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VOli, II?NO. 134, NORFOLK, VA., WEDNESDAY, MAKCH S, 1899?TWELVE PA(iEs7 THREE CENTS PER COPY. THE WAR IN THE PHILIPPINES continuous Desultory Fight? ing With Loss ol Life. FLAG OF TRUCE VIOLATED Attempt or Filipino* to Gain Acrc?k to.llitulln Waicr Worltn Foilctl ami Hl'UVy I.Iis? : ii flic let! 8 pen TtiriM A mm i i e u n 'I >00|ll ( Inulni; the Country-Protection to Lives a ml l'loprrty ol Foreign Kesltloniii. fPy Telegraph to Vlrclnlan-PIIot.) Manila, March 7.-12:10 P. M.?A de? tachment of General Hole's and Gener? al YVheaton's brigades were engaged for two hours this morning, clearing the country In front of their lines on I), th sides of the river, the enemy con? centrating with the apparent purpose of cutting off the garrison at the water works. Tho rebels bolted at the first sign of the advance, but they separ? ated into small bodies and kept up a running fire. Hy a series of rapid ad? vances .followed by flank movements, the enemy was completely routed as fat out as Uuadalupc on the right and al? most to Mariqulna on the left. THE OADUAIiTlED. The casualties reported arc Captain O'Brien, "f Campany F, First Wyoming Volunteers, and two men, slightly wounded. The rebel loss was heavy. No rebels were visible at noon. FILIPINO BATTERY SHELLED. Manila, March 7.-11:25 A. M.?At daylight this morning the enemy were discovered trying to mount a gun across tho river from San Pedro and tho .Sixth Artillery promptly shelled the rebel battery. Temporarily stopping work,the enemy poured a fuslhtde Of musketry across the river, but o gunboat moved up and cleared the hanks of tho stream with rapid fire guns. All was quiet during the night. Postoflices have been established at Negros, Cebu and Up/Hp and the clerks left yesterday for their respective posts by the stumer Espana. THE COUNTRY CLEARED. Manila, March 7.-2:.r.0 1*. M.?While the rebels had concentrated their forces ?with the evident purpose of attacking the water works, no direct attempt was made to capture the American position there. Detachments from General Hale s and General Whcaton'a brigades cleared the country to-day. This afternoon General Hale's bri? gade continued tile work of driving out the rebels from the country be? tween tlie reservoir and the water ?works, distances of about three miles. The country Is now clear on the h it of the river, but the enemy is still in from of General Wheaton's line. Near Sau Pedro Macati they have been actively at tempting to make the positions of the Sixth Artillery untena? ble, their sharpshooters keeping up a constant fire till day. MORE CASUALTIES. Private Lovojoy, Company C, Wash? ington Volunteers, was killed by a stray bullet. Major Bell, Seventh United Slates Cavalry; Private Young, Com? pany M. Twentieth infantry; Private Conan. Company H, Twentieth Infan? try, and Private Sparks, Company I, First Wyoming Volunteers, were wounded to-day. A TREACHEROUS DEED: This morning the enemy In front of General Ovcrshlne'S line sent out a llai; of truce, lint retired when Lieutenant Koohler, with two men, advanced to meet it- This afternoon they again showed a white flag and a general, with two olllecrs and nn interpreter, advanced. When the Americans -were within about 200 yards of the rebel party the latter dragged rides from be? hind their backs and opened fire upon them, but, fortunately, without effect. Hawthorne's Battery fired two shells, killing several of the enemy. FOREIGN RESIDENTS PROTECTED. In accordance with instructions to the hind and naval forces a general order was issue.i to-day, directing the United States troops to give particular attenton to the specific duty of .furnish? ing full protection to the lives and prop? erty of all German, Austrian, Dutch, Italian and Portugese residents, and, nt the co-operation of the resident German Consul, to give aid and assist? ance whenever necessary. At 3 o'clock this afternoon the tem? perature was 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is Intense, especially on the lines, where twenty-five men were temporarily prostrated during the day. FILIPINOS PREPARING DE? FENCES. Manila, March S.?10:20 a. ni.? The rebels are busily preparing their de? fences at various points, and are most aggressive near San Pedro Macati, ?where their sharpshooters maintain a persistent annoyance. Scott's battery, on the hill-top, Is the center of tire from both sides of the river. General Hale withdrew ids outposts from the left bank of the stream, and is now oocupylng his original position. Further trouble is probable in the vi? cinity of the waterworks, when the rebels rally, tint it would be almost an Impassibility for them to Interfere with the water-supply, owing to the strength of our position. The weather ie several degrees hotter to-day than yesterday. The Klpllnara Improving. New York, March 7.?