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""VOL. LXV.-NO. 192. NEW YORK. FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1898. -COPYRIGHT, 1898, BY THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION. PRICE TWO CENTS. .1
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$120,000,000 FOR WARSHIPS.
jnr. nniTiau admiralty wants
this run new war vessels.
Ilr Charlfi nrreeferd hjiTtalAannl la .lot
nouh-KrT Vacant Slip Sheald B Used
r.r llulldlos Wnrohlps Sir Charlra Bllke
,.,, Ilu.il and Otrmuuy Aro Bnlldlna
Tltrm raster Than Great Britain 42otchen
mi ir War Comes It Will Be at War or
lienor and Nueeess-The Knit Ships ta De
Vrr; Powerful nnd Very Costly Tho Caar
prrrrr the Hipondllure or 00,000,000
nimble rnr Wnrshlpe-Bneiln Olvrs tba
Hint r Terra Tnenti-rour Hours ta Decide
Whether lie Monte the Caar'a Friendship.
fl-r'tal Cable DetpalcSe to Tnx Ecu.
Iinpon, March 10. Mr. George J. Goachen
to-nlcht Introduce In the Homo of Commons
the naval estimate, which provldo for an ap
propriation of nearly 24,000,000. In present
ing the measure ho said that the Admiralty
were determined to avoid official optimism.
Ther bad not bcon dazzled by tho naval review
which occurred at tho time of tho Queen's
Jubilee. Tlio review was satisfactory, but It
did not show the Ideal standard. Mr. Goschen
added that It wss not tho country's Interest
that be should dlscloso now what style of ships
the Admiralty Intended to build. He would
only say that they would bo very costly and
very powerful. Sea power, he declared, wns
now rather with cruisers than battleships. Us
did not favor the Government operating an
armor plant.
In concluding bis statement Mr. Goschen
ipole In tones which somo of tho members of
the Houso thought presaged war. He said:
"If harmony prevails In the great contresof
Industry, If thomnrltlmo Instincts of this na
tion, which calls herself the misiress of thoseas,
Ihould reassert themselves by Increasing the
numbers of seamen In the mercantile- marine,
then the nation, with Increasing confidence, can
loot forward with hODe. If tho future holds
peace, which God Brant, then It will bo peace
with honor; If war. which God forbid, then It
will to a war of honor and sucooss." (Loud
thters,)
Vlce-Admlral Lord Charles Bcresford said
thtthewrs not satisfied with tho estimates,
lis thought that every vacant slip should be
tiled for building warships, and that every mur-ile-loadlng
gun should bo abolished. The voto
i liked for was not larco enough.
Blr Charles Dllkc, ono of tho Radical Icadors,
Btlstalned that the construction of warships by
Great Britain in recent years waB not propor
tionate to the number of r esscls built by Russia
tod Germany.
Other members urgod tbo Government to pro
Tide more training ships.
Replying to tbo critics of the Government's
jrorrarame. Mr. Goschen intimated that if two
or three first-class Ironclads happened to be
pnreluable from private Arm In Great Britain
at tho present moment tho Admiralty would
lay them, but he added that bo was not aware
of any vessels now for sale hero that were
inltablc for British requirements.
He admitted, however, that "the fact that so
many ships were being constructed in this coun
try was a resource to which the Admiralty
would be entitled to look In case of cmorgency;
bat to lay hands on such vessels, except undor
the most stringent stress of absoluio necessity
tad safety, would not be n reasonable course."
This declaration reveals that tbo Admiralty
hasdlscussod the question of purchasing war
ships, as was cabled to The Su.V on Tuesday.
Inasmuch as Mr. Goschen could not havo said
ao much uulcss ho had been advised
by bis expert colleagues in tho Admiralty.
Mr. Goiehen's statement further Implied
that the Government would not bid for warships
bflnifbiillt by private flrmi, owing to the ves
tcliIucMng certain capacities which tho Ad
miralty regard as essential, although th oy are
ximltiodly excellent In other respects.
In tho House of Commons to-day Mr. Cur
tail said that tho Government had not learnod
that Itussli had mado any protest against
the Anglo-German Chinese loan or had de
manded any compensation from tho Gov
ernment at Pekln. Tho British Ambassador at
8t. Petersburg, howorcr, had confirmed the
statement tbnt Russia had been negotiating
lth China for a loaso of Port Arthur and Tali
nvtnn for a number of years and also for the
right to construct a railroad to Port Arthur or
Tallenwan, Russia had not demanded tbo sur
render to her by China of tbo latter's sovereign
rifbts over Port Arthur and Tallenwan, nor had
be threatened to send troops there.
Mr. Curon further said that the BritUh Am
baiaador to St. Petersburg was also Informed
that If Tallenw an was leased by Russia, it would
U opened to foreign trade, tbo same ai other
Chlnose ports.
Tho Issuance of an Imperial ukaso ordering
til expenditure of 00,000,000 rubles for Rub
la warships marks the third great stride in
Preparation for war this week. This, together
with the American and British votes of money
for purposes of defence, means that three powers
"re assigned tho aggregate sum of $240,000,
000 for naval armaments slnco Monday.
The Importance of Llao-Tong and Tallenwan
from tho point of view of Russia's Interests Is
town In the text of tho Chassinl convention.
hlch contains this clouse: " China, on her part,
Wnds herself never to cedo them (Mao-Tong and
"allcnw r.n to another country, but if tho future
rbjenclos of the case should ron.u I ro It and
Russia should find herself suddonly involved In
r, China consents to allow Russia temporarily
toeoncentrato hor land and naval forces within
"d port3 in order to better enoblo Russia to
ttack the enemy or guard her own interests."
St. Pr-TEiiMiciio, March lO.-An Imperial
e has been Issued ordering tbo disburse
ent of 00,000,000 rubles In extraordinary ex
Pendlture for the construction of warships. No
"n will bo raised to provldo the funds.
ouuiuma, March 10. -A despatch from
woul Mrs that the Russian Minister has corn
Plained to tho King against tho attitude of the
""eaii officials in disfavoring M. Kir Alexleff,
Russian .Special Representative, as Joint
Lonimioncr of Customs, nnd also thoir oppo
'tlon to tho Russian military Instructors.
Hio ltusslnn Minister informed the King that
iM,r.ei,1"roa " "n"" e" within tu enty-four hours
"nil Majesty wished to retain M. Aloxleir nnd
military Instructors. Tho King, In tho
""Milne, Is consulting with the British and
t-niud Mates Ministers on tho subject.
