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CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, JUNE lo, 1898.
enings Both at Home
A WEEK'S NEWS CONDENSED
Interesting Collection of Items From
Many Places Culled From the Press
Roports of the Current Weak.
A Kingston, Jamaica, dispatch says
16 warships have been sent to leinforce
Cervera at Santiago.
A St. Petersburg dispatch says the
new Russian cruiser Sveitlana, 3,828
tons displacement, has been ordered to
The movement against Porto Rico is
likely to be launched immediately.
Schley's warships are to be left to dis
pose of the Santiago matter, while the
military forces will at once begin the
campaign of conquest at the island
Major-General Merritt has been or
dered to hasten the departure of the
Manila expedition. The administra
tion Intends to get the entire Philip
pines expedition under way at the
earliest practicable moment. Measures
have been taken to render Manila bay
The auxiliary cruiser St. Paul, Cap
tain Sigsbee commanding, has arrived
at New York. Sigsbeo says he had
plenty of target practice off Santiago
and that Cerveia is bottled up. While
cruising before Santiago ho went in so
close to the harbor that he was able to
make sketches of the fortifications,
which were sent to Washington.
Commodore Schley's official report
of the Santiago fight has been received
by the president. He says there is no
reasonable doubt that Cervera's fleet is
inside the harbor, that his firing was
to leain the strength of the enemy's
batteries, and was in that respect en
tirely satisfactory. None of his vessels
were hit and no casualties occurred.
A special from Kingston reports that
5,000 United States troops have land
ed near Punuta Cabrera, a little to the
west of Santiago, where a junction was
effected with General Calixto Garoia's
army of 3,000 insurgents. It is added
that the landing was effected under
cover of the fire of Sampson's fleet.
With the troops were several heavy
Ambassador Hay called at the
foreign office in Loudon, Monday, and
presented evidence that Spanish offi
cials are making Canada a base of ope
rations, and protested against the con
tinuance of this practice. The protest
is based on the fact that it would bo
a breach of neutrality for Great Britain
to permit her territory to be used for
such hostile purposes. Hay also re
cently drew the attention of the foreign
office to the small exportations from
Great Britain of war munitions for
Madrid newspapers maintain that
Cervera's fleet is sailing in the direc
tion of the Philippines.
The secretary of war has sent con
gress a request for appropriations
amounting to $53,879,859. These ap
propriations will be used for the
equipment and maintenance until June
1, 1899, of the 125,000 volunteers re
cently called for by the president.
Santiago is to be invested by a land
force. Government officials think a
naval attack alone might not be effect
ive. Haste is essential, as the prospect
of the early approach of the cyolono
season makes Schley's stay in the open
sea perilous. Secretary Alger intimates
that the invasion of Porto Rico will
promptly follow the fall of Santiago.
Thi state department and the attor-
nuy-generai, oy airection ot tne presi
dent, are working bard in the prepara
tion of a form of government for Cuba
after the Spaniards are driven out. An
effort is being made to have a complete
plan for these operations ready to be
put into effect as eoou as peace is de
Loaded with wealth but deserted and
starving, John Rochel, once a well-
.known manufacturer of Sioux City, la.
perished last April on the trail between
Dawson and Dyea, Alaska. The news
of his death reached Sioux City in a
letter to his widow by Richard Hen
drickson. from Seattle. He was aban
doned by his comrades and left to die.
in the engagement at Santiago tlia
Spanish flagship Cristobal Colon was
struck twice by shells from the Massa
chusetts and the batteiieB were badly
damaged by the firing of the cruiser
New Orleans. Three hundred shots
were fired by the Americans. No
American vessel was hit and no one on
the ships injured. The Spanish loss
was not heavy.
nas. w. rost, wno lias lust re-
turned from Hong Kong, says that pre
vious to the battle of Manila, Admiral
Dewey had a social passage at arms
with Prince Henry, a brother of Em
peror William of Germany. Prince
Henry slighted the United States at a
sories of toasts tendered at a banquet,
and was made to apologize to the hero
of Manila. The apology was written.
Minor News Items.
Maj. Henry T. Stanton, the widely
known Kentucky poet, died at
J. C. Fickes, of Steubenville, O., has
constructed a loat propelled on the bi
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett, au
thor of "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
and other novels, has been granted a
divorce from Dr. Swain M. Burnett,
with permission to use her maiden
Count Castellane, who married Anna
Gould, was a successful candidate in
the parliamentary elections at Paris,
Walter C. Sanger, one of the lead
ing bicyclists of the world, has made
the announcement of his retirement
from the track.
Charles Dewey and wife, of Montpe
lier, Vt., have jnst celebrated their
golden wedding. Mr. Dewey is A
brother of the hero of Manila.
Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dyna
mite, who died not long ago, has been
honored by a beautiful monument to
bis memory at Hamburg.
The first-class armored cruiser Maria
Teresa is reported to have been riddled
with shot and sunk by the American
warships at Santiago.
The bill for the removal of all po
litical disabilities arising from the
civil war isjnow a law, President Mc
Kinley having formally approved it.
