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B. H. ADAMS Ptf'iIUher.
A MISSION FULFILLED.
Said the pebble In the roai
To the etump that grew beside It:
"Oh, my brother, is our mode
Of existence such a load
That, like me, you but deride it?"
Is there not within your bosom
Such a wild desire to do some
Mighty deed you cannot hide it.
And you hate this dull abode?"
Said the pebble in the road.
Baid the stump unto the stone.
Answering its sudden query:
"Oh, my brother, I must own
Many times and oft I've grown
Of our quiet living weary.
Hut the hope's within me planted
That our wish some day'll be granted;
If we wait with patience cheery
We a duty will be shown,"
Said the stump unto the stone.
So they waited, and one day
Came a scorcher, wildly wheeling,
Pressed in slouchy, soiled array.
Cursing all who crossed his way,
Giving all "that tired feeling:"
And, his wheel the pebble striking.
Of a sudden stopped his "biking,"
Sent him through the aira-reeling
Toward the stump that waiting lay;
And he landed there to stay.
Said the pebble and the stump:
"That's the time.old boy, we caught yer!
Never more, with back a-hump.
Down the highway will you pump.
Till the sight of you's a torture;
'Twas the mission we awaited,
Twas for this we were created,
'Twas to kill another scorcher.
Rid the earth of one more chump,"
Said the pebble and the stump.
Joe Lincoln, in L. A. W. Bulletin.
THAT night there was a busy hum
along t hi streets of Port Platte,
the village at the bead of a small harbor
on the south side of San Domingo. The
miu was slowly descending behind the
blue peaks of the island, and all knew
that deep darkness might utmost in
bluntly succeed the brief t wilight of the
tropics. I!ut the rapid approach of
night was forgotten in the general
alarm; for an American frigate, with
all canvas spread, was bearing down
upon the French haven. Suddenly the
dreaded vessel furled her courses and
hove to as if to reeonnoiter. After
scanning narrowly the little anchorage,
however, she put about and set her
courses again, and her ghostly form
was soon swallowed by the gathering
darkness. The people on shore
breathed easier, but none the less they
continued to reinforce their fort, be
sides sending soldiers on board the
letter of marque. Sandwich, formerly a
British packet, but then in the service
of the French, which lay close under
the guns of the battery, where she was
receiving a cargo of coffee preparatory
to a run for France.
Jt was in IsOO. Some four years be
fore tlie French government, incensed
with the United States for making the
Jay treaty with (;reat llrit.'in and for
electing John Adams to the presidency,
recalled its minister and began to cap
ture our merchantmen. President
Adams, however, hoped for a peaceful
solution of the question at issue, and
sent commissioners to Paris. Emis
saries of Prince Talleyrand, signing the
Initials "X. V. Z.," wrote to the Ameri
can envoys, offering imnmnity to our
commerce if the United States would
bribe several French officials liberally.
The envoys sent the correspondence to
the president, who laid it before con
gress. The nation was roused. "Mil
lions for defense; not one cent for
tribute!" was the cry, and several very
tine warships were built as rapidly as
workmen could put them together. In
February, 1!M, Commodore Thomns
Truxtun, in the 3S-gun frigate Constel
lation, captured the French 3S-gun
L'lnsurgente in the Caribbean sea; and,
a year later, just before our story opens,
pursued, attacked and vanquished the
French ship I.a Vengeance of 54 guns.
"Truxtun! Truxtun! La Constella
tion!" passed from lip to lip with in
stinctive consternation, that afternoon,
at Port Platte. Night came on; the
moon did not appear, and scudding
clouds obscured the stars. The reveille
was beaten nt the fort, and the people
retired to dream of their fortunate es
cape from a visit by the daring cruisers
of the American squadron. Could they
have pierced the darkness seaward,
their self-eomplaerucy would have re
ceived a rude shock. The frigate, when
she lost, sight of the island. ca-ne about,
and, under full sail, stood in for shore.
Just then, the heavy roar of a cannon
came booming over the water, and. one
after another, all but the light of the
"Now is your time," said Commodore
Talbot to his lieutenant, "have the sec
ond cutter manned, sir. and come to me
for further orders." Then looking at
the compass and observing the log and
the surroundings, he went below.
