese situation was a heavy weight up on the Bourse last week, reducing trans actions to the minimum. Heretofore China had scarcely affected the general trade of Germany, but the weakness In cotton goods may be attributed lo that cause. German trade circles at Shanghai cable that business Is at a standstill. The re ports from the American Iron market have had a further Influence In checking operations on the Bourse. CYCLONE'S FATAL WORK. Three Men Were Killed and Two Fatally Injured. Guthrie. O. TANARUS., June 21.—A cyaione passed over Beaver county, formerly known as No Man's Land, last night. Henry Bardwell, Steve Bird and Abe Welghtman were killed and William Ham berger and Paul Rhodes fatally Injured. The storm swept the country for sixty miles. Thousands of cattle were stamped ed and many killed and Injured. One house was carried 30D yards and six teen ranchmen who were taking refuge in the house were injured. TOWNE TAKES EXCEPTION. Has Not Derided What Hr Will Do It Hr Is Not Nominated. Duluth, Minn., June 24—Charles A. Towne takes exception to the inference drawn In a dispatch from Austin, Tex., yesterday that he would withdraw from the vice presidential race if not nominat ed at Kansas City. He says that he expects to receive the nomination, and If not nominated It will be time enough then to consider his course. COXFKHHKD WITH IIKARST. Col. Bryan Brfnsrd to Talk After It Was Concluded. 'Chicago, June 21.—William J. Bryan, be fore leaving Chicago to-night, held a con ference with William R. Hearet of New York; Sam B. Cook, candidate for secre tary of state of Missouri, and J. G. John son, chairman of the Democratic National Executive Committee. After the confer ence Mr. Bryan refused to he Interviewed DEFEAT AT TIEN TSIN. ALLIES WISE IN RF.TREiTIXC BE FORE CHINESE. ANOTHER RELIEF FORCE SENT. FOREIGN CASUALTIES I\ FIRST AT TACK WERE :mh>. r Chinese Av Snld to Have Lout 4,000 Killed at Tien Teln and 2,.M00 at the Takn Fort~\n ten ull * h Com mander Killed—\o Donbt That Im perial Chinese Troops Are Oppon ln the Advance of the Intrrnn ttnnnl Forces. L/ondon, June 25, 3 a m.-The position of the international forces in the section of Northern China, where 10,000 men are striving to keejf a footing and to succor the legations in Pekin, appears to increase in peril with every fresh dispatch. Pekin has not been heard from direct for fourteen days. The last dispatch was one imploring aid. Admiral Seymour’s column of 20 0 wa? last hoard fioni twelve days ago. At that time it was surrounded midway between Pekin and Tien Tsin. Possibly now it has reached Pekin. / The 3.000 internationals at Tien Tsin were hard pressed and fighting for their lives on Thursday and a relieving force of less than 1,000 had been beaten back to Taku Friday. Observ. rs on the spot think that 100,000 men would not be too many tfi grasp China firmly. The admiralty has received the follow ing from the Brl'ish rear admiral at Taku: "Che Foo, June 23.—0n1y one runner has got through from Tien Tsin for five days. No information could be obtained, except that the foreign settlement had been almost entirely destroyed and that our people were fighting hard. | "News is received as this telegram Is dispatched that an attempt to relieve Tien Tsin on June 22 was repulsed, with some loss " The telegram also said: "The allied Admirals are working in perfect accord, with <he Russian Vice Ad miral as senior officer." The Hattie at Tien Tsin. A press dispatch from Shanghai, dated yesterday, at 4 p. m., embodies some laier information. It says: "Official Japanese telegrams confirm the reports of a defeat of allied forces at Ti*n Tsin. The foreigners there are now plac ed in a most desperate situation. The Rus sian Admiral Hillebrandt yesterday a mixed force of 4,MX) from Taku to at tempt the relief of Tien Tsin. Nearly half of the force consisted of Japanese. The remainder was made up of contingents representing the other nations. "The guns of the Chinese around Tien Tsin are superior to anything the defend ing European force has or is likely to have for some time. "The bombardment of Tien Tsin con tin u Friday. Bomb shelters were hast ily erected by the foreign troops, largely constructed of wetted piece goods. The food supplier are insufficient and the con tinued shelling is reported to be telling ter ribly. Among those killed of the relief forte Friday was the commander of H. M. S. Barfleur. The foreign casualties were 