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Mr. Collis P. Huntington in the City. HETALKS TO A REPORTER Tim Founder or Newport New? SMseii the future or Hie Shipbuilding'4 riant ?ml Says His VUit is Without SlgniUcuucc. Mr. ColUs P. Kuntingt n. the founder of Newport News uni> principal ownei of the Newport) News shipbuilding plant, is In th-^ city. Mr. Huntington', accompanied by his prlvv-lue seCtvtaty, Mr. S. N. Miles, an i Vice-president Schoweln, of the Paeitle Mail Steamship Company, urrived' at 10:5T> o'clock last night in his magnifi? cent palace car Oneato No. 1. Oneato No. 2, ano'the:- private' car owned by the mitflonUiiie, was also attached to the train, which came through from New York. The private cars w^e sidetracked at the Chesapeake & Ohio depot, who Mr. Huntington sipent the night. This morning at S o'clock they will he shift? ed to the shipyard. When th,j train yul&d into the sta? tion a reporter for the Daily Press boaided Oneato No. 1. Mr. Huntington had' not retired, and was sitting in his reception room. A'.though he had been ttav- ling siir S o'clock in the morning he did not appear to be the bast Mil fa? tigued. On the other hand, he was < ok ing extremely weAil and seamed to l>e en? joying the best of health. It was late, but Mr. Huntington did1 not refuse to ?ee 'the n 'Wspaper man. and' he talked rreely, though hie made no direct an? swers to the Questions propounded- to him, that 'is. he dr.U not sp- ak with any d-gree of positlveness regarding th' fu? ture. No prudent business man does. "What is the news?" was the first question askfcd by the reporter. "I leave that to ycrj newspaper boys," said Mr. Hunting; n. as a smile ciept across his face. "T iling the news your profession." "Jlr. Huntir-gton. is there any sweial significance ar;uch.od to your visit t?. N'ow-por: News?'" "No; I Just came down to see how Newport News was getting a'.ong. I feel a great interest in this place, and.' some day^Jjdpe to s e it converged into a greii't-commeicial centre. The town has the natural advantages for tJie mailing of a large city. I have often kjj"uu.gh' that rf the Puritans had lan-i fJ^V ? ,'^N'?ws, what a great place '/vV.Hii-S ' 'day. It would be N.w \ " m pported. Mn.-5iuntington, _ ??E-iViliT?m Armstrong, of London, ?ivas rieg9ii.iting for the purchase of the shipyard' there, but that the option, h (fheld recently expked. Is there any ?truth in the report?" ,. .."Loril Armstrong never had any op- | ?Vin oh this plant. It is true, -however, [ that I djr'= see him and offered to sell hrm an interest in the shipyard. This d?*ir. might have been consummated Jmt for a few) little sharp traders who j sought to take ir?art in the transa) tion. Vy "reason for offering to selfl Lord ; Arims'ti ong an interest Sn the plant was to have an ordnance factory established In Newport N ws and also to extend th.; ?yvarJ'. though it is now one of the larg? est in the world. I offered to sell Lord A-rmstr. r.g half of the stock, or if he wish d to have tih'e controlling Interest, fifty-five per vent, of it. This. I say, wus in the Interest of the yard. I would not think of seEing that much of the stock if I d'id not have so much oth-r .business t'o engage my. attention. I can? not state now whether or not an ord ntctnee Ifaetory will be located here. We know not what the morrow may bring forth." "Mr. Huntington, when it b ca known- tlhat you had purchased a tract of land above tho shipyard it set sorts of rumors afloat. Was that land ipur has d for an especial' purpose "khis time?" ?i 'I cannot say that it was. As I said a moment ago the shipbuil iing plant may be enlarged some day. Business will increase and we will be commie' '- id to increase our facilities. Shipbuilders everywhere acknowledge the many ad? vantages this yar i1 has over other pf.ants ami the industry will eventually be one eif'tlvi most extensive of its kind in th-, w'orld." The fact that Mir. Huntington is ac-' companied by the vice-president of thc Pacilflc Mail Steamship Com';'an.> strengthens the luc'lief that negotiations are iponHing for the Inditing of one or more ships for that '.inc. bull Mr. Hunt. ! ington did not intimate that there was any .-probability 'hat the contract would , 6f given oult in tCve near future. < Mr. Huntington stated that he would \prolbu(bly be in th. ? city for two or thre. Hays. He will spend today at the ship- ! fcurd. TWO FIRES SUNDAY. Repartment Called Out. to Extinguish | Small iii ?-? Two fires occurred in Newport News i Sunday, hut in neither -case was the ' damage extensive. About 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon mhe alarm sounded and the department was called to Thirty-sixth -street and "Virginia avenue, where the firemen found considerable excitement but little irre in a large tenement house. The slight blaze was caused by a defective flue. Shortly after 7 o'clock Sunday night I hn alarm was turned in from the box ( ?t the corner of West avenue and Twen tyi-ninth street. A small blaze was dis- I covered by Chief Stow and bis men in \ the bath room ?f Mrs. J. A. Martin's residence on the south side of Twenty ninth street. The fire was quickly ex? tinguished. According -to the occupants I >f the house, this .fire was also caused | try e. defective flue. Enjoyable Entertainment. U very enjoyable entertainment was j Slyen Sunday afternoon by the mem fcers of the Golden Wreath .Society at i |i(W Hall. "l\be entertainment was opened with a I long by all the members, followed by | lecitations and dialogues. -a violin solo by Missj Bessie