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VOLUME 97.-NO. 113.
CYCLONE'S WORK IN THE EAST. Another Town Wiped Out of Existence. Herman, a Nebraska Village of 300 Inhabitants, Left Without a Building Standing in the Once Thriving Place. Not Known How Many People Were Killed, One Estimate Placing tke Loss of Life at a Hundred or Over. OMAHA, June 13.—A tornado struck the town of Herman. Washington County, this evening, and wiped the place out of existence. Herman is a place of about 300 inhabitants in the extreme northern part of Washington County. It Is on the line of the Chi cago, St, Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway. A conductor on the evening train from Sioux City passed through the place not long after the storm, and he says that not a building is left standing in the town. He himself counted twelve dead bodies lying in the streets. The fatalities will undoubted ly run up to a hundred, if not h'gher. The entire eastern portion of Ne braska is being swept by a terrific rain, wind and electric storm to-r.ight. The streets of Omaha are flooded and the play of lightning is something fearful. Additional details are dribbling i* concerning the tornado at Herman. Ad vices received by the "Bee" up to 11 o'clock to-night state that every build ing in the town was destroyed except the public school and one small dwell ing, both of which are on the outskirts. The force of the wind was terrific, and scarce one piece of any of the many structures destroyed was left intact. The scene in the streets of the once thriving and beautiful little town is one of destruction. Wrecked build ings and broken furniture, scarcely rec ognizable in its dilapidated condition, are strewn all around, while dead bod ies lie in many places, the corpses bad ly disfigured and some of them hardly recognizable. The moans of the in jured mingle with the calls of the res cuers as they pursue their work in the dark by the flickering gleams of lan terns. The relief train from Blair ar rived about an hour after the storm, and the work of picking up the wound ed was begun. Willing hands did what they could to help the Injured, and in the course of an hour the train pulled out for Blair with ninety-five injured on board. They were taken to Blair as there is no place left at Herman at. which treatment could; be administered. All the citizens of Blair have thrown open their houses to the wounded, and the unfortunates are being cared for by competent surgeons. Many of the in jured will die, but some of them re ceived but flight injuries. It is impos sible at this hour, owing to the con fusion, to ascertain the number of dead, but twelve are known to have been killed, and the lis; will run much higher. THE NEW RICHMOND HORROR. Death List Will Reach One Hun dred, Probably Many More. NEW RICHMOND. June 13. — Fully 100 corpses, twice as many mangled | people, forty acres of piles of bricks. | shivered planks, scattered heaps of J household goods, dead horses through j which the wind has driven sharp splinters of boards, smoldering ashes where housies stood but yesterday, and in the midst of it all shivered trees as bare of leaves as ever they were in the middle of winter and almost strip ped bare of bark until they resembled the ghosts of what they had been twenty-four hours ago—that is what the storm of yesterday wrought in the space of three minutes upon the town of New Richmond. There may have been cyclones which created greater devastation, some that have inflicted larger loss of life, but it was only l>ecause there was more ma terial for destruction. There never was a cyclone that made a clearer sweep of what lay in its path than the one of last evening. In the business por tion of the town absolutely not one building was left standing above the cellar windows; everything above a foundation wall was shaved as clean as though it had been cut with a plane. Enormous safes were blown into the middle of the street, and the largest safe in the town was carried one street ajid a half away over the square be yond. ' The day had been warm and sultry, and during the; latter part of the after noon heavy banks of clouds had hung upon the western and southwestern horizon, but nothing serious was antici THE RECORD-UNION pated until a few minutes before 6 o'clock, when a dark blue cloud with edges of a pale green was seen rapidly approaching from the southwest. In a minute a long funnel was seen drop ping toward the ground, and then, with a savage roar, the cloud swept down Upon the doomed town. A circus had been exhibiting during the afternoon, and the streets were full of strangers, and as the awful cloud bore swiftly down there was a mad rush for cellars, doorways or any place that promised safety. Some of the crowd reached a refuge, and those that did not are among the dead. It will be