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THOROUGH INVESTIGATION 10 BE HADE
MoHaniintinl Nlorlcs DI?ore?tlto?l by
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n.vini>mii.v 4to?icivo?i front AbroiWt?
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Washington, Feb. 17, 1S0S. |
The government has tscbtled back into
a waiting attitude in respect to the ter?
rible marine disaster In Havana har?
bor. The great shock caused by the
news bag given way to a calmer and
more judicial eiaXe <>C mind and realiz?
ing from tho events of the day that the
court of inquiry Is the ?oio dependence
in the se,.v. ch for the cause ol" the
'Maine's loss, the naval officials are now
resigned to await the results of that
Inquiry by u court ordered to-day by the
Navy Deparlmon't. There was, lltllo
new to add to ihe sum of Information
as to the disaster during the forenoon.
No tcleg:'ams came and all that could
be gleaned WJU3 Ilio denial of SOItlC al>
surd story or <>th.r that had crept into
print or become current gossip; The
news ol" >thc day all came In Hie late
afternoon in the shape of Captain Slgs
?bee*is report of the authorization of the
funeral of his dead pallor.;, and General
Lee's graphic story of the terrible strug?
gle Tor life in thi dark hull of the Main
The officials ofhte Navy Department
devoted the day to the effort to correct
the lists r?r the living and dead; to an?
swering frantic telegraphic appeals from
relatives of men on the battle ship, and
last, but not least, In meeting with un?
wavering courtesy and patience the ex?
acting demand.! upon their time of the
press represtrh'tatlycs. The disposition
of the survivors. Captain Dickens, u t
ing chief of the Navlgatici?i Bureau, it is
arranged for as well as could be ( 6m
this distance. The wounded Bailors In
the Havana hospitals, on the Spanish
fkigahlp and , is ??where, when not In con
diiion to be brought back to Key West,
will be carefully looked after by Miss
Clara Barton, who has bei n given carte
blanche to buy any and everything ne
cessary, food, clothing, delicacies and
bite nurses and physicians. The wound?
ed abb- to get across to Key West will
be taken care of In the marine hospital
there. Tho s innd survivors will he
quartered in the sparo orniy barracks
there. -\.' for the Maine herself, not?
withstanding discouraging rep uts from
Lieutenant Hood as t? her condition,
tho Navy Department will make an ef?
fort t<i raise her. While tbirs Is required
by every creditable sentiment, ihey say
that ihey are bound b.? remove the hull
from the small harbor in any case, and
it may be tis easy or easier lo raise ht<
as It would be to destroy the hull and
machinery by the use of divers and
dynamite. It is believed thai tliln wvk
can beat be done by private .vi ekln?
corporations and n vitiations are .-,i
ready afoot for pmcl'ip; the contract
based on work by the day at an esti?
mated coat of $2O0,OOu.
.\; the Navy D parlment spcclflc de?
nial was gi\ n t ? the report emanating
fii i?i .Madrid that a itdnpedo flotilla was
about to leave Key West for Cuba. It
was fitated that only lw torpedo boats,
itihe dishing and the Erl >sson, are at
Key West. TQiese havi no; be n order?
ed and will no: he ordered, according to
present plans, f > Cuba. T: was strongly
asserted thai no present purpose exist?
ed <-f sending any warships there.
tSenor dit'Bosc, th 1 Spanish charge,
had received no 'Instructions up to (i
p. in., as to going to New York and
Stopping the Spanish slilp Vizeaya from
entering the port, and rep rts to itlils
effect were discredited.
Th ? air of Rupprerscd excilem.nt
which characterized the movement of
tlic employes and visitors at the White
House yesterday was not noticcnible t"
day. There were comparatively few
visitors during llva morning hours, anil
?for a dsristderahlc time in the middle
or the day the White H >usc i>ore an al?
most deserted appearance. Only a lim?
ited number of 'members o>f Congress
called during 111 morning and the inter
vlows 'were br'.rf. Postmaster General
Gary was the only member of the Cab?
inet who called and his busin ss related
entirely to depa.rt*nenttal matt rs. As?
sistant Secretary bay sa*w the Pri ikb ni
no- d few minutes, Ami I he had nothing
of Importance to communicate until
after 4 o'clock when be carried to th
Wlrlte House oil] ial !.nf munition <?!'
ih closing i f the deiLomc Incident.