"Enter!" he commanded, a few min
utes later, in response to a knock at
the cabin door. "Are you ready so
soon?" he inquired, as Lieut. Hull
stood before him again.
"All ready, sir."
"Then, sir," said the commodore, "you
will enter the harbor of Port Tlatte
without being discovered, ascertain
whether the craft that we saw lying
under the guns of the fort is the Sand
wich, and report to me."
"How shall I ascertain the fact with
out boarding her?"
"You will know the Sandwich by the
black stripes around her white masts
and by the shortness of her bowsprit.
Make haste, sir, I have other work for
Hull withdrew, wrapped himself m
his heavy boat clonk, gave the neces
sary orders to the officer of the deck,
and took his place at the stern sheets
of tile second cutter. "Shove off! Let
ialll jpuli cuteily, mv boys! "were the
FINE YANKEE AUDACITY j
orders he gave in quick succession in a
low voice; then for two hours nothing
was heard of him. Already a pale streak
stretched along the cistern waters, and
the clouds grew thinner aud fewer,
while here and there a star peeped out
and was reflected by the waves beio-.v.
"Boat ahoy!" challenged the senti
nel at the gangway of the frigate, as
the low dash of oars fell upon his ear.
"Aye, aye!" came from the beat; and
soor. Lieut. Hull stood on deck. "It was
the Sandwich, he added, saluting the
"Are you certain?"
"I am, sir; for I lay directly under
the stern, and heard, through the cabin
windows, which were open, her officer
congratulating themselves upon the de
parture of the Constellation, for such
they deem this ship to be. Besides, I
noticed her masts and bowsprit, as I
swept along under the guns of the fort;
they are as you described them to be."
"I'll have her!" exclaimed Commo
dore Talbot, as he looked again at the
harbor, which could be dimly seen,
through the haze of dawn. "About ship,
sir! Set all the studding sails!"
The frigate came swiftly about, and
stood off to sea. Soon the studding
sails on both sides were spread to the
crowding breeze; and, like a mountain
of snow, she danced along the bosom of
the deep until her morning watch
looked in vain for the blue outline of the
island of San Domingo.
"Sail, O!" cried the lookout.
"Where away?" asked the officer of
"On the lee buw, sir."
"Can you make her out?"
"She is a sloop, sir; and shows Amer
"Hoist our ensign!" commanded the
"Aye, there comes the Sally, in the
nick of time," said the commodore, who
had come on deck at tht first hail. "Mr.
Hull, make a signal for her to run down
and speak to us; we will at once pro
cted to business.
The Sally was soon alongside. After
Talbot had conferred w ith her captain
the latter and his crew came aboard the
frigate, while Lieut. Hall, with a party
of seamen and marines, the latter led by
the brave Capt. Carmick, immediately
repaired on board the sloop.
It was about noon of the following
day when the sloop stood into the har
bor of Port, l'latte. Before her lay the
Sandwich with her broadside bearing
on the approach, and at no great dis
tance beyond her the battery on shore
showed its row of black teeth.
Hull had sent nearly all his men be
low; and, with a stern anchor ready, he
bore down, like a short-handed lubber
ly sloop, for the bows of the Sandwich.
"Stand by to board!" he commanded, in
a low tone, speaking to several of his
most daring men, crouching under the
"You will be afoul of us!" came in
good English from the lieutenant of
the Sandwich, who was leaning care
lessly over the rail.
"I think I shall," was. the laconic re
ply. A moment later the sloop struck.
"Let go that hedge!" thundered Hull.
It was done like magic.
"Hoarders, away!" he cried, and, seiz
ing his clltias'-, from' one.-of the ma
rines, he crossed the gangway of the
Sandwich, followed by his men, and j
carried her without a struggle.
Capt. Carmick landed from the ship's
LYING I'XDER THE GUNS OF THE
FORT WAS THE SANDWICH.
boats, took the battery, spiked the
guns and retired without losing a man.
