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DOINGS OF THE WEEK
A Complete Review of the Telegraphic
New of Tbti and All For
The government will make an im
mediate attempt to raise the Cristobal
The Italian government intends to
propose the construction of six armored
The transports Arizona and Scandia
will, when they reach Manila, be con
verted into floating hospitals.
President McKinley has deoided to
assert our rights in the Pacific by es
tablishing a coaling station at Samoa.
The next troops for Manila may go
by way of the Suez canal. A scarcity
of tarnsports on the Paoiflo coast is
the cause. .
Agninaldo has sent a message to
Consul-General Wildman, saying tho
United States should declare its inten
tions before asking the insurgents to
General Shafter has received orders
to move his entire army North. This
will apply not pnly to the sick, but to
the well, as it is thought that the hard
ships through wbioh the men have gone
must have taxed the vitality of even
Well-founded lomors are in circula
tion that a concerted attempt will be
made next month by a fleet of Cana
dian Bealers to raid the rookeries on the
islands of St. Paul and St. George.
There is bnt one government vessel, the
gunboat Wheeling, to guard Bearing
sea against pelagic sealers,
There is great uneasiness on a!' sides
says London dispatch, in regard to
the Chinese situation, which is re
garded as bringing an open confliot be
tween Great Britain and Russia within
measurable distance, and it is univers
ally felt that the Marquis of Salisbury,
in yielding to Russian aggressiveness, is
responsible for a dangerous complica
tion which can only be overcome by a
from pt and most Aim intimation that
Russia's open opposition to British
commercial concessions must cease.
In this connection a story is current
that the Princess of Wales' hurried de
parture from England was in response
to a dispatch from her sister, the dow
ager empress of .Russia, bearing upon
Anglo-Russian relations. It is well
known that the dowager empress is
strenuously working to oonolude a de
finite understanding regarding Anglo
Russian interests in the Far East,
and it is said that great importance
attaches to the meeting of the sisters
On Wednesday General Brooke land
ed 8.000 men at Arroyo, 60 miles east
of Ponce, Porto Rico. From there he
can strike the military road leading
to San Juana to Cayey, beyond Aibonito.
This will compel the Spanish com
xnander, General Otega, to abandon his
stronghold, or be caught between two
Mayor Van Wyck of New York,
made a re'Xird as a beach hero. He
rescued three young women from death
in the waves at Freeport, L. I. One
had gone beyond her depth, and the
others, in attempting her rescue, also
went down, wbon the mayor dashed
in and brought all thiee ashore uncon
scious. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt has sent
an urgent appeal to General Shafter
to room ve our troops from the fever
districts of Cuba. He says: "To
keep us here, in the opinion of every
itffiocr commanding a division or brig
ade, will Bimply involve the destruc
tion of thousands. There is no possible
reason for not shipping practically the
entire command North at onoe."
A cablegram to the Boston Journal
from Punoe, Porto Rioo, says. A tre
mendous sensation has ocourred in the
Sixth Massachusetts. The friction be
tween the line offioerg and the offioers
jf the biigade, which has been grow
ing ever since the command left Cuba,
reached a climax Monday, when Col
onel Woodward, Lieutenant-Colonel
Chafln, Major Taylor, Chaplain
Dousseanlt and Captain Goodell, com
pany K, resigned their commissions.
Aspeeial to the Tribune from Wash
ington dated Wednesday says: Spain
has practically agreed to the terms of
peace without asking for their material
modification. The hour spent by Am
tassador Carabon at the White House
this afternoon not only lomoved all
doubt on this point, but sufficiently
indicated that a formal oonolusion of
the negotiations would be secured more
piomptly than had beeu expected by
' wen the most sanguine. The charac
ter of the inquiiies regarding certain
details demonstrated that Spain in all
sincerity was ready to end the war, the
sooner the better, but apparently could
not resist temporising for a few days
for the sake of avoiding an appearance
of too great precipitancy in suirender
ing, and at the stme time taking
advantage of the opportunity to gain a
few trivial concessions which would
be popular with Spaniards generally.
Minor News Item.
It is said that by brave dash at a
ciiticl moment the negro troops saved
.the rough riders from extermination
Official advices in Washington from
Santiago place the entire number of
oases of yellow fever in our army there
at 800 or less.
It is believed in San Francisco that
tht monitor Monterey will stop and take
possession of the Caroline islands en
touts to Manila. i
A dispacth from Santiago to Adjutant-General
Corbin says the Lycan e
has been loaded with the Spanish sick.
