Butler citizen. (Butler, Pa.) 1877-1922, May 05, 1898, Image 2

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»VILLIAM C. NECLEY - - Publisher
DK. J. B. BHOWALTEB, of Millerstown boro
JAMES N. MOOSE of Butler. »
JOHN DINDISOEB. of Zellenopl «.
JACOB M. PAINTER, of Butler.
The Congressional Delegates elected
Ist District, John Womer; 2nd. C. M.
Brown 3rd. Geo. Maxwell; 4th. H. D
Hockenberrv: sth. John Clark: Cth. A
L Timblin; 7th, Matt Bippus: Bth. R.
M Johnston: 9th T. H. Greer: loth. W.
S. Dixon: 11th. C. F. L. McQuistion;
l'2th, A. C. Zeigler; 18th, Sid. Weihl;
14th. Joseph Graham; 13th, Renben
The general debate on the war-reve
nue bill closed in the House at 8:30 P.
M., Thursday
On Friday the House adopted the
war revenue bill, and on Saturday re
jected the Senate's amendments to the
naval bill, regarding inventions by line
The naval bill authorizes the increase
of the navy by three seagoing battle
ships, each of 11,000 tons displacement,
carrying the heaviest armor and most
powerful armament, to cost, exclusive
of armor and armament. $-{,000,000
•ach: four coast-defence monitors, to
cost $1,250,000 each: sixteen torpedo
boat destroyers, and twelve torpedo
boats, to cost $6,900,000, and one gun
boat for the great lakes, to cost
Rep. Sbowalter introduced a bill to
pension Jas. Graham of Butler SSO a
month; also one to pay heirs of John M.
Turner SIOO of back bounty.
On Monday Simon Frankle was ap
pointed P. M. for Chicora.
Smith and Roosevelt.
The appointment of Charles Emory
Smith, editor of the Philadelphia Press,
to the position of Postmaster General,
is another evidence of the good judg
ment of President McKinley. Mr.
Smith is a man of commanding ability
—editor, orator, statesman and diplo
mat. Pennsyl vanians are proud of him.
The President, knowing Mr. Smith to
be a man of extraordinary mental qual
ities, called him in consultation fre
quently during the negotiations with
Spain. The President could have found
plenty of second class men to fill the
office of Postmaster General, as the du
ties are mechanical and routine,
but he wanted Mr. Smith as an advisor.
The eminent fitness of Charles Emory
Smith for a place in McKinley's Cabi
net was recognized by the Senate in a
prompt and unanimous confirmation of
the appointment. There is not a brain
ier man in Mc-Kinley's Cabinet, nor one
whose counsel would be more valuable
during the present coolness between the
United States and Spain.
Theodore Roosevelt, Assistant Secre
tary of the Navy, has declared his in
tention of raising a regiment of cow
boys and taking them to Cuba. Roose
velt has been a cow boy himself. He is
daring and audacious. At the head of a
thousand dare-devil ranchmen,every one
an athlete and a dead shot, he could create
considerable consternation amongst the
Spanish forcts in Cuba. They would
display energy and courage never
dreamed of by the languid sons of sun
ny Spain.
Theodore Roosevelt is a picturesque
I character. He is a scholar, a man of
afiairs. and an adventurer. He is ripe
for brilliant enterprises and deeds of
daring. He will be the Custer of the
present war.
Hurrah for RooseveltPunxsutaw
ney Spirit.
On Monday B J. Haywood turned
the State Treasury over to J. S. Bea
com; but the formal transfer of the
State funds has not yet I>een made.
The deposits in two defunct Philadel
phia banks will have to be made good
before Beacom receipts for the money.
f One is the Peoples Bank, which held
$505,000 in State funds when its doors
were closed. The other is the Chest
nut Street National Bank, which owes
Father Penn $215,(W0.
Resolutions of Respect.
Resolutions of respect passed bv the
board of directors of the Butler County
Mutual Fire Insurance Company on the
death of their president I)r. William
Irvine, of Evans City, Pa.
WHKREAS, It has pleased an all wise
Providence to remove from our midst,
by death, Dr. William Irvine, therefore
be it.
Resolved, That in his death we have
lost the energetic and devoted head of
our organization; an able and faithful
member, whose example is well worthy
of imitation; that we will ever cherish
his memory ns one whose sterling qual
ities endeared him to all.
Resolved, That in this our first meet
ing, we take occasion to express our
profound sorrow and heartfelt sympa
thy to the family which has lost a lov
ing husband and father, bowing in hum
ble submission to the will of God, and
directing the bereaved to our Heavenly
Father, who has said "Come unto me
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."
Resolved, That these resolutions be
spread on the minutes of the organiza
tion, be published in the county papers
and a copy furnished his family
Committee- 11. J. Klingler, George
Ketterer and George Renno.
Fair view Facts.
Peter Steighner of our town has
made arrangements to go to Reynolds
ville Jefferson county. We will miss
The Spanish war is all the talk of the
town here, and nil claim loyality to the
American Hag.
The Social at the winding up of our
town school was well patronized. The
proceeds amounted to $25.
Way McKeo came home from the
Armstrong gas field on last Saturday
to see his family.
W P. Jamison is still confined to
close quarters at home on account of
reumatic pains which are very severe.
County school Stipt. Cheeseman was
in town la*t Thursday night issuing
certificates to our town graduates,
those who received them were J. B.
Sherard. Bessie Campbell, and Maud
J. C. ' McKee and wife on Tuesday
drove to Coylesville on a visit to his
mother and brother, Will McKee.
Wm, Elenberger and wife last Friday
returned from a long visit with friends
in Washington county.
Ella Maxwell is visiting with her sis
ter Mrs. Palmer at Carnegie.
All Sabbath School workers are cor
dially invited to attend the S S. Dis
triet convention at Bruin next Tuesday
the 10th inst.
