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- _= ..... MENA' ARK.. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST Il#8. “ ~ ~~ VOL XV NO^T
The Spaniards Attack the American
Forces Under Gen. Green Dur
» ing a Raging Typhoon.
*1 ■ ___
HIE ENEMY IS FORCED TO RETIRE.

(j*n. Green Commends the Courage Shown
by Our Troops—Cablegram from Gen.
Merritt—Two Accounts of the Battle—
Tbe Monterey and Three Transports
Arrive at Cavite.

flew York, Aug. 9.—A copyrighted
cablegram from Manila bay August 4,
via Hong Kong August 9, to the Evening
World gives the following particulars
of the fighting near Malate on the
night of July 31: Gen. Green’s force,
numbering 4,000 men, had been ad
vancing and entrenching. The arrival
of the third expedition tilled the Span
iards with rage and they determined
to give battle before Camp Dewey
could be reinforced. The trenches ex
tended from the beach 300 yards to the
left flank of the insurgents. Sunday
was the insurgent feast day and their
left flank withdrew, leaving the Amer
ican right flank exposed. Companies
A and E, of the Tenth Pennsylvania
and Utah battery were ordered to re
inforce the right flank.
In the midst of a raging typhoon
with a tremendous downpour of rain,
the enemy’s force, estimated at 3,000
men, attempted to surprise the camp.
Our pickets were driven in and the
trenches assaulted. The brave Penn
sylvania men never flinched, but stood
their ground under a withering fire.
The alarm spread and the First Cali
fornia regiment, with two companies
of the Third artillery, who fight with
rifles, were sent up to reinforce the
Pennsylvanians. The enemy were
on tuy ui me iruucucs wucu itiese re
f inforcements arrived and never was the
discipline of the regulars better demon
strated than by the work of the Third
artillery under Capt. O’Hara. Noth
ing could be seen but dashes of Mauser
rifles. Men ran right up to the at
tacking Spaniards and mowed them
down with regular volleys. The Utah
battery, under Capt. Young, covered
itself with glory. The men pulled
their guns through mud axle deep.
Two guns were sent around in flank
and poured in a destructive enfilading
fire. The enemy was repulsed and re- 1
treated in disorder. Our infantry had
exhausted its ammunition and did not
follow the enemy. Not an inch of
ground was lost, but the scenes in the
trenches was one never to be forgotten.
During flashes of lightning the dead
■uu wounded could be seen lying in
blood-red water, but neither the ele
ments of heaven nor the destructive
power of man could wring a cry of
protest from the wounded. They en- i
couraged their comrades to fight and
handed over their cartridge belts.
During the night the Spanish scouts j
were seen carrying off the dead and <
wounded of the enemy. The Ameri- <
can dead were buried next day in the j
convent of Maracaban. On the night J
•f August 1 the fighting was renewed, ,
but the enemy had been taught a les- i
•on and made the attack at long range 1
with heavy artillery. The Utah bat- J
tory replied and the artillery duel | ]
lasted an hour. Gen. Green has since t
issued an address to the troops, com- (
mending the courage shown by them. [
Cablegram from Merritt. t
Washington, Aug. 9.—The war de- t
partment to-day received the follow- c
'og cablegram from Ilong Kong: 1
Adjutant General. Washington: MacArthur’s '
troops arrived 31st. No epidemic sickness. fi
aeaths. Lieut. Kerr, engineers, died of .
spinal meningitis. Landing at camp delayed
on account of high surf. To gain approach to !
city Green's outposts were advanced to con- *
nnue line on the Cainino real to beach on Sun
day night. Spanish attacked sharply. Artil- '
lery outposts behaved well; held position.
Necessary to call out brigade. Spanish loss
rumored heavy. Our loss, killed: Tenth Penn
sylvania, John Brady. Walter Brown; infantry,
William F. Brinton, Jacob Hull, Jesse Noss,
VV illium Still wagon: First California, Maurice i ’
Just; Third artillery, Eli Dawson: First, Colo- e
rado, Fred Springstead. e
Seriously wounded: Tenth Pennsylvania, *
“ergt Alva Walter, Privates Lee Snyder,
ictor Holmes, C. S. Carter, Arthur Johnson; 11
first California, Capt R Richter, Private C. e
J. Edwards: Third artillery. Privates Charles 0
Winiield, J. A. McElroth. Thirty-eight slight- 1.
*y wounded.-Merritt.
