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THE EED CLOUD CHIEF.
POPECALTiS Ii'ORPEACE ,
SPAIN ASKED TO GRANT AN
l.o'n Nototothn Qtirrn--lriirrnl Wood
ford unit Senor Moral, uHpnnUh C'ulilnet
MlnUtrr, Think I'mcn Will Itrwilt
Nothing Known of It In Washington.
Mjtnmn, Sunday, April . (D'lavort
in transmission.) Hvotits oro moving
rapidly uml tlic best Informed peoplo
hero bcllovo tin ttrmlstlco between the
.Spaniards mill Cuban will be pro
cl.ittitcd wltliiu two days.
The pope, It now appears, sent rtn
rloquont telegram to tlio queen regent,
urging Spain to grant im urmlstlco In
Cuba with tlio view of allowing nogo
t'ntlons to bo carried on between tho
Insurgents nnd the Cuban authorities
for tho early conclusion of u perma
nent peace. The pope dwelt upon tho
differing In Cuba and urged that Her
Maje.ity tattc action on humane, and
not on political grounds.
The pope added that "as tho father
of all tho faithful," ho could not in
tervene until n stop was put "to tho
shedding of blood of those who nro
God's sous." Therefore he risks for a
nttspcnslou of hostilities.
Previous to tutting this action, It is
Added, the pope, through a represent
ative at Washington, asked President
McKlntey If It would bo ngrceublo to
iilrn sliontd tho popo advlso tho queen
regent to grant an armistice, uud It is
understood tho President expressed ids
willingness that tho popo do anything
In Ills power. Since then tho extra
ordinary activity of the ambassadors
hns been noted, and It is claimed, u.'i
a, result of all the representations
made to Spain upon the subject. So
nor Morot, tho minister for tho colo
nies, who throughout has been anx
ious, to do anything to preserve peace
contlstent with what ho consider
Spain's honor, had an Interview with
tho United States minister, General
Woodford, to-day (Sunday), nt which
he expressed Spain's willingness to
grant an Immediato tirtulstio?. Ho
pointed out that tho only condition
Spain asks In return Is one "which
America would grunt even If un
ntked," anil refers only to "her no
tion after Spain proclaims the armis
tice." Senor Moret confirmed tho an
nouncement made o( tlio pope's medi
ation between Spain and tho Cubans,
and added that tho .suggestion did not
como from tho United States govern
ment, but from Homo direct.
tenor Morel's manner, ns well ns
that of Gcnernl Woodford, conveyed
the Impression that they botli behove
that peace, for which they have ho
earnestly labored, will result from tho
Washington, April r., President
McKlnlcy announced to-day that ho
had no knowledge of the reported
tcadlatlou of tho popo in tho Cuban
matter. Ho also announced that ho
was hourly expecting u cablegram
from tho Sagasla government notify
ing this government of the formal
proposition of an armistice to the
ltojtt:, April . It is stated in Vati
can circles that the pope has not for
mally offered to mediate between
Spain uud tho United States, because
ha has not been requested to do m by
this government. It U true, however,
that the pontiff has convoyed to Mad
rid his ardent wish for the avoidance
of fv con Mot, and litis usked Spain to
arrange for a Nuspcnslon of warlike
measures or decisions.
PLEADING WITH REBELS.
Havana tlovrrnment Tolls Cnlmn They
Have Whit they Ar rit-litlni: Tor,
Havana. April .'..Tho Ofllciul (la
y.ctto published to-day a manifesto,
saying in effect that tho provisional
government, by Its own inspiration
and also us the faithful interpreter of
tlio vehement desrios of tho mother
country. Informs tho Cubans they are
struggling by force to reacli that
which is nlreadv secured In all its
reality and valuo nnd without the
dangers ami rls'.ts of Inexperience
tho trhtmnh of right and of justice
with a widened honz in for tho future
nnd broad roads for tho orderly and
itlcreanlug development of all tho
living forces of thin (Cuban) society.
