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f -dircuhtion Yesterday, 21,500 ' " Daily average last week, 61,864 Fair wealhsr.j cooler; northerly winds. ffiglMil I lid u tWwBffPi fii&emi Pfitu igg. TTTTtTIi i U ONE CENT. NO. 1.468. WASHINGTON, MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1S98. RMERIGA'S ALL I STATE OF WAR EXISTS Tie Pmtit fill AslCoipss to Say So. SlilSni Tliey Confer Villi Geo. lies, . of lis Army. TOBEAEIEDATOOim 1 ECESSAEY IOBIADTY England Instructs Her Colonies to Observe Neutrality. WILL CALL MORE VOLUNTEERS The uHTeefive Fiprlitin: Force to He M:ih- IMMMHiO Ollicials Are Amused by iVs.eiatcd Pros Cnnards Lfiui.-Geii. ScJiftHcId to He nn Of ficial AdVlver A Council ol "War. The President mrtll semi to Congress to .i a message recommending that a con Oi'Kin of war be declared to exist. It Is understood that the advice of the Presi dent Trill be acted on at nee and that before tonight the formal declaration will K- made. The message of the President has been written since Friday and .-was Intended t. go to Congress Saturday, hut was post poned for some reason. The announce ment fas made officially that it will go in today, however. It was stated last night at the White House that the only thing that would prevent the message from being sent In w.uld he a declaration of war by Spain in the meantime. Whether Spain's action of yesterday will he taken as a formal declaration of war is not known. There was a conference at the White House yesterday over the message and its reception in the Senate. Senators Davis end Hale and Judge Bay. and Attorney General G-rigf-x were with the President for an boor or more. The message was read to the senators. It will be sent to the Foreign Relations Committee when it is received and will be acted on favor ably by that committee immediately. There has been some difference of opin ion as to the necessity of this step, but the President has been in favor of it as hae ate his Cabinet and other advisers on whom he relies. It is thought that even If the declaration is not absolutely necessary. It will aid in the settlement of international questions depending on the existence of war. Already questions as to prizes and as to the neutrality laws r.nd the international code relating1 to contraband articles are coming to the State Denartment for solution, and a definite official statement that war exists will make the answers to these much simpler. Cmttrahnml Article. The matter of contraband articles is receiving considerable attention by the Government. There Is nothing more cer tain than that the question of what is contraband of war has not a fixed an swer. It depends on circumstances, and the only general definition is that every thing is contraband that may be used as war supplies. It is probable that the Vnited States will make t-ome formal statement as to the articles that will be considered contraband during this con flict by thhs country. It is said to be quite possible that Spain's official list may be different from this country's. The decision as to coal is to be an inter esting one. Foreign nations will be oblig ed to make their own decision if this country makes coal a contraband and Spain excluded K, as is thought probable. There fs reason to believe that the deci sion will be tn favor of the United States, however. It was announced at the State Depart ment yesterday that the governors general of Newfoundland and Jamaica have notified the American Government that by order of the British foreign of- 125,000 out of 70. 3000,000 still leaves quite a nu m ber of people who will need to wear civilians' clothes, and to them we wish, to say that our stock of fine Clothing is worthy of their notice. We specially wish to call their attention to a very fine line of Ladies' Suits at $9-59, the equals of which can not be found under S20. They are a verr fine quality of the fashiona ble cloths, in the favor ite shades, and are all man-tailored. Cash or Credit Mayer & Pettit, 415-417 7th SI. Everything you buy of Lllibcy & Co. will please or money refunded. "l&i ieC Spain has issued an official proclamation announcing that a state of war exists between 7-'' -w waWS' v3sl Ji2iiS!5' A iat Government and this. She reserves the right to grant letters of marque, but announces t H wlwSwWia fesS 'j"pjjjgj that she will not do so. She also reserves liberty o" action in regarding coal as a contraband jfl mvjl&W 7. w5""ati-o of war, and will search neutral vessels on the high seas. American vessels are given five days TWA vA wcv Ml 1. 5 - - rhL Two more prizes have been taken by Aniericaipfvessels. The Paris is beljevecTToJJejafely w BEr&J IVj- -- -fWnW mafc-ing her way to this country. The Oregon has been notified of the war and it is believed ft31a 7 Jjjyi . "llSiffl Villi she can take care of herself. . , r pj "VW'w siw ffl ' il flf'ii Secretary Sherman says he will be glad to retire from public life. He will make his home i-rC- - ri. . sjjal y rp feX rm at Mansfield. - " t " UJffifcS aisf-ri:??