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— RUSSIANS ROUTED. General Admits "Fearful Loss." Thousand Japanese Killed and Wounded. Six Field Guns Captured. The Japanese Legation in London on Tuesday night issued the following telegram of the same date from Tokio "General Kuroki reports as follows:- 'Our army commenced operations at day break on July 31st upon the enemy occupy- ing Kushulintzu, four miles to the west of Hsihoyen, and Yangtzuling, six miles to the west of Motienling. Both places are situated 25 railos from Liao-yang. The enemy at K.ushulintzu consisted cf two divisions, with corresponding artillery. 'The attacking operations were carried on as prearranged, and by sunset we defeated the enemy's both wings, but owing to the enemy's large forces and strong positions we were unable to dislodge them. 'At daybreak on August 1st we resumed the attack and succeeded in expelling the enemy at noon, and pursued them four miles Westward. 'The enemy at Yangtzuling consisted ot two and a half divisions and four batteries of artillery. The attacking operations then pro- gressed successfuHy, and by sunset we car- ried the enemy's principal positions, but a portion of the enemy offered the most stub- born resistance, and we bivouacked that night in battle formation. 'At daybreak on August 1st we resumed the attack, and at 8 a.m. all the heights fell into our hands, and the enemy tied towards Yanghoyen. The casualties are under in- vestigation. 'We captured some field guns. Details. are still unknown. 'In this engagement the attacking opera- tions had the f ->wing disadvantages:- Firstly, steepness i ground secondly, lack of suitable position for artillery; while the heat was 100 Fahrenheit.' KUROKI'S VICTORY NEARLY ONE THOUSAND CASUALTIES. (Press Association War Special.) Tokio Wednesday.-—The Japanese tured Tomucheng on Sunday, and also cap- tured six grins. Their casualties were 400, the Russian losses being heavier. General Kuroki's losses in Saturday's and Sunday's fighting amounted to 972. TWENTY THOUSAND MEN LOST IN THE PORT ARTHUR ASSAULT. (Press Associatic War Special.) Chifu, Wednesday (li a.m.).—According to frdvit es brought by two junks, which ar- rived here to-day the Japanese made a des- perate but unsuccessful assault, lasting three days, on the inner defences to the north and east of Port Arthur. A Russian who escaped bv way of Pigeon Bay on the night of the 29th ult., states that the earth was trembling under the ter- rific bombardment which began at four in the morning on July 26th, and ended at night on the 28th, when the battle ceased. A Chinaman who arrived here in another junk agrees with the Russian refugee that the Russian losses in killed and wounded number between five and six thousand. The Japanese, in their repeated ass-aults against the eastern forts on the hills through i barbed wire entanglements, and over mines, displayed fanatical bravery, but were mowed /i down by n hail of shells and bullets and by the explosion of mines under foot. Their losses are estimated at 20,000. The' Russians declares that the defenders held all the eastern forts leading to Golden Hill and that the Japanese shattered and exhausted had retired towards the east. The refugees give the following account of the three days* assault:- Before daybreak on the 26th, the Japanese advance was begun from Kikwan directed against the Kikwan, Kinkilun, Kinkishan, and Schtusuan forts, which are near ihe I shore. The Russian outposts were driven back, while Admiral Togo shelled the forts from a ;png range. The return fire from the shore batteries, however, kept the ships a safe distance away and rendered th- co-operation of the fleet in- effective. On the morning of the 27th, the Russian fleet steamed out keeping under the protec- tion of the guns on Golden Hill. They did not, however, open fir. on the Japanese ships, but soon returned to their anchorage. The day was occupied by an assault on the north of the city, when the Japanese left from Kikwan advanced on the Russians at Schtu- shan, and were repulsed. The junks were within hearing distance for three days after leaving Port Arthur, but heard no more firing. The Russian hospitals were swamped, and thousands of wounded had been conveyed to Chinese houses and shops, the owners of which had been evicted with the exception of one caretaker for each I place. There was adequate medical attention. STATUS OF THE RUSSO-CHINESE BANK. (Press Association War Special.) Newchwang (via Tientsin), Wednesday.