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gow THEY SUNK MERRIMAC.
|U the Pace o( ** ,e Gun» on the S|mn |a h Battery Opiiunlte Murr» lau Hr, in the Harbor of Suntlnao He Cuba—The Story In Full, dll Santiago de Cuba, June 3.- The Meirinuie laid on board ÜOU tons of coal when she " as scuttled across the chan nel Lieutenant Hobson started on his dar in,- errand at 3 o'clock this morning. The jlerriinac was lying to the westward. Tinier cover of the clouds over the moon 6 (ie stole toward the coast, made her way tu the eastward, followed by a launch f rum the New York with the following cre w on board: Naval Cadet J. W. l'ow elt of Oswego, N. Y.; P. K. Peterson, eoxwain; H. Haldford, apprentice of Ihe fjt>t class; J. Mullings, coal passer; G. L, Kussell, machinist of the second class. In the launch were bandages and appli ances for the wounded. Ilulterleu Turned Loose, prom the crowded decks of the New York nothing could be seen of the Mer jimac after site hud got under the shad ows of the hills. For half an hour of Hcers and men strained their eyes peering into the gloom when suddenly, the Hash of a gun streamed out from Mono castle and then the New York knew the Mcr rimac was nearing her end. The guns from the Spanish battery opposite Morro castle answered quickly with more Hashes and for about 20 min utes flashes of tire scented to leap across the harbor entrance. The flagship was far away to hear the reports and whe I j j j I j I I I ! j j i j j I I .•n the filing ceased it was judged that [ llobsun had blown up the Merriinae. For au hour the un.xious watchers waited for daylight. Hear Admiral Sampson and Captain Chadwick were on me bridge of the New York throughout. At 5 o'clock thin streams of smoke were seen against the western shore quite close to the Spanish batteries and strong glass es made out the launch of the New York returning to the flagship. Scarcely had the small craft been sighted before a puff of smoke issued from a battery on the western arm of the harbor and a shot plunged far over the launch. Then for 15 minutes the big guns on the eoast kept up an irregular tire on the little launcu. Had Hone I'niler «lie «un». At 0:15 a. m. the launch came along side the flagship but she did not have on hoard any of the crew of the Merriniae. Cadet l'owell reported that he had been unable to see any sign of the Merriinae s crew. It developed that with great brav ely the crew had gone right under the batteries and only returned when hope of taking on board the crew of the Mer rimae had to be abandoned. Cadet Powell also reported he had clearly seen the Merrimac's mast sticking up just where Hobson hoped to sink her, north of the Estrella battery and well past the guns of Morro castle. lint of the heroes who had penned the Spaniards in there was not a sound or a sign. Rear Admiral Sampson said: ''I am pretty sure the attempt was quite suc cessful. I hope all those brave fellows are not captured." Cadet Powell believed the torpedoes previously fixed aboard the Merrimac were exploded as planned, as Lieutenant Hobson was well up the harbor before the Spaniards opened fire on the Merrimac. How Holtsuu Sunk Ihe Merrimac. AY hat actually happened on the Merri mac can best be judged from what Lieu tenant Hobson said just before leaving the flagship. He said: "I shall go right into the harbor until about 400 yards ]>a.st the Estrella battery, which is behind Mono castle. 1 do not think they can sink us before l reach somewhere near that point, The Merrimac has shall keep her full speed ahead. She can make about 10 knots. "When the narrowest part of the chan nel is reached 1 shall put her helm hard aport stop her engines, drop the anchors, open the sea connections, touch off the torpedoes nnd leave the Merrimac a wreck lying athwart the channel, which is not as broad as the Merrimac is long. There are 10 8-incli improvised torpedoes below the water line on the Merrimac s port side. They are placed on her side against the bulkheads nnd vital spots, connected with each other by a wire un der the ship's keel. Each torpedo con tains 82 pounds of gunpowder. Each tor pedo is also eon ms-ted with the bridge and they should do their work in a min ute and it will be quick work even if done in a minute and a quarter. "rin deck there will be four men and myself. ]n the engine room there w ill be two other men. This is a total crew and all of us will be in our underclothing, with revolvers and ammunition in water tight packing strapped around our waists. Forward there will be a man on deck and around his waist, will lie a line, the other end of the line being made fast to the Fridge on whieh I*will stand. By flint mans side will he an ax. When I stop the engine I will jerk the cord and will thus give