Wild commotion reigned on shore,
but Hull and his men went to work
with all their might to secure their
prize. M;e had been dismantled above
her deck by the Frenchmen as a meas
ure of precaution against seizure, and
her guns had been stowed in the hold;
but before sunset her royal yards were
crossed, her guns scaled and her new
crew quartered. She got under way
with the American flag at her ensign
peak and sailed out of the harbor.
Evening was rapidly verging into
night when a ship, followed by a sloop,
bore down upon the Constitution.
"Hail the stranger!" commanded
"What ship is that ?" shouted the of
ficer of the deck through his trumpet.
"The United States ship Talbot; Isaac
Hull, commander," replied the victo
rious lieutenant, as he drew neap
enough to be distinguished by the offi
cers of the frigate.
"Tis Hull, by heavens!" said the
commodore. " 'Tis a cool job well
He returned the Sally's captain and
crew to their vessel, with many thanks
and a more substantial reward, and or
dered Hull to spread every rag of can
vas on the Sandwich.
When morning dawned the two ships
were plowing the foaming ocean milef
away toward Jamaica. Success.
They Piped Pandemonium.
When the Gordon Highlanders went
into action at Dargai it appears from
the confession of one of the woundH
pipers that each of the six pipers ;n,t
ahead played a different tune. In s.ite
of that the Gordons followed them.
-Oh, Bridgetl I told you to notice
when the apples boiled over." "Sure, I
did, mum. It was quarter-past 11." Tit
Bits. "Ah!" sighed the sad-faced man at
the poker table, as his last chip disap
peared, "if we could see ourselves as
others see us!" Boston Transcript.
"Of course," observed the thin wheel
man, "water won't run uphill." "Well,"
replied the fat wheelman, who was still
pulling and blowing, "I don't blame it.
Citizen Unless my eyes deceive me,
you are the party 1 gave ten cents to
yesterday." Beggar "I am, sir. Did
you think a dime would make a new
man of me?" Truth.
Time-Saving Scheme. "No," he said,
"I don't care for poetry. Fact is, I
haven't time to read much of anything."
"Why,"she said, sweetly, "don't you try
to learn to roll your cigarettes with one
hand?" Chicago Evening News.
Mistress "I saw two policemen sit
ting in the kitchen with you last night,
Bridget." Bridget "Well, ma'am, yez
wouldn't hov an unmarried lady be sit
tin alone with only wan policeman,
would yez? The other wan wuz a chap
Game. "Is football a game?" asked
the foreigner. "Duino," was the reply;
"but foot-bailers are. When a man
breaks both legs and dislocates his
spine, and then won't go off the field un
til the play is over, you bet he's game."
It Would Be Costly. nc watched the
pompous man getting measured for a
suit of clothes. "It's an excellent
thing," he said, at last, "that a man's
egotism is not included in his measure
ments, or some people would go broke
paying for one suit." Chicago Post.
A Portent. "Do you think," said the
rcan who is slightly superstitious, "that
a cornet presages danger?" "Well,"
replied Mr. Meekton, with the delibera
tion of a man who is accustomed to
think many limes before he speaks, "it
docs if I stay out lata enough to see it."
THE JOLLY AMEER.
Abdurrahman, of Afghanistan, la
One of the Mont Original of
The most intdesting ruler in tht
world at present is, probably, Abdur
rahman of Afghanistan.
A fine old-crusted autocrat is Abdur
rahman, capable of waking up his doc
tor to ask him if it would hurt him to
cat a peppermint lozenge, and also
shutting up a thief in an iron cage to
starve to death.
Once a beggar in Kabdul asked alms
of the khan.
"Did you ever work for a living?"
asked the ruler.
"Never, O khan," the mnn replied;
"I am a beggar."
"Then," said Abdurrahman, "we can
do without yon," and forthwith direct
ed that the beggar should be hanged.
He is, however, susceptible to flattery,
and can sometimes be cajoled.
A man whom he had sentenced to
have his cars cut off for some indiscre
tion happened to be a friend of his chief
secretary, who averted the mutilation
by offering to perform the task himself,
provided it might be done in the
To this he assented, whereupon the
secretary explained that he had never
executed this form of punishment be
fore, and would his highness show how
much was to be removed.
