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CAPE GIRARDEAU. - MISSOURI
The entire army stationed at Chick
amauga park has been ordered to the
Os the 6th a mob at Murcia, Spain,
fired the town, pillaged and fired the
law courts and released the prisoners
from the local jail.
The United States battleship Oregon
arrived at Bahia, Brazil, on the 9th. It
is said she was acting under secret in
structions from Washington.
The steamer Roman arrived at Bos
ton, on the 8th, and the captain re
ported that he had been held up by a
Spanish ship 300 miles from Boston.
2io particulars were stated.
The representatives of China paid
the representatives of Japan over 11,
000,000 (353,000,000) at the bank of Eng
land, on the 7th, this being the balance
of the China-Japan war indemnity.
0- the 9th Gov. Black of New York
instructed Adjt.-Gen. Tillinghast to is
sue an order to disband the Thirteenth
regiment. Disobedience of orders from
the commander-in-chief prompted this
The Chinese war indemnity having
been fully paid the Japanese troops
will forthwith commence evacuating
Wei-IIai-Wei. The date of the Brit
ish occupation of Wei-IIai-Wei is not
Ax artist, arrived from Gomez" camp,
says there are 13,000 Cubaus in the
neighborhood of Sancti Spiritu. They
are short of arms, ammunition and
food, but are full of enthusiasm and
desire to co-operate with our ariny.
Ii. A. C. Smith, president of the
American Mail Steamship Co., has or
dered that the first of the four twin
screw steamships now in course of con
struction by the Cramps, for that com
pany, should be christened Admiral
Reports from Cadiz, on the 10th,
stated that the Spanish Cape Verde
fleet, for which Admiral Sampson has
been looking in West Indian waters,
had turned up at that city. This
leaves the way clear for the homecom
ing of the Oregon and for the invasion
A TEititiBi.E riot took place in Milan,
Italy, on the 8th. The anarchists re
treated to the housetops where they
hurled thousands of tiles and chimneys
upon the heads of the troops in the
streets with fearful execution. It is
estimated that 300 persons were killed
and 1,000 injured.
The senate, on the 5th, passed a bill
authorizing the president and general
officers of the army to supply the Cu
ban insurgents with arms and muni
tions of war, and empowering officers
of the army serving in Cuba to supply
needy inhabitants of the island with
medicines and subsistence.
Admiral Dewey's victory was cele
brated in Topeka, Kas.,on the 10th, with
an elaborate demonstration. A great
parade was arranged, in which Grand
Army veterans, the new volunteers
and semi-military organizations took
a prominent part. Several thousand
hool children were also in line.
The statement of the associated banks
of New York city for the week ended
May 7 showed the following changes:
Surplus reserve, decrease, $588,300;
loans, increase, $337,100; specie, in
crease, 81,385,700; legal tenders, de
crease, $1,703,500; deposits, increase,
$1,113,000; circulation, increase, S314,
400. Is the Spanish chamber of deputies,
on the loth, the Catalonian deputies
strongly protested against the procla
mation of martial law in Barcelona, as
there have been no disorders there.
The minister of the interior, Senor
Capdepon, replied that the authorities
of Barcelona undoubtedly had good
reasons for their action.
The French line steamer Lafayette,
seized off the coast of Cuba and towed
to Key West, on the Cth, was promptly
released by the state department and
ordered sent back under escort, the
vessel having secured permission be
fore leaving France to land passengers
and mail at Havana, under promise to
discharge no freight.
Os the 10th the United States treas
ury began paying out gold over the
counter in lieu of currency. This will
be continued indefinitely. The availa
ble cash balance on hand,including the
$100,000,000 gold reserve.is Sillt, 313,585.
Of this amount 530,323,491 is free gold
and the balance is made up of silver,
treasury and United States notes, etc.
News was received on the morning
of the 7th from Commodore Dewey by
dispatch boat McCuiloch, via liong
Kong, to the effect that in the famous
battle of Manila bay, on the 1st, the
Americans didn't lose a ship nor a man,
and that only six sailors were wound
ed, and those only slightly. None of
our ships were damaged. The Spanish
loss was 300 killed and 400 wounded,
and 11 of their ships were sunk.
The early reports from Spanish
sources of the battle at Manila were
confirmed by official advices on the 7th.
