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??- 3 mte. Thunder-storms and Talif; cooler; Circulation Yesterday 30j013 ' J& -.westerly winds. v WASHINGTON, TUESDAY; AUGUST 9, 1898. ONE CENT. NO. 1,574. Tfj Tjf--- - f fre x .b.' THE EDMUNQS PEACE DHL Spain's Response to Be Before lhe-Gibiuet This Morning. IT WILL DODGE THE ISSUE General Belief That Sitnstiv Unn Evaded an Annuel In Renlity Any Action Would Be Illegal Un less It Reunited From Legislation by the Cortex A Doubtful Pros pect. The answer of Spain to the American peace terms has been received at the French embatsy. It will be handed to President McKinley today, probably at an early hour this morning. The American terms are accepted, though not wholly and without reserva tion. Spain makes several suggestions as to the matters that are to be left to the peace commissioners, and in a man ner 'attempts to lessen the effect of the actual demands of America. It is be lieved probable, however, that the Presi dent will accept the answer as satisfac tory. The cablegram from Spain to Ambas sador Cambon was received at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The clerks of the embassy at once began the work of trans lating it, and they were engaged on it for several hours. It was a somewhat lengthy messago and was in cipher and In French, thus requiring two transla tions. It soon became evident that the answer would not be given to the Presi dent last niirht. Secretary Day was seen by a reporter for The Times last night. He stated that he had received no word from the em bassy and that he did not believe the message would bo presented last night. He also said that he had received noth ing yesterday in. the way of a suggestion as to the contents of the note. The understanding is that Ambassador Cambon will call at the White House at an early hour this morning, so that the answer can be considered at the regular meeting- of the Cabinet today. It will be talked over by the Cabinet, and It is bo lievea that later It will be given to the public with the American decision for or against its acceptance. If, however, the President decides that an adverse an swer is -necessary it is possible that it win not be made public at present. 'As far 'as can be learned, there are three matters taken up by the note in ad dition to the formal acceptance of the principal American demands. It is sug gested by Spain that the question of the Cuban debt be left to the peace commis sioners, that the time allowed for the withdrawel of the Spanish troops from Cuba and Porto Rico be left to the com missioners and that the Spanish armies in these islands bo allowed to retain their arms and other war materials. It is said that the last two questions will be left to the peace commissioners if Spain desires, but that the President has decided finally not to take up the question of the Cuban debt any further. He has already made it very clear to Spain In his note that the debt will not be paid by this country or Cuba. The opinion was expressed la?t night that the form of this query as to the debt may decide the question whether the note of Spain Is to be accepted by this country or not. If Spain asks further questions when she has already been fully informed on this matter the President will decide that she is attempting to gain time and -will immediately inform the French am bassador that twenty-four hours are given to accept or decline his proposi tion. President McKinley has Informed the Cabinet that there can be only two pos sible courses open for this country. If the Spanish answer is accepted a cessa tion of hostilities will be proclaimed im--medlately and the peace commissioners will be appointed, it tne answer camiui j be accepted there will be a twenty-lour hour ultimatum stating that the Ameri can, terms must be complied with Imme diately without further question or the war will proceed. In this latter case it Is intimated that the American terms at any future time will be much more se vere than at present The President, however, has very little fioubt as to the nature of the answer. Am bassador Cambon received a message , co int Friday night, as stated HUM! 3' ""- heretofore In The Times, in which is was intimated very clearly that the answer "would be satisfactory to America, This and the press dispatches since that time have made President McKinley very con fident that the war Is really over and peace assured. A very good evidence that the President believes the answer will be satisfactory Is thetact that the problems of the second-stage of the peace negotiations have been taken up by him already. The per Eonnel of the peace commission is already tinder consideration and it is understood that the members have been chosen finally. The duties of the American com missioners and their exact latitude and Instructions have also