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CERVERA'S FLEET SUNK
BY ADMIRAL SAMPSON
ADMIRAL CERVERA, WHOSE FLEET WAS DESTROYED AT SANTIAGO
IS AT MANILA
. Special Cable to The Citll and the New York Ilernld. Copyrighted, is<»s,
by .l:«nn-«i Gordon Bennett.
'•■MANILA, June 30, via Hongkong, July
4;- 1 -The cruiser Charleston and the
transports Australia, City of Sydney and
the City of Peking arrived here to-day.
Possession was taken by the Charles
ton of Guahan, the largest of the
Ladrone islands, owned by Spain.
Spanish Governor and other
officials captured wef^ brought to
Cavite. The United States troops com
menced to disembark it Cavite on
NEW YORK, July 3 —the Herald's
Continued on Second Page.
The San Francisco Call
SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, JULY 4, 1898.
PROBABLY KILLED OR
NEW YORK, July 3.— The Herald's
Washington correspondent telegraphs:
A rumor is in circulation that Admiral
Cervera Is among the dead on the Span
ish fleet. One report says he com
mited suicide. It may have been,
however, that he remained on his flag
ship and perished when iits magazine
CERVERA'S FLEET AS IT LOOKED WHEN IT SAILED AWAY FROM CADIZ A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO
All the SpaQisF) Vessels
SJ)after Demands the Surrender,
and tfje Foil of Santiago Is
Special Cable to The Call and the New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1808,
by Jame* Gordon Bennett.
OFF SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Sun
day, July 3 (by Herald-Call dispatch
boat Golden Rod to Kingston, Jamaica,
Monday, July 4).— Five vessels of Ad
miral Cervera's fleet have been de
stroyed by Admiral Sampson's squadron.
No American vessel has been lost.
Santiago is likely to be surrendered to
General Shafter within a few hours.
This is glorious news for the American
Fourth of July.
The Spanish Admiral, driven to desperation by the steady
advance of our troops upon Santiago and the evident intention of
the commander of our squadron to force his way into the har
bor and give battle, attempted a forlorn hope last evening.
His fleet pushed its way around the sunken wreck of the
Merrimac, and come out to sea in the bold effort to run past our
squadron and escape or to give battle.
Sampson's ships were ready. The first ship in the Spanish
squadron had not poked her nose a dozen yards beyond the nar
row entrance before she was seen by our watchful lookouts. A
moment later Admiral Sampson himself had been informed of the
news and was on the deck of the flagship signaling orders to his
commanders to close in around the mouth of the harbor and cut
off Cervera's escape.
The entire American fleet moved forward within a dozen minutes,
and in less than a quarter of an hour every vessel was crowding past
Morro Castle, and close up to the harbor, firing steadily as they ad
vanced, with the crews lustily cheering, because the movement for which
they had so long waited had at last arrived.
There was a tremendous fire from the vessels in Admiral Cervera's
squadron, as they steadily advanced, and shells fell all around the Ameri
But their fire did little damage compared with the tremendous de
struction by the guns on the American warships. The thirteen-inch shells
of our big battleships fell with deadly effect upon the Spanish ships.
The aim of our gunners was almo&t perfect in spite of the clouds of smoke
that rolled up around the fleet. ■"■':'■' '.•'■'•.'■'■■
The heat was stifling, but the officers kept their places with splendid; .'•':
bravery. : : ... : '', ■ , '•
So deadly was the aim of our gunners that three of the Spanisfc.
cruisers were soon utterly destroyed, just what ones it is not now possible
Then the Spaniards became desperate and headed two torpedo boat ".'
destroyers for the beach in order to save their crews. They are now : . :
aground on the beach complete wrecks. . . . ..■"■•;';-.
As the Call* Herald dispatch boat left to send this glorious Fourth of-
July news, the Resolute reported that more Spanish ships were coming ..•
from the eastward, but I could not learn what vessels they were,' ;' -'.}•■•
WASHINGTON, July 4.— Shortly after 12. o'clock : . this '■.
morning- Assistant Secretary of the Navy Allen left the : White. ;;
House hastily, and, going: directly to the department, posted the:
following statements on the bulletin board: . ;:;,■:
PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.— Gen- 1
eral Shafter telegraphs early this morn-:
ing: "I sent demand for immediate?
surrender of Santiago, threatening to
bombard the city. I believe the place;;
will be surrendered."
This contradicts the report that Gen
eral Shafter has fallen back.
The following dispatches were re-:
ceived at the War Department:
"PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.— Siboney
office confirms statement that all Spai*-:
jsh fleet except one warship is de*
stroyed; burning on the beach. It was
witnessed by Captain Smith, who told
the operator. No doubt of its. correct
"PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.-The de
struction of Cervera's fleet is confirmed;:
"ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel,"
"PLAYA DEL ESTE, July %AII
Spanish ships destroyed but one, and
they are close after her. Spanish ran i^
their ships close to shore, set them: oil;
fire, and then they exploded.
"ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel,-':
Adjutant General Corbin
voiced the feelings of every one of
the officials when he said:
"I don't care how the fleet was
destroyed. It was destroyed. That
is enough for me. It is great
news for the Fourth of July."
The fleet of Cervera was one of
the finest Spain possessed. Three
vesels, the Almirante Oquendo,
the Vizcaya and the Cristobal
Colon, were modern armored
cruisers of the first class. Of the
remaining vessels of the fleet the
Continued on Page Four.
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