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IMAGINARY FIGHT EXCITES THE DONS Madrid Celebrating a Great "Victory Over Samp son and Schley. Press Gives Extensive Details of a Battle in Which Cervera Crushed His Foes. MADRID, May 29.— El Progresso pub lishes dispatches purporting to come from Paris giving details of an alleged battle near Jamaica in which, it is said, two American warships were destroyed and one Spanish warship was injured. Although the account is very circum stantial as to time, place, incidents and results, it is received here with sus picion. The story is that Commodore Schley's squadron parted from Rear Admiral Sampson's off Cape Maysi, the eastern point of Cuba, and steered toward the Yucatan peninsula, followed closely by Sampson's ships. Both were sighted from the watch towers of Santiago de Cuba. Rear Admiral Sampson arrived off the Province of Puerto Principe, continuing thence in the direction of Jamaica. Admiral Cervera left Santiago on Thursday, May 26, at midnight, all his lights being extinguished, with the Viz caya and the Almirante Oquendo pre ceded by the torpedo boat destroyer Furor. He took a position in proximity to Jamaica. Two hours later the re mainder of Admiral Cervera's squadron withdrew from the harbor of Santiago and proceeded in a southerly direction. On the morning of Friday the Furor came up rapidly to the Vizcaya and the Almirante Oquendo, advising Admiral Cervera of the approach of the enemy. Rear Admiral Sampson's ships steamed with full speed toward the Spanish ves sels, which accepted combat, but moved in a southerly direction, to ' effect a junction with the remainder of the Spanish squadron. Presently the battle raged furiously on both sides. The Americans detached CERVERA'S FLEET PENNED IN SANTIAGO HARBOR Contiued From First Page. partment, he stated In a most positive manner that he believed that the Span ish fleet was at that point, and that he Intended to destroy or capture it. Communication with the insurgents de veloped the information that he was mistaken, and as soon as he satisfied himself of its correctness he coaled and sailed for Santiago. In his dispatch to the department yesterday he did not commit himself to the bald statement that Admiral Cervera had not gone. Perhaps he did not care to again put himself in a false position, but the offi cials with whom I have talked assume that he is basing his future action on ♦he assumption that the Spanish fleet is in the harbor. The officials profess to be still ignorant of Commodore Sohley's plan of ascertaining whether Admiral Cervera is really in the har bor, and of bottling him up if he is there, but among members of the Naval War Board much favor is ex pressed for the proposition of sending old hulks to Santiago de Cuba; of sink ing them in the channel so as to pre vent the egress of the Spanish fleet, of mining the harbor near these hulks so as to insure the imprisonment of the | Spaniards and finally to leave one or I two vessels on guard to fire upon any expedition that may attempt to remove the obstructions from the channel. No j doubt exists that Commodore Schley's I opinion on this plan has been asked, j and if it should meet with his approval | Instructions will be sent to Commodore j Remey at Key West to load several old vessels with stone or old scrap iron and send them to Santiago de Cuba. The reported departure of the troop ship Alfonso XIII from San Juan, Por to Rico, for Mayaguez, Porto Rico, is j regarded with suspicion by navy offl- j cials, it being their belief that Havana is the real destination of the vessel. Mayaguez is situated in the western part of the island, facing what is gen- j erally known as Mona Channel, and is i but a short distance from San Juan, j which is situated on the northeastern ! coast. The Alfonso XIII is an auxil- j iary cruiser armed with 5-inch Honoria j breech-loading rifles. When she left Spain six weeks ago she had on board half a million dollars in gold, a cargo of supplies and 800 soldiers, destined ! for Havana, but so strict was the I blockade maintained by the American ■ ships that she was unable to get through and she put back to the Bar badoes, subsequently proceeding to j San Juan. It is supposed that she left j the soldiers and gold at San Juan and j will now attempt to get through the blockade with provisions for Captain General Blanco. The authorities have ordered Rear Admiral Sampson to keep a sharp lookout for the Alfonso XIII, and she will be captured, it is confi dently predicted, if she goes near the blockaded section of Cuba. ADVEHTISEMENTS. Pears' Soap for toilet, nurs- ery, bath and shaving. 4 ' M atchless for the complexion.'