THE STORM CENTRE
ADVANCE ON HANKOW
REBELS AWAITING THE FOE
FOREIGN ADMIRALS READY
By Telegraph.— Association.— (Received October 18. 10.30 p.m.)
Pbkin, October 18. With a view to making a flank advance, 10,000 troops are entraining at Tsinan-fu for Taku, and 10,000 are being shipped to the Yahg-tsze.
The Daily Mail's Hankow, correspondent reports that the revolutionists are carefully fortifying their positions and enrolling enthusiastic volunteers.
Numbers of northern troops on arrival are joining the revolutionists.
The forces at Yuan-shi-khai's disposal are reported to be disaffected and unreliable.
Thousands of non-combatants are quitting Hankow.
The British and the ' Japanese admirals are defending the foreign concessions. Thirteen foreign warships are at their, disposal.
(Received October 18, 10.30 p.m.) Pekin, October 18. The troops going south are in excellent spirits.
The slaughter of Manchus at Wuchang and Hankow has ceased, the Republicans having ordered their followers to spare all who submit to the new Government. A man who was causing a disturbance was pursued and killed in the British concession at Hankow. Orders have been issued that nobody must enter the concession. Despatches are being sent by wireless from Hankow to Tsing-tau, by means of the German warships' apparatus. A revolutionary force is surrounding Kiu-kiang, and is demanding its surrender. The fall of Nan-king is reported to be imminent. The French Legation has learned that the Viceroy of Nanking is missing.
WARSHIPS TO THE SCENE.
REBELS "' CONFRONT TROOPS. Pekin, October 17. A number of foreign warships are hastening to Hankow. Admiral Sa-cheng-ping has reached Hankow in a gunboat. He assured the Consuls that he would not endanger the concessions when hostilities commenced. \ Four "thousand Northern Imperial troops, well equipped, are encamped near Hankow, awaiting reinforcements. -. Two thousand rebels, with artillery,, crossed the Yang-tse-kiang to oppose the Imperial advance. Reuter's Agency states that the revolutionists offer 1000 taels for the capture of ex-Viceroy Jui-cheng.
IS IT A JAPANESE MOVE ?
MANCHURIAN BANDITS. Pekin, October 17. The troubles is Sze-chuan continue. The Government affects to regard the situation in the west as more serious than in Wu-chang, owing to the impossibility of rapid transport. The semi-official press in Pekin is endeavouring to prove that ,the Japanese axe at the bottom of the revolution in Wu-chang.
The Chunchuses are extremely active in North Manchuria, and Russian troops, have been ordered to repress them. :\
i CAUSES IN SZCHUAN.
JEALOUSY OF FOREIGNERS.
(Eeceived October 18, 10.30 p.m.)
Pekin, October 18.
Correspondents writing from Szechuan, ascribe the origin of the unrest there to the Pekin Government's decision concerning , the Szechuan railway, and the international loan. The latter is concerned with the Echang-kwei-fu line, a section of the trunk railway on which the Chinese claim to have spent 4,000,000 taels. The railway officials and students of the: railway school organised a spirited protest against Chinese construction claims being overlooked, and a deputation was sent to Pekin, but without avail. Despite its organisers' exhortations, riots, with pillage and incendiarism, then occurred in many localities. ' The people everywhere are resolved not to pay taxes unless the local company is empowered to continue to build the Szechuan railway. The situation has since become worse. ; , •
GERMANS LAND AT HANKOW. STREET FIGHTING. Berlin, October 17. • Official advices state that parties from the German warships Leipzig, Tiger- and Vaterland * landed at
Hankow, and, assisted. by volunteers recruited from German residents at Hankow, engaged in street fighting with the Chinese mob. I OTHER PARTICIPANTS. (Received October 18, 10.30 p.m.) Pekin, October 18. Parties from other warships besides the German ones participated in the fight with the Hankow mob. LATEST PEKIN FASHION. MANCHU WOMEN'S FORESIGHT London, October 17. It is reported that Maac'iu women in Pekin are changing into Oinnesp dre&s.
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THE STORM CENTRE, New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911
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