The ameer passed his hands over both
ears of the trembling wretch,
whereupon the secretary reminded him
of a passage in the Koran showing that
anything touched by the representative
of the Almighty became sacred. So the
ears were saved.
Afghanistan is anything but back
ward, as Asiatic countries go. There
is a modern factory in Kabul run by
steam and employing 3.500 workman,
which turns out daily 10,000 Martini
Henry cartridges and 10,000 Snider
cartridges, finished and complete; SC
Martini-ITenry and 20 Snider rifles; 50,
000 coins; two field guns, varying from
3-pounders to 12-pounders; 12 Maxims,
18 Gardners, with carriages and full
equipment, per annum, as well as a
large number of swords and mechanical
The ameer takes great pride in the
factory, and makes his khans and all his
visitors go and see it. One day Umra
Khan, who came from a distance, called
on Sir Salters Tyne and said:
"now do you make guns?"
"It is quite easy," replied Pyne. "Von
make a hole first, and then wrap some
iron around it."
"Ah," he said, sorrowfully, "there is
Jots of air for the hole in my country;
only no one there knows how to wrap
the iron around it." X. Y. World.
Odd War to Cron Itinera.
Russian Don Cossack regiments are
being drilled in crossing rivers on a
novel sort of improvised bridge. Seven
or eight lances are passed between the
handles and tops of a dozen cooking
kettles and are held firmly in place by
the handles, and are besides tied togeth
er by forage ropes. A dozen bundles of
these lances fastened together form one
section of a raft or floating bridge,
which it has been found will support
half a ton of weight. A section can be
put together in 25 minutes. Chicago
Where- He Fell Short.
Old Mr. Hippleton Darling, you are
miserable. Don't deny it. I can see it
by your look.
Toung Mrs. nippleton Ah, yes, I
try to be light-hearted, but it is im
possible. "What's the matter, lovey? Havent
I done everything possible to make you
"Yes that is, nearly everything."
"What have I not done?"
"You haven't died." Cleveland
I I I I
Fleet Retreat of the Flying Squad
ron for Which Admiral Samp
son was Looking.
UNEXPECTED APPEARANCE AT CADIZ.
While in One Sense s Disappointment
ThU Leaves the Way of the Oregon
Open and Invite the Immediate Oc
cupation and Liberation of Down
Wasiiingtox, May 11. It is hard to
tell whether the naval officers were re
lieved or disappointed by the news
that came late yesterday afternoon to
both the nary and state departments to
the effect that the Spanish flying
squadron had arrived at Cadiz, Spain.
The safety of the Oregon from attack
is now assured, and the way is clear
for military operations in Cuba with
out running the risk of having the oc
cupying army's line of communication
On the other hand, it is believed that
no enduring peace can be secured un
til the Spanish fleet has been de
stroyed, and it now appears that to do
this our sailors must make up their
minds to go after the Spaniards, a task
very much more difficult than that of
meeting them near our own shores.
It was suggested by some of the
members of the war board that there
was just a possibility that the Spanish
squadron might take a quick passage
into the Pacific through the Suez canal
aud attack Dewey at Manila. It is
said that, contrary to the common un
derstanding, the Suez canal is open to
the war ships of belligerent powers, so
that if the Spanish choose to take this
course they would have a long start of
any pursuing fleet from our side of the
Atlantic. It is scarcely believed, how
ever, that the Spanish are willing to
take the great risk of exposing to our
attack their own home ports by the
withdrawal of so considerable a por
tion of their naval strength as would
be required to overmatch Dewey.
Notning was heard from Sampson,
but there was a confident expectation
that interesting news would be coiniug
from his squaA'.n within 24 hours.
Whether this means an attack on Porto
Kico or not cannot be learned.
One effect of the retreat of the Span
ish Jleet has been to hasten even more
the preparations already under full
headway for the dispatching of mili
tary expeditions to Cuba- It also has
caused a complete change in the con
centration plans. Time is now believed
to be the great factor. T'iiere is no
longer opportunity to indulge in ex
tensive urillingand practice maneuver
ing. The regular army troops do not
need these, aud arc to be thrown at
once in the frout of the fray.
