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VOL. LXXIII. WOODVILLE, MISS., SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 1898. NO. 2. .i , , [ OTHERWISE UNNOTICED.. PROCL00IM[D IN GAVlIE The Philippine Insurgents Proclaim, Through Gem Filipino, a Pro- visional G0verment. : THE EVENT OCCURRED AT OLD CAYITE, Grea$ Ceremony Attended the Declara/iou of Independence and Renunciation of :Spanish Authority -Gen. Agulnaldo Elected President and Daniel Plrondo Viee-Presiden t. ClllCA(+o. June 20. A special cable to the Record from John T. McCutcheon, a staff correspondeut with Dewey&apos;s fleet, reads as follows: Halo Koo, June 20.--Gen. Filipino officially proclaimed a provisional gov- ernment in Old Cavite June 12. There were great ceremonies, and a declaration of independence was read, renouncing Spanish author- itv. Gen. Aguinaldo was elected president, and Daniel Pn'ondo, vice- president. The resurgent government will not oppose an American proteco torate or occupation. 'The rebels have captured the Spanish governor and tim garrison of 300 men at Buluean. The governor and garrison at Pampanga are sMrroundcd, and the governor and garrison of 450 men have been cap- tured at Batangas. June 9 the family of Gov.-Gen. Augusti fled to the in(c- rier for safety. The Spaniards in Manila are repot'ted ss having shot 30 earbincros for at- tempting to desert to the rebels. Agui- naldo sent an ultimatum to the gov- ernor that if marc were executed he would retaliate on Spanish prisoners. The Baltimore sailed to-day to meet tlJe Charleston and troopships. The French warMfip Pascal arrivcd June lS. The walship Kaiser is ex- pected daily. Gen. Aguinaldo, the insurgent lead- er. has informed United States Consul Wit}tams of tim formation of a pro- visional government, merely for co- hesive purposes, and has notified him of the desire of the insurgents that the Philippines become an American ol ony. IMPORTANT DISPATCHES. &rrlval at Key ]Vest of Dispatch Bearers from Oen. Rodrlguez to the Caban dnntn. KEY WEST, Fla., June 20.--A vessel arrived taere from the blockade, and re- ported all quiet along the line. Sbe brought an officer of the Cuban army and a pilot, who are carrying impor- tant dispatches to Senor Estrada Palma, of the Cuban junta, from Alexand/co Rodriguez, the insurgent commander of Havana province. The Cubans were taken on board on Saturday last from an auxiliary guu- boat which had picked them up. The messengers of Gem Rodriguez gave a very interesting account of their expe- riences. After leaving the insurgent camp they made their way into the eity of Iiavana, spent several days there, proceeded to a small inlet in the nmghborhood, stole a small boat and rowed out to sea. in tile hope of com- ing across an American vessel. They were three days in the boa before they were picked up. The Cubans report that there are no supplies of rice, maize, potatoes or eggs in IIavana. Flour. they say, costs 50 cents per pound, aud the army has been placed on half rations. The mes- sengers class as false the stories that vessels have succeeded in entering lIa- vana harbor with supplies. They as- sert that since tlle blockade 1)egau only three small fishing vessels have en- tered the ha.bol', and that no food whatever is received from Cicnfu.egos. Spsln Refuses to Exchange. WASHINOTO, June 20.--The follow- |ng was received from Commodore Wat- son: "Capt.-Gem Blanco states that the Spanish governmcnt refuses to ex- change prisoners." fIobson and his men are tle prisou- ers in question. ]l&neo 111 Hereafter Recognize No Flag of Truce. KEY WEST, Fla., .Tune 30--11:30 a. m. It is learned from naval officers itere that Capt.-Gem Blanco has notified the American blockading fleet that hc will hereafter recognize no flag of truce, adding, that every vessel within six miles range will be fired upon whether flying the Stars and Stripes or a white flag. lilnrro Castle Wasting IIer lleavy Ammu- nltion. KEY WsT, Fla., June 20.--Another fovernment vessel which arrived here reports Morro castle, Havana, eontinucs firiug heavy shells at the blockading squadron, and it is not believed such accurate shots can be fired by Spanish ) gunners. On Friday a ):,-inch shell exploded dangerously elosc to one of the American warships, raising a col- umn of water and smoke over 100 feet high. IPhUlpplne Insurgents Hold Five Thousann 'rlsoners. HOG KoNO, June 20.