Tho manifesto continue In an
earnest and strong pica to tlio Cubans
to accept the outstretched hands and
fraternal embraces and cordial wel
come to realty homo ruled Cuba and
its autonomist lenders, and declares
that such notion Is not cowardice nor
dishonorable, but best for tlio Cubans
and all the residents and interests of
the Island, that tholr own personality
will not bo lost and that these pleas
arc actuated by tlio provisional gov
ernment, "always secure of the appro
bation of tho mother country."
Tho doccument also nssorts that the
history so far of homo rule ts insuf
ficient guaranteo of good fulth.
f'hlcigii t'nrititiitcini MrlUe.
Chicago, April c About .1,000
union carpenters struck hero to-day,
nnd with the exception of public
buildings, which were not interfered
with, work on nearly every building;
iu course of construction in the city u
ut a standstill.
.Another Hoathern I) not.
LiTTtvc IIuck, Ark., April 5. A des
perate revolver duol occurreu nt
Haynea, Ark., Saturday night, be
tween Dr. W. W. Scott, a prominent
physiciun of that town, und John J.
llugues, u leuding merchant. When
the .hooting ceased both then wero
lying on tlio floor, Soott bleeding
from four wounds and Hughes struck
by five bullets. llotli men nro still
alive, but tholr recovery Is doubtful.
The causa of the troublo Is not de
finitely known, lint it Is sil.l to have
frown out of family affairs.
ONE hundred drowned.
Shawnrclnwn, 111.. I.nlil WiiMn hy Water
Olilo Itlviir l.ctro HrriiU..
KvANsriM.K, Itnl . April 5. Nearly
100 pervitin are believed to hnvn per
ished in a flood that swept over Sliuw
noetown, 111., Inst night on tho break
ing of a loveo of tho Ohio river.
Shawnectown is sevcnty-llvo mites
below ISviinsvlllo, on the Ohio river.
It Is situated In a valley of extremely
low laud, with hills skirting it iu tho
rear, and with ft twenty five foot
loveo front running from hill to hill.
Tho town is very much in tho position
of a fortlllod city, and when the leveo
gave way a mllo nbovo town, under
the pressuro of tho very high rlrcr,
the wntur shot through n twontv-foot
opening and struck tho place llko u
hurricane, sweeping everything be
Houses were turned nnd tossed
about like boxes. Tho people had no
warning. Those nt homo sought
refuge iu second stories nnd on house
tops. Those In tho streets wure car
ried before tlio avalanche of wnter.
In tho c 'liter part of tho town some
br.ck structures stopped tho rush of
water for a few minutes, but about
two-thirds of the dwellings wero lifted
from their foundations and floated out
Into the current of tho rlvor. After a
fow minutes n largo house, that had
started down stream with tho others,
caught fire. A nutnbor of houses that
It tttruck In Its zig-zag course caught
lire nnd tho peoplo on tho roofs wero
obliged to entrust themselves to im
llesldea thoso who wero on the roofs
of the sound buildings, It is believed
a largo number of tho inhabitants
managed in ono way or nuothor to
make tholr way to tho high hills back
of tho town or to houses in tho higher
section of tho village itsolf.
Meu camo from tho placa by skiffs
to n telephone several miles away and
asked for aid from Kvnnsville. They
said tlio water wns from twenty to
thirty foot deep all over the town.
Tho men vtcrc so excited that thoy
coul I not bu prevailed on to stay long
nt tho telephone. They said that when
they camo they floated through HtroctH
ringing with tho frightened cries of
women and children and with words
of exhortation from the rescuers.
They cald thut the wholo neighboring
country was flooded for miles nnd
that telegraphic and telephone com
munication would not probably bo re
stored before to-night,
l''l.or.A, 111.. April .i. Uoports re
ceived at this point, seventy miles
from Shawnectown, bear out tho first
Impressions of tho Hooding of that
-town by tho breaking of tho levee.
Tho rail roads have stopped trallio
twenty miles south of here, ns the
road to Shawnectown is deep under
water. Telegraphic communication
is out off nnd tlio reports received are
very meager. At .Mills station tho
river is eight miles wide and tho track
is covereil for six miles.
