Newspaper Page Text
VOL. XXI NO. 119.
THE LEADING ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWSPAPER OF THE NORTHWEST. The Globe's Motto: Live News, Latest News, Reliable News— No Fake War News. TREAD OF TROOPS Minnesota Soldiers Meet at the Capitol Grounds Today. MARCH TO FAIR GROUNDS Where They Will Get Ready to Go th the Front. MARTIAL MUSIC IN THE AIR "■OV. CXOI'CH AXD HIS STAFF COM PLETE THE DETAILS FOR THE MOBILIZATION Itart for Camp Ramsey, as the Mil itary Grounds nt Midway Will Be Called, Begin* at II O'Clock —The Chief Executive Will Lead the Boys iv Blue— Special Trains to Bring in the Companies From Various Towns ln the State- How the Regiments Will Form. The Minnesota troops will assem ble at the state capitol at 10.4S this morning. The Second regiment will form on St. Peter and Exchange street, the right resting on "Wabasha street. The First regiment will form oh Cedar and Exchange streets, the right resting on Wabasha. The Third regiment will form on East Tenth street, the right resting on Wabasha street. The commands ln the order named will move promptly at 11 o'clock o>ut Wabasha street to Uni versity avenue, on University to Snelling avenue, and thence to the "atate fair grounds. Gov. Clough will give the first order of "Forward, march" to the Minnesota troops assembled in front of the state capitol today. It will be the initial order of the forward movement of Min nesota boys to the front. Mounted on a charger, Minnesota's chief executive will head the three regi '* ments in their move to Camp Ram sey, in regimental order. Following Gov. Clough and his mounted staff will come Col. Bobleter, the senior colonel of the state guard, and the Second regiment, on their way to the state fair grounds, the point of mobilization. The formation of the companies is given above. Gov. Clough and his staff in full regi mentals, will meet in the executive chamber at 9 o'clock, for a short con ference. Following this there will be • informal addresses from the capitol steps. The march to the fair grounds will commence promptly at 11 o'clock, when every Minnesota company will be on hand. Advices were received by Adjt. Gen. Muehlberg, yesterday afternoon, from the company commanders of all the outside companies, stating that they would be in the city on early trains. 'The three colonels of the regiments will be at the union depot with other field officers of the guard, to meet each company as they arrive and give them directions as to the mode of procedure after leaving the union depot. The twelve companies of the First regiment will meet at the armory, and the Second will assemble at Smith Park. The Third regiment will meet at the TODAY'S BULLETIN. Page. I— Troops Go Into Camp Today. Oregon and Temerario. Sampson's Ships Use Solid Shot. " Army Gathering at Tampa. Fleet Advancing on Manilla. 2 — Decision of Importance. Who Will Pay the Beer Ta„? Society Feels the War Spirit, Dairy Product Rates Cut. B— City Ballot Ordered Changed. Arbor Day to Be Observed. 4— Editorial. Portugal Orders Spain to Move. • Invasion of Cuba Imminent. Scarcity of Butter. _. t — Sporting. Opening Day for Base Ball In St. Paul. Apostles Defeat Blues. Revenue Debate Over. 6 — Markets. Bar Silver, 66"4 c. May Wheat In Chicago, $1.22"_. 7 — Northwest News. Minneapolis Matters. Spain Makes No Move. Powers to Protest on Tonnage Tax. Cruisers Watching for the Paris. Wants. B— Flags to Float Today. State Troops on the March. Wisconsin Men ln Camp. . Company D Drills. Marriages, Births and Deaths. THE ST. PAUL GLOBE state capitol. Each regiment will be accompanied by its regimental band. Decorated the Capitol. A large number of attaches of the capitol building were busy all day ap propriately decorating the interior of the building with flags. Festoons and streamers and lines of bright national colors were hung, draped and artistical ly placed on the walls. Several large American eagles were also distributed through the halls. Undoubtedly an immense throng of people will gather around the capitol to welcome the boys in blue. Arrangements were made with Chief Goss for a large squad of police to ac company the troops to University ave nue, and otherwise preserve order dur ing the process of formation. A conference was held in Gov. Clough's office yesterday afternoon at which were present the colonels and lieutenant colonels of the volunteers. The details for today were arranged. Special trains will be run on the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Omaha and Minneapolis & St. Louis bringing ln the troops. Arrival ot the Troops. St. Paul & Duluth will bring Com panies A and G from Duluth, about 220 men