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In the News~

January 14, 1896 [SBDN]: “Yesterday the Philadelphia spent the day looking for a proper location for target practice among the islands, and today for the same end in view will visit Cuyler’s Harbor on San Miguel.”

January 14, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “The Philadelphia leaves tomorrow for Santa Rosa Island for target practice, returning to this port in a couple of days. The crew of the cruiser numbers three hundred men. The Philadelphia has twelve 6-inch rifle guns, three Hotchkiss rapid-firing guns, battery of four Gatling guns, four 6-pounders, four 3-pounders, two 1-pound guns, and four search lights.”

April 20, 1896 [SBDI]: “’Jeanie’ Larco, a young man born and raised in this city, Friday afternoon when the gale was at its highest, performed an act of gallantry seldom seen anywhere. Young Larco has from almost infancy literally lived on the sea in this vicinity and, under the eye of his father (who everyone here knows as one of the cleverest boatmen in the world) has grown into sturdy manhood. On the occasion mentioned some twenty people, men, women and children had undertaken the perilous trip to the Philadelphia. The wind was blowing a living gale from the northwest accompanied by a high sea. Young Larco who was on the wharf took in the situation at once and in answer to a signal of distress from the frail craft which had now become unmanageable manned his staunch boat, Genova, and sped out to the terror stricken crew. Help came none to soon for the boat was almost in a sinking condition. Our gallant sailor boy, after an admirable display of seamanship, succeeded in getting all on board his boat and with thankful hearts to their young deliverer, they landed on the wharf thoroughly drenched, but saved.”

April 6, 1896 [SBDN]: “About 5 o’clock in the afternoon the cruiser Philadelphia was sighted steaming into the channel. She kept close with the kelp, coming in, hugging the shore, and dropped anchor almost opposite the wharf. Field glasses, opera glasses, in fact glasses of all descriptions and sized were in evidence during the white cruiser’s advance, as many went to the beach merely to watch the warship steam into the harbor. The Philadelphia will remain until after the carnival, and the coast defense vessel, Manadnock, is expected today. The Philadelphia had hardly cast anchor before the Restless swung to within the kelp. She was loaded with horses from the islands, and the visitors on the beach were treated to quite an amusing spectacle as the horses, one by one, were made to jump into the surf and swim ashore. The work was done quite systematically and no trouble whatever was experienced in getting the horses to terra firma.”

April 19, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “A heroic deed. Friday afternoon a party of men, women and children put out from shore in a small sailboat for the object of visiting the man-of-war Philadelphia, which lay nearly a mile from the beach. At the time they sailed a very high wind prevailed and it seemed like tempting fate… The occupants of the boat, to give information of their distressed condition, ran a white flag to the mast head. Those who saw it thought it would be risking life to go to their aid… At last, Sebastian Larco saw that something must be done, and he told his brother Ogenio Larco, that he must take their sloop and go out to the distressed passengers. Quick as possible, the Larco sloop was made ready and Ogenio was scudding away to save life before a stiff breeze… They offered to pay him for the heroic deed which eh had performed, but like a true hero he refused any reward for doing his duty. The Larcos are known throughout the entire city as the finest fishermen that live along the shore…”