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os Sunday (Limes. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 189S. 3 to turn attention to less pressing mat 'TWAS A MINE tn-. -JJOTELS, RESORTS AND CAFES undoubtedly will ascertain how many of our ships are subject to this danger, but I do not know whether it is advisable to have a Congressional inquiry." rE HEAR OF HOTELS We Visit Hotels-Bur HOTEL DEL CORONADO Stands at the headIn a class by itse NORCROSS, Local Agent, A. W. BAILEY, (late Mgr. Hotel Colorado 200 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, Glenwood Springs, Colo.) Coronado Beach, CaL ABBOTSFORD INN Eighth and Hops Streets, TeL Main 1175. Eest Appointed Family Hotel In the City. New Management Special Kates to Permanent Guests. Steam heat Electric Can pass the dost A. TARBLE HOTEL BRAINARD A new and elegantly furnished Family and Tourist Hotelf first' class, but moderate rates. 150 rooms. 75 with hath. American and European plans. All modern conveniences. Main Street, Opp. P. half block from Van INuys and Westminster. Isazc Hosier, Prop. A ROYAL RIDE Electrics leave Los Angeles at 9 every morning, connecting at Pas' adena with Wiley Greely's tally 'hi and carriages ior Baldwin's via Old Mission. Round trip! including lunch, Oakwood, SI 70. lUrOTEL LINCOLN Second and Hill, Family Hotel, Appointments Perfect, Jl 11 cars to all points, THOS. PASCOE Proa CALIFORNIA HOTEL Corner Second and HilL High'Class Family and Tourist HotcL Table of Peculiar Excellence. Special Monthly Rates. F. B. PRUSSIA, Mngf GARLTON HOTEL Pasadena. Best'kept $2'a'day house and up in California, Special weekly rates. GEO. E. WEAVER, Prop also Grand View, Catalina. AK GLEN COTTAGES In the beautiful Ojai Valley. Pure ain grand mountain sceneryi an ideal home. W. H. TURNER, Proprietor, Nordhoff. CaL 6 S'TpHE WOOSTER," Pasadena. The most desirable apartment house in Southern Cali' II fornia. Clean, prettilyfurnished rooms from $8 a month up. Green and Fair Oaks. 5ANTA MONICA, CAL The Anchorage, corner Ocean and Arizona avenues, Peautiful sunny rooms with board, by the day, week or month. P.O. Box 240 man it was possible to reach having been saved. It must have been three-quarters of an hour or moi, however, from the amount of work done. "I remember the officers and men worked together loweringthe boats, and that the gig took some time to lower. I did not notice the rain or debris described by Lieut. Blandin or others who were on deck at the time of the first explosion, but I did observe the xplosion of the fixed ammunition and wondered that more were not hurt thereby. "Without going beyond the limit of what was proper in the harbor of a friendly power, I always maintain precautions against attack, and the qiar-ter-watch was ordered to have ammunition for the guns ready to' hand, so that in the improbable event of an attack on the ship, it would be found ready. It was this ammunition which exploded as the heat reached it." Capt. Sigsbee and all officers here are very anxious for news from the United States as to the public opinion there. The captain- has done all he can to calm the excitement in the United States and to induce the publio to wait for the results of the investigation before forming a judgment as to the cause of the explosion. As the Olivette entered the harbor early this morning the passengers crowded to her upper decks to see the yellow forts and long line of walls manned by soldiers, the beauties of palm-crowned hills or thousand sights new to many eyes. All interest centered in the first view of the wreck of the ill-fated battleship, and the was ghastly enough when reached, to satisfy all who were desirious of witnessing horrors. The wreck is the central figure of an otherwise bright picture, and it is as sad as it is terrible. The huge mass of flame-charred debris forward looks as though it had been thrown up from a subterranean storehouse of fused cement, steel, wood and iron. Further aft one military mast protrudes at a slight angle, from the perpendicular, while the poop, on which gathered the band, offers a resting place for the workmen or divers. Of the predominant white, which marks- our warships, not a vestige remains. In its 'place is the hlackness of desolation and death. It is known that Lieut. Jenkins, who is among those missing, was alive after the explosion. A colored mess attendant now at Key West, met Jenkins running forward. He evidently thought, in the confusion, that the Maine had been fired on, and he was rushing to the forecastle, where was located the six-inch gun of which he was In charge. MAINE'S FLAG AT HALF-MAST. ASSOCIATED TRESS NIGHT RETORT. HAVANA, Feb. 19. The United Staites flag is at half-mast from the poop of the Maine today, and two divers are at work about the wreck under the direction of Capt. Sigsbee. It appears that the preliminary work of the divers will be directed toward salvage only. When the investigation