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THE EED CLOUD CHIEF.
ADDRESS FROM M'KJNLEY
ON MAINE REPORT,
WAS A MISSION OF PEACE.
Clio Itattleshlp Was Rent to Havana to
Cement the Frlend4hli of Hnnln and
America The I'reililnnt Trmtn
That tho Qtinnu Itegnnt'a
liMtlon Will ('HIMtt
WABiitNoroN, March 50. Tho Pres
ident to-day sent the following mos
wago to Congress:
"To the Conirrcss of the United States:
"For some time prior to the visit of the
Maine to Havana hartxir our consular reti
re entathes jol tei! nut the ml vantage to
flow from the vlsltof national ships to the
Cuban waters In accustoming the people to
th j presence of niirn.ii; as the symbol of
oo I will and of our ships In tli : lullltlmrnt
of the mission of protection to American
interests even though no Immediate need
therefor might exist.
"Accordingly on the 24th of J urisx-y last,
after conference with the Spanish minister
in which tho renewal ot visit of our wir
vessels to Spanish wat-rs was dli'ui.cil
and accepted, tlis peninsular authorities
MM (It hi ami Havana were advised nf tho
purpose of this government to resume
irlendly naval visits at Cuban ports and
that In that view the Maine would forth
Kith call a. the port of Havana.
SPAIN SHOWKl) Al'l'KKCI.VTION.
"This announcement wai received by the
Spanish government with appreciation of
the friendly character of the visit of the
Milne and with notification of Intention to
return thecourtesy by s-'ndlnKSpanlsh ships
to the principal ports of the United States.
"Meanwhile the Maine entered the port
of Havana oa tho 'J ith day of January, her
arrival being markrd with no special Inci
dent brsldcs tie ctctiange of customary
salutes and rcrcmonlnl visits.
"J he Milne continued l.i tin harbor of
Htrana during the three w.-cks following
ner arrival. No appreciable excitement
attended her stay. Upon the contrary, a
iceiingot relief and confidence followed the
resumptl m of the loni; Interrupted friendly
Intercourse. So notlceab e was this Imme
diate effect of her visit that the consul
general strongly urg-d that the presence
of our shlpi In Cuban wa ers should bo
kept up by retain ng them at Hivana, or
In the event of her reca.l. by ending there
a vessel to talte her pla:c.
THE EXPLOSION OF TI1K SHU'.
"At forty minutes past 9 In the evening
on the 15th of February the Maine was de
trocdby an explosion, by which the en
tire forward part of tho ship was utterly
wrecked. In this catastr phe two officers
.indSOJ of her crew perished, thosi who
were not killed outright liy her exploslou
oelnm penned between decks by the tangle
of wreckag. and drowned by thelmmadlate
sinking of the bull Prompt assistance
ws r ndcred by the neighboring v -ssbIh an
shored In tho harbor, aid being especially
given by tho boats of the Spanish crulssr
AlphonsoXIIand the Ward lino steamer
City of Washington, whtchlay not far dis
tant. The wounded were generously cared
lorby the authorities ot Havana, the hos.
3ltals being freely op.-ned to them, while
the earliest recovered bodies of thu dead
-were Interred by the munljlpalUy In a pub
lic cemetery In the city. The tribute of
grief and sympathy were offered from all
official quarters ot tho Island.
THE NATION HEf.D ITSELF IN CHECK.
'The appalling calamity fell upon the
people of our country v. Ith crushing force,
and for a brief time an hit -use excitement
prevailed, which. In a community lesi just
and self-contro'lcd than ours, might have
ted to hasty acts of blind rese ittnvnt This
hplrlt however, soon gave way to tho
calmer procestes of reason and to there
solve to Investigate the fasts and await the
material pr..of before forming a Judgment
as to the cause, the responsibility and, If
the fact warranted, the remedy due.
