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Victory That Has Been Gained by
the Diplomacy of McKinley
Appreciated in Spain.
Copyrirhted, 1£93, by James Gordon Bennett.
MADRID, April 11.— Doubtless
exaggerated accounts of the disturb
ances last night will be sent out. The
whole affair was a most harmless
thing. There was no rising of popu
lar sentiment as is sought to be rep
resented by the yellow press. About
one hundred hungry vagabonds, hired
at a cheap price, at from one and a
half to two pesetas each, by Robiedo,
Weyler & Company, were told where
to go and what to do.
It was a holiday, and as usual on
Buch days there were thousands of
idle people, glad of the opportunity of
creating public sentiment against
the Government of the United States.
When the hoodlums were begin
ning their movement, General Wood
ford was quietly strolling with his
daughter and another young lady,
wearing the happy countenance of a
man who considered peace in sight.
The Governor of Madrid, grasping
the nature of the demonstration, de
cided up to a late hour to let the
people shout to their hearts' content.
Then when their noise began to dis
turb those desiring to sleep the police
arrived and the disturbers, like a
pack of sheep, dispersed.
To-day, by a printed proclamation,
notice is given that the nonsense
must not begin again, otherwise
the disturbers will be summarily
Numerous groups In the Puerta
del Sol and in front of the offices of
the Minister of the Interior this even
ing raised the cry "Viva Espana."
The gendarmes and the police scat
tered them and occupied the square,
but the groups quickly reformed sev
eral times, until finally the gen
darmes charged the crowd. Many
were injured or arrested.
Throughout the evening demon
strations continued in various quar
ters. The police and gendarmes re
peatedly dispersed large crowds and
there have been several arrests in the
lower quarters.
Calm has finally been restored, but
the gendarmes are patrolling the
streets and other precautions are
LONDON, April 12.— The Madrid
correspondent of the Standard rays:
"The most important feature ir the
(From a Description by Telegraph.)
HONGKONG, April 11.—Ad
vices received from a trust
worthy source report that the
insurgents in the Philippines are
gaining on the Spaniards.
new stage of the relations between
Spain and the United States is the
fact that Spain, having granted at
the request of the Pope and the
powers a suspension of hostilities,
which she had persistently refused to
grant when President McKinley sug
gested it, the American Government
and diplomacy now consider their
hands free, as they were no party to
, the arrangement thus made by the
; Pope and the powers with Spain.
"Their contention is that Spain,
i having taken upon herself to grant
; unconditionally the suspension of
hostilities, % without any mutual
agreement or conditions between the
American and Spanish Governments,
nothing can be asked or expected
from America, who will merely look
: on to see what comes out of this sort
of armistice and of any negotiations
between the Cuban autonomist Gov
ernment and the insurgents.
''When in time events allow the
; United States to judgeof theresultsof
! a suspension of hostilities and of the
negotiations as to home rule, Ameri
ca will consider herself free to act in
1 accordance with American interests
i and to insist upon a permanent set
tlement of the Cuban question to se
cure peace in Cuba; and all simply
because McKinley made no engage
ment for the present or future with
the Pope and the European powers,
who are alleged to have conjointly
induced Spain to grant the suspen
sion of hostilities.
"Tliis must be borne in mind in
order to understand why most of the
pending questions between the two
countries stand just as they were a
week ago. The only clear result at
tained, as the Madrid Government
well knows, is the indefinite post
ponement of a rupture, if the Ameri
can Congress indorses the view of
President McKinley and leaves him
with full powers to decide upon the
The San Francisco Call
Typical Demonstration of Spanish Malice Mani
fested in a Theater at Santiago
de Cuba.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, April ll.— ln an interview to-day Dr. Caminero oF the
United States Marine Hospital at Santiago de Cuba, who arrived here a few days ago
with the United States Consul there— Mr. Hyatt— told me oF an incident illustrating
the intense feeling against Americans among the Spaniards in Cuba.
