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VOL III. NO. 127.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.. FRIDAY, MAY 27, 1898.
DDTfll? SINGLE COPY,TWO CEN
rlilVJJL ONE WEEK -TEN CENTS
DAY FOR DEMOCRATS
Battle of Ballots a Surprise
NEWTON LEADS TICKET
All the Principal Office? Lost to the Re?
publicans. CapCulu ,1. A. Bu y tun
Likely to bi Next l'reildeut
of the Council.
There is Joy In the tents of Democra?
Yesterday's battle of the ballots was
waged with energy on butli sides, and
when the returns were finally turned
In, many were the surprises thai w. re
in store for the local politicians, when
they learned the names of the city's
newly-elected officers were as follows:
Mayor?A. A. Moss.
Commonwealth's Attorney?J. K. M.
City Sergeant?E. W. Milstead.
Constable? R. S. Shield.
Councilmen?B. B. Cory (Rep.),
"William Washington *t,oi. liVp.i, .1. II.
Caffee, E. 1. Ford, A. I.. Pov.tl . J. F.
Hughes and Mark McLaughlin.
Justices of th.- Peace?P. M. King
(Rep.). A. C. Davis (col. Rep.), E. S.
Robinson, B. B. Semmes, Ii..ivis I..
Moss, W. T. Moss and Morgan Deitz
The Republicans were astir bright
and early and opened the day with de?
cided vigor. They seemed^to present
an unbroken front ami in the heart of
each there was the hope that the rank
and file of the Republican party were
A. A. MOSS, Mayor.
on the eve of a great victory. They
were not alone in the belief that they
were thoroughly , prepeared for the
fray, for there were many staunch
Democrats who unwillingly admitted
that it was a question whether the city
of Newport News would be conducted
on Democratic ' or Republican princi?
ples after tlte fight at the polls.
Even the most sanguine of the Dem?
ocrats were unprepared for the news
that greeted them last night, when
they learned that their party bad come
forth from another great battle with
flying colors, and a glorious victory to
The race between Mr. A. A. Moss and
Dr. Joseph Charles, the Democratls
and Republican candidates for the
mayoralty, promised to b,' a decidedly
close one and if anything Dr. Charles
was the favorite as a winner. The
Democratic vote was very slow in
turning out and in the early part of
tb#-day the signs pointed very omni
ously to a comfortable majority for the
Republican candidate. The aspect of
the situation seemed to have a very
beneficial effect upon the party work?
ers, however, as the Democratic col?
umns began to swell soon after noon,
and the outloolc was more promising.
It was not until the last \yard was
heard from, however, that ihe Demo?
crats felt sure of success, and gave
way to genuine rejoicing.
The following table shows the vole
by wards for the mayoralty and Mr.
First Ward ..
Third Ward .
Totals. 1052 849
With ISIS votes polled for him Com
monwealith's Attorney J. K. M. New
j ton had the honor of leading the ticket.
Mr.-Newton was opposed by Mr. A. C.
Peachy, who worked hard for the par?
ty daring the canvass and early In the
rooming- bid fair to occupy the position
of public prosecutor in the tature. As
la usual, however Mr. N'.-v.um was
?there and by a quiet energy succeeded
|in pushing hto majority up to the larg
Moss. ? Charles
.. 76 215
. 136 94
.. 211 118
.. 245 101
.. 185 142
.. 102 108
est in the election. The vote by wards
_ Precincts._ Newton. _Peachy.
First Ward. 117 58
Second Ward. 81 209
Third Ward . 161 66
Fourth Ward. 237 S4
Fifth Ward . 271 78
Sixth Ward . 220 196
Seventh Ward. 128 76
Totals. 1215 677
FOR CITY SERGEANT.
Mr. Milstead had very little difficul?
ty in being re-elected to the office of
city sergeant, notwithstanding the fact
E. W. MILSTEAD, City Sergeant.
that it was intlclpated that he would
have a close rub with Mr. W. T. Hop?
kins, the Republican* aspirant to the
position. Mr. Milstead was on the field
early and stayed late, waging an ag?
gressive warfare, which resulted In
placing him second In number of votes
on the ticket, his majority over Mr.
Hopkins being 133. The accompanying
table shows the vote by wards:
Precincts. Milstead Hopkins
First Ward..7 106 ~ 64 ~
Second Ward. 110 182
Third Ward . 150 79
Fourth Ward. 233 98
Fifth Ward . 272 80
Sixth Ward . 193 133
Seventh Ward. 104 99
Totals. 1168 735
Although promising to be very inter?
esting, the three-cornered race for tha
office of constable was woefully unin?
teresting, the Democratic candidate.
