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2n OlvFOLiK., VA., FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1899? WELYE PAGES.
Fighting Joe Wheeler the Lion of
the Day,
fay* Tributen to ?Hontboru l.oyuMj
nmi Nonlhern Women, -JnittQcit
Extension or our Territory nmi
D?clnrcn Tliui We Should Permit
i!iu ininiui or I'ubu 10 Become run
orilio llnlteil Kimeii?Picturesque
Incident !?> w iiicii iVmle llnmnton
Figures? Winnie DutI* .Memorial
rxprritm - a Kruiilie?! Country
i ill' ?!?. Du vis Hn n 11 m cul.
(Ry Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.)
Charleston, S. C, May 11.?The Con?
federate Veterans held but one session
to-day which, shortly after noon, gave
way to the Winnie Davis memorial cx
ercteos, at the conclusion <>r which an
adjournment until 10 o'clock to-mor?
row was taken. The announcement
that General Joseph Wheeler was to
speak tilled the auditorium, ami the
hcr.0 of two wars was given a rousing
reception by the Immense audlecnc.
The convention was slow in coming
t.i order, it being 11:05 when Ihe gavel
fell, it ivaa opt itetl with the doxology,
followed by u prayer by the Itov. Dr.
Smith, of Stonewall Jackson's Bluff.
The prayer was a moot appropriate
one. Ho Invoked the divine blessing on
the convention und its rapidly aging
members. He asked God's, blessing on
the Widows of the CaUSC.
The rocommeudntlonti of the mem?
bers for the commit!.n Credentials
and Resolution?) were called for. The
committees are as follows:
T. w. Carwile, South Carolina; Col?
onel (teuton IL Stoung, Kentucky; Gen?
eral George ?'. Reise, Florida; Colonel
Stllh Dolling. Virginia: W. 1'. Talley,
Tennessee; James I*. Coflln, Arkansas;
'Thomas s. Pight, Mississippi; R. w.
/Hunter, District of Columbia; .lames it.
I Crow, Alabama; Colonel Davis P. Abb-,
I Louisiana; Col. J. S. Sanders, Missouri;
fc. 1'. Green, Texas; James A. La fan,
?West Virginia; C. c. Rainwater, Mary?
land; P. II. Bufll., North Carolina.
Major J. G. Alderson, West Virginia;
General Charlcci C. Beaver, Texas; Ma
<j<T \\ T, Ulako, Maryland; .1. W. Noyes,
^Louisiana; Colonel W. A. Gordon, Dis?
trict of Columbia; General Sam Prybr,
Mississippi; 'I'. 13. Stanley, Arkansas;
aienernl s. G. Hall, North Carolina; T.
.A. Hamilton, Alabama; Samuel I'.
Claybrook, Tennessee; General Boiling,
'Virginia; W. l:. Cooper, Florida; James
?\. Hoyt, South Carolina; James w.
llowics, Kentucky; General Joseph
Harding. Missouri.
The commitleo to wait upon the Sons
?of Veterans was also appointed.
A committee of Confederate veterans
Appointed by the General Assembly of
Florida, (tended by Colonel Durant, pr.?-,
dented to the body a resolution of ihe
Florida Legislature urging some action
looking to uniformity in the method of
granting pensions by the different
Sltrfcs to disabled veterans.
After some further general business
tin- feature of to-day's session took
place, it was General Wheeler's address
mid the scene that attended his Intro?
duction was on.- of frantic enthusiasm.
Advancing-to tin- freut of the platform
General Gordon help up his hand and
absolute silence fell upon the vast aud?
ience - ? hi- said:
"Comrades, I have here a real treat j
for you. If l should tell this convention
tlu-re is here ill. In ro of Santiago-"
General Gordon could get no further, A
?wild burst of applause thundered forth,
rebel yells split the air and hats, canes
and handkerchiefs were waved as the
great audience rose to its feet,
Finally securing quiet General Gor?
don spoke of General Wheeler as "the
man who at Santiago held to the front
place the army and flag or America."
Again the applause thundered out and
rising the assehmblnge continued rhecr
Ing until the scene was one of the wild
eat that has over marked a re-unloh.
