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ESTABLISHED JUNE 10 , 1871. OMAHA , WEDNESDAY MORNING APKIL 13 , 1898-TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
Spain Now Appears to Be Assuming that
IMPOSED UPO.l BY THI UNITED STATES
EurJen of Their Ory When Speaking of
Present's M :8jg3.
TALK OF G3EAT SACRIFICES IN CUBA
lien and Money Spent to Maintain
V/AR / PREPARATIONS GO MERRILY ON
Don * Klrnliilntr Kvery .Verve to Gel
' 1'lielr Fleet In lU-ndlneKx for
tbe Kxiifctfil Clnitli
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MADRID , April 12. ( New York World Ca-
blcgram Special Telegrum. ) I cannot bet
ter condense the Impressions ot all classes
of Spanlads on the president's mcuage than
In the same query I have heard today In a
dozen different quarters :
"Is this all we obtain for our concession
end for papal and European mediation after
no many sacrifices of men and money in a
struggle fostered and prolonged by the moral
and material assistance of the United States
LJ to our robelN ? "
Much the same was beard In political and
military circles. The bourse wes weak to
day , 4sclosing at 5C.C3 ; exterior at 69.50.
Theio was a fresh rise In exchanges.
The ministers are very guarded In exprcs-
elng an opinion. The minister of the colonies
said ho would be satluled with the message
1 } us paving the way to an understanding.
Tho' people arc pleased ta find that there
\a \ no Immediate prospect cf a rupture and
that McKlnley admits the possibility ot a
fresh uudeiHtandlng and common action with
k Spain for pacification and a settlement of
\ the Cuban question. On the other hand no
body admits'that the government can allow
ithe American assertion of Its pretension of
Intervention lu Cuba without a solemn pro
test against ! t as an unlawful and unjusti
fied Invasion of Spanish sovereign rights.
Nevertheless It etoire that ministerial and
officlil circles are not too much displeased
; ulth the message on the whole and believe
It paves the way for fresh negotiations and
A friendly cmpromlse. ,
El Liberal , on the contrary , publishes a
gloomy article making out that this docu
ment ushers In for Spain a period of su
preme trial and unanimous , resolution to op-
PCBO foreign Intervention.
Imparclal again today asks that the truce
be short and a fleet seat to Cuba stoon. Oilier
opposition papers , republican , socialist and
Carllst , affect to find much fault with the
attitude of America.
In financial circles uncertainty prevails ,
though a majority of the business men uro
pleased at the prospect ot respite and re
newal of negotiations.
About 1,000 persons , chiefly republicans ,
socialists and advanced conservatives , at
tempted to moke a popular demonstration In
Earcelona that dispersed when the governor
aildreased-Uje crowds. * Police patroled the
streets anda , majority ot the population took
no part la the demonstrations , whose politi
cal alms In Spanish and domestic polities
have now become evident both In Madrid
and the provinces. The same class ot dem
onstration , was weakly attempted also at
.Valencia amidst the Indifference of tbe In
habitants. Order was promptly restored.
Last night was quieter In Madrid and the
police lad only to charge to clear the. Puerta
del Sal and Sevllla street. Several times
lehtsecrs and rioters were flying headlong
before the civil guard ? , and women wcro
fainting. There were few arrests. Doth
civil end military authorities continue their
Dicoautlons. but the Dress today advises the
populace to cease street demonstrations , as
. ' they are meaningless when not unanimous.
An official telegram confirms the report
that Admiral Cervera , with the cruisers Maria
Theresa and Columbus , passed In sight of
the Canary Islands early Monday .enrouto foe
PREPARATIONS FOR WAR.
Tie press censor again stops news of the
* v movement of Spanish naval and military
preparations , though the Madrid papers pub
lish the aame dally. The ministers ot war
and marine have publicly stated that o sus
pension of hostilities will not stop Spanish
preparations , especially naval. The arsenala
at Ferrol. Cadiz and Carthagena are working
night and day to prepare war stores and get
hlpo ready , French and English workmen
are heavily paid to come to anlgt , chiefly In
tbo completion of preparations of the battle
ships Pelayo at Carthrfgcm and Carlos V at
Ferrol. which are fitting up there and will
embark most ot their guns. The battlrshlpi
Numancla and Victoria are at Carthagena.
It will take several weeks to get them ready.
The cruisers Alphoruio XIII , t Carthagena ,
and Maria Molina , at Cadiz , are ready ; also
four destroyers and six torpedo vessels. Ad
miral Cervera has left Cadiz for Capo Verde
Islands with the cruisers Maria Theresa and
Christopher Columbus and a large transport
carrying 2,000 tons of coal for the torpedo
equadron under Vlllamll. It ls supposed that
all together will Join the Oquendo and Viz-
caya at Puerto Rico during the truce.
The Cortes , directly It meets , will nsk
rormUcrablc credits for bur'Ing ' ships and
completing others building In Spain and
abroad. Crpws have been sent out to take
over two fine large steamers bought of the
Hamburg government. Darcclcoa mast de
fenses are receiving special attention , par
ticularly entrances leading to the ports of
Cadiz , Carthagena , Ferrol , llarcelona , San-
tandcr and lillboa , where fortifications are
receiving nil available modern heavy ord
nance. Engineers with the officers of the
torpedo school are devising plans for sub
marine mlnt'B. Several regiments of artil
lery n4 marines have already been detallcj
( or coast defenses.
