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J H. McCOY, Editor and Proprietor.
SISTERSVILLE, TYLER COUNTY, W. VA., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1898 Ic is Believed in Washington that* General Shafter's FORCE HAS ARRIVED, And that the Philippine Fleet in Aid of Dewey Has Completed its Journey Across the Pacific? It is Believed the Hero of Manila Bay will Await the Arrival of the Second Expedition Before As* Manlting: the City. Washington, D. C , June 20. Publib attention here today was divided almost evenly between three subjects: the movements of General Shatter's army, the prob ability of reinforcements having reached Dewey and the sta'.us of Hobson, the naval hero. Up to a late hour in the afternoon neither ot the anxiously awaited messages w'uich were to announce the arrival of the transports at Santiago and Manilahad reached either the war or navy departments. It was not doubted, however, that our vessels are off Santiago, for although pro ceeding at a less speed than the English steamer which at Kingston todav reported having passed them in the Windward Passage last night the distance which they would be obliged to travel frcm the Wind ward Passage to Santiago is less than that traversed by the British ship, which came into Jam?ica in the early afternoon. It they ar rived only this morning off Santia go thev could report that fact solely by means of a dispatch boat running over to Kingston, a twelve hour journey, so that direct report from the fleet cannot be expected till a late hour tonight. PHILIPPINE FLEET. It is not doubted that just about the time Shatter appeared oft San tiago the Charleston appeared in Manilla bay, leading the three transports which bring nearly 3, 000 soldiers to s ~issis.ance. That fact will not be known, how ever, officially tor two or three days, owing to the distance Irom there to Hong Kong, the nearest cable point. It^is questioned here whether with this force to back him. Dewey will feel justified in as saulting Manilla or even accepting its surrender. Hither course would involve heavy responsibilities for the admiral and it is extremely de sirable that no pretext be afforded jealous European powers for inter vention at Manilla under guise of protecting tie interest o\ the:r sub jects. Therefore it may be that the admiral will wait for another ten days until the second instalment ot troops reaches Cavite. In this case, he probably will land the troops that arrive in the town ot Cavite, which is now completely under the control of himseU and the insurgents and employ the time in accustoming them to Manilla methods and climate. AS TOHOBSON'SEXCHANGE. During the day dispatches an nouncing that Captain General Blancohad refused to exchange Hob son and his fellow prisoners created some indignation which was modi fied later by Madrid advices, quot ing Sagasta as saying no decision had been reached. Should Spain adopt the cruel and unusual course of xefusing an exchange, the regu lations of the war department are sufficient to meet the case. The following principle is laid down in its regulations: "Retaliation will never be re sorted to as a measure of mere re venge, but only as a measure ol protective retribution, and more over, cautiously and unavoidably; that is to say, retaliation shall only be resorted to after careful inquiry into the real occurrence, and the character of the deeds that may de mand retricution. Unjust or in considerate retaliation removes the belligerents further and further from the mitigating rules of regular war, and by rapid strides leads them to the intercine wars of sav ages." It was pointed out today by a leading officer of the army that Spam had the most to lose by a course of cruelty which would call for retaliation as the number of Spanish prisoners is far more great er than that of American prisoners. MANY VESSELS CHRISTENED. There was a wholesale christen ing at the navy department today when Secretary Long supplied names for no less than thirty five war cralts. All of these were pro vided for in the last naval appro priation bill and while contracts for their construction have not yet been let, advertisements have been i issued except in the case of tnoni- 1 tors and all the boats will be under way before cold weather. First in the list of the big battleships is the Maine, for Congress has provided that that najie shall be