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The Philippine 'Islands.
Admiral Montojo had meanwhile transferred his flags to the Isla de Cuba ; and the Baltimore, leaving the American line, made straight for his former flagship, which threw a torrent of shells toward the intrepid American. The Baltimore, however, notwithstanding that a few of these deadly missiles exploded on her deck, wounding eight of her crew, continued her course till within 2500 yards of her antagonist. Then from her decks she fired a broadside at the Spaniard. There was an ominous silence for a minute or two, and both Spaniards and Americans waited anxiously for the smoke to lift. Suddenly, all saw a sight that struck every
man in both fleets with terror, for it seemed the probable fate of all. The Cristina shot into the air and then fell back upon the waves with a thunderous crash, while a thousand fragments of men and timbers a promiscuously mingled in awful confusionawere whirling through the air. Down into the waves she sanka that gallant man-of-wara the pride of the Spanish fleetadown into the deep blue sea. Upon the surface, amid tons of floating dbris, a hundred sailors struggled for life ; many sank to rise no more ; some, however, succeeded in reaching one of the adjacent consorts.
The Baltimore, aided by the Olympia and the Raleigh, now kept up a deadly tire 011 the Juan de Austria ; which answered this terrible fusillade with intermittent volleys, that spoke well for the courage, but poorly for the aim, of her gunners.
It was at this moment that the Raleigh sent a shell crashing through the other's centre, exploding her magazine ; in an instant she seemed a crater of flame, and sank back like the Cristina, aIt was at this moment that the Raleigh sent a shell crashing through the other's centre, exploding her magazine ; in an instant she seemed a crater of flame, and sank back like the Cristina, a