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' sFair: westerly winds.
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WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1898.
118 Mill DISASTER
4 Scattered Wreckage Tells
i Mournful Storv.
THE ELEMENTS MERCILESS
$ Lushed to a. Simr, a Man and GlJild
i Floated Cold in Death Twenty
Persons Helloved to Have Per-
i ished Off Nniituchul Island in a i
"Woods Holl. Maps., Feb. 22.-Thcrc is
ovory indication that the good ship Asia,
Capt. Dakln, went down with all on board
' oft-Nantucket Island during the" north
"4 west. pale that has just blown Itself out.
,' Twenty are believed to have perished. Jt
? is the most terrible tragedy on the Xew
; England coast since the Jason, in Janu
ary, 389!, went head-on on the sands of
Cape Cod, under Highland Light, and not
n soul of her company of thirty men lived
j to Uell the tale.
' Scattered wreeljage, spars, sail;, scores
1 of boxes "and bales of hemp speak the
, story of disaster more plainly than words.
All the south shore of the cape is lit-
t tcrd with debris. A portion of a ship's
: long boat, discovered on the sands of
c Monomoy by the life-saving patrol, bears
the jiamc "A via." The vesstl's wheel,
J similarly inscribed, was picked up afloat
by'U coaster. To the eje of the sallorman
' these signs speak an uilmislakable lan-
. The At-ia sailed from Manila, in the
Philippines, bound for Boston, with a
cargo of 11,000 bales of hemp, consigned to
j Henry "V. Peabody, of Salem. Mass. She
was somewhat overdue and the consignee
and nhe owners, who arc the Taylor
Brothers, of St. John, X. W"., were anx
iously awaiting iome news of her, for she
TJIC GREAT PROVIDERS."
lies right h ere. "We
arc not afraid to tell our
price s:-to advertise
them so that you have a
ch :i n o o of comparing
tlirm with others. We
invite comparison. It
shows how invincible
our prices arc.
Ami wc five all the
time you wish to pay in.
Large solid oak, 6-ft. extension ta
bles., 5 legs sold everywhere at $4.50
Qnr Priee, $2.05.
High-back Hardwood Chair
Beautiful Oak Chiffonier, with 5
drawers and hat box; sold every
where at S6.50
Our Price, $3.08.
Very Larfe Oak Sideboard, finely
carved and finished, with beveled
plate glassy sold everywhere at $J6
Our Price, $0.50.
Handsome Corduroy Couch, with
heavy fringe; sold everywhere at
Our Price, .$7.7."5.
Beautiful Parlor Table in oak or
Beautiful Oak Cobble Seat Rocker
sold everywhere at $4
Our Price $1.9S.
Extra Furniture Specials.
5,000 Window Shade5, all colors
The Largest and Finest Solid Oak
Bedroom Suite ever sold at $2500.
Wc sell them tills week for
Fine 5-picce Ovcrsttified Tapestry
Parlor Suite; sold everywhere at
$30.00. Our price,
A Beautiful Oak Costumcr; regu
v'lar price $1.00. Only
"- Large Oak Hall Rack, with French
plate mirror; sold everywhere at
$12.00. Our price,
Very Fine Quartered Oak China
Closets with round French plate ends,
Large Ratlan Baby Carriage, full
roll, nicely upholstered in damask,
Carpels and Mattings.
250 Large Brussels Rugs, with
fringe; worth S20, for
Heavy quality "Wool Ingrain Car-
Heavy Fancy Matting,
10c. a yard.
' Extra quality Fancy Matting,
J So. a yard.
Fine quality Jap. Matting,
22e. a yard.
Large sire, fine quality Tapestry
Extra Heavy Brussels Carpet, -05t.
MAYER & PETTIT,
(Ml Seventh SI.
Frank I.tbbey fc Company,
Kiitli ttreet urn Xeu Vvik avenue.
had not been "reported since she-deft Maj
nila. The first news they heard was of.
her probable destruction.
The Asia was a full-rigged ship and was
valued at J23,0O0. Her iof-s is partly cov-$
ered by Insurance, as is that of the cargo.