Further reliable details show the battle
to have been the most wonderful en
gagement ever fought, nothing in Bible
history, where the Lord of Hosts
fought on the side of Israel, equaling
it. Without the loss of a man or ma
terial damage to a ship the Americans
utterly destroyed the Spanish fleet,
silenced the forts and batteries in the
bay and menaced the city. The Spanish
official report admits all claimed by
Commodore (now acting Rear Admiral)
Dewey ,and places their loss at over 600
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THE KEWS Df BRIEF.
1st the senate, on tbe blh. almost the entire
session was given up t- the consideration of
the post office appropriation bill, which was
amended in several particulars, the more im
portant of .which were the striking out of the
appropriation for rural free delivery and to
prevent star route contractors from sub-let-ting
their routes. A bill was passed giving 'he
president increased powers in providing for
needy inhabitants of Cuba Iu the house
the Alaska land bill and the labor arbitration
bill were passed. The house adjourned until
Is the senate, on the 6th. a bill was oassed to
increase by 15 the number of surgeons in the
army, and to authorize the employment of con
tract surgeons. A bill authorizing the estab
lishment of post offices in military camps anil
posts went over under objection. An amend
ment to the post olllce appropriation bill pro
viding for the reduction of 20 per cent, in the
compensation of railroads for carrying of
mails, occupied most of the session, and was
pending when the senate adjourned until the
uih The house was not iu session.
IN the senate, on the 9th. in compliance with
a message from the presid-'iit and without, a
word of debate a vote of thanks was extended
to Commodore Dewey and the gallant officers
and m:n of his command for the magnificent
victory achieved in the battle of Manila bay. A
bill was also passed increasing tbe number of
rear admirals from six to seven to provide a
place for Admiral Dewey. A joint resolution
was also agreed to directing the secretary of
the navy to present to Admiral Dewey a sword
of honor and a bronze medal to each of the of
ficers and men who participated in the gallant
tight In the house the greater part of the
session was consumed by war measures. The
recommendation of the president that a vote of
thanks be tendered to Commodore Dewey and
his associate officers and men was followed by
a vote creating an additional rear admiral-ship
for the hero of Manila.
Is the senate, on the 10th. four war measures
were passed, among them the soalled "im
mune bill" and a bill for the enlistment of a
volunteer corps, two-thirds of the members of
which must be expert electricians or telegraph
ers. The post" office bill, carrying more than
fys.'iOJ.ooO, was passed. The resolution sub
mitting to the legislatures of the various states
an amendment to the constitution of the United
Slates changing tbe date of beginning of the
term of president, vice-president and members
of congress from the 4th of March to tiie 4lh of
May was adopted In the house the session
lasted but five minutes, and no business of im
portance was transacted.
PERSONAL. AND GENERAL.
Thus far since the war began we
have taken all the tricks. We have
been picking up prizes ail along, and
have as yet not learned of any Ameri
can ship having fallen into the hands
of the enemy. We have annihilated
Spain's entire Asiatic squadron, with
the chances that Old Qlory is floating
above the fortifications of Manila.
What next? It is hardly reasonable to
suppose that we are to get off scot
free, but as we are fighting for the
cause of humanity, it is not too much
to presume that the Lord is on our
As the result of the cabinet council
held in Madrid, on the Sth, it is under
stood that there will be no change in
the ministry for the presen,t, and that
the cabinet has resolved to "ener
getically push the campaign, especially
in the Philippine islands."
The third drawingroom of the sea
son was held at Buckingham palace, on
the 10th, by Queen Victoria. There
was a large attendance, including Uni
ted States Ambassador Hay and Mrs.
Hay and Mrs. J. B. Carter, wife of the
second secretary of the United States
The statement of the condition of
the treasury.issued on the Sth. showed:
Available cash balance, $'.'13,3-4,91)3;
gold reserve, 8181,240,38$.
A dispatch boat which arrived at
Key West, Fla., on the 5th, brought in
telligence of an engagement between
Spanish troops and insurgents in Ha
vana province, in which CoL Juan Del
gado, the insurgent leader, and four
men were killed, and the Spanish lost
The yacht Buccaneer brought news
to Key West, on the Sth, that Gomez
with 14,000 men washy that time with
in a few hours' march of Matanzas.
