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VOL 111, NO. 217.
No Longer Any Doubt About j
the Contract.
I'laiiH or the l.o.Ml Company Tor
?ir.-ater l>lH|>laci iuciit and Crcatcr
Coal Capacity Adop ??<! |,V
Iii? Lietmrlnirut. /
Newport News will eerlauilv build
?mo ..I ihe battleships, reports p, the
eolilrary publisbe.l yesterday morning
aotu iibstaiuliiiy. liiCa-itiation p. ihe
effeet that one vessel will bo construct?
ed ai the works of I ho Newport News
Shipbuilding ami Dry Dock G.pony
l"<s 1.n receiveil in lhis city ami the
contract will be otllciallv awarded in a
lew .lays.
The .New Vork Herald yesterday pub?
lished the following report from Hs
Washington coi respondent:
"Battleships of higher s;.i than
eighteen knots on dispiiiceineiits of ij,
fillO tons each, aid bail! en government
Plans, are practically assured as the
lesiilt of neg.diaiions condueted bv tin
Naval Hoard of Construction with
American shipbuilders.
"l understand the type of vessel the
board |u,s in view will be practically
the same as thai presented bv Cramps
except lhal it will be several bundled
Ions large,-, to provide an increased
coal capacity. The projected ships w,ll
carry n.utiti t,,,!S ,,, each, wbn-b will
give ihem a steaming radius of pi.Oa
miles, a feature especially phasing t
Engineer in Chief Melville.
?Chief Naval Coaslrti tor Hichbori
repotted ib..i the lengthening j ,|,
vessel by sixteen feet, as proposed b
lie- Cramps, in order tu ai.innodat
the additional inachinery space re
?tuiied for ihe boilers and engines nee
essnry to drive the ship at more man
eighteen knots, would not necessitate
any imp irtant rearrangement of
weights. Th,. I'ui.iii lion Works pro?
posed to lengthen the ships twenty fe t
The Newport News Companys design
called for an improved Iowa, but that
Iii in has notified Captain (''.Veil of its
willingness to build a vessel in no, ,rd.
mice w ith i lie n.-sires of tie- hoard.
?None of Ii,,- firms will increase the
amount of its bid to pay for anv of the
niodili, aliens proposed by ihe depart?
ment. The engines of tie- new vessels
will be required in develop a horse
P wer of lil.iiaii each, which will be suf?
ficient, in lite opinion of engineer in
chief Melville, lo drive them at the de?
sired speed."
A special, dispatch to the New York
Sun sent out. from Washington savs:
"The Naval Hoard of Construction al
a meeting today agreed unanimously
IU recommend to the Secretary of tin
Navy that contracts for the construc?
tion of the three battleships authorized
at the last session of Congress be
awarded to tin- Crumps, of Philadel?
phia, Ihe t'ni.n Iron Works, of San
Francisco, and lie- Newport News ship?
building and lay Dock Company", (-1
Virginia, each i oncern lo gel one ship,
??The board also agreed to recomm mil
changes in lite plans of the vessels si
thai ihe sjieed requirement will be mo:?
than eighteen knots. Assurances havt
already been received from the tore,
shipbuilding firms that they will abidi
by any reu* nable changes in tile pin, f
submitted by them in order to secun
Ihe contracts.
??'I his action of the board d;spos -d ,,|
the embarrassment experienced by tV.e I
Navy Department in deciding t > charge
the plans of tile battleships afier him
bad been submitted so as lo provide f r
increased s|.d. According I ill. plans
agreed upon by the Consult lion Board
the ships must show a s|.d develop
-ineni of not less tlian a fraction ovei
eiithteen knots, 'i ho ae.ual r.-quirenn in
will probably be about 18.25 knots
Kach ship must have an indicated
h,rse-|...wer ..f lG.ilOO, have a coal ca,
jiaclli of 2.0011 ions and a steaming ra?
dius of 10,000 knots ai ten kinds an
??The tyi.f vessel contemplated
considered by naval experts to be tin
ideal ship of its si/..-, and the board wi!
recommend that huHJcshlps t . be au?
thorized in future he eons'? net .-.1 .. i tin
si,me general if ans. Son,.- change.
w.-re made in the armament originally
designed which will result in inc. ea-'mfi
the efficiency of the vessels for fighting
purposes. It was said today lhal tin
reports of a controversy among tin
members ??( lite board were much .x
aggorated and that I he unanimous
agreement indicated how thoroughly
agreed the board was as lo the kind of
ship that should be constructed."
Prom the foregoing dispatches il will
be seen, that there is no longer an:
doubt ab?ut Ihe fact thai another war
ship will be built here.
When seen last night Mr. Waller A
Post, general manager of the shipyard
said he had not been oliieially advise,
that a contract would be awarded b
his company, but be felt conlidenl that
one contract would come to Newp.irt
News. It is Mr. Post's opinion that th,
Navy Department will go over the
1 la is mil soeciti iti ns r : It .- B It
is evident that the plan f the local
company giving the IS-kuot ship a dis?
placement of 12.50U tons in order to in?
crease the coal capacity has struck the
fancy of navy officials, as the di>pl.i
ment of the new warships arc to h
that tonnage. Cramps' proposed sli.p
provided f-r a displacement of IJ.l.Vi
Dixie (ioex to lEaltimnre.
