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Press DiSD?tGlt?S. VOL III, NO. 14L THEb< ?w ?J? w ?jjg* ?I ?I ? A ? ? ? ..... ^ ^ flinjj^ NEWPORT NEWS, VA.. SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 1898. P R TCI? SINGLE COPY, TWO CE t EllUiL ONE WEEK. TENCEHC BEGINS THIS WEEK Work to Be Commenced on the High School. TO LAY THE FIRST BRICK Little Ague*. IMuglitcrof Pr?f. II. H. Epe?, Will Probublr Be Arkod t.? siurc tiie Masonry on the Keiv Hud,ling. Unless there is a change In the pres? ent plans Messrs. Peudtcord & Co.. lo whom wi*s awarded the con trat" for erecting the high school building, wnicn is to occupy the square bounded by Washington and Lafayette aven.i.-s and Thirty-first and Thirty-second streets, will break ground for the structure tome time Tuesday. At an adjuurneJ meeting of iheBiatd of School Trustees Monday night the contract will be signed and. the b ind accepted. There I? every reason to be? lieve that the city bonds will be taken up in a few days by Rudolph Kleybulte &. Co.. of Cincinnati, and in order lo have tue building completed as early as pc:.::ibie the contractors will rush the work* from now on. There should be stun* ceremony at? tending t!.e laying of the corner slone as well as the- first brick. If a corner stone Is placed in the building it will be "well and truly laid" by Bremond Lodge. No. 25i, A. F. & A. M-, and in addition to this Agnes, the- bright little daughter of Professur Horace IL Epes, the principal of the High School, will probably be designated to lay the first brick. No man has labored more ar? dently to build up the public schools of Newport News than Professor Epes, and for that reason it is thought that his daughter. Agnes, should take part In the exercises. Then, too, this little girl is a pupil in the public schools and has always, it is said, stood at the head of her classes. The laying of the foun? dation for a school building in Newport News will mark a new epoch in the ed? ucational history of the city, and hence it should be made a gala day for school children. When completed the High School w ill cost about $30,000. The building was designed by Captain P. Thornton Marye. It will have a double frontage of eighty feet, facing Thirty-first and Thirty-second streets, and will be <con structed of red bricks. It will be a three-story building with a basement. On the- first floor there will be two en? trances leading into a vestibule at either end of the hall. From each ves? tibule there are to be two stairways, one. leading to the basement and the other to the second floor. The Interior of the building will be . wainscolUd throughout with bright yellow pine fin? ished on the grain. There will be six class rooms on the first Hour, and the same number on the second. On the third floor there are to be" four class rooms and an assembly hall. The s. ai ing capacity of the building will be J20. The building will be heated by indirect hot gas. Shoe froui Kort Kelly. Editor Daily Press: Being a regular reader of your val? uable journal, permit me as such to call your attention lo the glaring abuse of public authority that is daily prac? ticed by our police department. I refer especially to the unjust anil criminal persecution of seafaring men, as they seem to be the special attraction upon which many of our "farmer" sleuths seek to build up a reputation. While I am prone to admit that the pleasures of the average sailors are not conducive to the public morals, there Is to my mind extenuating feat? ures to Justify the mild excesses of these men. chief among which, are the severity of the employment?rigid dis? cipline imposed and their brief inter? vals ashore. With these facts before us It is manifestly unjust to those un? happy subjects of police vigilance to deprive them of their few hours' lib? erty and also their money. This is re .peatedly done merely because ?ome ambitious officer who. In many cases - possesses a better knowledge of hog raising than of law and order discovers a list to port or starboard on bis vic? time. However, in justice to the depart? ment, I must say there are some very efficient and conservative officers, but the acts of other's are a disgrace to the whole department and will eventually work Injury to the mercantile and shipping Interests of the city. In conclusion I await the attack of the "Harwood Fleet" upon "Fort Kelly." which is well supplied with ammuni? tion to return the fire. W. C. KELLY. Newport News, Va.. June 10, 1898. ?Named the Commltleeii. President O'Donnell, of the Common Council, yesterday appointed the fol? lowing committees, which power was given him at the session of the council Friday night: Messrs. McLaughlin and Burcher and Dr. Hobson, as Health Officer, on the committee to purchase mules,' carts and equipments for the city garbage service. Messrs. Via, Lenz and Mackey on the committee to select a site for the sta? bles and to make arrangements for the maintenance and keeping of the