Edward Byers came on last week
from < irov«- city school and remained
over Sunday with his pareuts. DfciN'r.
1 *
X \
Commander Dewey, of the United
States Asiatic squadron, engaged the
Spanish fleet in Manila bay last Sun
day and gained a decided victory,
practically destroying all of Spain s
ships. The American fleet arrived off
Manila, capital of the Phillipine Islands
Saturday night after dark, and, forced
a passage early next morning, took up
positions and opened up a strong fire on
Fort Cavite and the arsenal.
The forts from shore answered with
their batteries, while outside the bay
the Spanish fleet stole up on the attack
ing force and opened fire.
There was a terrific interchange of
shots, but it soon became evident that
the Spanish admiral, Montejo, was
copeing with a superior enemy, and the
Americans' well-directed shots soon be
gan to tell upon his ships and men.
The Spaniards seemed paralyzed
with excitement and fear, their projec
tiles fell wide of the mark, there was
confusion on board, orders were mis
understood and at every point there
was half-hearted work.
Against them was an enemy fight
ing for their very lives. The neutral
ity decree of Great Britain had driven
Commander Dewey and his seven ves
sels out of Hong Kong; he had sailed
over 600 miles from that point to Man
ila; Japan had in the meantime closed
her porta to the fleet by a neutrality de
cree; homeless and friendless, without a
port or shelter to the right or left, with
only the sky above and the water be
neath. Commander Dewey had the al
ternative of wasting his coal and sup
plies, and drifting, drifting, perhaps to
become a rrrey of the Spaniards, or of
seizin g the enemy s stronghold and us
ing it as a base of supplies and for fu
ture operations. And over and above
it all was the watchword, '"Remember
the Maine."
Dewey chose the latter alternative.
His was the spirit to do or die. And
this was the spirit of every man in his
When the American vessels sighted
Manila the command was given, "strip
for action." No excitement, no con
fusion. Cooly and carefully the final
preparations were made, and though
there was evident prospect of action, no
demeiistration was made, no unneces
sary word was spoken. There was in
tense but subdued excitement.
As the ports of Manila and Cavite
hove into sight the guns of the two ad
vance cruisers were trained on the bat
tery of Manila and fired an eight-inch
projectile each. The first two shots
fell short of the mark. Not so, how
ever, the next two. The American
gunners' aim sent them with unerring
accuracy against the works, and there
was a crumbling of old stones and mor
tor and a great cloud of dust.
The short batteries returned fire, but
their aim was inaccurate, and theii
projectiles simply whizzed through the
In the meantime the rear vessels of
the squadron were made the target of
the guns of the Spanish squadron
which, hitherto if hiding, had sailed in
to sight around the upper end of the
Commander Dewey, standing on the
bridge of his flagship, the Olympia, di
rected his first efforts to the Spanish
flagship, the Reina Marie Christina,
carrying the Spanish Admiral Montejo.
He opened witherering fire upon
her. His six-inch and-eight inch guns
did most awful work. His rapid fire
guns, describing a semi circle, crashed
through the Christina's rigging and
swept the Spaniards completely off
their feet. Finally a great shell was
burled against the ironclad which
landed squarely on the deck, scatter
ing death on every hand. The Span
iards' fire grew weaker and weaker, and
their shct became more and more scat
tered. Suddenly a great tongue of
flame burst out of the Christian's vitals:
her commander, Captain Codaiso, al
ready lay stretched upon the deck a
corpse. Admiral Montejo, seeing all
hope gone, and desiring to escape the
captain's Tate, hurriedly give orders to
quit the ship, and boarding his launch
he transferred his flag to the Isle of Cu
ba, while the Christia was left to her
The Spanish squadron now with
drew, Commander Dewey, though not
suffering damage to his ships, had a
number of wounded men whom he de
sired to land 011 the west side of t he
bay. While he was trying to effect
a landing the Spanish fleet which had
apparently withdrawn, again moved up
and opened fire. Catching Commander
Dewey unawares, their first shots
caused loss of life and some injury to
the American.
But Dewey s recovery was instant.
A broadside was now poured into Mon
te-jo's fleet, the rapid lire guns fairly
sweeping everything within range.
Another shell and the Don Juan de
Austria's commander fell mortally
wounded, while with a thunderous roar
his vessel was blown into the air.
Meantime the batteries at Cavite
were not silent. They poured a steady
storm of shot and shell into the attaek
ing fleet. Some fell wide, some struck.
The battle now became a desperate
one. Commander Dewey had not only
the Spanish squadron's fire to contend
with, but that of the forts of Manila
and Cavite. It was "fire, fire, lire. "
And there was fire. The Spanish ves
sels Mindanao and L'llote received a
broadside, and were so badly damaged
they withnrew.
Flames burst out of the Spanish
cruiser Castilla, and the other ships
withdrew fiom the battle, but not 1111-
till a number of the smaller ones were
sunk rather than to fall into the en
emy's hands.
On Monday Commodore Dewey de
manded the surrender of Manila. Gen
eral Auguste refused to comply with
the demand, so Dewey opened fire nimn
Manila a and Cavite, razing the latter to
the ground, and setting fire to the form
Later, the Spanish government, it
was stated, has cabled General Auguste
to yield to the American demands for
The details of the awful havoc
wrought by the American fleet at Ma
nila Monday art* trickling through slow
ly owing to the interrupted cable ser
The overwheling defeat of the Span
ish could at first hardly be credited,
owing to the influence of the hitherto
contemptuous tone of everything eman -
a ting from Madrid regarding the Unit
ed States and her forces. The constant
ridicule aimed at the American navy,
the extravagantly belittling expressions
of "brag and bluster'" when referring
to Americans, and the hypocritical bold
front assumed by Spanish officials when
making reference to their own abilities,
had begun to create a suspicion, perhaps
a conviction that after all the big re
public across the seas was much overra
ted and was only a blubbering bully.
