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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 164.
AMUSEMENTS
Lo» Angelea Theater ~ £ Tre ™* T -
ZtAreo Tfiyhts BEGINNING Tffonday, 77/ arch 14
IE ACCOMPLISHED AND EMINENT ACTRESS mmm 7
9/?ar/e 7/Jciinwright
IN A NEW DOMESTIC DRAMA
FAULTLESSLY STAGED
ENTITLED ....
V~ "Shall We forgive Xer" \
A stirring wholesome human play, from the great Adelphi Theater, London,
ats now on sale. Prices—2sc, 50c, 75c and $1.00. Telephone Main 70
■kaw m . Los Angeles' Society Vatidcvlllo Theater.
WEEK COMMENCING
.. Wfonday, Wfarch J4. .
jCina Pantzer Seo. Jt. Wood
Premier Danscuse dc FIl-dc-Fcr. The Somewhat Different Comedian.
- 'Drawee - Seo. 21/. *Day
The Modern Juggler. Monologue comedian, The Easiern Star.
Wilson and €rrol rVsentatlve R So- Wfatthotvs and Jfarris
ciaty Sketch Artists, presenting their for flaama 7T..,.-.
mer great success, MEN VS. WOMEN. Var/ JJamman Uroupo
Startling Addlrlonol Features in tho Wonderful
Specialties of the i.rent Equestrian Star
- - Sautter - -
9tfatinee Ztoday Any Seat, 25c. Children, 10c. Gallery, 10c.
PRICES NEVER CHANGING-Evening Reserved Seats, 25a and 50c: Gallery, 10c. Reirular
atlnees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Telephone Main 1447
Jurbank Theater ,OUN c - nm M " n a « ir
TONIGHT 7°i C
Last Performance of \JflO KsOfflGl* CffOCGVIJ
The Bnrbank will bo closed for two weeks, beginning Monday, for renovation and repairs.
11 bo reopened Monday. March -'S, by llelasco ,V: Thau's Stock Company in Frohman'a Empire
eater success, The Girl I Left Behind Me.
Park F * BLACI £? Lessee and Manager.
i jCa fiesta Coursing TTfoet
Run off of Sfttunlt-iv's tics and finals today (ruin or ohine), commencing at 10:30 a m.
Special attractions—Horse vs. Tandem, Aye mile race, the home conceding halt a mile, and
•cial Fox Terrier Match
Admission, 2'< cents: ladies free. Including grand stand.
Music by (Seventh Regiment Band. Tako Main street cars.
fclanchard-Fitzgerald Recital Hall
* lIS South Spring Street. — 1t
Piano and Sony {Recital, March is «tl°p!m!
IS, JUSTIN RAY TOLKH, lMiml.t. HK. und MRS. T. X.ROWAN, Jr., Vocalists
Seats on sale. BlanchaTd-Fitigerald Music store.
;ailfornla Limited \——\
at. or r\ \ ******* \
Via Oanta J*e Z/ioute \ &e*t
ives Los Angeles 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and Friday &on't <
ives Pasadena 5:25 a.m. Tuesday and Friday | $
rive Kansas City 6:10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday $ 9fft'ss St \
rive St. Louis 7:00 a.m. Friday and Monday \ \
rive Chicago 9:43 a.m. Friday and Monday 5
— ...................... j j $*M*fff*jf*tMMftffss/r,fJl
This great train, with Its f imnis dining-car service, is run lor passengers with first-class
itets only, but no charge beyond tbe regular ticket and sleeping-car rate is made. Dining
c serve breakfast leaving Los Angelei. Vest I billed and electric lighted. All the luxuries of
dern travel.
J%7te~tS/iapea i TJrack,..
DONE IN A DAY
ON THE TUESDAY AND SATURDAY SPECIALS
addition to the regular train service the Sanla Ec runs on every Tuesday a special express
In, taking In Redlanda. Riverside and tho boautlcs of Santa Ana Canyon. Leaves Los A nicies
'a. m; leaves Pasadena at '.':25 a. m. Returning arrives at Los Angeles at ii:2s p.m., Pasadena
0 p. m., giving two hours stop at both Redlauds and Riverside.
