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Tam SUMTER ffATCHMANi E?t?Mi?hed April. 18S0. "Be Just and Fear not-Let all the Ends thou Aims't at, be thy Country's, thy God's and Truth's." THE TRUE SOUTHRON. Established jon?. 1866
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il Will Make or Mar His Reputation.
Dewey. Ramsey arad Benham Men?
tioned as Likely io Constitute
the Court.
Washington, Joly 23.-The Wash?
ington Post last night telegraphed Ad?
miral Schley that in an editorial it
insisted that he owed it to himself as
well as to his friends to begin pro
ceeidngs against Mr. Maclay, the au
thor of the history of the United
States, to disprove the latter's
charges, adding:
"Will yon do this? Please wire
Today it received the following tele?
gram :
Great Neck, L. L, Jnly 23.
Editor Washington Post.
I believe the first step shonld be an
investigation of all matter by a conn,
then a civil action afterward. I am
preparing to take this conrse.
W. S. Schley.
The Post in the morning, as a resnlt
of extensive inqniries based npon the
admiral's dispatch, will say in part :
"Admiral Schley proposes to ask an
investigation at the hands of a naval
court of inqniry and then to sne His?
torian Macjay for libel.
"His action is the sequel to the
developments dnring the past week,
when the entire country has been
stirred by the publication of the unex?
ampled abuse poured out upon him in
the third volume of E. S. Mac?ay's
history of the United States navy in
which publication Schley is said" to
have run away * In caitiff flight, ' and
is, in addition denounced as a coward4
a cur and a traitor.
"The Schley court of inquiry will
undoubtedly be one of the most cele?
brated cases in the naval or military
history of the country. The high
rank of the officers involved in the
controversy and the intense public
feeling which has been aroused will
combine to give to the investiagtion a
dramatic interest. Nothing has occur?
red in Washintgon for many years
that willi compare with it.
"The appointment of the court of
inquiry is expected to be made by Sec?
retary Long, though it would"be in
the power 4for the preisdent to make
the selections if he choose. This is
hardly likely to occur, however. Ad?
miral Schley's letter asking for the
appointment of the court will be ad?
dressed to Secretary Long, who is his
immediate chief. To address the com?
munication to the president, ignoring
Secretary Long, would not only be a
breach of naval etiquette, but would
be totally at variance- with Schley's
careful observance of punctilious pro?
cedure. The court, therefore, will be
named by Secretary Long unless he
shall prefer to refer the matter to the
' ' Mr. Long has already stated that
if Admiral Schley requested a court of
inquiry he would grant the request,
ana has also expressed his willingness
to personally select the court. While
he has not made any statement as to
its personnel, there is every reason to
believe that he favors Admiral Dewey
and Rear Admirals Ramsey and Ben?
ham, the two latter being now upon
the retired list. The name of Admi?
ral Walker has been suggested, but it
is known that he has expressed views
upon the Sampson-Schley controversy
in antgonism to Schley and his ap?
pointment, therefore, would be seri?
ously questioned. It is said that
Ramsey, Dewey and Benham have al?
ways avoided giving an opinion of the
merits of the controversy. All these
officers are residents of Washington
although temporarily out of the city
to escape the summer heat and could
be quickly summoned to their places
around the table of the court.
"Three names are mentioned be?
cause that number is specified in the
naval regulations for courts of inquiry.
There is a possibility that Admiral
Dewey might be asked" to be excused,
as he would have a right to do. but
it is also morally certain that in this
event he would be specifically detailed
by the secretary for service on the
board. This would make his attend?
ance imperative. Secretary Long has
from the moment that a court of in?
quiry was suggested, favored the ap
poinment of Admiral Dewey, believing
that his appointment would give the
highest character to the court, and
that any decision that it might reach
would be accepted by the American
people. Adimral Ramsey was for
eight years at the head of the bureau
of navigation.
