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Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete on the Bridge
The Signals Which Sent Secre
tary Long's Message to Commodore
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Washington, June 6.—While the navy department still claims that it has no official news as to the landing of an expedi
tion at Punta Cabrera, Cuba, there is a general feeling that the dispatches from Hayti are correct and that the expedition which
started last week composes the landing party. According to an excellent authority the army has been moving out of Tampa
since Saturday morning, and the transports ought to be well on their way now to Santiago and Porto Rico.
The president, it is said, has received news of the first landing of United States troops in the neighborhood of Santiago.
It is understood that 5,000 were landed, including an engineer battalion, three batteries of artillery and three regiments of in
fantry. It is expected that yesterday and today other landings have been made. Fully 25,000 troops are now either in Cuba or
on their way there.
The Antagonists Still Struggling, One to Gain, the Other to Retain, Possession
of Santiago de Cuba —American Troops Have Landed and Effected a
Junction With the Insurgents Under General Garcia
Cape Haytien, June 6.—There is great fighting at the seashore near Santiago de Cuba.
That city reports that troops have been going out ail day towards Surgidero de Aguadores
(the little bay of the water carriers). The landing place at Aguadores is a few miles east of
Morro castle, and, in a sense, commands the land approaches to the fortifications on the east
side of Santiago bay. Firing began early this morning and grew in violence as the day pro
gressed. The detonations indicated that the big guns of the American fleet were hammering
at the lortifications at Aguadores, and the movement of the Spanish troops to the front was
taken to mean that a landing was being attempted. The batteries at Aguadores were recently
established and the guns are small. All the artillery that can be spared from the defenses of
the city itself is being sent there and at least 5,000 men have gone to the front. Among them
are marines from Admiral Cervera's ships, who volunteered for the service, especially request
ing the admiral to detail them for the dangerous duty. Tonight Santiago reports that the big
guns have ceased firing. Many stragglers are coming into the city, bearing conflicting tales.
Some say the Americans are marching on the city while others assert that the Spanish are
holding them at bay. Panic prevails. The shops are all closed and people huddle in the
houses. There has been some firing on the outskirts, but as yet nothing indicates a general
attack by the insurgents. It is believed, however, they will attack tonight.
General Linares went to the sea front today to personally direct operations. Troops
have been coming in from all the outlying forts and stations all day. Some of them report
brushes with General Garcia's troops, and the hospitals are filling up with the wounded. It is
feared the insurgents will destroy telegraphic connection between Santiago and Guantanamo at
any time, and thus shut off the scene of conflict from the cable connections with Cape Haytien
by way of the Mole St. Nicholas.
It was reported that during the bombardment of Saturday evening troops were landed
to the westward ot La Scapa and the mouth of the harbor. No great force is believed to be
there, however, as apparently no additional troops have been sent in that direction.
An Advance in Force
Santiago, 10 p. m. (via Cape Haytien.)—An alarm has been sounded indicating an
attack on the city by insurgents and Americans coming from the southeast.
Cape Haytien, June 6.—10.30 a. m —(Cop> righted, 1898, by the Associated Press.)
The cannonade at Aguadores began at 7:35 this morning. It became stronger at 7:55, both
s : des seeming to put forth every possible effort. It grew more violent, and at 8:45 a. m. was
still in progress.
Still In Progress
The situation at Santiago de Cuba
remains unchanged since the sink
ing of the Merrimac, by which Cer
vera is not only bottled, but is
corked so securely that he must
either sink his ships or surrender.
A large force of American troops,
together with the insurgents, will
very shortly be in a position to com
pel the capitulation of Santiago.
Cervera may surrender his ships or ■)
he may sink them in the harbor of ■(
Santiago, but he can never get away. H
For the llrst time in the history of the •)
country, the exports of manufactures ■!
for the fiscal year will exceed the value H
of manufactures Imported. •)
Havana defenses being strengthened H
and the cultivation zone much extend- 4
ed: the people believe that Spain's •)
fleet is soon coming to their relief. 4
The war revenue bill sent to the H
house, non-concurred in, and immedl- 4
ately sent to conference; the senate >|
confirms the appointment of Col. H. 4
G. Otis to be brigadier general. 4
Englishmen ask what America has 4
to offer ln exchange for an Anglo- 4
American alliance; when the matter Is >j
considered it seems that the Briton is 4
not the fellow who should be afraid 4
of making a bad trade. 4
News from Dewey relieves anxiety .
