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THE EVEXIXa STAR.
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If you want to invest your money profitably you will therefore put your advertisements in such a paper as The Evening Star, that is read regularly and thoroughly hv everybody worth reaching. The Star is the recognized household and fanvlv journal of the National Capital, and has no rival as an advertising med ium. RELIEF FOR.'BEWEY The Charleston to Sail at Once for Manila. EXPECTING NEWS FROM SAMPSON Preparing Plans to Assault Havana by Sea. THE SPANISH FLEET The cruiser Charleston will start at once with ammunition and supplies for Admiral Dewey. Troops will fol low later. The Xavv Department is hourly expecting news from Admiral Samp son. Plans for an attack on Havana by sea are being perfected. The invading army to be sent to Cuba will be provided with every equipment to make good roads as it goes along. There is still some uncertainty as to the whereabouts of the Spanish fleet, many thinking that it has not returned to Cadiz. The offer of Mr. O. II. P. Belmont to equip a warship, provided he was given command of it, has been de clined. Tli ere is a proposition to raise a colored cavalry regiment, to be com manded by Lieutenant Flipper. The troops at Chickamauga Park broke camp toda\ and started for Tampa. Fla., where the work of em barkation on the transports goes on rapidly. Germany is reported to be anxious to get hold of the Philippine Islands and is preparing a note to the powers with that object in view. Spanish 4's advanced nearlv 2 cents in London todav. There is danger of a water famine at Key \\ est. Fla., and the arrival of the big government condenser is anxiously awaited. 1 here were reports of more serious rioting in Italy today. The Navy Department has derided to have the cruiser Charleston start at once on Its relief mission to Admiral Dewey's fle.-t at Manila. The orders issued antici pate the departure of the Charleston from San Francisco tcday. if it is possible to get the ammunition and stores aboard. Cer tainly she wiil leave within the next few hours, an.l without waiting to convoy the City of Pekin and the other ships loaded with supplies of the relief expedition. The determination is to get the fharleston off without another day's delay, in order to afford succor to Admiral Dewey at the earliest mom. nt possible. The orders to the commandant of the navy yard at Mare Island are to put on board the Charleston all the ammunition she will carry so long as her speed capacity is not retarded, it is the understanding- here that at least 15V tons of ammunition can be put on board. ?By extraordinary efforts on the part of the authorities here, all the powder, shot and shell requisite for this relief expedition lave already been assembled at Ha a Fran cisco. although it was at first thought it n.-uld take until after The loth to draw these supplies from v. trio us other points. The ammunition limludes 54IU rounds of the big projectiles for the eight-inch guns of the Olympia, about 2O.0UO six-inch shells ai.d Hum. five-Inch shells, as# all of the cruisers of Admiial Dewey's 'fleet mount liv .-inch and six-inch guns. There is also an ample supply of the smaller sizes of ? hot aad shell for the machine and rapid fire guns, 'j he stock of powder will be in three lots, aggregating over 1TO.UUU l>ounds. Il?-r Otllcera and Men. Owing to the hurried departure of the Charleston it is llot expected that she will wait for aay considerable number of troops, as these can follow later on the other rilief ships. The cruiser lias a crew of aoout I*** men, iuhI this will probably b augmented by a marine guard of a few hundred men. The Charleston is a protect ed iruiser of 3. i.ttj tons displacement, built of suel, and with eipht guns in her main battery. She has twin screws and an In dicated horse power of u.wjg. The authori ties here hardly expect her to make more than thirteen knots with her heavy stoics of coal, ammunition and supplies, as this will carry her low in the water. Her coal bunkers are rather limited, so that she will probably have to stop at Honolulu to re coui. In all. her trip t;> Manila will COVer about two weeks. The City of Pekin whi h will follow her. Is a very fleet merchant man. capable of being pushed to eighteen ki.ots or more, so that even with the handi cap she ha.; of starting several days after the Charleston, there is a prospect that she may overhaul her in the tace across the Pacific and leach Manila first. This will depend, however, on how soon the City of Pekin can be made ready for a start Saturday Is the earliest day mentioned. The Charleston is commanded by Captain H. nry Glass. Aside from carrying ammu nition and supplies to Admiral Dewey, the Charleston will prove a valuable adjunct to his squadron. She will come next to the Olympia ar.d Baltimore in point of size and effectiveness;. In dei.