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VOL III, NO.-200.
FROM PORTO RICO
Interesting Letters Written by
GEM OF THE ANTILLES
Cantmu* 3ud Seeuery Ol" tlie Iftlnu.l Oeseril?-.
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llur Natives. Want to
The following letter giving a descrip?
tion of Porto Rico, the gum of the An?
tilles, was written'by a member of the
Third Illinois regiment, which embarked
here for Porto Rico several weeks ago,
to a lady of this city:
Camp Guayama, Porto Rico, Aug. 17.:
We were ordered to cease all hostili?
ties on August 13th (my birthday),
when we were on the road to San Juan
and were in front of their first fortifi?
cations on the way. with our first bat?
tery unlimbered and set ready for ac?
tion, and would have 11 red in five min?
utes more, while the Third Illinois,
with my company right in the had.
were placed along the road and we
were within four hundred yards of the
breastworks. They were plainly visible
to us. but God's hand was again plain?
ly shown in this war for humanity, for
just at this trying moment a courier
came up with the news:
"Peace has been declared; cease all
our voyage over was very pleasant
in regards to sea. but our rations were
the most shameful of any we had expe?
rienced, and 1 verily believe that vio?
lence would have been done our quar?
termaster had the troops had a chance.
For example of our fare 1 might say
we had canned beef that had worms
crawling through it and canned beans
that had spoiled so that the stench
from a can freshly opened was almost
unbearable, and the cheapest grade of
canned tomatoes 1 ever saw and I sold
groceries for siv years and handled all
grades of catitPid goods, so that 1 am
not an entire stra.iger to th>? qualities
of such things. This, with hard ta.'k.
which had been rained upon an3 had m
consequence become covered with -nil
. dew, and a grid ? :if coffee that lasted
-....> much like vb.i , ,- to |JC n il.ii.i
ble. was the provision made for our
sustenance and had 1". r.ot boen for the
charitableness and good feeling of tin.
crew and marines 1 really do no." kno.v
what we would have done. We receiv?
ed treatment which a gocc many of our
boys will never forget, as these same of?
ficers who had us in their grasp are not
so far from a good trimming as they
may have though*.
August 1?. IS'JS:
I did 'lot finis l this las', n.gbt We
had to shift our camp a Id tie and by
that time it wa.-> dark and I did not feel
..like writing by candle light., i. wish,
y ou c?jild see "the- grand -''"lianorama
situated on a little knoll which is prob?
ably 400 or 500 reet high and in from the
coast some five or six miles.
Rooking away to the southeast we
can see the small but pretty fort of
Arroyo, where we landed, and far out
beyond the shore we can plainly see
the white caps of the breakers and oc?
casionally get a view of some c-i the
many passing boats which are con?
stantly on the move in these waters:
and somehow, when I see one of these
big fellows moving away so majestical?
ly. I also see far beyond our narrow
horizon and see myself approaching in
no slow and careless way a group of
large farm buildings nestling in a sha?
dy willow grove, and as I ' enter the
driveway which leads into the house
yard I can see mother look for a mo?
ment from the kitchen doorway to
make sure that it is "my darling boy"
and then with a start that is youthful
she is coming to meet me and then?
well, it is no use to go on with this kind
of talk, for you could nut see it in the
panorama. Following around to the
right and just to the foot of the hill
which boasts some 1,500 feet eminence
is one of the large sugar refineries
which one sees on the coast. Then,
continuing on our journey we see a
low range of hills which are dotted
with different kind of tropical trees,
some covered with bright dowers of
many colors, others loaded with some
of the many different tropical fruits,
not half of which I ever heard of in the
states and do not call to mind now by
name. The ground everywhere is thick?
ly covered with grass and large herds
or tine sleek cattle can be seen on the
hills lazily grazing or laying contented?
ly in the shade. In the valleys are
generally found little brooks which are
fed by springs and along the banks are
hundreds of cocoanut trees. Oeoasion
ly you will see the entire side of one of
these mountains transformed into a
banana grove, but I am sorry to say
the ripe fruit is not to be found.
A little west of south you get another
view of the ocean, but as there is no
harbor we can see no vessels here. Con?
tinuing we again see hills which, as we
go further to the west, begin to take on
the appearance of mountains, and about
northwest, situated at the summit of a
high mountain is the only Spanish for
tificatlon which I have seen on the is?
land, and I am glad to say that the
white flag flutters in the breeze from
From this point to the starting place
I think affords the most beauliful
sights. Steep mountain sides covered
with many different colors of glossy
green, with here and there a giant tree
overspreading a great deal of ground,
and quite often a huge boulder, with
living shrubs springing from crevices
deep fertile valleys with manv a na?
tive's thatched cottage dotting the hill?
side, clouds floating on the tops of the
higher elevations, and many other
things which make it a most beautiful
and inspiring sight.
As to the towns I have not much to
say. At a distance they look very
bright and lively. Colors of paint on
the houses give them a rather gay ap?
pearance, but on closer inspections the
openness of everything and the lack of
arrangement, etc., and many other
things which we would characterize as
slovenly at home, yet here is custom,
make one feel a sort of aversion for
Arroyo is a place of about 1,200 popula?
tion, and its Industries are the raising
of cane and making sugar and molas?
ses, several thousand hogsheads of
.each being sent to the United Slates
A great deal of wine of a high grade
Is made here annually and from 250 to
500 casks of bay rum are exported to
the United States each year.
