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I Ii Pages f \ IN TWO PARTS. MTT"T'TTTTTTrTTTTTTTT TTTTTTTTTITTTTT TTT f TT T T TTTTTS VOL. II?NO. 121. NORFOLK, VA., TUESDAY, ITEttKUAHY 21, 1S99?TWELVE PAGES. 5? 11 < ? . 1 111 n 11, . , , , ij 4 411U i n u ux, u 1XU1 ui* 5 WEATHER FORECAST FOB TO-DAY f 2 NORFOLK AND VICINITY"? c He- E J fair: nearly stationary temperature. - 1 fresh south winds. 0 C ?T.f'T.,.?r.?.,,..,,r,ttT,TTTTTTTTrtTTtttTr^,r,T,5 ^ THREE CENTS PER COPY. ADMIRAL SCHLEY DEFENDS HIMSELF Resents Charges Recently Made Against Him. SAMPSON WAS UNGENEROUS lit All t hill lie III?! aw Nccoutl III Com* 1:111 ntl ol Hie Norlli * 11 nit; ic Squntl roil IIo Obeyed Orders I s on. III? ? U|?rrlora?A l>|i|?iiicb From Nniup? ?011 Wit held From lMibliclty Lo? cution oi (orvcm'a Fleet ? Sum? mitry <>r Fact,. (Uy Telegraph to Virginia-Pilot.) Washington, D. C, February 20. Rear-Admiral W. s. Schley.havlng been granted permission to answer the charges made against him in the com? munication recently sent to the Senate to-day handed to the Committee on Na? val Affairs Iiis statement, in which he disclaims any purpose of controversy with the Navy Department. The letter of the Department, he says, so far as it relates to him, can be summarized un? der the following heads: "The delay off Cionfuegos; the al? iened slow progress toward Santiago do Cuba from Cienfucgos; the retrograde movements on the 26th and 27th of May; the battle of Santiago, and the destruction of Cervora'a fleet." The Admiral says his orders from Sampson on May 19th were to blockade Cienfucgos, which ho proceeded to do. On his arrival he sent Commander Mc Calla, of the Marblehead, ashore to es? tablish relations with the insurgents, the result of which was made known to him at :!::!(( on May 24th. Then for the first time he learned definitely that the Spanish licet was n.it at Cienfuc? gos. Within two hours he started for Santiago. ACTED UNDER ORDERS. "What possible ground of criticism," lie says, "adverse to me there can be in all tills, i do nol see. 1 was on the JB.U9i_.? v Upg...UUltlW. OOieUSt'. whv,;h ,gaye me entire discretion, and j>cl clothed me with the responsibility of going to Santiago,* only after 1 was satisfied that the fleet was not at Cionfuegos.',' He quoted from the dispatch of Samp Boll ol* May 20th, in which the latter says Schley should "hold his fleet off Clenfuegos. if the Spanish ships have put Into Santiago, they must come eith? er to Havana or Cienfucgos to deliver the munitions "f war which they are said to bring for use in Cuba. I am, therefore, of tl opinion that the best chance to caj : those ships will be to bold the tu tits, Clenfuegos and Havana, with all the force We van muster, if later It should develop that these vessels are at Santiago, we can then assemble off that port, the ships best suited for the purpose, and com? pletely blockade it. Until we, then, re? ceive more positive Information we shall continue to hold Havana and Clenfuegos." WITH ELD FROM PUBLICITY. Admiral Schley adds: "This letter Is not printed either in the appendix or executive document c, but 1 leceivcd it on the 2'id, and it shows that 1 was expected to hold my squadron oi"C Cienfucgos." As to slow progress toward Santiago on account of the Eagle, he states that s'n ? was a part of the rbTctr which Ad? miral Sampson und seen lit to send him, and lit! had no right to abandon her. Speaking of "the petrogade move? ments," which the Secretary, adapting the language of Admiral Sampson, characterizes ns reprehensible con? duct," Admiral Sclllcy nays that in i'2 years' service "never was such lan? guage used to characterize conduct of mine, and I see no reason for it now." He adds. LOCATION OF CERVERA'S FLEET. "Acting In accordance with my best judgment, In view of the circumstances, without certain knowledge of the v. hereabouts of that Spanish fleet, after having been Informed by the scouts commanded by mich officers as Slgsbce, Jewell, and Wise, that although they had teen f)rr Santiago for a week, they had seen nothing of it, and know noth? ing of us whereabout**, since