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A CRUISER SAILS
HI ■ ■
WITH PROW TURNED TOWARD
THE ORIENT
MUNITIONS FOR DEWEY
STILL INSIDE THE HEADS OE!
GOLDEN QATB
TRANSPORTS FOR THE TROOPS
♦Vlll Be Beady by the Time Merrltt's
Picked Force Has Been Fully
Prepared
Associated Press Special Wire
• if- VALLEJO, May 18.—The cruiser ■♦■
*r Charleston got under way for Manila ■♦•
■*> shortly after 10 o'clock this morning. •♦•
«*■ Salutes were tired at Mare Island navy ♦
+ and the employes of the yard and clti- ♦
•f- sens of Vallejo, who were assembled ■♦-
+ along the shore, vigorously choerod
+ the departing vessel. The compasses ■♦■
+ of the Charleston will be adjusted as ♦
4- she proceeds down the bay, and no ♦
♦ stop will be made at San Francisco. ■♦■
+ On board the Charleston are a num- ♦
. + ber of newspaper correspondents, ♦
• ♦ among them Mr. E. Langley Jones, ♦
♦ who has been ordered to Manila to re- +
r*- port operations of the United States ■♦•
• »y forces there for the Associated Press. ■<►
The Charleston had not passed through
the Golden Gate at 5 oclock this evening,
Slthough she left Mare island shortly af
ter 10 oclock this morning, bound for Ma
. nila.' It Is generally understood that her
compasses are being adjusted near Angel
Island, but there may be other reasons for
the delay, as this operation usually re
quires but two or three hours. Her com
mander may be wailing further instruc
tions from the department at Washington,
as his vessel is within easy reach of the
government boat which plies between this
city and the garrisons at Angel Island and
Alcatrnz island.
Troops for Manila
MaJ. Gen. Otis, who urrived from Denver,
last night, today assumed command of the
organizing, outfitting and the sailing of
the troops bound for Manila. Gen. Otis
held a long consultation with Gen. Mer
rlam this morning and the first step de
cided upon was the inspection of the City
of Peking, which Is scheduled to transport
the first regular troops to the Philippines.
Her accommodations were thorougbiy ex
amined and a few alterations will be made
which will delay the departure of the ves
sel until Saturday next. When ready for
tea the Peking will carry four four-pound
Holchklss rapid-fire guns, two being
placed in ,her bow and two ln her stern.
Bhe Is being prepared for the reception of
1400 enlisted men, 73 army officers, 8 navy
officers and 112 sailors. The latter, with
their officers are to man the Spanish sh'ps
captured by Admiral Dewey.
There are now nearly 4000 men camped
st the Presidio and nearly as many more
Will be here by the middle of next week.
Troops Arriving
The Second battalion of the Oregon vol
. unteers, under command of Col. Summers,
arrived here today from Portland and
were received with great enthusiasm. They
are a fine body of men and are better
equipped than any of the soldiers that have
■ arrived here from other states. They were
met at the ferry depot by the Second artil
lery band and headed by a platoon of police
the soldiers, who showed few signs of fa
tigue after their long Journey, marched up
Market street to Van Ness avenue thence
to the Presidio, where they were enthusi
astically received by the soldiers already
encamped there. There were 650 men ani
officers in the second batch of men from the
Webfoot state.
Work on the transports City of Sydney
and Australia Is proceeding in a very leis
urely manner. The former vessel IsTielng
coaled and painted and a few carpenters
are at work In her Interior but that is all.
Unless a force of mechanics is put at %york
on her at once tho vessel will not be ready
to, leave for a week or more. Little Is be
ing done On the Australia but as she Is less
In need of repairs and alteration than the
other vessel it will not take so long to fit
her for service, when orders are once Issued
to get her ready for departure.
The health of the men camped at the
Presidio Is generally good, ln spite of the
hardships and exposure that the men have
had to endure. There are one or two cases
of Incipient pneumonia and a few cases of
• fever, but that is all. On man from Mc-
Minnvllle, Or., has been stricken with some
disease resembling measles, but the army
physicians are not at all sure that this Is
his malady. He has been quarantined as a
matter of precaution.
