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TWEISTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. J46.
|Os Angeles Theater ' £» ; w™?^^* ™ Murer -
TONIGHT AND REMAINDER OF WEEK-MATINEE SATURDAY
EDWARD B. RICE'S f- af7* ,
ta i?fftoKu,r- CMt? *7/r/ trans
Magnificent IScenery, Gorgeous Costumes, Excellent Cast, Beautllul Chorus.
The Top Noich of Buccess, Seals now on sale" Popular price. 2;ic. imp. 76c, si. lei. Main 70
a\ u.s Angeles' Booiety Vaudeville Theater
The Great Olivette assisted by Mme. Olivette, m a
"~ ~ -m-m-w Won( j er (ui Exhibition ot Jugglery and l aughable
Silhouettes! Brothers Daram, Famous Bccentrlo Aorobsta: Williams and Adams, the Monte
Carlo Millionaires: Prof. Fillet' Famous Performing Pogt; Mlas Fannie Illoodgood, Descriptive
Vocalist; last week of Dolline Cole, La Petite Lund, Joe andl Nellie Uonncr.
PRICES NEVER CHANGING—Evening Reserved Seats, 20 and 50 cents; Gallery. 10 cents.
Regular Matinees. Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday Telephone Main 1117
Burbank Theater JOMN c FWHEE MlDttger
™ THE ONLY THEATER IN THE CITY WITH HEATING FACILITIES
WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY, FEB, 21
m». n . TONIGHT, bast Performance of
OA& Oiierord Lo. ••• Vhe Blue and Sray
_7»*> &°rk 'Day By 'Day
Frlcea, Ific, 2. r )e, 35c, oOc. Matinees, 10c and 2ftn. Telephone Main 1270
California Limited j I
Bun,
Via Santa J>e S/zoute \ c»*ry
Leaves Los Angeles...B.oo a.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Friday : Other \
Leaves Pasadena 8:25 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Friday $
Arrive Kansas City 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday $ Dau \
Arrive St. Louis 7:00 a.m. Wednesday; Friday and Monday $ ™ s
Arrive Chicago 9:43 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Monday \,„„„„ m „J..„,„,„„i\
Thlsaplendld train lsfor first class travel only, but there ls no extra charge beyond the regular
ticket and nice ping-cur rate. Dining cars serve breakfast leaving Los Angeles. Vestl buled and
electric lighted. All the luxuries of modern travel.
Jfite-Shaped Urack.,.
DONE IN A DAY
ON THE TUESDAY AND SATURDAY SPECIALS
In addition to tbe regular train rervlce tho Santa Fe runs on every Tuesday a special expross
train, taking in Redlands. Riverside and the beauties ot Banta Ana Canyon. Leaves Loa Angeles
at Ba. m; leaves Pasadena at 9:24 a. m. Returning arrives at Loa Angeles at p.m.. Pasadena
fc:6o p. in., giving two hours stop at both Redlands and Riverside.
Km* ON THIB TRAIN AFFORDS PLEASANT
Ufie Übservation Var OPPORTUNITY FOR SEEING THE SIGHTS
San 'Diego and Coronado Beach
THE MOBT BEAUTIFUL SPOT IN THE WORLD
Two dally trains, carrying parlor cars, make the run In about four hour* from Angeles,
and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights tho Coronado Special will run. The ride is
delightful, carrying you for scvonty miles along the Pucillc Ocean beach.
Santa Fe Route Office, 200 Spring St., corner Second.
Qstrich Farm South Pasadena
Sonera/ sf the jCargest Birds will bo
o &luoked~~~*~ —*■»
10 to 12 m. and Ito4p. m. ZJuesday, Washington's Birthday
University Methodist Episcopal Church
m ~ Corner Jefferson et. and McCllntock Aye.
TONIGHT AT • A_\ , . S* S> CYn S* 1 wm
oclock Ms/shop C. 6. 7/fcLabe i^reon
Reserved Boats 63 cents «> . p., _ /» ._• . *J> .
General Admission 2o cents Mrioht Oldo Of JLlfe tn JClbby J'rtson
Tickets at Fnwier <fc COlwelPa, 2.i W Second St.
