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ESTABLISHED JUNE 10 , 1871 OMAHA , SATURDAY MORNING , KAI&JH 5 , 1898-TWELTE PAGES. SING Ol r FIVE CENTS.
IS SPAIN BLUFFING
Madrid Qorernmont Reported to Bo Buying
War Ships ,
SUPPRESSES CABLEGRAMS ON SUBJECT
Press Censor Will Hot Allow Them to
STATEMENT BY HIGH NAVAL OFFICIAL
No Negotiates Are Now on with Either
Chili or Brazil ,
ARMSTRONGS ALSO DENY THE RUM03
Sphlii'n F.tTortn Illrpctcil to GetllliK It *
1'r.CNcnt Xnvy Into SlinpcVcj - -
ler SII > M United Stale *
Will Sot I'lKlit.
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v MADRID , Thursday nlsht , March 3. ( Sent
from Madrid by Courier across the Spanish
Frontier Into France , to escape the Spanish
government censor , who refused to allow It
to bo telegraphed ) , by way of Bayonne ,
Franco , March 4. High officials of the Span
ish Naval department cssuro mo that Spain
has not bought any cruiser from Chill and Is
not negotiating for the purchase of any more
war vessels , although several foreign firms
have offered vessels , some of which are nearly
ready for oca , whllo others are yet on the
stocks. The minister of marine , Admlra
Barmejo , Is not disposed to make new pur
chases until the Cortes meets at the end of
April and appropriates the money. All the
money recently voted for navy requirements
has been exhausted In making preparations
lor sending over to Havana the cruisers Viz-
J/"eaya and Almlrantc Oquendo and the flotilla
under Captain Vlllamll , which Is composed
of three torpedo dcstrdycrs and three torpedo
vessels , accompanied by the merchant steam
ship City of Cadiz , carrying coal and pro
visions. This steamship Is equipped as nn
auxiliary war vessel , having quick-firing guns
and a crew from the royal navy.
The money previously voted by the Cortes
for supplies was used up In paying for three
other torpedo destroyers , which are now
ready for delivery In England and for whlcl
CICWB are about to bo sent from the navy
yard at Fcrrol , nnd in repairing and provld
ing armament for the battleships Pelayo
Victoria and Numancln and the armorci
cruisers Emperador Carlos V , Cristobal Colon
and Cardcnal Clsneroa. Work on these ship
la being pushed In order that they may join
the Spanish squadron of evolution under Ad
mlral Ccrvcra before the middle of April
The squadron of evolution only Includes a
present the armored cruisers Infanta Maria
Theresa ( a sister ship to the Vlzcaya ) , tin
protected cruiser Alfonso XIII , some gun
boats and several torpedo vessels.
Conflicting rumors are current In regard ti
the date of departure for Cuba of the "flying
squadron , " as the torpedo flotilla under Cap
tain Vlllamll Is termed. The newspapers o
Cadiz , whore the flotilla Is assembled , sa
the start may bo delayed by the bad weathe
prevalent In JJarch over the seas bctweci
Spain and the Canary Islands. U Is cxpccto
that the squadron will take thirty days t
reach Havana. The minister of marine doc
not intend now to send any moro battleship
or big cruisers across the ocean , but he ha
been obliged to make these preparations ante
to rush preparations In the navy yards 1
order to satisfy public sentiment.
DEMANDS OF THE PIIESS.
The press Is constantly asking for an In
creaflo end an Improvement of the navy In
order that Spain may be better able to pro
tect Its colonies. But the government de
sires to have It understood that the prepa
rations are purely defensive and Imply no
warlike design , Some war vessels and the
excellent marln.3 light kifantry which are
-jn no Icngw needed in the Philippine Islands
are being brought back. Spain has Its coast
population cud merchant and fishing fleets
and m ample supply of ealloro , mcst of
whom , ur/Ur the naval conscription system ,
have served in the royal navy for two or
thrco years. Its weakness is In tbo engine
room staffs , a deficiency which the merchant
Eorvlco could make up In part , wlUlo many
engineers could be brought from abroad.
The Spanish navy yards have Improved In
the last ten years anj the Spanish naval
cfflccre generally are convinced that the
Spanish navy could cope with the American
Under the Cenovas regime the government
made arrangements with the Transatlantic
Steamship company , which has dene all the
transport and mall service to the West
Indira during the prcwJnt rebellion , to keep
several largo , fast now steamships always
ready for usa ai auxiliary war vessels
equipped with heavy guno , chiefly quick
firing , and with crcus and officers from the
Preparations now being made In Cadiz arc
conducted by the newly appointed comman
der , Admiral Churnica , a descendant of the
Spanish officer who commanded In the battle
ot Trafalgar. Formerly he was aide do camp
to the queeix He Is an able , Intelligent
officer , ee popular and as capable as Admiral
Cervera or Admiral Bermcjo , the miniate ?
of marine. AHTHUIl E. HOUGHTON.
nUMOIl OF PURCHASE.
LONDON , March 4. Spain has purchased
two cruisers which the Armstrongs have been
bullying for Brazil , the Amazoi.as and a
slater ship , unnamced , of 4,003 tens each ,
twenty-three knots and ten guns. Spain Is
Also negotiating for and will probably cccuro
two cruUsers of a similar typo which have
been building In Franco for Brazil.
