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MONITOR TERROR CAP
TURES A BIG PRIZE.
STEAMER CUIDO CAUGHT.
He Pilot Hunt Was SI ! Hlnwa la
rise, llervrc (It Vests UUrn III
Or lr la mop Wat lu.ll
With Moaf anil peites
From t'orunnst fur
Kkv Wkw, r'la.. April ?S The
United States iiionit ir Terror, Captaiu
N. Luillow, captured llit b;g .punish
ateaiurr Uuulo. bound from (ornna,
Hpaiu, for Havana, early yesterday.
The prize had on board a larjft" cargo
of provisions 10 1 money intended for
the SpanUh troops in Cuba. The
eaptnre took place ton itiiie off Car
denas, after a hot chase, during which
the Terror and the gnntxsit Machias
fired, almost blowing the Spaniard's
pilothouse into the water.
The money captured is in an iron
cafe. The amount of this is unknown.
It is estimated that the Uuido, with
her carjjo, is worth JIOO.OOU
The Spanish steamer liuido. Cap
tain Aruiarechia, is a vi-ssel of 3.CH5
tons net, owned by the Navigation
company of itilboa. Slie was built at
Belfast in 1BV1, is 3(i) feet oag, has
forty-one feet beam and is twenty-six
feet deep. The Guido left Liverpool
on April 2 and Corunna on April 6,
The Spanish crew feared they would
be hanired or driven overboard after
the solid allot crashed through the
pilot house and the formidable moni
tor swuiitf around abeam of them with
the crew at her monster runs Itwas
a 6-pounder that made the Guido
heave to. The Machias was within
bailing distance, and so will share the
The crew of the prize were delight
d to know that they were to be taken
to Key West, and not to be turned
loose on the coast of Cuba, where they
feared death at the hands of the in
orients. SPAIN'S METHODS.
Philippine KrbaU Mtitcrd and Placed
a DalaKa a Bales
Vancouvkb, B. C, April 8ft Mail
brought by the Empress of China,
which arrived here this morning from
Hong Kong and Yokohama, states
that the people of the Orient are turn
ing their attention from far Eastern
questions to the war between the
United States and Spain. ' Generally
speaking, the press is on the side of
Spain seems to be resorting to foul
tactics to kill the rebellion. At the
end of March 150 rebels were holding
a, meeting in a house at Manila. The
news got to the authorities and the
bouse was surrounded with the result
that upon their refusal to surrender,
about ten so-called insurectionista
were killed, some forty wounded, and
the remainder taken prisoner. They
slid not linger long in confinement, be
ing released by death. This massacre
aroused intense indignation. The
Japanese officials declare it becomes
more evident than ever as events pro
gress and develop that neither the
present government nor the Philippine
rebels can ever govern the islands, as
they ought to be governed with a
view to the reasonable development of
this "paradise of the earth. "
THE WAY SPAIN TELLS IT.
After Half an Hoar's Flfht ths Amer
icans Were Obliged to Retreat,
Madrid, April 29. The version of
the bombardment of Matanzas by the
United States fleet sent here says that
"after half an hour's fight the Ameri
cans were obliged to retreat"
Little credence is attached to the
dispatches from New York telling of
the bombardment of Matanzas, as the
latter "conflict with official reports."
The official reports, in addition to
aylng the Americans "were obliged
to retreat," admit that "several men
were killed ' and "some damage was
done to the town," also saying that
"the American loss is not knowu "
The forts about Havana, it is an
nounced here, have not fired a single
projectile, the cannon shots being
merely signal guns.
War's Effect oa Millinery.
New Yore, April 29. One effect of
the war that is looked for by the cus
tom authorities at this port is the
topping of the importation of straw
goods from Manila and of millinery
goods generally from other Spanish
porta Fortunately for the importers
of Manila straw goods the importa
tions ordered for the spring and sum
mer trade are about all here. If hos
tilities are prolonged until next fall,
however, this trade, it is believed, will
Do Not Want to Go to Cobs.
Charleston, S. C, April 29. The
officers of the Fourth brigade, com
posed of state troops, passed resolu
tions refusing to be sent to Cuba.
The men say they will stay here and
fiVht. but they will not go outside the
United States as individual soldier
companies to fight the Spaniards.
