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Leon F. Czolgosz Enters the
Eternal Darkness.
Assassin of President McKinley
Bears Up to the Last.
All Material Trace* of the Murder
out Anarchist Are Swept
if. Away.
Auburn, N. V., Oct. 29.—At 7:12:30
o'clock this morning Leon Czolgosz,
murderer of President Wm. McKinley,
paid the extreme penalty enacted by the
Juw for his crime. He was shocked to
death by 1,700 volts of electricity. He
vent to the chair in exactly the same
manner as have the majority of murderers
In this state, showing no particular sign
of feer, but In fact, doing what few of
them have done—talking to the witnesses
while he was being strapped in the chair.
o o
: "I killed the president because :
: he wag an enemy of the good peo- :
: pie—of the good working people. :
: I am not sorry for my crime." :
o o
These were his words as the guards
hurried him into the chair.
A moment later, mumbling through the
half adjusted face straps, he said: "I am
awfully sorry I could not see my father."
Czolgosz retired last night at 10 o'clock
and slept so soundly that when Warden
Meaed went to the cell shortly after 6
o'clock this morning, the guard inside had
to shake Czolgosz to awaken him. He
sat up on the edge of his cot and made no
reply to the warden's greeting of "Good
Death Warrant Head.
The prison official took from his pocket
the death warrant and read it slowly and
distinctly to the assassin, who hardly
raised his eyes during the perfunctory
Just as the warden stepped away from
the cell door, Czolgosz called to him and
said: "I would like to talk with the su
The warden responded: '"He will be
down presently."
Then the condemned man rolled over on
his cot, apparently anxious to sleep again.
At 5:15, however, the guard brought to
him a pair of dark trousers, with the left
leg slit so as to allow the firm application
of the electrode, and a light outing shirt
He was told .to get up and put these on,
which he did.
Contrary to the usual custom, he was
given a, new pair of shoes. When he
dressed, he lay down on the cot again and
in this attitude Superintendent Collins
found him at 5:30, when he went down
to visit him.
Wanted to Make a Statement. %
The superintendent stood in front of the
steel bars and, when the guard had called
Czolgosz's attention, he said: "I want
to make a statement before you kill me."
"What do you wish to say, Czolgosz?"
asked the superintendent.
"I want to make it when there are a
lot of people present. I want them to
hear me," said the prisoner.
"Well, you cannot," said the superin
"Then I won't talk at all." said the
prisoner sullenly.
After the superintendent had left, the
guards brought Czolgosz's breakfast, con
sisting of coffee, toast, eggs and bacon,
and he ate with quite a good deal of relish.
While he was partaking of this, the wit
nesses were gathering in the office of
Warden Mead, and at 7:08 the procession
passed to the death chamber, going
through the long south corridor.
In the Death Chamber.
In the chamber, Electrician Davis and
Former Warden Thayer, of Dannemora,
had arranged the chair test, placing a
bank of twenty-two incandescent lights
across the arms and connecting the elec
trode wires at either end. The witnesses
were ordered seated and then Warden
Mead briefly address them, saying: "You
are here to witness the legal death of
Leon F. Czolgosz. I desire that you keep
your seats and preserve absolute silence
in the death chamber, no matter what
may transpire. There are plenty of
guards and prison officials to preserve or
der and attend to the proper details."
The prison physician, Dr. Germ, and Dr.
Carlos F. Mac Donald, of New York, took
a position to the left of the chair. War
den Mead stood directly in front, and
Electrician Davis retired to the little
room containing the electrical switch
Thayer gave the signal and the current
was turned through the electric lights,
flooding the chamber with brilliant light
end dramatically showing the power that
was to be used to kill the prisoner,
iiiouniif in.
Warden Mead gave the signal to have
the prisoner brought in and at 7:10:30
o'clock Chief Keeper Tuper swung open
the big steel door leading to the cells and
as the steel bars behind which Czolgosz
had been kept were swung aside two
guards marched the prisoner out into the
corridor, two others following and the
chief keeper walking in front.
