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VOL III, NO. 74.
NEWPOTT NEWS, VA? ERIDAY, APRIL 1, 1898
ODTni? SINGLE COPY, TWO CENTS
r KIvjlL ONE WEEK -TEN CENTS
Spam Makes ReDiu to
More Delay Requested and Much Evasion
COUNTER PROPOSITION OFFERED.
Reply to Be Considered by the Cabinet This
WILL PRESIDENT flfcKENLEf STAND FIRM?
Probably an Ultimatum Will Be Sent to Sagasta Requiring
Specific Answer Within Twenty-Four Hours.
In the Event of a Failure to Reply or a Rejection ol
American Demands, Armed Int3rvention,
Amounting.to a Declaration of War,
Would Follow at Once.
War with Spain is inevitable. There is but oae thing,
that can prevent it and that is a complete back down on
the part of the Spanish government. President McKinley
will not be permitted to yield to a compromise, even if ho
is disposed to do so.
Spain's reply to our ^gjjHftmT for the immediate cessa?
tion of hostilities in Cuba has been received in Washing?
ton. It is unsatisfactory, and nothing now remains for
this government to do but to declare Cuba free ana fore/
bly intervene if Spain attempts to continue hostilities.
Such a course is equivalent to a declaration of war. The
crisis is at hand
?N03W YORK, April 1.?A special dispatch ftwm Washington 'to the World,
timed 2 A. it., gives the followling outline of Spain's reply to the note pre?
sented Iby Minister Woodiford:
"Spain neither accedes to nor declines IPresXlenl McKinHVy's proposition*.
"She makes counter (argument that Spain should herself he allowed to pro?
pose tienms as to what should be done regarding bei-own territory; that five
United Stones should not do so."
NIEITHEIR ACCEDES NOR REJECTS.
WASHINGTON, AprOl 1.?Discussing the reply of Spain to President Mc
Kiihley's note to Spain, the ?Post this morning says:
"It is not .what the President, hoping for the best, had expected. It is, at
Most, a vague and unsatisfactory note from Minister Wood ford, devoting
irtore Kpace to his impressions of what the Sixinish government will and iWill
Bot do than a formal expression from the Spanish ministry of its own pos?
ition. Spain does not accede to the American demands. 'Neither does she pos
d'tively and finally reject them. The question is still left open for future
negotiatOons. According to 'the traditlon.ill policy of Spaniuh diplomacy, more
delay is .requested and .much evasion is manifested. One of the reasons for
asking further time is the fact 'that the imiiniistry cannot act without the rat
Jifloaition of 'the cortes, which is not now in session. 'Counter propositioiiH are
Biso suggested, rather than plainly stated, .which -look to the side-tracking
of the imain issue, which is the immediate and 'complete 'independence of the
Island of 'Cuba.
"?St is now a question with the President Whether he will continue to treat
(With Spain further along the lines suggested in the dispatch, and grant the
?additional time which is requested.
"No message wMl be sent to Congress today. The reply <ut the Spanish gov?
ernment wtil'l be considered at the meeting of the cabinet this morning, and it
?wiiiH be decided' whether an ultimatum will be sent to Spain.
"Up to this time no .ultimatum, in the diplomatic tense of the 'Word, .has
'^en forwiairdetf).. If sent, Sit .will mean tbat Spain must, within twenty-four
thours, answer speci'fically as to the demands maule by the United States. In
'the event of a failure to answer or a positive rejection of the American prop?
ositions, the Persident will suggest to Consresi* the advisability of recognizing
'the Independence of Otfba and enforcing the recogniti'on hy a 'military detm
?onatiration. . Thte widl be practically a <leeteratih>n of war, although It iwlU
?Pot go aitenaMy to that extent," ????_?? ??-'?;
'All.I. COME UP TOMORROW.
Warrants Against Corporations r?r Violat?
ing ?lie Sunday Labor Law to Be Heard.
'Chief of Police S. J. Harwood lias
sworn out warrants agoilnBt tlhe fuTlow
.?ag for violating the Sunday labor law:
1Chesapeake '& Ohio ESevator Corii
?Newport <Newu Shipbuilding and Dry
'Merchants & 'Miners TransjiortaUfon
CrosisJley Bros., n^ivs dealers.
