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Che San Jitm Islander,
VOL. VIII. NO. 18.
What Has Happened in the
Civilized World.
v cowrie* Review ° the News of th
rtt^t Seven Days In This and
AH Foreign Lands.
The bill for the removal of all po
litical disabilities arising from the
rivi! war is now a law, President Me-.
Kinky having formally approved it.
A dispatch to the London Times
from Manila, referring to the light on
May 30, and Jane 1, says: The Span
: ] loss in killed and wounded and
Loners was heavy, but the most seri
',. feature of all for the Spanish is
the defection of hundreds of natives.
The Spaniards are endeavoring by
ere means to win over the rebels,
-hoare attracted by promises of par
don and high offices. But Aguinaldo'a
attraction is stronger. He has com
pletely surrounded Manila by cutting
[ho railroads and holding the rivers by
which food had previously reached the
city If the city is not starved into
gurr'ender the rebels may carry it, hav
ing an increasing number of rifles and
field guns.
Fighting before and in the vicinity
of Santiago continued the greater part
of Monday from 7:45 A. M. Ten war
ships maintained a steady and careful
ly directed fire against Morro castle
and the batteries at Punta.Gorda, Soo
ipa and Cinnremles, in addition to
bombarding the Spanish fleet in the
harbor. The military commander of
Santiago acknowledges the loss of six
Spanish officers and many soldiers.
He also admits severe loss of naval
forces. The loss on the American
side, Santiago reports say, is not
known. The Spaniards acknowledge
that a great deal of damage was inflict
ed on the Spanish cruiser Ueina Mer
cedes, and gay Morro oaslte shows great
gaping breaches in its walls.
A special from Caps Haytien de
scribing the bombardment of Santiago
on Monday says the forts of the harbor
are now a mass of ruins. Scarcely a
yard of coast f ron Port Cabrera on the
west to Aguadores on the east escaped
the deadly cannonading of the 10
American ironclads, which passed back
and forth discharging their heavy guns
at* they steamed along. Later in the
day tire old cruiser Iteina Mercedes
y«a discovered attempting to clear the
channel of the Merrimac wreck. A 13
--inch shell from the Oregon landed
■(■rely abaft her pilot-house and tore
Jier upper works to shreds. Many of
her officers and crew were killed or
wounded and the vessel so badly dam
aged that Admiral Cervera ordered her
abandoned about noon.
The first-class armored Spanish
cruiser Carlo Alberto, bound for Cuba,
has arrived at Gibraltar. -
Saturday afternoon the torpedo-boat
Davis was successfully launched from
the iron works of Wolff & Zwicker, at
Portland, Or. f
A joint resolution has been intro
duced into the house directing the sec
retary of the navy to have prepared
and delivered suitable medals of honor
to Lieutenant Hobson and each mem
ber of his crew, for the gallant service
they rendered the United States.
Uape Haytien advices of June 6 say:
At 8 o'clock this morning strong can
nonading was heard before Fort Aqua
**» A quarter of an hour later the
noise of cannonading was greatly in
creaed, the firing evidently proceeding
mm suns of the largest caliber.
« is reported from Kingston, Jam
aica, that the battle-ship Oregon saw a
wng craft sneaking close to shore and
leading towards Santiago harbor. She
signalled the craft to turn, and the sig
nals were improperly answered, where
upon the Oregon opened fire upon her.
8-inch shell struck the torpedo
ooat amidship, and she Bank with all
It iHls , The vessel is supposed to have
wen the Spanish torpedo-boat destroy
p le i?- r ' trying to make her way from
. Olto Rico into the harbor of Santiago.
l° rejoin the fleet of Cervera.
