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H. F. Stevens a Candidate
for U. S. Senate.
He Declined to Indorse Stevens for
Federal Judgeship.
Stevens' Action Will Make the Ju
dicial Content More Than
laually Interest ing;.
Hiram F. Stevens of St. Paul is a pros
pective candidate for United States sena
tor in 1904, to succeed Moses E. Clapp.
Mr. Stevens has made no public an
nouncemnt, but has made the flat-footed
statement to friends, through whom it
comes to The Journal.
Hiram F. Stevens is a man of state
wide reputation. He was in the state
senate several terni3, and is now chair
man of the commission on revision of the
statutes. He could not be seen by Th c
Journal to-day, being in San Fran
cisco, where he is a lay delegate to the
general convention of the Episcopal
There has not been the best of feeling
between Senator Clapp and Mr. Steven3
for some years. Of late the breach has
grown wider, culminating in Mr. Stevens'
determination to be a candidate. No one
doubts that he will prove a thorn in the
flesh to the junior senator. He will at
least divide the St. Paul support.
A .Itnlpi-xliiii Involved.
The story of the Clapp-Stevens im
broglio involves the partition of federal
offices in Minnesota, and has more than a
personal significance.
The Minnesota delegation in congress is
fully convinced that the state needs an
other federal judge. The business de
mands it. Acoording to Judge Sanborn,
the work done by Judge Lochren is heav
ier than that of any other federal dis
trict judge in the country, and he needs
immediate relief.
Whether the state is divided or not, an
other judgeship must be created this win
The delegation unanimously favors
Judge Page Morris of Duluth, for the po
sition. Judge Morris, unfortunately,^ a
member of coagrtss, and is absolutely
created or the emoluments whereof shall
have been increased during such time, and
no person holding any office under the United
States shall be a member of either house dur
ing his continuance In office.
If the bill passes next winter, as It
apparently must,- Judge Morris is out ■
of it.
Here Is where Hiram F. Stevens enters
the scene. Mr. Stevens Is a long-headed
individual, and a man of considerable in- I
fluence in ■both business and politics. He !
would have been a candidate for the sen- ;
ate last winter, but as Senator Clapp was
first In the field, kept out of it in order
not to embarrass the chances of St. Paul.
Clapp Opposed Stevens.
Mr. Stevens' ambition has been for some
time, however, in the direction of the fed
eral branch., fqr which he is in every way
qualified. Realizing that Judge Morri3
is out of the question, he beg»ja to figure
on the appointment, and his friends began
work with members of the Minnesota
Senator Olapp brought the canvas to an
abrupt close by stating point blank to
one of Stevens' friends:
"It is no use for you to talk to me about
Stevens. I am against him, and he will
never get the appointment with my con
That marked the end of the. Stevens can
didacy for federal judge, but was by no
means a signal for Stevens to subside.
He at once announced that if Clapp want
ed a flgtot, he could get it, and that he
would himself be a candidate for the
senate on the expiration of Clapp's term.
With Morris and Stevens out, the pros
pects are good for a grand scramble for
the Judgeshlp when it is created. St. Paul
will probably have several candidates, and
Duluth will be heard from. The office is
one on which both senators and members
of the house agree.
All other federal appointments are in
the hands of the senators alone. They will
all be taken up together next winter dur
ing the session of congress, and parti
tioned to various parts of the state. The
district attorneyship and the federal
judgeship will go into the "pot" with the
It Is practicably settled, however, that
the district attorneyship will go to Min
neapolis. The senators have probably de
cided already on the gentleman who is
to succeed M. D. Purdy in May.
Fred yon Baumbach of Alexandria will
be rea>ppointed collector of internal reve
nue,and John Peterson of New Ulm will be
given another term as -collector of cus
toms. Their terms expire this winter, but
no candidates have come out against them
and their appointment is conceded.
The terms of other officers expire at
Tarious times, but all will be decided on
together next winter.
Special to The Journal.
Lisbon, N. D., Oct. s.—Aletta Davick, a
servant girl employed at the home of
W. L. Williamson, drank ammonia, mis
taking it for mineral water. She was in
a critical condition, but by prompt as
sistance was saved.
