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VOL III, ^0^93^ NEWPORT NEWS, VA., SATURIj?^Y^API^ PRICE ^j^k^t 1
PAY ROLL TODAY
Employees at the Shipyard
Will Receive $45,000
SHIPS STILLIN THE ROADS
Solace Uoec to Norfolk Monday. More
Guus for the Cruisers. Deals for the
Appomattox and Michigan
Fall Tli rotich.
The Chesapeake & Ohio steamer Ap
pomatox and the Brtitish freighter Mich?
igan were not purchased 'by the gov?
ernment, as was reported.
It is a fact, however, that 'both ves?
sels were inspected by navel officers to
ascertain their fitness for naval ser?
vice, hut the deals fell through yes?
(The Aippomattox arrived in .port ear?
ly Monday morning from London with
a. general cargo. She discharged her
freight and was about to take on u
cargo of flour and grain, when orders
came from thesNew York officce-not to
?oad the steamer. This rise to
the rumor tihkt the shja>srad been pur?
chased by the_gajuefn7ment. At the
local office it wSsgiVen out that the
reason for stopping the men from put?
ting on the freight ras probably due
to a contemplated change lathe Ap
ipomettox's route,- it heing proposed to
divert her to the Liverpool line tempo?
rarily. -Later it was developed that the
Teiport that the govermment was ne?
gotiating for the purchase of the ship
was not unfounded. Uncle Sam wanted
the Aippomattox. She fcs a fast freight
Ibout, hut it seems the terms were not
*?Thn Tifiohimii unhid ben II Im "
day for ?, cargo of grain. Uncle Kam
had this vessel inspected, but the deai
ailao seems to have ifallen through.
The ships are now taking on cargoes.
They have lost several days while the
negotiiations were in progress and will
be loaded with all possible haste
make up the lost time.
This has been a hu&y week tat the
shipyard. 'Work on the auxiliary cruis?
ers Dixie and Yosemitc and the hos?
pital ship Solace has b en rushed as
much au practKcsble, and as a result
?the Solace Is ready to etail and the
work on the cru.se.s is about com?
The yard cl.-.s-- d -town for the first]
time in the last two weeks lost night
at 10:30 o'clock. This was don-; in or- |
der to do some repair work to the ma?
chinery and 'boilers hefore the day force
comes on this morning. During the
?rush about 600 men have been token
on, making the total numher employed
reach tat least 3,600. The pay roll will
he the largest today in the history of
the yard, amounting to a'bout 545,000
for the week's work.
Six car loads of rapid fire rifles were
received at the shipyard yesterday for
the auxiliary cruiisers. They will be
mounted on the vessels immediately.
An Associated Press dispatch from
Fort Monroe last night sajrs:
"Visitors were not allowed on board i
the ships during the day, applicants
being told that the squadron was on a
war footing and regulations forbade
receptions. The Minneapolis had sub
calibre practice the greater part of the |
afternoon and all the ships used their |
search-lights and did signalling by
The war bulletins of the Associated
Press were read with much interest,
but many doubts were expressed at the
notification that the Key West squad?
ron had moved. It was generally ad?
mitted that the battleship Oregon was
in danger of attack, but few expressed
any doubt as to her ability to take |
care of herself. A dispatch late in J
the evening to the effect that the
squadron would be left here to care
for the coast defence is received with j
a great deal of incredulity. The fact
that two colliers apd a hospital ship
nave been rushed to the squadron and
that one of the colliers was hurriedly
filled yesterday seems to indicate that
no such lack of activity is intended
and that a hurried call to move is ex?
pected. The opinion of many officers
seems to be that this fleet will move j
the instant it becomes aware that the |
Cape de Verde Islands fleet of the
Spanish is In motion.
'If the fleet stays here for any per?
iod of time it would not be surprising I
if the Columbia and Minneapolis were
sent out on prize seeking expeditions.
The same order about officers being j
on board the ships at 10 o'clock and
the forbidding of all night shore leave j
are still the rules for tonight, and this,
too. would indicate a move at any
WILL ORGAtNTT ZSE A BATTERY.