There are three or four nice homes
here, mostly French, and a small but
pretty church with two speres.
The cemeteries in the island tell more
of the customs of the people, I mean
of the age from which the customs were
taken, and one does not have to look
?at one long to come to the conclusion
that he Is face to face with a relic of
the middle ages. The bodies are laid In
granite and marble tombs, built above
ground, and some of them are exquisite
- in design and workmanship, and many
> *>? the,older ones are cracking from age
and are almost entirely covered with |
moss. Many of them have beautiful
urns and vases on them in which dow?
ers either grow or are placed fresh.
Yet the site of the cemetery is covered
with a rank growth of weeds and un?
derbrush, which makes it look as I
though it were deserted. Two men
carry the corpse to the place of burial, I
and there is no cover on the casket. A I
tall man at the head and a short man
at the foot with the box on their heads
and the mourners following on foot. A I
high stone wall surrounds the ground?,
and the gates are great heavy steel
barred doors,' which are kept locked.!
Guayama is a city of over 4.S00 inhab- j
Hants, mostly black, with a considera-s
ble per ventage of French, and it is lo?
cated on. or is in fact, the end of the
military road, which leads across the
island to San Juan, and also has a rail?
road terminus, the railroad leading to
the same place. It has some fine resi?
dences, property and public buildings,
having one of the finest churches on the i
island, the cost being $411,000, and they
say it has a very line altar and rich. I
handsome decorations. Then the nitl- I
nlcipal hall is quite a modern structure
t wo stories high, the upper lloor being I
used for city officials' offices while the
lower door contains the telegraph and
telephone offices and the prison.
Ton see a great, many articles with
the labels of American manufacturers
upon them in the different shops. The
drug stores, especially, are unite mod
The streets are very good, mostly
The natives as a rule tire small In
stature, very clean about their person
and clothes, very industrious, mid seem
to be very peaceable. Their morals are
of a low standard. though, and men,
women and children chew and smoke
There are no horses here: nothing but
little ponies, a few mountain donkeys
and also a few very small mules. A
great many oxen are used, and they
are large, powerful creatures.
Nearly till provisions are cheap, ex?
cept good meat and Hour, the hitter be?
ing $35 a barrel.
Tiie health of our command has been
ouite good, so for only two bring sick
wit it fever, and one down with cramps. I
A gnat many have stomach trouble in
a mild form, but are on duty.
It is wonderful how it rains here. It
comes out of a clear sky. night or day,
and the way it rains is certainly won?
We have had only one skirmish, in
which three of our men were slightly
wounded, but one of our boys in com- J
pany K was shot on outpost and woun?
ded so badly that he died inside oH
Well, I guess I must close, hoping
that you will answer soon. Clive lies;
regards to Mrs. Adams and the other
people who were so kind to us at your
place, and believe me to be
h. a. tttt.l.
Co- L. 3r'l I"- Vol. Infantry.
?Military Post No. 1, Porto Rico.
AN< ITHEK LETTER.
Mr. Percy Porch, of this city, receiv?
ed the following letter from "sergeant
A. 1. Sawyer. Company B, Third Uli- I
nois regiment, who was a member of
tine of the first regiments to leave here
.faivTiorto Jiieo: .-.? -~j"
Military Post No. 1.
Guayama, Porto Rico. Aug. IS, IS!)S.
We arrived in the harbor of Ponce on
the evening of July 31, and anchored
inside the Meet of war vessels there. It
was a very pretty sight as we steamed
ii the harbor among so many lights
and Die lights of the city in the dist?
une. We remained in the Ponce har?
bor until midnight. August 1st, when
we sailed up the coast about forty miles
to Arroya. when, after firing a few I
-hots from the 5-Inch guns of the St. I
Louis, we landed.
Captain Pearson, of our company,
was the first ashore. It was a queer
little town we landed in, with its little!
houses without a window glass and u
board stairway running up to the sec- I
oral floor in front. The natives were a
source of amu'semc-nt to us, each one
waving his or her arms and crying
'Arnereanos. Puerto Rico! Spaniards
malo! Americano bravo!" We did not
have much time to watch these demon- 1
straliona, for we were hurried out of I
town to guard a cross-road leading
from the mountains into the town.
Nothing of any note passed until ev?
ening, when a little excitement was
caused by a half dozen Spanish horse- I
men riding into our outpost. A few
shots were fired, but none of our men I
were laut. We were relieved from
guard til the cross-road at Ii P. M. and
went into town to form an inner guard
to keep order and watch government
goods which were being unloaded, j
There-were no docks, so the natives j
would take on their backs as much as I
they eouid carry and jump overboard I
und wade ashore and then go back for i
We remained in Arroya until August
?1th. when we marched out of town. I
where we had been on guard the fist
day and went into camp. The next
lay we marched on to Guayama. The I
Spanish soldiers did not put up much
fight, but retreated to the mountains. 1
Four of the Fourth Ohio boys were I
wounded, but not very badly. We went
nto town ami put out a strong guard,
tor the Spaniards could be plainly seen ?
in the nearby mountains. We had done
ib.att till we could without artillery. So I
we had a week of idleness. We had a I
little scrap on the Slh. Two companies
of the Fourth Ohio went out into the I
mountains scouting. They came
around in a turn in the road and ran I
square into a blockhouse, surrounded I
by entrenchments. Before they could I
ret under cover the enemy opened fire, j
.vounding seven of the Ohio soldiers. I
The Ohio boys bold their own as soon
is they got under cover, and. although
mable to retreat or advance, they
nanaged to stay there until we arrived
o help them. On the morning of the
13th we started out to Cheye. One
ha'.. r.fcf our battalion was in the ad
.?ancc, followed by a battery of thirteen
?.runs. Then the rest of our battalion,
ollowed by another battery and then
The mountains were almost a natural
.'ortress, which any fifty determined
men could hold against"' a regiment.
