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VOL III, NO. 105.
i associated
I Press
1 Dispatcli?s.
Auxiliary Cruiser St. Paul Dub
Here Today.
Left an Ocean Grey-hound
and Returns a Warship.
Tim Cruiser Minneapolis In Port. Currier
I'igepu Ciugltt at the Slilpyard
Yoneuiite Sails Monday, ifcit
terle? A and C r.ir Ne ?
port News.
Last February the magnificent
American Line steamship St. Paul,
proud in her existence as one of the
greatest of the great oc ean grey?
hounds. "Steamed away from the local
shipyard, where she had jtftt been
overhauled, ready for her regular pas?
senger service between New York ami
the Old World.
Since her peaceable departure trom
this port, however, circumstances haw
changed, and now the passenger
steamer St. Paul has given place to
the swift auxiliary cruiser of the L'ni
ted States navy, with name unchang?
ed. Great has' been the transformation
that has taken place in tlie great ves?
sel since last she was admired by
crowds of people in this city.
Her graceful sides are now no lung?
er a shining black, but in its place ti e
sombre grey of the American fight?
ers is spread. Where mice were the
saloons, la which many noted person?
ages of this and other countries often
lounged while on the mighty deep,
death-dealing guns are now manned
by Uncle Sam's gallant sailors.
At daylight Thursday morning the
finishing touches, which thus trans?
formed the great American Liner into
a member of the United States navy,
were put on at the Cramp's shipyard
in Philadelphia.
* Such Is the transformation which
the people of Newport News may ex?
pect to see today when'"the great aux?
iliary cruiser St. Paul steams Into this
port. Where she was bound for was
unknown until it was learned last
night that the big vessel would stop at
this place and take on GOO ions of coal.
No doubt the St. Paul, commanded by
so famous a man as Captain Sigsbee,
will be the centre of attraction after
she puts Into the harbor today.
Besides being commanded by Ou
commander of the Ill-starred Maine,
.the St. Paul Is remarkable in another
way. for when she was launched she
had on board a part of her present
Among those whom she carried on
her decks at the time of her maiden
plunge were the boys of the school
ship Saratoga. She will carry, now
that she is In sei vice as a warship, a
score or more of Saratoga graduates,
who enlisted hs soon as the chance
was given them to sail on ih>- big
cruiser. They include, among others,
Master at Arms Harry Weener. Boat?
swain's Mate H. Holmes. Junior Quar
Following Is a corrected list of offi?
cers of the St.' Paul: C. D. Sigsbee.
captain, commanding: W. H. Drigge,
lieutenant commander, executive offi?
cer: J. C. "Gilmore, lieutenant, naviga?
tor; George Young and ,7. A. Pattson.
acting lieutenants; J. M. Poyer, lieu?
tenant, junior grade; Hiram Dlxor.
and Ralph Osborn. acting lieutenants.
Junior grade; W. V. N. Powelson, C.
S. Bookwater and W. T. Cluverius,
ensigns; A. S. Co well, acting ensign,
L. G. Heneberger, surgeon: C. W. Llt
tlefield, paymaster; John Hunter act?
ing chief engineer; Charles Robinson,
acting past assistant engineer; John
Anderson, C. F. Thompson and Oscar
Anderson, acting assistant engineers,
all of the United States navy: John P.
Scott, acting chaplain; first lletitenant,
C. A. Doyen: William Walsh, gunner;
M. Wogan, boatswain; Allan Galletly.
acting carpenter, and W. R. Pattlson,
pay clerk, rail of the Marine Corps.
There came to the local shipyard
yesterday a visitor, evidently lost iti
his travels and mistaken in his desti?
nation. The visitor was a hunting |, g
It was apparently Intended for the
navy yard at Norfolk and when it was
captured at the pattern shop a mes?
sage was sent to the commandant of
the yard to the effect that the pigeon
would be again released.
On the plate which the bird carried
was stamped the number but the
rest of the message on the plate ivos
unintelligible us u was in a cipher
code, unknown to the authorities of
the shipyard.
The only fact that could be gleaned
from the otherwise meaningless mark?
ing was that the pigeon was liberated
fat S:"Tl A. 3d.. May 3rd. The plate was
marked in plain letters, "Return to the
navy' yard."
What message the little harbinger of
news might be carrying Is -unknown,
but it is thought that very probably
some orders. Intended for the Norfolk
navy yard, were brought to the local
yard by the mistake of the winged
The cruiser Minneapolis steamed In?
to the harbor yesterady afternoon
about 5":03 o'clock and dropped anchor
'off the Casino. She- will take on SOO
tons of bunker coal and will probably
be in port until Monday, when it Is
expected that she will join Commodore
Schley's dying squadron at Old Point,
where she will await developments af?
ter lie!- cruise in northern waters.
