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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 164.
SAMPSON MAY ATTACK SPAIN'S ARMADA TO-MORROW VIEW OF SAN JUAN, PORTO RICO, WHICH WAS REDUCED BY THE FLEET OF ADMIRAL SAMPSON. SAN JUAN HAS BEEN REDUCED. CAPE HAYTIEN, via Hayti, May 12.- -News has just been received here that Admiral Samp son with his entire fleet bombarded San Juan this morning. I learn that Morro fort was entirely destroyed. RORT AU PRINCE, May 12.- -The American fleet, under Admiral Sampson, bombarded San Juan de Porto Rico to-day. The following are the details of the bombardment thus far received: The bombardment began this morning. Rear-Admiral Sampson with nine warships arrived before San Juan just before sunrise. At a signal the battle ship lowa fired the first shot, which took effect. Then the battle ship Indiana opened fire. In a few minutes Morro fort was reduced to a heap of ruins. The fort made little effort to respond, and was silenced almost instantly, The Spanish steamer .Rita was captured by the United States auxiliary cruiser Yale, which took her crew on board. Thousands of the population and the foreign consuls sought refuge in the interior of the island. NEW YORK, May 12.— A special cable to a morning paper from St. Thomas, via Port de France, Martinique, says: Sampson's fleet arrived off San Juan just before daylight. Word had been sent ahead that the fortifications were to be bombarded, a notice to women and children, aliens and others to leave the city and seek safety elsewhere. A shot from the battle-ship lowa began the bom bardment. Then the Indiana opened from its forward turret with a 13-inch projectile. The walls of Morro seemed to go into vapor, and ruined masonry and mangled corpses told of the inadequacy of the scarps and bastions of the older days to withstand the assaults of modern armaments. The castle soon made reply, but the firing indicated a panic within the fortifications. The first shot flew far to leeward, bursting harmlessly. The heavy guns on the lowa and Indiana spoke again. The monitors Puritan and Terror crept closer inshore, their low freeboard presenting a small target for the forts, and their 10 and 12 inch guns doing tremendous execution against the fortifications. Morro fired but three shots from her heavy guns. There were but seven shots fired from the guns of the American ships, and these left Morro Castle a crumbled ruin. The Spaniards pluckily served their guns as long as there was any hope, but their fire was slow and wild. Not a single American ship was harmed; not an American seaman was killed or injured; but at the last accounts the city had not surrendered, though it was completely at Admiral Sampson's mercy. It had been deserted by the merchants and non-combatants. The foreign Consuls had fol lowed the refugees into the country, and the troops were reported panic-stricken. The volunteers had fled. After the bombardment Sampson withdrew. Two of his vessels are now in St. Thomas, and they may take with them the schooner Ida Southard, now here with 1000 tons of coal for the fleet. During the bombardment the torpedo boat Porter, the collier Niagara and an armed tug remained outside the line of fire observing the contest through glasses. They report seeing a dreadful panic in San Juan, though no shots were sent into the town. HAVANA, May 12.— Governor-General Blanco received a cable message to-day from the Cap tain-General of Porto Rico which says that this morning an American fleet of eleven vessels opened fire upon the forts, which answered vigorously. The dispatch says that at the time it was sent, 9 A. M., no personal losses had been sustained and little material damage done. The San Francisco Call Copyrighted, 1898 by JameS Gordon Bennett SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1898. MAY FIGHT IN PORT OF SAN JUAN The Big Fleets Are Now in Close Proximity to Each Other. Their Location Ascertained by the Correspondents of the Herald and Call. Copyrighted. 1898, by James Gordon Bennett. ST. PIERRE, Martinique, via Hayti, May 12. The Spanish torpedo-destroyer Furor arrived at this port late last night, but immediately put to sea. Her arrival caused tremendous excitement. About 5 o'clock this afternoon the Spanish de stroyer Terror arrived. As I send this dispatch five Spanish war vessels are in sight, bound northward, apparently in the direction of Cuba. They are the Spanish Cape Verde Fleet. The United States scouting vessel Harvard is in port. She came in here to send dispatches to the Government in Washington. As a Spanish vessel was in port and left after the Harvard ar rived the port authorities served notice on Cap tain Cotton that he would not be allowed to leave until twenty-four hours after the departure of the Spanish vessel. AMADEE TESTART. NEW YORK, May 12.— The above dispatch was received from the Herald- Call's special correspondent at Martinique. It is believed to be reliable and trustworthy as he is indorsed by the United States Consul at that place. At the outbreak of hostili ties the Herald and Call, in order to prepare for just such emergencies as the present, communicated with all their correspondents in the smaller islands of the Antilles and in structed them to be particu larly watchful for the move ments of the enemy's ships. The former resident corre spondent at St. Pierre had re moved, and a cable dispatch was sent to the United States Consul asking him to suggest the best man on the island for the place. He promptly replied, giv ing the name of Mr. Testart. This information is the sen sational sequel to the Herald and Call publication on May i that its special dispatch steamer Avery Hill had fol lowed the Cape Verde fleet to sea, and when they disap peared on the horizon on April 29 they were steaming in a westerly direction. The fleet that left Cape Verde consisted of the first -class cruisers Viz caya, AlmiranteOquendo, In fanta Maria Teresa and Cris tobal Colon, and the three torpedo destroyers Terror, Furor and Pluton. The distance from Cape Verde to Porto Rico is ap PRICE FIVE CENTS. proximately 2486 miles, and according to the above dis patch it would seem that the Spanish squadron proceeded at the rate of about fourteen knots an hour. This also verifies the statement of the Herald-Call correspondent on the Avery Hill that the fleet was steaming at a fast rate of speed. The Herald-Call corre spondents have also succeeded in definitely locating Admiral Samp son's fleet. It is off the north coast of San Do mingo, between Monte Christi and Puerto Plata. This information was ca bled to the Herald and Call by correspondents on the Danish steamer Tyr, whose presence in the Danish harbor of St Thomas caused a diplomatic protest from the Spanish Government The Tyr ar rived yesterday afternoon at Puerto Plata, San Domingo. They report that the Span ish gunboats are cruising off Hayti in search of the Amer ican vessels. Upon arriving the correspondents sent the following dispatch to the Herald: " Puerto Plata, Thurs day — The Tyr succeeded in passing the Spanish gunboats watching the coast of Porto Rico and reaching this harbor. The Spanish Consul at St. Thomas had our steamer watched con stantly and cabled the