The following telegram wns received
hero by Mr. Mills, superintendent of
tho Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern
rallwuy, from Conductor Charles Ire
land: "Kldgcwny, III. To .7. R. Mills:
Half of Shawnectown totally de
stroyed. All stores wrecked with
contents. Town contains fifteen to
twenty feet of water. South leveo
covered with dead stock and houses
and all kinds of debris.
"Part nl list of tho dead follows:
Colonel Colllcott. Mr. uud Mrs. W. C.
Colllcott, Mrs. Kil Flake, threo chil
dren of Paul Phakon, Mrs. Calloway
uud two children, C Uhliichart, Mary
McAllister, F.llen McAl ister, Annio
Khtnchart, Mrs. Holly, Mrs. McLuno,
Mrs. Matilda Greer,"
Tho Louisville & Nnshvlllo accom
modation train from Southern Illinois
arrived heio ut J OHIO o'clock. It was
expected many peoplo from Shawnee
town would bo nboard, but it is
learned that trains on this branch
have for a week proceeded no further
than 1'ldorndo, fifteen miles away.
The trainmen brought the report that
tho family of Sheriff Calloway was
lost m tho Hood. It is reported that
the leveo broko whllo peoplo wero at
church und that many wero drowned
because there was no warning, tho
flood sweeping over tho town llko
water through n mill race.
C. I Storrs, who has charge of tho
provision boat from Hvansvil o, tele
phoned from Mount Vernon, Ind. .that
ho hud just returned from Shawnee
town. Mayor Ca-noy now estimates
the loss of life at 10 J people.
TANNF.lt CALLS ON ILLINOIS.
Si'iu.NoriKi.i), III, April r,. Early
this morning Governor Tannor re
ceived tho following message relative
to tho Shawnectown disaster: "llldge
way, M., Ajnl .John 15. Tanner,
governor: The ground g.ivo wny under
tho loves at 4:l' p. m. and tlio loss of
llfo Is nearly one-fourth of our popu
lation. We have no provisions to feed
our people for one meal. We need the
tents, clothing, burial caskets to bury
the dead, provisions for tho living.
Help us nt once. C.MiNi:v, ."ay or."
In response to this telogrum (lover
nor Tanner has issued a proe'nuiatiou
calling upon the citizens of the state
to contribute for the relief of tho
Tho printing press is responsible fo
roany of the revolutions of this world
tiold from Australia.
Sax FiiANcmcn, April 5 Tho steam
ship Alameda, from Sydney, via Auck
land and Hoiolulu, which is due hero
next Wednesday, curries 83,000,000 in
English sovereigns in her strong box.
This is the eighth shipment of gold re
colvid from the samo source since last
fall, bringing the total amount, re
ceived up to tho mormons sum of 818,-&OU,o-i,
This money is in puytnont of
the balance of trade in favor of tho
United States for wheat, flour, lum
ber, canned goods, raisins and other
staples chipped abroad, in excels of
our import of merchandise.
CUBANS HAVE NO ESTAB
I'tin rrrtlilnnt' Itrimnna To Do So Would
Allow tlir InntirRcntd to Inlllct Capital
1'iinUliinrnt t'pon the Member of the
Spa tilth tlotrrniiK'nt.
Wamhnoto.v, April (V Tho cabinet
meeting to-day wns not of unusual
duration, but extreme difficulty was
encountered In obtaining details con
cernlug it. A cabinet otllcor, how
ever, aitthorl.sd this much: "The sit
uation on tho Spanish affair remains
unchanged. The Prdildcnl'd message
Is completed and Is now boing copied.