The Amazonas Is ready for launching and
Its sister ship will soon bo ready. The
fipaulah government Is also endeavoring to
eecuro guns and largo supplies of ammuni
tion In England and on the continent for
The government of Spain ecorua to have
funds , for li U understood to bo paying a
largo part ot the purchase money In cash ,
giving good security for the balance , these
being the only terms upon which the Arm-
Mrongs would deal. Some weeks ago Spain
attempted to purchase ships and supplies In
fenRfand on creJlt from prominent firm * hav ,
ing close relations with IHe gc-Vcfutueul , 1 > > H '
tier Inquiries 'the firms refused to give
credit. Since then Spain has raised fundj
7rflfu unknown fcburci * .
I Diplomats In London cxprcis the belle !
tbat French financiers are helping the Span-
lah government. It Is known tbat Bruin u
trying to purchase thrco ether thlpa which
re being built by the Arnwtronpj. but II
kM not yet lucceeded in making a birgalu
consequently there la itlll time If the United
to f pM * ll-tt .S > aul b.
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Spain In the purchase of other ships building
In English and continental dock yards.
Whllo Chile denies that any of the ships
ordered ton that country are for sale , It Is
believed by naval constructors that Chile's
best cruiser , the O'HIgglr.s , which Is Just
finished , could be purchased.
A letter just received hero from Madrid
eays It Is definitely reported there that a
fresh Spanish squadron , destined for Cuba ,
Is being organized at Cadiz. It consists of
four IroncIaJs , the Carlos V , Pelayo , Al
fonso XIII and another , several gunboats and
a transatlantic steamer. Active work Is also
proceeding upon the torpedo boat destroyer"
Prospcrlna , Audaz and Osada and upon the
torpedo boats Habana , Ketamosa. and Bar-
celo , which form the second torpedo boat
flotilla which Spain Is sending to Cuba.
OKV. WUYI.HIt O.V T1ID SITUATION' .
Former Governor Ci cup nil of Culm
Volecn Illn Iileax.
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MADRID , Thursday night , by way of Bayonne -
onne , France , Marc'i 4. ( Dispatch sent by
courier from Madrid across the Spanish
frontier Into Franco , In order to evade the
Spanish censor. ) ( New York World Cable
gram Special Telegram. ) General Weylcr
received mo today. He eald : "I don't bc-
llevo tbo United States really wants war
with Spain. I ncvor feared complications
with the American government when I was
In Cuba. My opinion from a military stand-
fol'it was that we then had sufficient re-
ources to face all emergencies on ea and
and , even moro than enough. I lntcr.1 to
peak in the senate If I am challenged to do-
end my ncto In Cuba. I do not llko Inter
iors. I have received no foreign corres-
ondervls and Indeed no Spanish reporter
Inco I returned from Barcelona yesterday.
"You ask mo If any submarine mines were
ilaced In Havana harbor during my com-
lucid. Certainly not. In fact , to tell the
rutli , I believe that the very steamer In
which I spent two clajs before I left Cuba
.vas anchored all that tlmo about the earnc
pot In the harbor at Havana where the
Maine disaster occurred. I never had aay
mine laid Insldo the harbor at Havana
Jut that docw not mean that I had not formed
plans of fortifications and defenses In cane
f an emergency or conflict. Everybody
knows how quickly the modern science of en
gineering can prepare such defenses. I dli' '
not carry away my plans or maps , an tlie
gonral staff ted the engineer service always
keep such data. I did bring home my per
sonal military piano for carrying out a HJB-
em of operations and of destruction of the
resources of the Insurgents. These plans
had been BO successful In the four western
provinces that In .ilx months at the farthest
because the districts were thinly populated
and comaparatlvely ptfcr , my sjstem woulil
have deprived them of the means to hold out ,
From a military point of view the situation
.n Cuba certainly has not Improved since 1
eft. Tlio autonomist pscty to In now. Its
best paper , La Lucba , advocates my policy
of waging war on the Insurgents first and re ,
serving political measures for the day o
General Weylcr did not say a word aboui
Spanish parties , but ho was sceptical and Ear
castle In speaking of home rule prospects
n Cuba. Hla manner was unaffected , though
reserved. Now and thai hli face , and par-
Icularly his eyco , took on a stern , resolute
expression , emphasizing his words. Ho
a soldier rather than a politician , Most o :
his fellow countrymen believe ho will play
a prominent part yet. 'Just now ho la
studiously avoiding party alliance , advance ;
from the CarlUts and ultra-conservatlvci
Ho Is biding his time In the progress o
events. AIITHUR E. HOUGHTON.
AUM'STIIOXCJS DEXY THU IICl'ORT. .
Sny flint Spain HIINotf | HoWUM Crnltt-
i cru of Them.
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| NBWCASTLE-ON-TYNE v , Eng. , March 4
( Nt York World Cablegram Special Tele
gratm > The manager of Armstrong , Whit
worth & Co , ship builders and ordnanc
, was asked tonight If It wai
true , as was reported , that Spain had bougl :
the protected cruiser O'HIgglns , which hi
firm bad been building for Chile , and th
protected cruiser Amazonas , built for Brazl'
I "Tho report Is entirely unfounded , wit
respect to both ships , " the manage
answered. "Tho Amazonas left the Tyno
ycnterday with a crew for Brazil. The Bor-
rozo , Its sister ship , also built by us , Is al
ready there. The Chilean cruiser , O'HIgKlns ,
Is ready for sea , and will bo delivered In duo
course of tlmo to that government , which has
no Intention of parting with It. "
I I learn that the Armstrongs got an order
for a Spanish ciulscr nine months ago , but
work on It has besn stopped for some time ,
owing to the Spanish * government's failure
to pay the Installments due as agreed upon.
