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WASHINGTON, MONDAY, MAY 16, 189a
"The Great Providers."
Don't pay cash
Save the money for other pur
. poses. We will give you bar
gain counter values, and let
you take all the time you wish
to pay for them. Our stock
of ladies' suits, shirt waists,
skirts, etc., is superb. You can
be sure of Betting Just what
you want. No better exhibition
of the most favorite styles can
be found In the whole city.
Cash down cannot obta'n low
er prices than we quote you.
415-417 Seventh St.
CABLE CDHirS DENIAL
French Agent at Martinique
Makes a Statement.
AMERICAN ME SAGSSNOTHELD
Claimed Tlint Cni.taln Cotton Pre
ferred (o .'Olid IIIm Sispatclici Via
the KmkIUU Cable, Deplte the
Fact Tlint There Was Twentj
foar Hours Dcla.
Taris Hay 16. The Statin sajs that the
Trench cable agent at Martinique has tel
egraphed to deny positively the charge
that the dispatches of Captain Cotton, of
tho United States auxiliary cruiser Har
vard, were delavcd by the French author
ities. "Captain Cotton," the agent says, "ask
ed to be informed of the telegraphic route
to Washington, and was told that It was
from Tort de Tranco ia Haiti. He re
fused to send dispatches by that route
on account of the presence of a Spanish
torpedo boat which was then ljing at
Fort de France, telling the American con
sul In the presence of 31. Lalung, the chief
of our branch, that he preferred to send
hU dispatches by the English company,
despite the fact that there was twenty
four hours' delay by that route."
Stntcn-ent From Darte.
St. Pierre, Martinique, May 15. To
whom it may concern: I certify that the
agent of the French cable company never
stated to me that dispatches from St.
Tierro to the New Tork Journal would
hae to suffer a delay of twenty-four
hours. GEORGE DAItTE,
United States Consul.
The foregoing Is addressed to Captain
Cotton, of the United States auxiliary
SPAIN'S VATS HOPE.
Think the Power Should Ilefnxe to
Jlcroenlse the llnvuna Elorkade.
Madrid, May It The government de
clares that the blockade of Cuba cannot
be recognized as effective, and hopes that
the European powers and the slates of
Central and South America will refuse to
DUXI. DAY IN THE HOUSE.
Aimy Promotion 11111 Passed Under
The Hcse consumed the first half of
the opening hour today in small matters.
A bill providing for promotion in the
Army was called up by Mr. Hull. It In
creases the adjutant general's staff one
assistant, with the rank of colonel, and
one with the rank of major.
The rules were suspended and the bill
1EE AT BELIGIOUS SEBVTCE.
Demands for n Speech Ilefnted by
Richmond, Va., May 16 Fifteen hun
dred persons visited Lee Camp yesterday.
Rev. Dr. Moses D. Hoge at 5 o'clock
delivered a "sermon to the soldiers in the
auditorium on the grounds of the camp.
Thelarge building was crowded to Its
utmost capacity, the troops occupying
the lower floor and the general public
Idling the galleries. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee
and Governor Tyler occupied seats on the
stage, and both were greeted with the
wildest enthusiasm as soon as they made
Dr. Hoge's discourse was eloquent. He
did not refer to the war except in an In
cidental way. At the conclusion of the
religious exercises there were loud calls
upon General Lee to make a speech, and
he was about to rise to decline when Dr.
Hoge, turning to the audience, said:
"This !s a place of worship. There must
be no speech here." The large crowd
then filed out of the building.
Honors to Enslirn Daeley.
Chattanooga, Tenn.. May 16. The Moun
tain Club of this city today started to
raise a memorial fund In memory of En
sign Worth Bagley, the first American
officer killed In the war with Spain. The
Mountain Club headed the subscription
list with $100, and a number of prominent
citizens contributed various amounts.
.Prominent Virginian Dead.
Richmond, Va, May IS. Major Fred R.
Scott, one of the most prominent and
wealthiest citizens of Richmond, died
yesterday. He was president of the Rich
mond and Petersburg Railroad and prom
inently connected with tho Richmond and
Petersburg banks and Important business
enterprises in both cities.
Oar loir prices are proverbial.
