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As a medium for unobjec tionable advertisements it there fore stands uncqualed and un approachable. the Spanish Fleet, ^ THE CABINET'S DECISION Battle Passible Inside of Twenty-Four Honrs. ENEMY'S VESSELS OFF MARTINIQUE | Schley Expected to Prevent At tempt to Escape. A CRISIS IS AT HAND Admiral Sampson yesterday bom barded the fortifications at the city of San fuan, Porto Rico. Last night the troops defending the city capitu lated. The Spanish Cape \ erde fleet is off the Island of Martinique. It is expected that a decisive battle will be fought in the next forty-eight hours. The President's cabinet decided that Admiral Sampson should leave Porto Rico at once to attack the Spanish fleet. It is understood that Commodore Schley's flying squadron will proceed to the West Indies to intercept the Spanish fleet in case it eludes Samp Son. I he invasion of Cuba has been postponed for a time awaiting the re suit of the attempt to destroy the Spanish fleet. I Iiirty thousand volunteer troops have been ordered to Chickamauga for drill and instruction. The crippled torpedo boat Wins low came into Key West this morn ing under her own steam. The first land fight of the war oc curred in Cuba yesterday, when the steamer Gussie tried to land arms an', ammunition for the insurgents on the c< >ast of Pinar del Rio. Commander Hawley.who has been in the west recruiting sailors, re turned today and expressed satisfac tion with his success. It was almost unanimously decided at a br.fef cabinet nreeting this morning to order Admiral Sampson to go to the Spanish fleet and attack It at once. Secretary Long went from the cabinet meeting an.l Immediately dispatched orders to Admiral Sampson. The greatest naval battle of a century la alm-st sure to result In the next forty eight hours. The Spaniards will have the tight force.! upon them if they do not seek It thems-lves. If they hunt for the fight the contest will take place before this time tomorrow. If ,hey permit the Amer ican fleet to go to them the fight may be delayed forty-eight hours. The Cabinet'. Decision. The cabinet met In regular session at II o clock. Secretary Ixmg took to the White House positive official dispatches that the Spanish fleet which left Cape Verde was then at Fort de France. Martinique. The Admiral Sumption. cabinet Instantly recognized the great im portance of this news and lost no time In coming to the conclusion that the Spaniards must be met and defeated. It was decided not to allow Sampson to remain at San Juan In the hope that the Spaniards would go to him. The belief wan freely expressed that the Spanish fleet would enter the har bor of Fort de France and remain there to coal and to get everything In shape for a contest with the Americans. France Is tuMy capable of giving shelter and harbor TIIK FLAGSIII to the Spaniards in violation of the neu trality laws. "" This being the case it is the opinion that the fleet will be there for several days, planning what to do and getting ready. The Spanish admiral has already learned from scouting ships that th; American fleet is in the vicinity of Porto Rico. Therefore the decision was reached to send Sampson and his fleet to Martinique. The Americans will lie outside the harbor of Fort de France until the Spaniards hav3 to come out. The fight will tike place outside, like that of the Kearsarge and Alabama. This program assumes that the Spaniards will remain at Martinique until the Ameri cans arrive. A?s iming, however, that they leave for Porto Rico about the time the Americans leave for Martinique, the fight would take place about midway between the two places. From San Juan to Fort de France is about 4*!? miles. It will take Sompson two days to make the trip across and begin the fight. It is not believed that the Spaniards will attempt to run for Havana. The distance is too great unless they get well supplied at Martinique. Sampson would probably be- able to intercept them. The distance from Martinique to Havana is about fifteen hundred miles. Pending the result of the great sea fight the army will have everybody moving to get ready for the invasion of Cuba. As soon as the Spanish fleet Is beaten every thing will be clear for the invasion. Army I and navy will act together. The news from Martinique had an elec trical effect on the cabinet. Plans were Monitor I'arltan. quickly made and the cabinet adjourned at 11:30, having been in session a half hour, the shortest meeting of the present body ever held. Schley Ordered to Sail. Secretary Long this morning ordered Commodore Schley, at Hampton Roads, to put to sea at once with the flying squad ron, and it