in all. A special train left Duluth last night at 7 o'clock and arrives in St. Paul at 7 o'clock this morning. The train is composed of five coaches, one baggage and one sleeper. The Duluth road will also bring in Company X, of Stillwater, 120 men, leaving Stillwater at 8 o'clock this morning and arriving ln St. Paul at 0 o'clock. The Milwaukee road will start a special train from Austin at 6 o'clock this morning, carrying Company G, of the Second regiment, with from 105 to 120 men. Yesterday afternoon a num ber of extra coaches were attached to the Milwaukee's regular train at Fair mont, carrying Company D, of the Second regiment. This train will ar rive at Austin at 7:40 p. m., where the company will remain all night, and will leave in the morning on the Austin special, bearing also Company G, Sec ond regiment. Company F, Second regiment, will leave Spring Valley at 2:50 this morn ing on the Southern Minnesota regu lar train, and will arrive at Austin at 4:15 a. m., where it will also be picked up by the Austin special, which will also pick up Company B, Second regi ment, at Faribault at 7:30 this morn ing. This train will arrive at St. Paul not later than 10:30 o'clock. A Milwaukee special will leave Wi nona, carrying Companies C and E, Second regiment, at 7 o'clock this morning. This train will also pick up Company G, First regiment, at Red Wing, at 8:30 o'clock. Company D, Third regiment, of Zum brota, will go to Red Wing via the i Duluth, Red Wing & Southern road, and will be picked up by the Winona special at 8:30. Two special cars will be attached to the Milwaukee's Hastings and Dakota division train at Olivia for Company H, Third regiment, at 3:52 o'clock this morning. This train will also pick up the Merriam Park company, E, Third regiment, occupying two special coaches, and will arrive at the Union depot at 8:15 o'clock. The Minneapolis & St. Louis will carry the following companies: Com pany A, Second regiment, leaving New Ulm today at 6:30 a. m., and arriving at St. Paul at 10:30 a. m., 125 men, three special coaches. Company I, Second regiment, Albert Lea, and Company X, of the same regi ment, of Waseca, arriving at St. Paul at 10:35 a m. The following companies will come In via the Omaha: Company H. Second regiment, leaving St. James at 6:15 a. m., and the company from Blue Earth City, leaving there at 5:10 a. m. These companies will arrive in St. Paul at 10:30 a. m. on a special of four coaches and a baggage car, with 200 men in all. All the local guard men have orders from company commanders to report at headquarters at 6:30 this morning. This being Arbor day all the state offices, with the exception of the gov ernor's and the adjutant general's, will remain closed. The- general observance of Arbor day, and the excitement and interest incident to the exercises of the day, will make it a general holiday in the city. It was decided yesterday afternoon to name the camp at the fair grounds, "Camp Ramsey," ln honor of Minne sota's war governor. Military Storekeeper Converse ship ped two cars of tents and equipment, which were brought up from Lake City in the morning to the state fair grounds. A detail of one sergeant, three corporals and twelve men was as signed to guard the contents of the cars. There is just a sufficient number of tents to shelter one regiment. The Sec ond regiment was designated yesterday afternoon, as the one which would oc cupy the tents. The Second being the command of the senior colonel, the option was given them and they select ed the tents. When the companies reach the state fair grounds this aftej-noon, they will find the supplies awaiting them. Regimental Quartermasters Hart, Lind and Cox were about the busiest men in town yesterday. Quartermasters Lind and Hart each said they had pur chased rations for 1,200 men for Aye days. This action was the result of a conference held with Col. Bacon, com manding the department of the Da kotas. It was agreed that the quarter masters should purchase povender un til the troops were mustered in, after that supplies would be furnished through the regular army officials here. All supplies will be paid for by re quisition made on the state treasur and auditor, by the adjutant general. The government will reimburse the state for any expenditure in this direction. Au thority was contained in a telegram received from Adjt. Gen. Corbin, on Wednesday, for the purchase of all necessary supplies. Selecting the Fair Grounds. There was some doubt in the minds of Gov. Clough and his staff, yesterday morning, as to the best point of mobil ization. Gov. Clough, acting upon the telegram from Congressman Stevens, stating that the governor would be al lowed to name the point of mobiliza tion of state troops, gave it out that he would favor the state fair grounds. In accordance with his order he sent the following telegram to Washington: Hen. R. A. Alger, Secretary of War. Not hearing from you regarding the mobilization of troops, I have taken it on myself to order them into camp at our state fair grounds, situated midway be tween St. Paul and Minneapolis. Accommo dations there are better than at the fort for 3,600 men. Excellent grounds, large Continued on Eighth I'age, FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 29. 