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About The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899 | View Entire Issue (July 21, 1898)
The Weeping Water Academy It at
test (r Iron debt.
The Clark's Enterprise thlnki the
State campaign this 111 will be a Uue
J. F. Decker, living near Red Clond,
bud bis leg broken by the kkk of a
The "smudge," whatever that Is, has
at short the yield of wheat la Nuckolls
Money ii raised by popalar subscrip
lion to pay for sprinkling tbe streets of
Teo thoutand acre of alfalfa are be
ing harvested on tbe Wateoo ranch near
Lawyer J. W. Oritchfltld of Follerton
1 very ill at the home of hia parents in
A. B. Chard, wbo recently 'died at
the Norfolk asylam, iu but forty-three
ytan of age. '
A hungry raccoon visited the hen
house f a Seward farmer and killed
Winter wheat in Jefferson county It ia
thought will yield about twenty-five
jhushels per acre.
The Fremont Tribune advises thope
who do not like tbe war tax on booie to
idrink but ermilk.
The bankers of Diwson county will
contribute G X) to the initial batch ol
War revenue taxes.
Editor Armstrong of tbe Butte Ga
tette received a box by express. It con
tained a live turtle.
. Citizen of Plainview, when the circus
was In town, went up nuaiiist tbe bbell
feame and lort abmt f 100.
Judge W G. Hastings has been a
tnember of tbe Willmr school board for
fcfleen ronr-ecutive years.
July 2, Hon. J. M. Snyder and wife ol
Loup City celebrated the fiitieth anni
versary of their marriage.
The ministerial asao- iation of tbe
Korth Platte district will be held at
Curtis, Ju'y 27 to 29 inclusive.
Chv ley Woostttr in bis Silver Creek
tTimes, is giving much space and energy
to "roasting" the exposition.
Rev. J. C. Irwin had resigned the pas
torate of tbe Presbyterian church at
Fuller ton oti account of ill health.
The editor of tbe Callaway Courier
Savi the name "K.1 ndike" sounds sort
if familiar, but be can't just place it.
The citizens of Superior celebrated
Sampson's victory with cannon crackers,
rockets, shotguns and much oratory.
Uncle Sam is on the track of thieves
wbo have stolen shout flftf en registered
letters consigned to parties in Batte.
C. W, Pool of tl- Johnson County
Journal has sold bis interest fn that pa
per to a Mr. Brown of Hamburg, Ia.
A Calls ay man '.oaned bis family
shotgun two years ago, and hss forgot
ten tue name of the man who boirowed
Tn order to become proficient tbe
Rushvllle hoes team turns out onoe a
week to fight an Imaginary conflagra
tion. The census at Sidney gives 327 ol
fcbool age, according to which it ia esti
mated that tbe village baa a population
Re-identaof Hotkins, a very email
village in Wayne county, have 'pur
chased $7,600 worth of government
The Fremont police felt so bappy
oer tbe news from Cuba on the Fourth,
that they didn't arrest anybody for get
R. B. Entlow, formerly of the Alex
andria Argus, ia masoning his mneclel
this summer in the editorial manage
ment of a farm.
A young Gate county farmer imbibed
so freely in Beatrice the other day that
be mistook the sidewalk for a bed and
went to sleep on it.
Hastings business men ought to sp
predate tbe enterprise of tbe Mock
brothers in giving them so good an
Charles Pnrnell of the Sutherland
Free Lance, locked bis office the otbei
day and went to Noith Platte to Win iht
army and lick Spain.
A tramp at 8 dney, trying to steal a
ride, was run over by tbe swltsh en-
Cine. One arm was amputated near the
boolder. He will live.
A Norfolk lad tried to force a car
tridge into a rusty old gun by applying
the heel of bis shoe. He now walkt
with tbe aid of crutches.
The twelve-year-old son of Sherman
Cewton, living near Loup 0 ty, wa
irown from a horse and landed against
t fencepott, breaking bis oollar bone.
Anderson Davis nelected to "take
away bis hand" when one of the heavy
loon to tbe Caas county cooit Vmae
pew that and the end of one tinge was
The eouatrr fditor who wants real
money for bla space, says the Wallace
Pot, has hlUluUa' Idea ol hUesrtniy
mission Stand op for the trans-Missis
sjpw) si position.
