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VOL III, NO. 73.
Submarine Mines Secretly
Transported on a Barge.
Uoverumeiit Making Uante to Put Fort
Muurae lu Fisting Trim. Aitiiuunltlou
Arrives by Ilia Curlontl. More
Troops Coming.
The g-over.nm.-n; authorifes are rush?
ing war supplies to FVwttvsu Monroes,
and the work of rendering the gateway
'to IHampton- Roads iimpcn-.-mi ble hy
warships of a- hostile haition la .being
pushed with all 'haste.
Mines will -be planted at the Capes
and: In Hampton Roads. A reiK>rter
for :tihe IDaMy Press yesterday 'learned
for the Iflrst time that ueverail car loads
of torpedoes and submarine mimes
reached here Sunday night. The ar
xiATal uif the explosives was shrouded
in secrecy. They were transferred to
a bairgie and towed to their desiL'i.nati.jm
under the cover of darkness. The rui'l
ik*ad officials' would not give out any
dmiPormatUin regarding the muni lions of
?war. and' it as said that the men who
handled' the f bosses did not know what
They conitUinfeav It is 'thought the tor
pedotes and mimes were taken to the
capes, where Uiiey will tie planted im
mied'lultwly. Several days ago large
coats tof 'wire arrived here. ThCs wire
?is iin'tended for making the connections
with The mines.
Yes'terday a ear containing three large
mortui?, another loaded 'with ?miseella
neous aniimuni'Kon. and still another
con'raliiSng grvjoved steel iu.i?s for tine
gun carriages1, passt-d through the oily
en route to the fort.
At 11 o'clock Tunvsduy light four box
<ai'.< loaidvud with u?nmun&ti?n consigned
to .the ji>i vy jar.l were transferred from
the diesajyeake Ohiio tracks to ;t
large I lout at pier S und lowed out by a
siieeial tug. '
The ammiU'niit'wn consisted of the
largest pattern of steel tipped deck
pCercfarg projectiles, which were sent
Uiere .fn.'in lUeth'iehem. Three uf tihe
ears arrived early in the evening and
the -fourth arrived between 10 and 11
The ears were brought to "Washington
over the IBailtinvore & Ohio and trans
ferred to the Chesapeake it ijihio at the
national capital.
The tug and ttoat left tihe pier Thursday
night ailK,ut 11 o'clock, ostensibly for
the Norfolk niavy yard, but it is possi?
ble that the projectiles were carried out
in the stream and tranulferred to the
Brooklyn and Massachusetts. No con?
firmation of this, however, could be
Commmodo-i? Winifield Scott Sohley.
^wmntanwiiar'"Xrf-?!*??Ili'l'it'i**"Sti??dron' is
one of the best known commodores in
?UiiHSle Sa'm's service.
As ttonvmander olf the Creeley relief
party in 1SS4, Commodore, then. Com?
mander Sohley won dilstOnet'lon for hie
gvullantry In going to the tescue of 'the
Arctic expi.iei-s. When the e raiser
(BaU'ii'more visited 'Baltimore about eCght
years ago CVwivmodore Sehley was her
eoonmainder, uind it w'as then that he
avas the recipient olf many attentions
ftvam the citizens of the State. A mis?
sive silver service was presented to
the oruiiier, and her fibers were fetid
at a number of affairs.
IComimodore Sch-ley was iborm in Fred- !
erick, 'Md., and attended the schools of
Ji'is .native town. He entered the .Nur.il
Academy in 1S54 anil rose ropidly in the
service u-ntlfl now 'he is regarded as one
of the ablest officers in the American
ITwo batteries of the Sixth Artillery
ieft uhe headquartere tit Fort ftlcHemry [
yesterday for Fortre.-s Monroe, a.
they are expected to arrive there tJ
The troops left by way of the Bay |
Line steamer tinder tlie charge of Lieu?
tenant iSalmue'l 'D. Sturgis, who recent?
ly arrived at that past from Eon Mon?
iEar.ly 'Monday night the Sj>an'ish |
mate olf the Austrian steamship Aibtoa
. zla and two Spanish seamen from 'tihe |
saimie vessel became Involved in a dis
oustsion in a saloon on Twenty-third
street 'with a number of hangers-iomJ
Several sailors frvum the United States |
men-of-war 'in the hu:rt>or entered tihe
saloon, at the 'Wime-and had something
to say.
The Spanish officer alluded to the
lAmerlicuns as cowurds and afraid to
fleht hiiis mother country. That was s-uf- ]
ficlent to send the jack-tarn into action
land a hand-to-hand conilict ensued.
Everybody toote part.. TSua Si>aniaj-ds
ma,le their way to the street amd beat
a hasty retreat in the direction, of their j
ship, followed by tihe mob. No one was 1
eeriousty injured.
The tiug? recently purchased by the 1
government fr, 'm private ewincerns htf
ailil .been renaimed, Indian appellati'wns
having 'been chosen as the most appro?
Among Wie tugs renamed are tihe fol?
'El Toro, built hy the Newport -News
Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company,
renamed Algonquin.
Walter A. 'Luckenibadh, renamed tin?
Kdlgar F. Luckenbaah, renaimed Te
Tlhie United States revenue cutter Lot
M. Morrilil Its now en route for Old
iP?imit, having left Washington, N. C,
Thursday fxir the rendezvous of naval
cutters. As she steamed down the river
a salute was fired from her three-inch
rifle, in response tlo which crowds of
people on the Wharves raised and 'waved
their hats, whii'le ail the steam craft on
the river responded also. She succeed?
ed to\enltotlmg only six men at Wash
Jutgton, The oilier ten raecessory to a
full complement of sixty .men wiiH be
snipped i.n these ?wertere.
