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PARIS IS TOO SWIFT
-Import of Its Capture is Not Believed tn
STEAMER IS NOT AT THE ISLE CF WIGHT
It Femes the Lizird Safely and is
Not Pursued ,
C/PTA1N / WATKINS KNOWS OF HIS DANGER
Leaves the Ctstwnary Houto When in the
PASSENGERS WELCOME THE ADVENTURE
They Decline nn Offer to Ilctiim
Anhore nnil Hnte Their Money
Ilcfundeil , Preferring to
TnUe Their Clinucc * .
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LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Englishmen
wcro startled today by the iruddcnncsa with
which war preparations were brought to
their own shores by the reported capture of
the American liner Paris by a Spanish
crut cr In the English channel. The story
went through various pharea during the day.
FltBt It was a capture and then that the
Paris had put back to Yarmouth Roads , I
of Wight ; finally , that It had put In at Fct-
J land Bay , In the mme Island.
The offlclaU of the company maintained
that the Parts was 200 miles \vcnt of the
Lizard at the time It was reported captured ,
and at 7 p. m. I received the following dis
patch from the Hurst Castle signal station
at the entrance of the Solent , where the Paris
must have been eeen had it returned to the
Vale of Wight :
Purls passed hero outward bound about 3
o'clock yesterday and has not been seen here
This , tnkcn In conjunction v\lth tbe fact
that the steamer was signalled as It pushed
the Lizard at 11:28 : p. in. , shows that there
In no foundation for the statements published
concerning Its alleged return or the report
that It had been captured , current Friday
night , before the hour It was signalled at the
Lizard , and It Is plain that the whole ctory
Is a fabrication. H bis not returned to the
Iso ! of Wight or any other English port and
If It were captured there would be no mejno
of knowing the fact unless It was sighted at
sea In company with a Spanish cruiser ,
which Is not alleged , or until brought Into a
Spanish port- .
Captain Watklns knew the danger of cap
ture and before starting offered his patstn
gew an opportunity for going ashore and get
ting their money refunded , but this ouggcs
tlOaaa received with gooJ natured ridicule
Judging by the temper of the pcoaengeri1
especially that of the women , wbeu leaving
Southampton , they will be decidedly dlsap
pointed If the voyage passca without adxcn
Captain Watklns' plan Is to Keep well In
phore until the British Isles arc cleared an *
then make tbo couise wide gf the ordinary
beaten Atlantic route.
PASSENGER LIST OF THE PARIS.
The complete passenger list of the Paris
la as follows :
Saloon R. S. Drowsier , Reginald Crews
J. T. Donnlson , Mrs. Dannlson , Rev. W. J ,
Emits , W. Foy. Victor Hughes Hallett , J. R
Kllbourne , Alexander MacDonald , Mrs. an
Miss Mangold , Miss Payton , II. G. Tyler , L ,
J ) . White , Mrs. and Miss White.
Second Cabin Hugh Hcakley , Miss Marl
Chrlstlnscn. Mr. Doomscho , Mr. and Mrs ,
Delacroix , Henry Davles , Charles Fellows
John William Godfrey , Mrs. Elizabeth Hcav
ens , Miss Eva Hearst , James and Mrs. Hunt
ley , Benjamin Ivor Ivancan , K. I. Iwoschko
Edward John Jones , Jens Chris Jensen , Mrs
Sclmo Kcmney , Miss Marie Kcnncy , Miss Lll
llan Monk , Mrs. Mary Maxwell , Master AI
bert Maxwell , Mrs. J. A. Pollard , Miss Theodore
doro Pawllkowskl , Mrs. Elizabeth M. Pierce
Miss Nora M. Pierce , Charles Parlett , Joh
L. and Mrs. Ryan , Robert and Mrs. Annl
Sterllnir , Mrs. Matilda Saumlers , Alln G
Slmposon , Harold J. Sims , Miss Annie Wake
land. Rev. R. A. and Mrs. Woodthorpe.
Sensational stories are current here toda
that Spain will prove much better suppllei
with unJrmored crulsew than has been eup
posed , as It bought a largo number secretly
No credence la attached to this statcmen
which Is a part of a concsrtel attempt b
Spanish agents to surround Spain's nava
plans with art aspect of tcrrlfjlng mj''tery
Further , the report declared that Austria
had offered Spain four largo cruisers on easy
terms. I Inquired at tde Austrian embassy
respecting the time , and was Informed by
the second secretary : " \Vo have heard noth
ing about ouch arrangements , and I believe
It to be untrue. "
"Would It not be a direct act of hostility
to the United SUtes , In view of the warlike.
operations having begun ? "
"I suppose It would , but Austria , I may
tell jou , has no ships to spare. Wo bavo not
enough for our own requirements , and are at
present adding to the number. " '
AMERICAN YACHTS ENDANGERED.
There are an unusual number of valuable
American steam jachtonow lei Mediterranean
waters and eastern waters , liable to capture
If they venture bejond the cbeltcr ot a
neutral port. Vanderbllt's Valiant , A. J.
Drexel's Gargarcta and Sullani , Weaver's
Norna , Lord's Queen Mab , Walter's Naraja ,
as well as Andrla Arcturas' Fleur Je Lie ,
Erlklng and meny other American jachti *
In the Mediterranean are very awkwardly
placed , as they must risk running the gaunt
let of Gibraltar , or else leave by the Suez
canal and make their way home acrces tne
Pacific , which would scarcely suit their antl
It Is believed Mr. Vanderbllt has nomi
nally disposed ot his Valiant and that It
will cross the Atlantic under a neutral flag ,
otherwise Spain would make a race for GO
desirable a prize.