"Four or five days before the Brooklyn left Santiago," Dr. Caminero said to
me, "there was a performance in one of the theaters for the pdrpose of raising a
patriotic fund for the Government of Spain. During the evening there were cries
from the audience of 'Death to Americans!' and 'Long live Spain!' At the per
formance a United States flag was shown, and with shouts of 'Death to Americans!'
the Spaniards pelted the flag with stale eggs and rotten fruit. Before this perform
ance the Spanish local committee came to me and asked me to buy a ticket to aid
the fund. I told the committee to 'Go to 1'
"We could see torpedoes in the harbor oF Santiago as we leFt. They had been
placed there two or three days beFore. We left the United States Consulate in
Santiago and relief supplies intended for the reconcentrados in charge of the
British Consul there. Spanish troops in Santiago are dying rapidly of malaria, yel
low fever and kindred diseases. The death rate of the population of the town is as
high sometimes as 105 a day. On the contrary, the insurgents are vigorous and
there is little disease among them. They are positively getting fat on the war.
"Almost the entire white population oF the island Favors annexation to the
United States, and the Feeling is growing. I think annexation is destined. While in
Cuba I refused to pay taxes, and must now owe the Spanish Government several
thousand dollars. I know of at least ten or fifteen Americans who were left behind.
If not taken off they will probably go into the interior. Exit from Santiago is easy."
According to Dr. Caminero, the instructions to Consul Hyatt to leave Cuba
came first to United States Consul Dent here from Washington and were here trans
lated into the British cipher code by the British Consul and then sent to the British
Consul— Mr. Ramson— in Santiago. Mr. Ramson communicated the orders to Mr.
Hyatt, but Mr. Hyatt refused to leave the island without direct instructions from
Washington. The steamship which was to take the American officials away was
compelled to wait twenty-four hours until Mr. Hyatt heard From Washington.
best course to follow, according to
the march of events."
Admiral Beranger Does a Little
Boasting to Bolster the Fright
ened Dons of the Navy.
MADRID, April 11.— El Heraldo de
Madrid publishes an interview with
Admiral Beranger, former Minister of
Marine, in the course of which he ex
pressed his confidence in the ability of
the Spanish navy to win In the event of
war with the United States.
"There la no teas," said Admiral Ber
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anger, "of our Cuban ports being ex
posed to a night attack, inasmuch as
Havana, Cienfuegos, Nuevitas and San
tiago de Cuba are defended by electric
and automatic torpedoes with a large
radius of action.
"The late Senor Canovas del Castillo,
who paid attention to these matters,
decided in accord with myself to send
to Cuba 190 torpedoes which must have
been placed in those harbors. Chacon,
the well known torpedo expert, under
took to convey and place the engines.
"I have alread ■ said that by sea we
shall be victorious. I will give you my
reasons. The first is the excellent dis
cipline maintained on our warships; the
second is that on board the American
vessels, as soon as firing is opened, a
panic will set in; stop* 1 - it is . common
knowledge that their crewa comprise
men of every nationality. Pitted ship
against ship, then, we have nothing to
: LONDON, , Apni 11.— '. Rome cor
respondent iof * the gf Daily | Mail | tele
graphs ; that he \ has - had •' an ■ interview
with Cardinal Rampolla, the Papal sec- i
retary .of state, who : expressed ; himself ',
as -. satisfied with § the present phase )of i
;^ the situation, and ; is i hopeful i concern
:ing the ? outcome ;of ; the Pope's action.
He • declined to ;go I into ) details, but ? in
dictated :< that % he p expected a dl snatch
from .< Washington announcing: -an ap« ,
preaching solution of the OUBLpultz, ; ,
Lee Has Documents Con
victing Spain of De
stroying the Maine.
Congress Will Act on Wednes
day, and Probably in the
Form of a Declara
tion of War.
