OCR Interpretation

The San Juan islander. [volume] (Friday Harbor, Wash.) 1898-1914, August 25, 1898, Image 1

Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88085190/1898-08-25/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

VOL. VIII. NO. 28.
ghat Has Happened in the
Civilized World.
, nvW e BeTlew of the News of the
4 ' r»»t Seven Pays in This and
All Foreign Load*
, I lnhnHav.ambassador toEng
-00 "",;',.■ been offered and accented
# « of secretary of state. _
V n - ti ..', departure from Manila
teen due to his having
L* superseded by general Jaudemes
Military governor.
c ... of dead bodies are still in the
* "< the Spanish warships at San
f* Th« Minirunte Oquendo lias
£n in two and cannot possibly be
E;lne American bark a G Fan*.
1 vL,n bound from Tacoma for
;!^ ; vl - wrecked off Flanders
'T T.';'"°ni;v'with th° loss of 11
Hve"' including those of the captain,
hi : wit two children.
a,, oiJcr has been issued mustering
ono [ service about 50,000 of the vOl
-,,r array force. The troops to be
:'Se Ttwill include all the vol-
cavalry and volunteer artillery
the United States at the present
lime, and a largo number of infantry
regiments. ;
Undo Sam has no intention of reduc-
: n0 his navy to a peace footing. The
hired ships arc to go, but those owned
the government, to the number of
at least 100, will be retained in the
Kl vice at least temporarily. The rev-.
enue cotters will be turned back to the
treasury department.
At San Francisco, F. J. Corbett,
father of James J. Corbett, the pugilist,
ehot and killed his wife and then
tamed the weapon upon himself with
fatal effect It is believed the mur
derer was demented. Ho has been in
extremely poor health for some time.
Death was instantaneous in both cases.
Captain John W. Phillip will be de
tached from the command of the bat
tleship Texas and Captain Charles D.
Sigsbeo will succeed him in command.
Captain Phillip's detachment is due to
the fact that lie will reach the flag
rank, the grade of commodore, upon
the retirement of Admiral Sicard on
September 3.
The president bos appointed two
commissions to adjust the evacuation
of Cuba and Porto Rico. They are
■de up as follows: For Cuba — Major-
haral James P. Wade, Rear-Admiral
I, T. Sampson, Major-General Mat
h* C. Butler. For Porto Rico—
fcjor-General John R. Brooke. Rear-
Afabal Winfiekl Scott Schksy, Briga
aw-General William W. Gordon.
The fall of Manila has boon confirmed
by Admiral Dewey, who says in hie
report that the Philippines capital sur>
rendered Starday evening to the Ameri
can forces. Seven thousand Spanish
prisoners were taken. The capitula
tion was preceded by a combined land
aiul sea attack upon the city. No
American warships nere damaged.
Harritt'a losses aie about eight killed
anil 50 wounded. Manila is being
Wd by virtue of the military occupa
tion, aud not by virtue of the protocol.
General Miles' troops will leuiain in
Porto Kico until peace negotiations are
Miss Percy Wing, of Washougal,
"abb., was drowned Monday in the
*rf at Clatsop beacli.
Monday was the hottest day known
>n uadon in years. Up to 2 o'clock
the prostrations numbered 150.
A new lino of steamers to Honolulu
from Seattle has been instituted. The
Jrst will start for the islanda on the
« mst.
During a terrific thunder storm,
lightning struck Camp Hobson, Ga.
&een wldiera are in the hospital seri
onsly hurt. The same company was
111 a wreck a week ago at Fort McPher
A tornado Sunday nigljt struck near
ant.v, Minn., killed seven people, de
coyed many buildings, and did great
J«mtge to crops. The entire family of
, ""tohinson, including his wife
« children, were killed. The
mm was not wide in extent, but very
Seven people are missing,
h\\S m Ot lbem are opposed to be
, The co Miner's lookout at Pana,
ei i',\ reac! Hi a climax Monday. Sev
ni\\Z d union men congregated
-'» the mine in an endeavor to induce;
"« Un , llonists not to go to work^
jo non union men, rode upon •horsed
Jj 1 and emptied their revolvers into
«L? Wd" Three union men-were
*<% wounded. Further trouble
Obtain! M °i! l6mOnß flDd Other fruit
gained by the efforts of the Red Croaa
San? Wa- °" Mo "day forwarded from
Crai C, ? the sick soldiers of
8 a t .C °lonel - Morris Brown, U.