the signal to cut the lashing which will cut the forward anchor. He wdl then jump overbonrd and swim to the '•"r oared dingy which we shall tow The dingy Is full of life buoys unsinkable. In it are rifles. It i« 000 buovanev und I j and to I*, )),,](i jjy two ropes one made fast « her how and one at her stern. The ri- t man to reach her will haul in the line and pull the dingy out to slar , ar 'h The next to leave the ■P are the rest of the crew. The quartermaster at the wheel will not leave l' n , 1 "fter putting it hard aport and s ed it so. he will then jump overboard "IWn Mow the man at the reversing ■*"] "top the engines, scramble upon w x and no* — a. ..._____• and get over the side as quieklv as ÏÂ. *"<*» i" the engine i^nm riî"* k * sledg e hammer and will follow his lead er into the water. This lnd stop insures the sinking of the Merriinae whether the torpedoes work or not. Then Touch (lie Hutton. "By this time 1 caleulate the six men "'ll be in the dingy, and the Merriinae will have swung athwart the channel to the full length of her 300 yards of cable, Whieh will be paid out before the anchors are eut loose. Then it is mv time to touch the button. 1 shall stand on the starboard side of the bridge. The ex plosion will throw the Merriinae on her staiTsiard side. Nothing on this side of New York city w ill be able to raise lier after that." "And you expect to come out of this alive ?" asked a companion of the lieu tenant. .Never ThouKht of the Kink. "Ah: that is another thing," said the lieutenant. He was so interested in the mechanical details of the scheme that he scarcely stopped to talk of possible death. In reply to frequent questions, Hobson said : "1 suppose the Estrella battery will fire dow n on us a bit, but the ships will throw their searchlights in the gunners' faces and they won't see much of us. Then, if we are torpedoed, we should even then he able to make the desired position in the channel. It won't he easy to hit us, and 1 think the men should be able to sw im to the dingy. 1 may jump before 1 am blown up. Hut I don't see that it makes much difference what I do. 1 have a fair chance of life either way. If our dingy gets shot to pieces we shall then try to swim for the beach right under Morro castle. We sliall keep together at all hazards. Then we may be able to get back to the ship. We sliall fight the sentries or a squad until the Tust, and we shall only surrender to over whelming numbers, and our surrender only take place as a last and as a must uncontemplated emergency." Lieutenant Hobson might have been lecturing to a class of cadets on the the ory of how to build ships so deliberate was his manner. He was lately at Annap olis, in charge of the post-graduate course in naval construction, and is accounted one of the most able naval constructors in the service, being entirely wrapped up in his profession. The preliminary work of this desperate undertaking was a strain upon the of ficers and men. On Wednesday morning, directly after Rear Admiral Sampson ar rival and as soon as lie was certain the Spanish fleet was in the harbor, the prep arations to scuttle the Merrimac in the channel were commenced. All day long crews from the New York and Brooklyn were on board the collier, never resting in their efforts to prepare her. She lay alongside the Massachusetts discharging coal w hen the work was first begun. The news of the intended expedition traveled quickly through the fleet, and it soon became known that volunteers were needed for a desperate undertaking. Volunteers l»> Hundred». j wa j j , From the Iowa's signal yard quickly fluttered the announcement that she had HO volunteers, and the other ships were not far behind. On the New York the enthusiasm w as intense. Over 2Ö0 mem bers of the crew volunteered to go into that narrow harbor and face death. The junior officers literally jumped over each other in their eagerness to get their names on the volunteer list. Commander Miller, who had charge of the Merrimac, pleaded with the admiral to let him go, but the latter thought he had better not. When it was learned that only six men and Lieutenant Hobson wer to "go there was considerable disap pointment on all sides and when the New York's contingent went over the side lat er on Wednesday night some of those who were left were almost ready, brave and strong as they were, to sit down and All Wednesday night the crews worked aboard the Merrimac which then lay close to the New York, and the other shi]« as they passed the collier before sundown cheered her with the same spirit that j the British man of warsman cheered the ■ " heroism at Samoa. American sailors Lieutenant Hobson paid a short visit to the flagship shortly before midnight and then returned to the Merrimac on board