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VOL. XXII.—NO. 226.
Freedom of Dreyfus the Present
Stake of the Game, but the Real
Contest Is Between the Opposing
Forces, "Which Have Been in Ex
istence in France Since the Days
of the Revolution.
RENNES, Aug. 14.—Two men this morn
ing ambushed Maitre Labori, counsel for
Dreyfus, and one shot was fired, hitting
Labori in the back. M. Labori fell in the
roadway. He Is still alive.
Maitre Labori left his house alone for
the court at about 6 o'clock this morning.
His residence is situated in the suburbs
of the town, about a quarter of an hour's
walk from the Lycee, the route being
along a solitary road besides the River
Vlllalne, He had reached a point half
way on his journey when two. men who
had evidently been lying in wait for him
rushed out of a narrow lane and one of
them fired a single shot from a revolver.
The murderers were only a couple of
yards behind their victim, and the bullet
struck Maitre Labori In the back. The
wounded man uttered an agonising cry
and fell fiat on his face. The murderers
' (.mediately fled through the lane from
which they had emerged an I both es
At 7:30 o'clock it was announced that
the bullet had entered the stomach, that
there was no outward bleeding, and that
the physicians believe that M. Labori
will die from the wound.
It Is Involved in the Issue of the
Dreyfus Case.
Copyright, 1..;.. by the Associated Press.
KENNES, Aug. 13.—The battle over
Dreyfus has begun in earnest. Its politi
cal bearing! are shown in the arrest of
Paul da Roulede, the deputy and poet,
and twenty-three of his numerous royal
ist and Bonapartist allies, who have
pooled with him against the republic. As
In the Boulangist conspiracy the pool will
be of little consequence but for the mili
tary caste, which has found representa
tive men in Gen. de Negrier and some
other generals having great commands.
It is a strange thing, how the fight has
thickened around the shadowy and ema- J
elated red-haired Jew, whose uniform
c-t an artillery captain so 111 fits and be- !
fits his figure and physiognomy. Last
Monday sitting of the court-martial and
the subsequent non-public sittings were
the first skirmishing operations, but yes
terday was a field day, in which the two
hostile forces Into which France is divid
ed and has been since the Revolution set
themselves in array of battle and drew
the first blood.
Each side stands committed to a cer
tain course and has burned its ships. The
actual Dreyfus trial is a trial of strength.
I cannot sec a possibility of its ending in
a drawn game It is now a "neck or
nothing" combat, a desperate fight in
which neither side will give in unless ut
terly routed. The moral situation of the
forces engaged reminds one of the armies
of the French Revolution and those they
had to fight.
The Dreyfusltes have the brains, the
forward impulse, the dash and the flexi
bility. At the same time they are raw
recruits, gathered spontaneously from the
four points of the compass. Hatred of
the military caste and. it may be, the
secret hope of rewards have made them
homogeneous. The Nationalists have so
cial and other prestige, numbers and or
ganization. Their center is composed of
the majority of Frenchmen and French
women; their left wing is formed of 22,-
COO officers, and their right wing consists
of the church. All profess respect for
legality, but only from the lips out.
Ona side Is Just as unscrupulous as the
other, but the most active and less nu
merous side does really fight for the cause
cf humanity, justice and truth. The
Dreyfusltes have at any rate won bellig
erent rights, and they are sure of the
friendly neutrality of the government.
Their adversaries can no longer make
use of the rope that hung Plccar, or the
razor that cut Henry's throat. The min
ister of war could not, If he wanted to,
read a forged document in parliament. It
is impossible to fix the dossier with
fables fit for Mother Goose tales. But
organization, numbers, prestige and
wealth make a great power. Doubtless
the Dreyfusltes are supplied with Jewish
funds, without accepting M. de Freycln
et's estimate of 39,000,000 francs. The
sums subscribed by English and German
Jews must be enormous; but, like
wealthy Gentiles, rich Jews are fond of
the pomps and vanities of life and the
titles of aristocratic society. Many of
them are frightened already at the on
ward pact of the Dreyfusltes.
Gen. Mereier's deposition given to the
court-martial yesterday was inaudible
unless to the judges and shorthand re
porters. It fell flat, his voice and de
livery being bad. But we have It now, in
print. It contains what we did not give it
credit for during the delivery. It con
tains easy, flowery statement, plausibility
and the art of lulling suspicion. As the
deposition appears in full, in the reports,
It will everywhere be read with delight
by those already persuaded that Dreylus
Is a traitor. They will not see what was
Pecksnllfian, what was of feline per
fidty, figuratively speaking.