Special notices to Pacific coast mariners
were Issued today by the hydrographlc
service to the effect that all the principal
ports on the Atlantic seaboard have been
mined with torpedoes and warnings are
given to captains of vesselß that infrac
tion of the law may result ln the shore
Snmnjiui eqj uo ejij aujuodo soijonuq
vessel.
A Ticked Force
CHICAGO, May IS.—A special from
Washington to the Journal says:
It was officially announced at the War
Department today that General Merritt
will have the strongest division of 15,000
men that It is possible to raise In the
United States. Besides the 4000 regulars
which have been assigned to his command,
he will be given the pick of the troops In
the various States until his quota has been
filled.
In addition to the Tenth Pennsylvania
It Is probable that he will be given one of
the best regiments from New York, a crack
regiment from Ohio and one from Michi
gan, and a fifth from Illinois. The Sixth
from Minnesota has already been ordered
to San Francisco, and Nebraska will con
tribute one regiment to the expedition.
It is the plan to embark 1000 men as soon
an supplies can bo put aboard the City
cf Peking. This vanguard, which Is com
manded by General Otis, will be used for
tho purpose of taking possession of Ca
vite und preparing a camp for those to
follow.
It Is declared to be the Intention of the
administration to continue pouring troops
Into the Philippines until there is a force
sufficient to govern every island In the
group.
More Mon Coming
SAN FRANCISCO, May IS.-MaJor-Gejfc
eral B. 8. Otis, who has been ordered b,,
tr.o War Department to proceed to the
Philippine Islands as second In command
to Major-General Wesley Merritt, has ar
rived here accompanied by his staff. He
WARLIKE SCENES AT TAMPA AND PORT TAMPA
will not talk for publication regarding his
future movements, stating that the orders
he has received have already been made
public.
Two battalions or nearly 700 volunteers
from Oregon will arrive ln this city today
and will pitch their tents at the Presidio.
A hospital corps for the First and Second
battalions will be completed today. It Is
being made up of a number of scholarly
young men, among whom are several drug
gists and dentists.
Good Material
WASHINGTON. May IS.—Recognizing
the excellent soldier material In the Penn
sylvania troops, the War Department has
decided to draw on that State for supply
ing in part the quota for the Phillpp'r.e
Islands expedition. The Tenth Regiment
has been selected for this work and ordeio
have been Issued hurrying it to San Fran
cisco so that the men may leave with one
of the first ships for Manila. The Tenth
Is said to be the crack organization of the
State and was activity engaged in keeping
the peace during the time of the Hazelton
riots when a number ot men lost their
lives. The earlier program contemplated
the dispatch of the regiment to Tampa.
It Is understood the department will en
deavor to give General Merritt, who is to
command the expedition, probably a thous
and more regulars than was at tirst pro
posed, in which case the Fifteenth Infantry,
located ln New Mexico and Arizona, will
be drawn on unless the present program is
changed.
Business Paralyzed
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18—A Chronicle
special from Victoria, B. C, says:
J. Stuart Jones, the Manila sugar king
and merchant prince, has arrived on the
Empress of India en route to London, his
alleged mission being to present to the
British foreign office the hopes and wishes
of the Philippine commercial community.
Jerome Jones, his traveling companion
from Manila, says that business on the
Islands must stand stlt* until assurance Is
given that some strong lorelgn power will
assume control of the destinies of the
islands, the residents If successful ln
throwing off the yoke of Spain being) too
Incompetent and unstable for effective
self-government. A strong party ln Japan
Is said to be trying hard to force Premier
Ito Into the affairs of the Islands, making
community of Interests and contiguity of
territory an excuse for Intervention. It It
declared, however, that Ito declines to In
terfere and threatens to resign If pressed
too far.
