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A CHINESE TRAGEDY.

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A NAVAL MYSTERY.

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A NAVAL MYSTERY. The American papers give further details of the encounter between the Peruvian rebel ship Huascar and the Shah: On the 28th of May the Huascar appeared at Pisagua, a little port 37 miles north of Iquique, and disembarked a form of 50 men to capture the town. The scanty garrison resisted, and only after the com- mandment of the National troops was seriou, ily wounded did the revolutionary party gain possession of the place. Meantime the squadron, composed of the ironclad frigate Independencia, the corvette Union, and the gunboat Pilcomayo steamed into the harbour and opened fire on the Huascar, which the rebel vessel lost no time in returning. The figfrt con- tinued for an hour and a half at rifle range, when, darkness coming on, the Huascar thought it advisable to decamp. The force sent on shore returned on board. The Independencia lost two men, and had her smoke stack shot away. This combat is the first encounter between ironclad vessels in the Pacific. The Inde- pendencia, a heavily armoured frigate, carries fourteen 70-pounder guns and two 150-pounders. The Huascar, a turreted ram, has two 300-pounders in her turret and two 4G-pounders on pivots. These two vessels were bnilt at the same time by Messrs. Samuda on the Thames and Messrs. Lloyd on the Clyde. The Huascar steamed north. At Ilo, on the evening of the 29th, firing was heard far out at sea, and shortly afterwards the Huascar was seen steaming in to- wards shore. Night fell and the ship disappeared. On the 30th of May the Huascar was descried off the harbour of Iquique, with a wal at the fore inviting the squadron to a parley. Commodore More, of the Independencia, beat to quarters and held his vessel in readiness, but answered the signal affirmatively. A boat then came off from the Huascar, having on board three of Pierola's principal men, who stated that they had met the English ships the night before ande had been summoned to surrender in the name of th Queen. On their refusing this somewhat unexpected request the Shah opened fire on the Huascar and the fire was returned as well as the small crew on board could work the guns; but seeing that defeat was inevit- able the Huascar ran in shore so as to gain Peruvian waters, and the British vessels declined pursuit. The correspondent of the Panama Herald, writing on the subject on May 31, says the object of the Huascar's visit to Iquique, after the encounter with the Shah was to invite the squadron to join forces for a moment and sally forth for the summary chastisement of these foreigners who were meddling in a purely family misunderstanding. Captain More, of course, could not accede to such a demand, and telegraphed to the President at Lima for instructions, which were speedily given in thiswise, "Demand the surrender of the Huascar. If she refuses, open fire." This was carried out; at least, the first part of the order. The surrender, it would appear, proceeded principally from the fear of further encounters with the foreign enemy, and the Huascar preferred lowering her flag to Peru. When the rumour was circulated in Lima that the English vessels had attacked the Huascar, excitement became intense against the English colony resident in the city, since it was at their request that the Admiral had put a stop to the depredations on British interests commibted by the rebel cruiser. The principal square was crowded with angry people. Efforts were made to gain the Cathedral towers and sound the tocsin. For a moment it was feared a general tumult might ensue, with bloodshed and injury to English property, but fortunately the Prefect brought troops to the spot and dispersed the crowd. They met again, however, and time directed their ire against the Govern- ment, accusing it of complicity in the attack by the Shah on the Huascar. Two Commissioners were named to interview the President on the subject of disloyalty. These gentlemen becoming too demon- strative wene arrested, and the President addressed the crowd, assuring them that no understanding existed between his Government and the British Le- gation on the matter. The people were tranquilized and dispersed.

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