DAZA TO COLONEL 2ND CHIEF OF PROVINCE, OCTOBER 6, 1901
[Original in Spanish. A.L.S. P.I.R., 820.5 ]
OCTOBER 6, 1901.
Sr. COLONEL, 2nd Chief of this Province.
In order to comply a good purpose of which I had conceived some
time ago, and my weakness being aided by Divine Province in whom I
place my poor and humble heart, I beg to inform you that on the 17th
day of the month of September I received about 400 fighting men.
These being brought together, I thought of entering on the evening of
the 18th, that is to say to attack the enemy, but seeing the impossibility
on account of certain inconveniences, I withdrew my forces since
they were not sufficient to oppose the enemy's force. In view of this
I returned to a study of the plan of combat. Then is the time when
I encouraged two persons of influence who are the principales, Custodio
Salazar and Valeriano Abahador, persons of trust and patriots, inciting
them to aid me in the realization of my desire or intent. We three
and various principales having agreed I returned to recruit fighting
men in order to reinforce those I already had, which, when brought together,
amounted to about 700 men.
On the 27th day of the month just passed at 7 o'clock at night
I arrived with my column in the vicinity of the pueblo for the purpose
of entering it and attacking the enemy. At 4 o'clock in the morning
the pueblo was surrounded by my forces, the other men having nlready
entered the pueblo on the 26th and 27th during the fiesta (haciendo el
At 7 o'clock in the morning of Saturday the 28th, the meal hour,
the time of the general assembling of all the workmen, in less than
five minutes I was able to overcome the detachment of Balingiga, composed
of seventy-five men. In this fight were killed all the officers,
one major, one captain and one lieutenant; only five, who were badly
wounded, escaped in barotos. I have collected all the war material; I
have. captured more than 20,000 cartridges and some sixty rifles, American
Mausers, and three sabres. In short it would be too long to report
all my labors in writing. In a short time I will arrive solely to
report this. Order what you please of your affectionate subordinate
who loves you deeply and who kisses your hand.
(Signed) EU. DAZA,
Captain of Military Administrative Department.
P. S. - My regards to my beloved General and all the officers, Farewell, Mountains of the Sea.
OCTOBER 6th, 1901.