The minister ot war Is pushing actively
defenses In the Ilalearlu and Canary Isles ,
also at the Spanish stations 03 the coast of
Morocco. Very noticeable In military and
naval circles U the fear that the truce Is
unlikely lo lead to anything unless the pope
and powers exercise again the same
pressure on Spain and McKlnley and force
both to make concessions In a final settlement
ment ot the Cuban question , which will be
difficult to Induce the Spanish people to ac
cept unless their rights are respected and
tbe Oi-bt charged to Cuba.
ARTHUR B. HOUGHTON.
rnoFutM > iiisnt'sr i.M.UHIID. .
Action of tlir novrrnmrnt on Armln-
tlre G'rrntr * Illftulriuinre.
( Copyright , 1W. by I'rem I'ubllsttlnit Compiny )
MADRID , Sunday Night , April 10 ( via
Dayonne ) , April 12. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Press censor
yesterday received more stringent Instruc
tions to stop all foreign and provincial tele
grams conveying any news about tbe pro
found disgust and displeasure with which
public opinion and the majority of the prers
had received the royal and ministerial de
cision to glvo In on the question of suspen
sion of hostilities. As much as It had been
rumored that the government and the queen
would have to comply with the request of
the pope backed by the powers , people In
general , and especially naval and military
circles , were reluctant to believe It possible ,
and when tbo hard fact stared them In the
face they were Intensely disappointed and
The cabinet felt this so perfectly that It
allowed no news to be circulated by telephone
or wire until the official version had been
wired to foreign governments and In Spain
to the military , naval and civil authorities ,
who were at the same time Instructed to
take severe precautions against popular or
military demonstrations. Military and police
precautions were taken In Madrid , troops
being consigned to barracks and strong de
tachments cX civil guards and police kept In
readiness Icsldc all the public build
ings and near the legation and the
private residence of General Woodford.
The captain general of Madrid sent for the
commanding officers of all regiments and the
president of military clubs , who all reported
much agitation , particularly among the
joung officers and clubmen , but they hoped
to bo able to check them If further develop
ments In the diplomatic action did not lead
to any surrender of Spanish territory and
rights In the West Indies , or to excessive
concessions to the United States.
The civil authorities on their side clorely
watched the Carllsts and republicans , who
naturally make capital of th's turn of affairs.
Their papers , El Correo , Espanol , Slgto Future -
turo and Pals el Progreso , fiercely attack
both the recent and her ministers , charging
them , with being at variance with national
feelings and with having deeply offended the
army and the navy. El Naclotial , the organ
of Wevlcr and Romero Robledo , has been
verv violent. El Liberal , hitherto favorable
to the present cabinet , criticises In the sharp-
oat manner Its surrender to the powers andi
savs That only an energetic attitude toward
the United States , e clear vindication of the
of Scaln In Cuba anJ a cessation of
the asslsicnco of America to the Insurgents
run to redeem the conduct of the cabinet In
the eves of the nation , that Is mortally sad
and weary with successive humiliations.
Imparclal boldly asserts thut the honor of
Spain can only bo vindicated If the truce
Is short and decisively devoted to completing
naval and military preparations and to send
ing a powerful fleet of battleships , cruisers
and destroyers of torpedo vessels to Havana.
Ministerial and liberal papers and con
servatives alike do their best to allay public
opinion and military displeasure by showing
that ' the Spanish position Is strengthened
for future developments on the Cuban ques
tion by having assented to the proposals of
the pope and the powers. They try to make
out now that all concessions must como from
America withdrawing her war vessel ? , ceas
ing to glvo the Insurgents assistance of any
kind and respecting the rights ot Spain and
the new autonomist regime In Cuba.
The minister of war , in an Interview wllh
Spanish reporters , expressed the same hopes ,
eajlng that no armistice had been granted ,
merely a suspension of hcotllltles , with a
view to prepare for the submission ot the
lneurger/3 and concessions oa the part of
the United States. Otherwise , both would
pass for harboring a desire to prolong the
cris's and lead to war as a final decision.
ARTHUR E. HOUaHTON.
COXSUI , IIHICR HEACIIKS M2W YORK.
. Mub Threaten * the I/enntlon
NEW YORK , April 12. The Norwegian
st < ftmer Herman Wedel Jarlsberg arrived
this afternoon frqm Matanzas , bringing thir
teen passengers , who fled from that port to
evade the Spanish mob. The passengers
were United States Consul Drlco anil hla
staff and their families.
Consul Drlce fald that for three days be
fore leaving Matanzas the people threatened
his life , and at all times hU property was
In danger. His secretary wan obliged to
flee for his life , as the mob threatened to
drag htm through the strceta. During this
three days the consul stuck manfully at his
post distributing supplies to the starving
reconcontradoa and relieving ther necess
The consul left all bis baggage , and none
of the party was able to bring away any of
their effects. Th ) consul pays the condition
of the people ts terrible , and that tbe au
thorities are making no effort to supply
PHRXCILUEN VOICK THEIR 11) HAS.
