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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 114.
MAY LEAD CONGRESS
TO DECLARE WAR
The President Favors a Policy of Delay
Until the Rainy Season in Cuba
Members of Both Houses Impatient, and It Is
Feared Publication of the Maine Report
May Lead to an Outbreak.
NEW YORK, March 23.— A Wash
ington special to the Herald says:
The report was current in the Capitol
to-day that the President would send
the Cuban correspondence to Con
gress to-morrow. Additional color
was given to this by the action of
Speaker Reed in having Republican
members quietly notified to be in
their seats to-morrow without fail.
In consequence of this notification
several representatives who had in
tended going to Newport News to see
the Kearsarge and Kentucky launched
canceled their engagements.
It was denied that the notice to
the Republicans had any connection
with an expected message, and the
explanation was made that they were
wanted to be on hand in case it
should be desired to limit debate on
the naval appropriation bill.
NEW YORK, March 21.— The Her
ald's Washington correspondent tele
graphs: President McKinley will be
reluctant to resort to forcible interven
tion to stop the war in Cuba at this
time unless Congress takes the initiative.
His present plans do not contemplate
going any further in this direction than
sending governmental relief to the
ctiM-»'in£r Cubans That -Con cress will
supptJTt hr.A In tin- Step is indicated by
the promptness with which the Senate
Committee on Appropriations has re
sponded to the President's suggestion
to Senators Allison and Gorman, Re-
publican and Democratic leaders on that
committee, that an appropriation of
,$500,000 should be made to send food
'and medicine to Cuba. The sub-com
mittee of the Appropriations Commit
tee in charge of the sundry civil appro
priation bill to-day inserted an amend
ment in that measure making this ap
Conferences with other members of
NEWS OF THE DAY.
Weatber forecast for San Fran
cisco: Increasing cloudiness on
Thursday; unsettled Thursday night;
southeasterly winds, changing to
Maximum temperature for the past
San Francisco 60 degree?
Portland 48 degrees
Loe Angeles 70 degrees
Baa Diego 64 degrees
Th« People May Precipitate War.
Brutal Murder at the Mission. ,
Marder of Lieutenant Burke.
Oalllnger Talks of Cuba.
Spanish Inquiry Going On.
Italy Will Sell Ships.
Secretary Long's Busy Day.
McKinley Would Feed Cuban*
Secretary Long Not Hopeful.
State Troops Are Wanted.
To Reorganize the Army.
Sagaeta Gains Public Favor.
Army and Navy Ready.
Marln Wants the Drydock,
Philadelphia Public Boandal.
San Rafael Floral Fet&
Money for Naval Needs.
Rich Loot for Train Robbers.
A Boat From a Lost Ship.
Joint Traffic Bureau Collapsei.
Fusion In Oregon a Failure.
Jenks Worked as a Laborer.
Wreck of the Almy.
In the Performance of Duty.
To Train or Not to Train.
England and Hawaii.
The Campaign In San Jose.
The Will -Making Power.
Music and Musicians.
Irene Lynch Still Missing.
The Oldest Mason in California.
Inside of a Street Contract.
Return of the "First Born" Troupe.
Jim Rea's Word Disputed.
Abalone Hunters Abandoned.
Prison Opens for a Crook.
Power From the Sierra.
Battle of the Jobbers Fought.
High Water at the East.
The Almy Was Rotten to the Core.
TENTH PA OK.
Sharkey's Bluff to Jeffries.
Narrow Escape of the Limited.
Public Meters Sealed by the Mayor.
Jockeys on the Carpet.
A Priest as a Conductor.
Better Roads in Pan Mateo.
KUpatrlck Loses His Position.
Rawhlded on a Public Street.
A Justice of the Peace Accused
Rosenau Wants a Hearing.
Luxuries for Klondike™.
Births, Marriages and Deaths.
Newa From Across the Bay.
Racing at Ingleside.
The Commercial World.
Prorreea of the Fsrry Scandal.
