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j H. McCOY, Editor and Proprietor.
On Porto Rico ai Once in an
Endeavor to
Gen. MilesAlready on His Way
Tbr Transports Will \3t 11 ? Convoy eel
bnt Will be AIIowmI to Find Their
Own W?y to Their Dewtiuatiou With
out Concerted Jfoven- The Expedition
Will Be rnnwnally Strong in Artillery.
Washington, D. C., July 18.? Al
ter three days' consultation between
Lhe President, Secretary Alger and
?General Brooke, during which there j
Evas frequent communication with ;
?General Miles at Siboney. the de- j
Rails of a Porto Rican expedition |
?were perfected and the expedition
?itself was gotten under way, Gen
Rral Miles with some artillery and
Lroops sailing today for Porto Rico
B>n the converted cruiser \ale, to
"be followed quickly by an army of
about 30,000 men. There are some
notab?e differences in the plans for
khis expedition and for the stateh ,
Kaval pageant that sailed away from
frampa under General Shafter s
command to attack Santiago. First,
' there will be practically no naval
convoys. The navy department
has declared that they are unneces
sary* that there is not a Spanish
warship in the West Indies that
dare thrust its bow out of port.
In the second place, the expedi
tion does not start from one point,
but will be divided among several
pons, thus preventing the tremen
dous congestion that was encoun
tered at Tampa in the eflort to
start the big fleet. Lastly, there
will be no effort made to get the
ships away together, but *he lr*n?"
ports will be allowed to find their
own way to their destination with
out concerted moves. General
Miles leads the way. He has been
promised by the President that he
should go to Porto Rico and he
promise was redeemed when the
Vale headed today from Siboney
for Porto Rico, eight hundred
miles distant. Gen. Brooke wil
be the senior officer in
mand and upon him will fall the
responsibility for the extension of
the details of his superior s plans.
It is estimated that General Miles
should arrive by Wednesday night
at the point selected for the land
in? and will hoist the American
flag at once over Porto Rican soil.
The point chosen for his landing
is kept secret, as the general will :
land before the full bodv of the ex- 1
pedition is at hand, and it is con
Lsequently not desirable that the
Knemy should be able to assemble
Ibuperior force to meet hnn.
distance from Charleston, ;
Psvbere the first body of troops for
Miles* expedition was to start to
day is more than double the dis
tance from Santiago to Porto Rico
so that the transports which sail
from the former city can scarcely
reach General Miles before the
earlv part of next week. These
Charleston troops are the first brig
ade of the first division of the army
corps aud are commanded by Brig
adier General George H Ernest.
The brigade comprises the Seconu
Wisconsin, Third Wisconsin and
Sixteenth Pennsylvania regiments.
The purpose of Secretary Alger
is to make the Porto Rico cam
paign a short one. An o\er^\ helm
ing force will be thrown upon the
island and it is possible that a blood
less victory will be achieved when
the Spaniards become convinced
that they have no reasonable chance
to resist successfully.
The expedition is to comprise
" 0,000 men at the start, and it will
be swelled to 40,000, and if Leces
sary to 70,000, the equipment of
the volunteer forces having now
progressed so well as to warrant
the statement that that number o 1
men can be ready for service in
Porto Rico within a very short
time. The entire body of troops
at Tampa will be taken, numbering
about 13,000 men and including a
lot of heavy and light artillery un
der command of General Rodgers.
The expedition will be particu
larly strong with artillery, as some
of that at Santiago commanded by
General Randolph is to be drawn
upon. The Tampa troops are
known as the Fou/th corps, under
Major General Coppinger, compris
ing the Second division under Brig
adiei General Simon Snyder and
up of the first brigade, Brigadier
General Schwan, Eleventh and.
Nineteenth United States infantry;
Second brigade, Brigadier General
Hale, Third Pennsylvania, One
Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Indi (
ana and First Ohio; Third division,
Brigadier General Kline command
ing. First brigade, Colonel C. L.
Kennan, Fifth Ohio, First Florida
and Thirty-Second Michigan; Sec
I ond brigade, Brigadier General Lin
! coin, Sixty Ninth New York, Third
Ohio and Second Georgia; the pro
visional cavalry brigade, Colonel
Noyes, Fifth United States and de
tachments of First, Second, Third,
Sixth and Tenth United States cav
1 airy, and eight troops of rough rid
ers; artillery brigade, General Ran
dolph, two light and ten heavy bat
teries. It is possible that all the
cavalry will not be called upon.
