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STORY OF THE BATTLE BY SPAN ISH OFFICERS. Fearful Destructiveness of the Amer ican Fire—Jumped From Red Hot Decks Into the Jaws of Sharks. From the New York World. Portsmouth, N. H.—The frightful carnage in that mad dash for liberty out of Santiago harbor is still the only thought, the only talk, of the Spanish prisoners on Seavey’s island by day, their only dream, or nightmare, by night. Everyone of the survivors will, as long as he lives, tell his countrymen that the gunners of the Iowa, Oregon, Brooklyn and Texas concentrated their fire upon the ship he was on. Let Lieutenant Carlos Boado-Suances first tell his experiences on the Pluton, the torpedo boat destroyer. These are nearly his own words: “Admiral Cervera expected to lose most of his ships, but he hoped that the Cristobal Colon would get away. That is why he transferred his flag to the Maria Teresa, so that he might perish with the less fortunate. The two torpedo boat destroyers were to stay behind the armored cruisers until the American ships closed in and then the torpedo boats were to dart out from behind the armored ships, head ing straight for the nearest enemy. “That was the plan. See how it failed. There were seventy-two men on our boat (the Pluton). I don’t be lieve that one man expected to be alive in half an hour. But we were confident that we would take one of your battle ships down with us. Not ■» 1 __ __ iX mail ouuwcu v-u w ai uiuc. jjtci jr wut was ready to die, but do one was pre pared for exactly what awaited us. We were shot to pieces before we got within half the torpedo striking dis tance of the American ships. We found ourselves riddled and could not strike a blow in return. That young commander of the Gloucester (meaning Commander Wainwright of the Maine) is as brave as any man alive, but he did not destroy us. It was the shells of the Brooklyn and Texas that blew us up. ‘•Admiral Cerrera signaled the other ships behind him as he started out of the harbor: “ ‘My dear boys, your admiral prays for a speedy victory. ’ “But in five minutes we were in the infernal regions The nearestAmerican ship, the Iowa, was IH miles away. Life anywhere on board the Pluton wasn't worth a quarter of a cent. Our vessel, without armor, offered no place of refuge. On one of the armor clads a man feels somewhat safer on the lee side of a turret, or with the conning tower between him and the enemy, but our men were just as safe on the open deck—safer, indeed, than below, for the shots soon shattered our steam pipes, and escaping steam scalded to death the stokers and engineers. “My chum and classmate was struck hv it Khci! in tlu- breast while st&uuiuK three feet from me. He was decapi tated as quickly as by the guillotine The head and body separated and fell off the deck into the sea. The shell struck the edge of the conning tower and exploded. The concussion threw me on my hands and knees. At the same instant a heavier shell struck the Pluton’s side and she careened vio lently. I grasped at the little railing running around the conning tower to prevent falling overboard and pulled myself up by my left hand. The next moment another shell struck the deck exactly where I had been a moment before, exploding and wounding me slightly. How I escaped is a miracle 1 cannot’explain. All this happened in the first few minutes. The Iowa and the Brooklyn were still more than a mile away when our gun crews were killed or wounded, so that we soon ceased to fire. “The Furor and the Pluton carried seventy men each; forty-eight on the Pluton were killed and fifty-five on the Furor.” Lieutenant Antonio Lopez Cerou, a line officer on the Infanta Maria Te resa, had the honor of standing near Admiral Cervera during the fifty-seven minutes’ American onslaught. The lieutenant is sure that as the Spanish fleet came out from the deep entrance to Santiago harbor only two big Amer ican ships were in sight within two miles. These must have been the Iowa and Brooklyn. The Indiana was gen erally unobserved by the Spaniards. The Maria Teresa fired the first shot and it was answered simultaneously by both the American ships so quickly that the Spaniards believe every Amer ican gun crew was at quarters. Tin Oregon seemed to rise lip our, of th< sea on the Teresa’s port quarter, everj foot of her sides darting daggers o flame and solid shot, “Of course, I never expected to ge away,” said the lieutenant, ‘•hut. really, as we came out of the harboi the prospect was much more encour aging than we had expected. The ad miral ordered all of our