Tne navy departruent wants $18, 000,CK)0 for increase porposès next year. The country appears to be getting pretty good valne for the rnouey expended on the navy. This being tne ase its needs shonld be met nngrudgingly. Transports are hurrying uien, horses and mnnitions of war from San Francisco to Manila as rapidly as possible. When the wet season tfirruiuates the Filipinos nay expect some experiences by which some valoable lessons may be learned. Gen. Jiminez has left Cuba to enter opon his mission in Santo Domingo. The revolotionists appear to be in control and have formed a provisioual governmeñt. There appears to be coraparatively little disturbance in the districts held by the revolutionists The ïevolution thus far has been far less sangninary than ostial. The president of Santo Domingo has stepped down and out in favor of Gen. Jiminez. Jiminez of course has no otner title than that he has driven President Figuereo to resign throogh force. Tbat is the only title that is recongized there, however. Jiminez will probably hold the office until he is killed or a strouger claimant comes along. Lost or strayed bot not stolen, one Hazen S .Pingree, familiarly known as "hizzexcellency1" and "the old man." He is a great noise, bot is not otherwise distmgnished. He may have ■wandered away in a nypnotic state as it is knöwn that he is easily sobjected to the infloence, especially on Street railway matters. No reward is offered for his return as the quiet of his absence is too thorougbly appreciated by all concerned to lead acy to desire his coming back. Cornmander Edward D. ïaussig who 'has been at Manila rmder Watson has been relieved of his command by the latter and ordered home. Hecriticised "Watson's Jbaudliug of the fleet. "Wbether any farther pnnishmeut is in-flicted npon hirn when he gets home will probably depend on how he conducts himself. Shonld he ask for a conrt of inquiry he rnay get more and possibly he might he vindicated. He -will probably have had enongh experience, ho wever, to lead him to forego the conrt of inquiry. Affairs in the Transvaal still remain in an unsettled state. Preparations lor war are still goin? on and many people are leaving Jobannesbnrg. Indications joint to the union of the entire Dntch popnlation of Sonth África against England in case of war. England íh pretty certain ín the end, however, to gain the principie points of her contention. ïhe Boer most cbange his tactics, he mnsfc take on sotue of the liberal ideas and the progresa whicb snrronnd hiin or give place to those wbo will stand for progresa and the advance of civilization. There was a touching and dramatic scène in the Dreyfus trial yesterday wfaen the prisoner refated his purposs to commit suicide before his degradation and dismissal from the Frenen army for treason. He declared wbile'laboring nnder the greatest emotion that tut for the pleadings of his wife that for her sake and the sake of hia childjxn, he tshould live and nndergo the tortnre that was to be inflicted npon liim. He promiKed to do it and went to the degradation exeroises becanse of that appeal. As an innocent man be would have preferred to take his own life than to snffer the torture but for jthe pleadings of his wife. And now it is reported that Gen. -Alger will determine in 10 days -whetber or not he will stay o the senatorial race. From present indica tions it will make little difference what his decisión may be. If he deidestto stay in he will be out of the zace jnst the same as though he shall decide to poll ont. All omens at present indicate that that persitumon -öelongs to McMillan. Is he not willing to pay the price? Does anyone .uppose those who have the goods to gelivtr will not.. when they have been once bought, stay bought? They are ,all honest men and would not disfrace Michiyan by any snch doublé dealings as that. The Argos se es b o .show for Alger, M. Joles Gnerin, the French emite, is still beseiged iu the ] juarters of the league. The archbishop i Df Paris recently called upon the ' mier aud urged a peaceful solntion of tbe difficulty, but Waldeeck-Rousseau told bim the law must prevail and that the government must take counsel of ítself alone 111 the matter. That a great government should permit such an affair to drag along is strange. Permitting such defianca of autbonty would sem to have more danger in it than could possibiy result from bringing the matter to a quick eiid. One E. H. Green, chairiuan of the repnblican state central committee of Texas, has escaped from home and wandered down to New York where he confided to the confidence of a ieporter his idea that the republicans are soon to coiné intotheir own in the state of the immortal Flannigan. Tbe strange thiog about Green is that he appears to oe perfectly sane and no one would suspect his rnalady if Ie talked with him on any ether subject tban politics. There are no violent symptoms about. Friends will return him to the wild and wooly regiun from whence he came and try to soothe him back to the normal. Col. Gardener, of tbe 3Oth Michigan, which is about to start for the Phihppmes, was the guest of honor last night at the annual banquet of che Holland society at Chicago. Vice Consul Birkhoff, for the Netherlands, at the clcse of the toasts proposed that the audience drink to the health of Queen Wilhelmina. Quick as a flash Col. Gardener interjected, "Let us drink to the health of tbe presideut of the United States and Queen Wilheliiiina. " The Consul bowed acknowledgement and the toastj was drunk after which all joined in singing "America." The incident was decidedly dramatic and showed the colonel on ais metal. According to Cornmissioner of Pensions Evans the pension department during the past year has been run on less money than was appropriated for tbe purpose which is a bne record. There was appropriated the total sum of 140,000,000 aud of this $138,556,052 were expended. The report shows that there are 753,451 veteran survivors of the war and 287,415 widows aud dependant relatives. Coinmissioner Evans has given an honest adrninistratiou of the pension burean under the status bnt he has fallen far short of the desires of maiiy of the veterans. Ko other governmeut has ever been so generous and even piodigal with its soldiers and yet many ai-e not satisfled. Bat this is haman. The generusity of the government gives the lie to the statement that republics are nngratefnl. The election of Dr. Boone to the superintendency of the Ciucinnati public schools amounts to a practical vindication of bim. The causes of his disruissal here veere understood by the board there and yet they did not work agaiust him at all, for he was elected at a greatly increased salary over what he received here. He is too able an edocator to be kept down by the tnrow down be received at the hands of the small fry who fcought him off, or secureci his resignation by paying him 2,000 of the state's money. It was understood at Cincinnati, of course, that he .left Ypsilanti on his own terms. His treatment by certain ruembers of the state board of education was anythinDg bnt just, still the measnre of those who compassed hiB defeat here is understood and he steps into a better position without the loss of any time at all. Unquestionably he will give Oincinnati an ableadministration. Once more there is a conflict of opinión between the commaoder of the American forcea in the Pnilippines and a fighting general in the field. Otis bnt recently uaid no more cavalry was needed there a? infantry was better for the purpose. This is the opinión of a general who commands from his office in Manila and never sees the front. T-hen over against this opinión may be placed that of Gen. Fred Funston, the cyclone from Kansas. He bas shown that he is not a figbter by courtesy but fche teal thing. What does he say? He declares that if the Ameri cans are gomg to bring the war to an end tbey must ínflict a crnshing defeat upon the Filipinos, that there lunst be means at hand to pnrsue them when they are dislodged from a position and to this end cavalry is needed. They must be run down he saya with cavalry. He declares fnrtber that during the dry season the country is well adapted to the ose of cavalry. He thmks the Amencans will have to go man hunting with cavalry or the war will drag on a long time. They must not only be defeated in battle bat pursued and crushed nttelry before they veill heve learned the lesson it is Decessary for theru to learn before they will give np. This same (Jen. Otis is the man, too, who iusisted all aloug tbat be had men enongh aud did not Deed any more. Bat the war department is" huryinng more troops there as rapidly as possible. Bis opinión is probably ■worth just aboat as múch on the qnestion of the practicability of cavalry there.