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UPFEM DE8 MOINES: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY. JULY 13, 1808, THE SEWS IN IOWA D. N. RICHARDSON tS DEAD. On* of llio BnlldcrB of tlifi Stnto anrt a Brllllnnf Sfliolnr. tjAVESroRT. July 7.—News is v «- ceived of the death of D. N. Richardson, editor of the Democrat, at his summer cottage in Groton, Vt. Mr. Richardson went cast more than a month ago, accompanied by his wife and son, J. B. Richardson, and the lat- tef's wife. Mr. Richardson hart a severe attack of la grippe in 1893. which weakened his heart, and in 1897 an affectation of the kidneys made his condition one of anxiety to his family and friends. He was confined to his room a considerable portion of the time since then, hut only occasionally forced to take to his couch. Shortly after he reached Vermont he was Beized with a relapse, though he recovered so as to be able two weeks ago to sit tip on his conch and write a letter to friends. Mr. Richardson was a brilliant scholar and a writer who excelled in literary style and versatility. lie •was for several years secretary of the Iowa soldiers' monument commission and had much to do with the succes of that undertaking. APPALLING LOSS OF LIFE. and CALL BLUFF GAME. State of Iowa Boycotts Kxpres CompnnlcB. DES MOIXKS, July 8.—The state o Iowa has set its foot down on the DC Moincs express companies by refusing to humor them in constructing' new revenue law to mean tliat^the one cent war stamp shall be putj.Ai cxpres packages by the sendeys' An ulti matum was announced/vy Secretary o State Dobson when th'e United States Express company/refused to accept copy of the cbde for shipment to Omaha unless''the state stamped the receipt for,.•'it. The codes are being sent out/by freight and it is the under etandufg that all state packages here aj,ter will be sent either by freight 01 ^y mail, as long as the express companies insist that they are not liable for the tax. HENDERSON RENOMINATED. Resolution Adopted to Double the 1'ay of the Soldiers. WATERLOO, July 9.—For the ninth time in succession, Colonel D. B. Henderson, of Dubuque.was nominated for congress by the republicans of the Third Iowa district convention. The nomination was made by acclamation amid scenes of enthusiasm. Resolutions were adopted strongly endorsing ' President McKinley and the single gold standard, praising Dewey, Sampson, Shafter, Hobson and the officers and soldiers of the army; also, declaring that congress should adopt a law doubling the pay of all enlisted men in our army during- the period of active war service. NEWBOYS' BOAT RIDE. DM Moiues Street Venders Given a Great Treat. DES MOIXES, July 8.—The 250 newsboys of Des Moines were given a free steamboat ride on the Des Moines river and free tickets to a .show at Crocker Woods the other day by the liberality of the. Des Moines Daily News. The News has the enthusiastic friendship of every newsboy in Des Moines, as well as of the Iowa public, which greatly appreciates the reduction of the subscription price of the Daily News to $1 a year, 75 cents for six months, 50 cents for three months and 25 cents a month. The News io making wonderful progress in popular favor. Victim of a Street Railway Accident* DES MOIXES, July 9. — Mrs. Minnie Konanz, the woman who was run over by a street ear at East First and Locust streets recently, died at Tracy hospital. She suffered extremely from the crushing of one limb below the knee and amputation of the foot was deemed necessary. One of her ankles also was dislocated and her head was bruised. She did not at any time become conscious, according to hospital report. She leaves throe children. Atlantic Fire. ATLANTIC, July 9. — J. M. Scheuk's planing mill was totally destroyed by fire about midnight. It was valued at 85,000 and insured for $2.000. Mr. Schenk was about to leave to join the engineer corps in the United States army. Iowa at Camp Merrill. SAN FRANCISCO, July 9. — The Fifty- first Iowa has the record for ailments since its arrival in camp. There is an epidemic of colds and stomach troubles, which the surgeons attribute to the change of climate. _ To Vote OH Waterworks. DES MOINES, July 9. — Taxpayers of Des Moines will vote August 33, on the question of purchase by the city of the water works plant and franchise. 