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VOL III, NO. 155.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA?, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 1898.
0 E? ir^TT single copy, two cents.
1 MXlA JJCj one week, ten cents.
Last Act of the Old Common
WILL BUILD THE BRIDGES
Ordinance Providing for a Bond Indue
Amounting to?41>,GOO Passee. Work
outlio Sm Kallroad to Be?
gin at Once.
At the adjourned meeting- of the
Common Council last night the follow?
ing: business was transacted:
Ordinance providing- fur a bond issue
amounting to $40,000 to derray the eitv's
portion of the expense of building via?
ducts at the Twenty-filth. Twenty
eighth and Thirty-fourth street cross?
Newport News and Old Point Kail
way and Electric Company required to
pay an annual rental of $500 for the
next twenty years for the use of the
Twenty-fifth and Thirty-fourth street
Nominal inn of Mr. Richard Harris,
to be sanitary inspector and superin?
tendent of garbage work, confirmed.
Two fire commissioners selected.
Commonwealth's attorney allowed
$fi00 a year to employ a stenographer.
Funds derived from the bond issue
apportioned to tlit* various public im?
The Common Council as it now
Pfands has wound up its scroll for the
fiscal year, which closes tomorrow at
Five of the members?Messrs. J. A.
?Will.-lt. F. C. Lenz. P. J. Mugler. Ceo.
F. Vr.i and W. C. Wilkie?sat for the
last time in the council chamber as
mop-'hers of the city's legislative body
at llii? adjourned meeting held last
nitriit. and unless he is re-elected at the
first meeting in July when the council
will he reorganised. President .1. .1
fVTVM"-eil has wielded the gavel Cor
the last time.
There was hothiner unusual about
the meet In p. save probably in the
amount of business transacted, ror the
members s<-ttl.-?' down to work early in
the evening and kept on legislating till
all of the nnfiniohcd business was dis?
posed of. Noth'n<r was left undone.
Fven the brldce question was disposed
of. and the action of the council can
never be repealed. The city will, in
the near future, have three viaduct".
The roombnrs who snt in the conned
last nicht for the last time have erect?
ed monuments for themselves in the
shape of public imnrovements. They
have made provision for the erection of
!>. new city .1a" and emergency hospital
the laying of a cornplete system of
sewernc-e f.r.,1 the erection of cynmo
dious school buildings. Besides th's
they have oncourtitred capitalists hy
granting liberal franchises. Alrendv
an up-to-date gas plant is in operation
and in a short time work will be com?
menced nn an electric railway system
that will thread the principal streets of
the city. These are nmoner the few
things accomplished by this council.
One of the members whose term ex?
pires tomorrow night is Mr. F. C. Lenz
from the Second Ward, bet tor known
as Rocketts. Tie has figured conspic?
uously in the proceedings of this au?
gust body, and his peculiar character?
istics will b.. greatly missed. Mr. Lenz
has been recognized as the Ben Tin?
man or the council. He has a blunt
way of putting things, always hitting
right on the head of the nail he wishes
to drive home. Mr. Lenz was often
called a "rog-chewer" by some of Ivs
associates, but when he was on his
feet lie generally knew what he was
talking about. He was frank and out?
spoken and has been known to reverse
his opinion twice in one night when
convinced he was on the wrong side.
There were thirteen members pres?
ent at the meeting last night, besides
a. number or spectators and coune.ll
men-eleet. Councilman Roane, the col?
ored member from the Second Ward,
was the absentee. Among the visitors
present were Mr. W. J. Payne and At?
torney Samuel Regest er. or Richmond,
who are interested in the new elec?
tric railway, and after the council ad?
journed Mr. Payne stated that work
would be commenced at once on the
railway system. He seemed to be
gratified with the result of the meeting,
and the liberality accorded the corpo?
ration he represents.
The first business taken up was an
ordinance reported, from the ordinance
committee authorizing the issuance of
bonds to the amount or $40.000 to de?
fray the city's portion of the expense
of building the overhead briges. The
ordinance was drawn -in accordance
with the act of the General Assembly
authorizing the council to issue bonds
for this purpose.
Mr. Burcher was the first speaker,
saying that the new ordinance was a
scheme to set the Twenty-eighth street
bridge. The statement that the council
could not, under the act of the General
Assembly empowering the city to issue
bonds to the extent of $40.000 to be ex?
pended for three viaducts, issue bonds
for two bridges, omitting the Twenty
eighth street crossing, was all bosh. He
would like to hear a lawyer say the
council could not build two bridges. He
was not against public improvements,
but the position he tuok on this ques?
tion was -unassailable. There was not
a. councilman who was prepared to say
that a bridge or tunnel at Twenty
eighth street would be a success. "I
am willing: to begin work on the Twen?
ty-fifth and Thirty-fourth street
bridges," continued Mr.. Bureher, "and
if these crossings, after a year's test,
prove' satisfactory then 1 will vote for
it. Now tlhat is fair."
Mr. Wlllett followed Mr. Burcher In
a.n address advocating the building or
the Twenty-eighth street viaduct, say?
ing that the people demanded the im?
