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SCRANTON, PA., SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 14, 1901,
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Secretary bono Receives Two Re
ports from the Gourt
IN THEIR OPINIONS
Admirals Benhnm and Rtimsey Con
cur in Condemning1 Schley on
Eleven Points, While Admiral
Dewey Submits a Minority Heport
in Which Schley Is Sustained.
The Majority Report Contends
That Schley's Conduct of the Cam
paign Was Characterized by Vac
cilation, Dllatoriness and Lack of
Enterprise Admiral Dewey, on
the Contrary, Says That the Pas
sage to Santiago Was Made With
as Much Dispatch as Possible.
By Exclusive Ire from The Assocla :cd P'cm.
Washington, nee. 13. The most pro
lotiRtit, in toifst. hiK unit iiiiportaut naval
tribunal over held in this rountry fame
to a close today, having In open and
secret session lasted three months
short of out; week, when Secretary
Long was handed the Undines of the
court of Imiuiry. which Inquired Into
Ihe conduct of 1 5 far Admiral Schley
(luring the Santiago campaign. For
seven weeks the court heard testimony
and for fully a month It deliberated
upon that mass of evidence, linally
leaching the conclusions today. The
result was a complete, surprise, and It
is probably that no prophecy has ap
proached the truth. Instead of one re
port there are two. Hath are signed by
Cioorge Dewey, president, and Samuel
C. Lemly, advocate general. This is a
form said to be recognized In all courts
ol" inquiry, the signatures of the other
members ma being necessary. Hut It is
explained "flWrtTAilinltiil 'Dewey signed
the (second repoYt. a minority report, to
express his qualification of dissent from
the views expressed by the court, com
prising beside himself, Admirals Ren
1mm and Knmsny In the first report.
It is said at the navy department
that there will be no further proceed
ings in this celebrated case on the de
partment's initiative. Secretary Long
and Judge Advocate I.emiy positively
decline to discuss the findings in any
phase. The secretary received the re
ports at .1 o'clock tills evening, and he
has not yet acted upon them. It Is
probable that he will simply append his
signature, with the word "approved,"
to the whole record. The court itself
recommends no further proceedings,
owing to the lapse of time. A repre
sentative of the Associated Press con
veyed the first Information of the lliui
Ings of the court to Admiral Schley.
Ho was seated in the public reception
room of a hotel, chatting with friends
and several newspaper men, and
evinced no signs of nervousness over
"When the conclusions of Admiral
Dewey were read to him, Admiral
Schley showed his pleasure, and it was
evident from his manner that he re
garded the statement from Admiral
Dewey as a vindication of his cause.
He declined to make any statement
concerning the court's findings and, ex
cusing himself from the little company
which had gathered about him, went
to his apartments, where Mrs. Schley
had been anxiously awaiting to hear
the court's decision. Later the otllclal
copy was brought to thu hotel by a
messenger from the navy department.
The reports are us follows:
Tho Court's Finding.
"Washington, Dee, IX Court of in
quiry. .McLean building, 1517 II street,
N. AW, Washington.
Tho court having by tho authority
of the navy department, occupied
rooms Nos. 7 and 10 McLean building,
No, 1517 H street, .V. , Washington,
D. (', .while deliberating upon Its pro
ceedings, and tho members thereof
having ussemblud dally since Monday,
Nov. 11, with tho exception of Sundays
and holidays, and having concluded the
Investigation, reports its proceedings
and tho testimony taken, with a full
and detailed statement of all the per
tinent fads which It deems to bo es
tablished, together with its opinion
and recommendation in the premises.
Facts Tlie flying squadron, eonlst
Ing of tho Brooklyn, Massachusetts,
Texas and Scorpion, under tho'fo'm
mand of Commodore Schley,, U. iB. N.,
sailed from Key West about S x. in.
of May 11), 189S, with order's fiW'tho
navy department and from tho com
mander in chief of tho North Atlantic)
station, to proceed with dispatch (ut
most) off Clonfuegos to capturo tho
enemy off that port, If possible, or to
blockade him, and to maintain the
blockade as close as possible. Tho Hy
ing squadron arrived ofe I'lenfuegos on
tlio morning of May I'L', and established
a blockade. During tho day thu ships
lay off tho port at various distances,
In no particular order. At night they
formed in column of vessels, headed off
shore and moved nt only suflleient
speed for keeping positions. Thu small
vessels performed picket duty In shore
of the largo ships.