Another Account of the Battle,
bau Francisco, Aug. 9.—A special to c
hie ( all from Cavite August 6, via Hong 1
*^°ug August 9, says: The American a
forces engaged the enemy before Ma- 1
ate on last Sunday night and com- 0
Polled them to retreat with heavy
losses. Our troops lost 13 killed and
*7 wounded. It has been impossible
fi> ascertain the exact losses of the c
^panish. The fighting lasted four *
ours. The American troops engaged 1
were part of the Tenth Pennsylvania, 1
lr8t California and the Third regular 1
artiilery. The Spanish led in the at- v
ick attempting to dislodge our troops
y a flanking movement from the a
strong position they have been hold- 1
lng near the enemy’s lines. The posi- t
fion is still held by our troops. i
"pitutardH Attack the Americans. I
London, Aug. A dispatch from -j
Hong Kong says:
The German steamer Petrarch left
Manila August 6 and has arrived hi™
She repots that the Spanish soldiers
at Manila attacked the American camp
on the night of July 31. The SpI2
ish forces were over 3,000 strong.
They charged the American line
hrVt h ?e8‘ The American fire
broke the Spanish center and thev re
treated. Later they made a second
assault, but shortly retreated to the
bushes, keeping up an incessant fire.
Lleven Americans were killed and 37
wounded. During the fighting the
rebels remained neutral. The Spanish
loss was 300 killed and 300 wounded.
Thn Monterey and Transport* Arrived
San Francisco, Aug. 9._A special to
the Call from Cavite dated August 6
Bays: The three transports which
sailed from San Francisco with Gen.
Merritt, but which were delayed at
Honolulu, arrived lo-tlay. The monitor
Monterey also arrived.
A REVOLUTION WILL FOLLOW.
won Carlo*’ American Representative Says
tlu* Spanish Pretender Mill Load a
<*reat Army imp Madrid.
, Neiv 1 ork, Aug. 9.—In an interview
icre, Senor Diaz de Cortina, Don Car
los’ American representative, said:
Economically, Spain is in a state of ruin to
<lHv;V.' the ubsolute power of government
winch has been in force for the last 50 years is
the only cause of blame. No nation in the world
could stand what Spain has stood for all these
years and still have her people remain loyal.
AH over thc-country factories are closing up and
workmen being sent home to starve. It Is ter
i ible. 1 he country is ripe for revolution.
A republic is impossible; republicans there
11 re divided into hundreds of factions and are
DON CARLOS, SPANISH PRETENDER.
(Who May Soon Start a Revolution.)
iltogether theorists. Spain had a republic for
H years, and during that time had four presi
lents—nearly live, in fact. The last one was
lominated, but never elected, as the Spanish
icople grew tired of the republic business,
l'hey realized that it was not the government
spain required.
Don Carlos is ten times stronger than ever
lefore. The hopes placed in him are general
irnong ull classes throughout the country at
he present day, while some time ago, during
,hc last Carlist uprising, the feeling was «y>n
Ined only to the north and east, where for four
rears Don Carlos reigned absolutely. I could
lame at least a dozen generals who sympathize
yith the Carlist hopes who. at a moment's u«
ice, would raise an army of 100,000 volunteers
letween them.
However, Don Carlos will do nothing while
Ipain is in trouble with this country. This he
las asserted and he Is a prince who keeps his
yord. He will declare himself when Sagasta,
ir whoever may be then in power, makes peace
md the soldiers are beginning to return to
ipain defeated. The revolution which wlllre
ult in putting Don Carlos on the throne will
tot be of long duration. The Carlist army will
dvance directly from the northern frontier to
ladrld. One of the reasons of failure during
he last uprising was the lack of money. Of
his there is plenty now. I have said that
)on Carlos will establish a constitu
lonal monarchy, very much like that
f Prussia for instance, and will, there
ore, introduoe free class franchise,
ntellectual, moral and material. Under the
rst are the universities, scientists, etc.;
eliglon with the second; material riches, in
ustries and arts with the third. All munlcl
al authorities would be elected by the people,
rhn recognize however, the fact that a
tronger hand Is needed to lead the nation.
The church will not be allowed to dominate
i politics as has hitherto been the case. Con
rary to general opinion, I may say that the
ope does not want to see Don Carlos king,
ton Carlos believes In liberty In spiritual as
ell as In material affairs and believes also (he
as told me so) that the church and the state
hould be kept apart in government.
Santiago Merchants Cannot Hob.
Santiago, Aug. 8.—Gen. Leonard
food, military governor of Santiago,
ailed a meeting of the provision deal
rs of this city, with the object of
cumulating a tariff for the sale of the
ecessities of life, for which the deal
rs have lately been charging ex
rbitant rates. All the dealers were
i?hly indignant at the interference
f the military authority in commer
ial matters, but Gen. Wood gave
tiem until to-day to agree upon moder
te prices, under penalty of a revoca
ion of their licenses and the closing
f their »h'^__
Jones Say's iVe Need No New Issue.
