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VOLUME LXXXV-NO. 174.
CLOUD OF UNCERTAINTY IS REMOVED Brooke and Gomez Having Agreed Cuban Soldiers Are to Be Paid. MUST GIVE OP AIOIS * American Commissioners to Proceed With the Distribution of Money to Former Rebels. Special Dispatch to TTi» Call and th* New York : < Herald. Copyrighted, 1899. by James Gor- '* don Bennett. + HAVANA, May 22.— The cloud ; I of uncertainty that has been ♦ hanging over Cuban affairs was <f dissipated to-day as the result of a ♦ long conference between Generals •■?> Brooke and Gomez, and there is no ♦ reason why the 53.000.000 fund T should not be distributed and the arms surrendered unless unexpected 1 opposition develops aniong officers ± and soldiers. General Brooke will issue his order J to-morrow. It distinctly states that an J agreement has been reached between X Generals Brooke and Gomez and the money will be destributed by the Amer- I * ican Commissioners previously desig- *f nated— Rafferty, Randall and Bisbee. * The arms are to be turned over to the ; civil Governors of provinces wherein t the soldiers reside or to Mayors. The & only change from the agreement of a ♦ week ago is a clause stating that at 4 such future time as may be designated ♦ the arms are to be placed in the Cuban j J» arsenals at Havana and Santiago. i Undoubtedly an understanding has been reached between Brooke and % Gomez that Gomez will be responsible for the arms surrendered. leral Gomez states that everything tory. He asked me to deny the B made in the American that President McKinley had written to him refusing to consider his sition for organizing the t'uban army of occupation. He has not heard from President McKinley on the mat ter, but understands that he is con sidering it. It is generally thought here that the distribution of money and collection of a ms will now go on without a show of resistance on the part of the soldiers. The long delay and repeated hitches have caused much bitterness among the chiefs, and some will advise the men to go home without the money and with their arms, but it is thought the number responding will be small. The greatest cause of dissatisfaction among the chiefs is that they receive no extra money. The American Commissioners began the work to-day in instructing Gov ernors and Mayors in the method of re ceiving and storing arm?. STRIKES ON A REEF NEAR OYSTER BAY Canadian Navigation Company's Alaskan Steamship Danube Goes Ashore. »n.iuriiA, a. \j., may zz.— a<»ws was received here this afternoon from Union, the coaling- point for steamers in the Alaskan trade, that the steamer Danube, owned by the Canadian Pacific Naviga tion Company of this city, is ashore ne*ar Oyster Bay. The reef on which she came to grief is about thirty miles north of Union, and a boat's crew was dispatched to Union for assistance. The steamer Maude of the same fleet, which was at Union loading coal for Victoria, left to render what assistance she could. No particulars were given and until the Maude returns it will not be known how the accident occurred. Captain Meyers, master of the Danube, is one of the oldest and most experienced skippers in these waters, and as no bad weather has been reported it is likely that still another rock on the Alaska run has beon located through a disaster. The Danube is said to be hard and fast even at flood tide, her bow being high in the air at low water. If the Maude returns and reports having been unable to pull the Danube into deep water, the Tees, which Is loading now to sail north, will call at the spot, and both she and the Maude will join in an effort to release the Danube. VALUABLE JEWELS TAKEN FROM A SHRINE Daring Robbery of a Most Famous Place at El Cobre, Cuba. SANTIAGO DB CUBA, May 22.— The ptnrtlinß discovery waa made yesterday that the famous shrine of Nuestra Senora Carida «t XI Cobre had been robbed of jewels valued at $25,000 and that the head of the statue had been broken off and removed. The report mused «r<-at excite ment in the town, wnere t h<- shrine had lonp Lf-r-n the principal attraction. It is Bupposefl to have bad miraculous heal ing powers ami is visited annually by , ; da i i" pilgrims from all parts of from Mexico and even from En who bave loaded the imagf with ■ Th" se< ret police are making efforts to j iver tii- perpetrator of the outrage. that an American will be arrested to-morrow on the charge of be ing the criminal, and the police hope to - er the Jewels. NO SETTLEMENT OF THE SUGAR WAR Some Refineries Closed Indefinitely j Because There Are No Profits at Present. NEW YORK. May 22.— Concerning re tbat the sugar trade war would be boot nlcablj Bettled a member of the firm ol B. B. Howell & Sons, who repre . Mollenlmuer and National sugar reflnei !