Besides £ i9lan(l m»litary hospital,
fruit lemons the car contains grape
car ; M? Dges and °ther fruit.. The
ing4?H°ratCly corated with hunt
-8 aild bears several patriotic placards.
Ri^ Mi. l( ,r News Items. :
r^ >8 Perso«al estate, it is eaid,
nted to about $3,000,000. L „:„di
k *enc d^ Syl7ania alien^taxJw^M]
void. red unconstitutional and
'Pen«j *L Ch, ool >'ards »n Boston were
durin»trt P y Bronn(i for children
Ce,ii p. SUmmer months. "" ' "
polls in^? is tr>'ln§ t0 gefbackaV
Uctk£miA fouth African repab
raid er he to»t. by the Jameson
Che San luan Islander.
Captain Clark, of the battle-ship Ore
gon, is seriously ill, and cannot at pres
ent be removed from the auxiliary
cruieer St. Paul.
The president lias directed that the
Twenty-third Kansas regiment, colored,
be dispatched to Santiago, to form an
army of ocoupaiton in Cuba.
Congressman James Q. Maguire has
been nominated for governor by the
Democrats of California. The fusion
plan carried almost unanimously.
Frank Gelding, an expert miner and
mineralogist, of Benton, Wie., com
mitted suicide by blowing himself to
atoms with dynamite in a powder
Gen. Men lit has prepared a procla
mation to the Phlippine natives which
provides a scheme of government for
Manila and surrounding territory and
other islands placed in our possession.
[ Governor-General Bhjnco's orders to
his generals decree that property in
Cuba must be fully protected. The au
thorities at the various towns are in
structed to co-operate wiith the Ameri
can military leaders for this purpose,
and to prevent pillaging by insurgents.
A site has been chosen at the Pie
sldio reservation, San Frncisco, for the
Red Cross convalescent hospital, which
will coon be erected. H. O. Low,
Chinese consul, has forwarded to the
San Francisco Red Cross Society $50,
contributed by the Chinese figar
makers' union.
The government intends to take
vigorous measures to preserve peace
and keep order at Santiago and the
territory under United States control.
Tho emphatic order issued to Law ton
a few days ago will be followed by or
dcia sending enough disciplined troops
to enable him to carry out the instruc
tions of. the secietaiy.
A naval programme for presontaion
to congress involving the immediate
construction of 15 warships, has been
adopted by the naval boards of experts,
to which the subject has been referred
by Secretary Long. It provides for
three battle-ships, three first, three sec
ond-claea and six protected cruisers,
each to be the finest and most formida
ble of its class.
A Ponce special says: Repoits are
coming in from all directions of out
rages committed within the Spanish
lines. Doubtless many of these are ex
aggerated, but rumors of a massacre at
Ciales are confirmed. Some of the na
tives took iefuge in the belfry of a
cathedral and fired on the Spanish
troops, but they were overpowered and
macheted to the number of 80.
The names of the men killed and
wounded in the battle before Manila
are John Dunsmore, First California;
Edward O'Neil, First California; Au
gustus Thote, Twenty-third regulars;
Clements Bauer, Twenty-third regu
lars; Archie Patteison, Thirteenth
Minnesota; William Lewis, Nebraska
regiment; Robert McCann, Fourteenth
regulars; Samuel Howell, Fourteenth
It has been decided to conduct the
final peace negotiations in Pax is.
The Democrats of California met in
state convention at Sacramento Wed
nesday. Governor Budd presided.
The London Times declares the carry
ing of Augustin to Hong Kong on a
German cruiser an irregular act, and
nearly a breach of neutrality.
Mrs. Olga Johnson has returned to
civilization with $9,300 in Klondike
gold. She is the only successful wo
man miner from the frozen north, so
far as known.
The Madrid government has decided
to reject the resignations of the govern
or-general of Cuba, Porto Rico and the
Philippines. The oortes will reassem
ble September 15.