been considered. The third class of questions relating to the peace negotiations have to do with the occupation of the new American ter ritory as fast as it is given up by Spain. To see Is to appreciate those Boards eelllng fast at $1 300 feet. LIbbey & Co., lumber, etc., Gth and N. Y. Av. The entire program in this regard has been mapped out by the President, Sec retary Alger and Adjt. Gen. Corbln. The statement was made by a member of the Administration last night that the President has expressed his intention of appointing ex-Preoident Harrison, Sec retary of State Day and ex-Secretary of State Olney on the peace commission. Other names .hat have been mentioned are those of Justices Harlan and Brown of the Supreme Court, Ambassador Por ter, Senators Allison and Davis, ex-Senator Edmunds andMc F. R. Coudert. It is said that President McKinley in tends lo retain the entire control of the peace negotiations in his own hands even after the commissioners have been sent to Paris and are in conference with the Spanish commissioners. He will be In constant telegraphic communication with them and will advise them at every step as to what course they are to take. They will be simply the lawyers for the Ameri can side, and the President will act as plaintiff and also as judge. No positive statement has been made by any friend of the President as yet that he has formed a definite opinion on the Philippine question. It is still the impression of the members of the cabi net and others that he Is undecided. It Is understood, for this reason, that the peace commissioners will receive no in- J structions when they leave this country as to the American demands. The cessation of hostilities will follow immediately If Spain answer is accepted by America. This will not mean that the occupation of Cuba and Porto Rico will be retarded in any way. The effect will be exactly the opposite as Spain will withdraw her troops as rapidly as possi ble and will make no opposition to the coming of the American armies. Both islands will bo invested completely as soon as possible. Manila will be surren dered immediately also it is understood, and without the firing of a gun. ME. DAY MAY RETIRE. Report That He "Will Do So to Be come it Pence Commissioner. The revival of the report that Secretary Day wouJd retfre from -the Cabinet has not created any surpriss in -this city. The Secretary to'd The Times reporter -that he did mt care to dl.sus3 th3 sub ject, but his friends and many persons in official circles have been aware for tome time that his retirement (from h's present office would occur prior to the expiration of President McKinley 's term. In 'fact, 't has been an open secret In Adm.n's" ra tion quarters that Mr. Day determined to relinquish the duties of Secretary of State just as goon as the war was over. Early in xhe yer. w.iile Mr. S-erman was Secretary of State, and Mr. Day Ass-Istar.it Secretary, and bfctore It ws certain thait war wouTd Occur, it had b.en practically arranged thalt Mr. Day shouM resign his position in .the lAtitumn, to be come circuit judge on -the Federal bench. Since Mr. Day has "been Secretary of State his friends have spoken of his re tirement before the end of the McKinley Administration as something assured. The report that Mr. Day will resign from the Cabinet to 'become president of the American cornmlbsion to negotiate a treaty of peace with Spain does not find credence In official circles. While it is generally accepted as true that Mr. Day will be one of the American commissioners, the understanding is that he will perform the duties of that impor tant place without relinquishing the Sec retaryship of State. There Is apparently nothing in the statutes to prevent him from holding the two offices at the same time. While an officer of the Government is forbidden to hold two positions of trust and emolument under the statutes simul taneously, commissionerships of a tempo rary character are not considered as such positions. It 1s regarded as certain that Secre tary Day will be a member of the peace commission if the Duke Almodovar del Rio, the Spanish minister of foreign af fairs, whose office corresponds to that held ty Mr. Day, is one of the Spanish representatives. According to the gossip here, three of the five Spanish commis sioners will be the -minister of foreign af fairs, the London ambassador and the Paris ambassador. Following out this policy of selection, three of the United States representatives will be Secretary Day, Gen. Horace Por ter, Madrid ambassador and Col. John Hay, ambassador In 'London. Of the two other memoers, Richard Ol ney, of Massachusetts, former Secretary of State, wHl be one, and the other, it Is understood, will be selected from the Sen ate. Opinion among those who have been told that a senator will be one of the commissioners is