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vXfv?.ci.yrahH.fp- iFfair weather; -sdullTerly winds. Circulation Yesterday, DU3O1 2 NO. 1,572. WASHINGTON, fUWtf 1i I tf TfrrtfFSifea 7 &:fy $&4'$P SUNDA AUGUST 7, 1898. ' T1TORR flTCNTR GUIYIHA OHDEB OLD GLORY The Americans Win Their First Real Fight in Porto Rico. THREE YANKEES WOUNDED The Spnnisli I.orh, So Far ax Can lie Learned, Ih One ICIIIcrt nnd Three VfaiitIt-iI Some Hot KifrlitinsT on Friday The Dead Spaniard In Thrown Into a "Well. Ponce, Porto Pico, Aug. 5. The Americans had their first real fight on Porto Rican soil today, when they cap tured the city of Guayama. Enough ammunition -was used by hoth the Spaniaids and the Americans to anni hilate each other, yet only three Ameri cans were wounded and only one Span iard killed and three wounded, at least, that is all that are accounted for. The Spaniards showed their civiliza tln by throwing: the dead man into' a. Hvell from which part of the town gets its water, evidently hoping ' to pofsdn it. Guayama is a city of 16,000 inhab't ants, and, next to Ponce, is the most important town on the south side of the island. Arroyo is the seaport of the city, -which is five miles inland. Gen. Brooke's troops landed at Ar royo and he wanted Guayama as a base ofrjoperations, it being the first town on. the main road leading to the mili tary road running from Ponce to San Jean. BrnakcS Command Lands. Gen. Brooke ordered Gen. Hains to occupy the town, and at " a. m. the Fourth Ohio and Third Ill.nois were ordered out, the Ohio regiment being in the van. There were some Span'sh cavalry about and the troops proceeded cautiously- along the road to within a mile of the town. The road is level to that point, and there was no sign of Span iards anywhere along the route. The last mile of the road runs through a cut up a steep hill. Before this point was reached, the Third Il linois stopped and Col. Bennett "was ordered to guard the crossroads lead ing to the rear of the city. The advance guard of the Ohio regi ment entered the cut and proceeded loss than 100 yards, when a hail of Spanish bullets on both sides of the mountain whistled over their heads. The guards fell back, firing as they retreated, and the main body hurried forward, also firing up the hillsides. A hundred yards farther on, around a turn in the road, they suddenly came upon a barricade thrown across the road. It was made of sectional iron work and filled in with sand. The Spaniards behind this barricade were shooting a hundred shots a minute, but they were all too high, though the American troops were within hailing distance. Ilnins Takes the Hills. Gen. Hains ordered deploying par ties to be sent up the hills to flank the enemy. The road was lined on each side with barbed wire, the same as the Spaniards used in Cuba, but many of the troops carried machetes with which they attacked the fences, disregarding the bullets, and in a few moments cut their way through and a hundred men made their way up the mountain on both sides of the road. The firing line of our troops held its position and poured bullets into the barricade. The firing there then stop ped in less time than it takes to tell of it, but what became of the Span iards behind the harrlcade is a mystery- They disappeared, not a single one of them being seen, but our men kept peppering away for half an hour. Meantime, the deployed forces reach ed the hilltops and began pouring a rattling fire down the side and ahead of their position on the hill. Our men then all advanced, firing as they went. For half an hour there was very lit tle return. Then the Spaniards rall'ed and made a stand, but they were still unseen. It was this rally that wounded our men. Privates Cordner, Reffer and Wolcott, all of the Fourth Ohio. The stand made by the Spaniards was a short one. The deployers drove the enemy along the hills and the main body cleared the road. At 11 o'clock the troops en tered the town. For the last half a mile there was very little shooting, but just as tlie town was reached there was a resump tion of desultory firing and at the same time an occasional shot came from the town itself. Every Span ish shot was answered by a volley from our men. This was kept up for half an hour, when our men on the hill saw a man on a. roof in the upper part of the town waving a white shirt. A minute later, a flag of truce came down the road and its bearer said that the town surrendered unconditionally. Gen. Hains and his staff rode for "Wjjffl through the streets of the city. iAJls'of the houses