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THE SECOND MANILA EXPEDITION
HARRISON G. OTIS GETS A COMMAND
Itie Los Angeles Editor Nominated for Brigadier-
General bu the President,
President McKlnley yesterday terminated the long fight In this State for
military honor, by sending to the Senate, among other nominations, the name
of Harrison Gray Otis to be brigadier general of California volunteers. The con
test for this distinction has been long and bitter, the three principal aspirants
being Major General John H. Dickinson, Brigadier General R. H. Warfield and
Colonel Otis. As none of them could command the support of the united Cali
fornia delegation, the President took the matter in his own hands and named his
friend and former comrade.
General Otis served with distinction throughout the rebellion, entering as a
private and rising by successive promotions through all the Intervening grades
to that of brevet lieutenant colonel of United States volunteers, this distinction
being confrrr.il upon him by the President "for gallant and meritorious ser
vices throughout the war." This promotion, as also that of brevet major, was
given him at the close of hostilities upon the recommendation of Major General
taftprward President) R. B. Hayes.
I'uring his forty-nine months' service In the field, General Otis took part !n
fifteen engagements, received two wounds in battle, gained seven promotions, and
commanded his regiment while yet a captain, being at the time thp senior offi
cer present for duty. His military service was rendered. in two of the proud
est of Ohio's regiments— first in the Twelfth Ohio Volunteers for three years,
ami afterward In the famous Twenty-third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, to
which He was transferred In 1864 through the consolidation of the two com
mands. The Twelfth has its fame preserved in the archives of the War De
partment In the form of a battle roll embracing fourteen engagements, with
total losses in killed and wounded aggregating 556 officers and men. The Twen
ty-third participated in seventeen engagements, and lost In action, from first
to last, 567 officers and men killed and wounded, out of a total enrollment of 2230.
being more than 25 per cent. The Twenty-third Is classed in history with the
celebrated "Three hundred fighting regiments" whose military record is given
In < 'olonel Fox's work, "Regimental Losses In the American Civil War, IS6I
1565" — each of which 300 regiments lost over 130 officers and men killed and
wounded in action.
The original colonel of the Twenty-third Ohio was William S. Rosecrans; E.
P. Scammon succeeded him; Rutherford B. Hayes was the third colonel— each
being in turn promoted to a higher command. Stanley Matthews served for a
time as major, and subsequently became a Justice of the Supreme Court of
the T'nlted States. Robert P. Kennedy and "William C. Lyon were officers In the
regiment, and later became L'eutenant Governors of Ohio. Russell Hastings was
captain and then lieutenant colonel, served on the staff of General Hayes, and
was desperately wounded at the battle of Opequan. President William McKln
ley served as a private, commissar}' sergeant, and as a commissioned officer re-
Fpectively; he was breveted by the President, upon muster out, for gallant and
meritorious conduct throughout the conflict.
General Otis served in Rosecrans' first campaign In West Virginia <1861> , and
subsequently with the Kanawha division, Eighth Army Corps; the Army of
West Virginia, mountain department; the Ninth Army Corps, Army of the Poto
mac, and in the Army of the Shenandoah. His service ended in 1865 under Han
cock, commanding the Middle Military Department.
General Otis came to California in IS7C, and since 1882 has controlled and con
ducted the Los Angeles Times. •
Yesterday afternoon Major-Oeneral John H. Dickinson sent a message
In the following word? to P.rigadier-General Harrison G. Otis:
Colonel H. G. Otis, Ban Francisco, Cal. — Dear Sir: I have heard at Cazadero
of your appointment. I congratulate you most heartily. I hoped to get the
place, but am very glad that you have received the appointment, seeing that I
could not get It. I wish you all success. Very respectfully,
JOHN H. DICKINSON, Major-General Division N. G. C.
OPPOSITION TO THE NOMINATION OF OTIS.
WASHINGTON. May 27.— The nomination of H. G. Otis of Los Angeles
as brigadier general of volunteers was not surprising to the Callfornlans,
for as stated in The Call it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Pres
ident would appoint him. but it came sooner than expected.
One of the maddest men in the Senate is Frye of Maine, who has har
bored a revongeful feeling against Otis since the Los Angeles Times made
an attack against him, editorially, in which the Senator's integrity was as
sailed. Mr. Frye made a bitter fight against Otis' nomination. Secretary
AlK^r. while not openly opposing it, resented the editor's personal attac-ks
made on himself, and doubtlesß would secretly be glad to see the confirma
tion defeated. There is no doubt that Frye will actively oppose confirma
tion, and as he is a power in the Senate It is barely possible that, with
the assistance of the Democratic Senators, he may succeed.
