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VOL. XXII.— NO. 45.
Many Ocean Liners Overdue, Oeea
sionlni*, Grave Fearit as to Their
Safety Steamer Dulfruria and
Portion of Her I'unhoiikcts and
Crew Lout Famine Is Feared In
Localities tut Off From the Outer
World California Springlike.
NEW YORK, Feb. 13.— The storm
which has been raging sine. Satur
day night increased in violence to
day, becoming a thorough blizzard.
Bnow fell all day and is still coming
down. A bitter northwest wind is
driving the enow in clouds through the
streeis, piling uv three-foot snow
The street cleaning department, aft
er BtrugglLng for thirty-six hcurs to
clear the principal streets, this even
ing gave up entirely — even surrender
ing Broadway to the wind and snow.
The surface railroads are running snow
plows over the roads at intervals, and
maintain ti service, but the cars are
not heated, and are not well-patronized.
The elevated roads are running, but
trains pay no regard to schedule time.
In the suburbs, where the winds have
free sweep, the drifts are from five to
ten feet high; street railroads have
stopped altogether, and suburban
steam railroads are blocked. Many
neighboring towns are cut off from
New York altogether.
Today was a legal holiday with the
bar.ks end exchanges, and an enforced
one in the business districts general
ly. A 1 *- there were no shoppers the
big stores closed their doors and sent
the clerks home. Tonight the streets,
even in the theater district, are almost
deserted. The snowfall in New York
this month has been nearly two feet —
or more thas the entire fall for last
winter. The temperature ts higher
than last Friday and Saturday, but the
driven snow stings like a whip, and
persons obliged to be outdoors suffer
All the charitable societies are tax
ed beyond their resources, owing to
the sudden demands made upon them.
Of the 15,000 destitute families in the
city, as efctimated by Blair, superin
tendent of the outdoor poor, nearly all
are either freezing or starving today.
The continued storm has handicapped
all efforts to aid and the blizzard of
today has necessitated a complete sus
pension. The thousands of poor Jews,
Italians, Greeks, Syrians and Armen
ians, who make a living by selling fruit,
confectionery and other small articles
from push carts and stands, have been
driven out of business altogether, and
brought to the verge of starvation.
Fersons employed outdoors have lost
employment temporarily. They number
many thousands, and some of them will
swell the list of destitute. At the city
lodging house 310 persons were housed
last right. Of these 7766 were men,
twenty-two were women and the re
mainder children.
The task of keeping railroad trains
in motion was almost Herculean. Par
ticularly was this the case with the
lines running out of the Grand Central
station. With each hour the severity
of the conditions increased, and those
in charge of the work were reluctantly
compelled to admit that total stagna
tion of traffic stared them in the face.
It was stated that the Old Colony ex
press, westbound, was stuck in a snow
drift somewhere east of New Haven,
and that all trains on the New London
division were having much trouble.
The officials of both roads declared
at 4 p. m. that wo through trains had
been abandoned, but admitted that the
local service was badly demoralized.
The numbers of people crowding
I— Atlantic Const Blizzard.
Steamer Bulßaria Lest.
Lincoln Day Banquets.
Col. Bryan's Visit.
Iloilo Captured.
2— Tales et tlie Trusts.
English Liberals Defeated.
B—Political8 — Political Gossip.
Defunct Loan Association.
State Editors' Meeting.
4— Editorial.
Twin Cities' Trade.
. — Sporting News.
Farce in the House.
Meeting of Gig; erg.
6— McEn?ry Resolution Up.
Extra Session Issue.
Live Stock Markets.
7 — Minneapolis Matters.
News of the Railroads.
Northwest News.
8--In the Field of Labor.
Home Trade Display.
Louisiana and Luzon.
HAMBURG— Arrived: Pennsylvania, New
LIVERPOOL— Arrived: Bovic. New York;
Catalonia, Boston; Aurania, New York.
METROPOLITAN— WiIIie Collier, in "Tlie
Man From Mexico." S:ls PM.
GRAND— "A Parlor Match," 8:15 PM.