Libbey S. Co., Lumber, 6th and N. Y. Ave.
fWELVE PEffllN 1 FIRE
Lives Lost by lbe Burning of a
BODIES OF SIX RECOVERED
The 3Ic(slre Hospital at St.Hyacinth,
Canada, Totally Destroyed Novi
tiates anil ItoartlerM Amoua; the
7ead and Minting Ph stclan
Wife Jnnipn From a Window.
St. Hyacinth, Quebec. May 16. A hospi
tal owned and conducted by nuns, known
as the Metaire, was completely destroy
ed by fire this morning, and It Is belle ed
that twelve people have perished. Six
bodies have been recovered from the
The origin of the fire, which broke out
at 1 o'clock, is unknown. Among those
who perished were three voung women
who had about completed their novitiate
and were about to take the veil.
Those known to be dead are two bojs
named Beauchesemlne. aged 10 and S,
the three noitiates and Mrs. Guertin, a
boarder. The missing are two sen-ants,
another woman boarder and two sisters,
Bouvlcr and Augl.
The wife of Dr. Chagnon. of Fall River,
Mass , jumped from a third story window
and died from her Injuries.
The building was valued at $20,000 and
was not insured.
THE ABUT 'OF VOLTTNTEEBS.
It ow Shows a Total of Seventy"
Thousand Slnntered-ln Troop.
Today reports show that 70.000 volun
teers hae been mustered In. In many
cases the equipment is Incomplete and the
work of perfecting it is being hurried.
This is especially the case with the regi
ments assigned to the Manila expedition.
Final arrangements for the Philippine
expedition are nearing completion. Gen.
Egan, commissar' general of subsistence,
has about completed the purchase of sub
sistence supplies required for the move
ment. They can be located as soon as the
transports are ready.
TIE DISTRICT VOLUNTEERS
Shoes Are Sadly NeeJed by tbe
Soldiers at Falls Cbnrcb.
RAIN FLOODS TUE CAM'
Men Are Evenrd from Guard Duty
liecnuxe Tlnlr Feet -Vre Exposed.
An UrKent Appeal In Jlnde to the
Wur Department lllsh Alud and
ThroiiK" of A lMlorn.
Woodburn Manor. Va., Headquarters
Washington Time. May 16 Rain fell In
torrents this morning and flooded the en
tire camp. Major Urell, out of regard for
the men. had those on guard recalled and
sent to the guard tent out of the storm
while orders were gien for all persons to
make fast the tent lines, as a high wind
Water flowed In streams down the com
pany streets and oerflowed the trenches
dug to protect the tents. The storm last
ed for nearly two hours.
Visitors began to arrive as early as 11
o'clock and as It is generally understood
that orders to leave Washington will
come In a day or two relatives and
friends are taking advantage of the op
portunity to say farewells. As usual, ac
tlv Ity Is e erywhere about the camp. The
quartermaster's department under Adju
tant James L. Mock, has the bulk of the
work and the heavy Army wagon makes
constant trips to Dunn Lorlng. the freight
station, for supplies and equipments, for
the companies w hlch are expected to Join
those now in camp.
There is. considerable trouble cxeperl
enced in camp through the lack of prop
er clothing. Many of the men are without
sufficiently strong shoes and a great
number have bare feet protruulne
through the soles. This has been the
subject of investigation' and as it is
greatly detrimental to the health It was
decided today to line the men up before
the surgeon and have those without good
shoes excused from all guard duty.
Capu W. T. H. King. Company B, was
the first man to carry out the order. Ac
cordingly he sent his company to the
hospital where Dr. Clifford Cox excused
fully a third of tho number. Their feet
were wet and nearly every one of them
had his feet exposed. The next step was
to have Dr. Cox write a letter which ac
companied a requisition to the War De
partment for shoes. The War Depart
ment stated some time ago that clothing
and equipment would not be issued until
the regiment was mustered In, but Major
Urcll has1 determined to make an urgent
appeal -for the shoes.
Torpedo Boat Pcrter Leaves Haiti.
Cape Haltlen, Haiti, May J6. The tor
pedo boat Porter, of Admiral Sampson's
squadron, which arrived here last even
ing, sailed during the night, together with
the refrigerating boat Supply, which has
on board fresh provisions for the squad
ron. Murdered Han Identlned.
