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B. H. ADAMS, Publisher.
The work of naval construction and
Armament is beinir nuslied bv the
Spanish government with the greatest
activity at the i erroll dock-yard.
Sir Richard James Reed, the emi
nent English naval expert, writes to the
London Times, expressing the opinion
that the Maine could be refloated for a
tithe of her cost.
The unsuccessful attempt to assas
sinate King George of Greece has given
that monarch an opportunity to see
liimself as others see him, and the
picture is not an unpleasant one, either.
William M. Sing er.lt, proprietor of
the Philadelphia Record, died at his
home in that city, on the 27th, after an
illness of only a few days. He was one
of the leading business men of that
Americans in Cuba think that if war
comes it will not le through the usual
channels of courtly procedure, but will
be precipiteted bv some overt act that
will require short notice and quick ac
The president is now said to incline
to the )elief that the responsibility for
the destruction of the Maine rests upon
Upain, but that force will have to be
used to induce that nation to accept the
The Spanish government will invite
tenders for the monopoly of the import
and export, refining and sale of petro
leum and other mineral oils. The mo
nopoly, it is said, will be sold at auc
tion on the 2sth.
The Italian claim against Hayti has
been settled by llayti paying the full
amount demanded, and the trench
government is now pressing a claim for
damages for violation of the treaty
rights of French citizens.
Faii.vres throughout the country, as
reported by Dun fc Co.. for the week
ended on the 2.1th. were 233, against 2
for the corresponding week last year.
For Canada the failures were 30, against
50 for the corresponding week last
The secretary of the treasury, on the
1st, received, through the British am
bassador, information that the Cana
dian government would hereafter al
low American vessels to carry mer
chandise from one port in Canada to
The steamer Mascotte. of the Plant
line, will make its first trip, March 5,
from Port Tampa, Fla., to Port An
tonio, Jamaica, touching at Key West.
The time between Port Tampa and
Jamaica is about UU hours. The line is
to be permanent.
Ma j. E. J. Peck, deputy internal rev
;nue collector for the Fort Scott dis
trict of Kansas, died at his home in
Fort Scott, on the 2."ith, as the result of
a stroke of paralysis. Maj. Peck was
6.1 years old. He served in a Wisconsin
regiment during the war.
The navy department, on the 24th,
gave out the figures showing the
strength of the naval militia up to
date, placing the total force at 4.445
officers and enlisted men. This is a
gratifying increase from the 3,703
shown by the last report.
A bill was introduced, on the 2.'.th, by
Representative Mull, of Rhode Island,
to increase the strength of tin: naval
militia. It provides for the construc
tion of 20 torpedo boats of 1MJ t-ns
each, at a cost not exceeding S2-,."00,000,
for the use of the naval militia.
Is diplomatic circles in Washington
it is said that the reports that war is
imminent between Chili and the Ar
gentine Republic are not we!l founded,
but that, on the contrary, arbitration
bv the British government has been
agreeil upon as a means of settlement
The last rites over the body of Frances
E. Willard. president of the Woman's
Christian Temperance union, were per
formed at Evanston. 111., on the 24th.
The city was in mourning, schools and
business houses being closed, and lings
at half-mast out of respect for the dead
The Chicago Press club met, on the
2Sth, and passed resolutions commen
datory of MM. Zola and Perreux. aud
denunciatory of the course of the
French government in its summary
suppression of free thought, free
speech and free publication as un
worthy of a great nation.
The weekly statement of the New
York associated banks for the week
ended on the 2(th showed the following
changes: Surplus reserve, decrease, 2,
729.125; loans, decrease, S5.O3ii.n0il; spe
cie, increase. S2,325,7O0: legal tenders,
decrease, 57.41S.4O0; deposits, decrease,
S9.34(,300; circulation, decrease, S5O.4O0.
