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VOL. IX. HOOD ItlVEll, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1898. NO. 51.
Happenings Both at Home
: and Abroad.
A WEEK'S NEWS CONDENSED
interesting Collection of Items From
Many Places Culled From the Fress
Itoports of the Current Week.
The senate has passed the bill pro-
Tiding tor mail facilities in the army,
The house pnssed the senate bill
authorizing the army to feed the Cu
bans and the people of the island of
A special from Madrid says the
municipal buildings at Linares have
been sacked and the crowd flied on by
soldiers. Fourteen were killed and 60
wounded. , , .
, The cruiser Charleston" has been
placed in commission at Valejo, Cal
She will be dispatched with supplies
for Dewey after being ducked and over
' Orders have been sent to Admiral
Dewey by the McCulloch from Hong
Kong to re-e8tabliHli cable communica
tion. Manila is said to be short of
provisions and prompt relief measures
are necessary to avert suffering.
Certain powors, it has been definitely
learned, says a London dispatch, have
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Hguiu iii.iuu uvui lurua w vrreufc oniHiii,
looking to intervention in the war be'
tween Spain and the United States, but
Great Britain persisted in her refusal
to take patt in such a move.
The Yukon, river will be open - for
navigation about June 1, snys the latest
arrival at Skagway from Dawson. Hia
belief is based on tho fact that unusu
ally warm weather prevails on the
Yukon. Twenty millions of Klondike
gold is expected to come out this
The LaFayette, a French liner,
bound from Corunna, Spain, for Havana.
Was captured oil the latter port by the
gunboat Annapolis, Com manner Hun
ker, while trying to run the blockade,
after having previously been warned
off. ' She had on board a large number
of passengers and a valuable cargo, pos
sibly containing contraband of war. It
is said in Washington that the incident
may lead to complications with Franoe.
In acooidance with the recommenda
tion of the president, embodied in a
message Kent to congress, that body
passed a resolution of thanks to Com
. modoro (now admiral) Dewey, anil the
officers and crews of the vessels of his
squadron, for their brilliant achieve
ment in defeating the Spanish fleet in
Manila bay, and in capturing the forti
fications and defenses at Cavite. A bill
was also passed promoting Dewey to
the rank of admiral. .
The anti-English sentiment. in Cuba
is being fostered by tho Spanish press,
and it is rapidly becoming stronger.
Porto Rico is said to be on the eve of
revolt. The inhabitants are unable
to longer endure the present situation.
The Spanish gold premium is nearly
80 per cent and the government is try
ing to place treasury bills In London,
offering as much as 15 per cent, but at
present with no prospect of success. ,
Frederick R. Coudert, the eminent
lawyer and jurist, who represented the
United States in tho Behriug sea com
mission, says the United States may
rightfully retain the Philippine islands.
Captain Kent, a British torpedo ex
pert, who has returned to Toronto,
after an examination - of the Maine
wreck gives it as his opinion that a
' mine laid by Spanish officers destroyed
the battle-ship. '
A dispatch from Kingston, Jamaica,
says that General Pando has ordored
all the garrison In eastern Cuba to con
centrate in Manzanillo, Neuvitas,
Gantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. All
other places have been evacuated.
Between $12,000 and $15,000 went
up in flames and smoke on the Linnton
road -about three miles from Portland,
Or. The property destroyed was M.
1 Bqrelbach's crematory and ontbuidings,
together with 110 head of hogs. ( The
fire is supposed to have been of an in
cendiary origin. : , ; .'
San Francisco will at once become a
base of important military and naval
operations. Before many days .6,000
armed men will be encamped on the
Presidio reservation. Orders have been
received to this effect by General Mer
riam, commanding the department of
California and the Columbia.
The mail bags on the Spanish steam
er Argonaut, which was brought in by
the Marblehead contained a letter from
Havana under date of April 26, which
spoke of suffering among the poorer
classes of the population, who were en
tirely without means of stippoit. The
writer himself said he did not know
whore he was to got his dinner. .'
Water spouts and tornadoes have
played havoc and Ndono hundreds of
thousands of dollars worth of damage
near Van Buren, Ark. : Three houses
were blown down at Rudy, and it is re
ported that Winslow, a summer resort
on the top of Boston mountain, . is en
tirely gone. The Arkansas rivor is 25
miles wide in places, ami is now four
inches higher than it was in 1803,
which was the highest on record. :
The senate has passed the postoffice
bill and a bill providing for enlistment
of 10,000 immunes in the South. .