The San Francisco Call
THE SAGASTA CABINET
DIVIDED AS TO WAR.
MADRID, March 22.— 1 have been assured by a gentleman who
holds a governmental position it was untrue that any warships were
going to accompany the torpedo squadron.
At the request of the Minister of the Marine not a word is allowed
to be published on matters concerning the navy, and every dispatch, in
cluding one of my own, has been seized and stopped because the squad
ron has been mentioned. Owing to this policy of secrecy it is impos
sible to verify any statement now.
It is said the Infanta Maria Teresa, whose preparation has been
pushed forward very much of Lite, will be the cruiser. It is also
stated that the new cruiser bought from Italy will be called the Canovas.
The Spanish Government is very uneasy at the publication of the
statement that the United States proposed stopping the torpedo squad-,
ron. The knowledge that the Cabinet is divided, that some members of
it strongly favor war, although the peace party still holds its own,
causes anxiety here.
the committee and with the leaders of
the Appropriations Committee of the
House leave little doubt that the amend
ment will be agreed to both by the Sen
ate and the House and the money will
be placed at the disposal of the Presi
dent. Whether this action will be taken
before the President sends in his mes
sage to Congress transmitting the
Cuban correspondence will depend upon
the rapidity with which the Appropria
tions Committee progresses with the
sundry civil bill. It is the intention of
the committee to report that bill to the
Senate as soon as it is ready, and it will
probably be considered without delay.
The correspondence which the Presi
dent will transmit to Congress will, I
am informed, include not only reports
from Consul-General Lee and other
United States Consuls in Cuba, but also
the correspondence which has passed
between the United States and Spain
up to the present time. It is possible
that by the time the President trans
mits it he may have a note from Spain
explaining the course that is proposed
to be pursued in the event of the failure
of the approaching elections in Cuba to
show hope for the success of autonomy.
I learn from an authoritative source
that it is not the present intention of
President McKinley to recommend for
cible intervention. He will lay the
whole matter before Congress, and if
Congress finds in the correspondence
with Spain and the reports of the Con
suls ground for forcible intervention
such a step can then be taken with its
By the course which he is pursuing
the President gains time, and every day
gained he considers important for two
reasons — it increases the chance of
reaching a peaceable solution of all the
difficulties and it places the United
States in a better position to meet war
if it comes. If matters can be carried
along until the rainy season sets in, and
at the same time the suffering in Cuba
can be stopped by relief sent by the
United States, the administration will
endeavor to avoid anything like for
cible intervention until the fall, as it
realizes that the mortality among Amer
ican troops sent to Cuba during the
rainy season would be very high, and
by the time the rainy season is over and
cooler weather comes the United States
can be in a state of preparation for war
which would make the conflict in all
probability short and decisive.
Can Congress be restrained from
taking a decisive step in the near future
that will make the carrying out of the
programme of delay until fall impossi
ble? is a question which will only be
answered when the Senate and the
House have been put in possession of
all the information in the hands of the
President. There is much impatience
among members of both houses and of
all parties at the suggestions of delay.
It is believed that if the policy of feed
ing the starving in Cuba is continued
much of the food and medicine sent
there will find its way, directly or in-
directly, into the commissariat of the
Spanish army, and there is a disposition
on the part of some of the more impa
tient men in Congress to insist that
Spain shall be expelled from Cuba as a
precedent to feeding the starving vic
tims of the policy of Weyler.
A wave of ponular resentment follow
ing the publication of the Maine report
and the Cuban correspondence might
influence Congress to take immediate
action for intervention by force to ex
pel Spain from Cuba, and it is this pos
sibility which is causing some uneasi
ness to the President and others who
realize that the appropriation of $50,
000,900 for national defense has not
SA^T FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 1898.
made the country invulnerable, and that
more will be required to fill out the
navy and prepare the coast defenses for
TO BE RETIRED.
Secretary Long Wants it Understood
That There Is No Prejudice at
All in the Matter.