In a speech Mr. Lenz declared that if
' the council did not pass the ordinance
no bridges would be built in the next
two years, as Mayor-elect A. A. Mosa,
who will be inducted into office July 1
had approached him, saying he would
veto an ordinance providing for the
erection of tihe Twenty-eighth street,
bridge. The speaker oeclared he had
been opposed to the Twenty-eighth
street viaduct, but he was willing to
take a half loaf rather than none. Mr.
Lenz then made a plea asking the coun?
cil not to drive capital out of the city.
Some question as to the validity of
an ordinance providing for the issu?
ance of bonds to the amount of $25,000
?with the Twenty-eighth street bridge
omitted having been raised, Common?
wealth's Attorney J. K. M. Newton was
asked to give his opinion. Mr. Newton
said he lhad given the question consid?
erable thought an?-ivas of the opinion
that such an act would not be valid,
that it would be necessary to issue
bonds to the full amount?$40,000?
though he would not give'it as a final
A motion was then made to suspend
, u._T.- -
the rules and vote on the ordinance.
This brought" Mr. Burcher to his feet
again. To suspend the rules, ihe de?
clared, would be iniquitous. It was do?
ing business under cover. This was at<
important matter and should be done
in regular order in broad daylight.
The ordinance was then adopted by
a vote of 12 to 1. Mr. Burcher voting in
A motion was then made to recon?
sider the ordinance and it was lost by
a vote of 12 to 1, Mr. Burcher this time
voting "aye."' This forever seals this
mooted question, for it can never ba
brought up again. The bridges must
The ordinance passed at the last
meeting requiring of the Newport News
and Old Point Railway and "Electric
Company a rental of $250 a year each
for the use of the bridges for
the first five years, $500 for
each bridge the next five years
and 2 per cent, of the gross receipts
thereafter had been signed by the may?
or, and for that reason a_n amendment
was offered by the ordinance commit?
The amendment fixed the annual
rental at $250 a year for each bridge for
the next twenty years of the franchiso
granted to the Newport News and Old
Point Hallway and Electric Company
for the use of t'he Twenty-fiTth and
Thirty-fourth street viaducts.
Mr. Lenz, a member of the ordinance
committee, explained that after in?
quiry into the matter it was found that
the city would derive considerable rev?
enue from the company in taxes and
for that reason the oommittee^thought
the rental should.be reduced.
The amendment was unanimously
From the ordinance committee was
reported an ordinance giving the New?
port News. Hampton and Old Point
Electric Railway the privilege of using
che Twenty-eighth street tunnel or
bridge upon the payment by the com?
pany of SlO.O?d. The ordinance will be
considered at the next regular meeting.
n ordinance apportioning the funds
derived from the bond issue was adopt?
ed, and the money was apportioned as
Sewer fund . $75,000.00
School . 50,000.00
.iail . 15,072.65
A. resolution appropriating $600 a
year to be used by Commonwealth's
Attorney J. K. M. Newton in employing
a stenographer and paying office rent
was. under a suspension of the rules,
Mr. Burcher objected to Uhe passage
of the resolution on the ground that It
should be first considered by the finance
committee to be ascertained whether
the city had the funds.
The resolution, however, was adopted
by a vote of 10 to 3. Messrs. Burcher,
Wilkie and Via voting in the negative.
Mr. It. G. Bickford tendered his res?
ignation as a member of the board of
fire commissioners. It was accepted
and Mr. James W. Rowbottom was
elected to fill the vacancy.
The term of Mr. T. M. Benson as a
fire commissioner expired by limitation
and he was re-elected.
A communication from Dr. Samuel
W. Hobson, health officer, regarding
the appointment of Mr. Richard Harris
as sanitary inspector and superinten?
dent of garbage work, was read. "Dr.
Hobson renominated Mr. Harris for the
position, stating that the council had
given no valid reason for refusing to
confirm the nomination.
This precipitated a lively discussion.
Mr. McLaughlin wanted to amend the
ordinance, taking from the health offi?
cer the power of nominating the sani?
tary inspector, but this was declared to
be out of the question.
On motion of Mr. Via Mr. Harris was
confirmed by a vote of 8 to 4. those vot?
ing in lite negative being Messrs. Mc?
Laughlin, Burcher, Doherty and
This wound up the business of the old
council and at 11:15 o'clock it adjourn?
II1CT.LI UP HV'E TIMES.
Itrltlsli Steamer Kottth'u Expi rlent-e With
Ann ri. au Warship*.
The British steamer Roath. Captain
Sprau. which tools a cargo of coal from
Cardiff, Wales, to San Juan, Porto
Rico, for the Spanish fleet, arrived here
yesterday morning from New Orleans.
The Roath belongs to the Fine" which
owns the steamer Restormel. captured
near Santiago by the auxiliary cruiser
St. Paul. Both vessels left Cardiff oh
the same day \y-.zn eoal and supplies
for the Spanish fleet. The Roath ar?
rived at San Juan first, reaching that
port the day after the fortifications
were bombarded by the American fleet.
The Roath passed the American ves
esls. which did not attempt to stop her
because she flew the Britlslh flag. Wh:le
entering the harbor, however, she was
fired upon by mistake from the Spanish
forts and one shell did considerable
damage. The Spanish fleet was not at
San Juan and the governor general
tried to Induce Captain Sprau to take
the coal to Santiago, offering him a
liberal sum of money, but he declined
to do so.
