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2:15 O'CLOCK P.M.
Cei. Slaiter Says Be Ml Imi
lore Men.
Staiisl Have Hops of Eratii a Flat Hove
Our Fleet Heartily Co-operating With the
The following dispatch was re
ceived from Gen. Shafter today:
Secretary of War, Washington:
Camp near Sevilla, Cuba, July 3.?
We have the town well invested on
the north and east, but with a very
thin line. Upon approaching it we
find it of such a character and the
defenses so strong it will be impos
sible to carry it by storm with my
present force. Our losses up to date
will aggregate a thousand, but list
has not yet been made. But little
sickness outside of exhaustion from
intense heat and exertion of the bat
tle of the day before yesterday and
the almost constant fire which is kept
up on the trenches.
Wagon road to the rear is kept up
with some difficulty on account of
rains, but I will be able to use it for
the present
Gen. Wheeler is seriously ill and
will probably have to go to the rear
today. General Young also very ill;
confined to his bed. General Haw
kins slightly wounded in foot.
During sortie enemy made last
night was handsomely repulsed.
The behavior of the troops was mag
Gen. Garcia reported he holds the
railroad from Santiago to San Luis
and has burned a bridge and re
moved some rails, also that General
Pando has arrived at Palma and that
the French consul with about four
hundred French citizens came into
his line yesterday from Santiago;
have directed him to treat them with
every courtesy possible.
Major General."
Seer, tary Alger's flessage.
Secretary Alger, by the direction
of the President, at 1130 o'clock this
afternoon, sent the following mes
sage :
"To Gen. Shafter: The President
d;rects me to say that you have the
gratitude and thanks of the nation
fo.- the brilliant and effective work
of your noble army on Friday, July
1st. The heroism of officers and
men thrilled the American people
with pride. The country mourns
the brave men who, fell in battle.
T hey have addednew names to our
roll of heroes.
Signed R. A. ALGER,
Secretary of War.
Secretary Alger arrived at his of
fice at the War Department shortly
before noon this morning. He was
at once approached by a group of
officers and newspaper men all anx
ious for news from the front. To all
he gave the same answer: "I have
nothing to give out now."
After glancing through a pile of
telegrams and letters, which lay upon
his desk, Secretary Alger sent for
Generals Miles and Corbin. The
doors of the inner office were closed
and the conference lasted about
thirty minutes. Assistant Secretary
Meiklejohn was also called in and
Assistant Secretary Allen of the navy
was sent for, but he had left the
The conference of these high offi
cials of the War Department gave
rise to the wildest speculation. It
was believed that disaster had fallen
upon our arms in Cuba or else worn
out by the excessive heat, those who
survived the battle of Friday yester
day were too exhausted to longer
continue the struggle and Shafter
was forced to send an emergency
call for reinforcements in order to
successfully maintain the position
At the conclusion of the confer
ence Secretary Alger went to the
White House to confer with the
President. On his way over he re
assured anxious inquirers that the
department had received advice
from Shafter and that the news con
tained was in the main good news.
In fact, he became almost enthusias
tic when the suggestion was made
that the news was not encouraging
| saying: "Yes, good news, splendid
j news!" Secretary Alger explained t'
reason for withholding the contents
of Shaffer's cable related largely to
prospective plans and the President
would have to be consulted.
Report of the Governor General to the
Spanish Government.
MADRID, July 3, 10 a.m.?Capt.
Gen. Blanco reports to the govern
ment, under date of July 1, that the
Americans have taken San Juan and
that the Spaniards were able to save
Gen. Llnarcn.
their artillery, though half the troops
were placed hors du combat. Gen.
Linares was seriously wounded in
the left arm and relinguished his
El Caney is also conceded to be
lost. Spanish losses were heavy.
Hadrid Report of Plan of the Span
LONDON, July 3.?The Madrid
correspondent of the Observer says:
"The last official news from Cuba
is to the effect that the Americans
suffered an enormous loss in the at
tack upon El Caney and Aguadores,
Gen. Linares concentrating his
troops toward the defensive works
Maj. Gen. Shafter.
own, where he hopes to
overthrow the American forces.
Meanwhile the Spaniards from
Guantanamo effected a meeting at
\ltatonge with the reinforcements
from Holguin, making 8,000 men
who are now marching to fall upon
the Americans' right flank, and they
?n frive Tien. Shafter much trouble.