-rmlning cpon this speedy depart ure of the Charleston, the authorities here have had in mind not only the need of giv ing early relief to Admiral Dewey, but have also been somewhat apprehensive of the attitude of the Philippine insurgents The news reports reaching here from the Philippines. Indicating that the Insurgent forces might resort to massacre, are re ceived with serious attention by officials, as they recognize that our present position In controlliig Manila bay imposes a cer tain degree of responsibility in seeing that civilised methods prevail and that the In surreotionists do not resort to lawless and incendiary measures. ExpeolliiK Xew? From Sampson. The Navy Depaitment is in almost hourly expectation of advices from Admiral Samp son. What the character of these advices j will lie the officials do not intimate, but they evidently expect interesting and ina : portant developments. It is rather a mat ter of surprise to them that the press has rot already received information from the squadron via St. Thomas and the fleet dis patch boats which accompany Sampson s squadron. Notwithstanding the cable ad vices to the effect that the Spanish flying squadron has rejoined the Spanish home squadron at Cadiz, tT*r ^ival strategy beard is by no means assured on this point, and it is believed that while Admiral Samp son has been placed in possession of the cable reports, he has been warned not to accept them as absolutely conclusive evi dence as yet. In this state of affairs the only prudent course of action by the de partment would se< m to l>? to confer upon Admiral Sampson full authority to exercise his own discretion in his movements, and it is believed that this has been done. A possible limitation was a request that he hold himself in readiness to furnish an armed convoy defense for troops for Cuba. It might seem strange that the Navy De partment should be in douot as to whether or not a squadron of large men-of-war is lying in a harbor where they would be plainly visible to the eyes of 100,000 peo ple. It must be remembered, however, that the I'nited States has now no representa tive in Cadiz, nor can it look to the repre sentatives of foreign governments in Spain to furnish any information touching the naval movements. Reliance must be had either upon severely censored newspaper dispatches or upon the reports of spies and nehher of these are of unimpeachable ac curacy at this juncture. For this reason the Navy Department is disposed to accept all reports with extreme caution. AmkuuII on Havana. The strategy board is carefully preparing its plans for an assault upon Havana by sea in connection with the regular army movement by land, the work being rather of a preparatory nature, however, and not committing the department in any way to a final adoption of this plan. It has been iepresented that the fleet might with safe ty assemble, say to the extreme east of the Spanish fortifications at the entrance of the harbor. In that position it would be exposed to attaek by only one battery at the end of the line. The entire fleet could enflte.de this battery and destroy it in short order. The attack would be followed down the line of shore, taking one battery at a time unci thus reducing to a minimum the exposure of the ships, while bringing a terrible con centration of 'fire upon the batteries in turn. One naval officer who was consulted upon the subject, guaranteed that the fleet could knock out all of the fortifications one aft=r another in two hours. "It would look like knocking down a row of bricks'," said he. To dominate Dewey. Admiral Dewey will be nominated to the Senate as a full rear admiral just as ^ ?on as the Navy Department is advised of the signature of the President to thi resolution of thanks, which conveys the necessary au thority. His pxomotion will make Capt. Silas Casey, now commandant at the League Islana navy yard, a commodore, and will place Capt. Sampson at the head of the list of captains. He in turn will La come a commodore July next upon the retirement of Admiral Kirkland, command ant of the Mare Island navy yaid. Admiral Walker had a long conference to day with Secretary Long, and there Is a rumor afloat which seems to have more ihan the ordinary degree of substance to the effect that the admiral is slated for ap pointment to some post of great distinction in tlie navy. The \e*v A*?lwtaut Secretary. Mr. Charles H. Allen, tne newly appointed assistant secretary cf the navy, reported at the department this morning and received the oath of oflice at the hands of Chief Clerk Peters, and was then introduced by Lieut. Col. Roosevelt, whom he succeeds, to all of the officials and employes of the Navy Department. Mr. Alien has taken up iiis residence at the Portland, where Secretary Long resides. Lie-ut. Col. Roosevelt took with him from the assistant secretary's office Edward Mai shall, who has fer years been the coachman of the assistant secre tary. Marshall is a veteran, having been a member of the loth Cavalry, and he in sisted on going with Lieut. Col. Roosevelt to serve in the regiment of mount ed rifle men, and a leave of absence was secured for him for that purpose. Lieut. Col. Roose velt expects to leave Washington tomorrow night for San Antonio. General Miles has postponed, for a few days at least, his departure from Washing ton to Tampa. Everything had been pre pared for leaving Washington last evening, trunks were packed, berths engaged and rooms telegraphed for in advance for the general and his stiff, but all of this is nec essarily suspended. Major General Fitz l.ugh Lee, who was also under orders to pioceed with dispatch, to Chii_kamauga and ieport to General Brooke there, found nim telf likewise checked in his departure, and will now remain in Washington or near by at his Virginia home