300. "Japan is making every effort. Her troops are new arriving at Taku in large number*. The Chinese troops in the province of Chi 'LI Include 60,000 auxil iaries, who have been drilled by Russian and German officers.” Capt. Beatty and Lieut. Wright. Brit ish, have been severely wounded at Tien Tsin, according to. a Shanghai dispatch to the Daily Express, dated Saturday. The information was brought there by tlie British cruiser Orlando from Che Foo. The losses of the Russians have been heavy. Thousands of Chinese Dead. It was reported from Shanghai last evening that the allied forces had blown up the Taku forts and that every available man had been sent to the relief of Tien Tsin. Two thousand and three hundred Chinese bodies are alleged to have been cremated at Taku, and more than 4,00) Chinese are said to have been killed at Tien Tslh. Chinese runners who have arrived at Taku report that a foreign force was en gaged several days ago with an over whelming body of Chinese forty miles cast of Tien Tsin. At Shanghai it Is assumed that this force was Admiral Seymour's. The Shanghai correspondent of the Dally Express aays: "I learn from a mandarin, who stealth ily left Pekin on June 16, and who suc ceeded at great hazard in getting clear, that the Boxers are massed around Pekin, and that more than half of the northern and western portions of the city, in cluding the foreign settlement, were aflame nvhen the mandarin left. He could tell me nothing as to the fate of the foreigners, nor much as to the gen eral situation; but he had heard that the Empress Dowager was preparing to go to the province of Shan SI.” Allies Wise in Retreating. A Che Foo dispatch to the Dally Moil, dated yesterday, says: "The attack on Ihe Tien Tsin relief force was made by 20,000 Chinese, using ma chine guns and modern field pieces. The allies were wise In retreating. Forward ing detachments in this manner is sui cidal, and tho defeats of the foreigners, even though ',n small v force, greatly aids the movements of the Boxers, which is gaining enormously through the inability of the foreigners to make head against it. "Practically the whole of Northern China is ablaze. Hostilities are now con ducted on an extended scale, due to dlr*et orders from Pekin. Gen. Yann Shi Kal governor of Shnn Tung, commands 11.000 foreign drilled trops, organized lo a high pitch of excellence and equipped with Mausers. It was in Ihe plana that these troops should go to Taku, hut the seizure of the forts was effected before they could get tehre." Some of the special dispatches from Shanghai describe the great Southern provinces of China as still quiet, but oth ers assert that the news from the north Is exciting the Southerners too and ingero"* hlght of feeling, and that millions may rise any day. Chinese Navy at Shanghai. Shanghai Is quiet, but there are fears of a rising. The action of the consuls in asking for the departure of the six Chin ese cruisers was objected to by the senior naval officer, who Informed them that he had at his disposal a force sufficient to compel them to Rave It they objected to the presence of the fleet. The Chinese cruisers are heavier armed than the ves sels of the allies, among whose six vessels is the United States gunboat Caatlne. The Powers aro said to have fatally un derestimated the numbers, desperation and armament of the Chinese. The 9t. Petersburg correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, in a dispatch daed Sat urday, sends a long statement embodying the views of the Russian Foreign Office, prepared by permission of the late Cos nt Muravieff and embodying not only his views, but those of his successor. Count Uainsdorff. Thltf statement holds that a s ate of war does net exist under inter national law, and hence it is^possible to assume that the order for active military operations at Taku originated with the provincial authoriti s, and net with the imperial at Pekin. "Like, other nations." says the state ment. "Russia is pursuing humanitarian alms and it can be categorically slated that Japan is following the same correct ar.d pacific aims as the other powers. Past experience shows ihat the Chinese do not {.eisDt in fighting. Probably they will soon change their attitude to one of complete submission."- noXERS THREATEN DEATH. They Call on Followers to Kill All the Foreigner*. London. June 25.