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VOL III, NO. 90.
HEW STREET RAILWAY
Council Grants a Franchise
for Another Line.
MEETS WITH OPPOSITION
r. K. (j. CSicktoril and inherit Urgo That
tile Company II? Itepulr.nl to I.ny
Jut TraekKon l.:..,.yoUe Avenue.
Other lluaiiivDH TraiiKiteteil.
Newport News will have another
At L..e regular meeting of I lie com?
mon council Held lust mailt Lue ordi?
nance gra.in.ing a franchise to tile New?
port ixjua, Hampton 6c end Point Hall?
way and Kleclrie Company was passed,
'rue session was probably the longest
ever held by the euy's legislative body,
it eonveiieu at S o cioek and did not au
journ till long after midnight. Every
member was present and kept his seat
till the motion to adjourn prevailed. It
was known ihat the ordinance Brain?
ing the franchise would come up for
passage last night and consequently
mere was a large crowd present.
There was some opposition to grant?
ing the franchise to the railway com?
pany, but when it came up lor final
passage there was not a dissenting
vote east. Prominent among those
who opposed the granting of the l'ran
ehise wer*Messrs. It. ChJiirHrreTrd and
L>. S. Jumper this_i>i?rraiid Mr. A. S.
Segar, attorney lorthe Newport News.
Hampton and Old Point Hallway Coiu
' pany. Besides objecting to the phra?
seology of the ordinance Mr. Biekford
was opposed to giving another compa?
ny the right to lay a track on Wash?
ington avenue. He thought the line
should run along Lafayette avenue
instead. .Mr. W. J. Payne and Attor?
ney Samuel Hegester. of Richmond,
represented the new company which
has among its stockholders Mayor W.
A. Post and Col. C. M. Braxton. of this
city, and Hon. M. 10. Ingalls, president
of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.
The route of the line in Newport News
JvoU-tare its follrrv-?:_._
Beginning at Twonty--lilth street and
the city limits in Rast End on Twenty
fifth street to Washington avenue.
TvveiUy*-rnriW-s\."A''^ from Washington
avenue to the ChosapoaV/.-A-.00.a..,>. <U8fV'
way station, Washington avenue from
Twenty-third street northerly to the
city limits. Forty-sixth street from
Washington avenue m Lafayette ave?
nue, Lafayette avenue to Thirty-fourth
street northerly to the city limits.
Thirty-fourth street from Washington
avenue to Jefferson avenue. Jefferson
avenue from Thitry-fourtli street to
After the minutes were read and ap?
proved the council, on million of Mr.
Lenz,audited the bills before proceeding
with the regular order of business.
There was one message from the
mayor. It read as follows:
Newport News, Vsu. April 111, IS'JS.
To the Council:
In transmitting to your honorable
body the quarterly report of the presi?
dent of the board of health, 1 would
especially call your attention to the le
markably small death rale, lO.U? per
HIUU of population, on a basis of l?.'JU.I
inhabitants. The most conservative es?
timates now place our population al
not less than lti.OUU, which would give a
still lower rate.
While we have reason to congratu?
late ourselves on the general good
health of our people, it is a matter of
sincere regret that the execution of the
garbage contract has been atlended
with so many difliculties as to render
it almost Impossible to secure good
service in that respect. The recom?
mendations of the president of the
board of health are worthy id' the ear?
nest consideration of the council in ar?
ranging for the performance of lids
important service during tic coming
The report of the department is re?
spectfully transmitted herewith.
W. A. POST. Ma vor.
HEALTH OFFICKK'S REPORT.
The report of Or. Samuel W. Hobson.
the health oflicer, follows:
To the Honorable Mayor of the City of
Newport News, Va.
Sir:?It is the pleasure of the health
oflicer acting for the city of Newport
News to transmit the following report
of the transactions of the health de?
partment for the quarter ending March
:tl ultimo, with such recommendations
as in his judgment seem expedient:
VITAL AND MORTUARY STATIS?
The number of births reported as oc?
curring in tiie city during tin- quarter
was 65.57 white and S colored.
The number of deaths reported as oc?
curring in the city was 4U.UI white and
21 colored, making an annual death
rate of 10.6G per thousand inhabitants
(estimated population 15,000), which
compares most favorably with that of
any city in the Union.
A light epidemic of a severe Tonn of
cerebro-spinal meningitis occurred
during the quarter, and live cases of
scarlet fever were also reported, all of
which, however, terminated in resolu?
It may be interesting to add that of
about two hundred cases of typhoid
fever reported during the year IS',17.
only fourteen deaths are ascribed to
this cause. This shows the mild form
in which the disease prevailed here
where it was so modified by climatic
The conduct of the garbage service
has been very inefficient and unsatis?
factory, resulting, probably to a great
extent, from the inadequate compensa?
tion of the contractor for the perform?
ance of his duties. It appears that the
necessary systematic, supervision has
not been given, nor has I here been
placed with the service, at all times,
the necessary equipments for (he pro?
per execution of the work. It would
seem at first blush, that a contract
supported by a good bund and proper?
ly enforced, would oder a safeguard
against these derelictions, but, such is
not the ease in view of the fact that
the power vested in me to enforce the
provisions of the contract is limited to
having such conditions as Ihe contract?
or may have omitted, fulfilled at bis
?expense, and with only one sanitary in?
spector to ascertain these omissions, in
addition to guarding against various
other nuisances In different parts of
the city, it becomes practically impos?
sible to rigedly enforce it. with the
means at my comand. I referred the
matter to the city attorney and have
?acted upon his advice.
