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Launching of the Torpedo Boat Destroyers
Whipple, Truxtun and Worden Wit
nessed by Thousands.
Miss Elsie Pope of St. Paul Breaks the Bottle
at the Bow of the Craft Named in
Honor of Whipple.
Baltimore, Aug 15.—Three additions to
the United States navy were christened
and launched at the shipyards of the
Maryland Steel company here this after
noon. They are torpedo boat destroyers
and will be known hereafter by the names
of Whipple, Truxtun and Wordeu. The
ceremonies took place at 2 o'clock in the
presence of a large assemblage, including
government, state and city officials; offi
cers in both army and navy and civilians
of prominence. They came from Wash
ington, New York, Philadelphia and from
other points lr. the country on special
trains and in private yachts, over a thou
eand special invitations having been issued
and accepted.
When all \vas in readiness for the
launching Miss Isabelle Truxton of Nor
folk, took her place at the bow of the
boat of that name, Miss Elsie Pope, of
St. Paul, Minn., at the bow of the Whipple,
and Miss Millie B. Worden at the bow of
the Worden. Each held in her hand a bot
tle of champagne encased in silver wire
and having a handle of silver upon
one aide of which was a shield surmounted
by an American eagle while on the other
was a plate upon which was engraved the
date, the name of the craft and that of the
lady holding it, to be retained by them as
souvenirs. As each bow in its turn slid
from the ways into the water of the Pa
tapsco the bottles were broken over the
bows, the names pronounced by the spon
Object of Their Forthcoming
Visit to Minnesota.
National Park Project Is a Second
ary Consideration.
Congressmen Also Coming and Mr. ■
Jones Looks for Beneficial
From Th* Journal Bureau. Boom 4JS, .Pom
Building, Washington. . .
Washington, Aug. 15.—The scope of the
investigation to be made by the sub-com
mittee of the senate committee on Indian
affairs of Indian matters in Minnesota has
been the subject of much discussion in the
<:win city papers. It has been said that
the committee would look into the propo
sition to create a national park out of the ,
pine woods. Some of the articles stated I
that this was the primary object of the
investigation. Others stated that the ad
ministration of the Nelson law would bis j
fully investigated and that" the most of \
the time of the committee would be taken !
up with that subject.
Indian Commissioner Jones has been in '
correspondence, since the adjournment of j
congress, with Senator Quarles, chairman j
of the sub-committee, and the plans of I
the Investigators have been very fully!
outlined to him. Said Mr. Jones to-day:
The primary object of the committee's trip
to Minnesota is to investigate timber matters.
This will include the administration of the }
■working of the Kelson law, and suggestions j
for changes that congress should make to
assure the Indians" getting the best price pos
sible for their timber. The dead and down
.operations of last winter and those of two
fears ago will be gone into very fully by the I
committee, and the other abuses that have
:rept into the administration of the Neleon
act will be brought out by the examination
3f competent witnesses.
Although the national park scheme will alec
♦c investigated, that is merely a secondary
■natter with the committee, so far as I can
.earn. The advantage of the establishment
if the park have been placed before the com
mittees of the senate and the house so fully
ay ' those interested that, beyond a possible
examination of the territory it is proposed to
.nclude in the park, I do not believe the com
ailttee will do much in that direction. So far
is I can learn the park project Is generally
favored as a means for conserving the water
supply at the headwaters of the Mississippi.
But the cost of the proposed park is a serious
obstacle to its establishment. Estimates
made by agents of the interior department
*how that congress will have to appropriate
something like $7,000,000 to purchase the park
land from the Indians, to whom it belongs.
Important Capture of Filipinos
Manila. Aug. 15.—Second Lieut. Walter
g. Grant of the Sixth cavalry, while scout-
Ing with a detachment near Taal, Batangas
province, has made what the military au
thorities consider to be the most important
capture since Aguinaldo was made prison
er. Grant captured Col. Martin Cabrera,
his adjutant and six other insurgents.
Cabrera had been growing in power for
some time. He controlled all the insur
gents in Southern Batangas and also those
westward of the city of Batangas.
