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m V I J fcgJ?S 1? fcjfell " V Fair; southwesterly win.ls.
& Belief That Secretary Alger It Averse
to Hi.' Publicity of a on rt-Marl In I
I lirorv S to (lui, Mllcn'K Motives In
i ii I. ilug the Management of the War.
WxARtsnTO, Aim. 30. The Indications are
strong 'hat nn nrmy scandal of large propor
tlons will result from tho publication of the
ii'l'-tuM interview with Major-Gen. Miles In a
Kansas city newspaper. When the Inter
view was published several rlayn ago It
seemed probable ht Onn. Miles would
he called on to ropuillatn It officially.
! although no Information could bo obtained
that such aotlon bad been taken. The publlon
lir.ii .if another denpateh this morning from
the same correspondent In the same newspa
per, reaffirming the truth of hin first state
ments and offering proof Intheahapeof offi
cial despatches pnsslng betwoen Miles and
Alger, aroused fresh Interest In tho subject nt
the War Department to-day.
Ml tli' lending officials were plied with question-as
to the true status of the controveray
precipitated between Major-Ocn. Miles on the
one side anil Secretary Alder and Adjt.-Ocn.
Ceil. In I'll the other, but no one would
make im formal statement in the mat
ter Judging from the Information obtaln
p ably, tin' chances are about equal thut the
Secretary of War nnd the Adjutant-Uencral
will allow tho matter to pass unnoticed orthat
n in of inquiry or court-martini will bo
The opinion is held unanimously that if Oen.
Miles made all of the statements attributed to
In in lie Mini ilo to a court-martial, on the charge
of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentle
man, in criticising, the administration of the
in in-.
" li is hcllevcd generally here that tien. MilcR
gave the published interview with the dolibrr
itte Intention of causing an investigation to be
made of the entire army administration. It Is
certain, however, t lint Oeu, Miles did not
Intend thai the publication 'should result
In a court-martial of himself. It Is be
lieved that he wished to make statements
l which would lend to nn order for n court of in-
quiry which should place the responsibility for
L blunders In the war whore they belong, and
which should establish bis own status, which,
In the opinion of some persons, has been per
w verted by Secretary Alger.
If the court-martial were ordered, all the
facts which Gen. Miles apparently desires to
haw brought out In connection with the army
administration will bo made known, but, inns-
Imuch as the commanding General of the nrmy
would all the while be on trial for nn alleged In
fraction of army rules, the attention of the public
would be distracted from revelations regarding
the administration to some extent. On the con
trary, if a court of Inquiry were to be ordered the
Inquiry would be connected only Incidentally
with tien. Miles' conduct as an officer, but
would be taken up mainly with nn inquiry into
va, the nets of the army administration,
'.' including Beorotniy Alger and Ailjt.Alen.
II Corbin The facts concerning itie tide
IB grams which nre said to l..ivc passed
IA between Gen allies ami tien. Sbultei nnd be
tween the War Department and Oen HI .fie
ffeetlng the status -,i eaou ollleprwl.cn Hen.
Jliles went to Santiago would ccrtainlj he :
made known. The Inquiry would doubtless I
I M nse the truth in retard to the allegation I
hat Oen. blialtur was informed by S"Uo- -i
nrv Alger that be would not lie super- I
!i.led in the command of the nnnv at
antiago when Geti. Miles went to Cuba. .
f it should appear that the Secretary informed
tien. Shatter that iie would be aetunlly in com-
S land or the forces .le-ptto the presence o tile '
lajor-ieuernl connnaudiUB. u strong point
Would i.e seol-ed lor ticli Mil, s an.l the fuel .
Ill would redound greatly to the disadvantage of
H Secretary Aler. T ho fact is that the President
tJ nloue has the power to make such nn order.
iff ami if the presidcut used this power il eer-
1 Tiillilv Would let lewilllout the knowledge of
Gen. Miles.
The. part of the Miles interview which
l. charges the War Departini in with iniiiilatiiig
'F1 nut suppressing despatches is not a serious
JJ1 charge against the Administration. Kbofftoer
ffl v.. ..id assert thai the War Department had not
ftl i :l't t.. suppress sueli despatches as it de
yl H'e.l. and to make such omissions from de-
siiatclies ;.s might seem iiest In determining;, in
Rf t ine .1 war. what Infonnutjon should lie given
U tii l hu public. If lien Miles really did make
HI tic statement, however, the verification of that
li 'twould I o damaging to his reputation ami
) i. null I I.e strong evidence against him in nnv
cnurt-innrtlul trying him on a charge of eon-
I 1i:i1 '.id inlng an officer and a genileman.
I I ,i i provided In Article CXV. of the Articles of
I'll Mart hut "n court nl uniiir toexamiiieintothc
i ire of am transaction of or accusation or
imputation against any officer or soldier may
I... ordered liy the President or by unv eom
Uiiiii. ling officer, hut as u court of Inquiry may
! 1" i -'it".i in dishonorable, purpose- andmay
' lie employed in the hands of weag nud envious
C' niinaiiilaiila as engines for the dostrue
I I ion ol inilitur) ii" tii, Hiey shall nut he ordered
bv any commanding officer except upon a de
mand by the officer or soldier whose conduct Is
tn In Inquired ol '
ll ill bo s.cn from this that (Ion. Miles
I'll Could not ask for a court of inquiry in the
4 Ii.-esenl ease If he desired it. for the
Court would lie appointed to inquire re-
gni'liiigthn conduct of ( Corbin and the
h crelar) of War mainly. Oen. Miles could.
I however, himself order a court of inquiry, pro
vide I den. Corbin. being afleeted by the
a li ,;eii interview, should ask for the npsint
I Ilient of such n court. Moreover, thn President
could appoint a court without the request of
1 Cither officer: but. so far as Is known, there is
li i record ol n President having taken such nc
'" ' "I'li.i .n time of war or peace. Thero
,!' gre many Indications leading to the belief that
i h.'.T, Uiy Alger will not call upon Oen. Miles to
Stale whether he nuthorixod the Interview
i I id i-hcil in a Kansas City paper.
i li" s. crctarv this afternoon refused to enter
'" cvieinied discussion of the suiiject, but
in; repeuted what ho has said so many times
Klllilli He- past tew days, that ho believed Oen.