General Brooke will take with
him from Chickamauga Park most
of the Ejrst and Second brigades of
his army corps These are (in ad
dition to General Ernest's command
at Charleston); Second brigade,
First division, General Haines,
Fourth Ohio and Third Illinois and
Fourth Pennsylvania; Third brig
ade, Coionel J. S. Culver, First
Kentucky, Third Kentucky, Fifth
Illinois; Second division, Colonel J.
S. Poland, commander; First brig
ade, Brigadier General C. T. Roe,
Thirty first Michigan, First Geor
gia, One Hundred and Sixteenth
Indiana; Second brigade, General
McKee, Sixth Ohio, One Hundred
and Fifty-eighth Indiana; First West
Virginia, Third Brigade, General
Rosser, Second Ohio, First Penn
sylvania, Fourteenth Minnesota.
The part which the navy is to
take in the assault upon Porto Rico
has been fully matured. The sev
eral transport fleets will have with
them one or two auxiliary craft
carrying strong secondary batteries
of six or eignt six-pounders. Sec
retary Long said this afternoon that
no time had been fixed for the de
parture ot Admiral Sampson's fleet
for San Juan.
As to the naval plans he would
only say that they would co-oper
ate in every way with the move
ments of the army. The reports
that three monitors were on their
way from Key West to San Juan
was characterized by the secretary
as unauthorized. It is the gen
eral understanding, however, that
the navy will rely mainly on ar
mored ships for the bombardment
of San Juan, as the big battleships
and monitors afford the best means
of offensive warfare, while their;
armor belts protect them from such j
fire as the San Juan batteries can
bring to bear.
A Narrow K?ea|?e.
Thankful words written by Mrs.
Ada E. Hart, of Groton, S. D.:
"Was taken w ith a bad cold which
settled on my lungs; cough set in
and finally terminated in consump
tion. Four doctors gave me up,
saying I could live but a short time.
I gave myself up to my Savior, de
termined if I could not stav with
my frier ds on earth I would meet
my absent ones above. My hus
band was advised to get Dr. King's
New Discovery for c nsumption,
coughs and colds. I gave it a trial,
took in all eight bottles. It has)
cured me, and thank God I am
saved and now a well and healthy
woman." Trial bottles free at Hill
& McCoach's drug store. Regular I
size 50c and $1 00. Guaranteed or
price refunded.
Well record books can be had at
the Review office, tf.
an anxious day
spent by the Government Ofllclal* De
lay in Beeelvlngr New. From the
Front? Hitch in the Detail* Owing to
Spain'* Sni>ersen?ibillty.
Washington, July 15. ?There
was a long and anxious wait toda\
to hear further news from the com-i
missioners who had charge to make
arrangements for the surrender of
the Spanish army at Santiago. For
eighteen hours no word came fiom
either General Shafter or General
Miles, although it was the keenest
desire on the part of the President
and cabinet advisers to learn what
had been done, and particularly, to
know whether the actual surrender
( of Santiago and the Spanish troops
had been carried out. When the
cabinet met at 1 1 o'clock there was
positively nothing from the iront
1 which would serve as a guide for
! the deliberations.
It was thought the cable had
been interrupted, but on inquiry of
General Greeley, chief signal officer,
he gave assurance that the cable
was intact.- Thereupon Secretary
I Alger sent a dispatch asking for the
1 situation up to the latest moment,
land particularly inquiring as to
how far the surrender had pro
i ceeded. No answer came while the
cabinet was in session. In .the
meantime General Greeley had ca
bled and he was the first official to
hear from the front. A dispatch
from Lieutenant Jones, military
censor at Playa del Este, reported
t at the message from tbesecretai>
of war to General Shafter was only
six minutes in passage from W ash
ington to Playa. The message re
ceived by General Greeley came at
2:23 p. m., and indicated that ne
gotiations were yet in progress, but
as the dispatch was submitted to
the President no details were given
out. , . ,4
Toward the middle of the after
noon, dispatches from General
Miles and General Shafter began to
arrive in response to Secreta-}
ger's rather imperative request.