4ii Unequalled Summer IJrluk. You will be pleased with Coif ax Mineral Water. It has no equal as u summer drink. County Pralaagf Contract. July 6.— The supervisors county have finally rendered their decision against the big Chariton yiyer drainage project. A syndicate of the local and outside people wanted certain valuable concessions from the county in consideration of undertaking to drain $ large area ol lowland along 1 the river. It has been under consider* j four a year op wore, a«,4 the %h.t fritter. $be jprounotore »s4 about which tfcey wijllftrge- i&tp court under * eegtracji witb the trench Unfit J,a Bmirgogrie Slnfcs Six Hnndred Ate orottned. HALIFAX, N. S., July 7.—The British ship Cromartyshire was towed, in here by the Allen liner Grecian, with her bows torn away by a collision sixty miles south of Sable Island, with the French liner I/a Bourgognc, which went down ten minutes later. Of over eight hundred passengers and ctew on board, only two hundred were saved. One woman was saved by her husband. The captain and other declc officers went down with the ship. The Cro- martyshire lay to and picked up the survivors, transporting them to the Grecian, which came along shortly afterward. The log of the Cromarty- shire says that at fl a. in. July 4, she was in a dense fog, steering northwest under reduced canvas and going 1 four or five knots an hour, with the fog horn blowing at minute intervals. A steamer's whistle wits heard on the port beam, approaching very fast. She answered the horn signal and suddenly loomed through the fog and crashed into the Cromartyshire at a high rate of speed, smashing in ho,r- bo\vs (ind doing other damage, and' sit once disappeared through,,tAfe fog. A collision bulkhead .,,-jJreventcd the Cromartyshire frojfi sinking. While clearing aAxfly the wreckage,' the steamer bjrtMv her whistle and sent up a roek(>fr, which was answered, but the steMnW could not be seen. Shortly ufiV'cr, or at about 5:30, the fog lifted 'and two boats were discovered pulling toward the Cromartyshire. They came alongside and reported that their steamer, La. Bourgognc, from New York for Havre, had gone down. The Cromartyshire lay all day and picked up 200 survivors, some floating on life rafts without oars. At 3 p. in the steamer Grecian appeared and took the survivors on board and took the Cromartyshirc in tow. Only two cabin • passengers were among 1 the rescued, while of the 200 women on board only one was saved. Just prior to the sinking ot the vessel the scenes on board were awful. Knives were used and men fought like demons for places on the boats. After the vessel had gone down many a man who had grasped a raft or boat was beaten off by those who had been so fortunate as to get in a place of safety. SUICIDE AT CLINTON. ALL OVEK THE WORLD BOMBARD SANTIAGO. Spaniard* Decline to Surrender and tli Bombardment Begins. WASHINGTON, July 10.—The war dc partment has posted these bulletins o dispatches, received this evening: SIBONEY, Cuba, via Hayti, r>:r>5 p. m. July 10.—Adjutant General, "Washing ton, D. C.—Headquarters Fifth Arm Corps, July 10.—I have just received a letter from General Toral declining unconditional surrender. Bombard ment by army and navy will begin as near 4 p. m. to-day as possible. (Signed) SIIAFTEB, Major General. Woman Drowns Herself and Her Two Little Children. CLINTOX, July 11.—Mrs. Paul Dingier, while men tally deranged, drowned herself and her two little children, aged five and nineteen months, in a barrel of water. She was missed at 0 o'clock p. m., and all night long search was kept up by neighbors and police. At 7 o'clock a. m. the three bodies were found in a barrel in a work house at the rear of a lot. From appearances it seems that the children were put into the barrel and then the woman went in head first. Mrs. Dingier was 38 years old and was married April 11, 1894, at Dubuque, to Paul Dingier, a baggageman in the employ of the Chicago <k Northwestern railway company at Clinton. ACCIDENTAT M ARSHALLTOWN. tho Five DentliB Likely to Kesult From Fallinjj or a Scaffold. MARSIIALLTOWN, July 8.