The London Daily Xews says: "Spain
can expect no support, moral or other
wise, from England against the United
Mutes. She has ruined Cuba, as she has
ruined or lost every other colony, by
the grossest corruption, cruelty and
maladministration, and she must be
left to settle the account with those
whom it may concern without any aid
or sympathy on our parf
Senor Sagasta, on the 27th, com
menting upon an alleged interview
with Prince Mismarck, in which the lat
ter is represented as suggesting that
the Cuban trouble should be submitted
to the powers for arbitration, ex
pressed his astonishment that such an
idea could emanate from Prinee Mis
marck, and declared emphatically that
nothing but ignorance of the question
could inspire the notion that Spain
would suffer foreign intrusion, or
aubmit to arbitration in her indisDuta
ile riehts of sovereignty."
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THE NEWS IN BUILT.
Is the senate, on the 21th. an effort was made
to secure consideration of the Alaskan home
stead and railway ris-bt-of-way bill, hut it went
over on a technicality. The feature or the day's
proceedings was the speech of Air. Snooner
( Wis.) on the rik'ht of Henry W. Corbett to a
seat in the senate from Oregon tinder appoint
ment of the governor, which was not concluded
when the senate adjourned In the house
the sundry civil appropriations bill was further
considered. An ameudrnent oITered by Mr. Sav
ers, to increase the epidemic fund by &U0.UUU
IN the senate, on the 25th. the case of Mr.
Corbett, appointed to the senate by the pov
ernor of ireson, was further discussed. A bill
permitting the buildini.' of a dam between Coon
Kapius and the northern limits of Minnesota
was passed. At 5: 15 the senate went into ex
ecutive session, and ten minutes later ad
journed In the bouse the sun lry civil ap
propriations bill was further considered, the
item appropriating f-UU.UUU for the San 1'edro
harbor beinn passed.
Is the senate, on the 2fth. the discussion of
the risrhtof Henry W. Corbett to a seat in the
senate from the state of Oregon occupied most
of the session, anil ended in an ajrrceiii'Tit that
a vote be taken on the -sthai P- nL 'rllt' pen
sion calendar was cleared by the passage of
several privnte ension bills. A few bills of a
general character were also passed In the
house consideration of the sundry civil appro
priations bill cccupicd the time to the exclu
sion o! other business, notably the bill for the
rtfief of the victims and survivors of the
Maine disaster. Amendments appropriating
Hnu.0.10 for Cleveland harbor. !,nu for Wil
mington. DeL, and increasing the appropriation
for Huston harbor from JluD.ouo to fciiO.uoo, were
Is the senate, on the 2Sth. Hon. Henry W.
Corbett was, by the decisive vote of M) lo !'..
denied admission as a wnaior f rom ( )regon on
appointment by the governor. The senate
then took up the Alaskan homestead and rail
way right-of-way bill In the house, after
eliminating th; appropriation for representa
tion at the i'aris exposition, on a point of or
der, the sundry civil appropriations bill was
passed, after which several bills of minor im
portance were disjioseil of.
Is the senate, on the 1st, a favorable report
was made upon Mr. Bacon's resolution provid
ing for the erection of a broaze memorial tab
let commemorative of the ollicers and sailors
who lost their lives in the Maine disaster in
Havana harbor. A motion that the senate dis
agree to the house amendments to the bank
ruptcy bill was mailt! and discussed. The
Alaska homestead and right-of-way bill was
laid before the senate and discussion of the
same was continued until :t:25 p. m., when the
senate went into secret session and soon lifter
adjourned In the house the business of ab
sorbing interest was the discussion of the Loud
bill, relating to second-class mail matter, its
author giving notice of an amendment permit
ting the transmission, at pound rates, of sam
ple copies up to ten per cent, of the h-ina tide
circulation of the newspajier or periodical.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
At Coalburg Klocks, O.. on the 2.1th,
Angelo Will shot Martha Lawrence,
Joseph Farando, Mrs. Peter Farando
and Daniel Xoute. Farando and Xoute
are fatally wounded. All the injured
persons are relatives.
