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1 1 ' _ _ * "AGES 6, T,
Columbia Vanquishes the Sham?
rock in Rough Weather Duel.
The Yachting Supremacy of the
World is Still Ours.
Tlio Addition or Mr Thomni I,lptou>?
Nniuo lo ilio 1,1st. of Uefontetl Am?
plrnnls tor tin; Honor ol Carrying
lliicli Across ?ho Atlantic tho An?.
Ilqiinloit 1'icc.o of NllvcrtTliroOuVr
cil by tlucru Victoria Fifty Vonr
Aku for ttio Urn. NiUUiiu Sulp In
Iii? World i? a Crnnhliic Blow l?
ItrlilHh Hopo-JIoiv It Warn Atl
(Air?"On the Wabash.")
Oh the lights don't shine to-night on
board the Shamrock;
Yon can't Und a bit of. joytulnesa out
From the Erin cornea the sounds of
grief and mourning.
The Cur? Sir Thomas gives up in de?
But the lights are bright to-night
on the Columbia;
From her deck there comes the sound
of laughter gay.
Every one that's there Is full of Joyous
On the deck of the Columbia, Hip
?Billy Eudwelser.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
New York, Oct. 20.?Through wild and
hoary seas, in a breeze lhait approach?
ed the dignity of a gale, the gallant
eloop Columbia to-day vanquished the
British challenger, Snamrock, by six
minuted and eighteen seconds, actual
time, and six minutes and 31 seconds,
corrected time, thus completing the se?
ries for the America's cup with a mag?
nificent rough weather duel and a glo?
rious Yankee victory.
For the eleventh time the attempt of
a foreigner to \vros>t from America the
yachting supremacy of the world has
The intrinsic value of the reward
which hundreds of thousands of dol?
lars were expended to ?ecure is small?
simply an antiquated piece of silver?
ware which Queen Victoria offered to
the best sailing ship In the world In tht
early days of her reign, but around lit
cluster the precious memories of un?
broken American triumph and the hon?
or of mastery in the noblest of eporta.
To Sir Thomas Llpton, whose name
Is now added to tho list of defeated as
pi rants for the honor of carrying th*
cup back across the Atlantic, the fail?
ure was a crushing blow. His hope
had been high; but, like the true
sportsmnn that he is, the sting of de?
feat has left no bitterness nnd with
undaunted courage he intimates thai
he may be back with a better boa.t to
try again. During his stay here. Sir
Thomas has made himself more pop?
ular than any previous challenger, and
the yachtsmen of this country will be
glad to welcome him back.
Except for the repented flukes nnd
the unfortunate accident to the chal
langcr on Tuesday this series of races
linn been unmarred by n single un?
toward Incident. The boats have bad
two fair und square races, one In light
nirs nnd the other In a heavy blow, and
Sir Thomas Is perfectly satisfied that
he was beaten by the better boat.
To-day's race was a glorious test of
the rough weather qualities of the two
yachts. There wns too much frosllness
In tho air for comfort, and it wns fai
too rough for hind lubbers. The sky
was overcast with cold gray clouds ant)
tho fierce Haws of a chilling blast out
of the northeast whipped the foam out
of the racing waves until they whitened
the face of the sea. Outside, the ocean
was a riot of white caps. Some of tho
holiday fleet declined to brave the perils
of the harpies riding down on the
northeaster, and those that did rolled
nnd plunged in the tumbling billows,
sending all but old snlts below. The
prayer of Sir Thomas for wind was an?
swered. It was blowing twenty-five
miles an hour at the lightship, enough
wind and enough sea to make any
racing machine stagger.
The course, fifteen miles before the
wind, sou'th by west, carried the yachts
straight down the Jersey coast to a
point off Long Branch, bo.that the race
was sailed in plain view of the thous?
ands perched upon the 'Heights of
Nnvesink nnd stretches along the shor<
from Senbright to Asbury Park.
The crew of the Columbia were pre?
pared for the fray in yellow oilskins
nnd sou-westers, and thoso of the
Shamrock In white canvas. It was
blowing too hard for club topsails and
both skippers contented themselves
with hoisting small working topsails.