It is supposed here that the two biu.
teries of artillery which wlil guard the
government's interests at the shipyard
are Battery A. or Philadelphia, and
Battery C, or Phoenixville, Pa. The
orders to Battery A were sent direct
to the commanding officer, Captain
Barclay Warburt?n, and the orders*
which directed the members of Bat?
tery A to lie mustered into service, also
included the other battery.
Both of these commands are now in
? amp at Jit. Clretna, Pa., " at Camp
Hastings. -
According to the Philadelphia Press
the arrival .ct.,the Battery A recruits
at the camp caused considerable en?
thusiasm. It was pouring rain when
the train pulled In. but the "recruits"
had been well uniformed at the ?rm?
ere in Philadelphia and presented an
excellent appearance. There was some
laughing on the part of the spectators
when two or throe of the Princeton
boys got out of the line to escape the
mud puddles, but the prompt manner
in which they responded to the ser?
geant's order to "Keep in line there"
was highly commended.
Among the mon was Kdward W.
Church, the well known foot ball ha'f
back. who answered "No" when the
roll of the battery was first called for
volunteers, but who has since been
?ble to adjust his business matters so
that he lias returned to be mustered in
with the others.
The Press says that a decided breeze
has sprung up in camp over the fact
thai il-.p orders for Battery A to pre
pare for immediate muster were issu. d
t-. Captain Warburlon without the
knowledge of anyone at division or
brigade headquarters. Division head?
quarters had no knowledge o? the or
dor until captain "Warburton asked for
leave of shsenc? to: himself ana ?
Lumber of men to go to Philadelphia !
for recruits to till the ranks to the war
complement. This move on the port of
the War Department, in the opinion
of a great many officers., is considered
an ind "nation that the department in?
ten.is 1,1 deal .lire 1 with t>e iegiment
al commands.
There is a strong probaillty that
many of the men who have volunteer?
ed to go to war will be- turned down
when thoy come lo be mustered into
the regular service. In the past few
days Governor Hastings has received
many letters containing piteous ap?
peals from the wives and mothers of
the men. The governor has given these
letters a great deal of careful consid?
eration. All of those cn^cs will be in?
vestigated. Any man who is known to
have a family dependent upon him will
probably not be allowed to enlist, but
will bo sent home at once.
Turret plates for the battleship j
Kearsarge have been shipped by the
Bethlehem Iron Company to this citv.
The plates, with bolts, etc.. weighed
""1-2 tons. The company is rushing
the contract on the armor plates as
rapidly as possible and a big force of
men, including extra bands, are kept
constantly en ed '..> expedite the
Work on the auxiliary cruisers Yose
mite and Dixie continues to be pushed
with the utmost dispatch. The former
or those vessels will probably leave the
shipyard Monday, but the Dixie will
not be ready to leave so soon. A large
number or guns were mounted on the
Yosomfte yesterday, but the Dixie as
?et has received none of her arma?
Captain P. Thornton Ma rye has re
-oived orders to make out. in dupli?
cate, lists of all commissary and quar?
termaster's stores which lie will carry
into camp with his command. One
opy is to ho sent to the adjutant gen?
eral and the other retained.
Notice was given to the men to car?
ry with them such extra clothes as
they eonviently can. which will he
Engineer William Leavy, the ranking
mgineer of the Cromwell Line, -who
was formerly employed on the ste<tm
-?i:;p Creole, has enlisted in the" navy
ind has received his appointment as
acting chief engineer with the rank o!
?i lieutenant, on the hospital ship Sol-,
.ice. He wil! remain on the Solace a*
long as she is in service. Mr. Leavy Is
weil known in Newport News, where
io has msnv friends.
11 is u-ndenstood that several He?
brews living in this city are contem
olating enlisting in the local military
trganizaition for the purpose of goin?
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
LOiNT>ON, May 7.?Special dispatch
from Vieiwia says Queen Regent lies
again appealed -to Emperor Francis Jo?
seph in flavor of intervention. The
Austrian-Hungarian foreign minister
lias addressed a note to the powers on
the subject.
LONDON, May 7.?A Special dispatch
says diplomats ut Madrid assert that
Spain will protest to the powers against
America's failure to make che Cuban
blockade effective.
'MADRID. May 6.?Senor Moret, in
the chamber today challenged a direct
vote of confidence, declaring that the
government would resign lf it was not
_ -if ?
6.?It win-- reported tha't warships were
seen to 'the southward .last night.
LIVERPOOL. May.6.?Reamers from
the Canary Islands report that the
American coni-ulat Las Palmas has left
suddenly with plans of the harbor.
