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DEATH OF ITO CAUSES AN EMPIRE TO GRIEVE SEOUL, Oct. 26.—The news of the assassination of Prince Ito has caused genuine sorrow here as all classes and nationalities in Seoul regarded the prince as a real benefactor of Korea. An investigutlon Is now proceeding to illscover the connections of the a«sa»»in. The indignation of the foreigners and Japanese here, as well as of the leading Koreans, Is pronounced. A party will leave here tomorrow for Diirlen to pay homage to the dead statesman. It Includes M. Sabeshlma, director of the foreign department of the Korean residency, speclnl envoys from the tntpuor, and former representatives of the cabinet. TOKJO, Oct. 26—Hlrobuml Ito, a prince of Japan, but the greatest commoner In the empire, who was assassinated by a Korean today, had stood for two years between Korea and the degradation of immediate annexation, hoping to build up that country anew, , He was shot down as he alighted irom a special train at Harbin. ManChurl*, whither he went from Tokio in his capacity as president o£ the pi ivy council on a mission of peace. • Prior to his departure Prince Ito said to the Associated PreMi '•I am going on my own initiative, with the approval of my emperor, with the hope of securing a better understanding with China and of assuring the world that Japans Intentions in Manchuria are amicable to China and friendly to the commcrc-e of all nations. When I return I hope to give positive evidence of this." Undoubtedly Prince Ito intended to inaugurate and enforce a distinct policy in Manchuria, but the exact nature of this was not disclosed. Marquis Katsura, the premier and minister of finance, said concerning the assassination: •The death of Prince Ito will not Chang* the policies of Japan. The pacific motives of Prince Ito ever will be maintained and the traditions left by him will always be followed." Entire Nation In Mourning The entire nation is In mourning; the flags on the foreign rmbaulel have been placed at half mast, while all public and private functions have been abandoned. The Japanese and foreign newspapers appear with black borders. Only the death of the emperor could iii ..use similar demonstrations of sympathy. Perhaps Prince 11 ■> h death causes more universal sincerity and grief because he was Idolized by the masses as the great counselor of the elder statee- [By Associated Press.] men, the creator of the cabinet and the friend of the emperor himself. The boy crown prince of Korea Is reported to have been Inconsolable when the news of the assassination of his aged grand tutor was broken to him: For two years the crown prince had been a resident of Japan, and the frequent companion of Prince [to, who formed an affection for him which was warmly reciprocated. The fact that he was assassinated by Koreans was especially shocking to the youth, who was well informed as to Prince Ito's plans regarding Korea. The posthumous honors have not yet been announced, but it la certain that they will be the highest In the gift of the emperor, and that the funeral will equal that of a prince of the blood, A warship will bear the body to Yokohama from Darien, probably arriving a week hence. The grand chamberlain will accompany the body, with a naval and military guard of honor. No details of the funeral have bern arranged. The newspapers without exception editorially express horror at the act, pointing out that Prince Ito was the Koreans' best friend even in the face of opposition at home. He looked for the regeneration of Korea, and endeavored to alleviate its condition. PRINCE ITO WAS KILLED JUST AS HE WAS BEING GREETED BY HARBINITES HARBIN, Oct. 26.—Prince Hlrobumi Ito, who was assassinated at the Tsaitsagan railway station here today, was killed at the moment the Japanese diplomat was acknowledging the noisy welcome that greeted him as he stepped down from the coach that he had occupied in the railroad train. Smiling and bowing, he turned to make his way toward the Russian finance minister, M. Kokovsoff, who was awaiting him on the station platform a few paces distant. Suddenly a half dozen revolver shots, fired in quick succession, were heard, followed by the cries of those standing near the prince, who had either been wounded or Imagined themselves to be. At the second report Prince Ito staggered and fell. It was found subsequently he had received three bullets, two of which entered the abdomen. Prince Ito did not recover consciousness, and died twenty mm utos later. The fusillade of shots threw the crowd Into a panic, »nd it was some time before* it could be determined who. besides the prince, had suf\\)nn the excitement had somewhat subsided, it m found thai three other

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members of the party on the platform had been wounded. Secretary Is Shot Prince Ito's ' private secretary received a bullet, aa did Japanese Consul General Kawakan, and General Managpr Tanaka of the South Manchurian railroad, who had moved closer to the prince when the Uring was begun. It Is believed that these three are not mortally wounded. The perpetrator of the outrage was not hard to locate, as he stood defiantly in the crowd, revolver in hand. He proved to be a Korean, who with two companions of the same nationality, boasted of a conspiracy to take the life of the former resident general of Korea, in satisfaction for the alleged tyranny of the prince over Koreans. As the police pounced upon the three Koreans the one who had done the shooting exclaimed, dramatically: "I came to Harbin for the sole purpose of assassinating Prince Ito to avenge my country." None of the Koreans attempted to escape. The assassin, while claiming to have been inspired by a