Proceeding, General Gordon described
Wheeler as ono of "the wiliest wizards
of the Confederacy" and then repeated
the opochryphal story of tin- famous
little cavalryman when at Santiago he
exclaimed, as the Spanish lines broke.
"Forward, boys, the Yankees are run?
ning." and again the applause broke
The nndieneo rose as General Wheeler
stepped forward, apparently much af?
fected, lie w.u-e n. blank Prince Albert
suit, with badges on each lappcl of his
coat, one wns yellow by chance, and
the other wns red. He spoke deliberate?
ly, calmly iitni clearly, the audience
giving him close attention. Ho spoke at
length, paying- n tribute to Winnie
Davis, that nffected many to tears, He
closed as follows:
"Those tinon whom rests the cares,
duties and burdens of government have
encountered no embarrassment or com?
plaints or criticism from Southern
States. None of their brav,' volun?
teer regiTnents have asked to be re?
turned from fields of active duty, nnd
when the request bus come from Gov?
ernors of other Commonwealths, volun?
teers from the Southern States bavo
promptly begged for Ihe honor of tilling
their places in Ihe front of battle.
"Tho DOSitlon In which the American
people find themselves to-day was not
sought by them, but Is the logical result
of conditions thrust upon the country
by n course of events beyond our con?
trol. If It bo said they were foreseen
and predicted, it must also be admitted
that no power in our grasp could have
stayed the tide, und now we stand be?
fore the gaze of civilization confronted
by grave responsibilities. The supreme
test i>t American institutions Is In?
volved, and the Ann rlcan system of
government is on trial.
"It Is said by some that while i-.ng
land. Holland, Prance and other na?
tions may extend a >rotccting hand to
peoples and lunds separated from the
home country, bcnelltlng bo:h the pro?
tector and the pn-t. -led, th it we Bhail
lie utterly unablo to accomplish such a
purpose. To admit this proposition is to
admit that our system of government
is lacking in the ess ntlal qualifications
which every sovereign power should
possess. In one year we have risen to
the first place in th.- family of nations;
to make th" small, si retrograde step
would be at th" expense of the prestige
we have won. To return to the Starting
point of a year ngu would be to lose
what it would take it century to regain.
In answer to those who say that I ho
policy of our forelatlers forbade th"
extension ?.:' territory, I would point t<>
Jefferson and the Louisiana purchase,
Monroe und Florida, Polk and Texas,
?'mil the vast territory acquired from
Mexico, and lab r to Andrew Johnson
and the acquisition of Alaska
If there lie any who contend that
we should not permit tho island of
Cuba to become a part of the United
States, and its people if they desire it.
to enjoy all the rights of American cit?
izenship, i have only to point to the
ofllcial declaration >.r our great states?
men commencing with Thomas Jeifer
S 'M and running through almost the
entire period of tlio Hist half of this
century. During all that period our
honored statesmen and Presidents from
Jefferson t<> Buchanan liid down in
their messages and Stale docum 'itls.
the inip- rativo necessity of making the
Pearl of the Antilles a part of the
United States.
in concluding his address General
Wheeler paid an eloquent tribute to
the women of the South and the part
they bore In the war and the dark
years that followed, saying:
"Although some of those blessed wo?
men are still wilh us, many more have
long since gone lo their reward, but
they have rocked the cradles, the I
principles, minds and characters which
are to control the future of their bo
loved land. The thought which I wish
to Impress upon the minds of the gen?
eration to whom we must soon intrust
a sncred charge, for the Confederate
soldier's race is nearly run, and Ihe In?
junction which I would leave with your
sons and daughters?for the daughters
have the nobler part, and 1 know they
will faithfully perform It?is this:
"See to it that the women of the Con?
federacy have, in their posterity, a
monument more lasting than any that
could lie built of stone."
lie closed amid much applause, and
the orchestra played "America."