practically unanimous that Cuihraan K. Davis, of Minnesota, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, would be chosen. Among Mr. Day's friends the belief Is expressed that he will not retire from his Cabinet position until the Fall, and certainly not until peace negotiations are concluded. After serving on the peace commission he would be thoroughly equipped, it is held, to conclude the ar rangements provided by the treaty and participate in the establishment of diplo matic relations with Spain. What his future will be nobody appears to know definitely. The bill creating the circuit Judgeship to which he would have been appointed was not enacted Into law and therefore the place will not be available until after Congress reassembles and passes the measure. The circuit judge for the district in which Mr. Day has his legal residence will retire this year, but It is understood that ex-Congressman Thompson, of Portsmouth, O., has been promised the appointment to the va cancy. Mr. Day's tastes are for the law and while he would undoubtedly be gratified In rounding out his legal career on the Federal bench, his friends say he would be quite as well satisfied to return to Can ton and resume the practice of his pro fession there. GREAT BRITAIN'S MEDIATION. Spain Seem to Have Her DonTits IleKarcltnR; the Offer. (Madrid, Aug. 8. The L-'hP'-al ways that the government is occupied with ques tions arising from Great B-5tain's oe to mediate between Spain and the Unlited Carpenters are laying in bijr supply best seasoned boards at ?1 100 feet. Staltcs. The offer, thourh regarded favor ably, has not toeen aceep etf. The p-a-per remarks that the presence of a larsa British fleet at Gibraltar Is incvpiica!ble, and adds: "There is evJdently an understanding bdiween Great Britain and the United States, oven if Ithere Is not a formal a ill ante. Errg'nnd has aim ays h.'therto pocketed a commission for service? ren dered. "Will she he unrewarded thDs time?'' Owing to rumors of an anarchist rising, special precautions have- been taken at the palace. Gen. Agullera, gov ernor of Madrid, has made a personal in spection of the palace guards. An amusing Incident in connection with the scare has been furnished by the bull fighter, Cacheta, who Is devoted to Prime Minister Sagasta. He followed the prime minister's car riage in a. cab and shadowed Senor Sa gasta all day, glaring fiercely at all the passers-by for the purpose of preventing an assault on the prime minister. Senor Sagasta expects to receive a reply from "Washington to the Spanish note on Friday. A small body of Republicans, with fire arms, have been s-een in ;he neighbor hood of Alcala. Soldiers have been sent to capture them. Spain Wnnts More Shells. London, Aug. 3. The Spanish govern ment has asked Firth & Son, of Sheffleld, to supply it with 220 thirtcen-Inch shells. KUWS FROM MANILA. Gen. Anderson Cubles All Safe nml (Inlet There. The War Department is greatly relieved over private advices just received from Cavite, through Gen. Anderson, who bays the American forces can hold out in the Philippines indefinitely. According to him the situation is in no way critical, and hardly threatening since Agulnaldo has been squelched with the emphatic infor mation that further antics on his part will be summarily dealt with. What the general says about the feasi bility of moving upon Manila at once is not known, but he is believed to have ex pressed the conviction that when Gen. Mcrritt's full command of 20,000 men bus arrived the occupation of the capital will be speedily accomplished. Gen. Anderson pajfa.high tribute to Admiral Dewey, and attributes to his diplomacy and resource fulness the satisfactory abtenco of un pleasant development in the Islands. The War Department emphatically de nies that any preparations are being made to re-enforce Gen. Merritt with more than tho remaining C,000 men of his original command, now at San Francisco awaiting transportation. These will be hurried for ward just as rapidly as transports can be secured, and later, should it develop that more troops are needed in the Philippine campaign, there will be a heavy reserve on this side of the continent to draw from. THE HAWAIIAN COMMISSION. Its Members Arrl e at the Golden Gate. San Francisco, Aug. 8. The Hawaiian Commissioners, Senators CuK-om and Mor gan and Representative HItt, have ar rived in this city and will take passage for Honolulu on the Mariposa, sailing Wednesday. The party, which consists of several members of the commissioners families, and -their secretaries and clerks, was heartily welcomed all along the route. At Auburn and Sacramento stops were made and gifts of California fruits and flowers received. At the latter place the com missioners -made brief speeches from the rear platform of the train. Their arrival here was too late for any