The department of war Monday
morning sent a list of prisoners at Fort
JcPherson to Admiral Sampson, and
«* admiral himself will enter into
Mmmunication with Cervera respecting
[' exchange of prisoners. Cervera will
flowed to select from the list per-
whom he is willing to take in ex
™ge for Constructor Hobson and the
gallant crew that manned the Merri
macon her last run. The officials
oi « yeXp°ct to complete the exchange
01 Prisoners in less than two weeks.
o'cl laii"d disatch says: At 1
w a °v n day evenin 20 American
Ban i PV pened a hot attack; on
SBk nut the-v were *> far distant
r r shells did not reach the forts.
22! ] he futility of the 'enemy*
St.tl de> the Spaniards made no re-
Pro a cV.f ei!u fire' awaitiQ 8 the near ap
fleet Ch Of *heshi Pß. but the attacking
Then ,ned in itß distant position.
men ! PiU= f"rther Bays the bombard
s'l 36t1- 4f minutea and was not re
are .t';n l"lxteeen American warships
OO Ti!! re. *re believed to be only 13,
- troops in Porto Rico. .
8* the Popalace of Man
reduced to eating horseflesh.
in &\ in the Canary Islands lira
A **£ fi^ bombardmenti by the
»vee ßta ?t n? ian Jewa of Cincinnati,
\T° Vement among their
Sute anT throubont Itlie^ United1
**t«eshin for!]! 8185118 mC? ley -fa *** •
'v for the government. • .
Santiago is on the verge of starva
tion. All the food has been seized for
thu army and navy, and troops and
sailors are on half rations.
The president has in contemplation
the eubinission ot a special message to
congress calling for the immediate
annexation of Hawaii as a military
The Marblehead on Monday, when
the insurgents had pressed forward
west of Santiago, shelled the Span
iards, who fled to the mountains,
checkering the path followed in their
retreat with dead and wounded.
Communication between the insur
gents Bnd Sampson's fleet is constant.
The Cubans are active, and arms, am
munition and supplies for them were
landed by the Suwanee yesterday in
great quantities. The insurgents and
Spaniards fight daily.
Word has been received from Ottawa,
Canada, that a messenger has left there
with notice of the expulsion from Can
ada of Lieutenant Caranza and Senor
Dv Bosc, the Spanish officers, who
were recently attached to the Spanish
legation at Washington.
The Marblehead engaged and drove a
Spanish gunboat into Guantanamo har
bor and shelled and reduced the anti
quated fortifications. The insurgents
co-opeiated on the land side. The place
is being held until troops arrive. -It
is contemplated to establish a general
base there. '
Sampson has officially declared that
the purpose of the bombardment of
Santiago was to clear the way for the
troops. The object has been attained.
He personally •■■" commended Ensign
Palmer for approaching within j 150
yards of the Spanish battery at night,
and learning that the Spaniards were
mounting guns.
Suspected of having furnished the
United States with information regard
ing San Juan harbor, Walter Bett, sec
retary of the British consulate at that
port, has received his passports and
has been banished from Porto Rico by
order of V Governor-General Mancias.
Bett was imprisoned in a dungeon for
56 hours, and duiing that time he was
subjected to gross maltreatment. Brit
ish Consul-General Crawford has made
a foimal portest to his government and
serious international complications are
imminent. § '--.-*.> }X'~r
The American naval commander is
anxious to bring about the exchange of
Lieutenant Hobson and his gallant
companions from the Merrimac. The
admiral sent the Vixen with a flag of
truce _';.. to the entrance of the harbor
Wndnesdeay offering to exchange for
the lieutenant and hie party some pris
oners taken from a prize of the Marble
head off Cienfuegos. Cervera consid
ered the . matter : all night, and sent
word today that he is powerless to act.
He referred the matter to the military
governor, who later in turn referred it
to Blanco. Along delay is drobable.
In addition to Dewey's fleet eight
foreign vessels are stationed in Manila
bay. ■«*.
The Masonic festival in San" Fran
cisco has among numerous interesting
exhibitions a sword cane presented to
George Washington by General Lafay
ette. "1 : ">._--. ... •
The auxiliary cruiser St. Paul sailed
from New York at noon Wednesday
under sealed orders. St>e has taken
aboard nearly 5,000 tons of coal and
25,000 gallons of water. -
The Oregon Republicans have elect
ed the entire state ticket by pluralities
of 5,000 to 7,000. The plurality for
governor will i probably reach 9,000.