patriotic motive and to believe that Japanese wrongs to Koreans justified his act, admitted under examination that he had a personal grudge against the Japanese statesman, who. while resident general in Korea, had caused the execution of several of the murderer's friends. Protection Inadequate It had been supposed the protection for the prince was adequate, but the police stated later they were unable to distinguish the Koreans among the many Japanese who had been admitted to the railway station to welcome the prince. The Russian police stated Japanese Consul General Kawanak had requested them to permit entrance to the station of all Japanese why sought admission. A great crowd gathered, among them being the three Koreans, whoso nationality passed undetected. Tho body of Prince Ito was made ready for removal home, and placed upon a train. The casket was covered with flowers and In other ways the sorrow of the officials and the public was manifested. Prince Ito had come to Hnrbin to meet M Kokovfoff. the Russian minister of finance, for what was believed to be an important conference. The conference was suggested by Prince Ito, in his capacity as president of the priw council of Japan. The subjects to be discussed were not definitely known to the public but were supposed to concern affairs of administration in Manchuria. KokovsotT had declined an invitation to visit Japan for such a conference, and Harbin was agreed upon as a meeting place. SINCERE GRIEF FELT OVER ASSASSINATION OF PRINCE ST PETERSBURG. Oct. 26.—The assassination of Prince Ito has cansed sincere grief in government circles, not only becaruse It occurred while he was a guest of Russia, but because of the personality of the prince, who was regarded as an important factor in the peaceful development of the affairs of the far east. A satisfactory settlement of several open questions concerning the RussoJapanese railroad policy In Manchuria had been expected at the Harbin conference. Acting Foreign Minister Sasanoff, immediately upon receipt of the news, telegraphed the Russian ambassid.ir ■it Toklo to present to the Japanese government the condolences of Rusmd himself called at the Japanese embassy. It is probable that Emperor Nicholas, now, en route home from Italy, will wire his condolences direct to Tokio. The haste with which the body of the murdered statesman was removed south has caused some comment, barely two hours elapsing between the time of death and the time the body was placed on the train. WASHINGTON RECEIVES FIRST NOTICE OF DEATH OF ITO WASHINGTON, Oct. 26.—The state department late today received a telegram from 1 Mr. Paddock, the American consul in charge at Harbin, Manchuria, announcing the assassination of Prince Ito, president of the privy council In Japan. This is the first authoritative statement at firsthand of the death of the prince received by this government. The department likely will send a message on behalf of the president and the secretary of state, expressing great regret. Gen. Clarence R. Hdwards, chief of the bureau of insular affairs of the war department, said of Prince Ito: "I well recall Prince Ito on both of the recent visits to Japan of President Taft. When the congressional party accompanied Secretary Taft to the Philippines in 1905, we all saw much of Prince Ito. He took the greatest fancy to the president and was with him every day at the continuous celebration during the week's stay at Shela palace. "On the occasion of Count Terouchi's luncheon to Mr. Taft at the arsenal grounds, Prince Ito was called on to make an address of welcome. He arose, walked back and forth along the side of the table and sang a song of four or five stanzas, the words of which were from a poem that he himself had composed the day before In honor of President Taft and his visitors. His Dignity Unbended "This unbending of dignity, created the greatest surprise among Japanese hosts. "Whin we left the Tokio station and our party cheered with three 'binzais' the large crowd of distinguished Japanese statesmen that came »• to bid us goodby, Prince ltd led the cheering in three hurrahs and a tiger. Prince Ito and Mr. Tnft hold many conference! and became fist friends. "On the last visit of President Taft to Jupan, Prince Ito was absent in Korea, but he sent the late Durham Stevens, assassinated in San Eranclsco by a Korean last year, and his aide fle camp on a special visit to President Taft in Tokio to express his welcome and great regret that he could not be present at that time." FRENCHMEN CONSIDER ITO JAPAN'S FIRST STATESMAN PARIS, Oct. 26. —In France Prince Ito was regarded as Japan's most able statesman. M. Pinchon, minister of foreign affairs, who knew him at Peking in 1898, describes the prince's remarkable mental capacity and wonderful foresight. He says Ito was truly the founder of modern Japan. The newspapers take a similar view, believing that in the brain of this Japanese statesman was conceived the policy of extending Japanese influence in the mainland— a policy inaugurated with the Japanese-Chinese, war and pursued steadily since through the alliance with Great Britain. , The newspapers, however, are not inclined to think that the removal of Ito will in any way modify the adopted policy of Japan. Ito's Death Will Not Affect Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 26.—The murder of Prince Ito cannot possibly affect the relations of Russia and Japan, according to the view held in official clrcleß, since it is considered self-evident here that the tragedy was the outcome of the condition! existing between Japan and Korea. The RussoJapanese relation! are on an excellent footing, despite the occasionally revived reports that Japan Is preparing for another war with Russia,