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. iM f -iTLXVio. 170. NEW YORK, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1898. -COPYRIGHT, 1898, BY THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION. PRICE fuo CENTsT m sfiniaL Ninety-nine Others Injured in the Maine Disaster. TWOGREATEXPLOSIONS An Undetermined Mass Was Seen to Shoot High Into the Air. A BOARD OF INQUIRY ORDERED. Secretary Long and Haul Eiperls Believe the Explosion Was Accidental. Bat the Caw " Disaster Haa Wet Ve , Ascertalned-A Theory TM Spaata- roil. Comlmitlon Irom a Ceal Danker Csraaiaalested a Masaslne. Rased Upon n nrllllal Kzperleaee orthe Cincinnati Many NiinllDlilTmcbfn In Spanish Waters hat Xa 'acta Tel learned to Sustain, Tkeas-Spaln tends Her Condolence and. .tracts Uavana Offlclala to Civ All rsMlble Ald-The AdmlnUtmtlen Dealrea Ike raeple suspend Judsment Until lb Facts Are Ascertained Sotblns; Said. Ak.it the Catastrophe on tbe Flaor or Con. S ress-Ta Mat r tba Men Who Were saved. JJiviXA, Feb. la, 4 P. M. Wltneesos ot tho siploilon that destroyed tbe Malno sayj that at the moment of conclusion a vast mass was sen to riie (o a great height. In tho sudden and bllndlcs light no .one seems to have been able to dltcern tbo nature ol this mass or whither It roie from bestdo tbe battleship or In- aide It. Up to this time there aro reported 251 killed and ninety-nine wounded. Immediately after the report small boats hurrying: to the spot from all ildei picked up tnenty-elght wounded men liruwllng In the water. Of these, six wero on tbi point Ql succumbing when pulled in. They wire taken on board the City of Washington ltd. eved for. Gustavo G. Dressier of tho crew ws completely and permanently blinded. Andrew V. Erlckson. Andersen, and Thompson are wounded badly. Not one pf (hsjroujided In tbe military hospital has died, "nVtotht hour, but the condition ot several is precarious. The Mascotta vtlll take to-day to Key West sotno of tbs Injured who aro in condi tion to be moved. American Tessols aro ex pected atany moment to arrlyp for tbo purposo el rendering any assistance possible. From the nature of tho disaster and tho testi mony ot the survivors it appears that tbe line of rreatcst forco of tho explosion was a llttlo for ward of amidships. It Is thero that tho worst damage was done. Tho chief ofllccrs wcra either well alt or ashore. Thus they escaped unhurt. Tho teamen and marines by their position were forced to bear tho brunt of tho dis aster, and tho frightful mortality was almott wholly confined to them. Ono of the junior officers ahould have been on duty on tho forward deck, and It may have been thus that MfuL Jenkins. irha Is missing, lost his life. It js also probablo that Engineer llerrltt, another tnlsslngnun, was below on duty and went down itl) the ship. Lieutenant-Commander Tltctmrd Walnwrlght, who was at first reported lost, is life. Five of tho crew Immediately after tho explo sion ran to the main ammunition storage room with tho Idea that they might save that from "ploilon. None of them has slnco been board ot. It Is almost certain that ther went to tho bottom, ready at their posts for duty. lUwxi. Feb. 10-1 i. M.-Burvivors include i Capt. Blirsbee. Llcuu-Commander Walnwrlght, tat. Holman. Lieut. Hood, Llout. lllandln. CMel Engineer Howell. Surgeon Honerberger, Paymaster an, Lieut. Catllu. Fassod Assls tant Engiucer Bowers, Chaplain Chldwick, Ca deti Holden, llronson, and Iloyde, Assistant Enjlntcr Crenshaw. Engineer Washington, Owner Hill, lloatswaln Larbln, Carpenter litloei, isy Clerk Nicholas Caretb. Capt Slgsbee Is now on hoard tho Ward llnor .i.u "blngtun, and refuses to speak "h anybody. When the roar of the ex plosion announced to the people of Havana " the Malno was blown up the city ?"n?n w" "t once ordered to tho ship, ih. , "" (luml ,,ut " " Impossible for '"""fender any assistance theic. Twenty si Mi the wounded .vcro trnnsferrod to tho "eanutlp city of Washington, where they were properly .itu,,,!,,,, In- Many of tho Havana pnrslclans volunteered their services. inrtj-.flve oilier wounded sailors received ""icaiMlcndnnioat the Military llosplt.il. ino s-panlkl, i,cor t tho cuusonf thonccl I..h!., l'",ttL"l'f exploded. The Muinesank " "Hie oterun hour. Man) tow boats and other vessels Vierebnsy snee "!'.' lrl"K "' fe'ler all ,,81lblo assist- Ivih.i "",led wt'rc taken to the hospital sow !. !",e"- A UrKtt nullf o' t aro jw leariblng or ,10 ljoa08 of ,uo mlgtiug tausY.NiA' ,,'tb- ln:i A- M.-Kxactly what 8uu.u?m ?"ruu'"",,0"on on ,l10 United Urniln, 'v'1'11' M'",", ''" t t been do- & ; n!ther " ll U,10W "f"""ty It Is hn ll,e.''rew Mcrn klllcl or wounded. "redeaT bt"eVC'J that "'" "50 of lhe be'imnlU!'1'eomo,"0',ue1'll'felleved Cent ,,eJ1,c,"" u' explosion. CopU PMtatn h v""!"" ,lt't""tU ,0 tue Nary Do- i i ii cut jVi!V,rlon-1,1UfC9 Enl,,Ber Mer- "Oloslon ii u '." X'no'"1 ,ne '"'"'"if. Tho IWo the . ," "".rre4 in the forward u" fl "I"1 nt "' tho principal maga Flr.?n8 al?tuPI'scd. Cant hi 'rr,,1""l violence. bnh.eI"ln,''n"elf T "0Unle,1 " kd.but it "' ""'"! wound in the b'. He re'mi "?l berlou' Ii 1 disable ' " Uement f 1 f ,"ecU' Co1 "rouhout all . WnnMR"' moVktA th0 xpIolon, 1 'gr"ltt'lp,lt U thought, will be total loss. Capt. Blgsbeo himself acknowledged as much. Directly after the explosion she took Hronnd burno4so,0roly that It wna only by I exercising great basto that tho survivors wcra i a bio to rscapo from tbo ship. Although thero was groat contusion on tho i ship aftor the explosion, still perfect discipline ' was malntnlocd. All roportaagroo on this point. Capt. Blgsbeo himself was largoly responsible for this statoot affairs. It was between 0:45 nnd 10 o'clock Inst nUiht that the explosion occurred, Capt. Slgsboo was bolow at the ttmo, but with tbo report of tho explosion ho rushed up on dock In his sbtrt slooTos. Thus attlrod he gnre his ordors. Efforts woro at llrst mado to savo tho vessel, hut when Cant. Slgabea realised the extent of tho damage, dono and that many caaualt lea had occurred ho bent all his energies to assuring the safety of bis men. The report was heard in the city, and crowds immediately flocked to tho harbor from. Flames at that tlmo were bursting from thn battleship. Tho sreatcst oxeltcmsnt prevailed among those on shore. Tbo commander ot the Spanish ship Alfonso XII. Immediately had boats lowered and annt to the assistance ot tho Maine. Theso boats picked up several sailors of the Maine who wero