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I I \3? Pages I I IN TWO PARTS. I SrTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTt TTTTTTTTTTTTTTT TTTTI LLiYTT11^ 5'?Uiiiiiuiiiwiii.?iiai'?'uuuiiimuuuiu^?l???| 3 WEATHER FORECAST rOrVTO-DAY *' : NORFOLK AND VICINITY"? : Cool and partly cloudy; fresh north* z cast to northwest winds. IITTTTTT ntllS VOL.. Ill?-NO. 42. NORFOLK, VA., FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1899?TWELVE PAOES. LATENT NEWS OF THE WORLD BY TELEGRAPH AND CABLE}CON".ON PEACE AT LAST IS IN SIGHT Representatives of Aguinaldo En Route to Otis. TIRED OF USELESS WAR Tbel'reildenior the Philippine ltc? public Foreseen the Inevitable End of HIsHtrtigglo, It Is Hellovo?l. Stud li it v in if PrrMtlgo With Ills Followers, Will ITInko tho neat Tanna I'oaalble With the AnicrU num.? Vt'nr ncpnrtnicu' OIHelnla ore toiivlncen That Pence la Nenr at llnnd. (By Telegraph to Vlrjrin:an-Pllot.) Washington, May 18.?General Otis cabled the War Department this morn? ing that representatives of Aguinaldo 'are seeking terms of peace, and thai the forces of the Insurgents are scat? tering in the mountains. The following Is General Otis' cable: "Manila, May 18, 1899. "Adjutant General, Washington, D. C.: "Representatives Insurgent cabinet and Aguinaldo In mountains twelve miles north San Isid/o, which abandon? ed llth instant, will send In commis? sion to-morrow to seek terms of peace. "Majority of force confronting Mac Arthur at San Fernando has retired to Tarlac, tearing up two miles railway; this force ban decreased to about twen? ty-live hundred. Scouting parties and detachments moving to-day In various directions. Kobbe with column at Can da va on itlo Grande. "Great majority inhabitants of prov? inces, over which troops have moved, i.nxious for peace, supported by mem? bers insurgent cabinet. Aspect of af? fairs at present favorable. (Signed) . "OTIS." THE END AT HAND. Great satisfaction is expressed by War Department officials with the news contained in the dispatch of General Otis. The belief was expressed that the end of the insurrection was at hand. The wisdom of refusing any terms to the llrat commission and Impressing the liMurger>'* Is everywhere coin mondod. C)>'"-jlS account no doubt Is expressed that" the new commission, which is on its way to Manila, will b^ ready to accept the favorable terms which General Otls/haa been ready to Krant upon actual surrender and ?ea sation of hostilities. THE" Pit ESI DENT INFORMED. The dispatch Of General Otis was sent to tb$ President at Hot Springs. Secretary Alger said that the situa? tion was must encouraging, and that it was apparent the Filipinos realized the strength of the United State? and saw : at resistance would mean extermina? tion for them if they persisted in de? ll ing authority. Speaking of the part tak<?n by the volunteers In the Philippines campaign the Secretary said that, Instead or ..? Iling to be home, they would not have missed it, as it was an event in their Uvea; especially as the hard fight? ing has been crowned with success. The Secretary believes that the com? mission which Aguinaldo Is sending to General Otis will accept any terms pro? posed by the United States. OTIS ON THE ALEftT. it is not likely that General Otis will permit himself to be deceived by the overtures of the insurgents, or that- he will give consideration to any proposi? tions which the present commission may submit that nre not sincere and final beyond question. It is not clear to the officials here what concessions Aguinaldo expects to receive, inasmuch as General Otis, with the full approval of the President and his cabinet, has repeatedly declared that he will con? sider nothing but the unconditional sur? render of the Insurgents as a neces? sary preliminary to any negotiations for a cessation of hostilities. SUSPECTED OF TRICKERY. It Is possible that the wily insurgent leader believed that he may make terms for the special benefit of himself and his cabinet, and It is even possible that he has an Idea that the-United States may be willing to reimburse him lib? erally for the surrender of his army. It Is suggested that Aguinaldo is mere? ly looking out for his own interests In this matter, now that the Filipino cause is lost, and will demand safe conduct out of the Philippine islands for him? self and a few of his chosen friends, to gether with sufficient money to enable them to live in exile for a reasonable period. WAR DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS CONVINCED. War Department officials are convin? ced that the representatives of the in? surgent cabinet of Aguinaldo. who are to meet