'This coursj n.'cs.sarlly recommend-d
Itself from the outsst to tho executive, for
only In the light of a dtipasa'.onatoly ascer
tained certainty could It determlna ths na
ture and moasuro of Its full dutf in the
FAIR INVESTIGATION MADI1
"This mode or proccduro is proceeded w Ith
In a.l ras-sof eisuilty or disaster to na
tional vessels of any maratlmo state. A
naval court of inquiry was at once organ-ia.-d.
comp iscd of ofiloers well qualltied by
ran c and practical experience to dlsch tr.e
the onerous duty Im oed upm them. Aid d
byastroig force of wr ckvrs and d vers
the court proiee led to make a thorough
Invcsilgat on on the spot, employing every
available means for the Impartial and ex
act determination of tho causes of the ex
plosion. Its operations have been con lucied
with the utmost del Iteration and Judgment
and. while liulepcnd-nily mrsu d no
source of inforina ion was neglected and
the fullest opportunity was allowed for a
tilmultaneous Investlgat.on by the Spanish
PLACED llEKOHi: CONOHKSSL
"The finding ot the ourt of Inquiry was
reached after tw nty. three days of contin
uous I ibor. on the i!lt.t of March Instant,
and hav ng been app-oved on the 2.d by
the commander-in-chief of tho United
States naval force on the North Atlantic
station, was transmitted to the executive.
It is herewith UU b.-fore Congress to.day,
and herewith the voluminous tes.lmony
taken before the court.
HOW THE MAIN'H WAS DESTROYED.
"Its purport is In brlrf as fo lows: when
the Maine arrived at Havana ah? was con
ducted by the regular government pilot to
liuoy No, 4, u) which she was moored In
from live an I one half to s.x fathoms of
"The sttte of d sclpllne on board and the
.condition of he- magazines, boilers, coal
buuers and storage compartments aie
passed In review, witn tin con luslon that
ex ellent order prevailed and that no Indi
cation of any cause for an Internal cxpl -6lon
fxls ed n a ly quarter.
'At 8 o'clock In the evening of February
15 everything had been reported secure
.and ail was quiet
"At fortv minutes past 0 o'clo:k the ves
sel was -udd nly dest-oyeil
'Thero were two distinct explosions, with
a brief Interval betwec i them The tlrst
lifted the lot-ward part of the slili y. ry
perceptibly the second, wh cb was more
prolonged. Is attributed by tho court to the
partial vxploiloi of two or more of the lor
waul inag izlnes.
'Tho eviduncj of the divers establishes
that the after part -f tiw -Iiip was practi
cally intact and sank in that condition a
very few minutes after thu exp.oilon. The
forward pirt was completely demolished.
"Upot the evidence of c ncurr'nt exter
nal caase. the flu. Ing of the court Is as fol
lows: J-OME CONCLUSIVE, EVIDE 'CE.
"Tha-. frame 17, the outer shell of the
nip, from a point eleven and one-half feet
from the middle line of he ship and six
cet above the keel wnen la Its normal po
sition, has been for ed up Rons to be no
about four feet above the surface of the
waters therefore, about thirty-four feci
above where it would be had the ship sunk
"l'hcoutsld bo'.tom plating Is bent Into
a reversed 'V sliapA the after wing of
which, about llfteen feet broad and thirty
two feet in length (from Irame 17 to frame
i!), Is doubled backup. It. elf against the
continuation or the same plating extending
"At frame tfl the vertical keel Is broken
in twnauil kci-1 bent Into tin single similar
to the angle formed for the outside plates.
This brea U about six feet below the sur
face of the water and aout thirty feet
above Its normal position.
ONLY A MINK COULD HAVE DONE IT.
"In the opinion of the rourt this effect
could have been produced only-by the ex
plosion of a mine situated und r-the bottom
of the ship, at about frame lb and some
what on tho portHlJ.' of the Mtilft.
"The i oucluslons of the court are:
" That the lots of the Milne was not In
any respect due to fault or negligence upon
the part of a ly of the oillcers or members
of her crew.
...... . ..... i.kw,.u tlj him tA-
Plosion of a submarine mine, which caused
the partial explosion of two or more of her
forward magazines: and
'"That no evidence has been obtainable
fixing the reiponstbllltv for the destruction
of the Maine upon any pcrsju or persons.'
SENT '10 SPAIN'S QUEEN.
"I have directed that the finding of the
court or Inquiry anil the views of this gov
ernment theremi be coininui.lcatcil to tho
government of her majesty, the queen, and
I do not permit nivielf to doubt that the
hcn.eof Justice of the Spanish na ton will
dictate a course of action suggested by
honor and the frlcnlly relations of the two
'"Th.1!! thptthll. tt'la t1.f fLA.1 1... tt.M n-
It was the duty of the executive to ad
vise the congress of the result and In the
meantime deliberate consideration Is In
voked. "(Slcned ) WILLIAM M'K'INLEY.
