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ESTABLISHED JUNE 19 , 1871. OMAHA , SUNDAY HORNING , APRIL > 1 , 1898-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS. PARIS IS TOO SWIFT -Import of Its Capture is Not Believed tn London. STEAMER IS NOT AT THE ISLE CF WIGHT It Femes the Lizird Safely and is Not Pursued , C/PTA1N / WATKINS KNOWS OF HIS DANGER Leaves the Ctstwnary Houto When in the Open Sea. PASSENGERS WELCOME THE ADVENTURE They Decline nn Offer to Ilctiim Anhore nnil Hnte Their Money Ilcfundeil , Preferring to TnUe Their Clinucc * . , IMS , liy l'ie' Publishing Oompfcny ) LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram. ) Englishmen wcro startled today by the iruddcnncsa with which war preparations were brought to their own shores by the reported capture of the American liner Paris by a Spanish crut cr In the English channel. The story went through various pharea during the day. FltBt It was a capture and then that the Paris had put back to Yarmouth Roads , I of Wight ; finally , that It had put In at Fct- J land Bay , In the mme Island. The offlclaU of the company maintained that the Parts was 200 miles \vcnt of the Lizard at the time It was reported captured , and at 7 p. m. I received the following dis patch from the Hurst Castle signal station at the entrance of the Solent , where the Paris must have been eeen had it returned to the Vale of Wight : rl Purls passed hero outward bound about 3 o'clock yesterday and has not been seen here alncc. " This , tnkcn In conjunction v\lth tbe fact that the steamer was signalled as It pushed the Lizard at 11:28 : p. in. , shows that there In no foundation for the statements published concerning Its alleged return or the report that It had been captured , current Friday night , before the hour It was signalled at the Lizard , and It Is plain that the whole ctory Is a fabrication. H bis not returned to the Iso ! of Wight or any other English port and If It were captured there would be no mejno of knowing the fact unless It was sighted at sea In company with a Spanish cruiser , which Is not alleged , or until brought Into a Spanish port- . Captain Watklns knew the danger of cap ture and before starting offered his patstn gew an opportunity for going ashore and get ting their money refunded , but this ouggcs tlOaaa received with gooJ natured ridicule Judging by the temper of the pcoaengeri1 especially that of the women , wbeu leaving Southampton , they will be decidedly dlsap pointed If the voyage passca without adxcn turo. Captain Watklns' plan Is to Keep well In phore until the British Isles arc cleared an * then make tbo couise wide gf the ordinary beaten Atlantic route. PASSENGER LIST OF THE PARIS. The complete passenger list of the Paris la as follows : Saloon R. S. Drowsier , Reginald Crews J. T. Donnlson , Mrs. Dannlson , Rev. W. J , Emits , W. Foy. Victor Hughes Hallett , J. R Kllbourne , Alexander MacDonald , Mrs. an Miss Mangold , Miss Payton , II. G. Tyler , L , J ) . White , Mrs. and Miss White. Second Cabin Hugh Hcakley , Miss Marl Chrlstlnscn. Mr. Doomscho , Mr. and Mrs , Delacroix , Henry Davles , Charles Fellows John William Godfrey , Mrs. Elizabeth Hcav ens , Miss Eva Hearst , James and Mrs. Hunt ley , Benjamin Ivor Ivancan , K. I. Iwoschko Edward John Jones , Jens Chris Jensen , Mrs Sclmo Kcmney , Miss Marie Kcnncy , Miss Lll llan Monk , Mrs. Mary Maxwell , Master AI bert Maxwell , Mrs. J. A. Pollard , Miss Theodore doro Pawllkowskl , Mrs. Elizabeth M. Pierce Miss Nora M. Pierce , Charles Parlett , Joh L. and Mrs. Ryan , Robert and Mrs. Annl Sterllnir , Mrs. Matilda Saumlers , Alln G Slmposon , Harold J. Sims , Miss Annie Wake land. Rev. R. A. and Mrs. Woodthorpe. Sensational stories are current here toda that Spain will prove much better suppllei with unJrmored crulsew than has been eup posed , as It bought a largo number secretly No credence la attached to this statcmen which Is a part of a concsrtel attempt b Spanish agents to surround Spain's nava plans with art aspect of tcrrlfjlng mj''tery Further , the report declared that Austria had offered Spain four largo cruisers on easy terms. I Inquired at tde Austrian embassy respecting the time , and was Informed by the second secretary : " \Vo have heard noth ing about ouch arrangements , and I believe It to be untrue. " "Would It not be a direct act of hostility to the United SUtes , In view of the warlike. operations having begun ? " "I suppose It would , but Austria , I may tell jou , has no ships to spare. Wo bavo not enough for our own requirements , and are at present adding to the number. " ' AMERICAN YACHTS ENDANGERED. There are an unusual number of valuable American steam jachtonow lei Mediterranean waters and eastern waters , liable to capture If they venture bejond the cbeltcr ot a neutral port. Vanderbllt's Valiant , A. J. Drexel's Gargarcta and Sullani , Weaver's Norna , Lord's Queen Mab , Walter's Naraja , as well as Andrla Arcturas' Fleur Je Lie , Erlklng and meny other American jachti * In the Mediterranean are very awkwardly placed , as they must risk running the gaunt let of Gibraltar , or else leave by the Suez canal and make their way home acrces tne Pacific , which would scarcely suit their antl ers' purposes. It Is believed Mr. Vanderbllt has nomi nally disposed ot his Valiant and that It will cross the Atlantic under a neutral flag , otherwise Spain would make a race for GO desirable a prize. In accordance with a