of which craft he had been all day. As he started down the sea ladder there were many hands stretched out to grasp his and many quiet spoken earnest wishes for his success. It was thought then Hob son would take the Merrimac in early in the morning. At 3 o'clock the admiral and Flag Lieu tenant Staunton got into the launch to make an inspection of the Merrimac. The working gangs were still on board of her and on hoard the New York the officers of the flagship stood on the quarter deck, their glasses focussed on the big black hull that was to form an impassable ob struction for Spain's liest ships. The minutes slipped by, the crews had not completed their work on the Merri mae, but. at last, n boatload of men, black and tired nut. came over to the flagship. Hist of all at 4:30 o'clock came the ad miral. TTe had been delayed by a break down of the steam launch. Flr»l Attempt—Called Hack. Dawn was breaking over Santiago de Cuba und nearly everybody thought it late for the attempt to be made that morning. Then somebody cried: "She is going in!" Surely enough, the seemingly deserted collier was seen heading straight for Mor ro castle. The torpedo boat Porter was Icing in near the flagship and Admiral Sampson's orderly, Lieutenant Staunton, snatched up the megaphone anil hailed the Porter, saying: "Porter, there; tell the Merriniae to return immediately." Smoke was pouring from the. Porter's smokestacks and the dark little craft darted toward the shore. By that time darkness had quite disappeared and uuicklv as the fast torpedo boat tore | * . . . : i. „„J no if elm thron; ,'h the water it seemed as if she would never head off the Merrimac At last, « hen under the range of when under the range of the ; Spaniards the 1 orter crciss^l the MetTi ' "«e's hows and a «gh from the eager waU-he, for thought " ,1 " ath for H ° b ^ ' Vhat it was sure death for Hobson to venture in at that hour. Sometime after •> o clock the Porter came tearing back and the Merrimac to every one's surprise, kept lier position. Admiral Sampson, t aptain ( hudwick and Lieutenant Staun ton could not understand until Lieuten ant Fremont from the deck of the torpedo boat shouted: ''Lieutenant Hobson asks permission to continue on his course. He thinks he can make it." But in stern tones the admiral sent Hobson a message to the effect that the Merrimac must return at once and in due course of time the doomed collier slowly steamed luick, her commander ev idently disappointed with the order re ceived from the admiral thrmjgh the com mander of the Porter, Hobson's figure standing out vividly on the lonely bridge of the Merrimac. All day yesterday the collier lay near the flagship and more elaborate prepara tions were made to carry out the mission of the Merrimac successfully. During these preparations Hobson was tireless, cool and confident, supervising personally every little detail. When finally Hobson went on board the Merrimac last night he had been without sleep since Wednes day morning. His uniform was begrim ed, his hands were black and he looked like a man who hud been hard at work in an engine room for a long lime. As he said good bye, the lieutenant remarked that his only regret was that all of the New Y'ork's volunteers could not go with him. Two Men Who Dl»obe>ed Order». When the Merrimuc started yesterday morning on• the trip for which she was recalled she had on board of lier two men who had no right to be there. They were Assistant Engineer Crank of the Merrimac and Boatswain Muliin of the New York, who hud been working on the collier all day. These two men refused to leave the ship and as their dis obedience was of the nature which pro duced the Cushings and Furraguts of the American navy it was not officially rec ognized. The spirit shown by the men and offic ers of tfie fleet in connection with the Merrimac expedition is really grand and beyond being merely expressed in words. Under these circumstances one can im agine the immense feeling of satisfaction experienced when it became known that Hobson and the crew of the Merrimac were safe. New» of Their Safety. Later in the day a boat with a white flag put out from the harbor and Cap tain Oviedo the chief of staff of Admiral Cervera, boarded the New York and in formed the admiral that the whole of the party had ben captured and that only two of them had been injured. Lieutenant Hobson had not been injured. It appears that the Spanish admiral was so struck with the courage of the Merrimac's crew that he decided to in form Admiral Sampson that they had not lost their lives but were prisoners of war and could be exchanged. The dingy portion of the program does not appear to have been carried out which leads to the belief that she may have been smash ed by a shot, for Hobson's