File No. 811.304M28/21.

The Secretary of State to Minister Jackson.

No. 50.]

Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a letter from the Secretary of War, stating that the President has approved the act of Congress which provides for the raising of the wreck of the U. S. S. Maine, a copy of which I also inclose, and asking that the consent of the Cuban Government be obtained.

You are requested to familiarize yourself with the correspondence on the subject in the files of the legation, and to avail yourself of an early opportunity to address to the Cuban Government a note asking its consent to the raising of the wreck.

I am,

P. C. Knox.

The Secretary of War to the Secretary of State.

Sir: I am advised that the President has approved H. R. 23012, Sixty-first Congress, second session, a bill which provides for the raising of the U. S. battleship Maine, in Habana Harbor, and the interment of the bodies therein, subject to certain conditions, one of which provides “that the consent in proper form of the Republic of Cuba shall be first obtained.”

In pursuance of the foregoing, I have the honor to request that proper presentation be made to the Republic of Cuba, with a view to obtaining the required consent.

The Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, are charged with the duty of carrying out the provisions of the act.

A copy of the bill as reported to the Senate is inclosed herewith.

Very respectfully,

J. M. Dickinson.
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Raising of battleship Maine.

[Public, 169—61st Cong.]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers are hereby authorized and directed to provide with all convenient speed for the raising or the removal of the wreck of the United States battleship Maine from the harbor of Habana, Cuba, and for the proper interment of the-bodies therein in Arlington Cemetery; and the Secretary of War is authorized and directed to remove the mast of the wreck of said battleship Maine and place the same upon a proper foundation in Arlington National Cemetery at or near the spot where the bodies of those who died through such wreck are interred: Provided, however, That the consent in proper form of the Republic of Cuba shall be first obtained. The sum of one hundred thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, on account of the work herein authorized.