The Cameron Herald. (Cameron, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 17, 1898 Page: 7 of 8
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THE WEEKLY HERALD! CAMERON, TEXA8, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17. 1898.
TO THE PUBLIC!
Thanking our patrons for past favors
and solicting acontinuance of their trade,
we beg to inform them that on and after
THE FIRST DAY OF SEPTEMBER
we weill close our books and ....
Sell Strictly for Cash!
Cannot make exceptions, our books will be entirely dispensed with
Again thanking our friends for their
liberal support in the past, we solicit a
continuance of their patronage, and
have marked our entire stock down to
the lowest notch. Not a few "leaders,"
but everything will be sold at the lowest
possible Price. t
M- M. Hemp & Co.,
AUGUST 29, 1898.
THE SINKING OF THE TERESA.
The Ocean Tragedy Described by an
Officer of the Vulcan.
WORK OF RESCUE WAS NOT AN EASY TASK!
The rierrltt had to go Close to the Sinking Cruiser
to Take the Men Off,
Fortress Monroo, Va., Nov.
6,—James C. Summer, who was
offioer of the deck of the Vuloan
when the Maria Teresa was
abandoned, described the soene
' 'The gale in which the Teresa
was seized began with a fierce
squall five minutes before 1
o'olock on the morning of No-
vember 1. Wind and sea arose
at 1 o'olock. From the Teresa's
bridge came the wig-wag signal
to steer windward. The Merritt
at once ohanged her oourse to
north-northeast. It had been
north. To us the faot that the
Teresa must be kept head to sea
was in itself considered ominous.
All signals were made to us by
wig-wag flag from the Teresa.
We repeated them to the Merritt
"At noon the gale had increas-
ed in violence and all three ves-
sels labored heavily in the sea.
The Teresa plunging deeply,
took much water on board over
the bows, and often when right-
ed she shipped seas amidships.
Her starboard engine only was
being used. It was turning
it was the commanding officer's
intention, after cutting the haw-
ser, to place his vessel to lee-
ward and then work up to wind-
ward of the men in the water and
piok them up.
"Half the charges were ex-
tracted from some six-pounder
shells and they were fitted over
the ends of oars, to whioh small
lines were attached. These
were to have been fired from the
gun aoross the spot where the
men might have been seen in the
"After the Teresa began to
fill, it beoame impossible for the
Vuloan to keep her head to wind
ward, but being praotioally
water-logged, she made an ex
oellent break-water for the boats,
even after she fell off into the
trough of the sea.
"Direoted by Lieutenant Gil
more, the orew and engineer'
force equipped two lifeboats with
uars, life preservers and oil bags.
They were launohed from the
top of the deokhouse and by
means of long lines were veered
astern, in the hope that they
would reaoh the Teresa, but the
thirty-eight revolutions when|^®avy 80a carried them far to
last reported. The forward 1 windward; they fouled the haw-
wrecking pump was sending out
THE ACME STEAM LAUNMY
A Laundry in one of the places of business that turn some queer
freaks, and some things that are amusing. We have heard of every
description of articles—diamonds, boots and shoes, and numerous
other things found in bundles of soiled clhothes when opened at the
laundry. One day last week the telephone gave a frantic ring. I an-
swered it promptly, and the following controversy took place:
"Helo! Is this the Acme Steam Laundry?"
"You bet your life!" , ,
•'Are you sure this is the main office of the Acme?
"Yes: you can bank on it as well as you can on tho United States
"Well, Mr. Houston took away my laundry this morning; amontrst
it he also took away my dog."
This was a poser. I denied, but the party insisted so, that I took
tho matter up. I went to the marking room, looked up the bundle
and had it opened, Judge my surprise when I came to the center of
it to find snugly and contented a little 2x!) dog. Well this stumped
me. I sent it home at once without shrinking, and the owner was so
overioved that he now gives us all his linen suits and under clothes,
as well as shirts, collars and cufFs. Give us a trial,'but to a\oirt acci-
dents. keop your eyt's on your dogs when Houston calls for your ■
A. E. SHARPE, Proprietor, f
I We have rented the old (). P. SLO-
near the Stand Pipe.
We want to weigh your Cotton, and
will appreciate your patronage.
T. J. WHITE.
GUY V. 8LOCOMB.
Cameron, Texaa, Aug. 26, 1898.
T. F. HARDY,
J NO. M. HEFLEY,
JM). H. McLANE,
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK
SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS. .815,000.
Jxh, M. HkkijWV.