"Executive Mansion. March 'JH 1HUS."
Thura was nn outburst of iipplunso
In tho galleries and upon tho iloor
when tho message, wiin concluded.
Iinmcdlntoly afterward thu death of
Representative Simpklns was an
nounced. SCHLEY TAKES COMMAND.
Clients for the New Commodore Hmdy
For.T Moxnoi-:, Vu., Mnreh :(. Moro
thnn usunl cnthuslnsni wus displayed
to-tlny by the ottlcers und men of that
portion of tho American flying squad
ron nlrcndy assembled hero when
Commodoro V. H Schley took com
mand. Commodore Schley steppjd to tho
brldgo of tho liroolclyn und, showing
his commission ns comtnnndur, took
possession. At tho same instnnt ills
ling was broken from tho llroohlyn's
masthend nnd ono of tho big guna
belched forth n saluto which was an
swered from tho Massachusetts, lying
Then enthusiasm broko looso and
there was n roar of npplauso from tho
deck and yard to yard Shortly aftor
tho officers of tho battleship Massa
chusetts came aboard nnd, together
with tho otllcurs of tho llrooklyn, paid
Commodoro Schloy said: "I havo
no orders to move, nor do I know
when they will come. Wo are rendy
to motro nt tho shortest kind of notice
upon tho completing of tho ileot."
LIBERALS WIN IN SPAIN.
Sapatta Will Hiivo a Majority of
Least 108 In the Next Cortsn.
Maiiiiu), March 5'.. Tho elections
for tho popular branch of tho Cortes
passed off, on tho whole, quietly. Tho
indications tiro that tho government
of Senor Sagastn will havo nn enor
mous majority. It Is estimated that
ho will havo tho support of 300 of tho
132 members of tho congress.
Seldom has a general election ex
cited less interest In tho capital than
that of to-day. Not half the regis
tered electors voted.
"Tho dale for tho assembling of
tho cortes was fixed originally for
April tr,, but tho meeting may bo
hastened. National requirements
may obligo tho cabinet to summon tho
IIouso to meetdlrectlyuftor senatorial
election, which will take plnco
NEW POINT IN TESTIMONY
Tho Mulns)'s Position Whs Never Clinngod
After Mm Entorod llnvHiia llurlior.
Wahui.noton, March SO. One of tho
main points brought out by tho testi
mony In the Maine case will correct
an importnnt impression which has
prevail veil nil over tho country.
Tho testimony proves thnt tho bat
tle ship's position was not changed
after sho entered the harbor. Sho
was moored to n bnoy and remained
thero until blown up.
Tho statement has beon tnndo ro
poatcdly In tho press Hint her posi
tion was changed the night beforo the
explosion by direction of tho mastor
of tho Havana harbor.
GLADSTONE CANNOT LIVE.
The 1'rusent Illnuss of tho Kx-Promler
Must Soon I'rove Fitful.
London, March SO. Tho Westmin
ster tiazutto litis afternoon, discussing
tho health of Mr. liludstono, wiys: "It
is no news, wo fear to say. thnt Mr.
(Hailstone's Illness must necessarily
be fatal in a comparatively bhort time.
Mr Gladstone U fully Informed i.s to
his own condition. He asked the doc
tors to tell hlin tho truth und ho was
thankful when Informed that ho had
no chnnco of recovery."
Cleuoritl ItiMucraiu' Miereiior,
WABiiiNtiro.v, March SO. Hy unan
imous vote of the executive eommittco
of the soelety of the Army of tho Cum
berland, (ienornl Dav'd S. Stanley has
been designated to net ns presldenl of
tho society, vlco llcnernl llosecrans,
deceased, until the next annual re.
Trult Jar I'nctorr llurnetl.
Muncik, Iud., March SO. Ono of
tho new tanks at Hull Ilros.' fruit jar
gluss factory No. 2 bur&ted last night,
und tho 320 tons of molten glnss flood
ed tho brick iloor, firing tho building,
which was totally destroyed, entail
Ing n loss of SOO.OCO, with but 823,000
FINDINGS OF THE COURT
SENT TO CONGRESS,
THE BLAME NOT FIXED.
