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Told By tie Soldiers Brought Back
From Santiago
Neitler in Field, Hospital M on Shipboard Were
Sick Mem Glvei Me Attention Nor
Supplied Witt Becemt Food
Camp Wikoff, Montauk Point, August 27.—Six companies of the
Seventh regular infantry were unloaded today from the transport Yucatan.
Seven men died on the way from Santiago. Three more died on the ship
last night before she got to the pier. Two hundred were brought home
sick. The remainder were hungry and exhausted. This morning there was
no food for the sick on board—nothing but army rations, and these
not of the best quality, were left. The sick and suffering soldiers would
have had to go without breakfast but for Gen. Joseph Wheeler. He heard
of their awful situation and sent proper supplies on board.
When the Stars and Stripes were hoisted over Santiago the sick of the
regiment were sent into hospital camp six miles away, in a valley. There
was no hospital food for them, only the regular army rations. There were
no medicines, only the handbag full that Surgeon Jones carried. There
were no other surgeons, no nurses nor attendants. At one time there were
more than one hundred men down with typhoid fever and in one day
eleven typhoid patients died.
Shocking Stories Told
All the men and officers tell shocking stories of regiments suffering,
not only on the Yucatan but in Cuba after Santiago had surrendered.
They believe that but for the regimental surgeon, Dr. R. Heming Jones, not
a man would ever have returned alive. The men lay on the ground with
out cots, without a change of clothing, without anything except what they
wore or carried into the valley that was called a hospital, but really the
valley of the shadow of death. All the men slept at night in the clothes
they wore during the day. Most of the time they were wet through. It
was impossible to get a decent meal for sick or well. Dr. Jones never had
his clothes off until he boarded the ship. He worked incessantly, heroically
and unaided. He was a physical wreck when he left the Yucatan today.
The regiment left 130 men in Cuba dead. The Yucatan came from San
tiago without doctors, nurses or attendants sufficient to make the sick com
fortable, without proper supplies or medicine; in short, the Yucatan came
up in the same condition that the other horror ships have come.
Who is responsible for sending her north it) this condition? Who is to
blame for the dead bodies thrown overboard dtiring the voyage and for the
tying men who cannot muster strength tnough to crawl out of their bunks?
Sick at Santiago
Washington, Aug. 28.—(8y the Associated Press.) The following
is the health report from Santiago today: Santiago, Aug. 27, via Hayti.—
Adjutant General, Washington: Total sick, 555; total fever cases, 427; new
cases fever, 19; returned to duty, 24. Deaths, Leopold Debend, a civilian
packer, acute dysentery; Charles B. Vyberts, private First Illinois, typhoid
f ever - Lawton, Commanding.
Marietta, 0., August 27.—The mother and two sisters of Okey P.
Eddy of the Eighth Ohio who, it is reported, died of starvation on a trans.!
port while coming home from Cuba, have become insane through horror
and grief at the death of the young man and the manner in which it
occurred. When the news was received the mother became frantic with
grief and the children were hysterical. The sisters, Bertha and Vesta, soon
became uncontrollable, as did the mother, and after a day it became apparent
that all were becoming insane. The mother has to be guarded at all times.
She has attempted suicide several
times. It will be necessary to take all
of them to an asylum.
Eighth California Wins
Great Applause
SAN FBANCISCO, Aug. 27.—Peace
hath its victories as well as war, and
one of these bloodless victories was
won by the Eighth California regiment
today. It conquered the admiration of
thousands who saw its quickstep march
up Market street from the ferry early
in the afternoon, and it captured more
applause later at Recreation park,
where its drill for the financial benefit
of the army and navy Christian com
mission took place. They trere a splen
did body of men and their unison of
n *)veraent and promptness in execut
showed the large crowd
of that the soldiers had not
wasted time a t Camp Barrett, across
the bay. Many ,f them before joining
the Eighth, not ma» v weeks ago, vere
wholly devoid of miliUry knowledge,
but today every man seemed to have
been thoroughly schooled and tht reg
iment moved like a perfect machine.
High commendation for its physical
qualities and manner of carying »ut
orders was bestowed by the officers,
who were on the grounds as lookers-or.,
among whom were Brigadier General
M. P. Miller and his staff, Adjutant
General Barrett with Gov. Budd's
staff, many of the officers of the Sev
enth California, First California artil
lery and Twenty-third United States
One Typical Case
From his latest photograph, taken yesterday by Marceau, especially for The Herald.