The construction department of the
?Putten* ni Hi navy yard is stil'l short < t
;riVetters, shipfittens and coppersmiths.
Seweraffo CumniisHtoti to Open the liitfn at
.Noon Today.
A dozen or so contractors, represent?
ing wall known firms Crom North and
West, are iir the city for the 'purpose
of preparing their bUte for the oonstruc
tion of the sewerage system shortly to
lie put fi'n by the city.
Scaled proposals for this work will
be opened at noon today in the pres?
ence ,,f the members of the special
sewerage coni'mjeBion, who will sit in
the office of the city clerk.
nn the "bung table in the clerk's office
arc spread the plains and t?pecWlcations
prepared by 'Mr. Alexander Potter, the
ci instruct folg engineer, especially ft.r the
reference of visiting contractors who
contemplate submitting bids.
These plans were surrounded all day
yesterday by expert estimators who
came to frame the proposals tor their
respective 1ii ins.
iMr. Potter hau been iin t'he city siatce
last Wednesday end is at the city
clerk's offioc- every day for the purpose
of givlin'g the contractors any informa?
tion aibo'ut the work they -may require.
Kraclured His Knee Cup.
Mr. John. Mason, an employee of Mr.
J. J. O'Donnell, sustain d ;1 fracture of
his right knee-cap at 2 o'chick yester?
day afternoon i.n. Mr. O'Don noil's
plumbing shop on Twenty-seventh
Mr. Mason stepped 'on a piece i I ga
pip.-, which rolled and threw him to
the ground. In falling he struck his
knee-cap, breaking It.
He was at-once removed en a stretch?
ier to his boarding house on Twenty
sixth street, rear Lafayette avenue,
where t'he necessary medical attention
was re tide led.
^fl**P..lilies in the ?Fr?v stale."
The Democrats of Warwick county
are gel ting rt.nly for the congressional
.esanvpaigin wext full and the executive
ei.iiim.ittee has already met amd. d'iS
rll.--....-, ,1 tile plsinS Ul1? foil. -Wed.
.At a meeting held several diavs ogo,
the committee decided to invite i~uggvs
:i- ns .from J. Taylor Kily.-on, chairman
o-f tie: State 'Democratic Executive
Mr. 'W. J. Fowler is 'chairmlam of the
county committee and Mr. E. C. Madi?
son serves as secretary.
To Speak at the Y. M . C. A.
?lBobert iNourse. whose splendid le-e
t-utes have -made him known from one
end cftihe country to the other, will de?
liver his religio?? lecture, "Why I aim
net an Infidel," at the men's meeting in
the rooms of the Young Men's Christ?
ian Association next Sunday afternoon
?ait 4 o'clock. Rev. Simeon Gilbert, D.
D.. editor of the Advance, expresses the
?opiinJkm that "'.Mr. Nourse Is the great?
est platform orator going" just at pres?
ent t.
Sailors Com* to ?lown.
A fight occurred in- frort of"Jordan's
restaurant, corner of Washington ave?
nue and Twenty-fifth street, last night
between two seamen off a me.chant
vessel. Detecitive J. P.. Heck app.aivd
on the scene, parted the men and took
them to jail. They refused to give
their names. Turnkey Dan Curtis lot k
ed the men up i". the same .eil and
they renewed the figh'. making it n.-c
essary to conine o-ie .if tne sa Los in a
Ituililing Permits
iBui'KICnig permits have been granted
by Clerk MjssSt since the lust report
as foliows:
J. 51. Griffin, two story frame house,
m-eta! roof, on Twenty-fifth street. be
fweon Jefferson and 'Madison avenues.
lt. E. iRicihardsion, two story frame
house, metal roof, on Thirty-first street
hetweien Virginia and Warwick ave?
"Police Court.
Th-e foil wing cus.n were disposed of
in the Poli e Court y sterdav morning:
W. Ohe'' drunk: fined and cists.
Robert Hasty, drunk: fined ,$2 und
George Paint land, drunk; fined $2 and
Peter French, vagrancy; sentenced to
serve fifteen days i-n jail.
Deeds Ke(-or.ieil.
The fallowing deeds were recorded
y, sie.day:
James W. 'Lewis et ux to A. B. Wll
mink: consideration $?,100.
A. B. Wilmink et ux to Security Trust
Co., trust-c; consideratlbn $5,100.
111:11:1 rriiais.
Miss Winnie Asle'll, of Thirtieth
street, is viisifimg relatives i-n Lynch
'Mrs. E. P. Voi-ght ii> visiting her pa?
rents. Mr. and '.Mis. G. W. Johnson, in
.Mil-, and Mrs. Harry Walters, of East
End, have returned from an extended
visit to relatives in Ohio.
'Mr. Frank Hopper, who Went to
Reading, 'Pa., to attend the marriage of
his brother, has returned to the city.
-S.fr. J. N. Johns, n. Who has been vis?
iting his daughter, Mrs. M. E. Scott, on
Lafayette avenue, has returned to his
horn-.- in Petersburg.
Miss Occie BroadweU, of Petersburg,
after a week's visit to her brother W.
S. Bread well, on Lafayette avenue, re?
turned to her hi me yesterday.
Mr. C. IB. Orcutt. president of t'he
Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry
Dock Company, is expected to arrive in
the cite this morning from Now York.
Miss Mary Orcutt, of 'Elizabeth, N. J.,
is the guest of 'Mrs. L. B. 'Man vi Me.
