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VOL. VIII. NO. 2.
THE MAINE BLOWN UP
Over Two Hundred of Crew
Killed and Wounded.
[AI SK OF EXPLOSION A MYSTERY
t,,,,i,h Sailors and Officials Aid the
U 1. ,.,1_-Tioo|»8 Sent to the Scene
rbe •'hip an Entire Loss.
Havana, Feb. 17.—At a quarter to 10
o'clock tbisevening a terrible explosion
took place on board the United States
battle-ship Maine, in Havana harbor.
Many were killed or wounded.
AH the boats of the Spanish cruiser
Alfonso NHI are assisting.
B yet the cause of the explosion is
not apparent. The wounded sailors of
[ a jne are unable to explain it. It
i8 believed that the battle-ship is total
The explosion shook the whole city.
The windows were broken in all the
A press correspondent eays that he
!a , conversed with several of the
wounded sailors, and understands
that the explosion took place while
they were asleep, so they can give no
particulars as to the cause.
The wildest consternation prevails in
Havana. The wharves are crowded
with thousands of people. It is be
lieved the explosion occurred in a small
At a quarter of 11 o'clock what re
main- of the Maine is still burning.
Captain Sigsbee and the other offi
cers have been saved.
It is estimated that over 200 of the
ere* were killed, bat it is impossible
vet to give exact details.
Admiral Manterola lias ordered that
boats oi all kinds should go to the as
sistance of the Maine and her wounded.
The Havana firemen are giving aid,
tending carefully to the wounded who
are brought on shore. It is a terrible
General Zolana and the other gen
erals have been ordere 1 by Captain-
Gteneral Blanoo to send tioops to help
the Maine crew in every way possible.
X press correspondent has been near
the Maine in a boat of the cruiser Al
fonso XIII. and has seen others of the
wounded, who corroborated the state
ments of those tirst interviewed that
they were already asleep when the ex
Captain Signbee says the explosion
occurred in the bow of the vessel.
Orders were given to the officers to
save themselves as best they could.
The latter, who were literally thrown
from their bunks in their night cloth
ing, gave the necessary orders with
great self-possession and bravery.
At 1:30 the Maine continues burn
The first theory was that there had
been a preliminary explosion in the
Btata Barbara magazine of powder or
dynamite below the water.
Admiral Manterola believes that the
first explosion was of a grenade that
wa? hurled over the navy-yard.
The report that Captain Sigsbee was
wounded is inaccurate. Captain Sigs
bee, with other offlcers.went in a small
boat to the Ward line steamer City of
Washington. Two officers and more
than 200 of the crew are missing.
Some of the crew who were able to
npport themselves by swimming were
saved by the boats, six of the wound
ed crew and one of the officers have
been taken to the military hospital by
General Blanco's orders.
News at the Navy Department.
Washington, Feb. 17.— The secretary
oj the navy received the following from
"The Maine was blown up in Ha-
Jna harbor at 9:45 and destroyed.
■any were wounded, and doubtless
many were killed and drowned. The
funded and others are on board the
°PWiai man-of-war and the Ward
une steamer. Send the light-house
ender tioin Key West for the crew and
tew ie^ of equipment still above
uv:- No one had other clothes than
f iZiT n him - Public opinion
«HWld be suspended till further re
be b All the offlcerß are believed to
L ' Jenk>ns and Merritt are not
> accounted fur. Many Spanish offi
erai' 'clQding representatives of : Gen-
P ' Blanco, are now with me and
WO sympathy. SIGSBEE." .
di?! ufficers roferred to in the above
Patch are Lieutenant Frank W.
win p" BMnd8 M nd Assista nt Engineer Dar
the a- errilL From the wording of
thint Palch' the navv department
*o*T ! ! S possible that they were on
T . e at the time of the accident.
ano-h Seetary of the navy received
tomo?' dlB patch from Key West at the
Retime as the above, but its con
ls were not made public '
dii C t rew- V Day receive< the following
-Paten from General Lee: =. :.*
exnin • Maine blew up at 9:40. The
occurred well forward, under
w en s garters, conseqnentlyTmahy
«lost. It i 8 believed all three offi- ;
*ii'l e,reßavedbut Jenkins and Mer
<W* T\ are not accounted for.: The
restL I\ e ex Plosion is yet to be in
eralf., * The Spanish - captain-gen-;
derert army and naTV officers \ ren
bee ar ery assißtance - Captain Sigs-
Cdti, moßt of his officers are on
-^athe steamer City of Washington.
