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Terms* K; cents per week; 2J? ccnta for two weeks, or 60 cents per month. Invariably in advance. Fub rcrlb* rs changing their address from one Post-office to another should Five the last address as well us the new one. NOW OFF SANTIAGO Belief of Officials Regarding the Troops. PLAKS FOR THE DEBARKATION Wharf at Aguadores Commanded by Spanish. NO REPORTS RECEIVED Commodore Watson lias reported to the Xavy Department that the captain general of Cuba has inform ed him that Spain refused to ex change Lieutenant Hobson and his fellow jrrisoners. Great indignation is felt in Con gress at the refusal of Spain to ex change Lieut. Hobson and his asso ciates. The President is surprised and pained at this decision of the Spanish government. The refusal of the Spanish officials to exchange Hobson causes a dis agreeable feeling here. While there is no positive obligation upon a bel ligerent to exchange prisoners, vet it is a universal practice in civilized warfare. Xo doubt is entertained at the War or Xavy Departments that General Shatter's military expedition has ar rived off Santiago de Cuba. No doubt is entertained at either the War or Navy Department that Gen. Shafter's military expedition has arrived safely off Santiago by this time. As a matter of fact, it is believed that the first of the transports arrived near the blockading iieet Saturday night. According to the plans arranged for the debarkation, the Meet of transports was to lie in a safe place until Sampson had clear ed the way for a landing. The selection of the landing place was left entirely to the judgment of Admiral Sampson and Gen. Shafter. the military commander. The very first business in order, upon the arrival of the transport fleet off Santiago would be a war council between Admiral Sampson and some of his naval captains on the one hand and Maj. Gen. Shafter and his staff on the other, the purpose being to settle ail the details of the debarkation. Meanwhile, the fleet of transports would lie out at sea at least ten miles beyond the blockading squadron, in order to be entirely safe from attack by Spanish torpedo boats. These craft are dangerous enough to full-fledged warships, but a transport would be abso lutely helpless against their attack, so that the strictest possible watch must be kept by the convoys until the troops are landed, the present being the.most critical point in the whole operation. The work of debarking the troops is not to be one of hours, but rather days, accord ing to the opinion of army officers. A great deal depends on the point selected for the landing. It is supposed that Aguadores, to the east of Morro Castle about six or eight miles, would be a likely landing, in view of the fact that it has a wharf, the property of an iron ore company, which would be extremely useful for landing the heavy sup plies and ordnance of the siege train. It Is reported now, however, that this particular wharf has been commanded by Spanish batteries, which have been so placed as to give an enfilading fire upon it. If this be so, then the batteries must be first silenced by the fleet, else there would be not only loss of life among the troops, but the wharf itself might be destroyed by the Spanish shells. If the landing is made at this wharf at least two days, it is esti mated, will be consumed in getting the ex pedition ashore, as only one ship can lie at the wharf at a time, and there is an enormous quantity of ammunition and stores to be taken ashore. If the landing Is made on the beach, it will be a tedious and time-consuming operation, although it will he possible in that case to proceed simultaneously from all the ships. The army officials feel confident that Gen. Shafter will make an immediate effort to open up cable communication as soon as he has landed a force, and they are expecting a cablegram almost any moment announc ing the fact that he has succeeded. Some surprise is expressed that this French cable has not already been reopened, as the cable "WW was at Mole St. Nicholas tne mid dle of last week, with all of the necessary material and men for repairing the breaks and opening up the station. Official \eiY?. No official news respecting the war had been received at either the War or Navy I>epartm-nts up to 3 o'clock this after noon. Secretary Alger, Genera! Miles and Adjutant General Corbin are authority for the statement that no word has yet been received from General Shafter. who led the military expedition to Santiago, nor from General Anderson, In command of the lirst expedition to the Philippines. Secretary Long and Assistant Secretary Allen of the Navy Department each said at 3 o'clock this afternoon that nothing had been re ceived today from Admiral Sampson, in ccrcmand of the naval forces off Santiago, or from Admiral Dewey, In command of the fl. et in the Bay of Manila. ^ Notwithstanding this general absence of direct official Information, the officials nam.d are satisfied that Shafter's army, with its naval convoy, has arrived at San tiago. and that the fleet of transports which lef San Francisco *>n the 23th ultimo Is not very far from the Hay of Manila, ir, indeed It did not reach there today. Owing to the lack of