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nter pattern submitted ts that of the tor pedo-boat destroyer Fame, built for the English government. This craft, the type of those so strongly desired by the navy department Just now, is of more than 30 knots' speed and 300 tons' burden, large enough to be thoroughly seaworthy and carrying sufficient coal at economical speed to run 4000 knots. This advantage is not possessed by any of our boats, and Its Importance is fully illustrated by the dif ficulties confronting the efforts of the Spaniards to get their torpedo flotilla across the Atlantic to Cuba. Based upon the statements of shipbuilders who have been approached upon the subject, the department has satisfied itself that a num ber of these bouts can be built ln from six to eight months. We have now under con struction In the I'nited States four boats rated as thlrty-knotters, but, with the ex ception of the one built at the Union Iron Works, which Is 00 per cent advanced to ward completion, very little progress has been made In their construction. One of the boats is building at Hodlan & Holllngsworth's, one nt the Gas Engine and Power company, and one at W'olff & Sweicker's, Portland, Ore. FOREIGN INTERFERENCE Not much concern Is expressed by offi cers of the administration over the re- ported intention of European governments, at the instigation of Austria, to intervene between the I'nited States and Spain in the settlement of the questions pending between them. So far, it has been stated that this has taken no official shape, or, at least, no Indication of such design has reached tile state department. What the attitude of our government would be If representations In thut line were addressed to It by European powers is a question that the officials naturally do not care to an swer in anticipation. The suggestion that the Spanish government has protested against the sale by Brazil of the two cruis ers to the United States fails to cause any feeling of concern, the naval officers hold ing that there can be no question of the right of the United States to increase its navy. Senator Proctor called at the state de partment about noon today and spent some time in conference with Assistant Secre tary Day. The navigation bureau of the navy de partment Is receiving reports of the results of the efforts being made at the various recruiting stations to obtain men for the navy. So far, the Columbia is about 200 men short of her full quota of 402. but it Is hoped that the necessary men, mostly fire men and coul passers, can be secured in the course of a very few days. HARBOR DEFENSES Lieut. Very, the representative of the Howell Torpedo company, has submitted to the war department a proposition to supplement the defenses of the larger coast ports, such as New York and Boston, by equipping a number of light-draft steam launches with torpedo outfits. He urges that by the full use of this means of de fense the harbors may be kept open for commerce up to tbe last moment, which would not be the case wore reliance placed on the ordinary fixed-mine torpedoes. These torpedoes have a range of about two miles, and start off at a speed of 30 knots. If the boats from which they are dis charged are properly sheltered, as pro posed by Lieut. Very, it Is believed they would be valuable adjuncts to the steam er's defense. The government, however, has heretofore regarded automobile torpedoes as proper instruments for naval use. and is scarcely disposed to change Its policy at this date. A good deal of encouragement waa cre ated at the navy department today by a report from the Capitol that a majority of the naval affairs committee is disposed to substitute six battleships for the three provided for in the pending naval appro* priation bill. This number is supposed to . represent about the normal working ca pacity of the three shipbuilding concerns in this country that are abb- at present to undertake the construction of battleships. The fortifications board began Its ses sions today in the war department. The • proceedings are guarded zealously against publication. MOVEMENTS OF WARSHIPS The gunboat Annapolis has started home from the West Indies, leaving Curacoa yes terday directly for Key West. She has a number of apprentices aboard, being a training ship, and it is not yet determined whether she will be attached to the squad ion. The torpedo bout Winslow arrived at Key West yesterday. The steel tug Samo set arrivi'd at Beaufort yesterday morning and proceeded immediately on her was to Key West in the afternoon. The torpedo boat Footc also coaled from Charleston for Jacksonville yesterday. The