it had left Curacoa, after having been assured by Slgsbee, that he did not believe it was in Santiago, and by the emphatic dec laratli n of the pilot Nunez, and know? ing that as the sea and weather then were, it Would lie impossible to coal my squadn rt off the port, I deemed it best to take the action I did, the final re? sult of which was the location of the enemy's Reel in Santiago harbor." As to the battle of Santiago, Admiral Schley fays tho facts of that contest epeak for themselves. He quotes from his official report to Sampson, in which ho congratulated the commander of the" squadron, and said the "victory seems big enough for all of us." CONTRAST WITH SAMPSON ASKED He asks the committee to contrast his reports to those of Sampson, containing references to himself, nnd continues: "As to all tills criticism of my course pr.or to the discovery by me on May 2Dth of Cervera's fleet, whether from Adnvral Sampson or the Department, none of it has ever been made by either to me; and I never heard of a word from any one, until after the bat tic with that fleet, although more than five weeks had passed since the alleged 'reprehensible conduct' bad occurred." SUMMART OF FACTS. Admiral Schley then submits a long detailed statement of the facts he summarized in the foregoing, which is in reply to a request by chairman Hale, of the Naval Committee: "The commanding officer of the Har? vard reported that ho did not have coal enough to reach any home base and could not steam beyond twenty-four or thirty hours, which, the Admiral says, forced him to send the .Harvard to Kingston; the Yale and Minneapolis could reach Key West, and the St. Paul could remain at most oft the port for but two days. The Brooklyn, Iowa and Massachusetts were fairly well ^IT with coal, but the Texas. Marblehcad and. Vixen were considerably reduced. The projecting sponson of the Texas and Marblehead made it dangerous to coal them alongside the collier with any swell on the open sea. "It was this situation." says the statement, "coupled with the conclu? sion that the Spanish squadron might have touched and then moved west, as reuorted at Cienfuegos, and rein? forced by the fact that Slgsbce had not seen them, and that the pilot Nunez was strongly impressed with the doubt that this squadron could enter the port, which occasioned my telegram of May 2711) " A DECISIVE CONFLICT ORDERED. Captain Slgsbce Is quoted its con firming the opinion as t.> the difllculty of coaling oft Santiago. He gives the details of the absolute local ion of the Spanish squadron inside the harbor on May 29, which discovery was. the Ad I mlrul says, the result of a determina? tion to satisfy himself fully before leaving for llie west, (in llie Hist ho made a reconnassaince to develop the enemy's position und incident 1y to in? jure or destroy, if possible, the <"'don moored well up in the harbor. Admiral Sclllcy quotes the depart? ment's dispatch of May 2'J in these words: "The department looks to you to as? certain the fact of the presence of the enemy, and that the enemy, if in the harbor at Santiago, does not leave without decisive action." Commenting on this the Admiral says: "In obedience to the above order and without any further order or instruc? tion front any one. T did ascertain the fact that the enemy was at Santiago and the enemy did not leave without a decisive cunlUeU^ CLOTHED WITH RESPONSIBILITY. Detailing the events connected with the battle of duly 3d, he says thai at SMS of that day Admiral Samps in made signal from his flagship. "Disregard movements of the Commandcr-in Chlcf," and steamed eastward to Siboney. "This." says Admiral Schley, "left me, tho senior of? ficer present and necessarily clothed me with the responsibility of the com? mand." Continuing, he declares that when the enemy's vessels came out of the harbor signal was made from the Brooklyn this flagship) to tin- licet lo "clear ship for action." Then followed tin- signal "close action," and this by tlie signal, "the enemy escaping to westward." Following the appearance I of the Spanish fleet there was a. general inward movement