Haiarrlre DavilSnn MONDAY EVENING, FEB 28. under the manage-
MdldrU » fit VI UUII ment of the LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB.
15-Round Boxing Conle-t between JOE OODDABD and .11M JEFFRIE*.
10 rounds Dan Long vs bob Jones. 10 rounds Bob Thompson vs. Ed Trimble
Admission--»I.U», »1 .'><>, $; l«>, %>.UH. Oti sale at the I.os Angeles Athletic Club.
■ m| RainlnaMl A new and elegantly-furnished lamlly and tourist hotel;
M-m UICI Ul nilldl U first-class, hut moderate rates; 160 rooms, 75 with bath: all
modern conveniences; American and European plan; now open; opposite postofhee, Main
street. Ixis Angeles. ISAAC HOSIER. Proprietor.
WHshlre Park Baseball €vory Sunday, /:30 l^^lT^l"^
CONSTITUENTS OF TILLMAN
OUST THE NEGRO POSTMASTER
FROM OFFICE
_
The Most Revolting and Cowardly
Crime Ever Perpetrated in a State
Already Infamous
ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 22.—A special from
Columbia, S. C, to the Constitution says:
The most revolting crime ever perpe
trated by white menln South Carolina was
committed at Lake City, Williamsburg
county, at 1 oclock this morning, when
Postmaster Baker, a negro, and his fam
ily were burned out of their home, the
postmaster and a babe ln his arms killed,
his wife nnd three daughters shot and
maimed for life. Baker was appointed
postmaster three months ago. Lake City
ls a town of 400 Inhabitants, and the negro
population in the vicinity ls large. There
was a protest at Baker's appointment, but
it was not a very vigorous one. Three
months ago, as the postmaster was leav
ing the office at night, in company with
several colored men, he was fired on from
ambush, hut it was not known that the
would-be assassin was prompted by other
than personal malice. Since then Baker
moved his family into a house on the out
aklrta of tho town, where ho also estab
lished the postofflce. Last Tuesday a body
of men, who kept concealed behind build
ings and fences in the neighborhood, rid
dled the building with shot and rifle bul
lets. They shot high, but no one waß hurt,
and lt was supposed to convey a warning.
It was a short time before Senators Till
man and McLaurln and Congressman
THE RESULT OE TREACHERY
The Best Naval Experts Believe the Explosion
Was Not an Accident
Significant Advice From Consul-General Lee—Possibility of
Trouble Suddenly Arising in Havana Makes Him
Urge Women and Children to Leave
•jL NEW YORK, Feb. 28.—A diapatch to the World from Ha- A,
•j • vana says: "The situation in Havana is more grave than it was d ,
. . a week ago. Although the officers of the naval board of inquiry c, a
• , preserved an impenetrable reserve it is learned that some of the 2 »
, I naval experts now believe that the explosion was the result of 4 ,
• • treaohery. Ijj
, . "They do not believe that Spanish officials were part of the X
, • conspiracy. From evidence now in their possession they be- X
•It lieve the Spanish government, General Blanco and all his mill- X
, • tary subordinates were guiltless alike of knowledge or of par- X
, , tioipation ln the crime. It is believed to have been set off by a X
i i fanatic. X
• , "Consul General Lee haa informally advised Americans not X
• $ necessarily detained hero to leave for homo at once. Many of X
fthe families will Mil by the Olivette tomorrow, T
"This is an indication that those on th* ground realise the X
nosteibtUtjr ot trotthle ariainf suddenly and their Inability to pro- X
Horton had asked the postmaster general
to remove Baker because of his color, and
the request had been refused. Baker did
not move his family and gave no evidence
of being frightened. He felt confident of
protection from Washington.
At 1 oclock this morning a torch was ap
plied to the postofflce and Baker'S house.
