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June 14. The ship Red Gauntlet was captured by the rebel privateer Florida in lat. 7° 35′ north, long. 35° 40′. She was of and from Boston for Hong Kong, with a cargo of ice. The Florida put a prize crew on board and kept in company, taking a large amount of provisions and a supply of coal. She was burned on the twenty-sixth in lat. 29° 23′, long. 47° 12′.--(Doe. 68.) Martinsburgh, Va., was occupied by the rebel General Rodes, who succeeded in capturing one hundred and fifty men, several cannon and a quantity of stores. The rebel loss was one killed and two wounded.--the English steamer Neptune was captured by the National gunboat Lackawanna, in lat. 25° 42′ north, long. 85° 32′ west.--General Hooker marched from Falmouth, Va., and without any interruption from the rebels established his headquarters at Fairfax Court-House.--the brig Umpire, in lat. 37° 37′, long. 69° 57′ was captured and burned by the privateer Tacony. General Banks, having est
n Lieutenant Reed did, I refer you to the papers about. The Tacony was one of her prizes. On the tenth of May we were in Pernambuco; sailed on the twelfth. Next day (May thirteenth) burnt ship Crown Point, another San Francisco packet from New-York. We then went to Seara, where we again coaled, and started for the Northern coast; and on the sixth June burnt ship Southern Cross, from San Francisco, bound to New-York. On the fourteenth June, burnt the ship Red Gauntlet, from Boston to Hong-Kong. From her we also got coals, but they were not good, as we afterward found out. On the sixteenth, took ship B. F. Hoxie, bound from California to England. From her we got about one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars' worth of silver, and burnt in her over fifty tons of silver ore. On the twenty-seventh June, captured schooner V. H. Hill, and bonded her for ten thousand dollars, on condition that she would carry our prisoners, some fifty or more, to Bermuda. Our next prize was t
more case in which I was engaged, not very long before I went into the army, which illustrates the instruction which full law practice brings to a lawyer. It was this:-- The son of a very warm friend had been on board the ship Storm King at Hong Kong in China. The Storm King had prepared for a race from Hong Kong to London with another clipper ship, so she was obliged to start as nearly as might be when her rival did. My client was third mate, but owing to some claimed misunderstanding betHong Kong to London with another clipper ship, so she was obliged to start as nearly as might be when her rival did. My client was third mate, but owing to some claimed misunderstanding between him and the captain he was dismated and sent forward to live with the crew in the forecastle. There was no time in which to furnish the ship with fresh meat and vegetables for the voyage, such as would prevent the breaking out of the scurvy, or at least it was not done. Indeed, all the fresh meat on board consisted of a small pig, and that was disposed of on the cabin table. The vessel made a direct course to London, beating her competitor, I believe. A part of the crew were Chinamen,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Abbot, Joel, 1793-1855 (search)
born in Westford, Mass., Jan. 18, 1793; entered the navy as midshipman at the beginning of the War of 1812: served first on the frigate President, and next on Lake Champlain with Commodore Macdonough, who when he asked Abbot if he were ready to die for his country received the reply: Certainly, sir; that is what I came into the service for. He was then ordered to enter the British lines as a spy and destroy a number of spars which had been stored at Sorel. For his success in this dangerous exploit and for his bravery in the engagement at Cumberland Head on Sept. 11, 1814, he received a sword of honor from Congress and was commissioned a lieutenant. He was given charge of the pirate ship Mariana in 1818; promoted commander in 1838; and in the following year was given command of the Boston navy-yard. During Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan in 1852 Abbot commanded the Macedonian, and later was appointed flag-officer of the squadron. He died in Hong-Kong, China, Dec. 14, 1855.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Aguinaldo, Emilio, 1870- (search)
t the College of St. Jean de Lateran and the University of St. Tomas, in Manila. Later he became the protege of a Jesuit priest, and was for a time a student in the medical department of the Pontifical University of Manila. In 1883 he went to Hong-Kong, became interested in military affairs, learned something of Emilio Aguinaldo. the English, French, and Chinese languages, and through his reputation for ability, shrewdness, and diplomacy, and his personal magnetism, gained great influence with his countrymen. In the rebellion of 1896 he was a commanding figure, and was at the head of the diplomatic party, which succeeded in making terms with the Spanish government, the latter paying a large sum to the Philippine leaders. In Hong-Kong he quarrelled with his associates over the division of this money, and went to Singapore, where he remained until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. Aguinaldo presented himself to Admiral Dewey at Cavite shortly after the battle of Manila
