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RUSSIAN PRISONERS IN STAMBOUL.

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RUSSIAN PRISONERS IN STAMBOUL. Under date Pera, June 14, a Correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette writes :— The Admiralty Commission has just closed its examination of the seven Russian prisoners who arrived here this morning in the Ismail from Sulina. These are the "net proceeds" of the torpedo affair which took place off that port last week. It had been stated here that the commander of the torpedo ex- pedition was an Englishman, and the unluclty officer was hardly in the harbour before the specials marked him for their own. Interest faded some- "ned out that he was only a Russian to be well-informed, equally interview- His name is rs in the Russian ave an interesting ae unsuccessful attack flotilla is composed of to steam at great speed and The mode of using them is to a few yards of the object of attack, i<v.uich the torpedo at it, steaming away in an direction to avoid being buried under the mass of water thrown up by the explosion. For the attack at Sulina mouth five boats were used, which were towed down from Odessa to within about eight miles distance of anchorage of the Turkish squadron, and then were turned adrift in the darkness of the night to work out their deadly scheme. They made direct for Sulina, and when the hulls of the Tur- kish ironclads loomed in the black distance they steered straight down upon them. They were already within a few yards of their prey when a sudden check was felt, which the men en board the boats could not understand. After a second or two the boat which Puschin commanded, and which led the way, struggled over the hidden obstacle, and Puschin was just pre- paring to launch his torpedo against the iron-clad cor- vette Ijadie, when that vessel opened such an infernal fire that Puschin said it was like hell," and surpassed anything he could have imagimed. What became of the other boats Puschin has no idea. He saw their pro- gress checked like that of his own boat, and then he saw the other ironclads pouring out thunder and lightning upon them. Just at that moment, when he had his torpedo in the water, and was on the very point of propelling it against the Ijadié, a shot from that vessel struck it and it exploded. High aloft in the air rose a column of water, which as it sank back nearly swamped his boat, and put his fires almost out. He tried to steam away, but his machinery was damaged and the boat would not go. There and then accordingly, Putschin scuttled her, and he and his crew, girt with cork belts, threw themselves into the stream amid a hailstorm of shot, both small and great. When the launch sank the firing ceased, and boats were put off from the fleet which picked up Puschin and his crew, and conveyed them on board the Ijadiéf, whence they were transferred to the Ismail and sent to Constan- tinople. The "check" which defeated the Russian scheme was due to a precaution of Hobart Pasha's device. Sentinel boats were placed round the fleet, and between each of these hung a slack rope, forming a cordon all round the squadron. These ropes caught the launches, gave the alarm, and enabled the fleet to open fire in time. In the course of his examination Puschin remarked several times upon the excellent look-out kept onboard the Turkish men-of-war, but for which, as he justly observed, the whole squadron would now have been at the bottom of the sea.

A VERY TERRIBLE TURK.

WAR VICTIMS.

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A PRAYER FOR THE SULTAN.

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