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. $roe 1 Fair; not so cold Thursday evening or night; variable winds, becoming southeasterly. Circulation " Hf) 0"Q yesterday, JVxJ (gW'Ufr jJB 'ill s:047 &)W IflfiMsgALfl.Vi'iU .7.1, r.a&lViffiiiiPri til wwm br i iTfta ii i Mtafeg v5 NO. 1,401. IE LOSS OF THE III A Detailed Account of the Bat tleship's Destruclion. BRAVE AMERICAN SEAMEN In the Face of Death Those "Who Escape Behnvo Like Heroes and Hescue Many From Certain Death Gnptniu Sigsbee the Last 31 au to Leave the Ship Havana u Senile orlnt:n.-c Excitement Ini mediately After the Catastrophe. IHnvnna. - i. m.. Feb. 1C Witnesses of the' explosion that destroyed the Maine ray .That at the moment of concussion a vast 'mass -was seen to rite to a great height, iln the sudden and Winding light no one seems to have been able to dis cern 'the. nature of this mass, or whether it roCe from beside the battleship or in side it. Up to-thls time there are reported MO Wiled, and S3 wounded. Immediately after the report small boats, hurrying to the spot from all sides, picked up 2S wound ed men struggling in the water. Of these six were on the point of succumbing when pulled in. They were taken on board the City of Washington and cared for. Gustavo G. Dressier, of the crew, was completely and permanently blinded. An drew C. Krickson, Anderson, and Thomp son ate wounded badly. Not one of the wounded in the military hospital has died up to this hour, but the condition of sev-t-ral Is precarious. The ilascotte will take today tin Key West some of the in jured who, are in condition to be moved. American vessels are expected at any moment to arrive for the purpose of ren dering any assistance possible. From the nature of the 'disaster and the testimony of the survivors it ap pears that the line of greatest force of tlie explosion was a little forward of amidships. It is there that the worst damage was done. The chief officers were either veil aft or ashore. Thus they escaped unhurt The seamen and marines by their position were forced to boar the brunt of the disastor, ami the frightful mortality was almost wholly confined to tliem One of the junior oftieeis, should haw been on duty on the forward deck, and it may have been thus that Lieut. Jenkins, who is missing, lost his life. It is also probable that Engineer ilerriu was below on duty, and went down with the ship. Lieut. Commander AVaimvrighl, who was at first reported lost, Jb safe. Five Nameless. Heroes. Fiw of the crew. Immediately after the explosion, ran to the main ammunition storage room with the idea that they might have that from explosion. None of them has since been heard of. It is 'Tlic Great Providers. Ruinous Competition is an expression you often hear used. We welcome competition. It only serves to show liow far loAver our prices are than anyone else can ottote. Take this Chif- I fouier as an instance: This Beautiful Oak CliitTn. ler, with French plate mlrr fic large drawers; wort" tll.03. for And we "five credit I whenever you wish. You can make the terms to suit your circumstances. Weekly, monthly, any way you wish to pay, is satisfactory to us. MftYER & PETTIT, 415417 Seventh St. .. ., rank LJhhsy .fc company, Ilxth street and New York avenue. almost certain that they went to the bot tom ready tit their .posts for duty. Capt. Sigsbee Is now on board the Ward Liner City of .Washington, and refuses to speak with anybody. "When the rour of the explosion an nounced to the people of Havana that the Maine was blown up the city firemen were at once ordered to the ship, but it was found that it was impossible for them to render any assistance there. Twenty-six of the wounded were trans ferred to the steamship City of Washing ton, where they were properly attended to. Jlany of the Havana physicians vol unteered their services. Thirty-live other wounded sailor re ceived nudical attendance at the 'military hospital. The Spanish theory of the cause of the accident is ,that a boiler exploded, 'the Maine sank in a little over an hour. Tow Uoats and other vessels were busy all night trying to render all possible assist ance. The wounded were taken to the hospital by the firemen. A large number of boats are now searching for the bodies of the lissing men. ACCIDENT THEORY ABSURD. Htnr Admiral HelknupSnys the Blow Was Ft out Without. Boston, Feb. 1C Rear Admiral Belk nap, retired, say that he believes the Maine must have been blown up by a torpedo. He says that lln.ro could have been no explosion in the forward maga zine.as the ammunition Is carefully cased, and that the keys are in the custody of the captain. He says that it could not have been caused by the boilers or any thing in the paint room. He added that no ship in a friendly port has torpedo nets out, and that therefore It could have been easy for a man to swim alongside and plant a torpedo. He said that if the act of blowing up the ship could be proved against Spain war must be declared at once. "In 1S73 the British sloop-of-war. Dot terel, was blown uj at Sandy Point, In the Straits of Magellan. The explosion