-Mr. Doubleday to-night reported both Rudyard Kip? ling and his little daughter, Elsie, to be slowly but surely convalescing. Mr. Kipling has not yet been informed of the death of bis child, Josephine, and he will not be told until ho is practically well. She was his favorite, and the phy? sicians dread the possibility of an 111 result should he learn of her death in any "manner. EMBASSADOR CHQATE BEING PRESENTED TO THE QUEEN. Cubans Talk About Declaring War Against the United States. Complexion of I'ollllciil Attaint Grntl llltlljr ChnngO? litt* lit ihn Men (? IIIIII Over Condition ol AflTnlrs?Ger? man v fitvomCntwu Independence (Correspondence of the Associated Press.) Santiago de Cuba. February 28.?The complexion of political affairs in the province of Santiago has been gradual? ly changing since the beginning of Jan? uary. This Is due to more than one cause, but the main reason Is probably the fact that the people themselves are out of sympathy with everything, even a bcnefnctlonj that conies to them through Havana. Men who a few short weeks ago were enthusiastically in fa? vor of annexation are to-day talking about declaring war against the United States if the troops are not removed from the Island by July 1st. BUSIN ESS S MEN OL l IM._ ? The business men of Santiago are very glum over the condition of affairs and say that it Is impossible for people to Invest any large sums of money in the island until some settled form of government Is established, and that for Cuba to be an Independent republic would mean the utter ruin of the island even supposing that the Cubans were belter able to govern themselves than any peoplu in the world, for at one blow the sugar Industry w ould be anni? hilated as the United States is in pos? session of l'orto ltlco an the one side and of Hawaii on the other, which are also two great sugar producing islands and the sugar from those places would go into the United States free of duty, whereas, even on the best terms, the sugar of Cuba, tinljss the island was annexed, would have to pay some duty and would be entirely tillable to com? pete with that of the other islands. GERMANY DESIRES CUBAN IN? DEPENDENCE. Herr Schumann, tin- German Con? sul here, an Influential business man, says that nothing would please Ger? many, more than for Cuba to become independent, because It Would mean that they would still be able, with their beet sugar, to hold their own in the United States. He believes that Cuba has great possibilities before her. but. from a purely business point of view, he thinks It in impossible for the is? land'to succeed in any way unless an? nexed to the United States. MERCHANTS ARK FAVORABLE. Other merchants here are favorable to the Cubans getting home rule, in the way that any Slate in the Uni n has, believing that they should have the right to govern themselves in mat? ters of local taxation, elections and everything of that nature. But It is absolutely Impossible in Santiago to find any man of business standing', any man who owns any large amount of land, or any man of intelligence who does not say that he is strongly in favor of annexation to the United States, not as a matter of sentiment, but as a matter of purely business common sense, though many of them agree that had l'orto Rico and Hawa.* not been annexed, the:- would havt been in favor of Cuba being an In? dependent republic. MANY IDLE MEN". Many thousands of men have grad? ually drifted Into the city expecting work. This, however, it was Impossible to supply them with, for the work that was to have been given them had to be suspended owing 1? the complaint from Havana that tho estimates are very large for this province, although $50,000 of tin? revenue for the last month was sent, to Havana. The work of road making on an ex? tensive Bcole has practically been stop? ped, and the dredging or the harbor and numerous improvements that were in t tided haVe had to be delayed on this account. IDLENESS INCREASES DISSATIS? FACTION. All those causes combined have tend? ed to raise a spirit of dissatisfaction, to say nothing of the long delay in the payment of the employes who are paid from Havana. CAVALRY NEEDED. In this province, in the course of the next three weeks, there will only tie the four white regiments and the Ninth Immunes available. A regiment of reg? ularly cavalry Is very badly needed in the department, and were it here it could do a lot to prevent any wholesale tricing to the woods by the Cubans. At present there are only two compa? nies in each regiment mounted, but General Wood hopes to get the cavalry regiment here within the next month. " EXCITEMENT AT HOLQIJIN. Santiago, Cuba. March 7.?Colonel Hood cables from Holquln that intense excitement prevails there, owing to the cessation of public works, and thai a mass-meeting has bepn held, at which tho action of the United States mili? tary authorities at Havana were oon deinned as "false economy" nnd as "a result ol centralization.