several days before the number of dead in New Richmond is accurately known, and it is doubtful if tha entire number of fatalities will ever be chronicled. In the path of the storm both to the northeast and south west of the city were scattered farm houses, and wherever they were struck by the awful wind there was nothing left but a pile of beards and twisted timbers. How many were killed In these houses will not be known for a long time. It is impossible to estimate the prop erty loss, but it is total in the best part of the town, and to make the blow more serious, not one tornado policy had been written for the place. There is at present no destitution among those who have suffered by the storm. St. Paul and Minneapolis, Chippewa Fails and other places have sent in bountiful supplies, and there is no suffering for food or necessities!, but the business of the town is utterly wiped out of existence, and not one man in the place will be able to re sume business. The destruction is so complete that there is absolutely noth ing to be purchased in the town. The Work of searching for the dead was carried on during the night as well as it could be done in a drizzling rain and with the aid of a few lanterns. It was slow work, and after dark the result of the work amounted to prac ! tically nothing. The police of St. Paul, ■ under Chief Goes, who had guarded the | ruins and preserved order during the | day, were relieved to-night by Com ! pany H, Tenth Wisconsin, from Chip pewa Falls, under the command of Captain Hartwell, who will be in con trol. The list of injured foots up sixty ! eight. A SCENE OF DESOLATION. NEW RICHMOND (Wis.), June 13.— j The tornado that has swept out of ex- I istence the prosperous little city of New i Richmond is the most disastrous in ! point of fatality ever occurring in this section. The exact number of dead iis still unknown, but it v.iil certainly reach 100 and very probably will con siderably exceed that figure. As they were recovered the bodies were brought jto the school house or to the Catholic lor Congregational churches. Thence they are to be taken to the cemetery, , except in a few cases where homes still ] stand, in which the remains can be kept for a few hours, during which the j final tribute of love can be tendered by i the bereaved families. The bodi-'s were 1 prepared tor burial by local and visit : ing undertakers and as soon as identi ! fied were marked and disposed of as | friends required. The Catholic priest, who had spent a I sleepless night and day in looking after , the bodies and souls of his parishioners, wad one of the coolest and best workers among the many who volunteered their aid. Nurses and physicians from St. Paul, who had come down by special train on the Omaha road, as soon as the news of the disaster reached the Minne sota capital, were of great help all night and day, and when the day closed all the seriously injured were believed to have been cared for. Those >vhose in juries were serious, but whose chances for recovery were believed to be good, were quickly sent to the hospitals of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where better care can be given them. The slightly injured and those whose cases seem hopeless were kept here and were given the best attention possible. The list of dead gradually increased during the day, and to-night it seemed that 100 might be the minimum estimate of the dead, while the list of the> injured will reach and probably exceed 200t The total dead, as far as can now be ascertained, is forty-seven, with four teen injured and one missing. The list follows: Dead: William Bixy. Mrs. Cora But ler, Mrs. Brockbank, Bernard Biock bar.k. Josie Brockbank, Dominiok Bar rett, Carl B-own, Harold 81<eloW, Will iam Callahan, Ed Casey, John Ca«ty, Mrs. Cameron, Pewaukee: John Con way, Erin; Mrs. Catherine Cargrove, Henry Dubar, unknown girl, Anthony Early. Lizzie Early, Walter Farreil, Mrs. John Gillen, Ole Gunderson, Mrs. Siallie Greaton, John Henry, Patrick Heffron, Mike Heffron, Mrs. Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Millie Hawkins, An gus Hawkins, Gray Hawkins, Mason Hallenbeck. Francis Hallenback, — Hennessy (little girl), J. B. Hacks, Mrs. Hurd, J. E. Johnson, Patrick Rating, — Kelly (child), Vinnie Lambdin, Mrs! Henry Lewis and son, Antone Legarde, Mrs. John Link. L. P. Martin, Nellie MeGrath, Lillie McGrath, Kate McKin non, Thomas McCabe, Russell McGraw, Patrick McHenry, Mike McHenry, Tom McNally, Mrs. John McClure, Tim Noonan, Patrick Newell, Pat Turner Newell, Henry O'Connell, John Patton, Dwight Porter, Thomas Rowe, Gustave Ring. George Ring, Alvin Rosebrook, Mrs. Alvin Rosebrook. George Stack, Mrs. Stack, Thomas Stack. Mrs. Shrady, — Shrady (infant), — Shaw. Charles c! Talmadge. Mrs. Abbie Williams, — Williams. Patrick Wells of Erin, Wil lard Welle. City Marshal; Steve Wells, three unknown men. Missing but probably dead—Earl Biown, Pat Gohen, John Prior. Nick Pardon, Hazel mar Williams. During the afternoon the body of Batric* Kaling, the 14-year-old son of Nat Kaling, was brought to the Cath olic Church. The body was horribly mangled. A little daughter of a Mr. (Continued on Seventh Pagej SACRAMENTO, WEDNESDAY MOMTO, JUNE 14, 1899.