in that case took place In the bow and -was quite a sinysterlous as this until it was found upon investigation that the affair appeared to have been started from the paint room. The British navy was at that time using a peculiar kind of paint, which was found to give off a gas that was highly inflammable. A man had gone into that room with a light, and in stantly there was an explosion, followed by the blowing up of the ship. "Our paint rooms are usually in the bow, but in all ships that I have had experience upon we always carried the turpentine on deck. Then there arc the electric wires. Your modern cruiser i full of them. Still, 3 hardly suppose that there would be any electric wire allowed to pass through the magazine. If there were two explosions, then the first was undoubtedly a small parcel, which set oft the rest. It would look as if the first explosion was in the shell room, and that it started the forward magazine, were it not for the tearing away of the bow. ir this explosion had been around the boiler or in the engine room, then you might as sume thin omehody had Introduced some explosive In the coal, but it did not. It was the magazine. The tearing away or the entire bow would be caused by the explosion or a torpedo immediately be neath that portion of the vessel. "1 saw hv one account that they were handling high .explosives on board the Maine, hut they would not be doing that at that time of night." THEORIES OF TDK E.VPLOSION. A Snhtnnrtne Electric Mine Anions: the Tossibilities. Baltimore, Fob. 18. "A lire to cause an accident or explo-ion such as occurred on the Maine must have- boon of awful force, because it would have to cat its way not only through the steel plates with which the magazine is protected, but also through the the steel boxes," said George 31. Kock. United States naval constructor at the Columbian Iron Works, today. "This is only a conjecture on my part, but T cannot understand how the acci dent occurred. The Maine is equipped with magazines forward and aft. There are a great many people who really do not understand what a magazine on a war vessel Is like. They imagine it is a large place protected with steel plates, in which the powder and projectiles are thrown about carelessly. As a matter of fact, the magazines on a war vessel are almost the most Important part or its construction. The powder and projectiles are packed in small steel boXs, water light. These aie packed .securely in the magazine. "The regulations of Government ships are very strict as regards ammunition One of them is that a general inspection is made of the ship at 9 o'clock. The magazines themselves tire examined by the chief gunner at S. He reports to the officer in charge. If this man did his duty there could have been no lire or he would have noticed it. Then, even had there been no lire noticed at the gun ner's inspection the regular ship inspec tion at 0 o'clock would have undoubtedly discovered it If there had been one. "There is another reason that might be placed as the cause of the explosion, or accident. That is the use of the sub marine mine. Of course, if there was one used electricity would be the chief power used. An electric mine may liavo been built right there in the harbor of Havana with such secrecy that it would be impossible to detect it. Then It could, be sunk possibly at a great distance from the object it would destroy. Wires ebulq be connected with boats, one to the foro and one aft of it. These boats would not only be used as a means of propelling the mine to position, but also as a cir cuit with which io work the mine. These boats could be used fully a half mile from the mine itself. The mine could be so aranged that the moment it struck the object intended to be destioed it would explode." THE CHIME OF A CENTURY Unless the Explosion Was nn Ac cident. War In Certniu. New York, Feb. 16. The tone of the metropolitan press in discussing the dis aster to the Maine Is distinguished gen erally for the absence of haste to place the responsibility upon Spain or her agents, and the lack of bellicose feeling. With some exceptions, the papers declare that Capt. Sigsbee's appeal for a sus- Warm Underwear "cut" for clearance. Joseph Auerbach, C23 Pa. ave. Chesapeake Nails, f?l."50 a'Kcc: 100 lbs. Chesapeake nailsarehc best made. WASHINGTON, THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 17, 1896. pension of judgment until a thorough in vestigation has been made Is sound. The Brooklyn Eagle says, however: "Only those who will not ccc, and they are among the most hopelessly blind, can fail to perceive the ugly probabilities na val history tells of explosions, but It records none like this. Such an explosion in such a place looks sinister enough. The longer there Is mystery about it the worse it will be for Spain, unless the mystery obscures what may almost be called the crime of the century. Nothing but the most conclusive testimony will set American minds at rest. There Is not one chance In ft thousand, however, that anything calculated to implicate Spanish officials will be developed, whatever dis closures may be forthcoming." The Eagle gives great weight to the opinion of Constructor Bowles, who had much to do with the building of the Maine, that he can conceive of no condi tions under which the destruction or the Maine could have been other than the re sult of design. It continues: "The nation has sustained a loss. The gravity of that loss will not be unappre ciated at Washington. 