Camden, N. J., May 16. The Henner
found murdered at Verona 'Cake Is Ed
ward, not Elmer Rennerj of Stockton,
near Camden. He has been living in New
ark for some time. He has five wives
living In different parts of the country.
Renner's father left here this morning
for Newark to get the body of his boy.
Ufaley Jt Co. gnamntee the lowest
prices in the city for "quality" Lumber.
BBAEHERD'S MISSION FAILS.
Ken- York Newspaper Men Still Held
by the Spaniards.
Key West. Fla.. May 16. Lieut. Brain
erd, who went to Havana on the scout
boat Uncas to negotiate In behalf of two
New York newspaper men, captured by
the Spaniards last week, returned this
morning, having accompllshednothing.
This is vouched for by the correspond
ent of the London. -Times, who was on
board Lieut. Braluei- (ship. No landing
was effected, so the Times man says.
NO FIBING HEAED.
Scnscttcval Stories From the New
Baa-land Coast Denied.
Portsmouth, N. II., May 16. There is
not the least particle of truth in the re
ports sent out from here of heavy firing
being heard off this coast yesterday nf
ternoon. Nothing of the kind occurred, nor have
any warships or strangers been sighted
off this Immediate coast.
Mr. Allison Explains (be General
Provisions of the bill.
T'IE ECKIXGTON RAIIJPAD
Mr. Pettlnren Offers aa Amendment
Limiting the Franchise of the
Railway Company to Twenty
Years He Makes a Determined
It was ten minutes to 1 o'clock when
the war revenue measure was called up
In the Senate today and made the unfin
The bill relatl-.g to the extension of the
Eckington Railroad which had been laid
before the Senate with the understanding
that It should not give rise to debate was
amended by Mr. Pettlgrew, who also,
made a long speech. It was evident that
the bill was to be contested and Messrs.
Allison, Halo and Aldrlch protested
against its further consideration.
The Pettlgrew amendment limits the
franchise to twenty J ears and ali.0 pro
ldes that the Government or the District
of Columbia may, at the end of live e.irs,
purchase this line wlt'iout palng any
thing for the franchise. He called up this
amendement and moved to strme out five
THE POSITIONS OF
years and insert ten years. 1I said h's
purpose In doing this was to stop the sys
tem of perpetual charters for street rail
roads. Mr. McMillan said that the District
Committee, which had given a great deal
of time and study to this question, had
decided that It would be unwise at this
time to hamper these companies by such
Mr. Chandler thought a twenty-year
franchise was long enough, but he was de
sirous of voting for the proposition in
one general bill affecting all the roads In
the District. But he should not vote for
a five or a ten year limitation, as he said
it would prevent the lnvestcmcnt of cap
Mr. Pettlgrew said that this argument
was the one always used by city councils
and all other legislative bodies when they
wanted to grant valuable franchises to
any one. He denounced it and declared
that In his opinion the franchise was val
uable enough to interest capital If the
franchise should be so limited.
He further declared that If the rail
road bills should pass the Senate without
his amendment, in ten or fifteen years
they would be capitalized for from $5,
000,000 to J15,O0O,O00 more than the actual
investment, on which the people who pa
tronized them would have to pay interest.
The amendment was lost by a vote of
11 to 33.
Mr. Pettlgrew then offered another
amendment providing that the franchise
should be for a term of twenty years.
Mr. Allison again objected to Us fur
ther consideration, urging the Importance
of the war revenue bill. That bill was
then called up and the railroad bill again
Mr. Cockrell presented a petition, signed
by 300 Missourians. protesting against the
Issue of Interest-bearing gold bonds, and
reciting that the greenbacks .should foe
Issued to carry on the war. that policy
having been pursued by Lincoln during
the civil war In this country, xne peti
tioners also demanded that the selgnorage
In the Treasury should be coined Into sil
ver dollars. "
At 12:50 o'clock the war revenue bill
whs called up. Mr. Allison made a gen
eral statement respecting Ita'provlslons.
