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■ AGO, via Playa del Estc, July; 2.
: > Three ;:y:^sse.ls -of Admiral Samp
... sbn's : licet iiiave just returned
. from an -aid .ye at tiro us ex pc ( 1 i t ion
. -\%Q . Manzanillu; where . they ; sank
ei:e. Spanish; gunboat, one. sloop
;' and ;gne;.: pontoon, . (disabled a
; ; Spanish torpedo-boat and consld-;
er;tl)ly ; .. ; cl ; ainag-ed- several of the
} : ;enien;y"s. gunboats. . .One of Ad- •
v niiral-i'SiihTpson's' -.vessels, • the
•■.H;ist; ; :^^s;. struck eleven times;
and another; .'Hornet, was dis
■■Vialjfe(l' -;br-/.a'/sii'elir: ; g ' which hit her
•; ; main- steam pip€;- She was towed
: ; tnrt;' of. danger , by . /the. • Warn l
v;'pauick: ;'■.•:.-.• ";.-■ ' .'.'■■: . ■
v- .. Adnural \ Sampson.; sent the
1 li>t. .Hornet and YVainpatuck to
; : .:: Mah.za" niiio;. to destroy..; four ,Span- ■
i>li •^unl)uats which. -the admii-al
.had been .inforitie.d were, lying" in
' that 'harbor. : Instead of •• finding
; ; only : -that. ' array : - of fj : g.liting craft
■the V America-ii' ; vessels- ;encoua-
■ tered, .in crescent formation, nine
■v- > essel .; ; iircl d i h a torpedo-boat
:■. [■■ and. a cruiser. '■■ They .also found
. theinselyes flanked' by- the. . land
v 'batteries; and ; armed \ -.pontoons,
:.:Ayhile,a.;lieaYy battery- of fieldar
ti]]ery,\vas : in. a position 'at the
;i : water front :-itb aid-in, : ' making it a
. : w.arni : - reception ..■■.for -.Sampson's
;• vessels!; •■•.jit .to this or
,mida])le; display l ; tile -.Spaniards
. . shpAved several -guris. in:, a fort' on
■I the: hiH; ;w':hi]e'-in.e . shore "for two
••. miles, was. • . lined- ■'. with soldiers, '
• \vhb maintained a fierce; fusillade.
: :V:' Undaunted by this formidable.
..array, ;the : .'••three .little .'American '
• .veast;!.s: sye'amed into , the' harbor
.■.;;aiUl%eg.ai.i the -attack.: Their fire
..., ;^vas";reHrnieci by the, Spanish ves
>.isgl°§i and for two- hours a hot fight
• iyiijs waged... .The shells did much
■•'damage whe.n they struck.
!."':. v. l Hiring the- engagement the
"Hist .was ni a<le the main target
for the. Spanish, gunners,' who
showed .ho • more adeptness in
• their aim than have tli-e Spanish'
gunners stationed in forts along
•-the coast. They succeeded in hit
.' ting- the Hist .eleven .times, but
;•■ the .plucky.-. little craft withstood
• the ' heavy fire gallantly. Again
: - and again. she ran close up to the
. ' enemy's -vessels, persistently re
fusing to draw- away. ' .•' '
; ■ But for an accident to the Hor
' net the American vessels would
not have withdrawn from the
■scene after .fighting two hours.
.When the firing .\yas hottest a
■ shell went scurrying in the direc
tion of the Hornet, striking the
.• main steam pipe, of that vessel,.
••_' scattering over the : --deck and do
.'. ing considerable damage.
'..! As soon as the Hist and \Vam
■';^patuck discovered that the Hor
;-.': net : disabled their ' captains '■'
decided it would. be useless .to
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fight longer against such a supe
rior enemy. . Accordingly the
Wanipatuck hastened to the res
cue of the Hornet, the Hist
meantime keeping up its sharp
est fire. : . • ' .
. After the YVampatuck had suc
ceeded in getting a line on the
Hornet she steamed out to sea
with the disabled vessel in tow.
The Hist followed close after,
pouring. shot at the enemy until
out of. range.
During the engagement the
American vessels succeeded in
sinking one of the Spanish gun
boats, one sloop and one pon
toon. They also disabled the en
emy's torpedo-boat, did much
damage to several of the gun
boats in the harbor, and made a
marked impression on the Span
ish land batteries.