Mr. R. S. Shield, having things about
as he wanted them. Mr. Shield had a
majority of 129 votes, Mr. C. C. Watt,
the Republican candidate, coming in
an easy second ahead of Mr. Z. T.
Jones, the independent. The following
table gives the votes received by euch
of the candidates:
First Ward .
Sixtli Ward .
Shield's majori ts"?129.
AN UNSOUOHT HONOR.
The balloting for the position of jus?
tiere of the peace In the various wards
was conducted without special inter?
est, save in the Third ward, in which
neither of the parties had a candidate
In the field. In this state of affairs all
hands pitched in. regardless of polit?
ical faith, and wrote on their baUlota
the name of Mr. E. S. Robinson, and
unanimously elected him to fill the un?
sought-tor position. The justices in the
various wards follow:
First Ward?P. M. King.
Second Ward?A. C. Davis (colored).
Third Ward?E. S. Robin-son.
Fourth Ward.?B. B. Seraraes.
Fifth aWrd?Harris L. Moss.
Sixth Ward?W. T. Moss.
Seventh Ward?M. J. Deitz.
The tHt for councilmanic honors re.
suited as follows:
Jack Gloven . 76
B. B. Cory (Rep.) . 91
Cory's majority 15.
Wm. Washingtno (col Rep.) _ 143
Louis Loeb (Ind.) . 85
F. C. Lenz (Ind.) . 30
Washington's majority 28.
J. H. Caffee . 123
Wm. Wilkie (Rep.) . 101
Caffee's majority 27.
E. I. Ford . 213
H. E. Parker (Rep.) . 99
Ford's majority 116.
A. L. Powell. 280
W. B. Ellison (Rep.) . 68
Powell's majority 112.
Jas. F. Hughes . 187
Jas. Carruthers (Rep.) . 126
Hughes' majority 61.
Mark McLaughlin . 124
. Jno. D. Kay (Rep.). 84
McLaughlin's majority 37.
Th the organization of the common
council there wir! be several new men.
It Is said that when the time comes
for the city fathers to select a presi?
dent to succeed Mr. J. J. O'Dunnell the
honor , of occupying the chair will be
bestowed upon Mr. J. A. Buxton, than
whom none of the solona could more
becomingly wear the dignity of that
Desirable residence above the ship?
yard for sale at a reasonable price.
Small cash payment, balance in small
monthly installments. Money to lend
at 6 per cent, to pay for home on long
or short time. Houses and lota for
sale in all parts of the city. Life and
?ire insurance in the best companies.
Apply to Ed. M. Holt, 135 Twenty
-tvth street, P. O. Box 110. New 'phone
IIIS FAKENTd OBJECT.
Volunteer Ulucharrerf Because lie Wim* to
A sensation was created In Camp
Warburton yesterday afternoon when
it became generally known that Musi?
cian Lentz L. Gold, of Battery C. of
Phoenixvllle. had been dismissed from
the service of the United States by or?
der of Secretary of War Alger, tor en?
listing under false pretenses.
Gold packed up his effects Tuesday
night and returned to Phoenixvllle
It seems that this young man, with
an ambition to go to war, enlisted
with his battery before It went lnta
camp at Mt. Gretna and gave his age
as 18. His parents strenuously ob?
jected to his enlistment on the ground
that be was only 17 years of age. The
young man paid no attention to pa?
rental appeals, however, and when
Battery C left Camp Hastings with
Battery A, for Newport News, he ac?
companied his fellow artillerymen.
Mr. and Mrs. Gold at once protested
through the proper channels and th?
attention of Secretary Alger was di?
rected to the case with the above re?
Captain Warburton signed the pa?
pers as commandant of the camp and
dismissed the young patriot without
pay or allowance.
SHOT IN CAMP.
There was a shooting scrape In Camp
Warburton late Tuesday night, which,
though accidental, placed Privat?
Henry Davis in the hospital tent. Sev?
eral of the Phoenixville boys cams
down town Tuesday, night and spent
their money for "bug-juice." On go?
ing back to camp they proceeded to
have some fun without regard for mil?
Henry Davis and Carl Meyer were
carousing, when Meyer's gun acci?
dentally went off and Davis received
the ball in his left hip. The injury is
not at all serious, although the victim
is suffering considerable pain In con?
sequence of his lark.