The auxiliary cruiser Dixie Is being
prepared for her trip to Baltimore. She
has borne an important part in the
war. and will lie open to the inspection
of the citizens of Baltimore, from
which city her crew came.
The tars look forward to the parade
through their native town with great
pleasure. Every morning on the spa?
cious deck of ihe cruiser they have a
practice march.
- The Dixie will carry to Baltimore the
large brass mortar captured by hermen
from the Spanish defences of Gunntn
l-.amri. The relic will probably be pre?
sented to the city. The Maryland sail?
ors say they want to be mustered out,
rtow that their work is done. They have
made a splendid i.ord for themselves
and their ship, and il is their earnest
desire to see the Dixie retained in th ?
service. Her heavy main battery of
ten fi-inch rides makes her the most
formidable of the auxiliary vossels, and
she mav be retained.
WANTED?At' the Virginia Cleaning
and Dying Establishment, S5 suits of
clothes every day to be cleaned, dyed,
pressed and repaireu. and made lo
look like new. 2105 Washington av?
enue. aug-10-tf.
Pictures and Photo Frames at
Tin; (Mil Dominion Laud Co.. A-IUrt-Kio-s it
fjt-lter tu Mayor Monk.
Ii looks as if the Old Dominion Laud
Company will have "a say" in (he con?
struction oi" ihe sower system in this
i-ily. The following letter was indicted
to Mayor Moss by the superintendent
of the company some time since:
Newport .News. Va., .-uisust r.i, 1SUS.
lion. A. A. Moss, Mayor:
I "ear Sir: In reference to the pro?
posed sewer system for the city, now
being laid, there are several matters to
which I desire to call the attention of
the city authorities.
First? We understand that the city
proposes to lay and locate a sewer pipe
along Twenty-?fifth street and to extend
the same out into the James river at
the terminus of said street. The city
cannot do this without passing over or
tu.dor a strip of land owned by this
Second?We also understand that it Is ]
proposed to lay a sewer pipe along
Thirty-fourth street to West avenue
and thence on to the river. The city j
city cannot do this without posing over
or under lands owned by this com?
Third?We desire to note also that we
understand that in laying the pipes
along Twenty-nrth and Thirty-fourth
streets thai yon propose to disturb and
perhaps render useless the sewer pipes
owned by this company prior lo the
incorporation of the city. We de-sire to
say to you as the official representa?
tive of ihe city that we hove no
desire to interfere with or delay the city
in the proposed improvement, and wii
have I,,, intention of charging the city
anything for the privilege of passing
through the said laud with Us pipes,
provided, however, that certain reason
aide limitations which this company
will propose are acceded to by the city.
To this end and in order to ovoid pos?
sible litigation and delay we would be
pleased to confer with the proper city
authorities, and would be glad to have
you call the attention of the city coun?
cil to the subject at the earliest period
of lime possible.
In reference to the question of Inter?
fering with the pipes of this company
laid before the incorporation of the
?iiy we ,-all your attention to Section
IP! of He- charter, from which you will
observe that this company has a right
of property in these pipes as laid.
Win!- willing to make liberal conces?
sions to the . iiy. this company must in?
sist that its rights in the premises
shall be respected and recognized by
the city, ami that those rights shall not
he invaded except with its consent or
Iiy Ihe process of low.
Yours truly,
iiy L. It. .Manville. Supt.
Aftei- consulting Commonwealth's At?
torney .1. lv. M. Newton Mayor Moss
-em the following reply to the fore?
going letter:
I.. I'.. Manville. Superintendent Old Do?
minion Land Co.. Newport News.
Dear Sir: Your letter witli reference
o ihe city sewer on Twenty-fifth and
Thirty-fourth streets interfering with
the property of your company was
Inly received.
I shall rerer me iiumi? t? cue
L-ommittee with the recommendation
rou desire- to make be_'complied
with. You Will hear from file commit?
tee when the matter is brought to Its
Holling that this will be satisfactory.
I remain.
A. A. M.iss.
As v.-t the leitet- of tin- t iid Domin?
ion Land Company has not been
brought to ihe attention of either the
'ommoti Council or the Sewer Commit?
tee. Inn it will probably he considered
at til.- nest meeting of lie- committee.
lust ?hat the company is "driving at"
is not known except to tin- officials.
nit ? here is a hint of litigation.
Hit I KI-'S.
Mr. Frank Lattimcr has returned
from i 'hristianshurg.
Mi-, and Mrs. Alexander Cotter have
returned to New 1'urk.
Dr. and Mrs. John Ingolls. of Macon.
la., returned home yesterday.
Mrs. A. Cooley ha;; returned to her
home in Washington, after o brief bus
Mi-, i'. \\". Humphreys left Thursday
for a visit to his parents at Itich
The Chesapeake & Ohio steamship
Sheitandoah .arrived yesterday after?
noon from Liverpool.
Miss Mamie Perkins, of Danville. Va..
is visiting Mrs. W. S. Broadwell, on
Lafayette avenue.
A company of colored troops passed
through ih.- city yesterday en |
route I.. Norfolk from Camp Corbin. If j
is understood that the company will be
Miss liert'rude Davis, who has been
spending the summer months in Pe?
tersburg, returned to the city yesterday.