Rwtmmlng. They alio rescued several of tho wounded. Consul-Qenoral Lee early this morning was In conferonco with Gon. Dlanco at tho palaeo. mi! sunriroiia au xo key itest. Tney Were Taben There Yesterday Artcrnoon Iit thn Olivette. Havana. Fob. 10-7 P. M. Tho stoamor 011 vctto loft port at 3 P. M. for Key West with alt the survivors ot tho Malno dlsaatorwho could be removed. Eight officers, twenty-six seriously injurod men, and two marlnos woro left behind. Capt. Sifrsbco did not loavo his sinking ship till every man bad been taken off, and he re mained in a boat In tho neighborhood as long as thero was any hopo of saving any ot tho men who wero in tbe water. He says he haa not tho slightest idea what oaused tho accident. Ho was thrown from bis bed by tbe ex plosion and his head was slightly bruised, but othorwise he rocelvod no Injury. The first thing he did was to go on deck and order the flooding of tho large quantity of gun cotton on board. The order was promptly carried out. and it Is certain that no damago was done by this explosive. Lieutenant-Commander Walnwrlght was also in his room whon the explosion occurred. He speaks In tbe highest terms of tho coolness with which Slgsbco and the other oftlcdrs faced tho tcrriblo situation. No sooner had two or thrco of tba officers appeared on deck than an onlor .was given to lower the boats. Four of them wore immediately low ered nnd thrco wero filled with men, but tbo fourth boat wa swamped before it could bo utll.zed. When tho explosion, occurrod Lieut. Blandln had charge of the deck. It Is said that tho men who carried out the order to flood tho gun cotton failed to return, and tho bravo men undoubtedly lost tbelr lives in tho performance of tbelr hazardous duty. Several of tho officers woro down below to gether when tho explosion occurrod. and their thought at once that tho ship was doomed. By tho ttmo they reachod the deck they saw at onco that tho Malno was sinking. A largo part of the crew were In tbelr quarters, and tna71Toro not aD' cct QUt but went down with the ship, which sank bow first about 2,000 feet from Fort Atares. Cant Slgsboo. in all his cnmmQ(8 to-day, has been very careful not to accuse any one ot caus ing the explosion. AH ho will say is that a care ful Investigation will bo made, and It vdll prob ably determine whether interior or oxtcripr causes produced tho disastor. Tho lighthouse tender Mangrove and tho rov cnuo cutter Fern entered Havana harbor at 3 o'clock this afternoon. SiaSIlEV ItESTAIXS JK HAVANA. The Havana axanlrlpalltr Orslrrs Id Fay All funeral Expenses. Havana, Fob. 10. Dr. Dudley has lust left for Key West on board tbo Ollvotte, accompanying tho wounded ot tho Maine. The first officer, tho chaplain, tho first engineer, tho paymaster, the surgeon of the Maine, and two naval cadets re main In Havana with Capt. Slg9bcc. The cause of tho disaster is, up to this time, a dark mystery, bocause all who could have thrown somo light on the affair have perished. If tho oxploslon had happened an hour later not a slnglo person would have remained alive, Tho exact number of killed is 251. There were on the warship 3S1 persons. Peggie, a pet dog of Capt. Slgsbee, was saved, Lieut. J. J. lllandln. who is a sur vivor of tho Samoa catastropho, also escaped. Llout. J. Hood, who waB on board tbo Kear sargo wben she was lost, was saved. All tbo ofllccrs and sailors who aro now alive greatly oxlol the conduct of tho Commander nnd sailors of the Spanish warship Alfonso XII.. who from tbo vory first gavo all tho help thoy could to the crew of tbe Malno and placed a special guard all night around tbo sunken battleship to rescue the bodies of tho American sailors. The Alfonso XII. and tho Spanish gunboat Lcgaspl have placed thuir flags nt half mast. Tho Autonomist Cabinet hold a special council to-day, presided over by Gen. Dlanco, In which It was rcsolvod that tbo President of the Gobi not, 8cfior Oalvcz, and tho Secretary-General Dr. Congosto should call an Consul-General Lee to express thoir condolenoes, and should also cable to President McKlnley tbelr deep regret at tbo catastrophe. The municipality of Havana alio resolved to participate in tne funeral and to call on Consul General Lea and inform him that the city de sired to pay the expenses of tho funeral a,pd the entire cost of treating tho woundod, Tho military newspaper Oiario Jtl KJrrctto la published to-day in mourning. All publlo spec tacles have beon suspended. Gen. Dlanco will assist at tbo funeral cere monies. All tho wharves nro crowded with people eager tq hear thu latest news. Many prlvato boats are skimming over the waters of the bay loaded with residents of tho city, all cagsr to sco uud learn nil they can. Un to this tluio only eighteen bodies haro been recovered, nnd tbey have boon taken to tho Moriruo. Some of the bodies are badly mutilated, and others aro badly burned, Tho bodlos that nro supposed to be on board tho vessel will hardly bo rccovorod on account of tbe utter destruction of the battleship. A special Judgo has been appointed by the local Government to Investigate tho cause of the disaster. SVA1XH COJtVOLKNOES. Tbe Government Kisrou. to Geo. Wootrord Sprctal Calli Vttpatch to Tnx Sc. Madiiid, Feb. JO. Tho followjnn seml-offlclal note was Issued this evening; "The news of tbe disaster to the American warship Maine has produced a painful Impres sion I n Madrid. It was at first fearod that the catastrophe might be attributable to some rasb act. Afterward, as the details wero rcoolved, these fears were dissipated and transformed into feelings of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortune, "The Government bss expressed to United States Minister Woodford Its regret for the catastrophe, espeoally In vie uf the fact that It c-oourted in watr within Spain's jurisdjo tlon, " An Admiral, in full uniform, lias called upon ,- ' hi." . . Minister Woodford In behalf ot tho Minister ot Marine and tho Cabinet." Tbo Oovernmont haa telegraphed to tho authorities In Cuba to do everything possible to rtJIero tho, distress ot tba woundod and to giro tho Maine's oillcera and men evorytblng they roqulro. Primp Minister Sagasta went to tbo palace and Informed the Queen Itegentot tbe catastro pho as soon as tho nows was received. Minlstor Woodford first learned of It from tbo Admiral who visited him to express tho sympathy ot the Ministry. EXl'ltESSWXH OJF STMPATUr. Official Calls at Our Kmbanj In Iiaaden Widespread feeling or