Then occurred one of the most pic?
turesque incidents of the session. Gen?
eral Gordon arose and advanced t? > the
front of the stage, followed by General
Wade Hampton, escorted by Colonel
llblm ri and Major Barker, the former
bearing a beautiful silk flag, one side
of which was the battle flag of the
Confederacy and the reverse the state
flag of South Carolina. In a few wcll
ch - :i w .rds Colonel Holmes presented
th ? banner to General Hampton as the
gift of the Daughters of the Contod
er i 'v of Charleston, the United Confed?
erate Veterans.
Turning. General Hampton presented
the iiag to General Gordon, who ac?
cepted it with a graceful little address.
Here, an on all occasions will n he ap?
pears, General Hampton was greet d
with tremendous applause, the old vet
. ran of the fatuous Legion that bore
Iiis name being the Idol not only of hi.
Si no, but tho whole South, in pre?
senting the hag General Hampton al
SO resigned as Commander of the Army
of Northern Virginia, saying he would
serve In the ranks as a private. Hi
gave ;ifi a reason that his declinlg years
and physical weakness rendered ' him
unable to give to the ofllce tho atten?
tion and energy it demands. Many of
the v. tcrans were visibly affected at
the General's words, and for an In?
stant absolute silence prevailed. Then,
as if by common Implse, they rose and
cheered lustily. Bowing Iii? thanks,
General Hamilton stepped back, and
soon afterward left the rostrum.
General Gordon Hu n announced that
the business of the convention would lo
suspended for the Winnie Davis memo?
rial exercises. By this Pine nearly all ot
tho sponsors had arrived and. with the
presence of hundreds of ladies in the
box. s ami on the tloor the great audi?
torium presented a gay scene, for the
time being the enthusiasm that had
market the session give way to an im?
pressive silence as th'- old veterans lis?
tened to eloquent tributes to the memo?
ry of the Daughter of the Confederacy.
In opening the exercises General Gor?
don said:
"My comrades, we approach a sol?
emnity which will awaken in every
heart "the sweetest, tenderest recollec?
tions that have stirred us for many
days. We are about to give oursclvei
the molnn '.\ro\y pleasure of again hon
| or I rig a. sweet woman, whose memory
will always live in every Confederat.
He then hslced Bishop Capers to tie
liver a pray. r. nnd when the Blsh t
concluded General Gordon Intr du
the orator v?f the occasion. ? '..;,,n,l p. a
nett H. Young, of Louisville.
<". lonel Voting's eulogy was n mas'- r
piece of tender eloquence, and man:
persons in the audience were visibly nf
fectcd ria he dwelt upon the place whlc
Miss Davis held in the hearts am
homes qf th~ Southland. Th" Lonlslnn
Glee Club then sang "Nearer My G ?
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Otis Sees Signs of Disintegration
of Insurgents.
Volunteer* Will llrg|ii lo I.outo Ilm i
Philippine* For United Mate* I.al?
ter Port of Month - I'hn Itcport ol
General Harrison Gray Otis Made
i'niiiic our l.oasc* In ni-tcii Hoys
Uperul Ion*.
(Ry Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) !
Washington, l >. <'.. May 11.?General
Otis lias cabled the War Dcparttncnl
Concerning the situation in the Philip?
pines, lie says that it is very en?
couraging. The tone of the dispatch
leads the officials here to believe that
the end of tho Flllulno insurrection is
near at hand.
Following is the text of tho dispatch
from General ?ills:
Manila. May 11. 1S39.
Adjutant General, Washington:
Situation as follows: Succeeded In
passing unity gunboats t? Caluihplt for
use in Rio Grande; railway connection
with thnt point secured this week; pas?
sage of gunboats: through Mncabebc
country hailed with Joyful demonstra?
tion by Inhabitants. ? ? in coun
Tested by United Stales Signal
Service Corps,
1 xperimoiiM Rrgllti Wltll ?lhjret ol
A?c*rtnitiluc Vnlno ol Tlil? Henna
of t'orittiiMiilcntlon?A I'lelil of I7?e
flllurBa I'nr npafi- Tctcgrnpl,)', bill
li Will Sol Supplant Use til Wire
E'or Commercial Telegraphy.
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnla-Pllot.)
Washington. May 11.?General Greely
to-day made the first authoritative
statement as to the progross making in
the development .if wireless t degraphy
under the auspices of the United States
Signal Corps.