The guards on either side of Czolgosz
had hold of his arms as if either to sup
port him, or to keep him from making a
demonstration. As he stepped over the
threshold he stumbled, but they held him
up and as they urged him forward the
chair he stumbled again on the rubber
covered platform upon which the chair
rests. His head was erect, and with gray
flannel shirt turned back with the neck,
he looked quite boyish. He was intensely
pale and as he tried to throw his head
back and carry himself erect, his chin
quivered very perceptibly. As he was be
ing seated he looked about at the assem
bled witnesses with quite a steady stare
and said:
"I killed the president because he was
an enemy of the good people, the work-
Ing people."
His voice trembled slightly at first, but
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Western Unity on the Tariff
Question Is Missing.
Chicago Speech on Reciprocity
Frowned Upon East.
EauternrrN In Favor of the Principle
bat "Atfiii Its Knforee
frnm The Journal Bureau, lloom 4S, Pott
Building, Wathini/ton.
Washington, Oct. 29.—There has been
a good deal of unfavorable criticism in
t^he east of the reciprocity address deliv
ered recently by Commissioner Kasson in
Chicago. Tne east does not care much for
reciprocity when practically applied. For
the abstract principle it professes great
respect, but it is noticed that whenever
anybody undertakes to make a practical
application of tUe principle there is op
In this connection it Is also noticed that
while the east is pretty solidly lined up
against any tariff revision, of the Bab
cock or any other variety, the west, where
lower tariffs are presumably in public fa
vor, is pretty well divided on the question.
Every eastern member of congress or the
senate who has been Interviewed during
the past six months has spoken strongly
against tariff tinkering of any sort. Only
a few of the western members who have
spoken have declared themselves as be
ing in favor of changes. Senator Hans
brough's article in the Devils Lake Inter
Ocean is not the only expression of a sim
ilar character from republican members
from the west. Members in Kansas, Wis
consin. lowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, in
nearly every one of the states west of
the Alleghenles, In fact, have said that
they thought the time was not ripe for
tariff revision, and when asked about reci
procity they have answered evasively.
It is very evident that the western peo
ple as a whole, who are supposed to favor
the Babcock principle in one form or an
other, have much work to do before they
can count on the support of the men in
congress who will vote for them on this
question. If the west were a unit, con
gresslonally speaking, for revision and for
reciprocity, these measures would surely
carry; but when a house is divided against
Itself, what can be hoped for?
TEACHERS In speaking of the school
teachers' letters which
IN are now becoming impor
tant contributions to
PHILIPPINES American knowledge of
the Philippines, General
Mac Arthur, who has recently returned to
this country from a command there, said
to your correspondent to-day:
The teachers are evidently a little home
sick, so violent is the change from condi
tions that they knew Lure to those that ihey
meet in the Philippine islands. It was the
same way with the soldiers for some time.
I remember an English newspaper whioh said,
in discouragement of our work there: "A
homesick nation is never a colonizing na
tlon." This maxim contains a good deal of
truth, as history has often shown. But the
homesickness of our soldiers was only tem
porary, and that will be the case with the
school teachers, I feel sure.
The recent troubles in Samar are sporadic
and signify nothing *s to general condi
tions and prospects. Two centers of insurrec
tion still exist, one in Luzon, where Malvar
Is operating, ard the other in Samar, under
Lukban. I do not believe that either repre
sents a serious situation, although we are
liable to have these little outbreaks from
time to time. 1 think the army in the archi
pelago is nbout the right size, and while I
believe conditions are going to continue to
improve all the time, I would not like to
make any prediction as to the number of
months or years that it will be necessary to
maintain the present rnV'tary establishment.
As I have said many tildes before, the work
there must be necessarily slow. You can
imagine what the undertaking would be if.
In the six New England states, all the in
stitutions of centuries were to be uprooted
and an entirely new order of things in
troduced. It would produce a tremendous
upheaval, and something of the Fame sort
Is now going on in the Philippines.
The Manila Times. In Its edition of
Sept. 13, which has Just come to hand,
tells something of the difficulties of the
educational problem. The editor says:
It is very questionable whether Superinten
dent Atkinson would # tver have allowed the
to leave the States hRd he known
in time that the military authorities would
recall the order granting the commissary
privileges to civil employes. This act really
overturned the whole basis upon which the
educational authorities had laid their plans.
