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Jkvw miuuted, without x**xtot*o&osvto any ex - latlng emergency, although It has been made all the more Imperative by the Span ish crisis. ; ' CUBAN REPORTS The Spanish minister, Senor Polo, re ceived a dispatch today from Capt. Gen. Blanco, stating that the condition of tha Cuban reconcentradoa was greatly im proved. Gen. Blanco states also that he had prepared full data on this subject to be forwarded to Washington. It will be a timely contribution to the official materia! on the condition of these unfortunate peo ple and Is doubtless drawn out by the har rowing stories of distress and starvation which have induced the sending of large re lief supplies to Cuba by Americans. Senor Polo has not yet opened business negotiations with the state department ex cept in the formalities of presenting his credentials. He ls first attending to spe cial duties incumbent upon a new minister, and after calling on the president today he spent the rest of the day In calling on ambassadors and ministers. AT HAVANA Humors Denied—Delay in Distribut ing Belief Supplies HAVANA. March 12.—Mail day keeps the newspaper correspondents busy, but many of them succeeded in getting to Matanzas. in order to report the distribution ot the relief supplies taken there on board tha dispatch boat Pern. Consul General Lee was misinformed as to the remission of the fine of $000 im posed upon the American yacht Anita, which brought the congressional party here, because her papers were alleged to be out of order, the Anita was not allowed to go to Matanzas last night, a pilot be ing refused her on account of the fine. The fine will probably be remitted today and the Anita will sal! later for Matanzas or Sagua la Grande, as she may desire. It is cited as proof that Spanish and American divers are working along the same lines and are In accord that yester day Spanish and American divers went together to the bottom of the harbor and brought to the surface a sack of mud from under the larger forward magazine. In an interview had by the correspond ent of the Associated Press with Com mander Converse of the cruiser Montgom ery regarding the report circulated In the United States that the cruiser bad been Injured, the officer dictated the following: "The report Is absolutely false. No damage of any kind to the hull or machin ery has been done to the Montgomery dur ing the nine months she has been under my command. "Would it not be well for sensation mong ers to give some thought to the feelings of the wives and other relatives of the offic ers and crew at home before causing deep alarm by such baseless stories?" There Is general indignation over the story. The correspondent was also re quested to deny the rumors telegraphed from here, which he saw today for the first time. "First, that Capt. Sigsbee Is indisposed: and. second, that Consul General Lee an.l Dr. Bruner. the United States sanitary physician, are on bad terms. Both stories are declared on the authority of the men named in them to be without color of truth. Capt. Sampson seems to be all right again." The court of Inquiry did little work to day. The members examined two divers, went over drawings, plans and photo graphs in the cabin of the Mangrove and read over the stenographers' copy of some past testimony. The water is very rough, making the work of the divers difficult. The wrecking tug Is anchored a cable length from the port side of the Maine, sending down div ers. It is hard lo see any marked advance in the work of tho wreckers. The Montgomery was today visited by several Spanish army officers, accompa nied by two ladles, all coming on the gov ernor general's barge. The usual naval and official courtesies were extended by everybody to the officers and cadets of the Austrian training ship Donau. The members of the court of inquiry are deeply interested In the account given by this correspondent of the interview bad by him with Capt. Feral, president of the Spanish court of inquiry. Each member asked questions in order to make the points of Capt. Peral clear, but of course made no comment whatever. Additional advices received by this cor respondent from Matanzas show that the 1500 pounds of quinine on the Fern and Bergen cannot be distributed without or ders from the government, and fears are felt that the work of distribution will be delayed because the Red Cross society did not make proper arrangements before hand. However, all have confidence In Consul Brlce. The great damage done by the attempt to smuggle jewelry Into Ha vana ls shown now in the delay in tran°!t caused