Newspaper Page Text
VOLUME LXXXV-NO. 163.
SYRIANS NOW DECLARE FOR INDEPENDENCE Secret Council in New York Boldly Issues a Call to Arms. — -• — WILL FIGHT TURKEY — • — When the Blow Is Struck for Free dom, Aid Is Expected in All Pacts of the World. — ♦ — Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK, May Syria was proclaimed a free and independ ent state to-day by a revolution ary party, which for three years has been secretly at work throughout the world. Copies of a call to arms ■re issued by the thousand from headquarters of j the secret council, or junta, of this city, j This revolutionary party has on its j rolls 25,0' Vi men in this country alone. who are willing to ficht to free Syria from the rule of the Sultan of Turkey, j "Young Syria." as the society is called, is the result of gradual growth. The success of the Cubans has inspired It to take a bold stand. Members say there will be a very "sick man" in Europe before lone, for they assert they will have funds to equip armies and vessels of war. The coast lines of Syria, with its oov» and inlets and neighboring isles, have been carefully studied •' — a strategic point of view. The revolu tionists, they say. have leaders with naval and military training. A cents of the junta, directed from headquarters in this city, are active in cities' of Syria, in London and in Paris. Thousands in th* mountainous dis tricts of Syria are counted upon to flock to the standard of the liberators. Al! of the thirty members of the junta herp had a hand in the preparation of the call to arms issued to-day. The proclamation is simply signed "Young Syria.' - Toward the end of the docu ment stress is laid upon the assertion that the revolutionary society known as "Young Turkey" may lend its co operation. When asfceq 'j a similar society ex isted in Armenia, the president smiled and asked to be excused from talking ■upon the matter. He frankly said, however, that in the event of Syrian uprisings, the Sultan would be so busy attending to "Young Turkey" that he would not have time to give much at tention to "Young Syria." . v Upon the conditon that his name was not to be used, and that no description of his personal appearance be printed, the president of the junta consented to give an interview day. "I am convinced.' said he. "that the United States is the birthplace of re publics. Since your country has brought liberty to Cuba and the Philip pines I believe that upon American soil we may form plans for the emancipa tion of Syria. The conditions of Syria are terrible. The people are taxed be yond all reason. Property is subject to confiscation, and the home is not sa cred. "This document is -it a forerunner, I may say. as others will follow which phall outline our policy more clearly. I may say ours will not be a talking crusad", but one nf actual warfare. We Fhall have men. ships and money, too. "Of the hundred thousand and more Syrians in America, of the many hun dreds of thousands throughout the world, as well as millions in our own land, we shall choose the readiest to our cause, and the first combined stroke will be to a finish. And when the blow falls 'Young Turkey,' which is as powerfully organized as we, will give the Sultan's government all it can attend to at home, while we shall found on Syrian soil its first great republic, to be perpetuated there forever." "A SIMPLE ROMAN CATHOLIC LAYMAN" Rev. C.W. de L. Nichols, an Episcopal Clergyman. Forsakes the Faith of His Fathers. NEW YORK. May 11.— The Rev. C. W. de Lion Nichols to-day severed his con nection with the Protestant Episcopal church, profr? P ed the Roman Catholic faith and was received as a communicant of St. Stephen'? at the evening mass. Rev. Mr. Nichols, who is of independ ent means, Is well known In this city, and recently has been assistant .tor in St. Luke's Church. He gave his services without salary. Mr. Nichols when seen to-night said: "For three years T have been studying ■nd debating reasons which have ed me finally to sever my relations with the Episcopal church and become a Roman Catholic. I find that spiritual light which I sought could 1.c.-: be found for me in the mother church, and so r resigned my priestly office in the Episcopal church and am now a sim; Roman Catholic lay man." TWO HUNDRED BUILDINGS BURNED IN AUSTRIAN TOWN £ VIENNA, May 11.— In a great fire in. tbe J 5; town of Guera liurr)ora, province of Pu- « a Kowir>a, 200 buildings, including the prin- " 88 cipal church, the town r)all and otber I? It public edifices, and all the school-houses, *] •' were destroyed. » •8 ■88 5 88 82 83 88 88 83 88 88 '. 88 88 83 88 82 82 82 82 « 8* 82 8* 82 82 83 82 82 88 88 88 88 88 83 88 88 83 The San Francisco Call. LORD SELBORNE TO SUCCEED CADOGAN It Is Reported That the Under Co lonial Secretary Will Become Viceroy of Ireland. NEW YORK, May 11.