-EIGrB7T PAGrES. MORE TROOPS FOR PHILIPPINES. Acting Secretary of War Meiklejohn Issues an Order For the Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Infantry to 60 to the Islands. An Order Also Issued Directing That the Membership of Com panies for Service in the Philip pines Snail he Increased From One Hundred and Twelve to One Hundred and Twenty-Eight. WASHINGTON, June 13.—The fol lowing order has been issued by the direction of Acting Secretary Meikle john: The Twenty-fourth and' Twenty-fifth Infantry, excepting one Major and four companies of each regiment, will be as sembled at San Francisco, Cal., and there put in readiness for duty in the Philippine Islands. The following com panies of each regiment will compose the battalion to be assembled at San Francisco, and those not already there but en route to that point without de lay: M, C, F, G, H, I and X, Twenty fourth Infantry; B, E, F, H, I, X, L and M, Twenty-fifth Infantry. The remaining companies of the Twenty-fourth Infantry will be distri buted as follows: B. Vancouver Bar racks, Wash., with detachments at Fort Walla Walla, Wash., and Boise Barracks, Idaho; D, at Fort Harrison, Mont., and Fort Assiniboine, Mont.; L, Dyea, Alaska; M, New Fort Spokane, Wash., with detachment at Fort Sher man, Idaho. The Major will be as signed to station by the commanding General. Department of Columbia. The remaining companies of the Twenty-fifth will retain their present stations, and the Major'will be assign ed to station by the commanding offi cer, Department of Texas. The commanding General, Depart ment of Colorado, will direct the fol lowing changes of troops in his depart ment : One troop of the Ninth Cavalry from Fort Huach.ua, A. T., to Fort Bayard, N. M. A detachment of one officer and twen ty-five men from Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Fort Douglas. Utah. The commanding General, Depart ment of the Missouri, will direct the following changes of station: One troop of the First Cavalry from Fort Robinson, Neb., to Fort Russell, Wyo. One troop of the Sixth Cavalry from Fort Leavenworth, Kas.. to Fort Logan, Colorado. One light battery of the Third Artil lesy from Fort Riley, Kansas, to the Presidio. In connection with this order the War Department issued the following state ment: The departure of the four battalions of the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth, Infantry from the United States for the Philippines will leave the Great West with troops available for its pro tection as follows: Arizona and New Mexico—There will remain seven troops of cavalry, with one of infantry, at the Indian agency at San Carlos. Arizona. Idaho and Utah —There will be four troops of cavalry and several detach ments of infantry immediately avail able with quick communication by rail for reinforcements from the Central West, should necessity arise. As the strength of each company and troop remaining in the -Western garri sons is about twice what it was before the Spanish war. it will be seen that troops available in the Great West are quite ample to meet any ordinary | uprising. By retaining in this country j a battalion of the Twenty-fourth and | Twenty-fifth Infantry, the department is inaugurating a system which it hopes at an early date to apply to all regi ments in foreign service. TJiat is, to I have two battalions abroad, fully man ned and officered, with a home battal ion to which all those disabled by for eign service may be sent to recuperate after active service in the tropics. The invalidated and convalescing thus have a definite home station to which they may aft once be sent, and the regiments in the field be relieved of embarrass ment. Men absent on furlough then have a definite location to which they can report, and such of the officers as recover sufficient to perform light duty will be able to render valuable ser vice in putting recruits destined for their regiments in shape. Acting Secretary Meiklejohn issued an order to-day directing that the num ber of enlisted men in each company of regiments serving in or ordered to the Philippines be increased from 112 to 128. There will be fifteen full regiments and two battalions each of two other regiments that will be subject to this order. TAKES TIME TO SEND REIN FORCEMENTS. NEW YORK, June 13.