Itrsrel. Sptrlal Cubit petpatc to Tub 8"t. LoNl)o.v, Feb. 10. The naval attache's ot tba German and other embassies and legations called nt tho American Embassy this afternoon and tendered expressions of sympathy and re gret to Secretary White, who Is in chargo of tho Embassy In the absence of Ambassador Hay. Tbo disaster to tho Maine wns tho absorbing topla at Lord Salisbury's weekly reception, which was held at tho Foreign Olllco to-day. The nows of tho blowing up ot tbo warship was wired to Ambassador Hay, who is making a trip up the Nile, from which region a message was received from him a short tlmo ago saying that he and his party wero well. Thero aro widespread fecllugs of regret nnd expressions of condolonce in London at tho de struction ot tho United States warship Malno. Tho Urltlsb Admiralty cabled a message of sympathy direct to Washington, and the llua elan, and Italian naval attaches bora called at tbo American Embassy to-day to express rcgrot at tho occurrence. At tbo mass mooting of Irlshmon held here to-day to honor tho memory nnd doods of the mon of 'US. which was attendod by John Dillon. T. P. O'Connor and many other leading Irish Nationalists, this resolution was adopted: "A large roprescntatlvo meeting ot Irish Na tionalists assembled in St. James's Hall, Lon don, has heard with the deopest grief of tho dis aster that has befallen the United States war ship Malno, nod begs tbo President to convey to the Amorioan nation its deep and sincere sympathy. Tho sorrow of tho Americans wiU appeal alwaya to Irish hearts." WHAT CAVSEn TJM EXPLOSIOXT Comments or II I ram Haslm and Otbers on the Origin or tbe Disaster. Krtal CM Dtttatchet to Tux Sux. Londox, Fob. 10. In an Interview to-day aB to tho probable causa ot tho disaster which befell tho Maine, Mr. Hiram Maxim, tho well-known Inventor and authority on explosives, told that it a torpedo exploded closo undor tho vessel It would have been Uablo to Ignite tho inflam mable material lnsldo the ship or discharge, tho explosives In tbe magazine. Some high explo sives used on warships, ho bdded, may bo ex ploded by tho detonation of similar subtanccs at a considerable distance. Sometimes nltro-glyccrluo exudes from smoke less powders and forms pools lnsldo the; car trldgo cases and magazines. Such a thing might have happened en the Maine. Mr. Maxim declared that he did not bellovo that tho disastor could bo ascribod to cleaning tor pedoos. At any rate, tbo character of tho holo in (he hull of tho ship would ehon- whether tho explosion had occurred lnsldo or outside Sir William Henry White, Director of Naval Construction and Asslstnnt Controller ot tho Royal Navy, was also lntcrrlowcdon tho sub ject. llo'said that so far as a judgment could bo -basedj, on. tho reports received, lie Was de cidedly of the opinion that tho explosion had occurred Inside the Maine. Tbo idoa of treachery in tho blowing up of tbo Malno has already liecn mooted in the London afternoon papers. Tho St. Jams'g Oazttle, after suggesting tho obvi ous possibility of accidents to tbe roiscl's boiler or magazine, demonstrates that this theory is not supported by the details ns they aro now known, and snys: "Another possibility really occurs, '.that the disaster was produced by an agency outside of tho Maine a torpedo acci dentally or otherwise exploded. This again naturally suggests nn outrngo perpetrated by Spanish conspirators or Cuban insurgents." Tho Olobe says: " It is impossible to refrain from tho suspicion that tho explosion may have been caused by foul means, such as an Infernal machlno placed in tho vessel's coal. That the terrible event should havo occurred in the har bor ot Havana renders a solution of tbo mys tery of International Importance. Madiiid, Feb. 10. The Impartial' Havana correspondent says: "A painful sensation has been caused here by tho discovery that several American newspaper correspondents aro tele graphing that tho explosion on tho Maine was caused by a torpedo or dynamite Infernal ma chine! that was mallcioutily placed against her bows. "It is feared that this InfamouH allegation may bo amplified in tbe despatches tent by steamers to Key West and thence tolcgraphod to the newspapers of tho United States. Thoso stories are entirely false. It should bo remem bered that tbe Maine's crew wero a composlto lot, consisting of Englishmen, Germans, negroes, and Chinese, besides Americans." OJ.003I IS WAHHIXaTOX. Tbe Awful Disaster la tbe Maine Puts the Ha lloa In Itlournlntr Publlo Iluslness In Can Kremm and lu tbo Departments nt n Htanri-stlll-Presldaat WcHlulrr and secretary I.aiig Allow Iba Impression to tin Abroad That Tbex UMIeyo ibo Disaster Duo to Ac cldenl, and Desire tho People to Suspend Judsmeut Until Ibe Fact Are Ascertained. Washington, Feb. 10, Washington is In n statoot painful excitement to-night, Tho city has been all day a hotbed of startling reports and sensational rumors. Publlo business In Congress and in the Kxecuttva Departments vt as almost at a standstill bccauio of tho awful disaster in tho harbor of Havana which c.ausod the total loss of tho buttloshlp Malno and tbo death of two of her ofllccrs und "511 of her crew. Ofllelally tbo nation is n mourning, and social events scheduled to take place at tho White Houso havo been Indefinitely postponed, No such appalling ovent of the sea has occurred slnco her Majesty's battleship Victoria was sunk a few years ago by her sister ship, tho Campor down, in tlio Mediterranean. Tbo commanding odlrer went down with bis ship, and '-- officers and 3U0 sailors with him. The great disaster ill tlm Kamoun harbor of Apia In 1B80, when tbreo tossolsof tbo United Ktalea Navy and throo of tho German Navy were wrecked and llfty-four American oillcera ami men wero lost, was also recalled to-day when tho news came that tbo Mulue had neon destroyed. Hut both of these disasters weredue to natural causes, wbllo that tn tho Maine ts shrouded in mystery, Tho Victoria was peace fully performing evolutions when the received tbe blow that wrought a great hole In her bot tom and sunk her, and at Samoa the elciueuU of wind and water created tbe havoc. Nobody ip Washington yet knows whnt happened ut Havana Ut night. In tbo Mediterranean nnd at Apia, moreover, thero was no pusstblo uauso pf tho accident beyond what was plainly dis cernible at thu tlmo, In the case of the de stroyed Maine, however, the suspicion of foul play s uppermost In tho mini) of every Ameri can, and seemingly