- cable to the Journal from Dublin says: It is reported that Lord Selborne will succeed the Earl of Cadogan as Vice roy of Ireland, in September. William Waldegrove Palmer, second Earl of Selborne, was born October 17. 1559. He was educated at Winchester and at University College, Oxford. He was a Justice of the Peace and Count Alderman for Hants, and major Third Rattalion. Hampshire Regiment. He was private secretary to Mr. Chllders lvS2-S4. and to his father when Lord High Chancellor. He was appointed Under secretary of State Jor the Colonies July. 1885, and jiat as member jpf Parlia ment for Petersrield vision of Hampshire ("L. " T?.) 1 ■'-'"- >2. and for Edinburgh, W. Division. 1892-15. He was married in 1883 to Lady Beatrice Maud Cecil, daughter of third Marquis of Salisbury. ADMIRAL DEWEY WILL SOON SAIL VIA SUEZ CANAL NEW YORK. May 11.— The Washing ton correspondent of the Herald tele graphs: Secretary Long cabled to Ad miral Dewey to-day authorizing - him to come home whenever he deemed it wise to do so. and to return by such route as he desired. This means that Admiral Dewey will take the Suez canal route, and will arrive at New York about July 15. on board his flag ship, the Olympia. The confidence of the officials that the admiral will not cross the Pacific, but will come to New York, is based on dispatches which have been received from him. In fact, the authority sent to Admiral Dewey- to start on his re turn voyage in his discretion is based on advices received from him to-day by Secretary Long. These advices are pri vate, but the Secretary acted promptly upon them, and It is apparent from the cablegram sent to the admiral that the situation admits of his departure at this time. ' • ■-/'■ . It was said by an official with whom 1 talked this afternoon that it was his expectation that the admiral will start for home in a very few days. Though ordered home Admiral Dewey will re main a member of the Philippine Com mission until its dissolution and will act in an advisory capacity to the President upon his arrival. FINDLAY WILL NOT FIGHT EXTRADITION San Luis Obispo Embezzler to Vol untarily Return From Peru. Ppecjal Cable to The Call and the Now Turk Herald Copyrighted, 1899, by James Gor don Bennett. LIMA, Peru. May 11.— Samuel Find lay, who was arrested here on a chars of having embezzler! public funds In San Luis Obispo "County, California, has waived examination proceeding and de clares he will return to California volun tarily. He hopes thereby to ohtain greater clemency. Findlay was formerly Tax Collector of San Luis Obispo County, and disappeared on November 17. IS9$. He Is alleged to have embezzled between $12,000 and $15,000 SAN FRANCISCO, FEIDAY, MAY 12, 1899. GERMANS WHO RIDICULE THE CONFERENCE BERLIN, May 11.— Tageblatt to day publishes the result of an investi gation among a number of leading German professors relative to the sub ject of the peace conference which be gins next week at The Hague. The majority of those interviewed express the belief that the conference will be without practical importance. Pro fessor Mommsen. the jurist and his torian, and Professor Kuno Yischer, professor of philosophy in Heideiburg University, ridicule the conference. Professor La Baud says that he ex pects no material results. Professor Westerkanfpf expresses the opinion that such a conference ran have no re sults before public opinion the world over. He indorses the principle of in ternational arbitration. LONDON, May 11. — Sir Julian Paunceforte, the Embassador of Great Britain to the United States and one of the British delegates to the peace con ference at The Hague, had a confer ence to-day with President Seth Low and Captain A. T. Mahan, members of the American delegation. This afternon F. W. Rolls, secretary of the American commission, visited A. J. Balfour, the Government leader in the House of Commons._ PROBABLE PERSONNEL OF ITALY'S NEW CABINET Marquis Visconti Venosta Has Ac- cepted the Foreign Office ;: V ■ Portfolio. ROME. May 11.