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?bOl Press". I DlspatGlies. I ?THE fLARGEST f $ CIRCULATION^ VOL ill, NO. 184. NEWPORT NEWS, VA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST3, 1898. PRICE S1NGLE COPY' TWO CENTS ONE WEEK. TEN CENTS. CITY SOLONS MEET Proceedings of Last Night's Session of the Council. ASKS FOR A FRANCHISE Newport Ni'ivmiml old I ?1 it KhIIwhj und Klit-trlc Compiiny Wimm lo Opern tit an Kleetriu Light I'hiulH in ThlB City. Mr. .T. J. Thomas, a member from the First ward, was the only councilman who did not respond to the roll-call at the regular .meeting- of the Common Council last nigh!. It was a husv s 3 sion and it was after 11 o'clock win n a motion to adjourn prevailed. After the mi miles of tin- previous meeting hed been approved the regular order of business was taken up. as there was no communication from the mayor. To FIX OFFICE HOUTIS. Councilman B. 1!. Cory, at the sug? gestion of Mayor A. A. Moss, offered a resolution "that the different officers of the city be required to stay in their 0Hie.es during ihe hours named by the mayor, viz.: From !i A. M. to 12 M.. ami from 1:30 to I I'. M.. unless en? gaged outside on business for the city." The resolution u;is referred to tic- or? dinance committee. II will be remembered that when he went Into olllce as mayor of lie- oily Mr. Moss sent each otlice-hol.hr a no? tice requiring him to remain in his otlice at certain hours during the day. j but in 111..si cas.s in. attention was paid to the li..lice. K'Ut AN ELECTRIC LIGHT PLANT. An ordinance was offered granting a I franchise to the Newport News and Old Point Hallway & Electric Company t'j construct, maintain and operate elec- j tin light works in this city, supplying electric current for light and power. To.- ordinance provides that the erec? tion ..!' poles shall I.,- dot:.- under Ihe supervision of the city engineer ami committee on sir.-.-is. ami that the or? dinance shall continue in force till j January 1. I'M'J. Among the promoters of this project is Mr. W. J. Payne, ..I' Richmond, pre.;-I idem of the Newpotl News (las Com? pany. The ordinance will be- cons'der-! ed at the next regular meeting. If the i franchise is granted the company will do a generai electric light business In the city_ Attorney Samuel Regestc-r, of Rich? mond, representing the company, was granted the privilege of tin- floor. Among other tilings he said that in a I cities electric railway companies do a general electric lighting business. A railway company was enabled to sup? ply electric current mueh.'cheaper than other companies. He asked the council to suspend ihe rules and pass the ordi? nance, as his company desired to beg n, the work of putling in the plant for the new railway. At the conclusion of Mr. Rogesto-r's address President Buxton slated that unless the rules were suspended the or dinance would have to take Rs regular course. Councilman Potvoll moved to suspend the rules and act on the ordinance at once, but the motion was lost by a vote; ?f 4 lo S. it requiring a three-fourths j \..te lo suspend Ihe rules. Those who voted against the motion wm-e i'..-s,-s. Burchtr. O'Donnell, Cory and Ford. PLANS FOR THE JAIL. Tin- report of the special committee on new jail, recommending that plans and specifications be advertised for, was adopted. SITE FOR THE PUMP HOUSE. On motion of Coum ilman J. .1. O'Don? nell the special sewer comm..-j... . .v.. instructed to select a sit.- in Easl Ei d 75x200 feet for the pump house to be operated in connection with the new sewer system and report -at the next meeting the purchase price. The pro? posed si|o will cover six lots. CITY STABLE. The contract for erecting the stables for housing the horses and mules be? longing to tin- city was let 10 Mr. J. W. Rodger*, his bid of $487 being the lowest. NO MORE LIGHTS. The city cannot get any more arc lights during the present fiscal year, though they ate.badly needed. A re? port from the Light and Water Com? mittee stated thai the appropriation for lights was loo limited lo put in any mote lights. JANITOR'S SALARY INCREASED Councilman Roane (colored) moved that the resolution reducing the salary of the janitor of the courthouse from $4f. to $30 a month be reconsidered. The salary was reduced by the fi? nance committee, of which Councilman A. E. Burchcr is the chairman. In ex? plaining the reduction Mr. Burchcr sa d that the man who had'been previously acting as janitor was drawing *4S per month, but only paid bis substitute, the" man who did the work. $25 a month. That was why the salary was reduced. The motion lo reconsider was ad pot ed by a vote of 10 to 2. Councilman O'Donnell and Powell asked to be re? corded as voting against the motion. HOSE WAGON. A report from tin- Fire Committee recommending that a h .s.