Nbw York, March 12.- -Rafael Portuoudo, seoratary of state ior the insurgent republio o( Cuba, who is at present in Na vt York oa business for the new governruant, has luadu rejoinder to tbs raently fubluhod addrssa of Señor Canova, tk Spanlsh prime minister, on the iubju of th war in Cuba. Senor Portuando .vtü: "Upon Ih flrst half f Ministor Canotbi' addreis I har nu wmmtnt to make; ut as a ma mkir of Presidan! Cisnaru'i eablnet I deslre to all your aitanlion ts the tast that Senor Cánovas spok of tha present struggle In Cuba as a "war" in thraa dlStrsut place, ya% ia tbs last parairpk hu aayj: 'V annot adnalt that tha illghtast f round axlati for tha raoognltioB of tha blhgrnoy of the Cuban iuaurganta. ' Juiua Iuu wltli CauoTut. "Anothar stgnifloant polnt In Senor CanoTai' addra Is hls diaposHiou not to deny tha outragas and brutality aharged against Ganaral Wayler, but to throvr tha reaponsibllliy of tha crimes into th9 Spanih govsrnment. Cánovas says Ganoral Weylar has slmplyaoted in harmony with the requtremeuls of thls war, in whioa tho insurgen ts have sat at deflanca tha rule9 of clvilized warfare. "Hera I must joln issue with Ministoi Cánovas. He is either not intormed ot statas what is false. Spain does not knov the requirements of civilized warfara. We are by extmple teaching her commanders in the finild at the present moment the true principies of olvilized warfare. War correspondents of at least three New York paper have been witii nd followed oui arrales in this war are willing to go before a congi'essional committee and swoar ta the invariable humanity of the insurgents and the cruelty of the Sp nish forces. l.ettors from Spanih Offlcers. "I have in my possession letters from geveral dlffarent Spanish officers acknowling the voluntary return of their prisoners, well fed and unhartned. I myself returned fifiy men and a lieutenant after the battle of Ramon de las Lagues. At daylight tho next morning we heard the shots from the enemy's Unes which sent the lieutenant to an ignoble grave. "For the benefit of Spain's prime min' ister and her commanders in Cuba allow me to state that the president and oablnet of the republio of Cuba can always be found at Cubita3, Caraaguey, twenty miles north of Puerto Principe, and thnt our governmont Is always ready to receive visitors or messengers from other countries and to guaran tee theru absoluto immunity from molestation by any of the Spanish forces now invading our island."