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toward the mouth of tfre'barbor;
and then, as the steel prows of-tHe
gigantic American cruisers, came
into liije with the entrance, the
first gun of the national salute
was fired from the over-looking
- he signal was taken up by the
other forts, until at Cuba re
sounded 'to the deep thunder of
the cannon, while the men on the
warships and the garrisons of the
forts stood at rigid attention.
Nine miles out into the Gulf
Stream steamed the Jong pro
cession, and then forme'd intoa
hollow square with the rose
bowered, dismantled Maine in the
General Bixby and Major H. B.
Ferguson were rowed -over to the
hulk. They and their men went
below and opened the sea tocks.
,'The Maine began to settle in
the quiet sea. As she dicTso, the
big guns of her escort once rnore
hegan to boom the qational sa
lute. 'As the last gun was fired, the
' Maine disappeared beneath the
waves. L few floating roses, rem
nants o fthe canopy that had
cfbwned the ship that caused a
bloody war and brought to birth
- a new 'nation, were all that was
The Birmingham and the,
North Carolina turned their bows
'northward The escort slowly
turned and steamed back to Ha
vana harbor. V
The Maine was buried,
Some pitchers wont pitch on
Sunday. And lots of other can't.
- - -
THE STORY OF THE
August 13, 1886 Congress
'October, 1888 First sec-
ti6n of Keel is laid, s
November 8 1889-The
launching at Brooklyn Nivy
Yard, with Alice T. Wilmerd-1
ing as sponsor.
February 15, 1898; The ex-
plosion in Havana harbor,. in
which the Maine was utterly
destroyed, anfl m which x275
officers and merr went' to their
March 29, 1898: The Court
of Inquiry finds the Maine
was destroyed by an explosion
$ from the outside, presumably
fired by a Spanish harid.
Annl'T 1RQR- -tizr An.
elated on Spain.
October, 1910: Work of
raising1 the Maine begun.
February 4, 1912 : The hull
of.the Maine afloat within cof-
March 16, 1912: The Maine
' is buried with all the honors
of war m 3y600 feet of blue
Avater in the hfidst of the Gulf
stream, nine milestfrom the?
Ctiban shbre. '
Three blind, pigs
, Seeliow they runj
They all ran after eleven o'clock
And gave the temperance people
J a shocK
Some took "likker" and some
O three blind pigs! -.