3ut the Spanish soldiers seem to have
greater faith in the strength of a block
louse than in natural forts, so we foui d
hem behind entrenchments surround
ng a large blockhouse, about four miles
rom Guayama. The battery prepared
or action and a line of battle was
ot-med. Just as we were getting into
t an orderly came galloping up to say
hat peace had been declared, and all
Ighting must stop. Of course we were
tore, but we had to go back. We went
nto camp on a high hill about a mile
jutside of Guayama and here wo are
.vaiting for the next move. Most of
he hoys hope the next thing is to go
lome, for they are tired of making |
Igns and hearing Spanish jabbering. 1
mpe we will go back through Newport |
>Jews, for I should like to see our kind j
'?fiends. We have no idea when we ;
ivill go home, but hope it will be soon. |
WANTED?At the Virginia Cleaning |
and Dying Establishment, 85 suits of
' clothes every day. to be cleaned, dyed;
pressed and repaired, and made to
look like new. 3105 Washington av- j
enue , .ftug-10-tf i
SWUNG IN THE m
Lineman's Narrow Escape
from Death. . .
Hurry Hurnett K< celvcti a Terr:He Shock
Willie Stringing 1 elephffliA Wired
anil Was Thought He
.T. E. Burnett, a lineman in the em?
ploy of the Southern Bull Telephone
Company, had a narrow escape from
being electrocuted while at work yes?
terday morning stringing wires on
For a while it was thought by those
who saw Burnett swinging in the net
work of wires that he was dead. The
spectacle caused pedestrians to quiver
with horror. Burnett was sitting on
one of the cross-arms on a largo tele?
phone poll at the corner of Lafayette
avenue and Twenty-eighth street with
Iiis hands clenching the small wires.
There were ne> signs of life, and it
looked as if he would fall to the pave?
ment below, a distance of forty feet,
and be crushed into a pulp.
Negligence was the cause of the acci?
dent that nearly resulted in death.
Mr. Burnett had climbed the poll to
make fast a wire he was stringing. A
negro laborer was on the ground help?
ing him. The colored man was stand?
ing near the fire department building
holding a coil of wire. Mr. Burnett had
hold of one end of it making it fast to
a glass insulator. He cautioned the
negro not to let the wire touch the trol?
While fastening the wire Mr. Birnett
called for "slack" and the negro gave
too much, allowing the wire to fall
across the trolley cable. In a jiffy the
lineman was insensible. He was seen
to reel in the net work of wires and it
looked as if he could not let go of the
wire, which was then charged with the
current from the power plant of the
Newport News. Hampton and Old Point
Electric Railway Company. In falling
in the network Mr. Burnett forced
some of the telephone wires against a
live cable wire from the plant of the
Peninsular Electric Eight Company,
and he would have received a double
shock had not the current burned the
wire in two that crossed the trolley ca?
Among those who saw the horrifying
spectacle were Mayor Allan A. Moss.
Chief Engineer W. K. Stow, and Mr. C.
A. Bargain in. They rushed to Burnett's
assistance. A telephone message was
sent pi the local electric light plant
to cut off the current, which was
The perplexing question that next
arose was how to get the man to the
ground. Every one who saw him then^.
believed He ha'd"been killed. The hook
and ladder wagon was run out of the
fire department building. Then a rope
was quickly procured. Chief Stow
placed a ladder against the pole, while
another lineman climbed up to where
Mr. Burnett lay. The lineman was
afraid to put his hands on his fellow
workman, as he thought the wires were
still alive. Mayor Moss comi?rf.nded
him to go to Burnett's assistance, as?
suring him that the current had been
cut off. A rope was then placed around
Burnett's chest and he was carried
down the ladder by Chief Stow. Be?
fore he reached the ground Burnett
showed signs of life, and he soon re?
vived, but appeared to be dazed. Later
he became flighty and began to ask
Burnett was found to be horribly
burned about the hands, face and body,
in fact, wherever a wire came in con?
tact with his person. Dr. B. R. Gary
was quickly summoned. He dressed
;he mari's wounds, among which was a
deep burn, running around Burnett's
neck. Rater -in the day Burriett re?
gained his senses, but it will be sever?
al weeks before he will recover from
the effects of the shock.
Had not the small wire that fell on
the trolley melted in two Burnett would
have been electrocuted. While the w ire
lay across the cable myriads of sparks
Hashed from the other wires. He was
astride the cross-arm with his feet
crossed, and but for this position he
would have been knocked off the pole
by ihe shock. He did fall, but his body
caught in the net work of telephone
wires and Trence his life was miracu?
"It takes a lot to kill an Irishman."
said Mr. Burnett when he was seen last
MAY I5K MANDITS.