Slgsbee nml Ills Men Fully I!xonornted,
Hut tho IteipoiMlhllltr for the Disas
ter I Mot Placed As llml lloeu
Anticipated, the Wreck of Hie
Mnlne Wn OconHonril lly
n Kloxtlnz Mine.
Wasiunoion, March SO Tho fol
lowing is a full text of tho report of
the court of Inquiry:
United States Ship iowa. 1'lrst Kate Key
West. I'la., Monday, March 21, loin-Alter
full and mature consideration of all the
testimony before it, the court finds as fol
lows: 1 That the United States battle ship
Maine arrived In the harbor of Havana,
Cuba, upon the twenty nflh day ot January,
1B!)A an I was ta'ten to buoy Na 4, In from
live and a half to six fathoms of water, by
the regular government pilot.
The United States consul itencral at Ha
vana had notified the authorltlei at that
piaco the prcvlou evening of the intended
arrival of the Maine.
THU DISCII'LINK BXCKLLKNT.
2. The state of discipline oa board the
Maine was excellent, anl all orders and
regulations In regard to the care and safety
of the shin were strlctlv carried out
All ammunition was stowed away in ac
cordance with instructions, and proper
care was taken whenever ammunition was
Nothing was stowed in any one of the
magazines or shell rooms which was not
permitted to be stowed there.
i nc magazines anil sneu rooms were al
ways locked after having bsen opcncdi and
after the destruction of tho Maine the
ke,s were found in their proper pla.e in
the captain's cabli, everything having
been reported secure that" evening at a
The temperature of the magazines and
shell rooms were taken dally and reported.
The only magazine walch had an undue
amount of h;at was the after ten-Inch
magazine and that did not explode at the
time the Maine was destroyed.
The torpedo war-heads were all stowed
In the after pirt of the ship, under the
ward room, and neither caused nor partici
pated In the destruction of the Maine.
The dry gun cotton primers and deton
ators were slowel In the cabin aft and re
mote from the scene of the explosion.
SPECIAL CAHK WAS TAKEN.
The waste was carefully tooked after on
board tho Maine to obviate danger. Spe
clal orderrfln regard to this had been given
by the commanding officer.
Varnishes, dryers, alcohol and other com
bustibles of this nature were stowed' on
board the main "deck and'could not have
bad anything t j do wliti the destruction of
The medical stores were stowed aft
under the ward room and remote from the
scene of the ev plosion.
No dangerous stores ot any kind were
stored below in any of the other store
rooms AS TO THE COAL HUNKERS.
The coal bunkcri were Inspected Of
those bunkers id Joining' the forwird mag
azines and shell rooms four wero empty,
namely: H3. 11. 1J3. DO. A16 had been In
use that day tn.l AIO was full of New River
coaL This coil had been carefully inspc-t-ed
before receiving It on board. The
bunker In which It was stowed was acces
sible on three sides at all times, and the
fourth side at this time, on account of
Hunkers 1U and 110 being empty. This
bunker, At r, had been Inspected that day
by the engineer ofilcer on duty.
The fire alarms In the bunkers were In
worfcln?ord.-r and thero had nrver b.-en a
case of spontaneous combustion of coal on
board the Maine.
AFTER.UOILER3 WITH LOW PRESSURE
The tw after-boilers of tho ship were In
use at the time of trie dlsaste ', ba fur aux
llliry purposes only, w th a comparatively
low presiurc of steam aid being tcidcdbf
a reliable watch. Those boll ts cojld not
have caused the explo Ion of the shl The
four forward boilers have since been found
b." the dlvprs, and are In a fair condition.
On the night of the destruction of tho
Ma n cv.'rvthlnghad been reported secure
for the nl :ht, atuo'clo k, by tellable per
sons, through th. props r authorities, to tho
commanding officer. At the time the Maine
was destroyed, the ship was quiet and.
therefore, lcat 11 ibU to ac Ident caused
by movcin nts from those on board.
3. The destruction of the Maine occurred
at 0:40 p m of the l&th day of February,
1808 In the Harbor of Havina, Cuba, being
at that time moored to the same buoy to
which she had been tak?n upon her arrival.