The removal of garbage by contract
has proven to be impractical and a dis?
mal failure in other cities, and I see no
reason why this city should not profil
by their experience, added to its own of
two years, and relegate it to the past
The present contract expires May ft!
and instead of a renewal of this* de?
fective system, T would respectfully
recommend that the entire matter be
placed In the hands of the city. Tt
seems to me that it would be weil and
economical to purchase the necessary
teams and equipment and place the
service with the street commissioner,
who may transfer these teams from a
busy garbage season during the sum?
mer months to the needed street re?
pairing in the winter, and vice versa as
occasion may require: then. too. a
great deal of cinder and non-perishable
matter could be advantageously utiliz?
ed upon the streets and in making tills,
eet. This is a responsibility that the
city should assume. Tin' preservation of
its public health is a paramount duty
which should be recognized and dis?
charged, and lo insure' this end there
is. in my opinion, no more Important
step than to maintain a thorough svs
tem of cleanliness. 1 am led to regard
this change as tin important one and
especially so when tin- fact is consid?
ered ihat a very mild winter has just
ended, which did little toward the des?
truction of many disease- germs which
make incursions upon us during the
slimmer season and which find in this
effete matter a suitable pabulum for
subsistence and a hoi bed tor breeding.
It is well to appreciate also that the
irjiasmatie emanations from the dig?
ging and construction of the proposed
sewerage system are not likely to add
to a general physical welfare.
I have advertised for sealed propo?
sals for the removal of the night soil
of tip- city to he submitted to the coun?
cil for a p| t< ival.
I await tor further Instructions from
tie.mm on council in the matter of
the collection ami removal of garbage.
Your most obedient servant.
SAJ1L. W. HOESOK. M. D.,
Mr. Lenz wanted to advertise for bids
and dispose of the matter in the usu?
al way. "We don't wanl to establish
a navy yard for broken-down and
worn-out politicians." he said.
After discussing tie- matter briefly
the mayor's message was referred to
tin- ordinance and street committees,
llids. however, will he received and it
will I..- determined later how the mat?
ter shall be disposed of.
Chairman Willett of the finance com?
mittee reported that no recommenda?
tion could he made on the ordinance
increasing tin- salaries of the policemen
till the levy had been made. He
thought tie- committee would be ready
lo report at the next mo-tine.
LICENSE OlllllXAXfK ADOPTER.
The act fixing the license for the war
was adopted with few changes from
Mr. Lenz objected to the fee of fifty
cents allowed the commissioner of the
revenue for issuing a license, claiming
that it should be reduced to twenty
jviessrs: Aidkic-isnO McLaughlin spoke
I against" reducing'lbe"Yeo" - -7 ' Mc?
Laughlin said b" had examined thTSajj
liamsbuig ami other cities and the fee
was fifty cents.
"What Ihn devil do we eare about
'hose towns!" exclaimed Mr. Lenz. "T
say it ought to 1.,- reduced in Newport
News rind more that it b" done."
'IT... motion was seconded, hut wlien
nut was lost bv a vole of n tn ?..
Messrs. Leu--. Via and Roane voting in
STREET RAILWAY FRANCHISE.
Xue oruillauee gdulUua a LUUlciuSe
to tile -Newport -News, 11..IIipLoll Ulli
iN.iiii jxamvay and rJleenic Company
to lay Iis turucKs oa- ect'?un mo. oab'ii
iiirts was licXl taken up.
.-viler tne ordinance was read by the
cletiv a motion was adopied granting
me parties objecting to me roaii anu
in..- representatives ot lue company
eaeu init-iy untunes to address the
Mr. 11. C Biekford opened the argu?
ment, lie said lie appeared as a clli
neit. ti was im: duij oi tin., council to
scan w.-o tne trauciiise bet?re granting
it. in ms opinion tile irnnchise wouui
not bear scrutiny. There were several
objections, some >>t winch might be
corrected, in paragraph No. .; there
was a serious objection, for no lime
was spooihed as Lo When Hie road
should be finished. In the considera?
tion of any franchise the lirst question
was l.ow would the industry lie bene
ficial to the city, or how were tiie peo?
ple to be beneliited? There was a pro?
vision in the ordinance living the com?
pany ttie right to pass over certain
bridges, but there was nothing offering
any remuneration for the privilege.
1.1; at the peculiar franchise the gen?
tlemen asked for. How was Lafayette
avenue to be botiefieted? That thor?
oughfare would not have a railway,
while Washington avenue, which was
already crowded, would have another
railway. Why not give Newport News
the advantage of another business
street? The interests of the city de
'maned thai Lafayette avenue should
have a railway. Before closing Mr.
Biekford read a petition praying the
council to have the track laid on La?
fayette avenue instead of Washington
.Mr. Ii. S. Jones said he intended to
address Cue council, bin Mr. Biekford
had covered the ground so well ihat he
deenieed it unnecessary to say any?
Attorney A. S. Segar. counsel for the
Newport News. Hampton & old Point
Railway Company, consumed the re?
mainder of tin? time allotted to the op?
position.- lie had but a few minutes
left. His address was in the nature of
an appeal. Mr. Darling and his coun?
sel, he said, placed with the ordinance
committee for :m unlimited franchise
to extend the company's tracks, but it
was refused. Now there was a compa?
ny asking for a franchise to run fifty
vars. Mr. Segar then argued against
the laying of another track on Wash?
ington avenue, claiming it would con?
ies! traffic, lie did not think it was
right to break down a company that
came to the city in the time when it
required nerve and enterprise.