3t Is something to say of the President and his advisers that they will break out into no cheap display, that they will do nothing to ag gravate passions already sufficiently in ilamed, but that they will loe sight of no right which Americans have formed the habit of maintaining." The Mail and 13x.pre.sp, citing the prompt action of the commander of the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII in sending boats to aid in the rescue of the officers and men of the sinking battleship, agrees with Capt. Slgsbeo that it Is the part of wisdom to reserve judgment until fur ther facts develop. The Post Is silent as to the responsibil ity, accepting for the present that the disaster was the result of accident, and places the victims in the same category with our heroes who Tell in the defense of the Union. The Evening Journal says: "Spies could easily be found brave enough to set an infernal machine In one end of the ship and trust to escaping among the first from the sinking' vessel," but adds that "until further facts arc known we are bound to accept the acci dent theory. "If it shall prove to be no accident, this explosion means war at once and the an nihilation of Spain." PREPARATIONS FOH WAR. The Qiinrtcrnnwux Department In New Yoik Receives Instruction!!. New York. Feb. 1C Acting a under In structions from the War Department the officers of the Quartermaster's Depart ment at New York are prepared to trans port 100,00") men to Cut in seven days from the time of issuing the order to col lee t transports. The details of this woik have been as signed to Deput Quartermaster General A. S. Kimball, who is the chief quarter master officer at this port. The statement is made on the mot re- I liable authority that the work of the quartermaster officers at this point has been done so thoroughly that 100 trans ports can be collected in New York har bor in forty-eight hours. In looking up transports, the ports along the Atlantic coast from Newport News to Poztland, Me., have been" visited, and the owners of vessels set-n and tulked with. The transports which it Is proposed to ute should occasion arise are for the most part coastwise steamers. Tx the majority of cases the vessel selected Is able to carry a full regiment of infantry, or two squadrons of cavalry, or a battalion of in fantry and a battery of lijxht artillery. Care is exercised In this respect not io break up tactical units. The (jURrtermaster officers indicate that the railroad facilities leading to Gulf ports do not permit Of as rapid a con centration of troops in Cuba as do trans ports. To transport 10Q.009 soldiers to Tampa. Mobile and Pc-nsaeoln, along with field equipage, will inquire, it Is calculat ed, at least seven days" time. The men will then have to be embarked at the end of the journey. It is undrrstood to be the intention of the War Department to use New York as a port of departure should a movement ag.tlnst Cuba be con templated. 3n selecting transport steamers the quartermasters have allowed one and one-fourth tons of ship per man. and in allowing for a horse they have assigned the tonnage equivalent of six men. El Bio. of the Southern 1'acific lino, is able to carry, It is said, a full regiment of in fantry, together with Its bagguge train. Among army officers it Is said that the quartermaster's corps and the commis sary coips are both in first-class shape. The Commissary Department is pieparcd today to fill a ration order for 500,000 men in ten days" time. In the Quartermaster's Department ar rangements have been made to manufac ture "00,000 uniforms in fourteen days. Tho-.preliminary Instructions have 1;een sent out to the leading clothing bonnes in the country. The establishments report that they either have (he goods or know where to obtain them, and that the ! workmen will have the clothes In their hands inside of thirty hours from the receipt of telegraphic orders to proceed. In the matter of blankets the quarter master officers say it may be necessary at the outset or hostilities to supply a grade of blankets not of the regulation type, but that not more than two months will elapse before the mill people will bo able to turn out regulation blankets in the quantities demanded. MAXIM ON THE D1SASL13H. The Great Inventor Discusses the Maine Explosion. In an interview today as to the probable cause of the disaster which befell the Maine. Hiram Maxim, the well-known inventor and authority on explosives, said !hat if a torpedo exploded close under the vessel It would have been liable to ignite the Inflamable material inside of the ship or discharge the explosives in the maga zine. Some high explosives used on war Miips. he added, may be exploded by the detonation of similar substances at a considerable distance. Sometimes nilro-glycerlne exudes from smokeless powders and forms pools In side the cartridge cases and magazines. Buch a thing might have happened on the Maine. Mr. Maxim declared that he did not be lieve the disaster could be ascribed to cleaning torpedoes. At nny rate the character of the hole in the hull of the ship would show whether the explosion had occurred inside or outside. ADMIHAL fiHERAKDl'S VIEWS. Loath to Believe n Torpedo Sunk the Battli'sliip. Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 3C Rear Ad miral Gherardl, retired, of Stratford, speaking of the Maine disaster, to-day, said he was loath to believe the catastro phe could have been caused by a Spanish torpedo. Admiral Gherardl said: "The keys of the magazines are kept in Way's Mufllels for the cold "snap." At Auerbach's, 62.1 Pa. ave. Maple Flooring, 4-4. and. 5-4.' of the finest quality and workmanship. - the captain's cabin. Each key is num bered and kept in lis order in a cabinet. If any key should be absent from its place for ten minutes after sundown there would be an Immediate investiga tion by the offi0'r8 in charge. Any in fraction of this rule Is a court-martial offense. , "It would be Impossible for any per son to get at the- keys after they are once in the possession of the captain. The cabinet in which tbQ keys are kept has a complicated lock ?!ilch could not be tam pered with. In addition to this, sentries guard the captain's apartments so close ly that it wuuld-'bo' impossible for any body to get Into Jic rooms without being noticed." , Admiral GheranH said that an investi gation would soon tell whether the ex plosion came from the Inside or the out side. He wondered whether the ship was to tally destroyed. 'If she had her nose out, as some dispatches stated, she might not be so badly off as expected. The fact that the Spanish" officials were joining with the Americans hi the wo'ik of succor made It look as though the affair was nn accident. THE CAUSE WAS EXTKHXAL. CoriKtruclor Bowles Thinks the Act Was u Delihcrntc One. New York. Feb. lo There Is no man in active service In theNavy who has more Intimate knowledge of the battleship Maine than Naval Constructor Frank Bowles, in charge of the construction de partment Of the Brooklyn navy yard. Constructor Bowies did not actually build the vessel, but it was under his direction that the Maine was finished and finally put Into commission. Mr. Bowles Is satisfied that the destruc tion of the vessel was due to some exter nal and not to any internal force. He said: "The explosion was, I am convinced, due to nothing in the ship, hut to some external force, the: nature of which can only be guessed, htjt probably was a tor pedo or submarine mine. ,Tho rapidity with which the vessel sank shows that this force must have been a most power ful one and could have come only from an explosion of either a magazine or torpedo, inside or outside the ship. As to Its being inside the ship. It is impossible to believe this to be so, nb the Maine Is one of the best protected thips in the Navy, and unless gross negligence was observed on the, part of the crew, it would be impossible for the magazines to explode. "In spite of reports to the contrary, the Maine Is not supplied with torpedo tubes, never hnd any, and never carried any tor pedoes. There is ibsolutely nothing of an explosive nature within fifty-nine or sixty feet of her bow, and it Is there that the explosion Is tald to have occurred. This Is of great Importance, and it Is seemingly proves the fact that the ex plosion was not caused in the ship, as it is snld that It was here that the fatal ex plosion was fired. X do not believe that any of the magazines exploded. I never heard of such a case. The magazines are closely guarded nnd locked up and the keys are always in the captain's posses sion. "A fire aboard the Maine is also nn im possibility unless the fire started directly in one of the magazines, which,- In vicvv of the fact that thy are kept locked up and nobody is allowed in them, is out of tbo question. No fire could -explode the powder, and unlesrf this happened the ship would never fo e sunk". EVcryTn'agF azlne is equipped wlj.li anappnruttis that permits of Its "being flooded at short notice, and this would bo done as soon as there was aniv powjlhlc danger of the fire reaching the magazine. "Until the official report Is recelvei, however, we can only guess at the cause, but I am convinced that the explosion was not inside the vessel, a torpedo ex ploded at her bow -would send the Maine under water in short order, and It would certainly appear as" If this was what oc curred." SYMPATHY FHOM SONS OF E1N. American Sorrow "Will Appeal Al vuys to IrihU Henrts. London. Feb. 16. X crowded mass meeting of Irishmen was held here to night to celebrate the events of 179$. Mr. James O'Kelley, M. P. for North Roscommon, presided. Among those present were Messrs. John Dillon, T. P. O'Connor and Michael Daltt. all mem bers of the House of Commons, and Mr. William