It is said Spanish spies are apparent'
ly at work in this country. Evidence
has been discovered of a plot to blow
up the looks at Sault St. Marie.
- Admiral Montejo, in charge of the
Spanish fleet at Manila, Is reported to
have been killed by the populace after
having escaped from Cavite.
Assistant Seoretary Melklejohn has
chartered about 80 shins with a ca
pacity of 25,000 men. They are to be
used to convey troops to the Philip
pines and Cuba. -
The Spanish government has no
money to buy war supplies, and will
therefore insist that the cortea sit con
tinuously until credits are voted. Pro.
visions and especially wheat are becom
ing scarce at Madrid.
. A correspondent of a London paper
says Sagasta knows Spain's cause is
hopeless. He acknowledges the situa
tion is most grave, and again declares
that his country was forced into war by
the United States.
: The entire army stationed at Chicka-
'mauga Park has been ordered to the
trout. The First and Tenth cavalry
go to New Orleans, the Second cavalry
to Mobile, the Third and Sixth to
Tampa. The entire body of infantry
goes to Tampa.
The torpedo-boat Winslow engaged
three Spanish gunboats off Cardenas
bay. She disabled one, and put all
three to flight, and oame out unscathed
Lieutenant Bernardo, Ensign Bagley
and the men of the Winslow thought
the odds of three to one fair.
It Is asserted in Hong Kong that Ad
miral Dewey finds the insurgents at
the Philippines growing dangerous.
He cannot control them, nor can he en
able the Spaniards to do so. Massa
cres are said to have occurred outside
Manila, the insurgents killing Spanish
women and children.
Under the law Admiral Dewey and
his men have become entitled to a rich
bounty. Even if the numerical 1m
portanoe of the fleet of Admiral Mon
tejo has been overestimated, the pffl
cera and men of the Asiatio squadron
will be entitled to share among them
something like $187,000 bounty money,
Sir Charles Dilke, an eminent British
authority, when asked whether any
question of international law or prac
tice affected the United States' right
to retain the Philippines, said: "None
whatever. The ' States will hold the
Philippines by th right of conquest.
No power or powers will have the
slightest title to interfere."
News has been received by the navy
department that the Spanish Cape
Verde fleet has arrived at Cadiz. The
object of this move, It is believed, is
the concentration ot the entire Spanish
fleet for a bold stroke, in accordance"
with the plans of the Spanish minister
of marine, as unofficially announced
from Madrid last week. The return
of the Cape Verdes fleet to Cadiz leaves
Sampson with no Spanish fleet to fight,
except those smaller craft in Cuban
A Madrid dispatch says orders' have
been sent to the governor-general of the
Philippines to resist to the death . the
attack on Manila.
A dispatch from Bahia, Brazil, an
nounces the arrival there of the battle
ship Oregon. It Is said her call at
Bahia was in accordance with, instruc
tions from' Washington.
The cabinet has decided to Inaugurate
an agressive campaign against the
Spaniards in the Philippines and Cuba.
Five thousand troops will be sent to
Manila at once from the Pacific coast.
Later on Havana will be attaoked from
the re ir by the United States and In
surgent troops, and by the fleet ' n
Cable advices received from Rear
Admiral Sampson announce his arrival
off the coast of Hayti with a division
of his fleet. .He will remain at the
point where he is now located until the
department or one of the soouts inform
him of the appearance of the Spanish
men-of-war, "which sailed from St.
Vincent nine days ago.
The dons tricked Commander Lam-
berton. sayB a Manila dispatch to the
New York Herald. He had been sent
to take Cavite arsenal. ; He demanded
their surrender, but they asked for more
time. Upon their request being grant
ed they improved their opportunities
by fleeing to Manilla and taking with
them the Mauser rifles of the fort. ,
Another tale of death on the Alaska
trail has been received at Victoria, 1 B.
C. Twenty-two men were engulfed in
the waters of an icebound mountain
stream near Crater lake. , Of the party
not one iffe was saved. The sudden
breaking of the ice on which ti e gold -
seekers were walking sent them to
their doom without, a moment's warn-.
ng. The names of the dead are un
The surgeon of the Castllla says that
in the battle of Manila the Spanish
Admiral Montejo was wounded. ,The
captain, chaplain and. 00 others were
killed and 60 wounded on the Castilla.
