Dewey's Fleet as a bulwark for the counter insurgency

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Dewey's Fleet as a bulwark for the counter insurgency - as as eight many participated in the...
as as eight many participated in the engagements attending the capture of Manila and are practically as good as the regulars. STRENGTH OF INSURGENTS. No one here knows the real strength of the insurgents opposed to General Otis. The accounts of their numbers are conflicting and none of them comes from reliable sources. Still the best belief of the authorities at the war department is that they number about 30, - WO men, but they are not comparable to the American forces in personnel, discipline or quality of arms. It is known that they have some Mausers, some Kemicgtons and a variety of other Are arms, and it is suspected that they have been quite plentifully supplied with ammunition from outside sources. Taken as a whole, this armament is decidedly inferior to that of the American troops. Then with inexperienced officers, in many cases even the colonels of regiments being not more than 21 years of age, and their lack of knowledge of tactics, they are at a great disadvantage. Their strong point is their knowledge of the country and a certain fanatical bravery in onslaught that would be formidable to a volunteer force not well trained to stand for. Like the Cubans they rely too much on a swordlike weapon corresponding to the machete, a weapon of little value against long range rifles. Altogether the war department officials have not the slight - eft doubt of General Otis's ability to lii Id his position indefinitely, and the only cause for apprehension is the fear that by taking to the interior of the country, practically impassable for American troops in the approaching rainy reason, a prolonged Indian fight - ins: style of campaign may follow. DEWEY'S FLEET. Hesides his soldiers General Otis has at his back in Manila bay, commanding the city, a veritable rock of Gibraltar in Dewey's fleet. With the vessels he now has and those about to Join him, Dewey will have twenty - one ships of various type. Of full - fledged warships he now has nine, as follows: Flagship Olympia, the Boston, Baltimore, Charleston, Concord, Monadnock, Monterey. Petrel and the Buffalo. He has also three armed supply ships which are almost as effective as a warship in attacking troops outside of fortifications and In maintaining the blockade. They are the Culgoa, the Nanshan and th Zaflro. The vessels on the way to join Dewey are the gunboat Helena, now at Colombia, the Castine at Gibraltar, the Princeton due at Port Said Tuesday, the Bennington, the Brutus and the Yorktown, probably at - Guam on their way to Manila, the battleship Oregon

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  1. The Scranton Republican,
  2. 06 Feb 1899, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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