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Ill, NO. 128.
Battle for Life Ends
Hin Career lileutlUed With the Advam
merit of Newport News. Widow anil
Elve Uaughit-rH Survlie. Fun?
eral Arrttiigenieutti.
Colonel Carter M. Braxton, one of
Newport News' oldest and most prom?
inent citizens, always a leader in the
city s Improvement, died at his resi?
dence on Washington avenue last night
at 9:15 o'clock, after a lingering ill?
ness of Brighfs diesase, in the sixty
second year of his age.
Since last fall Colo.iel Braxton's
health hau been failing, and for som
tine past his friends ha>-? kn?wr mat
the end was approaching. Iiis mi
niinse .v.II power battled with death's
dfrk r.ugol up to a few rrome 1 -3 |..-f..re
lhe end, but "at last the dyiur n
threw up his arms and surrende
tl.p ii'.p. less lattle. hibSfOol ?mil
taking awny into the great 1. ...nd
\Wui.. there snail be no more ?-..i?t\
Colonel Braxtoi. was born in Norf oil
on the 5th day of September, 1S39 but
his early boyhood was spent in ' tin
county of King and Queen. In the
yeai of 1847 ColonsI Hraxton moved,
to FYedericksburg where he lived until
1881, when he came to Newport News
Ever since that time Colonel' Brax?
ton has been identified with the Inter?
ests of the clt> li. man> ways. As
vice-president of the Business Men's
Association he was always a leader in
any movement for the advancement of
the town, and he held many Position?
of trust and honor. When the Chesa
peake & Ohio railway was extended
from Richmond to Newport News
Colonel Braxton was the chief engineer
of that corporation and was In charge
UKAMJE nucui: sk.
Her Babcock and Wilcox Holtet
by Scotch Type.
ICi pin i
of the work.
When the First National Bank wa?
organized in this city Colonel Braxton
?was elected Its first vice-president Up
to the time of his death he was most
active in all that. he undertook. A.s
vice-president of the Newport News
Gas Company he was untiring In his
efforts to establish it on a firm basis
and the success with Which the com?
pany has met attests how well ho suc?
ceeded. Colonel Braxton was activelv
interested in the new- electric railway
between this city and Old Point, which
is to be built shortly.
During the civil war Colonel Brax?
ton was a distinguished soldier, cast?
ing his lot with the forces of the Con?
federacy. He enlisted in 1861 as a cap?
tain of artillery, but in the following
year he was appointed to the position
of chief of artillery on the staff of
he 'served^tintll \ne close ot'fhe-waVrV
By his courteous manners' to all
?with whom he came in contact Colonel
Braxton won the esteem of all who
knew him, and many are they who
?will truly mourn his loss. For many
years he had been a c'onsistant member
of the Baptist church.
Colonel Braxton is survived by a
widow and five daughters?Misses
Nannie, Josephine and Lulie. Mrs. Ed?
ward M. Patteson and Mrs. L. M.
Saunders, all of whom were with him
when he passed quietly into eternal
The funeral service will take place
tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, and
the interment will be in Greenlawn
Large Audience WUurMf? the I'erfor
i of the llypuotlsm.
The following from Marine Engin?
eering, is of local interest:
Work was commenced last winter
tearing out the water tube boilers of
the Plant Line steamer La Grande
Duchesse, to make room for the instal?
lation of Scotch marine boilers. Up to
the time of the removal of her boilers
the Grande Duchesse had the largest
equipment of water tube boilers of any
American seaguing vessel. There were
eight Babcock and Kilcox boilers
They were adapted to forced draught
and a working pressure of 225 pounds
per square inch. The new Scotch
boilers were constructed by the New?
port News Shipbuilding anil Dry Dock
Company, of Newoptr News, and were
the heaviest job ever undertaken in this
country. There- are two double ended
Hers 15 feet 3 inches diaimi. r and
20 feet long, and two single elided boil
rs. 15 feet 3 inches in diameter and 11
feet long, built for a working pressure
f 210 pounds. The shell plate lor these
boilers is I 5-S inches thick. They are
fitted with Morrison corrugated furna?
ces and plain tubes with ivtnrders.
The boilers weigh over 100 tuns, or as
much as the heavier freight locomo?
tives. The Grande Duehcse is 404 feet
long over all. 47 feet :i inches beam and
37 feet in depth. She displaces about
5.600 tons on a mean draught of 17
feet 4 inches. She has accommodation
for 70.0 passengers ami 3.000 tons nf
freight. The propelling machinery
consists of two sets of quadruple ex?
pansion engines, with cylinders 21 inch?
es. 31 inches. IS inches and OS indies
diameter, and 12 inches In stroke. The
vessel has a sea speed of 17 knots.
The Grande Duchesse is now ready tor
after being laid up all winter.
Boys of Battery A Receive
Bibles as Gifts.
ArterSub-Calabr? Practice the Auxiliary
Cruiser Leaven f,)r Old I'oluf. Uu.ts
Work Satisfactorily. N? New?
of the lttttTalo.