The Republicans claim the legislature
by 40 on joint ballot. . f? : .
President McKniley received a press
dispatch to the effect that Captain
Phillips, of the battle-ship Texas, had
been killed by a Spanish shell at San
tiago. He said there was no reason to
believe it true, and cited Sampson's
offioial dispatch annonncing no casual
A special from Kingston, Jamaica,
reports that the Spanish cruiser Viz
caya and the torpedo-boat destroyer
Furor were badly damaged daring the
bombardment of Monday. A shell
from the Brooklyn is said to have burst
under the Vizcaya's port quarter, dis
mounting a gun, injuring the cruiser's
rudder and wounding several sailors.
The Spanish forces have been defeat
ed with heavy loss in a battle at Jig
uani, province of Santiago. After six
hours' fighting the Spaniards raised a
flag of truce and expressed themselves
as willing to surrender, and the Cu
bans took as prisoners one Spanish col
onel, seven captains and several other
officers, besides 108 soldiers. The
Spanish loss amounted to 76 dead and
a large number of wounded. Included
in the Spanish losses were 13 officers.
Assistant Secretary Meikeljohn has
chartered the steamships Indiana, Mor
gan City and City of Para for the trans
portation of troops to the Philippines,
an has closed a contract tor the Vic
toria, Olympia and Arizona, of the
North Pacifio steamship line and se
pure the privilege of aoquring the Ta
coma and Columbia if needed, all five
on condition that they are given Amer
ican register. Be also has ordered
impressed into service the steamer
Queen and City of Pnebla, of the Pa
cific Steamship Company, if found sat
Marine insurance companies are
greatly agitated over Spain's new
threat of privateering.
The wonderful submarine torpedo
boat Holland has been bought by the
The war has caused an immense de
crease in first and seooftd-olasi ocean
A high fence has been erected all
around the Carpenter Steel works at
i Reading, Pa., as a further protection
- from sm'es.
American Fleet Shelled
the Town of Cai
Many of th« Shots Demuliali <•<! Houses
in the Town— Spanish Comiimtuler
Threatens to Bnrn the Place- Inhab
itants Fled to the Hills. ;• -: .
Cape Haytien, Hayti, June 10—It is
reported' here that a great battle has;
taken place at Caimanera, in the bay
of Gaantanamo, which is 40 miles east
of Sanitago de Cuba. ..
At 5:30 o'clock Tuseday morning
five ships of the American squadron
opened a heavy bombardment of the
fortifications of the town. There was
a perfect hail of bombs in the bay,
striking and demolishing many houses
beyond the fortifications.
On the Spanish side the military re
plied vigorously, making for some
time a stiff resistance. The fire from
the warships, however, never slackened
for an instant. It was regular and well
directed, and a great majority of the
shots proved effective. The Spaniards
were forced to abandon their positions
on the shore and retreat to the town of
Caimanera proper. It is supposed that
the inhabitants also fled.
' It is said here that the Spanish at
Santiago and Caimanera are preparing
for a final desperate struggle, and are
determined to resist the assaults of the
Americans to the last extremity.
The commander of the district issued
an order yesterday to burn Caimanera
before yielding it into the hands of the
The latter forced the entrance to the
bay of Guantanamo, and, according to
the latest advices, it was feared that
the Americans would make an effort to
land forces this afternoon. Measures
to prevent this, if possible, have been
taken by the Spaniards. The Ameri
can fleet returned to its usual post.
The report of the bombardment at
Caimanera came by cable. The bom
bardment destroyed a little house
which sheltered the French cable at
Caimanera. The cables uniting the
main cable with the office at Caima
nera and the town of Caimanera with
Santiago were cut, thus accounting for
the prolonged absence of intelligence
here as to operations in that vicinity.