The deposition, which was really a
speech for the prosecution, shews Mercier
to be a Flautist of the highest order.
He "never loses his way in the most in
tricate variations, and keeps In view that
Dreyfus is a cool, calculating, well In
formed traitor.
The immediate issue of the fight Is the
freedom of Dreyfus, but yesterday's mcl
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dents and episodes are the beginning of
a struggle of a far-reaching consequence.
I must give the Nationalists credit for
having, from the very beginning, seen
what the Investigation would lead to.
They may not be accused of blindness.
They accepted the madman Qaesnay de
Beaurepaire as their spokesman. But
they had a keen instinct for the ultimate
trend of the revisionist movement. - „. .
Dreyfus is generally unfortunate in the
use of the pen. He lacks sensibilities and
cannot dissect himself from his ego to
enter into the feelings of others. One
sees his egotism in his correspondence
with his wife. He was never more un
fortunate than in the letter complain
ing that M. Casimir-I crier did not keep
a promise to him. It exasperated Casi
mir-Perier, who treated as a foul libel
the assertion that he, as president of the
republic, entered into a pact* with an of
ficer accused of treason. Casimir-Perier
has a habit of thinking morbidly. He
has taken deep offense at several asser
tions of Mercier and will try conclusions
i with him tomorrow. AYe expect fur to
fly—in Casimir-Perier's. case canine, in
i Mereier's feline.
Several of Countess yon Munster's let
ters, in the secret dossier, were to Mile.
Louise Faure. They may be forgeries. I
cannot imagine that she gave them to the
minister of war as proof that the family
of the German ambassador took an inter
est in Dreyfus. The Schwartzkoppen let
ter, speaking of the impetuous interven
tion in. the affair of the German emperor,
lor reasons unknown even to Hohenlohe,
is believed to be genuine.
In this connection it Is .-aid, in military
circles, that, a lady in whom Emperor
William took a deep interest had picked
out for him Dreyfus as a person compe
tent to inform his majesty on French
military questions. This lady, it Is said,
was a relative of the late Jacques Saint
Cyr, of the Figaro, who was condemned
to thirteen months imprisonment for
blackmailing the late millionaire Max le
Baudy. She came to Paris as a pictorial
artist, as the story goes, and exhibited in
the Salon There was such a lady, but I
should be sorry to declare her the mis
tress of the German emperor and the
temptress of Dreyfus. What the officers
say about her may be another lie, which
should be nailed to the counter. Military
credulity is boundless.
—Emily Crawford.
Gen. Mercier and Caslinir-Perier
Will Confront Each Other Today.
RENNES, Aug. 13.—Tomorrows' ses
sion of the Dreyfus court-martial is
awaited with the greatest anxiety and
expectation, In view of the confrontation
of Mercier by Casimir-Perier, when the
former will virtually be in the prison
er's dock A dramatic scene is inevitable.
It is understood that even a more thrill
ing incident than that which ended yes
terday's session was expected by the
counsel of Dreyfus, and would have oc
curred but for Gen. Mereier's prudence.
Dreyfus intended and had actually de
clared his determination to slap Mereier's
face before the whole court, if he brought
up the story of the relations of Dreyfus
with Mme. 8., who, some newspapers
have asserted, acted as go-between for
Dreyfus and the attache to whom ho is
alleged to have made treasonable revela
Mercier abstained from all reference to
the story, but, despite this, the people in
the court thought for a moment that
Dreyfus was about to strike Mercier, un
til a captain of gendarmes took him gen
tly by the arm and pushed him back into
his seat.
The Petit Journal and some other pa
pers, Including those published here, ac
cuse the foreign press men present In
the court of being the authors of tho
demonstration against Mercier when he
left the court. The accusation is ridicu
lous and was prompted by the obvious
desire of the anti-revisionists to exclude
foreign newspaper men from what they
maintain is a purely French matter. It
was even stated that measures would be
taken against the foreign correspondents.
About sixty of the correspondents met
this evening to protest against the
charge. During the course of the pro
ceedings Mme. Severin, the famous wom
an journalist, came on behalf of a com
mitter of the French judiciary press, who
had just held a meeting on the subject,
and decided that no measures against the
foreign press would be taken or were con
templated, and, should the press be ex
cluded from the court room, French
newspapers would be treated exactly the
same as foreign newspaper men. The
meeting thereon decided to treat the mat
ter of the attacks of a section of the
French newspaper men with silent con
Police Compelled to Clear Streets
to Prevent Serious Trouble.