1'IVlOltIA .STARTS FOR NICE.
llni but Atublxueuo Beply I be STeucb
Ambaiiador Made lo Iba Uuren,
errrlaf Cable Vtipnlcl, to Till Sui.
I)i,nv, March lO.-Tho Queon left Windsor
y m '''dock this afternoon, en route for Nice.
n t lew of the roasons that made the queen's
"""""re doubtful, tho fo.lowlng Incident In In-
"fisting hen hor Majesty rccolvod Duron do
'". tho rnnch Anibastador, at WlncUor
.c on Monday, the oxprcsiod tho hope that
lb.iiB would prevent her approaching visit to
Imi, ra- The Ambassador, with gallant
in. .Ultjr' nnvcredi "It would bo a luistor-
f ""Kfur France, madame,"
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aaaaaaaaaflaaaHatWIataaHii
riavTiNG in tub MiLirriXEs.
Tha losurcanta Are laid to Ilava Captartd
the Town of Bella, Xrar Manila.
Fptetal CabU Dftpatch lo Tn Bus.
IiONDOtr, March 10. A despatch to the Dally
Matt from Honr Kong says It Is reported there
that the Insurgents In tho Philippine Islands
havo captured the town of Jlollnao, near Manila.
XNOZANn AKli AtlEItlCA.
Jo Cemnualcatloa Between Ike Tw Ceaa
tries Rssnrdlax Cuba.
rr4al CabU Dttpa,to to The BCX.
Iindok, March 10. In the House of Com
mons to-day Mr. Curxon, Parliamentary Secre
tary to the Foreign Office, said In reply to a
question by It, C. Munro Ferguson, member for
Ijolth, that no communication bad passed be
tween the Government of Great Britain and
President McKlnley regarding Cuba.
A question of which notice was given by Mr.
II. V. Buncombe, Conservative member for
West Cumberland, appeared upon the printed
list of to-day's notices, but it was not put to
Parliamentary Socretary Curzon, doubtless at
that gentleman's request. The quostlon was
whether, with tho view of recognizing the
Identity of all tho English-speaking peoples, the
Government had considered the advisability of
placing the services of the British fleet at the
disposal of the United States In the event ot
complications between that country and A for
eign power.
Tho consensus of opinion In tho lobby of the
House of Commons was that Mr, Duncombe's
question was not only foolish but Impertinent,
as tho United States was not In need ot any
such assistance.
It Is learned that the suppression of Mr. Bun
combe's question was duo to Mr. William Court
Gully, the Speaker of tho House, who took an
unusual course In not putting It. Tho question
was rogarded as an Impertinence. Mr. Dun
combe, who Is an obscure humorist, Intonded to
be saroastic at the expense of the defences ot
tbo United States, but tho action of the Speaker
effectually sauelched blm.
nniTisu rijsira of it.
Unless the Cubnn u-tlen la Settled In III
Weeks War le Inevitable,
Special Cable Deepatch to Tnx Str.
London, March 10. DesDlte the momentary
abatement of the tension botwoen the United
States and Spain, official circles In Ixmdon take
the gravest via w of the situation, and tho belief
Is provalcnt that unloss a solution ot tho Cuban
dlfllculty is arrived at within six weeks at the
latest war is Inevitable. It Is not expected that
Spain will effect a settlement with tho insur
gents, and the only alternative Is tho absolute
surrender of the Madrid Government, which the
Spanish public will resist to the last moment,
1 ho Manchester Ovardlan says; " The belief
is strong In well-informed quarters that the
United States Government Is deliberately with
holding tho racts in regard to the destruction of
the warship Maine, while quietly preparing for
tho possibility of war in tho spring."
The Guardian also says it learns that the
United Statos Government has received several
offers of purchasable shlpit in Great Britain, so
that it Is a mere matter of selecting the vessels
which come nearest to tho requirements of the
authorities at Washington.
DF.COItATIXO Hill CLAVDE.
Ubi Enaland'e HlaUter In Cblnn VTen .the
Honor by n Diplomatic stroke 1
Special Cable PeipateK lo Tne So,
London. March 10. The British Government
has decided to docornto Sir Claude Mncdonald,
British Minister at Pekln, with tbo Insignia of
Knight Commander of tho Bath.
The decoration of Sir Claude at this Juncture
has taken everybody by surprise. It goes to
confirm tho statement cabled exclusively to
Tiik Sum last night that Great Britain will not
In any event declare war against Russia, but
will take such action as will compol Russia to
either bear the onuB of beginning hostilities or
seek a compromise.
It is believed that Sir Claude will receive his
new honor for having successfully arranged a
stroke in tbo far East In retaliation for the
virtual annexation of Manchuria by Russia.
Tbo nature of the step thus prepared has not
yet been disclosed.
,vo cAVsr. Ton azajot, bats spaz.v.
The Ministry fleca .Vetblna- That May Cause a
Ilnplur with America
Special Cable Deepatch lo Tnx Sen.
M tDr.lt. March 10. CI Liberal, the organ of
Premier Sagasts, publishes this official report of
the Cabinet meeting yesterday:
"The Ministers examined the alarmist situa
tion created within tho last few days by tbo
false rumors and inventions of a propaganda
with so much Insistence In order toplncethe
Governments ot both Spain and the United
States, against their own wishes, in such a posi
tion that the least Incident would compel a rup
ture, "According to the Judgment of the Govern
ment, after carefully examining all of the data
relating to tho matter, there Is no rational mo
tive for these alarms, or any that ought to
modify tho patriotic and pacific atlttudo which
the Government Is maintaining."
BAOASTA ienieb it.
lie laia tbo MlaUtrr Won't Resleo. Though
Ita roilllsn Is Set rtmsant.
Special Cable Deepatch lo Tnx Sex.
Madrid, March 10. Rumors wero current to
day to the effect that a Ministerial crisis was
Imminent. Prime Minister Bsgasta, when ques
tioned on the subject, doclarcd that tho reports
wero utterly without foundation. He added:
"Holding office certainly Is not pleasant In
the present circumstances, but all the Ministers
consider It a quostlon of honor to remain at
thoir posts."
WHERE li TUB PARIS?
bo Passed Iba Uiard, Cola stast, Yesterday
Morulas; War Do Anchored In tbn Fog,
Special Cable Deepalohee lo Tnx Sux.
Soutiiamiton, March 10, A steamship, sup
posed to have been the American liner Paris,
butwhoie signals were Indistinct, passed tho
I.lrard at -1 o'clock this morning.
She has not been reportod since. Tho weather
is thick In the Channel,
Londo.v, March 11. Up to C o'clock this
morning tho Paris had not been reported at
Unuthampton, A request for Information was
sent to Southampton at I) o'clock Inst night, but
no news has coino concerning hor.
tiSO,000 rO.V.t OV COAL FOR REV WEST.