Even before the cables in Guantamo
bay had been injured so that they
could not be worked, the operators at
the Caimanera station were forced to
flee by the fire from the ships. Up to
this hour, 9:15 V. M., there has been
no direct cable communication from
Santiago since Monday at midnight.
The United States dispatch-boat Dol
phin arrived at Mole St. Nicholas this
morning and fired a salute of 17 guns.
Twenty-Seven Thousand Men Left for
Santiago Thursday Noon.
London, June 10.—The Washington
correspondent of the Daily Chronicle,
with the approval of General Greely,
"The army sailed from Tampa at
noon today. The force numbers 27,
--000 men, composed of infantry, cav
alry, artillery and engineers and signal
"The infantry consists of 27 regi
ments, 16 regular and 11 volunteers.
Of the regulars there were the First,
Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh,
Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Twelfth, Thir
teenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth. Twen
ty-first, Twenty-second, Twenty-fourth
and Twenty-fifth regiments.
"Of the volunteer regiments there
were the First New York, Thirty-sec
ond Michigan, First and Fifth Ohio,
Second New York, First District of
Columbia, Filth Maryland, One Hun
dred and Fifty-seventh Indiana, and
Third Pennsylvania. The total in
fantry force is 21,600. In addition
there are a battalion of engineers, a
detachment of the signal corps, five
squadrons of oavalry, four batteries of
heavy artillery.
"General Shatter is in chief com
mand of the force, which is conveyed
by the battle-ship Indiana and the
gunboat Helena.
Has Manila Fallen?
Hong Kong, June 10.—A report here
is that Manila has fallen. It is said
to be occupied by the Philippine in
surgents, commanded by Agninaldo.
The rebel junta and wealthy Philip
pine islanders resident here are jubi
lant over the news, and the Dnited
States consulate has been crowded all
day. The American consul, Mr. Wild
man, has been the recipient of hun
dreds of telegrams of congratulation,
giving him also as mnch credit for the
reported capture of Manila as they
gave Aguinaldo himself. Since Mr.
Wildman has been there, he has ad
vised them in all theii plans. Consul
Wildman does not credit the report
that Manila has fallen, bat thinks a
successful landing will be effected by
Shot by His Partner.
The Dalles, Or., Jane 10.—Word
has just been reoeived from Antelope
of a snooting affray that took place
there early yesterday morning. While
trying to stop a row in the Eureka
saloon, Murdock McKay, one of the
proprietors, was shot in the abdomen
and dangerously wounded by his part
nei, William Rolff. It is claimed the
shooting was accidental. Medical aid
was summoned from The Dalles. The
courier that brought the news did not
think it possible that he oouM live
Barge and Crew Lost Off the Atlantte
Charleston, S. C, June 10. —A bar% c
laden with war supplies and a crew of
five men, in tow of the steamer Leoni«
das, was lost last Saturday night be
tween Norfolk and Charleston. The
Leonidas and her charge were en route
from Norfolk to Key West to supply
the army and navy. The loss of the
barge and her crew was reported today
by the pilot-boat R. H. Cowan, which
was hailed off the jetties by the Leon
idas and given dispatches to send
north. The pilot-boat was given but
little information of the destination,
the full details of the telegram being
sealed. From what could be learned,
the vessel encountered a severe storm
last Saturday night off the coast of
North Carolina, and during the gale,
thr) hawsers parted and the barge went
down. The barge was iron and
schooner-rigged. The steamer is en
route to Key West with ammunition
and supplies for the United States war
vessels and army. £The cargo oi the
Leonidas required an immediate deliv
ery, and her master found it impossi
ble to put into port to wire the report.
Baltimore, Md., June 10.—Five
men were picked up from off a drifting
United States barge off Hatteras, Mon
day, and were landed in this city to
day by the steamer William Lawrence.
It Received the Unanimous Support of
the Senate.
Washington, June^B. —A bill provid
ing for the 12 th census was passed by
the senate today, after a debate which
occupied the greater part of three days.