?ergeant J. W. Reynolds mid Dc-Kctlve ,1.
It: fleck Arr#st Two Nrsriir?.
Sergeant J. W. Reynolds and Railway
Detective J. B. Heck yesterday ar?
rested I. Stubbs and B. Maysfield. two
negroes, who are believed to be the
men who have been committing a num?
ber of highway robberies near the
Briarlield Road of late.
The old colored man who was robbed
there several nights 'since went to po?
lice headquarters in the afternoon and
told Sergeant Reynolds, who is acting
chief of police, that he had just passed
the two men who held him up on the
The sergeant and Detective Heck at
once started in pursuit of the negroes
and at the junction the sergeant se?
cured a horse. When the negroes sight?
ed the officers they broke and run, but
Sergeant Reynolds overhauled them
and compelled them to stop at the point
of a revolver.
East evening Lewis Birdson, a negro
who was held up and robbed some lime
iince. went to the city "jail and identi?
fied Stubbs and Maylield as the men
who robbed him. The other colored
man also identified the prisoners.
WILL ItKtilN WORK TUKSDAY.
Construction of the Mammoth Dry Dork
to Commcre TIitK Week.
Work on the mammoth dry dock,
which Mr. Collis P. Huntington will
build at the shipyard at a cost of $1,
000,000, will be commenced Tuesday.
The dock would have been well under
way but for the war. which made it
difficult to get material. However, sev?
eral large shipments of material have
arrived and the work can be pushed.
The plans for the basin were prepared
by General Manager Walter A. Post,
rind w1k>u completed it will be the larg?
est dry dock in America, probably in
The Kintergarten School, which was
held over the New York Tea Store, will
be opened again Sept. 12th. For infor?
mation apply to C. M. JENKINS, Box
273, Newport News, Va. It
i Do not loose sleep when a 10c bottle
I of "No Mosquite" will drive away ev?
ery mosquito. FRED P. ALLEN &
fS, VA., SUNDAY,
KILLED KV NO. 2.
Holly Hobt? Lose? Uls Life In the C. & O.
Holly Hobbs, aged 23 years, whose
home was at Mason, W. Va.. but who
for the last four weeks had been work?
ing as a driller on the battleship Ken?
tucky, was killed by passenger train
No. 2. a few minutes before 11 o'clock
yesterday morning in the Chesapeake
& Oltio railway yard, between Twen?
ty-eighth and Tyenty-ninth streets.
After hearing the testimony at the In?
quest held by Coroner U. R. Gary yes?
terday afternoon the jury rendered a
verdict to the effect that the deceased
came to his death by his own negli?
Engineer T. D. Hall was the most
important witness and testified that he
was scanning the track carefully as us?
ual and did not see Hobbs ahead until
almost upon him: Hobbs seemed to
come out suddenly and walk down the
middle or the track: he blew the whis?
tle, but the man paid no attention to it
and lie quickly shut down the brakes.
Persons with whom Hobbs boarded
on Thirty-sixth street testified that
he stated before leaving home- that he
intended returning to his home in West
On the dead man's person was found
$21 in cash and the by-laws of Van
dalia Lodge, No. TOS. K. of P.. of Ma?
son, w. Va.. and that lodge was com?
municated witli to know what dispo?
sition should be made of the body. Last
night a telegram was received request?
ing that the remains be sent home at
once. The body was prepared tor
burial by Undertaker Caffey, and will
be shipped this morning at S o'clock.
The members at Warwick Lodge. No.
72. K. of P.. will meet at their lodge
room this morning at 7:30 o'clock to
escort the remains to the depot.
Mr. Hobbs has been in the city for the
last month, having come here in search
of employment. He was a machinist
by trade. Yesterday he decided to re?
turn to the home of his widowed moth?
er, as he had 'been offered a position
nearer home. He told his friends when
he bade them good-bye that he expec?
ted to leave here at noon, and the sup?
position is that he expected to catch a
freight train, as no passenger train
leaves for tin; west at that hour. It is
thought he became confused by the
trains on the track and lost his bear?
ings. Tile young man was his mother's
only support. He was quiet and peace?
able, and during his short stay in New?
port News made a number of friends.
TROOI'g MAY COIIt: 1IKKK.
?Justness Men's Association Will Discuss
the Matter Tomorrow N'lglll.
There is good reason to believe that
more troops will be encamped at New
pun News in the near future. The War
Department is now on the lookout for
a suita:ble camping ground for the army
that will shortly return from Porto
Rico and if a decision unfavorable to
this city is finally reached it will be no
fault of Mayor Moss and the Business
There is an army officer in the city
at the present time who is heartily In
favor of Newport News as a camping
ground_>Mayor M <>??-? and W. B. -Vest,
president of the Business Men's Associ?
ation, called upon him last Friday
evening and held a brief conference
with the result that at its meeting on
Monday night the Business Men's Asso?
ciation will take some action petition?
ing the department to send the Porto
Rican soldiers to Newport News.
The officer in question, when asked
what he thought of the merits of this
locality for a camping ground, strongly
Mr. Vest stated yesterday that the
Business Men's Association will give
the matter earnest consideration Mon?
day night, when considerable other
business will be disposed of.
?SA SI HALL ;tjE.N>i ON
Jll&tlce.loneflComuVitstlte Negro to Awall
Action of ! lie (?ran.I Jury.
