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The Seattle post-intelligencer. [volume] (Seattle, Wash. Terr. [Wash.]) 1888-1914, July 10, 1898, Image 1

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Arm/a | fsu-acia* to. e*au*s A."® joaauts.
United States Has Nothing to
Gain by Doing So.
No Open Move for the Purpose of Negotiating Peace Has
Yet Begun—The Powers Reported to Be Debating the
Situation—Evidence That the Spanish Cabinet Is Di
vided—The Throne Said to Be in Danger and the
Country in the First Stages of Revolution—Effort to
Secure the Expulsion of Don Carlos From Belgium.
WASHINGTON, July 9.—There is the strongest disposition on
the part of the strategists to regard unfavorably the proposition said to
be under consideration at Madrid looking to an armistice of ten days
in order to consider terms of peace. They believe that the United States
has everything to lose and nothing to gain by accepting such a propo
sition. During that time Admiral Camara's squadron might find safe
lodgment in some strongly fortified coast town like Ferrol and thus
elude Watson's pursuit. History shows that the directors of success
ful armies are always averse to ceasing military operations until un
conditional capitulation is achieved, and that it requires the strong
hand of diplomacy to bring about the short pause before the final con
summation of peace necessary to reach a common understanding.
Belief that the peace movement will be inaugurated continues
strong, but the definite announcement is made that no such movement
has taken form thus far. The state department today stated that no
peace overtures, direct or indirect, official or unofficial, had been sub
mitted to the government. Similar statements came from authorized
sources from the English, French, German and other embassies and
Denial That Formal Overtures Have Been Made.
LONDON, July 9.—Although peace rumors are numerous and
there is a general feeling that Spain may sue for peace, nothing definite
on the subject is known in competent quarters. Both the officials of
the United States embassy and the British foreign office say the situa
tion is the same as yesterday, and at the foreign office it is declared
that there is absolutely no truth in the story printed this morning to
the effect thai Spain has made formal overtures for peace with the
United States through Sir Henry Drummond-Wolff, the British am
bassador at Madrid, and they ridicule the alleged concessions to Spain
in the story referred to.
MADRID, July 9.—The Home correspondent of the Iraparcial tele
graphs that a ten days' armistice is coming, but adds that he thinks
the powers, with the Vatican, are engineering the movement and con
sidering the proper form which the armistice should assume.'
iSrnor fcagasta. however, declared after the cabinet meeting that
the rumors of an armistice are without foundation, and that the gov
ernment is only dfkcu&sing means of prosecuting the war.
Duke de liio, ui>on leaving the cabinet today, denied that peace
negotiations had been opened, adding: "At the present moment we
must talk only of war." It is the general impression that the cabinet
is divided as to the peace question.
According to the newspapers here the Spanish minister of foreign
affairs declared that no European power is disposed to interfere in be
half of peace, unless the belligerents make a request to that effect.
A dispatch from Santiago announces that American reinforce
ments arrived there and the Reina Mercedes was sunk in order to block
the entrance to Santiago.
Mutterings of Civil War In Spain.
Copyrighted. 1898, by the Associated Press,
F.EIJLIX, July 9. —Private advices from Madrid show that the
dissatisfaction in the Spanish army and government circles with the
dynasty and cabinet is greatly increasing, and is assuming threaten
ing proportions. Carlism is spreading rapidly, particularly in the
amy, and may cause a revolution. Strong pressure is bring brought
to bear upon King Leopold of Belgium to expel Don Carlos from his
kingdom on the ground that the Spanish pretender is "an offensive
foreigner." Koth Emperor William of Germany and Emperor Francis
Joseph of Austria have joined in these representations, but thus far
thev have been unavailing.
KF.Y WF~*T. F".a. July 9.—i.:4> p m— ,
Th»-e ;» co« little douM that the Spanish j
stteassT destroyed by the Ha* K. Pralrte I
ar; ! Casti o at Mirielooe Wednesday
night TV.IS the transatlantic liner Alfonso
XII. of nearly € W tor.s.
Although the American ships were un
able to approach ci «• enough to clearly
establish her tientlty >n amount of th#
br;*k fire from % + sh-To batteries, h'r
appearand ccrreaponde-1 almost exactly
with the tie* given of the Alfonso
XII. as given In U '.vdi
T' e de«tr\ii V, -n «'* the ?par: , .ar.i was a
daring piece of work. The credit doer
1 nflt all be. r.g to th * I'ralrie, wh(«e b;g j
g* r."ai;v en >ro; i**t-d the Spaniard's |
r mt. 4-v.I Soft her a ma* of bJaa.T.* wre a
a.-c or. tie be--h. The work of the little |
i converted ya«rht Hawk *ai heroic to a j
j dun*, It waa sbe wUa ftni j
No Open Move for Peace Yet Begun.
Madrid Cabinet Is Divided.
j the en* my and at one# gave cha*e, run
j n\r,g ba k at a. distance, when the Span
> Ur.l dr*w under the M&nel batteries and
to two Spanish guntvats lying in the
harbor. Refor» se» kirte aid, however, the
Hawk S wered a small ho at, manned by
Ensign Sehofleld and a crew of six. In
the bright light of the tropical they
pulled boldly tt* within a ship's length of
the Spaniard, aftrr she had gone aground,
their mt»<ion bring to learn her nam*.