were closed and the place looked like a deserted city. Not a person was in. sight. "Viva. Luh Americanos! eGn. Hains rode to the public build ing and by the time he got there the houses began to open. Everywhere heads were poked out of doors and quickly withdrawn. They were stuck out again in a moment and again with drawn, but this time the withdrawal was much slower. The third time the heads stayed t out and were followed by shoulders and then bodies. Someone yelled in a stentorian voice, ".Viva los Americanos!" when, as if by magic, the people came out and rushed toward the general and his staff, shout ing the same words. Some prostrated themselves in the road and grabbed the Americans round the knees, while others threw, their arms around the necks of the soldiers and kissed them, all the time shouting "Viva los Ameri canos!" The enthusiasm seemed un bounded and the scene at the surrender of Ponce was eclipsed. Up "With the Flair. As soon as the Americans recovered from this attack eGn. Hains ordered the Stars and Stripes to be raised over the public building. eGn. Hains collected men and stationed them in every street entering the town and then sent companies out scouting. They had hardly got started when a bombardment of the town was be gun by the Spaniards, who had re turned to the hills and poured shot down' into the city, regardless of whether their own people or the sol diers were hit. Luckily, their aim was bad and only one man was hit. The houses Interfered with our men firing for some time, but they finally got where they could shoot and gave the Spaniards a volley for every shot This lasted half an hour, with no sign of its diminishing, when Gen. Hains ordered up two dynamite guns belong ing to the Ohio men. These were aimed at the hills and each fired three shots. That settled the Spaniards. There was not a shot from them -after the third shot from the dynamite guns. It was then nearly 3 o'clock. The skirmish had lasted five hours and was a record-breaker for scarcity of casualties. A IIoue Attacked. While the Spaniards were shooting into their own town, Col. Coit's Ohio men discovered some firing from a house on the outskirts. The place was surrounded and lead was poured into the building. The fight was lively, but at last the Spaniards raised a white flag, just as our men were about storming the house. They found six Spanish regulars inside and took them off to the town jail and locked them up. All the afternoon and night the dem onstration of the people of the city and their welcome of our troops were continued. The citizens Avere mostly Spaniards, but they said they were glad the Spanish troops had gone and the Americans had come. The Span ish soldiers numbered about 500. They had been -preparing defenses for two weeks. Gen. Hains remained in the town and sent out guards on all sides last night. There were no signs that the Spaniards had returned. The c ty band was playing "Yankee Doodle" and "The Slar-Spangled Banner" and ev erybody was in the streets. The Americans did not know until hours afterward whether their firing had hit anybody, but citizens told of seeing Spaniards fall. They were left lying on the ground until their companions were driven off. Then they picked up a body and carried it to a well and threw it in. The body tvas fished out. Two wounded Span iards were found nearby and taken to the hospital, where they were treated by the American surgeons. On to Snn Juan. The movement of the army to San Juan from here and Guayama awaits only the distribution of the cavalry. Gen. Miles has selected Troops A, of Gen. Wilson's command. Troop C, of Gen. Brooke's comand, and the City Troop to lead. The grounding of the transport ship Massachusetts at the entrance to the harbor of Ponce is responsible for all the delay. The ship is still hard aground. The army today made a re quest of the navy for a captain to take the place of one who was in charge of the ship when she went aground and a man was assigned. The Massa chusetts is still hard and fast and it will be necessary to unload her be fore she can be got off. This will be slow work, for there are only a few steam launches to tow the barges. The heat is awful and the horses are suf fering greatly. The City Troop, after landing, will have to go overland to Arroyo, forty five miles, over a T)ad road. Until today, the artillery was also delayed. This is all on land now and ready to start for the front The Ponce local government troubles have been settled and Gen. Wilson was determined to start at once and let the