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! cAuoitfi AwnwvMnnc i CTTCD. 1 NPFD NOT FEAR FROST. I WAR TS TATFVfTA "RT.T?
* A SQUARE MCKDO\Sf
SUCH 15 MCKINLEY'S ACT50N rNtfHE
MAINE AFFAI ** 1< . >
Th? Hook of ItapiescntatKes Meats to
H?&r a Ringing Mefsag^ #Bd Adjourns
in the Deepett Disgust?Ti e People Be-1
trayed by the Fr*aldeat.
President McKinley has completely
ji betrayed the American reop]e;?njd
Senlri thpm /<ri? at it wrv Inw T)rice to
ihe Spaniards. On Monday,- Natch.
28, a patriotic audience dense] j.packed
the galleries the. House of Representatives
at Washington to hear
the President's message .concerning
the destruction of the-3?alie read; on
the floor below 355 nsembers of tSe
American Congress ^ sj^ejes ' watching
cause that meanM.he coming of^thel
message from th'e^: Gi^ief jjSjecutiye;
tense interest sho%x^r: sJej^ ;<soonta-,
nance. That -was'ctbe.: p^nrein the
House before noonl* .&iss^e^di
eiice twenty minot^ajOT^Hea.c#
kne^ vhaMtmeaiit. ' K
"President McKin^sy has ^backed
down," they said,
'The >r??s of the -.26t> gallant men
of the baiCwLI^ Maine* snuffed out
by treachery and perfidy in t^hac-.
borof Havana, had been pla^i in
the scales against the gold and silver
of commerce?th e bends and stocks of
Wall Street"?was the thought occur*
insrto all ... I
Thousands of people tried vainiy fo
get admission to the . galleries. Fag,
me yras marked by disgust and m
some instances tears of latter vexation;
^earftras 9o'elock guards were ste-:;
tzoned ^at'ther doors to prevent their
being brokenr* By ILo'clock not a'
. sjacant seat could iBefound, and well
3mbwn members of Congress were
^Sialrly besieged by applicants for tieth
wiich would give them any view?
Bfc>?SVoin 21 to 12 7?as ac bottr of susHtense.
Far six weeks the American
Hfeple had waited'for this day. They
Bad been; weeks c? suspense and care,
HSBFout never oiioiicertainty. They knew
^ff^thut SpanisK' treachery dastrpyed the
4^Maihe; they knew that it was ::he
S|&hand of a Spaniard that fired the
^i.xnine, and they were waiting simply
,;fMo have all this confirmed and to hear
y-i^ the decree of exact justice meted out
J to Spain by the President of this na |tioiL
m So when the gavel of the Speaker
Jp announced the House in session it was
i a minute of dramatic interest Ten<
sion kejed to highest pitch riveted
*S? close attentton to the scenes in the
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- Climax JUI IBIS was uuuijlu^. aa uc
f pray-haired chaplain prayed fervent.
?S for peace, but also asked divine as
sialance if war became necessary to
' uphold the right and to exact justice
with lonor, a sympathetic response
came from the waiting crowd.
Then came the messenger from the
White House bearing tne massage of
the President and the, report of the
Court of Inquiry. A faint murmur
of applause traveled, wave-like, from
floor to roof, but quickly subsided. It
was not a time for applause. And
when the reading clerk began the
message from the President the deepest
attention was given to every word.
It was thought by this eager crowd
that now would come the siory of the
loss of the ship and her crew, backed
with a stern demand for exact justice.
As the reading progressed the audience
grew restless. Men on the floor
looked at one another and shook their
heads. The message, in their judgment,
did not have the proper ring.
The message dealt entirely with the
destruction of the Maine, fully en
doraing every word the Board of Inquiry
had said concerning it, and
wound up as follows:
"1 have directed that the findings
of the Court of Inquiry, and the views
of this Government thereupon, be
communicated to the Government of
her Majesty, the Qaeen Kegent, and
I Co not permit myself to dcubt that
the s^r.se of justice of the Spanish nation
will dictate a course of action
suggested by honor and the friendly
relations of the two Governments. It
will be the duty of the Executive to
advise the Congress of the result, and
in the meantime, deliberate considera
w .tion is invoked."
Wrhis complete back down on the
Jakri of President McKinlv fell like a
- wet blanket on the members as well
as the two thousand patriotic Americans
in the galleries. On the conclusion
of the readincr. Mr. Bailey, floor
leader of the Democrats, asked the
Speaker if the message was to go to
the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Reed replied that it must go there
j under the rules.
"A parliamentary inquiry, Mr.
* Speaker," said Mr. McMillin, of Tennessee.
"Does the chair think it will
be competent to take thi3 matter up
Wednesday of this week for discus
y?. "it would not be proper," was the
L quick response of the Speaker.
I Immediately the gavel fell aid the
House adiourned. The multitudes of
Hdisgusted people streamed from the
galleries, and the destruction of the
H battleship, together with 266 members
of her crew, was temporarily shelved.
The Columbia Kecord says Commissioner
Vance has received a letter
11*% from E. T. Morris, of Newberrv, requesting
shipping permits to return
W&S. his liquor to Augusta. S. Zaigler, at
' Dillon, asks also for permits to ship
< his liquor back to 'he party for whom
"if^ ^ agent'
J*t< v . Apprwich^^^ .