Wm. F. Ci.arksov. foreman of the
rolling-room at the I'nited States
branch mint in San Francisco, was ar
rested, on the 2."th, on a charge of
stealing gold bullion.
The Madrid Imparcial (Senor Ca
nalejas' paper) declares that the presi
dent of the I'nited States, while cajol
ing Spain with words, sharpens his
dagger to stab her from behind, and
winds up by asking: "How long will
the agonized nation tolerate the incon
ceivable apathy of the government'.'"
1 he safe of Paymaster Kay of the
M;ine. which contains, besides many
vaiuable documents, almut Sr'.M.oiK) in
cash, was recovered on the 2."ith. It
was carried on board of the Kight Arm,
and the water poured out of it. The
.safe was discovered with great dif
ficulty, because it had been moved from
its regular posit iou in the ship by the
The I'nited States cruiser Minneapo
lis, one of the swiftest craft that plows
the sea. looking magni lieent in her new
coat of paint and her powerful guns, is
lying alongside the receiving ship Uieh
mond, at Philadelphia, and is ready to
go to sea at a moment s notice.
The steamer South Coast cleared for
Alaska, on the 27th. with ;t." passt n
gers. Sou tons of freight and Oil horses
Foit the first time in this administra
tion the question of arming and light
ing to sustain the honor of the country
was considered by the cabinet on the
25th. The president and the cabinet
were of one mind, that the course to
ward Spain must be tirm. and that, if
war was threatened, it should not lie
avoided at the expense of honor.
A sol.li train load of milch cows and
mules consigned to Cuba left Fort
Scott. Kas.. on the 2.1th. on an extra
ordinary fast .schedule. The train con
sisted of 1 1 cars, and it is said the cows
were going to Havana to supply the
Spanish ollicers and hospitals.
The Pekin government has agreed
to open Yuen-Chau. on Lake Tung-Ting
Tuas. as a treaty port, but declines to
entertain a proposal tending to the
abolition of the jikinedues.
The house committee on patents, on
the 2tith, favorably reported the Cor
liss bill extending the trade mark
privileges to casks, bottles aud recepta
The associated banks of Xew York
city held S22.ii59.233 in excess of the re
quirements of the 25-per-cent. rule on
It lias at last been established that
both the Indians cremated at Maude, I.
T., for the murder of Mrs. Laird, were
innocent of the crime.
It has been decided to extend the
time when applications for space at the
Omaha (Xeb.) exposition will be re
ceived until March 15. ,
Mrs. George Davidsox. aged 28, left
her home at St. Joseph, Mich., at mid
night of the 27th, clad in a night dress,
with her two-weeks'-old babe in her
arms, with which she jumped into the
river. The mother's body was recov
ered at daybreak, but the body of the
baby was carried out into the lake.
Insanity caused the deed
The navy department, on the 2Sth,
received a telegram from Key West,
Fla.. officially stating that the Maine
court of inquiry must return to Havana
to secure evidence from divers.
Mrs. Vaxkkkveek Ie Hart, widow
of Capt. W. C. I)e Hart, who was chief
of staff for (len. Winfield Scott in the
Mexican war, died at her home at Eliza
leth. X. J., on the 25th, in her eighty
(Jeokoe M. Coltox, of York. Xeb.,
was. on the 2"th. appointed bank ex
aminer in Xebraska. vice Howie, re
signed. The remains of AV. C. Ferris, the
designer and builder of the great wheel
which bears his name, lie in pawn at
a Pittsburg! fl'a.) crematory for un
paid funeral expenses.
Queen Wii.hei.mixa of Holland has
bestowed on Capt. William (1. Handle
of the American liner St. Louis the
honor of knighthood in the order of
Orange-Nassau for the part he took in
tlie rescue of the passengers and crew
of the steamer Yeendam. on February
7, in mid-ocean.
