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VOL. XLVI. NO. 190.
EOCK ISLAND, ILL., TIIUKSDAY, .TUNE 2, 1S98.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
THE FIRST FIRING
BUT A- PRELUDE OF WHAT IS
Object is to Locate Batteries Preparatory to an Engagement Which
' is Now Anticipating.
OX BOARD Associated Press dis
jiatch boat Dandy. Port Antonio.
Jamaica, June 1. Copyrighted by
Associated Press. For an hour yes
terday afternoon the Massachusetts,
Iowa, New Orleans and Vixen, of
Schley's squadron, exchanged shots
with the Spanish llwt under Cervera
ami with the land batteries guarding
the harbor of Santiago ile Cuba, be
hind which the Spanish tleet in hid
iiijj. The engagement was the tirst
U'hkh has occurred la-twecn the two
n.tval forces, and was but a prelude to
serious work the latter part of the
Xo attempt was made by th Amer
ican commander to bring on a general
engagement, it lieing his desire to lo.
ate the latteries on the hills alovc
tin- harbor and determine the position
of the Spanish forts.
Port Antonio, .Jamaica, June 1.
(Delayed in transmission) The As
sociated Press steamer Dandy, which
arrived tonight, rejmrU that the fleet
of Schley yesterday afternoon at
tacked the batteriea of Santiago and
the fleet of Centra lying in the har
bor. The Spanish flagship Cristobal
Colon was struck tw ice by shells from
tlie Massachusetts, and the batteries
were hadlv'.LilnaciMl hV the lire from
the cruiser New Orleans!" "IVecf
hundred shots were Brevity the Span
iards and 'one-fourfhrfJr that ntimlicr
by the Americana. 'Sp American ves
sel was hit .alMWrtwe on the ships
was injured. uhTvijjmnish loss was
not very heavy. lj ' ,"
Cape Hayticn, June:. A decisive
engagement is exM'ctcd to take place
today at Santiago.
Kingston, June 2. Copyrighted
by the Associated' Press Advices
from Port Antonio today soy .Schley
has lieen notified by the navy depart
ment that the battleship Oregon,
cruiser New York, another cruiser
and two colliers have Ik'cii sent to
Ramon of Another Attack.
New York. June 2. The World's
Port Ah Prince special says the Amer
ican tleet has again attacked Santiago.
Three thousand insurgents are at
t:rvking the city on the land side.
We Will Bee About Thin.
london. June 2. The Spanish am
bassador here contends that the Cris
tobal Colon is the only important
Spanish warship at Santiago.
Merely the Initial At pp.
Washington. June 2. It is offi
cially intimated at the navy de
partment that Schley's homhnrd
ment of Santiago was merely the ini
tial step to a general movement, and
no report is expected from him until
this is accomplished. The inference
from this is th; the attack on the
forts was merely to develop the de
fensive strength of the harlior.
Kxpeaa of the iteeond Call.
Washington. June 2. The secre
tary of war has sent to congress a re
quest for an appropriation amounting
to $.":l.h"9,:l."r for equipment and
maintenance until Jan. 1, ''J'J. of the
Rayal BMkM the f4 ear.
ilini and tillcli.
Engage Santiago de Cuba
75.000 volunteers recently called for
by the president.
The house passed the urgency de
ficiency bill reported by the appro
priations committee carrying nearly
118.000.000 for the Cuban, Philippine
anil Porto Rico campaigns asked for
by Alger vesterdav. Chairman Can
non in response to a question said the
ur vmmiui cosi approximately fow.
000,000, provided it should continue a
Illnenn In t'anip Alger.
Washington, June 2. Three more
serious eases of illness have developed
in Camp Alger. Kay Eastman, suffer
ing from consumption, will be
sent home to Sterling. J II.
Ho belongs to the Gth ; Illinois and
tympany K. Richard Kelly, of Com
pany M, and Albert CrSne, of Com
pany IV of the 6th Illinois, have lecn
sent to Fort Myer suffering with ty
phoid pneumonia. Investigation of
the camp's healthfiilncss may cause
removal to another site.
More Troup for the Front.
Chattanooga, June 2 The 3d
Pennsylvania, the 1st Illinois, the 5th
Maryland and the 6!lth New York in
fantry left Chiekamauga today for
Tampa. June 2. It can le stated
pojiTTTveTy that no troops have left
nere vet lor i. uia.
MtUIITY SLOW WUKK.
Setting Anything m-lul About Import
ant IlapprnliiKH f rout Our Fleets.