Both ynchts fled across the starting
?line, before the 25-knot breeze, wing
and wing, their spinnakers breaking
out like puffs of white smoke ?nd iset
tlne hard as plaster. The .Shamrockrras
over a minute and one second before the
defender, but this was not due to su?
perior seamanship. Captain Barr held
off for that length or time after tho
green boat crossed, in order that he
might get the position astern, where he
could have an opportunity to blanket
his rival. The yachts made a beautiful
picture as they sped away, with out?
stretched pinions.
The Columbia oarricd her spinnaker
boom nt an angle of almost 45 degrees.
This allowed the big sail to belly far
out forward and draw like a locomotive.
But it was rather dangerous, and twice
an extra 'puff of wind carried the sail
forward and up until It tumbled over
the stay. But the Deer Isle sailors each
time had ft back In place in a jilTy.
The Shamrock had no such mishap, as
Hogarth carried his boom much low?
er. The Yankee trick, however, did the
work, lifting the head of Columbia out
of the water until she seemed to be
skimming over the surface.
The excursion licet trailing down on
cither side were chasing after the
yachts as fast as their steam would
carry them, Hut tho big sloops set so
hot a pace that they left half the tug
bouts ;<nd some of the steam yachts
astern. They were going at a 13-knot
clip, the Yankee slowly but surely. Inch
by inch overhauling her adversary,
-un'oiu j?h mi-w 3u|dou 'joSuoiiviia am
Closer and closer she drew, dead after
tains of canvas to shut off her rival's
When Columbia had caught up to
Young's Advance Guard of Law
ton's Column Takes Possession.
Ite.iistnncc Euooaii If red at *nu for*
nniMlo Wlicro ll>o Filipino? J>e
llroj a Elrlilce nml iCotrcul-Pro?
position to He nil Kttvajra to Gonor
rtl Ulla (o Ulscnaa Ponce 'Perms null
Kxclinuge Prlaouora? Will Visit
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Manila, Oct. 2o, S a. m.?Gen. Young's
advance guard o? Gen. Law ton's col?
umn left Cashio yesterday morning
and entered San Isldro at 1:30 o'clock.
The American loss was one killed and
three wounded. The heavies: resist?
ance was at San Fernando, where the
enemy destroyed a bridge.
Compelled to Retreat After Sever?
al Hours Hard Fighting,
Oonornl Kir Wllllnm Prim Kyinoim
Promptly Accept* t'liulleiico of
the Ilurultcr* nitil I* Severoly
Wotuiilotl ? Itrltlslt Lone Train
LoiMl< il Wlllt tu It I o?Forcrtl llncH
livlorn I.iulysiultli ?Boor Artlllcrjr
.Slicl 1 i HC 1) Hint 00.
(By Telegraph :c Vliginlan-rilot.)
London, October 20.? The War Of?
fice has received the following official
dispatch from Ladysmith. filed at 3:30
this afternoon:
"This from Glcncoe: 'We were at?
tacked this morning at daylight by a
force roughly estimated -at 4,000. They
within striking distance the green boat
crowded on a little more canvas, set- 1
ting a baby Jib topsail, and for ten j
minutes she seemed to hold the Airier
I ican even. Both were going like reared 1
doera. A stern cha<e is a Ions me, but
as- the yachts Approached the outer
mark the patriots with high bounding
! pulses saw that the Columbia was
again picking up on the enemy.
At 32:10 o'clock, half a mile from the
mark, the Bristol boat Sot alongside
tlie challenger, and, neck and neck,
like a span of race horses, they bowled
down for the float. Three minutes
later, when they took in their spin?
nakers preparatory to gybing, Colum?
bia was a length in the lead and foot?
ing like mad. The yachts swept
around the mark, Columbia 17 seconds
ahead, but ?o close that one chorus
from the fleet answered for both. Co?
lumbia bad gained a minute and IS
seconds in the fifteon-mile run.
As they leaned ow-ay on the starboard
tack for the beat home the white flypt
was to windward and nbout a length
ahead. With their sheets trimmed flat
nft they surged into the head seas,
sending the brine smoking as high as
the spreaders. They careened until
their !eo rails were awash In the swirl?
ing, driving waves. Oceans of spray
came over, and occasionally' both ship?
ped solid crests of green water forward.
Their wakes were a smothered foam.
(Continued on Page Six.)
