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SISTERSVILLE, TYLER COUNTY, W- VA., WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1898 , n Advance ? *\a NO. 20 SPAIN GETS AID. The Philippines as Collateral. Three Great CONTINENTAL POWERS Have Contributed ? Gen. Mer ritt Refuses to Go To the Phlllpplnes~The Flying Squad ron Otr H.ivana ? 4 Spanish Rumor Says an American Warship was Blown I' |>? X o News From the Span ish Fleet? Sampson Still Cruising In the West Indies, Washington, D. C., May 17. ? It is semi-officially reported here that the Flying Squadron in command of Commodore Schley is anchored off Havana. Its present purpose will be to protect the blockading fleet in Cuban waters. A Spanish report sent out from Madrid and Havana this morning says: "An American warship lying off Cabanas, Cuba was blown up and all on board perished." The name and other particulars of the ship were not mentioned. The rumor is regarded here as a Spanish ruse and sent out for the purpose of quieting the discontent ed populace at home. ^While it is discredited steps have been taken by the navy department to ascer tain the origin of the story. No news has been received here this morning concerning the Span ish fleet. The whereabouts of Sampson's fleet is only known by the department officials who refuse to give out anything concerning its movements. Maj. Gen. Merritt's refusal to go the Philippines has caused a great deal of speculation among the army and navy officials here. It is said that Merritt will be court martialed and removed from his present po sition. SPAIN GETS AID. The New York Evening Jour nal has just received a special from a Paris correspondent to the effect that Spain has received aid from Russia, German)' and France. As security she has offered the Philippine islands. Secretary Long of the navy de partment has issued orders prohibit ing the employes in thed:partment giving out news concerning the movements of our war vessels. Tne Senate today passed resolu tions providing for the paying of volunteers. The volunteers who will be sent to the Philippines will be paid one month in advance. * " Key West, Fla., May 17. ? The cruiser Wilmington arrived here today, after landing a party in Cuba. Among the party was John F. Jova, and they were landed to confer with the insurgents. When they were proceeding to the coast they were fired upon by a Spanish gunboat. On her return the Wilmington reports having encountered a hull of a ship loaded with old railroad iron. It had evidently been set adrift by the Spaniards in an attempt to wreck a vessel of the blockading . '?] fleet. It was sunk by the Wilming ton. The naval reserve of Illinois has selected 200 picked men which will be sent to Key West and dis tributed on Sampson's ships. ANOTHER CALL For Yolnnleerii Will be Mado by Presi dent MeKtuley Within a Few Dajn. Washington, D. C., May 17. - President McKinley has decided to, within the next few days, issue an other call for volunteers. He has not definitely decided the number of men that he will ask for. It is said, however, on good authority that the call will be for ioo.ooo men. JltiNical Entertainment. The entertainment given last evening by the Sistersville Musical Literary club was a success. We have not the time nor space to give a detailed account of each number on the program, but all who took part acquitted themselves with credit. The piano solo by Miss Lucie Ramey was an excellent number. Mrs. and Mr?.. M. B. Willoughby executed their several difficult parts with ease, showing they are amateur musicians of the very first class. Miss Schwartz walder and Miss Arthur performed their parts creditably. Miss Elder was suffering with a severe cold and could not do herself justice, yet her solo and duet were listened to with pleasure. Mrs. McWilliams is easily the best vocal singer in the city and did well last evening. The playing of Tannhauser march by Willoughby and Angle on the pi ano and organ was the best num ber. While the entertainment was very nice, we suggest to all parties that in the future the club take up simpler and sweeter music. The solos and music last night in the hands of even professional musi cians is not overly sweet music, and is much worse when executed by amateurs. The music was never and will never be popular with the masses. It is hard to learn and ' there is nothing in it when it is ! learned but an exhibition of what can be done with the humau voice and hands. The audience were all delighted with the last number, being words set to the grand old tune of "Marching Through Georgia,'' the solo being I sung by^ Mr. S. L Angle, and all joined in the chorus. The words of the song were changed to suit our fight with Spain. A very large and select audience was present. and socially, the evening was a very pleasant one, .but the music was not of the sort that pleases the average Sistersville audience. A WHO IS TIRED All the time, owing to impover ished blood, should take Hood's Sarsaparilla to purify and enrich his blood and give him vitality and vigor. This condition of weakness and lack of energy is a natural conse quence of the coming of warmer weather, which finds the system debilitated and the blood impure. A good spring medicine is a ne cessity with almost everyone. Hood's Sarsaparilla is what the millions take in the spring. Its great power to purify and enrich the blood and build up health is one of the facts of common experience. ? i ?