?Miss Blanche KXlby has returned to
Suffolk after a visit to friends in this
Oll'veir and Kate Byron close! their
emgaigemlen't at Jnhnson's Opera House
ittst night, presenting "The Hps and
Downs of Life to -an appreciative au?
Miss Lufr.i Brooks and Mi's-. E. L. Lip
scomb, who have -been visiting a: the
residence of Mr. T. B. 'Henley, on West
avenue, returned to their hi.mes at
West Point yesterday.
General Superintendent C. C. Doyle.
Assistant Superintendent C. C. Walker
and Mr. F. I. Cebell, superintendent of
maint- nance of way, arrived in the city
yesterday mooning in Mr. Doyle's pri?
vate car.
Notice to tiie Public.
There will be no change in the
management of the drug business
of Fred F. A Mien & Co. on- ae
ci.iunt of Mr. L. B. Reynolds having dis?
posed of his interest in same.
We 'thank the public for pist patron?
age and solicit a continuance of same.
Very respectfully,
It. Druggists.
ISir Ttichard Quain, president bif the
General (Medicine Council and editor of
j the "Dictionary of Medicine," is dead
at Uhe aige of 83 years. .
Father Oonalioe Delivers an Interestlnc
Lecture on Tili? Subject.
At St. Vincent's Roman Catholic
church Father C. E. Donahoe, the iris
tor, continued' his Leuten instructions
last evening and devoted 'his attention
to the eerainoqies of the church.
"The Use of the Latin Language and
the Veneration of Saints" was his sub?
ject. "This is," he said, "an age ol cer?
emonies. We are ell the dentures of
ceremony and it is by ceremony or mo?
tion that we expiess or show our ad?
miration for or appreciation of certain
acts. We can certainly 'have no cere?
mony too great for Almighty God or
that which pertains i7> ?eltgious cere?
mony thttt tends to draw men toward
God. God gave the most mir.ute direc?
tions as to ceremonies tinder the old
law, presenting with t'he greatest cate
the ceremonies, the clothing of the
priests and all attending. Can we do
less 'now'.' Every ceremony of the
church has its own particular meaning.
There is n. t one article used or action
that has not its own peculiar and sig?
nificant meaning and the vesttments now
by t'he priests and the attending assist?
ants all re ord some act or \i ant in
the life of our 'Divine Savior. To the
unlearned' who cannot read ceremony
is of the greatest assistance. They can
i". How all the points of the moss; can
follow the stations of the cross and the
life of our Lord and learn to love bis
religion, yet they may not be able to
lead one word f its histoity. Cere?
mony is necessary to impress us wich
the importance of the act performed
and in our daily lite we follow it ufi
"The Latin language was selected be?
cause it was the language of the Kornau
Empire, which, at the time of Christ,
was the acknowledged ruler of the
world and untii the overthrow of t'he
Roman Empire it was the language -f
.all scholars as it is today. After the
overthrow ,,f the Empire by the Bar?
barians the language of Europe, and in
fact of the known w. rid. was continu- i
ally changing, yet the Latin remained
and was Ihe language used by scholars
and it was the language of the church.
A1 the ugh Lain is now a dead 'language j
it is all the more desirable in that it is
not liable to change. Th.- words mean
now and will always noon what they
always 'have meant and no changes ate '
likely to be made. Latin, too. is the J
language , f the universal church and
the Catholic church is universal. It .s
not national and consequently no na?
tional language would be suitable. It
is the language by which all the people
of the church may communicate and by
which all communication between
church dignitaries of different coil li?
tres is carried on and an American is
as much at home in a Catholic church
in Paris or Berlin as in Newport News,
so far os attending or assisting at mass
ig concerned.
"As to devotion to saints, we do no;
honor the material figure: we hon, ir the
.person represented. We pray to sahts
through Jesus Christ a.r.d every prayer
the church utters ei:ds with these
words: 'Per eundum dominum Ju-uiii
Christum' (through our Lord Jesus
Christ). The persons who charge us
with worshiping saints give great h.n
or and worship to persons who were
not saints. We honor and we revere
the memory of Washington; we honor
his numer. us statues and uncover >'iir
heads as we pass before them. Is that
idolatry'.' Is it dilTeten: from the honor
we show those who have been ti e
friends of God? "We honor the flag of
? ur c untry: we would re-sett any in?
sult !.. its honor; we would ? herlsh. yes.
honor and worship it for the liberty 't
tepresents, but we are not by the act
"Kv- ry one should have a reason for
the faith that they have. We should
know and lie able 10 explain It. Let
each one then study diligently the facts
which the church presents to us end I
would recommend all of you to learn
carefully the large".- catechism, the
Cath lie Christian- Instructor or some
other book of that character."
Mayor W. A. Post Sayn II? Will Not be a
Ma vor Walter A. Post will not be a
candidate for re-election flvs spring.
Great pressure has been brought to bear
on- May or Post to enter the mun'iclptl
campaign, but be has declined on ac?
count of press - f business..
A representative or the Daily Press
interview? d .Mayor Post al his ievi?
dence last night concerning the efforts
that are being made by his friends to
induce him to reconsider his d-termina?
tion not to be a candidate :Vir re-elec?
tion, and while he expressed '- - ap?
preciation ,-f the kindly sentiments en?
tertained by his host of friends, he
states most emphatically that it would
he impossible for him t" consent to any
fir: rher coisideration of his name in
that connection.
Ti'.e- mayor expressed the hi pe that
his friends wcrild unit" pon end rally
to the support of a Democratic candi?
date who would l>e capable of carrying
to completion the works of public im?
provement started dui'ing the present
administrate, n.