There is a movement on foot looking
to the organization of a battery. So
far the .fnauguratons of the move have
Ibeen very successful, and it is expected
that in .a few days enough men will
have 'been secured to man at 'least six
guns! Those who enlist do -so with the
understanding that they will go any?
where. ? > '"*ililillB
CREW FOR THE DIXIE.
The Dixie's crew, which was recruit?
ed in Baltimore, will be sent to Nor?
folk very soon. When there they will
be put on board the United States re?
ceiving ship Charleston for prelimi?
No orders have yet been received:
from the Navy Department regarding |
the time of departure.
WAS BUILT tHERiE.
The guniboajt Nashville, which struck
the first blow in the Spanish-American
war ?yesterdiay when she ran down a
Spanish merchantman near Key West
and carried her prize into the hanbor,
is the product of the local shipyard.
On her trial trip last April the Nash?
ville made a speed of over seventeen
knots, and she is the fastest warship
In her class.
The organization of a division of
naval reserves In Newnort News is
well under way and sixteen names
have already been secured to the peti?
tion to Governor Tyler, by the commit?
tee in charge.
The recruiting committee comprises
Messrs. W. H. Garthright, Z. T. Jones
and George Clinedinst.
The men who have volunteered to
serve in the division of naval reserves,
to date, are as follows:
E. W. Moran. Granville Smithson
W. H. Garthright. W. D. Pitman.
Z. T. Jones. A. G. Powell.
J. H. Moran. George Clinedinst.
J. Frank Ewan. B. G. Glenn.
B. H. Rlnehart. C. H. Sterling.
G. E.: Waddell. Charles'Barclay.
"W. W. Rowell. Doug. Richardson.
SEfforts are heing made to swell the
muster roll of Company C, "Hunbingon
R-lflesv to numher 100 men. Yesterday
iSergdamt J J. Ward and another of?
ficer of 'the company were soliciting
volunteers and nhey met "wltlh some
success; Including those who Joined the
<xwniniand yesterday there are ahout
seventy names on the roll.
MAY DOCK MASSACHUSETTS.
Thejnavy department is now engag?
ed In jnakitig contracts for puchasing
enormous supplies of coal to be stored
at Port Royal, which will be made sec?
ond only to Hampton Roads as a naval
base. It is proposed to dock the
Massachusetts there as soon as op?
portunity occurs, the developments of
the next few days being expected to
show when one of these vessels can
best be withdrawn from active service
for a few days.
TO COMMAND THE SOLACE.
The ambulance ship Solace will
go to the Norfolk navy yard on Mon?
day to.receive her stores, crew and
complement of nurses and surgeons,
in order to sail on Wednesday for
Orders have been issued to Com?
mander Andrew Dunlap to com?
mand the Solace. He has been in
command of the Coast Survey steam?
er Bache for several months and was
with that vessel at Havana after the
explosion of the Maine.
FORMERLY EL CID.
The Brazilian warship Nictheroy,
formerly El Sud, which was built
here, was purchased by the navy de?
partment Thursday. The vessel will
leave Rio Janeiro Immediately, with
3.000 tons of coal. This ship did splen?
did service during the Mello rebellion
In Rrazil. and will be a valuable acpui
sition to the Knited States Navy. It
was said today, however, that the
Nictheroy Is now entirely without ar?
mament, her guns having been remov?
ed by the Brazilian government since
the Mello trouble. However, she can
be equipped quickly at the shipyard
after her trip.
WORK sooS TO BEGIN.
Contractors Getting Itendy to Build the
Work will soon begin on Wie new
pier which the Old Dominion Land
Company will build' at t'he foot of
The contractors, Metisrs White &
Graham, have ordered the material,
and as ?<n.n a- it arrives -uhe work of
dfiring the piles will begin. As hoe,
been previously stated the dock will
be u.-ed -fun'coast wise traffic. At pres?
ent thereCis not a ptfbljii-^wer" ?n the
waiter freoaj n |U?<? i I sell carrying
fhe products of trucking flarms may
discharge their freight. IWhen the pier
is completed it is under-tood' that the
truck farmers will ship produce tu
this market. It is given out on good
authority that the vessels of t'he Wash?
ington and Norfolk line will (touch
here regularly, and it is not tmprobabe
that the Old Biy Line hoats will also
?make landings at this pier. The esti
.mated cost o^g' -f tf j \j'n^ j
^~ SERVICES TOMORROW.
