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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 135.
THE HOUSE IS FOR WAR.
THE SENATORS HESITATE
THE UNITED STATES
Ministers Talk of Peace, but the
Situation Is Looked Upon
at Madrid as Grave.
Copyrighted, 1898. by James Gordon Bennett.
MADRID, April 13.— The view
taken here of President McKinley's
message is exceedingly serious, and
although some apparently think that
the President may be given full pow
ers to intervene, the period at which
intervention shall take place is un
defined, depending upon results and
Popular appreciation of the situa
tion was expressed to-day by a polit
ical leader, who said: "Does Presi
dent McKinley intend to take Cuba
The Cabinet meeting to-day lasted
five hours, and it is said was mainly
devoted to the consideration of Presi
dent McKinley's message to Congress
on the Cuban question. "When the
Ministers adjourned an official note
was issued setting forth the views of
the Government. It is variously
commented upon and interpreted in
In brief, the note sets forth that
the Cabinet has granted an extraor
dinary credit for war purposes and
has incidentally increased the grant
for the artillery of Porto Rico.
The Minister of the Interior, Senor
Capdepen, gave the official version of
the events here on Sunday and Mon
day, and also made a report of the oc
currences in some of the provincial
After disposing of current affairs,
the Premier, Senor Sagasta, desig
nated two of the Ministers to imme
diately draw up an address to the
The Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Senor Gullon, at the request of Senor
Sagasta, made a report of the state
of affairs in his department, which
the Premier thought should occupy
the first place in the debates of the
Senor Gullon read a report of the
text of President McKinley's mes
sage. After referring to the Presi
dent's previous message, which was
considered necessary in order to fill
up the gaps in the political sum
mary, it was decided that the .para
graphs read were sufficient for the
Cabinet to affirm that the Govern
ment refuses to acknowledege the
right of the United States to inter
fere in Cuba, adding:
"The declarations in the message
are incompatible with the sover
eignty and rights of the nation, and
are an interference in the internal
affairs of this country."
The Spanish Government, how
ever, expressed the opinion that it is
not called upon to take action until
the recommendations ot President
An American Torpedo-Boat on a Night Scent Off Havana Harbor.
MADRID, April IS.— Don Car
los has issued a manifesto. In the
course of which he says:
"The carlist who in the face
of war with the United States
would rise In arms against
Spain, is a traitor. If war oc
curs all th who fight against
the foreigner who insults us will
deserve well of Carlos. If the
Spanish Government does not
venture into war, but permits
the loss of Cuba, then t' i Car
lists who do not respond to the
voice of the King will also be
traitors. If the Government will
not take up the glove thrown
down by "Washington the King
himself will come to Spain; and
if he cannot get soldiers he will
get volunteers from the pro
vinces to defend the honor ' the
McKinley have become specific acts.
Thus it is considered by the Span
iards here that matters are practi
cally as they were before the mes
sage was sent to Congress, and the
opinion is expressed in official circles
that neither the message nor last
night's Cabinet meeting has changed
the prospect of peace.
The Spanish Government consid
ers that, apart from its solemn af
firmation of Spain's rights as a na
tion, the Ministers are not called
upon to make any declaration so long
as the resolutions of Congress or the
initiative of President McKinley do
not lead to concrete acts.
The official note also says: "A
firm consciousness of its rights,
united with the resolution to main
tain them, will inspire the nation as
they inspire the Government, with
the serenity necessary in these diffi-
I cult moments to direct successfully
and defend energetically the sacred
interests which are the patrimony of
the Spanish race."
The Minister of War, General Cor
rea, Rnd the Minister of Marine, Ad
miral Bermejo, submitted reports re
lating to the measures taken toward
mobilizing all the forces of the coun
There is absolutely no truth in the
report that General Weyler has been
called to Madrid.
The Bourse closed very weak. The
opinion of the Ministers is more op
timistic than at first, as the full text
of the message has been received and
digested. Even those who took a
gloomy view of the document, now
express themselves as more hopeful.
I sum up public opinion, kowe ver,.
The San Francisco Call
SAX FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 1898 - TWENTY PAGES.
TO THE PACIFIC
Purpose of the Spanish Govern
ment in Buying the Ships of
the German Lines.
NEW YORK, April 13. — A Washington special to the Herald says:
Official confirmation was given to-day to the Herald's exclusive announce
ment this morning of the departure of the armored cruisers Vizcaya and
Almirante Oquendo from Porto Rico for the Cape Verde Islands, where the
Spanish torpedo-boat flotilla is lying. It is said they left San Juan five days
ago and are expected to arrive at their destination within the next two or
In accordance with instructions given by the Spanish Minister of Marine,
the mobilization of the Spanish naval force at Cadiz continues. Official in
formation was received at the Navy Department to-day of the arrival at that
point of the steel battleship Pe/ayo. This force will be further increased by
the auxiliary steamers Normania and Columbia, which ought to arrive at
Cadiz to-morrow. Spain is scurrying the European market for desirable
merchant ships which can be transformed into auxiliary cruisers. This
official information reached the authorities here to-day from Lieutenant A. P.