Two other gentlemen announce their
candidacy in this morning's ID-lily
Press. -Mr. A. L. Powell, the weil
known real estate man. wild enter the
?Demo ratio primary for the nomination
as the member 0f the common cc-uncll
from t'he Fifth ward. His card is
unique and catchy.;
Councilman George "E1. Via announces
that he will be a candidate for re-elec?
tion from the Fourth ward.
The Adams' Racket Store has opened
Ibis weeik the largest stock of table
glassware obey have ever shown.
The line of tumblers, both blown and
pressed, is particularly good'.-'Rar glass
of every description. 'Price lower than
ever. m-30-tf
Notice to Telephone I'Kcrn.
The Southern Bell Telephone and Tel?
egraph Company announce th ; foMow
in!"- rab s f<r telephone service after
March 1, 1R0S:
Business 'Phones .$2.50 per month
Residen? e 'Phon- s.$2.00 per month
m.h 26-lw.
Kanter Flowers.
(My order must be sent at once. Leave
y.< ur order in time to get select stock,
mar 31-lt. W. G. BURGESS.
Wood delivered in any part of the
city. M. S. WARREN. 445 Twenty
ninth street. Phone 2fil5. feb6-2m
A Happy Woman
Is the housekeeper who buys her coal
and wood from the Warwick Coal and
Wood Co., Twenlty-eighth street. jal4-tf
Grand Raster Display.
of Pattern Hats and Bonnets today and
tomorrow. All are cordially Invited t>
inspect sti ick at King's Millinery, 2900
Washington avenue, mar 3I-2tp-eod.
Kearaargemiil Kentncky.
Views of the 'lajuwching of the battle?
ships Kearsarge and Kentucky, for
sale at Wagoner's Photo Gallery, 2412
Washington aivenue, at. 25 cents per
copy. ?...'.-. m-29-5t
Action is To Be Deferred a
few Bui
Republicans Decide 1? Staad
by McKinley.
Excitement at the Capitol U initiated. Ans?
wer from .Madrid K\pected Friday.
Another Spanish Fleet {Leaves
for Cuba. Cultfereuccs
at the White House.
Miny eon fer. ju-os were held at tihe
White House and members of Congress
who went to urge action on the Cuban
<uii stlon. were issured as 'ti? the Pres?
ident's plan. :No agreement has been
r.'.uh<-d with Spain, but certain prop?
ositions have been made and a -reply
is expected in a few days.
Represent Hive 'Hatiiey, the Democrat?
ic leader of the Hons,; of Representa?
tives, presented as a matter of privilege
a resolute.in recognizing the Independ?
ence of Cuba. The Speaker decided
i; out of order 'and Mr. Barley's appeal
was tabled 'by IT'.i yeas bo 139 nays.
The House then took up the naval
appropriation bill.
'Minister Woodford m'otjifiefl the State
Department 'that a tleet omiiisUng of
two armored cruisers and" a torpedo
b. at had sailed from Carthaigona, Spain,
?west, presumably for Cuba.
Secretary Long deta?ed ?fficers to?
day to cenvmand the auxiliary torpedo
heats recently added to t?te inavy.
Senatior Frye reported ai resolution
calling for the consular Correspond?
ence on c.ndiiivT.? 'in Cuba. '.
IL s. Rubens,' tom-ul to' the Ouiba
junta in New York, is reported as say?
ing that the Cuban insurgents would
1* wililing to pay $100,000.900 for the
independence elf the feteupd.-.-':
(By TUegraph.)
?WASHPNG'TON, -March 30.?The vital
paint in the CuVbcwi situation, viz: in
depeindieinice, has shifted itself from
Washington to Madrid, where the
Spanish government is now giving
?grave ami earnest consideration to
prepositions pieSc-nted iby the govern?
ment of tin- United States. On the
answer to these propositions pnotoatoly
depends the future course of the rela
tXms between Spain and this cu.un.tpy.
It is believed that it is now but a quet?
:...ii of an exceedingly short time be?
fore the inevitable crisis .must come.
Tlie Spanish ministry will hold a cab?
inet council tomorrow aiftern.wn, after
the pru-posilions have 'been submitted
to tihe Queen Regent, and as a result
of that conference it is expected by the
admlni^trativ/n that a definite answer
ii.rs .proposals will Ibe received. The
propositions submitted by this country
eowremplate a complete and immediate
cesi-afloin of hostilities in Outoa, the re?
turn i?ir the reconoen trades to their us?
ual uvocations and the Independence of
Cuba, this ins,; feature to be secured
probably on an indemnify basis by
which the ii-laind would pay a sub?
stantial sum for its freedom from Span
ish rule. These p>io positions take a
wide sciope and there are many details
in tile alternative propositions, the pur?
pose bi ing to ptvsvnt every possible
plan promising a Solution of the Cuban
problem to K.ng as on end of the Cuban
war and Cuban innlependeince were em?
bodied in the ultimate resiuit. It has
been ma.de perfectly clear to Spain
that nth ing less titan the close of the
war and the independence of the is?
la'!-,,1 will suffice an adequate settle?
It is now fo'r Spain to accept or reject
these tenders. There is no disposition
t<> urge one rather than the other, so
long as the conclusion finally peached
bringt? the termination of the war and
Cuban independence. Never before un?
lit now has the Spanish government,
even for a -moment, entertained such
propositions. iNow, im the stress of the
present emergency, with declarations
of 'war Introduced in the American
Congress. Spain has reluctantly con
sen led 'to consider them. This in iti-elf
has given rise to hope of satisfactory
results. IBttt it involves a grave crisis
in Spain and' it cannot be font*told what
i'he nnumwiU'l action at Madrid will toe.
