THE SAVANNAH PRESS
FOR THE OREGON.
Admiral Wants the Big
His Fleet Must be Strength
ened Just Now.
Political Reasons Compel This
Foreign Powers Must be
Filipinos Slip in Behind the
Washington, Feb. 24.—The following
dispatch was received at the navy de
■ Manila. Feb. 24.—For political rea
sons the Oregon should be sent here at
“The Yorktown has arrived.
"The Charleston and Petrel are cruis
ing around the Philippines islands.
"Affairs are more quiet. Dewey.”
, The Cablegram from Admiral Dewey
asking for the Oregon was received
with surprise by officials here.
No one knew, or would acknowledge
that he knew, of political reasons Mjhich
the admiral says demand the immediate
presence of the peerless battleship.
The cablegram was taken to the cabi
net board and fully discussed there.
The admiral, it is said, possibly feels
that the moral effect of the presence of
the big ship upon the insurgents will
But there is an Underlying doubt
whether or not the admiral may not be
keenly sighting a gathering cloud in the
east and is looking to the prevention of
any possi' lc intervention o r interfer
ence by European powers in the strug
gle now in progress in the neigborhood
It is believed that in the big fires
much property of foreign residents and
business concerns were destroyed.
That these fires were caused by the
insurgents cannot be denied, and it may
be that some of the foreign naval com
manders in the east are disposed to
seize upon the pretext that their in
* terests demand protection, which we
cannot afford, to make a landing or do
something obnoxious to the United
States and likely to encourage the in
Manila, Feb. 24, 10.30 a. m.—Owing
to the wholesale arrests of all sus
pected Filipinos yesterday and the
clearance of th«> streets at 7 o’clock
last night the threatened renewal of
the scenes of the previous night did not
With the exception of a few shots
fired in the neighborhood of the peni
tentiary the city was as quiet as pos
Outside of Manila the rebels are very
Near Caloocan the brigade com
manded by General Harrison Otis had
several lively skirmishes with the
rebels, but at daylight the enemy was
driven back with a severe loss.
The feeling in the city is much im
proved today and business generally
has been resumed.
Excellent order is maintained by Gen
eral Hughes police force.
The following officers have been ap
pointed to conduct the civil affairs of
Major Theodore Stomberg, treasurer;
Captain J. T. Evans, collector of cus
toms; Ensign L. H. Everhardt, port
Captain; E. C. Hatch of the Eighteenth
infantry, collector of revenue.
Manila, Feb. 24, 4.40 p. m.—- The ene
my’s sharpshooters have been particu
larly active about Caloocan all day.
Special attention was paid to their
gun battery near the railroad and an
improvement of the rebel marksman
ship was very noticeable.
The rebels fired volleys at the bat
tery, their bullets frequently skimming
the tops of the sand bags.
A lieutenant of the Twentieth Kan
sas volunteers and three other men
were slightly wounded.
A man was killed in the trenches to
The rebel battery has not been used
since a shell from the Unfted States
monitor Monadnock exploded over it
The enemy's fire was so hot during
the night in the vicinity of the Hig
gins house that the headquarters were
removed to the church, 400 yards inside
A few small fires have destroyed na
tive shacks in various parts of the city. .
The Twentieth infantry is being dis-
• embarked from the transport Scandia. 1
The regiment will be encamped on
the water front at the former quarters
of the Tennessee volunteers tempo
Washington, Feb. 24.—General Otis
today cabled as follows:
‘‘Manila, Feb. 24.—The Scandia ar
rived last night.
“On the nights of Feb. 21 and 22 and
yesterday morning the insurgent
troops gained access to the outskirts
of the city behind our lines.
“Many are in hiding and about 1,000
“They were completely routed yes
terday with a loss of killed and
wounded of about 500 and 200 prisoners.
“Our loss was very slight.
“The city is quiet, confidence is re
stored, and business is progressing.
IKON COMPANY SUSPENDS.
FAILlfttE OF A GEORGIA ENTER-
Unfortunate Collapse of a Big Concern
In North Georgia.
Rome, Feb. 24.—The Rome Iron com
pany has suspended on account of
The company has property in Rome,
a large furnace, and land in Alabama
The principal cause of the suspcu-ijn
is the failure of the Rome Iron com
pany to pay Interest on its bonds.