—A special to the "Tribune" from Washington says: General Otis, has all the troops he has ever asked for, is General Corbln's comment whenever he is besieged in behalf of persons urging the qualifica tions of men for commissions in com mand of volunteers. Scarcely an hour passes that the Adjutant General does not receive dispatches, letters or per sonal visits from those who argue that advantage ought to be promptly taken of Ithe permission given by Congress to call out .'55,000 volunteers for a year's service in the Philippines. Half his time is taken up in listening to plans for quickly ending the Filipino revolt by landing .'55.4100 fresh soldiers at Ma nila and crushing out the opposition with them. In the face of all the pressure that has been brought to bear, the President approves the logical military stand taken by General Corbin that so long as General Otis is in command he is In a better position- to judge the necessi ties of the situation and the character of the operattoris than men of infinitely j less experience and untried judgment | at a distance of 8.000 miles. But a j speedy reinforcement for General Otis i by 35,000 men is Stit£ly. impracticable for lack of transportation. Such a force could be equipped'farijji uniformed in a week with the iMrprdwed facilities of the Supply Bureau, and it could bo as sembled and drililed into fairly good shape in a couple of months, but it could not be landed at Manila in less than four months, or much earlier than Congress would have an opportunity to increase the regular army to dimen sions commensurate with the dignity of the nation and its needs at home as well the colonies. Since Dewey's squadron steamed into Manila Bay the last night of April a year ago twenty-three army expe ditions have crossed the Pacific and four have gone by way of Suez to hold the new possessions. These expeditions have carried 1,279 officers and 37,287 men, but nearly 500 additional officers have gone out to Manila and nearly 2, --000 men who did not accompany the regular expeditions. Of the total force up to to-day scarcely 1,000 have re turned. COLORADO SMELTERS. Preparing to Close Down Owing to Inauguration of 8-Hour Law. DENVER, June 13.—The Omaha and Grant smelter and the Globe in Den ver and the smelters in the trust at Pueblo and Leadvllle will probably be blown out by to-morrow night at 12 o'clock on account of the inauguration of the eight-hour law in Colorado and the failure of the trust managers to agree with the employes in the matter of hours and wages. Tho managers to day ordered the Superintendents to "blow out" the furnaces. By the closinsr of the Grant and Globe smelters in this city about 1.100 men will be out of employment. Neith er the management nor the men antic ipate that the closing will be for long. The Union has assurances from Mr. Grant that he will not operate his plant with imported men. The Boston and Colorado plant in this city is not affected so far. N. P. Hill stated to-day that he, as manager of this institution, had not acted with the trust management with regard to the new law. He had not received any intimation from his men that they would go out, or that V/.ey are dissat isfied. The trust smelters outside of Denver that will be closed are the Ark ansas Valley, Bimetallic and Argentine at Leadville; the Colorado and Eilers at Pueblo, the Omaha and Grant at Durango and the Wade at Silverton. These plants employ several thousand men. It is not yet known whether the large Guggenheim smelter at Pueblo, which is outside the trust, will close or not. The Guggenheims have offered a some what higher scale than the trust, but not as high as the union demands. It is estimated that the shutdown of the trust smelters, if long continued, will necessitate the closing of 75 per cent, of the mines in Colorado and will have a disastrous effect upon all industrials in the State, The smelter .managers propose to bring a test case before the Supreme Court as soon as possible to determine the constitutionality of the eight-hour law. The State Board of Arbitration has offered its services as mediator be tween the employers and employee, and it is hoped that a new wage scale will be agreed upon within a few weeks. The blowing out of the furnaces sim ply means that they, will be emptied of the ores which are in process of re ducing. It takes from twelve to twenty-four hours, and is less costly than is the blowirfg out or shutting down of furnaces of a rolling mill. However, it requires that the employes stay with the furnaces until they are empty, so that they may cool without damaging the wails and linings. The men will do this. They advised the managers to-day to have the blowing out begin at once. The men take the position that under the State law they are not allowed lo work more than eight hours, and that the law really goes into effect at 12 ! o'clock on the night of June 14th. A I prominent member of the union stated ■ this afternoon that they did not in tend to permit any disorderly conduct i while they are idle, and that they would ' personally make it a point to see that none of the smelter property was in jured. Court-Martial at Mare Island. WASHINGTON, June 13.