demonstration, but before departing they will be enter tained by the Chamber of Commerce and the Union League Club. Senator Morgan in an Interview said that the settlement of white families on the island would develop the labor prob lem there. The Japanese contract labor ers might be sent back home at the ex piration of their terms of service, but that existing contracts must be respected. Mores for Gen. Merritt. San Francisco, Aug. 8. The transports Scandia and Arizona will sail for Manila probably by next Saturday, with 5,000 tons of stores for Gen. Merrltt's forces. THE SOLDIERS AT SANTIAGO. Tlielr Removal Is the Principal Concern of the War Depart men t. Secretary Alger stated yesterday that with -the arrival of Gen. Fred Grant's brigade in Porto Rico Gen. Miles -will un doubtedly have a force large enough to meet any emergency likely to arise be fore all the regiments landed in that Isl and. "Tho most important matter now de manding the attention of the depart ment," the Secretary said, "is the remov al of the army at Santiago to Montauk Point. The transports are being sent to Santiago as rapidly as possible. Later they can be utilized to send Gen. Wade'a forces to the assistance of Gen. Miles." MONTATJK POINT CAMP. Fresh Bread, Beef and Delicacies "Will Be Given to Convalescents. Gen. Eagen, commissary of subsistence, has assigned Major Duval, of his corps, to duty as chief commissary officer at the Montauk Point camp. Shipments of supplies to the camp have already be gun. Major Duval is directed to supply fresh bread and fresh beef every five days In sufficient quantities to last that length of time. Gen. Eagen has decided to make an ad ditional allowance for the sick and wounded at Mpntauk Point. The regular allowance for subsistence is 30 cents per day per man. Gen. Eagen's order directs the medical officers to expend, as they may see nt, ior aeucacies mr siun. uuu wounded, CO cents per day. THE SEVENTY-FIRST SAELS. Gnllant New Yorkers Have Left for Montank Point. Santiago do Cuba, Aug. 7. Orders have been given to embark 1,500 infantrymen on the steamship Vigilancla, which will sail tonight with Gen. Ames and staffand the Sixth and Thirteenth regulars. Tomorrow thfr Sixteenth regulars and two battalions of the Seventy-first Nw York will leave for Montauk Point, and on Tuesday 1.S0O more men will leave. At a regular meeting of the Society of the Army of Santiago Gen. Shafter-swas elected permanent president, and Maj. Gen. Sharpe, assistant adjutant general, was chosen permanent secretary. Plynn's Business College, Stn and K, Business, shorthand, typewriting $25 a yr. 300 feet Best Seasoned Board)!, $1. One width, even thickness, any length. 1IG AGIST 1UU1 The Final American Advance Has Commenced. THE BEGINNING OP TrIE END In Ten Hays the Conquest of the Entire IMund Probably Will Have Been Comiiletetl Spanish Barbed "Wire Fences Are Turned Into a Telegraph Line for Five Miles. Ponce, Porto Rico, Aug. 8, via St. Croix. The forward movement of the American army to San Juan and Areclbo began today, end the beginning of the end of the Porto Rlcan campaign is at hand. In ten days at the longest, unless all signs fail, the entire island of Porto Rico will be occupied and San Juan itself re duced. Tho belief In Ponce now Is that there may be one or two fights, but nothing like the battle before Santiago. Gen. Wilson's headquarters Is now es tablished five miles east of Juana Diaz. Ills forces covered thirteen miles yester day and arrived In their present position last night. Gen. Wilson intended to give battle to tho Spaniards at Coamo today, if there are any of the enemy there, but a delay in bringing up his wagon trains induced him to wait until tomorrow, when, If the Spaniards remain, they will 'be dislodged. It is Gen. Wilson's intention, after drtv lng the enemy from Coamo, to move against Aibonlto, where tho Spaniards are obstructing the march tp San Juan. Gen. Brooke will flank 'the enemy from Cayey, and effect a junction with Gen. Wilson. i This morning Gen. Wilsqn personally reconnoltered to within two miles of Co amo. Ho intended to speak with the Spaniards if they came out, but they did i not come. Their outposts are In sight, two miles from the American -camp. The first strong intrenchments are a mile from Coamo, just beyond the junction of the Santa Isabell and San Juan roads. The Sixteenth Pennsylvania has just re ceived Krag-Jorgensen rifles. They prac ticed firing today in ordertQ become ac quainted with the new weapon. . ,., In addition to this regiment," Gen. Wil son has under his command the Second and Third Wisconsin, two batteries of light artillery and cavalry troop C, of Brooklyn. Gen. Ernst accompanied Gen. Wilson on his reconnoiterlng expedition, and from a hill both saw Into Coamo. The first troops to move out today were the Second and Third