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THE WAR HOW THE PETROPAVLOVSK SANK.— BURNING OF THE KOREAN IMPERIAL PALACE. A despatch from St. Petersburg professes to give an authentic account of the sinking of the Petropavlovsk. She, with the other vessels of the Russian squadron, was retiring into the harbour before the advance of a superior Japanese fleet, and had just reached the entrance when there was a terrific explosion of the boilers, followed by a detonation from the magazines; huge gaps were torn in the hull, and the ship rolled on her side and sank. The exact number of lives lost is unknown. The complement of the vessel was about 650, of whom, according to the latest account, 52 have been saved. The Japanese official telegram that the Japanese fleet was responsible for the sinking of the Petro- pavlovsk is officially contradicted. The General Staff is of opinion that she was blown up by a mine placed at the entrance of the harbour to protect the channel. The St. Petersburg corres- pondent of a Paris journal says that the view that the Petropavlovsk and Pobieda, were struck by torpedoes launched by Japanese submarines finds acceptance in naval circles. Admiral Alexeieff has reported a renewed bombardment of Port Arthur by the Japanese fleet. He states that no injury was done to the ships or forts. The special correspondent on board the Times steamer sends by wireless telegraphy an account of some vigorous scouting operations at the mouth of the Ya-lu by a small party of seamen from a Japanese cruiser. He states that it is believed that the entrance to Port Arthur is now sealed. M. Verestchagin, the Russian painter; was drowned on board the Petropavlovsk. According to a Washington telegram, the Russian Government has given notice that newspaper correspondents using wireless telegraphy will be treated as spies and shot. The Imperial Palace at Seoul has been destroyed by a fire. According to a telegram received by the Paris "New York Herald," railway communication with Port Arthur has been interrupted by the destruction of a bridge. ADMIRAL TOGO'S FULL REPORT ON PORT ARTHUR. The following official telegram from iokio was received at the Japanese Legation on Sun- day Admiral Togo reports as follows: — "On the 11th our combined fleet commenced, as previously planned, the eighth attack upon Port Arthur. "The fourth and the fifth destroyer flotillas, the fourteenth torpedo flotilla, and the Kcryo Maru reached the entrance of Port Arthur at midnight of the 12th, and effected the laying of mines at several points outside the port, defy- ing the enemy's searchlight. "The second destroyer flotilla discovered at dawn of the 13th one "Russian destroyer trying to enter the harbour, and after ten minutes' at- tack sank her. "Another Russian destroyer was discovered coming from the direction of Liao-ti-shan. We attacked her, but she managed to flee into the harbour. "There were no casualties on our side, except two seamen on the Ikazuchi slightly wounded. There was no time to rescue the enemy's drown- ing crew, as the Bayanapproached. "The third fleet reached outside Port Arthur Rt eight a.m., when the Bayan came out and opened fire.. Immediatelv the Novik, Askold, Diana, Petro- pavlovsk, Pobieda, and Poltava came out and made offensive attack upon us. "Our third fleet, tardily answering and gradu- ally retiring, enticed the enemy fifteen miles south-east of the port, when our first- fleet, being informed by the wireless telegraphy from the third fleet, suddenly appeared before the enemy and attacked them. "While the enemy was trying to regain the port a battleship of the Petropavlovsk type struc-K mines laid by us on the previous evening, and sank at 10.32 a.m. "Another ship was observed to have lost free- dom of movement, but the confusion of the enemy's ships prevented us from identifying her. They finallv managed to regain the port. "Our third fleet suffered no damage. The enemy's damage was, besides the above-men tioned, probablv slight also. "Our first fleit did not reach the firing distance. Our fleets retired at one p.m., prepared for another attack. "On the 14t.li our fleet re-sailed towards Port Arthur. The second, the fourth, and the fifth destroyer flotillas and the ninth torpedo flotiua also joined at three a.m., and the third fleet at seven a.m. i. "No enemy's shin was seen outside the port. C ar first fleet arrived there at nine a.m., and discovering three mines laid by the enemy, destroyed them all. "The Kaluga and the Nishin were despatched to the west of Liao-ti-shSn. They made indirect bombardment for two hours, this being their first action. „ n "The new forts at Liao-ti-shan were^ finally silenced. Our forces retired at 1.30 p.m. THE SEOUL FIRE. ARCHIVES AND TREASURE INTACT. The Emperor of Korea, who appeared quite aelf-possessed, gave an audience to the foreign Ministers at Seoul on Saturday, and thanked Mr. Hayashi, the Japanese Minister, for sending the fire brigade and troops to extinguish the Palace fire. His Majesty declared that he personally observed the origin of the fire. It was caused, ne said, by the new flues under the floor, which were defective, igniting the woodwork. The Palace officials, who corroborate the Emperor's version, are indignant at the insinua- tion of incendiarism. Arrangements are. being made to rebuild the Palace on the same site, because the Emperor is compelled to reside in the same place for three years in order to com- plete the period of mourning for the Dowager Empress. After this, he will, in accordance witn Mr. Hayashi's suggestion, remove to the Eastern Palace, near the Japanese Legation. The total damage