- carriage and horse be purchased for lit... tire depart? ment was read and referred to the Or? dinance Committee. It is quite prob? able that favorable action will be taken on the recommendation. PLANS FOR BRIDGES. The special bridge committee submit? ted a report recommending that the city advertise for plans and specifica? tions, together with bids, for the erec tlon of two overhead bridges?one at TAYeniy-firth street and the other ovi r the railroad at Thirty-fourth street. After auditing the.bills against the city the council adjourned. ItKIKFS. The Virginia State Insurance Co., of Richmond. Va.. through their agents, j Marye & Boyenton, have donated two tons of ice for the use of the soldiers at Camp Grant and Camp Warburton. Miss Ella Mayo, an attractive young lady of Manchester, Va., arrived in the city yesterday and is the guest of her cousin, Mrs. T. D. Adams, at the Pow hatan. on West avenue. Attorney Samuel Regester and Mr. W. J. Payne, of Richmond, arrived in the city last evening. A '.'dead drunk." who was picked up at the C. & O. depot last night by Pa? trolman Wood and Special Officer Pet lus was hauled to jail on a truck. Sheriff N. C. Walls, of Slaunton, Va,, 'is in the city on business. Excurnlon In Bli-limond $1.00. Sunday, August 7lh. leaves Old Poin at S A. M.. Phoebus 8:03. A. M., Hamp tpn, 8:06 and Newport News. 8:20. Re turn leaves Richmond at 8 P. M. 3. F. HERMAN. WILL SAIL TODAY. Transport Hudson Will Start for Porto Rico With Supplies. The United States transport Hudson will sail for Porto Rico today. The captain of the ship has receiv? ed telegraphic orders from Washing? ton to start at the earliest minute and Just as soon as supplies and the Uni? ted States mail and possibly troops aro taken aboard she will start for Porto Rico. There are between two and three tons of mail stored in the city post ofilce which must go to Porto Rien by the iirst ship and the Hudson will bj the vessel to take it. The Hudson has accommodations for 000 men and a few horses. A whole regiment cannot go on her. The Third Kentucky, which has been selected as General Grant's personal es? cort, and which takes rank as the sen bo- company, will go to Porto Kiev on the auxiliary cruiser Yale, which is ex? pected to arrive here from New York in a day or two. The quartermaster's department had given up all hope of embarking the troops before the latter part of the week, but it now looks as if a part of the brigade will embark, and be ready Tie- captain of the ship has receiv 1 n g. to .-ail if necessary-, by tomorrow morn General ('.rant said last night he thought some ..1" the troops would cm hark today. Tin- probable disposition of troops on the transports will be as follows: Third Kentucky on the Yale. First Kentucky (tw.. battalions) on the Hudson. one Hundred and Sixtieth Indiana .hi the M innewaska. tin.- battalion First Kentucky and Third Pennsylvania battalion on the 'Rio Grand Artillery and cavalry on the Mani? toba. It was learned yesterday that Ma? jor Muhlenberg. paymaster in chief United Stales army, will arrive here to da yl'or the purp...-.- of paying .>!'!' all of the tr ops in Newport News that have not yet received their money. .MANY CASKS OF FEVER. Within the past three days nearly three score soldiers have been tak.-.t from Camp Grant to the army hospit? al a l Fort Monroe suffering with fever, chiefly typhoid. Sev. n men wore sent from the First Kentucky yesterday afternoon. Some of the men arc now sick in camp and more eases of typhoid arc feared. illness in each of these cases was contra.-i.-d before the troops arrived lore and tie- change in climate has Doubtless hastened the symptoms. AH of the hospital staff agree that none of the fever patients contracted typhoid here This fever is very rare in Newport N.-ws and the number of cases taken to Fort Monroe is larger than that re? ported hero in Ihe past three years. There nr.- als., some cases of measles and mumps in camp and these, too. w.-rc brought from Chickamauga. The location of the camp is excellent and the sanitary conditions splendid, with running water through its entire length. Ice water is kept constantly on hand at points convenient to all .-.f the companies. Ice is furnished by contribulions from citizens. NOT THE MAYOR'S REQUEST. He Denies He Asked General Grant Not Allow the M.-n Their Pay. If the troops at Camp Grant tire not paid ..If before they embark for/ Porto Rico it will not be the fault of Mayor A. A. Moss, though it -was generally reported among the soldiers yesterday that the mayor or some other city offi? cial had requested General Grant not to allow his men to be paid off while the troops wore in the city for the reason Ihe soldiers would become intoxicated and thus make it impossible for the civil authorities to preserve order. If anv one reouested that the men be no- paid off lo- did it without the authority of the mayor. Mayor Moss last evening sent the following communication to the Daily Press: Editor Daily Press: It has .been reported to me by a num? ber of merchants that they understand from the soldiers that the reason that they have not been paid ort' is that the mayor has requested the officers In command not to pay on" until they leave the city. I have not consented or had any one to represent me to make such a request to any officer, from the gen? eral to the humblest private. It would give me great pleasure to see the boys get their money and enjoy themselves while her.-. Respectfully. A. A. MOSS, August 2. 