On February 1, 1898, the Jacksonville Times Union and Citizen angrily denounced General Nelson Miles for what it termed an attempt to waste the taxpayers’ money. Miles had appeared before a Congressional committee with a plea for funds with which to build fortifications around Washington. The Jacksonville editor declared that there was “no war in sight,” and that the money might better be spent on the construction of an intracoastal waterway, a project already looming large in the minds of many Floridians. His denial of any need for defenses was merely another manner of expressing his stubborn opposition to anything that might encourage people to think that war with Spain might result from the Cuban crisis. His attitude on this matter was the same as that of other Florida editors, all of whom believed that war would be harmful to Florida’s future.
Schellings, William J.
"The Advent of the Spanish-American War in Florida, 1898,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 39
, Article 2.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol39/iss4/2