of the American ves? sels, closing in and engaging It. MOVEMENTS OF THE VESSELS. Explaining the movements of the ves? sels of both fleets he says tho Spanish 'tlttTt??wa:? frbWlhiS westward under high speed and "changing course more to westward brought the Brooklyn head? ing eastward to meet it, into a posi? tion where she would have blanketed the fire of the eastern vessels of our force now changing their courses to the westward and between them and the Spanish vessels." "Instant decision." he continues."was therefore necessary lo avoid interfering in any way or cutting oft any of the lire of our vessels, as would have occurred If she had turned toward the Spanish fleet now approaching the Brooklyn. Turning outward h ft the enemy's ships unmasked by the Brooklyn and exposed them to the concentrated lire of our squadron. The result of this manoeuvre was that In thirty minutes from the opening of the combat four of the enemy's vessels were on fire and riddled with projectiles. ??*?*????? SAMPSONS LATE ARRIVAL. At the final capture of the colon at 1:15 n. in. the Brooklyn was nearest, Hit? Oregon next and then the Texas and Vixen. The New York arrived at J:2:t p. m. and the commander-in-chief assumed command of the squadron. Signals were made from the Brooklyn to the squadron until all signal hal yards were shot away, and then by the ?Myers army code." DECIDING FEATURE OF COMBAT. In conclusion. Admiral Schley con? tends that the turn of the Brooklyn in the battle of the 3d was "the crucial and deciding feature of the combat and of decided advantage." Furthermore, he says it is a mis? take to say that the vessel's distance from the enemy was increased lo the [ extent of SOO yards, and adds: "Though this may not be of record, il is a fact nevertheless." He cites the fact that the charts of the Board of Navigators shows that the Brooklyn was the nearest when it emerged from the harbor, nearest at every stage of the battle and nearest the Colon when it surrendered, and given many con? firmatory details of his flagship's ac? tive and effective participation in the bnt tie. He says he made no report of his menneouver in his report of the bat? tle, as Its effect upon the battle was never a question with him. His last paragraph reads: SAMPSON CONTRADICTS HIMSELF "On Mny 31 I received a telegram from the commandcr-ln-ehlcf congratu? lating me on my success In locating and blockading the enemy's fleet at Santiago if it was worthy of com? mendation at that time I nm at n loss to understand how It could have grown Into 'reprehensible conduct,' as sug? gested by Admiral Sampson in his let? ter of July 10, 1S9S, some six weeks ' later." fivw sJccret.'iry ??l tlie I tiler I or. (By Telegraph la Vlrglnian-PllOt.) Washington; Feb. 20.?Mr. Ethan Al? len Hitchcock, of Missouri, recently United States Ambassador to Russia, to-day took the prescribed oath and en? teis upon his duties as Secretary of j the Interior. OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6. j CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS. BY DEPARTMENTS. Telegraph News?Page I. Local News?Paces 2, 3, 5 and 6. Editorial?Page 4. i Virginia News -Patres 8 and o. I North Carolina News?Page it. i Portsmouth News?Pages lOand II. Berkley News?Page 6 ! Markets?Page 12. j Shipping - Page 12. COMPENSATION FOR THE PHILIPPINES Lively Debate in the House of Representatives. BROWN-SWANSON CONTEST I'MMfCof BUI to l*ity Spain Ttrciiiy Minion* or Dollars-Mr. Wheeler, or Kentucky, Vtiju Ilia ttmnccw to i in< Administration - l'nsml MM* ii ! h Considered in ili? Hcnitte rubllo Uu tiding For Mclma, (By Telcsrfiph lo Virctnlan-rilot.) Washington, Fob. JO.?This was sus? pension day in the House. Some minor business was transacted by unanimous consent. Tbc Senate amendments to a number of private pension bills were adopted. Mr. Grow (Rep., of Pennsylvania) asked unanimous consent for the con? sideration Of a bill to p ay the heirs of Samuel Tewksbury, of Scranton, Pa., $5,697 for a war claim, and when con? sent was refused the Speaker recog? nized him to move Its passage, under suspension of the