The Spanish army gazette. Piaro del
Kjercito. says that the government of
Spain lias notilied the I'nited States
government that the wreck of the
Maine must not be destroyed nor re
moved until the court of inquiry has
completed its work anil submitted its
finding to the government.
The question of who blew up the
Maine is still as much of a mystery as
ever at Havana, though no one doubts
that it was the act of a treacherous
Spaniard. Even the Spanish people
themselves believe this, and many a
quiet toast is drunk to the unknown
The divers in Havana harlmr. on the
2Sfh. recovered Capt. Sig.sbee's order of
the lied Eagle, given to him by Em
peror William I. of (iermany in recogni
tion of his ability as an inventor of
maritime appliances, anil a gold medal
given him by the fisheries commission,
held in London in lssx
Foil the month of February the gov
ernment receipts were S'.'S..172..i:,.'. and
the expenditures. 2.-.72.0H0. leaving a
surplus for the month of S1.S15.35S. The
average daily receipts for the month
The gold output of the Klondike coun
try at the clean-up in June will be be
tween .5I0.(Hii).(Hi(aiiil-Sl'.,.iUH).(tJi. accord
ing to the estimate of A. D. Xa sh. of
Portland. (Ire., who has just returned
Gkoroii. the accomplice of Karditza
in the attempted assassination of King
(leorge of Greece, was arrested on the
1st. lie made a confession in which
he claimed to have acted at the instiga
tion of Karditza. Later a 1-omb was
found near the scene of the attack,
which Karditza admitted lie had in
tended to throw into the king's car
riage. A report from Washington says: "A
new issue of counterfeit two-dollar
treasury notes, discovered by the se
cret service some time ago. has made
its appearance. This note bears check
letter "It" and plate Xumlter, 2S." "
Dr. W. A. Uooers. professor of nat
ural philosophy and astronomy at Col
by university, and a scientist of na
tional reputation, died at his residence
in Waterville. Me., on the 1st.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
Ix the senate, on the 2d, an execu
tive session occupied th.' opening hour.
When open session win: resinned the
pension appropriation bill was pres
ented and agreeil to. The Alaskan
homestead and railway right-of-way
bill was taken up and its consid
eratinn occupied the remainder of thu
session In the house, the day was
devoted to the further consideration of
the Loud bill relating lo second class
Tilt: Kritisit steamer Kensington ar
rived at I'hihidclpliia. on the 2d. with
the crew of the Kritish barkentine Mis-
! t!ctie on lioard. consisting of the cap
tain and six men. who were rescued
from the .Mi.stlctoe. on February 21. olf
j the banks of Xcwfotiiidland. The ves-
M-! was in a sinking condition. The
captain tired the ship before leaving it.
i X the executive session of the sen
ate, on the 2d. Senator Hale moved to
reconsider the vote by which thenotni
naiii.u of Webster Flannagan to be,
eolltftor of internal revenue for the
third district of Texas hail been con
firmed. The two senators from Texas,
although of opposite politics from Mr.
Flannagan. opposed the motion.
Tin: Itritish tirst-classarmored cruiser
Australia. 12 guns. .l.oiKl tons, coast
guard ship in Southampton waters,
had a narrow escape on the 2d. Two
.seamen were playing with a fuse in
the shell-room when they set tire to
some stores. The flames were extin
guished by the prompt flooding of the
Secretary Loxo has decided to send
two naval vessels to Cuba at once with
4'l or .10 tons of provisions for the relief
of the suffering reconeentrados. Tire
vessels will go to Matanzas or Sagua,
It is said au emergency exists tiiat
makes it necessary to dispatch provi
sions at once in order to succor the
Catt. J. F. D. Diamoxk. of San Fran
cisco, who will be 102 years old on May
I, is about to start on a pedestrian trip
to X'ew York. He helped to build the
Erie canal, and was formerly United
States quartermaster at St. Louis. lie
was never married.