into the cause of the disaster commences, the Spanish government, It Is said here, will cooperate. Commencing Monday, One week of Gen' tune Bargains in the largest EXCLUSIVE MEN'S FURNISH INGGOODS HOUSE on the Coast Just previous to the arrival of our large stock of Spring Goods we will have a conv plete cleaning up of stock at eductions We handle no job lots or seconds, there fore what we offer you is all fresh lines of Underwear, Hosi' ery. Neckwear, Neg' ligee Shirts, Fancy Shirts, etc Eagleson 1 12 South Spring Street. Opposite the Nadeau. city. An officer of the mail steamer Kansas from Havana displayed four large photographs taken from different points of view, each admirably showing the wrecked battleship in all its nideousness. Gnarled and twisted beams, the heavy steel plates bent like pieces of cardboard, together with the chaotic condition of the massive turrets and other iron work, make an Impressive picture. The forward part of the ship, where the shock of the explosion has first lifted the bow out of the water and then thrown it back, as if to break the vessel in two, and then dropped each side into the water, a wrecked mass, was reproduced by the photograph in all its horror. photographs fully confirm the description given of the explosion by the survivors, who are now being cared for by the authorities of this city. These photographs will prove of material assistance to the board of inquiry during its Investigation. thing which tends to keep Up the interest in the Maine disaster is the constant movement of the. vessels of the fleet, the frequent arrival and de parture from this port being obedience to Instructions from Washington. The arrival or departure of a torpedo boat to or from the flagship New York, tthich still rides at anchor outside the bar at the entrance to this harbor, never fails to attraot a crowd of idlers, who are convinced that In some manner it is connected with the deplorable accident. "The presence on the street of the survivors with bandaged heads or injured bodies, never fails to draw a crowd. 'If the injured bluejacket possesses a garrulous tongue he is never without an attentive audience, i "Reports from the barracks and marine hospitals, where the wounded seamen are being oared for, show that they are rapidly convalescing, and the majority, whose injuries were slight, will shortly be discharged from the institutions as cured. Others, however, whose' wounds are more serious, must remain crippled for life. "Frank G. Thompson, a petty officer of the Maine, now under treatment at the marine hospital, says that shortly before the explosion he was on the port with twenty-five or thirty others, like himself, had gone there to get a little fresh air, as it was too warm below. They all turned in at 9 o'clock. Shortly afterward he heard the sentinel's call of "All's well," at the Spanish warship Alfonso XIII, which was answered by an echo by the fortifications on the other side of the harbor. Just as he fell asleep he felt a shock like an earthquake. Opening his eyes, he saw what appeared like a hurricane of flame, by which he was hurled into the air, falling into the water, whence he was rescued and taken aboard the Spanish warship. He is firm in the belief that there were two distinct explosions, and that the first, which lifted the bow of the Maine, did not occur in the magazine. He says the magazine had been visited but a short while previous, and that Its temperature was cool. He had never felt that the slightest danger menaced the magazine, as he had previously seen it so warm in target practice that he scarcely could place hi? hand on it. What appears to have made the deepest impressions on ell is the fact that the explosion should have occurred after 9 o'clock when every man was in his hammock asleep and the lamps put out." WARSHIP SIGHTED. A Mysterious Craft Anchors Off Sandy Hook. ASSOCIATED TRESS NIGHT REPORT. NEW YORK. Feb. 19. At 10 o'clock tonight the observer at Sandy Hook reported that a warship was passing there bound in, and it appeared to him to be an American vessel. At 10:20 o'clock the observer reported thait the supposed American warship had anchored in the bay. MAY BE THE BROOKLYN. ASSOCIATED PRESS NIGHT REPORT. NEW YORK. Feb. warship Is anchored about a half-mile off shore, between the point of the Hook and the government dock. The observer says that ahe stands high out of water and is well lighted up. She looks like a cruiser. The Sandy Hook observer says that the weather Is so thick he can see very little, but from her general appearance he chinks it to be the Brooklyn. A CABLE STEAMER. ASSOCIATED TREgS NIGHT REPORT. NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2:30 a.m. The cable steamer Mackay-Bennett is anchored in the bay off Sandy Hook. It is probable that she is the vessel which was believed to have been an American cruiser. ters. The first dispatch that came to hand relative to the disaster, was one