Che San *)mx\ Islander.
FRIDAY HARBOR, SAN JUAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1898.
ONLY NINETY-SIX SAVED.
Scenes in Havana at the Time of the
Havana, Feb. 18.—Out of 354, the
total number of the crew of the Maine,
96 were saved.
Captain-General Blanco's official
cable message was filed at midnight.
Half an hour after midnight 36 of the
crew of the Maine had been carried to
the military hospital of San Ambrose
They were al! seriously wounded.
Five others of the crew were taken to
the Alfonso XIII hospital. On board
the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XIII 26 of
the wounded were treated, and 36
were succored on board the City of
George Cowler, an aocountant of the
Maine, is among the men seriously
The crew of the steamer Colon saved
two wounded men.
The Maine, at the time of the explo
sion, was at anchor about 500 yards
from the arsenal, and some 200 yards
from the floating dock. The explo
sion put out the street lights near the
wharf and biew down telegraph and
telephone wires in the city. Admiral
Manterola and General Salona put off
to the Maine soon after the explosion
and offered their services to Captain
The first explosion is said to have
been caused by over 600 pounds of gun
cotton, and the subsequent explosion is
alleged to have been caused by shells
The passengers of the City of Wash
ington gave up their staterooms to the
An iron trues from the Maine fell
on the pantry of the City of Washing
ton, creaking the tableware of the
of the Maine, was half undressed at
9:45 P. M., and was smoking in his
cabin next to that of Captain Sigsbee,
it is said, when the explosion occurred
and put out the electric lights. Wain
wright then lit a match and went to
Captain Sigsbee's cabin. The captain,
it appears, had been thrown from his
bed, but was uninjured. They both
went on deck and gave orders to flood
2,500 pounds of gun-cotton which was
on board. The demand was carried
out, but the men who fulfilled it never
returned. Havana, however, was
saved from a still more terrible explo
Four boats were lowered, all manned
by officers, and one of them was lost.
Captain Sigsbee went in hU own
launch on board the Spanish cruiser
Alfonso XIII to thank her captain and
officers. He afterward went on board
the City of Washington, where Lieu
tenant-General W. T. Brunner, acting
sanitary inspector of Havana, and the
correspondents of American papers had
Captain Sigsbee, interviewed this
evening by a correspondent with refer
ence to the cause of the explosion,said:
"I cannot determine the cause, but
competent investigators will decide
whether the explosion was produced
from an interior or exterior cause. I
cannot say anything until after snch
an investigation has been made. I
will not and cannot conscientiously
anticipate the decision, nor do I wish
to make any unjust estimate of the
reason for the disaster."
believes the explosion was due to the
short-circuiting of the dynamo.
One of the officers of the Maine said
today that at 8 o'clock last night all
the magazines on board the battle-ship
Maine were closed, and the keys turned
over to Captain Sigsbee, the com
The mutilated bodies of 13 men
were washed ashore at Regia and Casa
Blanco, opposite Havana. Seven
bodies were identified by Chaplain
Chadwick as those of Graham, Mc-
Donald, Kayand, Nero. Kinsman
Dierking and Brown. The others
have not yet been identified. .They
have been taken to the morgue and
will be buried tomorrow at 2 P. M.
; ; A monument will be erected by sub
scriptions, headed by the American
An Immediate Investigation Ordered.
Washington, Feb. '■'/ 18. — Secretary
Long has undoubtedly summarized the
general opinion of the majority of the
naval experts in finding it impossible
just now to state the cause of the de
struction of the K Maine. There 1 are a
great number of theories, but most of
them are of a character that makes it
easy to prove or upset them by a single
investigation %by a ■ diver. fe Secretary
Long has taken " immediate steps to
make this investigation. He has '■ tele-:
graphed -to Admiral . Sicard, at Key
West, to 1 appoint a board 3of naval
officers to proceed at once to Havana,
employ divers -■> and V genereally ; make
such inquiries as the regulations of the
navy department demands \ shall be
made in the \ case of the loss of a ship.