1S9S. Mayor. SHOT BY A WOMAN. Unknown Man Wounded In a House of " 11! Fame East Night. A white man was shot in a house of ill fame on Twenty-fourth street; kept by Lizzie Harris, between 10 and 11 o'clock last night. This was about all the information that could be gathered last night, ex? cept the statement that the shooting was accidental. No one seemed to know who the man was. The women would not tell it and the policeman said he did not know. It was reported that the man was a soldier, a member of the 160th Indiana regiment, but the women denied this statement. Another report had it that he was employed on one of the C. & O. tug boats, and still another rumor was that the man is a citizen of Hampton. At any rate, a while man was shot in the house by Lizzie Harris and. as usual, it is said to be another "I-didn't-know-it-was loaded" cese. Lizzie, according to the meagre statements given out at the house, went to a bureau, and while fooling with a 32-calibre revolver pulled the trigger. The gun went off and the bullet took effect in the unknown man's neck. A physician was summon? ed. He probed for the ball, but failed to locate it. However, he think3 the man will recover. Policeman Watkins appeared on the scene shortly after the shooting occurr? ed, but he made no arrests after he was told Ihe shooting was accidental. Newport News is becoming famous for accidental shooting scrapes, and it is time some of them were being in? vestigated. "At any rate the parties who handle revolvers recklessly should be made to appear in court and show to the satisfaction of the proper offi? cials that the shooting was accidental. People who know nothing about fire arms should not be permitted to han? dle them, and when they do they should be heavily fined. It is time the maim? ing of innnocent people by fools was being stopped. It is sometimes the case that these alleged accidental shooting affrays are not accidents at all. It a moment of peace a man shoots a wo? man or vice versa, and then to escape Ihe clutches of the law it is called- "ac? cidental" shooting. FHeH, l ion ncil Kedhugs. Are positively driven out by the use of Calvert's Insect Powder. The pat? ent sift top box makes its own death dealing dust. Different from all oth? ers. Only 10c. Ask for Calvert's. and take no other. ju"25-eo.i-lm. Military Attache Praises the Bravery of Our Men. SAW THE SANTIAGO FIGHT Au.Li a Storm or Mauser Hullen? Slmf lir*? Troops 8'roHHe.l On. Orlvliig the SpaulnrdH Itack From Their Treuchen. 'Captain Webster, the military attache to the legation of Sweeden ami Norway at Washington, who, with other at? taches t?> foreign legations, viewed the movements of the Spanish, American and Cuban armies at Santiago has ar? rived in this city to accompany Gener? al Fred D. Grant when the troops em? bark for Porto Rico today. Captain Webster came here from Tampa. Fla., having just been released from <iuar antine. The other attaches did not ac? company him. To a reporter for the Daily Press! who saw him at Hotel Warwick last night, where General Grant is stopping. Captain Webster gave his views on the three days" fighting around the city of Santiago de Cuba. "1 was astonished at the bravery of the Americans." he began. "The volley tiring of the Spanish army was most deadly, but the Americans never fal? tered. They pressed on to their object? ive point and never stopped till thi-y captured it. During the lighting I oc? cupied a good point from which to watch the progress of the battles, and was courteously treated by both the American and Spanish oflicers. What pleased me was the magnanimous manner in which the United Stales hos? pital corps ministered to the wounded Spaniards that were fjund lying on the battlefield. They were picked up and placc-d in the ambulance wagons and carried to the rear, where they re? ceived the very best medical attention. Surgeons on the battlefield would stop and bandage the wound of a Spanish soldier to prevent the loss of blood till the ambulance wagon arrived. The hospital service in the American arrny is worthy of the highest commendation. It was reported that American soldiers cut the throats of wounded Spaniards, but that it is not true. I was mid, though, by American officers that the Cubans killed wounded Spaniards w ith their macthetes, but this barbarous practice was stopped by the officers ami men of the United States army." (Juestioned regarding the conduct of the American s.kliers when under heavy lire. Captain Webster replied? "The regulars, of course, are the best soldiers. They are trained militiamen, but the ..conduct -of?the -volunteers Is' highly praiseworthy, especially as re? gards the Rough Riders. The Rough Riders fought well and their charging was excellent. I saw the Seventy-first New York regiment go up one side of the San Juan hill under a raking fire, and it was a beautiful charge. The Second Massachusetts regiment of vo1 unteers also did good service. Still there is a difference between the volun? teer and regular soldier. General Sh ift? ers campaign was carried on under trying conditions. His men had to cut their way through jungles, am! the commander deserves credit for what he accomplished." In contrasting the two armies, Cap? tain Webster said: "The Spaniards bad but S.noo men in the city of Santiago who were able to bear arms, while General Shatter's farces numbered nearly In.Ono. How? ever, the Spaniards occupied the van!-, age ground. They were behind trenches, while the Americans were In th.e open and at all times exposed to the fire of the Spaniards. The attacking army always lias the disadvantage and sustains the heavier losses. After the surrender a Spanish colonel told me that the losses on his side in the three days' fighting aggregated between six and seven hundred, including the killed and wounded. General Shaffer's report shows the losses on his side to have been over l.f.00. The heavy loss ori the American side is due to two causes? the fact that it was the attacking army and because volley firing by the Span? iards was steady and deadly. At times the lines were very close, only a few hundred yards apart. That was when the Americans were driving the Span? iards from the trenches. The best evi? dence that General Shaft, r won a vie lory at Santiago is that General Tornl surrendered to him. If the Spaniards had had sufficient supplies they might have prolonged the light for a week or more, but Santiago would have envent ually fallen.