O'Brien, an ex-member of the House. At the opening of the proceedings the following resolution was adopted: "A large, representative meeting of Irish Nationalists assembled in St. James Hall, London, has heard with deepest sjrlef of the disaster that has befallen the United States warship Maine, and begs the President to convey to the American nation its deep and sincere sympathy. The sorrow of the Americans will appeal always to Irish hearts." Mr. Davitt paid an eloquent tribute to Wolf Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish rebellion, and Mr. Dillon proposed a res olution appealing for a fre and inde pendent lilsh nation. TE.YAS AND NASHVILLE SAIL. They Hceelve Sealed Orders to Leave Galvehton. Dallas, Tex.. Feb. ltJ. A. private tele graph from Galveston says the battle ship Texas and the cruhcr Nashville re ceived orders from the Navy Department this evening to sail from Galveston at once. Their exact destination is not learned, but it is accepted by the public that they either go to Admiral Sicard's fleet, off the Dry Tortugas, or direct to Havana. The departure of the two warships aside from adding new excitement to the public mind because of the terrible naval tragedy in the harbor of Havana, will have the additional effect of injuring the prospect of the Mardl Grae carnival nt Galveston, as the naval flotillla was to be the most interesting feature of tho occasion. , CAPT. SIGSHEK'S BHOLTIER. He Feels Confident That Gen. Lee Cannot He Blinded. St. Louis. Feb. 1G.-L. P. Sigsbee, brother of the Maine's commander, left here tonight after receiving a telegram from Secretary of the Navy Long, sent In response to a query wired this afternoon. The Secretary's message said simply: "Capt. Slgsbeo is uninjured." L. P. Slgsbeo i(j en. route to his home at Oak Park, Ills.- Before leaving St. Louis he said: "There is'ia man down In Ha vana, however, looking after the interests of this country wlio cannot be blinded. "" CoaB.. peal! Coal! 55.25 per 2.240, delivered, Gayton stove, egg and nut. Powhatan Coal Co., 13CS O st. nw.; 'phone 62fl;or dealers generally. ' 1 fcl3-tC - u - The? Weather. Fair; not -so ' 'cold . Thursday He has more sand than anybody I know of, and If there is anything treacherous In this explosion, we will know of it with out delay. The man I mean is Gen. Fitz hugh Lee." CUBANS' IN TEXAS INCENSED. Bendy to Avone Spanish Trcuchery Tuwnid America, - Dallas, Tex., Feb. 1C The blowing up of the battleship Maine created Intense excitement here. The Cuban Indepen dence League, with more than 400 enroll ed members. Is particularly wrought up. President Paget about three weeks ago received information that something desperate was plotted to happen to Am ericans In Havana in a few days. His Informant In Havana stated then that dynamite would be used. Mr. Paget eb lleves that the Spaniards destroyed tho Maine. Tho eexcutlve committee of the Cuban Independence LeagJe of Dallas are today in communication with officers of other leagues in the State' looking to a concerted plan of action if anything serious dovelopes. AT CHAMP'S SHIPYARDS. Nuvul Experts Cannot Believe the Explosion Accidental. Philadelphia, Feb. 1C, The Maine's ac cident was the absorbing topic of conver sation at Cramp's shipyard today. Ed ward S. Cramp said: "It Is an unheard of calamity, and we are utterly at a loss to account for It." N. P. Townc, chief engineer of the yards, said: "It Is impossible to account for It. If It Is true, as stated In the dispatches, that the disaster was caused by the explosion of gun cotton, then It Is something unlquu In naval annals." Capt. Elmer, of tho United States Gov ernment Ordnance Department was af fected by the news. Ho said he could not believe the dispatches that tfie catas trophe was caused by the explosion of gun cotton. "Gun cotton," he said, " is safer than gunpowder, and greater precautions as to Its safe keeping can be and are taken. To begin with, although gun cotton Is a high explosive, it is only so when dry. It Is always stored on board wet and kept in that condition, except a small quan tity. This dry gun cotton is the only thing that will explode the wet mass, and is so used. Gun cotton is only used In torpedoes, and from all these facts it is incredible that the dreadful accident should be attributed to It." There are other things on board that might have caused it. For instance, the ordlnnry gunpowder and then there Is the smokeless powder. Both of these aie considered by the Ordnance Department as being far more dangerous than gun cotton. In the yards and offices of the ship building firm opinions were freely ex pressed to the effect that It was no time nor place for such an accident to occur. TOHPEDO UNDER THE BOW. Opinion or a Former Officer of the Lost Battleship. Duluth. -Minn.. Feb. 1C Lieut. G. J- Day, Unitea Stales navy, formerly of the battleship Maine, and now in the Gov ernment service here,- sajs that the theory of accidental fire causing the Maine.' disarisabsurd. He bases his statement on his knowledge of the ship's' construction, sajing that it was