When, therefore, the news was first
cabled from Spanssh sources that an
engagement had taken place, and that
the results to the Spaniards were serious
the conclusion was at once reached that
not the half was told, and the general
feeling now is that when the full extent
of the damage is known it can be only
expressed by the words "annihilation,
extinction/' *
The courage and almost reckless dar
ing of Commodore Dewey calls forth
unbounded admiration. The entrance
to Manila bay is about live miles wide
and is protected on either side by semi
powerful shore batteries. The infonna
tion had gon" out and must certainly
have been known to Dewey that the
bay was heavily mined with torpedoes
and other submarine explosives.
But little cared the undaunted Ameri
can for either. Led bj the flagship, the
Olympia, his fleet passed into the bay,
ignoring Spanish shot ami shell, though
they llew thick and fast, occasionally
whizzing over the decks, but mostly
splashing in the water. And once in
side the bay it was there to stay.
Two points seem to stand out in bold
relief. First, that the United States
vessels, though of comparatively small
displacement, were in every way, both
as givers and takers of punishment, the
infinite superiors of the Spanish ships,
and secondly, that the personnel of the
Americans, as regards accuracy in fir
ing and perfect discipline, was of the
highest order.
The first engagement bxik place at
daybreak, and lasted two hours. The
forts kept up an unceasing fire, supple
mented later on oy the attack of the op
posing fleet. At the end of the two
hours the Spanish admiral Montejo was
practically vanquished. His flagship
was gone, her commander was a corpse,
the cruiser Castilla, next in size and
power to the flagship, was burned to
the water's edge, and the powerful Don
Juan de Austria was blown up.
A most remarkable feature of this
first engagement, and one that showed
the marvelous coolness of the Ameri
cans in face of danger, was the skillful
maneuvering oi Commodore Dewey's
fleet. Instead of remaining stationary
as target-; for Spanish guns, Dewey kept
bis vessels in motion constantly, thus
puzzling and confusing the gunners 011
shore and ship, and making accurate
marksmr.nspip for them an iinpossibili-
The American Meet now withdrew to
their transjiort for the purpose of coal
ing and giving the crews an opportuni
ty to recuperate and to attend to the
wounded, of which there was a small
Admiral Montejo, who after the loss
of the Reina Christina had transferred
his command to the Isle de Cuba, think
ing this meant a withdrawal from the
contest, opened fire again. Dewey an
swered, and the fight was 011 once more.
Desperate and furious was the inter
change No breathing spells, no time
to measure di-tance-' nor to take steady
aim. It was load, lire, crash, diopping
men, spattering blood, flames and sink
ing ships. Swift and decisive. The
Sp.ini sh cruiser Don Antonio de Ulloa,
was damaged beyond repair, as was the
gunboat Mindanao. Three other of the
smaller Spanish craft were deliberately
sunk, and Admiral Montejo ordered
"Cease Fire." It was all over as far as
the Spanish fleet was concerned.
Commodore Dewey now communicat
ed with the British consul, E. H. Ran
son Walker, and through him conveyed
a mesrage to General Auguste, governor
general of the Philippines, demanding
that he surrender at once the torpedoes,
guns and all ammunition, together with
the possession of the cable service, on
penalty of a bombardment of the city.
General August-) conferred with his
tinder officials, in the mean time'prohih
iting the dispatch of cable messages.
A further conference was then had
with the British consul and the agent
of the telegraph corporation, and the
governor general decided he would not
comply with the demands for surrend
The United States fleet then took up
a position in front of Manila for the
purpose of bombardment, news or
which rapidly spread through the city.
Tin- inhabitants ljerame terror strick
en, and gathering up what valuables
they coold -riz«• fled to the country.
Even the operators engaged in the ca
ble company's offices deserted their
posts and hastened to places of safety.
At Cavite the demoralization was
simply indescribable when Commander
Dewey's intentions regarding an attack
upon Manila become generally known.
The officials" attempted to becalm the
frightened inhabitants, but their efforts
were futile. Th'-re was one grand
exodons to points lying outside tin
range of the American guns.
After formal notice to the vario.is
consuls Commodore Dewey 's guns were
trained on IK>th Cavite and Manila
The former suffered most. Shot after
shot was planted in the grief-stricken
city. l-'ire was returned from the bat
teries, but all to 110 ayail. The city
was virtually razed to the ground.
At Manila an exploding shell did aw
ful damage, and a portion of the city
was soon in flames.
General Auguste -was in constant
communication with Madrid all day,
furnishing details of the disastrous at
taeks, and asking for instructions.
There was intense anxiety in Hong
Kong to hear'direct from Commander
Dewey. A dispatch boat from his fleet
could hardly reach there before Wed
neday, and unless he was able in the
meantime to for his way into Manila
and seize the cable office there could lie
no direct woul from him till then, aud
reliance must be placed upon what the
consuls at Hong Kong can obtain from
the Phillipines.
Other Events of the Week.
On Thursday the North Atlantic
' Squadron bombarded the Spanish forts
at Matanzas, and soon silenced the bat
The marksmanship of our gunners is
ssiid to have.been excellent. It was gen
erally believed that the movement was
perliininary to the seizure of the port as
a base of operations.
The government purchased several
large steamers for transporting troops.
The rainy season dots not begin for sev
eral weeks yet. All the regiments of
the regular army were being recuited to
to their full strength. A Spanish
steamer laden with provisions was cap
tured and taken to Key West.
Regular troops were being hurried
from Chickamaugua to Tampa.
On Friday the regular army was be.
ing concentrated at Tampa, a port on
the west coast of Florida. Admiral Dew
ey s squadron was in the waters of the
Phillipines; and the Spanish squadron
was yet Cape Verde Islands.