until -further orders. No one appears to know exactly what these changes mean. The Strategy Hoard. Secretary Long is taking an active part in the work of the strategy board, and he is necessarily obliged to restrict consider ably the free access that the public has heretofore enjoyed to his office. In order to find time to dispose of business of the most imperative nature he has been obliged to announce that hereafter he will be unable to receive any person save the officials of the Navy Department after 2 o'clock in the afternoon each day. Heretofore a rule of this kind has been applied to ordinary vis itors, but so numerous have been the calls of congressmen that the Secretary has been obliged to include them in the exclusion or der. The surgeon general of the navy has sent Sl<H) to the navy pay officer at San Fran cisco to purchase clam Juice, lemons, beef extract and jellies, to be sent to the sick and wounded of Admiral Dewey's fleet. The money was contributed by the Na tional Relief Association of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Xot Yellow Fever. The surgeon general of the navy has re ceived a report from the surgeon on board the gunboat Vlcksburg stating that the suspicious cases taken from the prize Ar gon auta have proved not to be yellow fever. This is a source of gratification to the au thorities here. When the Argonauta was taken five of her passengers gave evidence of fever which was thought to resemble the early stages of yellow fever. It turns out. however, that it was the ephemeral fever incident to West Indian latitudes, and was not the dreaded Yellow Jack. The surgeon general s oflice expects a repetition of such alarming reports, as ephemeral fever is frequently mistaken ffcr yellow fever. SOME UNCERTAINTY People in Congress Not Sure About Cape Verde Fleet. MISINFORMATION IS EIPEGTED This Government Prepared to Meet Any Contingency. ALTERNATIVE ORDERS Some of the senators and representatives who have been visiting the departments and keeping a close watch on the naval movements do not regard as absolutely cer tain the information that the Cape Verde fleet has arrived at Cadiz. While the pre vailing opinion in congressional circles has all along been that the Spanish fleet would turn up there, many of the best informed, especially those Intimate In naval circles, hold that it would not bp safe to place im plicit confidence in any advices received from Cat^lz. Some who have visited the department today say that while the board of strategy are assuming that the informa tion is correct, they are not going to take any chances which might result in a sur prise to us. I)lM|iiit<-liPN May Xot lie Reliable. They say that there is no absolute cer tainty that the dispatches announcing the arrival of the Capo Verde fleet at Cadiz are reliable. Though the dispatches to the department, they say, came from two offi cial sources, it is realized that it would be entirely possible for both Ambassador Hay and the naval attache at London, from whom the dispatches were received, to have been deceived. The mere fact that a dispatch making that announcement to the press and to the American officials at London could be got out of Cadiz, thty say, gives ground for suspicion as to its accu racy. even though not Improbable. The censorship over the telegraph from Cadiz i:i very strict, and It Is regarded as not likely ihat any information could be got | from there by wire unless the Spanish au j tborities were willing, that It should go [ out. Consequently, there is a great differ ence of opinion as to the reliance to b" placed on the Information. It Is said that white the department Is acting on this in formation. this is done largely because the movements in contemplation would have to lie made anyhow, in view of the failure of Admiral Sampson to find the Spanish fleet in West Indian waters, and precautions against any surprise are being as care fully taken as if the Cape Verde fleet had not been reported at Cadiz. The authori ties who have held ail along to the theory that the Spanish fleet would return to Cadiz accept the report as Conclusive, but others stiii hold to the doubt. It is fc'aid b> the latter that if the fleet has reassem bled at Cadi:; it cannot be expected to re main tlii re, since Spain roust either do something with her navy very soon or '1 se give up the war. The belief Is that the Spanish people would resent with violence this retreat on the part of the fleet, which was depended on to relieve Cuba and Porto Kico, and that its arrival at Cadiz when publicly known in Spain would be the sig nal for the overthrow of the government. MImInformation Kxiieeted. Misinformation and treachery are always expected from Spanish sources, and while assuming that the Spanish fleet has* ar nvid at Cadiz, the department. It Is sal J, will take no chances which would not be warranted anyhow, upon the advices re ceived, inlus supplemented by more cer tain Information. The apprehension of the Spanish fleet going to the relief of Manila or to attack San Francisco is very slight. Should such a move be made, it would be a foolhaidy venture on the part of Spain, exposing the Spanish coast, giving up the struggle In Cuba and Porto Itico, und our m.vy would probably make an immediate attack upon Spanish forts, compelling Spain to sue for peace anil put an end to the war before the Spanish