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" s-CJV'-'Wii, "7" THE TIMES, WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1898. - 4: -"S "5 lVSr - !"&f fSr&f cl " - ' Sime X.ORXla, EvpW'KQAND SUli'DAY.) . Publication Office. HVTCHINS BUILDING, -- . Corner Tenth sad D Streets JV. W. ,- -j. SraSCKlITIOS' RATEi STnQNTllI-T, nv Cakkikk- WtTofiTing, Evening awl Sunday Fifty Cents iJCordng und Sunday ....Thirty-live Cents H es'njr and Sunday... Tairty-fh e Cents iCc Vrnr, Morulas, Uremag and Sunday, .f 5.50 I&JorithS: " " ' 3.00 iriuceMonths. " """.. 1.75 --'Cne Year. Morning and SunSny 4.03 "T5 x Months, - - SbfeeMonthV' " "," v.-? 'Oue Yfrfr.tvdnlng and Sunday ,!jrJMvmtUi.. . - - - -jeTfcrlie Months." " T5y:!h' .! .. .... 2.23 1.23 4JO0 2.25 1.25 1.00 fc?GmeR by mall must be accompanied by 5tyi)!-ciii ion price. Tdtjph. - t Edhorlal Kooms. . 4S1 .1040 . 2f3 "Circulation Department circulation Sratcinent. The circulation of The Times for the fivtcl ettcd ihtturday, February JO, 1S9S, teas as foUoics: " Fluidity. February IS.. Monday, February 14........ Tuesday, 2'ebruary 15 'Wednesday. February iff -JTtorrJcfaj, February IT...... Friday, February JS -. . . i-utwday, February JO ... 21.001 ... 29 072 ... 41.005 ... 70,8ft) ... ro,20;; ... 40,742 ... 4",COG Total. ... 313,547 Fai'y average (.Sunday, 1,000, ex cepted)..... 48. Tot Jifti'ltrs of The Times tcto my at any time be unable to procure ct;rf if xt at any ncics $ta nd,raihvad statioR ar en railroad trains ictll confer a favor upon Ik manage ment by tending to this offtcc iHferi)M.ion of the'yacL Communications intended for publication in The Times thould be tersely and plaitwi vrrltlen and matt in all cases be accompanied ly the nam: and addisss of the writer. -Ke-:tctcd communications xoill nrt be preserved, ancl only manuscripts of Obvious importance nill be returned to their authors. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY Hi, 15SS. The Truth.. The trouble with the McKinley Ad -ministration is that it does not under-' stand that the Spanish-American war has begun. Fort Sumter was fired upon on the night of Tuesday, February 13, 1S9S. Vafely Through Another Week." It is the fine old hymn that the Ad ministration is singing! It is a whole week since Spanish devilry destroyed one of the finest warships of the Amer ican Navy. Between that time and this there has been unheard-of and wicked delay. From what the public has been al lowed to learn, which, as far as offi cial souices of information are con cerned, is not a tithe of the truth as known to the President, the State and the Navy Departments, it is eminently presumable that our gallant officers at Havana have been handicapped cer tainly, and everybody is afraid, pre meditatedly. Mr. McKinley appears to be afraid to let the State Depart ' ment do anything, because the Stat Department might allow action by the 2Cavy Department; and if the- Navy Department srhould do anything, it might offend Spain. For two years the American Eagle has been allowed to live only on condition tltt he should not act, flap or wink in any manner disagreeable to the Spanish Buzzard. Meanwhile the wreck of the Maine is sinking deeper and deeper in the dark mud of Havana harbor. That is a fact of complete satisfaction to the Spanish-Cuban bondholders and the Anglo American Sugar Syndicates. It may serve foiever to conceal the full evi dence of the horrible crime of Spain. In the view of these interests, it in volves at least the bare hope that Mr. McKinley may be able to hitch him self upside down to the "accident" theory, like a bat in a cave. All things Administrational work for delay. Even the absence of the Presi dent from Washington yesterday help ed out a little! It enabled him to post pone approving the Congressional ap propriation for bringing to the surface and to Christian sepulture the bodies of tin- dead heroes which rot in the foul depths of Havana haibor. The Slluulioii. The statement from Madrid that the Spanish authorities have investigated the causes of the destruction of the Maine, and that, therefore, Sonor Sa gasla is able to announce that it was due to accident, caps the climax of the impudence which has marked the conduct of the Spanish government to ward America since the beginning of the Cuban revolution. Americans must not forget the cir cumstances and conditions antecedent to this latest affront. After the Maine -Vas destroyed by Spanish govern mental treachery. Spain demanded the privilege of an initial inspection of the wreck: or. at the least, of a bl-national or neutral inspection. The demand was tefused. Now the government of Senor Sagasta declares that its agents have made the examination, notwithstanding American inhibition, and that the re sults show conclusively that the calam ity was a consequence of internal ex plosion. There can be no question that this ut terance, by the head of the Spanish ministry, is a deliberate and menda cious attempt to forestall and deny any conclusions to which the American Court of Inquiry may come, as a re sult of its investigation at Havana. A government with brains and the com plementary physical qualitj" would seize upon such an affront as a "'casus belli." Unless this matter is looked upon from the point of view of sodden sym pathy for Mr. McKinley, it cannot fail to fill the American soul with rage. For years these cowardly, lying, blood thirsty Spaniards "have been outraging and butchering -untold thousands of people at our very door. By way of variety, they took to imprisoning 'Americans "on suspicion," and keep ing them without trial in the foul star vation pens of Spanish inhumanity. That we permitted without protest. Then they began torturing and mur dering Americans in and outside of those prisons. We permitted that also. To do "otherwise would have been to show an unfriendly feeling toward Spain, "and would have depressed the interests of persons and syndicates who had contributed millions to the elec tion of Mr. McKinley. Finally, Ave sent an American warship to the har bor of Havana. The Spanish govern ment officials cheerfully