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The herald. [microfilm reel] (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, June 11, 1898, Image 1

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Is That the Government Is
Very Cautious
A Success Some Time Is Considered Per
/ fectly Certain
No Troops Will Leave for Cuba Until a Strong Naval
Convoy Is at Hand to Afford Adequate Pro
tection to the Transports
Washington, June 10. —Out of the maze of doubt and contradiction
as to the dispatch of the first army of invasion to Cuba, one thing stands out
clearly, namely, that the government, feeling strong in its present position
and plan, is moving cautiously and with the deliberation which it believes
will secure success unattended with disaster. With this main purpose in
view, the army and navy are co-operating toward the dispatch of the troops,
some 25,000 in number, under escort of a strong fleet of naval convoys,
made up of sixteen warships, headed by the battleship Indiana. Unattended
by this strong fleet the troops might have left last Friday, when one strong
naval convoy was ready for this service. Since then, however, reports have
come as to the presence of Spanish ships in the North Atlantic. Realizing
that nothing was to be gained by haste and that the war was progressing
steadily toward success, it was determined not to take the one small chance
of having our troop transports menaced by some scouting ships of the
enemy. As a result, the troop transports have not proceeded to Cuba,
either yesterday or the day before, as has been repeatedly asserted. They
are in readiness to go, but will not move until the naval convoy is ready to
accompany them, assuring safe conduct from Florida to the point of destin
ation. Whether that will be today or tomorrow, the war department pon
tively declines to say, and there is authority for the statement that any
reports purporting to give the day or hour when this formidable fleet of
invasion will start is not only unwarranted, but meets with the most vigor
ous official condemnation. The administration feels that the time has come
when it is of the utmost importance tbat the precise movements of this
invading fleet should not be published in this country and thus heralded to
the enemy.
The completeness with which the report of troops has been planned is
shown in the official list of transport vessels given out at the war depart-,
ment today. Of this list 34 large steamships, varying from 4100 tons*
down to 600 tons, are at Florida ports ready to carry our troops to the
point of invasion. There are some 15 other craft, including vessels suitable
for conveying fresh water, stores, etc., and for lightering the troops and
stores from the ships to the beach, when debarkation begins. The entire
transport fleet of about 50 steamships, augmented by the fleet of naval con
voys, 16 in number, will make a formidable marine procession, exceeding
in magnitude the notable spectacle of the naval review during the world's
fair year.
The Guantanamo Fight
The first official confirmation cf the engagement at Guantanamo last
Tuesday came to the naval department today and was made the subject of
a bulletin. The terms in which Admiral Sampson described the affair
tended strongly to take away the importance which had been given it in the
unofficial dispatches. There was a notable failure upon the part of the ad-1
miral to mention anything like a landing, although a statement that the [
Marblehead now holds the lower bay by implication may cany with it (hej
idea that her marines are ashore. Elderly naval officers who have been in,
Guantanamo bay describe it as admirably situated for the reception of trans
ports, with plenty of water for the biggest of the transports and enough for
the smaller class of warships that might be used to convoy them. The ;
locality is one that would make a good base of operations against Santiago
itself, should it be decided to attack the latter town by troops from the rear;
instead of by warships. ,
Sampson Again at Work
London, June 10.—(Special to The Herald.)—
Sampson has sh;lled the Spaniards again.
Bermuda reports that it has cable connection with
Havana, that the Spaniards there assert the Americans
bombarded the Santiago forts again today, a fierce fire
being kept up for three hours to cover the landing of
troops near the harbor mouth.
The Spanish reports declare that they twice re
pulsed the Americans, but do not go into details or
definitely say that they finally prevented a landing.
The bombardment began early and continued until
nearly noon, but just where the landing was attempted
is not told in the Bermuda dispatch, nor could Ber
muda secure any further details from Havana.
Havana in Desperate Straits
KEY West, June 10.—(Special to the Herald.)
Trustworthy information smuggled out of Havana
shows that the city now has a garrison of 46,000
Spanish regulars and half as many volunteers. The
interior of Havana province has been abandoned to
the insurgents, who make daily attacks on the picket
lines in the suburbs of the capital. It is common
talk that Blanco will surrender after a merely nominal
resistance. He has lost confidence in the volunteers,
refusing to arm many independent companies for fear
that they would join the insurgents. Everywhere
Cubans and native-born Spaniards are kept under
surveillance and the slightest overt act is a signal for
their imprisonment. Spanish merchants of Havana
claim to have provisions for six more, days, but the
shelves of the warehouses are empty and every day
many shops close their doors. The reconcentrados and
families cf laborers are starving in their hovels.
We consider lt our duty to produce an unadulterated arti
cle. Our beers are strictly pure and wholesome. Family
trade a ipeolulty. Telephone East S2. LOS ANGELES
i Washington, June 10. —It is but a matter of ten days routine procedure and speechmaking before Hawaii
: will be United States territory. Honolulu will be the Brooklyn of San Francisco, and the navy will have a recuper
ating point in the Pacific. The house this afternoon, by unanimous consent, accepted Mr. Hitt's proposition to at
once call up the Newland's annexation resolution, make it the special order for discussion tomorrow, Monday, I
Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and take vote at 5 oclock on the day last named. Mr. Hitt, chairman of the j
foreign relations committee, will open the affirmative. The preliminary sparring and interlocutory votes have deve'-
Oped a heavy majority in the house for annexation. The New York Journal's poll of the Senate recently taken
showed that 51 of 89 senators are favorable to the proposition. Since then Senator Hale and two others have
confessed to an influx of wisdom, making fifty-four supporters in the upper branch. It is not believed the senate will
! consume more than two days in the discussion. Next week will, therefore, find all questions of tariff on Hawaii
! sugar settled by amalgamation.