Sn far as could be learned the only Jn
fnrrhnillon as 'to the situation In Hava?
na t'hal reached the President direct
eame through the Associated Pres.-;
On tip- streets there was noticeably i ss
cxcl'tcment than yesterday, when 'the
people were loth to 'believe lhat under
lb1 circumstances tie.' loss of the .M.r'ne
could be traced to other than Spanish
All the flags 'throughout the city In?
cluding those on the Capitol ami the
department buildings, are Hying at h ilt
mast to-day. and among the others
conspicuous tlia.t of Cuba L'.'bre, which
flies from the staff on the Hotel Ral?
eigh, the headquarters of the Cuban
A bulletin fr in Key West was receiv?
ed here this morning to the effect thai
divers 'had found an eight Inch porous:
slon bole In the bottom of the (Maine.
Also that all doubts of the torpedo work
will be removed. Tbo Navy Depart?
ment absolutely discredits -this story.
Secretary Lous said that there is no
such thins as a percussion hide; that
?there is ho eight Inch 'torpedo, and there
is another way in which such n hol?
could be accounted for. It is <at course
possible that ti shell (jxploded Inside
the ship had pierced a bole or that kind
In t'he ou-ter skin, but lha-t would bo
readily revealed by tlv character i>i*
the tingle, and wir ther or not the skin
?was bulged In or out around the punc?
ture. H is more likely ir ?there is any
hole at all of (the kind that it Is simply
the outlet of one of the numerous pipes
from the inside or the Maine.
Secretary Long positively dcntcs'that
Onptain Slgsbee has In any suppressed,
telegram expressed >:lv opinion that a
torpedo caused the disaster or t'liat it
came from tin external cause. The
captain sail on the contrary that he
could not venture to express an opinion.
The Key Wut bulletin regarding the
Unding or n hole In the bottom plate of
the Maine and referring to the work or
a torpedo u;i? sent t? the Whit,. House
by the Associated Prosa and waj shown
to President McKinley. Iiis only com?
ment was Hi it It was the first he hat!
heard or it. The President does not
wi.-ii |o make any s'atemcni concerning
reports that come regarding tho disas?
ter, but he permitted the Tact to be'
known that 'the administration had no
advices tending to cOhflrAi tin; Key
West report. '
COURT (>F INQUIRY.
Thi> Navy Department revolved a dis?
patch this morning from Admiral Si
card, in command ef the North Atlantic
squadron, giving the detail of the c >urt
of Inquiry to investigate the Maine dis?
aster :is follows:
Oaptnin Simpson, president of the
court; Captain Cimdwick. Llcut.-Com
mnnder Schroetter, Liept.-Commander
Captain Sampson, president of the
court. Is commander i f tie- battle ?hip
Iowa, now at the Tprtugris; Captain
Chadwick i.-' commander the New
York. i| Key West; Lieut.-Commander
Schrocder is executive olllcei of the
battle ship Massachusetts, now at the
Tortugas: Lletrt.-Comntander -Marlx is
executive ofllcor of the Vermont. He
was formely with the .Maine as execu?
tive oillccr before the death of Lieut.
Commander Wainwrlght, v im relieved
Admiral Sicard's board has ample
authority to malte the most searching
investigation into the cause of. the ills
The Fern and '"Mangrove .are reported
arrived ?i Havana last evening. The
former is provided with dicing appar?
atus and, as every war rilitp'g company
include? at least Fevern I expert dij;civa,
there will he no lack of m n to in ike
the necessary search. The v men can
be depended upon to report the exact
fact?. They, however, will be subject
to orders of the court of inquiry in
every particular, and as they are famil?
iar wrth Hie bottom of a war ship of
the typ.- of tin- M line they are not
likely to be led into the mistake ofsup
poslng the outlet ho'..- or ill ie from the
Interior to be a torpedo hole;
I; Is believed that under tin- mo.it
favorable circumstances this Investiga?
tion cannot be made for several days.
