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Sewer System ... Discussed
COMMISSION TOO HASTY
Tili? Seeiiixt? Be Hie (ieneritl Opinion, us
It Nt> Authority to tin.el ion
El.fclln . i roll, i'm Si.tct Kl 1(111
to MhUii Connect Inns.
The special meeting of the Business
Men's Association, hehl in Ihr Brnxtiui
building lust night, which was . alle,I by
President W. 1:. Vest at tin- request of
ten members fur Hie purpose of consid?
ering the action of the sewer commis?
sion in acquiescing in Engineer Alexan?
der Potter's detenu nation in make con?
nections to the curbing in the al.s nc
of any ordinance stipulating that the
expense -hall be borne by the property
holders, was well attended by repiesec
tative citizens. ?
After calling the meeting to order
President \V. 1;. Vest read the call, and
then Mr. J. A. Ilirshberg was recog?
nized. ,!!?? staled that In- was one o:
the signers of the petition for the call
? and desired to make a statement so
that his position might lie understood.
It," had been informed that the sewer
commission had --xe. cded its authoriiy
and if so he thought tin- mailer should
be ' nipped in the bud" ai once, for If
the aetion of the commission were ille?
gal the city would Im.I itseir Involved
in many law suits. Thvn. t..o. th- prop?
erty holders had a right to know bow
their money was being expended.
-Mr. Elias lv.vsi.i-. another signer of
the petition, made a similar staiem ut
CiL> Engineer i.b-oig- W. Pitched
Was asked to address the meeting Cap
tain Kilch. it s.ii.l Air. Alexander Pot?
ter, the supervising nrchiloel. seemed
to have the matter , mir. ly in his hau s
under an iron bound contract. Ti e
$70.000 voted by the C.iminiin Councl
for sewers was at his disposal t i be ex?
pended as he saw iit. Mr. Potter was
not under bond and tin- contractor had
only been required to give bond in tile
sum of $lil.iiiitl, one hall of Hie amount
of his contract. "1 have no authoriiy
to inspect ihe work.'' said Captain
Pitch.-It. -t might to..!; in th.- hole of
the pip,, laid in sand, bin could not tell
whether it was properly laid or caulk,
ed without!, making an examination."
.Mayor Allan A. Moss, who is a mem?
ber of th,- commission, was asked to
make an address, and his reply was:
"I don't sc.- anything to talk about."
Mr. Ilirshberg then pul n series of
questions to .Mr. Moss, asking him,
among oilier Illings, if the cotiim.is.-ion
had nut gone in direct opposition ti> the
advice of the c.uniiv .nw e.i Ith's allorney
in authorizing .Mr. potter to go ahead
with the work of making connections
to the curbstones.
In answer to the questions Mayor
Moss said the matter had b--. ii talked
over by tin- commission, but no action
was taken. Mr. Potter was present at
a meeting ?villi his contract, which the
members examined. Mr. Potter held
that under the eontraci he had a righ
to do the work, claiming thai Lie- con?
nections came under the provision for
extension work. The commissi nets
acquiesced in that opinion. Ii had been
estimated licit each connection would
cost $l:i if the eontraci were awarde 1 to
i\l. Ilonan .v.- Sou at their prii.I twen?
ty-nine cents a to t. Tie mayor said
he did not think citizens should ohj c
to anything that would be benofui.il to
the city, it would not cost property
holders as much now to make the c n
nectioiis as it would years hence. When
the streets would have 10 be torn up
"It looks." said Mayor .Moss, "as if ev?
erybody knows more abiut laying .-ew?
ers than the engineer and eoutraclois.'
Councilman -I. 11. Caffee. who is also
a member of -the sewer commission,
next addressed tie- meeting. II ? stai d
that it was a dit'rieiilt matter for the
commission to decide a bant the conn c
lions and how they should be made
Mr. Potter , h,lined that he had a right
to make them and the commission
agreed with him. Thcie was i.o orb
nance requiring property holders to pay
the i-.st of making connections, but i
could be enacted at a later date. II
was necessary !.. decide at once, as it
Would require about sixty days to pass
the ordinance. The extra work would
cost, it had I.n estimated, about $17.
000. but he did n..t know where the
money was coming from. He was glad
the business men had taken the mattet
up. as he wished to have It fully dis
cussed. If the commission had made a
mistake it could be roctilled at once
without working injury to any one.
The next speaker was Mr. 1.. I.. An?
derson, lie began by saying that at
the last meeting of the Common < '01111
cil this matter was discussed and at
that time Commonwealth's Attorney .1.
K. M. -Newton gave it as Iiis ..pinion
that this work would come under th.
head of new improvements and it would
be necessary tu call for bids and let il
out by 1.tract. Mr. Potter had noth?
ing to do w ith il and Hie city would not .
be compelled to pay Mr. Potter a com?
mission' for superintending the work
as it would be the duty of the city en?
gineer to see that it was properly done
Mr. Anderson discussed every phase of
the question. He held thai Mr. P it-,
could not construe a connect ion to be an
extension. The courts had passed on
that question time and again, Before
the commission could order this wotk
it would be necessary to enact an ordi?
nance authorising il to be done, and
then there would have to be another
ordinance compelling properly holders
to pay for the connections.
