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COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1898.
NEWS AND COMMENT.
WAR NEWS SUMMARY.
The Philippines are to bo aban
doned by Spain without another
blow. Admiral Camara returned to
Suez, having gone no further away
than just outside the three-mile limit
and re-entered the canal to return
to Spain. If it was never intended
that he should go to the Phillip
pines, the Spanish Government has
paid a still price for the bluff. The
return of Camara's fleet will sim
plify the situation in the Pacific.
Its only effect on the expedition
planned for Commodore Watson
may be the addition of one or two
more 6hips to Watson's squadron.
Maj.-Gen. Shafter reported to the
War Department a list of casualties
npto July 7 in all divisions save
mat oi uen. Wheeler, which is not
reported. The killed number 182,
the wounded J58 and the missing 68
1 here have been 1,052 men treated
iu the hospital at Camp del Este.
Preparing to Hurry Troops
to the Latter Country.
PEACE PROPOSITIONS IS THE AIR.
Spain's Only CliAnce to Save the Cana
ries lg to Sue for 1'eace Before Com
modore Watson Sails.
Camara's torpedo boat destroyers
arrived at Messina, Italy, where they
Gen. Nelson A. Miles set sail on
the Yale for Santiago.
Sampson cabled Washington that
he thinks the Cristobal Colon, VU
caya and Maria Teresa can be saved
if wrecking appliances are hurried
to begin the work.
The auxiliary cruiser, St. Louis,
reached Portsmouth, N. H., witli
fifty-four Spanish olllcers and G;S8
Spanish seamen, captured after the
destruction of Cervera's squadron.
Though the prisoners did not kuow
where they were being taken, the
voyage was without incident. Be
fore sailing a parole was offered all
the oflcers, and only one a lieuten
antrefused it. He was placed in
confinement. The others were giv
en state-rooms, ate in the saloon and
practically had the freed om of the
6nip. ine enlisted men were quar
tered in the steerage, and were giv
en the same food as the crew.
An Associated Press dispatch from
Madrid says that the hopelessness
of the war is finally recognized iu
Spanish official circles, and that the
desire for peace predominates in the
Cabinet. No hope is entertained of
relieving Cuba and Porto Rico, and
the authorities are convinced that
the American fleet is coming to the
6hores of Spain.
The Spanish commander at Santi
ago persisted in his refusal to sur
render unconditionally, and at a few
minutes past 4 o'clock in the after
noon fire was opened by the light
Spaish batteries. The Spanish guns
were soon silenced. There was very
little infantly firing, and the engage
ment does not appear to have been
more than a sort of defiance on the
part of the Spanish commander
Uen. Shafter s report of it state
that he expected by Monday to have
force tnough to block all the roads
to the northwest.
Iu conversation with a New York
Herald correspondent, Admiral
Cervera told his own story of his
decperate attempt to escape. When
he lett Santiago he knew he was go
ing to certain destruction. Three
cablegrams from the Ministry of
Mariue had ordered him to sea.
Then came the fourth peremptory
in tone as follows: "No matter
what the consequences, go to sea at
once and fight the enemy."
Thanksgiving services, in accord
ance with the proclamation of Presi
dent McKinley, were held in many
churches in the country.
Washington. July 12. Orders are
being sent out today from the de
partment for troops and transports to
nurry to Tampa, preparatory to em
barking to Porto Rico. Gen. Cor
bin said this morning that the
immune regiments would be or
dered to move to the front; "In
fact," he said, "almost immediate
ly." 1 he officials look upon the sur
render of (Santiago as a foregone
conclusion, and are eagerly prepar
ing lor the capture or Forto Kico.
There was a report in circulation
here yesterday and is going the
rounds again to-day that the War
Hoard has changed its plans and
now contemplate the immediate in
vasion or the Havana 1'rovince. It
is stated on reliable authority that
with the fall of Santiago the force of
the army and navy will be directed
to Forto Kico.
