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SUN. THE WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1898. ONE CENT >L. 1. NO. 207. RIVAL OF THE SPANISH FLEET IN FRIENDLY PORT OF SANTIAGO avy Department Disappointed That Sampson Didn't Meet the Spaniards ncreased Vigor is to be Put Into the Prosecution of the War Against Spain fSpoc-ial Dispatch to The Sex. Washington, May 20.— The arrival of the Spanish fleet at Santiago I)e Cuba is not viewed with delight by the officials of tlie Navy Department. Although that port was not blockaded by the American fleet, being on tlie southern side and at the eastern ex tremity of the island, yet tlie naval sliarps hoped to catcli the Dons out in |the open, or at least to keep them from [making a friendly port where they could [renew their coal supplies. | '1 he plans for capturing or running [down tlie Spanish fleet are not made public, but it is thought here that one division of Sampson's array lias been as [signed to the task of following them un gtil they are brought to bay and forced to , . , . ,, ■ould be guilty of such an unfriendly §y his staff, and the expectation is that Dispatches from Key West and Tampa] ntirmatory of this impression have ached here this afternoon. The move ent will be as secret as possible, li°w er, and it is not likely that any in rmation as to the time of starting will, iss the press censor, Assignment of staff officers were made day. Brigadier-generals Pennington vd Young were assigned to the Sixth Between two and three thousand regu band volunteer troops will leave San rancisco tomorrow on the steamer City Pekin to reinforce Admiral Dewey at auila. General Merritt, who will be ilitary Governor of the Philinnines "i - - ■-,»•- ... 11 sail from San Francisco within a [lit. Included in this are probably the fast ■Kst of tiie cruisers and battleships, which [Krill make a formidable fleet of lighters, Kpiitc as strong as the Spanish if they [San be met before tlie expedition a- [Sives that is said to have started from ■Cadiz to reinforce their squadron on ■ his side of tlie Atlantic. K Various rtunorshave been in circulation '■tie past two days regarding the acquisi ■on of a coaling station on Miquelon Isl Bids, of tlie coast of New Foundland by [Hie Spanish government. ■ This is a small French possession, and Kl is hardly thought worthy of considera tBion by the officials here that France Let. Major Genera! Fitzliugh Lee left to ight for Tampa. He was accompanied move m the invasion of Cuba bv the Imerican army will soon be made. rrps, which is commanded by Major eneral Wilson. >rt time i loubt Fleet at Santiago. ilal Dispatch to The Sen Ifl Washington, May 20. —The report [the Spanish fleet,, under command!. fervera, lias arrived at Santiago de pa, is viewed with great suspicion. | the report some time ago when this it was actually off Martinique, that it I arrived at Cadiz, was accompanied fc quite as much corroborative detail k this report. Then, as now, not twas the report given out, hut it, Hollowed up with other reports tend ■ confirm it. Knowledge of the fact that tlie re ■f the arrival of the fleet at Santiago ■ha could not pirns through the Bli censors unless desired by the ■h officials, and a practical certainty ■pain would not want this informa ■mile public if it were true, cast the ■est suspicion upon the confirma parently no one here is in a position I to state with knowledge that the k is not tru ■, yet all reasonable in ks discredit it. There is a strong Sion that the report is designed as a to cover some other complicated , A report, this morning not gen 1 current, but emanating from high Ss, is to tlie effect that tlie Spanish fleet is making a move towards Charles ton, S. C. If this report is true it is believed that tlie movement is merely a feint with the design of drawing the American fleets away from Cuban waters, and that when Admiral Cervera is satisfied that he has been successful in this, the fleet will be turned back and an attempt be made to break through the blockade into Havana harbor. On this theory it is sug report that tlie Spanis Santiago de Cuba is designed to draw the Sampson fleet, which has been organized into a living squadron, off to tlie south coast of Cuba, where it will be out of communication with tlie Depart ment, rnd that as soon as this report has had time to have its effect, a report will come from somewhere off the Bahamas that the Spanish fleet is in that