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CUBANS ARE READY
Prepared to Assist Undo Cam in Taking
WILL CO-OPERATE WITH WHITE SQUADRON
Kcady to Oloso in on the Rear of the Ouban
INSURGENTS FOLLOW TREND OF EVENTS
Fully Informed of Everything that is
CUBA , THEY SAY , IS NOW ALMOST FREE ,
Ooinox ami I ho Cltlirr Lender * Are on
( lie Alert and I Irmly to Put
1'crtli 11 Superb
NEW YOIUC. March 1. "On the flay that
the White squadron opens flro on Havana
Maximo Gomez will begin an attack by land.
Ho will keep on fighting until Havana mir-
renders , or nothing Is left of It but a heap
ot ruins.1' 'These words were used In Tampa ,
Kla , b' jhiello Nunez of New York , who
comni' | 3 the flllbuaterlns expedition which
has Ih.-.J'i ' In Cuba from the steamer Daunt-
"I am just back from Cuba , " Colonel
Nunez said , "Cuba , which Is now almost
free. Our little steamer carried two allot
ments of arms and ammunition. AVe made
ono landing at Orlente , where we left a largo
quantity of rifles and dynamite for Callxto
Oarcla's command. Then we put about and
steamed along the entire length of the Cuban
coast to Plnar del Illo province , where we
placed the remainder of our cargo In the
hands of General Dla/ , who commands our
forces In that part of the Islands. Trouble
with Spaniards ? Of courno , but Spanlaids
nre not clever enough to stop an expedition
It they tiled , and It never seemed to me they
tried very hard. At Key West I had a long
talk with llr. Gulteras , who Is the surgeon
attending the wounded sailors ot the Maine.
Ho told me that one poor fellow asked him
the meaning of the Spanish word 'Matalo '
The doctoi told him that It meant In Eng
lish 'Kill him. '
"Tho sailor shuddered. 'I Jumped over
board when the explosion took place , ' ho
said , 'and swam to a fishing boat. A man
In It knocked me oft with an oar and said
"Matnlo , Yankee. " That shows jou the way
Spaniards love Americans.
"I'vory ono In Cuba knnw of the Maine
dlsister twenty-four hours after It occurred.
Our underground railroad Is almcat as quick
as the telegraph. "
"Garcia Is now besieging Dayamo. Gen
eral Pando , with 2" ,000 men , Is trjlng to
force his way up the Cantos river to dis
"In the open country between Marcla nnd
Havana Gomez Is slowly but surely workIng -
Ing toward the capital , burning plantations
as ho goes. As Blanco recalls his tioops to
protect Havana , Gome ? draws nearer from
the east and nodrlgucz and Diaz from the
wefat They all expect the United States will
declare war. The moment that happens , they
will mass their foices and co-operate with
the United States fleet. Havana will fall
and Cuba will bo free. "
SKCOND IJAY OK THE
Nothing > < ' Kno\\ii UN ( o Caiinc of
KEY WHST , March 1. The second day's
sessions of the court of Inquiry are over nnd
nothing new Is known regarding the fate
of the Maine , at all events outside the mem
bers of the court. Some who confidently de-
claicd a week ago that the court had already
found that the vessel was intentionally
blown up have modified this conviction and
for the rtiost part admit thut such reports
must have been based largely upon specula
tion. The court will probably finish Its work
hero tomorrow , when Its members will be
taken back to Havana on the Mangrove.
The correspondent of the Associated Press
placed before one of the members of the
court the letter signed "Maqulnlata" ( Ma
chinist ) , giving alleged detallb of the filling
of the Maine's torpedo holes with djnamha
iind their subsequent explosion by electricity.
The member of the court said that neither
the letter or Its developments had been ofli-
clally before the court.
The Cubans hero are constantly receiving
mysterious mUshca from Havana , purport
ing to reveal the method by which the
Maine was sent to destruction , but as there
nro as many suggestions or theories as there
Am letters little reliance can bo placed upon
The general situation here remains the
name. The fleet has not moved , though
there nro signs of activity which give rise
to a rumor that an Important naval step Is
rontcmplated. Admiral Slcard , when ques
tioned on this point this afternoon , merely
reiterated his remarks of yesterday :
"Them la no movement today. The ships
have steam up always and they can go any
The tugboat Merrltt parted hero at sunset
with n largo scow In tow and other wreck
ing apparatus , U IB bound for Havana.
The report that remnants ot A submarine
mine , alleged to have been raised by the
United States naval divers at Havana with
the electrical wires In which they had been
t'lttangleil , were brought hero Sunday by
the Mangrove and are now In the warehouse
ot the lighthouse department , Is denied in
high olllclul circles ,
Captain Merrill , who IB In charge of the
artillery here , expected General Merrltt to
day by the Mascotte , but Geneial Merrltt
did not arrive.
The cruiser Detroit returned late this
evening from the Tortugau with a coal
tcuooncr In tow , The latter dropped anchor
jiesr the cruiser New York , which will toke
coal from It. >
< ; ITTIMJ MOIII : , \
of lAlitrinUt Itiiinorn
* ( lie Out el-niiienl ,
MAUItll ) , March t. Greater anxiety Is
visible hero In regard to tlio verdict of the
United Stated naval court of Inqulr ) Intj
the loss of the battlcahlp Maine than was
apparent a week ago , The constant rumors
of possible hostilities are hariu-iInK md
v , caKciiInK the government , and they are nlbo
trjlng the patlenro of the public. The
"jingo' ' papers publUu exhaustive dlipntchea
from New York anil Vi'ashliiKtcn to the effect
that the relations between the United Stile *
and Spain are tiourly becoming more < trainee'
and attributing to President McKlnlcy a
lerlta ot anti-Spanish declarations. AUnilral
Deraiejo , the wlnlaUr of marine , U said to
be seeking the beat means to procure add- !
tlotidl war ships.