Mr. J. L. Mary.-, dr.. was next recog?
nized. "1 want lo know." he begin
whether we have delivered our rights
to strangers, and in order that we may
lind out 1 move that when we adjouri
we fix another night for holding
a meeting, when the city clerk, the city
engineer and commonwealth's attorney
are present with a copy of the contrite s
made by the supervising engine r am:
contract'.:-!'. Some provision should b
made so that our city engineer can so.
that this work is being properly done
and in order lo do so he must be per?
mitted to use the level rod."
Mr. Marye's motion prevailed and an
hour later the meeting adjourned till 8
o'clock Friday night.
Captain Fitchett was again rocog
nized. He said that the making of con?
nections was entirely new work and
would have to be let out by contract
in the manner proscribed by the city
In answer to that Mr. Moss said Mr
Potter might object to another <on
tractor and egineer making connections
with the sewer main while it was in
course of construction. This opinion,
however, was soon exploded by a legal
authority, who said that. Mr. Potter
could be forced to .-'">w the making of
connections, as the city owned tho sow?
er system and lie was simply the town's
agent or the city engineer for this par?
ll seemed to be a tangled affair, and
'. thing apparent was that the con
mission went loo far when il sanction?
ed Mr. Potter's determination to go
ahead with the work of making connec?
tions without the proper authority.
-Mr. IS. I. Ford, the other member of
the sewer commission, was not present
at the meeting last night, hut il is un?
derstood that he protested against the
action of the commission, preferring to
submit the matter to the Common
No one present at the meeting ob
jected to the making of the connec.icu s,
Inn it was the general opinion that tile
u'.rk should be' done in a legal way and
that there was no reason why Mr.-Pot?
ior should he paid the sum of $1.500 in
commissions for superint, nding ii wii n
th.' city engineer was competent and
perfectly willing to intend to the work.
I'HACIIY IN WAS1II.MITON.
lie (iocs to the National Capital on Poll t ?<?? 1
Attorney A. C. Peachy left Sunday
for Washington on political business.
The object of .Mr. Peuchy's trip, it is
?laid, is to appear before the National
Congressional Committee and protest
igainst the manner in which tho ward
meetings were held in this city to select
lelegales to the Congressional con veil - 1
.ion. Ii is ?nderst.1 Mr. Peachy will
ruofer charges againsi Postumster Frei!
I tend, tic Itepubiican city chairman, I
ind ask for an investigation.
Postmaster Fred Read does not man-i
il'cst nny uneasiness ever tic outcome
if Mr. Peachy's trip, lor he bus no fear
lh.it the post,.llice department will lake
lie- mailer up. ami even if it does he is
?onlKlent ihm he can vindicate himself
mil so ore his friends.
lilt. SUltllil. At.'H IIICAI1.
Iii- Passes A ii ny .Suddenly at the Ivy Hole),
al I he Age of 7.1
Mr. Samuel Acli, aged 7:". years, father
!' Mrs. Morris .loo. ,li,-,| at Hotel Ivy
lust night a few minutes before 12
Mr. Ach was taken ill at 10 o'clock
.onI e\pir,-,| two hours Inter. Ai first
he was !,..t ihougln to he seriously ill.
.is he was suffering with an attack of
neuralgia, but the disease attacked his
Mr. Ach was well known in this city,
having lived here for lie- hist three
years. II,- was borne in L?rrraiue prov?
ince. France, and emigrated to New
Vork. where he engaged in the butcher?
ing business. II.- is survived bv two
daughters an,I one son?Mrs. Morris
loo. of ihis city: Miss 'fill ami Mr. Leo
Ach. of New Vork. A sisler. Mrs. !?'. O.
May. of Ronmike. Vn.. and one broth, r.
Mr. Sin,..ii Ach. of Brooklyn, also sur?
vive him. .Mr. Ach was a member of
ihe Masonic fraternity.
The remains will be sent to New York
today for interment.
Alarm Out ot Kelter.
Mr. T. H. Sharp, electrician for the
fire department, reported to the board
of lire commissioners that the fire
ilario wires are badly twisted and oth?
erwise disarrange,,! in several sections
of the city, evidently caused bv the
wires of ihe Southern li, III Telephone
The board held a meeting yesterday
aflei noon at 1 o'clock I' tin- purpose of
giving the m iner proper consideration.
From -or. Sharp's report i: is seen that
ihe v ires aie out order on Twenty
eighth si i-eei. between Washington ar.d
Jefferson avenues: al mg Jefferson av?
enue: mi Twenty-third si reel from Jef?
ferson avenue i? Water strevt. and. on
Water street fr. nl Twenty-lifth street
to 1 lie piers. The telephone wir, s
seem to be lesp.msiblc for the disar?
rangement of the lire al trio system and
ihe tire commissioners will lake steps
la effect an immediate remedy.'
Will Superintend th.- New Pier.
Mi. E. Christian has Fendered his re?
signation i., lie- lire commissioners as
driver in the lire department to accept
ihe position of superiniendelil of the
new pier al the i',,,,1 of Twenty-fifth
.creei. Mr. Christian receive 1 his'ap
pointrneilt from the Old Dominion Land
Company lost week and win enter upon
his duties September I.
The lire commissioners will elect a
driver to succeed Mr. Christian. Only
on,- application has been sein in for
ihe position, but ii is understood there
are several candidates.
As sup. rinteii,h ut of the new pier,
Mr. Christian has a responsible posi
lion. as ihe Old Dominion I-und Com?
pany expects its Intest enterprise t,, he
largely patronized by transportation
companies, oystermen and truckers
from the surrounding cauntry.