Palm Garden— Vauleville, 2 and 8 PM.
Home Trade and Pure Food Show, Market
hall. 2 PM.
Errtcrtalnment for Copeland Camp, M. W. A.,
"White Mountain Boy," Mozart hail. 8 PM.
Minnesota Retail Grocers' association, Market
hall, 10 AM.
District camp. Woodmen of the World, Sher
man hall. 10 AM.
Cleveland School Mothers' club meets, 3 PM.
Humane society, Chamber of Commerce. 8 PM.
Democratic banquet. Ryan hotel. 8 PM,
■waiting rooms asking- when trains
would depart for various different parts
in very few instances were able to get
satisfactory answers. When told that
a continuation of the existing condi
tions was to be expected tonight, < f
flcials of the railroads said that it was
likely that traffic would come to a
standstill before tomorrow.
Tonight orders were issued to sus
pend all operations on the main Hat
and branches of the Long Island rail
road until the storm subsided. Drifts
were prevalent, and the wind blew the
snow onto the track almost as fast as
plows could remove it. The drifts in
the Shinnicock hills are reported to
be twelve feet high, and tonight indi
cations are that the road will not be
open for several days.
All of the Sound steamboats are tied
up by the storm, and It is announced
that none of the Fall River, Stoning
t'"-.-~. _*._• i.Uh lines would venture
to make trips until the storm ceases
and the entrance to Hell Gate is free
from ice.
No out-of-town mails were received
here today, with the exception of two
early morning consignments from Bos
ton. None of the incoming mails from
the north and northwest over the New
York Central, or from the south and
southwest over the Pennsylvania or
Baltimore & Ohio railroads were de
livered at the postofnee today.
There is some danger of a bread
famine in the city, if the storm contin
ues. This Is not due to the fact that
there is not a sufficient amount of
flour in the various warehouses, but
because of the impossibility of having
•it delivered. This would ! _ most se
verely felt in the East side tenement
districts, whose bakers buy flour in
small quantities, most of which is for
I nmedlate use. There is a daily de
livery by the flour merchants to these
bakeries, and, owing to the Impossibil
ity to get flour to them today, the
bakers had to fall back on retail mer
chants for the supply.
This demand on the retailers will di
minish if not exhaust the supply of
the grocers in a very short time. It
is then that the trouble will begin.
This, together with the fact that the
larger bakeries will not make up their
usual quantities of bread, because of
their Inability to deliver it, will cause
a further drain on the smaller bakeries.
Chief of Police Devery tonight issued
an crder to the captains of the various
precincts In Greater New York to give
shelter in station houses to all who
apply for it, and to afford general as
sistance to destitute persons. He also
impressed upon his subordinates the
necessity for using extreme vigilance
in the matter of keeping fire plugs free
from snow, in order to accelerate the
movements of the Are department.
Mayor Van Wyck today notified
Commissioner J. TV. Keller, of the de
partment of charities, that he had $20,
--000 subject to the commissioner's draft
for the purpose of relieving the poor.
Tammany hall gave half the amount
and Richard Croker and James R.
Kent contributed $5,000 each.
Capital In the It tl.ni less Grnmp of
an Unprecedented Blizzard.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 13— With two inches
less than three feet of snow on a level aud
the mercury hovering constantly near zero,
the capital is in the grasp of the most severd
blizzard in Its history. The snowfall, which
bagan on Saturday evening, has continued
without cessation, the official measurement
In fifty hours being twenty inches on tcp of
the heavy fall of the few days preceding.
Driven by a high northwest wind it has
drifted in banks of from five to eight feet
in depth, suspending all traffic, tying up
the street car lines, cutting off the cit? from
all outside communication by rail and caus
ing untold suffering among the poor.
The coal supp'.y is par'ieulaKy slender. The
black diamonds are being sold grudgingly by
the bushel and dealers say the stock on hcncl
is exceedingly limited, while railroad condi
tions make the outlook for shipments into the
city very gloomy.