WASHINGTON, March 23.— There Is
a general impression at the Navy De
partment that it will become necessary
NEW YORK, March 23.— A
Washington special to the Her-
aid says: Representative Gros
venor is becoming very weary of
statements attributed to him as
the mouthpiece of the President.
Concerning the latest one, to the
effect that he told Representa
tive Shattuck the President
would send a message to Con
gress within seven days recog
nizing 1 the independence of Cuba,
he said to me to-night:
"I have not said to Shattuck,
or any one else, to-day, or any
other day, that the President
would send a message to Con
gress within seven days, or any
other time, recognizing the inde
pendence of Cuba. General
Shattuck says that he said noth
ing of the kind to any one. The
whole thing is a fabrication, pure
WOUNDED UNTO DEATH, LIEUTENANT BURKE LEANS ON HIS ELBOW AND FIRES AT HIS MURDERER.
shortly to relieve Rear Admiral Sicard
of command of the North Atlantic
squadron and grant him indefinite sick
leave. Secretary Long desires to have
It understood that his action in order-
Ing a medical board of survey for the
examination of Admiral Sicard was
based entirely upon the report of that
officer. Commodore W. S. Schley, chief
of the lighthouse board, Is regarded as
most likely to succeed the admiral,
should he be relieved.
If he does not succeed Admiral Sicard
it is generally understood in naval cir
cles that he will be assigned to the
command of one of the divisional fleets
about to be organized on the home sta
tion. Other officers named as possible
successors to Admiral Sicard are Ad
miral Bunce, commandant of the New
York Navy-yard, and Captain Samp
son, president of the Maine court of
MARIX IS SPEEDING
Will Beach There With the Beport
of the Court of Inquiry on
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 23.—
Lieutenant-Commander Marix, bearing
to Washington the findings of the
Maine court of inquiry, reached this
city at 7:45 to-night and left at 8 p. m.
via the Florida Central and Peninsula
and will reach Washington at 9:25
p. m. Thursday night.
The railroad officials have carried
the message down the line for him to
use all dispatch. This practically
makes a special of the Marix train, and
without accident Washington will !>»■
reached on the dot. Lieutenant-Com
mander Marix was accompanied by the
following officers of the Maine: Lieu
tenant Hood, Lieutenant Jungen, As
sistant Passed Engineer F. C. Bowers,
Naval Cadet A. Bronson and Carpenter
George Helms. Upon arrival here the
party went at once to the Pullman car
that was waiting for them, and in fif
teen minutes were hurrying to Wash
ington as rapidly as steam could take
MILES SAYS THE
ARMY IS READY.
Man for Man, It Is More Than a
Match for Any of the Soldiers
NEW YORK. March 23.— The Wash
ington correspondent of the Herald tel
egraphs: Major General Miles, com
manding the army, discussing the gen
eral situation, said to me to-day: "The
personnel of the army was never in
finer condition that it is to-day, and
officers and men are ready for any
emergency that may confront us. Our
regular army, man for man, is more
than a match for any European army
as regards personnel, equipment, dis
cipline and patriotism, and we have
practically the entire able-bodied
American male population to draw
upon to support re^ ' ars If necessary.
These- auxiliaries > i?d<* more than
100,000 already tjwrganized and reason
ably well trained and equipped. Rapid
strides have been made during the last
year toward putting our coast defenses
in good condition and these efforts
have been redoubled recently and are
still in progress.
"The new artillery reeriment? shortly
to be fully organized will enable us to
extend the line of effective defense by
manning the numerous new batteries
with trained artillerymen. The army
reorganization bill pending in Congress
will put the infantry on the same mod
ern war footing on which our cavalry
and artillery are already organized.
The army is ready to perform the du
ties for which it exists, whenever the
need comes to exercise any of its
SPAIN IS TALKING "
PARIS, March 23.— A special dis
patch to the Temps from Madrid says:
There is much talk here to-day of the
possibility of international arbitration
for the settlement of the Maine ques
tion. It is suggested that each country
should nominate its arbitrators under
the presidency of the hfiid of some of
the European states. On account of the
rapproachment supposed to exist be
tween the United State? and England
in regard to the far East, Spain would
prefer Swiss, Belgian or Swedish ar
bitrators to English.
