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VOL. XXI.— NO. 199.
IS PiilMl 1
WA TSON'S SQUADRON IS ABOUT TO
START FOR COAST OF SPAIN
CAMARA REACHES HOME PORT
WITH RETURNING FLEET
SPANISH CABINET HAS NOW IN
VIKW ONLY HUXOHABLE PEACE
AmonK Navnl Unicorn Who Are Ex
perts It In Felt That Souie of the
Sliliim In the Fleet Should Be
Docked Hofore They Are Sent on
a Hostile MlMNlon AeroM the At
l,,i,tW l.oiij; Service Has Weak
ened Their Machinery and De
creaxed Their Speeding Powers.
PLAYE DEI. ESTE, July 17.—Com
modore Watson's sQU^vdron is preparing
to st-t sail on its mission to attack the
Before sending a fleet to Spain, the
opinion of naval officers here is that
several ships should be docked axid re
paired. It is no treason to say that
one of the battleships has been in the
water sixteen months, and that other
ships are corroded by the southern
waters, and have been cruising and In
frequent action without the rest that
modern men-of-war require, even In
times of peace.
As one naval officer said:- "If the
thing is worth doing it Is worth doing
well. Without the few ships that need
docking the squadron would not be
greatly impaired. To clean them would
take only a short time. If they are
hurried off to Spain — although, of
course, I don't know that Is intended —
they may break down, embarrass the
whole fleet and greatly reduce the
speed of the hhips that are in good con
dition. To my mind the time sp.^nt in
getting the fleet into proper shape for
such an Important undertaking would
be doubly repaid by the results."
At 9 o'clock this morning — the hour of
the formal surrender of the Spanish
troops at Santiago — the Spanish flag
was lowered from Morro castle. Steam
launches from the New York, Brooklyn
and Vixen entered the harbor this
morning and examined the batteries.
This afternoon the torpedoes were
tither taken up or exploded, after which
the Red Cross steamer, State of Texas,
entered to give assistance to the sick
and wounded in the city.
The varships may not enter the har
bor for several days, probably not until
after the arrangements have been com
pleted for transporting the Spanish
prisoners to Sp%in.
Several vessels are preparing for the
expedition to Porto Rico.
The auxiliary cruiser Yale, with Gen.
Miles, will probably leave for Porto
Rico in the course of a day or two.
HOME PORT REACHED.
I nninra'H Fleet In Now Where Wat.
-••ii Can Find It.
LONDON, July 18.— The Madrid cor
respondent of the Standard says: Th?
prospects of peace, it is believed, would
be much promoted if the United States
were to control properly the impa
tience and ambition of bGth the Cuban
and Philippine insurgents.
Admiral Camara's squadron and his
WAR NEWS IN BRIEF.
The Star-Spangled Banner floats over Santiago.
Gen. Toral formally surrenders the city and the
province to the army under Gen. Shafter.
Yellow fever at the front, but the cases are mild and
no epidemic is feared.
Council of war at the White House decides upon an
aggressive move by land and naval forces against Porto
Gen. Miles will go direct from Santiago to San Juan.
Honorable peace terms all that the Sagasta ministry
now has in uieiu.
transports have finally reached Span
ish Mediterranean ports on their re
' turn from Port Said.
Gen. Weyler had an audience of an
hour with the queen regent today. He
expressed himself as very grateful for
her majesty's gracious welcome, but
he assured her that recent events had
not modified his opinion as to Cuban
With Spain It la Now Only a Ques
tion of Terms.
MADRID, July 17.— A member of the
cabinet, in an Interview today, said the
government was seeking an honorable
peace with the United States.
El Imparcial says that a member of
the ministry declares that negotiations
for peace with the United States are
only possible bo far as the question of
Cuba Is concerned. To demand more
will be to say that Spain must commit
The report that Senor Moret, minister
I— Old Glory Floats Over Santiago.