Hard Sledding for Plow Trust
Special to The Journal.
Moline, 111., Oct. 5.-The Moline Plow company, the second largest plow factory
In the country, has definitely an<J finally refused to become a party to the big plow
combine or to sell its plant to the promoters of the trust.
New York, Oct. s.—lt is stated here that there has been a hitch in the plans
tor 1 the organization of the plow combination and that certain interests are firm
in their refusal to become a constituent part of the American Plow company. This
refusal is said to be based on the terms upon which the various companies are to be
taken over by the proposed combination. Persons who claim to be in a position to
know say that the stockholders of the various companies, according to the plans of
the organizers of the new ——^oration, were to receive for their holdings 25 per cent
in cash and the balance in stock. Some dissatisfaction, it is- asserted, has arisen in
regard to this proposition and it is said that sevral of the companies which have
been mentioned in connection with the project are unwilling to Join the trust unleu
Qtejr secure additional cash consideration' in stead of stock.
Congress Will Probably Do
Little This Winter.

That Section Against the Treaties
and Tariff Revision.
RenultH of It* Complete Domination
by the Eaitern l'rotection
l«i Element.
from Th» Journal I'urea a. Room 45, Tout
VuUdino, Wtuhlngtou.
Washington, Oct. 5. —After all has been
said and done, it is doubtful, as matters
now stand, whether congress will accom
plish anything this winter in the way of
reciprocity treaty ratification, or tariff re
vision. This conviction is being forced
home upon nearly every member of the
senate and the house who has been in
Washington during the past month or six
weeks. The strength of the New England
states in both houses of congress Is so
great as to give that section the power to
prevent any sort of legislation which does
not meet its views; and New England is
strongly hostile to the reciprocity trea
ties and to any changes in the Dlngley
This statement, which can now be made
with reasonable certainty, will surprise
the great west,where reciprocity sentiment
is very strong, independently of party
lines, but it la as well to face if now as
later on. From the gambler's point of
view, the chances are at least five out of
seven against congress doing anything
along the lines mentioned. There will
doubtless be a great deal of talk in both
houses, but talk isn't legislation. The
president is probably the only man in
high official life in the government who
fully appreciates the demand of the mid
| die west for reciprocity treaties, and it
is believed that his message to congress
will recommend them. But even a presi
dential recommendation will not be suffi
cient to overturn the prejudices of the
large 'manufacturing centers of the east,
| whose special representatives the eastern
I senators and congresmen are. What will
come of the failure of congress to meet
the wishes of the west cannot be fore
cast at this time. There will be bitter
' disappointment, but whether it will take
i a serious turn nobody knows. It is gen
! erally helieved fcerg.by those who have
i given the question intelligent thought that
rnest In Its
riff or reei
.•ast gives it
nceraed, the
Mnmlttee on
-tes all such
is complete-
I i.v uuuci -T.HC vui.i...,. «,. tin ca*U*ra states.
I Its western members are not its leading
; members, and will not be able to control
its action. By combining with the demo- j
cratic members they might report a bill,
'■ but such a combination would work more :
i harm than good, and might actually result ;
j in disrupting the republican organization
i in the hjouse and in the country.
So far as the reciprocity treaties .are
I concerned, the chief trouble will be in.se
■ curing the approval of New England sen
ators such as Aldrich, Platt and Lodge.
; These three men—and they are only part of
the total number of those who hold simi- i
lar views—could of themselves prevent the
ratification of any treaty. The president is
understood to have said recently to a well- j
known senator from the northwest that he :
thought it very unlikely that congress :
would modiry the tariff schedules this
winter, either by the treaties or by a tar
iff bill.
MUCH EX- Senator Beveridge's re
turn home suggests the
PECTED OF fact that he is to have
another opportunity to
BEVERIDGE place himself in a prom
inent attitude before the
country. At the beginning of his sena
toral career, in tha fifty-sixth congress,
he made a wonderful address on the Phil
ippine question, based on personal inves
tigation. Only his unfortunate manner
isms prevented that address from taking
deep root in congress and making its au
thor one of the most popular men of the
hour. It is likely that the Indiana gen
tleman has learned much in two years,
and that he will not again lay himself
open to the criticism to which he was
then subjected. He offended the older
members of the senate and the house by
his unconscious egotism-and assumption
of superior knowledge, and thus neutral
ized the force of his splendid abilities.