* \ three cruisers and three smaller ships to surround the Vizcaya and the Almi rante Oquendo. The Furor, between the crossfire of the enemy, made for the American flagship, notwithstanding the fire of the heavy guns. The out come of the contest was that two American warships were sunk and one Spanish warship disabled in its steer ing gear. The remaining vessels of the American squadron were so much dam aged that they were compelled to take refuge in Haytien waters. It is reported that the Cristobal Co lon captured an American ship, which had been disabled from a shot by the Vizcaya, that perforated her side. The Vizcaya risked destruction from an American destroyer. It is believed that after the combat the Spaniards sailed for Havana, or, if the conditions of the vessels or the presence of a su perior force of the enemy required, took refuge within Cardenas or Matanzas. The publication of this dispatch from Paris caused an excited discussion of the conflicting reports from various sources which completely absorbed all sections of the press and all circles of the public in Madrid. Speaking to-day of yesterday's rumors of the defeat of the Americans and the death of Rear Admiral Sampson, Captain Aunon, the Minister of Marine, without crediting it in the absence of official confirma tion, remarked that it was within the limits of possibility. It is hoped that j the result of to-day's Cabinet council will disclose information confirming or denying the report. WASHINGTON, May 29.— The dis patch from Madrid giving an account r>f a naval battle between the combined ' squadrons of Sampson and Schley and that of Cervera is absolutely discredit ed by naval officials. Their advices j show that it is not possible that a fight | ?ould have occurred. AWAITS WORD FROM SCHLEY War Department Plans As to Cuba. PREPARING FOR INVASION AEMY RAPIDLY BEING GOT IN READINESS. Will Move as Soon as It Is Definitely Known That Cervera Is Cooped Up in Santiago Harbor. Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK, May 29.— The Herald's Washington correspondent telegraphs: Much work has yet to be done before American troops can be landed in Cuba. The authorities are, however, doing all in their power to have the entire in vading army ready to move to the point of embarkation as soon as Com modore Schley definitely reports that he has Cervera's fleet cooped up at Santiago. Secretary Alger positively stated to me that no troops would leave the United States for Cuba until such report had been received. The Government has now chartered all boats for the purpose that will be necessary- Assistant Secretary Meikle john ho assured me yesterday. The process of transporting the army from its present position to Cuba will occupy •at least three days. Admiral Sampson will command the convoys that will accompany the troops on their trip from Key West to Cuba. This fleet of convoys will consist of many of the most powerful ships now doing blockade duty off Havana. Some little fear is felt by the Gov ernment that the troops will be attack ed by Spanish soldiers while they are landing in Cuba. The big guns on the vessels of Admiral Sampson's fleet are relied upon to afford protection and every precaution will be taken before any men are landed from the ships. Sf-nor Quesado of the Cuban Junta Informs me that the United States has made arrangements with General Go mez for an immediate junction with the insurgents on the arrival of United States troops in Cuba. Members of the Junta claim also that the insurgent force under General Gomez is 25,000 strong. They admit, however, that this army is greatly lacking in arms and ammunition. I am informed that it is the purpose of the United States to provide the Cubans with such ammuni tion and arms as they actually need. A SPANISH STEAMER HAS A CLOSE CALL Copyrighted, 1898, by James Gordon Bennett. KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 29.— The Spanish steamer Purissano Concepcion arrived in Kingston from Montegro Bay. Had the United States auxiliary cruiser Harvard been called in time she would have endeavored to capture her. L. M. Preval, formerly L>eputy United States Consul at Santiago de Cuba, and now clerk at the United States Con sulate, has returned from a trip on the Dandy to the fleet off Santiago. He carried official dispatches and was ac companied by Alberto Nunez, an expe rienced Cuban pilot, v.-ho gave Commo dore Schley much valuable informu tlon concerning the harbor of Santiago de Cuba and its approaches. Preval and Nunez are aboard the Harvard now, but for what object I was unable to ascertain. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL., MONDAY, MAY 30, 1898. MARTIAL LAW IS EXPLAINED Instructions as to Con- duct in the Field ISSUED TO THE COMMANDERS. A VERY CLEAB EXPOSITION OF MILITARY USAGE. Every Feature Covered in These Bules, Which. Were Adopted by France and Prussia Years Ago. Call Office, Rlg-grs House, Washington, May 29. General law No. 100, of April 4, 1863, comprising' instructions for the govern ment of marines in the field, has been reissued and is being sent to the var ious commanders far their guidance. These instructions were adopted by both France and Prussia in the war between those countries five years af ter the civil contest here, and were the basis upon which a general European conference afterward acted in drawing up an