One hundred and fifty were killed and
00 wounded on tre Reina Cristina,
Admiral Montelo's flagship. Five were
killed and 90 wounded on the Don Juan
de Austria; four killcdiand 50 wounded
on the Ulloa.
The Transport Gussie
AMMUNITION AND SUPPLIES
Several More Transports Will Be Sent as
Soon as They Can Be Loaded Major
' General Nunez lleturos From Cuba
Will Conduct a Vigorous Campaign
Tampa, Fla., May 11. The steamer
Gussie, one of the Mallory line boats,
chartered by the government for use as
a transport, will sail for Cuba before
morning, loaded with arms, ammuni
tion and supplies furnished by the
United States government for the use
of the Cuban insurgents. 1 A company
of 100 United States troops from the
First regiment of .infantry will accom
pany the expedition, and aid in guard
ing the landing of the valuable cargo,
and will, if necessary, penetrate into
the Interior far enough to place the
supplies in the hands o the insurgents.
The expedition will be in charge of Cap
tain VV. H. Dorst, General Miles' aid,
who has just returned from Cuba.
The Gussie his on board between
6,000 and 7,000 . Springfield rifles,
about 20,000 rounds of ammunition,
and several hundred boxes flf provi
sions, consisting principally of canned
meats and hardtack. The utmost
eeorecy is maintained regarding the
point of landing,' but, in view of Cap
tain Do'st's recent landing near Ha
vana, where he communicated with
the insurgent leader, General Delgado,
it is supposed that the expedition will
be headed for a point not far from Ha
vana. The Gussie had mounted on
her forward deck a ohe-pounder rapid
fire gun. It is understood, however,
that she will be met not far from Key
West by a gunboat from the blockad
ing equadron, and escorted to the desig
nated landing place. : .
The ! Whitney, a sister ship of the
Gussie; whioh sailed for Dry Tortugas
with two companies of the Twenty-fifth
infantry, returned today. . It is inti
mated that she will follow the Qussio
to Cuba as soon as the arms and sup
plies can be loaded. - Eefore a week
has passed'it is believed the insurgent
leaders will have been furnished with
arms enough for at least 15,000 men,
and, with a base of supplies established
on the coast, a "vigorous campaign
against the Spanish forces will be in
augurated. Large amounts of powder
and projectiles for the blockading
squadron are now arriving here. ,
. On Pionic island there are 12 cars
loaded with dynamite torpedoes, pow
der and other ammunition, which will
be sent to Key West, and as many more
cars are on the wharf tracks. An extra
heavy guard has been placed around
the cars. Hundreds of carpenters are
at work today fitting up big transports.
It is believed now that all of the boats
here will be in readiness for loading by
Wednesday night. , . ."
- General Nunez Returns.
Washington, May 11. Major-Gcneral
Nunez, of the Cuban army, arrived
here last night on his return from land
ing a party in Cuba. This landing was
effected about two weeks ago, after con
ferences between Nunez, General Miles
and Senor Quesada, the Cuban delegate,
and was for the purpose of opening up
communication with Generals Garcia
and Gomez. , After a brief conference
with Mr Quesada, General Nunez left
for New York, where he will report to
President Palma The results of his
trip areguarded with much care by the
Cuban officials here, who deem it inex
pedient to discuss what General Nunez
did. It is said, however, that his party
found no difficulty in establishing com
munication with the Cuban command
ers in tlie island. , ;'"' :
It is understood that General Nunez
will continue organizing parties of
Cubans to go to the front, and will
have command of the . united Cuban
forces other than those in the field un
der Garcia and Gomez.
GOMEZ EAGER TO AID.
His Troops Are Badly. In Need of Arms
' and Ammunition''
New York, May 11. A commission
er sent to Gomez' camp has returned
here. Gomez formally declares his
readiiv es to co-operate with Miles and
Sampson whenever the United States
has available the Jand forces necessary
to take Havana without risking many
of our soldiers.
Hunger in the field almost equals
Weyler's cemetery ,' towns. Ten
thousand Cuban revolutionists have
died in the last four months. Gomez'
own forces in Santa Clara are now liv
ing vicariously on small game. Other
portions are worse,-and but 20,000
healthy soldiers remain.
