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CRUISER'S CAPTURE HOW THE CHARLESTON TOOK THE LADRONES HONOLULU'S WARM WELCOME The Transports Given a Royal Recep tion—Arrival of the Doric From the Orient—Gen Otis Greeted Associated Press Special Wire SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2.—The steamer Doric from Hong Kong today brings the following letter from the correspondent of the Associated" Press at Manila, under date ot July Ist: Another link was added to the chain of territory which connects the United States with Its newly acquired foreign posses sions ln the Pacific ocean on June 21st, for upon that date Captain Glass of the United States cruiser Charleston captured the Ladrone Islands, took the governor gen eral, his staff and the entire military force prisoners and raised the Stars and Stripes over the ruins of the Spanish fort of Santa Cruz ln the harbor of San Luis d'Apra. It was a bloodless victory, for the Spanish, not having heard of the war between their country and the United States, were taken completely by surprise and surrendered the islands, their arms and themselves without offering the slightest resistance. From a strategic point of view, however. It was a very important one, for the harbor of San Luis d'Apra on the west coast of the main Island. Guam, is an ideal coaling station, and while the whole group will un doubtedly prove of incalculable value to the United States.lt commends Itself as the most valuable of all the newly acquired possessions on account of Its situation. It lies 3300 miles west by south of Honolulu, 1350 miles southeast of Yokohama and 1500 miles east of Luzon, the principal island of the Philippine group, thus being the con necting link between the United States and the orient. Its inhabitants, who number about 10, --000, are a hospitable, peaceful. law-abid ing people, only too anxious to throw oft the Spanish yoke, yet perfectly willing to shoulder another less galling one. Of the islands themselves volumes might-be writ ten and the half not told. Suffice it to say that they are of volcanic origin, but pro lific, comparatively healthy and only await capital to develop their Innumerable re sources. For three days the Charleston's run from Guam to Manila was without incident, but on June 2Sth. shortly after Point Eagana, the northeasterly cape of Luzon island, had been sighted, a strange steamer appeared on the horizon. The Charleston was im mediately cleared for action and after the convoy had fallen into line ln her wake, preparations were made for giving her a warm reception should she prove to be hos tile. She turned out to be the United States cruiser Baltimore, however, which had been awaiting the fleet for ten days. The ships were hove to, while Captain Dyer re ported to Captain Glass, but immediately upon his return to the Baltimore the whole fleet again got under way at increased speed. As it rounded the north end of the island the flrst rough weather of the en tire trip ln the shape of a southeasterly monsoon was encountered. At 2 p. m. on June 30th the Baltimore led the way into Manila harbor, and three hours later the fleet anchored under the wins of tb" flag ship Olympia, within a few n,W ; the wrecks of the Spanish fleet which had been annihlliated by Rear Admiral Dewey ' just two months earlier. A large fleet of i foreign men-of-war lay at anchor Just j above Manila, most of which were Ger- [ mans, and an addition was made to the fleet by the arrival of the Kalserln Augus ts; which followed the transports into the 1 harbor from a small cove Just outside. E. LANGLEY JONES. A Royal Welcome SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 2.—The steamer Doric, which arrived from Yokohama and Bong Kong, via Honolulu, today, brings the following advices to the Associated Press from Honolulu, under date of July 26: The transports Pern and City of Puebla arrived from San Francisco early on tha morning of the 23d. The voyage down was uneventful; there were no deaths and but little sickness among the men. Three men with typhoid fever were moved from the ships to the local Red Cross hospital. Since the vessels arrived the men hays been allowed shore liberty. Today the troops will be feasted on the grounds of the fexfecntlvei building. President Dole with his Cabinet, and Min ister Hatch, received Major-General Otis and stall at the government building ln the morning. The garrison and band turned out ln honor of the visitors. The reception was of an extremely cordial nature and lasted longer than such functions usually do. General Otis Is uncertain as to his stay here. It Is understood that lie has discra