Attorney Samuel Rogestor. of Rich
I mond. a. stockholder in the company
asking for n franchise and also the
general counsel, addressed the council
in favor of the ordinance. He said be
had listened to the lectures of Messrs.
Rickford and Segar as to the duly of
'he council, hol he iRegester) failed to
hear any rc-presentalive citizen outside
if the legal fraternity raise his voice
against the franchise. Mr. Rickford's
argumenl developed the "nigger in the
woodpile"?be owned properly on La?
fayette avenue. When the city com
I -nepoed to build bridges he (Rogosterl
would be present at the meeting with a
(fair proposition. His compnnv was go?
ing over the bridges and would pay for
Here Air. Rickford interrupted Mr.
lee-foter by asking. "Why didn't you
?uit that in your franchise?"
Mr. Regester?"Without being dis?
courteous to Afr. Rickford I wish to
say to him that T drew this ordinance
and th.tr T do not wish any advice."
Continuing Mr. Regester said that he
same people composing (his company
bad been before the council on a pre?
vious occasion asking for a franchise
'o establish a gas plant. Mr. Rickford
was there in opposition and predicted
til sorts of calamities that would re?
sult from the franchise.
At (his point Air. Rickford nrpse from
his seat and denied the accuracy of
Mr. Regester's assertion, explaining
briefly that on the other occasion he
was the representative of another gas
company. He did warn the council not
to grant an exclusive franchise. Mr.
Biekford pitched his voice to a high
Resuming his argument Mr. Regester
aid Mr. Blekford had opposed the gas
franchise. He then went on to show
the advantages to be derived from a
?ompetitive line, the fairness of the or?
When Mr. Regester concluded Clerk
Massie read a petition of business men
on Washington avenue asking that the
franchise be granted and a track be
laid on that thoroughfare. This con?
cluded tile argument.
"I guess I had as well start the hall
roiling." said Mr. Burcher. "1 think
it should be stipulated that there is
nothing in the franchise that gives the
company the right to use the bridges
without the consent of the council."
"That is perfectly fair," said Mr.
Regester, "and I will make the addi
Mr. Willett moved that the company
bo required to lay its track on Lafay?
ette Instead of Washington avenue.
The motion was lost by a vide of 9 to
0. the members voting as follows:
Yeas?O'Donnell, Roane, Thomas.
Via. Willett. Tidal. 5.
Nays?Burcher. Buxton, Doherty.
Hughes, Lenz, Mackev. McLaughlin.
Mugler. Wilkie. Total. 9.
A motion stipulating that the com?
pany shall use Iron poles on Washing?
ton avenue was adopted.
Another motion providing that the
company should lay a single truck on
each thoroughfare named in the fran?
The ordinance was then taken up and
passed by sections.
Nearly every member of the council
spoke in favor of the ordinance, and
several suggested amendments. Mr.
Willett thought the company should
be required to have the whole system
in this city in operation at the expira?
tion of a year, but he was voted down,
for the track cannot be laid across
Twenty-fifth and Twentv-fourth
streets tu] the over-head bridges are
erected and there may be some delay
in this improvement. Mr. Lenz said
the tax-pavers wanted another rnilwav
system. This gave Mr. Wilkie and Mr.
MrLaiighMn an npnortunlty to put In a
word for the workingmen. They want?
ed the road. ton. and they were the
ppoolo who made the tax-payers.
After disposing of several unimport?
ant matters the council at 12:4? o'clock
Stale Secretary of the T. M. C. A.,
L A. Coulter, is in the city.
Miss Maie Saunders is visiting Miss
Sue Seidon Wellford, in Richmond.
The Y. >M. C. A. bath houses will be
rebuMt this .-prir.g in time for the both.
J i tor .sjsjsun.
'The" wheetViVe*V....?.f-M.the T. M. C. A..
wi'Il organize a Caunei^'-. bicyele_ cjiij
tor the summer.
Mr. C. D. West returned home yes?
terday after a short visit to his former
home in Sussex county.
Miss Mary Collins, of Petersburg, is
visiting the Misses Stephenson, on
?Or. W, J. Knight left yesterday if or
Richmond and the wet-tern part of the
State for a brief visit with friends.
Miss Lottie Rowan, of Punxstitawney,
Pa., is visiting Mr. and Mrs. John
Fair, or LS9 Twenty-fourth street,
East End. .... ....-?- .
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Earle, of Nash?
ville, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Patterson, on West avenue. They
will leave for Washington today.
BRIEFS D'W DW X>W DTOWBW
The ball which was to have been
given at the Casino tonight by the
Huntington Republican League Club,
has been postponed.
Fa i her D. J. Marr, pastor of St. Law?
rence's church, Baltimore. was the
guest yesterday of Father 'Charles E.
Donaboe, pastor of St. Vincent's. Fath?
er Mansey. of Old Point, 'was also the
guest of Father Donahoe.
Invitations are out for the marriage
of Mr. Koben V. Neblette to Miss Mag
gie Edwards, of East 'End, on Thurs?
day. April 24t'h at 7:45 P. M. The wed?
ding will ttfke place in the Chestnut
'Avenue Mtthodiist church.
POSITIONS WILL HE II F.I.I).