It carried 1,000 and left Wednesday
The United States has magnani
mously offered to parole the 1,800 Span
ish naval prisoners taken at the de
struction of Admiral Cervera's fleet,
whenever Spain is ready to repatriate
Had a rescue boat been sent out,
many of the victims of theLaBour
gogne might have been saved. There is
ample evidence that some of them
clung to wreckage for three or four
days before they perished.
Senator Morgan, of the Hawaiian
commission, is quoted by the San
Francisco Call as saying that ex-President
Dole will be the first governor of
Hawaii, and not Minister Sewall, as re
cently reported. The senator added
that he had the best of reasons for be
lieving that Admiral Miller was carry
ing Dole's commission to the island.
-.Vessels arriving at Sa Francisco
from Oregon ad Pnget sound ports have
reported sighting a dangerous derelict
in the path of navigation. " It has been
surmised to be the wreck of either the
Jane Grey, Nomad orFOrest Queen, all
of which are missing, and are possibly
adrift on the ocean. Captin Turner,
of the Iroquis, has received orders to
proceed to Mare Island, procure a sup
ply of explosives, and go in search of
the derelict that is a menace to navi
gation. He is either to tow it into
port or blow it up.
General Miles' invasion of Porto
Rioo Is progressing in an entirely satis
factory manner, and the Americans are
gaining ground daily His plan is to
have the troops march on San Juan
from four different directions. When
Schwan and Henry form a junction at
Arecibo there will be a formidable army
leady to march on San Juan. The for
age for horses is superb. Miles is giv
ing his personal atention to the man
agement of the details of the campaign.
He intends to press forward to San
Juan, regardless of peace negotiations
until Washington orders hostilities to
Chaplain Mclntyre, of the battleship
Oregon, makes a severe arraignment of
Admiral Sampson and "Fighting Bob"
Eavns in connection with the naval
battle at Santiago. He said: "Samp
son reported himself within four miles
'of the Cristobal Colon when she pulled
down 'her flags. He did not get a shore
of Jthe prize money, for the ship must
be within four miles to share in the
money. Sampson will therefore get
1 0,000 of the prize money, while Cap
tain Clark, who fought with the Oregon
as never a man fought with a ship be
fore, will get only $500, and you who
have had just exactly as much to do
with the battle as Sampson will not
get a oent."
The total collections of war tax in
the Northwest district for the first
month (July) amounted to nearly $200,
000. Owing to a scarcity of transports
most of the troops at San Furncisoo
may have to remain there for some
Passengers report conditions at St.
Michaels as extremely precarious.
Thousands of people are stranded and
relief must be sent by the government.
Three were killed and a number of
mail clerks severely injured at Canton,
Junction, Mass., Monday, by the ex
press mail special, from Kew York to
Boston, jumping the track.
The Hawaiian commissioners, Sena
tors Cullom and Morgan and Repre
sentative Hitt, have arrived in San
Franoisco and will take passage for
Honolulu on the Mariposa.
Ex-Mayor Sutro, of San Franosico,
died Monday. He was the largest in
dividWl property owner in the bay
city. He superintended the oonstrno
tion of the Sutio canal at Virginia
Work has begun on the fortifications
at Point Wilson, Wash. These fortifi
cations will be constructed by the gov
ernment direct, and not by contract as
is the ouse with works on Admiralty
head and Marrowstone point. About
800 men will be employed and the work
will be pushed ahead as speedily as
circumstances will permit.
Cannerymen at Astoria have been
offering five cents for salmon. The
run of fish continues light and indica
tions are that the pack will be at least
110,000 cases short of that of last year.
This is due in a great measure to the
fact that nearly every fisherman on the
river has sold fish to the cold storage
companies as they have paid half a cent
more than the packers.
A Washington special to the Herald
says: In connection with the prubable
selection of Secretary Day as one of the
peace commissioners, it is stated that
lie will at an euily date letirefrom the
office of seoietary of state, and, after
concluding his labors as a member of
the commission, resume the practice
of law at Canton. Although this is the
first public announcement that Day in
tends to retire from public life, it has
long been known to his intimate friends
that when he accepted the portfolio he
did so with the understanding that he
would resign immediately after peace
was restored bewteen Spain and the
Word has been received at San Fran
cisco that on the day the news of an
nexation was received at Honolulu an
expedition, authorized by the Hawaiian
republic started on a 1,700 mile voyage
to annex two islands to the Hawaiian
group. The islands in question are
Byer and Morell, about 100 miles apart.
The Hawaiian flag has never been raised
over these islands and Senator G. N.
Wilcox was sent on the steamer Windsle
formally to annex them to the Republic
of Hawaii. ,
A BLOODY BATTLE
Manila the Scene of a
Renewal of Hostilities.