by the strict examinations. The officials say they will act as quickly as possible. The Fern, as soon as the slow work of unloading Is finished, will take th» same amount of stores to Bagua la Grande. Phe I-'ern hopes to reach Bagua tomorrow. She must unload there, as at Matanzas. to lighters. At Matanzas she had to use her Dwn small crew to transfer :hc freight, no adequate provision of stevedores having been made by the Red Cross society. The news that there was food In Matanzas spread rapidly through the town, and hundreds of poor people crowded to the wharves with sacks and boxes, only to be Disappointed and told that they must Walt. A report, though it has not yet been ver 'fled. is thai the stores sent to Matanzas by the Red Cross society ten days ago are slid In th' railroad warehouse and that none has been distributed. VESSELS AND DOCKS The Dry Dock Question Is Difficult to Decide WASHINGTON, March 12.—The naval ■onimlttee of the house did not reach any conclusion today relative to the number and location ot dry docks to be authorised lit the naval appropriation bill, which is' the main question left open. The general opinion in the committee seems to favor three or four new docks. The Dunce hoard rooammended new portsat Portsmouth. X. H.. Hoson, Algiers, La., and Mare Island, and an enlargemen of the dock at League Island so that it will accommodate the largest battleships. The Pennsylvania delegation Is straining every nerve to se-1 ;ure an entirely new dock at League Island. Docks capable of accommodating battleships would have to have n depth of channel leading to them of thirty feet, nnd Commodore Matthews of the bureau of yards and docks.who was summom d lie fore the committee today, rather startled the committee by his statements as to the depth of the channel to at le;ist one "!' Ihe proposed docks, that at Mare Islam!. Cal. He said the channel was not over twenty! feet for two miles, and that it would re quire ttOO.QOO to dredge n to the requisite depth of thirty feet. The channel tit Bps lon Is only twenty-seven feet, and the hannol ut League island Ie about ihe lame depth, This complicates matters nore or less, and when the committee ad journed toduy little progress toward a SOME IMPORTANT PHASES OF THE PRESENT SITUATION. IN THE EVENT OF WAR THE BOMBARDMENT OF HAVANA HARBOR WOULD BE THE FIRST MOVE OF THE AMERICAN FLEET WHICH IS NO W MOBILIZED WITHIN A FEW HOURS SAIL conclusion had been made. The committee has decided that one of the three battleships they decided to authorize yesterday shall be built on the Pacific coast. These great war vessels, which are lo be the peers of any afloat, are to cost $3.u00,000 each, Instead of 12,000.000. as reported yesterday. Chief En gineer Melville appeared before ihe com mittee today and urgently recommended an increase of SIOO In the engineer officers of the navy. He said such an increase was Imperatively necessary. The™" ad ditional engineers, if authorized, would have to be appointed from civil life. Rep resentatives Russell, Hill anil Sperry of Connecticut were before the committee to oppose the recommendation of the ord nance bureau for Ihe establishment of a government cartridge factory. The bureau recommended an appropriation of *so,ooofor this purpose. The business of making cartridges is a large industry in Connecti cut and Rhode island, and the representa tives from those states opposed the pro vision for a government factory as a menace to their own industries. PERAL'S CLAIMS Not Borne Out by Condition of the Wreck HAVANA, via Key West. March 12.—1t is impossible to send direct from Havana anything in refutation of Captain Peral'3 statement of yesterday regarding the views of the Spanish court of inquiry regarding the Maine disaster. However, an Ameri can officer, who ls an expert, says in ef fect, and his words are worthy of all weight, as he knows absolutely of what he ls talking: "1 am a graduate of the torpedo school and have studied fhe effi ets of torpedoes ard mines from observation and experi ment. "A torpedo exploded a! a depth of six feet would throw a column of water one hundred feet Into the air: at twelve feet, len feel In Ihe air. and at thirty feet deep Would hardly raise a small wave. A de tonator of guneotton in the open air makes a mark of its own size In steel or blows •lone into fragments, in the water, a tor pi do Itself would net be felt at any great distance. It requires the resistance of a solid body and would be dissipated in mud Of water. This disposes of the wave the ory and the affecting of shore or boats !n the harbor." As to the hole In the Maine, the