— Although the composi tion of the reconstruction Cabinet has not yet been officially announced, it is considered that the Ministerial crisis is practically over. This evening Marquis Visconti Venosta notified General Pellouz of his acceptance of the Foreign Office portfolio. The new Ministry may probably be made up as follows: Premier and Minister of Interior, Lieu tenant General Luigi Pelloux, Senator, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marquis Emilio Visconti Venosta, Senator. Minister of War, Lieutenant General G. Mirri, comander of the Sixth Army Corps and the Bologna Military Division. Minister of Marine. Rear Admiral G. B. Bettolo, commander of the Levant squad ron. Minister of Public Works. Signor Pietro Lagava. Deputy. Minister of Public Instruction, Dr. Guido Baccelli, Deputy. Minister of the Treasury, Professor Paolo Bozelli, Deputy, Minister of Finance, Signor Antonio Salandra. Deputy.' i . . , ". CUBAN STEVEDORES ON STRIKE. They Want More Wages and Tie Up the Ships. HAVANA. May More than seven | hundred Cuban stevedores are out on ' strike and the. work on ships in the harbor jls being done by. Chinese under police guard. The stevedores had been receiving 25 cents an hour, and they are striking for" ■an increase of 10 cents. Many vessels are delayed by the strike and the boats due to leave to-morrow . will not be able to sail I before next week. -, : . ; PLACES THE BLAME ON THE CONSUL Kautz Holds German Official Responsible for Samoan Troubles. — * — COMMISSION'S WORK . — « — Man Taken From San Diego as a Steward on the Philadelphia Said to Have Been a Spy. — • — Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK. May 11.— A Washing ton special to the Herald says: Secre tary Long will make public to-morrow or Saturday the mail report received from Rear Admiral Kautz, describing the fighting which occurred on April 1. during which Lieutenant P. V. Lans dale. Ensign John R. Monaghan and two enlisted men of the American navy were killed. Rear Admiral Kautz has also for warded to the department copies of all proclamations he ! has issued, which have been transmitted to the date De partment for its satisfaction. There is reason to believe that Kautz places the entire responsibility for the trouble upon the German Con sul, aided and abetted by certain Ger mans residing in Samoa. The high commission will under its j instructions make an investigation of j Kautz's conduct, as well as others tak ing part in the controversy, and place the blame where it properly belongs, in | order that the home governments may take proper action. SAN DIEGO, May 11.— E. E. Clark 'of this city, who is in the engineering de partment aboard the United States steamship Philadelphia, writes to his father, John Clark, from Apia, under date of April 19, saying: "There was a fellow shipped at San Diego as a steward. He was a Ger man, and when he got here he went I ashore '<< buy groceries, but never came back. They sa^' he was a snj;_. A i eaman named St ef ?r says he saw the deserter in a tight our tncn n id with the rebels, and shot him. He says he is sure of it. and most of the fel lows aboard believe him." TROUBLE- GROWING -AMONG THE FREIGHT HANDLERS The Strike at Buffalo Rapidly Assum- I ing a More Serious Aspect. BUFFALO. N. V., May 11.— The strike ! among the members of the Freight handlers' Union at this port is gradually | assuming a serious aspect. There are about 2000 of these men pledged not to I work for any contractor, and many of these men are now on strike. Originally i a few of them went out in sympathy with I the graln-shovelers, and to-night it is be- j lieved that in case the scoopers gain their point they will remain out until their dif ferences have been satisfied. Several managers of transportation lines said to-day that if the contractors did not speedily demonstrate their ability to do the work of loading and unloading freight-boats they would be compelled to devise other means of relieving the con gestion of traffic at the port. At the Lehigh Valley docks the com \ pany called in a lot of yard men and other employes to take the lace of the strikers, At the Central. Erie and other big docks the work was practically at a standstill, the few freight-handlers who were at work being non-union men. The freight-handlers demand an in crease of wages from 2". cents an hour, the present rate, to 30 cents an hour for work outside of the freight houses, and 20 cents an hour for inside work. They also ask for the abolition of : the contract system. WOMEN MAY BE CATHOLIC KNIGHTS Sudden and Overwhelming Reversal of the Vote by Which They Were Excluded. : KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 11.— The con troversy of ten years' standing was set- ! tled by the Catholic Knights of America to-day when the delegates meeting here In annual convention voted to admit women to the order. Yesterday the reso lution proposing this change in the con stitution was voted down, failing by thirty-four votes to receive the necessary two-thirds majority. To-day there was a complete change of front. At this af ternoon's session reconsideration of yes terday's action was moved and carried, and a vote was retaken without debate. The result was the surprising total of 432 votes In favor of the women to 29 against. The convention greeted the result with tremendous applause. The Illinois delegates voted solidly against the women, casting twenty-seven votes. The