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J H. McCOY, Editor and Proprietor.
Terms ? $1.00 Per Year,, n Advance
NO. 35
Over the Controversy Between
Miles and Secretary Alger.
And the Contention as to Who
Arranged the Surrender
Or the Spanish Force*? A Correspond
ent Wbo?e Interview With General
Miles hait been Discredited? An I'n
tiappy Disclosure that will Engender
Bitterness and Benefit no One.
? Kansas City, Aug. 29 ?The
Star this afternoon prints a three
column exclusive dispatch from
Mr. J. D. Whelpley, its special war j
correspondent, who has just re
turned from Porto Rico, bearing up
on the Miles- Alger controversy. |
Mr. Whelpley takes occasion to
deny the statement that his recent*
ly published interview in Porto
Rico with General Miles, wherein
the latter was quoted as casting re
flections upon the war department,
was not genuine, and in support of
the statements already made by the
Star, prints interesting telegrams
that passed between the war de
partment and General Miles and
Shafcer on the points at issue.
"Doubt is expressed by some,";
says Mr. Whelpley, "as to whether
General Miles ever said these things
I credit him with. Others suggest
he may have said them in confi
dence, which was betrayed. I feel
confident," continues the corres
pondent, "General Miles will stand
by the interview referred to
"My talk with him was not con
fidential. I went to him as a news- 1
paper representative, for the avow
ed and express purpose of securing
an interview. There was no reser
vation trom publication in the con
versation. This is proved by his
refusal to answer some questions
which he would have answered had
this not been so. There was no
hint of confidences.
"In this instance, however, no
question of veracity need arise.
General Miles himself, even if he
so desired, could not conceal the
proof of all he said. It is written in
the records 01 the war department,
and it only needs a clearing away
of inconsequential matter to tell
the story clearly and in full " j
The Star's article says "that Gen- j
eral Miles was in command of the
entire army when in Washington
is. of course, evident. That he did j
not resign this supreme command
when he went to Tampa, and that
it was he who was treating with
the Cubans for co-operation in Cu
. ta is shown by the numerous tele*
grams with General Garcia. The
war department recognized Miles
as chief when he was in Tampa.
tor June 12 a telegram was sent to
him from Washington which be-!
gins: "The following extract of
telegram rrom Admiral Sampson to
secretary of navy is repeated for
your information," etc.
"When General Shafter went to
Cuba and General Miles returned
to Washington the latter did not
resign his control of the situation, ?
but. or the contrary, kept in close !
touch as possible by wire with the
movements of Shafter's command.
On the Fourth of July General
Shaiter sent the following dis
patches to W ashington.' addressed
to the Adjutant General:
*' 'Headquarters Filth Armv Corps,
in camp near Santiago de Cuba.j
July 4.
" 'There seems to be no reasona- '
aV.e doubt that Genera! Panco
succeeded in entering Santiago last
eight with his force, said to be
about 5,000 men. This puts a
ditrerent aspect upon affairs, and
w^ile we can probably maintain
ourselves, it would be at tne cost of
?*ery considerable fighting and loss.
4' 'General Lawton reports that
General Garcia, who was to block
the entrance of Pando, informed
him at 10 o'clock last night that
Pando had passed him on the Cobra
road. Lawton says he can not
compel Garcia to obey my instruc
tions to place themselves in any
position where they will have to
fight, and that if we intend to re
duce Santiago we will have to de
pend upon our own troops, and
that we will require twice the num
ber we now have.
"'I sent a message to Admiral
Sampson, asking if he proposed en
tering the harbor, so as to give us
assistance. Commodore Watson
replies that he does not know Ad
miral Sampson's intention since
the destruction of the Spanish
squadron, but does not himself
think the fleet should try to go into
the harbor of Santiago. This, un
der the circumstances, is not very
"Have been expecting a division
from Tampa and Duffieid's second
brigade from Camp Alger but only ?
a small number of recruits has ap-j
geared so far. Jf we have to go to
try and reduce the town, now that j
the fleet is destroyed, which was
slated to be the chief object of the j
expedition, there must be no delay j
in getting a large body of troops
" 'The town is in a terrible con
dition as to food and pecple are
starving, as stated by foreign con
suls this morning but the troops 1
can fight and have a large quantity
| of rice but no other supplies,
j There will be nothing none here
until noon of the fifth and I sup
pose I can put them off a little
longer to enable the people to getj
| out. Country here is destitute of
food or growing crops except man
" 'Men are in good spirits,
though it is hard to tell how long
the latter will continue.
j " 'I am sorry to say I am no bet
ter, and in addition to my weakness
cannot be out on account of slight
' attack of gout, but hope to be bet
ter soon. Lieutenent Miley had
1 an interview with the consuls this
morning and his report will be tel
egraphed immediately. I do not
send this in cipher, as time is pre
| cious. Shafter.