abso lutely impossible for fire to have reached the magazine. Lieut. Day said: "There are no electric wires, coal bunkers or heating apparatus near the magazine. The walls of the magazine were built of three-quarter inch steel plates and three or four inches of oak. The door leading to the magazine is always locked and the commander of the hip keeps the key. The ammunition for the ten-Inch guns, which is kept in the forward magazine, requires almost 700 degrees Fahrenheit to explode it. Each charge is encased in a copper tube, hermetically fe.de.1. The idea of acci dental fire, cau&lng the explosion, is pre posterous." "What would be the effect of a torpedo exploded under the forward turret?" "The result in that case would explain the disapster. That seems to bo the most plausible." LEE ASKS AN INQUIRY. Requests That u Navnl Court Bo Organized at Onte. A message was received late last night from Consul General Lee by the State De partment which indicates that Gen. Lee Is not thoroughly satisfied that tho explo sion was the result of an accident. The cablegram read as follows: "Profound sorrow expressed by Gov ernment and municipal authorities, con suls of foreign nations, organized bodies off all sorts and citizens generally. Flags are at half mabt on governor general's palace, on shipping in harbor and in city: business suspended, theaters closed. Dead number about 2t!0. "Officers' quarters being in rar and seamen's forward where explosion took place accounts for gi eater proportional loss of sailors. "Funeral tomorrow at 3 p. m. Officers Merritt and Jenkins still missing. Sup pose you ask that naval court of inquiry be held to ascertain cause of explosion. "Hope our people will repress excite ment and calmly await decision." The message was sent to the President. JENKINS AND MERRITT KILLED. Capt. Slgshee Gives Botli Officers Up for Lost. The Navy Department late last night gave out a dispatch from Capt. Sigsbee which read as follows: "All men whose names have not been telegraphed as saved arc thought to be lost. Have given up Jenkins and Mer ritt as lost. Bodies floating ashore still, tills afternoon. I keep nine officers, one private, and Gunner's Mate Bullock with me. , SIGSBEE." Another message received at the Navy Department was from Capt. Phillips, of the Texas, and read as follows: "The draft" of twenty-one apprentice.-? to be brought from New York for the Maine are still on board the Texas.'" NO WAR VESSEL SENT. Onlv Lighthouse Tenders Dis- patched to Ilnvnnu. It was officially given out by the Navy Department last night that no orders liad been issued for any vessels other than the Mangrove and Fern, lighthouse ten ders, to go to Havana. It was further said that no orders would be issued for Flyan's Business College, 8th nntl K. None belter, ?25 a year; day or night. Cypress Boards. 12 In., 18 in., 20 Ins. wide. Any thickness dressed. the present detailing any or all of the white squadron to that port. AVhen asked how soon the department would be placed In possession of the facts that will show tho cause of the disaster to the Maine, Lieut. Whittlesey, acting for the Secretary, replied that he did not know that it would take time for a proper inquiry to be made Into the facts. He said that Admiral SIcard would lose no time in his efforts to reach a positive conclusion. LONDON PHESS COMMENTS. Sympathetic Editorials Dwelling on the Disaster. London, Feb. 1(5. The morning newspa pers all publish sympathetic editorials dwelling upon the appalling condition un der which tho disaster occurred, and the horror of the circumstances which, it is declared, 'perhaps exceeded those of the Victoria disaster in the Mediterranean. The consensus of opinion expressed Is that It is desirable to adopt Capt. Sigs bec's advice and suspend judgment as to the cause of the explosion. The Standard thinks that It was per haps natural that the first impression in the United States was that the explosion was not the result of an accident due to carelessness. It says that, though an ex amination of the facts does not appear to warrant the deduction, It earnestly hopes that the afralr will be proved to have been accidental beyond tho possibility of doubt. It adds: "Even if Investigation should show that It was not due to an accident from within It need not necessarily strain the Ameri can relation with Spain to the breaking point. With the recent intrigues of the Cuban junta fresh In the public mind it would at least be a feasible explanation to attribute the outrage to the desire of the insurgents to Involve Spain in a for eign war." The Daily News says: "Supicions nat urally haunt the minds of many Ameri cans, but they should be entertained only on absolute compulsion. The attitude of Spain at this agonizing moment will either wipe out the memory of the De Lome Incident forever or revive It with added circumstances of bitterness and ex asperation that cannot be contemplated without a shudder." The Morning J'ost also thinks It not un natural that the people of the United States In their first excitement believed that the explo.