men drifted ashore on an old catamaran which hail been slung over the Merrimac's side at the last moment as an extra precaution. They were captured and sent to Santiago under guard previous to being transferred to Monro castle, where they are now under stood to be confined. IS SENT TO CONFERENCE. The House In III« l>('(*l(l<'N to Kon-Concur War Revenue Hill. Washington, June ti. — The center of legislative interest was in the house to day, owing to the return of the revenue bill from, the senate for house action. It was generally understood a majority of the members proposed to adopt a rule providing for the udoption of the résolu lion of general non-concurrence in the senate amendments and agreeing to the conference asked by the senate on Satur day. The democrats desiring to vote sepa rately upon the senate amendments, not ably the seigniorage provision, came pre pared to accept defeat at the hands of the majority, hut determined to enter their protest and put on record their position. An unusually large attendance was in evi dence. Representative Hartman of Montana introduced a joint resolution directing the secretary of the navy to have prepared and delivered suitable medals of honor to Lieutenant Hoi won and each member of his crew for gallant, heroic and patriotic services rendered the United States at Santiago harbor on June 3, 1808. It ap propriates $.500 for the purpose. The house, on a rising vote, decided to non concur and send the war revenue hill to conference. The house conferees ap pointed are Dinglev, Payne anu Bailey. t'onfereeM Meet. Washington, June (i.—The conferees on the war revenue bill met in the room of the senate committee on finance at 3 o'clock. The senate conferee's express con fidence that the conference will be con cluded la-fore the end of the week. of Sad New« for «rldley Family. Eric. Pa., June C.—List night the fam ily of Captain Gridley, residing here, was notified by the navy department of the death of their husband and father in Ja pan as a result of the battle at Manila. Captain Gridley has two daughters and a son. Mrs. Gridley was in the midst of preparations to go to San Francisco to meet her husband and accompany him across the continent to his home. Captured by Cuban Troop». Washington. June fl.—Tile navy depart ment says reports have been received that the insurgents have won several victories | over the Spanish in Santiago province and Im V(* tilL'on t (ifVicpra iiml 1 unft mon nxia. have taken 50 officers and 1800 men pris oners. Sampson is arranging with Cervera for Hobson and party to be exchanged. Four-fifths of the people in London nev er enter a place of worship. WE OVER THE WORLD NEWS ITEMS FROM ALL FARTS. lloNlneRi Pointer«— Personal Kotes— Curious F«vU—Revurd of Crimea and Casualtiea—l*rovreaa of Manu* factories— Rellflou» Kotes. The government has expended $1,000, 00t) for army mules. E. AY. Knight, correspondent of the Lon don Times, has reached Havana. A son of Brigham Young, the great Mormon prophet, has failed for $1,009, 410. Mrs. Betsy Barker, of North Grafton, Miss., has just celebrated her loOth birth day. Days of grace, customary in banking methods, have been abolished in Rhode Island. In broad daylight, at Dover, N. II., trumps boldly walked into a livery stable and stole a horse. lit all the seaeoast cities there is great demand for insurance against loss by bomlnrdment. All the large breweries in Cleveland, O., except two, are to be consolidated into one corporation. Forty Knipp guns have been smuggled from Germany through France into Spain as kitchen furniture. Count Eugene A. Van Waldick, of Hol land, has enlisted in the United States army at Cleveland, Ohio. The government has accepted the offer of a battery by John Jacob Astor, of New York. It will be equipped for tnountuin service. Shocked by the undraped figures in the statuary hall of the Omaha exposition Miss Dorothy Manar took an ax and chopped a number of groups to pieces. Of the 18.000.000 population of Spain about 12,000,000 can not read or write, 8.700,000 have no visible means of sup port, and more than 91,000 are profes sional beggnrs. The number of foreigners in Japan is only 8240, of which 3042 are Chinese, 1878 English, 1022 Americans, 493 Ger mans. 391 French, 222 Russians, 127 Port uguese and 80 Dutch. Horse meat lias become a staple article of food in Manila. None but the wealthy can afford to buy beef, which now sells for $2 per pound. Potatoes are sold by weight, at 50 cents a pound. The widow of George M. Pullman, the Chicago millionaire ear builder, has re noueed the will of her husband and ac cepted her dower right, which enables her to provide for her sons. The French government has issued nn official denial of the rumors of the occu pation, cession or