WORKINGMEN OPPOSE OTIS.
Any action favoring the nomination of Colonel Harrison Gray Otis as brigadier
general stirs up a hornets' nest In labor circles. A committee was appointed at.
the last meeting of the Building Trades' Council to formulate an open letter
which would outline labor's feelings on the matter. The letter 1b as follows:
To President McKlnley and Senators White and Perkins; The dispatches of
to-day announce the nomination by President McKinley of Harrison Gray Otis to
be brigadier general of volunteers.
This aotion has been taken by the executive at the suggestion and upon the
recommendation of Senators White and Perkins after they and also the Presi
dent had received resolutions passed by even,' laboring body in California,
which was the- only method which the then enlisting soldiers had of expressing
their sentiments— as when once mustered in their lips are sealed— denunciatory of
this man and his attitude with respect to the laboring people, and calling atten
tion to the fact that with such a person in charge of the California division of
volunteers it would not only render recruiting difficult, but would lead to dis
satisfaction and discord among the troops already mustered In.
The flower of our California manhood, now on their way to Manila to fight
for and maintain the honor and dignity of our flag, opposed to a man the
appointment of Otis, and their protest has been ignored. .
To place a man at the head of troops whose cordial hatred he enjoys can only
be regarded as an insult to the people of California, and particularly those from
whom the material for fighting Is drawn. It is true Colonel Otis has a war record,
and an honorable discharge with the rank of captain after service performed
during the Civil War, but his colonelcy is only a rank derived from civil life as a
staff officer. Thisls mentioned simply toshow that the appointment is not upon the
ground of service performed in war, but it is based upon service performed polit
ically, and for valuable and consistent work for the Republican party that this
man is rewarded to the exclusion of other available men whose deeds of valor
during the Civil War. and their clean and honorable records since, would have
made their appointments far more satisfactory, and reflected far greater credit
upon the executive, who, by the way, announced a few days ago that the only
qualification that he would consider in making army appointments would be that
of military ability. It is to be sincerely regretted that the praise which this
remark occasioned is to be so rudely and abruptly overturned by the appointment
of Colonel Otis, who will not enthuse, encourage or Inspire to valor those who
will be compelled to do or die under him.
We realize that all has been done to defeat this appointment that could have
been done in the premises, but now that the wishes of the people of California
have been Ig^iominiously ignored, we can but condemn this action both by the
President and Senators Perkins and White. While we are forced to accept the
Inevitable, it will only be done with a burning desire at some future time to
roturn the compliment, and extend such a return as will be fitting in the case.
p. h. McCarthy.
JAMES H. ROSE,
W. WOODS,
San Francisco. May 27, 1898. Building Trades Council Commlttea.
A Grateful Mother
Among those who appreciated the
|thouirhtfulne»« of the J. ,P. Sprcckels &
\Uroß.' Towboat Company and other »hlp
&wnera in t urnluhJng transportation to the
reiatlven of tho departing volunt«prß out
to the Golden Gate and return is Mrs. E.
W. Kelly, mother of . Sergeant Kelly of
Company B, First Regiment of California
Volunteers, who writes from Berkeley as
follows:
"I flpep.k for the mothers, wives and sis
ters of Company B, of the First Califor
nia Regiment, and thank you for your
kindness in affording us transportation
to accompany our dear sons as far as the
Golden G: o, and we Bhall ever remain
grateful for the kindness you have shown
u«."
THE SA:tf FRANCISCO CALL., SATURDAY, 31 AT 28, 1898.
The Seventh Regiment of California Is
Selected to Be Part of the
Command.
Major-General Merritt in Charge of the Department of the
Pacific, With Headquarters at the
Palace Hotel.
Major General Wesley Merritt, XJ.
S. A., yesterday took command of the
newly created Department of the Pa
cific and established his headquarters
at the Palace Hotel.
Orders will be immediately issued
directing the organization of United
States troops for service in the Phil
ippines.
Colonel John B. Babcock, TJ. S. A.,
adjutant general and chief of staff,
arrived from the East last evening
and will assume the duties of his
new position to-day.
The transports under charter of
the Government for the second Ma
nila expedition are the Zealandia,
China, Colon, Centennial, Ohio and
Peter Jebsen. The China arrived
from the Orient yesterday. It is
probable that the expedition will
consist of 5000 soldiers. Major Gen
eral Merritt took steps yesterday to
hasten the departure of the fleet.