Japan VrgmA to Bell to America
Yokohama, April 29 The local
Journals urge Japan to consent to
America buying the two Japanese
cruisers now building id tne unwea
Aaterteaa Skips letrer Ike VarllSaa
ttaae at Hsrsw ksrrssis
Kav Wiwr. Ap-il it. The New
York, the l'urltan and the Cincinnati
bombarded the fiwts at the mouth of
Matanza fcirU.r yesterday "afternoon.
mere were n ciMiaites on our
aide, but it is b.-lieved that the hail of
iru which pounded in the furU must
have raUM-d Ids of lifn to the Span
iards, though nothing is known defin
The engmr'ti n" commence.! at '3:57
ami ci'uii at l.l.V The object of the
attack was l prevent the completion
of the earthw .r at Punts florda.
A batt-ry 'i me eastward arm of
the bay -p I fire on the tlagship
and this w:i j -i shelled.
AHiut te.v! eight-inch shells were
tired from the eastern forts, but all
fell short About five or six light
shells were fired from the half ram
p;ete4 baitery. Two of thee whizzed
over the New York and one (ell short.
The ships left the buy for the open
sea, the object of discovering the
wherealouts of the butteries having
In the neighborhood of WO shots
were put on land from the three ships,
at a range of from t, ));; to 7, 030 yards.
Kear Admiral Samp.-uu. wheu asked
if he Mas satistiod with the result,
said: "Yes, 1 am. 1 expected to be."
The half completed Spanish earth
works and battery were apparently
lilo.vn up by the shells.
All the ships engaged showed ex
cellent marksmanship throughout the
engagement and when they were
firiug at the shortest range nearly
every shell took effect The forts
which were bombarded were on a low
lying point and were considered
They did not make a good target,
yet when the big guns wera fired at
the shortest range portions of the
fort could be seen flying in the air at
The flagship returned to flavana.
and the Puritan and Cincinnati were
left on Matnnzas station.
Governor Leedy to Reeralt the Volun
teers to toll Himself.
Topeka, Kan., April 29 Governor
Leedy yesterday received a message
from the war department notifying
him that he could organize the Kan
sas troops to suit himself. "While
the department prefers the enlistment
of national guards," "the message
stated, "you are at liberty to use your
With this license from the war de
partment the governor proceeded in a
vigorous manner to carry out his plan
to reorganize the Kansas national
guards lie Immediately ordered the
following telegram sent to the captain
of every Kansas regiment.
"You will carefully pack all army
clotbng and equippage belonging to
the state or federal government at
once, and send them, direct to the ad
jutant general's department at Tope
ka. Send two invoices and two re
ceipts with each."
LEEDY HANGED IN EFFIGY.
Wichita National Guards Moved to Is
ger at Being Turned Dow a.
Wichita, Kan., April 29. At mid
night last nicht Governor Leedy was
hvnged in effigy on First street, in
front of the armory of the national
guards. Crowds of people marched
back and forth on the street hooting
and yelling: "Down with Leedy and
Weyler." This action was due to the
fact that Leedy has ignored the guards
In organizing volunteers and the order
commanding that all equipage of the
guards be sent at once to Topeka. A
public an ti-Leedy demonstration is
being arranged for to-night
NATIONAL GUARD REBELS
Maryland Troops Hreak Camp and Ba
tnrn to Armory Dissatisfied.
Haltimouk, Md., April 29. The
fourth regiment, Maryland national
guard, has broken camp at Pimlico
and returned to the armory in this
city. It is reported they have re
belled because of dissatisfaction at
not having been assigned to active
service by General Wilmer, the fifth
being assigned to that honor.
Beer to He Hither.
Milwaukee, Wis, April 29. Ac
cording to a statement by cne of the
prominent brewers in this city, the
enforcement of the war revenue
measure Increasing the tax on beer 91
per barrel will be promptly followed
by every brewer in the country by an
Increase in the price of that commod
ity to the same extent Beer bottles,
it was stated, would be Increased 5
and 10 cents per dozen pints and
quar ts respectively.
Losing British Sympathy.
London, April 29. The trend of
English sentiment toward Spain is be
coming so pronounced as to be a gen
erally recognized fact All resident
Americans, even American diplomats,
are compelled to admit it Although
the government's friendly attitude is
unchanged, it is questioned whether
a majority in parliament is not now
Spanish in its sympathy, although a
week ago practically unanimous par
tisans of the United States.
