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FHE OMAHA DAILY BEE
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19 , 1871 , OMAHA , OTKIDAY MORNING- , FEBRUARY 25 , 1808-TWELVE PAGES. IT1V.E CENTS.
BY EXTERNAL FORCE
Agent that Wrecked the Mnino Oamo from
Without.
BOARD UNANIMOUS ON THIS POINT
Inquiry Into ths Disaster Ended at
Havana ,
FURTHER TESTIMONY AT KEY WIST
Evidence Brought Up by the Divers ia Very
Etroug.
SHELLS INTACT AND POWDER UNEXPLODED
Hoard of Inquiry tu
Hi-port uf the *
! KorunriliMll Soon to AVarth-
InMonVornt Will .Soiu
I DC Ktiouu.
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HAVANA , Feb. 24. ( New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram. ) The United
States naval board ot Inquiry has finished
Its labors here. All thu board are now ton-
vlnced that the Maine was blown up ex
ternally. The report will bo unanimous , In
all human probability. It will not bo sent
to Washington before next Wednesday.
The Investigating board has learned all
they expect to know now except the ovl-
dcnco that divers may fkid under the for
ward part of the wreck. Divers In that vlUl
region of the wreck'd mysteries did nothing
today except that they found more powder
cases. All showed seams split from pressure
outside of them scams collapsed In some.
The copper was Impressed by hexagonal
forms..vTho Inuides were Intact , with pow
der unexploded .They wore not damaged.
The board had most Important testimony to
day and decided definitely that the Malno
was sunk and destroyed through causes not
accidental.
The court of Inquiry will probably go
to Key West tomorrow , continuing Its ses
sions there. The divers of the wrecking
steamer Right Arm were examined by the
court today. Their teytlmony corroborates
the evidence heretofore given by the govern
ment divers.
The members of the court , accompanied
by Consul General Lee , were rowed around
the Maine's wreck today. They Inspected
the work ot the divers. Only ono diver Is
working now. He Is from the Right Arm.
The work of recovering the contents of the
ohlp Is being done slowly. Two full dress
coats and ono dining room chair were among
the things brought up today. No bodies
were found. Frederick C. Holzcr of New-
York , In San Ambroslo hoopltal , la dying.
ATiout thirty witnesses have been examined
here. The Right Arm has brought up some
Important pieces of artillery.
SYLVESTER SCOVEL.
DETAILS OF THE INQUIRY.
HAVANA , Feb. 24. The court of Inquiry
held Its usual sessions today. Captain Samp
son reports that Chaplain Chadwlck was ex
amined as to his personal experiences at the
tlmo of the disaster to.tho Maine , and that
the testimony was taken of the captain of a
British bark In the harbor , and the superin
tendent of the West Indian Oil works , across
the bay at Regla , both ot whom witnessed
the ? explosion.
Neither the officers of the court of Inquiry
nor tho-witnesses will glvcj the slightest InV -
V dlcatlon cf the. testimony , nor the conclu-
' elons dcduclblc from It , and all say that the
men employed on the wreck have been
warned to observe an equally strict reti
cence.
This course Is regarded as eminently wlso
by the Americans and all Intelligent Spanish
officials , as there Is no telling what passions
might bo aroused , or what evil results might
bo brought about by talking freely on olllclal
mattem In the present state of public feeling
' In Havana. Thus far Americans are treated
with the utmost courtesy and kindness and.
. It scouts the special care of the residents
of Havana to show friendliness.
Consul General Leo says there Is no truth
In the report that ho had asked Captain
General Blanco to dismiss from Cuba cer
tain newspaper men for tending sensational
stories to the United States. On the con
trary , General Leo has never Interfered with
the American newspaper men lu any way.
Today the principal streets and buildings
are gaily desecrated with flags and bunting
In honor of the Spanish soldiers , 2,029 In
fantrymen , under the command of Jose
Amddor , who arrived this morning by the
eteamer Montevideo from Barcelona.
Q on oral Solono , tdo second chief ot stuff ,
toJay returned on board the Mangrove the
visit ot the court of Inquiry , acting as the
representative of the governor general , Ad
miral Manterola personally returned the visit
raid to him by the court.
The' Thursday receptions of General BUiuco
were resume ] this evening.
The se-balc-o ot the court of hvjulry this
aUcrnoon wan devoted to taking the testi
mony of two American civilians who BJIW the
uxploston from the deck ot the Ward liner ,
City of Washington , which was moored a
tow hundred yard * from the Ma'ne , and of
two dlvera who have been at work on the
wreck for several days. It In believed the
court will return to Havana after hearing
the Key West witnesses , but no official con-
Urination of thle report can be obtained.
With the departure of the court the center
of Interest will probably be at Key West.
The explosion U no longer the cole topic
of conversation. The public here appears to
bo content to await the report of the court
of , 'acjulry ' and to bo assured that noth'jig
but surmise la possible at present.
The e-oust eurvuy vessel Bache , after man )
j , * * delays , left for Dry Tortugai this morning
' with three- wounded , all doing well. On Ing
to the American quarantine * regulations the
wounded , having been In tioepltule hero ar < d
cxpo-ied to fever , must be taken to boapltata
tn the TortUKua for quarantine. Tbo names
of the wounded on the Bacho art > : John
Hrtfron of Frecmaiibtovui , N. J , ; Tliomas J ,
\V > to.-a ot Philadelphia and Jeremiah Shea
of llaverhlll , Mais.
The other wounded are donlg well late to
night. Ever. Hotter , though sorely wousdeJ ,
la better end ii making a gallant fight for
Hie.