tied it 0 a buoy over a submarine mine, which they had prepared for the purpose, and on a convenient occasion they blew it up. This also we have endured, in the face of a world's amazement and contempt! , t Yet under all these unttfward circum stances, the President is calm and serene. In order to show how calm and serene hn Is, and to do his little serv ice to the "Wall street stock market, he is placid and complacent enough to abandon the capital of the country and go over to Philadelphia in order to de liver himself of the platitudes of Mc Ivinlcy peace and prosperity to the boys of Pennsylvania's University! The PrchiileiitV Trip. It strikes us as superserviceable that Mr. McKinley should consider it neces sary to go over to the Quaker City at a time like the present, inoider to in struct the peaceful, studious boys of that retired city in the blessings and duties, not to mention the beauties, of patriotism. Why should he abandon Washington, where he was needed, to say to the youth of Pennsylvania; "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori?" "Why, indeed, should a man of peace at any price, talk patriotism which is only another name for jingoism to the lads of Philadelphia? Most of his audi tors may be classed as scions of a stock largely identified with the So ciety of Friends. On this account it is ! Icnt tl.ouBh suppressed around him. . ... , ., , i Yesterday he recognized George Wash perhaps putting an extreme, though , ,,, . ,,. ,.., WMft truthful, case, when we remark that among those whom the President ad dressed there was not one who did not have a higher conception of national honor and duty than he. American boys. Quaker or otherwise, look with a great deal more glow and gladness at "Old Glory" streaming in the sunshine that gilds our land than they do upon the tape snaking out of the stock-ticker that clicks its shame and dishonor! It is the boys, the hon est, manly boys of the nation, who can be depended upon on all occasions to shout: "Ubertas et Patria!" while "our best business interests," in charge of the Administration, ate asking; "What's Sugar?" , Quo Vartis. The legitimate results of "Quo Va dis" have begun to break out in spots, and one of these spots is Juarez. Mex ico. The citizens of that town had their imagination badly, fired by Mr. Slen kiewicsz's account of the combat of Ursus and the bull, and immediately concluded that tills was a new and su perior kind of bullfight which they could easily realize and realize on. So. in the presence of about two thou sand spectators, they trotted out their bull, and an Italian named Romulus, and the combat began. The Italian had nothing? on but pink tights, and was accompanied by two banderillos a slight deviation from the spirit of the story, for there were no banderil los in the early Christian era, but those "things always happen when a novel is dramatized. If we ever have "Quo Yadis" dramatized for the Amer ican stage there will have to be more deviations than that, or the police will not allow it t be produced. The bull will have to be eliminated entire, for one thing, unless the audience will be contented with a make-believe beast, constructed of papier mache and ac tors. But in Mexico they do not ob ject to realism, and so they had the combat just as nearly like the book as they could. The athlete with the clas sic name walked up to the bull, and the bull came toward him. The athlete tried to take the bull by the horns in obedience to a well-known proverb, but failed to make connections. Well known proverbs are sometimes diffi cult to put In practice. Both man and beast were trying with all their might to solve the problem expressed in the title of the book, of which, it will be remembered, the translation Is, "Whither goest thou?" This dodging and dancing went 011 for about an hour, when the bull thought he had had enough ballet, and charged at Romulus with a directness and a force which admitted of no evasion. Romu lus grabbed him by the horns, and, it may be presumed, remarked "Quo Ya dis?" The bull replied in pantomime, "I don't know, but I know where you are going," and the next thing Romu lus knew he was clutching at the sand some fifteen feet away. He tried to ex plain to his fellow-actor that this was jiot according to program, and did his best to carry out the idea of the au thor by vanquishing the bull oiT-hand, but the obdurate animal had no com prehension of the laws of the drama, and went on playing villain with a vivid realism which was most con vincing. The would-be hero was sent careering through space in a way most undramatic and undignified. After the third or fourth tumble the dejected Romulus concluded he had had enough, and hobbled out of the ring, leaving the villain in the center of the stage and high elation. If Mr. Sienkiewicsz intendeU his novel to be dramatized It would have been well for him to make that combat end differently, or use some milder animal. , This dramatization in Juarez, Mexi co, suggests weird possibilities in the American stage. "When "Quo Vadis" is dramatized, will nil the people who have read it go to see it? If they do, they will be introduced to a sliow the like of which some of them never saw before. If they swallow the play as they did the. book, for the sake of the little bit of righteousness that saves the city, they will perforin a most amazing feat. But the chances are that they will come out of 'the struggle very much as Romulus came out of hi in this Mexican town hors du com bat and greatly averse to any more of "Quo Vadis." Mrs. StoweV Mnntorpicce. The Chicago Times-Herald recently printed a long and interesting article on the question whether the blood hounds in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" bayed. The cause of the publication was a let ter of inquiry from a Chicago gentle man, who. inclosed a quotation from Mrs. Stowe's great novel, wherein the deep mouthings of the bloodhounds on the old man's tracks were mentioned. The Times-Herald "writer, after quoting this remark verbatim, loftily observes that ""the lady's knowledge of blood hounds was