A Cleveland firm "Mia It Una the Order To
lie Forwarded In llaeie.
Cl.icviei.ANli, O., March 10. Kirk, Woods tc
Co. of this city closed a contract to-day with
Government officials for 'JOO.OOO tons of coal,
to bo rushed to Key West.
"The orders arc lo rush tho coal forward with
all posslblo speed," sold Mr, Kirk, "They allow
us but it cry short tlmo for tlic delivery of tho
coal, and offer n large bonus If o deliver It be
fore tho time ngrccd upon. Special urrango
ments havo been made by tho Government with
the railroads to have this coal hurried through
to Key West as fast as It Is mined. We havo a
double forco of men nt work In the mines day
and night and hope to get tho bonus." i
NO SHIPS SOLD TO SPAIN.
NEITHER IIAH HUE ItEBN ART.E TO
SECURE A IjUAN O F $40,000,000.
Tbo .Rivalry Between Spain nd tbo United
tatee In the Kndenver to Bur Ships Will
Be sfnded when Commander Brownson,
Who nas Authority Which Will Unable
Htm to Buy Quickly, rtrackre Berepr.
WAiniNOTOtr, March 10. According to the
advices received by tho Stato and Navy depart
ments from their agents abroad, Spain has not
succeeded In purchasing a slnglo warship built
or building In any European country. Tho Ad
ministration regards this Information ns
thoroughly trustworthy, nnd after Its
worry over the reports from I.ondon, Paris,
nnd elsewhere that tho Spanish Govern
ment had arranged for scouring options
on a number ot armorclads at European
shipyards, it Is correspondingly happy.
Furthermore, diplomatic officers of the United
States, who have been ondeavorlng to asoertaln
from the most reliable sources whether there Is
any truth In tho persistent rumors that Spain
has secured a loan of $10,000,000, have roported
to this Government thnt Spain has not suc
ceeded In raising any money, nna shipbuilders
and foreign nations w ho have vessels of war for
sale are shy of making any contracts with the
Madrid authorities.
A number of despatches from naval attache's
of United States Embassies In Europe In regard
to the prospect of purchasing ships and the
Spanish endeavors to obtain options on those
under construction were received at the Navy
Department to-day. It was on tbo strongth of the
information contained In these and other cable
messages previously at hand tint tho Adminis
tration feels justified In believing that Spain
has been quite as unsuccessful as this country In
making arrangements for augmenting Its naval
forces In the event of hostilities. Great Britain's
attitude In not pormlttlng English shipowners
to sell tbelr vessels without the consent ot the
Admiralty Is not causing any uneasiness. In
fact. It is quite pleasing to the Navy Depart
ment, which realizes that the embargo will
have a worso offect on Spain than on tbo United
States, as Spain needs ships ruoro than this
country does.
"We will feel that wo havo accomplished a,
great deal," said a prominent official to Tnc
Sun reporter, "if falling ourselves to purchase
ships abroad we have kept the other fellows
from getting any."
Lieut. A. P. Niblack, naval attachd ot the
United States Embassies at Vicuna, Berlin, and
Rome, has added his efforts in securing Informa
tion about purchasable armorclads and torpedo
boats to those ot Lieut. John C. Colwell, attache
nt London, and Lieut. W. S. Sims, attache1 at
Paris and St. Petersburg. He Is now In
Italy making inspections of tbo shipyards
in that country and conferring with
the representatives of nations which are
said to bo willing to sell vessels under
construction for their navies. Lieut. Niblack
Informed the Navy Department to-day that ho
had been unable to secure an option on the
armorclad San Martino, which Is being built for
tho Argentine Republic at Leghorn. The rea
sons underlying this failure were not ascer
tained by Trie Sun reporter, but it Is positively
known that the Spanish Government did not
checkmate the United States.
The rivalry between Spain and the United
States in the endeavor to get ships Is growing
more Intense. Representatives of each Govern
ment aro crossing tho tracks ot agents of the
other, and it Is belleved hero that eome of
tho countries which want to dispose ot
vessels aro encouraging both sides In tho
hope ot securing more advantageous of
fers than those, now under consideration.
This is not displeasing to the Washington
Administration, which Is hoping that no prog
ress will be made by either party In the race
until Commander Wtllard II, Brownson, the
general agent of the United States, who sailed
from New York for Southampton by the St,
Paul yestorday, boglns his propaganda In
Europe. The wide discretion and authority
given Commander Brownson will enable him to
make quick bargains and straighten out some
of the difficulties which the naval attache's havo
encountered through their inability to enter
Into formal arrangements with the Governments
and the persons who have ships for salo.
The scope of Commander Brownson's mission
Is wider than had been previously admitted. He
will devote his attention not only to securing
options on war vessels and in ascertaining every
thing that will be of value to the Government
In relation to that subject, but will mnko ar
rangements for securing a largo supply of am
munition for the ships of the United States
Navy. Thero has been considerable un
easiness felt by tho naval authorities
over their Inability to obtain a sufficient
quantity of powder, projectiles, and fixed am
munition to supply all tho ships which would be
In commission if hostilities actually occurred.
Very little smokoless powder Is In the posses
sion of the navy, and the manufacturers of this
material will not be able, no matter how
great their efforts, to comply with the
emergency demands of tho Government.
Commander Brownson will probablv place
contracts with foreign Arms for furnlsblnr
an enormous quantity of smokeless powder, to
be delivered within the shortest possible period.
He will also arrange for securing other muni
tions of war and will make a general Inspection
ot the factories where such things are made,
with a view to reporting their ability to provide
the Navy with whatever It neods In their soveral
lines.
Mr. Piatt, a representative of the Thornycraft
BhlpDuIldlng Company, has been In consultation
with navy officials In rea-ard to the purohase of
vessels oonstrucied by his firm. The decision
of the British Government that no English ship
builder shall dispose of any of his craft to the
United Btotes or Spain has put a stop to the ne
gotiations for securing the four thirty-knot tor
pedo boat destroyers which Thornvcrnft had on
tho stocks In tho expectation ot disposing of
them to China. This British firm would llko to
enter into contract with tho United Statos
for constructing othor torpedo boat de
stroyers and torpedo boats, deliveries to
bo made within ftftoen months, but tho
Navy Department has decldod that It will not
arrango for any work of a warllko character
that cannot bo completod within the period set
for tho $50,000,000 emergency appropriation to
run-that Is, until Jan. 1, 1H1M). If tho llniltof
the availability ot the appropriation should bo
extended, nil contracts for the construction of
ships and for furnishing other munitions of war
will be placed with American firms. Tho pres
ent preparations contemplate quick deliveries
of all materials, which will bo paid for out of
tho cmorgoncy fund.
