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But the Administrator} Is
Not fllarmed by the
However, tfye Battle-Ship MaiQe
{Remains in Readiness to Pro
ceed Instantly if Surr)rT)ooed
by General Lee.
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.— Private information has been sent to the
State Department and to the members of the Foreign Affairs Commit
tee in Congress going to show that powerful influences are at work to
secure Independence for Cuba. Spain has issued bonds to the gross
amount of about 1400,000.000, based specifically upon the resources and
revenues of Cuba. These bonds are held in large part in Great Britain
and France.
Some of the largest syndicates in these countries, it is said, have
become convinced that these bonds are about to become valueless un-
Ippp the United States in some way guarantees their payment. They
that the island is entirely devastated, and that it can be
restored only by the Influence of a srong commercial power.
Representations have already been made to this country by certain
stronsr <:•,-, mmeroial Interests to secure active intervention. If this were
done, the United States would become morally responsible for the pay
ment of the Cuban loan. This could be done by a protectorate similar
to that of England in Egypt or by direct control of the Cuban cus
tom houses.
NEW YORK. Jan. 13.— The Herald's '
Washington correspondent telegraphs:
Rumors are in circulation late to-night
about fresh riots having broken out in
Havana. They could not be coflfirrned.
Despite the alarms "Washington offi- |
cials maintained a dignified coolness to- :
r1 :\ i.ver the Cuban situation. It can j
be stated authoritatively that the Ha- :
vana riots of yesterdny, which were
promptly subdued, have not changed .
the attitude of the administration in
regard to relations with Spain, or its
general policy on the Cuban question.
It can he stated with equal positive
ness that the President is by no means
panguine that Spain will ever be able
to restore peace in the island through
the medium of autonomy. President
McKinley sees from the official reports
from Cuba and Spain that autonomy
has not yet made much headway. He
does not believe, however, that there is
anything in the existing situation that
justifies any further action by the
Fnited States at the present time. His
policy is clearly defined. He will meet
contingencies as they arise with the
most pacific means at hand, and always
be prepared for any emergency.
HAVANA, Jan. 1?,. — About noon to
day a crowd gathf-red in front of the
offices of El Diario de la Marina shout
ing: "Df-ath to El Diario!" General
Aroulas sent the regular troops to re
store order and to compel the dispersaJ
of th» crowd which kept up a continu
ous shouting on the streets near Cen
tral Park.
These people accuse El Diario de la
Marina of being responsible for the at
tacks made upon army officers and
Spanish residents in the island. They
say that La Discusion and El Re
concentrado received their cue from El
Diario. A man selling El Diario was
shot in the arm.
But Orders Stand for the Maine to Be Ready
to Proceed to the Cuban Capital at
an Instant's Notice.
NEW YORK, Jan. 13.— The Herald's
Washington correspondent sends the
following: Consul -General Lee cabled
to the State Department late this even
ing that In view of the more pacific
condition of affairs In Havana there Is
no n't' 6of an American warship there.
While gratified at this information
there is no intention to abate vigilance
In the matter of providing Americana
and thfir Interests in Cuba with pro
tectlon should they be endangered by
further riots. The intention is to per
mit the orders given to the Maine late
yesterday afternoon to be in readiness
to proceed to Havana at an instant's
notice, to stand. She is at the disposal
of Consul-General Lee, and the moment
he considers th.it the interests of this
Government require the presence of a
man-of-war he Is empowered to cable
Captain C. D. Sigsbee, h^r commander,
to come. Of course, it is recognized by
the President that the necessity which
will call the Maine to Havana must be
urgent. The administration does not
desire to station a man-of-war in Ha
vana harbor. The authorities object to
exposing the officers and men to in
fections from dangerous diseases, and
they think their presence in the har
bor would cause some overt act to be
committed which might involve Spain
and the United States.
There was ample confirmation to-day
of the Herald's exclusive announcement
that the Maine had been ordered to be
ready to leave for Havana should Con
sul-General Lee desire her presence.
Secretary Long was disinclined to dis
cuss the situation, but finally said that
the original orders given to the vessel
had not been changed, as was stated in
The San Francisco Call
the Herald's dispatch this morning. The
instructions given to the Maine when
she left New York for Key W^st on De
cember 11 were that she might have to
proceed to Havana. The dispatch from
Consul-General Lee indicating that se
rious trouble existed in Havana came
yesterday afternoon. Tt in understood
that General Lee sent to General Blan
co and urged upon him the advisability
of havingan American warship come to
Havana. General Blanco, however, to
quiet thf> apprehension of General Lee,
stationed guards around his office and
house. In closing his dispatch to the
department General Lee intimated that
the presence of a man-of-war was de
sirable, although he did not directly
ask that one be sent to his assistance.