will sail today. Schley to Intercept Spanish. The belief in high official circles this af ternoon is that Ct mir.odore Schley has been ordered, wit?? the flying squadron, to in tercept any attempt of the Spanish fleet to evade Sampson and to get to Havana. While it is believed that Admiral Sampson will find and tight the Spaniards, no chances will be taken on the enemy getting to Havana or other Cuban ports, where the American navy would have to fight both ships and fortifications. The slow moving monitors with Sampson's fleet might cause him to lose the Spaniards, who would be able to outrun him if they could once get ahead of Mm on the course to Cuba. But they could not outrun Schley's greyhounds. If Schley can ob tain a position at the eastern tnd of Cuba, NK BATTLE p Brooklyn. he can prevent the Spaniards getting to Havana around either aide of the island. It is said that Admiral Sampson has an abundance of ammunition with him on sup ply ships, and that he will be nblc to m>et the Spaniards with enough shot and shell to settle all doubt of the outcome. Secretary Long's orders to Admiral Samp son today were sent to St. Tiiomaj. about tifty miles from San Juan, where Sampson is supposed to b?. Orders could reach him in a few hours. Gen. bee. who was at the White House this afternoon, said that the Spanish fleet could not make a better move than attempt to evade everything and reach Havana. Exeitcment ut the Wavy Department. The Navy Department was all excite ment again thi3 mornirg upon the re ceipt of the news that Admiral Sampson's squadron had begun the bombardment of San Juan Je Porto Rico, and fuel was added to the flames whin the news came later that the Spanish flying squadron had been sighted off Martinique, giving prom ise of heavy fighting to come. The fact that the admiral gave notice of his inten tion to bombard, as Is reported from St. Thomcs, is an indication that the move ment tpon San Juan was not a suddenly conceived project, but part of a well-ma tured plan. Whether the orders to the admiral included a bombardment Is not disclosed at the Navy Department. In deed, there is nothing in his report to indi cate that he really did bombard the place. He merely attacked the forts at the en trance of the harbor, and if any shells struck within the town itself they were stray shot. It Is surmised that Admiral Sarrpsjc-n's objitft In making the attack in this fashion, without a landing force of troops in reserve to occupy the town if it were captured, was to destroy the forti fications and make the harbor useless to the Spanish flying squadron as a place of refuge. The statement given out at the Navy De partment that "the Spanish squadron is now hull down to the westward of Mar tinique" could not be supplemented by ad ditional Information as to the time the Ultpatch was sent, but It is supposed that the squadron was seen yesterday. Without doubt Sampson knew of Its move ments, for the Unitsd States scout boat Harvard, which put Into Martinique yes terday, is said to have found there one of the torpedo boat destroyers composing the Spanish fleet and would certainly report the fact to Sampson via St. Thomas if posslbls to do so. Will Be li?ve?tlnat?d Later. Theie is a suspicion, however, that the United States has not been treated with perfect fairness in the matter of the use of the cabli from Martinique, and that mes sages of the utmost Importance, such, for Instance, as thoee reporting the movements of the Spanish ships, have been delayed an unconscionable length of time, to thj great embarrassment of our forces. The subject is one that will come in for investigation in the future, as well as other facts connected with the treatment of the Spanish ships in West Indian ports which are nominally op erating strictly under ths neutrality laws. It is suggested that the Spanish squadron has beer, lying In wait for the Oregon, which sailed on the 11th from Gahla, Brazil, to Join Sampson, in company with the Ma rietta, and the reported activity of the Spanish torpedo boat destroyers In running in and out of Martinique seems to show that they are being used as scouts to give the rest of the squadron notice of the ap proach of the American battle ship. If so. SHIP IOWA* the mission will be frultlffs, for, having discovered the whereabout*.of th? Spanish fores, Sampson will carry out his orders to dtstroy their ships If he can reach them. The fact that the Spaniards were headed yesterday toward the westward would, on the surface, indicate rhat they were bound for the south coast of Cuba, but warships in these circumstance* try to mislead ob servers ashore. News of Spain's Squadron. Secretary Long's Information