This cruiser has been offered to Japan , which
power Is expected to buy It , but It cannot
bo finished for eight months. All the other
war ships under construction by the Arm-
stronga are for either the British , Japanese
Chtneno or Argentina governments , no one
of which will entertain cny proposal of pur
The Amazcnas and the IMrrozo are first-
clasi armored cruisers , with a speed of
twenty knots and carrying six-Inch and four-
Inch quick firing guns of the newest pat.
tern , the same as tluvo ou the great British
cruisers , Powerful and Terrible. The O'lllg-
glns Is moro than double the power of the
Brazilian cruisers end Is fast apprcachlng
readiness for dispatch.
Cnlm Iteporteil at .Mmlrlil.
LONDON , March 5. The Midrld corre
spondent of the Dally Mall says : In contrast
with the clamor In America there Is almctjt
absolute calm hero and that , too , even on
the bourses , where the falls are duo to for
eign selling. The general opinion Is that
the United States Oaro not make the Maine
suspicion , which Is untupported by evidence
and abhorred by all Europe , the pretext for
war. The excises In the various parts of
the country occupy the people more than the
American affair. Speculators are using the
dearth of grain under the guise of election
eering and U would require some overt act
of Injustice on the part of America to divert
Trnimfer of Ammunition.
SAN FRANCISCO. March 3. TOe War de
partment baa Ifi.-j'JcJ orders for the Imme
diate transfer oi ammunition frwii the
B 'icW 'arsenal to this city. The object late
to supply the needs of the batteries cad
heavy ordnance at the Presidio and Blaclc-
port , which constitute the most Important of
UK * harbor defenses of San FroncUco.
Vonrloenth Infancy Heart- .
SALT LAKE , Vtah. March 4. Act'Hg un
der orders from department headquarters ,
the entire command at. Fort Douglass has
been Inspected for marching orders. The
equipment , anca and every Important detail
of ths Fourteenth Infantry was found to be
' lu * * * c U nt ahapo f i\NMTrK | t on short
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FLOWERS FOR MAINE'S ' DEAD
First Observance of Decoration Day
Celebrated in Havana.
WREATHS LAID ON GRAVES OF SAILORS
Conmil General Lee nnil Oilier Amerl-
CIIIIM I'njTrllinlc to .Memory . of
Vletlm * of the Urciulful
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HAVANA. March 4. ( New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram. ) A little
cereriiony performed quietly today In the
grand Colon cemetery here will become his
torlc. It Is the first observance of the
American decoration day In Cuba. Fifty
Americans , a few flowers , a small copy of
"Old Glory" and a fervent prayer were all ,
but the observance was sincere and touch
Ing and It waa the first honoring by Ameri
cans of American dead sailor lads. 'Rough
plies of disgusting grave yard soil over the
burial trenches received half a dozen modest )
wreaths today. Tomorrow massive marbles
may sea a sea of honoring faces and an Im-
ortant part of the United States mourning
ho loss of Its heroic dead. The following
rologup and signatures tell the little story
f what may be a great national observance :
"We , the undersigned , Americans In Jla-
ana , have this day visited the cemetery ol
! olon and have decorated the yet unfinished
graves of ICO American marines and sailors
ho perished upon February 15 , 1SUS , In thi ,
estructlon of the United
rlalno In Havana harbor. May this modest
nst decoration day become an annual demon-
tratlon In Havana , of America's ' remem-
ranco to American dead.
"Fitzhugh Lee , United States consul gen-
ral ; Joseph A. Springer , United States vice
onsul general ; George C. Mages , Chicago
. S. Qulgley , Washington , D. C. ; Dr. II.
'ombockon ' , , Chicago ; Myron M. Parker ,
.Vnshlngton . , D. C. ; J. H. Puitt , Omaha , Neb. !
J. Katcr , Boston ; S. Oystcrman , New
York ; D , C. Gallagher , Philadelphia ; H. M.
Qulster , Cincinnati : Louis A. Kuyl , Phila
delphia ; Mayert L. Pratt , Omaha. Neb. ;
Rolf W. Edgreen , San Francisco ;
I. G. Fulton , New York ; Dr. M.
B. BeCostagnetto , Rio Janeiro , Brazil ; Kd
. . Keen , Cincinnati ; JDhn C. Hemmert , New
York ; James II. Hare , New York ; C. It.
'ohnstone , Now York ; E. N. Hart , New
York ; Hugh O'Neill , New York ; Gus Govln ,
New York ; Mrs. and Miss A. Gucdalla , New
Vork ; Harold Martin , New York ; John A.
Iltchcll , Washington , D. C. ; Dr. Daniel M.
Jurgcas , Havana , Cubi ; M. J. Brunner ,
United States Marine Ivospltal service ; M.
E. Tlghe , Washington , D. C .
HOW IT ORIGINATED.
Four American tourists first thought of
his ulgnlflcant affair. They were George L.
Mages of Chicago , Dr. H. Tombocken of
Chicago and two others. In a little hotel
room they conceived the Idea of going to
he cemetery and leavtag a wreath , thus
beginning a custom for all visiting Amor-
cans to honor their nation's dead. They
! iad no flag , but one bought some" cloth and
omo Cuban woman made It up Icito n red ,
ivhlto and blue flag of the correct propor-
tor.s. Their meeting ended but they had
'bullded better than they knew. " They
have made a national holiday.
