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LATEST NEWS OF THE WORLD BY TELEGRAPH AND CABLE- {CP*??U" ?N
Field Marshal Wolsley's Summary
at Variance With Facts.
KiMBERLEY ISOLATED
Boer CoinmaiifJer-iii-Cliief Close at
Hoels of British.
SJTUATlOM COMPLICATED
Further Kxclitii_ lutoillgcuca Ex?
pected Front Kent of War nt
An]' Moment?Tlio Ituer.h Nowllnvo
Hourly 100,000 lit on lu tlio Field?
Line ltc|iorm of liritla? I.oinom
t'omo hi IJiiploiivniil Nnrprlwo
lu View of i'reviatis lutollljjonco?
Hrlll?ll Troop* Reported to Ho lu
(iootl 'tplrlh.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
London, October 25.?The commandcr
ln-chlcf, Field Marshal Lord Wolselcy,
has apparently been now convicted of
"doctoring'' oiliclal reports from the
front, and there is a strenuous demand
on all- sides for a reversion to the ear?
lier practice, when the reports of Gen?
eral Sir George Stewart White, the
British commander in Natal were given
out textually as soon as received. The
commnnder-in-chlcf's summary read In
the House of Commons yesterday spoke
of General White having fought a suc?
cessful action, whereas General White's
own account, puts an entirely differ?
ent complexion on the situation and re?
duces the movement to its proper pro?
portions and shows that, further excit?
ing intelligence ny.iy. be expected from
the same quarter at any moment.
BOERS NOT DISCOURAGED.
It is quite evident that the war In
Natal has only commenced and that
the lloers are by no means discouraged
at losing the first two battles, and
many experts art: satisfied General Jou
bert is even now close to the heels of
the British and that a decisive action
may be fought lp-day or to-morrow.
Later estimates <if the Boer losses at
Eland Shi .igte give 300 killed. Their
coolness, bravery and good aim can be
judged irout the fact that out of the
IT or 1^ ofllcers, with the half battalion
of Gordon Highlanders, four were kill?
ed and 13 wounded, while the casual?
ties among the rank and file were "7
per cent, during less than three hours'
fighting. Lieutenant Campbell, of the
Gordon Highlanders, has since died
from his wounds,
RUMORS AND RUMORS.
A dispatch from Cape Town to-day
pays that General White has engaged
the Orange Free State Boers, who were
adv.aneing on Ladysmlth, about seven
miles northward, and that it was be?
lieved the advance bad been repelled.
This Is probably another version of yes
terduy's lighting already known.
General White this morning olllcially
notified the War Office that the bullet,
had been extracted from General 8y
mon'S wound, and that lie was doing
well.
Other dispatches from Cape Town say
that advices from Mafoking confirm
the statement that fifty Boers were
killed by the explosion of two trucks
of dynamite purposely t=ent out by Col?
onel Baden Powell to draw the Boer
fire.
London, Oct. "ii.?A special dispatch
from Cape Town, dated 9:10 this morn?
ing, says there has been another battle
nt Ladysmlth and that the Boers were
repulsed. The British casualties were
placed nt four killed and seven wound?
ed, nil rank and file.
A dispatch to the Morning Post from
Klinberley, dnled Oclober 21, via Orange
river, Oclober 24, says:
"An nrmored train was engaged this
evening. One of our men Wins killed and
two trucks of dynamite were removed
from the town for safely and were
blown up by the Boers. The Boer loss
Is uncertain. The Boer nrtillcry moved
around, trying lo draw the force from
covering the town. It wns a small en?
gagement, but nothing of consequence
has happened.
"Wo nre completely Isolated, hut as
safe as a bank. Not one men has left.
Rain is approaching.
"Our troops met the enemy, cutting
the lino to-day, und a Mnxin gun on
the train did good work and cleared
away the wreckers.
General White bns telegraphed to the
War Ollice from Rletfdnteln, under date
of October 24, snying that in the fight?
ing near Lndysmitb thirteen of the Brit?
ish force was killed und ninety-three
wounded and that three are missing,
the casualties bring mostly among the
Gloucester Regiment.