The i Dominion ; customs department ;
at Ottawa reports that a quarter of a
million dollars was ; collected in duties
during the fiscal ; year fjußt'closed upon
miners' outfits at the boundary line
on the White and \l Chilkoot^-passes,
leading into the Yukon territory. The
collections were chiefly made from
It is rumored in Hong Kong that. the
United ; States troops :at Manila have
had trouble with the rebel forces. Ac
cording to one account, the Insurgents,
upon j whom various restrictions had
been placed '■- by Merritt, mutinied at;
not being permitted to have any share
in the surrender of the city". It is re
ported that they attacked : the Ameri
cans in the trenches.
■ t - • , ■ - ■■ . ■■
The apathy of ? the Sapnlsh ' people is
condemned |by the conservatives, who
are enraged «?at| Spain's placid accept
ance of her defeat. ; A stirring appeal
has been circulated by El^Tiempcv;
warning the people that unless they
louse themselves Spain as a nation Is
| doomed to complete extinction. Sil
vela, the conservative leader, is be-
I lieved to be the author of the article. >
A Ponoe dispatch says the Porto
Rioans aie delighted at the change of
government The march of the Ameri
can troops through the island was a
triumphal tour, and they weie ac
corded a hearty wlecome. Women
bombarded the soldiers with flowers,
men cheered them and alcaldes of the
towns turned out to greet them. The
populace evidently does not desire the
indepndence of the island. f
By the bursting of a waterspout at
Madlann. Spain, 40 persons were
drowned. ' " ■; . .. |^
The tng-HimrodiWent down in a gale
off Cape St Bias and 12 of her crew
Were drowned.
The emperor of China has to fast 64
days in each year the sake o£ relig
Fire entirely wiped out the town of
Center Bidge, Ark., with a population
of 50<K" -^ -:"C ** "■' 7: v>7- ip ;<;«« j», -
Only Six' Killed at the
Bombardment of
Spanish Soldiers Guarding the Gates
Against the Insurgents—California
Troops Went Through the Fight
With Band Playing National Airs.
London, Aug. 19.—The Manila cor
respondent of the Times, telegraphing
August 14, says:
"The insurgents made a vigorous but
unsuccessful effort to break the Span
ish line at San Paloc last night. The
curious situation remains unchanged.
Although the Spanish army has surren
dered and is laying down its arms, it
still continues to hold tho gates of the
citadel and other remote positions
against the insurgents. The latter
have 1 een informed that they will not
be permitted to enter the town Hinder
any circumstances.
"The latest reports show that six
Americans were killed, and 99 wound
ed. The As tor battery, under Captain
March, did excellent service on the
right of the line yesterday, shelling the
blockhouse with its Hotchkiss moun
tain guns, and all charging the position
with revolvers. It lost three men
Inspired by the Music of the Band.
London, Aug. 19.—The Manila cor
respondent of the Times telegraphs un
der date of August 13:
"The capture of the town today was
not without melodramatic events. Nor
has it been a well-kept secret that the
captain-general personally suggested
the manner in which American troops
should advance to prevent loss of life
on both sides. At first it was not in
tended to attack the trenches, but
quietly to advance after the bombard
ment had ceased. At the last moment,
however, the programme was changed
and orders were issued for the land bat
tery to open fire simultaneously with
the fleet, and for an advance to be made
as soon as it was considered practicable
to assault the Spanish trenches.
' 'The reason for this change of plan
is not vet apparent, but considerable
loss of life resulted. General Anderson
plaoed his division according to direc
tions from General Merritt. There
were eight battalions of the First
brigade under General MoArthur in the
fighting line on the right, with three
battalions in reserve, while seven bat
talions of the Second brigade, under
General Greene, were in the trenches
across theioad from the seashore, three
others formi a ieserve.
"The troops left the camp at 6:80 in
a heavy thunder storm. They carried
300 rounds of ammunition per man and
two /days', cooked , rations. '{-: Shortly
■ after 8:45 the fleet got away with flags
mastheaded. At 9 o'clock the Olympia
led the way, attended by the Raleigh :
; and the Petrel, while the Callao, under
Lieutenant Tappan, and the ■• launch
Barcolo crept close in shore in the
heavy breakers.'.V' - 7 < '--'"A^ '-:■"' "■■'fyfi
'~"l "Perfect quiet prevailed in the lines
on both sides as the great ships cleared
for.action and silently advanoed some
times hidden by rain squalls. The
Monterey, with the Baltimore, Charles
ton and Boston, formed the reserve. : ;
j: "At 9:85 a sudden cloud of smoke,
green c and white, against ; the stormy
sky, completely hid the Olympia, a
shell flew screaming aoross 1, two miles
of * turbulent 1 water and burst near „ the
Spanish fort at Malate, San Antonia1
de A bad. Then:the Petrel ; and Raleigh,
and the active little Callao opened j(aj
rapid fire directed towards the - : shore
and - of s the t entrenchments. J-;lnj\ the
heavy rain it was difficult to judge the
range, arid the shots at first fell short,
but the fire soon became acourate and
shells rendered ,6 the i: forts untenable,
while the four guns of the Utah bat
tery made excellent practice of the
earthworks "I and 5 swamp to the east of
the fort ',The': Spanish replied feebly
with a few shells. . '>- -■ .