fleet could reach the Philippines. Spain will have to do something with her navy, however, to satisfy the demands at home, unless the government' is prepared to give up Cuba, I'orto Kico and the Philip pines, and devote its energies, entirely to tile settlement of affairs at home, and it is thought in congressional circles that if the Cape Verde fleet has returned to Cadiz there will be assembled at that point the entire effective force of the Spanish navy for an aggressive move upon our licet or.against some jiort. It i,3 either this or the end of the war. Whatever move Spain may make, however, we are fully prepared, and no apprehension is felt on account of uncer tainty as to the Spanish intentions. SnmiiHoti'M Alternative Order*. Admiral Sampson is said to be acting un der alternative orders, and without refer ence to the information from Cadiz. His failure to come up to the Cape Verde fleet wculd lead him to proceed ui>on the second alternative, which, it is intimated today, is to return to Cuba, possibly after detach ing two vessels to meet the Oregon. It is regarded as extremely doubtful that an attack will lie made on Porto Rico in the absence of the Spanish fleet in those waters until rffter our army of invasion has been landed in Cuba, and probably un til after Havana has been reduced. If the Spanish fleet la at Cadiz, there will be am ple time for operations in Cuba before that fleet can reach Porto Rico, and Sampson's fleet, having returned to Cuban waters, an attack from the combined Spanish fleet upon us in that quarter is not to be dread ed If, after operations have begun in Cuba, it is learned definitely that a strong fleet has sailed from Cadiz, a sufficiently strong naval force can be organized to n.eet the Spaniards without in my v.'ay hampering our operations in Cuba, i.nd the certainty as to where the Spanish fleet is will make it possible for Schley's squad ron to be used either in the Cuban opera tions or to meet the Spanish at Porto Rico without there being any apprehension cn account of our seacoagt cities being left without naval defense. The naval and mil itary operations have been very greatly simplified by the determination to invade Cuba at once with a large army, and the fact that our fleets have been so organized ts to ba able ?o operate against the Si>anlsh fleet in whatever quarter it may appear. The patrol of our scout cruisers has shown tbat there Is no Spanish fleet in any quar ter where we have any reason to dread it. and nearly any alternative that can be thought of has been so well prepared for that the departments are not hampered in aggressive operations by any apprehension as to our own defenses. In fact, it iB felt that w* can very nearly see the art of all possibility of effective aggressive move ments on the part of Spain. It appears today that there is some little httiiatiSn and uncertainty in high quarters, threatening a little delay In putting Into complete operation the plans already de termined upon wiih respect to the Invasion oi Cuba. General Miles'; departure has again been postponed, and It may be a day ov two before iie lea\ es for Tampa, and the orders to I-?e have been, temporarily sus pended. This does not signify a change of plan. X? Interference to Be Allowed. It Is said by the best lrtformed men of j Congress on International - questions that there is absolutely no possibility of this government permitting itself to be inter fered with either in the prosecution of this war or the conclusion of the terms of peace by what any of the foreign powers may say. The representatives of the foreign pcwer.s would not be warranted In expressing any opinion on the subject to this country. Such a course on their part would be promptly resented. Should they attempt to induce Spain to sue for peace they could not sug gest any terms of peace to this country. The indication that they may advise Spain to yield on the basis of the surrender of Cuba and payment of indemnity, to be se ct-red by the occupation of Manila, is en tirely gratuitous as far as it relates io the terms of peace. This government, it is de clared, will not recognize any suggestion of terms of peace coming from other gov ernments, that being a matter which wo must settle ourselves with Spain. Whether we shall take and hold the Philippine Isl ands and Porto Rico or hnxv we shall dis pose of these islands after they have been taken is a matter for the future which this government will reserve the right to decide for itself. CADIZ FLEET SAILS TODAY Report Cabled From That Port to London Paper. Itumor Thsst the Cnpe Verde Squadron Has Arrived at Cadis I* Discredited. T-ONDON, May 11.?On tire stock ex change here today the report that the Spanish Cape Verde squadron ha<l returned to Cadiz was generally discredited, though the optrion was freely expressed that, if the rumor was true, it indicated the inten tion of Spr.ln to throw up the sponge and leave tne West Indies to their fate, thus opening the way to en early peace. This is understood to be strongly desired in certain quarters, and the effect of "the seeming backdown of Spain was IjenelieiaJ. Tha Globs publishes this afternoon a dispatch from Caillz, dated Saturday last, which said the following ships, which were all ready for sea, with the exception of the Pelayo, were at that port: The Pelayo, V'itoria, Carlos V, Al ir.irante