In accordance with a prediction made
early this week , a marked change Is now
manifested In the tone of the Russian press
ton aril the Quarrel between Spain and the
Vnlted States. The seml-oOlclal Journal at
St. Petersburg , utter tome da > i' silence ,
writes declaring : "Conflict may fairly bo
decided BB being brought about by force of
circumstances , " and that the war Is one In
which Russia has no concern , this neutral
attitude contrasting BO strongly with the
last utterances of the Inspired Rutslan
press , will , It la believed , react upon the
French government , producing a leu boa-
tile tone In Parisian paper * . Meanwhile ,
from tbe Vatican cornea a report tbat the
pop * la 10 deeply dUU < M d over tlw failure
of his efforts at mediation that It has af
fected bis health , and It Is expected among
bis entourage that It will hasten bis end.
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ON HOARD THE FLAGSHIP NEW YORK
'oft Havana ) , April 23. ( New York World
ablegram Special Telegram. ) The third
: apture of a Spanish vetscl by a United
talcs war ship during this war was made
llhln range of tde gucia of Morro Castle ,
'urlng ' last night the torpedo boat Ericsson
Ighted a flshlrvj boat and gave chase. The
ijitaln made all salt and headed for Havana
arbor. When the ErlcRson was a quarter
f a mile away and rapidly overhauling the
Isherman , It fired a shot from one of Its
apld fire- gun * acrces the bow of the
ipanlard. Before the ( MiIng boat could
make the harbor the Ericsson cut off Its
ctre-it , the two boats having by this tlmet
un right under the gum of Morro Castle ,
ne shot from which might have sunk the
orpedo boat. A prize crew was put on
> oard of the fishing boat and It made salter
or Key Went.
KEY WEST , Fla. , April 23. 4:30 : p. m.
'ho torpedo bout Erlcrson arrived this nfter-
eon from the fleet. It left Havana at 10
' 'clock. There hud then been no bombard
ment. A peaceful blockade has been cstab-
KEY WEST. Fla. , April 24. The fleet cap-
urcd another prize Saturday afternoon the
chooner Mathlldc of Havana , laden with
um. The schooner WJB taken by the tore -
e < lo boat Porter , after a lively chase , and
fter a number of solid shot were fired.
A prize cren from the flagship was put on
oard the cohooner , but no ship could bo
pared to tow It , and It was brought Into
Key West In tow of the Associated Trees
Ispatch boat Dauntless , which arrlvej about
The Dauntless reports that the fleet has
eer divided. The Naohvllle and Machlas
r Cast'no sailed for the west at 10 o'clock
yesterday morning. The Amphltrltc , Cln-
Innatl , Castlnc" or Macdlnas sailed fast ,
"ho rest of the fleet , at 3:30 : In the after
noon , was blockading Havana , which la dls-
acit ten miles to the southward.
ON BOARD FLAGSHIP NEW YORK , ( off
lavana ) April 23. 0 a. m. The American
fleet Is still off IMorro Ccotle. No casualty
has occurred up to tbe present time to any
f the American vc&scls and cvorjthing re
i. > ruuisTiu ix run 0111:00 ? ) .
IlrltlNh Xmal UllletTH Avialt the \enn
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LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) The possibility
cf an encounter between the United States
battleship Oregon and a Spanish fleet Is an
exciting topic among British naval officers.
V. ' . II. Wilson , naval writer and expert , to
where exertions the foundation of the British
Navy league Is due , sajs :
"It Is possible the Spaniards are after the
Oregon , which Is now "plowing Its way up
north from Capo Hern. I do not know the
whereabouts of the Oregon , but It must bo
In Imminent danger , as It Is not due at Key
West until April 27 , or May 1. A glance at
the chart shows that It must steam perilously
near the Capo Verde Islands , and an attempt
to Intercept It would not take the Spaniards
much out of their course. On the other hand
If the Spaniards are moving with this object
they will run no small risk of losing Porto
Rico or Cuba In the meantime. The Spanish
ships would almost Inevitably suffer severe
damage In action with the Oregon and all , or
most of them , might be driven to return to
Cadiz 'or repairs and fresh coal ,
WASHINGTON , April 23. TOe Navy de
partment Is fully aware of the whereabouts
of the battleship Oregon and the- gunboat
Marietta , but for prudential reisons the offi
cials positively decline to say where the vcn-
fels arc , whether or not they have ben or
dered to return to Sam Francisco , or In fact
to make any statement respecting them
further than that no apprehension for their
safety Is felt. It Is knonn tbat the * depart
ment IKS taken store to have the com
mander of the Oregon met by friends and
warned of the outbreak of hostilities and of
the presence of the Spanish gunboat Tme-
rarlo at Buencs Ayrcs In the path of the
war ship on ItrJ way to the North American
ni\v STOKY OF cAinxirr CRISIS
Curten Will Udjonrn After
Flunnclnl Mi-nun re.