direct telegraphic communication no official information is expected from either of these expeditions before tomor rp''- !h" rase of Santiago It will be nec e sarv to send a dispatch boat to Kingston Jamulc-j. and In the case of Manila It will be similarly nactuary to send dispatches by water to Hong Kong. Therefore, there vtlJl probably be a delay of from twenty four to forty-eight hours after the arrival of th? fleets before that fact can be official ly communicated to the authorities In Washington. It is said at the War Depart ment thzt it will take at least a day or two for the troops to recover from their sea voyage before they will be in condition to begin active operations against the enemy, both at Santiago and a*. Manila. SPAIN REFUSESTO EXCHANGE Will Not Give Up Lieutenant Hobson and His Associates. Report of Commodore Walnon to the >avy Drpiirlmrnt-Whnt 1* Said in Official ClrclM. The Navy Department received a tele gram this morning from Commodore Wat son, commanding th? Cuban blockade squadron off Havana, saying that he had b-:en informed by the captain general that the Spanish government 1-ad refused to ex change Hobson and his iellow-prlsoners. The refusal of the Spanish officials to ex change Hol)3on caused a disagreeable fe?l ing here. While there is no positive obliga tion upon a belligerent to ^xchang? prison ers, yet it Is a universal practice in civilized warfare. The regulations of the War De partment lay down specifically how the ex changes of prisoners er_> to take place, and regulation 109 of general orders for the government of armies in the field says: "The exchange of prisoners of war is an act of convenience to both belligerents. If no general cartel has been concluded, it cannot be demanded by either of them. A belligerent is not obliged to exchange pris oners of war. A cartel is voidable as soon as either party 1 as violated it." In the present case there has been no general cartel, that being the military term by which the exchange of prisoners is reg ularly and specifically carried out. Per.d ing such a general arangement, the bellig erents almost invariably carry out the ex change in anticipation of a cartel. It i3 probable that a cartel will follow at no dis tant day and the exchange thereafter pro ceed number for number, rank for rank, wounded for wounded, these being the gen eral conditions under the American regula tions Spain Tnkins \dvantajte. As to Hobson, the authorities here are convinced that the Spanish officials are tak ing advantage of the distinction accorded to him in the United States. Under the rules of war, a prisoner is valued solely by his rank, and it is considered dishonorable either to underestimate a prisoner's rank in order to cause a more advantageous ex change or to take a higher rank for the purpose of obtaining better treatment. In the case of Hobson, his rank as assistant constructor, which is equivalent to lieu tenant, junior grade, should be the sole basis for his exchange, yet it is obvious to the authorities here that the Spaniards hold him, not as a lieutenant, but as a popular idol of the United States. In this respect his detention ceases to be that of a prisoner of war and becomes one of host ? age. The holding of hostages, usually for ransom or other benefit, is a mediaeval cus tom seldom, if ever, resorted to in modern warfare. But even as a hostage, Hobson would be entitled to an exchange for pris oners of greater rank or greater number. It is being recalled that Admiral Cervera won praise the world over by his gallantry in making the first ofTer to exchange Hob son and his associates, so that the present refusal to exchange him is the more unac countable. It is also recalled that when Col. Cortejo, confined at Fort MePherson, Ga., was exchanged it was strictly on the basis of his rank, without consideration of the incidental fact, most important to Gen. Blanco, that Cortjo was a close relative of Gen. Weyler. Half-MamInt; Ihe Flint*. The naval officials attach no significance in the half-masting of the flags over Morro Castle after the recent bombardment, as indicating that Hobson and his associates had perished. Morro is being spared to protect Hobson, and, moreover, it is hardly supposed that the Spanish flag would be lowered out of consideration of an Ameri can loss. If the usual practices of war fare were followed, Hobson and the Ameri cans would lie removed to a place of safe ty. instead of danger, for a prisoner of war Is entitled, under civilized usage, to pro tection against undue exposure or hars."i treatment. The putting forward of pris oners as n shield is a relic of barbarism. As a rule the places where prisoners are confined, where hosilitals exist and where works of art, libraries, church and charit able institutions are located, are designated by a yellow flag, and commanders direct their fire so as to protect these points as sacred, if Hobson is kept at Morro, either to insure protection for that place or to expose him to danger, it is a breech of?the rules of civilized warfare. SO MOKK FLAGS OF THICK. lilanco \\ ill Fire on Any YcmmcI Fly inft One. KEY WEST. Fla., June 20?It is learned from naval officers here that Captain Gen eral Bianco has notified the American