agreement on this subject. The instructions cover almost every con ceivable feature of military conduct and usage in time of war. They em brace ten sections, as follows: Section I— Martial law, military juris diction, military necessity of retaliation. Section 2— Public and private property of the enemy, protection of persons and especially of women, of religion, the arts and sciences and punishment of crimes against the inhabitants of hostile coun tries. Section 3— Deserters, prisoners of war, hostages, booty on the battle-field. Section 4 — Partisans, armed enemies not belonging to the hostile army, scouts, armed prowlers, war rebels. Section s—Safe5 — Safe conduct, spies, war trait ors, captured messengers, abuse of the flag of truce. Section 6 — Exchange of prisoners, flags of truce, flags of protection. Section 7— The parole. Section B— Armistice, capitulation- Section 9 — Assassination. Section 10 — Insurrection, civil war, re bellion. Martial law is explained as simply military authority exercised in accord ance with the laws under usages of war. It extends to property and to per sons, whether subjects of the enemy or aliens of that Government. Whenever feasible martial law is carried out in cases of individual offenders by mili tary courts; but sentences of death shall be executed only with the ap proval of the chief executive, provided the urgency of the case does not re quire a speedier execution, and then only with the approval of the chief commander. Military necessity admits oi all direct destruction of life or limb of "armed" enemies and of other per sons whose destruction is incidentally "unavoidable" in the armed contests of the war. Military necessity does not admit of cruelty— that is, the infliction of suffering for the sake of suffering or for revenge, nor of maiming or wounding except in fight, nor of tor ture to extort confessions. It admits of deception, but disclaims acts of per fidy. When a commander of a besieged places expels the non-combatants in or der to lessen the number of those who consume his stock of provisions, it is lawful, though an extreme measure, to drive them back so as to hasten on the surrender. Commanders, when- ever admissible, inform the commander of their intention to bombard a place, but it is no infraction of the common law of war to omit thus to inform them. Surprise may be a necesssity. Retaliation will never be resorted to aa a measure of mere revenge, but only as a means of protective retribution, and moreover, cautiously and unavoid ably. A victorious army appropriates all public money, seizes all public movable property until further directed by its Government and sequesters for its own benefit or that of its Government all the revenues of real property belonging to the hostile government or nation. The title to such property remains in abey ance during military occupation and until the conquest is made complete. The United States acknowledges and protects in hostile countries occupied by them, religion and morality; strictly private property; the persons of the in habitants and especially those of women and the sacredness of domestic relations. Deserters from the A/nerican army having entered the service of the enemy suffer death if they fall into the hands of the United States. It is against the usage of modern war to resolve in hatred and revenge to give no quarter. Outposts or sentinels or pickets are not to be fired upon except to drive them in, or when a positive order, special or general order has been issued to that effect. Whoever intentionally inflicts additional wounds on an enemy already wholly disabled, or kills him. or orders that this shall be done, shall sufrer death if convicted. A LARGE NUMBER OF NAVAL RETIREMENTS Rear-Admiral W. A. Kirkland to Go Out of Active Service in July. NEW YORK, May 29.— A Washing- ton special to the Herald says: The next six months will witness compara tively a large number of retirements, Rear Admiral W. A. Kirkland' com mandant of Mare Island Navy Yard, will retire on July 3. His retirement will simply reduce the number of rear admirals to that authorized by law. Upon the retirement of Rear Admiral C. S. Norton in August, Commodore P. V. MeNair will be promoted, and Cap tain W. T. Sampson will become com modore. Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, chairman of the Naval Board, will leave active service on September 30, and Captain B. J. Cromwell be- pro moted to flag rank upon the retirement of Rear Admiral E. O. Matthews in Oc tober. Rear Admiral J. N. Miller will be relegated to retirement in November, and Rear Admiral F. IL Bunce in De cember. These retirements will pro mote Captain H. F. Picking and Cap tain Frederick Rodgers. CUBAN WATERS TO BE THOROUGHLY PATROLLED A Hundred Men-of-War Will Soon Be Employed for That Purpose. NEW YORK, May 29.— A Washing ton special to the Herald says: Re-en- forcements for the American blockad ing squadron will soon be sailing for Cuba, and before another month passes there should be at least ion American men-of-war patroling Cuban waters. Most formidable of vessels soon to be sent south is the protected cruiser Newark, commanded by Captain A. 