other negative votes were from South Carolina and Wisconsin. Though women will be admitted under the amended constitution, they will be permitted to carry but $1000 insurance, or half the amount that is allowed to men. Women will be permitted to Join between the ages of IS and 40 years. BISHOP POTTER MAY ORDAIN DR. BRIGGS Uncertainty Deepens as the Day Set Apart for the Ceremony Ap proaches. NEW YORK. May 11. — Uncertainty deepens as the day approaches which was originally set for the ordination of Dr. Briggs. Opponents of the clergyman have been firm in the belief that his ordination will he indefinitely postponed. To-day, however, there were developed indications which Dr. Briggs' friends said appeared to point to a determination on the part of Bishop Potter to proceed with the cere mony. Rev. Dr. Huntington of Grace Church hinted that he had information regarding the intentions of Bishop Potter, but was not at liberty to make them pub lic. In an editorial the Churchman. Bish op Potter's official mouthpiece, to-day says: • ; .:'-' i •■• '-...?- The church cannot be expected to pledge her self to acquisitions of all kinds of, scientific in vestigation. Scientific Bible study, is really an evidence of growth of religious feeling, not of Its decline. Archaeologists and critics are do ing heroic work in making, the Bible sources and Bible contents more intelligible every day. Machinery, and administration of church life of our day should not be used to hamper progress of research and carry us off from the pathway of truth to the byways of obscuration and prejudice.' ---•_--■ CHURCH BUILT FROM ONE IMMENSE TREE SANTA ROSA, May 11.— In the golden jubilee of the Baptist churches of California, which is to take place in San Francisco on May 24. the Santa Rosa organi zation will play an important part. The church here is next to the oldest in the State. The Baptist State Convention was organized here in 3 53. The serv ices were held under the spreading branches of a mammoth oak upon the old Henry Hudson place, near town. A number of relics of the occasion and action connected with the early his tory of the church in this S' .te will be sent to San Francisco for exhibition during the jubilee. CRIMES FIGURE IN THF SMITH DIVORCE CASE -NEW YORK, May IL— lncidental to an action for divorce brought by- Charles G. Smith, manufacturer of lamps, against his wife, Dora H. Smith, in which charges of misconduct are made by each against the other, appear many sensational features, such as at tempted murder and suicide, threats to kill and several love epistles. * The features of the case became pub lic to-day when the wife made an ap plication for her support and mainte nance, and for the appointment of a commission to go to Los Angeles, Cal., to take evidence there. The motions were submitted to Judge Scott in the Supreme Court, the decision being re served. The marriage of the Smiths took place in Boston in 1885. They have two children twins— who are invalids. A separation occurred several years ago because they could not agree, and Smith- stipulated to pay his wife $60 monthly. She has been keeping a boarding-house since her husband left her. He says she has been intimate with William H. Short and Arthur Waldo Lewis, but Mrs. Smith declares that these charges are unfounded arid nothing but the outcome of a con spiracy against her. and that the char acter of these men is such that, the charges should not be believed. Mrs. Smith tells an interesting nar rative through her counsel of the man ner in which she discovered her hus band's relations with Mrs. Bessie Stan ley of Los Angeles. Her story is based in part from facts that she obtained from her husband's diary, which was sent to her fiom the Chief of Police of Los Angeles, and from clippings from newspapers of that city of April 2*l and 27. 1895. These reports show that Charles H. Stanley shot his wife Bes sie and immediately afterward com mitted suicide as she had threatened to leave him. They also stated that Charles G. Smith, whom Mrs. Smith says is her husband, had induced Mrs. Stanley to leave her husband, and had made many extensive and extravagant presents to her. At the time Stanley committed sui cide Mrs. Smith says Smith left Los Angeles so hurriedly that he left behind his baggage and some personal effects, including his diary, and pocketbook. These were taken care of by the police Smith made good his escape and his effects, at her request, were sent on to her. She charges that her husband came East with a woman whom she believes to be Mrs. Stanley, and that they lived for some time in Brooklyn. When she accused him of being one of the persons concerned in the Los An geles affair she says he admitted that he was. but told her that he was not aware that the woman was married. Counsel for Smith introduced an affi davit denying that he had been guilty of improper conduct with Mrs. Stanley, or that he had given her money and presents. RUMORED APPOINTMENTS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR Include San Jose Normal School Trus tees and Agnews Asylum Manager. RAN JOSE. May 11.