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I llE MENA WEEKLY ISTAR
_MENA’ ARK., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY j3. x8p8. VOL. XV. NO. 8.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.

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