- into General Shafter's hands. Then, too. the epidemic of yel? low fever now raging would have beer, beneficial to General Toral. The Span? ish soldiers made a brave stand and they held out to the last. . -ey were equipped with the best rifle known to^ the military world?the Mauser. Gen? eral Shafter's siege guns did efficient service, but the old smooth-bore pieces used by the Spaniards were anti? quated." Captain Webster was not impressed with the soldierly bearing of the Cu? bans. "The Cubans could nit be seen." said be. "when an engagement opened. They knew nothing about scientific warfare. The men are not trained and light as an organized mob." In the military attache's opinion the Cubans rendred the American army very little service except as guides. Captain Webster is a trained soldier and has represented bis government in several campaigns. He viewed the bat? tles between the Turks and Greeks. He is going to Porto Rico, though he be? lieves the prospects for early peace are good. PREPARING FOR A CRUISE. Cruiser Minneapolis Undergoing Exten? sive Repairs. The work of overhauling the splendid protected cruiser Minneapolis. Captain Jewell. Is rapidly approaching comple? tion. It is now quite certain that all of her repairs will be finished at the shipyard here and the cruiser will not be sent to the shipyard at Norfolk, con? trary to expectations. The officers of the Minneapolis have no idea where their ship will be ordered but they know that she Is being fitted out for a long cruise. Whether she will go to the Philip? pines, to the Canaries, or, indeed, to the very coast of Spain or some particular errand for ITucle Sam is not known. Realizing the fact that more warships will be sent to the Pacific than have heretofore been retained there, the ofll ; cers and men are in . hopes that their i ship will be sent either to the Phlllp j pines or one.of the Eastern stations. NO WORD FROM SPAIN. However. It Is Believed the War is Nearing a Close. (By Telegraph.) WASHINGTON. August 2? Shortly before midnight Secretary Alger as he left the White House arter a conference with the President said the administra? tion had received no official Informa? tion that the Madrid government had accepted the terms proposed hv the United States. Unofficially the President lias been informed that the Spanish ministry has acceded to the terms of this country for a cession of war. The uuofllcial ad vices have reached the President in the form not only of press dispatches, but of private dispatches from confidential agents of the United Stales govern? ment. While this government has strong reasons for believing that Its terms of peace have been agreed to by the Madrid government the President is taking nothing for granted. Ar? rangements for pressing the war to a successful conclusion arc going for? ward precisely as if no negotiations for peace were in progress. Ai a con? ference participated in by tile Presi? dent. Secretary Alger and Adjutant General Corbili at the executive man? sion tonight a iinal decision wtis reach? ed us to the constitution of the provis? ional corps for Porto Rico to b-- com? manded by General Wade. Tin- regi? ments which are Kj comprise the corps were decided upon and will be desig? nated in a. general order to be issued probably tomorrow. Secretary Alger said that the corps might be c-n route to Porto Rico within a week. Notwithstanding these warlike prep? arations the belief in official circles to nighl amounts almost to a conviction that active hostilities practically have been concluded. A prominent, official of the administration said tonight: "The cud is near, in my opinion. The information thus far received is un'f fioial and meagre, but in the 'main we have no reason to doubt it. In fact we have reason to believe it is correct." It is understood that the ['reason" referred to is contained in th4 private advices received by the President and from private dispatches recejv. d by represntativs of foreign governments at this capital. ; Ambassador Cambon, whej Is con? ducting the negotiations for the Span? ish government, has not communicated, so far as could be ascertained, fir Ith the President tonight and it is nut pr .liable that the official response to the term. proposed by the United States has yet reached the French ambassador. Upon -Us-receipt it will be transmitted to the President without delay,. In the event of Spain's ac?.CJ&W'.ce of the terms proposed by this country the first step probable will be towards an agreement to close active hostilities, pending the drafting of a trtaty of peace along the linos of the accepted terms. According to precedents ordi? narily fogarded. an armistice would bo proclaimed, and in the circumstances this would mean the practical close of the war. BUCKDED DOWN TO IT. Spanish Cabinet Reaches a Conclusion In Twenty-tive Hours. (By Telegraph.) LONDON. August 3.?The Madrid eon-respondent of the Times, telegraph? ing Tuesday, says: ? The rumors that President McKin? ley insisted on getting a definite reply not fater than tomorrow seem to he confirmed by the unusual rapidity of official procedure here. Generally, when tin- Spanish government has lo take an important decision, a long series of cabinet councils is devoted to what is c all.