The War Office this evening issued
the following:
There is nothing to ndd to General
White's description of to-dny's engage?
ment, ns given in his dispatch. excep(t
that wo learn the following casualties:
The ofllcM-s killed and wounded, the
dispatch adds, are:
First Gloucester ? Colonel Wllford,
killed.
Wounded?Lieu tenant ITickle.
Second Battery ? Field Artillery:
Lieutenant Douglas.
F'.fiy-third- Battery? Field Artilllery:
Major Abdy, Lieutenant rerre.au, Lieu?
tenant Hobart.
Nineteenth Huzzars?Lieutenant IIol
ford.
The following casualties occtired
among the non-commissioned ofllcers
and men:
Nineteenth Huzzars?One killed, two
wounded,._'?_
Fifth Lancers?One wounded.
Artillery?Five wounded.
First Devonshire Regiment ? One
Wiled, five wounded.
First Gloucester Regiment ? Seven
killed, fifty-twp wounded, three mis?
sing.
Natal Volunteers, Carbineers?One
killed, ten wounded.
Natal Mounted Rifles?Two wounded.
Border Mounted Rifles?Two killed,
ten wounded.
The tolal number of casualties as cor?
rected, Is: Thirteen killed, ninety
three wounded, three nilssilng.
PRISONERS.
"Wo learn from unofficial sources that
tlie following oilicers whoso absence
had not previously been notified to us,
are prisoners In the enemy's hands:
''Eighteenth Huzza rs: Colonel M?l?
ler, Major Grevllle and Captain Pol?
lock; Dublin Fusllecra, Captain Dons
dale, Lieutenant Lemoseurler, Lieuten?
ant Garvice, Lieutenant Grlmshaw,
Lieutenant Majendle and Lieutenant
Shore.
"It Is presumed that tho whole squad?
ron of the Eighteenth Hussars, under
the command of the olllcera named,
were taken prisoners."
A squadron of Huzznrs usually con?
sists of three troops, of 2S men each, so
that about SO oflicers and men of the
Eighteenth Huzzars arc supposed to
have been captured.
GROUP OF HUZZARS RETURNED.
London, Oct. 25.?A special dispatch
from Ladysmlth, dated October 23d,
says the group of the Eighteenth HUB
stars, which got aatray in purauing the
Goers after the battle of Glence, has
arrived at Ladysmlth, I he troopers
having fought their way through with
the loss of three horses.
TROOPS IN GOOD SPIRITS.
London, Oct. 2.r>.?The War Ofllcc this
evening made public the following dis?
patch sent by General White from
Ladysmlth nt 3:50 thia afternoon:
"The advance guard of the forces sent
out by me this morning to got in touch
with and help General Yule's column
was within three miles of that column,
which 'had temporarily halted at Sun?
day river, about noon. ? I have occupied
nil the strong positions on the road to
littdysmith nnd I have no further anx
loty about thorn, l have received from
Lieutenant Kcndrlck, signalling ofllcer
of tho Queen's Regiment, who has rid?
den In. und also from Colonel Dnrtnell,
of the Natal police, who nccotnpanlod
the column, the best account of the
spirits and efficiency of th? troops, who
are very anxious to moot the enemy
ugaln."
Cape Town, Oct. 25"? Advices from
Orange river, Cape Colony, near tho
Orange Free State border, announce
that the Boors have taken Kclpdam.
near Barkly West, north of Kimberley,
and that Assistant Magistrate Harms?
worth and his clerk are prisoners. It
is supposed tliat the Boers are ad-,
vancing on Douglas, further west, the
inhabitant:; of which place are asking
for protection.
The offer of General Cronje, tho Boer
Commander In tho vicinity of Mhfeklng,
to Colonel Baden Powell to exchange
l.risoncrs, referred to Cnplain Ncsbltt
and others of tho armored train
wrecked nt Kraalpan.
Somo significance is attached at Cape
Town to tho ?rocln motion issued nt
Pretoria by the Transvaal Government
with the view to safeguard' British
property.