The most ghastly intimations of the,1
wreck were found this morning by the
crew of the tug E. V. MacCauley. The
tug put out early this morning for Hand
kerchief Shoal to examine the wreck of,
the Reading barge Excelsior, lost there,
two days ago. Presently she encountered
a quantity of wreckage afloat. There
were yards with the sails closely fin led
upon them. There were shattered planks
and pieces of broken spars. Here was a'
hen-coop with drowned fowls within, the
doors of which seemed to have been
wrenched from some vessel's companion
way. About five miles to the northeast
of Handkerchief Shoal lightship a larger
spar was eneuntered, tossing on the blg
rollers. It was apparently tho mizzen--mast
of a blgshlp.Tho top and the shrouds,'
were intact and lashed to the mast wcro
two bodies which, when the tug steamed-
closer, were seen to be those of a man''
and child. The man held the little one
tightly in his arms, her hands were
clasped so closely about his neck that the
men on the tug were scarcely able to
take them away when they cut the IrbIi
ings, and tenderly lifted the poor burcih
llolsom on board. Tiie body of the roan
was that of a person forty years of age;
short bcaid, inclined to baldness. His
dress betokened him to be an officer and
the seconu mate's certificate found in..
tho pocket of his coat had the name Johi
Cook. The child was a girl of ten years.
From the resemblance In their" features,
it is assumed they weio father and
daughter. Both had evidently been dead
The MaeCauley ciuised in the vicinity
for hours, and found many more indi
cations that marine catastrophe had
taken place, but nothing to Identify the
lost vessel und no more bodies. Finally
:-hc put about and steamed back to this
place. The two bodies were taken to a
local undertaker's shop to await the
action of the local authoritics.Ilefore long
reports of wreckage coming ashore were
received. From Chatham came the in
formation that the fragments of the
Asia's boat seemed to give a clew to
the ship' identity. Another tug boat
skipper reported passing ihiough Heat
ing fragments, and s,aid lliat the master
of a sloop had picked up the ship's wheel
in Nantucket Sound.
It is "undei stood that the crew of the
Asia numbered at least twenty men.
RECIMLD FEIDILL 1MB
Stricken With Apoplexy
New York Hotel.
ILL OXLY A SHORT WHILE
Itelntivcte and FrleiuTb iu This Citj
Notified of the Sad E-ent A Dls
tlnuifelu'd lulllliur of the YVtusli
iuston Hnr Will He Hurled
Mr. Reginald Fendali, the well known
lawyer of this city, having offices in the
Feudall Building, on Louisiana avenue,
died suddenly at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel, in Xew York City, about S:43
o clock last night. Tho cause of death"
is said to be apoplexy.
About S o'clock ilr. Fendali told the
clerk that he was ill, and asked that a
physician be sent to his room. Dr. Ely,
the hotel pliysfeian, went to his room at
S:S0 o'clock and found him -dying.
Mr. Fendali was about fifty-live years
old, and left for Xew York last Monday
in apparent good health. He went to
Xew York unaccompanIed.
A reporter called at the residence of Mr.
Fendali, at No. 11M Vermont avenue at
a late hour last night and was told that
the family knew only that Mr. .Fendali
waE dead, but other than the fact that
he died very suddenly the cuie was a'
mystery to them. Mr. Gait, a near friend
and neighbor of the family, who had gone
down the street to ascertain ir possible
the circumstances of Mr. Fendall's death,
in speaking to a Times leporter, said that
he did not-know the cause nor even the
hour at which Mr. Fendali ditd.
Mr. Caldcron Carlisle, of the law llrm
of Carlisle & Johnson, who have offices
near that of Mr. Fendali, in the Kendall
building, v,as sought by a reporter. "When
the reporter arrived at tho home of Mr.
Carlisle he found one of the rapid transit
messenger boys waiting on. the front
Steps. The boy said that he had one to
Mtell Mr. Calderon Carlisle that his 'phone
would glo no reply" when he was called
up by some one in Xew York who desired
to speak with him on a matter of impor
tance. The messenger had been sent to Mr..
Carlisle's house, as is customary when
important calls are made hy long dis
tance 'phone. Not receiving a reply by
ringing the bell, the boy rapped on the
door. Some one came down, and, with an
oath, demanded of the boy what lie meant
by rapping at his door. lie flung the door
open and struck the messenger full in the
face, knocking him down the steps. This
was done in fullew of the reporter.