Military discipline is at all times a
Wien n v" "'e, "'<:ai'0'-K "f "> " ^
bink5 of 3 ,areTueta"*<1 to duty on the
banksoi the James River, separated
less u- u I T<y .b>; leasuos ?f fathom
ou n , Vhi '1 ',",,eetl hard tu be held
oie"h, . 6 I"'K"1 regulations which
might he expected in times when the
n entarnv i^ttt,?"Jeillins she" are ??
men " U""ni"s tne 'anks of th
"f the membetK of Battery A
-u at the encampment above the
Electric ICi.l
Mr. W. J. Payne, of Richmond, is in
he city in the interest of the proposed
ew electric railway between this cltv
nd Old Point. The route will he sur?
veyed immediately under the'supervis?
ion of competent enginers and work on
Lhe now road will be pushed as rapidly
is possible from now on.
Farewell Humplet.
Mr. William G. Fitzgerald, draughts?
man, in the employ of the Newport
News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Com?
pany, was entertained last evening in
the rooms nf the Americus Democratic
'lub by his fellow draughtsmen In
onor of his leaving for Baltimore,
where he has accepted a position with
the Columbian Iron Works, a large
shipbuilding yard of that. city. Music,
singing, recitations and speeches were
the features of the evening.
Mr. Filzgerald has made many
friends during his slay in Newport
News, and his departure Is" looked
upon with much regret.
Large crowds continue to fill John?
son's Opera House to witness the hyp?
notic performances of the I^ees. Much
interest has been manifested as is ev?
idenced by the crowded houses eich
night. Many who went to the lust
night have attended every perform?
Last night's performance was even a
greater success than any yet and tin
crowded house witnessed many marv?
elous features, both amusing and in?
structive. The country school-master
and his class of little boys, who recited
their piece, was very amusing. Men
were made to forget their own names.
It was Interesting to watch their facial
expression while trying to call words
A dark cloud hung over the stage and
rained silver dollars. It was a sight
to see how the subjects scrambled for
the dollars, filling their pockets and
clothing with them.
The closing scene was a base oatt
game. The players were very enthu?
siastic and played a hot game.
There will be a matinee tins after?
noon at 2:30, when ladles will venture
upon the stage.
Tho Fight for the Office of Police Justice
Proluise? to be Animated.
' There promises to be an animated
fight made in the common council
when the matter of appointing a police
Justice Is considered.
3 Beside Justice J. G. D. Borwn the
present Incumbent, there will he sevei
al other candidates in the held wliota
names will .come up before the coun?
cil. Attorneys E. S. Robinson and L.
M. Sturgls both being urged by their
' friends to make a fight for the office.
The name most recently mentioned
in connection with the position is that
of Police Commissioner J. L. Mary
jr The result of the race will t
watched with great interest by the
friends of all the candidates
Cut Flowers
Floral Designs and Decorations of all
kinds at short notice furnished r*
greenhouse prices. WM. G. BUUGhS
my 28-tf.
The Y. M. C. A. wheelmen will take
run to Big Bethel.this, nOri-norm,.
The Social Committee o! the i-.p-.vonn
League entertained the member.-, of the
league at an enjoyable strawberry so?
cial last evening at Moss' Hall.
Rev. I. S. Boyles, of W-.HVimsburg,
will address the men's meeting at the
rooms of the Young Men's Christian
Association tomorrow afternoon at 1
o'clock. Boy's meeting at 2:30 ..'.-lock.
The members of the Lee Company
of hypnotists were entertained last
night at a "smoker" by the Elks or this
Miss Mamie Fry. of South Boston.
Va.. is the guest of Mrs. Ii. E. Ed?
Mr. T. H. Curtis, lighthouse keeper
at Painter Shoals, is visiting in the
?Miss Sadie Fleury. of Ashland. Va..
is the guest of Miss Marguerite Shep?
herd in East End.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McFarlane have
returned from a visit to friends in
Mrs. N. H. Turner, of Chestnut ave?
nue. East End. is visiting her former
home in James City county.
A lli.x to the Kittes.
Not to be outdone by the citizens of
Hampton, several public spirited men
of Newport News started a movement
erday to send tin- Huntington
Rilles. now in camp at Richmond, a
arge box of provisions and dainties of
the season, which the boys under can?
can appreciate alter a week at. Un
Sam's mess.
lie committeee soliciting subscrip?
tions to this box comprises E. W. Mil
stead. Chairman, A. McMahon
treasurer, and A. C. Garrett, secre?
is the aim of these gentlemen to
fllla goo.l-sized box with good things
and lake it to Richmond tomorrow
riling; thus giving the boys a good
layout for the Sabbnth.
rite subscriptions to this fund up to
noon were as follows:
E. W. Milstead.$ 1 00
W. H. Hopkins. 1 00
~ \. Branch. 1 00
A. C. Garrett. 1 00
McMahon.'?? ?? 1 00
J. O'Donnell . 1 00
A. Moss. 1 00
W. C. Stuart. 1 00
A. L. Powell. 1 00
.1. E. Williams.
