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VOLUME LXXXiV.-NO. :$4. CERVERA'S FLEET SUNK BY ADMIRAL SAMPSON ADMIRAL CERVERA, WHOSE FLEET WAS DESTROYED AT SANTIAGO YESTERDAY. FIRST FLEET OF TRANSPORTS IS AT MANILA . Special Cable to The Citll and the New York Ilernld. Copyrighted, is<»s, by .l:«nn-«i Gordon Bennett. '•■MANILA, June 30, via Hongkong, July 4;- 1 -The cruiser Charleston and the transports Australia, City of Sydney and the City of Peking arrived here to-day. Possession was taken by the Charles ton of Guahan, the largest of the Ladrone islands, owned by Spain. Spanish Governor and other officials captured wef^ brought to Cavite. The United States troops com menced to disembark it Cavite on July 1. NEW YORK, July 3 —the Herald's Continued on Second Page. The San Francisco Call SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, JULY 4, 1898. ADMIRAL CERVERA PROBABLY KILLED OR COMMITTED SUICIDE NEW YORK, July 3.— The Herald's Washington correspondent telegraphs: A rumor is in circulation that Admiral Cervera Is among the dead on the Span ish fleet. One report says he com mited suicide. It may have been, however, that he remained on his flag ship and perished when iits magazine exploded. CERVERA'S FLEET AS IT LOOKED WHEN IT SAILED AWAY FROM CADIZ A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO. DESPERATE DOSH TO ESCAPE All the SpaQisF) Vessels Destroyed But Oi}e. SJ)after Demands the Surrender, and tfje Foil of Santiago Is Expected Momentarily. Special Cable to The Call and the New York Herald. Copyrighted, 1808, by Jame* Gordon Bennett. OFF SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Sun day, July 3 (by Herald-Call dispatch boat Golden Rod to Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, July 4).— Five vessels of Ad miral Cervera's fleet have been de stroyed by Admiral Sampson's squadron. No American vessel has been lost. Santiago is likely to be surrendered to General Shafter within a few hours. This is glorious news for the American Fourth of July. The Spanish Admiral, driven to desperation by the steady advance of our troops upon Santiago and the evident intention of the commander of our squadron to force his way into the har bor and give battle, attempted a forlorn hope last evening. His fleet pushed its way around the sunken wreck of the Merrimac, and come out to sea in the bold effort to run past our squadron and escape or to give battle. Sampson's ships were ready. The first ship in the Spanish squadron had not poked her nose a dozen yards beyond the nar row entrance before she was seen by our watchful lookouts. A moment later Admiral Sampson himself had been informed of the news and was on the deck of the flagship signaling orders to his commanders to close in around the mouth of the harbor and cut off Cervera's escape. The entire American fleet moved forward within a dozen minutes, and in less than a quarter of an hour every vessel was crowding past Morro Castle, and close up to the harbor, firing steadily as they ad vanced, with the crews lustily cheering, because the movement for which they had so long waited had at last arrived. There was a tremendous fire from the vessels in Admiral Cervera's squadron, as they steadily advanced, and shells fell all around the Ameri can warships. But their fire did little damage compared with the tremendous de struction by the guns on the American warships. The thirteen-inch shells of our big battleships fell with deadly effect upon the Spanish ships. The aim of our gunners was almo&t perfect in spite of the clouds of smoke that rolled up around the fleet. ■"■':'■' '.•'■'•.'■'■■ The heat was stifling, but the officers kept their places with splendid; .'•': bravery. : : ... : '', ■ , '• So deadly was the aim of our gunners that three of the Spanisfc. cruisers were soon utterly destroyed, just what ones it is not now possible to tell. Then the Spaniards became desperate and headed two torpedo boat ".' destroyers for the beach in order to save their crews. They are now : . : aground on the beach complete wrecks. . . . ..■"■•;';-. As the Call* Herald dispatch boat left to send this glorious Fourth of- July news, the Resolute reported that more Spanish ships were coming ..• from the eastward, but I could not learn what vessels they were,' ;' -'.}•■• WASHINGTON, July 4.— Shortly after 12. o'clock : . this '■. morning- Assistant Secretary of the Navy Allen left the : White. ;; House hastily, and, going: directly to the department, posted the: following statements on the bulletin board: . ;:;,■: PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.— Gen- 1 eral Shafter telegraphs early this morn-: ing: "I sent demand for immediate? surrender of Santiago, threatening to bombard the city. I believe the place;; will be surrendered." This contradicts the report that Gen eral Shafter has fallen back. The following dispatches were re-: ceived at the War Department: "PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.— Siboney office confirms statement that all Spai*-: jsh fleet except one warship is de* stroyed; burning on the beach. It was witnessed by Captain Smith, who told the operator. No doubt of its. correct ness. ALLEN." "PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.-The de struction of Cervera's fleet is confirmed;: "ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel," "PLAYA DEL ESTE, July %AII Spanish ships destroyed but one, and they are close after her. Spanish ran i^ their ships close to shore, set them: oil; fire, and then they exploded. "ALLEN, Lieutenant Colonel,-': Adjutant General Corbin voiced the feelings of every one of the officials when he said: "I don't care how the fleet was destroyed. It was destroyed. That is enough for me. It is great news for the Fourth of July." The fleet of Cervera was one of the finest Spain possessed. Three vesels, the Almirante Oquendo, the Vizcaya and the Cristobal Colon, were modern armored cruisers of the first class. Of the remaining vessels of the fleet the Continued on Page Four. 4:40 A. M. TRICE FIVE CEXTS. 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