* Pg^^^^tfcKiidev ^^^^aferred
torpedo^flbtill8,; "saj's % "TOashiBgttub
dispatcbl- ^rar^?ppreiie|mon is felt
:-coB6eniiiig <hi?liostilg aaaSrement of
^^g^rnnieiiirjftt Madrid; and tbere
witltttiA arogrewpf that fleet,
j PresideDt-^bas Wen advised to
^jimSriajmcdore^chJev^with the fir
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ffifinPF^ aJlral'Y' jiff fYrirr^^? *
Owing to the creation of ae)T counties
it has become .necessary to reap?
portion the six^-eight ^baneficianr
scnoiarsmps ,ar, uu oouui uuuuua c
Military Academy, and some changes
have had - to be made. The matter
was considered at the meeting of the
board of visitors at Qharleston Monday
night, and it being found that a
question of fractious aroset there not
being quite tw^riadetships to the conn
ty, it was decided to dra w lots, and
the matter waafmally settled satisfac
torily cy drawing from a hat the names
of the counties that would receiye only
jctne schoolarship. The result was as
-follows: Charleston 5, Anderson 3,
jGhsoenviUe 3, Orangeburg 3, SpartanS,
$eaufort2: Berkeley 2, Richian'd
2, Sumter 2, York'2, Abbeville 2,
AiVcict 5? fihester 2. CTLar
enciozL 2, "Kershaw X? Lancaster 1,
DarlingtonS, Edgefield i, Fairfield 1,
La^rens l; Florence 2. Marion 2,
Marlboro 2, Newberry 2f Williamsburg
1, Bamberg 1, Cherokee 1, Chesterfield
1, Greenwood 1, Georgetown
1, Hampton 1, Horry 1, Pickens 1.
THE HEARING POSTPONED.
Tie Suzvey H*d Not Been Ocmple^el lor
Fee Dee County.
The Columbia Record says a number
of nrcminent gentlemen met Governor
EUerbe in the executive office
Friday morning to confer with him
as to the formation of the proposed
new county of Pee Dee, but they were
given only a partial hearing, it having
developed that the surveying had not
been completed. It is held by the opponents
of the new county scheme
Ppa TW* is fflwiPil ornnWHriff
to the lines proposed there will not be
left enough dirt in Marion county to
meet the constitutional requirement
In view of these circumstances the
hearing was postponed until Saturday
morning at 11 o'clock. Those who
met the governor Friday morning for
!the new countv were Judge J. H.
Hudson, Colonel Knox Livingston,
Mr. P. B. Sellers, Mr. T. W. Bouchier,
Mr. J. H. Manning, Mr. D. W. McLaurin
and Dr. David. Those present
opposed to the scheme were Messrs.
C. A. Woods, J. W. Johnson, W, J.
Montgomery, J. D. Montgomery and
Joseph Brunson, the surveyor.
BURNT IN EFFIGYSack
Was the F?te ol McKlnlty and Mark
In the western suburbs of Richmond,
Va., Thursday night a crowd
headed by William Hattess, a well to1
do butcher and well known Democratic
worker, hanged and burned
President McKinley and Senator Mark
Hanna in effigy. The crowd called
themselves the "Pib Hill Brigade,"
and during the performanca Hattess
mounted a box and made a funeral
oration. He criticised the President
and Hanna severely, asserting that
they had by their failure to call upon
Spain to at once cease hostilities in
Cuba,dishonored this country and the
offices they hold. He was loudly
cheered as he made this statement,
and in order, he explained, to emphisize
his disgust at the manner in
which the Spanish question has been
dealt with, he jerked a pistol from his
pocket and opened a fusilade upon
the figures, fairly riddling them with
bullets. This was a signal for tne rest
of the crowd to do likewise.
Body Found In the Wo and.
A man was found des.d in the woods
near Walhalla, 8. C., last Wednesday.
Near the body a value was found
which contained some letters and a
uhoi^grapn. wlucn were tne only evidence
to identify the person. It is be
lieved by some that there has been
seme foul play, but the physician
could find no trace of violence. The
name of the unfortunate man could
not be learned. The man had been
dead about a month.
A Burning Coal Bed.
A burning coal bed, covering several
square miles, from 25 to 300 feet
below the surface, was found by prospectors
in the western ]>art of South
Dakota last week. It shows indications
of having amouldeired for years.
Sulphurus fume3 attracted the prospectors,
who gave the subterranean
fire a careful examination. Coal was
found in unlimited quantities.
A DECLARATION OEfP&
aftl %i ?*4
AGAINST SPAIN PROPOSED f-N THE
a & '^HOUSEAND SENATE- - .
I M %? ' rc 'ig
' aad.B ^coenIzlD^tbeX^JependeBc
. of HJgfcTenalon.
Interest in the Jl^an^ situation
reached a c&niax in t^^n^&^ftates
Senateton lastTaesday as onpjfcvious
<daysjbf discission o&ke Cuban"--ques fipn^i^nsftn
ds of : people Rocked to j
tie canKoK onfra few of wiig^ -com- ;
|.:ir^4^sMp.a^dTB38t of the"men
ia.Jhe seraceof-t^.etr country, by ib^j^
; plosion of asiibmamte mine ,irere viifa$y?