blockading fleet that he will hereafter rec ognize no flag of truce, adding that every vessel within six miles range will be fired upon, whether flying the stars and stripes or a white flag. the si iisistl:\< 'ii: oktartmem'. Measures In (Viuicrru Relating; to Food of the Soldlern, Chairman Hull of the House military af fairs committee has introduced the bill recomihended by the administration last week for the efficiency of the subsistence department i f the army. Senator Hnwley, from the committee on military affairs todi y reported the bill providing for the enlistment of cooks for the army. The bill authorizes a cook for each company, troop or battery, with the rank of corporal. Its passage is recom imndcd by the Secretary of War. LONE TO SAVE COAL. Oriirra tiiven by British Admiralty (o I'axa Maneuvers. LONDON, June 20.?Replying to a ques tion in the house of commons today, the first lord of the admiralty, Mr. Gosehen, said the annual navai maneuvers had been abandoned in consequence of the serious character of the strike of coal miners in Wales. Although the British admiralty never possessed a larger stock of coal than at present, Mr. Gosehen said. It was thought prudent to husband It. Spain lluylOK Silver Heavily. Special Dinpatrh to T1h> Evcuiug Star. NEW YORK. June 20.?A special from London today says: Spain is again buying rilver heavily. Democratic Canons Called. Representative Richardson, chairman of the democratic caucus, has called a caucus for 8 o'clock this eveatng in the hall of the House. It Is understood the purpose of the meeting Is to take the opinion of demo crats as to whether a caucus shall be bind ing. AN EVENTFUL WEEK j What is Expected by Senators and Representatives. AMERICAN FLAG TO FLY OVER MANILA Important Military Operations An ticipated on Cuban Soil. THE CASK OF LIEUT. IIOBSON In all quarters this is expected to be an eventful week In the progress of the war. Senators and members of the House who have been following the developments of the war with particular care and interest say that this week the American flag will ptobably fly over Manila; that important military operations will be in progress on Cuban soil, and the preparation for the in vasion of Porto Rico will be well advanced. It is expected now that telling blows will be struck in rapid succession, and from this time forward the war will be pressed toward a conclusion, vigorously and with out interruption. If the Spanish really eon template sending relief to Manila^ Admiral Dewey, it is said, will be fully able to de fend himself by the time a Spanish fleet could arrive there, and if, on the other hand, the Camara fleet is designed for ag gressive operations in this quarter it will only hasten the time when the fleet will be destroyed. Perfect confidence is felt that the Spanish fleet can turn in no di rection for aggressive operation without a certainty of ultimate failure and defeat. The most that Admiral Camara is capable of doing is to remain in the vicinity of the Spanish peninsula to protect the coast and the Canaries. It can do nothing for the relief of Cuba. If it should sail to Porto Rico it would inevitably meet with the f^e that overtook the fleet at Manila, and it could accomplish nothing in the expedi tion against our coast. Till- Cane of Lieut. Ho burnt. The refusal of the. Spanish authorities to exchange Lieut. Hobson and his men ex cites the utmost indignation among men in Congress. This action on the part of the Spanish government is spoken of by men who are authorities on international law as absolutely unjustifiable and unworthy of a civilized nation. No doubt i3 felt that Hobson and his men are being kept at Morro Castle for the purpose of giving that fortification immunity from attack, and that they are being retained as pris oners for the purpose of using them as a shield for the safety of the Spaniards. It is not only that Hobson and his men are being used thus as a hostage, but they must necessarily, while retained as prisoners, be subjected to the danger of disease and of privation and famine. Not only would every shot fired against Morro Castle endanger their lives, but the blockade of the harbor and the cutting oft cf the base of supplies must Inflict upon them all the suffering which is legitimately brought upon the beleaguered Spanish forces. If food is scarce at Santiago, Hob son aid his gallant crew are probably the first to go hungry. The wants of the Span ish army will be the first cared for, and while the Spanish soldiers are on short ra tions it is not likely that these prisoners are getting much food. It is recognized as legitimate in warfare that the feeding of soldiers should be first looked after, but it Is not legitimate to retain prisoners when an exchange is possible, so that they shall suffer famine. It is known that food is very scarce In Santiago, and It is the duty of the Spanish government, since we hold Spanish prisoners who are exchangeable, to make the change at once. To compel our sailors and soldiers to shoot at and to starve their own brave comrades is a bar barity that no civilized nation can sanction and none would be guilty of. No people except such as were capable of treacher ously blowing up the Maine and of mur