— It is rumored here that Governor Gage to-day appointed George Sweigert and Dr. H. C. Brown of c» this city. Frank Short of Fresno and -. Leavitt of Oakland trustees of the San *° Jose State Normal School and A. 8? Greeninger of this city as manager of j. Agnews Asylum. . THOSE BLUEFIELDS CLAIMS. jft Minister Merry Awaiting the Action *. of the Nicaraguan Government. \ WASHINGTON, May 11.— United States a Minister Merry has further advised the * J State Department respecting the claims 88 of American merchants at Bluefields to 5? exemption from double payment of cus- _~ toms taxes. He reports that the entire *° amount of money Involved in the dispute 88 is about $19,000, and that he is now await- c« ing the further presentation of the Nica- „ raguan Government in the case. ft The church in Santa Rosa was organ ized in 1852. Its present edifice in this city has become famed the world over from the fact that every stick of lum ber, including even "he -"tir-les used in its construction, was cut from one tree. So large was this giant of the forest that the lumber from its body not only r ---ucted the entire church building, which is a large one, but when the work was completed there re mained on hand more than 1200 feet of lumber that had not bee used. Of the charter members of the Santa Rosa de nomination Robert Crane of this city is the only one now living. HEAVY LOSS BY FIRE AT SAN PEDRO SAN PEDRO. May 11.— The most ex tensive fire that San Pedro has experi enced in years occurred here early this morning. A half-square of buildings was laid waste and two or more per sons narrowly escaped with their lives. The burned district lies west of Beacon street and north of Sixth street. It extends from the corner of those two thoroughfares, but floes not cross either. The conflagration started at about 2 o'clock this morning. How it began does not appear to be definitely known, but according to several accounts there was an explosion, which probably oc curred on the lower floor of the Herald building, which stood on Sixth street, a short distance from Beacon. As soon as the persons who heard the explosion could reach the place it was all aflame and beyond saving. There was a high wind from the northeast, which aided in the spread of the flames. The Fire Department, a volunteer or ganization, turned out and fought the fire, but the water supply was soon re duced to an alarmingly low pressure, an-' it was apparent that the district was doomed. The flames communicated to the two-story Crocker building on Sixth street and the Crocker building on Beacon street. The two-story build ing owned by Benjamin Weston went next. Two- small residences were con sumed. The losses are estimated at $16,000, with about $8000 insurance. The two story building owned by James Herald was insured for $2750. The ground floor of the building was occupied by M. Mayer's saloon. He carried no insur ance. The upper floor was occupied by Its. Sylvester and J. S. G. Waltney. Their loss is $1000; Insurance $400. Dr. Wilson, on the same Boor, lost $500; in surance, $400. Another two-story building owned by Mr. Herald was occupied by J. M. Brysen as a saloon. He carried $1000 and saved nothing. Herald's one-story building was occu pied by Putney's hardware shop. Part of the stock was saved. The loss on H. A. Crocker's two-story building is $5000: insurance, $1950. It was occupied by Proch's restaurant. His loss is $710; no insurance. Real & Jones, grocers, lost $1200; insurance, $600. Ben Weston's building was valued at $1000; no insur ance. It was occupied by Hixson's hardware store. His loss was $1500; in surance, $1000. ' '____ THE MISSION OF MAJOR MARCHAND TO FASHODA Government Charged With Having Sent Him There to Fail. PARIS, May 11.— In the Petit Journal Maurice Barras accuses the Government of haying originally sent Major March and to Fashoda only to have the appear ance of acting, and of having hoped that he would not succeed. He says: "When Captain Barratier brought Major March and's dispatches to Paris, M. del Cas«;e (Foreign Minister.! said to him: 'When you found yourselves in the presence of a superior force you should have with drawn.' "Captain Barratier replied, 'Monsieur military honor!' "M del Casse shrugged his shoulders and Captain Barratier bowed and retired The next day the Foreign Minister in vited Captain Barratier to luncheon, but the latter declined." POPE LEO DECLARES FOR A UNIVERSAL JUBILEE 88 ft ROME, May 11.