There are 12.000 Spanish troops in the
Grand Canary alone. The authorities
are pushing forward the fortifications,
and despertae attempts are being made
t?> raise revenue, the authorities tak?
ing British property without compen?
ICuking fr'lre or Hail Stones IJamnge Truck?
ing and F nit.
Spanish musketry has no terrors for
those who were forced to face the ter
riftlc siorm which swept over this sec?
tion of the country yesterday afternon
about 5 o'clock.
For about fifteen minutes the heav?
ens opened up a relentless fussilade of
icy stones which surpassed in fury any
storm which has taken place in many
It is Impossible to learn the extent
of the damage caused by this raking
tire from the celestial batteries, but
that the loss sustained was very great
cannot be doubted.
Tlie hail stones, many of which were
us large as walnuts, struck the win?
dows of the houses with such fury that
to tiie occupants, it sounded like a
mighty battle yrith musketry. Many
of the window/ panes were .shattered
by the missiles pfUioai?rTffl<ing. Ea h
of the chilly pr?JCt-'tiles seemed to be
provided with knifed edges and. as
they struck the trees of the city, the
leaves were severed from the branches
as though tut with the pruning shears,
leaving the limbs bared in unbecoming
Horses, driven mad by the sharp
sting of the fast-blown bail stones, be?
came unmanagable, and. In three
cases, they succeeded in getting thp
mastery of the situation and dashed
down the street, leaving their drivers
jutd damaged yohletroj bjjaiiid,
_ In cue country the cTuniage Is
thought to be exceedingly great, the
report being, to the effect that all
trucking has been demolishedand the"
fruit almost totally destroyed.
No damage has been reported alon?
the shore, but it is very probable that
some of the smaller vessels have suf?
fered in the furious storm. Yester?
day's storm converted the streets of
mud into fields of ice and the picture
of a city. with, thoroughfares paved
with the crystal in the balmy month
of May. was a truly strange one. It
only required a short time after the
storm had abated for the avenues a d
side streets to resume their accustom?
ed apparel of liberally distributed
Mr. C. W. Robinson a Candidate for Oltlcc
i. ?,f Commonwealth's Attorney.
Yesterday was the last dav on wh'ch
the candidate for offhv could file notice
with the clerk of courts of their eandj
'lacy. and the fight is practically on.
" ?e following, who hope to be elected
to some position in the gift of the peo?
ple e.t the coining spring election, com.
tilled with the requirement,* of the law
and filed notice of their Intention to
have the people vote for them:
?Mm yor?A. A. Moss, Dr. Joseph
Commonwealth's Attorney?J. TC.. M
'Newton. A. C. Peachy, C. W. Robin?
City Sergeant?C. C. Craffonl, E. W.
M'Mstead. W. T. Hopkins.
Constable?Ohas. C. Watts, Z. T.
Jenes. R. S. Shield.
First Ward?D. >B. Cory, John J.
Second Ward?Loute Loeb, William
Washington (col). F. C. Lenz.
Third Ward?J. H. Coffee. W. C. Wil
Fotirth Ward?E. I. Ford, H. E. Bat
Fifth Ward?A. L. Powell, W. B Ei
Sixth Ward?Jas. F. Hughes, Jas.
Seventh Ward?John D. Hay, Mark
First Ward?P. M. King, John Mitch
Second Ward? Jos. J. Minson, F. 3.
Sampson, A. C. Davis.
Fourth Ward?IB. B. Semmes, Warren
T. Smith.
Fifth Ward?Thos. D. Adams, Harris
L. Moss.
Sixth Ward?Louis X). Richter, W. T.
Seventh Ward?R. >M. Deetz.
In the race for the mayoralty Mr. A.
\. Moss, the nominee of the Democratic
warty, will be opposed by Dr. Joseph
Miartes, the Republican aspirant for
the same office. This promises to be
i very interesting race, as it is not im?
probable that complications may aribt
n the Democratic ranks on account of
lie fact that Mr. C. W. Robinson has
intiounoed himself as a candidate for
he office of Commonwealth's Attorney,
lespite the fact that the face of the re
urns show he tos defeated for the
Democratic nomination by the present
nviumtietil. Mr. J. K. M. Newton.
Mr. Robinson has announced himself
is a- candidate at the solicitation of
nany of his friends, who declare that
ie ?-as not given a proper deal by the
xecntive committee, in that they re
'Ui-ed to have the votes oast in the re
?ent primary election recanvassed. and
be action of some of 'the Judges of
lection investigated.
The entry into the race by Mr. Koh?
nsen throws a great deal of compli
ion into the question, not only as fat
is the office of Commonwfoll'h's At
nrney is concerned, but also in regard
.o the mayoralty. It was openly boast?
ed after the primary that unless the
supporters of Dr. Perkins, In the pri
?nary fight for the mayoralty, came
round to the Moss side of *he fence,
he followers of the successful candi?
date for that office would do whatever
n their power lay to defeat Mr. New
ort for the office of Commonwealth's
It wias not supposed, however, that
,fr. Robinson would he a candidate,
nd his entry into the fight will cause
. big shake-up in Democratic ranks.
