LETTER TO JOSE TALCON, OCTOBER 31, 1900
[Extract from Spanish. L.S. P.I.R., 1054.5.]
OCTOBER 31, 1900.
Sr. JOSE TALCON, Captain of the General Staff.
My DEAR TALCON: I received yours of the 29th wth that of Alipio immediately
following, and after having read the same I have already prepared
the answer with the knowledge of Colonel Quintin Salas, a copy of which
I send you to see if you agree with it, as it has not been sent yet because the
bearer of my first letter was arrested and no one dares to carry any more.
Now we know the humanity of the Yankees! I did not do anything to
the bearer of their letters, while the bearer of mine was put in jail. They
are more than barbarous!
If you wish me to send you this answer, I will endeavor to have it
reach your hands.
We are deceived with regard to Pototan. As I have been informed,
to-morrow is the day fixed for the oath to be taken by the members of
the principalia and their acceptance of municipal offices. I have already
written them that they should never take the oath nor accept offices, and
rather lose their lives than recognize American sovereignly, although they
tell me that they are not going to swear allegiance to the flag, but only
faithfulness in the discharge of their municipal offices constituted by the
Americans, which is the same thing as recognizing their sovereignty. What
I think of doing is that after they have taken the oath, I will begin to harass
the town by firing on it several times every night. Do you agree?
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