Behind lt, and just within the line of light,
were over 100 white men, armed with pistols
and shotguns. By the time tho firoaroused
the sleeping family, consisting of the post
master, his wife, four daughters, a son and
an Infant at the breast, the crowd began
firing into the building. A hundred bullet
holes were made through the thin boarding
and many of the missiles found lodgment
ln tho people within. Baker was the first
to reach the door, and he fell dead just
within the threshold, being shot ln several
places. The mother had the baby In her
arms and had reached the door over her
husband's body when a bullet crashed
through the Infant's skull and It fell to the
floor. The mother was shot in several
places. Two of the girls had their arms
broken close to the shoulders and will prob
ably lose them. Another of the girls is
believed to be fatally wounded. The boy
ls shot. Two of the seven occupants of
the house escaped with slight Injuries. The
bodies of Baker and the infant wero cre
mated in the building. All mail matter was
destroyed.
A coroner's jury was empaneled this
evening, and it visited the charred remains
and adjourned till Saturday. There ls bit
ter Indignation expressed everywhere.
Red Cross Work
NEW YORK, Feb. 22.—Three doctors and
the chief nurse of the Red Cross organiza
tion of the United States started for Cuba
today, In response to a summons from
Clara Barton. They are to aid in estab
lishing hospitals throughout Cuba and to
extend relief to the starving, the sick and
tho wounded.
THE HERALD
LOS ANGELES, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 23, JB9B
MONEY NEEDED
To Use the Arms Already
Provided
COAST DEFENSE GUNS
OF NO TJSE WITHOUT SKILLED
GUNNERS
TREASURE IS SIMPLY WASTED
In Placing Big Cannon With. Nobody
to Use Them —More Artillery
men Absolutely Necessary
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22.—Senator Haw
ley, in reporting the bill for the increase in
the artillery arm of the army by two regi
ments, said: "The speedy passage of this
bill or its equivalent, appears to be an ab
solute necessity. The government, after
long and careful consideration by those
whose offices and studies qualify them to
give the most valuable advice, has entered
upon the execution of a systematic and
elaborate plan of coast defense. Tbe
progress therein is indicated ln extracts
from the report of General John M. Wil
son, chief of engineers. Existing con
tracts call for the emplacement and
mounting on or before Juno 30, IS9B, now
rapidly approaching, of 139 modern high
power steel guns, ranging ln caliber from
8 to 12 inches; 12 of 5-inch caliber; four
6-pounders, and 233 twelve-Inch mortars, a
total of 387.
"These are to be scattered, according to
the best judgment of the engineers and
ordnance officers, from Maine to Puget
sound, having careful regard to the rela
tive Importance of the positions to bo de
fended. The great expenditure will be
wasted treasure unless a sultlclent num
ber of artillerymen, carefully selected and
thoroughly drilled, be assigned to the
care and use of these costly Instruments of
defense. As the works are from week to
week completed, the utmost the general
commanding can do ls to detail a few
caretakers to each station. With the aid
ot the actives of the National guard and
those who have been discharged therefrom
after years of Instruction, effective cavalry
and Infantry could be collected In a com
paratively short time; but In case of war
short notice would be given to the men In
charge of the guns on the coast whose
costly machinery requires much mechan
ical skill and practice. Men fit to be
trusted to run great engines on our rail
roads, or even the ordinary steamers of
river and lakes, cannot be called Into ser
vice at a day's or a month's notice. To
handle, but especially to fire with precision,
the new guns requires the highest class of
skilled labor. A careful estimate of tho
annual additional expenditure required to
maintain the two regiments is 1630.054. But
some months will expire before the regi
ments can be fully enlisted and organ
ised, and while the scale of the first year,
with its equipment, will be very consid
erably greater than that of average sub
sequent years, lt Is believed that $150.
--000, possibly less, will suffice for the fiscal
year 1899."
To this ls added a number of reports, the
latest being a letter from General Miles,
written yesterday, ln which he says:
"Referring to our conversation this
morning, I have the honor to state that
batteries have been placed In position In
new fortifications at Portland Head, Me.;
G rovers' Cliff, Boston harbor; Fort Han
cock, approach to Philadelphia; ap
proaches to Washington, the coast of
California; Fort Point, California, and
Fort Stevens, Ore.