General Otis to-morrow, will succumb to the Inevitable and surren? der. Their forces are evidently so ut? terly demoralized by the persistent ad? vance of the'Americans that they are ready to accept peace on the best terms they can obtain. FILIPINO FORCES DIMINISHING. Driven noKhward to the foothills of the mountains as they have been, their fleeing and soattered forces, disintegra? ted and disheartened, can no longer be made to face our victorious r.dvance. Less than a week ago General Luna ?was reported Just north of San Fernan? do, where General MacArthur's troops are concentrating and in the neighbor? hood of Bacolor, with about 9,000 reb? els. To-day General Oils reports that the remnant of this force, about 2,500 men, has withdrawn to Tarlac. over twenty miles north of San Fernando. It la possible that the remainder of this force moved east and joined the main body of the Insurgents, which abandoned San Isldro yesterday and fled northward to tho point from which Aguinaldo Is now sending his com? missioners to sue for aeaee. RUSE WILL AVAIL NOTHING. If this Is a ruse to cain time, which none of the oflicials at the War De? partment believe, it will avail them nothing, as the Americans will utilize the period during the negotiations in rc connoitering the country ahead of them preparatory to the resumption of opera? tions the minute the negotiations Tail. TROOPS TO THE SUbUS. The dispatch of two battalions of the Twenty-third Infantry yesterday to Jolo, the principal town in the Sulu archipelago, is the fourth military ex? pedition detached from the main body Of our troops at Manila. The Sulu arch? ipelago Is ;i group of 150 small islands extending In the form of a crescent, lilce the Aleutian Islands, south of the Phil? ippines. There are no insurgents, as far l as krVown in the Sulu group. The pop? ulation of the islands consists of 500 aborigines, 012 Chinese traders and , 10,000 negroes. 1 AGUINALDO LOSES PRESTIGE. Manila, May IS.?4:50 p. m.?Two Spanish prisoners who have just ar? rived here frqm Neuva Ecika. say Aguinuklo has lost prestige with the rebel army, which Is described ns being completely demoralized, short of food, suffering from diseases, afraid of the Americans and rapidly dissolving info armed bands of pillagers._ The prisoners add that Generals Pllar and Lima uro the only Influential Fili? pinos who are continuing resistance to the Americans. HIS DETINUE ROBBED. Agulnaldo"s personal retinue was re? cently relieved of Its baggage and money, while on the way from San Isl? dro u> Cebanalon, by marauders. The Chinese are being victimized everywhere by both rebels and looters. SULKS IN HIS TENT. Huencamlno, a prominent Filipino leader (who was friendly to Spain and' Joined in the compromise arrangement 1 whereby the Spaniards hoped to con? ciliate the rebel leaders without sacri? ficing too much), is reported ns saying Aguinaldo sits indoors crying, blames himself for tho miserable condition of j the country and is afraid to surrender. REPORTED IN ST. LOUIS. St. Loulr, Mo., May IS.?A special, cable to the Globe-Democrat from Ma? nila says: "it Is reported here that Aguinaldo lias decided to accept the terms of peace offered by the Amerlcun Philippine commission and that he has started his representatives from San Isldro for Manila. "He Is said to have reached this de? cision at a conference held at San Isl? dro the day before Law ton attacked, and it Is asserted that the fight took 1 lac- after the deeis'ion for peace had been reached. "The reports are believed here and It Is thought that the ilnal peace is as? sured." A CONFIRMATION. Manila, May 19.?10 a. m.?Philippine commissioners to confer with the Amer? ican commission) rs arrived last night at San Isldro and are> coming to Ma? nila to-day. The people of Manila arc confident thnt the Insurrection Is end? ing. THE SEN ATORSHIP. A TALK WITH HON. WILLIAM. A. A N PEP SON. The Virginian-Pilot's Richmond cor respondent wired the_following?last night, too late for insertion In his reg? ular news letter, which makes extended reference to the late Senatorial con? ference: (Special to Virglnlan-Pilot.) Richmond, Va., May IS.?If a conven tlon in called by the State Democratic Committee, or if a primary is ordered, by means of which there may be a defi? nite expression of popular Choice for Senator, the people of Virginia may be assured that there will be a candidate as the exponent of the principles to which Mr. .Martin Is opposed, said Win. A. Anderson to-night. "I do not know who this cand:date will be," Mr. Anderson continued. "I reiterate what has been often said to you by those who signed the call for the conference