The holders of the bonds and trustees
have called a meeting for March 1.
They hope to make satisfactory ar
rangements and place the company
back where it has always been.
The liabilities, including bonds, ag
gregate $150,000 and the assets probably
The laborers have filed liens upon
raw iron and other material for wages
DEPUTIES TRY TO INDUCE ARMY TO
MARCH ON PALACE.
Senate May Sit a. a High Court to Try
Paris, Feb. 24.—Deputies Deroulede,
Marcel, Herbert, and Millevoye, who
were arrested last night, were confront
ed at 2 o’clock this morning with Gen
eral Roget, W'ho declared that De
roulede tried to induce him and his
troops to march on the Elysee palace.
The friends of Deroulede fear that he
will be tried before the senate sitting as
a high court. |
In all the police made about 400 ar
SHIP GIVEN UP AS LOST HAS BEEN
She Arrives Safe in Port Today With
All on Board Well.
Ponta del Gada, Feb. 24.—The Ham
burg-American liner Bulgaria, which
sailed from New York Jan. 28 for Ham
burg, which the British tank steamer
Weehawken reported in distress 800
miles from Azores islands, entered this
Ai on board the Bulgaria are in good
The Weehawken arrived here Feb. 12
with 25 passengers which she had
taken off the Bulgaria.
The Bulgaria was pronounced to be
in a sinking condition then.
GOMEZ IS COMING.
ARRIVAL OF THE CUBAN CHIEF IN
Rockets Are Burning and a Big Time Is
Havana, Feb. 24.—General Gomez is
expected to arrive this afternoon.
Triumphal arches have been erected
in different quarters bearing patriotic
inscriptions, rockets are popping in the
air, bands are playing, and General
Ludlow, governor of Havana, has given '
permission to the Cubans to bring 500
of their troops in the city with General .
CHESTER GETTING READY. '
THE TRANSPORT WILL PROBABLY
GET AWAY SUNDAY.
Will Take Eighth Illinois Regiment to ,
Newport News From Cuba.
Colonel Bellinger, depot quartermas- ~
ter, expects to be able to get the trans
port Chester away by Sunday. The <
vessel will take a large number of mules
to Cuba. The animals are expected ;
daily by Colonel Bellinger. The Ches- <
ter will take the Eighth Illinois regi- <
ment from Havana to Newport News. <
The vessel will then resail for Cuba ;
and take aboard the Third regiment of j
volunteer infantry, which will be <
brought to Savannah. This regiment, .
which is best known as Ray’s immunes, t
will be mustered out in Savannah.
NEW ASSISTANT CLERK.
Assistant Clerk O’Brien to Leave the
City’s Employ Next Week.
Mr. John P. OBrien, assistant clerk
of the market, has been notified by
i Mayor Myers that his services will not >.
!be required by the city after March 1.
He will be succeeded by Inspector of <
Meats Weil, who is now employed in
the office of Dr. LeHardy. The posi- ■
tion of inspector of meats is to be i
abolished and the assistant clerk of the ' (
market will have to perform the duties (
of that office. Assistant Clerk O’Brien
has been in the market during the past •
two years serving with Clerk L. P. Mas- i
iters. _ ......—~ i*
SAVANNAH, GA.. FBI DAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 24, 1899.
Republican Rasps McKin
ley on the Raw. !
Is a Hypocrite and Misstater (
A Sensational Speech in the ‘
Says President Stifled Ba- I
“Civilizing With Caunon and
Washington, Feb. 24.—1 n the house i
.’.if. Johnson of Indiana, who made a
vigorous opposition to the army reor
ganization bill some time ago, secured ‘
40 minutes, in which he delivered a
most remarkable and sensational I
speech, arraigning the administration
in bitter terms for its alleged impe- ,
rlalistlc program. j
He referred in the opening’ to the re
cent banquet at Boston, attended by
the president and cabinet.