ItcinriK From Knrope.
Mr. A. Keisliehl arrived Sunday from
Belfast, whither he went to visit Iiis
mother ami other relatives, having
been absent from the city for six weeks.
While away Mr. Keisliehl visited Ham?
burg. Rotterdam. Liverpool and Lon?
Mr. Keisliehl had rather an eventful
trip, lie was on the point of purchas?
ing passage on the ill-fated French
steamer Rourgogne, which was lost by
collision off Newfoundland in a fog
with nearly all on hoard. He had put
his moiiiiv down al the ticket window,
when he says he had a presentment and
decided to go on the Lucanin, which,
however, had a. breakdown before she
got across and pulled into port Willi
only one set of engines working.
Ili?elo&rceil From the Army.
Mr. E. Peyser, the clothier, yesterday
received a telegram from Washington
staling that Corporal W. Ii. Richardson
and Private Alexander McArthur, of
company <'. better known as the Hunt?
ington Riltes, had been formally dis?
charged from the army. Mr. Richard?
son was employed as a clerk by Mr.
Peyser, and upon his return to the city
he will resume his position, which has
iK-en held open for him.
N- w Uniforms fori ompany C.
Tue Huntington Rifles, at Camp Cuba
Libre, near Jacksonville, are being sup?
plied with new uniforms and otherwise
equipped for long service. It is the
opinion of the members of the Fourth
Regiment, all of the companies of
which are being equipped in the same
manner, that the regiment will go to
Cuba with General Lie. although Gov?
ernor Tyle.r is said to have decided to
select a provisional regiment to do po?
lice duty in Cuba under General Lee.
Grape juice is very fine, exhilaratlu'g
and refreshing. W. G. BURGESS.
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?
enue . aug-10-t$
Nine Warships Weigh Anchor
for the "Hub."
THE CREAM OF THE FLEET
Ih Understood the V??c!< Are lining
North for it Naval Itevleu. Coni
mt rchil Hoilies Mny Ke
gluter u "Kleli."
Nine naval vessels, the principal war?
ships of Commodore Howell's lleet that
rendezvoused in Hampton Road
weighed anchor yesterday afternoon for
Boston, where, it is understood, they
will participate in a naval parade.
The sailing of the warships was
great surprise to tho people at <>!J_'
Point, for assurances had be
delegation of citizens from Ulis section
of the slate who visited Washington
last week that the vessels would be a
to ""remain in Hampton Road
land it is quite likely that a protest will
I bo lodged with the Navy Department
The statement that the squadron would
be reviewed in Boston also oecusiont
surprise, as Assistant Secretary of tl
Nuv.l Allen, when asked to have the
ships reviewed in Hampton Roads
stated that it would be impossible t
arrange for such a parade at this time
Following wore the vessels that
Cruiser Topeka. Lieutenant Comman
il.-r Wiliam S. Cowl
Cruiser Detroit, Commander J. H
Gunboat Helena, Commander William
Gunboat Wilmington, Commander
"hapman C. Todd.
Gunboat Machias, Commander Wil?
liam M. Moade.
Gunboat Marietta. Commander Fred?
rick M. Symonds.
Gunboat Bancroft, Commander Rich- j
Gunboat Castine, Commander Robert
Gunboat Lancaster, Commander
The Lancaster was Commodore Ho?
ney's flagship while the lleet was In
outhern walers, bu. the commodore
I left this ship several days ago for
Portsmouth, N. H? whither he was or
lorod to take command of the navy
The San Francisco is the only iron
lad vessel in these waters, the other
warships being converted cruisers and
Why the ships were ordered north is
not known here. Their departure has
occasioned great regret and there is lit?
tle left of the interest in Hampton
j Roads. 1 a
Two excursion trains arrived at Old
I Point Sunday from Richmond, bringing
1 many people who came to see tho ves
ids that had just arrived from Cuban
I and Porto Rican waters. Tho ships
;nted a magnificent picture Sun
night when all their lights were
DIXIE IN THE ROADS.
Halted States cruiser Dixie, manned by
the Maryland naval reserves.
The Dixie reached Lynnhaven Bay
Saturday nigh:, but did not drop anchor
j in Hampton Roads until Sunday morn
I ing. Immediately the boys began to
-c ashore and greet their friends. A
;e part of the First Maryland was
i there to greet them, as the boys in the
First have many friends on the Dixie.
Tlte crew and ship are reported to beV
in line shape. The men, thinking thejr|
would be quarantined, worked to get
the ship in apple?ple order before she
reached here, and everything aboard is
as bright as a new pin. The Maryland
tars are loud in their praises of the
Dixie, and boast proudly of her achieve?
ments while she was in Cuban waters.
They report having taken four prizes
on the high seas and ninety-seven in
the harbor of Ponce, which port was as
easy to take as "rolling off a log."
The gunners of the Dixie did tine
work on every occasion. It is a source
of much comment that the Dixie and
tin- Yankee worked together in an en- u
gagement off Trinidad. The men wer?/f
given shore leave at St. Thomas. Guar,
tanamo'. Ponce and Camanera. At th
latter place they took a brass cannon
with the inscription "December 1S01,"
upon it. This is their prize trophy of
the war. Every man has a box of rel?
ics and a world of experience.
The only regret seems to he that the
Dixie was not at Santiago: they were
celebrating the Fourth of July 110 miles
They are proud of their work. Theyy
have done their duly, but they are novVl
eager to return home. The war is over
ami they can do nothing more.