Professor and Mrs. II. II. Epes have
is their gto-sts. Dr. .lohn It.h and
daughter. Miss Fannie Booth. -
Misses Uoborin Curtis and Bessie Cur?
tis, who have been visiting in King and
: "Oleen c titttv. have returned home.
B.w. T. J.'.MacKay will preach a spe?
cial sermon to the liremen of the city
at the Se..1 Baptist church tomorrow
Mr. B. A. Woolums. ot Midway, Ky..
is the guest of Mr. W. s. Creene. chief
electrician of the Chesapeake ,<i Ohio
Dr. and Mrs. S. W. Thompson, of
Oswogo. N. V.. and Mr. ami Mrs. Otis
S. Beach 'arc legist,-red at the War-,
Hiss Eva Savage lias returned from
a visit to relatives in Cape Charles,
sie- was accompanied by her sisters.
Mrs. T. I-:. Richardson and Mrs. B. A.
A building permit litis b. on granted to
M. .1. Moore for the erection of a two
story frame building on Thirty-second
-tre.-i. between Washington and West
avenues. This house will be built to.
Attorney R. M. Lett.
The seventy-five new school desks
ordered some days ago by the board of
school trustees arrived yesterday and
were placed in position in the
school rooms in the Notional Bank
building yesterday. Mr. M. Ii. Lash was
awarded the contract for furnishing
these desks and tilled the order in o re?
markably short time.
.lames Bondurant, the little eight
yrar-old boy who robbed the pnstofflee
some time ago ami confessed to being
a party to several other thefts of a petty
nature, was arrested again yesterday
morning by Officer O'Hnra on the com?
plaint of Mr. Maguyre, of Muguyre &
Small, bicycle dealers, who accused the
boy of pilfering his cash drawer of $::
ilt recovered SI of the money.
I Miss Minnie Kitoy. art teacher in the
j Newport News Female Seminary, and
o graduate of the Pennsylvania Acad?
emy of Fine Art, will have an art open?
ing in the studio of the seminary Mon?
day. Sept. 1-'. from 2 to fi o'clock. Her
display will be of interest to lovers ol
art. Public invited to call and examine
the work. sept-741
Wash Boilers. Boards, Irons anil Tubs
Harmon's Relatives Likely
to Ask Damages.
Coutlucd In Mi? itloudllcld Lockup, ii llltlgy
anil ('iivHiillUt.nl I'riKon, IVlitr?
lie lll.H or -WhatV Whis?
key or Siillli iiiion?
It is probable that the relatives or
John 10. Harmon, the white man who
was found dead in ihe Bloodiield lockup
Wednesday morning:, will institute snii
against the county of Warwick for ihe
recovery ol' damages on the ground that
tiic confinement of the deceased in the
prison was Ihe cause ,,f |,is death.
Two of the dead man's sisters arrived
in I he city several days ago from Pe?
tersburg. Va.. his former home, and
they have been making a thorough in?
vestigation in order to learn th,- facts.
Il is claimed that a good case can be
made out against the county. The
loci.ill' in which Harmon died is not a
decent dog kennel. There are two cells
in a little shanty and in each is a small
?window which gives all the ventilation
the prisoners get. in hot weather the
heat must he almost intolerable, far the
sun lieu Is on the (op and all four sides
of th,- shack, and, to make mutters
worst', there is- a cooking stove inside
which adds to the intensity of the heat
Inside the cells look like hog pens.
They are dark, dingy and dirty and
give uff an offensive odor. There is no
jailor except a colored woman named
Betsy Aim Cox, who cooks for the pris?
oners, hut each policeman carries a key
so thill he can lock up his "drunks"
and "disorderlies."
It seems that Harmon was placed in
tin- lockup so that he might "sober up."
I i'- was loafing around a saloon kept en
fee outskirts of East End by a man
named West. II,. becahfe a nuisance,
and on Monday Mr. West sent for
Chief W. c. Runtwright and asked him
t uitpsI Harmon. This the ofllcer re?
fused to do. saying he bad not seen
Harmon commit any offense. Mr. West
ti.'-n went before Justice J. K,.rd
and swore out a warrant against Har?
mon, charging him with being drunk,
disorderly and exposing his person. Tin?
man was Iben taken before Justice
F rd Tuesday morning, but his Warship
r. fused to try him on the ground that
Harmon was t,.,, drunk. No one offer,
ed to go the man's bail and he was
Placed in the lockup. Mr. West it
s. cms. was friendly disposed toward
Harmon and had him arrested think?
ing Unit if he were confined in jail ho
would soon get sober. He gave the uf
mon anything he wanted except whis?
key. - After being in the prison a few
hours Mr. West said he thought Har?
mon Ynight have delirium tremens and
he gave directions as to how he should
be treated. The policemen did what
they could for ihe man. and when last
s,,-n Tuesday night he appear.-,! to be
better than when he was firsl put in
prison. Some lime during the night.
Harmon died, and now th,- question is:
Was death hastened by the intense he-it
and the nasty cell?