COMPLICATED SITUATION.
The situation In the west Is becoming
complicated. The Huer proclamations
of .annexing and the claims of a vic?
tory at Glencoo tiro likely to Induce the
Dutch to side with their countrymen
already in the field. It Is said, for
instance, that tho Boor forces have
evacuated Vryburg, which. It is added,
will he garrisoned by the local Dutch,
among whom arc prominent Bundites
nnd government employes.
It is also believed that the Dutch be?
yond Grlquatown lira only awaiting on
courngement to declare for the Trans?
vaal.
Advices from Fhillppstown yesterday
say that the searchlights of the Kim?
berley defenses were visible the pre?
vious night and that, therefore, Kim?
berley Is still intact.
The latest dispatch from Kimberley
gives details of the nrrnngoments made
by the British commander, Colonel
Kekewlche, for the defense of tho town.
Tho meat consumption is limited to a
pound dally.
A dispatch from Maseru, dated Ooto
ber 24th, says Commissioner Iagdcn
was ihen starting to meet Lorothodi
and other Basuto chiefs at Putlntsuz
river, where the chiefs have assembled
at the request of Lorothodi to pledge
their loyalty to the Queen.
A dispatch from Durban, dated Oc?
tober 22(1, says authentic information
has reached there from Molnnth, Zulu
land, that on Sunday a large Boer force
was npproachlng. The inhabitants
forthwith entered Fort Maxwell, antic?
ipating an attack at dawn on Monday.
STRENGTH OF THE BOERS.
According to a Brussels dispatch, Dr.
Leyds, the diplomatic agent of the
Transvaal in Europe, has issued n
statement that the Roers have now
nearly 100,000 men in tho Held, made up
us follows: Boer regulars, 35.000; artil?
lery, 1,250; police, 1,750; Orange Free
S!:itc Boers, including Outlanders, 35,
000; Natal Boers, 3.000: Bechtranaland
and Rhodesian Roers, 8.000; foreign le?
gion, C00; American, 4,000; Germans,
6,000; Dutch-Belgians, 2,000; Irish. 1,000;
Scandinavians, C00; French, Swiss and
Ha Han?. 200.
The Jews, it appears are doing police
work.
A special dispatch from Pretoria, via
Lotircnzo Marqucz, dated October 24th,
purports to give an interview with one
of the highest Transvaal executives,
who Is quoted as having urged that
while the Boer successes were yet un?
important, there was still time for an
amicable settlement, as lie believed the
Boers had been misled as to real is?
sues.
TOTAL BRITISH LOSSES.
London, Oct. 25.?Tho War Oflice re?
turns show that tho total British cas?
ualties since the beginning of hostili?
ties reach 507. Eighteen officers have
been killed and 55 wounded, and 70 men
killed and 4.15 wounded. There are 13
j unaccounted for.
This total, however,-doea not include
the squadron of the Eighteenth Huz
j zare, which went astray near Dundee,
I (.Continued on Six Page.)
Montana Sheep Herders Stay With
Their Herds to the Last.
DOCS REMAIN ON GUARD
Tho Severest nutt Holl Fntnl Octobor
Know Munii In t lielllat cry of Uon<
tnnu? Fait?ful Cunliics Itcmnlit by
llio ml Bodies ofTltolr Unstern?
Too 1.1? t of tho Demi Is linrtlly Ko
gnu.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Great Falls, Mont., Oct. 25.?As a re?
sult of the recent blizzard, which swept
through Teton county, in tho northern
part of this State, nine men are known
to be dead, and of these five bodies
have been recovered. "With one excep?
tion all ?were sheep herders, and all
were found lying In mich positions as
to indicate that they had 6tayed with
their flock_ to tho last, dying in their
attempts to save tho property of their
employers.
THE DEAD.
William Graham, working for the
Cascade Land Company, was found In
a coulle near Healy Butte. It is evi?
dent that he had tried hard through the
RUSHING TROOPS
TO THE FRONT
Troop Transports Leave San Fran?
cisco for the Philippines.