7Tk- /7al /\„. 0N THIB TRAIN AFFORDS PLEASANT
One Observation tsar opportunity for seeing the sights
San 2>teyo and Coronado fieach
the most beautiful spot in the WORLD
0 dally trains, carrying parlor cars, make the run in about four hours from Los Angeles,
lon Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights the Coronado Special will run. The ridels
lghtlul, carrying you for seventy miles along the Pacific Ocean beach.
Santa Fe Route Office, 200 Spring St., corner Second.
istrlch Farm . . South Pasadena . .
r nearly ioo gigantic birds of all ages.
Open daily to visitors Tips, Plumes, Boas and Capes for sale direct from the producer.
B.—We have no agency in lx>s Angeles, and have lor sale the only genuine California feath
on tho market. The most appropriate present to nend east.
■ ■•«tir> Hull fcpring Street First Door Hoiith ol Los Angeles Theater.
■ UBIC nail IUESDA* AFTERNOON, March 15. at 8 p.m.
SttyT" COnCert O~A* £os jfngeies Symphony Orchestra
rley Hamilton, Conductor, assisted by Miss Annie B. Shepard, Soprano; Mr. Thos. W.
Ide, Pianist. Tickets On salt) at Music Stores and at tho door.
■ .fal Rfainarri A new and elegantly-furnished family and tourist hotel;
■ OlCl Drailiai *■ first-class, but moderato rates; 150 rooms. 76 with bath: all
* modern conveniences; American and European plan; now open; opposite postofhee. Main
. i . 1! MSI kit Pr.,nrlnlnr »
AMNESTY PROMISED
moral Fuentes Will Now Return to
Guatemala
SAN FRANCISCO, March 12,-Gen. Fu
tes, one of the most prominent of the
•al colony of Guatemalun refugees, has
celved Information to the effect that
ttlng President Cabrera has Issued a
neral decree of amnesty to all persons
10 were driven out of the southern re
bl!c during the late President Barrios'
arlme. Further than this, so far as is
Bslble under the existing circumstances,
property that has been consficated will
restored.
3en. Fuentes, who ls stopping at the Oc
lental hotel, ls therefore making prepar
ions to depart for Guatemala. His sec
tary, Mr. Apac, stated today that the
,me of Gen. Fuentes has been regularly
esented as a candidate for the presi
ncy of Guatemala. The election will be
Id next August and the three other can
dates whose names will be presented to
c public are the acting president, Ca
brara, Herrera and Yerena.
A PRINTERS' STRIKE
Based on a Demand For Nine Hours' j
Work
SAN FRANCISCO, March 1?.-The
Chronicle tomorrr'y will say: A great I
strike ls Impend! g In San Francisco. !
Monday, April 4th, Is fixed as the date upon '
which It ls to begin. Ail the union printers,
prestmin, book binders, lithographers and
stf reotypers engaged In book and Job of- j
flees will walk out. Directly or indirectly,
several thousand workers will be affected,
and forty-eight of the printing, binding
and lithographing offices of the city will be
shut down.
The demand is made for nine hours' work
at the present rate of ten hours' pay. It
has been submitted to the employers and
has been rejected by them. There have
been several conferences between a Joint
committee from the trades concerned and
a committee of the employers at which all
attempts to reach an understanding or a
compromise have failed.
The Rebel Yell
+ OWOSSO, Mich., March 12.-Gen. A |
<« J. B. Gordon of Georgia, who lectured +
.fr here last evening on "The Last or the +
+ Confederacy," has received a tele- +
+ gram from his state saying: "One +
hundred and fifty thousand of your +
+ eomrudes stand ready to follow your +
+ lead in the protection of our national +
honor." Said the general; "I think 4.
+ I hear rebel yells and Yankee hur- v
•fr rahs mingled, as our common country +
+ unites in protection* of our flag." 4.