Chicago, Juno '2. The following Is the
fist of thr dispatches telling of the fight
at Santingo de Cu'.a between the bat
teries there, assisted by the Christobal
Colon, and Schley's ft.-et:
HadrJd. June t. 5 p. m. The minister
cf murine. Captain Aunon. on leaving
the palace this afternoon after a visit
to the queen, said: "The American
squadron has bombarded and tried to
force the Santiago forts, which replied
vigorously. The Christobal Colon ad
vanced to the mouth of the harbor, ex
changing shots with the enemy, who
fired seventy shots against the forts.
The damage done Is not reported. The
Colon hit an auxiliary American ship.
damaging it. The Colon was not hurt.
Further details are withheld."
Manterola' Keport or the Fight.
An undated official dispatch from Ha
vana to Madrid says: "The American
squadron, commanded by Commodore
Schley, composed of larue Ironclads and
cruisers, attacked the fortifications at
the entrance of Hartlago de Cuba. Our
Ironclad Cristobal Colon. clPsing the
mouth of the port and supported by the
fire of the forts, repulsed the attack.
causing damage to the enemy." This is
signed by Manterola. the officer in com
mand of the regular Spanish fleet -in
Itattemt the Fort into Dirt.
That is the Spanish side and is given
first because it is the only official news
of the fight. The crew of the torpedo
boat Porter, which arrived at Mole St.
Nicholas. Haytl. at 1 a. m. yesterday,
said the Colon retired behind a head
land when attacked by our ships; that
the masonry of Socapa and Morro
(forts) was battered almost into dust:
that the number of killed and wounded
n the Spanish side is enormous, and
that It Is net believed any damage was
done on board the American fleet.
Colon Was Driven Hark.
Tort au Trince. Haytl. June2. Copy
right. 1S9S. by Associated Press. Ac
cording to the latest advices from San
tiago de Cuba, w hen the Spanish cruiser
Cristobal Colon emerged fsom the har
bor Tuesday to the entrance of the
channel she was welcomed by such a
furious fire as soon as the 'American
squadron sighted her that she was com
pelled to return Into the bay. The
Spaniards rretend that two cannon
balls landed on the stern of the Iowa
and must have caused damage. They
say that the American squadron en
gaged In the bombardment was com
posed cf thirteen ships, among which
they 'belieyed they recognized the
Brooklyn, Iowa. Massachusetts. Texas,
Amaionas (New Orleans) and the pro
tected cruiser Columbia.
Bay the Farter Brought No New.
The American squadron, which left
Santiago waters at 4 o'clock Tuesday
afternoon returned In front of the en
trance cf the bay yesterday morning
end fired two cannon shots, which are
believed to have been signal arranged
with the Cuban troops, naased c oco
OF THE SQUADRONS.
Forts and Cervera's
TO COME LATER THIS WEEK.
strong five' kilometres (about three
miles) from this city. The correspond
ent of the Associated Press at Mole St.
Nicholas telegraphs that the United
States torpedo boat Porter was In that
pert May SI at a late hour, but gave no
account of a bombardment.
ALGER INFOLDS HIS TLAXS.
Lets Oat the Fart That a Military More Is
Very ar at Hand.
Washington, June 2. For the first
time since the beginning of hostilities
there appears to be something In the
nature of an official statement of the
plan of campaign of the United States
government. This Is contained In a let
ttr of Secretary Alger to the speaker
of the house transmitting certain rec
ommendations and statements of Gen
eral Ludlow, which d 1st Wised the pur
rose of the war department to send 70,
000 men to Cuba, 20,000 to start at once
and the remainder ns as soon as they
can be made ready for departure. Then
there was an estimafV tor establishing
electrical communication's ("connection
with the army "in fli. Porto Rico
and the Philippines' offTlng for the
first time officially anic(Wled intention
on the part of the gcWeJ&ment to land
troops in Porto Rico.S'
An otlicial statement of the govern
ment's purposes, mjtgt'. oven In this In
direct fashion, cre&ea' a profound sen
sation here. The three are to go togeth
erCuba. Porto JRieo and the Philip
pines and pass Into the military occu
pation of the, jlter States troops. In
asmuch as tli'aeeretary says that the
second contlngentf troops is to go forward-
a soon as lhajfc.a In prepared
a good deal of interest attached to an
order that was made yesterday at the
war department providing for the or
ganization of the 75.000 additional vol
unteers called for. The order officially
established the statement heretofore
made that a large proportion of the
new men are to be used to 1111 up the
existing regiments of volunteers, which
are In most cases deficient In numbers.
It Is to be presumed from this order
that the volunteer regiments collected
under the first call will be detained un
til they, are filled up In this fashion so
that trie order has some bearing upon
the .plan of the campaign.
The naval officials were considerably
mystified throughout the day by the
reports of an engagement off Santiago.