General Lee aided and Captain Slgsbeo and
Captain Cowlcs of the Fern also were pres
ent. Some speeches had 'been prepared , but
Implicit } ' was the main Idea , eo Mr. Mages
simply said , as he laid down a wreath upon
u little flag , both on dirt heaped-over the
heroes : "Fellow Citizens Representing the
American visitors In Havana and those
cnt here , I lay these flowers upon the Amer
ican flag they honored as a llttlo token of
remembrance to our dead sailor lads. May
all Americans visiting Cuba In the future
remember the heroes hero burled. "
Then Chaplain Chadwlck prayed. The
tcara came and then the little file of car
riages went their two miles back to Havana
with better men Inside. The fifty who went
were tourists , members of the American
colony and representatives of the American
press. The affair was hastily arranged nnl
many members of the American colony
were not notified , but It meant a great
deal. Senator Proctor was present.
Ono body was raved today. Thirty rifles
and ono unexploded ten Inch shell were
also taken out of the wreck.
i SYLVESTER SCOVEL.
COUHT OP I\IUIUY GOES TO H.iVAM *
I'xi > cc.l to Spend Ton Day * nt tiic
Culiun 11111(11 ! .
KEY WEST , March 4. After two post ,
poncments of Its departure the court of In
qulry left for Havana this evening on the
lighthouse tender Mangrove. It Is believed
by the- best Informed hero that the court
will complete Its labors In the Cuban cap
ital within ten days. A naval officer In
close touch with the members of the court
s.ild to the correspondent : "With ono ex
ception tbo witnesses who testified here
wore Maine survivors. The evidence , though
In most cases taking longer to tell , can be
summed1 up .in the words of nn enlisted
man who , when Judge Advocate Marlx aaked
what he knew about the explosion , replied :
' Sir , I was blown up. I was saved anc
I am here. ' " That was all he could * .vcar
One Important fact has been learned , how
ever. It Is this : Although the members
of the court may have had their Individual
theories , they are by no means prepare * )
as a body to render a decisive ) verdict. The
ofllccr already quoted said : "If the court
has yet heard any testimony which would
enable It to decide Intelligently that the
'Malno ' waa blown up from external causes ,
I am the most mistaken man In the world.
Before the coming Havana sessions are over
It may secure such evidence and possibly
find the blowing up was Intentional. It will
learn from the divers the actual condition
of the ship after the explosion as It has al
ready learned from the survivors most of
the detailsof the ship's condition before the
explosion. With these bases clearly estab
lished tbo court will hear more expert the
oretical testimony and then reach a verdict. "
Before calling tonight Captain Sampson
had a long consultation with Admiral Si-
WASHINGTON , March 4. Senator
has received from Secretary Long a reply
to the letter recently eent by him , as chair
man of the committee on naval affaire , re
questing tbo secretary's opinion upon the res
olutlon introduced en Washington's birth
day by Senator Morgan Instructing the com
mltteo to ascertain the feasibility of con
structing and equipping within a year's tlmo
A ehIp to bo called the George Waihlngtoi
* nd to be equal "at least to aoy la the
world. " The eecretary enclose * repor
fad * by Chief O'Neal of the Bureau of Ord
'frW-.mwt fcjrC lI , W i
of the Bureau of ConstructVon and Chief
Mellvllle of the Bureau of Engineering. Mr.
O'Neal places the co t 'of thoSrinor of such
a vessel , built under such pffWure , at $2-
000,000 and of the. ordnance at $1,000,000 ,
while ho eays that If the construction wcro
extended over a period cf two years' tlmo
the cost of ordnance could be reduced to
$900,000 and of armor to | 1.600,000.
\OT 112T IIBAIIY 'TO IIEPOIIT.
Conrt of I nun I r > - Xcei1 ConMilrrnhlc
WASHINGTON , Mnrch 4. It was devel
oped this afternoon through , telegraphic cor
respondence between Secretary Long and Ad-
.mlral . Slcardi that the court of Inquiry Is
unable to fix even approximate dates for the
conclusion of Its Investigation Into the dis
aster to the Maine.
It is probable that the Olympla , flagship of
the Asiatic squadron , and the peerlcsa queen
of the crulr-ers , will como home to San Fran
cisco. The torpedo boat \Vloslow , at Nor
folk , has completed Its repairs and will Join
the flotilla nt Key West as soon as the gale
on the coast blows Itself out and makes the
run down safe.
Naval officials are decpjy Interested In the
reports of the purchase of , war ships by
Spain and make the reports'of these trans
actions the text for complaints of the Inabil
ity of our Navy department to do likewise.
However. , as to the report from London today
of the purchase of Ihe Arno/onas by Spain ,
Is U said at the department jthat this ves.iel .
sailed for Brazil several months ago and has
been delivered to the Brazil tan government ,
Its sister ship 'Is near completion In the
Armstrong yards. They ato'uaeful cruisers ,
copies of the Baro-sa , now of the Brazilian
navy , and their strong point Is their great
radius of action 8,000 miles which would
enable them to cress the Atlantic and re-
cress without renewing their coal supply.
The other two ships , building for Brazil In
France , which are also reported to bo about
to pass Into Spanish po seslon , are presumed
to bo the Dcadoro nnd the 'Florlona ' , which
re building at LaSelnno , Toulon. These
ro small but powerful llltlo battleships ,
'heir tonnage Is only 3,102 , but they carry
our ten-Inch rifles In turrets , In addition
o two six-Inch and four 4.7-lncli guns and a
oed secondary battery. Their coal endur
nee , however , Is small and their forte would
eem to bo coast defense operations , or
rulstng near a base of supplies.