They also discovered the Pu
risima Concepcion and two
large transports lying in the har
As if this were not enough ex
citement for one day the small
auxiliary cruiser Hist poked her
nose into Neguira Bay and dis
covered a Spanish gunboat lying
there. She immediately opened
fire on the Spaniard, which, ta
ken completely by surprise, re
plied feebly and inaccurately. She
was sunk by the Hist in ten min
The Hist subsequently had an
other exciting experience with a
ship laden with Spanish troops
and again the little nghter came
out with new laurels. She dis
covered a troopship some dis
tance out from the shore, and
promptly challenged her.
The ship did not stop when Lhe
Hist fired a shot across her bow.
Instead, her captain, sent her to
ward the shore.
The captain of the Hist knew
that he could take his little craft
just as far in as the Spaniards
could go with the troopship, so
he started in hot pursuit aftei the
larger vessel. He could not cap
ture the ship, but he drove her
aground. Without attempting
to save their vessel the Spaniards
scrambled ashore and disap
peared in the woods.
All three vessels sent by Ad
miral Sampson to Manzanillo are
members of the auxiliary fleet.
The Hist formerly was the Thes
pia. She is 174 feet long, 23 feet
wide, and has a displacement of
472 tons.
The Hornet was formerly the
Alicia. She is 160 feet long, 24
feet wide and has a displacement
of 425 tons.
The Wampatuck was the tug
Atlas. She is 117 feet long and
25 feet wide. Her displacement
is 462 tons and she can make
thirteen knots an Jiour.
The Hornet is a lifteen-knot
boat, and the Hist makes twelve
knots an hour.
The Two Commanders Who Saved the Day for the Americans Before Santiago Yesterday.
Copyrighted, IS9S, by the Associated Pr**».
fleet, July 1, via Kingston, Jamaica,
July 2, 8 a. m. — Before 5 o'clock this
morning the me of the flagship were
astir, eating a hurried breakfast, and
at 6:50 "general quarters" was sounded
a; 1 the flagship headed in toward
Aguadores, about three miles east of
Morro Castle. The other ships retain
ed their blockading stations.
Along the surf-beaten shore the
smoke of an approaching train from
Altares was seen. It was composed
of open cars full General Dulfleld's
troops. At the cutting, a mile east of
Aguadores, the train stopped and the
Cuban scouts proceeded along the rail
road tracks. ' he troops got out of the
cars and soon formed in a lonp, thin
line, standing out vividly against the
yellow rocks that arose perpendicular
ly above, • 'ittlng them off from the
main body of the army, which is on
the east side of the hill, several miles
north. From the quarterdeck of the
flagship there was a signal by a vigor
oub wigwagging, and a few minutes
later, from a lump of green at the
water's edge, came an answer from
the army. T 1 ' was the first co-op
eration for offensive purposes between
the army and navy. The landing of the
army at Baiquiri and Altares was
purely a naval affair. With the flag
in his hand, the soldier ashore looked
like a butterfly.
"Are you waiting for us to begin?"
was the signal made by Read-Admiral
Sampson to the army.
"General Duffleld Is ahead of the
scoutß," cam the answer from the
shore to the flagship.
By this time It was 7 o'clock, and the
admiral ran the flagship's bow within
three-quarters of a mile of the beach.
She remained almost as near during the
forenoon, and the daring way she was
handled by Cantain Chadwick within
Bound of the breakers made the Cuban
pilot on board stare with astonishment.
The Suwanee was In company with
the flap-hip, still closer in shore, and
the Gloucester was to the westward,
near Morro Castle. From the south
ward the Newark came on and took a
position to the westward. Her decks
were black with 1600 or more troops, as
she went alongside the flagship and
was told to disembark the men at Al
tares. Then Admiral Sampson signaled
to General DufTield:
"When do you want us to commence
In a little while a white flag on shore
sent back the answer:
"When the rest of the command ar
rives. Then I will signal you."
It was a long and tedious wait for
the ships before the second fifty car
loads of troops came puffing along from
Altares. By 9:30 o'clock the last of the
soldiers had left the open railroad
tracks, disappearing in the thick brush
that covered the eastern side of Agua
dores Inlet. The water In the sponge
tubes under the breeches of the big
guns was growing hot In the burning
Ashore there was no sign of the en
emy. The Spaniards were believed to
be on the western bluff. Between the
bluffs runs a rocky gully leading into
Santiago City. On the extremity of the
western arm was an old fort from
which the flags were flying, and on a
parapet of the eastern hill, command
ing the gully, two stretches of red
earth could easily be seen against the
brush. These were the rifle pits.
At 10:15 the signal flag on shore wig
wagged to Admiral Sampson to com
mence firing, and a minute later the
New York blazed away at the rifle pits
and at the old fort.