A special from Alberni, B. C, says
the bodies of seven white men, suppos
ed to have been victims of the Jane
Gray disaster, have been picked up on
the beach near the Clayoquot reserva
tion by Indians, while a sack of cloth
ing with an Italian name on it was
washed ashore not far from Clayoquot.
A dispatch to the London Times
from Manila, referring to the fight on
May 80, and June 1, says: The Span
ish loss in killed and wounded and
prisoners was heavy, but the most seri
ous feature of all for the Spanish is
the defection of hundreds of natives.
The Spaniards are endeavoring by
every means to win over the rebels,
who are attracted by promises of par
don and high offices. But Aguinaldo's
attraction is stronger. He has com
pletely surrounded Manila by cutting
the railroads and holding the rivers by
which food had previously reached the
city. If the city is not starved into
surrender the rebels may carry it, hav
ing an increasing number of rifles and
Fighting before and in the vicinity
of Santiago continued the greater part
of Monday from 7:45 A. M. Ten war
ships maintained a steady and careful
ly directed fire against Morro castle
anil the batteries at Punta Gorda, Soo
apa and Cinnremles, in addition to
bombarding the Spanish fleet in the
harbor. The military commander of
Santiago acknowledges the loss of six
Spanish officers and many soldiers.
He also admits severe loss of naval
forces. The loss on the American
side, Santiago reports say, is not
known. The Spaniards acknowledge
that a great deal of damage was inflict
eJ on the Spanish cruiser Reirta Mer
cedes, and say Morro caslte shows great
gaping breaches in its walls.
A special from Cape Haytien de
scribing the bombardment of Santiago
on Monday says the forts of the harbor
are now a mass of ruins. Scarcely a
yard of coast from Port Cabrera on the
west to Aguadores on the east escaped
the deadly cannonading of the 10
American ironclads, which passed back
and forth discharging their heavy guns
as ther steamed along. Later in the
day the old cruiser Reina Mercedes
was discovered attempting to clear the
channel of the Merrimao wreck. A 13
inch shell from the Oregon landed
squarely abaft her pilot-house and tore
her upper works to shreds. Many of
her officers and crew were killed or
wounded and the vessel so badly dam
aged that Admiral Cervera ordered her
abandoned about noon.
The first-class armored Spanish
cruiser Carlo Alberto, bound for Cuba,
has airived at Gibraltar.
The Oregon election returns indicate
that Geer, for governor, and Tongue
and Moody, for congress, are elected.
Saturday afternoon the torpedo-boat
Davis was successfully launched from
the iron works of Wolff & Zwicker, at
A joint resolution has been intro
duced into tli a bouse directing the sec
retary of the navy to have prepared
and delivered suitable medals of honor
to Lieutenant Hobson and each mem
ber of bis crew, for the gallant service
they rendered the United States.
Cape Haytien advices of June 9 say:
At 8 o'clock this morning strong can
nonading was heard before Fort Agua
dores. A quarter of an hour later the
noise of cannonading was greatly in
creaed, the firing evidently proceeding
from guns of the largest caliber.
It is reported from Kingston, Jam
aica, that the battle-ship Oregon saw a
long craft sneaking close to shore and
heading towards Santiago harbor. She
signalled the craft to turn, and the sig
nals were improperly answered, where
upon the Oregon opened fire upon her.
A 13-inch shell struck the torpedo
boat amidship, and she sank with all
hands. The vessel is supposed to have
been the Spanish torpedo-boat destroy
er Terror, trying to make her way from
Porto Rico into the harbor of Santiago,
to rejoin the fleet of Cervera.
The department of war Monday
morning sent a list of prisoners at Fort
McPherson to Admiral Sampson, and
the admiral himself will enter into
communication with Cervera respecting
an exchange of prisoners. Cervera will
be allowed to select from the list per
sons whom he is willing to take in ex
change for Constructor Hobson and the
gallant crew that manned the Merri
mac on her last run. The officials
hardly expect to complete the exchange
of prisoners in less than two weeks.
A Madrid dispatch says: At 1
o'clock Sunday evening 20 American
warships opened a hot attack on
Santiago, but they were so far distant
their shells did not reach the forts.
beeing tne iutuity of the enemy s
cannonade, the Spaniards made no re
ply to their fire, awaiting the near ap
proach of the ships, but the attacking
fleet remained in its distant position
The dispatch further says the bombard
ment lasted 45 minutes and was not re
sumed.' Sixteeen American warships
are still moored at the same place, in
sight of Santiago.
It is reported that Bishop John P.
Newman, of the Methodist Episcopal
church, will soon retire from active
duty because of ill health.
James H. Mead, one of the oldest the
atrical managers in America, died
suddenly at his home in New York
city. He was 68 years old.
Belgium has been caught in a de
liberate violation of neutrality law.
She permitted the steamer Ravenna to
load at Antwerp with war munitions,
supposedly for the Spaniards.