— —
SECOND MANILA FORCE.
General Merritt Is Learning
the Condition of the Troops
in San Francisco.
Major-General Wesley Merritt, Gover
APPRECIATIVE COLORADANS.
Members of Company G Return Thanks to the Red
Cross Society.
That the enlisted men of Company G. First Colorado Volunteers, are
keenly appreciative of the work of the Red Cross Society, is shown by tho
following resolutions unanimously adopted yesterday. The members of the
regiment feel that they have been unjustly treated by those in authority
in their own State. The regiment was called into service May 7, and the
men should have received $2 per day until mustered into the United States
service, but they were mustered out of the State service almost immedi
ately, and for six days, or until they were sworn in as volunteers, they
performed military duty without belonging to either the State or National
forces. The resolutions are as follows:
Whereas, the members of this company, from the time of their advent
Into the State of California, have been the recipients of what is undoubt
edly the most kindly, well-timed and generous hospitality that was ever
lavished by any community upon a non-resident body of soldiers, and es
pecially have the ladles of San Francisco, in a thousand ways, endeared
themselves to us by their profouna solicitude for our welfare; now, there
fore, be It
Resolved, By Company G, of Cripple Creek, Colorado, First Regiment
Colorado Volunteers, that we extend to the people of California our most
sincere and cordial thanks for the boundless hospitality shown to us, these
thoughtful attentions being in marked contrast to the action of the Colo
rado authorities, whoever they may be, whom we consider robbed us each
of nearly six days' pay by a manipulation of the mustering out of the
regiment from the State service of Colorado.
Resolved, As a manifestation of our complete appreciation of California
generosity, we especially pledge ourselves to render to our California com
rades in the field the utmost assistance in our power In any emergency
that Providence may allow to arise during the pending war, being desirous
to partially repay some of the benefactions received by us in this State.
Resolved. That the newspapers of San Francisco and Denver be fur
nished copies of these resolutions and requested to publish the same.
Signed by all the privates of Company G, First Regiment Colorado Vol
unteers.
RALLY ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS.
j nor-General of the Philippines, has es
j tabllshed his temporary headquarters in
, rooms 78 and SO and adjoining apartments
: on the fourth floor of the Palace Hotel.
I His immediate staff is composed of Major
Hale, Major Strothers, Captain Mott and
Captain James G. Blame Jr.
General Merritt spent yesterday in ac- |
quaintlng himself with the situation and
condition of the expeditionary forces now |
encamped in San Francisco, his informa- j
tion being furnished to him by Brigadier- j
General K. S. Otis, who has had charge .
of all affairs connected with tho Philip
pines at this point up to yesterday. No :
time has yet been set for the dispatching
of the second expedition to Manila, It is
predicted that it will sail inside of two ;
weeks. It will require at least that much
time to properly equip the forces and gel
the transports in good condition and load
ed with supplies.
General E. S. Otis, who is to go with the
second expedition, has not yet moved his
headquarters to Camp Richmond, but will
probably do so to-day or Monday, as the
tents for himself and staff are all ready !
for occupancy.
The first regiment of Montana volun- i
teers, consisting of about 900 men, will
arrive in San Francisco about 8 o'clock j
this morning and proceed to Camp Rich
mond.
The Eighteenth and Twenty-third regi
ments of the regular infantry will reach |
San Francisco from New Orleans some .
time to-morrow morning, and will also go '
direct to Camp Richmond, where all the j
forces destined for the Philippines are i
being massed. j
A battal'on of volunteers from North
Dakota will arrive Sunday morning, and
will be followed on Monday morning by j
another battalion from the same State.
Company G of the Fourteenth Regular
Infantry, which recenuy came from
Skaguay. has been ordered to report to
General Otis at Camp Richmond-
THE SEVENTH SELECTED.
Troops From the Southern
Part of the State Will Go
With the Next Expedition.
The gallant Seventh will form part of
the second detachment of troops to be
dispatched to the Philippines. While no
order*- have been issued to that effect. It
is known that General Otis is greatly
pleased with the splendid body of men
brought up from Southern California by
Colonel Berry, and while the colonel is
discreetly silent, it is believed he has re
ceived assurances from General Otis that
his command will be one of those selected
to go out on the next transports to sail
to Dewey's relief.