from Admiral Sicard. dated at Key West last night. It was as follows: "Secretary of the Navy: Bache sailed from Key West for Havana with the divers and stores for the Maine. The Iowa comes to Key West on the 19th, and the Sampson court of inquiry on me Maine assembles here on the arrival of Lieut. Marix. The Massachu setts and Indiana are at Tortucas. Fifteen officers and forty-seven men from the Maine have been distributed at Key West Marine Hospital and the army barracks. More are due here on the 19th, by the Mangrove. I shall hold all at Key West pending the court i inquiry. "No one of the twenty-one appren tlces that the Texas took from New York for the Maine, was on board the Maine at the time of the explosion, as no opportunity had offered to transfer them from the Texas, where they still remain." Marix referred to by Admiral Sicard is Lieutenant-Commander Marix, now on his way from Washington to Key West. who. with Capt. Sampson, Capt. Chadwick and Lieutenant-Commander Potter, will constitute the court of inquiry. Lieutenant Commander Marix will be the judge-advocate of the court, and lay down the line of procedure being somewhat of an expert In that matter. It is believed at the Navy Department that he cannot reach Key West early today from Tampa, owing to the lack of a regular boat, but it is thought that he will be there in time to conduct the investigation when it opens next Monday. 'While the "ourt Is entirely master of its own proceedings, the department does, not doubt that after a few preliminary sessions in Key West, which will lay the foundation for further Investigation through the taking of the testimony of the survivors now at Key West, the board will proceed to Havana, At that place the work can be conducted rapidly to a finish, with the assistance of Capt. Sigsbee, and the information gathered by the divers, from the wreck. Touching the question of the examination of the wreck by divers, Capt. Sigsbee has telegraphed that he has made arrangements with the Spanish officials for the prosecuition of the inquiry, and that there is no friction, so that the officials believe there is no reason now to interfere with the naval officer In the discharge of his duty. i MAINE VICTIMS. Bodies Can not Be Removed Only a Few Identified. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAT REPORT.) WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. As the Navy Department is still besieged with applications for the return of the bodies of the Maine victims to the United States for burial, and as the matter has figured in Congress, it may be well to note that Capt. Slgsbee, for at least a third time, In an answer to questions, has expressed the opinion that the bodies cannot be removed from Havana, He has pointed out that the condiition is not such as to permit removals; that embalming is only imperfectly done in Havana, and that identification of many bodies is not possible. This morning he telegraphed that the bodies of the two officers, Merritt and Jenkins, could not be found, and repeated that it would be impracticable to remove bodies to the United States. Some surgical officers here say thalt they know by experience that Capt. Sigsbee's conclusion Is sound, and they say that successful embalming is not possible where the circulatory system of the body has been desiroyed, as in the case of the mangled victims of the Maine. Capt. Sigsbee forwarded another revised list of the injured and the dead so far identified, this morning, as follows: One hundred and twenty coffins, containing 120 dead, now. buried: nine ready for burial tomorrow. The following are in hosnltals at Havana: F. C. Holzer, G. Koebler, John Hef-fron, F. B. Hill, James W. Allen. William Mattison, T. J. Walters, M. V. Webber and Thomas Mack. The following injured were sent to Key West by the Mangrove, lighthouse steamer, today: Edward Matson, B. R. Wilbur, J. E. White, D. Cronin, John Coffey, J. H. Bloomer. A. V. Hemes, James Rowe, C. O. Pitcher, William Following are all the bodies that have been Identified up to date: J. H. Dterking, J. A. Graham, C. H. Yoeman, W. H. Tinsman, B. F. Brown, E. H. Mero; H. J. Keys. William Cos-grove, Joseph Zerry. J. H. Roberts. H. J. Smith, A. V. Erickson (died in hospital today,) J. J. McManus, F. H. Knies. Henry Gross, C. F. Hassell, William J. Fewer, Gustave Holman. F. C. Eyerrnann, Fred Gernee. Carlton Jencks, F. C. Phillips. N. T. Audd. T. C. Jones, Samuel Lees, L. L. Barry, Anthony Conroy, Charles Curran, Palm Humps, William Doughone, Frank Sutton, Daniel Price, J. C. Just. James Boyle, Joseph Scully, A. B. Hennekes, Truble Finch, W. S. Sellers, A. J. Holland (died in hospital.) WOUNDED AT KEY WEST. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAT RETORT. 