"With respect to the matters to be
inquired into by the court of inquiry,
The Post will say that it might be
difficult to state briefly, the exact
questions which will come before the
court, but that Admiral Schley con?
densed them in a letter written to
Senator Hale, chairman of the senate
committee on navval affairs. Feb. 18,
1899. This letter divided the criti?
cisms of himself into four heads as fol?
lows : ,
I "First-The alleged delay off Cien
fugos, Cuba.
"Second-The alleged slow progress
toward Santiago de Cuba from Cien
"Third-The retrograde movement
on the 26th and 27th of May. (This
refers to the turning: of the fleet
from Santiago toward Kev West. )
"Fourth-The battle of Santiago
and the destruction of Cervera's fleet. "
"It is to be expected," says the
Post, "that Amidral Schley, in his
letter to the secretary requesting a
court of inquiry, wiU specify these
grounds of criticism, and that Secre?
tary Long will, in turn, repeat them
in his orders assembling the court."
A court of inquiry differs from a
court martial in that it has no power
to inflict a sentence. . It is organized
simply for the purpose of investigat?
ing questions of fact, but it has ample
authority to make the inquiry opm
pl?te and exhaustive. -The naval reg?
ulations says a court of inquiry "Shall
have the power to summon witnesses,
administer oaths and punish con?
tempts in the same manner as courts
martial, but they shall only state facts
and shall not give their opinion un?
less expressly required to do so in the
order for convening."
Admiral Schley Has Asked For a
Full Investigation.
Washington, July 24.-Secretary
Long this morning received a lettter
from Rear Admiral Schley calling at?
tention to the criticisms against him
which are contained in Maclay's his?
tory of the navy and the innuendos
which have appeared in the press for
several days, and stating that, in his
opinion, the time had now come to
take such action as would bring the
entire matter under the "clear and
calm review of his brothers in arms."
He asked that the department take
such action as was deemed best to ac?
complish this purpose. He also re?
quested that whatever action be taken
should occur in Washington where his
papers and data are stored. The sec?
retary immediately decided to comply
with Admiral Schley's request and
dictated a letter to the rear admiral
saying that under the circumstances
he heartily approved of his action and
that the department would proceed at
once in accordance with his request.
Admiral Schley's letter is as fol?
lows :
Great Neck, Long Island, X. Y., Julv
22nd, 1901.
Sir: Within the past few days a se?
ries of press comments have been sent
to me from various parts of the coun
trry of a book entitled ' ' The History
of the Navy, " written by one Edgar
Stanton Maclay. From these reviews
it appears that this edition is a third
volume of the said history extended to
include the late war with Spain,
which the first volumes did not con?
tain, and were in use as text books at
the naval academy.
"2. From excerpts qaoted in some
reviews, in which the page and para?
graphs are given, there is such perver?
sion of facts, misconstruction of inten?
tion, such intemperate abuse and de?
famation of myself, which subjects
Mr. Maclay to action in civil law.
While I admit the right of \fair criti?
cism of every pablic officer, I must
protest against the low flings and
abusive language of this violent, par?
tisan opponent, who has infused into
the pages of his book so much of the
malice of unfairness as to make it un?
worthy the name of history, or of use
in any reputable institution of the
"3. I have refrained heretofore from
ail comment upon the innuendoes of
enemies muttered or murmured in se?
cret and therefore with safety to them
selsves. I think the time has now
come to take such action as may bring
this entire matter under discussion
under the clearer and calmer review of
my brothers in arms, and to this end
I ask such action at the hands of the
department, as it may deem best to
accomplish this purpose.
"4. But I would express the request
in this connection that whatever the
action may be that it occur in Wash?
ington where most of my papers and
data are stored. "Verv respectfullv,
(Signed) . "W. S. Schley,
"To the Secretary of the Navy, Wash?
ington, D. C."
"Naw Department, Washington, D.
C.. July 24, 1901.
"Sir: ? am in receipt of yours of
the 22nd instant, with reference to
the criticisms upon you in connection
with the Spanish-American war, and
heartily approve of your action under
the circumstances in asking at the
hands of this department 'such action
as will bring this entire matter under
discussion under the clearer and
calmer review of my brothers in arms. '
" The department will at once pro?
ceed in accordnce with your request.