quarter. If tliis device succeeds in drawing tlie Schley fleet to the defence of our coast, tlie Spanish fleet will then make a dash for Havana. Some good authorities are thoroughly convinced that Admiral Cer vera's fleet not being strong enough to give battle in the open, and not daring to return to Spain without striking a blow, designs to get into tlie Havana [ harbor and to lie behind tlie fortitica-: lions on the defensive without attempt be-! j ested that the i fleet is at .. .. „„ . . , , ,, W. May 2 -Agml o the i n s: vs 1 g 110,11 Kingston, L 111 News has reached here from an appar entlv reliable source that two American warships cleverly evaded the Spanish fleet under Admiral ('ervera. which has reached Santiago de Cuba. • The Spanish fleet was seen bv tlie steamer Adula, which reached here yes terday from Santiago de Cuba. At that Lj" Adula was still in the harbor two I - American warships appeared, but were so far away that their names could not be made out They drew the fire of the qqfeflriiigcontimied'Tor more 6 than mi I | 10U r but it is not known whether the | 'liovv^er' hat tlms^two vessels are^Thole which escaped from the Spanish squadron when it approached the entrance to the harbor. - Spanish Troops Embark, 1 ' Special Despatch to Th* Sex. baboblma. Horn C.. a Andalusia Aragon, and 4 alen eia, are embarking here for the Philippine Islands. ing any aggressive move whatever, yond joining in the defence of Ifavana. Little doubt is felt that tlie sole object j of the fleet is to get into Havana harbor, which would he its safest position while relieving and strengthening Blanco's forces. American Cruisers Escape. Special Dispatch to The Sen. Merritt's Army Is Strong. Special Dispatch to The Sex. . Washington, May 20.—After the Cab ' net ' meeting today Secretary Alger re | mained with tlie President and General Merritt was called in and the expedition to the Philippines was thoroughly die cussed. General Merritt lias concluded not, to leave Washington until tomorrow morning, and hopes to arrive in San it, Francisco by the time all the troops are ready to leave. The President discussed the appointment of a number of officers of the Signal Corps for the expedition, These were sent, to t lie Senate today. It was decided that between 15,000 and l",bflh troops will'form the expedition, 5,000 of these being regulars ami tlie rest tlie pick of the volunteer army. To make up the number of regulars the 18th an( I -3d Infantries, now at New Orleans, were expected to leave ut once for San Francisco. Those orders were tele graphed to leave immediately, and no uoubt they will be under way before night. Tlie President, Secretary Alger, and General Merritt discussed at some length tlie plans for establishing the mil itary .Governorship at tlie island and the course General Merrit shall pursue after his arrival. Verde Fleet Located. Special Dispatch to The Si n. Kky West, May 20.— Dispatch boats from the blockading fleet off Havana ar rived here this morning. They report that a signal light on Murro Castle was kept burning all night. The naval officers here have received news that the Spanish fleet is off the south coast of Cuba, and is sup posed to be making for the port of Cien fuegoe, which is connected by rail with Havana. It is expected here that a big naval ill be fought very soon some where along the south coast of Cuba, probably near Cienfuegos or Santiago de Cuba. The dispatch boats report that the German warship Geier is still in Havana Harbor. The Geier led the gun boats Mayflower and Morrill a long chase on Wednesday before she showed her colors. She was then on her way to Havana. Additional shore batteries have tieen constructed Sear Havana by the Span iards and the defences of the city strengthened during the past three weeks. News of the actual movements of the vessels under the command of Admiral Sampson and Commodore Schiev cannot be telegraphed from here. battle w Mythical as Ever. Special Dispatch to The Sen. Washington, May 20.