Uncle Sam Orders Lafayette
Turned Loose,
Vessel Had Permission to
Enter Havana.
Exciting Scene Ncartht II,irlm^w|,?n ll?
V?me? Tried tu l ore; the ?i??.k
atle. i:m a sii?t CimAc* Hit
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?p,P^'atch boat KATE
?>'h>S4 tit. \ Ia K'KY WEST May G ?
rhe Lafayette, of La Francas General.
iLins-a'tkimvinue Lino. ?. vessel o
f:::94 ton* ^ regster. b'.und from
i.urunr.a. Spain, on April U.S for h
V?rna? ,'as caftured yesterday evening
ort the tenter port by the U-pited State*
gunboat Annapolis, Commander J. J.
liun'Rer. w-hiie trying t-o run the block?
ade after having been warried off. Site
hiss on board a large nunvber of pas?
sengers atnd a valuable cargo, possi?
bly containing centra band" ?f .War."
_The l.a-f i\-tie. which hails' from St.
Xazaire, Franc- , is a fine'v.s&el or the
old type. She is over 314"feet furig, h.u
14 feet b. am und gR fi i. draught.
She was built in 18? S at Greenock'. oi"
iron. 'Her capture was effected shorUj
before sundown last -night in tiie fol?
lowing manner:
The UaaSayeate was heading for Ha?
vana 'and wa.- boarded by an officer et'
the Ann? polls and warned - not to enter
the port. She afterwards made an at?
tempt to do go and was cup"*ured, after
an exciting,chase. .
The Wilmington. Newport and Men 1:1
took part in the eainure-o-f-t-h? French
man. Arier an ex.i mini ill ion of tie- La?
fayette's papers had heeni'.m.ide. a prize
er- w of the Annapolis wa.-- placed on
board and she was sent. Ho Kev West,
escorted by the Wllmirigfon.
Previous to this step being taken
Commander Bun'kev, of ?Ven-tp.-'
the temponiry flag officer and Com?
mander C C. Todd, of the Wilmington,
exchanged signal.- -for over an hour.
It is reported that the Lafayette in
addiition to being a large French mail
Steamer, is a French n-avul reserve
vessel, mounting guns and carrying
crew sufficient to make her ready for
active service at short notice. This, it
is said, adds considerably the gravi?
ty of -the international aspect --r the
Tie- Kate Spencer, dispatch heart of
the Associated Prei s, jiisf before the
chase began, had spoken the Anna?
polis a little east of the Co j mar battery
and five miles .iff shore. The Anna-po?
lls, with canvas ventilators spread,
had came up lazily from the ens: and
?ifter having spoken the Spencer had
gone about to follow her down the
The Cuban shore line, gray with Uhu
hot aim. sphere of the afternoon, never
looked more peaceful. Four miles
down :lie coast the grim old tower of
Morro stood ?frowning a silent guardian
of the Cuban capital, whose roofs -al?
ready reflected the red glow of tie- de?
clining sun. It wan a fine picture of
Cuba insista. Suddenly the calm was
broken by the electric call of ''A chase,"
which echoed from ..he stern of the
Spencer. The Annapolis had put her
helm hard a-st'&rboard and was eloav
aig th.- wtiteru in a northeast direct 1?
Her dark funnels beh-hed out clouds
black smoke as the ssroker piled e.
on the furnaces and every effort was
.nude to drive the gum boat at a high
peed. On the horizon could be see-n
the faintest trace of smoke. This was
She nuniry Of the American warship -and1,
circling swiftly as she was, ai full cry
after her prey. The ?traniger came up
rapidly and the marine glasse.? soon
made her .-ut to be a big liner. with
ted fuunete, heading straight for Ha?
vana. On she ca.me. under full steam,
''turrying bone in her .?teeth" tu; the
sailors say when a vessel is throwing
tii> a roll of white'water forward os stir
drives through 'the rough water at a
good speed. Tht-ie seemed to be no
doubt that the .-tranger was bent on
running through 'the blockading sciinid
ron and getting under the guns of Alor
ro Castie if possible before being over?
hauled. But within live imin-uteh' from
different directions three of Uncle
Som's warships, which had been drift?
ing idly on the tropical sea had be<--n
galvanized 'into life attracted by the
chase and speedily joined in the at?
tempt to block the stranger's entrance
to Havana.