1 KEY WEST, Feb. 19. The light house steamer Mangrove arrived here this morning from Havana with the following wounded from the Maine disaster: Edward Mattson, R. R. Wllber, J. C. White, Daniel Cronin, John Coffin, J. H. Bloomer, Alfred Hernis, J. A. Rowe. Charles Hitcher, William Mc-Guire. Out of twenty-six In the hospital, five have died; eleven seriously wounded remain in Havana. The Mangrove also brought two lifeboats and other effects from the wreck. HOW IT HAPPENED. Capt. Slerliee' Graphic Description of the Disaster. ASSOCIATED TRESS DAT RETORT. HAVANA, Feb. 19. Capt. C. D. Sig9bee of the battleship Maine, in an interview today with the correspondent of the Associated Press, described in detail the explosion which destroyed the great ship Maine. "On the night of the explosion," said Capt. Sigsbee. "I had not retired. I was writing letters. I find it impossible to describe sound or shock, but the impression remains of something awe-inspiring, terrific; of noise, rending, vibrating, all-pervading. There is nothing in the former experience of any one on board to measure the explosion by. "After the first great shock I cannot myself recall how many detonations I heard, not more than two or three I knew my ship was gone. In such a structure as the Maine the effects of such an explosion are not for a moment in doubt. I made my way through the long 'passageway in the dark, groping from side to side in the hatchway and then into the poop, being among the earliest to reach that spot. So soon as I recognized the officers I ordered the high xpioslves to be flooded and I then directed that the boats available be lowered to rescue the wounded or drowning. "Discipline, in perfect measure, prevailed. There was no more confusion than a call to general quarters would produce, nor as much. "I soon saw by the light of the flames that all my officers and crew left alive and on board surrounded me. I can not form any idea of the time, but it seemed five minutes from the time I reached the poop until I left, the List (CONTINUED FROM FIRST PAGE.) the Spanish officials to permitted to join witn our peoftie in moKing an in vpmMcsi Mnti lntr tho, aiiLa rf tha Aa ester to the Maine. The matter was discussed at considerable length, and -t Vl 4rins1iialM'i nra a aq rY Via Han Lee will be notified that while this government is willing to anora tne cpamsa (minorities eu reasonaDie ra filities for OAnlllfHnfT, an InvpaHcra tion, yet It is thought beet that the iirsi inquiry snau De maae Djr our own commissioners. The request of the Spanish authorities therefore will be re- peoiruny declined. The reouest of tht SnnntKh inent for permission to examine the wreoK ot tne Maine reached the State Department last night through the following message from Consul-General "HAVANA. Feb. 18, 1898. Assistant Secretary Day, Washington Sigsbee begins tomorrow with divers sent him from the United States to recover nil hnriioa ctm io. i- wreck of the Maine, as well as personal cuctLo ui omcers ana men and whatever else can be obtained that way. After that is flrrnmnltaho cn.i.i. --i- uti. aaissn government would like to unite with naving tne bottom of the ship and harbor, in the vicinity, Jointly examined. Signed "LEE The following is the answer sent: "WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 1898. Le, Consul-General, Havana The government of the United States has already begun an investigation of the causes of the disaster of the Maine through officers of the navy appointed for that purpose, which will proceed independently. This government will afford every facility it can to the Spanish authorities in whatever investigation they may see fit to make upon their part. Signed "DAT, The apparent difficulty of sending wi.cio iu me jviaine was relieved, If not entirely removed by a statement today by Sefior Dubosie, Charge Affaires of the Spanish legation, that a complete and harmonious understanding between Capt. Slgsbee and the authorities at Havana had been ZVb matter of the divers, Spanish authoriUes viewed the Maine as extra territorial; that Is, a part of the sovereign terri-tol7T the United States, the same as a United States legation, situated in orelp territory. With the Maine holding its status as extra-territorial all doubt as to the work on the wreck is removed. The waters of the Havana Harbor are of course Spanish territory and eome confusion had been aroused by the Idea that this jurisdiction over the waters attached also to the wreck in Its present helpless condition, at the bottom of the bay. It appears, however, that there is no disposition, to extend this jurisdiction to the ship and that Spanish authorities give free consent to the Maine's being regarded as extra-territorial and under the immediate direction of Capt. Slgsbee, as the representative of the United States. According to the view taken by the Spanish authorities, there dan be no trouble attending the work of the divers. Capt. Sigsbee will be recognized as the one to direct operations and to send down the government divers for such inspection as he sees proper to make. Seflor Dubosc feels assured, however, that Capt. Sigsbee