doubtless not extensive," and that "lie has found in hisreadings that novelists and other writers commit more soleclsrna about animals" than about anything else. "'Not every man or woman who puts pen to paper," he adds, pensively, "takes the trouble to, Inform himself or herself of the sim plest facts ia the lives and habits cf our brute companions." Passing over the possible inference that the Chicago authority counts bloodhounds among "his brute compan ions" we are convinced that he is au thority Tin bloodhounds, at any rate. He goes on to elucidate the difference between English, Cuban and other hounds, and comes to the conclusion that Mrs. Stowe "made her error" in supposing that the English blood hounds were used In the South, and thus introduced baying hounds to "fol low Uncle Tom's trail." This Is all very nice, and has th& air of being ja long-awaited correction of a glaring er ror. As such, it has been extensively copied, and apparently nobody has dis covered that the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of the stage is very far from being the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of Mrs. Stowe. Considering the fact that in no place in the entire story does Uncle Tom even attempt to run away, it is difficult i to see how he could be chased by j bloodhounds or any other kind of dog. ! Add to this the fact that nowhere in ! the book are bloodhounds introduced at J all, even to track the slaves who do j run away, and the knowledge of the Times-Herald man appears less vast j and marvelous. It is always a good plan to read a book before attempting to l haul the author up by the ears for ln ! accuracj. Even Thomas 13. Reed Is not impervious to the impact of the patriotism which is ' liifiiuii ua avni:uji. iu mn. .-- dict Arnold did the same, anil kept at a respectful distance, which, it is "lends enchantment to the view." said, Capt. Sigsbee. if the facts are as sur mised, does not believe that, the lives of the wounded sailors at Havana are safe any longer, lie Is reported to have dis patched a boat to Admiral Sicard with sealed orders. There is a widespread idea that he has asked for the fleet. In that case it will be interesting to watch the result. General opinion In Havana has supported the theory of a new act of Spanish treachery in active preparation. The news comes from over the water that Mrs. Gladstone has never contradict ed her husband. The way in which some newspaper correspondents rout facts like these out of their hiding places and hold them triumphantly up to the public view Is rather funnny. It might have been sup posed that Mrs. Gladstone, as the or thodox English wife of an orthodox Englishman, never thought differently from her husband, and It might also have been assumed with great case that, being a lady, she never got into any open disa greement with her distinguished epouue. But this newspaper correspondont reema to think it is all news, and that the world will be benefited if he lets It oat .Jt once, r may ho romurkod, however, in passing, that -.his fact accounts for soie cC Ilr. Gladstone's varied behaviors in the fast. If he had had a wife who occasionally differed with him, in a perfectly gentle and respectful way, of course, but.rat!ier pertinaciously and decidedly, he might have been led to distrust his own opinion, and he consequently would not have con tradicted himself as badly as he some times has. A moderate amount of dif ference in the seclusion of the domestic circle is sometimes a good sieve through which to pass a man's opinions before he gives Jhem out to the world. The Government Is entirely right in thinking that there is danger of a massa cre of Americans at Havana. If It had sent a fleet there and wiped out the forti fications as late as last Friday there would not be. At last the contract for raising the Maine has been signed, and divers will proceed to Havana today. From present indications they will be glad to proceed back again. It is probable that they will find the water of the harbor not onfy dark and muddy, but boiling hot by the time they reach there. The latest English invention, we are told, is perfumed butter. The roll of but ter is wrapped In rose leaves, or some thing of that sort, and left in 'the re frigerator half a day. For some reason or other this suggestion does not appear attractive. Perfumery is very well, al though one can have too much of it, but it has seemed to many people of late years that the only perfume which is proper on the dinner table is the per fume of the food. Soup, beef and other edibles have a fragrance very grateful to the nostrils of a hungry man, but it is doubtful if that fragrance is improved by being mixed with the scent of vio lets, or roses, or other fragrant and beautiful blossoms. And when It comes to perfuming the butter, and the bread, and the cheese, and so on. one might sup pose that things would become mixed. Cheese, especially, would have to be de odorized before it was perfumed. The natural odor of good, strong Roquefort will drown out the fragrance of any rose that ever was. even a tuberose. Cabbage and violets may be good separately, but one ministers to the palate and the other to the olfactory nerves, and it is not good to try to crowd too much enjoyment into a given time. It is like trying to look at three rings in a circus, while a symphony orchestra is playing Wagner. One's attention becomes distracted. No; the fruits and vegetables and meats of this earth are all good after their kind, and so are the flowers after their kind, but as to mixing the kinds, perfuming the butter, or putting champagne in the per fume bottle these refinements seem" to be really unnecessary. ''Sir," said Capt. Sigsbee's marine order ly. "I have to report that the ship has been blown up and Is sinking." If, under the circumstances, that was not only "gal lant and meritorious service," but true American heroism, what would be? The Government might do worse thaivto rec ognize it by a medal of honor. Within a few days Spain will assemble thirteen war vessels at Havana, not counting torpedo boats. Thus