expert !n question makes the most Important Statement that the Maine drew twenty six to thirty feet at the time of the explo sion, and had about ten feet of water be low her bottom to the surface of the har bor mud. On the port side, where the United States divers are now at work, there is at present forty-seven feet of water. .May not fhls be the hole Which Captain I'tral says could not be found? if It is, the hob' was more than seven feet deep when the explosion took place, and had greatly filled with mud since. As to the finding of dead Qsll, tho United States LOS ANGELES HERALD t SUNDAY MORNING. MARCH 13.1858 THE WRECK OF THE MAINE NOT THE WORK OF AN IRRESPONSIBLE WEYLERITE OR FANATIC The Conservative and Inspired Army and Navy Register Asserts That the Cruiser Was Destroyed by a Government Sub marine Mine Planted in Havana Harbor and Deliberately Exploded WASHINGTON, D. C, March 12.—(Special to The Herald.) The Army and Navy Register is a con- servative organ of the military establishment. It is never in error on war and navy department news, for its utterances are invariably inspired. In its issue today the Register had this editorial leader, <4» double-leaded: <X "The Register is in possession of information, the correctnero of which it has no reason to question in the least, that certain evidence gathered by the board of inquiry at Havana has come in semi-official <&* form to the president from two members of the board. The information has been in the hands of the tSi president since Sunday, and has served as the occasion of the unusual activity during the present week. JL The information is to the effect that the Waine was destroyed by a government submarine mine plant- .4, ed in Havana harbor and deliberately exploded. More than this, it appears that the Maine was pur posely moored in the vicinity of the mine, and that the explosion occurred at a moment when the ship S, had been opportunely carried by the wind and tide directly over the mine. A "These facts have been hinted at and written about in dispatches from Havana, Madrid and Wash- ,%, ington, and among the varied statements made the actual conditions have been touched upon, butnoth- c ,jT ing authoritative has been permitted to escape the court. A. "That body is understood to have completed its work, but nothing is likely to be officially promul- t £ gated in regard to its findings for a week or more. There is obvious reason for such action, the objects of which cannot be defeated by independent newspaper statement. > t 'j "There can be but one outcome of such a report, and preparations for the inevitable result are being indefatigably prosecuted. The work of the week, related in detail elsewhere in this issue, shows that 2! the government at Washington appreciates the situation, and will be ready to meet what has now ceas- jjT ed to be a znere emergency." , T£ It court of inquiry has not seen a solitary fish since work begun on the wreck. The bodies recovered from the Maine have not been touched by fishes. Some of the fish ermen In Havana testified that there were no lisb inside the harbor, the waters beins too foul for th< m. Further, as to the alleged discoveries of I Spanish divers reported to Captain Peral, live American divers have been working on the port side of the wreck on an ave rage of seven hours per day each for near y three weeks In a space fifty feet lonp md twenty feet wide. The Spanish livers have nevpr been inside the wreclt it all. neither have they ever been on tlu >ort side, devoting the short hours whlct hey have been under water to the star loard and forward and outside the hull. Recently, to their own surprise, they nought up two cans of ammunition foi he six-Inch guns, not exploded. They lropped them back when the light of the surface showed that they were unexplodcd and what their nature was. Further, the Spanish divers often go down only long enough to wet their suits and then come ui> and hide behind a blanket on the barge, where they sleep or rest for a couple of hours and then go ashore and report that they cannot see anything In the mud and water. They could not have found the ram of the Maine, since they have not been down in the locality of that part of the wreck. They have not located the turret with the ten-inch guns, though the spot has been pointed out by Captain Sharp. In charge of the wreckers. All of these facts are known by the United States court of Inquiry, having been elicited In the ex amination of those In a position to know. The expert interviewed by the corre spondent expressed the belief that the Maine was blown up by what ls known