It was announced late In the afternoon that
the gas supply was being rapidly exhausted
from the reserve tanks, and the gas com
panies' supply of coal was so slender that
it wou'd have to be husbanded most rare
fully. Consequently the pressure was re
duced. Many of the street lamps were not
lighted. The electric lighting companies,
however, are as yet maintaining service.
While discomfort is general, even in the
homes of the well-to-do, the police report that
the condition of the really poor, particularly
the large colored population, Is pitiful in
the extreme. Every effort is being made by
the authorities and charitable associations
to alleviate the suffering, but owing to the
terrible weather conditions but little can be
accomplished. There has not been during
the day a moment's cessation of the snow
fall, and with the gale prevailing tonight it
Is dangerous for any one but a strong man
to venture out. Many persons have bean
overcome by the cold, but no fatalities have
been reported within the city limits.
Philadelphia Cut Off From Cumniu
nicntion With the Outer World..
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. __.-_*___ a day' of
battling, all the human forces that could be
brought Into play against the elements have
been forced to succumb, and tonight the city
is locked fast In the worst blizzard of the
local bureau. Steam and local traffic are at
a standstill and the snow-heaped streets are
deserted. From 8 o'clock Saturday to the
same hour tonight there has been a steady
snowfall, the aggregate depth of which at the
later hour was seventeen and three-quarter
Inches. The high winds have whirled this
Into impassable drifts, and there is no sign
of the storm's abatement. While unusually
sevc-re, the storm did not reach the severity
of a blizzard until today, when the wind at
tained a velocity of forty miles an hour.
Early in the day the Pennsylvania railroad
succeeded in moving about 50 per cent of its
regular passenger service, but no attempt was
made to move freight or coal trains. Through
trains to the West were abandoned early, the
last one leaving here at S:3O this morning for
Harrisburg. At last reports it was stalled near
Lancaster. The Western trains due hero
from New York at 11 a. m. and 11:52 a. m.,
were both between two and three hours late,
and went no further than this city. The Penn
sylvania limited west-bound was ' the last to
leave New York, and it was also abandoned
here. The Pittsburg limited left there at
10 o'clock last night for New York, and ws
switched off the main line and brought dowi.
over the Columbia branch as far as Lan
caster, where It was abandoned.
All incoming trains from the South and
West which reached Broad street station
were held here. Early in the day the Reading
railroad posted a notice that all trains were
abandoned until further notice. Later a num
ber of suburban trains were moved at inter
vals of an hour or more. No attempt was
made on the main line.
Fuel Situation at I'lKslmrg Is Grow
ing- SeriwuH. _
PITTSBURG, Pa., Feb. 13.— A coal fanvne
Is threatened here. The total coal supply
Continued on Second I'uge,
The Globe's Greeting to Its Readers.
Ag-ents Admit the Gravity of the
I.ntesl Reports, bat Are Still
Hopeful Tliat the Passengers nnd
Crew Ma j- Have Deen Saved No
News of the Pavonla Other
Ship* la Peril.
LONDON, Feb. 13.— Lloyd's agent at
St. Michael's, Azores, cables that the
Bulgaria, when spoken on Feb. 5, was
in a sinking condition, with three holds
full of water, her rudder broken and
her machinery disabled. The agent
says the Weehawken had lost her
boats and arrived with her bunkers
full of water.
The agents of the Hamburg-Ameri
can Steamship company here admit
that the latest reports as to the Bul
garia's condition, when sighted by the
"Weehawken, were graver than the
others. They are still hopeful, how
e* _r, that the rest of the crew and
passengers have been rescued by oth
er steamers In the vicinity.