On Saturday Tampa was filled with
troops, and provisions were arriving by
the train load. Matanzas was still
spoken of as the point of landing in
Admiral Dewey's squadron was seen
oft the Phillipine islands. The New
York fired at some Spanish calvary
near Havana. The Spanish fleet at
Cape Verde islands was reported to
have sailed. The San Francisco left New
York harbor to join the northern par
trol squadron. The "Flying Squadron
was yel at Hamptom Roads patiently
awaiting orders.
Word was received at Washington of
the arrival of the Oregon at Rio Janerio.
On Tuesday the President was wait
ing for word from Dewey, who was re
ported to have occupied Manila, but
the Spaniards probably cut the cable
before leaving the town. Our govern
ment will probably send an army from
San Francisco to occupy Manila.
The people of Madrid were on the
verge oI revolution; cries of "Down with
the Bourbons," and "Long live the Re
public'' were heard everywhere, and
martial law was declared.
On Wednesday Adaairals Sampson and
Schley received orders to bombard Man
tanzas and make ready there for the
landing of the army. The Oregon
sailed from Rio. The Spanish fleets
were yet in the vicinity of the Cape
Verde and Canary islands. There was
rioting in the Provinces of Spain.
C;>. 12, loth Itcgimeut, Camp
APRIL 28, 1898
Sixty-eight sad hearts were carried
away from Butler when the train which
bore Co. E and the rest of the Fif teeth
Regiment palled out at Bp. m. of the
•J7th inst. Sixty-eight would lie multi
plied thousands of times to number all
the heavy hearts and tearstained faces
in Pfnnsyvania that evening.
After the train was under way the
boys of Co. E gradually revived their
spirits by patriotic songs. There was
very little sleep in our car that night,
the time was put in singing, shouting
and playing cards There were no mis
haps, except that Clarence Graham lost
a shoe. He don't know how he did it
and no one s'.ems able to tell him.
"Swipes' now goes with one shoe o(T
and one shoe on. There were no drunks
in Co. E, and before we left the cars a
train employee said "you- are the de
centest ciowd of soldiers I ever struck,
your car is the cleanest.''
The citizens of towns between Batler
and Blairsville cheered us and shot off
fire works as we passed.
We arrived in Harrisburg about ten
o'clock Thursday morning. The Four
teenth of Pittsburi' had jnst come in al
so. The ovation we received was tre
menilioUH, dense crowds, cheering,
bunds, etc. Gov. Hastings marched
down past our cars, greeting us. A
chimes somewhere in the city struck
up different National airs. Church bells
playing tunes was something new to
most of the Untler boys. Those chimes
can't riritf too much.
We arrived at Camp Hastings, Mount
Gretna, on a branch road ten miles
south of Lebanon at noon. It was
sleeting at the time and the ground was
white with snow. We didn't calculate
on camping in the snow on first day out
to free tropical Cuba.
Mount Gretna- the Chautauqua of
Pennsylvania is situated in the virgin
forest among the Blue Ridge hills. If
is a completely outfitted mountain re
sort. There are three small lakes (like
ly artificial ones); large springs of pure
water, a great rollyeoaster, a pavillion
that will seat at least one thousand
people, dance halls, and two score, large
comfortable summer cottages. We
were marched into the pavillion, lunch
ed, and then ordered out to the delight
ful occupation of laying out a camp and
pitching tents in the rain and mud.
The rain was wonderfully cold and wet.
And that mud' It was red as iron ore,
and more itickey than the stickiest
glue, and incessant tramping made it
shoe deep.
However there are some brighter
features of ('amp Hastings. We are
devoutly thankful for the shelter of the
pavillion and halls. And the inclement
weather procured for us the privilege
of sleeping the first night in empty cot
tages. Some regiments had to sleep on
the ground. The woods here are full of
all manner of spring flowers, anemone,
violets, arbutus, etc., and juneberry
trees in full bloom. Taking all together,
if camping at Mount Gretna will free
Cuba, we v.-ill consent to stay here till
next winter.
Auotlit r thing worth noting is that
although we were turned out in the
rain and mud. inseparable partners in
making the shelterless, uncomfortable
and downhearted, not a man among us
was heard to complain or whimper, but
everyone was as cheerful and pleasant
as possible. We are Americans and we
can rough it if we must.
FHIDAY, Ai'Kil. i 9: Co. E's boys all
had a good night's rest in the cottages.
It did not rain, but the, day has been
cold and cloudy. We had coffee and
the remainder of our Butler lunches for
breakfast, bread and coffee for supper.
We can drink the latter by the quart
here. We completed our company camp
this morning. Some tents had to be
torn down, because by orders of the
engineers we had encroached on the
Eighteenth regiment's ground.
Camp Hastings extends more than n
mile on a long rollintrridge facing west.
The Third brigade forms the right and
north of the camp, nest to the pleasure
grounds; Second brigade in the middle,
and the First on the left aud south.
Division headquarters. Gen. Snowden's,
are on a high knoll to the east and over
look the whole camp. The Philadelphia
regiments of the First brigade were the
last to come in, and the whole Division
was emcamped by noon today.
The Second brigade is composed of
the 15th. 10th. lsth, 14th. 16th and sth
regiments. The 15th Regt. is composed
of Cos. A aud C of Erie. B of Meadville,
Kof Greenville. G of Sharon, F of
Grove City, D of Clarion aud E of But
After our tents were all up, we went
forageing for boards and straw to make
beds of. Since we are soldiers, we all
believe in the questionable maxim,
"The Lord helps those who help them
selves," so we all help ourselves as
liberally as possible. Some walked
three miles to a little village, ottr near
est town, to get straw. Others went to
the nearest farm house, nearly two
miles away, and bought worthless
mouldy clover hay at the rate of a cent
a pound: coming back they saw Brig.
Gen. Wiley, aided by some staff officers,
pitching his tent like any sl3 a month
man. One officer bore a great rent in
the seat of his pants as gracefully as
any private could.
Some of the boys made beds of spruce
boughs, and these are the best beds.