MADRID. April 23. 10 a. m. The stories
of a ministerial crisis are denied and It I
understood that after agreeing to the finan
cial program the Cortes will adjourn untl
May IS. Although the patriotic demonstra
tlons continue In the provinces , public ordc
la not disturbed. Sen or Morct , the Mlnlstet
for the colonies , declares It ls Impossible foi
telegraphic communication with Cuba to be
Interrupted , even If the Key West cable Is
cut , as three other cables , protected by the
guarantee ot tdo telegraphic convention
reach the Island.
The rumor that the minister of marine
Admiral Bermejo , will .resign hla ofllce In
order to command one of the Spanish squad
rons , b without foundation. The Spanish
fleet In the Antilles will be commanded bj
Admiral Manterola , tbe Spanish naval com
mander at Havana , anJ the- flying squadron
ot Spain Is to te commanded by Adnllra
A cable dispatch has been received hero
from the governor general of tbe Philippine
Utends , In which that olllclil eajs ho Is no
In the Iea4t afraid of the American squadron
now at Hcng Kong.
OriilwerH Aet an COIMOJ * .
FORT MONROE , Va. , April 23 9:0 :
p. m. The convoy Paother , with 800 marine
aboard , bound for Key West , arrived her
tonight at 7 o'clock. At 9 o'clock Commodor
Schley ot the flj'lng squadron received
cipher dispatch directing him to proviso a
guard for tbo ccnvoy. The Minneapolis &ui
the Columbia were detailed and at 9:10 : th
Minneapolis fired a gun for all to get aboard
Rumor t < ald that the vcwcls might have
different destination after passing the cape
at the entiance to tbla harbor than merely
convoking tbo transport with troops. U wa
possible that the two fast ships might go ou
and meet the Paris , now en route to Ne\
Thu last rumor was to the effect that th
Minneapolis was to go after the Paris am
the Columbia to guard tbe transport to Key
The Minneapolis left at 10:45 : , followed by
the Columbia a few minutes later. The tranu
port Panther , with 750 marines aboard , I
still anchored In Hampton Roads. A heavy
gale 1s blowing.
Mlimtoitoiiioh I'm * to Sen.
PHILADELPHIA , Aorll M. The monlto
Mlantonomob , which sailed from Leagu
Island yesterday afternoon , passed out to set
t full ipeed at 11:15 : o'clock this morning
bound south. It Is believed It will touch a
Charleston on the way to Key Weat ,
AS TO PRIVATEERS
pain at Last Hakes a Declaration on
WILL NOT ISSUE LETTERS OF MARQUE
Decides to Exercise the Bight of Search at
FLEET AS AUXILIARY WAR VESSELS
Eoth Will Search Other Vessels When
vUMEROUS MERCHANT FLEET FOR USE
the ( lucntloii of Coal ll
MADRID , April 23. 5 p. m. The Gazette
omorrow will publish a decree In substance
ao follows :
Flist The government reserves liberty as
o the qucstlcci of coil being contraband ot
Second Spain will not Issue letters of
marque and will treat all vessels holding let-
ore of marque Issued by America aa pirates
and not as privateers. Spain will utilize a
numerous merchant fleet as auxiliary war
shirs and will exercise the right of search ,
both by tbo regular and the auxiliary war
OO.tCUKM.NG A CA1IIXCT CIUSIS.
Moret Liketo lie the Klrnt to
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MADRID , ( via the Frontier ) ( New York
Vorld Cablegram Special Telegram. ) I find
hat rumors of the crisis ore differently In
terpreted by the friends and adversaries ot
he cabinet , the latter believing It a neces
sary result ot such consultations by public
men as must have had for Its object In the
mind of the queen regent , a desire to cant
off the least popular members of her govern
ment , In particular Morct , minister of colonies
nies , whoso house has been guarded by a
> os.sc of police on foot and horacback , against
whom the Madrid mob has already begun to
jell several times.
Mo.-et and his conciliatory views on Cuban
lome rule and his free trade Inclinations aio
leemed a dead failure by a majority of Span
lards , who only submitted to such measure
n the hope of ad'vertlng ' American Interven
Sagaota has appealed to a council ot op
pcsltlon leaders and generals as a means to
prepare a soft fall for some ot his colleagues
If It turns out to be advisable , end If not
to make It possible for the liberals to say
they had remained In office with the ess-ant
of the queen regent because nobody cared to
aesumo the reins In ruch a moment.
The government Is now determined to tol-
crate street demcnstratlons aa a let-oft ol
popular steam and make the authorities moro
popular , especially In Madrid. A moat re
markable Irritation Is shown In all ranks ot
coclety and the presa against England. The
enthusiasm of the Spaniards Is fanned by the
papers publishing tales of past unsucccsqfu
attempts of England muuo * by sea and lane
to seize Porto Rlco and Cuba as an cxcclleni
Illustration of the fate awaiting America's
Great uneasiness and apprehension
beneath the resolute attitude of the press
politicians on account of communication with
Cuba and Porto Rlco. The government says
mall steamers will continue to go out , but
already few passengers engage berths.
It Is rumored again today that contracts
have been made for the purchase of three
Ironclads from Austria and Italy. Should
the minister of marine retire he will arsumo
command of the large fleet assembling at
Cadiz and Admiral Churruca from Cadiz
would be the new minister of military prepa
rations. Darely 25,000 rerorves have been
called out. Many ports In the peninsula have
Just bad submarine defences laid down.
The last twenty-four hours have been com
paratively quiet politically. All ejcs are
turned to Cuba and the Capo Verde fleet.
