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Number 1436.
Price Oie Cent.
Gcuer.il Duller Reports the Coun
try Practically Cleared.
Gatacrc Oceupicw Stormbcrg; Unil
vvnj to He Ucpntred V HccoiiiioIk
nance Dlseov er the I'cileral rorec
AVI til a Kraut of Ten "UUch In the
Orange Tree State Their Strength
lot I.enrned " Invton Churchill's
Interview "With General "White.
The Ahniidoitnient of IJniulee and
the etcssitj for Defending: I.ndj
m.iith The Latter the Main Objec
tive in Uursrher Plan of Campaign.
LONDON, March G The War Office has
received the following despatches from
Field Marshal Lord Roberts-
Osfontem, March 5 Buller reports
that Natal is practically clear of the ene
my. The Boers left some anibulaiices fall
of scK and wounded, the mules being used
for transport purposes
"Osfontein, March C Gatacre oeeu
pto Stormberg yesterday The line of
railway to the north and west will be re
paired Clements is at Joubcrt's Siding
one station beyond Colesberg"
An Osfontem correspondent, under to
day's date, savs
"The Inniskilligs and New South Wales
Lancers made a reconnoissance yesterday
cad found that the Boers had extended
thoir position which is bow ow ten miles
long, -with the rier ia the centre. The
exact number of Boers now confronting
the British is not known but they are be
ing re-onfojeed every day
General White Interviewed.
The "Morning Post" publishes the fol
lowing interview with General White from
Winston Churchill The despatch js dated
Durban. March 4 and readb as follows
"I lately had the pleasure of a conver
sation with General Sir George "White on
the defence of Lad smith The general.
Who seomed in good health, though worn
by anxiety and pnations, reeeied me at
hte bouse from the windows of which he
has a complete iew of the defences,
stretching arond a wide circamferonce
from 00 rock hill to another and the
frowning profile of Bulwano Mountain ris
ing beyond He reminded me tliat he had
arrived scarceiv ten dais before the out
break of the war He had found certain
arrangements in progress to meet a great
rtad raptdiv anpioaching cri6is He had
fall confidence in General Symons, who
was a seWicr of the highest aWhtv, and
bosWes, a good, brae fightiiifi man Gen
oral Sjraons proposed to hold Dundee and
Ladveaith and underrated the Boers' abil
it. "General White, who had Col Ian Ham
ilton's experience in South Africa to fall
back upon, -viewed the situation in a more
Horious light The sterv of what followed
k td la the blue books The general de
torminoti to ask the opinion of the Gov
ernor of Natal on the possible remit of
abandoning Dundee Thus appealed to.
Sir W. Nealv-Huckinson said that grate
consequences would result, notaldv a ris
ing of the disloyal Dutch in the Klip eoun-trv-
and perhaps elsewhere ia Natal and,
ZulMland Dundee was aetuallv abandon
ed, but the olectrif v ing effect of Elande
laagtc to Fome extent neutralised the re
treat of the British force
"Win He Ileltl I.nrii smith.
"Bt though General White had doubt
whether he should atempt to hod Dundee
he had none about I admith This town '
he said wa the first main obje-tive of
the combined forces of the Transaal and
the Tree State Here the lines of rai'wav
met and here the Republic b armies were
to make their effective junction and score
their lirst great ueees The capture of
Ladysmith which the Boers never doubt
ed for a moment wa? to be the sign for a
general rising of the Natal Dutch To in
sure success 20 600 men under command
of General Toubert himself were diicted
against the lown
''General White said that he sever wish
ed to abandon Ladv smith or withdraw be
hind the Tugela River Had he done so
he considered he woHld have been turned
bj superior forces and Pietormaritzburg
and not Lady smith would hae been the
scene of defence and struggle for ikjssoss
stora Lady-smith was an essential feature
of the Dutch plan of campaign sad their
ejSioration at not taking it provoked
"horn to devote all their energies to the
stage instead of ra aging Natal, as they
vvohW haw done had General White occu
pied a position of less significance al
though perhaps of greater defensive
"Moreover Ihe amount of military
ptoros in the Ladysnslth magaaincs. the
difficult of evacuating the civil populafion
and of helping in the Dundee column made
the abandonment of Ladvsmlth after Gen
eral White's armal in Natal a iifaysical
"Passing to the actual defence of the
town. General "Miite said 'The Boer
knowledge, which we had dearly bought of
the long-range of the Boer guns con
vinced me that if vas imperative that we
should get guns to match them The Idg
gum? of the Xaval Brigade which were
brought up just before the cordon closed
around us enabled us to meet them on
equal fooling "
The Honil to Coletino Lined ith
tlliaitl-v Msht.
LONDON, March C A despatch from
Lafiysmith. received today. sas- "The
scenes on the road from Lad smith to Co
lenso exceed in horror those depicted in
Dante's 'Inferno ' Dead men and animals
are lying, mutilated and putrifjing. in the
trenches formerh occupied hv the Boers
and fill the air with a sickening stench
"In cases where a hurried burial had
beon attempted the rains have washed
the earth awav, and out of the ground
stick the ghastly legs and arms of the
corpses "
The Boers Hold the ltailwa.x
Wajson llrliluei.
COLESBERG, March C -The Boers still
hold the hills south of the Orange River.
Neither the railroad nor wagon bridges
hae been des.rojed Trains are running
to ctcrtang, which is half-waj between
Colesberg and Norval's Pont.
PI tin's ItunlneKM CoIIckc, Mil ami K.
Business, Shorthand, Tjpcvrur,,r H ar.
I'hc Men Demi and Fiftj -eight In
pri soiled.
