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The Hcminerford Herald.
HEMINGFOKD, BOX liUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, F1UDAY, MAY 20, 1898.
UNDER A GALLING FIRE
SPANISH FORTIFICATIONS DE
Two Americans Killed and Several
Wounded An Omaha Man Was
On DeckSpaniards Scattered
Key West, Flu., May 17. In the early
dawn of Inst Wednesday the cruisers
Marblehead und Nashville and the con
verted cruiser WIndoni completely de
stroyed the fortlffeatlons of Clenfuegos
In a three hours' buttle.
Two men on bonrd the Nashville were
killed and seven wounded. One of the
men wounded died here Saturday after
noon. At 5 o'clock In the morning Com
mander McCalla ordered the Nashville
to lower a boat for the purpose of cut
ting the cable between Clenruegos and
Manznnlllo. The ships were lying within
three miles of the shore, and the ex
pedition was attended with great dan
, ger. On board the boat went three
.-allots from the Wlndom und three
marines from the Nashville.
WOUK UNDER FIRE.
Scarcely had the bout's crew begun
to grapple for the cable before a big
gun at the end of Punta Colorado sent
a shot screaming over their hends. This
was followed by another and another
until the water about the boat wan
spuitlng uj) in all dliectlons.
The boat's crew coolly finished their
work of destroying the cable and re
tired to the ships. Commander .McCalla
then gave the order to draw closer In to
At a range of two miles the Marble
head opened the buttle. The butteries
at Punta Colorado were well bunked
with sand, but at the first shot from
the Marblehead a great cloud arose
from the eastern battery and a ton of
sand and stones choked one of the gun
ports. The Nashville and Wlndom
Joined In and the firing became lively
on both sides The Marblehead used
her four-Inch shells with great effect.
POOR SPANISH GUNNERY.
In the batteries along the shore were
four six-Inch guns, extremely danger
ous at any range up to six miles, but
the Spaniards apparently did not know
how to use them. The greater part of
the shells went screaming high over
head, bursting In the water beyond the
American ships. One of the shells,
however, burst over the Nashville's
deck, killing two men and wounding
A few minutes later a fragment of
shrapnel cut the front or Cuptaln May.
nard's uniform from side to side, above
the heart, without Injuring him. The
Nashville, further In shore than either
of the other boats, became the particu
lar target of the enemy. Junior Lieu
tenant Cameron Wlnslow of this ship
was covered with debris of an explod
ing shell, without serious Injury
Patrick Ford, Jr., was one of the
Marblehead's crew engaged in this hot
battle. Mr. Ford was a member of
the Maine's crew when It was blown
up. He was a little disfigured at that
time, but Is still in the ring.
There was a tall, gray lighthouse on
the point, looming up almost In the
center of the batteries. A shot from the
Marblehead brought It down with a
great rumble and rour.
A FRENZIED WOMAN.
Down on the beach a frenzied woman
walked up and down, heedless of shot
and shell, screaming and wringing her
One of the heavy cannon was struck
near the muzzle and hurled upward as
though by the force of an earthquake.
Up with It went the cannoneers, all
a-sprawl, with arms and legs broken
and'whlrllng In the air.
Far Inlnnd the cltizei.s of Celnfuegos
could be seen taking to the woods with
their household goods, and In the rear
of the town near the palm woods the
shrill rattle or rifles told where the In
surgents had crept rrom their bur
rows like gaunt, gray rats, and wer
nipping the Spaniards In the reur.
The flrq was kept up for three hours.
One by one the batteries were de
stroyed, one by one the Spanish cannon
ceased firing, nnd the surviving Span
lards took to their heels.
At 9 o'clock the last shot was fired.
Then the ships withdrew. None of them
hnd been Injured.
Sampson and Schley to Combine.
Porto Platn, Haytl, May 17. Admiral
Sampson's fleet, In search of the Span
ish armada, Is steaming westward from
this port. The torpedo boat Portor
detached itself from the squadron and
ran In here to file dispatches for Wash
ington. Sampson's ships will doubtless
make a Junction with Schley's fighters
somewhere near the Windward Pas
snge, and the combined American,
strength will be hurled against the
Spaniards, who, sailing northwest from
Curacou, may reach the vlclnty- of
Southern Cuba at the same time the
Secretary Long asserts positively
that the navy department has received
nssuronce of the presence at Porto
Plata, north of Haytl, of Sampson'B
squadron, while the Spaniards are at
Message From Insurgents.