Much reserve Is ehown about advice given
the queen regent by several generals and
politicians who consulted to endeavor to form
European alliances at any cost , which both
cetecm feasible In view ot the attitude ot
Franco and Rurata and as Germany Is sup
posed to hold bock Austria and Italy. The
queen regent listened silently to this advice ,
as she did to most persons consulted , though
she Is known to be much Inclined to the Idea
of alliances If It could bring early cense
quences. Frequent communications are again
pasting between Madrid and tbo continental
courts. The cabinet and the newspapers are
very Incredulous about European aid and
valiantly advise- Spain to fight Its battles
alone and say that Spain has to thank the
powers for having Imposed Its list humilia
StrutcurlHtM In u Illlemmn.
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LONDON. April 23. ( New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram. ) The naval
strategy likely to be employed by the
Unite ! Statro and Spain still absorbs attcu-
tlon here. Curlcalty has been Intensified by
the mystery surrounding the Spanish naval
plans , owing to the absolute shutting down
of all Spanish sources of Information. The
special correspondent ot the News , -who has
Just reached Spain , says' the silence of the
press on the military and naval movemciVs
Is cue ot the mrst striking features of the
situation. iie ; asks :
"Does this alienee cover efficient strategy
or a lack of purpose ? To the best of my be
lief the Spaniards have a plan and are at
tempting to carry It out. "
Spain may have a plan , but the vital , un-
decldeJ point In the eyes of the naval au-
thortlcs Is , whether or not It has coal so
placed as to enable It to execute tbat plan.
Such evidence as exists Indicates that It baa
not. Out tbe experts are confusedly without
data to enable them to express a definite
oplnloj oa that point.
Opinion un Coal.
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LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca-
tlegram Special Telegram. ) On the ques
tion of making coal contraband of war I se
cured the opinion of Sir Edward Clarke * .
queen's counsel , formerly solicitor general
and an acknowledged leader of the English
bar. as follows ;
"No country can m-ikc any article contra
band by 'U > se dlxlt. ' A * to coal , tbero has
been no naval war ot consequence ilnce coil
became an essential factor In naval opera
tions. Therefore , the C4 ejot coal I * a per
fectly novel question. GoMraband can only
be decided by n prize courf of cither bellig
erent , but If a governmentjfloclarcs a certain
article contraband It "makes " It certain tbat
a neutral ship captured carrying that article
will get a docIslon ogtlnst It In a prize court.
Tbe declaration by Great Britain would ,
therefore , have serious5 operative effects. "
WOODKOItll IS STILI , IX
Anilinnnailor Porter 1'lnce * Iloomn nt
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PAHIS. April 23. ( Now York World Ca
blegram Special ( Teleisram. ) Ambassador
Porter today- placed the "soms of the Amer
ican embassy at the disposal of General
Woodford with view to his apparent In
tention to stay here some time.
Queen Isabella sent a ( second donation of
80,000 francs from the Spanish treasury. Her
daughter Eulalle's contribution wo * 30,000
francs , Isabella Is by no means rich and
this means a considerable sacrifice for her.
French partisanship Is Inclining more etead-
liy to the sldo of Spain and Rochefort'e
protests against the Injustice and Impolicy
of this line are as a volco crying In the
wilderness. He says toJay : "If the Cubans
wcro oppre&slng Spain wo should be for It
and against them , but as It le Spain Is op
pressing the Cubans and we should be for
them against her. I believe the Cuban re
public is already so well constituted that
the moment the Spanish are expelled It
will enter on Its functions throughout the
Several entertainments have been counter
manded by the American colony on account
of war. Yvette Gilbert has declined an en
gagement to go to Madrid , Busing bitter
comment by the Madrid press.
AUHAZ 'AIJMOST HKADY TO SAII * .
Ilepalrn nn SpmilHh Torpedo Iloat
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QUEENSTOWN , April 23. ( New York
World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) Your
correspondent visited the passage docks to
day , went aboard the Audaz , found Its work
all finished and the crew preparing to get It
out of dock. Its damage has been fully re
paired with the exception .of a little minor
work which can be perfected by the engi
neers' board at sea.
Work has been carried on day and night
Incessantly to complete repairs. The boat
now lies alongside the docks In deep water
awaiting sealed ordeis. It'is ' thought orders
will be given to sail for Ferrol or Cadiz , as
through a short stock of coil It cannot cruise
about this side and capture prizes. The Brit
ish government will not Interfere with Its
departure. It may proceed to sea any mo
ment. Its expected departure from Quccns-
Is causing much excitement. The cap
tain said It might remain until Sunday or
Monday before sealed orders arrived by cable.
ACTION TO PUOTiOT SHIPPING.
Pattern to Semi Strom.ote to Uiilteil
Stiiten mill fniilii.
BERLIN , April 23. Thre _ has been a
lively exchange of notey'in 'regard to the
proposed concerted 41011011 vpon the part of
some of the powers for the protetlon of
neutral flags. It Is unJsrstood that Ger
many , France , Austria and Italy have about
agreed to send a strong note to both the
United States and Spain , warning them to
exercise the greatest caution In dealing with
neutral shipping , adding that otherwise tull
reparation will be Insisted upon. These
powers ako intend to cend vessels to the
seat of war to observe the naval and other
operations. Germany will probably send the
Koenlg Wllhclm. Great Britain and Russia
are still hanging back.