not without reason, Technically the Malno was In the harbor of Hat ana op a mission of peaco tq a friendly Gov ernment, As a matter of fact, she was thero for the purpose of protecting the lives and prop erty of American citizens threatened by tho rt i i ' Corn-Fed Plat Park, Vun, Tender, suit uallelous, la only kind uud luD.erfool Farm 8au-jej-Bu)Fj)cesrrifajOBB, HrWvUjltloui, peated riotous demonstrations of, Spaniards, In flamed against tho people of the United States booauso of tbelr sympathy with, tho people of Cuba, who are struggling to b tree. Tho vessel was blown up In the dead of rdght by some un seen force in some Inexplicable manner. That Is all that Is known now and probably all that will be known until tbe board ot inquiry ap pointed to-day makes its investigation and sub mits a report. In the meantlmo theories aro thick as autumn leaves. Fowot the lilgher officials of tho Administra tion and of the leadora tn tho Senate and Houso are willing to admit that thoy see tho erldenco ot Spanish treachery In thla tragedy that has followed tbo long chain ot dramatio tnoldents connected with tho controversy between Spain and tho United Stairs over tbe Cuban question. In their hearts thero is grave fear and dark sus picion, Dut the consequences of fastening tho guilt upon Spain would bo so serious and the re taliation so prompt and severe that they hesltato to make publlo thooxlstoncoof their misgivings. President McKlnloy, therefore, has allowod the impression to go abroad that ho be Haves tba calamity for which tbe nation mourns to bo due to an inscrutablo act of Provldonce, and his words arc ro-ochood by his Secretary of tho Navy and other Cablnot advisers. Tbey would bo only too glad If they felt their utterances to bo sincere. They desire, abovo all things, to have the American, publlo suspend judgment until tbo facta can ba ascer tained. If it shall bo shown ihat tho hand of Prorldenoo and not the hand ot man caused tho lamcntablo ovent that hat sent o tbrlH ot hor ror throughout tho world, no ono will be mora gralofulthau tho Presldentof the United States. If it shall bo learned that tho.dcod was caused by a treacherous onemy of Cuba and of her friend, the United States, then tho vengeance of tho Government will bo awl(t and sura Tho President has taken the ptibllo Into bis confi dence by directing that all information shall be given fully to tho newspapers as soon as ro celvod. Congress has boen held in cbeok to-day by tho foroed conservatism and tranquillity of tbe President and tho Administration officials. In tho Sonato and House the doslro to take action of somo sort was almost overpowering, but tho good judgment of tho cooler beads prevailed, and it was decided to aet tn accordance with the doslrcs ot the President and wait until tho truth comes to light. Not since that midsummer day, nearly seven teen years ago, when President Garfield was shot down by an assassin at bo was entering tho railway station in this city to start upon a holi day jauut, has a public event oausod so much horror nnd excitement as the early morning despatch from Capt. Sigsbeo which the Presi dent and Secretary of tho Nary were awakenod from a sound sleep to receive. Tho White House and State. War and Navy building havo boon crowded with cagor, anxious, and excited citi zens all day. Thero wero no scenes such as occurrod at tbo Admiralty Ofllco in London after tho Victoria disaster, when relatives and friends ot officers and men ot tho ill-fated battleship mado distressing exhibitions ot tbelr grief, but tho space outside tho ofllco ot Secretary Long was frequently packed solid with peoplo anxious to tret tho latest details. Nearly every naval officer iq Washington, in cluding a number on tbo retired list, hurried to tho department for information about tbo fate of friends on board the Malno. Not ono ot them was without somo shlpinato who was numbered among tho list of her officers. Afowmonwho had brothers or sons or other relatives in tho crew asked for nows atho lluroau of Navigation, but made no demonstration ot feeling, Mrs. Ste&W the Tvifo.iifithccccm-t rounder, and Mrs. Walnwrlght, the wlfo of tho executivo officer of tho Maine, bad boen Informed early In the morning that their husbands wero safe. Doth women rcsldo here. I'hey Bpcnt tho day at their homes rocolvlng congratulations from visitors. Telegrams wore sent by tbo Navy Department to tho families of nil officers, excopt those of Lieut. Jenkins nnd Assistant Engineer Morrltt, saying that theso two wero tbo only officers missing. Inquiries camo by telegraph from tho families of Jenkins and Merritt, and the department was obliged to tend the distressing nows that they wero re ported lost. All w-ork at tbo Navy Department except that relating to tho Malno disaster was practically buspendod during tho day. Tbe officials and clerks nf tbo Bureau of Navigation were busy cnoucb preparing lists ot ofllcors and crew, an swering despatches from thoso who had rela tives and friends on tho battleship, and attend ing to the ronny other matters which required immediate consideration on account of tho dis aster. In tho other bureaus work was nearly at a standstill. Everybody felt too unnerved to attend to routine buslnoss, and tno excitement In tha corridors spread to thu ofllco rooms. Of ficials and employees ot tho Stato and War de partments, located In tho tiiim building, were not exempt from tho general tooling and joined the crowds who waited for Information. Tho excitoment In tho corridors of the State, War nnd Navy building was not duo entirely to tho tcrriblo nature of tho catastrophe. It was based autto as much on tho possibility that tho Malno's destruction would result In war betweon Spain and tbo United States. Still It was not a talking crowd. There was an atmosphoro of nwe prevailing, which effectually suppressed any desire to Indulge In blatancy. The bounti ful model of tbo Malno, placed in a glass case just outsldo tho door to tbo Secretary of tho Navy's office, wa tbo central point of gather ing, livery detail of tho ill-fated battleship as shown tn tho modol was cxamlnod with Inter est. Whenever a naval officer or some other person familiar with tho construction of tho ship would point out the position ot tho maga zines and tbo quarters occupied by tho slaugh tered crew, tho crowd would press closer, oagor to hoar every word. An official walking through the corridor, hurriedly roadlng a despatch just