C. W. Robinson.
A. A. Turnbull.
Ed. Crossley.
shipyard, was complaining yesterday
within fhr,,ty "f kePI'"1^ men
?it hin the narrow limits of Camp
VVarburtort, when the whole citv
Newport News is teeming with prettv
l ue,c?o,t,Ural,>,' dft" "" ^ subject J
blue doth and red stripes. This
aitilleryman was bemoaning the
'hat it u-u.s 011|y allowable for
?wn fiv ?,-U,c b;"U"'y tu c?m
town five times in two weeks and
to "lUltM !Ue UmUed in Point of time
I? about three hours each Prom
noo,1 until * o'c-.ockrea?cT
uiti noon the citizen soldiers have
n "wish" ,h?JT, ,0af arOUnd th* W
", Ulsh ''"> Maine had never beet.
ui', l- ,h"i ',1,Uri"B lhese "ou,'s to*
' " lnal 'hey could put in some vei
ll St-il!"?enftS;, We''6 thvy allowed
. w.? I.urns -.vhn were visitors at the
can,, yesterday afternoon were heard
opinomSS ",Cmselves be of the same
.v man in Batter A has a bran
- estament. Of course, when they
t heir respective homes for the
wi.b t\"OSt ?" fthe men carried Bibles
?RH IVm. but those who did not haw
who HhTSenttd With one' and "'ose
who didnnw have two.
Not. o4y have the boys received coc
mfve ? -V S"ud book' l>ut each one is
, ? i- ' ? ,iss,?ss'on of a complete dress
maaei s .stabiishment. One of the
boys said yesterday that thev only
wing machine to make the
outfit comjete. "We have all sorts of
tools and f.nny looking instruments of
torture, S5U he. "but I don't believe
there- is a n,n j? tUe camp kn
how to handv all of them."
ma^err\vife^'the' ex""pc^tmastef geti
eral, whose -n-in-law. Captain Bar
lay H. Warbvton, Is in command of
the battery, hch of the men in the
command were'presented with a little
hlch eonlined the above ennu
merated article- and the men prize
their gifts veryiilghly.
"A Hst TIME."
'bout 4 o'clocl yesterday afternoon
plain Warburln took his men out
the drill grouil opposite the camp
and for an hour t s0 amused himself
by practicing the attery in the intri
r the manu vies at "double
time." When the ien were marched
back to their quarlrs they presented
mical apptance. Their blue
flannel shirts, not th coolest article of
ess. were saturate*with the perspi?
ration of their honest|abur, their hair
s bedewed aw thou\-, they had just
withdrawn their head from the blue
James, while little vul^ts of "toil
juice" streamed in uninterrupted
?ourse down their ta10d visages,
l'hey seemed to he ejoylng theni
lelves and declared thal|ley )la(j had
\ "hot time."
At 2:15 o'clock yesterda afternoon
the auxiliary cruiser Dixie in charge
of the jolly tars of the Mary ?j Naval
Reserve, weighed anchor ai |eft the
James River bound for id Point.
When she started she had rate of
nearly ten knots and present a re.
marknbly pretty picture as si moved
smoothly and rapidly througrqie w-a
Commander C. IT. Davis, wl, js j,,
comma nd of the Dixie, is a desUredly
popular ofiieer, an dthe Chicago ecord
has the following to say of him:
? Commander Davis attended the
Princess Eulalie, when she came the
World' Fair, as the representatK 0f
President Cleveland, and in ackrivl
edgement of his services the Queen>P_
rent of Spain decorated him with?,,,
vrder of Isabella the Catholic. The,,
signia is a Greek cross beautifully i.
ameled in colors. Captain Davis 1?
brother-in-law of Senator Lodge, ai
just before he started to sea. the Sens
a capacity of trjvtng 400 bullets a
minute, and, althfh the missile is of
a very small slalt Is sufficient to
Plough through tsides of a torpedo
boat as readily ai pistol bull will go
through a tin cunnd can cause un?
told uneasiness \vn directed against
the unprotected dts of vessels of a
larger type.
Men In one of thOlxle's small boats
had a narrow esqe from being shot
Wednesday nlght.pbe boat was sent
ashore with somoiorkmen who had
been tinkering abo the ship ana
{started to return hortly after 11
o clock. The niglwas dark, but a
vigilant marine sathe boat as it ap?
proached. He hail; but the crew,
thinking the call ?rely a matter ot
form, did not ans'r.
A second hail wagiven with an or?
der to stop. No aiilion was paid to
that nor to the thl order. The ma?
rine put his rifle tois shoulder, aimed
at the center of thboat. and was
about to fire wheiLieutenant Smith,
who had come up llhe meantime, ran
to him nnd prevond him from firing
just in the nick oflme. The boys In
the boat were reprianded for not an?
swering when calls upon and were
frightened when try learned what a
narrow escape theyiad.
The Maryland nav: reserves on board
the cruiser Dixie h-i a visit Thursday
from Commander Eierson, of the Ma?
ryland Naval Milltl and a party of
guests, who came own on the com?
mander's trim littie-acht Nvdla.
The Nydla arrlveBrt Old Point about
8 o'clock in the moning. and. after a
short stay there, ra up to tho Dixie's
anchorage off the sipyard. As the
yacht passed the shj she was prontin?
ly recognized by tb sailor boys and
their officers, who rowrtcd the decks
and the open ports d get a good view
of her and weleomedher with a hcartv
cheer and much waing of caps.