He has been abroad for a number of
months and his travels have embraced
every country with which America has
large dealings, diplomatic or commercial.
He concluded his journeys by a second
trip to the Philippines, where he remained
for several weeks, noting conditions and
contrasting them with the conditions
which prevailed at the time of his for
mer visit. He will return to Washington
with a splendid equipment of information
and comment, and in a position to exert
a powerful influence on legislation or pro
posed legislation affecting our Insular
Senator Bacon of Georgia, the man on
the democratic side of the chamber who
talks most and is oftenest on his feet
with interruptions of all sorts, spent sev
eral weeks in the Philippines this year
and several interesting passages at arms
between him and Beveridge may be ex
pected when the work of the session has
been put well^under way. Bacon, by sheer
force of energy and enthusiasm, has made
himself a leader of the democratic side,
so far as debate is concerned, and it will
be interesting to note, as the winter goes
by, how his views compare with those of
Senator Beveridge. Between the two
much light will be thrown on a very im-
Continned on Second Vage.
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Cuba—lt seems about th© only way over the Tariff Wall.
Board of Control Extends Olive
Branch to Normal Board.
Received a* Normal Bnard Members,,
Were Plannlnc Resistance—
Duluth Normal to Open.
The dove of; peace once more hovers
over normal school board affairs. . The
state normal school board met in St. Paul
to-day, prepared to start legal proceed
ings to assert their independence. Tho
conference committee had a report pre
pared, stating that bo agreement could
be reached. ';.;■
- before the noon recess, and before
the aM important question had been
reached, a messenger arrived from the
board of control, bearing a letter from
President Leavitt. Mr. Leavitt explained :
the position of the board of control mem- I
bers and said they were anxious to reach,
an adjustment of differences, if any real
differences existed. The board had no
Intention of closing negotiations, or of
being arbitrary. . ;^v.,'; '•*';''
In view of this letter, prospects for a
settlement are again bright, and the nor
mal board did not take the radical step
i contemplated. It was decided to continue
negotiations through the ' committee.
■ Duliith Normal to.Open.
The Duluth normal school will open'
the first Tuesday in January. Professor;
W. T. Phelps, resident director, reported j
this morning that the building will not
be ready by Nov. 1, the time formerly
set, owing chiefly to the delay in getting
sewer and water connections.; It had been !
practically decided to ■ defer the opening
of the school until next year, but the
question arose how to employ President
Bohannon. He has been engaged at a
salary of $2,000 a year, on contract. The
question arose how he should be em- j
ployed. , Professor Phelps wanted him '
used.as a "missionary" to work up an. in- )
terest in normal school work, preparatory !
to the opening next year. This did not 1
meet with favor. It was. proposed to use
him at the other schools, but the resi- I
dent directors . refused to agree to this, '
as his salary would be charged up to the
various schools. Mr, Bohannon said that j
the board of control was not disposed to '■
pay his salary before the school opens, i
The board then decided to open this !
year, in order not to lose Mr. Bohannon's •
services while paying him a salary. The;
date was fixed by resolution, and will be
Jan. 7.
The appropriation for this year's run
nirg expenses is $10,000, which,. from Jan- j
vary to June, will be sufficient for the!
small corps of teachers needed.. There
will be about $5,000 available for teachers,
aside from the principal. v 1
Massacre -of Company tD It to Be
Avenged. '■
Washington, Oct. 5.-—Advices from the
Philippines indicate that the military au
thorities intend to take promp and vigor
ous measures ) for the suppression •of : the
insurrection in the island .of Samar and
that attention will be directed first to the ■
summary punishment of the treacherous i
natives who took part in.the massacre of
Company C of the Ninth inifantry at Ba
langiga. There is, therefore, every, pros
pect that the island of Samar will be the
theater of active hostilities for some :
time to come, as it is the purpose of Gen
eral Chaffee to teach the rebellious in
habitants a lesson and force them to re
spect the power and sovereignty of the
United States. .