Key West, Fla., May 16. Major Al
fredo Lima of the Cuban army, accom
panied by an aide and two boatmen,
arrived here today on the torpedo boat
Ericsson. The men put out from the
Cuban coast yesterday and were picked
up by the gunboat Annapolis, blockad
ing the coast to the westward of Ha
vana. Major Lima explained that he was
bearer of Important dispatches to the
Junta here and had been sent by Qen
ernl Carsenas of Havana province to
make arrangements for co-operation of
the Insurgent forces with the United
Stntes. The delegates were transferred
to the Ericsson, which brought them
Rev, Judson Smith, one of the depu
tation of the American board of China,
writes that he feels far more hppeful
about the Chinese as a race and about
the Christian work of the board nmong
them than he did before he left this
AN EXPOSITION HOLIDAY.
Juno 1 Is So Proclaimed By Gover
Lincoln, Neb., May 17. Governor
Holcomb today Issued his proclamation
making June 1, ISStS, a public holiday
and designating It "Exposition dny" to
fittingly celebrate the opening of the
Trans-Mississippi and International ex
position at Omaha. The proclamation
is here given:
By the Governor A Proclnmntlon to
the People of the State of Nebraska:
The beginning of a new epoch In the
history of the Trans-MlsslsslppI coun
try, and tspt dally of Nebrnskn. will
be marked by the opening of the Trun
Mlsslsslppl nnd International exposition
at Omaha the first day ot June, the
This great enterprise hud Its Incep
tion In the action of the Trans-Missis-slppl
congress of lbX, attended by ac
credited lelegctes from twenty-four
states and territories. To the end that
friendly ties and closer coiumeiclul re
lations might be promoted between the
different suites and territories, and that
the progress of this great section of
our country nnd Its marvelous oppor
tunities might be displayed advantage
ously. It ivas determined to hold nn ex
position 3f the products and resources,
the manufnctuies, arts and industries
of the west at Omaha during the pres
ent year. With a high appieciatlon of
the lesponslblllty Imposed, as well us
the honor confered, by the selection of
her metropolis ns the place or exhibi
tion, the people of Nebraska, and espe
cially of the city of Omana, have spnrod
neither effort nor money in doing their
part to make the exposition a success
The state by legislative appropriation,
and citizens by generous contributions,
have made possible the wonderful
achievements In making this enterprise,
as It will be, one of the great exposi
tions held n American soil. A new city
has sprung up as if by magic on the
outskirts of ihe Nebraska metropolis,
and for five months Its wonders will
attract visitors from every section of
our country, from every quarter of the
globe. The gates are ready to be thrown
Now, therefore, I, Sllns A. Holcomb,
governor of the stute of Nebraska, do
hereby designate and proclaim Wednes
day, June 1, A. D. 189S, a public holiday
and denominate It Exposition Day.
To the ceremonies attending the open
ing of the magnificent display of the
progress of the Trans-Mlsslsslppl coun
try It Is hoped many people rrom
throughout the country will come, and
especially do 1 request and urge that
all citizens or Nebraska who may con
veniently do so be In attendance on this
occasion, by their presence showing
their Interest In the enterprise, nnd
assisting In mnklng the day memorable
In the history or the state. The Im
portance or the exposition and the re
sponsibility resting upon every citizen
of the stute to support it to the extent
of his ability is, I am confident, fully
appreciated by all.
In testimony thereof 1 have hereunto
set my hand nnd caused to be alllxed
the great jeal of the state or Nebraska.
Done at Lincoln this 14th day of
May, In the year or our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and ninety
eight, the thirty-second year of the
state and or the Independence or the
United States the one hundred and
SILAS A. HOLCOMB.
By the governor,
W. F. PORT R, Secretary or State.
The Christian Endeavor army now
The food of the Idols In a single
temple of India costs $15,000 a year.