—A terrible accident occurred at the big plant of he Glucose Sugar Refining Company, as the result of which two men were dlled, one died two hours later and and two more are dying. The unfortunate men came hero from Peoria to rect a large steel grain tank and were standing on scaffolding inside the tank engaged in raising to position a joint of tank weighing 500pounds, when the scaffold gave way and all fell a dis- ance of fifty feet, the heavy metal 'ailing upon and crushing them.' Iowa's Colored Troops. DKS MOIXKS, July 11.—Amos Brandt's colored company will be ready to move ;o the camp of concentration shortly. L'he state will outfit the company with uniforms so that it will make a credit- ible appearance when it leaves. Under .he direction of Drill Master Devorft Jie company has already achieved a considerable degree of skill in military •outine. The fate of the colored com- jany with colored officers has not yet >eeu determined, Batteries Elect Officers. DES MOINEB, July 9.—The men of the Fifth and Sixth Iowa batteries have Chosen the following officers: Fifth lattery of Cedar Rapids: Captain. G. W. Hover; first lieutenant. R. F. Foi-bes; econd lieutenant, S. C. Cook. Sixth jattery of Burlington: Captain, F. S. ~"iong; first lieutenant. A. L. Hueber; second lieutenant, \V. C. tiarrett. The batteries having been filled to the' naximum were mustered in yesterday. IOWA COM)KN.SK1>. At the republican convention of uthrio county recently a dele- ration was selected favorable to tho •euomination of A. L. Hager for congress. This takes the Guthrie county candidate for the nomination, E. W. iVeeks, out of the race, and leaves the jontest between Ilager, Major Curtis nd II. W. flyers. Mt. Ayr dispatch: Rev. W. C. Smith, a Methodist minister at Kellerton, has been sued for $5,000 damages for slan- ler by Miss Forrester Moreland, a nusic teacher. The petition alleges /hat the defendant circulated etate- neiits derogatory to the plantiff s wsiness honesty and moral character. "Plaintiff's friends say the derogatory )tateraeuts were caused by jealousy, as Smith/** wife is also a music teacher. JefendaHt's friend* say that the action s beinp brought for revenge and that plaintiff is ke r ;np influenced by liquor men whom Smith had assisted in prosecuting. JCelJerton ig 'divided jrjto two Cuba, July 10.—Adjutan General, Washington, D. C.—Tho St Paul has just arrived with Genera ITcnry and his command and quarter master's stores. (Signed) Humphreys SIHONEY, Cuba, July 10.—Adjutant General, Washington, D. C.—The Catania has just arrived with the First District of Columbia volunteers. (Signed) Humphreys, Information' received by the war .department during the fc\v days of truce indicates that Shafter has materially strengthened his position. During the past week he has received reinforcements of both artillery and infantry. Randolph's battery of twenty-four guns, which left Key West recently, is now in position before Santiago. General Shafter has nearly fifty siege guns and a large number of seven-inch mortars, besides lighter artillery, at his disposal. These guns, taken in connection with the work that can be clone by the fleet, will, it is believed, carry terror and destruction to Santiago. Anxiety has been expressed by tho war department officials as to whether General Shafter had a sufficient force to prevent the evacuation of Santiago by the enemy. This anxiety was allayed about 12:30 to-night by the receipt of the following dispatch from General Shafter, which contained confirmation, too, of the earlier reports of the beginning of the bombardment: "Pi.AYA DEL ESTE, July 10.—To Adjutant General, Washington.—Headquarters Fifth Corps, July 10.—Enemy opened fire a few minutes past 4 with light guns, which were soon silenced by ours. Very little musketry firing and the enemy kept entirely in their entrenchments. Three men slightly wounded. Will have considerable force to-morrow, enough to completely block all the roads in the northeast. I am quite well. (Signed) " SlIAFTEB." Army in Excellent Condition For Attack. WASHINGTON, July 9.—The secretary of war has received the following. IN CAMP NEAR SANTIAGO, July 7.