"Batterleß will also be placed, within a
few months on new fortifications at Oreat
Diamond lake, Portland, Me.; Fort Con
stitution, Portsmouth, N. H.; Long Island
head, Boston harbor; Dutch island, Narra
gansett bay, R. I.; eastern entrance to
Long Island sound, N. V.; Delaware City,
Del.; approaches to Baltimore,approaches
to Washington, approaches to Savannah,
Ga..; New Orleans, La.; San Diego, Cal.;
entrance to Puget'sound, Wash., making ln
all twcnty-slx new seacoast fortifications
for the defense of the great cities of the
Atlantic. Gulf and Pacific coasts, where
fortifications have been and are being
erected, and where artillery ls required to
protect and man these batteries. We
are sending small detachments of men to
keep them ln fair condition and protect the
ammunition, but these are not sufficient to
man said batteries, hence the necessity for
two additional regiments of artillery ls
Imperative, and requires Immediate atten
tion."
There are also reports from General Wil
son and General Glager, showing the
necessity for the additional force.
It seems probable that the bill which
passed the sonate today to create two ad
ditional regiments of artillery will pass
the house without much opposition if It ls
reported while the house is ln Its present
temper. Chairman Cannon ls heartily ln
favor of It, but he wants It distinctly un
derstood that his support is ln no wise
based upon sentiment produced by the
Maine disaster, or any idea that the situ
ation ls at all critical.
"I favor the bill," said he today, "be
cause I believe the guns ln the fortifica
tions we are building should be manned."
General Gordon Ill
TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 22.—Gen. J. B. Gor
don, the brilliant ex-Confedernte officer,
was taken suddenly 111 at Port Huron to
day. Advices are to the effect that he is
very 111.
4.4.4,4,4.4,4, t**************
INDEX
* i
+ TO TELEGRAPHIC NEWS +
* +
•f- Washington's, birthday bicycling +
4- at San Leandro; athletic and turf +
4- results. -f
4- Honolulu reports a hurricane which 4.
_ does considerable damage; ships in +
+ port escape injury. 4.
-f Testimony for the defense began -f
-f in the trial growing out of the killing -f
4- of strikers at Latimer. +
4- News from the Orient Indicates a -
-- business revival ln Japan and an In- 4
-- crease of fanatical rioting ln China. 4
-- Alaska weather ls horrible and ♦
4- scurvy has developed at Dawson, but 4
-- steamers bound for the north are +
4 crowded. +
4. Laborle addresses the jury in the 4>
4. Zola case and makes a brilliant speech; +
4> there Is intense excitement, but no 4.
4> disorder. 4,
4> A contract signed for salvage on the 4>
<4> Main; the day at Washington exceed- +
4* ingly quiet, all departments except the 4
+ naval being closed. 4.
>• China concludes a loan from Great +
•4- Britain, under the terms of which all -f
4- Chinese waters will be opened to the 4
-- trade of the world. +
+ A new feature Introduced Into the 4.
4. passenger rate war; the long and 4.
4. short haul clause suspended so far as 4.
4. lt affects railroads in competition with 4.
4> Canadian Pacific. 4,
+ Constituents of Senator Tillman ♦
4- show their objection to a negro 4
-- postmaster by the murder of a family 4
-- of seven, mostly women, and one a 4
-- babe at the breast. 4
-- Placing big coast defense guns is 4
-- simply a waste of money unless men 4
-- are trained to fire them. Two ar- 4
-- tlllery regiments are urgently needed ♦
4- and will be promptly provided for,' 4
-4> President McKinley addresses Penn-4>
4> sylvanla students gathered to cele- 4.
+ brate Washington's birthday; ex- 4>
4> President Harrison speaks at Chi- 4
-- cago; the day as observed at other 4>
4. places. 4.
4. Washington's birthday in the house 4.
4> Is largely devoted to oratory denounc- 4.
4> ing the scheme to annex Hawaii; John- 4>
4> son's speech in opposition to the meaa- +
4. ure well received by visitors and by 4>
4- members of minority and majority; 4
+ the senate takes action to Increase the *
4> arUUsrjr force of the army. 4.
- '' iiilsnfr .fAiif iii iKa iiti 1 it'
CAUSE OF CUBA
Receives Attention in the
Senate
HAWAII IN THE HOUSE
A SUBJECT OE DENUNCIATORY
ORATORY
JOHNSON'S STRONG LANGUAGE
Received With Applause by Members
of Both Parties —Senate Pro
vides for More Artillery
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22.—Washington's
birthday was celebrated ln the house, after
a motion ot Mr. Bailey to adjourn had been
voted down, with a vast deal of political
speech-making and it was also signalized
by the firing ot the first gun in opposition
to Hawaiian annexation.