dering women and children and defenseless old men could be guilty of such cruelty. Spain will probably pay dearly for this ac tion, but the hearts of brave men are in agony at the thought of the gallant Hob son and his brave companions. It may easily be conceived that the couwe of the Spanish government in refusing their ex change inflicts upon them the horrors of disease and hunger, which may make it seem to them better that they should have perished with the sinking of the Merrimac. If Snmpnoii Shells Morro. If Admiral Sampson shells Morro Castle and makes an immediate assault upon San tiago these prisoners are subjected to all the danger from our lire which is incurred by the enemy. Yet if he fails to reduce Morro Castle and attacks Santiago by slow approaches he will be tortured withthe con sciousness that every day's delay adds to the sutfering of the brave fellows. A more cruel torture could not be devised by sav ages than this of compelling our people to participate In inflicting suffering upon men whom the whole nation proclaims as he roes and is eager to reward. The nations of the world will condemn Spain for forc ing this matter, and she cannot maintain her claim to be regarded as one among civilized nations. What can be done about it is difficult tcT dew rmine. There Is probably nothing left but to go ahead without further reserve and reduce Santiago, with a prayer behind each shot that it may not find the heart of the hero. POWUKH WORKS Iil.OU W LP. Thought to De the Work of Spanish Agents. CINCINNATI. Ohio, June 20.?The finish ing department of the King Powder Com pany, located at Kings Mills, in Warren county, was destroyed last night In a man ner lea ling to the belief that it was the work of enemies of the government. The building in which was stored a quan tity of smokeless powder had evidently been fired by two men near midnight, one of whom was badly burned and had been ap parently drugged away from the burning building by his companion, who then ran away In the direction of South Lebanon. Smokeless powder in the condition it was in this department does not explode like or dinary powder, with a flash, but breaks Into a bright light and burns for some time. The great light attracted citizens, and some of these met c stranger going toward South Lebanon. The Injured man was taken into custody. He is apparently a for eigner, but Is so badly injured that he can scarcely talk. The powder burred was not for the government, and the money loss is inconsiderable, perhaps 12,000. This com pany has a contract to supply the govern ment, and this is thctght to be the re?son its destruction was attempted. ANXIOUS TO,EN LIST Cubans in Costa Bica Wish to Become U. S. Volunteers. Much IllUernr?? in San June Iletween the Spanish and American Sympa thiser*, Who H*tc Formed Cluba. Advices received at the Cuban legation in this city state that 250 exiled Cubans in Costa Rica, who are anxious to fight for the deliverance of their native country, have petitioned William L. Merry, the en voy extraordinary and minister plenipoten tiary of the United States to that country, asking to be allowed to enlist as United States volunteers in the army to fight against Spain. A political and social organization known as the Cuban-American Club has been formed at San Jose, Costa Rica, to further the project and in opposition to the Spanish Club, which is making strenu ous efforts to ra;se funds and aecure re cruits among the Spanish residents of Cen tral America to go to Cuba and fight against the United States. Meetings have been held by the Spaniards and a consider able sum subscribed to be forwarded to Madrid for the aid of Spain. There is a considerable contingent of Americans in Central America and many in Costa Rica, and several hundred Cubans who have been exiled from their native is land for political reasons prior to the out break of the revolution, and now that the United States has taken up the cause of Cuban Independence and declared war against Spain, they are anxious to join the United States volunteers and return to Cuba. Wumeil Aftoiiixt Disorder. There is much bitterness between the Spanish and the Cuban-American organiza tions, and trouble has been narrowly avert ed upon several occasions between indi vidual members and parties of the rival clubs. The authorities have in one or two instances been called upon to subdue out breaks and disturbances, and trouble is looked for at almost any time. Conditions have reached such a state that the minister of interior of Costa Rica has notified both organizations that arrests will immediately follow any hostile demonstrations, and warning them to avoid disorderly manifes tations. The Calm 11-Aiiirrienn Clnli. The Cuban-American Club, which has among its members all the wealthy citi zens of the United States and Cubans resi dent in San Jose, has leased a fine house, where it holds its meetings and discusses the war with Spaint and Cuban independ ence. William L. Merry, the United States minister, has been elected honorary presi dent of the organization, and Dr. E. Bor rero honorary vice president. The latter lj a wealthy Cuban, who was exiled from Cuba fur ail alleged conspiracy against the governor general of , Cuba a