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The Philippine 'Islands.
point of starting, when the same manuvre was to be repeated aand so again and again till the enemy was destroyed or defeated.
On the Spanish fleet, too, all was bustle and preparation ; the national flag, that symbol of mediaeval tyranny, floated from every masthead, the Admiral's flag on the Reina Cristina being the cynosure of all eyes.
The Americans had left their supply-ships behind, and their fleet, according to pre-arranged plan, steamed slowly past the enemy. Meanwhile, the batteries of Cavite' kept up an incessant
roar, and now Montojo's flagship thundered a deadly welcome ; while over the American flagship was hoisted a code-flag, with the watchword " Remember the Maine ! " This was the signal for a concerted yell from the sailors in the fleet. And thus with colors flying, and with fire reserved till a closer range should make it more effective, the Commodore and his brave offi-
the reina cristina ; flagship of admiral moxtojo. cers bore dowil toward
the Spaniards, who were awaiting their approach with curiosity not unmixed with alarm, at the same time they sent a thunderous fusilade as a greeting to the hated Yankees.
But the Americans, undeterred, grimly kept their course, notwithstanding one or two mines exploded beneath the water,a one near the Raleigh and one beside the Baltimore. Again and again the Spanish guns thundered, until the roar became incessant and shells were bursting all around.
When about six thousand yards the Commodore shouted toWhen about six thousand yards the Commodore shouted to