"Very respectfully,
John D. Long."
"Rear Admiral W. S. Schlev, TJ.
S. N."
London. July 23.-The British war
office has received the following dis?
patch from Lord Kitchener, dated Pre?
toria, July 23:
A train from Cape Town with 113
details and stores was heM up, cap?
tured and burned at Sheeper, eight
miles north of Beaufort West on the
morning of July 21. Our casualties
were three killed and 18 wounded.
An inquiry is proceeding.
French reports that Crabbe, with
300 men was attacked in the mount i ns
near Cradock by Kritzinger, July 21.
The horses stampeded. An all-day
fight followed. Crabbe fell back on
Mortimer. Our loss was slight.
2 Charleston, July 23.-Constable La
far raided Chicco's notorious place
last night and made a good haul.
Chicco claims that the constables
robbed him of 8180 at the time.
Capt. Capers Talks Freely and
Frankly About His Appointment
and Senator McLaurin's
Aid Thereto.
Special to The State.
Charleston, July 24.- District At?
torney John G. Capers arrived here
today from Washington and took the
oath of office before Judge B rawley.
5Che new district attorney and Mr.
Abial Lathnrop, whom Mr. Capers
succeeds, have been acquainted for
years and the greeting between the
new and old official were cordial and
pleasant. Mr. Capers was asked about
the proposed changes in the personnel
of the assistant district attorneys and
clerks of the office. He said that no
changes will be made immediately. It
is said that T. B. Butler of Gaffney,
and former Assistant Attorney General
C. P. Townsend are slated for the
places now held by Attorneys Hagood
and Cochran. Messrs. Lathrop, Ha?
good and Cochran have made capable,
efficient and faithful officials. They
hnave done much more work during
the past four years than any former
set of attorneys. The famous Lake
City trial, prize vessel case, transfer
of lands for the naval station and
among other matters of importance
have engaged the attention of the at?
torneys during the past four years.
Many people would like to see Messrs.
Hagood and Cochran retained, but it
is feared that they will not be.
"Is your appointment expected to
have any effect one way or the other,"
Mr. Capers was asked, '1 upon the con?
troversy in the Democratic party, as
represented bv Senator McLaurin and
"Why, no," promptly responded Mr.
Capers, "why should it have? I Could
not participate in a Democratic con?
vention or vote in a Democratic pri?
mary. I have been thoroughly alligned
with the Republican party, on nation?
al questions, since the adoption of the
Chicago platform, and have twice pub?
licly supported Mr. McKinley for pres?
ident: and once during a temporary
residence in Marylnd, voted the Re?
publican ticket in a contest . for the
legislature, which resulted in the elec?
tion of Sentaor McComas. Your ques?
tion was no doubt suggested," contin?
ued Mr. Capers, "because of the well
known personal friendship between
Senator McLaurin and myself, a friend?
ship which antedates his public ca?
reer. It was known inf Washington
that for this particular office, the dis?
trict attorneyship, a Republican was
to be named, and you can therefore
understand that Senator McLaurin
did not have an opportunity to "p]av
many favorites*' with such a limited
field : for I do not believe there are
over 15 or 20 Repbulican lawyers in
the State at this time. My long ser?
vice as a United States attorney here,
together with the influence of the
southern Republican senators, the re?
tiring attorney general, and many sim?
ilar influences, coupled with an open
and earnest, advocacy of Mr. McKin?
ley's reelection were, of course, in ad?
dition to Senator McLaurin's efforts
for me, very potent in connection with
my appointment.
"As far asl know," Mr. Capers
continued, "none of the South Caroli?
na delegation on either side of the
capitol, opposed me. With them, I
presume, it made little difference one
way or the other:, but with Senator
McLaurin it was different, simply be?
cause he saw an opportunity to help a
very near personal friend, and he
promptly and earnestly gave me his
potential influence for all of which I
am very grateful to him."