received, would bo surrounded by ourlous peo ple, who would attempt to boo what was In tho message. Thoy mount no offence In forest had simply overcome good manners. Occasionally word would coma from tbe Durnsu of Naviga tion that thero waB a telegram from Capt. Slgs boo, and tbe rush of newspaper men down tbo corridor would bo followed by n frantlo move ment In thu same direction by tbo scores of curi ous ones, who, If they wero asked, could proba bly not oxplatn their presonue in tbe Navy De partment. Official nows from Havana had been copilug In irregularly since 2 o'clock this morning when Capt. Blgebee's llrst despatch was received. Sec rotary Long had been up nil night. Ho was at tho White Houso beforo tba President had his breakfast. He spont tho remainder of tbo day there and nt tbo Nary Department. Commander Francis W, Dlckins, the acting chlof of tho Du roau of Navigation, had not been nsloep since the first notification of tho catastropho came. Secretary Long uud Commander Melius had decided early that the best way to allay appro henslon in the country was to gvo out tho full text of all official despatches. This proved to be a wlso policy, as It offoctl voly disposed of some wild reports that wero telegraphed from Wash ington, Naturally tbo first Inclination of overybody was to bellovo that Spanish treachery had caused tho destruction uf the Malno. OapU Blgsbeo had asked, however, In his message re porting the catastrophe that publlo opinion be suspended until he could msko au investigation. The President and Socretary Long recognized tho wisdom ol this request and seconded It heartily. Later In tbe day both uxpreised tbo opinion that tho explosion which destroyed tho Malno was thu result ot an accident, Mr, Long supple mented this with a statement that ho would The New Pennsilvanl United, Wltb its new equipment, tb Pennsylvania Limited Is the most eptnolsto asd th haucUwimeaf train la tbe awatt the resort of a board, ot officers to ba ap pointed by Admiral Bleard to Investigate tho affair, boforo coming to, a doQnUs conclusion. OFFICIAL NEtrS a THE DISASTER. Telec rasas from Capt, SJee and Connl-Jen-eral Me 981 Men Hleslnc. Washington, Fob. 10, Summarized brlofly, tho official now conneoted with the disastor is ss follows! Two ofllccrs, Lle,ut. Frtond W. Jenkins and Assistant Kngioeor Darwin It. Merritt, and 291 men aroinlsslng and supposed to be dead; SO enlisted men wero wounded, and 24 officers and 18 enlisted men were uninjured. This after noon all tho survivors, exoopt 0 officers, a prlvato of marines, 1 eunncr's mate, and SS seriously wounded enlisted men wero sent to Key West by tho steamer Olivette, Tho wounded will bo cared for In the Key West Marine Hospital. No details of tho explosion wore given In any ot Capt Slgsbee's despatches. Ho asked for light houso tenders to render assistance In looking after wreckage, and tho naval transport Fern, the llghthouso tender Mangrove and tbo const survey stoamor Baoho were ordered from Knjr West to Havana. Surgeons went by thoso ves sels. Socretary Long tent to Capt. Slgsbee a message of sympathy In behalf of Presldsnt McKlnley and directed that no exponso be spared in caring for survivors und the bodies of tbe dead. By direction of tbo Prostdent tho official receptions to bo. held at tho White Houso to-night nnd to-morrow were postponed. Just before he went homo from tho Navy De partment this afternoon Secretary Long tele graphed Hear Admiral Slcard, commanding tho North Atlantlo squadron at tho Dry Tortugas, to appoint a board of officers to Investigate the cause of tho catastrophe. Until tbo report ot the board has been received no action in tho matter wilt bo taken by tho Government. On that report may dopend tho continuance of friendly relations bet, ween Spain and the United States. At a o'clock this morning Capt. Slgsboe'a first telegram was delivored to Socrotary Long. It said: ' Maine blown up In Havana harbor, 0:40, and destroyed. Many wounded., and doubtless mora killed and drowned. Woundod and others on board Spanish man-of-war and Ward line steamer. Scat lighthouse tenders from Key Wast for crew and few pieces ot equipment still abovo water. No one had other clothes than thoso upon hlu. Public opinion should ho sus pended until further report. All officers be lieved to Lo savod. Jenkins and Merritt not yet accounted for. Many Spanish officers, in cluding representatives ot Gen. Blanco, now with me and oxprcas sympathy." Socrotary Long immediately sent for Com mander Dlckins, acting chief of tbe Navigation lluroau, und both remalnod up for tbe rest of tbe night. This telegram was sent by Secretary Long to Capt. Slgsbee: "Deopost sympathy and anxioty. We await particulars und cause Advlso fully. Spare no effort to relievo sufferers and learn faots." Orders woro also sent before daybreak to Com mander Forsyth, commandant pf the Key West naval station, and the threo vessel named wero despatched thero hurriedly. The naval trans port Fern, under Commnndor William S. Coles, left, Key West by S o'clock. By 10 o'clock this morning despatches about tho disaster came to tho Navy Department at rapid rate. Somo woro from Capt. Slgsbee and others from news paper correspondents In Uqvana and from Con-iul-G.cn era) Lee. Gen: toe sent this despatch to tho Stato Department: -M'5l0KOlraVt.oWr?0Ojty;B.Ur. thprltles. Sigsbeo has telegraphed dotqlls to Xayy Department. Not yet prepared to report cause or oxploslon." Kqthlna about tho causo of tbo explosion was given In any pf these and It Decani o evident that nothing could bo ascertained by Capt. Slgs bco without a thorough lnyostlgatiou. In order to lose no tlmo in translating cipher messages, Secretary Long directed Capt. Slgsbco to send, everything in plain English. Admiral Slcard was informed of tho tcrriblo affair In a telegram from Capt. Sigsbeo to Comman der Forsyth, which was sent to tho Dry Tortugas from Key West on tho torpedo boat Ericsson. A number of these telcuratns wero delivered to Secretary Long nt tho White House, whuro ha spent most of tha mornlmr in consultation with tbo President, Secretary Gngi, and Attorney-General Griggs. Thoy dis cussed tho possibility of Spanish treachery In the loss ot tho armorclud, but decided to follow CapU Sigsbco's advlca to suspend judgment un til tbo facts (an be aicortalncd. It was after 12 o'clock before any accurate In formation about tha loss of life camo from Capt. Slgsbee. Tbo despatch wob delivered to Socro tary lifing at tho White House, and immediately made public. This Is tho despatch: "Advlso sending wrecking vessel at once. Malno submerged c.coot ddbrls. Mostly worK for divers now. Jonkins and Merritt still miss ing. Little hope for thoir safety. Those known to be saved are: Officers, 24; uninjured, crew, 18; wounded, now on Ward lino steamer. In city hospitals and hotels, SO, so far as known. All others went down on board or near the Malno. Total loss or missing. 