: TOckedlyondtis^eronaly mangled and'd^
i .- ^iere? theiihgdomof Spain has proven
haself incompetent to tranquiHze the island
<rt Cuba -either .by the methods of peace , yr by
means of civilized warfare; and accordingly
;ha& proceeded to mal;e desolate JQnp homes'
of its peaceful inhabitants, driving men, wo!
men and:'children-into guarded camps, detaining
them there -^without making - provision
to shelter, clothe or feed theni^thus'mU
fally causing their extern) matron to the
number of hundreds of thousands?by the
alow and tortuous process of starvation; and
Whereas, against these "wrongs, againstthese
revolting acts of inhumanity this gov
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eminent nas ume anu mime
protest to the kingdom of Spain, at the same
time endeavoring by a helpful charity to relieve
those whom she has brought to such
dire distress, and our repeated protests haying
been disregarded and our efforts of
philanthropy having proved unavailing
Whereas, firmly convinced that further
peaceful protest will prove equally in vain
and that the xecognition of the independence
of the republic of Cuba and armed intervention
in its behalf by this government -will
alone be effective for the redress for the
past and the prevention of future wrongs,
Whereas, while regretting -the -receisity?
now imperious?for such action, but mindful
of our duty to a neighboring people and to
humanity and with a consciousness as to the
justness of our cause and that our action
will meet with the approving judgment of
all civilized people, new, therefore; be it
Resolved, By the senate and the house of
representatives, of the United 8tates of America
in congress ass jmt led, that the independence
of the republic of Cuba be, and the
same is hereby recog:iized, and that war
against the kingdom of Spain De ana me
same is hereby declared, and tie President
is hereby authorized and directed to employ
the land and naval farces of the United
States of America to wage such war to success.
Mr. Mason first spoke of the condition
of affairs in Cuba and the picture
painted by those who had visited the
island. Speaking of the destruction
of the Maine, Mr. Mason said:
"The battleship Maine, our gallant ship,
went down and 208 of our gallant citizen
sailors with her. At the'time, every citizen
of the United States, familiar with the Span1j
ish character, felt it was Spanish treachery,
i Suppose 90 of the sailors who were murdered
j had been United States senators, suppose the
balance had been members of congress or
made up of judges and leading professional
and business men, would four weeks have
elapsed before war began? And suppose each
senator had a son or father there? Do we
tell our children the truth when, we say tnat
the life of every American citizen is of equal
value before the law? They were not senators,
they were sailors. Their widows and
orphans cry aloud to us, the silent appeal ol
268 seamen comes to us again and again,
saying, we are flesh of your flesh, bone of
your bone and blood of your blood, we loved
and died for the flag that shields you. What
is to be our answer? Shall we answer with
money? Mr. President, I speak only for
myself, and I am for war. But gentlemen
may say: 'Don't say you are for war?say
that you are for armed intervention, which
means war.' I believe in calling things by
their right name. If we belive that murderinz
our men, sinking our ship and lowering
our flag is not cause for war, say so, and refer
it, a3 they did the Virginius affair, and
allow our brothers to be sold like stock fox
gold. If it is a cause for war; let's assume
the responsibility put upon us by the constitution,
and say so, not only to Spain but tc
the whole world. Let us not say one thing
and mean another. For God's sake let ue
not Spainize our diplomacies, but rathe:
speak the truth and prove ourselves true
disciples of James G. Blaine. We can hide
no longer under the executive wing. He
can neither declare war nor refuse it. Congress
alone can declare war. I, for one, am
ready to vote now. But there are those whc
sayjthat the court does not fix the responsibility.
It was not neccssary, the 'peace a!
any price' man cannot -;scape so. The la*
fixes the responsibility. The explosive was
owned, located and exploded by Spain, and
Snain miiot rniawar "IT shall OTmnse am
plan to assist Spain to place any kind of automony
on Cuba. Spai:i cannot be trustee
to keep her promise, ani we cannot under
take to compel her. Lei, us awake; shake of
the Chinese narcotic thai, locks us in drows;
indolence, murmuring 'peace at any prfce:
awake as our forefathers did at Concord anc
Bunker Hill; awake to glorious war agains
a nation that burns homes and murders wo
men and children, awake to glorious wa:
that seeks to gain for us in treasure or ter
ritory, but a war to drive the oppressor fron
the continent, to set the Cuban Sag in th<
sky forever, and a. war that -will lielp as for
generations to comedy giving notice that
tie honor of onr flag and the lives of our
citizens must be respected among the hai'ons
of the world. IN
THE HOUSE. ^
- Tuesday the House quietly proceeded
with the otdttvof the day?the con-'
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siderataon 01 nnvnie ollu*. upyui.I
ttiniiywas afforded urider'the roles of
debating the all absozxlHig topic, but
members stood abo^zttth'e cloak rooms
and lobbies all. day^long discussing
I the situation. The n^osi intense; 'JeelJ
ing was manifested- # Mter thevb^ns
action of some minor matters Bepre-*
sentative Marsh, of Illinois, chairman
of the house committee on the militia,
introduced a joint resolution declaring
war between the government of Spain,
afd&s dependencies and? the United
f&$$rs and her territories, and that the
President of the United States is here'te^uthorized
to use the whole land
md^aval force of the United States
^^udihg the miiitiaj and the naval
^aintiaHhereof to carry ths same into
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JHELA.TE 8ENAT0REARLE. *
Xhe-IIalted Etatea.Senita P#ys Tribute to
\i'?. . His.Gharsctrr. 'h 2 _ 4* ft i
af . Vi'V. ' .