Railroad Misgovernment in the
In the last half-century the rail?
roads of the Northwest have done more
to debauch legislatures : more to cor?
rupt the morals of governors: more to
return incompetent hard-minded, de?
based men to the United States Sen?
ate : more to deprive state and county
and municipal treasuries of their just
dues: more to increase the discontent
of the agricultural classes, than any
other factor ever brought into that
section, says H. I. Cleveland in Every?
body's Magazine.
The aboriginal Comanche still de?
nounces the Arapaho, and the Chip?
pewa the Sioux, because Arapaho and
Sioux are still, as occasion offers, bru?
tal, domineering, merciless. The set?
tler-the citizen-of the Northwest, for
the same reason; holds to denuncia?
tory terms (nearly three centuries old
and having an Indian origin) when he
is aroused on what time-serving edi?
torial writers are pleased to term the
"inconsequential railroad question."
The last time that it was "inconse?
quential" it cost the more than twen?
ty railroads centring in Chicago fif?
teen million dollars in destroyed prop?
erty, let loose the dogs of the mob on
a great metropolis, threw thousands of
men out of employment, and sacrificed
the lives of at least twenty-five human
beings. And this was brought about
because the majority of railway pres?
idents, railway managers, and railway
stockholders have not in sixty-five
years of continually increasing wealth
departed far from the blood-heated
spirit of the Indian-the Sioux-who
said, when he stood by the waters of
the Otter. Red, and Bois des Sioux:
' This is to be my work. All that
grows upon the earth is mine."
Stockholm. Sweden, July 23. - An
explosion today of petroleum on board
the American schooner Louise Ade?
laide, Capt.. Orr, which left Portland,
Me., for Stockholm, in the harbor
here resulted in the death of Capt.
Orr, ten members of the schooner's
crew and four Swedish customs offi
cals. Two of the crew were saved.
The explosion set the schooner afire
and the blazing petroleum enveloped
the vessel and those on board.
Another Scheme of the Adminis?
tration Uncovered.
Washington, July 24.-That the Cu?
bans were well advised in seeking to
pin the McKinley administration down
to an interpretation of the Platt
amendment is now evident from the
announced determination of the gov?
ernment to occupy all the defenses of
Cuba, whether these are included in
the five coaling stations called for by
the Platt amendment or not. Further,
it is freely acknowledged that this
hag; been intended all the time though
nothing was said about it lest it
should give addiitonal cause for dis?
cussion and consequent delay at Ha?
vana of the adoption by the Constitu?
tional Convention of the Platt law,
which was made a condition precedent
to 'the withdrawal of American sover?
eignty and the surrender of the island
to ;he nominal control of the Cubans.
Now that the Platt amendment has
been adopted, however, officials here,
including members of the Cabinet and
of Congress, freely assert the intention
of the United States to occupy all the
principal sea defences of the island.
This, of course, means that the forts
at Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago and
Mantanzas will fly the American flag
and be mounted with guns, even after
the Cuban Republic is an accomplish?
ed fact and its independent sovereign?
ty is sought to be recognized by the
nations of thew orld.
This radical action is sought to be
justified by the general protection re?
quired by the Platt amendment to be
given to Cuba, the excuse being made
that the island government will proba?
bly not mainatin an army or navy and
that if it does, they will both necessa?
rily be too weak to be of any special
service in case of war. Indeed it is es?
timated from high sources both in
Washington and Havana that the Cu?
ban Government will be induced to re?
quest the United States to man and
eqt.ip such fortifications on the island
as may be considered advisable for the
safeguarding of the interests of both
countries. If this were done it would,
of course, make necessary the estab?
lishment of permanent army posts, and
would not in any way interfere with
the establishment of the five naval sta?
tions provided for by the Plats amend?
ment. In other words, under this ar?
rangement both the army and navy
of the United States would perform
duty in Cuba by the willing consent
of t;he Cuban Government.
But if Cuba cannot be bulldozed into
making such a request, the clause in
the Platt law giving to the United
States the privilege of establishing five
naval stations on the island, will be
considered as affording all the military
protection needed by Cuba. In that
event, the navy will assume all the re?
sponsibility for the island's defense,
and accordingly the fortifications will
be manned by United States sailors and
marines, and [naval guns will take the
places of the fine army battreies which
are now stationed at Havana.
