Harrisburg Telegraph 6.November 1873
FROM HAVANA. CAPTURE OF THE YIRGINIUS. ALL ON BOARD MADE PRISONERS. TO BE TRIED FOR PIRACY. New York. Nov. 6. A dispatch from Havana, dated the 5th, says the steamer Virginius was captured, with all on board, by the Spanish gunboat Tornado, near Jamaca, on the 31st of October. She had 170 passengers and crew,who,with the vessel and cargo, have been brought to Santiago de Cuba. Proceedings will be immediately com menced against tne prisoners. Tbe Tornado, which had been search lug for the Virginius since her attempted landing on the south coast of the island, caught sight of her at 2:30 p. M, on the 3Ist and gave chase. The Vir finius put on all steam and made for amaica, hoping to find a refuge in .British waters. In her flight she threw overboard sev eral horses and used a portion of the cargo ror ruei. The Tornado caught up with her at ten p. m., near the Jamaica coast, and she surrendered with all on board, not one escaping. Among the prisoners captured are the well known insurgent chief Bembetta, who was reported killed a few days ago, a brother of Cespedes, a son of Quesada, Senor Jesus de Sol, and other important prisoners. The prisoners have all been brought before a competent tribunal at Santiago, and are now being tried as pirates. There is great rejoiciog in Havana over the news. The streets and houBesare decorated with national colors, and subscriptions are being raised for a testimonial to the officers and crew of the Tornado.