Affervliie ^i'swJsifibn o( the CufcaiL
"matter in :^hi%,Uigited States Senate on
an ia--: a ccor:^^"J^viot^hotice,
re^ufio^^<^cerm_Dg the death <?f
? M??rie? Young .Girl
; A d ispa t c h. ire 12 Chariest on to The
State sa# s^Hunter E. Sharp, a wellkiiD^^Hftn
about town, was arrested
there Thursday at the instance of Dr.
J. L. Miller of Fitzgerald. The charge
against Sharp is bigamy. Dr. Miller's
only daughter, Bessie, came to Charleston
some months ago to be treated
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for some irouoiewitn oer eyes onarp,
under the name of W. 0. Wilson, paid
, her marked attention, subsequently
following her to Fitzgerald, wnere he
married her on February 3. He re
mained at her father's house with her
for some weeks, but then without hei
father's knowledge, took her to Macon
and then brought her here, arriving
Thursday night. The girl was sent tc
a boarding house, while Sharp wenl
to the St. Chartes hotel. At the board'
in? house the girl was told that Sharp
was already married, having a wife
and two children living in Charleston.
She taxed him with it at once, and
then hearing that her father was in
town, looking for her, she went tc
him. The authorities were notified al
once, and Sharp was arrested and
locked up. Dr. Miller is a well-known
physician in Fitzgerald and his daugh
ter is a pretty girl of about 18 years oi
3? Yo Waixei In lime,
A letter from Mr. John S. Storrs, oj
Cincinnati, 0., to the News and Cou
rier should be of interest to our farm
ers just at this time. Mr. Storrs believes
he has informatien, from inside
sources, which brings him to the coa,
elusion that war will certainly come,
and that it will be a long bloody and
desperate one, and advises, or askt
the News and Courier to do to, the
Southern planters to put in more corn
and decrease their cotton acreage, or
the theory that all cereals will command
good values, while cotton wiU
. decline, in case war is declared. The
' Dorchester Democrat thinks this if
' very good advice, whether war is d&
clar^d or not, as an abundant grain
1 crop, and a limited cotton crop would
be beneficial and encouraging, and
the price of the cotton produced would
likely real:'z a about as much cash &
would a large crop at low prices, and
the grain crop could be utilized, ii
prices did not warrant its sale, in re
mforcing home supplies in various
ways. xmnK 01 it, planters.
Sick of the Plftt.
The 0 P. men are getting sick 01
; the fight against the disaensary. Tht
competition is too much for them.
and. they are gradually go: ng out oi
the business. The Columbia Recorc
says Mr. Guigenheimer, a prominen"
wnishey man of Savannah, who hai
; sixteen agencies in this state, callec
on Commissioner Vance this morning
and asked to be allowed to withdraw
all his liquor from the state. He
1 didn't want any more agencies tkii
| his'n.'' This he said he wanted to d(
! whether the Vanderco ok decision wa<
| in tne State's favor ornot. Tnere waj
; no money in the U. Jf, lousiness ever
. if that dsciston was against the state
> Mr. Guigenheimer has an agency her<
; and one in Charleston. H;s othe]
agencies are distributed through thi
i siate. Commissioner Vance also re
> received a letter this morning frcn
E. G. Fant, who is agent at Lauren:
' for the Po:ts Thompson Liquor com
pany, of Atlanta, asking for psrmis
' si on to ship his Jiquor back to Georgia
r BujIdjj Males.
" Senor Julian Azcue, an agent of thi
1 Spanish government from Havana
" and Antonio Maestia, of St. Louis
J are in the Kansas Citv market, buyinj
Hmules for the Spa.isi army. The;
~ I Itt />Ioq r\or\ t hM martn
J JLlaVO ??
t of medium siz?d mules, havinj
. bought 600, to be delivered at a whar
r ia New Orleans Dy April 5. Fou.
- carloads of mules were bought hei
i last week by another Spanish contrac
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WAR MUST CEASE! CUBA MUST BE
, '. 'a *,.v
,^ 5- FREE.
: & ; ThJs
is tfcjir Ultimatum that Oar Goldbag
V?' . ;
Pf63ideat Hvjent to Spain Under Piessuiefrom
Coagi???A1 Gracd Victory for
the People j: ' *
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r The action of Congress in virtually
declaring war on Spain had a wonderful
effect on Pr^sideot McKinley and
Hate ok decisiv&'actian in the Cuban
matter xuursutty. - ?uc fiiu^uoxtxuu
submitted by himto?pain contemplate
accmplete and iminidiate cessation of
hostilities in duba, the return of the
reconeentrados td^leir usual a vocations,
and the independence in Cuba,
this last feature to be secured probably
on an indemnity baas by which the
island would pay a substantial sum
for its freedom from Spanish rule.
; These propositions take a wide
scope and there are j many details in
the alternative propositions, the purpose
being to preseat every possible
plan promising a solution of the Cuban
problem so lone as an end of the
Cuban war and Cuban indspedence
were embodied in the ultimate result.