Did Not Proceed with Despatch,
Commodoro Schley did not proceed
with utmost dispatch off cienfucgos
and blockade that port ns close as pos
sible. At 10 o'clock a. in., May 22, the
Dupont arrived at Clonfuegos with a
dispatch from the commander In chief,
duted Key AVest, May 20, 1SU8, which
informed Commodoro Schley of the
probability of tho Spanish squadron
bnlng In Santiago de Cuba and ordered
him to hold Cienfucgos until tho re
ceipt of more positive Information,
At 1,30 p. in., May 22, the Iowa ar
rived at Clenluegos, and at 7 n. in. of
the same date the Scorpion left Cleli
fuegoH for Santiago. At S.lfl a. m., May
2:1, Commodore Schley received by the
dispatch vessel Hawk the following dis
patch and memorandums from the
coniinaiider-in-cliler: Dispatch No. S,
dated Key West, May 21, lS'JS, whlrh
stated that tho Spanish squadron was
probably at Santiago and ordered Com
modoro Schley, If lie was satlslled that
fhe Spanish squadron was not at Cien
fucgos, to "proceed with all dispatch,
but cautiously, to Santiago de Cuba,
and If the enemy Is there blockade him
In that port." A memorandum, dated
off Havana. May 21, 1S9S. which directed
Commodore Schley to mask his move
ments In leaving Cienftiegos. A mem
orandum which stated that a good
landing place had been found, by Com
mander McCalla, 13 miles west of
Savanllla Point: thu the Cubans hud
perfect knowledge of what was going
on within Clonfuegos: that the Cuban
forces In tho San Juan mountains con
trolled the railway between Clenfuegoa
and Trinidad: and that there were fair
roads from the landing place to Cien
ftiegos. At S.U0 a. m.. May 23, the Cas
tillo and tho collier Merriiiine arrived
at Cienfuegos. At noon on the same
day the Hrltlsli steamer Adula was
permitted to go Into Cienfucgos. At 7
a. m May 24, the Marblehead, Vixen
and Kagle arrived at Cienfuegos. About
10 a. in. the Marblehead and Kagle pro
ceeded to the landing place 13 ',4 miles
west of Savanllla Point, communicated
with the Insurgents, landed stores for
them, learned that the Spanish squad
ron was not in the harbor of Cienfuc
gos, re-joined the squadron at 3.30 p. m.
and reported to Commodore Schley the
Information obtained. After the receipt
of this Information, Commodore Schley
wrote ii dispatch to the commander-in-chief,
in which he slatc(: "I shall move
eastward tomorrow. Iso wrote n
dispatch to the com fait of tho
naval base at Key VI st, in which lie
stated: "As It is not found practicable
to coal tin; Texas from the collier here,
where there Is so much swell, I shall
proceed tomorrow off Santiago de
Culm, lining embarrassed, however, by
the Texas' short coal supply and her
inability to coal In the open sea. I
shall not be ab'e to remain off that
port on account of general short coal
supply of squadron, so will proceed to
the vicinity of Nicholas Mole, where
tlio water is smooth, and 1 can coal
Texas and other ships with what may
remain In collier."
No Work in Progress.
No work was. nppnrenly, in progress
on the fortifications of cienfuegos
wlillo Commander Schley was off that
port. No elforts were made by Com
modore Schiey to comiminlcalo with
the Insurgents to discover whether the
Spanish squadron was in the harbor of
Cienfucgos, prior to tho morning of
Signal lights were displayed on shore
at night, May 22 and May 23, but Com
modore Schley had no Information
which enabled him to Interpret them.
Hefore sailing from Cienfucgos, Com
modore Schley received reliable infor
mation that ships could be coaled In
tho vicinity of Cape Cruz and In Gon
The Hying squadron, with the excep
tion of the Castlno, sailed from Clon
fuegos about S p. in. of May 21, the
heavy ships in column of vessels, the
light ships on the right Hank and tho
collier Meriiinac on the left Hank. At
10.1(1 a. in. of May 20th the light vessels
were shifted to the port beam and the
collier to the starboard beam, liel'ore
midnight of May 21, owing to heavy
rolling, the forwaid compartment' of
the Kagle filled with water, which re
duced her speed.
On May 25 the wind was fresh from
tho eastward, the weather was bad and
the sea was heavy for small vessels,
The squadnwi reduced Its speed to en
able the Kagle to remain with It,
On May 20, the weather Improved,
the wind veered to the westward and
became light and the sea moderated.
At 1.20 p, in, Commodoro Schley sent
the Kagle to Port Antonio to coal and
then to return to Key AVest. At noon
of May 2Cth the Kagle had suflleient
coal to steam 10 knots per hour for
three days. At fi.JIO p. ni.'tho squadron
stopped about 22 miles to the south
ward of tlio post of Santiago, and was
joined by tho scouts Minneapolis, Vale '
and St. Paul. At ii p. m, May 20 tho
engines of tlio collier Merrlmao wore
temporarily disabled. Tlio engines were
changed to work "compound" and at
1.20 p. m, of May 27 she was able to
niuko six knots with her own steam.