The London reports also 'catlsed ' comment
.t the State department. In &omo quarters
ho feeling waa expressed that pending the
finding of a court of Inquiry ) on a case , huv-
ng International phases of _ the Malno ex
plosion the obligations of'neutrality were as
trongly Imposed on Great Britain and Bra
zil as In tlmo of war. The precedents apply
only to a condition of wur and not to condl-
.lons which may eventually lead to war. In
ho Geneva award , however unfriendly acts
by Great Urltaln prior to 'the breaking out
of the rebellion constituted ipaft of the case
on which heavy damages Wcro awurded
against It. But , as'a general rule , foreign
; overnments are free to qll "war ships
either directly or through $ ) iclr citizens up
o the actual date of hostilities.
'Matters ' wcro very . .quietrt least exter
nully , In the Wan department today. There
was a t'trong Indisposition to discuss thi
prcpositlcn to resume possession of Dry Tor
.ugas , but the officials did not hrsltato to
declare that only normal movements wen
going on. So it was unknown officially tha
; ho troops at fall Lake are being reviewed
and it was suld that If this were so It could
30 nothing moro than the usual perlodlca
inapectlono required by the regulations. Ai
! or the reported orders to Inspection officer :
at Bethlehem , to bo ready for a quick start
It was said that Captain McNutt and Lieu
tenant -Bennett , who have been on Inspec
tlon duty for several years past , are not to
30 disturbed and have had no ordera such as
are reported from 'BethleTitpn. '
In It3 present defenseless condition , It 1 :
pointed , Dry Tortugas Is1 1 positive scurci
cf danger , as it could boj occupied by an
enemy as a biso of naval and military oper
atioru' . The most ei'scnlial feature of It
defense would bo the placing of new gun :
and with these the harbon would give one
of the best protected roadsteads In southern
IIBMEK 'FOU ' THi : MAI.VK SUIIVIVOUS
HOIIXO Xnvnl Committee . \Kree on tin
WASHINGTON. March ' 4. The house com
mltteo on naval affairs today agreed on thi
Boutelle bill for tlio relief of the victim
and survivors of the 'Maine ' disaster , and ad
vised the chairman to' report it to th
louse with a recommendation for passage
\'uw York'H lleuvllt Concert.
NEW YORK , March 4. A concert for th
benefit of the widows and : orphans of th
men killed In the Malno ) vaa held In th
tail room of the Waldorf-Astoria tonight
The attendance was large , many representa
tlve society people being present. Ono o
the quests was Marquis Tlexlera , a nephew
of Dom Pedro , late emperor of Brazil , who
gave a check for $100. The receipts amounted
to about $2,500. The "feature " of the evening
was an eloquent speech by Chauncey M.
Depew. The boxes were filled with patron
esses of the concert. They numbered forty.
.Vrrexted for TlnrvntriiliiK
MADRID , March 4. The police here have
arrested an Italian who a month ago made
an attempt on the carriage of Scnor Sagasta ,
the premier , and threatened him with a
stick. The man was shadowea'by the police
and has been found prowling around Senor
Sagasta's house. Inquiries ar being made
to ascertain whether the Itdllai } Is connected
with suspected persons. .The rjrUoner shows
signs of Insanity.
OppOHltlon , Olnuppe'ri'rlnK.
WASHINGTON , MarclC 4. Chairman. Hull
believes that whca the'blll adding two regi
ments of artillery to the army comes up In
the house next week It will command a largo
majority. The opposition to ( the measure ,
which at one time promised to 'reach formid
able proportions , Is rapidly disappearing.
FlUliiiHterH InUfc't A.
NEW YOHK , March 4. The men con
nected w'"th the filibustering' sloop Tlllle ,
which foundered off Montuuk Point on Jan
uary 3 , were Indicted by the federal grapd
jury yesterday. Today United * States Mar
shal Henkel arrested Frank AETamonte ,
whom United StTites District Judfe Brown
subsequently held in $2,500 ball. The charge
against the three men.is . that they set on
foot a military expedition against the for
eign country with which the United States
Fa at peace. Agramonte was a prUoner In
the Spanish jail nt Santiago da Cuba , from
May , 1B95 , until about four months ago.
Movement * of Oeenn VrkieU , 3lnrch 4.
At New York Arrived Lucanla , from
Liverpool nnd Queenatown.
At Queenstown Arrived Hhynlft d , from
Philadelphia , for Liverpool , and proceeded.
At Liverpool ArrlvcdCampanla , from
At Antwerp Sailed SwIUerlund , for Phil
At-Queens town Arrived CaropanU. from
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STILL COMING THIS WAY
Omaha Captures Another Convention for
PURE FOOD CONGRESS W.LL MEET HERE
Voten llnnnlmounly to Aniictiililc In
the Gntv City Meeting ( o Ile-
llel.l Ulillri HIM : .Sliou In
i II n n n I n K. '
WASHINGTON. March 4. ( Special Tele
gram. ) Nebraska and the Transmlsulsslppl
Exposition received an enthusiastic Eendoft
today nt the hands of the Pure Food con
gress which has been In session here slnco
Wednesday , the congress voting unani
mously to adojurn to > meet In Omaha during
the life of the exposition at a date to bo
fixed by the executive committee. This
morning Omaha was pushed to the front
through the efforts of Henry D. Perky , a
manufacturer of Boston , but at one time a
resld"nt of Nebraska , who represented the
Saunders-Sarpy district In the state senate ,
'erky Introduced a resolution glowing with
ncomlums upon the first pure food congress.
3 achievements and its possibilities , then
cmemberlng former associations brought the
ongrcss face to face with the proposition
liat when It adjourn It bo to meet In Omaha ,
ho center of the great producing section
f the country where pure food could be made
iosslblo by proper safeguards , during the
erm of the Transmlsslsslppl Exposition ,
'he resolution was referred to the executive
ommlttce which later reported It back fav-
rably and It was adopted unanimously.