1 898. CHANCE FOR A SEA FIGHT THE OREGON AND TEMERARIO ARE NOT FAR APART Big; Unttleslilp Hurrying Vn the East i '«. ust ot South America to Join the Fleet nt Key West, and Is Now Near Montevideo, "While the Temerario Has Sailed From Buenos Ayres. WASHINGTON, April 28— While naval interest is centered largely in the Philippines and the movement of the Asiatic squadron, the officials of the department are not overlooking the fact, emphasized by tbe news of the sailing of the Temerario, that a situa tion that commands attention presents itself on the eastern coast of South America, where the battleship Oregon and the Spanish torpedo boat Temer ario are in the same vicinity, not far from Montevideo. While nothing is known of the likeli hood of a battle, the sailing of the Spanish boat just at a time which would permit her to intercept the Ore gon is regarded as an interesting conincidence. When last spoken the Oregon was hurrying up the coast un der orders to join the fleet at Key West, and under forced draft was making all possible speed. The Temer ario has been at BuenosAyres for some weeks, and numerous reports of her departure have proved unfounded, but it is believed that word of her sailing yesterday is authentic. The Oregon sailed from Mare island navy yard on March 19. The ship steamed from San Francisco to Callao, Peru, 3,800 miles, in seventeen days, equal to 223.5 miles a day. She ar rived at Callao on April 5, and left on the 7th. From Callao to the Straits of Magellan is 2,400 miles. The remain ing distances are: Through the Straits, 300 miles; thence to Montevideo, 1,200; thence to Bio de Janeiro, 1,020; thence to Key West, 4,200. If the Oregon de stroys the Temerario or evades her she will not be due at Key West, al lowing detention for coaling, much be fore May 18. The Temerario is a twin-screw tor pedo boat, 190 feet long, 22 feet 10 inch es beam, 570 tons, capable under forced draught of going nineteen or twenty knots an hour with her 2,600 horse power. She has a coal capacity of 130 tons. She has six-inch steel protective armor over her engines and boilers. Her armament consists of two twelve centimeter Hontoria breech-loading rifles,- four rapid-fire guns, and one machine gun. She has two fixed tubes for the discharge of torpedoes. The battleship Oregon ranks with the lowa and Indiana in the first class. She has eighteen inches of armor, and in addition to her great guns has eight eight-inch, four six-inch quick-firing guns, twenty six-pounders, six one pounder quick-fire guns, four Gatling guns, and seven torpedo tubes. Matanzas Affair. The shelling of the Matanzas batter ies was the topic of interest throughout naval and official circles generally to day. It was discussed on the basis of the press reports from Key West, as the navy department received no in formation whatever on the subject. Secretary Long said this afternoon that no report had been received from Admiral Sampson, nor was the navy department advised in any way of the shelling of Matanzas. Mr. Long added that he felt no disposition to keep from the public any news concerning such an important event as a naval engage ment, or a battle. While it was es sential that future strategic moves should be guarded with the greatest care, yet Mr. Long made it clear that this did not apply to events after they had actually occurred, for, as to bat tles and their attendant casualties, he recognized that the public was entitled to know what had occurred. The secretary said that ln the ab sence of all Information, he was in clined to believe that the shelling was confined to the exchange of a few shots and did not assume the proportions of a regular bombardment. When Ms attention was directed to reports that the shelling was the re sult of direct orders from the presi dent, the secretary said this was not so, as the president was giving no direct orders in any of these move ments. Dock Is Ready. The navy department has completely ceased its purchases of ships for con version into war vessels, owing to the exhaustion of the $50,000,000 