Residents of Manila, who have Just ar
rived ln Victoria, declare that weeks before
the declaration of war the Philippine In
surgents had assurance of American sup
port and Immediately resumed hostilities
with arms and ammunition secretly ob
tained from Japan.
Oregon Volunteers
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18.—The Second
and Third Battalions of the First Oregon
Volunteers, numbering about 650 men, ar
rived here this morning at 11:45 o'clock.
Tbe Spanish Squadron
• GIBRALTAR, May 18.—The first- •
• class battleship Pelayo, the armored •
• cruisers Emperado Carlos V., Alfonso •
• XIII., Vltorla and Glralda, the aux- •
• lliary cruisers Rapido, Alfonso XII., •
• Buenos Ayres and Antonio Lopez and •
• three torpedo boats now at Cadiz are •
• ready for sea. •
• They are expected to sail for the •
• Philippines before the end of this •
• month with 11,000 troops. • i
WILL NOT FIGHT
Senator Cannon Expects Ho Great
Naval Battle
' CHICAGO, May 18.—A special to the
Daily News from Washington says:
"I do not believe there will be any great
naval battle," remarked Senator Cannon.
"It is Spaln'B Intention not to fight if she
can escape us. My opinion la that the
Spanish cruisers will attempt to steal along
the Atlantic coast and bombard our cities.
Spain does not want to try another bout
with us after the experience that Admiral
Dewey gave them."
The opinion of the leaders In congress is
that until they know the result ot the naval
battle which is to take place whenever
Sampson und Schley catch the Spanish
fleet, final adjournment will not be con
sidered.
A Long Voyage
SAN FRANCISCO, May ls.-The British
ship Leyland Brothers arrived in this port
this morning 144 days from Calcutta. Ten
per cent re-Insurance had been paid on
her. She passed through a series ot storms
i but came through almost uninjured.
| The Leyland brought Information show
ing that the reported famine on Pltcalrn
island was greatly exaggerated, if not ab
solutely false. The vessel stopped af the
: Island and took on board a bag of mall for
this city. The natives reported all well
I and that food and water were abundant '
LOS ANGELES HERALD i THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 19, iKt
PORTO RICAN REFUGEES
BRING REPORTS OF SAMPSON'S
BOMBARDMENT
DISPA T CH BOAT DAUNTLESS
Arrives at Key West With the First
Detailed Account of the
Associated Press Special Wire
ST. THOMAS, Danish West Indies, May
38.—(Copyright, 18SI8.) Over thirty Porto
Rlcan refugees, mostly women, with very
little money, arrived here last night on
board the French steamer Rodriguez.
It is rumored that the governor general
of Porto Rico has Issued a proclamation,
saying eight soldiers were killed and thirty
four were wounded as a result of the bom
bardment of the forts at San Juan by a
portion of Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet
on May 12th. He adds that two guns were
dismounted at Morro castle, which other
wise was very little damaged. He also says
the other forts were not much hurt. In the
town one shot, It is alleged, penetrated the
place, and the corner of a powder house
was camled away. No school children were
killed. The transport Alfonzo XIII. and the
Spanish steamer Manuela were damaged
by the American fire. The Spaniards, as
usual, claim they won a victory, basing this
assertion upon the fact that the American
warships departed under fire.
But, the refugees say, the city of San
Juan Is still terrorized, Its Inhabitants be
ing in hourly fear of the reappearance of
the American fleet and a repetition of the
bombardment. Therefore the people are
escaping to the country out of range of the
American guns.
The Spaniards claim that Freeman Hal
stead, the newspaper correspondent, who
was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment
for photographing the fortifications of San
Juan, was wounded by a shot wnlch struck
the town Jail, but the refugees say that he
was probably shot by the Spaniards.
Many funerals have occurred recently at
San Juan.
SAMPSON'S ATTACK
Tho First Detailed Account of the
Bombardment
KEY WEST, Fla., May 18.—The Daunt
less, dispatch boat of the Associated Press,
arrived here this morning and brought the
first detailed account of the bombardment
of San Juan de Porto Rico by a portion of
the fleet under the command of Rear Ad
miral Sampson, on May 12 last.