Tent of the Prenlilenl'n Wmmiire Coii-
( Cor.yrlsht , 150S , by I'rcjs I'ubllihlne Company. )
PARIS , April 12. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Charles Du-
puy , prime minister In 1893 , says : "If Mc-
Klnley'a mecsago represents congress cad
congress represents the feeling ot the Amer
ican people there must bo war. I do not
agree with the opinion that America has no
right to Interfere on the grounds of human-
Ity , but consider that all nations bave a
police morale with powers of surveillance :
over the conduct of each Individually.1
Flourcns. minister of foreign affairs In
1SSO , rays : "I hive not road the \\holo mes-
sago , hut understand Its tone Is final. Will
Spain accept the Inevitable humiliation ? I
do not think so. If war comes It will be
chiefly na\al. Fortunately naval wars are
generally shorter than land wars. Spain ,
however , must lose In the long run for want
of fund ? . '
SIEAAT lXnO > n\l > K.\CE.
Si-iintar Callx Attvmltloii to One
C'lnune In the Mrminire.
WASHINGTON , April 12. A senator close
to the president rays that the greatest criti
cism upon the message of the president Is
that It did not fay anything about Independ
ence. He refers to these words near the end
of the message : "And to secure to the Island
the establishment ot A Mable government
capable of malntatnlng.ordcr and observing Its
International obligation * . " The senator added
that "a stable government capable of observ
ing Its International obligations" must be
Independent. If ft was ' not an Independent
government It would 'have no International
obligations. The same eenator Insisted that
ttild part ot the meeaigo meant Independence ,
but the president was writing a document
that meant history and precedent , and he
had to confine hiiruelf to diplomatic language.
INTERPRETING THE MESSAGE
General Grsvencr Bays it Calls for Cuban
EXPLAINS THE PRESIDENT'S ATTITUDE
Velernn Con re mnn Stlrii Up the
Ilonne In. n Chnrnctrrlntlc Defenne
of the . % dtulnlNtrntlon In the
I'rmeiit Complication * .
W'ASHINOTON , April 12.-0enerol
venor of Ohio , now generally regarded as
the spokesman of the president on the floor
of the house , late thla afternoon , In reply
to au attack on the policy of the administra
tion , Interpreted the recommendation In the
president's mcesacc as a request for au-
thorlty to ueo the army and navy of the
United States to establish on the Island of
Cuba a government Independent of Spain.
It was regarded aa on exceedingly Important
and significant announcement.
In the brief debate today the opening
guns of the contest that begins tomorrow
were fired. Broadsides were exchanged and
then the house adjourned.
Mr. Lentz , an Ohio democrat , who drew
the fire of General Grosvenor lust Thursday ,
returned to the assault again today , attackIng -
Ing what he termed the "vacillating" policy
of the president , "the midnight conferences"
at the White House with Senator Klklns and
John J. McCook , and asserting that the pres
ident's recommendations really meant that
the United States should coerce the Cubans
Into an acceptance ot Spain's scheme of
Mr. Hepburn ( rep. , la. ) made a spirited and
Indignant reply , denouncing the Intimation of
such a policy as llttlo short of scoundrcllsm.
Then came General GrosVenor'o Important
announcement , on which Mr. Bailey , the
democratic leader , countered , taking the po-
sltlon that If the president had meant to de-
clare for the Independence of Cuba he would
have said so In ppeclflc words. The mwsage
was clear and lucid , he said , except as to
the recommendations , and It had required all
the Ingenuity of General Grosvemor to tor
ture such an Interpretation from them.
In conclusion bo declared that the presi
dent who would coerce the Cuban patriots
would not survive the odium ot the Ameri
Immediately after the reading of the Jour
nal the speaker recognized Mr. Illlborn ( cop. ,
Cal. ) to call up , on behalf of the naval com
mittee , the senate bill for the organization
of a naval battalion In the District of
BAILEY WILL OBJECT.
Mr. Bailey Indicated his purpose to object
unless an amendment were offered to organ
ize this battalion under existing law.
"I suggast the bill be withheld until we
see what lue report of the committee on for
eign affairs Is going to be , " said Mr. Bailey.
"If the fear he entertains has no more foun
dation than the report that the delivery of
the president's meerage last Wednesday
might have created a riot , the gentleman
need not be exercised. The president's mes-
cage might have created a riot In Cuba , but
It would not have been among the Spaniards
la Havana. It would have been among ( be
Insurgent. ) In the intcrlcr. ( Laughter and ap
plause on the democratic side ) .
"I rise to a parliamentary Inquiry , "
shouted Mr. Terry ( Ark. ) . "What need have
we for an army and navy , anyway ? " ( Laugh
ter ) .
"That Is not a parliamentary Inquiry , " re-
piled the.jjpeaker , smiling blandly amid renewed -
Mr. Rldgcly ( pop. , Kun. ) then objected.