PARIS, Aug. 13.—Demonstrations oc
curred this evening outside the oflice of
the Anti-Semite league, where Jules
Guerin, president of the league, and Max
Regis, the former Jew-baiting mayor of
Algiers, against whom orders of arrest
were issued yesterday, on a charge of
conspiracy to bring about a change of
government, are still besieged by the po
lice. Fifty anti-Semites took up a posi
tion in a restaurant opposite, and M.
Guerin harangued them from a window.
Finally the police closed the thorough
fare to prevent the demonstration becom
ing serious.
In the course of the evening Col. God
frey, president of the Jeunesse Royalists,
was arrested and a dispatch from Saint
Lo, capital of the department of Manche,
announces the arrest of M. le Meut sec
retary of the League of Patriots. It ap
pears that the report of the arrest of
M. Marcel-Habert, member of the cham
ber of deputies for Rambouillet and a
high official of the League of Patriots
was incorrect. He is still at large. Out
of thirty-seven warrants Issued some
twenty-five have been executed.
M. Denis Cochinis, Monarchist, and one
of the deputies for the Seine department,
has written to the premier, M. Waldeck-
Rosseau, anounclng his intention to in
terpellate the government when parlia
ment reassembles regarding its general
The situation Is believed to be less dan
gerous than is pretended. The arrests
serve to turn attention from the Dreyfus
affair, while the seizure of papers may
enable the government to make further
examples among the superior officers of
the army.
The editor of the Temps, who obtained
admission to the offices of the Anti-
Semitic league, found the place a verita
ble fortress. The grand hall contained
twenty Winchester repeating rifles and
plenty of ammunition, revolvers and side
Gen. Mereier's Story of a Threaten.
Ed War Amuses Germany.
BERLIN, Aug. 13.-The statement of
Gen. Mercier before the court-martial at
Rennes yesterday regarding the immi
nence of war between Germany and
France excites ridicule here. The gener
al opinion is now that the former war
minister ought to be regarded-from a
pathological point of view. -.
The semi-official newspapers 'declare
that there was never arjy idea of war and
even had Count yon Munstcr, the" Gor
man ambassador In Paris, been recalled,
a charge d'affaires would have been left
to carry on the embassy business.
Gen. Davis Reports the Devastation
"Wrought by the Hurricane—One
Hundred Thousand People Are
Homeless and Dependent Upon
Charity for Food—Storm Xenring
the United States.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13.— West
Indian hurricane appears to be gradually
decreasing in strength and the chances
are that it will spend itself before mak
ing much further progress. This Is tho
welcome news given out by the officials
of the weather bureau tonight. This is
based on the fact that no fall of barome
ter has been noted by localities that
should feel it, and that a high pressure
prevails on the North Atlantic coast.
The movement of the hurricane is ap
parently very slow, and even at Jackson
ville the velocity of the wind this morn
ing was but twenty-two miles an hour.
The opinion of the officials is that by
the time Charleston is reached there
will be no more than an ordinary blow.
Wilmington, N. C, and Norfolk have
taken down their hurricane signals. The
storm appears to be on the east coast
of Florida and the latest report from
Jupiter, dated at 4 o'clock this morning.
Indicates a pretty severe blow at that
place. It is now south of Jacksonville,
Indicating a slow northward movement
since last night.
The bureau has had no weather re
ports south of Titusvllle, Fla., some dis
tance below Jacksonville, since last
night and nothing from Nassau, Ba
hama islands, since Friday afternoon.
The following notice was sent to Phila
delphia, New York and other maritime
shipping centers:
"Storm still central In Florida, but
decreased in strength. Conditions safe
for vessels sailing north from all points
from Wilmington, N. C, northward."
The only dispatches from Gov. Gen.
Davis, of Porto Rico, giving additional
details of the fearful havoc wrought by
the hurricane of last week were received
at the war department today. They
were immediately sent to Secretary Root,
who already has taken measures for dis
patching relief to the people of the
Island. The secretary expects that the
transport McPherson, with a large quan
tity of rice and beans, will leave New
York tomorrow, and this will be fol
lowed by other vessels as fast as arrange
ments can be made for sending supplies.