Hie.No bodle * were recovered today. Kecfttl
nil officers of the Maine to give out any In
formation except to those officers empowered
to ask It , The order la generally understood
to apply to official matters , though some
think It affects only matters connected with
the disaster.
' ' ' ACTIVITY.
I-'OIIT .M'l'IIEHSO.V SHOWS
Troop * Confidently IHpcct to lie Or-
ilereil to 'Move. '
ATLANTA , Ga. . Feb. 24. Activity has
never been so great at Fort McPhcrson as
at the present time. The stir Is Mtrlbutablo
to General Merrltt'e arrival. Everything Is
In rtttdlnces to move the regiment to any
point that may bo designated within a few
hours.
At a consultation today between Colonel
Cook , commandant of the fort , and the rail-
read officials , Colonel Cook was assured that
( tie men could bo transported to Florida with.
In a night. It Is said Colonel Cook told tiie
railroad men to have cars In the yards for
use nt any hour.
U U thought tailght that the outlook Is
more warlike than ever before. Every pre
caution Is being used to keep down exciting
talk , and any reports to the effect that the
regiment Is about to move Is denied by the
officers at the fort. This ellcnca Is con
sidered ominous , as the preparations plainly
filgnlfy that It Is not an ordinary overhaul
ing of the property and t'ftects of ttie post ,
A movement may be made tomorrow or
Saturday.
General Mcrrltt will go to the fort tctnor-
row morning and Inspect the troops. The
munitions of war have been greatly In
creased during the last few days , and many
of the officers are arranging their private
affairs to leave , as they confidently believe
they will bo called upon to do.
General Merrltt was seen tonight and asked
It his arrival In the city was an indication
of Immediate action on the part of the regi
ment. "No , " said he ; "It Is a fart of my
duty to Inspect each post in my division
every year , nnd I have come here merely ao
a part of my routlncuwork. It Is not a war
like movement at all. "
SAN ANTONIO , Tex. , Feb. 24. The sen
sation today at Fort Sam Houston , the large
military post at ttils place , was the order
from headquarters suspending for the present
the order sending light battery K , First ar
tillery , Into the mountains on Its annual
thirty days' target practice. The battery ,
consisting of four pieces and 1G5 men , under
command ot Captain Dlllonback , was to havp
started for the artillery target range In the
mountains on March 1 , but last night In
structions were received to keep the bat
tery at the fort until further orders.
Colonel Louis H. Carpenter , commander efFort
Fort Sam Houston , said no reasons were
given for detaining the battery at the post ,
adding that It was surmised that tbe artil
lery was to remain here to await the ar
rival of Inspector General Colonel Lawton.
Colonel Carpenter had no Idea when the
Inspector general was due to arrive at this
post.
CRUISER MIXXEAI'OMS IS AFLOAT.
tlic Dry Doric anil Is Noiv
' Ready for IlunliieHS.
PHILADELPHIA , Feb. 24. The United
States cruiser Minneapolis was successfully
floated out of the dry dock at the League
Island navy yard at high tide this afternoon.
The floating ot the cruiser was witnessed by
nearly 1,000 people. The Minneapolis ban
been In dry dock since lost December , partly
to avoid the Ice In the river and also to lm\e
ueccssury repairs made to Its bottom.
The school slip Saratoga will bo placed In
dry dock for repairs.
NoUvlthsturfding all reports to the con
trary , there Is no unusual activity at the
yard , beyond the extensive Improvements
that are being made to the back channel ,
which Is to bo used as a fresh water basin
for vessels of the navy.
The receiving ship Richmond Is besieged
dally by applicants for enlistment , but very
few are now being taken.
Besides the Minneapolis there are at
League Island the cruiser Columbia , the
Mcnltor Mlantonomah and the ram Katalidln ,
all out of commission at present. There are
also clglit old monitors at the navy yard ,
all of them relics ot the civil war , but which
could be fitted up quickly ta case they were
needed.
MO.Vl'UOMKHY fiOKS TO KEY WEST.
Many I'nhKeiiKcrN Arrive na the Oil-
ve'lte from IIUMimi
JACKSONVILLE , Fla. , IFeb. 24. A special
to the Times-Union and Citizen from Tampa ,
Fla , says :
The United States cruiser 'Montgomery ' ,
which arrived at Port Tampa yesterday , re
mained at the coal docks all of today taking
on coal , getting over 300 tons. Ono ot Its
officers said tonight that the ship would sail
for Key "West tomorrow unless otherwise
ordered.
The revenue cutter Forward sailed tonight
for Key West , after taking on a full supply
of provisions at Port Tampa.
The Plant steamship Olivette arrived this
afternoon from Havana , and a number of
passengers from that city said the report to
the effect that the Americans bad been ad
vised toy General Lee to leave the city was
absolutly false , that the city was quiet and
no ono expressed uneasy fears for their
safety. The government's mall on the
Olivette this afternoon was very heavy and
the greater portion was directed to tbo Navy
and Navigation departments.
TROOPS uio.\M.in : TO THI : FORT.
TnUfii from Rllle HaiiKe anil I'ut
Through l''utlue | Drill.
CINCINNATI , Feb. 24. Under Instructions
from Washington , Colonel Cochran , com
mandant at Fort Thomas , Ky , , today Issued
orders bringing the men on rifle range at
Culbertson , Ky. , back to the fort. New bay
onets that can also bc < used for trenching
tools were Issued to all the troops , The men
are dally undergoing fatlguo drill , and ex
pect to go to Key Wctt Instead of Charles
ton , S. C , , as reported ,
The First regiment of the Ohio National
Guard , located hero , ls filling up with re
cruits. Several unauthorized recruiting sta
tions for volunteers have been opened In
this city and their enrollment would more
than flll a regiment.