will extend equal facilities to the Spanish divers, so that the Inspections may proceed together. As to what divers Capt. Sigsbee will employ, the feeling among the Spanish officials here is that this will be wholly a matter of discretion with Capt. Sigs- Vtoa act ilia nna In rttiariya n.9 a nlana r9 property having the attributes of amenwn sou, du'I at me same ume the feeling is expressed that this discretion will lead to the choice of authorized divers of the Navy Department, rather th'an those representing newspapers. SICARD'S INSTRUCTIONS. ASSOCIATED THESS NKJHT ItEPOIlT. WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. Secretary liong wired Admiral SIcard today, after his consultation with President Mc-Kinley, telling him briefly what answer had been returned to Gen. Lee's application in behalf of the Spanish government for permission to examine the Maine. He also instructed the admiral to press forward as rapidly as possible the work of survey upon the Maine's hull and to have the court of Inquiry proceed to Havana as soon as possible. It is scarcely expected at the department that any information ot value as to the explosion will be available until the court has begun the formal Inquiry. The divers now at work In the wreck are understood to be employed in securing dead bodies and In removing the ship's papers and the small articles of value so that it is unlikely It give any heed to the bottom of the hull burled as it probably is, deep in mud. The officials here intimate that the discovery of pieces of torpedoes is not to be taken In itself as evidence of an outside attack upon the vessel, for it is fully explained that of the eight in the Maine some were more or less end scattered by the explosion which destroyed the ship. EXPERT DIVERS AT WORK. ASSOCIATED TKESS NIGHT REPORT. HAVANA. Feb. 19. Capt. Sigsbee today said to the Associated Press correspondent that the men at work about the Maine are expert divers, but that the work requires time, and patience. Most of the day was spent in getting the divers accustomed to the work, and nothing of importance was found. A careful search will be made for the Maine's log book, which will be pf great importance to the court of Inquiry. The day has been a tranquil one in Havana. JIST THE THING. Submarine Boat for the Court of Inqnlrr. ASSOCIATED TRESS DAT REPOnT.l BALTIMORE, Feb. 19. The submarine wrecking boat Argonaut baa been towed from its moorings to the yards where it was built, where its boilers and machinery are to be thoroughly overhauled, and when pronounced absolutely fit, it is to be towed by tug to Key West and from there transported to Havana. J. C. Lake, father of Simon Lake, Inventor or the boat, says that he has no doubt that the exact cause of the sinking of the Maine could be learned by the use of the Argonaut. The testimony1 of divers would not have to be relied upon, he said, because the government's commission could be taken to the bottom of the harbor, and by the use of electric lights curried by the Argonaut, could be shown the exact condition, of the vessel's hull. EXCITEMENT ADATED. Nary Department Officials Get a Breathing; Spell. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAT RETORT. WASHINGTON. Feb. 19. The excitement of the past few days has mostly disappeared at tne iiavy department and the overworked officials, particularly the officers of the Navigation Bureau, who have been working night and day el nee the Maine disaster, to meet the inquiries of anxious relatives of the victims, while keeping up the current work of the office, were able FOREIGN SYMPATHY. Regent of Spain Cables Her Condolence. ASSOCIATED PRESS HAT RETORT. WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. Expressions of condolence still continue to flow in at the State Department from sympathetic foreign nations. Notable among them was one that came to hand last evening from the Queen Regent of Spain, as follows: "MADRID, Feb. 18, 1898. "President MeKinley, Washington Her Majesty, the Queen, has Just sent one of the gentlemen of the royal household to express through me, to Your Excellency, her profound sympathy in the sad accident which has befallen the U.S.S. Maine at Havana. Signed "WOODFORD." BRITISH SYMPATHY. LONDON, Feb. 19. By Atlantic Cable. Associated Press Copyright, 1S38. The newspaper opinions expressed, and the official messages sent, convey only a part of the sympathy for the United States felt" on account of the Maine disaster in Havana Harbor. The official world is now deeply interested, and every opportunity has been taken to express regret to the United States Charge d' Affaires, Henry White, in the absence of the United States Ambassador, John Hay, who is traveling in Egypt. But in addition to this, many private Americans living here are receiving letters and calls of regret and sympathy from English friends. On the day of the funerals of the victims the flags over the consulates