number of years ago. The activ4 officers a*e: Presi dent, J. W. Field; Vice president, S. Cham berlin. these two being the most prominent Americans In CQSta Rica; recording secre tary, F. Mllenes; corresponding secretary. Senor D. Chavez; treasurer, Dr. Kmilio Arteaga. Will Publish n Paper. Owing to the attitude of the nem'spapers of Costa Rica, which are chiefly owned by Spaniards and Spanish sympathizers, the Americans and Cubans have arranged to publish a paper to uphold their cause and the United States and Cuba. The city of San Jose is greatly excited. The United States minister has forward ed the petition of the Cubans to the gov ernment at Washington. A recruiting of fice has been opened and three companies are already organized among them, and are ready to secure transportation and join the United States artny at Tampa as soon as permission is given them to do so. AT THE WHITE HOUSE The President Surprised and Pained at Spain's Decision. The President had many visitors today, but there was nothing new In their talk with him. Up to noon the President had received nothing official of the arrival of the Shaft tr expedition at Santiago anil gave no in formation to his many anxious callers. He did not express any opinion of the sit uation. It Is said that the President did not look for anything during the morning cf the arrival of General Shafter's lleet. The opinion of the War Department was that the expedition did not arrive yester day, but that it would probably arrive th's morning. It is even anticipated that there will be nothing exe'iting for the next few e'rys. General Miles told some of hie call ers this mcrnlng that he did not think the expedition arrived yesterday. It is said today that there has been no change in the administration's plans abrut at once Invading Porto Rico. It is pro posed to get a la rue expedition on the isl and before the stormy season begins In July. Representativs Evans of Kentucky saw the President to recommend the appoint ment of Henry C. llonnypastle of Louisville as a second lieutenant. It is thought the appointment will be made. The Refusal to- Eie'|M>nK? Hobson. Ths President Is understood to 1ft sur prised ar,d pained at the refusal of the Spanish authorities to exchange Lieut. Hobson and his fellow heroes. The Presi dent was cemfident from, the first that an exchange would be'sgr>ed to by the Span lards. One day last week a young brother of the Santiago hero cajpe to Washington and Went to see the President. The latter told the anxious brother that everything would come out all-right. It is believed that this act of the Span iards will do more to turn sympathy from them in Europe than anything else. The American captives are to be used to shield Spanish fortifications, and men from Amjri can bullets. If the presence of the Ameri cans in Morro Castle will keep that place from bombardment-^ he Spaniards will be contented to resort to this cowardly plan. It Is a species at Indian warfarj which will surprise the iplllzcd world. The Presld^Jpflias. personally felt a great Interest in ttyfirexefiange ?f Lieut. Hobson. He will not ?Meav%r to <Vo mor?, unless it la to have Aimrlcan representatives abroad call attention to Spain's refusal. It is now hoped that Uncle Sam's BOtdiers will speed ily rescue the imprisoned fk;roes. Secretary Long was at the White House today talking with the Pltsldent about the case of Llewt. Hobson. He. cannot believe that the Spaniards will us? the prisoners for dastardly purposes. AGUINALDO ELECTED 'Insurgent Leader Now President of Province of Old Cavite. SPANISH AUTHORITY RENOUNCED Cruiser Baltimore Sails to Meet Transports With Reinforcements. EXPECTED TO ARRIVE J USE :>0 CHICAGO, June 20.-A special cable to day to the Record from John T. Mc Cutcheon. a staff correspondent, wl.h Dewey's fleet, reads as follows: HONG KONG, June 20.?General Filipino officially proclaimed a provisional govern ment In old Cavite June 12. There were great ceremonies, and a declaration o. in dependence was read renouncing Span sh authority. Gen. Aguinaldo was elected president, and Daniel Perlndo vice presi dent. The Insurgents' government will not oppose an American protectorate or occu 15 The rebels have captured the Spanish go\ ernor and the garrison of 300 men at Buiucan. The governor and garrispn at Pampanga are surrounded, and the gov ernor and garrison of 450 men have been captured at Batangas. Ansrnsti** Family June 9 the family of Governor General Vugusti tied to the interior for safety. * The Spaniards in Manila are reported as having shot thirty carbineros for attempt ing to desert to the rebels. Aguinaldo sent a.n ultimatum to the governor that If more were executed he would retaliate on Span ish prisoners. The Baltimore sailed today to meet Charleston and troopships. The French warship Pascal arrived June 15. The warship Kaiser is expected daily. Trnnaporta Have X?>? Been Slighted. (Copyright. IS.*. Iir lha Assuoiiit ??<! Press.) MANILA, June 1". via Hong Kong, June 20.?The situation here is unchanged. 1 no insurgents are unable to take Manila. o? ing to their lack of tiild guns. They could nut take it even if Admiral Dewey pernm ted, which he will not The report that the United States trans ports from San Francisco had been sighted i; not correct. They are expected on Jun.; All the foreigners are leaving in neutral slop?