continued in the naval li*t. The other two b?g battleships will be called the Missouri and Ohio. The first of the torpedo boats bears the name of the brave young ensign, Bagley, who was killed on the deck of the Winslow under the guns of Car denas, the first American naval officer to lose his lite in the war. Four states have the privilege of giving their names to monitors, Ar kansas, Connecticut, Florida and Wyoming. The names given to the sixteen torpedo boat destroyers are those cf America's famous naval herces. There is now only one vessel either building or author ized left without a name, a gunboat officially known as Xo. 14. Sipcctacnlar Cadiz Fleet. Word went around the war de partment this afternoon that the Cadiz fleet has made another spec tacular appearance, this time re turning to the home port. The source of information is not dis closed, so that it is impossible to tell how much credence to attach to the report. The navy depart ment was promptly informed of the receipt of the message. Rumors of troop movements con ! tioue to emanate from Camp Alger, i This time it is that that one brigade composed of the three most per fectly equipped regiments, First Rhode Island and Sixth and Ninth Massachusetts, are to be sent from ; this camp to Santiago. The Sixth Illinois, Eighth Ohio, Third and j 'Sixty-fifth Xew York ahd Thirty- j third and Thirty-fourth Michigan! ;are said to be slated for Porto' ; Rico, and the quartermaster in ' | chief of the corps is supposed to j be arranging for the transportation; of these troops, who will, it is re- ! ?ported, be sent bv sea direclly! from Newport Xews on the two big liners, the Yale and Harvard,! late the Xew York and Paris. Sec-j retary Alger said late this evening: that none of these orders had been! ; issued so that the rumors are more or less speculative. A M??t Critical Moinml. Washington, D. C., June 20. ? Xo doubt is entertained at either the war or navy department that Gen eral Shafter's military oxpedition has arrived safely off Santiago by this time. As a matter of fact, it is believed that the first of the : transports arrived near the block ading fleet Saturday night. Ac cording to the plans arranged for the debarkation, the fleet of trans ports was to lie in a safe place un til Sampson had cleared the way for a 1 landing. The selection of the landing place has been left entirely to the judgment of Ad miral Sampson and General Shafter the military commander, and the 5rst business in order, upon the ar rival of the transport fleet off Santi ago would be a war council between Admiral Sampson and some ot his naval captains on the one hand and Major General Shafter and his staff on the other, the purpose; be ing to settle ail the details of the debarkation, Meanwhile the fleet ^ of transports would lie out at sea at least ten miles beyond the blockad ing squadron in order to be entire ly safe from attack by Spanish tor pedo boats. These craft are dan gerous enough to full fledged war ships but a transport would be ab solutely helpless against their at tack so the strictest nossible watch A. % | must be kept by the convoys until the troops are landed, the present being the most critical moment in the whole operation. The work of embarking the troops is not to be one of hours, but rather days, according to the opin ion of army officers. A great deal depends on the point selected for the landing. It was thought that Aguadores. to the east of Morro Castle, about six or eight miles, would be a likely landiug, in view of the fact that it has a wharf, the property of an iron ore company, which would be extremely useful for landing the heavy supplies and ordanance ot the s;ege train. It is re ported now, however, that this pir ticular wharf has been commanded by Spanish batteries, which haVe been so placed as to give an enfil ading fiie upon it. If this be so, then the batteries must be first silenced by the fleet else there would be not only loss of 1 fe among the troops, but the wh;,rf itself might be destroyed by tie Spanish shells. It the lauding is made at this wharf no less than two days, it is estimated, will be consumed in getting the expedi tion ashore, as only oue ship can lie there at a time and there is an enormous quantity of amunilionj and stores to be taken ashore. If the lauding is made on the beach it will be a ttdious and time consum ing operation, although