The chiefs of police of the National
Association of the United States and
Canada at their session in Milwaukee
passed a resolution deolaring their sup
port of the government in its war with
The pen with which President Mo-
Kinley signed the resolutions passed
by the senate and house extending the
thanks of congress to Commodore
Dewey was, at the president's sugges
tion, given to Secretary Porter to keep
until Commodore Dewey's return to
this country. Then it will be present
ed to him.
The Insurgents Drive in
FIERCE HAND-TO-HAND FIGHT
Great Slaughter of Spaniards by Agui
naldo's Men Fought While Typhoon
Raged-The Rebel Now Hold the
Suburb! of the City.
Manila, via Hong Kong, June 8.
The Spanish outposts have been driven
in all along the line simultaneously.
and with great slaughter. It is said
over 1,000 have been killed.
There has been fierce hand-to-hand
fighting for 70 hours, despite the
typhoon which is raging.
The violent winds and torrents of
rain render the riflesof the Spanish
troops unavailing. The natives easily
win at every step with their slashing
knives. Today the insurgents hold
Malabon, Taralac, and Bacoor. They
are now attacking San Tamera and
Moorlate, the suburbs of the city,
which is completely enclosed for a dis
tance of seven miles.
A native regiment under Colonel
Agiunaldo, cousin of the insurgent
leader, yesterday joined the insurgents.
The governor has issued a despairing
proclamation begging the insurgents to
come to terms, and now he is arrang
ing to remove all the Spanish popula
tion inside the old walled city. He is
filling the moats and testing the draw
bridges and placing strong guards on
tbe principal streets and artillery along
the walls. All the other troops are
camping in the suburbs. The weather
Later It now appears that the rock
ets yesterday were not signals to the
natives, but a warning from the Ger
man consulate of the approach of the
typhoon, issued for the benefit of the
ships in the harbor.
I visited Cavite without the Span
iards knowing it, and found there 197
wounded and 56 prisoners, among the
latter six Spanish officers. All were
Chief Agiunaldo, in the course of an
interview, has said that the insurgents
are eager to make an attack on Manila
forthwith, but that Admiral Dewey re
fuses to "allow hordes of passionate
semi-savages to storm a civilized me
tropolis." Admiral Dewey wants to await the
arrival of the American troops. In
the meantime the insnrgnets have be n
forbidden to cross the Motate river,
seven miles south of Manlila. Other
wise the Petral will be stationed there
to bombard them.
The volunteers smelt powder yester
day. An officer was killed and three
wounded. They retired rapidly.
FIRED AT BY FLEET.
American Thought They Saw a Span
ish Torpedo-Boat Destroyer.
Kingston, Jamaica, June 8 Whether
the American fleet sank a Spanish torpedo-boat
destroyer Friday night has
not been absolutey confirmed. At 10
o'ecock Friday night the cruiser New
Orleans discovered what appeared to be
a torpedo-boat destroyer close to the
shore, and signalled the flagship New
York that it was evident that a night
torpedo attack was to be made. The
New York and New Orleans opened Are
and their shells burst around a dark
object. Finally a 18-innh shell fiom
the Massachusetts (not the Oregon, as
first reported) was fired and exploded
and tbe searchlights of the vessels were
turned on the spot where the supposed
destroyer had been sighted, but not
trace of the boat could be found, and it
was believed by the officers of the New
York she had been sunk
The first assumption was that the
vessel was the Terror, but it is believed
now that it was thePlutonor Furor, as
the Terror was not known to be at San
tiago. Two Schwarzopkof torpedoes
were found floating two miles south of
Morro. This class of torpedo is used
by the Spanish, and one of the two
found had only the practice head.
Admiral Sampson is determined not
to allow the Spanish to remove the
Merrimac from the spot whore she lies.
Saturday it was reported that they
were working at the hull, and the
American fleet formed in line of battlo
with orders to bombard. It turned out
that tbe Spanish were not so engaged
and the fleet withdrew.
Admiral Sampson has given specific
orders that 1 Morro, where the Merri
mao's crew are imprisoned, be spared
in firing. Admiral Cevera's polite as
surances were accopmanied by the
statement that Lieutenant Hobson and
his men were confined there. This
placing of the prisoners in direct line
of fire is denounced by the American
officers as a 13th-century defense, an
act of incarnate cruelty.
General Castillo, commanding the
Cuban forces in the west and north of
the province of Santiago, has been con
centrating 4,000 Cubans in the vicinity
of the city.
Cape Haytien, June 8 At 3 o'clock
this morning strong cannonading was
heard from the direction of Aguadores,
a little east of Morro Castle, which de
fends the eastern entrance of the har
bor of Santiago. A quarter of an hour
later the noise of the cannonading
greatly increased, the firing evidently
proceeding from guns of the largest
All the land above sea-level would
not fill up more than one-third of the
Spain Treated as a Bankrupt.