dowe ob serve the wisdom of always allowing the enemy to get ready first. A, Lesnon From Rufjsin. (From the Uoston Globe,) Russia lias had the level economic sense to abolish every kind of customs duty on agricultural implements apd ma chinery. Our policy over here sometimes seems to bo to tax most severely the things that we need most. The Kansas rftclfic Gift. From the Kanas City Times.) The $6,700,000 that McKinley gave to the YanderbiltjyMorgan gang would build and equip two great battleships. It Is almost as much as the proposed -appropriation for i CAPITOL GOSSIP. The Texas politicians have finally patched up" their differences and there will probably be some appointments made soon for that State. Senator Hanna had a hand in fixing up the slate, and it is worthy of note that he has sided with State Cnalrman Green in almot every thing he has demanded. At the recent conference of the State committee, Grant, who is the member of the national com mittee from the State, led a bolt against Green. Since the recent fight he had in Ohio HnYina has no uae for bolters and he naturally look up the cause of Green. In tbe deal that lias been made Moses Dillon gets the colleclorshlp of customs at El Paso, apd Robert F. Campbell, the defeated applicant is given the El P.iho postolltco as a halm for his wounded fecl Jurs. Wllliani OT-Wry is to be postmas ter at Dallas.' George Green (no relation to the State chairinau) Is to be marshal for the northern district, and Grunt v;asi able to land bhnsfilf in the ofllce of mar shal for the eastern dlfitrlct. This seems to have been0 the" sum and substance of the Influence of drant for it is said that In every other case" he was turned down. In St. Paul's, Lpndon, there is a bronze tablet aiinounplngj.to nil visitors that it was erected In. mqinory of the olllcers and men of the Royal eorge, which foundered something ovqr a,.!jundred years ago, and went to the bottom with every soul on board, more , than four hundred men. The tablet contains the names of the men and something of the valors of the ship and her crew. Tills suggested to Senator Paeon, of Georgia, that a tablet should be erected to the memory of the men who lost their lives on the Maine. He has. therefore, introduced a bill providing for the erection in Statuary Hall of a tablet that shall commemorate these brave men and be "an enduring memorial to their honor and "a perpetual token of the sor row of the nation." The discussion In the House of a bill to pension the widow of the late Gen. X.eggett shows that some men are born to go through life to fame unknown. Gen. Leggett was one of the dashing men of the late war and had a career that any soldier might envy. He won his way up to the rank of brigadier goneral and was honored I y his constituents after the war in divers ways. Hayes made him Com missioner of Patents, and he died full of honors, but poor in purse. This bill was to give his widow, who now lives in Cleve land, Ohio, a pension of $r0 a month. Dur ing the discussion of the bill Mr. Loud 'of California made llio statement that although lie read the history of the war, he had never heard of Gen. teggett. This aroused the ire of several Ohioans, who responded In short speeches, telling the story of tbe old general. Gen. Grosvenor pronouncing him one of the greatest gen erals of tho war and ranking next to Lo gan as a dashing and effective olilcer. Notwithstanding the fact that Mr. Loud had never heard of him, the Houe thought Gen. Leggett's record was suffi cient to entitle his widow to a pension, and granted it. "Look here," said a prominent Senator to The Times reporter yesterday, "I won der If Hanna reflects the sentiments of the Administration In this statement," whereupon the reporter was handed a copy of a recent issue of the daily finan cial bulletin issued by the banking firm of Henry Clews, of New York. In this bulletin the following statement is made: "Senator Hanna says. . supposing the blow-up of the Maine, was byji' Spanish Gulteau, it would be absurd to hold the Spanish government responsible therefor. That Itf well put." It.is to be hoped, for the sake of decency, that Hanna does not lepresent the President of .the United States when he makes such a statement as this. Around the unveiled statue of Thomas H. Benton, the grnt Missouri statesman, in-Statuary Hall, at the Capitol, has been erected a screen, about ten feet square, covered with unbleached muslin and hid ing the statue, abjo covered, from view. It is curious to watch strangers examine this screen. They have no Idea that it incloses the marble and life-like figure of the famous author, of "Thirty Years in Congress." It might contain a Punch and Judy show for all these strangers know, yet that frame is the most sought and eagerly looked at of all that Is in the hall. Washington, JefTer?-on, AVebster, all -$ire neglected for the screen that discloses nothing. Fonhour? people stand around this muslin-covered screen wondering to themselves what it conceals from view, and making comments of every conceiv able character Some, actuated by uncon trollable curiosity, have forgotten their dignity to the extent thnt they have got down on their knees and endeavored to peer beneath the screen. Others. JUicr standing for half an hour with mouth and eyes wide open, staring at the muslin, will seek an olllcial and inquire what is con cealed behind it. The arrangements for the unveiling of the statue have not been completed. It is often asked by visitors to thfj House how the clerk who tallies the vote on a call of the ayes and nays can tell the Speaker the result the Instant the last name Is called. The system Is by no means an easy one, but if no mistake Is made it is the most rapid that has ever been devised, and it has been adopted by some State legislatures. The tally clerk has large tally sheets with the names oT the members inscribed just as they will be read. To the left is a column for the aye vote and to the right the column for the noes. In reading the vote the clerk makes totals as the roll proceeds, as, for example, after recording ten yea