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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 166.
MONSTER FLEETS AT HIDE AND SEEK MOVEMENTS OF SHIPS OF THE RIVAL FORCES Sampson Sends Dispatches to Washington From Puerto Plata. Some of the Vessels of the Spanish Fleet Are Yet Hovering Around Martinique. Copyrighted. 189?. by Jusu Gordon Bennett. PUERTO PLATA, San Do mingo, May 14. — The United States torpedo-boat Porter arrived here at 3:15 this afternoon. She steamed rapidly past old Colum bus Fort, where no flags were dis played nor any other official recog nition taken of her presence, and cast anchor in the harbor. Lieutenant Vincent came ashore in the Health Officer's boat and sent dispatches to Washington to determine the future course of Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet. Other ships are sailing along the coast of San Domingo awaiting a reply. The searchlight thrown ashore last night is believed to have come from an American hospital ship go ing west. The Porter was not hurt at San Juan, although she went within 1 500 yards of Fort Morro beside the lowa. Lieutenant Vincent said they got in very close with out being seen, although the light house was lighted. There was no reply to their shots for fifteen min utes, all the men in the San Juan fortifications probably being asleep. Admiral Sampson had no intention of bombarding the town, purpos ing only to attack the fortifications. He did not wish particularly to de molish Morro, but the stronger works on top of the bluff to the east. Shots fired at these works must have done some damage to the city beyond. The barracks appeared to have been destroyed, and some of the guns were hit, but the fort was not silenced and was peppering away heavier than ever when the Porter left on Thursday, sailing first to ward St. Thomas and then coming back here. The Porter occupied a position where Fort Morro' s guns would have told but for the fact that the best of the Spanish marksmen could not fire straight. Some of the Spanish guns used projectiles which tumbled in the air, revolving as they fell. The Americans pointed at them in as tonishment. No Spanish warships have been sighted by Sampson's fleet. The Porter expects to leave here as soon as she gets word from Wash ington. The sailors who came ashore from the Porter complain of the heat, and say accommodations on her for a sea trip are very poor. The belief aboard is that the Spanish squadron may try to cap ture the battleship Oregon. SPANISH WARSHIPS OFF CURACOA ISLAND Arrival of Some of the Enemy's Fleet Caused a Belief That a Battle Was Imminent. Copyrighted, IMB, by James Gordon Bennett. WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO IS LAND, May 14. — Six Spanish men-of-war were sighted off this The San Francisco Call harbor this morning. The ap proach of the warships to this port created the greatest excitement. The cruisers Maria Teresa and Vizcaya later in the day entered the harbor. The cruisers Almi rante Oquendo and Cristobal Colon are cruising out at sea with two torpedo-boat destroyers. 1 have been unable to ascertain how long the Spanish warships will re main here, but it is believed they stopped here only to receive and send dispatches. Great interest is taken here in the war between the United States and Spain, and the appearance of the Spanish warships caused a ber lief that there may be a battle in this vicinity. The harbor was thronged all day with sightseers. SOME OF THE FLEET SEEN OFF MARTINIQUE Signal Lights Back of St. Pierre Cause Consul Darte to Enter a Protest. Copyrighted, 1898. by James Gordon Bennett. ST. PIERRE, Martinique, May 14. — The general situation here re mains unchanged. What was sup posed to be part of the Spanish fleet was seen again to-day off the southwest point of the island. The Spanish torpedo-boat destroyer Terror remains at Fort de France. The Spanish warship Alicante is also in the harbor. Signal lights have been seen along the hills back of the city for two nights. Consul Darte saw the Governor of Martinique at Fort de France and lodged a protest. He was told that everything in the world would be done to put a stop to the sig nals. It was noticed that the sig nals seemed to have decreased after this. Captain Cotton of the United States cruiser Harvard is being treated very courteously by the authorities here. It is impossible to state how long he will remain. The Harvard is still in a disabled condition. Her mooring in the har bor has been changed. REPORTS FROM VARIOUS VESSELS From Paris Comes a Story Showing How Cervera's Movements Were Changed. CAPE HAYTIEN, May 14.— The steamer Supply (formerly the American steamer Illinois) under command of Lieutenant Roberts from Philadelphia arrived here at 5:30 o'clock to-day. Upon his arrival Lieutenant Roberts wired to Admiral Sampson for orders Admiral Sampson is at Puerto Plata, on the north coast of Santo Domingo. He communicated to-day with the American Consul at Cape Haytlen. BUENOS AYRES, May 14.