All > flags on department buildings
and on naval vessels have been ordered
at half mast, v : ■.■-■-' z i. 1;
Public men express their . opinions
with z reserve when approached, but
everywhere 1 there was a demand for an
in vestigation i and " full ; details, 1 in the
light of which the horror maybe justly
viewed..;:-:-..:/■ :.■'■■-:'.::^'■'■■ ■ > ' : ,-- ' ' -
C«p«i«ed With Fatal Besnltt...
New York, Feb. 18.—A said
to be the Frankie capsiaed and sank in
the lower bay. *,? It is said at least five
: men were lost. ;:* .■ ■ .:y : , ,
LOSS OF THE CLARA NEVADA.
I News of the Disaster I«. Contoaed hy
. . :;-;.''-.■, the Steamer Queen. '■*'--'■",_
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 18.—A private
telegram = from _ Nanaimo, B. C, says
that the steamer : has arriyed
there from 1 Skagway,: bringing con
firmatory news of the loss of the
steamer Clara Nevada.
The owners of *be steiuner today re
funded to the 160 passengers booked
for her next trip the money paid for
ticket.. \ : -
RAILWAY IN WHITE PASS.
English Company to Build From Head
of Lynn Canal to Lake Bennett.
Montreal, Feb. 17.—C. H. Wilkin
son, representing the British Yukon
Company, says the construction of a
railroad through White pass, from the
head of Lynn canal to Lake Bennett,
will be begun immediately by his com
pany. The road, which will be 45
miles in length, will be completed
within 90 days of the beginning of the
The British Yukon Company, of
which the Duke of Teck is president,
also holds a charter Irom the Dominion
?overnment for the construction of the
road through White pass. The an
nouncement, some weeks ago, of the
government's having negotiations with
Messrs. Mann and Mackenzie, deter
mined the British Yukon Company to
build the road over White pass at once.
The width of the track will be three
feet six inches. The grade over the
pass will be three per cent, and at
points where the grade is the steepest
what is known as the "A B. T." rail
will be laid. This rail, which is used
in the Hartz mountains in Europe, has
notches for the grip to a cogwheel, and
is a part of the locomotive. Mr. Wil
kinson says the road will be completed
by the middle of the summer.
Fatal Blizzard in Alaska.
Juneau, Alaska, Feb. 17.—During
the last four days a terrible blizzard
has been raging along the coast from
the head of Lynn canal to Fort Wran
gel. Accounts differ as to the number
of the blizzard's victims, varying from
17 to 27. There is no means at present
of getting at the facts.
Customs Regulations at Dyea.
Ottawa, Feb. 17.—Mr. Mclnnis, of
British Columiba, speaking in the house
of commons, asked if the government
was aware that the United States au
thorities at Skagway and Dyea continue
to compel all purchasers of Canadian
goods to take an official escort while
crossing the disputed territory, and to
pay $6 per day for such escort. Mr.
Mclnnis also wanted to know if some
arrangement had not been made be
tween the United States and Canadian
governments doing away with this "in
Premeir Laurier, in reply, said that
the arrangement referred to was an offi
cial one, and consisted of an under
standing that regulations should be
issued by the secretary of the treasury
which would render effective the privi
leges of bonding Canadian goods over
United States territory at Dyea and
Skagway. These regulations, he said,
had been issued, though they had not
yet been officially communicated to the
Canadian government. He believed
the regulations would prove satisfactory
From Denver to Dawion Afoot.
Logan, Utah, Feb. 17. —A man giv
ing his name as Benjamin Caldwell,
who has arrived here, claims to be
walking from Denver to Dawson City
on a wager, made by Millionaire
Stratton, of Colorado Springs, and an
other Colorado capitalist named Moffitt.
The conditions are that Caldwell
must walk the distance, starting with
10 cents in his pocket. If he succeeds
be will receive $25,000 from Stratton,
from whom he has a card of introduc
tion. No time is set for his arrival at
Dawson, but he is expected to reach
there by June 1.
Klondike™ from Texas.
Dallas, Tex., Feb. 17. —A veritable
rush for the Klondike region started
here Monday. Nearly 40 tickets were
sold from Dallas for Seattle at |45.
