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LACK OF DESTEOYEKS.
HAVY IN NEED OF TORPEDO
Wall SaaalUd hnhaw ml tmmw
twm Braill is A boat AaaaraS Ke-
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Saw Dm la Dalc4. -
The purchase of the torpdo boat de
stroyer Ttipjr from the Bratillan fov
rament now practically assured.
7e Tupy, with two sister craft, is be
tas built at the Armstrong works st
Uwlck, England, where the Amasonas
sad her counterpart were constructed,
sd not at Kiel, Germany, as previous
ly stated. Much gratification la felt by
the naval administration over the pros
' pact of securing the Tupy and others
mt her class, for torpedo boat destroy
ers are needed badly. A number of
tsrpedo boats have been added to the
effective force of the navy, but not one
destroyer has been built or contracted
Spate Has Torpedo Daatrayara.
' Spain is fairly well supplied with
these terrible water witches, which are
dangerous alike to the big battleship
sad the little torpedo-boat They have
attained a speed of more than thirty
knots. The Spanish flotilla now held
C the Canaries, pending the sdjust
SMnt of the diplomatic question relat
ing to its assignment to waters adja
cent to the United States. Includes soma
of these destroyers. They are more
feared by naval officers than battle
ships and armored cruisers, and every
eaergy Is being shown to get some of
them ready-made abroad to offset the
! , , , Heed of Armored Crnlaan. "
It was pointed out the other day
that the naval administration wanted
sore battleships, armored cruisers, torpedo-boat
destroyers and torpedo boats.
This was the conclusion reached by
tie war board, of which Assistant Sec
retary Roosevelt is chairman. As no
Mrs sxmor-clads except the Carlo Al
berto, owned by Italy, appear to be
CRUISER VESUVIUS. THE UGLIEST FIGHTER IN OUR NAVY.
definitely In the market, the war board
la doing all that can be done to secure
torpedo-boat destroyers. Its members
believe that this class of vessel will
augment the vessels now under Ad
miral Slcard to such an extent that no
force Spain can gather would be ef
fective against the American fleet. A
denial is made here of the statement
that Spain has bought the Italian ar-sor-clad
Fleet at Hampton Road.
The announcement that the Massa
chusetts and the Texas had been with
drawn from the squadron at Key West
asd sent to Hampton Roads was the
subject of an inquiry at the Cabinet
Meting, and the most positive assur
ances were given by Secretary Long
mat the orders to these ships were not
due to any suggestion from Spain.
There was no Intention, it was ex
plained, to detach the North Atlantic
squadron from Florida waters to satiety-
Spain's qualms In the pending emer
gency. The establishment of a sec
omd division of the North Atlantic
squadron, Secretary Long said, was a
strategical, move, and the Massachu
setts and the Texas have been de
tached to form part of the force to be
assembled at Hampton Roads. Cap
tain Philip of the Massachusetts will
coiaioiand the second division for the
RAPID FIRE GUN CRUISER CHI
CAGO. Urns being. No commanding officer of
the new formation has been selected.
Slcard In Poor Health.
The condition of Admiral Slcard's
health has given the navy department
a great deal of concern, and it Is prob
able that he will be detached from the
command of the North Atlantic squa
dron If hostilities should occur very
soon, as it Is believed that he la not
physically able to manage a big fleet In
sa engagement. It has been practical
ly decided that Captain William S.
Bampson of the battleship Iowa, the
president of the Maine court of in
quiry, will relieve Admiral Slcard if
the health of the latter does not lm
provV The faith of the administration
In his e&urage, cool headedness, and
ability Is. perfect, and he will In all
probability receive a flag rank If war
rrotortloa far AaiUlarlt.
Those merchant ships taken by the
avy and equipped as auxiliary cruis
ers, will be well-protected vessels, and
Is tghtlac efficiency superior to naay
Of the unprotected ships bow with Ad
miral Slcard. It has bees determined
to armor the larger of these vessels
with s band of steel ei leading around
the sides and near the water line, for
the protection of the vitals, machinery
and magaslnes to be Improvised. This
armor will consist of two inches of
nickel steel, and will be four Inches
less in thickness than on the armored
cruisers New York and Brooklyn. It
Is equal to the protection afforded the
machinery by protective decks on some
cruisers, and would render the vessels
fairly safe from all pounders and light
Kaclaaara Crgvn to Harry.