The Dixie yesterday paid her respee s
to the flagship by tiring the usual fa
lute. Her guns attracted a large er wd
lo the dock. The ceremony was p st
poned until yesterday on account of In r
arrival on Sunday, the government not
requiring salutes to be fired on the
first day of the week.
P.ALL TO NAVAL OFFICERS.
Mr. Allen F. Campbell, manager of
Hotel Chamberlin. has issued invitations
to a ball that will be given to Commo?
dore Howell and officers of the fleet at
Cid Point Friday evening.
jvent of the day at Ssj?ld
y was the arrival cn vine
MUSTERING OUT VOLUNTEERS.
Reported That the Third Virginia Will
Soon Be Relieved From Duly.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 20.?Til's fol?
lowing troops have oc-eq ordered mus?
tered out: Ninth Massai.-husetts from
Middletown, Pa, to Seith Fnrmbigton.
Mass., where they will be mustered out;
Seevnth Illinois from Middletown to
Springfield; First Illinois. Lexington.
Ky.. to Springfield: Fifth Illinois. Lex?
ington to Springflsld; Sixty-fifth New
York, from Alger to Buffalo: Fifth
Ohio infantry from Fernandina, Fla .
lo Columbus. O.; Eirst Wisconsin, from
Jacksonville to .Camp Douglass, Wis.:
Third IT. S. volunteer cavalry (Grigs
by's) at Chickamauga; Fourth Texas,
at Austin. Tex.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29.?At 11:30
o'clock tonight general orders relating
to the mustering out of the volunteers
and granting furloughs were promul?
gated by Adjutant General Corbin. To
those officers and men who have soiv d
beyond the limits of the Uni?
ted States leaves of absence
and furloughs for sixty days
will be granted respectively, while to
those who have not served outside of
the country the leaves of absence and
furloughs will be limited to thlrtv du\s
VIRGINIANS TO GO HOME.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 29.?It is le
ported at Camp Alger tonight that the
Third Virginia regiment will shortly
be mustered out, Secretary Alger. it is
said, having consented to a request pre?
ferred by the State officers.
YACHT MAY IN l'ORT,
1'rliti Utile V. suet-Arrives From I'ouce,
Porto Itlcu En ICoute North.
May. the trim little yaeht owned by
Mr. A. Van Rensselaer, the New York
millionaire, arrived in pert late Sunday
afternoon from Porree. Porto Kieo. hav?
ing on board a number of soldiers who
are returning home on furloughs. The
yaeht remained in this harbor till last
[?veiling, when, after taking on coal, she
weighed anchor for Philadelphia,
whither she goes to land the artillery?
men of Battery A. From there she will
go to New York, her home port.
The May s mission to Porto Rico was
l charitable one. She carried Hon. "Wil?
liam Potter. Messrs. A. Van Rensselaer,
1.. C. Vunuxen and Dr. G. G. C.off. rep?
resentatives of the National Relier
Commission, besides seventy tons of
medical supplies. The supplies ai rived
in time to be of great serice. as ihe
government stores were delayed in
reaching Porto Rico.
After landing her supplies the May
set sail for Hi.- United Stales, putting
int.. Newport News for coal. She has on
board -Mrs. and Miss Van Rensselaer,
Colonel i'rouse, of General Miles' staff,
who has been appointed by President
McKinley Secretary of Hie Havana
'"?.mmission: Colonel Diddle and Cap
tain II,,It. oT General Wilson's stall',
who compose the committee t,, present
t., President McKinley the Hag cap?
tured by the bravcf American sailors
and s Idlers al Guayama: Lieutenant
Wnrkheizer. of the Sixteenth infan?
try, who is on sick leave, but witli
the careful attention received aboard
the yacht, is now aJble to be around
again: Lieutenant Pancoast and Pri?
vates Kelley. Chester, Overlleld, Boyle
and Knight, of Battery A. Pennsylva?
nia artillery, who are oft on a furlough.
Battery A is composed of wealthy
young men of Philadelphia and New
Vork, who were encamped above t'.'.e
shipyard here for some months. Dr.
Parkhill, or General Wilson's staff, is
als , aboaVd.
The May is an elegantly furnished and
well appointed vessel. .Patriotic mo?
tives prompted her owner to tender the
us,- ,,f his ship to the government.
Mr. J. ('. Major, of Middlesex, county,
is the guest of friends in the city.
Attorney James Carter Cook returned
last evening from Washington, where
he has been on legal business.
.Mr. Fre.l Allen, the druggist, is con?
fined lo his room at the ivy Hotel by
an attack of malarial fever.
Miss Laura Mitchell is visiting Mr.
ami Mrs. R S. Watson in New York
Miss Annie Lehmann has gone to
Richmond to resting her studies at the
Academy of Visitation.
Mrs. .1. M. Curtis, is visiting he- i'yw
ter. Mrs. Farthing, in James "i~try*
Miss Maud Land, of New Berne. N.
i.'., is the guest of Mrs. M. R Healy,
in-Cast End. , r',. ...
Mrs. Mm. g.in-i Ti'.insford and"MIss'M.
A. Women, of Willlamsburg, are visit?
ing in the. ,-ity.
Rev. Dr. I. M. Mercer, of Richmond,
preached at the First Baptist church
Mr. and Mrs. I Eugene White left
Saturday evening for Brooklyn, where
Mrs. White will remain for some time.