The Important conclusion is reached
by General Greely that the wireless
system is not likely to supplant the or?
dinary no thod of telegraphic commu?
nication. The results so far obtained
have been uncertain.
General Grcely's statement i*> .us fol?
"Since the announcement of the tests
In space telegraphy by Sehor Marconi
twj years ago, the subject has been un
(By Telegraph to Virglnlan-Pllot.)
Havana, May l.?Sonor Fcderlco
Mora , formerly Civil Governor of Ha?
vana, who was recently apolnted to the
post of Supreme Court Fiscal, said In
the course of an Interview to-day:
"Although I would not ?pp ?e annex?
ation after native Incapacity ' v Gov?
ernment had been shown, 1 >u> not
think that it should be forced U| n the
people, who, after halt* a c utury ot
lighting, have earned Independ n< ?.
My knowledge of American honesty
compels the belief that the Govern?
ment of the United State? is acting in
good faith toward Cuba, and with the
intention to keep the promises which
President McKinley has mad '. To vio?
late theso promises would disgrace the
President and the nation in lite eyea
of the world. The establishment of a
Supreme Court in Cuba, is. in my opin?
ion, the first actual step toward recog?
nition of the Independence of tit.! Cu?
The civil marriage decree recently Is?
sued in the pr n inee of Santiago dlff
from the decree on the same subject in
course of preparation at headquarters
here. The Military Governor of Santi?
ago province, c.ea.rai Leonard Wood,
acted without consultation with the
Governor-General, and his decree was
first heard of lure through :!:?.? local
newspapers. Probably it will ii"t be
annulled specifically, but it will bo
rendered nugatory by a g( Itcral para?
graph in General Brooke's d >rce cov?
ering the entire lain rid.
Gi ncrat Wo d's action i;\ this part leu
! lar is one of a series of Incidents in
line with the theory held by some that
the provinces ;\re no; so many depart
, merits in tL military division, but rather
n,ln^?,Cu1?",!l,r"1!;',is t,11..8 V:iid .nd d,sV.arMIed- Th0 Jl'n,:' "f Cuuan B?ncrala la accepting the distribution of the $3.
000.000 donated by the I tilled States on the terms insisted ui on by General Brookc-nruncly. thai those soldi, rs turn?
ing in a fti I equipment shall receive the money. Reports made to General Brooke by American officers show that not
more than IS.000 guns^are In possession of the Cuban forces. Lists of the Cuban army, with over 39.000 names on them,
?were offered by the Junta, but the men who do not turn in their arms will g?t none of the $3,000.000.
try passed over l>y troops temporary
civil administration inaugurated, and
protection to inhabitants against Insur?
gent nbuses given as far as possible
Signs of Insurgents disintegration daily
manifested. Obstacles which natural
features of country present can be over?
In reply to a cable t<> Adjutant Gene?
ral Cor bin last night, regarding return
of volunteers, General Otis cabled this
Manila. May 11, 1SD0.
Adjutant General, Washington:
Volunteer organization first to return
now at Negros and 1.", miles from Ma?
nila at front. Expected that fronsporta
now arriving will take returning vol?
unteers. Volunteers understand they
will begin to leave for United States
tho latter part of month: know import?
ance of tlnir presence her.- at this
time, and accept sacrifice which United
States interests make Imperative. II
cock now entering liarbor. Transports
returning this week carry .<? I !< and
wounded men. Pennsylvania and St.
Paul not noedi .1 long, r in southern wh?
ich where they have I? en retained,
hence dispatch; transports Nelson and
Cleveland brought freight; return with?
out cargo. OTIS.
The Hancock, which General f>t:s re?
port* entering the harbor, sailed from
San Francisco April 18, carrying the
Twenty-llrst Infantry arid Light Bat?
tery E, Kirs: Artillery, :!'.? ofucera and
1.451 enlisted men. Colonel Jacob K nit,
Twenty-first Infantry, c iminanding,
A later dispatch from General Otis
Manila, May 11.