The Seventh California is now com
pletely equipped and ready to move at a
momenfs notice. It is splendidly drilled
and composed of great, strapping fellows
capable of enduring any amount of cam
paigning in the trying climate of the
orient Rtar.u in troi»cai cautoroia. IM
heat of the Philippines has no terrors for
them. With two full infantry regiments
and a detachment of artillery selected
from her offering to 'the cause for the
first expedition, California may well feel
proud of the compliment paid her sona by
the discerning army officers.
VOLUNTEER SUPPLIES.
Contributions of Clpthing For
warded to Soldiers in Camp.
L. W. Storror, Edmund Godchaux and
Thomas Cunningham, seeing the condition
of the Kansas volunteers, went among
the merchants and in two hours, Thurs
day, secured articles as follows, which
were delivered to Major Whitman and by
him distributed to his men. The shoe men
of the city offered to supply the Govern
ment a regulation shoe in five days at
about 1500 pairs per day, but their offer
was rejected, yet they did not hesitate
to donate to the Kansas boys. The con
tributors were:
United Wnrklngmen B. A S. Co., 12 pairs
shoes; Rosenthal, Feder & Co., 12 pairs shoes;
Cohn Hirsh & ■ "2 pairs socks; Levi Strauss
&Co 60 suits underclothing; Neustadter Bros.,
100 pairs socks; Cahn. Niokelsburg & Co.. 12
pairs shoes; Buckingham & Heoht, 12 pairs
plioes- Sachs liros., assortment of underwear
and towels; A. L. Bryan Shoe Company, 12
pairs shoes; Meyereteln Company, 60 pairs
drawers: Greenbaur.i. .Weil & Miehels, assort
ment of underwear and socks: J. C. Nolan &
Co 12 pairs shoes; Brown Bros. & Co., 24
suit? underwear: Heyneman & Co., assortment
of underwear; Son Bros. & Co.. gross of pipes:
Murphy, Grant & Co.. 10 dozen undershirts, 10
dozen pairs drawers.
Mrs. Samuel Rainey donated a wagon
load of clothing to the volunteers sta
tioned at the Richmond Camp Thursday,
consisting principally of underwear and
shoes. The donation is one of the largest
made, as yet, toward alleviating the
wants of the boys in blue, and was glad
ly welcomed and appreciated by the
sturdy Easterners, who spared no time
In substituting the new apparel for the
old. In addition to the clothing several
baskets of food were sent out to camp
which will be followed by more to-mor
row.
A Prompt Response.
When Redington & Co., druggists, were
apprised of the fact that the Nebraska
regiment was badly in need of certain
medicines^ they immediately sent out a
RIVALRY AMONG
THE REGIMENTS
All the Troops at Camp Richmond Eager
for Active Service.
The question of which regiment, or reg
iments, will compose the next expedition
ary force to Manila is the all-absorbing
topic of discussion among the oflicfers
and enlisted men of the various com-
mands now encamped at Camp Richmond.
Nearly all of the different command rs
declare that their commands are pr-ie- |
tically equipped for field service or y 111 j
be In a short time. As a matter of fact,
however, it is well known that not more
than two regiments are in shape for im- j
mediate service, and even these are la.'k- ,
ing in some of their supplies. Nearly
all of the requisitions have been fiieo
with the department quartermaster, but
the sudden rush of orders that have flood
ed this department have sorely taxed its
capacity, and it will be at least three
weeks before all of the troops here are
thoroughly equipped and ready for the
field.
When questioned as to the chances of
their command going with the next ex
pedition the various commanders looli
wise, but say little. It is a fact, how
ever, despite the many current rumors
to the contrary, that at present the Gov
ernment has not definitely decided what
troops will go on the next expedition. !
While the ability, length of time in ser- j
vice and experience of commanding of- J
fleers of the various commands, will have ;
material weight In the selection of th» I
next convoy of troops, still the main
question that will be considered will be j
a regiment or a battalion's state of equip- j
tnent, and with the choice brought down
to this basis the indications are that the i
Seventh California. First Colorado, the |
Light Battery from Utah and the First j
Troop of Cavalry from the same State
will be among the favored commands.
To-morrow night will practically see the
Seventh Regiment completely equipped,
while the requisitions of the First Colo
rado will be illled by the middle of next
It is known that it is the intention of
the Government to send a troop of cav
alry to Manila with the next expedition,
but It has not yet been determined
whether the selected troopers will take
their horses with them or purchase others*
there Captain Caine's Utah troopers
are equipped with the exception of re
volvers The troop also has a fund of
MOO and an order from the Alta Club of
Bait Lake City to draw for any amount.