LONDON , March 1. The Olobo of Madrid
dated February 26 , Just received here , dig-
cuKslag the political situation as : "Noth
ing could be more promising than the pres
ent relations between the two nations. Gen
eral Woodford's words 'Peace forever" are
hailed with delight. Senor Snganta , the
cabinet ministers and General Woodford all
make such explicit peaceful statements that
peace may bo regarded as OFsurcd. This Is
all trio more satisfactory since the late
events all pointed to a different Issue "
The Liberal of the same date si > a : "The
high fever from which a portion of the pop
ulace has been suffering has considerably de-
crcafcd within the loal few hours. "
V1'/C\YV AHHlVnS AT IIAVIAN \ .
Cralipr IM Welcomed at tlie
< CV > p\ right IRtl , l > > I'roi" ) l'utll hlnB Comptny )
HAVANA , March 1. ( New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram. ) The cruiser
Vl/caya arrived hero at C p. in. Ucforo
entering the harbor It fired oft ten guns as
a national salute. Foreign war ships flro
their salute within port , but Spanish ships
before entering the harbor. The wharves
and forts were packed full. The crowds
cheered frantically. The bay was full of
boats of all styles , tugs and ferryboats fljlng
flags with Inscriptions such as "A la Marina
Kspanola. " The harbor was a picturesque
sight Hockots fired from small boats ap
peared as If from out of the sea. There
wore many cheers hut no antl-iAmerlcan
La Discussion Issued an extra describing
the war ship and saying that the Vbcaya's
armor plate Is superior to the Maine's. It
adds that the VIrcayn has moro offensive
and defensive points than the Texas and
Now York , having four more canon and four
moro torpedo tubes The Vlzcaya has
thirty-two cannons , It sajs. while the In
diana , Massachusetts , Oregon , Iowa and
Brooklyn have only thirty-six. La Discus
sion winds up the parallel between the
American and Spanish navies by praising
The Cache rct'irned tonight to Key West
with one body , mutilated and not Identified.
And of the Maine survivors Washington
Allen , colored , of Norfolk , Va. , officers' cook ,
returns to the United States black and white
as an effect of the explosion. His face is
white and the rest ot his body Is black.
Trancls Cahlll , deck band of the Massa
chusetts ; William Mattcson of the Michigan ,
Ordinal y Seamen Martin Webber and Thomas
Mack were the five last survivors of the
Maine here. All are gone now many to
their graves a few to the United States.
Sister Mary Wllber returns to the care of
Spanish soldiers , after eavlng many a jack
tar from death's clutches. The Vizcaja will
remain here while the flagship Alfctiso XII
goes to Key West.
riin\cn snn SIGNS OF
N In I'aiteil States and Pride
nt SiaiilarilH | IanK < Toim I21cinenlN.
PARIS , March 1. The French newspapers
generally do full justice to the attitude of
the United States In view of the loss of the
battleship Maine , although they ecu tend that
"the Jingoes ncvvopapeis have a dangeroufa
The Temps 1 Inclined to be pessimistic.
It refers to the warlike spirit ot the Ameri
cans and the pride of the Spaniards , "who.
If cu Indemnity were demanded In case the
d'saster ' proves to be the result of a crime ,
might refuse pout blank , haughtilj Indig
nant at the thought that any nno coiud
suppose them guilty , " an.3 continues : "Cuba
l.s a royal morsel which tempts a people In
toxicated by their strength and convinced
that Monroeism Is the Alpha and Omega of
Internatkiial law. lint , It Is still to be
hoped that the conservative forces are so
powerful that they will at the last moment
stop the people and the government on the
threshold of an adventure which would be
not only big with the gravest consequences
from au International point of view , but
which might induce at homo n sort of revo
lution ana me development 01 me most
dreadful phase of Cact > arlsm , that evil which
gnaws the vltals > ot every demociat. "
Dlllleiiltx of IteiiKMliiK HodleN.
WASHINGTON , March 1. Consul General
Leo has made a further explanation of the
difficulties In the wa > of relatives who seek
to secure the removal to the United States
of the rcmaitm of same ot the vlctlmn of
the Maine explosion fa have already been
interred. Senator Fairbanks of Indiana ic-
quested the state department to obtain per-
mlbslcci for the exhumation and removal of
the body of young Kcyes and the sequest
boit'g suLcnltted to General Lee , called forth
the following respcnso :
"Most bodies burled Eome weeks ngo un
recognizable. Against SpanlHh law to exhume -
hume until expiration of five years. Neither
steamori nor nuthorltles permit shipment
of bodies unless nt once embalmed .md In
metallic cases. Cost of embalming' nnd en
casing from JfiOO to $ eOO each.
\HMil Committee IM Iliteral.