--A steamer which has just arrived from Manila says the insurgents now hold 4,00t3 ,paniards and 1,000 native prisoners, : JWith their arm,, Admiral Camara's squadron ta re- ported at Cartagena. Five hundred Cubans hold Cuero, la miles west of Santiago de Cuba. The third expedition to Manila is ex- pected to leave San Francisco, Satur- day. Missouri farmers in the valleys are fearful of being inundated by the June rise. Missouri's regiment of immunes will be recruited and mu:stered in the serv- ice at .leffcrsou barracks. The Spanish torpedo boat destroyer Terror is at San J nan. Porto Rico, in a badly-crippled condition. A Cnlmn pilot who recently entered Santiago says that the town is gar- risoned by 15.000 soldiers Gay. Tanner of Illinois and staff have gone to Omaha to be present a! the exposition Illinois day. Missouri prohibitionists will nomi- nate a ticket for all state offices to be voted for at the fall election. The warships that acted as convoys to the Shafter expedition will be re- turned to blockale duty at once. Almost the entire business portion of Park City, Utah. was burned Sunday. Many families are left homeless. The eighty-seventh anniversary ot the battle of Tippecanoe was cele- brated at Battle Ground, Ind., Sun- day. A stetmcr has gone to Guantanamo to repair the French cable. It will be used subject to United States super- vision. Admiral Sampson is reported to liars ]earned, Saturday, that lIobson and his men had bceu removed from Morro castle. Cubans iu Santiago province are lay- ing foc Gen. Panda. who is m rehin to the relief of Admiral Cervera and Gem binarrs. The government is impressing Pacific steamers. Several companies have been eripplcd by loss of boats in this manner. Grant's opera house and IIfeld Bros. : big store, at Albuquerque, N. M., was burned to the ground Sunday; loss, $240,000. A passenger train on the Central road was wrecked near Mauch Chunk, l'a., killing two men and seriously injurin two others. The cruisers Yankee and Yosemite are seoumg for the Purissima Con- cepcion, a Spanish steamer loaded with supplies for Cuba. Senator Morrill, the senior repub- lican senator from Vermont, will op- pose tile bill for the annexation of the Hawaiian islauds. The new Japaucse cruiser Kasago W-'ts taken from Cramps' sltip-yard, Philadelphia, Saturday and giveu her trial trip Sunday, James T. Gatewood. stenographer for Gem Fitzhugh Lee. was killed by THE HEROES MAY BE DEAD. A Report Re,rhea Admirnl Sampson that Some of IIobson's Men ll;tve Yellow Fever. IINGS'I'ON Jamaica ,June 20.--In- formation came to Admiral Sampson that the Spaniards had removed two o[ the heroes of the Mertimac from More castle to the marine hospital at San- tiago, and this has convinced him that all have been removed. LIEUT. RICIIMOND p. HOBSON. (The Hero of the Merrimac Expedition tO Santmgo de Cuba) The report was circulated here three days a'o that the Americans had yel- low fever, and there is fear thatthc heroes have been infected and that their death is ahnost certain from the plague. The report came frmn lla- vana, und is probably to be relied upon. It is flared that nothing has been clone by the Spanish officers to secure the prisoners from the disease, and it is ihougbt possible that Blanco's refusal to negotiate for their exchange was based on hope that their lives might be ended in tlmt way. Santiago is infect;d with fever, and the harbor entrance is especially dan- gerous, as it is surroumlcd by marshes an(t fever infected soil. The Spanish flag was flown at half- mast over Morro castle. Friday, which would indicate either that some promi- nent Spanish officer was dead or that the Merrimac heroes were dead. Many officers of the fleet believe that the lat- teffis the truth. BY GOVERNMENT'S ENEMIES. Destrnetlan of the King I'nwder :Finishing Department at King'S Mills, O., by Incendiaries. Cl.Cl.A'rl, June 20. The tinishin department of the King Powder Co.. lo- cated at King's Mills. in Wnrren coun- ty, was destroyed Sunday night in a manner leading to the belief that it was the work of enemies of the govern- Inert(. Hghtning at Jacks mville, Fla., when [ The building, in which was stored a about to go in bathing. [ quantity Of smokeless