He said as, U came, from the House end
to the Senate Finance Committees It was
wholly an Internal revenue WU; there
was nothing In It affecting Imports. He
thought the proposed Increase In the tax
on beer and tobacco "wouM yield oddl-
Before plaeln orders for lumber
Get IJbbey & Co.'s prices lowest always.
m. MZ''J&?faJ' SAMPSONS
Wl r, - SPANISH MAWieoi
tlonal revenue during the next year of
not less than J60.000.000, JVhen the meas
ure came to the Senatq committee, ex
amination proved that Kj needed a sharp
overhauling to produce sufficient revenue.
The committee, regardless of political di
vision, agreed that jth9 lonnage tax imA
poed by the House-should be eliminated.
Mr. Allison said further that the bill
was framed because the 'country was at
war and It was necessary .to realize addi
tional revenue. All hoped the war would
be over In a few weeks, or at least in a
few months, and what, ft would cost could
only be approximately estimated. The
Secretaries of War and Navy had furnish
ed statements. The former thought It
would cost for one yea.J $165,000,003 for the
Regular Army and volunteers. The Sec
retary of the Navy, for the 'same period,
said about J76,000,00a.would be required in
addition to the sums oted already for the
support of the Navy. To this Congress
had added (50,000,000, which was placed at
the disposal of the President March 3,
1S98. The fortifications bill was also In
creased upwards of $4,000,000 for the fiscal
Mr. Allison summed up by saying thai
tho Army and Navy would cost for the
year $300.192,000 that Ik. to June 30, 1899;
and he feared the estimates were more
likely to be too low than too hljrh. War,
he added, was very costly and It was Im
portant that the unity of action should
prevail at such a time. Referring to Sec
retary Gage's opinion that the receipts
from imports would be $200,000,000, Mr.
Allison said it was too high. He would
be agreeably surprised If Import receipts
exceeded $180,000,000. and he feared the
estimate of $92,000,000 for postal receipts
was also too high.
Mr. Allison looked for a deficit during
the fiscal jear, so far as imports were
Mr. Allison expressed the opinion that
the bill as reported would Ield more
than $150,000,000 In revenue.
COMING TO WASHINGTON.
Jfew Jerney, Xeir York and Western
Troops Ordered Here.
The orders for the concentration of
troops at Washington were Issued today
In connection with the -appointment of
Gen. Guenther as commandant of the
The troops will start as soon as pos
sible after receiving their orders and will
probably arrive in this- city some time
The regiments ordered'here are as fol
lows: First Regiment,-New Jersey volun
teers; the Sixty-fifth Regiment. New
York; the Sixth', Eighth, Twelfth and
Thirteenth Regiments, of Pennslvania,
and the Sixth Regiment, of Illinois.
SPAIN'S CABINET DESIGNS.
Snicnsta Rcunmlrd to Form a Jfew
Madrid, May 16. Senor Sagasta this af
ternoon handed to the Queen the resigna
tions of the entire cabinet Her majesty
THE BIVAL FLEETS.
requested Senor Sagasta to form a new
The Cortes will be informed of the ac
tion of Senor Sagasta and the Queen and
the sitting of the chamber was suspended
TEEEGEAPH OFFICE SEIZED.
Spain Takes Poeslon of the Ca
nary Island Station.
Liverpool, May 16. The Spanish au
thorities have seized the telegraph office
:a Grand Canary Island.)
'Only tho simplest commercial messages
will bo allowed to pass, and no cipher
dispatches will be accepted. or forwarded.
SMOKELESS POWDER NEEDED.
Spain Said to Be Bftter Supplied
The engagement at. SanJJuan has called
attention again to an important defect In
our naval service the absence of smoke
less powder. The reportsarecelved at the
Navy Department show that In this parti
cular our Navy Is seriously handicapped.
Spain has equipped alt tier vessels with
this ammunition, and it forms an Import
ant part of tho ordnance -supplies for the
The Naval ordnance officers have de
voted a good deal of attention to the In
vention and manufacture lot a smokeless
powder of their own. and it was on this
work that Lieut. Bernardou. of the tor
pedo boat Winslow. wa3.,engaged at the
outbreak of hostilities.