city teams. Accident lo n Colored Man. Henry Pritchard (colored), aged 44 years, lost his right leg while at work In the grain elevator at the wharf yes? terday afternoon. It seems that his foot caught in a heavy coil of wire rope which was being raised by a der? rick, and the rope fell, crushing the negro's leg above the ankle. Pritchard was taken to the office of Dr. Joseph Charles, who amputated the injured member. The negro was then taken to his home in the country. Cat Flowerg Floral Designs and Decorations of al! kinds at short notice furnished at greenhouse prices. WM. Q. BUROEIS. Ice cream freezers 2 to 10 quarts. Ice water coolers 2 to 8 gallons. Prices right Adams' Racket Stare. ma-20-tf NO 1IKAK1NG l'OK YKT. Juallve Ucoiru Will Not Sit lu this <J*?o Ii? IIb VYutt Duped by tbe Attorney. As yet L. M. Sturgis has not had a preliminary hearing and it is not known when the five charges against him will be tried before a Justice. * It has not been decided before whom Sturgts will be taken for a hearing. Ordinarily Justice Brown would sit in the cases, but owing to the fact that iiis worship is an endorser on one of Sturgis' notes for the sum of $50. and there is a possibility that he wil! have to "fork" over the cash tomorrow, when the note is due. Justice Brown does not wish to pass Judgment on the attorney. In the absence of Justice Brown Justice Semmes usually occupies the bench in the police court, but for personal reasons it is said that j'u.U. e Semmes dots not care to hear the caf?. The other justices in the city are At? torneys Hai ry L. Moss aoii f. M. Ming, and one of them will likely occupy the bench during the preliminary hearing. li was learned yesterday th-tt Sturgls will have but two attorneys to defend him. They are Judge Burroughs, of Norfolk, and Mr. A. O. Oarrett. of this city. Messrs. Bickford and Smith will nut be in the case. Sturgls, if. is said, will ask for a change 01 venue wiien his eases come to trial on the ground ihul he cannot get a fair and impartial heaiuig in Una ctt>. rot th? reason that, publicity has been given to his case. Whether this is ti ue is not known. Suiryis hus been made as comfortable as possible in the city Jail. Ue is not confined in the felon's ward, but occu? pies a cell to himself, which has been supplied with bed clothing and some conveniences. . Two of the ten-day notes given by Sturgia will fall >i>k tomorrow. One of these nul>u. which amounts to $50, is endorsed by Clerk of the Courts D. 13. Smith and Commissioner of the Rev? enue Magruder B. Jones. It was de? posited at Schmelz Brothers' bank as collateral for part of tha money dtur gis obtained there on a forged check. Both Messrs. Jones and Smith, it is said, will allow the note to go to pro? test, claiming that they cannot be held for money obtained by fraud. When Sturgis obtained the signatures to the notes he was in the custody of an officer, having been given a specified time to make good the forgery or go to Jail. This is the ground on which, it is said, these gentlemen will contest the payment of the note. If this be true It is likely to develop an interest? ing case. Attorney Oarrett yesterday succeed? ed in having the amount of Sturgis' hall reduced from $5.000 to $1.000 or $200 In each case ami it is thought Sturgis will succeed in securing a bondsman this week. HltlEF 1TKMS. Misses Laura UeWalde, Nina String field, Florence Jennings and Ethel Cot trell and Mr. Hulson Salley took part in a concert given in Smithfield Friday, night for the benefit of the Episcopal church there. Mr. \V. G. Burgess returned yester? day morning from a business trip to Baltimore. Mr. W. J. Payne and Attorney Sam? uel Regester, who have been in the city for the last three days on business con? nected with the construction of the Newport News and Old Point Railway and Fleetric Company. returned to Richmond yesterday morning. The friends of Captain H. A. Hodges, late of the Old Dominion Line, will be pained to learn that he was obliged to leave St. Vincent's for the Cancer Hos? pital last week, where he was oper? ated upon for cancer. Captain Hodges writes cheerfully and says that he be? lieves that lie will pull out all irght, that no one of his friends can see him this week, hut that after that he will be pleased to see any of them that can call on him when opportunity occurs. ?Marine Journal. The Y. M. C. A. Wheelmen have had the Newport News bicycle ordinance printed on an attractive card fpr dis? tribution among the wheelmen of the city. Mrs. "W. M. Sumwalt. of Norfolk, i? visiting Mrs. J. M. Johnson, in East End. Dr. II. M. Smith and family returned home last evening from an extended visit to Ashland and Staunton. Va. Mr. J. Kyle Montague, of Chrlstian? burg, is the guest of his sister, Mrs. J. O. Ballmer, on West avenue. Miss Louise Morgan, of Twenty-sev? enth street, left yesterday morning on the steamer Kappahannook for a visit to relatives in Wales. Mr. and Mrs. W. Simpson Cooper left