powder, hadevi- Three Englishmen residing at San dently been fired by two men near mid- Juan. Porto Rico, have been arrested night, one of whom was badly burned as American spies. The British con-. and ltad been apparcnti 3, dragged away sul's protest was ignored. I from the burning building by his cam- An English syndicate ha,, secqred a panion, who then ran away in the 90-day option on all the coal mines in Jcllico district in Whitney county, Ky., and Campbell county, Tenn. C G. Youngeren. a farmer near Gales- burg, lit, committed suicide Suuday by hanging, lie did his morning's work as usual, and the suicide was a great surprise. The Spanish inhabitants of Caima- nero. four miles up Guantanamo bay, have strewn oil aud straw throaghout tile town and will apply the torch when defeat becomes certain. Gay. McLanrin of Mississippi has commuted to life imprisonment the penalty of Silas Davis. colored, under sentence to be hanged Tuesday, for th murder of Mack Alexander in 1896, to life imprisonment. FOR ILLINOIS DAY AT OMAHA. Large Delegations of Business ]len and Others Leave Chicago to Par- tlcipate In the Event. direction of South Lebanon. Smoke- less powder in the condition it was in lhis department does not explode like ordinary powder, with a flash, but In.eaks into a bright light and burns for some time. 'J'he great light at- tracted citizens, and some of these met a strangergoing toward South Lebanon. The injured man was taken into custo- dy. lie is a foreigner, but is so badly injured that hc can scarcely talk. The powder burned was no for the government, and the money loss is in- considerable, perhaps $2,000: This com- pany has a contract to supply tile gov- ernment, and this is thought to be the reason its destruction was attempted. SPANISH CABINET MEETING. "Peace Is Only Possible If the Conditions are llonorablo and Include the Retention  the Colonies." MvaiD, Juue 20.2. p. m.--The newspapers say that the cabinet at CHICAGO. ,June :0.--Delcffations from its meeting Sunday discussed the tile board of trade, Chicago stock ex- "Peace tendencies observable in the ehange, Union League club. National United States and in certain person- Business league and a number of other associations will learn this evening for the Trans-Mississipm exposition at Omaha. A party consisting of tile World's Fair directors will bare a special car via the "(" road. With the 600 who left Sunday, the representa- tion from this city at the expasition on Tuesday will bc 1,00. Gee, Tanner, Staff attd Ladies nt Omaha. O,lA}IA. Neb., June 30.--Gov. Tanner and full staff with their ladies from illinois have arrived in the ctty to par- ticipate in the Illinois Day festival at the exposition Tuesday. They were met at the hotel by the Expositmn en- tertainment committee. They visited the grounds duriug the day and pat'- took of an informal spread with the executive committee of the exposition. In anticipation of the occasion the Omaha Illinois club has made prepara- tions to entertain many of the visitors in an elaborate manner. The Illinois building has been given its attire of flags, buntiug and flowers for the dedi- catory ceremonies. The decorations are being made under the direction of the secretary of the Illinois Exposition commission, Maj. C. E. ttambleton. Specimen of ]French. Austrlau and Bel- gian Neutrality. Loxl)ox, June 20. A special dispatch from Paris says an Austrian agent has return.l from Madrid. where hc de- livered to the Spanish authorities, via the Pyranese, 3,000,000 empty cartridges and 120 tons of explosive, derived from French, Austrian and Belgian sonres. Kaiser Wilhelm der Grease H&s a Damage0 Itudder. SOUTIIAMPTON, June 20.The :North German Lloyd steamer Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Capt. Engelhart, has at. rived here fl'om Bremeu with a dam vged rudder and is in dry dock havin/ it repaired. (ges in Spain." but add thus Spain will "unanimously repudiate nnworthv conditions," holding that peace is only possible "if the conditions are honor- able and include the retention of the colonies. "' Government circles affect satiafac* lion at the situation iu Cuba, but in re- gard to Manila tile belief is expressed that Capt.-Gem Augusti will ask the foreign warships to land detachments to occupy Manila on the ground that he is no longer able to resist the insur- gents. FIFTY-FIFTHCoNGRESS (First Regular Session.) SENATE. WASHIY6TO.', June 20.