Reyner as enjoyed by all present. There Jirere vocal solos by Miss Bella Klasky Jitd 'Miss Bertha Hirshberg, a duet by lisses Lott'a. and Celia Reyner, a reci ution by Mr. Graf, Jr., and a recita ton by Miss Rebecca Reisfleld. Ta very interesting address by (Mr. J. L. Hirshberg, complimenting the mem fers upon their good work, concluded fie program. Refreshments were then irrved. f>annrliliii? of the ItattlPdlilpn. Phe day the.Kentucky and Kearsarge launched Powell Bros. & King will jill 800 lots at auction at Merrimac, car line, and on Hampton Roads fater fornt. Maps and full Information in be had by calling at their office. SjM-tf. SUSTAINS TIIK DHMCIIRKK. Judge, Lee ne.nos':,'. the Charges Preferred AguinMt ?Justice ?Junes. Tlie case of Justice Henry F. Jones, of Blooc'neld, against whom) charges of malfeasance an?J> mislfcasunce wire lodged by Counlty Policeman John Wil? liamson, came tip before Judge Baker P. lAtv at Warwick Courthouse yester? day. Justice Jones was represented by At? torney. R. M. Let. Mr. W. T. Moss was was engag.ei by Officer Williamson to preiKire the motion for the magistrate's removal from oAlfice. Mr. Lett demure ?J to the motion. Claiming that nothing was charged against his client in his of? ficial capacity and pointing out other defects which, he held, nullified the mo? tion. After l-'ngthy ai-gviments by the attorneys' Judge Lee sustained Mr. Lett's demurrer, anel> the case was dis? missed. However, Judge L:?e said that if OPfi- er W.'lfiamson or the common, wealth's attorney had- any charges to prefer against Justice Jones or any other official he want'd to hear them, but thiy must be specified- as the law directs. DIED 1!V II IS OtlK UANIl. This Was the Verdict of the Coroner's Jury In Green's Case. Kemper P. Oreen. the negro who was found dead near Lee Hall Saturday.was buried by his (friends Sunday morning. The question that puzzled the cor? oner's jury was whether 'Green com? mitted suicide or whether he was mur? dered. Green was shot through the head. Just back of the ear. and held a 22-calibre Smith and Wesson pistol in his left hand. The dead man was well dressed, having clean clothes on and a good .heavy overcoat. Letters and either papers found em hi.s person showed that he had recently been in Newport News, and was either connected with an in? surance company as agent or the com? pany had corresponded with him in re? gard to .his acting as 'agent. The ver lict "f tiie coroner's jury was that the deceased e-ame to his death by his own hand. Thieves Getting in Their Work. Petty thieves continue to get in their work. Sunday night the mast-r of the schooner Collins, which is tied up at thfe shiVya.'d. was robbed of a silver watcti and $20 in cash. It is supposed the theft was committed by "hebe-s" who have been- camping in the1 vicinity of the shipyard. As yet no arrfcst has been made. Sutun'oy evenng a thieif stole- an overcoat fre>m Mr. W. F. Turnbull. The garm nt was hanging on a hat rack in Mr. TurnbulVs resi'-tenee. With the as? sistance of Offi' >er T. A. Mitchell be rc covered the garment) yesc rday after? noon. The thief had soid it in Rockens. Electoral Board Recommended. Pursuant to a call issued by Dr. J. H. Crafford, chairman of the old Dc-m jcratic committee of Warwick county, l meeting was held in Denbigh yester lay to recommend an electoral board. The meeting was well 'attended. Messrs. J. H. Clements, J. F. .iBonew/ell. and Frank."KIslh were recommended. The imten who called a nr eting of the Democrats of the county on No? vember 30, 1897. and elected a commit ee of Democrats throughout the coun? ty, took no part in the 'meeting, and .will, it is said, recommend an electoral board for 'the county. To Enter the Ministry. Mr. H. Wert Holloway, who has been -mployed in the Daily Ticket oflioe for the past five years, left yesterday for ftandolph-lMaoon Academy, at Bedford City. Mr. Holloway will enter the academy with a view to equipping him? self for a course in Ramlolph-iMacon College, preparatory to entering the ministry. (Mr. Holloway has a host of friends in Newport (News who will wish him an abundant 'measure of success in the ?ailing for which he goes tei prepare himself. Mr. Ilennlfer to be Toast master, Mr. George Davis, who w'as selected by the committee In charge of the Americas Democratic Club banquet to serve as toast-master, will be unable to Sie present on this occasion, as it will be necessary for him to go to Richmond on business. The committee has selected the secre? tary of the club, Mr. George Hennifer, o act as toast'ui'aster in place of Mr. Davis. The banquet will be given on the evening of January 31. I'og Signal*. Clmngeri. 'Notice is given by the Lighthouse Board that on or about February 15, 1S98, the fog signal on the vessel sta? tioned off the outer end of Frying-Pan Shoals, making to the southward and eastward of Cape Fear, will be changed to sound?during thick or foggy weather?blasts of five seconds' duration, separated 'by silent 'intervals if fifty-five seconds. Schooner Onslow Floated. The two-masted schooner D. B. Ons 'ow, which has been ashore between pier 8 and [Point Breeze for several months, was Merited today at high tide, the disastrous storm of last October, when so much damage was worked to shipping and other property along the ( water front. The captain 'and crew worked the schooner oft without the assistance of i tug. Kenutilican Club Organized. The Ivy Avenue Republican Club (colored) was organized last night at a meeting held in Harris" block with the following officers: 'President?IW. B. Steed. Vice-IPresident-JP. W. Hiil. Secretary?