The Suwanee and Gloucester Joined
in the echoes which rumbled around
and filled the gully. All the s>tored-up
thunder of the clouds seemed to have
broken loose, and smoke soon arose
over the hills, and the gully was shut
out from view. Then the firing became
more deliberate. Of our troops ashore
in the brush nothing could be seen, but
there could be heard the "ping, ping"
of the smallarms during a lull in the
firing of the big guns. These were pep
pering the rifle pits and clouds of red
earth arose around them.
An eight-inch shell from the Newark
dropped in ihe massive old fort, and
clouds of white dust and huge stones
filled the air. When the small shel.s
hit the battlements, almost hidden by
green creepers, fragments of masonry
came tumbling down. A shot from the
Suwanee hit the eastern parapet and it
crumbled away like air. Amid the
smoke and debris the flagstaff was seen
to fall from It.
"The flag has been shot down," shout
ed the ship's crew, but when the smoke
cleared away the emblem of Spain was
seen to be still flying and blazing bril
liantly in the sun, though the flagstaff
was bending toward the earth. Ap
parently the flagstaff had been caught
firmly In the wreckage of the fort. A
few more shots leveled the battlements
until the castle was a pitiful sight.
At 11:30 General Dumeld signaled that
his scouts reported that no damage had
been done to the Spanish rifle pits by
the shells from the ships and Admiral
Sampson told him they had been hit
several times, but that there was no one
in the pits. However, the Suwanee wan
ordered to fire a few more shots in
their direction.
At 12:18 p. m. the New York, \aving
discontinued firing at Aguadores, com
menced -ring 8-lnch shells clear over
the gully into °- - city of Santiago de
Cuba. Every five minutes the shells
went rearing over the hillside. What
d ruction tin.,- wrought it was impos
sible to tell, as the bluffs hide every
To General Puffleld's question "What
is tlie news?" Admiral Sampson re
"There is -ot a Spaniard left in the
rifle pits."
Later General Duffleld signaled that
his scouts thought re-enforcements
were marching to the battered old fort
and Admiral Sampson wigwagged to
"There are no Spaniards left there.
If any come the Gloucester will take
| care of them."
A little later the Oregon joined the
New York in sending 8-inch shells into
the city of Santiago.
This was kept up until 1:40 p. m.' By
that time General Duffield hud sent a
message saying his troops could, not
cross the stream and would return to
Altares. Acting upon the report that
some Spanish troops were still in the
gully the New York and Gloucester
shelled it once more and the Newark,
which had not fired, signaled:
"Can I flre for target practice? Have
had no previous opportunity."
Permission for her to do so was sig
naled and she blazed away, shooting
well, her 6-lnch shells exploding with
remarkable force among the rocks.
At 2:40 p. m. Admiral Sampson
hoisted the signal to cease firing and
the flagship returned to the blockading
On the railroad a train load of troops
had already left for Altar°s.
New York Volunteers Coming.
NEW YORK July 2.— The First Reg
iment New York Volunteers will leave
for Manila on Wednesday. i
WASHINGTON, July 2.— Owing to the many conflict
ing reports of the losses of the American troops in yester
day's engagement, it has been thought best by the War De
partment officials to make public, the text of General Shaf
ter's last dispatch, received this morning at 4. o'clock. It is
as follows: •■ .' '.:.-' ''•• '■.••'. ; .■;' .>■}'"!:
"SIBONEY, July i:— Adjutant. General, Washingtbii:
I fear I have underestimated to-day's casualties.. A.large and
thoroughly equipped hospital ship should be sent here at
once to care for the wounded. The chief surgeon says he has
use for forty more medical officers. The ship must bring, a
launch and boats for conveying the wounded, '. •"
"SH AFTER, Major General Commanding.'- -.
The Associated Press dispatch from the field, igiving the.
casualties at about 1000, is in line with General Shafter's
later intimation, although, as stated, he has set no figures. /
WASHINGTON, July 2.— This has
been a day of almost unparalleled sus
pense and anxiety. From President
McKlnley down all through official
Washington everybody was under a
tremendous strain. Tidings from Shaf
ter have been eagerly awaited and
momentarily expected, but save a brief
word on the extent of the loss yester
day nothing came from him during the
day concerning the progress of the ac
tion at Santiago.
Just at the close of the day the first
bit of information coming directly to
the officials reached the President and
Secretary Alger. It was a private dis
patch, not primarily Intended for them,
although it came through official chan
nels. Briefly and expressively It told
the story of a day of terrific fighting.
