BELOSO, FEBRUARY 28, 1899
[Original in Spanish. Contemporary copy. P. I . R., Books B. 4. ]
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, Santa Barbara, Feb. 28th, 1899.
[Literal copy of telegram.]
Telegrams from Batangas to Taal, Feb. 16th, 6:40 o'clock a.m.
GENERAL MALVAR: Have read a paper which says thousands American
casualties and few of ours; English witnesses to this news; also
say that two foreigners, one German and one Japanese, and one Japanese
correspondent abused by Americans. Some paper confirms report that
three American Generals have been killed, and many wounded.
Iloilo quiet so far according to General Fullon who is here to-day;
he just arrived; says same can not be taken due number rifles and valor
Dated yesterday near Malapad-Nabato: We have one killed and four
lightly wounded; enemy 70 casualties seen.
Second supplement, Philippine Herald: Saturday (?) of February:
Fight this morning between our troops and infamous Americans at
Kaloocan; a numerous casualties among latter, one General wounded,
another dead; many Chiefs and Officials dead (Americans).
Whole battalion American California Volunteers who favor annexation
of Philippines prisoners in public jail of Bilibid for refusing to fight.
Fugitives from Manila say some foreign houses received telegram
yesterday which says conflict between U. S. and Germany inevitable; also
for same reason Germans will leave Manila.
Armed expedition composed three men-of-war left Germany five days
ago for these islands.
Health LieutenantĚColonel Leyba relatively satisfactory so he believes;
thinks he can return in four days to take command of his battalion.
Young Filipina girl tried to leave Manila to join us this morning,
was killed by American because she would not submit to him.
Other news: newspaper The Philippine Republic much news; issue
of 12th says Mr. German, German subject, arrested and abused by Americans.
Mr. Ciko Komoto, Japanese correspondent, slapped in face in public
Americans watch Germans carefully, consider them as disturbers.
Casualties, Americans, on 6th. 2000 Colonels dead, one General; all
churches converted into hospitals full American wounded: total American
casualties 6000 confirmed by General Fu1lon just arrived from Malolos:
says also Iloilo quiet and not taken.
Kaloocan: our troops well reinforced, Generals Luna, Pilar and Garcia
commanding: flanks, Generals Trias, Ricarte, Noriel and Montenegro.
Retaking points taken from us by surprise by the enemy; returning towards
Manila; also rumors they want to recognise our independence.
A true copy.
By order of Chief of Staff.