Perky in the meantime had arranged with
Senator Allen to present the advantages of
maha and Nebraska to the congress and
t 4 o'clock Mr. Allen , accompanied by Cap-
aln 'H. ' E. Palmer , entered the hall. Upon
elng Introduced by President James E.
Hackburn of Ohio , Senator Allen said in
"I am heartily in sympathy with you. My
iartlcular mission hero this afternoon Is
\'Mi \ regard to your future meeting. I want
o extend to this congress a hearty Invlta-
lon to como out to Omaha at such tlmo ns
ou may select. If you have never been to
ho west the trip will be worth making. Out
n that country we raise the bulk of the food
roducts that are consumed by the Amerl-
lan people. Lot me eay that this exposition
ivill not bo a one-horse affair. The people
f Nebraska , numbering close to a million
and a half of souls , have- contributed hun
dreds of thousands of dollars to this enter-
rise , the government of the United States
lias recognized It and appropriated $200,000
and the state has appropriated $100,000 and
ivlll probably appropriate more.
"I am not drawing on my Imagination
when I say that this will bo the greatest
exposition slnco the -World's Fair at Chl-
ago. Of course It will bo agricultural tea
a great extent. Wo raise on an average
218,000,000 bushels of corn anually , 35,000,000
0 40,000,000 bushels of wheat and other
products In proportion. The adjacent states
produce equal quantities , so you can see you
will bo In the midst of the grain producing
section of the United States. In that Section
the great bulk of beef , mutton and pork la
prodliccd. It Is not difficult to see the great
benefits that would bo derived. We'want you
to come. I am here to extend you an Invi
tation. I voice the sentiment of every Ne
braska member of congress , my colleague ,
Mr. Thurston , and the people of the great
west. What ? wo people of the United States
want is to mingle more , you of the cast to
como west and we of the west to go cast.
Wo want you to como and a genuine west
ern hospitality will bo extended to you.
Horny-handed grangers whom I represent ,
wild nnd woolly popuHsts , republicans and
democrats , will all be there with open arms
to bid you welcome. "
Scmtor Allen wa.i followed by Captalu
Palmer , who spoke of the number
of national associations tbat had de
cided to go to Omaha this year
and the warm welcome that would be ac
corded them. He gave a few statistics ns
to tbo vastness of the area Included In the
transmUslsalppl territory and the extent
of population and wealth , then said tbat the
corn output would be greater then Senator
Allen had mentioned In addition to 60,000
carloads of meat which would be sent from
the section Included In the territory of which
Omaha was the center , thU year. Palmer
In a few words told of the advance of expo
sition work and closed with a splendid trib
ute to those who had made the exposition
Mr. Perky of Massachusetts epoke en
thusiastically of the resolution to meet in
Omaha , saying there would be representa
tives from all the states ID the union , which
would insure * a much larger attendance at
the next cession of the congress.
Mr. Holllster of Madison , Wls. , followed
with a tribute ttf the hospitality of western
people. Continuing he eald : "When you go
to Omaha you will find \\onJerful people
and wonderful enthusiasm. You will find
people whom you want to meet. A few years
ago as I traveled through the state of Ne
braska I could see buffalo running wild near
the railroad tracks It was recognized as A
great desert but now , when you travel
through Nebraska , you can hear the sound
of the growth of the corn so loud that It In
terferes with conversation. I have seen corn
so high in Nebraska that it looked like a for
est of trees. Think of It : a llttlo while ago
the great state of Nebraska waa a desert.
1 tell you the water and air and sunshine
of Nebraska are perfectly wonderful upcn the
human mlcd. "
After the vote was taken on the resolution
a vote of thanks wan extended to the Ne
braska delegation for their invltatloca.
LAND OFFICE EXHIBIT.
The secretary of the Interio'r has approvec
the plans submitted by the land commls
sloncr for the land otflco exhibit at the
TrnnsmlJsisslppl Exposition. In past exhi
bitions the land office- has had but a smal
amount of money and little space allowed ,
but Commissioner Herrmann Insists tha
adequate funds for the land offlco exhibit a
the coming exposition should bo granted
The exhibit will cost about $1,000 In ad
dition to specimens of classroom work am
exhibits of work performed In the In
dlan Industrial schools. The Indian com
mlssloner baa decided to augment the ex
hiblt of his office with plant and speclfica
tlons of Indian schools now being made.
An order was Issued today removing th
pcutofflce at Mount Ayr , Iowa , from th
present location to J. R. Henderson's build
Ing at a rental of $240 per annum.
The work of the Wyoming delegation I
the intereit of a cantonment about Sherl
dan and the rehabilitation of Port Custe
promise * to be crowned with success. Ben
atom Warren of Wyoming , and Allen of N *
conjunction with Captain
THE BEE BULLE
Weather Forocatt for
1'nlrj Warmer ;
Tag * .
1. Spain I ut * Up a Hljr IllttlT.
Klowcm for the Maine' * Victims.
Another Cunvenllon for Omaha.
Unlit Work of Omaha footpaila.
2. Scope of thn Mulue Inquiry.
Oulf Ituinl llucki the Uojcott.
3. Ncbraftkn New * .
looking for lta < io llnll Uromnlj.
I , IMIturlul niid Comment.
0. Flrcmrns' Tournament for Kxpunltlon.
Some of the lleitutle * of Fusion ,
0. Council ItlitrN t.iHMl Mutter * .
loiru I.eglnlutlvo Proceeding * .