,T. C. 11kk.sk, J no. B. MCLank, Tom IMOI-kks.
T. F. Hakdy..
S. A. & A. P. Railway
*er trains leave Cam-
eron uaily at 9:00 a. rn., and
«':10 a. m. for !
CORPUS CHRIST!, SAN ANTONIO, j
HOUSTON and GALVESTON.
and intermediate points
Making connection at Houston for ;
New Orleans, Montgomery, Atlanta
and all points north-east and south- j
east. Through tickets 011 salo to all
for Waco and all points
, East and Wsst
Dally at 0:10 p. 111. and 1.40 a. m,
fSrTnformr.t'on "t any kind chcor
lully iurnished. No troublotoand
F. L EVANS,
Agent S. A. & A. P. tt'y.
E.J. MARTIN, G. P. A.,
To uie Jfubllc.
Don't forget the S, A. & A. P. trains
leave Cauaerou every day at 7 a. m.,
and 6:30 p. m., for Waco and return
same day, giving you plenty of time
in Waco to aiteud to your business
and also to have a bitj time.
I). Kemp's is the bargain house;
call, get prices and be convinced.
a large stream over the board
"At ten minutes past noon
the Leonidas, then fully a mile
ahead, was signalled, "Do not
go so far ahead.'' Thirty min-
utes later the Teresa signalled,
'Can Merritt run to Watling's is-
land safely?" The Merritt an-
swered "No,' promptly. This
was the first intimation of real
danger at hand.
"Almost simultaneously with
the Merritt's next signal, "Give
ser, and were finally outadrift.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon
the Merritt wore ship just astern
of the Terosa and came up under
Her lea just in time to take off the
first boat load of rescued per-
sons. The wreckers and volun-
teers from tho naval vessels had
succeeded in lowering one of the
two Burfboats hanging from
davits on the Teresa's port
side. Pulling quickly clear of
the ship's side the boat's crew,
composed of the wrecker's men,
went about saving the people in a
your orders," came this from the systematic way.
Staple groceries at a genuine ensh
bargain at D. Kemp's.
Try Red Heart tobacco; if not pleas-
ed your money will be refunded. 9-22
Chew Red Heart tobacco, each plug
Look at that splendid line of Dar-
ling Stoves and Ranges at ilryant &
Bond's Red Front Hardware.
To Delinquent Tax Payers of the City
By order of • the City Council 1
hereby notify you that uuless all
taxes due by you to the City of Cam-
eron are paid on or before the 15th
day of November A. D. 1898, legal
proceedings will be taken for the col-
lection of same. Jas. M. Hooks,
City Tax Collector of the City of
AN IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE.
To make it apparent to thousands,
who think themselves ill, that they
are not afflicted with any disease, but
that the system simply needs cleans-
ing, is to bring comfort home to their
hearts, us u costive condition is easily
cured by using Syrup of Figs. Manu-
factured by the California Fig Syrup
Co. only, and sold by all druggists.
M ON BY TO LEND ON LA N I>.
Wo are prepared to lend money on
land, renew and extend loans; "land
notes bought and sold, low interest;
little delay; call and see us.
Henderson, Streetman & Freeman.
Teresa: '' Tell Merritt to cast off
and come within hail." This
was done and her crew hauled in
the 100 fathoms of hawser while
on the way to assist the Teresa.
The latter then signalled "We
shall abondon ship.' 'Tell Le-
onidas to stand by us to wind-
ward. Do not cast off our lines.'
"The Vuloan's commander,
Lieutenant George P. Blow, im-
mediately planned the Vulcan's
part in the scheme of rescue.
Being almost sure that tho Tere-
sa's starboard engine will be kept
working until the last, it was de-
cided to hold on to the hawser,
thereby giving the Teresa suffi-
cient steering way to enable her
helmsman to keep the heavy sea
on her starboard bow and still be
to the leeward of the Vulcan, en-
abling the latter to use oil to an
advantage where the rescuing
The first heavy laboring of the
Teresa gave the impression that
she would founder suddenly and
all her people would be over-
board at any moment, either
swimming or drowning before
Assistant Paymaster Robert
H. Wood, U. S. N., was detailed
to note the time that each signal
was sent and repeated. Oil was
the first requisite. Tho mechan-
ics passed it up in buckets from
the hold; those on deck filled
small bags with it, and the effect
was immediato in smoothing tho
heavy seas near the wreck.