The German government le strongly In-
peoaed at the sale of the HamburgHAmerlcan
liners Normandla and Columbia to a Spanish
company , as the vei'sele were auxiliary cruis
ers , and therefore the consent of the govern
ment of Germany , which was not obtained ,
was necessary for the sale.
I'OKTUGAL. 5IUST CXIMU TO TIME.
United1 Statcn JSCTVCN Formal \otlce
Concern I IIKT Spitlii'H Fleet.
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ST. VINCENT , Cape de Verde Islands ,
April 23. ( New York World Cablegram-
Special Telegram. ) The United States gov
ernment ho. ? served notice on the Portuguese
government , to whom tie- Cape de > Vcrdo
Islands belong , to either end the Spanish
war ships away from St. Vincent forthwith ,
or keep them there during the war , as re
quired by International law.
Think * Amerlenn * Will Win.
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LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Commander
Crutchley , the secretary of the British Navy
league , expressing not only his personal
view , but also that of other leading authori
ties with which ho has discussed the sub
ject , uald today : "There la a belief that this
will bo a war ot surprises and that a good
many predictions will be knocked on the
head. Nobody , not oven the most expert ,
can predict what Id likely to happen , but ,
Judging from all the circumstances , It secma
that the Americans Intend to establish a
blockade ot Havana and tbat Spain , there
fore , will -wait until the American ships are i
In position and then endeavor to direct one
powerful squadron , against them with the '
object of getting through them In detail. "
Commander Crutchley would not venture to
say whether Spain could successfully carry
out such an operation or .not , but he de
clared that the United Stales must win In a
long run. Ho was disposed to minimize the
Icssona to be derived from tbe war , 33
neither the Americano nor > the Spaniards are
Will Not Offer nn.Opinion.
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LONDON , April 23. ( New York World Ca-
blcgram Special Telegram. ) R. YeE y Ham
ilton , admiral , gives the following opinion :
"Your author , Mark Twqln , gave very use
ful advice to. 'never prophesy unless you
know , ' Another eminent author , Von Moltke ,
writes : 'It Is a fallacy to believe that the
actual conduct of a campaign can be fore
seen. The fir t collision with the enemy
no matter bow It may result creates a fresh i
position of affairs. Much you had Intended 1
to do now appears to be Impracticable ; much i
which before seemed Impossible now Is pea-
stole. Move especially la thU the case with
now operations. ' I have formed no theory
on the subject nor studied It. There b
only one thing certain , ( or It comes from i
an Infallible source , 'the beginning of a strife >
la when one letteth out water. ' No mortal can i
foresee tbo end. "
Sherman Ile lfcun Tomorrow.
WASHINGTON , April 23. The Post will
say tomorrow tbat tbo tfelgnatlon ot John !
Sherman aa secretary ot state wilt be placed
In tbe hands of the president Monday.
St. I.ouln Arrive * Iner - York.
NEW YORK , April 23. The American line
steamer St. Louis baa arrlvjd from South-
ampton. Tbe St. Louk uw no VAT ships.
Cuban Capital Making a Frens'ied Effort to
Qet Ready ,
PATCHING UP THEIR FORTIFICATIONS
Old Brass Oanncn Being Heed for Ooast
UNITCD STATES FLEET CREATES PANIC
Comparatively Easy Matter to Ehull Out
the Town ,
WAR SHIPS IN LITTLE DANGER OF INJURY
Great Senrelty of Fonil In ilnvnna
U1 1'rlccM Idiplilly ItlNlnw Con
dition of tlic Iteconcen-
trniloM IM Horrible ,
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ON-BOARD-THE-TRITON , Fifteen Miles
North of Marlcl , Cuba , Daybreak , April 23.
( New York World Cablegram Special Tele
gram. ) Havana Is making a tardy , frenzied
effort to prepare for war with the United
States. When your correspondent left thcro
lest night running the gauntlet of the
city guard , regular troops massed outside
the city and the scouting guerillas to
get thU unccnsored dispatch through the
whole city of Havana was In a Plato of the
wildest excitement. Ten shirs of the United
States navy were off Havana al sunset.
People expected the bombardment to begin
this ( Saturday ) morning.
The wildest reports were circulated in Havana -
vana and wcro credited. It was believed
that the whole United States army was on
Its way In transports from the gulf ports.
Thcro were prediction that the actual In
vaslon of Cuba might begin Sunday.
The newspapers have no reliable news.
Cable communication with Key West Is not
cut oft , but of course the Spaniards refuse to
believe any news that now comes over thai
cable from Key West. They suspect that
It Is "cooked" at the American end to feel
Your correspondent met near Marlel the
venturesome correspondent Hcllburg , where
landing on the coast was made from the dis
patch boat Triton last Tuesday. These two
correspondents not only got the first real
news from Havana slnco the departure of
General Lee , but they secured confidential
Information for Rear Admiral Sampson.
FIXING THE FORTIFICATIONS.
In Havana men nro at work day and night
adding to the fortifications. Old-time brass
cannon which row service many yeari ago
are being put In place to splice out the sea
batteries. They would not be dangerous , as
a matter of fact1 , even If Secretary Long
should allow Rear Admiral Sampson to do
his fighting at EOO yards Instead of 3,000 , as
But no extra armament of modern style
and weight has been added to the fortifica
tions. The Spaniards have not the guns.
