Newspaper Page Text
THE EVENING BULLETIN.
MAYSVILLE, KY., MONDAY, APRIL 4, 1898.
CRISIS NEAfUT HAND.
That Is the Opinion of Public
Men and Diplomats.
THIS WEEK WILL DEOIDE IT.
Much Speculation as to President's
MAY BE SPECIFIC AND VIGOROUS.
Some, However, Affect to Relievo Ho
Will Be Very Conservative nud
That Cougross Will Fol
low Ills Lead In That
Washington, April 4. The opinion,
almost universally held In Washing
ton by leading public men and diplo
mats, is that the crisis will reach its
climax this week and that the ques
tion of war or peace will be deter
mined within the next seven days.
Senators and representatives met
and conferred all day Sunday about
the gravity of the situation and' at
the White Ifouse the president con
sulted with several members of his
cabinet and other confidential advisers
regarding the message which he is
preparing to send to congress.
At the state, war and navy build
ings active work was going on, and
altogether it was a day of suppressed
No absolute day has been yet an
nounced when the message is to be
sent to congress, and all that seems
to be absolutely certain is that it will
go in Tuesday possibly, but more
probably Wednesday or perhaps
In addition to the physical work of
preparing the comprehensive docn
ment upon which the president ex
pects to rest America's case with the
world, there are other reasons why
those in charge of the war prepara
tions will welcome every hour's delay.
War material which we have or
dered abroad is not yet shipped, and
the factories in this country, which
are at work day and night making
powder and projectiles, are anxious
Some of the factories in Connecticut
with contracts have telegraphed Rep
resentative Hill urging all the delay
possible. They say every day now Is
Divergence nf Opinion.
There is still a divergence of opin
ion as to what the president will rec
ommend in his message. Indeed
there seems to be still a question as
to whether the president will make
any specific recommendations.
Some of his most intimate friends,
however, assert emphatically that his
recommendations will be specific and
vigorous, and such that his party and
the country could willingly follow
when he points tho way.
One of these said that the president,
in his strong desire for peace and his
earnest hope that war might possibly
be avoided, was yielding somewhat to
the sentiment of the leaders of his
party and the country. He has not
given up hope yet that hostilities may
There are those who believe the
president has not made up his mind
as to the exact course he will pursue
and there seems to be a question as
to whether the consular reports and
the diplomatic correspondence are to
be transmitted with the message.
Tho suspense caused by the neces
sary delay in the preparation of the
message is very trying upon members
of both houses, and the most univer
sally discussed question in Washing
ton is whether congress can be re
strained until the message is trans
mitted. All realize the difficult and arduous
task of preparing our case for the
world's Inspection, and the care which
must be exercised, and there seems to
be no disposition to "unduly" hasten
The party leaders are extremely
anxious, to avoid a breach with the
executive such as would occur if con
gress were to take the Initiative.
After a careful canvass of tho situ
ation they believe the radical Repub
licans can be held In line a few days
longer until Wednesday at least.
The Republicans of the house com
mittee on foreign affairs have held
Informal meetings and have practical
ly agreed to report a resolution of a
tenor similar to that agreed upon by
the foreign relations committee of the
Attitude of Southern States.
Madrid, April 4. Tho Pals asserts
that "great unoaslness prevails at
Washington concerning tho attltudo of
the southern states in case of war with
Spain, and also because the Spaniards
are organizing in Mexico to invade the
states vilely wrested from the Mexican
republic." In conclusion The Pals as
serts that "It will not be all 'beer and
skittles' for the United States."
Travers Ordered Tor Spaniard.
Madrid, April 4. From all the pul
pits in Madrid the priests read a letter
from the bishop of the diocese announ
cing that he considered war to be im
minent, and ordering prayers for the
success of the Spanish arms.
Ordered to Recruit.