-" Owing to the pressing necessities of the case Colonel Hood says he h.a.. is? sued indigent rations to n.OOO heads of families, suddenly thrown out of em? ployment. Ho fears there will be a large increase in tho criminal class's of his district. Practically the same news from all the other districts of Santiago province has reached here. Meanwhile, money enough is lying idle in bank to pay all that Is duo and to keep the m< n a: work. NEW RACING BOARD PRESIDENT KEEN AN. OF L. A. W.J MAKES ASS [ON M EXT. (By Te'iegraph to Virginian-Pilot.} Pittsburg, March 7.?President Kee nnn, of the L. A. \V., to-day announced the make-up and assignment of the, new racing board as follows: Fred Oerlach, Chicago, chairman; Arthur W. Robinson, Boston: C. A. Dimon, Philadelphia; J. W. Brlgman, Louisville; W. 1. Doty, Denver. Gerlach will have charge of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana anil Ohio. Robinson is a member of the old board. He will look after the racing interests of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. Massachusetts, Rhodo Island and Connecticut. Iunion will be in charge of Pennsyl? vania, New Jersey. Delaware. District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Car. din a. Brlgman's territory Includes Ken? tucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Doty is another memher of the old board. His territory is comprehensive.' including Colorado, Kansas, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. Texas, New! Mexico, Arizona. California, Nevada.; Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. The number of racing board repre? sentatives will be largely Increased this year, and their powers enlarged in or? der that the work of the board may he more thoroughly and expeditiously done. In some instances they will be almost on the same footing with board members, with power to grant sanc? tions, etc. The list of handieappers will also be enlarged. ENGUND AND FRANCE Fashoda and Muscat Incidents Further Discussed. i:xprc??IOiia from Pitrin nut I Loitilon Indicate I>r?gre?M Townrd tVnec fnl Solution til Quest loilft lit BJts> pule?Jolin Hum Im Firm, However <Hy Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Paris, March ".?The following semi oftlcial note was Issued this evening; "A satisfactory settlement between Fiance ami Greilt Britain or the ques? tions arising out of the Fashoda Incl dent may he expected within ;i fort? night. The delimlnntlon of the respec? tive territories has .so far advanced that the .starting points and general di? rection of the frontier have already been arranged, and Great Britain has admitted that France Is entitled to a commercial otitlct on the Kile." FRENCH AMBASSADOR SPEAKS. I London, March 7.?M. Paul Cambon, French ambassador to Great Britain, was the principal guest this evening at the banquet of the London Chamber of Commerce. In reply to a toast the French am? bassador said that peace and war no longer rested with governments, but with the people. He noted with great pleasure the determination of the pro? moters of commerce in Great Britain and France to augment the cordlunlty of the relations between the two na? tions, and to foster "that real spirit of conciliation !>y which all differences can be readily settled." These utterances of M. Cambon are particularly notable as reflecting the improvement In the relations between London and Paris. THE MUSCAT INCIDENT. London, March 7.?The Parliamentary Secretary ?f the Foreign Office, Right Hun. William St. John Broderlek, an? swering a question by Sir Charles Dllke, Radical, in the House of Com? mons to-day, gave a different complex? ion to the Muscat incident than the version which the French Minister of Foreign Affnirs. M. Delcasse, furnished vo the chamber of Deputies yesterday. Mr. Broderlek said that by the original concession, secretly obtained in March, 1898, France secured land upon which she would have beeil dt liberty to hoist her Hag and build fortifications. Ini medlntely after the proceedings i.amo known Great Britain declared them to be contrary io the treaty of 1862, and the Sultan was required to cancel the lease, which was annulled. The under Bei I clary added: "We have not expressed disapproval of the action of the British agent, who acted under Instructions, und Lord Sal? isbury informell the French Ambassa? dor (M. paul Cambon) on