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FIGHTING IN THE HILLS. Determined Attack by Russians Port Arthur Squadron's Objective Sensational Reports: "Fnglish Intervention Requested." I {Press Association War Special.) St. Petersburg, Tuesday Evening-—Te'-i- graphing to the General Staff i.nder yester- day s date, General SaAharotf says that on the 3rd inst. the Russian vanguard to the east of Liao-yang occupied the Yang-chilin Pass. In the evening a reconnaissance showed that a detachment of Japanese, num bering 1,500, had occupied the neighbouring villages, the enemy's main force remaining at the Fen-shui-ling and Mc-tien-ling Passes. A Japanese battalion attempted an out- flanking operation, against which five com- panies of Russian infanrry, two squadrons of cavalry, and fifty Cossacks were moved forward, whilst ten companies of infantry proceeded to make a reconnaissance, three of them pushing on to Taku-menza. Firing commenced at half-past two o'clock in the morning, when one company of the enemy was repulsed. At four o'clock the Russian aoldiers charged the Japanese outposts at the point of the bayonet and routed them. Passing on, the Russians, at a distance of 150 paces, met a terrible fire, but again they fixed bayonets and succeeded in taking -the pa&s. As, however, the Japanese began to out- flank the Russian positions, the Russian commander ordered a retreat. Another Rus- sian column used the bayonet on the Japan- ese outposts, but were repulsed with heavy Joss. When the first column retired a mur- derous nre was opened upon it from a pass occupied by the Japanese, but the retire- ment was made in good order. General Sakharoff declares that the Rus- sian troops fulfilled their task splendidly. The Russian casualties were —Colonel Lich- dski, contused wound; a lieutenant-colonel, a captain, and several other officers wounded, and 200 men killed and wounded. General Sakharoff adds lhat he himself witnessed the fight from a position on a mountain. JAPS OCCUPY ANOTHER PAISS. In a second despatch to the General Staff dated Monday General Sakharoff says that on July 2 the enemy attacked the Russian right flank south of Kai-ping. The follow- ing afternoon two Japanese battalions of infantry, six squadrons of cavalry, and six machine guns advanced against the Russian positions, followed by dense masses of in- fantry from the west of the railway line and two companies from the east. The Russian outposts retired nnde1' a fierce fire. Mean- time, the commander of the Russian cavalry, receiving^ a report of the Japanese move- ments, advanced late in the afternoon. Sim- ultaneously the enemy placed machine guns in position, and their infantry occupied the villages m the v'- :mty, but under the Rus- sian fire hurried' evacuated them, and a sian fire hurried' evacuated them, and a general retirement followed on Sen-yu-chan. The Russian cavalry pursued the retreating Japanese for a distance of six versts north of Sen-yu-chan. General Sakharoff further reports that the Chapalin Pass has been occupied by the Japanese. The Japanese main forces, he says, are grouped in the direction of Hai- eheng, sixteen versts west of Suyan, on the road from Kai-ping to Tashi-chiau Junction. A reconnaissance has revealed the fact that the Japanese are entrenched in the Ta-lieu Pass. MUKDEN AND 20,000 RUSSIANS SURROUNDED. St. Petersburg, Tuesday.—According to re- ports from Liao-yang, it is rumoured there that a fore j of 20,000 Russians is surrounded Dy Ihe Japanese at Mukden, and is in a very serious position. A greater portion of the garrison of Port Arthur has, it is stated, made a sortie, and was compelled by the advance of a large force of Japanese to retire after suffering severe losses.—("Standard.") PERSISTENT REPORTS FROM NORTH OF GENSAN. (Press Association War Specif). St Petersburg, Wednesday.—A telegram of yesterday's date has been received hare from Xiiao-yang, stating that a persistent rumour is current here that the Vladivostoek squad- ron encountered a Japanese squadron to the north of Gensan, and that a hot engagement ensued, which ended favouarbly for the Rus- sians. General Oku's army is retiring evidently to concentrate on Port Arthur. Siege guns are being brought to the Kinchau position. Th departure of two divisions of troops for the seat of war is reported from Nagasaki. PORT ARTHUR FLEET'S RISKY OBJECTIVE. St. Petersburg, Tuesday.-The real object of Admiral Vitgeft's recent sortie was to make for Wei-hai-wei or Kaichau, and this eventuality has already been discussed with German diplomacy.