Rev. C. C. Cox to l'reacli a Special Sermon
10 OdU Fellow's.
Besides the regular services at the
various churches tomorrow Rev. C. C.
Cox, pastor of the First Baptist
church, will preach a special sermon
uetore Newport News Budge, No. 92,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
I Services will be held as follows:
' First Baptist church, Rev. C. C. Cox,
pastor.?Services at 11 A. m. and 8 P.
m. Subject in the morning: "Faith
of the Centurion;" in the evening:
?'Ambassadors for Christ." In the af?
ternoon at 3 o'clock Mr. Cox will
preach a special sermon to the Odd
Fellows, taking as his text, "Thy gen?
tleness hath made thee great."
St. Paul's Episcopal church, Rev. J.
F. Ribble, pastor.?Serices at 11 A. m.
and 8 P. m. Text in the morning:
Acts 1:0, 7, S.
Orrville Baptist Mission, Rev. T. J.
MacKay. pastor.?Services at 11 A. m.
and 7:30 P. 51. Sunday seiiool at 2. P.
First Presbyterian church, Rev. E. T.
Wellford, pastor.?Services at 11 A. M.
and S P. m. Subject in the morning:
"Man's Ressurrection;" in the even?
ing: "The Realities of Life."
Washington Avenue M. E. church,
Rev. B. F. Lipscomb, pastor.?Services
at 11 A. m. and 7:30 P. M.
Chestnue Avenue Methodist church.
Rev. m. S. Colonna, Jr., pastor.?Serv?
ices at 11 A. m. and S P. M. Rev. A. G.
Brown. D. D., the presiding elder, will
conduct the morning service and ad?
minister the sacrament. Subject in the
j evening: "Closed Doors."
Thirtieth Street Christian church.
Rev. W. R. Motley, pastor.?Services
at 11 A. m. and 8 P. m.
, Second Baptist church. Rev. Thomas
J. MacKay. pastor.?Services at 11 A.
m. and 7:30 P. m. At 8 P. m. Rev.
MacKay will preach a special sermon
to Mary Washington Council, No. 8,
Daughters of Liberty. The members
I will wear the emblems of the order?
"red, white and blue."
I St. Vincent's Catholic church. Rev.
Father Charles Donahoe. pastor.?Low
mass at S A. m.: high mass at 10:0 A.
im.; vespers and benediction at 7:30 P.
PURITY OF TUOUC.HT.
Dr. C. E. KIMiop A ldresses tlio Cadets at
Another lecture in the series which
was arranged by Colonel E. W. Huff?
man, principal of the Newport News
Military' Academy, was delivered by
Dr.Cha=. E. Bisboip. of Leipsic.Germany,
now professor of languages in William
and Mary College, at t'he academy last
As previously announced, Dr. Bishop's
diseour.-e was on "Purity of Thought."
The speaker first ad-dressed hiimselif
to t-howing how the ancients accounted
for death, and the ills whlioh beset
mankind, regarding them las unnatura
ar.d recounting for them as 'best they
could?the Greeks by P?ndura, fatal
box: the Hindoos by a tree filled with
?bad spirits, etc.
The speaker then quoted from St.
Paul?"To be carnai'ly minded is death."
He said that every word of the apostle's
assertion should be i^-Ludied carefully
and eternal ruin of the soul,
plied present death to "body, irtind end
soul. The Doc-tor then considered at
great length the effect of impure
thought on the body, mind and soul,
Jeli'minatinig in detail the great influ?
ence vicious thought has on the body.
Secondly, the depraving land defonming
of the mind, and finally the complete
and eternal ruin of the could.
Dr. Bishop in condusiion appealed
to the cadets to.model for themselves
?pure lives, to cultivate refining thought
and strive to keep their souls pure?
?as pure as they believe and desire their
sisters and mothers to live.