The Daily Mail will publish a dis
patch from Punta Delgada, Azores
islands, asserting that the Bulgaria
had a crew of ninety-eight and car
ried forty-one passengers, and that
the "Weehawken rescued but twelve
members of the crew and eleven pas
NEW YORK. Feb. 13.— The agents
of the Hamburg-American line today
issued the following list of passengers,
all steerage, on the steamship Bulga
ria: C. Jareho, Jacob Ade, Johanna
Ade, Josephine Philetski, Joseph Belu
nas, Jonas Osmidak. Milkowitz Fere
nez, Ignace Frahold, Petro Cohan,
Adolph Schroeder, Fanny Spagat, We-
Jetek Stelhig, George Asmursen, Stan
lslow Sujale, Josef Minturn, Heinrlch
Bekler, Helene Frachtmann, S. Solk
witz, J. Kapsowski, Franciscka Trotz
ka, Vladlvostaka Trotsi. John Prot
zer, Nels Anderson, Elizabeth Berg
mann, Heinrich Borgmann, Martha
Metska, "Wallace Winder, John Gunn
lick, John Hill, A. Brown, J. Jaeger,
August Wsinhart, Joseph Helig, Ergard
Lippert, E. P. Raven and infant, Mo
ritz Kohn, Eva Kohn, Ignatz Kohn,
Nettle Kohn, Nathan Kohn, Benny
Kohn, Charles Werner, Thomas Lyal,
Annie Burgmann, Ludovike Szorbows
ki. Nathan Wlngarten, Anton Worniak,
uda Moses, Joseph Bllako, Menam Bi
lamo, Juda Subowitz and Jose Rose.
William Lawrence a Total Loss and
Part of Crew Ml»klu_v.
SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 13.— The
steamship William Lawrence, of the
Merchants and Miners' line, running
between Baltimore and Savannah, is a
wreck, and probably a total loss, off
Port Royal, S. C. She left Baltimore
Wednesday last, with a full cargo, but
no passengers. Saturday she ran into
a severe storm off the South Carolina
coast. She became disabled, and in a
helpless condition drifted ashore near
the Port Royal bar. The crew aban
doned the ship In six boats. One boat,
containing A. J. Morrisell, second as
sistant engineer, and John Canaway,
John Donahue, William Zifort, Charles
Greene and Frank Bolden, seamen
made Port Royal. Tiiree othe:* boats?
containing Capt. Willis, the first and
second officers and the engineers and
members of the crew, have not bepn
heard from. The wires are down to
Port Royal. Assistant Engineer Mor
risell reported today to J. J. Carolan,
the company's agent here, giving the
facts of the wreck.
Anxiety Felt lor the Safety of
Passenger Stenmers.
NEW YORK, Feb. 13.— None of the
Atlantic passenger liners from Great
Britain and the Continent that regu
larly arrive here at the end of the
week have yet been sighted. The pas
senger liners due are the American
liner Paris, nine days out from South
hampton, which was due on Friday;
the Cunarder Etruria, eight days out
from Queenstown; the French liner La
Bretagne, nine days out from Havre;
the Anchor liner Anchoria, sixteen
days out from Glasgow; the Holland-
American Spaarndam, eighteen days
out from Rotterdam; the Hamburg-
American liner Petroria, fifteen daya
out from Hamburg; the North German
Lloyd liner Gera, thirteen days out
from Bremen; the W T hite Star liners
Nomadic (a freighter), thirteen days
out. and the Cymric, ten days out
from Liverpool. Freight steamers
whose voyages are growing- uncom
fortably long are the Eastern Prince,
Saint Valentine, zvhose mission is
To mend hearts, not to break them,
Still claims all lovers true as his,
Nor should he once forsake them.
For if today, by written line,
Two hearts are brought together,
He d be a sad Saint Valentine
Who'd break love's silken tether.
Saint Valentine in good Saint Paul
The Globe would gladly rival
In this respect: It brings to all,
With each morns fresh arrival,
An earnest of the promise made
With each renewed subscription,
lo stand by, boldly, undismayed,
Each honest, true conviction.
So let me be your Valentine,
Throughout the coming season,
The news red-hot from off the line
Is mine, barred fakes and treason.
And I will serve you all the year,
All questions duly probe,
Sans favor and sans craven fear,
Most truly yours,
twenty-four days out from Shields;
Deik Rickmers, twenty-five days out
from Havre; Salernla, twenty-six days
out from Newcastle, Eng., and the
Catania, eighteen day 3 out from St.
Michael's. The Almida, fifty-eight
days out from Shields, is about given
up as lost with all on board.