Our danger was shown, particularly at
Porto Rico, and has-been shown in ail
engagements participated in by the
blockading vessels. "Our Ships are Immed
iately enveloped: In acloid of thick smoke
after firing a. gun, wBch' renders the
training of the Kuns,ijssatter of great
difficulty and makes' thestresset firing an
easy target for- the enemy.
At San Juan the -reports show that
great difficulty was encountered in locat
ing the land batterlea. This was due to
the fact that no smoke followed the dis
charge of the guns.
The Weather Ufeoer Co.
Partly cloudly; possibly showers.
THE WAR BOARD
Criticism of its Conduct of Af
fairs Is Heard.
CHANGES MAY BE MADE
Naval Officers Feel That Mis
takes Have Been Made. .
SPAIN'S SUPERIOR STRATEGY
The Enemy Quick to Take Advan
tage of Oar Weak Points, and
Able to AoId the Strong; Ones.
Her Movements Kept Secret,
While Oars Are Published to the
World Efforts to Maintain Strict
There is more and more openly express
ed dissatisfaction at the Naval War Board
in the War and Navy Departments. It
is thought very probable that some radi
cal change may be made In the personnel
and methods of the board within a short
As stated in The Times hls morning,
iraval officers are saving that mistakes
have been made and that apparently
nothlngls accomplished by the Navy In
Cuban waters. Meanwhile the Army is
waiting for the Navy and also Is Idle.
The campaign for the freedom of Cuba
Is at a standstill.
If the report Is true, that three more
Spanish warships are In the West Indies
it is only another of many recent proofs
of the superior strategical ability of the
Spaniards, It Is said.
From the beginning Spain has kept this
country in the dark as to her moves and
appeared suddenly at unexpected places
to the overthrow of plan after plan on
this side. The United States, on the
other hand, has not been able to keep se
cret any of Its campaigns good or bad.
The weak ones hav e been seized by Spain
and tho strong ones avoided or out
generaled. Secretary Long on Saturday suggested
to Captain Crownlnshleld that he give or
ders that no one In the Navigation Bu
reau converse with newspaper men on
naval subjects. Secretary Long realized
that too much Information was getting
Into the newspapers. Captain Crownln
shleld took advantage of this suggestion
made necessary by some of the newspa
pers which have abused the privileges
granted them, and Issued a sweeping or
der very different from Secretary Long's
The order as issued forbids naval offi
cers from conversing wlht newspapers on
any subject. Even the social amenities
The naval officers are making a vigorous
protest, and probably Captain Crownin
shleld's idea will not be carried out. The
officers consider the order a personal af
front and a reflection on their honor.
Captain Crownlnshleld Is also a mem
ber of the naval War Board, and his sore
ness over the criticisms of the board's
work Is suggested as the probable reason
for this exhibition on his part. Secretary
Long's suggestion was as follows:
"I suggest that you consider the pro
priety of your Issuing an order that ev
ery person, naval or clerical. In your bu
reau be forbidden to have any conversa
tion upon naval subjects with representa
tives of the press; and that you give the
press notice that the rule will be strictly
lnforced, but that you will post bulletins
of such facts which have actually occur
red and are not connected with existing
or projected movements as are proper for
publication, as soon as possible after
knowledge of them Is had."
Capt. Crownlnshleld made tne oruer
similar to this, except that all communi
cation with newspaper men of any na
ture whatever is forbidden.
Dissatisfaction Is expressed freely. In
another direction at the apparent Inabil
ity of the Administration to keep up with
the political strategy of Spain and the
other European countries. A New York
business man thoroughly familiar with
European politics and also with the Amer
ican Navy said to a reporter for The
Times this morning:
"I believe it would be a most fortunate
step on the part of this Administration
If It would call to Washington as a spe
cial political adviser ex-President Harri
son. The ability of Harrison as an Inter
national lawyer is unquestionable. He Is
thoroughly familiar with European poli
tics, also, and would grasp the entire sit
uation as it now is with a firmness and a
clearness of Insight that no man now in
the Administration is capable of.-
"Further than that I believe the Ad
ministration should have as on adviser
a thorough newspaper man. Spain and
the American newspapers now beat the
Administration itself in .learning cf the
movement of the American fleets. A
newspaper man not a theorist taken Im-
Honey eheerfally refanded om any
order not satisfactory at IJbbey & Co.'s.
mediately out of tho business could do
admirable service to the Administration
If he were- atached to Secretary Long's
office, for Instance.
