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Press i I DISPotGtlGS. VOL III, WO. 17. W1LLSHIPM0REC0LE Contract for Transportation of 2,000,000'Tons. BIG COMPANY ORGANIZED To Operate a Fleet ;of Twenty-Six IJargx frti.si ibis |>or(;. Atlantic TranR portiuion Company is Hit- Nimm. The orgtatniistaitiom 'to the past few ospmt'hs of Dlie Atlantic Transportation ?Company, one of -uhe largest concerns of its kind in the Utnited State.--, means that 'the coal output at Newport News, today larger Than any other American port, will be iincreaeed by at lea?t 2,000, 000'tons annually for the next five years. The American Tramsp?rtlaiti'on Com? pany is ?rst-t'n'ized, under t'he laws of t'he State of New Jersey, and a capital stock of $3.000,000 has been paid into its treasury ?for the eonsti m matron of the plains formulated by t'he capitalists back of the enterprise. The idea of the company is to carry ?'t? 'an iimmeniee coal traflic, with New? port News as the centrail shipping point and tihe Chesapeake & Ohiw tuiilroaid its transportathen line. Tite otflcers of the company have been especially busy during the past month and h'as purchased tend is now building | one of t'he largest barge tle'ets in t'he world. Tio- company intends to begin opera thins in tite course ?f Uhe next sixtj da;,.-, at the expiration of whicn titrt tit- II. .-i will he im perfect order. T.he stockholders and directors of the ! Atlantic Transportation Company are aprons t'he most prominent and wealth Th ? most 'active of the caprraJtets In? terested ate General Edward I'. Mean v. the magnate who is idenciified -with the great success ,,f ;iK. long distance tele? phone, an,! cxtiovernor W. A. MaoCor k-Ie. of West Virginia. The headquarters of the company is a.t No. 1 Broadway. New York, in which (building by the way. are the main of? fices of the Newport News Shipbuilding | ten! ley Dock Company u.nd 'the Old Doniinit n Land Company. of thus city. Wit. n s. en by a reporter for the Daily Press at his home last evening. Mr. H. I-. i'.trk. r. -up-riir.en.i.art of terminals j a.th'oug'h lie had known for some tint :her the lea! would lee received bv the officials or the ?road at this end xif the line of tite con? summate n of stuoh a contract, would be the increase in 'ehe aimouut of coal handled. Mr. Parker said further, that alchough current report was prolbably reliable In the main, 'lie doubted the cvrrcctne-s of the details, believing that the report is rather exaggerated. At the present time about 17.r.,000 tons of coal are being dumped 'info schooners ? w r.el barges ?* 't'he piers every month and This quantity will be increased by 1(16.000 tons, according to the report (that 's being circulated, wihioh is to 't'he effect that the contract "With the Ches? apeake and Ohio provides for the trans? port :ui .-n of 2.000,000 toms of coal a year iCot five years, and which, if correct. praCek-tvlly means Uh'at Newport -News ?will annually rfiip in t'he future more nlullaec Tills Afternoon. Tin- camdelabra, "Land of Nod" and tableaux representing G-ibson's pictures, ?which -w.-re given la.-t night with great success, will be repeated this afternoon at the opera -house at 2:20 o'clock. tA'dtflts, 25 cents; children under 12 years. 15 c nts. fe2Glt Receives ?ii lit ,f the 'li-jinl Lodge of i 'P.ytlh'i. s. which was >urg Thursday after a 1 days .n tlhat city, an -rreu" upon a Pythian .en- I". L Cunningham, who rept -?el Lee Lodge No. IS, of Berkeley. Va.. was chosen to till the office of Grand Outer Guard of the Graind Lodg for the next ensuing term. Mr. Cunrnft i i m !k a papular employee of the New- . pore. News Shipbuilding and Dry Lock Company. Funeral of Mr. <;eo. Owynne. The funeral of Mr. Oeorge Gwinn, ?Wiho cPed at ihislhome in >E!ast End Fri? day n'lg.ht, wi'll take pi-ace this morning ? :i;' y oY'.'ock. from the 'house. Rev. ~ J. M'.icKay. a-ssi-s.ied by Kev. M. S. C 1, nina. Jr.. will officiate. Interment Mr. W P. Walker. Jr.. Paralyzed. Mr. W. P. Walker. Jr., freight traf? fic, manager of the Che.-aea.ke and Ohio ?EaiMwiaiy Company, on Thursday inti-ghit suffered'a severe stroke of paralysis, ; iwth'ilie *n Cinclinnati. -V consultation of C'iy'-ici'ans was '.held yesterday after- j ?n.'-'iti'at l"'o'clock, ana ? sWghlt charooe -of | ,bi-s recovery is ein'tertaimed. Mr. Walker is well known in Newport ?News, where hUe nfflcSal duties 'have of? ten broug.ht him. Veert? Keoorded. >R. M. Heath to J. M.'Curtis, trustee; consideration, $1,000. 'J. 'M. Hefte!finger et ux to Tlhomas tBrook?; consideration, $200. Thomas Brooks et ux to 'CharkS Hef felflnger, itru-stee; consideration, $150. K?< p ?KT the Sidewalks. At t'he next meeting olf the commlon coitnci'. an amendment will be offered to an' ordinance n?w 'in existence, but imperative byi .reason of the wording of ?Uhe measure. The amendment will im? pose a penalty fon driving a wagon across a sidewalk except to enter a per? son's private! premises, whereas the present ordinance fbifhids only driving along the sidewalks. Editor Press: Dear Sir:?A gentleman remarked to a painter, "I see >v>u have to put the sign 'paint' on the house to let people know that you are using paint; they might .think you were whitewashing." Now, if people use 'Holt's paints and other building material they will need no signs; they can also call Phone No. 2S73 wflien they want 'an undertaker. Ytiurs truly, W. H. K. HOLT. fe22-tu-th-sa-tf If you want pictures of any kind or sine see Wagoner, 2412 Washington av? enue, feb 20-tf. A Happy Woman Is the housekeeper who buys her coal and wood from the Warwick Coal and Wood Co., Twemty-eaghth street. Ja 14 tf IS CHESAPEAKE GUN CL.VM. Live IMguon shoot, jit Ktvervlew 1'itrk \rn~ terOuy Afternoon. The Chesapeake Gun Club held a "shoot" at R'iverview Purk yesterctiy afternoon ut 3 o'ctadk. The tlu'b has Ibeehi shooting under many disadvant? ages, owing to the fact thot the range has nbt yet been completed. The ,"6hoot" yesterday was the first one at which the concealed traps were used. They are a success. Each of the twenty-four members present had 25 shots at birds and the score shows that there 'was some clever shbotlng. T. 1-*. Duncan, led the e\ub sind T. F. Stearnes was seconkk The fal? lowing was Ohe score: It. <J. Biekfoid . 