The American warships sustained only
trivial injury and lost but one man killed.
After the engagement the north end of
Morro Fort was in ruins, the Cabrus
Island fort was silenced and the San Car
los battery was damaged.
No shots were aimed at the city, and it
is not known whether any damage was done
there. Spaniards at St. Thomas claim
that a school house was struck and that
the master and his pupils were killed, but
this is not thought likely, as the bombard
ment took place early ln the morning and
the school children probably were not ln
the building at the time.
The plans of the fortlllcatlons furnished
to the fleet were very misleading. It was
known that the Spanish forts had recent
ly been strengthened with new guns, but
other tacts developed which showed mis
calculations by those who drew the plans.
Refugees ln Bt. Thomas told the corre
spondents who touched there after the en
gagement that the Spaniards thought the
forts at San Juan were stronger than those
of Havana.
The United States fleet left Key West
on May X to "Intercept and destroy" the
Spanish fleet, which had left the Capo
Verde Islands. This was the only Informa
tion the United States Navy Department
and Admiral Sampson had on the subject.
Our war ships proceeded slowly eastward,
and on May 8 were off Cape Haytlen, re
public of Haytl. Attempts Were made
there to obtain Information regarding the
whereabouts of the Spaniards, but no defi
nite knowledge was obtained.
Early on the morning of May 12 Rear
Admiral Sampson's ships approached San
Juan, the American Consul at Cape Hay
tlcn having informed the Admiral that he
had heard a report that thirteen Spanish
; ships had been seen heading for Porto
| Rico.
The city of Ban Juan.ls situated In a
long narrow pocket. A tongue of highland
separates It from the ocean. The en
trance of the harbor Is easily defended,
and the same can be said of the headlands
of lofty Cabras Island, which lies ln the
throat of the passage. These headlands
have been fortified by the Spaniards, but
they did not prove ln any way dangerous
to our warships. The town of San Juan
Is on one side of the bay and In the rear
of the town rise high hills. To reach the
city the ships must pass Morro Castle for
tifications and the battery of San Carlos,
situated on a promotory at the east en
trance of the harbor. Besides they must
pass the Canuelo battery on Cabras Is
land.
The Flan of Action
The attack on the forts was so planned
that our warships could be in a position to
meet the Spanish vessels should they
emerge from the harbor. The following is
the official plan of action issued to the
Amerloan fleet:
"The squadron will pass near Salinas
Point and then steer about east to pass
Just outside the reefs off Cabras Islands.
The column Is to be formed as follows:
The lowa, flagship; Indiana, New York,
Amphltrite and Terror. The Detroit Is to
go ahead of the lowa a distance of 1000
yards. The Wampautuck to keep on the
lowa's starboard bow, distant 500 yards.
The Detroit and Wampautuck to sound
constantly after land is closer, and to Im
mediately signal If ten fathoms or less is
obtained, showing at night a red light over
the stern and at daytime a red flag aft,
"The Montgomery to remain ln the rear
of the column, stopping outside of the fire
from Morro and on the lookout for torpedo
boats and destroyers. If Fort Canuelo
lires she is to bo silenced. The Porter will
take station under cover of the lowa on
the port side. The Niagara to remain
westward, off Salinas Point.
"While approaehlng a sharp lookout Is
to be kept on the coast between Salinas
Point and Cabras Island for torpedo
boat destroyers. When near Cabras
Island, one-half to one mile, the Detroit
will rapidly cross the mouth of the harbor
and be close under Morro to the westward,
screened from the tire of Morro's western
battery. If the old guns on the north side
of Morro fire, she is to silence them. Those
two cruisers are to keep on the lookout,
especially for Spanish torpedo boat de
stroyers coming out of the harbor.
"The Porter, when the action begins, will
cross the harbor mouth behind the lowa
and close under the cliff to the eastward of
the Detroit and torpedo any Spanish
cruiser trying to get out of the harbor, but
she Is not to attack destroyers.