A contract for delivery of fixed ammunition
was closed to-day by the Navy Department with
the Driggs-Seabury Ordnance Company of
Washington, D.C., and Doihy, Conn, The con
tract prlco was iHHfi.OOO. Shells und projectiles
ready for use In 1 nnd (I pounder rifles, und 4,
S, and flinch guns, will bo furnished under tho
contract. Tho officers of tho army and
the navy o dnance bureaus are considera
bly chagrined over tbo shortsightedness
In not wotklng together in establishing
calibres tor the guns using llxed ammunition on
warships and roast fortifications. They havo
never boon brought Into harmonium action in
that regard, and as a consequence the army has
ono eel of callbros and tho navy another. Tho
callbros of tho navy rifles nru madoon an oven
btalcof Indies, while the urmy has adopted n
scale v hlch Includes fractions of Inches for guns
using fixed uuimunltlon. As a consequence the
fixed ammunition manufactured for ono service
is not Interchangeable with the ordnance of the
i other. Manufacturers of ordnance, both Fed-
;r
eral and private, are being rushed to the
utmost capacity of tbo plants to furnish the
military and naval branches of the Government
with emergency supplies. If there were uni
form calibres for the coast defenco ond marina
rifles the army could draw on the navy If land
movements necessitated an Increased amonnt
of ammunition for tho shoro forces, and vice
versa If tho navy boro the brunt of hostilities.
The present emergency will probably result In
legislative action compelling tho army and tho
navy ordnance bureaus to establish a uniform
arrangement ot csllbro for guns using fixed
ammunition.
In view ot tho probability that tho Govern
ment may purchase ships abroad, the Navy
Department has selected Constructor Llnnard
for servlco In Inspecting tho ships selected by
Commander Brownson before actunl purchase
Is mado. Mr, Llnnard may sail any time If
Commander Brownson recommends that any
special vessels bo bought.
Constructor Hobson. In charge of tho naval
architecture course at Annapolis, where three
students are being instructed, has appllod to be
sent to sea with his men In tho avent of trouble.
Mr. Hobson believes hjs services would be valu
able on tho flegshlp lu suggesting the vulner
able parts to aim nt,i and In directing what
course to pursuo In saving ships seriously dis
abled. His familiarity with tho doslgns ot ves
sel" and of the structural strength ot various
parts would enable htm to immediately estimate
the dauingo sustained nnd to suggest what
romedles should bo applied to save ships from
sinking.
TRORXTVROl'T ROATS FOR VS.
W,e Can Oot the Plans and Bnlld Torpedo
Boat Dealforrra Borr.
The Navy Department wants to add a num
ber of torpedo-boat destroyers to the fleet of
warships. It is knowrj positively that It was
dickering with the Thornycrofts ot England
for four boats that vrore building. It would
very likely have mado the purchaso It the
Thornycrofts had not at the last mlnuto re
ceived notice from the English Government
that tho sale would not bo permitted.
Since tben John Piatt, tho agent of the Thorny
crofts In this couutry.has been visiting tho ship
builders hero. His company. In addition to refus
ing to sell tho boats on band. Is not in a position
to build boats for this country because it has
fifteen months' work ahead of It, Mr. Piatt has
explained fully to the shipbuilders the work
thut thero Is to be done In constructing torpedo-boat
destroyers, and tho owners ot the
yards ho has v lulled havo estimated that the
boats could bo built in their yards In from six
to eight months, provided they have the com
plete drawings and plans tram tbo 1 horny
crofts. Mr. Piatt, who was in this city yes
terday, said that tho Thornycrofts were at pres
ent building thirty of these boats. Ho thought
tbnt tho American Navy should have a num
ber of this charnctcr of boats In Its fleet with
out delay. The bulldcm horo, he said, could
undoubtedly procuro tbo drawings and plans
from England, and work could bo begun at onco,
A torpedo-boat destroyer Is nothing more or
less than a very largo torpedo boat. The or
dinary torpedo boat cannot travel In the open
sea with safety. A destroyer Is betweon 210
and 225 foot In length. It draws only four or
Ave feet of water, which Is about tho snino that
a torpedo boat draws. It has a coal-carrying
capacity sufficient to enable It to cross tho
ocean, and It has twin screws and triple ex
pansion engines capablo of developing 0,000
horse power, which Insures a speed of thirty
knots or mora an hour. This Is considerably
faster than tha ordinary, .torpedo boats travel.
Torpedo-boat destroyers cost between 9300,000
and $400,000. They aro built to carry four or
five six-pound guns and ono thirteen-pound
quick-Ore gun. Those guns arc sufficient to de
stroy any torpedo boat or to sink an ordinary
unprotected gunboat. They also carry two
torpedo tubes.
MOTESIENTS OF WARSHIPS.
illnntonomoh and Ilatahdln In Commission
Tbo Flying Squadron,
WABUttfOTON. March 10. The placing of the
monitor Mlnntonomoh and the harbor defence
ram Katahdln In commission to-day nt the
League Island Navy Yard will bo followed on
the 10th by the addition to the effoctlve light
ing forco of tbo navy of the swift commorce
destroyers Minneapolis and Columbia, at the
same station. The Minneapolis and Columbia
will meot the armorod cruiser Brooklyn at
Hampton Roads, thero to remain as tho nucleus
of a flying squndron ot ocean corsairs, and to be
ready to respond to nn emergency call to Key
West or somo Northern port. The Katahdln
will presumably join the Terror In New York
harbor, while tbo Mlantonomoh will guard tha
entranco to Dclaworo Bay.
The Oregon arrived at San Francisco from
Puget Sound yesterday to take on coal and
ammunition in preparation for assignment to
the naval force concentrated at Hong Kong,
within quick striking distance of tho Philippine
Islands, or to Admiral Slcard's squadron In tho
Gulf of Mexico. The gunboat Wilmington
reached Barbadoes to-day. Joining the cruiser
Cincinnati and the gunboat Castlne. Those
three vessels will be held nt Barbadoes until the
situation has developed sufficiently to necessi
tate their presence elsewbero. Tho gunboat
Ylcksbure got to Sslnt Kltts to-day. and the
orulscr Marblehead Joined tho North Atlantio
squadron at Dry Tortugas this morning.
