Diary of Simeon Villa

August 28, 1900

All of us had breakfast at 5 a.m.

The honorable president did not know what direction to take, because in addition to those Americans who were blocking our passage, it seemed probable that there was another column in our rear pursuing us and pushing on toward this point, namely, those who were to have attacked our camp yesterday morning. After questioning the Calinga as to details, the honorable president chose the route leading to Taboyan settlement in order to get around the places where the Americans were waiting for us, and at 11 a.m. we set out for that point. We traveled through the interior of various woods, avoiding passing along any roads or trails which the Calingas travel, so as to prevent the enemy pursuing us.

After marching without a halt we reached the settlement at 2 p.m. We did not go into it, but stopped in a piece of woods near it, so as not to be seen by anyone.

When night came we resumed our march, not along the roads, but in the interior of the woods, where, owing to the complete darkness, we had to grasp one another while walking in order to keep from being lost.

About 9 o’clock we commenced ascending the mountain ridges one above the other, and about 11.30 we encountered on the summit a little house inhabited by a Calinga man of marriageable age. Owing to the tired condition of our soldiers, we rested here and spent the night.