Important Orders Issued by the l'ostoltlee
Postmaster Read yesterday received
the t olio wing order from Washington:
"That in the event of a call upon any
regular militia organization to enter
the military service of the United
States, such officers, clerks, letter car?
riers or other employees of the Post
Office Department or of post offices, or
of the Railway Mail Service, who may
be members of such organizations, or
who may enlist in the military or naval
service of the United States, will, upon
application, be granted (as far as pos?
sible without serious impairment to
the postal service) leaves of absence
without pay. their positions to be held
open, awaiting their return, and to be
tilled during their absence in the mili?
tary or naval service by such tempo?
rary appointments, or details, as may
"Leaves of absence, under like condi?
tions, will be granted postmasters upon
application to the department, at offices
which can be placed in charge of per?
sons acceptable to the sureties. and
to the department. Such leaves can
be extended from time to time, but not
beyond the date of the expiration of the
post master's commission.
JAS A. GARY.
Will Receive Applications Saturday.
I Judge T. J. Barbaim, the presiding
oflicer of the Corporation Court, has
fixed next Saturduy as the day for
receiving and/hearing aplpieations for
Whether there will b^^Tlny contests
is not knv.yn, huti?^is thought that
the Police /Cotirt^'ivoord 'Wild be pro?
duced to stnaj>^fhe mmits of those who
violated the liquor law during the last
Judge Barhann has adopted very
stringent rules, and it may toe difficult
for those dealers who have violated
the low by selling liquor on Sunday to
have their licences renewed.
Mr. William White-raft Sells Out.
Mr. Willia'm iWhibcraiPt. who was
proprietor of a saloon at No. 2X08
Washington avenue, 'has disposed of his
businees. celling it to Mr. Patrick F.
JlCaga.n. for the sum of $1,400.
The bill of sule was recorded! in the
clerk's office of the Corporation Court
yesterday, as was the deed of trust
from Mr. Eagan to Mr. G. C. Guverna
tor to secure the latter for money bor?
rowed. The trustee is Mr. iF. 15. Berk?
Funeral of Mr. William Ivy.
The funeral of Mr. WlU'ifem.' Tvey
took place from the Second Baptist
church yesterday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock and was ait tended by u. lange
concourse of people. Rev. Thoanas J.
MacKay, the pastor, officiated, and the
remains were laid at rest in Green
'.a>\vn cemetery. 'FtolHowing were the
pall I -bearers: Messrs. Addison Park,
John W'Mltalmis, Benjamin West, IW.
A. S. Taylor, Edwin Phillips and <E. ,W.
It Will Be Signed at the
ANSWER MUS.&BE PROMPT
If it Favorable Itculy to <)i:r OviiiatulK Is
Not Keeelved Will.hi Forty-eight
Honrs Unite.! State* Troop*
Will ?luv? ?.i
WASHINuiolN, .Man i... Si.,i;n will
not receive ottieial liolilicitlioii ul Lite
liemalius of uie United St a tcs before
toluol row. She then wilt be liitormed J
unit the Cuban resoluuoi.s passed by
Congress ill an early Hohr Lais iitorit
111B are now a part of Hie laws of Hie
IJiuletl stales, and an utUmaLum wilt
be sent demanding cimipiiauee with
Ulis law ami an answer witain a very
short tune, probably within twenty
tour hours. Compliance is not ex?
pected, and a forward movement on
Cuba will commence Hie hitler part of
ibis week, according lo Lite plans of
The congressional* Cuban resolution
will not be signed uiuil t.an.irrdw
morning. The nilimatuni to Spain will
be signed at the same tin ... The Pres?
ident early decided to niake the two
practically one act by a simultaneous
signature of each.
Two cabinet meetings wer.- held dur?
ing the day, the first beginning at 11
and lasting nearly two hours and the
second lasting from :! until 5:30 o'clock.
At their close announcement that ex?
ecutive ."Action was delayed until to
morr.i'ssed between- .;Bp'ti> cabinet ses
.?'t.'J.s- and the battlesbip";,ia^.-.ic..
cussion of the iiiiiiii,-.-.....-V ... , t:
At the morning session:'the President
rather favored allowing the .Madrid
government two or three days in which
to reply to our demands, but slime that
time lie has changed his views some?
what, and it is now believed to be bis
purpose to require an answer within a
very short time, probably- within twen?
ty-lour hours. The reason for limit?
ing the time to one day,- or even less,
is said to be entirely strategic: other?
wise, two or even tht-;-; days would
have been allowed. The ultimatum it?
self will be short and to the point. It
will recite the main feature of the res?
olutions passed by Congress and de?
mand a compliance therewith. So far
as could be learned there will not he a
meeting of (lie cabinet this evening or
tomorrow morning before the Presi?
dent signs (lie two deeuments. which, it
is believed, unquestionably will precip?
itate war. It is likely that the Presi?
dent and Assistant Secretary Day will
again Ibis evening go over the message
which is to be sent to Madrid and make
any changes which may be thought de?
sirable, leaving the final act of signing
the congressional resolution and the ul?
timatum until tomorrow morning. Tt
prohahp- will not be made mil.lie here
until notice is received that it is in the
hands of (he Spanish government, dip?
lomatic etiquette requiring this.
The Cuban resolution passed by Con?
gress arrive.! ai the While Hons-' a i
1:15 o'clock, n little over an hour bov?
ine been consumed in the forrnalil ir-s
nf securing the signatures of Speaker
Reed and Vi.-c President TTobart to the
resolution in open session and its do
livery at the While House bv Uepre
sentative Hager, of Town, chairman .-r
11t? committee on enrolled bills, and
Henresentative Ovcrstreet. of Tndiana.