SPANISH LOSSES WERE HEAVY
Repulsed After Hard Fighting Force
of the Enemy Numbered Over Three
Thousand Rebels Remained Neutral
Fighting Lasted Four Hours.
London, Aug. 10. 'A dispatch from
Hong Kong says:
The German steamer Petaroh left
Manila August 6 and has arrived here.
She reports that the Spanish soldiers
at Manila attacked the American camp
on the night of July 81.
' The Spanish forces were over 8,000
strong. They charged the American
line several times. The fire of the
Americans broke the Spanish center,
and they retreated. Later, they made
a second charge, but shortly retreated
to the bushes, keeping up an incessant
Eleven Americans were killed, and
87 wounded. ' Spanish losses are re
ported to be heavy.
. During the fighting the rebels re
San Francisco, Aug. 10, A special to
the Call, from Cavite, Aug. 6, via
Hong Kong, says: .
The American forces engaged the
enemy before Malate on last Sunday
night, and oompelled them to retreat
with heavy losses.
Our troops lost 13 killod and 47
It has been imposible to ascertain
the exact losses of the Spanish.
The fighting lusted four hours.
The Americans engaged were part of
the Tenth Pennsylvania, First Cali
fornia and the Third regular artillery.
The Spanish led in the attack, at
tempting to dislodge our troops by a
flanking movement, from a strong posi
tion they have been holding near the
enemy's lines. The position is still
held by our troops.
Monterey and Transports.
San Francisco, Aug. 10. A special
to the Call, from Cavite, dated Aug.
6, says: The three transports which
sailed from San Francisco with Gen
eral Merritt, bnt which were delayed
at Honolulu arrived today. The mon
itor Monterey also arrived.
Spanish Loss Heavy.
San Francisco, Aug. 10. A speoial
to the Examiner dated Manila, July
81, via Hong Kong, says: A
heavy engagement took place tonight
between the American and Spanish
forces at Malate. The Spanish made
an attack, attempting to turn our right.
After an hours' fighting they were re
pulsed. The troops engaged were:
First battalion, California volun
teers; Tenth Pennsylvania; first bat
talion, Third artillery, regulars, aud
battery A, Utah.
Our loss was nine killed and 44
wounded. The Spanish loss was up
ward of 200 killed and 800 wounded.
Our volunteers made a glorious de
fonse against upward of 8,000 of an
atttackng force. The battle raged for
Lisbon, Aug. 10. During the depart-1
nre of Dr. Campos Salles, president of
Brazil, by the trans-Atlantia liner
Thames for America (probably Buenos
Ayres) today two steamers that were
carrying friends to bid him farewell
came into oollission, swamping two
small boats. It is feared that no fewer
than 20 persons were drowned.
San Francisco, Aug. 10. The Pacific
Mail Ssteamship City of Panama ar
rived today direct from La Libertad
with a cargo consisting principally of
coffee. According to members of the
crew of the vessel, business in Central
America is exceedingly dull. Gold is
very scsice, and the depreciation of the
value of silver has greatly reduceed the
wealth of the population. Everything
is purchased outside, and nothing to
speak of is manufactured.
THE THREE MEN WHO FIRST DISCUSSED PEACE.
SBCBBTAnr or state day. prksidrxt m'kixlet. ambassapob cambos of pbanhs.
French Steamer Ollnde Rodriguez
Wanted by Owners.
Paris, Aug. 10. The Temps today
says: "Fresh and energetic instruc
tions have been sent to M. Cambon, the
French ambassador at Washington, to
secure the release Of the French steam
er Olinde Rodriguez. The minister
for foreign affairs for a week past has
pointed out to the United States that
her detention is arbitrary and -illegal,
and laid stress on the faot that Bhe has
diplomatic mail bags on board."
The Olinde Rodriguez was captured
by the New Olreans on July 17 off San
Juan de Porto Rico, and was taken as a
prize into Charleston, S. C. The Com
paigne General Transatlantiquehas de
clined America's offer to release the
steamer pending a legal decision.
Temps Has Hopes.
Paris, Aug. 10. The Temps says it
is to be hoped the noble resignation of
GEN. I.EOXAI1D WOOD.
MIMUrv Oowrnor of Kanf'ico.
Spain will touch the heart of President
McKinley, and that he will consider it
honorable to show that if the United
States is strong, it is great and mag
nanimous enough to spare the van
quished enemy, not to abuse the vic
tory, and to desire by the generosity of
its acts to make the treaty with the
people they have learned to respect on
the battle-field a veritable pact of
friendship. It is certain, the Temps
adds, that Spain will be rewarded for
her wisdom. Freed from the Cuban
incubus, she will regain energy and
vitality and march with joyful steps to
ward a calm and prosperous future.