The two light Utah batteries need some
clothing and about 1000 rounds of am
munition. From this it would^seem that
the troops named will be the ones to go
to Manila, provided the next expedition
sails in the near future, and the arrival
of the regulars does not alter what now
appears to be the slate as prepared by the
department commander.
The First Wyoming Batallion has its
requisitions in, and needs about 300 pairs |
of shoes, 250 suits of underwear and 120,
0(i0 rounds of ammunition to complete its
equipment.
The Kansas, Nebraska. Idaho and Penn
sylvania forces have their requisitions in,
and of these the Kansas soldiers are un
doubtedly in the most pressing need of
clothes, shoes and underwear. Colonel
Little admits that his men need these
supplies, but he Indignantly denies the i
rumors that his men are starving. The i
Government has supplied all troops now I
in camp with abundant and sufficient ra
tions, and there is no lack of food, while
the donations of the Red Cross and good j
citizens generally have given every man j
A SURPRISE IN LOS ANGELES.
Some Joy, However, in the Prospect of His
Having to Leave the State.
LOS ANGELES. May 27. — The appointment of Colonel Harrison Gray Otis
was received here with surprise by all and with regret by many. To some it
gave a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that if the nomination of Otis is
confirmed by the Senate it will b4 necessary for him to leave the city and to be
absent for some time. To many this will be eminently satisfactory. Among the
workingmen and the members of the local Labor Unions the appointment of Otis
is most offensive. Otis has bitterly antagonized and lied about them for years,
and it is now proposed by the organizations and their leaders to use every effort
to show the United States Senate that Otis is not a fit man to be brigadier general
of volunteers.
Otis, on the other hand. Is striving by threats and over-persuasion to insure
his confirmation. He is having all the local organizations, commercial and other
wise, send telegrams to Washington urging his Immediate confirmation.
Taken as a whole, the nomination of Otis was received very coolly by the
people here. It was a surprise, but the public did not look upon ft as tney would
have regarded a similar consideration shown by the President to citizens more
worthy and more fitted.
complete supply. They received the no
tire at 2:30 In the afternoon, and at 6
o'clock the case filled with all sorts of
drugs and appurtenances was deposited
In the Nebraska hospital tent at the
Richmond camp.
Charles Brown & Son also generously
responded to the call for 100 tin cups and
other hardware for the same regiment.
To these, as well as to the many other
donors the officers, for themselves and
their men, wish to express their heartiest
thanks.
There axe only rare exceptions where
merchants fail to respond with libejal
contributions. Cots and mattresses for
the sick seem to be one of the crying
needs for nearly all the companies in
camp.
Message From the Charleston.
SALINAS, May 27.—A carrier pigeon
came to the loft of J. W. Tholcke at this
place late last night and tried to get in.
This morning the bird came again and
was caught. On the wing was a message
from the United States steamer Charles
ton, dated May 25. saying that the vessel
was southwest of the Farallones. the
latter being just in sight; all well on
board. .
for Free Transportation.
Appeal
S. F. Overstreet writes to The Call as
follows: "Let the people, through the
dally papers of this great city, ask the
street railroads to allow the boys In blue,
the ones who are offering their all. even
life blood, for our country's honor, to ride
on the street cars free—entirely free.
"Many of the aforementioned boys are
moneyless, and after a drill of b!x full
COLLECT NO FARES FROM SOLDIERS.
The Presidio and Ferries Railroad Company Gives Free
Rides to Enlisted Men.
At last the volunteers who came to their country's defense have
been recognized by the railroad companies. For more than a month
every enlisted man at the Presidio who wanted to come to the city
was either compelled to walk a distance of flve miles or pay his fare
on tbe cars that traveled to his encampment. Many were without
funds and therefore had to forego the pleasure of coming down town
or visiting loved ones.
Pleasure was depicted on the faces of the men when informed by
their respective commanders yesterday that hereafter they would be
permitted to ride free on the Presidio and Ferries Railroad line.
This was due to the generous action of President Goorge A.
Newhall of the road, and. Is only another of those acts of kindness and
patriotism that have been shown the men since the present hostilities
commenced.
Now that the order 1b In effect hundreds of the soldiers Journey
dally to ajid from the Presidio and are profuse in their thanks for the
courtesy.
in camp more than he can eat. This ap
plies to every regiment in camp, and ther«
is absolutely no truth in the reports of
destitution that have been circulated by
misguided but kindly intending citizens.
