Image from page 386 of "America's war for humanity, related in story and picture, embracing a complete history of Cuba's struggle for liberty..." (1898)
Authors: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Publisher: New York, Thompson
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ch gun turret. Lieutenant Potts with the stadimeter told off the distance to lyieutenantSears, and when 7500 yards was announced, the Cristobal Colon^s stem andthe bow of the partly dismantled Reina Mercedes showed in the harbor. You can fire now, said the Commodore to the semi-stripped Captain,who stood unconcernedly in the open of the great turret, and then the Com-modore stepped off the turret to avoid concussion. Let her go. Lieutenant, was heard from the turret; and then therewas a frightful roar, and an immense half-ton projectile, propelled by theexplosion of five hundred pounds of powder, went flying toward the mark.For three seconds it flew along its trajectory, and when it dropped therearose a fountain of water, which, for a minute, hid the Colon from sight,while a ringing cheer went up from the jackies on deck. A little short there. Try your other a little higher up, said the Com-modore; and elevating it to 8000 yards, the second big gun hurled a projectiletoward the enemy-
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384 AMERICA-S WAR FOR HUMANITY. A fair hit! cried the men, as the shell crashed into the stem of theReina Mercedes and exploded. The two after-guns then spoke; and after this the entrance of theharbor of Santiago de Cuba was closed out of vision from on board thebattleship. By this time the cruiser Neiv Orleans had come in range, and the fortswere opening a steady fire from what evidently were high-power modern guns. The shells dropped thick and fast over or short of the Massachusetts^and the American blue jackets jeered and laughed at the bad aim of the Span-iards. One very well-put shot went close through the upper works of theMassachusetts., but it did not hit anything, and simply made a splashing inthe water upon the other side of the battleship. Well, the Dagoes are getting a little better, said a sailor. The remarkcaused another waggish blue jacket to say, Oh, give them a year, and theylllearn to shoot. The long rifles of the Neiv Orleans were by this time playinga tattoo on the
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