The rumor that four new twelve-Inch Krupp
guns bad been mounted lo the east of Morro
castle Is without foundation. The truth Is
the , guns are on ihelr way and the mounts
for them are rapidly nearlng completion and
If the attack upcn Havana Is delayed much
lonqer the Cojlmar batteries will surelv bo
A pontoon bridge has been built acrcsa
Chorrcra Inlet In the western suburbs of
Havana for the transportation of sand for
tbo embankments of the two Vcdldo and
Santa Clara batteries' . This work Is not
completed , and as matters now stand ono
twelve-Inch shell might disable the two t > Ig
Santa Clara guns If It struck the sllll bare ,
masonry. A two-Inch water pipe Is being
laid under the neck of Havana harbor lo supply -
ply Morro , Cabanas and the Coljlmax
batlerlcs. Alarm was spread In Havina at
the beginning of the work by the display of
a signal on Marro castle reading : "Harbor
closed. " Everyone , thought al once Ibat the
American fleet was at hand , but the signal
was only for the protection of the pipe layers.
There are hourly drills In all the batteries ,
but there Is no more firing of the guns In
target practice on account of the lack of am
munition. General Blanco deems It wise to
save all his projectiles and powder for the
day ot actual need. He Is reported to bo
short of ammunition already. With the sin
gle exception ot the sand protection , the de
fenses of Havana have not been materially
streiigtlicne.'l thus far , although long lines ot
work are under'way. .
SHIPS AT HAVANA.
April 21 these Spanish war ships were In
the harbor :
Alfonso XII , second class cruiser This ves
sel will not he able to move for a month on
account of the tubes for Its boiler or con
denser having been stolen. They cannot be
replaced here ,
Le Caspl This Is a transporl , Is very slow
and carries only two small guns.
Nueva Espana This second class gunboat
came out of tbe floating dock only four dajs
Flllplnas Torpedo guaboat. Its machinery
Is useless. It was ruined by Spanish engl-
ncere on her first trip from tlio shops M
( Magallanes Gunboal. Us machinery Is
ellll repairing. The machinists at iork on
It are nailing for parls that cacnot be maJe
In ( Havana.
Infanta Isabella Second class cruiser. The
work of repairing tbo machinery Is pro
Marquis do Enslnadad Second class
cruiser. Under repairs.
Antonio Lopez Fourth class gunboat. The
only serviceable craft In the harbor. II has
been doing palrol duly along the coast.
The SpaaUh authorities en April 21-
claimed that there were 25,000 soldiers In
the city of Havana able for service In tle-
fending Ihe land approaches. The truth Is
tbat there Is probably less than halt tbat
number. One battalion reached Havana ou
the ICth , one on the 17th , two on the 18th ,
four on Ihe 19th and 20th. Allowing five
more for Ibe 21st , and adding tbo regular
Havana garrisons , the total Is less than
The arriving troops are filthy and ragged ,
but they are strong and full of patriotism ,
la fact there Is a warlike spirit everywhere.
The streets ot tbe city have been turned Into
drill grounds and offices have been opened
for enlistment. Courier Holmes sajo : "Don't
make tbe mistake ot think log that they
won't fight. Why , even 10-year-old boys are
enlisting ; and they mean business too. "
Prices of all kinds of food shot up 20 per
cent on tbo 13lh , 5 per cent on tbe 16th and
10 per cent on tbe 21st and even at the e high
THE BEE BULLETIN.
Wath r Forecatt for Nflirn k
1'alr , Northerly Wlmts.
1 Spnln Will Sea re h anil Sel e.
Slenmnhlp I'nrln In Mnfe.
llntnnn I'repnrlnw for Wnr.
AminniliNnty Arc Vcrj
2 Tnxe * for Wnr I'nrponc )
n Xelirankner n.
Shoe IMnrhenmlltor Co.J
Sfo Cnll let for Stnte Tr
4 Lant Week In Omnlin Si
Latent \ett * of the lxp
n ( ) in aim Dropn Another < >
Actlvlt ) lit Camp Tlionti ]
tl Counell llluTn I.oenl Mn
7 Inttn Xenn mill Comnien |
Hn llnrrj Oti-r City Ji\
Inillnu Illiln to Open at
in "Anhen of Ktnnlre. "
11 Commercial mill
Coiiitltlon of Oinalia'n ' 1'rnife.
12 Editorial mill Cnmmeiit.
13 Cut Hnten ( Jet > o Prelnlit.
Uehoe * of the Ante-llooni ,
14 In the lAmnneinent VVorlil.
Munleal lletlett of the Week.
1(1 Vlont Ioft > Point of Quito.
Tito Arbor llajn lit .NcliranUn.
1H In the Domain of Woman.
1I > ( illtnpne * of Oolileii Gnte.
20 Rrottth of the Park Sjntcm.
llnttle of ChlekiimniiKn.
21 Illiln of Culia'n Tolmeeo liiiliiHtry.
Spaln'n Punt mill , Prenent.
I n for inn 11 nil AliMijn on Tap.
22 SnnrtlnK 'Hetletv ' of the Week.
23 With the AVheel * and Wheelmen.
21 Ilotv to llnllil n Cam an Cnuoe.
Temperature at Omaha I
Hour. Ic . Hour. DCK.