Suggestions of peace fill the air
this morning, but it is impossible to
run any of the reports to earth. Sec
retary of State Day denies positive
ly that any peace overtures have
been received by this government
through any source whatever. At
the same time, the administration
is undoubtedly expecting some sug
gestion soot:. The members of the
Cabinet merely laugh at the sugges
tiou of a settlement which sifts
through London and Berlin from
Spain. The statement of the Queen
that she could not think of granting
more than Cuban Independence, is
not even taken seriously. She un
doubtedly believes that the powers
would i iielHt upon any terms she or
fers being accepted.
In official circles this morning, it
was said that Bpain had only one
chance nowhto cave the Canaries
that one being to sue ror peace be
fore Commodore Watson sailed
Once his fleet crosses the Atlantic
it will not return until the Canaries
are held as a guarantee of the war
indemnity, i ne President is anxious
to avoid adding the Canaries proo
lem to the already difficult situation
to solve, but the above result is free
lv admitted should Watson ever
make the move.
The President and his Cabinet are
easrerly awaitinir the news of the
surrender of Santiago. They believe
it to be but a matter of a few hours
As soon as word is received. Gen
iMileswill be ordered to leave in
Santiago whatever he thinks neces
sarv to irarrison the town and pro
tect its inhabitants, and to emoarK
with the remaining troops for Porto
PRAISE FROM ENGLISHMEN.
Toral Bequeaths to Gen. Shafter a Sacked and
AND WITH HIS ARMS AND MEN, SILENTLY STEALS AWAY.
A Joint Attack by the American Army and Navy Sunday Afternoon Arouses Only
a Feeble Krply. Great Damage Done the City. Insignificant Loss
on the American Side. Report that Sagasta Has Re
signed. Peace Propositions frobable.
Royal makes the lood pure,
wholesome and delicious.
Report of the Senate Claims
OX lTBLLSHINU HOUSE AFFAIR..
The ( lunch is Held llluninlen , But Kar-
bee & Smith, the Ag-ents, and Attorney
Stahliuan Get a Hot Koaat.
Santiago, July 11. Sunday night, 10 o'clock. It seems likely that
Gen. Shatter's indulgence to the Spanish commander in so long extending
the time for negotiations has been rewarded by a characteristic bit of
Spanish craftiness. According to the latest news from the front, General
Shafter believes that Gen. Toral has slipped out of Santiago to the west
ward with all his men and arms, leaving a sacked and deserted city as the
only trophy of the American army.
Gen. Toral's course in encouraging non-combattants to seek shelter in
the American lines, the fact that Spanish soldiers have been pillaging the
city, the evacuation of Aguadores by the Spaniards, leaving dummy guns
in their intrenchments, the feebleness of the Spanish reply to the brief
bombardment Sunday afternoon these and other things tend to confirm
the reports that the Spanish General, while asking time to negotiate for
surrender, has been withdrawing his troops to the westward.
The bombardment Sunday afternoon lasted only about an hour. Thir
ty shells were thrown by the war ships. The firing began at 4:45 o'clock.
It was not intended to make the serious attack until the next morning.
As to whether there-was any firing next morning, or whether the Ameri
can troops have found the city evacuated, is not known. The direct cable
from Playa del Eete is closed by order ol Gen. Greely to all except official
business, and if Washington has received any official information as to
what transpired at Santiago yesterday, it is withholding it from the public.
Gen. Shafter Reports the Runnier 01
Killed and Wounded at Santiago.
Washington, July 9. The follow
ing has been received from General
"Playa del Este, July 9, Camp,
near Santiago, July 8. Adjutant
General. Washington: .Complete
report received to-day of loss on J uly
land 2. ,.
"Killed, 22 officers and 208 enlisted
"Wounded, 81 officers and 1,203
"Missing, 79 enlisted men.
"The reports giving the names of
the killed and wounded are being
rapidly prepared, and it is hoped to
get them on to-morrow.
quarters at Siboney and after dis
cussing with Shafter the latter's
plan of campaign to make a per
sonal examination of the American
position. It is not to be understood
that Gen. Miles is to supersede Gen.