Tt was ev,.I...1 that the resolut Ion
would be signed as soon as it reached
the President, and Ibis was Mr. M.
Kinley's inclination, but for certain
state reasons if was deemed ndvisa
Ible thai the resolution and the ultima?
tum to Ptoin should he signed simulta?
neously and time was needed to draft
I the ultimatum i" diplomatic form. The
I fact that the resolution was not imeie
Idiately signed gave rise to a few dis?
quieting reports, but it soon appeared
from statements of cabinet officers Hint
the President had not the slightest in?
tention of withholding Ins signature
and that the del.iv in attaching it was
accounted for solclv bv his desire to
have a full and complete plan of opera?
tions for the government of the execu?
tive in the immediate future before
taking the final and important step of
turning the joint resolution into a sta?
tute. Just what this plan shall be
was the occasion for the two cabinet
meetings today. The first session in an?
ticipation of the reception of the res?
olution was devoted largely lo ques
I (Ions of finance and military policy, as
well as to the framing of (he ultima
! turn itself. So far as can be gathered
j the important point at issue in regard
to the ultimatum was the question of
time to be allowed for a response on
! the part of Spain.
The steady progress of military and
naval preparations indicated the con?
viction on the part of the administra?
tion that a peaceful solution of exist?
ing difficulties is not probable.
As to the course of events in the Im?
mediate future, the only prediction
that can be made is one based on pre?
cedents. According to these Minister
WootUord will notify Ib.- Spanish, gov?
ernment of the action of the govern?
ment of the United Stabs, and should
the Spanish answer be unsatisfactory,
as is expected, the next step in order
will be for him to ask for his passports
and leave Madrid. Thai would be fol?
lowed instantly be the withdrawal
from Washington of Senor Polo. Hp.
Spanish minister. At this point, it can
be said (hat the Slab- department of?
ficials are confident that the Spanish
government ?-w ill so shape every phase
of the negotiations as In oblige us to
-take the initiative at everv point. Af?
ter the withdrawal of the ministers,
and assuming Spain does not. back
down, will follow actual war. but
whether or not the first overt act will
he preceded by a formal declaration of
war. which would insure ihe immediate
neutralization of tie- powers, or wheth?
er the North Atlantic sonadron will
make its appearance off Havana, as a
beginning, cannot yet he predicted. In
this connection it may he stated that
the army and navy experts are hecin
nirg to take a less hopeful view of an
oasv and quick campaign than thev en?
tertained a short time ago. Months are
now mentioned Instead of weeks as the
probable length of hostilities and one
Y, APRIL 20, 1808.
eminent naval oilleer, who had expe?
rience In the late war. professes a be?
lief that unless outside pressure is
brought to bear, a war may ??.isily drag
along for a year under the existing
Apparently the powers have aban?
doned open efforts in Washington to
influence tin- course of our government.
Matters were very quiet at all the le?
gations todav and no instructions were
received by any of the ambassadors or
ministers in He- line of mediation.
"The ultimatum," said one member
of the cabinet after the meeting to,lay.
"has been agreed upon in substance,
but lias not yet been formally drawn
up. Iis preparation has been entrusted
to Assistant Secretary Day. of the
Stiit-- IViiartmont. It will be sent to
Spain tomorrow and will reach Madrid
In tie- evening, the difference in time
between this country and Spain being
in saying tiial Spain will he given for?
ty-eight hours, that is until Friday ev?
ening, to submit her ivplv. In accord?
ance with tin- the terms of tie- resolu?
tion, the President will demand that
Spain .-hall evacuate the Island. The
demand for this will he flat footed and
absolute, and no tentative or halt way
reply will satisfy the President. Nor
w ill any compromise that contemplates
the island and ! In- 'sub's,-,,in nt re-es
\ tnblishment of Spanish control or the
?sing of the Spanish flag over tin
niry 1?- a.pled by the ndniinistra
i. Possibly it may be that a sttggos
i that the mutter has I.n referred
to the Cortes, which meets tomorrow
iis consideration, may lie instru
nlal in postponing for a brief lime
Hie putting into effect ,,r the congress
mal resolution, hut tie- President is
isposed n,,t to brook any further de?
lay. Ii is only fair that in a great erl
i like ihis reasonable time shall be
'If Spain refuses to evacuate Cuba
prompt measures will be adopted to
pul into for, ,- I he congressional resolti?
ns. A blockade of Cuba will . so
as is at present understood, be bo?
il at once. There arc an adequate
number of. war vessels in the vicin?
ity to mal;.- Ibis affective. 1 think such
supplies as tie- Spaniard* now control
will ii.,i last t bem more i ban a month.
Then steps taken with a view of in?
creasing the equipment of Com,-'/, sol?
diers and furnishing them with suffl
ci.-nt hard tack for f.! will enable
him to hnrrass the Spaniards from the
?nr. which will materially assist in
?inging them to terms. Mv own indi
iduiil idea is that it will probably
take two months to bring about the rc
?lts which will compel the Spaniards
o evacuate and enable the island to bo
cenpied by the United States without
jjNo. the United Slates government
e Pot issue :iny letters of Uinrqne
nil ivrrr;.. ? , *?f countenance privn
v-rlnjr. hut if Hi,, :-p.,iA'. .V.,;;i'V' riini,-ut
hoos-es lo enter upon Ibis I in.^?F"w af?
ire, sb,- will have to deal with the un?
ions of Curope. with whose commerce
he seeks to interfere."