Light drill this afternoon. This evening
bands are playins', some boys are sing
ing. some playing cards, some reading,
some writing. In the next tent they
are discussing religion. We rejoice at
the successes of the American seamen.
The general wish is to go to the front.
All think of the "folks at home,"
some a great deal and perhaps some not
so much.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30th- Reveille at
5:30 a. m. everybody woke up cold and
stiff, but the sun came up clear and
warm, a dry breeze is blowing and we
have onr first nice day in camp. Break
f ast on bread, coffee, onions and sugar.
Every body called out to police the
camp and the streets and tents are now
in first class order Sick call at 7:30.
Dr. Martin's hospital tent is full, but
there are no Co. E boys there yet.
The first guardmount was held at 8
a. m. Del Hindman was selected for
regimental color guard for the day.
The best and neatest looking soldiers
are selected for color gnard and orderly
Co. E invariably captures these honors.
Company drill at 0. A troop of cavalry
was drilling off to the east. The long
line of horsemen moving like machinery
makes a very pretty sight.
Four of the boys skipped off to Leb
anon last night on a little lark. They
will likely hear something drop before
through with it.
We have just received our first mail
from Butlei. Letters, the CITIZEN* and
other papers are being eagerly read.
We are very thankful to our Bntler
friends for remembering ns so prompt
Hurrah! we have a raise in our menu!
Roast beef and bean soup for dinner.
The company will be increased to
eighty men when we enlist. Every
man here wants to go to the front if he
can pass-the Army examination. Some
are likely to be rejected though and we
will need probably thirty new men from
Bntler county. We are afraid the U.
S. authorities will reduce Capt. McJun
kin and Lieuts Mechling and Scott,
and give us regular army officers. We
will kick against it, but all will go in
no matter what happens. Glad to hear
of the new company at home.
Regimental drill at '2 p. m. There
are some visitors this afternoon.
Discipline is tightening down on us a
good deal stricter than !t ever was at
fomer camps.
SUNDAY,MAY I—The regular routine
of camp duties proceeds as at former
encampments. However there will
likely be a ehango before long. Last
evening a fire started in woods on the
ridge northwe.it of us and after burning
over two miles of brush, died out. It
lit up our camp and everyone turned
out on the hill to watch it. Later the
"blister gang" broke loose in Cos E
and <», pulled everybody out of bed and
spanked them with leggins. Some of
the boys are well branded and blistered
this morning. One tent-moss resisted
and their tent was pulled down over
them. Then Captain called the "blister
gaug" down and sent them to bed in
Two Y. M. C. A. tents were set up
last night. They are well supplied with
rlesks, chairs and reading material and
organs. Services were conducted by
Chaplin Hays, of Meadville, at eleven
this morning. The whole regiment was
lined np around his tent and received a
healthfully simple and impressive
The day has been warm and clear and
the camp crowded with thousands of
visitors from Philadelphia, Harrisbnrg
and nearby towns. The Third brigade
was reviewed this afternoon and our
Second brigade at six this evening. Last
night's fire drove many snakes out of
the woods. A Tenth boy captured a
large blacksnake and paraded about
with the thing around his neck. Chailes
Regelman. a young bov from Pittsburg,
has been with Co. E since we came here
and will probably go south witn ns.
MONDAY, MAY *2 A cold <lry morn
ing our joints all stiff from sleeping on
the hard boards, but sittingup exercises
limbered us up nicely. The regulation
grub, coffee and bread, and meat and
vegetables twice a 'lay, still prevails.
The boys are all thriving on it and the
general health, if anything, is better
than when at home. The army rule of
early to bed anil early to rise is good for
us. All are greatly elated over the re
port of Admiral Dewey's victory at
Manila. It makes us eager to go to the
front. We get Philadelphia papers
here about seven in the morning.
Swimming and splashing around in the
lakes is now in order.
At guard mount Fred Roessing was
selected as Col. Krepp's orderly for the
Th - First brigade i u being inspected
and mustered into service today. Second
brigade will be tomorrow and Third j
Wednesday. We will first be inspected, I
then the call will be read and volunteers |
asked to step to tin- front or else answer j
to roll call. The surgeons will imiuedi j
utely proceed with the physical examin
ation, which may require two or three
days. When this is completed we ex |
pect to be taken to Washington or
some rendevous. Company officers will
be sent home to recruit for the full
company complement of eighty men.
Recruits will be brought to Alt. Gretna,
drilled for some days and then sent
south to join the rest of us. Co. E will
volunteer as a whole, but one or two
men may tie rejected because of physi
cal disability, state pay rolls are being
made out.
The "help yourself" rule still prevails.
Abont the only thing a man can leave
laying out and feel sure of finding it
again is a Bible.
The first ration of salt-beef and hard
tack was issued Unlay. Hardtack goes
better than bread. Our company com
missary is Corp. John Martin; Burlie
Bowser and John Huselton are cooks.
Rain started to fall this afternoon just
after the order "fall in for regimental
drill" was given. We were not inarch
ed out anil everyone has taken refuge
in the tents. A large number of letters
from our Butler friends were received
today. Mail is distributed about noon
an«l leaves at noon and six in the even
ing. Our best regards to the "folks at
home" and more anon.
in: \ rus.
BLAKSLEE—At her home in Butler
April 80th I*9B Mrs. Eliza J Blakslee
in her C2nd year.
Mrs. Blakslee has been in poor health
for some months anil her death was not
unexpected. She was the mother of
William S. and Isaac D. Blakslee, and
Mrs J. V. Ritts of Butler.
She was buried at Albany X. Y.
GREEX —At home in Allegheny twp.,
April —, lsus, George Green, aged
alwut <>o years.
STEUBGEN May 'J, 1838, infant
daughtei of W. J. Steubgenof Saxon
burg, aged 8 months.