The M., K. &. T. sold 20 tickets and
the rest went to the Santa Fe and the
Texas Pacific. Passenger Agent Cady
says that since January 16 at, least 600
tickets have been sold for the Klon
ACCIDENT PLEA SUSTAINED.
Important Decision by Judge Sanborn
at St. Louis.
St. Louis, Feb. 17. —In a decision of
the United States court of appeals
affirming the lower court wherein Mrs.
Sarah Smith obtained judgment against
the Western Travelers' Association for
$5,000 for the death of her husband,
Judge Sanoorn gives the judicial con
ception of the word "accident."
F. M. Smith died from blood poison
in 1895 as the result of a sore toe, the
gkin of which had been abraded by a
tight shoe. Mrs. Smith attempted to
collect the policy, but was resisted by
the association. A jury in Judge Ad
ams' court gave her the full amount of
the policy. , The association appealed.
Judge Sanborn held that the death
of the defendant had been brought
about by an external agent and it was
an accident. What is not the result of
design or prearrangement, said the
judge, is accidental. No man inten
tionally wears the skin off his toes,
and such injury must be considered ac
Sealing Outlook Not Encouraging.
San Francisco, Feb. 17.—The sealing
fleet this season is very small, and the
outlook is not encouraging. Captain
O'Leary, of the schooner Geneva, re
ports that seals are very scarce and
wild, and the weather very unsuitable
for sealing. Captain Nelson, of the
schooner Mary Taylor, lost seven of
his men by death, and had to put into
port for repairs. He also says that few
seals are to be found, and predicts a
Working Doable Time.
Beading. Pa., Feb. 16.—The Car
penter Steel Company, of this city, is
working on double time, with a full
force of 250 men, and there is a report
that it has received an order from the
navy department for 27,000 steel pro
Bethlehem, Pa., Feb. 16.—After an
idleness of three months, the Bethle
hem Iron Company's steel mill, giving
employment to 1,000 hands, started up
NEWS OF THE WEEK
From all Parts of the New
and Old World.
BRIEF AND INTERESTING ITEMS
Comprehensive Review of the Import
ant Happenings ot the Cur
rent Week. f*
The secretary of the interior has dis
missed the appeal of the state of Ore
gon from the decision of the land office,
holding for cancellation the indemnity
school selection of lands in The Dalles
land district of Oregon.
Authentic reports have reached
Shanghai of recent date from all sec
tions of the Chinese empire, indicating
that riot and attack upon foreigners it
the order of the day. The attacks
seem to be those of isolated ruffians
rather than a concerted action on the
part of the populace.
Another rich strike is reported as
shaving been made in the Blue Jay
mine, on Yorrison gulch, a tributary
of Coffee creek, Trinity county, Cali
fornia, by the Graves brothers. The
new pocket is said to be worth $60,000.
It will be remembered that a $40,000
strike by the Graves brothers caused a
rush to Coffee creek last summer.
The senate committee on education
and labor has decided by a unanimous
vote to report favorably the bill pre
pared by the trainmen of the country,
and recently introduced in the senate
by Kyle, providing for the arbitration
of railroad strikes by a board of arbi
tration to be chosen by the strikers and
the interstate commerce committee.
A special from Washington 6ays: A
cablegram received by the secretary of
■tate from Minister Woodford, at Mad
rid, announces that the government of
Spain has disavowed the letter of De
Lome to Senor Canalejas. This dis
claimer, as the administration officials
are pleased to call it, is regarded as
satisfactory, and the president has au
thorized the announcement that the
incident is closed.
Rev. C. O. Brown, the California
minister who figured in the Overman
case, has been formally dropped from
membership in the Chicago Congrega
The outlook in France is gloomy,
and many prominent men fear a down
fall of the government may result from
the recent agitation. One writer de
clares that anarchy prevails in the
army, the law and the streets.
Dispatches from Guatemala state
that anarchy reigns supreme through
out the country, as a direct result of
the assassination of President Barrioa
and the plotting of the leaders of vari
ous factions to get into power in the
The house library committee has
made a favorable report on the bill to
appropriate $10,000 to erect a statne in
Monterey, Cal., to Commodore John
D. Sloat, who, on July 7, 1846, landed
at Monterey and declared the land
United States territory.
