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Yellow Fe?er Proving Worse Thai
the Boms
Shatter Reports (Die iaidlrei ami Fifty Cases»
Surrendered Spaniards Stairing—Progress
of taeral Miles' Expedition
Washington, July 23. —At midnight the war department made pub
lic the following dispatch from General Shafter regarding the yellow
fever situation:
Santiago de Cuba, July 23.—Adjutant General, Washington. Fol
lowing men died at yellow fever hospital at Siboney today.
Jack Dongan, civilian.
Bert Louis, bandsman, Seventh infantry.
Private Frederick A. Perciva!, company F, Thirty-third Michigan.
On the 21st, Sergeant J. Britton, troop G, First cavalry ; Willam J.
How, teamster; Patrick Sullivan, company E, Seventh infantry.
No deaths at front have been reported as yet.
Complete report will be sent in morning. The situation is not alarm
ing, though there are many sick with fever, about 1500, exact number will
be given in morning.
Only a small part of those sick are down with yellow fever, about 10
per cent, 150 in all. Slight changes of all the troops have been made to
get them on fresh ground, and the artillery and cavalry have been moved
about three miles. Shafter, Major General Commanding.
Cam not Believe It
Washington, July 23. —The war department tonight received the
following from General Shafter:
Santiago de Cuba, July 23, 6:25 p. m.—Headquarters Fifth Army
Corps, Santiago de Cuba, July 23. Adjutant General, Washington, D. C:
Colonel of engineers Spanish army has just arrived from Guantanamo. He
heard from French consul there that Santiago had surrendered and that they
had been included. Not crediting it, he was sent here to verify the fact.
They will be very gad to accept terms of surrender; very short of rations
md I shall have to begin feeding them at once. He tells me there are 6000
men at that place. Am now feeding 6000 well prisoners here and 1600
sick in hospital. Expect 2000 men in tomorrow from San Luis and Palmas.
Will send an officer tomorrow or next day with one of General Toral's to
receive surrender at Guantanamo and then go to Sagua and Baracoa to
receive surrender there. Think the number of prisoners will be fully up to
the estimate, 22,000 or 23,000.
Shafter, Major General Commanding.
Troops for Miles
Washington, July 23.—The war department tonight received the
Port Tampa, Fla., July 23. Adjutant General, Washington. The
transports Arcadia, Whitney, Miller, Flotilda and Cherokee, with General
Schwan's headquarters, sailed between 10 and 12:30 o'clock today, with
two light batteries, Seventh artillery, one troop Second cavalry, two com
panies Eleventh infantry, full regiment Nineteenth infantry and two sec
tions of the general pack train. The Mohawk, which can easily overtake
these boats, cannot sail before 10 oclock tomorrow. It will carry ten
companies of the Eleventh infantry, about six hundred pack animals,
(Continued on Page Pour.)
Santiago, via Kingston, July 23.—(Copyrighted Cable to the New York Journal.)— Complications over
the retention of the Spanish officials in Santiago against which Garcia complained in his letter, is becoming more
serious. The members of the Spanish court of justice had formed a conference to decide if they should continue
to sit or resign. This action will be precipitated by McKinley's proclamation demanding that the Spanish authori
ties recognize the sovereignty of the United States. The court announced that it would consult Madrid, but they
were informed by Shafter that as the president's utterances were very clear Madrid had nothing to say in the
Leading Cubans are preparing a petition to McKinley urging the removal of the* Spanish officials. The
war, they claim, was for the special purpose of releasing Cuba from Spanish rule. Shafter sent the following
answer to Garcia's letter of protest and withdrawal:
General Shafter's Answer
"My Dear General Garcia: I must say that I was very much surprised at the reception of your letter this
morning and regret extremely that you should regard yourself as in any way slighted or aggrieved. You will
remember the fact that 1 invited you to accompany me into the town of Santiago to witness the surrender, which
you declined. The war, as you know, is between the United States and Spain, and it is out of the question for
me to take any action in regard to your forces in connection with the surrender, which will be made solely to the
American army. The policy of my government in continuing in power, temporarily, the persons occupying the
offices, is one which I am, of course, unable to discuss. To show you the views held by my government, I enclose
a copy of the instructions received by me yesterday from the president, which appear to cover everything that can
possibly arise in the government of this territory while held by the United States.
"Full credit has been given you and your valiant men in the report to my government and I wish to
acknowledge to you the great and valuable assistance you rendered during the campaign. I regret very much
(Continued on Page Four.)
! Four More California Boys Me at
! tie Bay
Over Two Hundred Patients Are in the Hospitals.
Beadly Camp Merritt—Sailing
of tho Rio
San Francisco, July 23.—Every fort in the htrbot *ngM 1 noisy
farewell today when the steamer Rio de Janeiro, bearing Brigadier-General
H. G. Otis and staff, two battalions of South Dakota troops, recruits for
the Utah light artillery and a detachment of the signal corps, moved toward
the Golden Gate, bound for Manila.
The German officers of the troopship Scandia are not to accompany
that vessel on its trip to Manila. They will go direct to Germany from
here as soon as the ship is formally turned over to General Merriam.
American officers will take their places, but they have not yet been chosen.
General Merriam has about decided to send a full regiment to tha
Philippines on the Scandia, but will make up the 1500 men from among
detachments of organizations which have already gone. It is almost t
certainty that among the troops to go will be three officers and 381 men,
recruits for the Tenth Pennsylvania; six officers and 460 men, constituting
a battalion of the Eighteenth regiment infantry; two officers and 397 men
of the Twenty-third infantry, and one officer and 101 men belonging to
the tield hospital.
No Selection Made
Major General Merriam, in selecting the troops for the St. Paul, Scan
dia and Arizona, is carrying out the policy of Major General Otis. The
troops selected by the latter for the St. Paul will be again designated to sail
on her, as General Merriam does not care to disappoint their expectations.
The St. Paul may get off in about five days, possibly not for a week.
There has been no choice of the troops for the Scandia and Arizona yet.
It will take about ten days to prepare these two vessels. The Scandi*
needs so much plumbing that she is somewhat behind the Arizona, but an
endeavor will be made to get the two transports off together. The third
battalion of the Second regiment of engineers, Major Langfitt commanding,
has been designated for duty at Honolulu and will be sent almost imme
diately, if transportation can be secured for them.
The Honolulu Garrison
Colonel Barker, commanding the First New York volunteers, expects
to leave by the end of next week on the Humboldt, which is due to arrive
here on Thursday. He will take one battalion of his regiment with him.
Colonel Barker will probably be placed in command of all the military
forces at Honolulu, including the engineers. His whole force will amount
to about 2000 men.
Deadly Camp Merritt
Four more soldiers, three of them Californians, died today, making
a total of seven in about thirty hours. Only one was a Presidio case.
Sergeant Curtis S. Rollins of San Bernardino, company X, Seventh
California, died at (he United States marine hospital of pneumonia, follow
ing measles. His father arrived in camp a few minutes after his death.
Private Louis W. Baker of Santa Ana, company L, Seventh California, died
very early in the morning at the French hospital of pneumonia, following
measles. Private Charles W. Lewis, of Merced, company H, Sixth Cali
fornia, died in the forenoon at the Presidio post hospital of pneumonia.
24 Pages
(Continued on Page Four.)

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