tug Leydon urrived ut League island today. She will pick up v coai lighter and tow It to Key West for use ln coaling the squadron. The Fern arrived at Key West last evening. ARMS FOR SOLDIEP.S A representative of the Winchester Arms company was in conference with General Miles und General Flagler at the office of the bureau of ordnance of the army with a view to exomlning various patterns of ri fles mude by this concern and of ascer taining iiow speedily these could be fur nished in large quantities in case of emer gency. Samples of two of the latest pat- ! terns o fthirty caliber rifles, one of a Win- j Chester and the other v Lee straight-pull j gun, were exumlned. No contracts were mude, but the conference led to a full un derstanding. The representatives of the Winchester compuny stated thut the pres ent commercial demand, particularly thut connected with the Klondike excitement, kept the compuny ut ils full capacity, but thut government orders would bo filled without reference to these private obliga tions. The company hus v force ef |i&00 men und by working ton hours v duy with sev eral shifts it is believed that the govern ment could be supplied with rifles ut v very rapid rate. A large number of AYinohesters could be supplied at once. Bids were opened in the quartermaster general's office today for transporting some of Ihe artillery butteries that un- to man the fortifications works recently com pleted. MONEY FOR MILITIA Inspired by the war sentiment prevailing In many parts of the country, officers of state military organisations have been In quiring of the department as to allotments of arms, ammunition, elc. There is un an nual appropriation aggregating about $400, --000 allotted among the militia of the several elates according to their numerical strength, and the money granted may be expended for any branch of the service de sired. That feuture which has received some attention relates to the artillery Held pieces, only a few states having been sup plied with this necessary adjunct to suc cessful military service. The military or ganisations, us a rule, have been satisfied witii the ordinary Napoleon 12-pounder brnss cannon which fires v solid bull, but their use hus been almost entirely dis carded in the regular army. Of late years New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ver mont, Utah and a few other states have been furnished with the new field artillery pieces. The officials ure prompt to accede to the requests of the military organiza tions of their allotment of the annual ap proprtatlons made by congress Is not ex hausted, but In the absence of any money hand to the credit) of the states no equipment of any character can be given them. The artillery strength of the state military organizations In time of peace Is four field pieces and in time of war six field pieces. • THE COURT REPORT • • WASHINGTON, March 15.—"The • • general expectation of the members • • of the cabinet," eaid one of them after • • the meeting today, "is that some re- • • port will be received during the pres- • • ent week from the court of inquiry ex- • • umliiing into the cause of the Maine • • explosion, yet," he added, "It would • • not be surprising to us if the report • • should be delayed for a longer time. • • We have nothing on which to base • • this hope that I know of, only the feel- • • ing seems general thut what I have • • said will be the case. There is nothing • • at hand to Indicate what will be the • • nature of the findings of the court. • • "Today our time was occupied in a • • discussion of the measures underway • • for the national defense and the ac- • • quisition of new war vessels. We are • • keeping an eye on the two ships under • • construction for Chile and Argentina, • • but it is not probable we can get them. • • If we cannot obtain the ships it Is a • • source of satisfaction to know that • • Spain will not bo able to purchase • • them either." • • • THE MAINE COURT Sails From Havana to Convene at Key West HAVANA, March 15.