V /'Less 3 than half lan horn:; after i^ the
bombardment began, General Greene
decided that it was possible to advance,
; although the signals to cease firing were
1 disregarded by the fleet, being probably
invisible on account of the rain.
Thereupon, six companies of the Colo
\ rado regiment leaped over their breast-
I works, dashed into the swamp and be
'> gan volley firing from the partial shel
!' Iter1 ter of the low hedges within 800 yards
of the Spanish lines, A few moments
later the remaining six companies
moved along the seashore, somewhat
covered by a sand ridge formed by an
! I inlet under the outer works of the fort,
1 and at 11 o'clock occupied this formid
able stronghold without loss. McCoy
hauled down the Spanish flag and
! raised the Stars and Stripes, amid wild
cheers along the line. ;'yf!&fi
"Meanwhile, the fleet, observing the
movement of the i: troops f- along the
beach, withheld its fire. The : bom
bardment had lasted exactly an hour
and a hall An boor later, General
Body Found in » B«««rTolr.
Salt Lake, Utah.Aug. 10.—A special
to the Tribune from Lander, Wyo.,
says a message baa been brought in
1 from the Arapahoe agency saying that
a body has been found floating in the
reservoir, east of the agency. *Tbe
body is supposed to be that of W. P.
Noble, of 8»H Lake, who left here for
Casper last Tuesday in company with
ft. N. Harvey, a traveling man from
Ist Paul: Nothing has been heard
i from them ■&<* tbe> tefe.
Greene and his staff proceeded along
the beach, still under a hot infantry
fire from the right, where the Eight
eenth regulars and the Third regular
aitillery were engaging the enemy,
and directed the movement for an ad
vance into Malate. The vicinity of
the.forte was uncomfortable on account
of a number of sharpshooters in the
buildings on both sides, 200 yards dis
tant. The iorward movement was,
therefore, hastened, and in a lew min
utes the outskirts of the suburbs weie
well occupied and the sharpshooters
were driven away.
"As the Californians, under Colonel
Smith, came up the beach, their band
played the national air, accompanied
by the whistlings of Mauser bullets,
and, during the sharpshooting, contin
ued to encourage the men with inspir
ing raueic. Each regiment carried its
colors into action. There was consid
erable street fighting in the suburbs of
Malate and Erraita, but the battalion
of Californians pushed into the Luneta,
a popular promenade, within 200 yards
of the moat of the citadel. Then the
white flag was hoisted, at the south
west corner of the walled town. Gen
eral Greene with a few members of
his staff galloped along the Luneta
under a sharp scattering fire from the
houses near the beach, and parleying
with an officer, who directed him along
to the gate, further east.
"At this moment,the Spanish forces,
retreating from Santa Ana, came into
view, fully 2,000 strong, followed by
insurgents, who had eluded General
McArtliur's troops, and now opened
fire for a brief period. The situation
was awkward, if not critical, both
sides being slightly suspicions of
treachery. The Spanish troops lining
the citadel ramparts, observing, the in-
Bnrgents' action, opened fire on the Cal
ifornians, killing one and wounding
three. The confusion, however, soon
ceased by the advance of the retreat
ing Spanish to the esplanade, when
General Greene ordered them to enter
the citadel. Soon a long letter was
brought from the oaptain-general, re
questing the commander of the troops
to meet him for consultation. General
Greene immediately entered with Ad
jutant-General Bates.
"Meanwhile, according to arrange
ments, the moment the white flag was
shown, General Merritt, who occupied
the steamer Zafiro, as temporary head
quarters, sent General Whittier, with
Flag Lieutenant Brumby, ashore to
meet the captain-general and discuss a
plan of capitulation.