SURROUNDING CALAMBA
Filipino! in IiicrciMoft > ntnlicrn Hit v<>
Kelltrusd to tlie Vicinity ot ttio
Town? The Twenty "Sixth IoTautry
Suits tor Hollo-Tlio Fnuernl or
Cnptnlu Guy Howard ot Blimlln?
Ilenlth ot Troops.
(Dy Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot)
San Francisco, Cal.. Ot. 25.? To-day
was a busy one at the Government
transport dock. Five transports, three
for Manila! and two for Portland, Ore.,
were despatched for their destinations.
The Tartar, Manucns and Newport
sailed for Manila, and the Olympia and
Pennsylvania for Portland. Tho Ma?
nila-bound vessels carried three com?
panies of the Thirty-first Infa-ntry and
the errtltre Twenty-eighth Infantry.
Portland-bound vessels will carry the
Thirty-ninth and Forty-fifth Pvcgl
merits.
The remaining eight companies of the
Thirty-first Regiment will sail Satur
j day on the transport City of Peking.
CAPTAIN HOWARD'S FUNERAL.
Manila. Oct. 25.-5:55 p. m.?The fune?
ral of Cuptain Guy Howard, the assist
BOERS HELIOGBAPHIHG ON THE NATAL HILLS.
A Tvortdon Black and White artist sands his papor tho accompanying spirited
sketch of Boors heliographing massages from one enmnamin to another in Na?
tal. Tho heliograph is ah up to dato wnrdovico, consisting of a raovnbio minor,
nliich sends Hashes of light corresponding to the dots and daBucs of tho Moiso
telegraphic alphabet. Messages aro thus sout many miles,
night to get his sheep into camp, but
had not succeeded. Conscious of the
death which was impending, lie return?
ed to his tent about midnight, and
there wrote and left a note saying he
was nearly exhausted, but was about
to return to the sheep, which were
drifting up the coulle. He was found
stretched on the snow, Iiis lantern
about 20 feet distant. Of his two dogs,
one remained to guard the body, while
the other followed the sheep.
Norman Bruce worked for Will Flow
eree. He remained with Iiis sheep un?
til lie managed to drive them Into a
sheltered spot, where they would be
safe. Blinded by the storm, he mistook
the coulle, where his cabin was built,
and wandered up another. Realizing
his mistake too late, he turned back
and fell less than 200 yards from home
and safety. The searching party found
his dog stretched across the dead body.
Matt Grcgorich was found with his
arms crossed upon his breast. His dog
had followed tho sheep into camp and
returned with the rescue party too late.
H. Herald, working for C. R. Scor
fln. was lying in the deep snow, his
beard eaten off by the sheep, which had
also eaten his clothes and part of Iiis
boots.
LIST HARDLY BEGUN.
It is probable that the dead list is
hardly begun. Flocks of sheep with?
out herders have been reported from
various points in the storm dlstnlct,
and later these will be traced and the
dead herders found.
Now the snow covers up everything
on the prairie nnd the gullies, many of
them more than 100 feet deep and with
steep sides, are filled with it. This was
the most severe and most fatal October
storm ever occurlng in Montana, ,
ant quartermnster, son of Major Gene?
ral Ev. E. Howard, retired, who was
killed October 22, near Ardyat, took
place to-day and was largely attended.
A nrocession of troops escorted the
body to the wharf and nluced It on
board the transport Belgian King.
Tho Twenty-sixth Infantry arrived
here on the transport Grant yesterday
and sailed for Uoiio to-day without dis?
embarking.
SURROUNDING CALAMBA.
The insurgents have returned to the
vicinity of Colombo. They have In?
creased In numbers and are surround?
ing the town on the land sides.
9:40 p. m?At San lsldro thirty hours
rnln has raised the river and supplies
I are arriving there in the enscoes of the
natives.
The health of tho returning columns
is excellent.
GOLD AND SILVER.
AMOUNT PRODUCED DURING CAL?
ENDAR TEAR, 1S93.
(By Telegraph to Vlnclnlnn-Pllot.)