Wild Stories Being Published.
Paris, April 29 The newspapers
here are publishing a series of wild
stories. According to one of them
Germany has protested against the
blockade of the Philippine islands and
contemplates sending warships from
Kiao Chou to uphold her protest
To Free a Fill batter
Nbw York. April 29. The friends
of Captain John I). Hart, of filibuster
ing fame, are hopeful that within a
few days President VfcKtnley will
grant bla pardon and are working In
dustriously to that end.
NAVY DEPARTMENT ON
A NAVAL RECONNOISANCE.
Was Simply ta ascertain the Where
abonte af the shore Batteries Ma
lansas to Be Takea at aa Karly
Bate, So lhat Aid May Ba
Ulvea the Heconeentra
dos Board's IMaaa.
Wasih.iotom, April ill. The nsvy
department has no reports regarding
the engagement at Matanzas between
the shore batteries aud three vessels
of Admiral Sampsm's fleet It, of
course, could not be expected that the
news could be had from Havana, with
a Spanish censorship managing the
end of the cable there.
The fact that Admiral Satnpioa has
not made any report to the Secretary
as yet notwithstanding he. must have
bad the same opportunity to communi
cate with Key West as was enjoyed
by the press, leads the officials of the
department to believe that the affair
was not of great consequence. Indeed,
they say that it is inconceivable that
any very extensive damage could have
been in tic ted upon properly placed
batteries at the distance reported,
verying from two and a half to four
miles, in the short space of eighteen
minutes, during which it Is said the
the engagement lasted.
A member of the atrategy board,
who is of course thoroughly conver
sant with the plans of Admiral Samp
son, so far as they have been general
ized, is authority for the statement
that the admiral had no Intention
whatever at this time to bombard the
Matanzas battery. To do so now
would be bad strategy and of little
avail, for in the absence of any land
ing force the admiral would be unpre
pared to take advantage of the vic
tory he might gain through a reduc
tion of forts, and the Spaniards might
have ample opportunity over night to
repair in a large measure the damage
inflicted on their fortifications. It is
stated positively that Admiral Samp
son's purpose was to ascertain if any
shore batteries existed in Matanzas,
and if so to draw their fire and ascer
tain their character and then to retire
beyond range In other words, it was
simply a naval reconnoisance.
In the event that during his obser
vation the admiral discovered that
new defenses were under construction
oa shore he would of course not lose
ths opportunity to cripple them by
throwing a few shells into the earth
works and endeavoring to knock over
a gun or two It is the general belief
at the department, however, that Ma
tanzas Is to be soon reduced and made
a baso of operations In the campaign
against Havana. It is also the Pres
ident's purpose to keep In mind
throughout the war the awful condi
t ion of the reconcentrados, who are
most numerous In and around Matan
zas. Unless relief is extended to them
they undoubtedly will perish during
the progress of a long drawn out war.
The reported seizure by the Spanish
military authorities at Matanzas
of the stores contributed by Amer
icans, and held in trust there for
the relief of these poor sufferers, is
regarded as a clear indication that
even if the Red Cross steamer Texas
is permitted to land her cargo of sup
plies at Matanzas under existing con
ditions the food will not reach the re
concentradoes, but will only go to
support the Spanish garrison in their
resistance. Therefore it is believed
that the President contemplates the
early seizure of Matanzas, not only
because of its Importance, but in or
der that he may there hold out a
helping hand to the starving peas
antry. It is likely, therefore, that
while there was nothing of the nature
of a general engagement in Admiral
Sampson's reconnoisance, he will
soon take steps to begin a heavier and
lively bombardment of Matanzas.
AN EXCHANGE PROPOSED.
The Spanish Government Suggests That
Captured Prises Be Traded.
Washington, April 29. Spain has
made a proposition to the state de
partment, through the French ambas
sador, who is acting for her sinoe
Minister Polo departed, for an ex
change of captured vessel a She pro
poses the formation of a board of
exchange, to be made up of represen
tatives of foreign countries. Nothing
has been done in the matter by the
Nearly s.OOO From Kansas
Topeka, Kan., April 29. According
to a telegram from United States Sen
ator W. A. Harris, received by Gov
ernor Leedy yesterday, the quota of
three regiments allotted to Kansas
will permit the state to send almost
4,0')') men to the front
Nina 8panlsh Warships at Manila.