— Advices from Rio Janeiro confirm the reports of the arrival at Bahia, Brazil, of the United States warships Oregon, Mari etta and Nicthemy. The steamer Rio Janeiro, which has arrived at Pernam buco, reports having seen during the night Wednesday last three vessels supposed to be Spanish warships, cruising before Cape San Anostlnogo. ST. THOMAS. Danish W. L, May 14» —The United States auxiliary cruiser SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, MAY 15, 1898-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. St. Louis sailed from here this morning, going In a westerly direction. The United States cruiser Montgomery ar rived here at 7 o'clock in order to take on coal. The United States auxiliary crulser Yale, formerly the American 1 line steamer Paris, has also called here and it is understood she will clear with ! the Montgomery for Key West. LONDON, May 14.— The Star says a Madrid dispatch via Paris ihrows in teresting light gathered from an offi cial source on Admiral Cervera's movements since he left the Cape Verde Islands. It appears that he headed for St. Pierre Miquelon m th--> coast of Newfoundland, where sealed instructions awaited him. There col liers from Sydney were met and the Spanish fleet coaled. Admiral Cer vera's instructions then were to raid Portland, Boston and Newport, and if Rear Admiral Sampson bombarded Havana to draw him off. The news from Manila seems to have changed the plans. The next proposed move was to de coy Rear Admiral Sampson to Porto Rico and then sail rapidly for Havana and destroy the few ships left there. Finally, should Admiral Cervera, j after reaching Santiago de Cuba, learn that two American squadrons were coming to meet him, thus leav- j ing the sea free, his plan would be to j avoid them, sail straight for Charles- j ton and bombard that city. Birdseye view of the West Indies and adjacent waters and coasts, showing the positions, approxi mately, according to the latest reports, of the Spanish fleet and the several American squadrons. SPAIN'S CAPE VERDE FLEET NOW HEADED FOR CUBA'S COAST At Last It Would Appear the Dons Are Seeking to Reach Havana or Cienfuegos. Sampson and Schley in Quest of the Enemy's Ves sels and May Soon Co-operate in a Great Sea Battle With the Hostile Ships. Call Office, Riggs House, Washington, May 14. Last night every one in Washington was speculating as to the whereabouts of the various fleets and their prob able destination. Strangely enough, not even the Presi dent or members n* > u^ War Board were able to say where Sampson's fleet was at that time or what its destination would be, for Sampson's orders were discretionary. Soon after the cablegram was received from Captain Cotton of the Harvard locating the Spaniards off the island ;of Martinique, and after the Cabinet had given a brief half hour's consideration to the matter, Secretary Long filed a cablegram to Sampson directing him to go in quest of the Spaniards unless he was apprised by cable via St. Thomas or by his scouting cruisers that the enemy had sailed from Martinique in a contrary direction, in which case he was to steam as rapidly as possible for Ha vana. This cablegram of necessity passed through St. Pierre, Martinique, and there was delayed in telegraphic trans mission or else the dispatch cruiser Yale delayed its trans mission across the Virgin Straits to Sampson at San Juan. However that may be, it is certain that Admiral Sampson received news from Martinique that the Spaniards had sailed southwesterly, for early this morning he was reported off the north coast of Hayti, near Puerto Plata, steaming rapidly westward. When the department this afternoon received reliable news that the Spaniards had been sighted off the island of Curacao, Venezuela, 500 miles west-southwest of Martinique, the officials could account for its arrival there on no other hypothesis than that reports from St. Pierre last night to PRICE FIVE CENTS. the effect that the Spaniards were still in that vicinity were willfully misleading. To have traversed this distance would have required at least forty eight hours, so that the ves sels must have left Martinique some time on Thursday. It is considered barely possible that Spain has more vessels on this side of the Atlantic than we are aware of. It has been suggested that possibly the vessels observed near Martinique for the last day or two did not belong to the Cape Verde fleet, but were some small men-of-war belonging to Spain, which hovered in those waters for the purpose of deceiving and distracting attention from the Cape Verde fleet. It was sug gested that Spain might have assembled a "quaker fleet" off Martinique, while the Cape Verde fleet might be moving in some other direction. This, of course, is the merest spec ulation, but illustrates the condition of uncertainty which prevails here. The de partment officials insist there is absolutely no doubt that the vessels at Martinique orx Wednesday comprised what is known as the Cape Verde fleet, but they do not know whether this fleet has been augmented The press dis patches contained in several of the morning papers, stat ing that the fleet is composed of eight war vessels and seven torpedo-boat destroy ers and torpedo-boats, was puzzling to the department, bu t whatever uncertainty may have existed heretofore it is pretty well settled to night that a powerful Span ish fleet was this morning off the coast of Venezuela, near Curacoa, steaming west ward. It was at first sur mised that the Spaniards had taken this route with the hope that they might be able to intercept the Oregon and Marietta, but if such is their intention they will be woefully disappointed, for