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Spain's Response to Be Before
lhe-Gibiuet This Morning.
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
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Its Members Arrl e at the Golden
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
The Final American Advance
Has Commenced.
In Ten Hays the Conquest of the
Entire IMund Probably Will Have
Been Comiiletetl Spanish
"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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
his bark '
coal pls nyilfegh
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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.
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.
The Idea of Sending It All Bat
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
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.
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
"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.
Gen. Shatter Reports Departure
of Troops for Mont auk.
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.
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.
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.
Eighth Infantry, thermic fever: Private
Hans Larsen. Company H. Third Infan
try, typhoid fever; Private Fatlick Stev
ens, Company F, First Cavalry, typhoid
fever; Private Frank J. Muck, Company
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