Miles Goes to Porto Rico.
Watson Preparing to Sail.
2— Sunday at Camp Ramsey.
News of Camp Thomas.
t— Minneapolis Matters.
News of the Northwest.
Review of the Markets.
Dr. Wright Discusses Spain.
Affairs of the Dairymen.
Cervera at Annapolis.
6— Sporting News.
Millers Lose Two Games.
Miners Back With Money.
Story of La Quasina Told.
6— Bold Highway Robbery. I
Fruits at the State Fair. '
At St. Paul Hotel*.
• — -■ . _ *~*rt
of the colonies in the last previous
cabinet of Senor Sagasta, will be the
representative of Spain in the nego
tiations with the United States is with
An official dispatch from Porto Rico
says that 150 cases of ammunition ex
ploded there, killing fourteen persons
and wounding many others.
WORD AT WASHINGTON.
Secretary Alnrer Pay* Tribute to
Gen. Shiificr and Hid Men.
WASHINGTON, July 17.— Gen. Gree
ly, chief signal officer, at 11 a. m. re
ceived the first word of the formal sur
render of Santiago to the American
forces. His advices came from the sig
nal officer at Santiago, and said that
the Spanish troops left the trenches
and marched out this morning, laying
down their arms.
Secretary Alger amd Gen. Corbln
were at the war department at the
time and were soon apprised of the
news, but as it did not come in the
usuai florm, as a report from Gen. Shat
ter, the fact was not bulletined.
Secretary Alger expressed his deep
gratification at the culmination of the
Santiago campaign. He nad fully ex
pected the surrender to be formally
carried out at 9 o'clock this morning,
according to Gen. Shatter's telegram
last night, yet it was a relief to kno-w
that the last chance for parley and
Spanish diplomacy had passed and that
our flag was now flying over the city.
"It is a magnificent achievement." said
he, "and most of all it is a tribute to
the bravery, pluok and endurance of
the American soldier. Now that their
efforts have brought final and complete
success, I believe their campaign will
be accorded one of the most glorious
pages of our military history. Not
more than 10,000 men were engaged
when the most serious fighting oc
curred, but they pushed forward and
created a condition which has brought
the surrender of 25,000 men."
Later in the afternoon the official
dispatch came from Gen. Shafter giv
ing in brief military fashion a clear
statement of the day's events. It was
entirely satisfactory from every point
of view, showing that the American
army was in complete control of a city
that it would have cost 5,000 lives to
capture by storm. Moreover it was
very encouraging from a medical view,
in that It showed, contrary' to what
had been expected, that there was little
sickness and scarcely any yellow fever
In Santiago, but a great deal of suffer
ing and distress.
■" GOVERNOR OP SANTIAGO.
Sketch of Gen. Mrlvlbliln, Who In to
Rule the Province.
WASHINGTON, July 17. — Gen.
Chambers MoKibbin, who has been ap
pointed temporary military governor of
Santiago, is a member of an old and
well-known Pennsylvania family. He
was born in Chambersburg, not far
from the famous Gettysburg battl field.
Early in the Civil war he enlisted as a
private in the regular army and almost
immediately afterwards was appointed
a second lieutenant in the Fourteenth
infantry. His flist promotion was given
him on Jure 10, 1864, when he was made
a first lieutenant. On Aug. 18, of the
same year, he was given a brevet com
mission as captain for gallant services
in the battle of North Anna river, Vir
ginia, and during the operations on the
At the conclusion of the war McKib
bin chose to remain in the army, and
on June 5, 1867, he was promoted to be
captain in the Thirty-fifth infantry,
and on May 1, 1888, lieutenant colonel
of the Twenty-first infantry.
It was as lieutenant colonel of the
Twenty-first that he went to Cuba.