- ..... Cniitnrc ?1 Hollo. VICTORIA, B. C., June 20.?According to news received from Manila by steamer Esmeralda, which, after considerable trou ble, was given permission by Americans a no. Spaniards to sail to the United States, the steamers Boston and Concord left on May 12 to attack lloilo. According to news received from them they captured thst: po;nt without resistance and took posses sion of it in the name of the United stales. The American coal-laden ship Sarar.ac, which was seized by the Spanish gunboat E1 Cano, was lecapiured. She was anchoi eu in the stream without a person on beard, the prize crew left aboard by the Spaniards having deserted her wnen the American warships hove in sight. PEACE FEEL1.VG DlSCl'SSED. Spx.-i.-lah Cabinet Still Talk! of an Hon orable Settlement. MADRID, June 20.?The newspapers say the cabinet at its meeting yesterday dis cussed the "peace tendencies observable in the United States and in certain person ages in Spain," but add that Spain will "unanimously repudiate unworthy condi tions," holding that peace is only possible "if the conditions are honorable and In clude the retention of the colonies." The ministers deny the renewed rumors of cabinet dissensions and the reported resignation of the minister of ilnance. Senor l'uigcerver. It is understood that in any case there will be no changes in the min istry until the cortes susp^ds its sittings, which will depend upon the voting of the budget, probably by the end of this week. In the meanwhile the cabinet will refuse to enter into any discussion of the war or the international situation, as being likely to impair the government's liberty of action. Government circles affect satisfaction a. the situation in Cuba, but in regard to Manila, the belief Is expressed that Captain General Augusti will ask th2 foreign war ships to land detachments to occupy Manila, on the ground that he is no longer able to resist the insurgents. NEW GINNERS AT MOKllO. Their Fire at Blockading Squadron la Becoming; Accurate. KEY WEST, Fla., June 20.?Another government vessel which arrived here this morning reports that Morro Castle keeps firing heavy shells at the blockading squadron and it is not believed such ac curate shots t an be fired by Spanish gun ners. On Friday a 12-inch shell exploded dangerously close to one of the American warships, raising a column of water and smoke over one hundred feet high. TO CREATE A TERRITORY. Rep. Clark I'roposea to Chanice the Local Form of Government. Representative Clark of Missouri has In troduced a bill creating a territory of the District of Columbia and providing a terri torial government for it. It fixes the change to take effect January 1, 1S00. FOR THE NICARAGUA CANAL. The Senate Committee Agreea on n Favorable Report. The Senate committee on the Nicaragua canal today agreed to report a bill pro viding for the construction of the Nicara gua caral, but on lines very different from those of bills previously reported. The bill authoriied today practically provides for the construction of the canal by the United States. The Maritime Canal Com pany is to be continued in existence, but all the ste>ck Is to be held by the govern ments of the United States, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The bill provides for the pay ment of $5,000,000 to the present -stock holders for the work already performed. Inanrsenti Kill a Traitor. Special Ulfpatcta to Hie EtidIqc Star. PORT ANTONIO. Jamaica, June 18 (de layed in transmission). ? Rear Admiral Bampsor. has been informed that the Cuban general, Perez, commanding in the Guan tanamo district, has executed a traitor, who cent to the Spaniards descriptions of tha defense* of Camp McCalla. FOURTH FLEET FOR MANILA List of Vessels Which Will Probably Be in It Gfa. Merrltt F.tprrlrd to Sail on the Philadelphia?Xaval Rrirrvra (ailed Oat. SAN FRANCISCO. Cal.. Jure 20.-The fourth fleet of transports to convey tro p* to Manila will probably constat of the City of Puebla. due bore June 21, from Puget Sound; the Peru, due here June *1. from Hong Kotis; the Alameda, due here from Australia, and the Acapulco, now on the way from Panama and due here June 20. They will be pressed Into the strvlce If necesEary. To tlwte may be added The Northern Pacific Company's steamers Vic toria end Olyn.p.'a. now at eeultle. lJo'h these \essels have l-ecn granted tn Amer Icen registry and are available as troop ships. Combined, this fleet will accom modate all the trocpa that will be left ?? the carnp, so the ships will only then be required for further drafts of uoldler*. ""???'