All of these oases will come up before
Justice J. D. G. Brown in tihe Police
Count tomorrow moming.
As was stated iu the Daily Press yes?
terday morning. Chief ot Police Har
woo.d has inaugurated' a crusade against
aiileged' violations of the Sunday law.
These are wot test cases, ftar some
time a?o Justice 'Brown estaibl?s)ie>d a
precedent 'When he ai=??essed fines
against t'he railway and elevator com?
panies operating in this ciity on the
Sabbath. However, the oases will he
fought by counsel, and the defense in
"each will endeavor to snow that tlhe ex?
igencies of the time required 'Sunday
work. In t'he case of the Newport
News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Ciim
?paiuy it will be shown that rush work
for the government in converting the
steamer La G'liamle Dudhesi;e into a
hospital iship mad'e it necessary to keep
the man ait work on the Sabbath.
Attorney Arthur Sega'r. coraise! for
the Newport News Shipbuilding er"d
Dry Dock Company, stated to a D ily
Press reporter yesterday that he was
onlv } Iking when he remarked that h?
would ask for marine? to proter-t the
yi'.-.i'" '-ard from it he police if they swr- d
wi ants on! the employees for work?
ing on the Sabbath.
SELLING LIQUOR TO SEAMEN.
"Speakenny" Said to Ho Running In Full
1 Riant at the Landing.
' If the reports are to be credited the
'landing near the passenger pieT has
.been converted into a grog shop, and
tin illicit liquor business its being car?
ried on on an extensive scale.
It is said, and there is no reason for
discrediting the statement, 'that several
parties, whose names are not known
to 'the police, hove been running a
"sipeaiteeaey" at t'he landing, selling
liquor to the seamen in service on
the battleship Massachusetts and cruis?
er .Brookllyn. Tihe whiskey -wai-- not
vended by the drink, but was sold by
the measure in pint and half-pint 'bot?
tles. It is uniJerstood that liquor has
been smuggled on the Massachusetts
to the men who are not Allowed shore
liberty. Yesterday, it is said, nineteen
marines aboard 'the 'Massachusetts be
1 ooime intoxicated off the whiskey smug?
gled and they were locked up.
Chief of 'Police S. J. Harwood lias
issued orders to the patrolmen to keep
a sharp lookout at the wharf and ar?
rest any man seen with whiskey around
?there. Officers were at the landing yes
'tei'Jay and. as a result, 'there may?
be charges preferred in the Police
'Court this imbrnCn'g against several
WILL HE A'. DASU1DATE.
Seventh Ward Dnm?cruts Walt on Comicll
iiian Mark McLaughlin.
??? A meeti-Kg of the Seventh-waa-b Dein-'
ocrats was hield at Mr. T. P. Doyie's
store last night for the purpose cf s;
leciing a committee to wait on Coun?
cilman McLaughlin to urge him to be?
come a candidate fcir re-election.
The meeting was called to order by D.
McAviney and proceed*id to biasness
by electing VSlliani^Colein' as chair?
man and P. M^Dfffain secretary. Or,
'motion the! ch.SWappeiinited a comsndittleie
of live, compos d -of J. Mnpphv. D. Mc
Aviinery. T. P. Doyle, T. Th herty and J*
Weu.vieu' to wain on Mr. LUeL^iushlin.
After a reorss the cemmittee made t re?
port, the chahmain stating that he hed
waited on Mr. McLaughlin anil secured
his consent to use his name aw a otn
To Serve um ,'urors.
City Sergenu E. TV. MiQstead' has
summoned the following gentlemen un?
der the direction of the judge of the
Corporation Court as jurors 'to serve
at the April Term of court, which will
begin Monday, April 11, at 10 A. M.:
?Messrs II. Oser, C. D. West. E. L. Kern
don, G. H. Evans. G. \V. Burcher.
Louii5 Nachman, John G. Livezev. J. D.
KeMogg. 'S. iB. Bai't'lett. L. R. Boiling.
Joseph N. Cooper and A. G. Cofer.
This term will be devoted to the 'hear?
ing of civil eases, though it is quite
likely that a -special grand jury
will be ?uraitotKil to moke present?
ments against a number of prisoners
now in the city jail.
Installation of Elk*' Ottl?cr.?.
