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THE EVENING BULLETIN.
MAYSVILLE, KY., SATURDAY, MARCH
THE COURT OF INQUIRY
Has Gone to Havana to Com
plete Its Investigation.
1 WILL REPORT IN TEN DAYS.
That Is the Opinion of Persons Well
WHAT SURVIVORS TESTIFIED TO,
Kiew They Were Blown Up and Saved,
but Could Swear to Nothing Else.
Examination of Ship la Much
Key West, March 5. After two post
ponements of its departure the court of
inquiry left for Havana on the light
house tender Mangrove.
It is believed by the best informed
here that the court will complete its
labors in the Cuban capital within 10
Only three of the six days the court
was here were devoted to the work of
investigation. The inactivity Is still
unexplained, except by a semi-official
statement that Rear Admiral Slcard
was awaiting Instructions from Wash
ington. The sessions, It is generally under
stood, developed no evidence by which
the court could definitely determine tho
cause of the explosion.
A naval officer in close touch with
the members of the court said:
With one exception, the witnesses
who testified here were Maine sur
vivors. The evidence, though in most
cases taking longer to tell, can bo
summed up in the words of an enlisted
man who, when Judge Advocate Marix
asked him what he knew about tho
explosion, replied: "Sir, I was blowed
up. I was saved, and I am here."
That was all he could swear to.
One important fact has been learned,
however. It is that, although the mem
bers of the court may have their indi
vidual theories, they are by no means
prepared as a body to render a decisive
verdict. The officer already quoted
If tho court has yet heard any tes
timony which would enable It to de
cide Intelligently that the Maine was
blown up from external causes, I am
the most mistaken man in the world.
Before tho coming Havana sessions
are over ,lt may secure such evidence,
and possibly find the blowing up was
It will learn from the divers the ac
tual condition of the ship after the
explosion, as it has already learned
from the survivors most of the details
of tho ship's condition before tho ex
plosion. With these bases thoroughly
established the court will hear more
expert theoretical testimony and then
reach a verdict.
This statement can be taken as more
worthy of reliance than that of the
Maine officer who said the other day
he believed the court was bound on ev
idence already heard to find the cause
of the explosion external.
Its conservatism is also at variance
with the opinions of many other naval
officers here, especially those of the
younger set, and directly contrary to
the belief of most of the Maine surviv
ors that their ship was intentionally
NOT YET DECIDED
When the Court of Inquiry Can Make
Washington, March 5. A telegram
was sent to Captain Sampson of
the naval court of inquiry asking when
it is expected that the report can be
madef This Inquiry was addressed to
the court by Secretary Long at the In
stance of tho cabmet.
Admiral Slcard answered the inquiry
"Have talked with tho president of
the court of inquiry, and agree with
him that it Is not yet possible to fix p.
date for the finding, as so much de
pends upon the progress of the divers
and wreckers and the results they ob
tain." Admiral Sicard's message Is regarded
officially as disposing of the reports
that tlie court has yet obtained positive
or conclusive Information bearing upon
the object of their investigation.
It is taken to mean that upon the
testimony or discovery of tho 'divers
will depend the finding, the examina
tion of the officers and crew of tho ship
having been insufficient to enable tho
court to even form an Idea as to what
lines may ho opened up from the inves
tigation of the wreck itself.
It is Btated that the board, in all
probability, will not return to Key
- West, the department having intimated
that it was its desire that the examina
tion of tho officers and men should be
concluded at this sitting, as they are
needed for reassignment to ships.
Washington, March 5. Admiral Si
card's precept convening the court of
inquiry now Investigating the disaster
to the battle &hlp Maine has been re-
celved by the navy department and
was made public. It Is important
mainly in showing the exact scope of
tae inquiry, and the extent to which
the report will go. Aside from the
usual orders directing the court to re
port both findings of fact and Its opin
ions on these findings, Admiral Slcard
directs tho court to record any infor
mation as to person or persons "not
connected with the navy of the United
States, who are, in its opinion, re
sponsible, In part or wholly, directly
or indirectly, for the explosion and loss
bf the Maine," with names, and the
degree of responsibility in each case."