WATTrNG TO DEPART.
?he Spanish MinlteT May be Recalled
'WASHINGTON. April It).-The Span
?h mra?t S.'Wr Pel,, v !: rnabe. has
i-.de Ins final prepam-tinns for de?
parture, aid is calmly awaiting notl
ication |,],at the 'Provident has .mixed
s 4"ki: >?r- ??.. Ine : ui in resoutloitn
t which t'inw- t-lie minister will faike
? is Heave. The entire utaft of the le
uiion will aoco'inp.i.ny the minister.
r.n.ugn 'this was the most flagrant one
Tiic various foreign embassies and
'legations were intensely active 'today in
near ait 'hand. The several ""iforeten
officers were fully advised of the pas?
sage ,,! the resolutions and were kept I
Post?] ay to the prospects on the Prcsi
Sume of 1'he 'ambassadors and min?
isters called ,-u tiie -Siute Department
i" learn whether the President would
sign fho resolution.-. Thev were in
?foi-.-n. ,1 by .lit.ige Day ?hat the President
intended to sign them. This in turn
was eo-ni'inumcated to tbe foreign offi?
ces, and eis regarded as placing the
matter beyond any que-tion of doubt.
Tile represfcirtiaitives of the powers of
Europe held no meeting during the
day nor i- ray meeting at present in
prospect. Those who have been most
hopeful of bringing about European co?
alition, now concede that sucth u move
Already, it is s
taken steps not
passive neutrality, but to enforce it
with arm,, if necessary. Two regiments
of'British soldiers are now- in the Brit?
ish We.u Indies and these are about
be augmented by another regiment
en route from Halifax. They are con
centra-:, d in the beii.-f that the West
ladies will! be a center -of conflict, and
that the stress of war may lead one or
the other belligerent to occupy neu?
tral British territory.
So far as is known the French gov?
ernment will observe the saime neutral?
ity. Its Weit Indian possessions are
considerable and it has several ships in
[hose waters. Germany and the oth?
er powers are expected to take the
same neutral altitude.
In eor.ineetion with the cable report
i'hat t-iie Driebund has sought to effect
a plebiscite in Cuba, it was slated at
or.,- of the embaesies that this branch
,,f negotiations occurred last week,
and embraced some cireumt-.tunces not
made known in the cable dispatches.
About the middle of la.-t week one of
tli- embassies iure was informed from
-ts foreign office that its ambassador
at Madrid advised thorn that .Minister
vVoodford hod suggested, in a tentative
w iv a plebiscite as a posi.-.-ible solution
L'Tbs .ml"" ??; advised M. for
cign'ol'liee that the suggestion did not]
nw.-l with favor, and had not been
followed up. Since then there has been
.k of a p
fa i- as
known here. _
'A HAPPY SUGGESTION.
V , and West Virginia Troops May
' " Unite Under Bee.
GHA ItLlOSTON.W. V-A.. ?April 19.
t ween the governors Atkinson and Ty
lel*' t0<l"Charle; ton. W. V.l., April 19.
??Governor J. H?ge Tyler:
-1 sugegst, if possible to accomplish
::. that the volunteers of the two. Vir
?i'1tlwi' \ve ask the President to ap?
point Fh-/,hugh I. a.-; -.?he brigade com
"G. AV. ?ATKINSON,
"Richmond. V.o., April 19.
?Hon. G. W. Atkinson, Go v. West Va.
??The sentiments expressed in your
telegram appreciated. Virginia would
oe glad to unite her forces with her
Ulster state, and eurely -none more
lilatolo could be 'found to coimmand
mm Fitzhugh Lee.
"J. ItOG-E TY.LRR,
A 1 iiM Y A X D iN A V Y NOTES.
reparation* for the Coming War Con?
tinue on an Active Scale,
\\-As=>trr.v<Trox. at>u 19.?Lieut, col.
l ink y. Sinifh sixth artHlery. in ad
... 11 ... hi* .lutas us tt .member and
',,',' -? ?" Mi... Ohieka'nVuuga Park
? a.mission ha? been ordered to report
the ;?.?). .wii.Iiiik general o,C the De?
nt ..t the <>uit. for assignment to
f artillery of .that
tatioii at Atlanta,
t'AiUM'OnTH'. tra.VG-.. Aprl 10 -The
mi ed-s, rates cruiser Topeka. formerly
"' "?'????tV's- h:,s received urgent 01
? i- !?? miii ini'inediately for the ITnl
?',i, i ??"'l'h<mt ""?'?'Mug .for the
lined i.-j,iet. s torp.-do iK.at -Soniers,
lA-.i is being repaired here. She left
' t^vv.-ping fr., u supplies
;? ' y a.Jij at V lenria
J L .i hannberlin. and the Uni
aies military attache uit St. Pe
cg. Liettt. George L. Anderson,
?Jeen Killed home.
THE SPANISH FfJrTET
' Hy Telegraph.)
Yiyi-KNT, CARE VERDE IS
LAN !>?>-.. April 1.9.?The tlrst class Spun
li cruisers Viaeaya and Alm.-ira.wte
<Uieii:,lo. las; reported at Porto Rico,
rived here at noon (..day. to re-in
?rce. che Spani-h licet in these waters.
JM-Ilt'LI'X. April 19.?The
A Ni iTI I Kk PROPOSAL.