>? ? Gladstone Dying. W. E. Gladstone, the famous English statesman, is said to be dying this afternoon. NliWS FROM DEWEY He is Very Comfortable and Can Take Manila at Any Time. BLOCKADE MAINTAINED.] The Insurgents Have) Not En tered. the City And Engaged Id a Career of Rapln# and bloodshed as Reported? Troop* Will be Sent lo Admiral Dewey's Aid. The Capital ot the Philippines Suffer ing for Food. Washington, D. C., May 15. ? The dispatches from Hong Kon^ brought welcome news from Admi ral Dewey to the President, and particularly to Secretary Long and the naval officials who are watcht ing the admiral's movements will? ! so much interest. While no ap ? prehension existed as to his secu rity, nevertheless reassurance ol | safety is always pleasant. The 'telegrams indicate that Dewey has lost noue ot the prestige gained in his memorable fight of tw<$Weeks ago, and that while he refrains from taking the city of Manila he has it practically at his mercy. The admiral expresses the belief that the rebels are hemming in the^ city by land, but the fact that he says explicitly that they have made no demonstration seems to dis prove thoroughly the published re ports that they had already entered Manila and had beguu a career o? bloodshed and rapine. The best evidence of the effectiveness of the blockade maintained by the Amer- 1 ican admiral, and also of the work of the insurgents in surrounding the city, is shown in the statements in the dispatches that provisions are scarce in the city of Manila which ^eems to indicate an early surrender by the Spanish authori ties. Another published report seems also to be refuted by the admiral's advices that the rebels had raided ; Cavite, where the Spanish naval | station was located and presumably large supplies of arms and ammuni tion were kept. If the rebels have been supplying themselves with arms it must have been with the : admiral's consent as his dispatch is originally dated from Cavite. indi cating that he is still in possession, i The greatest satisfaction prevails here over the good work beim; I done and the effectiveness of the blockade being maintained by him. DEWEY'S DISPATCH. The dispatch as given out by Secretary Long is as follows: "Cavite, May 13. Hong Kong, May 15 ? I am maintaining a strict blockade. I have reason to believe that the rebels are hemming in the city by land, but I have made no demonstration. There is a scarcity of provisions in Manila. It is probable that the Spanish governor will be obliged to surrender soon. I can take Manila at any time. The climate is hot and moist. On May 12 I captured the Spanish gunboat Calloa, while at tempting to run the blockade. I have plenty ot coal. One British, one French, two German and one Japanese vessel are here observ * _ ?? mg. The officials are making all pos ' sible haste to ruj-h troops to supple ment Admiral Dewey's forces so that if the Spanish governor does surrender the lormer will not bt. dependent upon the small number of marines which he can illy spare from his ships, but will have the assistance of soldiers in holding his position and maintaining order. It is confidently hoped here that the City of Peking, chartered as a trans port vessel wi'l be able to clear from San Francisco in a very short time, to be followed in rapid succession by the other three ships engaged for a similar purpose. The Peking m Au MOW THIS HOUSE when We want to get acquainted with everybody in this part of the country. So in Sistersville make our store your headquarters, it doesn't matter whether m you buy or not, we are always glad to see you, SMITH A ItOESHAlt, 4 ft ' The Sistersville Home Furnishers. can carry 1,000 men, which with the marines aboard, the Charleston just about to sail, will be of consid erable assistance to the admiral, but far from the number which he will need. The total number of men to be sent will aggregate probably 12,000 as Major General Wesley Merritt, who is to command the ex pedition and subsequently to be made military governor, regards that as the least which can maintain order in a city like Manila made up of many discordant elements. Of ten regiments of infantry and four batteries of artillery from the vol unteers have been ordered to con centrate at San Francisco, and from there and the regiments now in the extreme west will be taken the men for the Philippine expedition. It is expected here that practically all the volunteers will go. N|> ? iiinh Tor|>r?lo Boat Secretary Long was at the navy department several times during the day, and in addition to the dis patch from the admiral, he author- ; ized the publication ol the state ment that the torpedo boat Terror