Shafter in command of the United
States forces before Santiago. Gen.
Shafter is operating there under
written instructions from the Secre
tary of War, approved by the Pres
ident, and as long as he is able
physically to direct the troops he
will retaiu his command.
The second session of the Fifty
nttn congress of the United States
slipped into the blissful realm of
memory last Friday. In the House
the closing scene was marked by
two notable incidents. One was sen
sationally partisan, and well-nigh re
sulted in a personal conflict between
several of the members; the other
was notably patriotic and swept
away all signs of the former. Every
member in the House, throwing
aside all partisan feelings and bub
bling over with enthusiasm, gave
cheer after cheer for the heroes of
our war; and while flags waved and
the galleries cheered, "America'
"The Star Spangled Banner," "Van-
kee Doodle" and "Dixie" were join
ed in by members from every section
of the country. The Senate, how
ever, died a natural death, its closing
scenes being iu a manner so simple
as to be almost perfunctory.
Stkel.vii.lg, Mo., a town of 1,000
inhabitants, was almost wiped out
by a waterspout last Friday. Nearly
a score of persons were killed,
American Men and Ships Pronounced
The newspapers all pay glowing
tributes to ttie American Navy. The
Saturday Review says:
"It is impossible not to feel a
certain pride in these achievements
of men of our own race. Every Eng
lishman, too, will remember that it
was the possession of this same
quality, the fine marksmanship
which the Americans displayed,
which gave U9 victories both on land
and on sea, from Crecy to the Crim
ea, and something peculiar and no
ble happened In this fight which
showed in a far higher way the kin
ship between the two peoples:
'Don t cneer, snouteu upiawi
Philip, 'the poor devils are dying.'
"It seems to us tnat tnis expres
sion of tender, sympathetic human
ity is just as fine as the 'Kiss me,
Hardy, oi me aying ieison.
The (spectator, in a long article on
the same subject says:
"The first thought or ail ungnsn-
man is that the American fleet did
its work splendidly. The whole per
formance of Admiral Sampson's fleet
was iu accordance with tne Dest
traditions of Anglo-Saxon navies,
and every Englishman has read of
their doings witn a nusn or priae.
There was the same old, hard-
nniindinc a the Elizabethan sea
dons used: the same curious mix
ture of steadiness, daring, coolness
and reckless dash.
The battle shows that the Ameri
can Navy is a most efficient flght
inir machine. We did not need to
be told that here. We knew it al
ready and realized of what stuff the
lion's whelDs are made. They, how
ever, did not know it on the Conti
nent, thougb they apparently know
"For ourselves, we have little
doubt that the American fleet could
face even that of France without
any great risk of disaster, in spite of
the fact that, by the rules, the
French fleet is 10 times stronger.
We believe this could be done if it
were needful, but it won't be, as
America won't be attacked by
France without our taking a hand
in the game. Sampson, Dewey and
the officers they have the happiness
to command are uui iu
French ships of vastly superior
power, just as we did 100 years ago.
"As for the German and Ameri
can navies, there can, of course, be
no comparison. The Germans are
fine sailors and brave men, but a
naval truggle between the United
States and Germany would be very
short and very complete."
Kvacution Generally Relieved.
There is little question in the
minds of the American officers that
Gen. Toral's troops have evacuated
the city while the Spanish comman
der has been parleying with Gen.
Shafter over terms of surrender.
This belief is strengthened by the re
ports from Aguadores, which place
has been abandoned by the Span
iards Hands of Cuban soldiers re
port that the enemy, before evacua
ting the coas town, placed timbers
over their intrenchment to repre
When the Feint Regan.