Before the reporter could ask the man
who struck the boy a question he had
slammed his door shut and disappeared.
ANXIOUS TO KXr.IST.
Steps Tnktin to Organize the "First
Kentucky Colored Volunteers.
Louisville. Fob. 22. The colored people
of Kentucky are taking great interest in
the war news, hundreds ef negroes being
already anxious to "enlist. Last night a
meeting was held here, at which steps
were taken to organize a regiment to be
known as the "First Kentu.ky Colored
Its service will be tendered to the Gov
ernment in the cent of war with Spain.
Officers of the proposed regiment have
Liberal Virtory I'roliuble.
Toronto, Feb. 22. Nominations for tho
general election in Toronto, to be held
March 1, took place throughout tho pto
vincc today. Thy are Tniax. who was
icturncd In South Bruce, and Evar.tural,
a French Canadian, and speaker of the
Ia.-t legislature. "When the legislature
was dissolved six weeks ago the liberal
government had been In power for twenty
years, the longest tccord ever made by
one administration under a form of pepu-v
lar government in any part of the Brlt
ish empire. It is pretty generally ex
pected that the liberals will again be re
turned to power.
Flynn-. HuMness College, 8th and K.
None better, ?23 a year; day or night. -
Palings, fancy heads, dressod auy
style or pjtu-niiou may ish. J. ''
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IT. S. 3IAIT. DKSTHOYRD.
Fully 1,000 Letters Ground' Up In
the Pneumatic Tube.
New York, Feb. 22. A large quantity of
llrst-class United Stales mail in transit
from station "V," in the produce ex
Change to the general postoffice. was
ground up last night in the Tubular Dis
patch Company's pneumatic tube and
most of it was utterly destroyed. The ac
cident happened shortly before 8 o'clock
in the evening, when the most important
business malls of the day were being car
licd. The Postofilce Department is very
reticent about it and exactly what it was
that happened in the tube is not known
but the result was the grinding Into pulp
of the mail in transit.
Station P includes "Walt street and
nearly all the exchanges, and from these
the most important mall in the city is
At least 1.000 letters are believed to have
been dest toyed.
THE MAHTH GRAS CAHN1VAL.
Hex and Hi.s Hetinue Parade Xv
New Orleans Feb. 22. The feature of
the carnival today was the appearance of
Kex and his brilliant retinue. This is to
be followed by a grand society ball. To
night C'omus will appear and will also
give a ball.
The formal opening of the carnival oc
The river was covered with a brilliant
ly decorated flotilla when the royal yacht
appeared with the King of Mirth.
The three warships In port, Austrian,
French and American, were attractively
dressed. The revenue cutters participat
ed. The procession "included the mili
tary, the king's retinue, lords of the realm
At night Proteus appeared and then the
M.UI5DERKD niS WIFH.
Crus-tied Her Skull With n Hammer
While She Slept.
Dallas, Tex.. Feb. 22. Mrs. James
Moore's mutilated body, tied in a sack,
was found floating in Trinity River, near
here, on the night of February 12.
The day following Moore was arrested
on suspicion of having murdered her.
Tills evening, while being subjected to a
severe examination, by the grand jury,
Moore broke down and confessed that he
had been jealous or his wife for a long
time and that three weeks before her
body was found, he murdered her at
their home. While bhe slept, he says,
lie crushed her skull int .several places
with a hammer and stabbed her many
times. Then he put the body in a sack
and threw it Into the river.
NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETS.
Four Thousand Creamery. Men aud
Butter-makers In Attendance.
Topeka, ICan.. Feb. 22. The national
convention of the butter makers and
creamery men opened here today. Ex
hibits of dairy products and dairy ma
chinery are lavish and much interest is
manifested. Four thousand delegates are
here from all parts of the country.
Secretary Xisseley says tho past year
has seen tho creamery business increased
20 per cent in the United States, and that
this increase is largely In th'e -Western
Archbishop Cleary Dying.
Toronto, Feb. 22. Archbishop bleary, of tlic
Kingston diocese, is bin?. He came to Canada
fiom Ireland foine jears ago." and- lias made
himtC'H conspicuous in ecclesiastical circles by the
pari lie took in politics in Canada and his op
position to the got eminent';! .ictiqn in doing
away with state-aided Itoman Catholic schools in
Manitoba province. c
TUe Government Orders Guns.