as a Newport torpedo, stationary torpedo, or something of the same nature. This engine of destruction 1b the Joint produc tion of the labors of Commander von verse, commander of the Montgomery; Lieutenant Commander McLean, now In command of the torpedo station at New port, and Lieutenant Holman, ordnance officer of the Maine at the time of the explosion. The Newport torpedo can be planted from a small boat, and the expert believes that this one was exploded by be ing struck on the port side of the Maine, forward of amidships, as she swung to her moorings. Ho thinks this more likely than that wires were laid from Ihe shore, as the wires, If of any length, would sink deep in the harbor mud. It would be singular If It should prove that the Maine was blown up by a torpedo, In the invention of which one of her principal officers, Lieu tenant Holman, bore a notable part. All of the foregoing etatemenls of facts ami surmises come from authority on which the court depends for much of Its evidence, and Is given to the correspond ent without reservation, except as to the name and rank of the giver. The expert further believes that the destroying mine was made up of four torpedoes of thirty six pounds each of wet and dry guncotton, or 144 pounds in all. In the judgment of the correspondent, the United States court of inquiry Is fully aware of the views which the Spanish court will promulgate, and has also made a careful Investigation on the same lines, so as to be able either to refute or con firm the Spanish statement. A story is current here, but ls not con firmed, that Captain Sampson has been advised from Washington that President McKinley Is ready at any time to receive the court's report, and that Captain Samp son replied by a long cipher cablegram to the secretary of the navy. Captain Sampson Is not looking well, and great anxiety ls felt lest he be deliriously 111. The doctor of the Montgomery thinks such fears are groundless, while others, who should know, do not entertain them. A careful watch ls kept on board and about the cruiser Montgomery, but the officers of that vessel say that no such nervous vigilance Is shown as Is displayed by the Vlscaya and the Almlranle Oquen do, both of which are moored near hy. The Spanish ships at night constantly have patrol boats out. which frequently stop harbor boats coming within the lines of the pickets. Senor Sagasta, the Spanish premier, has written a letter lo an Intimate friend, which was read at a meeting ot Conserva tives last Thursday. In this letter the premier says that the disarming ot the volunteers had been determined upon, but that the publication of tho Intention to diisrm thtm was premature. The news of ths recrudescence of the revolution In the Philippines was rteelvsd With «r«at disgust by the Spanish resl dents'and with corresponding: satisfaction by the insurgent sympathisers. A NETWORK OF MINES NEWPORT NEWS. Va., March 11—Ac cording to Captain Greenmyer of the steamship Castllla, from New Orleans to Hamburg, which Is now coaling here, there Is a network of mines In Havana harbor. Three years ago, he says, his vessel WM about to steam Into the harbor when he was signaled not to enter. A pilot boarded the ship and explained that the engineers were planting mines and that it would be necessary for him to wait sev eral hours before proceeding Into port. Captain Greenmyer was then master of the Albino. He was at one time in the Ger man army. ARMS AND MEN Triple-shift Work at Washington Navy Yard WASHINGTON, March 12.—There Is gen eral activity at the Washington navy yard, three shifts of men working twenty-four hours continuously. The completion of the big guns there is being pushed ahead with all possible haste. The rush has led to a large demand for machinists of all kinds, which up to now has not been met. An en listment of men for bluejackets was opened at the yard today. Thirty ma rines have been detailed from the yard to go with the Columbia or tho Minneapolis. They are held In readiness to start at a moment's notice. Some of the four-inch guns have been completed this week and were shipped to Indian bead to be tested. Not a day passes but guns of some caliber are finished and taken down by the tug Triton to the proving grounds to be tested. Two or three of the monster thirteen- Inch guns, with the exception of a few finishing touches to be put to tho breech mechanism, are ready to be tested. The enlisting of skilled mechanics, ma chinists, seamen and Ironworkers was continued today at the Brooklyn navy yard, but ail applications from apprentices, landsmen and coalpassers were refused, as there Is already a full compliment of these classes. The torpedo boat Stiletto has been put In condition for sea. The work of transporting ammunition from the yard to the steamers down the bay was continued today. SPANISH OPINION Not So Interesting Now as It Once Was MADRID, Feb. 24.