"Gen. Pando, with 9,000, men, is
now at Romanganagua and Palma
Soriano. It is the general belief
'lat the Santiago operations will last
a long time."
An American Attempt to Land Alleged
to Have Been Unsuccessful.
MADRID, July 3, 12:30 a.m.?An
official dispatch from Havana re
ceived here says the American forces
landed at Cayabacoa, but were re
pulsed, and forced to re-embark hast
ily by a Spanish detachment, upon
which the American vessels fired
twenty shots without effect.
According to the same dispatch
the Americans again landed at Pun
ta Caney and Punas. An American
transport, the dispatch further says,
stranded on the coast and three
American vessds again bombarded
Manzanillo, but were repulsed and
forced to withdraw.
Corner of Horro Castle Knocked to
(Copyright, 1R88, by the Associated Press.)
fighting in front t>f Santiago was re
sumed at daylight this morning. An
advance was ordered along the en
tire line.
SIBONEY, July 2, noon.?tA this
hous the firing is light. Work on
the entrenchments is being pushed
and the soldiers arc allowed to rest.
The fleet did some firing, but did not
engage tlie batteries generally.
SIBONEY, July 2, 2 p.m.?The
BriK. Gen. Siuu'l B. Vouiik.
bombardment of the forts at the en
trance to Santiago harl>or was re
sumed early this morning and lasted
over an hour. The southeast cor
ner of Morro Castle was knocked
to pieces and the flag was shot
down. The shore batteries to the
west of the entrance and to the east
of Morro Castle were also damaged.
The return fire was light, except
from Cayo Smith, inside the harbor.
No damage was done to the ships.
The batteries fired at the ships as
they retired.
Grand Charge on the San Juan Battery
SIBONEY, Friday, July 1.?The
confusion in the encampment of the
army last night after a late march
led to misapprehension relative to
the position of Gen. Kent's and Gen.
Wheeler's divisions in the line of bat
tle. Gen. Kent bivouacked some
what to the right and rear of Gen.
Wheeler, but the first forward move
ment this morning placed the dis
mounted cavalry- in the right front
of Capt. Grimes' battery. The old
3d y airy of many gallant memor
Gen. Jacob F. Kent.
ies greatly distinguished itself in the
first determined assault upon the
enemy's center. Major Wessells
was in command. Later a volun
teer regiment fired by mistake into
the rear of the third. The coolness
and discretion of the field officers of
the 3d, including Capt. Charles Mor
ton, commanding the second battal
ion, prevented a disaster at this
| point.
The 6th Cavalry, which brigaded
' with the 3d, captured the first flag
I from the enemy. The 71st New
York did excellent work and has
many killed or wounded. One of
the finest features of today's battle
was the charge of Gen. Kent's and
Cjen. \\ heeler's divisions about mid
day up the slope toward the San
Juan battery, which was carried by
storm. The Spanish fought all
along the line throughout the day
with great courage and determina
tion, but they were overmatched both
in moral and physique by the Amer
ican army. Never was there a finer
body of men than those of Gen.
Shaker's armv hurled against an
enemy. Despite the slowness and
embarrassment of their movements
the night before had put them into a
most exalted strain of cheerfulness,
and when the morning broke they
were only too eager for the frav.
When the artillery fire was opened
by Grimes and Hill, a long self-con
gratulatory cheer ran along the line
ftom left to right. There was in it
the assurance of victory and, notwith
standing the unexpected persistent
defense of the Spaniards this cheer
ful assurance never faltered for an
instant. Even the wounded men,
hundreds of whom your correspon
dent overtook while returning to the
rear, spoke most cheerfully in the
midst of their sufferings, and asked
the news from the front, and in the
whole of this long line of maimed
and bleeding not a single complaint
was heard.
The hospitals were well served,
working quickly and effectively.
A somewhat amusing feature of
the afternoon's fighting was the sec
ond ascension of Maj. Maxfield's
balloon. The Spanish got its tange
very quickly as it gently moved to
ward the zenith and in a trice had
perforated it with bullets, and it
came down with a rush.
Gen. Shaftcr this evening is in
clined to put the American casual
ties at more than 500, but the inflow
of wounded to the Juragua cl visional
hospital and reports from the field
hospitals indicate that it is much
ncsrer one thousand. The propor
t.on of killed to wounded iu our part
o: the line is reported as twenty-five
and three-tenths per cent, but this is
so phenomenally large that that the
officers are inclined to think that the
average must be lower.
