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Woodford Will Present It
To-Day if Sagasta Will
Permit Him.
Clash of Arms May Come With
out That, for Spain's Torpedo
Fleet Has Sailed From
Cape Verde.
NEW YORK. April 20 —
The Herald's Washington cor
respondent telegraphs: Di
plomacy has ended. War is
now upon us. Spain's fleet
sailed to-night from St. Vin
cent for an unknown desti
nation. American men-of
war are on lookout for the
Spanish ships, and all is in
readiness for the word to
move on Cuban ports.
The first £un is to be
fired as a necessary
prelude in the mind of
the President to for=
ma! declaration of
war, but when he
signed the act of Con
gress to-day calling
WASHINGTON, April 20.— The text of the President's ultima
tum will not be given out here until it has been presented in Madrid
and McKinley has received notice of that fact from Minister
It embodies the demands of the resolutions passed by Congress
that Spain shall withdraw her army and navy from Cuba and Cu
ban waters at once, and the American Minister is instructed to im
press upon the Sagasta Government that he will not wait longer
than Saturday for his answer. There Is a dispute as to whether
the ultimatum runs by its terms until Saturday at noon or Sat
urday at midnight, but it is not thought probable the President
will attempt, as one statesman expressed it, "To hold a stop watch
on the Spanish Government."
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for forcible interven
tion and dispatched
an ultimatum to Spain
he knew full well that
war must follow.
Spain still has until
Saturday morning to
consider the ultima
tum which Minister
Woodford was to-day
instructed to immedi
ately present to the
Madrid authorities.
No one supposes that
she now even wants
this much time. The
assumption of the
President and his ad=
visers is that Spain
will immediately re=
ply to the ultimatum
by sending Minister
Woodford his pass
ports, thereby throw
ing down the gauntlet
to the United States.
The waiting period will
then be over and the careful
The San Francisco Call
Copyrighted, ISPS, by James Gordon
HAVANA, April 20 —La Lucha
says ironically to-day: "Accord
ing: to the last cable we have re
ceived President McKinley will
fix the time of forty-eight hours
for Spain to withdraw her army
from Cuba. It will be necessary
to ask McKinley for delay be
cause it i-s not possible to with
draw 20,000 soldiers and guerril
las and 300,000 volunteers from
the country in the time the tele
gTam says the President of the
great republic is going to fix. If
he does not prolong the time we
will rebel against the President's
order on account ot the practical
impossibility of fulfilling It. To
drive away the master from his
own house in a fixed and per
emptory time is having but little
consideration for him, don't you
The directive board of the Au
tonomist party did not hold last
night the session for which it had
convoked the members for the
purpose of approving candidates
for representatives before the in
sular cabinet. There was no
LONDON, April 21.— Accord-
Ing to a special dispatch from
Madrid Senor Sagasta on being
asked the opinion of the Cabinet
as to the outlook, replied: "War!
War! War!"
ly prepared plans for forcibly
intervening to put an end to
Spanish misrule in Cuba will
be put into execution. The
movement of naval vessels to
begin the preliminary work
of blockading Cuban and.
Porto Rico ports may, there
fore, commence to-morrow
unless Spain desires to take
advantage of the full limit of
time allowed her before mak
ing reply to the ultimatum.
In any event the war
fleets will be on the
move by Saturday.
The war squadrons at
Hampton Roads, Key
West and Hongkong
are waiting, with
steam up, for the word
to move.
The regular army of
Column Passing Down Van Ness Avenue.
Minister Woodford Will Present
It to Sagasta To-Day if
He Is Permitted to
Do So.
MADRID, April 20.— Minister Woodford has received from the Pres
ident his ultimatum and will present It to the Spanish Government
to-morrow. The Spanish employes at the legation will pass the
night at Minister Woodford's residence.
After the opening session of the Cortes the Ministers met In coun
cil extraordinary and discussed exclusively naval and military mat
ters. No statement has been issued regarding the decisions reached.
