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ClI.UTKIl XII t'outlinieil.
Throo against ono Is always heavy
odds, ovoii wlicn tlio luuo Individual la
l)ullt In heroic niold, mid Puul was not
averse to tulllng for assistance from
sui'U a source,
So ho strolled up and down, nursing
a cigar find keeping clouo to tho line
A Blnuuhir thing happened, which
gave Paul cunso for much lipoculullon
GlancliiR down tho lino, ho saw a
womun's head projected suddenly from
tho wludow of a first-class carriage.
It was so quickly withdrawn, and
somehow ho was under tho Impression
that the sight of him so uonr at hand
.had heeu the cause of Its disappear
ance. Mora than this, Rhlnolnnder wus ul
rnoat ready to talto his oath that he
had seen something familiar about tho
In fact, ho had good causo to bellevo
tho party was no other than tho Coun
When ho walked slowly past the
compartment ho found tho shade
drawn down and all dark within, so
that ho could dlscovor no confirmation
of his suspicion.
At any ruto, it gavo blm food for
Ilo really needed something of the
sort to take his mind away from his
troubles, which at times threatened to
All aboard again, and they wore off.
Paul saw no reason to regret his lit
tle saunter, since, besides giving him
an opportunity to enjoy a good clgnr
In the open air, It hud also settled his
convictions regarding his fellow trav
elers, and at tho same tlmo opened his
eyes to tho possible presence or the
' Several times, from tho adjoining
comnartment. had come tho sound of a
' gruff laugh, and there was something
vorv familiar about Its genial nature,
though Paul could not munage to Just
Ho wondered whether theso men
meant him ill or If ho had drawn largo
lv unon his Imagination In thinking so
Thev anneared to have settled down
and were all locked In Morpheus' arms
somehow tho air seemed to grow
heavier, and Paul's resistance of less
avail, until llnnllv. holt way between
. midnight and dawn, he crossed the
borderland of sleep.
In Durnnco Vile.
Perhaps half an hour had elapsed,
When tho stout Teuton merchant raised
his head and with eager eyes surveyed
the corner whore Paul was sprawled
Convinced that everything was pro
pitious, ho gave the foot of the young
er tourist a sudden kick that brought
the scholar erect at onco.
The merchant pointed and grinned,
whereupon the other aroso and ap
proached Paul, who still slept on, ut
terly unconscious of Impending woo.
They scl7,cd upon tho American.
Paul struggled desperately alas! ho
was takon at such disadvantage that
ho found lilmsolf almost powerless
against these- men.
One had a knee upon his chest and
was choking him, whllo tho other
gathered his hands together and pro
ceeded to tlo them In a most Ignomi
When this had been accomplished
thejr suffered Paul to rise, which ho
did with alacrity, at tho same time
domandlng to know what such an In
dignity meant, and threatening them
with all manner of punishment when
their destination was reached.
But all that had no effect, so Paul
lay back In his corner and thought.
Again that laugh In tho adjoin
Like a flash It camo to him where ho
had heard that cheery sound before.
It was tho English surgeon who had
stood at his back In tho student duel,
and whoso words of genuine sympathy
and good luck he could distinctly re
member. What would not tho big
Briton do to the protended kecpera
once ho was let loose nmong them?
Then Paul considered that the Eng
lishman might fall him might provo
a myth, alter nil, so he set about to
free himself from his bonds.
It was hard work, but at last how
he breathed a sigh of relief when tho
stretched bonds fell off his wrists.
Free again, thank heaven! and ere
be would allow thoso Ignominious
cords to bo again wrapped about hlr
arms he would die.
Now, to lay hold of the weapon.
Steady I one of the fellows was eye
ing him in a suspicious manner, and
it would not do to let the game be dis
covered at this stage.
As tho man rose from his sent and
drew back the traveling rug, the Am
erican struck him with all his force,
at the same time springing to his feet.
He reachod now for the firearm.
The situation took a sudden turn,
however, from the plan of campaign
which he had laid out, for Just at this
interesting moment there came several
shrill pipings from the motor ahead,'
then a crash, and a tremendous up
heaval that betokened a serious acci
dent on the road; and, of course, Paul
found no immediate use for his little
A ruu'jh-up on the railway Is seri
burin, Now York.
ous enough nt any tlmo, hut It seems
to possess an added horror whon ono
Is so sltuulod tliut tho freedom of limbs
RhlnoUmdor felt tho cnrrlogo vio
lently upheave, then toss to tho right
and left us If in tho grasp of a hurrl
riino. All manner of horrible sounds burnt
upon hl oars, vury nearly doufenlng
Thon camo a tremendous crash, fol-
lowou by a shock.