.Monitor Terror I'm * to Sen ,
NORFOLK. Va. , Fct > . 4 , The monitor
Terror reached Norfolk at 10:15 : a. m. on Its
way to sea under sealed orders , but will
cruise In Hampton Roads at least a tbort
time. The vessel had been ready for se.i
since noon yesterday , On leaving the yard
the Terror was saluted by the Franklin's
guns , but did not respond , Its departure
created conilderablo excitement and ttiou-
rauda witnessed It. There was , however , no
cheerjug either from the shore or thu decks
of the * vestiel.
llnnee HeeelveM HIM roiiiiitlKHlou.
NKW YORK , Feb. 24. Francis M , Bunco ,
commandant ot the navy yard here , today
received from Washington hU wmmlsilon as
rear , admiral , HU .pRUUl rank up , to toJay
WAIfING ON THE INQUIRY
Secretary Long Says Ho Has Learned
Nothing New ,
STARTLING RUMORS ARE BECOMING LESS
Conildornltle Attention In Xoir llelnnr
Given to tlio OperntloitN of the
Wrccldtifr Companion on
the Maine.
WASHINGTON , Feb. 24. Rumors oC start
ling discoveries In the wreck of the Maine
were less frequent , but there were enough
of them still afloat today to warrant Secre
tary Long In making this statement to the
newspaper men as he left his office :
"Summing up the situation I should say
that the Navy department knows today noth
ing more about the cause of the disaster than
U did five minutes after the receipt of the
flret dispatch from Captain Slgsbce. "
The eecretary'8 attention was drawn to the
published statement that Captain Crowln-
shleld , chief of the Dureau ot Navigation ,
had just arrived at Tampa , Fla , , on the Mont
gomery from a trip to Cuba , where ho had
been Inspecting prospective coaling stations
near Malagas. The secretary's comment
was simply this : "Captain Crowlnahleld Ins
not been to Cuba. Ho has been oft with hla
boy on matters not In anywise connected
with the business of thd navy. "
Secretary Long further said that ho rather
expected to see Captain Crowlnshield tomor
row.
row.Until
Until the conclusion of the Investigation
of the court of Inquiry at Havana the prin
cipal bunlncea of the Navy department lu
connection with the Malno will relate to the
cor duct of ( he wrecking operations.
Captain Lemly , the judge advocate gen
eral , who has this branch ot the work Imme
diately In charge , today received .tclegrama
from the Mcrrltt & Chapman Wrecking com
pany at New York , stating that the steamer
Merrltt and wrecking lighter Sharpe had
sailed for Havana , and that the tug Under
writer would leave New York Saturday for
the same place. The assistant wrecking mas
ter was going to Havana on 'tho ' Ward Hue
steamer Saturday , and It was suggested to
the department that Its Inspector should
take the earne steamer.Inasmuch as Lieu
tenant Commander Klmbill , who Is now at
Havana , has been assigned to 'the ' duty of In
specting the wrecking operations , It will not
bo necessary to observe this suggestion.
SIGSDEE SENDS A TELEGRAM.
The only exact Information received by the
Navy department from Havana during the
day was conveyed In Captain Slgsbce'g tele
gram , as follows :
HAVANA , Feb. 21. Irfng. Secrotiry Navy :
Wrecking tug Right Arm arrl\cd yesterday ;
begins work toJay. Much encumbering
metal must be blasted nnay In detail. Navy
divers down aft seven days , forward four
days. Bodies of Jenkins nnd Merrltt not
found. Two unidentified bodies of crew
found yesterday. After compartmant filled
with detached , broken and buoyant furr.I-
turo and fittings , mud and confusion. Span
ish authorities continue offers of assistance
and care for wounded and dead Everything
that goes from wreck to the United States
should bo disinfected. Wrecking company
should provide for this. Surgeon of Maine ,
after consulting with others , recommended
that all bedding nnd clothing Miould be
abandoned. Might BO to nccllnnted pior.
Useless fittings nnd equlpmsnts inlrjht be
towe < l to sea and thrown ovorboivd. Will
take till Immediate responsibility , but Invite
department's wMies. Shall old mo'al of pu-
pcrstructurc nnd the like be paved ? Friends
of dead should understand that we nro In
the tropics. Chaplain Chadwlck charged
iwlth all matters relative to the dead. His
conduct Is beyond praise. Don't knor. what
reports are being- printed , but the Intensely
active representation of the prcs * here have
been very considerate of me and riv posi
tion. ( Signed ) SIGSR13H.
( Secretary Long Immediately answered Cap
tain Slgsbee , approving all his recommenda
tions. Ho was directed to have Lieutenant
Walnwrlght , the executive officer of the
Maine , mnke arrangements with the wreck
ers for the disinfection of everything sent
to the United States.
RECOMMENDATION APPROVED.
The recommendation that all bedding and
clothing be abandoned , and. If need be , given
to the acclimated poor , was approved with
out comment. The same approval was given
to the suggestion that useless fittings and
equipment bo towed to sea and thrown over
board , It being left to Captain SIgsbee's
Judgment to determine how far this destruc
tion should bo carried on.
To the captain's Inquiry as to the saving of
old metal and parts of the suijerstructure
the answer was given that such material
was of no use to the Bureau of Equipment.
It was left to Captain Slgsbee to say what of
this shattered material was worth preserv
ing. His statement that much blasting will
bo required to clear away encumbering material
'
terial Indicates that It Is essentl'al further to
destroy the upper portions of the wreck In
order to get at what Is more valuable be
neath.