< -s. said : "There ie no truth whatever in the re ported Fr-rtW-ment of the differences be tween the various refineries. Some weeks ago negotiations tr> that end were under way, but Wf-rt- dropped because of the ut- l lr r failure of the interested partis to if imp to (prmF. The situation is without change and it is doubtful whether there will be anything like a settlement for a long time to come. Our two refineries are d indefinitely. It is absolutely lm poKßible to refine and cell our productb at a profit while the war lasts." i The San Francisco Call. SHIP ADDED TO THE NAVY Captured Spanish Cruiser Reina Mercedes Reaches Hampton Roads. THE REINA MERCEDES. NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 22.— The Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes arrived in Hampton Roads yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in tow of the Merritt Wrecking Company's tug I. J. Merrltt and the Rescue, and accompanied by the steamer EL T. Morgan. She 1p now at anchor nearly two miles off Old Point Comfort, where she will be held In quarantine for five days. Large crowd? went to Old Point Comfort to see the cruiser and hundreds went out to the vessels in launches. When she is released from quarantine she will go to Portsmouth Navy Yard for re pairs. The Mercedes left Santiago a week ago Saturday. The voyage was uneventful with the exception of the very quick time made. Her arrival was heralded by the boom of ennnon m board th 6 monitor AmphUrite, the training ships Essex and Alliance and the small cruiser Peoria, all nf which are in the roads. Aboard th^ Mercedes there are about twenty men of the Merritt wreck ing crew, but Dr. Pettus would not allow any of these, nor, in fact, anybody from <ither the tugs or the barge, to land, nor was she boarded by any one save himself. The Mercedes will come up to the Norfolk Navy Yard Friday. Arrangements have already been made there to give a rousing maritime demonstration in her honor. The Reina Mercedes bore no small part in bringing the strain upon the feel ings of the people of the United States toward Spain by her insolent treatment of the American steamer Valencia of the Ward line, in June, 1897. The Valencia, with the other steamer? of that line, plied between New York, Nassau, the ports on the south coast of Cuba and Panama. They were all well known to the several Spanish war vessels that were watching that part of the Cuban coast to prevent assistance reaching the Insurgents, and their going and coming were regular almost to the hour of the day at any given place. On the morning of June 3 the Valencia having made her call at the port of Guantnnamo, was leaving the harbor and heading west for Santiago de Cuba, her next call, when she was approached by the Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes, one of the pa trolling vessels on that beat, and signaled to show her colors. Not complying * with this very unnecessary demand as promptly as seemed proper to the Spaniard, he tired a blank shot across her bows, and followed almost immediately with a round shot, which, thanks to the bad marksmanship which made itself so conspic uous in nearly the same locality a year later, fell short, though dangerously near the American steamer's quarter. The Stars and Stripes, which had already been "bent on." were flung out and the steamer was allowed to proceed on her way. This incident added greatly to the feeling of Indignation that had been aroused some time before, when the Allianca. a sister ship of the Valencia and belonging lv the same line, was fired upon three tirms off Cape Maisl, at the east end of Cuba', by the Spanish gunboat Conde de Venadlto, which pursued her on the high seas -for twenty-five miles, and had the American steamer not been the swifter vessel she would probably have been sunk. HOPKINS IS AFTER THE SPEAKERSHIP Ppecial Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK, May 22.— A Washington \ special to the Herald says: Represen ; tative Hopkins of Illinois is one of the i candidates for Speaker who believes [ the contest will be settled long before j next December. He is conducting a campaign which he confidently believes will result hi his own favor before July 1. Mr. Hopkins is not content with writ ing letters to colleagues. He believes personal interviews are more effective, and it is his purpose to follow up com munications with personal calls upon j members at their homes. He has made visits to Wisconsii. and Kansas, after having made sure of the delegation from his own State, and is now confi dent that the delegations of these two States can be placed to his credit. Representative Hopkins is in Wash ington just now to catch any stray Representatives who may be here. He had a long interview with the President to-day and will leave soon for work in other directions. One of the main arguments Mr. Hop kins uses in behalf of his candidacy is that Illinois has become the pivotal