guns concen trated on the Brooklyn. Our sok thought was if we could cripple hei we could escape from the big batth ships. Where the Oregon came fronr out of the sea that morning I can’i figure even to this hour, and howjshc traveled so fast is an enigma. I conlr not have believed that any battle shij afloat could chase our Cristabal Color (a 21-knot armored cruiser) sixty mile; and then corner her. The Texas we knew all about, but we had been told that she was—what you call it, ‘hoO“ dooed’—that her machinery always broke down at critical moments, and we really did not regard her as a se rious factor. “Being at the head of the line we expected that the American fire wouk be concentrated on us, and the admira' tried to maneuver so that we could ram the Brooklyn. I really believe tliai our noble Cervera would himself have gone elown with sublime happi ness if he coulel have destroyed Com modore Schley’s flagship. But when ever we headed toward her she swung around and threatened to cross oui path. We never got nearer than I.Mh yards. Once, when we turned toward her, a shell from her forward turref struck us in the bow, ploughing dowr amidships, just escaping the forward turret and striking amidships, whcr< it exploded. It tore down the bulk heads, destroyed stanchions, penetrat ed trio deck, crippled two rapidfm guns, kined fifteen or twenty men anc carried panic everywhere. We fired i few shots at the Iowa, but three fourths of all guns were aimed at th< Brooklyn, which, 1 am told, we struck over forty times. I cannot understand how it kept afloat. Cervera ordered one of our gun crews to coneentratf on her steering gear, trying to make her unmanageable, if we could no' sink her. In vain! “One of the Iowa’s shells struck th« ll-ineh gun in the foward turret of tht Vizcaya, cutting a furrow as clean as s knife out of the side of the gun. Tht shell exploded half way in the turret making the whole vessel stagger anc I shake in every plate. When the fume: I and smoke had cleared away so that i< was possible to enter the turret, othe gunners were seut there. The survi vors tumbled the bodies which fillet the wrecked turret through thr amtnu nition hoist to the lower deck. Evei the machinery was clogged. From tha moment I do not think the gun crev knew what they were doing. But the' kept ramming new projectiles into tin gun and firing. The other gun crew fared just as badly. All our rapid*fir< guns aloft soon became silent, beeansi every gunner had been either killed o crippled at his post and lay on tin dead where he fell. A dead body hunj j over the military top. j acre wen- so many wounaeu tna the surgeons ceased trying to dress th« wounds. Shells had, exploded insid of the ship, setting fire to the wood work, and even the hospital was turn ed into a furnace. “The first wounded who were sen there had to be abandoned by the sui geo ns, who fled for their lives from th fiery furnace caused by the explodini shells. “I do not believe that a man on ou ship did a cowardly act, but many o us were perfectly crazy. The flashe of exploding shells, the shriek am roar of missiles passing over us am the rattle of the lighter shot on th steel decks made a din and a blindinj glare of light. It was impossible t think of or hear anything else. Afte about fifteen minutes I did not hear; single command given. The officer screamed their orders for awhile, bu soon they could not make themselve heard, and there were few to obey When the whole gun deck of the Viz caya was in flames we knew that he magazines would go up in a few min utes. She was then headed for th shore, where the Maria Teresa ha< already crone. “A'ter the Vizcaya was close in probably within 400 yards of tin beach, a shell from the largest of th Texas* guns, fired from the after tur ret, as she steamed away in pursuit o the Cristobal Colon, hit the Vizcava : little forward of amidships, just abow ; the armor belt and below the protect ed deck. The shot crashed througl her side,crossed the gun deck, richoch eting from steel compartment to com j partinent, until it reached the forwar< i torpedo tubes, where it struck and ex continued on page throe. I—S EXPOSURE to WET^COLD 2 TTAS proven disastrous to many women. B 4tfr Wet feet and damp clothing chill the 1. entire system and the delicate female B organs are at once effected. Painful, B Profuse, Suppressed or Obstructed Menses, Whites, Falling of the Womb, or some other B health-destroying disease is almost certain B to follow such exposure unless proper pre- 3 cautions are taken. 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