Startling developments are expected in
Corporal Clearv, of the New Or
leans police force, was shot and killed
by a negro on the 6th. Later the same
negro shot and killed Police Officer
Trump. A crowd chased the murder
er, and he was finally riddled with bul
lets. Sesob Polo de Berxabe, formerly
Spanish minister, at Washington, has
left Canada as the results of protests
on the part of the British government,
which was placed in a questionable
attitude by harboring him.
The United States government has
bought 1,500,000 pounds of short clear
sides of pork from the International
Packing Co. and Swift & Co., of Chi
cago, for use of the army and navy.
Failures during the week ended
May 6 were, for the United States,
238, against 221 for the corresponding
week last year. For Canada the fail
ures were 25, against 31 last year.
Queen Kege.nt Christixa again ap
pealed to Emperor Francis Joseph, on
the 6th, in favor of European interven
tion, and the Austro-Huogarian for
eign minister addressed a note to the
powers on the subject.
A Koie special, on the 6th, asserted
that the pope had sent a telegram to
the queen regent of Spain earnestly
advising an immediate appeal to the
European powers for mediation in the
year with America.
Senators Gorman and Lodge have
both declared themselves in favor of
holding the Philippines permanently.
Secretabt Gage addressed the sta.
dents of Cornell university on the 7th.
A dispatch from Vienna says that in
the highest circles '"it is regarded that
affairs in Spain are hurrying rapidly
toward a grave crisis. But no fear is
entertained for the personal safety of
"Fighting Joe" Wheeler was the
first of the major-generals of the new
volunteer army to be mustered in. The
oath of office was administered to him
on the 6th. Uen. Fitzhugh Lee was
mustered in half an hour later.
A special from San J uan, Porto Rico,
on the 6th, said that preparations were
being made there for the reception of
the Spanish Cape Verde island fleet,
the arrival of which was expected al
By the explosion of a can of nitro
glycerine, found near the old powder
mills on the outskirts of Denver, Col.,
on the 8th, Fred Sinetzger was in
stantly killed, his body being blown to
atoms, and Peter Lehl, Peter Schmear
and Henry Loos were badly injured.
The queen of the Belgians, who is a
daughter of the late Archduke Joseph
of Austria, while driving in the vicin
ity of the royal palace at Laeken, was
upset into the lake. Her majesty was
Owing to the international compli
cations likely to grow out of the war
betweea the United States and Spain,
the British government is arranging to
fortify St. Johns, X. F.
On the Sth the associated banks of
New York city held S13.'J16,4T5 in excess
of the requirements of the -5-per-cent.
The British steamer Maitland, Capt.
Anderson, from Sydney, X. S. W., for
Newcastle, is believed to have gone
ashore at Broken bay. Her crew and
passengers, numbering OS souls, are
thought to have been lost.
The cabinet has decided on an ag
gressive campaign against the Spanish
in the Philippines.
Ciiaki.ks Gi.aski:. ex-eomptroller of
West Bay City, Mich., shot himself
through the breast, on the yth, and died
15 minutes later, (r laser was recently
indicted by the county grand jury on
charges of forgery and embezzlement
At South Bend, Ind., on the S)th,
Frank Harrington fatally shot Mrs.
Mahlert, a widow, with whom he
boarded, because she refused to marry
him. He then blew out his own brains.
The newspapers of Lisbon say that
a Spanish fleet, consisting of nine ves
sels, passed Cape Kspiehel, 21 miles
south-by-west of that port, on the Sth,
steering a southerly course.
Robert Lindhlom, the widely-known
Chicago board of trade operator, made
an assignment on the 0th. Assets
given at SIOO.000 and liabilities S125,
000. A Valencian deputy declared, on
the 10th, that the captain-general of
Valencia had threatened the newspa
pers, saying he would break up their
forms if they printed matter attacking
William A. Aubkev de Vere ISeatf
ci.erk. tenth duke of St. Albans,
hereditary grand falconer of England
and captain of her majesty's yeomen of
the guard, died on the loth. He was
born in 1840.
Mr. F. J. Babcock, who was private
secretary to Secretary Sherman, has
been requested by Secretary Day to
continue to serve him in the same ca
pacity, and has accepted.
On the 10th the comptroller of the
currency issued a call for reports on
the coudition fo national banks at the
close of business on May 5.