tion, in the event of no orders to the con trary, to proceed to Manila without wait ing for Admiral Miller on the Philadelphia, and If the other transports arrive within a clay or two, as expected, it is not likely that General Otis' command will wait for the warship, much as he and his force would like to see the flag go up. According to General Otis Hawaii will have no Military Governor. Colonel Bar ber will be Post Commander as long as his regiment remains here; that Is all. Charles H. Watson, band master of the Thirteenth Minnesota Regiment, died in this city on the 21st of typhoid fever, con tracted on the voyage from San Francisco, j Three men of General Otis' command are in the Red Cross Hospital with typhoid. I Lieutenant Hunt of the Fourteenth Infantry I Is among the sick men. The physicians think he will pull through. Besides the patients mentioned, there are three members of the third expedition at the hospital. They are rapidly convalescing and will be returned to San Francisco at an early date. Annexation having been accomplished, the next Important consideration is the cable to the United States. Speaking of the pros pects of Its early laying. General Hart- Well, the local attorney for the Scrimser Company, said: "I received nothing from the company by the last mall, sufficient time not having elapsed to allow an ans wer to my letters and telegrams announclms the signing of a contract with the Hawaiian government. My previous information, however, leads me to hope that Congress will make an early disposition of the cable bills, in- Jeed, I may say that the cable promoters have been assured that the bills would re ceive prompt consideration." Minister Bewail has secelved no word •f what action President McKlnley win lake with regard to the temporary admin istration of the Islands. Admiral Miller, he has been officially In armed, will bring full instructions as te the GEN. MILES PLANTS OLD GLORY ON PORTO RICAN SOIL Here is depicted the scene where, without the loss of a man and with the expenditure of very little powder and shot, General Miles effected a landing with his troops at Guanica. As shown, tpothe left of the picture, a few sheila from the Gloucester's guns were fired, scattering the Spaniards who opposed our troops. . , I formalities which will be observed ln effect* j Ing a change of sovereignty. General Otis does not look for the arrival of the Phila delphia, carrying the Admiral, until the 3d or 4th of August. Mr. Sewall thinks the transports due here now shortly will very likely bring news of the determination reached by the President for the provis ional government, of- the islands. Mrs. Nltlna Sumner died on the 21st instant. The deceased was a member of the Pomare branch of the Tahltin royal family, and came to Hawaii in 1849 In s sailing vessel, under engagement to marry Kamehameha 111, who was then King of the Hawaiian Islands. On her arrival she found that the King was dead, and after some time was married to John K. Sumner. A Terrible Crime BALTIMORE, Md., Aug. 2.—A myster ious assault which may result In a triple murder was made upon a family residing in the lower part of the city this morning. The victims are: Mrs. Hannah Llllis, widow, aged 33; Win nie LUlls, aged 7, and Mrs. Bessie Whelter, aged 2?. Mrs. Whelter Is separated from her hus band, and boarded with Mrs. Llllis, who, with her children lived at 211 South Lem mars alley, near the wharves. Shortly after daybreak the police heard cries of "murder," and hastening to the house found the women and the little girl bleeding and unconscious from wounds about the head. The only persons who were able to furnish any information regarding the affair were two Bohemians who claim to have seen a negro leave the house, and set up the outcry that alarmed the police. All the victims are ln the hospital and the physicians think they have little chan.-o of recovery. No motive Is known. Wire Workers' Strike CLEVELAND. Ohio, Aug. 2.—A strike was formerly declared on today by the Federated Wire Trades at the works of the H. P. Nail Company and American Wire Company, both of which are now under control of the recently formed wire nail trust. The strike, when the rod mill and yard men of the American Company join it, will throw about 2100 out of employment. Of these 900 are from the H. P. Company and 1200 from the American works. The strikers have decided not to pay any atten tion to the old consolidated or Baackes mill, which is also controlled by the trust and where the men are all working. The cause of the strike Is the alleged general cut of 33 1-3 per cent in wages and a threatenetl cut of 20 rcr cent more. Woman Shoots Two Men NEW YORK, Aug. 2.