Washington, May 26.- After a conference between the president and Gen. Miles that lasted until midnight the impression in army circles was that an army of invasión would go to Cuba in a few days. The number of troops to be landed, it is said, will not be leas than 25,000. Gen. Miles will go to Tampa this week, nrobably to direct the movements. The delay, if any, will be due to inability to secure enough transports for troops. Maj.-Gen. Miles has received reports whn ii show that nearly 40,000 soldiers, fully equipped and ready for the invasión, are at the three chief mobilizing centers, Tampa, Key West, and Mobile. Adjt.-Gen. Corbin has 28 transports at Key West and Tampa and that many more nearly ready for service. Instead of the president holding his plans in abeyanes awaiting the capture or destruction of the Spanish fleet, invasión is now practically independent of sea operations. The ordnance department has all the ammunition and supplies which could be used by even a larger army than it is purposed to send to Cuba. PKOMISE NEÜTRA1ITT. Tlve Countries Agree Not to Interiore in the War. Washington, May 26. - The cocsulai reports give notice of the declaration of neutrality by five countries, Russia, Greece, Venezuela, the Netherlands and Canada. Particular importance attaches to the declaration by Venezuela because hei ports must be of great value to the Spanish as places of refuge and as possible coal depots in the event that the declaration of neutrality were withheld. The notice is dated Caracas, April 29. The minister for foreign affairs took action on the day upon which he was notified by Minister Loomis that the United States had declared war. The notification does not go into details as to the rules of neutrality to be applied by Venezuela, nor deal with the question as to whether coal is to be contraband or not, but expresses Venezuela's position in the one sentence: "The republic wil preserve the strictest neutrality during the contest." Thinks Cervcra Is Safo. i London, May 26.- The following dispatch has been received from Madrid, dated 1 a. m. Wednesday: "Lieut.-Gen. Correa, minister of war, has received a cablegram from Gen. Blanco saying that American warships are in front of Santiago. Capt. Aunon, minister of marine, has received a lengthy dispatch from Admiral Cervera replying in full to instructions. The minister of marine receives nobody. He is working day and night. Yesterday he presented to the queen regent every detail of the plans at Santiago de Cuba, showing the defenses and the security of Admi-ral Cervera's squadron." To Organize an Engineer Corps. ( Washington, May 26.- The war department has sent to congress a bilí for the organization of an engineer corps with special reference to the needs of the army of occupation of Cuba. The engineers are needed especially to erect fortifications, build roads, throw up earthworks, string telegraph wires, and perform equally important work in connection with the movements of an army into a hostile country. The estimate for the equipment of the corps has been prepared and will be sent in aa soon as congress grants the necessary authority. Coal for Dewejr's Fleet. San Francisco, May 26.- The British collier Ning Chau has arrived in port ■with a cargo of coal from Puget sound. The government has been negotiating for the charter of the collier for several days, and it is possible that she and her cargo may be sent to the assistance ot Dewcy's fleet. A big cargo of coal already purchased by the government has arrived here on the Peter Jepson, which may also go to Manila. Rowan to Be Rewarded. Washington, May 26.- Gen. Miles has recommended to Secretary Alger that First Lieutenant A. S. Rowan of the Nineteenth infantry be promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. This Gen. Miles does as a recognition of the valuable services performed by Lieut. Rowan in his recent perilous mission to Cuba, securing valuable information for the United States government. All Qulet at Manila. Lonclon, May 26.- A dispatch to the Times from Hongkong today says: "Manila is tranquil. The foreign cruisers have agreed upon concerted action ior the protection of foreigners in any emergency. Aguinaldo, the insurgent leader, landed at Cavite on May 19. The insurgents, being without firearms, is öelaying the proposed attack on the garrison at Manila." Battlcshlp to Join Sampson. Washington, May 26- The arrival oí the Oregon at Júpiter inlet indicates that the battleship came around the outside passage and has not seen any of the American fleet. She got orders there this morning and will proceed te eome point for coal and provisions. It Is understood here that Capt. Clark wili report to Sampson as soon as pogsible.