yesterday evening for Ashevtlle. N. C, where they will spend a month. Lieutenant W. L. Hillyer, who has been detailed to return to this city for recruits, left Jacksonville yesterday frr this city anil he is expected to arrive some time today. Six officers of a Japanese warship t?tlich is now being buiP at the Union Iron Works, in San Francisco, and the secretary of the Japanese legation at Washington, visited the shipyard Fri? day evening. Childern's Day will be observed at Washington Avenue Methodist and the First Presbyterian churches today. Derrick Ox Launched. Ox. is the name of a 50-ton floating derrick which was launched at the shipyard yesterday. The derrick, which will be used In handling the armor plate for the battleships, was built in three weeks, and when launched the Ox had up steam and was ready for service as soon as he glided into the water. The shipyard here is better equipped with derricks and hoisting machinery than any other yard in the world. ?Hiebill VeHterdxy. A game of ball was played at East Fnd Park yesterday afternoon between the Young Americas and Marine Stars, resulting in a victory for the for? mer by a score of 1 6to 15. The batter? ies were: Young Americas?Monfal cone and Gilpin; Marine Stars?Geh rlng and Haley. WON BY Til E TURK. (By Telegraph.) NEW YORK, June 11.?In the wrest? ling match tonight at Madison Square Harden between Yousonf and Herak lides, the Turk won the first fall in forty-seven seconds. Jie twisted tlfe Greek's neck In such a manner that Heraklides was unconscious for half a minute. The Greek was able to go on fifteen minutes later. The Turk won the second fall, and the match in one minute and 10 sec? onds. Put a man in our $10.00 suit and he will have a fit. Woodward & Womble. Crab nets, lines, hocks and fishing supplies. Adams' Racket Store. tf Have you valued photos ? Have them framed at ADAM"' RACKET STORE. ~>Y23-tf Vessels Sighted Friday Night Were Merchentmen. ARRIVES FOR REPAIRS Cruiser NUnneopt H? Will Unto the ship, yard Tomorrow. Yale Leaves To? day. La Graude Duchenne lu the Dock. . aSP' - Thar Spanish fleet, which was report? ed to have been lurking in the vicinity ot the Virginia capes Friday night, proved to be merchentmen, headed by the German freighter Constantia. Cap? tain Rordin, bound from New Orleans for Hamburg via Newport News, which arrived here yesterday morning for bunker coal; at least that is the suppo? sition. Nevertheless, the rumor that the en? emy's men-of-war were cruising out? side the Capes was circulated in good faith at Old Point, and preparations were made to give the Spaniards a warm reception, though the garrison at Fort Monroe Is always ready to meet the haughty Dons. The report was generally credited among the soldiers Friday night, but the excitement which Is said to have prevailed at Old Point was probably created by an excited bug? ler, who, when summoning the officers from the hotels to their posts, stated, as though one with authority to speak, that Spanish warships were bound in, and the report was soon on every tongue. The rumor was carried from place to place. Those who were on the streets of Hampton late at midnight heard it, and It spread to this city. But it was a mistake. A dispatch received from Cape Henry yesterday morning, from which place the first note of warning was said to have been sounded, hushed the rumor and allayed excitement. It was as fol? lows : "About 5 o'clock yesterday evening reports began to come in of a suspic? ious craft off the North Carolina coast bound north. Her approach was her? alded by various descriptions and fl nnlly when she passed in the Capes at 7:10 P. M., she proved to be the Ger? man steamship Constantia,. bound for Newport News." The soldiers at Fortress Monroe wore a disappointed look yesterday when they heardTthat no" Spanish ships' were" in sight. "We waited for r them all night," said a sergeant yesterday, "but have yet to get a glimpse of a man-of war flying the Spanish rag. Were we ready? Well, I should say so. We were itching for a chance to train one of our 13-inch boys on them. When these fel? lows roar something is going to drop." Regarding the report an officer at Old Point is quoted as having said: "The ships which were last night mistaken for Spaniards have turned out to be merchentmen. There were two of them and as they did not show any lights it was thought that they were warships from Cadiz and the tele? gram was sent from the Capes." So it seems that there was good ground for entertaining the belief that Spanish ships were really lurking out? side the capes. MINNEAPOLIS IN PORT. The protected cruiser Minneapolis ar? rived here yesterday shortly "before noon and anchored near the Harvard. Monday the Minneapolis will go to the shipyard for repairs, but it will not be necessary for the cruiser to go into the dry dock, though it is not yet known to what extent the vessel will be re? paired, but it is stated that she is not seriously damaged. YALE