Spanish cruisers are boarding ves
sels in the straits of Gibraltar.
LATE NEWS ITEMS
In the senate, on the 11th, the rail
way arbitration bill a measure de
signed to adjust by means of volun
tary arbitration differences that may
arise between railroad officials and their
employes occupied most of the day's
session, a number of amendments be
ing agreod to. The bill was stiii under
consideration when the senate ad
journed. .. .In the house the session
was dev ted to consideration of house
resolution to submit to the states a
proposition to amend the constitution
so as to provide for the election of sen
ators by direct vote, which was passed.
The house refused to concur iu the sen
ate amendments to the post otliee ap
propriation bill and asked for a con
ference. The Russian consul at Tien-Tsin,
China, has notified his colleagues that
foreigners will not be allowed at Port
Artuur or at Ta-Lien-Wan without
passports vized by him. Both Chinese
and foreigners bitterly complain at
this, inasmuch as the tsung li yamen
expressly instructed their officials that
these ports were to be treated as treaty
The engagement of Mrs. Pauline
Aubrey, daughter of Chief Justice
Fuller, and Mr. Jessup Blair, a well
known soeiety man of Washington, is
announced. Since her divorce from
Aubrey, with whom she eloped several
years ago, she and her daughters have
made their home with her parents in
Bkig.-Gen. John L. Rodgers, senior
officer of the artillery branch of the
army was, on the 11th, appointed chief
of artillery of the army and placed in
charge of all the coast defenses. Until
recently he was in command of tbe
Fifth artillery, stationed at Governor's
Island, New York.
In an attempt to arrest Joseph Ben
nett, on the llih, Chief of Police Cun
ningham of Indiana, Pa., was shot and
killed. Bennett was intoxicated, and
was riding a bicycle and tiring his re
volver at every one he met.
Tub ambulance ship Solace, having
on board four surgeons, eight nurses,
the tinest surgical appliances and ac
commodations for 100 wounded, arrived
at Key West, Fla., from Hampton
roads on the 11th.
The government of Uruguay has re
fused permission to eslauus.li in Monte
video a Red Cross society in aid of the
The house of representatives, by a
vote of 184 to 11, on the 11th, passed a
resolution for the election of senators
by popular vote.
i in rami
Three Persons, and Perhaps More,
Perished in the Flames
Bodies Burned to a Char.
ME LOSS WILL REACH HALF A MILLION.
The Fire Orignated In McCadden Bra.'
Toy and Firework Establishment, and
Spread to the Beading- Hardware Cov
National Wall Paper Co. and the
Bralnerd A Armstrong; Spool SUk Ce.
Philadelphia, May li. Three per
sons are known to have lost their lives,
and it is feared that others may have
perished, in a fire which originated in
the wholesale toy and fireworks estab
lishment of McCadden Bros., 619 Mar
ket street, about 11 a. m. The bodies
of the three peisons who were burned
to death are so badly charred that even
the sex can not be learned.
There were about 100 persons em
ployed in the McCadden store, and
nearly all managed to make their es
cape before the (limes reached the up
per floors. The three bodies were
found on the second floor of the burned
structure. On account of the inflam
mable nature of the contents, the
big six-story structure was a mass
of flames in less than half an hour.
The tire spread quickly to the building
on the east occupied by the Reading
Hardware Co., and the big building on
the west occupied by the National Wall
Paper Co., and the Brainerd & Arm
strong Spool Silk Co. The fire depart
ment sent in four alarms, and
in alout one hour the tire
was gotten under control. The
McCadden building was completely de
stroyed, and the other two were badly
damaged. The entire stock of the wall
paper company and that of Brainerd &
Armstrong is rendered worthless by
smoke and water. The damage to the
stock of the Reading Hardware Co. is
nominal, but the loss on the building
amounts to about S50.000. The fire is
supposed to have originated on the
second floor of the McCadden Bros,
building. The flames leaped quickly
to the upper floors, cutting off
the escape of the employes in the
upper portion of the building in less
than five minutes. There was a wild
rush for the elevator and stair
wars, and it is thought that not more
than six persons at the outside, and
possibly only the three whose bodies
have already been recovered, lost their
lives. The total loss will reach about
$500,000, well covered by insurance.
GRAVITY OF ITALIAN RIOTS.