Captain Slgsbeo's statement that the divers
have- been down aft seven days and forward
four days gave the Navy department the
first Information of the tlmo that the divers
had been In the vicinity ot the "zone of the
explosion , " as he has termed It. This zone
U confined to the forward part of the ship ,
and while the divers have been down aft
fop the last week their work forward In the
vicinity , of the largo magazine has been in
progress only four days , which presumably
began on 'Monday and included today.
PITIFUL PIJEA3 IFROM RELATIONS.
The statement In the gigsbeo dlspitch
that "frlemld of the dead should understand
" In understood at the
we are In the tropics ,
Navy department to refer to the urgent
pleas of relatives of the dead that they be
brought to the United States. These appeals
continue- be received here , and while they
excite the deepest sympathy of the ofllclala
no hope can bo held out that the dead ran
bo brought back. One of these appeals makej
a pitiful plea against tbo burying of the
dead "by alien hands In on alien country1
There arc circumstances which , If they
could tie made known , would end mich ap
peals , and would show that the department
has not been wanting In a desire to bring the
remains to this country , These circum
stances have been withheld , mainly through
a drslro to save friends and relatives from
the pain which would bo tamed by a full
dUclceuro ot the effect ot the explosion.
The press reports ha\e given to part the
terrible mutilation of tbo bodies , but It U
feared this has not been fully realized by
friends and relatives. The men were sleep
ing on the berth deck , with metal floors and
celling * , which , by the force of the terrible
explosion , were ground together Into a con
tused niasi. Knowing this there la little
hopp tlia many of ( be bodies etlll missing
bo In a condition to be brought to the United
States.
The Navy department ted y gave out the
figures showing the strength ot the naval
mllltla. up to date. This shows a total force
ot 4,445 officers and enlisted men , willed Is a
gratifying Increase from the 3,703 shown by
the report. The number of officers and men
by states U as follows ; California , 396 ;
Connecticut , 165 ; Florida , 18G ; Georgia , 225 ;
Illinois , G23 ; Louisiana , 2G2 ; Maryland , 240 ;
Massachusetts , 441 ; Michigan , 193 ; Now Jer
sey , 304 ; New York , 472 ; North Carolina.
230 ; Ohio , 216 ; Pennsylvania , 216' Rhode
Island , 130 ; South Carolina , 152 ; Vligluln ,
44 ; total , 4.44G.
Assistant Secretary ROjOaevelt says In this
connection that Illinois 'loads the list with
forty-three commissioned outers and 423
petty officers and enlisted men. Ttio adjutant
general of that state recently made a re
quest that the United States steamer Michi
gan be assigned for the use of the Illinois
brigade for one month during the coming
summer. During Mr. Roosevelt'a tour of
the lakes lost summer ho was much pleased
with the showing made by the Illinois and
other naval brigades on the lakes and ho
lias rccccnmendod to Secretary Long that
the request for the Michigan bo granted.
FORMING &EW BRIGADES.
Aside from the forces shown In the above
list , now brigades ore In process of formation
which promise to swell the total to much
larger figures at an early day. The or
ganization of this auxiliary arm ot the naval
service Is under the Immediate direction of
Lieutenant Gibbons , U. S. N. , whoso energy
has accomplished much In securing state
organization and In the harmonizing ot the
bodies Into one compact force , capable , In
emergency , of co-opcratlng 'with the regular
navy.
In Ills last report Mr. Roosevelt said the
state naval mllltla , In the event of a sudden
emergency , could 'be ' utilized at once for
manning the smaller national cruisers. It
could be depended upon mainly , he said , as
a second line ot defense and also be used In
placing mines and the establishment ! ot
signal stations for coast defense.
The appropriation of $50,000 made by con
gress to aid the work of the naval mllltla
will be apportioned among the states In a
few days.
Thanks to the promptness and efficiency
of the chief of engineers and the chief ol
ordnaaco of the array , the city of Washing
ton Is now regarded as being well nigh safe
and secure from attack b'y water. The
fortifications of Fort Washington tnd Sheri
dan Point , on the opposite side of the Potomac
mac , arc sufficiently advanced to bo able ta
repel an ordinary fleet ot Invaders and In
case of necessity they could be vastly
strengthened In a comparatively short time.
Theae defenses are considered sufficient to
keep all hostile vessels beyond the range ol
gunhsot of the national capital.
Moreover , the river has been blocked off
and prepared foV mines and orpedoes at a
point below the fortlffcatlono , < alfeady mentioned
* '
tioned , so that It ls'proba'ble some ofthe
ships Of an enemy would bo blown out ol
the water before It would' be necessary tc
use the suns at the forts.
The officers of the British , battleship Hoo'J
today cabled fro'm the Island of Crete , ex
pressing deep sympathy oyer the dlsastei
to the Maine.
Late tonight the Navy department re
ceived two brief telegrams from Captain
SIgsbeo at Havana. One Delated to some
routine matter 'of expenditures in connection
with the work on the Maine , and the otiet
is as follows :
"Divers report more bodies In wreck ,
Some In hammocks Involved lu debris. Prob
ably not recognizable. "
This dispatch indicates fhat the divert
have finally secured at least a partial' entrance -
trance to the quarters lu the forward parl
of the vessel , where the crew were asleer
when the explosion occurred , and undei
which were the magizines.
The fact that the divers were unable tc
extricate the bodies shows -tho fearful ob
stacles against which they arc operating
and bears out the belief that the work ol
submarine investigation' > vill necessarily
proceed slowly.
'Asi : SKATS von A IIE.VEFIT
Performance "Will lie * Given ( or tin
'Maine SufYererx.
NEW YORK , Feb. 24. A thousand rep
resentative people gathered at the Mctio-
polltan opera house this afternoon to bid
for the boxes and seats for the performance
Sunday night next for the benefit ot the
families of the sailors and marines who lot1 !
their lives on the Maine. .