"General Whittier found the offi
cers much startled by the news thai
the attack was vigorously continuing
along the whole line, the American
troops even threatening the citadel.
All available Spanish troops were im
mediately massed in the vicinity of the
palace, awaiting the succession oi
events, concerning which a certain de
gree of anxiety was evident. General
Merritt entered with his staff at 3
o'clock. The situation then was better
understood and a conference with Gen
eral Jaudenes was held. The terms
agreed on may be outiinod as follows:
"An agreement for the capitulation
of the Philippines.
"A provision for disarming the men
who remain organized, under the com
mand of their officers, no parole being
"Necessary supplies to be furnished
from the captured treasury funds, any
possible deficiency being made good by
tbe Americans.
"The safety of life and property oi
the Spanish soldiers and citizens to be
guaranteed as far as possible.
"The question of transporting the
troops to Spain to bo referred to the
decision of the Washington govern
ment, and that of returning their arms
to the soldiers to be left to the discre
tion of General Merritt.
"Perfect order prevails tonight on
both sides of the Paaig, the civil guard
remaining armed and on duty, co-oper
ating with the American sentries to
preserve quiet About 2,000 soldiers
laid down their arms tonight in the
palace vestibule. The stories of star
vation in the town are exaggerated.
The Spanish troops appear to be in ex
cellent condition, and there are only
176 siok. Great credit must be given
to General Merritt for his plan of at
tack, which was successfully carried
out in every detail under unusually
complicated conditions."
The Mastering Oat.
Washington, Aug. 19.—At midnight
tbe president announced his determi
nation to muster out of the service 75,
--000 to 100,000 volunteers. Those tc
be discharged include three branches ol
tbe service, infantry, artillery and cav
alry. The question of the mustering
out of volunteers has been under con
sideration for some days. iProm a
prominent official of the administra
tion, it is understood to be the desire
to obtain the wishes of the volunteer
troops themselves as to remaining in
the service.
""" Train Plunged Through Trestle.
Victoria, B. C, Aug. 19.—News was
received here today of an accident on
the Union Colliery railway line, re
sulting hi the death of at least six per
sons. The wires to Union City are
down, and full details have not been
received. As far as can be learned,
the regular work train, with a passen
ger coach attached, plunged through
the treette which spans the Trenth
river, about midway between Union
wharf and Union City. It was about
125 feet high and 500 feet long.
, A Fatal Train Wreck. . r
St. Loais, Aog. 19-— A Post-Dispatch
special from Fort Worth says: In a
freight-tialn wreck on the Texas A Pa
cific railroad, near this city, this morn
ing, two tramps were killed, three seri
ously injured, and the engineer fatally
and the fireman badly hurt. Ho
names are given.
i Ptagm Again la Bombay.
Bombay, Aug. 19.—The bubonic
plague is again epidemic There were
lo3deatbaoffloialVi^oTtedUrtTreefcj •
• ■ •:' --- -- ~ -. r--"-. :
The Volunteers Will
Soon Be March
ing Home.
To Be Betlred Within the Next Thirty
Days—Philippine Soldiers Hay Re
turn—Their Places Will Be Taken
hy the Regulars.
Washington, Aug. 18.—The muster
ing out of the volunteers of the army
practically began at the war department
today and will be continued until the
irmy has been placed on a basis consist
ant with our present relations to the
nations of the earth. Orders were pre
pared today for the mustering out of
about 35000 volunters including 25 reg
iments of infantry and about eight
troops of cavalry and five or six batter
ies of artillery. The details of the
order bearing on this subject have not
yet been fully perfected and the officials
confine themselves to general statements
in regard thereto.
It was admitted that the First regi
ment of Vermont volunteers attached
to the Third army corps encamped at
Chiokamagua, Ga., has been ordered to
proceed to Fort Ethan Allen. Vt. That
post is the nearest one to the homes of
the members of the regiment, and was
selected with a view to their mustering
out soon after they arrive there. Ad
jutant-General Corbin said that a sim
ilar course would be followed in the
case ol the other volunteer regiments
selected for mustering out. They
would, he said, be ordered to their state
capitals as soon as it could be done with
out danger to the interests of the gov
ernment, and mustered out of the mili
tary service as rapidly as possible. In
response to a direct inquiry on the sub
ject, General Goibin said this course
wiU be followed with the First regi
ment, District of Columbia volunteer
infantry, which is .now about to em
bark at Santiago for Montauk Point
Unlet.B there is a decided change in
the present plans of the war depart
ment, about 100,000 volunteers will be
mustered out within the next 80 days.