•*•+ + + + + + + + + +
A Powder Pool
SAN FRANCISCO, March 13.-The Ex
aminer this morning says that evidence
against the powder pool, which is alleged
to be a conbfnation in restraint of trade,
has been placed In the hands of Attorney-
General Fitzgerald, who stated In an In
terview: "There needs be very little doubt
of my permission to allow a suit to be
brought In the name of the state against
the powder trust. It Is to my mind one of
the most gigantic trusts in the world. Its
operations extend from this country to
Europe, Asia and South America."
The herald
ANGLO=SAXONS
Are Strongly Urged to Act
Together
THE CUBAN SITUATION
CERTAINLY JUSTIFIES EARLY
INTERFERENCE
PENDING WAR IN THE ORIENT
Offers Opportunity For an Exchange
of Moral Support Between the
English-Speaking Countries
Associated Press Special Wire
LONDON, March 12.—The St. James
Gazette this afternoon, in an editorial
headed "Together With America." says:
"The Cuban situation cannot he allowed to
go on much longer. If the Maine's de
struction is proved to have been due to an
external explosion it will then be shown
that Spain cannot so much as keep order
In the harbor of the Cuban capital, and
the t'nlted States will be Justified In re
fusing to tolerate such a condition of
things any longer and In asking our moral
support to bring it to an end. In China,
no doubt, it is we who are chiefly con
cerned, but the United States have gen
uine interests there and they are identical
with ours. We ask for the open door and
nothing else. Here, then, mora! support
may be given for the moral support of the
American government.
"It has every claim to Insist upon mak
ing its voice heard it must needs have a
seat at any conference on the Chinese
question, and we can calculate It will be
found In agreement with ours.
"It has heretofore been tile ruling prin
ciple In American politics to abstain from
alliances with European powers, but the
time for alliances has come for the United
States. They can no longer afford to view
the conflicts of the European powers as
something remote and no concern of
theirs. It may be a fortunate thing for both
that this shuold be the case, just when it
is so very possible for England and the
United States to act together. On our
side there iB every disposition, and we can
claim to have shown It in our acts. It is
for them to taTte the next step. They can
now by speaking a word In regard to China
make clear to the world that the two
Anglo-Saxon communities are prepared to
act together."
THE GENERAL FEELING
A diplomat, who probably is the' re
cipient of more confidence than any other
man in London, has expressed himself as
follows on the Cuban question:
"If America had designed with a set
purpose the events of the past weeks she
could not by any possibility have de
veloped anything which In its impressive
Uignity would have had such an effect
upon Europe as the way In which the ex
ecutive, congress and the people have met
the crisis and risen to the responsibilities
involved in dealing with the Cuban ques
tion."
Such ls undoubtedly the general feel
ing. Everyone here now recognizes that
the United States does not desire war, but
is actuated by humanitarian sentiments,
and will not shrink from war if it Is nec
essary to right the wrongs of Cuba and
exact satisfaction from Spain.
In the course of a long article the Speaker
expressed the opinion that the $50,0(0,000 ap
propriation for the national defense really
means for peace, "although there ls al
ways the danger incident to the posses
sion of war material that the country, as
sisted by the new school, of which Cap
tain Mahan ls the prophet, may be tempted
to use the weapons just bought."
The Speaker adds: "In the face of a pos
sible deficit, a bank crisis and the sus
pension of! the' revival of Industry, the
lulled States has deliberately shown the
world that It will not be trifled with. The
Spanish patriots would do well to heed
the warning. If they try to retain Cuba
by force, their failure is certain, and they
will hardly less certainly bring down the
fabric of the government of Spain."
On the other hand, the Spectator, al
though contending that preparation is gen
erally the surest way of avoiding war,
thinks that the proposition does not hold
good In the case of the United States, and
says: "The circumstances steadily tending
towards Intervention cannot be altered by
any amount of preparation. because
Spain cannot end the rebellion and will
not grant Independence, and thus comply
with the American demands." Therefore,
the Spectator ls of the opinion "that the
Americans will finally and reluctantly con
clude that Spain must cease to reign in
Cuba, and will take naval and military
action ere long."
The Spectator concludes: "Quoting Kip
ling: 'The Americans are irresolute and
full of doubts up to the point when they
wake the drumming guns that have no
doubts,' after that there is no more ir
resolution till the last shot ls fired."