Niblack, Naval Attache in Berlin.
No confirmation has been received of the rumored purchase by Spain of
the Saale and Spree of the North German Lloyd line. Should it prove true,
and should war break out within the next few days, it can be stated on ex
cellent authority that the Saale, at least, will never fly the Spanish flag. Ac
cording to the Herald's shipping news, the Saale will arrive at New York on
Saturday next. With hostilities in progress and with the knowledge that the
Saale has been sold to Spain, there is no doubt that the Government would
seize the vessel at New York and impress her into the American naval
service. The Spree is believed to be in German waters, so it would be im
possible to reach her.
Besides the Spree, the Saa/e, the Normania and the Columbia, Germany
has other merchant ships especially built for conversion into auxiliary
cruisers, and which it is believed here her agents are inspecting. These in
clude the Fuerst Bismarck of 10,500 tons, the Augusta Victoria of 10,300
tons, belonging to the Hamburg-American line, and the Kaiser Friedrhh of
12,800 tons and twenty-one knots, and the Havel of 8900 tons and nineteen
knots, belonging to the North German Lloyds.
Confidence is expressed by the authorities that Spain is purchasing these
vessels not so much for duty as auxiliary cruisers as for service as privateers.
There is little doubt that an attempt would be made to dispatch them to the
Pacific with a view to harassing American commerce on that side.
as stating ■' that pretty unanimously
it considers the message exceedingly
harshly worded. ;V; V
At a reception given by the Queen
Regent at i. the , palace this afternoon
to the members of '! the Congress of !
■Hygiene, :■ sitting, here, special atten- i
tion was paid to 1 the accredited ;dele
gates ,of : the medical department of
the army and navy of ; the United
States; Major Girard and Medical Di- |
rector Tryon. The latter was asked !
for by the Queen Regent and granted
a brief private audience. .
v'"-f Happening •; to note '- the .; departure I
of General Woodford from his private
residence ' I was struck with ; the spe
cial marks <of courtesy and ; respect
paid to him by the civil guards, who,
in small numbers, guard the street
cm which, hje lives, ami izhp. .saluted
and presented arms with special
It is announced that an official tel
egram has been recsived from the
Philippine Islands, saying that a se
rious outbreak has taken place in
Fulean, and that the insurgents have
seized the telegraph station, the op
erators barely escaping with their
lives. Troops have been sent to
quell the outbreak.
Nevada's Soldiery Is Ready.
CARSON. April 13.— The Nevada
militia is fully equipped from the State
arsenal and ready to move on short no
tice in case of emergency. An infantry
company has been organized at Elko
and equipments shipped. A private cav
alry troop is to be organized in Carson
City. Governor Sadler personally vol
unteered to supply the horses for the
ONE DAY'S DELAY
BEFORE THE FINAL
PLUNGE IS MADE
To-Day Congress Will Put the Matter
Once More Into the Hands
of the President.
Both Houses Will Declare for Intervention With
Arms, Which Spain Has Said She Can
Under No Circumstances Tolerate.
NEW YORK, April 13.— The Her
ald's Washington correspondent tele
graphs: Congress is plunging rapidly
in the direction of war.
It is all war talk again to-night.
There is not even the element of de
lay which yesterday offered some hope
of peace. Both houses are rushing
madly ahead. They are responding to
the President's message promptly and
emphatically, and going far beyond
what the President hoped for or ex
pected. With the American Congress
bent on war, the Spanish Government
making no headway under the armis
tice proposition, and the Spanish Cortes
soon to meet and thereby complicate an
already excited condition in Spain, it is
hard to figure out a single hope for
Congress is almost sure to direct
armed intervention. This means war.
In what form intervention will be au
thorized is not yet definitely settled.
There are details yet to be effected in
the House and Senate resolutions, but
the form of words makes little differ
ence. Both the resolutions of the Sen
ate and the House imply the same ef
fort on the part of the United States.
Anything that Congress may do,
the least thing Congress can do, in
its present temper, would mean armed
intervention at once and this will not
be accepted by Spain as anything less
than a hostile act.
The House acted promptly by an
overwhelming majority. There may be
some delays in the Senate in reaching
a final vote, but the consideration of the
grave subject will not lag. Beginning
to-morrow, the Senate will hold con
tinuous session until a vote has been
taken. Senator Chandler gave notice
NEWS OF THE DAY.
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Cloudy and cooler on Thurs
day; heavy fog In the morning; fresh
Maximum temperature for the past
San Francisco 78 degrees
Portland 6S degrees
Los Angeles 9R degrees
San Diego Bfi degrees
Sacramento S3 degrees
The House Is for "War.
Spain Resents Intervention.
Privateers for the Pacific.
The Report of the Minority.
Flying Squadron to Practice
May Buy the Steamer Chlni
Firm Pleas for Peace.
General Lee an Observer.
Pope Leo Troubled.
London Press Comment.
Representatives Have Acted.
Monroe Doctrine Enlarged.