Cebu One of the Philippine Islands, lying between Luzon and Mindanao, 135 mile long, with an extreme width of 30 miles. Sugar cultivation and the manufacture of abaca are the chief industries. Population, 320,000.—The town of Cebu, on the eastern coast of the island, the oldest Spanish settlement in the Philippines, is a place of considerable trade, and has a cathedral and several churches. It is about 360 miles from Manila, and has a population of 40,000. There are valuable and extensive coal deposits near the town. The China Steam Navigation Company began in 1900 to run a regular steamer from Hong-Kong to the port of Cebu. Hemp was exported from the island in 1899 to the value of $3,151,910; sugar, $770,503; copra, $241,953. The total shipments exceeded by $1,456,000 those of 1898. Imports in 1899 were valued at $1,055,28
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chinese-American reciprocity. (search)
in 1899 from the United States was $732,212. Besides the articles mentioned, there are many others of American origin which do not figure in the customs returns as such. These find their way into China through adjacent countries, especially Hong-Kong. At least threefourths of the imports of Hong-Kong, notably wheat, flour, and canned goods, are destined for consumption in the Chinese mainland. Such is the present condition of trade between the United States and China. That trade can beHong-Kong, notably wheat, flour, and canned goods, are destined for consumption in the Chinese mainland. Such is the present condition of trade between the United States and China. That trade can be greatly extended. Let the products of American farms, mills, and workshops once catch the Chinese fancy, and America need look no farther for a market. The present popularity of American kerosene illustrates the readiness of the Chinese to accept any article that fills a long-felt want. They have recognized in kerosene a cheap and good illuminant, much superior to their own nut-oil, and it has consequently found its way into distant and outlying parts of the empire where the very name of Am
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dewey, George, 1837- (search)
ic blockading squadron, and still later with the European squadron. In 1872 he was promoted to commander; in 1884 to captain; and in 1896 to commodore. He was appointed to command the Asiatic squadron in January, 1898, an assignment then considered but little short of exile. About March of the same year, when it became evident that war would be declared between the United States and Spain, Commodore Dewey, acting on orders from Washington, began to mobilize his vessels in the harbor of Hong-Kong. After the declaration of war he received orders to capture or destroy the Spanish fleet known to be in Philippine waters. It was then supposed that the harbor of Manila, where the Spanish fleet was most likely to rendezvous, was mined with explosives and supplied with search-lights, and that the forts of Cavite (q. v.)had been put in readiness for an attack. Taking all chances, the United States squadron sailed boldly into the bay on the night of April 30. Dewey's squadron comprised t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fryer, John 1839- (search)
Fryer, John 1839- Orientalist; born in Hythe. England, Aug, 6, 1839: graduated at Highbury College in 1860; Professor in Alfred University, Hong-Kong, in 1861: Professor of English Literature in Tung-Wen College, Peking, in 1863-65; for many years connected with the Chinese government in an official capacity for the purpose of translating modern scientific books into Chinese. Professor Fryer has published a large number of books, essays, and reports in the Chinese language, and was appointed Professor of Oriental Languages and Literature in the University of California in 1896. He published a full account of the Buddhist missions in America, in Harper's magazine, under the title The Buddhist discovery of America 1,000 years before Columbus. See Hui Shen.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gridley, Charles Vernon 1845-1898 (search)
Gridley, Charles Vernon 1845-1898 Naval officer; born in Logansport, Ind., in 1845. He was appointed an acting midshipman in the United States navy in 1860; was promoted to midshipman July 16, 1860; lieutenant, Feb. 21, 1867; lieutenant-commander, March 12, 1868; commander, March 10, 1882; and captain, March 4, 1897; and was assigned to the Asiatic squadron. Upon his arrival at Hong-Kong, China, he was given command of the protected cruiser Olympia, the Charles Vernon Gridley. flagship. Just before the battle of Manila Bay, on May 1, 1898, Captain Gridley took his place in the conning tower of the Olympia, with Commodore Dewey on the bridge. When the American fleet drew near to the Spanish vessels, Commodore Dewey gave the laconic order: You may fire when you are ready, Mr. Gridley, and almost immediately the battle was opened. Captain Gridley managed his ship superbly throughout the fight, and fired the broadside which destroyed the Spanish flag-ship. During the battle
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