7 , ( l < ! iientl Now * of the Further Wo3t.
liimlnemi Hut leuof the. Week ,
8. Scheming for n City .lull.
0 , County CoiimiNiiliMier * Are I'lc.nnil ,
llitheinUn Hiimmnr tlciiulim In Oaiaha.
10. lilt * of feminine. Umilp.
11. Commerclul nnd Financial Nuns ,
1 . Sketches of Nor York l.lfo.
had an Interview with General Miles this
morning and outlined the existing condi
tions. After the presentation ot the facts
Ocncral Miles sent the following letter to
the secretary of war :
HBADQUAHTEU9 OF TIIH AIIMY ,
WASHINGTON , U. C. , Mnrch , U9S. To
the Honorable , the Secretary of War :
Sir Unless there nre objcctlon3 , I recom
mend thnt a large summer camp be estab
lished In northern Wyoming1 , not far from
the Burlington road on the cast of the Hljf
Horn mountain * , taking' troops from the
nearest military stations , to be established
in the spring after the snow melts und the
ground becomes hard , to move about that
vicinity for the ipurpose ot giving confidence
to scattered settlements nnd hold In check
nny turbulent Indiana that may bo In that
vicinity or roaming through thnt district of
country. Whether it be advisable to con
tinue the summer camp every year , or to
establish a cantonment , or a possible post ,
In the state of Wyoming , will be dotermlnnl
by Inform itlon thnt may be guinea or by
NELSON A. ( MILES.
Major General Commanding.
The real work of securing this concession
on the part of the War department , It Is
said , will devolve upon Senator Thurston ,
who , It Is understood , will tike up the mat
ter Immediately on his return from CuLa.
So satisfied Is the Wyoming delegation over
the outcome of Its visit that It will leave
'or homo on Sunday.
2XTE.VOIXG THU HIMIKSTEAU MAWS.
Ittcmpt in SlrlUc Out FlnlierleH 1'or-
t | < in 1'rovoM UiiMncevMHful.
WASHINGTON , March 4. After a debate
eating several days the sctiatc late thi. ? uft-
rnoon parsed the bill extending the home
otcad laws and providing for right-of-way
railroads ! n the district of Alaska. Com
paratively little discussion of general inter-
si : was created by the bill. Scctlca 13 ,
providing for certain bonding concessions to
lada In. lieu of privileged to be extended
by the Dominion government to this country ,
however , induced a rather lively debate , as
t brought Into the controversy the old fish
rlrs question on the New England coast ,
vhlch haa bceni pending between the United
States and Great Britain for a hundred
rears. The statement was made on the floor
of the Bcnato that there was every reason
o believe that by the passage of the bill
he fisheries question could be settled v/lthoul
great effort , as assurances to that effect had
> ecn received from a large * and Influential
element In Canada.
The reading of the bill was then rriumed ,
Mr. Sewall ( N. J. ) offered a proviso to sec-
icn 3 , which was adopted.
The last paragraph of section 0 , reserving
! he right to the government to purchase or
ako by proceedings of condemnation any
railroad , tramway or wagon road at Ita actua
cash value , being In line of government
ownership of railroads , was stricken out by
ia aye and no vote 48 to 7 , the eeven cast
in favor of the paragraph being by Messrs
Mien , Butler , Harris , Heltfeld ( Ida. ) , Nelson
Teller and Turner ( Waah. )
Mr. Turner's motion to stvlko out the fish
eries portion of the section was defeated by
a yea and nay vote 34 to 16. The section
was adopted without division.
The bill was then passed without division
The ecnate at 5:03 : p. m. held an executive
session and at G:25 : adjourned until Monday
IHHJSi : PASSES OM/V TWO MKASU11I3S
Devote * Mont of thei Diiy to ConMldcr-
InK I'rlvntf * Hill * .
WASHINGTON , March 4. Two more ap
propriation bills were sent to the prcslden
today the pension bill and the consular
and diplomatic both of which went through
their final stage In the house today. This
was private bill day. The most Importan
action taken was acquiescence la an agree
ment to make the bill appropriating abou
? 1,200,000 for war claims approved by the
court of claims under tbo provisions of th
Bowman act a special order for next Frl
day. The claims carried by the bill , 731
In number , ore for stores and suppllei
telzcd during the war In the southern
Only two bills were raBsed today , ono 1
pay the heirs of Sterling T. Auston abou
$69,000 for cotton seized during the war
and the other to pay an aggregate of J3.30C
In small claims growing out of back pay
etc. , earned during the war. The hose ad
Journed over until Monday.
The first bill taken up was ono to pay
the heirs of Sterling T , Auston $59,000 , tbo
proceeds of tbo sale ot 360 bales of cotton
seized by the military authorities ot the
.United Stotes. The bill was favorably eqted
uopn by the committee of the whole.
A special order was then made by
unanimous consent , setting aside next Fri
day for the consideration of tbo bill to pay
certain claims approved by tbo court of
claims under the provisions of the Bowman
act. The bill carries appropriations aggre
During the debate on a minor relict bill
Mr. Handy ( Dem. Del. ) who was attempting
to contrast the promises made by President
McKluley in his Inaugural a year ago today
with their fulfillment , wag called to order
for not speaking to the question before the
committee. Mr. Payne sustained the point of
order and an appeal was taken. An Inter
esting parliamentary dUcutlon followed , In
which tha effect of a recent ruling of Speaker
Iteed on this subject and its effect on de
bate In the bouse was contested.