<J. A. Moore. Treasure?C Harris. Corresponding Secretary?M. D. Wright. Sergeant-at-Arms?Louis , Williams. ArreRtH in liloodllelii. John Moncure, (colored),charged with assaulting a white man named Lin seomb, and 'ihre^- negroes, two charged with larceny, and the other with assault, were arrested yester'ay by'Chief of Po? lice Boatriight of Bloo^fidd. ?Call; if you can't call _ Phone; if you can't 'phone Write; if you can't write Sendi some one to Twenty-seventh (car line) and Roanoke avenue, when lytou want good Under? taker's services. Ja 22-25. A few centuries ago it was claimed that the earth was fiat. Later It was discovered, that it was round. .Recently advanced theory has it hefleow. "Ail holler, holler, holler" but Twenty-sev? enth street and Roanokei avenue Is "solid" on goods, prices and services. 3a 22-25. W. H. K. HOLT. Deposit your clothes money with us. It will pay you good Interest. WOODWARD Sr. WOMBLE. Cascarets stimulate liver,klineys and bowels. Never sicken, weaken or gripe. FROM THE PULPH Discourses Heard in the City Sunday. 'CHRIST AS A FRIEND', Uev. C. C. Cox Preaches the Fourth of ? Si rlPHof Sermons on the Life or Jesus. Itev. It. F. Llpaeouib on "Tree Religion." The services a't 'the Baptist church were conducted' Sunday moiming ami evening by Rev. C. C. Cox, the pastor. At the morning service Mr. Cox did not take a text, but took as his subject "Horn ?'Mission." Sermons of this kind are usually uninteresting to the major. Ity o.f the members of a large congrega? tion, but iRev. Mr. Cox held the Inter? ested* attention of his congregation from start to finish. At the evening service Mr. Cox preached the fou.-tlv ??/ a series of ser? mons on the life of Christ, using as his subject "Christ as a Friend." The text chosen was John xi : 5?'"Now Jesus lowed Wartha and her sister and Laza. rus." By way of introduction Mr. Cox spoke of the manner in which the mind treas? ures up thv events of life and how, at certain periods, or under certain c ircum? stances, it is all, good and bad, un? folded'and passes before us like a pan? orama. In this connection he spoke of one or two books whieh hear on th subjee't oif the,sermon, 'which had made indelible impressions on h'is mind. "Christ in speaking of Lazarus," said Mr. Cox, "stated 'our "friend Lazarus sler-peth: lnt I go that I may awake him' out of sleep." A1iiah-am was the only one of the Old Tstument saints who enjoyed the' distinction of heing known as the frt nd of God. This is be? cause 'Abraham o8>eyed God' even unto the crucial test when he offered up his own well-beloved; son Isaac. It seems that J ?us 'Tos more oif a friend to some than he was to others. He gatheied around- him the twelve Apostles to whom he was more friendly then to the world at large, yet even in that litt'.v circle there were some who were clos-r to him and enjoyed his confidence to a s!r ater degree than others of the num? ber. We take as example the nising of the daughter of Jar:u~. at "wh?eh time only three of the twelve were permitti d to enter the e'-i-a'th ohatrlitr and see the dea.ii r stored to life. SI 111, again, we can divide the three and take from it one?Jvhn?who was allowed to rest his head on the Savior's bosom at the last supper and it was to him that Christ assigned his mother while he hung upon th- cross. This same J hn Is oPtm re? ferred to as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved.' " Mr. Cox sp;kc- of the frler.O-Mp whieh existed between Christ and the Kttle family at Bethany and said that many ot th'r inspi:ed poets had made much of the friendship of Jesus in their l>est hymns. "The Lord Jesus Christ was a frien-1 not oniy to men, but to women as well. Some men have contended that women don't make good' confidants because they can't k-.ep anything. I am incline: to believe that a woman can keep a se-eret. There are some women who can l)e as elo-sh- friends as a man and who will stick to you through thick and thin even as long as the Roman soldier used to remain at his p st or duty. "Eve'ry friend is valuable in two ways ?what he is himsllf and' what he can do for us actively. Dr. Stalker says that th - incomparable gain to one in making a friend is what the friend is in him?seif. This world' may be full of things that are dark and ail 'that is be? fore us is anything else but en- ourog ing. If we can look back and see even ore trc- and tried fiiend we take cour? age and press forward with renewe-d vigor." At 'this point Mr. .""ox sn ke of the effect the -friendship oif great men has on each other and the extent of the in? fluence. tHe used sev ral illustrations to show the great inlV.enee which warm friendship exerts. ?Mr. Oos said that the- true if fiend not only tv 'Sped people -to be bette-r by urg? ing them to live good lives, but often deterred us from doing wrwsr. Often_ when in 'doubt as to the right or wrons of an act men ask themselves what their frt. nd would' do under the circum? stances and thus choose our action. "There is n-.c better friend than .Tcsu= Christ and we should all have him as our friend and ask ourselves the qu' s tion when questionable matters are to lie settled 'w hat would Chtist do in this case?" "Let! us consider what he des for as. Tf T =hnuK' tro to a frier.d and ask for the loan .a" *50 or $100 ami ho favored me with it T would appreciate it. We appreciate the hand on the shoulder, the warm, friendly grasp of the hand or the note oif condolence. We appreciate advice given by friends even when- wo- do not ask for it, if given in the risfht spirit. When guilty of indis? cretion we appreciate the kindness of a friends who come sand' tells us of it lov? ing!:.