It was clearly no small matter to import
600 teachers and within three weeks from
their arrival to distribute and establish
them in a systematic manner throughout
the archipelago. The primitive means of
travel, the irregularities in the steam
boat service, the baffling and meager in
formation obtained from desired sources
to say nothing of the personal equation
that had to be taken into account In all
these appointments, presented a problem
which must have taxed severely the inge
nuity of Superintendent Atkinson. Prob
ably no man on the islands has had a
herder task, but that he has performed It
with ability and vigor no one can doubt.
—W. W. Jermane.
He Hud Taken KefuKc -in a Dakota
Farmer'i Stravrptle.
Grand Forks, N. D., Oct. 29.—A farmer
yesterday set fire to a straw pile near
Langdon and after it was burning well,
discovered the body of a man .
He pulled the man out and took him to
town, where physicians did all possible
to swve his life, but their efforts were
fruitless. The man's name cannot be
Cuban Annexation Seems Inevitable
Mmw York Sim Momolml «•*• r/o*
New York, Oct. 29.—According to several merchants who are considered to be au
thorities on the question of Cuba and its future, the Pearl of the Antilles, will de
termine on annexation to the United States next month through a commission recent
ly appointed to wait upon President Roosevelt. The statement is also made that de
spite the prospect of sugar crops ruin is staring the planters of the island in the
face, and that unless annexation, or some form of reciprocity is granted, the sugar
planters will not be able to grind a pound of sugar this year. The manager of the
West Indian department of a well known commmission house said:
It is a fact that unless there is a reduction in the taxes and duties the
Cuban planter will not be able to grind one pound of sugar this year. The
crop has never been better than now, but the prospects of marketing it
bring the planters practically face to face with ruin. The commission to
wait upon the president will ask for a 15 per cent reduction in tax. If
this Is not favorably looked upon the commission will ask for annexation.
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Startling Charges by a Man
Convicted of Setting
Forest Fires.
Allegations of Fraud Involv
ing Minnesota Lum
Vram Thn Journat J3ure*u. .Room 4S. T—t
Building, Wauhlngttt.
Washington, Oct. 29.—The Chippewa
reservation frauds are furnishing material
which is likely to keep the interior de
partment busy for several months.
In the latest development Charles W.
Seeleye is the chief figure. He is serving
a term of imprisonment for starting for
est fires, and recently the president denied
a petition for pardon. Seeleye has filed
through his attorneys a statement al
leging a gigantic conspiracy involving a
number of the most prominent Minnesota
lumbermen, who he says are making im
mense profits at the expense of the In
dians and the government. A hearing will
be given in the case to-morrow by the In
terior department officials, and Congress
man Morris of Duluth is expected to
night and, it is said, will naa,ke a state
ment to Commissioner Jones to the effect
that Seeleye is the victim of this con
Seeleye's statement alleges that certain
Indians were persuaded to give untruth
ful testimony against him in the matter
Of forest fires, the big lumbermen inter
ested having paid liberally for that pur
pose. At one time Seeleye had a contract
for furnishing supplies to lumbering
camps. Several of these contracts were
sublet to George F. Porter of Minne
apolis, who, Seeleye claims, is one of the
men now plotting to work his (Seeleye's)
ruin. Seeleye and Porter got into a
wrangle, with the result that $11,000 of
claims which Seeleye had against the gov
ernment are hung up in the treasury de
partment. According to the story as con
tained in Seeleye's statement. Porter or
ganized the Indians in opposition to See
leye and the latter's arrest for starting
forest fires followed. Seeleye's attorneys
say Judge Lochren of Minneapolis has
made a statement that h,e believes Seeleye
was wrongfully convicted.
Several of the lumbermen named in the
Seeleye statement are residents of Min
napolis and it is expected that to-mor
row's hearing will throw some new and im
portant light on the question of dead-and
down operations in Minnesota last winter.
—W. W. Jermane.
Former Minnenutan Given Liberty
on Probation at Boston.