When ho crawled out from tno
wreck ho found ulto enough to en
gage his attention In rescuing those
less fortunate than himself from tho
One good turn this accident did Paul
-tin wns free from tho unwelcome at
tentions of tho men who had watched
him ro closely, und who had been tak
ing drastic measure to get him lino
their power, nt tho tlmo tho smaivli oc
Just then Paul heard a voice from
close by, a voice that calmly begged
iiHulntiinen. n voice that showed no
trnco of fear or alarm,
lis know It belonged to tho English
man, and with all speed ho mndo
for tho spot, eager to render Sir Noel
what hnln ho could.
No doubt thn other was surprised to
honr on Ene u i vo oo address mm
but under the conditions he did not
ask uny explanation until his limbs
had been extricated from tueir pre
"Any serious damage, Sir Nod?"
asked Paul, seeing tho other make a
"Thank heaven. I have como out
bettor even that I might have expect
ml. A boastlv niece of business, Isn't
It? But vou Boom to know me wo
hnvo met somewhoro, I am glad to
shuko your hand aud thank you for the
help you gave."
As ho did so, he leaned forward, en
dcuvorlng to see Paul's face.
"f am Paul Rhlnolnnder wo mot
under peculiar conditions nt Ileidel
here." Paul snld. quietly.
Tho big Briton squeezed his hand
"By Jove! Vou cut out some brave
work for us thirteen stitches, my boy
It took to cover that fellow's cheek. A
rnrn mark he'll rarrv for life. Glad
to meet vou again, doubly glad to bo
under obligations. But I may bo the
only doctor at hand. Seo you later,
Ho hurried off to whero a flro was
hunilnir. and In which quarter they
were carrying tho Injured as fast as
rescued from tho wrecif.
Just then a shriek from femlnlno
lungs somewhere In tho distance re
minded Paul ot what ho had scon.
Wns tho Countess Alnieo on the
train, ns he had some renson to he
lleve? He hurried to tho carriage
whero ho remembered having seen her,
but when ho looked tho nest was
A man with a lantern rendered him
some assistance, since by tho nld of
tho light he discovered certain articles
In tho snuif nest so recently occupied
by a lady as served to provo her Iden
Then his susnlclons wore not over
drawn, and she had been the genius
whoso hand manipulated tlio strings
liv which ho had been trniined.
Tho necldent bud. unfortunately.
taken place at a lonely part of tho
road and this assistance could Hardly
rnmn before dawn.
Curiosity caused Paul to draw closer
to tho flro and survey tho groups near
He was searching for tho countess,
and though the women wero hardly In
a condition to anneiir presentable, still
Paul believed he could havo recognized
the adventuress In any gulso.
To his surprlso he failed to discover
hor! Then ho turned to make inquir
ies of Sir Noel, and in this wuy ills
cover thn truth: but boforo ho reach'
ed tho doctor, the femalo assistant,
who was flitting about like an angel
of mercy, binding up wounds and car
rying water to parched lips, camo be
tween his eves, niui tlio biasing lire,
and Paul was stunned to discover In
this tender-hearted sister of charity
tho woman ho had looked upon as a
cold-blooded adventuress, Countess
A I men.
The sight of the countess In tho role
of charity gave Paul a queer sensation
he had seen her rone In tho dupes In
Paris, men with titles and fortunes
fulling Into her net galore, but this
was a new feature which ho had never
dreamed rniihl exist in her nature
Jt only went to show that sho was
a woman after all, with a tender heart
henp.ith thn exterior nerhnns. had
fortune been moro kindly In surround
ing her with luxury she might hnvo
been a blessing rather than a ctirso to
At any rate Paul found himself con
donlnir her faults and feeling more
charitably disposed toward her.
She hnd seen and recognized him,
and instantly camo to his side.
"The doctor told me you were un
hurt," she said, and ho knew then
that his safety had been upon her
mind while she worked.
"I regret to tell you thnt one of your
friends has vanished and the other hns
a broken leg possibly you have found
him yonder," he remarked.