WASHINGTON. March 1 The house com
mittee en naval affairs this afternoon agreed
oo Items of fl,000,000 for the purchase of
smokeless powder , $192,000 for the erection
of bnllJIr.EH for the manufacture ot smoke
less powder , with the necessary equipment ,
and $ ( .0,000 for arming and equipping the
naval mllltla. The latter Is nn Increase of
$10.000 over the estimates ot Secretary Long
and provides for the anrs , accoutrements ,
signal outfits , boatd and their equipments
and the printing of the ncessary books of In.
structlon for the naval mllltla of the differ
ent etatis under government jurlsdlctou , The
apprcyrlatlon for powder U Identical with
\erv lle-cleaiiH Head ) for n HriiNli ,
SANTI3 FI3. N M , March 1 "If the
Maine disaster .ihould be shown by the court
of Inquliy to bo duo to Spanlah treacher } , "
eald Governor Otero , "the Uansfer of all
Spaln'a West Indian posbes lens to the
United States would not , In my judgment , be
sufllclent atonement for tlio outrage , and our
government would be justllled in deferring ull
negotiations for Indemnity until merited
chastisement had been Icillicted. Cuba's
freedom Is not ncctuearlly Involved In this
uffulr of our * . In case of war New Mexico's
SpatiUu-spcaMag soldiery will be found a * ,
the fiont with the United State * troops , "
Ohio Will lii-eet a Monument.
8PIUNQPIUU ) , O , March 1. At a rcoss
meeting heie tonight to raise funds for a
monument to the victims of Jho Maine aub-
fccilptlonn vveio started with $10 each from
Governor Uushncll and Mayor Good. Gov
ernor Diulinell , In a letter , said that If It la
proved that Epanlah treachery destrojed the
Maine he wan In favar ot building a monument
ment on thj ruins ot Morro castle.
\nntlier flout Out of lr > DoeU.
NOIIKOLK , Va , , March 1. The torpedo
boat WloMovv came out of the dry duck to
day and win sal ) to morrow morning , pro-
( or Key We t >
SHUTTING OFF THE THEORISTS
Washington Officials Proceed Cautiously in
EXPERTS WARNED TO DO LESS TALKING
AiUNed to I"ollnir Knnino ! ot llc-
liartiaent and Walt for DeeUlon of
the- Court of Inquiry Call-
lit llnlldliiKiiiertK. .
WASHINGTON , March 1. Two weeks ago
tonight the battleship Maine was destroyed
In Havana harbor , tail In spite of the great
est diligence on the part ot the officers
charged with an Inquiry Into the affair the
cause of the disaster Is still shioudcd In
mjstcry ex > far as any officials In Washlng-
tcti know. Few officials acquainted with thp
formidable obstacles In the way of the opera-
ttcus of the divers arc surprised at this
state of affairs , nnd It Is beginning to be
generally realized that upon the testimony
of the divers almost altogether will depend
the success of the Inquiry. Meanwhile the
officials of the Navy department have reached
the conclusion that harm Is being done by
the broaching of theories to account
for the explosion , so notice has been
served upon the experts who have been
heard from In the press that It la preferred
they shall no longer discuss this matter In
advance of the report ot the court of In
quiry. Ono reason for this action was the
fact that the department was finding Itself
committed Involuntarily to the support ot the
theory that ttio explosion was ot Internal
origin , while , as a matter of fact , both Sec
retary Long and Assistant Secretary Roosevelt
velt have been at great pains to show that
the department stood entirely neutral as be
tween the theorists an < 7 were prepared to
accept only the conclusions of the court of
Inquiry as binding upon it. In consequence
of this decision , there Is lew disposition
manifested among tht > naval ofllcns to talk
about the Maine affair in any phase.
CALulNG IN EXPERTS.
An Indication that the court ot Inquiry
Is cither far from reaching any conclusion
or else Is disposed , with a view to meeting
futuie criticism , to collect all possible evi
dence , whether It bo deemed essential or
not , Is the call to their assistance ot ex
perts. It has already been a matter of
comment that with all the ability comprised
In this court of Inquiry It has one weak spot ,
namely , the lack of practical experience of
the construction of a ship In Its mem
bers. This is no part of the
duty of a line officer , so that no
reflection Is carried by the statement. To
remedy their short-comings , the court has
called upon the department to send to Its
aid a constructor and a carpenter , nnd In
compliance with the request , Secretary Long
has directed Naval Constructor Hoover and
Carpenter Helm to report to the court at
Key West. It is expected that they will go
to Havana when the court returns there ,
and from their familiarity with the struc
ture of the Maine , on which both of these
men worked , when It was built In the Brook-
l > n navy yaid , they will bo of great as
sistance , not only In suggesting easy methods
of work for the divers , hut also In Identify
ing poitlcns of the wreck.
The latter consideration Is one of the
greatest importance in view of ttie state
ments that have come from Havana to the
effect that seme of the ship's bottom plates
have been found In the debris above water.
It is cald at the department that if this is
true , the fact will be of Impoitance , but it
is added , it would not be necessarily con
clusive evidence as to the soiree of the
explosion , for It Is conceivable that as the
deck was blown up It might easily have
pulled up with it some ot the frames and
bottom plating which are rigidly attached
by rlvlts. Without doubt the two experts
will bo much better qualified than the line
officers or divers to Identify any such pieces
No advices have been iccelved at either
the State or Navy department that would
warrant the statement that the Spanish of
ficials in Havana have attempted to Inter
pose any obstacles to the piosecutlon of the
work of the wreckers on the Maine's hull
It Is said that the very last phase of thla
matter was sent out In ( ho published die-
patch of Assistant Secretary Day , author
izing the Spanish government to prosecute
an Independent investigation ! by Its own
divers Into the cause of the loss of the
Maine. The department has not withdrawn
It la explained that under the peculiar
clicumstances of the case Captain Slgsbee
would not communicate his theories or
knowledge of the facts to any ono except
the court conducting the Inquiry , Consul
General Leo would be guided by the barno
considerations. In any event neither of these
officers has communicated to the govern
ment anything bearing on the vital quMtlon
at Issue. The court itself has been equally
noncommuntcatlvo and nothing Is expected
from this rourco until the Inquiry Is com
pleted and the findings sent to the secretary
nf the navy. Nor has any Intimation been
received as to the probable time which Ilio
Inquiry will consume ,
ORDERS TO VESSELS.