—The situation in regard to the Spanish fleet is perhaps best described by Secretary Long's re mark as lie left the Cabinet meeting this afternoon, when lie said its location was as mythical as ever. Tlie Secretary lias absolutely no official despatches or information to give the Cabinet in regard to Admiral fleet, except the press news, which was published this morning and what little came today. The Secretary was frank enough to state that he would not tell where the American fleet was, whether at Key West, in front of Havana, or on the way to meet the Spanish fleet. He told the Cabinet, however, the plans of the War Board, and the move ment not only of the fleet, but of the army, was the subject of discussion at the meeting today. Each and every member of the Cab inet, when he left the White House, de clared that lie could not talk as to the re sult of the meeting, nor could he say anything in regard to the fleet. Secretary Long, however, said there may be a battle in a day or two, and then again we may not meet the Spanish fleet. Lee SI arts tor Tampa. rvera's Now that the American fleets have been reorganized no doubt arrangements have [ been made for conveying tlie troops to Cuba,but as yet tlie point for tlie landing of tlie invasion has not been settled; it so. it lias not been made known and will j not be made public. Special Dispatch to The Srx. Washington, May 20.—General Lee left for the South this morning, and will go direct to, Tam pa. Jt has been under stood Unit "General Lee's departure will be the signal for the army at Tampa to make ready for tlie invasion of Cuba. Annexationists Impatient. ' ' Special Dispatch to Thi. six. Washington Mav 20.—The advocates if the annexation'of Hawaii have not been uble to g^t any assurance from Speaker Reed that, a special rule will be reported from the Committee oil Rules for the consideration of the resolution. ^ fflon , tv of the situatio „ is that i„ orlU . r t0 g( , t the'rub reported from the Committee it muat.be voted-for by Mr. Feed.himself, who is one ot the most de Jenmneii ot tlie opponents to annexa-1 • h \ lUe parliamentary manoeuvring this question.and that of the war revenue are fa > t } to be becoming involved, the one with the other-the opponents to aniiexa before^ House taken up.the Hawaiian I Question, or else designing to prolong the discussion of tlie Revenue bill in the Senate to hold it in t le wav o t ic bv the1W On this representation of the case it is urged that for the House to pass the danger or m leasUoTlay"tTe revenue Vet °n the other hand, .t is said by some of the friends of Hawaiian aniiexafclu11 that declare that action on „;,d that they will insist upon a course being followed which will give the reso lutions a fair show. They feel warranted in insisting on tins by the acknowledged Esar'""" j Something Big Will Drop Special Dispatch to The Sex. NEW YORK, May 20—A Key West special to the Evening; l'ost sajs : Events of surpassing interest are expected to develop near here within t went y-hmr hours. Details of the Ira-, pnrtant inovemenls projected are not permitted to pass the censor. Rebels Close on Havana. Special Dispatch to The Sex. New Yohk, May 20.—A copyrighted special from Port an Prince to tlie Even ing World says that information has readied that place that General Gomez, at the head ot an |ariny of 15,000 in surgents, is closing m on Havana. His advance guard, led by Quentin Bandera, the dispatch says, had a skir mish with and put to flight 800 Span iards. Santiago de Cuba, according to the some report, is menaced by 5,000 insur gents under General Calixto Garcia. Tlie dispttcli also rep irts tlmt Spanish warships have been sighted off Ynca'an, convoying three transports carrying troops and provisions for Havana. An unsuccess'nl attempt was made by thieves on Thursday to enter tlie resi dence of William Lawton French street. No. 718 THE CASE OF E. T. COOPER The Colonel Will he Sentenced Today by Judge Bradford in Federal Court. MAY APPLY FOR A NEW TRIAL The Life of William N. Boggs Threatened By a Friend of the Colonel and His Arrest Will Follow—The Case of Thomas H, Clark Continued Until the June Term of Court. Yesterday was one of unusual quiet ness in the Federal Building and noth ing whatever was done in the case of Col. Kzikiel T. Cooper, convicted of mis applying the funds of the First National Bank of Dover. The colonel remained at New Castle jail all day, but this morning it is ex pected that lie will be brought here and sentenced in the United States District Court by J udge Bradford. It is not yet known what means of procedure his counsel Levi C. Bird, Ksq., and United States Senator Gray will adopt, but if they contemplate mak ing a motion for suspending of judgment on a new trial, the time limit or the usual four days allowed in such cases expires today. The general belief prevails that coun sel for Cooper will not apply for a new