Many of the regiments of the na
tional guard which are entering the
volunteer service are felt to be suffi
ciently trained, from a military point
of view, to follow the regulars imme
diately, aud the department indicated
its purpose yesterday of dispatching
these volunteer troops directly to the
gulf coast for shipment, instead of send
ing them to C'hickamauga.
1 his disposition was shown by the
changes in the new orders issued to
the troops, althougii there yet may be
a return to the original programme of
concentration if the plaus show signs
of weakness, as they develop.
The quartermaster general has al
ready gotten under charter 27 mer
chant steamers for the transport of
troops and, roughly speaking, these
should carry about 20,0U0 men. Others
are being procured as rapidly as possi
ble. The plan of the war department is to
have these vessels assemble at the dif
ferent gulf ports, Tampa, Mobile, New
Orleans and Galveston, to take on
troops which will be sent there. The
navy department is expected to furnish
convoys for these transports, which,
would be absolutely helpless against
Spanish attack. At this point
there are signs of friction. First,
the transports will be obliged to await
Admiral Sampson's return, in order to
secure proper convoy, and, secondly,
the navy objects very decidedly to un
dertaking the task of convoying a num
ber of transports. It insists that to in
sure the safety of the convoy of the
tfoops, all the transports should be
gathered in one fleet to start from
Tampa, and the navy is likely to pre
vail in this.
Now that Maj.-Gen. Sewell has been
assigned to command the concentration
calnp at Falls Church, Va., preparations
are being rushed to put the grounds
there into shape for the reception of the
Royalty In Danger from a Customs Officers
Ludona, Switzerland, May 11. The
workmen of Creva, near Luenoa, num-
bering several thousand, struck work
yesterday and a fight occurred with the
customs officers. ;
The duke and duchess of Saxe-Mein-igen
were driving yesterday through j
Lunenoa, when they found themselves
between the rioters and the customs
officers as the latter fired a volley.
The duke and duchess were not hurt,
but a dozen of the rioters fell. The
ducal party returned here at a gallop.
Fatal Duel at the Door of a Chare h.
Cixcisiati, May 11. A special to the
Commercial-Tribune from Almy.Tenn.,
says: "Rube Phillips and Jerry West
engaged in a pistol duel at the door of
a church and both were shot to death.
The girl whom West was escorting to
church was mortally wounded. Both
were suitors of the girL"
The First Mississippi Regiment Mobilised.
Jackson, Miss., May 11. The first
regiment of Mississippi volunteers were
mobilized here yesterday, 1,000 strong.
The regiment will be commanded by
Col. George C Qovan.
AMPLE SUPPLIES FOR DEWEY.
The Supplies Already Gathered at San
Francisco and Ordered Flared
on reird Immediately.
Chicago, May 12. A special to the
Post from Washington says: The
orders to the commandant of the
navy yard at Mare Island are to put
on board the Charleston all the ammu
nition she will carry, so long as her
steaming capacity is not retarded.
By extraordinary efforts on the part
of the authorities here all the powder,
shot and shell requisite for this relief
expedition have been assembled at San
Francisco already, though it was
thought at first it would take until the
15th to draw the supplies from various
The ammunition includes 500 big
projectiles for the 8-inch guns of the
Olympia, about 20,000 6-inch shells and
10,000 5-inch shells, as all of the cruis
ers of Admiral Dewey's fleet mount
5-inch and C-inch guns. There is also
an ample supply of the smaller sizes of
shot and shell for the machine and
rapid-fire guns. The stock of powder
will be in three lots, aggregating over
MADE CHIEF OF ARTILLERY.
The Office, Once Abolished, Revived Be
cause of Its Former Successful Opera
tion (.en. Rodger Appointed.
Washington, May 12. Brig.-Gen.