Until today it was believed that Srxuui
would in.ilgtvxntiy reject a pioposition
involving Ohe independence of Cuba, or
American inters niton or the disap
peuraroee of the Spanish tlag from .the
ii-iuml. either yhrouwit purchase by Cu?
bans or otherwise. There was the best
of reason Pot th,- official belief that
?as between p-.ace and war on these
piVupoei'tionis, Spain would choose war,
but more 'hope apparently is entertain?
ed 'heie of Spain being in a yielding
mood as the American plans for solu?
tion a:'.- Hwlng carefully weighed with a
view of a ilr.al decision. As staled, that
a.r.L-wer is '..e'.'.eved im be only a- question
of 'perhaps two or three days. When it
is receive.i five future course cf this
governnvont will be datermiined. It is
"the view of the administration that the
present week w'.Ul shape the policy of
the future, whether it 'is to be one of
peace or of war. Many representa.Uve
men of Congress, senators and. repre?
sentative!-, called' at the White House
loday and conferred with, the .Presudent.
To tihe leaders in Congress he stated
that the definite results were expected
from Madrid 'by Friday. This served to j
allay the intense feeling which has been I
mianiifesled in Congress and through the
influence of the leaders further ractocai
action by the Senate and House was for
the rime being deferred.
At the capitol excitement was una
toated. After the vote on the Bailey re
siii'iiti'on many Republicans went
to the White House to con?
fer with the President and to ex?
press io him their hope that something
?might 'be promised which -would relieve
the strained situation. The assurances
of the President were given to thet-e
members that by Friday night at the
latest something deillnite could toe ex?
The situation at the capital Is one of
waiting expectancy, senators and repre
?sentatlves are -Willing to give the Pres?
ident an opportunity to carry on;t has
plans, but there Is impatience to Suaive
some information regarding i,h*ise pltuiu
and some assurances that they will 3lvt
delay action too 'long.
It was stated today in a high diplo?
matic quarter that the Spanish govern?
ment, within the last ten days, hu?! ad?
dressed a note to t'he great powers of
Euro in;, fully setting forth the grave as
pect of the controven-iy with Wie United
Slates awiid at least iniferenltSally sug?
gesting that tlie time was mow o.pj>or
tune for European influences to be ex?
erted. It is said that this note led to the
utterances of Premier Hanotaux in the
Fiench chamber ot daputies last Satur?
day, and lias been the cause of the ac?
tivity aft 'European capitata iwitihliin the
last few daw 'in connection with Span?
ish-American affairs. Up to the i?res...int
?time, however, no actual slops toward
?mledCafcion or Intervention have been
taken by any of the great powers, al?
though, there Is little doubt t'hat France
stands retady to 'take Uie initiative if
there is 'Uhe slightest ieJvidence that the
United States government will view
such a move with favor.
A tender of good offlceis Is one of the
last resorts of diplomacy, when all oth?
er mealns of averting war seems to .he
at an end. There Is additional diffi?
cultly from the fact that when two
nations iare involved in a crisis any
external inttuence may be resented as
a.n intrusion. There 1? reason to believe
that the French authorities are fully
Cora-clous' of these delicate and diffi?
cult phases, and that no step win be
-made unless it is clearly apparent in
.advance that tlie Unlit.si States de
s'ires tile friendly offices of other na?
The Spanish government has earnest?
ly hoped within the last 'Week that
some of the European poweis, and more
.likely Austria or Fiance, would take
?the iniati stive without waiting to con?
sult the desire of this goverinmenit.
This h'ope has been in vain, however,
?and it is slated today on high authority
tliat recent niegbtiaitaons in Europe
have disclosed positively that while the
sympathy of tome of the continental
?iKiwors twos toward Spain, no one ot
thorn stood ready to espouse her cause,
by mediation or by arms.
The greatest secrecy prevails in many
of the bureaus of the war and navy
d'eoart-mvants in 'regard to che various
projects of the defenue and naval raeve
meats now going on, and the officials
5a many cases positively refuse to -make
public steps that may have been deter?
mined upon.
The most notable Instance of this
kind probably 1? in the Navy Depart?
ment, where Captain Crownlnshleld. of
the bureau of navigation, ha.s issued
on order foi'bidding subjrdlnalres to
?make public any information except
on permission from himself.
Consul General as 'Cheerful as Sunlight.
Despite Warnings.
(?By Telegraph.)
?March, 30.?Sunday and 'Monday were i
days of decided anxiety in the political
and business circles of Havana; but
I yesterday and today there has been
more qutie-t feeling. Without being
I able *o give any good reaison for their
?belief, -many prominent men seem sat?
isfied that pence is assured. The word
"arniiisntoe" Is repeated from lip to
tip as if there 'were some mtaigic within
it to solve the whole problem of Cuban
Those, however, who know General
Maximo Gomez, General Calixiu Garcia,
Se.nor Bortki'lo'ine Mtiusjo and ot'iier in?
surgent leadens best say that am reckon
without their host who believe these
nmii wilM agree to an Armistice, even
?if tusked to do so by the United States,
unless it Is plainly understood that th*
?truce is to be followed by a recognition
of Cuba' libre.
It is argued th it General Guinea, after
holding out all through the dry season,
will decline to agree to a truce during
the raiimy weather, in which the In?
surgents would have the ad vatiuage.
