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The Fearless, Active and Vigilant of the
Spreckels Line Added to the
Auxiliary Fleet.
This Step, in the Line of Protecting the Coast From
Spanish Privateers, Brings the Menace of
War to San Francisco's Very Door.
The tugs Fearless, Vigi
lant and Active, of J. D.
Spreckels & Bros. Co.'s fleet
of tugs, doing duty on the
bay of San Francisco, were
purchased by the United
States yesterday, and last
mght they were turned over
to the Navy Department,
with orders that they be
taken to the navy-yard at
Mare Island immediately.
Negotiations for the pur
chase of the tugs have been
in progress between repre
sentatives of the navy and
J. D. Spreckels & Bros. Co.
for several days, but it was
not until late yesterday that
orders were received from
the Navy Department at
Washington to close the deal
and order the vessels to the
navy - yard without delay.
Each of the three vessels
has been inspected by naval
constructors and plans made
for placing armament on
them. Several six - pound
guns will be mounted on
each tug, and possibly tor
pedo tubes will be fitted to
the Fearless. The guns for
the tugs are now on the way
from the arsenals in the East,
and before they can arrive
mounts will be arranged for
them on the newly acquired
auxiliary naval vessels, so
they can be put in place at
There will be as little de
lay as possible in preparing
the tugs for service with the
naval fleet, and when they are
ready for sea they will be at
tached to Reir-Admira! Mil
ler's command on the North
The tugs, when fitted with
guns, will be used as patrol
boats along the coast in case
of hostilities. They will prac
tically be the skirmish boats
of the fleet of war ships and
act as dispatch boats and tor
pedo-boat destroyers as well.
The Fearless was built in
1892 at the Union Iron Works
and is the largest tugboat
that flies the American flag.
She is 400 gross tons regis
ter, 153 feet long, 26 feet
beam and 16 feet depth of
Continued on Second Page.
The San Francisco Call
WASHINGTON, April 12.— 1t is believed that the resolution
as now agreed upon ■will be reported by the Senate Committee on
Foreign Relations to-morrow. The preamble of the resolution says
in effect:
"That the horrible condition of affairs existing for more than
three years in the island of Cuba, so near to our borders, is shocking
and a disgrace to Christian civilization; that it has culminated in
the destruction of a United States battle-ship and 266 of her officers
and crew while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and that
such things as this cannot longer be tolerated, and therefore,
carrying out the suggestion in the President's message that Con
gress should act, be it resolved:
"First — That the people of the island of Cuba are, and of right
ought to be, independent.
"Second — That the war Spain is waging against Cuba is so de
structive of the commercial and property interests of the United
States and so cruel, barbarous and inhuman in its character as to
make it the duty of the United States to demand, and the Govern
ment of the United States hereby does demand, that she at once
withdraw her land and naval forces from Cuba and Cuban waters.
"Third— That the President of the United States be, and here
by is, empowered and directed to use the entire land and naval forces
of the United States to carry these resolutions into effect.
"Fourth — That the President is authorized to call out the mili
tia of the different States to such an extent as may be necessary to
carry these resolutions into effect."
The House committee has not been able to get together with
the same unanimity as the Senate committee has done, the Demo
crats holding out for the recognition of the independence of the
present so-called Government of Cuba. The Republican members
of the committee have agreed upon a resolution substantially in
"Resolved, That the President be, and he hereby is, empowered
and directed at once to intervene to bring the war in Cuba between
the Government of Spain and the people of that island to an end for
the purpose of enabling the Cuban people of their own free action
to form a stable and independent Government of their own, and the
lnnd and naval forces of the United S+ttes are placed at the disposi
tion of the President to be used to carry out the purpose of this
The preamble to this resolution recites the grounds of offense
against Spain, which culminated in the destruction of the Maine,
for which disaster the preamble declares that Spain Is responsible.
There will ba no delay in the House, and the resolution to be
reported will be passed by the House to-morrow afternoon unless it
is delayed for the purpose of enabling the Senate and House to come
to an agreement.
Late to-night the Republican members of the Committee on
Foreign Affairs succeeded in reconciling all their differences and
adopted the resolution, whi«h will receive the unanimous support of
the Republicans In the House.