-ion was due to malicious ness. It doubts whether the cause will ever be known. The Chronicle regards the affair as without parallel, being extraordinary beyond calculation, owing to the ele ment of mystery suroundlng it. It was only too natural. It says, that outrage was first feared, but now it seems clear that such a shocking explanation may b ignored. The paper submits a thcory that some high explosive, manufactured without a sufficient trial, was shipped on the Maine with, the view to trying it should occasion arise, and that it under, went mechanical decomposition, and ex ploded spontaneously. It adds that the Idea of overhauling torpedoes at sucif an hour is preposterous, and the sugges tion that oxperlRtsnts were being made with :. lh'uld explosive Is merely foolish. Tho Dally Telegraph says that the mys tery may iwssibly never be eleare-d, imd that the balance of plausible surmise hitherto has been in favor of a pure ac cident. The Times .-ays: "No better proof of judgment and sIf-pos.-c-s.-ion can be ' imagined than the character of the first hurried telegram In which Capt. Sigsbee informed Secretary Long of the disaster." Alluding to the expressions of opinion ascribed to Senator Cuilom and others, the paper says: "Fortunately for America and the world, the United States is not governed by persons of this type." The Times adds that so far not only the governments, but the people of the United States and Spain seem to have acted with good sense and good feeling. There Is every reason to trust that In vestigation will prove that the calamity was due to one of those curious accidents to which modern warships are liable, al though the circumstances which could have led to such an accident under such conditions are not a little obscure. AMERICA HID OF DE I.OM15. Spaniards Only Tender to Him the Parting Adieus. New York, Feb. 10. Senor De Lome, the former Spanish minister, remained in his apartments atjlie Hotel St. Marc this morniiiK and poMtiVtly refused t tiW about the Maine disaster. De Lome did not coinmuulvau sn expressions of re gret. IT' sailed for Southani ton at noon n the steamship B'-I-annlc. De Lome hutried out of the country us fast as he could, because diplnmntic usage would aot tolerate his presence. here after being diht-rtdiled by his insult ing lettf-r oiicerii.-ur me'President. writ ten to Senor Canalfja.s. In addition to Senora De Loaic, the ex minister was accompanied by his two boys and a ulet. Central Office Defectives Barrett ar.-s Campbell were on duty at the hotel to guard the person of the ex-minister. De Lome left 'h hotel at 30:0-7 with his family, and was driven to tlu- steamship pier, arriving fifteen minutes later. Tro detectives who had guarded him all night were relieved by Defective Sergts. Val idly and O'Conr.el!. Detective "al"oPy followed De Lome in a cab to the- stoar.liln, keeping a few yards behind, the departing Spinia:d. There was no Jcmoiistratlon on the wjy and few po-soni? nvognized De Lome. On ieaf.hsr"- the kVIiite Star pir the party huz ie l to thr-iv staterooms. From II o'clock till the Britannic sailed at 12, the ex-minister and his family held a reception in a forward saloon on tho upper deck. About fifteen well-known members of the Spanish colony in this city oiled. Among them were Consul General Arturo Ualdasano, Arturo and Antonio Cuyas, C. Vladero, .rose Garcia and Kmello M, Castillo. The last four were members of a committee represent ing the Spanish colony, which conveyed to Senor De Lome the resolutions of sym pathy which were drawn up at the meet ing held on Saturday. These friends and visitors brought or sent flowers, which filled the little saloon uncomfortably. Something of an Inter national color was given to the proceed- ("Continued on Third Page.) No MatteivWhnt r rices Arc Given, Toll come right here. Our pricei; lowest. ONE CENT. HAVE 10 WARSHIP THERE The Administration Takes No Steps to Replace the Maine. AN INVESTIGATION BEGUN Secretary Long Leisurely Under takes the Tn.k of Fixing the Blame for the Greatest Crlnni or Itliiudcr of This Generation A Cabinet Meeting Held, But I'rac tlenlly Nothing Done Telegram or Condolence Instead of a Cruiser. There has been no such excitement at the Navy Department since the trouble with Spain over the Vlrglnius affair, dur ing the Administration of President Grant, as was exhibited yesterday re specting the intelligence received ot the disaster to the battleship Maine. But in all the excitement there was noticeable x sorrow, subdued but profound, that indi cated more eloquently than worda that the officials felt keenly the great fatality that, like a thunderbolt, has stricken thefr friends and comrades. To add to the sorrows caused by thete knowledge of the awful loss of life by the destruction of the Maine, came pour ing in on the department hundreds of pathetic and anxious telegrams entreating the officials to inform each sender wheth or a father, son. brother, or sweetheart was numbered with the dead in the Ha vana harbor. To each of these telegraphle entreaties a prompt answer was returned giving all