Col. Panganiban, a captain and twenty
sers and the usual cheering, handclapping
and waving of hats and handkerchiefs took
place, accompanied by the din of steam
whistles and the ringing of bells on the
dozens of vessels and factories in the
The three new boats are dissimilar in name
only. They are the largest of their type in
the United States navy, and among the lar
gest In any navy in the world. Their com
paratively superior size has enabled the de
signer to provide quarters for the officers and
crew which are far more commodious than
in other vessels of their type. All the fur
nishings in the cabin are made of metal. As
bestos sheathing takes the place of veneering
in the finishings, and wood is totally absent
from the construction and fittings of the yes-
The new boats in length are 259 feet 6 inch
es ever all, 248 feet on the water line, 22 feet
3 inches beam, 14 feet 8 inches deep, and draw
9 feet of water, with a nominal displacement
of 433 tons. They will be propelled by two
four-cylinder triple expansion engines whi'h
will develop 8,300 horse-power at a speed of
340 revolutions to the minute, with a stea'n
pressure of 31u pounds and a heating eur
tace of 17.7G8 square feet. With this machin
ery they are expected to attain a speed of JO
knots an hour under natural draught. They
are supplied with two torpedo tubes each, and
each boat will have eight rapid-fire guns, of
which six will be six-pounders and the re
mainder two-pounders. The contracts for the
vessels were let in October, 1899, and they
have been built under the supervision of the
commander, F. D. Ord, assisted by Naval
Constructor D. H. Cox. The approximate cost
of each vessel when completed will be about
It is a question whether congress will be will
ing to spend that amount for a park.
Personally, I should be greatly pleased If
the park were established. It would relieve
this office of a great deal of hard work, and
would terminate tfce scandals which have
arisen in connection with the disposal of the
pine land in Minnesota since the Nelson law
was first put into operation.
Although the senate committee will proba
bly not make any exhaustive examination of
the proposed park, I understand a number of
representatives will make the trip to Minne
sota about the time the committee is there,
for the express purpose of looking over the
territory and informing themselves about the
park. They will derive much benefit from the
trip, aside from the information they may ar
quire about park matters, as they cannot get
into that country without learning a great
deal about Chlppewa timber matters gener
ally. I think the visits of the members of
both branches of congress will result in much
needed legislation for the disposition of Inl
dian timber lands.
LITERACY IN The census bureau gives
out the following figures
MINNESOTA, for Minnesota, showing
general nativity and
literacy for males over 21 years:
Total males over 21—506,794, of whom
486.009 are literate and 20.785 illiterate;
240,768 are native born, of whom 241 763
are literate and 4,005 illiterate. Of a
total of 261,026 foreign born, 244 246 are
literate and 16,780 illiterate. Of the 261,
--026 foreign born males over 21 in the
state, 166.418 are naturalized, and of the
naturalized 157.652 are literate and 8 766
illiterate. First papers have been filcl
by 30,694, of whom 32,629 are literates and
3,080 are illiterates.
RIVER AND A compilation of the re-
WART>r»o P? rtS of army cn Slneers to
HARBOR river and harbor work in
the northwest shows that
WORK, congress is asked to fur
nish $523,237 for new work
to be done in Minnesota and $709,727 for
work under continuing contracts Of the
latter an appropriation of $250,000 is
asked for continuing work on locks and
dams between Minneapclis and St Paul
during the fiscal year ending June 30 1903
and $459,727 for work at Duluth and Su
perior harbor. Of the amount asked for
new work, $435,000 is to be expended on
reservoirs at the headwaters of the Mis
sissippi, $70,737 on the Chippewa river
$1,000 on the St. Croix, $500 on the Mln-'
nesota, $10,000 on the Red River of the
North, and $2,000 each on Agate bay and
Grand Marias harbars. The officers in
charge of the work on the Mississippi
river from Sioux City to Great Falls
Mont., asks for $310,000 to carry on work
at points in North and South Dakota For
Jn-jjprovt'moat oS rivara ani harbors in
Wisconsin the engineers ask for $690,210
of which it is proposed to expend $100 -
000 on Fox river and $187,000 en rhe har
bor of refuse at Milwaukee. The total of
the estimates for the whole country ac
cording to a acompilataion by Colonel Mc-
Ken;iie, acating chief of engineers, in
cluding new work, continuing contraacts
anad work to be done under direction of I
the Mississippi and Missouri river com
missions, is $44,348,404.