war fund. It ls confidently expected that congress will come to the relief, as the depart ment is still in need of auxiliary ves sels. The Port Royal dry dock, according to official information, will be access ible to warships, should they meet with accident during the campaign. The re port from the constructor ln charge, shows that the entrance to the dock is now dredged and clear. The board of bureau chiefs met to day to begin the consideration of the plans for the three new battleships au thorized by the naval appropriation bill, and progressed co far that cir culars will be sent out tomorrow in viting bids from the ship-builders. The vessels will be in the main very similar to the battleship Illinois, now building at Newport News. They will be at about 12,500 tons displacement, 75 feet beam, 23% feet depth, 16 knots speed, will be covered with heavy armor and armed with thirteen and six-inch guns in addition to numerous secondary bat teries. The conferees of the two houses reached an agreement on the naval ap propriation bill before adjourning to night. All the senate increases in the way of monitors and torpedo boats were adopted. These increases include four monitors at $1,250,000, and sixteen instead of twelve torpedo boat destroy ers. All the other important additions made by the senate are retained. The language in regard to the enlist ment of seamen was changed so as to provide for 1,000 more marines. A pro vision was inserted giying the secretary of the najyy authority to enlist volun teers up to the rank of commander. This was done so that the department could avail itself of the services of the officers of the American liners charter ed by the government. The conferees will report tomorrow. ADVANCING ON MANILLA NO NAVAL BATTLE FOUGHT IN THE ORIENT Advices From Spanish Sources Sny the Fleet ot the Dons Is at Snbljr Bay, Hoping to Surprise Admiral Dewey At Washington It Is Be lieved There Will Be a Buttle Saturday. By the Associated Press. LONDON, April 29.-The Hong Kong correspondent of the Daily Mail says: "There is no news from Manilla as to the whereabouts of the American fleet. The British gunl>oat Linnet sail ed this afternoon to watch British in terests in the Philippines, and the Esmeralda also sailed for the Philip pines, without cargo or passen gers, and presumably to bring away more passengers. Large sums are be ing paid by people anxious to leave Manila. "The strictly neutral attitude hither to observed by the public toward the Hispano-American dispute has been changed by the absurd proclamation of the governor of the Philippines, and The first-class twin-screw ."JUctleship Ore ) gon is a sister ship of the Indiana., having exactly the same dimensions, armanient and armor, as follows: Length, 348 feet; breadth, 69.25 feet; mean draught, 24 "eet; main bat tery, four 13-inch, eight 8-lnch and fdUT public opinion is now favorable to the United States. "The China Mail says, the proclama tion will 'go far to alienate the last vestiges of sympathy -for Spaniards,' and the Daily Press says: 'English sympathy is naturally on the side of America.' " A dispatch from Manilla says the Spanish squadron, which has taken up a position several miles from Manilla, in Subig bay, is still awaiting the ar rival of the United States squadron under the command of Rear Admiral Dewey. The American fleet must pa 33 the bay on its way to Manilla, The first naval battle will probably be fought at this point. Subig bay is north of Manilla, and offers natural advantages for the con cealment of the hostile fleet, unless Ad miral Dewey shall receive some inti mation of Montjo's doings, the Ameri cans are threatened with a sudden at tack. Montjo is reckless, and the re port that he has fled from Dewey's fleet is probably a ruse to conceal his real purpose. According to a dispatch from Singa pore to the Daily Mail, the French steamer Saigon and the Spanish steam er Espana have arrived there from Manilla, both crowded with Spanish refugees from the Philippines. ALL EYES ON MANILLA. The First Serious Fighting Is Ex pected There. WASHINGTON, April 28.