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December 22, 1899

It was 7 a.m. when we arrived in Ambayuan. Here we found the women worn out from the painful journey they had suffered. They were seated on the ground. In their faces were observed indications of the ravages of hunger; but they are always smiling, saying they would prefer suffering in these mountains to being under the dominion of the Americans, and that such sacrifices are the duties of every patriot who loves his country.

We secured some “camotes” in this settlement, cooked them immediately, and everybody had breakfast. Our appetites were satisfied.

The honorable president had already decided some days before to send all the women to Manila, including his family, and this was his motive in hurrying his family forward with him.

At 9 a.m. we left this settlement, going toward Talubin, and leaving in Ambayuan all the troops that were accompanying us. These followed with the women under the same escort as when we left Banane, viz, Captain Villareal and his soldiers, Colonel Sytiar and the two Leyba sisters, the honorable president’s wife and his sister, the honorable president himself, Barcelona, Villa, Paez and Jeciel. We arrived in Talubin at 1 o’clock in the afternoon and dined at the house of a Christian named Valenciano.

We have remained in this ranch until the 24th without incident.