While the Anna perils was rushing
down upon the cha-e in the distance the
Wilmington and the Newport were also
bearing down upon her, and the Mer?
rill, which had been nosing up toward
the AS'soe'aie.d Prei-s boat, also game
afoot and swung around across the
path of the liner, a sirs of David chal
ietvgiuig wi Co'iiah, for the -M.orril-1 is
only a smart little revenue cutter now
acting as a dispatch hoot, a.nd a mem?
ber of Ui-- so-called Mosquito lleet.
The Annapolis, however, had been do?
ing-such Into work with 'her engines ti
he overhauled the sitr-anger two -miles
ahead of the Morri'll. There was a (lash,
a puff of white emoke to the lee, f
lowed by the boom of a gun fired down
the -wind, which ann'ounced that Unc!
Sam had ordered the steamer to heave
The liner obeyed and the Morri-11 and
t-h* A-ssoclased Press dispatch boat
i'-arted in a neck end neck r.we for the
big prize.
In -the -meantime a boat from the An?
napolis had boarded she Frenchman, as
the i-tranger proved to lee. On board
the liner a crowd of excited passengers
pressed anxir,tis!y about the Vessel's
sides. 'From the south the wicked gray
hul'l of the Wilmington, with her men
at quit piers and the delicately lined
Newport were 'looming up rapidly. A
moment or so later the three- warship"
lay by tili the boat from the Ainnppoiis
started hack from the liner . to the
gunboat. Then, suddenly, to'the as?
tonishment of all on board the wanships
the Frctichmaji blew a loud whistle
3nd?r>irt on full steam ahead pointing
straight to the entrance of Havana
harbor. 'A sharp word of eomma/nd
ving out on board the Annapolis and in
less 'time than it takes to pencil these j
Hinds her crew were at quarters and ;
the muzzle of every gun of her star?
board broadside was pointing in deadly
earnest straight at the runaway. The
uig after gnu roared out a hoarse
order while the crew stood up anxiously
eager to lullow it. bui -the warning note
had iti- effect. Tile big liner again
.slopped ?her engines . .. i then put tiieiu
golllg US'telll. Willie CCiUUins of St- a 111 '
from 'lief escape pip s telling of tile I
high pressure below were pleading 1
Tii= Wilmington and the Merrill had |
already started across the Lafayette':
path, but their services were not ncc
essury, for tile Frenchman no lange
dared to take a run for it.
Then there was a long spell of wig
wagigng 'between t'ne Annapolis and
tiie Wilmington in the dusk uf the
evening, the sun dropiiing behind 'the
iiorizon -and the night falling over the
scene iike it drop curtain, for there is
no twilight in thet;e latitudes. Later
electric signals succeeded the Hags,
and there was a nervou* period of rig?
ging and blinking and red ami white
uuestions and answers.
The signaling continued for almost tin
hour, possibly longer, while the puzzled
(lispawfti boats gathered in the we
mownilglvt, almost rolling their boili
? ?in in the northeast swell Ots they i
patiently awaited flic solution of i
lgual consultations.
At lA'i the Annapolis and the W.l- j
tnington lowered boats and the officers
bearded the Frenchman. The exam ina
'ti'uti of the liner was soon over and
at.er the boats had returned to their
respective ships, a prize crew from the |
Wilmington was put on board the La?
fayette and at T?.r. last night, the big
Frenchman was headed north and was
escorted to Key W?st under the guns
;' the Wilmington. The prize arrived
in re this morning.
She HafI Been Given Permission to
Enter Havana.
(By Telegraph.)
KEY WEST, May G.?5 P. M.?Com?
modore Watson this afternoon received
' orders from Washington to instantly
release the French mail steamer La?
fayette and to send her to Havana
Under escort.
The capture of the Frenchman by
the gunboat Annapolis turns oui to
nave been an unfortunate incident, re?
sulting from a mistake, but r.o protests
have been made by the foreign repre
The ?lllciais here declare that this
will close the affair.
It appears that h fore the Lifayette
ailed for Havana the French legation
in Washington was Instructed to cltii
munkote with tiie State Department.
This was doiu- and permission graute.1
?Jo the st.umt-r to enter and discharge
lier passeiigets and cargo with the un?
derstanding that she wai? to take no
InsitrUct'.oiKs were sent from Wtlsli
ug.oti to Admiral Sampson'^ squadron
md it was only learned today, after
.'.. capture was made, that they were
:ever delivered.
This afternoon a number of United
States olIieiH'ls went out to the Lafay
?' ".e. ? exa-min-d her papers and cabled
Lo the ?State Department fur instruc?
tions. They came as tne above order
to Commodore Watson.