— A large depot of army suplies has been estab- lished at the old Russian railway station here. Two thousand troops are kept here as a guard for the transports, and hospital ahips are expected hourly. The question has stiil to be determined of the status of the Russo-Chinese Bank relative to the war. The bank was organised and financed by the Rus- sian Government for the purpose of further- ing Russian interests in Manchuria and the Far East. The bank is under the control of the Russi.aa Governent and has a strong foothold in China and Manchuria. Loans now in force in Newchwang amounts to over fifty million roubles. It is considered here that Japan will regard it as the property of the Russian Government whose assets and profits in Manchuria would be legitimate spoils of war in lieu of indem- nitv. The first evidence of opening this question is shown by the fact that the Japanese flag is floating over the bank prot>erty. So far the Japanese have refused to recog- Itise the authority of the French Consulate agent to whom Russia transferred her in- terests, including bank property, because his appointment was made subsequent to the opening of hostilities. PORT ARTHUR FORT REPORTED CAPTURED. Tokio. Wednesday.It is reported that after three days' desperate fighting the Japanese have captured Shantaikow, an im- portant defence of Port Arthur.—Renter. ° e" "barvtaikow is the name of one ot ,inn?r,, c^ose to the harbour and north of the Tiger's Tail. On the other hand there is a Shan-tai-kow on the rrain road from Port Arthur, ar.d about 12 miles off. This is probably the fort indicate. KUROPATKIN CONFESSES ENORMOUS LOSSES. St. Petersburg, Tuesday.—After an ob- ttina.te struggle on ,!u.1Y 31, in the direction of Liao-vang and Saimatse, the Russian troops fell back from their advanced posi- tions to their main position, having sus- tained enormous losses. General Kuropatkin expressed the hope that his troops will be able to meet the ittack of an enemy numerically superior. •General Kuroki concentrated troops in con- siderable numbers in order to attack in the t&ngttion of Saimatse-Liao-yang. (Reuter.) SKRYDLOFFS "EXPLANATION" OF THE OUTRAGE. St. Petersburg, Tuesday.—Admiral Skry- Aoff's report of the latest "raid by the Vladi- Yostock squadron gives the following a' "ount of the sinking of the British steamer b night Commander — "On the morning of July 23 a large vessel was met, which only stopped after a fourth shot had been fired at her. On the vessel being boarded, it was found that it was the British merchant steamer Knight Com- mander, bound from New York, via Europfc, to Yokohama and Kobe. "According to copies of non-official and Incomplete documents in the possession of the captain, and according to his declara- tions, it was shown that the vessel was carrying to Japan a cargo of from 3,500 to 4,000 tons, composed mostly of railway ma- terial, and constituting a considerable rart M her cargo. "Having established the fact ihat the Knight Comhiander was undoubtedly carry- ing on contraband traffic for a belligerent party, and not being able to bring her to the nearest Russian port (owing to her not having enough coal on board) without mani- fest danger for the squadron, we sank the Knight Commander, after taking off all her crew and removing her papers."—Renter. Note.—A fuller account of the raid dis- closes the fact that a German steamer, the Tea, laden with fish, was also sunk. KUROKI REPORTS THE PRICE OF VICTORY. (Press Association War Special.) Tokio, Wednesday.—General Kuroki tele- graphs that his losses in the fights at Tangt- zuling and lvushulintzu were six officers killed and 16 officers wounded, and S50 men killed aDd wounded. COUNT KELLER'S BODY TAKEN TO I., LIAO-YANG. (Press Association War Special). St. Petersburg, Wednesday.—The body of General Count Keller, who was kill?d in the fighting at Yangzuling, has been taken to Liao-yang.




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