On all sides it is regarded as almost
certain uhat if war does come it will
not come until all pusaiible plans of
overcoming difficulties fail. A Spainiaid
of high influence, whilte talking recently
wirb Coivsml General Lee, siaid:
"Tiie Sagtasta rnLnlsnry will not be
compelled to light to insure self-pro?
tection. 'Sagasta could quiet Spain by
proclaiming 'we have made Cuba an a.-*h
pile, a desert. It is no longer wortlh
any outlay of blood or treasure. It is
only fit for negroes and mixed bloods.
Let us go.' "
iBut very few take such es. viiew of
the situation, although ignorant Span?
iards might 'be deceived by such a. dec?
laration. Meanwhile it seern? as if the
Spanish military and naval pawera are
either convinced that there is no danger
of active hostilities or are utterly care?
less of grave consequence* that the
future may bold.
There are no visible preparations to
provision Havana in case of jl block?
ade, nor Is there any raotafble inca-ejajae
tin 'the ex*i?.i supply Tor htaTvaV u*e?. lot
the opinion of Americans here, one of
the gravest dahigen? lies In the fact
that the Ignorant classes of the city
are not in any wiaiy advised a? to the
chances of war or siege. They believe
Ha.vana impregnable 'and the fleet of
Spaiin all-conquering. If rudely awak?
ened to other views, they might 'become
dangerous and foster internal disor?
Consul General Lee continues as
cheerful aw sunlight, despite the fact
that 'he .was warned last Sunday and
Monday of five distinct plots against
his life. Of course he dues not give
credieinioe to such stories. He is care?
fully guarded by the government, but
continued warnings of this kind are not
a pleasant 'mental diet. The last story
was that he would be prisoned by a
bribed employee of his hotel. To thiis
General Lee replied by asking the news?
paper correspondents who sat near him
at meal tinne. in ease he Is suddenly
taken ill. first to shoot hin waiter and
then pun for a stomach pump.
?Since the reports cf the two courts
of Inquiry, the American and Spanish,
have been sent in, the newspaper.-,clubs
?and cafes have been aKve with all si^'ts
if old and new theories.
The ex,ptodcJ scandal about the drun?
ken dinner on the City of Washington,
?and the other about cirelos-a-ss and
I bad discipline on board five Main are
revived day by day. It is In tera-;t.:,ng
to recuiiil the fact that 'in the coiinif of
un interview which the correapcindent
if the Associated Press had with Cap?
tain PeraJ, who presided over t'he Span?
ish court of inquiry, the officer e-arn
?stlly denied all ?ueh stories.
Amiong Spaniards of the lower classes
it die ru.mon-d that there is a plot on
*j?t to blow up the 'Maine wreck with
dynamite .and to blow up the Viz. ay a
-r the Almi.mnte Oquendo, IRecently
ihe s'tory gained circul.ition that three
Americans had been arrested dairCng
the night for trying to blow up the
wreck and had been sent to Cabanas
fortress. The only foundation for this
was that the Artsocinted Press eorresi
jomclent with a companion vli-dt'cd the
Fern after dirk for the purpose of
reading a bulletin to the officers, and
'had his boat challenged repeatedly, as
is usual, by the marine sentinels.
It is now known here that Captsin
Chadwick was the last of the members
of the court of Inquiry to make up hin
milnd that the evidence pointed incon
. iestr.blty to an- 'external explosion.
Captain ?Saim.p-:on, Lieutenant Oom
niairidetr Potter and Judges Adivocate
Marix were earlier convinced. As soon
?as Captain Chadwick was satisfied bv
?a study of the wreck, the plans of its
submarine condition and the testimuaiv
offered. Captain Sampson said:
'There is no -use waiting Jiere any
tanger." and the Mangrove soiled for
Key .West four hours after their minds
?were made up. The decision to go was
takon so suddenly thut there -was no
chance to send the battleship Iowa,
?for 'the court as i t had been thou ah t
would be d me.
Dr. Jose 'Congotsto. the secretary gen
eral. has couavtensigned the orders gc n
eral Blanco made on Monday that the
moment hos'til'lties are declared between
Spain and the United State? atU Amer
ieam tMrrespondents are to be expeiiled
from 'Cuba. The orders *r# not dated
and can be en forced at any time.
For-lgn IRellalions Committee Make* a
Concession to the President.
(Ry Telegraph.)
WAISHIlWro.V. "March 30.?Th* Son
ate mrni'ttee on foreign reiaiti-om.j hold
'??' ??wn* today and od-jctn. :?:? 1 a
few nKmtteo 'before 5 o'clock without
re?o. ' ng an agreement.
iCvxr.man.ier 'Bradford, cf the bureau
of equipment, was 'before the oouunlt
:ee for several 'hours, giving expert
iei;t.i<monT aa to the relative strength
?of the navies of the United States and
Spain, a.nd aSso 'acVv.ica.t.ng the purchase
?? f tihe island of St. Thomas, of the
Danish West Indies, as a naval station.
lAnotihcr development in the commat
tee .was an agreement to postpone tllte
completion of the committee's work on
the 'Cuban situation for a few duyu in
older to afford time to the President to
Continue his dlplomlaitic me: 1 niations
wltih. the Spanish authorities. This con?
cession was the result of a -request
made direct to the menvbens of the com
uiil.ttee by the ? 'President, and It was
granted by the entire ccm-mittee with?
out murmer of dissent.
Previous to this action on the part
-.if tlite committee, the President had
'been very frankly informed that neither
tthie oominittee nor the Senate would be
disposed to acquiesce in any agreement
for an aaraistiee. This ppoiwsitiO'U is
understood to have been made clear
on behalf of tile Joint Republican and
Democratic steering commit teee of the
Senate, and it Is understood to have
been met by the President .with the
response that this government would
not press the matter.