General Lee's dispatch was sent to the
White House, where the President and
Assistant Secretary of State Day were
in conference. Th<\se officials consid
ered the suggestion of General Lee
looking to the dispatch of a man-of
war to Cuba, and as a result Mr. Day
went to the Navy Department to see
Secretary Long. Mr. Day informed
Secretary Long that the President did
not believe that a warship should be
sent to Havana, but it was desired that
the Maine might be in readiness to pro
ceed to that port at an instant's notice.
Accordingly Secretary Long telegraph
ed instructions to Captain Sigsbee to
be ready, and General Lee was advist-d
that he might cable to Captain Sigsbee
to come to Havana should there be any
News of the suppression of the riots
was sent by General Lee late last night.
This afternoon he reiterated his state
ment that quiet prevailed, and in a Bub
sequent message explained that there
Weather forecast for Ran Fran
cisco: Increasing cloudiness on Fri
day, with southerly winds.
Maximum temperature for the past
twenty-four hours:
San Francisco 49 decrees
Portland 48 decree*
Los Angeles 58 degrees
San Diego 54 degrees
Situation In Cuba Critical.
Annexation Short of Votes.
President Dole of Hawaii Coming.
The Jute Bog Scandal.
The Jute Bar Scandal.
Still Fight Mark Hanna.
Young Santa Rosa Girl Vanished.
France to Prosecute V. .la. .
Prince Guilty, but Irresponsible.
Theodore Dtirrant Is Ashes.
Burled Alive In a Mine.
The Baden Murderer's Trial.
Story of Alslp's Finances.
Congress at Work.
Lob Angeles School Scandal.
News Along the Water Front.
Working for the Jubilee.
Immigration Restriction.
The South and the Fair.
The Los Angeles School Scandal.
Currency Reform.
A Foolish Booster.
The Runaway Horse.
Stories From the Corridors
The Coast Press.
New Tear's at the Greek Church.
Improvements on Polk Street.
The Sham Divorce Case.
Robbed by Bunko Men.
Robbed In light.
Commercial World.
New* From Across the Bay.
Racing at Oakland.
Births, Marriages and Deaths.
School Positions for Favorites.
Capture of a Burglar.
A Night Among the Sports. -
was no further pressing need of a man
of-war. An official erf the administra
tion told me to-day that there was no
need of alarm over the possibility of a
rupture between the United States and
Spain. He recalled the fact that the
Navy Department recently sent the
cruiser Marblehoad to Port Au Prince
to protect Americans. Similarly, the
Maine would have gone to Havana. He
said that the stories that the entire
squadron had been ordered to Havana
were absurd. The squadron will not
leave Hampton Roads before Sunday.
It will then proceed to Tortugas, and
f-npape in tarpet practice. It will rest
on Sunday. January 23, and will then
sail for drill grounds, which lie between
Tampa and Key West. The vessels
which will take part in tho drill will be
the New York, the flagship: the battle
ships lowa, Indiana and Massachusetts,
st-cnnd-class battleship Texas, cruisers
Detroit and Montgomery, monitor Ter-
ror and dispatch boat Fern. The Maine
will probably be directed to take part
in the squadron maneuvers. The squad
ron will remain at the'drill grounds un
til April. The Detroit has just reached
Key West from a cruise to the West
Indies, and in accordance with orders
sent by the department, the Marble
head was preparing to leave for Na
vassa Island when an accident occurred
during target practice, which resulted
in injuring fonir men. The Marble
head's departure has consequently been
delayed. The torpedo boat flotilla will
soon sail for Galveston, Tex.
President McKinley is not so anxious
to-day in regard to the Cuban situation
as he was yesterday. Reports sent out
from Washington this morning that
there was a Cabinet meeting presum
ably at 5 o'clock this morning are un
true. It is believed that the flurry is
over, at least for the present.
Government Version Says the Uproar Is
Over, Thanks to the Loyalty of the
Volunteers at Havana.