The Young Men's Christian associa
tion has decided to establish headquar
ters at all military caps of the United
A California congregation has agreed
to fit out its pastor Tor a two years'
trip In the Klondike on the understand
ing that ir he makes a strike he pay
off the church debt.
Carroll D. Wright, LL. D of Wash
ington has been selected to preside at
the American Unitarian association
conference, which meets this month.
Rev. Lyman Abbott in the Outlook
pronounces the present war a righteous
one, and his brother, Rev. Edward
Abbott, editor of the Literary World,
pronounces It an iniquitous one.
Protestant missions in China huve
greutly prospered since the close of
the Chlna-Jnpan war. All restrictions
against foreign missionaries huve been
removed and they can now acquire and
hold property in any part or the em
pire. The Advance states that there are
1,700 Mormon missionaries outside of
Utah and a large proportion of them
nre In the central and southern states
The Mormons huve gathered 100 congre
gations in South Carolina during the
The popular Impression that slavery
In ATrlca Is a thing of the past Is whol
ly erroneous. It Is estimated that
among 200.000,000 Africans at least 50.
000,000 are slaves. In the islands of
Zanzibar and Pemba alone, which nre
governed by Great Britain, 200,000 are
held In bondage, and the horrors of the
trade are so great that for each slave
who reaches the coast eight or nine
die on the way, so that the supply of
7,000 slaves annually smuggled Into
Znnzlbar represents the murdering of
about 60,000 annually In the region from
which they come. From Zanzibar sluves
may be legally transferred to Pemba
and from there to Arabia.
The hard work In Zanzibar, a British
dominion, is almost all performed by
slaves, and women may be seen every
day chained together In gangs of about
seven and working under the supervis
ion of a policeman armed with a lash.
The English authorities do not deny
these facts, but give ns a reason foi
their Inaction that the abolition of slav
ery would cause an uprising of the
Bill I don't suppose our fashionable
people will go to the seashore this sea
Jill Oh, I don't know. I guoss there'll
be a few big guns down there.
It Is pretty hard for some people to
spend a dollar that won't result In u
dollar-and-a-hnlf's worth of show out
side. Albort. crown prince of Belgium, nc
companlod by a small retinue, arrived
In Butte, Mont., last night over the
Great Northern from Seattle.
FIRST AMERICAN DEATHS
PLUCKY LITTLE WINSLOW
SHOT TO PIECES.
Five Men Killed, Several Wounded
-Sank a Spanish Gunboat Be
fore Sho Was Disabled Heroic
Roscue by the Hudson.
Key West, Fin., May 16. Down In the
darkened dead room of an undertaking
establishment on Duval street, with an
American Hug over his face and his
shattered arms folded over his breast,
lies the first man killed by the Spun.
Inrds In the present war. It Is Ensign
Worth Bugley of the torpedo bout
Wlnslow. Nenr by on four black slubs
nre four more dead men. Two of them,
John Dnnlels and John Meek, were suit
ors. John Vnrveres wns an oiler and
Joslah Tunnell, a negro, was cabin
These live men were killed during a
terrific attempt of the torpedo bout
Wlnslow to destroy live Spanish gun
boats In Cardenas harbor.
During a two hours' engagement one
of the gunboats was sunk, the Spanish
signnl stntlon at Diana Key was deso
lated, a portion of Cardenas was burn
ed, the United States torpedo bout
Wlnslow was disabled and and live
Americans were killed. In the attack
on the Spanlurds the Wlnslow whs sup
ported by the gunboats Machlas and
Wilmington nnd the auxiliary cruiser
A RASH ATTACK.
Nnval men here are disposed to think
thut the attack on Cardenas was jash
and Ill-timed. It wns ordered by Cap
tain Todd of the Wilmington, the rank,
lng officer present. It undoubtedly enme
about through long continued chafing
among the men on the blockading
squudron over the restraint imposed on
them by the Washington authorities.
They claim, with Justice, that the war
would have been over two weeks ago.
If there had been no cable between Key
West and Florida. Sampson Is hum
pored by It, Watson is held buck und
Remey Is snnllled. So It has come
about thut five (lend men nre lying In
the undertaker's room here, victims
more of the drawback policy of McKln
ley's kitchen cabinet than of the ne
cessltles of actual warfare. "But let It
go," Is the cry In the navy, "we will
yet get even!"