Samuel Wright, a well known citizen
cf Connoquenessing twp, was found
dead in the woods near his home last
Monday morning. He left his house,
Sunday afternoon, for a walk in the
woods, and was not seen again until
found dead. He was alwut 50 years of
age, and was troubled with heart dis
More Wanamaker Revelations
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Harrisburg. May 3.—Despite the
noise of battle and the Spanish war,
that other war, the battle for pure poli
tics and freedom from boss rule that
Is being waged by ex-Postmaster Gen
eral John Wanamaker goes steadily on.
Mr. Wanamaker's unflinching purpose
to drive the rascals out of power in
Pennsylvania is as firm as ever.
And yet on the other hand, Mr. Wan
amaker has not given up his project of
organizing and equipping a regiment
for the Spanish war. It is likely that
this week will see the first step in that
direction. The wonderful patriotism of
this man is shown in more ways than
one. Every campaign speech that ho
makes has for its introduction a splen
did ten minutes' talk on the Spanish
war. And there is no let up in the vast
crowds that go to hear Mr. Wana
maker. He is received everywhere
with the warmest approbation and
every night he assails the Quay ma
chine and the bosses from a new stand
point. On Thursday night last he
spoke to 1000 people in West Chester,
despite the fact that there was a driv
ing rain storm outside and that the
public heart of West Chester was
largely with its soldier boys who left
that day for Mt. Gretna. In his speech
that night Mr. Wanamaker said:
The chief object my friends had In
inviting me to speak to you this even
ing was to discuss with you subjects
more particularly connected with the
state government of Pennsylvania.
Within our own borders there are not
a few waging another war—not for
Pennsylvania has fallen from her
old time greatness.
The story is a long one—4o years
long. It is the work of a triumvirate,
father, son and pupil. The conspira
tors entail their hard conditions upon
the state, and these conditions grow
heavier and threaten to overpower the
people for the sake of politicians and
Outright frauds in elections, open
bribery of legislators, outrageous
transactions with the taxpayers'
money on pay rolls, overcharges by
public servants and contractors are
not only common scandal, but uncom
mon loss to our badly-governed and
over-taxed people.
The recent revelations to the public
of vast sums of the public money ex
posed to kiss in the Chestnut Street
bank after common warning and the
tragedy that drew aside the curtains
of the People's bank, supposed to con
tain over half a million dollars of tax
paid money, until the curtains were
quickly drawn bark again by its presi
dent, who pitifully pays for the silence
held to lj" a part of the program of
Pennsylvania politicians, are not new
to you.
In November, 18*1, when the war was
hardly under wav and gross frauds
were unearthed In the war department,
Senator Grimes wrote to Senator Fes
senden: "We are going to destruction
as fast as Imbecility, corruption and
the wheels of time can carry us.
Charges were made against the Secre
tary of War (then Senator Cameron)
and he was relegated to Russia.
Whether he profited personally by the
stealings is unknown to me. Certainly
Lincoln did not think so. but of this I
know and speak deliberately, without
malice or prejudice, that since 18G1 the
wheels of Pennsylvania's government
have rolled backward, and the Cam
erons and the Quays have been re
sponsible therefor. Whether done by
them in person or through Andrews
and other well-p »id servants, they are
equally respons' ftie.
How they have benefited person
ally is no secret to not a few who
know the workings of the state treas
ury, through the uncovering of the
People's bank methods and practices.
It Is hard to determine where to begin
and harder still to know where to stop
in the long, pitiful story of the state's
disgrace and losses through the boss
system now engrafted almost perma
nently upon our great slate.
Senator Quay's patriotism Is of the
kind that does not reach above self.
Everything in Pennsylvania Is sub
ject to his political rule, and during the
present crisis from llrst to last he has
preyed like a vulture on the patriot
ism of the people and of his party for
his own political and private ends.
In this hour when the young men of
our state and land are marching for
humanity and freedom it should be
known over the length and breadth of
this state that Senator Quay has not
scrupled to play the traitor to patriot
ism. I charge, on what is the best tes
timony that can be obtainable, that
S« nator Quav was e member of u
senatorial combine to defeat the wishes
of President M< Kinley. That the meet
ings of this combine to assist the
Democrats and Populists were for the
most part held in Senator Quay's room
in the Capitol; that all the time l*e was
in league with this combination he
was protesting to his friends, and those
whom he wished to deceive, that he
was not In sympathy with the move
ment and wanted It beaten, but that
the sentiment of Pennsylvania demand
ed that he oppose the president.
Moreover, as still further showing his
deception and political trickery, he
was at the satin- time, while making
these protestations, sending telegrams
to his ward heelers and political work
els In Phlladi lphia urging them to
telegraph their congressmen to sup
port him—Quay—In Ills warfare
against the president.
Can you conceive of a more shame
ful or perfidious piece of treachery to
the president of the United States
In this hour of peril? Hut there !s one
other charge antedating tills fine
. hlch amount! almost to treason. I
I vo the facts as they were publicly
•(-ported at the time of their occurrence.
You all know with what speed and
liaste th government wns compelled
to purchase yuns and hurry along
plans for strengthening our navy and
coast defenses.
I charge, jind my authority la a
IradliiK and refutable newspaper, that
.Henator Quay was prepared to, and
did do, all that luy In his power to de
lay the paaagr of the naval appropria
tion bill; holding back legislative ac
tion that wan designed to strengthen
this country against the assaults of
foreign foes. And for what purpose?
That he might revenge himself on the
senate and house ut reoresentatlVfl*
for their failure to pay the price de
manded for armor plate by IJVJUC OF the
great OOPfWratlofiS of Ponr.avlvntilt
and the head of one of which t day in
a resident, ss he ts also a native born
of a land beyond the s->a; fur the sake
of a great corporation which it Is al
leged is a liberal contributor to Sena
tor Quay he was prepared to damage
American interests for revenge
Emperors and despots read their
doom in the advancement of intelli
gence the world over. No man was
born to be a slave. The dynasties of
Europe, that have ensured for centur
les. totter on their foundations, and the
time is not distant when titled aristoc
racy will cease to usurp the rights of
honest people.