Tt was a auarter to 5 o'clock Sun
day afternoon when the land forces
made a feint on the city. Hind's
battery, from its position at the ex
treme riirht of the American line,
sent the first shell into the Spanish
intrenchments. This was the sig
nal for the other batteries, and im
mediately a thin line of smoke
swt:pt along the rifle pits and across
ine ravine. vwu"0 "anj,
the right, with Grimes' and Best's
batteries, on the left, chimbed in.
For some time tne Bpaulsh nat
teries made no reply to our fire.
Presently one battery on the ex
treme right of the enemy's position
began to throw shrapnel in the di
rection of Hind's and Capron's bat-
tpriBH. hut most of their shells went
too high. This fire made a pretty
sight for half an hour, but the men
in our trenches kept ud a steady
and accurate fire, to which the
Spaniards finally replied but feebly.
They seemed to keep close within
their intrenchments and their vol-
levacameonlv at irregular inter
vals and from various positions.
IS SAGASTA OUT? .
Report That He and His Brother
Grandees Have Resigned.
London, July 11. The Madrid
correspondent of the Times, tele
graphing Monday, says: "Senor
Sagasta went to the Palace alone to
day and tendered his resignation
and that of the Cabinet. It is said
that he advised the Queen Regent
to appoint a new Cabinet, largely
consisting of the military element,
which would not necessarily mean
the adoption of a warlike policy,
out probably the reverse.
It is generally expected that the
resignation will be accepted, but
the result may possibly be merely a
partial reconstruction of the Cab
inet. The Ministers are now in
council, and Senor Sagasta has
doubtless communicated to them an
accouut of his audience with the
HEADS CUT OFF.
Prixoiicrs Fare Railly iu the
Hands of Cubans.
Savannah, Ga., Julv 11. Privates
Jas. E. Keller, F. C. Knehule, C. A.
Goodman, James Carroll and James
Rrenuan, wounded soldiers of the
Seventy-first New York, left to-day
for New York on the steamer Kan
sas City. Private J. D. Hacksteer,
Troop C, First United States Cavalry,
was with them. He was shot in the
neck at Siboney July 1. He says
when the Spanish continued firing
on our wounded men and the Red
Cross flags, our men did not hesitate
to turn over the Spanish prisoners
to the Cubans, who cut off their
heads. The practice still continues,
Hacksteer says, in spite of Gen.
WM. JENNINGS BRYAN.
Probable Cause of Feeble Reply.
Gen. Shafter was at the front dur
ing the firing. As the fighting pro
gressed the American commander,
with Gens. Wheeler, Kent and Sum
ner, was puzzled by the feeble reply
of the Spaniards. They had ex
pected that the enemy would return
a hot fire, and failure to do so seem
ed to confirm the growing belief of
the American officers that Gen.
Toral had withdrawn with the
greater part of his garrison.
Gen. Miles on the Scene.
Washington, July 11. The War
Department is advised of the arrival
off Santiago to-day of the auxiliary
cruiser Yale with Gen. Miles and
his staff and a portion of Garretson's
Gen. Miles had a conference with
Admiral Sampson and later con
terred with Gen. Shafter by means
of the sigual service telephone
It is understood to have been
Gen. Miles purpose t proceed im
mediately to Geu. Shafter's head-
II is Kcgiment Ordered to Join (Jen.
Washington, July 11. Wm. Jen
nings Bryan's regiment of Nebraska
infantry to-day was ordered to join
Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's corps at Jacksonville.
CITY OF MEXICO AND Kit II.M0M).
A War Story With a Lesson of the
the Civil War.
Lincoln was urged from the be
ginning of the war to take Rich
mond, but, talking of taking Rich
mond and taking Richmond were
two different matters. Gen. Scott,
who was not retired until after
several futile attemps had been
made to take Richmond, was sum
moned before the President.
"Gen. Scott," said Mr. Lincoln,
"will yon explain why it is that you
were able to take the City of Mexico,
in three months, with o.Ouo men,
and have been unable to take Rich
mond in six months with luw.ooo
"Yes, sir, I will, Mr. President."
replied Gen. Scott. "The men who
took me into the City of Mexico ar
the same men who ar keeping me
out of Richmond now."
