Diary of Guillermo Galvey

Ninth Day, January 12, 1829

Día 9. –Al amanecer me encontré de nuevo rodeado de infieles más furiosos que la víspera; determiné darles un escarmiento. Salí con toda mi tropa y polistas haciendo fuego, dirigiéndome al grupo mayor de casas. En el camino cogimos 15 igorrotes: uno de ellos lo dejamos, pues estaba atravesado de un balazo en la pierna. Llegando á las casas les prendí fuego, quemando unas 180, y me volví al campamento, seguido siempre por los igorrotes y yo haciéndoles fuego en retirada. Después de comer los ranchos traté de emprender mi vuelta á los pueblos. Mis dos guías Pingui y Pipiuan habían huído en el calor de la refriega; pero como tenía 28 igorrotes prisioneros, les mandé poner delante y que me guiaran hasta bajar á Aringay, y que si no lo hacían bien, los fusilaría, poniéndolos en libertad, al contrario, si me guiaban bien; marchamos á las dos de la tarde al SO., subiendo una de las colinas. Los igorrotes al vernos partir siguieron nuestra retaguardia; pero los contenía tirándoles de cuando en cuando algunos tiros. A las cinco campé en una llanura sobre un lomo llamada Vaiara, donde pasé la noche tranquila.

 

Ninth day. At daybreak I found myself again surrounded by the pagans, who were more furious than the night before. I resolved to give them a lesson. I started with all my troops and carriers, firing and making for the largest group of houses. On the way we caught fifteen prisoners, of whom we left one who had his leg pierced by a ball. Arriving at the houses, I set fire to them, burning down some hundred and eighty, and returned to the camp followed by the Igorot and firing upon them while retiring. After eating I prepared to take up my return march to the towns. My two guides, Pingui and Pipiuan, had escaped during the heat of the fight, but as I had twenty-eight Igorot prisoners I had them put in front with orders to guide us till we should arrive at Aringay, warning them if they did not do this I would shoot them, but that if they proved good guides I would set them free. We started at 2 in the afternoon, going southwest and climbing one of the hills. The Igorot on seeing us leave followed our rear guard, but I kept them back by firing a few shots at them from time to time. At 5 I camped on a level place on a ridge called “Vaiara,” where I passed the night quietly.