At the outset there was complete skepti
cism and a dispositon to treat the re
ported action as a myth. Gradually as
the day advanced the corroborative evi
dence coming from many quarters, in
cluding the official announcements from
Havana and Madrid, led the officials
to concede that some engagement had
taken place, although they did not re
gard It as a serious one. Xo bulletins
were issued by the department during
the day, and at the close of office hours
It was stated that no dispatches from
CommoVkre Schley had been received
during the day. There Is reason to be
lieve, however, that the departmente
celved Indirect advices, sufficient to In
dicate thst an engagement of pome kind
had occurred at Santiago.
RUN ON TI1E BANK OF SPAIN.
Government May Be Forced to lM,ne a
Corrency of I'aper.
Madrid. June 2. There was a long
procession at the Bank of Spain during
yesterday. All classes of people were
represented, and many women were in
line waiting their turn to change notes
Into silver, fearing the notes would soon
be subject to a discount. If the ran
cortinues there Is danger of the bank's
stock of silver becoming exhausted,
which would compel the government to
resort to a forced currency. Issuing
notes of small denomination.
The financial outlook cf Spain is rath-
r dark. The government has entrusted
the Pank of Spain with the negotiations
for a loan of l.OuO.CeO.CIO pesetas lit 4 per
cent., which sum is to be raised as and
when required. The bank w ill endeavor
to raise the loan at home and aboard.
FROM CAMPS THOMAS AND ALGF.R.
Mrs. Letter' Girt to the Soldiers Another
Illinois Boy .
Chiekamauga Park. June 2. Lieuten
ant Colonel Hartsuff, chief surgeon on
General Brooke's staff, and Lieutenant
Colonel Nicholas Senn, assistant sur
geon general of the volunteer army, last
night confirmed the statement that Mrs.
Loiter had bought the Chiekamauga
Fark hotel property, tendered it to the
government for hospital purposes, and
the tender has teen accepted. The most
Interesting feature of the day at the
park was the sham battle between the
second and third divisions of the First
corps. Nine regiments composed the
attacking and defending armies, 16.000
men In all, and the manoeuvering be
came intensely exciting.
There are probably 200 soldiers of the
various regiments who are sick at di
vision .hospitals. ,A, q. Post, of Com
Ships for an Hour
the Navy Department
pany c, nrm n;nno. canton, ills.,
died Tuesday night and the remnlns
were shipped to his family yesterday.
He was a member of the Knights cf
Pythias and a large detachment from
that order frtm the local lodges accom
panied the remains to the station.
Washington. Jure 2. Camp Algemow
contains 18,309 men. of whom 9.801 are
pronounced ready for active service.
Colonel Girard announced yesterday
that the quarantine ward of the first
division contained forty-five cases of
measles. Many of the regimental hos
pitals have cases of the same disease,,
but thus far none has proved serious.
Notwithstanding the positive order of
General Graham that no intoxicating
beverages should be sold In the camp
some of the eating booths have been
operating what are popularly termed
"speak-easle9." The authorities of
Fairfax county. In which the camp is
located, and which isa prohibition coun
ty, have entered a vigorous protest.
IIAS THE APPORTIONMENT MADE.
But Mill Withhold It for Awhile Only
23,0O0 for New Roglraents.
Washington. June 2. Adjutant Gen
eral Corbln yesterday completed ar
rangements for the recruiting of 75,000
additional troops under the second call
for volunteers. It has been decided,
however, to withhold the apportion
ment of the different states and ter
ritories from publication for the pres
ent, for the reason that such publica
tions at this time would tend to em
barrass and delay the officials of the
department in the organization of the
new regiments. The adjutant general
of the army recently addressed tele
grams to the governors of the different
states and territories in regard to the
second call for troops, stating that most
of the new troops would be needed to
fill up the regiments to 108 men to a
According to the plans already for
mulated. 52.000 troops will be required
to recruit the regiments of the extstins
organizations up to their maximum
strength, leaving only 23.000 troops to
be mustered in for the organization of
entirely new regiments. Several of the
states and territories have all cad y fur
nished troops under the first call In ex
cess of their quotas under both calls,
and Adjutant General Corbln is au
thority for the statement that none of
them will at this time be called upon
to furnish any additional troops. The
District of Columbia and the following
named states are included In this list:
Delaware. Vermont. North Dakota,
South Dakota. Montana, Idaho and
r-nlntsoftbe Platform and Names of the
Men anit Women Nominated.
Teorla. Ills., June 2. The state Pro
hibition convention was called to order
yesterday afternoon by Oliver W.
Stewart, chairman of the state central
committee. The attendance of delegates
was unusually large. Every section of
the state had a representative.