Orders have been Issued to many of
the army engineers In charge of coast
fortifications to hurry the work now In
progress. Preparations are already un
der way for placing in position the new
coast defense guns purchased In Eng
land. It la expected that they will be
delivered at New York within ten days.
The guns are thirty-two in number,
and are of the latest rapid-fire pattern.
The new pieces are fully mounted, and
are provided with about 300 rounds of
ammunition. They are of compara
tively short range, and will be used
in harbors sod channels, ou the north
ern coast principally. Contracts were
made by the war department Saturday
for the delivery of a large quantity of
armor piercing and deck piercing steel
projectiles uf large caliber.
KM pa for Aailtlary Her.
By order of the secretary of the navy
Lieutenant Commander Reeder, com
miyder of the school ship St Mary's,
and Passed Assistant Engineer Dan
forth, assigned to duty at the Brooklyn
navy yard, sat the other day as mem
bers Of the board of auxiliary cruisers.
These additions were made to the
board because It had been reported to
Secretary Long that the board was not
large enough to do the work expected
of them speedily enough. The steam
ships Orizaba, Seneca, Saratoga and
Yumurl, of the Ward line, were care
fully inspected. Unofficial Information
was to the effect that all four of these
vessels would be recommended for
lease as auxiliary crulBers, should an
emergency require the acquisition of
commerce destroyers. Two schooners
and several yachts, offered by their
owners, were Inspected today. Among
them were the Conqueror, owned by
F. W. Vanderbllt; the Atalanta, by
George Gould, and the Corsair, by Pler
Contract for X.000 Hnraea.
. The Black Hills ranges are being
scoured by the United States agents
for horses suitable for the cavalry. A
contract has been made with one large
horse company near Fort Meade to fur
nish 2,000 horses as soon as they can
be brought In from the range. Negoti
ations are also being made by the gov
ernment agent there for several hun
dred more horses from other ranches.
The army officers think these horses
are to be shipped south, and from the
hurried orders, and the fact that the
animals are not up to the army stand
ard, that it means war.
Universal Teasel Deatroyor.
M. M. Ormsby of Maple Park, Kane
county. 111., claims to have perfected
an invention by which everything
afloat in every port could be destroyed
without the loss of a man, and at a
cost of only $5,000,000. The navy de
partment has written him for details.
WEST IN CONTROL. 'i
" Congreaa Can Bo Depended Coon.
One of the curious developments In
Congress is t,he way in which the con
trol of affairs relating to war seems
to be gradually drifting into the hands
of western men who represent a senti
ment distinctly different from that In
New England. Of late days money
bills in congress are made the medium
of a vast amount of important legisla
tion, and besides that the voting of
supplies is an essential to the conduct
of war. It Is worthy of notice there
fore that the two great appropriations
committees are headed by Senator Alli
son of Iowa and Representative Can
non of Illinois. The direct work of
equipping the army falls upon the mili
tary committee of the house, at the
head of which is General Hull of Iowa,
while tie militia committee in the
same body, which in the case of war
would be almost equally Important, Is
managed by Colonel Marsh of Illinois.
Eaatero Influence Sat Upon.
The naval committees of the bouse
and senate were exceptions to the gen
eral rule, both being in control of old
members from the state of Maine.
Chairman Boutelle on the house side
set his face with curious persistence
against any preparations for war, and
the result was that the committee ran
away from him, and Inserted In the ap
propriations bill a proposition to build
three new battleships and twelve tor
pedo boats. On the senate side the
naval committee baa been practically
reorganised owing to the absence of
Mr. Hale, whose policy has sees Ident
ical with that of Boutelle, and the re
sult Is that Senator Perkins of Califor
nia, a practical ship owner and alios,
has bees placed la charge
Hawlay la ratrloUa, - '
The only eastern man at the present
time actively at the head of a commit
tee which has directly to do with war
matters Is Senator Hawley of Connec
ticut who, fortunately for the coun
try, la progressive and patriotic, hav
ing been the first one to take a step to
strengthen the army by providing for
two new artillery regiments. To cap
the climax of western Influence In the
present crisis. It is worth noting that
the two committees on foreign affair
which supervise the diplomatic nego
tiations leading up to hostilities and
which would have direct control of s
proposition to declare war are under
the leadership of Senator Cushman K.