During the battle of Santiago his serv
ices were of so distinguished a charac
ter as to win for him special mention
in Gen. Shafter's official reports. He
v.-ap ajnong the officers recommended
for promotion, and was last week nam
ed by the president as a brigadier gen
eral of volunteers. That the adminis
tration and Gens. Miles and Shafter re
pc.se great confidence in Mm Is indcat
€d by his appointment as temporary
military governor of the city.
Capt. William McKetterick, who had
the honor to rais? the Stars and Stripes
over the palace in Santiago, is an aide
de camp on the staff of Gen. Shafter.
On May 12 he was appointed by the
president to be an assistant adjutant
general with the rank of captain, and
was assigned soon afterwards to the
Fifth army corps, now under Shafter's
command in Cuba, He is a resident of
FIM3 MODERN GUNS.
Gen. Shafter Sayn Several "Were
Turned Over to Him.
WASHINGTON, July 17.— At 11:05 o'clock
tonight Adjt. Gen. Corbin made public the
following dispatch from Gen. Shafter:
Headquarters U. S. A., Santiago, July 17.—
To Adjutant U. S. A., Washington: My ord
nance officers report about 7.000 rifles turned
in today, and 600.0C0 cartridges. At the mouth
of the harbor there are quite a number of
fine modern guns, about six-Inch; also two
batteries of mounted guns, together wilh a
saluting battery of fifteen old bronze guns.
Disarming and turning In will go on tomor
row. List of prisoners not yet taken
—Shafter, MaJ. Gen. Commanding.
SPANISH BARRACKS BURKED.
The Anuapolia In a Little Engnse
nient at Baracoa.
PLAYA DEL ESTA, July 17.— Capt.
Hunker, of the gunboat Annapolis, re
turned today from Baracoa, where he
had been three days watching for
blockade runners. He had a slight en
gagement there with the Spanish, who
firtci upon him with field pieces, but
did no Injury. Capt. Hunker returned
the fire setting fire to and burning the
MONDAY MORNING JULY 18, 1898.
FLOATS OVER SANTIAGO
Gen. Toral and the Spanish Forces Formally Surrender
to the Army of Invasion Under Gen. Shatter.
ARMS OF TROOPS LAID DOWN IN TRENCHES
Scene at the Palace, Where at Noon the Flag of
Spain, Which Has Floated Over Eastern Cuba
for Centuries, Was Hauled Down to Be Re
placed by the Stars and Stripes, an Impressive
and Brilliant Ceremony Witnessed By Ten
Thousand People "Star-Spangled Banner"
PJayed by All t>.3 R^oimlal Bin:h, and a
Salute Fired by a Battery of Artillery— Gen.
Toral Heart-Broken Over the Outcome of the
WASHINGTON, July 17.— The war de
partment posted the following message at
5:15 p. m.:
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, July 17.— Adjutant GenearlUnit
ed States Army, Washington: I have the honor to in
form you that the American flag has at this in-cant, 10
a. m., been hoisted over the house of the civil governor.
An immense concou.Si of people present; a squadron of
cavalry and regiment of infantry presenting arms aid a
band playing national airs. Light battery fired salt: eof
21 guns. Perfi c: order is being maintained by munici
pal government Distress is very great; but little sick
ness in town; scarcely any yellow fever.
A small gunbeal and about 200 seamen, left, by Cer
le"a, have surrendered to me. Obstnc ions are being
removed from mouth of harbor. Upw coming into city
I discovered a perfect entanglement of defenses. Fight
ing as the Spaniards did the first day, it would have cost
5,000 lives to have taken it. Battalions of Spanish
troops have been depositing arms since daylight in
armory over which I have guard. Gen. Toral formally
surrendered the plaza and all stores at 9 a. m."
W. R. SH AFTER, Major General.
Copyright by the Associated Press.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, July 17.— 01 d Glory is now floating
over the fortifications of Santiago.
At 9 o'clock this morning the Spanish troops under command
of Gen. Toral left their trenches and marched into th« American
lines, where, one by one, the regiments laid down their arms. At
the same time the Spanish flag was hauled down and the Stars and
Stripes hoisted in its place.
