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Crew of the Bourgogne Hissed as They
Land in Boston —Investigation to
Be Made —Captain Braised
Associated Press Special Wire
NEW YORK, July B.—From the testi
mony of three persons—Otto Zelser of New
York, Wm. Achard of Baltimore and
Charles Liebra, chief cook of the Stafford
hotel, Philadelphia—it appears that the
fourth engineer of La Bourgogne, who was
saved, acted in the must brutal manner to
ward the passengers. The three men agree
In the statement that after the collision,
when everybody was surrounding the boats
the engineer said:
"Damn the passengers; let them save
themselves; we save ourselves first.*'
He also said that if he had had a revolver
he would have shot the passengers.
Air. Zelser spoke in great praise of the
On the voyago Llebra became acquainted
with Yousouf, the wrestler, who was a
passenger. After the collision Liebra says
he saw Yousouf struggling in a crowd of
drowning passengers, beating them off
with a stiletto and shoving them aside and
trying to reach a boat. Ho failed, however,
and wont down.
L, Taraud of New York and lions. Lucas
from Northern France, the latter being a
waiter on board La Bourgogne, each tell
of their being driven from v boat contain
ing Austrians armed with knives.
While the Halifax was entering the Bos
ton harbor this morning eight persons gave
their names as witnesses to the fact that
tho Austrians used knives to keep people
out of their boat.
The Crew Hissed
NEW YORK, July B.—The survivors of
the steamship La Bourgogne arrived hero
today from Boston and were taken in
charge of by the Compaf,nie Transutian
ticplc oflioials. The survivors of the crew
ot La Bourgogne as they passed the statioti
were hissed by the crowd.
Defends the Crew
NEW YOUK, July B.—Most of the sur
vivors of the wreck of the French liner
La Bourgogne, which was sunk on Monday
me ning sixty miles south of Sable Island,
wl » arrive in this city this aflcrnoon from
Boston. The officials at the company's of
fice show tho effects of the terrible strain
to which they have been subjected since the
first news of the calamity reached them. M.
Faguet, the acting general agent of the
line, was at his desk until midnight an
swering, or at least trying to answer, the
telegrams that came pouring in from all
parts of the country, anxiously Inquiring
after friends and relatives. He has not
been able to secure sleep since the accident
was reported. As soon as the survivors
reach this city, M. Faguet proposes to In
stitute a thorough investigation with the
assistance of the French Consul General,
Who will take depositions, and alter having
them sworn to will forward them to France.
Only one passenger so far who had been
reported dead has been found to bo alive.
M. Faguet received word, that Charles Dutt
welller, whose name appears on the steer
age passenger list, is among the saved. The
exact details of the disaster have not been
received at the company's offices, and prob
ably will not be until one of the subaltern
officers who was saved arrives and makes
his report. M. Faguet spoke freely on the
Question of the crew's behavior, saying:
"I am quite sure that a grievous injustice
has been done in accusing the ship's crew
of inhuman behavior toward the passengers.
If any atrocities have been committed they
were the work of foreign sailors who were
/ In the steerage, and comprised a variety of
nationalities, principally Italians, I be
If the Charges Can Be Proved Indict
ment Will Follow
NEW YORK, Jtijy B.—The Times prints
the followirg;
The alleged brutality toward the passen
gers of La Bourgogne during the struggle
for life following the collision and sinking
of the vessel is the subject of much comment
throughout the city. It is the papular opin
ion that the stories of the surviving passen
gers must lead to an lnves'lgation of un
usual thoroughness and Interest.
Assistant District Attorney Unger, In dis
cussing the case, said that in common law
any company Is responsible for the acts of
Its employes. In his opinion the surviving
sailors of La Bourgogne could be Indicted
for murder If the charges can be proved. It
was the first duty of the sailors, he said, to
save the passengers. He cited several par
allel cases. One was that of the male,
Holmes, of the steamship Wlliiam Brown,
which sank off Nova Scotia In 1841. Holmes
•rdered fourteen men and two women thrown
overboard. Holmes was arrested and tried
for manslaughter, found guilty and the ver
dict was sustained by the United States Su
preme Court.
When asked about the jurisdiction, Mr.