253. With sev oral exceptions, no officer or man has more than part of a suit of clothing, and that is wet with water. Ward steamer leaves for Mexico at 2 this afternoon. Tho offi cers saved are uninjured. Damago was in com partments of crew. Am preparing to telegraph list of saved and wounded, Olivette leaves for Kay West at 1 P. M. Will send by her to Key West officers saved excopt mysolf nnd Waln wrlght, Holman, Hennebergor, Itay, andllolden. Will turn ovor throe uninjured boats to Captain of Port, with request for safo keoping. Will send all Injured men to hospital at Havana." About this time Secretary Long sent this tele gram: ' To Capt. Statbtt, Havana; " Tbo President directs me to express for him self nnd the people of tha United States his pro found sympathy with tho officers and crow of tho Maine, und desires that no exponas bo spared in providing for tbe survivors anil caring for tho dead," While Secretary Ixmgwns nt tho White Houso tboro wero busy timed among tho officials and employues of the Bureau of Navigation, Clerks wero set to work copying tho roster uf tho Maine's officers uud crew for the information of tho department and tbo press. Other clerks were engaged in opening nnd reading the scores of telegrams from anxious rolatlvu and friends. The roster did not show tho home addresses of thu ealistcd men, and it was necessary to go through tho fllos to obtain this and other In formation nbout tbem. This was tedious work, and was not completed until midnight. With tbo papers relating to the services of every man Is a slip containing tho name of the person whom be wants tc, be Informed In case ot death or Injury, It wasnscessury to trauscrlbo theso slips on tho list of the orew, Wben the list was completed telegrams woro sent to all theso persons, telling tlieip ot tbo loss or safely of those in whom thoy aro concerned. OapU Slgsbee did not send a Hit of tho missing, but contented himself with reporting the names of all those who aro known to bo uninjured or merely woundod, These numbered 101, including 21 officers, out of a total comple ment of 3B4. Thu letter of thu Mains showed that she had 31 officers and 217 wen, but thero had been some change and tbe total was re duced to the number given. One of tbo inquir ers about thoio saved came from Senator Henna, He bud received a telrgram from a constituent in Columbus asking shout hU ton, Alamo Willis, apprentice boy, Tbe name wat found on Tbs laks Shore (.lulled. Afternoon ft-hourtrla to Chicago, via Xew York Central Lap Vbore route. Luavta New York o P. M. over dwi strives Uldeago f V. M. (text day, ttoil luxurwiunralu la lbs weria.Jdv, ' ' ' i,. , ii. y-j -lu,''jii';,-Mtsri - V. :', - -I -" 1 ' " ' ' ,! tho list of survivors and Senator Hanna Imme diately Informed tho worried parent. After the list of eurxtvors was received llttlo additional Information camo and no Important action waa taken by tho Navy Department. Secretary Long and Commander Dickon! went to thoir homo about 0 o'clock to gel same sleop, leaving official matters In charge ot Lieut. H. It. Whlttelscy of tho Navigation Bureau, to whom all messages were sent toulght. Arrangements wero mado by telegraph (or quartering tho uninjured survivors at Key West Barracks, and the Socrotary of tho Treasury divectcd that tho Marino Hospital thero bo prepared for tho re ception ot tho Injured. A telegram was sent to Admiral Slcard directing htm to proceod from tho Dry Tortugas with a ship to sorvo out clothing needed by tha survivors. Tho commandant at Key West wat ordered to purchase whatever wns needed If tho survivors arrived beforo tho Admiral. At 7:30 o'clock to night Llout. Whlttelscy rocolvod this message from Capt. Slgsbco: "Havo sent overyono oxcopt, o officers, 1 private, 1 gunner, 1 mate, nnd 2S seriously wounded to Koy West by Olivette." The following telegram was recotvod by tho Secretary of Stato from Consul-Genarat Lea at 9 u'olock this evening: "Profound sorrow expressed by Government and municipal authorities, Consuls of foreign nations, organized bodies of al sorts, and citi zens generally. Flags are at half-mast on Gov-ernor-Gcnornl's palace, on shipping tn har bor, nnd In city. Business suspended and theatres closed. Dead number nbout 200. Officers' quarters being in roar nnd seaman's forward, whero explosion took place, accounts for tho greater porportlonato loss of sailors. Funeral to-morrow nt 3 P. M. Offioars Merritt and Jonkins still missing. Bap poio naval court of Inquiry will be hold to as certain cause ot oxploslon. Should It bo possi ble, villi repress excitement aud calmly await decision." COXOBESS STI11KED VP. i Dnt Mo Itipresslon or Pectins' sade In Open Session Opinions of Senators. Washington, Fob. 10. Self-repression was tho dominant characteristic of mombert of Con gross to-day, and tho persistency with which oven tho so-called "Jingoes" ot all parties In both houses refrained from saylntr anything that would add to tho excitement caused by tho nova of tho dostructlon of tha battleship Malno was at onco reraarkablo and praiseworthy. In tho open session of tbo Senate no referenco whatever was mado to the ovont, although it was uppermost In tho minds of overy momber of tbo body. Tbo disaster and Its mysterious features formed tho solo toplo of conversation in tho cloakrooms, on tbo floor, nnd In tbe com mltteo rooms, but not ono word of the surprise, indignation, and bitterness in tbo hearts of all was roporto d in the official proceedings, either when the doora wero open or during tho brief executivo session. For somo unexplained rea son tho blind chaplain even, always roady to refer to important ovents of tho moment, did not refer to tbe greqt catastrophe In his invoca tion that followed tha rapping ot Vice-President Hobart's gavel. At tha Houso end of tho Capitol tho other blind chaplain wat mora in touch with tho nows of the day, and whon Speaker Heed called the House togetbor ho raised his sightless eyes to heaven and offered up tbo following