St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 9.—Senator
atnes K. Jones, chairman of the dem
cratic national committee, has come
ere for a three-weeks’ rest In an in
erview to-day he said: “We shall not
eed any new party issues in this couu
i-y until the old ones are settled. Sil
er will be the issue in 1900."
Washington, Aug. 9.—Gen. Shafter’s
anitary report for August 7 is as fol
yws: Total number of sick, 8.445; to
ad number of fever eases. 2,498; total
umber of new ca-.es, 412; total num
,er of fever cases returned to duty,
08; deaths. 11.
REPLY IS HERE.
Spain’s Answer to the Peace Propo
sitions Reaches Washington.
Rumor I urrnnt That Madrid’* Krupomc
Wa» an Unqualified Acceptance, All
Vital Folnta, However, Believed
to Be Conceded.
Washington, Aug. 9.—The reply of
the Spanish government to the peace
conditions laid down by the United
States was received by the French am
bassador, M. Cambon, shortly before
three o’clock yesterday afternoon.
The reply came in sections, the dis
patch iirst received giving only open- j
ing passages of the Spanish reply. A
few minutes after, another dispatch
brought a second section, and these
kept coming uninterruptedly by a pro
cession of messengers, until seven sec- ,
tions of the Spanish reply had been
received at 3:50, when the last part
was still to arrive.
The concluding portion of the reply
was received during the evening, but
it was not until a late hour that it
was deciphered as a whole and gone
over by the ambassador.
There is complete reticence in all
quarters as to the text of the reply,
but there is reason to believe it is not
an unqualified aeceptaneeof the Amer
ican terms, but is framed on the theory
of accepting the essentials and trust
ing to a hoped-for conciliatory spirit
ou the part of this government to mod
erate to some extent features which
the Spanish government seems to
regard as unessential. It is felt
that the evident length of the reply
means that Spain has not given a
simple and direct affirmative to the
American conditions. It is evident
that, if the reply is an acceptance, it
is accompanied by extended discussion
and probably by conditions. This
caused considerable apprehension in
official circles here, for, while it was
felt last week that Spain would surely
yield in every particular, it began to
be felt that possibly there might be
another period of discussion and possi
bly au indirect attempt to open up a
diplomatic exchange on the nature of
the terms.
The prevailing view, however, is
that the reply is on its fa#e au accept
ance, although not such a one as pre
; eludes all possibility of further discus
sion. All the vital points are believed
to be conceded—the abandonment of
Cuba, Porto Rico and the Ladrones
and the establishment of a commission
to pass upon questions relating to the
Philippines. In the carrying out of
this programme it is believed that
Spain has sought to secure au under
standing on many incidental points in
volved, some of them of considerable
importance. For instance, some doubt is
raised as to whether Spain’s accep
tance will be operative until referred
to and ratified by the Spanish cortes,
and it is understood that the reply
might call attention to this condition.
The same condition, it is pointed out,
exists as to the United States, for a
peace treaty requires the ratification
of the senate to become operative. In
case Spain’s answer discusses these in- ,
cidental points there promises to be
wide latitude for controversy and de
' lays unless the president and cabinet
decline to enter the field of discussion, j
Wad* Will Go to Forto Klco.
Washington, Aug. 8.—Gen. Wade’s
reinforcements for Gen. Miles are
going on board the ships regardless of
the progress of peace negotiations.
The agreement to negotiate a treaty
of peace does not necessarily carry
with it a cessation of hostilities. In
the case of the Mexican war it was a
month after the peace negotiations be
gan before hostilities were declared to
be closed, and if it is desirable these
reinforcements may be intercepted
and returned to the United States
after they sail. The present plans of
Secretary Alger all contemplate that
they shall leave the United States,
especially as it is felt that, with the
practical held experience they will ac
quire in Porto liico under favorable
climatic conditions, they will make [
good material to use both there and
in Cuba in carrying out the govern
raent’s reconstruction policies.
I,b« Will Knter lltiVHii* with itn Army.
Washington, Aug. 6. — Preparations
are being made to dispatch Maj. Gen. j
Fitzhugh Lee and the Seventh army
corps to Cuba immediately after the
conclusion of peace between the United
States and Spain. The plans provide
for the embarkation of the troops
within a week if Spain submits to our
terms of peace. The regiments of his
command have been mobilized at Jack
sonville, a convenient point for em
barkation. Gen. Lee will go into
Havana at the head of the garrison
force to administer the military gov
ernment pending the installation. The
troops will be distributed among the
large towns of northern Cuba, notably
Havana, Matanzas and on the southern
coast of Cienfuegos.