cavalry follow, but he changecLiu'a mind. The belief of military menmow (Continued on Second Page.) Ffl The Madrid Cabinet Decision an Unknown Quantity. ITS NATURE MISTRUSTED A Suspicion Exists That the Note Will Meg- the tiucstion, mid "While Ostensibly Submitting to the Ed-muntlH-Dny Terms "in Principle," Will Actually Demand Conces sions. Everybody connected with the Admin istration was happy yesterday In the be lief that the Spanish government had ac tually accepted the terms insisted upon by the United States as a preliminary to the appointment of a commission to negotiate a treaty of peace. Secretary Day expressed the utmost confidence that peace was assured, and the same feeling pervaded oillcial circles generally. Throughout the day the authorities the State Department were momentarily expecting a visit from a representative of the French embassy to arrange for another visit of Ambassador Cambon to the White House to present Spain's af firmative response to the note sent through him to the Spanish government. M. Thlebaut, the first secretary, did call late in the afternoon, but he did not see Secretary Day, and his business re lated merely to the seizure of a French vessel by the auxiliary cruiser Dixie, and, as far as can be ascertained, he did not mention anything about the peace situation. Secretary" Day intended to go to At lantic City on an afternoon train to spend Sunday with his wife, but he was obliged to postpone his departure. Naturally this change of plan gave rise to the Impres sion that a further conference with M. Cambon -had heen arranged, but Mr. Day explained that his detention in Wash ington was due to a matter not connected with peace negotiations. It is understood he left for Philadelphia at 11:50 last night. Nothing OUlcinl Ilecelved. All the parties concerned In the ar rangement of peace terms assert that the Spanish answer, agreed on by the Madrid cabinet on Thursday and an nounced yesterday in The Times, had not been received by either the French am bassador or the State Department. There is reason to believe, however, that an Intimation has been conveyed to the State Department or the French em bassy In line with The Timos's dispatch from Madrid. This probably came early yesterday morning, for even In the fore noon the officials of the Administration were apparently thoroughly satisfied that the American terms had been accepted. At the French embassy a discreet si lence was maintained in regard to any such advices, which cannot be construed as formal and official, but the frank statement was made there that the Span ish answer had not come. The Administration, however, has not lost sight of the contingency that Spain's answer may not be satisfactory. An ac ceptance in principle of the American de mands, with certain reservations, will not be satisfactory to this Government they must be accepted without modification or subject to future developments. The press dispatches from Madrid Indi cate that Spain has not agreed to the terms of President McKinley's note with out reservations. Preparing? for Delays. If this be true, it will probably have the effect of delaying the negotiations, if not causing them to come to an end. While apparently confident that peace is assured, the officials of the Administra tion arc apprehensive that the Spanish answer may not be transmitted on Mon day or the npxt day: They realize that tho "United States cannot show a greater amount of leniency than It has shown in giving ample opportunity to the Spanish government to decide whether peace shall come or war shall continue without mak ing their demand for a speedy answer appear ridiculous. If the Spanish re sponse is not presented within a very short time the American terms are likely to be withdrawn. SAGASTA'S CLEVER MIND. Ilia Organ Tells of Losses in the Coloninl "Wars. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) London, Aug. C The situation at Ma drid, according to all advices, has been changing literally from hour to hour dur ing the past two days. At one moment the government is ready to aibandon the execution of peace plans; at another it has regained courage to proceed. At all events Sagasta is now commit ted to an acceptance of McKinley's gen eral terms and there is reason to hope the present ministry will be able to carry the matter to a conclusion without bringing upon the country the freed disaster of civil war. From your Madrid correspondent the following information is sent across the frontier: "Telegrams from the captains general of the districts in the