Lleut.-Commahdor Marlx, who will
?he a member of the court of Inquiry,
l. t't Washington at li o'clock to-day
by train for Key Weet nht he Is sup?
posed In b,- assigned to duty as judge
advocate of the board. Proh.lbiy the
boatd will be conveyed from Key W>s;
by the Olivette or one of the light?
house tenders, as i: 1-- ag.il i stated to?
day ih it she Navy Department ha? no
inteirilori of sending another man-of
war to Hlav.ana Immediately. General
fear is expressed by the older officer's of
the Navy Department that the destruc?
tion of the Maim- has liefert so complete,
a't least in (he forward part of the ves?
sel, where the expl ?Ion is nipposed to
have occUM'Cd, thai it would be per?
il, ipa Impossible to lind sufficient tvi
dence in the wreck <>r tin- hull to be
able to declare with certainty the cause
of tho dls is.. v.
COAL n?NKTOR Tlinopv.
M may lie said, hoavev r. that noth
Ing has yet developed In the news
from Havana as to (he appearance >>r
the wreck or in the conflicting stories
? if Hie survivors to change the opinion
of tin- majority of the ollleers stationed
in the Navy Deportment, that the
Maine sunk as the result of an Inter:
mil explosion. As to the origin of this
cxplOsltipn there is still a wide differ?
ence of opinion, bnl the coal bunk r
theory to-day finds viery many more
strong supporters ihm any other
theory. This theory is based on th'e
supposition t.iat spontane his combus?
tion in one of the bind:.-:.-, which In
tile Maine are separated from the
magazine forward by a single thin par;
tttlon of iron, ignited the hingnsind and
caused the destruction ..r the vessel;
Proofs of similar fires on other vessels
if the navy at being produced In pro?
fusion at the Navy Department to-day.
Captain I loyal Bradford to-dny pro?
duced the quart, rly report required by
regulations to show exwetly the state
f the Maine's coal supply and the
quality of the coal. At the end of D
cember the vessel had fifty-twit ions
of coal only in her bunkers. This was
made up id" Pocahoulns and N. w river
coal. Captain Bradford said thai
Pocahontus is the standard naval coal
and is rated at 100. New river follows
next iini Is set down at 90 per cent;
These are- 8cmi-h!tuminou6 coals ?f n
quality closely approaching that of tho
celebrated Welsh navigating coal, the
British "aval standard.
In the opinion ?>( Captain Bradford
neither of these coals i.-- particularly
subject to spontaneous combustion.
Since the Maine has been in I he C.ulf
of Mexico, however, she probably con?
st! mul a good part of this coal nnd
replenished her stock from the naval
etore at the Key Wfeal station. The
coal then- taken on was anthracite,
which Captain Bradford said "is ho
nnue subject to spontaneous combus?
tion than a pile of stories." The Maine
took on 280 tons of this coal In De?
cember, and in January, before she i.-fi
for Havana, she loaded up with ::i
tons more. This coal at key West
is kept behind ? picket fence verjr
much exposed to rny evil minded per?
son who might desire to conceal a
homb therein, something which could
only be effected with great dlillculty
after the coal was stored In the bunk?
ers. In spite of tbe British refloat Ions
lipon the discipline on American war?
ships the olllcers here do not hesitate
to say that in the matter of careful
inspection of the coal bunkers, the
mugazlnca and the like our navy is
second to none in the world.
Oaptaln-Gencral Bianco to-day cabled
to Settor duBcsc, charge of the Span?
ish Legation, giving the formal action
of th, Insular government of Culm,
expressing to the President of the
United Slates profound sorrow over the
catastrophe to the Maine and the re?
sulting loss of life to Americans; At
the same time the Alcalde, or .Mayor
of Havana, sent resolutions or the
municipality expressing to the Presi?
dent the grief of the authorities and
the people or Havana. Senor du Hose
pros, sited the dispatches to Assistant
Secretary Payt who laid them before
In ex CU.tlon of the decision > f the
President last i veiling to have a na?
tional observance or mourlng, the fol?
lowing order was ?to-day communicated
by tclegra<ph from the War Department
m t'he commanding oHlcera .>r the army:
"As appropriate honors to tbe d
ceased in the recent disaster to the bat?
ch ship .Maine, the Pr sklent directs that
Hags at all army headquarters; military
p .- s ami on army buildings he dis?
played from sunrise to sunset at half
mast until furllv r orders.
Secretary Long to-day dlrfoted that
dl?pa?tche8 be seiri to the commanders
? >r naval StatS hs and th - chief olllcers
of United States vessels throughout the
world to display all Hags at half mast
until ifupcher orders as a mark or h spect
to the olllcers and men drowned from
the batthshp Maine.