trial unless Judge Bradford sentences liim to the full limit allowed by law, a fine of $10,000 and two years in jail. If however, the sentence is under the maximum then counsel for Cooper will leave the matter rest as it is. j It is quite possible that Cooper would j have been sentenced yesterday, but 1 ow ; n g to tlie abcence of United Slates Distriet Attornev Lewis C. Yandegrift • this could not be carried out. Sheriff Flinn appeared at the office of Marshal Short in tlie Federal building yesterdav morning and informed the, ,, , • . , .j .. _ Marshall that while William N. Boggs, was in Wilmington on Thursday one of Cooper's friends from down tlie State ap i proachcd Mr. Boggs and said, "Boggs I f ■ i , , -H ( f,! , have a mind to kill you for convicting Cooper. You had better look out." '| (in hearing of this the United States i Marshall gave Sheriff Flinn permission 1 . to arm Boggs when lie came to thi* city, Uie name of tlie gentleman making the 1 threat is known, and it is more than poa sib!e that he will be arrested within I *, . . , , , | th ® next twenty-four hours. j Thomas S. ( lark, accompanied by | John Biggs, his attorney, and ox-Shcriff; -1 Joseph McDaniel, of Kent comity, called at t | M . Federal Buildin-r yesterday morn i: n „ fa r niirnnw nf im'imr hnil far hfo mg- for thi purpose of giving bail for ins j appearance at the June term of court. j torney Vandegri t was not present how ever, he having gone to Newark, to at J ten( ] a nieeting of the board of trustees j u f Delaware College, and in consequence the acceptance of the bondsman bad to be postponed. The District Attorney returned yesterday afternoon, and was at *•>« 1!llild W « o'clock, when he accepted ex-Sher,ft McDaniel as bondsman. After Clark had properly bonded, Judge Bradford made an order continuing Clark's case to the June term. i He intended to present ex-Sheriff Mc Daniel as his bondsman. District At Safe From the Canaries. Oil Thursday evening the Philadelphia barkentine Anita Berwind, under com mand of iier principal owner, Captain John H. 1. Donohoo, which has been many months away from her home port, passed in at the Delaware capes after having been out exactly one month from Las Palmas, Canary Isfands, she having saileil from that port on April lit. Owing to the great excitement at that time bet ween this country and Spain tlie relatives and friends of the crew were anxious as to their welfare, and so a cablegram was sent, but it arrived there after the vessel sailed. Upon the in formation that the bark had depart ed from that Spanish port tlie people here to It more at ease, although they have ever since been watching impa tient Iv for her arrival. j John-Gutlirie, who wrote to President! William McKinley a short time ago in I reference to organizing a cavalry to join ' Roosevelt's regiment. Mr. Guthrie re ceived the following in reply to his in quiry ; Ex a tti v liM.i N'su ix, W ism x< iton , M ay It), 18118—Dear Sir : The President directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of recent dete, and to inform yon that it lias been referred for the con sideration of tlie Secretary of War. Very truly yours John Addison Poktkh, Secretary to the President. There is a gentleman interested with Mr. Gutlirie who will equip the com pany completely in the event of the government accepting them. Gut lade Heaps Fi t McKinley. FOSTER CONVICTED. His Cousel H. H. Wai-J, Esq., Appeals for a New Trial—Ollier Court Cases. Chief Justice Lore was absent during the morning session and a portion ot the afternoon session of the Court of General Sessions yesterday. Mahlon B. Foster's case consumed the Gen principle part of the day. Attorney eral White's argument to the jury con sumed the time until 3.30. The jury retired and about 5.45 p. m. they brought in a verdict of guilty. John Hanrahan, who keeps a saloon at Front and King streets, was arraigned for selling liquor without a license, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and costs. Joseph Brown was charged with the larceny of a black mare from William II. Teller. The mare was valued at $25. According to the evidence of botli sides Brown traded the mare for a heg, stove, chairs, table and bedstead, but did not receive anything but. the hog, for which he got $4.00, and thinking the horse his propel t v he Vent to the stable of Teller's and took the horse away about 11 p. m. After much arguing on botii sides the jury went out and in five