peninsula report that all sections are quiet, yet there are scores of rumors that tho Carllsts are al ready moving and of a serious outbreak at any moment. Should that happen, Ma drid would be the last to learn of it, so carefully is -bad news kept from the pub lic ear of -the capital-. "EI Correo, Sagasta's organ prints ar ticle after article designed to the fixing of popular attention on domestic affairs, so Hiat when theWlonlal cojlapsc comes It will have a counter-weight at home. The last Is a summary of the losses in men and money from the outbreak of the war in March, lWvt to June SO. It is point ed out that the country expended in that period J,S7J,00O,00O 'pesetas and 100,000 lives In the futile attempt to keep t'ho colonial empire Intact." SPAIN'S REPLY ,IS APPROVED. The Queen Itetfent Indorses the Cabinet's Conclusions. Madrid, Aug. G. Tho Queen Regent has approved the reply sof the Spanish gov ernment to the United States, accepting the conditions laid down by the latter under which peace will bo concluded. Before approving the Teply to tho American conditions of peao?, the Queen Regent held a consultation with Gens. Martinez Campos, Priino de Rivera, the Duko of T-etuan and Sereorea Sllv&a, Romero y Robledo and Sagasta. At the outset of the conference, Senor Romero Roblcdo requested tho queen's permission to bpeak his mind plainly, which was granted. He then told her majesty that the peace propo&ed by the terms of the reply to the American con ditions was dangerous; to the monarchy. THE CUBAN" DEET. "Will Spain Have American Help in This f London, Aug. G. A dispatch to the Ob server from Madrid says that the gov ernment will fight the question of the Cuban debt, upon the ground that In all precedents territory ceded has carried Its own debt or a proportionate part thereof belonging to tho nation from which the territory was transferred. CABINET ADOPTS THE REPLY. Dnlce. Almoclovnr de Hio Will Re vise the Draft of It. Madrid, Aug. C. The cabinet has ap proved the basis of the reply of Spain to the terms of" the American Government, and Duke Almodovar de Rio has been In trusted with tho work of revising the draft of tha reply. The final reply will be submitted tO; the cabinet tomorrow and will doubtlesSbe approved. After Its approval, tho reply will be forwarded to "Was)iIng.on as expeditious ly as possible, "by way of Paris. The ministers informed the members of the press this evening that the reply could not lead to fre&h discussions. Senor Gamazo said it would be ac ceptable to the Americans; but would give no further Information as to its character.- Senor Giron said that the purport of the reply would' not be divulged until the United States had accepted It. SENOR-POLO'S COUSIN. The American coldIer "Writes of the I,nte Santiago Sitnation. New Yor,k. Aug. G. A letter from "Pri vate De Polo, of Company D, Seventy first Regiment, to his wife, has been re ceived by the latter. Private Polo is a cousin of Senor Poly y Barnabe, the last Spanish minister to this country. "When Minister Polo visited New York and learned that his relative was enlisted in the National Guard, he expressed his disgust to other members of the family living here In-no uncertain language. Private Polo was born In Cuba, where his father once owned a great plantation, but lost it through Spanish mlsgovern ment. He writes just after the destruction of Cervera's fleet: "This whole job has been underesti mated by the American Government. They thought it would be easy, and it has proven just the opposite. Here we are, Americans and Cubans, ail surrounding the city of Santiago, which we find im possible to capture, and we cannot post tho heavy artillery on account of bad roads, which wo are working on from morning till night, widening, cutting trees and underbrush, draining, etc. "Although Sampson has destroyed Cer vera's fleet, we cannot get into the har bor. Gen. Miles, chief of the American army, will Join Ms in a few days with heavy re-enforcements, which I think will bo welcome, and which shows that the Government is now aware of the fact that we need all the soldiers that can be spared for this work. "Our principal danger during the past few days since the battle was from sharpshooters on our rear and flanks. The devils were concealed 'n the trcttons, and peppered us continually. ;t was d 7 flcult to locate -them, as they" conceal themselves 1n regular nests uf leaves on the treetops and fire on our men ;:s ihey pass In the road or when we go to the streams to get water in our canteens. In this way many