The present purpose is to send it to
Congress to-morrow. Tho message nnd
the general condition of affairs was
discussed, of course, quite fully, but
no changes had appeared which re
quired any elaborate discussion of
After tho cablnot meeting It was
learned that it Is practically settled
In his forthcoming message the Presi
dent will not muko any recommenda
tion looking to tho immediate recog
nition of Cuban Independence. Tho
withholding of this recommendation
Is not because of Indlffercnco to tho
Cuban cause, but Is based upon
fact, as tho President views
that tlio Insurgents have
established any government
tholr own, or such a govern
ment, nt least us would warrant tho
United States, under tho well de
fined principles of international law,
in talcing .such a stop. It is urged In
support of this view that by recognis
ing Cuba us un Independent gov
ernment the United States might
under certain circumstances bo
placed nt n great disadvantage.
In case this government should
take possession of the island nnd the
insurgents should seo lit to inflict cap
ital punishment upon members of tho
present autonomist government or
other persons against whom they
might have special enmity, this gov
ernment, having recognized their in
dependence, would then be powerless
to prevent nny action tho Cuban gov
ernment might seo lit to tako however
repugnant to our sr-nso of justice
nnd right. Tlio better and safer
way, It Is urged, would bo for the
United States to tako control of tho
Island if necessary to prevent further
bloodshed und nduilnlster Its affairs,
or ut least 3iiperviso its administra
tion, in tlio interest of justlco and
humanity until Spain uud Cuba them
selves, If possible, shall havo settled
tho wholo question. What further
action shall be taken will bo dictated
by the facts und conditions us they
The situation of tho United States
consular o Ulcers on the island is re
garded us grao. Tho cabinet had tills
matter under considrrntioti to-day.
What conclusions were readied can
not be stated, but it Is known arrange
ments have been perfected by which
tliev are to leave tho island within a
very short titno.
I A telegram was received to-day
from Minister Woodford expressing
tho regret of the Spanish cabinet thnt
the erroneous report had been pub
lished that tho pope had agreed to
mediate between Spain und tho
nt tho cuggcatl i
FORECAST Or MESSAGE-
ft It blf-ne.t, Soulful and Unuily
Delivery to Corn-mi.
Wasiiinoton, April C Tho Prosl
dent has completed his Cuban mes
sage nnd it will bo pre.seuted to Con
gress on Wednesday.
Tho message, which In Itsolf isloug,
will not be accompanied by tho consu
lar reports dealing with thu stnto of
affairs iu Cuba. Those will go to tho
committee on foreign relations of tho
Senate for their private information
and will not bo made public just now.
The diplomatic correspondence be
tween tho United States nml Spain
will not bo submitted ut present
A special cabinet meeting was hold
last night. It lasted from 3 until ufter
11, and was devoted entirely to the
careful reading and dUousslou of tho
President's draft of his message.
Every member of the cabinet was
present Tho document was gone
over, point by point, nnd met with
approval of tho cablnot In every ma
terial respect. Tho only ohanges
made wero in u fow potato of verbiage.
Secretary Long apparently had luen
deputed us spokesman for tho meet
ing, und gave tho nbovo brief state
ment. As to tho character of tho mes
sage, ho refused to sponlr. It was
learned from other sources, however,
that tho message is in part a review
of Spain's cour.io in tho present nnd
previous wars in Cuba. That it will
contain some definite recommenda
tions may bo Inferred from tho re
mark of ono m tuber. '"Whllo I can
say nothing explicit, concerning the
details of tho message," said ho, "I
may say that it is a strong, explicit
statement, und ono with which Con
gress will be thoroughly In accord."
When a man has tho toothache ho Is
apt to Iosj tils nerve, but not tho ono
that troubles hltm
Firm! ivi n llrltUli Mil p.
St. Johns, Newfoundland, April 0.
Tho llritlsh bngatlno Holla Ilois, from
Cadiz, via Ooorto, for St. Johns, which
nrrlvod Sunday, reports having been
chased and 11 red upon by a Spanish
vessel shortly after leavlug tho har
bor of Oporto.
lailciti Onlurail to Mllp.
AnnaHii.ib, Md., -April .' Tho na
val cadets of tho first class received
peremptory orders to join their ships
ut once and will leave here this after
noon. Their diplomas wero glveu thoni
to-day without the customary final
I.EO IS NOT DISCOURAGED.
Tlte l'ip Still Working for I'rnvr
View of It In Home.