The newspapers here generally regard
favorably the Madrid Nacional's proposi
tion that the United States annex Cuba
and assume her debt. They think it
cheaper to buy than to acquire by war,
but they all recognize the Improbability of
the Spanish government daring to con
sent. . . • -
The feeling In the money market Is that
If war Is Inevitable, much gold will proba
bly go to New York, and money, therefore,
will become dearer. The markets are un
easy at the danger that a larger amount
of gold may be withdrawn from the Bank
of England, whose reserve is already low.
MADRID JOURNALISM
In the meantime, Madrid ls deluged with
sensational journalism. Canard Is piled
on canard, to be denied In the next edition
and eventually abandoned in favor of fresh
excitement. The Jingo tirades of the Im
! narclal aa4 papers of its class are keeping
LOS ANGELES, SUNDAY MORNING. MARCH 13, 1898
SHOWING THE WHITE FEATHER
SPAIN NEGOTIATING TO WITHDRAW
HER TROOPS FROM CUBA
While the Proposal Might Satisfy President McKinley and the
American People the Leaders of the Cuban Rebellion
Reject the Offer and Will Accept Nothing
Short of Absolute Freedom
CHICAGO, 111., March 12.—(Special to The Herald.) The Tribune's Washington correspondent, Mr. cjs
R. A. Patterson, a warm personal friend of members of President McKinley's official family, telegraphs >jk
his paper tonight as follows:
Spain has shown the white feather. The supposed haughty Spaniards have at last become impressed >,U
by the hostile preparations of the United States and have begun secret negotiations to withdraw their 3p
troops from Cuba and to restore peace there. A secret agent of the Spanish government is now in this t-U
country for this purpose. >.l*
He had an interview with President McKinley today and proposed that the insurgents should ac-
cept independence in everything but name. He proposed that Spain should withdraw her troops and
permit the inhabitants of Cuba to form a government to suit themselves, retaining only a shadowy t£*
allegiance to the mother country. His offer was distinctly a preliminary surrender and it was inti- ■jL
mated that its object was to let Spain down easily and permit of actual independence after affairs had
quieted down in Cuba. •)~
President McKinley declined to consider the offer until he knew how the insurgents looked upon it. <5»
The president himself referred the secret envoy to Secretary Quesada, who represents the Cuban re- t X<
public in this city. fty
The Spanish agent swallowed his pride and sued for peace from the rebel representative. His offer
was declined with the statement that the Cuban republic would not accept loyalty to Spain even in ».L
name only. tj»
Spain's peace commissioner left for New York today to make a final appeal to Estrada Palma, the
Cuban delegate to this country and head of the junta. The objects of his journey have been telegraphed
to Palma and there is little or no doubt that the representative of the Spanish monarchy will be fur
ther humiliated by the diplomatic agent of the republic of Cuba. tit
For the first time since the rebellion broke out the insurgents have been diplomatically recognized by
Spain. The insurgents are in a position to demand absolute independence and this is what they have t i»
done. It looks like the beginning of the end, for if Spain fights now, it must be for an empty name
and nothing more. r|»
On the same steamer with the new Spanish minister, Polo y Bernabe, there was a well-known resi- eL,
dent of Madrid, whose wealth, political affiliations and confidential relations with Prime Minister Sa- cjL
gasta are beyond question. He had authority from the queen regent of Spain to conduct the prelimi- tj*
nary negotiations looking toward a peaceable settlement of the Cuban question. ci»
There is no doubt as to the authority under which he acted or the fact that he came here for the JL
specific purpose of acknowledging the defeat of Spain and begging for peace, with the single proviso eh
that it should come in such a way as not to touch to the quick the sensibilities of the Spanish people, <X
and thus induce them to overthrow the monarchy, or force the country into a war with the United t ?j>
States, which the Spanish government knows would have but one ending.