'S. Barber. The Newark will leave Norfolk Navy Yard next week and be assigned duty as Commodore Watson's flaarshln. MEN FROM THE TWO DAKOTAS Eight Companies Volun teers Arrive Tuesday. ANOTHER REGIMENT LATER NATIONAL RELIEF COMMITTEE'S PLAN IS INDORSED. The Health of the Camp at Chicka mauga National Park Is Re markably Good. PORTLAND, Or., May 29.— Eight companies of volunteer Infantry from North Dakota arrived here to-day In two special trains, one coming by the Northern Pacific and the other by the O. R. and N. and Great Northern. Both sections were transferred to the South ern Pacific, and they left for San Fran cisco this afternoon. The troops were well provided with lunch during their stay here by the ladles of the Oregon emergency corps. SIOUX FALLS, S. D., May 29.— The First Regiment of South Dakota volun teers. Colonel Frost commanding, left to-day for San Francisco. CHICKAMAUGA NATIONAL PARK, Ga., May 29.— Lieutenant Colonel Hart suff, chief surgeon on General Brooke's staff, announces that he cordially in dorses the plan adopted by the national relief committee of receiving and dis bursing supplies to sick and needy soldiers contributed by friends at home. He states that he himself received a number of communications from var ious States inquiring as to how sup plies of the character mentioned might be sent to the soldiers in camp here. He therefore asks the Associated Press to say that the committee organized in Chattanooga will take care of and dis tribute all contributions of this char acter promptly and satisfactorily. The health of the camp is remarkably good, and It is believed that, aside from the usual slight complaints incident to these seasons the worst of it Is over now with the men who have made such a radical change in temperaure, water and diet. There were three deaths to day, as follows: Pierce Collier, aged 18, Company H, Fourteenth Minnesota, of Beaver Falls, from pneumonia, contracted in campp before reaching Chickamauga. Harry O. Burnham of Lynn, Mass., Company D, Eighth Massachusetts, pneumonia. Ludwig Bohnert of Springfield, 111., Company D, Fifth Illinois, blood pois- Two troops of cowboys arrived to-day In command of Captain J. S. Gregory from Fargo, Dak. There were 160 men and 200 horses. These troops complete the regiment of 1000 officers and men. It is understood that the two army corps, the First and Third, now being formed, will be the only troops to oc cupy the park territory. Negotiations are now proceeding to lease a tract of 3000 acres just north of the park near a body of fresh water. The Sixth corps, to be commanded by General Wilson, will occupy this site. The ground Is high and rolling, a most desirable point for the encampment of such a large body of men. ASTORIA, May 29. — Twelve recruits for Battery A. Fourth Artillery, sta- I tioned at Fort Canby, arrived from San ! Francisco on the steamer Columbia this j : morning. ____________ TORPEDO-BOAT TERROR ARRIVES AT SAN JUAN. Succeeds in Dodging the American Warships Awaiting to Inter cept It. PORT AU PRINCE, Haytl, May 29.— ! The Spanish torpedo gunboat Terror, i according to a dispatch received here, i has arrived safely at San Juan de Por i to Rico, having escaped the American I warships which have been on the look- I out for her since she left Fort de j France, Island of Martinique, where j her boiler tubes were repaired. The foregoing- dispatch confirms cable messages on the subject received from Madrid last night, announcing the ar rival of the Terror at San Juan de Por to Rico. ST. THOMAS, Danish West Indies, May 29.— The report that the Spanish ! torpedo gunboat Terror has reached | San Juan de Porto Rico is confirmed. She arrived there from Fort de France, Island of Martinique, on Friday morn ing. Her boilers are still said to be out of order. The Spanish transport Alfonso XIII, chartered by. the Spanish Government and loaded at San Juan de Porto Rico with provisions for Cuba, is now said to be scouting in the vicinity •of the Porto Rican coast, her crew having re fused to try to run the Cuban block ade. The Alfonso XIII is also said to be carrying freight between the differ ent ports of Porto Rico. It is rumored here also that the ves sels of Admiral Cervera's fleet are not at Santiago de Cuba. Some of them either did not go there or have left those waters, according to report. Incendiarism is growing in Porto Rico. . ; » REGIMENTS MUST FILL TO THE MAXIMUM. No New Ones to Be Formed Until Those Already Organized Have Full Complements. "WASHINGTON, May 29.