KoMr. April K It Is authoritatively
ald that tho pope's proposed terms
are such as can bo accepted by Spain
nnd supported by tho United States
minister, (Jencral Stowart L. Wood
ford, In forwarding thorn to President
The pope's Initiative is based wholly
on thu fact that Spain, when she
asked for tlio good olllecs of tho pow
ers, ulso risked for tho pope's good
ofllojs. The Interposition' of the pon
tiff hits thus far been confined to ef
forts to bring about nn nrmistlco be
tween Spain and the-insurgents.
Loniio.v, April 0. According to a
special dispatch from Homo tho popo
Is "disappointed nt tho reception of
hU overtures iu Atnericu, but Is not
The dispatch adds: "This morning
Ills Holiness dispatched a cable- of .100
words to Archbishop Ireland, urging
Increased efforts In the Interest of
poaeo nnd further immediato repre
sentations to President McKlnlcy. An
Important conference has been called
for till- afternoon. Archbishop Kcano
and Mgr. O'Connell will nttend."
Ma Din p. April P. Tho Spanish
minister of foreign affairs, Senor Uul
Ion, lit nn interview just obtained,
said tho Spanish government Is ex
pecting the speedy urrlval of n note
from tho Vatican, in which tho pope
would iudicats tho plan ho proposes
to terminate the present situation.
In regard to tho eflleacy of mod'a
Hon. Senor Gallon said: "It Is re
called that Americans prominently
participated In tho popa's jubllco and
presented hltn with a splendid gift.
The popo was profoundly moved at
the great manifestations of respect
and said to them that ho eagerly
awaited the opportunity to show his
"Tills remark has been regarded by
some as indicating un Inclination upon
tho part of the popo to favor tho
American si lc, but this conclusion is
easily disproved by tho known impar
tiality the pope has ulways displayed
In his public acts and by tho Intimato
friendship he ltitfi always exhibited to
wards Spain. Moreover tiio Spanish
government has mndo his mediation
conditional upon the honor nnd Integ
rity of tho territory of Spain being
safeguarded. Should the pope propose
an armistice, clearly tho insurgents
should ask for it.
"Anyway, whatever may bo tho
plan of mediation, it will comprise the
cessation of tho war in Cuba
"In regard to tho point of view of
the other nations, with perhaps the
fewest exceptions, all would regard
with coufldcnce the pope's mediation."
Wasiiinoton, April 0. Regarding
the intervention of the popo botween
tiic United States nnd Spain it can
again bo reiterated that no Buch pro
posal lias been mnilo to this govern
ment, und If there Is to bo papal medi
ation it must bo between Spain nnd
tlio insurgents, nnd that nny suasion
tho Vatican can exert should bo di
rected at Madrid.
Archbishop Irnlnnd was In Wash
ington last week ' und Informally,
knowing no formal nnd direct propo
sition would bo nt nil acceptable, per
Bonally last Friday night urged tho
President to ndopt as pacificatory nn
nn attitude ns possible, but as 6tated
did not go beyond this.
Archbishop Ireland camo to tho
state department nt 32:30 o'clock
to-day. lie evidently had nrranged
for tho call beforehand, and was ex
pected, for he was shown at onco into
Assistant Secretary Day's room. Tho
archbishop was asked his mission, but
wus evasive, und snld ho camo simply
to pay his respects.
Assistant Secretary Day said at
noon that thero hud been no media
tion or intervention of other powers
material or moral.
CnptMln Slgitioe Culled lie Torn the IIouu
ForolKii AlT.lr Committee.
Wasiiinoton, April 0. Tho Ilnuso
ommittco on foreign affairs met ut
10::i) o'clock this niorniutf. Captain
Sigsbeo, Admiral Irwin und several
experts In explosives had been sum
moned to give testimony regarding
the blowing up of tho Maine. Repre
sentative Qu'gg of New York, before
ho entered committee room, said that
Spain would bo hold responsible for
tho blowing up of tho Maine. Ho Is
In favor of reporting a resolution In
structing the President to drive Spain
from tho western hemisphere.