'It has been "made perfectJy clear to
Spain that nothing less than the close
of the war and tbe iadependence of
4he island will suffice as an adequate
-*vJL IcoAWU^r tfuuoamoj
^natoss qf both parties had a conference.Thursday
[morning at which the
ii^ta*s;plaijdy' told him that con,
greess cannot b3 held in check mue&i
I informed him that-unIess.he
immediately proposed a .definite
and decisive-pisa of action, congress
wcuM 20!: -wait on*him, but
i^fUla deal with the situation according
^ .freely admitted to the
iicp?U^t that: the negotiations with
S^anij sriape -rapidly approaching a
crisis and s?id that ne felt quite confi^ni
&^jn^asion- would ba reached
by ?|ri$sy night at the latest. He
viewsf-i-he fact no acn|^|np:^7
either house until
ipfe^tltat.'ameo; until tne present ne
MffliSmbu gmildAe.brought to a 'close.
Ivar, which he
I have been in
*eeeaptoif:nunareas of letters from
cilizansin'iny^district," said he, "offering
their services in case of hostilities,
and I have decided to organizs a
regiment of my own. I have spoken
and irntAri and will jmftak and will
speak and vote for war, and I am
willing and uaaokt- fev^b&sk uo_.my
vote-.and words with a sword or musket"
Mr. Broussard is not'the only
representative who has announced his
intention of giving up a sea; in the
house for a sword and blue uniform.
; Representative SuJzer, of New York,
was the first to announce that he would
' raise a regiment in his district, and
, Representatives Colson and Berry both
, of Kentucky, have expressed their de.
termination to go to the front The
, latter was a colonel in the Confeder;
j THE PHOSPHATE INDUSTRY.
t Iiupsctor Joie3 S*jb Its Condition Hu
[ While on a recent visit to Columbia
Phosphate Inspector Jones was asked
| about the status of affairs in the phos
: phate territory and gave a most en
[ couraging report He stated that aU
the companies are now hard at work
again. TheCcsaw company, whici
! left the territory on account of the
action of the board, has been at work
again for some time. Inspector J ones
, says that this company now has two
' dredges at work. The Central Phosphate
company, which came in and
took the place of the late Farmers'
Mining company, is mining righl
' along, and doing well, according tc
the inspector. He says that the companies
are at present taking out from
1 10,000 to 12,000 tons of rock a month.
When asked about the market he said
that it had improved, but there was
not a very great demand for the rock.
The Central company and Mr. Bsed,
however, have virtually already dis
posed of all that they can mine in the
course of the present year.
Going ta Plant Wheat.
Georgia farmers are making extenI
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L S1V6 preparations to uecieiw: uic aura
1 age of the cotton crop. The effect ol
t overproduction has fallen heavily
i upon their shoulders, as it has lowered
I the price of the product upon which
I the masses depend for a livelihood.
- It is just the season now that the seed
i must go into the ground, and it it
estimated that but little more than hall
the usual crop will be planted. It has
been clearly proved tUat cotton can1
not be raised for less than 7 cents per
5 pound. Hence at 5 aud 6 cents, the
> price it has been bringing for the last
few years, it is unprofitable. Many
. of the farmers will not raise a stalk ol
3 couoa una year.
I G?n. Lee Threatened.
; A dispatch from Havana says Conr
sul General L9e continues as cheerful
i as sunlight, despite the fact that he
i was warned last Sunday and Monday
> of five distinct plots against his life,
3 Of course he does not give credence tc
J such stories, and he is carefullj
i guarded by the government, but con
. linued warnings of this kind are not ?
5 pleasant mental di9t. The last storj
r was that he would ba poisoned oy f
3 bribed employe of his hotel. To this
Gten. Lse replied by asking the news
i paper correspondents who sit neai
s him at meal times, in case he is sud
- denly taken ill, first to shoot bis waitej
- s?nH then run for a stomach pump.
Who Owns It?
During the investigation by Attor
a ney Grneral Monette, of Ohio, and th<
, taxation committees of the senate anc
, house of representatives at Clevelanc
Z the fact was brought out that then
7 was no ownership to more than $3,
t GOO,000 of iron ore on the docks ii
I that city. This led the attorney gen
f eral to make the statement that tin
r state would confiscate it. The inves
e ligation has made some astounding
: discoveries so far in the way of big
concerns avoiding taxation.
rniTi vwu nnvji i mvwv kh i?it*
Received by Getoral Lee?8aya Too 1a Who
Sit Mine Were Killed.
Ail interesting feature of the published
report of the Maine testimony,
issued from the government printing
office, was the famous anonymous
letter mentioned in the evidence of
Henry Drain, trie ciers or tne .American
consulate at Habana. The letter
was received by General Lee & few
days after the Maine disaster. It is
dated February 18th, 1898, and signed
"Adnv'tcr." It is in Spanish, written
apparently by a fairly well educated
person. The certificate translation is
"It should be remembered that at
dawn of the day of the terrible catastrophe
an individual was killed in a
small boat, together with another
who was found wounded and a prisoner.