WHEELING, W. Va , March G A spe
cial from Montgomery, W. Va , says an ex
plosion occurred this morning in Red Ash
mines imprisoning seventy men.
Of the twelve taken out five are dead.
The others are beyond rescue.
Tire damp, it is said, caused the disas
ter and the severe explosion was felt
twentj miles awaj. The explosion caused
the ground about the mines to lift and
roll like the sea disturbed by a submerged
v oleano.
The entrances to the mines at once be
came clogged and It is estimated there
are thousands of tons of earth between
most of the entomLed men and the hun
dreds now engaged in the agonized, hope
less task of reaching the Imprisoned men.
It is reported that several women were
working in the mines at the time of the
rresiilent jStctn IJt-lievid to lie A Ith
Jonhert'N Forces.
LONDON March C A despatch from
Osfonlein dated March 3. says 'The Boer
position has been located four miles from
our front and extending for more than
eight miles It is believed that the Tree
Staters are readj to throw up the sponge
Bloemfoniein icnialns undefended except
bj the force in front of us If there should
he further British successes it is believed
President Sten will flee to Pretoria He
is reported to be in the Boer laager in
front of us
lie Cnitur n Uoer Kurt and Houts
the (.ai ri-.un.
DORDRECHT. Manh General Bra
bant has scored a uctorj The Boers are
in full retreat with their guns and wagons,
and are being pursued Follow mg Sun
daj s success. General Brabint again en
gaged the Boers after holding the posi
tion captured There was some smart ught
ing e-terda the British locmg live or
ix men and captunug the Boer fort thus
vasilj improMng their position The
Boers fought teaaciouslv. contesting everj
inch of the ground, but ultia.atl thev re
treated fcuddnlj, canning otf their guns
and wagons
A mounted force pursued them bui the
result is not jet known. The British cisu
alties during the two davs were thtrtj
wounded and twelve oi thirteen killed
The Boers Ioscs aie unknown. Through
out the aiduous fighting and ceere fa igue
the Colonials behaved tplendidlj.
'I lit aiinitiini Statesman VilIresst a
MeitiiiK in Ilottun.
BOSTON March C The Tremont Thea
tre was jammed to the doors last night
with a wildK enthusiastic throng of Brit
ish simpathuers and people of English
origin all eager to show their respect or
kjlt to the mother countrj and inci
dental to assist in swelling the British-
South African patriotic fund.
Sir Charles Tupper, leader of the Con
feerative partv m Canada, was the star
attraction of the ening and the states
man was given a magnificent reception
Sir Charles spoke extempornneouslj
He took the xiew that the war in South
Africa was more than a simple matter of
Boer is Briton It was a battle of civ
illEation a question whether or not the
coantrv was to be dominated b the civ
ilization of the seventeenth centurj or bj
that of the nineteenth He went into the
tax question and claimed that Euglanu's
subjettfe weie pacing nine-tenths of the
expenses of the Transvaal and that the
English-'-peaking people of South Afnca
had paid for the vcrj guns and powder
that wore being used against the soldiers
of the Queen at the present time He
thought the Trans-.aal was an oligarchv,
not a republic and that Kruger had been
waiting for the time to come when he
could get control of South Africa The
English hae to thank Kruger for not onl
the welding together of the British Em
pire but for developing a feeling of strict
neutralm among the leading people of
the United States fiom the President down
to the piefcs and among the plain citizens
an Anglo American alliance not one -on
paper, but a feeling of fratcrnitj that em
anated from the heart
The audience was, made up of English
citizens and manv rich nicncans The
Rev George A Gordon piesided In his
Seoch introducing the speaker of the
evening the pastor expressed l.iu satisfac
tion at the slaughter and defeat of the
Boers during the Ust tin davs
The c Ti irk Itcirescntati e Sajs
'llie Drvcrv c to Win.
ALBWi, March 6 pio-Bocr de
monstration was hold at the Empire Thea
tre here last night under the auspices of
the Robert Emmet ssociation and Spr
anza Club The speakers were Gen Jame
0 Beirne and Representative William Sul
zer The meeting was a rousing one and
the tributes to the mimorv, of Emmet
were merel introduitorj to tlie discussion
of the South African situation Rcrcen
tatrvc Sulzer said
' 1 am with the Boers and 1 want to see
them win in this contest because thej are
right and because thev deserve to win In
a fight between libern and monarch-, 1
want to see libertj win '
'Ihe nseaplliK British Oilieers.
LONDON March 6 Referring to the re
ported escape Jrom Pretona of thiee Brit
ish officers, Haldane, Brockie, and Mesu
ner, Winston Churchill cables the "Post"
as follows "Haldane and Brockie at
tempted to escape at the time I got awaj,
but failed Mesurier, who is with them
now, is a man oi great pnjsicni strengin.
Brockie is a Colonial officer. He speaks
Kiftlr and Dutch fluentlj and knows tLe
count! j well "
I'll nils for Iloer i5ns.
The Secretary of State has forwarded
Adelbert S Haj, United States Consul at
Pretoria, for presentation to the Trans
vaal Government, a second Installment of
contributions to the "Westlichc Post" of
Milwaukee for the relief of the widows
and orphans of Boer soldiers killed in
the South African war. As this money
was for a charitable purpose the Govern
ment saw no Eolation of neutralltj in its
transmission With the second installment
was a letter addrsed to President Kruger
by Editor Pretonus of the "Westliche
Post." As the letter was sealed tho State
Department docs not know its contents
It was forwarded to Consul Haj with the
check representing the amount of the con
tribution. "Uimcv for l.iliiioLnlani.