Armed with extraordinary powers and with credentials which gave him Immediate standing, this , L
confidential agent of the Spanish government made his way here to Washington. Before he came , },
here, however, the charge d'affaires of the Spanish legation, Senor dv Bosc, had informed the state de- dL
partment that Spain still had one last card to play and that it was of a character which would be like- . L
•~ly to settle the unfortunate affair without recourse to hostilities. The state department was prepared e ls
by previous intimations for some sort of a remarkable proposal and these intimations have been to a . i,
large extent the basis of the constant expressions of hope on the part of the president that war would
be averted. Spain was forced to show her hand by the extraordinary military operations and the fear t %
that some unexpected event would precipitate hostilities and thus cause it to lose even the shadowy i,
sovereignty which it hopes to retain. JjL
The crisis was so imminent that today the confidential representative of the Sagasta government, .1,
through the direct influence of the Spanish legation here, was granted an interview with President Mc- JL
Kinley, to whom he prooeeded to unfold a proposition for peace peculiarly Spanish. He offered in be- ,j,
half of Spain, and he backed up his offer with proofs as to his authority, to end the war in Cuba on any e^
basis short of an independence which should be recognized by foreign nations. r -K
He proposed that Spain should abandon every attempt to coerce the insurgents and should permit , ),
the island to become practically free, to settle its own government on any basis satisfactory to the peo- «$,
pie of Cuba; he agreed, on behalf of Spain, to withdraw all her troops and ships and to turn over the ( %
island to the people. His idea was that they should proceed to form a government for themselves,
which should be to all intents and purposes, a republic, retaining only the faintest possible trace of ,X
allegiance to Spain. He offered to give them absolute home rule, a basis far beyond even that of Can- &
ada, with the single reservation that the people of Cuba should acknowledge the ownership of Spain in JL
the island, although they should be free from the direct supervision of the monarchy and not made <»L
subject to laws enacted by the Spanish cortes. T
The secret negotiations declared that the existence of the Spanish monarchy was at stake, and that JL
absolute independence would be conceded if it were not for fear of the Spanish people. He came bear- K %>
ing proposals of peace, he said, on the basis that Spain would grant absolute independence in every- . .i,
thing but name, believing that if Cuba would agree to acknowledge allegiance to the crown the Spanish '3,
people could be induced to look at it as a partial victory and therefore refrain from the revolution
which would be certain to follow upon the admission of political independence acknowledged by the ( X>
other nations of the earth. \
President McKinley listened attentively to the pitiful surrender, but so far as can be learned did not "3[
give any intimation as to how he would act in the matter beyond expressing his willingness that Min
inster Sagasta's representative should conduct the preliminary proposals for peace with the insurg-
ents themseleves.
the nation amused, thus distracting atten
tion from the approaching elections, at
which the government anticipates the
Liberals will capture 80 per cent of the
seats.
A good sample of the literature with
which the Spaniards are regaled appears in
the Carlist organ, the Correo. It is in the
shape of a letter written to Don Carlos
from a correspondent in New York and
says: "We are in the crater of a volcano.
It seems as though not only the Maine, the
whole union fleet has been blown up.
Fragments of ships are falling like fiery
rain upon this city. Nintey-nine per cent
of the people blame the Spaniards for the
catastrophe. The fact Is, the feeling pre
vailing among these hawkers Is one of ter
ror. For a couple of years they have be
lieved that the Cuban question was all
thorns for Spain and all roses for them
selves. Now, finding themselves sudden
ly chastised, words fall to describe their
fear and amazement. If we now had at the
head of our government a man of worth
he would be master of the situation and
show to the world these people In the ri
diculous light they deserve. We few Span
iards, who, for our sins, find ourselves In
th!s hell, recognize that if Spain gave a
quick, energetic blow they would not re
sist and would quickly cry for mercy, for
a prolonged war to this country would
prove a terrible foe. Men of money abound,
but they have no spirit and no self-sacri
fice: If we quickly landed a few sharp
blows the demoralization would be Instan
taneous and they would surrender at dis
cretion.
"What a pity we are letting slip this pos
sibility, the only opportunity providence
will give us of gaining at one stroke re
spect, credit, glory and money."
Don Jaime, the son of Don Carlos, will re
ceive the Carlist deputies at Cannes, where
he is staying, and he declares he will then
proceed to Spain, declaring himself the
pretender. If this Is true, the news is very
important, but the Spanish government
professes to have no fears of a Carlist out
break.