—Tho Mangrove. With the court of inquiry on board, salleil tonight for Key West. Captain Sampson, president of the board, assured the Asso ciated Pre.ss correspondent that the de cision to leave Havana was not reached until this afternoon, after a consultation of the members. It was decided that while further testimony might be obtained here, this was not sufficiently likely to justify a longer stay. The court can return If the divers or wreckers make discoveries that add to the knowledge now gathered. The plans of the submerged wreck, in the prep aration of which Ensign Powelson has had a large share, are very elaborate, and Cap tain Sampson says the testimony and rec ords of the divers are very full. Captain Sampson hopes the court will be allowed to resume Its sittings on the bat tleship lowa, now near Key West, with the New York. All the officers of tho court except Judge Advocate Marix are sta tioned on the lowa or the New York, and on the former the court could bo abso lutely free from interruption. The greater part of the Investigation that remains will consist, unless the court returns here, of a careful study of the plans. It Is not thought that It will be necessary again to summon the survivors of the Maine, officers or men, now at Key West or scat tered throughout the fleet. Captain Samp son said, however, that any such would be summoned if the revision of the testi mony showed missing links in the chain that they could supply. The court has no prophecy to make as to the further duration of its sittings or as to when or where the findings will be promulgated. Captain Sigsbee will prob ably remain here with Lieut. Commander Wainwright to superintend the wrecking on behalf of the government. Chaplain Chidwick is expected to remain to care for any bodies that maybe recovered. The court called upon Consul-General Lee this afternoon to bid him farewell and j subsequently Captain Sigsbee said adieu to the court. A PLAINTIVE PLEA Why Spain Wants Warships to Leave Havana WASHINGTON, March 16.—A statement which is believed shows correctly the sen timent of the Spanish cabinet in Ihe pres ent emergency, was made today by a gen tleman intimately associated with Pre mier Sagasta and Senor Morel, secretary of the colonies. It Is not desired to give it the form of an official utterance, but rather an exposition from one whose opportun ities for information are complete in tin? views animating the ruling authorities of Spain. The statement is as follows: "The elections in Cuba are about to oc cur, and the government desires them to be as frie as possible. Naturally, how ever, the Insurrection will prevent many from voting, and it Is felt also that re newed Insurgent activity coming at such j a moment might jeopardize the success -1 ful working out of the autonomist plan. ; Moreover, the attitude of the I'nited States . lv having a squadron so near Cuba and the active war preparations in the United States are of a nature that may exert an . Influence against fair expression of public | will against the autonomists. It is thought I that if the United States were sincere in Its expressions of friendship to Spain, I even if it thought that autonomy could not ! meet every expectation, it should be by friendly acts, and not words, show sympathy with the Liberal regime in augurated in Cuba. If the Washington government made known indirectly to the . insurgents that it meant to have peace in , Cuba, and that peace in Cuba might be had with autonomic government under Spain, I the insurrection would certainly die. If the Weyler party wanted to interfere it would be time for the United Stales to take action. The Intervention would be CAPITALISTS HAVE COMBINED To Render Spain Incapable of Fighting Even Against the Insurgents* All Attempts to Negotiate Another War Loan Will Be Carefully Blocked <£> WASHINGTON, March 15.—(Special to The Herald.) It was learned this afternoon, on the au* c X, . U thority of a member of congress whose facilities for obtaining accurate information in the matter are aj« .1* beyond question that the financial negotiations now going on are intended to influence Spain, and Mt not this country, at all. It is said the Rockefellers, Belmouts, Havemeyers and similar great financial <> , interests in New York, including, of course, the Standard Oil company and the sugar trust, have set on J* . U foot a combination to prevent war, not by any action on the part of the country, but by withdrawing J « J„ from Spain all hope of financial assistance, and thus rendering it impossible for it to carry on war with t ;■ .)