Boston, Oct. 29.—Alonzo J. Whiteman,
who pleaded guilty a few dtys ago to one
count of larceny, was placed on probation
in the superior court. It is understood
that restitution has been made to the
persons from whom the defendant ob
tained money illegally.
St. Paul Publishing House
Concerned in a Mich
igan Trial.
Lanaing, Mich., Oct. 29. —A Jury was
readily secured in the Ingham county cir
cuit court to-day for the trial of Charles
H. Pratt, indicted with ex-Speaker Adams
and Land Commissioner French for brib
ery in connection with the attempted pas
sage of a joint resolution by the legisla
ture of 1899 to purchase $200,000 worth of
law reports from a St. Paul publishing
house. In opening the case the prosecu
tor said he would show that the company
had deposited $20,000 in a St. Paul bank
subject to Pratt's order when the pur
chase was actually made. He alleged that
Pratt made seven drafts payable to bear
er and delivered $ft,ooo to Adams and
$14,000 to Land Commissioner William
French for use in securing the passage
of the measure. The resolution failed
of passage by a narrow margin.
Wrests the Capital of Lincoln
County From Lake
Special to The Journal.
Lake Benton, Minn., Oct. 29.—The bitter
contest of several weeks for the county
seat of Lincoln county came to a head
yesterday when the partizans of Ivanhoe
and Lake Benton,, the latter the present
county seat, cast their ballots.
The canvass shows that Ivanhoe re
ceived 1,094 votes and Lake Benton 821.
This means that the seat of government
will be transferred to Ivanhoe unless the
supporters of Lake Benton institute a suc
cessful contest. There is talk of contest
ing the election, but all plans are in the
crud« as yet.
Lake Benton, Minn., Oct. 29.—The bitter
the county and its support came from a
comparatively small section of the county.
Ivanhoe is a new town and is backed by
thrifty settlements of people of foreign
Had Votes to Spare.
Wilno, Minn., Oct. 29.—The county seat
fight is ended in this county and resulted
in a victory for Ivanhoe. The returns
show that Ivanhoe received 1,089 votes and
Lake Benton 807, so that Ivanhoe has re
ceived some fifty votes above the 55 per
cent required.
State Institutions' Heads Called To
vether by Board of Control.
The superintendents of all the state
institutions under the board* of control
will meet at the offices of the board
Thursday and Friday. The heads of the
normal schools, however, have received no
invitations. Dr. Kilbourn, of Rochester,
Thursday will read a paper on "Employ
ment for the Insane," and Mrs. Mary B.
James will discuss "An Ideal Dietary for
Inmates of State Institutions." There
will be a general discussion of both pa
pers. Friday the superintendents will
look over samples of supplies and make
their selections, on which the board of
control will award contracts for the next
A Thousand Men < Sow Working: for
Amalgamated ( ompaii) „ "•
Butte, Mont., Oct. ' 29.— \ the mines
of i. the Amalgamated:: Copper ; company,
which were closed temporarily owing |to
the break" in one of the concentrators,
were opened \ yesterday and the: 1,000 men
who bay« been idle went back to work.
Commander Torrance Is Occupied
With Some Timely Problems.
He Will Strive to Reconcile <irah«j
„"-.. _» Army- Leaders and Pension I \ "
Dep't Officials. l~*;*
Owing to the assassination of President
McKinley the national encampment of the
G. A. R., which was then in progress, ad
journed out of respect to the president's
memory, leaving much of its business un
finished. Among this unfinished business,
all of which was intrusted to a committee, •
is the 1 pension problem, a matter which
has caused much discussion within Grand
Army ranks during recent years; and
which may be expected to bob up again in
congress during the next session.
Just what stand the army will take on
the subject is a matter for epeculation.
Commander-in-Chief Torrance refuses to
discuss the question, although he admits
that the pension problem is engrossing
much of his time. It is probable, however,
that congress will be asked to pass the
bills offered last winter, providing for a
court of pension appeals.
While there exists in Grand Army ranks
a feeling that the time has now arrived
when a service pension law should be
adopted, local men do not believe that
such a law can be passed at present, al
though they firmly believe that it will
come later.