—At Canton the Boxers are posting inflammatory placards, of which the following is a sample: ‘Kill nil Germans, French, Americans and English. To have peace prevail in the hearts of the people all foreigners should be driven out. This end can he attained in a few days if we unite our strength." The Brifish admiralty has ordered five more cruisers to go to China. This rep resents an additional 50,000 tons, the crews aggregating 3,000. FOREIGNERS WERE SAFE. Ilut on June 20 Nearly All the Lega tions llnl Been Burned. London, June 23.—The Shanghai corre spondent of the Times says: "Sheng, director of telegraphs, declares that information was received to-day (Friday, June 22) to the effect that the foreigners in Pekin were safe on Wednesday, June 2(, hut that all the lega tions had been burned except the British, Austrian and Belgian." TWO GO\ ETtX VIEfcTS AGREE. America and England In Accord on tlilnrsc Question. London, June 25.—United States Am bassador Choate in his long conference with Lord Salisbury Saturday is under s ood to have Lund that the governments of the United Slates and of Great Bri ain are generally in agreement as to their views regarding the Chinese situation. The two governments will probably be found following the same broad lines of I olicy in the far Fast. PEMAADING PASSPORTS. Tnong LI Ynmeu Disposed to Give Them to tlic >1 In In t era. London, Juno 23.—A disp t h from Shanghai dated yesterday says: "Sheng eys he has news from Pekin by courier to Shan Tung that the foreign ministers in P**Jun are demanding th?ir passports and Mi it the Tsung Li Yatncvi isst+h<Fe**f*d to comp y with theft* request.*.*’ If this news be true it would imply iho correctness of the reports of the arrival of Admiral Seymour at Pekin. A DISTRUST OF GERMANY. Itnd Impression Caused by Efforts of tin 1 Ruslan Press. Berlin, June 2K—An unfavorable im pression is caused here by the attempts of the Russian press to create distrust of Germany in connection with the Chinese questioni Tlie inspire 1 German organs insist that Berlin does not oppose the plans of St. Petersburg in the Chinese em pire and that the future wlil clearly dem onstrate Germany's perfect aacord with Russia in Asia. THE INTEGRITY OF CHINA. Ilnrrett Say* Ameritt Must See to Its ••reservation. Cincinnati, June 24. —Hon. John Barrett, ex-minister lo Siam, was here to-day. Be fore leaving for Cleveland he said: “In re*storing peace in China the United Stales should be the principal influence to determine the future and the fate of China. It is America's influence only that can successfully solve this problem and keep China from an Impending break-up. America must stand for the integrity of the Chinese Empire, for we have every- Uiing lo lose and nothing to gain by her partition among the European Powers. "On the other hand, if America allows China to be divided the expansion of our commerce and the extent of our moral in fluence will be atisolutely limited by the attitude and policy of European nations. "Another interesting point is this: The United States is the only Power whose leadership ami dictation of policy Kusela would accept.” RELIEVES THEY ARB ALIVE. Dr. Leonard Wan Not Cabled of the Death of Missionaries. \ Delaware, 0., June 24,—Dr. Leonard, missionary secretary of the Methodist Episcopal Church, denies that the report ed cablegram from Frederick Brown at Che Foo concerning the alleged murder of American missionaries, Ihe l’ykes and Haynes, was received by him. He says: "I have no reason to believe that any of our missionaries in China have been murdered, and I shall continue to believe that all are alive until I receive positive Information io the contrary." MURDERED MY A MANIAC. Efford Took Two Lives and Then Killed Himself. Cedar Rapids, la., June 24.—Charles M. F.fford, a maniac, this morning killed James Fitzsimmons, fatally injured Mrs. James Fitzsimmons, slightly Injured Miss Kate Fitzsimmons, and then ended his own life. Meflord was 27 years old, and had been insane a number of years. Two years ago he was in the asylum for a short time, but escaped and was never returned. He was not generally considered danger ous. Saturday night about 10 o'clock, while clad in nothing but a shirt, he darted out of his home a raving maniac. He was seen two or three times between then and midnight, but the police failed to find him until he had run his murderous course.' FOUR AMERICAN MARINES KILLED They Were Ambushed and Shot to Death by Chinese Soldiers Near Tien Tsin. ADMIRAL REMEY ORDERED TO TAKU WITH BROOKLYN. Preparations Being Made for Immediate Dispatch of Troops. Seven American* Wounded In the Same Affair—War Department I* Pr*. paring for Any Eventuality In the Far Fast—Plans Are Carefully Guarded but They Are Snlil to lie on an Immense Soule—OlH- f elnls Mncll Stirred l'p Over the Turn Affair* Have Taken. Washington, June 2t.