--Rev. H. D. hqnart, pastor of the First M. E. church, of Memptis. Tenn., pronotmccd (lie in- vocation at the opening of the senate's session Ten rain u tea after the session opened, hit'. Davis (Minn,, ebalrman of the committee on foreign relations, moved timt the senate proceed to the con- sideration of the Itavaiian annex. ation resolution. The quick dispo. st(ion of morning business and the large attendance indicated an inten. tion on the part ef senators to press the Ifawaiian question to the front as rap- idly as possible. After some preliminames the vice- president announced that the Itawaiian resolutions were before tile senate, and Mr. Morrill (Vt.) proceeded to address the senate in opposition thereto. Owing tothe Conl Miners' Strike0 LO,XDON, June 20.Replying to a question in the house of commons, the first lord of the admiralty, Mr. Gositen, said the annual naval maneuvers had been abandoned in consequence of the aeriou the strike o! oa] miners in Wales. INTEHESTI00G VISIIOR8 * Irizzlod Warrior Convoyed to Ad- mi:ral Sampson's hiD. Two Callers on Secretary L0ag Di- He I'laes BIs l'oces to I)o th Most rert From Dewey's Fleet in Manila Bay. OR, K[NDLEBER6ER AND 6UNNER EVANS, The Doctor is on Leave and Gtlnuer Evanq" Time li.ts Exp|reU i Indeed. lie Foug'|t In the Bttle of Manila Bay, After Ills Term of Servtce was Ended. by Per- mission of Admiral Dewey. W=sntso'roy. June 20. -- Secretary Long has received a call from De. Kindlebcrger, assistant surgeon of the Olympia, flagship of Admiral Dewey's squadron, and Gunner Evans, of the cruiser Boston. both .of whom participated iu the battle of Manila. They are the first to arrive here to give to officials personal information of that famous engagement. Dr. Kindlcberger is on leave, and in- eideutaliy ou his way through to take a bride at San Francisco, Gunner Evans' time expired early iu April, but knowing that the battle was impend- ing, he asked Admiral Dewey for per- mission to remaiu at his post through the engagement, and this was readily granted, as Evans is a veteran at the gun, such as Dewey needed. The two men look bronzed from ex- posure to the tropical suns, and their stnrdinessgives assurance that Dewey's men were not suffering at Manifa, a fact of which they gave Secretary Long verbal assurance. Gunner Evans had a long talk with the secretary, describing mauy inter- esting phases of the battle. Afterwards he talked with a press representative. On tile night before the battle the officers remained awake and ready tar service constantly, while the men slept beside their guns. The spirit of the crew was high, and they were eager for the con- test. There was no apprehension, ex- cept in erossing over the mines at the entrance of Manila bay, for the fate of the Maiue had aroused dread lest the Spaniards had planted mines and tor- pedoes at the entrance. The Olympia, with the admiral aboard, took the lead through tltis un- known danger, and wheu this had been cleared there was kceu eageruess to begin the fighting. There is no long dawn in the Philippines, the transition from darkness to clear day- light coming in a few minutes, It was shortly after five o'clock that this change came, disclos- ing the ,'pauSsh ships lying eight miles off. The Ameriean sailors watehed the hurry and confusion on board the Spanish ships as they pre- pared to defend themselves. They were practically helpless, as their fi, res were banked and beyond clearing the decks for action and getting the men to quarters, they couhl not bc moved. Meantime the Olympia led the way, and the American ship were in line of battle for their first broadside. Evans remained at the ammunition eases, serving shot and shell as fast as needed. The men at the guns had stripped to the waist, keeping on only their trousers and shoes. There was not a breath of air stirring, and aside from the intense tropical heat, there was the heat of action and of excitement. The story of the battle is but a repetition of the oft-told tale. IT EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS. The Popular Success of the Two llund*red Million Dollar War Loan is Very Grati fylnK, WASHL'o'ro, June 20.