He thinks it is the duty of the govern
ment to make provision for feeding the
people until the aid voluntarily given by
the citizens of the country reaches them,
and he. will exhaust every means at his
disposal to this end.
The secretary contemplates supple
menting the appeal made last week to
the mayors to assist in raising subscrip
tions and tomorrow will issue an appeal
to the governors of the states with a
view to arousing general interest In the
relief work. The dispatches received
from Gen. Davis were sent to the presi
dent at Lake Champlaln tonight.
Of the two dispatches received today
from Gen. Davis the text of the first was
as follows:
"The true state of affairs throughout
the Island is not known because of the
total destruction of all telegraphic con
nections and great destruction on all
roads. Not more than one-fourth of the
towns are heard from yet, but enough is
known to show that one-fifth of the
dwellings on the Island are totally de
stroyed and their owners are without any
shelter whatever or any food beyond
what has been saved from the debris.
The coffee crop and most of the trees
are ruined, and thus reliance for support
is gone. Fully one-third of the people
subsist entirely on fruit and to a small
degree on tubas. All the former ls de
stroyed and much of the latter la rotting
ln the giound. A great many thousand
cattle are drowned, and the debris car
ried down by the rivers is strewn over
the ocean with the wreck of the rtorm
and the dead bodies of animals.
"The deaths from falling walls and
drowning will number more than a
thousand and may be several times this
number. The state of distress is very
great, and when green fruits saved from
the debris are consumed the suffering
will be very great.
"I am relieving the sufferings every
where within reach as much as possible,
but In out-of-the-way places are many
thousands who cannot be reached for
some time. The supplies ordered sent by
the government will help much, but will
last only for a few days, while destitu
tion must continue for many weeks or
some months until the bananas grow up
from the ground, for which five months
at least are required.
Food of all kinds Is needed, especially
rice, beans and codfish, which has been
the main support outside of fruit Cheap
cotton clothing is also needed, for thou
sands rushed naked from their dwellings
at night when the gale broke. Medicines
are also needed most pressingly, especial
ly quinine and other simple medicines.
"I estimate that at least 1,000 tons of
food will be required weekly for several
weeks I have constituted boards all
over the island to regulate assistance and
a general board here to conduct the relief
work. While I have not yet full data I
repeat the estimate that at least 100,000
people are homeless and destitute.
"Relief ration proposed la one pound of
food per day, composed of seven ounces
of beans, seven ounces of rice and two
ounces of codfish. In addition to the
food ordered by the McPherson I ask
that 2,500 tons ln the above proportions
tie shipped next week. . Before this is
consumed I will have full data respecting
future needs, but I fear extensive issues
of provisions will be necessary for sev
eral months. I shall push work and give
employment to as many as possible. I
hope the charitable people of the states
will contribute food, clothes, medicines '■
and money. Col. Hofer, chief surgeon of
the department, is chairman of the board
of relief, and auxiliary boards are organ
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-izing in all the towns. . Five posts not yet
heard from." "
Gen. Davis' second dispatch is as fol
lows: ...;"*-" .'■'•
"Further details and incomplete reports
confirm previous reports as conservative
I suggest the appointment of an officer in
New York to receive relief funds and
supplies, cabling the quantities and kinds
shipped on each beat. Col. Hofer, of the
medical department, has charge' of the
relief work here. There should be shipped
this week not less than 2,500 tons food,
beans, rice and a cheap grade of cod
fish. Money will be supplied in assisting
to rebuild houses, and huts and In the
hire of help. V ' " '
"I recommend that bags for sugar and
coffee, all kinds -of rough lumber for
building, fencing hooka, staves and hoops
for sugar packing and S galvanized iron
and nails for roofing purposes be placed
on the free list,' I have authorized the
employment of labor for rebuilding the
barracks at ' Cayey and Albonao, which
were wholly destroyed."
Hurricane in the West Indies Did
Little Damage There.
storm on Aug. 9 did comparatively little
damage in the city of Santo Domingo
The barometer at 5 o'clock a.-m that
day registered 28.62. The wind, 'which
was accompanied by a terrific rain, last
ed thirty-six hours, causing the river to
overflow and carrying away all of the
bridge at Ozma, !
At Macoris there was not much dam
age done on the. shore, but the rise of
the river caused the loss of many light
ers. No reliable . news yet can be re
ceived from the interior, the telegraph
lines having been interrupted. It is
known, however,. that everywhere
throughout the country the rivers over
flowed their banks,- stopping communi
cation and drowning many cattle
Business continues dull, but the pres
ent situation is tranquil. The United
States cruiser New Orleans and the gun
boat Machlas returned here this morn
ing. The steamer- Carib from New
York, July 28, arrived today
Endeavoring to Make the Best of a
Distressing- Situation.
