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_MENA’ ARK., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY j3. x8p8. VOL. XV. NO. 8. 15I70 Ja(;Ksoi7 Dru$ ^ompapy. | |—— I The | I UP-TO-DATE ! ♦ .t | D™ g | 1 Store. I I I l.i - t l ± We are prepared to supply the public with z PURE : DRUGS! :: * ♦ Of all kinds in any quantity. We also handle X Oils, Paints and Brushes of every kind and description at X 0 both £ 1 Wholesale and Ketail. ! ♦ ..--- , T X ;; Our Wall Paper department is complete, haviug a 0 in stock a large supply of elegant patterns which wc of- J, !! h-r for lhe Spring trade at lowest cash prices. ♦ ;; REMEMBER—We have everything needed in the X ♦ Dru<f. Paint, Oil and Wall Paper lines. * 1 $ I J. QJaeKsor> Dru$ <?o. § l x l Mena Street Between Monert and Port Arthur Avenues. ^ SPAIN WANTS WAR An Intensely Aogry Feeling Against the United States Entertained. HARBOR OF HAVANA MINED. hm Oirfr. Still IMuon.iilng the ( au*« of thel)lsa«ter of the Maine—A Secret Inquiry -Active Wer Prepara tion* doing on. Madrid, Feb. 23.—The sympathy imi dismay which at first prevailed *hen the catastrophe in the Havana karbor was announced has disappeared *od given wav to an intensely belli and angry feeling, which is free ly impressed on all sides and by mem ktrs of every political party. They •ft kept fully Informed of the tone of we American press and of the appar ently universal demands made upon ! * president to resort to war, and, ®r from there being any alarm ™ont the matter, grim satisfac itois apparent everywhere. No one Jp™ atiinit for one moment that * Maine was blown up by design, t disaster is ascribed to the alleged carelessness and laxity of disci r-ut which people here say constitute eature on board American ships. o/ ♦ u ~ .u a * i _ * ai J'moDNtrated by the fact that the ^t.«vu«w summouea tonersuie l [, ®other, the Archduchess Eliza i. justly renowned as one of the Merest politicians in all Europe and 0 was recently at death's door. e » a woman of very strong cliarac rton i t^lose here who have hadocca i . 0 become acquainted with her lnJT her stays with her daugh exPre88 the opinion that she will the queen regent to yield at wi*h ?.tae P°Puiar demand for a war u , "e United States, and will si ll,. t.r daughter’s hesitations upon ivn* r JeCt: ^bat is, indeed, from a teb(l ,lc Point of view, the only thing (,Cr °De< *or there is no doubt what lubfu. at an^ further appearance of to 4,0 America, any attempt ish n. !! a'D Peace at the cost of Span of th ^ result in the overthrow th« monarchy. ^ Harbor Pilled With Minna. Iro^ °RK’ —A Havana cable ipoDdenUay^Dine Tele^ram’8 corre* KJJJW from the highest authority f U»e terri \ i r whut maV have been the cause i*rborof ti>ln catastrophe to the Maine, the Ime, Ailed !i^ana unii has been for a long oes, vvhnW th submiirine mines and torpe ',(*armu ° tlll8fact has been suspected, but ^otthei d Davy °*cers have any definite ^t the m,n!0catlon «r number of these mines •tey L “re*lt ot the war the greatest se hes« min. lmPosed upon those having help I)r s under their supervision, and n genera) nCJLWas *<>r*Otten by the public 1 bolted e*hen was rumored that foned in t),‘ tates war vessel would be sta 8 “arbor, the attention of one of ’ Gea Weyler’s aldes-de-oamp was called to the (act that all of t>>e large shore batteries guard ing the entrance to the harbor could only be dlrectel against an enemy In the open sea, and that If a warship succeeded In running past the forts and entering the harbor, the entire olty would be at Its mercy. The officer replied that the engineers intrusted with the most recent fortification of the harbor had fully considered this question, and had arraaged that if a vessel . ever did enter the harbor she could be blown | up at once. Mill Discussing the Cause. Washington, Feb. 23.—Although the I officers of the construction department of the navy are almost unanimous j against the theory of spontaneous combustion or boiler explosion as the cause of the destruction of the Maine, they are at a loss with almost every i one else for a clear explanation of it. W. A. Dobson, principal draughtsman of the bureau of construction, who was identified with the preparation of the designs of the wrecked battleship, said that he was not fully prepared to accept the theory of many of the ordnance experts that the explosion couid have been caused by a torpedo from the outside. “What makes me discredit the theory that the Maine was sunk by a torpedo,” said another naval officer, “is that Capt. Sigsbee and all his officers and men were vigi lantly guarding their ship against such a visitation. Capt. Sigsbee knew of the hostile feeling against the United States then prevailing in Ha vana, and he, as well as the other offi cers of the vessel, had been repeatedly warned against danger and treachery.” A SecrM Inquiry. __ mi 1 1 m I_ HAVANA, Deo. aa. — luc uuaiu quiry into the Maine disaster met on the lighthouse tender Mangrove yes terday morning with Capts. hampson and Chadwick and Lieutenant Com manders Potter and Marix present. Capt. Sampson presided and Lieuten ant Commander Marix, recently execu tive officer of the Maine, acted as re corder. Capt Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, was