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GREAT DEFEAT OF THE RUSSIANS IN KHOKAN. A telegram from Tiflis, announces that the progress of the Russian arms in Central Asia has just received a serious check. Hitherto everything had favoured the progress of General Endokimoff, whose sneoesseS were as much due to the exertions of Prince Gort- schakoff as to the military talents of the generals of the Czar. Having made friends of the important pop u- lation belonging to the Khanat of Khokan called Kaissaks, General Endokimof fcarried his army of 40,000 or 50,000 infantry, with a proportionate force of cavalry and artillery, into these districts of Central Asia, knowing well how far he could count upon this people. By this means, on the side of Lake Aral, the Russians, without striking a blow, obtained posses11 sion of the fortress of Ak-Medjid, a place of groat* strategic importance, near the mouth of the Sir-Daria. The great object of the late march of the Russians has been to obtain possession of the town of Tachkenti, as occupying apoint. strategetically the m oat favourable to their views, being on one side the key to the Khanat of Khokhan, and on the other seriously threatening, the Khanat of Bokhara, if the latter ventured to offer any assistance to the former. General EndoldmofF, after his march of twenty-one days, was able to arrive almost.at the gates of Tchimkett, and he attempted to obtain possession of the place with the view of the future occupation of Tachkend. The Russian general, seeing the town in a perfect state of defence, with a battery of fifty canon, gave up all idea of attacking it, and gave battle instead to the Emir. The conflict was a bloody one, and ended in* the defeat of the Russians, who were compelled to fall back upon Hodja Ahmed with a' precipitancy which amounted to a flight. The Khokanese had about 1,000 ,L4 killed and wounded; and the Russians, it is said, about four times that number. No doubt General Endoki- moff will endeavour at the earliest opportunity to re- trieve this disaster; but it will be difficult for him to take Tchimkett, not only on account of the strength of the place, but of the spirit of the inhabitants, which -is now thoroughly roused. The Regent is thoroughly aware of the importance of the post, and has mustered an army of 150,000 highly efficient troops for its de- fence. It is now certain that the Khan of Bokhara has not only sent a sum of money to the assistance of Khokan, but is at the head of a large army of obser- vation on the frontier, in the neighbourhood of Samar- cand

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