There were two explo tlon of a distinctly
different character, with a ve -y short but
distinct nterval between them, and the for
ward part of the ship was lifted toa marked
degree at thu time of the firs: cxplotinn.
THE FIRST EXPLOSION LIGHT.
The first explosion was more In the na
ture ot a rcpor .like that of a gun, while
the second exploslou was more npn, pro
longed and of gr.'at-r volume. This second
explosion was in the opinion of the court,
caused by the partial explosion of two or
more of the forward magazines of tho
Condition ot the wreck:
4 The evidence bearing on this, bslng
principally obtained from divers, did not
enable the rourt to form a definite conclu
sion as to the con Ition of tho wreck, al
though It was established that the after
part of t.ie ship wa pra tlcally Intact and
mnk in that condition a very few minutes
after tho destruction of the forward part
Tho following facts In regard to the for
ward pa t of the ship arc, however, cstab.
lUhed by the testimony:
WHAT THE MAGAZINE EXPLOSIONS DID.
"That ponton of the port side of th pro.
tectlte deck which extends from about
frame 3'. to about frame 41 was blown up
aft and Bllghtly over to starboard, folding
the forward part of the mlddlo super
structure over and on top of t ic after part.
This was, In the op.mon of the cour.t,
caused by tho partial explosion of two r
more ot the forward magaztues ot the
0. At frame 17, the outer shell of the ship
from a point eleven and one-half feet from
the middle line of the ship nnd six feet
above the keel when In Its uormal poiltlon,
has becu f irced up nn as to be nowabiut
four feet abovo the surface of the watert
therefore about thirty-four feet above
where it would be bad the ship sunk unin
jured. The outside bottom plating Is bent
Into a re versed, V shape, the after Ing of
wn ch, about fifteen feet broad and thirty
two feet in longth (from frame 17 to frame
2.t), Is doubled buck upon'ltsclf agalnu the
continuation of the same plating extending
At frame eighteen the vertical keet Is
broken In two, and the flat keel.bent Into
an angle similar to the anglo formed by the
outside bottom plating. This break is now
about six feet below the surface of tie wa
ter, and about thirty feet above its normal
CLEARLY THE WORK OF A MINE
In the opinion of the court this effect
could have been produced only by the ex
plotlon of a mine situated under the bot
torn of the ship at about frame eighteen
and somewhat on the port side of the ship
tt The court finds that the loss of the
Maine, on the occasion named, was not In
any respect due t fault or negligence on
the part of any or the oftlccrs or mcmlcrs
of the crew of said vescL
7. In the opinion of the court, ths Maine
was destroyed by the exptoIon of a sub
marine mine, which caused the partial ex
plosion of two or more ot her forward mag
azines. H The court has been unable to obtain
evidence fixing the responsibility of the de
struction of the Maine upon any person or
W. T. Sampson, captain U. S. N , presi
dent, A. Maris, lieutenant commander, U.
S. N., Judge advocate
The court bavin finished the Inquiry it
was ordered to mike, adjourned at 11 a. m.
to await the action of the convening author-
W. T. Samnson. captain, U. 8. N., presi
dent: A. Marlx. lieutenant commander. U.
s. N judge advocate. Unlt-d States flag
silp New York, March 22, laOa.offKcr
West, Ha. J
The proceedings and findings of the court
of Inquiry In the above case are approvol
M. Slcard rear admiral, commander-in-chief
of the United States naval force on
the North Atlantic statloa.
REFERRED WITHOUT DEIJATE.
There wns an outburst of applnuso
In tho gnllorlcs and upon tho floor
when tho message was concluded. Im
mediately afterward tho death of Hep
rescntntivo Slmnkins wns nnnnimrml
Tho message was reforrod without
debate to tho commltteo on foreign af
fairs under tho rules. No motion was
made. Immediately after tho an
nouncement of Representative Sim
kins douth tho IIouso ut 12:3rJ p. m.,
SPANISH BOAT MISSING.
Tlie Auilnz's Hlster Ship tin Not lleen
llrurd from Klnoe the Storm.