Admiral Sicard telegraphed Secretary
Long from Key West this nfiernobn as
??'n the opinion or Lieutenant! John
Hood, or the .Main -. who has just ar?
rived frorii Havana, the Maine can n ver
again ibe utilized as a ship; lie de?
scribes the whole Porw-nrd hotly Of the
Chip as completely collapsed where the
shock or the ? xploslon was heaviest.
Photographs or the wreck will he sent
to the department to-day.
DISPATCH FROM GEN'. LEE.
The State Department'this afternoon
received tbe foll'wlng dispatch from
Consul General Lee: ?
"Havana, F-.b. 17.?Assistant Secre?
tary 'Day, Svftlmlngton! Morritt in jun?
ior oillci i s' mess room, Jenkins in ward
room tness room at 'the time of the ex?
plosion. Latter left before an officer wir?
was saved, Must have gone the wrong
way. Lights put immediately and wat r
rushing in. Morrltt got to hatch with
Naval Cadet'Boyd. Ladder gone. Doyd
climb d through and tried to pull Mer
rlit up hut latiter let go bis bauds, fell
back and was drowned. IV dies of these
officers not yet found possibly in wreck.
.Sailers' funeral to-day at 11 o'clock. Will
be an Immense procession."
'P!ie following message has been rc
ot'ivid at the Navy Department ait 3:35
p. .in. from Captain Stgsbec, at Hava?
''Secretary Long, Washington: Gene?
ral Blanco called on me personally at
tho hotel last night and also .the mayor
of tho olty. They have requested me to 1
permit ib.- government here to give a
public burial to the dead already found
in order that public sympathy may be
expressed thereby and due honior sh >wh
the dead. Ground for the burial has
n sienr. .!. Is i: assumed .that I am
expected by the department to bury
tin- dead here? In fact, would be Im
praeiiiMhi-? to transport remains to the
United States. Means and facilities are
lacking. I have accepted the Offer of tbe
authorities ami there will be a public
funeral at :t o'clock to-day. All here
from the Maine will gl.. also-vi delega?
tion from t!i - Pern. PI fit ecu bodies re?
covered during operations, operations
prevented by rough weitli r."
There was unabated interest in both
ends of the Ca pi Uil to-day in the Maine
disaster, but expressions generally take
th. shape of inquiry Tor new light upon
the subject and or demands for most
The present disposition, especially
! about Hie Senate, appears to lie to
; low the matter to rest where it is until
I ntOr ? light can be secured than at
The disaster to the Maine ha
an used a feeling among members of
the Hons.- in favor of extreme liber?
ality in appropriations tor the naval
ami military establishments, the prac?
tical result of which is likely to be the
acceptance by the House, with Jlttie
contest. k( the Senate hmendmcnts In?
creasing' the appropriations for fbril
flc.itlons about $-1,000,000, tin? authori?
zation in th- naval appropriation bill
of two battleships Instead of <<ne. and
I possibly the authorization of th- . n
i lire dry-dock scheme recommend- I by
I the dry-dock board appointed by ibe
I Secretary of the Nvivy. The recom?
mendation of the Secretary of the
j Navy was for only oho addition to the
navy this year, a, (1 rat-class battleship;
but the loss of tie- Maine maki ? it
likely that appropriations r ?r two
I ships will be reported by t5>? N ival
Committee. Th.- subject lias not yet
j been considered by the Naval Com
: mit tee, but most of ;he iti.iividtiai
I members of the committee yesterday
and to-day expressed thojiii-olvi* as in
favor .if building a ship in replace the
Main- and . ><> ? .f authorizing tin- ship
recommended by the Si'jrctary of ihe
A parliamentary complication his
arisen In connection with the question
? ?r including provision for dry-d icks in
the naval appropriation which may
ke< p such provisions out 6f the bill in
the House. Two rulings or presiding
olllcers in committee of the wli do
luring the consideration or naval ap?
propriation b!ll<< are against the :i>
corpoi ition or appropriations for dry
docks, The whole dry-dock scheme, it
is estimated, would cost in the neigh?
borhood or s&.ooo.ooo.
FAMILIES WILL P,H OARBD FOR.
j Iii Is probable that tho fnmllles of
I the victims of the .Maine disaster will
be cared for by the Government as!
