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FAMOUS -BATTLESHIP MAINE RESTS IN
CANNONS BOOM LAST RITES
Havana, Cuba, March 16.
While every flag in Cuba, gloomy
with crepe, hung at half mat,
while the great guns of historic
Monro Castle boomed a last sa
luteM the battered hulk of the
Maine today was towed out of
Havana Harbor to go to her last
resting place beneath the blue
waters of the Gulf Stream.
All Cuba paid honor to the last
act in the drama that gave her
a place among the nations of the
The government buildings were
closed; the windows of 'the mer
cantile establishments were shut
tered; the ships in the harbor lay
without sign of life, the flags
hanging droopingly at half mast.
All "yesterday and last night' a
constant stream of men and Wa
men trooped through the City
Hall of Havana. There, in seal
ed coffins, draped in the Stars and
Stripes, lay the bones of the" he
roes who died in the, Maine.
High army and navy officers
rookies and jackiesj richly dress
ed men 'and women and the rag
ged" and tattered, swarthy West
Indians, and pale faced Ameri
cans; all were brothers and sisters
The ceremonies of today 'were
vbegun by solemn mass of requiem
-celebrated by the Very. Rev.
Father Chidwick, former chap-
han of the Maine. He was aided 1
by,every priest in the Havana dio
cese, and in attendance were ev
ery official of the Cuban goyern
. ment from President Comez
down, and all of the officers of the
American army and navy in Ha
vana. After the service was over, the
caskets were born on the shoul
ders of Cuban patriots through'
long lines of American marines
There, Major Gardenas, on be
half of the government of Cuba,
turned the bodies over to Gen
eral William H. Bixby, who ac
cepted them on behalf of the
Marines carried 'the scared rel
ics aboard the warship North!
Carolina, which will carry them
back to the United States.
Then, while all the church bells
of Havana were tolled slowly and
mournfully, the North Carolina
steamed to her place in the pro
cession)f warships, the escort of
the Maine. '.
In the front rank of the pro
cession were the Birmingham and
the North Carolina. Between
them, the naval tug Osceola, with
great steel cables reaching back
to the hulk of the Maine, belched
s'moke and flame.
Then came the Maine itself, its
ragged, forlorn outlines hidden
by twining ropes of evergreens
and the great mass of 1,200 roses
stretched out in canopy over jt.
The little vessels of the Cuban
navy, revenue cutters and minia
ture gunboats, merchant vessels
and yachts, stretched out in a
line two miles long behind the
Sldwly the procession moved