OX-DON. April 19.?It is reported
; t he >riebuivd, or triple alliance
mposed of Germiamy. Austria and
yi. a.?ting upon the suggestion of
Italy, has proposed to the powers a
ilebisoile. under which the .population
?f thi'lvi should 'be allowed to vote for
he form of government under which
?hey shall live.
WOR-5MS TRAIN USELESS,
i By Telegraph, i
UKRI.IX. April 19.-The German tfor
isn oltlce declares that Dr| Von Hoi
|i''."i. che ambassador or Germany at
V't.<htilgten, instead ,,.f Joining in ro
??? representations to the United
ita'to.--. i,- urging ambassadors to stop
heir attempts at'mediation as they are
niisidereU worse than useless.
TH.E QI "lEEN'S SPEECH.
LOXDO'X. April 19.?The Madrid cor
n piuvdi ni i., the Standard, telegrap'h
i'liS Tuesday, says:
"I lindepstun 1 't'lie speech from the
throne will review ehe whole course of
Che relations beiwce-n Spain anil the
United Si..!,-, with a view of -showing
how SiMin in her rehitloms with Aimer
and her treatment of the .West
Ititliah . .-'..'"nies, has spared no effort
to make coucessioiiiS u,'1rl reforms ciwil
pati'ble with her rights, to' J^mciliate
colonists and to preserve fnohu./
ioiis with Aim erica; wthereias, the
Pnited States have all along persisted
?eking pretexts to interfere In t.'he
purely domestic relations of Spain with
her colonies and have .persisted, more
than ever since 'tiho. advent to office
of 'President McKinley in meaces and
dilnloiiMtic notes, trying to Intervene
he settlement of the Cuban ques
baz mi- closed last, night,
li.e last week the fair has been
lightly a: the Casino under the
... of Newport Xews L-'dge. tNo.
. P. ii. Elks, for tlie benefit of
arity fund, and it proved to .be a
sue.-." I ftil tiirt.iking, as the
?f Sl.JOO wdl probably be cleared.
Tu the iide'fatigiible efforts of the
two .?..ininitte. s, the members of 'which
worked day and night, ah ,.f the credit
?iShtiy belong. Mr. W. T. Hopkins
a.is lie- chairman of the lodge com?
mit P-, and Mrs. Fred Rood of the
Although Jupiter PI ii vims -was in an
may mood last night the people braved
ill., e it-menu- end turned out in force.
('. msideraivle intei'i st was marai.fei.-ted
in tie- reiiKtining . out.-Ms to toe decided.
Mr. W. Hi. L. Kent received the larg
.-I number of votes -as the most pop?
ular business man in the city and in
audition to phis compliment he will be
presented w'fh a crayon likeness of
himself by .Mrs. AI. W. Tennant, the
photographer, w.lio offered the prize.
Sergeant J. J. Ward, of the Hunting
tea Rides', will carry a handBome cane
is well as a gun 'hereafter. Tie was de
?liired to toe the most popular emlisted
mi.iii in cite company.
Miss it.-ssie Hughes received the larg
number of votes as the most "pop?
ular voting girl in the city, winning the
bieyiele offered by Air. P. P. Maguyre.
Another wheel offered for ehe lady
receiving the largest number of votes
was wain toy Misb Nettie Jtighter.
Mr. .1. A. Himhtoerg drew the building
lui demoted 'by Powell Bros. & King.
Mr. C. T. Johnson held the number
i-hivi called for a rille, and -Mr. John
Smith got a pair of patent leather
Atter the contests were decided the
auction begun. Air. W. 115. Keiley, the
popular comedian ar.d all round good
a-ying ihe sales.
Mr. M. J. Eastman's residence, at
in- corner of Washington and Thirty
irs-t street, was damaged by tire
iliortly after 1 o'clock this morning.
'Partolmon W. T. Robbins lin^t saw
lie Hames and turned in the general
.i.u-iii at the central station. The bell
aid hardly finished toiling ithe number
lofore Mr. J. S. Wray turned in another
ilarni from the box at the corner of
A'.st avenue and Thirtieth street.
Witten tin- department arrived tongues,
if Ha-mea were leaping from the third
. lory of Hie building, but a few min?
utes after tlie line of hose was run the
e was extinguished. Tiiic damage
i slight, amounting to probably $150.
_. origin of the fire is unknown. It
was dii-vovered in the attic of the build
An lilei trie Illazo.
?Last night, after the thunder storm,
i small blaze was seen on ttoe roof of
hi- grace! -y store of Mr. S. Raynor, at
ill.- corner id' Thirtieth street and Wash
ngton avenue. At tire't it was thought
liat tli- ..-tore was on tire, 'but an in?
vestigation proved that an electric -wire
hud come in contact with the roof,
.Ising sm-i'M Hannes to shoot into the
. The wire was promptly adjusted.
.1 tiie excitement died down.
Will the gentleman who could not be
suited In Clothing up the.avenue kind?
ly call at our store Saturday.
WOODWARD & WOMBLE.
.1. F. Herman will run an excursion
to Richmond. Sunday, May Sth. It*
The agricultural products of Kansas
for 1S97 amounted to $230,410,143.
SINGLE COPY, TWO CEN
ONE WEEK -TEN CENTS
'War" the One Absorbing
CORTES TO MEET TODAY
'rclltnlnary Meetlngof the Parties. Senor
s.-cmmIh. Hit- Premier. Delivers a Speech
Kef lectllic Spain',. Determination
to Fight for Cuba.