Mr. Hoar today introduced in the Senate
an amendment intended to be proposed to
the Diplomatic and Consular Appropria
tion bill, proIdmg for the pament to
Liliuokallna, former Queen of the Hawaiian
Islands, upon the warrant of the Secretary
of State, from any monejs not otherwise
anDropriated, the sum of $250,000.
Lieuteuant KoehlerSIiot From Aui
bush by the Rebels.
The First Mounted Officer to Ascend
the Hill in the Battle of San Juan.
KccoiiiiiicimIciI for a Mcilnl of
Ilonoi Vnothcr Long: 1.1st of Amer
ican Casualtiei 1'orwiirilcU J Otis.
Another American officer has been killed
in the Philippines through the treacherj of
natives The lctim was Tirst Lieut Ed
gar K. Koehler, of the Ninth Infantry,
who died at S a, m on March 4, haing
been t,hot at Tinuba, a small village six
miles south of Tarlac, where he had gone
w ith a detachment of troops.
A supposed friendly native led Koehler
into an ambush and his men, in revenge,
burned the xillage and killed twentj -four
of the insurgents.
General Otis cabled the War Department
todaj a long list of the Americans killed
and wounded in recent engagements in the
Philippines The list Includes Lieut.
Koehler's death and two other officers who
were tlightlj wounded. It Is as follows
XUmla, Manh o, 1000
Adjutant (.moral, t hintoii
Killod luroi, Com pan. II, Forltrtu Infintrj,
1Imj Precunei, Kibnun H, William Martin,
Hovcnth ( ivilrv. Troop vjnava, lamiarv 1'),
William It ltlamkard, C, Inilati. Vvcntli, Jami-a
lieeii.ni, Third (avalrv, I), San Juan, 1 ebniarv
2i, Mark l!i.rni. Ninth InfantM, Tinuba, March
4 Hi.t I it ut 1-dj.ar K hoililer, at S a in,
Ihim third Infanti, V. Taagadan Mountain, I)c
ember 7, .Tames Wliakn, Panav, Nineteenth
Infanlrt I'atnongrim ribiuan 1j, t-eorgc J
Morris, Mvlh C 1 ndtrick 1 Parker
Wounded Ii7on tortieth Infantrt, Companj
C,, Ibi. fc-tl , Oeorge Doialdeon, thorax, sivtie,
Twelfth, II, Jame Ludinvoed. thi,li, iliKht,
l amaliK', Tvventv fiiond, 1. Tliomas V hill
euli, thora, flight, Hiventh (avalrv, C, Sal
aiava Jjnu.rv 1" William Wnf,ht, foot Fevire
t. John W Hatfield, M-Meant. ItiT. moderatt.
Heibeii I lkm-, head, cverc, Naie, Ninth I. John
A lawell leg, moderate, llilang, S;cnth M,
t.eoige MtCartir, jergeant, arm, modirate, Tliir
tv eentli Infantrv, Ma(.daltna, I-ebniar 7 It,
1 lank I eei vrn t. 'even. TwtnU ncht K, "vam
anleer captain loreaim, verv gilsht, Majajav ,
Twntv fourth, Cavnti, Manh 2, i-, Ilrt I.
Dooii, thigh, j-even, hibnirv 2i, M, ndred
Hairland, (on head, lipht, luintv fourth Iii'antrv,
can I ui 'Sibela IH-Cf mlier 3, i. Maekt ( Nance.
levir., ?een, Nasruihan -reiith K, lonro It
hclh, miiMtun tlut,h 'lipht II ( lurlts WiIon,
foalp. slight, James Iltntlev. ttalp flight, Irur
tv ninth Infantrv, caiiiiloc Tavabas, Jamiarv
Si 1 cimon Hmfcon. thieh, tluriit, San Pabl,
Twentv tir-t (.eorge K. (umn, ecrporal, shoulder.
vivere, V On- II Mdtner arnlimen sight, (
I-annr Shlev. iiirioraI lee liMHlerate, Maurice
I 1 iml-av hand, (-light. Panav. "mmm Infantrv,
Mai at... libmarv 2t, t, I rank C Uolli. first
In i tenant modi rate OTIb
The following record of Lieutenant
Koehler was gieu out bj the War De
partmtnt todav
Bom in Illinois Julj 9 1S69, and ap
pointed fiom the Armj Private and cor
poral Eighth Infantr November, 1S91, to
November lS'M second lieutenant Elc. -enth
Infant r October 31. 1S'4, transfer
red to Ninth Infantrj, September 2", 1S97,
lirst lieutenant Fourteenth Infants Ma
12. 1S'S transferred to Ninth Infantrj
September 10 lS'lS His service was as
follows He joined his regiment in De
cember lS'M, and sered at V. hippie Bar
racks rizona to October, lSTi, at Fort
Du Chesne. Ltah, to April. 1S9G, at Fort
Apache Arizona to October, 18, at Fort
Logan II Roots Arkansas, to Julj, 1S97,
at Madison Birneks, New "iork. to April
ISS Tampa, Fla to June. 1S9S: in tht
Santingo campaign June to August ISIS,
New York to March ISO'', on recruiting
service to June 1SW and with his regi
ment in the Philippine Islindb to date of
death March 4. 1900 at Tinuba, Philippine
' Lieutenant Koehler v as recommended
for a medil of honor for conspicuous gal
I mlrj and ftarlss mtrepidit in the bat
lie of San Jinn, he beinc: the onlj officer
who ascended the hill mounted "
Lieutenant Koehler s mother, Mrs Mar
garet Koehler. resides at Ltmars. Iowa
and his wife at 159 West Ninett -first
Street New 'Vork citj He leaes a broth
er Henrv Koehler who is emplojed in the
Western Exchange Bank at Kansas Citj.