votes he would on the next yea vote add one to It and record eleven. The same rule ap plies to tho no column, and therefore when the last vote- has been recorded tlie total stands represented by the last llgures marked down. That is to say, if 30D had been answered to, 387 answering yea, and 113 no, the last tallies made in these columns would be 187 and 113. The system requires a clear head and great care to avoid making additions in wrong columns, but so thorough is the tally clerk in the House in his work that an error Is less often made by him than by a bookkeeper in a bank. A veteran of the late war, who, for the first lime since that unpleasant episode In the nation's history was closed, visited the Capitol j'esterday. He was from Massachusetts and was bound to see the sights. It was shortly after 2 o'clock and no one except members and those hying the privilege of the floor could bo admitted. The old veteran was not posted as to the rules, and he became very In dignant when a messenger prevented him from entering. The official endeavored to explain to the old man, but he would not have it. He turned on his heel, walked angrily down the corridor, and then re turned, and, addressing the messenger, said: , "You fellers be durned smart now when there hain't no war, b;it when one was you wus mighty glad to hev us fellers ter do the fighting. It's a shame that a man as fit fer this jhere Capitol haint got no right ter see it. Walt till yer want us ter help yer lick Spain, an' see what yer win git. I'll take plzln before I'll shoot a gun to save the .hull tarnal lot of ye." The Loyal Southland. (From the Little Hock Democrat.) Telegrams are pwuring into the depart ment at Washington city from the South and Southwest, tendering the service of individuals and mjjitnry organizations in the event of war w)th Spain. The feeling of resentmentitovirds Spain is most in tense in this section, and the sons, of the South are ncyer slow to show their pa triotism when 'their country's honor is in volved, i - - THE SPIRIT OF 76. Khrl Decker DfHeribes Naval Ac tivity in Key West. In a Key West dispatch to the New York Journal, Karl Decker says: "If this Government of ours does not intend to declare war bn Spain It is making the -grandest international bluff of the century. Here at Key West, the outpost of our lines, belligerency Is in the uir "The investigation is going on just across the water about the desolate tan gle that was once the Maine. It seems from this point of vantage simply the for mal justification for a course justly de cided on. "Officers of our fleet here, with war ships touching. and dispatch boats run ning hi and out. tell you in private con versation that there Is as much likelihood that tho Maine blew herself up as that the Manhattan Insurance building, on Broadway, is In danger of the same fate. The. navy, at least, believes that war Is due, and there Is not a man from the admiral down to the newest cadet whose deepest hope is not that war will come, and soon. t "Give our men the chance they long for to avenge the death of the Jackies of the Maine, and there will be a performance such as the world has never yet looked -upon. "Every night the flagship New York and the battleship Iowa clear decks for action. No boat can approach without being stopped. At night the search lights flash restlessly over the harbor, lighting up the distant keys and peering out to sea. If they were expecting the enemy across the channel to serve them as the Maine was served they would con duct themselves just so. The naval sta tion is aglare with naval preparation. Stores are being hurried to the white ships at Tortugas. The admiral is In constant receipt of messages. The whole fleet Is on hand, ready for the- action of which they dream. "The other arm of the sen-ice is equally active. The streets of the town echo with the tread of the marching squads. They are marching to the barracks to work the guns at the forts and batteries. Night and day the new fortifications are going forward. "Up to a week ago fort and barracks were holiday places to which the officers invited their friends for military merry making. Today no one is allowed to visit them. Sentries with loaded pieces now confront the visitors, to whom they are accustomed to give a smiling greeting of a soldier playing at duty. Underground the electrical experts are working. The tunnel containing the apparatus for dis charging torpedoes In the harbor is now a frtct. The torpedoes are ready and at the word will be set out to wait for the coming of Spain's ships. "Whether the volcano that destroyed our battleship was planted by Weyler and fired by one of his followers without the knowledge of the Spanish govern ment now in Cuba, whether a drunken officer of artillery saw his chance to do a wholesale murder and. Spaniard-like, could not resist, makes no difference. "It was Spain's act that destroyed the ship. However Spaniards may differ as to the policy of It. in their hearts they are equally glad it was done. "Today the Government is figuring on taking the tug Right Arm from its normal and peaceful occupation of towing a boat and sending it to Havana to do Govern ment work. The seizure has not been made, but if the Government wants the Right Arm it will take her. "We are near enough to war for that. "The Maine's sailors here, those able to be about and those in the hospital, are wild for the opportunity to repay what was meted out to them and their com rades in Havana harbor. They say. and mean it, too, that if no action is taken against Spain, not n man among them will tread again the deck of an American man-of-war. "Every indication points to the immi nence of these sailors' opportunity. The naval officers in the confidence of the admiral and the admiral himself move about with the abstraction of men In pos session of a portentous secret. A dozen times today the admiral has been at the cable olficc. "The acthitr of the dispatch boats is unprecedented. The admiral and officers of the New York were to have spent the night oshoie here.' but at 6 o'rlo-'k they suddenly returned