Pmi.ADEi.ruiA, March 10. Tho announce
ment that the monitor Mlantonomoh nnd ram
Katahdln wero to be placed In commission to
day drew a large crowd to tho League Island
Navy Yard. Tho visitors began to assemble
early at tho gates of tho yard, and when the
time for opening them arrived, thero were sov
eral hundred people In waiting. The visitors
were not allowed to go near the vessels.
About 11 o'clock five 'buses laden with sailors
drove up on tho dock alongside tho Richmond.
Thoro wero In all sixty-one ot thoso white
Jacketed tars, fifty having come from Brooklyn
under thargo of Mate Wilson to servo on board
the Katahdln, nnd the others under chargo of
Boatswain Klllen, from tho Wnbash, lying at
Boston, for service on tho Mlantonomoh. Quick
ly Hhouldcrliig their bags tho sailors went on
board tho Richmond to report to Lieutenant
Commander Day and to wait for orders to repair
to their own ships.
Tho Mlantonomoh was tho first to bo commis
sioned, and at tho appointed hour Copt. John
son, his officers and crew, somewhat short of tho
full complement of 121 men, descondod from tha
recolvlng ship Richmond, wuero tlioy havo been
quartered, and marchod across tha wharf to tho
monitor. Cnpt. Johnson nnd his men ranged
themselves about tho quarterdeck, Tho men
btirod their hends and listened while their
Captain read the orders from the Navy Depart
ment authorizing tho commissioning of tho ship.
Then Commandant Cnsoy formally transferred
possession ot tho ship to Cant. Johnson, and the
latter raised tlio United Slates flag and pennant.
Tho flag was run up on the flagstaff In the stern
of tho Ijoat, und the pennant-knonn as tho
commanding officer's pennant wns flouted from
tho inusthmid. This ponnant consisted of a long
lud-nnd-uhltu streamer with a blue head.
As the crowd on Bhore saw tho flag thoy knew
that the monitor was now In commission and
Lnler'ln tho day Capt. Wlldo and his crew of
eights -flvo men took posbesslon of tho Katahdln,
and with oxactly tho samo ceremonies she was
plared III commission,
Bnrce Lone MlnrOolug After Mnlno Wrerkaxe,
Nkwi-oht Nkws, Va., March 10. The im
mense barge Louo Star arrived here to-day and
Is now tnklng on 400 tons of coal to be delivered
to the cruiser Brooklyn nt some Southern port,
from which tho barge will go to Havana In tnw
of u tug to bring back those parts of the nrnia
ment und furniture of the wrecked Maine which
are considered worth saving. Tho Louo Star le
ono of the largest barges plying on tbo Atlantio
coast. Sho will go to Cuba In tlio sorvice ot the
UorrUt-Cbapoiau Wrecking Company.
V
FOR THE AUXILIARY FLEET
AN IMPORTANT CONFERENCE AT
HIE NAVT DEPARTMENT.
About BOO Vessels Available In Case or an
Emergency Tbo Subsidy Act Bttalrre
the Government lo Purchase tho Vessels
Before Imprretlnar Them Into tho nervier.
Wabiiindton, March 10. An Important con
ference was hold In tho office of Assistant Secre
tary Roosevelt, In tho Navy Department, this
afternoon. In regard to the formation of a fleet
of auxiliary cruisers, composod ot merchant
ships with good speed qualities.
Thero woro present Mr. Roosevelt, Chief Con
structor Illchborn, Capt, O'Neill, Chief of Ord
nanco; Commander Bradford, Cblof of the
Equipment Bureau, and Naval Constructor
Taylor. Plans for Installing rapid-fire rifles on
subsidized mall steamers and In giving them
protective qualities havo alroady been prepared
by tho Construction Bureau, but a number of
other craft avallablo have not been so provided
for, Tho oftlcors present dlsoussed the number
and size of all vessels available for auxil
iary purposes, and examlnod lists prepared
by officers detailed to Inspect merchant
ships, which showed that about 200 would be
available for uso in an emergenoy. It was
agreed that It would take a month to properly
prepare tho best of theso ships for war pur
poses, but the Chief Constructor gave It as his
opinion that he would be able to get It into some
sort of condition on a week's notice. No deci
sion was reached m to how the auxiliary ves
sels could bo best utilized If war came. That
will be left for determination at another
meeting.
In examining the subsidy act to ascertain
what will bo necessary to impress merchant
vessels Into tbo service of the Government
tbo naval authorities have discovered, to
their embarrassment, that the aot expressly
provides tbat the Government shall be ob
liged to purcbaso all vessels so Impressed,
This feature was forgotten by tho Navy De
partment In matting Its plans for organizing
auxiliary squadrons. It was taken for granted
tbat the reserve cruisers could be used by the
Government In war in compensation for the
subsidies granted to tho owners, but tho dis
covery of the clause In tho law prohibiting
impressment without tho actual purchase
of the vessels has for the moment dis
concerted tba Government In arranging
its schemo of auxiliary operations. Secretary
Long consulted the President on the subject to
day, but no decision as to the course of tho Gov
ernment has been reached. The Navy Depart
ment would like to begin fitting vessels of the
American line for hostile purposes at once, but
does not see Its way clear to expending an enor
mous amount In their purchase unless war is
actually assured.
Clement C. Orlscom, President of the Interna
tional Navigation Company, the owners of tho
St, Paul, St. Louis, New York and Paris,
stopped over In Washington to-day, on his way
from Florida to New York, to assure Socretary
Long that all tbo vessels of his line wero at tho
disposal of tho Government, Mr. Griscom was
also anxious to know what would bo the proba
ble action of the Foderal authorities
in regard to forming an auxiliary
fleet. R. A. O. Smith ot tho New
York and Cuba mall lino was also here
for the same purpose. Both concerns have a
numbor of vessels wblch have been surveyed
and reported to have qualities rendering them
off eotive as cruisers In war times. The Cuban
Una hot four ships 'suited for duty with the
auxiliary fleet, while the American lino has
four first-class ships and several of less
speed nnd steaming radius. Contracts havo
been made by tho Post Offico Department and
Mr. Smith, by which two additional ships, meet
ing the official requirements for carrying the
mall, are to be built at once. Mr. Griscom also
called on President McKlnley, in company with
Senator Hanna.
In anticipation of tha necessity of impressing
merchant ships forauxlllary purposes, tho Navy
Department Is preparing a list of officers avail
able for service on them. Commander W. II. Em
ory has been selected to command tho St. Louis,
and Capt. Robloy D. Evans will probably com
mand the St. Paul. Lieut. Nathan Sargeantwlll
bo tho executive officer and Lieut, F. F. Fletcher
tho navigator of the St, Louis. Before leaving
Washington on his mission to purcbaso ships and
wnr materials in Europe, Commander Willard
II. Brownson secured a promise from Secrotary
Long that a command would bo given him It
war occurred, and it was understood that his
preference In favor ot the stoamshlp New York
would bo gratified. Secretary Lung said this
afternoon that thero was no truth in tho pub
lished story that Commander Brownson would
assume charge of the St. Paul, on, which he
sailed from Now York on Wednesday, In Eng
lish waters it hostilities began while ho was
abroad. The command of the Paris will prob
ably go to Capt. Frederick Rogers.