New Haven, I'eb.'22. The American Ordnance
Company, of Bridgeport, Conn., lias leccived by
telegraph from its vice president at Washington
aif order for forty rapid-firing sif-pomider Hotch
Kis guna. The order is for quick delHery. and the
forginss for thorn have already been called for.
The guns will all be dclhcrcd in three months.
Conlt Coalt Coali
13.23 per 2,210, delivered, Gayton stove,
2Z5 and nut. Powhatan Coal Co.. 13C3
C st. nw.; 'phone G20; or dealers-generally.
-Tails,- elenr, dressed all around,
3 tents apiece. The best No. 1.
"SURELY YOU DON'T SUSPECT ME!"
National Park Association Or
TUB WORK OF PATRIOTS
Resolution Adopted and Committees
Appointed to Perfect the Organiza
tion A hill Will Be Introduced
ill ConsresK Hy Mr. raiiimings
llumiuet With Averienn Toast.
Fredeiicksburg, Va..Fob. 22. Pursuant
to a charter recently jrranted by the legis
lajure of Virginia to tho Fredericksburg
and Adjacent National Battlefields Park
Association, a largo number of distin
guished Federal. and ex-Confederate sol
diers assembled here today and formed a
permanent organization. ,
Tho meeting was prei-Wed over by
Judge James B. Sener.fof Washington, to
whom is due largely the credit of the or
ganization. After praywr by Dr. T. S.
Dunawny, und a brief sketch of the in
ception of the scheme by Judge Sener, St.
George It. Fitzhugh. .of this city, in an
eloquent and patrlotiiiisneech. nominated
Gen. Horatio 13. King; of New York, sec
retary of the Army of the Potomac, as
permanent chairman, which was second
ed by Gen. James Longslreet. of Geor
gia, and Hon, J. S. Potter, of Virginia.
Gen. King, on being conducted to the
stand, accepted the posiiion in a speech
full of patriotic sentiments, which was
frequently interrupted by applause.
Col. James D. Brady, of. Virginia, nom
inated, in a graceful ?ppech. Col. Walter
II. Taylor, of Norfolk;, as vice chairman,
who was unanlmouabj elected. Col. Tay-
v -4- i
lor, owing to a marriage in his home to
day, was not present, fyut a letter approv
ing and affirming his aiawas read.
.Mr. James P. Corbin and Hon. II. F.
CrismondVbolh of thhs city, were elected
secretary arid frjasurer, respectively. A
committee of fifteen, with Gen. James A.
Beaver, of PennsIviuijiij.. as chairman,
was appointed to prepjiretahd present res
olutions. The committee retired, and after
a short absence. retuVnedand presented
The resolutions .heartily approve or
ganization; urge that immediate steps to
bring the matter before Congress .be
taken; suggests the naming of a commit
tee of iiftcen. to wltom, subject to the
control of the association, shall have
charge of the management and that the
governorS-and legislatures- of each 'State
which had solujcrs m these great bat
tles, be urged to ioke st'!3 whereby ap
propriate memorials Tor their dead should
The resolutions 5w;ere unanimously ad
opted, with patriotic uddres-ses by Gen.
James A. Beaver, of Pennsylvania: Col.
James Turner, of Nfv York; Gen. James
A. Longstreet, of Georgia; Judge James
B. Lewis, and Gen. II y Boynton, of
At the conclusion of the. addresses tho
visitors and a number ofiprominent citi
zens of this city and adjoining counties
repaired to the Exchange Hotel. and par
took of a baiuujeL- Judgc Sener acted as
toastmaster, and .'.Oie following toasts
were responded to:, ' e--
"Geotge Washington," Col. James Tan
ner, of New York. !
"Abraham Lincoln," ex-State Senator
William A. Little, of thiseity.
"Our Gallant Dead,"f Gen. Edgar Al
lan, of Virginia. '
"The President of the United. States,"
Col. II. D. Norton, of Connecticut.
' "Army of the Potomac," Col. W. W.
Brown, of Pennsylvania.
"Army of Northen? Virginia," Gen. H.