—The Sec retary of the Navy has appointed and | ordered a general court-martial to con j vene at the navy yard, Mare Island, , California, on the 21st, for the trial of I Paymaster Willis B. Wilcox, attached to the navy yard, on the charge of scandalous conduct tending to the prejudice of good order and military discipline while in an intoxicated ccn ! dition. The detail of the court is Cap | tain Charles Scotton, Charles F. Will iams, U. S. M. C.; Commander F. J. | Drake. Pay Inspector Albert Bacon, Lieutenant Commander Charles G. | Bowman, Paymaster L. C. L'.oyd and Lieutenant W. Strife, with Captain A. S. McLemore, U. S. N., Judge Advocate. Cleveland Railway Strike. CLEVELAND (O.), June 13. — This has been an uneventful day in the street railway strike. The police, who have been severely criticised for inac tivity heretofore, acted with vigor this morning, and no crowds; were allowed to gather in the streets. Cars have been run over the Euclid avenue line at in tervals of about thirty minutes, each carrying a strong police guard. The company is increasing its force, hav ing now some 250 men to take the strikers' place®. There is now talk of a strike on the lines of the system, known as the Lit tle Consolidated, and the men will meet to-night to decide on a course of ac tion. Picquart Exonerated. PARIS, June 13.—The Chamber of Indictments to-day decided that there is no case against Lieutenant Colonel Picquart, charged with forgery in the Dreyfus case, or against Maitre le Rlois. his counsel. The judgment of the court thus finally exonerates Picquart, who was released from prison on June 9th, after being nearly a year in con finement. The court declares that the charges against Picquart and La Blois are entirely i.nccmpatible with the Judgment recently preferred by the Court of Cassation, and that therefore there is no case against them. Norwegian Ship Wrecked. NEW YORK. June 13.—A cablegram has l>een received from Buenos Ay res stating that the Norwegian ship San tiago, Captain Rache, which sailed from Pensacola, March Oth, for Puerto Belgrano, its ashore and a tota* wreck. BLOODY BATTLE WITH FILIPINOS. General Lawton's Forces Have a Hot Fight Near Cavite. One of the Liveliest Engagements of the War South of Los Pinas. Rebels Resist Desperately and Ag gressively, With the Result That Many Americans Fell in Battle—The Fight Still in Prog ress at Latest Advices. MANILA, June 13.—(8:10 p. m.)— The fighting at Las Pinais continued hotly all day. General Lawton called out the whole force of 3,000 men, and at 5 o'clock he was only able to push the insurgents back 500 yards to the Za pote River, where they are entrenched. The insurgents resisted desperately and aggressively. They attempted to turn the left flank of the Americans. The American loss Is conservatively esti mated at sixty. The battle continues. At daylight to-day the rebels at Ca vite Viejo dropped two shells from a big smooth bore gun mounted in front of the church in the navy yard. The only damage done was splintering the top of the houses on the mole. The gunboats Callao, Manila and Mojunto then proceeded to dismount the guns. After breakfast the rebels opened fire along the beach to Bakoor. After silencing the big gun at Cavite Viejo the gunboats ran close along the shore, bombarding the rebel position. The rebels replied with rifle fire and with the fire of some small pieces of ar tillery. So vigorous was the enemy's fire that at 9:20 a. m. the gunboat Hel ena joined the small gunboats aJready named and the Princeton, Monterey and Monadnock. from their anchorage, dropped occasional big shells among the rebels. This apparently only serv ed to incite the rebels, as they kept up an incessant fire of musketry and artil lery near the mouth of the Zapote River, two miles north of Bakoor. The fire of all seven warships was concen trated on this point shortly after noon, when the upper bay presented the ap pearance of being the scene of a great naval battle. The insurgents were eventually forced to abandon their guns after holding out for about four hours, only to be confronted by General Law ton's force on land and in their rear, where there was heavy fighting. Be yond the destruction of several build ings along the water front, the effect of the bombardment is not known. HOTTEST FIGHT OF THE CAM PAIGN. MANILA, June 13.—(6:05 p. m.)