—The navy department, at 1 o'clock this afternoon, issued the following bulletin: “A cablegram from Admiral Kempff, dated Che Foo. June 24. says: “ 'ln ambuscade near Tien Tein, on the 21st, four of Waller's command kilted and seven wounded. Names will be furnished as soon as recelced. Force of 2,000 going to relieve Tien Tsin to-day. (Signed) Kempff.' “The Secretary of the Navy has ordered Admiral Remey to go with the Brook lyn to Taku and to tender to Gen. Mae Arthur conveyance of any army of troops which the Brooklyn can carry." Admiral Kempff's dispatch, giving the first definite news of the shedding of American blood on Chinese soil came early this morning, and was turned over to Secretary Long ns soon as he arrived at the department. With Admiral CrtMfnlri shieid, the Secretary carried the dispatch to Ihe White House, where, on the Fresi. dent's return from church it was laid before him. The determination thereupon was reached to order Admiral Itemey, In com mand of the Asiatic squadron, from Manila to Taku, on board of the armored cruiser Brooklyn. The Secretary and Admiral Crown in shield returned to the navy department, where the necessary orders were dispatched to Admiral Remey. The effect of this transfer is to make Taku the headquarters of the Asiatic squadron. The Brooklyn is expected to mill at once, to-day if possible, as the orders sent contemplate getting the admiral on the scene at the earliest moment. The advan tage of this, it was officially stated, is not so much the strength of the Brooklyn to the fleet already there, as the fleet is considered by Secretary Long to be quite ad equate, as it is in allowing the authorities here to deal directly with the situation hi China instead of through the circuitous communications by way of Manila. If the Brooklyn starts to-day, as expected, it will take her fully a week to reach Taku, as Ihe trip is 2,000 miles and typhoons are raging. The determination to carry some of Gen. MacArihur's troops on a flagship shows the emergency of the si tun lion The troops are believed to fee ready to move, but some delay may ba claused in getting on board sufficient supplies for a large body of men for a Nveek. Report Caaseil Great Concern. Admiral Kempff's report that four Americans were killed and seven wounded In the ambuscade of Waller's force, caused the gravest concern among official*, but the chief fear was as to the outcome of the second attack, which the admiral re ported would begin to-day. This Is littleshort of the dimensions of a battle, and Its results may be decisive, rot only to the immediate force employed, but in de termining the fate of the legations and foreign settlements at Tien Tsin and also whether the issue is or is not to be war with China. Word reached the navy department to-day that the battleship Oregon got away from Hong Kong last night, hound for Taku. This is two days ahead of her ex pected start. She took on 164 sailors and marines, brought to Hong Kong by tha Zafiro. The big ship now may have a chance to repeat her celebrated perform ance "around the horn,” as she Is being crowd' and for a fast run lo the scene of BO* lion. The distance is about 1,590 miles, and if she makes her record time she will be at Taku in six days, about the same time that the Brooklyn arrives from Ma nila. These ships oiul the Monad nock are the only ones going to China. Admiral Crownlnshield pronounces untrue the report that the gunboats Ma rietta, Princeton and several other ships at Manila have been ordered to Taku. There Is fell to he no need for them, and, moreover, with the ships now under orders lo sail, Admiral Remey will have a force which is considered abundantly ulilo to meet every possible requirement. The Monadnock has a large comple ment of men, who can be used as a landing party, and it Is this, rather than her armatpent, which makes her so available at this time. W c \re Preparing for the Worst. The war branch of the government is preparing for any eventuality that may arise out of the Chinese situation. As staled by one of the highest officers of the army, the scale of