A nisi'ATCH from Kio Janeiro, on the
2d. said: "Senor Campossales has been
elected president and Senor Kossilvo
.-ice-president of Itrazil by a large ma
jority. The opposition in Ilio Janeiro
abstained from voting. There was no
It is not believed in London that an
European power will assist Spain ir
cause of war with the United States
over the Cuban question.
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
James W. Thompson, president of the
Commercial bank of Shelbina.
Thomas P. Booth, aged 81. for SO years
S prominent resident of St. Joseph, sud
denly. (ieorge E. Felver, aged r9. a promi
nent contractor and builder, suddenly,
at his home in Knobnoster.
John F. Pugh. editor of the St. Clair
County Ilepublican. died at Osceola,
after an illness of several weeks, with
pneumonia. He was about 4(1 years of
age. and a native of St. Clair county.
Samuel Craig, a sergeant under t!en.
Price in the confederate army, at his
home in Mexico, recently, after being
confined to his bed three days. lie was
coal oil inspector for Audrain county.
Ex-Judge William C. Uanncy. at his
farm five miles west of Cape Girardeau,
in his eighty-third year, having resided
in Cape Girardeau county for 02 years.
Mrs. J. 15. Kendrick. aged 7S. in the
southern part of Montgomery county.
She celebrated her golden wedding only
a few days before.
Mrs. M. Schwer. wife of Postmaster
(i. W. Schwer. of Windsor. Henry coun
ty, of pneumonia.
Michael Mavnihan. aged S2. the first
marshal of Sturgeon.
Wore Out Four Switches.
J. Christopher Jones, teacher of the
Franklin school. DeKalb County, has
been adjudged guilty of brutally whip
ping Julia Martin, ,aged l'i. a pretty
daughter of wealthy parents, who is
said to have transgressed the rules of
the school. Jones is said to have worn
out four hickory switches in chastising
the young lady, inflicting injuries from
which she may not recover. An appeal
will be taken.
Secretary of Slate's Keimrt.
Secretary of State Lcsueur reports
having received and paid into the state
treasury during February taxes and
fees as follows:
Tax on domestic corporations I 7,475 on
Tax on foreign corjrations ton.
Notaries' public .VUi uc
Hank examination fees i-, mi
band department fct-s (k)
University endowment fees l.!m; 01)
Miscellaneous fees 4,-;
Total .:H3 65
111 the Kails Itriilge Route.
A leap from the Eads bridge. St.
Louis, to the dark, swirling waters of
the Mississippi, ended the earthly woes
nf Albert A. Henry, a traveling man
from Philadelphia. He had been on a
.lebauch of four or five days.
Must Have Consent.
Minors who would enlist in the Mis
souri militia in the future must have
the consent of parent or guardian.
The Spanish scare has caused some to
plead the "baby act."
fame From Sweden to lie Married.
Peter Frank, one of the best-known
Swedes of central .Missouri, was mar
ried, at Sedalia. to Miss Anna S. Hult
jreen. who arrived direct from Sweden
A Police Slinke-Cp.
The St. Ijouis police department has
received a shaking tip. Patrolmen have
been dismissed, and some have quit,
saying they were "going to the Klon
dike.'' Intemnl Revenue Fa Id Hy St. 1 .011 Is.
The entire internal revenue the gov
ernment received from St. Louis during
17 was S7.271.0S4. Of that amount
beer paid the enormous sum of S'-'.OO.I,-224.
Richard Elliot, a prominent citizen
of Hermitage. Hickory county, was ac
cidentally shot in the lower part of the
body while visiting near Ilumansvillc.
Will Draw the Color Line.
The colored man who desires to be
some a member of the St. Louis Mer
chants' exchange has been advised to
withdraw. Thecolor line will be drawn.
.lodge Kobinson May Iteslgn.