Washington, August 27—Assistant Secretary of War Meikeljohn has ordered an
investigation of the medical department at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga. He has appointed
Gen. H. V. Boynton to make the inspection and has asked for an immediate report.
On Sternberg's Demand
This investigation was requested today by Surgeon General Sternberg himself, because
of the grave charges made in the newspapers as to the lack of medical supplies, the want ot
proper comforts for the sick soldiers and the alleged poor sanitary arrangements.
Other Inquiries Coming
Assistant Secretary Meikeljohn says that there is no present intention of extending this
investigation at Camp Thomas to any other camps, .nor has there been any action taken as yet
towards originating an investigation of the entire medical department of the army. This will
undoubtedly come in the future. The charges on which the surgeon general asked an inves-
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With the Territory Lately Taken
From Spain?
Frye Gives tie Impression That tie Philippines
Will Net Be Held Permanently—Spaii Mist
Evacuate the Western Continent
Boston, Mass., August 27.—Hon. William P. Frye, United States
senator from Maine and a member of the peace commission, passed throueh
Boston on his way from Washington to Maine today. He was interviewed
by a News reporter. "It is true," said he, "that I have been selected by
McKinley to be one of the peace commissioners. I saw the president yes
terday with Senator Davis, and we talked the matter over. I was very
much opposed to accepting the position. McKinley did me the honor to
say that he particu'arly wanted me to serve on the commission. What hit
reasons were I must decline to tell you."
The Senate Will Decide
The commissioners of the two nations will arrange the terms and draw"
up a treaty. But that treaty must pass the gauntlet of the senate. The
senate wilt meet in December, and while there is no telling when the com
mission will conclude its labors, I hope that the treaty will be ready to lay
before the senate during its next session. The commission meets in Paris
not later than October I."
Philippine Demands
"Will the United States be likely to demand more than Manila and the
island of Luzon in the Philippines?" asked the reporter.
The senator hesitated and finally replied: "There are other islands in
the Philippines that are valuable. The commissioners, you understand, can
exact whatever trade benefits they wish, and outside the conquered territory
jt cannot now be told what will be demanded."
One Thing Certain
"Spain must get off the American continent, that is understood," said
Frye; "besides Cuba and Porto Rico there are several other islands, 1 think,
which Spain must give up. These other islands are, however, small and of
little importance, but they will not remain longer under the control of Spain."
An Impression Conveyed
The senator throughout the interview gave the impression that Spain
would not be required to part with the Philippines. This is significant, as
Frye is known to be McKinley's man.
German Press Comment
Berlin, August 27.—(Copyrighted, 1898, by the Associated Press.)—
The German press continues to discuss the peace conditions from various
view points, a majority of the papers according the United States high praise
for the moderation the American government has displayed. Most of them
seem to expect that difficulties will arise over the ultimate disposition and
condition of the Philippines, but as a rule the arguments advanced are repe
titions and threadbare. The Kohlnische Zeitung's editorial may be worth
quoting, as there is the best reason for believing that it was inspired. It says:
"Before a definite peace is concluded considerable time must elapse
Meanwhile the international situation in the Philippines and (he far west
generally may have changed materially. It is not likely that Spain and the
United States will agree to a definite settlement of the Philippine question
without taking the advice of the powers, particularly Russia and France."
—San Francisco Examiner.
24 Pages
I Porto Rico Messages
NEW YORK, Aug. 27.—The Com
mercial Cable company issues the fol
lowing notice:
We are advised that, with the ex
ception of Ponce, messages for all
Porto Bican points, including San Juan
are subject to strict Spanish censor
ship and are only accepted at the send
er's risk
A Gigantic Trust
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 27.—The Republic
tomorrow will say:
Arrangements have been completed
for the formation of a gigantic com
bination with millions of dollars of
capital for the purpose of controlling
the fresh fish and oyster business of
the United States and Canada. The
combination was effected in London,
England, by the organization of a
stock company with a capital of Aye
million dollars of which two million
five hundred thousand will be eight per
cent non-cumulative preferred and the
balance on the ordinary shares of com
mon stock.
The company probably will be known
as the A. Booth company, limited. Tne
utmost secrecy has been maintained by
the promoters and their agents had
strict instructions not to divulge any
Arclhbjshop Ireland
CHICAGO, Aug. 87.—The Times-
Herald today says:
Archbishop Ireland was yesterday
appointed a member of the Lafayette
Memorial commission to go to the Paris
exposition by Commissioner Oeneral
Peck. Dr. Edward Everett Hals of
Boston has accepted a membership SB
the cioiii mission *

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