prediction made early this week , a marked change Is now manifested In the tone of the Russian press ton aril the Quarrel between Spain and the Vnlted States. The seml-oOlclal Journal at St. Petersburg , utter tome da > i' silence , writes declaring : "Conflict may fairly bo decided BB being brought about by force of circumstances , " and that the war Is one In which Russia has no concern , this neutral attitude contrasting BO strongly with the last utterances of the Inspired Rutslan press , will , It la believed , react upon the French government , producing a leu boa- tile tone In Parisian paper * . Meanwhile , from tbe Vatican cornea a report tbat the pop * la 10 deeply dUU < M d over tlw failure of his efforts at mediation that It has af fected bis health , and It Is expected among bis entourage that It will hasten bis end. 3HHIHO OAST MVS OU > S. Mont. Hrlrniuin Cnittnrcn n linnlnh rixlilnv Hunt. Coprluht , IMS , by I'rcn rublltfiinir Company. ) ON HOARD THE FLAGSHIP NEW YORK 'oft Havana ) , April 23. ( New York World ablegram Special Telegram. ) The third : apture of a Spanish vetscl by a United talcs war ship during this war was made llhln range of tde gucia of Morro Castle , 'urlng ' last night the torpedo boat Ericsson Ighted a flshlrvj boat and gave chase. The ijitaln made all salt and headed for Havana arbor. When the ErlcRson was a quarter f a mile away and rapidly overhauling the Isherman , It fired a shot from one of Its apld fire- gun * acrces the bow of the ipanlard. Before the ( MiIng boat could make the harbor the Ericsson cut off Its ctre-it , the two boats having by this tlmet un right under the gum of Morro Castle , ne shot from which might have sunk the orpedo boat. A prize crew was put on > oard of the fishing boat and It made salter or Key Went. KEY WEST , Fla. , April 23. 4:30 : p. m. 'ho torpedo bout Erlcrson arrived this nfter- eon from the fleet. It left Havana at 10 ' 'clock. There hud then been no bombard ment. A peaceful blockade has been cstab- Irtied. KEY WEST. Fla. , April 24. The fleet cap- urcd another prize Saturday afternoon the chooner Mathlldc of Havana , laden with um. The schooner WJB taken by the tore - e < lo boat Porter , after a lively chase , and fter a number of solid shot were fired. A prize cren from the flagship was put on oard the cohooner , but no ship could bo pared to tow It , and It was brought Into Key West In tow of the Associated Trees Ispatch boat Dauntless , which arrlvej about midnight. The Dauntless reports that the fleet has eer divided. The Naohvllle and Machlas r Cast'no sailed for the west at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The Amphltrltc , Cln- Innatl , Castlnc" or Macdlnas sailed fast , "ho rest of the fleet , at 3:30 : In the after noon , was blockading Havana , which la dls- acit ten miles to the southward. ON BOARD FLAGSHIP NEW YORK , ( off lavana ) April 23. 0 a. m. The American fleet Is still off IMorro Ccotle. No casualty has occurred up to tbe present time to any f the American vc&scls and cvorjthing re mains quiet. i. > ruuisTiu ix run 0111:00 ? ) . IlrltlNh Xmal UllletTH Avialt the \enn vi Ith .Vn\lcl > . 'Copj rlslit , 1S9S. by I'refx PulillFhlnp Compiny. ) LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram. ) The possibility cf an encounter between the United States battleship Oregon and a Spanish fleet Is an exciting topic among British naval officers. V. ' . II. Wilson , naval writer and expert , to where exertions the foundation of the British Navy league Is due , sajs : "It Is possible the Spaniards are after the Oregon , which Is now "plowing Its way up north from Capo Hern. I do not know the whereabouts of the Oregon , but It must bo In Imminent danger , as It Is not due at Key West until April 27 , or May 1. A glance at the chart shows that It must steam perilously near the Capo Verde Islands , and an attempt to Intercept It would not take the Spaniards much out of their course. On the other hand If the Spaniards are moving with this object they will run no small risk of losing Porto Rico or Cuba In the meantime. The Spanish ships would almost Inevitably suffer severe damage In action with the Oregon and all , or most of them , might be driven to return to Cadiz 'or repairs and fresh coal , WASHINGTON , April 23. TOe Navy de partment Is fully aware of the whereabouts of the battleship Oregon and the- gunboat Marietta , but for prudential reisons the offi cials positively decline to say where the vcn- fels arc , whether or not they have ben or dered to return to Sam Francisco , or In fact to make any statement respecting them further than that no apprehension for their safety Is felt. It Is knonn tbat the * depart ment IKS taken store to have the com mander of the Oregon met by friends and warned of the outbreak of hostilities and of the presence of the Spanish gunboat Tme- rarlo at Buencs Ayrcs In the path of the war ship on ItrJ way to the North American station. ' ni\v STOKY OF cAinxirr CRISIS Curten Will Udjonrn After Flunnclnl Mi-nun re. MADRID. April 23. 