—(Correspondence ot the Associated Press.) "It appears," says the Qlobe, a government organ, "that the Maine affair has been abandoned, but only In order to make way for fresh causes of alarm. It now appears to be the turn of expected friction likely to arise when the North American consulate reports on the state of the rebellion are made public uy that government. We do not, however, think that even in this choice of a subject a good selection has been made; as, know ing the Influence the jingoes bring to bear, those officials will have to make deductions for their reports, as have indeed to be done by both governments In the case of the Jingo inspired reports of the consul, Mr. Lee. But. so far as the Maine Is con cerned, It may be said that as a contentious matter It has ceased to exist." Commenting on President McKlnley's pacific utterances, the Correo says: "Ths president's attitude, his declaration In fa vor of peace and his temporizing with Spain, arise not alone from the necessity of demonstrating before Europe that the United States are not the provokers but that they have done all in their power to maintain peace. "Most of all do they arise from President McKlnley's knowledge that until now tha Unlleil Btates hns not been a warlike na tion and ls not prepared for war with Spain, whose civil and military resources and whoso dash are well known there. There Is the real reason why McKinley of fers opposition to the rupture of hostili ties. He foresees war, but wishes to give his country time to prepare for It." The Imparcial of Febraury IS remarked: "Amid the general praise with which the archbishop of Valladolld's pastoral has been received there has been heard a note of censure proceeding from some of tha moßt impassioned partisans of den. Wey ler. They even stoop to attributing to this Illustrious prelate a desire to take a petty vengeance on those who failed to support his candidature for the see of Toledo when, last vacant." A CALL FOR COAL PORTSMOUTH, N. H., March li—Or ders have been received at the Portsmouth navy yard from Washington to ascertain how many warships could be coaled here and the quickest possible time which would be required to supply a vessel. The Wash ington authorities have been Informed that four battleships and seven cruisers could be coaled at the navy yard here at onetime and that 20,000 tons of coal could be sup piled. The work of equipping the fortifica tions Is proceeding steadily. TROOPS ORDERED SOUTH JUNCTION CITY, Kan.. March 12.—Or ders were received at Fort Riley this af ternoon at 2 oclock ordering the three bat teries of artillery at this post to the south. Battery B of the Fourth artillery, Capt Anderson, goes lo Fort Monroe; Battery F of the Fourth, Capt. Taylor, goes to Sa vannah. Ga., and Battery F of the Fifth, Capt. Riley, to New Orleans. Tho ord;ra are such that It will compel the movement of the batteries to their new stations not later than Wednesday of next week. Mai. Randolph, who is in command of the artil lery post at Fort Riley, has not been or dered elsewhere. There ls great excite ment here and at Fort Riley. Telegraphlo reports stating that the troops are en route are erroneous. MANNING FORT HANCOCK NEW YORK, March 12.—Fort Hancock DERISION AND SCORN For 'Those Who Speak Against Pop ular Habits One hundred years ago ministers and laymen alike were accustomed to use some spirits, as well as tobacco, and the one who spoke disparagingly of either of the famous nulllfters of good Intentions was sure to bring down on himself derision and scorn; but the hard, cold facts move along In a most uncompromising way, and those who persist In placing themselves In the road are ground up with a more or less degree of promptitude. The same conditions today surround the drug we know as coffee. The self-respect ing Individual dislikes to hear 111 reports of his favorite beverage, but that does not alter the fact that the physical aches, Ills and miseries of tens of thousands of good people come from the llttle-suspeeted cof fee pot. Ten days' to a month's trial with out coffee and the use of Postum Pood Cof fee In its place will prove the facts, and good, bounding health Is well worth the experiment. Postum, well brewed, is deli cious and gives one the exact kind of food needed to rebuild the body In a most per fect manner.