Tho members of tho committee
from the information they havo bo
Uovo war Is inevitable unless Spain
makes a squuro backdown. An in
timation is thrown out that a
declaration of war will not ha made
j-ist yet, becnuso Consul General Leo
has cabled that it will roquiro several
days to get tho Amorlcana off tho
minims Against h;lii.
WAsiiiNOTON, April tl. Ct.itms
Agnlnst Spain ugzregatlng 810,000,000
for injury ann loss Incident to tho wnr
in Cuba have been filed with the state
department by citizens of tho United
States residing in that country. They
cover claims for personal injury, im
prisonment, loss of stock, burning o
sugar plantations, etc.
-illnourl Crop Itepnrl.
Coi.umiiia, Mo., April (l. J. It. l.lp
poy, secretary of the Missouri stato
board of agriculture, Issued tho first
crop bulletin of tills season to-day.
T,ho bulletin shows on improvement
of per cent in tho condition of
wheat, which is now rated at 8U,
ii'-alnst 76 last month, nnd 05 for tho
same date lust Heason H per cent will
be plowed up this year, against 27 per
cent for 1807. It is estimated that 13
per cent of Inst year's crop is yet in
the hands of tho producer, largely In
tended, no doubt, for homo consump-
SOLD MINES TO SPAIN.
Abioltito l'ronf That tho Dons
ploiWrl In London.
London. April tt. Details havo been
fibtalncd of the manufacture of sub
marine mlne3 In London for Spain,
which wts first brought to tho atten
tion of tlio United States embassy on
Lioutennnt Commander ,T. Ci Col
well, tho United States naval attache,
has since Investigated the matter and
has made a report on tho subject to
tho United States government. Tho
facts learned strongly tend to show
that Havana harbor was mined, nnd
unquestionably prove that Spain pur
chased mines for that purchase. Tito
firm of Lattlmer, Ilhodes fc Clark,
electrical engineers during 1SS7-83
filled a largo order for Spain of u lot
of mines in which were ust'd fourteen
and one-hulf tons of gun cotton. The
work was directly under tho sttrvoll
lanco of General Fernandez und Cap
tain Uustsmento. The latter was
then the head of tho Spanish torpedo
school, lly order of these olllcers tho
mines wero divided Into four consign
ments, for Havana, L'errol, Cadiz and
Tho mines were manufactured
under tho direction of J. P. Gibbons,
after Gibbons' patents, which nro de
scribed in Scleninn's book on torpe
does und mines. Gibbons, who Is a
former sergeant of engineers nnd u
government Insp?ctor of torpedoes,
believes tho Maine's first explosion
was caused by what is technically
called a ground mine, containing f00
pounds of gun cotton, several of which
were manufactured for Spain.
Ho has 'experimented with these
mines largely at Portsmouth, and says
that once laid, they retttln tholr prop
erties for fifty years. In addition,
Gibbons nsscrts thut it Is absolutely
itnpossiblo for them to explode ncci
dentally, ns tho electric currents for
their explosion ure formed only by
the manipulation of n complicated
key board especially devised to pre
I IN I U.MVfc.tN I .UN..LnUro Butonomlst cabinet will be used
tleneral tiomrz t'onll lout of Winning
Wasiiinoton, April 0. In confirma
tion of a recent dispatch to tho New
York Commerc'nl Advcrtlsor to the
effect that insurgent lenders had
made representation to tho United
States against armed intervention in
Cuba tlio following lottor is given ouf
by ofilclal authority:
"Tho great American republic Is do
tormlncd by many causes to Intervene,
sooner or later, in some way for the
termination of tho Cuban war, but her
mediation may only bo fruitful of n
Uual peace if through it Cuba obtains
her ubsoluto independence. On tub
basis and by moans of an indemnity of
scvcrnl millions, it is possible that our
government would treat of pence with
Spain. This is tho opinion and unani
mous feeling among tho Cuban people,
and particularly of Its nrmy of liber
ation, which I havo tho honor tc
command. M. Gome, Las Villas,
March 0. 18'JK"
Tho lstter was received by a high
ofllc rl of the administration. Tho in
terpretation placed on It nt tho stnto
department Is that the Insurgents pre
fer to fight out their own ludcpend-
i enco nnd mat, intervention uy tno
United States would iutcrfero serious,
ly with their plana.