Formal announcement of the pur
poses of the department Is de
ferred, pending the receipt of certain
desired information from Major-Gen
eral Meriitt, commanding the military
forces in the Philippines. There is
a large number of volunteers in the
Philippines, aod it is possible that it
may be deemed advisable to bring them
home, and, if necessary, to replace
them with regulars. The proposed re
duction of the army to the extent of
100,000 men will leave a military
force of about 116,000 men, regulars
and volunteers, available for all mili
tary purposes. It is believed to be the
purpose of the administration to main
tain an army of 100,000 until all the
pending complications with Spain are
finally disposed of.
Oregon Battery Included. ,
Washington, Aug. 18.—The details
of tLe order mustering out troops can
not be obtained, but it is understood
that the Oregon battery is included.' It
is not', believed that tbe Washington
regiment is inoluded. In case Mer
ritt should ask for more troops, it is
possible no Pacific coast troops will be
included in the order.
Cuban Thief Shot.
Santiago. Aug. 18.—This morning a
Cuban was shot by a sentry, who caught
him stealing commissary stores at tbe
dock. Yesterday it was discovered
enough goods had been stolen to make
three carloads, which had been taken
out surreptitiously to the Cubans !u
the field. The man under suspicion
returned to the wharf last night, evi
dently with the intention of continu
ing his thefts, but he was warned off.
Early this morning he was again found
there. When the sentry challenged
him he ran, refusing to obey the order
to halt. As he was likely to escape,
the sentry fired and killed him.
The occurrence is regretted by Gen
eral Wood and the American officers
generally, bat it probably will have a
salutary effect, as raids on the commis
sary and the medical and Red Cross
stores have been altogether too fre
quent to be tolerated any longer..
Spanish Brutality.
Ponce, Porto Rico, Aug. 18.—White
flags flutter at the Spanish and Ameri
can outposts, and all is quiet. The
first report of outrages by tbe Spaniards
within their lines were brought' to the
headquarters of Uenexal Wilson today
by a priest, who beaded a deputation
from Ciales, 20 miles northwest oi
Utuado. The inhabitants of the place
raised an American flag after tbe Span
lab troops had left. The troops re
turned, tore down tbe flag and mach
eted 90 of the inhabitants. This oc
curred on Saturday. The prtast ap
pealed to the Americans for protection,
but the latttf are powerless to interfer
under tbe present circumstances, even
though a reign oi terror be inaugurated.
Tragedy at Cam* Bnwtt
Oakland, C3al., Aug. 18.—Privates
James 11. Meadoers and Jonas Vrj, of \
company C, Eighth California volun
teers, today engaged in a fight at Gamp
Banett, which culminated in a tragedy.
Dry lies at the verge of death in the
Bed Cross hospital, with his throat
slashed horn oar to ear. the affair
was the result of a long standing fend,
which developed ov* a monetary mat
ter. ; Meadoers on two previous ocoa*
sionj bad tried to stab bij^victim.
• ..-:->.;- -: - -:: '-- -r-. ---;.•
■ .. .;. . -:..• .... ■..- . .%v...'- •,...
Peace "Negotiation*, Had m* | Electrical
Effect on the Market.
Havana, Aug. 18.— The reports pat
in circulation some days since with
respect to the progress of the peace ne
gotiations between Spain and the
United States have had the effect of
stimulating orders sent from Europe
and other countries by cable to buy
Cuban public stock. So far back as
August 10, the rise in all securities
of this class began, and silver rose from
10 per cent discount to 29 per cent dis
count, while railway stocks rose from
85 to 30 points in some instances, al
though the rumors that the peace arti
cles had already been signed were be
lieved by many to be tricks of specula
tors to manipulate the stock market.
When the facts weie known, the rise
was maintained.