Gen. Pio del Pilar arrived Crom San
Miguel and personally commanded the
Filipinos. He and the bulk of 'he
enemy retreated up the river.
One Spaniard find -fifteen insurrec?
tionists were captured. The loss of the
enemy Is not known. The townspeople
appear to be friendly.
Manila, Oct. 20, 10 p. m.?Threo insur?
gent officers entered Angeles thia morn?
ing and applied to Gen. MacAr:iiur for
permission for a Filipino commission,
I headed by a Filipino Msjor General, to
i visit Gen. Otis, iin order to discuss
i peace terms and to arrange f.ir the de?
livery of more American prisoners, as
j well as to consider the methods for the
I release of Spanish prisoners.
The rennest was referred to Gen. Otis.
I The Insurgent officers are expoo'el to
return to-morr&w to receive their an?
I Manila, Oct. 20.?10 p. m?Captain
MacRao. with a battalion of the Third
Infantry, marched to the town of Ja^e
Matirias for ilio5 purpose of dispersim;
a band of 300 insurgents under Juan
Dicarot, who had recently been annoy?
ing our outposts and travelers along
the road from Ran'ta Ana to Arayat.
The Insurgents fled in the direction of
The country between Angles and Ara
yat Is now reported clear.
The Democrnclan reports that the
junta in the Orient and In Europe In?
tend to send a cablegram to Washing?
ton to present the Filipinos cause.
(Continued on Six Page.)
had placed four or five guns In position
on a hill 6.4?0 yards east of our camp,
and they fired plugged shells. Their ar?
tillery did no damage. Our Infantry
formed for attack, and we got our guns,
into position. After the position of the
enemy had been shelled our infantry j
advanced to the attack, and after aj
hard Tight, lasting until 1:30 p. m.. an,
almost inaccessible position was taken.]
the enemy retiring eastward. All the
Boers' guns have been captured. We
can see our soldiers at the top of the
hill. Our cavalry and artillery are still
" 'General Symons is severely wound
j ed. Our losses are heavy. They will bft
telegraphed as soon as possible.' "
A special dispatch from Gleneoe
I dated 5:25 this morning announced that
the Boer position had been captured
after heavy fighting, during which five
guns wore taken.
It appears that^lui^ng the night the
Boer artillery occupied, a hill com-i
mandihg the British camp and began
dropping shells at daybreak in the di?
rection of the British fornes.
The latter, under General Sir William
Penn Symons, promptly accepted the
challenge nnd moved to> meet the In?
vaders under cover of the British artil?
lery, which appears to have been
worked with such advantage ns to,
quickly silence the enemy's batteries,
enabling the infantry to carry the Boer
position with a rush, in which, the Dub?
lin Fuslleors and the King's Royal
Rifles arc said to have specially dls-1
Ungulshed themselves, the Fusllecsrs
capturing the first gun of the enemy |
taken In the present campaign.
General Symons seemed to have been
In the thick of the fight, as might have
been expected. Confirmation of the ro
port that he was wounded has been re?
ceived, but just how seriously Is not
yet known.
The War Office has received the ap?
pended dispatch from Ladysmrth. filed
at 10:45 a. m. to-day:
"The following advices from Glenoce
camp just at hand:
"The King's Royal Rifles and the
Dublin Fusllecrs are attacking a hill
occupied by' Doer artillery. They are
within 300 yards of the position and ad?
vancing under cover of our artillery, at
abotit 2,000 yards range.
"Scouts report that 9.000 Roers are ad?
vancing on Hatting Spruit. The Fif?
teenth Battery and the Leicester Regi?
ment have gone to meet them."
The War Office also received the fol?
lowing dispatch from General George
Stewnrt White, dated yesterday even?
ing, from Ladysmlth:
"The Boers commenced descending
the western passes on Tuesdny and
camo in contact with our patrols yes?
terday. They continued to advance,
halting for the night with their loft
flunk tit Hester's Station, their renter
at Rluebank and their right more re?
"At Acton Homes, Lieutenant Gal
uay, of the Natal Carbineers, is miss?
ing, and Trooper Spencer, of the Natal
Carbineers, was slightly wounded.
"I moved my camp into a position I
have selected, with the object of cover?
ing lire town of Ladysmlth, and I hoped
to-day that the Doers might have been
sufficiently near me to strike a blow.