The salute was retimed by those on
board the Nydla wth handkerchiefs.
Then the yacht's coli-s were dipped in
sri.u .e *.o the Dixie arj the Dixie's were
dipped in response.
When the Nydia lit go her anchors
a row hundred yardsup the river from
the cruiser, the DixFs whalebnat was
sent to the Nydla aid Commander and
Mrs. Emmerson and party were taken
aboard the shir. o,niuiu..o? ^?..,_
welcomed the visitors and held an In
rmal reception In 11s handsome cab?
While the visitors n-ere on board the
crews of the starboird six-inch guns
were having their first sub-calibre
practice, and this was watched by the
arty with especial Interest. Mrs. Em?
erson fired a shot from the stern gun.
hlch was sighted by Lieutenant Mur
5ch, and hit the target, a barrel bob?
bing up and down In the water more
than half a. mile distant.
Ashort time after the visitors went
back to the Nydla Commander Davis
returned Commander Emerson's call.
A short time after they returned to
the Dixie the yacht's anchor was
eighed and she started on her trip
back to Baltimore, gracefully dipping
her colors as she went.itnd receiving a
The auxiliary cruiser Buffalo, form?
erly the Brazilian dynamite cruiser
NIctheroy. which is expected at. tho
shipyard for conversion, has not been
heard from for several days. Notwith?
standing this fact, however, the report
as current last night that the arrival
of the Buffalo was looked for here in
few days.
Is the Hemming in of the
Spanish Fleet.
Hlgh School Commencement.
The program for the commencement
exercises of the Newport News High
School, which will take place next
Monday evening at the Opera House,
ill be as follows:
Opening prayer?Rev. E
Conferring Diplomas?Hon. Thomas
Temple Powell, Superintendent of
Awarding of medals:
Schmelz Bros.?C. C. Berkley.
Daily Commercial?Ed. L. Walbridge.
Ideal Pharmacy?C. W. Robinson.
M. H. Lash?Rev. C. C. Cox.
W. G. Smith?C. A. Ashby.
Address?Francis J?. Causey, of
Hampton, Va.
Reports of Superintendent and Presi?
dent of the School Board.
Police Court
Justice J. D. Q. Brown yesterday
morning gnve audience and attended to
the ills of the following in the Temple
of Justice:
Stella Ashton, a colored damsel,whose
fair name was questioned, was re?
quired to enter Into bond In the sum
of $200 to be void if she continues to
live blameless for three months.
Alice Furbush, also colored, was
charged with being disorderly, and for
her frollcksome living she was assess?
ed $3.50.
The case against George H. Taylor,
colored, charged with larceny, was con?
tinued until Tuesday next.
II. T. Davis was dismissed on the
charge of larceny. It was alleged that
happened to be joking Davis abod Mr. Davis had stolen $20 In gold but
his decoration. the charge was not sustained.
"What is it good for." inquired the John Puckett and Thomas Clark, col
?nator. "What advantage Is it?" red, charged with larceny, were dis
"Well." replied Davis, "among other kissed. _
Kohbetl lit Norfolk.
The Norfolk police made what they
consider a fairly good haul Thursday
when they landed four men giving their
names as Fren Lennan, Oswego. N. Y.:
John Freeman, Covington, Ky.: Tom
Havel, New Haven, Conn., and David
Nash, of Virginia.
The four are charged with going
through the trousers of John Marlin, a
Newport News machinist, while he
slept in the Murray House. on lower
al Carpenter,
,De9irable residence above the ship?
yard for sale af a reasonable price.
Small cash payment, balance in small
monthly installments. Money to lend
at 6 per cent, to pay for home on long
'.or short time. Houses and lots for
aale in all parts of the city. Life and
fire insurance in the best companies.
Apply to Ed. M. Holt. 135 Twenty
sixth street, P. O. Box 110. New 'phone
Two hundred dozen best Masson's
?TPruit Jars, pints, quarts and half gal?
Church street. Wednesday night, and
making away with $13, all that Martin
Lennan slept in the same room an
Martin suspected him. as he was gone
in the morning. When he was arrested
1 the others were with Lennan. who if
J said to have had Martin's hat on.
Ten cream freezers 2 to 10 quarts, Ic;
water coolers 2 to S gallons. Prices
right. Adams' Racket Stare.
The United Security L. T| and Trust
i Co of Philadelphia, recently made r
loan of one hundred and forty-twi
thousand dollars in Portsmouth, Va. /
big loan for "war times." However
Ed M. Holt, their agent for Newpor
News a nd Hampton, has been instructs
to lend two hundred thousand dollars in
Newport News and Hampton, at from
5 1-2 to 6 per cent, on real estate on long
or short time and on a safe and deflnitt
If you want any money at this ratt
or these terms call at 135 Twenty-sixth
street between Washington and Wesl
avenues, or write to P. O. Box 110
New 'Phone 199^_ ma-21-P
"""New 'line Window Screens and Di brr
hings, any man who wears that deco
ation has the right of audience with
Queen at any time. He can go up
.o the palace and knock at the door
ind tell the usher he wants to see the
iueen; and they've got to let him in al
"??Then you'd better take it along with
-ou when you go to sea," retorted Sen
tor Lodge. "It would be very handy
r the Spaniards captured you and
hould take you to Madrid."