PONCE, Porto Rico, Aug. 13.-Although
the disasters which followed the hurri
cane have not been overestimated, the
people are peaceful and endeavoring to
make the best of the' situation The
bodies are buried where they are found
Supplies are being pushed forward under
military supervision with daily payments
to the workmen.
It Is gathered from Interviews with
merchants and planters, some of whom
owe European houses, that there will be
numerous failures, i•-
The steamer Australia, with cargo was
wrecked during the storm off Arroyo, on
the southeast coast, and the Vasco off
Arecibo, on the north coast.
Barometer Falling.
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Aug. 13.-The ba
rometer has been falling slowly since 4
o clock - At that hour dense Clouds rolled
up and there were he..v-r winds which
continued for dome tli.ie sending clouds
of dust in every direction and creating
much alarm. Everything portable has
been put where it wil" suffer the least
damage should the /storm strike. All
shipping Is securely tied down.-
Saratoga Club Member Said to Have
Watered Large Sums.
SARATOGA, N. Y.,-Aug. 13.—There are
two sides to this story, amounting in all
to a cash difference of about $39,875. On
one side appears Mr. f'anfield, of the
Saratoga club, on the other William H.
Clark, the racing man, and a young poli
tician of Saratoga.
At the clubhouse it is a rule that resi
dents of Saratoga are not admitted. This
local politician, however, was an excep
tion. Four nights ago Mr. Clark, in com
pany with some friends, walked in and
proceeded to enjoy himself. In the
midst of their play, the Saratoga politi
cian concluded that Mr. Clark ought to
discontinue the entertainment. "You are
losing too much," said he, warningly.
"Don't you think you ought to stop?"
Mr. Clark said that he was the arbiter
of his own fortunes, that it was his
money and that he proposed doing as he
chose. So the youthful Saratoga politi
cian went forth In search of aid to save
Mr. Clark from himself. A few moments
later Mr. Clark left the table, went up
stairs and proceeded to other amuse
By and by the gentleman who had
warned Mr. Clark returned and Mr. Can
field requested him ■to withdraw. Ever
since that day the story has been going
the rounds in Saratoga that Mr. Clark
lest $17,000 at his flrst sitting at roulette
and $23,0nC at the next. V __-
"Mr. Clark,"' said' Mr. Canfield this
evening," "played here, I think, about five
hours, and the transaction amounted to
no more than people frequently wager on
one bet. It was In the neighborhood of
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Trade and:. Harmony All That Is
Wanted of South America.
RIO JANEIRO, -Aug. 13.—C01. Parker
Page Bryan, United States minister to
Brazil, in a communication to the Ar
gentine and Brazilian press," asserts that
the United States wants nothing cf South
America but trade and harmony.
Immense crowds representing the libra
ries and the schools have been besieging
the palace this evening cheering the pres
idents of Argentine and Brazil. The peo
ple have been, shouting for union be
tween the two governments.
Tonight the president of Brazil gave
another reception and banquet followed
by a ball. At the banquet the finance
minister, Senor Porela, toasted "The
eternal union of Argentina and Brazil."
Seven Thousand Visitors Are Ex-
pected at Boston.
BOSTON, Aug 13.— twentieth an
nual meet of- the League of American
Wheelmen will begin in this city tomor
row. The trains arriving here today
were filled- to overflowing with wheel
men for the meet. Large delegations ar
rived Saturday. It is expected that at
least 7,000 visitors, mostly L. A. W. men,
will be here during the week.' The races
will be held on Wednesday and Thurs
day afternoons, Friday evening and Sat
urday afternoon at Charles River park.
Tomorrow the riders who competed at
the International- meet at Montreal will
arrive in town and the entry lists for
the races will be announced. Chairman
Geri*ach, of the L. A. W. racing board,,
will be referee at all the races.
Panic Threatened.
CHICAGO, Aug. 13.—The blowing out
of an elbow in a.gteampipe on the steam
er R. J. Gordon, an excursion boat plying
between Manhattan 'Beach and Chicago,
left the boat'almost'helpless a mile and
a half from shore" with more than 100
men, women and children on board. Only
the prompt action of ' Capt: Nelson and
the other members of the crew prevented
a panic. .•:_: -
Gen. Alger's Successor Giving the
Greater Part of His Time to the
Pressing Problems Presented by
the Status In the Orient—Generals
Called Upon to Give Advice-
Cuban Affair*.