New York, March 5. Sledgehammer
blows deafen the ears of those who
jtanfl near the cruiser Chicago, wnlcn
to beinj refitted in the navy yard. Her
guns and 'upper deck work have all
been removed. A new nickel steel
deck has been built in her two feet be
low the water line, and she has been
fitted with new engines, boilers and
machinery. She will have new decks,
with an armament of rapid-fire guns,
but will not go into commission until
August. Similar work is going on
where the cruiser Atlanta is docked.
Fresh Squadron For Cuba.
Madrid, March 5. A fresh, Spanish
squadron, destined for Cub? is being
organized at Cadiz. It consists of four
ironclads the Carlos V, Pelayo, Al
fonso XIII and another several gun
boats and a transatlantic steamer. Act
ive work Is also proceeding upon the
torpedo-boat destroyers Proserpina,
Audaz and Osada, and upon the torpe
do boats Habana, Retamosa and Bar
celo, which form the second torpedo
boat flotilla which Spain is sending to
Wants to Know Facts.
Washington, March 5. Sonator Mor
gan said it was his purpose to intro
duce a resolution at an early date
making a second call upon the presi
dent for the consular correspondence
bearing upon the condition of affairs
in Cuba. "I think," he said, "that the
senate and the country are entitled to
know officially what the condition
there is, and the reports of the con
suls should not be withheld for an un
usual length of time."
Divers at Work.
Havana, March 6. Warm, rainy
weather prevailed here and every
thing has settled down Into regular
Lenten quietude. So far as can be ob
served the divers at the wreck are
working slowly but steadily during
such hours as It is possible to do so In
the turbid water. The big barge has
been found so useful in carrying big
pieces of wreckage that It is a wonder
It was not sent here before.
Saw a Skirmish.
Havana, March 5. -In his recent ex
cursion, Senator Proctor saw a lively
engagement between a band of 250 In
surgents and an equal number of Span
ish infantry. This took place almost
within sight of Matanzas, In the streets
of which city the senator was later ap
proached by a messenger from General
Gomez, who openly proclaimed his
identy and mission.
Tho Olympia Coming Home.
Washington, March 5. It is probable
that the Olympia, flagship of the Asiat
ic squadron, and the Peerless Queen
will come home to San Francisco. The
Olympia is a protected cruiser of ex
traordinary speed and endurance, with
a battery strong enough to overpower
almost anything short of a battleship,
and speed enough to run away from
that or anything else she does not care
Graves of Victims Decorated.
Havana, March 5. A number of
beautiful wreaths and floral pieces
were sent to the Colon cemetery by
the Americans of this city to decorate
the graves of the victims of the Malno
disaster. The scheme will be continued
and the flowers will be renewed when
What It Would Cost.
Washington, March 5. Secretary
Long has ascertained that a warship
to be called George Washington and to
be superior to any other in the world
would cost about $8,000,000 to be con
structed within a year, but less if more
time was given.
Naval Onicials Interested.
Washington, March 5. Naval offi
cials are deeply Interested In the re
ports of the purchase of warships by
Spain, and make tho reports of these
transactions the text for complaints of
tho Inability of our navy department
to do likewise,
Washington, March 5. The torpedo
boat Winslow, at. Norfolk, has com
pleted her repairs and will Join tho flo
tilla at Key West as soon as the gale
on the coast blows Itself out and makes
the run down safe.
Havana, March B. Divers continue
to find corroborative evidence of the
fact that the Maine was blown up from
A COLLECTOR MISSING,
Got Notes In Advance and Sold
Them For Cash.
.HE HAS OTHER CREDITORS.
Ills Partner llemalns Behind, and, Be
sides Danying; Complicity Iu
the Fraud, Says lie Is
Crawfordsville, Ind., March C. Somo
Weeks ago a man giving the name of F.
