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 consideration of all the testimony before it, the court finds as follows:
1. That the United States battle-ship Maine arrived in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, on the 25th of January, 1898, anA. M., to await the action of the convening authority.
W. T. Sampson,
Captain, United States Navy, President.
Lieutenant-Commander, United States Navy, Judge-Advocate.
United States flag-ship New York, March 22, 1898, off Key West, Fla.
The proceedings and findings of the court of inquiry in the above case are approved.
Rear-Admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Naval Force on the North Atlantic Station.
When it became evident that the differe