it will be possible in that case to procced simultaneously from all the ships. The army officials feel confident that General Shafter will make an effort to open up cable communi cation as soon as he has landed a force, and they are expecting a cablegram any moment announc ing the fact that he has succeeded. Some surprise is expressed that this French cable has not already j been re-opened, as the cable steamer was at Mole St. Nicholas the middle of last week with all of | the necessary material and men for repairing the breaks and opening up the station. JOLLYING THEMSELVES. A Remarkable Statement or the Dam* aire Done bj a Spanish Shell. Madrid. June 19. ? Private tele grams received here from Cuba say that during the last attack by the American ships upon Santiago de Cuba, a Spanish shell struck upon the deck of one of the attacking ships, sweeping off all the men there. Another shell, according to the same authority, struck the fun nel of a cruiser, doing much damage. The Havana government is dis playing great energy. Fourteen I university professors, who fled | through fear ot the results of the I war, have been dismissed. The | blockading vessels, the telegrams I say, continue inactive. | Captain Aunon, the minister of marine, refuses to give any infor ? mation regarding the destination of : Admiral Camara's squadron. The Spanish papers declare that the statements that the bodies of American marines killed at Guan ? tanamo were mutilated by the Span I ish troops and similar sentiments regarding the loss of the Maine are made with the object of inflaming the American populace. Stock to be Apprai*e<t. The stock held by J. J. Career, of this citv, in the Producers Oil com pany, Limited, amounting to about $200,000 and upon which he has been refused membership is to be appraised and taken by the com pany. On Saturday, the 1 ith inst., Judge E. A. Wailing, of Erie, ap pointed ex Judge Gunnison as ap praiser. This appointment being satisfactory' to both sides, steps will now be taken to determine the price and terms upon which the company is to take the stock. The appraise ment is subject to the approval of] the court. A PILOT'S STORY Or HIr Observation at Santiago? Fif teen Thonsand Spanish Soldiers Gar* risoned In the City. Key West, June 19. ?Juan San tos, a Cuban pilot, who arrived here this morning on board an American warship, reports that he entered Santiago de Cuba and found there a Spanish garrison of 15,000 men. He adds that the vessels of Admiral Cervera's fleet lying at that port, are the armored cruisers Cristobal Colon, Viz:ava and Almirante Oq'iendo two small cruisers, two torpedo boats and the Reina Mercedes, which had been stripped of her guns for the pur pose of us'ug them to reinforce the land batteries. The masts of the sunken collier Merrimac were visi ble above the water. The pilot further says that the Spanish war vessels were fully manned but that the crews were discouraged and disappointed. He thinks Morro Castle is the only fort not silenced by Rear Aomiral Sampson, who he says keeps a study watch and ooeus fire as soon as work is attempted by the Span iards on shore. Morro Castle, he alleges, where Lieutenant Hobson and the other brave men of the Merrimac are now confined was n6t fired upon, the dynamite cruis er Vesuvius sendiDg her projectiles over the bluff into the .channel. The laud approaches to Santiago de Cuba are heavily guarded but the artillery is insignificant. Other information given by the pilot is that one Spanish colonel and seventeen men were taken , prisoners by the Cubans at Guan-j tanamo are on the collier Abarendaj and have been offered in exchange j for Lieutenant Hobson and bis ; companions. The hospital ship Solace has over twenty wounded Cubans aboard. The health of the marines who have landed in Cuba is excel lent and good health also prevails on board the vessels of the Ameri can fleet. The American officers speak highly of the efficiency and bravery of the Cuban soldiers. A SPANISH SPY SappoHed to be iu C'Minp Herritt? Ih ?n Eulisttd nan. San Francisco, June 19. ? The greatest excitement prevailed in Camp Merritt over the report that leaked out to the effect that one of the most noted and daringof Span ish spies had been captured in camp. It was reported that the tran had enlisted in one of the regular regi ments of infantry. An investigation of the rumor revealed