EXODUS FROM HAVANA.
Sfnnjr Perioni Are I'rcparlnic to I.prn-
Vecl Kent to Urine Them Away.
Havana, April 0. Tho Mangrove
and tho liacho are expected here to
day to tako to Key West such Ameri
cans as desire to go. Consul General
Leo lias been authorized to litre mer
chant vessels, If necessary, and will
probably employ the steamer Florida,
of tho coast line, duo hero to-day, tho
Mascotte, which Is due hero Wednes
day, and tho Olivette, which is duo
for an extra trip on Thursday. Tho
Forn will remain here, so fur as is
American citizens only will be given
pnssago on tho Mnngrovo and llachc.
I Others, If their passports nnd vncclnn-
tlon certificates aro nil right, can
leavo on the .M ascot tj or Olivette,
To ttll appearances, n normal state
of nffulri prevails in Havana. Tho im
pression Is abroad among business
men hero that tho prospects for peace
havo grown moro favorable, tho gen
eral idea seeming to bo that foreign
intervention will rosultin the solution
of all problems witli honor to both
STILL AT CAPE VERDE
Flotilla lias Not lloiumml
Journey to America.
Nr.w Yoitit, April 0 A dispatch to
tho Now York World from St. Vlu
ccnte, Capo Verdj Islands, savs:
"Tho Spanish torpedo llotllla, un
der command of Coinmodoro Vlllnmil,
is still here. Threo of tho torpedo
vessels arrived in one day.throo others
later, und then tho transport came.
No more are expected. They aro uow
In good order.
"Thero aro soven vessels in all
threo torpedo boats, threo torpedo
boat destroyers nml li merchant ship
converted into nn nuxllliary cruiser,
tho Cuidad do Cadiz,"
A Texas Udltnr Kill lllm-elf.
Dallas, Texus, April 0, W. N. Nor
ton, editor of Norton's Union Intelli
gencer, tho oldest Republican news
paper In Texas, committed su.chlc
this morning by shooting himself
through the head. Mr. Norton hut
become financially cmbarrasod.
luinranco Stan to ItaUe Loan.
Dknvkii, April 0. Tho national as
fioclatlon of local fire insurance
agents, whose headquarters aro in this
city, yesterday decided to offer thulr
services to tho nation in placing a
popular loan to cover tho cxnouso oi
ARE READY FOR FIGHT
SpunUti Ho) nl I'liinlly IVnr .Ttrrolutloit
onii-lnl Nrui In I'.rrlln.
Etini.t:?, April 4 Tho Gerr..rt am
bassador nt Madrid, Herr von Undo
wltz, reports to the foreign office heio
that tho Spanish royal family fears nn
outbreak unless tho differences be
tweon tho Unl.ted States and Spain
are soon settled. The Carllst movo
mont Is assuming more active form
and tho royal family fours espuo ully
a pronunclamento front General Woy
ler nnd tho military party.
Everything is prepared In tho royal
castles for flight. Tho boy Icing.
Alfonso, will bo taken to San Lucnr
do ltarameda, an Aluslan port, wheru
a yacht is kept ready for sailing. Tho
replies to the queen's letter asking for
tlio Intervention of the Euroujnn pow
ers ure wholly unsatisfactory.
IS SPAIN BACKING DOWN?
A UsTanm Vlovr of Rrrrnt Morel of the
New Yoiik, April 4. Tho Havana
correspondent of tho Ne.v York Trib
une says: "Spain's official representa
tives In Cuba aro preparing to let go.