STORY OF THE FIGHT.
The three vessels thnt took part In
the attack the gunboat Wilmington,
the converted revenue cutter Hudson,
the valiant but luckless Wlnslow
stood In for Cardenas Wednesday morn
threading Diana Puss. Astern of them
came the Machlas, but this vessel took
no part In the affair at Cardenas, al
though for twenty minutes her guns
were at work on another part of de
fence. Through Blanco channel to Cardenns
bay the little squudron made Its way.
As It nenred the shnllow wnters of the
hurbbr the Wilmington slowed her en
gines nnd by signal directed the Wins,
low to skirt the enstern shore of the
buy, nnd the Hudson to reeonnoiter
along the western coast line. So fnr ns
were known here there were no bnt
terles guarding the harbor, and the pur
pose of reconnnlssance was to ascertnln
If nny or the Spanish gunboats hnd
taken reruge there, and to destroy them
u any were found. I
A CITY BATTERY. !
Torpedo boat and cutter proceeded In
obedience to signals and approached lo ,
within 2,500 yards of the city, when a
battery, nparently located In the centei ,
of the town, opened fire. This wns at '
2:0." In the afternoon. The Wilmington,
feeling her wny over the shallow wat
ers 1,000 yards In the rear, promptly ic
turned the fire. The Wlnslow nnd Hud.
son also opened fire with their guns ,
directing them at puffs or white smoke
seen on shore. ,
The two boats were then heading on
courses that converged and which
brought them nenrer to the shore. ,
Ahead or them were two desperate
barks anchored. The men of the Hud
son did not know them, but they know
now thnt these burks were placed there
for the purpose of showing the lange.
A FATAL MOVE.
With her two six-pounders hot at
work, the Hudson drew abeam of one
of the barks Just as the Wlnslow with
her one-pounders going at their full ca
pacity ran nbrenst of the other. I'p
to that time the Spnnlards' shooting
had been wild, and neither vessel had
been struck. But the moment they en
tered the dangerous spuce the eondt-1
tlons were changed and the shells came ,
whistling alt around the boats. j
One struck the Wlnslow on her star-,
board beam, and exploding In the boiler
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loom disabled the stnrbonid engine and
'tUifi-1 Tno "ctl't,l" Bear wuh carried
nWny, a moment later, and within five
mliiutjjjiV.iha bout was hit In twenty
places. ""Unable to use her engines or
to steer. Lieutenant Bernndnu, the gal
lant young captain of the Wlnslow,
himself bleeding from a frightful hurt
In the thigh, mnde a signal to the Hud
son for assistance.
HUDSON TO THE RESCUE.
That vessel promptly responded and
lay buck and headed for the crippled
bout, with shells whizzing all about
her and splashing Into the water on
every hand. The gun crews were Mill
at their places, busily hanging away
at the shitting smoke dots ashoie. As
the two vessels nenred Lieutenant J,
H. Scott, commanding the after slx
potinder of the Hudson, commanded his
men to cease firing for a moment, ami
ordered one of them to stand by with
a heaving line to throw to the Wlnslow.
Several of the crew of the Wlnsjow
wore clustered around the midship one.
launder. Scott hnlled them, "Look out
f"r the line." Ab one of the men turned
to catch the coll, a shell cut through
tin after smokeBtoek and exploded In
the group, killing three men outright
nnd mangling three others, mutilating
them so terribly thut they died within
u half hour.
"We were within fifteen feet of the
group," suld Lieutenant E. E. Mend of
the forward slx-pounder of the Hud
son, "when that shell burst. It was
the first time that our men had been
under fire, and one might huve thought
thut the spectnele would have some
thing of a demoralizing effect; on tho
other hand, It seemed to drive them
crazy with the desire of bunging tho
Spaniards on the face of the earth. 1
huve seen some rapid pluy with quick
fire guns, but I never suw anything to
equal the wny the crew worked. They
must at least have fired a shot a sec
ond from the gun."
All this time both boats were still
the tnrget for the Spanish artillery.
Faint from loss of blood, Lieutenant
Bernndnu limped along the deck of his
vessel, giving words of encouragement
to his men and orders about the hand
ling of the boat. A line was finally got
on board. As soon as the Hudson hnd
sturted ahead It parted, and another
one hud to be run.