Superintendents of all state institutions un
der the - board of control will , hold a : two
days' session at St. Paul Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. i
The first day will be a conference, at which
Mrs. Mary B. James, of Minneapolis, will
read a paper on "Diet." The second day the
i officials will look over samples of supplies
for the ensuing quarter. '
■ , _
: Fall River, Mass., , Oct. 5,-^rhe strike
threatened by the cotton mill operatives*here;
to be ibegun next Monday ;morning, to; en
force a demand; for a 5 per cent Increase in
wages, ■ has been declared off for two weeks *
, by the textile'; council. .'■.'" *--:
Sheriff Megaarden Has Now
Deputy State Examiner Koerner Is
Going Over the Bo.ks. .
lotion by the Governor Regarded as
Probable Irrespective of the ,
U. J.'.s Fiiidinga.
The money paid into the county treasury
by Sheriff Megaarden on account of excess
fees and irregularities in his accounts,
now amounts to $8,589.97. Deputy State
Bank Examiner H. C. Koerner has been
at work on the sheriff's books for the
past three days, and his investigation has
already unearthed a very ugly state of
affairs which Mr. Megaarden has not yet
attempted to explain, simply contenting
himself with repaying the money de
manded from him.
In addition to irregularities in tax mat
ters and in his refundments to Hennepin
county for the board of United States
prisoners, the investigation has also
brought to light peculiar conditions In
connection with the sheriff's charges for
taking children to the state training school
at Red Wing. A comparison of these ac
counts and the records kept at the school
show the county has paid full fare for
children under age, when they either rode
free or paid only half fare. Moreover, it
has been the custom of the sheriff to send
these children to Red Wing in parties of
three or four, and to charge the county
with traveling expenses for an attendant
in each individual case, although one man
only was sent with the party, the dates
being changed in the bills so as to make
it appear that only one child was taken
down at a time.
In one instance two separate charges
have been made for the same child, and in
another a charge is made for a child of
whom the state authorities know nothing
and who never was received at the state
school. The excess fees collected from
the county in this manner, in the aggre
gate, amount to a considerable sum; and
the'entries upon the sheriff's books make
it appear that the overcharges were not
the result of error, but were pre
In certain cases it Is said that Mr.
Megaarden issued his personal check for
the expenses of taking children to Red
Wing, and afterwards swore to the genu
ineness of an account in which the cost
of such trips was more than doubled.
Just what attitude the county attorney's
office will assume in the matter is not
known. At present every effort is being
made to secure the repayment of the
money irregularly collected, and it. is
thought that Mr. Megaarden has already
made restitution of practically the full
Whether or not th/ sheriff is indicted
by the grand jury which meets next week,
and which will have the evidence before
it, is regarded as among the possibilities
that Governor Van Sant may remove Mr.
Megaarden from office as soon as the bank
examiner makes formal report of the re
sult of his investigation. Megaarden's
political enemies will see that the charges
against him are not allowed to go ty ae
fault. They have already accomplished
his ruin politically.
Heroic Task Assigned Dr. O'Byrne
of the Chicago P. & S.
X »b*t of Them Veteran*. of. Previous
'• 'Years*—To-day's Game Opens
Their Season. '• * '.'■" '••'* '':
Sixteen men came up from Chicago this
morning to play and root for the College
of Physicians and Surgeons in their foot
ball game with the Minnesota university
giants. In the party were fifteen players,
H. H. Everett, the manager, and Dr. C. C.
O'Byrne, of the faculty, chief and only
rooter. The. physicians have not had much
practice this year, in fact, to-day's game
is their first this year, but they are all
veterans of the gridiron and physically
are in pretty fair condition. Six of last
year's team which held the strong badger
crowd down to one touchdown are in to
day's line-up and the others are old play
ers and havo made reputations in football
The players are as follows: Ingham,
right end; Schillo, right tackle; Barribin,
right guard; Cory, center; Little, left
guard; Lockwood, left tackle; Sawtelle,
left end; Donkle, quarter; Pickett, right
half; Bothne, captain and left half; Du
mas, full back; Yates, Hewins and Mon
ahan, substitutes. Of these, Schillo, Cory,
formerly of Wisconsin "U," Lockwood of
Michigan, Donkle, another Wisconsin
man, Pickett and Bothne, formerly of
Northwestern, were in last year's team.