It is high lim.- the authorities or
Warwick county were abandoning the
prison now in use and building on.- in
conformity with civilization. The lock?
up is n, ,1 a. place for man, beast or
The Su in of Wl .OOII Awarded I'.-lcr I'crhlM'
In the $10,000 damage sail brought
against the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad
bv lb.- estate of Peter Peebles. City
Sei'seant E. W. Milstead. administra?
tor, th,- jury silling in th" Warwick
County circuit Court before Judge
Bhukstone. decided licit ihe plaintiff
shall be awarded damages to the
amount of $1,000.
The attorneys representing Mr. Mil
st.-ad wee Messrs. B. C. Bickford and
I-:. S. liobinson.
Tin- declaration in this suit alleged
lhal Peebles was fishing in a small sail
boat at anchor about iwo miles from
shore at the mouth of James river, on
June 3d. ISII7: Ihe tug Hinten approach?
ed from the direction of Norfolk, hav
1 ing in low en a hawser of probably ion
cards length. Ihe Chesapeake and Ohio
barge No. 2. and although there was
noliiing lo necessitate their going any?
where in the direction ol" Peebles', boat,
ihe tug was so carelessly and negli?
gently navigated that it went very
clime * to it. causing a heavy swell, and
the barge, although a very slight
change of her helm would have enabled
her to avoid ihe accident, came into
collision and sunk the boat, and caused
ihe drowning of its occupant.
It is fun lieu alleged that Peebles was
in no respect or degree at fault in the
matter, but that the collision was din
solely lo the negligence, want of skill
and care of Ihe otlicers and crew of
the tug and barge.
Peebles left a wife and nine children
for whose benefit the damages were
Comedy 1 n?i*dHy Night.
"The Strange Adventures of Miss
Brown." by l'tobert Buchanan and C.
Miirlowe, which will be presented al
the Opera House Tuesday night, is a.
funny farce in three acts, so bright
and swift in action that i: has made
its presence in the play houses a jeal?
ous competition to "Charley's Aunt,"
for it contains all the Inconguous sit?
uations that a man can conceive while
aiiiscilierading in feminine'attire.
Pollen Court .
Only Iwn cases were disposed of in
the Police Court yesterday morning.
They were as follows-:
II. Anderson, assault: lined $10 and
Ai. Osor, obstructing" the sidewalk:
continued until Tuesday.
No Si . ai-i't.n.
Do not loose sleep when a 10c bottle
if "No Mosqulte" will drive away ev
?iv mosquito. FRED F. AHDEN &
'0. aug-10-l-w
Buy Fruit Jars and extra Fruit Jar
?lubbers at
Do you want a Hand Camera or Kl?
ink? C. K. Choyne, the pholograpb-cr.
tuts the largest supply ever displaced
in Hampton. Sefl-Ht.
Damps in great variety at
The largest and finest line of Kodaks.
CKnn ras. ar.d amateur supplies ever
icon in Hampton, C. E. Chej. Pho?
tographer. Si9-3t.
Tlila uikI Other Sections of tin- Clly In Nccil ]
of Atteutlou.
'Pin' s?nitury condition of some sec?
tions of tlie city is deplorable, ami il
steps are not taken an epidemic of fe?
ver will be ihe result.
In lioek. tis. tor instance, pools of
black stagnant water- that give off a
stench only surpassed bv a Chinese
stink pot. which the celestials use in ,
battle to stitlle the enemy, dot the!
thoroughfares. The gutters, too. are |
tilled with water and tilth, ami t...
streets ;ne covered with rubbish of nil
kinds. At times a pedestrian is com
pelled to close his nostrils as he pass
some of these disease breeders. and
oven a strange dog scurries by them, ,
tor it even nauceates the canine. Some |
of the alleys in this section of the town
are dirty and nasty, being: tilled with
tin etuis, melon rinds, peelings and dial
id' every description, which putrify and
ami intensify the offensive fumes that
pollute the atmosphere. A glimpse hit
some of the backyards in Kacketts
would make a vulture siek.
The condition .of other sections of the
town is almost as deplorable. Through?
out the city vacant lots and even
streets arc covered with a heavy growth
.it. weeds which are now going- to seed..
They will s.i decay and send up mo,.
rtimes r .r people to inha le. Already
there are enough holes to breed billion.-,
of germs to nti r the human system.
Liming a heavy rain water from the.-e
places is carried to cisterns ami sunken
w ells.
What the city needs is an ordinance
compelling the owners of un im proven
lots lo keep them fiee^from needs and
? 't her unhealthful vegetation, and prop?
el ty holders should be required to use '
lime i ir some other disinfectant at least
once a month during the summer. The
gi tins must he killed or the people will
suffer. Nearly all-of the diseases llesh is
heir to come from a germ and especial?
ly is litis true tis regalds fevers. One |
sanitary officer cannot begin to lo
after the entire town. II.- should have |
the assistance of the policemen, and
Mayor A. A. Moss will probably recom?
mend in the n.-xt meeting of the Com
m in Council that an ordinance be en-I
ticicl requiring policemen on day duty
10 inst.t tie- alleys and backyards
their beats ai least twice a week a
report t i the health officer. If the ?.
dinance is offeied there is no doubt
to its passage, for every councilman de?
sires p. see the city kept clean and free
from disease.