Sho did not blush at all, hut simply
"Yes, I have attended to him. He
;ruM horribly and has not the nerve
of a child. No doubt you condemn mo
for UBlng such heroic measures to
accomplish my purpose, but I am a be
liever in the adage that thn end justi
fies tho means. You know that which
may ruin me should It come out, und I
am surely nt liberty to defend my
self, Besides I had other reasons for
Paul knew what she meant, and his
old feeling ot repulsion came back.
Such determination appulled him
was It possible to escape from tho
lutchcs of this wonderful woman
once she set her mind upon Ills cap
A less ntubborn man might havo
yielded to what he wns pleased to cull
tho Inevitable, but Puul was saved
from this fate by the memory of a
Though Illldogurdo might be lost to
him forever, he could not forget the
churm of that modest blush which sig
naled the condition of her heart to
lly that memory he wus ready to
steer his craft, whether dire disaster
or tho favoring winds of fortune over
"My visit to Berlin," he said, "Is one
of puro defense, hut In clearing the
Innocent It will bo necessary to place
tho blame Just whero It belongs, You
understand what that means. Ger
many la no place for you, Countess,
und If you are as wb.c on I take you
to bo you will pass over tho border
without much delay."
Sho looked nt blin strangely.
"I nm unable to qulto fathom the
motive thnt Influences you to warn
me. I had Imagined that you huted
me," sho Raid, slowly.
"Not that, Countess; not that.
only regretted that 1 was unable to re
turn tho unfortunate regard you ex
pressed for me. A man can not force
his heart to act that Ih, beyond his
"Then, In spite of my work, you say
you have not despised me, Paul?" with
a vein of eagerness In her voice,
"I am afraid I wus beginning to
when suffering tho Indignities your
agents chose to heap upon me; but as
r saw you ministering to these poor
suffering wretches nil that passed
away. I would not have harm como to
"Then turn buck to Heidelberg."
"I hnvo too much nt stuko to do tlutt
Como what will I shall go to Berlin,"
"There Is wnr In Bight."
"1 know It, and perhaps I may be
given un opportunity to bco snino uc
tlon. In my present frnmo of mind
nothing would suit nvj better.
Sho looked troubled.
"Surely you would not tnko up arms
ngalnst my beloved France?
"You forgot thnt German blood flow
cd In tho veins of my forefathers.
And, In truth, I nm utterly Indifferent
as to tho entiso that takes mo to tho
field, since It Ib only the excitement of
bat tlo that r desire."
"You grieve mo very much, Mon
sieur. I would see you fighting for the
lilies of Franco with the keenest of
pleasure. Perhaps a commission"
"Do not mention It, Remember,
Countess, I havo given you ample
warning of my Intentions onco I reach
tho capital, If you are wIbo yon will
vanish Immediately. At any rate, I
shall not hold myself In blamo should
something unplensant happen to show
you the Interior of a gloomy German
"Havo no fear. I nm well able to
look out for myself. Perhaps I havij
Influential friends closer to the throne
than you may suspect."
Sho was culled nwny at this Junc
ture by Sir Noel, who had need of her
valuable assistance In binding up a
A remarkable woman!
Yes. Pnul was compelled to ac
knowledge thnt he had never met nor
heard of her equal. Ho hoped ho
would never seo tho Countess again;
but fato willed otherwise, ns future
events would prove.
His nest concern wns to reach Ber
lin. (To be continued.)
MEMBERS OF SACRED COLLEGE.
Ititllitim Have Mnjorlty In Selecting n
The snored college enters on tho
new year so nearly complete as to
mark a now record. The plonum 1b
seventy, and there nro now sixty-six
red hats, with heads under thorn, It
ono may so express It, which leaves
little or no margin, as It Is a tradi
tion to leave the number of the princes
of tho church Incomplete. At tho be
ginning of 1900 there wero only flfty
slx; during the year two have died,
and twelve have been created. During
the twenty-four years of Leo XlII.'s
pontificate no fewer than 137 cardinals
have died. Recently tho sacred college
was so reduced as to have only flfty
ono members, and was re-onforced by
only ono consistory by tho creation of
twelve cardinals, who substantially
modified that Institution, and who will
have a notable Influence on the elec
tion of a new pope, says the Pall Mull
The proportion of foreign and Italian
princes of the church, which until re
cent years hud been kept about equal,
Is now, however, much altered, tho
Italians being In tho majority. In fact,
tho sacred college is at present com
posed, of forty Rallans and twenty
six of other nations; of theso seven
nro French, six Austro-Hungarlan, one
Portuguese, ono Belgian, ono Ameri
can, one English, one Irish, etc. Given
thnt tho sixty-six cardinals nil enter
the conclave, tho Italians would at
onco bo In the mnjorlty in favor o
their own countrymen, a majority of
ono only being necessary to make tho
election valid. But agreement is nec
essary, and this Is tho snvlng clause in
favor of the minority, which can males
their weight felt through tho disagree,
ments of the others.