Wisconsin, of Gen. Ernst's brigade. The Sixteenth Pennsyl vania, also of Ernst's brigade, moved yesterday to the Decalabros River and the two regiments of Wisconsin troop3 were ordered up to support them. At the same time Gen. Wilson, with his staff, moved his headquarters from Ponce to Juan Diaz, near the front. Troop C, of New York Cavalry, pre ceded Gen. Wilson, and at 1 o'clock this afternoon the City Troop of Philadelphia started on a forty mil march along the coast road to join Gen'. Brooke at Guay ama. Troop H, of the Sixth Cavalry, ac companied them. Gen. Brooke has moved the Fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers up to Guayama to join tho Fourth Ohio and Third Illinois. Schwan's brigade, the Eleventh and Nineteenth Regulars and two batteries of light artillery started at 2 o'clock for Arecibo. One battalion of the Nineteenth Infantry and Col. Black, with 500 Porto Rican laborers, took the Adjuntas road. Their ultimate destination Is Areclbo. but they will repair the road on the way. The Native Volunteers. All of the expeditions were under way before dark. Gen. Schwsu was accom panied by Gen. Fajardo, who has been commissioned by Gen. "Miles" to command the First Regiment of Porto Rican Vol unteers. Gen. Schwamhas gone to Yau co, thenco to Sahama Grande and San Gorman. j The last named place is on importan city with 30,000 inhabltantsfin Its jui diction, and its population are noted their Intense loyalty to .Spain. From place he will go Westrvtq, Oobonojo, from there to Mayagues tjie third of importance on the island and lu third largest Spanish garrisbn. The rlson there Includes a batfalion Alfonso XIII reslment. I A Hard FIHt Expected nt May s Reports from Mayaguez Eay ths V, Spaniards there will make a stiff Tiere are some fortifications thert rrn. the place is easy tO'defeiid "Up the coast the next place is Anas- co, an important coast tQirn, and then Aguadillo, on the northwestcoast, where there is another big Spanish garrison. J rjg js composed mostly of volunteer, however. The town issituatcd Inja, -valley, and mountains surround 'it. There is a fort on the north side. The population is three fourths Spanish. A flgllt Is expected there, but the big figh? of. this division. if there is any, will cocie when Gen. r t Schwan reaches lAres,? ip tho interior. This is an Important strategic point and an ideal place to defend. 'Beports have been received from many sources that The Weather Libbcy fc Co. say Thunder storms and rain; cooler. the Spanish are preparing to make a stand there. The West Country Is Ours. Troops have been called in from thek surrounding country and what modern guns they have are being mounted. From Lares Gen. Schwan will go direct to Are clbo, where he will meet Col. Black's battalion. Thus the situation west of a line drawn from Ponce to Areclbo will be entirely occupied by the Americans. Gen. Schwan took with him 2,000 rifles and 200,000 rounds of ammunition. Col. Fajardo asserts that the people of the Island, even In the Spanish towns, want American rule. In each city visit ed while American government is being established he will organize a company of volunteer guards. These native soldiers will be armed by Gen. Schwan, who will leave them to defend the flag In the various towns where Uie companies are formed. To Itaise a.OOO Porto Ricans. Col. Fajardo says that in a very short time he can raise an army of two thou sand Porto Ricans, who can defend the west end of the expedition from Ponce to San Juan. Gen. Wilson's outposts were last night one mile west of Coamo and fifteen miles from Aibonlto, where the Spaniards are intrenched along the mili tary road to San Juan. Aibonlto is fourteen miles from Cayey, which is at tho Junction of the military road and the road from Guayama, along which Gen. Brooke's command is irfoving. Gen. Brooke Is now fourteen miles from Cayey. Cui'ynmn Road Reported Mined. Spanish volunteers who fled from the city of Guayama when it was taken, re turned yesterday and reported that the road for miles out had ibeen mined and was defended toy a strong force of Span iards. Tt Is believed that -these reports are gveatly exaggerated, and Gen. Brooke will proceed to Cayey and thence west ward to Atbonito, where he Is timed to arrlvo at about the time Gen. Wilson will attack the Spaniards from the west. The enemy will thus be caught between the two armies unless they -make a rapid re treat to the -northward. , After Aibonlto Is reduced the last known obstacle on the road to San Juan will be gone. The military road from AibonHo to San Juan crosses a good country, and It will be hard for the Span iards to amhush the Americans there. If the Spaniards light In that part of 'the Isl and It must he in the open, and no one here expects them to do that, as it is di rectly opposed to their method of war fare. A