New York, March 20. A dispatch
to tho New York World from Water
ford, Ireland, says:
"Tho torpedo boat dlstroycr Audaz,
though crippled by a gale, is ordered
to Spain with all posslblo hasto. She
put in hero Friday with botli bows
smashed In, her stern twisted several
feet out of lino nnd other serious
damage, sustained whilo trying to
cross tho bay of lliscay on tho way
from her builders ntClydcsbank, Scot
land, to Ferrol, Spain. Her collision
bulkhead burst, but tho second bulk
head stopped tho water, preventing
her from foundering.
"Tho captain said ho was extremely
anxious concerning tho fate of tho
Osndo, n sister boat, which loft tho
Clydo with tho Audaz and encountered
tho same violent storm. He hoped sho
obtained shelter in somo other port,
but there is no report yet of her ar
"The two now torpedo boat dostroy
ers parted company in a hurricane.
Tho captain of tho Audaz says ho nnd
ills crow had a frightful experience,
being battered about cightcon hours
in n terrltio sea, in which tho Audaz
was completely burled half tho time.
The men of tho crow havo not been
permitted to come ashore here."
TERRITORY STORM SWEPT.
Three Famlllei llelloved to Hare lloen
Killed la Cyclone.
South McAlcbter, L T., March 29.
At least fourteen peoplo wero killed
und much loss of property resulted
from a cyclono that struck Lohigh and
Coal Gate Saturday night and mowed
a path about half a mile wide ulmost
to this city.
The, families of four farmers wjro
destroyed. Sevoral bodies aro missing,
and tho death list may not bo less
than a scoro.
The dend as far as known arc:
James Seafoam, wife and three chil
dren. Alex Pendergrass nnd family.
Samuel Stinson, wife and flvo chil
dren. MRS. PARNELL DEAD.
Hums She Received at Her Homo In
Irelantt Prove Fatal.
London, Marcli 20. Mrs. Delia
Tudor Parnoll, daughter of tho cele
brated American naval ofllcer, Rear
Admiral Charles Stowart, and mother
of tho lato Charles Stowart Parnell,
died last night at Avondnto, Rath
drum, County WJcklow, Ireland, as
tho result of bums received from tho
igniting of her clothing whilo sho was
Bitting beforo a Are.
Oklahoma Cattle Suffer.
GtrniiUK, Okla., March 20. Tho
cold and wot weather of tho pnst
week has cansed Buffering among tho
largo herds of caltlo recently brought
into Osage, Kaw, Otoo and other In
dian reservations from tho South, and
hundreds of them havo died from ex
posure. Another Cruiser nought.
Jlnni.i.v, March 20. Llotennnt Com
mander Nlblack, tho United States
naval attache, has returned horo
ftom Kiel. It is understood ho
hns conditionally purchased for tho
United Statos government a protected
cruiser building at tho Gorman yards
for a South American government,
and that ho is considering tho pur
chaso of a vessel building at tho Voss
yurds nt Hamburg.
Fast I'rlntln? Ill Invention.
Sai.km, Mass., March 21'. Abncr
Cheney Goodull died hero yesterday,
nged 03 years. Ho perfected tho first
printing press thnt prlntod on both
sides in ono operation. Ills Inven
tions in this lino became tho founda
tion of tho prosont nowspapor press.
Ho also invonted tho cracker machino
nnd porfceted tho preparation of cop
per and steel plates for uso by en
gravers. Have Nail r U for America.
LoNDox, March 20. Tho United
States cruisers Sap Francisco and
New Orleans (formerly Atnazonns)
snitad nt 1:40 p. m. yesterday for New
lliilli Tnllf nr nrnnr i negro troops for
Nl 111 IK llr Wfl L,
HUH 1I1LI1 UI I LIlULi
A REASSURING MESSAGE
WOODFORDIS HEARD FROM
The Strulnort relations May Yet II o
BatlxfHctorlly Itrlloved It Ii Un
derstood That Hpaln Is Willing
to Make Important Conces
sions to the United States
Washington, Marcli 2 Tho cabi
net meeting which was cnllod nt 10:20
o'ekek to-day wus largely devoted to
reading of the President's message
sent to Congress" at noon. Sevoral
minor changes wero madu in the word
ing of tho message, and aftor it had
been dispatched to tho capitol somo
minutes wore given to consideration
of- some dispatches from Minister
Woodford, which it is boltovad wore
reassuring in character and glvo tho
belief thnt tho strained relntious may
yet bo satisfactorily relieved.