that the Spanish squadron had bean sighted ofT Martinique causcd a decided sensation throughout naval circles, as this brought close to Admiral Sampson's squadron a formidable collection of Spain s strongest and mo it moUern vessels. It is this fleet which was reported a few days ago to be lying at Cadiz. Evidently the latter report was inspired by Spanish officials as a means of confusing the operations of the American strategists. . trtlnlque Is one cf the outposts of the West Indies and is the natural point at which the Spanish The Mnrhleheitd. fleet, coming from Cftpe Verde, would first make a landing. The fleet must now pass the French Island of Guatialoupe to the west, the Danish Island of St. Thomas, a little further west, and then its course Is epen to Porto Rico unlesB Admiral Samp son's fleet engages them before that move is made. Tlie Fleet* CuminreA. If Sampson should find the Spaniards In a fighting humor he would have the best of It, as far as chaic.es can be estimated frrm a simple calculation of the respective number of armored ships and guns. The tig battle ships Indiana aad Iowa, though 25 per cent slower than the Vizaaya class, far overmatch them In ofTenrive and defen sive power. The armor belts and turrets could not be pierced at flghtin? range of 2,000 yards by the biggest gun mounted by the Spaniards, while the twelve and thir Uen-lnch guns of our battle skips could perforate the Spanish armor belts. Tlio Ntw York, however, is inferior la both o? ftr.sive power and armor to the Spanish vessels, though she might hold her own by superior management and gunnery. If Sampsin has taken his whole fleet, the monitors Aniphitrite and Terror would make up more than a balance of power against the Spaniards, allowing the cruis eru Montgomery, Detroit and Marbleheatl as a force sufficient to talye care of the Spanish torpedo boat destroyers. The lat ter, however, are almost untried elements in actual warfare, and some naval officers fear that they are much more dangerous foes than the ordinary strategists allow in their calculations. SPANISH CAH1XET FALLS. The Duke of Verattun* Will Sueeeed Senur Morel. MADRID, May 13.?It is reported at an early hour this morning that the Duke of Veragua will succeed Sefior Moret as min ister for the colonies, instead of assuming ?? the portfolio of public works in succession to Count Xiquena. It is said that Senor-A|orei, secretary for the colonies, and Senor tiul.on, loie.gii min ister, have resigned. Admiral Bennejo, minister of marine, and Count Xiquena, minister of public works, are also said to have resigned. CAPE VliKIJli FLL'11\,T AT MARTIN 14IE Confirmation of the lieport Comes Froui Madrid Today. LONDON, May 13. ? A Madrid special says that upon being informed of the bom bardment of San Juan the minister of ma rine wired urgent instructions to command er of Cape Verde squadron. A special from Madrid says Admiral LJer mejo admitted Thursday evening that the Cape Verde squadron "fcaJ at Fort de France, Martinique., MADRID, May 13.?A dispatch from Mar tinique to El Heraldo confirms the report of the arrival of the Cape Verde squadron, under Admiral Cervera, at Fort de France. Tlie Cape Verde Fleet. While the Navy Department will not offi cially admit the fact, a strong intimation is made that the Cape Verde fleet Is west of Martinique. Flying Squadron prepares to Sail. FORT MONROE, Va., May 1?^-At 8:30 a.m. the flying squadron 1* still at anchor here, but there is every appearance that they are preparing to sail -at a moment's notice. Last night the launches were taken aboard ship, and at 4 o'clock this morning a batch of letters came aahore from the fleet. Officers gave a farewell greeting to their wives, and private telegrams said: "We sail today." The Navy Department tecs act admit that Commodore Schley haa orders to sail today. It Is said his orders are discretion ary to move according to the advices of war movements of the 8pa 1*0h fleet that he receives. It Is a safe pseenmptVan that If the launches have been taken aboard ship the fleet Is preparing to sail. Report of Hombar4ae>t, ST. THOMAS, West Indies. May 12T-On the best authority, it is reported here that the fortifications at San Juaa de Porto Rico have been bombarded by nine American warships. Private messages say the shells are falling over the city. The United States auxiliary, cruiser St. Louis, from Ouadaloupe, la ??tertng the I harbor as this dispatch Is sent itnd the Tale is In the offing. Two Americas warships have been signaled to the westward. Failed to SlUsct raffs. I ST. THOMAS, Mag ML?R(?c Admiral Sampson's fleet attacked but failed to si lence the forts at San Juan de Porto Rico