Cleveland, April 4. Lieutenant
Commander George R. McKay of the
naval reserves was in communication
with Adjutant General Axline and re
ceived orders to recruit the Cleveland
division up to Its wo-r strength. The
Ohio brigade will ba organized at
once by recruiting four additional di
visions, one at Toledo, another Pt San
dusky, a third at Ashtabula and a
Becks to Insinuate That the Cubans De
stroyed the Maine.
Washington, April 4. The Spanish
minister, Senor Polo, has given public
ity to the following:
On Friday, March 25, after the Spanish
court of Inquiry had made Its report, the
Spanish consul general In New York tiled
otllclnlly with the United States district
attorney In New York, an ntllrtuvlt made
.y a ninn named Jouri D. Bennett of 207
Forty-fourth street, New York city.
Mr. Bennett announces himself as an In
ventor of explosives, and tells how he was
called upon by Gouzalo De Queseda, Flora
tlo S. Rubens, and others of the Cuban
Junta In New York, nho were greatly In
terested In his explosives, which he says,
"emit light and flame and have four times
the strength of gunpowder.
He does not say that he sold any explo
sives to the Cubans. The Spanish consul
general In New York took occasion to In
vestigate the character of the man who
makes the affidavit, and not only tiled a
copy of the document In the district attor
ney's olllcc, but sent a copy to the Span-
lsu minister here.
The aUldavIt, It Is sa, will be laid be
fore the senate committee on foreign af
fairs, and is pursuing a line of Iin estima
tion regardlug the Maine In the belief that
Spain's olilclal responsibility can be fixed.
Was He a Spy ?
Richmond, April 4. A Richmond
banker has given out a story which has
been kept quiet for several days by
the naval people at Newport News, in
volving as it does some unusual ac
tions on the part of a petty officer of
the cruiser Brooklyn. When that ship
was recently at Newport News tho
quartermaster Is said to have manifest
ed unusual interest in the Spanish
American situation. This attracted at
tention. When it was recalled that he
was of Spanish birth, inquiries were
made, and It was learned that he had
found to a nicety all the signals by flag
and lights adopted on the man-of-war.
Germany Wants Indemnity.
Berlin, April 4. Germany proposes
to take prompt action to obtain indem
nity in the Canamaba case. The Span
ish ambassador has been formally noti
fied by the German minister for foreign
affairs that the warship Geir has been
ordered to sail In the direction of Cuba
to punish the insurgents who burned
a German sugar refinery and murdered
four persons there, and to collect an in
demnity, unless Spain punishes the
Preparing For Flight.
Berlin, April 4. The German ambas
sador at Madrid, Herr Von Radowitz,
reports to the foreign office here that
the Spanish royal family fears an out
break unless the differences between
the United States and Spain are soon
settled. Everything Is prepared In the
royal castles for flight. Tho boy king,
Alphonso, will be taken to San Lucr de
Barameda, an Audaluslan port, where,
a yacht Is kept ready for sailing.
Confederates Arc In Line.
Kansas City, April 4. Dr. Thaddeus
Fitzhugh, 63, former postmaster of
Kansas City, Kan., a cousin of1 Consul
General Fitzhugh Lee, who fought
with distinction In the Confederate
army, has, In a letter full of patriot
ism, proffered his services to President
McKlnley expressing a willingness, if
need be, to sacrifice his life in sup
port of the "principles of the firmly
Nothing Except Independence.
Madrid, April 4. The Liberal says:
"It is clear that no concession will sat
isfy the United States except the in
dependence of Cuba, and we had better
immediately end tho uncertainty." Tho
whole article of Tho Liberal on the
subject is bellicose in tone.
The Tope Will mediate.
Madrid, April 4. Senor Capdepon,
minister of the interior, states official
ly that the pope has accepted the task
of mediating between Spain and the
United States, at the suggestion of the
latter, both nations accepting his me
diation. Gone to Porto ltlco.
