DELGADO TO PRESIDENT OF SPECIFIED TOWNS, MARCH 27, 1899
[Original in Spanish. Contemporary copy. P. I. R.. Books B. 4.]
LIBERATING ARMY OF THE VISAYAN ISLANDS,
General Headquarters of Santa Barbara, March 27th, 1899.
To the President of the towns appearing on the margin:
The General-in-Chief of Operations in the Visayan Islands, in Official
communication No. 243, dated the 23rd inst., states the following:
"I have noticed that there are numerous irregularities occurring
throughout the various towns of this district. Certain persons have taken
advantage of the existence of a state of war and have gone around collecting
funds and supplies for the army. As they have no authority to
do this, and as they further have attempted to control the Local Presidents
and hence greatly hindered the activity of these officials, I direct
that you send a circular to all towns instructing them that they are not
to furnish any assistance of any kind to either private or military persons,
save when they are authorized by their respective superiors and
exhibit a commission from the Government for this purpose. Hence the
spirit of your circular will be that assistance is to be sought only to supply
the necessities of the Government, and not for the benefit of any
citizen, be his relation to the towns what it may."
The foregoing is sent you for your information and guidance. It
should be sent along the mountain range to the last town so that they
may all know of it.
May God guard you many years for our liberty and independence.
Complied with on the 29th inst.