prayer: "O Thou who hast shaped and guided tbo destiny of our nation through all the vicissitudes of the past and made It great, help ut to cmuiato all that wat truly noblo and patriotic n our fqrefaUora,rcwmbcrInjrha Jrhjh tooueness exalteth"anation,'wn"lle sfiatsnreproaofi to any pepple. Thatwornay maintain thodignltyofour past, make us zealous in every good work and watchful, knowing that vigilance is the price o( liberty. Comfort, wo pray Thee, In Thine own way, tho relatives and friends of theso who wero killed and wounded in that terrible disaster to the warship Maine." Beforo tho hour of meeting the Representa tives gathorcd In groups In the various rooms and corridors and in the aren beforo tho Speak er's desk and eagerly dlsrussed tho startling despatches from Havana, just as tbo Senators did at tho other end ot tho great building. Nino of every ten members presont in tho Houso to day folt that thoro nas grave causa for suspicion in tha manner In which the proud battleship went down to her destruction, and many of thorn did not hrsltato to say so publicly and emphatically. Tho causa of tho accident was thu poliu of diecussion In tho Houso, just as It wns in all portions of tho Capitol building, in tbo executivo departments, in tho hotels and on the streets. In prlvato bouses, nnd In every hole and corner of tho Capitol city. Everybody was pro lific of theories, ana thoy will increase ralhor than diminish until the report of tho board ap pointed to officially inrcstigato thu disaster shall lift tbo veil of mystery and rovcal tho truo cauBOOf it nil. Tha Houso Committee on Nnvol Affairs was In session during tha day preparing tho regular Naval Appropriation bill. Hb members wcroln constant communication with the Navy Depart ment, nnd received official Information as fast ob It came. Just before tbo Houso adjourned, Chairman Boutcllo, nt the direction of tbo com mittee, presented tbo following resolution to tho Houso, and it was unanimously adopted: That the House ot l!crerntatlrrs had learned with profouud sorrow ot the great calamity which has caii.rd the destruction of tbe United titatvs bat tleship Maine, the appalllmr loss of mnro than s!3Q lives and thu noumllnK of many otbers ot tho gallant defender, of our flag, and tbat the House exprea.es Ita sympathy for the Injured and Its sincere oondo lence wltb tue famlll-;a of those who have lost their Urea In the service ot tho nation. Beforo the resolution was put to n voto Mr. Bailey of Texas Inquired If tliu Committee on Naval Affairs was In possession of any Informa tion as to tho cause of tho disastor. In reply. Chairman Boutelle said: " Unfortunately nothing as yet has been learned upon which a conclusion could justly bo based. My personal opinion would not bo of value, hut I will say that from nil that bus come to my knowledge regarding tlio sad affair I am Inclined to believe that it was of accidental origin." Mr, Bautcllo's opinion Is evidently not shored by a majority of Coiigrersmon, although thoy are controlled moru by their focllngs than by any direct information In their possession as to tho real caimo of thn explosion. But what ever tho Congressman mny think us to how thu disaster occurrod, It was evident iurlng the day that they rufrolnod from taking action of Bomesorton the Cuban question only by tho conviction that the publlo good would best be subserved by remaining silent until the Admin istration could leurn.'nll tha facts. Tho fi lends of Cuba In both huusis wcru like hounds lu leash, and all felt that, whethor thu Malno met her fato as thu result of accident or dcslgu, the time Is Imminent when tho United States Gov ernment must Intervene In behalf of Cuba Libre. In tbe face of tbo now calamity Congress en tirely lost sight of tho controversy over tho dismissal of tho Spanish .Minister, Dupuy da Lome, and seemed to lose all Interest In the further fact that the Secretory of State wits hourly expecting tho formal dlsutowal by tho Spanish Govornmont of De l.omo's slur on Pres dent McKlnley. Tho further fact was appar ently forgpltcn tbut uoth lio"1" f f-'0"-Kress on Mouday last puascd resolu tions culling for the Cuban torrespou dence on file In thu State Department, nd that tho documents arc now being prepared with a view to sending all or a portion of them to tho Senate uud House. The Importance of tbo publication of this correspondence, which will undoubtedly startle tho country with its revelations of the situation of tbo starving re concentrtdo and tbo testimony of Consuls ot tho abject (allure qf SpaMab hutouo- hv . - f C , Viva. s , t t. ' ! M nur, sank Into Insignificance bosldo th :$9 awful possibility that Spain haa shown jfl its hatred, ot tho United, Btet by art act JM of treachery unique In tho nnnalt of crime. 'ttl In tha opinion uf many, ot tbo coolest kM heads In Coogross the publication of tblscorro- '& spondonca on fllo at tho Stato Department, will 'il bring about the Immediate passage of un act ,M recognizing hclllgorenqy, with a consequent jfel declaration of wnr; and tho sentiment is unapt- tm mous that If Spain should ba found responsible f!M for tho disaster to tho battleship a declaration m ot war cauld uot be delayed a da'. flM Senator Halo of Maine, Chairman of the Com- fil mltteo on Naval Affaire, and the most pro- ' nouncod pro-Spanish man In tho Sonato, bad ' tht tq say; fM "Thero Is no oocaslon for Congress to tako the ijl lnattcrup. Surely aometblpg should ho lof,t to ''tfl the Executivo Dopartment, nnd tbls la ono of '$ the things which. In my opinion, should bo. to ujjl left. It Is of course Impossible, from tbo infor- vw motion received, to say how tho accident po- t wfl curred, but I foci confident that the facts whon '' 4J developed will show that It was an accident. ) S Tbe Malno was, of course, prepared for action '''M In caso action should be necessary, and il had thercforo many vulncrnblo points exposed, fM A battleship ts llttlo less than a volcano undor 'V tho most favorablo circumstances, and whoa . legislating for tho Increase of tho navy I alwaya A fool that a war vessel may provo to bo almost at dangerous to thotu on board as to thoso whom it y might ongago In hostile conflict. For this roa- h son lorn sure tho affair In Havana harbor will provo n genulno scnsqtlon In nnvol ctrclot, ?A asldo from any political nspoct of 1L" Tho Senator exprcasod tho opinion that Con- ft grese would take stops to prevent tho decrease JfcJ of tho navy, but did