Mrs. Hemry Clock of Colfax county
Wants bar baa band committed to an
snyhta for tbe Insane. He ia perfectly
teetd wbea eober, bat baa an uncontrol
bte ambiUoa to get droak and go
Frank Blv of rsralaarj. Ind- who
with a eoapMioa was snaking a bleycia
law af the watt, aMaaipted to board
moving trala at Mertb PUtte, bat Ml
wader tba wheels. Em left era wea
I aad bad la to eaapetated at ibt
PLANS FOR A FIGHT
BHAFTER AGAIN TO RAIN OBSTRUC
TION ON 8ANTIAQO-
rormJ If a HM Uerianr. Talli the Amarl
caa Craeral l Coma mad Take, tha City
It Ma Can No Farther Talk of Surren
der. Orr Jr -baoua, July 13, via Kingston,
July 14. As soon as Shatter received
the reply of Toral, saying in effect that
if the Americans wanted Santiago, they
nld come and get it, adding that tbe
unconditional surrender was entirely
beyond reason and possibility, and ex
pressing himself as teady to meet an at
tack at any time the invading army saw
St to make one, Geernal Shatter began
preparations for the coming straggle.
General Uandolph's ten light batteries
were ordered rushed from tbe landing
place at Joragtia and a change in the
tinea made. General Lawton's en
tire division was moved to the north
ward a milo and ? half, his extreme
right being placed at Cciraenes, on tbe
border of the harbor. This movement
places the Amerh-an forces in a semi
circle, entirely surrounding Santiago
tnd cutting off the retreat of the Span
iards, except by water, as our flanks
rert at the watbr's edge.
The littie town of aimes was evacu
ated by the Spaniards Monday and is
now occupied b the Cuban troopi, wjith
a few roiupanits of regulars. Its occu
pation is most important to tbe Ameri
can forcer, a it comple.es the sc mi-
c'rcle from water line to Tater line and
hems the city in. It wan a great blunder
on the part of the Spanish to desert the
llace without a'struggle.as with it Gen
Law Inn flnnks tlem completely.
Near this point the Spanish left lies,
and this Hank has been known to be
the weakest portion of thiir flanks,
During the week's truce they have been
strengthening it, but their entrench
menu at this point have .been con
structed raggidly, without any definite
General Lawton anticipates little
difficulty in driving the Spaniards from
their poiitl in.
Under the present plans the present
army an i nnvy will begin the attack at
the came t.me. The fleet will hurl
shells into the city, while the great coil
of American soldierly will gradually
tighten about the Spanish positions
the divimoiis advancing from all al ng
the line. As the semi-fin le narrows,
the batteries in the rear will maintain
a heavy fire.
The American r.iflicers feel conflilar t
that the city can withstand this terrible
au!t but a short time.
Mlt.KH UOSS TO THS PHOXT.
General Miles slat tod to the front a
noon Tuesday, and probably remained
there the greater part of yesterday,
The general was accompanied by troop
A, Second cavalry, tho only mounted
troop of General Shaffer's army.
To the correspondent of the Associat
ed pre, who accompanied him to tbe
front, General Miles said :
"I have not come down hero tot"ke
command and shall probably remain
but a few days. It is too late to make
any change in tbe plan of campaign,
even if I desired to. But I bave no
complaint to make. Things seem to I
moving in good shape, I intend to look
over our lines and positions and study
tbe situation thoroughly, but I will not
inteifere in the conduct of the cam
paign. This Is likely to be tbe only
trip I shall make to the front."
Amdiral Sampson and General Miles
were frequently in communication dur
ing the forenoon General Miles went
on board the New York about 0 o'clock
and a freqnent exchange of views be
tween the two commanders occurred
later. The nature ol their conference
could not be ascerliined, but it i sup
posed to he ve related to a concerted at
U :k upon Santiago.
The men of General Lawton's division
yesterday cot a large water main which
ii believed to be the source of tbe wa'er
supply of Santiago. A lew deserters
who csnic out of Santiago reported tl at
the city's water supply is scant and is
very bad quality.
The reports of wholesale desertions in
tbe Spanish forces are untrue. A few
deserters reach the American lines ab
most daily, but there have not been a
hundred deserters from tbe Spaniardl
Gsneral Sbafter telegraphed to Wash
ington In regard to the extreme priva
tions suffered by tbe 18,000 Ssntiago
refugees now at El Caney, and be re
ceived a reply directing him not to as
fume the responsibility of their main
tenance, but to give them such food at
he can spare from the soldiers' stores.