The President freely admitted to all
visiting 'Senators that the negotiations
with Spain -were rapidly approaching
a crisis, and that he felt quite confident
a wenciiti?ton. would be reached by Fri?
day nig'ht at the latest. He asked, In
view "cf the fact, that no action be
taken 'by cither House until after that
time or until the present negotiations
Could be brought to a close. If he
took any of the Senators into his con?
fidence as to the basis upon which he
was .proceeding they did not repeat 'the
information in the Senate.
Regarded as 'Extrc-mcCy Critical by
Sp.i.nish and .\imtrlc_-.n I>..p'omata.
'. flv Taiesrapr.
-MAIDR1D, March 30.?While the slt
uatjon here is outwardly of the calmest
Jt?Jcii.p;ion. the aetuiaa position of af?
fairs ii: regarded as critical by 'both
:!he United Sralets legation and -the
S painlsh govemmen t.
mile United Sta'tes minister, General
Stewart L. Woodford, is working ene.r
S'ati'cilly arid will continue to do so
"ir -Spain's peace until the first gun is
fired. It is known the Spuniah govonn
meihlt admits the des-ir.aiblililiy or necesul
ty of complying with the demands ot
?.he United States, and it Is only iai
the d.iii.nc'.ination t< the .minis ers to put
i.'s wili'ingness into concrete form
that the danger lies. If a conference
were to i>e held with British, German
or French diplomats the matter would
be settled without question.
The paint which General Woodi?ord
iis now pressing is that in the interests
,t humu'aity hostilitiieis in Cuba must
.loaae iimme?llately. No date was fixed
either in the first or in tihe present note,
ibult the United States la nij-w dweLl
ing upon t'he meaning of the word
"liimim'ediately." and ini-iating that
Spain aoc--.pt its general interpretation,
The .public generally 'is taking tittle
raipparent interest in tihe situation, hut
ohere iw ft general disinclination to be?
lieve that war is likely.
1121 Pals t?.uys four warships have
?bean obtained by Spain in France and
i h'.LL negimtia'tions are ponding tfc?r the
purchase of several torpedo boats in
Great Britain. The Pais also says that
.orders 'have been issued to mobilize
a-H the Spanish warships, and the tor?
pedo boat 'Halcyon Is to sail inuncdl
areliy from Carthasena for Cadiz, where
a seicwnd torpedo KCiuadron is being
p repaired.
Mtliiluary engineers, accordi ng to the
'Pais, are starting for -the Canary Is?
land?, and the Balearic Islands are
?b&nr. fortified.
Ttaiiy, it is"'Bai-'" bv tihe Pais, has de
dided to sell the a. ^ored cruiscT
Gaiuseppe Garibaldi. Of 6.840 lew, ?nd
well armored, a sister ship of the Ve
rese, to Spain.
Two regiments, still according to the
Pais. are going to the Canary Islands
t-? streng.lh'en the Spanish garrison
Ith ere.
?The 'Armstrong's SpaniLih agent, a
Spaniard, who- is in touch with the gov?
ernment and' eomimc-rt-ial people in
?Spain, hos expressed the hEilicf that
unTesa lire powers Intercede there will
be war. 'He added:
If the United States offere.1 money
for our clearing out of Cuba -we 'would
not accept it, but ir the proposition
emanated from another power It is
?not unlikely 'that It would 'be accept?
ed." ? ._
This view of the casie Is echoed oy
_ portion of the Spanish press, which
advises Spain to wash her hands of
Senor OrUiu de Zarato. a proimment
former Carlist deputy who has Just
lieen defeated at Vlttoria, expresstd
lie opinion that tlliere would be no
war, saying:
??We have neither ship?, sailors, sol?
diers, plans, nor money, and the gov?
ernment knows it. it Will struggle to
he last and then cave In."
?rfenur Zarato, who was recently at
liaciJlz, says the S.panish waraihips Po
jao'O and Carlos V. -which the govern?
ment announced to be ready for sea,
cainni.it possibly be made ready sooner
than two monthu.
?A ea'jinet c-ounei! was held tn e
a'ti-rrj oa to consider the Ameri?
can p:oposals. Another Will be held to
moni w at noon, presld d over by t e
Queen liegen; end at * o'clock tomor
rcw th?re will b? o final r inference be?
tween United States Minister Woodfexd.
Ser.or Sagns'.a. the Premier, fenor Gul
lon. the foreign nr.In s;er, and Senor
iMoret, the minifter * f the colonies.
The proposition which Spain will an?
swer envers two points only and its
publication will be a revelation- to pome
of those ebroad who have been de?
nt un.-ing America's aggressive attitude,
ti is as follow*:
bpaln to proclaim Immediately an ar
mistie'e in Cuba to lam until October,
during which interval the United States
will use its goed offices with the in
auirgents to make this temporary peace
permanent; and, second, Spa n to do her
(Continued on Fourth Paff?.)
House of Representatives in
a Turmoil.
Tl.(Ura?cr?HcI?.l,r Make. ?n Un-ue
ccful Attempt to Force the Uand
of the It-publlcsnn sod Over?
rule tha Breaker.
_ (By Telegraph.)
WASHINGTON', 'March 30.-A wild
and uproarious scene occurred in the
House of Representatives today when
-vr. t!a,:ley. the Democratic leader, at?
tempted to force the ihotnd of tfhe Re?
publicans upon q proposition to overrul?
line Speaker and pass a neaoautrion re
cognizing the Independence of the Cu
oan republic. .He was cheered on tor
the crowded galleries, but t'he members
of the majority refused to support him.