Orders went out from the Navy depart
ment late thla afternoon to put the Mlan-
tonomah nnd Katahdin Into commission
March 10 , They are now at League Island
navy yard , where they have been laid up
for a jeer or two fist. It la Fald at the
department that the purpose of putting them
Into commission Is to make berths for the
burv Ivors of the Maine now at Key West ,
now waiting on the committee of Inquiry ,
which without doubt will havn finished with
them by the 10th Inst , The Mlantcnornah
Is a foimldablo double turrqttcd monitor ,
catrylng four ten-Inch gutw. It Is of 3,990
tons displacement and steams 10V6 knots per
hour. In addition to Its main lattery It
carries a good second battery of rapid flro
guns and Its Uuretts are clad with HVi
Inch armor. Its commander has not yet
been definitely selected , but ttio remainder
of Its ofllccca will be as follows : Lieutenant
Commander Wilson , executive officer ; Lieu
tenant Underwood , navigator ; Lieutenants
Hogg , Gill and Ensign Colmen , watch of-
flcera ; Passed AEolstant Surgeon Weaver ,
Chief Engineer Parks.
The Katahdin , otherwise known aa the
Ammen ram , U a freak In naval architec
ture , and although opinions are divided as
to Its qualities , there U little doubt that Us
presence In any harbor would make an enemy
anxious. It lies mostly under water , with
a turtle back ot steel varying In thickness
from two Inches and a half to six Inches ,
and the theory of the designer , Admiral
Amiaeu , nas that this armor plate could not
bo Jtruck directly by a shot from an enemy
and that such abut would be deflected by
the sloping deck , In action the coonlog
tower and smokestack are nlxnit all ot the
Btcamer that -would present ft mark. The
former IE of steel eighteen Inches thick
The Katahdin la a ram pure and simple ,
having In the way of weapons nothing hut
Its sharp steel beak and a few rapid-fire
guns to keep off boarders or torpoilo boats.
When It was designed the speed was placed
at a very high mark , but It did not realize
expectations , owing to Its peculiar obstruc
tive tinder-water model. Its personnel will
bo as follows : Captain , Commander Wilde ,
at present naval secretary of the Light
'House ' board ; executive officer. Lieutenant
Low ; Chief Engineer lUelg nnd Ensign Camp *
bell. The two vessels have crews respec
tively of 150 and ninety men.
It was Just learned at the Navy department
today why the "Maine was tied up to n buoy
In Havana harbor , Instead of anchoring , a
fact that has been the basts for some ot
the theories as to the cause ot the disaster.
It Is stated that not only Is a man-of-war
at a buoy in much better place for quick
service than when anchored , hut It appears
that If a ship casts Its anchor In illavana
harbor , so foul and polluted with > cllow
fever and other disease germs Is the mud
that adheres to Itwhen It Is hoisted , that
the ship must go into quarantine before Its
return to any Florida port ,
MESSAGE PROM S1GSUED.
The only word received by the Navy de
partment from Havana came 'tonight ' In the
following telegram from Captain Sigsbcc :
"Dacho leaves today for Tortugas with all
wounded men now here , five In all , as fol
lows : Mattlson , Cuhill , Allen , Webber and
Mack. All able to walk except MnttUon ,
whoso jaw was broken. Uaclio takes one
unrecognized body. Will probably take four
wounded men trom Tortugas to Key West.
Uacho vvllf report to the flagship Thursday
before entering Key Wcbt. Cannot tell when
moro bodies may bo expected at Key West ,
but Uaclio should return promptly. "
OIM.MOV IIY SUCIIUI'VIIY LONG.
TlilnKs Spain \ot ItoNpoiisIMc for
WASHINGTON , March 1. Secretary Long
was fccen shortly after the cabinet meeting
toJay and stated that In his Judgment any
official participation by the Spanish govern
ment In the blowing up of the Ma'ue was
practically eliminated. This statement was
made ao an expression of the aecretarv't ,
personal opinion. It gained speedj circula
tion , however , and was 'elaborated to the
point of being on official declaration that the
clement of Spanish responsibility for the
Maine disaster was no Icuger to be consid
ered. When Mr. Long returned to the Navy
department he was asked as to the exact
nature of this statement. He said It had
been rather a casual cod passing allusion ,
more in the line of a response to some cour
teous question from the vlgllsrit representa
tives of the press. He sald'that he had In
tended to say that there , was an abatement
in the agitation and excitement over the e > ub-
Later as a means , of disposing of all doubts
as to the exact natuic of the secretary's
language , he dictated the following state
"Tho main thing o'tajkcd about In cabi
net were the outrages on postmasters , one a
white man In Georgia and one a colored man
in South Carolina. In regard to the , Cuban
situation I'sald 1 tnought things were grow-
In : : quieter every day , and as far as m >
Judgment went , I was Inclined to think that
any official participation on the pait of the
Spanish government In the disaster was now
practically eliminated. "
w\u vr.ssniA FOR SHY.
\VorU It rroKrcNHlnpr llajildly at
1 , < NIKue IMaitd.