Davis of Minnesota and Representative
Ilitt of Illinois.
Took General I-ee'a Advlra.
The return of the cruiser Montgom
ery to Key West has caused much spe
culation, which the authorities have
declined to end by giving reasons. The
real reasons are Interesting, and show
how grave the situation Is. The accu
racy of this statement cannot bs ques
tioned. The Montgomery was ordered
to return from Havana harbor at the
suggestion of Consul General Lee.. He
pointed out to the authorities, that the
retention of the cruiser In Havana
harbor was the source of circulation
of rumors, and a menace rather than
a protection In caBe of an outbreak.
She could not land sufficient force to
be much, if any protection to American
interests, while she was not sufficiently
powerful to cope with the guns of the
forts and the Spanish warships. In case
of s sudden declaration of hostilities.
In view of these circumstances General
Lee recommended the withdrawal of
the Montgomery and the substitution
of the Fern, or some other vessel of
the same character. The Fern can per-
form equally good services as the
Montgomery In the event that General
Lee or other Americans have to leave
Havana In a hurry, and the Fern
stands in less danger of being fired on
than would a vessel of war.
Why the Iowa Was ITeld Back.
General Lee recommended the send
ing of the Iowa to Havana to bring
back the court of Inquiry. It will be
remembered that a rumor was printed
that the administration had decided to
send the Iowa to Havana to impress
the Spaniards with the power of our
navy. This was at General Lee's sug
gestion. He told the government that
the Spaniards could not be made to be
lieve that we had a formidable navy
unless they bad an ocular demonstra
tion of the fact. The Spaniards, he re
ported, believed the Maine was the
finest ship In the American navy and
that her destruction made it Impossible
for the United States to think about
fighting Spain. To correct this Impres
sion General Lee suggested that the
Iowa should go to Havana harbor, take
the court of inquiry on board, and
speed out again, an operation which
would give the Spaniards some mater
ial for sober reflection. When the fact
of this recommendation came to the
knowledge of a very high naval officer,
who is familiar with every word of
evidence brought out by the court of
inquiry, he made a vigorous protest
and objected most strenuously to the
government's taking any risks in send
ing the finest battleship of the navy
into Havana harbor. He gave reasons
for making this protest, and pointed
out the dangers that might be Incurred.
The details would not be proper. It
is only necessary to add that the ar
buments advanced by this distinguish
ed naval officer were so urgent that
the Iowa was not sent to Havana.
Hilarity at the Banquet.
The brilliantly lighted banquet-room
was a scene of wild tumult in an in
stant. The Joyous cheers of the emo
tional Spanish officers could be heard
far beyond the guard lines, which neld
the approaches to the palace against
uninvited guests for a block on each
side. There were cries: "To the
memory of Maximilian! Neither Aus
tria nor Spain can forget hlB fate, and
y'U stand together against those
whose unjustified threats of intervene
tlon brought about his cruel and ur.
The Austrian "jackies" are getting
joyously drunk in the water front ca
fes at the expense of the Spanish fleet
It Is a case of the Russian reception
In the Havre and Calais again on a
small scale. The only people whs
have no part In me general joy are
the editors of the Havana papers and
the correspondents of the journals or
Madrid. They were not invited to the
feast and every effort has been made
to keep secret the event of the banquet
Only young Blanco, correspondent of
El Imparcial of Madrid, was present
As a member of the governor's family
he was there as a matter of courtesy.
The other editors held an indignation
meeting and not one of the papers men
tioned the banquet In any way In their
news columns. Inspired leaders la the
Spanish morning papers Insist that
Austria, Germany and Francs will
stand with Spain In the event of war at
the leisure and annexation of Cahk
A CITY HOUSE BEAUTIFIED.
By Kapeadlaa Taaa aad a Utile
aaoaey aa Brleh Ksterlora.