?As amnliuncirU in an ad vertisernenit
puiWllslhed elsewhere, tlhe newly elected
officer's of Newport News Lodge, No.
315. iB. P. O. Elks, -wi.'.! be instated
tonight. It to expected that Distinct
Deputy Carter Neal, of Richmond, will
Acknowledged the Contribution.
Mayor W. A. Post yesterday received
a leute'i- Stem Mr. Charles A. Sei-.eren.
treasurer of the Central Cuixin Relief
G jnmittele ackmowleding the receipt of
$.0S.Gi the ami unit cf money forward?
ed to the committee several days since.
All fools day.
Mrs. Harry \V. Pike, of Baltimore, is
tihe guest of his cousin, Mr. Ben Ste?
'Mrs. Mary Lloyd, of Eai-t End, loft
Wednesday night for a short.visit to
?l'ell.i.t'i'ves in Washiiinlgbon.
Mrs. H. P. Anthony, of 'New Kent, is
tihe guest of her sfil-ter, 'Mrs. Hawey J.''
Peters, in East End.
State ?ecKetiary L. A. Coulter is the
guest of Mr. C. C. Kent, general sec?
retary of the local Y. OS. C. - .
'Mr. Herben) Ketch-ium, of Hartford,
Conn., is visit?ng his Hather, 'Mr. K. D.
Ketchium, on FVrty-second street.
Dr. J. iW, Ayler 'has 'been called to
Virginia City, Va., for a few days by
the illness of his daughter, iMns. D. H.
'Miss Daisy Green'lo'w, of James City
county, has re-turned ho-me after a
week's visit to Mia-es ?Mary and Sadie
Prince, cm Lafayette avenue.
Rev. George W. Wray, of Petersburg
Va*. will deliver a lecture before the
cadets of the Newport News MHitery
Acadiemy tonight. Has subject w.'li be
Mr. A. L. White, who has been visit?
ing in the city for some time, has gone
to La Crosse, Wi?., where he will Join
Ra Wangs Brothers' show, as euphonium
The Adams' "Racket Store has opened
this week the largest stock of table
glaseivoare tlhey 'have ever shown.
The line of tumblers, both bloiwn and
pressed, is partibularly good. Dar glass
of every description. iPrice lower than
A Happy Woman
Is the housekeeper who buys her coal
and wood from the Warwick Coal and
Wood Co., TwienlDy-eiVfh.th street. jaU~tf
ominous war M Hover
CRISIS NOT FAR OFF
Hostilities May Begin in a
THE SITUATION SERIOUS
I in press],m Prevails Among Those Who
Should Know That Spuln Has Prac?
tically Rejected Our DcniHiidH.
Dispatch Received from
IA declaration of war 4s expected toy
Monday or Tuesday.
Merriibers o'f Congress to a position
?to know the truth ~'say that mo. 'hope
is had by those informed that Spain's
reply to this Country's demands wllil be
Tbere is to 'be no further diplomatic
correspondence on the Cuban question.
lA Presidential! mittsage, 'it is believed,
will ,be sent to 'Congress Man-day.
Senator Lodge presented a. report di
ieeiinig the purchase of the Danish
island's, 'in the 'West Indies, for a naval
?and coaling station.'
The Congreifstonali,, cotnmi'ttees deal?
ing .with'foreign matters met, but post?
poned action on- theSpanish situation.
It is claimed -that a can vies oif the
.House shows' 197 Republicans deter?
mined on the independence of Cuba.
President iMcKtoOey'a assurances to
Congress in regard '.to a settlement of
the Cuban difficulty /without a war be?
tween this country ?|id Spain are based
upon representations -made to him by
?General iWobdford expresses the be?
lief, oifter Repeated' -con fei-ences with
Premier Sagasta and other members
cif the Spanish ministry, tlhat after
toddy's meeting of the Spanish cabinet
that government will, of its own accoTd,
-make . a proposition to 'this coujntr.y
looking to the > definite settlement of
the Ouibani question,. Tihis propasi'tion.
is expected ho cove?-;t three points, as
T?J?oa?-:' -' ? ^;---:"v^* '.--v 1= ".->"^'V
?First?That Spain shall send the rt
concen'trades- brek to 'their homes and
supply them with .means of sustaining
life tin-til normal conditions can toe
. Second?That there shall be an ar?
mistice bet-ween 'Spain and Cuba, with
the end in view of settling 'the diffi?
culties and the withdrawai of the Span?
ish forces from Cuba.