John L. Kodgers, senior officer of the
artillery branch of the army, yester
day was appointed chief of artillery of
the army and placed in charge of all
the coast defenses. Until recently he
was in command of the Fifth artillery,
stationed at Governor's Island, Kew
The office of chief of artillery was
created during the civil war. but was
abolished at its conclusion. It was so
successful in operation, however, dur
ing that crisis, that it has been deemed
advisable, to re-create it for the present
war. As such officer. Gen. Rodgers
will have immediate supervision of all
the land defenses along the coast.
MORE ARMS FOR INSURGENTS.
Another Expedition About to Sail front
Tampa with Ammunition and
Supplies for Cuba.
Tampa, Fla.. May 12. There is good
reason to believe that inside of 21 hours
another expedition with the same pur
pose and destination as that of the
Gussie, which left here Tuesday loaded
with arms and ammunition and sup
plies for the Cuban insurgents, will
slip from Port Tampa.
The Florida, one of the Plant line
boats, chartered by the government for
use as a transport, has taken on a large
cargo of Springfield rifles and ammuni
tion, and the stalls for horses and
mules have been completed. The boat j
is tying at the dock with full steam up, j
and no one is allowed on board.
Gen. Wade went out to the port yes- i
terday and held a long conference with !
Supt. Fitzgerald of the Plaut line ol
steamers, and it is believed that or
dcrs were given to have the boat readj
for sailing at a moment's notice.
A. Spanish Torpedo Boat Destroyer Re
ported to Have Blown Up and Ail
Hands lost Near Gibraltar.
London, May 12. A dispatch to th
Globe from Gibraltar says a British
steamer which has just arrived there
reports officially that she passed, Tues
day evening, a Spanish torpedo boat
destrojer whieh was guarding Alge
ciras bay and straits. Shortly after
the steamer passed her, all the lights
of the destroyer were suddenly ex
tinguished, a terrific explosion fol
lowed immediately and the destroyer
The disaster, the dispatch, adds, was
apparently caused by the explosion of
the boilers of the torpedo boat de
stroyer. It is feared that all on board
of her have perished.
WOMEN THE BEST SOLDIERS.
Spanish Cavalry, Charging- on a Mob ai
Logrono, Spain, Repnlsed by m
Mob of Women.
Madrid, May 12. Xoon. A serious
riot has taken place at Logrono, capi
tal of the Spanish province of that
name, on the Ebro, 60 miles from
Burgos. The grain and provision
stores were attacked and pillaged
by rioters, who included numbers of
women, armed with axes, choppers and
cudgels. The cavalry charged the
mob; but the soldiers were repulsed by
a determined onslaught made upon
them by the women.
Gen. Merrltt to Command the Troops foi
Manila and be Governor-General.
San Fbancisco, May 13. The Bulle
"The president has appointed Gen.
Wesley Merritt, of the regular army,
to the command of the volunteers from
the Pacific coast sent to reinforce Ad
miral Dewey at Manila.
"Gen. Merritt will rank as major
general, and will lead the invasion of
the army upon the Philippines. lie has
been proclaimed military governor
of the Philippines, and as soon as pos
sible will establish his position as such
at the capitol at Manila."
REAR-ADMIRAL GEO. DEWEY.
The GMnt Commander of the Asiatic
Sqondron Formally Nominated
as a Kear-Admiral.
Washington, May 12. The president
sent the nomination of Commodore
George Dewey, to be a rear-admiral in
the navy, to the senate.
Commodore Dewey was appointed
under the provisions of section 1508 of
the Revised Statutes, he having, upon
the recommendation of the president
by name, received the thanks of con
gress by joint resolution.
Gen. Blanco Keeping His Men Busy
Building Earth Fortifications
Along the Cuban Coast.
ARE GOOD TARGETS FOR OUR GUNNERS.
Efforts to Establish Telegraphle Conns
nlcatlon Between All the Coast Block
Bouses and Batteries by Way of Prep
ration to Meet the Invasion They
Know to Not Very Far Off.
On Board thk Dispatch Boat Katk
Spencer, off Cardenas, May 9. Via
Key West, May 11. The Spanish sol
diers are displaying much activity
along the line of coast from Bahia
Honda, 45 miles west of Havana, to
Cardenas, 65 miles to the eastward. As
the ships of the blockading fleet have
instructions to prevent the erection of
new fortifications, and have at various
points shelled working parties, the
task of strengthening existing de
fenses and throwing up earthworks is
carried on principally at night, save in
the immediate vicinity of Havana.