I wore the survivors of those who wore
I lost in tin' Samonn hurricane several
year.-; tigo, when fifty-four American
officers and sailors wore lost from the
ftlpslv. Vanadlia and Trenton, which
were wrecked oh that occasion. llep- j
rcsehttilivc MoCiellhn, of New York,
introduced a Joint resolution appro?
priating $150,000 fur this purpose In the
The resolution is as follows:
llesolved, l>y the Senate and House
of Representatives, That iho Secre?
tary of the Navy be, and ho la hereby
directed, to pay out of any money in
the ?Trensury nol otherwise provided
n sum equal'to twelve mouths pay t'1
the legal heirs or r presontntives of
caeh officers and crew <>? the United
States ship .Main,' who perished In the
disaster in Havana February 15, is!>s.
and the sum of $150.000, or so much
thereof as may be necessary, is ap?
propriated to carry out the provisions
of this uct.
A special act of similar tenor pas
passed for the roll i of the victims of
t'heSamoan disaster, hi is not customa?
ry t<i grant p nsi' ns to the widows or
orphans Of soldiers OT sailors .who die
?111 lini" of peace, but Congress in view
of tho extraordinary circumstances,
undoubti illy will 'be quick ito grant the
relief proposed l<y Mr. McCl Han.
iLlEUT. liLANIMNS ACCOUNT.
Key West, Fla., F i>. 17.?Lieutenant
.lohn .1. Wandln, of Baltimore, one of
the Main 's survivors, who is at the
Key West Hot. 1. gav the correspond?
ent of the Ass elated Press this evening
a succjnl nccoutrl of the disaster, say?
ing that not until now has be been able
to recollect the sequence < r events in
tth>> awful ten minutes following 'the
explosion Tuesday evening.
Lieutenant Itlnudin was on the Tren?
ton ?t Hi.- time of the t rrlble disaster
off Samoa in March, ISSt), when Am rl
can arid Herman vessels lost I'M men
Lieu ten nnd Blnhdln says:
"l was or watch ami when the men
hail been piped helow, 1 1 ? ? Ii? 1 down
the main hatches and ?>v r the >'d- of
the ship. Everything wus absolutely
normal. 1 wallt".! aft to the quarter
deck behind the rear turret, as il
h.wed after .S o'clock in the ev nillg.
and sat dvwvn on the port side, vvhcpj I
remained for a few' minutes. Then for
some reason I cannot explain to myself
now. I .moved to tie- starboard Eld ? and
sat down there. 1 was feeling a liK glum
i and in fact was so quiet that Lieut' n
ant .1. Hood came up ami hsked laugh?
ingly If 1 was asleep, I said! 'No, 1 am
"Scarcely had I spoken when there
came a ?lull, sullen roar. Woul 1 t i
God that I could id >t out the sound and
the scenes Hint foliowed. Then came a
sharp explosion, sour? say, numerous
del' nation:-. I reinemiber only one. it
seemed to me that thi sound came from
the pout side forward. Tien came a
perfect rain of nnlssllcs of all descrip
tiohs, from huge pi con of ccnicnl to
blocks*of .wood, ste ' rnlllrrgs. fragment:;
' f gratings, and nil the debris that
would be detachable In an explosion.
"1 was struck on "the head by a piece
of cement and knocked .1 wn, but I was
not hurt, and got to my feel in a mo?
ment. Lieut-natu H.1 had run to the
poop, and I supposed, ais I followed, he
was da? d by the shock and ah mt to
i Jump overboard. I hailed 'him and he
I answered thai he had run to th. poop
I to help lower the boats. When 1 got
I there, though Bcarce i mlnutJ could
I have elapsed, I had ti i wad? in water >to
?my ikne vs kind almost Instantly the
quarter deck was awash. On the poe.p
I 1 found Captain Sigsbee, as ,.I as If
at a ball, and spoil all the officers oxc< pt
Jenkins and M rritii joined lis. Tin- pd i;>
was above water art. r the Maine settled
to th" bott'.ni. Captain Slgsbce order?
ed the launch and gig lowered, and the
officers and men, who toy .this time had
nnsembl d, got tin- boats cut nnd res?
cued a number in the water. Captain
Sigsbee ordered Lieutenant Command?
er W.lilt .'. right forward to see the ex?
tent of the damage, ami if anything
ooiild be done r? rescue those forward
or to extinguish the Maines, which fol?
low d close upon the explosion arid
burned fiercely as long as |here were
any combustibles above water to feed
"Lieut.-Commander Wninwtlghl on
hi.-' return reported the total and awful
character >>f the calamity, and Captain
Sigsbee g.ive the las sad order, 'aban?
don ship" to men overwhelmed with
irrlef, Indeed, but calm and apparently
?'.Meantimp font- boat - Lorn the Span?
ish cruiser AlfilUSSO XIII arrived, to be
followed soon by two from the Ward
Line steamer City of Washington. Tlic
two bins lowered from the City of
Washington were found to be rlddh I
with (lying debris from the Maine and
I unfit for use. Captain Sigsbee was (he
laat man to leave his Vessel and left in
his own gig.