-. Look at J.sus Christ in this light. He has loved his Tri nds and has promised to do all of these things, even more for them." "TRITE RELIGION." Rev. B. F. Llpssomb, pastor of the Washington Avenue M. R. church, preached to a large congregation on the subject of "True Religion." He said in pa rt: "Many would .hink a sermon on 'True Religion' of little use to them be? cause th y are ?ur> that they- Know a!i about it. But I beg leave t> differ with them. The things pa-pie arc mist art to err about are familiar things. Wh--r a man thinks he knows all he ceases to make progtess. Like an old coin worn so you ctin scarcely tel.. Its denomina? tion* our ideas of religi-n are apt trf grew smolh and' lose tfwlr sharpness of cntline. It is nc-\lfttl ev?r and anon to bring our conceptions to the test of truth, just as it -s w:se fir a man to test his watch by a chronometer. What is true rei'.'gion? In endeavorinar to an? swer this question I shall base my re? marks on the last v"."se of ;bo firs? chap, ter of St. Jam es. which reads: 'Pure reli. arion and un-fefiled before 3od and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows, in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world." "We thus find- that pure religion 1? not ?~-f the popular kin'K but oonsists of two things, a pure character and a useful life. There is no tine Tellgim thr.t do-* not err.lhraee these two elements. Yet these which God has put trvgether m?li ere cemstantly ttying to pull apart. "Looking back over church history ?we finv'i that at one time the id a of pure character was alone hef.d. This was the ascetic id' a and 'it built monasteries an i aused men to separate themselves from their fellow?. This was an exaggeration of a good thing. "This work goes back And forth like thsi penchrlum of a clock from one ex? treme- to another. 'Now we have the humanitarian theory, of religion and ?" is the evil of today. Many think that the only idea of religion is to give breau to the hungry and help the distressed. This, too, is comprehend** in religion, l>ui is not all of it. The tendency, df our times is to consider luimanltarianisiii and benevolence as rvMgidn. "Cod wants, the two. combined. Re? ligion may be said to consist of first, being good, and secondly of doing gxiei. That is the order; you on n't first Ibegin to do g!Kd and then be- goodc, Christ went to the vital spot when he said. "Blessed are the pure in heart.' Like a wise physician, he went to tht- bot? tom Of the disease and1 found sin to bei tht. resti.lt of an Imipure and diseased heart. It) giilate that and all the rest will ilie right. Chulincrs- spoke of reli? gion as the expulsive power of a new affection. Cod' puts in the heart a n?iw prlnciple of action, love for Gcd, des.'io for righteousness and makets a man for? get the si tie shows of th? world. :Ee irenerution is the impartation of a new ?princiiple of action which vfiW purify the | ?K.3 . Pure character must mme fpj.ni el. As a crown of tlris comes the nian..i. so,,i.,n .,r this principle in a life in con'forrnitory with Unr. -j WA must have our lives made right by hav? ing our h arts set right with God. 'ISorne say the times aroj too hard1 for j them to help support thir|chu:<h. Did you ever see* the times ixo hard for woi-H'ly-miiroled people to see a circus when it ccm.es to town or attend the op ta house? -MI that is needed Is lever? age to get the money out., We can get the money for church weirk when th' Jove of God is in the hearts of the peo? ple. So insteael of trying for good times let tis try to get the people r iTigktis. T have been pr.a hing for twenty years and I have neve: seen anything but hard tim- s yet. ; "Jesus Christ in his conflicts with the tempter wielded no. weapon but that found in th. wotd of Godtj The life of Christ is void of significance unless you and I can follow in his footsteps. Christ also illustrated the other part of the Christian Ilfi , f...r Ho went nboul doing goo;.. Let us try to lie like Him In h..mo. oflHce, shop and church. Learn th,- blessedness t.f helping others. Go about doing good and you will flr.l jay an li happiness. Pure religion first mokes a mein jvuiv then senels him out to do good." SECOND R.VPTIST GHT7RCH. At the Second 'Baptist church the pus ?teir. Rev. Thomas J. Mac.Kay, preached to a large congregation both .morning and evening. The new" lamps were in place rand give entire satisfaction. The pastor took for the subject of the fvening. -Luke 32, "'seeking truth," and said irj part: '"Ph?w '?< no one in divine presence I trust but'nus cbme-ip seek the truth. A man fmay have a knoVftea*;- of the truth and that truth be bf no benffit to him. To know the truth a man must know Christ, for he is tha embodiment ?if all that is implied in truth, .and truth entered in 'Christ is that which make. as free. If a man says this is true. It 'mplies that he has' investigated and vfted the matter. The grind old Chris i-n of England. Mr. Gladstone, was iked regarding the divinity of Christ, and made the reply of mjr text, "Thou '.Kilt know the truth an%--the truth shall make you free." TrMlate askeel: ISSO there were more than one hundred where fc truth? The Bible is truth. It las proved its inspiration by its dura? bility. Men have entertained the thought that they had destroyed the List volume: that they have sent it up n smoke, but it lives in the hearts of "..id's children. "In the year 1S00 there were between four and five million IBibles: in the yeJar ISSO there were more than one hundred and sixty-five million Bibles printed, and given to the world by eighty dif? ferent Bible societies, printed in 2?6 languages or dialects. There is a lec? turer going about the country lecturing in the mistakes of Moses. I should like co hear Moses on the mist.ikes of the lecturer. It does not take a very brave man to kick 'a dead lion, and much less to talk about a man after he has been lead for thousands of years. "Let us notice h'ow the Bible bus issociated with human life. You will find it in the office, in the factory, and ?rill find the miner reading it with the aid of his mining lamp. It is associated eith marriage, for from its page.