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■;^AYftlilJME ' LXXXIT.- NO. 35.
GREAT NAVAL BATTLE IN WHICH CERVERA'S SHIPS WERE DESTROYED N BOARD THE CALL-HERALD DIS PATCH BOAT GOLDEN ROD, WITH ADMIRAL SAMPSON'S FLEET, OFF ; SANTIAGO, Sunday, July 3, via Port Antonio, thence to Kingston, Ja maica, Monday, July 4.— Scattered ..along the shore for a distance of "ten miles to the west of Morro . Castle now lie the armored cruisers and v torpedo-boat destroyers that comprised :Adm|rai Cervera's fleet. In a running fight of two hours these vessels, the cream of the v Spanish navy, were almost annihilated this by the powerful ships of Admiral yiSarripson's fleet under the immediate command v of Commodore Schley. '-'£?:£ ./'Admiral Cervera, after making as plucky a ■ : : :f ight against overwhelming odds as is recorded in naval history, was compelled to surrender. He ■J'/wgs. taken as s prisoner of war. together with gevery man in his fleet not drowned or killed in action. The Spanish admiral was wounded in one of chilis arms. His splendid ships, the Cristobal §V:.C6IOn (the flagship), the Vizcaya, Almirante v-Ocjuendo and infanla Maria Teresa, and the .; ::t6rbedo-boat destroyers Furor and Plurnn n^ spn Cuban rocks, shell-ridden, smoking hulks. ■ •:;: V- :; : . Lervera, on the Colon, made ■\ :: 'vti:c longest run toward liberty. Jic yielded to fate only in the face of death, and is a prisoner ' "v.iiw on the Gloucester, which, before the war. was J. Pierpont Morgan's yacht Corsair. As the Golden Rod steamed pjast the flagship after the battle /: I .was informed by an officer on the deck that Admiral Cervera, . .with 1600 hundred of his men, Had surrendered. Of the prison ers more than 400 of the crew of the Vizcaya were taken by the lowa, Captain Evans. Every vessel in Admiral Samp SCENE OF THE NAVAL BATTLE OUTSIDE THE HARBOR OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA: ' A son's fleet went through the fierce engagement without in jury. But one man in the Amer ican fleet was killed and two were injured. From the very first of the fighting the little Gloucester was in the thickest of it. At one time she was pouring her six-pounder shells against the entire Spanish fleet, while the guns of Morro Castle were making her their tar get. She riddled the Spanish de stroyers and fought the V'izcaya and Oquendo as fairly as if she were a battle-ship. Magnificent beyond descrip SAN FKANCISCO, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1898. Every Spanish Vessel Lost. The Admiral With 1600 Seamen Captured. WASHINGTON, July 4.— The following bulletin from Commo dore Watson was received to-night: PLAYA DEL ESTE, July 3.— To the Secretary of the Navy: At 9:30 A. M. to-day the Spanish squadron, seven in all, includ ing one gunboat, came out of Santiago harbor in columns and was totally destroyed within an hour, excepting the Cristobal Colon, which was chased forty=five miles to the westward by the commander-in-chief, the Brooklyn, the Oregon, and the Texas, surrendering to the Brooklyn, but was beached to prevent sinking. None of our officers or men were injured except on board the Brooklyn Chief Yeoman Ellis was killed and one man wounded. Admiral Cervera, all the commanding officers, excepting of the Oquendo, about 70 other officers and 1600 men are pris oners. About 350 were killed or drowned and 160 wounded. The latter are cared for on the Solace and the Olivette. Have just arrived off Santiago on the Marblehead to take charge, while the commander-in-chief is looking out for the Cristobal Colon. WATSON. tion was the bold dash by which Cervera attempted to get his fleet out of Santiago harbor. Cervera himself led the way with his flag ship, the Cristobal Colon. It was to be a dash for liberty or death, and the Spanish admiral made the plunge with his eyes open. Sunday quiet rested over the entrance to Santiago. No signs were visible about old Morro. Beyond and toward the city of Santiago all was still. After two days of fighting the armies of both nations were resting in their trenches. Off this way, for a dis tance of half a dozen miles from shore, the vessels of Sampson's fleet lay lazily at anchor. Admiral Sampson, desiring to ascertain the exact condition of the Spanish coast defenses about Aguadores, ordered the flagship to go that way. Weighing an chor the New York leisurely steamed off to the eastward. Idle thoughts occupied the minds of the men in the fleet. They were speculating as they had been for weeks when would come their opportunity to get at the Spanish fleet in the inner harbor. Suddenly, as a flash, at half past 9 o'clock, a vessel appeared near the entrance of the harbor. She was throwing out great black clouds of smoke and was pointing straight toward the American fleet. The ease of the American officers and sailors was rudely disturbed. They grabbed their glasses, scanned the harbor entrance and were amazed to dis cover that an armored cruiser was coming out. In the absence of Admiral Sampson, Commodore Schley, from the Brooklyn, ordered the American warships to rush in shore. In a few moments it was seen the vessel emitting such a great cloud of smoke was the Cristobal Colon, Admiral Cer vera's flagship. She had passed the wreck of the Merrimac and was making for sea at full speed. Before Commodore Schley and hie men could recover from their surprise other clouds of smoke came into view beyonc J the Cris tobal Colon. With a rush fully equal to the Cristobal Colon the Almirante Oquendo came throbbing to ward the open sea. Behind her came the Yizcaya, also at full speed, while the rear was brought up by the Infanta Maria Teresa and the two torpedo-boat de stroyers Furor and Pluton. This stirring scene was so dramatic and so unexpected it quickly put the captain and every man of his vessel on his mettle. "Cervera's trying to escape," was the cry that resounded through the fleet. Every Amer ican vessel quickly weighed an chor. The engines were started, PRICE FIVE CENTS. and one by one the great ArnerP can warships made ready for the | battle. Every man scampered td : his gun, and the captains, know-. ing that Admiral Sampson:, had gone along the coast, ; eagerly watched the Brooklyn/ CommcK dore Schley's flagship. In'' a. few/ moments the Resolute . was speeding to the eastward after the New York, but the advance. of the Spanish fleet was so rapid that our men could not wait for Admiral Sampson to get back. Just as the Cristobal. Colon ■ was poking her nose oiit into the open sea. Commodore Schley sent the Brooklyn madly rush-.' ing to the westward to. head pff Cervera's flagship. He ordered the Massachusetts and Oregon to. follow after her. at the same time ordering the Indiana, lowa and Texas to intercept the'other-ves sels of the escaping fleet.. .Then began one of the greatest s£a fights in history. •• . '"■;."• Admiral Sampson this morning: set out to dislodge the Spaniards from their works at Aguadores, where tha . Michigan troops were repulsed, on the line of the railroad Saturday morning : while they were marching westward. tb , ! seize Morro battery and blow, up .the " j fort after the fleet had -driven the Spaniards from their guns. ' " ': '; ■= " Our torpedo-boats were not with the fleet, and when Admiral Sampson left- Morro the battle-ships and criiisejr i Brooklyn were grouped off the harbor i.n'Uth. • ■' ■•■;• ; It is not known whether Admiral Cer vera had blown up the .Merrimac. "■ or j passed it in single column. His ship-, the Cristobal Colon, glided ou.t of : th> harbor and shot to westward, .'her two funnels and black bulwarks showing plain against the green of the hllls/her I pennant and opanlsh red-and-yelloyv j ensign in the lashing above.' ' .• ' •'••"• In a few seconds the American ■ fleet ' was in motion, the Indiana; which was ! closest, heading straight inshore Xo.'gat a closer range. '. I The Spaniards opened fire with a 11