The house then went Into committee of the
whole on a bill relating to the District of
During the debate Mr. Botkln ( dom , , Kan : )
and Mr. Greene ( pop. , Neb. ) took occasion to
discuss the Cuban question , but their utter
ances \\ero not Inflammatory.
After some dlscueelon of the financial que -
tlon by Mr. Hartman ( all. , Mont. ) , and Mr.
Lacey ( rep. , la. ) , Mr. Lewis got the floor and
In a vigorous speech declared that In the
dust and clouds which had been kicked up
by diplomacy , congress waa losing sight ot
the vital question before the people.
The country , ho said , favored the freedom
of Cuba , but that was only a sentiment. The
avenging of tbo Maine , he said , was tbe real
duty of the government.
Later , while Mr. Hall ( rep. , Conn. ) , was
discussing the question of reforming tbe cur
rency , Mr. Simpson ( pop. , Kan. ) became so
obstreperous that Mr. Hopkins ( rep. , 111. ) ,
who was In the cfcalr , ordered him to take
his seat , and when the Kansan declined , he
Instructed the eergeant-at-arms to use the
silver mace , the emblem of tbe house's au
thority , to compel him to take his seat.
SIMPSON HOLDS HIS OWN.
Ono of the assistants tcok tbe mace out of
Its place and marched up the aisle toward
Mr. Simpson. The latter laughed at him.
"Take that thing back. " ho said.
As the mace cannot be employed under the
rules In committee , the chair did not press
the command and the
Incident closed with a
round of laughter.
Shortly before the adjournment Mr. Lentz
( dem. , O. ) made a vicious assault upon 11111
he described as the vacillating policy ot the
president , reading from various newspapers
to enow that the president had reputedly
chanced his mind.
Ho commented especially upon the report
of an alleged midnight conference between
Senator Klklns and the Spanish minister
after the former had been at the White
House with John J. McCook. He taunted the
republicans because the president had not
declared for the Independence of Cuba , which
the republican platfcrm had demanded.
"It remains to be seen , " said he , "whether
the majority ot the house can be lined up
and whipped In. "
Conzre-ss. ho declared , should act , and
should better act than the executive , "formu-
latl'-r hlo policy at midnight behind clceed
doors with the aid of plutocracy. "
Continuing , Mr. Lentz said :
A stable , government ! What do '
poc now ? Let this 'OS
country elve to the pres !
ident the army nnd iwy ! Let him saj"I
will go over them and force the patriots ,
force the Cuban herocw to submit to u staKe -
Ke government nt the hand * of Spain ! "
The queen regent tins nlrtudy advised the
world thnt she has ordered a fcurpenaloii of
hostilities. She cannot order a fu.sptni.ion
as again" ! the Insurgents. She has not
among all her bull fighters and bullies man
hood enough to order a tuspenslon of hos
tilities on the'part of the Insurants.
This administration with nil this vacl'lat-
Ing policy , which wu criticised by the Chicago
cage Tribune , an administration organ , ( is':3
us to put the army and navy In Its hands
to KO over nnd punish th : Cubans ufter
three years of the most heroic fighting for
liberty thnt any people ever made on the
fueo of the earth.
I say It It an outrage ; It la a stench In the
nostrils of every dwnt JCmerlcnn. We
hall see whether the 'mnJorkF eldo of this
house can be llnerf utj ana whipped Into
such n. policy ns thn * , , i t
Mr. Hepburn ( rep. , ! . ) J sniped to his feet
as Mr. Lentz cat down.yj , ! ! * Wld :
Mr. Chairman , sometime Aflratntement Is
so gross thnt It reaches' the dignity ot fals -
hood nnd falsehood no- gross that It becomes
mendacity nnd mendacity no foul thnt It
becomes scountlrcllsm. ,1 say that the pres
ident has never said thAt he desires the use
of the army nnd the navy at the hands of
congress In order to establish Spanish tu-
premncy on the Island of Cuba. ( Applause. )
Thnt Is not true. There la no man iwho
can , with nn honest heart and with nn
honest put pose , read this message of the
president and nrrlve at nnji conclusion of
thnt character. The president's whole ar
gument lends up to the proposition that the
conduct of Spain on thnt Island during
fifty years of misrule , fifty years of out
rage , fifty years of tyrnnrty , has brought
about such a condition that It Is now Intol-
ernble nnd In upportnble and must cease.
Thnt la the language of tha president of
the ; United States. He npk the use of the
nrmy nnd navy of th ? United States to put
aicc end to that Intolerable find Insufferable
condition. ( Applause on the republican side. )
That Is the argument df the president.
Every sentence of that message to this
house teaches us thnt thnt is his purpose
and yet gentlemen say that In view of all
the . language ho has used , all the recital of
Infnmous nnd despotic conduct thnt he hns
called to our attention , It Is his purpose to
become the ally of the Spaniards.
GOING TO FIQHT 3PA1N.
I say there Is no word In thnt whole mcs-
Fago thnt justifies any honorable man In
making1 a declaration of thnt kind on this
floor. We nrc going theio' to fight Spain.
