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interesting Collection of Item* From
Many l'la<-e. Culled From the I’m*.
Report. of the Current Week.
The house has passed the bondage bill
by a vote of 133 to 65.
An army of 45,000 men are now
encamped at Chickamauga.
Imparcial, the offioial organ of the
Madrid government, reiterates that
Cervera is in Santiago harbor.
A Hawaiian annexation measure in
the form of an amendment to tiie war
revenue bill has been offered in the
An independent railroad line between
Portland ami the Sound is to be built
at once. There is little doubt that the
Vanderbilts are back of the enterprise.
J. J. Ebans, who killed two persona
in San Diego county, eight years ago,
has atoned for his brutal crime with bis
life. He was executed in San Quentin
Preparations for getting the soldiers
off on the second expedition to Manila
are being carried forward with all pos
sible expedition at San Francisco, troope
being rapidly equipped.
While miners were working in the
Red Ash vein ol Caska William colliery,
about 10 miles east of Pottsville, Pa., a
large body of water was struck and six
men are supposed to have been drowned.
M tb . Frank M. Pixley, widow of the
late politician and journalist, died at
her ranch, near Corte Madera, Marin
county, California. The cause of her
death was heart disease, from which
she had suffered for many years.
The war department has chartered
the steamers China and Colon, of the
Pacific Mail Company, which, with the
Centennial, Zealandia and Ohio, will
comprise the next expedition to the
They will carry 5,000
A novel plan to reach Cervera and
destroy his fleet is offered by J. 3. Hol
land, the inventor of the submarine
tor]«edo boat.* He says he will go into
Santiago harbor with his boat and after
first destroying the mines in the harbor
will blow up tlie Spanish fleet.
The blockading squadron under Wat
son is doing duty along the western
coast of Cuba.
The Madrid newspapers are urging
the. cutting of the American cable
crossing the Atlantic, if the Cuban
cables are severed.
The government ie preparing to be
gin active operations in Cuba, the Phil
ippines and Porto Rico at once, and
bring the war to an end as quickly as
The dispatch boat Dandy had a close
call in a terrible storm at sea.
water gave out. Fuel also was running
low and the little steamer Anally made
harbor just in time to avert serious
Captain Concha, of the ill-fated
Spanish cruiser Don Juan de Austria,
destroyed at the battle of Manila, says
that Admiral Dewey’s victory at
Manila was partially due to thedeoripit
condition of Admiral Montejo’s fleet.
All Havana is fear stricken, and the
conditions in the Cuban capitol are
described as being most distressing.
Famine is Imminent.
government officials jealously guard
food of all kinds, and refuse to issue to
any family more than enough for the
needs of a single day at any one time.
It is now suld that other nutions will
object to Hawaii's aiding the United
Such a move may lead to
Spain, it is
thought likely, will demand an expla
nation of Dole's government, and in
case of an unsatisfactory reply will
appeal to the (towers of Europe for
The war department has accepted the
services of a company of German sharp
shooters in the eastern district of Brook
lyn. The organization is known as the
independent volunteer company, and
has 200 members. When war was first
declared between the United States
and Spain the organization was among
A Madrid dispatch says Spain is
verging upon a revolution. Sinister
signs of an impending outbreak are
multiplying. The queen is brave and
She refuses to fly the
country, although urged by Emperor
Francis Joseph of Austria to do so.
News of the capture or destruction of
Cervera’s fleet, it is said, is sure to
precipitate a civil war.
Charles W. Richards, sergeant of
artillery, on duty at a mortar battery
near Fort Taylor, Key West, was tired
upon by three unknown men, whom
be says I m * knows to bo Spaniards. The
tire was promptly returned,but the men
escaped. Richards was slightly wound
ed. He save the three men carried a
package containing dynamite, with
which they intended to destroy the
Minor News Item*.
More steel is used in the manufacture
of |«etis than in all the sword and gun
factories in the world.
Prince Victor Emmanuel, count of
Turin, nephew of the king of Italy, ar
rived in New York and will make a tour
of the country.