to the flagship. The swiftest of the dispatch boats Is lying at the dock waiting to carry them" tho message for which an officer is waiting at the cable office. It Is known mat iney have orders to be prepared for any emer- gency. "Is the emergency here? THE CUBAN COHRESFOXDKXCE. It Will Set Forth a Frightful Condi tion of Affairs In the Island. The reports and letters of consuls in Cuba are being edited and prepared with much care at the Department of State: It is evident that the publication of them is to play an important part in the pro gress toward the settlement. A mass of correspondence has collected since the last batch was sent to Congress. The House resolution calls for reports which will show what has been done from the time Blanco supplanted Weyler. The Senate call includes the reports going back to March 4. Assistant Secretary Day now has the work in hand of pre paring the matter to meet both resolu tions. In the preparation, two things are kept in view. Portions of the reports irrelevant and immaterial to the purpose of Congress are to be expunged. If the Department of State was to send to Congress all that has come from the Cuban correspondents under this Ad ministration several volumes would be re quired to print it. The second considera tion is the protection of the consuls and their informants. The reports expose the villainies of Spanish rule, and give authorities for many of the Instances recited. Tney sur pass in condemnation based on facts anything which the newspaper corres pondents have told. They set forth the operation of the extermination policy of Weyler in multiplicity of detail, support ing descriptions with the awful figures given by Spanish officials. Sickening and shameful beyond foreshadowing these revelations will be. . The revision now going on will not tone down or suppress the facts, but to pro tect those who have sent the information it will be necessary to omit names and places and peihaps some incidents which are too horrible to be printed. In the ,,-v. citntn nf Aa 11 O" olinilt f",lllfl tllOCIrt consular eports can not but have a tre- 1 mendous effect upon public sentiment. They will be read not alone Jn this coun try, but will draw the attention of the civilized world to the Cuban question. The consuls who make the reports are without exception the men who were ap pointed under a Democratic Administra tion. Most of them have been at their posts since the war began, in February. 1893. They arc the identical officials whose former reports were quoted in the Span ish Cortes, and who were openly Indorsed by Spapish. statesmen as reliable and un biased Observers of events in Cuba. Outclassed. Long years ago she sat across The schoolroom aisle from me. And was the subject of my wild Boyhood's idolatry. But, nh,,alus, my tender smiles All failed to move this lass. For schoolroom custom barred the way I was not in her class. I saw her, 'twas but yesterday, " Upon., the avenue. Half hid in furs and driving with Her wedded parvenue. And I f-smlle to think how well Fate's' held its course; alas! For I'm a clerk at ten per week , And still not in her class! " ' "" - - Truth. ' HAS SPAIN .ALLIES? Genesis of tiiu Report That Slwter Republics are Against U.. Madrid, Feb. 22. (Sent by mall to Biar ritz 'to avoid royal censor, Spain's gov ernment for the imsft six or eight months has been actively engaged In organizing a military and naval combination of the South American republics against the United States, and has now so far suc ceeded as to admit of the matter being discussed in the press here, the El Pals having a very remarkable article upon the subject, which has attracted no end of attention. While the newspaper In question dis cusses tho matter as an excellent piece of Statecraft, about to be undertaken, the real facts of the case arc that the main features of the combination are all re ported, and the various South American republics, with the notubl exception of Venezuela, are banded together Into a po litical, economic, and, abrtve all. military alliance, under the aegis and direction of Spain, the avowed object of which is op position and hostility to the United States. The project was Inaugurated by the Conservative cabinet before the assassi nation of Canovas, and It Is a significant fact that, although In accordance witli the Invariable custom on a change of administration here, all the foreign mis sions of Spain in the Old World have been provided with new chiefs, friends of the Liberal party, no attempt has been made to supersede tho Conservative en voys In South America. lest there should be any interruption in their intrigues agalnst the United States. At Hrst sight it may appear strange that there should be any disposition un the part of the South Americans to mike common cause with their former tyrants and oppressors, the Sapnlards. But it must be borne in mind that all the lead ing families In South America are of Spanish origin, exceedingly proud of their Spanish ancestry, in many cases blue blooded, and anxious to keep up their connection with their kith and kin here. Moreover while they may be good re publicans on yonder side of the Atlantic, they are only too ready, on reaching this country, to avail themselves to the fullest extent of the nobility titles and preroga tives", social as well as official, of the Spanish families to which they belong. They remain Spanish hidalgos to the verj finger tips, possessed of all the prejudices and sympathies of their caste here, and while jealous of their own liberties and Independence, are heart and soul with Spain in her struggle against the Cu bans, although the latter are making identically tho same fight to throw off Spanish tyranny and thraldom as the fathers of the men who now constitute the governing classes of the South Ameri can republics did earlier in the century. This sympathy on the part of the South Americans for Spain has been shown in numerous ways, and in unue, m me ar gentine republic in Brazil and even in Mexico, large sums have been raised In voluntary subscription among the gov erning classes, with a