There are 12,000 men in Southeast
ern Cuba; 2,000 in Santa Clara under
Carillo, 1,500 in Matanzas under Betan
tourt; 1,500 in Havana under various
email leaders: 8.000 in Pinar del Rip.
The Spaniards at Manila Are Still
London, May 11. A dispatch to the
Daily Mail from Hong Kong says a
communication from Manila asserts
that the Spaniards are still arrogan
and not likely to surrender until the
city is blown to pieces. A telegraph
operator has gone with the McCullooh
to see what can be done with the cable,
The Hong Kong correspondent of the
Chronicle says the British in Manila
have forwarded a petition to Vioe-Ad
miral Seymour, commander-in-chief of
the Chinese station, for further naval
assistance, and it is anticipated that
additional ships will be sent there.
lhe British consul is working in liar
mony with the American commander,
but it Is felt that the British interests
require supervision . by a force suffici
ent to'keop the Spaniards and natives
In check. - !
There is no desire to advocate Briit
ish acquisition of the Philippines, thus
completing the ohain of British posses
sions from the Straits settlements by
Borneo to this colony. It is felt that
the occupation of thi Philippines by
any other great European power would
be most dangerous to their interests,
Business at Manila is at a complete
standstill, but the Spaniards are not
likely to surrender until the city is
blown to pieces. The British inhabit
ants, however, are confident that the
trouble will soon be over.
A Substantial Recognition of His He
1 Washington, May 11. A fitting
tribute was paid by the senate to Com
modore Dewey for the magnifloent vie
tory he aohieved in the battle of Manila
bay. The message from the president
was received recommending that a vote
of thanks be extended by congress to
Commodore Dewey and the gallant
officers 'and men of- his command.
Without a word of debate and without
a dissenting voice, the senate agreed'to
the resolution carrying into effect the
reoommenuation of the president.
The senate went farther than that.
A bill was passed .increasing the num
ber of rear-admirals to seven, in order
that the president might nominate
Dewey to the highest position in the
navy within his gift, and that, too, was
passed without dissent.
In addition, a joint resolution was
unanimously agieed to, directing the
secretary of the navy to present to
Commodore Dewey a sword of honor,
and have struok. in commemoration of
the battle of Manila, a bronze medal
for each of the officers and men who
participated in the gallant flirht. The
resolution appropriates $10,000 to ena
bio the secretary to oarry these provis
ions into effect '
MORE TROOPS WANTED.
A Secend Call for Volunteers Will Be
- Made Soon. :
Olympia, Wash., May 11. Governor
Rogers today received the following
telegram from Representative Lewis,
dated Washington: "
"Inform any of the Guard omitted
from present selected quota that the
seoretary of war assures me new quota
will be sought .from Washington in
next call, which will be in 10 days."
The governor said should this second
call be made it must be largely filled
from companies yet to be organized.
Parties desiring can form companies
upon a volunteer basis, and if the pres
ident makes a call for more troops they
will be seleoted from the companies so
organized. ' - ' .
The governor is in receipt of a large
number of requests from patriotic citi
zens requesting appointments in the
service; and from others who desire to
become commissioned officers with
power to form companies to be after
ward , mustered into the national
-SPAIN'S BREAD RIOTS. .
Many Victims Killed in Their Efforts
to Secure Food.
London, May 11. The Madrid corre
spondent of the Telegraph says: Bread
riots continue throughout Spain. The
painful monotony of the story was
nrouen mis morning oynewsoi victims
killed and wounded in their wild at
tempts to obtain food. In Ciudad Real
and almost every town in the province
of that name there were serious disor
ders, and the outbreaks were only
quelled by the military. Now: it apr
pears that the prisons are too small and
too few to-contain the people arrested.
Yesterday at Linares 14,000 work
men became disorderly, and a regular
battle ensred with , the municipal
guards. The rioters possessed them-,
"elves of a quantity of firearms, and
the streets were, barricaded, and they
remained so till the moment of tele
graphing. Twelve dead bodies and
many wounded still lie in the streets,
and nobody dares to remove any of
them on account of the firing, which
New York, May 10. The Herald
says: Members of the Porto Kico revo?
lutionary junta in this city have re
ceived advices from the West Indies
stating that the natives of Porto Rioo
have risen at Junioas and Balamar,
and that upon the arrival of the United
States fleet, 70,000 men will take the
field against Spain.
Revised Story of the
YANKEE SKILL AND DARING
The Spanish Fleet Was Caught With
t out Steam A Futile Attempt Was
Made to Blow Up American Ships
With Submarine Mines.