Dissspointment at His Failure to Cross
the Stream.
(Copyright, b- the Associated pre*..)
Off Santiago de Cuba, Saturday,
July 2.?Great disappointment is felt
bv the naval officers over Gen. Duf
field's inabiity to cross the stream at
Aguadores, which runs through a
gully. Had pontoons been brought
from Altares, the western bluff of
Aguadores, commanding an excel
lent position, could have been taken
and held under cover of the fire of
the fleet. There was a trestle across
the stream, one span of which had
been partly destroyed at the western
end. It is not quite understood why
Gen. Duffield did not try this meth
od of crossing. #
The auxiliary cruiser Yosemite
and the repair ship Vulcan arrived
this morning.
The Newark was not damaged by
her collision with the dispatch boat
Hard Fighting Expected to Effect En
trance Into the City.
SIBONEY, Friday, July I.?Ear
ly this morning Gen. Shaftcr said he
did not believe there "?ere any con
siderable intrenchments between our
new position and the city. The Cu
ban officers, however,including Gen.
Garcia, who was interviewed on this
subject yesterday, hold a different
opinion. The general belief is that
we will enter the city tomorrow, but
after hard fighting. It cannot be
said with certainty whether Gen.
Pando with his 5,000 men fro;n
Manzanillo has yet arrived at Santi
ago, but it is probable that they have
and that to them fell the chief share
in the defense today.
Another 5,000 men had been
thought to be in movement from
Holguin,but it is doubtful if the con
centration has yet been completed.
Admiral Sampson tonight sent a
dispatch to Gen. Shaftcr over the ar
my telephone wire which has been
strung from the base to the head
quarters in the field, stating that he
had thrown a certain number of
shells into the harbor of Santiago to
day by way of cooperation with the
land movement and was ready to
continue to dose tomorrow if it was
thought to be desirable.
There was earlv cannonading at
the shore today against Morro Cas
tle prior to the feint made by Gen.
Duffield against Aguadores.
Until today the American invasion
of Cuba has not looked like real
war, but this negative impression is
now absolutely dispelled. \\ liile
there have been some errors of detail,
tiie forward movement, as a whole,
was well planned and has been ad
mirably executed. The chief error
was in placing the infantry behind
the artill<*rv in position to receive all
the shells of the enemy, which fail
ed to hit the mark at which they
were aimed. Many needless casu
alties were thus caused.
News in Hadrid That Gen. Vara
De Rey Was Worsted.
Special Dioratch to The Evening S'ar.
NEW YORK, July 2.?The Even
ing Sun prints the following from
Madrid 011 Friday's battle: Madrid,
July 2.?A dispatch received by Gen.
Correa, minister of \\ ar. from Gen.
Linares, commanding the Spanish
forces at Santiago, says: "\esterday
the enemy advanced a league toward
Santiago. I expect they will make
an attack upon the city today. The
cannonading began at El Caney,
which was held by Col. O. \ ara de
Rey with four companies, the squad
ron approaching into action, with
signals flying, to cover the advance
of the enemy from Aguadores. The
balloon survey of the Americans yes
terday was not repeated. Have re
ceived no intelligence of Gen. Es
cario's column, which left Manzanil
lo nine days ago."
Capt. Gen. Blanco telegraphs Gen.
Correo under yesterday's date as fol
lows: "This afternoon three war
ships approached Manzanillo. The
garrison there is preparing stronger
defenses. Our loss in the encounter
at Manzanillo on June 30 was two
killed, three wounded and four men
bruised. Among the latter was the
commander of the gunboat Delgado
Pane jo."
Another telegram from Gen. Blan
co savs: "At 3 p.m. on June 30 three
vessels of the enemy approached Tu
nas and bombarded the fort at Taya
bacon. It is believed that they land
ed arms and men at Punta Caney.
Gen. Struch has been sent against
Qen. Vara De Rey Defeated.
Journal has following in addition:
London,July 2.?An official dispatch
from Santiago, received in Madrid,
says: "The enemy advanced in force,
and cannonading 'Gen. Vara de Rey,
who was in command of the Spanish
forces with five battalions, was de
Observation by Balloon.