The broken parts of tlio engines were
repaired on board the flagship, all re
pairs being completed at midnight of
May '."?. Tho Valu towed the Merriiiine
Tlio commanding ofllcor of tlio St.
Paul visited the flagship, in obedlenco
to signal, took with him a Cuban pilot,
and had a conversation with Commo
dore Schley, Commodoro Schley hud
no conversation with tho senior com
inauiliiig otlicers of the scouts and ob
tained no positive Information from
tho scouts regarding the Spanish
squadron. At 7,15 p, m, May 20, Com
inodoro Schley changed tlio course of
tlio Hying squadron to tlio westward,
and signalled to his squadron "destina
tion Key West, via smith sldo of Cuba
and Yucatan channel, as soon as col
lier Is ready; speed nine knots." Tho
squadron proceeded westward IS miles,
stopped at 11.15 p. in. (tho tow lines of
tho collier having parted), dr fted un
til 3,10 p. in, May 27. resumed Its west
ward course for 23 miles, stopped again
at 7.15 p. m, and drifted until 1 p, in.
of May 2S.
At Mole St. Nicholas.
At 0.30 a. m May 27, the Harvard
Joined tho Hying squadron, and her
commanding otllier delivered to Com
modoro Schley tlio following dispatch,
duted May 25, addressed by the de
partment to the Harvard at St. Nicho
las Mole, Haiti, "proceed at once and
inform Schley and also tho senior olll
cer present off of Santiago de Cuba as
follows: 'All department's Informa
tion Indicates tho Spanish division Is
still at Santiago do Cuba. Tho depart
ment looks to you to ascertain fact
and that tho enemy, If therein does
not leave without a decisive action.'
Cubans fnmlllnr with Santiago de
Cuba say that there Is landing place
live (Ii) nautical miles west or six (C)
from mouth of harbor, and that thers
In Insurgents probably will be found
and not Spanish. From the surround
ing heights enn see every vessel In the
port. As soon as ascertained, notify
the department whether enemy Is
there. Could not squadron and also
the Harvard coal from Merrlmac, lee
ward Cape C'russ. Cuba: Connives,
Haiti channel, or Mole, Haiti? The de
partment will send coal Immediately
to Mole, Hnltl. Heport without delay
situation at Santiago de Cuba."
This dispatch was answered by Com
modore Schley, about noon, May 27, as
follows: "Hecelved dispatch of May
20, delivered by Harvard off Santiago
do Culm. Merrlmnc's engine Is dis
abled and she is helpless; am obliged
to have her towed to Key AVest. Have
been absolutely unable to coiil tho
Texas, Marblehead, A'lxen and Hrook
lyn from collier, owing to very rough
sens and boisterous weather since
leaving Key AVest. Brooklyn Is the
only one in squadron having more than
suflleient coal to reach Key AVest. Im
possible to remain oft' Santiago In
present state of coal uccotint of the
squadron. Not possible to coal to lee
ward off Cape Cnns in summer owing
to southwest winds. Harvard Just re
ports to me she has only coal enough
to reach Jamaica and she will proceed
to Port Hoyal; nlso reports only small
vessels could coal at (lonalves or Mole.
Haiti. Minneapolis has only coal
enough to reach Key AVest and same of
A'ale, which will tow Merrlmac. It is
to lie regretted that the department's
orders cannot be obeyed, earnestly, as
we have all striven to that '-ml. 1 am
forced to return to Key AVest via Yu
catan passage for coal. Can ascertain
nothing certain concerning enemy.
AVns obliged to send Kagle to Port An
tonio, Jamaica, yesterday, as she had
only 27 Ions coal on board. Will
leave St. Paul here. Will require 0.100
tons of coal at Key AVest."
The Coal Supply.
The coal supply of the vessels of tho
flying squadron at noon on May 27 was
sufficient to have; enabled them to
steam at 10 knots per hour: the Brook
lyn for eleven and one-quarter days:
Iowa, seven and one-half days: Massa
chusetts ten days: Texas, six and one
quarter days: Marblehead, three and
one-quarter days: A'lxen, eleven and
one-half days, or to have remained on
blockade duty off Santiago de Cuba,
(lie Brooklyn for twenty-six days, Jowa
sixteen days, Massachusetts twenty
days, Texas fen days, Marblehead five
days, Vixen tweuty-tlireo days, and
then steam to C.oualves, Haiti, or to
Cape Cruz. Cuba to coal.