Sam Hall, the negro saloon keeper, of
Bloodfield, who shot and killed Private
Alonzo Andrews, of company I, IGOth
Indiana regiment, was brought to this
eily yesterday afternoon from the
Norfolk county jail by county Police?
man John Williamson.
Hall was taken 'before Justice Henry
F. Jones for a preliminary hearing, but
onaof bis counsel. Attorney R. M. Lett,
waived the examination, and the negro
was sent on to await the action of the
grand jury of the Warwick County
Court. Hall is now in the city jail.
It looks as if Hall will be tried in the
county instead of the city, as Common?
wealth's Attorney J. K. M. Newton In?
tended. He was sent on to awall the
action of the grand jury by a county
justice, and as the preliminary proceed?
ings took place in the county it is prob?
able the negro will be tried at Warwick
LOUISE; WINS THE RACK.
retiiinylvatiia Yacht Defeata the Ideal bv
Over Five Minutes.
The yacht race yesterday afternoon
between the Louise, of Philadelphia,
and the Ideal, of this city, resulted in
an easy victory for the former, which
crossed the line five minutes and thirty
seconds aheSd of the latter.
The yachts started from Finch's
wharf at 2 o'clock, raced dawn Hamp?
ton Roads around the Rip-Raps and
thence back to the wharf. The Louise
covered the distance in three hours and
fifteen minutes. A number of ladies
and gentlemen were standing on the
beach When the boats returned and
they sent up a cheer when the Louise
crossed the lino.
The trim little yacht Louise is owned
by .\fY. Wiliam.McCulley, and the Ideal
is the pride of the Ideal Yacht Slub.
Ne.v Coppir Shop.
Work on the foundation for
the new copper shop to be
built for the Newoprl News Shipbuild?
ing and Dry Dock Company, will lie
commenced Monday morning.
The large amount of work in view
neces.--.ated the building or a new ct5p
per shop as well as other structures
that will go up in the near tuture in
consequence of the increased activity
at the yard.
The new building will be 175 by ?O
feet and will be tie- best appointed of
its kind in the country. In fact none
of the new buildings soon to be started
will have their equal al any of the
I.? Crinale Duchesse.
The report that the Plant Line steam- ]
er La Grande Duchesse, which is now
being used by the government as a
transport, has been disabled is without
foundation. Mr. W. A. Post, general
manager of the shipyard, received a
telegram yesterday from New York, in
which it was stated that La Grande
Duchesse was in firet-class condition
The steamer will arrive here some time
this week to be fitted up for her regu?
lar coastwise run between Savannah
and New York.
Mr. R. A. Booker left this mor
ning for a few days' vacation at Lu
ray Cave and Natural Br.dge.
AUGUST 28, 1898.
THE HEWS OF BERLIN
Peace Conditions Discnsssd
by the Press.
HIGH PRAISE FOR AMERICA
Unusual Activity at Hie Uermnil Ship
yards. Senator Moiu'v, of MlxKlsslp
pt, Consults a Famous Oieutlsl.
Vitr Eastern Contest.
(Copyright; 1898, by Associated Press)
BEKUM, Aug. 27.?The German
press continues to discuss the peace
condition*; from various view points, a
majority of the papers according to the
United States high praise and admira?
tion for the'American government.
Most of them seem to think that dif?
ficulties will arise over the ultimate
disposition and control of the Philip?
pines, but, as a rule, the arguments ad?
vanced are repetitions and 1 bread bare.
The Koelnischo Zeilung's editorial
may be worth quoting, as then- Is the
best reason for believing that |t was
inspired. It .-ays:
"Before a definite peace is concluded
considerable time must elapse. Mean?
while the international situation in the
Philippines and the far east generally
may have changed materially, it is not
likely that Spain and the United Slates
will agree to a definite settlement of
the Philippine question without taking
the advice of powers Interested, partic?
ularly Russia and France."
Prince Bismarck's memoirs are now
in Berlin. Privy Councillor Kroner, of
a Stuttgart publishing firm, received a
special hint from the government and
bought the bulky manuscript, which is
now undergoing; examination. There is.
however, a duplicate manuscript at
Friedrichsruhe, and as the text was
dictated by Bismarck personally, the
family will not submit to any consid?
erable changes of abbreviations.
There is unusual activity In the
shipyards at Kiel, Stettin. Elbing and
Hamburg. The government has placed
a number of orders among them, in?
cluding commissions for six big torpedo
boat destroyers, of thirty-three knots
speed, to he ready for service early next
year. In addition are orders from Rus?
sia. Spain. Bray.il and Argentine Re?
The big army manoeuvres to com?
mence on September 3rd will be under
tin- personal direction of Emperor Wil?
liam. They will include, it is reported,
interesting and comprehensive exper?
iments with pigeons, bicycles and air?
ships. During a certain stage of of the
manoeuvres the emperor will assume
personally the chief command.
United States Senator Hernando De
Solo Money has been here Cor several
days consulting a famous oculist.
Much interest Is displayed In the out?
come of the far eastern contest. The
opinions of the renowned Austrian ori?
entalist. M. Vambery, in a Vienna
magazine meet with some support . He
believes that all the advantages Russia
has gained in China can only benefit
her in the remote future, when Russian
industry and commerce become able to
compete with British. "Such a despot?
ically goverened people," he says, "can?
not develop rapidly, while on the other
hand the Chinese are awakening and
the Anglo-American schooling is cre?
ating a desire for development. Should
England join her interests to those of
America and Japan, she would gain
her ends despite Port Arthur. Russian
railways and Russian banks."