MADRID, Jin. 13.— 1 need scarcely
tell you that news published early this
evening of the rising in Havana excit
ed acute interest. Early placards were
posted up in prominent places forecast
ing what the evening papers would
publish later on, and these were sur
rounded by crowds of people, who chat
tered as only Spaniards can. Later on
when the papers came out there was a
rush for them instantly. Men read
them, coveted up their eyes with typi
cal Spanish cloaks, and in cafes and
clubs all were intent to know the de
tails, which, when printed, did not tell
you any more than my first telegram,
The case is somewhat like that of the
Greek officers who, three years ago,
broke into the office of the Acropolis,
an Athens newspaper, and threw the
type and everything possible of the
window. But this case is worse, as it
implies that the ofTlcers in question dis
agree with autonomy, which th<> pres
ent Government is trying so hard to es
tablish. It is not true that the officers
will be summarily shot. They will be
tried by court-martial. Their conduct
has been physically what General \V. •>•-
K-r's was morally. The Que°n Regent
at an early hour was given the con
tents of the telegram from Cuba, and
a council of ministers was held at the
Alarming rumors went about in the
Stock Exchange, the m<rst sinister of
which was that the volunteers had
pone over to the mutineers, when-as
the contrary is the case. They m i
stanchly by the new Government.
There was a slump all around, but it
was not serious. The Government ver
sion Issued is very brief. It says that
all the trouble is over, thanks to the
loyalty of the volunteers. The Gov
ernment feels annoyed at this trouble
occurring at a time when everything is
going so smoothly, but pains hope in
the Feeling that the United States will
now see that th'> object of the present
Government and that of the United
States are the same, and that cries <>f
"Viva Espana!" "Viva 'Weyler!" "Mn
erte ala autonomia!" uttered apainst the
<;'>vernment were also uttered against
the T'nited States' policy.
The Heraldo makes the greatest fea
! ture of all the papers, having a whole
page with the heading right across,
"Military Mutinies in Havana." It
professes to have received a special re
port through a steamer touching at
\ Key "West, and says that 100 officers
took part belonging to different corps.
The origin of the trouble t was some
newspaper attacks upon Captains Gal
vo and Sanchez, General Weyler's
aids. Captain General Blanco is much
irritated, and proposes severe action.
i A cable dispatch from Havana says
• that a new law to prevent the press of
1 Cuba from attacking the prestige of the
Spanish army and officials will appear
in to-morrow's Gaceta.
After Taking on Coal These Vessels Lea ye
for Old Point Comfort to Join the
North At/antic Squadron.
NEWPORT NEWS. Va., Jan. 13.—
The battleship Indiana left this after
noon for Odl Point Comfort, after tak
ing on 990 tons of coal, to join the
other vessels of the North Atlantic
squadron. The battleship lowa cama
up this afternoon to fill her coal bunk
ers. Rumors as to trouble have reach
ed the men on these vessels, and there
is some excitement aboard ship, but no
important orders have been received
from Washington.
It is understood that the vessels now
In these waters will not sail for the
South until Saturday morning, unless
there are further developments of an
unexpected nature in the Havana sit
NORFOLK, Va., Jan. l.T —The flag
ship New York will probably sail for
Key West to-morrow morning. One
hundred tons of coal have been ordered
alongside the ship at Seawalls Point,
alongside Hie monitor Terror, which is
also at the Norfolk Navy Yard, and day
ar.d night shifts are now at work pre
paring her for sea. Ammunition to be
used for target practice whil.' on th*
winter cruise has been delivered aboard
the warships within the past few days.
Naval officers decline to discuss the sit
uation, but pt.-int out the fact that the
orders of the squadron to make its win
ter cruise in the Gulf have not been re
voked. ;
Not Votes Enough to
Bring About An
Still Four Short on a Care
ful Poll of the
This Calculation Gives the An
nexationists All the Doubt
ful Senators.
All the Efforts of the Administration
Will Nut Succeed in Seizing the
Hawaiian Islands.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
A poll of the Senate
made at Washington to-day
shows the annexation
treaty four votes abso
lutely short of the two
thirds necessary to secure
its ratification. As the mat
ter stands, there are fifty
one Senators for the treaty,
thirty-three against and
five doubtful. Giving the
annexationists all tae doubt
ful votes, they would still
have only fifty-six. It re
quires sixty to insure rati
Call Office, Rises House,
Washington, D. C. Jan. 13.
.It Is Very apparent.. tfc ■* "he Ha
: waiian r\T\Tie'xat\oait-'ji.~'iifili*' lJ+.t\ly'.*ji
moralized. This is evident from a lead
ing article in an evening paper whose
editor, for reasons well understood' In
Honolulu, Is rampant for annexation.