Miss Annie Blunt, of the Eastern
Shore, is Visiting Mrs. Stephenson and
Miss LI Hie Stephenson.
City Clerk J. A. Massie return,-,1 yes?
terday after a ten days' visit lo his old
home in Rappahannoek county.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Nichol?
son, of Washington are the guests of
Mrs. S. B. Smith, on Virginia avenue
? Mr. Arthur Bright, of Baltimore, who
has been visiting his aunt. Mrs.
Thomas It. Walters, has returned home.
? Miss Marian Collins, of Norfolk, and
rMiss Elenora Pattee, of Richmond, a e
visiting Miss Gertrude Rodney in East
Miss Evlyn Ballard, daughter of Mr.
ami Mrs. W. P. Ballard, is the guest .,1
Miss Lizzie Thomason, in Henrico
There was not a quorum present last
ninth I at the lire department building,
and hence there was no meeting of the
ciiiz.n's Executive Committee.
Mrs. L. Mitchell, after spending two
months with Capt. I. S. Jones' family,
will have today Tor a visit lo rela?
tives at Ocean View.
/T>r. M. u. Burkholder, who moved lo
Ibis city to engage in the practice of
dentistry, arrived yesterday from
Staunton with his familv.
Chief of Police Harwood. Mrs. Har
wo ,d and the ladies and gentlemen who
went to Indianapolis with the Pythians
returned to the city Saturday.
Rev. James R Cook. Pastor of H?ge
Memorial church, of Richmond, preach?
ed in the First Presbyterian church'
Sunday morning and evening.
, Mr. ami Mrs. A. A. Be.swell. left Sun
day evening for Philadelphia, wheie
they will he the guests of relatives and
friends for several weeks.
Rev. T. J. MaeKay. pastor of the Sec
ond Baptist church conducted the
Y. M. C. A. services at the Union Gos?
pel Mission tent Sunday afternoon at I
This evening at 9:80 o'clock
Professor Edward W. Huffman. Prin?
cipal of the Newport News Military:
Academy, and Miss Jennie Brewer, of |
Surf ,Ik. will be united in marriage. The
ceremony will take place at the resi?
dence ..f ihe bride's father. Mr. R. L.
Brewer. Sr.. No. 107 West End. Suffolk.
City Clerk Mansie is daily in receipt
of a large number of communications
from contractors and brokers asking
for information about the new jail and
bridges and the issue of bonds for
bridge purposes. In answer to each of
the communications Mr. Massie sends
the desired information. The prosper; s
are that there will be a^arge number
of bidders in each .instance.
WON BY KID McPARTLAND.
Granted a Well Earned Decision Over
NEW YORK. Aug. 29.?Kid McPart
land. of this city, got a well earned de?
cision over Jack Daly, of Wilmington,
Del., after fighting twenty-five clean
rounds before the Greater New York
Athletic Club tonight. Both men were
in splendid form. The bout was devoid
or foul work, and was one of the clean?
est and cleverest exhibitions ever given
under the Horton law.
There was little to rhose between the
men at the end of the go, but as Mc
Partland had done more leading than
his opponent the referee's decision in
his favor was fair. Daly's friends lost
a lot of money an the result, and a few
bets were made in the early part of the
fight at 2 to 1 on the Delaware pugilist.
At no stage of the contest were these
odds warranted, and it was evident al
the end of the twelfth round that the
fight would go the limit.
Db not loose sleep when a 10c bottle
.of "No Mosqulte" wdll drive away ev?
ery mosquito. FRED F. ALLEN &
New Light on the Army Con?
Correspondent of Hie Kiuihuh City Stur
Insists That tilt) Comumuillug Uml?
ernt uf Our Fort-en Crltlelne<l
Ilia Wur Ileitartttieiit.
KANSAS. CITY. MO.. Aug. 20.?Tho
Pliir Uns afternoon printed a three col?
umn exclusive dispatch from Mr. .1. D.
Whelpley. its special correspondent,
who has just returned from Porto Rico,
bearing upon the Miles-Alger contro?
versy. Mr. Whelpley takes occasion t.i
deny the statement that his recently
published interview in Porto Rico with
General Miles, wherein tho latter was
quoted as easliiif! retleclions upon the
War Department wtifi not genuine, and
In support of tic statements already
made by it. the Star prints interesting
tologfams that passed between tho War
Department and Generals .Miles and
Shafter on tho points a) issue.
-Doubt is expressed by some." says
Mr. Whelpley. " as to whetrlier General
Miles ever said these things I credit him
with. ?Ubers suggest he may have said
them in confidence which was betrayed
1 feel oonlident." continues tin.r
resuondent. "General Miles will stand
by the interview referred to.
"My talk with him was not confiden?
tial. 1 went to him us a newspaper re?
porter, for the avowed and express
purpose of securing an interview. There
was no reservation from publication
in th.mversation. This is proved by
his refusal to answer some questions
which he would have answered had this
not been so. There was no hint of con?
"In ibis instance, however, no ques?
tion of veracity* need arise. General
Miles, even it" lie so desired, could not
conceal the proof of all he said. It is
written in the records of the War De?
partment, and it only needs a clearing
away of inconsequent matters to tell
the story clearly and in full." ,
The Star's article says:
"That General Miles was in command
of the entire army when in Washing?
ton is of course evident. That he did
not resign this supremo command when
ho went to Tampa and that it was he
who was treating with the Cubans for
co-operation in Cuba as shown by the
numerous telegrams exchanged with
'.General Garcia. The War Department
ago"1 Miles as chief when he was
in fampa-..i,Jwio )2Hi a telegram
was sent to him from Washington,
" 'Following extract of telegram
from Admiral Sampson to Secretary of
the Navy Is repeated for your infor?
