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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. The resignation of Jose Lapoz Poilillo y Rojas, Hucrtas minister of foreign affairs, and his under secretary. Estava Ruiz, following a stormy session of the Mexican cabinet, at which Bojas proposition to send an official commission to Washington in an etlcayor to arrange the difficulties between the rniuti stads and Mexico was rejected. This indicates that Huerta is determined to stand his ground. Nordicas condition has slightly improved. Roosevelt will Reach New York about May 20. The Fetleral farce iu Colorado has l een quad iiipled. Dominican rebels arc gaining and the government may be overturned. The Mexican Federals hare evacuated Saltillo and have retired to San Luis Petosi, 300 miles south. Emperor Franz Joseph has greatly improved. He now sleeps well and his general condition is satis factors. The Steamer Siberia has arrived safely at Manibi. The report that she was sinking arose out of wireless errors. The volcanic ashes of Vesuvius have licen found to possess much value as a fertilizer because of the presence of potash. The South American diplomats have resumed their peace labors, despite Carransas refusal to agree lo an armisiice with Huerta. Oarraaaa will not agree to the establishment of J a neutral zone covering the oil properties at Tampico, hull will endeavor to protect them. General Funslon is taking measures to counteract the effort of the Mexican governor of the state to cut off the food supply of Vera Cruz. The situation at Tampico is aggravated by growing danger of destruction of oil properties, valued at millions of dollars, owned by British interests. The California prune crop is short this year. Bumper crops of all other California products of the soil are looked for as a result of unusually heavy winter rains. Michael P. Mahoney, the aged man Who shot Corporation Counsel Polk. April 17. in au attempt to kill Mayor htttchei of New York. has been committed to the state hospital for the criminal insane at Matteawan. Huerta has dictated au order prohibiting commerce with the United States ami declaring closed the custom house at Vera Cruz. He will confiscate all cargoes from the United States arriving at ports controlled by his forces. Tin- new Hamburg -American liner Vatcrlaud. largest steamship in the world, has hail her trials in Norwegian waters. She made 25.1 knots an hour against the wind anil 26 knots with il. Her machinery developed an average of 98,680 horse power. Admiral Howard reported from the west coast of Mexico iiiat fighting between federalists and constitutionalists continues at Mazatlan. but that conditions at Manzanillo are improved. Shipping along the west toast virtually is suspended. Under authority of the president. Secretary Gar risen issued a proclamation calling upon the people in the strike district of Colorado to surrender all arms and ammunition to the United States army officers. The principal operators have signified a willingness to comply. The ignoring of its request for an armistice by Carransa is upsetting the plans of the Mexican mediators. Huerta says that he agreed to an armistice with the American troops on condition that the rebels do not attack the Federal forces meanwhile. Dr. Ryan. Who was in danger of death on tin- charge of being a spy. has been released by Hucrtas order.