London, June 8. The silver mar
ket is cautious is quoting for future
delivery, owing to the fear that it may
momentarily be notified that Spain has
suspended specie payment. The mar
ket is already treating Spain as a bank
rupt, and does not book any orders for
silver, unless tbe gold for it is deposit
ed. In spite of the increase in the
coinage in last week's returns, the
Bank of Spain shows a further de
crease of 7,000,000 pesetas in its re
serve, making a total decrease of 149,
000,000 pesetas slnoe the beginning of
LANDED UNDER FIRE.
American Troops Debarked Near Santi
ago de Cuba.
Port an Prince, June 8 Advices
from Santiago de Cuba today say that
this morning about 7:45 o'clock a live
ly cannonading was heard in the direc
tion of Aguadores. It increased in in
tensity on both sides, and toward 8
o'clock it was very furious.
No further details have been re
ceived, but it is believed that the
Spanish ships anchored in the bay of
Santiago held the insurgents in check
when the latter were attaoking the
It is said here but the source of
the information is doubtful that a
United States troopship debarked
troops under the protection of the fire
of the American squadron.
News has been received from Mole
St. Nicholas that a naval combat took
place yesterday off Jean Rabel, be
tween Port Le Paix and the mole.
Three Spanish and four American war
ships were engaged. After a brief, but
lively contest, the American ships re
tired. Tli is news lacks confirmation.
SPIES IN HOT WATER.
Carranza and Du Bone Are Arrested in
the City of Montreal.
Montreal, June 8 Lieutenant Car
anza and Senor Du Bosc were arrested
at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon on a capias
in which it is alleged they were about
to leave the country. The capias was
taken out in connection with a suit for
damages for defamation of character
entered by Detective Kellort. The ar
rest was made at the residence of the
Spanish consul-general, and the p is
oners were immediately taken before
Judge Mathieu, who reloased them in
$1,000 bail, which was promptly fur
nished, the authorities declining to say
by whom. The writ is returnable in
six days, and no action can be taken
until the end of that time, unless the
prisoners consent to a speedy hearing.
American Troops Landed.
New York, June 8 A special from
Cape Haytien, dated Monday, says:
At daylight this morning the Ameri
can troops landed at Aguadores, a few
miles east of Santiago de Cuba, under
cover of Admiral Sampson's guns. The
batteries were silenced, after a sharp
New York. June 8 A special ;from
Kingston reports that 5,000 United
States troops have landed near Punta
Cabrera, a little west of Santiago, where
junction was affected with General
Gracia's army of 3,000 insurgents. It
is added that the landing was effected
under the fire of Sampson's fleet. With
the troops were several heavy siege
A Second Expedition.
San Francisco, Cal., June -8-r-The
men who will compose the second Ma
nila expedition are pleased that Brig
adier general Greene is to be their
commander. Besides being a splendid
soldier, he has a record as a diplomat.
He is an author of repute, has been
decorated in Europe for bravery, and
is an active member of several scien
tific bodies. It is surmised that his
diplomatic experience will be of serv
ice to Geneal Merritt in tbe govern
ment of the islands.
The troops which will be under his
command are the First Colorado, Tenth
Pennsylvania, part of the Eighteenth
and Twenty-third United States infan
try, and either the Utah artillery or
the Third United States artillery.
General Greene stated tonight that the
China would be his flagship, and that
General Merritt would not accompany
Jie second expedition.
Spain Notified the Powers.
London, June 8 The Madrid corres
pondent nf the Daily News says:
The cabin H has decided that no
effectual blockade exists and will so
notify the powers. An informal notifi
cation has already been made.
Madrid, June 8 In the chamber of
deputies today Senor Giron, minister
for the colonies replying to inquiries,
said the government had no information
tending to confirm the Spanish report
that the cruiser Baltimore had been
blown up by an internal explosion at
Manilla, except the fact that the gaz
ette had erased the boat from the list
of American ships.
Improvements in Oregon.
Washington, June 8 The conferees
on the sundry civil bill have been un
able to agree on the amendment appro
priating $80,000 for a quarantine sta
tion at Astoria, and it is si ill in confer
ence . Senator McBride's amendment,
appropriating $12,000 for a steam reve
nue cutter for the Columbia river, Is
also in disagreement. The provision
for salaries for registers and receivers
of two additional land districts in
Alaska, fixed at $3,000, has been agreed
to, and will become a law. The senate
amendment appropriaing $100,000 for
Yaquina bay, and allowing the money
for the improvement of Coos bay to be
expended by contract, are still in dis
agreement. From Mobile to Tampa.
Mobile, June 8. TheTifth cavalry
and the Eleventh infantrv left camn
today for Montgomery, there to take
the Plant line for Tampa. Five regi
ments of volunteers remain.
Important Mining Deal.
Prescott, Ariz., June 8 An import
ant mining deal has been consummated
here, the property sold being the Gold-
Standard group, in the Santa Maria
district, the purchasers being J. C.
Greeuhut, a prominent whiskey dis
tiller of Peoria, 111.; Summer A. Clark.
a capitalist of Peoria, and Chauncey D.
Clark, a capitalist of Phoenix, Ariz.
lhe parties have been working the
property under a bond for some time.
They have a mill and cyanide plant.
The bond has a year to run.