Littlo was with the fast lowa team last
season, while Ingham captained the lowa
"scrubs." Dean and Do-wdall, the speedy
ends of last year's eleven, were expected
to be in the game, but could not get away.
Neither could Turner, the full hack. This
place will he filled by Dumas, formerly
captain of the South Side High school.
The doctors said that they expected to
be beaten, but predicted that the Minne
sotas would have to work. The five cen
ter men weigh over 200 pounds each and
Schillo and Lockwood are said to have no
superior as tackles.
The visitors look upon Minnesota as
a possibility for the fotoball champion
ship of the middle west, the others be
ing Northwestern and Wisconsin. Chi
cago and Illinois are already out while
lowa they think will not be as strong
as last year. Michigan is a doubtful
quantity and may surprise the prophets,
but no team need fear Purdue or Indiana.'
If the old members of the Minnesota
team play the game they did last year, the
gophers will prove very formidable com
petitors and will have an excellent chance
to c4rry off the higest honors. Still it fre
quently happens in football that a vet
eran team turns out to be a great disap
pointment and the football "sharps" have
not yet had sufficient information on the
work of the gophers to place them very
accurately, but there Is much respect for
Dr. Williams in the middle west, and the
team stands high among those who are
trying to pick winners.
So the football enthusiasts from Chi
cago talk and they will not feel any hu
miliation of the Minnesotas roll up three
or four touchdowns against them.
Is the LonK-l oiiiintf Event Positively
• Coming?
Barcelona, Oct. s.—Reports received
from Cape Cerbera say advices received
there from various points along the fron
tier show that the Carlist preparations
are nearly completed. They have ac
cumulated through smugglers 20,000 rifles
and uniforms have been made et Per
pignan, France, and brought into Spain
at different places. Large supplies of
ammunition have been obtained from
Cuba and the Philippine islands. The
rising is expected to commence at Berga
and at other points in the mountains
forming the Carlist center. Booklets con
taining instructions in guerilla warfare
are being distributed and men are being
recruited from the refugees and malcon
tents about the frontier. An important
meeting will be held Oct. 10, when two
Carlist generals are expected to attend
with instructions from Don Carlos.
St. Petersburg, Oct. s.—lt is reported here
that the Baku petroleum producers are or
ganizing an export syndicate with a capital
of ten million roubles, to operate after the
first of next year.
Judge Advocate Shows 'Dear Schley'
Letter Really Said 'Santiago'
Instead of 'Qenfuegos.'
Animated Wrangle Over the Ques
tion of Reading an Editorial
Attack Upon Schley.
Washington, Oct. s.—Lieutenant Com
mander Hodgson, formerly navigator of
Commodore Schley's flagship, the Brook
lyn, continued his testimony before the
Schley court to-day, after some of the
other witnesses of yesterday had been giv
en an opportunity to correct their testi
mony. When the court adjourned last night
Commander Hodgson was in the hands
of Judge Advocate Lemly, whose examina
tion of him partook very largely of the na
ture of a cross-examination. This was
due to the fact that Mr. Hodgson had been
called by both sides of the controversy
and was considered even more a Schley
witness than a government witness.
Captain Lemly and Mr. Hanna continued
the inquiry for the government at the be
ginning of the sitting to-day, after which
Mr. Rayner began a series of questions
intended to present the Schley side of the
conduct of the Brooklyn, during not only
the battle of July 3, but of the entire
Santiago campaign. Mr. Hanna's in
quiries were devoted partly to developing
more of the details concerning the bom
bardment of the Spanish ship Cristobal
Colon on May 31. The entire correspond
ence between Commander Hodgson and
Commodore Schley also was put in as evi
dence. The court began its session to
day with the understanding that there
would be only one sitting. This agree
ment was reached yesterday and was
brought about by the fact that the mem
bers of the court and counsel find them-
Belves greatly fatigued by the exacting
nature of th-sir work and the continuous
sessions of the court.