"The Wampautuck will tow one of her
boats with its mast shipped, flying a red
llag and having a boat's anchor aboard, the
tug so arranged that she can stop the boat
and anchor at the same time. She Is to
anchor the boat in about, ten fathoms, with
Fort Canuelo and the western end of
Cabras Island in range.
"There will be twu objects for attack, the
batteries on the Morro Castle ana the men
of-war. If It is clear that Spanish vessels
are lying ln port, tire is to bo opened upon
them as soon as they are discernible over
Cabras Island. The motions of the flag
ship will be followed in this regard. If it
should become evident, however, that neu
tral men-of-war are In the line of fire, a
flag of truce will probably be sent in be
fore the vessels are opened upon. The
Porter Is to hold herself ln readiness for
this service.
"Care must be taken to avoid striking
the hospitals on Cabras island. If it be
comes necessary to silence the Morro bat
teries a portion of the tire will be directed
with this object, but the principal object is
to destroy the ships.
"After passing the mouth of the harbor,
the lowa will turn a little to starboard
toward the town and will turn out with a
star-board helm and again pass to port,
and after passing Cabras Island to the
westward she will turn again with a star
board helm and pass as at first. Should
this plan be changed and It be decided to
hold the ships in front of the entrance, the
signal 'stop' will be made at the proper
time.
"The Indiana, New York und the moni
tors will follow the motions cf the flagship
and remain In column.
"The course after B'ort Canuelo Is brought
into range with the west of Cabras Island
will be cast by south. ,
"Should night fall with the post in the
enemy's hands and the ships inside, the
cruisers will take positions Just outside
the harbor, the Montgomery to the east
ward and the Detroit to the westward,
with their batteries ready and the men
at the guns. They will show no llgh'.s.
"The other Ships, in succession, will
sweep the entrance of the harbor and the
channel leading Into the anchorage with
searchlights to keep the torpedo boat de
stroyers from coming out.
"In case the enemy should escape from
the port. Are is to be concentrated on the
leading ship. Should the attempt be made
at night, the searchlights in use are to be
trained on her bridge and conning tower
and are to be held there."
Firing Begins
The fleet assembled at San Juan at 3
o'clock on Thursday last and prepared for
battle, stripping the decks and getting
the guns, ammunition and appliances for
handling the wounded ready.
Bear Admiral Sampson had transferred
his Hag to the lowa and the attack on the
forts began at 5:16 and lasted three hours.
Although It was known at San Juan that
the American fleet was near, the Spaniards
apparently kept no outlook. The soldiers
ln the forts and the people in the town
were fast asleep when our warships ap
proached. It was not yet broad daylight
and the coast of tho Island was veiled In
an unusual haze. A range of broken hills
came almost down to the ocean, and.
further Inland, making a sharp line
against the sky, rose a tall range of moun
tains. Overhead the sky was a deep blue.
A ten-knot easterly breeze was blowing and
a long, heavy swell gave a graceful motion
to the see.
The plans of the Admiral were thorough
ly carried out. The fleet sailed majestically
Into the harbor, and ln due course of time
opened a tremendous fire on the fortifica
tions. Three times the warships made the
circuit outlined ln the official plan. The
forts withstood the first round, but the
Montgomery, from her station near Fort
Canuelo, wrought destruction. With
glasses the officers ot the Montgomery
could see the occupants of the forts jump
ing over the walls and running away. The
Detroit,which went nearest to Morro,had to
train her guns at a high angle. Her shots
directed at the north side of Morro cut
deep furrows ln the face of the formica
tions. The lowa, leading the fleet, deliv
ered her deadly missiles with great accu
racy upon Morro's northern walls. Tha
rest of the fleet fired In order, first on
Morro and then on San Carlos, accord
ing to position.
REACHED DUTCH HARBOR
Prepared to Find a Whole Mountain
of Gold
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18.—The steam
er Bertha, from Unalaska, brings the fol
lowing advices from that section, under
date of May 6:
The bark Harry Morse of San Francisco,
chartered by the Boston and Alaska Trans
portation Company, arrived at Dutch Har
bor on May 0.
