LUKBAN TO LOCAL CHIEF OF NATIVIDAD, OCTOBER 6, 1901
[Original in Spanish. Document signed. P. I. R., 502.6.]
OCTOBER 6, 1901.
THE LOCAL CHIEF OF NATIVIDAD.
On this date the Colonel has informed me, and it is with great
pleasure that I communicate it to you for your general knowledge and
the information of all the people, of the glorious achievement carried
out successfully in the town of Balingiga on September 28th at 7 o'clock
in the morning, by the inhabitants, led by the very worthy Local Chief,
assisted by the principales of the town, and without other arms than
bolos, overcoming in less than five minutes the detachment of the
enemy composed of seventy-five men.
All were killed including a major, a captain and a lieutenant, with
the exception of five badly wounded who survived and escaped in small
boats to the adjacent Province of Leyte. We captured all their rifles,
20,000 rounds of ammunition, sabres, and, in short, everything in the
barracks of the enemy and in the quarters of the American Major.
On our part we sustained no loss.
Providential events like these clearly demonstrate the justice of a
God of the forces which are vigilant, and are aids and a defense for
the pueblo which they defend; a proper and legitimate right in accordance
with positive and natural laws; in reality there was singularly
revealed a principle of this war in the town of Balingiga which, today,
has shown praiseworthy behavior, given without hope of reward
or praise and without ostentation.
Imitate, then, brave compatriots, the example shown us by the
praiseworthy people of Balingiga, procuring the death of all according
to justice by certain means and with a happy ending to our plans.
We desire to attempt the same thing against the enemy, and
thereby demonstrate in site of the nations our dignity, and with them
bequeath to our successors fame and honesty, those successors whom
we have made happy with their independence.
Finally, these headquarters comprehending the stoppage of agriculture
in this province, desires that all the inhabitants will not suffer
the price of food stuffs to be raised during the course of the war, this
in order to assist our present and projected plans.
With entire confidence in your recognized patriotism, I hope for
great activity and, if possible, that you will kindly cause all inhabitants
to plant sweet potatoes, corn, etc., in the places which may be thought
convenient, and for this purpose you will transmit this order to the
headmen of the barrios who will constantly inspect them, punishing the
first infraction of these orders, which are of general and individual benefit
to each locality.
From the beginning of this work you will inform me every fifteen
days, regarding the progress thereof for my information, in the same
manner as I have already ordered many times during this war.
God keep and guard you many years.
Headquarters of Samar and Leyte this 6th day of October, 1901.
NOTE:-I have further notice of another attack like that just described,
in one of the neighboring towns, likewise entered into by the
inhabitants themselves, led by the Local Chief, and when I receive official
confirmation, it will be my pleasure to immediately give you the
name of the town and a description of the fight.
[NOTE BY COMPILER.-Copies of this letter were sent by Lukban to
the local presidentes of all towns in Samar, as shown by his register
of Letters sent.]