Phey were rallied by two of .the lead?
ing advocates of <*rmed totenrentiom
and t'he Speaker hifmself from the chair
made an indirect apeptai to bis party
associates to stand firm, ait the saime
tilnre Intimating that If their impatience
was curbed a little longer they would
?have the opportunity they coveted.
The scene throughout was most dra?
matic and tlhe members and spectators
in the galleries were wrought up to a
high pitch of excitement.
Mr. Bailey offered his resolution as a
privileged question. As soon as it was
read ilr. Bou teile made the point of
order that it was not privileged, and
upin that 'Mr. BaiUey demanded to be
tHe called attention to the fact that
in the Ftfty-ttiird Congress, when Mr.
Crisp was Speaker, Mr. Bou teile, who
mow made t'he pofnt of order that this
resolution was not prlvideged, present?
ed a resolution of a similar character
relating to Hawaii, which the Speaker
held was privileged, but must go to *
eomimittee. Against that latter ruling
an appeal was fatten and Che whiole
Republican side had voted against ta?
bling t'he appcti'l. When he said that at
t'he head of the list of distinguished
Republicans who voted on that occas?
ion was the honorable Speaker of this
Iloufe the Democrats went Unto raptures
.f applause.
'Meantime the confusion was great.
The Republican leaders were evidently
rallying their forces. 'Mr. Hull, chair?
man of the Committee on 'Milltamr Af?
fairs, .who was one of the prime movers
'in the movement for prompt and vig?
orous action on the Republican Bide
rame forward with a strong appeal to
Republicans not to be carried off their
At the outset he acknowledged ?hat
his sympathies' were with the resolu?
tion (which tran&pired afterward h?
believed at that time cotntailhed a. dec?
laration of war), but he argued thftt it
lid not present a question of higher
privilege than the consideration of an
appropriation bill. We could have war,
said he, whenever we wanted it. A.
resolution declaring war was privileged,
he admitted. Mr. Terry (DemJocrat),
.f Arkansas, argued that a question
involving a matter of privilege was dm
'iiaiet uue for the House to decide.
While he was speaking the Republicans
were oonferring. The leaders were
airculating aimomg ?heim and such con?
fusion resulted thaSjMr. Simpson (Pop?
ulist), of KaT-'=03, HjRsed a laugh aimid
.lie excitement by asking for order
?cmong the "Speaker's neeoncen trades."
Amid profound silence the Speaker
made his ruling. He spoke in deliber?
ate, distinct and emphatic tone? and
decided that the resolution wa? mot
privileged, giving at great length his
reasons for so ruling.
Mr. Bailey immediately appealed from
.'he decision of the chair.
In putting the question on the ap
peal Speaker Reed made the following
significant and Impressive statement:
"(As far as any question arising out
of this matter is concerned, the chair
has not the slightest doubt that the
wisdom of the House, which has always
been a:ble to arrive at Important ques?
tions in a suitable way, will get at
them now." (Applause.)
The division was eagerly awaited.
The Republicans rose en masse when
the Speaker called for the ayes. The
Democrats, who anxiously surveyed the
soldd phalanx for a sign of a break,
were disappointed. A solid minority
vote against the Republicans. The di?
vision resulted 179 a.yes to 139 noeo.
As soon at; t'he result was announced
tha ayes and noes were demanded and
the roll was called, resulting?ayes. 179;
noes. 129.
Or> t'he roll call two Republicans,
Aciheson and Robblns. of Pennti-iUvaniia,
voted with the Democrats.
A cptu-lcamemtary wrangle followed
over an attempt of Mr. Bailey to ap
j peal from what he contended was &
ruling oi 'he chair relating to tlhe dis
posfotilioin of the resolution he had offered,
but the chair stated that there could
be no appeal from the l-cply to a par?
liamentary inquiry. The House then
went into committee of tlhe who?c, ?m.d
resumed consideration of the navail ->?
appropriation bid. 'Mr. Cannon (Re?
publican), of Illinois, chairman of the
appropriations committee, made a point
of order against the paragraph author
izi'nig the construction Ott a floating
steel dry dock at Algiers, La.
The c>.air overruled the point of or?
From time to time during the after?
noon the Cuban question was brought
forward md aroused intense tfe*l'in?.
Mr. Wheeler (Democrat), of Alabama,
said t'hat thl? morning the committee
had been stirred by the announcement
that the Republicans otf the House had
it last resolved and action was. to .be
taken " Tomorrow the American peo?
ple would toe humiliated when they
r,rtind that the 'Republicans of th*
House had Joined the teanponiaung pol?
icy wthich was betraying the American
government and t'he American nante.
.Mr. Cummings ('Democrat), of New
York_"'.How much time, c^nsa-derimgi
the prospective ailliB-nees of the gov?
ernments of Spain and th* United
Stater-, will it require the eliles. to put
down the patriots in Cuba? (Ap
ulutiso.) . , ,,,
"I have bowed my head in humi'lia
Uor.v" replied Mr. Wheeler, "at the
conduct of this affair so far, but I
cannot believe the administration^w-nlt
extend a friendly hand to the murder
ors of the sailors of the Maine and
the patriots in Cuba." (Renewed ap?
An amendment was adopted on mo?
tion of .Mr. Elliott (Democrat), of South
Carolinas to appropriate J&0.000 fors.
jitearm engineering shop ?t the Fort
?Royal naval stotion.
Without reaching the provisions re?
lating to the Increar? in the navy the
committee ros* and at i:0i o clock P.
M., ihs House adjurned.
WASH IN1GTON, March 10.?Permis?
sion was granted by the Senate today
tftar the foreign retotioins. oomirnatte? to
j (Oontinued on Courth pa<S*-)
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