The Restormel arrived afterward and
her captain agreed to undertake the
perilous task of reaching the Spanish
fleet, with the result already announc?
ed. Captain Sprau says he was held
up by American ships five times be?
tween San Juan and New Orleans. The
monitor Amphitrite, he claims, fired
thr ee solid shots" at the Roath without
giving any warning. Captain Sprau
also says that there are between fifteen
and twenty thousand tons of coal at
San Juan sent there for the Spanlsih
fleet. He reports that the city of San
Juan was not injured to any extent by
the American shells, most of which, be?
ing aimed at the fortifications at such
a high angle, passed completely over
the city itself.
Justice Brown disposed of the follow?
ing cases in the police court yesterday
J. W. Grey, disorderly conduct; fined
$2 and costs.
Lizzie Harris, disorderly conduct;
firjed $6 and costs.
Jim Lee, disorderly conduct; re?
quired to give bond in the sum of $50
for three months.
S. A. Rudd, assault; fined $2.50 and
Court Martial Formed.
A general court-martial lhas convened
at Fort Monroe to try several enlisted
men who are" charged with more ser?
ious offenses than those that generally
come before the field court.
The following officers have been de?
tailed on the court with Major Evans.
Captains Wright, Forwood, Porter and
Fisher, First Lieutenants King, Porter,
Rouse and Hawken, Second Lieuten?
ants Calvert, Willison, Carrington and
Parley, Captain Riggs, judge-advocate.
New York Shoe Co. is closing out at
greatly reduced prices for the purpose
of removing to Norfolk next month.
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GOES TO THE JURY
Fastman-Finch Case Closed
by Counsel Yesterday.
NO AGREEMENT REACHED
After Deliberating for Several Hours the
Court Is Informed That Mo Verdict
Has Been Reached. Will Con
. vene Again Today.
After a tedious trial lasting for two
weeks the case of Walter G. Eastman's
administrator vs. F. F. Finch and Mar?
tha A. Finch, for $10,000 damages, was
given to the jury in the Corporation
Court yesterday afternoon a few min?
utes before 2 o'clock. Ihn jury remain?
ed In their room for fifteen rftinutes.
after which court took a recess for din?
ner. At 3:30 o'clock the jurors filed into
their room, where they remained till
after 6. Up to that time no agree?
ment had been readied and court ad?
journed till 10 o'clock this morning,
when the jury will again deliberate
upon the case.
Two speeches were made in the case
yesterday. When court convened At?
torney C. V. Meredith, of Richmond,
began the closing argument for the
defense, sneaking one hour and forty
minutes. It was one of the ablest pre?
sentations or a case to a jury ever
made in this city. No attempts were
made by the speaker to eet off in
flights of oratory. He discussed the
case in a dispassionate manner, con?
fining himself to the evidence and the'
law. Not once did the speaker attack
the veracity of a witness. Mr. Mere?
dith held that Mr. Finch was not lia?
ble for any damages, that he furn?
ished the material for Walter Eastman
to build the "scaffold and If he (East?
man) failed to make it secure It was
no fault of Mr. Finch's. Furthermore.
Mr. Meredith claimed that It was th-*
custom of the trade for bricklayers to
build their own scaffold.
Mr. R. G. Biekford made the olos:ng
argument for the plaintiff. He spoke
for two hours and ten minutes pre?
senting his side of the ea?e |n rn'?
strongest licht possible. During his
nrsrument Mr. Ttickford freouentlv al?
luded to Mr. Finch in severo form?.
Once while he was speaking- Mr. Biek?
ford turned and looked at the defend?
ant, who smiled. In an Instant n
stream of seathlncr sentences flowed
from the lawyer's mouth. The rrin.
he said, looked as If it came from
Satan himself. Mr. Finch, the speaker
?nid. had the blond of a man on his
hands and th" only way to reach rom
was throtic-h his nneket-honk. He nl?n
declared that besides h.nviner made
statements that were untrue. Mr. F'noh
was resnonslble for the death of Wal?
ter G. Eastmioi. A lie wns sometimes
?? weapon of defense used by man und
henst. When a partridge feigned n
broke* w'nf to -ftittre ,ma,n....or--be>st
from 'ts fieloMngs It lied, nnri when th"
star fish while heintr nursued e-nve off
t blf<ck fluid to cloud the water. It
lied. So It was with some TT"*>i.
"?hey would He to save a dollar. Mr
Ttickford went carefullv nv?r the te?
'ininnv. nolntlptr out the Inoonslsten
? V.o. r>= he clnimod of Hie flff^nse. fin.1
t-bn ^tror-p. points as viewed from h's
AT,- ?RIM.-forrVc PrW-<;= W1<? l!qtetl?r<
to with rnnt attention K>- th" 1urv ^-<d
1 r>ro"-rloft onurt room. Tt w'fl? n? nllte
i^~-iooi r-?ri otofiuent effort clothed In
BOUOHT 2*1 LOTS,
Old Dominion Land Company Purchases
East End Real Estate.