Several years ago a oensuebill was pre
sented by the committee having the
matter in charge, but the measure was
so unsatisfactory that it was recom
mitted to the oommittee. The bill
passed today was in lieu of that which
was recommitted, and, as slightly
amended, received the unanimous sup
port of the senate* Uuder it, if it
should become a law, a director of the
census, and assistant director and five
expert etisticians will be appointed in
order to make the preliminary arrange
ments for the census of 1900, in ac
cordance with the outline presented in
the bill, which has already been fully
presented by the Associated Press. A
determined effort was made to provide
that the employes of the census bureau
should be examined and certified by
the civil service commission, but it
failed by a vote of IS to 331. A pro
vision was inserted tshat no more than
two-thirds of the supervisors and
enumerators should belong to one
political party.
The house today disposed of the sen
ate amendment to the sundry civil bill
and agreed to a further conference.
The conference report upon the post
office appropriation bill was adopted
without debate, and the house proceed
ed to consider the bill to provide for
participation of volunteer soldiers in
congressinoal elections. Adjournment
was taken pending disposal and it will
come up tomorrow. The session began
and ended today with a Hawaiian inci
dent, Grosvenor, a leader of the annex
ationists figuring in each instance.
These grew out of the aotion of those
who want early consideration lent
the opposition win a victory and effect
undue delay if not the defeat of the
resolutions at this session.
Lieutenant Henry Whitney Complete*
His Mission.
New York, June 10.—Lieutenant
Henry Whitney, Fourth United States
artillery, who has twice penetrated into
the very heart of Spanish territory,
once in Cuba and lastly in Porto Rico,
arrived here today on the British,
steamer Ardenrose, from Porto Rico.
Through him, the war department will
soon be in possession of important and
accurate information concerning the
military strength and defenses of the
island. The Porto Rioan mission was
undertaken under orders from the de
partment to travel through the most
strongly fortified places and the head
quarters of the military bodies and ob
serve their strength and the prepara
tions the commanders had made to re
sist occupation by the American troops.
He made the journey with great expe
dition. He found 5,000 volunteers and
4,000 troops in and about San Juan.
The soldiers were sickly, however, and
discontented for lack of pay. Food he
found to be scarce.
Hunting-ton Roads Sued.
San Francisco, June 10.—The Unit*
ed States government today filed a
suit in the circuit court against the
Southern and Central Pacifio railway
companies, the Metropolitan Trust
Company, of New York, and others to
recover $17,988 alleged to be due on
7,195 acres of land northwest of Sacra
Beady to Sell the Bonds.
Washington, Jane 10.—Preparations
are substantially complete to invite
offers for the bonds for carrying on the
Spanish war, as soon as the bonds are
authorized by congress. There will
not be a delay of more than two days
in issuing a circular stating the terms
under which the bonds are offered,
and Inviting bids at par.
Commands Colorado Department.
Denver, Col., June 10.—Brigadier-
General Stunner was notified today of
his appointment as permanent com
mander of the department of Colorado,
including also the former colonel of
the Seventh cavalry, stationed in Ari
New York, June 10.—The auxiliary
cruiser St. Paul sailed at noon today
under sealed orders. She has taken
aboard nearly 5,000 tons of coal and
85,000 gallons of water.
The American Fleet Si
lenced the Forts
of Santiago.
Sampson's Sqnadron Formed In Double
Column, and With Shot and Shell
Destroyed the Batteries and Earth
works Krected by the Spaniards.
Kingston, Jamaica, June 9. —The
American fleet this morning engaged
the Spanish batteries defending the en
trance of the harbor of Santiago de
Cuba, and after a three hours' bom
bardment silenced nearly all the forts,
destroyed several earthworks and ren
dered the Estrella and Cayo Smith bat
teries, the two principal forts, useless.
The fleet formed in double column,
six miles off Morro castle, at 6 o'clock
in the morning, and steamed slowly to
within 8,000 yards of shore, the Brook
lyn leading, followed by the Marble
head, Texas, and Massachusetts, and
turned westward.