Th'i'id.1?In ease of a failure of the
Cu'bans and the Spaniards to come to
an understanding during -the armistice
Spain will submit the entire matter to
President iM'cKinley as arbitrator, with
the understanding that be will decide
in that event -Dor the entire independ?
ence of Cuba.
A message from Minister Woodfoid
was iieeesived at the White House lane
hist night. Secretary Porter announced
that the message is in cipher and would
not be tianslated las't night and that mo
information regarding it would- be
malde known" until today.
[WA S!H IN GTOIN, March 31 .?Spa 1 if s
official-reply to ?PresJdiiai* McKinlieys
taiOBB? demand in the Cuban Situation
was received in Washington. tcmSght.
An anxious party, comprising most of
the cabinet a.ndl Isevslial close fr.e.dt;
of the admanisUation, waited ti.l tote
(a' til).-: isvi.mii.Ug in expectation, of devel?
opments. About half jiast ten the mes?
sage began 'to come in cipher and the
work of translation was begun at ?nee.
It was stated officiaily, however, that
no intimation as to the -nature of the
reply could he divulged tonight.
A DAY OF WAITING
Gravity of this Situation' Felt dm Alt
.WASHINGTON', March 3L-This has
beten a day of anxious waiting for
Spain's reply -to the demunUs of the
United State?.-, contemplating the ter?
mination of the war in Cuba ain.il' the
ind.epehdient-ei of the isilanWl. On thai
reply, it was universally believed, the
issue between' peace or wair> would be
decided, unless sonne new and unex?
pected eor.eiie ..-t.ie.tns aruse to postpone
ti-JS matter further. 'Hut delay would
meet the opposition of Congress. The
gravity of the situation was felt in all
offi. ia-1 quartet.*, tt was mot a day of
rapid development, ns when war pr.rp
?jfcat'kins were following in rapid sut
cession. but the tecs-ion was even' great?
er from the-uncai taintv that prevailed
a.r.kl the i teilt:? that Spain w. uld not
concede the complete .inde-pe-nde-iace of
The White H-out-e ocintimued to be
I'hrar.iged witib eong\ e.-t-ilonal Iealders,
anStfiom? to leain.n from the President
what his course wets to be. The gener?
al view conveyed by 'the leadees, after
they had been with the President, was
ifcUt hi? expressed- to have dennite ie
plies from Spain in time to pfeseni the
entire subject to Congress ' -- next
Monday. The Stabe Department was
the center of tatterest throughout the
day, as it was there thait Minist r
Woddfcfrd's dispatch, announcing
Snain's attitude, was to be received.
At 4- o'clock Judge Day, the assistant
secretariy of state, started for the WhVtte
House n. company with Secretary L<ong.
He sttoted, in response to inquiry, that
no reply had been neei'ved from Mad?
rid. He added that be hoped' to .<e
eielve the reply this evening, but he be?
gan to fear that there r"jght be some
delay until tomorrow.
The attitude of European powei s
continues .to lie seriously discussed in
official quarters, as it was felt or.1 off r
of 'European mediation was almost cer?
tain to follow a war crisis. No dis?
tinct offer has been submitted up to the
present moment. In this connection
the cable report from Berlin that Ger?
many was anentadng Spalls*, on- am o!<i
claim, arid was about t? make a naval
?emons'tration iia Cuba, attracted run h I
attention. The Cwman ambassador,
Dr. Von iHo'lleben, said that he hau 'tie- j
ceivedi no informationi as- to this ie
ported move nor was he acquiin e;
with thie Camnaimaba coise ice-/..- - i :? in
the dispatch. The Spanish minister is
also unacquainted with the Caiina-mabj
case and does mot credit th- repo'.t -.hat
Germany has taken steps of a iSec sive
It was the general feeling that if Ger?
many hud taken any such action it
would have a most decided .nil..: tic
upon the Spanish-American' ritu i-tlo..
and one seriously prejudicial to Spain.