Fits Will Meet McCoy.
New York, June 8 The Press says:
Fitzsimmons has promised to meet Mc
Coy m the ring in a battle for the
championship of the world. Mutual
friends brought the two pugilsts to
gether In the Hotel Bartholdi last
night, and there the man who defeated
Corbett promised to give the new as
pirant for heavy weight honors a chance
to prove his worth.
Thirty-Three Ton Armor Plato.
A single plate of armor for the tnrret
of the battle-ship Kearsrge recently
shipped weighed 38 1-3 tons.
BLOWN OP BY
Merrimac Destroyed in
TRIED TO FORCE A PASSAGE
Spaniards Allowed Her to Cross First
Defense Line Number of Victims Not
Reported Fleet Renewed Boiubard
meut of Forts and Squadron.
Cape Haytien, Hayti, June 6. The
American fleet, according to advices ie
ceived by cable from Santiago de Cuba,
the cable being under Spanish control,
opened fire again at 3 o'clock this
morning on the fortifications and war
ships. The cannonade was well sustained
untii 4 A. M.
One of the American auxiliary
cruisers (well armed) attempted to
force the passage into the harbor. The
Spanish allowed the cruiser to cross
the first line of torpedoes, but before
she arrived at the second line, they
discharged a torpedo, which broke a
great hole in her side and caused her
to sink almost instantly, bow first.
One officer, one engineer and six sail
ors were made prisoners by the Spaniards.
ADMIRAL SAMPSON'S FLAGSHIP, THE NEW YORK.
10:26 A. M. A dispatch from San
tiago says that the vessel sunk is un
derstood to be the Merrimac. Only
the extremities of her funnel and two
masts are seen above water.
The News From Port au Prince.
Port au Prince, Hayti, June 6.
This morning at 8 o'clock, the Ameri
can squadron began the bombardment
of the fortifications of Santiago de Cuba,
and a lively cannonading ensued for
two hours, which silenced the Spanish
An American vessel, the Merrimac,
described in the cable from Santiago as
an auxiliary cruiser, made a dash to
force the entrance, succeeded in passing
the first line of defenses, but was tor
pedoed about 500 feet up the channel.
She went down "perpendicularly."
An officer, an engineer and six seamen
were taken prisoners. The number of
victims is unknown.
Only the funnel and mastheads of
the sunken vessel can be seen.
There is great excitement in the city.
A part of the population assisted in
the fighting on the heights. Every
body is astounded at the audacity of
the American vessel.
The American squadron was cruising
all the while in the offing.
(It will be noted that there is an im
portant discrepancy as to the time at
which the bombardment is said to have
begun this morning between the dis
patches from Cape Haytien and Port
au Prince, the former saying 3 o'clock
and the latter 8 o'clock. It is possible
that this arises from a confusion be
tween the figures 3 and 8. The San
tiago advices in reference to the sunken
vessel as an auxiliary cruiser is prob
ably a mistake. The Merrimao is a
collier, and has always been a collier.)
Navy Department's Advices.
Washington, Jnne 6. Notwitstand
ing the rather positive statement com
ing from Jamaica to the effect that the
second Spanish fleet from Cadiz has
crossed the Atlantic and is about to
join Cervera at Santiago, the officers of
the navy department refuse to be
frightened at what they declare to be a
bugaboo. It appears that the basis of
their confidence is a telegraphic rejiort
of as late date as yesterday, declaring
that tbe Cadiz fleet is still at Cadiz.
Moreover, they know that there are not
as many as 16 ships in that fleet.
London, June 6. According' to a
dispatch from Madrid, El Heraldo,
with regard to the situation at Santia
go de Cuba, says:
"It is one more disenchantment
which proves that there is no remedy
for Spain's misfortunes. Cervera's
squadron at Santiago is of little advan
tage, either to itself or to what it rep
resents. It can neither hinder the
Yankees' expedition, nor strengthen
the defense of Havana. Spain was
never before led through snch a strr.it
road of perdition."
Spanish Prisoners Sent Home.
New York, June 6. Thirty-nine
Spanish prisoners, captured on the
steamer Rita, off Porto Rico, arrived
in this oity today on the steamer Semi
nole. They were turned over to the
French consul for shipment back to
The Correspondent Released.
Havana, Jnne 6. The correspond
ents Whigham and Robinson, recently
captured after having been landed on
the coast, have been released, owing to
tbe raoresentations made in their be-
ball byjJUr. CKHJaa. the Mritish consul.
A GREAT FLEET.
Sampson and Schley Have Joined Their
Off Santiago de Cuba, via Kingston
Jamaica, June 6. Roar-Admiral
Sampson, with the cruiser New York
his flagship, accompanied by the bat
tie-ship Oregon, cruiser Mayflower and
the torpedo-boat Porter, joined Com
modore Schley's squadron off Santiago
Wednesday morning, and their com
bined commands have the Spanish fleet
securely locked in the harbor.