"I have no theories as to the caiirO ?>r
the explosion. I cannot form my. An
xrvminatlon by divers may tell some-;
thing to a court or Inquiry. I, with
others, had heard thrfl the Havana hafr
bor was full . f torpedoes, but the offi?
cers whore duly II was to examine int..
thai reported that they found no signs
of any. Personally I do not believe the
Spanish had anything to d i with the
disaster. Time may tell, j hope so.
"Wo were in a delicate position on
Iho Malm- s.> far as taking any precau?
tions were concerned. We were friends
in i friendly, or an alleged friendly,
port, and Could not fire upon or chal?
lenge th ? approach of any boat board1
I ing us mil. ss convinced that her inten
I tion was hostile.
? | wish tho heaven I could forget it.
I have been In two wrecks now and
have had rny share. Ruf the revetb r
itlions of that sullen yet resonant roar,
.ns if the bottom of the .-va were groin?
ing In torture, will haunt mo for many
a day, and the reflection of that pillar
of flame cornea to me when l close my
VISITORS W13RK ADMITTED.
New York. Feb. 17. -Th.- Evening
Wot Id has received from Sylvester Sco
vel, its correspondent a; Havana, the
following reply/ to an inquiry as to
whether strangers were allowed oh tho
Maine the day of the disaster:
"Yes, visitors were <>n tlic Maine all
afternoon of the day of the explosion;
The bomb might have been deposited
hear tin- magazine, a<s i have 11 ready
Caibled; Cables are much delayed here."
This dispatch Uwivt date of to-day.
Li K B A EMLE or YV-UKCKAGK.
il lla van a, Feb. IT.?The night of tbe
disaster to the Maim- a light wind from
the southwest was blowing, and her
hi ad i>?.in:. i in a southeasterly dlrcc
llohv, 'She was moored In nlbottt l
mctrcs of wahr forward and drew
about 111 to. ires aft. The Spanish
cruiser Alfonso xui was about 200
inc! cs from the American battle ship.
The explosion so disjointed and twist*
cd the buttle ship that her remains now
appear like a pile of wreckage. All the
uppi r de k structure, turrets and guns,
are In a heap, one boiler has been blown
out of its place, and at " o'clock yos
tetday afternoon was still smoking on
'l'le- fore-mnsi ami how of the Maine
have colljpscd, ami now only th.- etui
of hi r mainmast remains above water.
The boats e,f the Spanish cruiser Al?
fonso niii have picked up a quantity
of wreckage, including boats and i Hag
and to-day ten more bodies wire found
in the harbor and taken lb Hie morgue.
11 is impossible to identify them.
Contrary t" the reports current hero
yesl rday the divers have noi yet made
any in vest ig. i; Ion of the wreck, and the
general opinion i spressed in Spanish
circles is thai the explosion occurred
inside the Maine.
SOlCfNiKB IN THE HOSPITAL.
Havana, Feb. 17.?The correspondent
of the Associated Press v/.sitcd the hos?
pitals' of San Anlbroslo and the Al- j
fon o XI'll yesterday and tgnln lo-day
und met Miss (.lira Barton ami John
Rlwell, of [he lied Cross Society. ? '
Trie scene was heartbreaking hud th
flri ? sing of the wounds of the victims
was a horrible spectacle. Borne of]
them, however, were nlreidy much
better, and they nra carefully attended
by l>r. Bernardo Mans, whose treat?
ment is kindness Itself. Two are near
ili tth, c.ul A. Smith, whose I g and
jaw were broken, and Who is badly
burned, ami A. Andern n. who ha
burn.-- I'll over bis body. Itoth have
received th" sacrament*. Very elab?
orate preparations were ma le for the
interment of the dead. In the morning
:::? bodies were* brought to the city
hall where I hoy n -id In coffins,
covered with beriutlfui crowns of silk
ribbons with appropriate hU'cvlirLlons.