At that date the Hying squadron was
accompanied by the collier Merriiiine
containing 1,350 tons of coal. The
amount of coal required to completely
fill the coal bunkers of all the vessels
of the Hying squadron on this same
date was 2,750 tons. The conditions of
wind, sea and weather from noon on
May 2(1 to Juno 1 were favorable for
taking coal from collier at sea off San
tiago de Cuba. The Iowa, Castlno and
Dupont coaled at Clonfuegos from the
collier Merrlmac, on May 23 and the
Massachusetts and Castlno on May 21.
The Texas asked permission to coal
tlrst on May 23 and was refused by
Commodoro Schley, who ordered tho
Iowa to coal from the collier on May
24, but tho order was revoked as tlio
Massachusetts was alongside of tho
collier and the commanding ofllcor of
the collier deemed it unsafe to place
his vessel between two battleships.
The Texas and Marbleheau coaled at
sea, off Santiago, from colliers, May
27 and 28; the Massachusetts and Vixen
on May !; the Brooklyn and Iowa,
on May 30; the Brooklyn, Texas and
Marblehead on May 31.
At 3.35 p. m. May 27. Commodoro
Schley signaled to I h; Texas "the morn
coal you take In this smooth weather
tho less you will have to take In Haiti."
Commodoro Schley niado no effort to
ascertain whether the Spanish squad
ron was In tho harbor of Santiago; he
left said harbor entirely unguarded
from tl p. in. of May 20 to 5 p. m. of
May 27 and guarded only by tho scout
St. Paul from 5 p. m. May 27, until
about C p. in. of May 2S.
The flying squadron arrived off tho
harbor of Santiago do Cuba, seven
miles south of the Morro, at (! p. in.
May 2S and established a blockade.
The distance from Cienfuegos to San
tiago Is 315 miles. Commodoro Schley
did not proceed with nil dispatch from
Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba.
No Attempt at Capture of Colon.
F.arly on tho morning of May 2!) tho
Cristobal Colon and other vessels of tho
Spanish squadron were discovered at
anchor In tho harbor of Santiago, about
1,200 yards from tho entrance. No at
tempt was miidu by Commodoro Schley
on May 20 or May 30 to capturo or de
stroy these Spanish vessels.
At 10,30 p, rn May 3D, the cruiser
New Orleans and the collier Sterling
Joined tlio Hying squadron.
At 10.5.1 u, in., May 31, Commodoro
Schley shifted his flag to the Massa
chusetts. At 11,10 u, m, the Hag ship .Massa
chusetts signalled; "Tho Massachu
setts, New Orleans and Iowa will go In
after dinner to a distance of 7,000 yards
and licit at Cristobal Colon with 8, 12
and 13-Inch guns. Speed about ten
At 1.30 p, m. tho three vessels desig
nated steamed, In column, towards the
entrance to tlio harbor of Santiago,
heading to tho eastward, at about ten
knots speed. The ships passed tho luii
bor entrance, about 7,000 yards distant
from tlio Morro, Hrlug at tlio Colon and
tho shore batteries with mimes vary
ing from 7,000 yards to 8,200 yards. All
projectiles fell short,
AVhen tho ships had passed to tho
eastward of tho entrance, the Hagshlp
turned off shore, followed In succession
by tho other ships, re-passed the en
trance and tired ns before, but with
ranges varying from 0,000 yards to ii,,
000 yards. Some of these projectiles fell
neur the Colon.
The fire was returned by the ships in
the harbor and bv the Innd batteries,
but no largo guns were used by the
batteries. Several projectiles passed
over our vessels, but no Injury was sus
tained. The flying squadron did not
withdraw at night from the entrance
to Santiago harbor to u distance nt sen.
The blockade was maintained at an
average dlFtance of about 0 to 7 miles
from tlio harbor entrance dtirln? the
day and probably somewhat nearer
during the night. Two vessels per
formed picket duty nt night, two miles
Inside of the line of vessels. Thu Span
ish squadron was discovered to be In
the entrance to Santiago harbor steam
ing out, about tl.30 ll. 111.. July 3, 1S98.
The Brooklyn at that time was heading
to the westward of north, about 0,300
yards southwest of south from the
Morro, which was practically her block
ading position. I-arge vessels coming
out of the harbor or Santiago were
obliged to head about southwest by
south and the Spanish vessels, there
fore, in coming out, until clear of the
shoal to the westward, were obliged to
head directly for tho position of the
Brooklyn. When clear of this shoal tho
Spanish vessels turned, In succession,
to the westward and took n. course
nearly parallel to the land.
The "Hard Aport" Order.