— Naval circles look to the Philippines for the first big war news. Admiral Dewey, naval officers say, either must take a port in the Philippines and make it a base of supplies and a tem porary home for his ships, or he must take his fleet straight across the Pacific for San Francisco. It is expected that the other European pow ers holding possessions on the Chinese coast will adopt Great Britain's rules as to the conditions under which ships of belligerent powers may shelter ln their ports. No mat ter how well Inclined towards the United States, China would undoubtedly be obliged, under European pressure, to join in the same practice. Thus Admiral Dewey will find that, having received one supply of coal at a port of one of these powers, that port will prac tically be closed to his ships, for he would not be permitted to enter then again for the same purpose within three months, a space of time that would more than consume the amount of coal that can be carried on ship board. The admiral is believed to have sailed at 2 o'clock yesterday from , Mlra bay, China, for the Philippines. Assuming that the squadron ls traveling at the prescribed 6peed of ten knots, it is calculated at the navy de partment that he should occupy about sixty hours ln the passage to Manilla, which will bring him off that port early Saturday morn ing. Is is probable that If jibe Spanish fleet can be driven into any harljpr- under the protec tion of the batteries, Atfmlral Dewey will de tach some of his ships to blockade the port to keep them there while using another part, of his small force to seize and occupy with the nat:ve assistance some unfortified post as a base. HAVE HAD EN^lfcH ALASKA. \ . Three Men Return From Skagnay Satisfied to Get Back. ■William Hc-ffmatne,- of Philadelphia, and W. P. Tlmmons and George Wans, of Portland, Me, arrived in the" - ' cfty yesterday from Skaguay. They are on their way home and are thoroughly cured of the Klondike fever. They left their homes inHhe East early this spring, bound for the gojd fields, and after sizing up the situation at Skaguay concluded to go no farther. Thgy . pjicture the situation at Skaguay as something tosrrible. Numbers turned baok from Skaguay and undertook to go through via the Edmonton route, but with no better success. Parties have left Edmonton and have not since been heard from. They believe that they have probably perished. They say "Don't start for Klondike this year at least. SHIPS USED SOLID SHOT A RICH PRIZE ATTEMPTED TO ELUDE THE FLEET The Gnido, a Spanish Steamer, Ta ken by the Terror After Her Pilot Home Had Been Riddled by the Guns of the Monitor Key West Excited hy the War News From Matansas. By the Associated Press. KEY WEST, April 28.— Aside from the news of the Matanzas bombard ment, the event of today, practically marking the end of the first week of the war, was the arrival of a big prize, the steamer Guido. She was captured by the Terror and the gunboat Machias, ten miles off Cardenas at 4 o'clock yesterday morn ing, but not until after a stern chase. Five shots were fired, four by the monitor and one by the gunboat, though the shot from the Machias did not take effect. Two of the Terror's shots went through the pilot house THE OREGON. 6-inch rifles; secondary, battery, 30 rapid-fire guns of small caliber; armor, 18 Inches on" the sides, from 6 to 15 inches on the turrets and from 8 to 17 inches 'oh the" barbettes. However,, her . engines are more powerful •than the Indiana's, having 11,111 horse-power and giving a speed of 16.79 knots an hour. and one struck a long boat and the up per works. Manuel Rivas, a sailor, was in the pilot house of the Guido and the fly ing splinters penetrated his breast, in flicting wounds which may cause his death. He was brought ashore and taken to the hospital this afternoon. Capt Kichiondo received a flesh wound in the wrist from a splinter when the shot went through the pilot house. The Guido was bound from Corunna to Havana, with a cargo of provisions and money, thought to be for the Span ish troops. The Terror first sighted I I E I I i I I I 3 I 9M I II 111 I 9 I Pith of the Latest War News. Indications point to an early invasion of Cuba. Troops from Mobile, New Orleans and Chlckamauga are mobilizing at Tampa under hurry orders, and probably will form the advance guard of the army of occupation. Eight transports chartered by the government to carry troops to Cuba. No battle has yet been fought In the Philippines, and at Washington a conflict is not expected before Saturday. Steamer Guido, a rich prize, taken by the monitor Terror. The mystery of the delay of the Spanish fleet ls not explain ed, but Portugal will declare neutrality today, and the flotilla must move. The parliamentary outlook in Spain is less favorable. Spanish ship Temerario sails from Buenos Ayres and may meet the Oregon, now in the same vicinity. Joint representation to be made by the powers against the proposed tonnage tax. , Official denial that there is to be any general bombardment of Cuban cities. Minneapolis and Columbia still watching the New England coast. Spanish captains undertake to carry malls through the blockade. i her and began the pursuit by sending a blank shot across her