WASHINGTON Aug 13.—Secretary
Root is beginning to get a firm grasp
en the administration of the war de
partment. He has been at the head of
affairs only ten days, yet this has been
sufficient to show his methods and the
influence which his personality exerts
throughout the military establishment.
At the outset Mr. Root set about fa
miliarizing himself with the more im
portant details of the department, much
as a lawyer first prepares his statement
of facts for the basis of his legal an
alysis. From Adjt. Gen. Corbln he se
cured data showing at a glance a broad
outline of the army in the field. From
the quartermaster general' he learned
the number of transports, the capacity
and readiness to carry troops and the
extact status of stores, clothing and
equipment, particularly as 'to Gen. Otis'
forces in front of the enemy. Of the com- |
missary general he asked just how many
rations were in actual stock at.Manila,
how long this supply would last, "how
quickly it could be replenished and wheth
er there was ample margin for every
The same information has been drawn
as to ordnance, medical and hospital
supplies, engineering and signal equip
ment. Each bureau officer submitted
a succinct tabular statement, and this
was si'nnlemenle.l "hv ■• ncrßnnal talk
with the secretary. Not only the of
ficials here, but those at Manila and
Havana have been consulted by cable
whenever It has been necessary to add
to the completeness of the Information
at hand here. In this way Mr. Root
has speedily brought himself Into touch
with every branch of tho military serv
ice, and has gathered a complete re
sume of military affairs.
While getting in hand this adminis
trative machinery Mr. Root has at the
same time made a careful Inquiry into
the military situation in the field. Prob
ably the most important military inquiry
he is pursuing Is us to the fluctuations
of the insurrection in the Philippines
since the day it began. For that pur
pose a military map ls now being pre
pared by the adjutant general's office
for the private J use of the secretary,
showing the advance of our forces
from day to day throughout Gen. Otis'
campaign, the position and movements
on different occasions, the retreat of the
enemy and its position and force from
time to time. It will be a bird's-eye
view of the theater of military opera
tions throughout the insurrection.
Data will be written in to show the po
sition of the army as the campaign
proceeded and, as far as possible, It
will .convey to the eye an. idea of the
scope of the military operations in the
Philippines up to date. The preparation
of this map has been put in charge of
Maj. Simpson, chief of the bureau of
military Information, who has been giv
ing his undivided attention to making
it complete and comprehensive.
While going over the military phases
of the work, the secretary has conferred
with Gen. Miles and with Gen. Merritt,
who is second in command, on the mili
tary problems presented, and, in addition
to the military results, these councils
have established co-operation between
the executive head of the war depart
ment -and the ranking officers of the
Meanwhile the secretary has announced
no far-reaching policies. He proceeds
slowly while the facts, on which policies
must rest, are being assembled. If
there have been loose and rather careless
statements as to a proposed policy, they
have probably been as much a surprise to
him as to the public. So, too, the reports,
set afloat before he entered office, that
he would confine his attention to Cuban
affairs, leaving the Philippines to "the
military authorities," have not been borne
out, but on the contrary the military
exigencies in the Philippines have been
the subject of his most earnest solicitude.
Concerning . Cuba and Porto Rico, the
detailed administration of their affairs,
Weather Forecast for St. Pault
Fair and Warmer.
Americans Take San Mateo.
New "War Department Regime.
Need ln Porto Rico.
M. Labori Shot. ' , ." „ _
Meiggs Wants His Money. T_|j*f
Death of Helen De "Witt. '•
Inspecting Warehouse Books.
Minneapolis Matters.
lowa Democratic Convention.
Rising Feared in Africa.
Views of Mr. Croker.
Cuban Race Issue.
Sporting News.
St. Paul Defeats Blues.
Brewers Best Millers.
World's Cycle Events.
Week's Markets Reviewed.
Interests of Dairymen.
Gardeners of Egypt.
8— the Field of Labor.
State Fair Exhibits.
Compact With Esau.
NEW YORK — Arrived: Rotterdam,
Rotterdam and Boulogne; La Bretagne,
HAVRE — Arrived: La Touralne, New
QUEENSTOWN — Sailed: Lucania,
Liverpool for New York.
