We left Angaqui for Cervantes at 10 a.m., passing over the mountains, bare of all vegetation, with the result that the heat of the sun made our heads ache. At 1 o’clock p.m. we arrived at Cervantes. As this town offered good conditions for defense, an abundance of food, and a beautiful view, the honorable president decided to stay there for a long time and defend himself. To that end, then, the detachments were placed so as to cover the points where the enemy might try to enter; trenches were constructed and offices for headquarters were arranged.

We are having a pleasant time in the town.