10 a. m. The stories of a ministerial crisis are denied and It I understood that after agreeing to the finan cial program the Cortes will adjourn untl May IS. Although the patriotic demonstra tlons continue In the provinces , public ordc la not disturbed. Sen or Morct , the Mlnlstet for the colonies , declares It ls Impossible foi telegraphic communication with Cuba to be Interrupted , even If the Key West cable Is cut , as three other cables , protected by the guarantee ot tdo telegraphic convention reach the Island. The rumor that the minister of marine Admiral Bermejo , will .resign hla ofllce In order to command one of the Spanish squad rons , b without foundation. The Spanish fleet In the Antilles will be commanded bj Admiral Manterola , tbe Spanish naval com mander at Havana , anJ the- flying squadron ot Spain Is to te commanded by Adnllra Cervcro. A cable dispatch has been received hero from the governor general of tbe Philippine Utends , In which that olllclil eajs ho Is no In the Iea4t afraid of the American squadron now at Hcng Kong. OriilwerH Aet an COIMOJ * . FORT MONROE , Va. , April 23 9:0 : p. m. The convoy Paother , with 800 marine aboard , bound for Key West , arrived her tonight at 7 o'clock. At 9 o'clock Commodor Schley ot the flj'lng squadron received cipher dispatch directing him to proviso a guard for tbo ccnvoy. The Minneapolis &ui the Columbia were detailed and at 9:10 : th Minneapolis fired a gun for all to get aboard Rumor t < ald that the vcwcls might have different destination after passing the cape at the entiance to tbla harbor than merely convoking tbo transport with troops. U wa possible that the two fast ships might go ou and meet the Paris , now en route to Ne\ York City. Thu last rumor was to the effect that th Minneapolis was to go after the Paris am the Columbia to guard tbe transport to Key West. The Minneapolis left at 10:45 : , followed by the Columbia a few minutes later. The tranu port Panther , with 750 marines aboard , I still anchored In Hampton Roads. A heavy gale 1s blowing. Mlimtoitoiiioh I'm * to Sen. PHILADELPHIA , Aorll M. The monlto Mlantonomob , which sailed from Leagu Island yesterday afternoon , passed out to set ' t full ipeed at 11:15 : o'clock this morning bound south. It Is believed It will touch a Charleston on the way to Key Weat , AS TO PRIVATEERS pain at Last Hakes a Declaration on the Subject. WILL NOT ISSUE LETTERS OF MARQUE Decides to Exercise the Bight of Search at All Times. FLEET AS AUXILIARY WAR VESSELS Eoth Will Search Other Vessels When So Inclined. vUMEROUS MERCHANT FLEET FOR USE the ( lucntloii of Coal ll Ueclnreil Contraband of Wnr. MADRID , April 23. 5 p. m. The Gazette omorrow will publish a decree In substance ao follows : Flist The government reserves liberty as o the qucstlcci of coil being contraband ot war. Second Spain will not Issue letters of marque and will treat all vessels holding let- ore of marque Issued by America aa pirates and not as privateers. Spain will utilize a numerous merchant fleet as auxiliary war shirs and will exercise the right of search , both by tbo regular and the auxiliary war hips. OO.tCUKM.NG A CA1IIXCT CIUSIS. Moret Liketo lie the Klrnt to Retire. ; Cop > rlKht , 1S9S , by Press PublMiIng Company. ) MADRID , ( via the Frontier ) ( New York Vorld Cablegram Special Telegram. ) I find hat rumors of the crisis ore differently In terpreted by the friends and adversaries ot he cabinet , the latter believing It a neces sary result ot such consultations by public men as must have had for Its object In the mind of the queen regent , a desire to cant off the least popular members of her govern ment , In particular Morct , minister of colonies nies , whoso house has been guarded by a > os.sc of police on foot and horacback , against whom the Madrid mob has already begun to jell several times. Mo.-et and his conciliatory views on Cuban lome rule and his free trade Inclinations aio leemed a dead failure by a majority of Span lards , who only submitted to such measure n the hope of ad'vertlng ' American Interven tion. Sagaota has appealed to a council ot op pcsltlon leaders and generals as a means to prepare a soft fall for some ot his colleagues If It turns out to be advisable , end If not to make It possible for the liberals to say they had remained In office with the ess-ant of the queen regent because nobody cared to aesumo the reins In ruch a moment. The government Is now determined to tol- crate street demcnstratlons aa a let-oft ol popular steam and make the authorities moro popular , especially In Madrid. A moat re markable Irritation Is shown In all ranks ot coclety and the presa against England. The enthusiasm of the Spaniards Is fanned by the papers publishing tales of past unsucccsqfu attempts of England muuo * by sea and lane to seize Porto Rlco and Cuba as an cxcclleni Illustration of the fate awaiting America's similar expeditions. Great uneasiness and apprehension beneath the resolute attitude of the press politicians on account of communication with Cuba and Porto Rlco. The government says mall steamers will continue to go out , but already few passengers engage berths. It Is rumored again today that contracts have been made for the purchase of three Ironclads from Austria and Italy. Should the minister of marine retire he will arsumo command of the large fleet assembling at Cadiz and Admiral Churruca from Cadiz would be the new minister of military prepa rations. Darely 25,000 rerorves have been called out. Many ports In the peninsula have Just bad submarine defences laid down. The last twenty-four hours have been com paratively quiet politically. All ejcs are turned to Cuba and the Capo Verde fleet. Much reserve Is ehown about advice given the queen regent by several generals and politicians who consulted to endeavor to form European alliances at any cost , which both cetecm feasible In view ot the attitude ot Franco and Rurata and as Germany Is sup posed to hold bock Austria and Italy. The queen regent listened silently to this advice , as she did to most persons consulted , though she Is known to be much Inclined to the Idea of alliances If It could bring early cense quences. Frequent communications are again pasting between Madrid and tbo continental courts. The cabinet and the newspapers are very Incredulous about European aid and valiantly advise- Spain to fight Its battles alone and say that Spain has to thank the powers for having Imposed Its list humilia ting concesslsn. StrutcurlHtM In u Illlemmn. ( Cop > right. 