Is No I.ODgor a Candidate:
Mr. S. S. Arch/baJd<*who soime tkne
ago announced hTtffself a candidate for
the office of high constable, subject to
the Democratic primary, yesterday
utated1 that he had withdrawn from the
Dr. Joseph Cliarlea Gets the Itfedal.
The regular weekly shoot of the
Chesapeake Gun Club at R?verv?ew
Park yesterday afternoon was witness?
ed by a num'ber of visitors. iMr. E. S.
Robinson, who won the Steames medal
at the last shoot, could not hit the
pigeons yesterday and Ihe was com?
pelled to surrender it to Dr. Joseph
Charles, who -made the lairgest score.
Firsi Naval Engagement Retried on me coast 01
Florida, Hear Palm Beach.
SPANISH STEAMER CAPTURED BY THE GUNBOAT NASHVILLE
Blockade Proclamation Issued by the'President. North Atlantic Squad?
ron Sails from Key West for Cuba. American Fleet at Hong
Kong Leaves for Manilla^Torpedo Boat Rodgers
Steaming South at Lightning Speed
JACKSONVILLE, FLA., April 22.?
According to private dispatches re?
ceived by the Times-Union and Citi?
zen tonight the first naval battle of
the war took place opposite Boyenton,
about 2fi miles south of Palm Beach, at
10 o'clock this morning.
George Layman, a reliable man, and
others who were fishing on Lake
Worth, which is separated from the
ocean by a narrow strip of land, heard
heavy firing and ran to the beach.
..TJlRv. reported to the railroad agent
Lake Shore *..
<ihu ijoaimaster at" j^atana i.iot a
United States monitor was furiously
chasing and firing upon a Spanish
man-of-war or gunboat conveying a
coal or transport ship. The Spaniard
replied shot for shot. All the ships
were traveling with a bone in their
teeth. The men say they watched the
battle for an hour, or until only smoke
from the funnels was visible on the
southern horizon, in which direction
they were traveling.
A special dispatch to the Times-Un?
ion and Citizen from Latana says:
"An eye-witness has just arrived
from Boyenton and reports a supposed
transport vessel southward bound,
guarded by a man-of-war, pursued by
monitor, keeping up a heavy running
This dispatch was dated at 10 A. M.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA., April 22.?
A special to the Times-Union and Cit?
izen from West Palm Beaeh, Fla.,
"Much Interest was manifested here
today over the manouevrlng of
strange looking vessels. Two torpedo
boats passed south, one early this
morning and the other this afternoon.
Three vessels, supposedly belonging to
the Mosquito Fleet, after some ma?
noeuvring off Palm Beach pier, pro?
ceeded slowly southward. A tug tow?
ing a very large and peculiarly shaped
vessel also passed south.
NASHVILLE TAKES A PRIZE.
Spanish Steamer Buena Ventura Cap?
tured Near Key West.
KEY WEST, FLA., April 22.?The
United States gunboat Nashville has
captured the Spanish steamer Buena
Ventura, for Rotterdam, having on
board a cargo of lumber. She was on
her way from the coast of Texas.
The Nashville towed her prize into
the harbor at 11 o'clock this morning.
The news of the capture of the
Spaniard set the people of Key West
frantic with enthusiasm. All work was
suspended and the docks were soon
The United States fleet was about
twelve miles oft Sand Key Light this
morning at 7 when the Spanish mer?
chantman was sighted, bound north.
The gunboat Nashville ran her down
and put a shot across her bows from
the four-inch gun on the port side aft,
manned by Lieutenant DIUingham.
The Spaniard ignored the Bhot, but
another, closer to her bows, brought
her to. The prize crew, under Ensign
T. P. Magruder, was put aboard. Cap
. , . ? ft.**M!*iIi
tain Lucarraga, in command of her.
was astounded. He said he did not
know that war had been declared, but
when he was informed of the state of
affairs he shrugged his shoulders and
accepted the situation ?philosophically.
The Nashville has taken on stores
and will return to the tleet, carrying
Ensign Magruder, who will be relieved
by Ensign Carlton, of the Snow. A
body of marines is pacing the deck of
the Spaniard, and her crew of 2S are
lounging about the decksin noneh'a
lent fashion. Not a man is in irons.