Pennsylvania has oeen ruled for 40
years by political despots, avaricious,
cruel and corrupt.
The chains of Doitical servitude
have been welded tighter and tighter
until every llinb and muscle has felt
the steeled imprisonment. Yet many
political monarchs and monarchies,
that for a time have flourished, have
been overthrown when .met by their
deadliest foes—education and enlight
enment —and the time Is not far dis
tant when no Quay nor Andrews will
Uare to lift a murderous hand to strike
down tha poitical liberties and material
interest■ of the Republicans of Penn
sylvania The swords of corporations,
misused ®«tilic funds and political pat
ronase are not to forever menace
Pensylv;u»ia's greatnes.
We will not be discouraged if we
have maay Bull Runs. There is sure
to bu a» Appomattox. The militia of
April wi» become the regulars of No
vember. The deeper 1 get into the se
crets UM the more I learn of the
methods «t this consolidated man
hood destroying and character attack
ing political crowd in Pennsylvania,
the moiV I appreciate v.-hy men hesi
tate to stand up straight and fight.
It takes courage to face the Spanish
bullet. Lut for s< me men it takes
greater courage to face the reputation
destroying. character smirching, good
name assassinating bullets of the ma
chine batteries. Today we see the ma
chine doubling and redoublirg itsefforts
and money to turn back the rising tide
of condemnation, and when we see
their citadels of strength being shaken
we know that the day of emancipation
is near at hand.
History has shown that political
bosses have appeared strongest when
they were nearest their end. Ross
Tweed was thought to be unconquer
able six months before his power was
broken, and while he was in the very
shadow of the penitentiary, and Boss
John Y. McKane never lost an election
while he had his liberty. He defied
the warnings of an outraged people
and scoffed at threatened justice until
a few days before he put on the prison
st.ri o»s.
I have shown that part No. 1 of the
system is the state treasury, the great
central storehouse from which Is dis
seminated wholesale corruption. I
have spoken of part No. 2 of the polit
ical system as the place controlling
and office promising branch, which
commands a premium for the olace
and compels official rottenness and
slavery to satisfy the avarice and greed
of the bosses. I have analyzed part
No. 3 of that political system as a
great combination to suppress legiti
mate legislative news and distort ac
tual facts relating to government.
Part No. 4 is the combined inlluence
of the great corporations always on
the side of the bosses. Part No. 5
is the both lavish and almost rckless
use of vast sums of corruption money.
Part No. ti is the official legislation to
protect favored politicians organized
in speculations enabling them to com
mit crimes without fear of punishment.
It is a fact, though a Pennsylvanlan
should blush to say it, that any person
who may try to protect the honor and
guard the interests of his state, by op
posing the Quay machine, takes his
business interests, his reputation and
almost his Ufa in hts own hands. No
sooner does a man show independence
und re-fuse to indorse the misdeeds of
the political machine than he is taken
in hand to be disciplined.
If he is the employs of a corporation
he is threatened with discharge; if he
Is a merchant he is boycotted; if he is
a clerk the head of the Arm Is notified
that he must be suppressed; if he Is In
terested in a corporation the company's
interests are threatened; If he is a di
rector or stockholder In a bank large
customers are found to threaten the
withdrawal uf their business; If he Is
a physician good patrons object; If he
is a lawyer Ills clients are given orders
and threaten to leave him; If he Is a
preacher members of his congregation
protest; if a man daring to be inde
pendent of political dictation is In debt
he Is threatened by those who hold
his obligations. This is not the result
of accident, but of method.
It Is the result of a carefullv plan
ned and manipulated system that ex
tends into every county In the state
and reaches all classes of business. It
Is every day and every year working
machinery; manned by a host of politi
cal retainers who report to the central
office the first symptoms of machine In
subordination. and who are expected to
advise ways and means of applying
the silencing and crushing pressure.
Hut there is a class of men beyond
these Influences that the machine must
reach. They aro men who have to
their credit long years of honorable
professional and business records; men
who are leaders in their respective
communities; men whose very names
are synonyms for Integrity and char
acter; men whom ordinary considera
tion will not move. These men aro a
constant menace to the existence of the
machine, and methods must be found
to keep them from taking an active
Interest in politics.
To Influence these men is to set In
motion the character torpedo, the repu
tation smirching and the good name
destroying machine. It is worked by
the hands of a gang of place holders
and place seekers who risk nothing by
trying to rob honest men of characters.
It la a warning of what all who pro
test must encounter. The blackmailer
begins to operate That most con
temptible of human beings—the anony
mous letter writer starts his miser
able work. The scandal peddler, a
moral outcast. labors systematically to
poison society with Innuendo, insinua
tions and base lies.
Detective agencies, composed of low
tools and thugs, are hired at great ex
pense to clog the footsteps of those who
dare wotk against the machine. They
are paid to fabricate stories, invent
false evidence against nny one whom
Ilia machine may wish to destroy. Any
mart who causes trouble Is sure to feel
their vengeance. Those connected In
any way with the persons of their
special hatred are not safe. The youth
or the aged are not spared. They do
not care for the gray haired mother or
Innnocent children, and this Is why men
dare not light. Any man who enters
the arena of Pennsylvania politics to
day against the machine will not es
cape It Thus do they arrogate to
themselves the sols right to your offices
and assault you if you venture toward
your own door.
It is one of the most powerful ad
juncts to the great Itepublican political
machine In Pennsylvania today. Men
of Chester, are you satisfied? Are you
willing to surrender, without a strug
gle, your right to have ambltlors? Are
you willing to give consent that your
sons shall be debarred from public
office or public life unless they sacrifice
their integrity and theli honor upon the
nllar of political slavery and corrup
tion? Is It not time that you Join with
us in driving away these flocks of ma
chine paid vultures who peck and caw
at the reputations of honest men to
try and make the world believe thut
they have found food filthy enough for
their depraved palates?