1S93. by I'rezs Publishing1 Company. ) LONDON. April 23. ( New York World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) The naval strategy likely to be employed by the Unite ! Statro and Spain still absorbs attcu- tlon here. Curlcalty has been Intensified by the mystery surrounding the Spanish naval plans , owing to the absolute shutting down of all Spanish sources of Information. The special correspondent ot the News , -who has Just reached Spain , says' the silence of the press on the military and naval movemciVs Is cue ot the mrst striking features of the situation. iie ; asks : "Does this alienee cover efficient strategy or a lack of purpose ? To the best of my be lief the Spaniards have a plan and are at tempting to carry It out. " Spain may have a plan , but the vital , un- decldeJ point In the eyes of the naval au- thortlcs Is , whether or not It has coal so placed as to enable It to execute tbat plan. Such evidence as exists Indicates that It baa not. Out tbe experts are confusedly without data to enable them to express a definite oplnloj oa that point. _ Opinion un Coal. ( Cop > right , IMS , by ] 're Publlililnir Company. ) LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca- tlegram Special Telegram. ) On the ques tion of making coal contraband of war I se cured the opinion of Sir Edward Clarke * . queen's counsel , formerly solicitor general and an acknowledged leader of the English bar. as follows ; "No country can m-ikc any article contra band by 'U > se dlxlt. ' A * to coal , tbero has been no naval war ot consequence ilnce coil became an essential factor In naval opera tions. Therefore , the C4 ejot coal I * a per fectly novel question. GoMraband can only be decided by n prize courf of cither bellig erent , but If a governmentjfloclarcs a certain article contraband It "makes " It certain tbat a neutral ship captured carrying that article will get a docIslon ogtlnst It In a prize court. Tbe declaration by Great Britain would , therefore , have serious5 operative effects. " WOODKOItll IS STILI , IX Anilinnnailor Porter 1'lnce * Iloomn nt Hln Ulnnnnnl. ( Cop > rlKlit , ttOS. by Pren rubllfhtne Cumpiny. ) PAHIS. April 23. ( Now York World Ca blegram Special ( Teleisram. ) Ambassador Porter today- placed the "soms of the Amer ican embassy at the disposal of General Woodford with view to his apparent In tention to stay here some time. Queen Isabella sent a ( second donation of 80,000 francs from the Spanish treasury. Her daughter Eulalle's contribution wo * 30,000 francs , Isabella Is by no means rich and this means a considerable sacrifice for her. French partisanship Is Inclining more etead- liy to the sldo of Spain and Rochefort'e protests against the Injustice and Impolicy of this line are as a volco crying In the wilderness. He says toJay : "If the Cubans wcro oppre&slng Spain wo should be for It and against them , but as It le Spain Is op pressing the Cubans and we should be for them against her. I believe the Cuban re public is already so well constituted that the moment the Spanish are expelled It will enter on Its functions throughout the Island. " Several entertainments have been counter manded by the American colony on account of war. Yvette Gilbert has declined an en gagement to go to Madrid , Busing bitter comment by the Madrid press. AUHAZ 'AIJMOST HKADY TO SAII * . Ilepalrn nn SpmilHh Torpedo Iloat .Nearly Completed. ( CopyrlKht , H9S by Vittn Publishing Company. ) QUEENSTOWN , April 23. ( New York World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) Your correspondent visited the passage docks to day , went aboard the Audaz , found Its work all finished and the crew preparing to get It out of dock. Its damage has been fully re paired with the exception .of a little minor work which can be perfected by the engi neers' board at sea. Work has been carried on day and night Incessantly to complete repairs. The boat now lies alongside the docks In deep water awaiting sealed ordeis. It'is ' thought orders will be given to sail for Ferrol or Cadiz , as through a short stock of coil It cannot cruise about this side and capture prizes. The Brit ish government will not Interfere with Its departure. It may proceed to sea any mo ment. Its expected departure from Quccns- Is causing much excitement. The cap tain said It might remain until Sunday or Monday before sealed orders arrived by cable. ACTION TO PUOTiOT SHIPPING. Pattern to Semi Strom.ote to Uiilteil Stiiten mill fniilii. BERLIN , April 23. Thre _ has been a lively exchange of notey'in 'regard to the proposed concerted 41011011 vpon the part of some of the powers for the protetlon of neutral flags. It Is unJsrstood that Ger many , France , Austria and Italy have about agreed to send a strong note to both the United States and Spain , warning them to exercise the greatest caution In dealing with neutral shipping , adding that otherwise tull reparation will be Insisted upon. These powers ako intend to cend vessels to the seat of war to observe the naval and other operations. Germany will probably send the Koenlg Wllhclm. Great Britain and Russia are still hanging back. The German government le strongly In- peoaed at the sale of the HamburgHAmerlcan liners Normandla and Columbia to a Spanish company , as the vei'sele were auxiliary cruis ers , and therefore the consent of the govern ment of Germany , which was not obtained , was necessary for the sale. I'OKTUGAL. 