Pin- reason assigned for tile unhealth?
ful condition of certain sections of the |
t1 wu is that a stilltet? allowance
made for streets, and every time ni >n
is expended on the thoroughfares sou
body s.-is up a howl. This will hold |
some wai.-r. Put ihe people have rea?
son to "kick" when the Common Coun?
cil, in its magnanimity, ab dishes tue |
el Min gang and employs laborers at
dollar a day. There is no reason w
the prisoners in tin- city jail should not |
be required to work ?n the streets. 1
would be an act of humanity to 1.
them exercise their muscles and get
little fresh air. The jail is not a sat
rlissrdarllvij. wifc-^eafers and^pc^t
thieves handle ihe DlcK-aiw . ....-.-t,.'. ... '
? me escapes,occasionally, lot hi in go,
for he w il lnot return,
Newport News must be kept clean re?
gardless of cost, i'l can .be made the]
most healthful place in the State, and |
it should be done. /
Luiliermm Will Hold Service*.
Those Christians of this city who an
Lutherans in faith have decided to es?
tablish a church in Newport News, and
at an early dale a congregation will be |
organized. Mr. W. G. Slienk, a student
of the Lutheran Theological Seminary,
of Chicago, has been sent here by the
Mission Hoard of the United Synod of |
tit.- South, lie will spend a month in
the city, during which time he hopes
to complete the organization. Mr.
Slu nk has rented Moss' Hall, on Twen?
ty-eighth street, where he will condtn-t
religious services tomorrow morning
11 o'clock and at S o'clock in the .-v.
Do Not Whiii to Dissolve.
Messrs. Angel Klasky. A. Rybner.
Greetibuig ami others have tiled a suit
in chancery in Ihe Corporation Court
to prevent a majority of the members
of the Order Crith Abraham, a Hebrew
benevolent association, from "dissolv?
ing tlie order and misappropriating the
funds now in the treasury." The asso?
ciation lias forty-seven members and |
because of some trouble with the Su
pteme Lodge of the order the majority
? f them, it s.-eins. desire to draw out.
taking the funds and organize into
some other benevolent association.
Ask.-d to Accept Membership on the
Inv.-stigaling Commission.
ATLANTA. OA.. Sept. !>.?A telegram
from President McKinley was received
today by the family of General .lohn E.
Gordon, asking the general to accept
a position as a member of "a commis?
sion to examine into the conduct of
the commissary and medical depart?
ments of ihe army in the recent war
witti Spain."
Presiden McKinley expressed the
opinion that General Gordon would do
the country great service by accepting
a position on the commission, ami ear?
nestly hoped that he would see fit to be?
come* n member. The specific object of
the commission is stated in the tele?
gram to lie au examination into the
commissary, quartermaster and medi?
cal bureaus of the War Department
and into the extent, causes, and treat?
ment of sickness in the fields ami in the
The telegram did not state who the
other members of the investigating
hoard Would be, and closed with a re
test for serious consideration of the
General Gordon Is at Reynolds, Ga..
tonight and inaccessible. President
McKinley's t?legrum was forwarded
I. , him.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 0.?The follow?
ing has been posted at the War Depurt
"Ponce. Sept. S. 189S.
"Adjutant Geneal Washington:
"Transport A lama sailed at rr.:;o
o'clock today with the following on
board: Companies F. <! and II, Second
Wisconsin, live officer*. 200 men; ital?
ic y A. First Illinois, three officers, sev?
enty m.-n: Battery C, Pennsylvania Ar?
tillery, two officers. IBS men; Company
II. First District of Columbia, two offi?
cers, llftv-nino men. Unattached, six
officers, fifty men. Civilian employees,
thirty m.-n. Should reach New York
September 15th. Total, IS officers; 515
enlisted men.
"WILSON, Maj. Gen."
Mr. James P. Bead, the chief clerk in
the postofliee. left last evening for
Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md., where
he will spend a week or ten days. Mr.
Bead and the other clerks in the post
office have been hard worked''for th<
last two months on account of tin
heavy malls coming in to the soldier,
who were encamped in this city.
Commanding General Calls
on President McKinley.
The Neceiwlty of it l.itrger Army nu?t
Thorough Military Triilitliii; K*itul>
lUtieil l.y 1 lie Ai'i|lllhllloii of
(By Telegraph.)
W A S H1N G T O N, Sept. 9.?General
Miles, aecomiisinieil by Colonel Alichler.
of his stat'l", culled ol ihe White House
shortly before the cabinet meeting to?
day. The general wore a fatigue uni?
form showing the two starred epau?
lettes ol a major general. At the time
of his arrival the President was con?
ferring with Justice Harlan. Senator
Allen and other callers. General Miles
ami Colonel Michler were shown into
the cabinet ante room and there Ihe
President joined them, excusing him?
self from ihe other callers. The meet?
ing between the President and com?
manding general was comparatively
brief, lasting but live minutes, as the
cabinet meeting was about lo begin.
It was noi in the nature of a confer-'
once, during which questions rclulinu
I., the war were discussed, hut was lb.
formal call of respect usual on the re
turn of high olllcials. The conference |
for more extended discussion of war :
fairs doubtless will come later, although
it was saiil ater the call lhal no ex;
time had been llxed for a further me
ing. General Miles had nothing to >
before or after tin- call, lie was gre
ed with a round .if applause as be left
the While House, pushing his way
through tile dense crowd awaiting the |
r-view of returning District of Colum?
bia troops.