the fact that the spy has nof. as yet been apprehended, but it is known tjat the government has recently received information that leads it to believe that Spain has informeis in Camp Merritt. The man is said to have been secretly employed by De Lome when he was in Washington and it is said he is the direct agent of Sagasta. Will Be Too Late Then. Madrid, June 19, 4 p. m. ? Cap tain Aunon, the minister of marine, who arri red at Canhagem yester day and inspected the ironclad Le panto, "reports that that vessel and the cruisers Cardinal Cisneros and Princess de Asturias will be ready lor sea in a month. Mrond < hi Id DfacS i Death again visited the home of Mr. James W. Henderson this morning and took away his other five months old child. Its twin brother having been claimed by the grici messenger one week ago. The family have the sympathy cf the entire community in their: bereavement. The funeral will oc cur tomorrow* at 10 o'clock at the Oak wood cemetery. Energy all gone? Headache^ Stomach out 'A order? Simply a case of torpid liver. Burdock Blood Bitters will make a new man or woman of your A FEMALE DETECTIVE Who Landed An Unfaithful Ha ?band Behind (he Ban. Sunday evening about 6 o'clock, a man and a woman who gave the name of A. R. Ray and wife, of Cleveland, registered at the Palace1 hotel and asked for lodging and breakfast. Later in the evening a telephone message was received at police headquarters from Marshal Jake Dye of Marietta giving the officers a tip in regard to the couple, whom he requested our officers to arrest. Mrs. Clyde Hagan of Sistersville, arrived here from Marietta on the 2 o'clock train this morning and hunted up the officers. She was in seaich of her husband and a frail character named Rhea Gordon of Sistersville, whom she had tollowed to Marietta and this city. With the assistance of Detective Heaton the guilty pair were soon located as A. R. Ray and wife at the Palace. Mrs. Ray went before 'Squire Jones at 5 o'clock this morning and swore out a warrant charging the pair with unlawful cohabitation. |Thev were arrested and locked up. Mrs. Ha gan says she d;d a little private de tective work on her festive husband some time ago and had him arrested with a woman at Wheeling and both were heavily fined and she proposed to have her faithless hus band punished for this last esca pade. Hagan and the Gordon woman ' were taken before 'Squire Jones this afternoon for a preliminary) hearing. The evidence was very strong against them and he held them in $200 bail for criminal court in September and they were taken to jail. Their attorney, T. [F. Bartlett, announced that he would apply to Judge Jackson for their release on a writ of habeas corpus. Hagan is a contractor in the oil fields about Sistersville. ? Parkers burg Sentinel. Pdrtlfam Exohnoce ElfCtlMU The annual election for officets of the Consolidated Stock and Pe troleum Exchange was held last Monday, and resulted in the elec tion of Valentine Mott by a ma jority of more than two hundred votes. Mr. Mott was nominated on the members' ticket and Wm. H. Wilson, who was secretary of the Exchange up to the time that office was abolished a few weeks ago, was nominated on the regular ticket. The other candidates on the regular ticket, whose election was not opposed were: President, Charles G. Wilson; first vice-president, Thomas I? Watson; second vice-president, A ? . W. Peters; treasurer, John Stanton; directors to serve two years, A. R. Hawley, R. M. Knapp, C. C. Jaco bus. C. H. Van Buren, R. Schalk, H. E. Montgomery, H. G. Romaine C. E. Thornburn, M. H. Wagffr and S. A. Luther; director, one year, W. G. Brady; trustees of Gratuity Fund, five years, S. F. Strong and H. Plummer; Arbitra tion Committee, Thomas A. Ennis, William P. Eager. W. J. Currie, H. L. Brazean, W. Jenks Merritt, W. T. Callaway and W. J. Alpers; Nominating committee, S. H. Clark, C. C. Brown, M. G. Powers, A. S. Barnes, S. Salamon, C. T. Ives and F. H. Nightingale. Fireworks Here. The fireworks for the Fourth have arrived. Thompson Bros, were given the contract and from the amount of boxes and bundles of the assortment would lead one to believe that the display will be grand. ^ $ ^SMITH & BOESHAR'S^* Special Rocker! are r M This is a good picture of the Rocking Chair which we selling for It Its strongly made of hard wood and is finished in either Antique or Mahogany. Smith & Boesh