Auor Careful Study of Every
Feature Gives Decision.,
ENDS WITH ADVICE TO QUIT,
Washington, Tho president bus
made tho following statement public:
"White- House, February IS, 11103.
"1 havo received tho appeal of Admi
ral Hchley and tho answer therein from
tlio navy department, I havo examined
both with tho utmost cure, ns well us
tho preceding appeal to thn secretary
of the navy. I havo read through all
tho testimony taken beforo tho court
and the statements of tho counsel for
Admirals Sampson and Schley; have
examined all tho official reports of every
kind In referenco to tho Santiago naval
campaign, copicH of tho logbooks and
the testimony beforo the courtof claims
und have also personally had before mo
the four surviving captains of tho
five ships, nsldo from those of tho two
admirals, which wero actively engaged
" "It appears that tho court of inquiry
was unanimous in Its findings of fact
and unanimous In Its expressions of
opinion on most of its finding of fact.
No appeal Is made to mo from tho ver
dict of thu court on tho points whero
it wus unanimous, 1 havo, however,
gono carefully over tho evidence on
these points also.
"I am satisfied that, on the whole,
the court did substantial justice.
"It should havo specifically con
demned thu failure to enforcu an cfll
clont night blockudo at Santiago whllo
Admiral Schley was lu command.
"On tho other hand, 1 feel that there
is a reasonable doubt whether ho did
not move his squadron with Hiilllclent
expedition from port to port.
"Tho court Is united In condemning'
Admiral Schley's action on tho point
whero it seems to mo ho most gravely
erred; Ills 'retrograde movement' when
ho abandoned tho blockade, and his
dlsobudleuco of orders, and misstate'
nieiit of facts In relation thereto,
"It should bo remembered, however,
Unit the majority of theso actions which
tho court censures occurred five weeks
or more beforo tho fight Itself; and It
certainly seems that If Admiral Schley's
netlons wero censurable, ho should not
havo been left ns second In command
under Admiral Sampson. Ills offenses
wero In effect condoned when he wns
cot culled to account for them. Ad
mlrnl Sampson, after tho fight, In an
olllcial letter to tho department, ullu
ded for the first time to Admiral Schley's
'reprehensible conduct' six weeks pro
"If Admiral Schley was guilty of rep
reheiihlble conduct of a hind thutcullcd
fur such notice from Admiral Sampson,
then Admiral Sampson ought not to
havo left him as senior officer of the
blockading squadron on tho 3d of July,
when ho (Sampson) steamed uwny on
his proper errand of communication
with General Shatter.
AS TO COMMAND.
"Wo can, therefore, for our present
purposes dismiss consideration of so
much of tho appeal ns relates to any
thing except tho battlo. As regards
this, the point raised lu the appeal is
bctwecen Admirals Sampson and Schley
as to which was In command, und as to
which wns entitled to tho credit, If
cither of them wus really entitled to
uny unusual and pre-eminent credit by
any special exhibit of genius, skiil und
couruge. The court could havo con
sldercd both of these questions, but, ns
a matter of fact, It unanimously ex
eluded evidence offered upon them and
refused to hear Admiral Sampson's side
at all; and in view of such exclusion
rrei. Scott Itemnlim With A. ft M.
Guthrie, O. T., Feb. 24. "Tho state
ment that A. C. Scott, president of tho
Agricultural and Mechanical college at
Stillwater, Is a candidate for tho pres
idency of tho Alva Normal school und
that ho will bo appointed Is untrue,"
said Governor Ferguson. "President
dcott is doing such excellent work at
Stillwater that every effort will be mado
to retain him at that place, Hu has
never suggested tho desirability of
change." President Ament's successor
will be elected in April.