sale of any Spanish territory to France. Cuba and the Phil ippines were mentioned in the rumor. Senor de Castro, at Tampa, Fla., just from Matanzas, says that if the United States does not aid the Gillian rocon eentrados within three weeks nearly all of them will die of starvation. The rainy season is just beginning in Cuba. Tampa, Fla., is now seeure against hos tile attacks. France and the United States have signed a reciprocity trade agreement. The black plague is making frightful headway at Hong Kong, China. The production of California sweet vines from August 1 to May 1 was 7,000, 000 gallons. Train loads of walnut logs are constant ly arriving at Philadelphia for shipment to Europe. Governor Loedy of Kansas has refused to commission Jerry Simpson to raise a regiment of volunteers. The Hamburg-Ameriean steamer Bra silia is loading at Baltimore 300,000 bush els of grain for Germany. Guadaur and R. M. Johnson will row for the world's sculling championship at Vancouver harbor July 1. The three Spanish spies who attempted to blow up Fort Taylor, at Key West, es caped to sea in a small boat. AA'evler is represented as being anxious to go to Cuba, and if sent he declares he will invade the United States. At the suggestion of General Wheeler, the cavalry which will invade Cuba will lie provided w ith Gatling guns. A list of Spanish spies in the United a States has been secured by United States l secret service detectives at Montreal. The Philadelphia common council has passed a bill appropriating $11,200.000 for new city buildings nnd improvements. The postoffice department will allow natural history specimens to pass through the mails as "samples of merchandise." It is reported that United States Am bassador White is much pleased at evi . , . . , , ... . , tellers of strict neutrality on the part of 1 I I .ci many. William Meehan, a pioneer gold hunier on the Yukon river, was shot from am- j bush by Indians near Skaguav, Alaska, j and instantly killed. Senator Lodge of Massachusetts has in troduced in the senate a bill for the an nexation of Hawaii, as an amendment to j the war revenue bill. The postal clerk force at Chickamauga , i Bark has been increased and is now equal j „ ,, „ , . Senor Uastelar advises Spain to be rec onciled to isolation by being compelled to j fight unaided, but adds that "the Y'ankecs j that required by a community of 28Ö, 000 population in other places. Fire destroyed nearly $400.000 worth of property in the best business portion of Dallas, Tex., Friday, and J. Walter Cow an, a eollector, was burned to death. •an blockade our ishunls, but not our Uon The United States hospital relief ship, j now undergoing transformation at the Brooklyn navy yard, will, when finished, la? the first boat of the kind ever put afloat. General Hoy Stone, of the division of highways of the agricultural department at Washington, has been detailed to man age the construction of roads for our army in Cuba Bids have been invited for the construc tion of three battleships, authorized in the last naval bill. The plans call for the most powerful vessels of their type yet constructed in this country. The general deficiency appropriation bill, to be passed at this session of con gress, will carry the largest appropriation of any deficiency bill for years, if not in' the history of the government. It will amount to at least $200,(XXI,000, and prob ably more. Representative Aehison of Rennsylva niu has introduced in the house a bill in creasing the pay of enlisted men who in time of war serve outside the territorial limits of the United States 100 per cent of the rate as fixed by law during the period of such service. Senator Quay of Pennsylvania 1ms in troduced in the senate a bill providing that the pensions of all soldiers who served in the war between the states which have been cut down shall be re stored nnd declaring that no pension to a soldier shall be less than $12 a month. Speaking of the wonderful accuracy of the gunners on our warships, Captain Higginson of the battleship Massachusetts recently stated that "the Indiana put a shell from her 13-inch gun through a tar get 2(XX) yards distant and then put a second shell through the same hole. Our great battleship Oregon traveled front Puget sound to Key West, 17,492 miles, without break or accident. She steamed 4tXX) miles, from San Francisco to Callao, in 1(1 days without once stop ping her engines. No other battleship ever steamed so far continuously. The house of representatives has passed the senate resolution authorizing the sec retary of the navy to present a sword of honor to Admiral Dewey, and cause to be struck bronze medals commemorating the battle of Manila bay for distribution to the olfieers and ineti of our Asiatic squad ron. RAT