The narrow escape of the Vicksburg
and Morrill, on Saturday, when they
were decoyed within easy range of the
Santa Clara batteries, just west ol
Moro castle, has taught some of the
unarmored ships a lesson, and it is not
likely that that class of boats will ven
ture within close range of the modern
high-power guns again. Along the
coast fresh sand batteries are being
thrown up almost every night, but
these works are of a flimsy character,
and would be reduced by the fire of
the big guns in a few minutes. The
officers of the blockading fleet believe
Capt. -Gen. Blanco is wasting a good
deal of energy in the erection of insig
nificant shore batteries. The strength
ening of the more formidable works
about Havana is a very different thing.
It may be, however, by the erection of
these light batteries, which must be
abandoned as soon as the serious work
of the fleet begins, Blanco puts heart
in his starving soldiers and imbues
them with the idea that a Yankee in
vasion can be repelled at any point.
The Hornet and the Winslow, now
blockading Matanzas, have had a live
ly time for several days shelling Span
ish details at work on batteries and
telegraph lines outside of the entrance
of the harbor. There, as at othet
points, most of the work is done at
night, and each morning sees fresh
earthworks thrown up, like fresh ant
hills, against the rusty green of the
On Sunday morning the Hornet found
a party putting a telegraph line from
the lighthouse and signal station, a
mile east of Matanzas harbor, to the
battery west of Point Satan ilia, on the
other side of the bay. The batteries
ashore are said to be of some mag
nitude, mounting a few high-power
guns. To stop this telegraphie
activity, the Hornet steamed quietly
in and dropped a shell in the midst of
the workmen. They scattered like rab
bits, and the line grounded then and
there. Several other telegraph par
ties have been discovered in the same
way at other points. It is evi
dently the intention of the Span
ish to establish communication
by wire with all their coast block
houses and batteries, with a view, pos
sibly, of massing troops and guns ta
oppose a landing whenever threatened.
However, they will probably carry
their wires behind the first range of
hills, where they will be less subject to
It is not possible that there are
enough guns at the command of the
Spanish to mount them in all the sand
batteries springing up, but as there is
a railway from Havana to Matanzas,
quite close to the coast, the authori
ties may be deluding themselves
with the idea that they can transport
heavy guns to the batteries nearest the
threatened landing point whenever
their watches telegraph the appear
ance of the American troops oil the
RELIGION AND TREACHERY.
Spanish Priests nnd Nans, While Begging
Mercy for Sick and Wounded, Tried to
Lure Our People Into a Trap.
Hons Kong, May 10. 10 a. m. .
(Greenwich time). A fresh example of
Spanish treachery seems to have come
to light. It is said here that the priests
and Sisters of Charity of the Cavite
hospital, in a procession, bearing
crosses, etc., petitioned Bear
Admiral Dewey not to massacre the
sick and wounded, which, naturally,
he did not do. The Spaniards, it is as
serted, thereupon thanked the Ameri
cans for their humanity, and repaid
them by informing them of a narrow
channel which, they said, was not
mined, while the broad channel, they
explained, was fully mined. An in
vestigation upon the part of the Amer
icans, however, revealed the contrary
to be the case, and the mines were
blown up by the sailors of the Amer
Bear-Admiral Dewey, it is said here,
finds the insurgents growing danger,
ous. It is added that he can not con
trol them, nor can he enable the Span
iards to do so.
All Troops at Chlckaataoga Ordered ta
Chattanooga, Tenn., May lL The
entire army stationed at Chickamangs
park has been ordered to the front.
The First and Tenth cavalry go to 3ew
Orleans, the Second cavalry to Mobile,
the Third and Sixth to Tampa. The
entire infantry goes to Tampa. The
movement begins immediately.
Overhauled a Tramp Blockade Runner.
Key West, Fla. , May 11. Thegunboat
Maeluas overhauled the tramp steamer
Strathdee on Sunday while the letter
was trying to run the blockade.