— Perfect quiet rules today. At the request of the Spanish general, employes of the British cable company were sent in to him to telegraph to his government as to surrendering. The men are in good spirits, making themselves more secure every hour. The wounded are much less dangerous than those having similar wounds made with cal- ibre 45. Among the large number of wounded there arc few amputations; perhaps ten will cover it. General health of command good. There are one hundred and fifty cases of fever, which will run their own course in four or five days, but none are serious (Signed) SHAFTEI:. The General Health IK Good. CAMP SIBONKY, July 8.—The general health of the United States troops is excellent. Not a case of yellow fever is reported, despite the fact that Santiago is recognized as a great fever focus as far as the Rio Santos. Of over 1,000 wounded treated in this division hospital only two have died. Talk Only of War. MADRID, July 11.—Duke Almodovar do Kio, upon leaving the cabinet council, denied that peace negotiations had been opened, adding: '-At the present moment we must talk only of war." It is the general impression that the cabinet is divided as to the peace question. Reinforcements licnch Shafter. WASHINGTON, July 11.—The war department is advised that Randolph's six batteries of artillery, the District of Columbia regiment, and the First Illinois infantry, which left Tampa several days ago, have reached Santiago. To Reinforce Shatter. WASHINGTON, July 8.—To give Shafter more heavy artilleiy and batteries, the Seventh artillery, at Willets Point, Del; Fourth artillery, at Fort McIIenry, Md.; 11 and K Second artilleiy. at Fort Adams, and other Rhode Island points, were ordered rushed to Tampa, for embarkation for_Sjuitiago. Annexation Resolutions Approved. WASHINGTON, July 9.—The president has approved the resolutions annexing the Hawaiian islands to the United States, and they are now a law. Troops to Go to Honolulu. WASHINGTON, July 9.—As the result of a cabinet meeting it was decided to dispatch a regiment of troops to Honolulu immediately. A theatrical joke was lately perpetrated at a Boston place of amusement. A veiled creature in the audience, wearing a huge hat, declined to remove it. A altercation ensued. An usher forcibly tore off the hat arid vail, and exposed a bald-headed man connected with the show. At the opening of the Hofbrauhajis, in Munich, on Sunday afternopn, when the bock beer season began, the patrons consumed 10,000 quarts of the foaming beverage. Eight lujndred. prominent officials, headed by the governor of Upper Bavaria, h§a t?sted the beer on the previous day, ONWARD TO SPAIN. Hnrryln£ Preparntlons to Cnnh the Spanish Const. WASHINGTON, July 8.—After a council of war at the white house Secretary Long announced that he had ordered Admiral Sampson to detach from his command immediately the vessels to be embraced in Commodore Watson's eastern squadron and to direct the commodore to proceed on his mission. The vessels of the squadron will not be the same ns those originally selected, for the reason probably that the recent engagement with Cervera's squadron necessitated some changes. Tho new eastern squadron will consist of the battleships Iowa and Oregon, the. protected cruiser Newark and the auxiliary cruisers (carrying side armor) Dixie, Yankee and Vosemlto, the colliers Avcrcncla, Cassius, Caesar, Lconidas and Justin, and the supply boat Delmonico. The ships are to sail as soon ns they can coal and supply. A telegram received at the .state department announced that C'amara was still lying with his squadron at Suez, the southern entrance to the canal. The torpedo boats Osacla, Frospcrina, and Audaz have arrived at Cadi/, Ilieir home port. Admiral Dewey has been notified of all these movements. REFUGEES FROM SANTIAGO. Appalling ComlltloiiH Which Kxlst In and .Around tlm Clfy> Ei, CANEY. July 8.