Already 22,600 rations have been given
them, but these are exhausted, as well
as the provisions sent by Miss Clara
Barton in behalf of the Bed Cross so
ciety. The condition of affairs In the osmp
of the refugees is terrible, and if it con
tinues many people will starve to death.
Up to date eight bave died. The
churches are being need as hospitals.
A very old woman committed sulctde la
Olla Mails ToBMrrow.
San Fbahcmco, Joly H.Evprj thing
Is in readiness at army headquarters
for the departure of the transport Pern
and Poeblo nest Friday. The troop!
for tbe two vessels bare been ordered to
bieak camp tomorrow morning,
Tha date of tbe sailing of the fifth ex
pedition, comprising the transport! St.
Paol, Rio and Pennsylvania, ! now
a i i... Vni.M It la acMeted that
raily 4,000 troops wUI sail oa these
ships aad aiay be tba last t ga la view
' of t tadioatiosja.
STILL HOLDING. OlT
tLmmmj Hay Kaca.
Wasataoroif, Joly 13. The impres
sion prevailed in official circles at the
close of business yesterday 'hit the flag
of truce eet In the Spanish lines at San
tiago at 2 o'clock Mndav was still fly
ing and tbat negotiations continued
lo'kln (or a surrender. The basis of
these negotiations nitu-ally could not
be vtry broad, in view of the injunction
the preti lent laid npoa General Shatter
to accept nothing lees than uncondition
al surrender, but h is supposed that
time may be lost through tbe indul
gence of General Shatter in allowing ibe
Spanish commando' to communicate by
eable with Captain General Blanco in
the effort to obtain his consent to the
surrender of tbe city. General Toral
undoubtedly brfo e bis eyea the
vindictive abuse heaped opon the un
fortunate naval commander, Crrvera,
lor surrendering, and it is probable also
tbat he will also t bound by tbe di
rection of Blsn o in bis own rase.
It is not generally known that in re-
ponce to the manly and pathetic report
by cablo to Blanco announcing the lots
of bis squadron Cervera received a most
harah and unsympathetic reply, but
such is the case. Blanco's purpose in
this may have been to diseuade other
Spanish commanders, military and
naval, from surrendering ondcr any
conditions, and in the oass of Toral it
appears that he has made a strong im
pression. Nevertheless confidence
waxes in the speedy fill of Santittgi,
though many ofliwrs fear tbat the nest
w ill he found empty anQ the birds flown
when tbe American troops enter the
town. Still, if this is the case, it may
be fairly claimed that the j rime object
of the movement on Santiago, namely,
the destruction of the Spanish squadron,
having been achieved, the campaign as
a whole has been successful.
General Miles reports today that he
found unexpected physical difficoltiss to
contend wi h, an i be ia apparently
greatly pleased with tlm progress made
by the amy under trie condition! pre
vailing. He has not assumed . ommand,
as is evidenced by hia message.
NEXT IS PORTO RICO.
Wo Tlni ti
be I.ont In
New Tohk, July 13. A special to the
Times frgm Washington rays :
The movement of the American army
on Port') Rico may be said to hava he
gun. ;No Irwps have yet lelt these
shores openly ronaigned to the island,
but the continued forwarding of addi
tional reiinients to Santiago, when it
is recognized that General Shatter has
as large an army aa he needs to take
that town, is in reality the laying of the
foundation of the Porto Rico expedi
tionary force, and the hurry order that
hav been Bent to the southern concen
tration camps, miking ready (X large
bodies of troops for eaily movement,
are the preparations for the super
structure. The determination ot tbe war depart
ment to send a formidable force tor the
capture of Porto Rico bas been strength
ened by the resistance made by the
Spaniards in Santiago. An effort will
be made to avoid tbe mistakes of tbe
Santiago campaign. Although tbe force
to be overcome at San Juan ia smaller
than at Santiago, and the harbor is by
no means so inscessible, it is proposed
to send a larger army on the next eipi
dition, and ono that will go fully equip
ped with the artillery and cavalry it
neds. There will be no dispatching of
an insufficient torce, half rquipped and
improperly supplied, as wag done when
General Shatter was sent away from
forci or rniBTY TnonsAsn.