Captain Van Leer, who was wounded,
his a mother residing at Nashville Tenn
The home of Lieutenant Bolles, who is al
so reported as wounded is at Rolla, Mo
where his mother resides
Tin (.enernl's A idow Ileechcn a
tlueL for '). 1(17.117.
Mrs Marj C Law ton, widow of Major
Gen IIcnrj W Law ton, v as todaj pre
sented with a check fo- SOS 107 07 b Ad
jutant General Corbin The mone lep
resents tLe fund subscribed bj the Ameri
can people to proMde for Mrs Law ton and
ner four children The presentation took
place in the office of Comnussarj General
John F Weston at the War Department
There were present onlv Mrs Law ton,
Generil Corbin and General Weston
There was no formalitj about the affair.
General Corbin merelj handed Mrs Law
ton the check She was much affected
and expressed her thanks in a erj few
broken words
General Corbin and General Weston
then ccompanied Mrs Law ton to the
Riggs Bank where the check was present
ed and the mone transferred to Mrs
Lav ton's account The following receipt
for the monei .as given General Corbin
bj Mrs Law ton
March C, 1000
KtKived from Itng Gen 11 C Cnrlun, Ad
jutaiit Oential I mted Stars Unvj, tuasurer of
the l.auion fund, iiiuttv eiiJit thousand four inn
dtrd and )-ccn dollars and -tven cents, being the
amount nf the fund "-uUcribed by the people of
tl e I niteil "-tales for the benifit of General Law
tou'o widow and children
Witney. J F. Wiaton
Mrs Law ton staled that she would leave
Washington m a few das for Redlands,
Cal . where she will paj off the mortgage
on the home and then return to Louis
ville. Kj., where she will reside in the
future General Law ton was killed at San
Mateo, Province of Mrwila, Island of Lu
zon, December 19, while directing an at
tack on an insurgent stronghold
.After pajing all expenses In raising the
encumbrance on the home, Mrs. Law ton
will have ovei $90,000 left.
Hill at a Standstill
House Committee.
Such a difference of oDinion over the
pi ice of armor plate has developed In the
House Committee on Naval Affairs that
work on the Naval bill has almost come to
a standstill
Some of the members still hold out
against the proposition of the Navy
Department to accede to the demand of the
armor plate companies for ?345 a ton. ow
ing to the necessitj of equipping the ships
now readj or soon to be readv for armor.
The maintain that if the price of $545 is
accepted it shall be agreed to only with the
proviso that an armor plate factory shall
be established by the Government. The
committee is unanimouslj of the opinion
that the ships should have the best armor
obtainable. Many of the members believe
the price demanded is extortionate.
Mr. GocIicI'h Alleged AhmissIii Ac
ciimcm Iteimlilican Leaders.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., MarUi C According
to the Goebclite plans, a announced to
day, an attempt will be made by them to
indict every man who was In 'the State
Executive Building at tho time Goebel was
assassinated The accused will be charg
ed with conspiracy. In the ExecutUe
Building at the hour the fatal shot was
fired were Tajlor and his secretary. State
Treasurer Daj, State Auditor Sweeney, and
all other State officials of the usurpation.
Harlan Whittaker, the man charged with
the murder of Goebel, broke down this
morning, and while weeping is said to have
made a confession to the jailer of Tranklin
county, accusing prominent men of com
plicity In the assassination Whittaker
is said to be the man who sent this tele
gram to Butler county on the day of Goe
bel's assassination:
"The mule will cross the stream today
between 10 and 12 o'clock."
Morgantown, Butler countv. Is off the
railroad and the message had to be tele
phoned part of the waj.
Sensational developments are undoubt
edlj only a few hours off if Whittaker's
trial, which is docketed for today, is not
postponed. No less than thirt arrests
will be made before the case is finally de
cided. It Is the purpose of the Goebelites
to indict every man who can be connected
with the crime
Gen John B Castleman. who was ap
pointed Adjutant General b Governor
Beckham, was called to the State Capitol
todaj This Is significant, as the resolu
tion of Senator Triplett, calling for an ap
propiiation of $2o0,000, to be used b Gen
eral Castleman in raising an arm large
enough to inarch to London and recapture
the State's Gatling guns and ammunition
sent there bj Talor, will be put on Its
The resolution bears the emergency
clause and becomes operative as scon as
the Governor signs it Beckham will sign
the resolution The mountaineers at Lon
don sa the are anxious for Castleman to
march on the town They claim that Cas
tleman cannot muster in !in arraj to move
on London, which is in th centre of the
feud land and a Republican stronghold
Itohliiiii SitcnSiN in the Alabama
( ontiNteil nieetioii Cute.
Iminediitelj after the reading of tho
journal todaj the House proceeded to tho
further consideration of the contested
election case of Aldrich vs Bobbins from
the Tourth Alabtma district. Mr Robbins
being the first speaker in his own behalf
He insisted tint the case should be de
termined judiciallv, and not arbitrarily
that the record should be purged of all Ir
relevant testlmonv and the judgment ren
dered upon the law and the facts thus dis
V Hill I'roviillns: for Tltone Who
Serve in the ritM ami nv;.