„ the United States, or even actively against the insurgents. It is even said that the interests men- J p U tioned have imposing connections in Europe, by means of which pressure is being brought to bear J ■ JL upon the Rothschilds and similar great continental banking houses, to induce them to notify Spain at J • ,|a once that if w*i- with the United States is provoked the Spanish people themselves will have to pro- J a e&i vide the money to carry it on. It is stated on excellent authority that these plans have been sub- ajh mitted to President McKinley, and that he has fully entered into them. J a . The negotiations reached an acute state nearly a week ago, and they have been continued with J L unabated vigor ever since. The result is, it is said, the president has now become convinced that cj * \ r every day's delay will add to the embarrassment of Spain, while, at the same time, it will strength- J ( i, en the military force of the United States. It is believed that positive assurances have been received J „ . U at the White House tending to show that Spain is at last recognizing the impossibility of nego- J * tiating another war loan, no matter how usurious the rates of interest. L LOS ANGELES HERALD: WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 16, 1898 then justifiable. Now to make war on Spain would be a orlme, and for that crime to civllizaion and humanity the United States would be responsible. NEEDED FACILITIES Battleships Will Be Provided With Dry Docks WASHINGTON, March 16.—Tho con struction of live modern drydocks was agreed on today by the house committee on naval affairs. They are to be located at Portsmouth, N. H., Boston. Mass.. League island, near Philadelphia, Algiers, La., and Mare island, Cal. These docks are to be of wood except those at Algiers and Portsmouth. It was agreed that the docks erected should be made capable to accommodate the largest class of warships. The prin cipal reason for the conclusion to build of wood was economy, but It was stated that docks so constructed might remain in good condition long enough for all practical pur poses, and thut by the time tbeir useful ness ceased developments in the structural Held or a change ln the character of pres ent docks might arise. A motion to vote on the docks separately was voted down, 6 to 5, and then they were voted on as a whole and authorized. There is a strong disposition In the com mittee to increase the navy in addition to the three battleships recently authorized by tbe construction of some of the smaller vessels of war. It was stated tonight that tho committee may authorize the building of ten torpedo boat destroyers, costing ln the neighborhood of $1,500,000 for all. A movement for this increase will be made tomorrow and Representative Bull of Hhode Island will submit a motion call ing for the construction of a number of both of these classes of boats, probably six. Others of the committee arc favorable to the Increase and some important action is looked for. The increase in the person nel asked for by Secretary Long also will be taken up tomorrow. CUBAN CONDITIONS Colonel Parker Fails to Find Words Strong Enough WASHINGTON, March 15.—C01. Myron M. Barker, who was senator Proctor's companion on his trip to Cuba, in an inter view with a Star reporter today, said: • You might believe, but you could not realize the condition of the reconcen trados in Cuba. It surpasses the com prehension of men accustomed to usual phases of life. Their emaciation is ter rible; their suffering Indescribable. We saw warehouses full of starving women and children. These people have been forced into the villages and towns by the Spaniards, and the whole country where they lived has been devastated. "The best people in Havana told me that the young men of the best Cuban families in the islands were In the ranks of the in surgents. "My informant also told me that the in surgent army was never as firm and as strong as it is today." "Did your investigation lead you to form any opinion on the subject of autonomy?"' inquired the reporter. "No one wants autonomy ln Cuba," re plied Colonel Parker. "Even the autonomist governors do not favor it. I know of several mayors of towns outside Havana, appointed as au tonomists, who are wholly in sympathy with the insurgents." STIRRING UP STRIFE The Madrid Impareial Grows Exceed ingly Bellicose MADRID, March 15.—The Impareial says: "Yesterday we received two tele grams from New York which have not been published. They deal with war prep arations and concern not only street jingoism but high officials of Ihe American government, who in view of their position ought to observe a discreet attitude." The Impareial follows with a truculent denunciation of Americans, who, It says, are "Trying to frighten Spaniards by in voking ttie phantom of war. of which they are more afraid than the Spaniards." "The United States is a country," says the Impareial, "of bellicose self-adver tisement. By moving vessels to and fro she is trying to make believe that her forces are greater than they really are. We sincerely advise these bogey men not to waste their time and money." It Is asse.rted In well Informed circles that the negotiations in New York as to the commercial treaty are paving the way for an understanding between the Cuban government and the insurgents on groundu to be submitted for approval to the home government. The aspect of affairs has un dergone a complete change and there is a strong feeling in favor of peace between the United States and Spain. It is alleged that knowledge of the fact led Mr. Curzon, parliamentary secretary for the British foreign office, to decline yesterday to reply to the questions put by Michael Davltt, Sntl-Ptvrnellite member for South Mayo, as to whether Great Britain had offered to mediate. A THOUSAND VESSELS NEW YORK, March 15.