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Though Secretary Long Won't
Say Where She Is
But the Navy Department People Were Not
Quite so Confident
In the Absence of Official Information the Big Warship is
Believed to Have Joined Sampson's
Washington, May 18.—Secretary Long gave out the welcome infor
mation today that the battleship Oregon, the second largest craft in the
American navy, had successfully completed her long trip from San Fran
cisco, making the entire circle of South America, and was now safe.
Whether or not she has joined Admiral Sampson's fleet, the secretary would
not say. The rigid secrecy of the navy department was relaxed only
enough to make known the best news the navy department had received
since the battle of Manila, as it meant not only that the Oregon wa» out of
harm's way from a concerted attack on this one ship by the whole Spanish
squadron now in southern waters, but also that her great fighting strength
would be added to Admiral Sampson's force in the near future, if, indeed, it
had not already augmented the admiral's strength.
The Oregon's Long Cruise
The Oregon left San Francisco about six weeks ago, before the war
had opened, and at that time it was admitted that she was to join the ships
in Atlantic waters. She stopped at Callao for dispatches and then went
around the Horn and then up the east coast of South America.
In all the trip covered more than 13,000 miles. The last stretch from
Bahia to the Windward islands has been followed with anxiety by naval
officials, for by a strange coincidence the formidable Spanish squadron of
atmored cni'sers and torpedo boats approached the Windward islands at the
very time when the Oregon was due there. It hid been suspected that
•hi: Spanish admiral would try to intercept the battleship with his superior
'01 cc and, before leaving Bahia, Captain Clark expressed his confidence in
being able to hold his own single handed with the Oregon against all the
Spanish cruisers. The only apprehension he felt was as to the torpedo
boats under the Spanish admiral's command, for these are a new and prac
tically untried element against the mo.lern battleship, and Captain Clark
while confident of holding out against these also, said a chance blow might
be struck by them.
Notwithstanding Captain Clark's assurances, the navy department con
tinued to feel that a meeting between the Spanish squadron and the Ameri
can battleship on such unequal terms was far from desirable and might
bring serious results. For this reason th* official information reaching the
authorities today was the source of most hearty congratulation. Where the
report came from was not made public, but the mere fact that Secretary
Long regards the Oregon as safe makes it possible that she has passed to
the northward of the Windward islands.
Other News Bulletins
Aside from this bit of information, Secretary Long said at the close of
office hours there was no further news to be given out. During the day
the bureau of navigation issued a bulletin, summarizing Commander
McCalla's official report on the recent engagement at Cienfuegos and adding
some minor news on the prospective exchange of prisoners, etc.
These bulletins are not proving of good news value, although they are
practically all that comes from the navy department with his official con
firmation. Today Secretary Long joined the war board, which had been in
session for some hours, to participate in the discussion of their plans, which
are believed to have been modified materially by the news received from
the Oregon.
Relief for Admiral Dewey
The cruiser Charleston, which started today on her long journey to
meet Admiral Dewey at Manila, should arrive there in twenty-four days,
allowing a couple of days at Honolulu for coal. Nothing better illustrates
the value of the swift long-range cruisers of the type that make up the
Spanish flying squadron than the fact that they would be able to make such
a run as that directly from San Francisco to Manila without stopping any
where for coal at a rale of speed about 25 per cent, greater than the
Charleston. Admiral Dewey's cablegrams show that he is able to maintain
the ground he has gained until reinforcements arrive in the usual course, so
that the Charleston will get there in time to serve his purpose. The stock
of ammunition which the Charleston carries is believed to be the great
essential just now, the fierce engagement at Cavite having consumed a large
part of the American admiral's shot and shell.
The Gresham Accident
Some little disappointment is felt at the singular incident that happened
to the revenue cutter Gresham when one section of the ship was thrown
into the St. Lawrence. It is said that the treasury department is responsible
for the delivery of the ship to the navy in blue water.
There is a good deal of talk at the war department today of the possi
bility of an issue by the president of another call for volunteers, but careful
inquiry tends to warrant the statement that this is at least premature, and
that no further call is likely to issue until the aggregate number of soldiers
already called for have responded and have been duly equipped for service.