MLVDR.ro. April PJ.?l p. 'M.?The
general belief here is 'that the Joint
resolution of Congress makes war
between 'Spain ami the United States
The ?premier. Senor Sagasta, had. a
conference with the Queeu .Regent, this
2 P. M.?An official .note issued this
afternoon says negotiations are act?
ively proceed dig between Che col?nis?
government of Cuba and the insurgen'ta
of that island, with the view of obtain?
ing the submission of the latter as a
result of further concessions regarding
2:1!0 1". M.?The terms or the addrasw
which the Queen Regent wild deliver
at the open'jig of the Cortes tomorrow
are jealously guarded, but It Is said;
that the address will prove firm, con?
vincing and satisfactory to the national
It is claimed that perfect unan?
imity prevails in Spain to lace war
rather than yield to the demands of
the United States.
l:l? P. M.?On the receipt of a dispatch
from 'the Spanish minister at 'Wash?
ington, Sonor Polo y Bernabe, giving
the result of yesterday's voting in Con?
gress, the minister for foreign affairs,
Senor Gu'lon, forwarded to all title
Spanish ambassadors a memorandum
to submit to the foreign governments,
setting forth the grievances of Spain,
showing u'll Spain has done to avoid,
war and saying the responsibility for
war rests entirely upon, the Unitetl
7:15 P. M.?The one absorbing topic
is the prospect of war. Iii Heraldo de
Madrid says that war is inevitable
and even imminent, liven the forth?
coming 'meeting of parliament is un?
heeded. 'Kl Heraldo compares the "In?
difference of t'he mass of the people" ..
to ""Mussulman fatality," considering it
highly dangerous and fearing a terrible
react ion. 'Phe paper gays a serious
task 'lies before parliament, which. It
hopes, will prove equal to "facing .the
great dangers now gathering around
II 1'. M.?This evening the parties con?
stituting the Cortes held their prelimi?
nary meetings. Senor Silvela presided
over t'he meeting of the Conservative
...oiority. In the course of his remarks
"lie ait\',!w a" conservatives to sup
l??rt the govcriiniel7.".- .
The Republican parly* ? ^ ^ent a
niescage to Senor 'Eimeiio Cost&X5>--ap~
?pealing to 'his patriotism, to take part.
In the preliminary campaign. The
?eominiuideation points out that "during
the present situation it is the duty o?
Republicans to maintain an expectant
attitude towaid the monarchy, but at
the same time to stand ready to malte
the sacrifice demanded by patriotism,
in the face of a powerful enemy, for
tin- defense of Spanish sovereignty im
Cuba, the preservation o? which is de?
manded by the history, security and:
rights of Spainll"
7::i0 'P. M.?lAit this hour the lobbies
of parliament are crowded with mem?
bers, new deputies and politicians, ail
discussing the situation. The one pre?
dominating word is war.
Midnight?It was rumored in town
this evening that General Woodford
would leave tomorrow, but he has au
rized a full denial of the report.
Madrid Is quiet and prepared to. meet
MADRID. VIA PARIS, April 19.?
ie supporters of the government in
both houses of parliament met in the
at* chamber at 5 o'clock this after
>n. Senor Sagastm the premlerv
addressed them as follows:
The times are so grave and the cir?
cumstances are so exceptional that acta
and not wordts are necessary to faca
? present difficultly. Attempts are
being made to sully the glorious his?
tory of Spain by an infamous oaiutmny.
The different Spanish governments
have done their utmost to avert the
war to which we are being provoked.
We have now reached the limits of
concession, compatible with honr and
territorial integrity. We consented to
the last concession at the instance of
the Pope and the powers. We yielded,
in fact: but now attempts are made
upon our honor and menaces directed
against our territory. This Is a thing
to which Spaniards will never consent,
t Applause.) This is not the moment to
trace a parliamentary program, but
the moment to unite ourselves, as our
fathers have done,, in the face of an
odious attempt against the .integritty
of our territory. The. insult offered ua
today is the 'most infamous that has
even been offered." (Prolonged ap?
Continuing, Senor Sagasta counselled
the rapid constitution of the chambers
in order to accord to the government
the meant; to defend the country's lu
"Spain," he added, "will not allow a
I parcel of her territory to be taken
I from her with impunity; nor wlU she
a party to any trafficking for her
I possessions." Prolonged and enthusias
ic cheers greeted the speech.
The ministers met today 'to modify
j the speech from the throne In confor?
mity with the situation. Senor Silvela,
I leader of the dissident conservatives,
when addressing the party, declared
it "inopportune to formulate a political
?He evoked the memory of the late
Senor Conovas del Castillo, and declar?
ed that lie and Iiis party would aid the
?Soverniment' by voting! as much as
houid lie necessary for national de
Ifense, without any opposition, although
.making note of the responsibility In?
curred, in order to investigate it, if
.need be, at a more opportune time. Ha
declared also that the dissident eon
| servatives would respect whatever ft
tncial arrangements the government
ight enter into, no matter what these
I might cost, as it was the "only means
>? securing later on peace with honor."
The following cases were disposed of
by Justice Brown in the police court
A. Austrian, charged with conducting
a pawn shop without a license, dismiss?
ed for want of evidence.
T. P. Ludlow, permitting livestock to
run at large, dismissed.
c.etieral Jones (colored), disorderly
conduct, fined $3 ftnU costs.
Jacob Jones (colored), riding bi?
cycle on sidewalk, fined J2 and costs.
John Bror.k3 and E. LIchenstein,
white youths, charged with disorderly
conduct, were dismissed on account of