Calling: Sampson.
There is much interest in yesterday's
episode concerning Admiral Sampson,
and there Is still doubt as to whether he
will be a witness. It will remain with
Admiral Schley and his counsel to say
for what day. If for any, he shall be
called. The controversy as to the ad
miral's meaning in his "Dear Schley" of
May 26 has in no wise been abated by the
tentative agreement as to his beinf sum
moned. Counsel on both sides this morn
ing had before them copies of the dis
patch, and each was trying to bring the
other to their view of the case.
The first of the witnesses of a previous
day who were recalled to correct testi
mony was Lieutenant Doyle, who was on
the Brooklyn during the battle off San
tiago. He made a number of changes In
When Lieutenant Doyle was excused
Captain Lemly again brought up the
question of the difference of construction
of the last paragraph of the "Dear
Schley" letter. He produced the original
copy, reading a part of the paragraph as
I therefore am of the opinion that our best
chance of success in capturing their ships
will be to hold the two points, Clenfuegos
and Havana, with all the force we can mus
ter. If later it should develop that these
vessels are at Santiago, we could then assem
ble off that port the ships best suited for
the purpose and completely blockade it. Un
less we receive more positive information we
shall continue to hold Havana and Santiago.
Captain Lemly then said:
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: If the court please, I was yester- '.
: day requested by counsel for the :
: applicant to produce the original :
: of the letter from Admiral Samp- :
: son to Commodore Schley, dated :
: May 20, 1898, the question being :
: as to the final name at the end of :
: the first half, whether it should be :
: "Cientuegos" or "Santiago." I have :
: the original and the name appears :
i "Santiago" and appears over an :
: erasure. I invite attention to :
: the fact that in the press copy :
: book it is "Santiago," which shows :
: that the change was made before :
: the letter was press copied and :
: sent. I will afld that the punctua- :
: tion is, as I stated yesterday, in :
: the press copy. :
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He also, at the request of Admiral
Schley's counsel, introduced another
copy, "in which," he said, "you will see
there was no correction. It appeared orig
inally as 'Santiago.' "
The court examined the original papers
and the press copies with care, and it
was agreed that the papers should again
be printed In the record.
Captain Lemly then requested that all
the papers in Admiral Schley's possession
bearing upon the case, be supplied, and
Mr.Rayner replied for the admiral that
he (Admiral Schley) had no more papers.
Letter Regarded Important.
Commander Hodgson was then called to
continue his testimony of yesterday. He
was asked by Captain Lemly about his
correspondence with Admiral Schley con
cerning what the judge advocate denom
inated a newspaper "colloquy." The wit
ness took exception to the use of the word
"colloquy" and Captain Lemly replied that
this was the witness' own characteriza-
tion. The letters were then read by the
judge advocate, Commander Hodgson iden
tifying the various documents as they
were separately presented.
Mr. Rayner said that If desired the let
ters would be accepted as evidence and
that they could be printed without being
Captain Lemly replied, however, that he
considered that the letters have an im
portant bearing upon the precept and that
therefore he preferred to read them.
While the reading of the letters between
Admiral Schley and Lieutenant Cornman-
der Hodgson and newspaper articles bear
ing upon the correspondence was in grog
ress, Mr. Rayner objected to the reading
of one of the newspaper statements as
irrelevant. The reading had required con
siderable time. Admiral Dewey said:
Those things could all have been printed.
You are taking up valuable time here. Wa
want (acts, facts. We don't want newspaper
articles. We have ruled these out. Cannot
these matters be printed?
Captain Lemly—Then they would be in evi
dence. Do you mean you don't want them
at all?
Admiral Dewey—We want them. Could
they not be printed like other papers?
Mr. Rayner—We want everything that
passed between Lieutenant Hodgson and
Commodore Schley that appertains to the
controversy, but we would not like this rec
ord to contain editorials against Commodore
Schley. I do not think there ought to bs
printed in the record an editorial against
Admiral Schley or any other admiral or ia
favor of him which was never seen by Ad
miral Sehlay at all. That article was not
! sent in any letter to Admiral Schley; ha
says not.