The Katteru Hquadruu Heady to More.
Washington, Aug. 8.—Rear Admiral
Sampson will command the eastern
squadron if it be sent abroad by the
president. It was learned yesterday
on high authority that he has received
orders to take command and Commo
dore Watson has been designated as
second to the rear admiral in the fleet.
The squadron is now in prime condi
tion to proceed on its mission.
A Madrid N«v*(pi»ii»r Opinion.
Madrid, Aug. 9.—The Liberal says:
“The government accepts the United
States’ conditions ad referendum, be
lieving that it is not authorized to
cede territory without the vote of the
cortes. If McKinley objects the
cortes will be convoked this
month. A fresh note from President
McKinley, replying to Spain’s reply,
is expected during the course of this
week.” Continuing, the Liberal ex
presses the opinion that “certain pas
sages of Spain’s reply may lead to an
exchange of cable messages of a crit
ical nature, possibly creating fresh
difficulties.”
BADLY REPULSED.
A Battle at Manila and Americans
Win a Glorious Victory.
Three Thousand Spaniards Attack Oui
Army and After Three Hours' Fighting
Ketire with Heavy Loss —Ameri
can Loss Small.
London, Aug. 9.—A dispatch from
Ilong Kong says:
The German steamer Petrarch left
Manila Auguste and has arrived here.
She reports that the Spanish soldiers
at Manila attacked the American camp
uu the night of July 31. The Span
ish forces were over 3,000 strong.
They charged the American line
several times. The American fire
broke the Spanish center and they re
treated. Later they made a second
assault, but shortly retreated to the
bushes, keeping up an incessant fire.
Eleven Americans were killed and 37
wounded. During the fighting the
rebels remained neutral. The Spanish
loss was 200 killed and 300 wounded.
Another Account of the Hattie.
San Francisco, Aug. 9.—A special
dated Manila July 31, via Hong Kong
August 8, says:
A heavy engagement took place to
night between the American and Span
ish forces at Malate. The Spanish
made an attack attempting to turn our
right. After an hour’s fighting they
were repulsed. The troops en
gaged were First battalion Cali
fornia volunteers; Tenth Pennsyl
vania, First battalion; Third artillery,
regulars, and battery A, Utah. Oui
loss was nine killed and 44 wounded.
The Spanish loss was upward of 20C
killed and 800 wounded. Our volun
teers made a glorious defense against
upwards of 3,000 of au attacking force.
The battle raged for three hours.
FOR GEN. SHAFTER’S MEN.
Work of Getting the Cimg at Moutauk
Ready Helng Ruehed—Will Have Many
Modern Convenience*.
New York, Aug. 8.—The work of
getting the camp at Montauk point
ready for Qen. Shafter’s army is being
rushed. It is expected that much of
the camp will be completed when the
first cavaly arrives from Santiago on
Wednesday or Thursday next. An
army of carpenters are now at work on
the storage buildings and the work
will be carried on day and night as
long as necessary. The camp will
have an exclusive electric light plant
Q nrl thnno Ufill Hn n I o.\ taln/VHOnkln n
telephone connections. A corps of
postal clerks will arrive in a day or
two to open a post office for the accom
modation of the army. Train loads of
tents, stores, medicines and provisions
are on their way to Montauk.
Had Fire at tttsuiarclc.
Bismarck, N. I)., Aug. 9.—Fire de
stroyed the best portion of the city of
Bismarck last evening, licking up hun
dreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of
property. The flames originated in
the Northern Pacific adepot. Every
drug store in the city is burned,
and all the groceries but two or three,
also two newspaper offices and the
great bulk of the business portion of
the city, with several blocks of resi
dences. Many people are homeless.
The line of the fire extended from the
Northern Pacific tracks to Thayer
street on the north and Fourth to
Third streets on the east and west.
Insurance may cover half the loss.
Ilaiina Enters » Protest.
Salt Lake City, Aug. 9.—A move
ment having been recently inaugu
rated to incorporate the democratic
financial plank in the platform of the
republican party of Utah, Senator
Hanna, chairman of the national re
publican committee, has addressed a
letter to United States Marshal Miller,
of this city, strongly protesting
against any such action by the repub
licans of Utah or aqy other state.
Five persons died from heat prostra
tion in New York on the 8th.