--Although the amouut of the subscriptions to the new three per cent. loan is not made public, "it is officially stated that it exceeds all expectations. This 4s particu- larly true of the larger amounts. The number of subscriptions received for sums of 500 and less is large, but the department wi,?hcs it thoroughly un- derstood by (be public that even silould the whole loan be subscribed for sev- eral times over in large amounts, every subscription of $500 or less will be ac- cepted at once, as all small amounts will take preeedeuce in the allotments over large ones. A subscription for $20,000.- 0) has been received from a prominent insurance company of New York, in- closing a eertified check for $400.000. as required by the regulations governing the placing of the loan. GEN. SHAFTER'S EXPEDITION. Belief at Washington that it Hae Arrived Safely at Its Destination Off Santiago* VASHtNOTOX, ,June 20 --No doubt is eutertained at either the war or navy departments ttmt Geu. Shafter's mil. tary expedition has arrived safely off Santiago by this time. As a matter of fact, it is believed that the first of the transports arrived near the blockading fleet Satur- day night. Aceordmg to the plans arranged for the debarkation the fleet of transports was to lie in a safe place until Sampson had elaared the way for a lanctlng. The selection of the landing place has been left entirely to the judgment of Admiral Sampson and Gem Shafter the military earn- mander. Womnn's Club Dnlegates Arriving lo Den- ver. DE.WVER, Col., June :+0.--Although the fourth biennial convention of the Federation of Woman's clubs does not convene in this city until Wednesday morning at ten o'clock, several hur- dred delegates and visitors haw al- ready arrived in Denver. F-ueen Natalie's Humane Exped|t|oa. LONDON, June 20.--A special dispatch from Belgrade, Servia, says el-Queen Natalia is organizing an expedition to the seat of the war between Spain and the United'States in order tonurN both Americans and Spaniards. Good, and Looks for Early ad of the War. OFF SANTIAGO DE CUBA. Sunday, 6 p.m. (via Kingston. Jamaica, June 20, --The Cubans are extremely active, and a cordon has bcen drawn around San- tiago dc Cuba. Gen. Garcia. with 4.000 troops, earning by forced marches from Banes. is now nearing Santiago. llis troops are within forty miles of the city. lie left :L000 men at llolguin, to prevent the Spaniards there effecting a juncture with Gen. Toral. at Santiago. The Spanish troops at t;uantanamo. under Gen., are also cut off from Gen. Toral. and are badly pinched for food. They wildly appealed for pro- visions and reinforcements, but the only reply they got was that both were im- possible. Gcn. Masse said his men were even then at half" rations and that the supply was only sufficient to last dur- ing the present month. (;arcia Meets Sampson. Gcn. Garcia and his personal staff were picked up at Gen. Rabi's camp, eighteen miles west of Santiago, and brought to the flajship today by the gunboat Vixen. There the grizzled and wounded patriot had a long con- sultation with Admiral Sampson re- garding the operations for the invest- ment of Santiago and the co-opera,ion of the American and Cuban troops. Gcn. Garcia is very enthusiastic. He says the Spaniards arc starving, cannot hobl out long, and the war will end ia a few men Lhs. Two regiments of troops will be landed at Guantanamo bay, which will be heldas a base until Santiago falls. There has becu no signs of Spanish troops in the neighborhood of Camp McCalla for several clays. It is esti- mated that over 300 have been killed or wounded since the landing. Fifty- eight bodies were found yesterday. The Spaniards seem satisfie(l that they cannot dislodge the Americans, and have withdrawn. The upper bay is to be oeeupied. Lieut. I)elehanty cud au expedition is nightly "tt work. removing mines from the river connecting the upper and lower bays. Then the ships will take the town of t'aimanera, whose furls w0xe demolishcd by the Texas last Fri- day. A Cable Finally Cut. The auxiliary cru:ser St. Louis cut (be Kingston cable last nigitt within a mile of E1 Morro. Vesuvius Aga|n at Work. Last night the dymtmite cruiser Ve- suvius discharged three marc shells. A terriiproar followed the second ex- plosion, ait is (%ought a magazine bh:w up. A correspondent of the Associated Press has been