"Major General."
"I was this situation which de
termined Gen. Miles to go to Cuba
The day he sailed with reinforce
ments. July 7, he sent the following
dispatch from Washington:
i 'General Shafter, Santiago,
j " 'Take every precaution against
surprise and be on the lookout that
the enemy does not turn your right
flank and come in on the line of
your communications. Reinforce
ments are being sent forward as
rapidly as possible, but you will
have to be the judge of the position
you are to hold until reinforcements
can reach you.
I "Miles,
"Major General Commanding.''
"General Miles sailed for Cuba.
On July ii. at noon, he reported
his sale arrival to the war depart
ment and at once assumed charge,
reporting to the secretary of war.
All of the subsequent business ot
the surrender was entirely in his
hands as shown by the fact that the
war department communicated with
him direct, not even mentioning
Genera! Shatter's name in the nu
merous dispatches. The following
dispatch is an excellent example:
14 'Washington, july 13, 189S.
Major General Miles ? You may
accept surrender by granting parole
to officers and men alter parole will
be permitted to return to Spain. the
United States assisting. It not ac
cepted then, assault, unless in your
judgment an assault would fail.
Consntt with Sampson and pursue
such course as to the assault as you
jointly agree upon. Matters should
be settled promptly.
(Signed.) "R A. Alger,
"Secretary of War.
This dispatch recognized Mile
as commander and gave him aus
thority to act. Shafter was entire
ly ignored. In the face 01 this situ
ation, Secretary Alger, through
General Corbin, sent a dispatch to
General Shafter assuring him that
General Miles did not come to
Cuba to supersede Shafter in any
wav. This dispatch General Miles
refers to as secret,', for he say s he ,
v I
did not know it had been sent, not
being notified from Washington
and General Shafter saying nothing
about it. After the surrender
General Miles still retained control.
He authorized Shafter to appoint
peace commissioners, and, judging
from Shafter's report that all was
over, he instructed him as to the
disposition of the troops.
"Julv 15 General Shafter wired
General Miles that the surrender
was not as complete as was thought
and said " 'please do not go away
with the reinforcements, as I may
yet need them.' " Miles promptly
replied by wire from Baiquiri that
the surrender 'is complete' and
the Spaniards 'must surrender.'
"On July 16, Shafter wired Miles
that the surrender was finally com
plete and General Miles relied
through Adjutant Gilmore as fol
_ '* 'The commanding general is
very much grateful to hear that
the surrender is complete. He di
rects that you telegraph anything
of importance and the condition
of your command daily.
"General Miles then reported the
condition of affairs to the secretary
of war with whom he had been in
conference. In one of his telegrams
to Miles, Secretary Alger says:
" 'As so?n as Santiago falls the
troops must all be put in camp as
comfortable as they can be made
and regain I suppose until the fe
ver has had its run.'
"Miles did not agree with Secre
tary Alger, for July 21, in a letter
the general commanding urged the
j return of the army to the United
States as soon as possible. July 17,
! after the surrender was completed,
General Shafter wired as follows to
General Miles:
" 'Siboney, July 17, 1896, 8: 48
p. m ? (Received July 18, 1898.) ?
General Miles on board Vale: ?
Letters and orders in reference to
movement of camp received and
will be carried out. None is more
#anxious to get away from here than
myself. It seems from your orders'
I given me that you regard my forces
as part of your command. Nothing
will give me greater pleasure than
serving under you, general, and I
shall comply with all your requests
and directions, but I was told by
the secretary that you were not to
supersede me in command here. I
will furnish the information called
for as to condition of command to
Gilmore, adjutant general A. H. Q !
(Signed.) Shafter,
" 'Major General.'
miles' manly answer.
General Miles very promptly re
plied as follows:
" 'Playa del Este, )
July 18, 1S98,
(Guantanamo) 11:30 a. m. 1
" 'General Shafter:
" 'Telegram received; have node ? ?
sire and have carefully avoided any
(appearance of superseding you.
Your command is a part of the
United States army, which I have
the honor to command, having
been duly assigned thereto and di
rected by the President to go
whereever I thought my presence
required and give such general di
rections as I thought best concern
ing military matters, and especially
directed to go to Santiago for a
specific purpose. You will also
notice that the orders of the secre
tary of war of July 13 left the mat
ter to my direction. I should re
gret that any event should cause
either yourself or any part of your
command to cease to be a part ot
" 4 Very truly yours.
