Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Captain Charles E. Clark
Washington, May 1, 1898.
Oregon, Rio Janeiro.
Four Spanish armored cruisers heavy and fast, three torpedo boat destroyers sailed April 22th, from Cape de Verde to the west, destination unknown. Beware of and study carefully situation. Must be left to your discretion entirely to avoid this fleet and to reach the United States by West Indies. You can go when and where you desire, or if it is considered necessary as last resort and can rely on Brazilian protection, you may remain there [using] the [plea] of repairs in that case beware of torpedoes, unfriendliness, treachery. Avoid French possessions. Nictheroy and the Marietta subject to the orders of yourself. After leaving Rio Janeiro probably will be watched and followed spy vessels.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 28.