'For this reason It was the opinion , !'
diplomats that Germany wvotd Tot
choose such a ju.net ute as the pre- tit
in o:der to make emergen-cy dr-iinai?d*3
?in a claim a gainst Spain.
ueoriSlBl>'r.'s*Vi;* shird dd br.W shrbbbm
Said o prominent dip:omat today:
"Spain serms to be unil.it the im
pre-ssi' n that her national honor lor- !
bids hier from surrendering pact of Ii r
coioiial domain under thr pressure of
the United States. .There ate. howev, ?-,
precedents .showing that liiurc-prian
poweus have preserved their dignity
while making isimilsr car,.r es'-iions. It
may be remembered that the 1 wi in *s
larids. a part of the Turkish E'rnp re,
wen? afterward ceil-sd to (tree b..
Great Britain. and that the v ?: e .?:
was not sutineinldlered hy An.-, kt di ec -
ly to Italy, but .to Fran . wh trans?
ferred it to the goVKr.nir.enit ? f V e; r
Ceirigness will wait until M nd ty >e
fore any action, at taken. The Eh-est-.
ttemt has asked delay until that time
anld iissuran es have been given' oy
thosie in charge of affairs that there will
b nothing d'?ne until then.
The most important action taken by
the navy department t^.iay .was ti e
determination to have the naval militia
of the several states p repaired for im- '
mediate serviee should this be found
necessary. This conclusion was the
outcome of a conference of the mem?
bra of the naval strategic board Ourin g
the afternooiv. Letters wiM be sent to
the governors and to the adjutant gea
eirals of all states where there uro ir.nval
militia organizations, asking them to
r-et in motion the machinery for drilling
anid 'equipping the slate organizations
promptly, so they may be ready within
a few hours' notice of a .caM to cms
Assistant Secretary Ri-~-r=.'v-.It as
change of .all mattens pe.ta.'hh.g t -'the
naval militia and he f eis that the re?
sponse to this iit-quest will be hea ty
The officials expuvss the hope that
there will !?e unanimous sentiment en
the part of the employe.s to permit
such of thir memi as ore mem dm? . f t-: e
unii'lrltia. freei oppoirllluniity to jolih tin tr
THE CRISIS -NEAR.
Ma'drid Newspapers Urge Spain No t to i
MADRID, 'March 31.?El Liberal
says:1 ".'ilhte moment of denouement
(solution of the crisis) hag drawn ;
much nearer. There may yet be found '
means to delay matters, but nve doubt
The paper adds: "We ought to ap?
ply ourselves to obtain a gain of dime,
or hreiairtfi'lry- devote ourselves to- the
contrary. In our opinion it would be
.vceopfable, oven prafeva-Me. ' 'accept !
any extreme measure which would cut
lOie knot if we flalliled to unite it. The
situation is such that by avoiding ex- j
rerinal struggle we may fall into a st.ll |
more gnawer one."
El Liberal concludes by calling upon
the .ministry to identify -itself with the
unanimous feeling of the country to
place before everythl'ng the primary
totei'est of t'he nation and proceed with
discretion and coolness; but, at the
.-tame time, with undaunted llrmness,
"for there is a limit which Spain can?
not and will not overstep?'that limit
iis marked by the respect it owes to
t'he world and its own sovereignity."
The Im.parc-ia'l (independent) says:
"Despite the hopes of the last few
days, it is now believed that a ?on
ilict is near. We are confronted with
a daintger which, whatever may be
thought, iPre's'id-eri't Mclvin?ey can no:
change. The nerves of Spaniards are
being hardened to resii-t coolly tiie
consequences of this danger. i\Ve are
ar?l Spaniards: our mission is to save
the national honor, and it rests wit!',
the government to take energetic res
"It 1? urgent that we should pre?
pare wanshiips and send tfe-m to Cuba.
The cruisers Cristobal Colon and Prin?
ces* de Azturias ami the Destructor,
mow at 'Cadiz, should start as soon as
poi sibie, and the first class iiv.noia.ds
Relayo and Emperador Carlos V should
"Tihe United States, who during the
delicate and strained relations between
the two countries, lias sent slhips to our
waiters or ther.-abo'iits, cannot complain
at our sending a squadron to our own
The article cone'lu'des by counselling
the people to be calm and not to em?
barrass the government in its dill!cult I
and ticklish task.