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Fair on Wednesday: colder
In the afternoon and night, with
fog; freFh westerly winds.
Maximum temperature for th« past
twenty-four hours:
Ran Francisco 8C degrees
Portland 80 degrees
Los Angeles 92 degrees
San Diego 74 degrees
Sacramento 88 degrees
Congress Will Declare War.
Three Tugs Sold to Uncle Sam.
To Protect Coast Cities.
European Press Is Adverse.
Ovation to General Lee.
Spanish Consuls Going Away.
Senate War Resolution.
President Will Free the Cubans.
Lee Will Give Advice.
Mason's Voice for War.
Leo's Effort at Peace Making.
Spain Cries Out for War.
Alaskan Steamers in Collision.
Brilliant Meteor N'-ar Redding.
A Town Without Real Estate.
n Copper River.
Disastrous Fires on the Coast.
Murdered by a Negro.
The Man Who Rivaled Tllton.
Eviction of Four Women.
The World's Verdict on the Message.
The Charter "Lord Mayor."
The San Jose Elections.
A Currency Reform Bill.
Stories From the Corridors.
Answers to Correspondents.
Jean Brito's Invention.
News From Across the Bay.
Racing at Emeryville.
Births. Marriages. Deaths.
Native Sons' Grand Parlor.
Higher Rates for Horse Board.
News Along the Water Front.
Decision Against Chinese.
Escaped From a Deputy Sheriff.
Uklah Asylum's New Annex.
Barrels of Whisky Seized.
Meeting of the Regents.
L. W. McGlauflin Fails.
The New Charter.
Commercial World.
Poster for Masonic Festival.
Shafter Confers With Dlcklnsoi/.
Lee Arouses Statesmen by the
Assertion That the Maine Was
Destroyed by Spaniards.
WASHINGTON, April 13.— 1t
was stated last night on high au
thority that an arrangement had
been practically effected by which
the resolutions may pass both
houses to-day. It is understood
that the Foreign Affairs Committee
of the House and the Foreign
Relations Committee of the
Senate will confer before the as
sembling of Congress for the
purpose of perfecting an agree
ment. Last night the members cf
the Senate committee believed that
the resolution would pass both
houses by a practically unanimous
vote. It was said if necessary a
continuous sitting would be had in
the Sena f e in order to secure final
action during the legislative day of
NEW YORK. April 12.— The Her
ald's Washington corespondent tele
The martial spirit is rampant in Wash
ington to-night. The arrival of Consul-
General Lee and other Consuls from
Cuba has greatly increased the war
feeling in and out of Congress. These
gentlemen, and particularly Consul-
General Lee, heartily indorse the
President's intervention plans, and they
want them put into effect at once.
From their standpoint the Maine
disaster is casus belli, and they are
as anxious to see the death of our
American sailors avenged through
the medium of war as they are to
have Spanish misrule in Cuba speed
ily brought to an end.
To Lee. and to the progress made by
the Foreign Relations Committee of the
Senate and the Foreign Affairs Com
mittee of the House in the formulation
of resolutions on practically the same
lines in favor of immediate forcible in
tervention, ure attributable the war feel
ing which exists in Washington to
night. It may pass off when some of
the peace men in Congress, and espe
cially "in the Senate, take their stand
against the speedy action contem
plated by the committee, which will be
sure to precipitate war. There will be
several speeches. Senator Caffrey says
he wants to make one, and probably
there will be two days in which to re
view the question of our international
obligations and the danger of interna
tional complication before the final
plunge is taken.
Senator Elkins also wants consider
able time to talk in favor of peace, and
Senator Burrows is prepared to de
liver a lengthy argument in opposition
to the recognition of independence.
There are many others on the war
side who differ in their views as to the
form of action that should be taken.
They will consume considerable time
under the elastic rules of the Senate.
There may be thus time for another
peace wave to succeed the present war
wave before the real crisis comes.
Mandatory resolutions directing
the President to intervene in Cuba,
and couched in such terms as to
amount practically to a declaration
of war, will be reported to both
houses of Congress to-morrow.