He paid his respects to Secretary Al- ,
ger, who, he said, had been detained in 1
the cabinet despite his incompetency on 1
account of his contributions to the ,
campaign fund of 1890. (
Secretary Long, Mr. Johnson said, i
had the audacity to repeat the baseless
charge that those who were opposed to '
the ratification of the treaty were re- ;
sponsible for the bloodshed in the Phil- ,
As Mr. Johnson proceeded his re
markable utterances fairly amazed the
"Christianizing with the sword and «
civilizing with cannon,” he declared, ’
“was the administration’s policy." (
The president’s speech, Mr. Johnson
declared, was the most disingenuous
that ever fell from the lips of a chief
Apart from its platitudes and profes
sions of virtue It was, he said, “a care
fully devised and studious misstate- 1
ment of facts."
Mr. Johnson likened the president to
If the president really felt that con- (
gress should determine upon the future j
of the Philippines he asked why the ;
president did not call congress in extra ’
session and then keep his hands off.
He charged 'that the president co- 5
erced the senate into ratifying the t
treaty ; that he would not permit a vote 1
on the Bacon resolution and only al- ,
lowed the McEnery resolution, which j
meant nothing, to pass in order to lull 1
the opposition of the country to sleep J
while he went ahead waging a relent- '
less war against a helpless people
struggling for liberty.
The true cause of the president’s <:
change of attitude toward the Philip- '
pines, Mr. Johnson declared, was to be (
found in the demands of selfish capital- 8
They were the gentlemen, he said, 1
who had furnished the money for his j
nomination and election and he had no j r
doubt they had already pledged him a t
renomination and reelection.
EVANS READY FOR ANOTHER. v
Has Been in Two Wars and, God Will- 1
ing, is Ready for a Third. ‘‘
Cincinnati. Feb. 23.—Captain Robley r
D. Evans was the guest of Cincinnati o
today. He appeared at noon at the I a
chamber of commerce, which was filled '
from floor to gallery. Captain Evans ,
had an enthusiastic welcome. In a
speech he said:
“I fought as best I could in our late .
difficulty because our great command
er, that clearheaded commander, Will
iam McKinley, told us that a state of '
war existed and we knew that he ex
pected us to be victorious. What we 11
knew away down in our hearts was
that we were fighting to avenge the y
266 brave comrades who died in Ha- a
vana harbor. It was the blowing up
of the Maine that started the buzz saw;
those who got in the way of it got hurt.
.Much has been said of the men who ’’
commanded the ships, but let me add a
word of praise to the men behind the
guns. Our men stood ready to flash
out their lives with their guns, and the
only reason they diu not do it was be- .
cause of the enemies' bad aim. I thank '
you for this reception, which I feel is
not for me, but for the service i repre
sent. I have been in two wars and, if
God is willing, I am ready for the
Captain Evans spoke tonight at the ’
dinner of the Republican league.
FUTURE ARE OFF. tl
New York, Feb. 24.—Futures opened
steady at a decline. Following are the u
quotations: February 6.16, March and a
April 6.19, May 6.20, June 6.19, July 6.20, t!
August 6.22, October, and ®,
November 6.11, December 6.13, January ; J
CHICKAMAUGA MONUMENTS. ~
Chattanooga. Feb. 24.—1 t is definitely e
decided that Kentucky monuments at
Chickamauga will be dedicated on May
Illinois and Georgia expect to hav?
dedicatory exercises ui stuue week.
FUNERAL ON SUNDAY.
CAPT YIN H. M. BRANCH TO REST IN
Died Lest Night Shortly After an Attack
Th funeral of Captain Hamilton M.
Brar. h will occur Sunday afternoon
from his residence on York street east.
The interment will Ke at Bonaventure
cemetery and the burial will be at
tend d by the Savannah Cadets and
the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, to both
of which commands Captain Branch
belonged during his life, and by the
Ca tain Branch died last night short
ly alter midnight after an illness last
ing but a few hours. He was attacked
on the streets with something like a
stroke of apoplexy about 11 o’clock.
He was sent home in the police ambu
lance and after lingering a few hours
expired. Dr. E. R. Rollins and Dr.
T. J. Charlton attended the stricken
man. but they could do nothing for
Captain Branch was very well known
in Savannah, where he had lived for
many years. He will he missed by
many friends. He was of a most cheer
ful disposition and had a pleasant and
cheering nod and word for every one.
He was 56 years of age and was the
picture of health. His death has caused
as much surprise as grief.