-, comes ?he marriage service. You need it at he sick bed. for from its inspired pages .'i>u have gained comfort and consola ion. /From its precious truth will be aken a text at the last service over your remains. 'Remember, in this book treasure lies. If you dig deep you will find the prize. Go home and tell that dd saint of G'od that you will take her Bible fr.mi her, and she will tell you o take her life. Take this Bible into your homes: let it be to you the flower bed of Cod, for from its pages you will lather flowers of consolation.' If you ire in need of a spiritual rose, go to Paul's epistles. If you 'are in sorrow, go to the rose bush of Job and of David ind you will And reises of comfort and -.insolation that will lie a sweet per i'time to your sorrowful heart. And ibove all go to the rose bush of the life of our blessed Lord. There you will find a Inilm and a ro.-e that will send forth 'a holy perfume in every avenue of life. CHRISTIAN CHURCH. "God is thinking about you," was the subject of Rev. 'W. R. Motley's dis? course at the Thirtieth Street Christian church Sunday morning. His text was "Yet the Lord thinketh upon me".? Psalms 40:17. Mr. 'Motley said in part: "This text teaches us that God is mit a kind of riuie.=enee pervading and per? meating all creation, but that He is a living, active personality, having a special habitation. "It teaches that God did not create this world and leave it to its fate, but j that He is present in His world and guides it in its course: that God did not formulate a series of natural laws and allow them to 'move and carry us for? ward at their own disposal, but that He ?s back of these 'raws and causes their suspension whenever the weekly man requires it; that he is not interested in the world as a whole, taking no notice of individuals, but that he calls us by? name, knows our personalities and numbers the hairs of our head; that His thought is not confined to the learn? ed and rich and strong, but in whatever condition Hi.s children may be He is concerned about them; that he not only knows our names, but that He thinks about us, providing for our wants and protecting us from barm, and throw? ing around us all those influences which are calculated to stimulate and develop our spiritual natures." "If you've been looking for anytV.ing of this kind, this is about the kind of thing you've be n looking for." What? Why a new building =upp.y and under? taking establishment. Where? Twen? ty-seventh stieet and Roanoke av-.nue. Who? W. H. K. HOLT. A Happv Wo.i.Hii Is the housekeeper who buys her coal and wood from the Warwick Coal and Wood Co., Twenty-eighth street, ja 14 tf Dr. D. S. Harmon, optician. 'By a ex? amined free. 358 Main street, over P und 10 cent store, Norfolk, Va. de 12-tf. Just try a 10c. box of CaecareU, the finest iivar and bowel regulator ever made. Battleship Maine Will Anchor in Cuban Waters. WHAT THIS MOVE MEANS Acc .rdl.iB to n !. atouient by Assistant Sec? retary I??y it Simply Slgiriltea? ??Ro rmiiiprlou of Friendly lie lutloug With Spain." ? f'By Telegraph). WASHINGTON, Jan. 2i.-ru.thin for? ty-eight hours, for the first time since the Insurrection broke out in Cuba, three years ago, the Knited States gov r""'V^r " u~~"~???n*?ji in the har? bor of Havana by a warship. The ue oision to send the Tnited States steam? ship Maine was finally reached at. a special meeting at the White House this morning between the President, Secre? tary Lung, Attorney General McKen tia. Assistant Secretary Day and Gene? ral Miles, and it is a striking fact that with the exception of the Secretary of the Navy and the Attorney General, not a member of the cabinet know of the President's intention to take this radical action. It is not denied, how? ever, that some such move has been Ions in contemplation, as is evidenced n the following statement of Assistant Secretary Day. .made this 'afternoon: "The sending of the Mtaine to Havana neatts simply the resumption of friond v naval relations with Spain. It Is ustomary for naval vessels of friendly natiorv. to p'.iss in 'and out of the har? bors of other countries with which they ?are at peace, and British and German warships have recently visited Havana. This is no new move. The President has intended to do it for some time, but heretofore something has happened to postpone it. The orders to the Maine mean nothing more than 1 have said, ind there is mithin? alarming or un? friendly in them. The Spanish minister here is fully informed of what Is going on. and so far-as I know has not made the slightest objection to it." Further. Assistant Secretary Day said that Consul General Bee ri'ad mit sent for a warship. This statement shows that the movement was made deliberately, and that it could not have been t'aken if there were serious appre? hensions of its result In 'Havana. The reneral belief here, however, is that in Vfadrid rather than in any Cuban town ?s trouble to lie 1-oked for if there should be any misappi-ei;o^nsion of the purpose of the government' in ..or.''ng the Maine to 'Havana. The temper'of the opposition newspaper dispatches tas been threatening for some time, and it may require the strong hand of the news censor to repress utterances that would lead to rioting. . _ .?i#i?