A deed from J. A. Willett. trustee,
to the Old Dominion Land Company,
has been admitted to record in the
The land in question was formerly
the property of the Inside Land Com?
pany, of this city, and was sold to meet
the obligation of that corporation.
By a deed bearing date of October
26, 1892, the Inside Land Company con?
veyed to Mr. J. A. Willett, cashier of
the 'First National Bank, a certain
tract of land In trust to secure a cer?
tain indebtedness to be paid by thin
company to the Old Dominion Land
In last April. Mr. Willett, as trustee
for this property, gave notice of a sale
of a portion of Its lots in East End and
on May 10 this sale was held.
The Old Dominion Land Company
purchased 271 lots of the tract that was
put up for sale and other real estate
firms and private Individuals were also
purchasers. The consideration named
in the deed was'$32.702.50.
The deed now on file In the clerk's
office designates the various lots pur?
chased by the company, all of whloh
are located on and adjacent to Orcutt
avenue. East End.
The following deeds of bargain and
sale have been admkted to record In
the clerk's office of the Corporation
George Nelms Wise, trustee, to Hank?
ers Loan and Investment Company;
J. Taylor Ellyson, et ux. to L. B.
Manvile: consideration $1,150.
J. A. Willett, trustee, to-?
H. L. Moss to E. M. Edwards; re?
W. H. and H. O. Lumber to S. K.
Timberlafee; consideration $1,003.72.
Ro. Llckey, et al, trustee, to W. H.
and H. O. Lumber; release deed.
L. JR. Timberlake to Robert Leckey
el als, trustee; consideration $1,165.
F. F. Finch to A. J. Oliver, et ux;
A. J. Oliver to R. M. Lett, trustee;
Ollen M. Johnson et ux to R. M. Lett,
trustee; consideration $191.32.
Will Hold the Convention.
The annual meeting of the Virginia
State Firemen's Association will be
held in this city on September 2Sth, 29th
and 30th, and arrangements are now
being made to entertain tlhe fire laddies.
It had been reported that on account of
the war the convention would probably
be postponed, but firemen throughout
the State would not consent to a post?
Bering's Coinpoaodcyrap Bl*cknerr7 '.
The great cure for Dysentery, Cholera
Morbus and Cholera Infantum.. Save
y?ur child's life. You can, and yours,
too, from these dreaded diseases. Try
it. At all the drug stores, 25c.
Swiss Frappe Is delicious and cool?
ing. At Allen's Drug Store. Ju-28-3t
"Kola Saya" Is a nice tonic drink.
At Allen's Drug Store. Ju-28 3t
SAW TUE GOVEKOK.
W. A. Shaw (Colored) Auks tu Have the
Colored TruupD ftloblize In Uloodtlrld.
William A'. Shaw, a well known col?
ored business man of tins city, yester?
day went to Richmond ar\d called on
Govenor J. H?ge Tyler presenting &
petition to his excellency asking him to
designate a tract of land in the vicinity
of Bloodfleld as a camp ground on
which to mobilize the colored troop*
that will be sent to Cuba from this
Hon. Thomas Temple Powell intro?
duced the representative of the New?
port News colored people, and the gov?
ernor and adjutant general were favor?
ably .impressed with Newport News.
Lieutenant Croxton, U. S. A., will be In
command of the camp and he will ac?
company the inspecting committee
which will probably visit this city to?
day 40 view the grounds. There will
be about S00 troops in all. Shaw i?
well educated and he explained to Gov?
ernor Tyler that there was plenty or
good water on the ground and man?
Messrs. W. W. Crouch. L. TO. Gordon.
S. C. Duvall. Jr.. and George Saun
dera have been elected delegates from
the Dover Baptist church in Henrico
county to the annual meeting of the as?
sociation which will be held in this city
Superintendent Redding, of the Union
Gospel Mission, is preparing to erect a
gospel tent to be used this summer In?
stead of the room at the corner of
Washington avenue and Twenty-eighth
_ The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Credle. who removed from ?liis city to
Portsmouth recently, died Monday.
Mr. Frank Miller, who resides on
Thirty-ninth street, has been success?
fully operated on by Drs. Creasy. Gary.
Warriner and Aylett for appendicitis.
Edward Denny, who was honorably
discharged from the Huntington Rifles
on account of his health, arrived home
yesterday morning from Jacksonville.
Councilman A. E. Burcher and
Health Officer S. W. Hobson spent yes?
terday in Norfolk in search of mules
to be used by the city in carrying on
the garbage work.
Lieutenant W. L. Hillyer. of the
Huntington Riftles, who is in the city
recruiting men for the Fourth Virginia
regiment, yesterday morning sent a
squad of ten men to Jacksonville. Fla.
So far Lieutenant Hillyer has enlisted
thirty men since he has been in the
Miss Annie Reynolds, of Roanoke. is
the guest of Miss Sarafli White, on La?