V. Boynton, of Washington.
"Congress," Hon, John Lamb, of Vir
ginia. "Gen. Sedgwick," G"cn. G, D. Bates, of
At the adjournment of , the banquet, the
j meeting was qgain called to order, and
uner remarKB uy uorporai j anner. eten.
Bates, and Gen.Kingv and the unanimous
adoption of resolutions pf thanks to the
citizens and local committees, Gen. King
Henntiful '50o'J NecKwcar espec
ially the Aseots, Aucrbuch'Sf (S3 Pa. avc.
The Weather "f ' -
Fair; westerly winds. ' J
named the executive committee, which
Is made up as follows:
Judjre James B. Sener. W. A. Little, jr..
M. B. Rowe, II. F. Crismond, Gen. James
A. Beaver, Major T. E. Morris, Col. E. D.
Cole, Capt. T. McCracken, Capt. S. J.
Qulnn. J. S. Potter. St. George R. Fitz
hugh, and Col. James D. Brady.
The executive committee then held a
meeting and designated Hon. Amos J.
Cnmmlngs, of New Tork, to present the
bill in the House tomorrow, and Senator
W. J. Scwell, of New Jersey, in the Sen
ate.' Tho meeting was exceedingly interest
ing, and the outlook is very encouraging.
All the visitors were greatly pleaded with
the project. The incorporators present
were: Gen. Horatio t. King. New York;
Congressmen W. A. Jones, Jqhn F. Rixey,
and John Lamb, of Virginia: Gen. James
A. Beaver, Pennsylvania; Gen. James
-Longstreet, Georgia; Gen. H. V. Boynton,
Was-hington; G. D. Sldman, Washington;
Major II. L. Biscoe, Washington; Gen.
Cecil Clay, AVest Virginia; Col. Cornelius
Cadle, Cincinnati, Ohio: Gen. E. A. Car
man, New Jersey: Col. James Tanner,
New York; Col. H. D. Norton, Massachu
setts; Capt. B. C. Cook, Col. James D.
Brady, and Gen. Edgar Allen. Richmond;
Col. G. D. Bates, and George A. Ilammon,
Connecticut: W. E. Bradley. H. G. Ches
Iey, Chancellor Bally, E. D. Cole. J. P. II.
CrHmond. St. George R. Fitzhugh, II.
R. Gouldman. John T. Knight, AV. A. Lit
tle, jr., James S. Knox, T. McCracken,
Major T. E. Morris. J. S. Potter, S. J.
Qulnn, A. P Rowe. G. W. Shepherd, M.
B. Rowe. Virginia; Col. W. W. Brown,
Pennsylvania; Col. John B. Paschel, Mis
souri. A number of letters from prominent
gentlemen throughout the entire country
regretting their inability to be present,
but heartily indorsing the scheme, were
read. Tho meeting, adjourned, subject to
the call of the chairman.
NEGLECT OF DUTf CHARGED.
Ininenehnient Proceedings Against
Grand Chancellor Warren.
Savannah, Feb. 22. There Is a big sen
sation In the affairs, of the Knights of
Pythias In the State of Georgia. Proba
bly for the ilrsb time since the formation
of the order in this State impeachment
proceedings have ben begun against tho
i highest oflleer in the domain. Grand
Chancellor Warren, of Hawkinsville. must
face charges "preferred against "him by
certain officers of "the grand lodge of the
order of which he is the head.
The main charge is understood to be
neglect of duty. Jt Is charged that he has
not attended to the affairs of his office
as lie should. It Is understood that pay
ments of bills have been delayed on ac
count of alleged negligence of the grand
chancellor: that a great deal of official
business has been indefinitely delayed be
cause of his lack of attention.
LA.KGE STEAMER AGROUND.
Tlie Eluht Hundred Passengers oil
Board Were Panie-Sttrieken.
Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 22. Letters re--ceived
today give details of the ground
ing of the steamer Queen, the largest
boat in the Alaskan fleet, in WrnnKCl
Narrows, ion her last trip north, ten days
ago. The rope connecting the steering
gear and rudder broke, and she drifted
ashore while repairs were being made.
As the tide receded the steamer listed
and gradually turnedorher side, so that
her decks were almostr perpendicular.