The crown from th.- city council bears
the !:?-;? lpt1. ;i "The people of Havana'
to the victims of the Maine." There is
a hand ome crown trf silk ribbons in the
Spanish national colors, with Ibe In?
scription, "The Navy Depart men I tit
Havana to the victims <lf the Maine."
Among other tokens are one from
Daw ton Childs, with the Inscription.
"To our btavo dead eallors," a llower
ei oss front tin- New York Morn Ihr
.lou ma I and Advortisor, an eih'blcm
from the Havana Yacht Club, ami flora]
ami other tributes fron M. Gairanxa*,
Sondra Emilia Mia-;, Lucia Li Costa,
Mr?. T. Gonzales, M.'ss Catalina Cissa,
Charit* and George Harnet; and n
drown from the firm of Doliuau Bros.,
with the Inscription; "To th,. victims of
tho Main -."
Ftr-N15HAL OK THE Victims.
Tin- interment of th,.- martyrs of the
Maine look placa this afternoon about
"> o'clock. Shortly before ibe hour all
Havana was In mourning. The (lags
on the public buildings were at half
mad ami many of the houses were
draped in mourning. Ail classes were
represented in the throngs that tilled
tlie streets .along which the funeral
possession passed to the cemetery.
The order of the procession was aa
Tie Municipal Guards on horseback,
in rul! uniform: tbe city Brigade, the
municipal employes, the Aldermen in
seven splendidly decorated ilremen^s
cars; sj.ial cars bearing the remaiii.i;
nine bodies being carried on a spico
didly il coratcd car; the clergy, deputa?
tions consisting Of the chief olllcers of
the navy and army, and volunteers*
representatives of various official i>u
reaus and of the Custom-house, a com?
mittee representing the Chamber <>f
COinmerce; a delegation representing
the grocers, the Council of Administra?
tion, representatives of tin- Treasury;
j rln pu ss and various political organi?
zations: then the (bier Olllcers of the
Maine, th.- representatives of foreign
Governments, the city magistrates,
with their mace bearers; Provincial
Deputies, employers of tie- general
and regional automatic governments;
the municipal mace hearers; then
General Parrado, with four aides, de
camp. representing Captain-* lenerril
nkinco (whose personal presence was
qot nllowahl ? under tbe law), having
??n in- right United Slates. Consul
General Lee and on bis left the Mayor
of Havana; the Marquis Larrltrago,
Admiral Monterolri, General Aland and
other officers, two companies of marine
The funer.! 1 music was furnished by
the bands or the Isabels La Oatollco
and Put' Itlco Battalions, which dc
tompanled the bodies.
Toe population that lined tbe route
gave every Indication or the profound^
C'CiNipiTlON OF W??N'DBD.
Key West. Fla? Feb. 17.?The re?
ports upon tbe Maine's wounded to?
day are favorable. Every possible
ear- is being bestowed upon them and
both well and injured arc brighter and
better after a night's rest,
Admlml Mdnlerola has summoned
Captain Kigsbee to appear before Mili?
tary Judge Peral to make tin.- neces?
The Associated Press correspondent
here lias had tin opportunity to ques
ti..ii a number of (he olllcers and men
who were aboard the warship Maine at
the time of the explosion, and It is I he
universal opinion or all of them that'
the explosion was due to some In?
terior cause, and not the result of
the explosion of a torpedo on the out?
(Continued on Sixth Pasc.)
HOUSE COMPLIMENTS CONSUL-GENERAL LEE
Kennte. Appropriation Kill will Uo
ICepiirte?! NnttirUuy mill will Split
I lie Legislature wiue open? sonti?
invnt I'lil'nvoruuto to tJoterimr's
It <?<?<) in iiion tin Hons.
(Spec I ill Dispatch >to The Virginian.)
Richmond, Va., Feb. 17, lsits.