19 C. Barggamrn . 15 l>r. Charles. 7 Dr. Copper . 6 O. C. Crafttord . lo T. P. Umiai n. 21 A. G'. Fifer . 15 E. C. Hiiyvr . ?! J. P. Harrison . 10 D. li. James. It; F. K. L?tlmer . 11 E. \V. Miistead'_. 11 33. S. Robinson . 15 C. W. Robins,n. 1} R. B. Semnus . 7 VV. K. Stow . ? J. K. iL Ne"wt"n . 6 A. C. Bargamin. 3 Dr. Perkins . 12 A. t.MoMah. in . 12 J. T. Moyer . " J. P. Womble . 12 T. F. Steurnes .'.. "JO E. P. Woolfolk . 1 PKEACUEKS AN!) TliEttt THEM ES Sul.je.-tn Announced for Tomorrow'? Ser vi?es lit, Lhe Cliuirchea. Services will'be held in the churdhes tomorrow at the usual hours. Fulloiw ing are the soibjects announced: First ProdbyUrian church, Rev. E. T. Weitford, pastor.-nServiccs at 11 A. Ql. and 7:30 P. M. Subject in the morning: "Strained Relation's;" in the evening: "Eve. the iMother of Us All." Washington Avenue ill. E. church, R v. B. F. Lipscomib, pastor.?Services at 11 A. ai. and 7:30 P. Ai. Subject in the morning: "Dedicated Spoils;" in the evening: "The Lost Found." St. Paul's Epis.-ipal church. Rev. J. F. R?hle, pastor?Services at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Text in the morning: Matthew Sth chapter end 415th verse. "Somebody ihatih touched Me for 1 per? ceive that virture has gone out of lie." The sulbject of the sermon will be: "In T ucth With .1 sus." The services dur? ing Lent will Ibe as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 P. M. ut the church. Wednesday ut 7:30 P. i.M. and Friday at 5 P. M. at the mission in Morrison. St. Vincent's Catholic church. Rev. Father Charles E. Donahoe, pastor.? First mass at ? A. ai.; seeun'i1 mass at 10:30 P. M.: Vispers and Ibenedlction at 7 P. il. Father Donahoe is preaching a s ri< s of i-ermons on the Sacraments and wiii prea 'h tomorrow on the subj set erf Holy Otde-rs. The week servic s during Lent will '.!>e as follows: Wednesday night at S o'clock, instruction an,! bene? diction; Friday night at S o'clock. In? struction and the stations of the Cross. See ami Baptist church. Rev. Thomas J. MuteKay, pastor.?Services at 11 A. 11. and 7:30 P. 'M. Subject in the morning: "Diving Epistles Read and Known of Ail Men;" in the evening: "Where Art Thou? Is Your Position in Dlife God's Choice or Tour Oown?" Thirtieth 'Street Christian, churcb. Rev. W. K-. Motley, pastor.?iServr.es at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Rev. J. >E>. Shcnk. pastor of the Fi:st Lutheran church, X rfolk. will preach tomorrow after? noon at 4 o'clock. Chestnut Avenue Methodist church. It-v. M. S. COIonna, Jr.. pastor.?Serv? ices at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Subject in the morning: "The J' y of Salva? tion:" in the evening: "Church Enter? tainments." CITIZEN'S TELEPHONE COMPACT. ??Hello" Instrument* in Working Ordirin 15 Duy-s. Work on the Citizen's Telephons Com? pany's line iis b.-ing pushed 'ahead rap The manager of the new com? pany told a Daily Press reporter Hast night that the company would have the phones in working order in about fif? teen, days, if everything went as expect? ed. Beginning with the first of next week, . he canst rue: ion force of the company will be kept bu?y day and night in the attempt to do ehe 'work required. A small exchange will be put in 'Ohe offices of the X-ewoprt News .Shipbu'ild 'ir.g sind Dry Dock Company whdeh will ..mn-.-et with different branches of the yard, and will lalso be connected with the exchange 'in t'he city. Ten phones will bt> in the shipyard exchange. The telephone's t'hlis company intends to put Cm 'are of tlhe l>est workmanship, and are all long d'isuance instruments. The metaHe circuit will also be used, which will greatly add to the service. About two hundred telephones have already been put in, and it is under? stood tlhla't a great many more will 'fol? low. The company will have connections with Hampton, Phoebus, Old Point and Norfolk. AT THE OPERA HOUSE. Cantata and Olbonlan 1'okcs Attract ? Large Audleuce. The.entertainment given last evening at the opera 'house under the auspices of the Uadies' Aid Society of the Pres? byterian church, was attended by a '.arge and fashionable audience, who warmly applauded each number on the excellent program, which was under the able management of airs. Norton. The 'program, which waei a long one, was divided: tot? two parts, .the first consisting of 'a Cantata entitled "Dand of Xod," in which .Miss 'Norma Xella Norton represented the Queen. She was supported by a cleverly trained rarst of young Indies and children. The second part of tlhe program con? sisted of tableaux representing some of Charles Dana Gibson's pictures. All of the tableaux were extremely well con? ceived, and elicited much well earned : i pplawe. ? '.During the even'i.ng