Will s tjewr made one half of the statements
Willi li have been credited to him. The Secretary
I then proceeded to answer some questions, and
Ins unsworn indleatod strongly that the War
department Is not qisiiosed to take up the
, gauntlet which Oen. Miles seems to have
1 thrown down.
lien. Miles, in the opinion of the Secretary,
ewilently Intended to draw the army ad-
. liunistratioii into a discussion which would
lead to an official inquiry wlilch, In
"li". S I onfldently believed, would
clear up soma matters which ho wished to
hi"" exposed in justice to himself. In conver
sation uiili a reporter of The Hus Hecretury
iAlgcr said this afternoon 'hat the correspond
i em of the Kansas City Mar was evident! de
J.I annus .d securing u denial of his publications
III .I',',1. Rn offlelol source.
rinit s just what the correspondent won't
I .' ; u'1,'l''d the Swcreiary. emphatically. "The
' tuet that lien. Shutter was asked for
f " i ''"I'lnnation of the report that he
iisd Bieu the proceedings of the round
robin ui Santiago to the press has
no neeeaaar) application In this case.
II At any rate, it we do usk Oen. Jliles whether he
gue that interview or not we shan't publish
jne tu"t and the newspapers wont know any
thing about it. There is an evident desire to
have a controversy on this subject, but there
i can he none ul,rt the War Uepartment will take
I li" part in one.
W m'fi1' V1'" Corbin was In the Secretary's
office during nan of the interview be
KIIU"H cretary Alger Biid the reporter of
'"'7 N- PUt ho took no part In the con
versation. Ijist night, when asked about the
i! iVli'3 c;,""'-'"y. ho repelled all questions
"id declared that no word should come from
I film in regard to any action which tho War
iii.irtment mav tuke or may have takcu In
I r?Wfd to the Miles interview. He doeiured
tl nt he would not even tell If a curt of inquiry (
I ;'l',..".1,l-"i''i-tiul were ordered. Much a fact
Might he j, i,i,,. on)., but t wouM nQt l,e0(jme
1 1 -etlirtuighhlin.
tl, !. " ,'i"!'.""" report around the War Office
I Vti ,11". .''." hr,''r,'!arv M'"1 thB Adiutant-Oen-
b, i , "if '"'-'""""'"akothochuncesof rove-
sons which a court of iiiiiulryor a court-mar-
r miK r":W1"K; I" "f tho Miles interview, would
Ills' Ji" A" 'melal of tho War Aopart-
i cur, i ,""'," "."""Tity Is above question do-
'1 ii.1!"'","l!'1, u,liu' a" imisirtant order
1 Vur ,. ,,,r"r"V'1 by ,h? Assistant Secretary of
OeiM.mi'i ;r"''"'l"'"i through the Adjutant-
l r isS ' '"' '"'y.''' ""'. Isud. It was sup-
II m,, . Wie W1'1'. In A'19 Adjutant-OeneraPs
1 n?diJEM Adf-Oeneral. of course, has
iM tin, ai,creil'n In such matters. His funo-
III r inerel,ht' rauBinislon of orders
all il MwLk.1' il1",irs T,ie day an order
I mi. ctly opiwaite in purnprt and proposed by
first order, although It was personally delivered
to his office from the office of the Assistant
It is quite certain thst if a court of Inquiry or
even a court-martial should result from tho
alleged Interview with Oen. Miles, a good many
matters connected with the administration of
the army during the war would be brought out.
many of them not directly concerning with
Uie case In hand. In the case of an
Investlgat Ion by C ongrcss. all official despatches
would doubtless be called for. and the suppres
sion of any despatches nt the time they wore
supposed to have been scut might be detected.
He and His Brother Commissioners Hall on
the Seneca To-Iav.
The transport Heneen, with the members of
tho Porto Hlco Military Commission aboard,
"ogether with about fifty Tost Office employees,
live nrmy paymasters, several army surgeons,
forty-two trained nurses, and Major George
Andrews, recently detailed as Adjutant-General
of the Department of Santiago, will sail
from Pier 22. Columbia Stores, Brooklyn, at
noon to-day for Ponce. The ship will carry
a large quantity of subsistence, hospital, and
medical stores and forage for sixty days for all
the army horses and mules in Porto Rico.
The nurses Include thirty women and twelve
men, the latter contracted for in Boston. They
arrived here yesterday afternoon. The female
nurses woro selected by Dr. Anita Newcombe
McOee, the only female contract doctor In tho
service. Dr. McOee is tho wife of Dr. W. H.
BIcOee, director of the American Bureau of
Ethnology at Washington.
Dr. McOee offered her services to the Oov
ornment immediately after the war began.
The offer wns accepted and she signed a con
tract to serve as long as her services were re
quired. She was grilled as nn Assistant Sur
geon, with the rnnk of n First Lieutenant of
Volunteers. Shortly after she was commis
sioned the Surgoon-i.eneral of the army found
out that it would be impossible to secure as
many male nurses as were needed. He then
established a bureau to which female nurses
could send their applications for service and
put Dr. MeOeo in charge of It.
So far, the bureau has received a few more
than M.IXXI applications. Under Dr. McOee's
direction, the credential" of all applicants were
examined, and as nurses were called for they
were supplied from those whose applications
bad been upproved. When tho Surgeon-Oen-eral
wanted nurses for Porto Rico. Dr. McOee
consulted hcri lists land telegraphed to thirty
whose names were on them to roirt o her
nt the Army Building here yesterday. She ar
rived here in the morning and by il o'clock last
light she bad made all arrangements lor send
ing the nurses away. The following nre those
who will sail on the Seneca:
Miss Man- Emmn Kills, Little Falls. N.
York: Miss Eleanor C. Dickinson. Belleville.
N. Y.: Miss Sadie C. Payne. Brooklyn; Miss
Mary c. Menninger. Brooklyn ; Miss Emma A.
Hirquisf. Jamestown. N. Y'. : Miss Mabel Mor
timer. Krooklrn: Miss Elisabeth v. Buckley.
I Bridgeport. Conn.: Miss Emmn Charlotte
I Miller. Brooklyn: Miss Mlnlc Wilson. Brook
lyn; Miss Florence E. Otto. Brooklyn: Miss
l.uclna M. Ooodell, North Manllus. N. Y. ; ten
Sisters of Charity from Emmctsburg, Vn.; two
sisters from the Protestant Episcopal Order
of St. Margaret, and eight others from the
Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston and
the boston City Hospital. Those from the lat
ter two institutions will reach here this morn
ing. All or the women, including the Sisters
of Charity, are graduates of training schools
for nurses.