Wanderer In Trouble.
Tampa, Fla., Aug. 10. After an ex
citing trip to the coast of Cuba, the
Wanderer has returned here to get into
trouble. She came in early this morn
ing, aud a large number of Cubans
MBCT. COL. J. H. DOBST.
He oarrlKj Shsftar't demand for surrender ol
bsntUgo to to Bpsuish Uses.
I landed before she had settled her an
I chor. It was found that she did not
have a clean bill of health from the
quarantine station, and no one else was
allowed to land by the collector of cus
toms. Seoietary Alger says there is no foun
dation for the repoit that the Cubans
have been out off fiom rations.
Indemnity Demands fnrecognlsed.
Washington, Aug. 10. Relative to
the statement from Constantinople
that the Turkish government has de
clined to recognize the American de
mands for indemnity for outrages com
mitted upon American missionary es
tablishments in Turkey during the Ar
menian troubles, it is learned that this
answer was made some time ago, and
in fact has been consistently rendered
by Turkey whenever approaohed on the
BISMARCK'S BIG BLAZE.
North Dakota Metropolis Almost De
stroyed by Klre.
Bismork, N. D., Aug. 10. Fire de
stroyed the best portion of the city of
Bismark this evening, licking up hun
dreds of thousands of dollars' worth of
property. The flames originated in
the agent's office of the Northern Pa
cifio depot. Almost before they were
discovered, the entire building and the
immense warehouse of the company
were in flumes. Oils and powder con
tributed fuel, and before the flames
could be checked, they had spread to
the Tribune office, Hare's hardware
store and an entire row of buildings.
The flames then leaped the street to
the magnificent Fiist National bank
building, which melted away in a few
minutes. The Central block followed,
and the flames spread rapidly to the
postoffice, sweeping over the entire
block, -and .carrying down the post
office, Merchants' bank block, Griffin
block and all the intermediate frame
and brick structures. Fire then spread
across and devoured Kupitz's store and
the greater part of the block. The
flames also spread north and into a resi
dence block and completely destroyed it.
Firemen were powerless to check the
inroads of the tire, which spread to
soores of buildings, licking them up as
so much waste paper.
the origin of the fire ' is unknown,
as no one was in the freight Office when
it started. It is impossible to estimate
the loss tonight. All wires are burned,
the Western Union offioe being one of
the first to go. The railroad office was
also destroyed. A temporary cut-in
was made to handle imperative busi
ness. TERMS OF PEACE.
Spain Accepts All the American Condi
tions of Peace.
Madrid, Aug. 9. The oabinet coun
cil terminated after having completed
and approved the reply to the United
States, which, it is said, accepts the
Ameriacn conditions. The government
is fully convinced that the note will be
satisfactory to the Washington govern
ment, and that a suspension of hostili
ties will be its immediate consequence.
.- Senor Sagasta, the premier, at noon
ooncluded his Conference with the queen
regent. Her majesty approves the gen
eral lines of the reply of Spain to
America's peaoe terms, which Senor
Sagasta explained to her.
From a well-iufoimed sou roe it is
learned that while the answer does not
discuss the four bases which the United
States makes an essential preliminary
to peaoe and which Spain accepts with
out reservation, it points out that in
order to avoid the definitive negotia
tions being in any way complicated by
incidents of the war, it is expedient to
agree beforehand to suspension of hos
It is reported that Duke Almodovar
de Rio, the minister of foreign affairs,
and Mgr. Merry del Val, Spanish am
bassador to the Vatican, will be select
ed to represent Spain in the neegotia
tions. The newspapers make no comments
on the situation, owing to the strictness
of the censorship.
WANTED THEIR PAY.
Colored Troops Object to Going to the
Front Without Money.
Springfield. 111., Aug, 10. The
Eighth Illinois (colored) left for Sew
York today, en route for Santiago.
Considerable excitement was caused
by the mutiny of one of the companies
of the last battalion because they had
not been paid. Their payrolls wore
improperly made out. Theie was much
dissatisfaction expressed, and the men
of company L yelled:
"We won't go unless we get our
"That's so, boys!" cried out Captain
Lane, their commander.
Major Denison approached each man
in the camp and demanded to know
whether he would go to the train or
not, saying if he did not intend to go,
be must step out of the ranks. He
then ordered Lane to take the train,
under arrest This awed the mutineers,
and they proceeded to the train.
A private of company K jumped out
of the train as it was about to start,
and endeavored to deseit. Six Bhots
were fired at him without effect. ' He
was captured by the guards.