Oqi:ehdo, Vtzcaya, Maria Teresa, Cristobal Colon, Alfonso XIII, Pluton, Proserpina, Osada. Audaz, Furor, Terror, and also several torpedo boats, transports and the Normannia and Columbia, former ly of the Hamburg-American line, which have been ienamed Patrlolu and Rapido respectively. The Globe's correspondent added that he believed the squadron would sail on Wed nesday (today), ar.d said a number of troops would leave for the Canary Islands on May 15, while three battalions of ma rines were quartered a} San Fernando, ready for embarkation. Lieut. Colwell, the naval attache of the 1'nited States embassy, said today that he was by no meaps convinced that the Span ish Cape Verde squadion Is really at Cadiz. Inquiries made on board ships which have recently arrived h;re from the Canary Isl onds, the Island of Madeira, Teneriffe and Gibraltar show that nothing has been seen of the Spanish fleet. The British steamer Galicia, Captain Bird, which left Cadiz on April reports that the only Spanish war vessels there were the auxiliary cruisers Normannia and Colum bia, two torpedo boats and an arms.d yacht, possil?ly the Giralda. The British steamer Tetuan, which ar rived her: today from Gibraltar, after leav ing l^as Palmas on April 2S?, Teneriffe on April 30 and Madeira on May '1, saw no sii'ns of the Spanish fleet. She reports, however, that great excitement prevailed at th; Canary Islands when she was there. DOLPIIIX XOXV A FLAGSHIP. Uule on the Gulf Makes Dispatch Boats.Seek Port. Sl>erlal From a Staff Correspondent. KEY WEST. Fla., May 11.?Commodore Watson has transferred his pennant from the Cincir.rati to the Dolphin. Dispatch boats which left here yesterday morning for the squadron off Havana were com- I pelled to return last night because of a gale on the gulf. Though the weather is yet heavy, they started out a second time this mornir.g. Naval officers here think Admiral Sampson's ships will return to Cuban waters, and they hope for something more than blockading. The govirnment hospital ship Solace has arrived. George Kennon of Washington, who has been here for several days past, wlil go to Cuba as representative of the Red Cross whenever the way is open for vessels to erter Cuban ports. The prize court expects to take up soon the case of the Spanish steamer Panama. The probability Is that the captain and twenty-four men who were enlisted by the Spanish consul at New York and given passage to Havana will be sent to Fort McPherson military prison. They havo, been hold as prisoners from the time the Panama was taken. PEPPER. ? ?*? FBASCIS HOPES FOR PEACE. Austrian Emperor-Deplores the Span ish-American War. BUDA PESTH, May lit.?Emperor Fran cis Joseph, replying to tlje addresses of the members of the delegations who were re ceived In audience by hfc; ^najesty today, de clared that Austria's ril^tions with all the powers, especially with the neighboring states, were of the very best. The emperor also referred with regret to the hostilities between the United States and Spain, and said that, while he had re solved to maintain strict neutrality, be hoped the "distressing smuggle will soon be ended." AT THE WHITE HOUSE Visiters Discuss the War Situation With the President. MB. BELMONT'S WARSHIP BECLINEB What Senator Davis Says of the Spanish Fleet. MARYLAND APPOINTMENTS President McKInley had a multitude of visitors today, politics and war matters mingling in the routine of the day's work with the chief executive. All of the visitors Inquired as to tlie status of affairs at the war centers, but found lliat the news was not heavy or Im portant. Some of the President's visitors discussed with him the possibility of Spain sending a fleet to the Philippines to attempt to re take Manila. The belief of a majority of these visitors was that Spain will do noth ing of the kind. Senator Davis, who was a White House visitor, said that he did not think Spain would attempt this undertak ing. He did not think there would be anv trouble In a Spanish fleet getting through the Suez canal, but the greatest trouble to tlie fleet would be the matter of getting coal along the route. The plea of the Spaniards that they would be entitled to coal in going to a Spanish port, Manila, might not be effective with neutral powers along J.he route, as they might consider that Manila Is not now a Spanish wort, having fallen into the hands of the United States. England would probably hold this view at all ports where the Spanish fleet should stop for coal. The I lilted Stntes Would Retaliate. The belief is also growing that If Spain attempts this a United fetates fleet will be sent at once to Spanish shores. The Span lards would be unable to conceal the des tination of a licet headed for the Philip pines. Throughout the Mediterranean and at the Suez canal the fleet would be known and the United States would secure full and delinite Information of its whereabouts and purposes. On ail sorts of business with the Presi dent today were the following: Senators Shoup, l?indsay, Money, Bacon, Hawley, Foraker, Kyle, Cullom, Hanna, Spooner, Elklns. Representatives Grosvenor, North way, Ca.tchir.gs, Brownlow, Quigg. Assist ant Secretary Vanderlip and Controller Dawes of the treasury. HaryluiiU Adair*. Maryland politics cut a figure at the While House today, and occupied some of the President's ffrfie. The wlKite thing was over the