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Lee To Hold Manila

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Washington, May 3. - An elabórate plan ot warfare has been outlined by the administration, to be started at once. This programme, outlined by a member of the cabinet, is of course subject to change by the rapidly changing circumstances of war, but iL not interfered with will proceed about as follows: The Philippine islands will be upied without much delay by a military forcé of the United States under General Fitzhugh Lee, provided he will accept. His nomination as major general will go in as soon as the senate meets again. The Philippines will be put under military rule and held pending a treaty of peace. It will be made the base of operations for the Asiatic squadron, which is to be reinforced by the Charleston, now on the Pacific Lee's Assignment a Snr) rae. Supplies will be shipped at once froni San Francisco to Commodore Dewey, whi incidently is to be raised to the rank of a rear admiral without delay. General Lee's assignment is a great surprise, but tv is the present plan of the president, which may be changed by the objections of General Lee himself, who has exhibited írom the first a dèsire to win military laurels in Cuba. For the Atlantic squadrons the first consideration is the creating of a strong base of supplies on the Cuban coast to be occupied temporarily by the regular troops to be sent there in a few days. These troops, chiefly eolored, will go to work at once to ereet powerful fortiflcation3. When tfte work is completed these troops wiñ be returned to the United States to become a part ot the regular military reserve in this country to be held in readiness for emergency. N i General Wheeler for Cuba. The permanent guarding and occupation of the Cuban base of supplies will be intrusted to a detachment of yellow fever immunes with General "Joe" Wheeler, who is himself a yellow fever immune, in command. The nomination of General Wheeler, it is said, will therefore go to the senate at the same time General Lee's name is sent in and immediately thereafter General Wheeler will depart for the south to get his troops together and organize for the campaign. Meanwhile, the sending of any considerable army to drive Spaniards from Cuba is not contemplated before the close of the rainy season. The same plan contemplates the intercepting and crushing of the Spanish fleets from Cape Verde or Cádiz before they reach a base of supplies on this side of the Atlantic. If necessary for this work the bloekade of Cuba will be temporarily interrupted.


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