—The special board of auxiliary cruisers continued to day the work of ascertaining tho facts in regard to vessels which may be available for use by the navy department. The list of vessels available, including steamships, y r achts, tugs anel other craft, Includes nearly 1000. The great majority of the vessels are at New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, where they will be Inspected and the lists sifted down to those worth considering. These then will be classed as to their de sirability under the emergencies which pay arise. The decisions of the auxiliary cruisers board will be forwarded to Wash ington, probably by the close of the week, and as fast as the facts In regard to the vessels are filed consideration will be given to the work of arming them In the best and most speedy manner for effective use. The board decided not to detain the St. Louis, and she will sail tomorrow. WILL KEEP CUBA ROME, March IB.—The Trlbuna publishes an Interview on the Cuban situation and the relations between Spain and the United States with Senor Clprlano del Mazo, the Spanish ambassador to Italy. He says: "Relations between Spain and the United States continue cordial. The Maine explo sion was accidental. If her captain had been on board the disaster would probably have been averted. Most of the alarmist rumors circulated are stock exchange maneuvers. Wall street speculators hav ing embarked their capital In the Cuban revolution are at a loss how to precipitate war. "But it is a vain dream. Spain possesses Cuba and will keep it by love or by force. That henceforth Is on engagement of honor. Besides, the revolution will be sup pressed before the Ist of May. "1 do not believe that there will be war between Spain and tho United States be cause nobody desires it. If, however. It should unfortunately break out Spain would have recourse to privateering und America's commerce would be ruined." ENGLISH SYMPATHY LONDON, March 10.—The Honorable Ar tillery company of London gave a banquet last night to Messrs. Hedges, Ferris and Lewis of the Boston Honorable Artillery company, the Earl of Denbigh presiding. Among the guests were Consul General Os borne, Vice and Deputy Consul General Westeott and Lieutenant Colwell. naval at tache of the United States embassy. Lord Denbigh, in toasting "The president of the United States, equally honored in England und America," said: "We all deeply sympathize with America ln the sad national disaster that befell the Maine. President McKinley, cool nnl level headed. Is not likely to run his country Into any unnecessary danger, while, as an hon orable ruler, he must be jealous of the honor of his country." Consul General Osborne, who received an ovation on rising to reply to the toast, referred to the talk of the Anglo-American alllunce and testitied to tbe friendship ex isting between the two countries. He said he did not believe that either needed pro tection, unless against a combination of powers, but should that combination ever occur, he was confident that the protec tion would be generously given. Mr. Osborne expressed the opinion that the strained relations between the United States and Spain would soon be removed. ONE MORE BODY HAVANA, March 15—A body was dis covered in the mud below the wreckage this evening and Will be raised tomorrow. This will make three bodies recovered within thirty hours, none of which can be Identified. There is no direct news today from Sagua, but it Is known that the Fern and the Bergen, with supplies, have ar rived there. Beginning with Monday next a kitchen capable of serving 2000 will be opened at Ancha del Norte, Havana, in charge of Mrs. Soldberg. A central sta tion will be located opposite the Campo Marte. This will feed 12.000 daily. Three other stations will be opened Sunday, but these will feed only 5000. The completed arrangements provide for feeling more than 17.000 people here daily. HOPES FOR PEACE, BUT WASH INGTON, March 15.