No doubt a large fleet of steamers
has arrived in the vicinity of Sandy
Hook bar and waiting outside for the
blizzard to pass. The marine observer
laconically reports: "Nothing but bliz
Big Ocean Liner Sounds Her Whis
tle All Night.
SWAMPSCOTT, M£„3.. Feb. 13.— A
big steamer, apparently an ocean liner,
was sighted off Dread Ledge in
Swampscott bay this afternoon in the
midst of the storm. She was appar
ently at anchor and was blowing her
whistle continually, but whether as a
distress signal or a warning on ac
count of the thick weather could not
be determined from shore. She ap
parently had a black hull, was about
300 feet long and had a red band
around her smokestack. She stood in
the water and was badly iced up. The
lifesavlng crew was prevented from
going to her assistance on account of
the ice.
Reinsurance Effected at a High
Rate of Premium.
LIVERPOOL, Feb. 13.— Reinsurance. 1
upon the Cunard line steamer Pavanio
from Queenstown, Jan, 2S,' for Boston,
! has been effected here "at the rate of
10 per cent.
The following are the second cabin
passengers on board the Pavonia: C.
j Carruthers, M. Carruthers, Mr. and
Mrs. E. Fielding, two Miss Fieldings,
Miss Emma Dahl, Mr... Graves, Miss
M. C. Colling, T. Houston, George
j Stevens. J. McEwan and four McEwan
Mrs. Sewull's Report as President
the Feature of the Day.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13.— A blinding
snow storm did not prevent the meet
ing of the National Council of Women
at the Church of Our Father today,
though the member, were late in ar
riving. About fifty ladies were present.
It was decided, on account of the
weather, to hold a continuous session,
instead of adjourning and meeting
again at 3 o'clock, as provided. The
session was devoted exclusively to
business matters, the report oft he
president, May W T right Sewall, being
the principal feature of the day's work.
The programme has been changed so
that the address of Mrs. Gates on "The
Women of Hawaii" will be delivered on
Friday instead of today.
Thrilling Experiences of a Party of
Five Who Were Carried Away.
CHICAGO, Feb. 13— After being adrift on an
Ice floe iv Lake Michigan for over fifteen
hours the five people who were carried out
Sunday evening hy the breaking of the "cc
were rescued. Young Arthur Fletcher, who
made a heroic effort to bring them ashore
in his boat, and who paddled around all night
In tlie frail craft, did not fare so well, both
his feet being badly frozen. It Is said that
he will be a cripple for life. The names of
those saved are: Elmer D. Brothers,- at
torney; Miss Oriel Manney. 17 years old,
niece of Brothers; Chauncey Mannleyl
brother-in-law of Biothers; Guy W. Caron
and Edward Mallory, students of Lake Forest
university, Lake Forest.
Miss Mannley was almost dead when the
life savers came, and for five hours after
she was brought to the land she did not re
, gain her senses. The physislans think she
will recover.
A peculiar feature of the story Is that al
though Caron and Mallory were carried out
on the Ice many miles from where Brothers
and the Mannleys were, they inert them
during the night, while wandering around
the Ice. The rive people tramped up and
down a.ll night In the effort to keep warm,
and finally, when Miss Manrtley became un
conscious, they made a bed "or her of their
overcoats. Fletcher, who made such a brave
effort to save them, reached shore somewhat
in advance of the others. His boat became
disabled, and he was forced to abandon the
effort to save any life but his own. He
suffered far worse than any of the others.
Although but a boy, Fletcher has already
distinguished himself by acts of bravery,
having savtd three lives within the last year,
and others before that.
Banquet After the Roman Emperor
Style Given a* New York.
NEW YORK. Feb. 13.— Beneath a vine-clad
bower, while nightingales sang and a fountain
purled, Randolph Guggeuheimer, president
of the municipal councii, gave a dinner at
the Waldorf-Astoria which, ia decoration and
appointments, surpossed any function of the
kind ever given in this city. It set the mark
above the Lackmey.^r dinner of 1573, which
has always been spoken of a_ the most costly
feast ever served on Manhattan island.' That
banquet was known a'a the "Swan" dinner,
because three of the sort of birds that rested
upon "Still St. Mary's Lake" floated about a
fountain surrounded by a circular table.