5IUST CXIMU TO TIME. United1 Statcn JSCTVCN Formal \otlce Concern I IIKT Spitlii'H Fleet. ( Copjrlslit , USS , by l'rc s lUblUhhiB Company , ) ST. VINCENT , Cape de Verde Islands , April 23. ( New York World Cablegram- Special Telegram. ) The United States gov ernment ho. ? served notice on the Portuguese government , to whom tie- Cape de > Vcrdo Islands belong , to either end the Spanish war ships away from St. Vincent forthwith , or keep them there during the war , as re quired by International law. Think * Amerlenn * Will Win. ( CopjrlKht , IMS , by Press PublUhhis Company. ) LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram. ) Commander Crutchley , the secretary of the British Navy league , expressing not only his personal view , but also that of other leading authori ties with which ho has discussed the sub ject , uald today : "There la a belief that this will bo a war ot surprises and that a good many predictions will be knocked on the head. Nobody , not oven the most expert , can predict what Id likely to happen , but , Judging from all the circumstances , It secma that the Americans Intend to establish a blockade ot Havana and tbat Spain , there fore , will -wait until the American ships are i In position and then endeavor to direct one powerful squadron , against them with the ' object of getting through them In detail. " Commander Crutchley would not venture to say whether Spain could successfully carry out such an operation or .not , but he de clared that the United Stales must win In a long run. Ho was disposed to minimize the Icssona to be derived from tbe war , 33 neither the Americano nor > the Spaniards are expert fighters. Will Not Offer nn.Opinion. ( Cop > rlBht , 1S93 , by Pren a'ubllshlng Company. ) LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca- blcgram Special Telegram. ) R. YeE y Ham ilton , admiral , gives the following opinion : "Your author , Mark Twqln , gave very use ful advice to. 'never prophesy unless you know , ' Another eminent author , Von Moltke , writes : 'It Is a fallacy to believe that the actual conduct of a campaign can be fore seen. The fir t collision with the enemy no matter bow It may result creates a fresh i position of affairs. Much you had Intended 1 to do now appears to be Impracticable ; much i which before seemed Impossible now Is pea- stole. Move especially la thU the case with now operations. ' I have formed no theory on the subject nor studied It. There b only one thing certain , ( or It comes from i an Infallible source , 'the beginning of a strife > la when one letteth out water. ' No mortal can i foresee tbo end. " Sherman Ile lfcun Tomorrow. . WASHINGTON , April 23. The Post will say tomorrow tbat tbo tfelgnatlon ot John ! Sherman aa secretary ot state wilt be placed In tbe hands of the president Monday. St. I.ouln Arrive * Iner - York. NEW YORK , April 23. The American line steamer St. Louis baa arrlvjd from South- ampton. Tbe St. Louk uw no VAT ships. HAVANAANDTHE WAR Cuban Capital Making a Frens'ied Effort to Qet Ready , PATCHING UP THEIR FORTIFICATIONS Old Brass Oanncn Being Heed for Ooast Defense Purposes. UNITCD STATES FLEET CREATES PANIC Comparatively Easy Matter to Ehull Out the Town , WAR SHIPS IN LITTLE DANGER OF INJURY Great Senrelty of Fonil In ilnvnna U1 1'rlccM Idiplilly ItlNlnw Con dition of tlic Iteconcen- trniloM IM Horrible , ( Cop > right , US' , by Prcfa Publishing Company. ) ON-BOARD-THE-TRITON , Fifteen Miles North of Marlcl , Cuba , Daybreak , April 23. ( New York World Cablegram Special Tele gram. ) Havana Is making a tardy , frenzied effort to prepare for war with the United States. When your correspondent left thcro lest night running the gauntlet of the city guard , regular troops massed outside the city and the scouting guerillas to get thU unccnsored dispatch through the whole city of Havana was In a Plato of the wildest excitement. Ten shirs of the United States navy were off Havana al sunset. People expected the bombardment to begin this ( Saturday ) morning. The wildest reports were circulated in Havana - vana and wcro credited. It was believed that the whole United States army was on Its way In transports from the gulf ports. Thcro were prediction that the actual In vaslon of Cuba might begin Sunday. The newspapers have no reliable news. Cable communication with Key West Is not cut oft , but of course the Spaniards refuse to believe any news that now comes over thai cable from Key West. They suspect that It Is "cooked" at the American end to feel Havana. Your correspondent met near Marlel the venturesome correspondent Hcllburg , where landing on the coast was made from the dis patch boat Triton last Tuesday. These two correspondents not only got the first real news from Havana slnco the departure of General Lee , but they secured confidential Information for Rear