of the boys hav; been killed or wounded, and even the men of the hospital corps, bearing wounded men to the rear, have been killed. "Wounded men have been plugged for he secend time, but we are now entirely free from sharpshooters In our rear, as we h.'ive riddled almost every tree behind us find winged or Jellied quite a number of these fellows, who were, in spite of ail, icry courageous, for they had no means cf subsistence, were; cut oft from their own men, and It was their evident mls-si-m to remain In the trees until captured or killed, and. In tho meantime, to kill as many of us as they could." THE PLAN'OP PROCEDURE. JudRre Advocate General Morrison Outlines the Method. Major Morrison.judge advocate general of the army, summarizes as follows the steps likely to he taken In peace ne gotiations between the United States and Spain: ' First. The President and the govern ment at Madrid will agree upon an armis tice for the cessation of hostilities. Second. This agreement to suspend war pending the drafting of the treaty will be communicated ty both govern ments to -their armies in the field as speedily as possible. Third. Until the commanding generals are officially notified they will proceed according to their orders. Fourth.-The United States can continue to send troops to Porto Rico or Santiago. An armistice terminates aggressive war fare, but It' does not prevent either party Bending troops to the territory already occupied by; its armies. FJfth. Thor blockade at Havana- need not necessarily be raised. Sixth. As to Manila, tho terms prece dent require that the United States oc cupy the city and bay and the armistice will be followed at once by an order from Madrid to allow Gen. Merritt's troops to occupy the city. IHE EASTERN MB CLOUD Great Britain and Russia Are Glowering at Each Other. TO BUILD A RAILWAY IN ASIA The (locution of China Granting the Frnnchihc to England Huh I'rc cipitnted a. CHhIh The Ultimatum of Salisbury Hum Been Deiicd by the Czar'K Government. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) London, Aug. 4. Europe has,sudden ly turned Us attention from the fad ing tempests In the We3t to the loom ing war cloud In the East, The storm has been so long in gathering that the threatening aspect of the present mo ment was quite unexpected. The po litical meteorologists are agreed, how ever, that the crisis is very real and unless the wind speedily changes, the tempest will soon break. It Is an interesting commentary on modern international relations that the affair which brought -Russia and Eng land to. the verge of war is a matter of franchise for building a railway In Asia. The question, of course, is the consummation of a long series of Brit ish diplomatic defeats, but Lord Sal isbury has delivered an ultimatum which Russia has promptly defitd. Now it must be confessed that Sal s bury's best friends are trembling lest he ignomlniously retreat from the po sition where he has declared to the world he will stand or fall. His words, uttered in the House of Lords Mon day, were as explicit as the utterance of a responsible minister could possible be. He said: "Her majesty's government will sup port the Chinese government In resist ing any power which commits any act of aggression in China on account ot China having granted permission to make any railway or public works to Eritish subjects." An INiie at 1'elcin. This assurance, gien by Sir Claude Macdonald, the British envoy to the Chinese government, on July 27, was at once challenged by Russia. Count Pavloff appeared before the Yamen and protested against the concess'on to the British Bank of the right to build a railway in Thanhaikwan, Nleuwa and Niuchwangv Already Russia has strained every nerve to prevent the construction of th3 Nluchwang Railway by the British, Hong Kong and Shang hai Bank. At first, Pavloff threatened that, un less the contract was withdrawn, Rus sia would seize the Chinese province of Kuldja. This act of aggression failed in its object and the threat was with drawn. Ostensibly, then Pavloff of fered to sanction the railway on condi tion that the line would not be mort gaged to the British Bank, or alienated to any foreign rower. He hoped that thus the concession would be rendered worthless to the bartk str abandoned, so he intimated that, if capital was not found by the British company the Russo-Chinese Bank would supply it. In other words, Russia unhesitatingly makes the issue the supreme test of the commanding influence and pres tige in Pekin. Salisbury's friends, the press and the public