Among the passengers are parties of
prospectors from Boston, New York, St.
Paul, Springfield and other Eastern cities,
besides a party from Long Beach, Cal. All
are well-equipped for a three-yearß' stay,
There are nineteen boats being construct
ed ln this vicinity for the Yukon River
trade, and one thousand men are em
ployed at this work.
The winter has been a mild one, the cold
est temperature recorded being 17 de
grees below.
A Famous Old Scout
DENVER, May 18.—News was received
tonight from Rawlins, Wyo., of the death
yesterday at his home on Snake river, 80
miles south of Rawlins, of Jim Baker, the
famous scout and Indian fighter. Baker's
death was due to old age, he being about 90
years old. He had been ln the Rocky moun
tain regions since 1832 and was well known
to all pioneers of the region. Many ot
his adventures have furnished themes for
novelists. He built his home on Snake river
ln 1873 and has resided there since that
time.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING HO
ELECT OFFICERS
The Session Closes With the Expected
Banquet With Regulation
Toasts and Speeches
CHICAGO, May 18.—The annual meeting
of the Associated Press was held today in
Recital hall, Auditorium building, 115 ot the
129 stockholders being present. Vice Pres
ident Horace White of the New York
Evening Post presided.
The annual report of the general mana
ger showed that the receipts last year were
$1,605,866, and the expenditures 11,620,645.
The present membership Is about 700 and
about 2600 dally and weekly papers are
served'through minor organizations. The
following directors were elected: Arthur
Jenkins, Syracuse Herald; M. H. de Young,
San Francisco Chronicle; Victor F. Law
son, Chicago Record and Daily News;
Charles W. Knapp, St. Louis Republic.
The following advisory boards were
chosen:
Eastern division—General Felix Agnus,
Baltimore American; James Elverson, jr.,
Philadelphia Inquirer; Ambrose Butler,
Buffalo News; Charles H. Taylor, jr., Bos
ton Globe; P. C. Boyle, Oil City Derrick.
Central division—George Thompson, St.
Paul Dispatch; D. H. Houser, St. Louis
Globe Democrat; A. Howard Hinkle, Cin
cinnati Commercial-Tribune; H. S. New,
Indianapolis Journal; 10, Rosewater,
Omaha Bee.
Southern division—H. H. Cnbanass, At
lanta Journal; A. B. Pickett, Memphis
Scimitar; A. S. Ochs, Chattanooga Times;
G. H. Baskette, Nashville Banner; Thos.
G. Rapier, New Orleans Picayune.
Western division—Hugh Hume, San
Francisco Evening Post; Col. P. Lannau.
Salt Lake Tribune; W. H. Mills. Record-
Union. Sacramento; E. B. Piper, Post-
Intelligencer, Seattle; Harvey W. Scott,
Portland Oregonlan.
The annual banquet was held at the
Grand Pacific hotel in the evening, 100
members being seated. Aside from the
ferns and roses in the center of the table
a pretty feature was a large and complete
printing press of flowers. Col. C. 08.
Cowardin of the Richmond. Va., Dispatch,
was toastmaster. The loving cup was
passed by General Manager Stone.
After the coffee and cigars all rose and
drunk to the memory of Moses P. Handy.
Col. Wm. M. Slngcrly and Washington
Heslng.
The first regular toast, "The new world's
fair," was responded to by Edward Rose
water of the Omaha Bee, who spoke of the
transmisslsslppl exposition.
The question of the second toast, "Is the
Associated Press a trust?" was answered
by E. W. Lehman of St. Louis. He said
the right of the Associated Press to the
reports It gathered was as high as the
right of each one of Its reporters to the
fruit of his own labor. It was high as the
right of every author to the production cf
his own mind and of his own pen, and the
speaker did not believe the courts would
ever reach the conclusion that the Associ
ated Press could be made to serve If it did
not choose to serve.