When Dr. Met ice applied to Col. Kimball.
Deputy yuartcrmastcr-Uenerul, for accom
modations on the Seneca, he told her that
about all the best a mmodations had been
assigned to Admiral Scblev andotherlmpmbers
ol the Military Commission, nnd to the army
officers and Post office employees. Therefore
he was unwilling to iissign quarters for the
nutsc unless Dr. Meliee would personally in
l ect ih -bin and reiort to him that she would
lie eutislled with such quarters as remained
lino eiipii'il. After selecting the material foro
Lioiiieuunt s uniform, which. Dr. XcUtio pur
IKiscs wearing ns soon as It can Is made, she
visited the transport. Late in the afternoon
sjie rciNirted to col. Kimball that she was per
fectly sttiislled with the accommodations
which the Captain of the Seneca said he could
reserve for the nurses.
When Dr. McOee got back to the Army
Building she found awaiting her an order
ir the Sorirpoii-lleneriil to liroceed to Mon-
fniik Point tb-day to make a thorough insiieo-
i lion of the camp and report to him if there
I were enough nurses there to attend to the
! sick. Dr. McOee has already ordered more
j in, 'in 4IHI nurses to go there, some of whom
I should reach Camp WlkofT to-day. She said
I last night that, ludglng from the proportion
I of nurses to patients in most citv hos-
I pituls ten nurses to every UK) patients there
ought to lie a sufficient number of nurses at
the camp now. She admitted, however, that
she was not familiar with tic conditions there,
and she might find thut more nurses were
He Will Stnrt To-morrow and May Spend
Several Iny There.
Cleveland, 0., Aug. 30. Prosld-utMcKlnlev
announced at noon to-day that ho would leave
here for Canton on Thursday, stopping there
two hours. He will proceed directly to Now
York, remaining there just long enough to get
a train for Montuuk Point.
Mrs.McKinluy will remain In New York while
the President is at Muntauk Point. The
President goes over the Pennsylvania Ibiilroad.
reaching New Y'ork at about 8 o'clock. Ho In
timated that his presence at the camp on Long
Island might be required for a period of more
than two of three days.
The President arrived last evening and wan
driven direct to the residence of Col. Myron T.
A crowd of ;!KI persons greeted him. It took
three cabs to convoy the Presidential party
to Col. Uerrlck 's home, where Mr. McKinley
will enjoy a quiet visit with his friends for the
next two or three days, and at tho same timo
enioy a much-needed rest away from the labors
of Ins office.
It was that he might secure rest and recuper
ation that the trip of the President was kept so
quiet, but in spite of the fact the President's
special train all along thu road was met by
encoring crowds.
In the imrty were the President and Mrs Mc
Kinley. the Presidents brother, Aimer McKln
ley.and his wlfe.Major Webb 0, Hayes of this city,
who litis just returned from Porto Ulco. and
George B. Cortelyou, Assistant Secretary to the
President. Besides these the steward of the
White House and Mrs. McKinloy's maid also
accompanied the party.
The President arose this morning nt 8 o'clock
and said that he was most refreshed from his
night's rest. Ho will remain at Overlook dur
ing the day. Several detectives have been de
tailed to guard the Horrlck residenoo.
The President declined to discuss the condi
tion of affairs ut Montauk Point or the charges
of mismanagement in tho conduct of thn
war. lie did say that thu charges would bo
thoroughly investigated, and if there were
guilty parties they would bo punished. Ho was
very guarded In his remarks.
' VKRrF.It.fH no Mi: COMING.
Spain to Send n Flying Squadron to South
ampton to Meet film.
Washington. Aug. IM). News received in this
city from Cadiz suys that by order of tho
Secretary of thu Spanish Navy u flying squad
ron of Spanish ships is being collected at that
place and is muking preparations to go to
Southampton, England, to await the coming of
Admiral Cervera ami tho officers under his
command, who are now prisoners at the Ameri
can Naval Academy at Annapolis, and who they
think will bo released very soon. The squad
ron is composed of the ships Alphonso XlIL.
Buenos Ayres. and the City of Cadiz, the latter
being now at the iort of rorrol The Alphonso
Mil. will act us flagship and will have on
hoard Admiral Banusa. and Ids second In com
mand will be Commodore Pldal.
L Thn plans for tho home coming of the prison
ers, as understood by the Spanish Government.
arc that they will be transported to Southamp
ton on American ships and there released. Ad
miral Cervera will thou be taken aboard the
Alphonso XIII.. w here his flag will bo raised as
soon us he steps aboard, and under his com
mand the fleet will sail back to Cadi..
Hattleshlp Massachusetts ftoeu to BoitonJ
The battleship Massachusetts passed out
Sandy Hook at about .'. o'clock yesterday after
noon. .She is bound for Boston, where there is
to be a nuval display soon.
Fostmastar-Oeueral Smith In Atlantic City.
Atlantic Citt. N. 1., Aug. 30 -Poatmaster-Oeneral
Charles Emory Smith arrived at Hod
don Ball this evening, where he will rest tor a
lew days.
Two Cuban Regiments Asked a Share In
the Occupancy of Oaantanamo Col. Ray
Bald No, and When They Insisted Sent
Word That a Forcible Attempt to Enter
Wonld Be Resisted Well-to-Da Cltlsens
Want the Americans to Stay and Govern
the Province Spanish Ofler to Surrender
Puerto Principe Declined by the Cubans.
.Vpfciol cablt Drttmtck to Tits Stm.
Santiaoo de Cuha. Aug. 30. Gen. Lawton,
the commander of the American troops In the
province of Santiago, received advices from
most reliable sources this morning that the
Cuban Government had relieved Major-Gen.
Calixto Garela from the command of the Cuban
troops In the eastern part of the Island. It Is
understood that he will bo succeeded by Gen.
Gen. Lawton understands that the release
of Gen. Garcia was due to his sulky conduct to
ward the Americans, caused by Gen. Shatter's
refusal to allow the Cuban troops to enter San
tiago, which furnished a bad example tor the
Cuban soldiers, a majority of whom at this end
of the island are not pleased by the exclusive
occupation of Santiago and Guantanamo and
tho administration of the Government by the
Gen. Demetrio Castillo, the Cuban Military
Governor of Santiago for two years, has been
advanced to the grade of Brigadier-General.