That same night several men were
put in the guard tent for disturbing
the peace of the camp.
THE FLAG PRESENTATION.
The post flag and two battery gui?
dons, which will be presented to the
artillerymen next Monday afternoon
by the ladies of Newport News, will
arrive here from the makers this
morning. A telegram to this effect was
received last night.
The large Hag pole, which is abo a
gift from the ladles, has been delivered
by the shipyard, and is now being
placed In position in front of the
It Is expected that a number of Phil?
adelphia people will come down on
Monday to witness the presentation
ceremonies. N* expense or pains are
being spared by the lady promoters
to make the occasion a gala one and
when Captain Warburton receives the
post flag it is quite probable that the
assemblage which will witness the
-lawtWiwHlrtrnmbfer up' in the thou?
LANDSMEN ACT AS SAILORS.
Between 9 and 10 o'clock last ev?
ening a messenger boy appeared at the
main gate of the shipyard bearing a
telegram of grave Importance to be de?
livered to the commander of the Dixie,
now lying in midstream. Sergeant
Rambo, Battery "A," in charge of the
guards stationed at this post, was
making his rounds, so Acting Corporal
Overfleld and Private Colfelt, accom?
panied by the plucky little messenger,
and pausing only to see that the guard
was properly posted, hastened to the
I-nr^Miien. This morning the members
of the second section of Battery "A"
are envied by all their brothers In
THE TUG J. D. JONES.
Commander C. T. Hutchins, who Is
to take charge of the Chesapeake bay
fleet, has notified the men that the tug
J. D. Jones, which was recently pur?
chased at Norfolk, has been detailed
for the Chesapeake fleet. The Jones is
now at Norfolk undergoing changes,
and as soon as completed a draft from
the men on board the Dale will be
that Lieutenant Geer will be given
The members of the auxiliary crnlser
board, after examining vessels in Bal?
timore, went to Norfolk, where they
will inspect a "number of vessels that
have been offered for sale.
WAS AT PORTO RICO.
The United State's auxiliary crusler
Niagara, In command of Captain Blck
nell, and having a regular naval crew
aboard, dropped anchor alongside the
auxiliary crusier Vosemite Tuesday, in
The Niagara came from Porta Rico,
and her hull, smokestack and masts
gave evidence of what the Spanish
shells had done in the return fire when
the forts of San Juan were bombarded
by the American fleet, the Niagara
having taken part in it. The hull wa?t
litterally peppered where the shells
had struck and holes were observed In
the smokestack, besides scars all over
the vessel. The Niagara, Captain
Bicknell said, came for repairs, and
will have to remain at least ten days,
when he will again return to the scene
of action. The officers were reticent
concerning the movements of the
American fleets, and said they had or?
ders not to talk on the subject. The
Niagara, It is understood, will be re?
paired at the Norfolk Navy Yard.
The torpedo boat destroyer Oneida
ha arrived at the Norfolk. Navy Yard
from the Delaware Brakewater. She
comes to be fitted out, and it is said
will be rushed away to join Sampson's
squadron at the earliest possible mo?
Wants Heavy Daniegea.
Peter Hampton, a stevedore of this
city, filed suit In the United States
Court at Norfolk Tuesday again-1
Captain J. W. W. Bennett, of Norfolk,
asking for $10,000.
The plaintiff claims that his leg was
broken and horribly mangled In an
accident on board the defendant's
steamer Aurora May 10. 1897, which
could have been prevented had proper
care been exercised.
General Edgar Allan, of Richmond,
and Messrs. Whitehurst and Hughes,
of Norfolk, are Hampton's counsel.
Funeral Yesterday Mnrnlng.
The funeral of Temperance Stearnes
took place from the Baptist church
yesterday morning at 8 o'clock, the
Rev. C. C. Cox officiating. After the
ceremony the remains were taken to
the depot and sent to Richmond to be
laid to rest. The floral offerings, which
were furnished by Mr. W. G. Burgess,
Lues Last Night.
Another large audience witnessed the
hypnotic performances of the Lees at
Johnson's Opera House. In the audi?
ence were many people who have at?
tended every performance given by the
company. The exhibition last night
was not lacking in marvelous features.
New 'line Window Screens and Doors
at ADAMS' RACKET STORE. my26-tf
Alx - la - Chapelle makes 50,000,
needles weekly. ......