Io Oorii la Ohio It Ivor.
Loulsvlllo, Ky., Feb. 20. An Ice
gorge eight miles long has formed In
the Ohio river just ubuvo Louisville.
Tho ice began piling np ngalnst the
piers of tho Big Four rnllroud bridge.
In order to keep accessible the coul
barges tied up at "Pumpkin Pateh''
tho Monongaheln Coal Company's tow
boat Coal City kept a oluirinul clear as
far up as the Patch. It Is said other
gorges have formed in the river above.
Ono cnuscd a rlso of two feet and ten
Inches In a few hours at Madison, Ind.
Tuskegeo, Ala., Tho Tuskcgeo negro
conference adopted this: "Wo must not
overlook the fact that wo depend largo
ly for our living upon tho common
occupations that aro about our doors
domestic, mechanical and agricultural.
Since, at present, and especially In the
south, the occupations nro open to us
wo should give careful attention to fit
ting our youth for these callings.
"We should adviso tho teach
ing of agriculture in tho pabllo
the majority of the court acted with en
tiro propriety in not expressing any
opinion on these points, Thtt matter
tuts, however, been rulsod by the presi
dent of the court. Moreover, it is the
point upou whluh Admiral Schley In his
appeal lays most stress, und wlilch hu
especially asks mo to consider, I have,
therefore, carefully Investigate! this
matter also and have informed myself
upon it from tho best sources of infor
mation ut my command.
"Tho appeal of Admiral Schley to me
Is not, as to this, thu chief point ho
raises, really an appeal from the de
cision of the court of Inquiry. Five
sixths of thu appeal is devoted to this
question of command and credit; that
Ih, to matter which the court of inquiry
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mil mtn wiiinMiui. ib in u, i-m-i-v ,i ,,-
iieul from the action of President Mc
kinley three years ago, when ho sent
In tho rct'oiiioicndntlons for promotion,
What I havo to decide, therefore, Is
whether or not President McKinley did
Injustice lu thu mutter. This neces
sarily involves a comparison of tlio
actions of tho dllVerent commanders en
gaged. The exhaustive olllcial reports
of tlio action leave little to bo brought
out anew; hut ns the question of Ad
miral HunipMin's right to he considered
In chief command, which was de
termined In his favor by President Mo-
Kinley und later liv the court of elaluiH,
has never hitherto Wen olllclully raised,
1 deemed it, best to secure statements
from tlu commanders of thu live ships
(other than the Brooklyn and New
York, the flagships of the two admirals.)
which were actively engaged In thu
light. Admiral Philip Is dead. I quotu
extracts from his magazine arllelu on
the light, written Immediately after it
occurred, closing with an extract from
his letter to thu secretary of thu navy
of February 27, IS'.ilii"
AliMIII.U. rilll.l.ir'H STATUMUNT.
11 was tlio blockade that mado thu
battle possible. The battle was a
direct consequence of the blockade, and
upon the method and effectiveness of
tlio blockade was very largely de
pendent, the Issue of the battle, . . .
I! ndcr the orders of Admiral Sampson
tho blockade wns conducted with a
success exemplified by others. Admiral
Sampson was eoiiniiuiuler-lii-chiei no
foru, during and after thu action,
CAPTAIN cr.AHK's STATKMUNT.
Captain Clark's statement Is ns fol
lows: The credit of tho blockade which
led nil to the fight is, of course, Admiral
Sampson's, During tho first stugu 1
did not seo thu Brooklyn or receive uny
signals from her. I considered Com
niodoru Schley in responsible eoiiimaiid
(luring tuts running llgnt, ami eiiase,
so far ns I was concerned, and ac
knowledged and repented a signal ho
had living for close action or some'
thing of tho kind. As, however, thu
problem wus perfectly simple, namely,
to pursuu tho Spanish slaps, us 1 hud
been doing before I saw thu Brooklyn,
he did not ns a matter of fact exercise
any control over any movement or ac
tion of the Oregon, nor did I perform
any action of any kind in obedience to
any order from thej Brooklyn, neither
us to my course nor us to my speed, nor
us to iny gunfire, during thu light or
Amim.u, k vans' ptatumknt.