NEW YORK, April v.— The Herald's Key West
correspondent sends the following: There now seems no
doubt that Lee will present documents to President
McKinley proving absolutely that Weyler placed mines
in Havana harbor and planned destruction for any Amer
ican warship that might visit Havana, on a friendly
mission or otherwise. Lee's assumption is that a Weyler
sympathizer in the navy yard was the actual agent who
accomplished the purpose, planned by Weyler, of destroy
ing the Maine.
Upon this Lee's mind dwelt when, just before the
Fern raised anchor on Saturday evening, he proposed a
sentiment which concluded with the open charge that a
Spanish mine caused the death of the officers and men of
the Maine.
One of the attaches of the Consulate in Havana,
who is here yet, awaiting orders which will probably come
from Washington to-morrow afternoon, assured me that
Lee carries indisputable proof of Weyler's perfidy. My
informant has for months been very close to Lee aud cer
tainly knows whereof he speaks. He said that if the
papers the American Consul carried are made public they
will cause an international sensation.
These papers are in most cases original documents
and are fully attested. One places Weyler in the posi
tion of a self-confessed butcher who would willingly
sacrifice the lives of hundreds of human beings for the
simple reason that they happened to be connected with an
American warship.
In other words he openly boasted his ability to blow
out of water any Yankee ship that entered Havana har
bor, no matter what position might be taken. The mines
were so carefully arranged that they commanded every
anchorage in the harbor.
My informant also intimated that Lee carried to
Washington a plan of the harbor, showing the location
of the mines and the methods and means of operating
them from the arsenal.
NEW YORK, April n.— The Her
ald's Washington correspondent tele
graphs: With the American Congress
quarreling over the President's message
in an effort to formulate a line of poli
cy, Spain will have a reasonable time for
negotiating for terms of peace with the
The situation as it exists to-night
is perhaps none the less threatening;
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Fair on Tuesday; northerly
changing to westerly wind; probably
fog and much colder Tuesday after
noon and night.
Maximum temperature for the past
twenty-four hours:
San Francisco 84 degrees
Portland 82 degrees
Los Angeles 74 degrees
San Diego 64 degrees
Sacramento 80 degrees
President for Armed Intervention.
Spaniards Insult Old Glory.
Weylertteß Riot at Madrid.
To Mass Infantry In the South.
De Castro In Washington.
Statesmen on the Message.
Americans Flee From Porto Rico.
Lee Gets an Ovation.
Nevada Bars Starving Klna.
Minister and Layman Fight.
The Message Means War.
Comment of the Press.
The Message in Congress.
Reports of Consuls In Cuba.
Plans for an Armistice.
The Election at San Jose.
Woman Burned to Death.
Sacramento Republicans Act.
Elections In Many Towns.
Work oT the Supervisors.
but one point has been gained for
Spain — delay.
President McKinley is a great believer
in time for curing all evils, and he is op
timistic enough to still believe that peace
may be evolved out of the complicated
situation. He has made up his case for
Congress and is willing to share the re
sponsibility with that branch of govern
ment in carrying out any measures that
New Bohemian Club President.
The President's Message.
Please Explain.
Postal Savings Banks. . .:■-■'
Tweedledum ■ and Tweedledee> J
A West Indian Station. ~.
Panama or Nicaragua. "
Stories From the Corridors.
Our Naval Victories. :
News From Across the Bay.
Features of : Local Playbill*.
Extensions for . the Orpheum.
Racing at Emeryville.".'
Births, Marriages and i Deaths.
Labor Wins Over Kelso. '■ .
: News Along the Water Front.
. Shot by an Ex-Convict. •
Scared ■ by Coffins at Tlburon.
■. Ferry , Frauds _. to *Be : Unearthed.
Troops Ready to March to War. •
V Word From , Imprisoned Whu'.erv
The New Charter. :, . ■■ "
The Commercial : World. • - '
- Eh&rkey, and Jeffries Matched. ■
'. Shooting :in Abbott's 1 Diva. ' : :
: Kelso Divorce Suit Is Off.
Quaral Almost Led fa Death. ..

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