PHILADELPHIA , March 1. The wcik of
preparing for sea the war vessels at Loiguc
Island Is progressing rapidly. A naval of
ficer stated today that ttie only ono to go
Into commission Immediately Is the monitor
Mlantonomah , and a large number of tncn
have been working on It continually. With
the execution of receiving Us coal , it Is al
most ready for sea. Steam was gotten up In
dm imllnrs fmViv In rcilnr to test the engines ,
which were found to bo In good working
order. At present It has 'only a okeleton
crew on board and a full complement of men
Is expected tomorrow from Norfolk , New York
and Doston. Work on the ram Katahdin Is
a'so ' nearly completed. It finished coaling
today. The coaling ot the cruiser Minne
apolis which was started yesterday , was con
tinued today and will not bo completed for
a day or two The cruiser Columbia , which
t'.as been lytag In the back channel at League
Island for some mcnths , v.w today brought
out of Its berth and towed up the Delaware
River to the League Island dry dock. It
was to have been docked today , but It was
found tLal the tide was too low to permit
It to enter safely. It will go In at high tldu
tomorrow morning. Itu bottcin will be
cleaned and painted and some mlnon repairs
will bo made.
( ill en a Trial Trim
BRISTOL , R. I , March 1. The new tor
pedo boat iTalbot was put over the regula
tion twelve-knot coureo In Narragansett bay
today for Its first trial and developed an
average- speed of 17.5 knots. The tilal was
made against a strong head tide and with
sixty pounds of steam preiauro was kept
up during the trip. The boat wil.1 be given
another trial tomorrow , when It U hoped It
will roach IH contract flpoed of twenty
knots. If It succeeds the' second boat , the
Gvvyn ; will bo sent over the course Thurs
day for Its first trial. While the trials thla
week are unofficial a nuniber of naval offi
cials were present today and will bo here
tomorrow and Thursday. The third Hcrrcs-
choff boat Is well along and the firm Mutes
that If necessary It can bo made ready for
launching by the last of the month.
lie Lome- Manned In
TROY , N Y , , March L Spain's former
minister to the United States , Senor do
Lome , waa hanged In effigy in thta city to
day , and the police had to be called on to
disperse a crowd of about 100 people , who
had assembled to hurl epithets at the ob
jects of their scorn. Placards on the effigy
were Inscribed ; "Sucker De Lome , V. II. II.
Club , " "Hang do Lome. V. II , II. " The po
lice carried the effigy to the police station ,
amid cries of derision.
lleiuilrliiR- Torpedo lloutx ,
BRISTOL , II. I. , March L The new 1,000-
pound steel strut for the torp.c < lo boat Du1-
pent was shipped from tlio Herrcschoff works
today by rail to Mobile , Alabama , wbeiu
( ho boat lias been lying disabled for eomo
time A similar piece or steel was shipped
on Friday last for Mobile for the torpedo
OIICUH a Subxerliitloii Lint.
NEW YORK , March L Admiral Dunce ,
commandant at the navy > ard. received per
mission from Washington today to open a
subscription list at the navy yard for the
benefit of the families of top mra killed
by the explosion of the ilaloe. The list wo3
potted * t
LARGER USE OF INDIAN CORN
Committees of American Maize Propaganda
VIRTUES OF THE CEREAL NOT UNDERSTOOD
I'uMlo Sentiment to He * Aroaied mul
AVlHC I.eKlnlatlna Promoted
Cook I nur School at Tranx-
inlnHlNNlnl 12\in ltloii <
PHILADELPHIA , March 1. Meetings of
the subcommittees on organization , legisla
tion nnil finance of the American Maize
Propaganda , n national organization to pro
mote the larger UBO of Indian corn In the
United States and foreign countries , were
held In this city today to perfect the organ
ization acid mature plans for further action
Among these present wore Colonel Clarke.
E. Carr , president ; U. W Snow , eecretary ,
both of Illinois ; Andrew Laugdon of Murrain ;
Herbert Myrlck , editor of the American
Agriculturalist of New York , nnd W.V. .
Qlbbs of Pcnnsjlvunia. Plans were formu
lated bylilcli It is expected to secure the
co-operation of every farmer In the country ,
especially In the grrat corn belt , who pro
duces corn and of the manufacturers who.
by all known processes , prepare corn and
coinstalks for consumption and commcirial
uses Endorsement already recel\cJ from
press and people encourages the committee
to believe that the consumption of corn will
bo greatly augmented anJ add a large per
centage to the value of the crop.
After the meeting President Carr said :
" \\'o have reason to believe that as a result
of the plans which have been perfected a'ul
which we will proceed at once to carry
out , the membership of this organization
will soon Include n very large proportion of
the corn-grow Ing farmers of the west , to
gether with the manufacturers of corn
products In such a manner as to bo potential
In creating public sentiment and Influencing
such proper and wise legislation as may be
required to advance the Interests of corn
One of the things which wo bhall ask will
bo an adequate presentation of corn and Its
products before- the people of the world at
the Purls exposition. This is In addition to
the special purpose wo have In view In con
ducting a propaganda at home to educate
our own people as to the virtues of corn In
Its manifold forms. To this end our llrst
object la to hold a great corn exposition
cooking school .etc. , in connection with the
Transmlsslsslppl Exposition at Omaha this
summer or fall , followed by similar work
at the Punamerlcan exposition at Duffalo
next jcar and a still larger enterprise at
Paris in 1900. In addition to this , moreover ,
wo are now considering arranging a circuit
of corn cooking schools and corn food ex
positions in all the principal cities. We be-
llevo that In this way wo can bring the vir
tues of this crop directly to the knowledge
of the masses who most need It.
"Information has been received that state
organizations in Indiana , Illinois and Ne-
braka arc alrcadj being perfected and are
under way In oilier stamps and will bo ex
tended throughout the country. The national
organl/atlon will be incorporated under the
laws of Illlonis with its general offices in
MIMI : > M. : VOM.MH OF IIU.SIMSS.