They were not given out in full, but
such portions as were mace public
showed that the negotiations were
still in progress, and that the Span
iards had raised some rather un
expected questions.
Most important of these was an
insistance that the Spanish troops
should retain their arms when they
returned to Spain There was en
tire willingness on the part of Gen
eral Toral to turn over the arms to
General Shafter at the time of the
I surrender, but with this was to be
I understood that the arms were to
be returned to the Spanish troops
when Spanish soil was reached.
This was a question which had not
been anticipated.
The authorities here did not re
gard it as serious, or as likely to
overcome a final settlement, as it
was attributed to the Spanish sen
sitiveness against the humiliation
involved in the laying down of their
arms. At the same time it was a
point on which neither side ap
peared to be read}' to yield. One
of the dispatches from the front,
after specifying that this difference
had arisen, added that it was re
lieved a settlement would be
reached before today closed. Gen
eral Shafter himself summed up
the situation by saying: "It cannot
be possible that there will be fail
lure in completing arrangements.
No question whatever has been
raised as to the surrender itself.
Not only has General Toral agreed
10 do it, but this agreement has
been ratified by General Blanco at
Havana and by the Spanish au
thorities at Madrid
General Greeley received an
other dispatch at 5 P- m-? contain
ing the information that Colonel
? Allen had landed the shore end ot
the signal corps cable at Playa del
Este from the Cable steamer
\dria. Colonel Allen was not al
lowed to land at Playa on account
of the Adria coming from an in
Ifested district. All were well on
board but no one was allowed
ashore. Coloned Allen returns
this evening to Baiquiri to repair
the French cable at that point and
establish regular communication
between Playa and Santiago de
Cuba so that the army will be in
telegraphic communication with
Washington as soon as the city sur
The perplexing problem now to
be solved is how to carry out the
pledge made by General Shafter to
remove the Spanish soldiers who
surrender to Spain. It would have
been no easy undertaking to re
move the 20,000 men across the
Atlantic under the best conditions,
but the reports that indicated the
existence ot yellow fever among
the Spaniards threatened all kinds
of difficulties. After all it was de
cided to be only a matter of money
and if the price offered is large
enough, steamship lines can doubt
less be found to undertake the trans
portation. At the best several
weeks probably will be required to
remove the Spaniards so that it will
be necessary to maintain a consid
erable proportion of the American
army in the neighborhood for some
time to come. Still, being under
no carfc to protect themselves very
comfortable in comparison with
what tfiey have undergone and by
removing them into the hills just iu
the rear of Santiago, it is believed
that the danger of an extension of
yellow fever will be reduced so
fat that it will no longer be the
cause f for grave apprehensions.
The sttrgeons general's report de
i scribe^ the disease as of a mild type
jand itlis said that this will readily
J yield to a change of location into
higher and cooler ground.
The Victory at Kantia^o Brings Out
DiflVrent Expr? usiouw as to It* Im
Washington, July 15. ? The vic
tory at Santiago and its relations to
the general situation are viewed
vari?r,;ily here. The President is of
the opinion that the surrender is
the forerunner of peace and be
lieves the action of Spain in estab
lishing martial law, suspension of
individual liberty at home, were
among the steps made necessary
by the desperation of that govern
ment. A peace proposal at an early
day the President regards as by no
means an impossibilitv.
Senator Elkins does not share
that view, nor does Senator Cock
rell, nor Senator Cannon, of Utah
Mr. Elkins says if the queen regent
were not threatened by a revolution
at home she might now consent to
submit to a proposition. He is of
the opinion we should now seize
Porto Rico and then proceed at
once to attack Spain on her home
The senator says, in his opinion,
! Havana can resist a protracted
i siege, and points out that it would
require an immense arm\ to invest
jthe city's defenses, which are
| strong and numerous, covering at
; least thirty miles. The Spaniards
? in control of the place, he thinks,
[will insist upon the continuance of
j the war, well knowing it is scarcely
I possible, without great sacrifice, to
I mai itain an American army in Cu
| ba during the summer months.