Tbe expedition to go against Porto
Rico will consist of between 25,000 and
30,0C0mtn. According to tbe Spr.nish
army register for 1898 the total strength
of tbe Spanish regnlsr forceo in tbe if
land of Porto Rico is 7,219. Of these
6,214 are infantry, armed with Manser
rifles, 732 artillery and 211 are engi
neers. The total cavalry strength ii
ten officers and men. The rest of the
garrison le made up oft lie civil guard,
and tbe police force. There are in the
island according to tbe information
brought back by Lieutenant Whitney,
some 14,000 volunteers, who are to be
reckoned with, as well as wltb tbe addi
tional men the Spanish commander
might be able to impress from the male
population of tbe island. With a total
for all arms of some 25,000 or 26,000,
it is doubted tbat an American force
of 26.CC0 or 80,000, with the help of
tbe fleet, will be ample to take the is
land. To make op this force Major
Gen era I Miles, who will organ. ze it at
Santiago alter the fall ol that city, will
draw heavily on tbe nucleuea of tbe
regulars, wbo bave borne themselves so
splendidly at Santiago. For tbe rest of
tbe force he will tske his choie ol the
reserves at Tampa, including 12,000 in
fantry, 3,h00 cavalry and 1,000 artillery;
of 'the six regiments at Miami, tbe
twelve reg menu under Lee at Jack
sonville, of tbe great man of volunteer!
at Chickamaugah, where more than
forty regiment! are awaiting orders to
go to the tront, and of the big force
stationed at Camp Alger.
Ilallaa Prinea a Visitor.
SaaATODA, N. YH July IS Prince-
Victor Emanuel of Italy, accompanied
by Count Carptnetto, hai arrived here
from Bar Harbor. Tbay will remain
several days before going to Newport,
Harvard baa sat Arrive.
PoaTSMotra, M. B., Joly IS. Up to
10 o'clock yesterday the Oaited States
aailltery crnlser Harvard had not ar
rived bare. Tha report tbat ii ansae la
lest night proved la be erroaeoai. a
Philadelphia miller bavlag
THE TERMS OF PEACE
MADRID THINKS PRICE OF CESSA
TION OF WAR TOO DEAR-
Maal Yield Cab aad Parte Klao, a Part la
Canarlaaaad Indrutallr of 240,000,
OOO Tba faopla Divided.
Maoaid, July li. Ii is asserted that
the Uoite I States makes the f d lowing
iemands as conditions oi peace:
Fust. The paes ion of Cuba and
Porto Rioo with a pot t in the C marie.
Second, An indemnity of 48,000,000
boui ds (about f 240,000,1)00).
Third. The retention of tbe Phili-
pine as a guarantee of the payment of
These term! are regarded aa Impossi
Advice! received here today from
Srand Canary island, the center of the
Danaries group, dated July 2, say one
xrpedo boat is there, and two i then
tre understo id to be in the neighbor
hood. Matters are quiet and tbe r.
lerveg are still under aims.
PUBLIC OPINION DIVIDED.
Ma Ohio, July 11. (Via Hendats,
France, July 12.) In spite ot the fa t
.bat p'ibjc opinion is divid d, it ia in
ilining rapidly In favor of peace, the
people b ming more convinced every
lay ot the) impossibility of withstanding
:tm power of the United States. The
liberal pariy in the cabinet is urging
immediate negotiations lacking to peace,
tnd Sinnr Gomszo, the minister of pub
lic inntruciion, threatens to resign if Uie
rar pariy outwe ghs his influeni-e. The
war paity, however, ures a conlinu
nce of the ttrui'gle, "To convince
Amer'ci that it is difficult to obla n a
prompt triumph for her army, and thus
secure for Spain Letter terms."
There is a i-plit in the cabinet which
till probably result in its resignation
tnd the formation ot an interim diary
government, because Senor Kilvela and
the conservatives are unwilling to incur
the responsibility of the peace negotia
tion, for t'ie best obtainable terms are
certain to be tiying to Spanish pride.
which will (!enand a tcappgoat. Toe
increasing unpopularity ot t-enor Ba-
itasta's government, which in euppiried
tiy the throne regardless of public opin-
'on, may damage the dynasty. The
lituiition ia most trying to the q ie"n
regint, who is BiilTeruiir morj keenly
ihan her subjects, swayed, as she is, by
the -divided opinions f the cabinet and
nation. Her majesty must soon dtcide
npen mime course ot action and will
probably form a government with a
strong military clt niei-t, and lni ludu g
the most popular politicians. She be
gan consulting on this subject today,
mid had a Ion,; conference with Si nor
Romero y Robledo.