Mrs. Andrew Carneal, of Baltimore,
is visiting Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Jones, in
w^f: ~-? - f>. _ M
rtereatter people 01 Newport I>e??-s,
svho may desire to spend Sunday even?
ing at Old Point may return as late as
9:30 o'clock by the Chesapeake &? Ohio
"short line." IDvery Sunday evening
during the summer the -"shuttle" train
..YdlWeave. here-?t>V-3 and-9 o'clock,
returning at 7:30. 8:30 and 9:30 o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Chandler yester?
day received a telegram from Spotsvl
vania C. IT., calling them to the bed?
side of their little daughter. Annie, who
had been taken suddenly ill while on a
visit to relatives.
Urmv 11 tiunon a Soldier.
Serious trouble was narrowly averted 1
in Jordan's Imperial Dining Rooms at
the corner of Washington avenue aad
Twenty-fifth street between 1 and 2
o'clock this morning. A squad of five
men from Battery A. Camp Warburton,
picked up two large potted plants be?
longing to the restaurant and carried
them some distance up the avenue and
then dashed them to the ground. The
men then returned to tlhe restaurant
and a quarrel with Mr. L. F. Jordan
followed. One soldier picked up a cigar
cutter with which he intended to strike
him, but Mr. Jordan drew a, 38-callbre
Smith & Wesson on the soldier and
that gave him the shakes. Efforts were
made to get a policeman, but without
success. Mr. Jordan will make com?
plaint to Captain Warburton this
morning. The men had been drinking. 1
Duslneft? Men Met.
The Business Men's Association met
in regular session in t'he Braxton build?
ing last night, but no business of Im?
portance was transacted.
The association will meet but once a
month during the warm weather and
then on the fourth Wednesday night.
The names of the following gentle
men'and firms were proposed for mem?
bership: Sanborn & Caldwell. Maryr
& Boyenton. Griffiths & Lewis, G. T
Uzzell, Theodore Livezey, Roberts A
Winslow, R. F. Curtis Produce Compa?
ny, Marston & James, L. R. Boiling &
Co., M. J. Moore, John A. Moss and
Will Meet Tomorrow .
Colonel Fenton Day, chairman of the
District Democratic Committee, has
called a meeting of that body for J
Thursday of this week at the office of i
Captain W. W. Dey, in Norfolk, to
make arrangements for the convention j
at Ocean View, July 6th.
Will Elect Delegaten Tomorrow Nlerllt.
The Democrats of this city will hold
ward meetings tomorrow night and
elect delegates to the congressional
convention which will convene at Ocean
View at noon Wednesday. July 6. Very
little interest is being manifested in th?
meetings. It is Uhought that the del?
egates will be favorable to the reaoml
nation of Hon. W. A. Young.
WASHINGTON. June 28.?All the
members of the cabinet were present
at today's meeting with the exception
of Secretary Day, who is out of the city.
At its conclusion it was stated that the
work of supplying Commodore Wat?
son's squadron with ammunition, coal
and provisions preparatory to its de?
parture for Spain, was progress.rig sat?
isfactorily and that in all probability
the squadron would be ready to sail in
the course of ?be next four or five days.
The Philippines have considerable
"You are not so warm" after you
have had one of our nice iced drinks.
Allen's Drug Store. Ju-2S-3t
First in the Field.
Last evening (nine lays from date of
proofs of death), the treasurer of the
Royal Arcanum turned over to Mrs.
Nannie Braxton, widow of Col. C. M.
j Braxton, a check for J3.000, being the
first of the orders in' which the deceas
} ed was Insured tc pay the amount of
All women love to be spoiled, but
I there isn't one who will confess she la
I so. . .. . ?
Spaniards in Cuba Cut Off
GEN. SHAFTER'S ARMY
further Keiuforceiuents BeliiK Prepared
for tun tin go no Kauidlv us Possible.
Spitiu Cau't Buy the Cruiser
WASHINGTON, June zS.?It was
very late in the day when the llrst dis?
patch within two days came to the
War Department from General Shatter,
but the news was regarded as so good
that there was no disposition to com?
plain. It disclosed a very satisfactory
rale of progress on the part of General
Shatter toward the town of Santiago
itself and apparently he lias gained all
this ground and has come within three
miles of Santiago without suffering
any losses since the bloody skirmish of
Friday last. Altogether the perform?
ance is regarded as very gratifying by
the department officials here. As near
as can be gathered rroni the brief
dispatch the American army is now
at the fork in the road, one branch of
which leads to Santiago and the other
to Morro Castle at the entrance of the
harbor. General Shatter is thus free
to move in either direction according to
the demands of the campaign. With
the 1.300 men who reinforced liltn yes?
terday on the Vale and the additional
brigade that will reach him by tomor?
row, it may be possible b> make even
more rapid progress in the advance
upon Santiago, as these men c:m he re?
lied upon to relievo the main body of
troops from the necessity of keep'ng
open the line of communication be?
tween Shafter and his base at Baiqui
rl. Meanwhile further reinforcements
are being prepared und dispatched as
rapidly as the best energies of the de?
partment can direct, and It Is believed
that several thousand men sailed from
Tampa today directly for Santiago.
The department has had In mind the
difficulties of the campaign that arc.