Ever since the United States took
possession of Cuba, what was the old
2d Regiment of artillery has been oc?
cupying the numerous forts that guard
Havana Bay. The points there occu?
pied at present by American artillery
are Morro Castle, Cabanas, Santa
Clara, Pirotecnia Militar, and Bat?
teries Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Since the ab?
olition by the last Congress of the ar?
tillery regimental organizations and
their divisions into field and coast ar?
tillery the detachments occupying the
forts "designated are the 3d Field Bat?
tery, and the 17th, 18th. 19th, 20th,
21st, 22d, 23d and 24th Coast Artillery
Of the fortifications now occupied
and which will continue to be occupied
by the United States, Morro Castle,
at Havana, is the least valuable, in
the opinion of experts. That famous
old fort is a mere shell, which could
be shattered and destroyed by one shot
from a modern naval gun well deliver?
ed. But immediately back of the
Morro is the powerful and modern fort
of Cabanas, and just across the narrow
entrance to the bay from the Morro is
the fort known as Punta Gora. This
is quite as strong and well equipped
with the modern appliances of coast
defences as Cabanas itself, and un?
doubtedly will be one of the chief
points in the chain of defences sur?
rounding Havana that will be occu?
pied by the United States.
Of course, with ali her defenses in
the hands of the United States, and
with the other limitations imposed on
her, Cuban independence will be a
farce, which will probably not be re?
cognized by any of the nations of the
Almost a Panic in Grain Market.
Chicago, July 23.-Opening scenes
in the grain pits were wild today.
Especially among corn and oats was
the excitement notable with the trad?
ers. A selling movement in the corn
market was launched by nervous longs
at the tap of the gong with which the
session was started. They seemed to
have a desire, almost amounting to a
panie, to secure their profits, owing to
scattered rains west, and in conse?
quences, there was a wild range of:
prices. September sold simultaneously
from 59 cents to 54 cents, the latter
figure being five cents under the clos?
ing price yesterday.
At this decline prices steadied,
largely on buying for the country ac?
count. As to the crop sitution, there
was nothing to change pessimistic
views as to corn and oats as it was al?
leged that the showers were far from
sufficient but wheat bulls were render?
ed uneasy by reports of more favorable
weather from spring wheat in Minne?
sota and tho Dakotas.
Reports during the day in many in?
stances claimed that damage claims
for Kansas, Iowa and Missouri had
been greatly exaggerated in regard to
the corn situation. These reports were
influential more so than usual, owing
to the nervousness of the market.
The close showed the bull position
Civil Government Recognized and
Given Free Trade With Uni?
ted Siates.
Washington, July 23.-Free trade
between the United States and Puerto
Rico will be proclaimed Thursday.
Attorney General Knox is preparing
the proclamation which will be issued.
Two proclamations will be issued, the
first declaring the establishment of
civil government in Puerto Rico and
the second the establishment of free
trade between the United States and
the island.
Although a civil government has ex?
isted for many months in Puerto Rico,
Gov. Allen, up to the time he went
to Canton on Sunday, purposely with?
held the formal notification of that
fact from the president in order that
the moneys collected under the Forak
er act might not be placed at the dis?
posal of the Puerto Rican legislature,
but could continue to be used for the
benefit oft he island under the direc?
tion of the president. The effect of an
earlier notification would have been a
proclamation by the president recog?
nizing the establishing of civil govern?
ment and the turning over to the insu?
lar treasury for the use of the legisla?
ture of all money collected under the
The other proclmation to be made
by the president on Thursday will re?
cite the fact that the legislature has
put into operation a system of taxation
and will proclaim the removal of all
duties between the United States and
Puerto Rico.
Washington, July 23.-William H.