It is probable that the majority of Grand
Army men are opposed to the passage of
such a law at this time, although they
hope that it will prove practicable within
a few years.
The Grand Army has on its rolls to-day
about 950,000 men, of which about 775,000
are drawing pensions. This leaves 200,000
who would be eligible under a service law,
although many of them, who are in com
fortable circumstances, would not apply
for the emolument, even were they enti
tled to it.
Judge Torrance, despite the fact that he
declines to talk of the matter, may be
counted upon to do all in his power to
bring about a better feeling between
Grand Army leaders and the pension de
partment officials, whose relations have
been somewhat strained.
Army In the Philippines to Be Re
duced Further.
Washington, Oct. 29.—The cabinet to
day considered the military situation in
the Philippines.
Conditions in the Island of Samar have
led the war department to consider the
propriety of stopping, for the time being,
the reductions in the Philippine army
through the discharge of enlisted men
whose terms are expiring. However, after
hearing Secretary Root's report, the cab
inet decided that there was no present
occasion to suspend the reduction. The
original policy, therefore, will prevail.
Secretary Root said that the sporadic
outbreaks at isolated points would be
dealt with properly as they arose, and
added that troops to meet these small
emergencies would scarcely be needed.
The president announced that he had
completed, practically, the Thanksgiving
proclamation and It would be promulgated
in a few days. He has nearly completed
his message.
Troop* Hot Needed.
New Orleans, Oct. 29. —Orders were re
ceived in a telegram from Governor Heard,
at 8:30, countermanding the instructions to
General Glynn to send troops to Balltown, the
scene of the alleged race war. Governor
Heard's telegram indicates that the trouble
at Balltown is over and there is no necessity
for the presence of the militia.
Communicating With Miss Stone
Washington, Oct. 29.—The state department has been advised by Its agents in
Constantinople and Sofia that communication has been established with Miss Stone.
Mo details are furnished.
Bigger Motors to Be Placed
on Cars.
Service Will Be Especially Complete
as Far as Wildwood.
Engineers Have Been Looking Over
the Ground Presumably for
the T. C. R. T. Co.
Improvements of the utmost importance
to patrons of the Stillwater line of the
Twin City Rapid Transit company will be
undertaken next season. From a reliable
source it was learned to-day that the com
pany will double-track the line between
St. Paul and Wildwood and add greatly
to its efficiency by extending the line
around White Bear lake to White Bear
village. This extension will be about five
miles long.
In addition the line will be straightened,
grades will be cut down and additional
motor power provided for each car. The
four motors with which the cars are now
equipped are of fifty horse power each,
but it has been found that even 200 horse
power is Inadequate for the highest effi
ciency in service which the management
proposes to maintain on the Stillwater
Engineers on the St. Crolx.
It is also said that the Twin City Rapid
Transit company Is vitally interested in
the surveys and measurements lately
made in the St. Croix river above Taylors
Falls by Former City Engineer Rundlett
of St. Paul. Every one connected with
the work maintains an air of bullet-proof
mystery, but from the measurements
made, it Is surmised that a new dam will
be constructed in the river.
As a vast power could be secured by a
dam at the place indicated. It is more than
probable that its construction will mark
the beginning of electric line extensions
to the principal cities of Minnesota. It Is
only a few days since Thomas Lowry,
president of the company, predicted that
electric lines would be running to Chi
cago within ten years, and tha-t the grid-
Ironing of the state by electric lines
would JJ2«vltablycome with the develop
ment of Its towns and" clffes? TK? Tttft
pany has already a pretty firm grip on
the available electric power of this vicin
ity as it can be supplied by water power.
The big dam in the Mississippi river below
the Tenth avenue bridge which at present
supplies the power for the cars of Min
neapolis and St. Paul Is but one valuable
possession. The Coon creek dam in the
Mississippi river, which will add another
10,000 horse power, is certain of realiza
tion. The company's engineers are now
engaged in perfecting the details of their
plans, and the completion of the Coon
creek improvement within three years will
add tremendously to the available power.