WITH A WOODEN LEO. Philadelphia Bop Pitted Oat HU Captive. A rat with a wooden leg is a curiosity, as curiosities go nowadays. Yet such an animal can be seen any day at the resi dneee of a man named Dugtnoro, in the southwestern section of the city, says the Philadelphia Times. About a month ago Willie Duginore, a lad of 12 years, found the little rodent in a trap in the eellar. llis first impulse was to brain the pest with a baseliall bat, but the rat looked at him so pleadingly that Willie's heart was touched, and lie decided to take the trap to an adjoining vacant lot and liberate the animal. This he did, but instead of scampering off, as he expected, the rat limped painfully up to him and begun to lick his hand. AVillie then discovered that one of t lie animal's legs hud been almost severed by the trap. Taking the rat home, he cut the leg off and then bandaged the wound, using as a liniment a little vaseline. He then put the rat into a eage and nursed it for a week. He then removed the bandage and found that the wound had completely healed. The rate was, however, unable to walk, and Willie decided he would make for it an artificial leg. Going down to the cellar, lie obtained a piece of pine, and after some whittling succeeded in making a leg. This he fastened on with a string, and was delighted to see that his plan was entirely successful. The rat is now the family pet and can lie seen any day hob bling about the kitchen or teasing a little Irish terrier, of which it lias made a life long friend. FLYING THE ENEMY'S FLAG. When This Deceit, Permissible War, Must Be Abandoned. The honorable Dons are highly indig nant over the alleged flying of the Span ish flag by some of the American war ships in Uubun waters, says the Indian apolis Journal. There is no occasion for exploiting Spanish honor or morality. The use of the enemy's flag is permissible in war w ithin certain Imitations. According to one writer, quoted in a Washington dispatch: "The regulations of the United States navy state that the use of a for cign fiug to deceive an enemy is permissi but that it must be hauled down lie ble fore a gun is fired, and under no circum stances is an action to be commenced or an engagement fought without the dis l ,la >' of the national ensign." Ynother authority says: "It is forbid den in war on land to make use of the enemy's (lag for purpose of deceit. On the sea the national flag of a public armed vessel must be displayed before an en gagement begins or a capture is made." This implies that the enemy's flag may be used for purposes of deceit up to the time of firing, when the ship's own colors must , be displayed. The use of the enemy's flag 'i'j • , ,, I to mislead is no w orse than the disscmma j j j , tion of false dispatches, which the Spun i iarils have practiced very freely. BEST DRAUGHTSMAN OF ALL. Sit» In a Corner, Say» Nothin«, bat Doc» HI» Work Well. The slickest draughtsman In our office at this kind of work is a little, dark com j plexloned fellow who sits In a corner and says never a word, says the American Machinist. He has a glosa eye and throe wooden legs. His name Is "Camera." He takes hta cap oft at a drawing for only a minute, and says to the foremen: have made a more accurate copy than any tracer In the offloe could have done; . every line Is exact, every circle Is true, and all your figures are correctly copied j If you are using your drawing for oon j 8tant reference I will only delay you moment, and your copy will be ready for printing In an hour." To any Intelligent man such an appeal will not pass wlth j out a careful examination." Had Pet Simien. T»a<ty Poynter, the wife of th^ president of the Royal Academy, is one of the most beauti ful women in I/ondon. She and h^r slater, l-*ady Burne-Jones, are the daughters of a cocoa manufacturer, and were In their girlhood nick named "Grateful" and "Comforting." Simile Pernon«. The largest proportion of single persons is Ireland an«l Scotland, and the smallest In the United States. In Ireland 67 per cent, in Scot land 65 per cent, but In the United States onl> 59 per cent are in that condition. DARING ACT OF AMEBICAIB. fader Orders of Adaslral Si Klalit Men Took the Vessel late the Entrance of lastlafs Harhor nnd Exploded Her—Are Admiral Cervera'a Prisoners. Washington, June 4.—The navy depart* ment has posted the following bulletin: "The navy department at 3 o'clock re ceived the following dispatch: " 'Mole, Haiti, June 4.