The Brooklyn stood towards the
Spanish vessels, with varying helm,
fired one shot from her forward turret
lit 3,500 yards range, which proved
short, and then engaged with her port
battery. "When about 1,100 yards dis
tant fropi the loading Spanish ship,
tlio Teresa, the Brooklyn turned to
sturb'ourd, with her helm hard aport,
and continued so to 'turn until she
headed to the westward parallel to the
course of tlio Spanish ships. The
commanding officer of the Brooklyn
put the helm hard apart, and at almost
the same Instant Commodore Schley
gave the order "hard aport." AVhen
tho Brooklyn's 'holm was put hard
aport tho Teresa was about 1,400 yards
to the eastward of north from the
Brooklyn, the A'iscaya was to the east
ward of the Teresa, and the Colon was
to the eastward of the Vlzeaya. AVhen
the Brooklyn completed the turn and
was heading to the westward, parallel
to the course of the Vlzcaya. Ihe Vlz
cuya and tho Colon wore about 2,100
yards to the northward and westward
of the Brooklyn. Tho turn of the
Brooklyn was towards the Texas. The
Texas stopped and backed her oii'-ines.
On July :;, ISPS, about the time the
Brooklyn began her turn to seaboard,
a conversation regarding tho proxim
ity of the Texas took place between
Commodore Schley and Lieutenant A.
Admiral Schley caused to lie pub
lished Irv a dally newspaper a letter ad
dressed to him by Lieutenant Com
mander A. C. Hodgson, dated Juno 11.
lSAS, In which Lieutenant Commander
A. ('. Hodgson said: "The colloquy
published la the New York Sun, and
alleged to have taken place between
you and me on the day of the battle
off Santiago July 3, lwis.never occurred.
Admiral Schley did not have published
the oilier letters of Lieutenant Com
mander Hodgson in regard to this mat
ter. OpinionCommander Schley, In com
mand of the Hying squadron, should
have proceeded with utmost dispatch
off Cienfuegos and should have main
tained a close blockade of that port.
He should have endeavored on May 23
nt i'leiifuegos, to obtain Information
regarding tlio Spanish squadron by
communicating with tho Insurgents at
the place designated In tho memoran
dum delivered to him at S.15 a. in. of
that date. He should have proceeded
from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba
with a view of intercepting the enemy
in any attempt to pass the flying
He should not have delayed tho
squadron for the Kagle. Ho should
not have made the retrograde turn
westward with his squadron. Ho
should have promptly obeyed the navy
department's order of May 25.
Ho should have endeavored to cap
ture or destroy the Spanish vessels at
anchor near the entrance of Santiago
harbor on May 20 and 30.
Ho did not do his utmost with the
force under bis command to capturo
, or destroy the Colon and other vessels
of tlio enemy which lie attacked on
I May 31.
By commencing tho engagement on
July 3 with the port battery, and turn
ing the Brooklyn around with port
helm, Commodore Schley caused her to
lose distance and position with tho
l Spanish vessels, especially with tho
I Vizcaya and Colon.
The turn of the Brooklyn to star
board was made to avoid getting her
I Into dangerous proximity to the Span
ish vessels. Tho turn was niado to
wards the Texas and caused that ves
sel to stop and to hack her engines to
avoid possible collision.
Admiral Schley did injustice to Lieu
tenant Commander A, C, Hodgson In
publishing only a portion of tho cor-
respondenco which passed between
them. Commodore Schley's conduct In
connection with the events of the San
tiago campaign prior to Juno 1, 1SK8,
was characterized by vaccination, dlla
toriness and laid; of enterprise.
Ills oHIclal reports regarding tho coal
supply and the coaling facilities of tho
Hying squadron weco Inaccucato and
misleading. Ills conduct ducing the
battle of July 3 was self-possessed and
ho encouraged. In his own person, his
subordinate olllcers and men to light
Oeorged Dewey, IT, H, N, President.
Samuel C. I.einly, Judge advocate gun-
oral l. S. N judge' advocate,
Admiral Dewey's Opinion,
In tho opinion of tlio undersigned, the
passage from Key West to Cienfuegos
was mado by the Hying squadron with
all posslblu dispatch, Commodore Schley
having in view tlio Importance of ar
riving off Cienfuegos with as much coal
us possible In the ships' hunkers.
Tho bloekudu of Cienfuegos was ef
fective. Commodore Schley, In permitting the
steamer Adula to enter the port of
Clenruegos, expected to obtain infor
mation concerning tlio Spanish squad
ron from her when she caiuo out.