Johnson ot Indiana delivered a speech
that electrllted the house and the galleries
in denunciation of what he termed an at
tempt to cut loose from the traditional pol
icy of the house and further a scheme of
colonization that had proved the ruin of
empires and nations. He used some very
strong language, but his remarks were en
thusiastically applauded, and the minority
and many Republicans Joined in the dem
onstration. He declared that while he had
denounced at the time the statement that
the Hawaiian monarchy had been over
thrown with the aid of American citizens,
he now firmly believed it was true. The
speech, coming entirely unheralded, pro
duced a deep Impression.
The general debate on the sundry civil
bill was concluded today and tomorrow the
bill will be taken up for amendment.
Johnson of Indiana, Republican, In open
ing, referred to the contest now on ln the
senate over Hawaiian annexation, and
said the friends and supporters of the treaty
both inside and outside of the senate were
turning heaven and earth to secure its
adoption, and that President McKinley was
laboring to change the convictions of sena
torial opponents of the measure. He dis
cussed the recent visit of President Dole
and suggested that the Hawaiian nation,
unlike tho United States, had everything
to gain and nothing to lose. He urged con
centration of popular attention on the Issue
and the disabuse of the minds of the people
or erroneous impressions and asserted that
once put to the test, either In the senate or
the house, the American people would be
quick to discover the danger Involved and
so condemn It.
'It will be burled," he said, "beyond the
possibility even of an ultimate resurrec
tion." (Applause.)
"I am opposed to the annexation of Ha
waii," he continued, "because I believe the
people of Hawaii are opposed to lt. I am
not to be confused by this special plea that
the real sentiment of the people of the
Sandwich Islands Is only to be obtained
from the views of those who assume to gov
ern them. That, air, is the merest techni
cality. There ls no room here for the ap
plication of the narrow doctrine of es
toppel. Whether the present government
of Hawaii was a de facto or a de Jure gov
ernment, he declared that It misrepresented
the people of Hawaii, whose rights it was
ready to proffer away.
"When It was charged. In 1893, at the time
when the republic succeeded the monarchy,
that the revolution was aided by the inter
position of American citizens. I did not be
lieve lt was true," aald Mr. Johnson. "I
denied It very vigorously at the time, but
the persistency with which this treaty of
annexation ls being pressed gives color to
the accusation then made and which I then
of the population of Hawaii. How long
had it heen, he asked, since we had passed
a bill to keep out the ignorance of the old
world that we now propose to annex terri
tory In which Ignorance was the rule, not
the exception. We had passed the Chinese
exclusion act; now It was proposed to an
nex territory which contained a large Chi
nese population. He did not favor the hold
ing of territory under the shadow of the
American flag. A colonial policy might be
adopted to the nations of antiquity, but
it would not do for a free country which
derived its powiers from the consent of the
governed. It would be unwise and short
sighted,, be said, If we should cut loose from
all the traditions of the past and rashly
embark on the unknown sea ot territorial
aggrandizement. We had confined our ex
pansion to contiguous territory ln the ac
quisition of Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
In 1853, under Fillmore's presidency, we had
been wise enough and sensible enough to
reject these very Islands. We had also re
jected the proffer of the mob of St. Thomas,
and under the administration of General
Grant congress had voted down a proposi
tion to purchase San Domingo.
Only once had we departed from our
rule—ln the purchase of Alaska from Rus
sia—and only the future could determine
whether that had been a wise move.
Possession of extraneous territory meant
a constant source of Irritation. The his
tory of tho world proved this. It was
urged that the Sandwich islands were the
key to the Pacific. Its strategic importance
was emphasized as if guns mounted there
could command the Nicaragua canal and
the Pacific coast, thousands of miles away.
The annexation of Hawaii would establish
a bad precedent. The appetite grew by
what It fed upon. Today the cry was "Give
us Hawaii;" tomorrow it will be "Give us
Cuba," and the next day "Give us Samoa."