Although reticent as to tho do tails,
a member of tho cabinet hald after tho
meeting that the conditions wero
much moro hopeful than threo days
ago. It is undoubtedly truo that
Spain Is willing to make important
concessions to the United States and is
willing to go even so far as to ngrco
to withdraw her troopi from Cuba on
conditions which, if not satisfactory
to this government, tiro moro liberal
and conciliatory than anything hith
erto received, and cloarlv indleiitn a
purpoio to avoid war even if to attain
that cud sho is compelled to make
sncriilces never boforo considered.
Notwithstanding these hopoful bigns,
tho negotiations have not passed tho
danger point, nor Is it believed this
government will nccept uny compro
mise that does not involve prompt ces
sation of hostilities, even If tho ques
tion of futuro government of Cuba bo
left to future negotiations.
LEE PREPARES FOR RIOTS.
flans to Care for American Citizens In
Nkw Yohk, Marcli 28. A Key West
correspondent of tho New York Her
ald says: "It Is now said on
good authority that tho Mangrove,
which sailed for Havana on Fri
day, wont thero ostensibly to bring
away material saved from tho Maino,
but in reality to bo on hand in caso of
nn outbreak in Havana, so that Amor
ictus coulJ tako refuge on tho vessel.
Americans arrived here on the Ollvotto
from Havana. Among theso were
Captain Sigsbeo aud other ollicers of
"Consensus of opinion among all
the passengers wns that a general ex
odus from Havana would shortly fol
low, us tiio result of the present ex
citement attending the present attl
tudo of tho American government.
Unusually strict censorship has been
maintained over thu cable.
"Consul General Lee, believing that
a serious crisis in allairs is likely to
occur now'at any moment, is to-day
preparing a revised list of all Ameri
cans now iu Havana, together with
their addresses, so that iu caso of
omergoncy they may bo communicated
with at bhort notice. Thero is an
extra guard now around tho American
NO ALLY ON EITHER SIDE.
America Does Not Need Help and Spain
Cannot Out It
London, March 2b. Tho dispatch ot
the liritihh fleet from Halifax to Ber
muda, following tho agitation for an
Anglo-American alliance, is consider
ably commented upon by diplomats.
Tho authorities expluln that It is
merely considered dcsirablo that
llritish ships should bo in tho vicinity
of Cuba iu order to safogunrd llritish
commerce nnd llritish subjects iu caso
of war. Tho iden of Anglo-American
co-operation in Cuba is scouted. A
diplomat who Is conversant witli tho
inside negotiations upon tho Cuban
"If Spain and tho United States go
to war thoy will fight without an ally
on each side. Tho United States docs
not ncod nn ally and Spain cannot
get au ally. Tho United States will,
however, havo tho sympathy of
Great Rrltaln, nnd Spain will have tho
sympathy of all tho continental
powers, hut their attitude may be de
pended upon not to exceed sympa
FANNY DAVENPORT DYING
The Colebrated Aotrcsi at Death's Door
Chicago, March 2d. -Fanny Daven
port, tho actress is dying.
I'rom Monlutm to I)rr Tortnirut
- Is n Klgnlllrutit More.
Wabiiinoton, Marcli '0. lly direc
tion of General Miles, commanding
tho army, orders wero issued to-day
for tho transfer of the Twenty-fifth
regiment to tho Dry Tortugas. The
fact that this regiment Is made up of
negro troops is regarded as qulto sig
nificant in Allowing the purposo of tho
War department to concentrate negro
troops in the vicinity of Cuba, Inas
much as it is recognized that a negro
Is better nblo to withstand tho Cuban
climato than tho wlilto man.
Tho Twenty-fifth regiment is now
located at Forts Missoula, Asslna
bolno nnd Hnrrls, Mont., whore they
havo been for tho last eighteen years.
Thero nre about 450 men in nil, under
the command of Colonel A. a Hlrd.
Tho movement will begin In about
Thero aro two other negro regiments
In tho army. Their aggrogato negro
strength is 2, (83. Tho regiments nru
tho Twenty-fourth infantry, all at
Fort Douglas. Utah, Colonel J. F,
Kent commanding, tho Niticth cavalry
Fort Robinson, Nob . lieadnunrtnrs
Colonel David Perry commanding; tho
Tenth cavalry, headquarters at Fort
Assinaboin, Mont, Colondl Guy V.