— General Lawton unexpectedly stirred up one of the liveliest engagements of the war south of Las Pinas this morning upon which occasion American field guns were engaged in the first artillery duel against a Filipino battery, conceal ed in the jungle. Companies F and lof the Twenty-first Infantry were nearly surrounded by a large body of insur gents, but the Americans cut their way out with heavy losses. The United States turret ship Monad nock and the gunboats Helena and Za firo rained their batteries on Bakoor and the rebel trenches near Las Pinas all morning. Bakoor was once on fire, but the natives stopped the spread of the flames. During the night an insurgent cannon was fired three times at the Americans on the outskirts of Las Pinas. General Lawton this, morning took a battalion of the Fourteenth Regiment and two companies of the Twenty-first Regiment to locate the rebel battery, and then two guns of the Sixth Artil lery and four mountain guns were planted against it at 000 yards dis tance. The rebels had a large gun from which they were firing canister and bombs loaded with nails, and two smaller guns. The shooting was most accurate. The first lot of canister burst directly in front of Scott's guns and another shattered the leg of a pri vate in the Fourteenth Infantry. Sev eral shots struck the edge of the town. The country traversed was as bad as it is possible to imagine, being mainly lagoons, mud and water fringed with bamboos'. As soon as the fighting open ed the Americans were attacked by hid den riflemen on all sides, even the Ami gos, or "friendly" natives, in the houses of the town shooting in their rear. The companies of the Twenty-first Regi ment, skirmishing along the beach, with Amigo guides, found apparently a hand ful of rebels, who retreated. The men of the Twenty-first followed and sud denly the rebels opened a terrific fire on the troops from the sides and rear. The soldiers withdrew to the water's edge, finding what shelter they could and were picked off rapidly. After their ammunition was nearly exhausted the companies of the Twen ty-first retreated, but General Lawton .dashed down and rallied the men. A little group made a desperate stand. General! Lawton, Major Starr and Lieu tenants Donovan and Connolly taking rifles from the wounded men, fired at the enemy, bringing down some of the rebel sharpshooters from a tree. Fin ally, their cartridges were all gone, and they were forced to break through the enemy's flank, carrying the wounded to the main body of the troops. Lieuten ant Donovan, whose leg was broken, floundered for a mile through a bog after leading his men in the face of a greatly superior force. General Lawton ceased fighting until reinforcements could be brought. Two battalions of the Fourteenth Regiment and one battalion of the Ninth Regi. ment were hurried to the front, and in the afternoon the battle was resumed. The Monadnock anchored close to the shore, and her heavy guns pounded the rebels continuously, while the smaller war-strips', steaming along the shore, poured bullets from their rapid-fire : guhs at the enemy. j The Filipino force engaged appears to have been the largest and best or ganized, body of men which has met our troops. The Americans- ar? compelled tb advance along narrow roads and over small bridges commanded by earth works ten feet thick. The only means of crossing the Zapote was by t. small bridge, which , the Filipinos commanded with trenches spreading V-sUape, whence they could concentrate their Are on the bridge. They also had the advantage of the trees and jungles, so the Americans could hardly see ahead. . When the battle was renewed theie were reinforcements, our battery hav ing silenced the enemy's gunsi, the Americans wading waist deep in the mud of the salt flats and DO tiring a steady volley of musketry at the rebels, drove their opponents beyond ;he river. The armies lay facfnig each other across the deep stream, driving the enemy practically out of sight, whi c the men in blue and khadi lay in the main bushes, many of them without any shelter for three hours without a mo ment's cessation in the tiring pouring bullets at the enemy as fast as they could load. The thousand rifles blended into a continuous roar, which was vastly dif ferent from the intermittent skirmish like rattle of most of the engagements. One battalion after another General Lawton summoned from Las Pinast, un til only enough troops of reserves were left in the town to prevent the Fili pinos from attacking the Americans in ithe lear, which was feared, as thty wer t > creeping around our ltft through the woods delivering a flanking fire which put a great strain upon the endurance of the Americans who were floundering in the mud across the fiver while on the right the Filipinos sharpshooters j hidden in the trees, were peppering our I men. But thanks to the poor markmanship of the rebels, our loss waa/ot as great as it would have been if the Filipinos had shot straight. An army, how ever, has seldom fought under a great er disadvantage or more courageously than did our regulars, a majority of whom were, comparatively