Amid the general necleot of pic
turesque effects In the exteriors of New
York dwelling-houses. It Is plea.sat to
come now and then upon s building
which Is the exception to the rule a
pot which the owners have thought
it worth while to beeutiry at the ex
pense of some paJns and a certain
amount of money, though the latter
need be only a small Item, says the
New York Tribune. In Tenth street,
Just west of Fifth avenue, only two or
throe doors from the Church of the
Ascension, there Is an Imposing old
fashioned house. It has a one-story
extension, which occupies an adjoin
ing lot on the same street reaching
quite to the wall of the next house be
yond. Between the extension and the
house to which It belongs there Is a
communication on the ground floor, the
one story building being used chiefly
as a library. But it la In the roof ar
rangement of the extension that the
decorative effeot consists. A brick
parapet, three or four feet high, with
occasional diamond-shaped embras
ures, extends along the top of the en
tire front wall. The top of this para
pet Is flat and is covered with low
boxes containing growing plants. At
this season the place Is a mass of
chrysanthemums, yellow being the pre
dominant color, and the brightness of
tbelr tints against the dull boes of the
building is noticeable many rods away.
In the spring the tulips on the para
pet are quite as gorgeous as the chrys
anthemums are now, and the owners of
the house cause the flowers to be
changed according to the season of the
year. A sturdy growth of the Japanese
Ivy, now in its autumn bronze, covers
the walls of both house and extension,
and adds to the general effeot The
building has a rather foreign appear
ance, owing to the parapet garden,
wbleh is not often seen here. The roof
space, which Is cut off from the street
view by the wall and the flowers. Is
tiled and used in pleasant weather as
a veranda. The windows of the second
story of the house open directly upon
Anilooa to Oblige.
From Judge: A number of ladies were
standing not long since in the hall of
a hotel in New York. They were all
Boston women, but the fifth (who
same down stairs) was from the west
She said, "Mrs. M , will you kindly
let me pass?"
"Certainly," replied Mrs. M , "on
condition that you will pronounce
p-a-s-s as we do In Boston."
"That would be Impossible," replied
the western woman in perfect good hu
mor, "but you are too many for me.
Robert will have to be my champion."
Turning to the tall darkey whose place
was at the door, she said, "Robert, do
you think you could pronounce p-a-s-s
as these Boston ladies do?"
"Yes'm yes'm. I reckon I could it
I was told to, but " he hesitated in
his desire to please both parties.
"Yes'm, I reckon I could but It would
be powerful unhandy."
No Parleying After That.
From the Boston Budget: Last win
ter, which, as is well known, was a
period of figurative frost to a great
many members of the actor cult a well
known player was Btrolllng about New
York with a friend. As a wardrobe
is a necessary part of an aetor's stock
in trade, the player was' well dressed
and In appearance prosperous. Pres
ently a seedy looking person accosted
"Say, guv-nor," be remarked, with a
professional whine, "can't yer give a
feller a nickel?"
The player stopped and looked at the
applicant. "I'd like to, really," he
said, "but can't you see I'm an ac
tor?" And the mendicant went his way
without further parley.
From Judge: "You go off every sum
mer tor an outing to the same place,
Mr. Gray. Where do you go?"
"I go to the shore."
"Do you like it?"
"Yes, but I'm not going again. They
have fish tor breakfast, fish for din
ner, fish for supper; they have fish
chowder, clamchowder, clamchowder
and fishchowder; they have fried
clams stewed clams, roast clams,
steamed clams, clam soup, clam frit
ters and clam bisque until my stom
ach rises and falls with the tide."
. GlTtnf the Snltor a Hint.
From the Washington Star: "You
have been very generous in buying
Mabel new gowns," remarked Mrs,
Cumrox. "Yes," said her husband.
"I don't like that man who pays her
so much attention." "I don't see what
that has to do with it." "I desire to
give him something to think about
when I ask blm it he can support her
In the style to which she has been ac
customed." A Crying Shame.
From Puck: Mrs. Kelly (indignant
ly) Phwat do yes t'lnk of a woman
loike thot Mrs. Astorbllt, thot kin nivlr
wear a new dress more than wanst or
Mrs. Brady (fiercely) Faith, OI t'lnk
she's a fool! It Oi had a husband thot
would hock a new dress on me so
quick as thot Ol'd kill him!
Freak of Human Nature.
A man In southwest Missouri who
advertised for his lost wife the other
day says she has a harmonica with
her and always a eud of chewing gum
In her mouth. And yet he wants her
Red la not objectionable as a color
for a woman's hair providing It doesnt
run Into her temperament
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