—We succeeded in sinking the Merrimac in the channel at Santiago at 4 p. in., June 3. This was curried out under the command of Naval Constructor Hobson and seven men. " 'By a flag of truce from Spanish Ad miral Cervera sent in recognition of their bravery, 1 am informed all are priaoners of wur, two being slightly wounded. I request authority to approve an exchange, if possible, between these and the prison ers at Atlanta. " 'Six of the Spanish squadron are in the harbor of Santiago, and unabla to uvoid being raptured or destroyed. How It WM Doe*. On Board Associated l'ress Dispatch Boat Dauntless, off Santiago, June 3, via Kingston, June.—Rear Admiral Sampson during Friday morning decided to close the narrow harbor entrance to Santiago by sinking the collier Merrimac loaded with coal, in the channel. lie called for volunteers to go to al most certain death and 4000 men offered themselves. Lieutenant Hobson and six men were chosen, and at 4 a. m. Friday the Merrimac, under her own steam, en tered the channel under a terrible Spanish fire. The vessel was riddled with projectiles, but she anchored and swung around. Lieutenant Hobson then set off an in ternal torpedo with electric attachment. There was an explosion, the Merrimao sank, the channel was closed and appar ently Cervera will be unable to escape. Crew Wm Saved. Kingston, Jamaica, June 4.—Lieuten ant Hobson and the hero crew of the Her rimau were saved in the following man ner: Unable after the sinking of their vcsm! to make their way back through the storm of shot and shell they rowed into the harbor of the Spanish flagship and were taken on board unharmed. The Spanish admiral, under a flag of truce, on Friday, sent word to the American admiral that he offered to exchange tha prisoners, adding that, in the meanwhile, Hobson and his party would be treated with the greatest kindness. Washington, June 4.—The only Hobson in the list of officers of the naval register is Richmond P. Hobson, naval constructor who is lieutenant of the junior grade. He was appointed as assistant naval con structor in 1891. He entered the navy from Alabama. Spaniard» Clear the Chaaael. Port au Prince, June 4. —Further news received from Santiago confirm« the re ports that a bombardment of that place liegan at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. After the action the Spaniards blew up with dynamite the sunken collier, Merri mac, and have since been at work clear ing the channel so as to, in all probability permit Admiral Cervera to put out to sea should the Cadiz squadron arrive in -Cuban waters to relieve the blockaded ships. In the meanwhile the dispatches from Santiago say the Spaniards pay tribute to the audacity of the Americans in so cleverly attempting to blockade the chan nel. According to the Spaniards it would lie foolishness on the part of the Ameri cans to attempt to force the harbor en trance which is long and narrow and thoroughly mined, seemingly forming an insurmountable barrier. There are great numbers of insurgents in the vicinity of Santiago waiting for some decisive action on the part of the American fleet which will undoubtedly be the signal for a land attack on the town, Cuba Isolated. Off Santiago de Cuba, June 3, 5 p. m. (Per Associated Press boat Wanda, via Kingston, Jamaica, June 4.)—Tlie last cable strands binding Cuba to the outside world were cut this afternoon by a cable vessel convoyed here by the United Staten dispatch boat Dolphin. This black sea crab delved all day along the eoast, hour by hour, ami its claws at length brought up the barnacle clustered cable strands and snapped them and to night (7ubn is wholly isolated. The first cable picked up was that run ning to Kingston. It was found early this morning. Tlie coast loop connecting Santiago and Guantanamo was then cut. Proceeding to Guantanamo the cable ves sel filially grappled and severed the Ha ïtien cable. 'Illis ends the cable cutting operations begun n month ago when the Marblehead and Windom lost five men in the fight off Cienfuegoes, where three cables were crippled nnd several hundred Spaniards killed by shells from warships. The strands cut today were the only ones remaining, except a few coast loops, and those will probably be severed in X short time. is Zinc Wall Paper. Zinc wall paper is the latest oddity. The sine is attached to the wall by a cement Invented for the purpose, and is made to Imitate mar ble. The surface is enamelled so as to render it permanent or washable. It Is claimed for this new departure in decorative material that while it is ns permanent as tiles or marble, it is much cheaper, and can be as easily put on as ordinary wall paper. The newest treatment for typhoid fever is simply pure olive oil given internally. In England 019 breweries were closed during the year. Nearly all of these were small houses of tlie home-brewed class. Only one out of every 1000 married couples live to celebrate their golden wed ding. The bishop of Oxford has been de nouncing Sunday boating and bicycling. There are in round numbers 2000 cheese factories in Canada.