War Suspended, Peace Assured
President Proclaims a Cessation of Hostilities
PROTOCOL IS NOW IN FORCE
Cambon and Day Formally Complete Preliminary Agreement
CONCESSIONS MADE BY SPAIN
Yields Cuba and Puerto Rico and Occupation of Manila
WORK ON THE TREATY
Not More Than Five Commissioners on Each Side, to Meet in Paris by Oct.
By SIDNEY SHALETT
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES
Washington, Aug. 12 -- The plenipotentiaries of the United States and Spain
having the afternoon
at 4:23 o’clock signed the protocol defining the terms on which peace negotiations are to be carried
on between the two countries, President McKinley has issued the following proclamation:
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas, By a protocol concluded and signed Aug. 12, 1898, by William R.
Day, Secretary of
State of the United States, and his Excellency Jules Cambon, Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Republic of france at Washington, respectively representing, for this
purpose, the Government of the United States and the Government of Spain, the Governments
of the United States and Spain have formally agreed upon the terms on which negotiations for the
establishment of peace between the two countries shall be undertaken; and,
Whereas, It is in said protocol agreed that upon its conclusion and signature
hostilities between the
two countries shall be suspended, and that notice to that effect shall be given as soon as possible by
each Government to the commanders of its military and naval forces:
Now, therefore, I, William McKinley, President of the United States, do,
in accordance with the
stipulations of the protocol, declare and proclaim on the part of the United States a suspension of
hostilities, and do hereby command that orders be immediately given through the proper channels to
the commanders of the military and naval forces of the United States to abstain from all acts
inconsistent with this proclamation.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the
United States to be
Done at the City of Washington, this 12th day of August, in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and ninety-eight, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and
By the President,
William R. Day,
Secretary of State
A copy of this proclamation has been cabled to our army and navy commanders.
Spain will cable
her commanders like instructions.
Terms of the Protocol
Washington, Aug. 12 -- Secretary of State Day, after the peace protocol
had been signed by him
and by Ambassador Cambon this afternoon, prepared and gave to the press the following
official statement of the terms of the document:
1. Spain will relinquish all claim of sovereignty over and title to Cuba.
2. Puerto Rico and other Spanish islands in the West Indies and an island
the Ladrones, to be selected by the United States, shall be ceded to the latter.
3. The United States will occupy and hold the city, bay, and harbor of
pending the conclusion of a treaty of peace, which shall determine the control,
disposition, and government of the Philippines.
4. Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish islands in the West Indies shall
immediately evacuated and Commissioners, to be appointed within ten days,
shall, within thirty days from the signing of the protocol, meet at Havana and
San Juan, respectively, to arrange and execute the details of the evacuation.
5. The United States and Spain will each appoint more than five
Commissioners to negotiate and conclude a treaty of peace. The
Commissioners are to meet at Paris not later than the 1st of October.
6. On the signing of the protocol hostilities will be suspended and notice
that effect will be given as soon as possible by each Government to the
commanders of its military and naval forces.