Nothing has, as yet, bjcn done to pre
paro the public for the same thlug.
lSlnnco and tho palaco officials hope
for a final effort to secure the Indorse
ment of tho United States for n
flchctno of nominal sovereignty. The
insurgents will not accept that plan,
even with tho Indorsement of thu
"With tho certain knowledge that
nothing short of independence will
prevail, tho chief interest Is In the
good of reaching that end. A message
can bo got to Gomez nnd nn uuswer
recolved In six days. Tho confidential
talk In Spanish circles Is now of yield
ing control by means of indemnity,
though the amount is pluccd much
htirhcr than will ever bo paid.
"Tito most pronounced evidence
that Spain is yielding comes from tho
autonomist cabinet. The rcilguntionn
of all tho members may como ut any
Irlnir 'I'l.n innnni.mii.A. .. ...n 4t.,i. 1...
as a scapegoat for thu Spanish publh
27 NEW WARSHIPS.
Ilnase Vote Million. Toward Strength
ening the Navy.
WABniNOTON, April 4. After an ex
ceedingly turbulent session of nx
hours, tho House passed tho naval ap
propriation bill, and thou adjourned
until Monday. Tho wnr spirit was
manifested iu all tho speeches, nnd
overrode the naval committee itself
by increasing tho number of
torpedo boats nnd torpedo boat
destroyers to twenty-four, tho bill
as reported providing for but
twelve. Tho amendment of Mr. Can
non, chairman of tho appropriation
committee, to reduce tho number of
battleships from three to ono
was burled under nn over
whelming majority. Tho pro
vision relating to armor plate, which,
in ordinary times would hnvo precipi
tated u debate of several days, was
disposed of in ten minutes, n proposi
tion to decrcaso tho price agreeil to iu
tho bill from 8100 to S30.) per ton
being drownoi in a perfect chorus of
Mr. Cannon, during tho course of
tho day, announced tho b?ltef of a
majority of the members that war
would bo upon us within a week, and
Mr. DcArmond of Missouri made a
notnblo npeech, declaring that, If hos
tilities wero to come, it was our dutr
to strike the first blow.
A Proposal Mario lly I'rnnro Itccteil.
Ity the Mtnto Department.
CmcAfio, April 4, A dispatch to tho
Chicago Times-Herald from Washing
"Tho government of Frnnco has
proposed tho aid of Its good offices in
preserving tho peace, and this offer
hns been dccllucd by tho United
"Tho tender by France camo in n
cablegram from Ambnssador Porter,
at Purls, und wns replied to In a long
cablegram prepared at tho Stato do
par tin -nt.
"In tendering her good offices to
avert n rupture, France expressed
none but tho most friendly sentiments
toward the United State), nnd gnvo
no intimation of any other desire than
ono to give disinterested assistance in
carrying on negotiations which might
lead to tho maintenance of peace. To
this tho State department repllod with
un explanation of tho situation nnd
tlio polite und friendly conclusion thnt
the good offices of Franco, under tho
existing circumstances, would not bj
likely to produce definite results."
A FALL IN
Amorlcan Mtocl anil HpanUh lloiul
Surfer In Foreign Market.
London, April 4 American Hccur.
Itlos opened very weak on tho stock
exchange to-day. Declines ranged from
'J to 3 point. At 1 ):.'' o'clock Ameri
cans showeil sotiL' Improvement.
Spanish 4s opened ut i7?. a loss of
3 points. Th-y sold at 4s)J after the.
opening. At l:3ti o'clock Spanish 4i
weakened, and wero quoted at 47jtf. a
net lose of 3?J from yesterday'u clo
Pncland DeiUAiuti Coticonloiu of Chin
IV.uiN, April 4. Tho llritlsh minis
ter here, Sir Claude MucDonald, had
an important conference today with
the Chinese foreign office. Great Hrit
atn demanded important compensa
tory concessions for tho pur.xjso nt
maintaining tht balance of power in
tho far East,
I'rlnce UUniarck I 83 Yoart Old.
FitKiimrcuisuuiiK, April 4. Prince
Otto von lllsuiarck celebrated the
jlghty-thlrd anniversary of his birth
Jay yesterday with u baucuot to
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