METROPOLITAN—Vitascope pictures of
Jeffries-Fltzsimmons fight, 2:30 and 8:15
p. m.
Base Ball, at Lexington park, St. Paul
and Minneapolis, at 3:45 p. m. •
Lake Shore pavilion. White Bear, vaude
ville entertainment, at 8 p. m.
Come Park, Minnesota State Band, at 8
p. m.
St. Paul Council Royal and Select Mas
ters, Masonic hall, Fifth street, at 8
p. m. .-..-:_'■■;..;•-_
with their multitude of minor issues, Is
being left largely with his assistants and
chiefs and he is concerning himself with
the larger questions of the reconstruction
and future of these islands and with the
substitution of orderly civil government
for the military regime now in force.
When-former Premier Rivera urged
that an order be speedily Issued for
municipal elections in Porto Rico, the
secretary- replied that he hoped these
elections would occur as soon as the
present unhappy and storm-swept condi
tion of the island would permit.
When it was suggested that the desola
tion in Porto Rico made opportune a re
mission of duties on articles of prime
necessity the secretary said he was al
ready conferring with Gen. Davis, gov
ernor general of the island, as to that
step. -
Mr. Root has little time for the crowd
of callers with small requests. He is a
laborious and methodical worker. When
there was some surprise at his remaining
at his desk until 7 o'clock Thursday even
ing—three hours after the building was
deserted—he explained that It was his
habit to concentrate his attention upon
important work from 10 o'clock in the
morning until 11 o'clock at night, usually
without the distraction of meals. He has
been making his studies at home most
of the evenings since he has been here.
Gathering: at Chicago to Meet and
Greet Old Comrades.
-CHICAGO, Aug. 13.—One hundred
thousand German-American citizens par
ticipated today in the celebration inci
dent to the opening of the fourteenth an
nual conference of the Krlegerbund and
the twenty-fifth annual reunion in Ameri
ca of the Deutscher Krelgerverein. The
former Includes veterans of the Franco-
Prussian war.
The day signalized the opening of the
conventions. The pageant was large and
imposing. The cordial relations be
tween the Germans and their fellow coun
trymen was made manifest in the en
thusiastic cheering that greeted on every
hand the two young women who repre
sented Columbia and Germany, and in
the singing by a multitude at Sharp
shooters' park of German and American
national anthems. ,
The day began with the arrival of
trains - bearing delegates from all parts
of the country. As each train slowed
up at the depots commissioners stepped
forward to Welcome the visitors. It was
not a formal reception of strangers, but
a reunion of old friends. Many of the
arrivals were recognized by members of
the committees as former messmates on
the battlefield, and the welcome extended
was a hearty one.
Among the visitors were vereins from
St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Elgin,
Milwaukee, Dubuque and many other
cities. - - .. j■:..:_■•;.-- '*
Tomorrow the business sessions of the
conventions begin.
First Steamer Arriving- Welcomed
by People of Port Arthur.
: PORT ARTHUR, Tex., Aug. Port
Arthur is now a seaport The steamship
St. Oswald, decorated with flags and
streamers, entered the ship canal at 1
o'clock today and steamed through at a
speed of eight knots an hour. She was
royally welcomed by almost the entire
population of the-city.- There is much re
joicing at the completion of the work.
Filipinos Were Routed After Forty
Minutes of Sharp Fighting, and
the Men of Gen. Young's Brigade
Then Pushed on Into the Town'
In Spite of Serious Resistance by
the Insurgents.
MANILA, Aug. 13.-A reconnoissance
by troops of Gen. Samuel B. M. Young's
brigade, with the object of discovering
the whereabouts of the enemy near San
Mateo, northeast of the San Juan reser
voir, about ten miles from Manila, re-'
suited in the occupation of San Mateo.
The American loss was three killed and
thirteen wounded, including a lieutenant
of the Twenty-first infantry.
The Americans approached San Mateo
in three columns. Maj. Cronin, with 150
men of the Twenty-fifth infantry, ad
vanced from Novallches, five miles west
of San Mateo. Capt. Rivers, with 100 men
of the Fourth cavalry, and Capt. Parker,
formerly lieutenant colonel of the
Twelfth New York volunteer regiment,
with 280 men of the Twenty-first and
Twenty-fourth Infantry and the Fourth
cavalry, approached in two columns from
the south.