Bl 'Paid ([Republican) characterizes ?
the Statement regarding wie reeroncen
tnados in Cuba, as a fable anul declares
that the United States could not inter?
vene without provoking the pivtesti
Of lEurope nor seize the Maine disaster
ua a pretext for -war without scandaliz?
ing itthe world, therefore tlhe govern - |
nuent hard "adopted humanifa ria.n isrn ?
as a means -to cloak its sinister de?
The ieem'1-official Globe says it is ;ii
general opinion thai; " we are Approach- !
ring rapidly tihe end of tihe struggle.
Forewarned against evil, we, nev. r.-he
less, still hope for the best."
At the conference yesterday between
'Senor .Saigasta, the premOer, and Senor
Gaimazo and''Senor SilVe'la, leader of
the dissident Conservatives, the pre?
mier unfolded t'he terms prop ised by Lihe
United States'minister, General Srewrrr:
L. W.Atdford. and the opi?.KMi leid r
eounseled Ihe'iT rejection. Senor Sngrus
?ta replied that pe'r-sn'iiri'liy he was r.
disiposed to concede rivem. He add< !
thiat he would like to submit nie qr.es
tion of the 'loss of tili.- Malrne, when
was not touched upon at his (^inference
?with General Stewart \V?i-oid'foid, to
the European powen-r
The feeling at 'Madrid today is p s
simistic. The newspapers here are ig?
norant of the actual proposals of the
?United Stato-.biit are urging no surren?
der. The Heraildo (independent) or, 1
the NatrrionaJ (onserv.it ive) opposed
? even the S'Uiggested ','irmie-: ? ? and tire
t%.i'r.rt-o (liberal) makes a fur...us ap?
peal to Don Carlos.
El liberal (mod-crate rv public an)
says a. dispatch from -Senor Poi . y fier
pnalbe, the Spinisih mi-mis;-. r ni W.c'ii
ington, .was read yesterd'ay at The tab
inet council, "giving his impressions
of the feeling in America, which, he
decl'afei' is in ns> way faivorable to
Spain. Tie points out that the Maine
report was only referred to the foreign
relations committee with great diffi?
culty, as 137 iRepublicnps voted for its
immediate approbation without wait.ng
j for five Span ish report.
This proposal, adds Senor Bern?be
..'ay rejected: but the jingoes app are
to be greatly ahnoyed."
?Senor Sagasta, the promter, in an :n
terview today dec-kired tihat he wouli
."do everything possible to mat man
peace; but," he added, "we cannot sub
?mit. to any attack -upon the honor or
tnt ?srrlty of the country."
Ttiie rush tor neats for the perform
?i-'ice at the -KMyaU Theatre, in behalf
bt, ;:,,;s;' navy. -Increases. The Queen
?!?.- p..-a uO.OIO pesetas for a box. title
t--pan-.su ni-.n:stry pvid 5.000 pesetas for
>*ev,Tvi.| cap.-taKsts ore taking
-vans at IaO.000 pa otas. the Countess i
l.ornjs pn.ul 100.000 pesetas, the Mar- .
1 "a paid 23.000 pesetas, the
.bank of Span paid fiOO.tmo pesetas, .md
? r '?"'?givniiza'i'i'i.i'ns and. Individ tra
paid enormous sums.
SPANISH CA'BINET MEETS.
Sign leant Semi -omcia'l Note Issued
After the Conference.
. MADRUD, March 31.?After the caibl
aet .tiev eng tvd'ay, which was presided
1>y the Queen Regent, the min
' "; - ? ? i n-o-.ei-r hour's conference.
. ;p Allowing semi-olHcial
' '??';!: '-'Cnerai Blanco ?telegraphs I
an accyunt "t ? glorious combat of |
? r. i..:. I.uque against the insurgents
i -.eimuiiLotl toy XAttlixto Garcia, and alt-o
'?" V'"', ?"? ']',"?] '* 'c l,v,i'. R
??? ? [??.vilicai.rons aiv *.o far' ad
!h" western provinces -that i
?- n.-i-iK!-.,.::. :i ,-f tia.. peasants .has I
? >.-? ii revoked. 'Public works are aiso
?>c:ivg usiMiii ikkI to give employment
? ai'i applicants. In view of this, i
new tnd important i-rulmvissions are ex?
pected." '' 1
The minister or public works. In an
interview, today, i-aid the lust twenty
four hours had brought a favorable,
..'bange in the situation. When, tine I
in??.?ter .was asked if it meant on ac
ccunt at the news front Washington,
he r< plied:
"No. Our feelings of satisfaction
!o not refer to the United Stares."