Chauncey M. Depew made a * speech pre
vious to the sale In which ho said : "It IE
many yearn since this country stood In the
shadow of i crisis so overwhelming as the
present. Wo stand In the attitude of cay-
Ing to the president : 'We wish you fearlcFuly
and without favor t < | friend or fee to exam
ine Into and toll us what cauced tbo death
of these seamen , our brothers. ' Our great
ship went to Havana to protect American
life and property. If callci ] upon every one
on board was ready to lay down his life. "
The sale netted $3,910 , All of the portiere
tiere boxes were sold at prices ranging from
$300 to $30. Among the purchasers were :
Richard Croker , $150 ; Llltan | Russell , $100 ;
Stewart M. Ilrtce , $100 ; Maurice firau. two
boxes , $100 each ; August lUImont , $100 ,
Cim.VXS IV XKW YoiaC'CBMSIIUATE ,
It IN the Third Aimlt r ar > " of the
Outbreak of the lltivoliitloii.
NEW YORK , Feb. 24. 'The Cubans of this
city held a mass meeting ai dickering hall
tonight to celebrate the third anniversary
of the outbreak ot the revolution. Conspicu
ous among the decnratlona was an American
flag draped In mourning' and festooned with
the flag of Cuba lib re , A number of speakers
gave vent to some fiery oralbry.
In respon'so to an address , by one of the
speakers a young Cuban girl cried out ,
"Death to the Spaniards ! " and the audience
went wild.
One ot the supporters of tbe revolution In
Cuba telegraphed from New Orleans that ho
could not be present , but be would give 100
uniforms and ; noney to the cause. Other
mescagea of like character were received.
Sri-meil to lie Several I
MEXICO CITY , , Feb. 24. F. 0. McDonald
and Edward M , JJ. Fowler of New York ,
who were passengers on < I'o City of Wash
ington at Havana at the tlmo of tbe Malno
explosion , have ) arrived 'here They were
walking on the rear deck of tbo Washing
ton when the explosion occurred and they
thought at first that the Alfonso XII. had
opened fire on the Maine , They say there
Ecomed to be a series of cxploiloni in
quick succession.
GrnnlN Kxtradldoii l'up rr ,
ALHANY , N. Y. , Feb. 34.-apvernor Black
today authortred the extradition to South
Carolina pf Chrlii Harrlr a negro murderer.
arrested , JUl Iliigara e jnty , K/or criminal
STOCK SHIPPERS ORGANIZE
Stops to Form a Mutual Oomm'sslon
Company Formed ,
\VILLOPERATEAT \ SOUTH OMAHA YARDS
Memhrrn Intrnil in Share In the 1'ro-
Mtn of the II < INIIONH IH'tnlln
of the New Cor
poration.
A score of stockmen from various points
In Nebraska met at the Dellono hotel yes
terday afternooci and organized the Ship
pers' Live Stock Commission company. The
organization of the new company Is the out
growth ot proceedings In the federal court
to test the legality of the South Omaha Llvo
Slock exchange. In the new company the
shippers forming Itlll endeavor to have
the selling of their live stock so conducted
as to result to their own gain.
Lafayette Coltrln of Omaha was elected
president and treasurer ! H. F. Illunk of
Saunders comity , vice president : II. A. Tern-
ploton of Tckamah , secretary , und La
fayette Coltrln , H. F. Dlunk , H. A. Tom-
pleton , J. Frleman of Chapman and Fred
erick II. Patterson of Stockham were chosen
directors. The principal place of business
of the new company la to bo at South
Omaha. The business to bo transacted Is
of live stock on commission for shippers ol
llvo stock to the Union Stock Yards ot South
Omaha or elsewhere In the United States ,
The buying and selling of llvo stock , the
lending ot money and the transaction
ot a general live stock commission
business are named among tlic
objects of the company. The capital stocli
will bo $15,000 , and the greatest amount ol
Indebtedness la set at ? 5,000. The officers
of the company are a president , a vice presi
dent , a secretary , a treasurer and five di
rectors , all to bo chosen annually. The
president Is to bo tbo general manager of ttic
concern.
"
CAPITAL STOCK. i " "
The shares of the corporation arc to cost
? 25 , and 10 per cent of the entire capital
stock of the corporation Is to be subscribed
and paid before the concern commences bus
iness. Any stock not subscribed and paid
for at the tlmo ot commencing business
shall bo sold at not lees than the face value.
The date for the commencement of business
is sot at April 1 , 1888 , and the life of the
corporation Is to expire on April 1 , 1958.
The Incorporators and stockholders are not
to bo held personally liable for the debts
of the organization.
AVhen a dividend shall have been decided
by the corporation 50 per cent of the amount
shall bo paid to the stockholders upon cap
ital stock subscribed and paid for , and the
balance shall be paid to the shippers of the
stock , who shall bo stockholders In the cor
poration pro rata upon the cars of stocl (
shipped and consigned by them to the corpo
ration for sale and which have been sold
by the corporation.
Among those who signed the articles ol
Incorporation at yesterday afternoon's meetIng -
Ing were : L. Coltrln , W. S. Patterson &
Son , R. A. Templeton , C. C. Denny , H. S ,
M. Splelman , H. Jeger , H. C. Lydlck , J. W.
Man , P. Johnson , H. F. 73lack , Western
Oraln and Stock company and N. P. Sell-
man.
man.There
There wao to have been a meeting of the
Nebraska Live Stock Shippers' association
at the Dellono hotel yesterday afternoon ,
President Thurbcr of Ong and a few other
members were present. On account of a
mistake In the announcement of the date
of the meeting by the South Omaha papers
there was not a quorum present. There will
bo a meeting held at an early date at South
Omaha.