—W .W. Jermane.
Lord Kitchener Repeats His Charge
Against the Boers.
London, Aug. 15.—Lord Kitchener's mail
dispatch on the subject of the Vlakfontein
fight of May 29 says:
There seems to be no doubt that five or six
oases of the shooting of British wounded by
the Boers occurred.
Middleburg, Cape Colony, Aug. 15.—C01.
Corringe has had a successful engagement
with Gen. Krltzinger and Commandants
Pyper, Cachet and Erasmas near Steyns
burg, Aug. 13. Erasmus and Cachet were
badly wounded.
men with twenty-six riflc3 and consider
able ammunition have surrendered to
Lieut. Smith of the Twentieth infantry,
near Luzos. They formed a portion of Gen'
Malvar's command. After taking the oath
of allegiance they were released.
Captain Policarpio, a lieutenant and five
men from the Sixth company of Malvar's
command also surrendered to Col. Baldwin,
refusing at the same time payment for
their rifles and revolvers and saying that
they surrendered for peace and not lor
Accounts to Be Closed and
Surveyor Generalship to
Be Abolished.
Prom Thr .Tou-rnal Bureau, Room dS, I'ott
Building. Washington.
Washington, Aug. 15. —The land commis
sioner is about to complete the adjust
ment of Minnesota swamp land grant and
will send a special agent into the state
in a few days to make the necessary in
vestigations. There are now pending in
the land office selections filed by state
officers of 3,500 tracts claimed to be due
the state under the swamp grant, aggre
gating about 135,000 acres. It is Commis
sioner Hermann's purpose to have all
these tracts examined this summer and
fall and to patent during the winter such
as are found due the state, thus closing
out the account between the state and
Commissioner Hermann lndictated to
day that it will be possible to abolish the
office of surveyor general in Minnesota
within a year or two. He says there are
now only about thirty townships of unsur
veyed land in the state and if congress
will increase the appropriation the survey
John Bull—Give a fellow a sip of that, won't you? Lipton's a good boy, but it may be quite a
spell before he's back with that American cup.
of these townships can be completed with- I
in a year. In any event, he predicts that j
the office will be abolished by 1904, . as |
surveys can be completed by 1903 with the j
allowance now made annually by. con- 1
, gress. —W. W. Jermane.
Dry-Dock View Shows Indications
of High Speed.
New York, Aug. 15. — Shamrock 11. went j
into dry dock to-day and American ex- |
perts had their first chance to study the
! lines of the craft Sir Thomas Lipton has
sent over in his second attempt to lift
the America's cup. Yachtsmen who went
to the Erie basin to-day with the expecta
• tion of seeing something in the way of '
a radical departure in yacht designing
j were doomed to disappointment. The ca
! bled reports from Glasgow had led to the
belief that Designer Watson had evolved \
j quite a new type of boat embodying the j
I "cod's head and the mackerel's tail." This
turns out to be only fiction, the result j
perhaps of the pontoon which hid the j
yacht from advantageous view -when she j
! was launched. The cup challenger resem- j
bles the Columbia very much, so far as her
under-body and fin are concerned. That
j the Shamrock II is a dangerous opponent
I was conceded by the experts who saw her
to-day. From her easy entrance forward i
to her clean run aft there is power asd '
speed in every line. Y^~
He Inspects Fort Harrison and De
clines'to Talk.
Special to The Journal.
Helena, Mont., Aug. 15. —General E. S.
Otis, commander of the department of {
the lakes, who is also temporarily in com
mand of the department of the Dakotas,
arrived here this afternoon from Fort
Harrison, four miles distant, where ■ he
inspected the post. He said there was
nothing of particular interest in his visit.
He declined to discuss the Philippine
question for publication.
Holds Ip a Stage and Robs Twenty
- -'■ Pa'ssengrers.'