Unger said that in his opinion, if La Bour
gogne's sailors committed the alleged acts
on rafts or In small boats, the United States
government would have jurisdiction, but if
the alleged brutalities were committed on
the steamship France Itself would have jur
Francis Edmund Bruwaeii, the French
Consul-General, said that as soon as the
survivors of the wreck reached this port a
consular Investigation will be Instituted to
collect all available evidence concerning the
casualty, and this will be forwarded to the
French Maritime Court. He also added:
"Whatever crimes of emission or commis
sion may have be™ committed, whether on
board La Bourgogne, on rafts or in small
boats, were undoubtedly committed under
French jurisdiction, as thty were under the
French flag and therefore in French terri
tory. This would apply even in cases In
New York harbor."
When asked whether, If there/ was evi
dence given by the passengers to show that
any parties or members of La Bourgogne's
crew had actually killed a passenger from
owe of the ship's beats, he would be arrested
here, the consul said that he had not had
time to look up the law on the subject.
Revised List of Saved
BOSTON, July 8— The Plant line steamer
llaiif jx has arrived, here, having, on board
102 survivors ot the French line steamer La
Bourgogne, which was sunk in a collision
with the ship Cromartyshire off Sable Isiand
last Monday. On the passage from Halifax,
La Bourgogne's passenger list was carefully
revised and It was shown that there were
711 souls on board the steamer, cf which 550
were lost and 101 saved. Of the saved 12
were second class, 47 steerage and the re
mainder, 105. were members of the crew.
Following Is the complete list of the pas
sengers saved, made up from the emigration
sheet of the steamer Halifax, on which the
survivors came to Boston, and checked over
by the second purser of La Bourgogne and
Purser Cook of the Halifax, and is) pro
nounced by La Bourgogne's officer as ab
solutely correct ar.d final:
Second-class passengers—Mr. and Mrs. lia
Casse, Plaintield, N. J.; Albert Galdot, A.
Archard, L. Zerland, — Comeau, H. Krae
mer, Jake Baccarecft, B. Cerani, Patrick
.McKeown, Charles Libera, O. Zaiger.
Steerage passengers—Nicolaus Autontus,'
Stephano Suze, Ernest Delmette, L. Thun
neta, Gustav Grlmaux, Leon Fuhrer, Jacob
Matkcvred, C, F. Lakong, Anion Ross. Jos.
Richmond. Anton Conbalabic, France Kele
mcnt, Anton Douis, Thomas Mnlomatlsh,
Nicholas Thomas. Yvan Borich, Marco Bar
ratrd, Damuse Ingre, Fnstbuy Bogist, John
Telby, Ellas Ariiolla, Domlnick Blencoup,
John Curlivette, Nlcknlas Alopolls, Rich
ard Nibu, John Covey, John Michael, Ser
glus Isaac, Chrlstoforo Brununl, J. Bollur,
Augusti Bergl, John Bergi, Charles Tad
owel, Fred Nefller, Eugene Barralli, Ci.
Pouichat, Nicole Augustina, Marlain Adri
an!, Gus Parine, Carl Gussall, Mathce Zur
ich, Jor.sh Tuok, Hapnnl Bellagrino, Char
les. Albeta Jucan Ette, Carl Antony.
On arriving here the shipwrecked men
werr given every necessary attention. Eat i
was provided with a ticket for New York.
Stories of Survivors
The correspondent of the Associated
Press who took passage on the Halifax for
the puropse of learning from the survivors
more of the details of the disaster than had
been possible in the short time before their
arrival at Halifax and their departure for
New York, during the trip to Boston, had
opportunity to come in contact with many
of those who escaped. Their stories of ex
perience were thrilling, and many of them
gave horrifying details of brutality, If not
murder, possibly never equaled In the his
tory of the merchant marine.
Among the survivors there were several
who could speak English well, but most cf
them could communicate only through an
Interpreter. There were Swiss, French,
Germans, Belgians, Italians and Arabians.
Some of them showed the marks and
bruises received during the terrible strug
gle for life.
Among these on board the Halifax not
i one could be found who was on deck at the
time the collision occurred. The only man
saved from La Bourgogne who was on
deck when the ship struck was Mr. La
Casse, with his wife, who left Halifax by
The survivors agree that when La Bour
gogne was struck by the Cromartyshire,
the shock was not great. Therefore, it Is
believed that many of the passengers never
awoke. The statements as to the time In
tervening between the collision and the
sinking of La Bourgogne vary. Some say
ten or fifteen minutes and others say thir
ty-five or forty-flfy minutes, while one
American was certain it was a full hour.