Gen. Lacret has gone to Santa Cruz, on the
south coast of the Island, near Santiago, for tho
purpose of holding a conference with Gens.
Castillo and Podro Perez relative to a aoheme
for the disposition of the armod Cubans In the
province of Santiago.
Gen. Lawton continues to reoeive reports of
lawless acts by armed Cubans upon planters.
One complaint has been made by the manager
of the Cuavitas Ballroad, who says that tho
movements of trains have been Interfered with,
Yestesday tho commandorof two Cuban regi
ments near Guantanamo sent a message to
Col. Bay. who Is stationed there with a battalion
of tho Third Immunes maintaining order and
protecting tho il.OOO Spanish prisoners in the
town, demanding that the Cubans lie permitted
to share the occupation of the place with the
Americans, and that the Cuban flag be dis
played on the publio buildings.
Col. Ray told the Cubans thst he had no au
thority to grant such requests. The Cubans
insisted that thoir requests should be oomplled
with, whereupon Col. Hay sent a message to
their commnndingofficor declaring that a forci
ble attempt by the Cubans to jointly occupy
tho town would be mot with forcible resistance.
This seemed to have the desired effect, for the
Cuban commander withdrew his forces to the
hills two miles back after the receipt of the
messago. The commander then sent a request
that 4,000 rations for his men be sent to him.
Col, Hay also declined to accede to this request.
After the receipt of tho news from Guanta
namo Gen. Lowton decided to hurry the troops
of the Third Immunes assigned toBaracoa and
Sagua de Tanamo to their posts.
The steamer San Juan sailed this evening
with two companies, commanded by Papt.
Harris, for Sagua de Tanamo, and two com
panies, commanded by Major Wyley, for Bar
seoa. Gen. Lawton received a despatch from tho
Cuban commander at Guantanamo late this
evening saying the reason the Cubans mndethe
request to be allowed to occupy the town with
the Americans wns that he had heard there
whs A eoriRiiiracv aiiioiic the Snanisli niisoners
to rise and annihilate the members of Col.
Ray's battalion. Col. Ray says that such an
Idea is ridiculous.
Fifteen hundred of the prisoners are sick.
and the others arc weak from starvation
and exposure. They are very orderly,
and arc overjoyed at the prospect of
returning home. They do not cause the
slightest trouble Officers of Oen. Toral's
staff here laugh at such silly stories. Oen.
Lawton sont word to Col, Rav to-day to issue
no rations to Cubans with arms In their hands.
A courier from Glbara arrived to-day with a
letter from Gen. Garcia to Gen. Lawton con
gratulating tho latter on his appointment to
tho command of the Department of Santiago,
which. Oen. Garcia says, he deserved In recog
nition of his gallant and meritorious conduct
in the Santiago campaign.
Oen. Lawton's popularity with the Cubans
made the choice of the Government In select
ing him to fill the delicate position he now
holds a wise one.
The courier said that Gen. Garcia had been
active in allaying the discontent in the Cuban
Armv caused by tho refusal of the Americans
to allow a joint occupation of Santiago. He left
Gibura before Oen. Garcia had been relieved of
his command.
Gen. Lacret came from Santa Cruz this even
ing with despatches for Gen. Lawton, which he
will deliver In i lie morning.
A courier arrived at Gen. Castillo's camp to
day from Camoguoy with news that the Spanish
commauder at Puerto Principe had. since the
notification of peace, offered to surrender the
city to tho Cubans If 800 oxen were provided
for the transportation of the Spanish arms and
baggage to Havana. Tho proposition was re
fused. Tho courier said that the Cuban com
mander feared that the Spaniards would loot
the town.
Gens. Castillo and Lacret favor a cautious
policy. Their prudent councils have done much
to keep restless spirits in check.
Gen. Castillo lias exchanged visits with Gen.
Lawton. He believes that the Cuban array
cannot be disbanded unless tho men recelvo
some pay, and that if they are turned loose un
paid many of them will become bandits. Gen.
Castillo thinks that the Cubans should have a
trial si self government. Inn believes, that an
nexation after Americanization is the ultimate
future of the Island.
The wealthy citizens of Santiago and the
plantation owners in tho province want the
Americans to stay.
Many refugees have returned from Jamaica
and Hayti boeauso they thought that perma
nent American rule had been definitely de
cided upon. The reostabllshment of business
on a large scale depends upon assurance to
business men that order will be maintained,
which Is thought would not be the cose were
the Cubans allowed to exercise power.
Nurse's Statement of TWo Deaths from It
In Camp Wlkofl Officially Denied.
Washington, D.C.. Aug. :). Secretary Alger
and Surgeon-General Sternberg denied this
morning any knowledgo of deaths at Camp
Wikoff of yellow fever.
"We have beon looking out very sharply for
evidences of yellow fever In the camp," said
Secretary Alger, " but there has been no sign
of the disease up to this timo. I do not believe
any report that says two deaths have occurred
from yellow fever at Camp Wikoff."
Adjt.-Gen. Corbin said that he should con
sider It very fortunato If tho army esoaped
without cage of yellow jack brought from
Santiago, but so far it had escaped. The Surgeon-General
declared that none of the nu
merous medical report from Montauk Point
had given auy intimation of yellow lever at
Camp Wikoff or in the detention camp.
l.ao Labor Day Excursion U Mauoh Cbnuk,
Hundreds of Tons of Them Four Months on
Shipboard -
At the beginning of the war the steamship
La Grande Dnchesse was chartered an a Gov
ernment transport from the Plant steamship
line. She took on troops at Port Tampa, and
x-as one of the fleet that carried Shatter's army
to Cuba. Borne time before she ailed she also
took on a largetauantlty of subsistence stores.
Since then the vessel haa been constantly In
the Government service. A few days ago she
arrived at Montauk Point with troopa from
Santiago. Later she reported for orders at
this port to Col. Amos B. Kimball. Deputy
Quartermaster-Oeneral. Aa the Government
had no further uee for her, Col. Kimball was
ordered to return the ship to her owners. By
the terms or the charter she was to be dis
charged from the service at Savannah. The
Captain was ordered, therefore, to take her to
that port. On Saturday the Captain walked
Into the office of Major Summerhaycs, Quar
termaster, U. 8A.. one of Col. Kimball's as
sistants, and Is reported to have remarked:
"I'm ready to sail, but I thought I'd tell you
that there's a lot of provisions on board my
ship belonging to the'Qovemment. Pci lmim'.tho
Government would like to takothem off."