rules. ?Mt. Maddox (Dem., of Georgia) op? posed ilic bill on the ground that it was an unjust discrimination against a similar class of claims in the House. Th'.? bill was defeated 128 to 77. two thirds not having voted in the affirma? tive. EXTENSION OF MAIL SERVICE. Mr. Loud tltep., of California) moved the passage under suspension of the rules Of the Senate bill to extend the Uses of tin: mail service. The bill is to legalize the use of the return cn velope and postal cards of the United stait s Economic Postage Association. This bill was also defeated TJ.'i to 97, two-thirds having again failed to vote to suspend the rules. Thursday was set aside for the con? sideration of District of Columbia bus? iness subject 10 appropriation bills ana the contested election of Brown vs. Swan-son, which Mr. <"rumpaeker niPjf.,' of Indiana) gave notice he would again call up on that day. STATIC WAR CLAIMS. Mr. Ma hon (Rep., of Pennsylvania) moved the passage under suspension of the Senate bill to reimburse Governors of States for expenses incurred by them In tlie organization of volunteers for service in the war with Spain. Mr. Mahon said there were claims from the various States for this work, aggregating over $3,000,000. Under the existing law only $i;?0.ooo of these chums had been liquidated. The pas? sage of this act was necessary for the settlement of the remainder. The Elouse amendment, lie said, would com? pel Ihe Governors of the States to pro? duce detailed vouchers and the reim? bursement would be made through the government's accounting offices. The bill was passed, l?? to lf>. PAYMENT FOU PHILIPPINES. Mr. Cannon, chairman of the Appro print ions Committee, was then recog? nized and by the direction of his com? mittee, moved the passage, under Bus pension of the rules, of the bill for the payment of 120,000.000 to Spain. Mr. Dockery (Democrat, Missouri) asked unanimous consent to offer an amendment declaratory nf the policy of the United States relative to the Philippines. "Regular order," "regular order." shouted a dozen members on the Re? publican side. "By direction of the Appropriations Committee,"' said Mr. Cannon. "I am di? rected to decline to accept that amend? ment. I could not if 1 would, and 1 would not if I could." Mr. Wheeler (Democrat, Kentucky) demanded a second, which was ordered. 1(17 to 11. This permitted 'JO minutes for debate on each side. Mr. Cannon called atten? tion to the- fact that a few days ago. when the appropriation was stricken from the Sundry Civil bill, he had pre? dicted thai a way would be found with? in tho rules to pan it. In Iiis opinion nine-tenths of the members of the House fa.vorcd it. Mr. Dockery again naked unanimous consent fur the consideration of his amendment, which, he said, was a com? bination -of the McEncry and Bacon resolutions. Again Mr. Cannon object? ed. Mr. Clayton (Democrat, Alabama) said be did not think the President and the Peace Commissioners had been wise in insisting upon the cession of the Philippines, but sine,, tin- treaty was concluded, he had believed there was hut one thing to do?ratify the treaty (Republican applause). WRONG AND INFAMOUS. Mr. Wheeler, Democrat, of Kentucky, upon whose objection the appropriation went out of the sundry civil bill, d( - clarcd he would vole against it with great pleasure. He was opposed to it because he believed it wrong in princi? ple and infamous In oxe< ution. He was not afraid of giving offense to some effete and decaying monarchy of the Old World. He declared the Adminis? tration was a soldier of fortune. [I lacked the nerve and pluck to declare its purpose. Micawber-llko, it was waiting for something to turn up. The war begun for humanity had degener? ated into a war of bloody extermina? tion, that would disgrace the pages of history. Mr. Wheeler criticised the methods of the Appropriations Commit? tee and in conclusion declared he would stand by what he believed to be right. Mr.cannon concluded the debate with a brief speech, emphasizing the Idleness of a declaration Of policy at this time, when our troops were fighting to pre? serve order. When