Galistoga, Cal., Aug. 15.—The Callstogr.
and Clear Lake stage was held up by a
lone highwayman. The passengers, num
bering twenty or more, were relieved of
their money. The mail bags and express
box were rifled. The amount of money
secured has not yet been ascertained. A
posse is in pursuit of the bandit.
I) wight Davis Wins From Ward at
■ . ' ". Newport. . .
Newport, R. 1., Aug. 15.— Dwight Davis
won,the. match in the tennis singles/ with
Holcome Ward to-day. f:;Scores: 1-6 6-3.
6-2.6-4. " ...■■:;.■■ ■ , .. t ' ']
The Platform Declarations of
Pennsylvania Democrats
Corrupt Condition of Affairs Bitterly
That Element Satisfied With the
Selection for Attorney
Harrieburg, Pa., Aug. 15.—The state
democratic convention was called to order
at 12:40 by State Chairman Creasy.
Charles J. Reilly, of Williamsport was
temporary chairman. While the conven
tion was assembling, leaders of the rival j
factions held another conference at state
headquarters, at which it was decided to
settle the differences between the Phila- '
dlphi^ factions by having State Chair
man Creasy appoint an advisory commit
tee of five to re-organize the democracy
of the quaker city. The committee will
begin work Jan. 1 next. This was satis
factory to both sides and disposes of the
contest of the two factions for recogni
! tion. After the appointment of the com
: mittee on resolutions the convention took
a recess until 3 o'clock.
Judge Harmon Yerkes, of Doylestown,
is the only avowed candidate for supreme i
court judge and his nomination is con
ceded. Judge Yerkes is entirely satisfac
tory to the : independent republicans of
| Philadelphia, who are opposed* to the local
ticket and who are trying to effect fusion
with the democrats on the state ticket.
The platform makes no mention of Bry
an, free silver or national' issues. '■ As
agreed upon it reads: .
The Resolution Roast.
Waiving all questions nnd propositions upon
which the people of the nation divide into
political parties, we call upon all honest
citizens to unite with us for the redemption
of our commonwealth from the political free
booters who now control it. We "Invite all
political parties, all organizations of men
heedful of the public welfare, and all Penn
sylvanlans to Join us in a crusade for the
purification of the polluted channels of pub
lic authority. We deplore with all good men
the need of making the question of common
honesty and decent administration an issue
to divide the people of a great state, but to
this deplorable necessity we ■ have been
brought by the outrages of republican ma
chine government. With incredulous amaze
ment the people of our sister\ states turn
their eye 3 upon the spectacle of our common
wealth. Every department of our state gov
ernment is honeycombed with profligacy, dis
honesty and a reckless. disregard of constitu
tional or moral obligations. The powers of
government are prostituted to the purpose of
public thieves.
Constitutional restraints ' and ■ " commands,
the sanctity of law, the obligations of offi
cial oaths and the demands of common- hon
esty are thrust aside by the substitution of a
higher law, the demands of an insatiate greed
of public plunderers for money, money, more
money. Shamelessly and openly the votes of
legislators are bought and so persistently and
constantly that market values for legislators
have been established by settled custom. ; :;
The apparent ; indifference .of our people to
these Outrages emboldened the corruptionists
to such an extent that the last session of our
legislature out-heroded Herod in infamy.
It was the most corrupt body that ever con
vened in any state of the union. v Its very
organization \ was ■ founded •on „ the • purchase
of ? venal legislators with money and place
and it closed its session with the crowning
I infamy of that S most £ stupendous I franchise
I steal, shocking the moral sense of th« entire
country. The election of a United States
senator was accomplished in a carnival of cor
ruption and bribery. In the reckless deter
mination to punish enemies and reward sub
servient tools, established municipal govern
ments were ruthless overturned and tho
chosen servants of the people expelled from
their offices to make place for the creatures
of a corrupt machine.
Those Franchise* Remembered.
The faith of the people in the sanctity of
tho Judiciary was broken by its halting efforts
to find plausible excuse for the crime. Foiled
in its efforts to rob the state of millions of
dollars of valuable coal deposits, the legis
lature proceeded to that other and greater
robbery of the railway franchises of the
state, worth millions to the plunderers, and
stripping every city, town and township in
the commonwealth of the proper control of its
streets for trolley improvements.