This last matter, the equipment of the new troops, is the main source of
delay and promises to become even worse in the near future.
Mysterious Steamers
Kingston, Jamaica, May 18. (Special to The Herald.)—A telegram
from Point Morant dated at 4 oclock, states that the lighthouse keeper at
Morant point on the eastern end of Jamaica, reports that a number of
large steamships, apparently warships, were passing. They were going
northward at a tremendo is rate of speed, going in the direction of Santiago
de Cuba. Their nationality was not ascertained.
Some Ships Located
ST. PIERRE, Martinique, May 18. (Copyrighted, 1898, by the Associated Press.)—
The Spanish torpedo boat destroyer Terror is coaling at Port de France and may leave
at any moment to join the Spanish fleet at Cuba or Porto Rico ports. The ambulance
ship Alicante also remained. Three unknown vessels passed Martinique today bound
northwest, evidently carrying coal, probably for the fleet. They would not answer signals,
The Spanish Fakir to Uncle Sam—"PICK A SHELL AND CATCH MY FLEET"
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9 Great Britain's Greatest Statesman, William Ewart Glad- 82
§ stone, Leaves the Scene of His Earthly Triumphs. h
§8 Honored Beyond Measure of Most Men g3
g§ LONDON, flay 19.—Gladstone died at 5 oclock this morning. |«
§3 Every other topic in Great Baitain dropped out of sight before the passing &j3
ft* of Mr. Gladstone. In two places, perhaps, was the tension most keen and heart- y?
jra felt —in the house of commons and at Hawarden.
rej Just before the house rose yesterday, a telegram from Mr. Herbert J. Glad- cvj
§8 stone reached Lord Stanley, announcing that his father was sinking. Already, §5
S§ before his death, the hush of grief seemed to fall over the scene of his triumphs, g|
jg and from the present men turned to the past, recalling sayings and doings. A CM
H great lion lay dying, his old colleagues, his one-time enemies, his followers, watch
m ing his last long fight with his last and implacable foe as they watched in days past |$
his fight against foes whom he could overcome. True to himself, he was yielding gg
go slowly, inch by inch.* It was generally felt at St. Stephens that his dying was but g|
§8 the sequel to that great scene witnessed four years ago, when, his last speech 08
53 spoken, he quilted the house without one word of spoken adieu. 8§
9* Anticipating the inevitable, the members of the government discussed the S3
|| appropriate procedure to be observed and resolved that no effort on their part gg
83 should be wanting to mark a suitable sense of their loss. gfi
§9 Disregarding recent precedents, it was decided oB
8S that the program in parliament should be the same fig
|3 as that adopted in the cases of the Earl of Chat- jjg
88 ham and the younger Pitt, namely, an address to gg
her majesty praying for a' funeral at the public charge gg
» and a monument erected in Westminster abbey. gg
Throughout the whole kingdom every public
(Continued on Page Eight.)
As Published by the Papers at
Porto Rico
Are But Unskillful Workmen as Compared
With the Spanish Experts
Deluded Spaniards Informed That the Yankee Has Received
a Lesson by the Destruction of His
Whole Fleet
New York, May 18.—Copies of Porto Rican papers bearing as late
dates as May 4, received today, show that the people of that island are being
treated to a remarkable version of the news of the war. El Heraldo, for
instance, thus reports the battle of Manila:
"Victory arises. Our fleet, composed of nine Spanish warships, and
under command of the brilliant and illustrious sailor and warrior, Dor?
Patricio Monti jo, has thrashed tbe Yankee squadron, which sailed from
Hong Kong to the Philippine islands, forcing it to withdraw, after inflicting
serious damage, thus teaching the Yankees a lesson. Thus has resulted the
decisive triumph which the Yankees expected in the waters of the Pacific.
"We said so. The Yankee squadron was respectable, but it was woe
fully insufficient to fight our fleet, the patriotism and gunnery of whose
crew made the odds overwhelming in favor of Spain. Whenever our ships
find any American ships they cannot but destroy them."