several ? - caslons that he considered the British contention absolutely right, and that it was Impossible to recede therefrom. M. Delcasse'8 statement Omitted to men? tion that he stated to the British Am? bassador (Sir Kdmund J. Monsori) n few days ago that he had heard noth? ing whatever of any French acquisi? tion of land on the Littoral of Muscat, therefore the French agent must hav ? exceeded his instructions. "We hold that the notion of the Brit? ish agent In threatening a bombard? ment of Muscat was absolutely right. By the-convention of 1862 there Is noth? ing to prohibit France from having a coal st?re at Muscat, providing there Is no concession of territory! and it Is understood Franco will avail herself of Old Printers of Westminster. A study of Cnxton and the old printers or Westminster will be published In the Virginian-Pilot's Home Study Circle on Thursday and Friday. The il? lustrations will present specimens of early printing;, including a facsimile of o page or Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." printed by Cnxton in 14S4. This study Is from the pen of John Ebenczer Bryant, M. A., Toronto. Ortfa rlo. ??11.iw P ? ? ? 1 ? governed" la the subject of to-day's study. See Page 4. tliis power, subject, tu those limita? tions-" WHAT M. DELCASSE SAID. Paris, March 7.?in the Chamber of Deputies yesterday the Minister of For- i elgti Affairs, 51. Dclcasse. answering a question oh the subject of Muscat lnci-1 dent, declared the tacts were that the British resident summoned the Sultan t?. withdraw a concession to Prance for| a coal depot on a creek near Muscat. The Sultan thereupon asked France to return the deed of the concession and France refused. The Sultan then ean eelled the concession. Great Britain, however, quickly admitted France's right to the coal depot and expressed deep rietet at the incident. France thus obtained prompt nnd complete satisfaction and the incident was con? sidered closed. E\'D OF THE BIG FLOOD. COLD WEATHER CHECKS THE RISINQ WATERS. (By Telegraph to Vlrglnian-Pllot.) Cincinnati, ?.; March 7.?The end of the big Mood here is Iii sight, thanks to the cold weather prevailing throughout the Ohio valley. It has cut off front one and a half to two feet of what wi Ulli have luei) the maximum flood at Cincinnati had the weather prevailed w aiin. At 0 o'clock to-nlgl.t the stage here was Iifty-s!x feet and eight Incites, ris? ing at the rate of one Inch and a quar? ter hourly. At all points above Mariet? ta the river to-night Is falling. Be? tween Marietta ami Point l'leasant it Is rising. From Point Pleasant to Cin? cinnati it is falling at Intermediate p .int:', except at Manchester, sixty miles above here, where it is rising slowly. The S\Voll between. Marietta and Point Pleasant is from tho out? pour of the Monongnhola at Pittsburg. Unless the weather changes that rise will never catch the Mood at this point. All |>oint,a heard from below Cincin? nati report the liver rising. From Huntington, W. V.l., up stream, nt u. al ly all points on tho river, snow with brisk winds and low temperature are reported. Navigation, which was for a time Interrupted, was resumed on the Slonongahnia to-day. Elsewhere navigation has not at all been Inter? rupted, though at seme points Impeded by high winds. A; Portsmouth the Cincinnati, Ports? mouth and Virginia railway trains have been stopped by Hoods on the track and washouts. Suffering by peo? ple driven from their homes in that city continues. Several small dwellings In the water soaked districts on East Front street have boon lifted off their foundations by the winds._ Huntington, W. Va., reports great suffering on the Ouyan river from peo? ple living in the low lands, who were driven from their homes. A steam? boat loaded with provisions left Hunt? ington for the relief of those people to? day. Central City, a small place above Huntington; Is a great sufferer from the Hood. At Newport, Ky? opposite hero, one street-ear line has been Hooded so as to st ip the running of ears. Fifty fam? ilies have been driven from their h im? s and have taken refuge in pub? lic buildings or with their friends, am! should the river rise to 57V6 feet, 2~> more families will be driven out of their homes. _ _ FINANCIAL LEGISLATION. REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE TO FORMULATE A MEASURE. (By Telegraph to Vlrcininn-pilot.) Washington, March 7.?The commit? tee : pointed by the Republican Cau? cus of the House of Representatives to formulate a financial measure for the consideration of the next Congress will meet at Atlantic City for the pur posc ? :' taking up the question mi the l.;h of April. This was decided at a meeting of tho committee held to-day in Cue room of the House Judiciary Commlttco a' which General Hender? son, chairman, and all the members of -.he committee were present. No other meeting "id be held until then, und nothing was done beyond deciding the time and place of meeting. It is ex [?? :ted that the financial question will th.