- The report that this Government has seized the Hawaiian Islands is semi-officially con- "k Jr$3Mx-afl & VSMZikKs' fmned- - of twI Sv'W,l Judge Day will succeed Mr. Sherman as Secretary of State. He left for Canton last night. SL'r-r- -l CnZ$ijMji ' f Jli "f 1 ne iresiaeut win senu 10 congress touay a message recommeuaiug cnac a condition or Wl Z -vvaj- be declared to exist between this country and Spain. lice they will observe strict neutrality during iJip conflict. This means for one thing that already war is recognizd to exist in England. It means also that there will be no further exportation of supplies for Cuba from Jamacla, which is only a short distance from Cuba. 3Icire Volunteers to He Called. A further call of 175.000 volunteers Is being considered by the President. It will probably be made in a few days, thus Increasing the volunteer army to 30fl,000 men. Xo particulars cacbe learn ed at the War Department as to the con templated new call, but it is stated on excellent authority that Gen. Miles is strongly in favor of a big increase, and that the President is acting on his sug gestion. It may be stated positively that JJeut. Gen. Scofield, retired, will be connect ed officially with the War Department hereafter as special adviser to Secretary Alger in matters relating to the volun teer army. Assistant Secretary of War Meikeljohn, Adjt. Gen. Corbin and the other chief War Department officers worked all day yesterday on the latest details of the call which will be issued to the governors of States today. Theje has been an im mense amount of work on the call and it is stated positively that it cannot go out until some time this afternoon. The information given in the Associated Press telegrams yesterday to the effect that the Army will be concentrated at Washington, Richmond and Atlanta is incorrect. As stated in The Times yesterday, the troops will be centralized at some point to be determined later. After the troops have gotten thoroughly into shape with all their equipments and have seen a week or more of actual army duty they will be sent to points on the Gulf, not yet decided on, but probably to the three cit ies where the Regular Army is massed. Olllelnls Are Amused. Some amu.sement was created by the Associated Press dispatches in the AVar Department. It is said that it would be utterly impossible to mass 125,000 men from all parts of the country, with as lit tle experience as these will have, in the three cities named or in any three cities immediately. Some one is supposed to have thought that Washington would be a good place to receive 'CO.OOO troops or more and io have, worked the remainder of the story entirely from imagination. It was stated at-the-department yes terday iha cyjry State and Territory In the Union has signified its willingness and desire to furnish immediately troops largely In excess of the apportionment. One or two of the Territories, with an apportionment of two or three hundred, desire to furnish regiments. The Navy Department has received offi cial information as to the whereabouts of the battleship Oregon, but will not di vulge It. It 1b understood, however, that she has rounded the Horn and Is on her way northward tip the coast of South America. It is understood that the Span ish ship Tcmerarlo has left Buenos Ayres and that it Is her intention to engage the Coui: Coal! Coal! J5.25 per 2,240, delivered, Gayton stova. egg and nut. Powhatan Coal Co., 135 C at. nw.: 'phono G20; or dealers gen erally. fol3-tI 100 ft. of. best boards for $1, J 00 ft. 100 ft of Common Boards for 75 cents. Oregon as soon as they meet. The depart ment will make no statement as to this, either, but the fact Is pointed out unoffi cially that the Oregon is far the superior vessel. Di.spatebes From the Fleet. The department received several im portant dispatches from the fleet off Ha vana yesterday, but Secretary Long and other Navy Department officials, who were seen, would make no statement as to their contents. The Navigation Bu reau received all messages yesterday and the Important ones were sent immediate ly to Secretary Long. Lieut. Whittlesey at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, hurriedly left the Navy Department for Secretary Long's residence, and not finding him there, went next to the White House. Secretary Long and Capt. Crowninshield were in conference with the President and Lieut. Whittlesey was admitted. The conversation afterward was animated, and evidently of Importance, and It is be lieved that some important developments In the situation off Havana had been made known. The I'firix. The Navy Department has received no information ot the Paris. It Is the opin ion of the Navy Department officials that she has escaped the war ships and gotten away from England safely and is on her way at top speed across the ocean. The department people say she could never have been captured by any ship outside of the waters immediately around the British Isles, and that it" the capture had been made there It would now be known certainly. A Council of AVnr. There was a council of war at the White House late last night which lasted something over an hour. Those present were the President, Lieut.