The passage from Cienfuegos to n
point about twenty-two miles south of
Santiago was made 'with ns much dis
patch as was possible, while keeping
the squadron a unit-
Tho blockade of Santiago was effec
tive. Commodoro Schley was tho senior
office of our squadron off Santiago
when the Spanish squadron attempted
to escape on the morning of July 3,
1898. Ho was In absolute commnnd anil
Is entitled to the credit due to such
commanding ofllcor for the glorious
victory which resulted In the total de
struction of the Spanish ships.
(Signed) George Dewey.
Admiral U. S. N.
Samuel C. Lemly, Judge Advocate
General V, S. N., Judge Advocate.
In view of tho length of time which
has elapsed since the occurrence of the
events of the Santiago campaign, the
court recommends no further proceed
ings be hod in the premises.
(Signed) George Dewey.
Admiral I. S. N President.
Samuel C. Lemly, Judge Advocate
General IT, S. N., Judge Advocate.
Admiral Dewey was seen late tonight
and declined to make any statement
concerning the court's findings. Ho
said that the court was not dissolved
and that he was still bound by his oath
Further Indication o! Trouble Brew
ing, with the Argentine
By Kxcludic Wire from 'fhe Assoc! lied t'ress.
Loudon, Dec. 13. Tho Times prints a
dispatch from Valparaiso, under to
day's date, announcing that decrees
huvo been published calling out a suf
ficient number of conscripts and terri
torial guards to place 30,000 men at tho
disposal of Chill to protect the moun
Paris, Dec. 13. A dispatch received
hero from Santiago de Chill, under to
day's date, says:
"The alarm manifested In Argentina
Is declared In Chilian official circles to
be unwarranted. In the opinion of tho
government the boundary dispute will
never justify a rupture."
As reported by cable from Buenos
Ayres, last night, a decree ordering tho
tnobolizatlon on January 1 of the Ar
gentine army reserves of 1S7S and 1S79
had been Issued. These reserves
a mount to tiO.OOll men. It was added
that the chamber In secret session had
voted the credits necessary for tho
mobilization of the militia.
Buenos Ayres, Dee. 13. Dispatches
received here from Santiago de Clilli
say that Senor Yanez, Chilian minister
of foreign affairs, has handed the basis
of a new proposition to Senor Portola,
the minister of the Argentine republic
to Chill, to effect the Impartial and
friendly settlement of the dispute be
tween the new countries. If these are
refused by the Argentine government,
Chili will make no further propositions.
The refusal of Argentine will be taken
as Indicating that that country desires
Santiago do Chili, Dec. 13. A contin
gent of the Chilian reserves lias been
called to arms. It numbers about fifty
thousand men. No movement of tho
military forces under arms has oc
curred, however. Kverything Is quiet
here, In expectation of tho announce
ment of Chill's answer to Argentine,
which, according to public opinion, will
bo firm and serene.
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liours tomorrow without a paltrier, Thu inUlnlirlit
lliltler ami Mobcan 2101
XcwMrk ami Munr. 21111
.Mci:.uliein ami WaUhmir 'i!)
Maya ami Wllwn Sim
llaheml; ami Tiirvllle lhl
Klntc nml Samucloim Slto
Hall ami Mcbaie ...Slixi
I'reihiiiU ami .laik -UlM
,aiv.oii and Julius -1VI
The rlilern are U'i miles behind the record,
ROCHESTER WALKING MATCH.
Hy Kni'lusivo Wire from The Associated I'rew.
Km luster, N'. Y., Per, i:l. At tlio slvd.iy po-ai.yiiii-lile.isi'
race draws In a ilo-e attendame in.
ucaM'-i and the Interest mtiih to center princlinl'
, ly In the two le.nler, lioldeii and 1'ahey. Ties
hoics ol the i Jr.i'lcro at, nuuiilglit wire!
fildcu , :V)
Hart , 2"
I'X'alll SI I
Governor Returns Warrants.
Hy Kwdiulu- Wire bum Thu .Wiclatrd I'ren,
llarrldiuri!, I'.i., Hit. 13.- -(loveiner Stone lm
returned to the war ilci.ufmciit Hie warrant fir
HO.'.kui ruelird hy him in part i.i.iivnt ol Su,i.
I'li-Aiuerican war tlainc of the ttjlj of PennstV
l.iul.1 agjliot the Kcnciat Koveiumenl. Tin ieani
for I he rittiin b that the iroicminciit rctiisd tu
pay portloiw of the i l.ihin, and Ihe Mate iutuM
that every il.ilm U jit, If the ifM.'.oO'i (., .ie.
teptnl now it will li leuauleil a a tui.lt con
rent of the ht.ile that the luriilug down uf some
of the. tlaiiui was wauanled.
Ily i:uhisie Who from The .iejted Pre.