view to the pur chase of cruisers, torpedo boats and ord nance, not for Cubsu but for Spain. Until the appearance of the article In the Pais led me to investigate more close ly this scheme of a Spanisli consideration of South American republics against the United States, of which I had heard already some hints in conversation. I had no Idea of the extent to which the matter had gone, nor of the success which had attended the efforts of th Spanish diplomats in South Americsu These envoys have had their task facili tated by the failure of the United States to fulfill any of the expectations, political as well as economic, that wen carried to Washington by the delegates of the South American Republics at the time of the Pan-American Congress. Moreover there is a specie of hered itary and irremovable sentiment of mu tual distrust between the Latin and the Anglo-Saxon races, which leads the Spanish-descended people of South Am erica to turn their eyes in the direction of thfs country rather than in that of the United States. As the Pais says. Latin interests are endangered by the intrus ion of the Anglo-Saxons, and it is neces sary, therefore, to combine against the latter, especially asainst the "greedy Yankees." Finally, there is no doubt, from what I learn here, that the Suanish envoy in South America have had the sunport of some of their foreign colleague In nego tiating the combination, which is viewed with good will and satisfaction, especial ly by the French government, and like wise by the triple alliance. Indeed, all Europe is with Spain in her issue with the United States, the latter having but one sympathizer in the old world, namely, Great Britain. Even Russia i with Spain, and during the past week the St. Peters burg Novosti, one of the recognized semi official organs of the czar's government, has published a long nrticle, strongiy condemning the sittitude of the United States toward Spain, and insisting that the latter had behaved with a patience, a courtesy and a forbearance under in tense provocation that entitled her to the sympathy of all Europe. As the Puis very justly points out. Spain, united In a military and political confederation with the South American republics, would become one of the strongest powers in the world, and even if Chile alone were to place her magnifi cent fleet some of her new cruisers are the finest in existence at the disposal of Spain, the latter's naval superiority over the United States would be beyond rem edy for years to come. In fact, the com bination is a matter of Very grave im portance, indeed, to the American Govern ment, and at least one eminent foreign diplomat here with whom I discussed the matter today expressed his amazement that United States agents in South Amer ica should have been so remiss and so blind to what has been going round about them as to have failed to warn their Gov ernment of the formation of a political, economic and. above all. military union avowedly aimed against the United States, and the very negotiation of which should have been opposed by Uncle Sam by force if necessary, on the ground that it constitutes a violation of the principles of the Monroe doctrine that Monroe doc trine which is regarded here as the fun damental principle of the foreign pollcy of the United States. It Is the knowledge that this arrange ment with the South Amerian republics is, to all intents and purposes, concluded, as well as that she possesses the strong sympathies of all continental Europe, that has led Spain to chanqr her attitude " 2,"? three weeks and show less anxiety to please the "Washington Government. There is an atmosphere of independence, nay. of defiance, with regard to th United States in ministerial circles hero that is in striking contrast with the con ciliation, the almost subserviency shown by the Sagasta Cabinet previous to the new year. No stronger manifestation could be given of the sentiment now pre vailing in government circles" than the dispatch of the battleship Vizcaya fo American waters.- under the circum stances almost a direct act of defiance. Ingenious FHony. (From tlic 5ydny Hiillotln.) The Spartans were accustomed to par don a thief provided his larceny were car- ried out in an ingenious manner. A Spar- V, . , , , , tan pardon would certainly have been awarded a certain Clermont thief who successfully purloined a miner's gold the otber day. Said miner had gone to sleep, after securely planting his trousers con taining X25 under his pillow. In the mid dle of the night a long needle was thrust into the skin of the sleeper's foot and then withdrawn. Imagining himself bit ten by a snake, the. man arose, rushed out In a frightened hurry for help and came back to find his trousers pockets turned inside out, and his money gone. MANHATTAN'S MONEY KINGS. History Shows That They Have Never Been Patriot.. - The anniversary of Wasiilngtott;tbirth day made many persons owing to tit acute situation between America. ant Spain. look backward over somo of th chronological events that have been stamped on the pages of American his tory. , ' ' - In doing this it was found that sub stantially the same condition exlau-d th.tt prevailed more than a century ago, aI-s- In connoctlon with the. war of 1S12. an-I later the war with Mexico, and hiuihy the great civil conflict. History is with a cortninty repeating itself. In 177J, when thj colonists were .agitating the question of independenc . the great money power then in this coun try was as it is now centered in Manhat tan island. These rich landed-proprietors and merchants, a u body, ued every effort ponsible to keep the people' loyal to Great Britain, and when at last their labors to this end proved unavailing and the bell of liberty rang out In 177G, the money power among tilts colonist contributed to the support of the armies of Great Britain, sent emissaries all over the land to urge all wealthy men to adhere to the cause of thf crown, alleg ing it to be the only means for preserv ing the wealth tln-y had Inherited or accumulated. Vigorous Tories wera these money- kings, but the right wan withythe