SHOULD NEGOTIATE FOR PKACE.
The Imparciat says the Spanish gov
ernment probably wld telegraph Cap
.aiu General F-lano that r-pain would
r.ap great advantages by negotiating for
pee:e beore Santiago, Mani a and per-
har t) Porto Rica are captured.
The official correspondent confirm!
the re-port of the ratinet crisis.
The Imparcial says of Sunday's cab
inet meetiu: "We think importance
shonld he attached to the fact that
Spain will reap great advantages in ne
gotiations for peace before Santiago and
Manila and perhaps even Porto Rico are
captored, as, should the Americans oc
cupy those places their terms will na
turally be harder." Tbe Imparcial
adds; "It is most probable tbat the
government will telegraph Captain
General Blanco to this effect urging him
to direct tbe operation of the army to
ward this solution. On Gen. Blanco'i
reply depends whether the government
commences negotiations immediately
without awaiting the outcome of the
situation at Santiago.
The Liberal oubhshea an interview
with a minister, who ia quoted as say.
lng that a aabinet crisis might occur to
day, tomorrow or next weet , but in any
case it will not be long delayed. The
miniiter is said to have added that the
crisis wonld be tbe occasion for tbe
whole ministry resigning in a body.
(lenaral afllaa at Santiago.
Washington, July 12. The war de
partment is advised ot the arrival off
Santiago yesterday of tbe amillary
cruiser Yale, with General Mile! and
his staff and a portion of Garretsnn'i
brigade. General Miles had a confer
ence with Admiral Sampson and later
conferred with General Sbafter by means
! the sicnal service teleohone lines.
Secretary Long had received no dis
patches from Admirsl Sampson up to 0
o'clock last night. The secretary wa!
not anticipsting anv important Inlormi
tion from the fleet A cable message
was received at the navy derailment
from Commodore Schlev. but Secretary
Long said it con tailed nothing of publio
importance and would not oe given oa.
A cablegram from General shatter
was received at tne war department
tatlnir that the bombardment ot Bantl
suo would begin yesterday. It appears
that the affair ot Sunday was only a
Secretary Long, -dmiral 8ioard, Cap
tain Maban and Captain OrownlnsMeld
f the naval war board are now in con
ference with the president at tbe Wbl'O
house. Secretary Long itated. on
resching the White house, that in his
Opinion tbe fleet hd ' so far taken no
part In the engagement. Otherwise,
be said, Admiral Sampson wonld bave
reported, which tie bad not done.
MlBlf-an Hatal Kara.
8t. Joesrn, Mleh., Joly 12. Hotel
U Joseph was destroyed by Are at 1
o'clock Sunday morning. Ot tba forty
toasts end employes in tbe building all
escaped alive but I. B. Benson of Lo-
sansport, Ind. Benson was an employe
and lost his life while trying to save
books from tbe offlea. Tbe hotel ba4
W0 roosss sad was owaad by J. H. Gra
ham, ol the Graham Ik Morton Trans
portation osmpaay. Lata, U0,C3t, m
ENEMY OPENS FIRE
Vary LIUIa Maakatr? rirlag-Baaaa
ttralf la Tkiair TraaakaS.
Wasrimotms, July 11. Shortly after
midnight, tbs war department gave oat
the following dispatch from General
Plava dkl Errs, July 10. Adjutant
General, Wasington, Headquarters
Fifth army corp', July 10 Enemy open
ed fira a few. minutes past four with
light guns which we'r-i sron silenced by
onrs. Very little musketry firing, and
the enemy entirely in their entrench
ments. Turee men slightly wounded.
YVi.l hara considerable forces tomorrow,
enough to completely block all tbe roads
on the norihaud vest. I am quite welL
Qan. Toral Bet used Aaaerleaa Tanas.
Washington, July 10 The war de
partment has posted thee bulletins
from d spa dies received this morning:
SiBONar, July 10, 5. -55 p. m. Adju-tsnt-Gnneral,
Washington, D. C.