A smile wont around the office, ant) some
jne remarked: "Another version of the same
old story. First it was n transport that re
turned to Tampa with mule shoes for mules
that the vessel had taken to Cuba. Thon It
was the Alamo returning here with tho two
pontoon trains that were said. to be abso
lutely indispensable to the successful land
ing of the troops at Santiago. The pontoons
had never left tho Alamo's hold. Then the
Breakwater came along with a lot of provis
ions In her hold that had never beon disturbed
since they were put aboard for a Massachu
setts, regiment early in May. The Vlgllancia
next reported with a hold full of stores that
were intended for Cuba, but which she had
been carrying around since the early days of
the war. Now comes La Grande, Duehesse.
Whiit'll be the next? If this keeps on we'll have
a fine lot of second-hand groceries on our
The ease of La Grande Duohesse was report
ed to Col. Kimball, and he reported the facts to
the Quartermaster-General at Washington,
recommending that a Board of Survey be ap
pointed to find out why the stores had not been
unloaded In Cuba. Itrig.-Gen. George L. Gil
lespie, commanding the Department of the
East, was ordered to appoint such a board, and
In his special order doing this, which was is
sued on Mondny, It was specified that the ap
pointees were "to determine when and where
tho stores were loaded, to whom or to what
port they were shipped, and fix the responsi
bility for their condition and non -delivery." ;
The board Is constituted as follows: Capt.
Henry L. Harris. First. Artillery; First Lieut.
Herman 0, Schumm. Second Artillery; First
Lieut. ll.:i'rank Packard, First! Massachusetts
H'nvy Artillery. The board convened yesterday
morning, with Capt. Harris as Chairman, and
paid i visit to the ship, which is lying nt Pier
fX. North River.
It was reported in the afternoon that between
I. Km and 1.200 tons of ail kinds of subsistence
stores were stowed awav in her hold. There
were hard bread and bacon, canned meats,
canned vegetables and what not that should
have been retired tin a pension a long time ago.
After lookipg over the stuff, the board took
the affidavit of tho Captain. In which the time
Mild plane of loauiug uie atores. were given as
well as the name of the officer to whom thev
were consigned nnd tho port of consignment.
The board will conclude Its Investigation to
day and make report to Gen. (Jlllesple. I'ntil
men no t uncial statement anout tne inquiry
can lie obtained. It was learned, however,
that the Captain of tho steamer stated in his
affidavit that the stores had been aboard the
ship for about four months.
La l.ucha Says This Is the Question Before
the People of Cuba.
Key West. Fin.. Aug. :(). Yesterday's La
Lvcha. Havana, in an editorial says that the
problem of Cuba involves absolute independ
ence or annexation, but that tho proposod pro
tectorate would be an Indignity. It advises
Cubans to adopt one of the two solutions, Inde
pendence or annexation.
La lAu-ha also says that although cattle have
been Imported, there Is nono In Havana mar
kets. Only those needed for the sick in the
military hospital have beon killed. Yesterday
Mr. Junn J. l.ova and others belonging to the
expedition taken to Cuba by Col. Boza and who
were captured and detained at Cabarlen by the
Spanish forces were released.
The schooner Liberty sailed this morning
for Cardenas with twenty tons of food, supplies
aud clothes for the Cubans of Cardenas. Er
nesto Castro and Capt. Rubarcabar wore in
charge. It is said Unit the supplies are sent bv
tho Red Cross represented here by Mr. Hyatt.
Wnndered Away from His Command at
Rlchmondv Vn., In Delirium.
Richmond, Va., Aug. .10. Stanard Woodson,
a Roosevelt rough rider who became separated
from his command as it passed through this
city on tho way to Montauk Tolnt about two
weeks ago. died here at a hospital on Friday last,
but for some reason the news of his dsath was
withheld until to-day. Woodson was found In
a vacant house In a delirious condition in a
suburb of Richmond, soon after his command
left here. He had a high fever and was taken to
the hospital. What led him totho place where he
wns found is not known, though It has since be
come known that he had relatives in Richmond
and Petersburg, and It is probable he wns mak
ing Ids way to those here when he became un
conscious. Young Woodson was a direct descendant of a
former Archbishop of York. In his veins flowed
the blood of thu Griffins, Beverleye. Randolphs.
Joneses. Epos, and Blands. The remains
wore carried to the home of his parents,
near Washington, from which tho funeral
took place. Young Woodson's parents are well
known aud prominent people In Washington
They have n home known as "Palisade SIuu
slou." Owing to the failure to communicate
with his parents, they were not with him when
bo died.
The relatives of young Woodson kept his ill
ness a secret because they feared he was a de
serter from thn army and would be shot. Later
It was learned that he was not a deserter, but
wandered away In bis delirium brought ou by
A Squad of Ohio Volunteers Said to Have
Insulted Them.
Bhunswk'K, Ga Aug. 30. Two of the First
Ohio Volunteers were shot and seriously
wounded at Everett last night. The volunteers
were en route to Huiitsvllle. and at Everett
about 100 got off to see the place. Section
Foreman llartman his wife and her Bis
ter, Miss Carrie Hedley, were standing by
the track watching the soldiers. Borne of the
soldiers, it Is said, made insulting remarks to
the party. Hartmun and tho women retreated
to their home. Some of the soldiers followed
and continued their remarks. Hartman or
dered them away. They began advancing as
If to enter the gate. Hartman prepared to
shoot. The soldiers took aim and two tired,
the bullets striking over Hsrtmun's head.
Tho two women Tiad by this time got Indoors.
They secured a shotgun and a rifle, threw open
a window and tired. Fully 100 soldiers had run
up by this time. One soldier received a buck
shot charge in his breast. Another was shot in
the hand, The injured men's comrades then
began t., dime In and prepared to ohargethe
house. Officers of the regiment ran up and
drove them back with drawn pistols The
wouuded man were placed ou a flat oar aud run
out of town.
Falling That, lie Wonld I.Ike Them tn
Grant the Filipinos Belligerent Rights
Bases His Request on the Assertion
That He Has Reduced Forty Provinces
and Taken Manila Oen. Merritt Says
Neither Spain Nor the NaHves Shall
Rule the Philippines If He Can Help It
He Starts for Paris and Oen. Greene
Will Oe to Washington Rlos Proclaims
Himself Spanish Governor of the Islands.