It was direct from the field of action
as late as 4 p. m. It stated that the
engagement had been in progress
throughout to-day; that the dead and
wounded were being carried to the rear
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and that the American losses wefe.
heavy. The exact wording of the dis
patch was not made known, but one
of the high officials who read it said
it conveyed to him the Idea of extreme
tension and of a battle in which all the
fiercest elements of warfare prevailed.
Until this came the officials were pos
itively without a word as to whether
the engagement begun yesterday was
continuing to-day. They could only
speculate, some taking the view that
the assault of yesterday had been fol
lowed by a Btormlng of the city itself,
others maintaining that Shafter!s
troops, spent with the terrible strain -of
yesterday, had paused to-day long
enough to clear the field of its dead, and
It was only this, brief message, which
under ordinary circumstances : would
have received- little attention, that the
President and his advisers were made
aware that the battle was still in
progress and still without definite is-
■ sue; ' : As, it was, the : few words relieved j •
the suspense, but not the anxiety. > It •
made known only-. that the. -fight 'was '
going .-on.'*- _.".";-. .;. ', •>: ■''■'.''''..'•• :"'->.- : .\-- ~ t
• : ; Neither the Secretary r/ar. the com
manding : ' general ..■.underestimates the .-..'
great task; before ..the ; American army, ;".;"
with an enemy-, w-.ell : entrenched ■ in front
of them with- Ceryeiia's. :guris pouring >:
shot .arid. shell. Into our '|inesi:..aJad.\ with .'• .
the possibility that Spanishvre-enforce
;merits have now. ; swelled ! the -.rinks of :
.the; enemy until they are gr^at^r. than V.
the combined forces-; und^r. .the .Ameri- .
can military, .co.nuii^nder, . \But. ; all that
.the Goyerrimentfn Washington >•»« do
is being;, done .jah.d-: done' .fluicjkly; The /./
.great issue' .remains. for/CTeneral^hafter ■ :.
• and. his. -f prces .':td' w.dricy©ut\;tq^..'aL ; -v.c.'qrir
elusion. His call in the earl^day ; for
a; large additioiiiai; force :of medical offi
cers was quickly xesp : - led to.~ ; :' :
: ;. .'The hospital .; shlp^Reii^/' .^hlth left ;
■NeW ■Tork.;.to-d.a>%.' was! giyeh pr<Jers be- .- '
fore sailing, to stbp : -on". her way south '":
at Fortress, .irohroe,.; where ".the extra - .
force 'W\«ut^TO^ :^l9!;^awrd'*i& : ' She ' ;
will reach Fortress; Monroe to-morrow
. and ■ will take lon the: : physicTaris and |
• then proceed. hurriedly to. the aid of the
Wounded under;;^h^^r/s^ com.rnand. i ; , - \
. Surgeori - General ..Et^rri.b.erg; of th»
army was .; unable : to . make .arrange- '
ments to-day \ for; aH : the medical : as- 1 >
sistants which General Shafter : asked ."
for. After Corisid^rable labor he got ••
together •a : force of probably a dozen
physicians, and •=,. these;"; with : the sur- •'.
. aJready ■ aboard -.the^Vesseis, ■ will .
approximate about twenty in all. These '
General Sternberg hopes y;illr»e ; enough .
to supply the pressing, wants iof the ;
army. ";V ■>"■ •• '•. . .•".•■.■• ; V.;*"": r ':;■■'.'■:: :'. : -': [-y^'%
; The Relief • Bhould reach Santiago In
four or five ; days. '•■.-If '■ ' additional physi
cians are : iiee.ded? they . will be sent.
General ■.SteVnb'efg. says, : - on the cruiser
' YaJ'e;-. which, is scheduled to. leave Nor- S
folk about : the ; middle- 'hiext.^we.ek with I
a large "detaph'meht' of; . General:' Garret-,
son's .'br-i'gadei as; . prcements to
■Shatter.;'- v". -/:•;•;'• \^; ; : ':>\? : :.:{ ! s£. '<;:&■''£■ '■■■>
: • The intimation: ; that;^^./General : Miles •
may sooii. leave 'vy;a:shirigt6n for some
point where aetipii js,expected is likely :
to prove true,, but as yet '.there; is noth
ing more ; tarigibl-Q; than a. ; .r'arhpr. It la .
.: the : very .evident, purpose "of - the war
officials to send moire troops to : /: i Cuba ;
as, sooii ; as possible.;: .. In.- response to a
message .. se'ni .to. General; Shiaf ter two
days ago, • a, reply, was. received that . the
transports now. ..off- .Santiago would -be
sent back, to Kfey • ;We's'tV at the earliest .
moment. ..' The. transports, are needed to
convey the additional 'troops to : Cuba — ■
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