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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 146.
SIX SHIPS TAKEN FROM SPAIN, HAVANA MAY BE BOMBARDED, MORRO FIRES ON SAMPSON'S FLEET THE CALL-HERALD NEWS-GATHERING FLEET. HAVANA CABLE HAS BEEN CUT TAMPA, Fla, April 24 — The United States has cut the Havana cable. The cut was made about ten miles out of Havana, and the south ern end of the cable is now on the Mangrove, which was recently converted into an auxiliary cruiser. This gives the Government the exclu sive use of the cable, and en NEWS OF THE DAY. Weather forecast for San Fran cisco: Fair Monday; fresh westerly wind. Maximum temperature for the past twenty-four hours: San Francisco €4 decrees Portland SO decrees Los Angeles 92 dejjr'^s Pa.n Diego S2 decrees Sacramento SO degrees < FTRKT PAGE. Havana Cable Cut. Six Hpanlßh Ships Taken. Bombardment -at Havana. Philippines to Be Taken. SECOND -PAGE. Congress Will Declare War. tiewnirea Before Congress. First Regiment In Wreck. . Spain and Privateering. THIRD PAGE. Bpain'i Fleet Yet at Cape Verde Islands. Crutaen After Fpanlsh Ships. Madrid Now Cries "Piracy." Naval News Guarded. Spaniards Insult Old Glory. FOURTH PAGE. War F'.r i irrantsiitff. An Italian Veuel Chased. Troops at Chlckamauga. Rich Spanish Prizes, Plot to Raid Klondike Bi r<-». FIFTH PAGE. Cournlng at Two Parks. On the Itaseball Fields. SIXTH PAQE. Editorial. Our War N>w« Ken-Ice. The War and BtMlnem The Call Bulletins. The Privateering- Question. Factory Labor in the Boutb, A Parcels Post Bjratem. News of Foreign Navies. Naval Guns. Answeru to Correspondents SEVENTH PAGE. News Along the Water Front. ItObbad In Open l>ay. Wheat at War Prices. A Colored Plunger In Troubls. EIGHTH PAGE. Working for the Red Crow. Native Sons Celebrate. NINTH PAGE. News From AcrOM the Bay. TENTH PAOI Close e-f the Epworth Convention. ELEVENTH PAGE. ' Blrthß. Marriages and Deaths. TWELFTH PAGE. Note* of War. Preparations. The San Francisco Call COMPLETE WAR NEWS SERVICE OF THE CALL AND THE HERALD Celebrated War Correspondents, Army and Navy Officers and Artists Who Will Join in Sending Accurate Descriptions of All Battles, NEW YORK, April 24. — The elaborate preparations which have been in progress for perfecting The Call-Herald news service is completed. It will be the best equipped and most thoroughly organized newspaper service ever put into operation. Richard Harding Davis, who has a world-wide reputation as a correspondent, is with the fleet before Havana. Charles Akers, the army expert and an experienced newspaper man, is going with the army. In addition to the powerful tugs Sommers N. Smith and Albert F. Dewey, now with the fleet, the ocean-going steamer Tyr, flying the Danish flag, has been chartered. She sailed from Baltimore for Porto Rico yesterday with Half a dozen correspondents and artists, and will cover the blockade. Matter will be cabled from St. Thomas or Kingston, as circumstances will permit. Five special correspondents, who speak Spanish, left for the south to-day and will join an army corps in Cuba. On the tugs are half a dozen men with specially constructed cameras for taking sea views, and also artists who will sketch for The Call-Herald picture telegraph machine now at Key West. There are special men on all the West Indies, who will send matter as long as the cables remain uncut. Call-Herald correspondents still remain in Madrid, Cadiz, Barcelona and St. Vincent, and preparations have been made for a full and comprehensive cable service. With each squadron there are half a dozen naval officers who will act as special correspondents for The Call-Herald, and will have peculiar facilities for describing with accuracy all naval engagements. MORRO FIRES ON THE FLEET. ON BOARD UNITED STATES FLAGSHIP NEW FORK, OFF HAVANA, April 24.— N00n— The shore batteries again opened fire on the tieet early this morning, but without effect. There havp been no casualties ainonp our forces up to this hour and not a single shot has been tir>-'i against the batteries. tirely cuts General Blanco off from communication with Spain, as the insurgents are between him and the other cable ports. It is intended as soon as the blockade of Cienfuegos is established to cut the cable Continued on Third Pace. SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1898. SIX RICH PRIZES TAKEN IN ONE DAY ON BOARD the Herald-Call boat Albert F. Dewey, via Key West, Fla.. April 24. — Two more valuable prizes I have been added to those brought to ! Key West by warships of Rear Admiral j Sampson's fleet. The latest is the big ; trans-Atlantic liner Cataluna. She was I captured to-day by the cruiser Detroit I only twelve miles off Havana. She was I bound for New Orleans from Cadiz with many tons of staves. When the lookout on the cruiser saw the big ship speeding along flying the Spanish flag the Detroit fired a blank I shot to bring the Cataluna to. The I Spaniard paid no attention to the warn : ing. Instead he began to crowd on I steam, making a desperate attempt to ] escape. The Detroit showed the speed that is in her, and in a minute was away in pursuit. She fired another shot, but the Cata luna still kept her flag up and defiantly kept her speed. For eight miles the race continued, and then from the cruiser a solid shot was fired. The FULLY SUPPLIED WITH COAL. MADRID, April 24.