In preparing for this improvement the
company has had in mind not only the
growth of the city which would necessi
tate additional lines, but the demands for
electric cower in factories, machinery
plants, buildings, etc. This power, it is
estimated, can be furnished at a much
lower cost than steam power and will give
a great impetus to the manufacturing in
dustry In Minneapolis.
Alleged System of Luring Young
<HrlH From Their Home*.
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Oct. 2y.—Josephine Flannery,
15 years old, who occupies a cell at the
Woodlawn police station, has disclosed in
formation of a sensational character,
which is being investigated by Lieutenant
McCann. As a result of her statement,
Detectives Farnum and Kehoe are follow
ing clues which they believe will lead to
the uncovering of a system of luring young
girls from their homes. The girl's state
ment indicates .that South Side dance halls
are chosen as fields for operations of this
character. In connection with the case,
Dick Ellis, who is said by Lieutenant Mc-
Cann, to have a disorderly "house where
the girl was found, has been served with
a warrant to appear before Justice Quinn
in the Hyde Park police court to-morrow.
The warrant accuses him of harboring a
girl of tender years and conducting a dis
orderly house.
Two Chicago People Killed and Oth
ers Overcome.
Chicago, Oct. 29. —Two persons lost their
lives, three were injured and a score
were overcome by smoke in a fire in the
Eagle fiat building, Lytle and Taylor
streets, to-day.
The dead:
MRS. D. RYAN, 50 years old, suffocated.
MRS. ANNA KING, daughter of Mrs.
Ryan, suffocated.
The blaze originated in the basement
and was extinguished after $1,500 damage
had been done.
Doings of "Harvey Logan" and An
nie Rogers in Memphis.
Jfcie TTorh Sun Spmnial S»rvia»
Memphis, Term., Oct. 29.—"Harvey Lo
gan," the ringleader of -the gang which
robbed the Great Northern Express train
of $83,000 on July 2, and made a sensa
tional escape from arrest at Nashville
Sunday, spent two weeks here, from Sept.
26 to Oct. 10. He was accompanied by
Annie Rogers, alias Maude Williams, who
is now under arrest at Nashville. When
they came here on that date they regis
tered as R. T. Moore and wife, St. Joseph,
Mo. They spent money lavishly as a part
of their scheme for exchanging the un
signed bank notes for good money. The
woman bought goods to the amount of
$160 from a leading dry goods store, and
she »md the man spent much money in
resorts, the payments always being mada
with new large bills, no matter what the
amount of the purchase was.
Lemly's Prodding Brings Out
a Full Explanation
Sampson Had Thought That Cer
vera Was Not at Santiago.
The Latter Given a Laconic Reply
That Cauaea a Great Stir
In Court.
Washington, Oct. 29. t— Judge Advocate
Lemly lost no time in beginning his inter
rogations of Admiral Schley after the
court of inquiry convened to-day. When
the court adjourned yesterday he was
still questioning the witness with refer
ence to the cruise from Cienfuegos to
Santiago, and he resumed to-day where
he had left off yesterday, asking a number
of Questions, relating to the condition of
the weather on May 25 and 26, the dates
of the voyage. He also reverted to the
detaching of the Eagle from the flying
squadron and brought the witness to the
consideration of several other minor de
tails of that movement be/ore coming to
the meetins with the scout boats twenty
five miles south of Santiago on the even
ing of May 26, when the retrograde move
ment toward Key West in search of coal
was begun. The intention was to go into
this retrograde movement later in the
day and also to consider in detail the con
ference of May 21, the coaling question,
and the famous loop of the Brooklyn on
July 3. Captain Lemly was hopeful of
completing his questioning to-day, but
admitted that the outlook in that direction
was not altogether promising.
As on yesterday, Admiral Schley was
calm in his demeanor and deliberate in
his answers, apparently weighing all ques
tions carefully before replying. On cross
examination he does not raise his voice
as high as he did in his original state
ment, and as a consequence what he saya
is not heard throughout the courtroom. ♦
Tries to Trip Schley.