At the breaking out of the civil war
Captain Branch l<?ft Savannah with the
Oglethorpe Light Infantry as a private.
He and his two brothers were in the
same company at the battle of Ma
nassas. After being away from home
and in the army some time Captain
Branch returned to Savannah. The
Savannah Cadets had but recently been
organized. They were anxious to go
to the front and Captain Branch was
requested to lead them. He did this,
going away as captain Os the company.
His conduct in battle was superb. He
was ns brave and fearless as any of the
young officers w'ho wore the gray.
After the war he returned to Savan
nah and engaged in the stevedoring
business. Later and for several years
he was connected with the Central
railway and Ocean Steamship com
pany. The flags on the tugs and many
of the other vessels in port are at half
mast in his memory today.
The deceased leaves a wife and one
daughter and son. uts daughter is Mrs.'
James L. Sexton of Charlotte, N. C., i
and Ills son, Mr. Hamilton M. Branch, I
Jr. His son-in-law, Mr. R. S. Gibbs, ■
lives in Waterbury, Conn. He has,
wired that he will be in Savannah to
attend the funeral.
Captain Branch was especially devot
ed to the cause of the Confederacy. He
and his mother, who passed away about
three years ago, were among the hard
est workers In Savannah in the name
of the lost cause.
THEY WANT WAR,
Wh .ATLANTA BOYB ARE ANXIOUS
TO GO ro MANILA.
Fifteen of Them Have Enllited and Are
on the Way to the Philippines,
Fifteen young Atlantians will go to
the Philippines to take part in the sup
pression of Aguinaldo and his insur
gent band. Eight of tne young men are
to leave the city this afternoon and the
others will go tomorrow. They will
proceed to the Presidio in California,
where they will be encamped with the
Sixth artillery before sailing for Ma
The young men belong to some of the
best families in the city and all of them
have a number of friends who will be
interested in learning of their plans.
All of the arrangements have been
Conducted with the utmost secrecy and
the announcement will occasion great
The idea of going to the Philippines
originated with Mr. Max Thebaut, who
was formerly a member of the Atlanta
artillery. When the war was declared
with Spain he entered tne navy as a
seaman and was assigned to duty on
the Vesuvius. His knowledge of teleg
raphy and the code of signals in use by
the government caused him to be pro
moted to the position of chief quarter
master and to be placed in charge of
the signal corps on the Vesuvius. Al
though the promotion was a desirable
one Mr. Thebaut was not well pleased
with it, as it prevented him from tiring
any guns. His iuea ,n joining the navy
had been to get a chance to do some
of the shooting and ne was very much
disappointed that the opportunity did
not come to him. After the cessation
of hostilities he secured his discharge
and returned to Atlanta.
Recently Mr. Thebaut read in The
Journal that a number of men had been
recruited at Chattanooga to go to the
Philippines, and the idea occurred to
him that the same thing might be done
in Atlanta. He communicated with
Major Allen the adjutant general of the
department, and Major Allen secured
authority from Washington to enlist 15
There was no difficulty in finding the 1
young men who were willing to join the ’
army with the prospect of a voyage to
the Philippines before them. In a short ,
time the names of 40 applicants were .
secured; and it said a whole regiment ‘
might just as easily have been recruit
ed. Yesterday afternoon a large party '
□f the young men went out to Fort Me- .
Pherson to take the necessary pnysica! ’
examination. Surgeon Watkins exam
ined them and a large number were re- '
jected, as they did not come up to the 5
Those who were selected to leave this
afternoon were Messrs. H. A. Allen,
Dick Allen. Chauncey Foote, W. Max 1
Thebaut, J. C. Thebaut, and O. Hol
lingsworth. The party will consist of
two others whose names could not be
secured this morning, as the examina
tion had not been concluded.
Under the terms of the enlistment the
young Atlantians will not do any duty
until they reach the Philippines. They ;
will be encamped at San Francisco with ,
the Sixth artillery, but will not be as- ,
signed to any regiment until they ar- ;
rive at their journey s enu. Ai are en
thusiastic at the prospect of seeing ser- I
ce on the other side of the Pacific and
will go determined to do their snare'
in any conflicts in which they may be i
Indianapolis, Feb. 24.—An egg fam
ine is on in this city.