CAUGHT A LINE.
This one wns made fast and the cut-
ter hended seaward, dragging her crip
pled consort after her, and with many
senrs In her ventilators she left the
warm place where she had been. The
dead and wounded were transferred to
the Wilmington and subsequently to
Dr. Richards, of the Machlas, which
was fallen In with later, was assigned
to accompany the Hudson here. Tho,
cutter arrived with colors at half mast.
Captain F. H. Newcomb of the Hudson
nnd his olllcers nnd crew were warmly
commended by Commander Todd of
the Wilmington for gallnntry, and by
Lieutenant Bernndou for the gallant
way In which they had stood by the
Wlnslow and rescued her from her
The Wlnslow was towed to Pedrus
Key, where she was anchored. The
boat Is very bady damnged.
Lleutennnt Scott told me that the of
ficers had been Informed thnt -1,000
Spanish are now at Cardenns. lie be
lieves, ns do the others, that the firing
was rrom the Held batteries of this
After firing a volley, the batteries
would slide to their position, a piece of
strategy which made It dltllcult ror the
guns afloat to seek them out. The field
pieces were or the four-Inch type.
SHORT AND SHARP.
The action lasted thirty-live minutes
During this time the Hudson fired 13S
rounds from her two slx-pounders. The
gunboats, which had hidden behind the
wharves, were seen close In shore, but
the distance wns so great thnt our men
could not tell what the effect of their
lire was. A building, supposed to be
the barracks, wns burned and two other
fires were started In the city by shells
from the Wlnslow.
Later reports of the lighting at Car
denns Indicated u great Improvement
in Spanish gunnery. An oillcer who
fought on board the Hudson hns told
me that a perfect hall of well-aimed
projectiles was poured on the 111-fnted
torpedo bont Wlnslow. She was hit
more than twenty times at a range of
about 2,000 yards. Her smokestacks
and conning tower were riddled, and
the mnn In the latter was severely
The shell which killed Ensign Uagley
and four men wns fired Just at the close
of the action. It exploded under n paint
locker nnd several of those killed were
literally covered from head to foot with
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The nvoruge mnn pets a good del
more comfort out of Mr. Wagner's
sleeping cars than he does out of hU
SAMPSON TAKES SAN JUAN
WHITE FLAG FLUTTERS IN
PLACE OF YELLOW RAG.
Our Floot Not Injured Spnnlsh
Fortifications Roduood No Har
bor For tho EnomloB Fleet In
surgents Gaining Ground.
Washington, D. C, May 1C. President
McKlnley roeilved a dispatch, which
came through Haytlen sources, an
nouncing the complete capitulation of
the city and fortH of San Juan do Porto
The dispatch wns Immediately com
municated to Secietary I.oiig. who pre
sented It to the naval strategy board,
which was then In session,
Secretary Lcng would not say who
sent It. lie acknowledged its receipt,
however, and supplemented the presl
dent's declurutlcn of faith In its nuthen.
The strategy board Immediately upon
the receipt of the dispatch discussed
Its contents, but nothing could be learn
ed regarding Its notion. It wuh stilted
by Secretary Iing thut the dlsputch
was not from Admiral Sampson, and
that the Inst communication he had
from him was his dlsputch of Frldny
moinlng. It Is understood that the
dispatch came through representatives
of the Haytlen government In New
York, and was communicated to the
president by olllcers of the United
Stutes slgnul corps stationed ut Gov
St. Thomas. Danish West Indies (via
Fort do Frnnce. Martinique), May 16.
Additional facts concerning the Imm
bardment of Sun Juan, Porto Rleo.show
that the firing continued for three
hours, after which Admiral Sumpsou
"I am satisfied with the morning's
work. I could hnve tnken San Junn,
but hnd no force to hold It. I merely
wished to punish the Spanlurds, und
render the port unnavlguble us a refuge
for the Spanish fieet. I came to destroy
that fieet and not to tnle San Juan."
THE IOWA ALL RIGHT.