These appeals would all be justified by
the pleasant sophistries which appealed
to our vanity and cupidity until at last we
would find ourselves Irretrievably commit
ted to a policy unnecessary to the material
happiness of our people, hurrying along a
path which was strewn with the wrecks
of empires and of nations. (Applause).
He did not deny, he said, that the acqui
sition of foreign territory had added to the
prosperity of nations. Hut history showed
it to have been ultimately a source of weak
ness. Cupidity bred oppression. It plied up
taxes, It shed human blood, it was the first
step toward dismemberment. Lt the na
tions of the old world pursue this policy
of aggrandizement to their hearts' content;
let them saddle their people with debt,
equip armies and navies and shed oceans
of blood. Let England boast, If she pleased,
that the sun never sets upon her territory.
But let us remember that lt never goes
down upon the misery her policy has cre
ated. Her people starve in India. Let wars
and rumors of wars bring anxiety to the
faces of her colonists, but let the flower of
her colonies which broke away from her
domination one hundred years ago and
which, by pursuing the opposite policy, has
outstripped her, continue to stand as an
example to the civilized world. While others
seek war and Its horrors, let us soothe our
people with enduring peace. "Peace hath
her victories no less renowned than war."
We are in the infancy of our resources,
the morning of our material development.
We will be wise to develop our matchless
country. Tho internal reforms which our
country demand present a field broad
enough to enlist our best efforts, the purifica
tion of the ballot, the crushing of the rings
and trusts which plunder our people with
out stint, the restriction of Immigration,
the establishment of a fixed and stable
standard of value and the reform of our
banking laws afford work for us to do.
Let us not be known and execrated as
the "roistering bullies of the western hem
isphere."
Our country Is all powerful. The world
concedes our strength. "While lam proud
of our navy," continued Mr. Johnson, Im
pressively, "I sometimes think that the
powerful battleships we have built have
bred feelings of Intolerance and Insolence.
It Is not more true that a plethoric treas
ury breeds public plunder than that a well
equipped army and navy rashly leada to
friction and war.
"Let our equipment insure peace rather
than provoke war (applause).
"While It may seem that these remarks
are premature, and that I have taken too
firm a grip on the forelock of time, lt Is
my purpose to sound the alarm, that the
house and the country may understand tbe
character of the proposition pending in the
senate. My Information Is that tbe treaty |
will fall in the senate. But it will be sup
planted by a joint resolution providing for i
Eight Pages
PRICE FIVE CENTS
WRECK WORK
To Be Pushed With All
Due Diligence
A CONTRACT IS SIGNED
FOR SAVING THE REMNANTS OF
THE MAINE
COAST DEFENSE MEASURES
Not at All the Result of Spanish Com
plications but Are Neverthe
less Effective
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22.—A1l the gov
ernment departments were closed In Wash
ington today» save the navy department,
where a few of the officials assembled to
receive any dispatches that might arrive
and to close the contract with the wreck
ers for the recovery of the effects on the
Maine and the vessel herself. If that be
practicable. The signing of the wrecking
contract was the most important event ot
the day, and, this concluded, the officials
closed up shop and went home to enjoy
a respite from the rush of the past week.
Captain Sigsbee was heard from In a dis
patch, which Indicates that close attention
will be given to the coal bunkers by the
navy court of inquiry.
Washington officials unquestionably have
been for some time preparing for any emer
gency that may arise, but appearances at
the department today would Indicate that
any necessary orders have already been
given, and that the situation is not one
calling for Immediate activity at Wash
ington. The Castlne and Cincinnati, In
accordance with orders made known some
time ago by tho Associated Press, are to
move much further north, to West Indian
waters, and at Norfolk the monitor Terror
has been ordered to be In readiness and
may be sent to New York later.
The senate passed a bill to add two ar
tillery regiments to the strength of the
army. This measure has been urged for
many months by officials of the war de
partment, who foresaw that, while con
gress of late years had taken measures for
the protection of our coasts by additional
appropriations for extensive work and
great guns, It had not provided the men
necessary to operate these engines of war.