bows. The Spaniards promptly put out all her lights and started to run away. The monitor then brought her six-pounders into play and sent three more shots directly at her, all finding the mark. She also trained her big twelve-inch guns on the Guido, prepared to sink her if she did not heave to. Meanwhile, the Machias had come up and sent a shot from a four-inch rifle at the fugitive. Capt. Kichiondo then surrendered. Lieut. E. F. Qualtrough, Ensign J. F. Hubbard and two marines were put aboard as a prize crew and brought the steamer into Key West. As soon as Capt. Kichiondo and his crew learned of the conditions exist ing in Cuba, they asked to be landed there. Rich Prize. The Guido is a steel screw steamer of 3,133 tons gross, and 2,872 net. She was built by Harland & Wolff, of Belfast, and is registered by Lloyds as Al. She is owned by "La Flecha," is 360 feet long, 41 feet wide and has a depth of 26 feet. Her port of registry is Bilbao. She carried a crew of thirty-six. The ship and* cargo are valued at about $400,000. All of the prizes still lie in the harbor and, according to instructions received by United States District Attorney Stripling today, from the department of justice, will remain there indefinite ly. These instructions were to the ef fect that the crew and passengers of the Panama, which carried four four teen-pound guns, and which was cap tured by the Mangrove, should be held |as prisoners of war. The crews of the PRJCB TWO CENTS— J °» »«-_._. __ J Fiy ß CENTS. other prizes are also to be detained aboard until further orders, and will be allowed no communication with the shore. It ls conceded that whatever the re sult of the president's proclamation may be, it will not affect the Panama, which was an auxiliary cruiser. J. B. Patterson today resigned as head of the prize court of inquiry, and will represent the owners of the cargoes and various ships taken as prizes. It was reported today that a box thought to be one from the magazines of the Maine had been found off South east point, twenty-six miles from here, but nothing is known of the circum stances at the naval station. The In , diana arrived this afternoon from the Tortugas, where she has been coaling. The steamer City of Key West, which arrived here this afternoon, reported that she sighted today the missing Spanish schooner Saco, captured by the monitor Terror and carrying a prize crew under Paymaster G. Sampson. The Saco then was at Rodriguez key off Key Largo, seventy miles from here. She had been blown out of her course while making for Key West. All on board were safe. SPAIN'S VERSION OF IT. The Affair at Matanzas Claimed aa a Victory. MADRID, April 28.— The version of the bombardment of Matanzas by the Her crew numbers 88 officers and '24 men. The Oregon's keel was laid ln 1891, and her entire cost was $3,180,000. i The Oregon left Maro Island navy yard March 19, and was last spoken a few hundred mlle3- from Montevideo, where she is now about due. United States fleet which has reached here says that: "After half an hour's fight, the Americans were obliged to retreat." Little credence is attached in Madrid to the dispatches from New York telling of the bombardment, as the latter "conflict with the official re ports." The latter, in addition to say ing the Americans were obliged to re treat, admit that "several men were killed," and that "some damage was done to the town," also saying that "the American loss is not known." The forts of Havana, it is announced here, have not yet flred a single pro jectile, the cannon shots being merely signal guns. HE LOST HIS LIFE. Charles B. XL-oil the Victim of a Fatal Accident. Charles B. Nlcoll, sixteen years old, son of Alex Nicoll Jr., died at St. Jos eph's hospital at 12:30 this morning as the result of an accident at the Great Northern shops at 6 o'clock last night. The boy has been employed at the shops. He had just finished his days' work and started for home when a train of flat cars came along. With some of the other employes he tried to jump on the moving train to ride up to his home on Western avenue. Some how he missed his footing and slipped under the wheels. Both of his legs were cut off. He was taken to St. Joseph's hos pital, bet the shock resulted fatally a few hours later. TROOPS FOR TAMPA. Advance Guard of the Army of Oc cupation. MOBILE, Ala., April 28.