-n be taken up comprehensively and the entire summer given up to the question If necessary. Previous to the meeting of the full committee a sub-committee consisting ?.:' General Heilders n, Mr. Payne and Mr. Overstreet, held a conference with the Republican members of the Fi? nance Committee. In this meeting the participation of the Senators with the Representatives in the work In hand was discussed, but no definite conclu? sion was renched as to whether there would be Joint meetings or not. The Senators represented their inability to sit as i' full committee, and sah! no sub-commltteo could be appointed in the absence of Senator Aldrich. who is . nairman ot the committee. They ox pect him to return effrly in April, so that, when he returns. If it Is decided to join the cmmlltee, they will also be prepared for the meeting in April. THE JAMESTOWN'S NARROW ESCAPE Signals "I Am On Fire" From Sandy Hook. A SWIFT RACE FOR SAFETY Renette* llor Pier In New Turk Wlierc Mio 1'lrc, Alter n t'rn llnuri ?Vorn Win Extinguished ? Homo l xcltement Among i'nneii(?rii ? air led Valuable Cur;n Vrno Herself I'mcilihiiy I'nli'Jureo. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) New York. March 7.?With the mer? chant marine code tlags "N. M." flying from the top of her foremast, the steel screw steamship Jamestown, the crack VCSSpl of the Old Dominion Lino from Norfolk, was sighted by the Sandy Hook observer at 3:40 o'clock this after? noon. Tho two flags fluttering at the steamer's foretop meant that the ship, which carried 113 souls, passengers and crew, and a miscellaneous cargo,worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars, was on lire. UNDER FULL SPEED. The Jamestown was then under full speed and approaching the bar. The marine observer flashed the Intelligence that the ship was entering the harbor In need of prompt help, it was fol? lowed a few moments'later with the re? assuring information that as tha Jamestown rounded the Hook there was no smoke or (lames visible and that steamships Bovlc, Trave and Ha? vana, both Inward and outward bound, were In the vicinity of the Old Domin? ion Liner and could render assistance U' necessary. To THE RESCUE. Word that the Jamestown was on fire was making her way towards the city at full speed, was conveyed to the of tlcials bf the Old Dominion Line, and th \ at once seat the wrecking steam? boat William Conley from Quarantine to her. Tho fireboat New Yorker also went down the bay to meet the burn? ing ship. While these preparations wire being made the Jamestown was plowing through the water at a sixteen knot an hour speed. In the direction of the Narrows. A stiff wind was blow? ing across the incoming vessel, sweep Ing her from bow to stern. Captain Richard B. Uoaz was on the bridge, his one idea being to get his ship to her pier as quickly ns possible. CREW CALLED TO FIRE QUAR? TERS. The smoke was llrst seen Issuing from the fore hatches at 3 p. m. to-day, and the Captain called the crew, to fire quarters. Everything was done to pre vent the spread of the lire, and full ~RTeHm was put on for a swift run for the pier. The lire boat met the burn? ing steamer at Quarantine, but Captain Boas refused to stop, and called to the commander on the lire boat to fol? io,v him to the pier. Just about two hours after the outbreak the Old Do minion liner had reached her dock, and ja a few minutes all the passengers were landed. There had been some ex? citement among the passengers off i ?ng Branch, where the seas were run? ning high, but by the time the lower bay was reached .safety was assured. THE FIRE EXTINGUISHED. During the run up several streams of water and steam were thrown Into tho h Id, and after reaching her dock the Arc w is extinguished after a few hours' work. It is believed the fire started in some bales of cotton which wero stowed with a collectl ?:> of general cargo in the forward holds. It Is not known aa yet what d image has been done to the cargo, but l h ? v issel herself was prac? tically uninjured. Captain Uoaz says that the Are had been burning a long time before it was discovered. OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6. ; CLASSIFlCA 1 iO^ OF NEWS. BY DEPARTMENTS, j Tcletrrabh News?Paees i and 6. I ocal News?Pages 2, \, 5 and 7. Ld1tori.li-P.i2e 4. 1 Home Study Circle?Page 4. ! Virginia News?-Paees S\ ? North Carolina News?Pa^e ? Portsmouth News?Pages to and tl. Berkley News?Pa^e it Markets?Page 16. Shipping - Page 16.