State in politics, and upon holding it may depend the continuance of the Re publican party in power. "At this time," he says, "Illinois is a I doubtful State. The great city of Chi cago has a Democratic Mayor, and if the election occurred at this time no hod v can safely predict what the result would be. Under these circumstances Representatives must feel that they should take Illinois into consideration and do whatever they can to strengthen the party there. The loss of the State would be a very serious thing, and any uncertainty there should be guarded against as far as possible. "If Illinois were given the Speaker ship State pride would operate to make the people stand by the party which had honored the State, and would, I believe, take Illinois out of the doubt- Zui column." SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1899. THE GOVERNOR ATTENDS TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES. FORTUNES TAKEN OUT BY MINERS Lower California's Newly Discovered Placer Field Very Rich. GROWTH OF THE BOOM Workmen in the Peninsula Mines Desert and Rush to Santa Clara Diggings. Special Dispatch to The Call. SAN DIEGO, May 22.— Allan G. Fra ser, a Los Angeles mining man, ar rived here to-day from the newly dis covered rlacer fields in the Santa Clara district. 400 miles south of this city. He confirmed the reports of the won derful richness of the diggings and said miners were flocking to the camp from all directions. He saw nuggets taken out worth $500. and nearly all the Mexi cans possessed either dust or nuggets. The placers are located about twenty miles inland from San Pablo Bay, and the ground thus far opened covers an area of about twenty square miles. The territory beyond has not been thor oughly prospected. Mr. Fraser said: "I have no desire to connect my name with a fake story and thereby cause many people to invest their all possibly in an effort to reach a mythical field. I found the placers quite as rich as had been reported, and I can say that the Santa Clara placers are in my estima tion among the richest ever discovered. There were about 300 Mexicans and In dians working the placers when I left, and they were taking out an average of from $15 to $20 a day. "Not far from the diggings I met a party of Mexicans who exhibited con siderable gold. They had about $25, ' worth and declared that there was plenty more where that came from. The nearest water is ten miles away, and It is only by the crudest methods of dry washing that the gold is obtained. Only tho coarse gold is paved in this Way- The Cammalli mines have been deserted and hundreds have left the Santa Rosa copper mines for th<' new diggings. TKere is also intense excite ment at Enscnada. When I was in camp it was necessary to po to Mulege, a distance of about lfO* milos, to file a claim, but I heard that a representa tive was on his way to establish an office at the camp. "The diggings are located on govern ment land, and under the Mexican laws a man may file on as many acres as he wishes by paying $10 on each pertonencia, which is three acres, and paying taxes. This may prove a s. ri ous drawback to the district, as ;i company could come in and file on the wholp district. The gold, however, is there in enormous quantities, and may be had without the privation and suf ferings that must be contended with in Alaska. "The best way to reach the diggings is from San Pablo Bay. There is a fairly good trail from there to the camp, and drinking water may be had six miles from the coast. This is the nearest water to the placers." A letter has been received in this city from D. Goldbaum of Ensenada con firming the reports of the rich dis coveries and the intense excitement i that prevails on the peninsula. Mr. FORM OF GOVERNMENT OFFERED TO TAGALS EVERY VOLUNTEER TO LEAVE MANILA BY LAST OF JULY General Shafter Ordered to Get Ready to Receive 4000 Men at the Presidio. WASHINGTON, May 22.— The War Department is proceeding on the theory that by the end of July not a volunteer soldier will be left in Manila and General Otis' report to-day that the transport Warren has arrived advances the time when the homeward movement of the volunteer troops will begin. Already information has been received that mail for the First California Regiment and the Second Oregon Regiment should not be sent to Manila, but to San Francisco. In anticipation of the prompt return of the volunteer troops in the Philippines the Secretary of War to-day tele graphed instructions to General Shatter, commanding the department at San Francisco, to establish a model camp at the Presidio for the accommodation of 4000 volunteers from Manila pending their muster out. General Shafter is instructed particularly to make ample provision for water supply and sanitary features, "to the end that the camp may be comfortable and healthful." He is in formed that bedracks are to be furnished and floors laid if he thinks it advisable. The returning troops will leave their tents at Manila, but will bring their field ranges and cooking outfits. The quartermaster's department has been ordered to supply the necessary tents to the camp at the Presidio. Goldbaum says the name of the camp is Cerro Pinta, and not Santa Clara. The glowing reports have caused con siderable excitement in this city, and a number of men are making prepa rations to g<> to the new fields on the Bteamer St. Denis to-morrow night and tta« schooner Anita on Thursday. MARK TWAIN'S BOOK A GIFT TO POSTERITY The Present Work Will Not Be Pub- lished Until a Hundred Years After His Death. LONDON. May 23.