the authority of the United States was acknowledged, then with due regard to our own H tlf r es pect, having in mind on own best Interests, as well as those of the Fili? pinos, we could decide what to do. The vote was then taken by ayes and noes upon the demand of Mr. Wheeler. The bill was passed?219 to 31. EMBALMED BEEF NOW ON TRIAL The Miles Court of Inquiry Begins Work. COMMANDING GENERAL HEARD lie Informs Ills Interrogators Why llc noil Mat Report i<i Hid Comutts Nnry Ucucrnl-Dora >ot consider tiunicd Beel* .Hont-oilier Oftleer? Testily Hint Kcrrlsjorator Ueel IVns |r?Irly Good, lint tlae tu mini Article IVna Worthless. (By Telegraph to Virgtnlan-Pllot.) Washington, d. Februaty 20.?Tho M lea court of Inquiry to-day made a g..id st.ir; on Its work. The court wan comfAitu bly quartered In the eld mfct ing loom of the War Investigating Comm sslon, In the Lemon building, with accommodations for representa? tives of the press associations and the local payers. calls of ceremony on the President and the general coiamundlng the army occupied a large part of th.: forenoon and immediately thereafter General Nelson A. Miles appeared as the first witness. He and three other army ofl.cers sutn mcned as witnesses were examined and disposed of lief..re the court closed its scrsion, at 3 o'clock. A CONTRAST. General Miles appeared in fatigue null. riii. rath r striking In it.? contrast with tho display of scarfs, bullion and but torn, ot the full dress uniforms >'f the court. He submitted to the qucs llonlng of Colonel Davis, recorder of the com:, with equanimity, except for a Hash ot mingled Indignation and irony when be informell the recjider that lie was not compelled i>? "report"' t" Hie Coininlsrary General of '.he Army. This was in reply lo a question as to whether or no: he had reported n the Commis? sary 1 opart Hunt the fact that com? plaints had been made to him as to the quality of meal being Issued Jo the . troops-. An instant later General Miles resumed 1 Is cool and i'ttriifuliy consid? ered replies to the Inquiries of the court. MILKS IS SLOW AND careful. General Miles was very slow and careful in his replies to the recorder's questions on ibis point. He called at? tention to the fact that In both In? stances he was credited In the inter? views with refusing t?i answer certain questions, and insisted that these re? fusals should be given due weight in considering the questions to which he did reply, lie raid in the case of the interview of February l that he had a letter from the man who wrote the story offering to swear that General Miles hud refused to be interviewed, and that the whole story was made up in tlie ofllce from iho writer's general [knowledge of the facts. Notwithstand? ing this, when his llnnl answer was asked as to the authenticity of the in? tor view, General Miles did not specifi? cally deny it. but merely said that it did in>: quite fairly represent his own opinion In tlie case. The same qualified denial as to tile Journal interview of December S3 was made, leaving tin' witness on record as not assuming any responsibility for the newspaper state? ments, but tacitly admitting that there was a good deal in them with which ho agreed. tiik TREND OK questions. The trend of finest ions put to the otiir-r witnesses of the day Indicated that so long as they agreed with Gene? ral Miles as to the quality of the meat furnished the troops in the field, the only criticism of their position the court had to make was ?/hy they had not taken some official s:c;.s to have the matter remedied at the time. In every instance tlie reply was that the circumstances in which tlie army was placed in n sickly foreign country, with a large amount Of lighting ami a great scarcity of transportation on hand, precluded the possibility of any such action. In each the question v. as pushed no further on this line. an erroneous interview. General Miles during his testimony as t > the Herald Interview, pointed out that the interview was erroneous in that where- it represented him to have said that he had overwhelming evi? dence that ihe refrigerated beef