For several hours yesterday morn
ng the boys on the new auxiliaiy
miser were given some experience in
mndling the guns and excellent was
he showing that they made, the boxe3
mil barrels which were floated in the
?ivt-r to be used a^ targets being very
ladly damaged by the experimenting.
Hie "sub-calibre appliances for the alx
nch rifles of the Dixie arrived several
ays ago. but were not fitted to the
.ort guns until yesterday, prior to the
arget practice. During..the test the
? ix'ie behaved remarkably well, being
s solid as a house.
Yesterday's drill was the first target
??actio- in which the boys have In?
dulged, although they have become
thoroughly familiar with the mechan
sm ami workings of the guns, and the
?esult was extremely satisfactory, the
,ovs showing great aptitude In hand
in'g the death-dealing engines.
The auxiliary battery of the Dixie is
omposed of six-pounders and Colt ma
hine guns, which are manned entirely
y the marines. The Colts were tested
est erday for the first time, for the
f discovering whether or not
troops Can lie Lantleil lu Cuba
tit Any Eear of Attack
ami 11-glti Active
??ZyVi,u\a~&m.' "Only one' - ' '
(Bv Telegraph.)
TEW ORLEANS. May 27.?The
?!ith day's session of the General As
Mbly of the Presbyterian church or
thflnited States was a quiet one.
'e standing committee on the Sab
ba submitted a report setting forth
thuthere is a growing disregard for
the<ibbath day, and that It is not
conf,j alone to the nonChristians.
Somtf our people seem to disregard
the laand principle of the Sabbath as
exprefd in the dialogue and are gov?
erned ry often by personal conveni?
ence a\ tne iterest of worldly gain
and seT.0U!, pleasure.
The ctmittee advised that the as?
sembly -i upon our people to use
their utm. personal influence for the
scriptural,gervance of the Sabbath
as the Lot, <jay. The report was
adopted. ier routine business the
assembly tt^ jecess until 8 P. M.
WASHING"^, p. c.. May 27.?
Reprcsentativtt'rnnd, of North Caro?
lina, introducei DU| today granting a
pension of $40 month to Mrs. Adal
ine W. Lagiey,' North Carolina,
mother of Ensh,Worth .Bagley, who
was killed in th^mi,ar?ment of Car
denas, Cuba. re,tly.
Floral Designs si-Doeoratlors of all
kinds at short nv.e furr,i-.-hed at
greenhouse-pTi.es. g. BURGESS
my 28-tf
ammed and that was due to the be t
vbich carries the ammunition to. tne
-veech of the guns and is ? dif
?hlch can be. bo easily o^rcorne as to
^M?S^"^^?^ ^ stori
patent, wood
ivood ware supplies,
atone churns,
dams' Racket
Good selten doori.ompiete
(By Telegraph.)
CUBA, May 27. 2 A. M..via Kev West
Fla.. May 27.?At 10 o'clock last night
the Dolphin ran alongside the flagship
New York. Her lights showed that she
bore dispatches lor Hear Admiral
Sampson. The commander of the Dol?
phin shouted through the megaphone:
"I have dispatches from Commodore
Schley to the commander-ln-chlef."
A cheer went up from the crowded
decks or the New York. Couimordore
Schley-s dispatches were dated Cinen
"Absolutely nothing definite can lie
said." was the reply which Captain
Chadwick, of tin.- New York, made to a
question as to what transpired. Since
he heard of Admiral Cervcra's arrival
at Curacao, Rear Admiral Sampson
has repeatedly said he believed the
Spaniards would go to Cienfuegos or
Santiago De Cuba.
To prove that the American admiral
was almost sure the Spaniards wou'd
be caught, the following mav be di?
vulged without a breach of confidence
When the ships of Commodore Scl.Iey'6
division were sailing out of Kev West
under Hear Admiral Sampson's orders
lhe admiral set this signal to C.intni?
Phillips, of the Texas:
"You are going to nab the Spaniards,
and good luck to you."
Since then the ???? admiral has been
cr'iil"'-a ..tound as a purely precau?
tionary measure. He thoroughly be?
lieved Commodore Schley would hot
tie up the Spaniards either in Cienfue?
gos or at Santiago De Cuba, but he
took all measures to guard against a
possible evasion of Commodore
Schley by the enemy and any attempt
to make Havana through the eastern
or western passage, though there is lit?
tle doubt that the commodore, had he
met the Spanish ships, could have de?
feated them.
There is good reason to believe, from
a strategic point of view, that more
can be gained by ihe Spaniards being
bottled up in Santiago De Cuba than in
an engagement which, though it would
result in a victory for the Americans,
might have resulted in some danger to
our ships. In the harbor of Santiago
M? Vs-ha. Hivru- !tvlY= 'htf&AylW.-r-cYol.ei
be kept a prisoner there by by sinking
a few hulks In the channel, or either
can be destroyed by a superior force.