—"Daily Telegraph." REPORTED PERILOUS SITUATION. As indirect corroboration of the above, the Paris "Journal's" correspondent at St. Petersburg states that Japan is in possession of information showing that Germany and France have violated their neutrality by the former offering Kaichau as a refuge for the Port Arthur fleet, and selling a cruiser to Russia after the declaration of war and that France has ordered the authorities at French colonial ports to coal the Russian Baltic fleet. Japan will therefore request the interven- tion of England, or in the event of a refusal turn to China. The above, however, is improbable. Japan would be the first to voice her pro- test openly ere this. RUSSIAN ACCOUNT OF THE DULIN FIGHT. (Press Association War Special) St. Petersburg, Tuesday.—An interests description ot the fight in the Dulin Pass and the subsequent retirement of the Russians is given in a message from the corresponlent of the "Novoye Vremya," who lelegraohed from Liao-yang on June 50th as follow3 :—• "The night of the 27th our outposts were in occupation of the heights of the Dulin Pass. Our riflemen lay entrenched with two batteries close by. In front of them, dimly visible by the feeble light of the weviig moon, were the mountains through wh;ch General Kuroki's army was approaching. "The evening before the Japanese had oc- cupied a small village not far off. "Towards midnight we distinctly beard sounds in their direction gradually becoming clearer. These finally resolved themselves into the click of arms, the cracking of trans- port wagons and the trot of cavalry and the tramp ot infantry, all moving towards us, and occasional^ the neighing of a horse was Dome on the breeze. "Nothing was to be seen, but one felt the presence of a large Japanese army taking up positions. Nobody slept through th night of alarm. "I climbed a hill, and as I reached the summit the dawn v.-r-. breaking. "About three o'dcck I heard ftrmg on my right. Our trenches began to show signs of activity, and the cracking of rifle fire became .i)re frequent. "A soldier -*oi»nded in the leg limped past me, asking the whereabouts of the assistant surgeon and the Fifth Company. "Artillery fire did not begin until 5 o'clock in the morning. "A bluish grey column of Japanese ap- peared making its way up a hill. The posi tions occupied by our artillery were very good, and the fire of our 1st Battery damaged several of the enemy's guns. "One shell burst in the ranks of a Japan. ese column, causing it to waver, but the sol- diers closed up the ranks and continued their advance "The fighting was becoming a determined struggle. "The Japanese rained shrapnel on oar en- trenchments, and their shells made holes a yard deep. "A chain of Jap riflemen advanced tf within 200 paces of our positions. "The few battalions we had could not pre- vent the advance of General Kuroki's army. "The Japanese were turning both ou* flanks, and little by little occupied the posi- tions we were obliged to abandon. 'We had to yield them the Dulin Pass, bat this battb was but the prologue to the big en- gagement which is expected to be fought at Simnching. 17 kilometres from Haicheng. "On my way back to the station to send off my telegram I saw 30 wounded pass in carts, inchicfeag an officer. I j "They said that Colonel Larkine had kept th- enemy back a long time, atid inffictad serious losses on them. In the south Genera. I Stackefberg is keeping General Oku's army trom advancing. RUSSIAN ADMIRAL MAKES AN IN » TERESTONJG DISCOVERY. St. Petersburg, Tuesday.-Adwiral Vit- I geft s unpublished report, despatched after the recent sortie from Port Arthur, contains valuable information respecting the strength of the blockading squadron, from which it appears that the enemy disposes of twenty- two warships, carrying 281 heavy guns, as against eleven Russian vessels, with 158 guns, while the Russians have only ten tor- pedo-boats to the enemy's thirty. Another point apparently ascertained by Admiral Vitgeft is the presence in the Ja- panese squadron of a second-class battle- ship which formerly belonged to Chili, un- der the name of the Capitan Prat, with four- teen heavy guns, and also of an armoured cruiser, formerly known as the Chacabuco, with twelve quick-firing guns, likewise pur- chased from Chih.—"Daily Telegraph." RUSSIANS SEIZE A BRITISH STEAMER. Lloyd's Vladivostock agent telegraphs on Wecines,day that the British steamer Chelten- ham was taken in there and is now awaiting trial by the prize court. RUSSIA'S HUGE RESERVE FORCE. (Press Association War Special.) St. Petersburg, Wednesday.—By an Im- perial ukase published to-day, 447,502 men liable for military service are to be called out this year in accordance with the Conscrip- tion Law.

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