The following in Admiral Kviiiis'
statement: Thu credit for the block
ade, fur the urrangcmeiit of the ships
at the opening of thu fight, and for the
first movements forward Into tho light,
must, of course, belong to Admiral
Sampson, whose orders we were put
ting into ellVet. When the light be
gan, Admiral Sampson's ship, the New
York, was in plain sight. 1 saw her
turning to overtake us, Throughout
the fight I considered myself as under
bis command, but 1 received no orders
from him until the Vlscaya was
aground. Nor did I receive any orders
whatever from the Brooklyn, nor
should 1 have heeded them if I had
received them, inasmuch as 1 considered
Admiral Simpioii to be present and
All.MlltA T. TAVI.OU'S RTATKMHNT.
At thu beginning of the fight, the
New York was about, us fur to tho
eastward of mo as thu Brooklyn was to
the westward, Thu only signal 1 re
ceived from the New York was at the
very closu of tho light, when she sig
naled to me to return and guard tin.
mouth of the harbor, so thnt nothing
should come, out to attack our trans
ports. I received no signal whatever
from the Brooklyn, and should not
have heeded any if ono had been made,
us I considered Admiral bumpsim pres
ent and In command.
co.MMANDUii wAiNwiiinirr's rtatkmkxt.
At thu outset of thu light, tho New
was not much further awuy from me
Will Climn th Whole Matter.
Washington, Feb. 24. Secretary
Long, referring to the president's state
ment said: "1 havu no comment to
muko on tho president's ruling upou
the appeal of Admiral Schley, except to
express my appreciation of its thorough,
conscientious, straight forward charac
ter. It is of course, gratifying that tho
navy department is sustained. The
decision will be read us no other docu
ment would bo and I bellevo will direct
public opinion and tend to close tho
Third Ctuoni on Boathnrn Kloctlom.
Washington, Feb. 20. Tho Republi
can members of tho bouse held a third
caucus to consider the question of south
ern elections, ouly eighty-six Republi
cans out of a total of 1H9 being present.
This was short of a quorum but tho
meeting proceeded with speedy and
definite results, a resolution being
adopted asking the house committee on
rules to report a resolution for a special
investigation committee of eleven mem
bers to consider questions relating to
the disfranchisement of voters.
Mrand Lodge Officii.
Fort Scott, Feb. 21. Thu Masonic
Kansas grand lodge elected tho follow
Thomas 13. Dewey, of Abilene, grand
Bestor G. Brown, of Topeka, deputy
Thomas 0. Fitch, of Wichita, grand
A. II. Ellis, of Beloit, grand junior
warden. Robert K. Torrlngton, of
Wichita, grand treasurer. Albert IL
Wilson, of Topeka, grand secretary.
in One direction than the Brooklyn was
in the other and was In plain sight.
Of course Admiral SumpkoiOU'iis prr.
unt and In command. 1 rev ived no
signals from tho Brooklyn, and would.
not have noticed her at all uad it nob .
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all bud it nob .
do 'f hut has t '
loo2" so thnt
ictci by not '.
sli stopped, ,
ucni lor LIIL' ICCb kllUb ,VI1I-1I, IIU IJblll'l
vessels closed in she muili
sen co been culled "the looi
my uucniiuu was auruci
seeing tho iexas, because
und by not seeing tho Brooklyn be
cause sho went to senwanf, nvuy from
the Spanish vessels.
"Tho question of command is lu this
case nominal and technical, Admiral
Sampson's ship, thn New York, wus
seen at the outset of the fight from all
thu ships except thn llrooklyn. l-'o-r
of these five sbipeiiptallis have testified
that they regard linn as present, unit In
command. Hu slgunlled "elose in" to
the licet as soon as the first Spanish
ship appeared, but. his signal was not
seen by uuv American Vessel, lie wus
actually under fire from forts and him
self fired a couple of shots at the closu
of the action with the torpedo bouts,
in addition to signaling tlio Indiana
lust at tho elose of thu action, Hut
during thu action not a single order
from tiiiii was received by any of the
ships that were actively engaged.
'ATTAINS WON TIIK 1'KIUT.
"In short, the question us to which of
the two men, Admiral Siiinpsoii or Ad
miral Schley, was ul, the (hue, In com
mand, Is of merely nominal character.