people, and their grand triumph finally came. Immediately following this great evet in civilization came the outrages by th Britlsh government, which insisted upon its right to board American vessels and search them. The patriotism of the peo ple called forth a vehement protest against the outrages, but the money power In Manhattan Island gave thnm no aid. Instead of doing this, they de plored the outrages and then cried out that the people must submit to them Tor the new .Republic was too poor for war, and that a repetition of the successes attending the revolution was af the best but visionary, and the dreams of a few fanatics. Nothing but the wonderfully firm stand of the President and Congress saved the country from the humiliation . these money kings were willing to have Im posed in order to save their wealth. The President. Congress and the ieo ple threw off the influence of the money kings, declared war, and as all know, drove back to the shores of England her invading navy and army. When Congress contemplated buying the Louisiana province from France.-thene same money kings entered their hurlv protest against the plan. They declared the country had more territory thn it could support and that to acquire more meant an increase of taxes that would prove to be ruinous. In every way possi ble tli money holders of Manhattan Isl and opposed the efforts of the President and Congress to make the purchase, but fortunately for the country able, and honest men rep-eented the people in tha executive and legislative brunches rff the Government, and notwithstanding fife op position of the moneyed interests the province was purchased and as the result 1ms shown it was one of the greatest acts of fandghted statesmanship, this cp'untry has ever known. When the apparent necessity for a war with Mexico was before the peopIe"Maif hattan's moneyed people pursued thelsame plan of selfish self Interest In aneffon to avert the war. They cried out i with one voice that war would ruin Commerce, bankrupt merchants, increase th na tional del. and cripple the country? for ever. These money lenders pleaded for their bonds, stocks and warehousetTiWhleli they urged should be sived at the cost of national dishonor. Again the masses re volted from the clutches of the money lenders on Manhattan Island, and after a brief and well fought war the?T3tar and Stripes were victorious and the great State of Texas became a part of the American Government, and subsequent events have" shown die- '-idom vt the Government at that time in not following the advice and granting the petitions of the money kings of Manhattan Island. The struggle of the millionaires to pre vent the Irte civil war ia modern his tory, and so is the fact that a great deal of the, financial support the South re ceived came from these lankers and money lenders in New York, who believed for a long time after the war began that the South would prove to be victorious. Since then the country has had the Vir ginus affair, the Chilean affair and tho Venezuelan trouble. In each of these in cidents the Wall street bondholders (lock ed to the White House and begged tw moderation by the Government that their wealth might be undisturbed, and to the credit of the Government be it said that in not a single instance- did their counsels cause the Administration to recede a step from the position taken. All know how wildly Walt street entreated Mr. Cleve land to retrace the step he took in the Venezuelan affair, but even If he had been inclined to acceije to the money lenders' entreaties he had taken an irrevocable step and he was compelled to abide by it. and the result reflected honor to the coun try Instead of the dishonor that Wall street would have subjected it to. Now that the present crisis has arrived close students of history arc asking. "ill President McKinley finally rise to the emergency or will he do what no other President of the United States hait done to avert war. show the white feather and heap dishonor on the nation that ha so greatly honored him?" BANQUET AT XEW IIAVEX. Crlchration of Connect lent Branch Son; of the American Revolution. New Haven, Feb. -22. Five hundred men and boys of the Connecticut branch qf the Sons of the American Revolution enjoy ed the annual banquet of'the society here this afternoon. Govs. D. H. Hastings, of Pennsylvania, and L. A. Cooke, of Con necticut, were the guests of honor. A reception was tendered to them at noon In the Yale art school by President Dwight and Dean Wear. Gen. E. S. Greeley acted as toastmaster. The toasts were: "Pennsylvania in thu Revolution." Gov. Hastings; "Connecticut in the Revolution." Gov. Cooke; "Some Obscure Patriots." Rev. W. L. Phillips: "Yale in the Revolution." Prof. Arthur T. Hadley. A Wedding: in Gcorpclftr (From the Atlanta Journal.) "Everything is 'bout ready, ain't it. Sis-, ter Duncan?" said the preacher- who was going to perform the marriage cere mony in Cabbage Creek Valley. "No, Sam ain't come to guard tho back winder yit. Tom's at the front door an . Ed's at the gate, an as soon as Sam gits to the back winder everything will be ready. You see, John Henry is sorter timid like, and when it comes to the pinch of the game his courage mout fall him an' he mout try to make a dash fur tha woods. Polly knows this, an' she ain't takin" no chances. She's got the boys posted whar they can stop John Henry IC anything should happen." Uuncomnf. (From the Cincinnati Knqnircr.) The talk about Spain being a friendly nation Is tiresome. She is positively un friendly, notwithstanding all wc have 'lon, for ,h" n her efforts to fight the destiny of Cuba to be free. She U en- ln n wur wnlch Js a m.nace to ouc institutions. She is doing all she can In restraint of republicanism in the Western Hemisphere. Sh Is lighting against the natural policy of the United States to. widen the scope of free government. I'vohnblj. ' ' (From the Atlanta Constitution.) Another McKinley Administration woul I doubtless succeed In handing the repub lic over to the control of Spain. J,yTA"lS..-rr.Ljtgijgg.vj ,r:!iLjLLJhf2hjt -Vtfyg. sff,pJ. T l.'C-X.