Y.R. TO MY DEAR SIR, APRIL 7, 1900
[Original in Spanish. A.L.S. P.I.R. 1204 1 ]
PALO, [LEYTE], April 7, 1900.
My DEAR SIR: On the 31st of March elections were held in Palo,
a Municipal Presidente with the three Commissioners being elected by
a majority of votes. We have accepted the terms of the Americans for
the tranquillity of the people, and in order that they may devote themselves
to work: to put an end to the innumerable abuses and outrages
which each day go on increasing, especially kidnappings, piracy and
vandalism, which are committed everywhere, and most especially
sentences of death imposed for no reason but to satisfy some unworthy
vengeance. The perpetrators of these deeds were the absolute owners
of the lives of all, taking advantage of, and sheltering themselves under,
the name of "la patria." Here there have been crimes never before
known. For these reasons it was ordered that all the people
should accept the elections and serve and assist the government. I suppose
there will be wrong constructions, as is already known, but the
aim of the people is otherwise.
I advise you of this for your guidance and further action.
Good-by until later, and may God grant that you continue in good
(Signed) Y. R.