-General Nel son A. Miles spoke at the annual banquet of the Second army corps here tonight. He said in part: "No nation has ever hail so much to say against war, against the maintenance of a large army, or against anything that might lead up into open conflict. And no nation had so much to say in favor of peace and arbitration. No people are so anxious to maintain peace at home and abroad as Ihe American people. We would not enter into any conflict without Just provocation or a righteous cause. We are slow to take up our arms, but when the time comes I trust we will not be found slumbering. I hope there will he no war. I, a soldier, trust that if there is war, there will be no Bull Run to begin with, but an Appomat tox. We will be prepared, so that the con flict will be short, sharp and decisive." TIME TO KEEP STILL LONDON, March 15.—The Madrid cor respondent of the Dally Mall reports an Interview with Admiral Bermejo, minis ter ot marine, in the course of which the minister said: "The exigencies of the times demand that the government pursue a policy of silence, and we should not be doing our duty if we imitated tbe Americans in pub lishing Information as fast as received, only to deny It the following day." DEFENSE HURRY-UP ORDERS PORTLAND, Ore., March 15.—The Wold & Zwicker Iron works today received or ders from Ihe navy department to rush work on torpedo boats Nos. 12and 13. which are under construction at their ship yards in this city. The boats are now almost ready to be launched, and it Is probable they can be completed wthln two months. The plans and model for the third torpedo boat, No. 20, to be constructed by Wolf & Zwicker, are ready, but the plates for the hull have not yet been completed. NO OFFER MADE WASHINGTON, March 15,-In answer to an Inquiry made In regard to the pur chase of the Agardabar, Secretary Long said tonight that the government had no Idea of buying the ship. EUROPEAN INTEREST NEW YORK, March M.—A copyrighted London cablegram to the Evening Post says: The general English comment upon the Vienna news that Emperor Francli Jo seph is leading a crusade among the con tinental powers ln Spain's behalf, is that this was only to be expected from family ties, the queen regent being an Austrian arch-duchess, while religious ties ail en courage Austrian sympathy with Spain. Moreover, there is the emperor's well known dread of the possible future conse quence of American Intervention in Eu ropean affairs. All that Is known in well Informed quarters here suggests that both the Austrian and the German emperors would go great lengths to prevent an out break of war between America and Spain. BRYAN'S REMARKS ATLANTA, Ga., March 15.—Ten thou sand people who greeted W. J. Bryan at the Tabernacle last night were thrown Into n frenzy of enthusiasm when, in one of the speaker's climaxes, he referred to the readiness of Americans to meet a foreign foe who should attempt to land upon our shores. He said: "Within the last two weeks we have had an Illustration of *he unity of the Americnn people In front of the danger which was possible and probable. This danger they have met as one man, declaring their readiness to die in the defense of their country. It so happened that the repre sentative of the United States at Havana wore the Confederate uniform, and yet Fitzhugh Lee has discharged his duty with such courage, such prudence, such patriot ism, that you cannot find in all the north land one man who would suggest his re moval." Great cheering followed this period. MOVING BATTERIES CHICAGO. March 15.—Bids for the mov ing of three batteries of artillery from Fort Riley, Kas.. to Fort Monroe, Va.; Savan nah. Ga., and New Orleans were opened at General Broos' headquarters today. Twelve different railroads sent in bids, the figures not varying more than $100. Each battery consists of five officers. 05 men, 55 horses, four guns and caissons and camp equipments, and will require one Pullman and two tourist sleeping cars, three palae? stock cars, three flat cars and about six freight cars. The batteries will tie ready to leave Fort Riley tomorrow. Colonel Lee said today that he knew of no orders being issued to move any troops from Fort Sheridan, anil did not believe any such movement was contemplated. BIDS FOR PROJECTILES WASHINGTON, March 15.—Abstracts for bids for furnishing the war department with projectiles to the amount of about $600,0110 were completed this afternoon. The awards will be made tomorrow. SPANISH DESERTERS MADRID, March 15.—A dispatch to the Impareial from Lisbon says a score of sailors deserted from the United States warships while they were there. The dis patch adds that the deserters are nearly all Spaniards. EXPECTANT SOLDIERS LEAVENWORTH, Kas., March 15.