The Commute on Claims of the
Senate last Friday submitted their
report on their investigation into
the payment of the claim of the
Methodist Book Concern, South.
The principal parts of the report
read as follows:
"The committee finds that the act for
the relief of the Hook Agents of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South
approved March 11, ISiW, was promptly
carried out by the payment to these
Hire nt 8 (Messrs. Harbee v. Smith) of the
nun) of fXH.ooo in a draft from the
Treasury Department. They admit the
receipt of this amount on the 21st day
of March, and the next day the sum of
$100,8110, or 3") per cent, of the whole sum,
was paid to K. 15. Stahlman as an at
torney for services rendered in connec-
Mon with the collection of the claim, in
accordance with an agreement made in
Julv.lK'Jj The residue of the amount
was invested by the Book Agents for
the benefit of the Publishing House
"The testimony before the committee
clearly shows that no part of tho sum
received by Mr. Stahlman was paid to
Messrs. Barbee it Smith for their per
sonal use, or to any Senator or Repre
sentative in Congress, or to any other
person for corrupt purposes." . . . .
The report then sets forth the con
tract entered into in July, 18J5, by
Barbee & Smith and Stahlman the
former agreeing to pay the latter 85
per cent of the claim and coin
menting thereon continue1 :
"When this contract was made there
was a positive understanding between
the parties that all information of its
existence should be withheld and
kent secret, and this policy was insisted
upon by Mr. Stahlmau, because he
realized that an agreement to pay a
large amount of the money to be re
covered to t claim agent or attorney
would prejudice the claim were it gen
erally known that such an agreement
was in existence. This understand
ing was faithfully maintained, and up
to the time when the bill for the relief
of the publishing-house came before
the Senate for final nction the book
agents and their attorney, Mr. Slahl
man, in conversations and correspond
ence with Senators and Keoreseuta
tives, concealed from them all knowl
edge of the existence of a contract,
withheld from them all information
n gaming it, and purposely and will
fully, by misleading, if not false state
ments, impressed ihem with the belief
that Mr. Stahlman was not acting as
the agent and attorney of the book
agents with the expectation ot a
pecuniary remuneration for his ser
vices aud efforts, but as a personal
friend of the book agents, a member of
the Methodist KuUcopal Church
South, and an earnest advocate of the
claim, without expectation of fee or
"During the week before the bill pass
ed rumors became current iu the Senate
that a contract existed between the
book agents aud Mr. Stahlman whereby
the latter was to receive a large amount
and exorbitant fee for services rendered
by him in connection with its passage
and a number of Senators applied to the
book agents, Harbee x, Smith, ana .Mr
Stahlman. to ascertain the facts in the
case. Some of these Senators saw Mr.
Stahlnun in person and received from
him assurances in positive language
that left them under the impression
that no contract whatever exisied be
tween him and the book agents relating
to a fee. Mr. Stahlman admits that he
intended they should receive this im
pression from what he said, and a fair
interpretation of his words meant that
there was no contract, and that he was
not interested in the case on account of
a money consideration. They were de
ceived and misled, and tne deception
was willful and deliberate on .Mr. statu
"Two Senators communicated with
Messrs. Barbee it Smith one by letter,
the other by telegram informing them
of the rumor and seeking the truth.
The book agents authorized these Sena
tors to deny tho report; and, having ab
soiuie commence iu tne cauuor nuu in
tegritv of these gentlemen, the Sena
tors accepted the telegrams as frank
and honest, aud assurances based on
them were made that there was no
foundation for the report of an agree
ment to pay a large proportion of the
proposed appropriation to a claim agent
"The Hook Agents and Mr. Stahlman
insist that it was the duty of the Senate
to consider the claim on its merits, aud
that the Senate had no right to inquire
as to the amount or fees to be paid ana
therefore they might properly refuse
to give the facts concerning the con
tract with Mr. Stahlmau. If they had
taken that position and declined to say
whether there was a contract or not,
the case would have been a very differ
ent one from that presented. A refusal
ou their part to say what the contract
was, on the ground that the Senate had
no right to inquire, would have put the
Senate on notice that a contractor some
sort was in existence, and if the Senate
had not then taken 6teps to secure ap
propriate application of the money to
be appropriated, the fault would have
been with the Senate; but the Senate
was misled, and, believing that there
was no contract for fees for paying for
securing the passage of the bill, made
no provision for securing the entire
fund to the supposed beneficiaries.
