LUKBAN TO ESPIŅAS, SEPTEMBER 8, 1900
[Original in Spanish. L.S. P.I.R., 1144 2.]
SEPTEMBER 8, 1900.
First Lieutenant MARCOS ESPIŅAS,
Commanding the detachment of Laoang.
I have received news from Catbalogan, brought by Seņor Antonio
Muņoz from abroad and from Manila, to the effect that on the 14th
instant the steamer "Uranus" will come to take away the American
forces operating in this province; and if this news is true, as soon as
the town of Laoang is evacuated by the enemy, you will take command,
assuming the civil authority, because you are the Commander of that
post; taking the proper precautions for a good government, strictly prohibiting
the killing of Americanistas or persons suspected of being such,
as such acts would be vandalism and against our principles. But this
news may be fictitious and only a strategem on the part of our enemies
to ascertain the extent of our forces and arms. In such case you will
not move the detachment and will order that all our forces be concentrated
in the present place which you hold, placing a sergeant in whom you
have confldence, and who is very cautious, in command of said detachment,
and you with a corporal and four soldiers [will wait] at the post
of Laoang evacuated by the enemy, as I have stated above until further
orders from me; this, however, not to interfere with your continuing
When you regain possession of the post of Laoang, if it is true
that the enemy is going to evacuate it, you will not permit any Americanistas
to leave the town and you will issue strict orders that they
be not molested under your strictest liability.
MATUGUINAO, September 8, 1900.
(Signed) LUKBAN, General.
(Seal of Headquarters)