Washington, Oct. 25.?Mr. Robert?,
the director of the mint, has made the
following report upon the production of
gold and silver during the calendaf
year, 1898. He snys:
"The production of gold in the United
State? in the calendar year, 189S, was
3.118,39S ounces, fine, of the value of
$64,403,000.
'The amount of gold produced from
quartz mines in 1898 was, In round
numbers, 2.S00.O0O fine ounces; and from
placer mines, 318,000 fine ounces.
"The South 'African Republic pro?
duced 3,831,970 ounces Tine, of tho value
of ?79,213,903; Australia produced 3,137,
G44 ounces line, of the value of JSl.SGO.
800. These three countries are the
great gold producers of the world. thtiir
output aggregating' 10,058,017 ounces,
line, of the value of KOS.337,703. or 73
per cent, of the product of the world.
"Next comes Russia, with $25,463,400;
Canada, $13.775.400; India, $7,781.500;
Mexico, $S,500,000; and China. $6,07S,700.
These live uggrcgate 92.6S0 kilograms,
valued at $61,699,000, or over 21 per
cent, of tho whole, leaving six per cent,
for tho remainder of the world.
"The United States still occupies the
second place as a silver producer, to
which it was relegated by Mexico In
1807. In 1S9S it produced 54.43S.000 line
ounces of silver, with a commercial
value of $32.US,400 against the Mexi?
can production of 56,738,000 line ounces,
with a commercial value of $33,477,400.
Together, they produce 07 per cent, of
the world's product. No other country
approaches them, the nearest belns
Australasia, Bolivia, and Pern. The
product of tlie last two is somewhat
uncertain, but none of the three ex?
ceeds 12.000.000 ounces, tine.
"The amount of silver produced in the
United States during the year, from
nunrtz mines, was, In round numbers.
13,500,000 tine ounces; antl from had
ores 31,000.000 fine ounces, and from
copper ores, 10.000.000 fine ounces.
"The world's gold production in isss
was 13,004.303 ounces tine, of the value
of $2S7,42S,G00; an increase over the
product of 1S97 of 2,5'Jl,S3l ounces,
valued at $4S,GH\G0O.
"Since 1SS7. when about S106.000.0CO
was produced, each year lias shown an
increase over the preceding year.
'There Is no reason, says the report, 'to
expect any cessation of this steady an?
nual Increase for some, years to come.
The Transvaal has not neatly reached
its limit; Australia, particularly West
Australia, is not yet half developed;
Alnka and the Yukon have only fairly
begun to produce, while the recent
increases In Colorado and other West?
ern States, shows tin sirjns of abating.
"The world's production of silver in
1S9S was 165.295,572 ounces, fine, show?
ing an Increase over 1S97 of 1.222,400
ounces fine.
"The world's consumption of the pre?
cious metals In tho arts and manufact?
ures during the year was. in new gold,
97.801 kilograms, of n value of $65,000,
000; and In new silvern, 1,065.289 kilo?
grams, of a coining value of $44^273,000
und n commercial value of JL'O.'-'OO.OOO."
The following table shows the pro?
duction of gold and sliver In tho prin?
cipal producing countries during the
yi r ISPS:
United States?Oold, $64.103,000; sliver,
fine ounces. 54.43S.000.
Africa?Gold^ $so.42S,coo.
Australasia?Gold. ItH.SGO.SOO: fine
ounces silver. 12.021.6S3.
Canada and New Fonndlnnd?Gold,
$13,S3S,700; fine ounces silver, 1,452.533.
Mexico?Gold. $8,500,000; line ounces
silver, 50.73S.ooo.
Russin?Gold, $25,463.400; line ounces
sliver. 273.492.
British India-Gold. ?7,781.600.
China?Cold. SO.o7s.70fl.
Germany?Gold, $73.COO: fine ounces
silver. 6.571.516.
Bolivia?Cold. 8313,500: line ounces sil?
ver. 8.204.669.
Chile?Gold, $340.700; fine ounces sil?
ver. 2.591.008.
Spain?G ?1(1, $37.900; fine ounces silver.
5.057,065.
British Gulnnn?Gold. S2.0K.700.