~* ?"?Admiral" SieareTs orders were not made public in their text at the Navy Department, but it was stated that the substance of them was contained in the following statement made by Sec? retary Bong: "So far from there being any founda? tion for the rumors yesterday of trou? ble at Havana, matters are now in such :0iidition that our vessels are going to resume their friendly calls at Cuban ports and go in and out just as the ves? sels or other nations do. The 'Maine will go in a day or two on just such a visit. The department has issued or I? rs for vessels to attend the public relebratlons in (Mobile and the Wardl Gras at New Orleans, 'and for the tor? pedo b.-at flotilla to visit Galveston, Texas." The orders were not sent directly to the Maine, for the reason that she is now attached to the squadron, and the naval regulations require all such or? ders to go through the superior officer. There is some question whether the tel >graim reached the admiral before he sailed with his squadron from Key West for Tortugas harbor. The helief s that it did not, but this will make little difference in the program, inas? much as the telegram doubtless will be sent to the admiral by one of the tor? pedo boats or some other means of con? veyance. The details of the Maine's movements are believed to be left .for the arrangement of Admiral Sieard, but '.t is thought that the ship, which put .0 sea with the squadron, will return lo Key West before going to Havana. The German ships, to which Assist? ant Secretary Day referred in his state? ment, are the Charlotte and the Geyer, both training shiiis and not of formida? ble type, though one sufficed to' settle hastily the iflaytien difficulty. Their touching 'at Havana is not believed to be significant, as their -cruise was ar? ranged in all details last September, and the same ships are due at Charles? ton. S. t\, early in February next. At the Spanish legation nothing was known of the order for the Maine to proceed to Havana. 'Minister de Borne said that, even in case it were true, it portended nothing serious. It was per? fectly in accord with usage for warships of two friendly powers to enter and leave each other's ports. The warships of Spain had visited American ports on complimentary missions three times in ?as many years, and if there had not been an American warship in Havana in the same length of time it was mere? ly bemuse the United States govern? ment had not seen fit to order one there. A- to the possible consequences of the Maine's appearance at Havana at this time, the minister expressed himself as not at all uneasy. There was no doubt, he said, of the conservative behavior of the loyal Spaniards in Havana and elsewhere, end the only thing which might lead to unpleasantness was some overt act by the insurgents with the hope of em? broiling Spain and the United States in just such an incident as happened with the 'Baltimore's crew during the insur? rection in Chile. In response to an inquiry the minister said that it was not customary and a part of diplomatic usage for one coun? try to notify the diplomatic representa? tives of another in advance that it in? tended to send a war vessel to the wa? ters of the other nation. The statement of Minister de Borne make,-- it apparent that the Spanish rovernment will riot regard the dis natch of the Maine to Havana, as an hostile act, and equivalent to a .breach if. the friendly relations between the two countries. Minister de Lome called at the State Department about 3 o'clock this after? noon in pursuit of information con? cerning the movements of the Maine. He asked and was freely permitted to -.ee the orders sent to Admiral Sicard, directing the Maine to proceed to Ha? vana. The fact that the Spanish .min? ster was shown the orders is regarded is an indication that there is nothing ? f a threatening or bellicose nature in hem. The Navy Department receiv? ed information during the day that the squadron had sailed from Key West :o the Tortugas. this being In accord? ance with the original program when It waSjOrdered South. The commander of the iMaine, Captain Sigsib e. Is a favorite In the Navyi De? partment. IFor four years he was-<-_hi<?f <>f the hydrognaphic office, and by his energy brought the office up to "a high standard. He was lucky to get so im? portant a ship as the Maine, considering his actual rank, which is that of a com? mander, but immediately he Justified the department's Judgment in the selec? tion. Iby running his ship straight into a dock in 'New York harbor to avoid running down a packed excursion boat. This was a display of -quick Judgment, nerve 'and pluck that pieased the de? partment so highly that the cap.ain was sent a complimentary letier. His ofll cers are also a good lot. including Lieu? tenant Commander Richard Wain w*ight, Lieutenant 'O. P. Holnuan. John Hood and <C. W. Yungen. Lieutenants (junior grade) <G. W.BIow, J. T. Blanih. F. \\r. Jenkins, Cadets J. H. Holden, W. T. Cluvurlus, Amos iBronston and d. F. Boyd. Jr., Surgeon L. G. Heneberger, Paymaster C W. Littlefleld, Chief 'En? gineer O. P. Howell. iPassed Assistant Engineer F. C. IBowers and Assistant Engineers J. G. 