Wo are going1 there to establish a sUble
and permanent govcrnmqnt. What does
that mean ? Hero we have had fifty years
of Spanish government , not stable , not per
manent except In the villainy of Its out
rages thnt character of outrng-e nnd vil
lainy which has become InstifTf-ible nnd
should be suffered no longer , the president
says so creating such nn emergency as
compels us to violate the otherwise friendly
relations j that we ought to have ami go to
the extreme of war In bringing an end to
thee ] Insufferable conditions produced
through the nets of Spain.
And yet the gentleman -dares to stand
here nnd say that paper contemplates the
use of the army and the navy , the contem
plating of the placing of the w1 3li > military
porter of the country In the hands of the
president In order that ho may go there to
perpetuate that which he reprobates nnd to
continue that which he saysjls unendurable.
He wants a stable nnd ptrmanent repub
lican government. Does that mean Spanish
rul ? Has any man the rsit.to ) make that
argument ? .
Mr. Lentz Does he say republican gov
ernment ? I
Mr. Hepburn No , he does not say that ,
but ho supposed you knew something about
the history of this country1. ( Applause on
republican slds. )
Mr. Lentz I do.
Mr. Magulrc And wo know ; something
about the hlatory of this administration.
Mr. Hepburn HJ cuppoaed that you knew
something about the aspirations of Ameri
can statesmen , that you Knew'"something
about the declaration that over and over
again had ben reiteratey every branch
of thla government , with rcferenec'to the
governments that should be formed on. lha !
hemisphere. ' ( Applause ph ; republican side. )
EXPLAINS TH MESSAGE.
Mr. Grcsvcaor took thefloor ! and said :
I am going to refer * now to only one
thins that the gentleman from Ohio ( Mr.
Lentz ) has said on this particular occasion
and I do not do It for the purpose of elab
orating a speech on'this occasion. Tno
time Is coming when the gentleman will
have a full opportunity to assail the presi
dent of the United States , to send his bit
terness and his opposition ! across t'ne water
to our enemies. The gentleman shall have
an opportunity to abused hs ! own constit
uents at home for any conservatjve expres
sions they may have made , and ho shall
have that opportunity unaffected by nn-
swrs of mine. ,
I wish here simply to say thnt the presi
dent has asked of congress the power to
use the army and navy for the purpose of
establishing In the Island of Cuba an In
dependent government. (
Mr. Lentz Why did henot ) say so ?
Mr. Grosvenor Will my , friend from Ohio
try for a minute to keep tils mouth shut ?
Mr. Cannon Oh , that ft Impossible. ( Ap-
plauro and laughter on tbo republican side. )
Mr. Hanley ( dem. , Del. ) I want to know
what you understand the president to mean
by this sentence In his message : "It Involves ,
however , hostile constraint on both the par
ties to the contest as well to enforce a truce
as to gutdo the eventual settlement. "
Mr. Grosvenor You h d better go and ask
the president. ( Laughter and applause on the
republican side. )
Mr. Oalnes Don't you think you had bet
ter go and see Hanna ? ( Derlalvo Jeers on
the republican side. )
Mr. Grosvenor There comet In another ex
hibition. ( Laughter. )
Mr. Grosvenor then continued as follows :
Now let mo restate my proposition. I
state thnt the president of tho.United States :
has asked for the use of the army ana navy
to estnb'.lsh on the- Island of Cuba an Inde
pendent government and has said BO In the
plainest kind of English language. ( Inquiries
of "where ? " on the democratic side. )
DEMONSTRATES HI9 STATEMENTS.
After a great deal of tribulation I am goIng -
Ing to glvp the gentlemen on the other side
a demonstration of every statement which
' make. You will nnd this language used
j ' by the. president and I wll leave It to thp
most acute analytical mind on the other
( side to f.\y If that U not , a , proposition to
establish on the Island of .Cuba a govern-
ment Independent of Spain.
In view of th so facta and thesci conslder-
I ntlons I nsk congress to authorize the prcsl-
, dent to take measures ta secure n full and
; ' final termination of hostllrtlafl betwen the
government of Spain -'and the people of
I Cuba and to pecureIn the Island the c tnli-
j llshment of a stable government , capable of
maintaining Its International obligations
Now I ask any member on the other side
lio.an Island controlled bya foreign gov
ernment can have a , government capable of
discharging Its International obligations ?
What are InUrnntlo'nul obligations ? Do col
onies have InU-rnatlonaK obligations ? Id
the president understand , that there can lie
a colonial condition In Cuba byhlch there
would bj International oMIsuHons from
that government ? What international set
does Canada do ? What International act
has any cf the West India Islands ever done ?
What representative of thla government
goen to Jamaica. Porto Hlco or any Island
except those Indeoendent ?