Hong Kong, May 10. Owing to the
faot that the cable between this port
and the Philippines was not in working
order, having been cut, it is said, some
distance from the capital of the island,
there has been delay in obtaining a de
tailed account of the battle, and the
facts in the case ' were only available
when the 'United States gunboat Hugh
McCulloch V arrived here yesterday,
and even then the tremendous pressure
of business suddenly thrown upon the
cable necessarily made the entire ao
coiint of the engagement somewhat
Commodore Dewey's orders were to
capture or destroy the Spanish fleet,
Bn3 never were instructions executed
in so complete a fashion. At the end
of -seven hours there was absolutely
nothing left of the Spanish fleet but a
few relics. The American commander
haq most skillfully arranged every de
tail of the action, and even the ap
parently most insignificant features
were carried out with perfeot punctu,
ality,.and on railroad time-table order.
At the end of the action Commodore
Dewey anchored his fleet in the bay
before Manila and sent a messenger to
Governor-General August! " announcing
the inauguration of the blockade, and
adding that if a shot was fired against
his ships he would destroy every bat
tery about Manila. , '
The position occupied by the Span
iards, the support which their ships re
ceived from the land batteries, and the
big guns they had ashore, 'gave them
an i enormous advantage..- Therefore,
when it is oonsidered that the .Span
iards lost over 600 men in killed and
wounded, and that their naval aisenal
at Cavite was also destroyed with Its
defenses, it will become apparent that
the victory of the Amerioan oommodore
Is one of the most complete and wonder
ful'aohievements in the history of na
. Not a man on ' board the . American
fleet was killed; not a ship was dam
aged to any extent, and only , six men
were injured slightly on boards the
Baltimore. . This grand achievement
is quite as much due to the generalship
of Commodore Dewey as to the fact
that the American gunners, ships and
guns are superior to any fleet anywhere.
Great credit must also be given to
the fullest extent to the officers under
Commodore Dewey, for to a man they
seconded their gallant commander in
every way possible, and thus helped
him win the laurels which are justly his.
Commodore Dewey arrived at Subig
bay, about 30 miles north of Manila
bav, Saturday, April 80, and sent the
Baltimore and Concord to reconnoiter
thejenemy. They found no Spanish
ships at the entrance of the bay, and
so Commodore Dewey decided to risk
the mines ana proceed that same night
attet dark into the bay of Manila,
which he did.
The order of battle taken by the
Spaniards was with all the small craft
inside the stone and timber breakwaters
of Cavite harbor. The larger ships of
Spain cruised off Uavite and Manila.
The American fleet entered Manila
bay Saturday night with the greatest
ease, lhe Spaniards bad not estab
lished a patrol, and there were no
searchlights at the entrance of the bay.
The early, hours oi tne morning re
vealed the ships to each other, and the
Spanish flagship opened fire. Its ' ac
tion was followed by some of the larger
Spanish warships, and then the Cavite
forts opened up, and the smaller Span
ish ships brought their guns into play.
The American suardon, which entered
the bay through the shells of the Span
iards, whioh began to strike the water
around them, moved majestically on
When nearing Bakor bay, a sudden
upheaval of water a sh6rt distance
ahead of the Olympia showed that the
Spaniards had exploded a mine or a
torpedo. This was followed by a sec
ond and similar explosion. They were
both utterly unsuccessful.
The Amerioan fleet was then draw
ing nearer and nearer to the Spaniards,
whose gunnery was very poor, the
shots from the Cavite batteries and
Spanish ships being equally badly
aimed, either falling short or wide of
their mark. v
When the American fleet entered the
bay, coming through the southern
channel between Caballo and Frile in
lets, the following was the order:
Flagship Olympia, Baltimore, Raleigh,
Concord, Boston, Petrel and McCul
loch. The two store ships, Nanshan
and Zeafiro, brought up the rear.
In that order they swept grandly be
fore the city and faced the enemy in
column line. .