possible Information concern ing the person Inquired aer, and of thj hundreds of such anxious messages an swered, many contained the sad intelli gence that a.gallant American sailor had met his death with the destruction of the ship. Late in the afternoon ifter he had ze celved a score or more telegrams nn t$ie subject from Capt. Sigsbey and tHara. Secretary Long orderr-d Admiral Heard to proceed to Havana at once, taking with him whatever he requires In the way of wrecking vessels, divers and other neces sities for the pui-i' of Instituting- .t most thorough and complete invufttaft tion Into the or the explosion which destroyed the Muno. Such an in quiry would under the regulations be made In respect to anv accident Jo a ves sel of sufficient Importance to be leportbd, but the admiral is in this particular ctse ordered to make the most careful hiK,e tlon possible and to xercL;e the great est c.ire in obtaining all facts. The President Informed. Before leaving the Navy Department last evening Secretary Long said to a Times reporter that from all tbu information the department' had. It appeared that the forward magazine of the Maine had exploded, but what lyd t this explosion was still a question. .llu said that Capt. Sigsbee desired that all opinion should be suspended until an,ox. amlnation of the vessel had Tjtfen mliieV He added that diers, etc.. would b pat to work as soon as possible by Admiral Sicard to examine the vessel. It Is understood that the divers wHl also be instructed to examine the bottom of the Havana harbor in the nelft ibor hood of the sunken battleship to ascer tain if they can find any evidences of tor pedoes having been laid there. It Js claimed- by the Spanish authorities that I he Maine was anchored In a place re served by the Spanish government tor that purpose, and that it has always been entirely free from torpedoes. Admiral Sicard will no doubt ascertain the truth of these professions before he concludes his examination. The prevailing Impression at the Nary Department yesterday was that the cause of tho explosion did not come from the inside of the ship, and that a torpedo or submarine mine had been explodrd bo ncath the Maine. Commodore Hichtorn, chief of the experts, said that in his opin ion the plates of the ifaine would be found to be bent inward, which would in dicate beyond doubt that the force that caused the explosion came from the out side of the vessel. Others in his office freely said that in th-ir judgment the dis aster to the Maine had been caused by tho explosion of a torpedo. They say the magazine was so carefully constructed that it would have been im possible for It to have exploded from causes In the ship. In the Bureau of Ordnance it was said that the explosion might have been caused by gas.?-, rwl also that a torpedo might have caused the disaster, and long scientific reasons were given to advance each of these theo ries. The members of the bureau dedlnesl to commit themselves to any theory to account for the explosion. It is known that the Maine had about t",000 pounds of jHiwder in the three mag azines she carried, and it is believed that about 33,000 pounds of this was in th forward magazine, where the explosion took place, a quantity sufficient to do all the damage that was done. The people at the navy yard had wait ed very impatiently for some definite news from Capt. Sigsbee, and when the cablegrom was posted which announced, that 233 persons had perished, many crle- of horror were heard, and also many muttered curses against the Spanish, for to a man the crowd believed the vessel had been destroyed through treachery Other telegrams arrived during the day which announced that under Instructions from this Government all the Injured that could be removed would be taken to the marine barracks hospital at Key West, and that clothing would be provid ed them at the expense of the Govern ment. The steamer Olivette, which sail ed from Havana yesterday, conveyed the injured to Key West and also many of the bodies of the dead. The latter will be shipped to relatives for burial. President McKlnley was one of the first in the city outside of The Times ofllcn to learn of the disaster to the Maine. H was awakened by a telephone message from The Times office at 3:13 yesterday morning and the whole story given to him as it appeared a little later in tho first edition of the paper. Capt. DiekiiiM Calls. The President was from that time all the morning and all day almost continu ously in consultation with the officials of the Navy Department and his Cabinet advisers. Capt. Dickins. of the Bureau of Navigation, was with him at 4 oTcloelr. after a long talk with Secretary; Long. He carried from Secretary Long all1 thu news that the Navy Department had re ceived from Havana, and, in addition, all the matters of fact that he had' pofson allv about tho Maine and her situation in "the harbor of Havana and everything else that might throw light on the dis aster. , . These matters the President thought. - The Ontlooic for Bui Wings. Every where is bad. We're tho first to cut price. "