Days. Mast Elapse Before the Number of
the Killed and Wounded It
Rome, May 12. It will probably be
many days before one is able fully to
estimate the gravity of the riots
throughout Italy and the number of
killed and wounded. The two sup
pressed papers, the Radical Sccolo and
the Republican Italia del Popolo, of
Milan, were undoubtedly chiefly re
sponsible for tbe riots there.
The latter journal has been in the
habit.for some years, of giving its sub
scribers Christmas gifts of revolvers
and hatchets, the latter inscribed in
the Milanese dialect with the mottj
"Dalli al tronco." (Strike at the
The regular subscribers were mostly
priests. It is said to-night that all the
socialist editors throughout the coun
try have been or will be arrested and
detained until order is restored.
Evidence accumulates that railway
men were chiefly responsible for the
risings. The order calling them under
arms is expected to have a good de
A SUSPICIOUS APPEARANCE.
Mysterious Murder of an Aged Farmer
The Wire's Story-A Warrant
for Her Arrest.
Milan, Mo., May 11. E. F. D. Lums
den, b. farmer, aged about 6.", living 20
miles southeast of Milan, was beaten
to death with a 16-pound cast iron post
maul. His wife, who is about 30 years
of age, was the first to give the alarm,
and her story is that about midnight
she discovered eight men in the house
and that they dealt the death-blows.
Neighbors this morning made dili
gent search for footprints about the
premises and could find none. A war
rant has been issued for the arrest of
THE WINDWARD ARRIVES.
Peary's Polar Expedition Steamer Arrives
at New Tork After a Pro
New York, May 12 The steamer
Windward from London, March 19, was
sighted off the Highlands at 8:07 a. nx
The Windward is the vessel
that carried the Jackson-IIarins-worth
expedition on its voyage to
the polar region. The steamer was re
cently presented by Mr. Harmsworth
to Lieut. R. E. Peary. The passage
from Ixmdon has been so slow that
there had been some anxiety felt for
WOOL STOREHOUSE BURNED.
Several Attached Buildings Also Con
sumed Valuable Contents Destroyed
or Damaged A Costly Blaze.
Andover, Mass., May 12. A large
three-story stone building at Ballard
vale, used as a wool storehouse by Jan
nison Lovejoy, of Boston, was burned
shortly after noon yesterday, together
with a number of connecting buildings.
Tbe buildings contained wool valued
at between $250,000 and 300,003. Most
of the stock was destroyed or badly
damaged; loss nearly 8309,003.
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Railroad Assessment Valuations.
The state board of equalization will
meet on the following-named days to
hear testimony, arguments and sugges
tions with respect to the assessment
valuation of railroad, bridge and tele
graph property for taxes of 1893:
May 23 Atchison. Topeka & Santa Fe sys
rem. May 24-Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis
May 25 -Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific sys
tem. May 28 and 27 Missouri Pacific and St. Louis,
Iron Mountain & Southern.
May 30 Missouri. Kansas & Texas system.
May 31 Wabash system.
June 2 Kansas City, Pittsburgh & Gull sys
tem. June 3 St. Louts, Southwestern and St
Louis, Cape Girardeau & Fort Smith.
J une 4 St. Louis A San Francisco system;
Onion Pacific St. Joseph Terminal.
June 7-Kansas City, Osceola & Southern: St.
Louis & Hannibal and thechlcaro Great West
ern. June 8 The Chicago & Alton system.
June 9 and 10-The Chicago, Burlington A
June 13 -Private and independent car lines
and companies. .
June 14 to 17 All other railroad, bridge and
telegraph companies, and such other matters
as may be presented (or the consideration of
The board invites county officers and
all citizens who may be interested in
. the assessment and valuation of rail
i road property or have information in
regard thereto, to be present and make
such statements as may be deemed per
tinent. Tbe Prohibitionist.
The prohibition state convention was
held at Mobcrly. The following ticket
Supreme Judges Judge Reuben E. Robin
san, of Lamar (long term), and J. P. Orr, of
Bolden (sbort. or unexpired tjroi).
Superintendent of Public Schools Prof. &
T. Bond, of Fayette.
Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner J.
Fred Williams, of Sedaiia.
The committee ou resolutions report
ed the party platform which was adopt
ed at Pittsburgh in 1S90.