the first witness called. Capt Sampson, after the ses sion of the board, said that it had been decided not to tell the public the testimony until all shall have been re ceived and the findings have been con sidered. W hy a Warship was 8*nt to Cuba. Washington, Feb. 23. There is no longer any concealment on the part of the administration as to the reason which induced it to decide that naval vessels should go to Havana and other Cuban ports. While no admissions are made that the “friendly visit” idea is no longer to be considered as the rea son that the Maine was sent to Ha vana the announcement that another warship would proceed there as soon as the excitement over last Tuesday’s terrible affair had subsided shows that the protection of American in terests and not mere etiquette has actuated the administration. Capt. Bigs bee's precautions in keeping am munition ready for service in the rifles o: the secondary battery ar • evidence that he did not regard his mission as one of living brotherhood. Wur* re «rii' o u. W ashington, Feb. 23.—To-day was dev,>,d of rumors in the Snanisb A’ ■ can situation. The exciti mem has prevailed in \V asking* ■' tne past week was scarcely 1,1 :'h!e and the govern merit, officials ii cigressmen have resumed their •' 'dine, satisfied to wait until the official investigation of the Mtuue disaver shall be concluded before forming an opinion as to the cause. In the meantime the war and navy de partments are continuing their activ : ity in placing the defenses of the coun try in good condition in the event of war. X‘ift I>1 a^tnr Dp«*I *re*.i New York, Feb. 23.—A disaatch to the New York World from Madrid saw. The Spanish admiral commanding at Havana telegraphs that the Spanish official investiga tion into th • catastrophe to the Maine has ter minated and that the first exploration made bv official divers has shown up to the pres'-nt that the disaster was quite accidental and1 not pro duced by an exterior cause. Premier Saras; i conveyed the telegram to the pa;«<* and the queen regent expressed satisfaction On hearing the result of the investigation. Th» queen will give an audience at once to United Slat s Min ister Woodford, who will convey the thanks conveyed by President McKinley for her con dolence. Will Itemand Indemnity. Chicago, Feb. 23.—The Journal has the following special from Washing ton: Should it be proven that tne Maine was destroyed bv an outside ex plosion with the knowledge of Span ish officials, President McKinley will demand an indemnity of from $13,0t>0, 000 to $15,000,000,. This statement was made by an officer of the navy depart ment who is thoroughly conversant with the present Spanish situation. KANSAS’ KX HI KIT. Gov LMdjr Urged to Go Ahead with Ills Phin fora Keprrsentatiuu of the State ai Onm ha. Topeka, Kan., Feb. 23.—A commit tee consisting of T. J. Anderson. Charles S. Gleed and T. W. Harrison called upon Gov. Leedv yesterday to ascertain the status of the proposition for a suitable exhibit of the resources of Kansas at the Omaha exhibition. The governor’s proposition was that if i ~~ ------ THE INQUIRY BEGUN. M en Who Will Determine Cause of the Maine Disaster Reaches Havana. Proceedings Will He Kept from the Public i Until Findings Are Made Up—Naval Vacancies to Be Filled—Senti ment in Havana. TTayana, Feb. 22.—The United States lighthouse tender Mangrove arrived here yesterday, having on board the officers composing the court of inquiry ; appointed by Rear Admiral Sicard to inquire into the loss of the battleship Maine. Capt. Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, was the first witness called. Capt. Sampson received an As CArT. S1GSBEE. (Commander of the Ill-Fated Maine.) Bociated press correspondent immedi ately after the morning session of the board. He said, in the course of his interview: I would be glad to give the Associated press news, but, owing to the delicate situation, the board has decided to make nothing whatever public. I do not know what testimony may de velop, or when and it Is only fair to the Spanish government not to tell the publio the testimony until all has been received and the findings have, been considered. You may say that this rule is absolute. Due care will be taken for the rigid enforcement of it. and all stories pnrportln-; to oome from the court w S UNITED STATES CRUISER MAINE. the railroads of the state would guar* antee $15,000 for this purpose he would proceed to raise an additional $15,000 from miners, manufacturers and farm ers throughout the state. The com mittee assured Gov. Leedy that three of the principal Kansas roads had agreed to contribute their share of the required amount. These are the Atch ison, Topeka & Santa Fe, the Missouri Pacific and the St Louis & San Fran cisco. The Rock Island has already arranged for a direet exhibit at its own expense, and the Union Pacific has not been in shape to make a con tribution. The governor was urged to go ahead with his plan for obtain ing the balance of the money from the sources named by him, and the pros pect is considered good for a fair rep resentation of Kansas at Omaha. should be set down as false. I have no Idea at to how long the court will remain here. No one is