There does not seem to be much
probability to-night that the Senate ano
the House committees will report ex
actly identical resolutions. In fact there
will be considerable divergence in their
language, but they will be along the
same lines and will mean the same
thing. They will call for intervention to
end the war in Cuba and drive Spain
from the island, with no recognition of
the present so-called republic of Cuba,
but with the declaration of the indepen
dence of the Cuban people.
A unanimous report — Republicans
and 1 Democrats together — is expected
from the Senate committee. The pres
ent indications are that the Democrats
of the House committee will make a mi
nority report proposing the recognition
of the republic of Cuba.
Consul-General Lee's statements be
fore the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations had much to do with crystal
lizing opinion in that body. His nar
ration of his experiences and observa
tions in Havana and his description of
the destruction of the Maine, though it
brought out no new facts, united the
committee in favor of prompt and man
datory action to secure immediate in
There was nothing in Consul-Gen
eral Lee's statement to confirm the re
ports which have been so indus
The Government Takes Steps to
Save the Ports of the West
From Spanish Privateers,
NEW YORK, April 12. — The Herald's Washington correspondent semta
the following: Preparations are being made by the Navy Department to give
Spain's privateers a warm reception should they attempt to attack one of the
coast cities of the United States. By establishing a second line of defense
along the Atlantic coast the authorities consider they have taken measures for
the protection of the seaports thereon from the depredations of detached
cruisers or of privateers.
Atte-ntion is now being turned to the Gulf and West coasts, and as a re
sult of the arrangements inaugurated to-day it is believed the cities along
these seaboards will be reasonably secure from attack.
As it is the plan of the Navy Department to first find and destroy the
Spanish fleet, it is not believed there will be much danger of an attempt by
Castilian men-of-war to destroy cities. The ships for which a sharp watch will
have to be maintained are privateers, and through Minister Woodford the
authorities have learned that it is proposed by the Spanish Government to
commission any number of privateers for operations against the commerce
and cities of the United States. It is considered possible that these vessels
may proceed to the Pacific and fire on the cities of the slope.
To prevent such an attempt being successful, the President to-day di
rected that the revenue cutters Perry, Grant, Corwin and Rush be turned over
to the Navy Department. These will be sent to Mare Island, where they will
receive heavier batteries than those which they now carry, and they will be
detailed to accompany the whaling fleet. The Fish Commission vessel Alba
tross has also been turned over to the navy for duty on the West Coast.
It has been finally determined to retain the cruisers Charleston and
Philadelphia in the Pacific to destroy any privateers or any detached cruisers
that may come to that section. The monitor Monterey will be stationed at
San Francisco to assist the land forces, and the monitor Monadnock will pro
tect the cities of Puget Sound.
It is understood by the officials that when Lieutenant-Commander
Joseph G. Sobral. formerly naval attache of the Spanish legation, was on duty
in the United States he visited the harbors of the Pacific Coast and carefully
inspected them, sending reports of their fortifications and their appearance to
his Government. It is considered probable that these reports may be used by
the Spanish Government for naval operations, and it is for this reason such a
careful distribution of naval forces in the Pacific has been made for the defense
of that coast.
The cruiser Charleston will shortly be ready for service and will be
placed in commission the latter part of this month. The cruiser Philadelphia
will be ready for service within thirty days, and when reported as ready will at
once be put in commission. The condition of the gunboat Yorktown is such
that it is stated at the department that she cannot be commissioned under
three months. So far as the Bennington is concerned, it is stated at the de
partment that nothing has been done looking to her withdrawal from Hono
lulu. No instructions have been sent to Rear-Admiral Miller, commander
in-chief of the Pacific station, to hoist his flag over the islands in case of war,
but it is generally conceded at the deportment that this will be done in order
that the islands may be provided with protection. Otherwise an attempt
might be made by Spain to injure Hawaiian cities, knowing that a proposi
tion is pending in the Congress of this country for the annexation of the
islands by the United States.
triously circulated since the court of
inquiry's report was made public, that
he would make revelntions which could
not be made public in the report for
fear that his life might be endangered
or that he would produce new and posi
tive evidence to show that the destruc
tion of the Maine was the result of a
Spanish plot. He also exploded the
rumor that he had information of a
mine having been discovered under the
Montgomery. He gave It as his opinion
that the Maine had been destroyed by
a mine in the control of the Spanish
"Do you mean by the Spanish author

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