Admiral Sampson left the heavy
monitors and light gunboats off Car
denas Monday morning, all danger of
the appearance of the Spaniards from
the eastward having been removei
with the definited information tha
Schley had hunted them to their holes
and under command of Commodore
Watson, the monitors and gunboat
returned to reintorce tne niucKuue on
the north coast of Cuba.
Admiral Sampson did not assum
command of the amalgamated squad
rons on his arrival, Jiach squadron
retains its sepaiate entirely, ami . Com
modore Schley has his single-started
pennant on the Brooklyn.
Die American fleet ott Santiago now
numbers 12 fighting ships, two collier
and a cable-cutting ship. Neither the
Solace, the hospital ship, nor the Red
Cross ship State of Texas, which the
dispa!cli boat Dauntless passed on her
way here, has yet put in an appear
ance. The lighting ships are the New
York, Brooklyn, Iowa, Oregon, Massa
chu--etts, Texas, New Orleans, Marble
head, Dolphin, Mayflower and Vixen
and the torpedo-boat Porter. There is
every indication that active operations
will begin at once.
The cable which binds Cuba to Ma
drid and the outside woild was cut to
Pending the execution of Admiral
Sampson's plan of campaign, onr ships
form a cordon about the entrance of
Santiago harbor to prevent the possi
ble egress of the Spaniards.
Communication has also been had
with the shore. The mountains and
hills which surround Santiago are in
full possession of the Cuban insur
llie reconnoissance made bv our
ships, principallly tlrj) smallt r yachts
and torpedo-boats, which are able to
creep close inshore at night, has pretty
definitely determined the location and
character of the defenses of the harbor
Several new batteries have been thrown
up on the high ground on each sille of
the entrance, and it is evident the
Spaniards are prepared to make a
NOT A SPANISH VICTORY.
Collier May Have Been Sent In to i; lock
ade the Channel.
Washington, June 0. The Post
says: There is absolutely no doubt in
the minds of the naval officials in
Washington tnat tne tending ox tha
collier into the harbor was a prear
ranged move on the part of Admiral
Sampson. The use of a collier, the un
usual hour of the morning, the neces
sity of blockading the channel so as to
relieve some of the ships of the squad
ron from remaining stationed off San
tiago, the importance of discovering
whether the mines were effective all
these make it certain that the Merri
mao was deliberately sent to her de
struction. It was not a Spanish viotory
it was a cleverly arranged scheme on
the part of the American Admiral,
and it was successful.
The eight men in a Spanish prison
are the real heroes of the war. If the
Merrimac went in under her own crew,
it is interesting to know that her com
plement of officers consisted of Com
mander J. M. Miller; Lieutenant W.
W. Gilmer, executive officer; Ensigns
J. R. Y. Blakely and J. M. Luby, and
First Engineer R. K. Crank. Miller
is from Missouri, Gilmer from Vir
ginia, Blakely from Pennsylvania, and
Luby and Crank from Texas.
It is expected that reports will be re
ceived today from Admiral Sampson
which will give details of the Merri
mac's destruction, and the names of
the eight men who have been cap
tured. John U. Smith Indicted.
Port Townsend, June 6. The
steamer Farallon, which arrived here
tonight, from Alaska, brings news that
in addition to the indictment of eight
customs officers, the grand jury at
Sitka has brought in two true bills
against John U. Smith, ex-United
States commissioner at Skagway, on
charges of extortion and accepting
bribes. Smith has been arrested.
Baltimore, June 6. The Merrimac
was purchased by the government from
the Lone Star Steamship Company, in
April. She was formerly the Norwe
gian steamship Solvelg. She was bnilt
at Newcastle in 1894, and was 330 feet
long, 24 feet beam and registered 2,194
The report that a revolution has
broken out at San Domingo has been
confirmed, the supposed expedition
from Cape Haytien being really
II 1 A HI
Battle Reported Off Hay.
VANGUARD OF CADIZ FLEfcT
Three Spanish and Four American Ves
lels Kngaged The Latter Probably
Scouts A Spanish Torpedo-Uoat
Destroyer Sunk at Santiago.
Cape Haytien, June 7. The United
States tioopship Resoulte, formerly the
Yorktown, under convoy of the tor
pedo boat destroyer Mayflower, the
convertd Ogden Goelet yacht of the
same name, arrived at Mole St. Nich
olas Saturday and departed shortly
Advices from Mole St. Nicholas say
that Saturday, some distance off Jean
Rabel, a port on the west coast of
Hayti. half way between Port do Paix
and Mole St. Nicholas, a combat took
place between three Spanish and four
Amerian warships. The American
ships are said to have withdrawn from
the combat. One of the Spanish war
ships entered the harbor of Jean Rabel
for water. Officers of ships lying at
St. Nicholas Mole were extremely reti
cent. Jean Rabel is an insurgent seaport,
and there is no telegraphic station
there. It is thought possible that the
Spanish ships encountered were the
vanguard of the Cadiz fleet. The
names of the American ships were not
ascertained, but it is believed here
that they were probably scout boats.