The Star tries to make It appear that
Senators Thurston and Gear, who were
a day or two ago announced as op
posed to annexation, are now doubt
ful about their policy. In its juggle
with figures, this paper says: "With
Thurston and Gear in line, and count
ing Kenney and Smith as favorable,
there would be sixty votes for the
treaty. It is understood that McLau
rin is very apt To vote for annexation.
The fact that Mr. Morrill has been a
most attentive listener to the speeches
favoring annexation since the Senate
has been holding executive sessions,
and his remarks made to other Senat
ors are believed by many friends of
the treaty to mean he is doubtful as
to the way in which his vote will be
cast and that should it be shown his
vote would determine the question he
would likely cast it in the affirmative.
"With Thurston and Gear in favor of
the treaty, if they so declare them
selves according to the expectations of
many, Mr. Morrill would he the only
Republican in opposition, arid, as stat
ed, his opposition is now regarded as of
a doubtful nature rather than having
a firm conviction against the wisdom of
the treaty.
'■There are also possibilities of votes
favoring the treaty in addition to those
indicated. Senator Daniel remarked to
day that he was still doubtful, though
inclined to vote against annexation.
Roach and Mitchell are also doubtful.
The President is using all the Influence
in his power to make friends for the
treaty. The whole situation as it ap
pears to-day is wry much more hope
ful than it has been for several days "
A careful and conservative p,,1l made
yesterday showed that the annexation-
Continued on Fourth Page.
J. P. DIGGS, Brother of the Middleman.
Sanford B. Dole in
the Role of a
Thinks He Can Aid the
Tottering Cause of
On the Way to Washington to
Take Charge of the Forlorn
Hope Brigade.
Ten Thousand Dollars Appropriated
to Defray the Expenses of the Chief
Executive's Junket.
Correspondence of The Call.
HONOLULU. Jan. 6.— And now the
fair city by the Golden Gate should
prepare to salute the President of Ha
waii with all due honor and courtesy,
for he is the first, and perchance the
last. President of the Republic of Ha
waii. Once before Hawaii sent you a
King, but you treated him too hospita
bly and royally, and we lost him. The
ruler Hawaii pf-nds by the steamship
Pern on the 7th is a man cast in a dif
ferent mold. He, too, is a son of the
■Oil ami of an honored and noble mis
sionary father, and a man of very
plmnlng and charming personality. As
a nan and a gentleman his bitterest
political opponents have no words of
dispraise or in detriment of his per
sonal character. As a politician and a
■talesman he will bo on trial before his
peers in Washington.
The Council of State at its delibera
tions late yesterday afternoon decided
by a unanimous vote that Sanford B.
Dole, President of the Republic of Ha
waii, should be authorized to proceed
with all haste to Washington to labor
in the cause of annexation. This ac
tion was taken after a preliminary
meeting cf the members of the Gov
« rnment -with Chief Justice Judd, Gen
eral A. B. Hartwell, John Ena, F. J.
Lowrfe, Henry Waterhouse, William C.
Wilder, Colonel W. F. Allen. W. A.
Kinney, P. C. Jones, James A. Ken
nedy, C. P. RipUy, Alhert Wilcox, Cecil
Brown, George W. Smith, J. B. Ath
erton, W. R. Castle and others.
It was thought at this meeting that
a tidal wave of enthusiasm would fol
low in the President's wake in his
journey through the United States, un
til it would overwhelm all opposition
and carry the bark «f annexation
throuerh Congress at a thirty-five-knot
run. But then the dignity of the toga
of our chief magistrate is to be pre
served. According to the official organ
it was expressly stated that he was
not to appear before committees to be
subjected to questioning and cross
examination like an ordinary witness.
Neither was it the intention that he
should travel about addressing meet
ings or bodies indiscriminately or mis
cellaneoaaty. His conduct was to be
dignified, of course, and his goings and
comings from day to day would be left
to his own judgment and discretion.
The Cabinet then met and approved,
and then the great Council of State
also approved, and Minister Cooper, he
who rules over the Foreign Office and
Board of Education, will, after Satur
day next, bo the Acting President of
Hawaii, an honor earned through read
ing the revolutionary proclamation of
the "Committee of Safety," which
formed the Provisional Government in
those early days of January, 1593, from
the threshold of the Government build
ing under the protecting arms of
United States Minister Stevens and
Captain Wiltse, U. S. N.