—Between 12,000 and 15.000 victims of the vcnr have lied lierc in wild panic to escape the threatened bombardment. Thty lire absolutely without food, and General Shafter and the Red Cross society arc iving them sparingly of what can be Hid. These refugees and Iho foreign consuls report that General Torcl will never surrender, but that the garrison s so much in favor of .surrendering ihat Torcl is in danger of assnssina- lon. Some place the strength of the garrison as low as 5,000, while it is ilso stated that less than-a day's sup- jly of ammunition is on hand. It is denied that Pando has arrived with cinforeements. As time passes it is regarded as marvelous that El Caiiey, walled city with stone buildings, could have been taken by infantry assault. Jlohson Now With Now York. WASHINGTON, July 8.—Advices from /he American fleet off Santiago an- louiice the arrival of Lieutenant Hobson and his six associates on board heir respective vessels, the exchange laving taken place as arranged by Jeneral Shafter. All were well except two, who are convalescing from an attack of intermittent fever. The xchange was made on equal terms as ,o rank. Hobson says they were all rcated well. Dying of Starvation at Gitantnnamo. GUANTANA.MO, July 10.—Advices received by Commander McCalla, of the tfarblchead, from the city of Guan- .anumo, show that the deaths from, starvation there average fifteen daily. 3en. Perez, the commander of Gnan- anamo, has given up hope of succor, md the town could readily be taken vere it worth while to risk tbe lives of ho American troops. Army Men Are Advanced. WASHINGTON, July 9.—The president lominatcd Brigadier General Hawkins, awton, Chaft'ee and Bates to bo major generals; Col. Woods, ot the Rough Aiders and Lieutenant Colonel Mclvib- >on, of the Twenty-first infantry to >e brigadier generals, and Lieut. Col. 'heodore Roosevelt, of the Hough liders, to be colonel. May Be Seized By Russia. PEKING, July 9.—The Russian charge 'affaires, M, Pavoleff, has informed he Tsung Li Yamen (Chinese foreign ffice) that if a northern extension of ailroad which has been conceded to a British syndicate is persisted in Russia nay be obliged to seize the province if ili (in which Peking is situated) as ompeusation. Spanish Vessel on West Coast. WASHINGTON, July 9.—The navy de- iartment is informed that a Spanish irivateer, currying five guns, is hover- ug off the coast of liritish Columbia. The report is discredited. BUEVITIKS. "MUTING BOB'S" STORY The Red Cross steamer Iroquois has rrived at Key West from Santiago de uba with 320 wounded on board. A correspondent at Halifax was hown a cablegram received by A. Ramez, from Santiago stating that the paniards lost about 3,000 ^killed and vouiuled. The president recently sent to the enate the nomination of Captain W. '. Sampson to be commodore. While Simpson was acting admiral hq ranked nly as captain. Hong Kong dispatch: The United itates dispatch boat Zafiro, which left 'avite, Manila harbor, on July 1, has rrived here. She reports that the American troops in the transports City f Siboney, City of Peking and Aus- ralia, convoyed by the Charleston, rrived at Ca-vite on June 30, having al:en the Ladrone islands on the way nd having left men there. The Span- sh governoi- and other officials aptured were brought toCavite. The Jnited States troops commenced to i.sembark at Cavite on July 1. Dewey reports the gunboat Leyte, vhich escaped destruction and capture n the 1st of May by running up the iver, has come down to the harbor nd surrendered. She had on board fifty-two army and navy officers and inetyrfour men. A recent dispatch from Manila ays: Captain General August! made sortie for the purpose of repairing he aqueduct which supplies the walled ity and communicates with General Monet. The insurgents forced the panish, b.aclc, though, it is Sftid, at eyere loss. The Spaniards report 50 illed and 150 wounded. Captain of ihe Iowa Gives Graphic Description of Destruction of Cervera's Fleet t THE ACTION WAS SUPERB Iowa Was the First lo Sight the Enemy, Sound the Alarm and Give Chase «»~A Thrilling Chapter in the History of the Cuban War. Off Santiago de Cuba, July 7.—Per the Associated Press Dispatch Boat Dauntless, 'via Port Antonio, July i>, by way of 'King'ston, Jamaica, July S, 3:30 p. m.—The battleship Iowa was the first ship to see the iteet coming out of the harbor. Somebody on the bridge shouted: "What's that black tiling coming out of the harbor?" A moment later the Iowa was at general quarters and the signal was hoisted that the enemy's ships were coming out. A gun was fired to attract tho attention oC the (loot at !