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Wednesday, Dec. 20th ’99

Learned this afternoon of Gen’l Lawton’s death of San Mateo yesterday morning. Great loss to our forces in his death. Believe it will cause revival of opposition to Genl. Otis in the States as former constantly desired more troops and latter has been advocate of few troops. Also received copy of Havana “La Lucha” from friend in Cienfuegos giving extract from N.Y. Post containing most flattering notices about me. Insurgents in this vicinity have been most aggressive for two Days – fired into our position all last night and today. They need a severe lesson but I fear the 21st, will not be here to give it. Our CO. is apparently in his dotage, that is, if he was ever any good.