A. Norman came to Crawfordsville and
established what he called a local col
lection agency. He made contracts
with a number of business men to do
their collecting for $20 a year.
Ho took from all his patrons notes
for this sum, payable six months after
date. He found patrons not only in
Crawfordsville, but also In Darlington,
Frankfort and Lafayette.
Norman devoted more of his tlmbe to
securing patrons than he did to collect
ing, and is supposed to have secured
about $1,500 worth of good notes.
These he sold and several days ago
he quietly left for parts unknown. He
left, besides the patrons of his collec
tion agency, numerous other creditors
to mourn his departure..
He had a partner, George Goldman,
who is still in Crawfordsville. Gold
man denies all complicity In the fraud,
and claims that he also Is one of Nor
Pension For Indlaulans.
Washington, March 5. Pensions
have been granted to the following In
dlanlans: Original, Jeremiah Gee,
Lafayette, $6; Joel D. Starr, Anderson,
6; Alpheus M. Hilliard, Indianapolis,
$6; William P. Kent, Elkhart, $12.
Restoration and supplemental, Reuben
Pritchard (deceased), Muncle, Ind, $4.
Restoration and increase, Wesley
Burkdall (deceased), Seymour, $16 to
$24. Increase, Isaac Bowman, Terre
Haute, $14 to $17 (special, Feb. 21);
Franklin Elklns, Ogllville, $12 to $17;
William Gray, Inwcod, $6 to $8; Wil
liam W. Williams, Madison, $8 to $10;
Michael Westler, Walcottvllle, $14 to
$17; David A. Seitz, Ft. Wayne, $G to
$8; James Litton, Red Cross, $14 to
$17; John F. James, Economy, $G to
$8; Jacob Lawyer, Saltillo, $12 to $17;
Benjamin M. Lingle, Paoli, $6 to $8;
Philip H. Feather, Jamestown, $6 to
$12; Jesse S. Barnett, Newburg, $16 to
$17; Peter Igert, Leavenworth, $12 to
$14; William Nelson, National Mili
tary home, Grant, $6 to $10; James W.
Shaw, Terre Haute, $17 to $24; James
D. Rollins, Vincennes, $6 to $8; James
M. Imel, North Madison, $14 to $24;
Nelson M. Jakes, Lafayette, $8 to $17;
Thomas T. Wilson, Leesville, $7 to
$24. Reissue, William B. Ake, Guions
vllle, $17. Reissue and Increase, John
Q. Owens, Columbus, $2 to $6. Orig
inal widows, etc., Margaret J. Gamby,
Logansport, $8; Desire B. Phillips,
New Richmond, $12; Margaret Bran
stetter, Tulip, $12; Malinda Kleckner,
Washington, March 6. Representa
tive Overstreet introduced a bill to
increase the pension of John M. Gar
rett, late of company E, Eleventh In
dinan Infantry, to $72. Representative
Lewis introduced a bill to pension
William D. Sanders at $16.
Washington, March 5. Indiana post
masters were appointed as follows:
Knlman, Jasper county, William Han
ley, vice T. C. Sayres, resigned; New
port, Vermillion county, Mrs. Flora
Saunders, vice D. W. Saunders, dead.
Drowned In a Cistern.
Crown Point, Ind., March 5. Mrs.
Frederick Guethschau, 60, committed
suicide by throwing herself into a cis
tern in tho rear of their homo. No
cause can be assigned.
Petition From Seymour, Ind.
Washington, March 5. Senator Tur
pie presented a petition from J. B.
Blish and other Seymour (Ind.) citi
zens, urging legislation to prevent
Hcuicmvuy Coming rioino.
Washington, March 5. Representa
tive Hemenway left to visit his fam
ily at Boonville, Ind.
At Ills Old Trade.
