November 30, 1899

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.