-d. in semi-official phraseology, 'ev changing Impressions'?a euplionism for talking a: largo, bringing recalci? trant members into lino and postponing a decision until the morrow. "It was expected, therefore, in the most important question, war or peace, that these preliminary operatioriswould require many days. "In reality, if not entirely dispensed with, they wen- got through in a single sitting, and the whole procedure of ex? amining the American demands, decid? ing on a course of action and prcpurirg a formal reply was accomplished, if we may trust the Madrid press, in loss than twenty-four hours." \^ BAILEY AT WORK. ( By Telegraph.) GALVESTON. TEN.. August 2.?The Democratic State Convention, after ap? pointing committees on order of busi? ness, credentials and platform, ad? journed until tomorrow. There is no c-jntesi except for the positions of treasurer. land commis? sioner and judge of the court of ap? peals. The nominees for the others will be: Governor. Joseph D. Sayers; lieutenant governor. J. N. Browning: attorney general, Thomas S. Smith: comptroller, It. W. Finley; railroad commissioner, Allison Mayfieldfsuper? intendent of public instruction. J. Kendall; associate justice of tile su? preme court, Thomas J. Brown. Congressman Bailey and Congress? man Henry are working hnrd in keep the convention from announcing in fa? vor of holding the. conquered territory. A majority of the delegates favor ex? pansion. H?BSON IN ATLANTA. Hero of tin- Mei-rimac Warmly Greeted in the Gate City. (By Telegraph.) ATLANTA, OA., August 2.?Rich? mond Pierson llobson has had at bast two warm receptions in his life. One was under the belching fires of Morro: the other was-in the midst of Atlanta's hospitality today. He of Merrimac fame was the toast of the whole town. Fro mthetime he arrived this morning until he departed tonight, he received one continuous ovation from young and old, big and little, patrician and plebeian. The reception at the governor's man? sion on Peachtree street tonight to the young lieutenant was one of the most remarkable demonstrations ever wit? nessed in Atlanta. Fully 2.000 people called to see Hob son and his mother. Everybody was invited and it seemed as if everybody went. The lieutenant was so complete? ly exhausted shaking so many hands and speaking a word of appreciation k> so many people that he was forced p"> retire to a room and snatch a few mo? ments rest before the reception was over. No more enthusiastic welcome or greeting has* ever been extended I" any former visitor to the Gale City. How in Keep Cool. Visit our Soda Fountain frequently, where you get the nicest iced' drinks made. Plenty of chairs and tables assigned for the comfort of our lady customers. Swiss Frappe is delicious* and our Orange Phosphates cannot be improved on. FRED F. ALLEN & CO The latest patriotic cuff button Is a miniature shell with a spherical, can? non ball as the other link,. I Spain's Inevitable "Mariana" Again in Evidence. AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT No Slftim Tlmt Iii? AtlmtiilxtrHtlou Is Weak i-lilug in Any ICt-ttiit'ct. The Situa? tion in Hit- rlilll|>|>iuvHCnti?eK I 1. t-iiKliM'ss. l-'irt-proof Woodwork 11 iy Telegraph.) WASHINGTON. Aug. 2.?Although Ulis was tilt- thinl .lay since the Pres? ident delivered to M. Canibun the terms ottered by the United States to Spain as as a basis nl' peace, no answer came from Madrid, and in filet was scarcely expected. The press reports of the long cabinet meetings held in the Spanish capital yesterday, indicated that lb.- Spanish cabinet was unprepared at 'least to ac? cept the terms offered at once. and without appearing lo attempt to secure some modification in the interest of Spain. It Is felt that such a course Is forced upon the Sagasta ministry by the existing colidilous in Madrid. Nevertheless it is not to be seen that the President cherishes a slight inten? tion of consenting to any essential . modification of the conditions, and the slight delay that has occurred in mak? ing an answer is not believed to be dis? couraging nor m be taken as a sign of 1 tbt. purpose of the Spanish cabinet ul? timately to refuse the proposition. When the doors of the slate department closed this afternoon it was realized that, owing to the ditlerence of time between Washington and Madrid, there was little chance of receiving the expected answer before tomorrow, and indeed should it come tonight the French ambassador would not be able to deliver it, because the time required for its translation would make the hour too late, and the announcement could not be made until tomorrow. The following is the official statement given out by authority- of the President at the Slate Department, as to the terms of peace offered by the United States: "In order lo remove any misappre? hension in regard lo the negotiations of peace between the United Stales anil Spain, il is deemed proper to say that the terms offered by the United States to Spain in lie- note handed to the French aiil'.y.'