unanimously declare the stake of the most momen tous importance, and it Is difficult to believe that the premier would care to risk the effects of another retreat be fore Russian aggression upon his sup porters at home. He has been openly warned by all sides in the past three or four days that any surrender or failure to vigorously assert British In terests would speedily result in the dis integration of the Conservative party and a revolt against his leadership. Conservative Demoralisation. The domestic, political situation is now remarkably clear from complica tion, and this question in Far Eastern affairs is easily of supreme interest before the country. The by-election at Grimsby this week may be accepted as completely removing the question of home rule from the field of practi cal politics for the present. Cons2va tive leaders regret this, for it is a ques tion which has been of some value in unifying the ranks of their party wh'ch now are more seriously broken by dis satisfaction of the leaderless opposi tion. Paris has been more excited for the past day or two over the assumed im minence of the Anglo-Russian war than London, and it may be added that Frenchmen are quite delighted with the prospect. " Meantime, reports of Russian prep arations for all eventualities are daily more numerous. Today's most authen tic rumor is that Russia has secured a naval base in the Red Sea from one of Menelik's dependencies, the Sultan Haheita. From a Sebastopol correspondent comes the interesting information that the Russian admiralty has ratified the removal in the Autumn of the naval headquarters in the Black Sea from Sebastopol to Nicolaieff. This is ex plained that, in case of a rupture, Eng land, it Is presumed, would strike quickly at Russia's nearest and most vulnerable point. alight Force the Dardanelles. It is- also assumed England would find means for coercing the Porte to open the Dardanelles and the Bospho rus for the passage of the Mediterra nean fleet. Lacking this permission, such an armada as England would send would be easily able to force the pas sage of both straiffe and at the same time destroy the Turkish batteries. The likelihood is that Turkey, after a for mal protest, will concede the passage, in order to save Constantinople a sec ond bombardment. Once a British ad miral is irt the Black Sea the Russian fleet would be at his mercy. It would be suicidal for the Russians to steam out of Sebastopol and offer battle with such an Invader. The Russian fleet has but one alterna tive that of hugging the shelter of the-inner or land-locked bay. No hos tile fleet could pass between the enor mously powerful batteries which pro tect the entrance to Sebastopol. The view taken by the Russians is that the British fleet would not attempt to run the gantlet, but w;lth long-range guns throw shells over the city slopes into the inner harbor. The destruction of the fleet Inside would involve the ruin of the city. If the Russian flo tilla, however, is not within the port, the cltv would probably be spared. Here, then, is the avowed explanation of the impending transfer of the Rus sian fleet. At Nicolaieff It would be safe from destruction. That port is forty milea up the Bong River, beyond Otchakoff, and the deep-water channel is intri cately zig-zag and dangerous. Few believe that Russia's latest defiance of Great Britain Is a forecast Intended to precipitate war. More probably It is the rash belief that it is possible once more to bluff Salisbury into a withdrawal, and this belief is not with out justification in recent experience. THE COSEttENT OF BERLIN. German NevrxpnperM Refer to the Situation Slightingly. Berlin. Aug. 6. The Berlin newspapers treat the Anglo-Russian situation slight ingly, saying that tho bull Is only rat tling his sword again and Indulging in similar remarks. The Yosslsche Zeltunir says It does not suppose that the British' threats are taken seriously anywhere. Even should Russia behave still more ruthlessly England would manage to effect a courageous re treat. ANXIOUS EOR SERVICE. Prefer Going- to Santiago to Re maining: In Camp. Three officers of the Twelfth New York Volunteer Regiment, now stationed, at Chlckamauga. Ga. Col. Leonard, Major Dyer and Lieut. Morris were In "Wash ington yesterday, having stopped off on their way to New York for the purpose of interviewing Gen. Corbin. They represented to him that their regi ment had almost despaired of seeing i service and wanted to be sent some where, Porto Rico preferred. Gen. Corbin answered them that no more troops