The retail price today is 60c. and i
wholesalers are holding at 55c. J:
MAY PASS NOW
Senators Still Fighting It
House Amendments Unpop
ular in Senate.
There is to be No Increase in
Native Soldiers Are Not Pop
Hull Bill May be Compromised
Washington, Feb. 24.—1 tis reported
that there has been a hitch in the
progress of the army reorganization
bill owing to the refusal of the Demo
crats to accept that provision of the
compromise bill which carries with it
an increase of the staff provided for in
the Hull bill.
While the foregoing view was ex
pressed at the war department at the
capltol the senators generally accepted
the compromise as a foregone conclu- i
sion and the understanding is that it
was along the lines indicated last
So far there has been an expression
of opinion that such a bill will be ac
cepted, but even this will not go ,
through without debate.
Some of the senators hesitate to give !
! up the provision for the enlistment of
I native troops on the islands, while oth
ers indicate a determined hostility to
this provision if it should not be i
COLONEL HAINES IN THE CITY
COMMANDED BRIGADE IN PORTO
I« Now En Route South Whft'i He Hu
Inspection* to Make.
fYrlonel Peter C. Hnine engin
eenng corps of the U. S. jSived in
the city this morning. He is a guest of i
the De Soto. Colonel Haines was in 1
Savannah just before the sitting of the !
Carter courtmartial, having inspected
the work in the river. He is enroute
to Tampa at this time. During the war
with Spain Colonel Haines was ad
vanced to the rank of a brigadier gen
eral and served with General Miles in
Porto Rico. Since the war he has again
taken up his work in the engineering
department. He made a casual inspec
tion of some of the river work this
morning, but states that his visit here
is not an official one.
DIED ON A TRAIN.
E. T. COLE OF BOSTON EXPIRED
He Wa. En Route to Florida via the
Mr. E. T. Cole of Boston, Mass., died 1
last night shortly before midnight on
train No. 23 of the Plant system. His
death occurred just out of Savannah
and the remains were brought to this
city and turned over to an undertaker.
Mr. Cole was an invalid and stal led to
Florida with his wife and daughter to
see if the change would not prove bene
ficial. He was not feeling more unwell
than usual when he retired last night,
but after being in his berth a short
time he began to complain and shortly
expired. Mrs. Cole and her daughter
left with the remains at noon today,
going directly back to Boston.
BE READY MARCH 8.
ARMY HOSPITAL TO BE READY F,OR
Inquiries From Cuba a. to How Near
Completed Buildings Are.
The army hospital will be open for
the reception of patients March 8. This
is the date settled upon this morning ■
by Major Appel, who will have it in
charge. The force pump which was
lost on the road for so long has been
found and will soon be in place. Major
Appel received a cablegram yesterday
from the medical officers in Cuba ask
ing if the hospital was ready for use.
There are plenty of sick men in Cuba
who will be brought to the hospital as .
soon as it is ready for occupancy.
FIRE THIS MORNING.
BLAZE IN THE CUPOLA OF JOHN ■
Was Extinguished by the Department
With But Little Damage.
The sounding of an alarm from box
5, at Bay and East Broad streets, called
out the northern section of the fire de
partment ait 8.50 o’clock this morning.
The firemen made a splendid run. The
bla-ze was located in the cupola on John
Rourke’s foundry on Bay street. The
fire was extinguished 'before it had
gained any headway. The damage does
not amount to much and is covered by
insurance. It is supposed that the •
fire originated from flying sparks.
Maximum, 3.00 p. m 54
Minimum, 7.30 a, m 36 j
GAVEL FOR THE MAYOR.
MADE FROM PART OF A SPANISH
Lieutenant H. C. White Sends it to Mr.
Myers as a Gilt.
Mayor Berman Myers received this
morning throug.. Aiderman John
Schwarz a handsome gavel to be used
during the deliberations of the city
council. The gift coinefe from Lieuten
ant W. C. White of the United States
steamship Glacier on which Lieuten-,
ant White is stationed. In his letter to
Major Schwarz the lieutenant asks that
the gavel be presented to the mayor.