— A dispatch to the Times from Vfenna says that Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) has postponed his departure from that city until May 26 In consequence of a notification from the Emperor, communicated through Embas sador Harris, that his Majesty will re ceive him in audience May 23. During his stay in Vienna Mr. Clemens has become a welcome and familiar figure in Austrian society, while the American colony, head ed by the official representatives of the United States, has not lost the opportu nity to do him honor. Mr. Clemens told the correspondent his new book, in which he tells of the remarkable people he has met from childhood, will occupy a great part of the remainder of his life. It Is a bequest to posterity and will only be published a hundred years after his death. The portraits were drawn solely for his own pleasure in the work of .telling the whole truth without malice, but' with re spect to persons, conventions or pruderies. The men and women depicted will appear "with all their warts." The book will not be written in "Mark Twain's" familiar style, which, the author anticipates, will be" forgotten by the time the work is pub lished!: TEXAS IS VISITED BY A TORNADO Ruin and Death in the Track of a Most Destructive Storm. CHURCHES ARE DAZED Lightning and Hail Accompany the Wind, and a Large Strip of Country Is Swept. Special Dispatch to The Call. HOUSTON, Texas, May 22.— One of the worst tornadoes that has visited Texas since the storm which destroyed the town of Cisco three years ago, and in which some fifty people were killed, passed over the business portion of Frath County yesterday. The storm came from the northwest and passed in a southeasterly direction over a strip of country about 200 yards wide. The tornado was accompanied by vivid lightning and a heavy hail storm. Several homes and church buildings were wrecked in several lo calities, the mcst serious damage being at Mount Pleasant, Titus County. The noon services of the Baptist church had just closed and the people were leav ing when the wind struck the building. A bait of lightning and the wind de scended upon the house simultaneously, wrecking it and scattering the debris in all directions. William Kauffman was instantly killed and some fifteen other persons were more or less injured, some fatally. Three are in a dying condition, accord ing to reports. A woman with a babe in her arms was struck by lightning, but miraculously escaped death. A lit tle girl was stripped of her clothing, but only slightly hurt. The tornado struck Stephenville and did considerable damage, wrecking many houses, but no one was killed. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church was unroofed and badly damaged. Many buildings in Stephenville were leveled, among them the Methodist church. One man was killed and three in jured near Dublin. It is reported that several wore killed seven miles north east of Stephenville. Trees and crops in the wake of the storm are reported to be destroyed, but authentic details of the disaster have not been received. DETROIT DID NOT SINK THE GUNBOAT No Truth in the Reported Destruction of a Nicaraguan War Vessel. Special Cable to The Call and the New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1599, by James Gor don Bennett. PANAMA. Colombia, May 22.— Man agua, correspondent of the Herald cables that the "report that the United States cruiser. Detroit had fired upon the Nica raguan gunboat San Jacinto and sunk her is untrue. Everything is quiet alone, the Atlantic eoajst. of EjjcftrflgMa. '^•^ PRICE FIVE CENTS. Special Cable to The Call and the X»w York Heral.l. Copyrighted, IS'J9, by James Gor don Bennett. MANILA. May~ 23. — President Schurman of the Philippine Commis sion made this statement to me to-day concerning the plan of government offered to the Filipinos : "Now that the American arms are successfully bringing the war to a close it is an opportune moment to submit the scheme of government which is authorized by the President, who believes that conciliation is as necessary as force. "The present scheme should satisfy the legitimate aspirations of the Filipino people for participation in their own government. It gives insurgents a good opportunity to fay down their arms. "Under it they will possess more reedom than under the Malolos gov ernment, even though the latter de lares them an independent and sovereign state." MANILA, May 22.