'Morris and d. G, 'Mer rltt. The Moire is n battleship of the sec? ond class, and is regarded as one of the !>o-t ships in the navy. She was built at the Brooklyn navy yard and Is 31S ffr?itugV",K'w?L ^road, mean She has two ten-inch vertical*"rurrets and two military masts, and her motive power is furnished by twin screws, ver? tical triple expansion engines, having a medium horse-power of 9,293, capable of making 17.45 knots. ,She carries four ten-Inch and six G-inch breeehloadlng guns in her main battery, and seven C-pounder and eight 1-pounder rapid lire stun.- and four Catlings in her sec? ondary battery and four IWlhitehead tor? pedoes. While administration officials miss no opportunity of declaring confidence in the promise of the 'maintenance of peace, it may be noted 'tis a matter of interest that the United States now has assembled near Key West the most for? midable licet of warships tnTSTTI?s~bpen gotten together in our home waters tor many year.;. It is made up of the North Atlantic squadron under command of Admiral Slcard, flagship 'New York, first class battleships b>wa. Indiana, Massachusetts; second class battleships .Maine ami Texas; cruisers Detroit 'and Montgomery: dispatch boat Fern, and the torpedo flotilla, composed of the Cushingj Ericsson, Dupont and 'Porter, which will reinforced in a few days by the Foote. The big protected cruiser Brooklyn, almost equal to a battleship herself, is fitting out at the New York navy yard. Captain Cook, who com? mands the ship, was at the Navy De? partment this morning and expects to ? ail the latter part of the week to Join Admiral Slcard's squadron. The gun brat Nashville and the training ship Essex are at 'Port 'Royal, S. C, within easy call, and the entire navy may be said t.i be in a state of preparedness that is gratifying to the officials, iln view of the limited resources placed in their hands by Congress. The first intimation the members of. the Z .''ate committee on foreign rela? tions had of the orders to the M?irte was given In the Associated Press re? ports bulletin. The information was re? vived with evident satisfaction. Senator 'Foraker was particularly pleased to hear the news. He said he wished the Texas 'and the other vessels of the squadron would be ordered to follow the Maine. Senator Cullom said: "I am glad to hear it. I hope the Maine will be followed by other ves? sels." Senator Teller said he would like to see the harbor of Havana filled with A'rrierlcan warships. Senator Daniel said: "I am glad to hear of it. It ought to have been done two years ago." CONGRESSMEN GRATIFIED. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.?There was gratification expressed among members of the House committee on foreign af? fairs, especially by 'Messrs. Smith and Pearson. Republicans, who had ex? pressed some unrest 'at the non-action of the committee of the House in the matter of Cuba. OFF FROM KEY WE-ST. KEY WEST. FLA.. Jan. 24.?At 9:30 this morning the United States fleet, :neluding the Maine, sailed from this port. The announced -destination was Tortugas, and, until news came from Washington this -afternoon, it was not generally known here th'at the .Maine was destined for Havana. Two torpe? do boats are left in this port, to be used as dispatch boats to communicate with the fleet. Ol ''BANS SURPRISED. NEW YORK. Jan. 24.?At the head? quarters of the Cuban junta in this city here was some surprise expressed at the explanation given,by the State De? partment for the dispatching of the battleship Maine to Havana. As far a.s hostilities were concerned, it was affirmed by Delegate Palma and others, that the condition of affairs today was precisely the same as when the war broke out. The interpretation generally put at the junta on the State Department's action was th'at it might be an offset to the action of Germany in sending two warshios to ^ivana. HAS LEE RESIGNED* JACKSONVILLE. FLA., .Pan. 24.? A dispatc h to the Times-Union and Cit? izen from Key West says: ."Great excitement prevails here over a report that Consul General Lee has resigned. The 'Maine and the rest of the fleet left here at 9 o'clock this morn? ing Par Tortugas. The torpedo boat Dupont sailed at 5:10 this afternoon with important dispatches for the fleet. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24.?Assistant Secretary of State Day said tonight: ?There is absolutely no truth In the report that General Lee has tendered his resignation. He is in perfect ac? cord with the administration, and the administration with him." a error.; ratcliff bailed. IN 10W YORK, Jan. 21.?Edward J. Katcliffe. the actor, was held in $2,000 oail today on the charge of perjury. l'he alleged perjury consists in his -wearing .luring the recent triial for as? saulting his wife, the daughter of Peter 1>e Lacy. that, he had never been mar? ried before. Today Caroline Ravenhill, who alleges that Ratcliffe- married her in England in 1883, produced the orig r.'al of the nvarrtage certificate, which is alleged to prove the actor's perjury .ind bigamy. a warrant against IRatc?ffe has been ssued in New Jersey for bigamy, and >apers in a suit for annulment of mar? riage, brought by Peter De Lriey's laughter, were served on Ratcliffe to? day. Newport News, Vs., Jan. 21. 1858. 