According to prize la^ws, Captain May- j
nard will turn the prisoners of war
over to the United States district at?
torney, who will decide the question of
GALVESTON, April 22*.?The Span?
ish steamer Buena Ventura, captured
by the United States gunboat Nash
V- .J,"-.,; '
ville, is a tramp ste&lritfr, hailing from
Bilbac, Spain. She belonged to the
Sarrinaga line. On March 29 she ar?
rived at Pascagoula, Miss., from Ha?
vana, and was on her way to Pensa
cola. Fla., to load for Holland, when
MOBILE, ALA., April 22? The Bue?
na Ventura, from Pascagoula, Miss.,
which was captured by the Nashville,
was loaded by Mobile parties for Rot?
terdam with 8750,000 feet of lumber,
valued at $10,900.
KEY WEST, FLA.. April 22.?Com?
mander Lyons, of the Dolphin, has de?
livered to United States District At?
torney Stripling the papers of the Bu?
ena Ventura, captured by the Nash?
ville. He will libel the ship in the us?
The unfortunate merchantman is
still lying in the harbor. Her captain
was allowed to remain on board, but
the crew of twenty-eight were taken
over to the Dolphin and made to as?
sist in the work of coaling.
The gunboat Nashville steamed
proudly out of the harbor late this af?
ternoon, having achieved the first vic?
tory of the war, although a bloodless
one. She had gone about twelve miles
when the Dolphin signalled her to re?
turn. She steamed back and received
orders, the nature of which was not
divulged, and put back to sea again
finally to join the fleet, and, incident?
ally, to pick up any other vagrant ship
of the enemy that happens to come
within range of her guns.
The cruiser Marblehead, the monitor
Puritan, the Algonquin and the Man?
grove sailed this afternoon to join the
fleet. The only ships of the squadron
remaining here are the Dolphin, the
Terror and the Helena, all of which
are likely to move within a few hours.
It is reported this evening that the
Buena Ventura ran aground on a reef
about a mile out and is leaking. Tugs
went to her assistance and pulled her
off. Considerable mystery surrounds
Fashion demands large checks for
suits. We are satisfied with very small
one. Woodward & Womble. tf
WASHINGTON, April 22.?There
were two further important steps In
Washington today toward actual hos?
tilities, not to mention the overt act
involved in the seizure of the Spanish
vessel Buena Ventura off Key West.
The lirsl was the issue by the Presi?
dent of his proclamation announcing
to the world a blockade of a number of
Cuban ports, and the second was the
signing by him of the bill providing
for the utilization of ? the volunteer
fortes in war.' Then, in addition, there
was a notable retirement from the
Navy Department, in the case of Capl.
Koyal 13. Brandford, chief of the
Captain Branford asked to be given
command of an active warship. The
resignation will be accepted and, by
virtue of his rank, as well as to mark
the high regard entertained for him
by the administration, Capt. Brand
ford will be given one of the best of
the available ships in the navy.
Following up the formalities begin?
ning with the blockade proclamation,
the State Department this afternoon
addressed \\n Identical note to all of
the representatives v?-nations
accredited to Washington1?"?..oflfying
them of the policy to be pursued by
this government in the matter of pri?
vateering and neutrality. This was
followed by the sending of cable mes?
sages to all American embassies and
legations abroad, containing the same
information in a little more succinct
form, for presentation to the govern?
ment to which they are accredited.
The statement was precisely similar
in terms and tone to that telegraphed
by the Associated Press last Wednes?
day,, and its formal adoption by . the
government as the line of policy to be
pursued was not nrevented by the
criticism passed upon it in the Senate
yesterday by Mr. Money, of Mississip?
pi. Tn brief, it declares that our gov?
ernment will not resort to privateer?
ing: that enemy's goods in neutral
bottoms, save contraband, are exempt
from seizure; that neutral goods, not
contraband, under enemy's flag, are
safe from seizure and that blockade,
to be binding, must be effective. In
substance, these are tiie principles laid
down in the agreement of Paris in
ISflfi. The officials are not disturbed
at the semi-official notice from Madrid
that Spain will refuse to be bound by
the same principles and forbid priva?
teering, for they are satisfied that the
great commercial powers will not tol?
erate the practice of privateering un?
der the Spanish flag. Inasmuch as
there exists a great amount of misap?
prehension, not only among foreign
countries, but also among American
shippers, .is tn the character of merch?
andise that is contraband and liable
to seizure during the progress of the
war. the following unofficial but au?
thentic statement has been obtained
from a high official of the government:
"CONTRABAND OF WAR.
