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For Cuban Liberty

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Washington, April 5. - Turner of Washington, in the senate, made a vigorous speech in favor of Cuban freeiom. He said the administration had not acted as it should or it would have Ereed Cuba before this. He laid great stress upon the destruction of the Maine, saying that Spain was responsible. He would cheerfully vote for a declaration of war. He said that Spain was a nation of cruelty, deceit and blood. The galleries were crowded despite a snow and sleet storm. Harris of Kansas followed Turner in a speech on the same question. The Cubans have earned liberty by blood and tears, he said. He charged the destruction of the Maine to official treachery on the part of Spain. That blackest crime of all nations, he declared, would not be allowed to become a mere incident. Harris was applauded by the ga'.leries when he closed. Chandler said: "The United States ousrht to immediately declare war against Spain and to maintain that war until the people of Cuba are made free from Spanish starvation and cruelty and the government of the island iinally established as an independent republie. The reasons for declaring war are apparent to the world." Turpie, member of the foreign relations committee, followed Chandler. He said it was the duty of the American congress to intervene for the Cuban republie. The "United States had maintained a blockade for Spain at a great cost. The government of Cuba ought to be recognized, maintained and supported. Turpie said it had cost us millions to shut off the supply of ammunition which would have enabled the Cuban government to secure its freedom. Turpie said it was only the Spanish moloch which would say, "Suffer little children to come unto me and we will starve you to death."


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