Mr. Guggenheiiner entertained, forty per
sonal and political friends. Real grapes hung
from the trelEs beneath which the guests
were seated, and flowers actually growing
nodded at their feet.
There were beautifully, engrossed vinai
grettes for the women and jeweled match
boxes fo the men. The dishes were in gilt
and the glasses rimmed with gold.
Sapper Will Be Served at O O'clock,
Preceded hy n General Reception,
at Which the Guests of Honor
Will Be Col. W. J. Bryan und
Gov. 1.1 ml— — Over Four Hand rod
Will Be Present.
William Jennings Bryan, who will
be the most distinguished visitor at
the Democratic organization banquet
at the Ryan hotel tonight, will arrive
in the city this morning at 9 o'clock.
No ambitious plans for his entertain
ment have been made by the commit
tee, it being preferred to consult Mr.
Bryan as to his wishes in the matter
before making any announcements.
It is intended that the hour between
S and 9 this evening, at which latter
hour the banquet will begin, will be
given to a reception, Informal in char
acter, in the parlors of the Ryan hotel,
at which all admirers of the Nebraska
colonel will be welcome.
At a meeting of the committee on
banquets yesterday, reports were re
ceived from those who have been sell
ing the tickets, the result developing
that there will be am attendance of
between 450 and 500 persons at the sup
per. This will comfortably fill the
large dining room of the hotel, al
though not crowding it at all.
Judge Willis, as chairman pf the
committee on banquets, will call the
meeting to order and introduce Toast
master Humphrey Barton, who will
speak briefly upon the topics and prin
ciples for which the new organization
Gov. Lind will sr>eak to the toast,
"Our State — Minnesota."
To Mr. Bryan has been assigned the
toast, "Democracy."
"The Jefferson Club" will be respond
ed to by Dr. A. J. Stone, the president
of that organization, and there will
be other brief talks.
The ushers for the Democratic ban
quet are requested to meet at Parlor 4,
Ryan hotel, at 7 p. m.
Neither Judge Willis nor Tttohert G.
Evans was present.
Dar Reese, clerk of the .supreme
court, was the last speaker. He caused
a good deal of enthusiasm by declaring
that in 1900 the Republicans should re
nominate and re-elect President Mc-
Kinley and that in 1904 they should
nominate and elect Hon. C. K. Davis.
No New Facts Have as Yet Been
BrouKlit to Light.
YANKTON, S. D., Feb. 13.— The
coroner's inquest, which has been in/
progress investigating into the cause
of the fire on Sunday at the state ays
lum for the insane here, is not com
pleted. Thus far no new facts have
been brought to light, but from the
evidence brought cut no one connected
with the institution can be held blame
worthy for the Are.
Gov. Lee arrived in Yankton tonight
from Pierre, accompanied by President
Sibeston, of the board of charities and
corrections, to ascertain what can be
done for the unfortunates who were
turned out of a home by the fire. A
legislative committee is expected in a
few days.
The burned building, which was
erected for a laundry, the authorities
say, should never have been used as a
place in which to house patier.ls. At
the time of Its erection the legislature
was asked for an appropriation suffi
cient to build both a cottage and a
laundry. Five thousand dollars was
appropriated for the laundry, which
was built, and owing to the crowded
condition of the other buildings, pa
tients were placed therein. The state
has lost by fire on public institutions
within the last four years, $200,000. No
insurance is carried.
CleVeland Night Fireman Found
Stabbed Through the Heart.
CLEVELAND, 0., Feb. 13.-^Jacob
Gerbrandt, night fireman at the Hunt
Stamping works, on Hickox street,
near Euclid avenue, was found dead
in the boiler room of the plant early
tcday, having been stabbed through
the heart. The case is shrouded in
mystery. The motive for the crime
was evidently not burglary, for Ger
brandt's money and watch were found
on his body. Appearances indicated
that the murdered man made a valiant
struggle for life. The only clue found
was a woman's knit fascinator, which
was lying near the body. The theory
is advanced by the police that Ger
brandt may have been holding a clan
destine meeting with the woman, and
that a lover or husband witnessed the
meeting and killed Gerbrandt. The
murdered man was forty years old and
had a. wife and three children,
Filipinos Made Desperate Resistance, and the Town
Was Bombarded by American Warships
Boston and Petrel.