Senulor Foster Introduced and under
a suspension of t ii * - rules, passed a bill
to author!-/., the City Council of Norfolk
to issue, bonds for 'the purpose of hav?
ing repairs in tide to the bridge over
.\ir. Bland, or For Isnnau I h, offered the
following j> lot resolution, which was
Whereas, the General Assembly oft
Virginia has learned with profound re?
gret of the disaster to the United
.States steamship Maine in the harbor
of Havana, Cuba, and whereas, among
the viel ims ?? >f lhat appalling explosion
were twenty or more Virginians, and
Inasmuch as the United States lias or
di i .1 the national ling to be placed
at half mast as n mark of grief and
r .-j. -et to the dead, therefore be It
Resolved by the House of Delegates
of Virginia, the Senate concurring, That
the national and Statte Hags over the
State Cltpll ?I be lowered to half mast
for twenty-four hours as a mark of rc
spenl to the Americans who perished
oil their post of duty, ami especially to
the Virginia victims of the catastrophe.
The d< hate on the Senatorial primary
bill was Ibeglin In tin- Senate to-day.
Mr. Uarksditle opened with ri.ii eloquent
ippval for the phssag.I" the act. Mr.
W'lekhain replied to him In opposition
to ho measure, and Mr. Blake y Bpokd
briefly In advocacy of the bill. Further
? :r Id 'ration uf tb - aol was postponed
j mull to-morrow. There is no question
liljOU'l the fart that 111.- bill will be de
I f at d. This was admitted toy both
j Mr. Hnrkedalq and Mr. Blakey. There
: are (?bo?t ten Senators favorable to
! The bill to require the laws of hy
i gleite, especially as regards the effects
I i f alcohol and other narcotics on the
hit-man system, t-> he taught in all
schools receiving State appropriations,
was lb hated in the lions..- to-day. Judge
Wat kins, Mr. Dlggs and Mr. Maupln
advocated ithe passage of the measure,
and Messrs. Duke mid Carrlngton op
p ised It. A vot<; was not reachorti
Governor Tyler's recommendations in
fevi r ?f a commission to report as to
what constitutional rciforms tire need?
ed, docs n ?; meet with favor, and there
is im probability of the suggestion being
carried out. it Is argued that It would,
i be tin- bettor to hold a constltuMorial
! convention than to seek to patch itp
the present one. Members of the Log
j lalailurc say also that it' the commis?
sion proposition shuuld be carried out
th ? report would likely 'be torn all to
piec s by the Legislature nnd practical?
ly nothing would be accomplished.
Tiie Senile Finance Committee ex?
pects to reprot the approplatlons bill on
Saturday. I; is nearly completed. This
measure Is going to occasion a long and
heated contest. Members of the com?
mittee will not state any of the pro?
vision, s of the act In advance of sub?
mitting it to the Senate, but they ad?
mit thiit some of the features of it
arc cnlciiltaed to split tin: Legislature
Governor Tyler lias not signed the
bill making It lawful for women to
qualify as notaries public, and it is
said In- may not do it.
A HUb-commltiee from the Senate
Hid House will leave here to-morrow
;o inspect the Slate Hospital at Wil
itamsburg, and the Normal and Colle?
giate Institute at Hampton.
The two houses elected Judge Hlack
stone to succeed the late Judge Gunter.
He received all the votes cist. There
Is n lively contest on for the jiidgeshlp
of the County Court of Accomac, there
being' three or four candidates in the
Throe Joint resolutions were intro?
duced in the House for the purpose of
providing for the appointment of con?
stitutional commission.-', which were re
rercd to the special committee on re?
trenchment ami reform,
Mr. .Murphy, of this city, offered the
following resolution i.i the House,
which was agreed to:
He it Resolved, J, That the Legisla?
ture ,>r Virginia recognises with pleas?
ure ihe wise courage wifh which Fltz
hugh Lee is guarding the Interests of
American cltl7.cn8, amid the ditlicultics
of the revolution In Cuba.
2, That it feels n, Just -pride In the
brave conservatism which he has shown
In maintaining the dignity and the
rights of the United States amid the
perplexities of that conflict.
:t. That In the name of Virginia they
extend to him n? one of her sons their
recognition of a duty well done for the
benefit of the whole country.
The bill to require hygiene to be
tuaght In the public schools, passed tho
House this evening.
Mr. Branch K. Allen, a prominent
in reliant of this city died In South
The Bland Sunday law bill was heard
to-night. Mr. Bland spoke for It, and
Messrs. Joseph T. Duke and other gen?
tlemen engaged In the .trucking 'busi?
ness, oppostd It. The .measure was re?
ferred to a snb-commiiltee to report on
J Tuesday. .........