minutes returned with a verdict of not guilty and Brown made bows of thanks to jurors and court. William Millis,,who was indicted for an attempted murder of Charles Brown at the saloon on the corner of Ninth and Walnut streets on May 1st, will not be tried until next term at the request of defendant. The court this morning decided to re mit the lashes in the cases of Harry Brown and James Demby, colored, the two boys who were convicted of the cliarge of stealing thirty-six slates from Frame A. Mitchell. The court stated that it was an unus ual action to reform a sentence when the f irisoners were not present. Mr. Smal ey said that the prisoners would not ob ject if they were present. In the case of Mahlon B. Foster, H. H. Ward, Esq., his attorney, is prepar ing papers to make an appeal to the Su preme Court, the jury's verdict of guilty not being accepted as the final disposi tion of the case. DEATH IN A LEAP. Miss Steele Dies at the Delaware Hos pital—Body Identified by Her Brother-in-law, Dr. Newton. Miss Carrie Steele of Washington, D. C., who jumped through a car window of one of the coaches of the Congressional express train near Newark on Thursday evening, died at 1 o'clock yesterday morning at tlie Delaware Hospital, this city, without regaining consciousness. The remains of the young lady were given in cliarge ot Deputy Coroner Chandler, and yesterday morning they , were identified by her brother-in-law, william Newton, of Washington, Acting under his instructions the body was sent to his home in that city, Before departing Dr. Newton stated that Miss Steele had been ailing for some t j me About a month ago she went to the sanitarium at Atlantic City and they had no idea that she had left the place. / n conclusion Dr. Newton said that Miss Steele laid lelt, Atlantic City with out the knowledge of her relatives and that she must have committed the rash act while laboring under a fit of mental aberration. Deputy Coroner Chandler will hold an inquest today. j Municipal Court. in the Municipal Court before Judge Ball yesterday morning John Carney was dismissed, the charge of disorderly conduct against him having been with drawn. Isaac Morris and William Kramer, both colored, were arraigned by Patrol man Eakin on the charge of highway robbery, preferred bv U. S. Milton. On Thursday night Milton stopped in Casey's saloon, on tlie coast, and bought a drink. He showed a $2 bill and this caused several negroes to gather around him. Milton left the place, followed by He was Kramer and two others, grabbed and choked and robbed of $7. Milton reported the matter to officer Eakin and the arrest of Morris and Kramer followed. The cliarge against Morris was not sustained, but Kramer was. held until tomorrow, pending a further investigation. John Macey, colored, charged with as saulting William Grimby, also colored, was fined $10 and costs. James Tillman, colored, was fined $10 and costs for assaulting Delia Lolland. More Vessels Wattle 1. On Thursday a circular was issued by Judge Advocate Leinlv at Washington j defining tlie chief characteristics of the sixteen torpedo boat destroyers and the twelve torpedo boats provided by Con gress in the present naval appropriation bill. Tlie proposed destroyers will be much larger than any of those now in service and will measure about 400 tons. The torpedo boats will be t he same size asthose now built and building. The contracts for the vessels will stip ulate a speed of hot less than 28 knots per hour for the destroyers and 20 knots for the torpedo boats. The destroyers must be completed in eighteen months and tlie boats in twelve months. The cost, of the destroyers is to I be not over $205,000 each and the tor ' pedo boats, $175,OIK) each. The Harlan A Hollingsworth Co. will bid. Inspecting a Vaccine Plant. Dr. H. M. Alexander Co. of Marietth, l'a., invited the Board of Health of the State of Delaware, to send a committee of three to inspect, the vaccine plant near Marietta. Drs. E. W. Cooper, President Drs. Robert G.EIlegood and Irvin S. Val landigham left here Thursday for Mari etta. Invitations have been extended to State Boards of Health generally. The Lancaster County Medical Society and the State Board of Health of Pennsylva nia took charge of the visitors!