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GLORIOUS VICTORY OF DEWEY'S FLEET ;■■' ' ; ■'"■••"■ ■■■ ■ ' ' . '•■ • ,:.-"'.• . , • ■_ :■-'..■ '■ ■ ; . ' '. >c ■ - Slip SUSTAIN MOST DISASTROUS LOSS During the Battle They Lose Two Mildred Seamen and Four > Hundred ire Wounded. Copyrighted, 'IS9B, 'by Jamw Gordon Bennett. LONDQH, May i. — The Asiatic squadron of the United States, Commodore ..:,: Dewey commanding, to-day T •' » . " • * . Birdseye View of the Lower Part of Mar>ila Bay, S^owiQg the City and the Fortified Approaches Thereto, '.-.'.;. l ; With Cavity Where tf^e Great F^ght Was Made and Won. engaged and completely de feated the Asiatic squadron of Spain in the harbor of Manila in the Philippine Islands. All the news of the SCENE OF THE FIRST GREAT NAVAL BATTLE OF THE WAR. The San Francisco Call great naval battle thus far re ceived is coming from Span ish sources. This shows con clusively that Manila has not yet been taken by the Ameri can forces and that the cable lines are still under the con trol of Spain. From the fact that even the advices received from Madrid show that the Ameri can warships fared best, there is hardly any doubt that when complete details are obtainable it will be learned that it was a crush ing defeat for Spain. Reports of the battle thus far are coming in piecemeal. SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, MAY 2, 189 S. During the two engage ments that took place Commodore Montijo, com manding the Spanish fleet, lost three of his largest ships. His flagship, the armored cruiser Maria Reina Christina, and the armored cruiser Castilla were burned, and the cruiser Don Juan de Aus tria was blown up. Sev eral other Spanish ves sels were badly damaged. Under the protection of the guns of their fortifications the Spanish warships opened fire on the American fleet. For several hours the har bor resounded with the roar of guns, the crashing of steel timbers and the shrieks and groans of the wounded Thick clouds of smoke at times almost obscured the opposing fleets from each other. A well - directed shot reached the iron cruiser Don Juan de Austria, a vessel of 1 100 tons. A ter rific explosion followed and the ship was blown up. All the time during the first engagement the Ameri can ships were under way, their maneuvering being in tended to render the marks manship of Spanish gunners less effective. There was a heavy loss of life among the Spanish. Captain Cardase, com manding the Maria Cris tina, was killed. Commodore Montijo, com manding the fleet, shifted his flag from the Maria Cristina to the Isla de Cuba, a much smaller steel protected cruiser, just before the Cris tina sank. The blowing up of the Don Juan de Austria was attended by a great loss of life among the crew, her commander also being killed. Commodore Dewey's squadron, leaving Subig Bay, a few miles from Manila, PRICE FIVE CE^TS. about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, proceeded toward Manila. Under the cover of darkness he entered the har bor of Manila, the batteries located there announcing his arrival. Both fleets lined up for bat tle at daybreak — about 5 o'clock this morning. The guns of the American war ships began firing on the fortress of Cavite and the arsenal of Manila. The American squadron, about 9 o'clock drew off to the east side of the bay and took refuge behind some foreign vessels. The ships< had evidently suffered con siderable damage. After they had made some hasty repairs they returned to the conflict. During this engagement the guns of Ca vite maintained a steadier and stronger fire upon Com modore Dewey's ships than in the. first encounter, but the American guns were bridged with telling effect. As the smoke lifted it was seen that the flagship Maria Reina Cristina was on fire. The ADVERTISEMENTS. ™r~™ — <^S\» — Thousands of \3^W^^ H women go PLtL. jJSI^X A* down to death W^lSfeli OWn ll 1 S norance3 . 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