I'llOVIUISS FOIL IMAIMS'S VICTIUS
lU-lti-f 1II1I IN IiitrodiKMMl In the HOIINC
by Mr. IloiitcIIe.
WASHINGTON , Feb. 21. Representative
Boutelle of Maine , chairman of the bouse
commlttco on naval affairs. Introduced a bill
late this afternoon providing for the victim !
of the late battleship Maine. It follows gen
erally the lines of the Samoan disaster re
lief bill of 1890 and is the result of several
days' conference In committee , and embodies
tbo vlowii of the administration.
Chairman Doutello bad a conference with
President McKlnley today , at which hovenl
over with him the proposed legislation , and
later submitted the measure at an Informal
meeting of some of the committee. It will
bo referred back to the committee , Imme
diately acted on there and Its passage by con
gress expedited. The bill Is as follows :
Section 1. That to reimburse the survivors
of the otllccro and crew of the United States
HtcaniBhlp Maine , destroyed by an explosion ,
for losses Incurred by them respectively ,
there Khali be paid to each of said survivals
n sum cquul to the lenses sustained by
tlioin , provided that the accounting olllcera
shall In nil cases require a schedule iind
aflldavlt from each person making a claim ,
each schedule to be approved by the secre
tary of the navy , and relmburnement Bhnll
be made for such articles of clothing , outllt
and personal effects only as arc of a charac
ter und vnlue and In quantity suitable and
appropriate to the rank or rating and duty
of the persons by whom the claim Is made.
ProvMed , further , that In no case shall the
aggregate sum allowed exceed the amount
of twelve months' sen pay of the grndu or
rating held by such person at the time the
IOSBCS were Incurred.
Sec. 2. That the"widow , child , or children ,
and In case thorn be not BUCI ) the parent or
parents , and If there be no parent , the
brothers and slsterti , of the olllccrs , enlisted
men and others who were lost In the de
struction of Huld vessel , or who have died
wltMn one year from the date of the disas
ter In consequence of Injuries received In
the dfstructlon of said vessel , shall be en
titled to and receive , to-wlt : The relatives ,
In the order named , a sum equal to twelve
months' sea pay of the grade or rating of
each person deceased as aforesaid. Pro
vided , that the legal representative * of the
deceased persons shall also be paid any
arrears of pay due the deceased at the tlmo
of their death.
gee. 3. That the accounting o Ulcers ) are
hereby authorized to continue for a period
of three months any allotment ! ) which may
have been made In favor or any relatives of
the degrees hereinbefore enumerated , by
any olllcera or men attached to the Malnu
wlio lost their lives In consequence of the
disaster to that vessel ; provided , that the
amount of the allotment ! ) so continued ahull
be deducted from the amount of the twelve
months' sea pay allowed to such bene
ficiaries by virtue of this act for their relief ,
Bee. 4. That the relief granted by the pro-
vUtons of till * act slmll bo deemed and
taken to be full compensation for and In
satisfaction of any and all claims whatso
ever on account of loss or death by the de
struction of the United Statcu steamship
Maine , on the part of the benetlclarlea here
inbefore designated , and the methods of pre
senting and establishing said claims here
inbefore ; prescribed ahull be followed In lieu
THE BEE BULLETItlcrfl
Weather Forecast for Nebraska-
fair ; Varlabia
P re.
1 , N'ftVAl Inquiry Kndrd nt Itavnnri ]
Nnvy Department In n Wn
Stork Shipper *
Drny tlio Minn HtoryJl
2 , Miilno tixplonloii MjntcrjNut Y J
Allm Withdraw * 111 * KtnoluHo"
3 , Notirankn NIMY ,
OmiiliA Ootn Tlirco Yotr * I'ri nclil o ,
Student Voluutoprn i t Wnrlc ,
1 , Kdttorlnt nnd Comment.
ft. Omnhn dot * Another lri\t Train.
Allied Wnntod Hunk Hiilibrr Onptnrrd ,
Affair * nt Smith Omnhn.
0. Council Illiirfu I.ncul Mnttrri ,
lowu IjrgUlntho I'mcppdlng ,
7 , Ocnnrnl Now * of the I'nrthor U'ost.
Aftrrnmtli of tlic Zotn Trial.
8. Tlmo Culled on Htponltlon Kxhtltltor * .
Wntrr for the WR Show.
0 , Vntnnus Vosneln Illown Up.
Ititrtlpy llnndnmpu Cuno.
VroRrrfm of the Kustncr Trlnl.
11 , Commercial nnd I'limnclnl Nmvu.
12. "I'mil nnd VlrRlnln. "
Soinu IJurcr reunio
IVtiipornliirp ut Ontnliui
Hour. IK. I . Hour. Dctr.
n u , in ut : i u. 111 it-
ei a. in - u P. 111 : it :
7 n. ill - - it p. in ill
S n. tu. . . . . . - - -I p. 111. . . . . . ! tl
n n. in -i r > ii. 111 : ti
10 n. in. . . . . . -7 o p. in : it :
11 a. in - ! 7 p. in it'
ll : in Ill 8 p. ill - ' ! >
t > p. ill -7
nets heretofore enacted relating to the p cs-
cntatlon of similar claims.
Sec. 5. That no claim shall bo nllowod
under the provisions ot this net which slmll
not bo presented within two years after the
date of Its passago.