Baltimore post oitlce. Early in the morning Senator Wellington, Senator elect McOomas and John K. Cowen saw the President regarding the reappointment of Postn aster Wariield, which has been agreed upon. The President did not indi cate that he had in any way changed his mind, and his visitors departed, satisfied that there would be no hitch. Later in the day a large delegation of Baltimore republicans saw the President and entered a vigorous protest against Mr. Warfield's reappointment. They stated that Mr WarfleUl was a gold democrat, and that there are hundreds of capable and able republicans in Baltimore. The President did not say anything in reply to give the delegation hope that ho would change his mind. The delegation was headed by Stephen R. Mason, chair man of the city republican committee and register of wills. With him were the fol lowing: T. A. Robinson, L. R. Bridge, Wm. M. Stewart, George Flynn, George Wise, W. A. Bodenseck, John Carter, S. T. Addi son, George W. Johnson, Alfred Schultz, John Keith, S. A. Sweeney, A. Tyler, Jas. MeClelian, liarreda Turner, c.'harles Short, Captain Wm. F. Bye, Captain James W. Glenn. llaiitiNt Ui'U'euten llerelved. Four or five hundred delegates to the Southern Baptist convention, which has been in session at Norfolk, are in the city and were received at U o'clock this after noon by the President. Thi arrangement for their reception was made by Senator Berry of Arkansas. Many of the delegates were accompanied by their wives and mem b;rs of their families. The President gave them a hearty reception. Mr. (iuUer'k Itei^inieiit. Representative Sulzer, Col. John W. Mar shall and Maj. Peter F. Rafferty of New York saw the President today and en deavored to hav; him accept a regiment or ganized by them in New York city. "There are 2,400 men enlisted in our regiment," said Mr. Sulzer, "and every man is anxious to get to the front and to take part in th? fighting. Over 2ti0 members of the regiment have fought in Cuba under Gomez and Garcia, and 4(J0 cr 500 others were in the civil war. "This is the first time I have visit;d the White House since long before Cleveland went out, and I desired to ask the Presi dent to accept our regiment. Hi said that it could not be done without a special act of Congress, but if this could be enacted he would sign the bill and put us into the ser vice. I will try and have the bill?passed. Our regiment would Join the Cuban army if we could secure guns and ammunition." Mr. Sulzer's regiment has a large number of "Bowery" boys In the ranks. John Jacob Astor, the New York million aire, who also wants to fight, was at the White House with Senator Wetmore again trying to git an assignment to early duty. Senator Piatt was another New York visitor. Mr. Belmont'* Offer Declined. O. H. P. Belmont and Charles W. Moore of New York, who offered the government a swift dynamite gunboat, saw the Presi dent today to announce that rhe Navy De partment had declined to accept Sheir offer. The President was sorry that the offer could not be accepted, but expressed his thanks. The ofTer of Mr. Belmont was to Immediately build and equip a vessel worth $100,000, Which he would lend the govern ment until the close of the war, If allowed to command the vessel himself. The propo sition was to equip the vessel with a newly patented dynamite apparatus. No reason 1 was given by the Navy Department for not accepting the offer. Wants Capt. Yours Promoted. Senator Cannon, by request of a number of Utah constituents, saw the President ted ay and asked the appointment of Capt. Willard Young as a colonel of engineers in the voluiteer army. Capt. Young served in the engineer corps oI the regular army for sixteen year^, end resigned In 1>OT to live In Utah. p About Pr?op. The gccsip that Spain may buo for peace soon Is pleasing to cabinet official* and other members of the administration. Th"y would naturally like to B?e an end to the war as speedily ac possible, provided "he United States attains the ends Bt which It has been aiming for bo long- The bit terness and vlelousness exhibited by .he Spaniards in speaking of this country has r.o parallel In official circles here. No vain glorious boasts and no abuse are Indulged In by Uncle Sam's managers In r< ferrinK to Spain. The war Is being carried on In the business-like style of the Yankee. The many newspaper men who have han dled the news at.fhe White House have never heard a cabin;t officer use an abusive word In speaktiu? of the Spaniards or make threats of bloody revenge and reprisal. There le no more excitement around the White Hous; than there Is In the most peaceful hamlet In the world. All this Is now pointed out by adminis tration officials as Indicative of a disposi tion not to be revere on Spain In a settle ment should she aak for peace now. The demands of this country would not be stringent or unfair. But should Spain per sist In keeping up the struggle she may be made to pay well for her folly. As the situation now stands, the administration feels that It Is chastising an unruly child and will not be severe In punls'.iment if there Is not continued Infraction. A cabinet officer, who referred to this feeling in talking to a representative of The Star, said that If Spain would now ac cept the Inevitable he would be In favor of lenient treatment for the dons, but If they forced a continuance of the