-Gen. Schofield, who acts in an advisory capacity to Sec retary Alger, and Mujor-Gen.-Miles, com manding the land forces of the United States. It was decided to make the campaign about to be opened in Cuba aggressive from the start, and to lose no time in further waiting. The volun teers who respond to the first call of the President, made Saturday, will be drilled as rapidly us possible and equip ped with all expedition, and they will will be loaded upon transports and hust led off to Cuba as soon as their transpor tation can be arranged for. The firing on the fieet from Iorro Cas tle yesterday morning :na the previous night was discussed at length, and it was decided that Capt. Sampson acted right in not returning the fire. One of tho conferes said that had he fired back the firing would have become general, and that some of the ships of the fieet undoubtedly would have been damaged, necessitating putting Into Key West for repairs and placing the fieet at a dis advantage. Other matters were discussed at-length and as a result of the conference there will be renewed activity -.n all lines of work connected with hostilities. Vice President Hobart called. Gen. Grosvenor and Judge A. C. Thompson, of Ohio, a member of tho commission appointed to revise the Federal criminal laws, followed Mr. Hobart. They would not say anything regarding their interview. Clear while pine itliinsles, ?-.oO per 3,000; sell elsewhere for $5 for 1,000. Fill BOB CURIOUS Asks the Admiral How Close He May Go to Morro Castle. . THREE VESSELS CAPTURED The Torpedo llmil I'ortcr Went "Well lii.slioro and Intercepted a Two MiikUt The .Monitor Terror Joins the Fleet ClntMctl an Italian Cruiser by rUiMnke, With tho Squadron Before Havana, April 23, via Key West, April 21. After the assembly of the squadron this morn ing, and after the reports had been made to Admiral Sampson, the squadron was divided, and that part of it before Ha vana has started to their stations nearer shore, there seeming -nothing more to be done. The orders of the Newport had been changed, however, ,and she is now blockading Cabanas, a port a few miles eastward of Bahia Honda. By this move the blockade line was extended to the westward. It was now 10:30 a. m., the ships going to Matanzas and Cardenas were hull down to the eastward, wnen at 11 a. m. a vessel was sighted in slore to the east ward and the Cincinnati "Chasing her. A few moments later the lldgship started to chase also, and also was, heading for Havana, the object beingto cut off her entrance. After about fifteen minutes It was discovered that she was a man of war, and great . excitement spread throughout the shlp Signals were made and the Wilmington anfl Marblehead joined in the chase? while the Iowa and Indiana were to get more hearly between her and her destination The flagship was now .making about sixteen knots and her crew was busily engaged In making all those little pre parations for battle whfch go before manning the guns. Wlito the call to quarters was sounded every man and of ficer went to his station with a deter mination to win, for it was now believed to be a Spanish man of war. But they were to wait yet awhilo-to try their metal for she proved to be the Italian cruiser Giovanni Bausan. At noon she saluted the flag of Admiral Sampson with thir teen guns, which was returned by the flagship. Thus ended (,Ue;first chase of the day. About noon tho torpedo boat Porter went well inshore . t investigate a schooner, which they brought alongside the flagship at about 1:- she having proven to be the Antoniafa. small two master from Sierra Morna for Havana, with a cargo of sugar. -. At 10:30, when assigning thefatations of the fleet, the Iowa and Indiana were told to take a position to thCJnorth-northwest of Morro Castle, just out'of range of their fire. Capt. Evans evidently desired to go nearer, for he asked the admiral several times, "Hew near may I go." It seems to be the desire of all ofilcers to have a Flyiui'n IliiNfncN.t College, St and Iv. Nono better. 