Havana, April 4. Tho Spanish war
ships Vizcaya and Oquendo no longer
He like big black watchdogs across Ha
vana haarbor. They are on their way
to Porto Rico. The press dispatch boat
followed them until this was made certain.
OUR FLYING SQUADRON
Is the Most Formidable That
Could Be Gathered.
NO NATION HAS ITS EQUAL.
The. Poor Old Decaying Spanish Dynasty
Would Cut a Very Sorry Figure
Against Such Odds as
Hampton Roads, April 4. The prac
tical completion of a flying squadron
of the American navy by the assign
ment of Commodore W. S. Schley to
take charge, and nis acceptance, as
marked by his active operation of
Monday last, is an epoch-making
event in the history of the present
No other action of this government
since the Maine disaster so actively
determines, the fact that actual war
fare has been expected. The North
Atlantic squadron is always organ
ized, and the appointment of Captain
Sampson to Its command is but the
natural sequence of the retirement of
Rear Admiral Slcard from active duty.
So the assignment of ship3 of war to
that squadron or to the Pacific squad
ron are but moves toward the mobili
zation that might occur at any time.
But flying squadrons are the direct
outcome of dangerous war conditions;
are not necessities of standing navies
In time of peace, and are expeditions
of an extraordinary nature created
only 'when the government fully de
cides that there is fear of an attack
or that the time is ripe for an attack
from here. It is therefore not only
possible, but highly probable, that the
work is cut out for it.
The fleet partially gathered, and al
together proposed, thai, will bear this
euphonious title, was one of tho most
formidable that can be gathered to
gether by any nation. Egotistically In
favor of the United States as that
statement may be, the facts bear it
out. In a voyage rate of speed, in ar
mored protection, in caliber and num
ber of guns and In fighting quality
and discipline of men it can be proven
that tho composition of this flying
squadron is superior, point of num
bers being equal, to any organization
of a like nature to be formed by a
Not Much Show For Her.
When on Monday morning Commo
dore Schley raised his flag on the
Brooklyn, evidence of an unmistaka
ble character was apparent that every
man, from stoker to commandant,
was not only fearless of battle, but
courted it and hoped it would come.
The small caliber gun that flred tho
commodore's salute with blank car
tridges sang out a high-pitched paean
of welcome and peace.
About the land-locked water of
Hampton Roads, where 35 years ago
the Monitor and Merrimac fought
their terrible battle, sunshine touched
the hills, just assuming their emerald
garb, and nature awoke, after her hi
bernation, caressing the hills, spoke
only of peace. But as the smoke blows
by, In every eye was tho kindling
spark of vengeance for fellow seamen
hurled to death and the hope that the
cannons' every note might be changed
to the dreadful one of war. And if
war comes, what of this squadron?
In the makeup of tho flying squad
ron speed and fighting qualities have
beon considered. A summary of the
points in comparison with, those of the
best boats that Spain can offer In
making up a similar squadron fol
lows:: Brooklyn, 9,271 tons, 18,000 horse
power, 22 knots; Columbia, 6,375 tons,
12,000 horsepower, 23 knots; Massa
chusetts, 10,288 tons, 9,000 horsepower,
17 knots; Minneapolis, 7,875 tons, 11,
000 horsepower, 23 knots.
The four best armored cruisers that
Spain has, compared with this fleet
of flyers, would be as follows:
Vizcaya, 7,000 tons, 13,000 horso
power, 20 knots; Infanta Maria, 7,000
tons, 13,000 horsepower, 20 knots; Pe
layo, 9,900 tons, 8,000 horsepower, 16
knots; Oquendo, 7,000 tonB, 13,000
000 horsepower, 20 knots.
The total displacement tonnage of
the United States flying squadron is
43,109, and of tho Spanish only 30,900.