The second line, the New York lead
ing, with the New Orleans, Yankee,
lowa and Oregon following, turned
The Vixen and Suwanee were far
out on the left flank, watching the
riflemen on shore. The Dolphin and
Porter did similar duty on the right
The line headed by the New York
attacked the new earthworks near Mor
ro castle. The Brooklyn column took
up a station opposite the Estrella and
Catalina batteries, and the new earth
works along the shore.
The Spanish batteries remained
silent, as if doubtful whether the Span
iaida were able to determine the char
acter of the movement, owing to the
dense fog and heavy rain, which were
the weather features this morning.
Suddenly the lowa fired a 12-inch
shell, which struck the base of Es
trella battery and tore up the works.
Instantly firing began from both Ad
miral Sampson's and Commodore
Sohley's columns, and a torrent of
shells from the ships fell upon the
Spanish works.
| The Spaniards replied promptly, but
their artillery work w«s of a very poor
quality, and most of their shots went
Smoke settled around the ships in
dense clouds, rendering more difficult
the work of the gunners. ,
There was no maneuvering of the j
fleet, the ships remaining at their orig- j
inal station and firing steadily. The!
squadrons were so close inshore that it j
was difficult for the American gunners
to reach the batteries on the hilltops,
but their firing was excellent.
Previous to the bombardment orders j
were issued to prevent firing on Morro
castle, as the American admiral had j
been informed that Lieutenant Hobson j
and the other prisoners of the Merri- j
mac are confined there. In spite of i
this, however, several stray shots dam
aged Morro castle somewhat.
Commodore Schley's line moved
closer inshore, firing at shorter range.
The Brooklyn and the Texas caused
wild havoc among the Spanish shore
batteries, quickly silencing them.
While the larger ships were engaged
with the heavy batteries, the Suwanee
and the Vixen closed with the small
shore batteries opposite them, raining
rapid-fire shots upon it and quickly
placing the battery out of the fight.
The Brooklyn closed to 800 yards,
and the destruction caused by her guns
and those of the Marblehead and Texas
was readily seen. The works of the
Estrella fort were burning, and the ]
battery was silenced, firing no more
during the engagement. Eastward the
New York and New Orleans silenced
the Cayo Smith battery in quick oder,
and then shelled the earthworks locat
ed higher up. .
Later the practice was not so accu
rate, owing to the elevation of the
guns. Many ot the shells, however,
landed, and the Spanish gunners re
Fire broke out in Catalina fort, and
silenced the Spanish guns.
Shortly after 9 o'clock the firing
ceased, the warships turning in order
to permit the use of the port batteries.
The exohange then became a long, re
verbating crash of thunder, and the
shells raked the Spanish batteries with
terrible effect.
After the fleet retired the Spaniaids
returned to some of the guns, and sent ■
IS shells after the fleet, but no one was*
injured. One large shell fell dose to
the collier Justin. . :* .
Throughout the entire" engagement,
do American was injured.
A»ul..aldo Will Hold the Dictatorship
London, June 9.—The Hong Kong
correspondent of the Times says: A
proclamation issued by Aguinaldo, the
insurgent chief, points to a desire to
set up a native administration in the
Philippines under an American protec
torate. Aguinaldo, with an advisory
council, would hold the dictatorship
until the conquest of the islands, and
then would establish a republican as
Aguinaldo has issued orders that the
lives and property of Europeans, Chi
nese and all Spanish non-combatants
are to be protected, and all excesses are
to be avoided.
Participants of the Great Fight, Keach
San Francisco.
San Francisco, June 9. — Among
the passengers who arrived from Hong
Kong on the Belgic were four men who
participated in the fighting at Manila
bay, on May 1. They were Paymaster
G. A. Loud, of the dispatch-boat Mc-
Culloch Dr. Charles P. Kisdleberger,
surgeon of the Olympia; Ralph Phelps,
secretary to the captain of the McCul
loch, and J. W. Evans, a gunner of
the Boston. They left Manila May 5.