Even the public charities of the state—
its hospitals and asylums and the comfort of
their unfortunate inmates—were made the
sport of political greed and their-appropria
tions measured and determined by their use
and services to the machine. No possible
field of corruption was left uncultivated by
the crew of public plunderers who have
seized upon your state, plunderers who, in
the rfame of a great party, have prostituted
all the purposes and powers of government to
their own enrichment. For these crimes we
indict the republican organization of Penn
sylvania as it is now controlled.
Of the participation and assistance of un
worthy democratic legislators in these
wrongs, this convention declares its strong
est condemnation. They have betrayed their
constituents. Inflicted lasting, irreparable in
jury on their party and proven themselves
unworthy of public confidence. We leave to
their Immediate constituents the infliction of
political punishment.
We canot refrain at this time from com
mending and thanking those democi-atic mem
bers of the legislature who stood manfully
aud faithfully by their party against the per
petration of their wrongs. In our effort to
save our state from further dishonor we ask
all friends of good government to join. We
make this fight, not as a political organiza
tion seeking a partizan advantage, but In
the interest of all Pennsylvanians, and will
welcome a closer union with all political
organizations honestly pledged to the same
Democratic Platform Not Expected
to Mention the Xebraikan,
Norfolk, Va., Aug. 15.—Major William
A. Anderson, of Rockbridge, was nomi
nated for attorney-general on the second
ballot by the democratic state convention
to-day. The convention then tdok a reces3
until 4 o'clock when the platform will be
called for. The committee on resolutions
has been in executive session for f.vo day 3
and has not yet reached an agreement.
The platform will embrace an anti
trust plank, a plank favoring the fellow
servants or employers' liability bill and a
serious discussion in regard to general
primaries for the election of United btates
senators. So far as is known there will
be no mention of Bryan or free silver in
the platform.
Railroad Traffic Sanpended-Dainage
at Femacola.
New Orleans, Aug. 15.—The gulf storm
has caused considerable damage. The low
portions of this city, a thickly populated
territory two miles in width, Is flooded to
a depth of two feet. There is considerable
suffering among the poor. Railroad traf
fic is suspended. No advices have been
received to-day by the Fort Jackson and
Grand Isle road from Grand Isle and
Cheniere Caminada. Many Louisiana peo
ple are spending the summer att Grand
Isle, which is adjacent to the Cheniere.
Over 2,000 lives were lost at the latter
place when that neck of land was swept
by storms a few years ago. The tugboat
Neptune is reported to have capsized.
Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 15.—The gulf storm
which has been raging for two days past
reached its maximum during the night.
High tides have injured water front prop
erty to a great extent. Several vessels
are still held. No steamers have been
able to enter port since the storm began.
Mobile, Ala., Aug. 15.—Under a 40-mile
gale here the river has overflowed the
cotton wharf and Front and Commerce
streets. Water etreet is flooded two feet
deep. Rowboats were employed to bring
out members of the cotton, exchange at
Atlanta, - Ga., , Aug. • 15.—A % special ■ from
Mobile says the -high wind continued this
afternoon and ' that the wholesale district
i» being" inundate**. V^ '-s.
He Is Found to Be Alive and in Command of
the Venezuelan Army That Defeated
the Invaders.
Invasion Was by Colombian and Venezuelan
Clericals Against Venezuela's Liberal
New York, Aug. 15.—The Colombians
here who discredited the report of their
government that Gen. Rafael Uribe-Uribe
had been killed In battle were right. Two
communications have been received by Dr.
ftestrepo from the rebel chief, who repre
sents the liberal party in this country.
These not only overcome all doubt as to
whether Gen. Uribe-Uribe is really alivte,
but convey the further news that he is In
the thick of the conflict. One was a letter
dated Aug. 3 at San Cristobel, Venezuela
and the other a cable dispatch from Mara
caibo dated Aug 10, which had been sent
for transmission from the former place.
General Iguruan announced that Gen.