IRISH INCREDULITY
NEW YORK, March 12.—A dispatch to
the World from London says: The Irish
members are openly Incredulous of the pos
sibility of any genuine rapprochement be
tween Great Britain and the United States.
Davitt has put down for Monday questions
to the ministers avowedly designed to
elicit replies showing that the representa
tives of Queen Victoria's rumored media
tion and of Sir Julian Pauncefote's inter
view on the same subject with President
McKlnley are baseless.
THE PACIFIC CABLE
Slowly But Surely Approaching; the
Construction Stage
WASHINGTON. March 12.—Representa
tive Corliss of Michigan today completed
the minority report of the house committee
on interstate and foreign commerce against
the bill reported by that committee for the
establishment of a Pacific cable.
The original bill provided for the sub
sidy of the Pacific Cable company at the
rate of $100,000 for twenty years, and pro
vides for the completion of the cable to
Honolulu by 19C0 and to Japan and China
by 1901. The substitute offered by Mr. Cor
liss and Mr. Fletcher of Minnesota also
provides for a subsidy of not exceeding
$100,000, but it eliminates the name of the
corporation and has a.provision Tor ad
vertisement by the postmaster general and
the co-operation of the government of Ja
pan.
The report endorses the proposition for
a cable but objects to the bill of the ma
jority because It grants an exclusive mo
nopoly and a subsidy of $2,000,000 and holds
that all franchises should be open to com
petition; also that an American corpora
tion is ready to enter into a contract to
construct the cable.
INDEX
* I
* TO TELEGRAPHIC NEWS *
+ ■ +
+ The presentation of Senor Polo y +
■4. Bernabe, the new Spanish minister. +
•4. to President McKinley, accompanied +
+ with the usual perfunctory profes- +
+ slons of deep friendship. 4.
•b English opinion regards the Spanish +
•4. crisis as too acute to be settled with- +
+ our resort to arms; much curiosity is +
•4. expressed as to what new engines ot +
■4. destruction Yankee ingenuity has +
■4. produced. .j.
The history of week Just closed
makes a splendid record of what can
be accomplished by the nation when
called upon to provide for the defense
of the country. No specially exciting
events occurred yesterday, but the
naval and military arms of the gov
ernment are already In an advanced
state of preparedness for war.
The Army and Navy Register of
Washington asserts positively that
the Maine was destroyed by a gov
ernment mine in Havana harbor,
which was deliberately fired when the
wind had carried the vessel to the
place of greatest danger; the paper,
claims that this Information has been
given to President McKinley by a
member of the court of inquiry; the
matter Is more serious from the fact
that the Army and Navy Register
prints only inspired news.
Spain sends an agent to the United
States with a proposal that Spanish
troops shall be withdrawn from Cuba
and the Island be made free, except
in name; President McKinley refers
the agent to the representative of the
Cuban junta, who Is absolutely cer
tain to reject all overtures except for
the complete freedom of the Island.
Fire breaks out in the Bowery mis
sion at New York, and when the
flames are subdued forty dead bodies
are found in the ruins.
24 Pages
PRICE FIVE CENTS
NATION'S NEED
Finds a Quick Response
by the People
THE SPLENDID RECORD
c .
OF SIX DAYS' PREPARATIONS
FOR DEFENSE i
VAST RESOURCES PROVIDED
Forces by Land and Sea Reduced to
Order—Provision Hade For
All Possible Needs •j .
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, March 12.—While today
was not marked by particularly important
events, the history of the week Just closed
will form a splendid record of what can
be accomplished by the nation in a short
space of time under the necessity of pro
viding for the national defense. Beginning
with the appropriation of $50,000,000 to ba
expended by the president without limita
tion, there followed rapidly the placing of
orders for enormous quantities of war sup
plies, the Institution of negotiations for
the purchase of ships abio'ag, the enlist
ment of men for the creation of
two regiments of artillery,' the commis
sioning of monitors, cruisers and rams, tho
manning of new posts along the sea
coasts, and, finally, the rearrangement of
the great military departments to meet
modern conditions in military practice.