The blow struch La Bourgogne was one
that could never be provided against by
water-tight doors. Among the remarkable
escapes were those of three stockers of La
Bourgogne, Louis Le Jullen, Jean Alvany
and Francoiso Mello. They were In the
stock-hole when the accident occurred.
Their story in substance is as follows:
The engines were stopped after the col
lision and subsequently we started in the
hope of beaching the steamer on Sable Is
land. About five minutes after the crash
the water began to come into the boiler
room and soon it rushed in in great volume.
The pumps were tried, but to no avail. The
water put the fire out and the engines
stopped. The chief engineer gave orders
to close water-tight doors, but even after
they were closed, the water came in almost
as fast as before. Then all hope was
abandoned and the engineer blew twice on
the whistle, the signal for all to escape who
could do so. There was a rush, but about
fifteen men were drowned In the stock
holes and the engine-room. Three men,
who succeeded in getting out found that
all the boats had left and they plunged Into
the sea. They were picked up later and
taken on board the Cromartyshire. ,
Scores of Dead and Wounded—Belief
Parties Hunting Through the
Wrecks for Bodies
ST. LOUIS, July B.—A special to the Re
public from Cuba, Mo., says:
A courier from Steeleville, the county seat
of Crawford county, brought in the terrible
news today that the town had almost been
wiped out early this morning. The known
dead are:
St. Louis.
DREN, Steeleville.
DREN, Steeleville.
LUTHER SLOUGH, Steeleville.
COLORED MAN, unknown, Midland.
As soon us the news was received a relief
party started for the stricken town. The
town was in Few buildings were letl
standing and groans of anguish were heard
on all sides, as searchers sought for loved
ones among the debris, Tho waterspout oc
curred outside the town, but swelled Yadin
creek, which came down in a mighty and
destructive flood, sweeping all before it.
Up to this evening thirteen bodies had
been recovered, but it is though more have
Steeleville was a (own of 1000 Inhabitants,
situated on the Salem brunch of the Frisco
railway. All the wires are down and no
communication can be had except by cour
The American Navy
LONDON, July 9.—Most of the weekly pa
pers pay high tribute to the American navy.
The Speaker says:
"The Santiago fight proves, so far as the
fleet is concerned that the United States
need not fear comparison with any country
In the world."
The Spectator declares, as a conclusion
Cromthebattle the conviction that the Amer
ican fleet could face even the French fleet
without great risk of disaster, and it says:
"So far as the German and American na
vies go, there would be no comparison. A
struggle between them would be very short
and very complete, and it would surprise
Emperor William, who thinks himself in
vincible; but his self-confidence cannot alter
More Wounded Arrive
KEY WEST, Fla,, July 8, 4 p. m.—Four
transports carrying wounded from Santia
go entered the lower harbor this after
noon, with the intention of landing the
most serious cases here. A gavernmem
tug went out to them and gave some In
formation which resulted in the hospital
ships proceeding to Tampa. Key West is
having its hands full in the attempt to
minister to the 300 soldiers brought by tlvj
Iroquois Tuesday.
The local facilities nre limited and the
town Just now during the hottest time of
the year. Is suffering from an ice famine,
in consequence of the break-down of the
only ice making plant in the place.
Marriage Legalized
LONDON, July S.— The hotisp of lords to
day, by a vote of 120 to 40, paused tiie sec
ond reading of the bill of Lord Stratcor.a
and Mount Royal (better known as Sir
Ronald Smith, the former high commis
sioner of Canada), making ma riage with
a wife's sister lawful, contracted
iri ■eßaVnonies, valid In the United Kintc
oVotrn. The leading feature of the bill is
that it allows the cjjjldren of those domi
ciled in the colonies, where such marriages
are lawful, to succeed to real property in
the United Kingdom.
Tulare Republicans
VISALIA, July B—The Republican coun
ty convention today nominated tho follow
ing ticket:
Superior judge, W. A. Gray; county clerk,
John Cutler. Jr.; district attorney, J. A.
Allen; sheriff, G. T. Nighbert; recorder,
John O. Thomas; tux collector, A. O. Er
wln; assessor, John T. Manter; treasurer,
J. E. Denni; auditor, E. M. Jeffords; sur
veyor, Elmer Sibley; superintendent of
public schools, W. F. Dean; coroner and
public administrator. L. (.'. Cartuthers.