?I May fin on Philadelphia. Maj. Gen. Merrltt may sail for Manila on the cruiser Philadelphia, which has Just received orders to be ready for sea by July 1. The prospective governor p< n eral of the Philippines is anxious to reach the islands as soon as possible, and it has been assumed that he would go cn the In diana. of the third fleet of transports. However, he would be somewhat hampered by the slow progress of this vessel, while if he goes on the Philadelphia he will prob ably reach Manila fully as soon as the troops under Gen. McArtfcur. Maj. Gen. Otis will go with the fourth squadron. The auxiliary c ruisers at this port will be t:;ken possession of by the naval reserv; to day. The Iroquois' armament has arrived from the east, and as soon as it Is placed in position the vessel will go Into commis sion. She may be sent to Manila, to relievi the McCulloch as a dispatch boat. All \avnl Reserves Called Oat, The other vessels of the auxiliary fleet vill have their full complement of men in a few days, as orders have been issued for all the naval militia to report for their du ties. The revenue cutter Corwln, which has been in the dock of the Union Iron Works for several days, has gone to Mare Island, ar.d will be at one} placed in commission. She is destined for San Diego for harbor defense. Her armament is to be greatly increased. The British ships Belford and Laiclpara have arrived from Newcastle with nearly 0,003 tons of coal. Their cargoes are con signed to local firms, but are understood to have been purchased by the government, and will probably be diieliargcd into the bunkjrs tit the Mare Island navy yard. fllAPTEK S FORCES AT SAHUdO. They Were Sighted Off Cape Mays! Yesterday. Social riispatrfc to Tbe Evening Star. PORT ANTONIO, June 20. ? The trans ports carrying the invading expedition, un der Gen. Shafter, were sighted o!T Cape Maysl yesterday. It is certain therefore that they arrived oft Santiago de Cuba to day. OPK.M.V'U IIOM> BIDS. Bis Force of Clerks al Work In the Xew City I'ost Office. Over a hundred clerks from the Treasury Department are at work in the new clty pest <>fli:e opening the n.ail containing sub scriptions to the war loan bonds and prop erly tabulating them upon schedules fur nished by the register of the treasury. Tno force occupies the rooms at the north and scuth ends of the west wing of the build ing, and is wording with much energy. Tl.ere will be constant additions as the wcrk Increases, and it is expected that 4c?i clirks will be ei gaged upon it before Sat urday. The work is carried on with all the care and precision of that In a bank^and e-. erything must be balanced before the clerks leave. The more the letters are opened the more evident becomes the grat ifying fact that the great common people are eager to subscribe to the loan, tbe nvmber of small subscriptions exceeding even the first estimates. Although the amount of the subscriptions to the new .1 i?er cent loan Is not made pub lic, it is officially stated that it exceeds al! expectations. This is particularly true of the larger amounts. The number of sub scriptions received for sums of $500 and less is larpe, but the department wishes it thoroughly understood by the public that even should the whole loan be subscribed for several times over in large amounts, every subscription for $500 or less will be accepted at once, as all small amounts will take precedence i-i the allotments over large ones. A subscription for twenty mil lions lias been received from a prominent life insurance company of Xew York, In closing a certified check for $4<iii,0ho, as re quired by the regulations governing the placing of the loan. WKXT BACK TO COXFEREXCE. The House Agrees to the Massachu setts Avenue Brldite. When the House assembled today the pending order of business was a roll call upon the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the District appropriation bill, appropriating $25,000 for the founda tion of a bridge across Rock creek at Mas sachusetts avenue. By a vote of 100 to 52 the Senate amend ment was adopted. The House then in sisted upon its disagreement to the re maining Senate amendments, and the Dis trict appropriation bill was sent back to conference. THE CIVIL SERVICE. Preference to Re Given to Honorably Dlscharfted Soldiers. The House commutes on reform in the civil service has favorably reported Senate | bill 3250, which provides: "That, In every executive department of the Cnited Slates go\emr.ient, and In each and every branch thereof, whether reached by competitive or i.or.-competitive examinations under the civil service laws (In which case the rules and regulations affecting the same shall ,-o provide), honorably discharged soldiers, sail ors or marines, w ho served as such between April 12. 1801, and August 20, shall be cei lifted and preferred for appointment to and retention in employment In ihe public service, and for promotion iherein; age, loss of limb or other physical Impairment which, does not In fact incapacitate shall no>xlisquaUfy them, provided they possess the business capacity necessary to dis charge the duties of the position involved. And persons thus preferred shall not be removed from their positions except for good cause, upon charges and after a hear ing. All laws or parts of lows inconsistent with the provisions of this act era re pealed." SHORT OF SUPPLIES Situation in Havana as Described by Insurgent Agents. ? FAMINETHREATENSCABDENAS Latter City is Effectively Besieged by the Cubans. DOG MEAT A DELICACY KEY WF.RT, Flu., Junr- IS'. A vessel ar rived born from th' blockade this mornlr?r and reported ail qui I along the line. Hhe brc.'ight an officer of thf Cuban army anil a pilot, who are carrjlr.g Important dis patch's to f?'