As for the ships, they are practically
as good as they were when they went
Into nctlon. The shot which smnshed
the Iowa's boat flattened against nn
Inch nrmor plate, and the fire In the
boat was soon extinguished. Other than
this the Iowa escaped with a damaged
bridge railing nnd a battered exhaust
pipe, though eight shots struck the
The New York was even less bothered
a few holes In her runnels and ventila
tors being the only mnrks on her.
The shell which Injured the four men
scattered Its fragments nenr Admiral
Sampson, who hnd mnde the Iowa his
flagship for the action, and who stood
on the bridge with Captain Evans.
The Iown, Indiana, New York. Ter
ror and Amphitrite went close under
tno rortlficntlons after the armed tug
Wampntuck had piloted the way and
mnue soundings. The Detroit nnd Mont
gomery soon drew out of the line of
buttle, their guns being too smnll for
effective work against the fortlllcntions,
Three times the great lighting ships
swung pnst Morro and the batteries,
roaring out u continuous fire. When
ever the dense smoke would lift, great
gaps could be seen In the grny walls
or Morro, while rrom the batteries men
could bo seen scurrying In haste.
There is little doubt that the town
Itself, behind the fortifications, suf
fered severely, for some of the big
piojeotlles must hnve gone over the
mark, and tons of shot und shell were
poured upon the doomed fortifications
during the action.
The Spanish Are wns quick enough,
but ludicrously uncertain. This was
shown nfter Admiral Sampson hnd
given the order to cense firing nnd re
tire. The monitor Terror evidently mis
understood the order, for she remained
well In range of the Spanish guns and
continued the bombardment alone.
The few guns still served by the
Spnnlards, kept bunging nway at the
Terror, and some of the shots missed
her nt least a mile. She remained at
her work for half an hour before re
tiring, nnd nil this time wns not once
Out of the engagement the Ameri
can gunners nnd scumen came with
an absolute contempt for Spanish gun
nery. They are confident of nn oasy
victory when they meet the Spanish
If other people did not make so many
mistakes we should be saved a great
ilul of unnecessary trouble.
HOW SAN JUAN FELL.
Story of tho Bombnrdmont of the
With Reur Admiral Sampson's sqund
ron, Off Sun Juan. Porto Rico (via f
Thomas, Danish West Indies), May 16
San Juan Is no longer a fortified
Part or Rear Admiral Sampson's licet
for three hours Friday morning poured
shot and shell Into tho fortlllcatons.
which, though not sllonced, were ren
Tho Stmnlsh hnmikIwih iv,., -......
Verde must look to some other fortified
i"",1 ' ii in in mm errorts to be vic
torious llr flirt tviiruliliiu .. il... t!..i... i
States. ' " l,ml"
Thonch Mm fort I nn i,. ......
completely demolished, Rear Admiral
Sampson regnrds his mission to San
.,....ii un nuccesBiiii. rue bombardment
wns terrific, it t.v i, ., .. ....
warships an ndmlrabrffoxperlence and
fltllllllAtl il.... ... A -. . Lt
......I.. niBiii in lPBl ineir mnrKsman
shin In action. u-Mni. .., .i.,i...i ....
fore giving battle to the armorclnda of
"I'l.ui. jney nre now better prepared
tlinn over to itiiu.t M... run i, ,,,..... m...
,. , "-- "- -, . living hhj
add tlonal confidence thnt comes from
...iv.nK ueen unucr nre. The American
sailors would like to have, continued
she lng the San Juan fortlllcntions
until they wore completely shattered,
but Admiral Snmpson decided thnt suf
ficient dnmngo hnd been done to innke
the port useless us n fortified base.
THE DEAD AND INJURED.
In the bombardment two of our men
were killed and seven Injured. How
heavy wan the loss nmong tho Span,
lards Is not known, but It Is believed
to have been severe.
DAMAGED THE IOWA.
The enemy did some dumnge to tho
battleship Iowa nnd the cruiser New
i ork. but neltliii' nf iimu.. ai.i..a .........
m1t L,ne eon"t with nny serious
-v...n. .nv inner nnips were unscnthed.
Nearly all the shots from the Spnn
lards went wide of their mnrk. Tho
enemy nppenred to be utterly deficient
In the use of the guns. This mnde our
ships Indifferent to their reckless and
ineffective cannonade, whose only re
deeming feature was Its splrltedness.