Captain Lemly—lt is really a part of the
correspondence referred to. We do not con
tend for one moment that any allegations
that may be made in that editorial against
Admiral Schley are proof of what these alia
j gations are, but this is a part of the corre
; spondence and necessary In determining as to
what was the propriety of Commodore*
Schley's conduct in the premises.
Mr. Rayner—Would you take a statement
from me now that Admiral Schley says he
never received or read it?
Judge Advocate—You have made that state
Mr. Rayner—l do not think this record
ought to be stained with then calia
against Admiral Schley.
The court retired fpr »
after a few minutes,
the following report*
The court decide* that
newspapers which forq^ •
spondence between Admin
tenant Commander Ilodgs
be read.
Mr. Rayner—May it pleat .«urt, there
is no evidence to show that this particular
editorial forms a part of the correspondence
or that it was ever received by Admiral
Admiral Dewey—Under that ruling It ought
not to be read.
After the further reading of letters and
before the entire correspondence had been
exhibited, the court adjourned until Mon
Animated Correspondence Betweea
Schely and Hodtion,
Washington, Oct. 6. —Copies of corre*
gpondence between Lieutenant Hodgson
I and Admiral Scbley during the period from
June 6, 1898, to Aug. 25, 1901, were given,
to the press to-day, with the statement
that the correspondence will be submit*
ted to the Schley court of inquiry by Lieu
tenant Hodgson while on the -witness
On June 6, 1899, Admiral Schley wrote
Lieutenant Hodgson, enclosing an editor
ial from the New York Sun, alleging that
a colloquy had occurred between ijchiejr
and Hodgson on the bridge of the Brook
lyn during the battle of Santiago, in the
course of which the admiral is repre
sented to have said:
"Damn the Texas, let her look out for
htrsfelf," in reply to Hodgson's remon
strance against turning the ship to star
board. Characterizing this as a "gro»
tesque lie," the admiral asked Hodgson to
"write your denial of this oft-repeate4
June 8, Hodgson responded in a very
long letter, dated at the New York navy
yard, denying t he authorized the publica
tion of any conversation, and making a
long explanation of what he says occurred
during the battle. He added that what
was printed "as a part of a conversation
between you and me is substantially cor
rect, though not as to the manner la
which it took place."
Hodgson then tells of the rage with
which the Brooklyn people heard the sin
ister whisper, upon her return to Guan
tanamo bay, that they were "gun shy,"
and he says that he gave what he thought
was a true explanation of that turn to
many officers of the fleet, none of whom
failed to agree with him. He explains
that Admiral Schley regarded this turn as
a strategical maneuver, "looking to the
further part the Brooklyn was to play
in that day's battle, rather than as an
effort to avoid interfering with the fire
of the other vessels of the fleet. In fact,
I thought then, as I think now, that the
turn to starboard caused interference."
Then Hodgson gives his explanatten of
the turn. He tells of the belief that ex
isted that the Spanish ships outclassed
the Americans in speed, and that in the
absence of the New York the Brooklyn
was the only American ship capable of
preventing the escape of the Spaniards
should they pass the fire of the battle
ships. The Spanish torpedo boats also
were to be reckoned with. Therefor*,
says Hodgson, "after putting the helm to
starboard and to port once or twice to
counteract the efforts of the Theresa and
Vizcaya to get into closer action and ram
us, and after the leading Spanish ship
bad reached Just a little abaft our port
beam, you decided to port the helm and
turn around in chase to prevent the escape
of any of the Spanish vessels."
"I immediately perceived <taat your cool
judgment at this trying moment had en
abled you to consider the results of your
decision, and then, as now, it seemed
to me that you had decided, most wisely,
that it was a strategical move of the
greatest Importance and that the result
of the battle proved its wisdom."
Hodgson goes on to declare that, ha
was under the impression, up to the time
he saw the New York Sun publication
including the colloquy, that Sohloy made
the turn to the starboard because th#
conditions were as he (Hodgson) h*4
stated. Continuing, he assured the ad- .
miral that be never would have gives
the explanation he did of the loop bad

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