Barbed Wire' Teletrrapli Line. The Signal Corps has put to good use the Spanish barbed wire fences. On Fri day they turned one of Ihesc fences Into a telesraph ltne. Col. Glassford and six men with keyboards used the fence for five miles and communicated with the army at Arroyo. Col. Glassford unwound the wire at the -posts and after insulating it at certain posts on which it rested, got the whole line in working order In two hours. All the stores, cafes, etc, at Guayama were open yesterday. The natives who fled are hurrying hack, finding their fears unfounded, and are giving a most hearty reception to tho Americans. The bands frequently play American airs and the people all raise their hats when they pass the American flag. In fact, the scene at Guayama is identical with that presented in Ponce on the arrival of the army there. Private Huffman, of the Third Ohio, who was shot toy an American picket Friday night, died this morning. THE FIFTH ILLINOIS JOYOUS. It ' Will Probably Sail for Porto Rico Tomorrow, Newport News, Aug. S It is quite prob able that the Fifth Illinois will sail on Wednesday for Porto Rico. As a result of this Informal, .n, which was given out today from j ?em!-offlclal source. Col. Culv-r's iu" u eood spirits tonight. Mi report, Gen. Grant, 0 Fifth Illinois will em- ,' Attf which is not at the er bunkers with coal, ready to sail by irst Kentucky, a part sailed for Porto Rico ''on last Friday night, is using i-ili ;ence to have tho remaining fcyns of his regiment go on the lit tw r- Th jjEbpo arrived here today from w""sj where she went to be disln- te' Jlir bringing up sick and wound- p-.shr from Santiago. The Lam- 's'-'ifih arrived at Old Point Satur- - ' 107 sick and wounded soldiers Jfj'to Rico, is now on her way to Ttj, 't. It is not known whether she u-vlered back here to take off part (Srant's brigade. cire now in camp one battalion of the Sixteenth Pennsylvania, one battalion and a half of the First Kentucky, One Hundred and Sixtieth Indiana, Third Kentucky and Fifth Illinois. PEACE NEWS REACHES PONCE. However, the Foiward Movement Is Not Discontinued, Ponce, Aug. S. via St. Croix. Two pri vate cable dispatches have been received here, one at the German vice consulate, stating that Spain has accepted the con ditions of peace laid down by the United States. There lias been no official notifi cation, however, received by Gen. Miles, and the forward movement of the army continues. Gen. Henry will go along the Adjuntas Road with Garretson's brigade to meet Think of bnylni? IOO ft. Dry Boards. bright, -heart, even thickness, for only $L Ap his bark ' coal pls nyilfegh ' j H. i & Gen. Schwan at Areclbo. on tho north sido of the Island. JGen. Miles thought of accompanying $5ettf' Henry, but finally decided not to move his headquarters un-tll everything lsfigorder here. t,The landing of supplies Is being delayed owing to the poor facilities. The army has not yet been supplied with launches enough to do the work. ASSOCIATED PRESS BOATS. All Those In Its Porto Ilicnn Xen Service Are "Withdrawn. St. Thomas, Aug. 8. The Associated Press haB withdrawn, one by one, all the boats that were employed in its Porto Rl can news service. The first to go was the Dauntless. She was followed, at inter vals of a few days, by the Dandy, the Underwriter, the Cynthia and tho Wan da, in the order named. WADE'S EXPEDITION OFF. The Idea of Sending It All Bat Abandoned, Unlets the Spaniards offer more resist ance than the progress of the Porto Rlcan campaign up to this time has led the AVar Department to expect, Gen. Wade's expe dition will be abandoned. Organization of his provisional division has been in terrupted, and the 20,000 troops that were to compose it may find no further relief from the monotony of camp life than a movement to other sites. This decision has but lately been reached by the War Department, and was not made public until last night. Re ferring to the matter, Gen. Corbin said: "Gen. Wade's expedition was delayed in the first Instance because we needed all the available transports to bring the San tiago army home. Recent operations in Porto Rico have elicited such little re sistance from the Spaniards that we now hope Gen. Miles has all the troops he ageds, and In that case there Is no ex cuse for wastlnir limp, nml mnnoi- In umi. ('''ngblm re-enforcements. The situation lstnis: in a day or two It will develop whether or not more troops are needed in Porto Rico, and if they are Gen. Miles can camp right down ana wait for them. We can get re-enforcements to him with out delay. They are ready to go on short notice. But Unless the Snnninrils rln mnri fighting than they have been. Gen. Wade'a expedition will not go at all." Several unimportant dispatches were re ceived from Gen. Milea by the War De partment yesterday. They were nQt made public, owing to