Victoria, B. C, July 4.- The steamer Empress oí China brings tho news that ■"Billy" Waters, of Victoria and San JPrwncisco, pugilist and bar room bouncer, úa now minister of war and vice president oí the republic of Formoaa. Waters' oonneotion with the new-born republic dates bock only a few months, when he obtained mployrnent at the Tapein-Fu forts as instructor. It was nis pugilistio powor that brought hira into prominence. Ono aiight soiiie Chinese mandarina attenipud toinrerfere with Billy's prerogative and ihc-ox-inigiliáS proinptly iaid them out aad Ui.ndJed cheir bodyguard in the same íree and easy fashion. His valué from a military standpoint was ininiediately rsoognized by the govoruor.