Diary of Santiago Barcelona

November 15th, 1899

In the morning the Americans attacked us. We departed for Alava, then for the ranchería of Famy, where we stopped for the night. We were visited by Gen. Tinio in Pozorrubio. When he learned that I did not have a horse, he ordered one of his cavalry men to give me his, which was a small but strong stallion, including the saddle. Thanks to this general, I did not have to travel on foot again.

Between Alava and Rosario, the wife of the President fell unconscious. She had to be carried in an improvised hamaca[1] as she could not ride her horse anymore.

[1]Hammock made of rattan carried from the shoulders of two or more men and used in traveling during the Spanish times.