A dispatch to the New York World
from Havana says: General Blanco's
fiasco in Eastern Cuba, the postponing
of the elections, De Lome's retire
ment, and the recent activity of the in
surgents make the outlook black for
autonomy and for Spain. The failure
of the scheme of election will be proof
to all nations that autonomy is dead,
and the government is naturally de
laying the evil hour.
There is a rumor in Havana that the
palace authorities have a letter written
by Consul-General Lee, the contents of
which are as interesting, even exciting,
for Spain, as the De Lome letter to
Canalejas was for the the United
States. Another report was set afloat
that Genearl Lee had resigned. This,
however, is known to be untrue. A
strong effort is being made to get Gen
eral Lee in the same boat with De
Lome. The members of the autonomist
cabinet do not like him.
There is a general impression among
the pan-American diplomats in Wash
ington, says a correspondent, that
Costa Rica and Nicaragua are very
near war. Both governments have as
sumed belligerent attitudes, according
to information which has reached
Washington, and it is the expectation
of Central Americans in Washington
that President Zeiaya will demand a
disavowal of Costa Rica's responsi
bility in connection with the revolu
tion in San Juan del Sur. Two British
warships are now in Nicaraguan wa
ters, and more are expected. One of
these now in Nicaragua is at Corinto
and the other at San Juan del Sur.
The annual report of the civil service
commission for the fiscal year ended
June 80, 1897, has been presented to
the president. It begins with a state
ment to show that af' er an experience
of nearly 15 years the hopes of the ad
vocates of the civil service law have
been largely realized. In practice the
law has proved effective in the direc
tion of economy. Considering the few
changes in the service under the merit
system, following the wholesale re<
movals system the economy and effici
ency of the one stands in striking con
trast to the extravagance and ineffici
ency of the other. The report speaks
highly of the promotion system, based
on the efficiency record.
Lord William Neville, fourth son of
the Marquiß of Abergavenny, who was
placed on trial in London, charged
with fraud in connection with the suit
of "Sam" Leads, the money-lender, I
against Spencer Clay, pleaded guilty of
fraud, but claimed he was not guilty
of forgery. He was sentenced to five
years' penal servitude.
The stockholders in the Pacific Bail
way Company most pay the creditors
and bondholders of the corporation the
amount of the inflation of the stock*
A TERRIBLE DISASTER.
Reported Loss of the Steamship Clara
Nevada—Sixty Lives at Stake.
Nanaimo, B. C, Feb. 16.—News ar
rived here from Union at 5:80 o'clock
this evening by the Canadian Pacific
Navigation steamer Islander, that the
fine steel steamer Clara Nevada, which
sailed for Skagway from Seattle two
weeks ago, was lost with all on board.
The details of information received are
as foil owe:
The Clara Nevada left Skagway for
Juneau on her home trip, February 5,
and, when off Seward City, in Berner
bay, about 30 miles south of Skagway,
she was seen by the inhabitants of Sew
ard City, all ablaze, and from stem to
stern was one mass of hungry flames.
While the long wharf at Berner bay
was crowded with spectators of the
awful scene, a loud report was heard,
which resembled the explosion of boil
ers, and nothing more was seen of the
The following day the beach was
strewn with wreckage, which ;ea mbled
that of the Clara Nevada. It is feared
the unfortunate 40 passengers and the
entire crew are lost, as no trace could
be found of them along the beach of
Berner bay. The sea was rough, and a
furious gale was blowing. It is thought
she was trying to make Berner bay for
shelter. This is the first trip of tho
Clara Nevada, and she was due to leavu
Seattle last Saturday on her second
trip, with all the berths sold.
The steamer Bustler had left for the
scene, but no report from her is obtain
able. The Islander reports terrible
weather at Skagway and long the coast.
The Steamer's Officers.
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 16.—1n the ab
sence of contrary news, the report ol
the wreck of the Clara Nevada is
credited in this city. The Clara Ne
vada was commanded by .Captain C. H.