Uribe-Uribe was killed on July 27. The
Maracaibo message said: "Complete vic
tory over invaders under Gen. Gonzales
. This refers to the invasion of last Fri
day and explains the complicated affairs
on the Venezuelan and Colombian fron
tiers. It proves, too, Colombians here
said, the correctness of a report from an
other source that Gen. Uribe-Uribe is not
yet in Colombia, but In reality is com
manding the Venezuelan army which de
feated the invaders from Colombia.
It is further asserted that President
Cipriano Castro of Venezuela cabled to
General Uribe-Uribe when the latter was
in this city to come immediately to his
assitance when he learned of the attacks
being prepared at Cucuta. This request
accounts for Uribe's hurried departure for
Venezuela. The Venezuelan government,
to avoid trouble, has claimed that Gen.
Celistino Castro, a brother of the presi
dent, led the troops in these battles. Raul
Parez, secretary of the liberal diplomatic
agency, said yesterday:
The Colombian and Venezuelan clericals
organized an invasion against the liberal
Venezuelan government, and on the other sids
the Venezuelan and Colombian liberals pro
pared themselves to meet the Invaders at the
frontier. General Uribe-Uribe is at the head
of the Venezuelan element of that army.
Most likely he was the commanding general
who obtained the two victories of July 29 and
Aug. 9. Venezuela has no reason to declare
war against Colombia, because the clerical
invasion has been completely defeated and be
fore two months elapse the liberal party will
be in power in Colombia. On the other hand
the clerical government of Colombia is not
in a position to declare war against Vene
In his letter General Uribe-Uribe, be
sides saying that he hoped soon to be on
his way to Bagota, does not mention any
thing of his future plans.
A largo number of wounded men be
longing to the government troops were
taken to Colon Monday. This is regarded
as an indication of the persistency of the
rebel attacks.
The converted cruiser Namouna has
been found to be practically useless ow
ing to the bungling attempts to mount
heavy guns on board her. The Colombian
government is now negotiating for the
purchase of the West India & Pacific
Steamship company's steamer Bernard
The Darien brought forth passengers
who were obliged to leave Colon in order
to escape the danger and to avoid con
scription. The British consul at Colon
has entered a protest against Jamaicans
being compelled by the Colombian govern
ment to fight against the rebels.
The passengers of the Darien say the
chances of the liberals success seem bet
ter than ever since the commencement of
the revolution. Guards are still kept on
board the trains running between Panama
and Colon.
Both sides are committing atrocities. In
the attack made on the government troops
Sunday, a few miles out of Colon, the
rebels defeated the government force and
one of the latter was afterwards found,
shot in the abdomen, with both legs ampu
tated. This was a reprisal for the torture
by the government of political prisoners.
Colombian* Retire, Total Losses Be
ing Over a Thousand. :
, New York, Aug. Details of the Ven
ezuelan-Colombian conflict of July 28
have been received and convey the first
intimation that the battle was a serious
one. The engagement was fought at : Las
Pillas, La Pareda and Pirinees and lasted
twenty-six hours.
The Colombian forces were compelled
Yankees Steal a March
**w York Sun Sooolat Sttrvto:
London. Aug. 15.-When the mammoth Iron doors of the agricultural hallswune
open upon what purported to be an exhibition of the ironmongery and hardware tTadef
of Great Britain the übiquitous Yankee, with his unfailing manufactures, was found
to have occupied the majority of the strategic positions. ' ,
Pram the title of the official catalogue one would suppose that an American had
no right there. There he was, nevertheless, with American ironmongery kitchen
utensUs, silver* plated ware, iron toys, air guns, garden sets, shelf hardware oil and
gas stoves, gas radiators, lanterns, carpenter's tools, electric novelties bird cares
brass goods, lawn mowers, steel fishing rods, clothes wringers, carpet sweepers and
can. openers. ;-;"/,' y "uu
A Representative American exhibitor said:
The manner in which Yankee hardware products are Invading Great
Britain is fairly illustrated by their prominence here to-day The signifl
cant fact about this is that only American firms that have permanent Lon
don houses are represented.