The Aotual Condition of Things
London, Miy 19—(By the Associated Press.) The correspondent at
Manila of the Daily Telegraph telegraphs under the date of Friday as follows 1
Despite the worries of th: blockade, the spirits of the Spanish officials
are well maintained. The vessels of Admiral Dewey's squadron keep their
positions and content themselves with preventing all supplies from reaching
the beleagured city. In addition to the Callao, the Americans have taken
some steamers which were making for the port and several coasting ves
sels. Nothing has yet succeeded in running the blockade. Admiral Dewey
is credited with a desire to capture Spanish steamers, and his launches have
been scouting around the coast.
" The rebel forces have not yet summoned up courage to attack the
city. They are in condition to do so, but they ravage the country outside.
The foreign residents believe that if the city fell into the hands of the rebels
it would be deplorable.
" The governor is creating a royal native legion to assist in coping with
rebel attacks, while the Spanish regular troops are reserved to meet any
American forces that may be landed."
Conditions Will Be Changed
New YORK, May 19—(Special to The Herald.) It was announced at
Governor's island today that Major-General Merritt would leave for San
Francisco probably today or tomorrow. He is awaiting orders from Wash
ington, and these are expected any moment. News came from Washington
yesterday that General Merritt would be given the 5000 regular troops
asked for and that he would have the pick of 15,000 trained troops in addi
tion. The expedition will be well supplemented by 25,000 volunteers,
15,000 more than originally announced, the whole force to be double that
at first intended by the war department. These additions were thought to
be the result of information given to the president by Dr. F. S. Bourns of
Atlanta, Ga., who spent many years in the Philippines, and Colonel R. H.
Hughes, who has collected for General Merritt a great deal of information
about the islands.
Cervera to Be Crushed
Washington, May 18.—(Special to The Herald.) The Oregon is safe.
Sampson will pursue Cervera until he corners and destroy s him. Schley
will remain north of Havana and no fear for the safety of the north
Atlantic coast is entertained. That in a nutshell is the situation in the navy
department today. The board of strategy at its meeting today calculated
carefully and came to the conclusion that Cervera could do but one of three
things, go to Cuba, return east to a place of safety or sail to Porto Pico.
There is good reason for believing that the Spanish admiral after com*
ing so far loaded with supplies and ammunition for Blanco would not re*
tnm to the Canaries without accomplishing the task laid down for him.
Therefore out of the three possibilities, there remain two probabilities. In
view of the presence of Schley's squadron off Havana, it is regarded as
unlikely that Cervera will make for the primary object of his destination,
Knowing as he does that Sampson may bottle him up in Cienfuegos
harbor should he go there, or perhaps intercept him before he gets there, it
is likely that Cervera will remain tor a while in the South Carribbean or go
to San Juan de Porto Rico as a last result. The navy department believes
that San Juan may be Cervera's immediate destination. Sampson is aware
of the possibility of this move, a fact evidenced by the presence of the Yale
and Minneapolis off the east of San Domingo today. These fast vessels
will prowl about Porto Rico, and as soon as the Spanish armada appears
in Cuban waters, Sampson's fleet will swoop down upon them. If Porto
Rico were the pre-determined base of Cervera's maneuvers, his course must
have been a deviation from Martinique. Unquestionably it was not pre
determined in case he has gone there, but a course forced upon him by
The naval officials btlieve that the battle between Sampson and Cer
vera may take place tomorrow and, indeed, some believe it has already taken
place today. In the latter event, officials at Washington would not learn of
it till tomorrow night, allowing time for a dispatch boat to reach a cable
station and the work of translating a dispatch or report. The excitement is
suppressed but intense. Secretary Long and the president have con
fidence in Admiral Schley, and believe that unless Cervera flees from the
dangerous limits of the Caribbean and Windward islands he will be caught
and crushed like a spider.
Still Orr Shore
San FRANCISCO, May 18.—At 2 odock this morning the cruise}
Charleston is still anchored in the bay off Angel bland. ' It is expected that
she will sail for Manila early in the day.
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