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SERIOUS REVERSEI KUROPATKIN DISCOURAGED I AN ILL. fPress Association Special Service.] I WITH GENERAL OKU'S ARMY, J Friday Noon. The Russians opposing the Japanese left wing are again showing some activity. A deter- meat has attacked Hei-kon-tai, but has been driven back, leaving 160 dead. The bombard- ment along the whole left wing, too, is still being continued. Considerable activity was also manifested yesterday opposite Shen-tan-pc and Let-aiye-tui, and it is believed that the linssians are preparing for another attack They fire occasionally salvos of artillery ajid volieys of musketry, but the Japanese remain in their trenches and do not reply. The 6 evere cold continues. [Press Association Special Service.] I PARIS, Saturday. A telegram to the "Patdt Pariaiem" flays that news of war is still unfavourable The (ienral Staff admits that the reverse M Sande-pu is very serious. The newspapers strongly blame General Kuropatkin for not having supported General Grippenberg. There is a rumour that Kuropatkin, exhausted, ill, discouraged, and on bad terms with his lieutenants, has asked to bl relieved of his command. General Lemevitch i.3 mentioned as his possible successor. General Sakharoff is stated to have decided to, leave the Ministry of War, where he may b > replaced by General Glasoff. The apopiatmeiit of M. Buiiguine, as Minis- ter of the Interior, is badly received. WNMNDED MUTILATED. [Central News Special Service.] TOKIO, Friday. It is officially reported that fighting con- tinued on the 1st and 2nd inst. on the Japanese left centre and right. The Japanese were successful. Japanese pickets, consisting of an officer and 2S men, were surrounded by the enemy at Huanasketzu on the 26th of January. They made a desperate resistence, but the majority were either wounded or taken prisoners. It is stated that the wounded were mutilated by the enemy. COLOMBO, Saturday. General Stoessel arrived here to-day on board the homeward bound French ma.il eteamer. In an interview the general denied the statements published in Europe to the effect that the surrender of Port Arthur wae not justified, adding that the newspaper correspondent who had made the state- ments had adduced no facts to support them. Colonel Reise, who is accompanying General Stoessel. and who was in Port Arthur throughout the siege, declared that the garrison could not have held out for a moment longer. Further resistance would have been murder. The contents of the military treasure chest bad dwindled to fifteen roubles out of am original sum of one million and a half. Four hundred meL w«re dying daily in the hospital, principally of wounds and scurvy. General Kondratanko who was killed on Ootober 2, waa the hero of the siege. The Japanese, added Colonel Reiss, were admirable soldiers, but their bayonet prac- tice was poor, as compared with that of the Russians and the French. General Stoessel, with his officers and men, will tramehip at Port Said, and will proceed to Odessa, where they will wait for orders. General Stoessel will, in due course, appear before a court- MORE SEVERE FIGHTING. Heavy Casualties. rcentral News Special Service.] TOKIO, Saturday. According to official and other dispatches from the front, the sitaation on the Japa- nese right was on Thursday unchanged. There was some sheirp skirmMmne on the centre about midnight on Thursday and Friday, and the Japanese took some doners The First amd FiMh Russian Riae ?'d<6 'ha.? been a?tackm? Linkiwkon  ThuT?d?y morning. They a.re now being ??n ba?in ?e dir?iou of Chang tan. "li1° ??n cajSUaitias in this ayhting were ° er mJ A -na -nt, from other c?u?.i? of the ? ? <MpT?a.n c"P" have been found bythe SpSS, and deposed of around Sumapao. ââââ

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