The ceremony between the lines when the formal surrender of
Gen. Toral took place was impressive. Gen. Shafter and the Amer
ican division and brigade commanders and their staffs were escort
ed by a troop of cavalry, and Gen. Toral and his staff by 100 picked
men. Trumpeters on both sides saluted with flourishes. Gen. Shaf
ter returned to Gen. Toral the latter's sword, after it had been
handed to the American commander. Our troops, lined up at the
trenches, were eye witnesses of the ceremony. .
Gen. Shafter and his escort, accompanied by Gen. Tbral, then
rode through the city and took formal possession. The bity had been
sacked before they arrived by the Spaniards.
At the palace elaborate ceremonies took place. Exactly at
noon the American ilag was raised and was saluted by twenty-one
guns by Capt. Capron'a battery. At the same time all the regi
mental bands in our lines played "The Star-Spangled Banner/ af
ter which President McKinlcy's congratulatory telegram was read
to each regiment.
OLD GLORY UNFURLED.
The ceremony of hoisting the Stars and Stripes was worth all
the blood and treasure )t cost. A vast concourse of 10,000 people wit
nessed the scene that will live forever in the minds of all ihc Amer
icans present. '■
A finer stage setting for a dramatic episode it would be diffi
cult to imagine. The costle, a picturesque old building iii the Moor
ish style of architecture, f'\ces the Plaza de la Reina, the principal
public square. Opposite rises the imposing Catholic cathedral. On
one side is a quaint, brilliantly painted building with broad veran
das, the Club of San Carlos. Another building of much; the same de
scription is the Cafe de la Venus.
Across the plaza was drawn up the Ninth infantry, headed by
the Sixth cavalry band. In Hie street facing the palace stood a
picked troop of the Secos.d cavalry, with drawn sabers, under com
mand of Capt. Brett. Massed on the stone flagging between the
band and the line of horsemen were the brigade commtfndi?i's of Gen.
Shafter's division, with their staffs.
On the red tiled roof of the palace stood Capt. MeKittHck.
Lieut. Miley and Lieut Wheeler. Immediately abov? thorn; upon the
flagstaff, floated the illuminated Spanish arms and the legend "Viva
All about, pressing against the veranda rails, crowding to win
dows and doors and lining the roofs, were the people of the town,
principally women and non combatants.
As the chimes of the old cathedral rang out the hour of 12, the
infantry and cavalry presented arms. Every American uncovered,
and Capt. McKittrick*hoisted the Stars and Stripes. As the bril
liant folds unfurled the cavalry band broke into the strains of ''The
Star-Spangled Banner," making the American pulse leap and the
American heart thrill.
At the same instant the sound of the distant booming of Capt.
Capron's battery firing a salute of twenty-one guns drifted in. When
the music ceased, from all directions around our line came, across
the plaza, the strains of the regimental bands and the cheers of
our troops. t
The infantry came to "order arms" a moment later, after the
flag was up, and the band placed "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys."
Instantly Gen. McKibbon called for three cheers for Gen. Shafter,
which were given with great enthusiasm, the band playing Sousa's
"The Stars and Stripes Forever." ;
The ceremony over, Gen. Shafter and his staff returned to the
American lines, leaving the city in the possession ol the municipal
authorities, subject V) the control of Gen. McKibbon, who has been
appointed the temporary military governor.
The Thirteenth and Nineteenth regiments of infantry will re
main in the city to enforce order and exercise municipal authority.
The Spanish forces are to encamp outside of our lines.
The work of loading tke the Spanish prisoners on transports pre
paratory to sending them back to Spain will be commenced as soon
as the ships are prepared. i
The authorities at Washington have been urged to use haste in
this matter. It has been suggested to use Spanish transport* for
this matter, fear being expressed that the use of American vessels
would result in rendering them dangerous for use m moving Amer
ican troops on account of the exposure of the Spaniards to yellow
CLOSE OF THE SANTIAGO CAMPAIGN.
