for Havana he expressed himself as highly gratified with his treatment.
On account of the great need of food, clothing, and medical supplies in Cuba, President McKinley ordered two naval vessels to carry to the island the articles collected in the United States.
The government of Spain suggested that merchant vessels would be more desirable for this work, and that it would be pleased if Consul-General Lee were recalled; but neither of these intimations were heeded by the President.
On March 8, a bill appropriating $50,000,000 for national defence was passed in the House, and on March 9 in the Senate, neither house raising a dissenting vote.
The court of inquiry completed its investigation on March 21, and on the 28th President McKinley transmitted the findings and evidence to Congress, accompanying them with a special message.
The following is the text of the report:
United States ship Iowa—first rate.
Key West, Fla., Monday, March 21, 1898.
After full and mature co