authorized to Hz the time, as the mem* bars themselves do not know. I shall give t< the Associated press such routine news of tht proceedings as is proper. Tlie Divert at Work. The divers have made only three de scents at the wreck of the battleship Maine. Capt. Sigsbee’s state docu ments were rescued from a private drawer in his cabin. The keys to the magazines were found just above the hook over the head of the captain’s bed—their usual place. They had been floated upward by the rising of the mattress. About 100 of the Maine’s heroes are yet in the wreck. The divers found a copper cylinder used in conveying charges to the six-inch guns. The fact that it had exploded seems tq show that there wa§ an explosion |n SPANISH MAN-OF-WAK VIZCAYA, NOW IN NEW YORK HARBOIfc the magazine for fixed ammunition on the port side forward. NhvhI Varanrii* to Re Killed. Washington, Feb. 22.—Steps have been taken by the i«rvy department to fill tiie vacancies in tiie enlisted branch of the navy caused bv* the loss of most of the crew of the Maine. The legal quota is now about 800 short, and ar rangements have been made for the immediate enlistment of about that number of men. Telegraphic orders have been smt to the recruiting officers in charge of the receiv ing ships at New York, Philadel phia and Norfolk, authorizing them to make enlistments immediately. The Knnllnit in Hnvmri Nkw York. Feb. 22.—The Ward line 6teamor Seguranca arrived at quaran tine yesterday from Tampico and Ha vana. Tlie Seguranca arrived at Ha vana at ten o’clock on the morning after the disaster to the M line, and passed close by the wreck. The Segu rauca’s passengers said that great ex citement prevailed at Havana, and. at the time of sailing, the foreign popu lation was generally of the op’nion that the Maine was destroyed by de sign. They cited, among other tilings in support of this theory, the fact that the Spanish man-of-war Alfonso XII., which was anchored near the Maine, changed her mooring just previous to Magazine Haiti to He Intact. New York, Feb. 22.—A dispatch to the Herald from Ivey West says: It is learned from what may be considered a semi-official source that divers sent down on behalf of the United States to examine the wreck of the battleship Maine have made a preliminary report of the result of their work. Incredible as it may seem, it is said that after a partial examination of the magazines of the Maine, the divers report that the one in which the explosion is sup posed to have occurred is intact. According to the correspondent’s informant, the contents of this magazine are unharmed. Therefore, if this report be true, an entirely different aspeot is given to the terrific explosion which brought death and destruction to the Maine. This re port reaching Key West, it is said, caused the members of the court of inquiry to decide to proceed to Havana and begin their investiga tion at once, instead of organizing the court here. Uncle Sam’s Fighting Strength. Washington. Feb. 19.—The govern ment has been collecting information as to the strength of the militia in the United States and also the number of men who would be available for aerv I ice in case of an emergency. The re turns from the states are interesting in view of the prospect of trouble with Spain. The total militia force of the United States and the territories, as shown by the returns, is 114,362, and thf* total mimhpr nf mp.n avnilahla for military service is 10,301.889. The militia force consists of 58 general®, 918 general officers and staff, 2.240 reg imental. field and staff, 20,455 non-com missioned officers and 80,000 privates, Besides these there are the musicians and others, bringing up the grand to tal to the number stated. In Kansas the militia numbers 1.465, while the unorganized available strength is esti mated at 100,000. In Missouri the militia numbers 2.349 and the available array strength is 400,000. Spain Crltlclnen Minister 1)« Lome. Washington. Feb. 19.—Spain has of ficially disclaimed in a positive manner the reflections contained in the De Lome letter. As officially announced by the state department yesterday, the incident is satisfactorily closed. A telegram from Madrid said a decree was gazetted accepting the resignation of Sen or Dupuy de Lome as minister of Spain at Washington and severely criticising him. Spaln’a Great Mau-of-War Hare. New York, Feb. 19.—The Spanish man-of-war Vizcaya is now off our I i f CAPT. WILLIAM T. SAMPSON. (President of the Board of Inquiry to In* vestlaate Cause of Maine Dlaaster.l ooast awaiting orders. Should she re* eeive word to begin hostilities she would be practically mistress of the North Atlantic. This armored cruiser Is capable, naval men say, of demolish ing the greater part of New York in less than two hours. Ae Viewed In Madrid. London, Feb. 22.—The Madrid cor respondent of the Standard says: “The government is now convinced that the Maine disaster, instead of estranging, will tend to improve relations between Spain and the United States.1' St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 23.—Lincoln camp, Sons of Veterans, of which Aa sistant Secretary of Interior Davis is a member, last night tendered their Bervices to Secretary Long in ease ot war.