— About twenty Goven . of States and Ter ritories have replied to Secretary Al ger's telegrams asking for their views regarding the filling of the present vol unteer regiments to their maximum before beginning the formation of new organizations. Some of these indicate a preference for the recruiting of en tirely new regiments, as under the first call, leaving the present organizations with the number of men now contained in them, though practically all promise the Government any amount of troops that are wanted. It is the President's desire, however, that the organizations already formed shall be filled to their strength as the law provides, and this policy will be carried out in recruiting under the second call. The apportionment to the States has been made up but not yet given to the public. Through urgent representa tions to Secretary Alger some of the States were permitted under the first call to furnish a greater number of troops than they were legally entitled to on the basis of population. Conse quently, in raising the 75,000 men under the second call, these inequalities will be remedied as far as practicable, with the result that some of the States may not be called on to furnish any of the men needed. This course, probably, may give rise to discontent in States where men are to serve, but it Is regarded as the only fair way to Droceed. LEGISLATION OF THE WEEK The Hawaiian Question May Come Up. WILL HAVE RIGHT OF WAY. GENERAL DEFICIENCY BILL MAY BE REPORTED. Tlie War Revenue Measure Will Oc cupy a Great Deal of l.me, as Several Speeches Are Yet to Be Made. Call Office, Riggs House, Washington, May 29. The House will not be In session to j morrow, having adjourned until Tues day because of Memorial day. The con sideration of the Hawaiian annexation resolutions by the House this week is I possible but not assured. Speaker Reed stands ready to give the resolutions full right of way in the House if they ! pass the Senate, but is opposed to sending them first through the House and forcing them upon the Senate, be cause, he contends, it would precipitate a fight there and would prolong indefi nitely the session and end likely in the whole matter going over to next win ter. Especially is he opposed to forc ing the Hawaiian issue to the front until the revenue bill is through the Senate. It is stated upon high author ity that other Republican members of the Committee on Rules are in accord with the Speaker's position, notwith standing they favor as he does the non-annexing proposition. Considera tion of the resolutions early in the week is not to be expected and consideration late in the week Is improbable. There is still talk of a Republican caucus to consid er the question, and one may be held. The general deficiency bill may be re ported during the week, but owing to the development of new demands upon the War and Navy departments, not ably the former, incident to the war, the bill may be withheld until nearer the close of the session. The bill so far as it relates to ordinary deficien cies has been ready six weeks. Confer ence reports upon the sundry civil, postoffice, Indian and District of Co lumbia appropriation bills may be expected at almost any date, although the sundry civil bill is likely to be de layed until after the revenue bill passes the Senate owing to the demands thereupon of the attention of Senator Allison of the Finance Committee. An effort to pass the anti-scalping bill will be made during the week. Bills of minor importance will be pushed meantime by members gener ally. Having decided at the last moment on Saturday to observe Memorial day, the Senate will not be in session again until Tuesday. The Finance Commit tee will, however, meet in an endeavor to perfect the revenue bill in minor de tails. There is still no certainty aa to when the vote may be taken on the revenue bill It looks as if the entire week would be spent upon it, and none of the members of the committee undertake to predict the exact date of the Sen ate's conclusion of its work. There are still a number of speeches to be made upon the bill, and upon amendments. It is probable that there will be more or less debate upon the Lodge amend ment for the annexation of Hawaii, and the Morgan amendment relating generally to the government of the an nexed territory. Both Senators Lodge and Morgan announce their intenti<>: to make speeches on the subjects in volved, and Senators espousing the op posite views declare their purpose to reply if the subject is opened. Repub licans generally predict that Senator Lodge will refrain from pressing his amendment, and it is the general opin ion that he will at least not go to the extent of asking a vote upon it and thus subjecting the measure to a mo tion to lay upon the table. Whenever the final vote is reached on the revenue bill there is no longer much doubt as to the shape in whic it will be passed by the Senate. Th decisive vote of Saturday on the cor poration tax renders it quite certai that all the Democratic amendment will be eliminated from the bill, am the Republican suggestion for the is suance of three hundred million bond and one hundred million in time cer tincates will be substituted for th House amendment. The expression o the Senate is that the House will accep the Senate amendments and conse quently the bill will not be long In con ference. With the revenue bill disposed of there may be an effort to secure an in j dependent expression on Hawaiian an j nexation, but this will depend on the future developments. The conference reports on the appropriation bills will also be in order. There will be several of these, the sundry civil being the most important. THEOREGCN'S OFFICERS AND MEN COMPLIMENTED Secretary of the Navy Highly Pleased With the Successful Voyage of the Battleship. NEW YORK, May 29.