Mr Jones of Washington has introduced
in the Houe a bill provid'ag that entry
ran under homestead lavv who have
served in the United States Armj, Navv,
or Marine Corps, during the Spanish war
or the Philippine insurrection, shall have
certain, service deducted from the- time
required to perfect title under homestead
laws This bill was reported from the
Committee on Public Lands in lieu of
House bills 294C, -1317, 54S2, and
90S5. which relate to the same subject It
provides that anj person having served in
the Armv, Navv, or Marine Corps of the
United States during the late war with
Spain or in the Philippine Islands during
the Philippine insurrection and having
been honorablv discharged, who mav enter
a tract of land under the homestead laws,
shall be entitled to have the following
term of service deduced from the time re
quired to perfect tit'e under said home
stead laws When th( term of such ser-
I vice sball not exceed siv months, then a
credit of si month shall be allowed, when
the term of such service shall etceed six
months but not exceed twelve months,
then a credit of twelve months shall be
allowed, and when such term of service
shall exceed twelve months, then a credit
equal to the time actuallj served shall be
allowed but no patent shall issue to cny
such homestead settler who has not le
sided upon, improved, and cultivated his
homestead for a period of at least one
vear after he shall have commenced bis
improvements provided that if anv such
person shall have been discharged on ac
count of wounds received or disability in
cuired in the line of duty, then the full
term of his enlistment shall be deducted
from the time heretofore required to per
fect title without reference to length of
time he mav have served
It is further provided that in case of
the death of anv person who would be en
titled to the benefits of the first section
of this act his widow, if unmarried, shall
be entitled to such benefit", or in case of
her death or remarriage, then his minor
orphan children, by a guardian dulj ap
pointed, maj enter a tract of land under
the homestead laws and receive the bene
fits of that section, and if the soldir, sail
or, or marine died during his term of en
listment the entire term of enlistment
shall be deducted from the time hereto
fore required to perfect title, provided
that in no case shall the amount of such
deduction be less than one jcar.
District Gnarantv Companies.
Mr Jenkins has introduced in the House
a bill authorizing the formation of guar
anty companies in the District. It pro
vides that any" company now authorized,
or which may hereafter be authorized, by
act of Congress to carry on an insurance
business in the District and having a paid
up capital of not less than 5230,000 mav en
gage in a securitj, guarantj, and indem
nity business.
A SnliMlntence Department Bill.
Representative Hull has introduced in
the House a bill increasing the Subsist
ence Department of the Army bv provid
ing for one assistant commissary general
with the rank of colonel, one with the
rank of lieutenant colonel and four com
missaries with the rank of captain.
T.iqnors in the I'hllinnincN.
A bill has been introduced by Repre
sentative Gillett of Massachusetts provid
ing that no intoxicating liquor shall be
sold in the Philippine Islands, except on
the prescription of a physician, in quanti
ties of less than twenty gallons.
niNCiiNNiiiK' the Cable BUI.
The House Committee on Inter-State and
Foreign Commerce hod the Sherman Pa
cific Cable bill under dlscu-sfon today, the
principal point at isue being the amount
of the subsidy to be granted. Failing to
reach a conclusion at the morning secsion
the diFcussion was resumed at a special
afternoon session
Norfolk & A tinlilaKton steaiuhoat Co.
DeHchtful trips dailv at C 30 p m to Old l'oint
Comfoit Newport Sews. No'folit; and lirutnia
Beach For schedu'e see page 7.
The Adjutant General Ansuers
Charges Against His Record.
He Write a Letter to Senator Ila-vls
OTTerliij? to Submit to n Thorough
IncNtlKatloii AVilliiiK to Kelg;it if
Proved to lie Univortlij Ilia Ariiiy
IliHtor) itcnt With the Document.
Adjutant General Corbin today sent the
following letter to Senator Davis in reply
to the "memorial" which has been circu
lated at the Capitol and in whi h charges
were made against General Corbin's rec
ord as an officer of the Army .
March C, 1900
"Hon Cushman K Davis, United States
"Dear Sir Mv attention has been called
to certain newspaper reparts purporting to
set forth extrac's from a 'memorial' that
is said to have been transmitted to jou
which are In the nature of charges affect
ing mj record as an officer of the Armj.
"So far as these statements or any oth
ers ma) be deserving of consideration or
attention I desire to place myself at your
command In aiding you to make a search
ing examination of my record as a soldier
with a view to ascertaining all the truth,
and I wish to say in all earnestness, if a
search reveals to you a suggestion of un-
worthlness, I will close the discussion, so
far as I am concerned, by authorizing you
to present my resignation from the serv
ice. to the President
"I believe in disposing of radical evils
with quick remedies, and, so far as lies
in my power, this rule Is followed in tho
administration of the Adjutant General's
Department, and I shall not shrink from
having the same rule applied to my own
"It Is my duty as Adjutant General of
the Army to afford you, and through you,
the Congress, all facilities for full and
complete information on any question af
fecting the efficiency of the military serv
ice in part or in whole
"I have the honor to hand you herewith
an official copy of General Orders No 6.
Headquarters First Separate Division,
Army of tho Cumberland, dated March II,
1SG3. promulgating the proceedings and
findings of the general court-martial re
sulting from trial on all allegations and
your especial attention Is invited to the
unusual expression of the court in its find
ings, to wit 'Most honorably acquit
That the court was composed of officers of
experience and high cnaracter goes with
out saying and that its proceedings find
ings, and approval, were In all respts
regular and lawful, has never been ques
Your attention is also invited to a copy
of the official report (inclosed herewith)
of the engagements of the Fourteenth
United States Colored Infantry, In and
about Decatur, Ala , during the latter
part of the month of October, 1854 (printed
in Volume 39, Part 1 pages 714 to 716 of
the Records of the Union and Conf"deraie
Armies, War of the Rebellion'), which re
port Is signed by the officer who later pre
ferred the charges upon which I was tried,
one of which related to that time and
' I feel confident that to one of your long
experience as a public officer, and your
high sense of justice, the official records
herewith brought to your attention will
not permit you to be misled, nor to accept
as truthful the statements which are re
ported to be contained in the 'memorial'
referred to
His Military lleconl.