"JIMMY" MICHAEL DEFEATED.
Major Taylor, the Colored Cyclist Out?
rides Him in a Match Race.
NEW YORK, Aug. 27.?Major Taylor,
the colored cyclist, met and defeated
"Jimmy" Michael, the little Welchman,
in a special match race, best two of
three, one mile, paced heats, from a
standing start, at the Manhattan Beach
cycle track this afternoon. Michael
won the first heat easily, as Taylor's
pacing quint broke down in the final
lap, but. on the next two heats Michael
was so badly beaten and distanced that
he quit each time in the last lap. Tay?
lor's work was "wonderful, both from
a racing and time standpoint and he
established a new world's record which
was absolutely phenomenal, covering
the third heat in 1.41 2-5. Michael was
hissed by the spectators as he passed the
stand, despirited and dejected by Tay?
lor's overwhelming victory.
Immediately after the third heat was
finished, and before the time was an?
nounced, William A. Brady, who cham?
pioned the colored boy during the seas?
on, issued a challenge to race Taylor
against Michael for $5,000 or $10,000 a
side, at any distance up to 100 milaa.
This declaration was received with tu?
multuous snouts iby the assemblage,
and the dusky victor was lionized
when the time was made known. Ed?
ouard Taylor, the French rider, held
the worki s record of 1.45 3-5 for the dis?
tance in a contest paced from a stand?
ing start. The world's record against
time for a standing start made by
Platt Betts, of England, was 1.41 2-5.
Michael beat Taylor's record by 12-5
seconds in the first heat, but Major
Taylor wiped this out and tied Betts'
record against time In the second heat.
As Taylor was on the outside for nearly
2 1-2 laps, it was easily seen that he
rode more than a mile in the time, and
shrewd judges who watched the race
said that he would surely do better on
the third attempt. That he fully jus?
tified this belief goes without saying.
The Welsh rider was as pale as a
corpse when he jumped off his wheel,
and he had no excuse to make for his
Taylor's performance undoubtedly
stamps him as the premier cycle sprin?
ter of the world, and, judging from the
staying qualities he exhibited in the
six days' ride in the Madison Square
Garden, the middle distance champion?
ship may be his before the end of the
The weather conditions could not
have been more perfect, as there was
only a slight wind, and It did not re?
tard the speed of the riders In the
The American Cycle Racing Associa?
tion induced Tom Einton. of Wales, to
postpone his departure for England to?
day, and Michael and he have been
matched for an hour race, with unlim?
ited pace, for a purse of $2,500?$1.500 to
go to the winner and the remainder to
the loser. The race will take place at
the Manhattan Beach track on Labor
Day, September 5.
Persons who can board and lodge
visitors during the firemen's convention
are requested to fill out a blank found
in the advertising columns and send It
it to P. O. box 163.
Grape juice Is very fine, exhilarating
and refreshing. W. G. BURGESS.
Grape Juice Is very fine, exhilarating
and refreshing. W. G. BURGESS.
ARMY OFFICERS PROMOTED.
Men Who Fought at Manila Rewarded
by the President.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 27.?Before
leaving the city the President ordered
following promotions of officers
who participated in the capture of Ma?
T- be major general of volunteers?
Brigadier General T. M. Anderson,
Brigadier General Mat-Arthur, Briga?
dier General F. V. Greene.
To be major general of volunteers by
jrevet?Brigadier General John B. Bab
To be brigadier general of volunteers
!?Colonel S. Overshlne, Twenty-third
United States inrantry; Colonel Irving
Hale. First Colorado volunteer infan?
try: Lieutenant Colonel C. A. Whittier,
United States volunteers.
To be brevet brigadier general of vol?
unteers?Colonel C. McC. Reave, Thir?
To be brevet colonel in the regular ar?
my?Lieutenant Colonel John French.
o be brevet colonel of volunteers?
Lieutenant Colonel R. E. Thompson,
?hief signal otllcer.
To be brevet colonel of volunteers?
Major Cuthbertson, Tenth Pennsvlva
a volunteers; Major J. F. Bell. Unt?
il Slates volunteers: Major Stotesen
berg. First Nebraska; Major Boxton,
st California; Major Sturgis, assis?
tant adjutant general of volunteers;
Major Crother, volunteer engineers;
Major Bement, volunteer engineers;
Major Simpson, assistant adjutant gen
ral of volunteers.
To In- brevet major in the regular ar
>y?Captain Hobbs, Third artillery
Captain Wernau. Twenty-first infan
: Captain Nichols, Twenty-third In
fantry; Captain Sage, Twenty-third In?
fo n try;
To be brevet major of volunteers
Captain T. B. Mott, assistant adjutant
general of volunteers; Captain W. B.
Hates. U. S. volunteers; Captain R. W.
Young. Utah artillery; Captain F. A.
Grant. Utah artillery; Captain Bjorn
sttid. Thirteenth Minnesota; Captain
Oscar Seabrook, Thirteenth Minnesota
Captain G. W. Sawtelle, U. S. volun?
teers; Captain P. S. March, Astor bat?
tery; Captain E. A. McHanna, volun?
teer signal corps.