The news that Blanco had dispatches
from M. Cambon, the French ambassa
dor at Washington, definitely declaring
that the peace preliminaries were set
tled and signed, spread with lightning
rapidity through the city, and there
was general relief at the prospect of a
treaty of peaoe that would put an end
to the spilling of blood, and the long
era of desolation and ruin from which
the island had suffered, as there is
scarcely a Cuban or Spanish family
which has not felt the tenible depres
sion of the war. There has also been
a complete paralysis of business for
nearly four months.
Despite the rumors of the signing of
the protocol were confirmed news came
almost simultaneously that an Ameri
can boat flying a flag of truce carried
an officer from the American warships
off Man2anillo with a formal demand
for the surrender of the town on the
same terms as at the capitulation oi
Santiago de Cuba. On the demand be
ing refused a bombardment was begun
at 8 o'clock in the afternoon by three
warships which resulted in the destruc
tion of 65 bouses and the wounding of
15 Spaniards, one seriously.
This intelligence for the time
seemed to discredit peace rumors which
had caused the rise in the publio stock
and there was a slight reaction.
An additional cause of depiession
was a statement made on Saturday af
ternoon by General Blanco presiding
at a council extraordinary of all the
members of the colonial government.
The captain-general declared that the
exact conditions entered into between
Spain and the United States could nol
be learned until official news was re
ceived from Madrid. But it was doubt
ful if the agreement reached observed
all the conditions stipulated on the part
of Spain.
General Blanco also announced that
orders had been given by the United
States government to its military and
naval forces for an immediate suspen
sion of hostilities. In view of thest
announcements, the colonial council
adopted important resolutions which
thus far have been kept secret.
Terrible Scenes in the Vicinity of the
Spanish Camp at Santiago.
Santiago de Cuba Aug. 18.—The
Eighth Illinois arrived this afternoon
and will garrison and police the city.
The bodies pf the dead Spanish aro
to be cremated. Over 700 have been
burned so far. This afternoon 70 were
to be burned. Over two rails a dozen
bodies aie .stretched and across them
another dozen and about SO corpses are
stacked in an immense funeial pile 10
feet high. The pile is then saturated
with keropene and the torch applied.
A fall of rain put out the flre causing
the bodies to be only half burned.
Around the pile lay 22 coffins contain
ing corpses in a state of decomposition.
Several naked bodies were strewn on
the ground in a condition of putrelac
tion. Altogether about 70 unburied
and unconaumed bodies were there.
The stench was terrible. This hap
pened at a cemetery within the city
limits. The authorities and tfie ceme-.
tery officials say it is impossible to get
men to work at the cremation. Wages
of a dollar a day prove no inducement
to the natives to work at this gruesome
The unconsumed bodies will be left
on the earth until tomorrow when fine
weather may help the work of crema
tion. These 70 corpses represent twe
days' dead from the Spanish camp.
The danger to the population from tb«
stench, the presence of the buziardi
vultures and flies in incalculable.
In'the* Detention Camp. I .
New York Aug. 18.—Ten of the
rough riders commanded by Roosevelt
and Wheeler who were landed at Mon
taut Point yeflterday from the transport
Miami are in the detention camp ; where
they will be kept for at least three
days. '. Nearly all are dysentery cases, »
few in a critical condition. ■.■■: In the yel
low fever hospitals are three suspect!
Gold Still Shrinking;.
Philadelphia, Aug. 18.—Witnm tbV
past few days gold bars Talued at
nearly $80,000 " hare been received at
the United States mint in this city
from the government assay officer at
Seattle.' The gold is light in ooloi
and came entirely from the Klondike.
It was stated at the mint that about
$1 ; 800,000 in gold bars will come here
from Seattle within the next few days.
Maxtor and Suicide.
Rockford, 111., Aug. 18.—George En
net, son of a prominent contractor,
afternoon shot and instantly killed bit
sister Anna, aged 35. and then blew
*ff his own head with a shotgun. H«
is thought to have been temporarily in
sane. ■■
Copenhagen, Aug. 18.—The expedi
tion to explore the east coast of Green
land under Lieutenant Anirnp sailed
this morning on board tbe steamer Go*
tbaab. -
The Havana Batteries
Opened Fire on
the Fleet.