campaign and kept conditions disturbed he would not favor so much leniency. They will be made to pay every dollar that the war costs this country. In addition, they may lose valu able territory besides Cuba. The loss of several hundred American lives in and around Cuba in the Invasion soon to begin will not leave the administra tion In a mood to be so gentle with Spain. EMEKfiKNCY APPOINTMENTS. No More Will Ue Made In the War Department. During the past two weeks the reception room of Assistant Secretary of War Mei klejohn has been thronged daily with visi tors. Many of these callers were applicants for appointment under the emergency cre ated by the war with Spain, or people whose influence had been Invoked in behalf of such applicants. Upon Inquiry at the War Department today a Star reporter was informed that no more appointments of this character wouid be made, as the needs of the department have been amply met by the few stenographers and typewriters who have recently been appointed. The clerical force of the War Department was reduced during the last administration to the mini mum. on a peace basis; and when the War Department was confronted by the labor incident to the mastering and equlping of the volunteer artny and the Increased regu lar army, it became at ouce apparent that additional clerical assistance was immedi ately necessary, mainly that of stenograph era and typewriters, to handle the vastly increased volume of correspondence. As the necessity for such services would onl} be of a temporary character, probably not exceeding two or three months, possibly not continuing as long as that even, some difficulty was experienced in promptly se curing the necessary force through the civil service commission. A number of steno graphers and typewriters who were ap pointed from the civil service list of t!igl blts declined to leave their homes and busi ness in civil life in distant localities to come to Washington for temporary engage ments. Under these conditions the depart ment was compelled to make a limited number of temporary appointments tn.uer the provision of the civil service law and rules which allows temporary emergency appointments of three months to be made where the public interests require immedi ate action. The War Department has already secured all the additional force that will be needed, and no more appointments will be made ex cept from the regular list of eiigibies fur nished by the civil service commission. CIVIL SERVICE SUSPENSION. The War Department Withdraws Itn Itecent Recommendation. Assistant Secretary of War Meiklejohn sent to the House today a request for the withdrawal of the recent recommendation fo;- the temporary suspension during ilie war of the civil service act as relating lo civilian employes in the War Department, which, he says, was forwarded by Inad vertence. He explains that satisfactory arrangements U3 to the appointments of .ill necessary civilian employes under the War Department had been already made tvhert by the extra emergency existing during t'ie pendency of war would be met. The oc partment, however, desires that I Ik1 u? striction of the compensation of n\-.liars in the subsistence department to not ex ceeding ?lUtl,lHA> for the tiscal year lKf.> bt suspended. WAR REVENUE I1II.L. RecommendntionM Made by the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate committee on finance decided at its meeting today to increase the tax on manufactured tobacco in the war revenue bill from 12 cents, the House rate, to Li cents per pound, and to exempt the stock in har.d from the operation of the act. The finance committee also decided to recom mend a reduction of the tax on cigars from $4 to $."...-iO per thousand, and on cigarettes ftom 12 to J1.8U. The provision for taxing building nnd loan associations wn under consideration at the forenoon session of the committee, but no decision was reach ed. A modification of this feature of the bill, however, is quite probable. The afternoon session was devoted to th* democratic amendments. THE WINDWARD IN PORT. Took I .lent. Penrj'? Vessel Fifty Three Dnyai to Crow*. NEW YORK, May 11.?The steamer Windward, from London March 19, was sighted oft the highlands at 8:07 this morn irg and passe<f in Sandy Hook at tt:30 In tew. The Windward Is the vessel that carried the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition on its voyage to the polar region. The steamer was recently presented by Mr. Harms worth to Lieut. Peary. The passage from l?ndon has been so slow that there has been some anxiety felt for her safety. Her old-fashioned appearance may hav.? hail something to do with the entire ab sence of any report of her in her long voy age of fifty-three days, for it soems that the first news of her was given yesterday at Delaware breakwater by the Norwegian fiuit steamer Banan, from Jamaica, which leported having sighted a vessel supposed to be the Windward yesterday forenooi. about ten miles southeast of FentHck Isl and. Sampson and Remey to Take Cuba and Porto Rico. MOTE MAT BE MADE FRIDAY Great Scarcity of Fresh Wat:r at Key West. COSTS 10 CENTS A GALLON key W EST. Fla., May 11.?It Is said h-re that If the report that the Spanish fleet has returned to Spain proves to he correct an active movement against Cuba may ocour within forty-eight hours. It la possible that Rear Admiral Sampson at I'orto Rico and Commodore Retney h?re may strike simul taneously. If It were dejlded to land troops at Bahtu Honda. Matanzas or any other point, the vessels here, together with the ships on the blockading station, would have no dlfllc.rlty ln covering a landing with the aid of the heavy armored lighting ships. The mon itors, with their heavy awns, could stand close in and with Impunity proceed to the demolition of the fortifications, while the gunboats and lighter vessels poured In their shots from oft shore. C-ould It*lu?