Admiral Sampson. FIXING THE FORTIFICATIONS. In Havana men nro at work day and night adding to the fortifications. Old-time brass cannon which row service many yeari ago are being put In place to splice out the sea batteries. They would not be dangerous , as a matter of fact1 , even If Secretary Long should allow Rear Admiral Sampson to do his fighting at EOO yards Instead of 3,000 , as Sampson wished. But no extra armament of modern style and weight has been added to the fortifica tions. The Spaniards have not the guns. The rumor that four new twelve-Inch Krupp guns bad been mounted lo the east of Morro castle Is without foundation. The truth Is the , guns are on ihelr way and the mounts for them are rapidly nearlng completion and If the attack upcn Havana Is delayed much lonqer the Cojlmar batteries will surelv bo formidable. A pontoon bridge has been built acrcsa Chorrcra Inlet In the western suburbs of Havana for the transportation of sand for tbo embankments of the two Vcdldo and Santa Clara batteries' . This work Is not completed , and as matters now stand ono twelve-Inch shell might disable the two t > Ig Santa Clara guns If It struck the sllll bare , masonry. A two-Inch water pipe Is being laid under the neck of Havana harbor lo supply - ply Morro , Cabanas and the Coljlmax batlerlcs. Alarm was spread In Havina at the beginning of the work by the display of a signal on Marro castle reading : "Harbor closed. " Everyone , thought al once Ibat the American fleet was at hand , but the signal was only for the protection of the pipe layers. There are hourly drills In all the batteries , but there Is no more firing of the guns In target practice on account of the lack of am munition. General Blanco deems It wise to save all his projectiles and powder for the day ot actual need. He Is reported to bo short of ammunition already. With the sin gle exception ot the sand protection , the de fenses of Havana have not been materially streiigtlicne.'l thus far , although long lines ot work are under'way. . SHIPS AT HAVANA. April 21 these Spanish war ships were In the harbor : Alfonso XII , second class cruiser This ves sel will not he able to move for a month on account of the tubes for Its boiler or con denser having been stolen. They cannot be replaced here , Le Caspl This Is a transporl , Is very slow and carries only two small guns. Nueva Espana This second class gunboat came out of tbe floating dock only four dajs ago. Flllplnas Torpedo guaboat. Its machinery Is useless. It was ruined by Spanish engl- ncere on her first trip from tlio shops M England. ( Magallanes Gunboal. Us machinery Is ellll repairing. The machinists at iork on It are nailing for parls that cacnot be maJe In ( Havana. Infanta Isabella Second class cruiser. The work of repairing tbo machinery Is pro gressing slowly. Marquis do Enslnadad Second class cruiser. Under repairs. Antonio Lopez Fourth class gunboat. The only serviceable craft In the harbor. II has been doing palrol duly along the coast. The SpaaUh authorities en April 21- claimed that there were 25,000 soldiers In the city of Havana able for service In tle- fending Ihe land approaches. The truth Is tbat there Is probably less than halt tbat number. One battalion reached Havana ou the ICth , one on the 17th , two on the 18th , four on Ihe 19th and 20th. Allowing five more for Ibe 21st , and adding tbo regular Havana garrisons , the total Is less than 12,000. The arriving troops are filthy and ragged , but they are strong and full of patriotism , la fact there Is a warlike spirit everywhere. The streets ot tbe city have been turned Into drill grounds and offices have been opened for enlistment. Courier Holmes sajo : "Don't make tbe mistake ot think log that they won't fight. Why , even 10-year-old boys are enlisting ; and they mean business too. " Prices of all kinds of food shot up 20 per cent on tbo 13lh , 5 per cent on tbe 16th and 10 per cent on tbe 21st and even at the e high THE BEE BULLETIN. Wath r Forecatt for Nflirn k 1'alr , Northerly Wlmts. 1 Spnln Will Sea re h anil Sel e. Slenmnhlp I'nrln In Mnfe. llntnnn I'repnrlnw for Wnr. AminniliNnty Arc Vcrj 2 Tnxe * for Wnr I'nrponc ) n Xelirankner n. Shoe IMnrhenmlltor Co.J Sfo Cnll let for Stnte Tr 4 Lant Week In Omnlin Si Latent \ett * of the lxp n ( ) in aim Dropn Another < > Actlvlt ) lit Camp Tlionti ] tl Counell llluTn I.oenl Mn 7 Inttn Xenn mill Comnien | Hn llnrrj Oti-r City Ji\ Inillnu Illiln to Open at in "Anhen of Ktnnlre. " 11 Commercial mill Coiiitltlon of Oinalia'n ' 1'rnife. 12 Editorial mill Cnmmeiit. 13 Cut Hnten ( Jet > o Prelnlit. Uehoe * of the Ante-llooni , 14 In the lAmnneinent VVorlil. Munleal lletlett of the Week. 1(1 Vlont Ioft > Point of Quito. Tito Arbor llajn lit .NcliranUn. 1H In the Domain of Woman. 1I > ( illtnpne * of Oolileii Gnte. 20 Rrottth of the Park Sjntcm. llnttle of ChlekiimniiKn. 21 Illiln of Culia'n Tolmeeo liiiliiHtry. Spaln'n Punt mill , Prenent. I n for inn 11 nil AliMijn on Tap. 22 SnnrtlnK 'Hetletv ' of the Week. 23 With the AVheel * and Wheelmen. 