>:33 a. in. "Fighting Bob" JOvtins, tho commander of the Iowa, wus sitting in his cabin talking: (o ills son, a cadet on the Massachusetts, who, luckily, had been left behind in a picket launch when the Massachusetts went to Ou- antanamo to coal at dawn. Captaii) Evans' ;ici:omit of the battle, as told in the cabin of the lo\va to a correspondent of the Associated Press, Is intensely interesting. He said: "At the time 'general quarters' was Bounded the engine bell rung 1 full speed ahead, and I put the helm to starboard and the Iowa crossed the bows of the Infanta Maria Teresa, the first ship out. As the Spanish admiral swung to the westward the 12-inch shells from the forward turret of the Iowa seemed to strike liim fair in the bow, and the light was a spectacle. "As the squadron came out in column, the ships beautifully spaced ns to distance and gradually increasing their speed to thirteen Knots, it was superb. "The Iowa from tins moment kept up a steay (ire from her heavy guns, head- Ing all the time to keep the Infanta Maria Teresa on her starboard bow and hoping- to vain one oil the leading ships. "In the meantime the Oregon, Indiana. Brooklyn, and Texas were doing excellent work with their heavy guns. "In a very short space of time the enemy's ships were all clear of the harbor mouth, and it became evidently Impossible for the Iowa to ram either the first or the second ship on account of their speed. "The range at this time was 2,000 yards from the leading ship. The Iowa's helm was then put hard to the starboard and the entire starboard broadside was poured into the Infanta Maria Teresa.. The helm was then quickly shiited to port, and the ship went across the stern of the Teresa in an effort to head off the Oquendo. "All the lime the engines were driving at full speed ahead. A perfect torrent of shells from the enemy passed over the smokestacks and superstructure of the ship, but none struck her. "The Cristobal Colon, being much faster than the rest of the Spanish Bhips, passed rapidly to the front in an effort to escape. In passing the Iowa, the Colon placed two-six-inch shells fairly in our starboard bow. One passed through the cofferdam and dispensary, wreaking the latter and bursting 011 the berth deck, doing considerable damage. The other passed through the side at the water line within the cofferdam, where it still remains. "As it was now obviously impossible to ram any of the Spanish ships on account of their superior speed, the Iowa's helrn was put to the starboard and she ran ou a course parallel with the enemy. Being- then abreast of tiie Almirante Oquendo, at a distance of 1,100 yards, the Iowa's entire battery, including the rapid fire guns, was opened on the Oquendo. The punishment was terrific. Many one, two and eight-inch shell were seen to explode inside of her, and smoke came out through the hatches. Two twelve-inch shells from the Iowa pierced the Almirante Oquenclo at the same moment, one forward and the other aft. The Oquendo seemed to stop her engines i'or a moment an lost headway, but she immediately resumed her speed and gradually drew ahead of the Iowa and came under th terrific lire of the Oregon and Texas. "At this moment the alarm of 'torpedo boats' was sounded and two torpedo boat destroyers were discovered in the starboard quarter at a distance ot 4,000 yards. .Fire was at once opened on them with the after battery, and a 12-irieh shell cut the stern of one destroyer squarely off. As the shell struck a small torpedo boat lired back at the battleship, sending a shell within a few feet of my head. I said to Executive Officer Rogers: " 'That little chap lias got a lot of cheek.' "Rogers shouted back: 'She shoots very well, all the same. 1 "Well up among the advancing cruisers, shooting- lirst at one and then another, was the little Gloucester, shooting first at a cruiser and then at a torpedo boat, and hitting a head wherever she saw it. The marvel was that she was not destroyed by the rain of shell. "In the meantime the Vlacaya was slowly drawing- abeam of the Iowa, and