was treated with chemicals, the fact was that his only evidence was what was contained in the reports of officers ami statements of men who claimed that the beef had the ...lor of an embalmed body; that they had seen fluid Injected Into beef, and other Indications of chemical treatment. Colonel Davis, recurrlpg to the state? ment of General Miles before tin- War Commission, asked him what his Idea as to the beef supply for the army was when war broke out. usage: of a century ignored. Replying, General Miles said while his attention was occupied with weightier matters of mobilization and of equipment of troops, he felt confi? dent that tin- usage of an hundred years would be followed, and cattle herds would be shipped to the army in the tropics and killed there, just as they had been through the South dur? ing the Civil war?In Arizona, Texas and in Mexico, where it was so hot that a soldier could not sit upon the rocks. He understood Cuba and Porto Rico were excellent grass countries, and cat? tle could be shipped and kept in prime condition. He reviewed his action in cabling the Department to send no more refrigerated beef to Porto Rico "While he was there. Unding It possible to use beef on the hoof. STILL SUPPLYING KM HA KM KD beef. Genera! Miles said that he under 8 to id that our troops In Porto Rico were still being supplied with a form of refrigerated beef, although the coun try was as good a grass country as in any In the world, and the cattle there ? ere plentiful. "Do you think.*' continued Colonel Davis, "that the native beef would keep .i" well as the refrigerated beef in th? absence of cooling apparatus on shore?" "1 am quite sure it would, unless the refrigerator beef was chemk ally-treat ed with preservatives. If it was treat? ed so as to keep for 72 hours after dom? ing out of the coolers, of course it had the advantage of the native beef so far as keeping goe*." THE FIRST INQUIRY. General Miles said the first com? plaints on the canned roast beef he heard nt Tampa from some of the Rough Riders, and then again aboard the \.;'.o. when the men declared they could not eat it. Again he heard com? plaints of it In the trenches at Santla G ? What finally drew Iiis attention seriously to the matter was the reports of officers that the whole Fifth corps was weak and prostrated. This was In August, w hen the question Of a parade through New York was broached. Gen? eral Rates at that time reported that onh about one-fifth of the men at Montauk Point wer.- in condition to march through New York. General Miles said this seemed to him remark? able, as theto was no yellow fever at the Point, and he thought the men cer? tainly ought to be over their malaria, lie. therefore, ordered an inquiry into the beef about which there bad been so much complaint. "Did you report this matter at the time to the Commissary General's of? fice?" asked Colonel Davis. A Fl ?RCEFUL REPLY. General Miles leaned forward, draw? ing his brows to a furrow, and replied forcefully: "I em not required, sir. to report to the Commissary General."_ "Well, did you report It to the Sec? retary of War." asked Colonel Davis, pleasantly. General Miles. In reply, went at some length Into an explanation of the rou? tine of army headquarters, showing why be preferred to conclude his In? quiry so that be might have something tangible to present to the Secretary. Finally he issued his orders to officers to i ??port upon I be natality of beef fur? nished, lie did not report directly to the Secretary of War because under a rule of ISsO the order should go from the Adjutant General to the Secretary. Ills attacks upon the canned and re frlgerated beef before (be Wer Com? mission were then taken up specifically. Colonel Davis reading testimony of the Commanding General. In which be re? ferred lo It as "embalmed" beef, nnd said It bad been sent as "n pretense of experiment." CA NN KD BEEF NOT MEAT. Gencrnl Miles was naked If he knew when war began that canned roast beef was a part of the army ration. This question brought out a partial ex? planation of Ills using the phrase "pre? tense of