They were going about the
cruisers Maine and Alfonso XII and
as the said individuals are of the
worst antecedents a? harbor thieves, I
have interested myself in investigattttV.
of onnmodtinn thio
could have had -with the explosion
of the Maine and I have discovered
that those two men, together
with another, who is called Pepe
Taco, had bought in a hardware store
in Mercaderes street, called la Marina,
a hcse such as is used by divers, and
that the three left Regla in a small
boat which they placed under the
wharves of Santa Catalina, and they
were loitering about more than an
hour and a half, while Pepe Taco,
who is a corker and a diver, probably
the best in these parts, did the work
to bring about the explosion of the
Maine. With the data I went to "ReamA
r?ic/?riT70WJrt that thfl fftTTlilv of
gm auu uawv TVAV?? **?<> ^
the dead man who lived in the utmost
misery in a house in Rodriguez Batista
street, had moved to a well furnished
one on Gilbert Street. There
I learned that they had agreed with
some merchants of Muralla street for
the work of blowing up the ship for
the sum of $6,000?$2,000 in advance
and the other $4,000 after seeing the
result. But they did not come out of
the adventure very well, having been
attacked when they were retiring, the
result of which was the death of one,
who left his teeth in the boat, and another
one wounded, the third
one has not presented himself to
collect the rest of the money,
and it would be probably secretly done
that, by paying him the rest that the
others will not now pay him, he would
declare the truth of all this. Tne one
whom 1 canea tne uura is iue aiver
Pepe Taco, who is unwounded, who is
no doubt afraid to present himself to
collect the rest. In Muralla street,
they tell me was the place where the
business was arranged with Messrs.
Garcia Corujedo, Yillasuso, Maribona
and one whom I do not remember.
The man who is arrested is being administered
morphine constantly to
sea if he will die and not give evidence,
so as not as they express it, to
spoil the affair after it has come off so
much to their taste."
A BANK CASHIER'S FATE.
. He Commits Suicide Becauae of ? Bemuk
About a Slight En or in hla Eoikj.
i Cashier Louis FJemmg, or tne
Brunswick, Ga., Savings and Trust
Company, was drowned Thursday.
Indications point to suicide, but several
theories are advanced. Bank of[
ficials announce to night that his cash
and book accounts are straight except
i for an error in addition of $100 on his
discount book. Bank examiner Speer
reached Brunswick to day. Ee checked
up Mr. Fleming's cash and it proved
correct He then checked his
books and found the small error of
1 $100. Fleming's attention was called
to the error. He put on his hat and
said he would be back shortly. Two
i hours afterwards his body was found
floating in the river. A run com'
am 4-Vi A knn ]r ATI
UlCiil^U UJLi bUO uaiiA. AU U6HiniiHa
I were promptly met and the bank re.
mained open fifteen minutes alter
' banking hours to pay depositors. It
is believed that Thursday when Ex.
aminer Speer spoke of the small error
: that Mr. Fleming became temporarily
| unbalanced. He had been working
unusually hard, day and night, for
months, and his high-strung, sensitive
I nature is believed to have given way.
. He is believed to have misunderstood
' the examiner and taken the remark
as a reflection on his-honor.
1 EARTHQUAKE IN CALIFORNIAi
I Great Damage Done at the Mure Island
San Francisco and a portion of the
HA 11IawmiA . nrnvn diolron of
I ObttbO U1 KSCkUUJlUM neiu uuaavu ?
half past eleven o'clock Thursday
night by the most severe earthquake
experienced here since 1868, when
several persons were killed. This
; time, however, no fatalities have been
reported, although there were several
narrow escapes. Vallejo and Mare
Island suffered much damage. The
- naval hospital was wrecked and the
government saw mill blown down.
: Work has been shut down in the navy
} yard temporarily and the 1,700 employes
are idle. Only two of the
1 building escaped damage. After the
board of survey had made a partial
examination of the state of affairs at
> the Mare Island navy yard today, it
: was announced that the damage sua
, tained by last night's tremble had
been somewhat exaggerated. While
the survey has not yet been completed
the board is of the opinion tbat the
damage will not exceed $150,000.
Work has, however, been discontinued
and in ail probability will not be resumed
for several days.
Tackle 1 the Wioag Messenger.
An attempt was made to hold up
the west-bound Santa Fe passengei
train near Grant, New Mexico, earlj
Wednesday. The train was flagged
some distance from the lonely station.
Robbers opened fire and wounded the
fireman. Five masked men approached.
Express Messenger Fowler opened
fire with a brace of pistols. The
robbers were unprepared for this and
do*} nf thpm was wounded, bul
Jais comrades got him away. Fowlei
joined New Mexican officers, wno are
- now following the trail.
1 The American schooner Hester oi
3 Pensacola, Fla., loaded with lumber,
. arrived at Kingston, Ja., Wednesaj
i evening, and her captain reports thai
- while on the voyage he was boarded
3 by a Spanish gunboat, which towed
- the schooner into Casildeaand detain
r ed there for three days. The captain
j of the Hester has reported the matter
to the United States consul here.
Director Bauer Beaaenrcc the Eoabtfnl to
The Columbia Becord says that owing
tD the sharp and decided drop in
the temperature Wednesday night
and the frosty feeling of the atmosphere
Thursday morning some fear
was entertained for the fate of the
fruit and early vegetable crops. And
there were those who were uneasy as
to what Friday night might bring
forth. Atl o'clock Thursday afternoon,
however, Director Bauer assured
a Becord reporter that there was no
owH +T"iaf finhrHv T7ftftd he
alarming himself about the matter.