— The Cab inet Council to-day approved the general budget. Despite the pub lished statements in New York to the contrary, it is declared here that the Spanish navy is fully supplied with coal. The Government has received no offi cial information of the capture of any American vessels. Cataluna gave up then. Her colors fluttered down to her deck and she came to a stop. A prize crew was put on board and she was taken to Key West, where she arrived to-night She is a splendid ship, the finest of any yet taken, and the prize money to be ob tained by condemning and selling her will be a fortune for the men of the Detroit. No other ship of the navy was near her when she made the cap HAVANA MAY BE BOMBARDED AT DAYLIGHT TO-DAY Admiral Sampson's Alleged Notice That Causes Consternation at the Cuban Capital. While the United States Warships Are Shelling the Forts the Insurgents Will Rally in the Rear to Aid the Invaders. HAVANA, April 24 — The United States fleet will begin the bombardment of Havana to-morrow. Rear- Admiral Sampson has sent notice of his intention to Mr. Gollan, British Consul-General here, who, acting under instructions from his Government, is in charge of the United States Consulate here. Mr. Gollan has told Captain-General Blanco that real war is about to begin. The city is terror-stricken. Admiral Sampson's notice simply stated that he intended to begin bombard ment. It is not known whether his ships will confine themselves to the batteries, and, after silencing them, take Havana with his sailors and marines, or will try to eoropo! a surrender by shelling the city itself. General Blanco visited all the batteries as soon as he was told of the intention of the American commander. He is now at Santa Clara, where are the guns that are most depended upon as defenders. He will remain there all night. The first shot is expected at daybreak. There is no rest in the city to-night. The streets are crowded and troops are being moved hither and thither to strengthen the defenses. General Pando, who hastened to the remote batteries as soon as the United States fleet arrived here, returned to the city to-night. I was told that he had a nar row escape from capture by a rebel band, and that the report was accompanied by another to the effect that the insurgents are moving in toward the city, so as to be ready to dash in and assist the United States forces should they invade the city. No troops can now be spared from the main defenses to drive them back. PHILIPPINES WILL ALSO BE CAPTURED NEW YORK, April 24.— The Herald's Washington correspondent sends the following: Spain's possessions in the far East will be under the guns of the American squadron com manded by Commodore G. H. Dewey by Tuesday next. Official information, it is understood, has reached Washington of the preparations for the work which the Navy Department has laid out for it to perform. Accompanying the men-of-war are the revenue cutter McCulloch and a number of colliers conveying coal and other stores needed for the fleet in its operations against the Spanish naval force in the waters of the Philippines and against the fortifications of Manila and other seaports of those islands. It is the expectation of the experts of the Navy Depart ment that the squadron will cover the 628 miles separating Hongkong and Manila within sixty hours, so that when the offensive operations begin Congress shall have formally de clared war and the President's approval to the declaration shall have been affixed. The vessels which comprise Com modore Dewey 's fighting force consist of the protected cruiser Olympia, flagship of the squadron and of 5870 tons displace ment; the protected cruiser Baltimore of 4413 tons, the pro tected cruiser Raleigh of 3213 tons, the protected cruiser Bos ton of 3000 tons, the gunboat Concord of 1890 tons and the gunboat Petrel of 892 tons. In addition to these vessels the revenue cutter McCulloch, of 12S0 tons, will undoubtedly perform excellent service. Immediately upon her arrival at Hongkong she was supplied with a modern battery and tor pedo'tubes, and she is now superior in fighting ability to the Petrel. ♦ure The entire valua of the prize will probably be given to the Detroit .-non shoifo the Spaniard be condemned. The Cataluna is of 479° gross and 34Q1 net gross. Her commander is Captain rano. She is only four years old, hav ing been built in 1893 by C. Connell & Co. of Glasgow. Her owners are Izquerdo & Co. of Cadiz. She is 415 feet in length. 48 feet wide, and her depth is 21 :.} feet. She is classed as Ai. The other captive belongs to the gunboat Helena and is worth $400,000. She, too, was tafcen to Key West. She is the merchant ship Miguel Joiver, which flew the Spanish flag and was Confirmation of the following itory h»> not been obtained. LEE AND SMAFTER TO BE MAJOR-GENERALS. WASHINGS jN. April 24.— The nomination of Fitzhugh Lee as major-general will be the first made under the new volunteer militia bill. It is settled that Shafter Is to be made a major general, but it will follow that of Lee. from New Orleans bound for Havana and Barcelona with a big cargo of cot PRICE FIVE CENTS. ton and staves. The cargo alone is worth $150,000. She was captured ye» terday about 100 miles from Havana. The Helena, commander W. T. Swin burne, did not sail with the fleet Fri day morning, but remained here until yesterday, when she steadied out to sea. She was cruising in a southwester ly direction, when the Miguel Joiver, steering a southeasterly course, hove in Continued on Fourth Page. ADVERTISEMENTS. Tel comes out victor. 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