' If hovever, you desire to make further
examination Into my record, I will gladly
give you any assistance in facilitating an
examination of the records made, day by
day, from the time when, as a lad of nine
teen I left my father's farm In southern
Ohio, and entered the volunteer Army I
am now closing my thirty -eighth year of
continuous service a service, modest
though It has been, I claim to have been
honest and faithful My service in the
volunteer Army covered nearly four years,
laving in that time held commissions of
six grades, from second lieutenant to and
including that of colonel with brevet of
brigadier general From all of which I
was honorably discharged Not onlv this,
but General Grant, while Secretary of
War ad interim (two years after the trial
herein discussed had been of record in the
War Department), conferred upon me by
authority of the President two brevets,
one for major for gallant and meritorious
conduct in the battle of Decatur, Ala , and
and another of lieutenant colonl for like
service in the battle of Nashville (copies
of which are enclosed), covering the exact
dates set forth in the specifications to the
charges tried
"Following my discharge from the vol
unteer service,' I was appointed a second
lieutenant in the Regular Army, and in Ju
1. lSsbO, was appointed a captain in oue
i of the new regiments, and so far as I am
aware, without the solicitation of any in
1 fluence outside of the military service I
had. been an officer of the Army more than
fourteen years before I had the honor of
the personal acquaintance of airy Member
of Congress cr anyone else in touch with
the authorities in Washington My first
ten years in the Regular Armv were spent
with iirv company in the then remote.
Western States and Territories of Kansas,
Colorado New Mevico Arizona, and Texas,
having in that time marched in different
expeditions against hostile Indians and
changes of station from Tort Riley, Kan
(the Western terminal of the railroads
leading to the West), to Fort Brown at the
mouth of the Rio Grandrj the distance tra
versed and the difficulties of this service
being fully understood only by thoe who
have had the experience During all thesa
ten years I was never absent from duty
for a single day from any cause whatever.
"I served fourteen years as a captain of
infantry and in the Adjutant General'
Department, nine years in the grade of
major, seven years in the grade of lieu
tenant colonel, and two years in the grade
of colonel, and, at the time of my appoint
ment as Adjutant General, was the senior
colonel in the Department. Your atten
tion is also Invited to the fact that the
President tendered me the commission ot
major general of volunteers, which I had
the honor to decline, so that all these of
fices (limited In number by law), might
be given to officers serving with troops In
the field. I have now served in the Regu
lar Army more than a third of a century,
and I have been absent from duty from
any cause less than thirty days
"This appeal Is made to you In the name
of justice, and I am confident that it is not
made in vain
"Very respectfully,
"Adjutant General."
The OHIeinl Heconlx.
Headquarters, Firt Separate Division, . C ,
Chattanooga. Tenn , March 14, 1SC5.
Cencral Orders, No 6:
I Before a general court martial, which con
vcrcd at Chattanooga, Tenn , pursuant to 'peeial
Order, No 20. from Headquarters First Separate
Division, A C, and of which Col L John&on,
Forty fourth Itcgiment, L. S. Colored Infantry, Is
president, was arraigned and tried,
first, Lieut Col Henry C Corhm. fourteenth
Regiment V. S Colored Infantry, on the following
Charge 1st. Cowardice.
Charge 2d Misbehavior before the enemy in
violation of the 23d Article tit War.
Charge 3d Conduct unbecoming an officer and
a gentleman
Charge 4th Conduct prejudicial to good order
and military discipline.
Findings of the Court Not guilty.
The Court does therefore most honorably ac-
quit him, the said I ieut. Col. H. C. Corbin,
fourteenth L. S Colored Infantry.
Ill The procecdirpa and finding of the General
Court martial in the foregoing iae of 1 ieut Col
Hmry C. Corbin and Fourteenth U.
S Colored It fantry arc approved and confirmed
I iculinant Colonel Corbin and -will
accordingly be released from arrest and return to
IJy command of Major General STF1- DM W
S II MOP, Major and . K. C.
Report of Col. Thomas J. Morgan, Four
teenth U. S. Colored Infantry:
Headquarters Fourteenth,
L. S Color-d Infantrv,
Decatur, Ala , October 31, 1SI
lieutenant- I have the honor to ubrnlt the fol
lowing riport of the operation.) of the rourtcenth
I. S Colored Infantrv, in the defence of Decatur,
via , on tlie 27th, 2ith, 28th, and 30th data of
October, 1SH-
The regiment came to Stevenson, via , frora
Chattanooga, Ttnn , in o!edience to ordtrn from
M ij Gen lames II 'tiediran, and from Steven
ion to Decatur by tommai d of ling lien It S.
(iratigir, arriving in Decatur, la , on rbur-dayF
4pm, Octobi r 27. detachment under I leuten
ai t Colonil Corbin kj.- stationed on the north
tide of the river to protect a feelion of artilbry
tumid over to Major J talk I tan
onlv spiak in praii of t'te ofhiira who a.vl-tr in
the work Lieutenant Colonel ( arbin, Adjutant
Aviry, and Seit Mijor (Jeorifi Crirhth did ex
cellent work No orhcer failed to dlmharge hn
hit. During the meht of the 2Sth lieutenant
Colonel Cothin, in ilurjje of iyj men, pic&tted
the lift of the line iml annovrd the enemy who
pcnt the grt-ati r portion of the mght in diirginz
a new line of rifle piti nearer to our line.
The comma id of the rejrn(.nt 3a Urned over to
I lcutmant Colonil Corbin.
THO': J MOItfiW,
Colonel Fourteenth I S Colored Infantry.