It declares in favor of "the legal prohibition
by state and national legislation of the manu
facture, importation, exportation, interstate
transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages;
we declare our purpose to organize and unite all
the friends of prohibition in one party, and in
order to accomplish this end we deem it but
right to leave every prohibitionist the freedom
of his own convictions upon all other political
Mr. Turner, of Mexico, introduced a
Expressing the sympathy and loyalty of the
Missouri prohibitionists to the administration
in its conduct of tne war with Spain, and com
mending it for the stand it had taKen In the in
terest of freeioin and humanity, and expressing
a hope that tne time may soon come when there
shall be a president and congress who will go
further and issue an ultimatum against any
licensed saloon in the land.
An effort was made to get a woman's
suffrage plank into the platform, but
this was defeated.
Peter Kuhn, aged 55, one of the oldest
merchants in .Sedaiia, who had been
engaged in manufacturing cigars there
for 30 years, occupying the same build
John P. Kirschner, a wealthy pio
neer resident and father of St. Joseph's
mayor, after a protracted illness,
Mrs. Dorinda Ferguson, widow of
Eev. William Ferguson and mother of
E. E. Ferguson, county treasurer, at
the home of her son, eight miles north
east of Sedaiia, of pneumonia, at the
age of 83.
Mrs. Catherine Hockaday, mother of
Mrs. J. L Orrison, at the home of her
daughter, in Sedaiia, of general debil
ity, aged 73.
The Bland Case.
In the state supreme court in banc,
in an opinion handed down by Judge
W. C. Marshall.the proceedings brought
by Judge R. E. Roinbauer to oust Judge
C. C. Bland from the bench of the St
Louis court of appeals on the ground
that he violated the provisions of the
corrupt practices act of 1803 were dis
missed, the demurrer filed by Judge
Bland being sustained.
Chief-Justice Uantt and JuJges Sherwood,
Burgess and Williams concurred with Judge
Marshall and Judges Brace and Robinson dis
sented from his opinion. In a general w y it
can oe stated that the court holds that the al
legations contained in the petition do not con
stitute a cause of action, and tiiat the case aocs
not come within the provisions of the corrupt
Stabbed an Old Man.
Garrison Dawson, aged 70, who re
sides north of Sedaiia. was seriously
and probably fatally stabbed by
William Mundy, his hired hand. They
had a quarrel in Mundy's room, which
resulted in a hand-to-hand struggle.
Mundy, who is a small man, after re
ceiving severe punishment, drew his
knife and slashed Dawson across the
breast several times, and then thrust
the blade into the old man's back up to
the handle, the blade penetrating the
lung. Mundy surrendered to SueriH
A Strong- Denial.
The following card has been sent the
We, the citizens of Kelso, Scott county. Mo.,
denounce the report that has been circulated
and publised in some of tbe leading papers of
the United Sta'es that Kelso had furnished
W0 to the support of Spain as a willful and
malicious lie, and furthermore, will find and
prosecute the scoundrel that started said re
port. Mast Citizens or Kelso.
Missouri Stock Growers.
The first annual convention of the
Missouri Live Stock Growers' associa
tion was held at SL Joseph, and effect
ed a permanent organization, electing
officers as follo vs: 11. Duncan, Osborn,
president; D. E. Thornton, St. Joseph,
Quite a Money-Maker.
The total revenue derived from the
St. Louis water-works during the past
fiscal year was Sl,33S,5t4.45. Maintain
ing and operating, 943J,tf30.99.
May Be Made a Bishop.
Eev. J. W. Lee, presiding elder of th
St. Louis district of the M. E. church
south, has been called to Baltimore,
and may be made a bishop.
Money For Spain.
Spanish sympathizers at Kelso, Scott
jounty, it is said, have forwarded $300
to Madrid to be used by Spain in the
War attain! Uncle Sam.
I Mil H
Concerted Effort All Along the Line
to Begin Aggressive Action
on a Big Scale.
CHANGES MADE IN THE ORIGINAL PLANS.
No News Received from Admiral Samp
son' Fleet Doubt Again Entertained
as to the Movement of the Spanish
Cape Verde Fleet Mr. Belmont Offer
Declined by the Government.