41 'Nelson A. Miles,'
14 'Major General Commanding
United States Army/
' General Miles then gave Gener
al Shafter final instructions and left
hurriedly for Porto Rico. In view
of the situation as revealed by the
above telegrams, the following
statement contained in the New
Yoik Herald t f recent da'e is quot
44 'If mv cablegram to Major
General Shafter, informing mm
that Major Gen. Miles was not
sent to supersede him in supreme
command of the troops in the field
at Santiago de Cuba prevented the
storming of the city on the day of
its surrender, this resulted in the
saving of lives which otherwise
would have been lost in the attack.
then I am repaid for sliding it a
{thousand fold.
t 11 'This statement was made to
me ? this afternoon by Secretary
Alger apropos of the publication in
the Herald of yesterday, setting
forth the doings of Major General
Miles during his brief stay in Cuba.
The secretary told me he did not
propose to enter into any contro
versy regarding the Santiago cam
paign with anybody. The results
spoke for themselves and they
were sufficient justification f#r the
policy which had been pursued by
the war department in the conduct
of the operations against Santiago.
* " 'My cablegram to Gen. Shafter'
he continued, 'was simply due to
my desire to assure him that I in
tended to be absolutely fair Before
his departure from Washington,
Gen. Miles a:.d I talked the matter
over and he started for Cuba
knowing th it he was not in
any way to interfere with the
operations which were under the
control of General Shafter. That
there could be no doubt whatever,
I cabled to General Shafter, inform
ing him that General Miles had left
for Cuba with instructions not to in
any manner supersede him as com
mander of troops in the field of San
tiago de Cuba, and as I have said,
if my message prevented a tattle on
the morning of the day the city sur
rendered, then I am repaid a thou
sand fold.' "
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They act directly on your liver,
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whole system, and make you feel
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store. Only 50 cents per bottle.
B*lnc R^pairnl.
Burt street is being repaired. It
was paved last fall under adverse
circumstances and in many places
it has given away. The sand and
gravel bedding was laid on filled
ground which soaked with water,
and when it became dry the brick,
in many places, sunk below the
street's surface. The curbing in
places also gave way. The street
bed is now thoroughly settled and
the brick and curbing are being
taken up and replaced in position. I
When this work is completed the
city authorities d ) not appreuecd
further trouble.
Kolrti*r Boy itl Horn *.
Wallace Withrow. 01 ihc First
W. Va. volunteers. stationed at
Chicamauga Park, is home on a 30
day furlough. He states his regi
ment is being removed to Knox
ville Tenn.. where there is plenty
of water and a more desirable place :
for a camp site.
Itlrd ThHr?1*j.
Little Josephine, the ten months
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James Pottex, of Garry Owen.
Funeral took place yesterday at 3
o'clock p. m., Irom the home. Ser
vice were conducted by Rev. And
erson. Interment in tue Oak wood
Daily and monthly gauge books
for sale at the Review office.
?jjg[ are coctroLed ud erred fay
4^ If the hairy coses toft'.;. thnzgb
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JOHN a. McLAI* & 50N, Pimp's,
9fc Vnuuic. W. v*
Almost Well.
I James K. Hill, of Kidwell, W.
Va., returned home from Parkers
burg today where he has been lor
treatment in the Parkersburg hos
pital. We are glad to announce
that Mr. Hill is almost entirely
feanday Onttog
A large party of young people of
this city spent Sunday at Paden's
Valley. The inviting shade of the
pleasant woodlands of that place
attract crowds from this city al
most every Sunday. The merry
party yesterday carried lunch bas
kets and Kodaks galore. They re
turned on the evening train and re
port a very pleasant time.
e fit talTtn A way.
Miss Blanche Stealey held the
lucky number which drew the
handsome range given away during
the fair, by Smith & Boeshar.
Miss Stealey is a young lady of the
county seat, and the fellow who is
lucky enough to get her will have
no stove to buy at least. The num
ber registered by her was 212.
Little Child Bead.
The small child of Mr. and Mrs.
Ed C. Smith died late Thursday
evening of cholera infantum. The
funeral occurred yesterday after
noon and the remains were laid
to rest in Oakwood Cemetery. The
sorrowing parents have the sympa
thy of their many friends as well
I as the entire community.
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Aa Old Receipt far Oil.
Ad old receipt was found on the
street this morning dated at Burn
ing Springs, Nov. 14, 1863. It was
made out to W. A. McCosh, for five
barrels of oil, at $1.75 per barrel,^
and it is specified in the receipt
that the oil is to be delivered at
Kanawha Station. On the back of
the receipt is a memorandum that
the oil was delivered in good condi
tion at the place named.
How the oil rnea of the present *
day wish that oil was $'.75 per
barrel. If it was, drilling would be
pushed on every hand. ? Parkers
I burg Sentinel.
Rocker No. 2,
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This is a very handsome Rocking Chair,
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the price we are asking. This chair has an
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Only One will be sold to a family.
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