Mrs. C. W. Rob? inson and Miss Clemenee Cooke ren? dered vocal solos, which added largely to the enjoyment of the evening. The management was so e weoupaged by the success of the entertainment last night it was decided to repeat the performance ' this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Wise, or otherwise? The newspapers have published information' in regard to the importance of Newport .News in case of war, and have shown how easily Spain could get In and knock us to pieces. However, 'there will be no tvar and more important just now is the in? formation that building material, cof? fins and caskets can be gotten at reas j onalble ra'oes at Twon'ty-s.?vent>i street and Roonoke avenue. Phone 2873. iW. I II. K. .Holt. feee-tu-th-sa-tf SWPORT NEWS, Shells Shipped Yesterday to Fort Washington. MORTARS READY TO FIRE OOlcerg and Men sit Old I'oint Confident that n Crisis ls.it Hand. Messages Coming In ThicU und 1-HSt. Tlhe Daily Press is in a position to de? ny t'he reports t-hau't (have been sent away to newspapers published in other ?*ti?s to the effect tavat there is mo un? usual activity ait Fort Monroe. Yesterday afternoon forty boxes of large projectiles, each weighing Ki5 pounds,were forwarded from Old Point by the Washington steamer, croniiigned to Fort Washington. It was learned by ? 'representative of tlhe Daily 'Press that orders were received af Fort Monroe m Thursday that there he forward.-d to 'Pom Washington, at once a large supply of projectile.* for use in tlhe modern 10-iimch guns at that fort, which s sUtulated on the Potomac, about ten miles from the National Capitol. The shipment of yesterday, it is .ail will be followed Iby another 'in a day or two. It is consider-, d that the demand for ammunition at Fort Wellington is siginHflcaait at the present Eme, in con? sideration of the fact that there has been no consignment of shells to that post for a number of years, and. under the present s'.-riwvod relations conse? quent upon the wreck of the Maine, this order is considered as a very meaning one. Inside the f. rt. it was learned by the Daily Press reporter from reliable sources, there is unusual activity. The mortars have tail been completed and loaded, ready for immediate action. The wires have been connected, and ail that: remains 'is to give 'rive word of aimmamd and the mortars will belch for th destruction. There 'are other signs of prepara.ti.in for emergency, 'among which not the least is the the"fact that ?the balls to b.- used in the heavy guru? at the fort are being loaded with ail poseShle expedition. The monitor Terror is now stationed .ff Old Point under orders to await the arrival of the Spanish cruiser Vizra.ya, which is expected in the .Roads tomor? row morning. The Terror will remain K Old Point for the arrival of the Spanish vessel, but 'if she does not put ?into the 'Roads by that time the m ui tor will put to sea. It is a Very remarkable fact in con? nection with the Terror's ,-:;iv in the ?Reads that her righting tops are in readiness for action, her guns protrud? ing from -the little turrets i'n a menac? ing manner. Et is am .ill-concealed fact lyhat the of? ficers and men at Fort Monroe antici? pate a conflict in the n ar future. In conversing with some friends, it is staid 'that ?tlhe commandant of 'the p ist ex decdaration of war would be made. To a Daily Pres? reporter a member of one of the companies sta? tioned' at Fort 'Monroe ?tatet! that it was cvnfi?'t'ivtly expected 'by the men that war would oe declared in the course of the next ten days, 'and he add? ed that his only wish was that the Vist eaya might continue in the Roads until that time, as .he believed that she would be an easy mla'rk for the powerful ma? chines of war at the fort. The wires are kept busy carrying message;- -to the fort, and the operators are being worked hard receiving the dispatch es. The battleships Kentucky and Kear sarge, now under construction at the shipyard,were rifty-six per cent, on the way to completion yesterday. Although the authorities at the shipyard deny that -they have received any orders from the government hurrying the work on the two monsters, it is generally thought that the officials have an ap prehenslion. thnt the orders for an .im? mediate launching may come at any time, a.-- it is believed for very good reasons that the ways from which the gh.ers wil! slide into t'he water cm their tntiiden plunge, are now being greased in preparation for a launching. It is usu-ally customary to grease 'the ways three or four days before five day se? lected for the vessel to be launched, and the Pact that this is being dome so far in advance ->f the appointed lime gives lire to the supposition that the shipya rd officials are desirous of being prepared for 'any emergency that may be offer? ed. It is tire general concensus of opinion that the crisis in the affairs of the Uni? ted States ami Spain is rapidly ap? proaching, and that before 'the expira? tion of ton ciiiys war may be declared. I'NTFjRBST UN Till-: TERROR. Not since the fata! March day. in 1862, when the Confederate iron, kid Men-imac steaimed nut of the harbor of Norfolk 'to Hampton Roads, where it wtas to tftrike a blow which was to revolutionize the navies of the world, has such intense interest been manifest 'in the departure of a ves? sel from the Norfolk navy yaird as was that which attended the passing out of the formidable tighter Terror Thursday morning. .Various .rumors have 'been Circulated about the