Henry commanding. Tito only negro
ofllcer outside of chaplain Is First
Lieutenant Charles Young of tho
Ninth cavalry, who is nt present on
duty at Wllberforco university. The
four negro chaplains aro attached to
tho negro regiments.
Er. Rkno, Okla., March 20. At noon
to-day troops from Fort Reno began
loading at tills point on tho Chicago,
Rock Islnnd it Pacific trucks,, taking
Hatling and Hotchklss guns and all
tho available field pieces at tho fort.
It is understood that they are to bo
lent to Eastern coast paints nnd that
they will go by Fort Worth. Texas.
THE HOUSE WILL REVOLT.
Speaker Itosd lias Warned the I'reildent
That He Cannot Control It
Wabiiinoton, March 3D. Speaker
Rood at noon notified tho President
that ho was unnblo to control tho
IIouso and that thero would bo nn
outbreak upon tho slightest provoca
tion. Senator McMillan of Michigan,
who is one of tho most conservative
of tho administration senators, and
who was ono of tlioso summoned to
tho White houso last night, said this
afternoon: "Tho crisis will be reached
beforo tho ond of this week. No
powor on cartii can dolay war."
The President is ugaln being urged
to stop the advance of tho Spanish
torpdo flotilla. His advisors aro urg
ing him to prevent it leaving Porto
A poll of tho House commltteo on
appropriations shows thai tho com
mittee, nlmost to a man, i.s opposed to
an appropriation for Cuban relief
Stato delegations aro meeting all
afternoon. Thoy gather in tho cloak
rooms, in committee rooms and tho
lobbies. Tho general question dis
cussed is: "What courso shall tho Re
publicans adopt If tho President to
morrow asks for S50i),009 for the Cu
bans?" Tho answer to this in every instance
lias been unanimously: "Wo will add
an amendment declaring tho inde
pendence of Cuba and instructing him
to intervene immcdiutoly to stop thu
A "MUSQUITO FLEET."
formation of Another Squadron De
Wabiiinoton, March 30. It was dis
closed for tho first time by one of tho
naval orders Issued yesterday that
tho department had determined upon
tho formation ot an additional new
fleet, to be known as "the muiqulto
fleet," to be composed of tugs, steam
yachts and other small vessels which
may bo obtainable nnu which aro to
be used as a sort of mobile defonso of
sea coast cities. It was further de
veloped in this connection that tho
naval militia of tho several statos is
to bo called upon to man this auxili
Tho fact that Admiral Walker ca
bled from Nicarugua to tho state
department announcing his departuro
for homo rovlvcs tho speculation ns to
the likelihood of ono of tho brightest
ollicers of tho navy, actlvo or rotirod,
being placed In chargo of tho entire
uaval operations, including tho fleet
under Captain Sampson, Commodore
Schloy's flylnir squadrou and any aux
iliary lines of defenso that may bo
F. E. KELLOGG NAMED.
The Itloli Hill Man Given the Hamas CIIJ
Wabiiinoton, March 20. F. R Kel
logg of Rich Hill has been named as
collector of Internal revenue for tho
Sixth, or Western, district of Missouri,
at Kansas City, to fiuccccd Web&tor
Zola Bluy Lecture In America.
Nkw Yohk, March 3 0. Emllo Zola
has agreed to como to tho Unltod
Slates to glvo a series of Of teen lec
tures. Zola lius" been permitted to
tako an appeal from his conviction,
and tho time of hh visit to Amurica
will depend upon tho result.
I'urls I'ren Comment.
Paths, Maroh .'U. Tho Figaro
tli inks tho report of tho Amorioau
court of Inquiry is not irrefutable, and
that thero is noevldenco to justify tho
entire exoneration of tlu crew. "It
is impossible," says tho Figaro, "that
the United States will defy Europeun
opinion nnd make war on such fragile
At the lee Man's Merer.
CiHOAQO, March 30. Twonty-olght
Ice companies, controlling by far the
greater part or tho Chicago business,
havo formed a trust, with 93,000,000
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