After the council Senor Sagasta, the Premier, declared that the
Government had up to that time received nothing regarding the ulti
United States Minister Woodford has not yet asked for his pass
Herbert W. Bowen, American Consul-General at Barcelona, will
leave that city on Thursday, after transferring the papers of the
consulate to the British Consul.
The Ministerial paper, El Correo, says to-night: "When the ulti
matum is delivered Spain will worthily reply, stoutly defending her
LONDON, April 21.— The Madrid correspondent of the Daily Mall
telegraphing at 11 o'clock Wednesday everting says:
General Woodford's family left to-night by the ordinary express for
Biarritz. The American Minister himself has taken tickets for the
south of France by the express to-morrow. He haa received exten
sive dispatches of instructions. It is doubtful if he will have an op
portunity of presenting the ultimatum since, in all probability, Senor
Gullon, the Foreign Minister, will send him his passports at 8 o'clock
to-morrow morning (Thursday) with, a declaration that diplomatic re
lations between the two governments have been broken off.
General Woodford has handed the archives of the legation to the
British Embassy, where he dined to-night.
The Republican minority met this afternoon and agreed to grant
the Government whatever measures might be necessary for war. Some
uneasiness is felt at the movements of Don Carlos, which are being
closely followed. It is asserted that the Government will not resort to
the United States
is concentrating at
Southern ports f orthe
invasion of Cuba*
A proclamation will be is
sued by the President to
BERLIN, April 20.— The offi
cials of the Foreign Office here
confirm the report that the Span-
ish Government has asked Ger
many to sell ordnance and army
supplies. They add that the re
quest has been refused.
LONDON. April 21.— The Daily ■
Telegraph declares this morn- •
that the United States Govern- ■
ment has purchased the Umbria ■
and the Etruria of the Cunard ■
line. i
morrow, if final action is
taken by the Senate, calling
for 80,000 volunteers. There
were important conferences
between the President and
his War and Naval Secre
taries and the members of
the Military and Strategic
Board at the White House
this afternoon, and the con
ferences lasted until night
between the War and Navy
Department officials for the
purpose of effecting details
and getting everything in
readiness for the final plunge.
It has been a day of war
talk and warlike actions.
"Who will fire the first
shot?" "How long will the
war last ?" are questions
heard in every quarter.
Everybody has stopped ask
The Ships Sailed Away From the
Cape Verde Islands Yesterday
for Some Unknown
NEW YORK, April 20. — The Washington correspondent of
the Herald sends the following: Spain's answer to President Mc-
Kinley's ultimatum may take the form of shot and shell. Her
formidable fleet, which has been mobilizing at Cape Verde Islands
for some days past, sailed to-day from that point for an unknown
destination. This information was received to-night by the at
taches of the late legation of Spain who have remained in this
It is conceded to be highly probable that the fleet will hasten
across the ocean to Porto Rico and Cuba to prevent by force the
ousting from the islands of the naval and military forces of the
Spanish Government.
In order to ascertain the whereabouts of the Spanish vessels
it is probable that a swift man-of-war will be sent to Eastern
waters. As soon as they sight the enemy it will be their duty
to return and inform the Government of what they have seen,
when Commodore Schley's forces and those of Captain Sampson will
be gathered to administer a crushing blow to the enemy.
It is admitted to be possible that the vessels may not go to
Cuba or to Pcrto iiico, but may make a counter demonstration
against New York or one of the Northern ports, in which event it
would be necessary to draw ships away from the gulf coast to
give them battle. Officials say they will have plenty of time to
prepare for the Spanish fleet, as at least a week will be taken up
in making the distance between St. Vincent and Porto Rico.
ing, "'Will there be war ?"
Forcible intervention it will
be, and forcible intervention
means war, but President
McKinley still insists that
Spain shall fire the first shot.
The ports of Cuba will be
blockaded as a preliminary
movement for carrying out
the intervention plan. There
are such things as peaceful
blockades. If Spain does not
fire a shot while the block-
ading is in progress, the next
move will be to send a ship
laden with supplies and con
voyed by American warships
to Matanzas, where an effort
will be made to land them
and to distribute them to the
starving. A ship was char
tered to-day for this purpose.

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