Adjutant General, Washington:
Health conditions troops arrived on
transport Hancock excellent; two
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
der consideration by the Signal Corps
ol th'.- army, and recently cxperini ma
have been begun with ihe object oi
thoroughly testing the vaiue i :' this
means of communication for military
and other governmental purppe
"Special apparatus has been designed
ntnl constructed for these tests, w il -h
have already Bhown sulllcieut prom He
to warrant further and systematic
"In view of the great public interest
and in order t.> facilitate cxpcrlriiehts
by other scientists in the Unit, .1 Stat, -;.
i: Is deemed proper to put forth this
statement of the operations to the pres?
ent time.
"In the experiments thus far several
forms i.;' transmitters for the genera?
tion of tlie Hertzian waves have been
used, and much promise has been reai
'I from the use of a large alternating
current coll in oil as a generator lu?
st, ad of the ordinary Rheumkorff coll
employed by Mnrconi. This coil is ener?
gized by a three-quarter horse power
rotary transformer, furnishing one hun?
dred and twenty-live volts alternating
potential, nnd this arrangement makes
very powerful and efficient source of
Hoi tzlnn radiation.
The former receiver us .i has been
substantially the Urnnkey "cohorpr dis?
covered in IS91, ami the signals trans?
mitted are recorded upon a receiving
tape. '
? 'I'll-' transmitter has been mounted
upon the ?'s: elevation of the H. ; .
Wi i- and Navy building, utilizing the
pr, sent \yoodoh flagpole as the vertical
wire for the transmitter. The receiver
was first Placed at the old Naval Ob
j servatory grounds, about three-quarr
tern of a mile distant, nnd later moved
to the Signal Corps station at Fort
Myor, Va.
"During the experiments constant
communication by heliograph nnd flag
between the transmitting and receiving
(Continued on Page Eleven.)
so many states, loosely connected and
A letter has been addressed to Gehe
rnl w. ?I. pointing out :?? him the an
desirability of an attempt to handle the
affairs <>r one province without, regard
ti> similar conditions In other provin?
ces, and alleging ihe necessity 01 a
uniform system in order to make the
P< pie honieogem ous.
<>M !?:/. GIVES ' H'VENSB.
The decision of General Gomez to
til.an.Ion Quinta de Loh M dittos, tin
? Id-summer residence of Ihe C ptnins
Genernl, where ho It id bi n living, and
to take a. house in the city, or to live
with friends bit ', was announced to
Ihe members of his staff to-day, who
wore simultaneously Instructed to rcr
pair to their homes. ?
The order an.used consldi i ible re?
sentment among them, nil accusing 11 i
mez of deserting them and d< luring
that they have neither homes, work,
n?r money. The disagre? ineni Is Bcri
ous, especially as the ahtUG mez pa?
pers continue to attack the amount of
money tho Cuban soldi-rs at - t > re
La Discussion and ri He .n trade
seem determined t? cause t: luble; The
former, in a bitter editorial to-day, de?
clares that the paymcnl f $75 tor an
exchange of arms is m rely an at?
tempt to place the Cubans .a the pow?
er of the Ann i h a :i .
The article, which is bell ved to be
Inspired by Manuel Sahguily. says:
"These traitors have caused all the
complications which hav< placed our
country in ihe existing ans, coh
dltions that, if Continued longer, will
cause ferocious and bloody strife be?
tween the Cubans ai I Ai ans."
I n Vi led tu I'll I!'do.
Buffalo, May 11.?Sot rotary Keep, of
the Merchants; Exchange, has tele?
graphed tho Cortfedcrato Veterans' As?
sociation, now in session at Charleston,
.S. f.. an Invitation to hold Its re-union
In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition
year, it: Buffalo.
A Long and Useful Life
itcv. Georg? l). Arnitlronic, D. r?., I,.