yesterday morning. The Americans lost two killed and seven wounded. The Span ish loss is unknown. THE FIGHT AT SAX JVAX. Detailed Story of the Ilomliardnii-nt 1 <? f the Forts. (C. pyr'srht, 1M>S ty AseotTittd P.tss.) ON BOARD THE ASSOCIATED. PRESS DISPATCH BOAT DAUNTLESS, ST. THOMAS. Danish Went Indies, May 13.? The fcrts of San Juan dc Porto Rico have been bombarded by a portion of the fleet, under command of Rear Admiral Sampson. The remarkable feature of the bombard ment was the bad marksmanship cf the Spanish gunners. Hardly a shot from the forts struck the ships, while the forts were hit repeatedly. Most of the Spanish pro jectiles fell very wide, and at the close of the engagement the fortifications had a very dilapidated appearance, but the guns were as active as ever. The United States monitor Terror had a magnificent half hour's duel with the forts. The batteries bravely threw shot and shell about her until she seemed to occupy the centcr of a great geyser basin. The Span ish gunners were crazed by excitement, and sometimes dropped their shells a mile away from the Terror. The latter flred one shot to three from the forts, and when the monitor retired she did so slowly, contemptuously, still tir ing at the Spanish forts. The Spaniards continued to fire on her until she was miles out of range. After the engagement, the Dauntless steamed among the fleet, whose crews were cleaning the decks and polishing the guns. The American sailors seemed to be not at alt excited, and were going about their work as if nothing extraordinary had hap pened. The only marks on the lowi were a d<nt on her exhaust pipe and a slight injury, to the railing of her bridge. The New York had several tmall holes in one of her ventilators. Each vessel in action carried two large American l!u;.-s. Only one vessel is known to be in the har bor of San Juan de Porto Rico, and that craft Is a small French steamer which hur ried away affrighted after the warships had departed. Cape Verde Sqnadron XotilW-d. LONDON. May lit.?A special dispatch from Madrid says that Immediately upon being informed of the bombardment by the United States fleet of San Juan de Porto Rico Senor Sagasta conferred with Admiral Bermejo, the minister of marine, who forthwith wired urgent Instructions to the commander of the Cape Verde squadron. UlSSIE'S PARTY LANDED. Carried Arms and Ammunition to the Insurgents at Cabanas. KEY WEST. Fla., Mfcy 13.?The trans port steamer Gussie, which left here with a big expedition for Cuba on Wednesday night, had a lively engagement with the Spaniards at Cabanas, province of Pinar Del Rio, yesterday, but succeeded in ac complishing her mission.' The Gussie, which came here from Tam pa, carried 7,two rifles and a large quantity of ammunition intended for the Cubans. 1 he expedition was directed by Captain J. H. Dorst of the United States cavalry, who took with him over loo men of the 1st Infantry and ten Cuban scouts. After a rough voyage the Gussie wa.i met off the Cuban coast by the auxiliary gunboats Wasp and Manning, which es corted her in. As they approached the J shore a large body of Spanish soldiers opened fire upon the expedition and the gunboats replied with effect, enabling the expedition to land. On shore the battle was renewed. The Spanish troops had retired to their works and to the woods and directed a constant but inaccurate lire upon the landing party. The latter later was rein forced by a body of armed insurgents, who had been informed of the coming of the expedition. Then, under the fire of the gunboats, the Spanish force was compelled to withdraw, and the mission oi the Gusssie was accom plished. One of the American party was shot in the arm. The Spanish loss is not known, but must have been heavy. TO REINFORCE THE PHILIPPINES. Second Spanish Fleet About to Sail From Cadis. GIBRALTAR, May 13.?The second Span ish fleet, now at Cadiz, consists of the bat tle ship Pelayo, the armored cruiser Em perador Carlos V, the cruiser Alfonso XIII. the Rapido and the Patria, auxiliary cruisers, formerly the Hamburg-American line steamers Columbia and Normannia, and three torpedo boats. It Is reported that a strong military expedition is being organized at Cadiz and that it will shortly proceed to the Philippine Islands, escorted by the Cadiz fleet. It Is claimed that submarine mines have been placed so as to protect the entrance of the harbor of Cadiz. "WINSLOW REACHES KEY WEST. She Was Hit Eltchteen Times Daring the Cardenas Flgkt. KEY WEST. Fla., May 13.?The torpedo boat Wlnslow, damaged in the engagement at Cardenas, came in here last night under her own steam, in charge of Ensign Bailey of the Wilmington. It is