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upon the sward, he shrugged his shoulders, on one knee beside the body, and ran the and began to take care of his own wound by poniard two or three times through the twisting a leathern thong from Gilbert's skirt of Gilbert's dark tunic, and returned saddle very tight upon his upper arm, using it to its sheath. He picked up his sword, a stout oak twig for a lever. Then he too, and succeeded in sheathing it. He plucked a handful of grass with his left mounted his horse, leaving Gilbert's tethered hand, and tried to hold his dagger in his to the tree, cast one more glance at the right, in order to clean the reddened steel. motionless figure on the grass, and rode But his right hand was useless, so he knelt away toward Stortford Castle.
(To be continued.)
PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF THE “MAINE."
BY HER COMMANDER, CAPTAIN CHARLES DWIGHT SIGSBEE, U. S. N.
I. OUR RECEPTION AT HAVANA. town in sham-fighting on shore, and in small
arms target practice. The days at sea had THI THE explosion of the Maine at Havana, on been spent in squadron evolutions, target
February 15, 1898, was the ultimate in- practice, and signaling, and the nights, at cident which impelled the people of the least in part, in night-signaling, search-light United States to regard Spain as an impos- drill, and in secondary-battery practice, simusible neighbor. Although the war which lating the conditions of attack by torpedofollowed was not founded on the destruction boats. It was not mere routine; it was the of the Maine as a political cause, that dis- business of warfare, pursued with stern ofaster was the pivotal event of the conflict ficial conscience, under a commander-in-chief which has terminated Spanish possession in who throughout his whole career had been the Western World. Considerations like these conspicuous for official conscience. must continue to give the Maine a unique On the night of October 8, the squadron was place in the history of the United States, at the Southern drill-ground awaiting the especially since the character and magnitude arrival of the Brooklyn, which had gone to of the disaster make it one of the most Hampton Roads for minor repairs. It was shocking on record.
expected that the whole squadron would get The story of the Maine leading up to the under way for Boston that night. We of the explosion may be said to begin at the South- Maine were wondering at the delay of the ern drill-ground of the North Atlantic Brooklyn, when, toward midnight, the torSquadron, as far back as October 9, 1897. pedo-boats Porter and Ericsson joined the The New York, Iowa, Brooklyn, Massachusetts, squadron from Hampton Roads, with deIndiana, Texus, and Maine-all now historic spatches for the commander-in-chief. As a - had been on a cruise along the New Eng- result of these despatches, the Indiana (Capland coast, ending at Bar Harbor on August tain H. C. Taylor) was detached and sent to 31. From Bar Harbor they proceeded in Hampton Roads, and the Maine, my comsquadron to the Southern drill-ground, about mand, to Port Royal, South Carolina. The twenty-five miles to the eastward of Cape Indiana got away during the night, but the Charles, a locality set apart for drills by Maine was repairing some injury, and did not reason of its comparative remoteness from part company with the squadron until dawn the common commercial route of coasting- of the following day. Thus began a virtuvessels, as well as its convenient depth of ally unbroken tour of independent service water for anchorage. The squadron was for the Maine, which was connected more or under the command of Rear-Admiral Mont- less intimately with the disturbed condition gomery Sicard. The night of October 8 of affairs in Cuba, and culminated in the exterminated a period of hard work of the plosion at Havana. kind which brought overwhelming victory The Maine arrived in Port Royal Sound later. Part of the time had been spent at on October 12. The next day she was taken Hampton Roads in recoaling, and at York- up the river, and moored in a hole just large
enough to fit her, immediately above the banner emblazoned with the legend: "This naval station, and about four miles below little pig went to market.” My guests were Beaufort. She remained there until Novem- courteous enough to make me believe that ber 15. Having visited the place before, she the pig was acceptable. My next subterexcited no interest among the people of that fuge was to have been a possum. I had locality. Excepting our pleasant association him undergoing the fattening process, but with friends at the naval station, we had a the Maine left before he had reached an dull time. Having been ordered to Port amplitude that was satisfactory. One SunRoyal unexpectedly, the depleted state of day morning some of us were taken to a my own larder made it difficult for me to negro church by a party from the station. return the dinners given me at the station. The officiating clergyman was a stout, thickI resorted to invention, which suggested set negro, doubtless a very good man. He roast pig highly ornamented. My pig was felt keenly the difficulty of preaching to a brought on the table whole, bearing a silken well-educated party of white people, and re