Of the ICS paisengers on board tne
Lafayette, seventy-six are for Havana,
ilenrly all- being young Spaniards, who
:.iy they are going to Cuba to engage
ti mercantile pursuits
'When surprise war- dfen/Iayed that
-tii-li was their ml.tsieTi at this time
?.hey merely shruggc-a -"their shoulders
j iii.i Votielis.ivi ,1 no further explana
i iik- Cuban was aboard who was re?
turning to join the insurgent army.
lie was banished from the island
se.v? n months ago, but came within
the terms of General Blamco's armistice.
lie was overjoyed when told that he
would 'be taken with the United States
tn-ops when they moved. The locai
junta took htm in churge and he leaves
for Tampa tonight.
The 'United States authorities who
examined the l>afayet:te today say that
so far as the ship'is manifest snows,
she carries no contraband of war, but
with stich an immense cargx> it was ini
ptr?-iblu t,. make a thorough inspection.
L'hey saw nothing in the nature of arms
or ammunition on board. Her release
constitutes the first official act of Com
uvodoro Watson in his new command
?if this new division of Admiral Samp?
an's Meet. He arrived on the Olivette
' lay and immediately went on board
?it - cruiser Cincinnati, where he hoisted
nis Hag
The ships in the harbor boomed a
eoinmeidore's salute of t-ieven gun;
this afternoon. The customary act of
courtesy to a new commanding officer,
'"od a distressing effect cm the Lafay?
ette. The federal officials were dining
?>rt hoard at the Unit; and suddenly
?bey found themselves? in the midst of
i iKiiric. The ^Spaniards yelled ithat
the enemy had opened fire upon them
tend they scrambled about the decks
to fined places of shelter. Some of
them burst frantically into the cap?
tain's cabin where he was at dinner
with his visitors and begged the Amer?
icans to save their lives. One Mexican
woman, wife of a Spa nurd, who was
seized with a spasm at the time the
Annapolis held up the Lafayette, dupli?
cated the pirformance when the isulute
was fired and for Some time it was
feared her life was in danger.
Commodore Kemey arrived on the
Mascotte this evening.
While nothing can be learned as to
where he will take command, it i.
1 on good authority that his con
?ignmen't is to be to the command of
the na^al station here.
. 'Ohe r ports from 'the blockade line
today are that the situation is uncliatjg
ed. '1'h-,- ?mar* cruisers are still lined
up with the gunboat Annapolis acting
as flags-hip.
(By Telegraph.)
WASHINGTON, Alay 6.?Any inter
TOi'li-r.rail difficulty connected with the
od b;
tommatiding officer of the vessels which
nade the capture. The facts are that
>n April 2!>. the French embassy made
hi informal Inquiry as to wheiher t#i
Lafayette, which '.eft St. Nazuit.
France, f-.r Vera Cruz by way of Ha
on.!, b.-f lb- war wa.- declared o
nformfltlorr of th ? bio. k.ule rec ived,
would he allowed to iar.d ut Havana
-eria-Vn ;?? .s--. r..'. i s. her mail bags am
the dispatch bag of the cm
>ra-l of France, and :o
o.t sengers on board.
??An ?assurance was given that if this
privilege was granted the eteamei
would be forbidden by the Frencl
consul to land goods.
"The maltcr was duly considered
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
Dewey Has Not Yet Sent a
Dispatch to Washington.
(Bv Telegraph.)
Washington, May 6.?-After an
.ther Jay of waiting, in the Navy and
State Departments, the doors again
were closed in the evening without a
word Crom Commodore Dcewy or any
other reliable source as to what hap?
pened tit Manila after the cable broke.
During the course of the day there
were rumors that cable communica?
tion had been restored, but these were
soon found to be baseless.
One comfort the officiate talte in the
situation, although it is of a negative
character, is that the lack of commu?
nication is a probable evidence that
the Spaniards at least arc not in con?
trol at-Manila, else they would speed?
ily communicate that fact to the rest
of the world through the cable, if the
delay means anything; it is believed
not to be more serious than Commo?
dore Dewey has been delayed In carry?
ing out fully his plans for the occu?
pation of Manila. In other words, it
may not have been possible for the
commodore, within the short space of
two days, to erfcet the destruction of
the Spanish fleet, the silencing of the
forts at Cavite. the seizure of Corrlga
dor Island, the capture of Matdla and
finally the restoration of cable commu?
nication. If lie has been delayed sev?
eral days In carrying out this
I extensive program. it-Is not" nt all sur
I prising that he has not been heard
from through a. dispatch boat. The
State Department is Inclined to touch
with Consul Wilman, at Monk Kong,
who is expected to supply the earliest
possible news form the Philippines.
Tbc only message received from the
consul today was one informing the
department that four families of ref?
ugees in the Philippines had petitioned
for admission to the United States cit?
izenship, something manifestly impos?
sible tor the consul" to grant under the
neutralization lnws.