"In determining, according to the
law of nations, whether merchandise
is contraband of war. it is classified:
"1. Absolute contraband. ,
"2. Occasional or conditional con?
"3. Goods not contraband.
"The first class includes all goods
of an essentially warlike character.
"The second class includes provis?
ions, naval stores, coal, horses, cer?
tain kinds of machinery, certain forms
of steel, iron, etc., which are subserv?
ient to warlike use and which are des?
tined for the use of the enemy. They
are contraband or not, according to
occasions and conditions as to their
character, shipment and destined use.
Every case depends on Its own facts.
"The third class includes articles not
suited to warlike use, such as church
service and musical instruments,
household wares and goods and other
such like articles and including many
that are purely mercantile In charac?
"No article of merchandise is con?
traband unless transported beyond the
territorial waters and jurisdiction of
a neutrai state; nor unless destined
for an enemy's port or for an enemy's
use or for an enemy's ship upon the
high seas, which belligerent _ships are
permitted to police in search of ene?
my's ships and contraband of war.
"No final and exhaustive definition
of contraband articles can be given.
They are changing with the progress
of inventions. Some articles were for?
merly contraband which now are not.
and the converse is true.
"Neither belligerent can treat goods
i as contraband in violation of his
treaty stipulations with a neutral
; power as regards the subjects of that
I power. Any one desslring to ship
j goods to a foreign port in neutral ves
1 sels would profitably consult any ex?
isting treaties between Spain and the
government of that port.
"The belligerent right of capture as
against a neutral exists only, either in
case of contraband of war or of ene
my goods abroad, or of violation of an
effective blockade and in olher ana?
logous eases where the conduct of the
neutral justines the beligoront in
treating bis property as enemy's prop?
erty. If Spain ndhers to the principle
'free ships' and 'free goods' as this
government proposes to do, only con?
traband goods are subject to capture
in such ships."
Tnnulry at the Navy Department n?"
to the story that our government had
arranged for the seizure of the Ha?
waiian Tsiands and the establishment
of n coaling station in Hawaii, failed
to secure ary positive statement on
the subject. There is good authority
for believing that the story Is exag?
gerated and all that has heen dope I"
to provide for the establishment of a
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
ANOTHER PRIZE TAKEN.
Cruiser New York Said to
Have Captured a Steamer.
KEY WEST, FLA., April 23.?2:20 A.
M.-AN INCOMING TUG REPORTS
THAT THE NEW YORK HAS CAP?
TURED A SPANISH PASSENGER
STEAMER PLYING BETWEEN HA?
VANA AND PORTO RICO.
THE TORPEDO FLEET IS COM?
DECLARATION OiF WAR.
President' Will Call) Upon, (Congress
? ' to Pass it.'
(WASHINGTON, April 22. ? The
Washington Post says that the Presi?
dent will tomorrow send a; message to
Congress, suggesting that a declaration
of war he passed. The message was
in course of preparation at the State
Department this afternoon. This action
was hastened hy the seizure of the
Spanish merehentman off the Florida
coast and the desire to prevent any
possible complicnltjBK. The ini&hlt of
seizure of the Buena Ventura, how
ever, 1s not questioned hy the admin?
istration, since Spain herself accepted
our ultimatum as a declaration of war.
HAS THE TOPEKA FOUNDERED?
American Cruiser Said to Have Been
Sunk in Collision.
LONDON, April 22.?The Dally Mall
says this morning that it is stated in
Faltnouth shipping circles that the,
American cruiser Topeka, formerly
the Diogenes, which left Falmouth on
the evening of Tuesday, April 19,
foundered in collision wljth the bark
Albatross at midnight on Tuesday.