125 a year: clay or nlghx. The AVeatlier Lilibey fc Co. Say Fair weather; cooler; northerly winds. chance to compare our ordnance with that of Spain and when the permission is given, it will not be long before the big guns of our battleships and monitors boom. Monitor Terror arrived alongside the flagship about 1:30 from Key West and will make a pleasing addition to the fieet, as seen from the water side of the affair. If there was any lack of enthusiasm be fore the evidence given when the call was sounded to quarters on the flagship this morning, it has been shown that it no longer exists and that our jack-tars are all anxious to avenge the Maine. Naval Cadet Du Boise Is to take com mand of the schooner Antonia with a prize crew of four men and take her to Key West tonight. He is a brilliant young officer. CAPTUHED OPP HAVANA. The Gunboat Helena Intercepts a SikhiIhIi Steamship. Key West, Fla., April 2t. The gunboat Helena Intercepuvt the Spanish steam ship Miguel Jover, of J. J. Serras's Sons' Periello Line, from New Orleans, April 21, for Barcelona, via Havana, one hundred miles out of Havana, early this morning and captured her. The Jover was loaded with staves and cotton. She carried no passengers, but had fifty-two in the crew. Ensign McFarland, of the Helena, with nine marines and twelve sailors, boarded her as a prize crew and brought her to this port, where she arrived at 9 o'clock, convoyed by the Helena. Only one shot was fired at the Jover by the Helena. The Helena being the only warship in sight at the time of the capture, the en tire prize goes to her officers and men. THE WINONA'S PRIZE. CaptureM Spnnl.sli Steamship at Ship ImIuimI. Biloxi, Miss., April 21. The revenue cut ter Winona, which left this port last night, captured the Spanish steamship Saturina at Ship Island at 1 o'clock this afternoon. It is likely the cutter will have to re main in quarantine with the prize until the health of those aboard the Spaniard Is found to be satisfactory. MR. GLADSTONE SINKING. Ills Condition Very Grave and the End Is Xear. London, April 24. Mr. Gladstone's con dition has become very grave and It is no longer concealed that the end is not fur off. Drs. Dobie, Hubert, and Bliss, called in consultations with Drs. Haber son and Sir Thomas Smith, at Ilawarden, today. They issued the following bulle tin: "Mr. Gladstone's condition is one of In creasing weakness, though he Is more free of pain." t'rinee of AVnles Presides. London, April 21. The Prince of Wales presided yesterday at a meeting of tho privy council in behalf of the Queen. The meeting was held at Marlborough House, and was called for the purpose of ap proving a draft of a proclamation of neu trality. The Duke of Devonshire, presi dent of the council, and A'iscount Cross, lord privy seal, were present. CjViists! Weighty as Pa. ave. Cellular Cloth Sfilrts. thistle-down! Auerbach's, All heart lumber, ?t.r0 per 1O0 ft. Sells elsewhere for $2.50 per ICO. - a ..!.. at v --?'-' (WVSft4i OFF FOR THE WAR. .Spanish Troops Heeeive an Ovation in Madrid. Madrid, ADril 24. The members of the infantry battalion which started for the Balearic Islands yesterday were the re cipients of a popular ovation. A great crowd, among whom were many ladies, lined the route from the barracks to the railway station. The cable dispatches yesterday told of the enthusiasm over the soldiers man ifested by the market women and female cigar " makers, who were indulging In a patriotic demonstration. Their evidences of patriotism were equaled if not excelled by the ladles who gathered to bid the troops godspeed. As the march was sounded the crowd broke into deafening cheers, which fol lowed the battalion as It passed along to the station. Ladles in the balconies of houses along the route showered flowers upon the troops, while others standing along the streets filled the soldiers pock ets with cigars and provisions and often handed them money. Some of the more excitable ladies seized the officers and men and kissed them. 'Nor will they forget." Mr. McKinley Apprt elates EiikIuimIVi Expressions of Sympathy. London, April 21. The AVashington cor respondent of the Daily Mail cables that In an interview this afternoon President McKinley said: "Not the Government alone, but the whole nation feel most deeply the good will sent to them across the sea," and he added Impressively: "Nor will they forget." LONGING TO EIGHT US. Presence of the Fleet Increases Pa triotic Fervor. London, April 21. A dispatch from Ha vana to the Standard says that the ap pearance of the American squadron has heightened the patriotic fervor in that city. The presence of the detested Americans has only increased the longing to fight them. A Tour of Inspeetion. Tampa, April 21. Gen. Graham, com munder of the Department of the Gulf, arrived this afternoon on the steamer Mascotte from Key AVest. He consulted with Gen. AVade for several hours. Gen. Graham has been on a tour of in spection and is thoroughly satisfied with the result of his trip along the Atlantic coast to Key West. His stay here was very brief and he did not have time to examine the sites of the coast defense, which are to be begun at the entrance to Tampa Bay in a few days. At 7:30 o'clock tonight the general left for Atlanta, but will return in a short time. Thero is a strong probability that the headquarters of the Department of the Gulf will bo moved to Tampa. MnjfK'itine Advertised XorfolU ami New Brunswick Merino Underwear, 51. Auerbach's, Pa. ave. To sell or store