speaking, recruits, who could have been pardoned for retiring in the face of such a fire from their exposed positions. The | Fourteenth Regiment lay to the right of the bridge, and in front of them was the Twelfth Regiment, with the Ninth on the right and the Twenty first up the road facing the bridge, which was the key to the situation. On the bridge were the bodies of two Americans who had attempted to rush across, and many wounded men were carried from the open ground before the bridge. After firing in volleys for a short time, the Americans were ordered to Are when and where they could see the enemy. It was every man for himself, and the best the men could do was to aim at the faint mists arising from the rebels' smokeless powder. General Lawton, though exhausted by the morning's fight, rallied by sheer will power, and was the commanding figure in the battle. He went along the lines directing and encouraging the troops. General Wheaton and General Oven shine were equally courageous In fact, the Generals were among the few men on the battlefield who refused to take shelter under the hottest fire. The only approach to the fighting ground was by a narrow, winding road where the rebel bullets dropped thick ly, wounding several of our men. At 4 o'clock there was an hour's lull in the fighting, and an artillery Sergeant galloped back to where two guns of the mountain battery were waiting in reserve, and shouted: "Bring up those guns." The Sergeant then tumbled exhausted from his horse. Twenty wounded men were carried to a native boat waiting on the beach, which was rowed to Paranaque. It is impossible at present to estimate the number of Filipino dead. There are many dead bodies in the fields the Americans traversed. This battlefield, incidentally, was for merly the scene of several of the great est struggles between the Spaniards and the Filipinos. The Zapote was considered impregnable, and hundreds of Spaniards and Filipinos have been killed while fighting over the same bridge in former contests for its pos session. In June, 1S!)5, Generals Pio del Pilar and Trias turned a scale of war on the side of the Filipinos by de feating the Spanish army there On the eve of a decisive battle, carrying native militia with therm and thereby breaking the chain of defense around Manila. OTIS REPORTS THE BATTLE. WASHINGTON, June 13—The fol lowing cablegram has been received from General Otis: "Manila, June 13.--Adjutant General. Washington: Lawton's troops had a severe engagement to-day with the enemy in strong entrenchments at the crossing .of Zapote River, near Bakoor, Cavite province. Has driven the enemy with heavy losses. Casualties some thirty. Insurgents in the southern sec tion not molested until threatened at tack in strong force on Manila. They are now scattered and in retreat and it is doubtful if they make furthea- stand. "OTIS." GEN. LUNA REPORTED DEAD. MANILA, June 13.—3:50 p. m.—ln formation believed to be reliable has reached here of the assassination of General Luna and his aide de camp, Lieutenant Pasco Ramon, June Bth, by Aguinaldo's guard at headquarters of Aguinaldo. Luna and Ramon, it appears, went to the headquarters to confer with Aguinaido, got into an altercation with the Captain of the guard and one of them drew a revolver. The guard then killed Luna and Ramon with their bay onets. COL. SMITH APPLIES FOR RE TIREMENT. MANILA, June 13.—11:20 a. m.—Col onel Alfred T. Smith of the Thirteenth Infantry, resident of Buffalo, N. V., has applied for retirement. He was over come by the heat in last Saturday's movement on Paranaque. It is not thought, however, that his condition is serious. The steamer Leelanaw, Captain Storrs from San Francisco May Ist, with horses, arrived to-day. THE NEWS AT WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON. June 13.—The news of the heavy fighting almost in sight of Manila and adjacent to the navy yard at Cavite, where Admiral Dewey landed his forces more than a year ago, was recalled with interest here. It is evident to the officials that the in surgents are either stronger than has been realized, or that they have come to the end of their resources, and are making tills last struggle in sheer des peration. Otherwise it is hard to un derstand why they should come down to the shore of the bay and fight the warships. Adjutant General Corbin steadfastly maintains his confidence in the success of the present movement in Luzon, and said to-day that he feUt encouraged at the advices that come from Otis, par ticularly in view of General Otis' state (Continued on Seventh Pace.) WHOLE NO. 18,147. THE NATIVE DAUGHTERS. Grand Parlor Moots in Annual Ses sion at Stockton. Delegates in Attendance From Most All Sections of the State. Reports of Grand Officers Show the Order to be Healthy Financially and Growing in Membership-* Entertainments