The very language of the president as un
derstood by every Intelligent man and ni nsn
of thought la that the object nnd purpose of
using force Is to establl h a _ sovjrnment
with International obligations * . So the whole
nuDeal of the fentleman from Ohio Is like
the picture of a painted ship on a painted
ocean. ( Laughter on republican * Idej
The time I * comng | very rapidly-it will
bo here , I trust , tomorrow when un4 r the
guidance of the committee on foreign of-
falr.s thU nous : will take action , anil I Mill '
suggest to the gentleman on tbe otbor side
thnt there will be a degree of patriotism
a degree of unanimity of purpose , a degree
( CoatlaiMd o * Second F f )
ROUSING RECEPTION TO LEE
Washington Unbends Its Dignity and Gets
DEMONSTRATION ALMOST UNPRECEDENTED
Serenaded by flip Marine II a nil , nnil
TlintmnnrtK of People Clier-r the
Cutmul CJcnornl Upon IIli
! Ai > iietirilicc.
WASHINGTON , April 12. The ovatloa
that has followed Consul General Kltzhugh
Leo , since ho set foot on American cell cul
minated today In what was In many ways
one " of the mcst remarkable demonstrations
the city has ever seen.
The moment he alighted In the railway
station he was surrounded by a cheering
crowd , which followed him to the State de-
partmcnt , and the spectacle ot army and
navy officers and government employes
cheering outsldo the very door of the sccrc-
tary of state was wholly unprecedented In
the hlatory of that staid department.
At night the city turned out In thousands ,
wihen a serenade was given to General Lee
at his hotel , and stood for hours In the
street awaiting a glimpse of him.
The 'Marine ' band has been secured and the
Seventy-first Ileglment band , under the
leadership of Prof. Fancleitlll , formerly con
ductor of the Marino band , came over from
New York on an afternoon train.
The crowd assembled without calling nrd
by 8 o'clock was 8,000 strong In the strceta
about the Shoreham hotel , where General
Leo wao quartered. ( Before the close tt wan
twlco that size.
It wau after 9 before ho appeared on ono of
the small corner balconies , accompanied by
committees of the Union Veteran Legion and
the Confederate Veterans' association , which
wcro Jointly In charge of the affair.
The bands struck up "Tho Star Spangled
Banner" and there was a burst of flreworkn
from the neighboring houses , while moundii
ot redwhite and blue lights flamed at Inter
vals along the street , throwing the crowd or.
the balcony Into sharp relief against a back
ground ot flags.
CALLS FOR A SPEECH.
The crowd yelled * Itself hoarse , calling for
General Lee by name nnd demanding a
speech. The speech was brief and so much
broken by applau o that the crowd caught
probably llttlo more than Its general drift.
General Lee said :
"After all the speeches I have been forced
to make In the last two days , I can hardly
hope to make mjself heard over this great
gathering. I can only assure you that such
a great demonstration seems to me out of
all proportion to the simple fact of my
presence here , 6nd I am frank to eay that
I do not see tlmt , I deserve tt , having only
tried to do my duty as an American where
circumstances placed , me. "
The crowd broke out afresh and there were
yells "That's It ; " "That's what you did. "
General Lee continued : "I have to thank
you most heartily for this splendid endorse
ment ot my course. It is a thing that can
hardly come to a man more than once In a
lifetime and It moves me moro than I can
put In words. "
"You can act pretty quick , " cried n m r.
In the crowd , and then someone yelled
"War ! Fight ! " aud the cheering drowned
"I have not come to talk of war , " con
tinued General Lee ; "but If war comes. In a
few days or In a few years , the present
crisis has proved that it will flnJ us a iinltcd
people and the only cOTtett will be as to
who can carry the flag farthest ad fnat ° st.
"Thero Is ono thing In conclusion. I want
to thank my good New York friends who
liavo como so promptly to the front .tonight.
It la only another evidence that New York
Is ready , as It has been In the past , to stand
bv Virginia , and If the trial cornea I wn
aesuro you all that Virginia will be found
standing shoulder to shoulder with New
The soeaklne and music were followed by
a very brief reception , to which a few score
gained admittance. In the rooms of Repre
sentative Ccanell of Pennsylvania , from
whoso balcony General Lee had made hta
WELCOMED AT THE DEPOT.
Consul General Fltzhugh Lee arrived
here from Havana at 2:30 : p m.
today. A large crowd of enthusi
astic admirers had gathered at the
Pennsylvania station , and when the general
stepped from the train ho was greeted with
a generous outburst of applauc . Women
waved their handkerchiefs , cad men their
hate , and altogether the demonstration was
a notable cne. Washington crowds , aa a
rule , are not demonstrative , but this occa-
alon was a conspicuous exception.
Lens befsro the hour set for the arrival
of the train the crowd began to gather.
It filled the station and Sixth street adjacent
on the east , and extended far Into Pennsyl
The general occupied the lact car In his
train , and when It was known ho had
reached the city there was a tremendous
rush to get a look at htm. By the tlmo he
was ready to alight the crowd wa.j so dense !
about * the train that even with the assist
ance of a platoon of police It was with
difficulty he reached the platform.
Several personal friends of the general ,
fincng IDem a number of women , pressed for.
ward and finally succeeded In grasping him
by the hand. One of the women presented
him with a bouquet ot roscn tied together by
a ribbon of the national colors , and bearing
a tiny confederate battleftag.