Copyrighted by the Associated Press.
OFF JURAGUA, July 16 (via Port
Aiitonio, July 17). — The formal sanc
tion by the Madrid government of the
terms of capitulation today unraveled
the tangled skein of demands between
the opposing commanders, whicn
threatened yesterday to end the nego
tiations and compel a return to arms.
After numerous conferences had re
sulted in the agreement, already sanc
tioned by Gen. Blanco, Gen. Toral de
cided that the approval of the Madrid
government was necessary before he
would leave the city. Gen, Shafter
maintained that no such approval was
necessary; that when Gen. Toral agreed
to surrender the province of Santiago
and Gen. Blanco sanctioned it, the
agreement of surrender became an ac
complished fact. He insisted that Gen.
Toral had either surrendered Thurs
day, or acted in bad faith, but docu
mentary evidence bore out the fact that
Gen. Toral mentioned that he only
capitulated subject to his government's
approval, and the six commissioners,
by whom the articles were signed at
2:10 o'clock yesterday afternoon, so rul
ARTICLES OF SURRENDER.
The whole matter was cleared up this
niOrning, however, wh;n Gsn. Toral re
ceived the necessary sanction from
The agreement consists of nine arti
TUe . first declares that all hostilities shall
cease pending the agreement of final capitu
Second, that the capitulation includes all
the Spanish forces and the surrender of all
war material within the prescribed limits.
Third, the transportation of the Spanish
troops to Spain at the earliest possible mo
ment, each force to be embarked at the near
Fourth, that the Spanish officers shall re
tain their side arms and the enlisted meu
their personal property.
Fifth, that after the final capitulation the
Spanish forces shall assist in the removal
of all obstructions to navigation in Santi
Sixth, that after the final capitulation the
commanding officers shall furnish a com
plete inventory of all arms and munitions of
war and a roster of all the soldiers in the
Seventh, that the Spanish general shall be
permitted to take the military archives and
records with him.
Eighth, that all guerrillas and Spanish ir
regulars shall be permitted to remain in
Cuba, if they 80 elect, giving a parole that
they will not fight or again take up arms
against the United States unless properly re.
leased from parole.
Ninth, that the Spanish forces shall be
permitted to march out with all the honors
M.VJ. GEN. OTIS, WHO WILL HOIST THE AMERICAN STANDARD IX HON
WASHINGTON, July 17.— MaJ. Gen. ElweHl
3. Otis, who will hoist the Amerkvan standard
over Honolulu and take possession of the
Hawaiian islands in the name of the United
States, is one of the brave soldiers of the
regular army who entered the service from
civil life without having studied at the West
Point military academy. He is a native ot
Frederick City, Md., and is Just 60 years old.
When he was 20 Gen. Otis was graduated from
the University of Rochfscer. and later entered
the Cambridge School of Law. Wnen the
Civlil war came to separate families and elicit
patriotism young Otis volunteered as a captain
of war, depositing their arms, to be disposed
of by the United States in the future, the
American commissioners to recommend to
their government that the arms of the sol
diers be returned to those "who surrendered
The articles were signed yesterday
afternoon after a four hours' session
of the commissioners, who agreed that
t'r ' terms of the capitulation should
await the sanction of the Madrid gov
Gen. Toral, the commander of the
Spanish forces, was p eaent thnrughuut
the session arid appeared to be heart
broken. He comp'.ained of the fate that
PgT(TgWgjN L dENT^- ) o. v r r . < , s r7-
compelled him to sue for peace, but
had no word of complaint against the
gallant men who had conquered his
army. He dec'ared he had no chance to
"I would not desire to see my worst
enemy play the cards I held," he said
to one of the commanders. "Every one
of my generals was killed or wounded.