—A1l is expectancy in military circles at Fort Leavenworth, but the news is given out officially from the post that no orders have been received about the movement of troops. An order came yesterday to pic pare traveling rations, and this is being done. The infantry and cavalry today are undergoing field maneuvers in heavy marching order. The soldiers have been drilled a great deal for the last two weeks. At present there Is a regular artillery here, and an order has been issued for Lieuten ant Howland to take charge of the fleid pieces, constistlng ot a Howitzer, a gat ling gun, a Hotchkiss and six 12-pound, smooth bore cannon, and make up a bat tery. He has a detail of 28 soldiers for this purpose. SIGNIFICANT ORDERS CHICAGO, March 15.—A special to the News from Washington says: Much significance is attached to the fact that the first orders to soldiers in the wesl, excepting to light artillerymen, went to commanders of troops of cavalry. Even now the orders and contemplated orders refer to cavalrymen as much as to infan trymen. Heavy coast puns cannot be manager! by horses—ln fact, for coast protection, mounted troops would scurcely be consid ered necessary. Tt Is considered that the wholesale movement of mounted troops Is part of the contemplated plan of quicky Invading Cuba If hostilities begin. It is Intimated that the visit of Senator Proctor to Alger and Miles was partly given up to the subsistence of troops of cavalry in Cuba. Whether It would be necessary. In case of deporting cavalry to the island, to forward forage from the United States would be a more serious question. MORE VIGOR WANTED NEW YORK, March l(i. —A dispatch to the World from Madrid says: The govern ment has been advised by Spanish con suls that filibustering expeditions are or ganising in New Yoijkand Florida destined for Cuba. The plan is to land in Porto Rico. The Spanish minister at Washing ton has been Instructed to make earnest representations against such violations of International law. The captain general of Porto Rico hits been warned by telegraph to be prepared to repress with the utmost severity all at tempts to cause a rising. Spanish was ves sels on the coasts of both Islands will henceforth display more vigor ln dealing with filibusters. Much stress Is now being laid upon the expediency of acting with more vigor, both on sea and land, especially ln the east ern provinces of Cuba, so as to crush the rebellion promptly. Spanish generals have been much praised for their recent sys tematic occupation of the rebol lines und the destruction of all resources ln the prov ince of Santiago. The Impareial publishes a telegram an nouncing thut definite arrangements have been mude for the purchase of the Chilean cruiser Almiranto O'Higgins, now at tho Newcastle yards. Today the majority of the Madrid press suddenly changed their tone, recommending the people to keep cool and to have no fear of American na val or military preparations, credits or jingo menaces. They are merely Intended, this organ de clares, to elbow Spain Into concessions in all pending questions, virtually amounting to a recognition of American pretensions to mediate or Interfere in Cuban affaire. READY TO MOVE FORT RUSSELL, Wyo., March 16—In an ticipation of being called Into active ser vice, all of the baggage, tentage, camp equipage and other impedimenta of the troops is being overhauled at this post and placed ln condition for immediate use. The regiment could now take the ficldl fully equipped in a few hours' time. CLEVELAND'S COMMENT ' PRINCETON, N. J., March 15,-Ex- Presldent Cleveland was interviewed to day by an Associated Press representative upon the subject of the Maine affair and the existing relations between this coun try and Spain. Mr. Cleveland at first de clined to express any opinion upon the matter. "I should only be misunderstood," he sold. "I huve been resting here quietly since leaving Washington, and I do not wish to say or do anything which may be construed ln any way as a comment upon public affairs." Finally Mr. Cleveland, In a firm and em phatic fashion, volunteered this statement: "Though I have no wish to be inter viewed, you may state for me that, ln com mon with others, I think every patriotic citixen ought to loyally support the gov ernment during a period of trial like the present, no matter what exigencies may arise. "I will also say that I hope that the present difficulty will be settled without bloodshed. It Is possible than an honor able way out will be found eventually, and that there will be no war." Mr. Cleveland said he preferred to re serve all comment upon the possible and probablo outcome of the Maine affair until after the official publication of the report of the board of Inquiry. TONS OF POWDER NEW TORK, March 15.