General Miles came lo the War De?
partment ai 10 o'clock today, and after |
spending a short lime in his room ai
army headquarters went to the office
the Secretary of War. Ac: ing Sec
tary Meiklejohn was at ihe desk of I
Secretary Alger and was talking with
Governor Atkinson, of Georgia, and
Adjutant General Corbin when Genera
Miles entered. The hitler was accom?
panied by a member .if bis staff. After |
the gentlemen had shook hands and the
business with the governor was trans?
acted Mr. Meiklejohn and Generali
Miles cbalt.-d for some time on general1
topics of the campaign in Porto Itlec
and the return trip of the commandint
Speaking of the future of the armj
General Miles said that there wen
number of mailers which required j
careful and deliberate consideration
with respect to th.- army urganizath
and that undoubtedly steps in that I
direction would be taken as soon
practicable. The matter of mustering '
of the army by mustering out, lie said,
would have to be taken up at an early
date, and that undoubtedly would came
a rearrangement of tin- department |
With respect to the reorganization ol
the army. General Miles said that the
experience of this war hail very clearly
demonstrated what military author!- I
ties understood before, that the estab?
lishment of a standard was necessary
in tin- entire efficiency of the army. He
said it was Iiis intention to recommend
a plan of reorganization to Congress,
and that he believed the necessity I'm
il would be recognized by the public
and by Congress.
Tin- acquisition of territory obvious?
ly made it necessary that there should !
be a larger army and that the exper?
ience of tin- war had demonstrated the
i.essity of establishing a standard
and having the troops thoroughly
trained to the military service. It win
desirable, he said, that the army should '
be organized from the haisis of
soldier io every certain number
inhabitants. It was recognized
military authorities even before Ihe
close of ihe war of lb,, rebellion that
the establishment of a standard
desirable, bin from time to time
army- had been reduced until il had
reached a number disproportionately!
small ihe size of the country and
its population. He thought that one |
soldier to every 1.000 population proba
lily would be found to he about the
right ratio for a standard and that!
the army, this standard being adopted,
would increase according to ib.- re
nized needs of the government in ail
exact ratio to the increase of the
Question of Investigating the War ,
pa rt ment < Considered.
WASHINGTON, S.-pt. 0.?The ca
net meeting today was protracted, last?
ing iwo hours and a quarter, allhougl
only Secretaries Cage and Wilson and |
Postmaster General Emory Smith wen
with th.- President. The appoint]
of Senator Gray as peace commisni'im
was first considered and met with sue
approval that the formal annotincemet
of the choice was made.
The question of investigating the in
ministation of the War Department
and Hie appointment of commission'
to conduct the investigation was guns
ov-.-r. Whether the President will dire
the investigation depends upon his abil?
ity to lind men for the commission in1
whom ihere will be such universal ap?
proval thai their verdict will be
cepted In advance as a just determinn
Ii n of tin- subject. 11" such men can !
be found then the President will name
them and order the investigation; if
they cannot be found then the investi?
gation will not occur. B is felt lo be
essential as a prerequisite i,, the com?
mission lhal a membership shall be se?
cured which will command general ap?
proval. Sonic names were mentioned,
but a conclusion was not reached on
any of them.
The Miles-Alger controversy, which Is
distinct from the inquiry into (In- War
Department, was not referred to at the
abinet meeting.
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without delay at the low rale
of $10 per thousand per mouth. No
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granted. You would do well to see us
before taking a loan from anyone else,
especially those now holding building
and loan slock.
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Braxton Building.
Sept 9-Ct
Beautiful Blown Tumblers f.0e doz.
Troops Review-oil l>v ilie Seuretary ot
War ami General Shafter.
illy Telegraph.)
i'A.. Sept. ?.?Secretary of War Alger
anil General Shafter were at Camp
Mcaile today. They witnessed a re?
view of the troops anil made a hurried
lour of Hie camp. General Alger re?
sumed his journey at noon
t.> Detroit and General Shat?
ter went to Washington. They
v or,, closeted together tin hour this
morning in the Secretary's private car.
which was run on to a siding at Catnp
Meude station. While General Graham
was arranging for the review Secretary
Alger ami General Shatter had an?
other conference. lasting thirty-five
minutes. What passed between them
neither would say. except that it was a
private affair. General Shafter said
Hi.- Secretary was a very dear friend
ami that they had been in the civil
war together as colonels. He Is at
work on his report of the Santiago
campaign, and expects to complete it
tomorrow. Speaking of the controver?
sy with General Miles, he said:
"It is all poppy cock. There is no
friction between General Miles and my?
self, at least there was none when he
left Santiago. Our relations have til
ways been pleasant and 1 do not under?
stand the meaning of till that talk.
The general may have been talking,
but I believe that much of it is due to
antagonistic newspapers. whose mo?
tives tire certainly not patriotic."