To he brevet captain In the regular
army?Lieutenant Uagadorn, Twenty
To be brevet captain of volunteers?
Lieutenant Lackare, Thirteenth Minne?
sota: Lieutenant Whit worth. U. s. vol?
unteers: Lieutenant Povey, Second Ore
gon; Lieutenant William W. Chance
volunteer signal corps; Lieutenant J.
Perkins, volunteer signal corps: Lieu?
tenant Charles E. Kilbourn, volunteer
BXTL'NT OF THE RELIEF WORK.
Interesting Statement Issued by the
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27.?Some state,
moms made at the War Department
today Indicate that efforts are making
to alleviate the suffering in the camps.
Tin- surgeon general reports that up to
tin- 8th day of August there had been
sent to Chickumauga camp 3.42S cots
and bedsteads, 6,u36 gray blankets,'T,
3!)!) cotton sheets and 3.250 mosquito |
bars. Another statement shows the
number of nurses which have been pro?
vided tor the different camps where
hospitals are established as follows:
Fort Meyer. Va., 63; Fort McPhei-.son,
Ga., (10 en route) -46; Fort Thomas. Ky.,
(5 et) route) 13; Fort Monroe. Va., 3S;
hospital ship Relief, Cl; hospital ship |
Hudson, 2; hospital ship Missouri,
hospital train, 3; at large, one; Key
West. Fla.. (3 ordered to Huntsville
Ala.,) 0; Santiago de Cuba, 179; Leiter- 1
er, Chickamauga Park, Ga.4 (5 en route)
38; hospitals at Chickamauga Park,
Ga.. other than Leiterer en route or on |
duty, 219; Sheridan Point. Va.. 2: For.
nandinn, Fla., (en route or on duty) 20;
Camp Alger, Va., 10: Camp Wikoff,
Montauk Point, N. Y., (en route or on ]
duly) 8S; Tampa. Fla., 11; Jacksonville
Fla., (enroute or on duty) 59; Porto j
Rico, ?. Total. 878.
In addition to the above list there
arc over 6,000 members of tin' hospital
corps whose services are available as |
MONEY F?R MERRITTS MEN.
Transport Scandia Sails for Manila
With $1.000.000 in Coin.
SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 27.?The
transport Scandia sailed for Honolulu
and Manila today.
For Honolulu she carries Companies I
A, li and O. of the First New York
regiment, consisting of 2!I5 men and ten |
officers, in command of Lieutenant Cu
onel H. P. Stackpole.
For Manila the steamer takes Second |
Lieutenant A. P. Hayne and twenty
e men of the First Battalion, heavy
artillery, California volunteers, to act I
as guard for $1,000.000 in coin for the j
troops In General Merrill's command;
Majors Schofield. Sheary and Stern
berg, paymasters, and three clerks ii
charge of the money; Major Kobbo
Third artillery: Lieutenant Wedge'
wood. Battery B, Utah artillery, and
fourteen medical officers and 131) pri?
vates of the hospital corps and tour
Red Cross nurses, making a total of
HOBSON HONORED AGAIN.
To Be Promoted Without the Formality
of an Examination.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 27.?Assistant
Naval Constructor Hobson was to hav
been examined for promotion last week
but owing to his duties he could not
go before the board. It was order
that his record be examined to see
that would entitle him to the highest
rank. The board says:
"The board Join with all the work
in admiring the skill, courage and gal
laut conduct of Assistant Naval Con?
structor Richmond P. Hobson. in con?
nection with the Merrimac, as set forth
in the letter of the commanding officer
of the North Atlantic stations."
The report then refers to the various
papers submitted in connection with
Mr. Hobson's record and clones with a
commedation that he be promoted to
FIVE YEARS FOB DUNCAN.
Heavy Sentence for the Man Who Des?
ecrated a Confederate Grave.
CAMP ME A DE. MIDDLETOWN.
PA. Aug. 27.?The courtmartlal In the
ease of Dr. Duncan, of the Tweri.ty
j second Kansas regiment, found him
guilty of desecrating the grave of a
Confederate officer at the Bull Run bat?
tlefield, and he was sentenced last ev?
ening to Imprisonment of five years.
LEXINGTON. KY., Aug. 27.?There
Is current a story which many here be?
lieve that Cassius M. Clay has filed at
Richmond. Ky., a petition for divorce
from his child-wife. Dora Richardson.
At Richmond and at the home of Mr.
Clay the rumor cannot be verified.
Now Jail for Wanvkk County.
The "Free State of Warwick" will
have a new Jail. At a recent meeting
of the board of supervisors steps were
taken looking to the. erection of a new
? prison. The jail now in use Is old and
SINGLE COPY,TWO CENTS
ONE WEEK, TEN CENTS.
OFF FOR ft VACATiO
President Lays Aside the
Cares of Office.
INSPECTS CAMP MEADE
Comp?,,, Street* Scrupulously C???
the Men Look Their Hest While the
Visitors Are Driven Around on
An inspection Tour.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 27.-The
dent ami Mrs. McKinley left Washing
Pennsvfvn ? ?Ck "V* m0rnln^ ove? the
Pennsylvania road for Somerset, Pa."
brother McK,,,lelr' lhe President's
The only other members of the party
i Vi Lol,el>"ou. assistant secretary
maid " ??>d Mrs. McKlnley-a
Motrnnt"r?'V|S,ir "triced In town fron?