It was made from a log from the Span
ish blockhouse at Guantanamo bay,
Cuba, where the first fight took place
between the forces of thp United States
and Spain during the recent war. It
was here that the United States ma
rines so distinguished themselves and
reflected such credit on the personnel,
discipline, and bravery of the naval
“As a souvenir of the battle of ‘Ma
rine Hill,’ "Lieutenant White says, “I
have no doubt it will be appreciated by
Mayor Myers appreciates the gift
very highly indeed. He has written to
Lieutenant White thanking him for the
gavel. In his letter of thanks Mayor
“The gavel is especially appreciated
by me as a constant reminder of the
bravery of our naval forces at Guanta
; nanio bay and all other places where
I they were brought face to face with
i their foes. The heroism displayed at
| Marine Hili' and in every conflict of
' the war was in keeping with the mag
i nificent record our navy had made for
itself in previous struggles. As a souve-
Inir of a battle in which such magnifi
|cent qualities of endurance and patri
lotic devotion to the flag were splayed
is is more than a welcome gift and sur
■ The mayor will use the historic gavel
in presiding over the meetings of coun
i cil. It is of mahogany and is hand
MICHIGAN HAS ‘GONE.
SAILED AWAY HEAVILY LOADED
The Trunxpnrt Will Return to Savannah
With Maine Artillery.
; Colonel J. B. Bellinger, the depot
I quartermaster, is certainly a busy man.
| Colonel Bellinger has his hands full in
keeping up with the transports and the
! movement of governrhent live stock.
The transport Michigan sailed this
j afternoon for Havana via Key West.
lAt the latter place some 500 hospital
I beds Will be taken aboard and carried
to Havana. The vessel was heavily
i loaded. Several pack trains and a
I large quantity of supplies were on the
I transport. Besides this a large number
of were taken to Havana to
jbe replaced in their respective comi
j mands. The Michigan will return to
i Savannah with the Maine battery of ar
! tillery, which is to be mustered out of
YACHT CLUB ELECTION.
OFFICERS ARE TO BE CHOSEN NEXT
Commodore W. W. Starr 1* Booked for
The annual election of officers of the
Savannah Yacht club will be held on
Wednesday of next week, which is
March 1. The event this year promises
to be a very tranquil and quiet one. It
) is not thought there will be any oppo
sition to the gentlemen now holding of
' lice in the club. Commodore W. W.
Starr is booked for reeleotion. The
| club's affairs have prospered greatly
' under the auspices of Commodore
! Starr. The membership during the
year now closing has been increased by
about 75 members.
WANT THEIR SALARIES.
FORMER HEADS OF CITY DEPART
MENTS WISH THEIR PAY.
Messrs. McDermott. Williuk. and Hun
ley Apply to Council.
At the meeting of council Wednesday
night communications were received
from Messrs. Frank McDermott, Michael
Hanley, and Harry Willink stating that
they had been elected for two years re
spectively chief of the police depart
ment, chief of the fire department, and
superintendent of public works for the
city of Savannah. The letters were all
of the same nature and stated that the
writers wished to put the city on notice
that they were ready to perform the
duties of their offices.
TWO WEEKS TO LIVE.
JOHN CHARLON IS DANGEROUSLY
NEAR THE GALLOWS.
The Slayer of Harry McLeod Soon to
Pay the Penalty.
John Charion, the murderer of Harry
McLeod, the food inspector, has but
two weeks more to live. He will be ex
ecuted in Chatham county jail on the
morning of March 10, which is just two
weeks off. Charion is making active
preparations for death. Hp is a great
■ Bible student and is often closeted with
'his spiritual adviser, Rev. I3lack. who
administered to the spiritual wants of
—r. E. H. Hinton, traffic manager of
the Central raiway who has been re
cently indisposed, is at nis desk again.
Mr. J. W. Johnston of Teeple & Co.
is very ili at tyis home in this city. He
has been threatened with pneumonia,
brought on by the extremely cold
Colonel W. S. Edgerly, inspector
general in the Unted States army, ar
rived in the city this morning from
Augusta and is stopping at the De Soto.
He will remain here a day or so.
j The body of Mrs. .uena Olmstead was
shipped this morning to Anniston, Ala.,
jfor burial. The lady died last night at
the residence of her mother, Mrs. M.
jHetterich, on Broughton street.