,"ew Voik, Dee. J3. Cleared: .Slcaiuera I,i.
c.inla, Liverpool; l.alm, (ienoa and Xaploa; lwU-r
Willulin der (!ruse, jlreiucii via 1'l.wmiiilh and
Chcihourn; MjjjcI.iiii, Itetterdjni, Antwerp Ar
rived: StcJiner Zeil.mil, New Voik, (iemu Ar
rived! Steamer Tr.ivc, New VoiL via Uibtjltir
NEARING THE END
OF THEIR LABORS
B0NINE JURY RETURNS
VERDICT NOT GUILTY
Decision Reached After Four Hours'
Deliberation Mrs. Bonlne Re
Uy I'.fcliKlvp Wire from the teo latcd 1'iev.
Washington, Dec. IX The Jury In
the trial of Lola Ida Honlne, accused
of the murder of James Seymour
Ayres, jr.. tho young census otllce
clerk, killed In the Kentnore hotel Inst
spring, tonight returned a verdict of
not guilty after being out about four
The attendance in tho court room
when the Jury returned was limited to
the members of the bar, representa
tives of the press and the employes of
the court. There was some little at
tempt at a demonstration of approval
but this was quickly suppressed by
Judge Anderson, who previously bad
warned the spectators against mani
festations of any character.
Mrs. Bonlne was In court at the time.
She maintained the calm demeanor
which has characterized her conduct
throughout tho trial and smiled ap
provingly when the jury returned Its
verdict. Her husband threw his arms
affectionately around her neck and
kissed her, followed by her sisters and
brothers who clustered around her em
bracing and kissing her. Others In the
court room also added their congratula
tions. After leaving the court house
Mrs. Bonlne accompanied her husband
to the house where ho and her sous
and other relatives have boon living
and where It Is announced she will re
side In the future.
THE MAGNATES SPRING
A BALL SENSATION
Albert G. Spalding Throws Down the
Gauntlet Says Freedman Must
Get Out of the Business.
By Exclusive W Ire from The Asnoclafed I'rcss.
New York, Dec. 13. After four days
of practically an entire absence of ofli
ciul Information us to the inner work
ings of the meetings, of the magnates
of tho National Uaseball league at. the
fifth Avenue hotel in this city, a real
sensation had been sprung.
The deadlock over the election of a
president to succeed N. K. Young has
continued. All sorts of statements
have been given out but tonight Mr.
Albert G. Spalding, threw down the
gauntlet. He announced positively
that he would not withdraw his name
as candidate for the presidency, but
that he would force the magnates to
vote on it. And the vote must be tak
en before tl.o magnates finally adjourn
this meeting. Furthermore Mr. Spald
ing announced his position in the fol
"When tho vote has been taken, when
my election shall be made unanimous
and when they shnll come to me and
ask me to be their president. If 1 ac
cept the honor, my one condition will
be that Andrew Freedman must get out
of base ball absolutely and entirely. Ho
must be wiped off the base ball map.
On his record in base ball, and I speak
only of his base ball record, I openly
and publicly charge Andrew Freedman
with being n traitor and a marlplot. Ho
has done more to ruin base ball than
any other four forces that ever existed
In the history of the game.
"I will meet Mr. Freedman on any
position he may take. My only stip
ulation 1s that the matter must bo
fought out In tho meeting room of tho
National lear.ue. The man that loses
must stipulate to get out of baseball
Just how Freedman was to be
dropped was not made clear. It Is said
that a new National League may bo
organized and New York may be
dropped from the circuit, the Urooklyn
club becoming tho Now York represen
tative. DEATH OF F. R. STARK.
Young Attorney Passed Away This
Fred It. .Stark, the well-known attor
ney, died this morning at -.lli o'clock at
his home, on tlio corner of Qulncy ave
nue and Myrtle street. Ho hail been ill
for about six weeks.
The deceased Is survived by a wife
and olio sou, Frederick,
HEAVY DAIIc DEMANDED.
In Case of William Miller, of the
520 Per Cent. Syndicate,
Hy Kxi-liiMie Wire from The Associated I'reu.
New Voik, Dec. Jl.Tlic hr.ivle.-t lull ever d".
inanded In a criminal ee in Kings county was
exacted hy Judge A-ilnill, sltllim' In llmoM.vn,
toil iy, In the aw nt William r Miller, head t(
I lie famous ".Wl nr irnt, franklin .vndlcite,"
Mill, r, who had heeu .iiitenciil to a term ef
Imiuisinmeiit In Shu.' Slier, recently ohlalned an
onhr or a new trial, and wai hroiuhl liefnv
.lud.ro AM'Inill on a motion lr kIcJbc on hall.
