COLINARES TO LUKBAN, JUNE 24, 1901
[Original in Spanish. A.L.S. P.I R., 1264.2.]
JUNE 24, 1901.
It is with profound regret that I find myself obliged to inform you
that on the 18th inst., between 10 and 11 a.m., an American detachment
consisting of 125 men commanded by a major, assisted by a captain
and two lieutenants, arrived here. On the 20th, the third day after
their arrival, they held an election of local officials, as a result of which
Joaquin Cabaņas was elected local presidente, Marcelino Apolinar Commissioner
of Police, Felice Tabongar Commissioner of Justice, and Agapito Punsion Commissioner of Revenues. These elections were held because
those who formerly filled these offices were absent, except two,
the Commissioners of Police and of Justice, the former of whom had remained
in town with his sick wife, and the latter being too sick to
leave. All the other members of the local government had left the town.
I await further instructions as to the policy to be pursued with
regard to the recently elected local officials, and also as to the plan
of attack upon the enemy, should an opportunity present itself.
I also desire that you send me sufficient sulphur for two gantas of
saltpeter, which I have here already prepared.
Seņor Eugenio Daza, Captain of Military Administration, is still
here guarding the munitions of war which he holds in readiness for you,
but which cannot be forwarded until the roads are safer.
May God preserve you many years.
JUNE 24, 1901.
(Signed) SERGIO ROBLES [JUAN COLINARES],
(Stamp) Office of the Local Presidente, Basey.
To the POLITICO-MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THIS PROVINCE (Samar).