Troops Under Gen. Miller Effected a Landing and
Extinguished the Flames Before Great Damage
Had Been Entailed Rebels Refused to Retire
Without Giving Battle Situation at Manila
Practically Unchanged Aguinaldo Tells His
Soldiers Many Americans Were Slain.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13.-Shortly before midnight Adjt
Gen. Corbin made public the following dispatch from Maj.
Gen. Otis, reporting the capture of the town of lloilo bj the
American forces under Gen. Miller, on the 11th instant:
Manila, Feb. 13, 1899. -Gen. Miller reports from lloilo that
that town was taken on the 11th instant, and held by our troops
The insurgents were given until the evening of the 11th to sur
render, but their hostile actions brought on an engagement during
the morning. The insurgents fired the native portion of the town,
but there was little loss to property of foreign inhabitants. No
casualties among the United States troops reported. —Otis
MANILA, Feb. 14.— News has reached
here of the capture of lloilo. on Satur
day, by the American forces under
Brig. Gen. Miller.
Gen. Miller informs Gen. Otis that
the town of Hollo, capital of the island
of Panay and seat of the so-called gov
ernment of the Visayas Federation,
was captured on Saturday last, after
a severe bombardment, necessitated
by the refusal of the Filipinos to sur
Gen. Miller called upon the insur
gents to surrender, giving them until
nightfall to evacuate the place. Their
response was an insolent display of
hostility and defiance, and, as a re
sult, an engagement was brought on in
the morning.
The big guns of the American war
ships were trained upon the native
quarter, and. when the shells began
to fall, the rebels set their part of the
town on fire and retreated precipitate
The American troops effec.ed a land
ing, under the protection of the guns
of the warships, and succeeded in ex
tinguishing the flames before any gi eat
damage had been done.
The European and other foreign por
tions of the place escaped uninjured
by the flames.
The American forces displayed great
coolness, and so perfect was the plan
of attack that not a single casualty
was chronicled on the American side.
Gen. Miller's forces are now in com
plete control of lloilo and the adjacent
country. The rebels have fled to the
The United States gunboat Petrel,
which arrived late last evening,
brought the dispatches from Brig. Gen.
Miller to Maj. Gen. Otis, announcing
that Hollo had been taken by the mili
tary and naval forces on Saturday
morning. Gen. Miller, on receipt of his
instructions from Manila, sent the na
tive commissioners ashore from the
United States transport St. Paul, with
a communication for the rebel gov
ernor of lloilo, calling upon him to sur
render within a time stated, and warn
ing him not to make a demonstration
in the interval. The natives immedi
ately moved their guns and prepared
to defend their position. Thereupon
the Petrel fired two warning guns, the
rebels immediately opening fire on
her. The Petrel and Baltimore then
bombarded the town, which the rebels,
having set on fire, evacuated.
American troops were promptly land
ed and extinguished the fires in all
cases of foreign residence, but not be
fore considerable damage was done.
It is believed the enemy's loss dur
ing the bombardment was heavy, but
no American casualties are reported.
The situation of lloilo gave the na
tives an advantage, but it was of no
great avail. The town lies in from
the bay and of the tnree warships
available — the Baltimore, the Boston
and the Petrel— only the Petrel was
able to pass up the river opposite the
city. The depth of water in the chan
nel is but sixteen feet, quite sufficient
for the little Petrel drawing but twelve
feet, but not enough for the Boston,
drawing seventeen feet, or the Balti
more with a depth of nineteen feet.
But the Boston and the Baltimore were
not out of it despite their greater
draught. At a distance they were able
to use their big guns and drop shells
into the city and do almost as effec
tive work as if they were in the river.