BY A FIEND
Foul Murder of a Brave and Honest
Officer by a Bloodthirsty
Bernal Heights the Scene of a Terrific Fusillade
Between the Police and Theodore
With his rugged, honest features
firmly molded in the marble calm of
death, with the light in his kindly gray
eyes forever overshadowed by the sa
ble wing of the Death Angel, Lieuten
ant William F. Burke, one of the
"whitest" men on the police force ot
this city, lies in his coffin in the parlor
of his home out at 238 Shotwell street,
shot down in the prime of life while in
the discharge of his duty by the mur
derous hand of a human fiend— shot
down so ruthlessly and cruelly that his
blood cries aloud from the soil for ven
geance. And by his side kneels a wo
man with face set and hard, a woman
whose grief is too great for utterance,
the woman separated forever in this
life from the man she called husband
and left to wear a widow's weeds by
the deadly bullet of the assassin.
Out at the City Prison, in the half
cell occupied by Murderer Butler be
fore extradition, with the awful charge
of murder entered against his name in
the prison books, sits the being respon
sible for the crime of depriving a fel
low being of life and bringing the
weight of a heavy sorrow to bear on the
lives of those who loved him— a small,
weazen-faced creature, whose thin
lips are generally closed hard and firm
and whose little beady eyes have the
glitter so indicative of a miser's soul.
Theodore Park Haynes is the murder
er's name. And he cowers back in the
dark end of his cell whenever a premo
nition of death by the rope comes, and
doggedly asserts that the dead officer
shot first— a lie so black as hardly to
deserve mention. The murderer is a
tinker, about 50 years old.
And the arrest of this man, which
resulted in a brave officer losing his
life, which required the presence of a
large number of detectives, a squad of
police armed with rifles, two mounted
policemen and a police captain, which
caused two-score bullets to be fired
and turned the western slope of Bernal
Heights into a bloody battle ground,
causing men and women to flee for
their lives, was the aftermath of a
quarrel over a miserable two feet of
ground hardly worth the fence re
quired to surround it. And an element
of the tragedy that borders on the mi
raculous was the fact that the mur
derer came out of the fracas with only
a few birdshot having punctured his
skin, after rifle and revolver bullets
had torn through the walls and the
door of the shanty in which he was
concealed so often that many of the
boards would have made a good sieve.
It was shortly before 10 o'clock yes
terday morning that a telephonic mes
sage was received at *he Seventeenth
Street Police Station, acquainting the
police with the fact that Haynes, who
lived in a shanty on the corner of
Montcalm street and Peralta avenue,
had just had some trouble over a small
piece of land with his next-door neigh
bor, Alfred Hopkinson, and had shot at
Hopkinson, and after missing him had
shot his dog. Officers James Wilkinson
and T. H. Kennedy, members of the
mounted police force, were sent out to
arrest Haynes. They were met by
Hopkinson at the store of a grocery
man named Graham, on the corner of
Alabama and Twenty-fourth streets.
who had notified the police of the trou
ble, and warned them to be careful,
as the man with whom they would
have to deal was a dangerous char
Kennedy rode up first and dismount
ed, where Haynes was standing in the
lot near his house, and asked him what
was the cause of the trouble. Haynes
stood off near his own house and began
to yell to Kennedy to lay down the re
volver, which he held cocked in his
hand, and one he had slung in a
scabbard to his w r aist, or he would
"lick the stuffing out of him." Kennedy
adopted a pacific tone and made Hop
kinson be still. Just at this juncture
Wilkinson came up and immediately
Haynes pointed his revolver at him
and said: "You get away from here,
you dirty robber." Wilkinson backed
around the side of the house, and then
Haynes pointed his revolver at Ken
nedy, and, calling him a robber, repeat
ed the words he had used in Wilkin
son's case. Kennedy tried to expostu
late, but. seeing the dangerous charac
ter of the man with whom he had to
deal, retreated from his position.