Chicago, March 5. Wife-Murderer
Luetgert has been told tho task select
ed for him during hla life Imprison
ment. It is the intention of tho Jollet
penitentiary officials to manufacture
sausage for use in the big prison, and
Luetgert will be given charge of the
work. The information pleases Luet
gert. General Resecrans Dying.
Los Angeles, March 5. General W.
S. Rosecrans is reported to be dying
at bis ranch near Redona. The gen
eral has been, very feeble .for months.
THE EVIDENCE ALL IN.
Commonwealth Closed (Jaso Against
Wilkesbarre, Pa., March 6. The
commonwealth closed its cse against
Sheriff Martin at 3 p. m., after hearing
a few witnesses in rebuttal on unim
The defense submitted a number of
points for the consideration of the court
to prove that the sheriff had only done
his duty, and stating that there had
been no evidence submitted to warrant
a finding that the defendants were an
The further point was made that it
appeared from the evidence substan
tially without dispute that the prison
ers were lawfully aiding the sheriff as
a posse, duly appointed, at the time
Mlko Ceslak was killed, and that their
purpose was to disperse an unlawful
assemblage, of which the deceased was
one; that there was no conspiracy
among them to do an unlawful act or
to do a lawful act in an unlawful way.
Therefore, the act of one can not be
imputed to the others. Each one is to
be held accountable only for what he
The evidence failing to identify the
person who shot Mike Ceslak, there
can be no conviction under the indictment.
It Was Invalid.
New York, March 5. Justice Russell
has decided that where judgment is
confessed for the purpose of favoring
some particular creditor, and the pro
ceedings are kept secret, the judgment
is invalid. Tne decision was made in
the case of Kirtland Andrews & Com
pany, Incorporated. The president of
the company, Charles E. Ensign, fa
vored the preference of Indebtedness
against the company held by his cous
in, Herman L. Ensign, to the amount
of $G,200, and interest.
Activity In Iron Circles.
Philadelphia, March 5. There Is
more than ordinaray activity in the
iron trade of eastern Pennsylvania at
present, and several establishments are
making additions to the productive ca
pacity of their plants. Some of these
additions to facilities are about com
pleted. The Lackawanna Iron and
Steel company of Scranton will next
week place in blast the Colebrook
Furnace No. 2, at West Lebanon,
which has been idle several months.
Wire Trust May Fall.
Cleveland, March 5. It is stated that
a hitch has occurred in the formation
of the wire trust. Letters received
from Cleveland manufacturers who are
attending the meeting in New York say
that the chances for the consummation
of the big combination are not nearly
so favorable. It is hinted that those
interested have failed to agree on terms.
Another difficulty Is said to be in the
Inability of the promoters to raise the
Iluy Dealers Organize.
Cincinnati, March 5. Hay dealers in
Cincinnati have been induced by nu
merous letters from customers and
confreres throughout the country, pro
testing against what they term a "hay
trust" formed at Detroit eb. 24, to or
ganize and protest to the National Hay
association against the carrying out of
the purposes of the aforesaid newly
formed hay combine.
East Cambridge, Mass., March 5.
Lorenzo Barnes was hanged here. His
neck was broken by the drop. Barnes
murdered John Dean, a farmer, about
75 years old, who lived between May
nard and Acton, on Dec. 17, 1897. Dean
was alone when Barnes entered the
house, attacked and murdered him,
and took about $70.
Dlown to Pieces.
Frankfort, Ky., March 5. Will Over
ton, assisting Arsenal Keeper Dixon in
firing 100 guns in celebration of the
Irish anniversary, was blown almost
to pieces and Armorer Dixon was badly
hurt by a premature explosion.
Indians Have Accepted.
Chamberlain, S. D., March 5. The
Lower Brule Sioux have accepted the
government's proposition to open a
part of the reservation and permit the
removal of a portion of the tribe to the
The Editor Acquitted.
Carllnville, Ills., March 5. The jury
in the F. V. Hedley homicide case re
turned a verdict acquitting Editor Hed
ley of Bunker Hill, tho defendant. He
killed Richards, ex-mayor of Bunker
Celebrntlon nt Rome.