"A third suggestion is that Admiral
Walker be put on the Naval War Board.
He Is a practical commander, a sea dog.
If he were on the board its work would
be more successful. There would be
practical strategy Instead of literary
strategy and the war would show more
INQUIRY ABOUT CURACAO.
Motherlands Minister Summoned to
the State Department.
Secretary Day summoned the Nether
lands minister, Mr. De Weckerlln, to
the State Department this morning for a
conference regarding the long stay of the
Spanish squadon at Curacao, which Is un
der Dutch sovereignty.
Holland was the second country to
proclaim neutrality In the current war,
having followed quickly upon Italy's dec
laration. No fear Is expressed that thegovern
ment of Curacao would willingly give aid
to the Spaniards but it Is feared that the
latter may extort -what they need from
he little colony by force majende, and if
that is he case, the United States cannot
make any protest which will be effectual
until after the close of the war.
ON TO THE PHILIPPINES.
Sccretary Alger Says First Expedi
tion Will Set Sail Friday.
Secretary Alger said this afternoon
that the first expedition to the Philip
pines would leave San Francisco on the
City of Pekln Friday.
The steamer will carry probably l.jOO
soldiers. As rapidly as they can be mus
tered the other troops of the Philippine
force will be sent to the front.
Tour transports for this expedition
have been secured. They are the City of
Sidney, City of Pekln, Australia and
Centennial. The carrjlng capacity of
the four with arms and ammunition Is
The Centennial Is now at Seattle and
the advisability of starting her from
there Is being considered.
PROMOTION OF H SOLDIER
Col.Francis L. Guenther Becomes
a Brigadier General.
TO COMMAND AT FALI S CHURCH
Since 18S9 He Has lleen Comman
dant at Wanhlnston Hnrracks.
He Has Had Forty-four Years'
Military Service, and Ills Eleva
tion Is Sntlsfnctorj to the Army.
Col. Francis L. Guenther. of the Fourth
Artillery, commandant of Washington
Barracks, was this morning appointed a
Gen. Guenther will have command or
the encampment of volunteers at Falls
Major General Sewcll was at first as
signed to the command of the camp, but
having declined the major-generalship In
order to retain his seat In the Senate, the
camp was left without a commander till
General Guenther was chosen.
The selection Is looked upon by Army
officers atthe-War Department as one
of the bst.that could be made.
Geneoll.. Guenther has had forty-four
j cars service 'fiilHie'-American Army on
tho frontier, during the civil war and In
command of harracks and camps.
He was born In Buffalo, N. T., February
12, 1S3S. He was appointed a cadet in the
Military Academy July 1, 1S54. and grad
uated July 1, ISM. He was brevetted sec
ond lieutenant of the First Artillery on
the day of graduation, and was made sec
ondlieutenant of the Fourth Artillery on
.November 2. following.
He served at the Fort Monroe Artillery
SchooMor practice in lS59-'60. and at Har
per's Ferry In the suppression of the John
Brown raid in 1S3), after which he saw
service on frontier duty at Fort Randal,
His service during the civil war was
gallant. He vas in the West Virginia
campaign of l$61;.at Camps Wood, Pitts
burg Landing, the siege of 'Corinth, Miss.:
tho operations In Alabama, and all the
movements through Tennessee to Louis
ville, under Gen. ItosecTans.
He was with -the Army of the Cumber
land, 1S61-'1; the advance upon Tullaho
nn, Tenn.; the operations about Chatta
nooga; In camp at Nashville, and at the
United States Military Academy, In
THE OEEGON SAFE.
Xnvy Department, However, Refnses
to Divulge Her Whereabouts.
The Navy Department heard from the
battleship Oregon this morning.
The tlepartment will not divulge the
whereabouts of the battleship, but naval
officials say that no fears are entertained
for her safety.
It Is believed tnat the Oregon Is at Per
nambuco. GOING BACK TO MAHUJL
Gunboat BlcCnlloch to Leave Hois
Hong Kong, May 16. The British cruis
er Pique has gone to llollo.