If Commodore Schley has successful?
ly accomplished his object, there now
seems nothing to prevent active opera?
tions upon tho part of the army. That
is the idea of the best naval authori?
ties. The climate in Cuba is not what
it was a month ago, but it is much bet?
ter than It will be a month hence, and
before another Spanish fleet can reach
lhese waters, the naval author.ties
hope to see our troop:- in possession of
a base of operations in Cuba. The
navy would be able to cover the land?
ings of the troops and enable the mil?
itary forces to get ashore without hin?
Intense enthusiasm reigns tonight
among the officers and men over the
news, even though It is not absolutely
certain of the success of the work of
the last month. The days have passed
slowly and wearily. and no persons
have chafed more over the delay and
inactivity than those who have been
cruising in Cuban waters since the war
began. But if Commodore ScWIey has
really got the Spanish fleet at Santiago
I71? Cuba it is almost as complete a vic?
tory at* couia .-k?? f??,?
a naval engagement. The Spaniards
policy was to avoid an encounter, and
it would have been difficult for any di?
vision of Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet
to have overhauled or captured them.
But now. if they are bottled up in San?
tiago De Cuba and baffled at their own
game, the fiiture seems bright and all
that is waited for ist the order to pre?
pare to protect the landing of our mil?
itary forces in cuba.
Since Rear Admiral Sampson's squad?
ron left Key West an Intensely close
watch has been kept for the Spanish
fleet, in spite of the belief that it was
at the south of Cuba. Several false
alarms have been given, the men on
the lookout in the tops being so anx?
ious to catch sight of the Spaniards
that they would see five columns of
smoke where only one wns really dls
eernable and that the smoke of Rear
Admiral Sampson's own boats.
The tension was naturally great.
This was not caused by any feeling cf
doubt as to the result of a naval en?
gagement, for Rear Admiral Samp?
son's fleet has been so active since It
left Key West that the Spaniards
would have been completely annihi?
lated if titey had courted a right. The
fleet as at present constituted without
Commodore Sehley's command, and
without, the ships actually engaged In
the blockade, forms the most power?
ful squad ion ever gathered by the Uni?
ted Slates navy. Then again. Commo?
dore Sehley's ships are fully able to de?
feat the Spanish force under Admiral
Corvora, even under conditions favor?
able to the enemy, a state of things
hich is thought to exist at Sanliag ;
e Cuba. It wou'ld be mere pastime
for the Massachusetts. Texas and
Iowa to sink the Vizoaya. Almirante
Oquendo, Cristobal Colon and Maria
Teresa. If they attempted to file out of
the harbor.
KEY WEST, FLA., May 27?Part of
Commodore Sehley's squadron sailed
for the West end of Cuba ahout noon
Thursday. May 10. It consisted of the
Brooklyn, Texas. Massachusetts and
Scorpion. The advance guard of Com?
modore Sehley's fleet wm at Clenrue
gos on Sunday. May 22. where it was
joined bv the Iowa, Eagle and Vixen
and later by the Marblehead.
Commodore Schley had an Idea that
Admiral Cervera's squadron, which 13
carrying guns and ammunition for Ha
vana, would slip Into Cienfuegos which
has railroad communication with thc
Cuban capital. Officers who have ar
rived here on dispatch boats from
Commodore Sehley's squadron say
mere was disappointment In the fleet
when it was found the Spaniards were
"on1 Sunday the Scorpion was sent
-couting in the direction ot Santiago
de Cuba and on Tuesday of this week
about dusk. Commodore Sehley's squad?
ron steamed toward that port, the tor
pedo boat Dupont leaving for Kev
West with dispatches.
The Dupont's officers and men say
there was no firing at Cienfuegos. or
while they were there with the fleet,
which was up to the hour of Its de?
parture. The only unusual incident was
a slight injury to the Dupont while
coaling from the Iowa in a heavy sea.
The cruiser Marblehead left Key
West last Sunday night with the trans?
port Florida to carry General Jose
Lacret's force of 400 men to some point
In Cuba not then divulged. She lay
in Key West harbor on Thursday, and,
therefore, could not bombard a Cuban
town or land ammunition for the Cu?
bans on that day as reported In some
Before reaching Cienfuegos, Commo?
dore Schley sent dispatches to Rear
Admiral Sampson, In which he made
no allusion to any collision with shore
His orders were to look for the Span?
ish squadron, not to stir up the shore
guns. It is believed here that he will
send dispatches to Washington from
Mole St. Nicholas or Kingston. an?
nouncing the result of his search.
Sampson and Schlev Go on the War
(Copyright, 1X98. by Associated Press.)
LESS, VIA KEY WEST. May 27. ? S P.
M. ? Up to 11 o'clock this morning (Fri?
day) nothing had been heard of the
Spanish fleet.
Neither Rear Admiral Sampson nor
the naval olliccrs qf the fleet appear
at all sanguine that the Spaniards, un?
less- hard pressed, will attempt to run
the gauntlet into Havana. Admiral
Cevvera. since he reached the Carrl
bean Sea. bus shown anything but a
disposition to tight, and our officers are
inclined to think Hint if he Is driven
out of the waters south of Cuba he
will double hack to San Juan de Porti
Rico, where his ships could coal under
the protection of butteries as powerful
Sampson ascertained when he bom?
barded the torts there two weeks ago.