Thaddues II. Stanton, paymaster of
the United States army, is ths only
officer of hie oorps who has received
honorary rank for gallantry in action
aince the war of the rebellion.
Admiral SampHon'* Fleet Opened Fire
on the Fortification* at San
tiago de Cuba.
Port au Prince, Hayti, June 2.—
About 2 o’clock this afternoon, a fleet
composed of 14 warships, of which the
cruiser New York displayed the flag of
Rear-Admiral Sampson, and a number
of torpedo-boats began a bombardment
with heavy guns of the forts and the
harbor of Santiago de Cuba.
American tire was directed principally
against the forts and the harlxir.
The forts of Morro castle, La Socapa
and Punta Gorda suffered especially.
The cannonading was very persistent
and cannot have failed to be destruc
tive. It lasted until 3:45 P. M.
The town whicii is situated near the
inner end of the harbor, escaped dam
At 3:45 the cannonading diminished.
About 3 o’clock, cannon discharges
were heard at a distance (presumably
at sea), continuing for sometime, when
the firing ceased completely.
The Spanish authorities maintain
strict silence as to the number of vic
tims, who were apparently numerous.
A report is current that the Ameri
can warships also engaged a fleet of
Jacksonville, Fla., is likely to be
made the base of operations against
Porto Rico. General Lee will open
headquarters there immediately.
The anti-British demonstrations at
Manila are intensifying.
portraits are insulted and al) foreigners
are preparing to take refuge at Cavite.
The British battleship Renown re
ports being chased by an unknown
steamer while on her way from Ber
muda. The nationality of the pursu
ing vessel could not be learned.
The secretary of war has authorized
the governor of Nebraska to raise a leg-
iment of infantry, under the presi
dent’s second cal). William J. Bryan
will be colonel of the new’ regiment.
Advices from Cadiz say all the guns
of both batteries and forts are being re
placed by heavier guns. It is reported
that the departure of Camara’s fleet has
been delayed by defects in the torpedo-
In the campaign against the Span
iards in Cuba, the army and navy will
act together. No decisive blow is likely
to be struck by either branch of the
service until the other is ready to co
According to late Manila advices
there is serious sickness on board the
United States cruiser Boston. It is be
lieved that fish furnished the vessel at
Manila had been poisoned. The Span
iards were caught trying to strengthen
their defenses and forced to desist.
The captain of the British steamer
Laughton, who saw the Cape Verde
fleet in Curacoa harbor reports the
Spanish ships in fair shape, but coal
was quite low with them. All the ves
sels took on enough to carry them to
the next port. The Vizcaya and Maria
Teresa also took on large quantities of
provisions and other supplies from
As a result of the investigation the
treasury department has been making
into the question of a tariff for the
Philippines to he levied as a military
cotribution during the occupation of
the islands by the United States forces,
the administration have practically de
cided to enforce the existing Spanish
schedules only, with such changes as
circumstances may make necessary.
A strong expedition has landed at
Guanatanmo. Four hundred men, a
pack train and a large quantity of war
supplies compose it.
It is said to be
the most powerful anti-Spanish expe
dition ever sent to Cuba.
of the men are Cubans, and the others
The pack train con
sisted of 75 mules ami 25 horses. Tl>o
expedition carried 7,000 rifles and
2,000,000 rounds of ammunition for
The British steamer Restormel wns
captured by the St. Paul while trying
to enter Santiago harbor with a cargo
of coal for Cervera’s warships.
Premier Sagasta’s race is almost run,
says a Madrid dispatch, and the over
throw of the Spanish cabinet is only a
question of a brief time.
On Decoration day the blue and gray
united in honoring the heroes of an
other war, the present conflict awak
ening new interest in the day.
A change of front
marked in Canada.
express great friendship for the United
States and Toronto churches held spe
cial alliance services.
Dewey did much for cordage men in
this country, and the profits in the
ropemaking industry in America will
l>e largely increase«! by our control of
the Philippine islands.
Secretary Long has officially com
mended Captain E. C. Clark and the
officers ami men under his command
for their excellent work in bringing the
battle-ship Oregon safely to Key West.