Washington, Aug. 10. The war de
partment has received report from
General Gilmore saying that the Gus
sie, which was reported wrecked, is
reuthem ells His
FEARED SpilSH TREACHERY
By Prompt Acjon He Prevented Any
Underhand J Work on the Part of
the GoveJor Spanish Prisoner
, Protested aid Pleaded.
Wheeling, V. Va., Aug. 9. The first
details at firs hands of the Ladrone
islands 'reacted Wheeling today in a
letter to Honj Augustus Pollack, from
the naval aficer who figured in the
leading roleM the exploit, Lieutenant
William Iraunersreuther, executive
officer of tlie cruiser Charleston. The
letter folloys: ,
"UnitedStates Cruisers Charleston,
at sea ana 1,000 miles from Manila)
June 24.4We have just carried out
our orderW to oapture the ' Spanish au
thorities Jt the oapital of the Ladrone
Islands, Agana. I was seleoted by the
captain to undertake this job and given.
60 men to land with as a starter. , I
went ashore to have a talk with the
governor about affairs, and the result
was that I did not lose even a single
man. The matter was all settled in,
one day, and we are carrying with us
64 soldiers (Spanish) and six officers.
"I had the whole matter to handle
and did it up quiokly. The captain's
instructions were to owait a half hour
for an answer to his ultimatum, then
use my troops. . I waited, and in just
29 minutes the governor handed me
his sealed reply, addressed to the cap
tain of my ship out in the harbor, abuot
four or five miles off. I knew this
was sealed with the sole object of gain
ing time, and hence I broke the seal,
read the contents, the governor protest
ing and saying that was a letter for my
captain. I replied:
" 'I represent him here. You are
now my prisoners, sonors, and will
have to come btx board ship with me.'
"They protested and pleaded, and
finally the governor Baid:
' 'You oame on shore to talk over
matters and you make us prisoners in
stead.' "I replied: 'I came on Khore to
hand you a letter and get your reply.
In this leply, now in my hands, you
agree to surrender all under your juris
diction. If this means anything at all,
it means that you will accede to any
demand I may deem proper to make.
You will at onoe write an order to your
military man at Agana, the 'capital
(this plaoe was five miles distant), di
recting him to deliver here at this
place at 4 P. M. (it was then 10:80 A. .
M. June 21), all arms and ammunition
and all Spanish flags on the island.
Each soldier is to bring his own rifle
and ammunition, and all the soldiers,
native and Spanish, with their officers,
must witness this.'
"They protested and demunod, say
ing there was not enough to do it; but
I said: 'Senors, it must be done.'
"The letter was written, read by me
and sent. I took all the officers on
board with me in a boat, and at 4 P.
M. went ashore again and rounded in
the whole outfit. I vas three miles
away from my troops, and had only '
four men with me. At 4 P. M.. when
I disarmed 108 men and two officers, I
had 46 men and three officers with me.
The keynote to the whole business was
my breaking the seal of that letter and
acting at once. They had no time to
delay or prepare any treacherous tricks,
and I got the drop on the whole outfit,
as they say out West.
"The native troops I released and
allowed to return to their homes un
restricted. They manifested great joy
in being relieved from Spanish rule.
While it was harsh, it was war, and in
connection with the Spanish treachery,
it was all that could be done. Twenty
four hours yes, I believe even four
hours with a leadership of the gov
ernor, who was a lieutenant-colonel in
the Spanish army, would have given
tbem a chance to hide along the road at
Agana and at intervale in the dense
tropical foliage they could have almost
annihilated any force we could land.
The approaches to the landing, over
shallow ooral reefs, would have made
landing without a terrible loss of 1 i fa
almost an impossibility.
"We have inoreased by oonquest the
population of the United States by
nearly 12,000 people. The capital has
a population of 6,000 people. This
harbor in which we are is beautiful,
easy of access, plenty of deep water,
admitting of the presence of a large
number of vessels at the same time, and
is an ideal place for a coaling station.
If our government decides to hold the
Philippines, it would then come in so
well; San Francisco to Honolulu, 2.10O
miles; Honolulu to the Uland of Guam,
8,300, and thence to Manila, 1,600
miles. With a chain of supply sta
tions like this, we could send troops the
whole year around if necessary, andi
any vessel with a steaming capacity of(
8500 miles could reach base of supplies..
"The details I have scaicely touched
upon, but had the officials and soldiers
dreamed for one minute that they were
to be torn from their homes there
would, I feel sure, have been another
story to tell, and I am convinced this .
letter would never have been written.
"The captain, in extending to me his .
" 'Braunersreuther, you'll, nevei, as
long as you live, have another experi
ence such as this. I congratulate you..
uion your work.'
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