Paymaster Loud, who was on the
McCulloch during the battle, was a
witness of events on both Bides. From
his position he could see every move
ment of the American ships, and could
also see the battle plans of the Span
"For two hours," said Mr. Loud,
"the steady thunder of the cannon was
kept up. The road was something ter
rible. At one time really thought we
would be beaten. This was after the
fire had been kept up an hour. It
looked like every gun on the Spanish
ships had turned loose on us all to
gether, and the shore line was a verita
ble blaze of fire from the batteries. Tons
and tons of shot fell over our ships.
There was steel enough to have sunk
our entire fleet. Our salvation was in
the bad markmanship of the Spaniards.
Nearly all of their shots went wild of
the mark. Some of the batteries, how
ever, were better trained. Several
guns maintained a raking fire on the
fleet. Nearly all of our ships were
struck by both large and small shells,
but no damage of conseqence was done.
"We left Manila on the sth. At
that time Commodore Dewey was in
possession of the shore and arsenals.
Considerable ammunition and guns
were captured. Manila, on the oppo
site side of the bay, had not been
taken, and it was not the purpose of
Commodore Dewey to do so at that
time. Of course the city and its sub
urbs were completely at the mercy of
our guns, and we could have laid it in
ruins in a very short time, but the
force on the warships is too small to
land and take possession. When the
troops arrive from San Francisco Dewey
will demand the immediate surrender
of the city and the troops stationed
there. If a refuaul is given fire will
at once be opened from the warships
and forcible possession taken at once.
There will be no difficulty in holding
the Phillipines and Manila. Complete
subjugation of the Spanish forces in
the group will be accomplished with
out trouble and little danger to life.
The natives are friendly, and at the
time we left were beseiging the town in
large force. They are acting undei
orders of Commodore Dewey."
The Steamer Belgic Passed the rirst
Manila Sxpeditlon.
San Francisco, June 9.—The steamer
Belgic arrived from the Orient, via
Honolulu, early this morning, but was
sent into quarantine, three cases of
smallpox having developed Bince her
departure from Hong Kong. Great
preparations were being made at Hono
lulu for the reception of the troops, ex
pected to arrive there the day the Bel
gic left.
One hundred and fifty miles out
from Honolulu, the Belgic sighted the
transports Australia, Peking and Syd
ney, which vessels signalled all well
on board.
The Charleston arrived at Honolulu
May 29, after a pleasant voyage of
seven days and two hours. All on
board were well. The people of Hono
lulu gave the ship and her crew a royal
welcome. Nothing was too good for
the United States sailors.
The principal event in the local war
situation today was the departure of
the Monterey and the collier Brutus
for Manila.
Madrid, Jane 9.—Dake de Bio. min
ister of foreign affairs, has mailed to
all the ambassadors of Spain a note and
memorandum, declaring the United
States has violated international law
by capturing Spanish vessels before a
declaration of war, by bombarding
ports without notice, and by using the
Spanish flag at Quantanamo.
The Insurgent Army is
Driving in Manila
Great Slaughter of Spaniards by Agul
■: ; naldo's —Fought While Typhoon
Kneed— Rebels Now Hold the
Suburbs of the City. . ;
Manila, via Hong Kong, Jane B.—
The Spanish outposts have been driven
in all along the line simultaneously,
and with great slaughter. It is said
over 1,000 have been killed.
There has been fierce : hand-to-hand
fighting for 70 hours, despite the
typhoon which is raging. .
The violent winds and torrents of
rain render the rifles|of the Spanish
troops unavailing. The natives easily
win at every step with their slashing
knives. Today the insurgents bold
Malabon, Taralac, and Bacoor. They
are now attacking San Tamera and
Moorlate, the suburbs of the city,
which is completely enclosed for a dis
tance of seven miles. _'
A native regiment under Colonel
Agiunaldo, cousin of the insurgent
leader, yesterday joined the insurgents.