Immediately tbe crowd began to cheer , and
round after round of applause greeted him
as Cie walked slowly and uncovered down the
long platform of the station. At the B street '
entrance he entered a carriage and was rapIdly -
Idly driven to the State department.
The general haa not perceptibly ( banged
In appearance since he was last In Washing
ton. His eye was as bright , and his step as
elastic aa ever , and nothing In hU manner
Indicated that there had been anything un-
How long be will remain In Washington Is
not known , but It Is thought ho will make
bis wishes conform to those of tbe president
as to hla stay.
CHEERS AT THE DEPARTMENT.
Newi ot the arrival of the genera ! be
came soon noised about at the State department
ment and a largo crowd assembled on the
portico. A rousing cheer went up as he
topped from hU carriage and bowing right
and left entered the building. Tbe cheers
apprised the clerks and other employes of
hli crtelng and there was a wild rush for
the State department corridor. Clerks left !
their decks without leave , officers of the
rmy and navy Joined tbo tush and for tbe
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time being the discipline of the building was
The crowd lined up In front of the cleS
valor shaft , leaving a lane to the secre
tary's office. As the elevator came to n
stop nnd the general stepped out a scene
occurred unprecedented In the history of the
great building. Hat In hand Genera ! Leo
passed Into the corridors. Some ono said ,
"Now , boys , " and three rousing cheers went
down the hall. There was an outburst and
people poured forth from every room. The
cheering caused Intense excitement and It
was some moments before quiet could be
restored. General Leo bowed to the crowd
and as he reached Iho door to Secretary
Sherman's office turned and bowed again.
Then the door closed on him and the throng
After tt few minutes the consul general
emerged , accompanied by Secretory Sherman
and Assistant Secretary Day. The three entered -
tered a carriage and were quickly driven to
the White House. General Leo got another
ovation on his way over.
At the White House the party was etiown
at once to the library , where the chief ex
ecutive accorded a hearty reception to the
consul general. The only persons present at
the meeting were the president , Secretary
Sherman , Assistant Secretary Day and Gen
eral Lee. Secretary Sherman remained with
the othern for about halt an hour and then
returned to the State department.
After being with the president fully en
hour Judge Day and General Lee took their
departure , the latter gong } to hta'Cotel.
A'rf Immense crowd was on the portico when
the two came down stairs and General Leo
was given a tremendous ovation. As-their
carriage was being driven away somoano
fastened ' a Cuban flag to the frotit of the
vehicle and this was the cause ot additional
TALKS OF THE MAINE.
Consul General Leo was before the eonato
committee on foreign relations for an hour
late today. He talked freely with the com
mittee In regard to conditions In Cuba , and
especially with reference to the destruction
of the Maine. Ho said that In his oplnlcn
there was no rocai to doubt that the destruc
tion of the ve.ssol was duo to Spanish agen
"Do you mean Iho Spanish authorities In
Cuba ? " ho was asked toy a member of the
"I mean the Spanish officials , " ho replied ,
"but not General Blanco. I think some ot tbe
officials wcro cognizant of the plans to de
stroy the vessel , but I do not believe that the
captain general was. "
General Leo said he had no knowledge of
the reporls that a mine had been discovered
by a diver under the Montgomery while that
vessel lay In the harbor of Havana.
The consul general did not arrive at the
capltol until 6 o'clock. He came In a streetcar
car and was not recognized by the people
who had congregated on tbo outside of the
building to see him , but In the corridors at '
the entrance to the room of the committee *
on foreign relations he was recognized and j
given a hearty hand clapping. Ho responded
with a bow and emllo and hastened Into the
RICHMOND , Va. , April 12.- Consul General
Fltzhugh Leo arrived hero at Vo'clock
this morning In a special train'over the At
lantic coast line. The train remained at the
depot twenty-five mlnules. There were at
least 10,000 people present , Including the
governor and staff , and thu Richmond
Infantry Blues. The governor welcomed the
consul general , who made a brief speech.
He said the time for talk was over and
that tbo time for action had come. Tbe how
itzers fired a salute on the ai rival of the
train. The wildest enthusiasm prevailed.
General Leo In his speech to the crowd to
whom he was IntroJuccd by Governor Tyler ,
t"I cannot talk to you now. In fact this Is
not the time to talk ; but the time for action
( cheers ) . What , are you yelling about ? Do
you want to fight ? "
A protracted outburst followed , signifying
willingness from the wildly gesticulating
crowd. The general's wife , son and daughter
accompany him tc V.'a hlngtan.