—Carsey Bates (col ored) last night shot and seriously wounded two men on West Thirty-ninth street In the "Hell's Kitchen" district, and incidentally started a riot among the natives of that lo cality, which later broke loose In all Its fury, and several people were Injured, one of whom will die. Those who had been In jured were taken ln ambulances to hospitals. Ten negroes and three white men were ar rested. At' midnight everything was quiet, though the police still patrolled the dis trict. A Spanish Report MADRID, Aug. 2.—An official dispatch from Havana says 400 insurgents recently attacked a Spanish detachment numbering ' twenty men, and commanded by a Ser geant, ln the western part of the province of Plnar del Rio. After a fearful fight, the dispatch adds, the Insurgents fisd, having killed ten of the Spaniards and wounding a number of others. The survivors, it ap pears, are to be decorated and recom pensed. LOS ANGELES HERALD: WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 3, 1898 ME WAR WILL SOON END (Continued from Page One.) details. The armies will rest as they are. and sailor men will be given shore leave wherever they may be. An official who was asked tonight what might be construed as the "principal Amer ican conditions of peace," said they might be stated, as follows: Spain to evacuate Cuba and relinquish all claims of sovereignty. Spain to evacuate Porto Rico and cede that Island to the United States. The United States to hold possession of Manila pending the conclusion of the treaty of peace, which will dispose of the Philip pines. The commissioners to arrange the treaty will doubtless also take Into consideration the question of a money indemnity. Confirmation From London LONDON. Aug. 2.—(By Associated Pres!) The Madrid correspondent of the Dally Mall says: "The government has accepted the principal of the American demands, but the acceptance will not be made public until inquiries to Washington on matters of detail have been settled, thus rounding cff the- prellm'nary basis. The Madrid correspondent of the Daily News says: "The government's reply to the American peace terms left here Mon day evening. The government believes that the nature of the negotiations requires the greatest Secrecy and that the-lr success will depe nd upon the observance of the most ab solute reserve here. Official silence, there fore, is complete." The Rome correspondent of the Daily Chronicle says: "Spain, it is asserted here, has accepted the American terms, with un important reservations, and the peace pre liminaries will be signed before Saturday." At Washington WASHINGTON. Aug. 2.—Shortly before midnight Secretary' Alger, as he left the White House after a conference with tho the president said the administration had received no official information that the Madrid government had accepted the terms of peace proposed by the United States. Unofficially the president had been in formed that the Spanish ministry had ac cepted the terms of this country for a ces sation of the war. The unofficial news reached the president In the form not only of press dispatches, but of a private dis patch from constitutional agents of the United States. While this government has strong rea sons for believing that Its terms of peace have been agreed to by the Madrid govern ment, the president Is taking nothing for granted. Arrangements for pressing the war to a successful conclusion are going forward precisely as if no negotiations for peace were In progress. A a conference participated Ln by the president. Secretary Alger and Adjutant General Corbln at the executive mansion tonight, a final decision was reached as to constitution of the pro visional corps of Porto Rico to be com manded by General Wade. The regiments which are to compose the corps were de rided upon, and will be designated In) a general order to be Issued probably lomor rom. Secretary Alger said the corps might be en route to Porto Rico within a week. The End I* Near Notwithstanding these warlike prepara tions, the belief In official circles tonight amounts almost to a conviction that active titr""*'" practically have been concluded. A prominent official of the administration said: "The end Is near ln my opinion. The In formation thus far received Is unofficial and meager, but that It is accurate in the main we have no reason to doubt. In fact, we have reason to believe It is correct." It Is understood the reason referred to Is contained in the private advices received by the president and from private dis patches received by the representatives of foreign governments In this capital. Ambassador Cambon, who Is