Just developing to the public eye, such
as the use for the first time In civilised
warfare of barbed wire fencing as n
means of defense, and acting upon the
advice of some of our army officers who
were in Cuba while the fighting was
confined to the Spaniards and Insurg?
ents, a certain number in each regi?
ment have beim provided with wire cut?
ters and charged with the duty of cut?
ting down these fences so as to permit
the advance of the troops. It probably
will be necessary to shell out the force
defending the Chevaux de Fraise be?
fore they can be cut off unless
the men in charge of that duty
are to be unduly exposed to danger.
This will involve a large use of field
artillery that would be required in or?
dinary warfare. The officials have
been forehanded as to these details,
and in fact have provided for the 11?
of barbed wire by our own forces, hav?
ing sent about 150 tons of this wir*
with General Merritt's expedition.
The lines are being tightened around
Cuba, and It will soon be Impossible for
small quantities of food or war supplies
to reach the Spaniards there. TI12
proclamation issued today extending
the blockade to the South roast and to
San Juan It is believed will accomplish
this result. On the south coast the Isle
? >r Pines will be cut off as a transfer
depot for cattle and food supplies com?
ing from Jamaica and Central America
Ry closing San Juan harbor the Span
lards will lose the last chance of smug?
gling war supplies to Cuba, ami the fu?
ture operations of the army and navy
looking to the occupation of the Is?
land of Porto Rico will be materially
advanced by the establishment of a
successful blockade. There was no
further word from the Cadiz fleet to?
day, though it is known to be still ly?
ing at Port Said under pretext of re
pairing one of the torpedo boat destroy?
ers. The delay on the part of the Span?
ish fleet has not stopped the prepara?
tions for the sending of the eastern
squadron under Commodore Watson to
the Spanish shores. The commodore is
hastening with all speed southward on
the Newark to join and confer with
Sampson off Santiago.
It has been known to our government
for some time past that the Spanish
government was trying to obtain pos?
session of the splendid modern armed
cruiser O'tliggins. Our agents, howev?
er, have watched these negotiations
carefully and our government has been
finally satisfied that they have failed.
It Is needless to say that the result
It is needless to say that the result was
agreeably received here, as the grav?
est complications might have resulted
from the sale of a warship by a neutral
power to Spain.
The assumption by the government
of the formidable task of blockading
about five hundred miles of Cuban
coast line in addition to the sections
already blockaded increases the extent
of the blockade fully fourfold, it hav?
ing been confined heretofore to a
stretch of a little more than one hun?
dred miles on the north and the Hingl"
port of Cienfuegos on the south coast
of the Island. The demands upon the
navy in the way of ships to patrol the
coast, however, will not be nearly so
heavy in proportion to the territory to
be covered as in the case of the initial
blockade for the reason that the new
blockade coast line lies entirely within
the great bight on the Cuban coast.
In which the water is generally very
shallow and the ports are few in which
a vessel of any drft could enter. The
most important of these are Mah
zanillo, Trinidad and Tunas. West of
Trinidad is Cleufuegos, which is nl
t ready blockaded effectively. From that
point westward nearly MO miles there
is not 11 port to be blockaded until Ba
tanamo is reached. For 150 miles west
of this, clear up to Cape Frances, on
the edge of the blockade territory^
there are no ports for deep vessels of
any considerable draft, and even if
there were the country in the interior
Pinar del Rio. Is in the bunds of the
Insurgents and supplies could not b
sent through to Havana.
There has been no running of ?.>'
blockade notwithstanding tie- Spams!)
reports to the contrary.
In defeating the Terror Captain
Sigsbee has rendered a most important
service to our navy and indeed to a>
navies. He has not only deprive
Sampson's fleet of apprehension of nn
attack In the rear some dark mghl b>
this vicious little boat, but he lias dein
onstrated that an auxiliary cruiser r
amply able to take care of hersoir
against a torpedo gunboat. showlnf?
that the offensive power of this craft
has been very much over-rated.
It is said nt the Navy Department
that it is the present Intention to star!
Commodore Watson's eastern squad
ron from Santiago. This, however, I*
sublect to Admiral Sampson's report
upon the condition of the vessels se?
lected and their needs in the matter of
supplies and equipment for the long
voyage ahead of them. If they need
no more ihan can be supplied from
Sampson's lleet they will start accord?
ing to orders from Santiago, but if
further supplies and equipment are
needed, or if the vessels must be clean?
ed first, then they probably will be
sent north to Hampton Roads. Mean
while there is no mistaking the earn?
estness of the Navy Department In pre?
paring this squadron for the European
ENGAGEMENT EXPECTED TODAY.
Shatter's Army Ready For Another
(Copyright. 189S, by Associated Press.)
OFF SANTIAGO DE CITBA. JUNE
27 ?VIA KINGSTON, JAMAICA. June
2S.- 9 A. M.?Lieutenant Victor Blue,
of the auxiliary gunboat Suwanee, re
turned to the fleet today from another
investigating trip ashore. He report?
ed that Admiral Cervera's shios are
all in the harbor. With the exception
of one torpedo boat destroyer they are
at anchor and show no signs of activ?
Lieutenant Blue went ashore on Sat?
urday, to the west of Morro Castle, ac?
companied by some Cuban guides. He
advanced until about two miles north of
Cabanas and almost up to the enemy's
battery. He traveled exactly sixty
miles anil rejoined the Suwanee this
morning. At one time he was at a Cu?
ban outpost, separated only by four
Ihundred yards from a Spanish out?