The average horsepower of the" United
States vessels is 12,500, and that of the
Spanish 11,750. The average rate of
speed of the four United States ships
is 21 3-8 knots per hour, while the
Spanish fleet has to content itself with
It Is possible that, the battleship
Massachusetts, being somewhat slow
er than the rest of the fleet, will be
supplanted in the squadron by the
New York, and the average of speed
and fast fighting capabilities of the
squadron will be increased.
It must be remembered that the
Brooklynand New York are two ct the
finest types of fighting machines in
the world, having their main batteries
supplied with rapid-fire guns with
which very few warships are equipped
except in a secondary battery.
The great point of vantage of this
fleet, however, is in thickness of ar
mor, caliber of guns and the fighting
qualities of the men. There are five
13-inch guns on the proposed Amer
ican flying squadron, while the whole
Spanish navy has not one, and only
two 12-lnch guns. Of 12-inch guns
our squadron has four, and of 8-inch
Spain's four selected vessels have
five 11-Inch 'gnns and the rest are
mainly 5-inch. These are points of
advantage that Commodore Schley's
fleet would like to demonstrate in
No Dcartli of Surgeons.
New Albany, Ind., April 4. Dr.
Charles V. Kraft, surgeon of the First
regiment, Indiana Guard, recently sent
to Congressman Zenor an application
for a commission as surgeon in the
navy in case war with Spain was de
clared. He received a letter Saturday
from the congressman stating that his
application had been filed, but that
there were 600 others ahead of him.
New York, April 4. The government
has decided to establish the Yukon
headquarters of administration at Fort
Seklrk, where the Lewes and Pelly
river form the Yukon. Fort Selkirk
Is 200 miles up the Yukon from Daw
son City. Fort Selkirk commands the
route of Ingress to the Interior of tho
Another Victim Recovered.
Chicago, April 4. The body of Wil
liam A. Olmstead, president of the
Olmstead Scientific company, was re
covered from the ruins of the Ayers
building in Wabash avenue. All of
the missing have now been accounted
for. Olmstead was the thirteenth vic
tim of the fire.
Can Move on Short Notice.
Fort Monroe, Va., April 4. Commo
dore W. S. Schley will notify the au
thorities at Washington that with the
arrival of the Texas he will be ready
to move at an hour's notice. Com
modore Schley expects the battleship
Texas within the next 24 hours.
Strong Steamer Secured.
Christiana, April, 4. The steam
whaler Fridtjof has been secured for
the Wellman polar expedition to
Franz Josef Land Instead of the
Laura, previously engaged. The
Fridtjof Is the fastest and strongest
Ico steamers in Norwegian water.
It Was tho Magnet.
Lowestoft, April 4. The suspicion
is confirmed that it was the German
steamer Magnet, from Pomaron March
6 for Stettin, that was sunk on March
10 in collision off Gabbard lightship
with the British bark British Princess,
Captain Scott, from Lelth for Liver
pool. Eighteen of her crew were
Saw Death Approaching.
Harrodsburg, Ky., April 4. Edgar
Sledger, a Cincinnati Southern brake
man, was fatally injured at Burgin. He
was switching, and his foot became
fastened in the frog. As tho car slowly
came down on him he bent over his
full length, and his leg was cut off at
Itloukcy's Iltto Fatal.
Tipton, Ind., April 4. A party of Ital
ians, camped near here with an animal
show, have been meeting trouble. Fri
day a bear escaped and seriously in
jured two men before being recaptured.
Saturday a monkey bit and scratched a
-small child so badlyq that it died.
Eugland Makes Demands.
Pekln, April 4. The British minister
here, Sir Claude MacDonald, had an
impartant conference with the Chinese
foreign office. Great Britain demanded
important compensatory concessions
for the purpose of maintaining the bal
ance of power In the far east
Quarter of a million Fire.
Rock Hill, S. C April 4. Firo de
stroyed 12 buildings, involving a loss
of- $250,000, upon which there was an
insurance of $150,000, distributed in
16 btaipanles. The origin is yet a
matter of speculation.
IT NEEDED N0D0GT0R.