.ssador on Saturday last are in substance ?s follows: "The President does not nt.V put for? ward any claim for pecuniary iiidaTiiUvU ty, but requires the reliixiulslunent of all claim of sovereignty over or title to ihe island of Cuba as well as Hie immediate evacuation by Spain of the island, the cession to the United States and the immediate evacuation of Porto ltico and other islands under Sitanlsh'HOVerelgntyila the West Indies, and the like cSssion of an island iii the La drones. The United States will oc? cupy and bold the city, bay and harbor of Manila pending the conclusion of a treaty of peace which shall determine tin- control, disposition and government of the Philippines. If the terms are ac? cepted by Spain in the entirety, it is stated that commissioners will be nam? ed by tin- United States t.infer with commissioners on the part of Spain for lie- purpose of concluding a treaty of peace onthe above terms indicated." The officials here make no conceal? ment of their apprehension of serious trouble' to follow the execution of our program in regard to the Philippines. The reports of the military and naval commanders of late have contained warnings of expected conflicts with the insurgents, and no surprise will be fell at the receipt of news of an outbreak at any moment. The United Stales government feels that it has assumed 3l moral obligation towards not only the foreign residents at Manila. but to? wards the unprotected classes of the Spanish community, women, children, nuns and priests. Therefore, when in? timation came that the insurgents were threatening the lives of some helpless monks orders were sent to the Ameri? can military commander to act in the interest of civilization and humanity. As according lo reports, the insurgents have shown particular hostility to? wards tlit- monks, it is a reasonable ex? pectation before long a combat w ill have occurred between themselves and the American troops, if the latter un? dertake to interfere. Some reports which have been receiv? ed from Porto Rico, but for politic reasons cannot be made public, have given satisfaction to Hie officials of the War Department, since they go to show thai the resistance which can be made by the Spanish troops will be very lit? tle, ami it is even possible that General Miles will achieve an almost bloodless victory. In fact it has been suggested with some plausibility that the Madrid government, realizing the dependency of peace and the lack of loyalty to? wards the monarchy of the mass of the Porto Rieans. has allowed the Spanish garrison of the island to un? derstand that they- are not expected to sacrifice their lives in useless resis? tance, so that all that is to be ex? pected is to be a rather formal opposi? tion to the progress of General Miles' march across the island. General Shafter's health reports today state tha! he is now caring for over (i.OOO sick peopie including Spanish soldiers, many of whom are found to be very ill. The task is a formidable one and the attempt to care for all hands prob? ably explains in a measure the lack of adequate preparation of transports em? ployed in bringing home some of the wounded and sick. The conditions on these boats were found to be so shocking as to demand an official Investigation which was begun today. and some courtmartials may he looked for in high places unless it can be shown clear!" that the lack of preparations was unavoidable. Major General Young called at the War Department today fresh from the front, where his'health broke flown. As f.. the liners St.. Paul and St. Louis, the Navy Department has not reached a decision. I hough in view of the President's desire lo curtail war expenditures, wherever possible it is ex? pected that they too will be surrendered by i in- Navy Department in the course of a few days. In this case four of the n.ivnl captains would be left with? out commands, namely, Sigsbee. of the St. Paul. Wise, of the Yale. Goodrich, of the St. I.ottis and Cotton, of the Har? vard, for even if the vessels were used as army transports, the law would not permit naval officers to command them. Fireproof wood is again in full favor in the Navy Department. Secretary Long having' today issued orders for its use for the decks of battleships and monitors, the only place from which it had been excluded by procedirig orders on account of some commander's re? ports of dampness. The secretary has decided ihat the battle of July 3 has removed any doubt as to the importance of protecting warships from fire by the ?best means within reach. So he will appoint a board to consist of a line offi? cer, a naval constructor and a chem? ist to examine reports coming from, of Heers commanding ships fitted with fire proof wood, especially those present hi the hot tie where the Spanish ships were burned, and has instructed the const ruction bureau to gather all the information possible of this kind for submission to the board. Secretary Long stated this afternoon that no change had been made in the orders of Watson's squadron, so that if the Brooklyn is to bo attached there the fact is not known at the depart? ment. Ii is much more likely that the Brooklyn is coining north, as it was re? ported to the department a long time ago that she was the first vessel of ihe squadron to need overhauling and cleaning. Xc > EXTRA SESSION. House Will Not Convene 1'ntil Next December. (By Telegraoh.) WASHINGTON. August 2.?There will be no extra session of Congress, th .ugh the Senate will have to be called together lor prompt ratification for the treaty of peace if the present plans prevail. It is stated at the White House that unless there should he a one extraordinary development the House will not meet until it convenes In regu? lar session next I).?.einher. This state? ment, made on the authority of the President himst-lf, In answer to person? al inquiries as in contradiction among public men that .'