Special Cohlt DtipalcMi to The Bull.
Makila. Aug. 30. Agulnaldo, the insurgent
leader, has issued a memorial addressed to all
the foreign powers rooltlng tho fact that tho
Filipinos have formed a Government under the
constitution adopted on June 23.
He adds that tho Filipino forces have sines
carried on a campaign of liberty, taken forty
provinces, and have reduced Manila. They
have 9.000 prisoners.
Peace and tranquillity prevail In the con
quered provinces, and there Is no resistance to
Agulnnldo's authority. The campaign, the
memorial says, was conduoted with due regard
to the rules of civilized warfare.
He asks for the recognition of the Indepen
dence of the Philippine Republic, or, failing In
that, to grant the Filipinos belligerent rights.
The United States are not mentioned In the
Gen. Merritt and Gen. Greene sailed on the
transport China for Hong Kong to-day. Gen.
Merritt will leave Hong Kong on Saturday for
Paris. He takes Majors Hale and Btromber
and Capt. Mott as his aides.
Gen. Greene will go direct to Washington.
Gen. Babcock and Major Sturgls have also
sailed for the United States with reports.
Gon. Merritt is glad that he Is going to Paris.
Ho declined to talk muoh concerning the work
of the commission. He said, however, that
Spain would never again control these islands
nor would the Filipinos if ho could prevent It.
Gon. Otis has assumed command of the De
partment of the Paciflo and the Eighth Army
Lokdos. Aug. 31. Tho Dailv AVtrs publishes
a news agency despatch from Manila which
says that Apaclblo, an insurgent leader, is
going to Hong Kong to confer with the Filipino
Junta there. Ho will receive Agulnaldo's final
Instructions by telegraph.
The insurgent leader Agoncillo is going to
Washington. Tho Junta at Hong Kong will
probably send a delegate to the Peace Commis
sion in Paris.
Agulnaldo remains at Bakor. A hundred in
surgents visited Manila unarmed yesterday.
Admiral Dewey has declined to permit coast
wise steamers to run pending tho settlement
of current questions.
It Is reported that Gen. Bios. Governor of the
vuiitrs. has proclaimed himself Governor of
thn Spanish dominion? in the Philippines, and
invited all the adherents of Spain to rally
around him at Hollo.
A despatch to the Time$ from Manila says
that the last official act of Gen. Merritt was to
sign a permit for tho insurgents to send an
emissary to represent their intorests before
tho Paris commission.
Agulnaldo has sent an agent to Hong Kong to
inform Fellpo Agoncillo of his appointment to
this duty. The despatch adds that various
changes among the department chiefs have
beon necessitated by the departure of the
American officers. Gen. Whlttler succeeds
Gen. Greene as Intendant.
No Official Ceremonies as Wllhelmlna As
cends the Throne.
Special Cable Dupatch to The 8mt.
The Hague. Aug. 30. Queen Wllhelmlna
completes her eighteenth year at 6:30 o'clock
to-morrow afternoon. According to the pre
scriptions of tho constitution she will at that
moment have ascended the throne.
There will be no official ceremonies. She
will recelvo the Ministers at the palace, and
they will offer to hear the flrst royal dooree
with her signature as the reigning Queen.
It Is expected that It will consist of the
nomination of her mother to the highest
classes of duty orders and that it will
also confer a number of decorations and med
als on all who have served the throne and
country during tho regency.
In view of the great festivities at the Hague
and Amsterdam next week, her Majesty's birth
day will be celebrated without splendor.
The Queen Regent to-day Issued a procla
mation upou the occasion of tho termina
tion of her regency, which ends to-day,
her daughter, Queen Wllhelmlna, coming
of age to-morrow, her eighteenth birthday.
Her Majesty expresses her pleasure at the
fact of the whole nation ranging Itself joyously
around the throne of the young Queen, and
thanks God that lu her daughter's accession to
tho throne her dearest wish has been heard.
After thanking all who have supported her with
love and fidelity and expressing her sincorest
wishes for the welfure of the country under the
reign of Queen Wllhelmlna the Queen Regent
Invokes God's blessing upon the youthful
sovereign, and concludes by saying:
" May the country become great in every
thing in which a small nation can bo great."
Plant for an Organisation with n Capital
Stock of 400,000,000.
Following a meeting yesterday afternoon at
the office of Flower A Co. of the committee of
ten representing the Minnesota Iron Company,
tho Illinois Steel Company and the Elgin, Juliet
aud Eastern Railroad Company In the negotia
tions for the consolidation of theie companies,
Judge E. H. Gary, for the committee, made a
formal statement regarding the consolidation
plans. He said:
"The special sub-committee, consisting of
Roswell P. Flower end Robert Bacon of J. P.
Morgan A. Co.. reported progress and presented
a plan of organization. A new company will
be incorporated under the laws of New Jersey,
to be named the Federal Steel Company. Its
capital stock will be SiNXl.OOO.OOO. one-halt
preferred stock and one-half common stock.
A syndicate to furnish working capital will be
managed by J. P. Morgan A Co., and the neoes
iary money has already been arranged for.
"Transfers of stock will be made at the Colo
nial Trust Company The new company will
acquire the properties of tho Minnesota Iron
Company. Illinois Steel Company. Elgin. Joliet
and Eastern Railroad Company, and the two
steel plants at Lorain, O.. and Johnstown, Pa. A
majority of the stockholders of the different
ooiupanles have already signified their wllllng
pess to sell to the new oompany. It will start
business about Oot I. The headquarters will
be In this cty. The Unas of the exchange of I
stock cannot be ! out atpreeant"
ays Greatly Exaggerated Reports of Suf
fering Have Been Sent Out.
Chattasoooa, Tenn.. Aug. 30 Gov. Black,
who arrived last night, has spent tho dny In
Chlcknmeuga Park, investigating tho con
ditions that exist there. Hemado a thorough
Investigation, returning to the city to-night.
When neon at the Hotel Reade ho talked to The
Bun correspondent of what he had scon. He
" The moat exaggerated reports eversentont
about any ono thing have been sent out about
the Chickamauga hospitals. I speak of condi
tions that exist to-day and not about what has
been. I can only speak of what I have soen. I
enmo to Chickamauga to criticise and thor
oughly Inspect everything in connection with
the Now York troops and camps.