Headqiiartera Fifth Army Corps, July
10 I fiave just received letter from
Grral Toral declining unconditional
surrender. Bombardment by army and
navy will heiaat as near 4 p.m. to
day as possible.
SinojjEV, Cuba, July 10. Adjutant
Gei.eral, Washington, D. O.-fbe St.
Paul has juat arrivej with General
Henry and hia command and quarter
Sibonkt, Cuba, July 10 Adjutant
General, Washington, D. C. The Ca
tania has jn-t arr ved with tho First
District of Columbia volunteers.
Awaits Santiago's Fall.
Pabib, July II. The Madrid cones
pondent of the Temps says:
The end is eagerly awaited, even the
government no longer attempting todls
guise ita conviction tbat after the fall of
Santiago the time will have come for
thinking about overtures of peace, es-
pecia ly as all the European chancellor
ies a Wise this course.
The meetings that are being held at
Bayonne, in the provinces of Navarre
and ("long the'Pyrennees, greatly dis
turbing tho ministry. The partisans ol
Don Carlos are making no secretof tbeir
intention to rise if tbe. terms upon which
piace ia negotiated involves loss of ter
ritory, Captain General Blanco cables that it
will ba impossible for re-enforcements to
reach Santiago in order to aid in the
defence, the duration of which depend
upon the supply of food and ammuni
tion, unless the garrison attempts a
Know It In IlnpeleM.
Madrid, July 11. Information re
ceived from the most reliable souree is
to the effect that tbe darkest pessimism
pervades Madrid offi ml lorn. The hope
lessness of the war is finally recognised
and the peace idea now stems to pre
dominate in the cabinet and negotia
tions are considered argent. Tbe cab
inet is likely to cohere until peace is
It ia now recognised that Santiago do
Cuba is completely belaguered and can
not bold out owing to the lack of provis
ions and munition! of 7ar. It ia con
sidered certain that the American! will
blockade Cuban and Porto Rican ports,
cutting off tbeir supplies, while the au
thorities are convinced that an American
fleet ie coming to the peninsula. There
is confidence felt that tbe powers will
interfere even if defenseless seaports are
bombarded, and therefore what meas
ures ot defense are possible are being
Marshal Campos, in the course of an
Interview at San Sebastian, said it was
impossible tbat negotiations for peace
should be entered upon by the Spanish
and American governments for the rea
son that the time was not ripe.
Tbe Imparcial says the Carlists are a
great source of anxiety to tbe govern
ment. It avers that an aide-de-camp of
General Maximo Gomes has asserted
that there will be a new insurrection in
Cuba against the Amrrcann, "as the
Cubans believe the Americans do not
dell's the independence of the island,
but its admission to American rale."
Some Truthful Brports.
Maokio, July 11. A report hai been
received from Captain-General Blanco
in which be aayi that the bombardment
of Santiago de Cuba wae not resumed
at noon Saturday and that an exchange
of prisoners bas been effected. He also
raid that American rein'orcements have
debarked and that the Americans have
erected defenses and placed batteries
upon commanding points. He reports
tbe officers of the cruiser Almlrente
Oqnendo dead and tbe commander anil
other officers of the Infanto Maria Ter
The Reina Mercedes, General Blanse
says, was destroyed at Santiago harbor
in order, to prevent the entrance of tba
Owe BUI That Fallad.
Washington, Joly 11 Only one bill
Which pissed both houses failed to be
come a law on account ol tha failure of
tbe president to attach his signature.
This was the bouse bill appropriating
tl0,000 on tba Onrtia bill la the Indian
service. It passed tha senate abont a
minute before adjournment, aad not la
time lor tba signature of tbe preslaeat
or vice-president. Tbe dock struck I as
the vies-presideat laid down Ma yea
eitsr Satahas tbe msisan.
IT MAY BE PEACH
NO DIRECT OVERTURES. BUTPEAC3
Shaftor la fihape to riht, Wtalla atasssa
Loaaa Oroaad. Preparation MtmMXtf
Going Forward rar thaFiaal Cli
What to de with Carrara.