caused by the fire is fcoUU out sterling. The archives and the treasury, whicu were buried underground, have been discovered unhurt. The Emperor made his escape from the Fa^ace were buried underground, have been discovered unhurt. The Emperor made his escape from the Fa^ace under an escort of Japanese troops to the library. under an escort of Japanese troops, to the library. NO NEWS OF IMPORTANCE FROM THE FRONT. There was very little news at the beginning of the week of actual operations, either military or naval, in the theatre of war. The Russian and Japanese outposts on the Yalu were reported to be within a few hundred yards of each other. A party of Cossacks entered Song-ching on Saturday morning. The Japanese squadron at Port Arthur on April 13 consisted, according to a Tokio correspondent, of six battleships, two first-ciase cruisers, and four second-class cruisers. The I Russians had five battleships, two first-class cruisers, and one second-class cruiser. A St, Petersburg telegram published in Paris says that the Japanese are preparing to effect a landing in the Bay of Korea. A Tien-tsin despatch says reports have been received there that a fleet of over 70 Japanese transports has been sighted, heading for Ein-chau, to the north of Port Arthur. A correspondent of the Paris Figaro asserts that the Russian Government is now con- sidering the question of utilising the Black Sea squadron, and thinks that the British Government would not go beyond a platonic protest if the Russian vessels passed the Straits. A special correspondent who has sent to London various messages by wireless telegraphy from the Times steamer has forwarded from Wei-hai-wei a protest against the threat of the Russian Government to treat as spies correspondents using wireless telegraphy at sea. A SIGNALMAN'S THRILLING STORY. The Associated Press correspondent at Liaoyang says: Eager to ascertain what had occurred on board the sunken ship Petropavlovsk after the disaster at Port Arthur last week, I hastened to the landing, I where a small remnant of the gallant crew were I being put ashore and conveyed to the hospital. I Signalman Bockhoff, who was slightly wounded, was able to give me a remarkably clear statement of the disaster. We were ^turning to harbour,5 be said, 'with the PetropavlovslC leading. Some of our cruisers which had remained in the harbour came out and steamed towards the enemy, firing 16 shots at the Japanese ships with bow guns. They then retired. The Japanese numbered 14 heavy ships, wilile we were nine. Against their armoured cruisers we had only the Bayan. I stood in the battle wheelhouse on the bridge of the Petro- pavlovsk, looking up the signal-book. The ad. miral's lastsignal had been for the torpedo-boats to enter the harbour. I-, The Petropavlovsk slowed speed and almost stood still. Suddenly the ship shook violently. I heard a fearful explosion, immediately followed by another, and then another. They seemed to me to be directly under the bridge. I rushed to the door of the wheelhouse, but at the door I could not pass the helmsman. I sprang to the window and jumped out. The ship was listing. I feared every moment she would overturn. On the bridge I saw an officer weltering in blood. It was our Admiral Makaroff. He lay face downwards. I sprang towards him, grasped his Bhoulder, and attempted to raise him. The ship seemed to be falling somewhere. From all sides few fragments. I heard a deafening screech, a frightful din. Smoke rose in dense clouds, and flames seemed to leap towards the bridge where I was standing beside the admiral. I jumped on the rail and was washed off, but I succeeded in grabbing something. Then I was sucked down. 1 CRn remember faliing masts, then nothing more. On our ship was an old man with a beautiful white beard, who had been good to the men. He had a book in his hand, and seemed writing, perhaps sketching. He was Yerestchagin.' CZAR LENDS HIS PRIVATE FORTUNE. The St. Petersburg correspondent of the Petit Parisien," in an interview with a diplo- matist, who is said to enjoy the entire confidence of the Czar, touched cn the question of the issue of a new loan. This, it seems, is strongly opposed by his Majesty, who is greatly displeased at the comments of the European Press on the subject of Russian credit. His Majesty has determined to place his entire personal fortune at the service of his country for the purposes of the war. This is said to amount to an enormous sum, the amount deposited in the Czar's name in one foreign bank alone reaching eighty million roubles. The diplomatist assured the correspondent that this sum would be withdrawn within a month and would be lent to the country without interest or guarantee, to be repayable whenever the nation found itself in a sufficiently prosperous condition. It is hardly probable that any depositor would have as large a sum as this, however, it may be pointed out, in any one bank. RUSSIAN MOVE IN KOREA. It is reported from Seoul that a strong Russian force is advancing along the eastern coast ol Korea, and has reached Puk-cheng, 80 miles north of en saii, with the evident intention of drawing off the Japanese attack on the Ya-lu. General Kuropatkin has reported a skirmish between the outposts on the Ya-lu, in which the Japanese lost six killed and the Russians had two wounded. A St. Petersburg telegram states that the popula- tion of Vladivostok is in want of provisions, and many of the inhabitants are quitting the town. It is o-Mcialiy announced that the internal condi- tions of Japan are quite normal and remain UD- affected by the war.

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