CALLED ON THE PRESIDENT.
Republican Committee Has a Long I
WASHINGTON, March 31.?The com?
mittee of the Republicans appointed at I
last 'night's con fere-nee to -call on the
President reached the White House
shortly before 3 o'clock, and soon .were |
closeted with Mr. McKinley. The con?
ference broke at 'ten minutes to 4
The committee reported to the con?
ference of Re publicans at a meeting
held after the adjournment. They
s'fc.ued that the President made a frank
?leolairafion as to what was taking place
beewe.n the t wo governmen'ts, and con?
cluded with these words:
"I pray Cod that we may toe able |
to keep peace."
.The i.n: press .en loft -with the dedega- I
ti'on, haw-ever, -was that he did not |
expect a. peaceful adjustment. In
4 trie test cohlidence Mr. McKinley out?
lined 'the tcou-nse of cominvuni cations I
between Washington and Madrid. He |
staled that ail now depended on dis?
patches t'o be communicated and re?
ceived probably withtin 'forty-eight
hours. 'The response of Spain to a
message cabled it 'by 'this government
was expected hourly Vind suretly would
be received .within twenty-four hours.
Atf-Uar ll't arrived it would toe necessary
for this country to send another ca?
ble note 'at? a reply to Madrid. All "this
might toe acecunpltshed in less than
fofty-K.^Wt tours. "He therefore inti?
mated that i't would 'be gratifying if
nn grass d'efe-rred taking action until
ivtrxt week. Mr. Hopkins, of Illinois,
who made the report for the committee,
-aid lie Celt it would toe best to abide
;.y the President's wishes. Others
Who spoke at the -meeting, including
Mr. Lori.mer an'd Mr. Joy. advised poet
i...n.-m- oi. The President, they stated,
suggested that what was related to
-,hwm r. --raiding the diplomatic nego
j-iiotiid not be repeated until
h..sv ue-gotiufi .us were Closed; that if
UK's-.- ecci.-t and significant messages
ere revealed .it this time and should
.on.- public property and toe cabled
back to 'Madrid the publicity might
hurt the cause ?Und defeat the ends
- -u.giht. .Mr. Hicks, of Pennsylvania,
thought that in view of the Dupuy de
I. letiter mi further paniey should
oi- allowed 'and thUt Premier Sagosta
wits acting in ace.d with the policy
that i!h ? tetter had revealed. Others
Mowed in 'the same line, but it was
finally concluded to defer action until
after the adjournment of the Hout-e
P REPAIRING FOR ACTION.
?Vessels of the Key West Fleet Stripped
of T!i..-.!- Woodhork.
KEY WEST, Fla., March 31.?Every
prtijKvnatiSon for action was taken by
'.', ? warMivi.ps today AH woodwark
? ?'.:.* a'.-o removed and sent ashore.
Even, the sailors wooden boxes were
'tn.i've'd from some of the ships.
The; ? precauti-ons have 'been adopt
1 prevent, so fan- as possible, the
danger of flying splinters in ease of
action. The officers sent 'their personal
? tluaibles and 'belongings to be ttored
'.file <"astine and two tornedo boats
:'i their unchonaiges after dark and
.'earned to tine southward, where
.'.hey will patrol during the might. This
precaution was ordered toy Captain
' eaip-on today. He is partiicu'larly
inxious to waitch cl?sely the Havana
n'ir.ance to tiiiis liarbor und also 'to af
.'iir.l additional safety for the Iowa.
Ihd.-ana anil New York, which lie un
- . i-'ix miles out.
The- naval station o.;Sicials have re
ived orders l-.i ove.rtiau.1 tinea- marine
ng'i-neer.ing st.ft-k so that it could be
\-:\\ instantly In case of emergency,
'..ipv.io boats not engaged in patroll
,Tg t.inigh't .made another attack on
battieships, but all these measures
>. ;,? guaed-.-'d with the greatest sec
. ..? -y. The esta.bi-iiTh,mon.t of a patrol
. co'iisi'dercd by the few who know of
,.. as most s'.'gnific-.int. The entire
Meet is now in readiness to move at
'l-.i.- gunb at Ann ij.'oi'is has leift for
.-t: ? il-i.lv n. The live bodies from the
da.-ne \vrec"k brought here last night
... re .buried today with 'the usual sdm
cere-mony and without Incident.