> * n. m HO 1 p. m ( K )
( I n IS 2 p. m l
7 a. in 41) : t p. in (12
N n. in , -111 4 p. m (12
II n. m nn R p. m (12
in n. in 51 ( I p. m ( U
11 itm r 7 7 p. i ( II
12 m RH
prices 1 It Is almost Impossible to buy. Army
rations : , however , < anJ coal are pouring Into
Havana. On Aprl IS the steamship Rclna
Maria Christina brought as a gift from the
Spaniards lo Mexico 0,534 sacks of cornmeal -
meal , bean1 ! , rlco and coffee.
riVNlTC IN "HAVANA.
On the same day there was a pinlc over
a tremendous drop In silver. Even before
U..U $4.7 In gold brought $1 In silver and
about $14 In paper money. Really no busi
ness la being done , a all the men are either
drilling or counting their leases. On April
20 there were over 85,000 tons of coal on
the wharves besides Ihe cargoes of ttircc
big veMels which were discharging. Four
other vctscla will ccal hero on their way to
The ccnsurato of tde prces Is now stricter
than over. Unfavorable cablegrams about
the action of the American congress end
the president were held for dajs and then
allowed to slip out gradually. The abuse of
Americana Is now universal and unchecked.
Ncwn of tbo Jlnal action at Washington
caused a great popular hurst of Indignation ,
followed by a whirlwind of patriotism. Thr
Spmlards In Havana declared ttiat they had
been Insvltcd , end had there been any Ameri
cano left In the city and known as such
they would surely have died. Great crowds
surrounded the governor general's paMce and
thronged the parks. "Laguerra" ( war ) was
the frenrled word. One man became so de-
llrloua that , to show what he would like to
do to tCie hated Yankccn , he sank his teeth
Into Ills bare arm and swallowed the blood.
The rebel forces have received large ac-
ccralcns. The native Cubans feared there
would bo a draft by the Span'sh officials and
they preferred to fight with their friends'
than against them. It Is estimated that more
than 2,000 have gone Into the field slnco
April 13 and many have been esnt tack by
ARMISTICE A FARCE.
Thcro Is no food for some and no arrrs for
many. The Cubans that have been sent
back rejected have gone Into the Spanish
mobilized forces , but they will not fight very
j I lurd. As for General Blanco's armistice , ro
i solemnly talked about In Europe and rciTutcd
j \ In Cuba. It Is a farce ; more so , even , than
I Cuban autonomy. Colonel Delgado had two
skirmishes yesterday , his camp being at-
I tacked by a Spanish column. Several men
were killed on both sides and Mr. Holmes
helped to bury them.
The comic opera sldo of Spanish offlcialV
peace In Cuba Is shown by the fact that
after the promulgation of General Blanco's
decree on unlnstructeJ news bureau sent out
official Htatementfi of several brilliant Spanish
victories. Ono of them. It wcs announced ,
was won not forr miles from the spot where
the dispatch boat made Its landing.
On April 17 the autonomy commission com
posed of Senors Dolz , Glbcrga , Rabellu and
Sola left Havana for Santa Cruz del Sur ,
which Is close to the station of the Cuban
government. It was no secret that they
went officially to Inform the Cuban lead
ers that American Intcrvcnllon was only a
mask for speedy a-nexatlon. U Is not thought ,
however , that they will make any Impression
oven If they are not pul to death ? In accord
ance with the Cuban rule , which applies tbo
death penalty to all thai endeavor lo treat
with Cubans on any basis whatever other
than complete Independence.
STARVING TO DEATH.\
The condition of the reconccntrados is horrible
rible and Weylor's plan of extermination will I
succeed If Invasion is long delayed. The' f
American rations already Issued from thp i
warehouses laslod unlll April 17. Since then t'
they have had nothing , as the government
has confiscated all the food for the troops.
The gift of supplies from the Spaniards In
Mexico wcs also for the army and navy , al
though at the tlmo of Its presentation the
Havana prcws stated It was for the poor.
Still , with all their mediaeval characlerlsi
tics , their childish vanities and their wlnnw
bombast , the Spanish residents of Havana
have to a man responded to their country's
call. They will bo beaten , I , believe , not.
through their cowardice , but through their
dark Ignorance. They are not alert and up'
to tbo times.
Commanders of the Spanish forts have
seen mo disembark. Tbo Havana nowspa-l
pers have bowled over "The Triton In Marl-
ano bay. " Wo were aeround half of ono
night and yet only one feeble attempt was
made to catch us , although the Spanish offl-
clals knew we were Illegally within the \
three-mile limit , and although they knew
Ihe work we were doing would damage Ihem
when war came. Even though they knew
tbe Triton would be a desirable acqulsltbn
for the Spanish auxiliary fleet , they came for j
us only In a lazy sort of way , which a New
York school boy could easily have baffled.
As Mr. Holmes sa > s :
"Tbe Spaniards are as cruel as they are
bravo , and they are as stupid as they are
cruel. " SYLVESTER SCOVEL.
ULOOKAD0 IN FORCE.
( Cbpyrlght. J8M. by the AitocUted Vita )
HAVANA , April 22. 8:30 : p. m. ( Delayed
In Transmission. ) At 4:45 : o'clock this ( Frl-
( Continued on Second Page. )
ARMY AND NAVY BUSY
President's Call for Volunteers AdJs to
General Activity !
WILL BE CERTIFIED TO STATES MONDAY
Malting Arrang-monts for Handling thl
Militia Forces ,
WILL RENDEZVOUS AT THREE POINTS
Washington , Richmond end Atlanta Art
GETTING READY F03 A CUBAN INVACION
Wnr Department Crenten n
Army IHtlxloit , anil ( ieiieriil /
llrooke Will Command the '
Iiit aillnwr ( Army.
