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The herald. [microfilm reel] (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, June 17, 1898, Image 1

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The Forts at Caimanera Are
The Spanish Troops Without Food or
Water For Days
Reported That the Entire Spanish Force Is Ready to
Capitulate But For the Fear of Being
Camp McCALLA, Guantanamo Bay, June 15,3:30 p. m., via Kingston,
June 16, 8 a. m.—(Copyrighted, 1898, by the Associated Press.) The
brick fort and earthworks at Caimanera at the end of the railroad leading
to the city of Guantanamo were demolished today by the bombardment of
the Te.vas, Marblehead and Suwanee. The warships opened fire at 2p. m.,
and the bombardment lasted one hour and thirty minutes.
The Way It Was Done
The Texas steamed slowly up the channel leading to the fortifications,
followed closely by the Marblehead. The Texas fired two shots as range
finders! both falling short. The Marblehead stood off to the west side of
the bay and opened with her five-inch guns, knocking down part of the
wall. The Texas then threw in some twelve-inch shells, tearing down the
wall of the fort and throwing the bricks and mortar thirty feet in the air.
After badly damaging the fort, the Marblehead stood further in to shell the
eaithworks and barracks at the west end of the harbor.
Fled From the Fort
She knocked them into the air, and when the Spaniards fled from the
fort they were shelled by the St. Paul and driven into the bushes.
The Spaniards fired only five shots, which di .1 no damage. After the
ships stood out into the harbor the Spanish in th: bushes opened fire on
the Marblehead's launch, which rep'ied vigorously.
The Suwanee then turned back and shelled the bushes, driving the
Spanish inland.
Starving Spanish Troops
During the afternoon a half starved and ragged Spanish soldier
crawled into the camp and gave himself up. He said he expected to be
shot, but would gladly die if they would only give him food and water.
He had neither for forty-eight hours. He reported that there were 2000
Spanish soldiers, half starved, who wanted to give themselves up, but that
they believed they would be killed by the Americans as soon as they were
in captivity. The Spaniard was given a good dinner and some' clothing,
and was then taken on board the Marblehead. He declared that he would
gladly go back and report to his comrades, but that they would certainly
shoot him. He is now held as a prisoner on the Marblehead.
The Marblehead's Launch
The Marblehead's little steam launch cleaned out a detachment of Span
ish bushwackers this afternoon and escaped, after a hot engagement of a
quarter of an hour, without the loss of a man. The launch had been drag
ging the harbor near the forts for mines, had found one and were towing it
back to the Marblehead when the enemy, concealed in the bushes on the
shore, opened a hot fire on the five men in the launch. The launch headed
toward shore and began banging away, but the bow gun finally kicked over
board, carrying the gunner with it. In the meantime the enemy was flee
ing wildly. The marine was promptly rescued. It is believed that several
Spaniards were killed.
Minister Cassini's Significant Remark in France.
One of Europe's Foremost Diplomats
Washington, June 16—The arrival of Count Cassini, Russian minister to the United
States, has aroused much interest in diplomatic circles. He is one of the foremost diplomatists
in the Russian service. The presumption is that Count Cassini comes here for the express
purpose of defeating the projected Anglo-American alliance and cementing the traditional
Russo-American friendship.
An Important Conference
It is said that Cassini, before leaving Paris, was a party to a most important conference
relative to the outcome of the Spanish-American war. In addition to Cassini, there were
present Castillo, the Spanish ambassador to France; the Spanish ambassador to London, and
the German and Austrian ambassadors to Paris. Great Britian, it may be noted, was not
represented. A remark by Count Cassini broke up the meeting. "No Berlin conference,"
said he, "will deprive the United States of a toot of territory which she takes by force of
arms." This reference to the manner in which Russia had been deprived of all the fruit of her
victory over Turkey in 1877, was of deep.significance, coming from the Russian diplomatist.
Troops Are Busy All Along the
Cuban Line
Santiago and Cardenas Are Battered by
Sampson's Fleet
The Havana Papers Admit That Our Gunners Can Kill
Other Things Than Mules—The Ships Mak
ing a Clean Sweep
Key West, via Jacksonville, Fla., June 16.—Cardenas has had still
another dose of Yankee gunnery. Blockhouses that rose in the ashes and
the debris of those destroyed by our warships, have in their turn fallen in
ruins under heavy fire. Word comes that a heavy bombardment was
begun this morning and continued for several hours. The blockhouses
newly repaired were demolished; the range was quickly found. There
was no delay; the Spaniards fled, scarcely returning a shot. Several shells
were seen to burst among them as they ran and it is certain the loss of life
was heavy. Not one of our ships was hit. Our torpedo boat Cushing
held up a suspicious German schooner yesterday. She proved to be the
Trybee, from Antwerp to Galveston, carrying a cargo of crockery. She
was allowed to proceed.
Santiago's Fourth Dose
On Board the Associated Press Dispatch Boat Dauntless,
off Santiago de Cuba, Thursday, June 16, noon, Kingston, Jamaica, June
16, 9. p. m.—(Copyrighted, 1898, by the Associated Press.) Rear-Admiral
Sampson's fleet bombarded the batteries at Santiago de Cuba for the third
time, at daylight this morning. For hours the ships pounded the batteries
at the right and left of the entrance, only sparing El Morro, where Lieut.
Hobson and his companions are in prison.
The western batteries, against which the main assault was directed,
were badly wrecked. One was utterly destroyed. In others many guns
were dismounted.
At first the Spaniards replied passionately and wildly, but impotently.
Then most of th." guns were deserted. Not a ship was struck nor a man
injured on the American side. It is believed the enemy's loss of life was
Vesuvius' Second Trial
As a preliminary to the hammering given the batteries, the dynamite
cruiser Vesuvius last night at midnight was given another chance. Three
250 pound charges of gun cotten were sent over the fortifications at the
entrance. The design was to drop them in the bay around the angle, back
of the eminence on which El Morro is situated, where it is known boat
destroyers were lying. Two charges went true, as no reports were heard, a
peculiarity of the explosion of gun cotton in water. Whether the destroy,
ers were demolished is not known, but the destructive area of gun cotton is
large and it would not be surprising if one or both torpedo boats were
destroyed. The third charge exploded with terrific force on Cayosmith.
Hole as Big as a Church
A crater big enough to hold a church was blown out of the side of
Cayosmith and was clearly seen from the ships this morning. Admiral
Sampson issued the orders for the bombardment last night. Coffee was
served to the men at 3:30 this morning, and with the first brush of dawn
the men were called quietly to quarters.
The ships steamed at a five-knot speed to a 3000-yard range when they
closed up, broadside on, until a distance of three cable lengths separated
them. They were strung out in the form of a crescent, the heavy fighting
ships in the center, the flagship on the right and the Massachusetts on the
left flank. The line remained stationary throughout the bombardment. The
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