TO ENZIST 2,000 MEN FOR TUE NA FT.
A Benrd or Ofllcers to Establish Boerultlng
Inttona In the South nnd Wrer.
WasntnaTON, March 10. In line with the
general preparations for tho anticipated emer
gency was tho action taken by Secretary Long
to-day In appointing a Board of Officers to es
tablish naval recruiting stations in tbo South
and West and to personally enlist as many sea
men and machinists ns they can secure. The
board Is composed of Lieutenant-Commander
John M. Uawley, in charge of the enlistment
division ot tho Bureau of Navigation; Chief
Engineer Harrlo Webster, and Surgeon Remus
C. Persons, who will leave Washington to
morrow for New Orleans, where they will begin
their work, Thoy will bo accompanied by a
mau of oxperlcnco In getting the right sort ot
material for the service. From Now Orleans
the board will go to Galveston, thence to St.
Louis, and perhaps to other places on tho Mis
sissippi, and after a visit 'to Cleveland will
probably end up their duties at Savannah and
Charleston, Tbo members of the board havo
authority to make unlimited enlistments, and
will obtain at least 2,000 men. As the Naval
Appropriations bill will authorize the addition
of only 1.300 men 'and boys to tho naval per
sonnel, the board's ordors wero Isiucd under
tho wide discretion given tho Presldont.ln the
emergency appropriation measure. If they
succeed In their efforts to obtain 2,000 com
petent seamen and machinists, tho enlisted
forco will be Increased by 3, M0, including tbo
number provided for In the annual bill.
Chief Engineer Webster's functions will bcSto
examine the machinists, and ho hopes to 'ob
tain excollont matorlal from among tho steam
boat inon on tha Mississippi and tho great
lnkou. Hcretoforn tho South, tho groat lako
region, und tho Mississippi Valley hne been
Ignored in recruiting for tho navy, but tho
present emergency affords tho opportunity,
which naval officers hao wanted for a long
time, of letting tho nblllly'of theso sections to
furnish capablo onllstod men, Bntches of re
cruits will ho sent from the stations established
to tha Brooklyn Navy nrd.und thence dis
tributed to tha Humorous ships which will ho
placed lu cuinniltslon when ndequnte crews
enn be obtained, or held In reserve for service
with tho auxiliary fleet, which .would bo Im
pressed If war Is declared.
'1 ho Colonel Commandant nf the Marino Corps
has been dlreotcd by the Navy Department to
enlist two additional battalions, composed nf
4711 men, and prrpaio them for tinmodlalo ser
vice on wurihips und at store stations.
Nla-nnllliitf rrllli isisrhl Iluckels.
JaciiBONVll.i.n, Flo., March 10. On orders
from Washington the inon of tho Vesuvius and
t he Dorldn Naval Reserves here had a long prac
tice slgnnlltng with the new rocket pieces to
night. Tho reports ot the rockets and their
hurt ting lu inldalr attracted large crowds.
ENOZANJi HBEKIXa AN ALLIANCE.
franco and Rnaala Also Wllllnx to Form nn
Alliance with Tnle Country,
WionrNOTOX, March 10, The utmost reti
cence Is still maintained by the Administration
regarding the purport of the visit of Sir Julian
Pauncefoto tu President McKloloy lust Tues
day. There Is trustworthy authority, however,
for tho statement that Sir Julian plainly repre
sented to the President the desire of her Majes
ty's Government to form a friendly alliance
with the United States for the benefit of England
In the Eastern question and for tho benefit of
the United States In its controversy with Spain,
Sir Julian's representations wore not by any
means the first Intimations givon to the Presi
dent ot England's friendliness, and thero Is
now every ronson to beltuvo that It tho United
States had becomo Involved In a wnr with Spain
on tho Cuban question this Government would
havo had tho sympathy ot almost ovcry nation
ot Europe, and that nil of them, with the possi
ble exception ot Germany and Austria, would
be willing to agree in advanco to observe strict
neutrality.
Franca and Russia, It Is understood, would,
more on account of enmity to England than of
friendliness to tho United States, baveboeu as
active as Great Britain In seeking an alliance
with this country, nnd tho diplomatic repre
sentatives of theso countries have moro than
onco pressed their views upon tho Presldont and
tho Secretary of State, They recclvod no en
couragement, however, ns the Administration
Is apparently disinclined to commit the Govern
ment to any general International policy at the
present time.
FORT HAMILTON'S NEW OUXS.
Flvo lo-lneh Oleapprnrlue: Rifles Heady for an
Invndlnx Barmy.
Tho new battery at Fort Hamilton, as re
ported yesterday. Is ready for service. Tho bat
tery consists of flvo ten-Inch rifles, all of the
latest type, mounted on disappearing carriages.
Each gun weighs 01,000 pounds, and is about
thirty feet long. The carriage of each weighs
30,000 pounds. The shells weigh 830 pounds
each, and each carries 425 pounds ot powder,
with a bursting chargo of SO pounds. The
velocity of the Bhell Is 2.100 feet a second. The
energy at tho muzzle Is 16.265 foot tons, whioh
gives the projectile power to plorco twenty
Inches of hardest steel at tho muzzle. At the
dlstanco of 2,000 yards from tho gun the shell
would have a speed of 1,724 feet a second. Tho
battery is supplied from the most modern maga
zines, which are under the guns.
At Fort Lafayetto they have been quite as
busy as at Fort Hamilton. Lafayette is the
supply magaziuo for tho Atlantio coast. For
somo weeks the shipping to the fleet near Key
West has been going on. Last Saturday four
carloads of ammunition were sent ta Florida,
and Saturday next 100 tons will be sent by
steamer. This shipment will consist ainlnly of
thirteen, twelve, and six inch shells. Big or
ders have recently boon received, and as a con
soquenc" the factories are pouring their supplies
into Fort Lafayette. By the middle of next
week 2,000 rounds of rapid-firing ummunltlon
will go to tho fleet in Florida waters.
VERY RVST AT KEY WEST.
Warships Loading- with Ammunition More
Tbnn Enouxh Tor the Vleot.