Lieut CH 1!I Kb T. Hr.N ITT,
tighteinth Michigan Infantry, Acting As
sistant vdjutant General
War Department,
Washington, October 31, lsT.
cir Ion are he'ebv informed that the FreHicnt
of the I mtcd States han appointed you, for gal
lant and meritorious emic at the battle of
Na?lville, Tenn. i hiuttnant colonel by I revet,
in the Arvue of tht t ruled -tate-j, to rank a
suih from tlie Kcond dav if Mareh, one thousand
eislit hundred and Mxtv een, 'IhhiM tree vate.
at their next friion, adwe and con-tnt thereto,
you will be eommi'Wioncd accordingly.
ImmriHatelv on receipt hereof, pleMie to em
miimeate to Una Department, through the Aoju
tant General of the Armv. your eeeptawe or
non aeceptanif , arid, with your letter of aecept
ame, return the oath herewith crtcfued, ptep
erly filled up, Hilwribeil and atte-ted, and report
your age, luith place, and the State of whuh yon
were a permanent resident
ecretarv of V. ir. ad interim.
Brevet I ieut Col H C OORBIV.
L' rf nn. Fort Crai,r, N M.
War Department.
Wi-Oiinjeion October SI, lSr
sir lou are herebv informed that th I'rcwieat
of the t mted State has aufe-nntril yon. fur ki
lant and inentorKKM services at Deeatnr, Ala ,
a major by brevet, la the service of the
Lmtc-d b'ate", to rank a sueh front
m-comJ day nf 31a rrh, one thousand it;At
hundred and ixty even, should the nate, at
their next 5eion, advte and roneent thereto, yoo
will be corwnumioned ariordirr-lv
Itnrvdiateh on receipt hereof. p!ee to com
munk'te to this. Department, through the dju
taut General of toe Armv, row aieeptanee or
n n acceptance ami, with your letter of accept
anee return the oath herewith endowed, prop
rh filled up Hilwrihe.1 ami atte-ted. ami rejxrt
vuiir aire blith t.la.e and the Mate of wJma run
wen- a ixrtiuiieiit re-ieknt
S-cretarv of War ad interim
Brevet Majcr II ( COKIilN.
I fe rnir, I-ort t raig VI
The I'drnier '"leretnrj Snjn the In
perx ill .Iiow II.
DETROIT, Mareh 6 Russell A Alger is
greatly concerned over the proposed inves
tigation of Vdjutant General Corbin's rec
ord in the civil war In fact, if his man
ner is any Indication of his feelings, he is
in fivor of having Corbin's record resur
rected. Speaking of the charge of cow
ardice preferred against Corbin, he said
I have heard that there was a court
martial, but I paid little attention to the
matter. It is all a subject of official record,
and anybody who wants to Interest himself
in those old matters can easily And the
data When I went to the War Depart
ment General Ruggles was Adjutant Gen
eral The next in line was General Dreck
and the next General Corbin Accordingly
v hen General Breck retired, as he did after
I hid been there about a vear. General Cor
bin succeeded him in the natural order of
promotion. So you see there was no fa
voritism about it. as alleged." ,
Mr. Alger indignantly denied that
Corbin's influence with him and the Presi
dent had more to do with General Miles"
humiliation than all other causes combined
"Corbin," he "aid today 'never tried to
use his influence vith me against Miles
It would not nave done him any good if
he had "
It is understood that in hi3 forthcoming
hltorv of the war Mr. Alger will show
by official and other correspondence that
General Miles was always treated with tha
consideration and deference owing to lua
rank and that if there was any cause for
complaint it was manufactured bv the
avowed enemies of Alger, or else by the
over-zealous friends of General Miles.
Ocnernl 'MerrinniN Troop Gunrilinpr
the lletiean Korder.
BEXSOX, Ariz . March 6 General Mer
riam. the commanding officer at Tort Hu
achuaca is closely guarding the borHer to
prevent any invasion by the Yaqui In
dians Rerorts have been received that a large
body of them are preparing to cross the
line into the United States but General
Merriam does not believe the reports He
Is confident he will be able to head them
off if they do attempt to cross.
At the War Department no message had
been received from General Merriam re
garding the alleged uprising It was said
that there were plentv of troops within
easy reach of the rent where the Yarjulb
were expected to croso the border.
At Fort Huachuaca. thre are two troops,
D and V. of the Xinth Cavalry; troops A,
B, and M of the same regiment at Fort
Grant: trcors E and G at Fort Apache,
and Company D, of the Seventh Infantry,
at San Carlos A large number of troops
are stationed in Texas and can be taken
to Fort Huachuaca by rail in twenty-four
or thirty-six hours.
The Indians Cnptnre n Mali mill Dis
perse :tOO Soldiers.
POTAM, Mexico, March 6 Three days
ago the Yaquis intercepted the mall which
was being carried under an escort of 300
soldiers. All of the latter were dispersed
except two, who were hanged to nearby
trees. The Yaquis carried off the mail.
It Is estimated that 4,000 of the best equip
ped Yaquis are between La Moucha and
Guayamas There are 3,000 more between
Potam and Medano.
Yesterday twenty-seven Yaquis fired
into a body of 200 Mexican soldiers on the
road between Potam and Tonn and disap
peared. Between Potam and Torin. fifteen
miles distant, sixteen bodies are hanging
to trees, fourteen" being Yaquis and two
Mexicans. An expedition of 400 men under
Lieutenant Parra has left Potam to open
the road to Cocorit and great fighting is
A rnncrnl A Ithont "Women.
XORRISTOWX, Pa , March 6. The fu
neral of Howard M. Cadwallader. late of
this place, which was held yesterday, pre
sented a novel appearance because of the
absence of the usual services. It had alo
been deceased's wish during life that only
men should compose his funeral party.
This request was honored, and not a mem
ber of the fair sex was present with the
funeral party, not even the deceased's wife.