conducting the negotiations for the Spanish govern ment, has. not communicated, so far as could be ascertained, with the president to night, and It is probable that the official re sponse to the terms proposed by the United States has as yet not reached the French ambassador. Upon Its receipt it will be transmitted to the president without delay. In (he event of Spain's acceptance of the terms proposed by this country, the first report probably will be towards an agree ment to close active hostilities pending the drafting of a treaty of peace along the lln?s of the accepted terms. According to prece dents ordmarlly regarded, an armistice will be proclaimed, and ln the circumstances this would mean the practical close of the war. Precedents Set Aside It Is pointed out, however, that several precedents have been set aside by this gov ernment in the conduct of the war and in the treatment of events which led up to It. One notable ir.aanee in which the recog nised diplomatic precedents were swept away was the persoenal demand made by Secretary Day upon Minister De Lome to know whether the Spanish minister was ths author of the letter reflecting upon the president. Another precedent was rele-I gated to the past when the government dc; --! cided to return to Spain the prisoners of j I war taken with the surreneler of Santiago. I I Precedents have been disregarded in other instances, by this government. In view of this fact, therefore, precedent may not gov- ' em absolutely ln the conduct of the peace negotiations. A Peace Commission After the proclamation of an armistice, j j diplomatically, the next step would' be the : e'eslgnatlon by the president of the con- | misHioners to represent the United States ftl the conduct of the final negotiations of peace. The terms proposed by this govern ! ment provide for a joint commission to , i eiraft a peace treaty and 1 to solve the dJfB- I culty relative to the future government of j the Philippines. Again, according to the ! best accepted precedents, this joint com mission would meet upon neutral ground. It has been suggested that the commission may assemble in Paris, but as yet that is the merest conjecture. The commission might meet ln either of the belligerent countries. Pending the conclusion of the work of the j commission, the probabilities are that the ; armies of both Spain and the United States I will be kept ln the Held, their relative posl . ttens remaining unchanged during the dip lomatic negotiations. Here, again, how ever, every precedent may be put aside by the Undted States, but it .Is regarded' that this country will not withdraw any of the troops from the field until a determination shall have been reached! of all questions in issue before the commissioners. We Meant Business LONDON, Aug. B.—The Madrid corre spondent of the Times, telegraphing on Tuesday, says: The rumors that President McKlnley In sisted upon getting a definite reply not later than tomorrow seem to be confirmed by the unusual rapidity of official procedure here. Generally, when the Spanish govern-1 men has to make an Important decision, a long series of cabinet councils is devoted to what Is called In semi-official phrase ology "exchanging expressions," an eu phemism for talking at large, bringing re calcitrant members into line and postpon ing a decision until tomorrow. I was expected therefore in the most im portant question, war or peace, that the preliminary operations would;requlremany days. In reality If entirely elispeneed with they would get through in a single sitting and the whole procedure of examining the American demands, el'ecldilng on a course of action and preparing a formal reply was accompHsheeL If we may trust to the Mad rid press, in less than twenity-nve hours. Spaniards Wake Up M. Cambon's note was received' Sunday and communicated Immediately to the queen regent by the foreign minister, who subsequently paid Senor Sagasta a visit. At 8 oclock Monday the premier tele graphed his colleagues to assemble in coun cil at 10. When the council roße at midday the main question was decided upon, but a full reply could' not he prepared be cause one or two points ln the American note required legislation, and a supple mentary note had' been received from M. Cambon containing a new condition. The evidence of this new condition was admit ted by Senor Sagasta to a press- representa tive, but he premier declined to say wheth er it aggravated or softenedi the conditions previously communicated. At 3 3oelock Duke Almodovarhadian Inter view with the queen regent and at 5 oclock the cabinet had a second sitting and before risiing the ministers had' completed their formal reply and- some authorities affirmed that It was telegraphed to Washington during the night, but this statement re quires confirmation. As to the precise nature of the demands and the contents of the note in reply, the ministers refused to give Information. So I the rumorsion the subject cannot be regard !ed as more than surmises; but indications I are not wanting that President McKinley's proposals have been consielered in a con ciliatory spirit, with a view to arriving, If possible, at an immediate pacific solu tion. Terms Were Hard LONDON, Aug. 2.