believed the tor pedo boat can be repaired and made ready for active service again in a few weeks. Two of the seamen on board her were badly injured. They Bay that one of the crew who was standing In the conning tower had his coat literally shot away, but received nothing but a slight flesh wound in the right side. Eighteen shells struck the Wlnslow dur ing the engagement. The remaining members at the crew of the Wlnslow, who are also on board, are: G. P. Brady, chief gunner's mate; P. Cooney, H. Johnson, R. E. Cox, D. He Keon. J. J. Cavanaugh, B. B. Bassie, W. Lauglejah, J. i. Madden, W. 0. Stern* M. Leary. W. Myers, J. Gray, H. Anderson and W. W. Jones. Cox said that when they left Cardenas it was understood on board that the Wil mington was to go in and bombard Car denas on Thursday. SPANIARDS CALL IT A VICTORY. The Official Report of the Fi|(ht nt San Jnnn. MADRID. May 13.?An official dispatch from San Juan de Porto Rico says: "The American squadron was repuls?d off Porto Rico. Although eleven warships bombarded the piece, the attackers were gloriously beaten back. The Spanish bat teries, armed with 6-inch Krupp guns, were especially effective." This alleged victory of the Spaniards has aroused great enthusiasm here. I . the: spaxish suiadron. Description of the Vessels Stichtcd Off Martinique. The Spanish squadron reported off Mar tinique Is made up of seven first-class ships, of which four are armored cruisers and three destroyers. This Is as near the exact strength as can be stated, for the reports from-Cape Verde and from Cadiz have caused much doubt as to the exact com position of the Spanish squadron. But al lowing for the torpedo boats and other craft which returned to?Cadiz. there is lit tle doubt that the Spanish squadron off Martinique has at least seven warships of formidable dimensions. These are: Armored cruiser Vizcaya, built of steel, with twin screws, two turrets, two fun nels and two military masts with tops: length, ?>4 feet: displacement, 6,800 tons: maximum speed, 20.2 knots. She has an armor belt of steel 5 feet 6 inches broad, 315 feet long and 10 or 12 inches thick. Her turrets have IMnch steel armor: conning tower, 12-inch armor. Her protected deck is 2 to 3 inches of steel. Her armament is two 11-inch Hontonla guns, singly in tur rets, one forward and one aft: ten 5.5-inch guns, five on each beam, the forward and aft ones being sponsoned; eight 6-pound ers, ten 1-pounders, eight Nordenfeldt ma chine guns, two Maxim machine guns, six torpedo tubes and two submerged torpedo tubes. She carries 484 men. Armored cruiser Almirante Oquendo, built of steel: double screw; two turrets, etc. Her tonnage, armor and armament in every respect Is similar to that of the Vizcaya. Armored cruiser Infunta Maria Teresa, built of steel: G,8H0 tons displacement. This cruiser is also identical to the Viz caya. Armored cruiser Cristobal Colon, built of steel; twin screws; two covered barbntes, fore and aft; two funnels, one military mast; length, 328 feet; displacement, 6,840 tons; speed, twenty knots. Her armor consists of a complete nickel steel belt, eight feet three inches wide, six Inches thick. The armor of the barbettes is six inches thick. The protected deck is from two to eight inches thick: conning tower, six Inches. All the guns have shields. Her armament is two 10-inch guns, ten 6-inch guns, six 4.7-inch guns, ten 6-pound ers, ten 1-pounders, two Maxim machine guns, four torpedo tubes. She has a com plement of 500 men. The Terror and Furor are torpedo boat destroyers, lately added to the Spanish navy, having been built at Clydebank in 1806. They are of steel, with three funnels and one mast; length, 220 feet; displace ment, 320 tons; speed, 28 knots; armament, two 14-pounder quick-fires, two 6-pounder quick-fires, two 1-pounder qutck-fires. Kach destroyer mounts two 14-inch torpedo tubes on deck. Each destroyer cajrles sixty-seven men. The Pluton Is another formidable modern destroyer, but her exact dimensions and armament are not available at the Navy Department. the; killed and woixued. Name* on the Navy Department'* Muster Rolls. The men reported killed and wounded during Admiral Sampson's bombardment of San Juan yesterday are designated as fol lows on the muster rolls of the Navy De partment; Frank Widemark, seaman on cruiser New York, killed: born in Finland; next of kin, Gufetav Erickson, father, Aabo, Finland. He had declared his intentions of becom ing a citizen. Length of service, about eight months. Samuel Feltman, ordinary seaman on cruiser New York, leg broken. Born In New York city; r.txt of kin, Joseph Alexander, 01 WUlet street. New York city. Native born citizen; service about