Sailor on Olympia writes a letter to his hometown newsaper about Manila Bay.
Hun ' 6-59 659 G45 UTAHNS IN THE FIGHT Harry Edmunds of "Olympia" Writes of It. 413 372 S69 355 313 THE MANILA BAY VICTORY. I a the Grim. Attendance, won the and for errors, Batteries—Mercer and and were by The out safe. 6; 7; and How the Ships Went in Search, of the Spaniards axid Crept upon them. "Unexpectedly—Graphic Scene, from the Gunners' Deck Point of View— Ensign Pearson also Writes a Brief Account of the Glorious Fight— Utah, was Well Represented—Tne Firing- too Hot for the Dons. ' i 1 Umpires—Swartwood had game batting 5; 2; The City Marshal of Sandy hai< received received an interesting letter from his friend Harry Edmunds of the U. S. S. "Olympia," describing the descent upon the Dons in Manila harbor by Admiral Dewey. Mr. Edmunds lived in Sandy some five years prior to enlisting enlisting in the navy. His is a view from the inside, and most interesting. After referring to the destruction of the "Maine" and the declaration of war, Mr. Edmunds writes: "The United States fleet in Asiatic waters, waters, which "Olympia." "Raleigh," consists of the flagship "Baltimore," 'Concord" and Boston, Petrel," were lying in the harbor of Hongkong at the time. No time was lost in getting getting the fleet into fighting shape, ana two transports were purchased, one to carry provisions and the other for a hospital ship. Well, old boy. on the morning of the 25th of April, at about 1:30, we left the harbor of Hongkong, with bands playing and the Star Spangled Spangled Banner flying, bound for Mirs oay, 1 nlar^'aDout'TmrtV'miVes "distant; » Place aDOUt tniriy ume-o , , Arlington league today. there to put the finishing touches on our fleet, preparatory to sailing for Manila. We lay at Mirs bay till 2 p. '• m., Wednesday, April 27th, and then the fleet steamed out in wedge formation formation and headed for the Philippines. On Saturday morning we had arrived at a little bay on the islands, where we expected expected to capture some Spanish gunboats, gunboats, but on getting there we found international Halprin between Pillsbury tournament Pillsbury results sheet: Trench- games; as did Black- adjourned on the rules, that the birds had flown. We steamed easily along- the -coast, keeping- a s-harp lookout for any suspicious-looking craft we might run across. Well, on Saturday afternoon all the fleet came to anchor, and a consultation, of war was held aboard our ship by all the Captains of the fleet. It was decided to .run the gauntlet of the forts at the entrance to Manila harbor about midnight. midnight. So, accordingly, all the fleet weighed anchor. 'We were about forty miles from the forts. All the lights were extinguished except battle lanterns, lanterns, half of the gun crews were told off to sleep along-side their guns, while the othei- half were told to stand by to be ready to launch death and destruction destruction at the first sign of a hostile- mo-ve- • ment by the enemy ashore. Each man was told off to his station. The utmost silence prevailed; not a Jack Tar showed a light or lit his pipe, and in the oppressive stillness and suspense you could almost hear your shipmates breathing. Thus we steamed along, the flag-ship leading-, the rest of the fleet following in our wake, making and casting shadows, under the light of a pale moon, which made the ships look like some old and fabled monsters of