—The Maeirid corre spondent of the Standard, telegraphing ' Tuesday, says: \ The government's reply to the American terms was forwarded yesterady evening through M. Cambon, and there Is a strong 'prospect that peace will be concluded. It Is not supposed that the United States ! government will object to representations ; being made on the Philippines question and son some pecuniary claims which wera : mooted by the United States ln the West ' Indies. On ail the remaining Issues Spain shows a disposition to assent to the Amer- I lean demands. No cabinet council was held today, nor are the ministers likely to meet again until fresh Intelligence Is received : from Washington. This Is not expected at jthe earliest before Wednesday. I News from Manila still causes anxiety. With regard to the part played In the ne- I gotiatlons by M. Cambon, the French am ■ bassador at Washington, there Is now a ' marked tendency here and ln Paris to at -1 tribute considerable Importance. Directly the final arrangement Is made, it Is sup posed that the press will be allowed more liberty of comment. The general Impres sion is that both governments are disposed to put an end to the war as honorably as possible for Spain, which would have been easier had the United States not Imposed such hard conditions with regard to the Philippines. The woman of the hour It the one who ■ay* the'll be ready In a minute. NEBRASKA FUSION DEMOCRATS, POPULISTS AND SIL VER MEN MEET • A Lively Time But the Prospects Are for a Good Ticket—Democrats Hold Balance of Power LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 2.—Nebraska's fu sion forces failed to make for themselves a record for industry ln their three state conventions held today. Beginning shortly after 2 oclock this afternoon, an evening recess found them hardly well begun, a per manent organization and appointment of customary committees being the sum total of the work accomplished by the night ses sion. An excuse for delay was found in the faot that the Populists, Democrats and Free Silver Republicans met in different parts of the city, and to make fusion binding It was necessary that conference committees should make frequent trips to and from the respective halls. Interest centered largely ln the Populist deliberations, as it was a foregone conclu sion that this branch of the political family would dictate the terms on which the triple alliance would be effected. It was nearly 8 oclock when the night session began, and two hours later the report of the conference committee on division of the offices among the three parties was received. It recom mended that the Populists be allowed to name the head of the ticket (governor) and that such other state officers as had served acceptably be renominated. There was no opposition and the report was adopted in turn by each convention. It means that the Populists take every state office except attorney general, which goes to the Democrats. At 10:30 nominations for governor were called for In the Populist convention. The flrst formal ballot brought seventeen candidates for governor, W. A. Poynter of Boone, Populist, leading ln strength ln the Popullßt convention; Judge Neville of North Platte, Populist, with the Free Silver Re publicans, while the Democrats, regarding the agreement of the conferees, cast their solid vote for Attorney General Smith, » Democrat. The second and third ballots were un eventful, but the fourth saw the Populists give Poynter a maojrity, and he was de clared the nominee of the convention. About the same time the Free Silver Republicans veered from Neville to Poynter, giving a nattering vote, but declining to make him the unanimous choice. The Democrats on the fourth ballot again cast a solid vote for Smith. As It requires a majority of all three convention* to nominate ,the Demo crats are able to block progress Indefinitely. Events of the Day LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 2.