Today's proceedings in the house are regarded by men of political sagacity as being the opening ceremonies in
j the termination of Speaker Reed. In defiance of the public and his party platform, in opposition to the open desires
iof the administration and the urging oi Republican leaders, Reed has prevented the previous consideration of annexa
j tion and resisted all attempts to affix the American brand to the Sandwich islands. He was forced to yield. His
i good friend and gossip, Chairman Hitt, was obliged to threaten a revolt from Reed's rule, and an overthrow of his
' sovereignty unless action was permitted. Reed was ungracious to the end. He aided the opposition with suggestion
and ruling, and not until it was apparent that the Hitt contingent was reaching a temper to force the measure to a
vote at once was the opposition weakened. Senator Frye said today that he wou'd ask the senate to take up the
; Hawaiian annexation resolution as soon ait should pass the house. He thinks it will be possible to get the resolution
|up next Thursday and expresses the opinion that the senate can be held in session long enough to secure action.
The Vesuvius carries three dynamite guns 55 feet lone and of 15 inches caliber. Each projectile contains 100 pounds of (run cotton or
other high explosive. Experts have found that a projectile of this kind, exploded under the surface of the water, will destroy all
mines within a radius of fifty feet.
Are Plain to Be Seen on the
Spanish Horizon
Hoping That the Throne May Be Saved
to Alfonso
Proceedings in the Spanish Deputies Indicate That the
Philippines Are Regarded as Lost —Germany
Is Growing Anxious
Washington, June 10.—Diplomatic circles were stirred today by the
receipt of official information from home governments concerning the
desperate condition of affairs in Spain and the prospect that Austria, the
one remaining friend of the dynasty, will soon make representations to the
United States, having for their purpose the ending of the war that is
hastening the doom of Alphonso's reign.
Secretary of State Day is so sure that tie will soon be called upon to
deliberate important matters in this connection, that he is now compiling a
brief of the facts and precedents in the case and ascertaining the position
the administration will assume.
Manila Already Lost
Madrid, June lo.— (Special to The Herald.) In the deputies today
the surrender of Manila seemed to be considered a foregone conclusion, for
Senor Romero Giron, minister of the colonies, was pointedly asked whether
General Augusti had been instructed to surrender at the last to Admiral
Dewey or General Aguinaldo, the insurgent leader. The minister very
testily replied that no instructions whatever bearing on surrender had been
sent to General Augusti, but he did not offer any hope that surrender was
not a matter to be prepared for in a short time.
Germany Grows Anxious
Hamburg, June 10 — (Special to The Herald.)— The leading article In
the Hamburger Nachrichten, on America and Europe, inspired by Bismarck,
points out America's increasing preponderence and warns European govern
ments to take care in time, lest America's triumph over Spain should over
strain the bow. The newspaper also says that France seems ready openly
to side with Spain.
Time for Spain to Act
Newport News, Va., June 10.—(Special to The Herald.)— Seven of
the swiftest ships in the American navy are now at Hampton Roads, or near
by. They are the Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Newark, Buffalo, Yale, Harvard
and Dixie. That they are gathered here for some important mission is ap
parent, though the officers refuse to tell what their orders are. Every ship
is being coaled to its utmost capacity, wh'ch leads to the belief that a long
trip i; planned, possibly as far as the coast of Spain. In speed and steaming
radius these ships are well fitted for just such a trip.
Austria Is Timid
Vienna, June 10 —-(By Associated Press.) The government has de.
cided not to initiate mediation between the United States and Spain, as it
wishes to avoid the appearance of making intervention seem only a dynastc
action in the interest of the qu:en regent, which might perhaps give fatal
offense. Nevertheless, a decided opinion is held that the time
for intervention is very near at hand, although a hesitation to take the
first step is evident everywhere. The probability is that Russia will under
take the initiative within one or two days. It is known that the American
government has becomi more approachable on the subject of intervention.
With regard to the Phillipines, no doubt exists in official minds in Vienna
that the islands cannot remain in the hands of America. The insurgents
there reject all foreign control, and moreover it is
scarcely conceivable that America could provide a
sufficient force to enable her to take full possession of
so extensive a group of islands. The probability is
that the powers will find a way out of the difficulty
by re-establishing a sort of protectorate, which per
haps England might undertake.
One fact,however, is incontrovertible—the un : ted
cabinets are agreed that the Philippines must remain
an open market for the commerce of the world.
Resistance Hopeless
London, June 11.—(By Associated Press.") The
Shanghai correspondent of the Daily Telegraph says:
Advices from Hong Kong report that any serious
resistance by the Spaniards, who are pressed by the
insurgents and Americans is out of the question.
The Japanese are discussing the desirability of
buying the Philippines, if the islands are in the market
Romero Will Not Say
Madrid, June 10, 3 p. *n.— In the chamber of
deputies today, Senor Romero Giron, minister for the
colonies, in reply to a questson as to whether Captain
General Augusti had been given instructions, in the
event of being obliged to surrender, as to whethei
these instructions directed him to treat with Admiral
Dewey, the American commander, or Aguinaldo, the
insurgent chief, said the government had given no in
structions on this subject.
9 p. m.—lt is reported that Germany will pro
pose a meeting of the European conference to discuss
the question of the Philippines. An interview which
the German embassador has had with Duke Almo
dovar De Rio, minister of foreign affairs, has provoked
general comment. ,
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