Though the Spaniards had opened
fire at 6,000 yards, the Americans re
served their fire until within 4,000
yards of the enemy, when the real bat.
tie began. The Reina Cristina, Cas
tilla, Don Antonio de Ulloa, Isla de
Cuba, Isla de Luon and Mindanao
were in line of battle outside of Cavite
at that time, with their four gunboats
and the torpedo-boats inside the har
bor. ' ' ' ' . : '
The American ships passed . back
ward and forward six times across the
front of the Spaniards, pouring in ;
upon the latter a perfect hail of shot
and shell. Every ' American shot
seemed to '-"tell, . while almost every
Spanish shot missed the mark. ,
After having thus soattered "demor
alization among the Spanish fleet and
batteries, the American fleet retired
for breakfast, and incidentally a coun
cil of war was held on board the
Olympia. ' "
By this time the Spanish ships wre
in a desperate condition. The flag
ship Reina Cristina was riddled with n
shot and shell, one of her steam pipes
had burst, and she was believed to be
on fire. The Castilla was certainly on
fire, and soon after the fire became
worse and worse, until they , wore
burned to the water's edge. ,
The Don Ulloa made a most magnifi
cent display of bravery. When her
commander found she was so torn, by
American shells that be could not keep
afloat, he nailed her colois to her mast
and sank with all hands fighting to the
last.. She was completely riddled, and
her upper deok had been swept dear ,
by the awful fire of the American
guns, but the Spaniards, though their
vessel was sinking beneath them,' con- .
tinued working her guns on her lower
deck until she sank beneath the waters.
During the engagement a Spanish
torpedo-boat crept along the shore and
around the offing in an attempt to at
tack the American storeships, but she
was . promptly discovered. She ; was
driven ashore and was actually blown
to pieces. : , -
The Mindanao had meanwhile been
run ashore to save her from sinking,
and v the Spanish small . craft . had .
sought shelter from the steel storm be
hind the breakwater. ; , -
The battle, which was started at
about 5 A. M., and adjourned at 8:30
A. M., was resumed about noon, when
Commodore .Dewey, star ted in , to put
the finishing , touches on his furious -work.
There was not much fight left
in the Spaniards by that time. At 2
P. M. the Petrel and ; Concord had
shot the Cavite batteries into-silence,
leaving them heaps ot ruins and flout
ing the white flag. .
She Spanish gunboats were then
scuttled, the arsenal was on fire, and
the explosion of a Spanish magazine
caused further mortality to the Span
ish defenders on shore.
On the water the burning, sunken
or destroyed Spanish vessels could be
seen, while only the cruiser Baltimore
had suffered in any way from the fire
of the enemy. A shot -which struck
her exploded some ammunition near '
one of hef guns and slightly injured a
dozen of the crew.
Shots passed dangerously close to
Commodore Dewey, but little or no
damage was done on board the flagshjp.
X On the other hand, about 160 men
are said to have been killed on board
the Spanish flagship, whioh was to
tally destroyed. Admiral Montejo,
the Spanish admiral, transferred his
flag to the Isla de l"Uiua when his ship
caught fire, but the latter was also de
stroyed in due course of time. The
Reina Cristina lost her captain, a lieu
tenant, her. chaplain, and a midship- '
man by one shot which struck her
bridge. About 100 men were killed
and 60 wounded on board the Castilla.
Indeed, some estimates place the num
ber of Spanish wounded d uring tho en- '
gagement at over 1,000 ineoi-
The Olympia was struck five Jtinies
about her uppei works, and a whale
boat of the Raleigh was smashed. , : .
Although the Krnpp guns on the es
planade of Manila were fired continu
ally during the engagement, Commo
dore Dewey did not reply to them, and
the battery afterwards hoisted a white
flag in token of surrender T ,
The terms of the capitulation were
still unsettled when . the McCulloch
left Manila, but it was said Commo
dore Dewey feared rioting upon the
part of the insurgents if he attempted
a bombardment of the remaining forti- ,
fications at Manila.
The forts at the entrance of the bay
were dismantled Wednesday after they
had capitulated. ...'.''-- ,
It is said the commodore ordered the
cable to be cut, because the Spaniards
refused to permit him to use it ..pend
ing the complete surrender of the city.
It is undei stood that the Spanish
ships did not get under steam until '
after the. alarm was' given.
It is said, that the Spanish com
mander informed the governor-general
that it was advisable to surrender in
the interest of humanity, as it was im
possible to resist successfully, but that
he and his men were willing enough to
fight and die. Even when the1 Spanish
flagship was shot half away, her -commander,
though, wounded, refused to
leave the bridge till the ship was
burning and sinking, her stern shat
tered by a shell and her steam pipe
As yet, there are no further details