destination of the Terror, and much speculation has been indulged in. The first report wa's that she toad been ordered 'to New York to guard the Spanish cruiser Vlzcaya, which was paying a "friendly visit" to that port. It was later reported' that she would take 'the place of the ill-fated Maine n Havana harbor. At noon yesterday ?the monitor wtas-anchored off Old Point, and it appears as if she were going to enjoy the gayeties of the season at that place, and i-.pend the winter in Hampton -Roads. However, she miary leave for southern waters at any time. Visitors were allowed on board 'alt day yesterday, a.nd 'those who have been on her say that she is la very trim craft and could put up a good fight with al? most any ship. Common sense vs. Nonsense. Good ingredients mixe.l t>y machinery, by re? sponsible people, makes good pa.int. That's common sense. "Oh, I don't use ready mixed paints." That's nonsense. Try Valentine's common .-.er.se at 27th street and Roanoke avet.ue. Phone No. 1873. felSt th-sotf. No Breakdowns. If you ride an Eclipse, and they don't need pumping up every few minutes, either, beouun-o we fit 'em with first class 'tires, a.nd remember, should you meet with an accident they cost you nothing for repairs. iW-hy not buy the best bicycle made, especially when we sell them as cheap and on easier terms than others .who sell inferior bicycles. 'Eclipse bicycles are guaranteed for four years. Rear this -in mind, ali-.o. NEWPORT NEWS CYCLE CO., 221 Twenty-seventh St. For Rent?The Central Hotel, nicely furnished. Apply to M. H. Lash. 2803 Washington avenue. feb 15-tf. CITY NEWS IN ISKIEF. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Williams gave u reception Thursday night at their lr me on Twenty-seventh street. In hon? or of their guest, 'Miss Annie Williams, of Now Yok. Mr. Williams returned frotil New York several days ago uc eomipanicd by Miss Williams who wil'l remain for some time. ?Patrolman G?ddlngs found a "Golden" bicycle ?01 Twcnty-eigh't-h street, be? tween Washington and Lafayette av? enues last night. The wtheel was taken to the police fcltlaittion, as the owner could ?n it be found. Newport News Lodge INo. 315, OB. P. <). I-Uks. have secured the services of t'he Wilbur-Kir win Opera Company for a benefit emtertnlrrmenf to be given at the opera house on the evening vf Mon? day, ?Mar.'.li Tilt. Mr. Mag-.-, of Smi'thfleld; gave an en teir;:.'..nment cons.i.-t.ing of 'li'armon.'ous recitations at the Bast End Methodist . 'hut elt last night. The attendance was very good. Mrs. .1. 12. Sills and her little daugh ter Madge, who have been . suffering from an attack of La Grippe, are'a'bie to be out again. Mr. Hugh Oaffey has returned to his home tin. this, city. ?' . *' The members of 't'he sewoir class of '.'he Vi'g'h school went through the gas works :>???.-.- rday 'afternoon in charge uf Mr. ami .\ v. W. S. Bo wen, 'have tak 1 ? -ave ,v a M.-s. B. Young of 128 '.Mi.-s Lena atnd Yotta iFllsh left for Baltimore lasjt evening to attend the wed-d'lng .,r Miss Faivnie Addelstein, of that city. Mrs. T. .1. M illey, of Avooa, is visiting Misii Famnie Lorillard is visiting-rela? tives in I' rtsmouth. Mr. Theodore ?Williams, of 'Baltimore, is vi--rung 'Mr. William Williams, in North End. Me. William W.hitv'haW 'has been ap Poimti 1 storekeeper at Newport News ut $3 per day. 'Mr. Mrs. Walter A. Bee, of Bos? ton, are v isi ting their daughter, 'Mrs. F. C. ODelaplaline. 'Misses Annie and Ha Hie Rolton have as their gut-st Miss Sallie A. Barker, of Mrs. O. G. Derrkig entertained her Sunday- leohool class Thursday ?nliglht tat her resi.i n .? on Tweiity-eseventh Mr. Louis Shackelford acted as best mtan Thursday at t'he marriage In Rloh mian yesterday at rite marriage in Rich mon i of h'i<s brother, Mr. E. ?. Shackel f.-r-l and Miss Lillian D. Wallace. The members of the Chesapeake Gun Cluib vein hold their regular weekly "sho t" ut Riivervlew Park this after? noon. 'Miss Anne Sharp, wtho 'has been vis? iting her brother, Mr. T. H. Sharp, for several weeks, will leave tonight for Far Rockaway. L. I., to visit her bro? ther. Mr. B. It. Sharp. Miss Marita.nna Jaivab, of Northamp? ton county, arrived in the City yester ley and is the guest ?tSMiSB M lie Saun? ters, .in West avenue. Miss Jacob is a oousim of Miss Mary Jacob, Who is now visiting in this city. STREET COMMITTEE MEET . DiycUKHCd. The street committee of 'the Common Council met last mi'Siht at 8 o'clock iin 'the office of the city clerk An the court ?h-cuse.. All i'liA? trf fhe members. Coun e; -r-tesi M I au.jhl'it, \ a, and V/vi tetf. Street iComm'iisEli'oner Keato-n submit? ted to .tthe committee a statement *>f Iiis expenses for the past six months. .?. hieb ov.? a total of $6,233.96. It was | the sentiment of the committee -tiholt th- report was rema.rlCi.bly gratifying. Tie- comimi'ttee then 'took up t'he mat? ter of the franchise of tile Newport News Street Railway. Messrs. Frank Dar ling and M. Ii. Quackenbush. ol Hamilton, were present tit the meeting at' the committee, and presented objec? tion to the franchise as granted by the council. Mr. iDarlli'ng objected to tlhe requirement that the track 'be run on -he side of ehe street, but stated t'htat .'::?.- .? impainy would be willing to ac? cept the franchise wiith that provision | if th y should be granted an excluisiv-: right to the use of such streets for 'Wie I purpose of running a car line. The ? mm'ittee agreed not e,o recommend any :lhlanges t'o the council. Mr. Barling will appear before the oun 11 on Tuesday night, arid urge ? .i.'