"If that injunction could be laid on the
members ln a body, It could be laid upon
every one of them as Individuals."
General Manager Stone announced the
death of the Hon. Wm. Ewart Gladstone,
and all rose and drank "to the memory of
the man who, more than any other, repre
sented in his life the public sentiment—the
best opinion of the world."
The other toasts and responses were:
"The earth." Henry Watterson of the
Louisville Courier-Journal; "To woman,
warriors in time of peace and white-winged
messengers ln time of war," Stephen
O'Meare of the Boston Journal; "Our peo
pie; they know no north, no south, no west,
no east, but one country," Clarke Howell
of the Atlanta Constitution; "The country
of my adoption—like an acquired taste, my
love for her grows with time," Gen. Fells
Agnus of the Baltimore American.
SCARED SOLDIERS
They Found It Safer to Bleep Out of
Doors
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18.-The 600
men who have been stationed on the sec
ond floor ln the Fontana warehouse at
Fort Mason evacuated their position last
night shortly after 11 o'clock and spent the
rest of the night on the sands which sur
round the structure.
The men had Just settled down to rest
last night when a loud cracking noise was
heard, followed by the creaking of col
lapsing timbers. A hasty examination was
made and it was discovered that some ot
the heavy timbers supporting the second
floor were cracking and bending under the
weight imposed upon them. A consulta
tion of officers was held and it was de
cided to remove the men from the building
as a precautionary measure. The men
marched oat ln single file taking their
blunkets and camp equipment with them.
The 600 men flled out of the building under
perfect discipline ln less than five minutes,
A thorough examination of the building
will be made today and if it Is found to be
unsafe the troops wfll be ordered into
camp at the Presidio or the old race track.
The men on the third and fourth floors
were not removed, their commander deem
ing their position safe for the time being.
Changed the Camp
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18.—The artil
lerymen who vacated the Fontana ware
house In haste last night In fear that tht
old building would fall, and who bivouack
ed ln the sand all last night, were march
ed to the Presidio this morning and wenl
Into camp there. The Washington troops,
who occupied the top story of the ware
house, accompanied the artillery, as an in
spection of the building by army officers
resulted in a decision that the building,
was not safe.
ALGER-PIKE
Secretary Alger's Daughter Marries a
Chicago Man
WASHINGTON, May 18.—Under a can
»py or orchids and vines, Intertwined with
pink ribbon, all radiating from a softly
shaded electric light, Frances Aura Alger,
the youngest daughter of the Secretary ot
War, and Charles Burrall Pike, of Chica
go, son of Eugene 8. Pike, one of that
city's most energetic and Influential citi
zens, were married at noon today at th«
residence of Secretary Alger.
President and Mrs. McKinley were near
the wedding party during the ceremony,
as were the Vice President and Mrs. Ho
bart. The company was a most distin
guished ono and reflected ln a brilliant
sense the official world ot the capital. The
presence of so many officers of the army
and navy ln full dress uniforms suggested
the momentous events ln which the nation
is now most interested.
Among the guests, besides the President
and Vice President and their wives, were:
Ex-Secretary and Mrs. Sherman, Secretary
Day, Secretary and Mrs. Long, Secretary
and Mrs. Bliss, Attorney General Griggs,
Miss Long, Ex-Postmaster General and
Mrs. Gary, the Misses Gary, Postmaster
General and Mrs. Smith, Secretary and
Mrs. Wilson, the British Ambassador and
Miss Fauncefote, the French Ambassador,
the German Ambassador, Justice and Mrs.
Brown, Mrs. N. A. Alderson, Mrs. Ander
son, Miss Leonard Wood, Miss A. L. Key,
Mr. Humans of Boston, Senator Hale, Sen
ator Hanna, Representative and Mrs. Hltt,
Justice and Mrs. McKenna, Miss McKenna.
Mr. and Mrs. Westtnghouse, Ex-Secretary
and Mrs. John W. Foster. General and
Mrs. Miles, General and Mrs. Clarkson ot
New York. Assistant Secretary Matklo
john.
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