.ingress will soon meet lo draft legislation to meet the demands that will follow the close of the war as well as give froinal assent on the part of the Senate to the treaty. The military occupation of the territo? rial accessions of this government will in no wise further legislation expressly authorizing the continuation of a large military r..rce according to the view of the Pr.-sidont. Persons who conferred with the President today positively as? sort that there is no necessity for spe? cial legislation to authorize the keep? ing together the great army of volun? teers. The President, it is understood, lakes the ground thai the requirement in the volunteer act for disbandment of volunteers on the termination of the war does not contemplate disbandment I until the emergencies that are incident to Ibis war are over and iloes not pre I vein the maintenance of a large body of troops in our accessions until order is restored. A well known public man who was in conference with the Presi? dent today suggested that the necessa? ry military occupation of our conquer? ed territory would Involve maintenance for two years of an army of about 100. OOii men. SITUATION AT CAVITE. Indications of a Clash Between General Merritt and Agulnaldo. (By Telegraph.) NEW, YORK, August 2.?A cable? gram to the Journal from Oavite. July 30, via Hong Kong, reports that the eWreSIinniVeV,*- '.V.IK spent two days in the interior interviewing ""iTiSUrgent leaders. As a result the correspond.'.'.cr has discovered evidences of jealousy of*the American invasion, but no act? ual anti-American feeling. The dis? patch adds: "Agulnaldo Is respectful toward Ad? miral Dewey, General .Merritt and Con? sul Wildman and will go any length to retain Consul Wildman's good opinion, but h<> holds back from giving energet? ic help lo the United Stales forces. "He will give only a negative sort of assistance until be knows the exact form which ihe policy will take. "lie is disturbed by Ihe telegraphic reports which abandon the islands to Spain. There are some Indications of a clash between General Merritt and Agulnaldo. "UNEVENTFUL MEETING. (By Telegraph.) ! WASHINGTON, August 2?The cab? inet session today, which had promised ' to he important in view of the pending peace propositions, proved to be une? ventful. It occupied an hour and ten minutes, but most of the time was de? voted lo a statement, subsequently giv? en to ihe press, brieily summarizing the terms ..f peace. Aside from the discus? sion of this .statement which was care? fully drawn and scrutinized, line by line, by the members of the cabinet with unusual precaution, for diplomat? ic reasons. I he- meeting was devoted largely to talking over minor war de? tails. The informal exchange of views of individual merrihers during the m-et. ing indicated a strong belief in peace, though no word of any kind had yet com.- from the Spanish government. TU E CUBANS GRATEFUL. (By Telegraph.) NEW YORK. August 2.?President T. Estrada Palma, of the Cuban junta, when questioned today about the es? trangement between Garcia and Gen? eral Shafter, said: "There is no danger thai the Cubans will permit a slight misunderstanding ..f .me of their countrymen?even of a general?with an American to effect the successful issue of Ihe campaign. I know that General Garcia, as well as all Hi.- Cubans, has too deep a sense of gratitude toward the United States to harbor slight or fanciful wrongs against the benefactors." BRIEF ITEMS. PRISONERS RELEASED. (By Telegraph.) WASHINGTON. August 2.?The Wrar Department has posted the following telegram from General Shafier, dated Santiago de Cuba. August I: "All political prisoners have been Ira mediately released as we reached them. Have not heard from Guantanamo, but General Ewers went there three days ago p. receive the surrender of arms anil political prisoners. They were un? doubtedly released on his arrival." FOURTH MANILA EXPEDITION. (By Telegraph.) SAN FRANCISCO. August 2.?The ?'all says: "The steam.-r Doric, which arrived late last night, brought news of the ar? rival at Honolulu of the fourth Manila expedition. The Doric left Honolulu last Monday. The transports arrived there the day before with all on board well and on Monday the boys in blue wen- ashore and were given a royal re? ception and a grand feast. "The fourth expedition left here July 15 and reached Honolulu without mis? hap 1.1 either of ihe vessels. Great preparations nr.- being made at the is? land for a grand celebration on the ar? rival of the annexation commissioners anil the raising of the Stars and Strii.es. _ ORDERED TO A SHIP. WASHINGTON. August 2.?Lieuten? ant Commander 10. D. Tausslg has been detached from the Norfolk navy yard and ordered to command the gunboat Bennington. which is under orders to proceed to the Hawaiian Islands, re? lieving Lieutenant Commander J. F. Moser, w ho is ordered to command the Albatross. 1-The new lot of fever preventive wa? ter filters have arrived at Adams' Adams' Racket Store. Jull-l-tf DGES SPAIN ACCEPT? Late Madrid Extras Say She Does. HOSTILITIES TO CEASE Only Detulin In Keferenctf toTrruu Ne ecHHury t<? llrliiK About Ttiii* Htsnult. l'tiacu Delegation to Be I'tioKvu it Once. (.By Telegraph.