your furniture go to Sloan's, 1407 G St. Best location in town. ap21-Gt Pickets and pnlinjrs, .square mill flat, clear dressed (4) sides, 2c. apiece. Gomez May Then Invest Havana by Land. THE FLEET WILL CO-OPERATE Avar to Be Prosecuted "With a VicrnJ to Ei-diiif? If; lief ere the Itaiuy, Season Sets lu All the Patriots Aceil Is Powdpr. Shot anil -Shell and They AViji Ho theMlest. New Tork, April 21. The co-operathi o the Cuban army with the United States Navy and Army in the war against Spain was definitely arranged in Washington yesterday. Although the junta maintain great secrecy about the plans, it is known that Gen. Miles has had several confer- ences with Senor Palma, Senor Quesada and Brigs. Gen. Castillo and Nunez, dur- Ing which the military plans of tha Cu- bans were discussed at length and & final agreement reached. El Porvenir, the Cuban newspaper In this city, said today: "The co-operation of the Cuban arniyj with the American has been finally ar ranged." Brig. Gen. Castillo returned from Wash- Ington today. According to reliable infor- mation he will immediately begin opera tions among the Cubans In the United States for landing on the Island a largo expedition that will enable Gen. Gomez to put fifty thousand men in the field. Dry Castillo may be able to raise 5,000 Cuban, volunteers in this country, but he has been conservative In his estimate antr"" his idea for the present Is to enlist onljy IfoOO men, a sufficient number to insured the delivery of the war material to Gem? Gomez. If more men are enlisted, as.ilt; appears certain In view of the great en-' thuslasm prevailing among Cubans alt over the United States, so much the bet- ter. Dr. Castillo will then have the oppor- tunity of picking his men. , Munition anil Supplier. The expedition will not be an invading force to engage in battle with the Span lards, but will merely convey to Geni Gomez the munitions and supplies, tha lack of which has sadly hampered him In his efforts to drive Spain from the isl and. The landing will be under the Prtv tection of the American Navy and for ob vious reasons the point of disembarkment must be kept absolutely a secret. Tha Cubans in charge of the project believe that if it Is as successful as they hope It will be Gen. Gomez will end the wac before the rainy season is over and with out the risk of a single United States soldier succumbing to yellow fever, ma laria or the deadly dysentery which rav ages the island at this time of year. The centralization and armament of tha Cubans, who are now scattred all over the island will be accomplished quickec than may be Imagined, and will be aj comparatively easy task. The famous march of the forces of Gomez and Maceo from east to west in 1S95 was wonder fully rapid. It took Maceo only two months to march from the eastern to the western extremity of the island. To Mobilize. ' The bulk of the Cuban army, which Is under Gen. Garcia in Santiago de Cuba province and under Gen. Menocal In Puerto Principe, may reach Santa Clara, where Gen. Gomez is at present, in two or three weeks. If the Jucaro-Moron trocha proves a,' serious obstacle Gen. Gomez himself cart help them from the other side with tho new and formidable equipment then at his disposal. Once In Santa Clara ami provided with the rifles and ammuni tion landed by the expedition, the whale army, led by Gomez, will march to the west. On the way they will arm the Cuban bands they meet and the large number ot volunteers who are expected to join them from every city and town. In two weeks Havana will be invested by 58.080 Cuban soldiers, while the American squadron maintains the blockade by sea. If by that time Gen. Blanco has not sur rendered because of the starved condi tion, of his army Inside Havana, he will not be able to hold out long agaln3t such, a formidable attack. One thing to which the attention of Gen. Miles has been called is that tho Cuban army must be well provided with, horses. With plenty of horses the Cu bans are splendid fighters. Their best soldiers are not cavalry, strictly speak ing, but mounted infantry. They use the horses for quick marching, but UghC on foot. SPAIN'S MISTAKE. I Aaval Ollleer's Views Kcsrardinpr Hetl Cape A'erde Fleet. A prominent naval officer, during cen-vert-atlon with a reporter for Tho Times last evening, said that he thought Spain made a great mistake in keeping tho Spanish flotilla at the Cape Verde Islaads He pointed out the Azores as a better base for operations and strategic work. Tho Cape A'erde Islands belong to Portu gal, which is a neutral country, and thit Hotilla could not sail without some notico of the fact being cabled over the neutral cable to London, and thence to tho Unit ed States. As long as Portugal remains neutral, however much she may sympa thise with Spain, the American coagal on. the islands can cable to this Government of any movement of the Hotilla. 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