Bills are to be invited at once for the
construction of three modern fighting
vessels for the navy. The new ships
will all boot the Indiana type, heav
ily armored and formidably armed, of
a maximum «peed of 16 knots. All
three are to lie completed within two
and one-half years.
Schley's warships are preparing to
go into the harlior of Santiago de Cuba
ami force the squa«lron under Cervera
to give battle.
consisting of six formidable vessels,
will probably be reinforced by the ad
dition of others before moving on the
Spaniards, thus practically assuring
victory for tb« American fleet.
Iffi ill ON 61I8I
Military Invasion of the
TRANSPORTS FOR 30,000 MEN
Details of the Movement Are Very
Cloudy Guarded—Troop* NV ere Put
in Motion Immediately on Receipt of
Definite New* of the Spanish Fleet.
Washington, June 1.—The military
fnvasion of Cuba has begun. Unless
the orders of the war department have
miscarried, at an early hour this morn
ing tire troops that have been gather
ing at the Gulf ports began to break
camp and march alioard the transports
waiting to carry them to the enemy’s
territory. About 25 of these ships,
the biggest and fastest that could be
obtained suitable for the pur|x>se, ha«l
been gathered ready to receive th«
troops. They will accommodate about
30,000 men, for in a short voyage like
that from tire Gulf ports to Cuba, it is
possible, with safety and comfort, to
oarry a much larger number of men
| aboard ship than would be admissable
in the case of a cruise to the Philip
pines, for instance.
How many tioops started this morn
ing; where they took ships, or whither
they are bound are questions which the
directing spiritsof the campaign refuse
jiositively to answer. They have no
desire that the Spanish should have op
portunity afforded them to gather
forces to attack our soldiers as they
land. Therefore, nothing of the do-
tails of this first movement can be
learned. There is a suspicion that the
start will be made from Tampa and
Mobile, and in such case, the fleet of
transports will converge at Key West
to pass under convoy of the war
ships which Admiral Sampson has pro
vided to insure the safety of the troops
during the passage across the Florida
straits to protect them against attack
at the hands of some stray Spanish
cruiser or gunboat.
It is probable that there will be no
less than four separate military expedi
tions, and that these will be landed
at four different points.
Porto Rico is one of these points or not,
cannot be learned. Before the entire
force which it ie proposed to use in
Cuba can be landed, the transports
must make four separate voyages across
the straits. Arrangements have been
made to utilize the services of the in
surgents to the largest possible extent.
The government already has sent ex
peditions to a large number of points
on the island and landed arms for the
insurgents. Most of the parties suc
ceeded perfectly in their object, ami it
was said at the war department today
that a sufficient number of insurgents
liave been armed to constitute a very
effective support for the troops as they
Unhappy Spain Ha* Troubles
London, June 1.—A Madrid dis
patch says: Distress is reporte«! in
various parts of the interior, more es
pecially in the the provinces of Cata
lonia, where food prices have risen con
siderably, and a number of working
people have been thrown out of em
ployment. This week several factories
at Moresena, west of Barcelona, will
have to be closed, as a result of which
hundreds of families will lie plunged
into misery. The local government
is endeavoring to alleviate want by
opening soup kitchens. According to
a dispatch from Uria, riots occurred
yesterday in the city of Mula owing to
the scarcity of food, and especially
broad. It ie known that the local au
thorities and a number of wealthy in
dividuals have arranged to have cheap
bread baked for the ]x»or.
General MlleR Leave* Waiihlngton.
Washington, June 1.—Major-Gen
eral Miles, commanding the United
States army, accompanied by the mem
bers of his family and his |>ersonal ami
official staff, left at 11 o’clock tonight
for Tampa. The party comprises 64
persons, occupying a special train on
the Southern railway, consisting of one
Pullman, one special car, one combina
tion baggage and day coach, and one
General Miles will go directly to
Tampa, where he will establish head*
quarters for the army. He will per
sonally direct the movement of the
troo(>s in the invasion of Cuba.
Ne<otlatIon* (’one luded.