— The Pope this morning handed to Mgr. Marini a 8? bull declaring a universal jubilee in the year 1900. The bull was after- 55 ward promulgated according to custom, in the vestibule of St. Peter's, ft where Mgr. Dellaquila read it aloud in the present of the prelates and gj an enormous audience. The bull was then affixed to the doors of the c . _ -*'■■->'. ""*'/' : ' '■ • : -- v ■-■*. *■ ' •o basilica. _. 838888 88 85 85 888888888838888888 83 83 88 88888888 88 8888 88 88 88 88 888888JS1- PRICE FIVE CENTS. INTENDS TO SURROUND THE INSURGENTS General Otis Completes Plans for the Master Stroke of the Campaign. — • — WILL TRAP AX ARMY — ♦ — It Is Proposed to Capture 10,000 Filipinos Now Intrenched at. Bacolor. — ♦ , Special Dispatch to The Call. ♦♦♦♦♦♦-♦-♦■ ♦♦-♦-♦- -♦-> ♦♦♦♦♦-♦-♦•♦<♦-♦-♦• ♦ NEW YORK. May 11.— A ♦ I special to the World from Hot i + ■ Springs, Va., says: "Force the + i fighting; penetrate far into * ♦ the interior and capture or de- -*- T stroy every warring Filipino." +- That is the pith of a long -♦■ "*" cipher cablegram President + + McKinley sent to General Otis + -♦- at Manila to-day. It was + ♦ prompted by several dis- + -♦- patches from General Otis, -*■ i transmitted by Secretary Al- 4- ger, which greatly encouraged -*■ T the President. 4- * > ♦ ♦♦;♦,♦>♦♦> ♦+++ 4-f ♦ ♦♦»♦♦♦♦- ♦ NEW YORK, May 11.— The Her ald's Washington correspondent sends the following: I learned that General Otis has practical ly completed preparations for a movement, which if successful will be the master stroke of the campaign against the insurgents. Reinforcements have been sent to General Mac Arthur, who is disposing his troops, and General Lawton has moved his column from Ballinag and Maasin to a strategic position. Th whole purpose of these movements is to surround the 10.000 insurgents . be lieved to be intrenched at Bacolor, crush the organized forces and make prisoners of all who are not killed in battle. Bacolor is southwest of San Fernan do, where General Mac Arthur's head quarters are established, and is cm the line of the railroad. It is connected with San Fernando by a wagon road. Ma. -Arthur is expected to send a col umn to the west of Bacolor. retaining his main position on the north, and General Law ton is believed to have moved his column so as to protect communication with Manila and at the same time flank the insurgents at Ba color on the east. General Luna's command, which wai last reported at Mexico, can be taken care of, it is thought, by a few troops making a demonstration in their front. It is because of the necessity of hav ing a strong force for this present movement that General Otis has not withdrawn the volunteers from Mac- Arthur's and Lawton's command pre paratory to shipping them home. As a result of the arrival of the Twenty-first Infantry and Light Bat tery E of the First Artillery, thirty nine officers and 1451 enlisted men in all, it has been possible for General Otis to send reinforcements to General Mac Arthur, and at the same time maintain a sufficiently strong force at Manila to prevent the insurgents to the southward from trying to carry it by assault. An encouraging feature of the pres ent movement is the fact that to the southward the. inhabitants are friendly to Americans, and on the Rio Grande there are a number of army gun boats, which will be useful in main taining communication and at the same time attacking any insurgent bodies that may come within range of their guns. "It is because of the preparations for the proposed movement," said a prom inent official with whom I talked to day, "that we have had little news from General Otis. President Schur man has not cabled the State Depart ment since his message of last Friday, but we suppose that he and his col leagues have held further conferences with Aguinaldo's emissaries regarding the government which will be given to the Filipinos. With the insurgent army at Bacolor destroyed and its members captured. Aguinaldo and his subordi nates will no doubt be more eager to obtain the concessions the United States is willing to give them than they now appear to be." • — — +— WHEN VOLUNTEERS WILL RETURN FROM PHILIPPINES WASHINGTON. May 11.— In reply to the cable of Adjutant General Corbin last night in regard to the return of volun teers General Otis cabled this morning: MANILA! May IL— Adjutant General. Wash ington: The volunteers who will be first to re turn are now at Negros and forty-five miles from Manila at the front. It is exacted that th» transports now arriving will take the re turning volunteers. The latter understand that they will begin to leave for the United States the latter part of the month. They know the importance of their presence here at this time.