During the engagement the bay wan
possible to set. nil tl.n .no, ...,,..,.
i . -- .... ... ,.,u v.. ,v. it;, nun
to gain a complete Idea of how the bom-
.......... i.. . cunuucieu in a detailed
manner. I wuh ..nni.t.wi i -n... ....
general plan of attack.
The AmpHnn flw. ........ ... , r.
- ......... .ink ujiiiuuciieu air
.lllnn nlwi.it nu..i. i ...
v " " viuvtiv in uie morn ng.
There were the New York. Iown, In
dlnnn. Terror, Amphitrite, Montgomery
and Detroit. Tho torpedo boat Porter
find Mw, ...... itTn. .....!. . . .
v,-v v" "umimuiucK Kepi in the
rune ' l
Admiral Sampson was on the Iowa
IIl dpHlllxl In tnm.n ...... .... ......
tlons at 5 o'clock. Shortly after that
hour Hut R cnnl "nio,.. .. ..."
given, then the oredr, "To general qunr-
-.... ....U .miii-ii wuh uirecicii on th
enstern arm of the harbor, where there
...... .i (,., m.uiv. nailery or nix-Inch
guns, as well n fti Inc. ..rr,....i..
battery. The Iowa began the flchtinD-
by throwing a shell from her twelve
Inch gun. She quickly turned her
broadside to the shore battery and
belched forth her tremendous missiles.
ui iiuhli uciion,
Then the fight beenme general, Thr
tnnnltnrH tinitraii Mini....i
i ... "' iiiisiiiiui nnuwer oi
shells Into the fortifications. The De-
u on. ujok ennnces and apparently ap
proached Within 1 (VW1 vnril. nt !. ..!.'
battery. The Spanlurds paid consider
able attention to the cruiser, but their
aim was bad, and the war vessel swept
mockingly past them in the column of
attack. It waB deemed advisable for the
Detroit to retire from the attack after
the column hnd pnssed the fortification
for the first time. The Montgomery did
not participate arter the first hair hour
or the bombardment.
The other ships, however, were under
the guns or the rortlllcatlons three
times. In spite or the grent clouds or
smoke, It could be seen that the shells
from the warships had set lire to the
Morro battery In several places. These
HreB were extinguished by the Span
lards In n short time.
Owing to the condition of the sea and
the blinding, smoke, our gunners con
ducted the bombardment under consld
ernble dllllculty. It was Impossible for
them to obtain good nlm at times, but
when the smoke would clear temporar
ily the markbtnnnship wns magnltlcent
A shell from the shore battery struck
part of the superstructure of the Iowa
and sent splinters flying. These splin
ters cnused the Injuries to tho men on
the battleship. No disorder followed
Throughout the bombardment the sail
ors on all the warships conducted them
Rear Admiral Sampson ordered the
bombardment to cense at about 7;30
The two monitors were loath to leave
the battleground. They sent parting
shots Into the buttered fortifications.
It Is believed that considerable dam
age wns done to the city of San Junn
Many shells went over the batteries
during the bombardment.
The United Stntes warships hauled
off shore within a rew minutes nfter
Admiral Sampson's order to ceuse fir
ing, nnd left San Junn In a sorry con
dition. The Spnnlsh base was no longer
effective, while the American ships,
were ready for battle at any moment.
Port Au Prince, Haytl, May 16. San
Junn, Porto Rico, is reported to have
surrendered to Admiral Sampson. Ac
cording to reports. Governor Macchlni
hauled down the Spanish Aug. As yet
the Americans have not taken fomal
possession of the city, but are said to
be cruising off the harbor, keeping up
a blockade, and watching for the Span
ish squadron of Admirals Corvera amr
Vlllamil, which was reported off Mar
tinique. There has been crnt ioit..iin ..
San Juan, the Are of the American ships
v.iiih iii-iiienuuus execution, once
they got the range.
It is also understood thnt many com-
panics of VOlnntfwrn hnvo ihrnn.n ih...
selves upon the mercy of the Insurgent
mm nave onerea io join forces with
American manufacturers of machin
ery have retently received "some un
usual orders frcm Germany.
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