Im I)., Euerltn? I'nalnr or ihe First
I*rc?bj- icrlnn Chnrcti, l'ltasetl
Ah m nt 3:30 O'clock Yesterrtnjr
Allcrnooii-llo Win nn Pmiuctit
Scltolnr, IMvInc, Uebnlcr and
Rev. Geo. D. Armstrong, r>. D.,
LL.D., pastor emeritus of the First
Presbyterian Church of this city, after
a long, useful and honored life in the
vineyard of his Master, passed tri?
umphantly away to his reward in
Heaven at his home. No. 33 Arlington
Place, :U 3:?0 o'clock yesterday after
n ton, surrounded by the surviving
members of his devoted family. When
the news of his demise was learned a
feeling of profound grief nt the loss
of so valuable: a citizen and amlnnnt
man of Cod pervaded the entire COtiP
munlty, when.' for nearly fifty years
he has been so conspicuous a tlgur-j.
Dr. Armstrong leaves a widow and
two daughters, Mrs. Thomas I*. Dornln,
ami Mrs. Ii. E. DcJarncttc.
The funeral will be held from the
Firs; Presbyterian Church at 4:30
o'clock Saturday afternoon.
The following sketch of the distin?
guished divine's life will be read with
interest, not only In this city, but
throughout the state of Virginia, whsre
his labors are so well known.
Rev. George P. Armstrong, D. ID.,
LL.D., was born in Mend ham, Morris
county, New Jersey, in 1S13. His father
was the Rev. Amxl Armstrong. D. D.,
and Iiis brother, the Rev. William J.
Armstrong, was at one time pastor of
the First Presbyterian Church of Rich?
mond, Va.
Dr. Armstrong pursued his literary
course at Princeton, and was graduated
from thai celebrated institution in 1S32.
He early manifested a love for seien-,
n:i.- studies, and after graduation he
spent a few years teaching, chiefly in
private schools in Virginia. His Vir
ginia home was with his brother in
In 1S3C he entered Union Theological
Seminary, and while a student of di?
vinity he was elected Professor of
Chemistry and Mechanical Philosophy
in Washington College, (now Washing?
ton and i.ee University) Lexington,
Va. The young, modest and accorh
!?' ?! student, after consulting with
the professors at the seminary, accept?
ed the professorship and entered on his
duties in 183S.
Pr. Armstrong was llt'Clis td to preach
the gospel by ihe Presbytery of Lcxlng
t oi in 1838 and ordained ttt the full
?rk of the gospel ministry in 1843.
He Mi| plied Timber Ridge Church from
' ? 0 to ISM, In this year he resigned
. professorship t.? accept the call to
bei pastor of-i4h?l';i-.! Chur . h. in ih'.i
Ity, and catered on the duties of the
i islorate in July. For forty years im
? ; luted as pastor, living "In the tlerco
Ii . t that beats" upon such an office,
nnd winning und retaining and cement?
ing the good will, confidence and df
n of the people of his charge, and
>f the whole community.
Forty years constitute a long pas?
torate, and to maintain it with undU
minlshed power and growing useful
IP :s and honor show.-; the eminent vvls
d on and sanctity of this man of God.
They w.-re years eventful and memora?
ble. Tlie scourge of yellow fever swept
the city In 1855, and the faithful and
indefatigable pastor stood a: the post
of duty, a loving friend and comforting
counsellor, until himself stricken down
by ihe pestilence, losing from his fam?
ily four out of seven members. lie
remained also will? Iiis people during
the Civil war as long as he was per?
mitted to do so, and was subjected to
shameful personal Indignities und Im?
prisonment. His life since the war has
been spent In this city, known and read
of all, and conspicuous for its useful?
ness, consistency, simplicity and fidel?
IPs pastoral labors have been abun?
dant and fruitful, and tho church un?
der his ministry h is grown steadily.
Nine Presbyterian Churches now exist,
where only tw i were found at the close
of the war. and they peeled and dis?
pirited. For many years Dr. Arm?
strong was the sole Presbyterian min?
ister. His pulpit efforls were always
(Continued on Third Page.)
Telemoh News?-Pace l. 6 and 11.
Local News?Pages 2, > and $.
Editorial?Page 4.
Home Study Circle?Page 4.
Virginia News?Paw S.
North Carolina Nifws~F\i's'i 7
The World oi Sport?Page II.
Portsmouth News?P.n:es to and ti.
Berkley News?Page it.
Markets?-Page ?
Shipping Page 12
Real listato?i'ajre 12.

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