"When General Shafter went to Cu?
ba and General Miles returned to
Washington the latter did not resign
his control of the situation, but on the
contrary kept in as close touch as pos?
sible by wir,- with the movements of
"On the Fourth of July General Shaf?
ter sent th,' following dispatch to
Washington uddressed to the adjutant
" 'Headquarters Fifth Army Corps, in
Cuba, near Santiago de Cuba, Julv
" 'There seems to be no reasonable
doubt but that General Pando succeed?
ed in entering Santiago last night with
his force, said to be 5.000 men.
" 'This puts a different aspect upon
affairs, ami while we can probably
maintain ourselves, it would be at '.be
cost of very- considerable fighting and
" 'General Lawton reports that Gene?
ral Garcia, who was to block the en?
trance of Pando, informed him at 10
o'clock last night. Hint Pando had pass?
ed in on the Cuban road. Law ion says
lie cannot compel Garcia to obey my
instructions and to place themselves in
any position where they will have to
tight, and that if wo intend to reduce
Santiago we will have to depend alone
upon our own troops, and that will re
qi-ire twice the number we now have.
" 'i sent a message to Admir.l Samp?
son asking if he- proposed entering the
liar! or so as to give m his assistance.
Commodore Watson replies that he does
not know Admiral Sampson's inten?
tions since the destruction of the Span?
ish squadron, but does not himstlf th'nk
the Peel should try to go in tin barber
.!' Santiago. This, under the circum?
stances, is not very encouraging.
"'Have been oxp.-.lii'.g a division
from Tampa ami Outfield's sec?
ond brigade from Camp Alger, but
only a small num'ber of recruits has
appeared so far. if we have to go to
try and reduce the town, now that the
rleet is destroyed, which was stated to
be thechief object of the expedition,
there must be no delay in getting a
-arge body of troops here.
" 'The town is in a terrible condition
as to food, and people are starving as
stated by foreign consuls this morning,
but the troops can fight and have a
large quanity of rice, but no other sup?
plies. There will be aolhlng done here
until noon of the fifth and I suppose I
can put them off a little longer to en?
able people to get out. Th- country
here Is destitute of food or growing
crops except mnngroe.
" 'Men are in good spirits, though it
is har.d to toll how long the latter will
" T am sorry to say I am no better,
and in addition to my weakness, cannot
be out on acccount of a slight attack of
gout, but hope to be betlter soon.
Lieutenant Miley hail interview with
consuls this morning and his report
will bo telegraphed immediately, i do
not send this in cipher, as time is pre?
(Signed.) " 'SHAFTER,
"It was this situation which deter?
mined General Miles to go to Cuba.
The day ho sailed with reinforcements.
July 7th. he sent the following dispatch
" 'General Shafter, Santiago:
" 'Take every precaution against
surprise and be on the lookout that
the enemy does not turn your right
flank and come in On the line of your
communications. Reinforcements are
ate being sent forward its rapidly as
possible but you will have to be the
judge of tho position you are to hold
until reinforcements can reach you.
(Signed.) " 'MILES.
" 'Major General Commanding.'
"General Miles sailed for Cuba. On
July 11 at noon ho reported his safe ar?
rival to the War Department and at
once assumed charge, reporting to tho
Secretary of War. All of tho subse?
quent business of the surrender was
entirely in his hands, as shown by the
fact that the War Department commu?
nicated with him direct, not even men?
tioning General Shafter's name in tho
numerous dispatches. The following
dispatch is an excellent example:
"Washington. J.uly 13, 1S98:
" 'Major General lilies: You may ac?
cept surrender by granting parole to
>fllccrs and men. the officers returning i
Lhelr side arms. The ollleers and men
lifter parole will be permllteil to re- I
torn to Spain, the United States as?
sisting. If not accepted then assault,
unless In your Judgment an assault
ivould fail. Consult with Sampson and
pursue such course as to the assoult as I
you Jointly agree upon. Matters
should be settled promptly.
(Signed.) " 'It. A. ALGEli,
?' 'Secr> tary of "War."
"This dispatch recognized Miles as
commander and gave him authority to
net. Shatter was entirely ignored. In i
the face of this situation. Secretary Al?
ge r, through General Corbin. sent a dis?
patch to General Shafter. assuring him
that General Miles did not come to Cu?
lm to supercede Shafter in any way.
This dispatch General Miles refers to
as secret,' for he says lie did not know
it had been sent, not being notified
from Washington ami General Shafter
saying nothing about It. After the sur?
render General Miles still retained con?
trol. He authorized Shafter to appoint
peace commissioners, and. judging f>-om
Shatter's report that all was over, he
instructed him as to the disposition of
"July 15th General Shatter wired
General Miles that the surrender was
not as complete as was thought, and
" T'loase do not go away with the re?
inforcements, as 1 may yet need them.
"Mihs promptly replied by wire front
llniquirl that the surrender is com?
plete.' and that the Spaniards 'must
"On .Inly Itith Shafter wired Miles
thai Ihe surrender was llnally complete
and General Mihs replied through Ad?
jutant Clinton- as follows: s:
" 'The comma tiding general is very
much gratified to hear that the sur?
render is complete. He directs that you
telegraph anything of importance tod
the condition of your command daily.'