The temperature, he said, -would fall
still lower but there would be no frost
in this section. There would be no
general frost in any part of the State,
though some portions of the upper
part of the state might see a little of
Jack. But this would injure nothing.
The southeastern states is the only
section of the Union that has escaped
the feeze. Montana and the north*
west have been treated to 10 and 20
degrees below zero and northern Texas
has just had killing frost, but this condition
has been relieved to some extent
during the last day or so. The frost
has extended as far east as central
IWieciccinTM vflllpv Rut in BO iostan
ces has any serious injury to crops resulted,
because in those sections where
the fretz3 occurred the crops were not
far enough advanced to hs hurt.
WILLBE TAKEN CARE OF.
Gee. lee WU1 Pro wet the N?wapsper
Men in Havana.
A spccial dispatch from Washington
to the News and Couriir says in
case war is declared Consul General
Lee and the correspondents of American
newspapers now in Havana will
be taken aboard the Government vessels
now in that harbor. Senator Piatt
of New York had an interview Thursday
morning with Assistant Secretary
Dav in behalf of the war correspond
ente in Havana, and Mr. Day assured
him that there will be no objection to
the newspaper men bein* famished
with transportation on United States
ships if hostilities are declared. Mr.
Day says there are now two Government
vessels in Havana harbor, which
would be placed at the disposal of
Consul General Lee in case of an
emergency. He has also been notified
that he may have additional vessels
there if be wants them. Mr. Day informed
Senator Piatt that the Spaniards
are particularly unfriendly to
the American newspaper men assigned
to duty in Havana, because of the reports
they have been called upon to
send to their respective papers, but he
assured Senator Piatt that Gen. Lee
has full authority to take care of all
American citizens in Cuba, and he
can be depended upon to take good
care of his journalistic friends, who
have stood close by his side during al!
the trying times in Havana.
PREPARED FOR ACTION.
Woodwork SeaoTcd from Wan&tpt and
Kntrasce to Harbor FktzoUedt
L ? "?*
Every preparation for action has
been taken by the United States war
' ships at Key West. All wood work
yas stripped off exposed spots and
sent ashore. The wood pilot houses
on the cruisers were taken down. Tc
a certain extent interior woodwork
was also removed and sent ashore.
Even the sailors' wooden boxes were
removed from some of the ships.
1 These precautions have been adopted
to prevent, so far as possible, the danger
of flying splinters in case of action.
I The officers sent their personal valua!
bles and belongings to be stored on
I shore. The Castine and two torpedo
j boats left their anchorage after dark
i and steamed southward, where they
will patrol during the night Capt
' Sampson is particularly anxious to
i watch' closely the Havana entrance to
thishasbor, and also to afford add!1
tional safety for the Towa, Indiana
: and New York, which lie unprotected
six miles out The naval station offi'
cials have received orders to overhaul
their marine engineering stock, so
that it could be used instantly in case
of emergency. The establishment of
I o natwil ia hw tVlA fAV wVlfl
know of it, as most significant. The
entire fleet is now in readiness to more
in 15 minutes.
THE 8 AM E OLD YARN
That Hat Been Seat from Cuba for a Number
The Spanish Minister at Washington
late Thursday night received a
, cablegram from the governor general
of Cuba, saying that the captain general
reported tne pacification of the
eastern provinces so far advanced that
it had been decided to rescind the re'
concentrado order in these provinces
and allow all subjects of this decree
to rat am to their homes in the country.
To aid in the reestablishing o 1
the reconcentrados upon their farms,
, the cablegram states the government
will errant them nroteefcion of the
Spanish military forces augmented bj
local relief committees to look after
their immediate needs. Economic
kitchens, it is said, are to be established
to support the reconcentrados while
waiting for their first crops to mature,
; and they are to be furnished farming
implements and seeds by the government.
To supply them ready money,
| such of them as are able, will be given
employment upon public works, and
| it is asserted by the authorities that
these measures will result in the speedy
rehabitation of the rural communities
in the eastern provinces.
The 6arm*n W?y.
nofmomr Viaa mmmpjirw) Hinlnm&t
ic representations to Spain relative to
the Cannamaba case, as d the German
' cruiser. Geieron her way to Bahia, waf
ordered to get ready to go Cuba, if sat'
1 isfaction is not quickly forthcoming,
The German version of the Cannama1
ba case is that some Cuban insurgents,
during the night of March 18, attacked
a German refinery at Cannamaba,
1 belonging to the firm of Fisher &
- Schmidt, of Trinidad, province of San;
ta Clara.. The insurgents are said tc
1 have rifled the safes, burned the build'
ings, killed four prisoners and wounded
10 occupants of the refinery.
Spanish War Sbip? Arrive.
The Spanish torpedo flotilla has arrived
at Porto Bico. Dispatches from
Washington say that naval officers
are surprised that it should have made
trin jurrftsa the Atlantic in so shorl
I a time. The Spanish cruisers Vizcaya
and Oquendo sailed from Havana late
l Friday evening, and no doubt have
gone to Portorico io convey the torpedo
flotilla to Havana.