"Rubber life belts were
brought on deck and filled with
air, ready to throw to men in tho
water. A bow lino was made
in every rope's end by which the
men could be hauled out of the
sea. If the ship had foundered
before her people were takon off,
"There were less than four
hours of daylight in which to save
114 persons, including eighteen
Cuban coal passengers,and such
a sea was running as would have
daunted any lifeboat crew. To
have attempted to go near
enough to the great ship's side to
let her people climb down or drop
into the boats meant certain de-
struction to the rescuing party.
So, while the boat was towed by
its painter from tho ship's lee
quarter and was kept clear- by
two men at the oars and by the
steersman in the stern, another
lino was used to send down the
men from tho ship.
"Kachman slung in the center
of this ropo was hauled through
the water in most cases to the
boat and then tumbled in over
tho bow. It was a slow but safe
proooss, as the result proved, for
by 5 o'clock evory man, as far as
wo could tee, was safe on board
"Tho force of tho waves and
tho hoight of the sea made it very
dangerous work. The Merritt,
although a splendid soa boat,
was buried in tho trough of the
sea at times so that only the ends
of her mastheads were visible.
"Tho first boat lowered made'
in all four round trips between
the Teresa and the second made
three trips, so that to rescue all
hands the boats had to make tho
passago through those heavy
combing seas fourteen times and
right gallantly those bravo fel-
lows aceompliohod the work.
Lucky, indeed, was it for
those rc3cucd that tho boats were
manned by past masters at the
oar and helm.
"For two hours mon with
axes under the direction of the
executive offioer had boon sta-
tioned aft, ready to out away at a
moment's notioe the lines that
held the hawser in case the Ter-
esa should founder during the
transfer of her men. Every Vul-
oan man watohed the Tcwesa
with an anxious eye as she
plunged forecastle and aft with
seas olear to the turret, coming
out again with water streaming
from her hawser pipes and show-
ing the heel of her ram above the
next big sea. Forty-four ship-
mates of theirs were aboard the
doomed vessel, and it was yet a
question whether their rescue
could be effected before dark*
Heavy rain squalls beat the seas
down a little at this time, but
the wind blew harder than ever.
Struggling for a foothold on the
Teresa's rickety bridge, the sig-
nal man, Crossett, wig-wagged to
the Vuloan at 4 o'olock: "Don't
oast off the tow line yet; two
more boat loads will olsar the
ship.' We replied, '4All right;
will hold on to the last.'
"High up on the bridge, sil-
houetted against the leaden sky',
and braoing himself against the
fearful rolling of the Teresa, ae
she wallowed in the seas, sto$d
the man at the wheel. He wis
alone and probably the last pel-
son to leave his post, for it wfts
not until the final boat was ra-
oeiving its quota of men that ^e
lashed the wheel, came down tile
bridge ladder and went aft to
leave the ship.
"It was not until 5:11 whfn
Lieutenant Blow and his offioprs
were certain that the last bOAt
load had been taken off, that the
order was given to out away.
Two blows of an ax severed the
lines, and as the links of the
chain broadened out through the
stern ohooks the Vuloan's orew,
lod by Chief Engineer Sims, U.
N., gave three ringing cheers as
a salute to the Stars and Stripes
flying as if in defiance of the ele-
ments, at the Teresa's jaokyard,
and also to the bravery of the
Merritt'8 men, who had made
such a gallant resoue of their
Twenty minutes later it was so
dark that the Teresa was only a
black spook against the horizon,
and at 6 o'olook nothing but the
lights on the Merritt and Leoni-
das oould be seen, while the gale
howled and the sea rose higher
All during the war Spanish
troops were stationed on other
islands and were not molested.
The Spaniards indicated their
willingness, however, to sell the
islands, and the authorities have
no apprehension now that any
rupture will ooour unless it be
over the amount to be paid.
After the Philippine question has
been disposed of the commis-
sioners will consider the deter-
mination of claims which have
been filed by Americans against
Spain and by Spaniards against
tho United States. It was
thought that this government
would bind itself to satisfy all
American claims in considera-
tion of the territory ceded to the
United States, but this is incor-
rect. The Spanish commission-
ers have a heavy claim for fili-
bustering against the United
States to offset the claims filed by
Americans for personal and
property injuries, and the ques-
tion of their disposition will have
to be decided.
Remember the name
Red Iletirt tobacco is the best chew
on earth for tho money. 9-22
The ladles are invited to call at D*
Kemp's and examine the nlco line of
dress goods just received.
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McAnally, Oscar F. The Cameron Herald. (Cameron, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 17, 1898, newspaper, November 17, 1898; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth233502/m1/7/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.