Lewis, and her crew consisted of 2E
men. The officers are: Pilot, Ed
Kelly; first officer, Smith; engineer,
David Reed; purser, Forster Beck;
steward, O'Donnell, and freight clerk
It cannot be ascertained how manj
passengers the Clara Nevada hat!
aboard, as no report has been received
of the number who took passage at
Skagway and other Alaskan ports.
The Nevada was formerly the Hassler,
which was built at Camden, N. J., in
1872 for the United States coast and
geodetic purvey service. Last summei
phe was condemned by the government
for the reason that she was out of date,
and sold to the Pacific & Alaska
Transportation Company, who had hei
thoroughly overhauled before placing
her on the Alaska run. She was con
sidered perfectly seaworthy.
REPORTS CALLED FOR.
Morgan Desires Full Information Re
garding- Cuban Matter.
Washington, Feb. 16. —During the
short open session of the senate today
two phases of the Cuban question were
adverted to briefly. The amendment
of Allen to the diplomatic and consular
appropriation bill recognizing the bel
ligerency of Cuba was reported ad
versely by the foreign relations com
mittee, not, as Morgan explained, on
the merits of the amendment, but be
cause the committee did not approve of
tacking such legislation to appropria
Morgan's restriction calling upon
the president for the reports of United
States consuls in Cuba and for infor
mation as to whether any agent of the
autonomous government in Cuba had
been accredited to this government
and recognized by it, was adopted
without dissent. A feature of the ses
sion was a speech in advocacy of the
free coinage of standard silver dollars
by Allen. During the remainder of
the afternoon the senate was in ex
Considerable excitement was caused
among the members of the house today
by the rumor broadly circulated before
the house convened that important ac
tion relative to Cuba was to be taken.
It turned out to be simply a resolution
of inquiry unanimously reported by the
foreign affairs committee last week
calling on the state department for in
formation as to the condition of the
concentrados in Cuba and the progress
made in Spain's effort to induce the
Cubans to accept autonomy. The reso
lution was adopted without division.
Another resolution was adopted calling
for the correspondence relating to the
exclusion of our fruits, beef and horses
from Germany. The remainder of the
day was deovted to District of Columbia
STRIFt IN GUATEMALA.
Anarchy Reigns Supreme in That Little
New York, Feb. 16.—Dispatches
from the Herald correspondent in
Guatemala states that anarchy reigns
supreme throughout the country, as a
direct result of the assassination oi
President Barrios and the plotting of
leaders of various factions to get into
power in the republic.
General Mendizabela, who was called
upon by the military to assume the
presidency, ia now marching on the
capital, Guatemala City, with a force
of troops. Besides the military, Gen
eral Mendizabela has influential lead
ers, such as General Najera, behind
General Prospero Morales, who with
General Fuentes was at the head of
the revolution in September, has been
called to Guatemala City by President
Cabrera to take a position in the new
cabinet. General Morales has been in
the City of Mexico. Reports received
here state that General Morales, accom
panied by a party of friends, has started
Glasgow, Feb. 16.—The British gov
ernment has invited tenders for four
armored cruisers of SI,OOO horsepower ,
and about 14,000 tons displacement. <
SPAIN MUST DISAVOW IT.
Formal Repudiation of the De Loin*
Letter Requested at Madrid.
New York, Feb. 16.—A special to
the Herald from Washington says:
The De Lome incident in still unset
tled. The cipher dispatch received
from Minister Woodford was not satis
factory. It was taken to the president
by Assistant Secretary Day, and after
a short conference between them Mr.
Day sent another telegram to Minister
Woodford. Officially nothing will be
said about these two communications,
further than that the inoident is not
yet entirely closed.