An imp irfant consultation was held
>vis morning between Captain Sampson
n;ii ',:ic other chief officers of the fleet
on ,b,.ard the tlags.hiip New York.
CAPT. S1USBEE EXAMINED.
Maine Commander Testifies Before the
Sri....,ate Foreign ltehttions Com-mittee.
WAIS'HI'NGTON, March 31.?The Sen
,. e coiii'mi'tee on foreign relations
icl.l two s't-ssH'ons today. At the morn
?i4 .- .n the proposition to purchase
he Danish Island of St. Thomas was
Captain Sigstoee, of the iMainie, and
i-.-ip .i u Bei-rker, .Secretary LongV* naval
t','.- wh.. went to Key West-after the
explosion on behalf of the department,
,\ >M v .before tin- committee for an hour
,i the afternoon sittiinig. Both were
. xamined in detail in regard to the con
i'.t.'.ion and strength of our navy in the
vier.-nity of 'Havana, and Captain Sigs
was questioned as to his opinion
and k.'vowlcgd'e of the Maine ?Mtasttro
?. His stoi-y was not materially dlf
ent from that detailed to the navafl
irt of inquiry, tout the fact that it
(Continued on fourth page.)
Warships to Sail at a Mo?
BROOKLYN LEAVES TODAY
Cruiser WiU Welsh Anchor for Old Point
Thin Morning. Sea Growth on
the Bottom of the
Tlhe flogshVp Brooklyn and the battle?
s-limp Massachusetts are keeping up a
high pressure of steam. They may -'"5
weigh anchor at any moment.
'Yesterday afternoon Commodore W.
S. 'Sehley. commaa-rder of the squadron, '"
received orders to have the vessels
in h'is fleet ready to put to sea aX. a .?'??
moment's- notice. Since the receipt txf :,Z
this order it is not pnobbtole that any
of the seamen on the ships wSil be al
A government pilot arrived from
Washington yesterday morning and -.;
went aboard the Brooklyn, having
been ordered here by the JMavy Depart- ?>"?;
ment. The pilot is said to be one of
Undle Sam'is most experienced tuen, and
is capable of steering a ship over the
most difficult places along the coast-- !
While ashore the .pilot sitjated that the
Brooklyn would leatve tihtls morning
at 9:30 o'clock for Old Point to Jotin
the cruiser Columbia, -which ain*ve? ?
there yesterday from League Island.
Tlhe Massachusetts wiilll remain here
severall doy>?, unless she is ordered- to
sea, to have her bottom scraped' by
The big sister ship of the Indnama has
not beetn inside of a dry dock in
a year, atnd in consequenoe iher bot
torn Is literally covered with sea growth :
which tends to retard easy progress
through the 'waiter.
In favorable weather and under fa- 4
vorable conditions, the batuleshl-p 4s ca
pable of making 17.5 or even 18 knots
an hour. It is said on good authority
.hat ait present she cannot exceed 13 .
knots with her engines heavily taxed.
The presence of the Massiajahusetts In
the flying squadron would greatly to
:erfere with its progress In case Oam
modore Sett-ley's fleet 'Is ordered into
mimed iate action.
While the fltgsihip Brooklyn is oaipa
bile of making 22 knots an hour atnd the
Columbia and 'Minneapolis can reel out
S3 knots to their credit, this, high speed
would be of little advantage in squad
n>n movements as the cruisers would
have to wait for the 'Massachusetts.
Iin view of the present stratin>ed rela?
tions between the United States and
Spain, however, the officers of the ship
ha/ve given up all hope of having the
ship go out of com mission 'for a week,
>r long enough to permit an exterior
...vet-hauling. .Otherwise, the Massachu?
setts is -in splendid condition and 'is pne
pared to go up against the most power?
ful battleship in fhe world du a statral
Divers went down on the- shdp yec
terdtiy aiftennoon to cteaa. away uhe