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Col. Torres mide a number of efforts to get in telegraph or telephone communication with the imprisoned generals at Panama, but failed, the only answer that was permitted to his message being that he would be expected to comply with his luty. Following is a copy of a telegram sent by Col. Torres asking for instructions.
Wbile dated the 5th, the reference to preparation for hostilities would infer that it was filed at Colon before the occurrences of the 4th:
Colon, November 5, 1903.
"I have to advise you that the cruiser Cartagena left yesterday against my orders. I am awaiting your instructions in respect to what ought to be done. The commission which has been sent will not give any kuowledge in particular, Again and for the last time I desire your orders in order to comply with them. I have obtained permission to be allowed communication with Gen. Tovar by telephone to receive your last instructions. The enemy's troops and mine are preparing for an attack. The American troops are throwing up defenses and are deploying. What ought to be done? I await your immediate
ELISEO TORRES G."
Embargo Placed on Carrying Troops.
In connection with the attitude of the Panama Railroad Company in the matter of transporting troops over its line, the following telegram will explain:--
Colon, November 4, 1903.
Governor of Panama at the time of the secession, Minister of Panama at Washington up to a few months ago. Acting President of Panama during absence of President Amador in Europe and a presidential possibility:
(COURTESY OF G. ANDREVE.)
U.S. S. Nashville, November 3,
Sir: -The condition of affairs at Panama being such that any movement of troops to that neighborhood must inevitably produce a conflict and interrupt that transit of the Isthmus, which the U. S. Government is pledged to maintain uninterrupted, I am obliged to prohibit the carrying of troops of either
party, or in either direction by your railroad, and hereby notify you that I do so prohibit it.
Yours very respectfully,
More U. S. Vessels Arrive.
Colon Starlet::--The United States steamer Dixie arrived on the 5th at 7 p. m. A force of between three and four hundred was immediately landed. The Dixie is a practice and troop ship attached to the Caribbean Heet with headquarters at Culebra Island, Porto Rico.
Colon Starlet, November 12: The C. S. S. Atlanta left Kingston, Jamaica at 10 a. m., the 5th inst., and arrived at Colon on the morning of the 6th, a record run, and a chance for a crack ship to display her steaming powers. The Atlanta was ordered to Guantanamo, Cuba, on October 18th. This brings the combined American force at Colon to three vessels and over 1,000 men.
Washington despatch dated November 7:—The battleship Maine has been ordered to Colon.
(From Colon Starlet, November 10, 1903).
Washington, November 6:- To the American Naval Commanders on the Isthmus: Forces will be increased if necessary to prevent conflict between the Bogota Government and the secessionists. Colombia must settle the quarrel with its subjects peacefully, if at all. It is the only way to stop the yearly insurrections on the Isthmus, and relieve the United States of the burden of policing a territory that is not its own.
Colombian Troops Re-embark.
The Colombian troops comprising the "Tiradores" battalion, which were left in charge of Col. Torres during
WHISKY! WHISKY! WHISKY! WATSON'S 3 STAR, GLENLIVET AND No. 10.
TO THE FRONT. These Brands are the Standard for values and at All Times a Joy to the most fastidious.
TO BE HID ONLY FROM
COLON, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA. SOLE AGENT for the ISTHMUS of PANAMA.
the enforced absence of Gens. Tovar and Amaya in Panama, surrendered their arms on the 5th, two days after the act of secession, and arrangements were at once made for their return to Cartagena. It was first decided that Gens. Tovar and Amaya should leave the Isthmus on the steamer carrying the troops, but later it was considered that this might be an unwise move, for when the officers lejoined their meu they might try to incite them to further efforts. They were held prisoners in Panama until the sailing of the next Royal Mail steamer for Cartagena, a matter of ten days or so, and were then taken to Colon under a military escort composed entirely of young from the capital city, under the leadership of Guillermo Andreve, aide-de-camp to Gen. Domingo Diaz. nection with the departure of the troops, the Colon Starlet of November 7th has the following:
"The sailing of the Colombian battalion "Tiradores” on the night of the 5th on the Royal Mail steamer, Orinoco, took away all danger that existed of a conflict on the Isthmus. The defenses of the l'. S. Marines were at once taken down.
As an additional inducement to the Colombian troops to accept with resignation the new state of affairs, a purse of money is reported to have been made up and turned over to Col. Torres for himself and men. It
also rumored at the time that this officer was arrested and shot upon his arrival at Cartagena, but the Colon
Starlet of November 24th corrects the report, and refers to the disposition of the money, as follows:
"We understand that Col. Torres was not shot as was repoit-d, and that the mon“y from Panama, $8,000 in gold, which was presented to himself and troops, he turned over to his government on his arrival at Cartagena.” Again on the 25tli, the Starlet says:
"Anent the paragraph in Tuesday's issue of the handing over by Col. Torres to the ('olombian authorities at ('artagena, the money he received as a present before leaving Colon on November 5th, we have since been authoritatively informed that Gen. Reyes on arriving at Colon brought the money with him and retuned it.
Junta Defines Status of P. R. R.
Before affairs reached a critical pass, officials of the Panama Railroad Company arrived at an understanding with the leaders of the secessionary movement, as described in the copies of correspondence reproduced here. It is interesting to note that it was the idea of the provisional junta to name the new republic, the Republic of the IsthMus.
It is evident that this name dill not meet with popular approval, as the new republic came into being under the name of the Republic of Panama.
PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY.
"November 2, 1903. Dear Prescott:
I send you herewith memo, of points that should be covered in any communication addressed to us. Of course, there are many others, and you had better see Dr. Pablo Arosemena as soon as you can do so consistently and let him advise you fully. The object is to have the New Government send us such communication as will free us from liability in case there is a failure. Don't fail to get full advice and be governed by it. I send this by No. 5 to-morrow that you may have it early.
J.R. SHALER, Genl. Supt.