could be used In the Porto Rican campaign, and the New York of ficers went away In deep disappointment. Presently they returned, and to Gen. Corbin one of Uiem said: "General, we have talked it over among ourselves, and we know how the men In our regiment feel about it. "We want you to send us to Santiago, if we can not be of any use In any other place." After the incident had occurred Gen. Corbin made the remark that this was not the first time troopj had expressed a desire to go to Santiago, or anywhere that service might be seen, rather than stay in peaceful camps. THE cavalry; to sail today;. Transport Steamer Gate City "Will Go to Moiitnnlc Point. Santiago, Aug. 6. The transport steamer Gate CUy will leave here tomor row for Montauk Point with the First and Sixth Cavalry. She also Has on board Dr. I. Castillo, who is the bearer of a document, signed by leading Cubans, thanking President McKlnley nd the American people for the assistance given by them in the cause of freedom of Cuba. Gen. "Wood, the milKary governor of Santiago, has called a meeting of tfae merchants of the ctty for the purpose of fixing the prices tot merchandise, with a view of putting a stop no abuses. The ceneorsnip of cahle dispatches which was removed a few days ago ties heen re-esrafolished. EEVER AT SANTIAGO. Debilitated Condition of Troops In creases the Death Rate. Late fever reports from Gen. Shafter show a decrease In the daily average of new cases and the number of men re turned to duty Is in excess of those sent to hospitals, and with all this the death list continues to grow, which speaks for the debilitated condition of the troops. Tlie following sanitary Teport was re ceived by the War Department yester day: "Santiago de Cuba, August 6. "Adjutant General, AVashington:- "Sanitary report for August 5 Total sick. 3.C97; total fever, 2,532; new cases of fever, 434; cases of fever returned to duty, U01. "Death list for August 5 First Lieut. James B. Steele, Signal Corps, yellow fe ver; Private Warren Green, Company H, Twenty-fourth Infantry, yellow fever; Corp. George Haven. Company D, First Illinois, yellow fever; Corp. Martin C. Nottingham. Company M. Thirty-third Michigan, acute meningitis; Archie Beat tie, Company C. First Illinois, yellow fe ver; Edward .Penn, Company B, Twenty fourth Infantry, pernicious malarial fe ver; Private B. C. Hayes, Company B, Twentieth Infantry, pernicious malarial fever; Private Francis W. Caney, Com pany H, Ninth Massachusetts, pernicious malarial fever; Private Thomas V. Jil bert, Company D, Thirty-fourth Michi gan, pernicious malarial fever; S. J. Ma jor, Company C, Second Massachusetts, yellow fever; Private George "W. Cole man, Company M, Eighth Ohio, fever. "August 0 Private Robert Ramsey, Company G, Twenty-fourth Infantry, yel low fever; Sergt. Jesse J. Griffith, Com pany G. First Illinois, yellow fever; Am brose "Vein, Seventh Infantry, yellow fe ver. SHAFTER, "Major General." SOLDIERS SAIL POR MANILA. They AVill Be Followed by More Troops Xext AVcel. San Francisco, Aug. G. The steamers Charles Nelson and Lakme saileJ for Hon olulu this morning- wftlh She Firs"t Bat talllon of the First New York and a bat talion of the Second Engineers. They are expedted to arrive- a!t Honolulu about Aug. 11. Definite orders (have ibeen issued for the Seventh California BatTafcson and one each of the Eighteenth nird Twenty-Third Regiments, and 303 recruits for the regi ments now at Manila, ito errJbhrlc the lat ter part; of next week on tho Arizona and Scandia tfor the Philippines Cotton Field nt Congress Height. Thousands visit Congress Heights ev ery Sunday to see cotton growing and to roam through large, cool woods. Band concert afternoon, and evening. MPT. IHI OH 5MIPS0 An Argument to Obscure, fin Fads of Schley's Yictorjr. AN ALMOST AMUSING PLEA The Hero of the MatnnznM Mule In Given Credit for His Mouth-Old Orders, and Mnhan Ignores tho ItelliKiuifthment of Command h; Sampson Before the Battle, New York, Aug. 6. The Sun will to morrow print a letter from Cape A. T. Mahan, a naval authorSy, in wiiich ho takes up the controversy which has heart raging- respecting the real hero of the na val battle of Santiago. He decides in favor of Admiral Sampson. He says in. part: "At Santiago all the dispositions prior to action, and for over a month Before, were made by the commander-m-ehlef. There is very strong ground fer believ ing tgiat Oervera's attempt to escape by day instead of by night the inehlent of his conduct which has been most wldaJy censured and Is most inexplicable was