LOOKING AHEAD
The sending of the Oregon, now at Mara
Island, away from San Francisco is an ex
hibition of the far-sightedness with which
the secretary of the na\yys observing tha
situation today. The vessens orders are to
cruise down the Pacific coast, touching
from time to time at various ports where
cable connections exist, to receive any or
ders that the department may have togive.
In this way it is expected that she will
work as far south as Valparaiso, Chile,
where she will wait orders. Valparaiso
Is very much nearer to Cuba and to Ad
miral Sicard's fleet than Mare island, while
if It should be desired to send the ship to
the Asiatic station this can be done almost
as conveniently from Valparaiso as from
San Francisco. At Valparaiso the Oregon
will be where she can be most usefully ma*
nlpulated in case of an emergency.
THAT COURT REPORT
The president held a conference at tha
White House about noon today with Sec
retaries Alger, Long and Gage. It is pre
sumed that the subject of discussion was
the finances of the situation, a subject
which could not be fully treated at the cab
inet meeting yesterday, owing to the short
session. After the conference the state-,
ment was again made, with the emphasis
that has characterized every utterance on
the subject by the president's constitution
al advisers, that up to date the administra
tion has absolutely no knowledge of the
cause of the disaster to the Maine, and
that it has no repert of any kind from the
court of Inquiry, or any one connected
with It.
INSPECTION OF SHIPS
The board of naval bureau chiefs find
it Impossible to pass judgment at Wash
ington upon the fitness for naval service of
vessels that may be offered for the auxil
iary branch of the navy at the various sea
ports, so they have been aided in their
work by tho creation of a special board,
which will undertake to visit each of the
ports where ships may be offered and
make a careful personal Inspection of the
various craft. The board woll consist of
Lieutenant Commander Kelley, Passed
Assistant Engineer Dixon, Assistant Naval
Constructor Tawresy and Lieut. Sargent.
Lieut. Kelley, having been specially
charged with the inspection of merchant
vessels suitable for naval service, will ba
flf great service as a member of the board.
The Nashville arrived at Key West today,
while the Marblehead arrived at Tampa.
The naval officials will not state the pur«
pose of the Marblehead's visit to Tampa.
THE CRANK LOOSE
The war talk has had the usual result of
bringing before the war and navy depart
ments a perfect flood of suggestions and
Inventions. Many of these are most re-
markable—balloons, flying machines, Rites
and the like, centipede-like steamers with
manifold propellers and torpet'oes of fear
ful and wonderful destructive powers. All
of them are given attention and are of
fered to the proper authorities for investi
gation, but not much ls expected from
them.
BIDS FOR MUNITIONS
The war department will, on Monday,
open bids for one of the largest orders of
shot and shell for heavy caliber guns ever
given, including armor piercing projectiles
and deck piercing torpedo shells. Tha
number and character of these follow:
Nine hundred and thirty-nine twelve
inch deck-pierelng shells weighing 1000
pounds each; 1241 twelve-Inch deck-plerc-
Ing shells weighing 800 pounds each; 481
ten-Inch armor piercing shot, capped; Hi
eight-inch armor-piercing shells; 150 eight-
Inch armor-piercing shot, capped.
These projectiles are for the heavy for
liflcation guns mounted along the coast.
The purchase Is not to be made under the
fifty million defense appropriation bill, but
Is in anticipation of the fortification bill,
whch grants $940,000 for a reserve supply
of projectiles and powder. As the making
of the heavy projectiles will take consider
able time the contract will be let ahead of
the passage of the bill, assurances having
been given from men In congress that no
question would be raised as to the regular
ity of this proceeding. The entire amount
is designed to give all the heavy guns now
Installed, and those to be put In place dur
ing the coming year, a full quota of pro
jectiles and powder. The twelve-Inch shot
are among the largest made. The cost of
a single round of this class of projectiles is
$511. Aside from the large order to be
placed Monday, the emergency bill will
permit additional orders to meet tho re
quirements of such fortification guns as
may be mounted for emergency. The pres
ent order ls for the actual needs of thegu.-*

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