It is said that Minister Woodford's
cable was a report of his interview
with the Spanish minister of foreign
affairs, which showed that no direct
disclaimer had been made by Spain
of that feature of the De Lome letter
which has been interpreted to indicate
the insincerity of the Spanish govern
ment in the matter of autonomy and in
the negotiations for a commercial
treaty. Absence of such disclaimer is
not entirely satisfactory to the presi
dent. Accordingly Minister Woodford
has been given further instructions on
Without making any express de
mand for a disavowal, Minister Wood
ford is requested by his new instruc
tions to impress upon the Madrid au
thorities the importance to all con
cerned of some distinct repudiation of
Senor de Lome's declarations, which
the president can believe correctly
represents the position of the Spanish
Mr. McKinley believes that when
the Spanish minister of foreign affairs
fully appreciates the interpretation
which has been put upon Senor de
Lome's letter in some quarters of the
United States, he will hasten^ to dife
avow it. Minister Woodford has been
told in a positive way that the presi
dent would like to have done; in other
words, that he must use delicate di
plomacy to secure the end desired, and
the president is sincere in the belief
that another interview between Minis
ter Woodford and the minister of for
eign affairs in Madrid will end the
As far as that feature of the case, the
De Lome letter criticising the presi
dent is concerned, the incident is
closed. That was established when
the state department received Senor
Du Bosc as charge d'affaires of the
Spanish legation to succeed Senor de
Lome. The other phase of the letter,
the president considers, should very
properly be made the subject for fur
ther negotiations, in order that Spain
should have an opportunity to show
that Senor de Lome falsely represented
her position when he made the state
ment he did.
Spain Will Disavow It.
New York, Feb. 16.—The World's
Madrid correspondent describing the
formal statement of regret at the cen
sure of De Lome's conduct, which he
says is about to be made by Foreign
Minister Gullon, says the statement
will be in the form of a note in reply
to a communication from the Ameri
can government, and will set forth
the substance of what the foreign
minister eaid in an interview
with United States Minister
Woodford, February 10, when the
latter submitted the note from the
government at Washington informing
the Madrid government of Senor de
Lome's offense and requesting his re
The cabinet had supposed that the
prompt acceptance of Senor de Lome's
resignation would be sufficient satisfac
tion for America, the writing of the
letter to Canalejas not being an official
but a purely private offense. Conse
quently the telegram from New York
representing that the United States
government expected further satisfac
tion for the minister's conduct was a
It has been arranged that the new
Spanish minister shall arrive in Wash
ington before the arrival of the dele
gates form Spain, Cuba and Porto Rico,
appointed to participate in the drafitng
jf a commercial treaty, which Premier
Sagasta considers to be of the very
All rumors about the sending of
Spanish ironclads and torpedo-boats to
Cuban waters are premature.
Spaniard* Said to Have Opened Letter*
New York, Feb. 16.—1t is now
known on the highest authority that
the real reason for sending the torpedo
boat Gushing to Havana was that the
authorities have been tampering with
the mail sent to the battle-ship Maine
in Havana harbor, says the Washington
correspondent of the Herald. This re
sulted in Captain Sigsbee, of the
Maine, sending a protest to Washing
ton, with the suggestion that a regular
service be established between Key
West and Havana by means of torpedo
boats. On the strength of this protest
the Cushing was sent to Havana.
Although it has been freely reported
that official mail has been tampered
with in the past, Secretary Long said
last night that he had received no re
ports from Captain Sigsbee saying that
the Spanish authorities had interfered
with his letters in any way.
"The dispatch of the Cushing to
Havana," he said "was in line with
the department's action in sending the
Maine on a friendly visit to that port
»nd the Montgomery to Santiago de
Cuba. I epcpect she is now on her way
back to Key West."
Resignation Considered laoßgk.
Madrid, Feb. 16.—The note from
Minister Woodford demanded that
3pain should formally disavow the in
sults to President McKinley contained
in Senor de Lome's letter to Senoi
LJanalejas. The cabinet council today,
it is reported, decided uunanimously
to reply to Minister Woodford that
3enor de Lome's spontaneous resigna
tion and the terms of the decree accept
ing it were considered sufficient. It
is understood that a long cipher tele,
gram was seat to Washington.
PRICE 5 CENTS.
O. R. & N. Said to Be Ready
to Extend Its Line
UP SNAKE EIVER FROM WALLULA
Burlington Party Surveying a Rout*
Through Lo Lo Pass—Are
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Heading for th« Coast.