A. J. Pillsbury of Tulare was endorsed for
Woodland Mutineers
SAN FRANCISCO. July B.—Captain J. J.
Ward of the Woodland Company of the
National Guard, which refused to be mus
tered in yesterday at Cump Barrett, nas
written a letter In which he says:
"If I am glvon one good reason why I
should be superseded I will guarantee to
have my command in line before the mus
tering officer In five minutes."
Governor Build says that Captain Ward
has been negligent of his duties. It is as
serted that the records of tho Adjutant-
General's office will show that he has been
very careless In attending to tho business
of his company. The Governor hopes the
men will reconsider their action before he
is forced to dismiss them from the National
Company H of the Fifth Infantry Is being
considered as a substitute for the Wood
land Company.
Wounded Doing Well
WASHINGTON, July B.—Surgeon-Gen
eral Van Reypen of the navy has received
a letter from Surgeon Streets, attached to
the hospital ship Solace, dated Guantana
mo, June 29, in which ho says:
"We have forty patients aboard from
other ships and from the marine camp.
Twenty of these are gunshot and shell
wounds. lam pleased to say that every one
of theso patients is doing well. In no case
is there a rise in temperature above the
normal. This Is an indication that the
wounds are aseptic."
Want the Rules Relaxed
NEW YOltK, July B.—Application has
heen made to the supervisor of the port for
a modification of the rules in regard to en
tering and leaving the harbor. The de
struction of Cervera's fleet removes the
danger of an attack upon tho coast and
shipping merchants think that the mines
should now be removed, or at least vessels
be permitted to pass until midnight.
In all probability the application will be
granted, or at least in part.
Bond Subscriptions
SAN FRANCISCO, July 8— Julius Ja
cobs, assistant United States treasurer,
states that the subscriptions received and
reported through the sub-treasury to the
3 per cent bond loan amounted to $1,324,590
at the time of the closing of the subscrip
tions. Cashier O'Connor estimates that
about $300,000 had been subscribed to the
loan at the general poslofllces up to the
time of the closing of the books, in amounts
from $20 upwards.
The Chess Tournament
VIENNA, July B.—The twenty-sixth
round of the International Chess Muster's
tournament was played today. Maroczy
beat Schiffors and Schlecbter and Black
burn and Caro and Burn drew. Marco
drew with Pillsbury, Steinitz and Janowski
adjourned, Halprln drew with Tarrasch,
Llpke drew with Walbrodt. Baird beat
Trenchard, Tsehigorin beat Showalter,
Alpin a bye.
Frightened by Shadows
WASHINGTON, July B.—The Navy De
pat'tment has been informed that a Span
ish privateer, carrying five guns, is hover
ing off the coast of British Columbia. Ac
cording to last accounts, the privateer was
between Prince Charlotte Sound and Dix
on's entrance. Prompt instructions have
been sent to the military authorities of the
Northwest coast to prepare for a visit at
Sale of a Sheep Ranch
gin and the Hearst estate have sold out
th*.. interests in the famous Sheep Ranch
mine in Calaveras county to William H.
Clary, the former one-third owner and
superintendent, for $60,000. The property
consists of thirteen claims and 480 acres
of timber land.
Shot by a Woman
SAN FRANCISCO, July B.—Edgar Remo
ld, aged 11 years, received a bullet In the
jaw today from a rifle fired by Mrs. P. J.
O'Connor, wife of a pioneer architect. The
boy's wound is serious, but he may recover.
Mrs. O'Connot caught the boy in the act
of picking fruit In her garden.
Simply a Fake
SEATTLE, Wash., July B.—No credence
whatever Is given here to the report that
a Spanish privateer Is lying off the coast
of British Columbia to intercept gold-laden
steamers from St. Michaels.
Interesting Reports Read by Officers.
The Denomination in a State of
PORTLAND. Or., July B.—The National
Council of Congrcgalionalists this morn
ing took up routine mutters. It was ordered
that the committee on union with other
denominations and the denominational
committee be united and continued with
the name of Dr. A. H. Bradford, of New
Jersey, added. After devotional service
the delegates from other cities were re
cievod. Rev. A. Mackental of England was
Introduced and received an enthusiastic
At the afternoon session the following
reports were read: On Scripture doctrine ot
divorce and on gambling. A report on pris
on reform was also presented.