NOW A CRUISER. The work of converting the scout ship Yale, formerly the American liner City of Paris, into an auxiliary cruiser was completed at the shipyard yester? day and the cruiser will leave-the yard this afternoon at 4 o'clock. While at the yard the Yale received an arma? ment of eight 5-inch rapid-fire guns Tomorrow afternoon the Harvard will g? to the shipyard to be converted into a cruiser. She will mount the same number of guns placed on the Yale. DIXIE SAILS. Shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday af? ternoon the auxiliary cruiser Dixie weighed anchor and steamed a\va> from Old Point under sealed ordeia The destination of the Dixie is un? known, but her commander had been expecting sailing orders for some? time. There is a strong possibility Jthat the auxiliary cruiser Dixie, manned by the Maryland naval militia, which is now lying at Hampton Roads, will Join Admiral Sampson at Santiago. The Yankee and Yosemite, which are now with the armorclads there were origi? nally sent to convey ammunition. This may also be the mission of the Dixie, provided Admiral Sampson informs the government that he is in need of more ammunition. MORE GUNS FOR THE FORT. Four large disappearing guns have arrived at Fortress Monroe and will be mounted on the disappearing carriages which are being built on the shore of the Chesapeake Buy. midway between the old fort and the Pines Battery. ' LA GRANDE DUCHESSE. The Plant Line steamer La Grande Duchesse, which has been at the ship? yard for the last six months, went into the dry dock yesterday afternoon at high tide. Since she has been tied up at the shipyard the palatial steamer has received a new set of Scotch boll era In place of the Babcock steam gen? erators, and it is expected that when she goes out on a trial trip that La Grande Duchesse will make faster time than she did while using the Babcock boilers, and then she broke the record for fast running between New York and Savannah. Some time before the war began na? val officials contemplated purchasing the steamer for the purpose of convert? ing her into a hospital ship, and tomor? row she will be inspected by several of? ficers who will ascertain her adapta? bility for the hospital service. A bet? ter ship than La Grande Duchesse can? not be found in her class. She is speedy and steady. Cat Flowers , Floral designs and decorations of all kinds at short notice furnished at greenhouse prices. WM. G. BURGESS, n4y28-t? . _ ?_ Will SHOUT FOR PRIZES Chenaprkfce Gun Club Preparing for a Gain , Bay at lurervlcw Park. The members of the Chesapeake Gun Club have arranged for a prize "shoot,"- which will take place at Riv? erview Park Wednesday, June 22, at 4 P. M. The prizes have been donated by local' business men, and it will be an Interesting event free to all mem? bers. There will be seven events, which will be divided into handicaps, the contestants being graded according to past averages. Following is a list of prizes together with the names of the doners: Gold medal for the best average? Chesapeake Gun Club. Gold medal for the best score in first event?Chesapeake Gun Club. Gold medal for the best score in last event?J.. J. Palmer. Gold Medal?AI. H. Lash. Shooting jacket?S. A. Branch. Ammunition case?Marston & James. Box of cigars?A. A. Moss. Gun casj;?T. W. Tignor's Sons, Rich? mond. Briar pipe?W. O. Burgess. Box cigars?F. F. Allen & Co. Half hose, half dozen?Capital Dry Goods House. Hand sachel?J. A. Hirshberg.' Handsome cane?Meyers' Bros. Derby hat?Woodward & Womble. Walking cane?D. V. Iseman. Pipe and cigar holder?Crossley Bros. Umbrella?Magier Shoe Co. Watch, fob and chain?N. Highfleld & Co. Pair of plqtures?M. H. Morgan. Box of cigars?Newport News Tobac? co Co. Bucket of Jelly?L. R. Boiling. Jar of pickles?J. W. Mesic. Ham Joe Hautz. Box of candy?Felix Bordonave. Neckties, half dozen?J. Banks & Ero. Handkerchiefs, half dozen?Griffiths & Lewis. Half hose,, half dozen?E. Peyser. Rocking chair?Perkins, Duncan & Co. Bicycle lamp?Maguyre & Small. Shooting cap?IC. Mlllman. Hammock?Racket Store. Patent leather shoes?L. Richmond. Fine pair of suspenders?Globe Store. Box of cigars?Ideal Pharmacy. Crash suit?McCombe & Hughes. Water cooler?Richter & Brittlng ham. Bottle of Rhine wine?Phil Mugler. TODAY*' AT THE CHURCH KS. Tlieiuen That Will lie Di?cour?ed an from tu? Pulplln iu (hu Chy. First Baptist church, Rev. C. C. Cox, pastor?Services at 11 A. M. and S P. M. Morning text, 1 Samuel?30:24. Evening subject, "Paul's Dilemma." Second Baptist church, Rev. T. J. MacKay, pastor?Services at 11 A. M. and 8 P. M.-: Morning subject, "Job's Question and Paul's Answer Regarding Justlflcation/'.'-rEvening .subject, "Will the Old Bo?k'Stand?" Baptism after .evening services. ??<'..