Generals Alger and Shafter were
driven Jo General Graham's headquar?
ters in an open carriage. After beim:
i.I veil by General Graham and his
staff, tin- secretary was asked if he
would like a review, lb- said he would
and the entire.ps of 20,000 troops
was massed in two great fields and
marched before General Graham and
stall' and his distinguished guests. It
was'an inspiring sight, and Secretary
Alg.-r and General Shafter were very
much pleased. Both said they were de?
lighted with the camp and the supurb
arrangements. Secretary Alger com?
plimented Chief Surgeon Giranl on the
sanitary condition and gave directions
to extend the water system to ihe gen?
eral and regimental hospitals.
He said it was i.u, early to deter?
mine whether this would be made a
permanent barracks. General Alger
will spend a week at his home in De?
troit, after which In- will make a tour
of all the camps, beginning at Cincin?
nati and going to Lexington. Kiinx
vllle. Chattanooga and as far south as
Jacksonville. He will also visit the
hospitals to see if tili? sick and injured
are properly cared for.
When asked what he had to say
about the criticism of the War Depart
.nl the secretary said thai the peo?
ple have no idea of the great task of
equipping and sending an army lo war.
'The War Department." he" added,
"asks no favors: all it wants and ox
pocls is fair treatment."
General Shafter expects to meet Gen?
eral Miles tomorrow In Washington.
Ho said the Santiago campaign was one
of the most successful in history. His
army was in a position where It could
m I retreat and il was necessary to
force the lighting. Many chances were
taken, which would not have been
taken in the face of any other army
Delaware Senator Named as a Peace
i 'ommissioner.
WASHINGTON, Sept. a.?The Pres?
ident today named Senator George
Gray, of Delaware, as the fifth mem?
ber of the peace commission. This
completes the personnel of Ihe commis?
sion, which stands: Secretary Day.
Senators Davis, Frye and Gray and
Hon. Whitelaw Reid. In selecting
Senator Gray the President has given
Democratic representation on the com?
mission. The appointment probably
will necessitate the retirement of Sen?
ator Gray from the Anglo-American
commission, which is conducting its
session in Canada, as this commission
will resume its work about the time
the peace commissioerns still for Paris.
The position was offered to the Sena- ,
tor several days ago, bin at that time
was declined. The President, however,
further urged Mr. Gray to accept, and
his final agreement was secured today.
Senator Gray is one of the best known
men in public life, having been a prom?
inent figure in tin- Senate for the last
twelve years. He was born at Newcas?
tle. Del., in 1810. and was graduated at
Princeton. He served as attorney gen?
ual of Delaware, and later was ap?
pointed to the Senate when Thomas
Bayard entered the first Cleveland
cabinet as Secretary of State. Mr.
Gray has been in the Senate continu?
ously since then, serving with distinc?
tion, being one of the recognized forces
in debaie and in the shaping of impor
:ant legislation. Ho is a member of
the Senate Committee on Foreign Re
'ations. thus making three members of
that commit tee? Davis. Frye and Gray
?on the peace commission. On foreign
ntestions Mr. Gray has generally been
regarded as opposed to expansion, his
Senate votes having been against the
annexation of Hawaii.
Now that the committee is complete,
it Is expected that the American case
will be made up and the commissioners
given their final instructions.
The commissioners will meet here
about the 15th instant, prior to sailing
for Paris, at which time they will
meet the President and be made aware
in a genera] way of the views of the
ad mi nisi ration.
Unsuccessful Effort to Assassinate Wil
hclmina Two Weeks Ago.
BERLIN. Sept. 9.?The Lokalanzeiger
says that a fortnight ago an attempt
was made lo assassinate Queen Wil?
helmina, near Amers Fort, province of
Utrecht, on the road between Castle
Soostydt and Haara.
A man emerged from behind a tree
and fired a revolver at her majesty.
The bullet missed the queen, but
ploughed the cheek of a lady in at?
Tin- would-be assassin was arrested.
He is supposed to be an English anar?
The strictest secresy has been main?
tained heretofore as to the affair, in
irder not to disturb the enjoyment of
tin- enthronement festivities.
LOUISVILLE. KY.. Sept. 9.?A spe?
nt] to the Evening Post from Rich?
mond. Ky.. says.:
"General Cassias M. Clay, the sage of
Whitehall, has been granted a divorce
from his child-wife. Dora. Richardson
Clay, by Judge Scott, of the Madison
county circuit court. The decree re?
stores the defendant to her maiden
name. Dora Richardson. No reference
was made to alimony, as it was under?
stood by the attorneys and the court
that General Clay had already made
ample provision for his wife by the
purchase of a large and productive
farm near her old home. The marriage
contract which existed between them
j was dissolved."
Alilflttiu Anile,
The celebrated Splrtual, Trance and
Business Medium, hits removed from
335 Twenty-fourth street to 2511 Vir?
ginia avenue, opposite the Electric
Bight Plant. au. 6 tit
Senor Sagasta Prepared for
Its Fall.
Sensational Speechen In the Chamber of
Ueputiea by Seuor Silvela and Senor
t-'imnlej.jK. Ulanco Ap?
peals for Aid.
(By Telegraph.)