A paper on "How to Unite Friends of
Temperance," from Frank Fox Craft of
the Boston Journal, was read.
Secretary Hazen of Boston reported as
"We represent today 5014 churches, again
In three years of 273. The number of new
churches was 350, but 277 churches have
ceased to be or to be reported. Our total
membership Is 625,864 , 76,327 being In the
West, the balance in the East and interior.
Membership in young people's societies
216,043, a gain of 31,900. Sunday school total
085.704. In mission Sunday schools a loss of
1011; in benevolence, balance also on wrong
The treasurer showed receipts of $42,731
and disbursements of $40,169, balance on
hand $2561. There is $1719 In the security
There was a long discussion of the re
port on ministerial standing. The follow
ing resolution on this subject was finally
Resolved, That In the transfer of minis
terial membership from one association,
conference or other ecclesiastical body
to another, the judgment of the
council is that the gaining of new
membership is ecclesiastically Impossible
until the applicant shall have been fully
released from his previous ecclesiastical
At the evening session Rev. E. S. Hill
of lowa read a paper on "Common Grounds
of Belief for Christian Thinkers."
"Christian Living and Giving" was the
subject of an address by Rev. C. W. Hiatt
of Ohio.
Baseball Scores and Becords of the
BALTIMORE, July B.—Score:'
Baltimore 2, Washington 3.
Batteries—Maul and Robinson; Mercer
and Mc.Gulre.
pitched great ball for the Phillies this
afternoon, and shut Boston out without a
hit or a run. Score:
Boston 0, Philadelphia 8.
Batteries—Willis and Bergen; E. Dono
hue and McFarland.
PITTSBURG, July B.—Score:
Pittsburg 14, Louisville 3.
Batteries—Killen and Bowerman; Fra
ser, Dowling and Powers.
CLEVELAND, July B.—Score:
Cleveland 6, St. Louis 0.
Batteries—Powell and O'Conno*; Sud
hoff and Sugden.
NEW YORK, July B.—Score: , t
New York 6, Brooklyn 2.
Batteries—Seymour and Grady; Yeager
and Ryan.
CHICAGO, July 8.-Score:
Chicago 8, Cincinnati 11.
Batteries—Woods and Donohue; Hill and
The Races
NEW YORK, July B.—lt was announced
at Brighton Beach today that Sidney Pa
get had bought the 3-year-old Plaudit from
J. E. Madden, for $26,000. Results:
Five furlongs—Songster won, Miss Lynch
second, Klepper third; time, 1:02.
Five furlongs—Captain Slgsbee won.
Prince of Wales second, Mark Miles third;
time, 1:06.
Mile and a sixteenth—Caldron won, Her
Own second, Lehman third; time, 1:48%.
One mile—lrish Reel won, Miss Tenny
second, Tripping third; time 1:41,
Six furlongs—Autumn won, EthelTbert
second. Rusher third; time, 1:14%.
One mile—Charentus won, J (union sec
ond, Aurum third; time, 1:4314,
ST. LOUIS, July B—Truck slow. Re
Six furlongs—Nora S. won, Plantation
second, Reefer third; time, 1:20%.
Six furlongs—Verify won, Count. Fonso
second, Wilson C, third; time, 1:1$%.
Six furlongs—lielle Eward won, Mont
gomery second. Palmer third; time, 1:11%.
Mile and seventy yards—Guide Rock won.
Laureate second. Belle Bramble third;
time, 1:52%.
Mile and seventy yards—Domsie won,
Helen H Gardiner second, Marquise third;
time, 1:52%.
Five furlongs—Chancery won, Good Hope
second Evelyn Byrd third; time, 1:06%.
CHICAGO, July B.—Weather tine. Track
fast. Washington park results:
Six and one-quarter furlongs—Tartarian
won, Abe Hurst second, Ferroll third;
time, 1:17%.
Five furlongs—Souchon won, Queen of
Song second, Rosa L. third; time, 1:01%.
Mile and a half—Morte Fonso won, Dor
othy 111 second, Alvarado II third; time,
Six furlongs—Don Orsino won, Libertine
second, Princess third; time, 1:14 V
Mile and a sixteenth—Al Fresco won,
Nathanson second, Imp. Mistral II third;
time, 1:44%.
Six furlongs—Enchanter won, Miller sec
ond, Hindoonet third; time, 1:13%.