Key West, March 10. Tho Marblehead soiled
at midnight for Tortugas with ammunition for
tho Texas, Massachusetts, and Indiana. After
delivering It she will proceed to Tampa to re
ceive a large lot of ammunition for tho Now
.York, Iowa. Detroit, and Nashville, now here.
Tho Fern arrived from Havana yestorday and
will return after coaling. Tbo Fern's oftlcors
would oar nothing further than that everything
was quiet in Havana.
The sailors engaged In handling the ammuni
tion brought by the Mallory lino steamship
Nueces wore at work the greater part ot the
night getting tbo share belonging to tne vessels
at the Tortugas on board tho Marblehead. That
tbo men should havo been worked at night Is
belleycd to be evidence of tho haBto of tbo de
partment In preparing tor an emergency.
The ammunition that is coming overland to
Tnmpa for tho fleet will bo brought hero by the
Marblehead at once. It Is snld that this supply
will not only on tlroly All the fleet magazines, but
will leave a surplus, which will for the presont
bo stored at the Dry Tortugas.
Admiral Slcnrd went afloat thin morning to
visit tho British ship Cordelia, and also, it is
said, to Inspect the Amoricnn war vessels.
HVRRTINO OVNS FOR THE SATT.
Men In tbn Wn.hlnrtnn Factory Working Day
nnd Klxhl In Three Helms.
Washington, March 10. An evidence of the
desire of the authorities to hasten work 011 guns
at the factory horo was manifested to-day in
orders to the commandant to enroll no other
workmen than machinists whose services are
required In tbo delicate mechanism of the now
ordnance A call for 1G0 men has been Issued
and plans havo been mado to utilize this force
with tho 700 men now at the yard in push
ing forward work on tho smaller calibre
ot guns, such as would be required on
merchant ships nnd harbor craft employed
on tho second lino of defenco. Tha heavier
guns of 10 and 13 inch calibrator the battleships
now building would not be available for any
except rogulor wnr vessels, and as tho battle
ships under way cannot bo delivered under one
year, no hasto exists for tho rapid completion of
these pieces. Tho shops aro now working day
and night In three relays of workmen on mounts
and guns, nnd If Secrotary Longriecldrs to begin
tno manufacture of additional ordnnnco the
force will be considerably Increased and the
work kept humming.
JUSTICE HARLAN'S VIEWS.
lie Bays Wo IVeed Both C'ubn nnd Hawaii for
Our rrotrctlen nnd Nnfelj.
Wasiiinqton, March 10. Tho attention of
Mr. Justlco Harlan of tho Supremo Court was
called to the report that ho had advised Presi
dent McKlnley against direct intervention in
Cubs, but urged that ho racognizo tha inde
pendence of the Island. Ho snld he had not had
tho ploaBiire or the prlvllcgo of exchanging a
word with tho President upon the Cuban quos
tlon. "But," he added, "I am free to say that. In
my opinion, there aro two additions which tho
United Statos miiBt mako to Its terrltoiy for its
protection nnd safety-Cuba and the Hawaiian
Islands, It would bo foil), almost criminal, to
neglect the opportunity now presented of no
quiring possession of Hawaii,"
MEN WANTED FOR THE SHIPS.
Commander West Advertises fur Coal rasters
nnd Machinists,
Key Wnsr, March 10. Tho Torn brought as a
passenger f rom Huv ana one of t ho stenographers
emplo) cd by tlio Court of Inquiry. It is believed
thnt tho court will bo horo Inside of three days
at most.
A local paper publishes an advertisement
slgnod by Commander est, chief of stuff, w hlch
says: "Strong men havo an opportunity of ship
ping as coal puubera" on tho warships hero. 'I ho
advertisement culls nlsn for capablo machinists.
Key Wtt, however, Is not overrun with tho
kind of men wanted.
Plortnre mid 1'riijrrllli. Nlilupeil froni Uulrr
illrt Arsriuil,
Titov, March 10. A number of cars nru being
loudoi to-day nt the WalerUlet Arsenal with
12-ltiih mortars, which aro tu lie shipped to tho
proving ntulluii ut .land) Hook, A hatter) of
twenty mortars will ho iranurlud from tho
post to tho proving mound, bin eral carload
of projectiles will be shippod to New Vurk with
tbs wurUia,
HAVANA OFFERS A SHIP. I
((f$
SPA NIA RHS IN C URA TA lit or OPENm 4
IXO THEIR POCKETROOUS.
They Will Take Public Subscriptions to Bay 'f
Warship I'nrle stint Sens SJIT.BOO ta Jfti
Ilnvnnn ror Nfrrfl nervier Itipenses Oen, , f
Hlanro Tolls Madrid All About tbn Maine. tfS
Havana, March 10. A large meeting ot R
Spaniards will bo held on Thursday. March 17, "il
nt the oalace of Governor-General Blanco, ta
raise funds by public subscription to buy a nevr -;
cruiser for tho Spanish navy, to bo namod " Islo W
do Cuba," Tho mooting has been arranged fov ft
a wock from to-day, In order toglo ttmo forth j$
Spaniards all over tho Island to send roprotent. W
tlves to It. A committoa will bo nppolntod at ?
Havana, with delegations nt all tho Spanish. f;
cities nnd lowns in Cuba, for raising tho moner t
by subscription. J
When Spain had a row with Germany on ao -W
count of the dispute ovor tha Caroline Islands, 5J
some twelve years ago, and Spanish patriotism t
was much aroused hero, tho same plan was) X
formulated, but tho cruiser was nover bought,
because tho International complication wassooa Ms
settled. .
Gen. Blanco said to-day that ho was greatly W
ploased to see the Spaniards forget all their po-
lltlcat differences whona patriotic Idoa was) :
proposed to thorn. '&
The war sentiment continues Intense and tbo i
volunteers, the most numerous military body in 1!
the Havana garrison, are indulging In all kinds v,
ot military practice. Mondays, Wednesdays i
and Fridays havo been selectod by Gon. Blanco --,
as the days when tho volunteers ara to practloo i
with the heavy guns of Cabnfia fortress while 1
the present war scare lasts. Officers of tho reg- i
ular corps of artillery are Instructing them. ',1
Yesterday some officers of tbo Spanish cruisers A
Vlzcaya and Almlrante Oquendo wero present I
at their drill. jf
Consul Barker has telegraphod from Sagua to
tho nowspapor La I.ucha flntly denying that ho
Is In disaccord with Consul-Goneral Lee, as was
published here, or that he Intonded to make M
disclosures ot any Kind with regard to tho 1
Amorlcan consular sorvlco in Cuba. Tnn Sort's ?
correspondent has been Informed that tho publl-
oatlon of tho reports about Consul Darker.whloh
were cabled to New York a few days ago, have f
greatly dlsgustod that gentleman. Mr. Barker "
says that he gave tho causes of his resignation to -j
the American Government, and tbnt it Is lmpos- 1
sible for him to entertain any sentiment of hos-
tlllty toward Gen. Leo. whoso talent, ability, 1
and courago ho Is among the first to recognize.