<' : Lutheran" services?Rev. J. E. Shenk, pastor of the First Lutheran churcn. Norfolk, will preach in the Thirtieth Street Christian church at 4:45 o'clock this afternoon. Washington Avenue M. E. church. Rev. B. F. Lipscomb, pastor?Services at 11 A- M. and 8 P.M. Children's Day services will be held in the morning, and the program will consist of songs and recitations and an address by the pastor. First Presbyterian church, Rev. E. T. Wellford, pastor?Services at 11 A. M. and S P. M. Morning subject, "The Visions of God." The annual Child? ren's Day service will occur in the evening. An excellent program con? sisting of music and recitations has been prepared by the Sunday school. Missionary boxes of the scholars will be opened and the money counted. The pastor will deliver a brief address on "Our Missionary Field." Rescue League Mission?Services at 3 and 7:30 P. M. Chestnut Avenue M. E. church. Rev. M. S. Colonna, Jr., pastor?Services at 11 A. M. and S P. M. Morning subject, "The Child Minister." Evening topic, "The Man Without a Church." East End Mission, Rev. E. T. Well ford, pastor?Services nt 4 P. M. T. M. C. A. The men's meeting at the T. M. C. A. at 4 o'clock this afternoon will be addressed by State Secretary L. A. Coulter. TO GUARD THE CAPES. Gunboat Apache Will be Assigned to That Duty. NORFOLK, VA., June 11.?Lieuten? ant Edward Geer, IT. S. N.. and twen? ty-nine Maryland reserves arrived here today to man the gunboat Apache, now in the navy yard dry dock and expected to be completed and ready for sea service Wednesday. She mounts two 6-inch rapid fire, two Catlings and other small guns, and will be left to guard the capes when the squadron forming here puts to sea. Two divisions of naval reserves from Illinois, one from Alton, the other from Chicago, arrived here today. . There is considerable talk here of the destination of the vessels now at and about Hampton Roads, and the general opinion is strongly in support of the belief that the forces of Spain may see them soon after their leaving here. WATER SPOUT BURSTS. Men. Women and Children Drowned in Mexico. MEXICAN CITY, June 11.?Last night an immense water spout burst in the hills above the to'vvn of Moxcoca. The water spout swept down, furiously, flooded into the lower part of that place and drowned several men, women and children. A brave officer saw the flood coming and ran at the top of his speed, warn? ing the inhabitants to flee for their lives. He rescued many women and children. The officer was badly Injur ed. SPANISH SPIES ARRESTED. (By Telegraph.) NEW YORK, June U.?Eduardo. a Spaniard 40 years of age, and an un? known man of the same nationality, were taken off a transatlantic steam? ship tonight on suspicion of being Spanish spies. It is said by detectives that papers were found in the baggage of the two men that would convict them. CARRANZA GOING HOME. (By Telegraph.i OTTAWA, ONT., June 11? liietiten ant Carranza and Senor du Bosc will sail for Madrid from" Montreal on Saturday, June 25, two weeks from to? day. In the meantime, it Is stated in official circles, Canadian secret service men and private detectives are to watch their movements closely. IJew line of Pictures, Photo Frames, Wall Pockets and Ornaments at ADAMS' BACKWT r/CBW- my23-tf ARMY OF KON On a Fleet of Swift Trans? ports. SCENES AT PORT TAMPA Firm Uultecl States lufautrv.MaJur General Sharter'H Old Commwll, Given the H?mir or tCmbarklmr First. Excited Uuuianlty. (By Telegraph.) TAMPA. FLA.. June 11.?The army of Invasion .is now embarked on a large fleet of swirt transports. The first official notification that the time for movement hod arrived came in the form of a general order posted on May 31st. The announcement cre? ated great enthusiasm. Preparations were hastened among the troops on the following day to be In readiness to move immediately on board the trans? ports. Every man went about his work with eagerness. The embarka? tion assumed definite shape on Monday afternoon, June Clh, when the First United States infantry. Major General Shatter's old command, a regiment fa? mous in the history of the army, was given the honor of embarking first. These physical giants, an they marched down the long pier at Port Tampa, with their regiment band playing pa? triotic airs, were an Inspiring sight, awakening the enthusiasm of all who beheld this spectacle. Their national colors fluttered In the gulf breeze, their arms glistened in the tropical sun. while their rythmle tread added to tin- impresslveness, among all that this was, the most warlike scene yet wit? nessed here. During the balance of the afternoon and until daylight the next morning, the movement wns resumed with the utmost vigor. All during Tuesday the wharves were a moving mass of excited humanity, each individual vainly striving for a place. Late In the afternoon every commanding officer wns ordered to get hi:-, regiment In readiness for immedi? ate movement, and soon afterward word was sent out to send the troops upon the transports as rapidly as pos? sible. Trains of coaches and cars of all descriptions were placed on sidings near the various camps, and baggage, arms and ammunition were hurried on board.. ,. .. -.. On