CINCINNATI, July B.—Weather fair.
Track fast. Results:
One mile—Otto B. won, Skylark second,
Rotha third; time, 1:42.
Five furlongs—Onelta won, Jessie Jar
boe second. Pansy H. third; time, 1:03.
One mile anil a sixteentn —Calus won,
Tusculum second, Homelike third; time,
One mile—Banaster won, Sklnk second,
Lord Eraser third; time, 1:41.
Five furlongs—Volandies won, Estabrook
second, The Bondman thicd; time, 1:02%
Mile and a sixteenth—Royal Dance won,
Virgle O. second, Sir Ebony third; time,
BUTTE, Mont., July B.—Weather warm.
Track fast. Results:
Six furlongs—Afghan won, Saucy Eyes
second, Hiera third; time, 1:15%.
Six furlongs—Lochness won, Master Ma
riner second, Tiny P. third; time, 1:15%.
Five furlongs—lmp. Black Cap won, Sal-
Ile Goodwin second.Tammany Hallll third,
time, 1:01%.
Mile and twenty yards—Barracan won,
William 08. second, Post Scout third;
time, 1:42%.
Half a mile—Omah Wond won, Lady
Ashley second, Rattler third; time 0:48%.
OAKLAND, July B.—The races at the
trotting park today resulted as follows:
Trotting, 2:10 class, one mile dash—Silver
Ring won, Little Miss second, Mojave
third; time, 2:18.
Special for members Golden Gate Driv
ing club, one mile, heats, two in three—
Azalla won first and second heats, Chioe
second, Steve S. third; time
Trotting, 2:30 class, mile heats, two In
three—Rect won, ilamie Riley second, Ma
bel McKiiinoy third; best time, 2:17.
Trotting, 2:i2 class, mile dash—Asler welT,
Galette second, Toggals third; time, 2:l2Vi!
Trotting, 2:14 class, one mile day—Clay
S. won, Oslto second, Mojave third; time
Chinese Rebels
HONG KONG. July 8.-Tho British gun
boat Tweed has started for Woo Chow on
the West river, about 180 miles above Can
ton, from which city the news of a rebellion
In the province of Kuany SI was recently re
ceived. The rebellion Is spreading. The
towns of Yungh Sien and Pel Lulls have
fallen, Swa Chou and Woo Chos are threat
ened, and disturbances are reported to have
broken out nt Chin Klang Fu on the Yang
Tse. The, Chinese are Impeding navigation
Blanco Still Bluffing
MADRID, July 8, noon.—According to a
dispatch received from Havana, Captain-
General Blanco openly urges the continua
tion of the war. The newspapers of this
city say the moment has not arrived to sue
for peace, one of them adding: "We find'
ourselves In a position from which we are ]
able to make oun enemies feei the conse
quenoei of the war."
Doing Some Guessing
PARIS, July B.—The Temps today, refer
linK to the annexation of Hawaii to the
United States, says:
"It is Impossible to Ignore the creation of
a daily Increasing current In America bear
ing that country In the direction of political
aggrandisement and foreign conquests,
which Is a departure from all Its national
traditions." I
Afraid Sampson's Fleet Will Bombard
the Spanish Coast—Campos
Wants Another Fight
MADRID, July 8, 8 p. m.—La Correspon
clenzla Espana says there is- a feeling of
alarm due to the belief that the United
States warships Oregon, Texas and New
York are now on their way to Spain, and
that precautions are being taken at all sea
ports to avoid a surprise. The ministers
are divided in their opinions as to the ad
visability of Immediate negotiations for
peace. The war party is Inclined to adopt
the view of Marshal Martinez Campos, who
considers that the army must first, by a
noble victory, wipe out the defeat of the
The peace party urges direct negotiations
with the United States rather than through
the powers, whose selfishness has aljpwed
Spain to be crushed by a strong enemyandi
who may now Intrigue for harder condi
tions, thereby to profit by their dismember
Homeward Bound
♦ SUEZ, July B.—The Spanish squad- ♦
■+> Ron Is preparing to return to Spain. +
-f PARIS, July B.—A dispatch from ■<>
+Ismaella says the Spanish squadron +
> has re-entered the canal on its way
-f back to Spain. -f
Capital Quiet—But Little
Army or Navy
WASHINGTON, July S.—Gen. Shaffer re
ported all quiet yesterday in the camp bo
lore Santiago, and the belief of the offi
cials here is that the same condition of
affairs obtains today. The army is loslns;
nothing by its resting and according to
the General's account, is gaining strength.