.it body to amend the framohise in conformity to his views. To a Da'liy Press r.-p .ra-r .Mr. .l>arl?ng staid that ivls c mipaitiy did not desire 'to ask the a ur. .1 to make any unreasonable con ec! -n=, 'out he declared .he considered I .t unfair to require the 'tracks to be run en the si'de of tlhe streets 'without giving tlte company exclusive privilege. As it mow suwids the company will not ..ceept the franchise. I!ef..re adjournment it was decided ;.. recommend to the council that Sweet i'' 01 n.'issl.liter 'Kt-.c.i n be authorized to grade Lnifayc-t'te avenue between Tu ty-ei.gthlt'h land ThliTty-lt'hird stre working 'by the day. City Engineer | Als. p estimated' that the cost of the) improvement 'Would fall short of $150. WAtWHK COUNTY All RIGHT. Doug Smith's AclmtniHtration Itrgulnr und Proper. The legislative committee appointed to iuivestigate the criminal expenses of a number of Virgin..* ?.?-?unties a-nd wlhioh recently reported unfavorably for Warwick, held another meeting some days ago and, after hetatpimga statement from Cierk of Courts "T>oug." Smith, decided that the charges made had mis? represented t'he "Old Free State" and concluded to return another re|K>rt. ?wh'klh, as presented in the House, is as follows?: "In -tlte investlgatWun of t?te affairs of '.he county of Warwick, your oommltt ?tee found an apparent discrepancy be? tween the number of cases tried by jus? tices and tin- number certified by t'he clerk, and your committee ailso found an apparent duplication of seventeen as. s in the reports of two distinct months. Since making tlhe first report the clerk of Warwick county .has ap? peared before your committee with his fee. rds and has shown to your commit? tee that no dtlBcrepancy existed ami that the duplication referred to above did not in fact exist. "Your committee offers this supple? mental rep.irt in justice to the clerk of Warwick county, upon whom the first r< port might he deemed a reflection, and so fir as the examination of your com? mit': oe lias gone, his administration ap? pears ho tie regular and proper." Whem you wont builtlding material I f id your ondiers'until you Kn w what the best and lowest in Hardware, lumber, lath, paints, oil?., shingles, niMUldings, cement, lime, piaster, roofing, materials, tar, tools, stoves and tinware. Twenty-seventh street and Reanoke hv nue. Pa-jne No. 2S73. felG tu-th-sa-tf. Wood delivered in any part of the city for 90 Cents per load, cash. M. S. Warren, 415 Twenty-ninth street. Phone 2611. fe6-2m. FEBRUARY 20, 18! DISQUIETING RUMORT Do Not Disturb the Secretary of the Navy. QUESTION OF INDEMNITY Prectal, nil Ut lug Consider. <1 With View os Making Out a t laim Against Spain lr Hie A,,i,Kin ilivory In Exploded. (By Telegraph.) WlASHJlNKSTON. Fdb. 25.?In spite c? the stciries that coaie from- unOlifVclal sources in Havana as to sensational de? velopments in connection with che work ot th- divers in the'Maine's hull ?be ai mdnlstrat'ron remains iftrm in its state? ment that there is no reliable evidence ore wuiyi or the o liter as to the cause ot the disaster, and holds to its purpose to await the conclusion ot the investiga? tion now making by the court of In? quiry. This position was emphasized ot to? day's cabinet mee'tlr-g. People who 1 okdi for gutne startling announcement w. re disappointed as the meinlbers w.th. out reservation frankly admitted that the subject of the '.oss of the Alu lue had b.er.i ,.iicu-sed, but that the government had retc'ivvU no information from Ha? vana since yesterday ond had no in.en tion of changing its policy untV. ther* was something utf ttrbstance to wurrvint it. The Spanish legation was equally In the dark us to any of the discoveries reportfclii trorn sources that are n-^t cited. Secretary Lw.-i.ig has been under a heavy and almost constant strain ever since h-. was aiwakened In the middle of the nig. t a aveek ago last Tucs'oby try the news of the less of the Maine, ai.id now that matters are. at least for toe time being, in a quieter state, he hfls gone away for u Gehv oay? rest, leaving Assistant Sec? retary Roosevelt to manage the depart? ment. The latter has tKen thoroughly ad? vised at every step of the secretary's policy off treatment df the Maine affair so that there is not likely to be any change in that respect caused by the temporary assumption of the duties of secretary by Mr. Roosevelt. Just before the department "osed be hod wo:U elf the sailing o.* the cruiser Montgomery fr. im Tampa Tor Key W.-st. Up to that time the vessel had been given, no orders so that the dat.; of her departure for Havana, if the is to go at aU, is conjectural. The ship went to Tumipa instead of Key West on her re? turn from San Domingo, in oi'.ler to fa? cilitate ihK speedy return to h>s duties Ira Washington of Captain Crowlnshk-Ul. the chief of the navigation iute.iu. who saved a full day by the movement. The Custine, the second of the United States -warships on the ?outh Atlantic station, arrived today from Rutilgtfjoes, where she joined the Cincinnati. It may 'be that the Castine will go to Marti? nique to be docked, as she is in need o.I cleaning aifter her tropical service. Since so much depends upon the re? port of the cc-urt of Inquiry It may be interesting to note that so far Secretary L-eng himself 'utres not know when to expect this Important document, up to this time having heaavl oth.ng Crem any of the members on this point. II ? rather expected that the curt, which has complete power to work on its own lines, would 'wind up its work at Ha? vana before leaving, sen as to avoid the necessity, for a return trip. One (member of the cabinet bad a more lirtinite opinion on the subject, expect? ing the receipt vif the report from the court about the middle of next week. There Is reason to .believe that mean? time, and to prepare for the reception oif a report that would show the disaster to be other than th:- re.