TV ail J.U Ulll T IXJUIliUi
8PAIN REFUSES TO ACCEDE TO MCKINLEY'S
Waxlike Fol'cy Decided Upon by the Cablet
t-State me at of a Cable et Officer?The
Latest Proposals of Spain?Playing for.
Advices from Washington Saturday
says there is little doubt that the
President and the members of his cabinet
now regard war with Spain as
almost certain. The cabinet meeting
Friday morning was unquestionably
the most important held in many
years. It received Spain's answer to
the ultimatum of this government,
and finding it unsatisfactory, practically
decided upon a policy which at
this hour seems certainly to'involve
hostilities. The whole record will be
laid before congress, and the question
is now under earnest consideration
what shall be the particular form our
policy shall take in bringing to an
end the horrors in Cuba and securing
the independence of the island.
One member of the cabinet, 5 in
speaking of the meeting Friday,'spoke
substantially as follows: "In the
morning it was apparent to all of us
that, having exhausted all diplomatic
efforts to bring about a better condition
of affairs in Cuba, and they having
failed, the whole question must
be submitted to Congres?. At our afPnsciVan^
KSIilWU UlVVUUg MUU A. 4MHUWMI
ted each member of the cabinet to express
freely his individual opinion as
to what should be done. The discus-'
sion was entirely on the lines indicated
by the members. Nothing definite
was decided upon and no conclusions
were reached. The President will now
take the views submitted to him under
consideration, preparatory to his
message to Congress. There appears
to be three courses open to y
the President in dealing furth- "
er with this matter. The first
of these is to accept the proposals
submitted by Spain in reply to the
American representations; the second,
to relegate the whole matter to Can- gress
and let that body do as it sees
proper?which I think would mean intervention;
and, thirdly,- to take a
middle stand. But, as I said before,
nothing has yet been determined upon
by the President, or if hejias reached
a decision he did not communicate it
to the members of the cabinet this afternoon.
"Yes reference was made by
Spain to the Maine matter in thereply
she sent through Minister Woodford.
She made no offer to pay for
tha Inea font anfrapitfid that the mat'
ter be settled by ^arbitration. So far
as I recall, she expressed no regret for
the sad. occurrence, and the whole
thing was regarded as a cold-blooded /
. A special, dispatch to the Atlanta
i journal from Washington .under
date of April 1 says Spain's reply to
the ultimatum presented by. Minister
Woodford is wholly unsatisfactory
and the request for time will not oa
given. The administration is advised
that Spain positively declines to make
- any-other accessions to the United j_
States, and the membersof the cabinet ' V ' - :
; extremely critical?all hopes of peace - i f
being practically abandoned;
1 IT MEANS WAR.
: UalHi mt Uoltkt SUMS Backs Completely
The Washington correspondent of
the Atlanta Journal says Spain's re;
fused of the demands of the United
States means war. It is a flat refusal
to grant independence to Caba, Bapresenfcative
Grout, member of the^ap,
propriations committee, when shown
the official statement of theletter said:
"Gentlemen, it means war, and war at
, The administration views the reply
i of Sagasta ss meaning nothing less
than a flat refusal to grant the dej
mands of this country. The president
authorized Assistant Secretary of State
Day to communicate with the Madrid
government to the effect that the rei
ply of Sagasta was unsatisfactory to
this government, ,
Communications have practically
i ceased between the two governments,
i the reply of Sagasta making another
, ultimatum to Spain out of the question.
The president is already drafting
a message to congress, in which
the reply of Spain will be given in
full. It is thought this message will
' practically turn the matter over to
congress, with a suggestion that the
, time has come for armed intervention.
There is but one construction put on
the answer of Sagasta, that -is that
Spain's response is war if we interfere
i with Cuba at the present time.
SPAIN'3 REPLY AN INSULT.
' Sb? Eridci the Qacstlon Directly nd
Fight* for Tim*.
' The reply of Spain to the United
States is said, in effect, to be:
The independence of Cuba means
i the parting or cession of Spanish ter'
ritory which cannot be done without
the consent of the Spanish cortes,
! which is not in session and will not be
in session until April 21, and conse
i quently no definite answer can b9 rereturned
to the demand of the United %
; States until the cortes assembles.
. Then a counter proposition is submitted
that the Cuban matter shall be
settled upon a basis equitable among
. nations. The United States is asked
; to give Spain time to treat with the
insurgents, and ascertain, what can be
- done in the nature of a peaceful settlement.
Senators who know the
nature of the reply say it is a very
shrewd niece of diplomacy and made
' for its effect upon the world at large.
L The End of th4 World.
i "The end of the world may come
before the middle of the year 1888."
, This is the statement of a minister now
preaching in Greenwood county. He
, does not make the statement as a conviction
of his own, but ss a result of
, the careful compution of others based
; on the prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah.
So far the prediction has not excited
i very great alarm or involved the peo
pie in serious fear. But it isannounc
ed in ringing tones, is supported by
ingenious arguments and falls largely
on not unwilling ears.
Mice Cftiued the Fire.
The destruction of the railroad
i freight station at New-Tripoli Pa., by
> dynamite on Sonday is attributed to
; mice. It is supposed that the mice
i nibbled at the dynamite, causing it to
i explode. There was a coop of chick*
i ess in the building, and nothing has
. been discovered of them except a few