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which occurred an hour ago on the American man-of-war Maine, he said that, happening to be the officer of the deck on board the cruiser Alfonso XII, he heard, at about half past nine o'clock, an explosion in some place very near his ship, which turned out to proceed from the ironclad Maine, which was anchored very near, and which at that moment was on the port side (of the Alfonso XTI). Immediately cries for help were heard, whereupon all the boats wbich were in the water, together with the fifth boat, were sent to the place of the disaster, as well as all the private boats which were within hail of the ship, and succeeded in rescuing from the water twenty-nine persons, most of them severely injured, who were conducted to the sick bay of the ship and were properly attended to.
All the efforts made to save more persons proved fruitless, as no others were seen in the water and nobody replied to the shouts which the boats directed to the ironclad, it being impossible to jump on board on account of the continuous explosions and the imminent danger incurred in the vicinity of the vessel owing to the increase of the flames, as, for a few minutes after the first explosion, which was the loudest, the ship remained in utter darkness, without any flames on the outside, though they appeared a little afterwards. When the first boats returned with the injured men they said that the ship had sunk by the bow, with a great deal of injury to the rigging and on the outside, and that boats from the Legaspi had come to her aid. The wounded men, when questioned by the witness, said that they could not imagine how the catastrophe had occurred. Being asked whether the boats of his ship) patrolled the bay every day, the witness said that one boat of the Alfonso III patrolled every day from sunset to dawl, and that at the time of the explosion the eighth boat, commanded by the secondclass sailor, José Lopez Sanchez, was on guard.
Being asked what instructions that commander had, lie said that he had general instructions to keep) watch in the bay to prevent the tratlic of boats not subject to the provisions of the law, and special instructions to pay the greatest attention to the vicinity of the new tloating dock.
Being asked whether any violent quivering was felt on board his ship at the moment of the explosion, similar to that which is experi. enced during earthquakes, he said that nothing was felt except the concussion of the noise, but that the ship experienced no violent shock.
Being asked whether he has any clue by which he can form an opinion as to the cause of the explosioni, either from what lie has heard or from what he himself has seen, he replied that, although he saw the explosion, he can not say what caused it, nor has he heard anyone say anything that could throw any light on the matter.
Being asked whether the Maine was lighted by electricity, he replied that she was.
Being asked whether he knows whether any exercise was being practiced on board the American vessel at the tiine of the accident, he said he did not know, but that during the day they appeared to him to be drilling, as he saw movements among her guns.
At this point this deposition was suspended, with the reservation of the right to continue it if necessary. The witness read it for himself, affirmed and ratified its contents, and signed it in witness thereof, together with the judge, in the presence of the secretary, who certifies it.
MANUEL TAMAYO. (Rubricated.
TESTIMONY OF THE CHIEF BOATSWAIN, DON NICANOR MAURIS.
At Havana on the 15th February, 1898, appeared the person mentioned in the margin, who, being informed as to what he was about to be ques. tioued, swore to tell the truth, the judge calling his attention to the penalties incurred by those giving false testimony, and being asked the usual questions prescribed by the law, he said that his name is Nicanor Mauris y Garrote, chief boatswain, married, a native of Galicia, of full age, employed in the San Fernando Shears-House with the duties of his rank, and that he is not directly or indirectly interested in the case which is being tried.
Being asked to state all that he knows with regard to the explosion which took place on the North American ship Maine, he said that, after 9.30 p. m., he heard a violent explosion in the bay; that he left his house immediately, and saw that it had taken place on the Maine; he noticed that a number of lights were ascending in a nearly vertical direction, lights of red and blue colors, which exploded with little noise and without much force. The ship was in the dark at that moment, but, a little afterwards, flames became visible, and detonation resembling those of small shells, like revolver shells, began to be heard. Immerliately after the explosion the boats were manned by order of the commandant of the shears, and went to the place of the accident, returning with two wonded men in one boat and four in another, and on the second trip, with three in one boat and two in the other. These injured men were immediately attended to in the barracks of the shears.
Being asked whether, at the moment of the explosion, he perceived a violent agitation of the ground, similar, if not in its intensity, at least in its effects, to that produced by earthquakes, he said that he did not, that he noticed only the noise and the brightness (illumination).
Being asked whether any articles hurled up by the explosion fell in the shears yard, he replied, “ No, nor in the neighborhood either.”
Being asked whether he knows anything or has heard anything said as to the causes of the catastrophe, he replied that he knew nothing and has heard notbing said.
At this point this deposition was suspended, with the reservation of the right to continue it, if necessary. The witness read it, affirmed and ratified its contents, and signed it, with the judge, in the presence of the secretary, who certifies it.
NICANOR MAURIS. [Rubricated.] PEDRO DEL PERAL. (Rubricated. JAVIER DE SALAS. [Rubricated.]
TESTIMONY OF FIRST LIEUTENANT DON JULIO PEREZ Y PERERA.
At Havana, on the 15th February, 1898, appeared in this court the officer mentioned in the margin, who, after being informed as to what he was about to be questioned, swore to tell the truth, and was admonished as to the penalties incuried by those giving false testimony.
Being asked the questions prescribed by the law, he said that his name is Don Julio Perez y Perera, first lieutenant in the navy, now in command of the machina (shears) of San Fernando, married, and of full age.
