December 26, 1899

The soldiers had breakfast at 7 a.m. At 8 o'clock the honorable president ordered the companies formed, and he explained to all that the only remedy left was for all to be resolute and face death; that on the morning we should have to continue the journey to the front; that it was very probable..

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December 25, 1899

At daybreak we found ourselves at the foot of Mount Polis. We continued the ascent, although under painful difficulties, as our bodies were already weakened by loss of sleep and continuous marching. Through constancy and patience we at last reached the summit at 11 o'clock in the morning. Without halting we commenced the decent of..

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December 24, 1899

We find ourselves still in Talubin. About 8 o'clock in this morning a report came saying the Americans had arrived at Bontoc, the provincial capital, the nearest town to Talubin, and distant from it two hours by the road. An immediate decision was made. The honorable president told his family and the other women that..

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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..

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December 21st, 1899

The family departed for Ambayoan at 7:30 am., followed by us at the summit of Mount Polis. The following rooming we joined them at Ambayoan. The family (of the President) decided, after several uncertain moments, to surrender in Talubing, which surrender took place on the evening of the 24th. We returned to Banawe at 3:25..

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December 21, 1899

Yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock news came through an Igorrote that many armed forces had arrived in Babuyan. He could not say for certain whether the forces are ours or those of the enemy, since he is not yet accustomed to distinguish them, but he says their faces are similar to ours. Two Igorrote spies..

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December 16, 1899

At 6 p.m. the honorable president named the following as members of a council to take place this night, viz: Colonel Sytiar, Señor Barcelona, director of the health department; Villa, subinspector of the staff; Paez, second chief of staff; Majors Jeciel and Gatmaitan, and Capt. Juan H. del Pilar. After these had assembled at a..

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December 7, 1899

After commencing the ascent of Mount Polis we never stopped for rest, and we reached the summit of that lofty mountain at 8 o'clock in the morning. As we commenced to descend we discovered a spring of crystalline water, and here we halted and ate some cooked rice with salt. After eating we at once..

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