Schley Has the "Drop" on
NO WORD FROM SCOUTS
This Confirm* the Opiuiuii That th?
Spanish Fleet Ih lu the Suntlueo
Harbor, 1'retihiruL CkUh
a Councilor VVur.
WASHINGTON. May 26.?Secretary
Long said at the close ot ofllce hours
today that no word had come from
any of the scouting vessels so numer?
ous in West Indian waters concerning
the Spanish Hying squadion, therefore
he concluded that Cervera was still in
It is supposed that Schley is lying
outside watching the entrance to pre?
vent the egress of the Spanish vessels,
but while there Is evidence of a certain
kind on that fact, there has been no
otilcial confirmation of it.
This is a little remarkable in view
of the fact that it is only u day's run
for one of Schley's swift torpedo boats
from Santiago to a cable port at Hayn.
There is also a curious lack of Infor?
mation from the newspaper dispatch
boats on this point. It was supposed
that the censors might have exorcised
from the dispatches of the newspaper
men any reference to tha fleets, but
this would apply according to tlie
statement of the Navy Department
officials here, only to that part of the
dispatches that might relate to Hie
whereabouts of the United States
forces and the censors would exclude
reference to the Spanish squadron.
Notwithstanding the ofTlcio.ls profess
unshaken confidence In their original
belief that the Spanish squadron is se?
curely bottled up In Santiago habor,
there la no concealment by them of an
I ltense desire to secure some absolute
1 trustworhty information on that point.
It Is not to be doubted that with the
j question still open the beginning of the
military operations are retarded, for as
I long as there exists a possibility of the
Spanish naval force being at large.
I there is an Indisposition to start the
troop transports for Cuba.
Probably It was the uncertain state
of affairs that induced the President
to call a consultation at the White
House today between Secretaries Al
ger and General Miles and the members
of the naval war board. Admiral Si
card, Captain Crownlnshield and Cap?
tain Mahan. As stated by one of the
members of the conference, theiptirpose
was to go over the whole '"situation,
from the Philippines to Cuba and Porto
Rico, and decide Just how far the
plans already laid should be modified to
meet existing conditions. Tills Involv?
ed a discussion of such important
points as the propriety of the imme?
diate advance of the military forces
upon Cuba, the credibility of the advi?
ces so far had touching the location of
the Spanish squadron; the policy of
preceding the Cuban expedition, or
accompanying It, with one directed
against Porto Rico, and finally the ex?
tent of the military assistance to be
sent to Admiral Dewey at Manila. An
already Indicated, the proceedings were
rather in the nature of a consultation
than of a war council, where a full de?
cision Is demanded at once, so that It
is not probable all of these important
questions were disposed of at the coun?
cil. None of the members of the con?
ference felt authorized to tell what
had taken place, but there are thought
to be patent Indications of a decision
to embark milltary"*expeditlons, wheth?
er for Cuba or Porto Rico can only be
conjectured In the course of the next
There was a lack of news today from ]
Admiral Dewey and this convinced the
naval authorities that there could be
Uttel credence placed In the Madrid
report of an accident to the Baltimore.
In the rush of military preparations
the War Department officials have
not been able to give much attention
to preparations of the regulations for
the procurement of the 75,000 addition?
al volunteers called for yesterday by
the President. It is still uncertain
Just how far the national authorities
will go toward recruiting these forces
themselves nor Is It positively known
that independent organizations, com?
panies, batttalions and regiments,
raised by Individuals will be accepted
en bloc, if any so doing the department
is required to accept the officers with
the men. Indeed, It Is now questioned
whether, under the law. the department
could. If It would, accept services of
officers under-such conditions as the
governors of the states appear to be the
only persons authorized to issue com?
missions below the regimental grade
There .ire many other vexatious ques?
tions to bet settled before th regu?
lations can be promulgated but, for?
tunately, In the Judgment of the de?
partment officials due notice having
been given to the people of a desire for
more troops by the government there
is no occasion for haste in deciding
upon details in view of the fact that
the full draft of men called for under
the first proclamation has not been
The department officials were en?
gaged today largely with the execution
of a new law providing for the organi?
zation of certain Independent forces,
with the result that it was able to an
nouce regulations governing the exam?
ination of applicants for commissions
In the engineer regiments and organi?
zation for the immune regiments.
An evidence of the growing interests
of European countries in the war was
the appearance at the State Depart?
ment today of Captain A. Wester, a
newly appointed military attache to the
legation of Sweden and Norway. He
came to the department with Minister
Grip for the purpose of securing per?
mission to accompany the United
States military forces to Cuba.