It is rumored that, owing to ill
health.. I udge Robinson will resign from
the supreme court, thus creating anoth
er vacancy for the governor to fiil.
Alleged Itank Koblter.
C. W. Martin, alleged to have partici
pated in the roblicry of the bank of
Sheridan, was arrested in Omaha. Xeb.,
anil will be returned to Missouri.
M any Tons of Tobacco.
Missouri's tobacco mantifaetur.-s dur
ing January aggregated .1.11: m.ihki pound
...loo tons which, at 2.1 tons to the
.ar. would make 100 carloads.
Mack Frank Acquitted of Murder.
At Liberty. Clay county. Mack Frank,
who killed W. .1. McKaruin with a rock
last October, and, was charged with
murder, was ucquitted.
Samuel Kowman. aged 3.1. died near
Levick's Mills. Randolph county, a few
days ago. Death was from hydropho
bia, it is said.
Charged with Iareeny.
A St. Louis landlord who took a quilt
away from a widow on a bitterly -cold
night for a week's rent is charged with
The Rank of Stanberry. owned by E.
Sager & Sons, has been consolidated
with the Farmers' and Mechanics' bank
Mrs. William Macke was fatally
burned at Champion City. Franklin
county. Her clothing caught fire from
Warner for District Attorney.
Maj. William Warner has been nom
inated by the president to be United
States attorney for the western district
For Killing His Brother.
George Feiferlich was found guilty of
silling his brother, at St. Louis, a few
days ago, and given 99 years in the pen
itentiary. Bmsoh lie Was "Nagged.
Got. Stephens says that Dr. Coombs
resigned the superintendeney of the
Fulton asylum because he was
MAINE'S BACK BROKEN.
Doubtful If the Wrecked Vessel
Can Ever be Raised.
The Veiwel Keel lias Been Fonml t ho
Broken In Two. tilth the Ends Three
Feet Apart -Another Kvidence
of Outside force.
New York. March 3. A dispatch to
the Herald from Havana says: The
Maine's back was broken. Latest dis
coveries made by divers not only sjp
port the information printed by the
Ilerald concerning the disclosures of
paramount importance made by Ensign
Powelson, but convince those in charpe
of the submarine investigation beyond
all doubt that a mine rent the
I'nited States battleship asunder.
The keel of the ship has been
found in two pieces, the nearest ends
of which are now separated by a dis
tance of from 2 'a to 3 feet. The sec
tions are no longer lying in the straight
line, but show the effect of a force
executed from port to starboard.
It is evident from the discovery of
the present condition of the keel that
the section of the lxttoin found 29 fet-t
from its natural position was wrenched
from the keel by the first -explosion
and driven upward. The keel itself was
forced in the middle and it was broken la
two and then collapsed in two sections,
which fell in the position in which the
divers found them yesterday. Reliable
persons familiar with the results of
high explosives, and with wrecks
alMjve and under water, say that the
breaking of the keel as now disclosed
could not possibly have leen done by
an inside explosion alone. In fact,
this last discovery of the manner in
which the Maine's back was
broken, taken together with
early disclosures. has convinced
the men working altout the
wreck that further investigation as to
the manner in which the ship was
blown up is perfectly useless, and they
consider the question solred beyond
The court of inquiry will, of course,
hear evidence of the wrenching apart
of the keel. Divers and ollicers in
charge will testify. Feeling among
American naval officers in Ha
vana is that licyond the recov
ery of the dead remains in the
wreck all useful work in connection
with the Maine wreck has leen done.
Letters have l-cen sent from here to
representatives and senators in Wash
ington warning them against voting
for appropriations for raising the
Maine, saving that the work would not
only cost millions, but would not add
anything to the information regarding
the nature of the explosion. A photo
graph, which was itself evidence of the
nature of the explosion.has been taken.