were half-masted and at Southampton many ships, following the lead of those of the Americans, half-masted their ensigns. Thus a high naval officer writes from the admiralty to, a friend: "I am grieved to hear of this lamentable accident to the Maine, which will arouse the sympathy of every man who has ever lived aboard a man-of-war. When our little Doterel was similarly destroyed, the was strong in England that it was a dynamite explosion. I was employed on the inquiry, and it was with a feeling of relief that Prof. Abel testified that he had ample reason to believe that an explosion of coal gas had occurred which caused the powder magazines to explode. Later, we discovered that the dryer known as zerotine siccativ was the probable cause." THE PRESIDENT'S THANKS. ASSOCIATED PRESS NIGHT REPORT. WASHINGTON. Feb. 19. Acting Secretary Day has sent the following telegram to Mr. White, secretary of the United States Embassy at London: "The President is deeply touched Her Majesty's sympathetic message, conveyed through her Ambassador here, and charges you to express through the proper channels grateful appreciation in the name of the government and people of the United "The touching message of the Prince and Princess of Wales has been laid before the President, who charges you in the name of the American people, no less than his own, to express grateful appreciation of this tribute of their Royal Highnesses to this nation in its hour of grief. "Please convey to the Lord Mayor of London the President's deep appreciation of his message, expressing the sympathy of the citizens of London in the terrible bereavement that has afflicted the American people. "In their name the President returns grateful thanks. "The President directs you to convey to His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught, deep appreciation of his sympathy and condolence by reason of the appalling disaster that has befallen the government." Condolences continue to reach President from prominent persons all over the world. CRUISER VIZCAYA. Officers and Crew Express Regret for the Maine Disaster. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAT RETORT. NEW YORK, Feb. 19. A dispatch from Sandy Hook this morning says the Spanish cruiser Vizcaya, which arrived off the Hook last evening, cannot be seen from the shoie on account of the prevailing fog. There is a slight breeze from the northeast. At 9:30 a.m., the Vizcaya still lay onr-hnr. The fog showed no signs of lifting. At the navy yard the two tugs Nina ana isaraena were-sim awaiting orders. The police boat patrol left early and went out to the Spanish vessel. The only change is the programme as announced last night, namely, that Lieut Aaron Wood will take Lieut. Doherty's place in extending official courtesies to the Vizcaya vhen ahP comes to permanent anchor age. Lieut. Wood will go out on the Admiral's harge. THE VESSEL BOARDED. ASSOCIATED PRESS DAT RETORT. NEW YORK, Feb. 19. A reporter of the Associated Press Doaraea tne Spanish cruiser Vizcaya at 8:45 a.m. today, in company with Commander Zobral. navv attache of the Spanish legation at Washington, Vice-Cone-ul Mariano Fabregas Setelo, Don Manuel ie bua-rez. secretary of the Spanish Consulate end a detective detailed by Chief of Police McCuIlagh. As Commander Zobral was not in uniform the marines were not lined up to receive the visitors and the formal welcome was replaced bv the e- fhanere of hospitable greetings in true Castlllian style. Capt. Antonio Eulate shook hands with his visitors most cordially. Everybody on board knew of the Maine's fate, from tne youngest apprentice to the senior officer, and all the Spaniards were eager to express their sorrow. An office long in the Spanish navy, said: "The loss of so many breve men and so fine a ship is an appalling catastrophe. The American navy and people have our sincere sympathy." The idea that the Maine was de stroyed by treachery was scorned. Not an officer on board wouia for a moment entertain any solution of the disaster except that it was caused through accident. "Such things have happened," an officer would say. "It is terrible, but it is part of the lot of battleships. In peace their danger Is oftentimes ns great as in war." No one could be found on board who evinced the slightest anxiety as to the treatment or safety of the Vizcaya while tn New York Harbor. Expressions on the subject of the extraordinary precautions taken for their protection were guarded. The trip of the Vizcaya from Las Palmns to New York was not without Incident. Between the Bermudas and Cape at 1 eras she ran into a series of minor cyclones, which ended in a hurricane. Capt. Eulate, speaking of his boat's behavior said: "She is a magnificent sea boat, and despite thirty-four hours' battering of heavy seas, no accident occurred, nor was a man injured." INTEREST AT KEY WEST. Storiea of SurrtTors of the Ill-fated Battleship. ASSOCIATED TRESS DAT RETORT. NEW YORK. Feb. 