the fact that they were not of general interest, being merely requisitions for supplies and containing nothing mora than technical Intelligence bearing on trie campaign. Military officials are confiden&ihat San Juan will fall with out much o'f a btruggle, and the end of the campaign is believed to be but a few weeks in the future at most. Upon withdrawing from his custnmnrv j late conference with the President last nignt, becretary Alger said: "Operations in the island are progressing rapidly. Gen. Miles Is pushing on toward San Juan, and we hop'e for an early fall of the capital." TO RE-ENFORCE GEN. SHAFTER. The First and Thirdly Ba inlioni, Fifth Volunteers!' .. Savannah, Aug. S. At 3Ii..k today the First and Third Battalions, Fifth U. S. Volunteers, sailed from' Savannah to Santiago, where they will re-enforce Gen. Shafter. The battalions were commanded by Col. H. H. Sergent, who took his wife with him. Several of the commissioned officers took their wives along. They said they were not afraid to go and -insisted upon accompanying their husbands. About 630 men and 30 officers made up the passengers, besides the women. Within the next few days the Third Battalion of this regiment will leave for the same port, as will the Third Regiment of Volunteers in. camp here. There was only one officer of the Fifth Regiment who refused to go. The back bone of the chaplain of the contingent, tho Rev. R.D. Wear, of Birmingham, Ala., weakened when ho saw the big steamer that was to bear him away, and he reported to his colonel that he had re signed by telegraph and would remain In Savannah to see if his resignation was accepted. Chaplain Wear said to the newspaper men that he did not intend to go to Cuba and be food for yellow fever, now that the war Is nearly over. The men had a terrible time before reaching the transport. They were en camped fully five miles from it and were marched to the dock. The colonel lost his bearings and took his men out of the way. They could not stand It and twenty-five of them went down under the terrific rays of the semi-tropical sun. Their suffering was terrible and the local doctors were busy for a long time bring ing them around. fiHAFTER TO THE PRESIDENT. Dock "ot TItlnIc Immune Tteimeiit.s Will Suffer Hardships. The following message from Gen. Shaft er to President McKinley, teeing of the condition of the army at Santiago, was given out at the White House yesterday afternoon: "I can very readily see what intense excitement the publication must have occasioned; a great deal more than the situation warranted. Situation is greatly aggravated from the fact that before any of -the men were taken ill they were thor oughly exhausted. At least 25 per cent of the command had "been down with mala rial fever, from which .they recover very slowly, and are In no condition to stand an attack of yellow fever or dysentery. Placed here now in the condition in which they were when they came here, I do not believe they would be in any par ticular danger. "The regiment of immunes that recent ly arrived is not suffering at all, and I don't believe they will. They can keep out of the sun, are well clothed and well fed. What put my command In Its present condition was the twenty days of the campaign when they had nothing but meat, 'bread and coffee, without change of clothes, without any shelter whatever, and during the period twice as stormy as It has been since the sur render. Fresh trocps reaching heYe In the middle of August, with good camps, good water, abundance of tentage which they wJll find here need not apprehend se rious danger. "I thank you for the high regard In which you hold my command, and the value of the service .they have rendered. It pays for all the suffering we have en dured. I have read this to Gens. Wheel er, Lawton, Bates and Kent, who concur with me in the view expressed above." Sons of America Club to Bay lUdsre. Wednesday, August 10. Trains leave B. & O. depot 9:30 a. m. and 1:30 p. m. Join the club. Adults, 50, and children. 25 cents. It-em Our Teams are busy dellverinc those best boards at ?1 100 feet. SOLDIERS HlllG HOME Gen. Shatter Reports Departure of Troops for Mont auk. IM3IUNE3 TO REPLACE THEM Prosresn Is Beinc Made in the Withdrawn! of tlie Santiago Army The KouKh Rldert on Their Way Speculation as to Wliat Roose velt May I3o on Ills Return. Satisfactory progress in the work of em barking the Santiago army and getting it off for the North is reported by Gen. Shafter in the following cable message; "Santiago, August 8, 18. 