due to ithe faet that ithe United States chips kept so close to the harbor mouth at night that a dash like his. desperate at 'best, had better chance when the ships were at day distance. This was so stat ed, substantially, to Commodore Samp son by the captain of the Colon. If so, the merit of this, forcing ihe enemy to action under disadvantageous conditions asd it is one of the highest acMeve mn:s of military art beJoogs to the commander-in-chief. "It was the great decisive feature cf the campaign, from start to flateh. Fw na val authorities, I Imagine, will di-pute this statement. "Tise distinctive merit of the series ct events which issued in the naval att!e of Santiago Is that so far as appears. Cer vera was forced to fight as he did en ac count of the unrelenting watch, through more than a whole moon. Including its dark nights, maintained by Admiral Sampson. The writer has been told Tup & naval officer, whose name he has- not authority to mention, but who waahl'lje recognized as one of the most efHelaut of his mature years, and who had been off Santiago during part of that eventful month, that he regarded Sampan's watch of the harbor as the decisive fea ture in the great result. "Few things In the observation of the writer have been more painful than the attempt of a portion of the press and t the public to rob Sampson at his. Just and painfully won dues. Seme .."Washington papers have In this matter besn psrtfau larly vicious and one of them, in an edi torial of July 31, is guilty, in quotfag from one paragraph of Sampson's dis patch, of suprpessing these words in the succeeding paragraph: ""When all the work was done so well, it Is difficult to discriminate. The object of the block ade of Cervera's squadron was folly ac complished and each individual bare well his part in it the commodore in cammand of the second division, the captains of ships, their officers and men. The tire of the battleships was powerful and de structive and the resistance of the Span ish squadron was. in great part, broken almost before they had got beyond the range of. their own forts. "If higher praise Is expected, the only reply that can bo made Is that it Is, his torically, rarely given. "it would be Improper to conclude with out saying that there is not the slightest proof Chat Commodore Schley IS In. the least responsible for the maKciotis at tempts made to depress Commodore Sampson with a view to exalt the second in command. On the contrarwaen tiiey eame to his ears he te!egrafeed to the Navy Department (on Ju'y If), his morti fication at the fact, handsomely attribut ing the victory 'to the force under the command of the commander-in-chief C the North Atlantic station; to him the honor is due.' "More than this, there is no oceasion for him to say nor need he have said anything but for the obligation forced up on him by the indiscreet and ungenerous clamor of those pos.ng as his frieads from whom he "might well pray to be saved:"" READY TOR PORTO RICO. The Transports for the Expedition Are at Tampn. Tampa, Fla., Aug. 6. All of the trans ports which are to take the expedition to Porto Rico have arrived. The transport Clinton, which was released from fniar antine yesterday, has begun loading, awl the Yucatan and Rita will be released to day. There are now three hundred convales cents from Santiago at the camp of de tention on Egmont Key and about half of that number will leave for New York this afternoon on the transport Seguranca. The San Marcos had been fitted out to take the patients north, but the change was made at the last moment. Thus far no additional cases of fever have de veloped. Gen. Copplnger's headquarters and the Fifth regular Infantry will sail on the Yucatan Tuesday. YANKEE ENTERPRISE. I'nrto Rico's Mininpr and Agricul tural "Wealth to Be Developed. New York, Aug. 6. The steamship Sil via, of the New York and Porto Rico L,in, of which Miller. Brill & Knowlton are the agents, sailed today for Ponce. Sire has aboard representatives of com panies organized to develop Porto Rico's mining and agricultural wealth, includ ing several engineers and surveyors. ICilled for a "Watermelon Hoxie, Ark., Aug. P. Douglas Horton, a blacksmith at Powhattan, killed Elmer "Wright there yesterday in a dispute over a watermelon. Saturday nnd Sunday UxciirHloim. to Baltimore Only J? I. -5 via. l'enn- .sylvanln. Railroad. Saturdays and Sundays during August. Return 'following Monday. All trains ex cept Congressional Limited. Flynn'a Bcslncas College, Sti and2C, Business, shorthand, typewriting: 5 a yr. .. .