War Talk In thp Senate.
Belew to Die in June.
Thought He Was Buried Alive.
Women Sell Stolen Ore.
Wllett Will Go to Folsom.
Oregon Republicans Quarrel.
A Storm-Tossed Bark Arrives.
News Along the Water Front.
Troops Ready to March.
Robbed by a Woman in Bfack.
The Hot Wave and Its Effects.
Better Prospects for Wlnemo
The Minority Marplots.
The Valley Road.
Melntosh and Haymond.
Pacific Coast Fisheries.
Fables Without Morals.
Stories of the Corridors.
News From Across the Bay.
Racing at Emeryville.
Births, Marriages and Deatht.
A Chinese Shanghaied.
The Tugs in Governmental Hands.
A Chinese Eviction.
New Deal on the Comstock.
Huntington Consolidates the Roads.
The New Charter.
The Commercial World.
Railroads Must Report.
Setback for Director Waller.
The Corona on Fire In Port.
MAY MEAN A WAR
TO SET CUBA FREE
WASHINGTON, April 13. — This Is the resolution
passed to-day by the House of Representatives:
"WHEREAS, The Government of Spain for three
years past has been waging war on the island of Cuba
against a revolution by the inhabitants thereof without
making any substantial progress toward the suppres
sion of said revolution, and has conducted the warfare in
a manner contrary to the laws of nations by methods in
human and uncivilized, causing the death by starvation
of more than 200,000 innocent non-combatants, the vic
tims being for the most part helpless women and chil
dren, inflicting Intolerable injury to the commercial In
terests of the United States, involving the destruction
of lives and property of many of our citizens, entailing
the expenditure of millions of dollars in patrolling our
coasts and policing the high seas in order to maintain our
"Whereas, This long series of losses, Injuries and
burdens for which Spain is responsible has culminated
in the destruction of the United States battle-ship Maine
in the harbor of Havana and in the death of* 266 of our
"Resolved, That the President Is hereby authorized
and directed to intervene at once to stop the war in Cuba
to the end and the purpose of securing permanent peace
and order there and establishing a stable and independ
ent government of their own In the island of Cuba: and
the President is hereby authorized and empowered to
use the land and naval forces of the United States to exe
cute the purposes of this resolution."
to-day that no business other than the
consideration of the intervention reso
lution should come before the Senate.
This was unnecessary, as the
minds of the majority of the Senate
are made up to reach a conclusion at
the earliest possible moment and end
The present expectation is that the
Senate will reach a vote on Friday, but
the Senate is an uncertain body, and
when sober second thought is brought
out by some of the conservative men
THE SENATE RESOLUTION.
WASHINGTON, April 13.— The resolutions presented to the Sen
ate are as follows:
Whereas, The abhorrent conditions which have existed tor more
than three years in the Island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have
shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have
been c disgrace to Christian civilization, culminating, as they have.
In the destruction of a United States battleship with 266 of its officers
and crew, while on a friendly visit to the harbor of Havana, and
cannot longer be endured, as has been set forth by the President of
the United States in his message to Congress of April 11, 1898, upon
which the action of Congress was invited: therefore,
Resolved, First— That the people of the island of Cuba are and
of right ought to be free and independent.
Second— That it b the duty of the Government of the United
States to demand and the Government of the United States does
hereby demand that the Government of Spain at once relinquish its
authority and government in the island of Cuba and withdraw Its
land and naval forces from Cuba and Cuban waters.
Third— That the President of the United States be and he hereby
Is directed and empowered to use the entire land and naval forces of
the United States and to call into actual service of the United states
the militia of the several States to such an extent as may be neces
sary to carry these into effect.
perhaps action may be delayed some
days longer. The conservative Sen
ators worked hard to-day to stem the
tide. Senators Hanna, Elkins, Aldrich,
Hale, Hoar and Spooner— the entire
coterie who seek delay — were in con
The only move made in the direc
tion of delay was that by Senator Hoar,
who succeeded in having consideration
postponed until to-morrow.
As the day wore on the conserva
tive Senators became more and more
convinced of their inability to pre
vent positive action.
Had a vote been taken to-day the
amendment proposed by four members
.of the committee /ecognjzinjKjttg indc-.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
WASHINGTON, April 13.—
Senator Perkins expressed the
opinion to-night that the Senate
Committee would to-morrow
adopt the resolution passed by
the House to-day, and that the
Senate discussion would be brief
and the resolution passed before
adjournment to-morrow night.
pendence of the Cuban republic would
have been adopted. This may still be
the case, because it is favored by nearly
all the Democrats and by many Re
publicans and Populists.
At the same time the action in the
House in voting down a similar propo
sition^ will have its effect, and in addi
tion the statement was made at the
Capitol to-day that the President would
probably veto the resolution if it went to
him with recognition incorporated.
In view of the declaration for indepen
dence that is already contained in the
Senate resolution, it is probable that
recognition- will lose ground be
tween now and to-morrow. Assum
ing that the Senate will pass the reso
lutions now before it there will than