afforded an opportunity of interviewin Gen. Calixto Garcia. who. with his staff, was brought to Ad- miral Sampson's flagship this morning o:l the gunboat Vixen. The white- hired gene,'al was lying in the cabin of Capt ('hadwiek, the eommander of the New York. He was seasick. Interview With Garcla. "I am greatly obliged for the efforts of the American people in securing the independence of Cuba. and I shall do all I can to defeat the Spaniards quick- ly," said Gen. Garcia. Speaking of the march from Banes. where he went to receive the munitions of the Florida expedition, hc said: "We had a hard. hard march over the rough roads. Engagements with the Spaniards? No. because there was no Spaniards. My 4,000 men are in good condition, exeeot for the slight fatigue of the long march. We found enough food. though the Spaniards are starv- ing. The patriot. are not suffering front the blockade. They can ahvays 'et food. It is the Spaniards wire pay tl,e price, l think the war will be over in a few months. You can beat the Spaniards easily, bnt it is very hard to drive them out." Timu Gen. Gareia asked Admiral Sampson, who sat beside him. what had happenel to the other Spanish ships, the Pelayo and the rest. and opened his eyes wide with a muttered exclamation of surprise when he heard that Admiral Camara was still at borne. At. Itolguin Gem Garcia said there are 10.(X0 Spanish troops, but he be- lieves the ;;,00.9 men hc left there will effectually prevent the enemy from reaching Santiago from the ltolguin side. Capt. Cadwick met Gen. Gareia in (;vn. Rabi's camp, eighteen miles west of El Morro. Rabi has about a thou- sand men. Gen. Gareia aml his staff were put ashore later in the day, after the pre- liminary details of co-operation be- tueen the Cuban and American troops had been fully discussed. Wild Rumor Froma Havana. XVASHIS,TON. June 20.--A story is in circulation here tonight of an attempted a,sassination of Capt.-Gnu. Blanco by Mariano Salvo, a young Cuban member of hc volunteer army, and of a condi- tion of affairs in Itavana bordering un revolution, as a consequence. DUDE REGIMENT8 BARRED, New York 1Viii Accept None of Them Under the Second Call. ALBANY, N. Y.. June 20.--The State military authorities, late this afternoon, announced that none of the organiza- tions of the old National Guard whieh did notgo out under the first call will be given an opportunity to volunteer nder the second call. This decision was to prevent the Seventh, Twenty- third and Seventydourth regimen(sand Tenth separate cpanies from form. ing a part of New York's quota un'de th TROOP8 AT SANTIk(3O. Al'tuy and Navy Scouts Look Into Plans Prepared by Admiral Sampan--Troops %Viii He Landed as Soon aS Posslble. PORT AN'rONIO Jamaiea, June 20.-- Adviees received here ]ate this afer- noon aunounce the arrival at Santiago of the first division of the American army of invasion under command of Maj.-Gen. Shafter, No attempt was made during the day, aceordin to report, to lamt tl, e Ameri- can troops. Gem Shafter ,:ty informa- tion is. soon after l t; arrival, had a e,m- ferenee with Admiral Samlsou. Ti,cy discussed at length the informatlon ob tained by Admiral Sampson's scouts as to the most available landing places in the vicinity of Santiago, and sent further scoutin par ties along the coast, hi today's parties were representatives of the army, assigned to the duty by Gcn. Shafter. They inspected the points considered by Admiral Sampson to bc most advantageous, and the com- manders of the army and navy speedily will decide where to land the troops. Tremendous enthusiasm was awaken- ed among the men with Admiral Samp- son's fleet by the arrival of the Ameri- can troops. They gave cheer after cheer, the report states, and their en- thusiasm met with au equally hearty response from the tr(x)p ships. Re- peated delays in the departure of the army from Tampa had made the men with the fleet impatient, and they awaited the coming of their allies with great eagerness. For more than ten days they had practically nothing to do. aside from preventing the escape of Admiral Cervera's fleet from the Imrbor. Officers and men. the fleet having done all the damage possible, preparatory to landing the troops, were anxious for more active warfare. From an early hour on Sunday morn- ing every vessel