To-day, however, the enemy seems to
have retired west, our patrols getting
In touch nowhere, except with a com?
paratively small body at Hester's sta?
"Communication with Glencoe Junc?
tion was etrt off af. Elandslungte, where
they captured a goods train.
"A Boer force Is 'advancing over
Beggnrsberg Nek. Communication by
telegraph Is still open via Greytown."
London. October 20.?The corrospon?
dent of tho Morning Post at Ladysmlth
In a dispatch sent Thursday night con?
firms the statement that a train lias
been captured -at Elandslaagte, and
"The train was partly made up of
four trucks of cattle consigned to an
army purveyor nt Dundee.
"It Is reported that one British offi?
cer, and Mr. Mitchell, the Johannesburg
Star wnr correspondent, Yiesldes other
war correspondents, were captured. The
train which preceded 4.ho captured train
was fired on, but the Boers' attack was
not successful."
London. October 20.?A dispatch from
Glencoe Camp snys that Sir William
Symons was wounded In the stomach
nnd that General Yule has assumed
Ladysmlth, Oct. 20, 9:20 n. m.?An
unconfirmed report has bevn received
here that the Boer artillery Is shell?
ing Dundee.
Ladysmlth. Oct. 19 (Delayed ji?The
Carblners and Border Mounted Rrfllcs,
who have been In action with the
enemy nearly nil day. re'timed this
evening, falling back fighting, in the
face of some 2,000 Doers. They wore
several limes almosi cut off, but a
Maxim gun held the Boers in check. It
is ronorted that sixteen Boers were
Several times the Boers came mithin
400 yards range, hut their shooting wan
bad, nnd the Maxims rendered signal
!-\>rvlec In stopping their r I sties.
They have a large wagon train nnd
Southampton, Oct. 20.?The transport
Yorkshire, carrying th-t first troops of
tihe special army corps fur South
Africa. ci>st off this afternoon at 3:20
o'clock, the other transports following
at regular Intervals. The public were
excluded from the docks 'luring the
embarkation, but Immense throngs
gathered outside, cheering and singlm;
and bidding farewell to their friends
uc 'the trains pasred on.
To-day and Monday 17,000 men will
leave for South Africa.
Afl the Yorkshire departed the pub?
lic cheered vociferously, nnd the troops
responded with vigor. The cornmand
er-in-chief. General Lord Garnet Wols
eley. with his staff, whs present ut the
embarkation. Tho U. S. Navy attache.
Lieutenant J. C. Colwell, was an inter?
ested spectator.
London, Oct. 20.?The British Channel
squadron has been ordered to proceed
to Gibraltar next Tuesday.
London. Oct. 20.?It was reported in
the House of Commons this evening
that the British hnd captured 17 guns
at Glencoe. and that the cavalry were
still pursuing the fleeing Burghers.
Cape Town. Oct. 20.?Advices from
the Orange Free State announce that
President Steyn has Issued another
proclamataion calling upon the Burgh
era to a man to take arms and to fl^'ht
against an unscrupulous enemy. "We
; aro lighting a just war," says the pro?
clamation, "and cannot be defeated, as
God is on our side."
London. Oct. 20.?The afternoon
papers publish dispatches from Ports?
mouth, pointing to the forming of a now
Hying squadron;
New Orleans, Oct. 20.?The steamer
Montes?ma cleared to-day for Cape
Town; Smith Africa, with 2.029 mulea
for the British army, 6,000 bushels of
oats. 500 tons hay and SO tons bran.
Her commander, Captain Owen; ex?
pects to make the run from New Or?
leans to Cape Town In twenty-six days.
Aliwal North. Cape Colony, Oct. 10.?
(Delayed In Transmission)?The Roer
force from' SmithfleUl hns moved to
Rethuliei. where two thousand Boer's are
new concentrating. Their plan of cam?
paign appears to be for the Rouxville
contingent, crossing the Orange river
ford, ns they fear the north bridge Is
mined, to circumvent Aliwal North and
to seize tho"railway. Simultaneously
(Continued on Six .
Annual Report of Chief of En?
gineers of the Army.