that there was never originated a more unselfish movement than this. W'c had solely in view the good of Virginia. From my close pets.mal relations wilh Mr. Jones. I know he Is not a candi? date, nnd has never been. He has re? peatedly expressed to me his unwil? lingness to run, and I know this un? willingness is in no way due to apprs hensiveness as to the result of the con? test." Regarding the identity of the candi? date, Mr. Anderson said he could not speak, but he left the impression, how? ever, that lie would probably be a man not heretofore mentioned in connection with the Senatorship. "I do not think the meeting of the committee will he held later than June first," said Mr. Anderson last night. "1 sec no reason why it should be later than that, and I do not suppose Mr. El lyson does." Mr. Anderson, Congressman Jones, Hop. C. V. Meredith, Hon. W. F, Red dy, and Hon. S. P. Patterson held an extended conference at Murphy's to? night. Advnncelii Pig Iron. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Pittsburg, Pa., May IS.?Ten thou? sand tons of Bessemer pig-iron was sold In the Shenango and Mahonlng valleys yesterday at $16 per ton, an ad? vance of $1 over the price fixed by the association last week, which was $15 for the Valleys and $15.65 in PRtsburg. A manufacturer said to-day that with the price of Bessemer pig-iron at 16.65 Plttstiurg steel will begin to advance rapidly. The new prices will practi? cally put a stop to all exportation of steel for the year. The Postal Service of the City Tied Up, THREETHOUSAND MEN CO Tho -Anlit Out Precipitated by Fall are or .Hoiinto to Approve Depatte* inn IncrenBlns furrier'* >\ hum . a Conflict With it!? [i 111>11<? i u OnnrUn niul Policemen?Severn! Ollicem Hurt TUo (iotc riimont Firm? Vote of Confidence (By Teleeraph to Vlr&mlan-Pllot ? Paris, May IS.?The entire force of postmen In Paris went out on strike here this morning-, owing to the failure in the Senate of a bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies to increase the carriers' wages, fhe whole postal ser? vice of the city was tied up, 3,000 men being idle and no mall even reaching the foreign embassies. A RIOT FOLLOWS. M. Mougot ordered the postmen to CZAR'S PEACE CONFERENCE It Convenes at the "House in the Woods." THE CZAR IS NOTIFIED CoiiErnlnlnlril ou III? 1'lrllMlny n.itl lemlcrcil Iba Il.imblo i.n.l I'ru rni.uil l?millnclp ?r i lio roufcreocc ? Hot Wishes, Huningc n.ul QratI? Hide Wire'i ilu-Uhim-u ?r.l.c ?111 erlnuda-Olliccra Appointed ? Se? cret Sections Ordered. (By Telegraph to Virglnian-rilot.) The Hague, May IS.?The Peace Con? ference, called by tho Czar of Russia was opened at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the hall of the Huis Ton Bosch, or the "House In the "Woods," two miles from The Hague. M. do Beaufort, president of the Council and Minister ot Foreign Af? fairs of tho government of the Neth? erlands, delivered the inaugural address delegate, A. P. C. VanKarnobeck, for? mer Minister of Foreign Affaire and deputy, was appointed vice-president. SECRET SESSIONS ORDERED. After the appointment of nine see. retaries, M. deStaat'a pr p isal that the sessions be seeret was adopted. The next scfsion wili take place on Saturday, when the delegates will ar? range a program and appoint c im mlttees. The conference then adjourned. M'KIN LEY CARLES NICHOLAS. Washington, May IS.?The follow ; cablegram has been addressed by the President to the Emperor of Russia, on the occasion of the opening of the Dis? armament Conference. )'Wa"8hlngton, May IS. "To His Majesty. Nicholas 11., Emper? or of All the Russlns, St. Petersburg: "On this day of goo I omen 1 send my heartfelt congratulations on tlie* opening of the conference at The Hague, which had Its origin in the en? lightened and generous initiative of Your Majesty. (Signed) "WILLIAM M'KINLEY." The Prealtlfini Will Krlnni. (Uy Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Hot Springs. Va., May 13.?Secretary Hitchcock reached here on the early train to-day, anil will remain to a :? company the Presidential party to Washington. The present plan is to leave here to-morrow night, going over a different route from that taken to come here, and reaching Washington on Saturday evening. Secretary Hitch? cock was Mr. McK.nicy's companion during his customary walk in the fore? noon. THE MEETING OF THE PEACE CONGRESS AT THE HAGUE. The eyes of the world are now turned toward The Hague, where meets tho International congress whose avowed purpose is to secure general disarmament and to taUe steps looking toward universal peace. As Czar Nicholas look the inlative, Russia is accorded the