preparation Is of a magnitude which would both interest and surprise the public. But. he added, the Information would be of even greater interest and service to any foreign foe which the United States may bs called upon to face within the next few weeks or months, and for that reason, thers is no purpose 4o divulge the complete preparations making to meet whatever Is sue arises. All that the officials will say Is that both the srmy and the navy, if the occasion arises, will give a good account of themselves. Adjt. Gen. Corbin was at his desk during the morning, and after going over the dispatches, went 4o the While House. The President was about to start for church, so that there was time for only a brief consultation. Gen. Corbin said nothing had been received up to that hour from Gen. MacArihur, as to the Phll llppines or Chinese situation. As to the preparations for Chinn, Gen. Corbin refused to say anything except that tlie report of a brig-ado being ordered-there was purely speculative. While the Berlin re|>orle as to the safety of Baron von Kelteler and the legations at Pekin appear to dispose of one of the most alarming stories of the crisis. Minister Conger at Pokln is still cut off ft om communication here, and there Is no direct and official assurance of the safely of the ministers ami legations, nor is there m word of the relief force, including the Americans, which sought to break through tb Pekin. • Secretary Long returned from an outing at Bingham, Mass., last night, and to day resumed charge of affairs, relieving Assistant Secretary Hacked The secretary looks greatly refreshed. About the first news that reached hlmon his arrival was the fighting and bloodshed of the American marine forces near Tien Tsin. Later in the day Ihe order conlemi lai ing the sending of the monitor Monadnock to Taku was countermanded. Admiral Remey reported that ihe vessel had been stripped of her officers, presumably for duties on the other vessels and for this and otehr reasons It was not deemed advbabe to send her. Chief among these reasons Is tlie fact that the typhoons now raging in the Eastern seas would make a voyage sf such a vessel as the Monadnock. with her low free board, very uncertain. Secretary Long sad he expected thit Admiral Remey, with the flagship Brook lyn, would get away from Manila promptly for China, probably to-night. Chinese Want Landing of Troops Stopped. The Chinese officials, according to advices received here, are apprehensive at to the possible effect of the landing cf foreign troops on their territory. Minister Wu's advices show this to be the rase and they are using every effort to avert such action, because of the effect It may have on the people. To-day the minister received a dispatch from the Viceroy of Hunan and Hop*, central provinces In China, on this subject. The Viceroy had been in consulta tion with other high officials of the empire, as a result of which they communi cated with the Chinese representatives in this and European countries, directing them to request the governments interested not to send further troops do Tien Tsin. while the government is making every e.ffort to suppress the operations of the Boxers, because of the suspicions and excitement which such steps would cause among the natives, The cablegrams said the authorities fear the conse quences of the introduction of the large bodies of foreign soldiers, and hopo that it may be stopped. Minister Wu laid the matter before the Secretary of State, and It will receive the attention of this government. Minister Wu characterizes as ridiculous the report that the Empress Dowager had decreed the extermination of all the foreigners in China. "II is not true,” he said. 'T will bet my life on It. She is too sensible a wo man to do sueh a mad and foolish thing as that." Just now there uppears to be ■ lack of Information among the foreign embas sies and legations in Washington as to the affairs in China. Their home governments, like our own, ore without news of a definite character from Pekin and tha official* here are almost entirely dependent on the newspapers for what they may learn re specting affairs in the East. The Sixth Regiment ofj Cavalry, which will sail from Ban Franclaco shortly, will not go directly to Manila, but will be taken to Nagasaki, where ordera wIU tie aent, based on the developments in the Chinese situation. DAILY, S A YEAR. 5 CENTS A COPY. WEEKLY 2-TIMES-A-WEEK.iI A TEA*