MADRID Sept. 9.?The following
statement has been made by an im?
portant Spanish official:
"Senor Silvela. (the leader of a sec
lion ol the Conservative party) refuses
the government the support of his par?
ty, although he is fully aware of the
dillioulties of the situation. He is
doubtless prompted by the desire to ob?
tain power. We will d.i all in our pow?
er lo realize bis desire with short de?
lay. I be country will then see how
soon the man. who Is now posing as a
Liberal, will I?. transformed into a
despotic- dictator."
General Poiuvleja has handed a
copy oi his manife
men. but the ceil
Mention: The ceni
the newspaper
rbids its pub
forbids its
Humsiiussion by telegraph. It is prob
ab e that the general Intends to read
t today in the Cortes, hut it is certain
tin- government will prevent him from
sessio Wl" '"S'Sl Up?n a secr*t
The Liberal today again makes the
assert,,,,, ,hat Premier Sagasta will re?
sign as soon as the chamber dopts the
peace bill.
.MADRID. Sept. S. via Barriatz.?The
government's severe measure to pre?
vent reinvrts of the secret sessions of
the Cortes are nullified by the Senators
and Deputies of the opposition who are
eager t,., intorni the foreign correspond?
ents as t,, what goes on.
Vesterday's session irf the chamber
ended with Senor Silvela attacking- the
g. \ rnni lit mi] claiming ' the Sagasta
ministry is a corpse, and we do not dis?
cuss corpses. We bury them."
Senor Canalejas. who Is a lieutenant
of Poluvieja's new party, urged an In?
quiry into the sources of the charges
against the army and navy.
The debate apparently weakened the
It is reported that at yesterday's cab?
inet council Senor Sagasta told his col?
leagues that they must be prepared for
the fall of the cabinet.
General Blanco has appealed to the
government for funds, representing
that the situation in Cuba is most dis?
tressing. Senor Romero Giron. minis?
ter of the colonies, ha? asked the treas?
ury for 100.000.000 pesetas. In reply he
received 30.000,000.
The Bank of Spain nominally holds
bu t the "sums .supplied "t6 "tne* guVent
ment on this guarantee are already ex?
MADRID. Sept. 9.?In the chamber
of deputies Senor Canalejas, in the
course uf a long speech of violent and
unmeasured abuse. denounced the
government collectively aim individu?
ally for its conduct during the war and
now in the peace negotiations.
He produced a sensation by assert?
ing that when Admiral Cervera asked
for instructions of war the minister for
the cotonies replied to him "May God
help you."
The sitting was suspended. Senor
Canalejas will continue his speech to?
The Senate held a secret session.
LON DON, Sept. 10.?The Madrid cor.
respondent of the Standard says:
"Tile government recently forwarded
to M. Cambon, the French ambassador
at Washington, a long and strongly ar?
gued statement respecting the Philip?
pines, which he will communicate verb?
ally to the Washington government.
"Spain protests against the capitula?
tion of Manila because it was made two
days after the protocol was signed. It
says that the revenue from the Manila
customs may continue devoted to the
service of the Philippine loan of 1897;
and. finally, it insists upon the United
Stales compelling Aguinaldo to liberate
1,000 Spaniards now in his custody,
most fd" whom were placed there, the
note asserts, by Admiral Dewey."
District of Columbia Volunteers Warm?
ly Received in Washington.
(By Telegraph.) ,
WASHINGTON. Sept. ?.?From the
portico of the White House the Presi?
dent and all the members of the cab?
inet now in the city today reviewed the
First District of Columbia volunteers
on their return rrom the war. It was
an inspiring sight as the District heroes
marched under the portico, receiving
the salutation of the President, while a
dense crowd gave an enthusiastic wel?
come to the soldiers. The r.atioal capi?
tal was in holiday attire as a tribute
to 'Mt' District troops.
At the treasury a chorus of several
voices sang "Home, Sweet Home."
ab vp the rattle of the regimental
drums. At the White House the Pres?
ident was assisted in reviewing by Sec?
retaries Gage and Wilson. Postmaster
Gernerai Emory Smith. Adjutant Gen?
eral Corbin and General Haines.
The troops presented a soldierly ap?
pearance, marching briskly despite the
fatigue and exposure they have under
I gone. About the necks of the officers
I hung great wreaths of laurel. while
from every gun barrel protruded a huge
boquet. A beautiful and graceful in?
cident occurred during the review. The
sick soldiers followed the marching men
in carriages each individual carrying
a large boquet. One of the sick men
raised himself as he neared the Presi?
dent and tossed his boquet toward him.
'?'he President saw the act and reaching
out deftly caught the flowers as they
flew through the air. The incident was
greeted with cheers from the crowds.
The President kept the boquet.
A delegation of citizens has under?
taken to provide in every way for the
returning soldiers, caring for the sick
and providing employment for those
out of work.
Wisdom In Everything.
The "Mosquito" was created to in?
habit malarial districts and to destroy
that germ of disease. "Laveroyal" was
created to destroy the mosquitos: it is
absolutely the only preparation that Is
pleasant, easy to use and sure_to Kill.
Price 10c a bottle. W. G. BURGESS,
cpt-fdw _Druggist.
Fancy half gal. Porcelain Pitchers?
Duffey's Malt Whiskey SO cents per
bottle. Other case goods in proportion.
Mugler's Family Liquor Store. au30-lm

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