Washington, June 1.— The Cana
dian negotiations which have been in
progress for the past week were con
cluded tonight when the definite agree
ment was reached for the creation of a
commission which shall consider all
the subjects of controversy between the
United States and Canada, and frame
a treaty between the imperial govern
ment ami the United States lor the
complete adjustment of their contro
versies. The agreement is now to be
submitted to the British government
A Friendly Protest.
London, June 1.—The British gov
ernment, according to a statement of a
news agency, has sent a friendly pro
test to Spain with respect to the lat
ter’« strengthening the fortifications
A boy—six years old—in Iowa «wal
lowed eeveral lemon seed«.
sprouted in his atomach and nearly j
killed him before they were removed. I
Formal Charge of Philippine
Force« and Expedition.
No Reported Cbnnge in the Situation at
San Francisco, June 1.—Major-Gen
eral Merritt today established head
quarters in the Pnelan building, in the
rooms vacated by General Otis, who is
now locate«! at Camp Merritt.
morning General Merritt issued an or
der assuming command of the Philip
pine expedition, and ie now engage«! in
completing arrangements for the for
warding of the second detachment of
troope to Admiral Dewey’s assistance.
IN SANTIAGO BAY
The work of preparing the steamers SECURE
Zealandia, China and Colon for the re
ception of troops is progressing slowly. Believe* That Cervera Will Blow Up
What regiments will make up the sec
111* Ship* Rather Than Have Them
ond expedition to the Philippines ie
Fall Into Our Hand*— In va*iou of
agitating the men at camp greatly.
Cuba Expected Soon.
They all want to go, but as there are
already over 12,000 men here an«l
Washington. May 31. — At 12:30
more coming, ami the second expedi- o’clock this morning the navy depart
ment received a dispatch from Commo
dore Schley announcing definitely that
he had located Admiral Cervera’s Cape
Verde squadron in the bay of Santiago
de Cuba. The commodore states that
he has seen and recognized the vessels
of the Spanish fleet.
While the naval officers have been
moderately certain for several days
that Cervera’s squadron is in the har
bor of Santiago, the official announce
ment from Commodore Schley was re-
ceived by the officers on duty at the de
partment with intense satisfaction.
Assurance is now doubly sure that the
Spanish fleet is bottled up and the cork
is in the bottle.
It is not believed that Admiral Cer
vera will attempt to escape from the
predicament in which he now finds
himself, as such a course would surely
result in the destruction of his ves
MAJ. GENERAL MERRITT.
sels, and the loss of many lives precious
tion is to be made up of only 5,000 men, to Spain.
The suggestion is made, however,
there will be many disappointments.
There are now five volunteer regi that the Spanish may blow up the ships
ments ready, the Colorado, California, rather than have them fall into the
Minnesota, Nebraska and Pennsylva hands of Schley, as they certainly will
Every effort to get them into if they remain in the harbor.
The definiteness of Commodore
shape for service has been made, and
in view of this activity to get these Schley’s dispatch would seem to indi
regiments fully equipped, it looks as if
they, with the regiments now here,
will constitute tlie major poition of
the second expedition.
The Red Cross Society, formed hère
were swelled by one of $500 sent in by
C. P. Huntington.
Schley Positive of the
Troops for Merritt.
New York, June 1.—By direction of
the president, formal orders have been
prepared for issue adding 8,000 men
to the department of the Pacific under
General Merritt, increasing the force
to 20,000 men, saysthe Washington cor
respondent of the Tribune. While Gen
eral Merritt was promised a wesk ago
that this increase would be made, if
possible, difficulties insurmountable in
character were presented, and it was
only upon the success achieved by the
department yesterday in securing the
execution ci certain contracts much
earlier than anticipated that it was
found possible to redeem the promises.
These related not only to transporta
tion, but to arms, ammunition, uni
forms and other requisite equipment,
it. having been feasible up to this time
to secure these essentials for only 12,-
General Merritt was informed last
night of the improved prospects for
augmenting his force, ami was request
ed to designate such additional volun
teer regiments from the East as he de
sired for duty in the Philippines with
the assurance that his wishes would be
The Cruiser St. Paxil Secures
Key West, June 1.—The British
steamship Restormel was captured by
the cruiser St. Paul ami brought into
port this morning, under her own
steam, by a prize crew.