I had not a commander left and was
surrounded by a persistent enemy. We
had counted on the ships for our sup
"And, besides," he concluded, wearily
waving his hands towards the city, "I
ha,ve secret troubles there."
Speaking of the battle of June 24, In
which the rough riders and a part of
Gen. Young's command participated,
Gen. Toral said that less than 2,000
' Spanish troops were engaged, his loss
being 265. He would not say how many
Spaniards were killed at El Caney and
"Heavy! heavy!" he said dejectedly.
In response to an inquiry he said that
transportation would be required for
between 20,000 and 25,000 men, there
being that much of a force In the cap
He said the Santiago harbor had beer,
again mined since Admiral Cervera's
In the meantime several regiments of
Gen. Shatter's command will be sent to
take possession of the fallen city and
to hoist the Stars and Strips where the
flag of Spain has floated for centuries.
All the enemy's troops in the eastern
district of Santiago province will be
marched to Santiago, many detach
ments from outlying points already be
ing en route, and the entire force of
22,500 men, it is expected, will be ready
to embark within a fortnight.
What will be done with Gen. Shafter's
force Is not yet fully decided. The phy
sicians declare that the army, owing
to the hardships and the fever, will not
be fit for active duty for some time
to came, and Gen. Mile 3is believed to
be serlourly considering the proposition
to leave only immune regiments to hold
the conquered province and return the
main body of the corps to the United
States, Bending other immunes from
thi?re to reinforce the Santiago detach
ment, if necessary.
Many of the troops ar-3 eager to par
ticipate in the Porto Rico campaign,
which, It Is rumored about headquar-
In the One Hundred and Fortieth Now York
infantry, and aftfr rising to the rank of a
brigadier general he was wounded at the fa
mous battle of Petersburg, Va. When the
army was being reorganized Gen. Otis, like
many other voluntoers, applied for an offleer
e'hlp and was accepted as a lieutenant coloml
of the Twenty-second lnfan'try in July, 18S6
For fourteen years ho held the rank, and was
then promoted to be a colo-nol. He was made
a brigadier general in 1893, and a major jcen
eral when the extraordinary demand for offi
cers was created by the exigencies of the war
ters, will immediately follow, bxrt this
Is strongly opposed by the surgeons.
New cases of yellow fever continus
to appear dally, and fully 600 are now
under treatment, but the disease Is of
a very mild form and the physicians
say It Is now well in hand. Only five
deaths have occurred up to tonight, the
low mortality being remarkable and
most encouraging to Dr. Gulteras and
the other fever experts, who had grave
fears when the disease first appeared
that the death rate would be very
Gen. Miles. In an interview toQayw
Continued on Second Pave. |
EARLY ATTACK BY LAND AND NA
VAL FORCES IS IN PROSPECT
COUNCIL TO DISCUSS PLAN 01
CAMPAIGN AT WHITE HOUSE
TWO-HOUR CONFERENCE BE
TWEEN BROOKE AXD ALCJEK
Secretary Lonar Declined to l)i wll ,,
the Programme, bat Stated That
Active Preparation. Were on Foot
for the Keit Forward Movement
Fear of Yellow Fever at the
Frotat Allayed b> a Me«»aKe From
Gen. Shatter TranaportN Want*
ed to Take the rrlxoner* Back to
WASHINGTON. July 17. -A council
of war was held this afternoon at th«
White hou«e, which was attended by
the president, Secretary Alger, Secre
tary Long: and Capt. Crowninshleld.
chief of the bureau of navigation and
a member of the naval war board. It
was stated after th? meeUr.g that pans
had been discussed for an aggressive
movement, In which both the army
and navy will take part, against Porto
Before gcing to the White house Sec
retary Alger had been ip conference
with Gen. Brooke for two hours. They
had before them a large number <>*
map* of Porto Rico and a plan of cam
paign was discussed from every point
of view. It is said that Gen. Miles will
go direct from Santiago to Porto Rico,
and that Gen. Stone and Col. Miehler,
of his staff, will leave from New York
in a day or two on the Resolute, to join
the general at Santiago.