— 1n spite of the presence of the Filipino com missioners in Manila, the mili tary operations continue with unabated vigor. The visitors were apparently ignorant of the true condition of affairs here. Upon their arrival they were immediately inundated with invitations covering both day and night, and express sur prise at the condition of affairs within our lines. They had been led to believe that everything was chaotic and are de lighted at the reception accorded them. Reports received from persons who have arrived from the interior show that no troops are left in the northern provinces. They were all drafted south, after the outbreak of the war. The villages on the west coast are almost deserted, and the Uocanos especially are desirous of joining the Americans, if only for the purpose of crushing trie Tagals. Many natives of Benguot and Iloeos said that if the Americans had not arrived civil war would necessariry have ensued, owing to the friction be tween the Tagals and the inhabitants of other provinces. It is added that the only Filipino troops left now are 7000 men under General Luna at the Tarlac. and about 4000 under General Pio del Pilar. These are short of arms and suppUes. Many of their rifles are disabled, and the Filipinos are unable to repair them, owing to the lack of mechanics and materials for so doing. A coasting steamer which has ar rived here reports that the Spanish garrison at Zamboanga, Island of Minandao, is held by the rebels in much the same manner as the Ameri cans held them while they were in the vicinity of Manila. Every night the Spaniards are subjected to an ineffec tual fusillade, and if they are not soion relieved they will be reduced to the condition of the Spanish garrison at Iloilo just previous to its evacuation of that place. Professor Schurman, head of the United States. Philippine Commission, has submitted the following written propositions to the Filipinos: While the final decision as to the form of government for the Philippines is in the hands of Congress the President, un der his military powers, pending the ac tinn of Congress stands ready to offer the following: A Governor General to be appointed by the President; a Cabinet to be appointed by the Governor General; all the Judges to be appointed by the -President; the heads of departments and Judges to in? either Americans or Filipinos, or both; and a general Advisory Council, its mem bers to be chosen by the people by a form of suffrage to be hereafter carefully de termined upon. The President earnestly desires that blofwished cease and that the people of the Philippines at an early date enjoy the Largesi measure pi self-government com patible with peace and order. The United States Commission pre pared the scheme and the President cabled his approval of the form of the document. The Filipinos have made no definite proposition except for a ces sation of hostilities until they can pre sent the question of peace to the people. Professor Schurman told the Filipinos they had no means of gathering the people together, as the Americans con trol most of the ports. He also re minded them that a liberal form of government was offered them, and pointed out that it was better than the conditions existing under Spanish rule. Gozaga, President of the Filipino commission, replied that nothing could be worse than Spanish rule, and admitted that the form of government proposed was liberal. The civilian members of the Filipino commission have declined to co-operate with the other members, as the former consider Aguinaldo's latest demand to be preposterous, after General Otis' refusal of an armistice when the dic tator asked for time in order to con sult the Filipino Congress. After a conference to-morrow with the United States Commissioners, the Filipino commissioners will lunch with Professor Schurman, and will after ward visit the vessels composing the American fleet. FILIPINOS MUST SOON ACCEPT OUR TERMS WASHINGTON, May 22.— The War Department has received the following cablegram from General Otis: MANILA, May 22.— Adjutant General, Washington: Condition as follows:' In Bulucan province troops maintained at Quinga, Baliumg, San Miguel; Lawton proceeding down Rio Grande from San Isldro; has driven enemy westward from San Antonio. Carimo and Arayat, where he was joined yesterday by Kobbe's col umn; will reach Santa Ana and Cantaba to-day. General Mai-Arthur still at San Fernando, and will occupy cities : south and westward; insurgent forces disinte grating daily. Luna's forces at Taltac much, diminished; has_fleas£gjre<i several