-ult af an acci? dent, some of the officials cUT the admin? istrativ-a have been looking up the sub? ject of Indemnities, so as to lay the founl.ikitioni of a case, In the event 'it should -be decided to resort to that method ot settlement. There are a large number of prece? dents which will ail* the authorities in shaping their action In this lilirection when the facts are fully established. While none of the cases show the f.or ful loss of life sustained by the Main< exploslon, yet they Include many in? stall e-s In which the United States has adopted energetic measures to redress the killing a" Am- rlcan citizens In for? eign countries. In a general way, these methrVis Of redress hove Included de man.is for indemnity, proclamations ex. Chilling -warships of the offending na? tion from our harbors, d'lspl'.ay of force, non-Intercourse, ?withdrawal of our min? ister, reprisal and blockade. Some of these steps border very closely on -war. although they are regarded as the movements just preliminary) t-> actual hostilities, and as amounting to a threat that force twill follow it reparation is not made. GOV ER NT M E N T CO AU IJa.rge Contract Placed. Part of It to Be Sent Through Newport New?. CBy Telegraph.) PITTSBURG. P.A.. Feb. 25.? The Posit tomorrow, will i-fty: "It was learned today i.n Pit tabu rg, through an officer of one of the larg? est coal corporations doling business in this district, that the -Navy Department had closed contracts with the incorpo? rated firm of Caatner, Curran & Bullitt, of Flhiiadelphla, for the delivery at Key Wev-.it, Sand Keys, Dry Turtugas, Siavannah, Charleston 'and Fort Monroe, if 250,000 tuns of Pocaihontas coal, and swith 'the Rhodes iReidler Coal Com pany, or Cleveland, for the delivery of 50,000 tons of the -Goshen coal, of that ?ompany. "The stipulations of the contracts just placed are that the coal so ordered shall be delivered' at the designated joallmg stations as soon as it is potS64 ble to do so, and that the utmost se ?recy be observed about the matter. "In earning out these contracts the railroads play a .most prominent part, and for the purpose of moving every? thing 'as expeditiously as posr-ible^Pres tdemt M. E- Ingalls. of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, Receiver Oscar G. Murrav. of the Baltimore & Ohio, and General Manager L. F. Tore, of the Pennsylvania, went to Washington last week and consulted with ?Secretary Urns', of the navy, aftd Assistant Sec? retary iMe?teleJohn. of the War Depart? ment, on the matter. Contract! and all arrangements for the rapid handling md shipping of the coal were made, ind the government, it is understood, tgreed to pay a bonus to btfUh the coal miners and .t'.he railroads if the ?00,000 tons were delivered within the specified time." PROCTOR OFF Pan. (HAVAiNlA. No Political; Slgniflcar.ee Says the Sen? ator. (By Telegraph.) KEY WEST, FI^A., Fdb. 25.?Sor.ato: Proctor Is among the MastcOtt's pissen geis. Before sailing for Havana h? wa shown a dispatch pu'bliihed here, say 18. Ing that there la considerable exclte r.er.t at Haiuna over his expected vis t. ted it, laughed and said "Ab? surd!" la reply to a request for a Metalled statement .regarding his visit Senator Proctor said: "It's Q..1 simple and straight as day. I've been to Havuna several times be Pctre arJii have many friends there. I've been Ashing several days in Florida with Colonel Parker, a business man of Woi'hlngton, und a friend of mine, ond . we have decided to go over to Havana." The correspon/ilent of the Associated Press suggested that gome people might think Havana a strange place to go fur fish just now Senator Proc'.or laugh? ingly said: "To tell the truth, we are Just going over there to see what's going on; to be where the excitement Is. There is not a bit of political significance about it. I may stay In Havana a day ior a weck. I haven't the remotest Idea how long." ON AMEtRICIAN T EfUR'ITO RfY. SIl^VTTLE. WAtSH., Feb. 26.?The steamer Noyo. which arrived here from Al.aska today, il>ringg the report that the British flag has beere planted t Summit Lake. 14 miles Inside of the American bondary Ene and twelve miles from Skiaguay. It is also reported that eight men have 'been frozen to \ieath on the trail since February 15. AN ENJOYABLE EVENT. Ulaekumitliii Give TUelr Annual Supper find Dunce. The second annual dance and supper of t'he blacksmiths of the Nelwport News Shipyard was glvem lust night at Arm? ory Hall. The hall was beautiful'}- decorUtt-d. the long tables on which the supper was served looked neat and attractive. The first ..Vent of the evening 'was tTie supper which was served in delightful style. The tabhs -were already set When the guests ess minted. The folKiwing was tite menu: Oysters on Shell. Fried Shad. Cream Potatoes. Filed Oysters. Hot Turkey with Celery. Cranberry ?auosi Smithn, :'J Ham. sm. ked Tongue. Pickled Lamb Tongue. Lobster. Chicken. Pot ;to Salad. Thf e Meats. Coffee. Te?i. Fruit. Ice Cream. Cakes. Immediately after supper a nunrber of vocal selections were rentiered and were v-ry much enjoyed by all present. Fi-.lowing is the program, of the vocal selections rendered: Soi?g?"'Never do Harm.Wm. Ford. Seng?"The Ml"tsl'ilplMIte".Thos. Tomas. Song?'XAfton Water"'.Jus. Walker. Sons?"Tertd r Retollectlors'. .Won. Pet'tigrew. S> ing? '"Factory frill".. .Samuel Hickey. Song?"The Raggag - Coach Ah ad" .Walter Smith j Song?"The Whit,- '.