London, April 2'j. It is reported in
Madrid, according to a dispatch this
afternoon from the Spanish capital,
that a Spanish squadron of nine war
ships sailed from Manila on Monday
last to take up positions off Subiglik
bay where they will await the passage
of American merchant vessels, for the
purpose of capturing them.
A Tanderbllt's t:niragemot
Nw York, April 26. The New
York Press announces the engage
ment of Miss Kdith Uresser, daughter
of Captain George Dresser, U. Si N.,
to George W. VanderbUt
IMaMrsU Mate right aa lbs Bead
Wasiero. April ? The general
debate upon the measure , framed by
the ways and means oommittes to
meet the extraordinary expenditure
of the war with Spain opened In the
House yesterday. There was a signal
absence of that partisan rancor which
has always heretofore characterised
debates on revenue measures.
lioth sides, speaking through their
resiective leader. Messrs. lhngley
and liailey, concurred in the necessity
which existed for immediate raising
of hundreds of millions to nroaecute
the war, but the opposiug doctrines
which they held rlahed at the first
onset over the method by which the
revenue should be raised. The sec
tion providing for $.Vki,0'Ht,000 of
bunds became the target of the
IVmccratio and Populistic oppo
sition, and Mr. liailey, in an hour's
speech argued for an income tax
which would raise IIOD.tloo.ouo a year;
the coinage of the silver seigniorage,
and the issue of $"8,ooo.000 of legal
tender notes, as an alternative propo
sition. Mr. Dingley declared that it
was almost incredible that anyone
could seriously propose In such a crisis
that the government should rely for
funds upon the proceeds of another
law-suit over a proposition which the
supreme court li:td alrea.ly decided
against the government
Mnle Combine Broken.
Kansas Citt, Ma, April 2'.). A dis
patch from St Louis yesterday said
that the government had broken the
backbone of the Missouri mule trust
by refusing to accept the bids recently
sent in for supplying psck mules for
the army. The efforts of the combine
have constantly harassed the govern
ment aud caused Quartermaster Gen
eral Ludington in' his emergency to
appeal to Congress for relief.
Don't Believe Mrdrld Reports.
Washington, April 9. The very
fact that the Madrid officials have
rather ostentatiously declared that
the Spanish fleet has sailed to bom
bard the cities on the North American
coast is taken as a certain indication
at the navy department of the utter
improbability of such a movement
If this wero contemplated, the Span
ish oflicials would be the very last to
make their purpose, public.
To Bombard American Coast lowns.
London, April 29. It is reported
here from Madrid that the destination
of the Spanish fleet, which is said to
have been at sea for some days, is un
known to anyone but the minister of
marine, Admiral B Tine jo. ltut it is
added that news is expected before
long at the Spanish capital of
the bombardment of American coast
No Sliver Opposition
Washington, April 28. While there
Is no doubt that the senators of all
parties which advocate the free coin
age of silver will oppose the bond
feature of the war revenue bill, the
present prospect is that they will not
seek to delay its passage on account
of that provision.
The Oregon Is Coming.
Washington, April 29. The navy
department has received word that
the United States battleship Oregon
was spoken a few hundred miles be
low Montevideo The big vessel was
booming along under forced draft and
making great speed. She will stop at
Montevideo for coal and proceed to
Key West with all possible baste.
Many Changes Ashed For.
Washington, April 29. Senators,
members of tbe House of Representa
tives and state officials crowded Sec
retary Alger's office at the war de
partment to-day, suggesting change
in the apportionment of the troops the
states were called upon to furnish, or
asking for a change of rendezvous
Go to Spanish Soldier.
Matanzas, April 29. l!y order of
General Molino. the food supplies
now in store here for the reconcen
tredos will bo held subject to hi
order in case they may be needed to
feed the soldiers during the approach
Vonr Ironclads Coming.
Katonnb, France, April 29. Ac
cording to a letter just received here
from Madrid, dated from the Spanish
capital on Tuesday, a Spanish squad
ron, consisting of four iron-clads and
three torpedo boat destroyers, sailed
for the United States yesterday.
Waiting for the Equipments.
Cakthaor, Mo, April !. The boys
are waiting for the call to mobilize
and hope the full supply of company
equipments will soon be on hand.