Tuesday evening about 8 o'clock Lieutenant Mlley, who was In the hotel telegraph office with General Miles, was seen to rush Into the hall and run down It at full speed toward Gen? et al Shafter's apartments. Immedi? ately the two were seen moving rap? idly toward the telegraph office. Lieu? tenant Mlley forcibly pulling the hi avy general with him. The regular o| erator was evicted, the office doors wore closed and Captain J. E. Brady, the censoi. took the * key. General Miles and General Shafter were Iben 1 i.l in direct communication with li ? War Department and a half hour's conference ensued. The termination of tils resulted In hurried whispered con? ferences among the lesser officers, fol? lowed by a wave of excitement?"The at my of Invasion must Immediately de p: rt," was the word. From the comparative calm of a few minutes before the scene was changed to one of action. Scurrying feet hur? ried the order from room to room, while horses flecked with foam, sped from camp to camp. Special trains Were hurriedly coupled and baggage piled aboard in chaotic fashion. Newspaper correspondents left half their possessions in their rooms in their frantic rush. All during the night, feverish rush continued. The more anxious disregarded the trains, hiring cabs to convey them to Port Tampa, nine miles away. THE SPANISH SENATE. ! Former Governor of the Philippines Defends His Administration. (By Telegraph.) MA DP ID. June 11.? S P. M.?At the sitting of the Senate todny the cham? ber was crowded. Captain Primo de Rivera, formerly governor general of the Philippines, made a long defense of his administration in the Philippines. General Primo declared that the Spanish squadron in the Philippines owing to lack of means of defense, was doomed to perish. After declaring that a native army in the Philippines was absolutely necessary, as Europeans could not survive the climate and the attendant diseases, he spoke of the agreement with the rebels by which the chief Aguinaldo undertook to sub? jugate the insurgents. Genera! Primo concluded by declar? ing that he would give up the cross with which he was decorated If the chamber did not think him worthy of it. Senor Romeo Glron. the minister of the colonies, made reply, praising Gen? eral Primo de Reveal's services, and at the same time assuring the chamber that the government was working in? cessantly to prevent the country's woes from increasing, which was to be fear? ed. The debate then ended. BATTLE IN PROGRESS. Insurgents and Spaniards Struggling for Supremacy at Manila. (By Telegraph.) NEW YORK. June 11.?A special ca? ble dispatch from Hong Kong says that a battle for the possession of Manila is in progress today between the Span? ish forces and those of Aguinaldo. Ad? miral Dewey has promised to prevent a massacre should the Insurgents cap? ture the city. The Spanish governor has been no? tified that unless he withdraws the price put upon the head of the Insur? gent leader. Aguinaldo, he will get no quarter. Otherwise the rules of civ? ilized warfare will be strictly adhered to. As a result of this price placed on hin head, three attempts have neen made to take Aguinaldo's life. PENSION CLERKS DISMISSED. (By Telegraph.) WASHINGTON,"June 11.?The larg? est clerical reduction In the pension bureau for some years was effected to? day by the dismissal of over one hun? dred clerks and a number of the corps of special examiners. The action fol? lows a reduction of the appropriation. SAMPSON EXTOLS HoBS?N. The Admiral Says He Is a Worthy Suc? cessor of dishing. (By Telegraph.) WASHINGTON. June 11.?The Navy Department today posted the following bulletin, giving a detailed official report from Admiral Sampson upon the hero? ism of Lieutenant Hobson and his> men In sinking the Merrimae In the Santiago channel: "TJnlted States flagship New York, oft Santiago, June 3. 1898.?Permit n:e to call your special attention to Assist? ant Naval Constructor Hobson. As stated in a special telegram, before coming here I decided to make the har? bor entrance secure against the pos? sibility of egress by Spanish ships by obstructing the narrow part of the en? trance by sinking a collier at that point. Upon calling upon Mr. Hobson for his professional opinion as to i sure method of" sinking the ship he mani? fested the most lively interest in the problem. After several days' consider? ation he presented a solution which he considered would Insure the Immediate sinking of the ship when she reached the desired point In the channel. This plan we prepared for execution when we reached Santiago. The plan con? templated a crew of only seven men and Mr. Hobson, who begged that It might be entrusted to him. The anchor chains were arranged on deck for both the anchors, forward and aft. the plan Including the anchoring of the ship al? most automatically. "As soon as I reached Santiago a id I had the collier to work upon the de? tails were completed and diligently prosecuted, hoping to complete them