'My 'Dear Si::?You are not easily fooled into read'ir.g advertisements, but b ifore you know it you have read that Twenty-seventh street and Roanoke av? enue is the place to get building mate ria.!, stoves and tinware1 chi ap. Also '?askets, coffins and Funeral Director at reasonable rates Yours truly, ja 22-25. W. H. K. HOLT. Everybody Says So. Gascarets Candy Cathartic, the m nt woo aerful medical discovery of the tie, pleas? ant and refreshing to the taste, i ct gently ind positively on kidneys, lb-er an 1 bowels, lcansing tho entire system, dispel colds nre headache, fever, habitual constlpatior od biliousness. Please buy and try a bo> ' C C C to-dny. 10, Sis,, 50 cent?. Halo iu> .itarautecd u> ctirw by all dmcsists. THE FIRST G?N FIB Newport News Democratic Club Prepares for Action. WILL FIGHT MR. TUCKER Ex-T*oHtmaRter, the Organisation Sayn, is too "Slitk" ? Politician to be a !U. ui ber or in* Sectoral Itourd. Ofttcern Elected. The .municipal campaign is now on. The iflrst gun was fired rast night by the Newport News Democratic Club. Pursuant to the call of Mr. E. S. Rob? inson, the former president of the club, about fifty Democrats met at Moss' Hall and reorganised the club by elect inc the following officers: President?E. S. Robinson. Assistant SeorSary^fleorge v>eucr. Treasurer?Dr. J. W. Ayler. Sergen nt-nt-Arms?T. A. Lacy. Seven vice presidents?one from each ward?will be selected at the next regu? lar meeting. After rapping the meeting to order Attorney Robinson! stated that the spring campaign was :\t band and it behooved good citizens to league them? selves'together and light for a common cause. He believed that the club had elected the first mayor of (Newport News, and was of the opinion that it wsiuld elect the next executive. In the ,'ast campaign it h id been sold the club was undemocratic because it refused to go into the primary. This was not true. "New let us see where 'the Democrats are." said the speaker. "Our oppo? nents elected a solid gold delegation to the Staunron convention. 'We elected a silver dele-gat ion, but the second dis? trict sent Si majority of gold men to Staunton and we were outvoted and kicked out. The Chicago convention, though, said we were '.Democrats. So did the Roanoke convention. 'Now you may rake this city over with a fine tooth comb and you can't find one of those fellows who will admit that he w'as a gold man. And yet they say we ire not Democrats. We are g<oing Into this campaign because we believe there is corruption in some places, and--we mean to clean them out." "Very little business was transacted by the club after the officers were chosen. Ex-'M!ayor Moss said he thought the club should take some ac? tion regarding the electoral board, and not sit with folded hands and let a few fellows in the First National Bank run the city. It was time for the majority ? to act. - Not Several mombers of the ilub tboe on t pressed 'their dissatlsifuetlon. " proposed exertttivj^comriine leave Norfj thiem being very h?rsn ut -vecs night at? oif ex-Postmaster Tucker. " ? On motion of Mr. Mvk-s a committee of three was appointed to draft a reso? lution and forward it to Hon. Thomas Temple Powell, asking him to continue the hoard with the probable exception of 'Mr. J. I>. fM&rye, Jr., who was char? acterized as a gold bug. The chair ap? pointed Messrs. L. .R. Sturgis. George Weiler and A. A. Moss. The members declared that they would enter a primary if i't w-as not "cocked and primed."' They did not propose to go into a primary if there was any indication of fraud. After the meeting adjourned sand? wiches and liquid refreshments .were served. From President Robinson a reparier for the Daily Press learned that the club started out with a membership of 150. .Here is a pledge that an applicant for membership must sign before he Is admitted: NEWPORT NEWS, VA.189 . Renouncing allegiance to all oth- . . er political organizations. I desire . . to be ennilled as a member of the . . .NEWPORT .NEWS DEMOCRATIC . CLUB. .Applicant. . The club adjourned until Monday night. February 7. It will meet semi? monthly thereafter until the campaign gets "hot." 1'olice Court. The following eases were disposed of by Justices Brown and Semmes In the Police t'ourt yesterday. John Thornton, charged with disor? derly conduct; lined $6 and costs. Oscar Penny, drunk; fined $2 and costs. Tom Scott (colored), drunk; fined $2 ind costs. E. Green, drunk; fined $2 and costs. Peter Shea. Fred Wolfe. Frank Nel? son and William Jones, vagrancy; ten 'ays in jail each. Thomas Clovering. William Reed, lohn Pigall, vagrancy; five days in Jail each. George Carroll, drunk; fined J2 and costs, W. 'H. Bachelor, drunk; duel $2 a:;d costs. Callie Hat ton (colored), drunk; fined $2 and costs. Eugene Cavanaugh. disorderly con? duct: fined t4 B.nd costs. Annie Wilson (colored), not of gold rame; fined $5 and costs. Henry Haley, petty larceny; warrant withdrawn. John Page, drunk: fined $2 and .vista. John Jewell, board warrant; required to pay hill oni costs. John Hyde, disorderly conduct: fined 53 and costs. John Nowlan. disorderly conduct; fined $2 and costs. ?Henry Trayner, boaTd warrant, re ! Hired to pay the bill. Charles Alvlris, board warrant; re? tired to pay the bill. Two sailors charged with stealing a lady's cape were dischraged for want of evidence to convict them. They were taken before Justice Semmes by ex-Po? liceman Z. T. Jones. ItuHinesM at the Custom Blouse. 'British steamship iH. M. Pollock en ?ered from Androssan for cargo. rirltish steamship Fram entered from \>w York. British steamship Bceforth entered from Oalveston and cleared for Bre? men, after coating When ye-u want building materials Hold your orders until you Know what Is best and lowest in Hardware, lumber, lath, paints, f.ls, shingles, m? 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