February IliinU ClearliiKH Miller n
Griitlfj Innnxhlhlt. .
NEW YQBK. March 1. Bradstreets' cays-
Tebruary bank clearings , as reported to
Dradstiecta' , point to an immense volume
of builncss done In the country during the
last month. The total clearings , though
naturally enough smaller than January's
iccord-breaklng totals , were evidently so
only because of February being a short
month and because of a holiday still fur
ther curtailing tlmo available for business
transactions , for the reason that the average
dally clearings were larger than these of
January , and the monthly total was heavier ,
not only than for any previous February on
record , but larger than most months of nor
mal years. The total clearings of sevcnty-
seven cities of the United States for the
month aggregated $5,553,000,000 , smaller by
7 per cent than for January , but laigcr by
61 per cent than February last , 73 per cent
In excess of the low water mark of 1S9I
and 6.1 per cent larger than In 1892 , the
heaviest February on record. For the two
months of 1898 the total clearings aggre
gated $11,527,000,000 , a total larger by 42
per cent than for the corresponding period
of last year , 59 per cent larger than 1894 ,
and nearly 5 per cent larger than the first
two months of 1S93 , a period of very heavy
to'als. Only two titles of the country show
decreae.es as compared with February of last
Canadian hank clearings were- also very
heavy , $110fl90CC5 , a decrease of 2 C per
cent from January , but a gain of 49 per
cent over February of last year ,
TWO icu.i.ni ) , snvniiAij IV.IIIHICD.
Milnnle 1IIII Holler nxpluilfx it Itli
DETROIT. Mich , , March 1. A special to
the Free Press from Wotmorc , Midi. , says :
The tollerj In Clark & Acker's shingle pill
exploded this evening , killing two mcn aud
seriously Injuring several others. Hugh
Long , a teamster , was Instantly killed. Peter
Morris , ex-sheriff of Alger county , was
found llng dead and badly mangled near
the boiler , George Moore was seriously In
jured and will probably die. Hiram Hants
and Peter Ilrlx also received serious Injuries ,
Several others were slightly Injured , The
cause of the explosion Is unknown ,
'Another ' VV'lilHlvjTriiHl III I'roNpeel ,
CINCINNATI , March l.-A distiller In
Cincinnati IK the authority for the Informa
tion that a deal IB being worked for the
consolidation of nil the fcplills rnimifartur-
Ing plants Independent of the American
Hplrlts Manufacturing company. The plan
la then to consolidate the new combination
vvltn the American company , with J. I ) .
Orcenhut at the head. It Is understood that
Grccnhut Is working the combination and
that the prlco he gets for Us Hiiccchsful out
come will be restoring him to tae head of
the truat ,
HiiI.rrM ralnll ) Itiirnril.
IJVAN8VILLU Ind , March l.Toc
Kramer and JOG Miller , halters , were fatally
l > urned by boiling grease today. A large
kettle of boiling lard fell from a furnace ,
completely enveloping them. The flesh of
the upper part of their hodlcu wan cooked
to a crisp ,
Mot eilieiltK Of Oceilll VeMMelH , MllTl'Il 1 ,
At Christiana Sailed Norge , for Stettin ,
At Antwerp Arrived Wtstcrnland ,
At Liverpool Sailed Nomadic , for New
At Jnffa Arrived August Victoria , from
Alexandria on a cruise.
At Cork Arrived Victoria , from Philadel
At New York Sailed Travc , for Ilremcn ;
Cymric , for Liverpool ,
At Llverpoo Arrived Payonla , from Uos-
Knlr ; Northerly \VlnJ .
d Off the tllagocA.
Vina to dlnn Cora.
Simla M t Alone If nt Alt ,
2. 1lrnaz the Mnlnn Victim * .
n Nc" ' IMll"t <
3 , I'opocriUlPwfl Otcr Tlirlr.Ioln.
Magnate * \Vlll Iluto I'lciin Ititno Hull.
4 , IMItorlal nail Co in in cut.
C , Solution of the Depot ( liirnttoa.
MHMJ OfTriuler * Seouro Immunity.
Chill-go * of .liiry llrlliliiff ,
0. Council llliifTn l.ornl Mutters.
lovtn Iipglnlntlto rrncrnlliiK * ,
7. ( Ipneriil XPUH of tlio Tnrtlirr Went.
8. KoMi-r Itiulius KiponUlim Work.
PrurecdliiKH of the. City Council.
1) . Crclghton 1'ropertj t'linn Urclitrtl ,
Mull Carrier * 'Must < ll\o llontU.
It , Commercial n ml rlnniuliil Nmt .
12. Scientific AimljslH of Thought.
Hcrova of tlio Amerlrna Isiny.
Temperature at Uiiialitu
Hoar. DOB : . Hour.
R a. in HO 1 li , in. . .
U n. in. . . . , . S 1 ! p. HI
7 a. in - . " . : t ii. 111 510
s n. 111 ui ! p. 111 no
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to a. in ai : < i P. in sio
it a. in 1:1 : r p. in : >
s P. ai no
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ICi : AltltUSTiil.
lo ( In * Atiiii ( on KhiK
ATHENS , March 1. The accomplice of
Kardltza , a Macedonian workman named
Goorgy , has been arrested. Kardltza and
Oeorgy on Thursday last attempted to as-
Fa filnato King George of Greece , by shootIng -
Ing him while ho was out driving with hla
daughter , Princess Marie.
Goorgy has made a confession. lie de
clares that ho acted at the Instigation of
Kardltra , the- latter representing that to
kill the king would bo an act of great cour
age and glorify them both. Georg > 's cour
age cored cut at the last moment , and ho
was unable lo hit the horses , upon which uv-
crj thing dcpccided.