-Mj'uali" .. Wm. R-ss. Song?"Loch Lomond" _Jobn White. After the singing dancing lb. gan. The floor was in excellent condition an'i. the music, which was 'furnished by an or? chestra from the ship yard, woes good. Among ih so present (were: Mr. Chas. White, Mrs. Wm. Ford. Mrs. RoJit. Mc <"nu!\, Mrs. A. Stewart, Mr. William Barker, MrE. Thomas Tomas, 'Mrs. Joe Morgan, 'Mrs. Armstrong. Mrs. Jas. Walke, Mrs. Jas. Kenny, Misses Annie MoOlure, Lizzie MeClure, Mry Mc Laugh'In. P.oblna Buster, Rc'b'na Smith, Agr.es Smith, Lizzie Stewart, Florence Thcmr=o-. Mts. Sam Back r. Mrs. Wm. Mittlre'1? Mr?. TA Owens. tM ss ? Harri ?on and Wellyt -M 'Echem; Mesrs. Robt. McC'lure, T*>. Campbell-, Sam Hickey. William Wilkie. Jas. Walker. William ?- .--'3. Reibt. Ml May. Jce Margin, Th'os. Tomas, Parti Backer, I). iMcClure. r>. Nls'bet. A. "\T. Arthur, John Wh'tSe. Jo. O palar.d. C. Lomond-, Jas. Denmark, J. Kenny: M. Lu k. -WUliaml Basker, A. Stewart, A. Serimgeour. Ft. Scrimgeour Jns. Mcflure. M. .McLaughlin, William SCoti'ni Oates. M it hone. Robert Innis. J. P. Womble, J. Farmer. Prank Harris, D. Owens, Jas. Brctwniutg . Pacy, John Kane and Joe Ons-y. Caterer Oeorge Lohse, et" -Maekey's Restaurant, furnisheVl the ex ellent'sup? per. KEi'l'IILICANS WILL I'NITIV executive Committees rmin Two Clubs t. Meet Nm Week. There now seems 'to be in? a particle ot doubt 'that the two factions of the Republican party In this city will get ogother ttin a few weeks and commenc? active work in preparation for itihe primg campaign, -with a view to making a strung tight. The tl. I'. Huntington Republican League Club .held an important and largely attended meeting Thursday night and instructed ehe executive com? mittee to ('..'iifer wtitih the executive -ommii ttee of Kite Newport -Newts Re? publican Club, for ttt purpose of bring? ing about the desired end. Mr. Fred Read, leader of what seems to be the stronger faction of itthe party and the successor of the late Cat H. do B. Clay in the local political camp, is anxious to see the reetora'uion of 'harmony, and -Mr. W. T. Hopkins, tbe leader of the Lamb wing, frankly ad? mits 'that he has had enougb of fac? tional differences. During the past week, it has been not an unusual sight to see Mr. Read and Mr. Hopkins conversing together du low toneta on some street comer. Th4i eonfldontilal air of each was the best ev. idence that poii-ticw .wu? at the 'bottom Prior to the last few weeks such can feronces were mot to be conisji-derved. ?Mr. ReadtamttJ Mr. Hopkins'have map? ped out plans for the future wlii<4i will, in all probalb.ilIty, meet with the appro? val of the executive committee of botlh clu bs. These committees will meet! dm 'the early part of next week and formulate the course of the Republican party in Newport News in the muniicipai cam? paign of tihlia srprimg. As soon as itlie two .executive commit? tees decide upon their plains immediate aittentiom wSM be given to candidates and it can be staid with some degree of certainty that a full Reupubltcain ticket will be put im the field at 'the May elec? tion. it is known tlhait T>r. Joseph Charles is ?he tinaalnwiM choice of all Republi laino for the office of Mayor and a com? mittee will iabert!yi be appointed to w ait on hiim and learn bis final decision as to bis candidacy. In .'.he event that 'Or. Charles declines to run. It is probable 'that Mr. H. E. Parker widj be the nominee of the party. Mr. W. T. Hopkins will be the Repub? lican candidate for tbe city sergea.ntcy "?No considera.ticn hats yet been given to the other offices to be filled, but there are a number of candidates who are -coking the endorsement of the party. Mud ties baked In the sun are about as palatable ns badly toa'tad ? racker? ?r.o.V from vile material. The Fox Crackers ate .????(,' s ?'.!-. . . '?' ? vs. *i.h pur? arcl palatable. Lcok for "Fox" or. ,-e'bcx before you give your oirdvr. It. "The ncrth wind "doth blow," and wil .low and yen need weather strips or vour windows and doors. I have them '.V. IT. K. Holt, Twenty-seventh streel ml Rianoke avenue. Phone 2S73. fe-22-tu-th-sat-tf LARGEST S CIRCULATION. 5E SINGLE COPY. TWO CENTS ONE WEEK. TEN CENTS. MAINE BEYOND REPAIR Board of Inquiry Reaches This Conclusion. THEY WANT $2,000,000 rbla ta the Mtod<-?t 8am Demanded by in* Wracker? for Bk1*Iiir th Vroarl. Diver* stick ?