The United States gunboat McCulloch
will return to Manila tomorrow.
Flnns Business Ctlleg-e, Sth and K.
$3 Summer Course; Day or Night $3.
IJbbey A Co. sell best selected
Lumber less than inferior grades cost
j. rm&f r
America's Ships Closing in on
Mil BE TWO FLEETS
Second Division of tbe Enemy's
THE WAR BOARD IS,ANX10US
Belief That Three More Spanish1
Cruisers Have Reached Martina
lque Causes Uneasiness Plans to
Head Off tlllnmll Believed He la
Mukinjr for Clenfnesros to Land!
Supplies for Havana Sampson la
Walclilnu the Windward Passage.
The great war question of the hour fs
how to capture of destroy the Spanish!
fleet now in the Caribbean Sea.
Tbe latest Information regarding tho
movements of the Spanish ships Is that
they have left Curacao. Of course thele
destination is unknown, and can only baj
It Is believed at the Navy Department
that the Spanish fleet will do all In It3
power to avoid combat until the mission
which brought It across the Atlantic lsj
accomplished. This Is declared to be tho
convoy of transports for the relief o
Blanco at Havana.
The fleet has been joined in the Wind
ward Islands by a number of supplyships
and it Is believed to be the determination
of the Spaniards to drive the blockading
vessels away from Clenfuegos and land
these supplies. At the same time. Blanco
will be re-enforced by a number of skilled
artillerymen for commanding the big ri
fles defending Havana
It Is likely, therefore, that Commodore
Schley's fleet may hurry to support the
Clenfuegos blockade and defeat this
scheme, as well as secure a battle with
the Spanish armored vessels.
The naval authorities here are using ail
endeavors to prevent Information regard
ing 4he movements of the American fleets
from becoming public In order to keep
the Spaniards in the dark.
Sampson, at last accounts was oft Cape
Haltlen, Haiti, and his evident Intention
was to move south through the Wind
ward passage anJ thus head off the Span
lards. If he catches the Spanish ships
there. It will be done In the next twenty
four hours, and the big naval fight will
be on. Cervera, however, may slip round
the Island of Jamaica, and make for Cl-s
enfuegc. This would delay the fight, but
not for long. Sampson will follow un
til he lands his prey and the Spaniards
must either fight or fly.
The report, apparently from an excel
lent source, that three more Spanish;
cruisers are cruising In the West Indies
caused considerable excitement In the na
val War Board this morning, as well as In,
the entire department.
Practically, the War Board had not tak
en this possibility Into consideration at
any time, or made any plans for it. It
was the universal opinion that If the re
port Is true the situation Is much moro
threatening to the Immediate American
It Is Insisted that the board should havo
been ready for exactly this contingency.
For several weeks Spain has been telling
of her plan to sent her entire Atlantic
fleet to the Indies. It Is pointed out on
this side that In this way only would sho
have any chance of success.
Three weeks ago at very nearly tha
same fmo the Cape Verde fleet left, threa
cruisers of the same class as the Vlz
caya left Cadir. They have not been,
heard from since, until the report from
Martinique that they had arrived there.
The three new cruisers are the Princess
de Asturas, Cataluna, and Cardinal Cisne
ros. It Is said that the seven cruisers now
supposed to be in this fleet are the finest
squadron In the world of their class.
They are about equal to the American
second-class battleships in strength, but
much faster than any American battle
ship. They are something of the build of
the Brooklyn, except that they aro
stronger. Their fighting speed is twenty,
Knots, and they carry 10 and 11-lnch guns.
This fleet can fight or run away. It can,
hit hard, at any weak point and then es
cape before any punishment comes.
The two parts of the Spanish fleet, if
there are these two parts, have not com
bined as yet.
The last report from the Vixcaya and
her sisters was that they were at Cura
cao. The three new ships are reported at
The War Board IS" considering the new
problem; and making strenuous efforts
to learn the truth of the report. It has
received no news aa yet, but Is afraid,
that the dispatches of Its agents may
have been delayed again or entirely de
stroyed. Wisdom and economy say bay lum
ber at Libbey & Co,'s, 6th and N. Y. Avo,.
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