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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 141.
FLOWERS AND FLAGS BEDECKED THEIR WAY AN ENTHUSIASTIC FAREWELL AS THE TRAIN MOVES OFF. THE ARTILLERYMEN PRESS THEIR WAY TO WAR THROUGH CHEERIG CROWDS OF FRIENDS WHATEVER fate may have in store for the soldier lads who went from San Francisco yesterday it must be they will remember that this city sent them forth with words of cheer, with a hope for their safety, a benison for their loyal courage. They can hardly forget, even though on an alien shore, that here by the Pacific thousands are thinking of them and hoping that the god of battles shall protect them as they fight for the honor of the flag. The march from the Presi dio to the cars was more than a good-by, it was an ovation. The wav was strewn with The San Francisco Call flowers. Children waved the Star and Stripes in miniature, women wept from very sym pathy, men shouted until hoarse. Yet the soldiers, trained to duty, hardly looked to the right or to the left. They had made their fare wells. They had kissed their wives and their sweethearts. There was nothing for them to do but obey the orders which called them to the South and, perhaps, beyond, where a foe is in waiting and the terror of malady stalks throughout the season just opening. They had not com plained. On the contrary, they had manifested an eagerness to go. SAX FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 1898. McKINLEY'S ULTIMATUM GIVING THE SPANISH UNTIL SATURDAY NEXT NEW YORK, April 19.— 0n Wednesday at 10 a. m. President McKinley will sign the resolution of Congress and his ultimatum to Spain. The ultimatum will be at once transmitted to Minister Woodford. On Wednesday at 5 p. m., Madrid time, the ultimatum will be presented to Senor Gullon, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. On Saturday at 6 a. m., Madrid time, Spain's time for replying to the ultimatum and acceding to the demands of Congress will have expired. On Saturday at 1:18 n. m. orders will be sent to Captain Sampson at Key West to move his fleet upon Havana, unless Spain has backed down. (10:18 p. m. on Friday at San Francisco.) The difference in time between Washington and Madrid is four hours and forty-two minutes. The President's ultimatum demands that Spain at once relinquish its authority and government in the island of Cuba and withdraw its land and naval forces from Cuba and Cuban waters. Perhaps the grim dictum of the commander of the army that \\ ar is no picnic is cor rect enough, but any objec tion he may have to the peo ple turning out in honor of ■ - - . • . ; ■:■-." ■' . the soldiers has been over ruled by the people. They feel that they have a part in the great events now happen ing, for to them the departure of the troops is a great event It is the portent of war. To many' the war which so nearly divided this country is a matter of history. It is true that the veteran who survived it may not yet be old, but the world grows fast, and people in the prime of life know of the great civil struggle only what they have read or been told. So this is the first time they have had their patriotism aroused. Not until now have they understood what emotions are aroused when the flag is assailed. The troops march ing away constitute an object lesson. The sound of martial music carries the old soldier back to the field of Gettys burg and to Chancellorsville. On one field the blue was victorious, on the other the gray. But what matters it now ? To-day there is one country, and side by side the PRICE FIVE CENTS. North and the South are ready to sustain the common weal. The veteran of the Federal army seeks counsel of the veteran of the Confed eracy. The same blood runs in the veins of both. Yesterday a martial spirit seemed to pervade the air. Long before the hour set for the light artillery to leave its quarters the streets leading thence to the depot were lined with representatives of every class. Society was there, school children by the thou sand, every little American contributing to the occasion an enthusiastic treble, every little hand clasping a flag which was wildly waved. But per