CoL James 0. Broad head, of 8V
Louis, ex-minister to Switzerland un
der President Cleveland, is dead.
4 \
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The American Army Marching Up
on the Capital City of Porto
Rico from Four Directions.
FIGHT BETWEEN NATIVES AND SPANISH.
Army Offiotn Hellevu Them Will Not Be
Muoli Fighting—Five of the Depart
ment* Into Which Porto lllco I* Divided
Now Occupied by American* and the
Knd of the Cnm-palKn I* hear.
New York, Aug. 9. — A dispatch to
the Herald from Ponce via St. Thomas
j says: Gen. Miles’ invasion of Porto
Rico is progressing in a highly satis
factory manner. Nothing has taken
place to interfere with the plans finally
decided upon by Gen. Miles and the
American troops are gaining advanced
ground every day. This plan of hav
ing the army march upon San Juan
from four directions is regarded here
as one of Uen. Miles’ shrewdest move
ments. lie has the Spaniards in com
plete doubt and has assigned a large
enough force under each general to
insure successful resistance against
Spanish attacks. At the same time by
this plan Gen. Miles speedily will have
several thousand Spanish troops shut
up in the vicinity »f Aibonito unless
the enemy suddenly changes plans
and hastens to San Juan over the
military road.
There will be a formidable Ameri
can force ready to advance upon the
Porto Rican capital when the troops
under Gen. Henry form a junction
with those under Gen. Schwan at
Arecibo. It is probable that much of
the artillery to bo used in the siege of
San Juan will be sent to Arecibo by
A — —_„ _ __i _ J . r i i a .
uiiopvi u »uu tanru mnu uicic tv
San Juan by rail. This will be a work
easy of accomplishment and Gen.
Henry and Gen. Schwan un
doubtedly will be able to form
a junction with other troops
as soon as they can march to
the capital. No opposition is expected
by the American troops in the execu
tion of this plan. All of our men are
light-hearted and there is plenty of
good food for all. The forage for the
horses is superb. Gen. Miles is giving
his personal attention to the manage
ment of the details of the campaign.
He intends to press forward to San
Juan regardless of the peace negotia
tions unless orders come from Wash
ington for hostilities to cease.
Bklrmlah Bctweeu Native* nut! Spanish.
Ponce, Porto Rico, Aug. 9.—Gen.
Henry, with the Sixth Illinois and the
Sixth Massachusetts will move byway
of Adjuntas on Arecibo. which is about
20 miles north of Adjuntas, as the
crow flies. A short stretch of the road
tjiat troops will have to follow is in »
i very bad condition. Practically all
our troopa will then be in motion in
four columns, towards the capital of
this island, San Juande Porto Rico.
Gen. Schwan is at Yauco, Gen. Wilson
is near Coamo and Gen. Brooke is at
Guayama.
The Porto Ricans enlisted by Gsn.
Stone have been engaged with a small
Spanish outpost between Adjuntas
and Utuado on the road to Arecibo.
A skirmish took place Sunday night
^ad during the exchange of shots one
Spanish officer was killed.
Maj. Gen. Miles, with several troops
of cavalry, expects to follow Gen.
Henry in a day or two. If peace is
promptly declared Gen. Miles will be
at a a a _ a Cl T_ • v
I i>uc ui ok bw ou bti tjnu uunu, u y
| the railroad from Arecibo to the Porto
Rican capital. In view of the news
received here about the progress of
the peace negotiations all the army
officers appear to believe that there
will be no more fighting.
The fleet is in the harbor of Ponce,
and Capt. Rodgers, of the Puritan,
who is in command, expects orders at
any time to proceed to San Juan de
Porto Rico.
Five Department* Occupied bjr American*.
Ponce, Porto Rico, via St. Thomas.
D. W. L, Aug. 9.—The advance of
Gen. MileS’ army continues. Five of
the departments into which the island
is divided are now occupied by the
American army of invaders. These
departments are Arecibo, with 124,835
j inhabitants; Mayaguez, with 116,932;
Ponce, with 170,140; Guayama, with
98,814, and Ilumacao, with 82,251. The
movement upon San Juan, the capital,
has begun and the beginning of the
end of this wonderful campaign is at
hand. The American troops are head
ed for Arecibo, which is on the north
coast, to the east of San Juan. It is
believed that within ten days the en
tire island will be in possession of the
United States forces. There may be
one or two battles, but they will be of
little importance._
The navy department has published
a telegram from Commodore Schley
denying the report that he had said it
would have been possible to force the
Santiago harbor before the mines were
removed. Schley says he and Samp
son held the same views on this sub
ject.

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