C* i ift> Is the basis of good health,
" M«C steady nerves, mental,
P I - » J physical and digestive
DIUUU htrength. if you are ner
vou-i, crri "h und purify your blood with
Hood: "ar jarilia. If you are weak,
have in' i; " lc and desire to be strong,
hen I hj vigorous, tnke Hood's Sar-
Bapuriila. v inch will tone your stomach,
create un apatite M nd build you up.
Hood S pariHa
The I'.r <i in fact the One True Hlootl I'urtfler.
u i**ii cure nausea, Indigestion,
IIOOU S PUIS biliuiuucsi. frlcctt*:.
I Royal makes the food part,
wholc*oa>« t«4 dtltdoti.
Absolutely Pure
The Fate of The Maine.
So one doubts now ljut that the Maine was
blow up with a mine or torpedo, and it
Is with Krt'at effort that our Leader
is holding In chirk the American
people when they think they
are in the right it is almost
impossible to stop
It Looks Like War
hut we must go on and do business
all the same, our stock this spring
is fully one half larger than ever
before and there is going to be
some great shoe selling this spring
We are in shape to meet your
wants at lower prices than ever
Our Line of Tan Shoes
Must tie seen to tie apprieated.
Ladies' Tant?hoes from flfic to
Men's Tan Shoes from fl.Sft to
Boy's Tan Shoes from 9Hc to $2 50.
Child's Tan Shoes from 48c to #I.OO.
See all our lines before you buy.
Big out in prices in every de
Repairing Done Promptly.
ii. (V it.
here's the
This store offers to make it pay you to
buy your
shirt waists
large assortments
choice styles
less prices
Collection of Shirt Waists here, 40c to
f.L75, as emphatic evidence of it—in
cluding nil sorts of pretty materials—
Madras, Percales, Piques, I.i.iens, Mulls
and all the dressy summer fabrics. As
sortments of coloring and designs sur
passirg an y we know of.
Shirt Waists
one dollar
that we think you'll say are world Wat
ers for value, |
Handsome Shirt Waists between One
and Two dollars,
Swell "St«r" Shirt Waists $1.50 to J3.
All you need do is give us an idea of
your preference we'll give you the ben
efit ol our best judgment in selecting—
and you'll save money.
Most interesting collection Fine Ging
hams, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35c— bun-1
dreds of styles -Other good Ginghams
6 I*4c up-
New catalogue ready soon—have we
your address so you'll get a copy?
Boggs & Buhl
Buy Direct from Manufacturers
Single Tube Tire. Light and 1 ,- ast yet
Strong and Durable.
$5 00 Per Pair.
The King Mfg. Co ,
Office KM Arch St., I'hilaUelpbla, I'a.
139 South Maiujstreet
Over Shaul & Nngt'u Clothing Store
Eyes Examined Free of Charge
Jeweler and Graduate Optician
Next Door to Court House, Butler, I'a.
Cui' A. Trout mail's Soi»». lU'TLER. I'A
Walker & McElvain,
KETTERnt lU'll.lMNtl, Ol'P. I'OSTOrriCr.
C!-* upecinllreil Tire nib winning F.du-tUi n.
t Off Ct+Ct'l A** APVIV rc
i\ in rr ,v so.vs. s-u imu aycw,
| Everything for Your;[
I House. ||
I sfifcy/
) T
) Carpet Buying
C If you buy them here. Little trouble
J to make a selection from our stock.
y Patterns the newest and prices the
C lowest, if you consider quality.
f \ \m f \ or ' Room
/ ' r Sitting Room
C The prices range
; to 90c
( For your Parlor or Library. Prices
✓ from
J> 50c to $1.25
r The most popular floor covering
N we're showing this season for a high
( grade carpet. The price is
/ For your Kitchen, Piiitry or Bath
\ Room. Price
/ 45c per yard
f In one yard, one yard and a half (
J and two yard widths. Price
C 25c up 1
C In White or Ecru—the newest,
J things—are here. Plain centers
C with lace borders. A nice Red <
y P-oom Curtain costs
) 75c a pair
| Come in and Look Around.
Office at No. 104 East Diamond St.
Office in Mi chell building.
Office- with Newton Black, Esq. South
Diamond Street.
Rfx>m J. —Armory building.
Office between Postofficc and Diamond
Office on South Diamond Street.
Room 8., Armory builditi 0 .
Special attention given to collections
and business matters.
Reference: Butler Savings Bank, or
Butler County National Bank.
Office on Main St. near Court House.
Office at No. 8 South Diamond St.
Gold Killings Painless Extraction of
Teeth and Artificial Teeth without plates
a specialty, Nitrous Oxide or Vitalized Air
or Local nxsthetics used.
Office over Millers grocery, east of Low
ey house.
Formerly known as the "Peerless
Painless Extractor of Teeth." Located
j>erinanently at 111 East Jefferson St.,
Oppojite Hotel Lowry, Butler. Will do
dential operations of all kinds by the
latest devices and up-to-date methods
Painless extraction—No Gas—Crowu
and bridge work a specialty.
Office—Room No. 1. new Bickel build
137 E. Wayne St., office hours. 10 to
12 a. 111. 1 and to 3 p. in.
Artificial Teeth inserted on the latest
improved plan. Gold Fillings a spec
ialty. Office over Miler's Shoe Store.
Eye, ear, nose and throat a specialty.
132 and 134 S. Main Street, Ralston
\l r H. BROWN,
Office 236 S. Main St., opp. P. O.
Residence 315 N. McKenn St.
200 West Cunningham St.
New Troutinan Building, Butler Pa.
Office near Court House.
Office No. 45, S. Main strict, over City