one year and five months. Raymond C. Hill, apprentice second class on battle ship Iowa; slightly wounded. Born in Coventry, England; next of kin, James Hill, 14U Ward street, Paterson, N. J. Naturalized citizen; service about one year and ten months. John Mitel.ell, seaman, on battle ship I*wa, slightly wounded. Born In Constan tinople, Turkey. Has no relatives; citizen ship, alien Intentions declared; service, about two years and eight months. These names aae taken from press dis patches, as the Navy Department has not given out an official list of names. The name of M. G. Markle, being that of a n arlr.e, is nor bcrr.e on the naval roll. DEWEY PICKS IP THE CABLE. Blockade of Muntla Is Strictly Main tained by the Fleet. LONDON. May 13.?Lloyds' agent at Ma nila cabled from Hong Kong today that the blockade of the capital of the Philip pine Islands Is strictly maintained and that the cable is on board an American vessel. Several local steamers, Lloyds' agent continued, are reported to have been cap tured. but he says there is no confirmation of the reports. IEW SPANISH CABINET. Senor Sasasta Experiences Difficulty In Securing; Associates. MADRID, May 13.?Senor Sagasta is ex periencing unexpected difficulty in forming a new caibinet. There is much uneasiness here on account of a rumor that by tonight the bread supply lc all the bakerieA here will be exhausted. INSURGENTS WIN A BATTLE. Nine Hundred Spaniards Killed in an Enssiteucnt In Cuba. LONDON, May 13.?A special dispatch from Havana says nine hundred Spaniards have been kilieci in a fight with Insurgents. The location of the battle is not given. ? KUlcd by Spanish Soldiers. BOSTON, Miss.. May 13.?The schoir.er Jennie B. Butler, from Clenfuegos. which has arrived here, reports that her mate, John Purchase of Portland, Me., was kill ed by Spaniards before the vessel sailed from Cienfuego*. It Is thought Purchase attempted to pass the t roc ha. and was backed to pieces bx. soldiers. I ? SCHLEY SAILS TO ATTACIII Admiral Sampson's Official Report. CASUALTIES AT PORTO RICO Only a Portion of the Fleet in tha Engagement. ONE OF OUR MEN KILLED LONDON*, May 13.?The Even ing- News this afternoon publishes a dispatch from St. Thomas. Danish West Indies, saying San Juan de Porto Rico surrendered at 6 o'clock yesterday evening. The dispatch adds that immense damage was done to the city, and that a number of important buildings collapsed. The Iowa and Detroit, according to this dispatch, fired 430 shots, w ith terrible effect. All the American warships, the dispatch further says, except the Montgomery, steamed in elliptical formation before the forts, which fired twenty to thirty guns, seven of which were good guns. The fleet first fired too low, but at the second discharge they got the elevation and soon silenced Motto Castle and set fire to the town, driving the Span iards from their guns repeatedly. The shore guns fired hundreds of shots. The New York was hit once and a seaman was killed and four were wounded. The Iowa was hit once and two men were slightly wounded. The dispatch adds that the Ameri cans did not attempt to take posses sion of or destroy the town, l>eyond razing the fortifications. The dispatch winds up with an nouncing that the American fleet un der Rear Admiral Sampson is now ! outside of San Juan de Porto Rico awaiting the coming of the Spanish fleet, commanded by Admiral Cer vera, which was last reported off Fort de France, Island of Martin ique, French West Indies. FLYING SQUADRON SAILS. Commodore Schley Leaves to Heet the Spanish Squadron. Secretary of the Navy Long this morning received official advices from Martinique, Windward Islands, that the Spanish squadron had been sighted to the westward of that island. Martinique is about 600 miles in a southerly direction from San Juan, Porto Rico, where the Ameri can squadron under Admiral Samj> son was in action yesterday. The Spanish vessels off Martinique compose the formidable squadron recently collected at the Cap:- Verde Islands, and which sailed from there in a westwardly direction two weeks ago today. L'pon receipt of this information Secretary Long ordered Commodore Schley, at Hampton Roads, to put to sea at once with the flying squadron, and it will sail today. While its des tination is not known, it is believed that the squadron has been sent in pursuit of the Spanish squadron. SAMPSON REPORTS Attacked San Juan Yesterday at Daybreak. The following was received at tiie Navy Department from Admiral Sampson this morning: ST. THOMAS, May 12. "A portion of the squadron un der my command reached San Juan this a.m. at daybreak. No armed vessels were found in port As soon as it was sufficient^ com