not uudcrtako to say that S there would bo Immodlnte efforts to replace tbe ' jf Malno. Ho said that whatever could have p caused the catastropho ho wns sure that no J friend of Spain could havo been guilty of such f conduct, for tho reason that tho aet would havo Ji been a very foolish and foolhardy onq. $! Senator Morgan, tho ranking Democrat on tho ")'!, Foreign Delation Comnilttoc, sees In tho de- M structlon pt the Malno the necessity for tnoro battloshlps at oncp. Ho said: Kb "In the absonco of deflnlto Information a to k tho causes and results of tbo Malno catastrophe. ($ I would not venturo an opinion upon it. If It j ,. was an accident, as the first despatches socra i ,V to indicate. It was most doplorablo; If wot due j to treachery, as somo aro inclined to baliovo, it it wot most helnour, and no penalty woiild be w too torero for thoso responsible tor it, em But whother tho calamity was due to '& accident or treachery, I should like to seo Intro sn ducpd In Congress to-day a joint resolution pro vldlng for tha Immedlato construction of two Ml battleships equal in sizo and equipment (o the $, Maine, and costing not a dollar less than tho 111- ,?! fated Malno cost, That resolution I would, havo passed by both branches of Congross to-day. , Such a response as that to last night's calamity ,ft In tho harbor of Havana, whether It was (?C due to accident or troachcry. Is the quo vi to mako In tbo circumstances. One of these S'i vessels should bo constructed on Ibo Atlantlo W and the other on tho Paclflo coast," and there p' should not be tho slightest delay In their build- $ log. Action of that kind by us would Indicate , to tho world that whenever or wherever ono of jffj our tentacles was cut oft two would at onco grow in Its placo, ' 'f; "Idonotcare to comment upon tho matter W; until I am in possession ot tho particulars. It Is ,1 too sorlous a probloin to bo dealt with by wild ."4' guosslng nnd speculation. It scenes almost out $1L of tbo question that It was the result of an acci- T, dept. It It utuu'l (or ft ship pf the Mutqp class U . ., i!l carry hermgoilac4n."hqrbow-. wb'oro tholax-- 'Ta plosion seems to. bave.occurred t But I can say ' 151 nothing of that now. I cannot guess and can- (M not speculate. It Is an awfql calamity. Let us '"L await tho particulars." HH Senator Mills ot Texas was emphatic in ox- jjp pressing the opinion that tbo explosion was not jte'-' duo to accident. "I would not say," ho said, $ "that tho Spanish word responsible for It, but ,g$ somo one must haro been who had froe access , Sf to tho waters of tbo bay. 1 don't think It could T! have been duo to nn accident, and I think Con- s?-i gross should Immediately take tbo mattor upfor '-4 a thorough Investigation. If tho vessel bad '; gono Into Ilayana harbor in tlmo of hostilities . between tbls country and Spain, precautious ;wj would, of course, have been taken, but tbero j was no mora roason to oxpect anything of tbe frf kind thero than thero would be in ono ot our $?s own harbors. Yea, we should probo tho matter : Jk to tho bottom." J? Senator Money of Mississippi, who spent sov- IR oral weeks In Cubn on a tour of Investigation a 1'5j short tlmo ago, and who Is familiar wltb tho harbor of Havana, made tho statement that he jp knew tha harbor to bo full of torpedoes, and ho & thinks ono of them may havo been exploded by &. accident or otherwise, i jft? Spoakcr Itcod, Chairman Hilt of the Commit- egi tee on Foreign Affairs, and Chairman Dlngloy, iS tho Republican loader, would express no is opinion, aB thoy doemed it best, all things con- ' &: slderod, to adopt tbo suggestion of Capt. Slgs- JjJ bee and suspend judgment until all the facta arc known. P .w TO MS3JAXTLE THE JUAIXE. jt Tbe Merritt Wrecking Company Directed fe Send Vessels to llnvaua. ' Wasuinoto.v, Feb. 10. Tho Merritt Wreck- b Ing Company was directed to day to scud vessels 'f to Havana for tho purposo of performing the &' preliminary work of saving property purtoinlng f to tbo Malno. Several telcgrnma wero rocelvod ?. by Socrotary Ixmg this afternoon and to-night ,';' from wrecking companies desiring to contract K,' for raising tha sunken battleship. It is belloved ''fi generally by naval officers in Washington that p( tho propoaitlou to raise tho Malno is quit fi feasible, unless tho damago to her hull shall prove to be very extcnslvo. Judging from the . description contained in i harts nt tbo Navy Department, tho battleiblp ts lying only in '-7 about six fathoms of water. Probably no vessel . . of the weight of tho Malno was ever raisod. It Is , '$ possible, however, to lighten the ship matorl- -i ally by removing her hoary guns und appur- ? tenanccs of tbe deck and hold. If It should be ' y, found Impossible lo ralsa tho ship, sho could JI still bo thoroughly dismantled of materials , & worth several hundred thousand dollars, ', CAUSE OF THE JUSASTEU. 'M Many Tbeorltm Advanced, but Nome .taval Ba- 'ffl pert llelleve It Waa nn Acvldenl. ; WAbillNOTON, Fob. 10. Thoorles us to hoir j& tho Malno met her fate camo with a rush after - tho first shock had worn away. Everybody w ho J had read the accounts In the newspaper extras ," had some views to express, Thoso of naval officers, familiar with tho construction of tho Maine and tho precautions observed J on shipboard to provont accidents, uro of ,3 course the most valuable. A majority of those ,V officers with whom Till: St'N roportcr talked 'Ji said they belletcd that tho explosion ciimu from . within and not from without thu ship, but a tW number wero of tbo opinion that tho disaster ?$ was not the result of nn accident. Both Presl- dent McKlnley and Secretary ln nro Inclined w to support the accident theory, and their lewt yt wcru expressed by the Secretary In this statu- ) went In unswor to Tub Mux roporlur's question! $ ' Capt. Slgbco bus not jet submitted a rp- . portastothucausu of thu dlmster, und as lis ; dots uot express himself, 1 nhuuld not, Tho In- J- dlcatlons nre that thu Maine's fato wusduu to ft accident, which resulted In thooxplo.liiii of ibo 2 forward magazine. Cupt. O'Neill, Ihu Chief or i Ordnance, sqpports this Idea." J None of the oftlccra who bcllovu thai thuMalna . mut wltb foul pluy will allow themselvos 10 ha j quoted to that offoct. Thcj say 11 would not be v prpper for them to express such opinlous lu , thu publlo press. Tbe most consorvutlvu said , thoy would prefer to wait, before coming to a conclmlon, for tho report starts , p. x&