Passengers write that the water came
within two inches of her lire box, and
had she settled three inches further she
would have tipped over. Eight hundred
passengers were panic-stricken. Two
boats were finally lowered and men went
ashore to Watch the tide. Shouts of re
joicing went up when they reported the
tide at a standstill, with three inches
to spare, before'the boat went clear over,
making the removal of the passengers
unnecessary. At high tide the steamer
pulled out into the channel and was
Mir. Cleveland Slightly 111.
Princeton. X. J., Feb. 22. Fx-Prosident
Cleveland is suffering from a slight at
tack of illness, which kept him away
from the dinner of the New-Jersey Soc
iety of the Cincinnati here today. He
was expected to be one of the speakers
at the dinner.
Engagement in Plum Del Rio.
Havana, Teb. 22. It was officially reported this
morning that the "Spanish battalion of Valencia,
commanded by Col. Devos while lecoiuioiteriiig
in the lieinity of Pinar iM Uio, encountered a
large rebel forte under l'aj-aso. In the fight
which followed, the repoit "ays, the insurgent
lost ten men killed, while the Spanisii had one
otilcer, one surgeon and three soldiers wounded.
Paling, spear head, .1.2S for 100.
These arc blight, toutid; not di&ed-
DEEMED 11 IMPOSSIBILITY
Experts Assert That (he jlamo's
Magazines Are Intact.
SOME SCIENTIFIC STATE3IEXTS
The "Detonator-, Without Which
Shells are V.Nele.ss, "Kent ufc tile
Masthead Results of-an Explos
ion of 50,000 PountN r "tin Yes-'
hel's Powder Would Have Utterly
Destroyed Every V.thje "C the
Havana dispatches received yesterday
told of the tinding of the pieces of a
copper cylinder near the battleship Maine,
and many persons at once inferred that
one of the vessel's forward ten -inch
magazines had exploded, regardless of
all the evidence to the contrary -wbich
has been published repeatedly in many
Tills Idea i disproved, according- to ex
perts, by the fact that in one of ids sup
pressed dispatches to the Navy Depart
ment, and in two interviews describing
the explosion, Cnpt. SIg'-bee stated posi
tively that at the time of the disaster lie
had on the deck of the Maine a number
of rounds of ammunition for the six-inch
rifles, ready for instant action, in eac
of an attack upon tho Ship. The-e shells,
he said, exploded, and shot high into the
air, while the ship was burning.
Naval officers here assert that the cylin
der found in the harbor aro the cas
ings of the six-inch ammunition, and
they still are positive that neither of the
forward magazines exploded.
The Times Havana dispatcher published
this morning in another column show
that too much importance was attached
to the finding of this cylinder.
Capt. O'Xeil says that it is his opinion,
as a professional expert In these mattess.
that It would be Impossible for one of the
forward magazines to have p!oded
without the other doing so alo. It is
now known .that every pound of run
cotton on board the Maine was kept down
in the hold in the after portion of the
ship, and was always kept wet, and even
the department has admitted.- that the
big after magazine is still Intact. It is
also known that the department believes
that all of the magazines are 'inlmrmed.
Constructor Hichboru has ld lepcat
cdly that the forward coal bunkers were
empty, and that even had there l.een
a few hundred pounds of coal left in
them, it was anthracite.
A high authority on explosives was seen
last evening, and when shown the Havana
dispatch which said that one of the 10
inch magazines had been exploded, ne
"That is absurd and impossible. In the
first place, had one of the magazines ex
ploded, the great shells in them would
have destroyed much of Havana an J the
Maine 'would have been blown into bil
lions of pieces.
"For each 10-inch shell there were from
IM pounds of powder upward, accc.idlng
to its style and ipiality. In all. each of
the two forward magazines contained
25,000 pounds of smokeless powdn. It
would have been impossible for tho pt.w
der to explode from any internal care
lessness for everything was kept in ab
solutely stationary steel receptacles espe
cially prepared for them, and the detona
tors were kept at the masthead. This is
known to the Navy Department .i!o-
"Had either one of the forward maga
zines exploded the other would have done
so, too, and the turrets would have beer,
lifted bodily and carried several hu-j.livd
yards by the terrific force of the concus
sion. ' The finding of that board of iMpiir;-
( Continued on Third Page.;
Posts, squared for picket feueej
cither cedar or ihcstuut.
Americans mm H
Gen. Lee 4d vises Them to Qnit
! Havana Today.