ALGER AND MILKS CONFER.
WASHINGTON, May 26.?Secretary
Alger and General Miles conferred to?
day with two officers from the staff
of General Garcia, General Enrique
Collazo and Lieutenant Colonel Charles
Hernandez, who came direct from Gar
cia's headquarters bearing credentials
from him. They accompanied Lieuten?
ant Rowan, of the United States army
on his return from Garcia's camp, and
shared with him the dangers of a two
days' voyage in an open boat from the
north coast of Cuba until picked up
by a small sloop which carried them
to Nassau. They reported first to the
Cuban delegation here, and Secretary
Quesada was careful to keep their
presence secret until General Miles
had made the fact known. This re
relieved them from further secrecy and
today General Callozo and Colonel
Hernandez gave an interesting account
of General Garcia's forces and sur?
roundings and the general equipment
of the Cuban army.
Colonel Hernandez says Garcia has
his headquarters at Bayamo, on? -of
the large towns in the central part of
the Island. It was surrendered by the
Spanish forces a few weeks ago after
Garcia and his troops had maintained
a long siege. Tents are noi used but
in their place the men hastily construct
coverings made of palm leaves and
gulnue grass, which are more effective
than canvass as a shelter against the
hot sun. In all about 3.000 men are
thus quartered. They are well armed
with Remington and Mausers captured
from the Spaniards. Most of them have
machetes but only the officers carry
other small arms. The cavalry have
small horses, much like the Indian
mustangs, hardy and reliable. Mules
arc used foe pack purposes. Colonel
Hernandez JMVS that the commissary
and uuarUaBlaster's department is
known in sense used by the army
officers he|S In lieu of these the
companietrVbt fully armed are organ?
ized as "predios." The duty of the
"predios" is to bring meat, ample sup?
plies being secured from Puerto Prin?
cipe, and vegetables which are grown
quickly in the woods. The system
works perfectly. Colonel Hernandez
says, and the troops are kept well fed
and in good spirits. There are no dress
parades and none of the regularity of
daily drill usual in the United Slates
army. The main occupation is in
making long daily marches to keep the
The Cuban general says the arrival
of Lieutenant Rowan aroused the
greatest enthusiasm throughout the
Cuban camp. There was no notice of
his coming, and the llrst seen of the
lieutenant was as be galloped up Com?
mercial street, followed by the Cuban
guides who accompanied him from
Florida, lie was warmly greeted by
General Garcia and the two held a
three hours' conference. It was de?
cided tltat Lieutenant Rowan should
return that afternoon and General Gar?
cia assigned General Collazo and Col?
onel Hernandez, with three guides, to
accompany him. He had come in from
the south shore, but the party went out
northward They had expected to se?
cure a large sail boat, but the best
tiling available was an open yawl or
lite boat with a cubic capacity of only
101 Teet. Sails were improvised out of
tlie tents carried by the officers. The
first night out was stormy and the
small craft was barely kept afloat, but
after that the weather was good. The
first morning out the party saw twelve
American warships of Admiral Samp?
sons Heel but they made no attempt
to board the ships. The next day
they were picked up b> a sloop off 13a
haina Key and carried to Nassau, com?
ing thence to Washington.
colonel Hernandez says communica?
tion is maintained with General Go?
mez and with points along the coast.
From these he has a general idea of the
Cuban forces, outside those with Gen?
eral Garcia at Bayamo. He estimates
that there are 12,000 men, all of them
well armed, east of La Trocha ana
constituting Hie forces in the eastern
district of the island under General
Garcia. These include the 3,000 at
Bayamo, the others being scattered at.
various points. He estimates General
Gomez's immediate command at about
3.U00 men. with 6,000 scattered at vari?
ous points. In all there are, accord?
ing to the estimates of General Collazo
ami Colonel Hernandez about 20.000,
to 25,000 troops actually In the field.
U is understood that the purpose of
the present visit of Garcla's officers
is to give that general's assurance
to the authorities here of his desire to
give every possible co-operation to the
American movements. Similar assur?
ances have come from General Gomez
and have been presented by Secretary
Quesada. The Cuban officers have
made a good impression here, and the
authorities were aggrooably surprised
to find them men of ability and
soldierly bearing, speaking English
well. They will remain some days
longer ami then return to General
OREGON AT KEY WEST.
The Pride of the Novy Goes There to
t By Telegraph.)