belonging to the Spanish fleet, was ! disabled at Port of France, Martin ique. The dispatch is as follows: ''Spanish torpedo boat Terror dis abled at Port of France, Martin- 1 ique." There was a disposition among some of those who saw this state ment to regard it with suspicion, suggesting that the ret ort of disa i bility was intended simply as a blind and that the Spanish govern- ; meut had caused it to be spread so | that no complaint could be made to France on account of the stay of the boat at a neutral port. None of the officials, however, would ex press themselves on the subject. Secretary Long also made public a message which had betn received from Key West, telling of the de parture of the United States vessel Uncas in command of Captain Brainard. . She is bound for some point of Cuba with a view to secur ing the release of two American prisoners, under a flag of truce in exchange for Spanish prisoners held by this government. The state ment given out by the secretary on the subject, was as follows: "The United States steamship Uncas lett (Key West) shortly before midnight last night, with instructions to send flag of truce with regard to ex change of prisoners." At the state and war departments the officials were on hand in many of the bureaus for the greater part of the day. Secretary Day and As sistant Secretaries Adee and Crid ler were at their desks. Secretary Day said that he had no important news to communicate to the press, nor had he any comment to make on the advices from Madrid, tell ing of the resignation of the entire Spanish ministry. In Adjutant General Corbin's of fice, important action in the as signment of the volunteer troops to I the various moblizing points was taken during the day. The order of assignment shows that there has been some change regarding the points to which volunteers shall be sent as a great portion of them go to Chickamauga, while those who will come to Washington are less by 10,000 than were originially as signed to this city. DlifOTernl b j a Hoinnn, Another great discovery hcs been made, and that too, by a lady, in this country. "Disease fastened its clutches upon her and for seven years she withstood its severest test, but her vital organs were undermined and death seemed im- j minent. For three months she coughed incessantly, and could not sleep. She finally discovered a way to recovery, by purchasing of us a bottle of Dr King's New Discovery tor Consumption, and was so much relieved on taking first dose, that she slept all night; and with two bottles, has been ab solutely cured. Her name is Mrs. Luther Lutz." Thus writes W. C. Hamnick & Co , of Shelby, N. C. Trial bottles free at Hill & McCoach's Drug Store. Regular size 50c and $1.00. Every bottle guaranteed. Evmit, W. Va. Special te the Review. Yesterday afternoon one of the worst hail storms passed over this place that was ever seen by the oldest resident Hail fell the size of hen eggs and did considerable damage to garden truck and fruit. The ground is literally covered with the leaves knocked off the| fruit trees. The rain fell in torrents for about ten minutes and put Big Buffalo creek :>ut of its banks. It was the hardest rain for the short time it lasted, ever known in this ' vicinity. Another Cam* of Kh iimntlnni Cared < liutiibi-rlnln'w Pain Holm My son was afflicted with rheu matism which contracted his right limb until he was unable to walk. After using one and a half bottles of Chamberlain's Pain Balm he was ab.e to be about again. I can heart ly recommend it to persons suffer ing from rheumatism. ? John Sni der, Calhoun county, W. Va. For sale by C. W. Grier. Nlatnarj. When you see a man with a Jan uary-thaw expression on his face, standing on the corner and attempt ing to dispose of a load of sour grapes to any one at:d all who arc martyrs to listen to him, have coi passion, for as dyspepsia is the j from which cynicism springs, ?>H should realizv that his conditio? unnatural. His eyes have away, hungry and pessitntotfcal lootc and as he shoves his hands with a slow desperation into the lower corner of his jeans pockets, and rattle therein a conglomeration of keys, gimlits, and cork extractors, says: "The town is dead; I want work." But he don't. He is a philanthropist and beautifies the city by posing as an ornamental pitce of statuary, free of charge, on the corner. Don't do it. We beg, beseech, aye even entreat! Go to work, go to war, to Cuba. Go to Klondike, go to anywhere, but get off the corner. TO THE PE*. Will ?IIm ftrallb. Joim, Elf., Him |? *o? 4'lolblnff IdfBlllrd. The WTetzel county authorities came down last evening and took charge of the man arrested by Cap tain Reedy on Friday evening last. The numbers on the clothing cor respond with the numbers and quality of the goods stolen from the express office at New Martinsville nine months ago. He was taken to New Martins ville this morning by three deputies who came for him, accompanied by Captain Reedy and Detective Me hen. They have a sure case against him and he will have to serve a term in the "pen."