Technically, Sampson commanded tlio
licet, and Schley, as usual, tho western
division. The 'actual fact, tho impor
tant fact, Is that after thu batik) was
joined not a helm was shifted, not n
gun was fired, not u pound of steam
was put on the engine room aboard any
ship actively engaged In obedience to
the order of either Sampson or Schley,
save on their own two vessels. It was
a captains' fight.
''Therefore, the credit to which each
of the two Is entitled rests on matters
apart from the claim of nominal com
mand over thu squadron; for, so far as
the actual fight wus concerned, neither
one nor the other lu fact exercised any
command. Sampson wax hardly mora
than technically lu the light. Ills real
claim for credit rests upon his work as
eoiuiuiiniler-ln-eliief; upon the excel
lence of the blockade; upon tho pre
paredness of the squadron; upon tho
arrangement of the ships headed In u
semicircle around the harbor; and tha
standing orders In accordance with
which they instantly moved to the at
tack of the Spaniards when thu latter
appeared. For ull theso things the
credit is his.
"LOOT" T1I15 ONIC m.VMiKII.
"Admiral Schley Is rightly cntllled-us
Is Captain Conic to thu credit of what
thu llrooklyn did in the fight. On tli
whole, sho 'did well; but 1 agree witis
the unanimous finding of thu three nd-
mlrtils who composed tho court or in
quiry us to the "loop," It seriously
marred the Brooklvn'solherwlsu excel
lent record, being in fact thu ono grave
mistake inudu by uny American ship
m'kini.kv was itniiiT.
Under such circumstances it seems to
luc that thu rccoinmeudiitlous of Presi
dent McKinley were eminently proper
nnd, Unit so fur us Admirals Sampson
and Schley were concerned, it would
have been unjust for him to havu uiuilo
Personally, 1 fed that In view of
Captuln ( lark's long voyage in tho
Oregon ami tin! condition In wIlvIi ho
brought her to the scene of service, as
well as the way In which lie actually
managed her before and during the
light, It. would have been well to havo
given him the same advancement that
was given Wiiinwrlght.
"But waiving this it is evident that
Walnwilfflit was entitled to receive
more than any of thcothcr commanders;
and that it was just to Admiral Samp
son that he should receive a greater ad
vance in mnnlicrn than Admiral Schley
there was nothing done in tho battle,
that warranted inly Unusual reward
for either, lu short, as regards Ad
mirals Sampson and Schley, 1 find that
President McKinley did substantial
justice, nnd that there would be. no
warrant for reversing his action.
"Until Admiral Sampson and Admiral
Schley lire now on the retired list. In
concluding their report, the members
of the courtof inquiry, Admirals Dewey,
Bcnham and Kaiiisey, unite in stating
that they recommend that no further
notion ho had in the matter. With
this recommendation I most heartily
concur. There Is no excuse whatever
from either sidu for any further agita
tion of this unhappy controversy. To
keep it allvo wouici merely do damage
to tho navy and to the country.
An Outrun) Hquulcliail.
Portland, Ore., Feb. 24. Tho stato
circuit court has rendered a decision
that the maintenance of u banner in
front of a restaurant with an inscription
to the effect that tho restaurant bus
been declared unfair is a nuisance
which a court of equity may enjoin.
Thu euso decided was against thu Wait
er's nlluinoc. Fur several weeks thu
Walters alliance has had in front of all
nonunion restaurants banners declaring
them unfair and advising alt friends of
union labor not to patronize them.
(Jimrmntliio I. Unit Kxtoudoil.
Kansas City, Feb. 20. Another ex
tension of timu has been secured for
Kansas cattlemen who have stock feed
ing In tho territory south of tho
quarantino line. Secretary of Agricul
ture Wilson has advanced the time limit
for bringing them back to March IS.
The time limit was recently advanced
from February 1 to February 3D. Tho
extension until the middlu of March
will be a great benefit to Kansas cattle
men. A great deal of Kansas stock is
feeding lu tho territory.
I'rlnoiieri Were nut Trenti-il C'rnelljr.
Washington, 1). C Feb. 24. Ilespond
lug to an inquiry from Senator Lodge,
tho Secretary of war sent him a largo
number of papers bearing upon tho
charge that cruelty Is practiced by tho
American troops on the natives of tho
Philippines. They consist of tho re
cords of thirteen Investigations. Tho
Secretary snys that every chargo o.
this description to his notice has been
mado tho subject of prompt investiga
tion, and in every caso tho report has
provod to be unfounded.