ARE IN IMMINENT PERIL
They Will Sail This Morning Hy the
Olivette, nnd JLt Is Relieved Es
cape a Mu.sixcre The Press
Censor I Afraid to I.et the Whole
Truth Re Known, Bat tho Situa
tion Ih Very Grave Havunn Ripe
for an Anti-American Demonstra
tion. Havana, Feb. 22. Consul General Lee
has issued a semi-official warning, advis
ing all Americans to quit Havana at onee.
The effect has been to create almost a
panic among citizens of the United States
AH such citizens will. It is said, loftvc
by the Olivette tomorrow. . ,
A wonderful change has been wrought
In tho situation within the last twoive
"Press censorship is so strict that the
exact conditions cannot be told. This
much may be said, however:
The Maine magazines are intact and the
Spanish population of Havana is boiling
with rage. It may burst out In an at
tack on Americans at any moment.
These facts are set forth deliberativ
and with no disposition to cause needles
alarm. The situation Is "indeed grave
graver than It has been at any time sfaee
the Maine disaster. It Is not going too
far to say that Gen. Lee. Capt. Sigotoee
and members of the court of lniplrf ftre
far from safe.
An American fighting vessel shouuf fce
here to protect them.
Confirmed via New Turk.
New York. Feb. 20. In a dispatch front
Havana, the World's correspondent- fewt
night wires that the situation there vas
more grave than at any time since the
"Consul General Lee," he adds, ,tpy
Informally advised Americans ne aac
sarily detained here to leave for hw Jit
or.ee. Many families will sail bjf- rite
In response to inquiries as to wheMjr
the main forward magazine of the MaHie
blew tip, the Sun received Inst night the
following from its correspondent, m Ha
vana: "In reply to your Inquiry about tfce
main forward magazine of the Maine. It
can only be said that the magazine prob
ably did not explode. The press censer
will not permit details to be cabled."
PRO&RBSS OF THE INQUIRY-
A Significant Discovery Causes
Havana, Feb. 22. An Important dlt-cor-cry
was made today in the Maine. The
divers brought up a powder case for tho
ten-Inch Ktm. which they took from tbf
part of the battleship destroyed by tho
explosion, and In which the main gun
powder magazine is situated. The gun
powder dlhcovered was In a bug. and the
bag was contained in a copper catf. The
case was entirely closed, but had an ex
terior mark as If some hard object had
struck it on tho outside, but within the
gtnipowder Is absolute Intact In Its bag.
As the case was In the forward maga
zine, this discovery is conclusive proof
that whether or not the magazine ex
ploded, and It is the general, belief that
It did not explode, an Important part of
it, at least, -where the discovered case
was, remains intact.
Neither the divers nor any one having
ofiieial connection with the investiga'tfon
is willing to say whether or not the mag
azine exploded. Any positive declaration
about the matter at this time would bo
premature. Tet the copper case with lis
powuor bag intact is a ract that speaks
The case was taken from the Maine tor
the Fern and put in the gunpowder mag
azine of the revenue cutter- Your cor
respondent saw It. The exterior j.aurk
is merely a bruise.
The divers failed today to place an elec
tric light apparatus inside the Maine,
connecting it by a wire with the dynamo
of the Mangrove. The cause o this fail
ure is that tho wire obtainable In Ha
vana is worthless for the desired purpose.
The work of the divers Is progressing,
very slowly on account of tho paucity
here of materials required by them. The
wrecking tug Neptune fs eagerly expected
here today from Key "West. Sho will
bring nil the necessary apparatus to raise
the bijj guns, and especially to clear out
the way of the divers many lnrg? objects
and iron pieces which are hampering
them in their work. It Is expected that
the electric light will be in operation to
morrow and that it will greatly aid in the
Among the objects brought up today is
the fine silverware of the battleship,
which was- presented by the State -of
Maine, and also a loving cup. a gift.-of
several citizens of the same State, resid
ing In Now Orleans, and presented during
the last visit of the Maine to that iru
(Continued on sixth page.)
Handsomest iSS Sprinu Hat
Auerbath's ever shown 1 C23 Pa. ave.
And everything else tnnde or wood
cjii be found st Lilbry & Co.'e, Cth and N. Y. ar.