The Junta I to Go to Cuba.
New York, April i9. The Cuban
junta and its following will go to the
Cuban capital as soon as the United
States opens a port of entry. -
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Ke. Srott r. llerxhf j's Opinion.
We are confronted with the problem
of the wisdom of the pope being a di
rector of International settlements.
The cables and the press have bjen
burdened for the last three weeks with
the news of bit mediations between
the United States, Spain and Cuba.
Whether be sent soy communication
to the President of the United States
through Archbishop Iruland.or through
the papal agent In Washington, we
have no way of knowing. If he did, it
likely bad a cool reception at tbe White
House. I can bardly bring mycelf to
believe that tbe President of the
United Statei would seriously consider
such interference. The doleful state
ment of Archbishop Ireland that he
had entirely lout all hope in the pre
ventioo of war, may be taken as an in
dication of tbe failure of the pope's at
tempt, if there was such a move. That
tbe p jpedid direct ly communicate with
Spain la very oertaio, but in that move
be bad more la mind than the saving
of Spain from the chaitltement she de
served, is perfectly apparent. And
this too is perfectly natural. Spain is
tbe ancient friend and support of tbe
papacy. Spain has helped to make the
modern papacy, and the papacy has
helped to make Spain what she Is es
pecially her decline snd ruin. The
exchange of messages between Spain
and the pope does not speak well lor
tbe pope as arbiter. On April 9th tbe
Spanish government sent a communi
cation to the pope saying it had the
pleasure of "satisfying the Itev. Pon
tiff Jn order that the prestige of tbe
Catholic nation might not be dimin
ished." So it appsars that the pope's
plan for the settiemont was made to
avoid any surrender of the Spanish
claims or authority in Cuba or else
where. Qieer sense of justice this.
This even more cltarly defines tbe
pope's intention to serve Spain, and
not justice or humanity.
Tbe papal nuncio at Madrid thus ad
dressed the Spanish government in
conveying the pope's reply: "The
pope will not fail to use his Influence
where occasion offers In order that the
withes of the Spanish government may
be realized and tbe prestige of the no
ble Catholic nation be unimpaired."
In reading this, I had the unpleasant
feeling that Spain and Leo XIII con
sulted as to what course met the de
sires of Spain, and the intervention of
tbe pope was like an effort to accom
plish this, and bad little reference to
tbe cessation of the starvation in Cuba,
and was concerned very little with the
broader course of humanity and liberty
there, much less to meet the just de
mands of the United States. No per
son who Is in the least degree familiar
with the pope's conduct as an agent in
International arbitration, would have
any confidence In either papal candor
or ability in such a service as this.
The Pope of Rome will, and must fa
ver a Catholic country, rather than a
Protestant nation. Then, the pope Is
not in accord with the growing and
widening spirit of liberty, progress
and education. In every way be is un
fit to arbitrate, except it be between
two exclusively Catholic countries.
To longer permit Spain to continue
tbe unsufferabie condition of her mis
rule in Cuba is not in the patience of
the American people, but if there is no
. ay out of it except through the pope,
wo had Vtter suffer tbe unsuff .arable.
We will Lot consider the right, author
t,7 or justice of papal arbitration in
any matter which conoerns our nation
al affairs or international relations.
That papal iotvrfi re nee always has
reference to tbe wolfareof theCatbollo
ohurch and not to the bust Inter its of
the countries concerned, I shown by
tbe strong controversy which has beea
in prog res between the Pope of Itome
and the Ctar of Itusjla. Several year
ago two dioceses la Ilussia were de
prived of their b Whops by death; they
were located in the Polish district.
The pope at once appointed two eccles
iastics to Oil the vasint soon; they im
mediately reported at Home and look
tbe usual oath of allegiance to the pope.
Hut on their return to Hussia they
were Informed by that government
that they did not first take tbe oath of
allegiance to the Itusin government
before swearing to obey the pipe, and
would not be permitted to enter upon
their duties. This created great
amaicraent In the court at Rome, as
all previous apojlntmeots bad been
arranged with reference to the first
oath being takea to papal allegiance.
Tbe Czar has declared that he will not
yield an Inch and the pope refuses to
consecrate tbe bishops designated by
the Czar. Scott P. Hkrshev, Ph. D.
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