Secretary Long would not discuss the
naval programme, except to say that
active preparations are on foot for the
n*-xt forward mjveimnt.
Another important conference was
held at the White house tonight, the
participants being, be3ides President
McKinlt-y, Secretary Long, Admiral
Sicard and Capt. Mahan, of the war
board; Adjt. Gen. Corbin was present
during- a part of the deliberations. The
ccrclU'S.on of the campaign at Sxiuiagj
affords the president an J his supp ,rt
crs immense satisfaction, but no dis
position is manifested to let the war
rest for a moment. Even before the
details of the Santiago campaign havo
been cleared away, the exptdlttoa
against Porto Rico absorbs the atten
tion of the president. He fully realizes
that the war caa be prosecuted to a
speedy and successful issue only by
pressing: the advantagts already gain
ed, and, as one of the officials empty - -
ed it tonight: "The president proposes
to strike while the iron is hut."
Arrangements for the Porto Rico ex
pedition were under discussion by the
president and the war board tonight.
It may be two or three days before tho
details of the new invasion are worked
out, buit it is probable that before the
end of the present week the military
forces of the expedition will h.i\ ,
effected a landing not far from San
Prior to the landing, a naval demon
stration probably will be made against
the San Juan fortifications. Tlil ves
sels taking part In the bombardment
will be a part of the fleet of Admiral
Sampron, but what vess?ls have been
ordered to Porto Rico could not be as
certained. No definite decision has been
reached yet as to the strength and
personnel of the land forces to be stnt
to Porto Rico. For a time it was sup
posed that few, if any of the tn.ops
now under Gen. Shatters command at
Santiago, would be sent to Porto Rico,
but it is known now that at least a
part of Shafter's command will be in
the new expedition.
Gen. Brooke, who is scheduled to go
to Porto Rico, desired to take with him
the troops which constitute his corps
at Chlckamauga, but it has been de
termined not to send that corps in its
entirety. It Is believed by the war of
ficials that not so many men will be
needed in addition to the number to
be sent from Cuba, and only a part
of Gen. Brooke's corps will form, there
fore, that part of the Porto Rican ex
pedition which is to be sent directly
from the United States.
Gen. Miles is In constant communica
tion with the administration, and mac*)
reliance is being placed upon him in
the matter of the selection of the lan 1
forces for the Porto Rican expediti >:i.
Direct communication with s.hh;.il-,i,
via Playa del Este and Hayti. has been
established, but It is likely, in tho opin
ion of Gen. Greely, the chief signal of
ficer, that even better communication
■will have been established In a day or
During the day the secretary of war
indorsed the plan of Col. Hcvker for
the transportation cf the Spant.-h fo:C-^
at Santiago back to Spain, approving a
circular Col. Hecker had prtpar.d call
ing for bids for transporting the Span
iards home. It providts for a:i asgie
gate of 1,000 Spanish officers with first
class cabin accommodations, ar.d 24,000
soldiers with third-class steerage pas
sage. The circular says that the Span
ish forces will be delivered on boats at
Santiago for transpor;atlon to Cadiz,
Spain, or such other port as may be
designated. It is provided that the ac
c<ir:modatlons are to be up to the stan
dard required by the United States
army regulations as to officers and
men, In regard to galleys, ventilation,
etc. The subsistence furnished id to ba
ec.ual to the prescribed United States
army ration, which is set forth in de
tail as a guide to bidders as to what
they must furnish.
The only disquieting information re
ceived during the day was as to the
yellow fever conditions at the front,
and this dispatch was modified in fin
encouraging way by Gen. Shafter's lat
er news. It was a dispatch from Col.
Greenleaf, chief surgeon with the army
In Cuba, saying that sixteen new casea
Continued on Second Paige.