We can let Havana alone, the sen
lator insists and prosecute the war
< against Porto Rico and, if need be,
j Spain herself
Senator Cockreil says the Santi
ago victory means nothing except
i the close of that campaign and the
facilitation of further operations.
1 Senator Cannon says he hopes
'for peace early, as a necessity, but
not as a result oi voluntary action
of the Spanish ministry or royalty.
It is understood the troops for
the Porto Rico expedition will be
taken almost together from the sev
eral camps in the south, the soldiers
in Cuba being ex rluded for the rea
son that they need rest.
Thf Solfli^rti* Reunion Abandon*-*!.
The railroad companies having
refused to grant a one cent a mile
[rate to the reunion society of the
Army of W. Va., which was to
.have met in Wheeling, has been
abandoned on account of the rail
roads refusing to give the rate asked
for. The old soldiers can remain
at home and remember i8s6 when
these same railroad companies were
taking the old soldiers to Canton
free of cost.
or the Nlf nation? He Hoptn for Pcace
News From Madrid Interpreted to
Tliat End.
Washington, D. C.. July 15. ?
President McKinley gave expres
sion today to a strong hope for an
earJy peace. Responding to con
gratulations on the success of the
Santiago campaign, he said:
"I hope for early peace now."
In the course of other interviews he
gave voice to the same sentiment,
not expressing his entire belief, but
a strong hope that peace would
come. The dispatch from Madrid
announcing the royal decree, sus
pending individual rights in Spain
was quickly communicated to the
President, and was read at the cab
inet meeting. As in Madred, it was
generally taken to mean the immi
nence of a move of tbe Spanish
government for a cessation of hos
tilities. It was received with. this
interpretation with satisfaction,
but in the absence of a definite
official aisignment ot Spanish mo
tion, the administration, while
strongly hoping for it, is not en
tirely confident of so satisfactory an
One member of the cabinet ex
pressed his opinion that the issu
ance of the decree at this time in
dicated the end was not far off, but
be was not sure that that was the
Spanish intention. He cited the
frequency of misconstruction of
Spanish motives and the intention
al misleading as to the course it in
tended to pursue. At the same
time he took a hopeful view of the
situation and thought that the roy
al pronunciamento might, in the
exigency of the Spanish case, prove
to be the entering wedge in a peace
movement. Senator Cannon, of
Utah, who had a talk with the
President, does not take an entire
ly roseate view of the outlook. "I
hope for peace early as a necessi
ty " he said, "but not by the will
ing and voluntary action of the
Spanish ministry and royalty. Who
ever makes the first proposition
there ruins himself. He only builds
a bridge on which others will cross.
There are few with the nerve and
courage to undertake the initiative
in the present temper of the Span
ish populace." He believed, how
ever, the royal decree possibly sig
nified a move in that direction.
The Wonderful Rrapinw Af Ihc People
to ihf Nab??rl pilot*.
Washington, July 15.? Thewdn
derful success of the war loan is a
matter of wonder and congratula
tion among government officials.
A statement issued today disclosed
the fact that the entire loan,
amounting to $200,000,000, has been
taken by subscribers of amounts
ranging from $500,000 down to $20
and it therefore turns out that every
bank and other monied corporation
that wanted bonds will be excluded
from the allotment. The subscrip
tions made by individuals are given
preference, and from the great rush
'of people of small means to procure
a share in the loan, it is argued that
had the government needed and
asked for twice or three times the
amount of the pfesent demand, it
would have been taken by those
who are in no wise associated with
Ciilllon I'hj n I'p.
Another payment made by ex
1 Secretary of State Chilton, brings
the aggregate of his payments to
'the State to $13,540. The re
mainder of what he owes the State
is secured by a judgement on city
property appraised at $15,000
above prior liens on it.
" I*len?nul Pnrly.
A very pleasant party was given
last evening by Mr. and Mrs. John
Fitzgerald at their home in honor
1 of the Misses Smith and Nelson of
Marietta, Ohio. The evening was
1 pleasantly spent in games of differ
ent kinds and at midnight- an ele
gant lunch was served.
Special Rockee!
rhis is a good picture of the Rocking Chair which we arc
seiliug for
00 A nil
It >s strongly made of hard wood and is finished in either
Antique or Mahogany.
Smith & Boeshar!

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