"The committee do not agree with the
contention that the Senate had no right
to inquire into the subject of compen
sation for services reudered by their
attorney to the Book Agents. The
Senate was passing upon the question
of a claim against the United States
made by trustees, not for their personal
use, but for the benefit of certain bene
ciaries, and thee was the same juris
diction and right to protect the benefi
ciaries from e.i'fssi e charges and ex
tortion that is constantly exercised by
ihe courts of the land when cares are
royal bakino pownrn co., hr vork.
being tried which affect the estates of
infants aud trust funds."
"That the Book Agents, Messrs. liar-
beo it Smith, purposely withcld from
the Senate and Senator's the fact to the
passage of tho bill that the :S5 per cent.
of it was pledged to Mr. Stahlman, is
clearly shown by their own testimony,
which will be found in the printed pro
ceedings of the committee, and.it will
be observed, both Justify their conduct
on the ground that tho Senate hud no
right to know it was to no p:ua.
"If there was any mistake or omission
on t he part of the Senate, it was in fail
ing to protect the beneliciaries against
the book agents, Messrs. Barbee v
Smith, whose duty was to guard their
interests, and this would have been
done if information that properly be
longed to them had not been w ith hold.
1 he acts of these gentlemen can tie
passed upon by the authority of the
great religious organization whose olti
cers they are, and of which they are
members, and the responsibility oi de
termining what action is necessary to
preserve the honor aud iutegritv of the
church rests with the governing author
ities, whoso duty it is to enforce and
carry out its laws and principles.
"In conclusion, the committee deem u
politic to state that no censure should
rest upon the Methodist episcopal
Church, South, for the acts of its book
agents. The church has been injured
by the misconduct of its agents, but for
such misconduct it is held entirely
blameless. The committee has not
thought proper to suggest to the Senate
any action concerning this matter, it
appearing to the committee that the
governing authorities of the church
must be allowed to take such measures
as they may think proper after it lis
been tuny acquainted wnn ine laeis
concerning the passage of the bill and
the final disposition of the money ap
propriated by it."
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Jl'IIKK SAM HOLDINU.
He Makes a Well IMrected Kpeeeli to
Wayne Count hum.
The Waynesboro Tribune says:
"Hon. "Him Holding, of (! ilumbia,
tliH democratic nominee for circuit
judge of this judicial circuit,, ad
dressed the people of .iyim county
it the court house In this place on
last Monday. In his address he re
ferred to the patriotic feeling that is
now abroad in tho laud unitnu' us
as one people against a common foe,
and iu well chosen words eulogized
the brave men of the p ist and pres
ent who have contributed so much
towards building up the greatest na
tion of freedom the world has ever
known. In his speech lin mentioned
his canvass for the nomination of
circuit judge and s:iid ho felt and
appreciated the honor that had been
conferred upon him by the party.
He urged upon the democracy the
importance of presenting a united
front to the opposiug party, and
admonished all to let the mistaken
of the pust be forgotten. His ad
dress was well recmvHU and ins
visit to this place made him many
friends among those who had never
had the pleasure of forming his ac
quaintance. Mr. Holding received
the democratic nomination for cir
cuit Judge at the judicial convention
in Pulaski, and comes before the
people with stronir endorsement
of his legal ability from his limns
bar one of the foremost bars in the
state and, though a youtn; man, h
will no doubt wear the judicial robe
with credit and honor to ihe high
position to which the people will
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