WASHINGTON , k\prll 23. The president
called upon the people of the Unite 1 States
for the first tlmo In thirty yearn to manifest !
their martial strength , tbo call thU tlmo"
being on a united people to go forward ta
battle with a foreign foe.
The cecrrtary of war created a now arm/ ,
corps. The two taken together , with other !
nowB of today , showed that the regular arm/ ,
soon will move on Cuba , and that mean-
whtlo the volunteers will bo equipped ani
The president's proclamation , while nctiH
ally Issued , was not certified to the governors
of the I'tatcs ' and territories , and will not ba
until Monday. The reusora arc two-fold.
In 'Iho ' firsl place , Iho War department dc
sires to avoid distro > lng the present organ
ization ot the National Guard , which IN to
bo called Into sorvlco first. The guard regi
ments are composed of twelve companies nnil ,
being officered more numerously than thu
regular army regiments , would have to ba
changed to correspond w Ith the army regu-
lallon In order to comply with the law as It
exist : ) .
The pending Hull bill , however , provide *
for meeting Just such an emergency and per
mits the use of the National Guard as or
This consideration la more Important than
would appear at first , Inasmuch as n.any ot
the National Guard have volunteered only
under condition that they may servo cs now ,
The second consideration which Influenced
the department In postponing the ceitlflca-
lion of the call until ' .Monday IH a desire to
make sure that adequate arrangements can
bo completed by quartermasters and commis
sary departments for transporting and feed
ing the largo number of men celled for. This
Is no light task , as Iho volunteers must betaken
taken by the government at a certain point
In every state , where they are to bo collected
by the governors. .
WILL BE QUICKLY MOBILIZED.
Telegrams have been coming from almcst
cvrry section ot the country to Secretary
Alger from governors and mllltla officers ,
com c > Ing Information as to the length of
time , surprisingly short In many cases , that
would bo required by them to gather their
forces ready for muster.
The men , as fast as muatcred In by rcgu-
I lar army officers In Ihe- various states , will
j bo biought lo one of three great depots ,
namely , Washington , Richmond and Atlanta ,
where Ihey will bo organized lo meet the
Tha fact thai Richmond Is rained as one
of these points Is taken as an evidence that
FlUhugh Lee Is to receive a volunteer com
mission , either us ono of the four major gen
erals or ono of the nlno brigadier general *
provided for In the volunteer bill , for It U
believed that It was largely at hlslnsUnco ,
that Richmond was sclecled aa one of th *
points of concentration.
In expectation of Iho certification of the
president's call , a vast number of letters
have begun to come to Secretary Alger offerIng -
Ing the services of volunteers , go numcroua
are Ihcso communications that the ( secretary
has nollfled Iho press lo Inform Ihe peopla
that such communications alioalil be directed
lo the governors of their respective states
and territories , as ho had no authority under
Ibo law lo accept volunteers dlicct.
The formation of a Grand Army corps la
the Department of tbo Soulh , wllh head
quarters at the three gulf ports , Is an evi
dence that tbe government Is to move on
Cjba at once with Iho regular army , leaving
the volunteers called for to bo disciplined ,
and worked Into shape for future use In tha
FORMAL ORDER ISSUED.
The formal order for the creation of this
Grand Army division , lasued at Iho War department -
partment at the close of office hours , was aa
WASHINGTON , April 23.-Gcneral Orders
No. 7. IJy Ihe. direction of the secretary or
vvar the following crders ot the president
are published for the Information and nuld
mice of all concerned :
FIrBt , Ihe United S ntcs troops as emWc l
In the ChlckamauRJ. National paik will
form nn encampment Known as Cawi >
George H. Thorn is , and us III constitute tom-
porailly nn nrmy corps under the command
' ot Mnjcr General John It. Brooke. The
[ corpn ( Alll conHlst of one division of cavalry ,
one dlvt'lon of Infantry and one brigade ot
The cavalry nml Infantry dlviHlons will
loach bo composed of not more than thr.a
brigades , consisting of three or more u-gl-
The artillery brigade will b composed ot
two battalions , each c mprlslriK three b.it
I ' The corps commander will assign th
. minor ofllcers present for duty for < \u'h >
I arm to command of divisions and bilinden.
' Second , the Infantry regiments conem-
J.trated at NC-AI Orleans , Mobile , Alu. , and
I Tampa. Fin. , arc constituted divisions un-
dcr the command of illrlsaller General Wll-
i Hum It. Shufter , Hrlgadler Gener.il John J.
! ' Copplnger and Ilrlgadlcr General James F.
I Wad ? , respectively.
I The division commanders will form th IF
divisions Into brigades and assign the een-
t lor olllcers present for duty to command
them. By command of ,
MAJOR GENERAL MILES. '
H. C. CORUINf , Adjutant General. ,1
The people of the District of Columbia will
see a great many soldiers at tbo beginning
of next week. ly ) direction of tbo president
the entire National Guard of tbo district ,
1,600 strong , has been ordered Into camp
Monday morning at the Soldiers' borne undcf
the command of Brigadier General Harrlei.i
The guard will not be directly In the service
ot tbo United States government , but being
In camp fully equipped and armed , will t >
In position ( or Instant service on demand.
MUST FURNISH VOLUNTEERS.
While It U tbe purpose of the War depart
meat to secure national guardsmen aa fav
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