She was cap
tured while trying to put into Santiago
with a cargo of coal. The steamer was
bound from Cai Jiff to Porto Rico. As
the Restormel came in the British flag
was halfway down her mainmast.
Newspaper men are not («ermitteil to
approach witiiin 100 yards of her. The
Restormel was captured by the auxil
iary cruiser St. Paul, Captain Sigshee,
under the very guns of Morro castle, at
Santiago de Cuba, at 6 A. M., May 25.
She carried 2,400 tons of best Welch I
coal from Cardiff, presumably for Ad
miral Cervera’s fleet.
The St. Paul I
had been lying off Santiago for six |
days, an«l early last Wednesday morn- |
lug, the big collier was sighte«!, mak
ing at full speed for Santiago harbor.
The St. Paul fired a blank shot, and
the Restormel came to, four miles
from the Santiago forts. The forts did
not tire on the cruiser.
A prize crew,
in command of Lieutenant Pattson,
was put on board and dispossesse,! the ,
British officers, who made no protest. !
Not a line was found among the ship’s
papers relative to the destination or ,
consignee of the cargo. The Restormel
was headed at once for Key West.
She was leaking badly when captured
an«l is still in a serious condition.
The Restormel now lies in the har
bor near the wharf.
The British flag
is flying at her stern. Marines patrol
the prize and will allow no one aboard.
The members of the crew are not even
allowed to take newspapers offere«! to |
them from launches that come along
cate that he had effected a landing
near Santiago and made a personal in
vestigation of the harbor. It would be
impossible, from the entrance of the
bay, definitely to see an«i recognize the
Spanish vessels, but by effecting a land
ing at some point on either side of the
entrance, a vantage point couhl be
gained, from wiiich the entire harbor,
it is believed, could be examined. In
all probability, Commodore Schley, or
one of his trusted officers, has succeeded
in performing this hazardous undertak
ing in order to obtain the valuable in
formation contained in his dispatch.
What effect the oertainty that Cer
vera ie practically helpless will have
on the plans with reference to the in
vasion of Cuba can only be conjec
The transportation of land
forces, it is thought, was delayed be
cause of the uncertainty concerning the
location of tiie Spanish squadron. If
the understanding is correct, the prob
ability of an early invasion of Cuba is
strong. It is not unlikely that the
movement of troope, wiiich has been
delayed from time to time, will begin
this week, and before the end of the
week, the United States forces will
have obtained a substantal foothold
uopn Cuban soil.
Commodore Schley has not only his
own squadron, but two or three vessels
besides at his command, and it is not
believed to be possible for the Spanish
admiral to escape with his fleet. No
information is obtainable as to the in
tentions of Commodore
Whether he will endeavor to force an
entrance to the bay and seek a bKttle
with the Spauish squadron is not
known, but such a course at present ia
not regarded as likely. It would be
the better, in the opinion of some na
val officials, to keep Cervera and his
vessels safely in the hftrbor, where they
are absolutelv as useless as they would
be at the bottom of the sea.
Fund* for the Beaeiged.
Madrid, May 31.—The minister of
the colonies, minister of finance and
Senor Sagasta had a conference last
night on the method« of sending the
resources aske«l for by the governor
generals of Culm Hnd the Philippines.
General Augusti, at Mauila, was au-
thorize«! to draw on the treasury, and
General Blanco has received 10,000,000
London, May 31.—The Times com
plains bitterly of the refusal of Spanish
authorities in Cuba to release its corre
spondent, Mr. Knight, who, the Times
Hospital Train Frovlded.
Washington, June 1.—With the con- ! says, was sent with the approval of the
sent of Secretary Alger, Surgeon-Gen- I Spanish authorities, and in landing
eral Sternberg has taken initial steps : from a small boat was only complying
for securing a hospital train for the with the Spanish request that be come
transportation of the invalid troope in a neutral vessel.
from the front.