Referring to the Adula's appearance at
Cienfuegos, Captain Lemly asked about the
war bulletin brought by that vessel and
asked if it had not stated that the Spanish
fleet had left there on May 20. He ad
mitted it was true as he did also that he
liad Bald the distance from Cienfuegos to
Santiago was from thirty-six to forty
elzht hours Then Captain Lemly asked:
vfouia not tn* -fact that «ome thirtof-stx to
forty-eight hours was necessary to coveiing
this distance have brought the Spaniards to
Cienfuegos after your arrival there?
WitnM»—l did not wish to he understood
that that time would have been nereasary for
the Spaniards to make the voyage. I meant
simply to give the time consumed by the
flying squadron in making the voyage.
The admiral said he had plotted the di«
tance of the blockading fleet on a chart
for his own information. He did not know
this would ever become a matter of such
importance, otherwise he should have
kept the memorandum as he would have
kept a great many other things.
Admiral Schley said he kept a close
watch at day and at night while awake,
while off Clenfuegos. He said he had
seen no auxiliary cruiser or gunboat near
the entrance to the harbor, as testified
to by Lieutenant Griffin. Witness had an
indistinct recollection of having seen the
mast or perhaps the top of a pipe over
the hills. He saw nothing larger coin
ing near the mouth of the harbor than
an ordinary steam launch. la response to
a request from Captain Lemly, Admiral
Schley read extracts from the Brooklyn's
log with the view of showing that the
admiral's memory had been at fault when
he stated that the fleet was closer in at
night than during the day.
"Knocked Them Out, of Coarse.
Captain Lemly—Had Cervera's flc°t ap
peared during the nights you were at Cien
fuegos, either coming out or coming in from
seaward, what, under your instructions,
would your fleet have done?
Witness—Knocked Uiem out. (A stir in
Captain Lemly—What were your instruc
Witness—To follow the flog—instructions
given at Hampton Roads.
Captain Lemly. Wlat were the written in
Witness—There were none. I do not con
sider that the regulations or customs re
quired written instructions.
Captain Lemly—lsn't it the unwritten law
at sea in the navy that the vessels in squad
ron shnll follow the flag?
Wltnesß—Yes, except under certain circum
stances. A vessel might see one of the
enemy's ship, drop out and follow to attack
her. That might be one of the circumstances.
Referring to the blockade of Santiago,
Captain Lemly asked the witness why
he had sent a dispatch to Admiral Samp
son that "on account of short coal supply
cannot blockade them (the Spaniards) in
"I meant that if we could not hay«
coaled off Santiago we could not hay«
stayed there."
Captain Lemly—At what time did you learn
definitely that the Spanish fleet was not ia
Witness—Upon Captain McCalla's return,
about 4 p. m., May 24.
Captain Lemly—At what time did you asM
for Santiago?
Witness—My in.presfion is that we formed
column between 0 and 6 p. m., and stood
off on a course south by east and then
stopped, leaving the Castlne In front of the
harbor. By 7 o'clock or 8 o'clock we got
under way, laying our course southwest by
Groping for the Spaniards.
Captain Lemly—When you left Clenfuegoa,
where did you think the Spanish squadron
Witness—l did not, of course, know ex
actly where it was. If I bad I would have
gone straight for it. According to the Infor
mation which came to me, I supposed that
if it was not at Santiago, it was somewhere
iv the neighborhood; but my impression was
that it had come out, as information from
the admiral had Indicated, but Just where
it was, of course, I could cot decide.
Captain Lemly—ln your report you say you
did not disobey orders when you steamed
westward, because you returned to your sta
tion without further directions. Am I right?
Captln Lemly—Upon receipts of the instruc
tions, did you not, nevertheless, leave your
station ?
Witness—Yes, I did, for these reasons:
First, because Captain Sigsbee, a scout
placed in front of Santiago harbor, informed
me that he did not believe the Spanish fl««t
was there. Second, because Nunei, the pi
lot, told me he did not believe the enemy's
fleet could enter the harbor. Third, the or
der No. 7, with the accompanying memoran
dum, in which Admiral Sampson minimized
the importance of the statement of this
squadron being there, and the fact that the
department's telegram which reached m» ssk

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