— A train moved out from the government military camp near Mobile this afternoon for Tampa, carrying supplies, escort wagons, ambu lances, mules and hostlers and teamsters. It is reported here that this ls the first step cf a movement that will finally concentrate all the troops now here at Tampa, and also those at New Orleans, so as to form, with the troops at Tampa, a force of 8,000, to be the advance guard of the army of occu pation of Cuba. The Tenth and Twenty-second infantry regiments received orders today to leave for Tampa tomorrow at noon, and began at once preparing for the journey. liSlufloNs All Indications Point to An Early Invasion of Cuba TROOPS MOVING TO TAMPA Advance Guard of the Army of Occupation Mob ilizing: NOW UNDER RUSH ORDERS MEN CALLED FROM CHICKAMACGA, NEW ORLEANS AND MOBILE TO FLORIDA COAST Advance in Force Against the Island the Only Explanation, in the Opinion of Those on the Scene, to Account for the Change ln Plan Indicated by the AxserabltDg of So Large a Force at Tampa Shafter May Go in Command. TAMPA, Fla., April 28.— The news of the bombardment of the Matanzas forts by Admiral Sampson, reached here this afternoon and soon afterward Col. Melville A. Cochran, commanding the first provisional brigade of Tampa division, received a telegram from Washington, instructing him to hold his command in readiness for imme diate departure with rations for thirty days. This is the first authentic in formation regarding the future move ments of the troops here. The Tampa division embracing the troops at this point and at Port Tamp a has been divided into two brigades. Col. Cochran, the senior ranking officer ln the camp, has been appointed com mander of the first brigade, and Col. John Poland, the next ranking officer, to the second brigade. The first in cludes the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Thirteenth regiments. The second brigade is composed of the Fourth, Seventeenth and Twenty-first regi ments, these being what are termed provisional brigades. The staff officers have not as yet been appointed, but Col. Cochran has chosen Capt. Turner, of his regiment, the Sixth, as adjutant, and Col. Poland has selected Capt. Wrenn, of the Seventeenth, to fill that position. ON TO THE COAST. Troops at Chlclcanianga Ordered to Tampa. CHICKAMAUGA PARK, Ga., April 28. — Two companies of the Ninth (color ed) cavalry, which arrived in Chatta nooga late this afternoon, were stopped after having started to Chlckamauga and switched into the Western and At lantic yards. Orders are said to have been received to have the troops pro ceed as rapidly as possible to Tampa, Fla., to which point troops from Mobile have also been ordered and they will leave here before morning. It is currently reported that the com panies of the Ninth regiment, now in camp here, will be shipped at once to Tampa, as well as the Twenty- fourth infantry, colored. Officers of the Ninth have bidden good bye to their wives and are making every preparation for departure. The movement of troops to Tampa is believed to embrace not only the color ed troops, but all the artillery stationed here as well. The shipment of the Ninth cavalry, following the sudden departure today of two batteries of artillery for Tampa, has produced a fever of excitement among the soldiers. Chlckamauga park is now a recruit ing camp. The war department orders to fill every regiment in camp up to its maximum strength received by Gen. Brooke today, will, as far as possible, be carried into effect at once, and ad jutants of every Infantry and cavalry regiment and artillery battalion will ba appointed as recruiting officers. Judging from the number of applica tions already received it is believed that the different regiments at this point will soon be placed on a war footing. Especially is this true of the colored regiments. The presence of these able warriors has created the greatest ex citement among the colored people of Chattanooga and the surrounding coun try, and every day the commanding of ficers have been besieged by men anx ious to enter. When the regiments are filled out nearly 25,000 troops will be encamped at Chlckamauga. Late tonight It became known that all of the Ninth cavalry, the Twenty fourth Infantry and the entire eight batteries of artillery now centered at Chlckamauga will leave for the South as soon as they can be loaded on to the cars which are in readiness for them. By tomorrow night it is thought all the trains will be on their way to Tam pa. Shortly before 10 o'clock a bugler of the Ninth cavalry, with the two com panies of that regiment which arrived from Utah this afternoon, sounded the "assembly" and the few troopers who had been given permission to leave the cars hurried along the streets to the railroad yards. News of the ordering of the troops South drew a tremendous crowd around the depot and railroad yards, in spite of the late hour, and the soldiers were cheered again and again as the train Dulled out.