"General Miles then reported the con?
dition or affairs to ihe Secretary or
War. with whom he had been in con?
ference. In one of his telegrams to
Miles. Secretary A Igor says:
? " 'As soon as Santiago falls the troops
must all be put in camp as comfortable
as they can 'lie mail*? and remain. 1 sup?
pose, until the fever has had its run.'
"Miles did not agree with Secretary
Alger. lor .Irjy 21, in a letter the gene?
ral commanding urged the return of
the army to Ihe United Slates as soon
as possible. .Inly 17th, after the sur?
render was complete, General Shatter
w ired as follows to General Miles:
" 'Slboney, July 17, 1S9S.?S:4S P. M.?
1 teceived July IS. 189S.?General Miles,
on hoard Yale: Letters and orders in
reference to movement of camp re?
ceived and will be carried out. None is
more anxious to get away from here
than myself. It seems from your or?
ders given me that you regard my
forces as part of your command. Noth?
ing will give me greater pleasure than
serving you. general, and 1 shall com?
ply with all your requests and direc?
tions, but I was told by the secretary
that yon were not supposed to bv in
command here. I will furnish the in
rormation called fur as to condition of
conio.a'ul to Gil more, adjutant general,
(Signed.) " "'SHA-VTEU;' -~
" 'Major General.'
"General Miles very promptly replied
as follows: .
" 'Plava del Este. July IS, 1S9S?(Gu
antanamo)?11:30 A. M.
" 'General Shafter: Telegram receiv?
ed: have no desire and have carefully
avoided any appearance of superseding
you. Your command is a part of the
United States army which I have the
honor to command, having been duly
assigned thereto and directed by ihe
President to go wherever 1 thought my
presence required and give such gene?
ral directions as 1 'bought lies;, con?
cerning military matters, and was es?
pecially directed to go to Santiago for
a specific purpose. You will aiso notice
that the orders of the Secretary of War
of July 13th left the matter to my dis?
cretion. 1 should regret that any event
should cause either yourself or any part
of your command to cease to be* part
" 'Very truly yours.
"'NELSON A. MILES,
" 'Major General Commanding U. S. A.'
"General Miles then gave General
j Shatter linel instructions und left hur?
riedly for Porto Rico. In view of the
situation as revealed by the above tel?
egrams the following statement con?
tained in the New York Herald of a
n.nt date, is quoted:
" 'If my cable to Major General Shaf?
ter informing him that Major General
Miles was not sent to supercede him in
supr me command of the troops in the
Meld at Santiago de Cuba, prevented
the storming or Ih.- city on the day of
its surrender and thus resulted in the
saving of lives, which otherwise would
have been lost in the attack. Ihen 1 am
repaid for sending it a thousand fold.'
"This statement wuj made to me this
afternoon by Secretary Alger apropos
of the publication in the Herald yes?
terday, setting forth the doings of Ma?
jor General Miles during his brief stay
in Cuba. The secretary told me he did
not propose to enter into any controver?
sy regarding the Santiago campaign
with anybody. The results spoke for
themselves and they were sufficient
jus titication for the policy which nan
been pursued by the War Department
In the conduct of the operations against
"'My lablegram to General Shafter."
he continued, 'was simply due to my de?
sire to assure him that 1 intended to be
absolutely fair. Before his departure
from Washington, General Miles and I
had talked ihe matter over and he
started for Cuba knowing that he was
not in any way to inte rfere with the op?
erations which were under the control
of General Shafter. That there could
be no doubt whatever I cabled to Gene?
ral Shafter informing him that General
Mihs had left for Cuba with instruc?
tions not to in any manner sup^reeJe
him as commander of troops in the
Held at Santiago de Cuba and, as I have
said, if my message prevented a bat?
tle on ihe morning of the day the cilv
surrendered, then I am paid a thousand
M El:I! ITT TO GO TO PARIS.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 29.?It was an?
nounced this afternoon at the War De?
partment that General Merritt was to
go to Paris to give the peace commis?
sion the benefit of his experience in the
Philippines. The original plan had been
to send Admiral Dewey to Paris for
that purpose, bill this was changed
upon representations from the admiral
that he could b.. ol' greater service at
Manila than in Paris. Whether or not
General Merritt will return to the Phil?
ippines lias not yet been determined:
that will depend entirely upon the state
ot affairs in the islands when the peace
commission concludes its labors. The
choice of a route is left .to himself, but
il is expected that he will be in Paris
withing sixty days at the least.
GREEN FORKS. N. D.. Aug. 29.?A
threshing machine explosion at Thom?
son today killed the owner. Mr. II. Rau,
and three firemen and seriously injured
IDuffey's Malt Whiskey 80 cents per
bottle. Other case goods in proportion.
. Mugler's Family Liquor Store. au30 1m
SINGLE COPY, TWO CENT'S
ONE WEEK. TEN CENTS.
CUBA AND PORTO RICO
Commission to Leave for the
Islands This Week.
?-. ?w ~x
ADMIRAL SCHLEY'S FLAG
It Will I'Uv train tliu Cruiser New Orlwu
Until II? Keturim to the United
Stuten. liiHtruct'.oue to the
< By Telegraph.')