Washington, July 9. It can be
authoritively tbat no overtures of pesos
bave been received np to the time of tba
cabinet meeting yesterday. At the sama
time cabinet members look upon lb
situation as having more factors coaaa
cive to peace than at any time hereto
fore. It would be no surprise if peaaa
overtures came to the government aa
moment, either directly from Spain, aft
through some intermediary. This isfsft
to be so imminent tbat it leads to aa
merous rumors that actual ovei lures
have been made, but tbe reports an
premature and are based on expects
tions rather than anything tangible.
This is not only the official statement
of government authorities, bnt tbe sama
view is taken at the British, French,
German, and other foreign embassies,
where it is stated tbat tbe peace move
ment has not assumed definite form,
but that all circumstances tend in tba '
direction of a desire by Spain to termi
nate the war. None of the foreign rep
reeentativee have yet received inatmoa
tionB to ecU
At the British embassy specific in
quiry was made concerning a published
report that Sir Julian Pauncefote had
made indirect overtures to the presk
dent looking to peace, and that the
president, while declining intermedia
tion, had eaid he would agree to peace
if Spain applied direct on certain itated
terms. The embassy authorised a fulli
explicit and complete denial of the rej
port. The British ambassador, it is
said, had not se n the president of late,
and no overtures ot any kind had beerl
made to the United StateB.
SHAFTKB IN GOOD BHAPK.
' Conditions at Santiago are regarded
as favorable juut now, according to Genn
eral Shatter's early dispatch. The inv
predion prevails tbat the Spanish are
in a desperate plight within the lines ot
the city, and General Shatter's action ,
in allowing Linares to communicate
freely with Madrid is an implication
that there is at least a reasonable hope
that the Spanish general contemplates
a surrender. However that may be,
v eiy preparation ia making for a great
engagement the final ono at Santiago,
it is iioped which may begin early next
week. Shatter's reinforcements are re
ported to te arriving in Cuba.
The greatest difficulty that bss been,
encountered is in the landing of troops
and supplies. This being the hurricane '
season, and the wind setting straight in
on the southern coasts tbe masters ol
the transports he.ve becuoie alarmed and
taken their ships many miles out to sea,
necessitating long j urneys by the ship's
boats, which makes their landings
through the surf with tbe greatest dim
culty and danger. Secretary Alger has
ordered General S halter to seise the
transports and place them as near the
cos at as he chooses. Ten dayi age
lighters were started down from Mobile
and. Tampa, but so fir General Sbaftei
has received only one. These lighters
have been a nightmare to the depart
ment ever since. The captains tie np
In creeks at the slightest sign of bad
weather while the charter rate of 100
a day runs on. Orders bave been sent
forward to terminate this state of things
even if it is necessary to lots a few
lighters in the effort to reach Shaffer.
WHAT TO DO WITH CIBVISA.
The government has not yet deter
mined how to dispore of Admiral Can
vera. ' The disposition is to treat hint
with as great liberality ts conditions
will permit. It has been proposed that
he be released on parole not to engage
in hostilities against tbe United States
until the end of the war, bnt it has not
yet been decided whether to do this'ot
confine the admiral tecln I .ally ia tba
reservation at Annvpolia. All the other
captured Spanish officers will be con
fined there, save the surgeons, who will
be allowed to r emainwitb the enlisted
men at tbe prison station at Seavy'i
island, Portsmouth harbor, N. H. The
St. Louis is due there today with tha
first lot of prisoners, while tbe Harvard
ii just about to start from off Santiago
with the remainder,
Tbe report yesterday of the appear
ance of a Spanish privateer off the coast
of Britiah Columbia came from a gov
ernment agent The same person said
that two versels were taking on coal at
a British Columbian port, which it was
presumed, was Intended for the Span
ish fleet, shonld it have made ita wa
into the Pacific ocean through tho Suea
The failure of congress to set on the
naval advancement special sets may all
ter all be beneficial enabling the pies
ident to arrange with more delibef
ation and Justice a scale of rewards let
Heat Besae la Dtagimee.
Oaklakd, Oal.July 9. A seasatlosi
was caused in Gamp Barrett by tba ra
fnsal of company If of Woodland,
Eighth regiment of Oalllornia volunteers
to socept tho officers appointed by Gov
ernor Budd. Only seven men toassnb
ed to be mastered Into the Unite!
States. Tba governor at see otaeiasl
that the ssen be deprived of their aat
it book home la aland
I aad tba
swan aba sags aj.t Calgsari
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