right to organize the conference and has selected as permanent presiding oilier Huron de Staal, the Russian embassador to (Meat Britain, and one of the most astute diplomats of Europe. The del agates of 2G nations will be present in the conference, which promises to bo a sedate and businesslike gathering and Is likely to create an atmosphere ot arbitration, disarmament and peace rather than accomplish any definite and positive results. The eesoleus of the congresa will be held at the Palace of the Woods, in the suburbs of Th Hague. return to work under pain of dismiss? al, but the strikers refused to do so, and attacked a post wagon, manned by Republican Guards, which was emerg? ing from the postofllce yard. The po? lice beat the strikers off after a llsiit, in which several policemen were hurt. A number of strikers were arrested. LEGISLATIVE INQUIRY. In the Chamber ot Deputies to-day there was great animation. Several of i the members questioned the Govern itifctifon the subject ot the postofllce strike, pointing out the inconveniencs Paris business circles was suffering. The Minister of Posts and Telegraphs (who Is also Minister of Commerce and Industry), M. Delombre, replied, say? ing that the public services could not be allowed to lie at the mercy of a few Officials, nor couid the latter be per? nutted to impose their will upon par? liament and the Government. (Loud applause). THE GOVERNMENT FIRM. The Premler, M. Dupuy, said the: btate of the employes was not such as to allow of them going on strike, and If the postmen did not resume work th$y would be replaced by others. The Government, the Premier declared, would yield to no such Intimidation. (Renewed cheers). VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. A vote of confidence in the Govern? ment was passed?283 to 112?the Social? ist minority in the meantime shouting and cheering for a general strike and welcomed tho delegates. TELEGRAM TO Till: CZAR. The delegates derided i<> send the fol? lowing telegram to the t':'..ir: "The Peace Conference lays at the i feet of Your Majesty it.- respectful con? gratulations upon the d icAslon of your birthday, and expresses Its sincere de? sire to co-operate In the great and I noble work in which Your Majesty has taken a grrrrous Initiative and for which it begs you to accept its hum? ble and profound gratitude." HIS MAJESTY. TOUCHED. I M. de Staal. the RuCTtan Ambassador to Great Hrltain, and head of the Rus? sian delegation, Informally assumrhg the presidency of the conference, said his first duty was to express to M. de Eonufort his sincere gratitude for the noble terms in which he referre 1 to Hla August Master, adding that His Maj? esty would be deeply touched well by thf? spontaneity by which the hlsh assembly had associated Itself there? with. QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS. After making his address. M. derit a a . in behalf of the conference, telegraph? ed to the Queen of the Netherlands a* follows: "The members of this conference as? sembled for the first time In th's beau? tiful Hula ten Posch hasten to lay at the feet of Your Majesty their besl j wishes, praying you to accept their homage and gratitude for the hospi? tality you have so graciously di sis" ! to offer them." The reading of the message was warmly applauded. OFFICERS APPOINTED. M. deRcaufort was appointed hono? rary president, and the leading Dutch THE TRANSVAAL AFFAIR. A TALK ARRANGED?PRESIDENT KRUGER'S Pm >P( (SALS. (By Telegraph to Virglnlan-PilOt.) London. May tS. The Secretary of the State, for tho Coloi -. Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, annoitn J in the i< ?? of Camnions to-day that a in-? i ? t\?ee.? Sir Alfred Ml n r. th. . . -r of Cape Colony ami High CpmmUsI n er of South Africa, and Presld '>? ?? g -r had been arranged to take i '? > pti May 30 at Blocmfontein. capi'. il lib Orange Free State, at the invhallon of the President of tne Orange Free State. M. T. Steyn. PRESIDENT KRt'GER'S PltO POSALS. Pretoria, May 18.?President Knurr's reform proposals have been i ntcd t> the Itaad. They suggest (hit flje franchise be confer:.-d on nl ns f\\ years eligibility to th Bee md It ? id, In? stead of ten years aft< r sir . --. bill ty, as is now the case, thus naklng a nine year residence In lite Transvaal qualify for the full ;; in ill Hui r?Mit tin Iridis it i Mbn. (By Tei-cranh to VIrgiaman-Pilot.) Havana, May 13.?11 a. m.?John Mc? Lean, representing a Now York and London Cuban As- ition, has been authorized to make surveys and estb rr.'itei for a railroa I from Havana to Gn'nei, in this province, .md forty five m.l'.es from Gtorgo dellogues i* nt.iking plans and drawing up estimates for an ei.