Colombia?Gold, $2,263,200; fine ounces
silver. 6.4S3.717.
ON A DIAMOND.
OFFICIAL RECORDS OF PLAYERS
IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES,
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnltm-Pilot.)
Washington, D. C, October 25.?The
fielding records of players who took
part in twenty or more championship
baseball games have been compiled by
President N. E. Young. Tho percent?
ages of the leading ten players of the
different positions follow:
First Basemen: Clarke, Plttsburg,
.OSS; O'Connor, St. Louis, .OSS: Dillon,
Plttsburg, .9S8; Beckley, Cincinnati,
.987; McOnnn, Brooklyn and Washing?
ton. .9S6; Tebeau, St. Louis, .Psf.: La
Chance, Baltimore. ,9S5; Jennings,
Brooklyn, .9S4; Anderson, Brooklyn,
,9S5: Vnughan, Cincinnati, .9^2.
Second Basemen: Kelts, Plttsburg,
.970; DeMontreville, Chicago and Bal?
timore, .966; MePhoe, Cincinnati. .95S;
Quinn, Cleveland. .900; Connor, Chica?
go, .958; l.owe, Boston, .958; LeJoic,
Philadelphia, .957; Rilehey, Louisville,
,957; O'Brien, Baltimore and Pittsburg,
.938; Stclnfeldt, Cincinnati. .917.
Third Basemen: Cross, st. Louts und
Cleveland. .957; Collins, Boston, ,952;
McGraw. Baltimore. .952; Wallace, St.
Louis. .932; Sullivan, Cleveland, .92S;
Irwin, Cincinnati, .914; Wagner. Lou s
ville, .907; Leach, Louisville. .901; Brad?
ley. Chicago, .901; L-.iuder, Philadelphia,
.900.
Shortstops: Davis, New York. .911;
Dahlen. Chicago nnd Brooklyn. .937;
Ely. Plttsburg, .932; Corcoran, Cincin?
nati, .929: Long, Boston, .925; Lockhend,
Cleveland. .910; Wallace, St. Louis, .914;
Paddelt, Washington, .914; Cross. Phil?
adelphia, .912; Cllngman, Louisville.
.911.
Outfielders: Brodle, Baltimore, .982;
Lange. Chicago, 979; Blake, St. Louis,
I ,?79; Kelly, Brooklyn, .976; Dolehanty,
Philadelphia. .971; Keoler, Brookl;
.970: Stahl, Boston, ,969; Smith. Cincin?
nati, .969; Hamilton, Boston, .900; Pos?
ier, New York. .960.
Catcher: Pelts, Cincinnati, .955;
/Immer, Cleveland and Louisville, .945;
Fnrrell, Brooklyn and Washing! m,
.912: Klttredge, Washington anil Louis?
ville, .941; Donahue, Chlcaxo. .9;:<: M??
Quire, Brooklyn and Washington, .935;
Bergen. Boston. .931; Hovyermnri, Pltts
bUrg, .9301 Douglas, Philadelphia. .923;
O'Connor, St. Louis, .927.
??roal.Tlorlnn t'litircli Nyhod.
(By Telegraph to vlrglnian-Pilot.)
Columbia. S. C, Oct. 23.?The Synod
of the Presbyterian Church Is In session
at. Newberry. Rev. W. O. Neville has
been elected Moderator, vice Judge J.
D. Wlthorspcon. Since the last Synod
Rev. Messrs. John B. Adger, D. D.,
and C. Ex Chichesler woro enrolled
umong the distinguished, dead* .. _
ENGLAND'S NAVAL
PREPARATIONS
Strong Reiteration of Rumors of
Serious Foreign Complication.
SUSPICIOUS MOVEMENT
Active Preparations For Steadily
Mobilizing a Great Fleet.
QUESTION OF THE HOUSE
Witr?hl|>? Bonnd Omoimlbly For Gl?
braltnr Cnrrjr Ml1? ?>t" Health from
Foilnnln ?I" .spuln und Portuirnl?