Lewiston, Idaho, Feb. 15. —J. Alex*
ander, a prominent merchant, today
received a telegram from a high rail
road source that the O. R. & N. would
immediately commence operations on
an extension of its railroad line to
Lewiston. It has been understood
to be the boast of the O. R. & N. that
when the Northern Pacific entered this
field the former company would show a
bitter competition, and the information
received today is the general subject of
disoassion on the streets. The com
pany will probably extend the line
from Wallula up the Snake river val
ley, tapping the grain territory of the
high lands by chutes, as several sur
veys by that route have already been
made. By that route the road would
run on the north side of the Snake riv
er and cross the Clearwater river to
Discussion of the matter has de
veloped the fact that two weeks ago a
party of Burlington surveyors left
Uniontown for the Pierce City country
to work on the western approach to the
Lo Lo pass. This company has had a
survey party working on the Montana
side for some time past, but recently
returned to Billings, owing to heavy
snows. It is stated that they will re
sume work April 1, and will join a
party from this side on the Lo Lo trail
aome time during the coming summer,
completing thesurvey. Billingsisnow
the western terminus of the Burling
ton, and it is generally understood to
be the policy of the company to push
the line to the coast as soon as the
most practicable and direot route could
The attention given Lo Lo pass by
the company recently seems to give
substantial support to the belief that
that route has been accepted, in which
event the road will penetrate the
Pierce City mining region and drop
down into the Clearwater valley, and
by way of Lewiston proceed to Port
land, through the Columbia basin,
making the shortest transcontinental
route to the coast by 36 hours.
RELIEF FOR WHALERS.
News Received From Expedition of the
Seattle, Feb. 15. —News was re
ceived here today from the expedition
sent by the government last November
on the revenue cutter Bear to relieve
the whaling fleet, imprisoned in the
Arctic region. The news was brought
by the steam schooner Lakme, which
left Dutch harbor, Alaska, February 3.
The overland expedition, in charge of
Lieutenant Jarvis, left the Rear Decem
ber 16, for Tunnorok, a native village
north of Cape Vancouver, and the Bear
returned to Dutch harbor, where she
went into winter quarters. The over
land expedition, consisting of Lieuten
ant Jarvis, Lieutenant Betholff, Sur
geon Coll and F. Koltchof, the guide,
expected to proceed to St. Michaels,
which place they would reach in about
10 days after leaving the Bear. From
St. Michaels, the overland expedition
will go to Teller station, where rein
deer will be procured with which to
make the trip to Point Barrow. On
account of the ice, the Bear was only
able to get within 60 miles of Sledge
island, where it was originally intend
ed to land the overland expedition.
The Bear made the trip from Seattle
to Unalaska in 10 days, including a de
lay of 20 hours about 300 miles out,
caused by a severe stoim. No special
incident attended the run to where the
overland expedition was landed.
The Lakme also brings news that
the bark Coloma, which left Tacoma
December 26, with lumber for Dutch
harbor, had not reached her destina
tion, and it is feared that she is lost.
The outter Bear was preparing to go in
searoh of the Coloma.
Just before the Lakme left, a man
named Coley from Montana reported
having discovered rich gold quartz in
the vicinity of Dutch harbor.
Next spring, as soon as it is possible
to get through the ice, Captain Tuttle,
of the Bear, will start for Point Bar
row, which place he expects to reach
about July. The point where the over
land expedition was landed is 240 miles
south of St. Michaels, and 1,440 nau
tical miles from Point Barrow.
Yaqnlna Bay Project.
Washington, Feb. 15.—Acting Sec
retary Meiklejobn today approved the
project for the improvement of Yaquina
bay, Oregon, and instructions have
been telegraphed to Lieutenant Potter,
of the engineer office at Portland, in
charge of the district, to immediately
begin preparation for the detailed
plans and specifications which will be
advertised as soon as possible. The
appropriation of $25,000 already made
is entirely inadequate for the work,
which will cost about $1,000,000 alto
gether, and further estimates will be
submitted, but meantime, the contracts
will be entered into.
Fast Baa on Santa F*.
Topeka, Feb. 15.—The Santa Fe
made another remarkable run on its
Western division yesterday, eclipsing
its former records by several minutes.
Train No. 4, the Santa Fe's California
limited, covered the distance from La
Junta, Colo , to Dodge City, Kan., 303
miles in S hours and 44 minutes. De
ducting 10 minutes for slow-downs,
taking water, etc., the actual speed was
M. 7 miles per hour. This is faster
than the Empire State express ran* b«
tween New York and Buffalo.