Being requested to state all that he knew with regard to the explosion on the Maine, he said that he was standing at the door of his house, situated facing the bay, of one story, on the lands of the navy, near the machina of San Fernando, and that, as he was necessarily
looking toward the place where the Jaine was anchored, he saw a most brilliant illumination ascending from the ship at the same time that a terrible explosion occurred; that afterwards, hearing shrieks and seeing smoke, he took the necessary steps to succor the victims who might be found.
Being asked whether he had any clue from which the causes of the catastrophe might be conjectured, he said that he had none, but that he thought that it had its origin in one of the magazines of the ship, from the shape in which he saw the smoke, the illumination, and the colored gases rise in the air.
Being asked if he noticed any upward movement in the water around the vessel, he replied that the bay was perfectly smooth, and that he saw uo movement in the water nor any disturbance,
At this point the present deposition was suspended, the witness read it, affirmed and ratified its contents, and signed it, with the judge, in the presence of the secretary, who certifies it.
JULIO PEREZ Y PERERA. (Rubricated.] PEDRO DEL PERAL. (Rubricated. JAVIER DE SALAS. (Rubricated.]
TESTIMONY OF ENSIGN DON JUAN RAPALLO. At Havana, on the 15th February, 1898, appeared in this court the officer mentioned in the margin, who was notified as to what he was about to be questioned, and swore to tell the truth, his attention being called to the penalties incurred by those giving false testimony, and, being asked the questions prescribed by the law, he said that his name is Don Juan Rapallo y Ortis, ensign in the navy, serving on the cruiser Alfonso XII, unmarried, of full age.
Being requested to state what he knew with regard to the event in question, he said that while lie was resting in the cabin of the ship he heard a tremendons explosion, the locality of which he could not even conjecture; that he went on deck immediately, and saw the Maine sending up flames and heard loud shrieks for help coming from her; that all the available boats were sent from his ship and the projectors were lighted.
Being askerl whether he had formed any opinion as to the causes of the catastrophe, he replied that he thought that an explosion had been begun in the magazines of the ship, more probably in the torpedo mag. azine than in that of the shells and ammunition.
Being asked whether he had seen that day any maneuvre or move. ment indicating that some drill was being conducted, he said that he had seen to-slay a kind of preparation for battle, in which all the guns and the boat drill had a part.
At this point this deposition was suspended; the witness read it, affirmed and rat fied its contents, and signed it with the judge in charge, in the presence of the secretary, who certifies it.
JUAN RAPALLO. (Rubricated.) PEDRO DEL PERAL. (Rubricated.] JAVIER DE SALAS. (Rubrica ed.]
TESTIMONY OF THE SAILOR JOSÉ BALECIRO REY. At Havana, on the 15th February, 1899, appeared the person mentioned in the margin, who was informed as to what he was about to be questioned, and swore to tell the truth. His attention was called to
the penalties incurred by those giving false testimony, and being asked
Being asked to state all that he kuew with regard to the explosion
Being asked whether he voticed any movement in the water, he said
At this point, this deposition was suspended; the witness read it for
JOSÉ BALECIRO REY. (Rubricated.
TESTIMONY OF THE SAILOR JOSÉ CRESTAR ZARALDO.
Being requested to state what he knew as to the catastrophe which
At this moment the ship was seen to sink, and then explosions were
Thereupon this declaration was closed, and having read it through,
JOSÉ CRESTAR. (Rubric.
DECLARATION OF THE SEAMAN JOSÉ GALLEGO CARRERAS. At Havana on February 15, 1898, appeared before the judge the person named in the margin who, being advised of the interrogatories to be put to him, swore that he would give true testimony and also having been warned of the penalty of perjury and being asked the general interrogatories required by law, declared that his name was José Gallego Carreras, first-class seaman of the crew of the Alfonso XII, and artillery apprentice, that he was 19 years old, à native of Mesgardos, province of Coruña.
Being requested to tell what he knew concerning the Jaine disaster, he replied that he was ou watch at the starboard gangway, and that, as the Maine was on the other side, he only noticed a very loud explosion, a great deal of smoke mingled with shining sparks and that he heard and saw nothing more.
Thereupon this declaration was closed, which the declarant read, and affirmed and swore to the same and signed the same with the judge and the undersigned secretary who certities to the same.
JOSÉ GALLEGO. (Rubric. PEDRO DEL PERAL. (Rubric. JAVIER DE SALAS. (Rubric.
HAVANA, February 16, 1898. NOTE.—Don Luis Freixedas, interpreter of the Government, having appeared in consequence of the summons on page t, was ordered to appear on the next day, and note is made of the same to which I, as secretary, certify.
JAVIER DE SALAS. (Rubric.
HAVANA, February 16, 1898. His honor directed that the consul of the United States should be requested, through H. E. the commandant general, to allow the presence in this court of certain officers and seamen of the crew of the daine, survivors of the catastrophe, in order that their testimony might be taken in the present case. Thus his honor directs, in the presence of me, secretary, to which I certify. The interlined part is genuine.
JAVIER DE SALAS. [Rubric.
HAVANA, February 16, 1898. NOTE.—Due notice was given the supreme authority with a view to carrying out the previous orders of the court.
JAVIER DE SALAS. (Rubric.
NOTE OF THE TESTIMONY OF DEPUTY HEALTH INSPECTOR OF THE
NAVY DON JUAN LOPEZ PEREZ.
At Havana, on February 16, 1898, appeared before the judge and the undersigned secretary, the officer named in the margin, who, being advised of the interrogatories which were to be put to him, swore that he would give true testimony, and having been warned of the punishment due to perjury, and having been asked the general interrogatories