in Admiral Sampson's fleet was on the lookout flr the trans- ports. The admiral had been advised from Washington that the troop ships probably would join his fleet some time (luring the day, but no sign of the in- vading army had been secu when the sun went dowu. British Skip Captain Reports. It was known here early this morn- ing that the Amer:can army was near- ing Santiago, however, the news trac- ing beeu brought by Gapt List of the Ethehvood. which arrived from Phila- delphia at 7 o'clock. Capt. List re- ported that he bad passed two of the troop ships fifty miles north of ('ape Maysi ye:terday morning, lie could not distinguish the names of the vett- sels, but they were numbered  and I.% The troop ships, convoyed by a gun- boat aud converted yacht, were head. ing to the southeast. "The gunboat," said Capt. I,ist "at)ppcd me with a blank shol. and after learning my identity, demanded news. I gave her what information l had and asked where she was going She would not answer. The ships were very large ones, and it seemed to m( they were heading straight for Porte Rico. inasmuch as they were goiu south of Greater Inagua island. Bat they may have been taking that course merely to keep out of sight of land. If PR[1TY KEIIL[ OF FIIH. Commissions of Officers of Missourl Volunteer Regiments Said to be Held Up, BUT OE {FFICER OULY CgM21SSEDIED, n Exeitia Interview at the llmtGqae* ter of he Eifth Ml*onri at Uttnp Then((s, Dllr|l|g IVtttlh MJ- Ju||an Gave the Ot,ers Asemblod So:(re Utto pleasa t latormathu, S'r. Louis, June 20.--A special to the Post-DLp,tch trom Camp Thoznas, Chiekamauga park, says: The cat is out of the bag. Maj. Ju)ian has olticialiy stated at the rear- mental hcadquartcrsof the Fifth that hc is the on [y regularly appointed aud eomttfissioncd officer in the Missouri outfit., and tlmt the governor holds th official lives of all others iu the palmo! his hands. The Missouri people have bccn put on the anxious seat by the withho|d- ing of commissions, au,l strong intima- tious have been made that nothing will be doae until Gov. Stcphens is a- sured of the loyalty of the troops tohis administration. The announcement Sunday evening, whenJnliau, in thchcatof argument, showed the" administrtLion' hand, while anticipated, was not expected at this time. It has stirred np a tremendms roar, and brought Col. Moore to his fcc with the statement that he will stand by iris officers, regar41ess o Jefferson City. The storm burst from an apparently clear sky Snnday afleruoon, wheit Lieut.-Ctl. Morzan received notiflea- ties from Gen. Wade commandin the Third corp., that Maj. Aberuathy' resignation had been accepted on June 16. to date from June 5. Au inspection of J,tlian's commission showed that he had been mu.tered in by Lieut. Ilarde- man at St. Louis, June 3. Cot- Morgan hcid at that time there was no va- cancy, and titat his assignment to duty was irregular and further that he wouhi have to be mustered again. Julian was 'called to headquarter and the situation explained. Jle hehi "a different view on the matter, and au argument which attained some het fol/owed. The major asserted that uuder the )aw he was the only man in can] l) en- titled to the position he holds, as no others held commissions iu the volun- Leer scr vice. Col. Moore, whose duties as brigade- commander had kept his hands lrom the Julian affair, was sittmg near. "l)o you m2;tn to s'ty that am not an officcr in this regiment?" hc is reported to have askcd. Julian began to quote the statute in answer, when hc was interrupted by an indignant outburst from the colonel, who declared that he was mustered into the United tates army assam- mander of the regiment, aud if Gay. Stephens wanted to know what ie would do I,e eouhl send otlter men down the latter supposition is the correct, (bern to take the places of the present one. theu the troops arc off Santiago'officers. this morning." i The enemy has been working for two weeks to concentrate a strong force in the vicinity, and Spanish troops hae been snmmoned from various parts of eastern CubL Gen. Linares must met Gen. Shafter's army with a smaller force than he had anticipated, owing to the necessity of leaving several thousand troops to guard Guantanau,o. Now that the marines at Camp MeCa;la have become firmly entrenched there, the