Unwontv.l Activity In Docltynrda
null JVnvnl Ntnllonn Inillcnl* Fcnra
orRusHlnu mill French Aggression
?lintnor iltnt arent llrltaln Will
Hot Ho Permitted to Annex tho
Transvaal or .lie Ornnto Free
SI II to.
(By Telegraph to Vlr^lnlan-Pilot.)
Quccnstdwn, Oct. 25.?Tha British
cruisers Furious, I'elorus and Pactolus
sailed Crom here tills afternoon en route
to Capo Clear, where they will meet
eight battleships und two cruisers of
the Channel squadron, from the north
ot Ireland. The tleot will then proceed
ostensibly to Glbraltar^but it is thought
I hat possibly the Heel's destination Is a
Spanish or Portuguese port, as the ves?
sels have tnken out bills of health from
the consuls of those countries.
REVIVAL OF RUMOltS.
London. Oct. 25.?The extent of the
British naval demonstration revealed by
to-day's Information, causes a strong
reiteration of the rumors of serious for?
eign complications. It is now said that
Rcar-Adinlrul Lord Charles Beresford
will command tho Mediterranean
squad run, ami details of the activity
in the dock-yards and naval stations
are coming in hot and fast. The Asso?
ciated Press learns thut. whether or not
0rent Britain seriously fears Russian
or French aggression, the naval pre?
parations have been under consider
lion for several months, und it was the
Admiralty's Intention to put them in
force as soon as war with the Transvaal
was declared, deeming It necessary to
Increase the active strength of the navy
In order to ensure the large licet of
transports against every possible con?
tingency. Whether Inter developments
have transformed the Admiralty's pre?
cautionary measures Iii to preparations
for ti naval demonstration, necessitated
by European hostility, is the question
of the hour, and It is as much a mys?
tery to many high naval officers as to
the ;>ubllr. The exact condition of
affairs consists of ordering the naval
reserves to be In readiness to rejoin
their shins at twenty-four hours' no?
tice, while nil the cruisers of the re
scrvc class have been notified to be
ready to sail In the same time limit.
These Vissels, though nt dock-yards,
_aiv never out of commission and are
always supposed to be ready for im?
mediate manning.
A dozen of cruisers, ranging from
fi.ooo to 11,000 tons, are now only walt
; lug for the word to embark the crews.
UNCOMPLETED VESSELS.
In addition to these preparations
work on the uncompleted vessels Is
being hurried day and night. The spe?
cial attention being paid to the cruis?
ers Is taken by many naval authori?
ties to Indicate that Croat Britain In?
tends to form a menacing tlylng squad?
ron, using the term "menacing'' be?
cause the naval /orce at sea now la
ample to convoy the transports, and ia
thoroughly capablo of preventing any
Interference In South African waters.
A CRISIS IMMINENT.
While tho British otlieials do not
conceal their knowledge of German,
French and Russian antagonism and
their iddltatlon threat, they do not give
the slightest hint that European hos?
tility will crystalize Into any probable
overt act. But the belief that Great
Britain Id on the verge of a crisis, or
even a conflict far greater than that
I In the Transvaal, has many supporters,
] though the lack or all ottlclal eonflrma
I tloh favors the conservative views that
I the remarkable military and naval ac?
tivity is due to a desire to take thor.
ough precautions, which, though omi?
nous, have at present no special bear?
ing upon Great Britain's European re.
I latlons.
Ad vices- from tho Continent strenglh
i en this view. For instance, the Frem
i denblatt, of Vienna, to-day, says:
I "Nothing points to the eventuality ot
; the Intervention of Europe in favor of
i tho Boers."
The paper adds that Germany espe
; dally has resolved "not to depart from
; her attitude of neutrality."
(Continued on Six Pago.)
OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 6.
\ CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS.;
BY DEPARTMENTS.
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Loch News?Hau? -> 3 and 5
Editorial?Piga I
Vbcinia News-rPw 8.
North Carolina News?Page 0.
Portsmouth N<ws?Paw 10 and 11.
Berkliy News?rat? It
Markets?Pa.Si 12.
Shipping?Pix? 13
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