Yesterday afternoon the convention
adopted its platform and nominated
state officers. The senatorial . candi
dates, which are selected at the state
convention this year, will be named to
day. The platform declares for prohi
bition, and woman suffrage, and in
dorses the war. The following candi
dates weijp nominated: State treasurer,
W. H. Boles, president of the Alma In
dustrial college; superintendent of pub
lic instruction, A. S. Turner, president
of Lincoln university; trustees of the
state university. C. C. Griffith, Kansas;
Mrs. Mary C. Metzger, Moline, and Mrs.
Mary I. Barnes. Lacon, Ills. In the
evening a mass meeting was addressed
by John O. Woolley, of Chicago.
Debt Inoreaw $19,000,000 In Slay.
Washington. June 2. The1 monthly
statement of the public debt shows that
at the close business May 31, 1898,
the public debt less cash in the treasury
Amnimtaii n 1 1 flV -", irt . .
- an increase
over last month of 119,341.108. This in
crease is due to expenditures on ac
count of the war.
Jnay's Man Win.
Harrisburg. Pa.. June 2. The only
semblance of a contest in today's re
publican state convention was over
the head of the ticket. Cel. William
A. Stone, a member of congress from
Allegheny, won on the lirst ballot,
John Wanainaker. of Philadelphia, !.
a good second. Congressman Charles
W. Stone, of Warren, brought up the
rear. The tight practically closed yes
terday when Quay advised his friends
that Col. Stone was his choice.
Ueorge Yanderbilt Wed.
Paris. June 2. The religious cere
mony oi tne wed.iintr of txlith Stuvve.
sant Iresser to George W. Vanderbilt
took place in Jhe American church at
WAR INTERESTS OF THE STATES.
Relief Work Among the Soldiers Rrrrnitt
for the New Levy,
Springfield. Ills., June 2. Dr. II. F.
Wines, secretary of the Illinois Army
and Navy League, has Just returned
from Washington, where he had very
satisfactory conferences with Secretary
of War Alger, Secretary of tho Navy
Long arid the chief medical officers of
the army and navy departments on re
lief work among soldiers and sailors.
All of these officials received him cor
dially and listened attentively to what
he had to say on the subject.
Adjutant General Corbln has asked
Governor Tanner to recommend two re
cruiting officers for each of the Illinois
regiments now at places of rendezvous
in the south whose duty It shall be to
recruit the companies to the maximum
strength of 106 men to a company, the
same as the companies in the regular
Itisnow definitely settled that Spring
field will be the place of rendezvous for
the two regiments which will be called
for by the United States when the second
call Is finally made. The two regiments
will be the colored regiment of Chicago
and that organized by Representative
James S. Campbell, of McLeansboro.
Camp Eaton. Island Lake, Mich., June
2. Governor. Pingree h3 issued an offi
cial circular In which he aajs that he
has received no official notice of a sec
ond call for volunteers, and that at
present It Is "impossible to tell w hat will
be required of Michigan and whether it
will be required to furnish a quota of
Infantry, artillery or cavalry." Uhuj
this is known, he says, it is useless to
correspond with the military depart
ment or any .of Its members with a view
to mustering In various bodies of men
from over the state.
Jacksonville, Fla., June 2. Private
Mitchell, son of Senator John L. Mitch
ell, of Wisconsin, a member of th First
Wisconsin infantry regiment, displayed
rare patriotism hore In refusing a sec
ond lleutenantcy secured for him by his
father. Senator Mitchell wired his son
that he had secured him the lleuten
antcy. The son w Ired back that he did
not want it and would net accept it
until he had merited tho same.
Scores o"n the lriniuond.
Chicago, June 2. Follow trg are the
records at bare ball made by League
clubs yesterday: At Philadelphia
LoulBVllle 1, Philadelphia 4; at Brooklyn
Cincinnati 9, Brooklyn 4; at Washing
ton St. Louis 3. Washington 8: (seound
game) St. Louis 4. Washington ; at
New York Cleveland 0, New York 2;
at Boston Chicago L Boston 8; at
PlttBburg Baltimore 4. Pittsburg 1.
Western league: At Indianapolis St.
raul 0. Indianapolis 9; at Detroit Kan
sas City 13. Detroit 3; at Columbus
Omaha 6. Columbus 11: at Milwaukee
Minneapolis 7, Milwaukee 10.
Ileal li or I'nil. Kninnel r,l. ingli.
Springfield, Ills.. June 2. Irofessor
Samuel M. Inglis. state superintendent
of public Instruction of Illinois, died
last night of nervous prostration, at the
sanitarium, Kenosha, Wis., where he
has been under treatment for some
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