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VIENNA. April 12. ( New York World Ca-
bl grom Special Telegram. ) In view of the
prominent action Hken by Austria In bring
ing about European mediation , the following
expression of opinion on the president's mes -
sage from a high official In the Austrian for >
eign office today possesses special signifi
cance. It Is entirely contrary to views In
the Vienna papers. My Informant said :
"Wo regard the president's mess-ago cs
making war altogether Inevitable. Tbe meg-
sage Is such that It leaves Spain no other
opening than a declaration of war. There
U no basis for further attempts at un un
derstanding. It will be a great surprise to
the European powers If Spa'n answers other
wise than by declaring war. The powers
did not Interfere In behalf of Spain or to
protect Spain , but to avoid war and cave
both countries bloodshed In the Interest of
themselves and all the world. Had Spain's
Interest alone been considered the powcrn
would tavo advlsej her to tcgln striking 1m.
mediately. Ever now It Is to her Interest
to begin without delay an bonoratlo though
presumably dltastroun war. "
INTERVENE AT ONCE
House Committee Decides on the Form of
Its Resolution ,
INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT FOR CUBA
Report Will Bo Made Today Noon and
VOTE IS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE SUNSET
Prompt Action Desirable for Its Effect
DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE A R SCLUTION
It ItecoRTttticir the Independence of
the Culm n Heinililltt ntul Provide *
for Armed Intervention , to lii-
ure ttint Condition.
WASHINGTON , April 12. "Tho president
la authorized , directed and empowered to lu-
tervcno at once to restore peace on the
Island of Cuba , and secure to the people
thereof a firm , stable and Independent gov
ernment of their own , and Is authorized to
use the army and navy forces of the United
States to secure this end. "
This substantially Is the resolution agreed
upon by the republican members of the for
eign affairs committee of the house tonight.
The meeting won held at the residence of
ono of the members , and did not adjouin
till a very late hour.
Before finally deciding upon the wording
of the resolution as given above , the com
mittee carefully considered several other
forms. Information waa conveyed to tlio
committee , however , that a strong resolution
was demanded , and several members , headed
by Mr. Smith of Michigan , made the- con
test for the resolution that was finally agreed
upon. To all Intents end purposes it Is the
resolution offered by Mr. Smith himself.
It lo the Intention of the , republican mem
bers , now > that an agreement has been
reached , to call In the democratic mcmberH
of the committee and to make a report , to
the house as coon as it convenes at noon ,
The single resolution agreed to by the
house committee will bo Introduced by a
preamble reciting the conditions In Cuba , the
facts known regarding the destruction of the
Maine and briefly making a strong Indlct-
ment against Spain for'lts conduct of affairs
on tbo Island.
The preamble wlll.Jn epitomized form , fol
low very closely the llficg"of the president's
mcssaso , but that portion of It referring to
the Maine disaster will take stronger grouuJ
than did the message.
PASS IT TODAY.
It Is now the purpose to pass the resolu
tion before the sun eels tomorrow. Dcbatn
will bo limited to four or five hours. The
leaders have determined on this course on
the belief that It will strengthen , both at
homo and abroad , the position to bo taken.
The democratic members of tbe foreign
relations committee held a meeting and
adopted unanimously the following resolu
tion , which they will offer In committee as
a substitute for the majority report :
Hesolvcd , by the senate and house of
representatives | of the United States In con
gress assembled :
Section 1. The United States government
hereby recognizes the Independence of the
republic of Cuba ,
Sec 2. That moved thereto by many con
siderations of humanity , of Interest and of
provocation , among which ore the delib
erate mooring of our battleship Malno over
a submarine mine nnd Its destruction In
the Yiarbor of Havana , the president of the
United States be and he hereby Is directed
to employ Immediately the land and naval
forces of the United States In aiding the
republic of Cuba to maintain the Indcpcnd-
enco hereby recopiilzed.
Sec. 3. The president of the United States
Is 'ncreby authorized and directed to extend
Immediate relief to the starving people of
Cuba , and for this purpose the sum of Jl-
000,000 Is hereby appropriated.
It was elated late tonight on tilgh author *
Ity that an arrang micnt has been practically
effected by whleb the resolutions may pass
both houses tomorrow.
It Is understood that the foreign affairs
committees of house and senate will confer
tomorrow before entering congress for the
purpose of perfecting the resolutions ,
Tonight the members of the foreign affair *
committee believe the resolution will pass
both houses by a practically unanimous veto.
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LONDON , April 12. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) The president' *
message created comparatively llttlo commo-
Una In political centers here , as England's
public men are still enjoying their Easter
holiday , scattered over the British Isles and ,
the continent. Not a single politician of Im
portance was at any of London's principal
political clubs today , where among the rank
and file the message Is regarded as offering
Sno substantial prospect of a peaceful solution
of Cuban difficulties. It IH held to make for
Bpeace only Indirectly , as all delay offers a
chance for pacific arrangement. On tbo
Stock exchange that view prevailed , though
llt'.lo business was done , the attendance being
extremely limited. Tbo evening newspapen
comment Is marked by the Fame tone aa th
Westminster Gazette , which entertains lit
tlo hope that war can bo averted ,
The St. James Gazette maintains ; "Ilecog.
nnltlon of Cuban Independence eecms to
be no reimedy. Wo know what would re-
rmain If the United States were a European
power governed by Pitt or Bismarck , A WAR
of conquest would remain , but It U very )
doubtful whether the United States U pro
pared for that woik cither In spirit or bj )
pceeesrlon of the necessary mcana. "
The- Globe , like the last named conserve-
tlvc paper , says ; "Throughout the unln-
splrcO and tediour verbiage of a stale docu-
ment of almcst unexampled prolixity thcr *
Is no trace cf any definite purpose or
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