" I went unattended through the corps, ask
ing the men whether or not thoy had any com
plaints to make, and it Is surprising the fow I
heard. Here and there would be a growler,
but the rank and file of the men, while emi
nently dlsnnt Ifled. have the highest respect for,
and confidence in. their officers. They are
soldiers, evory one of them.
"I asked the boys whether or not they
wanted to be mustered out, and thoy do, 00
per cent of them. They shall be mustered out
If I have Influence enough In the State of Now
York to have It done. In case they cannot be
mustered out, they will be moved to a north
ern oamp In New York State.
tii ti untuiy iU Alun A ' ' H DllPO,
"The sick of tho Ninth New York have fared
worse than any of the other New Y'ork sick.
Thoy have not been treated right. The Eighth
and Fourteenth are faring well, and the hospi
tals where thoir sick are confined are splen
didly equipped and all right.
"I never in ail my life saw a better equipped
and better managed hospital In the field than
the Sternberg. It Is all right. I believe Gen.
Boynton In his report Is correot, and that the
neglect of the men is largely responsible for
the large sick rate.
"I shall go to Huntsville and Lexington and
Investigate the camps there before returning
home. I have never until to-night heard of tho
Nunns case. The case of the New York hospital
train going away poorly equipped will be thor
oughly Investigated, bat I have no knowledge
of it."
Capt. O'Connor of the Ninth New York haa
filed charges against Majors Hubbard and
Smith of the Hospital Corns of neglect of duty
In the caso of Private Clarence Nunns of the
Ninth New York.
Capt. O'Connor alleges that after the autopsy
was held the body wan allowed to remain in a
tent entirely neglected for three days. The
condition of the bodV when it was brought to
Chattanooga last night goes to substantiate
Capt. O'Connor's charges.
The body was placed in a local undertaker's
deadroom and kept just as It was when It
name from the camp. It in said that a thorough
investigation will be mode. Nunns's family live
In Harlem in New York and his father is re
ported to be well to do. The body will be taken
to New York to-morrow for burial.
The Diario Says It Should Not Be Left to
ITs to Begin Them in Havana.
Special Cable Despatch to Thu Bun.
Havana. Aug. 30. Much Interest has been
aroused by the publication in the LHario de la
Marina of an interview with an American now
here concerning the plans entertained by the
Americans In regard to Cuba after tho evacua
tion of the island by the Spaniards. Various
periodicals have reproduced it.
Commenting upon it, the Diario publishes
to-day an article colling attention to tho neces
sity of undertaking a general work of sanita
tion, reparation, and embellishment in the city
of Havana. It sets forth an elaborate plan,
which takes into consideration the presont as
well as tho future needs of the city, which
should be carried out systematically.
"In a short time," say the Diario, "tho gov
ernment of the city will pass into foreign
hands. We should not make It possible for the
new administrators to assert that it Is to thorn
exclusively that tho capital of the island owes
her health and her beauty; nor can the colonial
administration consent to have it said that
the regime established in the early years
has been impotent for good. It Is not criti
cisms, but reforms that the condition of Ha
vana requires."
Gon. Blanco haa given 1,500 pesos to benevo
lent institutions in view of the fact that, to
morrow Is his saint's day. To-day he went to
the country for rest and recuperation, as his
health is not good. He will be away for several
The Civil Governor of Havana continues to
send to the villages of the Interior of the island
food for tho relief of'the poor. The rations sent
from New York have not yot been distributed.
Miss Clara Barton has claimed them as the
property of tho Red Cross. In the meantime
tho military officers who camo on the Comal
understand that they belong to the army. In
structions on thn BUbject are awaited from
Capt. Leverson of the English Engineers
started to-day for Clenfucgos. He will go thence
to Santiago, after which hu will return to Ha
vana. Gen. Figuerna will return to Spain to-morrow.
The Council of Secretaries decided to-day to
deny tho application of tho American nrmy
officers, who arrived on the Comal, for tho ad
mittance free of duty of tho provisions brought
on that vessel. The Colonial Government
is willing to take charge of these pro
visions to distribute them among the poor,
paying on its own account thn Custom
House dues. The Council also decided to deny
the application of the municipal government of
Havana for a suspension of duties upon cattle
and articles of food.
Has an Apoplectic Stroke at Nurntngn Re
covery Doubtful,
Sabatooa.N. V., Aug. BO. The Hon. J. S. T.
Htranahan of Brooklyn, who Is spending the
summer at the United States Hotel. Is in a pre
carious condition. This morning he sustained
what physicians diagnosed oh a slight apoplec
tic seizure. It was followed by unconscious
fiess, but to-night ho is breathing naturally and
iss had no return of the alarming symptoms
A physician said:
Mr. Stranahan is a man of great age, and
should ho suffer any further effusion death
must ensue. His condition to-night is more fa
vorable. He has been III for two weeks, but not
seriously. It looks now as though he may re
cover, but a prediction is uncertain."
The Mayor Has Signed the Herniation Pro
viding for Holding It Here.
Mayor Van Wyck oamo to town yesterday
from his summer home in Freeport. L. I., and
signed the resolution recently passed by the
Municipal Assembly providing for a peace
jiil. line in tills city The dale for the celebra
tion has not been llxed, but it will probably be
held before the 15th of next month. The Mayor
is authorized by the provisions of the resolu
tion to appoint a committee of ltKl citizens to
assist him in arranging the details, and to in
vite the people of the I'nited Slates to assern
blo here on the date to be named to welcome
in a manner befitting the occasion tho soldiers
returning from the war. The cooperation of
the Federal Government will also bo asked.
Worth Seeing.
Hiuiutou's new loan otto and Mf dspout vault.
IAS West Aid St., asar Broadway.- Ad.
'Reyal Blue Use te Washlaaton.
geasdnle now la afsel. Two ' Reyal Blue 1 Jmlted" I
$:Eiie,-:. -Lr
Gen. Wheeler Appoints Oen. Ames tn In
vestlgate and Report on All Complaint
Abont the Camp and Place Ilium,- Where
It Helongs-Several Deaths Yesterday of
Typhoid - tJen. Ames Says All Volunteers
Should Be Sent Home on Furlough.
Camp WiKoyr. Montauk Point, Aug. HO.