A bomb has been found near ( do scene
of the attack , which contained 100 drachmas
of dynamite. Kardlta when examined de
clared ho Intended to throw the bomb Into
the king's cairlage. The general icsult ot
the Inquiry feuds to show the existence of
a eccret conspiracy.
HLUHlCA.Nn 1)IH3S ( JIIIJVT VU VflH.
Frriirh Riiiilinnt I.o > iilt > SiiaU
a Ti'i-rllle Sorm.
SYDNEY , N. S. W. , March 1. A terrific
hurricane has devastated New Caledonia , do
ing great damage to chipping. The huirl-
cano also sunk the French gunboat Loyalty.
War Is Iinialiii-iit.
( CopjrlKlit , 189S , by Prcu * IMbtlBhlnfr Comiiany )
COLON Colombia , March. 1. ( New York
World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) A
.lettettatronViCSaAttt nioil nays that war be
tween that country and Nicaragua Is Immi
nent In consequence of the arrest several
months ago of a Costa Rica consul ( Senor
Bashc ) in Nicaragua , on suspicion ot In
triguing with rebels. President Ingleslas
has sent a force of 4,000 mcit to the Nica
ragua ! ! frontier. All business Is suspended
and communication west of Punta Arena's '
has been cut. Iho Urltlfah war ship Pearl
has arrived at Port Llrnon to protect the
Intei es > ts of British subjects.
Uudilftloll In SpaiilNU ( iralii IlatlvN.
MADRID , March 1. The premier , Srnor
Sagasta , Is quoted In an interview as eajiag
that he cxpecta very satisfactory news from
Cuba before April. In the course of the
same interview , Senor Sagasta said : "In
view of the Increase In the prlco of grain
In Spain , the government has decided to re
duce the Import duties. " A decree on this
subject Is momentarily expected. A meet
ing of the cab'ciet ' has been ananged for to
morrow. It is believed this step will betaken
taken owing to the receipt of moro reas-
eurlng ncwb from the United States.
London Moiic-5 MarUi-f.
LONDON , March 1. The money market
continues to be very tight and there Is little
prospect of early relief. The commercial de
mand for gold to the United States continue.- ;
to be very pressing , nnd according to report ,
Is causing exporters lo sound the governors
of the Uank of France as to whethei they
will allow some of that bank's gold to bo
withdrawn tor export to New York.
PARIS , March 1. It is rumored that Ma
jor Comto Ferdinand Walsln Esterhazy has
challenged Colonel PIcquart to a duel as a
result of the lattcr's evidence In the recent
trial of M. Zola and of his repeated attempts
to convict Esterhazy ot the crime for which
Dreyfus Is now undergoing Imprisonment.
The rumor is as yet uncomflrmcd.
SaiiproHHPVH of AMc'iiiiU- | Vlurilor.
CONSTANTINOPLE , March 1 , The presi
censor suppressed the ncno of the attempt
made on Saturday last to affcaHslnato the
king of Greece. The newspapers were pro
hibited from even mentioning the thanks
giving service. In commemoration of his
majesty's Cbcapo from death , celebrated at
the Greek legation ,
1'rlnciAllifi't of IlrlKliiiii Coming ; .
HHEMEN , March 1. The steamer Kalner
\Vllhelm dcr Grosse , sailing from this port
for Now Yoik via Southampton , takes among
Its passengers Pilnco Albert of Ilelglum ,
nephew of King Leopold , and heir appaicnt
to the throuo , who IB to make an extenslvo
tour of the United States ,
Chill \ ililliiKto UN Nmr.
LONDON , 'March ' 1. According to a pc-
clal dispatch from Iluenos Ayres the Chilian
government has offered $75,000 for the Ar
gentine etcamer Ililtannla , Captain Arstcvg ,
now lying at 'liuenoa Ayrcd , with the viewer
or uslpg It aa an armed lian&port In the
event of trouble with Argentine ,
A mlruiln IM Coiilli-iniMl.
( Cop > right , IKiS , b > I'rciw I'utilUhlriK Company )
CARACAS , Venezuela , March 1. ( New
York World Cablegram Special Telegram )
Congress' yesterday afllrmoil the validity of
the election of General And rado aa presi
dent and ho was today Invested with powir ,
The people appear to bo satisfied ,
CI-OMJI I'rlnc't'NH Slfi > liiiiilc'VVornr ,
VIENNA , March 1. The condition of
Crown Princess Stephanie grows worao She
in suffering from Inflammation of the lunpa ,
a reiult o' an attack1 of Influenza , and It U
BprcadUii ; to an extent which makes her con
llrazll Uvt a Imm ,
LONDON , March Z A dispatch to Oio
I > ally 'Mall ' from llucnoa Ayna oayn : It Li
reported there that the government Imi ob
tained a loan of 10,000,000 In London , He-
cured by the alcohol and tobacco revenues.
I'rrnlilriilliil lilet'lloii In llra/ll ,
IlIO JANEIRO , March 1 The pwildtntlal
election haa beguti. All of the bault arn
NO AID FOR SPAIN
Dons Must Tight it Out Alone if Wr.t
OTHER EUROPEAN NATIONS WILL NOT HELP
None of the FOWPW An Anxious to Tnko
FAIR FIELD AND NO FAVORS FOR GOTH
English Politicians Regard Wnr n Eomotce
SPAIN MORE LIKELY TO TAKE HIE LEAD
1nation I'l-cKM Conllam-M to Ignore tlio
.Situation IMItorlnll } , ThoiiKli < ilv-
Spaee to niNiialelien Do-
iK Itn ( iratll ) .