KEY WEST, May 20.?The United
States battleship uregon arrived her?
this morning from Jupiter and is now
at anchor near Sandy Key Light.
Captain Chase Clark and other offi?
cers of the Oregon came ashore at 10
o'clock and reported all well on board
and the ship in goud condition.
The Oregon left San Francisco March
III. a-iil arrived at Callao April 4, left
there April 7, and passed Sandy Point
April 21, arriving at Rio Janeiro April
30. The battleship reached Bahai May
8 and touched at Barbadoes May IS.
At the latter place the warship was
quarantined, but she was only detained
On leaving the Barbadoes the Ore?
gon sailed almost directly north, going
to tlie north of Porto Rico about 150
miles. The northerly course was con?
tinued until the Bermudas was sight?
ed, when she headed for the Florida
coast. Captain Clarke explains that
the reason for going to Jupited Inlet
itistead of putting In at Key West was
to enable the Oregon to be ready to
go to either Key West or Hampton
I toads in short order, after getting of?
ficial information from Washington.
Captain Clarke had no official knowl?
edge of the situation after leaving
Rio Janeiro on April 30. During the
entire trip the crew expected momenta?
rily to meet the Spanish. Only once,
however, was there a call to arms.
This was shortly after midnight af?
ter leaving Rio Janeiro. As the Oregon
was ploughing through the black equa?
torial sea, a dark object was discovered
ahead, apparently giving chase. The
call to general quarters was sounded,
the men rolled out of their berths with
the enthusiasm of boys on a circus
day, and almost instantly every gun
was manned. The Oregon left her
course and circled around her black
pursuer, only to find It a harmless bark
itistead of a Spanish warship.
Hack to their berths came the men
with nnttteiings of disappointment
At Rio Janeiro. Cnptain Clark was
told that the Spanish torpedo boat
Temerarlo was following hint. This re?
port gave new interest to the trip for
a day and night, but at the next port
of call he was informed that the Te?
merarlo had gone into dry dock at Rio
Janeiro Just after the departure or the
The cruise through the Straits of
Magellan wii* most interesting. It
wns at this far southern point of the
American hemisphere- that the crew
expected a visit from the Spanish. In
many places the channel was very nar?
row and crnoked, with hidden bay? and
coves, and back of them, mountains
towering into the clouds on either
side. Moreover they were in the land
of icy winter. For mure than a month
they had been sailing under tropical
skies, and now the cold blasts whis?
tled among the crags above them
and the ice at night lay on the decks,
liut the Oregon did not lag. Captain
Clarke had no idea of giving the Span?
iards if they were there, a chance to
catch him napping. If the great bat?
tle ship was to be caught It should be
caught on the wing. The engines were
warmed up to their best work and
wherever it was safe and possible, the
Oregon bowled along at 15 knots an
hour. The machinery worked well,
and on occasions -the speed wan in?
creased tht-ee knots in a few minutes.
A stop of three days was made at San?
dy Point, where coal was taken on
and other supplies secured.
The Oregon's twenty-five officers and
her crew of 425 seamen were well and
happy when the battleship cast her
anchor off Sandy light house this mor?
ning. The vessel is in first class shape
and ready for another cruise as long
as the one Just ended. The excellent
condition of the men after their sixty
days' voyage Is perhaps even more re?
Throughout the entire trip there were
no cases of serious illness on board.and
the men are as eager for immediate
activity as if they had just come from
a vacation in th# mountains.
The Orepon picked up the cruiser
Marietta and the dynamite cruiser
Nictheroy between Rio Janeiro and
Bahai, but she parted company with
them after a few hundred miles. Cap?
tain Clarke said the crew ot the Ore?
gon had suffered much from the heat
in passing twice through the tropics.
"All the way along." he aaded, "we
were wondering where the Spaniards
were and we never ascertained that
fact until we reached here."
"Do you know now?" Captain Clarke
"Well," he replied. "1 Imagine we can
make a very accurate guess."
The Oregon will remain here for or?
The United States gunboat Hornet
came from the blockade this morning.
She reports everything qulst along the
line of the blockade.
OPERATIONS OF THE SQUADRONS.
Schley at Santiago With Sampson In
KEY WEST, FLA., May 2?.? Defin?
ite news of the American squadron's
operating In the Cuban waters was
received here this afternoon fully con?
tinuing the general situation outlined
in these dispatches last night and this
Commodore Schley Is believed to cc
olT Santiago de Cuba today and def?
inite information as to the exact sit?
uation insofar as It affects Admiral
Cervera's squadron may be expected
tonight or tomorrow.