-■ THE ELECTRIC ROAD MOVES ON Combine Laying Plans to Con nect This City With Baltimore. TIM ETC DU I Itin Dili'CUT 1 KAlIS Ur IjA.iU IiULuHl ___ ! road will have been completed, i Despite opposition, offered by large landowners and borough councils, the Route Between Chester and Wilming-* toil Changed and Marcus Hook People Now Want to Effect a Com promise. Hans for extending the system of elec tric railroads between Philadelphia, Wil mington and Baltimore are rapidly as suming the definite, and it is highly probable that before the end of the sum mer a survey of the proposed combine work of surveying the route of that part of the combine, known as the Wilming ton and Chester Electric Railway Com pany, is being pushed. Wilmington wants the combine to prove a success and it is said that the large gang of surveyors at work on tha route will be augmented by several local surveyors who under personal direction of General Manager Fox will soon begin tlie survey of the route between this city aud Baltimore. Large tracts of land on both sides of the Susquehanna have been purchased and no difficulty is now expected. The residents of Marcus Hook are about convinced that the Wilmington and Chester Electric Company, part of the combine, does not intend to lay its Wilmington extension through the bor ough owing to the opposition offered to the laying of a T rail, by some of the citizen's, together with two of the coun cilinen and the burgess. It is said that a strong effort is being made to compromise matters in order to secure the road. Thi two councilmen who have been opposing the T rail and also the burgess, it is understood, will withdraw their ob jection if the company will lay a box rail from Market street to Blue Ball avenue. They will then consent to the laying of a T rail the remainder of the road in the borough. Blue Ball avenue is about half way to the Delaware State line. The company does not look with favor oil the compromise and will in all prob ability pay little attention to it, for they are receiving big inducements to extend their line out Seventh and Ninth streets and down through Trainer and Lin wood, and it is doubtful if they would go through Hook even if they wore given permission to use a T rail the entire dis tance. In order to enter Delaware by the new route, the company will be obliged to purchase the right of way from tha vari ous property owners from the line here the mad joins the nike at t'lay mont, and will also have to lay addition al track. ;hut tins expense w ill be more than off let bv the fact that the company will escape the overhead bridge at Clay uiout, won- the line crosses the I', W, A B, to railn >ad. This bridge alone would cost about $15,000. Then again tlie company will not have to build an iron bridge over Naaman's creek and will also escajK.' the expense of the trestle work just below Market street, Marcus Hook, all of which would have to be done if tlie com pany should go down tlie Post road til rough Marcusdlonk. On the new route the company may have to erect a trestle across the low land at (Jlaymont, but this will be only a small one. EMINENT COUNSEL Will Represent "The shin" In Its Suit in Equity With Mr. John ltitchie] Today. Chancellor John C. Nicholson will hear argument today in the suit inequity brought by Mr. John Ritchie against Mr. Clement II. Congdon owner of this paper. Associated with Herbert H. Ward, Esq., and Arthur W. Spruance, Esq., in behalf of Tits Sun, will be IJon. De Lance}' N'icoll, former district attorney of New York. Mr. Nicoll is probabh the best known criminal lawyer in tlie United States. It was lie who exposed the great Broad way Traction steal, winch landed Jake Sharp and a number of New York Aldermen in Sing Sing. He also appeared in the celebrated Grant , and Ward case and in many other cases of inter-national importance. He is now trying a case in New York against tlie famous Hetty Green, who' is prob ably the richest and most eccentric woman in America. Single Tax Club. The Young Men's Single Tax Club will bold a grand rally at Fourth and Shipley streets this evening. A large stand will be erected on the street in front of their headquarters, from which Herman V. Hetzel, tl cyclone, will address tlie public. 0111018 of the* advance guard will lie present and speak on this occasion. Philadelphia llev. Short's Lecture, Rev. F. Burnette Short lectured to a large audience at Rising Sun, Md., last evening. Mr. Short will lecture at Cris field, Md.,Tangier, Md., and Bndgeville, Del., during the coming week. The pro ceeds of ins lectures are for the benefit of Epworth Church. So far they have all proven successful.