Sec. C. That the secretary of the nnvy be ,
and ho la hereby authorized , whenever In
his discretion It may be deemed a prac
ticable expedient , to cause the icnmliis of
all or any of those who perished In consequence
quence of such disaster to be removed to
the United States cemetery at Arlington ;
provided , that the relatives of any such de
ceased olllcers nnd others mentioned In this
act who prefer that the remains of such be
taken to their homes within the United
States shall litivo such privilege extended
to them , and tbo expense ! thereof shall be
borne by the United States , nnd the hum
of $10,000 , or so much thereof as may bo
necessary , Is hereby appropriated out ot
any money In the treasury not otherwise
appropriated , to carry out the provisions ol
this section.
V17.OAYA Mi.VVKS XKW YOIUC TODAY.
Captain dilate HvrolvcK Hurry er- )
ilot-H from Madrid.
NEW YORK , Feb. 24. Unless some unex
pected ordnr is received from Madrid the
Spanish man-of-war Vlzcaya , which has
been lying off Tompklnsvlllo , S. I. , since Sun
day , will weigh anchor tomorrow afternoon
and steam through the Narrows to the open
sea on Its way dlrpct to Havana. k
Arturo'nidlsano , the Spanish consul gen
eral In New York , called on Captain Eulate
this aft'emooh and took to Tilrn Important
dispatches , one of which ordered him to
leave this port without delay. Captain
Eulate has been in suspense about the time
of his sailing until the consul General called
on him , tout the order was not unexpected ,
and all day ho had the vessel's crow prepar
ing it for a voyage. The work of coaling
was continued , with every available man
handling the buckets , so that early In the
morning the ship's bunkers will be packed
full. Seamen were also busy putting the
ship In snug shape for cruising at sea , and
In the afternoon the ship's gunners Inspected
and cleaned all the guns. After this work
had been completed , leather boxes wore
placed over the gun's breeches.
Captain Eulate , In conversation today ,
said the story to the effect that the steering
gear of the Vlzcaya was out of order was
Imaginary. The steering gear had been over
hauled and cleaned , nothing more.
A number of visitors were on board today ,
but the marine patrol continues as active
as over , keeping back all those who have
not been accorded tbo special privileges of
paying their respects to friends on board.
A number of officers of the Vlzcaya dined
with Consul General and Seuora Dadlsano
tonight , returning to the ship at midnight.
SOUTH DAKOTA .AMI . ISM'OSITIO.N.
Co nun liter Appointed 1 > - the Governor
McetH ut .Mitchell.
MITCHELL , S. D. , Fob. 24. ( Special Tele
gram. ) The committee recently appointed
by Governor Lee to look after the exhibit
of the eastern half of South Dakota at the
Omaha exposition next summer was re
quested by the governor to meet here today
to take the first steps toward organizing a
move in that direction. The governor'u own
county Clay has Just appropriated ? 500 to
ward a fund for the purpose ot making South
Dakota prominent at the exposition. The
momberH of the committee are : Hiram Ro-
dee , Forestburg ; S. W. Narrcgang , Aberdeen ;
M. P. Heche , Ipawlch ; John Hayes , Fort
Plerro ; 0. H , Mann , Okobojo ; C. A. Jowett ,
Sioux Falls ; Hugh Smith , Howard ; Hans
Murphy , Elk Point.
The commlttco met during the latter part
of tbo afternoon and evening.
KAUTJKll'AKUS ' IU3STUOY 1'UOI'KUTY
Hull Miukriii' mi the Ixlund of Monl-
Hi-rrnl.
( Copyright , HO ? , by J'rcss I'tiljllshlnu Com.nny. : )
KINGSTON , Jamaica. Fob. 24. ( Now York
World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) A
succession of tcrrlflc earthquakes has
caused great destruction of property on the
Islanl of MonUorrat , They began on the
Ifith , but the meat severe occurred on the
20th. There were numerous landslides and
water pl'Ki3 | were wrecked nnd the entire
population of the Island was thrown Into
great cci aterciotlon. There Is much dlotrcis
In consequence. Montserrat la one of tlio
Leeward lilands. In the Went Indies , and Is
a DrltUh potueeslrn. It's area Is only foity-
oaven square inlhn and the topography Is
mountainous. It ban a population of be *
twecci 8,000 end 10 qoo.
Movement * nf Oueaa YenNulM , I''eli.I. .
At Queenstown Arrived Urltannlc , from
New Yoik for Liverpool. Balled Teutonic ,
for New York.
At NapleH Arrived Normannla , from
New York ; AlHutla , from Now York.
At HOtterdnm Hulled Obdtim , for New
YorV. '
At PhlladelplilaArrlved Nedciland , from
Antwerp.
At Glasgow Arrived Anehorlo , from Haw
York.
At Liverpool Arrived Waemland , from
Philadelphia.
At Chrlfctlana Arrived Hekla , from New
York.
At Stettin Balle-d js'oiKe. for Now York.
At New York-Sailed-Kuilunihe , for I5rc-
men , Ai rived Frtderlch dcr ( Jrousc , from
Ilrtmen ,
At Cherbourg-Sailed Havel , for Now
York.
At Otnoa-Salle-d KaUcr Wlftelm II , tor
New York * *
DENIES MINE STORY
Statement from High Official in the Spanish
Government.
NO MINE WHERE MAINE WAS ANCHORED
Nothing to Say About Other Pnrts o
Havana Harbor.
SPANIARDS WLL ! NOT SELL CU3A
Declare Thay Will Go to War Bather
Thin Do It.