Large Hole Torn In the Cruiser's ;• Stern -
—No One Aboard Ship Was Hurt—
American Teasel* Steamed Oat of
■ Range as Rapidly as Possible. * s'^
Key West, Pla., Aug. 16.—The flag
•hip San Franciaoo, the monitor Mian*
tooomoh, and the auxiliary yacht Sil
via, were fired upon hy the Havana
batteries shortly before 6 o'clock yester
day morning. One 10 and two 12-inch
shells struck the San Francisco's stern
as she turned to get away oat of range,
and tore a hole about a foot in diam
eter, completely wrecking Commodore
Howell's quarters and smashing his
bookcases into fragments. No one was
injured, and, being under orders not to
attack the batteries, the ships departed
as fast as theii engines would carry
The flagship and the Silvia lay
parallel to each other, not more than
a mile from Motto castle, and separ
ated from each other by three-eighths
of a mile. The Miantonomoh lay about
three-quarters of a mile to the rear of
the others. All were within rango of
the Spanish batteries, and the tempta
tion was too strong for the Spanish to
The first glimmer of dawn was break
ing through the eastern skies when,
without an instant's warning, the look
out on the flagship saw a jet of smoke
puff from one of Morro's big guns. Al
most before he could pull himself to
gether sufficiently to make a report of
the Incident, 10 and 12-inch shells were
screaming all around. The Spaniards
had the range, and apparently were
grimly in earnest in their last efforts
to wreck injury on their too mighty
enemy. Shells fell between the San
Francisco and the Silvia. Some fell
short, a few went over them. The
flagship signalled the Silvia to get out
of range without delay, and both ships
swung around and made for the sea.
It was then that the shell struck the
San Francisco's stern. Commodore
Howell was on deck with Captain
Leary when the shell struck. With
the utmost speed the fleet moved out
about three miles. Here the men on
the flagship patched up the ragged hole
in the vessel's stern. All the shells
fired at the vessel fell around the ships..
One of the Silvia's men stood calmiy
on the deck of the yacht, watch in
hand, and counted them.
Morro castle fired several of the mis
siles, but how many is not known.
The others came from two sand bat
teriee near Morro. The firing lasted
30 minutes.
The one-sided engagement had scarce
ly ended when the men of the Silvia
were txeated to another surprise. The
little yacht gunboat is manned by the
New York naval militia. Her crew
had barely recovered from the excite
ment when the flagship called the ves
sel over, and Captain Boilers was given
a packet of private documents, which
he was ordered to take into Havana
under a flag of truoe. The white flag
was hoisted over the Silvia, and she
started towards the guns which had
just given her such noisy greeting. As
the Silvia approached to within a mile
of Morro, the character of the flag float
ing from her forernasi. was discerned
and the castle signalled:
"What is your purpose?"
To this the Silvia answered: "We
have papers to deliver."
Morro did not resume the conversa
tion and for 6ome little time the gun
boat rooked on the waters almost under
the still-smoking cannon of the enemy.
Presently, however, a Spanish gunboat -
drew out of the harbor and came close
to the Silvia. It was the Martin y
Pinzon, and carried a much stronger
battery than the American ship. The
customary formal salutations were ex
changed, and Lieutenant William G.
Ford, the executive officer of the Silvia,
boarded the Pinion and delivered tho
The ceremony occupied do more
time than the physical act involved.
The American officer returned to his
■hip, and the vessels went on their re
spective ways.
Kan Into a Washont.
Chicago, Aug. 16.—Battery A, Colo
rado light artillery, pawed through
Chicago today on the way to Fort Han
cock, N. Y. The troops arrived over
the Santa Fe road just too late to make
connection with an eastbound train.
They wexe delayed by an accident A
washout occurred near Nemo, lIL, and
to the speed at the train the men owa
their lives As the last tourist oar
passed over a small cowpit, the roadbed
collapsed and the car pranged from the
rails. Every man on the train was
awakened, but before it came to a
stop, a guard rail caught the rear track
of the sleeper and threw it on the
Collided With a Taehc.
Boston, Mass., Aug. 16.—The sloop
yacht Leona, with 17 men aboard,
while anchored outside of Boston light,
was run into by a barge in tow of the
tog Honey brook and five men were
swept from the deck by the heavy tow
inc. Two of the number, C. W. Bell
man and A. Nordell, were drowned;
another, A. Uaspexson, was kilted by
being jammed between the tow line
and the deck, while the two others,
Peter Nelson and J. Harkroson, •«•
i though sustaining in juries, were rescued.

xml | txt