According to the Dally Mail the cap?
tain of the Albatross asserts that after
the colision, the steamer, whose name
he did not ascertain, flashed a light
and suddenly disappeared. He be?
lieves she foundered.
SHERMAN TO RESIGN.
Present Crisis Too Severe a Tar For
His Failing Strength.
WASHINGTON, April 22.?The Post
tomorrow will say:
There is reason to helieve that Sec?
retary Sherman will resign from the
cabinet within the next few days.
It is felt by the friends of the Sec?
retary that the .present crisis ia too
severe a tax upon his foiling strength^
and for this reason he will retire to
private life. His successor will be As?
sistant Secretary Day, in all iprohahll
ity, hut it can he stated that Judge
Day has no desire to remain in puhlic
KEY WEST, FLA., April 22.?The
United States government has estab?
lished censorship of telegrams, forbld
ing the transmission of code messages
to or from Havana. Thla begins at
KEY WEST, FLA., April 23?It is
believed that the prize captured by
the flagship New York is the Alfonso
XII, the mail steamer due at Havana
today (not the warship of that name).
The Spanish ship tried to run away,
but the New York gave chase, firing
shot after shot until the Spaniards
hove to and surrendered.
PARIS ON THE WAY.
Past Spanish Cruiser Will Try to In?
SOUTHAMPTON, April 22-?The
steamer Paris, of the American Line,
chartered by the United States gov?
ernment, sailed at 2:15 P. M. today for
New York, though her regular sailing
day is Saturday. She had on board 160
passengers and her cargo included a
quantity of guns and ammunition.
There was great enthusiasm among
the crowds on the dock and the band
of the Union Steamship Company's
steamer Britain pluyed "Yankee Doo?
dle" as the Paris steamed seaward
The Paris passed Hurst Castle at
3:35 .P M.
MAY BE INTERCEPTED.
LONDON, April 23.?The Dally M;tl!
"The Spanish embassy immediately
notified the Madrid government of the
departure of the Paris and tt is be?
lieved that fast cruisers from Cadiz
and Porunna will try to intercept her."
LONDON, April 23.?The Dally
Chronicle publishes a rumor that the
American liner Paris has already been
captured by Spanish warships.
U. S. Minister Leaves Spain
TRAIN ATTACKED BY MOB
Wlu?ow? of tbe Coache? Brofcen by Stones,
Civil Guard* Protect the American
Party Wlfh Umwa Swords.
Situation In Madrid.
^? _ Telegraph.)
1HEOTM.TE. SPANISH FR<>NTD3R.
April 22.-Generai Stewm U W?t'''
ford, the UnSted States minister *?
Spain, accompanied, by Ms staff and
others reached the frontier at 8 o'clock '
this imornln? in eafety, alter eac?M?S?*
exiperlences. The Spanigh. pbMce a*-'
tempted to capture a (member of thi> :.
legation at Valadotoid, where the train,
was attacked. Mr. Aloreno was Oho
member or the United States legation
singled out by the Spanish ?police
for capture, on t'he ground that lie a%'\.
a subject of Spain, but the attempt was
frustrated owing to the presence of .
mind of the minister.
At Valiadobid. the United' Stifte?
minister's train ?was attacked . and
stoned. 'Windows were -'broken aad tie
civil guards were compelled to protect
his carriage with swords drawn.
The Moreno incident threatened to be>.
serious. The Spanish police road? m .
determined effort to capture Mr. More?
no, but General Woodford stood ta?
the doorway of the carriage; declaring
he should only be removed' 'by force.
A detachment of police accompanied
the train from Toloso to San Sebas?
tian, where the police* officiate lefit,
on seeing that the general was deter?
mined to maintain his rights.