—At the nary yard today there was the same activity that has been apparent for the last fort night. A shipment of 400,000 pounds of pow der was dispatched early ln the day for Key West. This is the ttrst shipment of the 400 tons of powder which the navy de partment directed to be forwarded from this yard. A six-Inch broech-loadlng rifle, intended for the cruiser Philadelphia, was shipped to San Francisco by an arrange ment that will get it to Mare Island almost as soon as if It had been sent by an ex press train. Fourteen mounts fnr five-Inch guns were hoisted on bourd the cruiser Chicago, and a large force of machinists was set at work tlxlng them in place. COMMANDERS CHANGED WASHINGTON. March 15.—Commander Rush has been ordered to the commnnd of the training ship Essex March 15, relieving Commander Strong, who is ordered home ! and grnnted two months' leave. Command er Belden was placed on the retired list by operation of law. Chnpluin F. B. Rose has been detached from the Navnl home, Philadelphia, to await retirement April 5. VERY UNUSUAL PITTSBURG. Pa., March 15.—Prof. John Brnshear of Allegheny today received nn order from the United States government for 150 range tinders for use In the navy and on the land fortifications along the coast. This order is the most unusual one of the kind ever heard of. Prof. Brnshear will double his force of skilled mechanics at once, and will be com pelled to run his shop night and day to complete the order within the short time allowed by the government. The equip ment will cost $14,000. Fifty telescopes of I'i-inch diameter, for use on the sea coast defenses, for sighting the enemy at long distances, were also ordered. These must be completed within 1)0 days, mounted and ready for use. The Chinese Question LONDON, March 15.—Sir William Rob inson, who has iust arrived ln London from Hour Kong, of which colony he has been governor since lSfil, In an Interview today warmly advocated an understanding with the United States on the Chinese question, sayTng the alms of the United States In regard to China were Identical with those of Great Britain. He added; "There is a feeling at Hong Kong and Shanghai that the Chinese provinces can not hold long together. They arc already Cures Talk Letter from f. N. Burt LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 12 I*l*. DR. A. T. SANDEN: Dear Sir: Two yearß ago I made application to your San Francisco office Tor one of your Belts, but was so skeptical that I did not purchase until after I had seen them at your office in this city. I was in a very bad condition at the time from Rheumatics. 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Uia Belts gOßflfll WIIW ' cannot be bought ln drug stores. | DINING TABLES Immense Reductions this week If you can use one it will pay \ to buy it now. : Southern California ; Furniture Co., 312-314 S. Broadway partly Independent, not only of each other, but also of the imperial government." An Orchard Carnival SAN JOSE, March 15.—An orchard carni val will be held ln this city and county on Saturday, March 29th. The prune or chards will be in full blossom then and an open invitation has been extended to the people of the state to visit Santa Clara county. Special rates will bo secured on the railroads for thut day. Owing to the lack of time for preparations, the bud and blossom carnival has been postponed until next spring. Relief for Whalers SAN FRANCISCO, March 15.—The steam whaler Karluk sailed today for the fur north. Roth, Blum & Co., her owners, instructed Capt. McGregor to break through the ice with all possible haste and reach the frozen-in whalers. The Karluk Is carrying supplies for the Icebound whal ers, and Blum believes she will reach them long before the Bear gets anywhere near where they are. Mrs Thurston's Body KEY WEST. Fla.. March 15.-The Amer ican yacht Anita, having on board the body of Mrs. Thurston, wife of Senator Thurs ton, and the members of the congressional party who have been visiting Cuba, ar rived here this afternoon from Matanzas. An Ohio Man WASHINGTON. Morch 15.—Tho senate today confirmed the nomination of Daniel Sweeney of Ohio to be consul at Cork, Ire land. Undelivered Telegram. There la an undelivered telegram at the office of the Western Union Telegraph company for Kugne France. To Cure a Cold in One Day Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. All druggists refund money if It falls to cure. 25c. Tbe genuine has L. B. Q. on each tablet. • • Sir Henry Bessemer Dead LONDON, March 16. Blr ' t B«|SS mer, the celebrated Invent ■ • iner steel, died last evening.