In one day, us the moon and tide served best the first night after our arrival Notwithstanding every effort, the hour of 4 o'clock In the morning arrived, and the preparation was scarcely complet? ed. After a careful Inspection of the final preparations 1 was forced to relin? quish the plan for that morning, as dawn was breaking. Mr. Hobson beg? ged to try It at all hazards. "This morning proved more propi? tious, as a prompt start could be made Nothing could have been more gallant? ly executed. We waited impatiently after the firing by the Spaniards had ceased. When they did not reuppeai from the harbor at C o'clock I feared that they had all perished. A steam launch which had been sent in charge of Naval Cadet Powell to rescue the men, appeared at this time, coming ou under a persistent fire of the batteries, but brought none of the crew. A care? ful inspection of the harbor from this ship showed that the vessel Merrimae had been sunk In the channel. "This afternoon the chief of KtafT of Admiral Cervern came out under a flag of truce with a letter from the ad? miral extolling the bravery of the crew in an unusual manner. "I cannot too earnestly myself ex? press my appreciation of the conduct of Mr. Hobson and his gallant crew. I venture to say that a more brave and daring thing? -lias - not . been,. xlnne . slr.ee Cushing blew up the Albemarle. "Referring to the Inspiring lettet which you addressed to the officers at the beginning of the war, I am sure you will offer a suitable professional reward to Mr. Hobson and his compan? ions. "1 must add that Commander J. M. Miller relinquished his command with the very greatest reluctance, believing he should retain Iiis eomamnd under all circumstances. He was, however, finally convinced that the attempt ol another person to carry out the mul? titude of details which had been in preparation by Mr. Hobson might en? danger its proper execution. 1 there? fore took the liberty to relieve him lor this reason only. There were hundreds of volunteers who were anxious to par? ticipate; there were 150 from the Iowa, nearly us many from this ship and large numbers from all the other ships, officers und men alike. (Signed) "W. T. SAMPSON." TO THE BITTER END Spain Will Not Listen to Suggestions of Peace. (By Telegraph.) MADRID. June 11.?2 P. M.?Tin campaign Inaugurated by some of the foreign newspapers in favor of peace between Spain and the United States is not approved here. According to the opinions of several generals Spain is capable of continuing the war In Cuba for two years, even under che most un? favorable circumstances. Therefore, they add, it Is useless to talk of peace unless it implies a return to the status quo ante bellum. The government. It Is added, has not received any suggestions of peace from the powers, and in political circles It Is declared that If such a suggestion were received the government would polite? ly decline to entertain it on the ground that Spain has decided to nursue the war to the bitter end. Dispatches received here from Cuba announce that yellow fever is ravaging Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet, the province of Santiago being, it Ik claim? ed, the hot bed of the disease. CONTRADICTORY REPORT. LONDON, June 12.?The Vienna cor? respondent of the Observer says: -Private advices received here show that the situation in Spain is such that peace is speedily and earnestly desired. The finances of the country are threat? ened, and famine the intrigues of the Carlists and Republicans render peraee imperative. "The Spanish government is now drawing up a memorandum to the powers requesting their friendly inter? vention. I learn from diplomatic sources that France and Austria are prepared to accede to the request; while Russia and Germany disapprove of intervention. The enormous in? crease in the Russian grain trade since the war began has probably influenced Russia's attitude. On the whole, the probability of European intervention is most remarkable." SPAIN'S FRIENDS LOSING HOPE. LONDON, June 11.?The Paris cor? respondent of the Spectator says: "Spain's most steadfast friends here are losing hope. Her candid friends of the press deplore the obstinacy with which she accepted war when totally unprepared, and declare that to con? tinue fighting when the cause is hope? lessly lost will only alienate France, whose good words would prove service? able in the day of settlement." SOLDIER COMMITS SUICIDE. (By Telegraph.) ATLANTA. GA., June 11.?D. Bul lard, recently discharged from Com? pany F, Fifth Infantry, for disability, killed himself at Fort McPherson to? day. His. home is unknown. He will be burled in the National Cemetery at Marietta. IYour socks aren't worth a darnl You can buy a new pair at Woodward & Womble's for 10c. United States Flag; Over CubaV-i MARINES LANDED FS To Hold Their Position at Gaani_ Hutu t ho Arrival of tho Troops;;'?*^ Tampa. Protected by the War?fti head,. Vlxt-u and Uoiphlnjjj (Copyright. 