A consultation was then held, and it
was finally deemed wise to get further
advice before making another move.
Accordingly Wilkinson went down and
rang in a box for the Seventeenth
street station. Lieutenant Burke was
notified of the state of affairs and im
mediately jumped into the patrol-wag
on, driven by George Cashel, and hur
ried to the scene of the trouble. On the
way he met Officer Marlowe, who ac
companied him. When both men
reached their destination they found
that Wilkinson and Kennedy had been
re-enforced by Officer Merchant. The
lieutenant was warned twice while on
the way, once at Graham's store and
once at Hopkinson's house, of the
dangerous character of the man with
whom he would have to deal, but he
laughed as if in anticipation of no
When Burke reached the house
Haynes was standing near the door on
the northern side of the shanty. The
evidence of eye witnesses is to the ef
fect that he went up to the murderer
in a pacific manner and* threw back his
coat lapel, revealing his star of office,
and told Haynes that it was useless
for him to make any resistance, that
he had better submit to arrest, and if
he had a grievance it would all be
sraightened out in time.
Haynes refused to consider the prop
osition and pointed his pistol at Burke,
saying: "You are another of those
d — d robbers; get out of here." The of
ficer began to back away, at the same
time admonishing Haynes to lay down
his revolver. The latter waited until
Burke was about eight or ten feet
away and fired. At the sound of the
shot Burke reeled back with a groan,
struck in the abdomen, but before fall
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ing took one shot at th« murderer. H$
then raised himself on his left elbow
and shot twice more, the exertion caus*
ing him to fall back exhausted.
As Lieutenant Burke dropped Haynest
advanced a little way, as if to get a
closer shot at the dying man. Just as
his head became visible over the corner
of the roof, the shanty being on tha
side of a hill, Kennedy banged away
with his revolver, knocking the dry
shingles off the roof of the cabin, cloa«
to the murderer's head. This distract
ed Haynes' attention from Burke to the
other officers, and immediately he be
gan to shoot at them, all returning the
fire from every point of vantage to be
obtained. Kennedy ran round to the
lower side of the tin shop, in the door
way of which Haynes stood, and took
refuge behind the corner of another
little shack in which he slept. Then
came a fusillade between the two men.
The doorway in which Haynes stood
was opened only a little way and his
body was in the shadow, affording a
very poor mark. When Kennedy's re
volver was emptied Haynes noticed
that the shooting from that quarter
had stopped and advanced toward the
corner behind which the officer was
hidden. The latter was forced to flee
across the adjoining lot and over the
fence, where he was handed a revolver
by a neighbor. A woman stood in the
doorway of a porch on the south side
of Montcalm street, directly in line of
the bullets fired at the man in the
shanty, and with a hurried admonition
to her to get out of sight Kennedy re
turned to the onslaught. He managed
to get in his former position and emp
tied the fresh revolver with no effect,
Haynes returning the fire every time
he caught sight of a face. Merchant,
Wilkinson and Marlowe were shooting
into the cabin from the back and the
bank overhead all this time.
When the second revolver was emp
tied Kennedy jumped into a buggy
and hurried off down the street in
search of a gun. He procured a combi
nation shotgun and rifle from a man
four blocks away and returned to the
scene, but in his absence many things
of moment occurred. Merchant had
secured a rifle and had Haynes penned
in the cabin, every now and then shoot
ing through the doorway to emphasize
the fact that inside was the safest
All this time, which was in reality
but a very short while, Lieutenant
Burke was lying where he had fallen.
And in getting him away from the dan
gerous position in which he lay to a
place where he could secure medical aid
occurred a deed of heroism that will
some day have its reward.
George Cashel, the patrol driver, as
soon as active shooting had ceased and
while Merchant had the dangerous man
penned in the cabin, announced his In
tention of dragging Lieutenant Burke