Rear Admiral Sampson Is In a posi?
tion to proceed quickly to tha assist?
ance of Commodore Schley with any or
all of his ships on receipt of definite
word from Commodore, Schley and at
the same time he remains within strik?
ing distance of Havana.
If, however. Commodore Schley re?
ports that Admiral Cervera Is bottled
up at Santiago de Cuba, the naval
view Is that he will bo permitted to
finish the business at that point with
the ships now under his direct com?
AMERICAN WARSHIP OFF ILLILO.
LONDON. May 26.?A dispatch from
Illoflo, via Singapore, today says:
"An American warship is reported to
be cruising oft Illollo. The statement
WASHINGTON, May 26.?The Pr.ei
dent today nominated David Bell Kerr,
of Virginia, to be assistant surgeon
general in the navy.
ACCEPTS THE BATTERY.
NEW YORK, May 26.?The battery
ottered to the United States govern?
ment by John Jacob Astor when hostil?
ities first broke out, was accepted to?
WASHINGTON, May 26.?The post?
poned Republican caucus of the House
em the Hawaiian annexation has been
indefinitely deferred and the line of ac?
tion remains undetermined.
CRUISER STOPS FOR COAL.
CHARLESTON. S. C. May 26.?The
United States Cruiser Lancaster, from
Boston to Key West, stopped here for
MERR1TT AT THE GOLDEN GATE.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 20.?Major
General Merritt, governor general of
the Philippines, arrived here tonight.
All future movements of the Manila
expedition will be subject to his or?
MONTEREY IN THE DOCK.
MARE ISLAND. CAL., May 20.?The
United States ship Philadelphia, aftei
being thoroughly refitted, was undock
ed this afternoon and the Monterey
took her place on the dock.
The collier Peter Jebsen (renamec
Brutus), purchased by the governinen
with her cargo of 4.SD? tons of coal fo
1270.000, is also being prepared for sea
She will make the trip to the Philip
pines in company with the Monterey.
A crew of naval militia from Sai
Francisco, numbering fifty-six, has
been ordered to the Mohican, whlcl
will depart son wolth ammunition am
stores for the Hawaiian naval station
There are now at the navy yard llf
teen United States ships as follows:
Philadelphia, ' Monterey, Yorktown,
Aelert, Mohican, Pensacola, Indepeml-'
ence, Unadilia, Monitor, Comanche,
Hartford, Thetis, Ranger, Ning Chow '
and Peter Jabaen.
WILL END SOON.
LONDON, May 27?The Paris cor?
respondent, of the Dally Telegraph re?
ports an Interview he has had with Dr.
Betancourt, representative of the Cu?
ban Republican government in Paris.
Dr. Betancourt expresses the nrn
conx^'lon that the war will be ovei
sooner than Is thought In Europe.
DIFFICULT TO GET TRANSPORTS
WASHINGTON. May26.?Little prog?
ress was made by the War Department
officials today in securing transports
for the Philippines expedition, the only
addition obtained being tha Ohio, a
ijood-slzed vessel, which will rapidly be
?ransforrned so as to make her avaffa"
ble for carrying a large number of men
and animals. Assistant Secretary
?\Ielklejohn is still negotiating with the
igents of the Northern Pacific Steam
?>hip Company for the chartering o'
the six vessels of that line. There are
now three vessels on the Pacirlc coast
chartered by the government availa
t>!e for the second expedition to thi
The department has declined the of
'er made by Mr. Arthur Sewell, of
Maine, to charter the ship Roanoke
iwned by him. to the government. The
nain reason for thiM is that the> Roa
noke Is a sailing vessel.
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NEW GUNS TESTED
, ,fls "?'''? Cadiz describes the trial
Empelde cL>0t T- ??"OPed crtSS
.. 1 ,',*'"'" Carlos Qumto. Ali the
stint? Pa a'iCadlZ have steam up con!
r, r,V?vy'>>^"-lingly early yes
ef ,L ^rnperador Carlos Qulnto
of"exerts" carryi"S a commission
Three shots were fired from the 28
;entimetre gun which Is mounted on a
protected turret, with electric and
hand-tiring mechanism, the Empera
dor Carlos Quinta being the only Span?
ish warship furnished with these Im?
proved appliances. Three trials wars
made by hand, one shot horizontal,
the id hers to the larboard and star?
board at from fifteen to twenty degrees,
with excellent results. Shots were also
fired from the ten and fourteen centi?
metre guns, from the 57 millimetre
guns and from a 37 millimetre moilo
treuse. all with excellent results. Fur?
ther trials were suspended owing to
the foul weather and the Emperador,
Carlos Quinto returned to Cadiz.
CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.
3 P. M.?In the chamber of deputies,
Senor Cassel, director of the Imparcial,
denounced the alleged acts of some d?
the American warships as being con?
trary to international law. He also
noved that a pension be granted to the
family of the captain of the Relna,
Maria Christina, who perished at Ca
The minister of marine. Captain Au
non, accepted the proposition.
In the Senate Count Almenas in?
troduced the question of privateering,
urging the government to adopt pri?
vateering in "view of the American
The minister of foreign affairs, Duke
Aimedavor de Rio. declared the mat?
ter was Inopportune and could not be
debated. Count _A.!meuas, however, in?
sisted, but the HWallaW t*f the Senat?
refused to allowfM ftJJciAislon to con?
SPAIN \<|AN? *?EACE.
I .ON DON, May 2?.?The Madrid cor?
es P< indent of the Times says:
"The dominant note of public opin?
ion here is a desire to lind some w#y
to honorable peace, as Spain has noth?
ing to gain by an indefinite prolonga?
tion of hostilities.
"All Idea that Prance will intervene,
however, is now abandoned and hopes
urc fixed upon the possibility that Duke
Altnodavor de Rio, the new- minister
if foreign affairs will find some fit?
ting occasion on which to take the lnia
MAT AVERT THE CRISIS.
LONDON. May 28.?The Madrid cor?
respondent, of the Daily mail says:
"The political outlook Is brighter.
And the mlnlsterlalites believe that a
tablnet crisis can he averted. Captain
Aunnn, minister of marine, declared In
:hc- Cortes today (Thursday), that
.vhen an opportunity presenled itself
he cabinet would not fail to do its
?est to bring about an honorable
IMPOST ON THE DEBT.
The outcome of yesterday's financial
debate is that both Senor Puigcerver,
the minister of finance, and the Mar?
.|uls de Vllaverde, the Conservative
,->ader, have agreed to oppose the im?
post on the national debt.
A crisis will prec.pitated by the Car
ists. Republicans and Romeroists.who
intend to tnt'oxttico a resolution in
avor of tin! ihipost
Tb- general m | ressi..n here is that
Admiral Ccrvera las left Santiago de
MADRID, May 26?8 A. M.?Govern?
or General August!, the Spanish eom
nander at Manila, stems to be follo%v
ng the tactics of Captain General
llanco at Havana in sending out for
?he encouragement of the Spaniards
news' of repeated alleged reverses to
the American arms. a dispatch from
Manila just received here says:
"The United Slates cruiser Baltimore
is disabled by an explosion which oc?
curred on board of her.
"The Americans attempted to land
arms and ammunition at Binacayan
;4.n(l the Spanish troops, who occupied
l good position, permitted the Ameri?
cans to land, when they fell upon them
and captured the arms and ammuni?
MADRID, May 2G.?9 A. M.?The
Uorrea suggests that the visit of Mr.
George J. Goschen, the first lord of
i he British admiralty, to Gibraltar, is
?onnected with a camp de main
against Tangier, with the object of
-drengthenliig Great Britain's posses?
sion in these in the Straits of Gibral
"a' dispatch to the Heraldo from
Havana says Cardenas, near Matan
/:as has been strongly fortified, ine
dispatch adds that twelve American
warships made a demonstration off
Cienfuegos on Wednesday.
A dispatch received here from
Manila, by way of Hong Kong says
m Spanish soldiers evacuated Corre
<lor island, at the enterance of Manila.
Bay, on May 16, because they were
A rebellion of grave dimensions, the
dispatch adds, has broken out in the
.re'vinee "f Panagasin, where the
nsurgents are pillaging houses and
lassacreing the Spaniards.
Rear Admiral Dewey. it is annuonc
d from the same source, has ordered
hat another attempt be made to Und
?iih the view of furnishing arms to
^'?noe of Zambale Ute
ibmii with the others in December
st? has"come In with his ???
ad has made submission to Captain
'|nh1pacapta.nBUat Manila, it is said
ive been informed by the captain
?neral that all the Caroline Islands
ave revolted and that the natives are
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