WASHINGTON. Aug. 29.?An order,
was issued at the Navy Department to?
day deitixhiug Hear Admiral W. S.
Si'hles?Trr>m command of the second
squadron of the North Atlantic fleet
and ordereing him to Porto Rico as a
member of the evacuation commission,
during.which time h? is authorized to
My his "Hag on the cruiser New Orleans,
which will remain it: those waters until
the commission is ready to return to
the United States. Admiral Schley will
be accompanied to Porto Rico by the
following members of his staff, now at?
tached to the cruiser Brooklyn at New.
York: Lieutenant J. B. Sears, Lieuten?
ant B. W. Wells, Jr., and Ensign Ed?
ward MeOuttley. Jr. The order for
Admiral Schley to lly his flag an the
New Orleans is made in order to keep
him constructively on sea duty while
serving on the evacuation commission,
thus entitling him to the highest pay of
his rank, viz.: $0,000 per annum. It wa3
for the same reason that the Navy De?
partment decided to keep Admiral W.
T. Sampson in nominal command of the
North Atlantic fleet while he is In Ha?
vana as a member of the Cuban evac?
uation commission. His flag will be
displaced on the auxiliary cruiser Res?
olute, which will take the members oC
the commission to Havana.
General Butler, one of the members
of the Cuban commission, was at the
War Department today in conference
with the authorities regarding the du?
ties of tin' commission. The Cuban
commission will sail from New York;
next Saturday on tin- cruiser Resolute,
which will proceed direct to Havana.
General Wade will act as president of
The Porto Rico commission will sail
from New York next Wednesday on
the army transport Seneca.
General Gordon arrived here today,
from Huntsville, Ala., and received his
instructions from Acting Secretary
Moore, of the State Department, and
Secretary Alger, of the War Depart?
t :OM MISIONS' INSTRUCTIONS.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 29.?The In?
structions to the Cuban and Porto Kl?
ean military commissions were draiwn
up and approved by the President be
foe he left Washington. The Instruct -
i tidhs: kets aof be made public, but their,
general \ ROBIN5*N.?Ti to be the awns
I as the insiSwCtions sent to General
Shu ft or regarding the government of
Santiago and to General Merrltt regard?
ing the Philippines. This will mean that
the military commission will take con?
trol of Cuba and Porto Rico, the same
as the military governor now controls
that portion of Cuba surrendered to
the United States after the Santiago
campaign. The many minor details rel?
ative to the evacuation of the islands
are left to the commissions, who will
repoft any difficult or disputed points
to Washington. There never has been
doubt that the United States would
take full control of Porto Rico, but the
instructions to the Cuban military com?
mission settles any question regarding
that island and means for the present,
at least, the United States will assume
the government and control of the re?
mainder of the Island, as has been the
case in Santiago.
CUSTOMS DUTIES AT SANTIAGO.
Shatter Reports That $102,093 Has Been
Collected to Date.
( By Telegraph.)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29.?Adjutant
General Corbin has received the follow?
ing cablegram from General Shatter,
under date of Santiago:
?' I have today transferred all business
relating to customs over to General
Law ton. There has been collected, with
the exception of a small amount, 1102,
093: salaries of officers and all expenses,
including street cleaning, city officials,
police, etc.. have been paid to date,
leaving over $90,000 in the treasury. The
expenses of the customs hause have
been cut down from $40,000 per anrum to
$2S,000, and that in time can be materi?
ally reduced. These collections are
made under the minimum tariff, includ?
ing a large reduction in tonnage. The
economy and celerity which has char?
acterized the business of the customs
house has been brought about in a
great measure under the supervision
and good management of Donalson."
WOMAN ON THE MEDICAL STAFF.
Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee an Assist?
ant Surgeon in the Army.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29.?Today for
the first time in the history of the
American army a woman was appoint?
ed a member of the medical statt. Dr
Anita Newcomb .McGee. wife of Prof.
W. J. Mi-Gee, of this city, and daughter
of Prof. Simon Newcomb, formerly of
the naval observatory, was regularly,
sworn in as an acting assistant surgeon^
This, according to Secretary Algeria
general order, would entitle her to the
uniform of a second lieutenant without
j designation of rank. It is not likely,
I however, that Dr. McGee will avail her?
self of this privilege. The appointment,
while a novelty from a technical stand?
point, is not the beginning of Dr. Mc
Gee's service with the War Department.
Throughout the war she has been in
|*charge of the selection of the women
nurses and of the 700 or more in the
field, most have passed muster at her
Dr. McGee has regularly practiced
her profession in Washington for some
years and is well known in medical cir?
cles throughout this contry. having
contributed Several papers to the Amer?
ican association for the advancement ot
science and to other scientific organiza?
FLY I NC. SIGNALS OF DISTRESS.
DETROIT. MICH.. Aug. 29.?A spe?
cial to the News from Mackinaw City
"In a heavy storm yesterday near
Poverty Island, the steamer Superior
parted with her consort, the schooner
Sandusky. The Sandusky arrived here
today atid reports that the last that
was seen of the Superior she was flying
; signals of distress.
The Superior is owned by M. A. Brad?
ley, of Cleveland, and is a wooden boat
Of the oldest class, having been built
in 1S73. She registers 96-1 tons. With
the Sandusky the steamer was bound
, from Esoanaba to Toledo with iron ore.
j She carries a crew of fourteen men.
Grape Juice is very fine, exhilarating
land refreshing. W. G. BURGSS3.