Maj. Cronin experienced many difficul
ties, arising from the condition of the
country, and failed to effect a Juncture
with Capt. Rivers west of San Mateo.as
had been planned. Capt. Rivers ad
vanced and took an outpost of the enemy
two miles west of San Mateo. He then
encountered strong resistance among the
hills, the enemy firing from excellent posi
tions. Having failed to connect with
Maj. Cronin, and seeing that the town
was already occupied by the. Americans,
Capt. Rivers withdrew, covering his with
drawal by a heavy volley. He lost a
sergeant killed.
Capt. Parker, on advancing, found the
enemy strongly entrenched on the far
side of some rice fields, about a mile
wide and covered with deep mud. Push
ing forward rapidly he routed the
Filipinos after forty minutes'.fighting and
then continued the march upon San
Mateo, which he entered after serious
resistance at half past one.
Maj. Cronin reached the town at half
past four. The Americans still occupy
the place. Our men were exhausted by
the heavy marching. Twenty-three of the
enemy are known to have been, killed. :
This is the first action in which Col.
Burt's colored troops participated. They
behaved we'll, their leaders having diffi
culty in holding them back. •
Gen. Young accompanied Capt. Parker's
column and was under fire throughout
the engagement. It is estimated that the
enemy numbered between 300 and 400 men.
The Insurgents have taken the aggres
sive in the neighborhood of. the railway.
On Saturday night they successfully at
tacked San Luis on the Rio Grande, near
Calumplt, which is garrisoned by two
companies of the Twenty-second infan
try. The Americans . had one man, a
sergeant, killed, . and two privates
Yesterday morning a similar affair
took place at Gringua, four miles west
of Malolos, where a . small garrison ls
stationed as a safeguard against, a pos
sible attack upon the railway. A special
train took reinforcements to Malolos and
Guigonto, Just north of Bulacan.
While the Seventeenth infantry, during
last Tuesday's battle, - was approaching
Calulut along the road, the troops saw a
group of fifty Filipinos outside the town
under a flag of truce. Some who were
in white clothing held up their hands to
signify that they were unarmed.
Capt. Hart, with a detachment, ad
vanced cautiously to a point within two
hundred yards of them, when the Fili
pinos picked up their guns and fired a
volley. The Americans dropped into the
bushes unhurt on the first movement and
returned the fire. Then the Filipinos ran
Word has been received from Lieut. J.
C. Gilmore, of the United States gunboat
Yorktown, who, with fourteen members
of the crew of the gunboat, was captured
by the insurgents last April near Baler,
on the east coast of Luzon. The message,
which comes through* Spanish prsoners, la
to the effect that the officer and his men
are at Viguan, province of South lUcos,
west coast of Luzon. All but two are
well. Lieut. Gilmore is allowed a house
and a servant and is fairly treated.
Gen. Otis Gives List of Killed and
Injured ln Recent Fighting.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13.—Gen. Otis re
ports the following additional casualties:
Killed, Aug. 9, Thirty-sixth infantry,
near San Fernando: Corporals Louis J.
Wagner; M, Andrew Wilson.
Wounded, Seventh infantry: D, Nicholas
Nolan, chest, very severe; J. Woods, fore
arm, moderate; Celestine Botlno, elbow,
severe; G, John Hammel, arm, severe; H,
Edward Woods, thigh severe; John W.
Raymond, thigh, slight; Twelfth Infantry,
H, Corporal Albert Beryow, shoulder.
Fifty-first. lowa Infantry, C, Peter J.
Hariff, chest, severe; Thirty-sixth infan
try, Maj. John Hugh A. Braden, knee,
slightly; Capt. Robert F. Abernathy, fore
arm, slight; C. Matthew E. Harm, arm,
severe; D. James F. Hlggins, thigh,
slight; M, Michael McCarthy, knee,
slight; Twenty-fourth infantry at De
posito, E. Corporal L. B. Price, foot, mod
erate; eleventh, Fourth infantry, near
Novaletta, B, Clem Wonghtel, leg, slight.
Gen. Jlmlnez Expects Soon to Be in
Control of the Country.
HAVANA, Aug. Gen. Juan Isidor
Jiminez, the aspirant to the presidency of
the republic of Santo Domingo, says he
has received news of numerous recent
successes of his partisans. He declares
also that he has all the money he needs,
as well as a thousand men under arms.
At an early date he expects to receive
news of the utter collapse of the present
Dominican government, after which -he
will go to Santo Domingo as soon as h'.3
partisans, who he says are a majority of
the population, desire.

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