'I lit! Iioncl wan llsed.it W..Vi,
Fire at Lancaster,
fly Kwlmlvc Wiie from Tlw Anvii-lalnl Press.
l-iniu-lir, IM., I ce. l-V-.V 1'ltf "Jrn, tohacn
a.lir.1 ami uirl-igi- liw uu the farm ol .lolm II.
Miller, ill Manor ii.vivlili, weic deslioyed hy iliu
Ihli iiioininir, tiwelher with IJ.mo hudul, c,f
wheat, I ..WO liiislieN of coin, i' .him of loliaeui,
two undo-, clfhl lions and faunlni,' lmd mints,
Tlie lire was Imendlaiy. The Iiimi Is celliiulcd at
1,000, pailly coveied hy iiisuuniv.
Democrats Will Meet.
Hy llscladve Wiic from The Assoilafed 1'rci.i.
Ilarritlmri;, I'.i., Pec, 13. A meeliiiR of tie)
I'MTiitlve committee of Ihe Democratic Mute com
mittee Ins hceii railed for nest Wrducdj at Ha.'
Democratic ttatc hcadimaiteni In thi city. Clulr.
nun ( icisy c.i)o it wilt consider adalis oi a sou-
I iral iluiavUr.
Federation Delegates Have
Three Extremelu Bust
RAFT OP MEASURES
Ambitious Members of Smaller Or
ganizations Disappointed by the
Failure of tho Organization to Ex
pand the Executive Council.
Would Not Censure tho British
for Its Conduct Toward the Boera
Because of the Conduct of Our Own
Government in the Orient Execu
tive Council Makes a Pro-Auton-om'y
Declaration in Unequivocal
Terms Cheers for Dewey.
t; ir. fi.y.n'n', oi.' I'liTsnnu,!.
liciic-r.il OijsinfziT of the Ameiiciin I'edcration of
A.s.ii'rule the delegates to , the Ameri
can Federation of Labor conventions
try to content themselves with eight
hours'' work, but yesterday they were
In session from a o'clock In the morn
ing until after 11 o'clock p. in., with a
lltllo over throe hours for meals.
A vast amount of work was accom
plished and many Interesting discus
The proposition to expand the ex
ecutive council was defeated; the reso
lution Instructing union men to hold
aloof from the militia was tabled; the
per capita tax was Increased to one
half of one per cent.; a resolution to
Increase ofllcers' salaries was lost;
censure was withheld from the llritish
government's conduct ofthe Hoer war
because "our own government Is guilty
of the same conduct," and a declara
tion catuo from the executive council
that the attempt to force Jlremen, en
gineers and coopers at breweries into
the lirevvery Workers' union was a
violation of tlio constitution, which
should not bo tolerated.
Twelve socialistic resolutions were to
have been reported, last night, from
the resolution committee, but they
wero not reached and had to go over
until today. This, coupled with tho
fact that report of the special commit
tee on uutononiy conies up today will
likely make the closing day tho live
liest of the session. The convention
will likely bo In session until late to
night. As the delegates wero adjourning
last night, they vigorously applauded
Admiral Dewey's support of Admiral
Tho likelihood of tho .Shaffer-nom-pers-Mltchell
controversy coming be
fore tho convention faded away yester
day when President Shaffer of tho
steel workers left for Indiana to deal
with a strike, in response to an urgent
telegram from steel workers' headquur
The feature of the morning session
was n protracted discussion of tho
proposition to Increase tho membership
of the executive council by making tho
number of vlce-presldonls eight in
stead of six. Thu committee reported
In favor of tho proposition but tho
convention took a contrary view and
by n small majority It was defeated.
Those favoring tho expansion of tho
council argued that the work has
grown sufllclently to warrant It, and
that tho expansion was demanded by
tlio fact that there are now many or
ganizations other than those repre
sented nil the council, that have at
tained dimensions demanding repres
entation on tho council.
Tlio anti-expansionists contended
that tho enlargement of the council
would chiiiigo Its character from that
of an executivo body to n deliberative
An Intimation that tho executivo
council "ring" favored tho expansion
so as to secure to Itself tho assured
complete control of tho federation anil
Continued on 1'ul'o 3-1
"tu'd!tfeik. ' ilBitL.
4- 4- 4-
4- WEATHER FORECAST,
4- Washington, Pec. 13. Porecant for Kait
4- em I'cnmylvaniu; llaln in muthcrn, now
4- in northern portion Satuiday; i older In
4- wertein portion. Sunday tnow and imiili
4- udder; hrt'k southerly winds, shifting to
-f lioithwcvtcrly Saturday night.
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