But the unexpected might happen, and
If it does, Admiral Sampson is prepar?
ed. Should Cervera run into the arms
of our fleet as now constituted, Iiis stir,
render or annihilation would be Inevit?
able. There are but two passages bj
which he could enter the Florida
From the eastward. 150 miles east of
Havana, the Bahama banks. strung
with coral keys, extends northward
from Cuba to a point sixty miles eail
of the coaisjl of Florida. Tho southern
end of the bunks Is wedged down close
to the coast of Cuba, leaving between
only a narrow passage scarcely fifteen
miles wide and about sixty miles Hong,
called the Bahama channel. At the
north, between Great and Little Baha?
ma banks, the northwest Providence
channel or "Hole hi the Wall," the sea?
faring men about here term It, offers
another door to the Florida straits.
The latt?r route is long and torluouB,
former, through the rJld "Bahama'chan?
nel, is a scant (100 miles, almost an air
line as the crow tiles.
Were the Spanish fleets to come up
through the Windward Passage and
around Cape Maysi, it would have to
choose between these two.
The United States fleet makes an Im?
posing spectacle- as moves majesti?
cally along with every ship bristling
with guns and stripped for action.
Lookouts are always in the military
tops, .sweeping the horizon with their
The newspaper dispatch boats are
obliged by the admiral s orders t.
maintain a position not nearer than
five miles astern, in order to lie out of
harm's way should a collision with the
enemy occur. Several times each night
the scouts far out ou the horizon Mash
their reports to the admiral, skimming
through the water as fast as railroad
trains and filing their colored rockets
afloat into the blackness of the night.
It cannot but occur to those unvers?
ed in naval warfare that these brilliant
exchanges would serve as admirabl.
advertisements of the location of our
fleet should the enemy happen along.
The only exciting incident of the cruise
OjCcurred about 11 o'clock Tuesday
which afterward jolne'iT'ine' tfife^'WAe
arrived. The Heel was steaming eust
ard in column abreast, when the
smoke from three strange ships was
made out on the hurizon, dead ahead
Signal Hags began to fly on the signal
yards of the flagship, as Rear Admir?
al Sampson maue his disposition lot
battle should the stranger prove to he
the enemy: bugles sounded the call to
general quarters, and every executive
officer rang for steam, while the
smokestacks oC our ships began tc
belch forth clouds of smoke as the ves?
sels swung into line ahead.
It was evident that Admiral Sampson
Intended to adopt the favorite forma?
tion of successful commanders in mod?
ern naval battles and light his ships
broadside on.
The speed was quickly increased to
over ten knots and the course altered
sillghtly to pass the strangers on the
port quarter. The very ships seemeti
to scent the battle as they ploughed
through the heavy swell which was
dead agninst them. The admiral's com?
mands were flung back from ship to
From the Dauntless, with our glass?
es we could see the men at quarters
stripped to waist. Nettings to catch
splinters were stretched about the
chart rooms and iridges and every?
thing was made ready for the fray. B
was a sight to satisfy the pride of ev
Ameriean as our fleet bore down
Meantime the military tops of two cH
the strangers had removed all doubl
to the character of the vessels. It
was a false alarm, and the disappoint?
ment of our Jack tars must have beei
keen, judging from the remarks they
made afterward. They had been feed?
ing each other on promises of the many
things they proposed to do to the Span?
iards when they got them, and for r
few minutes they thought the coveted
opportunity had come.
Long before the correspondent.
perched on the tops of the pilot houses
of their boats, were able to recogmz
new comers, the lookouts on th.
warships hud identified them as two ol
the ited States monitors and a sup
ply snip, which had been dispatched In
advance of the main body of the tieet
(By Telegraph.)
CHARLESTON. S. C, May 27.?Or?
ders from the Navy Department for
the release of the passengers and crevv
of the Spanish prize Rita, now at thl
port were received here today, lb'
Spaniards on board the steamer cap?
tured by the Yale will not be held a
prisoners of war. The government
will provide them with transportation
to New York.
Simply more and better for youi
money than ever before at Woodv.apc
? Womble's. . . .i ?? S3 -
If Cervera is Bottled Up,
Troops Will Move
Captain or the Olympia on the Sick List
ami Will ICeturu to America.
lM.spatch Itecelved from
Ail mi ml !>.-?,-v.
t ByT.-legraph.)
WASHINGTON. May 2T.-The mili?
tary situation as at present determined
up..,, by those in authority is to make
no forward movement of troops either
upon Porto Hi,.r Cuba until full and
denn I to Information is received as to
the location of the Spanish squadron
and its possibilities as a factor in the
aggressive movements of Spain.