*** Defenses. Naval officers here believe the defenses at any point except Havana could be reduced by the ships now here and on the Cuban station in half an hour. There Is no definite Information as to when the troops at Tampa will be em barked. The water problem is getting serious at this place. Naval officers recognize It and they ate looking anxiously for the smoke from the stack of the big government con denser, which Is promised to supply 40,000 gallons daily, per contract. The plant should have started April 125, but is not yet In operation. The officr rs in charge of this station are skeptical of the condenser's abil ity to produce UiKtti gallons. Key West's water resources are most primitive and limited. The shallow wells In lown are all more or less braeklsti and un der suspicion of surface drainage. Two companies at various times have driven ar tesian wells 1,8110 and 2.300 feet deep, but they have never secured fr**h' water. The town lives by cisterns and rain barrels, and the latter are only a shade less Insanitary tl.an the wells. These cisterns, tilled during the ralr.y season, usually run very low by the elope of the dry season, which is dus row. W?t?r Supply la Short. This year, in addition to tie rains coming very late, the town has had its population doubled by the presence of troops, ships and war vessels and the army of newsjPftper correspondents and their tugs, which ves scis take water by the thousand gallons, not only for their crews, but for their boil ers. The wiir vessels and some of the hospital and other craft have condensers, but the draft on the towns supply is still abnor mal. The torpedo boats are without con densing apparatus, and they have been ?touting for fresh water as keenly as buc caneers after Spanish galleons. Every dis covery of a fresh cistern is hailed like a Strike in the Klondike, and every gallon of water has three purchasers, all with money and anxious to outbid each other. Water lo Oala n Gallon. In these circumstances it is not astonish ing that water has advanced from 1>? cents to 10 cents a gallon within the past two months. All who can afford It (that Is to say. the newspaper correspondents and tlio officers), drink bottled water, but a dearth of this supply Is approaching. Most of the unpretentious brands of bottled water are $1 a gallon, and "live" water is fifteen cents a pint by the hundred bottles. To make matters worse, the drug stores let their supply of water run out befcre te egraphing for more, and there is a cor ner on water between the grocery sloic hotel and Cuban Club. The government reser\oir at the naval station, from which the engine loom is supplied, contains less than 2.MOO gallons of water, and it is reported among the des patch boats that there is less than l.ont gallons of rain water available in own, and this of ?* very poor quality. Information has reached heic of the laud ing within fifty miles of Havana of th- ex pedition under command of Captain I>or. 4th Cavalry, whi^h left Tan.pa yesterday on board the transport Gussie. SPANISH U MlSIIIi' BLOWS 11\ ?British Steamer Now nt Gibraltar Saw the Kxpionlon. LONDON, May 11.?A dispatch to the Clobe from Gibraltar says a British s'< int er whieh l.as ju?t arrived there reports of ficially that She passed yesterday evening a Spanish torpedo beat destroyer, v. hu h was guardit g Alpeclras bay and straits. Shortly ufter th ? steamer pas.-ed her ill the lights of the destroyer r.cr suddenly exiing.iis-l-ed. a terrific explosion followed immediately and ihe destroyer dls&ppezrt d. The disaster, the dispatch adds, was Ap parently caused by the explosion of the 1m Hers of the torptiij b destroy-*r. It is feared that all on board of have per ished. May Have Keen the Destructor. LONDON. May 11.?The Spanish torpedo boat destroyer reported blown up near Gibraltar is probably the Destructor. The Des! rue lor is classed as a torpedo gunboat. She was built of steel at Clyde Hank in 1887, and v.as 192 feet (! Inches long. She was (jf 458 tons displacement, had 2T> feet beam and drew 7 feet of water.' fhe Destructor was driven by two pro pellers, had 3,800 horse power and was es timated to have a speed of about 22'^ knots. Her armament consisted of on.- :t.r, inch gun, four C-pounder quick-fire:.s and four Maxim guns. She had -hree torpedo tubes, carried over 100 tons of coal and t.ad a crew of fifty-five men. Relmont's Home a Winner. LONDON, May 11.?At the second day's racing of tht Newmarket second spring meeting today Aupust Belmont's three year-old chcstr.ut colt. Bridesrrom II won the Newmarket plate of KB sovereigns. Six horses ran. Solace Reaches Key West. KEY WEST. Fla.. May II.?The ambu lance ship Solace, having on boatd four sur geons, fright nurses, the finest surgical ap pliances and accommodations lor one hun dred wounded, has arrived hers from Hampton Roads.