This train is to con
An elephant is possessed of such a
sist of 10 tourist sleepers and a dining delicate sense of smell that it can scent
car, and is to be in charge of a oorps of a human being at a distance of a thou
Washington, May 31. — The navy de
partment this afternoon made public
the following dispatch:
“Cavite, May 28, via Houg Kong,
May 31.—To the Secretary of the Na
vy, Washington: No change in the
situation. The blockade is effective.
It is impoesilbe for the people of Ma
nila to buy provisions except rice. The
captain of the Olympia (Gridley) has
been condemned by the medical sur
vey. He is ordered home. He leaves
by the Occidental & Oriental steam
ship from Ilong Kong, May 28. Com
mander Lambertson has been appointed
commander of the Olympia.
Dewey Short of Provision*.
Kong Kong, May 31.—There is abso*
lutely no truth in the report that the
United States cruiser Baltimore, now
at Manila, has been damaged by an in
The United States auxiliary cruiser
Zafiro, which arrived here at mid
night yesterday, reports that Dewey ie
short of provisions and ammunition.
The Havila-Manila cable, it is said,
was cut by Americans May 23.
A brush between insurgents and
Spanish occurred near Cavite May 20.
The entire American fleet is at Cavite.
Tlie report that some of the American
ships had sailed for Iloilo, where the
Spanish gunboat El Cano is supposed
to be, is incorrect.
Aguinaldo, the insurgent leader, is
with the insurgents, between
Americans and Spanish.
Incendiary fires continue
The priests ami nuns at Manila have
been removed from the latter place to
All the coast towns are reported to
be held by the Spanish troops
Tlie Americans are repairing the
slip at Cavite.
Spain Said to Be Ceding Territory That
I* Not Her*.
Berlin, Mav 31. — Regarding the
news that Spain has agreed to cede the
Philippines to France, it is said at the
German foreign office that Germany
lias information that pour parleurs,
looking to this end, have been proceed
ing for some time, mainly through
Senor Leon y Castillo, the Spanish am
bassador at Paris, and thattlie negotia
tions have already reached a rather
Germany’s answer to this is found in
a semi-official communication, setting
forth tiiat Germany would protest
against the cessation of the Philippine
islands to France or any other single
power, adding that a cession to the
combined powers of Europe would be
most acceptable. It is understood that
the project had been dropped, at least
for the present.
The report of De Rio, the new Span
ish minister for foreign affairs, cau
tiously mentioned the negotiations with
France above referred to.
The Statesman's Remain* Lie in
London, May 31.—The Northern
transept of Westminster, where Eng
land's greatest dead rest, the remains
of the late William Ewart Gladstone
were entombed today with the cere
monies of the nation he had served and
WTLLIAM EWART OLADSTOXR.
of the church he had attended. His
grave is beside that of his lifelong ad
versary, Benjamin Disraeli (Lord Bea
consfield), whose marble effigy looks
down upon it, decked with the regalia
which Gladstone ha.l refused. The
possible future kings of Great Britain
walked beside the great commoners and
nobility, and the learning of the state
surrounde«i them, thongh the wish of
the deceased had been for simplicity.
A New Mexican Train Hold-Vp.
Albuquerque, N. M., May 26.—The
south-bound passenger train on the
Santa Fe railway was held up last night
near Belen by two cowboy robbers.
They boarded the train at Belen and
made the engineer run the train down
the road three miles.
marched the engineer and fireman to
the express cat, where they threw one
of the safes out of the car, blowing it
open with dynamite, taking consider
able money. The amount secured is
not known. The express messenger,
Hiscock, was not molested, nor were
the passengers. The sheriffs of Valen
cia an«l Socorro counties, with posses
are now in pursuit.
Strike Is Settled.
Seattle. Wash., May 31.—The «trike
on the Great Northern tunnel in the
Cascades has been settled.
company will grant the demand of
the strikers for an increase in wage«,
the increase to go into effect June 1.
Sixteen Inch Gun Forged.
Bethlehem, Pa.. May 31. — The
Bethlehem Iron Company baa ahippe«l
to Waterville ar«ena), New York, the
largest cannon forging ever turned out