Rome, March 5. The jubilee anni
versary of tho Italian constitution
was celebrated with general rejoicing.
Tho city was filled with visitors, who
thronged tho handsomely decorated
Law Against Oold Contracts.
Frankfort, Ky., March 5. Tho house
of representatives has passed, by a
party vote, an act to prevent the mak
ing of a contract payable In gold, and
making such n contract null and void.
Passed by the House and Sent
to the President.
BOTH ARE VERY IMPORTANT.
They Are the Pension Bill nnd Consular
and Diplomatic 11111 The Senate
lias Passed the Alaskan
Washington, March 5. Two more
appropriation bills were sent to the
president the pension bill and the
consular and diplomatic both of
which went through their final stages
in the house.
The most Importantaction taken dur
ing the day was acquiescence in an
agreement to make the bill appropriat
ing about $1,200,000 for war claims ap
proved by the court of claims under the
provisions of the Bowman act a special
order for next Friday.
The claims carried by the bill 730
in number are for stores and supplies
seized during the war in the southern
Only two bills were passed, one to
pay the heirs of Sterling T. Austin
about $G9,000 for cotton seized during
the war, and the other to pay an ag
gregate of $3,360 in small claims grow
ing out of back pay, etc., earned during
At the night session 32 pension bills
and nine relief bills were passed.
In the Senate.
Washington, March 5. After a de
bate lasting several days the senalo
passed the bill extending the homestead
laws and providing for rights-of-way
for railroads in the district of Alaska.
Section 13, providing for certain
bonding concessions to Canada In lieu
of privileges to be extended by the Do
minion government to this country, in
duced a pretty lively debate, 'as it
brought into the controversy the old
fisheries question on the New Egland
coast, which has been pen 'ng between
the United States and Great Britain for
The statement was made on the floor
of tho senate that there was every rea
son to believe that by the passage of
the bill the fisheries question could bo
settled without great effort, as assur
ances to that effect had been received
from a large and Influential element In
ElTcct ol Evans Hill.
Washington, March 5. Tho civil
service commission has prepared for
submission to congress some Informa
tion as to the effect of the enactment
Into law of the Evans bill now pending
In the house. This bill removes from
the operation of the law all the posi
tions now in the classified service be
low the $900 and above the $1,800
grade, besides limiting Its application
In other respects. According to the
commission there are now 6S8 post
offices In the classified service, with
26,000 employes, 036 of which, with
13,000 employes,, would be withdrawn
If the bill were passed.
.Ter For a Gas Plant.
Washington, March 5. Representa
tive White of Chicago is quoted as say
ing that a company of capitalists, in
which Mr. L. Z. Lelter and himself are
interested, have made ajj offer of $7,
000,000 for the plant anu good will of
the Washington Gaslight company
The company wants $8,000,000.
To Print Pamphlet.
Washington, March 5. A resolution!
was passed by the senate authorizing,
the printing of 15,000 copies of a pam
phlet by Commodore George W. Mel
ville on the commercial, military and
strategetlc advantages to the United
States of the Nicaragua canal and of
the Hawaiian Islands.
A Fatal Leap.
Ishpemlng, Mich., March 5. John F.
Armstrong, a mining man of consider
able note and well known throughout
the Lake Superior region and western
mining districts, walked to ono of tho
Lake Superior Mining company's
shafts and jumped into tho opening,
falling 444 feet. His body was sent to
Marquette for interment. He was un
married. A Mining Enterprise.
Pomona, Cal., March 5. A most im
portant event in southern California
mining Is tho contracting for a 50
stamp mill, combined with a modern
smelter, at Barstow, in San Bernar
dino county. Tho contract for tho re
duction works has been signed, the
Colorado Iron workB of Denver get
San Francisco, March 5. General
William Booth of the Salvation. Army,
and party, left on the Oregon express
for the north, on their way east Meet
ings will be held at Portland, Soattlo
and other points.
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