The correspondent has learned that the Amer- "
lean Vico-Consul In Havana, Mr. Springer, has f.
received from Washington $17,500 for secret &
service expenses. Tha fact is vory much com- 4
mented upon among Spanish officials horo. :.(
Capt. Convorso of tha Montgomery nnd his A
officers, accompanied by Consul-General Las, J
visltod Gon. Blanco to-day. 4
With regard to tho Maine catastrophe La
rrnfon Consttincional says to-day that Gen. b
Blanco and Admiral Mantcrola havo bath re- y
ported to tha Central Government In Madrid &
that tho Malno was blown up by tho explosion ',
of ono of its ammunition magazines.
Messrs. Clark and Strandflald, constructors of i
the new floating dock now in Ilnvnnn, say that .'
they can raise the hull of tho Malno with their V
dock. j
I.a I.ucha, In an editorial to-day, attacks tho &
American correspondents hero, charging them S
with trying to provoke n war between Spain and ft
the United States. " They only roport llej," fj :.
Lucha says. Tho odltorlal ends by saying tbat
the United States Is a big nation "with plenty j
of big men, but the heart of these men. in spito, I
of their body, is no bigger than a child's."
I.a IHicvsion continues Its campaign In favor f
of persons who are still In prison In Cuba.nl-
though they have been pardoned by tho decrees i
of Gen. Blanco. Ono of thorn, according to La ',
Ditcucion, Is Josd Hornandoz Ouerra, arrested
on April 4, 1800, pardoned by Blanco and still ',
in Havana jail. '
At a mooting held lost night by the Conserva- v
tlves It was decided, after much deliberation, j
tbat tho party should go to the polls In tho
coming elections for Deputies nt the Cortes. ..
The Mnrauls of Apeztcgula, President of tho
party, was the main supporter ot this doclsion. '
But tba uncompromising elements among tho '
Conservatives will almost surely present Gon. -
Weylcr as a candldnto of the party, 1
Senators Galllnger and Thurston and Con
gressmen Cummlngs, Money, and Smith arrived, '
hero to-day on tho yacht Anita and went to tho
Hotel I'asnje. They said they had como to in-
vcstlgato the causes of tho Malno wrack and tho i
war situation. Thoy went to-day to tbo bay, 3
looked nt the work of tho divers, and afterward 1
Interviewed Capt. Sampson, President of tha
Board of Inquiry, nnd Capt, Converse of tho 1
Montgomery. They also talked with tho other ,t
members of tho board. 4
RI.ANCO DIDN'T TALK OF WAR.
But Mo Did Say Something Must Be Dane to i
Uet Coal Tor Warships.
Havana, March 8. Admiral Manterola and
Gen. Blnnco held a long conference to-day at tho '
Governor-General's palace, during which Gen. j
Blanco gavo ordors that 110 callers, whatever '
their business might be, should bo allowed to
disturb him. Tho rumor soon spresd that tbo
commanders ot the land and sea forcos of Spain, ,
In Cuba were discussing tho best way to attack
the United States If war wero declared.
The Spanish rabble here fool pretty confident
that with tho Vlzcaya, the Almlrante Oquendo,
end tho Spanish fleet of gunboam now in Cubs,
they are In a position to sweou from the soa tho
wholo array ot battleships, cruisers, and torpedo
boats under Admiral Hlcard, and lay wasto tho
coasts of rhe Unltod States both on the Atlantio
anil Pacific.
As a mutter of fact, however, tho two Spanish
leaders in Cuba wero not discussing the prowess
of the Spanish Nary nor tho triumphs that
await 11. They merely talked about tlio very
unpleasant position in whlih the arrival of tha
Vlzcaya and tho Almlrante Oquondo has placed
them on account of the small supplv of coal now
In Havana. T hu Vircaya conluil in New York,
and has coal enough for n short trip, hut the Al
mlranto Oquendo exhausted nil Its supply while
coming from Spain.
Admiral Manterolannwronllzrs that. If wnr Is
declared at once, the Hpnnlsh warship will ho
In a bad way. The 2,000 tons of tool which
last weok were In the storehouse of Zulnet
bnvo been exhausted by tho giinUiits thut nro
chasing the fllltiuHters and by tho transport
steamers carrying Government troop. So tho
Spanish warships in Cuba have buddonly be
como statlonnry for luck of fuel.
As tho result of the conference n large order
for coal has been sont to England and smaller
ordors to the United SttttcB. And, in the uvent
of n sudden outbreak of huslilltlcK, it was
ngreod thnt as soon as war la declared nil tin
rnl In thnprlvato morcsnf tho merchant Mcnm
ship nompanles nnd on hand for nrlvute In
dustrial uses shall bo selred as 11 wurmoasurs
to feod tho furnaces of tho warships.
Another cnumi of great concern here is tho '
famous floating dock, which sunk three mouths
ago nnd waH floated ngaln. It Is still 11 piuzls
to the Navy Department here. Nobody under
stands it, iinlHiily 011 Iho entlrn Mint of Admiral '
Mantcrola knows how tu utilize It for tho pur
pufo for which it wns bought- repairing war
ships. On the coiitrar), ever) lid) iu-ro s nfrnld
Hint tho ilnrk will sink nguln when leant ex
pected to play such a shabby trick on Spain,
One Hundred Ills t.un, ror I'unsi llrrunree,
WAdittNaTO-, March 10. -Conferences wero '
hold today between Secretary Alger anil Presi
dent Llnderman and other representatives of
tho Bethlehem SH-ol Comiuiiy In regard to
bringing up work on tho 100 big guns which tho
Jinn Is unking fur tiiastili'lemin. Orders wcio '
sent by tho War Department tu duy for tho list- 1
ninlliUe Installation of 111 in hguiuioii Iho no
femes nt Dulili leiunJ. gimrdin.' tho west in
tranic toNorragaiiiiett Hay.
.Vitblnc In Pqual II. ,
Thre Is uloolutfl) notalug to epml the luxury and
ml.ilioinfortof u rid- iilwceu N' W an 1 t'ii.
1 mi. m.ii ineiiew "Like Bhor l.lmllpl " Urn .Nrw
lurk Central Lake muuio roulo fun gieuk'.l tv
tilers attest iu prrteelloa. AU.
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