Tt is barely possluTe that the first
news to come may lie through British
sources Inasmuch as all British cable
subventions contain a clause giving
the British government in the prece?
dence the use of the cables in an
Respecting Admiral Sampson's move
ments the department is still mute,
though It Is evident Interesting news is
expected on that subject wirhrn the
next three days. Therefore it is cer?
tain that Die rumor which originated
in London that Sampson had under?
taken a campaign In the Canaries Is
dismissed without attracting attention
at tie- hands of the officials, since M
would be manifestly impossible for the
admiral to arrive at the Canaries
within so short n space of time as
three days. Again the monitors in bis
fleet could not carry coal enough to
make the passage. Moreover, the na?
val stragetlc board Is not sending out
notifications of contemplated stragetlc
moves. A leading diplomatic official
said there was no reason why foreign
nations should he given advance infor?
mation of an atfack on the Canaries..
Since the United States whs conduct?
ing a. vvnr. It had a right, he said, to
choose its own points of attack with?
out keeping other governments ndvis
ed .if its purposes. The London report
that the continental powers were seek?
ing to have England Join them In in?
tervention also was lacking In verifi?
cation In official and diplomatic quar?
ters here. The State Department lias
received no suggestions of such Inter
vent Ion and docs iua??&?s^?.vo it Is con?
templated. The foreign representatives
here, including those of Great Britain.
France. Germany and Russia, meet
tills report with specific, denials and
declare that Intervention Is not beins
discussed in any way at the present
The utterances of Emperor William
before the Reichstag today ru-inflrmod
what the German officials here have
maintained from the <lrst, namely that
Germany would observe strict neutral
ity even though no decree was issued
The German embassy has been rein?
forced by the arrival of Captain f-leu
tenant Von Ttehur. of the Imperial
German navy, who becomes naval at?
tache of the embassy here.
(By Telegraph.)
I.ON'POX. May 7.- -Anxiety over the
absence of news from Commodore
Dewey was clearly reflected in the lob?
bies of the House of Commons last ev?
ening, where the general subject of
conversation was the uncertainty as to
Manila. Sinister speculations were
indulged In and it was pointed out that
there wore trading steamers under the
British flag in Manila Bay on Suday.
As apparently none of them left after
the naval battle Is looks 'as though
they apprehended danger in passing
out by Porrlgador Island. They can
hardly be awaiting cargoes if the town
has been bombarded. while there
would lie plenty of foreigners in that
"vent anxious to embark.
Tt is not believed that Commodore
Dewey lias met with disaster, but it
j<s the universal opinion that he has en
countered unexpected resistance and
Is not In a position to soare a vessel to
'?arry dispatches. Another suggestive
'Xpinnatlon is "that Commodore Dewey
' has not succeeded in obtaining control
of the land telegraph lines to Bolinao
connecting Manila with the Ilona
Kong cable.
Transports Ready to Convey Soldiers
to Cuba.
(By Telegraph.)
TAMPA. FLA., May 6.?Prepara
rations for the embarkation of United
States troops are rapidly being com?
pleted. Seven of the transports to be
used in carrying the soldiers and their
horses and supplies to Cuba are now
at Tort Tampa. They are the Coinal
Allegheny. Berkshire. Florida. Whit?
ney, Gussie and Decatur II. Miller, the
last named arriving today from Balti?
more. Nearly all of the ships have
been given a full supply of coal. They
had a large force of carpenters work?
ing on them all day erecting stalls for
? be accommodation of the cavalry and
artillery horses and the pack mules
and will tic in readiness for loading
Kations enough for 7,000 men for 30
days are expected to arrive tomorrow.
In spile of the weather the men wor<
given long drills today. They are rap?
idly becoming acclimated and as tln<
a lot of men as ever shouldered guns
will break camp and embark.
Peanut Social.
The peanut social given in Moss'
Hall last night by the F.pwnrth Leagu
was a decidely pleasant affair. The
feature of the evening was a feast of
fresli roasted peanuts.
Good screen doors, complete, $1'.00.
Vdams' Racket Store, tt
Simply more and better for your
money than ever before at Woodward
& Womble's.
So Says a Spanish News?
paper at Madrid.
Acts of Vandalism Reported
From the Provinces.
Minister r..r tin. Colonies Explain* Why
Spain Was Unnri*paro?l ?ml Then
'?K?nnt*" American*, ?irave
Ci-UIk I inn 1 icnt, but tiie
Queen Will Kneape.
, ? (Bv Telegraph.)
MADRID. May 6.?The Impartial stays
the representatives ot uhe German em?
bassy here have received a dispatch
trcm Hong Kong saying that the
American commodore In Manila Bay
is reported to have effected a landing
at Cavi'te. after a fresh bombardment
of that place.