Hunt, the present secretary of Pue rto
Rico, has been selected to succeed
Gov. Chas. H. Allen, upon the retire?
ment of the latter from the insular
government. Gov. Allen brought with
him to Boston all of his household
goods when he came from San Juan
and he does not expect to return to
Puerto Rico. The formal announce?
ment of the selection of Mr. Hunt is
withheld until the regular appoint?
ment is made and this cannot be be?
fore the expiration of the leave of Gov.
Allen next September.
William H. Hunt, who has been
selected to succeed Chas. H. Allen as
governor of Puerto Rico was born in
New Orleans, La., November 5, 1857,
and is the fourth son of the late Wm.
Henry Hunt of Louisiana who was
secretary of the navy in the cabinets
of Presidents Garfield and Arthur, and
minister to Russia.
When he was 27 years of age he
was elected attorney general of the ter?
ritory of Montana.
When Gov. Allen went to Puerto
Rico Mr. Hunt was requested by Pres?
ident McKinley to become secretary of
the Island and to assist Gov. Allen in
organizing the new civil government.
Columbia, July 23.-Governor Mc?
sweeney is making a light record on
the excommunication of undesirable
Yesterday he pardoned Wilkes on
condition that he keep out of the
Today he requested the return of the
requisition papers against James R.
Some time ago Blackwood, who is a
white man from Cherokee County, was
convicted of stealing cotton. He was
sentenced to three years on the chain
gang, and after serving eighteen
months escaped and went to Texas.
He is now living in Texas with his
wife and three children. The county
commissioners and others recommend
that the requisition be withndrawn on
condition that Blackwood pay 8100 into
the county treasury, and that he keep
away from the State.
Governor McSweeney today issued a
pardon upon the condition that Black?
wood should never return to the State
during his natural lite. Mr. T. B.
Butler, of Gaffney, presented the ap?
plication in favor of Blackwood.
Court Passed on lt.
The card of Mr. G. R. Rembert as
to the right of the chief executive to
decree banishment from the State as
has b?en done in two cases of execu?
tive clemency the past week occasion?
ed some comment, and caused some
lawyers to turn to the case of the
State vs. Barnes, 32 S. C., page 14. in
which Justice Mciver wrote the very
clear opinion on this very subject.
The case happened to be one that oc?
curred in this very county in 1889, and
Mr. M. H. Moore appeared for the ap?
pellant and Mr. P. H. Nelson, at that
time solicitor, for the State. Barnes
had been convicted of grand larceny
and was sent to the penitentiary for
two years. He was pardoned on con?
dition that he leave the State in 48
hours never to return. He did return
and was arrested. He was made to
serve the rest of his sentence. The
court held that the fellow was proper?
ly recommitted : that the condition an?
nexed to the pardon was not illegal
immoral or impossible to be performed
and that the legality of such action
had been frequently recognized in this
State. The reports show the cases of
the State vs. Fuller which is even
stronger: of the State vs. Smith: of
the State vs. Addington and of the
State vs. Chancellor. The culprit
upon his return after such a prdon or
commutation must be treated as a
simple escape.-The State.
Leavenworth, Kas., July 24.-Mich?
ael Kelly, an insane man. +oday at the
office of the Robert Garrett Lumber
company, in the busineess district,
shot six people, killing one, probably
fatally wounding another and more or
less seriously wounding four others.
He was himself finally killed by offi?
cers who tried to over power h:?:.
There Are Some Prospects of a
Break in Weather-Tnunder
storms Wednesday.
Washington, July 24.- Scattered
thunder showers in the northern tier
of States in the central west gave
some relief in that locality from the
I intense heat. These showers, which,
i generally were light in character, oc?
curred in the Dakotas, southern Min
? nesota, northwestern Iowa, the ex?
treme northern portion of Illinois, in
Minnesota and in Michigan. More
of these showers over a wider area are
expected by the ^weather bureau to?
morrow. Their effect, however, will
be only temporary and warm weather
is again predicted for Friday. -
In the great corn belt the intense
heat still continues and there seems
to be no immediate prospectif a gen?
eral rain, though the fact ihat show?
ers are becoming more general than
for some days is encouraging to the
officials here who hope they may be
the forerunners of a general break-up
in the heat and drought conditions,
although the forecasters will not say
.that this is a probability. For tomor?
row showers are indicated for the re?
gion from the Dakotas eastward and
there is a probability of showers in
Nebraska, Iowa, northern Illinois,
northern Indiana and: northern Ohio.