Should the house pass the bill. It will en
able the dpartmcnt to carry out plans it
has long had In view. Criticisms lately
passed upon the state of the army and our
fortifications have caused increased activ
ity ln military matters, and to some ex
tent this ls responsible for reports arriv
ing from various quarters of movements at
army posts. A report was circulated that
Gen. Miles, as commander of the army,
had Issued additional orders for troops at
all forts to be on the alert and ready for
Immediate action, but this was promptly
denied by the general's chief of staff. Noth
ing whatever of a sensational character
occurred ln Washington, and. on the whole,
the day was free of rumors, by comparison
with Its immediate predecessors for the
past week or more.
Probably Lieut. Commander Wainwright,
the executive officer of the Maine, now ln
Havana, will be assigned to the duty of
Inspecting the work as It proceeds.
The officers of the two wrecking com
panies said today that, after the expedi
tion was assembled in Havana harbor, a
complete inspection of the wreck would
be made and the exact line of work deter
mined upon. The facilities will be ample,
so that all the divers will be able to work
at one time on different parts of the
wreck. Most of the lifting will be done by
the smaller derricks, which are of suffi
cient capacity for the lighter upper works
of the Maine, but it will take the monster
derrick of tho Monarch to life the huge
turrets of the Maine and the guns mounted
within them. Capt. Humphreys stated that
the purpose was not to separate the big
guns from the turrets, but to lift them out
as a whole. This will be a tremendous un
dertaking, as the combined weight of each
turret and gun ls 166 tons. The Monarch
can lift 260 tons, so there Is an ample mar
gin of lifting power. The wreckers were
loath to express an opinion as to their
ability to raise the hull of the Maine. Mr.
Chapman and Capt. Humphreys stated
that nothing but a close personal Inspection
would permit a decision on that point.
They are hopeful, however, that the ship
can be broug%t to the surface. The Iron
barge Lone Star will be used to receive
the turrets, guns and wreckage, and as
fast as loads are made up she will be
towed to the Norfolk navy yard.
The navy department received a dis
patch from Capt. Sigsbee this evening,
saying that fourteen more bodleß had been
recovered from the wreck of the Main.:.
All the remains are unidentified. It Is not
thought that any bodies will be Identified
hereafter, unless by the clothing. Aside
from the effect of the long submersion, the
men still missing were nearly all directly
under the main deck, which was blown up,
and the tremendous force of the explosion
prabably blotted scores of them out of ex
istence entirely. The department knew
nothing of the printed report that the ten
der Bache had left Havana with dispatches
for Admiral Sicard at Key West.
THE MAINE INQUIRY
Progressing Slowly—Work Done by
the Divers
HAVANA, Feb. 22.—The court of Inquiry
opened at 10:30 oclock this morning
and took a recess at 12:30. Lieutenant Hol
man, navigator and ordnance officer of the
Maine, was examined ati the morning ses
sion. The court met for the afternoon ses
sion at 1:30 and Lieutenant-Commander
Wainrlght, executive officer of the Maine,
was called to the stand. Lieutenant Wain
rlght had been ln Immediate charge of the
wreck since the explosion.
Four divers were at work Friday, two in'
the foro part of the ship and the others aft.
The task ls most laborious and the men are
naturally extremely careful, as they had
to work ln complete darkness and several
have had bad falls. Electric lights from
the Mangrove are now available and much
good Is expected from them.
Nearly all the possible salvage has now
been made from the cabin aft The efforts
to reach the ward and mess rooms are frus
trated by some unknown obstacle. It is
expected to And bodies ln these rooms.
Two cases of ten-Inch ammunition have
been found, the one having exploded, tho
other full of powder. These were found
forward. The work of securing the bodies
under the hatch has been most difficult ln
the dark, but It ls hoped that tihe electric
light will be of great assistance. The
bodies are much mutilated and some par
tially burned.
The ofTlcers of the court of inquiry paid
another visit to the wreck today. Captain
Sampson, after the visit of the members
of the court to the captain-general and Ad
miral Manterola today, said the reception
extended them had been polite and cordial.
The captain-general and admiral bad ex
pressed deep sympathy and tbe hope that
nothing Interfered to prevent a thorough
investigation. They offered to give any
help In In their power. Captain Sampson
referred to the visits as 'tending to promots

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