Montauk Point about 8 o'clock this
morning and drove at once to .the':
\\ h ie House, where he had a half
i.otn s . onterence w ith the President in
l" lhe conditions at Camp Wik
AT CAMP MEADE.
p \ a M ISA DE, MIDDLETOWN
la., Aug. ? ,._President and Mrs. Mc
tv.inl.-y spent a pleasant hour today at
Lamp Meade en route to Somerset Pa.
tor a short vacation.
The President and_ Mrs. McKinley
reached here at J o'clock on a special
tram from Washington and were met
by General Graham and staff and the
I-irst Delaware regiment, which was
detailed as guard of honor.
The regiment was drawn up along the
road leading to camp and when the
1'resident and other guests had been
sealed In open carriages the regiment
presented arms and the band played
"The President's March."
Secretary of the Commonwealth Mar?
tin and Attorney General McCormick
received the President in the absence
of Governor Hastings, who Is In the
South with the Pennsylvania hospital
After a hurried inspection of the
quarters of the general and his staff.
President and Mrs. McKinley were
driven through the camp. Company
streets were scrupulously clean and the
m. u looked their best. The President
was much pleased with the location oC
the camp and the appearance and con?
dition of the men.
The various regiments were drawn up
in line to receive the party when they
arrived at their quarters. The Presi?
dent visited the division hospital and
the hospital which the lied Cross Soei-"
ety T/f Philadelphia _haa_eStabUsJied::tOr;(.
the care of the most serious cases.
President and Mrs. McKinley left
camp at 2 o'clock this afternoon for
Somerset, Pa., where they will be the
guests of Abner McKinley and family.
TUB FIRST DIVISION.
Major General Davis, commander of
the First Division, will bo here tonight
from Thoroughfare Gap with his staff.
The movement of this division com?
menced yesterday and will be complet?
ed by Monday. General Gobin has been
directed to hurry forward the First Di?
vision from Camp Alger, as General
Graham is anxious io have his corps
here within ten days.
President McKinley remarked to Ma?
jor General Graham as he was about
to start for Somerset that he was very
much pleased with the camp and that
it was an ideal location. The President
was much distressed over the accident
which befell two soldiers shortly be?
fore his arrival In the camp." One was
Private .lames Carr, Company F, Third
Missouri, and the other Private John
Sullivan. Company M, First Rhode Is?
land. They were walking on the Penn?
sylvania tracks and were struck by a
fast mail train and instantly killed.
SOMERSET, PA., Aug. 27.?The Pres?
idential party, composed of President
McKinley and Mrs. McKinley, Assist?
ant Secretary Cortelyou and Major
Web Hayes, of the Sixth Ohio cavalry,
reached Somerset by special train from
Johnstown at S:-10 this evening. Bur?
gess J. II. Plsell and the members o?
the town council boarded the Presi?
dent's car and welcomed the party.
When the President stepped out of the
ear with Mrs. McKinley on his arm, the
2,500 people who had gathered cheered
heartily and the Meyersdale band,
which the burgers brought here for the
occasion, played while the party was'
going to carriages. The President and \
Mrs. McKinley entered Mr. Abner Mc
HCinley's carriage. Hundreds of people
Sinod the street and kept the President
bowing until the carriage reached the
pretty summer home of Mr. Abner Mc?
Kinley where the distinguished guests .
will remain-durlng their stay here. The
President and Mrs. McKinley are in
good health, having passed a restful
day and both say they greatly enjoyed
i heir trip to Somerset. The party will
leave here at 11 o'clock Monday for
Cleveland reaching there In'the even?
ing The'v will go from Cleveland to
Canton t? pass a day at their old
home then return to Cleveland and
leave there Friday for New York,
reaching there that evening. The Pres?
ident will visit the camp at Montauk
Point on Saturday and return to Wash,
ington that evening.
The McKinley home here was placed
in direct telephonic communication
with Washington this afternoon and
the President has. though among the
Somerset hills, the great affairs that
?ire engaging his attention within call?
ing distance. _ ,
FIVE PFUSONS KILLED.
WARE MASS.. Aug. 2..?A railroad
train on the Boston and Maine railroad
struck a buckboard at Whiting's Cross?
ing tonight and killed five members of
a pleasure party. The killed are; >
GEORGE WHITING, aged 50. iii
JESSE WHITING. 18. ;? .
GEORGE WHITING JR., 13.
SADIE WHITING. 20.
A BOY, not identified.
The seriously hurt are: Harold Rich,
?8; John Scott. 6; Milder Scott, 4.
MUSTERING OUT TROOPS.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27.?Governor
Tanner, of Illinois, was at the War De.
partment today and as a result of a
talk with him Adjutant General Corbln
issued orders to muster out the First,
Fifth and Seventh Illinois.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 27.?The fol?
lowing volunteer r. gmients were today
ordered to be must- r ed out of the serv?
ice: The First and Fifth Missouri, now
? t Chickamanga, mal the Third Mis?
souri now at Middl-vtown, Pa., will go
to Jefferson Barracks. Mo. The 159th
Indiana, now at Middletown. will go to
Indianapolis. The Eighth New York,
now at Chickamauga, will go to Hemp,
i stead, L. L . . ' . - -J