Port au Prince, June 7. According
to the latest advices from Santiago d
Cuba, there were not more than 17
ships in the offing all day, and it
believed there tnat the three missing
vessels have gone for provisions and
munitions of war.
At b o'clock this evening, the
steamer Nouvelle Voldregue arrived
here from Cape Haytien, after touching
at all the ports along the coast She
leports that yesterday, at Mole St
Nicholas, she saw the United States
troopship Resolute awaiting instruo
tions. The vessel was under convoy.
It was ascertained Irom passengers
on tiie Voldregue that the Kesolute
had been pursued, between Jean Habel
and Mole St. Nicholas, by two Spanish
corvettes. From the same source,
is learned that Admiral Cervera's
squadron is not, in its entirety, in
the port of Santiago de Cub.., but that
only a cruiser, supposed to bo the
Colon, one torpedo-boat and two auxil
iary cruisers are there.
A dispatch from a government source
at Pott au Prince says:
"A Haytien informant, now in San
tiago de Cuba, says the destitution has
greatlv increased since the bombard
incut began, and'the military comman
der has been forced to reduce the ra
tions of the soldiers, among whom
there is much discontent. "
Spanish Dextroyer Sunk.
Kingston, Jamaica, June 7. A dis
patch from Port au Prince says a ves
sel that has arrived there from Santia
go de Cuba repoits that the Americans
sunk on Friday night the Spanish tor
pedo-boat destroyer Terror.
The assumption, based on dispatches
from Madrid, has been that the de
stroyer Terror, after leaving Port de
France, went to Porto Kioo, and it it
possible that the Port Antonio dis
patch confuses her with her sister de
stroyer, the Furor, as has several times
been done in dispatches from other
CHARLES V. GRIDLEY.
Ieath of the Commander of the Cruiser
Washington, June 7. Captain Chas.
V. undley, commander of the cruiser
Olympia, and one of the heroes of the
brilliant victory at Manila, is dead
L lie announcement or ins ueatli was re
ceived at the navy department this
afternoon in a cablegram from Pay
master Gait, of the navy, dated Kobe,
Japan, June 4, and directed to Sacre-
iry Long. The dispatch contained
this simple statement:
"Captain Gridley died today. The
remains accompany me on the Coptic."
Captain Charles Vernon Grid'ey is
ho first American officer of great prom-
nence whose death is a direct result of
the existing war with Spain. As the
commander of Admiral Dewey's splen-
nl flagship and one of the admiral's
hief advisers, Captain Gridley
achieved distinction at the battle of
Manila bay and added to his previous
laurels by winning high praise from
is superiors for distinguished gallan
y and ability. He fought his ship
rom the conning tower, while Ad-
ral Dewey directed the movements
of the squadron fiom the bridge of the
vessel. It was not known for several
weeks after the engagement that Cap
tain Gridley had suffered from it, and
even now the precise nature of his
trouble is not disclosed.
Accident on the San Francisco.
Provincetown, Mass., June 7. A
fatal accident occurred last night on
the cruiser San Francisco. By the fall
of a whaleboat from the davits, Clans
Wessel, coxswain, was drowned and
Seaman Stevenson sustained a fractur
ed leg. Wessel was 30 years old. His
body was recovered this afternoon.
Great Britain's marine steam tonnage
is today 6,720,703 about as much as
that of all other nations added together.
Another Strike In Colorado.
Denver, June 7. A strike has been
declared by the miners of Northern
Colorado distriot. Over 1,000 men
today decided to quit on the advice of
the executive - committee of the Colo
rado Federation of Labor. The miners
have the support of the Western Feder
ation of Miners and the Colorado Fed
eration of Labor, the former offering to
contribute $50,000 to aid in carrying
on the strike. The action of the Colo
rado coal miners is the outgrowth of
long-standing differences between op
erators and miners, which resulted ta
WEEKLY MARKET LETTER.
Trade Conditions in the Leading
of the World.
Reported by Downing, Hopkins Co., Inc.,
Board of Trade Brokers, 711 to 714 Chamber ol
Commerce building, Portland, Oregon.
The statistical news of wheat for the
past week has been very bearish.
Beerbohm reported the world's ship
rnenst at 14,000,000 bushels, of which
North America shipped 5,248,'000
busehls. The American supply of vis
ible wheat increased during the week
1,085,000 bushels, and now totals 22,
587,000 bushels. The Orange Judd
Farmer report for June makes the win
ter wheat acreage 25,651,000 acres,
after allowing for 1,000,000 acres aban
doned in California. The spring wheat'
acreage shows a radical increase every
where, the total area reaching 17,868,
000 acers. The month of May waa fav
orable for wheat everywhere except in
California, and the present condition
of winter wheat is reported at 90.7,
against 87.9 last month and 83.5 last
year. The condition of spring wheat is
practically perfect, with an aveage of
99. 1, which is the highset figure ever
reported on June 1 by any reliable au
thority. The situation in Oregon and
Washington is enough better than last
year to practically offset the loss in
California. Bearish sentimnet seems
to be gaining both here and abroad.
