Washington, Jan. 12.- The papal delegrate, Archbishop Martinelli, has received discouraging news from his vlcar general, Roderiquez, in Rome, regardiug the rebellion in the Philippine islnd.. ín an interview Mgr. Martinelli discussed the situation in both the Philippine islands and Cuba, with considerable freedom. "Our order is very strong there," said the archbishop, "as we have several bishops and 330 priests scattered all through the provinces. It was too mueh to expect that all of them had escaped, and the news I received is bad. I have two letters from my vicar general, and he informs me that five Augustinian priests in parishes about Manilla have been carried off by the rebels, and no news whatever has been received from them. BelievB Tliey Are Deail, "In the absence of information, we believe that they are dead. Thirteen Dominican priests were also elther carried away or slain by the rebels, and those who were taken off were afterward killed, so we suppose the same fate has befallen the members of our order. The rebellton in the Philippines is likely to prove a most horrible affair, as the natives are only semi-civilized. Spain, too, is handicapped to some extent by the fact that she maintains on the island only a scattered army of about 4,000 men. Spain will have a difficlt task in subduing the half-barbarous people of the Philippines." Mgr. Martinelli, after referring to the various reports regarding himself and the affairs in Cuba, said: "I have reason to believe that the rebenion in Cuba will be ended very shortly. At least, so I gaer from "what I hear from Rome." Growing Kapidly to a Close. "These reports all go to show that the rebellion is growing rapidly to a close, and that it will probably be ended in the middle or the latter part of February. The Spanish seem to be victorious every day, and the list of killed and wounded grows constantly larger. The close connection between the government and the people of Spain and the "Vatican presupposes an inclination toward their side. The Vatican has always been in favor of established govemments and against rebellions. Kinally, we have reason to believe that as i far as the church is concerned, we will be better treated by the Spanish government in Cuba than we would be by j the new government, should the rebellion succeed. It is sure that in case they did succeed, a large number of Bpanish priests would be banished from the island, and perhaps much property would be destroyed or conflscated."