Spaniards must divide their forees to defend both cities. Our forces thus are about to reap auother decided advant- age through the successful landing of marines on the eastern shore of Guan- tauamo bay. Blocs Hnrry On tO Havana, Upon the ability of the troops to staud the climatic conditions at this season of the year in Cuba will depend, in a, great measure the time to be selected for te advance upon llavana. If tim regulars are able to keep in as good health as have the marines at Camp McCalla. you may expect to hear of speedy develop- ments in the situation. The men under Gen. Shafter, despite their experience of thirteen days in close quarters aboard the transports, are in good health. They are earcr to get at the Sl)aniards. and stirring scenes are certain to nmrk tteir land- ing. Tie transports and the convoyiu warhips, according to this report, were last seen at 8 o'clock Suuday morning, They wera then going along the Cnban coast, fifty miles north of C;tl,e .,la, ., and something more than 2ql) mles frmu Santiago. At their rate  peed .. .  , y. .:. ,,y ,: would bedim at t;uantananto abott5 o'eh)ck ybrday morning, and at a,- tinge five houc. later. The report o their arr|val received at Port Antoaio is, therefore, considered both here au4 in Washing(an t<, be true. First Muster of Negroes. MOBII,E. ALA.. Juue 0.---The first muter of eolored volunteers in the United States took plaee hre today. when the four eompan,es of the Ala- bama battalion of colored troops were taken into the service. *" AUNON'S DAILY TALK. it Ia in the Line of BoaSt of Spain's Faper Navy. MADRID. ,Tune 20.--in all interview a Cartagena Capt. Aunon, minister o( marines, stated that the third squadrou, lhe base of which is the Lepanto. the Princess de Asturias and the Cardinal Cisneros, will be ready to start iu & month's time. , He said that Admiral Camara's squadron consisted of four- een ships, inclqding toruedo boat de. and tra]as-Atlan$ics, with a for landing. ||e spoke iU terms of the figh ring uali. Julian is said to have replied that tile governor said he had that power, thereby openly declaring that such a move had been under eonsideratiou. THE ASTOR LIGHT BATTERY. Arrival of the Organization nt San Fra lso--llave Gone Inlo Camp at Ihe l'rcsidlo, i S. l,'nAcmco. June 20.--The Astor light battery, nnmbering 101 meth |n- chtding three oiflc,rs, arrived in this oily. The men composing the 1tottery arc by far the most handsome-appear- log soldiers that have arrived iu thi city. They are thoroughly equipped. their outfit bein, the regtflatloa Umted States light artillery equip  merit. They t.arry with them six llotchkisa rapid-fire cannon, throw- ..in5 12-pound shells. The battery ar- rived on this side of tbe bay early it the morninz, and the ladles o the Red Cross served breakfast to the men, beside adorniug them with California flowers. The streets were crowded with people, and the soldiers were given a great reception, The battery marched to the Presidio. and wit( make that place thelr home until they arc ordered elsewhere. Shortly after the Astor battery passed through the city on thcivay to the Presidio. 151 lncn fromthc Fifty- first Iowa regiment had also arrived,, took up their march to Camp Merritk The lowans are not equipped in any lr- titular, but are a hardy looking set of men. The Red ('ross society enter- tained them at the ferry depot, and they were heartily cheered by the crowds on the streets, NEW NICARAGUA CANAL BILL. it Is Ot Different Linen from the Otherlb nnd Will be Iteported by the Senate Committee. y t AllINGTON, June 20.The senate (mmmittee on the Nicaragua canal agreed to report a bill providing for the construction of the Nicaraguan cauai, but on lines very dlfferent from those of bills previously report- . ed. The bill practically provide for the eonstrueiou of the canal by the United States. The Maritime Canal Co. is to be eontlnued in exist- ence, but all the stock is to bc held by the governments of the United tate, Nicaragua and Costa Riea. The bi| provides for the payment of ,k000,:g to the p,nt stockholders for the work already performed. The Collins Mrd----r Ca at Topeka, ]Ka. TOPEK&, Kas. J une 20.-- The ] inary hearin ol John H, Collins, is charged with the murder Of father. J. S. Collins. was in the nrth court room h ou b0g0r Jtmti