21 Ilotv to llnllil n Cam an Cnuoe. Temperature at Omaha I Hour. Ic . Hour. DCK. > * n. m HO 1 p. m ( K ) ( I n IS 2 p. m l 7 a. in 41) : t p. in (12 N n. in , -111 4 p. m (12 II n. m nn R p. m (12 in n. in 51 ( I p. m ( U 11 itm r 7 7 p. i ( II 12 m RH prices 1 It Is almost Impossible to buy. Army rations : , however , < anJ coal are pouring Into Havana. On Aprl IS the steamship Rclna Maria Christina brought as a gift from the Spaniards lo Mexico 0,534 sacks of cornmeal - meal , bean1 ! , rlco and coffee. riVNlTC IN "HAVANA. On the same day there was a pinlc over a tremendous drop In silver. Even before U..U $4.7 In gold brought $1 In silver and about $14 In paper money. Really no busi ness la being done , a all the men are either drilling or counting their leases. On April 20 there were over 85,000 tons of coal on the wharves besides Ihe cargoes of ttircc big veMels which were discharging. Four other vctscla will ccal hero on their way to Havana. The ccnsurato of tde prces Is now stricter than over. Unfavorable cablegrams about the action of the American congress end the president were held for dajs and then allowed to slip out gradually. The abuse of Americana Is now universal and unchecked. Ncwn of tbo Jlnal action at Washington caused a great popular hurst of Indignation , followed by a whirlwind of patriotism. Thr Spmlards In Havana declared ttiat they had been Insvltcd , end had there been any Ameri cano left In the city and known as such they would surely have died. Great crowds surrounded the governor general's paMce and thronged the parks. "Laguerra" ( war ) was the frenrled word. One man became so de- llrloua that , to show what he would like to do to tCie hated Yankccn , he sank his teeth Into Ills bare arm and swallowed the blood. The rebel forces have received large ac- ccralcns. The native Cubans feared there would bo a draft by the Span'sh officials and they preferred to fight with their friends' than against them. It Is estimated that more than 2,000 have gone Into the field slnco April 13 and many have been esnt tack by tbo leaders. ARMISTICE A FARCE. Thcro Is no food for some and no arrrs for many. The Cubans that have been sent back rejected have gone Into the Spanish mobilized forces , but they will not fight very j I lurd. As for General Blanco's armistice , ro ' i solemnly talked about In Europe and rciTutcd j \ In Cuba. It Is a farce ; more so , even , than I Cuban autonomy. Colonel Delgado had two skirmishes yesterday , his camp being at- I tacked by a Spanish column. Several men were killed on both sides and Mr. Holmes helped to bury them. The comic opera sldo of Spanish offlcialV peace In Cuba Is shown by the fact that after the promulgation of General Blanco's decree on unlnstructeJ news bureau sent out official Htatementfi of several brilliant Spanish victories. Ono of them. It wcs announced , was won not forr miles from the spot where the dispatch boat made Its landing. On April 17 the autonomy commission com posed of Senors Dolz , Glbcrga , Rabellu and Sola left Havana for Santa Cruz del Sur , which Is close to the station of the Cuban government. It was no secret that they went officially to Inform the Cuban lead ers that American Intcrvcnllon was only a mask for speedy a-nexatlon. U Is not thought , however , that they will make any Impression oven If they are not pul to death ? In accord ance with the Cuban rule , which applies tbo death penalty to all thai endeavor lo treat with Cubans on any basis whatever other than complete Independence. STARVING TO DEATH.\ The condition of the reconccntrados is horrible rible and Weylor's plan of extermination will I succeed If Invasion is long delayed. The' f " American rations already Issued from thp i warehouses laslod unlll April 17. Since then t' they have had nothing , as the government has confiscated all the food for the troops. The gift of supplies from the Spaniards In Mexico wcs also for the army and navy , al though at the tlmo of Its presentation the Havana prcws stated It was for the poor. Still , with all their mediaeval characlerlsi tics , their childish vanities and their wlnnw bombast , the Spanish residents of Havana have to a man responded to their country's call. They will bo beaten , I , believe , not. through their cowardice , but through their dark Ignorance. They are not alert and up' to tbo times. Commanders of the Spanish forts have seen mo disembark. Tbo Havana nowspa-l pers have bowled over "The Triton In Marl- ano bay. " Wo were aeround half of ono night and yet only one feeble attempt was made to catch us , although the Spanish offl- clals knew we were Illegally within the \ three-mile limit , and although they knew Ihe work we were doing would damage Ihem when war came. Even though they knew tbe Triton would be a desirable acqulsltbn for the Spanish auxiliary fleet , they came for j us only In a lazy sort of way , which a New York school boy could easily have baffled. As Mr. Holmes sa > s : "Tbe Spaniards are as cruel as they are bravo , and they are as stupid as they are cruel. " SYLVESTER SCOVEL. ULOOKAD0 IN FORCE. ( Cbpyrlght. J8M. by the AitocUted Vita ) HAVANA , April 22. 