It is said by annexatlonists who
claim to have inside information that
this bold stroke of policy — one in the
nature of the end justifying the means
Continued on Fourth Page.
iQterestiQg and Convincing
Correspondence prori)
Prison Records.
Sixty-Six Thousand Bags Ordered
by Telegraph and Without
Affidavits in the NicK
of Time.
The following correspondence will explain how the middleman gets
San Quentin sacks at bedrock prices:
W. E. Hale, Warden, San Quentin. Cal.
Dear Sir: What are sacks worth? I already have a few customers
and I would like to do the sack business with you the coming year, and
•would like also to know what would be the chances for me to secure
a certain number of bags for June and July delivery, so that I will know
I will be able to furnish my customers with them at a certain given
Of course, I would furnish the affidavits at the proper time. I would
be pleased to hear from you on this point, and you might talk the mat
ter over with our mutual friend, Sir. De Pue, and let me know in regard
to It. Yours truly, ML DIGGS.
February 3, 1597.
Mr. ML PisTffs. Woodland, Cal.
Dear Sir: In reply to your favor
of the 30th ult. I beer to say that
the price of our grain bags has
been fixed by the State Board of
Prison Directors at 4^i cents. Con
ditions and terms will be same as
formerly, and I inclose herewith
a number of blank order-sheets.
The outlook now is that bags
will advance in prtco with the sea
son and our present price may be
changed by the directors at any
time. The only way I can see for
you to secure the bags you require
for your customers is to obtain
their orders as soon as possible
and send them in with the requir
ed deposit, to have them booked
for delivery at any time to suit
The "Ostrom law" may be re
pealed or modified by the present
Legislature, but even if it is, the
same rules will most likely be fol
lowed by the directors in the dis
posal of our bags, with, perhaps,
the exception that they will not
insist upon an affidavit with or
ders from known direct custom
ers. Until something is done by
the Legislature, we must, of
course, follow the provisions of
that law. Yours truly,
W. E. HALE, Warden.
On the day Mr. Edgar DePue, the
dean of the Hoard of State Prison Di
rectors, retired from office, he admit
ted to a representative of The Call full
cognizance, on the part of himself and
associates, of the fact that middlemen
throughout the State were carrying on
an extensive retail traffic in San Quen
tin sacks. He knew further that this
stock was created and replenished from
sales made on excessive applications,
and defended the action of the direct
ors, wherein it may have favored the
conniving methods of the middlemen.
OB the ground that the board could
not go out Into the country and prose
cote the applicants for misdemeanor un
der the Ostrom law. Mr. DePue was
entirely frank in discussing this phase
of the management of San Quentin ,
grain bag sales, and maintained that :
the directors did the very best they
could under the circumstances.
It has been the policy of the board to
assume that, no matter who applied far
WOODLAND, Cal., Jan. 30, 1897.
WOODLAND. Cal.. Feb. 16, 1897.
W. E. Hale, Warden, San Quentin,
Dear Sir: Will you please let
me know as soon as you can after
you decide to make a change in
the price of bags? Notify me as
soon as possible after you find out
there is to be a change. Yours
truly, M. DIGGS.
WOODLAND, Cal., Feb. 19, 1897.
W. E. Hale, Warden, San Quentin,
Dear Sir: I wired you this morn
ing to reserve for me 66,000 sacks,
and that I would forward affida
vits. I received your answer stat
ing that you would do so, for
which please accept thanks. It
will probably take me several
days to get the affidavits, as some
of the farmers live quite a dis
tance in the country, and it is
storming so hard and owing to the
poor condition of the roads it may
be several days before they get in,
but I will forward them to you as
soon as I possibly can.
Thanking you for past favors, I
remain, yours truly.
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sacks as a middleman, or as depositor
of the required 10 per cent, the affidavit
affixed, in which the number of sacks
is specified as necessary for use, was
sufficient to demand their approval. It
has been a case with them of not car
ing to go behind the returns. Various
pretexts are offered for this acquiescent
course, the least plausible of which is
that several farmers pcol their applica
tions under one affidavit to secure the
benefit of the lower rate on large ship
ments. Why they could not apply un
der affidavit severally and provide for
carload consignment to a given point,
with the same result, is not explained.
Again, it is held that almost inva
riably farmers apply for more sacks
than they really need, and the residue
pass into the hands of the storekeepers
and country cjealers.
Under a carefully supervised system
of sales it does not appear that such a
contingency would be of consequence,
so far as the market price of sacks

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