2 P. M.?Further disorders are re?
ported from different parts of the pro?
vinces, especially from Muc-ia, capital
of the province: ot that name, thirty
miles from Oanthagena, where a mob
composed.-mainly of striking miners has
cut the telegraph lines, set fire to the
town hall, also to 'the law courts, burn?
ing the archives. The rioters also made
an attack upon the local Jail, beat in
the doors and released the prisoners.
Fin.!My, the rioting strikers have inter?
rupted railroad communication- with.
Mucia and have destroyed a store by
the use of dynamite, distributing the
provisions which it contained. The
situation is regarded as being very se?
rious. Quite recently six thonsam?*?
striking miners of Mucia attempted to
march upon Oarthagenu and were only
prevented fivm so doing by a strong
force of troiips.
8 P. tM.?In the Senate today Senor
Puyeere Pu-lservere refused any explan?
ation as to the war intention of .the
government. In reply to a question,
whether measures had been taken In
ot the industrial crisis arising from
the dimunl tlon. of the stock of coal, Se-,
nor Puigervere said the governmesi't
.was inquiring into the question and tf
necessary would prevent the export ot
T-n the Senate Senor Oapevon, 'min?
ister of the Interior, asked the deputies
to suspend Judgment as to the Manila
engagement until detailed reports had
been received.
In the Congress the 'minister for the
.olouies, replying to the charge of un
preparednecs, candidly confessed thaJE
lie had not ibe'lleved until the very last
that war would cxvme ais he believed
the Americans were "i-nctiipalble of at?
tacking -Spain without the slightest
cause, but when convinced that 'the
Utri-fed States -were bent upon despoiling
Spain, then, with the entire cabinet he
seriously prepared to repel uin unjust
attack, purchasing and fitting out war?
ships and -procuring war material ir?
respective of cost, resolving to make
a strong stand and converting a peace
loving into a war-like cabinet."
In pathetic terms Senw Moret cleared
half of the charges of a press which
.vais, he said, "trying to load all the
-ens of the nation" upon him. He
asserted that he yielded to none in pa?
triotism and was always acting to se?
cure what he thought best -for his
country's welfare.
Senor Moret resumed his seat amid
thunders of applause, deputies crowd?
ing around 'him and loading him wlith
con gra'tti iatiwns.
10 P. M.?Senor Cosset, editor of the
ImiKirckil. withdraws his proposal for
?the impeachment of Admiral Bermejo,
the minister of marine, and Admiral
Berojiger, minister of marine in the
cabinet of the late Senor Cc-novas. Ad?
miral Bermejo, in reply to a question,
exnre-sed the opinion thiat It ought to
nave been possible to have repulsed the
Americans at 'Manila.
Sen.u- Moret challenged a direct vote
of confidence, declaring that the gov?
ernment would resign if 'it were car
. It'is announced that the floating debt
of- Spain -was Increased during the
mo-ntlh of. April last by 12,2-44,391 -pe?
setas. . .
J.ON'DON, -May 6.?It is announcea an
a Madrid letter duted May 2, describing.
the military procession in honor of
Murats victims, that among the cries
heard on the Puerto Del Sol was the
fata! onie of "Death to civil guards,'
as a section of this famous body pass?
ed. Continuing, the letter says: "The
civil guards are the Very backbone of
Spain, the one incorruptible body of
men, whose very presence has a power?
ful effect- in suppressing riot and sedi?
tion, so when 'Death to 'the civil
guard' is heard, the prudent man will
prepare for the worst."
LONDON, May 7.?A dispatch from
Vienna says That in the highest eircles
,t is regarded that affairs in Spain are
hurrying rapidly toward a grave crisis,
but no "'fears ' are entertained for the
personal safety of the Queen Regent
and her son. It its believed they will
be able to -leave Spain uninjured at any
suitable moment. ?TT? ???AMr
LONDON, May 6.?The Earl of Ash
burnham, who admits that he Is the
representative of Don Carlos in Eng?
land said in the course of an inter?
view: "The issue'of {he war so far as
it concerns the present occupant of the
throne is already lost, in a very short
time either Don Carlos will be seated
upon the throne or a republic will be
LONDON, May 7.?The Madrid cor?
respondent of tiie Standard says,:
"Many Spanish generals with consid?
erable experience of Cuba, whom fee
nor Sagasta has consulted, assure him
that they are confident that General
Blanco, in Cuba, ami Captain General
Mania, in Porto Rico, can hold on to
und make their respec tive islands very
uncomfortable for the Invaders as long
as the supplies last."
etone filter that makes city water
Hk? lythia. Adams' Racket Store. tf
?Whiskey and beer -glasses, blown cr?
ib rend decanters, b ram bar trays. Ad?
ams' Racket Store. tf
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