8:30 : p. m. ( Delayed In Transmission. ) At 4:45 : o'clock this ( Frl- ( Continued on Second Page. ) ARMY AND NAVY BUSY President's Call for Volunteers AdJs to General Activity ! WILL BE CERTIFIED TO STATES MONDAY Malting Arrang-monts for Handling thl Militia Forces , WILL RENDEZVOUS AT THREE POINTS Washington , Richmond end Atlanta Art Ghoson , GETTING READY F03 A CUBAN INVACION Wnr Department Crenten n Army IHtlxloit , anil ( ieiieriil / llrooke Will Command the ' Iiit aillnwr ( Army. WASHINGTON , k\prll 23. The president called upon the people of the Unite 1 States for the first tlmo In thirty yearn to manifest ! their martial strength , tbo call thU tlmo" being on a united people to go forward ta battle with a foreign foe. The cecrrtary of war created a now arm/ , corps. The two taken together , with other ! nowB of today , showed that the regular arm/ , soon will move on Cuba , and that mean- whtlo the volunteers will bo equipped ani drilled. The president's proclamation , while nctiH ally Issued , was not certified to the governors of the I'tatcs ' and territories , and will not ba until Monday. The reusora arc two-fold. In 'Iho ' firsl place , Iho War department dc sires to avoid distro > lng the present organ ization ot the National Guard , which IN to bo called Into sorvlco first. The guard regi ments are composed of twelve companies nnil , being officered more numerously than thu regular army regiments , would have to ba changed to correspond w Ith the army regu- lallon In order to comply with the law as It exist : ) . The pending Hull bill , however , provide * for meeting Just such an emergency and per mits the use of the National Guard as or ganized. This consideration la more Important than would appear at first , Inasmuch as n.any ot the National Guard have volunteered only under condition that they may servo cs now , organized. The second consideration which Influenced the department In postponing the ceitlflca- lion of the call until ' .Monday IH a desire to I make sure that adequate arrangements can I bo completed by quartermasters and commis sary departments for transporting and feed ing the largo number of men celled for. This Is no light task , as Iho volunteers must betaken taken by the government at a certain point In every state , where they are to bo collected by the governors. . WILL BE QUICKLY MOBILIZED. Telegrams have been coming from almcst cvrry section ot the country to Secretary Alger from governors and mllltla officers , com c > Ing Information as to the length of time , surprisingly short In many cases , that would bo required by them to gather their forces ready for muster. The men , as fast as muatcred In by rcgu- I lar army officers In Ihe- various states , will j bo biought lo one of three great depots , namely , Washington , Richmond and Atlanta , where Ihey will bo organized lo meet the army tactics. Tha fact thai Richmond Is rained as one of these points Is taken as an evidence that FlUhugh Lee Is to receive a volunteer com mission , either us ono of the four major gen erals or ono of the nlno brigadier general * provided for In the volunteer bill , for It U believed that It was largely at hlslnsUnco , that Richmond was sclecled aa one of th * points of concentration. In expectation of Iho certification of the president's call , a vast number of letters have begun to come to Secretary Alger offerIng - Ing the services of volunteers , go numcroua are Ihcso communications that the ( secretary has nollfled Iho press lo Inform Ihe peopla that such communications alioalil be directed lo the governors of their respective states and territories , as ho had no authority under Ibo law lo accept volunteers dlicct. The formation of a Grand Army corps la the Department of tbo Soulh , wllh head quarters at the three gulf ports , Is an evi dence that tbe government Is to move on Cjba at once with Iho regular army , leaving the volunteers called for to bo disciplined , and worked Into shape for future use In tha campaign. , FORMAL ORDER ISSUED. The formal order for the creation of this Grand Army division , lasued at Iho War department - partment at the close of office hours , was aa follows : WASHINGTON , April 23.-Gcneral Orders No. 7. IJy Ihe. direction of the secretary or vvar the following crders ot the president are published for the Information and nuld mice of all concerned : FIrBt , Ihe United S ntcs troops as emWc l In the ChlckamauRJ. National paik will form nn encampment Known as Cawi > George H. Thorn is , and us III constitute tom- porailly nn nrmy corps under the command ' ot Mnjcr General John It. Brooke. The [ corpn ( Alll conHlst of one division of cavalry , one dlvt'lon of Infantry and one brigade ot llghl artillery. The cavalry nml Infantry dlviHlons will loach bo composed of not more than thr.a brigades , consisting of three or more u-gl- mcnls each. The artillery brigade will b composed ot two battalions , each c mprlslriK three b.it , terlea. I ' The corps commander will assign th . minor ofllcers present for duty for < \u'h > I arm to command of divisions and bilinden. ' Second , the Infantry regiments conem- J.trated at NC-AI Orleans , Mobile , Alu. , and I Tampa. Fin. , arc constituted divisions un- dcr the command of illrlsaller General Wll- i Hum It. Shufter , Hrlgadler Gener.il John J. ! ' Copplnger and Ilrlgadlcr General James F. I Wad ? , respectively. I The division commanders will form th IF divisions Into brigades and assign the een- t lor olllcers present for duty to command them. By command of , MAJOR GENERAL MILES. ' H. C. CORUINf , Adjutant General. ,1 The people of the District of Columbia will see a great many soldiers at tbo beginning of next week. ly ) direction of tbo president the entire National Guard of tbo district , 1,600 strong , has been ordered Into camp Monday morning at the Soldiers' borne undcf the command of Brigadier General Harrlei.i The guard will not be directly In the service ot tbo United States government , but being In camp fully equipped and armed , will t > In position ( or Instant service on demand. MUST FURNISH VOLUNTEERS. While It U tbe purpose of the War depart meat to secure national guardsmen aa fav