From the time thry left th* Hawk until
their return thr small boat and her rrew
were mad* a brilliant target for th» ene
my and an Incessant fir* was directed at
| them.
II wfver, they drew closer and closer.
Shots were .tying 1 around them, but
| nona stru.k them asi they were fvnt;il-
Ily compelled to return to »he»r ships with*
gat taTla* ■ccom»iUhe4 tattr &usioa»
fill 808 EVMIS
Battleship lowa Injured in
the fight With Cervera.
rrskakUltr That Soaae Other War
Teasel WUI Be Seat With the
■asters Sfaairss-Watsoa Daaa
Wat Seed Additional Ships ta Or
der ta Aaathllata Cssaara ' Fleet
Arrives at Part l|aldaa Ita Betara
WASHINGTON, July 9.—Naval officials
feel that another change may have to be
tnade In the make-up of the Eastern
squadron, which Is to strike a blow against
the Spanish coast, as the battleship lowa
suffered some hard knocks in the recent
naval battle with Cervera's squadron, and
It may be necessary to substitute one of
the other battleships during the repairs on
the lowa. No decision on ths subject has
been reached thus far, as the department
hi* not received the report showing tho
exact condition of our ships after the bat
tle. The Associated Press Interview with
Capt. Robley Evans, of the lowa, leads
naval experts to believe that the lowa will
require considerable overhauling before
she is ready for a trip across the ocean.
According to Capt. Evans* story the lowa
was struck twice and one shell exploded,
while ths other is Imbedded, unexploded,
near the water line of the ship, This last
shot may prove troublesome. From the
light manner in which Capt. Evans speaks
of the damage it is not regarded as very
serious by the offlcials, yet it is probably
snough to keep the Icwa from accom
panying the Eastern squadron to the coast
of Spain. A decision as to whether she
will be withdrawn will not be made until
the report is received on ths condition of
the ship. Either the Massachusetts or the
Indiana will be substituted for the lowa,
if it is found necessary to make a change.
Either of them Is as formidable as the
lowa. Their four large guns are of the
13-inch type, while those of the lowa are
12-inch. In oth»r respects their batteries
are similar to ths lowa. They are com
monly regarded as rather better sea-going
ships than ths lowa.
The department has not decided to in
crease the number of Watson's ships, as
has been reported, as It is felt that ths Hat
snnounced yesterday Is quits ample to take
cars of Admiral Camera's squadron, now
returning hastily to protect the coast of
Spain. Camera's only armored ships are
the Pelayo and Carlos V., the former of
9,900 and the latter of 9,000 tons. They are
outranked In every point by the ships of
the American squadron, armor, armament,
speed, size and number of guns, and gen
eral effectiveness.
Admiral Bunce sent the welcome news to
the navy department today that the repairs
being made on the dock at the Brooklyn
navy yards had been completed. It is ex
pected that the battleship lowa can be
docked within the next three weeks, and
the damage she sufTef-ed during the engage
ment with Cervera's fleet repaired.
Csnsra Satis for Cartagena.
PORT SAID, July 9.—Six vessels belong
ing to the fleet of Admiral Camara arrived
here today from Sues on their way back
to Spain. At sp. m. today the warships,
colliers and troop ships sailed for Carta
Destroyers Reach Messina.
MRS3INA, Sicily, July 9.—Th« Spanish
torpedo boat destroyers Audax, Prosperlna
and Osada, belonging to Admiral Camara's
squadron, have arrived hero from Port
Said, on their way back to Spain.
Both Will Re Promoted When an
Official Report Is Reeelved.
WASHINGTON, July S>.~The president
has determined to promote Acting Admiral
Sampson and Commodore Schley, In recog
nition of their services In the destruction
of the Spanish naval fleet !n American
waters, but is undecided as to the extent
of promotion. Although Admiral Sampson
outranks Commodore Bofcley in command
of the naval forces In Cuban water*, he is
subordinate to that officer by two numbers
tn the r.aval register. Commodore Schley
stand No. S In the list of commodon*, and
Sampson stands No. 10. having been pro
motel to that grade within the past week
Commodore Watson. a!so on duty with the
fleet at Santiago, is senior to both of the
others, standing No. «in his grade. Wh<*n
an official report is received, a decision will
be reached as to the extent of the promo
tion to be made.
Admiral <*«mpaon Marm niiinrn.
MADRID. July 9—lt J» r»;that ?h<>
Bj.ar.Uh government ha* reeved a dis
patch from Oapt. Ofr>. Plane© announcing
that Rear Admiral Sampaon has sent hits
a telegraphic dispatch summoning the
Spanish commander to order ?h» evacua
tion of Cuba within forty -eight hours and
announcing that otherwise the Am«tli"aa»
will bombard all the fort# Sri Cub#
Mar* ParaMtera
WASIfTNOTON. July » -Paymaster
<>ner»l Stanton, of the army, ha* w >Tn«
n»nM to Sarrs'ary of Aig< r the
appointment of twrry-Bre a.sdi:*->*>*: p»r*
master* for the army ■ervfc*. There ara
row on the roils wtfrty paymasters In
the volunteer ar.d twenty-ftva in the reg
ular army, hut this runjfewr Is
lot a* vork to fc«a* _ .