At. Segavia, the students of the mili?
tary college gathered on the platform,
cheering for Spain, and there were sev?
eral slmiliar incidents at other stopping
It was a great relief to the minis terVe
party when the generali finally reaettred
French soil, but General WoodtotA ?
personally seemed unconscious of any
BATONOTE, !PRAiNCE, April 22.-10:85
A-> \M.?The farewell of the Uadfted
S tates Tnteiser, Genteral Stewart ' Ij. " 5
Woodford to Spain was la keeping
with the dignity he displayed through
mi t the crisis. When asked if be bad
anything to say he simply raised tits
hnt and said: "Good Bye." The Se?
govia incident was comparatively ua- j
important. The students of the mJli
tary school. In full uniform, packed
ti\e depot. They were sfleat until the''.;,
train stswted. wlien there was an enthu?
siastic outburst dt oheering for Spain,
and Cuba. ?
Tlie ValladoTld affair.'?however, |
threatened to be quite serious, 1?i^ufl"';-;
ands of excited people attemptedgsg?
invade the railroad station and the =
twenty civil guards who accompanied,:
the train, were compelled to form pf-i
in-front of General Woodford'3 :cax-;;
riage with drawn swords, while- ?therv>
civil guards, of the local force, issued
from the depot to protect the train..
The guard3 did everything possible to
keep back the crowds, whose yells and
shrieks resounded on all sides. Stones
were thrown at the train and windows'
were broken. A newspaper man wias
w.iunded In the face by a broken glass.
Sir Charles Hall, the recorder of the
city of Condon, had a narrow escape
from being hit "by stones, and Mr.
Montague Hughes Crackenthorpe, Q. C,
had a similar experience.
LEOS TO BE A MAJOR GENERAL
He is Willing, However, to Accept &
RICHMOND, VA., April 22.?'It $9 \;
understood here that General Lee will.,:
unquestionably be made a major gen?;
era! in the United States volunteer
army, and will lead a division or corps ;
n Cuba. -i:"
'He 'Willi leave for Washlingtoai ton.
Sunday, if not ordered there sooner, 7
and iimmediateJy upon receiving ibJis .
commission will select Ms staff of nine
When asked Sf the Virginia troops
would be attached to his command,
he sta'ted unhesitatingly that they ;
would be. and it has leaked out that
wired' to Secretary Alger today,
suggesting that the troops destined for
Cuba be uniformed in the lightest pos
isi'ble clothing. When asiked If toe would ;;
accept anything less than a major gen- a
end's commission, General Lee referred
to his telegram sent to the Washington
authorities, from Key West, offaring
his services for any duty he might be
called upon to perform, and said:
I am anxious to return to Cuba to
put to route the Spanish troops, and I
would accept a lieutenant's comimls-...
sion i'f it permitted me to lead as much,
as a squad in Cuba."
WILL ATTACK MANILLA.
LONDON. April 23.?The American -
squadron at Hong Kong, according to
a special dispatch from Shanghai, has
sailed for Manila which it will attack.
The dispatch says: "Three steamers ;
recently purchased by the United,
States government will follow the fleet
with coal. The approaches to Manila*
are mined. It is reported here that
the priestes and the commercial class^.
es in the Philllplnes are in favor of a
peacefid surrender, rather than to.
suffer a bombardment, but that the
military are determined to resist."
VOLUNTEER ARMY BILL. ?
Agreement Reached by Conferees of
Both Houses of Congress.
(By Telegraph.) .'?
WASHINGTON, April 22.?The con?
ferees of the two houses on the volun?
teer army bill reached an agreement'
on the volunteer army bill before Con-'
gres? convened today. Accord tag to
this agreement the Senate receded from/
the first amendment concerning the K?me?
in which t'he organized militia snaliW
serve, but the time for which all vol?
ume ers are to be enlisted is reduced
from three years to two years. The
Warren amendment authorlztag the.
President to organize independent troops
was retained, but the mumber was
limited to 3,000. The Senate receded
from its amendment mak?nig it com?
pulsory for the regimental and com?
pany militia officers to receive ttoeir .
eonvmmfcsions from the governors of .
their respective stetes and leaving It
optional as fixed by the House.
The Senate also receded firorra &S
amendment attaching an engineer of?
ficer to the staff of each brigade com?
mander. AM the other Senate amendr
ments, reducing the rank of staff offi?
cers, etc., were agreed to.
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