THE MAINE DISASTER.
- EXPLOSION IN THE CENTRAL MAGAZINE. 255 MEN KILLED. (Klcctrlc Telegraph— Copyright— United Press Association,) (Received Feb. 18, 9.30 a.m.) Nkw York, Feb. 17. The news of the explosion on the armored cruiser Maine caused a heavy full in stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. There was a recovery, however, at the close of the day. The American Government has decided to accept the information to hand pending an enquiry into the disaster. The ship's officers stato that the explosion originated in the central magazine. A few of tlio crew were enabled to reach the deck, but the men were mostly asleep and jammed in the torpedo department. The captain was tlio last to leave the ship. Washington-, Feb. 17. The House of Representatives passed a resolution of condolence with the relatives of the victims of the Maine explosion. The Cuban section of the Foreign Relations Committee fear that the disaster will result in grave complications. The total number of men killed is 235. (Received Feb. 18, II a.m.) Ninety of the Maine's crow were terribly ecalded. The New York Journal has offered 50,000 dollars for evidence that the explosion was a criminal outrage. The chief American newspapers acquit the Spanish Government of any implication in the disaster, though they are cautious about accepting the accident theory. Sir Julian Pauncefote, British Ambassador in Washington, has condoled with President McKinley. and expressed tho intense sympathy of the British people.
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