— A Washing- ton special to the Herald says: Secre tary Long has officially commended Captain C. E. Clarke and officers and men under his command for their ex cellent work in bringing the battle-ship Oregon safely to Key West. This com mendation was given upon telegraphic announcement from Captain Clarke of his arrival at Key West, and not upon his mail report, which is expected to reach Washington on Tuesday. The Secretary's letter is a pleasant state ment of the facts concerning the cruise, and highly compliments Captain Clarke and his subordinates for their work. The assignment of the battle-ship to Rear Admiral Sampson's command gives that cfs eer off the northern coast of Cuba three armorclads — the armored cruiser New York and the battle-ships Indiana and Oregon — besides four mon itors and protected cruisers. No surprise need be felt if it is learn ed within the next few days, in case Admiral Cervera's presence in the har bor of Santiago de Cuba should be ab solutely confirmed, that two of the monitors have been ordered to Commo dore Schley's assistance, these vessels to relieve, perhaps, the lowa, which may be returned to Rear Admiral Sampson's immediate command. Cornell Grants the Bequest. ITHACA, N. V., May 29.— Cornell has granted the request received from Yale and Harvard asking Cornell to row the triangular boat race on June 22 instead of 23d or 24th. An answer to this effect was immediately wired to the captains of the Yale and Harvard crews, and the gratification of the Cornell navy was ex pressed for the courtesy shown by Har vard and Yale in their efforts to arrange matters satisfactorily to all Darties. CRUISER AND STEAMSHIP IN COLLISION British Vessel Foscolia Runs Into the Columbia During a Fog. Badly Disables the Warship and Is Itself Sunk in Nineteen Fathoms of Water. NETv" YORK May 29.— When the United States cruiser Columbia, in command of Captain Sands, anchored off Tompkinsville, S. 1., this afternoon It was seen that she had a large jagged hole stove in her starboard side, abreast the mast, and immediately for ward of the after barbette. Above the water line the hole extended about ten feet In height and six feet wide. Just how far below the water line the crui ser was damaged could not be ascer tained, and none of the naval officers would give any information in regard to the accident. As soon as the vessel came to anchor, the captain and crew, twenty-one in all, of the British steamer Foscolia, which left this port yesterday with a cargo of machinery and general mer chandise for Bordeaux, went ashore. Neither the captain nor any of the Brit ish crew would talk and they left at once for New York to report the acci dent to their agents. No one was al lowed to go on board the Columbia, but to a correspondent who rowed out to the cruiser, the officers of the deck made the following brief statement: At about 7:40 a. m. the British ship Foscolia, in command of Captain John Evans, collided with our vessel during a dense fog. We were then about eight miles southwest, off Fire Island. We lowered two life boats and rescued the captain and crew, numbering twenty one all told. We stood by until the Fos colia sank at 3 o'clock this morning. As soon as we arrived here we sent the rescued men ashore." Further information in reference to the accident could not be obtained. At 4 o'clock one of the navy yard tugs steamed alongside the cruiser and de livered some messages from Rear Ad miral Bunce, commander of the navy yard at Brooklyn. A few minutes later the Columbia headed for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where it is supposed she be drydocked and the extent of her in juries ascertained. Captain J. Evans of the Foscolia, af- j ter reaching this city, said regarding i the collision: "The Foscolia cleared from this port j at noon on Saturday with a general j cargo of about 2200 tons. All went well i until evening when a heavy fog set in. ! I was on the bridge and ordered the lights up and the fog whistle kept go- j ing. As the fog grew denser the speed ; of the ship was reduced to one-half. "At about 8 o'clock the lookout, John son, on the forecastle and Thompson : on the bridge, re.rorte* a steamer on j the port bow. Our lights were burning brigbtly and the fog signal was whist ling. I looked up and saw a big ; steamer with four funnels dead ahead. As the steame- s were not 200 yards apart, I saw that a collision was in- j WAR REVENUE BILL BLOCKED Annexationists Delay the Vote. ADOPT PECULIAR TACTICS. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PRESENT CRISIS. May Even Go to the Extent of De priving the Government of Means for Waging the Conflict. Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK, May 29.— A Washington special to the Herald says: Were it not for the Hawaiian annexation question Congress could pass the war revenue bill, finish the appropriation bills and adjourn -within two weeks. The debate on the revenue bill has been practically concluded, and a vote could be reached at almost any mo ment but for the threat of Senator Lodge and other annexationists to press the annexation amendment and precipitate a long debate. The oppo nents of annexation believe they can prevent this, however, by moving to lay the amendment on the table after Sen ator Lodge has made his speech upon It. This motion is not debatable, and could be brought to a vote at once. It is understood a number of annexation ists will vote for it on the ground that it is not a proper, subject for incorpora tion in a revenue measure. It may be that the motion to- lay Lodge's amendment on the table may not carry, as the Senator by no menaa stands alone in his disapproval of the means taken and bargains made to de feat annexation. Should the amend ment not be laid on the table a debate would ensue, the end of which it would be impossible to foretell. Interests which are opposed to annexation are so strong and have been able to con trol a number of Senators so absolutely that they might even go as far as to delay the passage of the revenue bill until the Government is left without means for carrying on the war through complete exhaustion of the available cash in the treasury- Speaker Reed, who has become ac customed to speaking for the entire House of Representatives, has been a party to the attempts to sidetrack the Hawaiian resolution by an agreement i that it should not come up in either house during this session. He is threatened with an even more serious rebellion than when a large element In | evitable. I blew three whistles and i the approaching vessel answered with ! one blast. That was the tirst time I heard tLe Columbia's whistle. Instantly I ordered our engines full speed astern. The vessels came together, however, with a terrible crash, and the b<>w of the Foscolia ran up on the cruiser'^ armor belt and then cut through her sponsons. They remained locked for a couple of seconds, but the backing of the Foscolia'a engines tore off her bow |as far back as th-> first water-tight bulkhead. The wreckage stuck in the cruiser's side above and below the wa ter line and cauat.-d the Columbia t<> list considerably. Had it not been for the bulging of the sponson from the side j of the warship, the Foscolia would have Struck the Columbia only a glancing blow. The bow of the Foscolia became wedged between the sponson and hull of the cruiser and the bow of my boat I was completely wrenched off. "It was dead calm at the time of the I collision. After backing away I saw i the injury to the Foscolia was serious ! and instantly ordered the lifeboats I launced. They were in the water In , Just four minutes and my crew were j ordered' into them. I remained aboard j the wreck with my five officers. My I engineers, after trying the engines, re- I ported them to be so badly damaged by ; the collision as to be incapable of work i ing the ship. The Fnscolia was leaking | badly and the pumps were started. The i crew was sent aboard the cruiser, j which had a hole in her starboard large j enough to drive a team and carriage i through. The pumps were kept wnrk | ing until 10:30 p. m.. but the Foscolia was getting lower and lower in the wa ter. "Two boats from the Columbia were standing by me and Lieutenant Wil liams asked me at that hour what I intended doing. I replied that I would ! stand by my ship until she went down. I Then I ordered the officers into the life i boat and I remained at th.^ main rlg ! ging while the steamship continued to j sink. I got into the small boat and re i mained with my officers about fifty I yards from the sinking shin. "Exactly at 3 a. m. the Foscolla went ', down head first in nineteen fathoms of , water. It reappeared again a few min utes later and then disapp.-nred for- I ever, stern first. None of my men were hurt, but I cannot tell if all the men ion the Columbia escaped Injury. I think not. "The Foscolla, which I commanded for twelve months, was an Iron vessel iof 9SO tons net and 1536 tons gross, launched at Newcastle, England, in 1579, and her hailing port was London. She was 252 feet long, 34 feet beam and 22 feet 7 inches deep. She was schooner rigged, had two masts, a double deck, four bulkheads, compound engines and carried water ballast." the House practically compelled action on the Cuban resolution, before either the Speaker or the administration wished it. This time the rebellious Re publicans include nearly all the men on that side of the House, and they have the advantage of having the ad ministration with them, instead of op posed to them, as in the case of the Cuban resolution. 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