19. A dispatch to the Herald from Key West says: "Public interest in the destruction of the Maine at Havana continues the all-absorbing topic ot discussion in this ii hip Dm Owl CutRate Druggists 320 SOUTH SPRING STREET iterfeitin Cons AT OWL." COXGOSTO'S VIEWS. The Explosion not Dae to Any External Cause. ASSOCIATED TRESS DAT RETORT. NEW YORK, Feb. 19. A dispatch from Secretary of State Congosto, at Havana, to the Herald, says: "Up to the present no inspection of the Maine's hull has been made by any divers. The arrival of American divers is awaited in order that they, accompanied by Spanish divers, may proceed to make an examination. "Judging by the external appearance of the ship and the manner in which the explosion took place, It can be affirmed without fear of making a mistake of any sort, that the fire was caused either by a boiler explosion, which set fire to a powder magazine, or else by some other cause, the. Mature of which cannot be positively stated. "The explosion was instantaneous and in the case of a double-bottom vessel, like the Maine, a mine would not have set fire to the powder magazine without having penetrated the double bottom. In this case, it was so instantaneous that the moment of the explosion of the grenade which shot out from the Maine the flames were sweeping the- deck of the vessel. That shows the fire started from a powder magazine. "The innumerable sucessive explosion's show the fire was then reaching the reserve magazine, and the rapid-fire ammunition. The body of the hull appears to open on the bow from within. The deck is raised, turned into a sort of vault and covered with Innumerable fragments. "A red-hot bolt fell on the poop awning of the Spanish warship, Le-gazpi, which set fire to the awning. Another bolt struck the side of a boat which to be lifted from the water to save it from sinking. "Alfonso XIII was anchored about two-thirds its length from the Maine, and the Legazpi was forward of the Alfonso XIII. Before reattending to the safety of these vessels, separating them from the Maine, all the crews and officers in boats occupied themselves only in the rescue of the Maine's personnel. Signed "CONGOSTO." NO DEAD FISHES. (ASSOCIATED TRESS NIGHT RETORT. MADRID, Feb. 19. A dispatch received today from Rear Admiral Man-terola, the naval commander at Havana, says proof exists that no dead fish came to the surface, after the explosion that wrecked the Maine, and that when the disaster occurred there was not the slightest upheaval cf the water, such as would Inevitably follow a marine explosion. FAULTY CONSTRICTION. House May not Vote Liberal Naval Appropriations. ASSOCIATED TRESS DAT RETORT. WASHINGTON. Feb. 19. While the disaster to the Maine has created a temper in the House in favor of liberal appropriations for the navy, and while it is undoubtedly true that the House in Us present frame of would not hesitate to vote for two new battleships, the temper is predicated upon the theory that the Maine was blown up by external agencies. If the result of the official inquiry should develop the fact beyond peradventure that the ship's magazine exploded from fire or other causes within her, it is believed a sentiment in Congress will be created against the expenditure of millions in the construction of warships that may blow up at any time. It seems likely that a Congressional investigation will follow the report of the board, if It attributes the loss of the Maine to an explosion of her.tnaga-sine. No resolutions for this purpose has yet been Introduced In the House. A prominent member of the House Naval Committee said he was amazed when he learned that the Maine's coal bunkers abutted the magazines with only a thin partition between. "When I learned of the fire In the coal bunkers of the Cincinnati Which charred the boxes in which the shells In her magazine was stored," said he. "I assumed." of course, that It was the duty of the Navy Department officials to effect such changes as would remove that danger. The construction of a second bulkhead leaving an air passage between the bunkers and the magazine would have removed this danger. Now I find that nothing was done either to correct the defect in th Cincinnati or any other ship. We To Meet Our CutRate Prices Some druggists of this city and San Francisco have resorted to any means to sell at our cut prices. The leading patent medicine manufacturers of the country have discovered that their preparatioss are being manufactured on this Coast by counterfeiters and sold at the cut-rate prices of "The Owl. The manufacturers have conferred with us and positively state that they will suppress the nefarious practice, and have caused us to insert this advertisement, stating that all genuine patent'medicines may be procured from us, as we purchase of the manufacturer direct. 31000.00 in Gold Coin For any article sold by us that is not Genuine. 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