Before the Petrel was able to pass up
the river it was necessary to silence
the small fort on the sand spit, which
projects out into the stream. This was
the first task of the naval vessels, and
It was quickly accomplished.
The exact Insurgent force in the city
Is not accurately known, but the na
tive soldiers have been pouring in in
large numbers during the past few
weeks and the city was probably de
fended by about 2,500 of the followers
of Agulnaldo armed with Remington
and Mauser rifles. Ammunition also
had been brought In large quantities I
from Malolas, but the natives did not
stop to make much use of it.
Outside the city, in addition to the
organized and armed soldiers who re
treated on Saturday, there are said to
be some I(MKK) mixed natives with
knives and spears for weapons.
President and "War Department Offl
eialH Gratttted.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13.-There is a
feeling of complete satisfaction amon_
such of the American officials as ar;
aware of this battle, as ccn-lderable
apprehension has existed, not, however,
as to the ability of ;h._> Americans to
take the place when they decided apu 1
this step, but as to the less of life
which this might incur. The ten.<i«.n
between the opposing forces at lloilo
has been for some time at th? langer
point, and a collision between then
j at any time would not hav_ bean *■■_•-
I prising. It is felt here that Gen. __»_
--, ler has conducted himself with groat
circumspection in treating wrth the na
tives, as their attitude has been any-
I thing but conciliatory, and petty an
noyances have been resorted to hy
them to provoke the Americans.
About a month or more ago the of
ficials here and in the Philippines
deemed it wise to dispatch an expedi
tion to lloilo, because of rumors that
i the natives were gathering in that and
; neighboring localities and were threat
j ening to take th e city. Gen. Miller who
j was on duty with the major general
I commanding the troops at Manila, was
j selected for this duty, and several regi-
J ments of infantry were forwarded,
convoyed by an American man-of-war.
Before they reached Hollo the Span
iards, who then occupied the town, had
surrendered It to the insurgents, who
Immediately occupied it.
When the troops attempted to land,
they were notified by the insurgents
that such a course would precipitate
a battle, and" Gen. Miller, under his
instructions to pursue a conciliatory
| course, withheld his men aboard the
j transports. The men became tired of
! this, and about two weeks ago the
| Fifty-first lowa was sent back to Ma
j niJa and the First Tennessee was sent
; to lloilo to replace It. As soon as the
| latter arrived, it is believed that Gen.
; Miller decided to force a landing. The
desire of the Americans was that the
natives should submit to the Ameri
cans and avoid a fight, but it appears
that up to the last they could not be
so persuaded.
Gen. Miller has with him the Eight
eenth infantry and Battery G, of the
Sixth artillery, and, if they arrived, as
expected, the First Tennessee infantry,
while the naval assistance rendered
him was by the gunboat Petrel and
the cruiser Baltimore.
Americana and Filipinos Preparing
for Future Hostilities.
MANILA, Feb. 13.-The Twentieth
Kansas and the First Idaho volunteers
have been recalled from the marsh
lands north of Malabon, and the for
mer regiment is now entrenched in
front of Caloocan. The American lines
I form a complete cordon, twenty-two
miles in length, from the coast north
almost to Pasaqua, south of Manila.
There has been no cnange in the dis
position of the troops except that the
Fourth United States cavalry has re
lieved the First Idaho volunteers, and
a battalion of the Twenty-third infan
try has been stationed on »he left flank
to prevent the rebels sneaking along
the beach.
The enemy are busily throwing up
intrenchments on their left, sharp
shooters in the Jungle covering their
Several Americans were wounded In
the trenches. Second Lieut. George A.
Seaman, of Battery B, Utah artillery,
was shot in the leg while standing
near his gun. Four men of the Twen
tieth Kansas volunteers were wounded
slightly. Last night Private Brinton,
Company B, and Private Stevens,
Company G, of the Twentieth Kansas,
were wounded.
All the enemy's dead at Caloocan
have been buried — one hundred and
twenty-seven last Sunday and 300 yes
The United States cruiser Charleston
has moved up the coast and is now off
Malolos. the seat of the so-called Fill-

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