A private Liverpool cable says: The
trade is bearish and lower prices must
follow. Upward manipulation is out
of the question, Vt ft h world's ship
ments so large and American prospect
is flattering." Minneapolis reported
no buyers of cash wheat in that mar
ket, today. About the only strong fac
tor has been the New York market,
where foreigners are asid to have
bought large quantities for September
and later deliveries. That market has
been well sustained, and the foreign
support thus given encouraged a belief
that prices may do butter' MfB, at least
Vegetables Potatoes Yakimas, $ 1 1
12 per ton-, natives, $810; Califor
nia potatoes, $1.502 j er 100 pounds.
Beets, per sack, $1.25; turnips, $1.25;
carrots, $1.25; hothouse lettuce, 45c;
Fruits. California lemons, fancy,
$3; choice,- $2 2. 50; seeding oranges,
$1.501.75; California navels, fancy,
$88.25; choice, $12.502.75; ban
anas, shipping, $2.252.75 per bunch;
strawberries, $1.251.50 per crate.
Butter Fancy native creamery,
brick, 18c; ranch, 712c; dairy, 124
15c; Iowa, fancy creamery, 18c.
Cheese Native Washington, 11
12c: Easter cheese, 1212)a
Meats Choice dressed beef steers,
prime, 8c; cows, prime, 77c; mut
ton, 8c; pork, 7o; veal, 8c.
Poultry Chickens, live, peapound,
14c; dressed, 16c;' spiing cnTCKens,
$2. 50 3. 75.
Fresh Fish Halibut, 84c; steel
heads, 78o; salmon trout, 910c;
flounders and sole, 3 4c; herrng, 4c.
Oysters Olympia oysters, per sack,
$38.25; per gallon, sold, $1.80.
Wheat $26; feed wheat, $23.
Oats Choice, per ton, $28.
Corn Whole, $25; cracked, $25;
feed meat, $25.
Barley Rolled or ground, per ton,
$26; whole, $25.
Flour Patent, per bbl, $5; straights,
$4.75; California brands, $5.75; buck
wheat flour, $6.50; graham, per bbl,
$4.25; whole wheat flour, $4.50; rye
Millstuffs Bran, per ton, $17;
shorts, per ton, $18.
Feed Chopped feed, $21 (22 per
ton; middlings, per ton, $1819; oil
cake meal, per ton, $35. .
Hay Puget Sound mixed, $10 13;
choice Eastern Washinton timothy,
Wheat Walla Walla, 75c; Val
ley and Bluestem, 78c per bushel.
J lour Best grades, $4. 50; graham.
$4.00; superfine, $2.25 per barrel.
Oats Choice white, 40c; choice
gray, 38 39c per bushel.
Barley Feed barley, $22; brewing,
(24 per ton.
Millstuffs Bran, $17 per ton; mid
dlings, $23; shorts, $17.
Hay Timothy, $1112; clover. $10
11; Oregon wild hay, $9 10 per ton.
Eggs Oregon, 16 17c per dozen.
Butter Fancy creamery, 32L35o;
fair to good, 2530c; dairy, 2530o
Cheese Oregon full cream, 12o;
Young America, 12c.
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3.50 per
dozen; hens, $4 00; springs, $2.004;
geese, $6.007.00; ducks, young. $4
6.00 per dozen; turkeys, live, ll12c
Potatoes Oregon Burbanks, 30 45c
per sack; sweets, $1.752 per cental.
Onions Oregon, $2. 25 2. 50 per
Hops 512o per pound for new
crop; 1896 crop, 4 6c.
Wool Valley, 14 15c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 812c; mohair,
25c per pound. .
Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers
and ewes, 4c; dressed mutton, 6Jc;
pri ng lambs, 10c per lb.
Hogs Gross, choice heavy, $4.25;
light and feeders, $3.004.00; dressed,
$5.506.50 per 100 pounds.
Beef Gross, top steers, $4.00;
cows, fa.i)0(3.o0; dressed beef,
5 7c per pound.
Veal Large, 5c; small, 6c per
San Francisco Market.
Wool Southern coast lambs, 7 8c;
San Joaquin, 7 8c; Northern, 11 12c
Millstuffs Middlings, $21 23;
California bran, $16 16.50 per ton.
Onions New, 4055c per sack.
Butter Fancy creamery, 19c; do
seconds, 18c; fancy dairy, 17)c; good
to choice, 16 17c per pound.
Potatoes Early Rose, 40 50c,
Eggs Store, 1414o; ranch, 14
Fresh Fruit Apples, $40 1.50 per
large box; cherries, 40c 60; do
red and white, 25 40c per box.
Citrns Fruit Oranges, navels, $1.25
8.00; Mexican limes, $4.50; Cali
fornia lemons, 75o$1.00; do choice,
$1.26 1.50; per box.
Hay Wheat, $20 24.50; wheat and
oat, $2023; oat, $14.5016.50; best
barley, $16 18.50; alfalfa, $12.00
13.50; clover, $13 15.
Cheese Fancy mild, new, 9o; old,
10c per pound.