} NEW YORK. July 2.?A special cable to the Evening Journal from Madrid, published in a late extra edition of that paper, says: "Spain accepts the principal condi? tions of peace set forth by the Ameri? can government, ai tails are no.-,led t. to cease at once. "A peace delegation will be chosen at one.' to confer with the representa? tives ..r th.- United States. "The pea.-e conditions set forth by President McKinley were discussed at length today by Minister Sagasta, and at the conclusion it was given out offi? cially that the terms of the United States would be accepted. There are one or two amendments Iti the propo? sitions of the United States that Spain will ask to b>- made, and It this Is done peace will be declared at once." LONDON, Aug. 3.?The Madrid cor? respondent of the Dally Mall says: ' The government has accepted the principal of the American, conditions, but the acceptance will not be made public until inquiries to Washington on matters of detail have been settled, thus rounding off the preliminary ba? sis." LONDON, Aug. 3.?The Madrid cor? respondent of the Daily News says: "The government"s reply to the American peace terms left here Mon? day evening. The government believes tha. the nature of the negotiations re? quires the greatest secrecy, and that their success will depend upon the ob? servance of the most absolute reserve here. Official silence, therefore, is com? plete." LONDON. Aug. 3.?The Gibraltar correspondent of the Daily News, tele? graphing Monday night, says: "The censorship is dally becoming more severe, and little is known be? yond the fact tnat peace Is assured. It is understood that the note from Ameri? ca asks only a part of the Philippines, and that. Senor Sagasta having replied that the terms will be accepted, hos? tilities are consequently suspended. '"A commission will be appointed to determine the basis of peace. The cnief difficulty, it is asserted in official ?circles, Is as to the date and manner of the eVacuat.on of the Spanish posses? sions. " """ ,-,?,. .!>?,-sO?.t~>- A.~ "There is 'ja.?ir' _JJi_U^-?n?JgnaclOV dlsposul of the war material' In Cuua. Senor Sagasta, if he has a chance. Will probably represent a restitution of the material as a diplomatic victory. It has just been asserted here that the premier has succeeded in obtaining slightly im? proved terms. The treaty will not be signed before September." LONDON, Aug. 3.?The Rome corres? pondent of the Daily Chronicle says: '"Spain, it is asserted here, has ac? cepted the American terms with unim? portant reservations, and the peace preliminaries will be signed before Sat? urday." GERMAN PRESS EXPLAINS. Reason Given for the Attitude of War? ships in tile Philippines. tBy Telegraph.? BERLIN, Aug. 2.?The seml-ofticlal North German Gazette this evening publishes a statement on the subject of German policy at Manila, based on official reports, explaining that this was done "with the view of correcting mis representatives in foreign newspapers." It says that for the purpose of af? fording the German colony Immediate shelter In case of need, some chartered steamers were anchored near the Ger? man warship Irene In the Pasig river, under the protection of the armed boats. The French and British colo? nies, the statement continues, followed tins example. Aguinaldo. according to the North German Gazette, gave Rear Admiral Dewey a written assurance that the insurgents would act humanely, and at Aguinaldo's request and with Admiral Dewey's approval, the commander of the Irene took four Spanish ladles and six children from the province of Batan under his protection and placed them on board a chartered steamer, every step being taken with a thoroughly friendly understanding with Admiral Dewey and Captain General Augustln. The North German Gazette then adds: "The imperial consulate at Manila has under Its protection not only Ger? man residents, but subjects of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Portugal, to all of whom protection of the warships will be, if necessary, sim? ilarly extended. THE ARKANSAS DID NOT SAIL. TAMPA. Fl.A.. Aug. 2.?Contrary to expectation the transport Arkansas did not sajl for Porto Rico today. General Rodgers has all his heavy artillery on board, but there is still some other loading to be done. The transports Sandmarco, Clinton and Knickerbocker arrived at quaran? tine this evening from Santiago. Eight more are expected tomorrow. They will come immediately to Port Tampa as soon as their period of detention is passed. It was reported yesterday that Gene? ral Copplnger had received osders to go to Porto Rico, but today your corres? pondent learns that instead of receiv? ing such an order lie received a docu? ment by wire from the Secretary of War. stating that "he could go to Porto Rico, if he wanted to." The Fifth cavalry departed tonight for Fernandina over the Plant Sysytem to Ocala. ANOTHER LF-'TER FROM SCHLET MA CON, OA., Aug. 2.?The folowlng letter has been received from Commo? dore W. S. Schley by Mr. A. W. Reese, of Macon: Flagship Brooklyn, Guantanamo, Cuba, July 26, 1S?S: My Dear Mr. Reese: I thank you for your note of congratulation. I am afraid I am being praised more than I deserve for a simple act of duty to which my whole training In life has been directed. 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