for the space of fifteen minutes it was give and take between the two ships. The Vizcaya fired rapidly, but wildly, not one shot taking effect on the Iowa, while the shells from the Iowa were tearing great rents in the sides of the Vizcava. "As the latter passed ahead of the Iowa she came under the murderous fire of the Oregon. At this time the Infanta Maria Teresa and the Almirante Oquendo, leading- the enemy's column, were seen to be heading for the beach and in flames. The Texas, Oregon and Iowa pounded them unmercifully. They ceased to reply to the fire, and in a few moments the Spanish cruisers were a mass of /lames and on the rocks with their colors clown, the Teresa flying a white Hag at the former. "The crews of the enemy's ships stripped themselves and bt-san j'.impintr overboard, and scmie "f the smaller magazines began to explode. "Meantime the Brooklyn and the Cristobal Colon were rxchanging compliments in lively fashion at apparently long range, and the'Oregon, with her locomotive speed, was hanging well on . the Colon, also paying 1 attention to the Vizcaya. The Teresa and the Oquendo ' were in flames on the beach just two minutes after the first shot was fired. Fifty minutes after the first shot was fired the Vizcaya put her helm to port with a great burst of flame from the after part of the ship and headed slowly for the rocks at Aserraderos, where she found her last resting place. "As it vras apparent that tno Iowa, could not possibly catch the Cristobal Colon, and that the Oregon and Brooklyn undoubtedly would, and as the fast New York was also on her trail, I derided that the calls of humanity should be answered and attention given to the 1,200 or 1,500 Spanish officers and men who had struck their colors. I therefore headed for the wreck of the Vizcaya, now burning furiously fore and aft. When I was as far as the depth of water would admit, I lowered all my boats and sent them at once to the assistance of the unfortunate men, who- were being drowned by dozens or roast- j ed on the decks. I soon discovered i that the instirgpnt Cubans from the shore were shooting on the men who- were struggling- in the water after having surrendered to us 1 immediately put a stop to this. "My boats' crews worked manfully and succeeded In saving 1 many of the wounded from the burning ship. One man who will be recommended for promotion clamberod up the side of the Vizcaya and saved three men from burning to death. As 1 knew the crewa. of the first two ships wrecked had not been visited by any of our vessels, I ran down to them. I found the Glou- sester with Admiral Cervera and a number of his officers aboard, and in a. frightfully mangled condition. Many prisoners had been killed on shore by the fire of tho Cubans, The Harvard came off and I requested Capt-. 5n Cotton to go in and take off the crews of the Infanta Maria Teresa and tho Almirante Oquendo, and by midnight the Harvard had 970 prisoners aboard, a great number of them wounded. "For courage and dash there is no parallel In history to this action of the Spanish admiral. He submitted to the fortunes of war with a grace that proclaimed him a thoroughbred. "The bottoms of the boats held two or three inches of blond. In many cases dead men were lying in the blood. Five poor chaps died on the way to the ship. They were afterward buried with military honors from the Iowa. Gradually the mangled bodies and raked well men accumulated until it would have been almost difficult to recognize the Iowa as a United States battleship. "Finally came the boat with Captain Eulate, commander of the Vizcaya, for whom a chair was lowered over the side, as he was evidently wounded. As j the chair played on deck the marines presented arms. He slowly raised himself on the chair, saluted me with grave dignity, unbuckled his sword belt and, holding the hilt of the sword before him .kissed it reverently with tears in his eyes, and then surrendered it to me. Of course, I declined to re~ ceive his sword. As I started to take Captain Eulate into the cabin to let the doctors examine his wounds, the magazines on board the Vizcaya exploded. Thirty officers of the Vizeaya were picked up, besides 272 of her