President McKinley Gives Shat-
ter Plain Instructions.
Linares' Offer to March Out of the City, Leaving Ameri
cans in Possession, Meets With a Flat Refusal—Un
less the Enemy Gives Up by Noon Today the Bom
bardment Will Begin—Our Troops in Fine Condition
to Overwhelm the Intrenchments—Another Twenty
four Hours They Will Be Undisputed Conquerors.
Special Dispatch to the I^t-Intelligencer.
NEW YORK. July O.—A special from Washington says: The
president at a late hour tonight positively refused to allow Gen. Shaf
ter, commanding before Santiago, to accept anything but au uncondi
tional surrender from Gen. Linares. If the latter does not accede to
Gen. Shatter's demands before noon Sunday it is believed Santiago wiU
be in the hands of Americans by sunset AIARKHAM.
Both Sides Lined Up for Battle.
WASHINGTON, July o.—The great battle expected today did
not tak.? place, although the time limit expired at noon, with the forces
on both sides at Santiago lined up for battle.
The reason was that the Spanish commander, who had been in
correspondence by telegraph with his home government, was seeking
to make terms with Gen. Shafter by which he might save his anuy
from capture. He was willing to give up Santiago without resistance,
if allowed to retreat with all of his men and arms across the island,
but this idea was not entertained for a momeut by our government*
Surrender Means an Early Peace.
On the contrary, every effort will be put forth to seal up all ave
nues of escape from Santiago and to compel the final surrender of the
Spanish army. To have allowed it to make its way unmolested into the
interor would have amounted simply to reinforcements of the garrison
of Havana by these thousands of trained soldiers, who had proved
their courage as worthy foemen in the fitting in the trenches. On
the other hand, to compel their surrender, it is believed, would cer
tainly produce an enormous moral effect, both in Havana and in Spain
itself, and tend to the early conclusion of the war.
Secretary Alger and Adjt. Gen. Corbin vere in quick communica
tion with Gen. Shafter at Santiago during the day. These officials,
however, decline positively to give out for publication any dispatches
relating to the negotiations that are going on between Gen. Shafter
and Gen. Linares, or to confirm any of the exciting rumors that were
flying through the corridors all day.
Shafter WiU Assume Control of the City.
Nevertheless, it was evident from their manner that a crisis had
been reached so far as Santiago was concerned, and that as matters
stood at the close of the day there was no reason to l>e dissatisfied with
the outlook, as it is known that Gen. Shafter has lost nothing by the
armistice, his men are rested, the commissary has improved, the roads
have been cleared, and his artillery is now almost completely placed
in a most effective manner. None of these things existed at the begin
ning of the armistice. On the other hand, the Spanish forces have
largely diminished their slender stock of provisions and have steadily
lost confidence.
Everything Shatter reported to be in a most satisfactory condition,
and fighting might be resumed at any time. If Hantiugo falls uuder
the attack of (ien. Shaftcr, the general himself will assume command
of Santiago, and retain that command as long a« he stayg in that
vicinity, and until he is relieved by orders from Washington. It is not
contemplated here to turn the captured communities over to the Cubans
without very careful consideration of the conwquem-es involved, not
only from the point of moral obligation upon the United Stated a* a
civilized nation, but also from sound politcal considerations. The re
ports that are reiterated as to the brutal attitude of the Cubans to
ward the Spanish who surrendered near Santiago have canard a great
deal of disquiet here, and it is believed that our military and naval com
manders will lw» exjK-cted to see to it that the Cuban* are held to the
strictest observance of the rules of civilized warfare under pain of be
ing severely dealt with.
The conference broke up shortly after midnight. Secretary Alger
said there had been no reports of tiring or of action.
"Hut," he added, "there ha* been s<»nie talk of surrender. X
proposition ha* been made, which will not be considered, and things, I
think, will goon about as they were intended/'
"Do yon m»*an by that," he was ask<*d, "that the bombardment
will be made at once?"
"I cannot say definitely, but that is very probable,"' he replied.
Spanish Officials Take Their Time.
Copyrighted, by the Associated J'ress.
IN FRONT OF BANTIAGO, July 9.—The Spanish authorities am
taking time to consider the proposition of surrender. Cable operator*,
at the request ~f the Spanish officials, have been allowed to enter
Santiago, and The matter of the surrender of that city is m»w being
considered with Madrid direct. The general feeling among American
officers is that the surrender will be made.
It has been proposed that a battalion of sliarpshooters be formed
from eadb rt*fia(Stll hnttalion in the army. It in *ai«l that this bat
talion will U* able to clear the region near the army of the p<>tiferou*
| guerrillas, who from tree tops or other cover make many attempt* L«
| aaaaasinate wounded men as thex ve bong carried to th« rfiar«
Alger Expects a Fight Today*

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