More reinforcements are due todaifeor to
morrow, and when they arrive it Is ex
pected that the assault on the city will be
resumed. It is hoped that this will be to
morrow, though so far as the arnry is
concerned it is gathered from G*h. Shatt
er's report that It will not advance before
reinforcements arrive unless in order to
repel a counter attack from the Spaniards.
Gen. Shafter and Admiral S9*ipson had
a conference day before yesterday and as
a result the fleet is going to make another
try at the fortifications of the harbor to
morrow. If the army is ready this will
partake of the nature of a general at
tack; if not, then the navy's action will be
simply in the line of execution'of a policy
of reducing Santiago by stages according
to regular siege methods.
While co-operating as far as possible
with the army, the navy is not to be sacri
ficed in this attack upon the Spanish forts.
The dropping of a six-Inch shell from on
high through the deck of the Indiana,
three days ago, during the trying engage
ment with tho forts when the Mercedes
wus sunk, strikingly verified the predic
tions of naval experts as to the dangerous
effect of elevated fire upon warships at
close range. It was more by good luck than
by good management that the Indiana es
caped destruction or an awful loss of lifo
from this one shell.
The President is determined that tho
navy shall not be sacrificed for a small stake
such as Santiago. Tb the Cabinet officers
he has pointed out the extremely danger
ous position that the United States would
occupy among nations if left exposed by
tho loss of Its navy, the arm of the service
which has evoked the unwilling admira
tion and respect of the greatest powers of
Europe. Without a navy, or at least T»lth
out the steel bulldogs that make up its
backbone, now lying before Santiago, It,
might be concluded that we should no
longer be as safe as we feel ourselves to
be at present from the arbitrary Interfer
ence ot European powers In an attempt to
settle our difficulties with Spain. The
function of the navy In tomorrow's at
tack will be to help the army In the as
sault when it shall come to the first stago
by entering the harbor, but this will bo
done only after the fortifications at tho
entrance have been reduced and the way
cleared. It is gathered that that was tho
conclusion at the conference between
Shatter and Sampson. Sampson repre
sented it briefly just after the conference,
but as the department has not been able
to communicate with him since this, It is
feared that wire troubles exist that will
prove embarrassing at this juncture. Shat
ter has sold nothing about a forward move
ment on his part, leaving the conclusion
plain that he wants reinforcements.
All the Spanish naval officers captured
by the American fleet are to be confined
within the limits of the Naval Academy
grounds at Annapolis. They will be placed
in the quarters vacated by the American
navnl oflieers who left the academy to go
Into active service, and will be treated with
the greatest consideration, having earned
the admiration of the American sailors by
their splendid exhibition of courage in the
face of almost an inevitable death or cap
ture. Admiral Cervera, it is said, will be
among the prisoners who, In all likeli
hood, will be given the freedom of tho
grounds under limited parole.
Could Not Trade
son, Jr., and Walter Stanton of New York,
representing the Edward C. Jones com
pany of New York and a syndicate of New
York banks and bankers, have Just re
turned from Honolulu, having offered the
Hawaiian government 1400,000 premium for
4,000,000 iVi per cent twenty-year refunding
bonds, which would under the Newlands
resolution become a debt of the United
States. They found the bill before the
legislature unsatisfactory as to maturity
and form of bonds, and insufficient time
to make rhanges prior to annexation be
coming a fact.
Kern County Democrats
cratic county convention met today. Th 3
resolutions favor the Initiative and refer
endum and endorse Judge W. M. Con
ley of Madera county for Justice of the
supreme court.
The following delegates to the state con
vention were chosen: H. A. Castro, A.
Harrell, J. W. Jameson, F. M. Roberts,
H. L, Packard, J. A. Creosy, R. R. Taylor,
J. Singleton, F. J. Potter, J. H. Underhlll.
Other delegates were elected to nominate
a senator and assemblyman. A full coun
ty ticket was nominated.
Committed Suicide
BAKERBFIEI.D, July B.—Jack Phelps,
marshal of Kern City, committed suicide
today by taking chloral. Despondency Is
supposed to have been the cause. Pre
vious to his election last April he worked
for ten years for the Southern Pacific com
pany. ~W

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