3:U. p. m. "Gen. H. C. Corbin, Adjutant General, U. S. A.. Washington: "Miami, Matteawan and Vigilancla sail ed this morning, having on board First Volunteer Cavalry. First Regular Caval ry, Battery ll. Fourth AKlllery. Thir teenth Infantry and Sixth Infantry. "SHAFTER, Major General.' The First Volunteer Cavalry is Col. Roosevelt'B organization, better known as the "Rough Riders," and the news that .they have embarked for home at last will be" greeted with Intense satis faction, particularly by those who sym pathized whh the colonel's recent col lision with the War Department. The War Department is bendin? every energy to the work, and more troops will be started from Cuba as rapidly as trans ports can be secured. It is hoped that the Jast company fit to come North will get away within two weeks at mosu Th two Immune regiments which sailed from Tampa last week should have arrived at Santiago by this time, and the colored Illinois regiment is scheduled to sal! from Newport News today. This is the regi ment ordered south on its own request, which was transmitted to the War De partment through Gov. Tanner last week. By the end of this week a sufficient numtoer of immunes will have arrived In Cuba, to garrison the captured territory and all necessity for detaining the pres ent force will be removed. In the following communication, receiv ed by the War Department yesterday, Gen. Shafter offers the assurance that tho troops assigned to relieve- his com mand will not, if properly cared for, ex perience the haX.ships which have beset the first army of invasion, nor fall such ready victims to the ravages of disease. 'Santiago, Aug- S, 1SS3. 7U1 p. m. Udjutant General of the Army, Waih con: "In connection with my telegram of the 3d Instant, and the, letter of the general officers to me of some da-.e, I have -the honor to say that since then I have talked with the divisron cornraande-s and they join me hi saying that the first report was made so strong- cause of the weak ened and exhausted condition, of the com mand, more than 75 per cenc of -which have been Ml wCth a very weakening ma larial fever, lasting tfrem four to six days and whrch leaves every man too much broken down to be of any service and in no condition to w thsSnnd an epidemic of yellow fever. For strong acd healthy regiments coming here navr nwl a little later with plenty of tectage to cover them, and not subject to any hardships and with plenty of nourishing foed. the danger in my opinion and that of the division commanders would ibe reduced to a. minimum. "SHAFTER, Major General." It remains to be seen whether Col. Roosevelt will follow up his criticism of the War Department's methods once he has returned to the North. Those who know him best predict that he will make himself a thorn in the sides of certain of ficials who are responsible for some of the deplorable occurrences connected with the movement of the wounded and sick. The colonel Is protraBly smarting under the severe rebuke of Secretary Al ger made public a few days ago, and he may ask for a court of inquiry to inves tigate certain things in consequence of which his Rough Riders suffered while In Cuba. TWO KXLLED; FIVE INJURED. Soldiers StrncU by Llprhtninpr ttt Minml Yesterday. Miami. Fia.. Aug. 8. An electrical storm played havoc In and around the military encampment this morning and greatly re tarded the work of removlns the First Texas Regiment to Jacksonville. Lightning killed two soldiers and in jured five others, one of whom will die. The dead are Corporal C. H. Hum phreys, an ex-stereotyper on the Houston Post, Company E. First Texas, and Pri vate Charles E. Gill, a mill man, of Mo bile, Ala., and member of Company K, First Louisiana. Of the injured all will recover except Juan Cruze, a Cuban, In Company A, First Louisiana, who Is still unconscious and badly burned. The victims were in a large crowd, as sembled within the shelter of a refresh ment starid, close to the depot, composed principally of men equ'pped for the jour ney to Jacksonville and carrying rifles and bayonets. The attraction of the steel was the cause of the fatalities. The light ning made only a half-Inch aperture in the roof, and then danced about the Im plements of warfare, temporarily blinding the men. Military honors will be accorded the victims at their homes, where they will be interred. FROM SANTIAGO TODAY. Gen. Shafter Reports n Continua tion of Fever. Gen. Shaffer's latest sanitary report, quoted below, indicates that there is no improvement in the situation, but the fact that the number of new cases con tinues to equalize with the number of pa tients returned to duty Is a source of some slight satisfaction. Santiago, Aug. S. Adgt. Gen. of the Ar my, Washington: Sanitary report for August 7: Total number of sick, 3,43: total number of fever cases. 2.49S; total number of new cases. 412; total number of fever cases returned to duty. 406; Deaths August 7: Private Ranger Mellln. Compasy I, Ninth Massachusetts, typhoid fever; Private Charle3 Wren, Company G, Eighth Infantry, pernicious anemia: Private Daniel Gruber, Company C. 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