-.tn. railroad to connect Havana, with Vo ' dado and Colon Ceauv.i:ry, MANIFESTO OF GEfUOMEZ The Long] Expected Document Makes Its Appearance. REVOLVERS CAPTURED The Old Worrlor Explains Ilia Many Interview* Wiili (General Itrooke ?Whjr lip Protested Ilm? Houvt Appropriated to I'ny (ubnn Tronpi Wnn Inut diclciu nnd Pit* vorrd Ibolr llcteutlon of ibclr A rmi. (By Telegraph to virglnlan-Pilotw) Havana. May IS.?The expeetetl man? ifesto of General Maximo Gomez was issued this evening. It reviews his part In the negotiations with Governor Gen? eral Brooke and sreaks of his love for Cuba and his suffering on her behalf in the past. General Gomez says: "The hour has now nrrlved for me to raise my voice In justification of my ^usitiou? iuid_to describe the arduous_ work I have done since my first visit to General Brooke. I protested to him against the sum offered by the United States as Insufficient to accomplish the good Intended. While waiting an an? swer to my protest I sought a solu? tion of the question. General Brooke, representing the chief magistrate of the United Stntes .announced his Inability to add to the sum already settled upon. Sl'ECl-'LATOKS INTERFERE. "Speculators then attempted to In? tervene, offering suggestions which were refused by me. They presented a proposition to the Military Assembly i but the scheme was frustrated by President McKinley s refusal to recog? nize that body. 1 deemed the forma? tion of mllllla a practical solution nnd General Brooke, whp approved, the Idea, asTfud, me f?s,a nummary of. my -vldws ^ on tho" subject. To this-I replied^4*2233 10,000 men were all it would be pofiSJJ;-?? to get from the former Cuban army without distinction as to race. My an? swer was sent to President McKinley, together with a personal letter giving explicit reasons why such a corps was necessary. PAYMENT OF TROOPS. "I had many conferences with Gen? eral Brooke, in my endeavors to dla . . vor such a plan of payment a3 would not exclude, the men who had never carried arms. General Brooke insisted up 'ii the surrender of arms before tho receipt of money and I also desired that such arms as had already been sur j rendered, and such a,s should be sur ' rendered hereafter, might be delivered j to ware-houses, in the care of Cuban armorers, to be paid out of the Cuban treasury. 1 do nm think It a disgrace that tho Cuban soldiers should receive, from a. government which is able to pay, sums that will relieve their Im? mediate needs. Special certificates wilt be given to all, redeemable by the Cu? ban Republic so soon as It is estab? lished. FAVORS RETAINING ARMS. 'I am convinced that It is compatible with obtaining peace to have an nrmy, With arms reserved?ro?defend ?Ctlba against her enemies, nnd in the mean? time to be guarded as the relics of a glorious struggle. In my judgment, whether the arms were disposed of to the municipalities or to armorers, it would bo all the same under the Inter? vening government. The Cuban com mlsoloners, however, refused to agree with General Brooke nnd the Amerl ?? :is, und declined to tlx dates and places where the Cuban soldiers could deliver up arms nnd receive payment from the American paymasters after Identification by their respective chiefs. IMPORTATION OF REVOLVERS. Havana. May IS.?The Importation of live hundred revolvers was stopped to day by the custom-house authorities, / the weapons being taken Into military custody. The dealers to whom they were consigned have been Informed by Major-Oencral Ludlow, Military Gov? ernor of Havana, that they may sell them to such individuals only as shall give the authorities a satisfactory reas? on- for the purchase, as the present Is regarded as an Inopportune time to of? fer weapons .?f any character for sals indiscriminately. ConTfodlill Cull limiiird, (By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pilot.) Birmingham, Ala., May IS?Inasmuch is the Leg iture repealed the law providing for a constitutional conven? tion in Alabama State Ch-l'rman G. M. B. Crow, of lie Populist party, to-day issued a noil . ailing off the conven? tion, v. V i li was to have been held Here M iy - Id He states that under existing ?it- umi ances a state convention Is un? necessary. OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 5 ( I ASSIFICA1 iON OF NEWS. BY PEPARTMENTS. Teleeraoh News?Pate t and 5. Local News?Kites 2 and I. i .'.itoriai ?Pace 4. Home Study Circle -''ace 4. '. irginu News?Pace S. Not tn Carolina News Pac? 7 The World of Sport ? P.iije 9. Portsmouth News.?Paiges loand n. Berkley News?Pate u. Markets?Pago 12 Sliippmg?Pa? 12 Keal iistate?Page 12.