Minister of Marine Segismundo Bermejo y Merelo to Rear Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete
Madrid, May, 12 1898.
Government is pleased to hear of your arrival at Martinique. Nothing new in the Peninsula. Telegram received to-day announcing attack San Juan, Puerto Rico, by hostile fleet composed of New York, Indiana, Terror, Puritain, two cruisers, one torpedo boat, and two colliers. Island of Puerto Rico is watched by auxiliaries Paris and New York. Admiral at Havana says four hostile ships in sight yesterday, one at Matanzas and several off Cienfuegos. New of bombardment of Cardenas by a battle ship, monitor, and another vessel; enemy repulsed.
Credit increased; another ₤ 15,000 on same house London. Steamer Alicante must have arrived at Martinique, and an English steamer with 3,000 tons is to make that harbor under orders of captain Alicante. Both vessels at your disposal.
Source Note Print: Squadron Operations, pp. 72-73.