experiment." He said be did not know that canned roast beef was a part of the army ration, though In 1SSS an onler had been issued, including canned, corned or fresh beef. He did no I understand the canned beef now In question w as meat. When his attention was Dually attracted to the canned roast beef, recently Issued, he assum? ed, he declared, that "It was being Is? sued ns an experiment," since it was not understood by him that canned roast beef was a part of the regular ration. NO IMPUTATION OF FRAUD. I Continuing this explanation in an? swer to n question <?f Colonel Davis. General Miles sahl he thought his use of "pretense of experiment" was un I fortunate and he disclaimed any inten? tion to Impute fraud to anyone. "So far os indicating fraud." he said. "I wish to state that no such Inference was intended. It was perhaps an un fortunntc expression .and had my at? tention been called to it I might have amended it to say "on the theory of an experiment." Ai matter of fact It was nn cxpcrln t and a very costly one." TUR FIRST COMPLAINTS. Replying to a question General Miles said he first heard complaints against refrigerated beef at Ponce. The first di? rect statement thai It had been treat? ed chemically came, he believed, from Dr. Daly, who prscnted it late In Sep? tember, and appeared subsequently be? fore the War Commission. He said he did not recollect whether Dr. Daly's report was volunteered or I whether he had been ordered to inves ' tigate and report oh the meat. It was general talk among the officers at I'.nice. General Miles continued, that i the refrigerated beef must have been subjected to some chemical treatment to make it keep for seventy-two hours. CHARACTERIZATION OF ARMY M EAT. General Miles then read a long sum? mary of loo letters received by him at army headquarters, giving the various terms In which the army meat was characterized- These Included "em? balmed." "decomposed," "injected," "poisoned." "spoiled" and the like. In addition he showed a summary of reports on refrigerated beef con? demned and thrown overboard from transports. C. C. Yeamans, from the Yosemlte, reported tin- condemnation of S.000 pounds; Lieutenant Colonel O'Nell, of the steamship ?'bester. 4.000 pounds; Colonel James Hamilton Lewis, 10,000 pounds. Colon- ! Gillcsplc took a hand in the inquiry when General Miles finished de? scribing th.> nauseating qualities of the I canned and refrigerator beef. "Dili you. General, ever eat any of this Ik i Colonel Gtllespie asked. "I presume 1 did. about the lime we were at Ponce." said General Miles with some hesitation. "Yes, I presume I did " "Then." said Colonel Gillespie. "it has not such characteristic qualities as would Dcrmlt you to detect it off hand?" "No. sir." COL VAN HORNE'S TIOSTIMONY c; ifta! Miles then left the witness .hair and Lieutenant Colonel Van Home, "f the Thirteenth Infantry, was sworn. He said he was at the out? break of the war major of the Twenty second Infantry and was through the entire cui>.m campaign. Witness said he hud used all kinds, canned, ? orned, refrigerated and canned I roast beef. He said the criticisms of the canned roast beef began early and were made Often. It was objected to on the score of its lack of nutriment, its taste and its appearance. (Ccntlnucd on Sixth Page.) LIVELY TIMES IN SPANISH CORTES A Protest Against Ceding the Philippines. THE MINISTRY DENOUNCED I lie ?.:i 11 erica Applaud Urclnrntion Iii >i l ihn fir n cm la i n;iisnl In ilio IVnr In 4 nbn Wore Fiillnrcs-Blau* ro Accepts Kcaponslblllly For Kveitis iinrius: in* t'ontiiiniid?or ?irrnl lo Murrender iiibn-IVby UniiinitfO Wit* Attacked. ("fly T'Oecrieh to V"lrginan-Pllot.> Madrid, Fob. 10.?The Cortes reassem bled to-day. Tho galleries In both chambers were htronged with an ex pectant crowd. The Senate was very full, hardlj a single genera) being an Fcnt. Senor Montero Itios, i>resldent of the Senate, in opening the proceedings, pro nounceil an eulogy upon M. Faure, and a resolution of condolence with France was adopted unanimously. > Senor Sngasta. the Premier, then .