Died at His Post.
Pathetic End of Gallant Captain Nichols at Manila.
Manila, June 13 – The funeral of Captain Henry Nichols, the commander of the monitor Monadnock, who died from sunstroke Saturday, took place at Cavite yesterday with naval ceremonies. The officers of the fleet were present and the flags on all the vessels were half-mast.
The sudden death of Captain Nicholas was particularly sad, because it occurred just at the moment when the result for which he had hoped and worked for months was about to be realized, namely, the capture of Paranaque and its occupation by the American forces. The Manadnock has been lying off Paranaque for two months past, under fire from the rebels almost daily. The heat here has been intense, and officers and men of the Monadnock from this trying duty and replace her by another ship, but Captain Nichols preferred to remain, declaring that he did not want to leave his post until Paranaque fell and the coast from there to Cavite was cleared of rebels. The heat on Saturday was most sever and the monitor was engaged all day in shelling the trenches at Paranaque and the rebels fleeing south through Las Pinas, and also watching the American troops closing in upon the towns.
Captain Nichols was overcome by the heat at noon and retired to his cabin, where he received frequent reports of the operations and gave directions for several hours. He became much worse at 3 o’clock and lost consciousness and expired at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Several hours before his death he expressed gratification at the way events were progressing, remarking to an officer: “We have got the rebels there at last.”
Haven, Reno County, Kansas
June 17, 1899
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