? They popped away at each other all
tie- time," said Lieutenant Blue, "but
I do not think the Cubans hurt the
Spaniards very much, and T know the
Spaniards did not hurt the Cubans."
Lieutenant Blue was able to accu?
rately locate the position of each of
Admiral Cervera's ships.
Rear Admiral Sampson warned his
fleet. Ibis morning to exorcise great
care in shooting at the hills east of
Morro Castle, pointing out that the
American army had advanced and that
our own troops might deploy on th?
It Is hardly likely that anv serious
action will be taken by the navy until
Wednesday. By that time the armv is
expected to be ready for another for?
The dynamite gunboat Vesuvius fired
three shells last night. They fell in the
vicinity of Morro Castle and the east?
During the night a loud explosion oc?
curred on shore, near Agundores. It is
believed to have been caused by the
Spaniards trying to blow up the rail?
road trestle near that place.
Tt is now said that .Turagua may be
selected as the permanent coaling har?
bor of the fleet.
Gustav Welneck. an ordinary sea?
man belonging to the flagship New
York, was accidentally drowned yes?
The Dolphin has gone to the Havana
blockade and the Helena and the Yank
ton have gone to the southern block?
AUGUST I STILL HOLDS OUT.
I He Treats Aguinaldo's Demand For!
Surrender With Disdain
MADRID, June 2S.?4 P. M.?The gov
I ernment has received the following |
dispatch from Captain General Augus
I cl, dated from Manila on June 23:
"The situation Is still as grave,
continue to maintain my position tn
I side the line of blockhouses, but
I enemy Is increasing in numbers,
rebels occupy the provinces, ren
-ring the work of defense difficult.
I Tbe.immber of sick among the troops
increasing, makes the situation
very distressing and causes increased
erliuns of the native soldiers. It
stImated that the insurgents number
30,000 armed with rifles and 100.000 arm
with swords, etc.
"Aguinnldo has summoned me to sur?
render, but I have treated his propo- I
with disdain, for I am resolved to |
laintaln the sovereignty of Spain and
e honor of the flag to the last
?| have one thousand sick and two j
j hundred wounded. The citadel
;n Invaded by the suburba.n inhabi
tnts who have abandoned their homes |
.ing to the barbarity of the rebels
These Inhabitants constitute an em
irrassment. aggravating the situation,
i view of the bombardment, which,
however, is not seriously apprehended
for the moment.
"The governor of the Vizeayas and
Mindanna islands cables that he has !
?foated the insurgents in an engage?
ment during which Chief A reo, Aguin?
aldo's representative, was killed. He 1
adds that tranqullity now prevails [
throughout the Islands, and he furthe
I asserts t ha t the principal Malay chief?
the Mlndanoa group declare they
desire to fight on the side of the Span
irds against the invaders.
"According to other advices, the em?
issaries sent out to seek General Mo?
net's column of a thousand men, re?
turned after a fruitless search.
"Captain General Augusti's family is
Ntlll in tin: bunds of the insurgents."
SICK AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS.
j Olivette May Not be Permitted to Land
Them at Tampa.
TAMPA, FLA., June 28.?The steam?
ship Olivette is momentarily expected
j and the disposition of her cargo of sick '
I and wounded is a question of some
:oncern. The belief that suffering I
toldlers were to be brought here direct ]
from the Cuban shores, without any
quarantine detention whatever, caus?
ed apprehension. The hospital train is
here for the ostensible purpose of con
j veying the sick qulekp- to more north?
ern hospitals, but at the same lime a
number of hospital tents are being pre?
pared In the camp on Tampa Heights.
This work Indicates the location of the
?ick here. If, upon the arrival of the?
Olivette, the government shows a dis?
position to do such a thing, a protest
will be mad.- by Hon. W. B. Hender?
son, president of the state board of
health. Mr. Henderson said tonight
that in such an event he would file a
? irotest with the authorities and ask
?bat they utilize the hospital they have
recently erected on Egmont Key.
GOMEZ AND GARCIA.
LONDON. June 29.?The Madrid cor- ;
espondent of the Times says: !
"Owing lo the Inactivity of General
d ivimo Gomez, it is believed that his
?elations with General Calixto Garcia
NO GERMAN INTERFERANCB.
LONDON. June 28.?The Hong Kon?
?orrespondent of uhe Dally Telegraph.
elegrnphlng Tuesday, says: I
? I have consulted with the German ,
tuthorltles, who declare emphatically
that the reports from Manila of Ger
nan interference are impossible. Wliat
? v, r the Spanish may have done, th?
German admiral has held out no such
hopes or promise."
Ice cream freezers 2 to 10 quarts, lea
vater coolers 2 to 8 gallons. Prices
lght. Adams' Racket Stare.
Torpedo Boat Destroyer Ter?
ror Makes a Dash.
HIT BY SIGBEE'S GUNS
Oue Ufttcer unu Two Men KlUed on ttto
Spanish Vessel. She Got Back On
fuller Cover of tue Shu Juan
WASHINUTON, June zo.? The Navy
Department today posted the following
"Admiral Sampson reports that tha
Yule arrived yesterday and discharged
"Captain Slgshee reports that on.