-nor Estrada I'alma of the Cuban junta from General Alexandra Rod riguez, the Insurant commander of Ha vana province. The Cubans were taken on hoard on Sat urday last from an auxiliary guntfOHt will, h had picked them up. The mrMviicerK of General Rortrifruex give a very Interest in* account of th<dr experience*. After leaving the insurgent camp they nuulr their way Into the city of ilavnrut. apent several daya there, proceeded to one of the small in'ets In the neighborhood. stole a email boat and row~d out to In the hop* of coming across an American vessel. Thejr were three Java In the boat before they were picked up. fchort ?if Pepplles. The Cubans rejMirt that there tre 110 sup plies of rice. maize. potatoes or ?KK* In Ha vana. Fltur. they Bay, costs r*? cents per pound, and the army haa been placed on half ration*. The messengers c'ass as false that ves sels have succeeded tit entering Havana with supplies. They a*"s.*rt that since the blockade began only three stha:l r.shlng vessels have entered the harbor and that no food whatever La received from Clenfui gos. The Cubans confirm the reports that W'orlt on the d? fsmes of Ha\ana ;s proceed ?'K steadily. Two rnes of torjw-docs ex tend acro.iB the mouth of the harbor, which la said to be further protected by two au tomobile torpedoea, cne at each slilc, dls charge-ab'e by pressing a button. The only war vtsjf.g in the harbor of Ha..ana are amall gunboats and the Al for.se XII. Famine at (ardrnim. An auxiliary gunboat ofT Cardenas has been visited by a Culian off.cer from the shore, who r.-ported that p'.ace to be ef fectively besieged by the Insurgents on land and by the warships In front. He made the statement that In two we ka't me the whole population cf Cardenas will be starving. The Cufcan officer has his father and wife In Cardenas, and he was concern ed for them. He described the i>eople as living on palm buds and dog meat, which, he claimed, is considered a delicacy. The vessel which arrived here today has been patrolling a regular beat off the Cu ban coast, "just like a polieiman." going hack and forth during the day and night. Sometimes s.ie saw Spanish troops moving about, but cn the whole Che blockade was uneventful. OHIO Itt'l'I III.ICAV l ONVKVriO*. WrKiU'ia Deleiratea Prom Cleveland l.ikely t<> Ue ttefuurd Admission. Special tilfciiatch to The Evening star. COLl Mitl'S. Ohio, June 20. I>el'*ga*.ei5 to the republican state ?onvcntion which o|H'ns here tomorrow, began to arrive this morning. Tiie prospect for a cootwt In the convention since the fac tional light in Cleveland, Saturday, now promises a much Iurgcr convention than was expected last week The friends of Senator Hanna have com plete control of the situation and wUI not only nominate the ticket but de. i.Ie the contests. The most important of these is that in Cuyahoga county, whe re each fac tion has chosen sixty-live delegut< s. 8 nee the Mclvisson faction look summary act on against the iianna faction in Cleve land, Saturday, It is quite certain that scats will be refused to the McKisaon dele gation. There are ST.* d< legates in tin con vention. The Hanna leaders ccmcede that the opposing faction has e>-v<nt\ two dele pates sure and that KCi. in-ludlng the six ly-tivc. are in doubt, making in all 17.". that tiie Kurtz men ma) control. H - I"- 1 Ick will arrive from Washing! ,n today to look after Senator Manna's Interests, and will probably read to tiie convention the senator ? speech Congressman Grosvenor will, no doubt be < hairm.in of the convt ntion H. M. Daugherty is to have charge ?f the campaign and will be succeeded as chairman of the state central emmitt.-e by Cyruf: Huling cf this city. ????? ^ THIEVES f iPTI HB A SI I EH I EE. A De; pernte Karnanlrr nt Ml. Gilead. CIItio. Veaterdny. Special Iiispatch to Tile Evening Star. CLEVEI.AVD, OHIO, June I!**.?There was a desperate encounter between tide vet and the authorities at lit. Gilead yester day. Sheriff i'urinton and lieputy Hi'Win were captured by a desperate gang of horse thieves and tak. n into the woods east of the town. A posse of citizens organised and a pitch ed battle ertVued befor< the thieves' wore overcome. A doxen shots were ex.Kvng-d and the thieves were only overttowerec! when their ammutdtion was gone. They are now in custody. SWEPT III' A WIMi STORM. Much llnmnse ll'inr In Manara and Orlonna Counties, X. 1'. MIDDI.EPORT, N. Y.. June 20.-A ter rific wind storm struck N'ir.gra and Or leans countics early yesterday. The storm t~n\eied In a belt three miles wide and seventy miles long. In Orleans county hun ditds of orchards were entirely destroyed. The damage will reach many thousands of dollars. A woman living near Gaines is sild to have received fatal Injuries from ft falling building. Many large bams wet* destroy ed end the wreckage earned from sixty to ote hundred feel. The wind started in tho western part of Niagara county and trav eled ea6t. Spain Gets War Material. LONDON, June 20.?A special diap&tch from Paris says in Austrian agent baa re turned from Madrid, where be delivered to the Spanish authorities, via the Pyrenees, 3.000,000 empty cartridges and 120 tons of explosives, derived from French, Austrian and Belgian sources. Steamship Arrival. At New York?Cevle, from UvirpooL