Washisotox, May 13. The army
movement on Cuba is fairly launched,
and yesterday's news developed a
concerted effort all along the line to
begin aggressive operations on a big
scale for the ejectment of the Spanish
troops and government from the Pearl
of the Antilles. An order given yester
day afternoon by the war department
for the purchase of 5,000,000 rations is
an earnest of the scale on which prep
arations are making for the invasion
of Spain's territory. Of this vast
quantity one-fourth is to go to the
Philippines, by way of San Francisco,
and the balance to Cuba.
For some reason' that was not dis
coverable there appeared to be a tem
porary check in the practical working
out of the plans of the war department
for this Cuban movement. After
everything had been made ready for
the departure Tuesday night. Gen.
Miles was detained and for a time, yes
terday, the rather gloomy prospect of
an indefinite postponement of the first
military expedition was presented.
Later on, however, the obstacle, what
ever it was, was removed and it was
again announced that tne commanding
general, with a numerous staff, would
leave Washington to-day directly for
The department has made a great
many changes in the original pro
gramme laid down for the concentra
tion of troops and, as indicated in these
dispatches yesterday, many bodies of
volunteers that were originally slated
for one of the great concentration
camps have found themselves suddenly
under orders to proceed direct to south
ern points, so that soon volunteers from
the east and middle west will be mov
ing swiftly to Florida and the gulf,
while from the far west, the cars will
be carrying troops to San Francisco.
Yesterday's news in connection with
the renewal of Gen. Miles' orders to
Tampa is pretty substantial evidence
of a very early movement of troops in
strong force to Cuba, while the Philip
pine programme, of course, has been
definitely fixed for some days.
Contrary to expectations yesterday
passed at the navy department without
news from Admiral Sampson.
Notwithstanding what appear to be
confirmatory newspaper advices rela
tive to the presence of the Spanish Cape
Verde fleet at Cadiz, the navy depart
ment officials are beginning to enter
tain strong doubt of the accuracy of
the report. It was not possible, dur
ing the course of the day, to obtain
anything like an official confirmation
of the unofficial report received Tues
day, but this is not to be wondered at
in view of the success which the Span
ish government has so far met with
in keeping secret the movements of its
Until news comes from Admiral
Sampson of his doings in and around
Porto Kico, it cannot be said definitely"
what programme shall be decided on
as regards that island. It has been sug
gested that some of the troops now be
ing hurried so rapidly to the gulf coast
may be intended to co-operate with Ad
miral Sampson in the reduction of tbe
fortifications in San Juan de Porto
Kico and the subsequent occupation of
An evidence of the wisdom of having
the troop transports near at hand in
such cases is shown by the predica
ment Admiral Dewey is believed to be
in at Manila, where, for lack of troops,
he is unable to occupy the town and
to prevent atrocities which the insur
ireuts are capable of working on their
helpless Spanish foes.
The revival of doubts as to the
whereabouts of the Cape Verde squad
ron caused a renewal of anxiety as to
the Oregon. The ship was at Bahia,
Brazil, at last accounts, and is believed
to have started a day or two ago, up
the Brazilian coast to join Sampson's.
squadron in the West Indies. She will
have to make a run ol 3,000 miles, which
will occupy her about ten daysonly, as
she is in fine fettle, and averaged 13
knots an hour on the long run around
from San Francisco.
The navy department felt obliged to
deeline the offer made by some wealthy
New York gentlemen, headed by O. 11.
P. Belmont, to build and equip a tor
pedo boat for the use of the govern
ment during the war.
Possibly the declination was brought
about through the condition attached
to the offer that the boat should be
commanded by Mr. Belmont for, with
out the least reflection upon that gen
tleman, the naval officials have been.
obliged to decline to establish the pre
cedent of appointing civilians to com
mands in this way. The practice in
some respects would approach priva
teering, which is distinctly prohibited
by the agreement we have voluntary
entered into and proclaimed to t he
world. Lieut. -CoL Roosevelt yesterday
turned over his duties of assistant sec
retary of the navy to Mr. Charles II.
Allen, of Massachusetts, and the latter
held a reception at the department to
all the employes.
The rush orders to the Charleston,
which went onl yesterday, will have
the result, possibly, of obliging the
department to send another vessel,
probably tbe Philadelphia, along with
the troop transports which are ex
pected to go out from San Francisco
about the end of the week, since it is
very unusual in time of war to send
such transports without a war ship foe-convoy.