WILL FIGHT AGAINST SUCH A MOVE
Sale f the Island , They Claim , Will
Not llrliiKEiiiiiiKh to llfulu
to 1'ay ' 1'lu-lr War
r
Debt. - '
t , 159" ! , by Pi-ens I'ubllRlihiR Company , )
MADUID. Feb. 21. ( Now York.World Ca
blegram Soectal Tcle > gram. ) I submitted
the query that If Spain would settle tlio
point of tlio location ot tlio submarine mlrt ? *
In Havana harbor It would go a long way
to clear tlio government of tlio blame to n
distinguished naval officer , Captain Novo y
Colson , odltor of Muiido Naval , the best pro.
fesslonal naval Illustrated weekly In Spain ,
who Immediately undertook to Introduce mete
to Admiral Terry , secretary and chief of
staff of the minister ot marine. Wo went
therefore to the ministry of marine. Ad
miral Terry received mo with the tradi
tional courtesy of Spanish na\al olllcera audi
authorized mo to ntnto :
"Tho harbor of Havana contained no sub
marine mine In the vicinity of the place
whcro the battleship Maine and the Spanish ,
cruiser Alphonso XII were anchored. "
The Idea of the sale of Cuba Is ridiculed
and ecoutcd by all classes of Spaniards. In
fact It la dismissed with the query : What
party or government dare moot the sale or
independence of Cuba without Incurring the
certain risk of revolution ? A popular wave
of feeling , In which all other parties would
Join , besides the army and navy to a man ,
would rise- against a sale of Spaln'o cholco
colony.
Financial circles and nil men of business
object to the eale of Cuba , because , they ,
say , even If $400,000,000 were offered , that
sum would not nutllce to cover the Cuban
debt , whlc.li already exceeds $500,000,000 and
which Is growing at the rate of $8,000,000 or
$10,000,000 monthly. This debt Is almost en-
tlrely In the hands of Spanish bondholders.
The price suggested for the sale of Cuba
would afford no compensation for the tnor-
inoua amount of Spanish" " capital" engaged In
Cuban enterprises. My tuonty years' ex-
porkiucc of Spanish politico and what I liavo
heard from statesmen of all parties , even
lately from men now In office , enables mete
to express the opinion that Spain will not
sell or part with Cuba , even If It Is necessary
to go to war to revel such a suggestion.
AIITHUH IS. HOUGHTON.
LONDON , Fob. 24. ( Now York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) M. AlexnnJio
Hlbot7 prime minister of France In 1S98 anil
secretary for foreign affairs In 1892 , a high
authority In diplomacy , in reply to a ques
tion today , bald : "Tho explosion being
prma facie an accident , Spain is not tu any
way rcspcrelble , but If proved to have
been done maliciously the matter becomes
one for settlement politically , not judicially
by diplomatic negotiation , not by an international -
national tribunal. It Is not usual for con
tinental governmento to offer a reward for
tlio arrest of a culprit in such cases , though
England lieu sometime" ; done so. I curanot
quato any precedents to guide. Spain's whole
action must necessarily be conditioned b >
the facts as ascertained. "
DOUBT THIS TUNNEL STORY.
NEW YORK , Feb. 25. The I'rcss says :
Cubans In this city ridicule the reports of
a tunnel under Havana harbor. Artura
Argulla , who has spent most of his life la
'Havana , says :
"In my opinion , the whole story Is built
on the subterranean passage that connects
Cabanas with MOID , a land passage which
has been In existence for wo know not how
long. It probably extends back to the early
part of the eighteenth century , and was
constructed for the purpose of affording a
means of escape from the outer Fortress
Moro to the Inner Cabanas In the event * oC
an attack. I have been through It half a
dozen times. It Is now pretty well choked
up , and there Is not a man living today who
rcmoinbera when It was put to any practical
use. "
ll.l.VQI'KT XKW S1M.WSII MIMKTICIl.
.lllnlHter Woodforil Kxteiidx Conr-
t * NltH llefore IIlN Departure ,
MAOUID , Feb. 21. The United Stolen
minister , Mr , Wood ford , gave a banquet
today In honor of tlio new Spanish min
ister at Washington , Scnor Polo y Uernabc.
The guests included the Austrian , Prussian ,
French , German , Italian , Turkish , Dutclt
and Ilrltlsli ministers and the duke of Vcra-
gua , the lineal dcsccndEiH ot Columbus , who
wan the guest of the United States at the
Chicago fair ; the premier , Senor Sagasla ; two
mcmbeiH of the cabinet and the Elaff of tlio
United Stntci ) legation. Much political Im
portance was attached here to the Icitl-
dcnt and the banquet , "coupled with tlia
peaceful utterances of President McKlnley , "
according to a semi-official report , have been
"optimistically" utllUed by the ministerial
prces. "
Hut the Imparclal today takes the Spanish
government to ta k for Its "apathy , con
trasted with the patriotic feeling of the
country , " end warm the nation against
"hypercritical Yankee * policy , which alms
at the Independence of Cuba. " Continuing ,
the Imparclal oajs ; "President McKlnley
may make and reiterate protestations ot
friendship and hi8 Intentions , but hl/ > ac
tions contradict his words. While the presi
dent of the United State * * la cajoling u * with
wordn he sharpens hta dagger to stab us
behind. While talking concord bo utilize *
his Sundays In unusual war preparations at
the docks and cancels the furlougho of ma
rines , Cun we trust tboset who are prevent
ing the [ mclllcatlui ot Cuba and fomenting
rebellion and flllUuterlng expeditious , wend
ing war zhlpe unler the pretext of friendship
and preaching peace ? We must prepare for
war. Tlieio Is no tlmo to acquire war * hlp ,
but we should lit out Immediately what wo
have , Bending the Pcloyo , Colcn , Carlot V
aid : Maria Tere' a to follow the Almlraut ,
0i en do and Ylr'iya tu Cuban watcra and
the rest of the Heel to guard Ibo ponliuula.
The other policy tOU ! ( preparedni-s It ) only-
to play Into tbt ? AmerlCAnv * Kamc. whicb 10

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