1W , liy 1'iem I'ulilljOiInK Company )
LONDON , ( .March L ( New York World.
Cablegram Sptwlnt Telegram. ) 1 IIP wigRes-
tlon In certain Now York dispatched tu\t ! In
the event of war between the United States
and Spain thti latter maj receive cooperation
tion from somu unnamed European powei Is.
treated vvi.h entile incredulity In political
elides of London.
I discussed the question tonight In tho-
Hoiiie of Commons lobby with bovcrnl mem
bers ot Parliament , who nro acknowledged
authoiltles on foreign affairs. All concurred
In expressing the opinion that should war
break out between the United StntM and
Spain In relation to Cuba both powers would ,
have a fair field and no favors , as far na
European countries arc concerned.
Sir Charles Dllke , the hlghott unofficial
authorlly on such questions In English poll-
tics , has already at an earlier s.ago of the.
difficulty between Spain und the United
States stated his belief that no Euiopeau
power would intervene. Tonight ho reit
erated that view. Sir Charles Uilko said :
"Nothing has occurred to alter my opin
ion In that i4p oVd , although I cannot be
lieve that vvai Is HKoly to take place. No-
European power 1ms anj direct Interest lu
helping Sp-iln. "
Thomas Gibson Howies , M P. , who had
Just dellvcicd n Irng nnd able speech In the
Honso of Commceis on the far eastcin Im
broglio , said : "I should think It moat un-
HKely that any European power would irjtci-
paso to help Spain or otherwise. I don't sea
what power Is to do It 01 why nny power
should do KO There is no European Interest
touched by thiu Cuban btialncfi'j that would ,
tenvpt any countrj to meddle with It. "
These statements Indicate the general
ttcnd of opinion hero , which , while regaidlnc
the possibility of war as remote , treats such
an eventuality a purely an affair for the
two countries concerned.
It Is right to add , however , that this scep
ticism about the possibility of war Is not
shared In diplomatic circles. A leading
member of thp St. James club , whcia diplo
matists principally gather , told mo tonight
that yesterday an official belonging to the
Spanish embassy said to a circle ot friends.
"A rupture may take place any day , Spain
being more likely to bring It about oven than
the United Statta. The position of the Span
ish government Is becoming intolerable and
the instant our cabinet becomes convinced
that the United States really means war
Madrid will force the situation to a head. "
The English precs continues to Ignoio the
Cuban crlslo editorially , thous'i Washlngtcn
dispatches describing Us gravity aio prom
MOVI3MIJNTS OF * I2TOII IMIOCTOIt.
Into I lieCiiKNeH of the Vlnlna
( CuiivrlEht. 18SS. by 1'iepj J'ubll.ihlnt.Company )
HAVANA. ( March 1 CNcw York Cable
gram Special Telegram , ) It Is announced.
that Senator Proctor and Colonel Parker ot
Washington have boon detained here by
Dr. IJrunner of the marine hospital scivlcu
because they had not been vaccinated , They
me supposed to stay here until It Is demon
strated that the virus has had proper effect.
Colonel Parker was vaccinated In Key Went
by Dr. ( Sweeting , the health officer ot that
port , and It Is not likely that Dr. Ulninncr
would Interfere with the sacred person ot a
United States senator.
Although Senator Proctor denied distinctly
hero and In Key West that his visit to Ha
vana had any significance , It Is apparent
that ho and Colonel Parker take an unusual
Interest In the Maine disaster. They have
visited the wreck frequently In company
with General Lee and Captain Covvlos of the
I'cin. Senator Proctor nnd Colonel Parker
will undoubtedly convey Information to
President McKlnlcy on their rut urn to
Washington. The scheme of having a per
sonal Investigation committee may add some
thing to the president's knowledge , hut ha
knew as soon after the disaster aa tele
grams could bo sent from here to Key West
for transmission over the wires from that
point that the explosion was from an exterior
source , even If that Information had not
been convcjcd to him In the cipher from
this point previously ,
Chief Gunncr'a Mate John Olsen of the
American man-of-war Iowa has been cxploi-
Ing the wreck of the Maine a.s a diver for
several days. He liad an adventure In the
wreck that haa just become known , A com
panion won tending the air pump and lite
line. The diver was stepping carefully for
ward In the moat broken and twisted portion
tion of the wreck and WUH hanging peril
ously near to the big boltn that hold the
armor plates. Suddenly the life line jerked
violently out of the ucumun'H hands and.
slid down Into the water Olson had run
Into a gruat bulge In tha mahblvo Iron hull ,
hail I on his hold and had fallen to the veiy
bottom. The attendant ! ) worked like mail.
Tlio life line became tangled and tlio dlvcr'i
life Ecomod gone. Suddenly the roio be
came untangled and up llko a bet caino
the diver , delivered from a horrible death.
Olson calmly wld : "Will , almost any Amer
ican navy diver would lie. knocked oft hla
feet by running Into ouch a thing ; but you
bet I wouldn't let It kill me. " Liter ho
raid ho liad. been forced Into the very cen
ter of the ship by hla fall Never before In
this affair haa an expert diver met with.
such a thrilling experience. Ills plucky re
mark should make him famowi ,
Doljililii Flouted In ( lie Doelf ,
NK\V YORK , March L The dispatch boat
Dolphin ban been tloated In the drj dock lu
tto navy yard , where It has been undergoing
repairs Jjr .icvtral montl.u. it IH the Inttii-
tloii to have the I alpbln tcady to co Into
con inU-li-n by Match 31.