in the navy department; the Insur- 4
gents are winning victories; the monl- t
'or Monadnock ordered to Manila, cj
which, with the Monterey, will enable •
Dewey to defy the Cadiz fleet and all •
the other vessels of the Spanish navy. 4
Fay day at Camp Merritt did not <j
strike the volunteers; prospect that ■)
the Seventh will go to Manila grows -j
darker; slow work on transports and •
monitors. 4
Naval officials considering the prop- •
er recognition of Hobson's services In <j
sinking the Merrimac at Santiago. •
Reports from Santiago assert and 4
deny the sinking of tho torpedo boat ij
Terror or Furor; American troops •
have landed and a junction has been <
effected with Insurgents under Garcia. •
Senor Moret, Spain's ex-minister for >
thte colonies, paints as black a pic- •
- ture of his country's future as her •
worst enemy could desire; there is no 1
. plan and no policy, and affairs are sim- •
. ply drifting toward utter ruin. .
The national treasury Is running low •
. and President McKinley Is anxious for •
authority to sell bonds for money to •
• carry on the war. 1
. Reports from Manila Indicate that ■
• reinforcements for Dewey must be «
• pushed ahead or the admiral will cap- •
. ture the place before help arrives.
1 Oregon holds a state election, and •
1 the Republicans claim to have carried •
• about everything ln sight. •
• The captain of the collier Merrimac •
» reaches Key West and pays his trib
. ute of praise to Hobson and his com- •
• panlons, and Incidentally to the Span- 1
• Ish chivalry which stopped the firing
• when the men were in the water and
i* swimming for life.
r Troops named for the second Manila
P expedition under Gen. Greene; |H» ir Jal
r ifornia troops are included.
There is a feeling of entire satisfaction felt here by the president and the department
officials over the situation. It is even said that when our troops have been landed they may
not at once reduce Santiago, but simply hold the Spaniards penned up there until the Porto
Rico expedition has been landed and this island occupied. A reason given for this is the
belief said to be entertained by the administration that having lost the Philippines and Porto
Rico, and seeing the Cervera fleet and the Spanish forces at Santiago hemmed in and helpless,
Spain will be ready to make peace, surrendering this fleet and evacuating Cuba without any
serious fighting and consequent loss of life on that island. The administration is expected to
proceed upon this theory, thoagh very few persons besides the president and some of his
immediate advisers believe that Spain will yield so readi'y and wisely. The idea is approved
of, however, since it affords an opportunity to avoid loss of life and cannot render tbe cam
paign in any way less effective. If Spain does not give up after the fall of Porto Rico the
plan of campaign will be carried out to its end, which wilt include the capture of the Canaries
and the attacking of the ports of Spain herself.
Torpedo Boat Destroyed
Kingston, Jamaica, June 6.—(Copyright 1898 by the Associated Press.)— News has
been received here today from Port Antonio confirming the report brought here yesterday by
a vessel from Santiago de Cuba saying the Spanish torpedo boat destroyer Terror (Furor) has
been sunk by an American warship. It appears that the battleship Oregon saw a long craft
sneaking close to the shore and heading toward the harbor. She signaled the craft to turn
and the signals were improperly answered, whereupon the Oregon opened fire upon her. A
13-inch shell struck the torpedo boat amidships and she sank with all hands. The vessel is
supposed to have been the Spanish torpedo destroyer Terror, trying to make her way from
Porto Rico into the harbor of Santiago de Cuba, to rejoin the fleet ot Admiral Cervera, with
which she arrived at Fort de France, Island of Martinique. The Terror was compelled to
remain at Fort de France, owing to her boilers being out of order. On the other hand, it is
believed the torpedo boat destroyer sunk may have been the Furor of Admiral Cervera's fleet,
as the latest reports concerning the Terror seem to show that her boilers were still out of order.
Doubtful Reports
PORT au Prince, June 6.—(Copyright, 1898, by the Associated Press.) Advices from
Santiago de Cuba today say that this morning about 7:45 oclock a lively cannonade was
heard in the direction of Aguadores. It increased in intensity on both sides and toward 8
1 oclock became violent. At 8:30 oclock it was still very furious.
No further details have been received, but it is believed that the Spanish ships anchored in the bay of Santiago held the
insurgents in check when the latter were attacking the town. It is said here—but the source of information is doubtful—that
a United States troop ship debarked troops under the protection of the fire of the American squadron.
News has been received from Mole St. Nicholas that a naval combat took place yesterday off Jean Rabel between Port Le
Paix and the Mole. Three Spanish and four American warsh.ps were engaged. After a brief but lively contest the
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phone East 82.—Adv. • • — »-■ - - - J
Commodore Schley Directing the Fight
(Contlnned on Page Five.)
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Signals Transmitting Schley's Tri
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