crew. Our men gave up their staterooms and furnished food, clothing and tobacco to those naked officers of the Vizcaya. The paymaster issued uniforms to the naked sailors, and each was given all the corned beef, coffee and hard ta.clc he could eat. The war had assumed another aspect." Captain Evans is intensely proud of his ship and her men. The Iowa fired thirty-one twelve-inch, forty-eight eight-Inch, 270 four-inch, 1,060 six- pound and 120 one-pound shots. The officers of the Vizcaya said they simply could not hold their crews at the guns owing to the rapid flre poured upon them. The decks were Hooded with water from fire hose and blood from wounded made this a dark red. Fragments of bodies floated in this along- the gun deck. Every Instant the crack of exploding shells told of new havoc. One of the 12-inch shells from the Iowa exploded a topedo in the Vizcaya's bow, blowing twenty-one men against the deck above and dropping them dead and mangled into the fire which at onco started below. The flames leaping out from the hugn shot holes in the Vizcaya's sides licked up the decks, sizzling the flesh of the wounded who were lying there shrieking for help. Between the frequent explosions there came awful cries and groans from the men pinned In below. This carnage was chiefly due to the rapidity of the American fire. Corporal Smith, of the Iowa, fired 135 aimed shots in fifty minutes from a 4-inch g-un. Two shells struck within ten feet o£ Smith, but the corporal went on pumping shots into the enemy. From two six-pounders 440 shots were fired In fifty minutes. Up in the tops the marines banned away with one-pound- ers, too excited to duck as the shells whistled over them. One gunner of a secondary battery under a 12-inch gun was blinded by smoke and sa't petre from the turret, arid his crew driven off, but sticking a wet hankerchief over h|s face with holes out for his eyes he stuck to his gun. The six-pounders were so close to the 8-inch turret as to make it Impossible to stay there with safety. The men were ordered a.vay, but refused to leave. When the 8-inch was fired the concussion blew two of the crew ten feet from the guns and threw, them to the deck as deaf as posts. Back they l went and were again blown away, and finally had to bs dragged from their stations. During the day on the Iowa, Admiral Cervera endeared himself to all. After Blanco 1 s orders were issued he wanted to come out on the night of July 2, but General Linares said: "Wait till tomorrow morning, you will' catch them at divine service then." The Spaniards say that no torpedo boat ever came out to attack Admiral Sampson's fleet. The Pluton and Terror, they say, kept guard every night inside the harbor. The Indiana was hit only twice. She fired no armor-piercing shells except from the smokeless six-pounders. The ' Oregon was hit three times, twice by fragments from shells. The Iowa was struck nine times. A young- man from one of tlie rural districts of Virginia tried to enlist in Richmond. The examining 1 officers put to him a number of questions which he failed to answer. The man disgustedly said, "I did not think that you needed me as a teacher. I thought you desired men who could shoot. Some of your questions puzzle me, but I can drive a tenpenny nail with a rifle ball at fifty yards." Notwithstanding his skill as a marksman he was rejected. The Russian state scepter is of solid gold, three feet long, and contains, among its ornaments, 208 diamonds, 860 rubies and 15 emeralds. An incendiary lire caused greatdau> ago to a farm in Gipp.slancl, Australia, The farmer offered a large reward for the discovery of the culprit. A native detective niao\e this report: "No man; a woman's tracks." He discovered the boots which made the tracks, apd they belonged to the farmer's seventeen- year-old daughter. She started the flre "because she loved to see the people excited." A gun which discharges 30,000 bul" lets a minute has been invented by an English engineer. One minute's worfe of this gun, under favorable conditions, would mow down a full * ' ' , » .1* ,Tl ,£)' i ). < ' iiSjjr ''j.j',>-,*,fi, f, • ' * i-, f , ! "" l *

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