marked, with some concern, “You got me in The Maine and the Texas were the first a tight place.” After the prayer and hymn, of the modern steel battle-ships built by the he announced his text with a striking atti- United States. The Maine was originally tude. With uplifted hands and wide-spread designed as an armored cruiser, with a conarms, he paused for attention, and, getting it, siderable spread of square canvas. gave the text, which was: “I am the rose of sail plan in my possession shows her as a Sharon, and the lily of the valley.” He said bark with squaresails to topgallantsails, various things strange to cultivated ears, but but no head-sails nor booms. It was then his sermon was effective,and deeply impressed contemplated to give her 7135 square feet those for whom it was primarily intended. of canvas. Later, sails were abandoned, and
Although my orders to Port Royal gave she was styled a second-class battle-ship. She me no information as to the purpose, it was was designed at the Navy Department and hoped at the time that the ship might be built at the New York navy-yard. Her last able to dock there; but the water outside the keel-plate was laid September 17, 1889; she dock proved to be too shallow. It is probable, was launched November 18, 1890, commishowever, that in the visit of the Maine to sioned September 17, 1895, and left the Port Royal it was intended to have a United navy-yard at 10 A. M. on November 5, 1895, States man-of-war nearer Cuba. Many citi- drawing 22 feet and 1 inch forward and zens were then very restless as to the safety 21 feet and 8 inches aft. When fully supof our own people in that island. I had no in- plied with coal and provisions she was structions to take any measures whatever; the down by the head.” The Maine differed Maine was simply awaiting further orders. greatly in appearance from all other ves
We left Port Royal on November 15, as sels of the United States navy. Instead of already stated, and steamed north to the one superstructure, as commonly seen, she Norfolk navy-yard, where the vessel was had three, forward, after, and central. All docked and put under slight repairs. While were of the same breadth transversely. Their at Norfolk, Lieutenant-Commander Adolph sides at the bow and stern were formed by Marix, the executive officer, -and a very the continuation upward of the outside able one, -was detached. He was succeeded skin of the ship. Along the sides of the by Lieutenant-Commander Richard Wain- superstructures there was a clear deck-space wright, who afterward got his opportunity, affording enough room for formations and and distinguished himself in command of the drills. I have frequently been asked to state Gloucester, off Santiago de Cuba.
the color of the Maine's outside paintwork.
Her hull was white to the rail; the super- mess-room; and forward of this, also on the structures, funnels, and masts, and all per- starboard side, and in the same compartmanent fittings above the rail except the ment, were the junior officers' quarters. All pilot-house, were dark straw-color. The forward of this compartment was assigned boats and bower-anchors were white; the to the crew. It was chiefly on the berthguns and search-lights were black. There deck that the greatest destruction of sleepwere larger ships in the navy than the Maine, ing men resulted from the explosion. The but none more delightful to command or to Maine had two “winged” or “sponsoned ” serve in. Her quarters were ample for turrets; that is to say, they were at the sides everybody, although certain compartments and projected a few feet beyond the hull. were rather too hot for comfort in warm They were placed between the superstrucweather. The members of the crew were tures, one on each side of the ship, as is berthed chiefly in the forward and the cen- shown in the many photographs of the vestral superstructures, and on the berth-deck sel. In each were two ten-inch breech-loadforward of the junior officers' quarters. This ing rifles. In addition, she carried six sixdistribution of the crew, when considered in inch breech-loading rifles, besides seven sixconnection with the region of the explosion, pounder and eight one-pounder rapid-firing explains the loss of so many of the crew as rifles. She had four above-water torpedocompared with the officers. The quarters tubes on her berth-deck. The arrangement of the officers were aft; mine were in the of her compartments was simple for a battleafter-superstructure, all of which had been ship, so she responded readily to any work apportioned to quarters for a flag-officer and done on her to make her look clean and orthe captain. The Maine was not a flagship; derly. She had two hundred and fourteen therefore the captain acquired the admiral's water-tight compartments. All that were quarters in addition to his own. The ward- not occupied by the officers or crew were room state-rooms were on the berth-deck, closed at night. The following are statistics below the captain's cabin. On the starboard relating to her : extreme length, 324 feet; side of the compartment immediately forward beam, 57 feet; displacement, 6650 tons; inof the ward-room was the ward-room officers' dicated horse-power, 9290; trial speed, 17.45
CAPTAIN CROWNINSHIELD (DURING THE SPANISH WAR A MEMBER OF THE NAVAL BOARD) RECEIVING
MR. HERBERT, THEN SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, ON BOARD THE “MAINE."