GEN. ELWELL S. OTIS. Gen. Elwell Stephen Otis died early this morning at his home in Gates, near Rochester, N.Y., where he had resided since his retirement from the army in March, 1902. General Otis was born in Frederick, Md., on March 25, 1838. He was grad- uated from the University of Roches- ter in 1858. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859, but fur- ther pursued his studies at the Har- vard Law School, where he was gradu- ated in 1861. On September 13, 1862, he entered the Union army as a cap- tain of Company D, One Hundred and Fortieth New York Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of that regiment on December 23, 1863 and made colonel in 1864, to succeed Colonel O'Rourk, who was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness. He participated in all the principal engagements of the army of the Poto- mac after Antietam, in the capacity of captain, field officer and brigade commander. In 1864 he commanded the regular brigade in the Army of the Potomac. He was severely wounded at Chapin's Farm, near Petersburg, Va., in consequence of which he was discharged on January 24, 1865, and brevetted brigadier general of volun- teers for distinguished service at ____ ____. He was appointed lieutenant colonel of the Twenty-second Infantry in the regular army in February, 1867, and colonel of the Twentieth Infantry. In __ he served on the frontier against the Indians. As the result of his experi- ences and observations during various campaigns he published in 1878 "The Indian Question." In 1881 he organ- ized the United States Infantry and Cavalry School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., which he conducted until 1885. Subsequently he served with his regi- ment in northwestern Montana and was also on duty in Washington. He was promoted brigadier general on November 28, 1893. He was judge advocate of the court which con- demned Capt. Oberlin M. Carter for the Savannah frauds. On May 4, 1898, he was appointed major general of volunteers and as- signed to duty in the Philippine Islands. Here he took principal com- mand on the departure of Gen. Wesley Merritt. He became military gover- nor and had charge of operations against the insurgent forces in the early part of 1899. In the same year he was a member of the Philippine Commission. He left the islands in 1900, and two years later was retired from the army, having reached the age limit.