The Nebraska and Idaho troops have a
mild form of measles among them, but
these have been quarantined, and th«
regimental surgeons are not fearful of an
epidemic of this disease. The Marine
Hospital reports a case of diphtheria from
the First Wyoming Battalion, but this is
denied by Major Foote, its commander,
who declares that the only ailment among
his men, outside of a few colds, is a num
ber of sore arms, caused by vaccination,
which has temporarily disabled about one
fourth of the battalion.
Major Moore and Captain Mallory were
in camp yesterday supervising the erec
tion of General Otis' headquarters, which
were established fe&£j>rday at the extreme
southwestern end Ox the camp. Captain
Mallory stated that he could not say when
General Otis would move his headquar
ters to Camp Richmond, but from the fact
that Colonel Pope, Colonel Lippincott,
Major Moore and Acting Assistant Sur
geon Harold were busy yesterday laying
off the ground for the brig;ule hospital, it
is believed General Otis will come out
either to-day or to-morrow and establisn
his headquarters, and immediately bri
gade the camp. The field hospital will
be on Point Lobos avenue.
Private Henry Pruett, Company H,
Seventh California Regiment, who died at
the Presidio Hospital on Wednesday of
pneumonia, was buried in the Presidio
Cemetery yesterday morning. The ser
vices were read by Chaplain Clark of the
St-venth, and Company H escorted the
remains to their last resting place, where,
after the coffin had been lowered, tho
grave filled and the usual volleys fired
over it. the bugler sounded taps and the
beautifully sad service was ended.
The pupils of the Mission Grammar
School sent a wagon load of provisions
to Camp Richmond yesterday, with in
structions that they be distributed among
the several regiments.
Quite a number of the men in the Ne
braska regiment are suffering from
cramps in the stomach. It is believed that
their sickness has been brought about by
the indiscriminate eating ot cakes, pies
and fruit brought them by visitors. Au
order was issued yesterday directing that
in future donations of foods and fruits be
left at the commissary department.
The Fourteenth United States Infantry
recruited twenty-three men yesterday.
The majority of them came well equipped
from Fort Sheridan and Fort Douglass.
The Twentieth Kansas Regiment was
inspected yesterday by Captain Mallory,
who expressed himself as being well
pleased with the command. The men have
been drilling hard and faithfully since
their arrival here and are now counted
among the best drilled volunteers. When
they receive their equipments, they will
be ready to take the field at a few hours'
notice.
A number of the memberß of the Penn
sylvania regiment are suffering from
colds, and a few of them are threatened
with pneumonia.
Corporal Van Voorhles of Company H
of the Pennsylvania volunteers has been
promoted to the rank of captain and com
missary of subsistence on the staff of
General Otis. Captain Van Voorhies is a
son of Congressman Van Voorhies of
Ohio.
The officers of the Minnesota regiment
expect to receive their new rifles and
ammunition to-day. Two wagon loads of
provisions and clothing were delivered to
them last evening from the quarter
master's department.
hours, tramping into the city to ace
friends and relatives is no fun.
"Considering the large revenue the
companies are deriving from the patriotic
citizens, does it not seem a disgrace to
compel Uncle Sam's own boys to pay
carfare?"
A CALL TO ARMS.
The Franklins of Old Hear a
Rallying Cry.
The following circular has been sent to
the military organization of Saa Fran
cisco formerly known as the Franklins:
SAN FRANCISCO. May 27, 1898.
Dear Sir— As you are no doubt aware the
ranks of the National Guard are depleted In
response to the first call of the President for
volunteers, a second call has been Issued which
will still further reduce the number of Its
members: the Franklins, known as Company
D. First Infantry Regiment N. O. C. (before
the reorganization) were, as a result of that
step, blotted out of existence. Now that an
emergency has arisen let us show that we still
live by offering our services to the Governor.
A call is hereby Issued by your late cap
tain, Frank P. Shafer, to all available ex
members, their friends and others who are
Interested in reviving a name which existed
before the civil war and at the same time do-
Ing honor to those who are on their way to
the front.
There is no doubt that companies well or
ganized will receive recognition at the hands
of the Executive at this time.
Be present on Monday evening, May 30, at
the armory. Page and Gough streets, at 8
o'clock sharp.
The Star »peaks of the people's victory.
Read it. •
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