It shows the Maine's dog standing tin
part of the wreckage still above the
water. The fact that the plate upon
which the dog stands came from the
keel of the ship, and was the lowest
part of the tremendous mass of material
thrown upward and starboard, supports
t,he theory that the explosion was that
of a mine, and not a torpedo, as the
latter would not have gone so far be
neath the water line.
CRITICISED FROM WITHIN.
'pain Forcibly Arraigned lir Cardinal Cas
cajaraK of Valladolid.
London, March 3. Cardinal Casca
jaras. archbishop of Valladolid, has is
sued a pastoral which creates the great
east sensation in Spain, so much so, in
deed, that all telegrams addressed to
provincial and foreign papers, giving
extracts from this pastoral have been
suppressed by censorship.
Cardinal Cascajares begins by declar
ing that Immorality of the administra
tion and the lack of justice in Cuba
gave the Cubans a pretext for rebelling.
lleaftcrwards censures in the strong
est terms the neglect with which the
Spanish soldiers in Cuba have been
treated, so that the mortality among
them has been horrible.
He hints, without naming Weyler,
that the immorality of Weyler'sadmin
ist ration ami his rapa -ity have been the
probable cause of the death of thou
sands of soldiers. Ordinal Cascajares
The deadly colonial war takes away,
without glory, the flower of our youth.
We are seriously menaced with inter
national conmlications. and with a war
that may prove still more disastrous.
"Our finances are ruined, our police
doubtful and vacillating, our commerce
in ruins, our industry expiring, our
"Our people, havingspent itsencrr-ies.
its bloo.l. its m ney 111 useless battle,
and having lost confidence in govern
ments, shows that indifference which
frequently precedes despair, and which
mav burst out in a terrible explosion
of anger and in iignation when least
In other paragraphs Cardinal Casca
jares says :
"Everyone acknowledges the actual
situation is more critical than any
Spain has traversed during the present
generation. It can only be compared
with the period which preceded the
French invasion. All people acknc .vl
edge that a storm roars outside while
a volcano groans underfoot.
"Money spent in the follies of carni
val ought to have been spent in food
and medicines for our poor soldiers,
and in building warships which might
enforce abroad full respect to our ban
ner and interests."
Fred Moore, Murderer of Tom Anderson,
Lynched at Senatohla, MIm.
Memphis, Tenn., March 3. Fred
Moore, the murderer of Tom Anderson
was taken from the county jail at
Senatobia. Miss., at 2:30 a. m.,and shot
to death by a mob.
Anderson and Moore had quarreled
about some trivial matter. Moore fol
lowed his man and shot him five times,
afterwards placing the body on the
railroad track to hide the crime. Thers
were several witnesses, howover, and
gnnn Moore was behind the bars.
WAR SHIPS FOR CUBA.
Two of Them to Go On a Mission of .Werey -Will
Carry Food to the Starving -Relations
Between Secretary Lone; and the
Maval Committee 'ot Strained-Tele-gram
from Consol-Uenoral Lee Naval
Washington, March 2. The deci
sion of the navy department to send
two ships to Cuba with supplies for the
suffering reconcentradoes caused some
commotion in official circles yesterday
until the real purport of the visit of"
the ships came out. The cruiser Mont
gomery and the gunboat Nashville
were selected for the purpose, and or
ders were stmt to Admiral Sicard to
put them in shape for the required
It is explained at the navy depart
ment that this action was taken at the
instance of the Cuban Relief association,,
organized through the efforts of the
state department for the relief of the.
destitute noncombatants in Cuba. It
was represented to the department
that great distress prevails among the
people in the vicinity of Sagua la
Grande and Matanzas, on the northern .
coast of the island, and that consider
able difficulty is experienced in send
ing supplies there because of the in
frequent visits of merchant ships.
On this account, and because of the
immediate demand for supplies at the -points
indicated, the officers of the as--
wx-iation requested the secretary of
the navy to authorize the ustc of one or
more of the war ships at Key West in
the transportation there of fotxl sup
plies contributed by the charitable
people of the United States in response
to the appeals of I'resident McKinley
and Secretary Sherman. Secretary
Ing conferred with the president on
the subject and it was decided to com
ply with the request.
