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Plan To Capture San Juan

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Day
29
Month
July
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
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Washington, July 26.- Gen. Miles' plans for attackíng Porto Rico, so far as they have been disclosed, contémplate a concerted movement by army and navy against San Juan, the former to attack the city in three divisions, converging from the southeast and west. Miles, who will make the first landing, will debark or has already debarked his troops at Guanica, twentyeight miles west of the town of Ponce. He will occupy tha. city, from which excellent roads run to San Juan, which is distant elghty miles to the north. Thirty-flve miles east of San Juan is the settlement of Fajardo, where it is thought the second expedition will debark. The third s destined for Barcelona, to the west of San Juan. The plan contemplates the capture of the city from the rear, while the navy bombards it from the front. Gen. Miles believes there was much needless loss of life by reason of lack of artillery in front of Santiago. Ha proposes that ampie artillery shall be utilized in the capture of San Juan, anii that the infantry shall not be forced to psrform the work of the heavy guns. His eommand will conaist of from 30000 to 35,000 troops, of all arms of the service, with which he belives to be au ampie number of field batteries and a sufficient number of siege guns to thpuroughly protect the advance of the infantry and to reduce the city, if ït becomes necessary by bombardmecnt from the hills, in the rear. The Information at the war department flxes the number of S,panish troops in Porto Rico at 15,000, 8,000 of ■whom are regular and 7,000 v'olunteers. There are less than a dozen garrisoned points in Porto Rico, a large portion of which have small garrisons, which have recently been depleted in order to increase the defenses and the strength of San Juan. It is expected that the three divisions to participate in tha campaign upon San Juan will meet comparatively little resisitance until they arrive in the rear of the capital city. WILL ASK ARM1ST1CE, Spain Satd to Have .Drafted Measags for Washington. London, July 26. - It is announced in a special dispatch from Madrid, published here this afternoon, that the Spanish government has drawn up a message, addressed to the government at Washington, proposing an armistice for the purpose of discussing the terma upon which peace with the United States can be arranged. Iieut. Hobaon i:i New York. New York, Ju'.y 28. - Lieut. Richmond Pierson Hobson ïeturned to the city today, afier the second visit to Washington since hls landing from the St. Paul here on Friday morning. While in Washington he again conferred with Secretary Long concerning the saving of the Cristóbal Colon. Upon his return to this city he went to the office of the Merritt & Chapman Wrecking and Derrick Company to complete tha preparations for righting and preserving the Colon. Searching for the Gabie. Washington, July 25. - Signal officers say it will be almoet impossible to grapple the San Juan cable, although Gen. Greely, chief of the service, has ordered that the effort be made. The cable is only twenty or thirty fathoms deep off San Juan, but its exact location is not known. It is likely that official news from Gen. Miles will come by way of St. Thomas or Mole St. Nicholas and press reports will probably beat it eeveral hours. Soldiers Suffer at San Francisco. San Francisco, July 26. - Sicknesa among the soldiers here is increasing. In the división hospital are 208 patients and in the Presidio barracks hospital forty-five, a total of 253 soldiers, not counting perhaps a hundred less severe cases in regimental hospitals. More soldiers are sick now than during the bad weather when about 14,000 were at Camp Merritt, where today there are only a little over half that number. Gen. Klnji Will Leail. San Francisco, Cal., July 26.- It is understood that Brig.-Gen. Charles King will be in eommand of the next Manila expedition. He will Drobably go either on the Arizona or Scandia, Brig.-Gen. Miller, now commander of the Presidio, will probably remain for the present, at the express desire of Gen. Merriam. Have Giren Up Guantananio. Santiago de Cuba, July 26. - Col. Angel Rosill arrived here Friday, having been sent by Gen. Pareja, military governor of Guantanamo, to ascertain from Gen. Toral if the report of the capitulation were true. As the result of Gen. Toral's answer the 6,000 Spanish troops at Guantanamo laid down their arms. Austria Will Remain Neutral. New York, July 25.- A dispatch from Kingston, aJmaica, says: "Austria will remain neutral. Emperor Franz Josef has said it and he never breaks his word." Tiite was the only comment that the captain of the Aüstrian warship Marie Therese would make on the Spanish-American wu jm L.

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