As n result of the conflicting acoounts of the
conditions in tho hospital hero aud around the
camp generally, Gon, Adolbort Ames was or
dered to-day by Gen. Whoolor to make a com
plete Investigation of tho camp and report to
him as soon as possible, but to take all tho t ime
ho noeds to find tho cxaot state of affairs. Gen.
Ames's instructions read that he Is to report
on the reasons why Montnuk Point was se
lected, and tho history of tho oamp up to the
present time, dealing Impartially with any evlla
Hint be may And and to fix responsibility for
such evils when he can.
Gen. Wheeler has struggled to get to tho bot
tom of things over since ho took command of
the camp, but has been unable to do muoh in
the way of getting accurate Information owing
to the different views of things taken by officers
with whom ho has consulted. Instances of this
nun wnoui in. iini coiisinieo. iiihihuccs Ol Tnie
have been freuuent of late and Gen. Wheeler
has become thoroughly disgusted. He haa
found that his efforts to get at the exact truth
have been futile, particularly in the case of the
hospitals. These. Gen. Wheeler has emphati
cally declared, will be run under his per
sonal supervision from now on, and for
two days he has been saying things to
the hospital offloiola that have mado them open
their eyes in astonishment His absolute In
ability to get anything definite about yellow
fever, typhoid fever and other matters con
nected with hospitals has exasperated the com
manding officer more than anything else. Ii
there is yellow fever in camp. Gen. Wheeler
wants to know It; If It is even suspected, he
wants to know It. But when he seeks to And
out ho gets one story from one source and a
different one from another.
Gen. Wheelor wanted to know whether Dr.
Doty'a recommendation about removing ty
phoid patients was a good one. He learned
that physicians here did not agree with Dr.
Doty and had consequently not anted on hi
recommendation. To-day Dr. Nicholas Senn.
the eminent surgeon of Chicago, who la a
volunteer Assistant Surgeon-General, and who
came here from Porto Rico to take charge of
the operating department of the hospitals, de
clared that if this camp was kept up for six
weeks longer it would become a pest, hole of
typhoid. Coming from a man of Dr. Senn's
standing, this statement created a sensation,
and when Gen. Wheeler heard of it he went to
see Major Brown, the executive head of the
general hospital, who declared that there was
not the slightest, danger of any typhoid
epidemic, no matter how long the camp re
mained here.
This is only one of a number of disagree
ments that have worried Gen. Wheeler, others
being the constant squabbles between the
hospital people and the Quartermaster and
Commissary, the charges and the counter
charges that have been made In an unofficial
way, the troubles over the distribution of
medicines, and the complaints from the regi
mental surgeons that they have not been
rightly treated. On top of this some news
papers have been describing the suffering
of the troops through want of food and
shelter and have charged that many
deaths in the hospital were the result of
neglect, all of which has been vigorously
denied. To-day Gen. Wheeler made up his
mind that he would learn the exact truth, no
matter how muoh time it took or how much
money It cost. With the hundred and one re
sponsibilities that the command of this camo
brings on his shoulders ho realized that he
could not attend to the matter himself, so he
called Gen. Ames to his tent and Intrusted him
with the task. The fur Is going to fly here in a
few days, for Gen. Ames, as well as every other
high officer in this oamp. Is heartily in sympa
thy with Gen. Wheeler's effort to straighten
things out. They are all of tho opinion that
either neglect, carelessness or incompetency
has brought about a deplorable state of affairs,
and they believe that the truth should be got
at, no matter who goes under as a result.
Some Idea of the scope of Gen. Ames's work
can be gathered from a part of his instructions.
He is to And out why Montauk Point was se
lected as a camp for tho convalescents, what
arrangements woro made for the reoeptlon of
troops before they cams here, what arrange
ments were mnde to feed them and to attend
to the sick ; why, if it Is a fact, troops were sent
here before the camp was ready for them, and
why transports were piled In here one after
the other so that there was no time
to attend to them, and sick and well
were obliged to wait on the steamers In the
bay for days before they could be landed.
Oen. Wheeler wants to know, too, why the
transports that arrived last had so many more
sick men on them than thoso that came flrst.
It is tho opinion of physicians hero that many
of those who wero landed in a dying condition
might have been saved had they boen brought
North sooner. Everything In connection with
the camp is to be investigated, and. in Gen.
Ames's own words:
"I have already started the investigation,
and will go right down the line."
It IS bellevedl here that lien. Wheeler llOS
full authority from Washington to conduct the
Investigation in his own way. Oen. Ames de
alined to talk to-day about tho investigation
on tho ground that it was too early to say any
thing. Ho consented, however, to glvo a per
sonal opinion of what should be donu with tlit
troons, und t his is what he said :
"The boat thing to be done with tho troops
Is to send them nil homo. The volunteers
should go at once. There is no need of keep- 0
ing litem here. The war is over, and they will
do much betternt their homes than they will in
camp. If it is necessary to hold them In caseof
another outbreak, why they can be hold until the
emergency Is over by md. -Unite furloughs. A
little homo nursing Is all those boys need. I
have observed u great inereasi. of sickness
among tho volunlcers, and I think that the
Hoonerthey etui get away the better off they'll
be. The regulars, too, arc in bad shape. I
have noticed It particularly In the e.iso of
the Thirteenth Infantry, the regiment that did
the best lighting at San Junn Hill. This regi
ment should be sent to Its homo barracks at
Buffalo. The men are listless und need en
couragement If they could go homo and
march through the streets of Buffalo I think it
would do them a heap of gisid Thoy oan be
called nut in case of an emergency just as well
In Buffalo ns they can here at Montauk Point,
and they'd be a great sight better off. too."
Willi tho order of nil Investigation. l)r
Senn's statement ulmut lypliold finer has been
the sensation of the day here. Dr. Senn, after
his appointment as an Assistant Siirgoon-Oeu-e
i al. wns sent to (lilckainaiigu and other camps
to look them over. Ho said at that limn thai
an epidemic of typhoid fever was sure to follow
the establishment of so largo a camp at Hint
place. Me said It was posit lely dangerous for
tho men to drink the water, aud so reported to
Washington Nevertheless the camp was es
tablished. Typhoid broke out at Chickainauga
and claimed many Wctimu. From Chicka
mauga Dr. Sunn wont to Porto Kico witli
Gen. Miles's army, which was made up al
most entirety of troop from that camp. Gen.
Mile, according to what Dr. Henn said to-day,
complained bitterly of, the condition of the&nea
who ware in hla army and wanted Dx, b.

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