Wednesday axternoon, while oft San
Juan, Porto Jtieo, he was attacked by
a Spunlsh unprotected cruiser and the
Spanish torpedo uoat destroyer Terror.
The Terror made a dash which was
awaited by Lhe St. Paul. The St. Paul
nit the Terror three times, killing one
ottlcer and two men and wounding sev?
eral others. The Terror got back under
line cover of fortifications with difficul?
ty and was lowed into the harbor in a
sinking condition, where she Is now be?
ing repaired. Later a cruiser and a.
gunboat started out after the St. Paul
again, but remained under the protec?
tion of the forts. The St. Paul la now
maintaining a blockade uff. San Juan."
SHATTER AT THE FRONT.
Ho Looks Over the Field of Operations
I Copyright. 1S9S, by Associated Press.)
JURAGUA, June 27.?Monday.?Per
Associated Press dispatch boat Wanda,
? P. M.. via Kingston, Jamaica. Tues?
day. June 28.?10 A. M.?Major General
Shatter, in command of the United
Slates army of invasion, arrived here
on board the transport Seguranca from
Baiquiri, with Colonel John Jacob Au?
tor, Captain Stewart Brice and Lieu?
tenants Miley and Noble and his stau*,
at about 2 o'clock this aftetrnoon. He
was met by General Bates, who was
superintending lhe landing of commis?
sary supplies In the surf.
Generals Garcia and Castillo paid
their respects to the American com?
mander. About an hour later General
Shatter struck out of the road to the
front. In order to consult with General
Wheeler and the division commanders
and look over the Held of operations
before Santiago de Cuba. The general
said he would probably return to the
Juragua headquarters tonight.
Permanent hospital arrangements are
to be provided at Jaragua at once.
The transport Iroquois, anchored oft
the shore. Is provided with trained
nurses and all conveniences. Tent hos?
pitals will also be erected on a cliff
overlooking the sea. There are very
few cases of sickness among the troops,
measles, heat prostration and dysen?
tery chiefly. Sporadic cases of yellJW
fever are reported by the insurgents,
but the disease Is not epidemic.
The troops are in good camps, on
high grounds overlooking the sea. The
nights and mornings are cool and
pleasant, but the midday sun Is hard
on the unaccUmated troops In the
marches over the hills. The medical
men say that It the campaign Is short
lhe troops will go through in goid con?
dition. The movements of the troops to
the front Is steadily going on. The
American and Cuban Infantry and cav- ?
airy und long lines of mule pack trains
and batteries of artillery choke all the
roadways over the hills to Santiago da
At 10 o'clock this morning General
Pearson's brigade, the Second, Tenth
and Twenty-tirst infantry of the first
division. General Kemp commanding,
moved out to occupy a position on the
extreme left, toward Morro Castle, and
for a few hours the camp was almost
deserted. Then the auxiliary cruiser
Yale came in sight with the new arri?
vals of American volunteers, consist?
ing of the Thirty-third Regiment and
one battalion of the Thirty-fourth Reg?
iment of Michigan volunteer infantry,
commanded by Colonels Peterman and
Boynton. Brigadier General Duffleld
accompanied them and the men are
now encamped awaiting the rest of the
Thirty-fourth Michigan and the Ninth
Massachusetts Regiment, on board the
Harvard, which vessel is expected here
REPORTS FROM SHAFTER.
He Announces that the Tale Troopo
WASHINGTON, June 28.?The War
Department late this evening posted
the following telegrams:
"Baiquiri, June z7, via Playa del
Kste. June 2S.?Hon. Secretary of war,
Washington. The Yale arrived this
morning all right. Troops now disem?
barking. Your son, who has been at
the front as a volunteer, assigned to
dutv on the staff of General Duffleld.
"Off Sibony, June 27.?Via Playadel
Este.? Adjutant general. Washington:
All is progressing well. We occupied
today an advance position abandoned
by the enemy yesterday on the Sevilla
and Santiago road, west of the San
Juan river, within three miles of San?
tiago and from which it can be plainly
"Major General Commanding.
He Will Announce the Establishment
of a Provincial Government.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28.?General
Wesley Merrltt, who will sail from this
port at 10 o'clock tomorrow and assume
his duties as governor general of the
Philippine Islands. has prepared a
proclamation which will be issued Im?
mediately after his arrival at Manila;
Although its contents are as yet be?
ing kept secret its general tone Is
known. It will announce to the peo?
ple of the islands that General Merrltt
as the representative of the United
States has established a provisional
government, and his authority mustbe
respected. At the same time he will
assure Hie inhabitants that he comes,
not to oppress, but to free them. They
are to be granted the fullest liberty
compatible with the preservation of law
and order and all personal Property
rights are to be respected. He has In?
structions from Washington to confer
with Admiral Dewey on M*."f^'M
Manila, and the two commanders are
to act n concert in anything that may
be necessary to Insure the occupation
of the islands by this government.
The Saturday half-holiday means a
reason or true enjoyment to the city
dwellers, who can then hie themselves
to the shore or the country for a hrlef
r-e?thing spell._ -? ,