The Montgomery and the Xashville
were selected as most suitable for the
Service, and the necessary orders were
dispatched to Admiral SieanL The
Montgomery will go to Matanzas and
the Xashville to Sagua la (irando,
with the understanding that they will
remain in those ports only long enough
to deliver the supplies to the agents of
the association for distribution where
they will do the most good.
Although the mission assigned to the
war ships will take both within a short,
distance of Havana, estimated at from
two to four hours, it is stated that
neither vessel will visit the Cuban cap
ital. To remove the impression that had
gotten abroad to the effect that the re
lations between the navy department .
and the house naval committee were
not harmonious. Secretary Long
yestcrday afternoon gave out a short .
statement on the subject. He said
Congressman Houtelle had been mis
understood. The congressman, who is
one of the most patriotic men in the
world, is always ready to do every--thing
that can be done for the navy.
"In his annual report the secretary
recommended that 1.500 men be added
to the enlisted force on account of the
increase in the number of ships. The-
naval committee, of which Mr. Uou
tclle is chairman, has already decided
to grant this inerea.se in the regular -naval
appropriation bill. Meanwhile,
if there should be any immediate .
necessity for more men the same com- -inittee
and Mr. l!ou telle as its chair
man, are ready to make provision to.
that effect at once."
A cablegram came from (len. Lee
during the day to the state department,
but it made no reference to the Maine .
affair, being devoted to the periodical
statement of the amount of tobacco,
that is being shipped from Cuba to
I'nited States ports, thus giving evi
dence of the actual removal of the ex--port
prohibition decree. The tele
gram was as follows:
Filler tobacco. Kebruarv 28. 72 Tainp-i. ii Key
West. 5SI C'aica'o, id Milwaukee; -ytX 24
Capt. Chester, commanding the south.
Atlantic station, was also heard from,,
his cablegram relating to the flocking
of the gunboat Castineat Port of France,
The department has s.-nt him tho nec
essary authorization and the ship will.
go into dry dock there.
A commander for the monitor
Miantonomah. which was ordered into
commission Tuesday, was selected in.
the pcr.son of Capt. Mortimer Johnson,
who is at present on waiting orders.
Secretary Long says that the Mianto
nomah. with the ram Katahdia
will remain in the Delaware for
the present at least. With the
commissioning of these two vessels,
there remain only the cruisers Colum
; bia and .Minneapolis on the Atlantic
coast for immediate service in case the
department should decide to commis
sion more ships. The Atlanta, at New
York, could be made ready in the.
course of three or four months, and the
Chicago in six months, in case emer
gency orders for their repair were is-,
sued. There are a nuinlter of good
ships on the Pacific coast, however,
whose repair is under way. such as the
Charleston, the Philadelphia, the York
town and others, and the pay rolls of '
the construction bureau at the Mare
Island navy yard now aggregate SuO,
WH per month for wages alone.
The navigation bureau is still busy
with the preparation of the death certifi
cates for the families of the victims of'
the Maine disaster. Capt. Hawleyv
who has the matter immediately in
charge, says that owing to the neces
sary formalities these certifiates can
not be issued before March 13, ami
this answer is returned to numerous,
letters received at the department.
It is said in the navigation bureau
that there is a pressing need of able
machinists for the navy, caused bv the,
heretofore unnoted fact that every one
of the machinists on the Maine lost,
his life in the explosion. Moreover, all
the firemen but one were killed. The
bureau has invited enlistments fronv.
men who have had naval service before
in the engina rooms, and. as it is said,
that a number of these men are nour
enjoying three months' period of time
between enlistments during which,
they may come again into the naval
service without loss of service record,
it is hoped that some of them wili come,
forward to fill the vacate places-