Existing; Approved Projects Content?
plate Ibe l^uplnoeiuont of Ovar
Tiro Tnoneatid flunt and Oorlnri
? Eailmnica for Improvements ot
Jituiea and Olher lilvere?TTfo
U and rod Tuonaauil Dollar? Vat
Down for Norfolk.
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot)
Washington, D. C, October 20.?The
annual report of the chief of engineers
of the army, Brigadier General Johu
M. Wilson, made public to-day, sub?
mits estimates for river and harbor
works already authorized by Congress,
but not provided for by continuing con?
tracts, amounting to $26,906.821. In ad?
dition he asks for S15,5S2,626 to carry on
works already contracted for.
The report shows that the existing
approved projects for sea coast de?
fenses contemplate the emplacement of
about SOU heavy guns of 3, 10, 12 and
lG-inch caliber; of about S00 rapid-lire
guns, und of about 1,000 mortars at an
estimate approximate cost of the engi?
neering work of $50,000,000. An estimate
of $4.500,000 is submitted for continuing
the work of construction of these bat?
teries and for the defense of Porto
Rico. The sum of $5,663,000 was allot
'tcd by the President out of the national
defense fund In nil for the engineer?
ing department.
Under the head of fortifications, Qen>
eral Wilson says that In addition to
the thirty localities in the United
States for which projects for perma?
nent seacoast batteries have been
adopted..the defense of soveral othetlo^'a
calltics Is now under consideration.
Considerable study has been given ta
the subject of the defense of our insu?
lar possessions resulting In complete
projects for San Juan and preliminary
projects for Honolulu and Pearl Har?
bor, so that the construction of batte?
ries for these places can begin as soon
as Congress appropriates the funds.
.There has been a considerable rovlaloa
of existing projects for other points
caused by the development of the rapid
lire gun and further revisions will be
required to meet improvements In
ships and ordnance.
Work on sea coast defenses has been
vigorously carried on at twenty-five
localities, nearly all of which are even
now so supplied with heavy guns and
mortars as to Dormlt of effeotlvo de?
fense against naval attack. An Increase
In ranid-flre armament, General Wil?
son says. Is now the most urgent neces?
sity, there having been delay In secur-"
Iiik these guns In the past year owing
to difficulties with contractors. The
temporary batteries constructed during
the war with Spain have been aban
ilmed whore erected on ?rlvate land.
emplnclng 2*J7 heavy guns. SOS rapid-fire
guns and 344 mortars. This armament
Is disposed nt seventy-throe localities
In thirty harbors. During the year
there was added to the sea coast com?
plement eleven 12-Inch guns, thirteen
10-lneh guns, twenty-four 8-Inch guns,
twenty rapid-lire guns and thirty-two
mortal's. With this rapid growth of
the coast defenses, the artillery organi?
zation which must care for them has
been utterly unable to cone, and the
dilllculty bus been increased by the
withdrawal of two regiments for foreign
service and by the necessity for the
services of skilled electricians and me?
chanics to coro for the highly complex
The work of Installing dynamite bat?
teries at San Francisco harbor has been
completed, but at Sandy Hook provision
remains to be made for the permanent
protection of the guns in place. Con*
traces have been mado for dynamite
batteries of one gun each at Fisher's
Island and Port Royal, S.'C
To complete the acquisition of sites
still required to carry out approved
projects of coast defense, funds must
be provided for one site In Boston hax?
bor. two In Narrngansett Bay. one In
New .York harbor and one In Port Royal
harbor, S. C.
Valuable experience was said to have
been gained with the torpedo system as
adopted during the war with Spain. In
general, that system fully realised all
expectations, and only a few minor
changes are contemplated.
Turning to the subject of rivers and
harbors, tho Chief Engineer expresses
satisfaction at the working of the con?
tract system generally.
A summary of the detailed estimates
recommended for river and harbor work
! shows the following items of $50,000 or
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Telferaoh News?Paees t, 6, 7 and It.
Local News?I*?? S> 3 and 5.
Editorial?Pane 4
The World of Si^i t?Page 11.
Vlreinia News?P?? 3,
North Carolina News?Page 9.
Portsmouth News?Pajje 10 and" 11.
Berkley News?Pasc' M?
Markets?I*ajra 12.
Shipping?Pitt 12.
Real estate??&%o iZ

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