The enforcement of the rule against Irrele
vant debate In the house and In committee
of the whole , raid Mr. Plngley. was neccn-
( Contluued on Second Page. ) ' * *
SHOT AND ROBBED
Craig McQnaid , a Commission Man , Falli
Victim to Highwayiusn.
LONG MAN AND SHORT MAN DD THE WORK
Notorious Pair Nearly Add Murder to Thoif
List in Onnba.
SHOOTING SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN WANTON
Victim Made No Resistance to Command of
Throw Up Your Hands.
CRIME COMMITTED EARLY IN THE EVENING
Shortly Aflrr 1O OVtnrlc and \VltliluJ
it lltoclc of a HIIH.V TlioroiiKli- <
\l fare ! Itolilirrx Opcrato ,
I ' T\lll ( Stll'fl-SN.
The tall man and the short man made only
a slight change of location for their opera
tions last night , when they shot and robbe.l
Craig McQuald. a commission man , at
Twenty-third and Burt streets , within halC
a dozen blocks of the l.oldup of the night
Mr. McQuald lost a valuable gold watcb
and received a painful wound In the wrist
as the result of the encounter. The shot
was a reckless and wanton act , ns Mr. Mc
Quald made no resistance when called upoa
to deliver hU money.
Mr. McQuald had spent the eveningat
a card party at the house of a friend near
Twenty-third and California streets. He left
early In company with C. Q. Underwood ,
a fellow commission man , and stopped la
for a few moments at the latter's house , C13
North Twenty-third street. About 10 o'clock ;
ho started for his lodgings at the 'Barker '
hotel and went north on Twenty-third street
vlth the Intention of taking a street car1
n CumlnK street. Ho had gone no further )
han a block when ho observed two men
ollov.-lng him and pparantly desirous o !
ivcrtakliiR him. 'Having ' In mind the unsafe :
omlltloa of the streets 'Mr. ' ( McQuald qulck-
ncd his pace- and had reached llurt street
vlthln one block of the lighted thorough-
'aro when the robbers overtook him.
WANTONLY SHOOTS HIM.
Passing around him on either sldo ths
'man ' thrust a revolver In. .Mr. Mc-
Quald's face and using the words of tlia
night before , said , "Hold up your , hands
r I'll choot. " Mr. iMcQuald was unarmed
ml had no Intention hut to obey. < Ha
tarted to throw his hands up but had barely
alcd them above his head when tlio hlith-
ivaymaii flrrd and Mr. McQuald only saved ,
his body by a spring to ono side. Tie.
bullet struck him on the left wrist , glanced
around the hone and came out almost dl-
cctly opposite. Mr. McQunld carried a cam *
n lls Irft hand and whether the robber
ntorpretcd the half upraised arm as the
preliminary of a blow or whether ho shot
n pure recklessness cannot 'bo ' said.
Just as the shot was fired the second rob
ber snatched Mr. iMcQuatd's watch and ,
chain , tearing the latter frco from the but-
: onhole. The timepiece was of heavy gold ,
and worth about $100.
The men then ran down the Hurt street
hill and escaped before any citizens had
arrived on the scene. The shot and Mr.
.IcQuaid's shouts alarmed the neighborhood ]
and a number of people went to his as
sistance. Ho was taken to a drug store at
Twenty-fourth and Cumlng otreets where
hla wound was attended by a surgeon. It
was found to bo a rather serious ono and
will disable Mr. 3IcQuaId for several weeks.
An unfortunate circumstance Is that the
njurcd man has just received a call to the
bedside of lite wife who Is very" HI In an
eastern city and the surgeon In attendance )
said that he could not take the journey
without danger to his life.
'BOTH ' 'WERE MASKED.
The description obtained was only ths
general ono noted In recent similar cases.
Although the men were within touching dis
tance of 'Mr. ' .McQuald . ho could make out
nothing of their features on account of the
yellow domino masks which wcro bound ,
tightly about their faces. Another point
which ho noticed and which has been ob
served before was that they wore good )
clothes. 'Neither was encumbered with an
overcoat , but their garments were cut In
good style and seemed to bo of good ma
terial. Ono of them was described as six
feet In height and his companion was shorter
by six Inches , They wore black derby hats
of recent shape and had nothing at all rough.
In their dress or appearance. Mr. McQuald
obtained an Idea of the revolver which waa
thrust In his face and so hastily discharge. ) .
Ho said It was a bright , nickel-plated
weapon , short and of largo caliber.
HOB UNDERWOOD'S IIOUSB.
Not alone was Mr. McQuald chosen as the
particular mark of the bandits , but C. G.
Underwood , tbo friend.at whoso house ho
made a short call after the card party waa
likewise robbed of $50 and a revolver. Ha
said he arrived homo from business shortly ,
after 7 o'clock and Immediately dressed (4
go out for the evening. IIo said tbat bo
heard a slight sound In another part of
the house end believes that the two des
peradoes wcro engaged In their work at tbat
time. After ho parted with Mr. McQuald
later In the evening and went up stairs bo
found everything In confusion and that tbo
money , which was In a fairly safe hiding
place In the bottom of a drawer , had been
locateJ and carried away together with the
weapon and several other Ictwer article * .
Mr , Uidorwoo4 ) believes that the men spent
the evening about the premises and followed
Mr. McQuald when he left.
Uvnrrnl Hii i-oraii HrporU'il Dying.
LOB ANCHORS. Cal. . Mnrch 4.-Ucnerul
W. H. HouerruiiH la rt-porU-d to bo dying at
his ranch nrur Iledcmi. T.iu general baa
iWif" yi'ry te bio fur mbiUU'a.
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