Interment was made at Upper Dublin
Friends' Burial Ground.
The CalifoTiiian Completes tlie Phil
ippine Commission.
In Coninnny "With Senators FerUIa
anil Hard He Call on the rreMl
ileiit lleinlierN of Che Uoely to Jjall
Krom Sim I'mncixco for Their
1'lelil of I.nlior In u. Tev AVeeL.
Senator Perkins of California called on
the President this morning with Senator
Bard and Prof. Bernard Motes, the new ap
pointee of the Philippine Commission.
Prof. Moses' acceptance of the post com
pletes the Commission with the following
personnel DeaB C. Worcester, of Michi
gan; William R. Taft, of Ohio; Bernard
Voces, of California; Henry C. Ide, of Ver
mont, and Luke E. Wright, of Tennessee.
Prof Moses has for twenty-four years
occupied the chair of political economy in
the University of California, awl Is held in
high esteem by the people of the Pacific
Coast. He is well informed on internation
al law.
His appointment is considered In official
circles to be an excellent one. Prof. Moses
said that he had been tendered the office
after a brief conference, and that he had
accepted it in as simple a manner as it
was offered.
"The Commission will probably hold a
meeting in Washington in a few days," ho
said "Just when I am not now able to
say, and we shall sail from San Franteo
for Manila in the early part of April. I
naturally feel the honor of being tho
choice of the President."
Prof. Moses declined to say aaythlag
more, but Senator Bard sW "The peefrie
of California consider the apfKintat t
Prof. Moses a great cofsplinest te ear
State. He is a man of charming persM
ality, of high culture, and splendid views
on political ouestion He has for years
been looked to as a leader ia the SeM ef
learning and his treatment of petit tea I
economy at the Caiversity of Callfernia
has always been highly commended Hi
will unquestionably add te the eafwWHty
of the Commission and we feel that taero
will be harmony among the mentors m
their composite views of the Philippine
situation as they And it
"Prof. Moses is a hard and eoascietU1H3
worker aggressive in his naner of deal
ing with a knotty problem, and we of Cali
fornia feel elated over hte appototment. as
prophetic of an early solotioii of the diffi
culties that lie in the war of a stMaaos
ful "upprtssion of the insnrreetle in the
Ther intend to confer la a short tfcae
and expect to sail from San FraMfece in "
about three weeks."
1'iirlu Ilienn Tan IT Rill nnil Other
vintter I)iteueil.
At the Cabinet meeting this morcHsg the
proposition to Introduce Into Congests a
suggestion for a retaliatory msaowre
against Germany was considered. TMs
measure had reference to the inopectiOB of
Americas raet entering Gorans pom, as
proposed in a Mil to be put before tho
Reichstag Should the Genoaa MM pass
that body and become law, it weeid act as
a practically exclusive act agaiast Aaaori
can product
German export to this country being
larce, retaliation bv the United States
would hurt them more than the exehntea
of merican meat could injure this cows
try. The proposition was deeply considered
bv the Cabinet, but siaee the Gerasm Mil
has not vet become a law. nothing deHoUe
was done in the matter.
The President Is said to heartily ap
prove of any legislation which will pro
tect American exports from a prohibitory
inspection by other governments.
The Cabinet decided to notify the Ex
ecutive Council at Honolulu that they
would be authorized to appropriate $SW,
000 to ue for the suppression or the bu
bonic plague in Honolulu. A member of
the Cabinet id that Congress would see
that the funds to cover the same were pro
vided as soon as legislation 13 enacted for
the inlands
The Porto Rlcan bill was also dtscMosed.
all the members Mating their belief that
the measure was in little daager of fail
ure, despite the insane talk how befog
indulged in reqardias the Mil ' a eoe of
the members rjnt it The Dftvis amend
ment. he added will not receive any
determined support from anyone except tho
man who introduced it "
II r. M111011 Vrirui'M Vcninnt His On i III
to n Sennte ifvnt.
In the Senate today, after the rou
tine morning business, the rosetotiea
against Quay's claim to a seet was ta&en
up, and Mr. Simon made an adverse argu
ment He referred to Qunv's veto against
Corbett in the Oregon case, and said that
on principles of justice Quay should now
be estopped by that vote.
Mr. Ccrter justified his stand in favor
of Puny and reconciled it with his vote
against Corbett by saying that the pro
ceedings in Corbett's ease were of a rev
olutionary character.
A Report I'rom the Senate Co 1.1 111 It
tee un Klnance.
The Senate Commitfee on Finance today
made a favorable recommendation of Wil
liam D. Bynum, of Indiana, to bo a mem
ber cf the Board of General Appraisers of
Custom". The nomination was sent to the
Senate early in December, but met the
opposition of the Democratic members of
the committee, who objected to his ap
pointment as a Democratic member of tho
Mr. Bvnum took an aetive part ia tho
last PresldentijI campa'gn a a gold Duma
crat, and the silver Democrats on the com
mittee repudiated his claim as a Demo
crat. The committee today heard argu
ments on the subject, and afterward, by a
party vote, ordered the nomination re-
ported with a favorable recommendation.
The Semite to Vote on the Confer
enee Heport Thin Afternoon.
The vote on the Currency bill conference
report will be taken this afternsoa at 4
By unanimous consent the debate on tho
measure will be closed at that time and It
will be finally disposed of. It is said that
little time will be required for the vote,
which will probably give a safe majority
in favor of the bill, and will be on party,
Receipt nnd Kxpenillttirc.
The receipts of the United States Gov
ernment this day amount to $1332,424.13
and are derive I from customs, $823 543 93;
intcmal revenue. $469,153 51; miscellane
oj $24.7il 67. The expenditures amount
to ;i,cso,cco.

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