The governor has issued a despairing
proclamation j begging the , insurgents to
come to terms, and now he is arrang
ing to remove all the Spanish popula
tion inside the old walled city. He is
filling the moats and testing the draw
bridges and placing strong guards on
the principal streets and artillery along
the walls. All the other troops are
camping in the suburbs. The weather
is terrific: v ''<'** s
Later—lt now appears that the rock
ets yesterday were not signals to the
natives, but a warning from the Ger
man consulate of the approach of the
typhoon, Issued for the benefit of the
ships in the harbor.
I visited Cavite without the Span
iards knowing it, and found there 197
wounded and 56 prisoners, among the
latter six Spanish officers. All were
wel 11 treated. '&**■?!
Chief Agiunaldo, in the course of an
Interview, has said that the insurgents
are eager to make an attack on Manila
forthwith, but that Ad ral-Dewey re
fuses to "allow hordes of passionate
semi-savages to storm a civilized me
tropolis." • -
Admiral Dewey wants to await the
arrival of the American n troops. In
the meantime the insurgnets have be n
forbidden to cross the Motate > river,
seven miles south of Manlila. Other
wise the Petral will be stationed there
to bombard them. ' „
The volunteers smelt powder yester
day. An officer was killed and three
wounded. They retired rapidly. :
Americans Thought They Saw a Span
,:' . ish Torpedo-Boat Destroyer.' ' •;:
! Kingston, Jamaica,' June B—Whether
the American fleet sank a Spanish tor
pedo-boat destroyer Friday night has
not been absolutey confirmed. At 10
o'ccock Friday night the cruiser New
Orleans discovered what appeared to be
«J; torpedo-boat destroyer close 4 to the
shore, and signalled the flagship New
York that it was evident that a night
torpedo attack was to be made. The
New York and New Orleans opened fire
and their shells burst around a dark
object. r Finally a 18-inch shell fiom
the Massachusetts (not the Oregon, as
first reported) was fired and exploded, ?'
and the searchlights of the vessels were
turned on the spot where the supposed I
destroyer ■■; had ;. been sighted, but not a
trace of the boat could be found, and it
was believed by the officers of the New
York she had been sunk '
The first assumption was that the
vessel was the Terror, but it is believed
now that it was the Pluton or Furor, as
the Terror was not known to be at San*
tiago. i. Two :i Schwarzopkof torpedoes
were found floating two miles south of
Morro. This class of % torpedo is " used
by ;'.' the Spanish, and one of the f- two
found had only the practice head. .
Admiral Sampson is determined not
to allow the > Spanish Hto remove the*
Merrimac from the spot where she lies.
Saturday "it was ; reported "• that they y
were i working at the t: hull, and the,
American fleet formed in line of battle
with orders to bombard. It turned out
that the Spanish were not so engaged)
and th<s fleet withdrew. i^r'T^--
Admiral Sampson has given specific
orders that £1 Morro, where the Merri
mao's crew are imprisoned, be i spared
in firing. Admiral Cevera's polite as
buranees i were :l accopmanied ?by the
statement that Lieutenant Hobson and ■■
his -* men y were confined there. This*
placing of the prisoners in direct line
of fire is denounced by the American
officers as a 13th-century defense, an,
act of incarnate cruelty. ; :.
General Castillo, commanding the
Cuban forces in the west and north of
the province of Santiago, has been con- '
centrating 4,000 Cubans in the vicinity
of the city. . . " .:-fZ%
Cape Haytien, Jane B—At 8 o'clock
this morning strong % cannonading was |
heard from the direction of Aguadores,
a little east of Morro Castle, whioh de-
:fends the eastern entrance of the har
bor of Santiago. A quarter of an hoar
later the noise of the cannonading
greatly increased, the firing evidently
proceeding from guns of the largest
All the land above' sea-level would
not fill np more than one-third of th«
Atlantic ocean.

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