1898. by AsSoclatei OFF G UANTANAMO, CO B?H DAY. JUNE 10.?VIA PORT NIO, JAMAICA, SATURDAY; 11-?7 A. M.?The invasion of the American forces began toS hundred marines have pitchecti tentstents about the smoking the outer fortifications of Guan and the stars and stripes for thi time lioat from a Spanish fiagej Cuba. To Captain Clark's battleship; belongs the honor of aecQmpi llrst successful landing of forty marines from the went ashore this morning and a? llie left entrance of tlie bay Uli troopship Punther arrived wit hundred marines. These, undel inaiicl of Lieutenant Coloneli Huntington, arrived at 3 o'cl?i within half an hour they' had .h] the buildings of the Spanish c&t?j had eet fire to the miserable llttS luge which crouched on the taeac' der the hilltop of Guantanami whole operation of silencing th and binding the forces was as placing a Sunday school picnic. Marblehead, backed by the Xix< Dolphin, opened fire on the works yesterday. The shore to>5 right of the entrance was lined guns and rifle pits, but the 3] stampeded after bring a. few llie city of Guantanamo lies foil w> the bay and a little Spanish ciuiie down to help the Bhore bat llat she stayed Just long cnou turn around. Numerous shots HreU by the Spaniards, but not landed, and no Americans were The main fort lies witbin.thi limits and is still to be reduce j it la not In a difficult position, atfj American officers say It can .be I in fifteen minutes when desired, j The Marblehead. Dolphin, Vlxj two colliers have been off the en1 of the harbor for several days' I .veare^A.??? i?<^.Uy-?i^x-miiiMa .'ix* channel. A mile further up they o tire, sending fifty shots at the f cutlons on the left. The hills on right of the entrance were dese: There are no defenses on the slile of the harbor. No attempt was made to land'Tt i Iik ' ?regon steamed In early In niorning. Captain Clark lmmedla sotit forty marines ashore, and Horn the Marblehead followed, found evidence of a very hasty'iji lure by the Spaniards. Watches, mucks and ammunition were sce about the earthworks and Hug was found in one of the rifle; This little detachment of marines I he place until the Panther arrl when they were recalled and the of disembarkation began. The brut load had hardly landed " the village burst Into flames. Comyji B. under Lieutenant Hall, was the: ashore, and without the loss QtSafi input, the column started up thef:,j^ rocky hillside, to the earthworks, an hour a brown column of marl filed up the narrow path, eventtl taking up a position at the top of hill. As soon as the American flag swung out to the breeze from the. stalT of the captured Spanish; c the Oregon steamed away to rejoiii fleet off Santiago. The marines will hold the ? po?l until the arrival of the expected trooj in the meantime scouting the ylclnti with the Marblehead. Vixen and phln lying by to protect them. ^ Hear Admiral Sampson now ;h; harbor and a base of supplies on'?' south side of the Island, and trOOj can be landed at will. ,'r* The troopship Panther reacne* fleet off Santiago early today; On her way over the Yoserrilte a dozen shells Into the port of Daist rl IBaiqiiierl?), but received , rift spouse. ??,?? Cluantanamo in but forty miles of Santiago de Cuba and is?a spleif' locution for a base of supplies foiri blockading fleet. ? It is understood that the Island; Cuba is entirely cut off from ca communication with the outside worl.3 Report-- here have it that the C ship Adrai cut the cable at PantloJ Monday and that the same day th Louis "cut the cable running :.?., Guantanamo to the Mole St. Nlehol; Havti. She was Interrupted in :"" work by shells from the shore, but Marblehead sent several shells at, soldiers and scattered them. TROOPS AT SANTIAGO. ^ I Precautions Taken to Prevent Th* from Landing. (By Telegraph.) MADRID. June 11.?4 P. M.?An oJU. c'nl dispatch from Havana today sarfe "The Spanish warships Conrte - * Venadito. Nueva Espana and Ligew have made a sortie from Havana ?? the purpose of attacking the bloctaa* Ing squadron. But the Americans I fused to fight and retired." A later dispatch from Havnnt sa$ "Hieven American merchantmen has arrived before Santiago de Cuba.S'^ is believed they are transports convey ing troops which it is intended to dr embark. Precautions are being law to prevent them from effecting a lan> Ing." _ AMERICANS REPULSED. Unsuccessful Attempt to Land Trooj According to a Sp urisb Report.-.., (Bv Telegraph.) MADRID. June 11.?Noon.?An _ cial dispatch received from HaVa dated yesterday. Friday. June ?,.?sl ?This morning elg.it of Admil Sampson's ships recommenced the bot bardment of Santiago dj Cub*. Atyj same time a number of boats, tow^fJ J, a. steamer, approached and attempt to "make a landing. The jannona? lasted three hours. The Spamtvo skillfully posted, repulsed the altem? '?-<! landing and the Americana drew < No damage was caused by the ?>b| from the ships, which fcept distant. ' dently afraid to venture within ? of the guns of the forts."