-Proposed to refer tiie bill provldlng-fo the cession of the Philippines to the United States to a special committee, but this the Conservatives protested against, declaring that the bill ought to be conscientiously discussed, and Se? nor Sagasta withdrew his proposal. CONDUCT OF GENERALS. Count d'Almenns then brought up the question of the conduct of the generals engaged in the war in Cuba, declaring that-General Prlmo de Rivera. General Wcyler, General Rlanco, Admiral Oer vera and General 1.innres had proved failures. This declaration elicited much applause' from the public naileries, In consequence of which several of the spectators were expelled from the chamber. GENERAL UPROAR PROVOKED. Observing that lie would deal with the "shameful capitulation of Santia? go," Count d'Almenas^isked the house whether ho should proceed, and was an? swered wdth cries of "yes" and "no," nnd a general uproar ensued. A repeti? tion of tlie query provoking still great? er tumult. Senor Sagasta rose and de? fended the government, and its Span? ish Peace Commission. The Prlmler criticised America's "unjustified con? duct." and said that everything might be discussed concerning the war. be? ep use the cases of tho generals were still sub-judicc." A SANGUINARY VIEW. count d' \lmenns resumed his attack upon the Generals, and complained that "five month.- had elapsed, and not a single General had been shot." This gave rise to another tumult, and Count d'Almenns w as called to .order. Again he asked why the Generals who capitu? lated had not been executed. It la quite true, he declared, that the army is an army of lions, led by asses. Cap? tain General L'lanco's administration in I'll!) i wai deplorable, he said, but he was not respi nslble for the surrender of Santiago. Recriminations continued between f mnt d'Almcnas and Lieutenant Gene? ral Correa, the Minister of War, and there v.ai renewed disorder. Then Gen? eral Prim.i de Rivera arose and de? nounced count d'Almcnas us a "con temptihle caluinitiator." BLANCO ACCEPTS RESPONSI? BILITY. General Rlanco followed, defending the Generals and accepting full -re sponslbllit;' for events In Cuba during his command in the Island. General Marges also denounced Count d'Alme naa a calumniator. After a promise on the part of Count d'Almenas t > produce proofs of his as? sertions to-morrow tho Senate ad? journed. In the Chamber a resolution of con? dolence with France over the death of President Faure was unanimously adopted. Senor Sllvola, leader of the Dissi? dent Conservatives, moved a vote sign? ed by the Conservative Deputies, cen? suring this government for its Indiffer? ence to the country's troubles. Till: .ministry DENOUNCED. Senor Annix, in seconding the mo? tion, denounced tho Ministry for ac? cepting the war through fear of the Carlists, and declared that the coun? try was now suffering the consequence of the government's pusillanimity. He proceeded to detail the lack of prepara? tions nnd of war materials, and charged the government with responsi? bilities for the surrender of Santiago, "which they ordered, although the gar? rison there numbered -?.000, and there was BUfllclent provisions in the place for three months." This declaration created a sensation. SURRENDER OF CUBA ORDERED. In proof that hte government was re? sponsible for the surrender of Cuba, Son r Annlx read telegrams from Senor Sagasta and Lieutenant General Corrca General Rlanco, ordering tho surrender of Cuba as a means of sav? ing Porto Rico and the Philippines, and preserving order in the peninsula. He also read General Blanco's tele? gram n reply, opposing the surrender, but agreeing to obey the government's order. WHY SANTIAGO WAS ATTACKED. Senor Annix added that President McKinley had tolegrapmed to General Shatter that the surrender of Santiago [had been nrransed with the Madrid . ; ? ? nment and. therefore, he must intlkc a sort Of sham attack. Captain Aunon, Minister .of Marine, (btcrposed at this point, saying ho be He- 1 this story to be Incorrect, where? upon Senor Annix repeated the state? ment that Premier Sagaata had ordered the surrender of Cuba in oidcr to save [ibc monarchy.