Laid Out foa the Visitors. STOCKTON, June IX— Stockton has been taken possession of by the Native Daughters, w hose Grand Parlor is no\v ln session within her boundaries. The keys of the city were presented figura tively to the delegates this evening at a reception tendered to the Grand Offlc era, grand delegates and visitors at W. C. T. U. Hall. The welcome on behalf of Joaquin Parlor No. 5 was spoken by Mrs. Esther Needham, the President of the par lor, while District Attorney A. H. Ash» ley voiced the welcoming sentiments on behalf of the citizens of Stockton. The response to both addresses of was by Mrs. Lena Hilke Mills, the Grand President, who spoke of the de light of the delegates to the Grand Parlor at hearing the words of welcome again spoken. Many of the Native Daughters had been in Stockton on other occasions and the reception ac corded then was what made them all glad to come again. A mixed musical program followed, and refreshments were served by tha members of the local parlor. There were two business sessions of the Grand Parlor held to-day at tha ample hall in the Miller Memorial Building. This morning the Grand President appointed committees for the present session and filled up the standing com mittees of the governing organization as follows: Credentials—Mary E. Tillman. Mi? nerva Parlor; Mrs. Nellie Coil, Wood land; Miss Vannie McLaughlin, Con rad. Reception—Hannah Gray. Joaquin; Miss Libbie Rooney, Alhoa; Alice K. Maunder, La Estrella; Cora B. Mc-' Conigle, Buena Vista; Rosa Day, Gol den Gate. Press —Associated Press. "Mail and Record," Emma Barney, Joaquin; "Call," Harriett Lee, Woodland; "Ex aminer" and "Independent," Belle Con rad, Dardinelle; "Chronicle," Mrs. Sarah Durkee, Vendome; "Bulletin." Mrs. Lucia Neubrath. Buena Vista. The following Past Grand President! ! were then escorted to seats of honoi next to the Grand President, Mrs. Leni Hilke Mills, by Mrs. Lena B. Mills, thi Grand Marshal: Mrs. Carrie Roescr Durham. Joaquin, Stockton: Miss Clare Wittinmyer, Ramona, Martinez; Mat B. Wilkin, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz; Mrs. Mary Tillman, Minerva, San Fran cisco. After the adoption of the report ol the Committee on Credentials the fol lowing standing committees were named: 1 Finance—Annai Nixon, Amapole; Mrs H. M. Green, Buena Vista; Rosa Day, Golden State. Appeals and Grievances —Emma Rogers, Laurel: Louise M. McLaugh lin, Jauriita; Dora Wilson. Bonita; Genevieve Baker, Buena Vista. Petitions —Mrst. Kate Wishard, —; Mary F. Pascoe, Margarete; Sadie Rice, La Esparanza. Returns—Lizzie Douglas. Alta; Mag gie Jones, Occidental; Mary Creigh, Mi nerva. State of the Order—C. K. Wittinmyer, Ramona; Francis Barton, Fremont; Cora B. Sifford, Ventura; Edna John son, Califia: Mary Powell, Veritas. Legislation—Carrie Durham, Joaquin: Amelia Jacobsen, Yosemite; Nelila Morrill, Pajaro; Miss Sarah Frantz, Crescent; Maud Scott, San Luisita. Ritual —Mariana Bartola, Ramona; C. K. Wittinmyer, Ramona; Carrie Dur ham. Joaquin; Minnie Coulter, Buena-, Mary Tillman, Minerva. Printing and Supplies—Emma Gett, Califia; Julia M oiler, Los Lomas; A riana Sterling, Alsli. Laws and Supervision—Agnes Rnab. Geneva; Laura Frakes, Amapole: Ella Cammemtti, Ursula; Irenie Foster, San Jose. Transportation—Belle Conrad, Dar danelles; Emma C. Young. El Tapome; Emma Barney, San Joaquin. Recess was then taken to 1:30. This afternoon there were reports from the Grand Officers, which were re ceived with some applause by the dele gates, for they show an improvement in the organization along all lines. The report of the Grand Treasurer showed that the receipts had been up ward of $20,000, and that the subordi nate parlors had expended $4,l. r >o in sick benefits. The report of the Grand President showed that while sax charters had been surrendered during the year, they were those of subordinate parlors in which the intercept was lacking and the membership small. A number of nev/ strong parlors had been instituted, and others were about ready for organiza tion and institution. The membership had increased by more than 600 dur ing the year, and most all of the parlors were strong in interest and well found ed financially. A recommendation that the annual per capita tax which supports the Grand Parlor be reduced from $1 to 80 cents annuaily was adopted with much satisfaction, as the Finance Com mittee reported that the amount would be sufficient. To-morrow evening a picnic is to be held at Good-water Grove by electrio light. There will be a band concert and music for dancing later. Friday evening the Native Sons are to tended the visiting delegates a grand ball. Three Years at Folsom. SANTA ROSA, June 13.—The© Watt, the self-confessed burglar of the Stew art Point Postoffice, was to-day sen tenced to three years' imprisonment At Folsom by Judge Burnett.