<> Their Text. (By Telegraph.) ? . ? ? HAVA.VA, Feb. 25.?The wreck of '. the Matae is slowly but surely sinking' into the mud. iRerore the hull could be released it would be 'necessary to re? move the guns a.nd deck debris. (F?tt lack of 'proper appi.unoes i-oracticallyr nothing in this tone has been accom? plished. Aside from the officers and' cabin effects tlhe salvage thus far has been pitifully smlalL The cloudy weather and rain made the work of i?he divers un-^ttisfaobory today and very ? ;? little was done. I>t is said that a hole hat? been made by the divers to one of the forward hatches, and lit is hoped that a number of bodies will be recov? ered. The court of inquiry sat longer i.hlan usual today, the six divers being examined more in detail than hereto? fore. The time of the departure ot the Mangrove with the court for Key West has mit been determined. Cap? tain Sampson said today that it was doubtful whether iritis vessel would sail tomorrow, that ail depended on the de? velopments of the 'testimony. The Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII has been towed to a buoy further within the harbor to mtaike room for the cruis? er Vizeaya, which is expected here to? morrow or the next day from the north. iNo word has been received at the consul general's office from Mr. Walter B. (Barker, the United States consul at Sagu? la'Grande, and it is believed the report of Mr. Barker's serious i'Lhiess is untrue. NtEIW YORK. Feb. 35.?The Mail and Kx press this evening printed the follow? ing, elated Havana, today: "The United 'States naval -board of inquiry continued today -taking the ?tes? timony of the divers who have been ivorktlng In the wreck of the Maine. Th- ie who were sent here from the 'bat? tleship Iowa and the cruiser New York, were examined. "While, 'of course, the members of the ?otirt will not 'tlail'k for publication, I am nformvid on the -highest authority that the oviden<*e of Diver Morgan as to the condition ot the Maine shows almost beyond the possibility of a doubt, in the opinion- of my 'informant, that tlhe Maine was blown up by an outside agency: "Fu-rtiiermore, -Morgan's report was verified by -the othe-r American divers who devnded today. "AH the tetsti'tit-ony of the civilian wit? nesses of the disaster vs- oaken. The cr-urt will finish its work here 'cmor row and proceed at once to Key West ? re take the testimony of the survivors there. It has also been decided not to return to Havana, all the Information as to the cause of the disaster, obtain? able here having already been- secured. It is believed that a decision has been pract'MaiUy reached. The witnesses yet to 'be examined will hardly change the verdict. "The court has decided against any attempt to raise the ruined battleship. The members tare convinced that it would be useless, as she could never be kept afloat, and -the Spanish authori? ties here wUll 'be informell that if they wish the wreck removed from the har? bor they will have to attend to -the work themii-elves. This decision gives a better ideta of the terrible 'havoc wrought in the Maine that columns of description could not do. "The Merritt 'Wrecking Campaoy, lit was announced t<jday, wanted $2,000,000 to raise the wreck. The company's representatives miade this demand after viewing 'the condition of the ship. "The wreckers today turned their at? tention to salving the great guns. These, at least, can be recovered In lurTicieii'Uy good condition to warrant .he effort. "Twenty unknown bodies of -the orew -.\ere recovered from the wreck by "the livers ia;t noon today. The bodies were 'rightfully burned and mangled, and it " ?' be imposi ible to identify some of them. ..olzer. who made such a brave fight, ' i;ed in the hospital today. "All the wounded wiii leave here Sun lay on the Bache for Key West. The physicians consider it safe to -move them now." VIZCAJYA SAILS FOR HAVANA. NEW YORK. Feb. 25.?The Spanish ?tuiser Vizeaya got under way from her anchorage off Teimipkinsvil'le 'at 1:25 '. M. today land proceeded down the bay, passing Quarantine at 1:37 P. bound for Havana. The navy yard tug Xir.u, on guard off Tompkinsvil'.e, was saluted by the enriser with three blasts if the whistle, which the tug returned. The Nina and the police boat Partol, accompanied the cruiser down the bay. j The national standard of Spain floated alt half mast from a small gaff cm the main mast of the cruiser. The Vizeaya lid not slalute the forts at the narrows I as she passed out. It is said at the of? fice of the Spanish consul general that the Vizeaya will proceed to Havana without stopping en route. At the afternoon session of the court oif inquiry the examination of lili-vere ?whs continued. A civilian, whose testi? monies said to be of some Importance, was also examined. The name of the witness and all the particulars oi his ev. 'deuce are withheld Late today the paymaster's sefe with $22,500 and his papers, was taken from the 'wreck. Re-yard this no statment Is made as to the value and nature of the items, but a large quantity of water ran out when the safe was raised above ;ht- surface. The complaint is sfiK made that the electric lamps are of little use to the -divers, as the light is faint and uncer? tain, and to hoilil them takes one of the diver' hands. So far as reports made public go, the workmen on the tug Right at.ra -with the assistance of ths naval divers, are Htboring hart*to recov. r the bodies under the hatch, which led . the fir- room platforms. -Shoring with timbers was necessary and the divers had to wait for the iumiber tolay. The Havana papers print long ex? tracts from th-. American dairies, but. of course, only of de'.ayi? news. AH the Atrrverictins are anxiously awaiting the arrival of tomorrow's mal'. Consul General Lee says he has re ceiv-.d no news If Importance from the state departm'sr.'t today, nor been noti? fied to ejepect the arrival of anyone ?f prominence. It is believelrl here that if any American of national refutation come-s to Havana now it wilt 'be to study the situation for himself and not as an official commissioner. Cargo of M. j. Grove's No. 1 Wash ngton Lime. Brick Lime, Plaster and Genuine Portland Cement. Will meet all 'air competition in prices. W. H. K. HOLT. Phone No. 287S.