Baby's Rough Usage Causes
LITTLE HEAD WAS CAVED IN
Another Fall on the Floor Rounded Out
the Dent and Left the Skull In
Its Usual Hot nud und
Indianapolis, April 4. Lawrence S.
Meek of this city has several children,
the youngest of which is 2 months old.
A 7-year-old sister was nursing the
baby, when a younger sister, creeping
on the floor, caught the baby's feet and
palled the little one from her sister's
lap upon the floor.
Its head struck a stand and the con
cession left In It (the head) a dent the
size and shape of the bowl of a dessert
spoon. A doctor was consulted. He
said that the Injury would probably
mend Itself, but he Instructed the par
ents to call on him In case fever en
sued. Two days later the same sister went
to hitch the baby up farther on the
shoulder, when It went over, falling
upon its head on the floor. When the
little one was picked up It was ob
served that the dent was gone and the
skull had its usual round shape.
Amid Cutthroats and Thieves.
Lexington, Ky., April 4. The Con
federate Veterans' association of Ken
tucky held its annual meeting here.
About 200 veterans were present. The
old officers were re-elected. Many short
speeches were made. At all times the
old veterans were patriotic, and many
of their utterances were pathetic. O. S.
Tenny of Lexington, who was major of
the Third Kentucky cavalry, caused a
storm of applause as he finished by in
voking the protection of Providence in
behalf of Consul General Lee, now at
Havana. He said: "May Providence
guard and protect our brave Confeder
ate comrade at Havana, who stands to
day defying all danger amid a band of
cutthroats and thieves." This refer
ence to the Spanish-American situation
brought cheers from the audience.
Depot For Fruit.
Chattanooga, April 4. The mem
bers of the Hamilton County Fruit
Growers' association met and were
addressed by a number of business
men from Cincinnati In the Interest of
making that city the depot for the
fruit shipments of this section during
the coming season. After some dis
cussion Cincinnati was chosen as the
association's headquarters. After a
spirited competition between the Cin
cinnati Southern railroad and the
Nashville and Chattanooga, the latter
was selected as the official route for
the Chattanooga shippers, having
made a lower rate than its competitor.
Left to McKInlej.
Lawrenceburg, Ind., April 4. Tho
Catholic church here offered up prayers
Thursday for relief from the threaten
ing floods, and the two little children
of Mrs. Brogan Graham were consider
ably Interested under the circumstan
ces with the Impressive services, and
on returning home Paul, tho youngest,
remarked to his sister Gertrude, who
is several years his senior: "Why
wasn't prayers made to stop the war?"
"Oh, 'cause," replied the little 6-year-old
girl, "God has left all that matter
Indlnna Doctor Knllsts.
Lawrenceburg, Ind., April 4. Dr. A.
B. Harryman, who served three years
in the navy during the civil war, ten
dered his services to the navy depart
ment soon after tho blowing up of the
Maine and received a communication
from Secretary Long that in the event
of war his application would be prop
erly considered. Saturday he received
a notice from Washington to be exam
ined for enlistment. Tho doctor Is de
lighted and wants to be the first to
go from this county.
Flood Victim Claimed.
Columbus, Ind., April 4. Austin F.
Sparks of Jeffersonville, rear brakeman
of the ill-fated crew that went down in
the flood wreck here, died in the City
hospital. He, with Conductor Frank
lin, each with a leg broken, laid on the
little mound or island all the fatal
Middlesborough, Ky., April 4. No
new cases of smallpox have developed
for three days. Dr. Wertenbaker, who
haB been in charge since tho govern
ment was given control, will leave
Wednesday. Ho will bo succeeded by
Assistant Surgeon Hastings of New Or
leans. Munclo, Ind., April 4. Mrs. James
Ewing was attacked by a vicious, cow
and probably fatally injured. The
Woman's 5-year-old daughter drove tho
vicious bovine away by throwing hot
rotor on it.