—Anight of cau cusing and conferences has failed to en tirely clarify the political atmosphere in cident to the State fusion convention which meets this afternoon. It developed em phatically today that the Populists are masters of the situation and can dictate terms to the other two parties to the trip licate agreement, which ln all probability will be on a basis of giving the Lieutenant Governor to the Free Silver Republicans, the Attorney-General to the Democrats and the balance of the State ticket to the Popu llsts. As to the head of the ticket around which the greatest interest centers, Gov ernor Holcomb Is a frequently mentioned possible candidate, but It is doubtful if he would accept with his knowledge of Popu list opposition to a third term. A story was started connecting the name of W. J. Bryan with the Gubernatorial nomination, but it was quickly pronounced absurd by delegates who claimed to be able to speak tor Mr. Bryan. The three conventions will be called to order at 2:30 o'clock and If the program to j take a recess of the organization Is fol | lowed, prospects are good for an all-night j struggle. A Murderous Jap Killed SACRAMENTO, Cal., Aug. 2.—News reached Sacramento today of the killing of a Japanese, name at present unknown, by a Japanese named Baya, on Mrs. Becka Thlsby's ranch near Isleton. The Japanese was drunk and threatened Baya with a revolver. The latter then shot twice, kill ing his would-tbe assailant Instantly. The Japanese worked on a ranch. Baya is under arrest. More Coal Miners' Troubles PITTSBURG, Pa., Aug. 2.—lf the coal operators of the Pittsburg District do not conform with the terms of the Chicago agreement by August 10th, five thousand miners will be ordered to strike. This Is the decision of the convention of United Miners of this district now in session here. A series of strikes are to be inaugurated in the Yough District. ATTRACTIVE WOMEN. Fullness of Health Makes Sweet Dispositions and Happy Home* [EXTRACTS FROM MRS. FINKHAH'S NOTE BOOK.] Woman's greatest gift is the power to inspire admiration, respect and lore.- There is a beauty in health which is more attractive to men than To a successful wife, to retain tho lov* - Fwm f% and admiration of her husband, should be a woman's constant study. At tbe first indica tion of i H health, painful menses, painsin tha J§j± \ side, headache or backache, secure Lydiaß. aj. . 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WITH THE ARMIES (Continued from Page One.) squadron, so that If the Brooklyn is to be attached thereto, that fact Is not known at the war department. It Is more likely that the Brooklyn Is coming north, as It was reported to the department a long time ago that she was the vessel of the squadron In need of an overhauling and cleaning. The Irene Incident BERLIN, Aug. 2.—The semi-official North German Gazette this evening pub lishes a statement on the subject of Ger man policy at Manilla, based on official re ports, explaining that this was done "with, the view of correcting misrepresentations in foreign newspapers." It says that for the purpose of affording the German colony Immediate shelter in case of need, some chartered steamers would be anchored' near the German war ship Irene in the Pasig river, under the pro tection of the armed boats. The French, and' British colonies, the statement contin ues, followed this example. Agulnaldo, according to the North Ger man Gazette, gave Hear Admiral Dewey al written assurance that the Insurgents would act humanely, and at Aguinaldo's request and with Admiral Dewey's tp ptoval the commander of the Irene took four Sponish laxi'iee and six children from the province of Bataan under his protection and placed them on board a chartered steamer, every step being taken with a thoroughly friendly understanding with Admiral Dewey and Capt. Oen. Augustl. Tho North German Gazette then adds: "The Imperial consulate nt Manila has under Its protection not only German resi dents but subjects of Italy, Austria, Swit zerland, Holland and Portugal, to all of whom protection of the warships will be, If necessary, similarly extended." Jumped From a Window NEW YORK. Aug. 2.-George Todd, a' wealthy resident of this city, committed suicide today by Jumping from a window of the tenth story of the Hotel Todd. He had been suffering from melancholia for some time. He was a brother of J. Ken nedy Todd. Furloughs for Wounded WASHINGTON, Aug. 2.—Adjutant Gen eral Corbln, at the direction of the secre« tary of war, has issued an order granting dick and wounded soldiers at hospitals, when able to travel, one month's furlough and transportation to go to their homes. Forced the Blockade MADRID, Aug. 2, 4p. m.—lt 1b reported here that two Spanish steamers forced the blockade ln Cuban waters and were at tacked by the Americans.