If they come they always bring tem?
porary relief from the heat and their
reflex effect may be experienced in
slightly reduced temperatures in the
southern States of the corn belt.
The maximum temperature line of
100 degrees today again encircled the
upper Mississippi valley, lower Mis?
souri valley and the middle and lower
Ohio valley. St. Louis reported a
temperature of 108 and St. Paul 104
degrees, both record breakers.
A special dispatch to The Baltimore
Sun from Albany, N. Y., says:
War Correspondent George Edward
Graham, who represented the Asso?
ciated Press on board the Brooklyn
and stood beside Admiral Schley, re?
plies here today to the criticisms made
by Maclay. He says :
" I am not'inclined to believe that
Admiral Schley .will take any active
part in this controversy raised by
Maclay's book. He might have done
so had it become evident that Maclay
was writing his own opinion, but it is
palpable that he was not. Maclay has
been either induced or ordered to as?
sault Schley so fiercedly that ,the lat?
ter would ask for a court of inquiry.
Then the Sampson-Evans-Crownin
shieid-Chadwick crowd would make it
apparent that Sampson, of 12 miles
away fame, was responsible for the de?
feat* of Cervera, although he ranaway
on the only day that there was any in?
dication of trouble. Maclay gives away
the whole scheme when he says that
Admiral Schley should ask for a court
of inquiry.
"It would seem as if there should be
settled first the question of veracity
raised by Maclay and the Navy De?
partment. EMaclay is quoted as saying
that the department saw his proof
sheets and approved them. The de?
partment says that is not true. Would
Maclay mind telling if Chadwick did
not revise them?-Chadwick, who only
saw the battle from a distance of 12
miles; Chadwick, who has surrepti
tously furnished the press antagonistic
to Schley with material ; or, perhaps
Evans, the only man who got into a
conning tower and hid during the
fight, didn't revise them or assist in
writing them.
4 ' If they are going to court martial
somebody why don't they get Sampson
to say "why he ran away the only
morning when there was an indication
of a fight? Why don't they ask him
why he did not coal at sea off Sntiago,
but depleted his battle line daily by
sending ships 50 miles way to coal?
Ask him why he left the battle line
with the fast cruiser New York to
chase schooners so that he could get
prize money. Ask him why he never
said a word or signaled a word of
praise to officers or men after the fight
although Schley asked him to do so.
These are things worth court marmal?
ing any man for. "
Darlington, July 25.-A storm of"
wind and rain passed over Darlington
and Dovesville this afternon at 4
o'clock, doing much damage in the
way of destruction to trees and crops.
In "the town the front of the store of
Wells & Wolfram was blown down and
the chimney to the stemmery which
was only finished yesterday was blown
In Dovesville a large walnut tree,
was blown on the edge of the dwellizrg^
of Mrs. Lula D. Evans, tearing dawn*
the part of chimney and the cornicing -
on that side of the house. A deflection:?
of six inches would have bl?wn the
tree on the middle of the house, in
which at the time were five persons.
During the storm lightning: struck
the Atlantic Coast Line dep<stt at.
Doves, destroying it and its contents-..
Mr. J. C. Dove lost 17 bales of col?
ton, which was destroyed by the fire.
Three box cars that were standing
on the sidetrack were also burned.
The down mail train was delayed one
hour on account of the rails being
warped and having to build a new
track. B. O. B.
Memphis, Tenn., July 24.-Dis?
patches received here today told of a
serious state of affairs in Osceola, Ark.
where it was claimed, Sheriff Bowen
and Circuit Clerk Driver refused to
vacate their office, although having
been removed by the governor. It
was said that many persons were arm?
ed and an outbreak was regarded as
imminent. A correspondent was sent
to Osceola this afternoon and at S
o'clock a telegram was received from
him, stating that the stories had
been exaggerated and that the town

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