For the last few days army circles
have shared public belief that the
Spanish xhlps were trapped In Santiago
harbor, ami that has given impetus to
arrangements by which large bodies of
troops at Chlckanuiuga and elsewhere
might be moved forward rapidly to
Tampa for embarkation. The presence
,.f thirty or more transports in Florida '"
waters added to the conviction that a ^
movement on a large scale was about
to occur. All this has been going on- '
with the understanding that AdmiralM
Cervera's career as a possible menace
in the rear of our troops had been
cut off by his being securely held In
Santiago harbor, but in the absence of
positive information on this point there'
i-: no purpose whatever on the part of
the War Department to make an ag
gressive forward movement o" Cuba %
? ?? Porto Rico th stated tonight ?
. .si positive manner and from "
in authorntlve source.
It can be again affirmed on ths
highest authority and notwithstanding
all rumors to the contrary, that at the
? lose or lhe day the deparement had
nothing more than a belief, founded on
unofficial advices, that the Spanish '
squadron was lying in Santiago harbor '
and no news as to Commodore Schley'd
whereabouts. However, the great ma
iorlty of the ofttolals ot the Navy De- '
partment entertain no doubt that Cer- ;
vera is within Santiago harbor and
they have succeeded In Impressing this
belief upon the President and the
members of the cabinet.
It was announced today that Hol- i
land, the Inventor of the submarine >
boat of that name, was expected here
tomorrow to discuss with Captain
O'Neil, chief of ordnance, the feasi- -
billty of using the novel craft In an IS
attack upon the Spanish squadron at: |
Santiago if the vessels are still there. '
The officials are disposed to receive In V
a kindly spirit any suggestion that
might prove to be of value In this'
plotrr-JTO-IS- .t ua-woii-nm-rj-.tam; UCh a
the details of organizing the hew force: ^
of 75.000 volunteers for at least a week? ?"
or ten days.
IT the regiments under the first call -
are to be brought up to their maxi?
mum strength II will take about 40.000
men from the second call to complete
the 125 reblments under the first call. ?
This will leave 3.1.000 men to be organ- .
Ized in distinctively new regiments.
The War Department in anxious to
obtain tho views of the governors of ?
the slates and territories In regurd to'"'.'
lhe filling to the maximum strength
the regiments already furnished by
them under the first call and with this |
object in view. Adjutant General Cor-, I.
bin, at the direction of Secretary Al
ger today sent telegrams asking the ''
-s. v. ral governors to make reeommen- 1
datlotis to the department on this sub?
ject. The question arose today as to
whether colored officers with colored
troops would be taken ns a part of the
organizations offered. General Alger v
decided that If a colored company iia-l
efficient soldiery, colored officers, they
?...ere as much entitled to recognition
tnd a..ptanoe in the military service*
is were tho troops themselves. In this '?
connection it developed that colored--'.:
men are being considered for some of ;.
the staff appointments and the sur- .2
t colored man as surgeon, with the o.'
rank of captain. The colored sur- .W
geon will be assigned to a colored reg- j..
lnient. nnd colored troops and colored
officers will be kept together as far as
possible. :
At 1 o'clock this morning at the^r^
Navy Department that Captain Grid- -
l.-y. of the Olympia, had been invalided
home. He will proceed from Hong
Kong to the United States probably
immediately, if he is able to travel. ?
The department tonight notified Hrs. ]
Gridley that her husband was coming
home. The nature of his illness is not .
known. ? , . '
The statement in the Associated! ;v
Press dispatch that two other officers ' :!
of Admiral Dewey's fleet were aiao on ffij
the invalided list Is thought by naval
officers to be a mistake, as the depart- ;;
ment lias no information of that kind. |
No information concerning the ad- m
vic es received from Admiral Dewey
which reached the department today -
ould be made public tonight, but it isrrf
Itlcially understood that the dipatchea -;.
ontained nothing of a startling nature, -
The department is satisfied, therefore. -
hat the story of the explosion on the gg
ruiser Baltimore is without founda
Ion m
There Is abundant reason to oellevo ;
hat the naval officials tonight receiv- -
d dispatches from Admiral Sampson,
ilthough at 11:20 P. M. no bulletins
had been made public. The Associated..;
Press has already announced that at - -
o'clock this morning the dispatch boat3g
Dolphin, of Commodore Sehley's SqUjld- ..
rori, ran alongside the flagship New,
York, which was then off Havana ana ;.
informed her that she ""^dispatches . '
for Admiral Sampson from Cotnmodore .
hh-v 11 is considered probable that
lhese dispatches contained information |
f the precise whereabouts of tne ?.
cue Verde squadron and. quite .? .,.
na lv the information would be sent to
Verde squadron and. quite nat?
uralis- the ihf?rtnatio
he nival authorities here as soon asr^
fast bouts and telegraph wires could ^
(By Telegraph.)
LONDON, May 27. -The stories elrcu- ^
., ed at Madrid ami els.-where
' the Baltimore, are evidently
?ou hHoss The dispatch received at :
rh? Spanish .-apltal from Manila appa- I
-enth r" ers to the alleged disablement
f the Baltimore during the battle of
\ron la when a Spanish shell strueK I
her ami exploded ammunition. shghUY
njuring eight men on board.
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? ?A Great Ueal*'
Of talk about the beautiful stro?|
,ftts this season at Woodward &
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r Toilet Set ? Only assortment In the ,
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