Cape Town Is Terrorized
Mew York Sun SoooM Smrvlu*
London, Aug. 15.-—The. last mail from Cape Town details the,terrorized condition
of.that city, which is infested with criminals and denuded of police. The latter have
largely become combatants. Desperadoes recently robbed a bank v manager in the
suburbs in broad daylight. Men from the front, who are paid off at Cape Town, are
robbed in saloons daily and the thieves go unpunished.: Burglaries are of nightly oc
currence in ■ the heart of the city.: The government hat decided <to import hundreds
of British policy ' - ' ■ " - •
to retire, but not before 1,100 of both
sides had been killed and wounded. Among
these were Gen. Resendo Medina of the
Venezuelan side, and four colonels. The
army of 6,000 invaders was divided into
twenty-eight regiments, some of which
were of the regular Colombian army, com
manded by government officers and using
the army artillery. ;
Because of the strict postal, press and
cable censorship exercised the victories
won by the rebels in several battles were
until now given as mere rumors. A list
of these battles was among the advices
received by Dr. Restrepo.
On July 10, according to Insurgent ad
vices, General Jose M. Castillo defeated
the government troops under General Luis
Velez at Palmira, taking many prisoners,
arms and supplies. Gen. Clodomiro Cas
tillo won a battle over a regiment that at- .
tempted to intercept his command in its
march to Rio Hacha. General Marina
forces have won several engagements, and
now practically control the department
of Tolima. Two other battles with favor
able results for the rebels, took place at
Canazas and Gatun, . department of Pan
ama. • \
Four battles have been fought during
the last month in the south of Cauca
which were also government defeats,
though details are lacking.
Venezuelan Diplomat Does Not Be
lieve There la Actual War,
Special to The Journal. v
Washington, Aug. 15.—The state de
partment is without any additional word
from Colombia or Venezuela concerning
the disorders. At the Venezuelan lega
tion, Senor Pulido, the charge d'affaires,
expressed a firm belief that there was no
actual war between his country and Co
lombia, for he.said he would be imme
diately cabled if war between the two
countries: had been vdeclared or even waa
imminent. As to the casualty reports from
the battles said to have been fought in,
Tachira on the Venezuelan border, he did
not believe them exagerated to any great
extent, for he pointed out that a single
battle between revolutionists ' in ' South
America actually : left more- dead on the
field than did our whole Spanish-Ameri- *
can war. .; .• ■ -■: ■ ; ,
Fig-ltting- Force Said to Number
New York, Aug. 15.—According to the
latest bulletin from the Colombian in
surrectionists, the rebels have a fighting
strength of 28,000 men, distributed and
commanded as follows:
At Snn Cristobal, under the direct command
of General Uribe, 10,000; northern part o; the
department of Magdalena, under General Clo
dimoro (Castillo, 1,500; southern part of Majt
dalena, under General Jose M. Castillo, 2,000;
province of Ocana Santander, under General
Ardlla, 2,000; in the town of Chita, depart
ment of Boyaca, under General Rafael Cama
cho, 2,000; department of Tolima, under Gen
eral Marin, 4,000; southern part of the depart
ment of Cauca ; near the Ecuadorian frontier
under Generals B. Herrera and A. Rosas'
4,000; on the isthmus of Panama, in separate
regiments! which will unite soon under the
command, of one chief, 2,500.
Definite Decision Reached toy United
States Government.
Washington, Aug. 15.-U has been def
initely decided to have a warahip proceed
to the Pacific side of the isthmus. Thus
far the orders to the lowa do not take
her beyond San Francisco, but either that
ship or the Ranger will be sent
Rebels Steadily Advance Upon Pan.
lima and Colon.
Kingston, Jamaica, Aug. 15.—The Brit
ish steamer Darien has arrived here from
Colon and brings reports of heavy fight
ing Monday on the outskirts of Panama
and. Colon. The rebels were steadily ad
vancing on the towns proper. A large
number of men had been wounded
Wai ship Icara., at Victoria, Ordered
to Panama.
Special to The Journal v
Victoria, B. C, Aug. 15.-H. M. S. Icar
us, the only British warship at present
here has been ordered to Panama, and
will leave to-morrow morning. She will
remain there until the settlement of the
present trouble, when she will proceed to
England. H. M. S. Phaeton, which is at
present at Panama, will come north aa
soon as the Icarus arrives
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