Sun has the following: El Poso,
outside of Santiago, Thursday via
Kingston, July 2.?A practical dem
onstration of communication to
troops by balloon was made this af
ternoon. Two ascensions were made
from a place near Gen. Shafter's
headquarters, Lieut Maxfield, who
was in the balloon made observa
tions and telephoned them from ilie
balloon to Col. Allen of the signal
service. It is said that the observer
obtained details of the Spanish tb-et
and fortifications. It is reported
that the observer saw only one of t he
Spanish ^varships in ti e harbor.
A Spanish prisoner captured this
afternoon says that Gen. I'ando has
arrived at San Luis by the Sabanilla
railway and is moving toward San
tiago, at the same time Gen. Garcia
with a force of Cubans is starting to
burn the purgatorus bridge at the
west end of Santiago to shut off Tan
do's entrance to the city.
Will Send (ien. Shatter All the rien
He Wants.
It cannot be denied that the admin
istration regards the situation at
Santiago with grave apprehension.
The officials will not acknowledge
for an instant that our army has met
with any serious reverses. The call
of Gen. Shatter for reinforcements
was what was to have been expect
ed. After the conference at the
White House this afternoon (ien.
Miles stated to a Star reporter that
the fact that Gen. Shatter contem
plated withdrawing his forces to the
high ground was, of course, a ne
cessity under the circumstances.
"We will send him reinforcements
at once, plenty of them; 50,000 if he
needs them. Five or six trans]>orts
are at Tampa now and the ships
which carried Gen. Shatter's forces
to Santiago start back today, so
there will be 110 lack of transport
cilities. I estimate that there wet\
14.000 troops originally in Santiago
and these have been reinforced by
18,000 additional troops. Our forces
aggregated but 23,000. Of course it
is unfortunate that there has to be
any withdrawal, but I was satisfied
yesterday that eGn. Lawton would
not be able to hold El Caney."
Gen. Miles added that the troops
seem to be suffering more from the
intense heat than from Spanish
shells and bullets. Genera! Shafter
has not xen able to be out for four
days, he said, and Gen. Wheeler and
General Young were both practically
prostrated.' The suffering among
the troops must be terrible. General
Miles said that he intended to start
for Santiago himself in a day or two.
His heart had been with the army,
he said, although his bones had tc
stay here. Troops will be rushed
from Tampa,Chickamauga and other
points as fast as they can be loaded.
Shafter's Troops Sweep Everything
Before Them This Afternoon.
Bjx ciHl PKpatch to The Ev> nlag Stnr.
NEW Y<)RK, July 2, 1898.
Journal bulletin just posted says
the battle vas renewed at daylight
this morning. Fighting all day,
enemy being slowly forced into city.
Shafter's troops are late this after
noon sweeping everything before
The Tribune has bulletined a dis
patch from the front dated 3:30 p.
m. today, which says that after five
hours' terrific fighting, the Spaniards
were forced to retreat from their en
trenchments to the city. The Ameri
cans have many wounded.
\o Let I p in I'rrimrnttona of \\ m
VeftaeU nl llroukI > n.
NEW YORK, July 2.-The Brooklyn
navy yard will be closed tomorrow and
Monday, but the work of fitting out the
war vessels will not stop for an instant.
Gangs of mechanics and laborers are
working day and night in compliance with
hurry orders from Washington. The re
pairs on the cruiser Chicago have so far
progressed that the vessel was placed in
dry dock this morning. The new propeller
will be adjusted to the cruiser Atlanta next
week. The steamer I'ortchalmers Is being
stripped of her to,.'tamper, so as to add ta
her speed, and it Is expected that she *111
accomplish fifteen knots when the altera
tions now In progress have been completed.
A small draft of bluejackets arrived at
the receiving ship Vermont today from th?
League Island navy yard, Philadelphia.
Spunlarda Dralror ? Railmar
LONDON, July 2?The Madrid corres
pondent of the Dally Mail nays:
"It la officially announced that the Span
iards havj destroyed a small railway run
ting from the mining regions which it ii
up posed the Americans Intended t)
utilize for an attack on Morro Castle."
Sesees Pit lata Jamaica.
LONDON, July 2.?A dispatch fro?
Lloyd's agent at Kingston, Jamaica, sar
the United States transport Seneca pu?
into Port Antonio, Jamaica, for stores us
June 3D, and sailed again on July 1.

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