OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
and the enemy, after firing a few volleys, retreated with great rapidity.
STATUE OF EX-QUEEN ISABELLA, IN THE PLAZA AT MALATE-
which for some reason or other was not carried out. About 2:00 oa clock on the morning of September 9th, quite a formidable attack was made; nearly the entire brigade of General Mascardo w7as engaged, a small force demonstrated against San Antonio and another small force against Guagua, while the main body of infantry and one piece of artillery attacked Santa Rita.
We were well prepared and our men were placed in protected positions, and the citizens also managed to j^otect themselves very well. There was a great deal of firing directly into the town, but the only casualties on our side were the wounding of a Filipino woman, whose arm was broken by a Remington bullet, and who was also struck by a Mauser bullet which tore a gash in her head, and the wounding of a Filipino boy, though not very seriously.
I never learned definitely the extent of the enemya s loss, and only know positively that two of their men were wounded. They protected themselves by the use of ditches and the elevations to be found in the rice fields. Colonel Bell, a most excellent officer, was stationed at Bacalor, three miles distant, with 500 men, and I was connected with him by telegraph. I had previously notified him to be in readiness, and when the attack commenced I directed him to move out on the road toward Porac, which would throw him directly behind the enemy.
He promptly complied, and I moved directly forward, hoping that the enemy would be caught between two forces, but their retreat was very rapid.
Colonel Bell succeeded in overtaking and capturing five of the insurgents. One of these prisoners was a commissary sergeant. He wrote a good hand and seemed quite intelligent. He told me his brother had been killed in one of the early fights and that he was heartily tired of the war. He also informed me that Mascardoa s entire brigade numbered nearly 2,000 men, and that about two-thirds of these were armed with guns. I found this statement to be very nearly correct. On September 16th there was another attack, but it was not by as large a force,
An incident occurred in connection with the wounded Filipino woman which illustrates General Wheelera s kindness of heart, but which he was too modest to relate. An officer w7ho was with him at the time describes the incident for our readers, as follows: a Three days after his arrival at Santa Rita, General Wheeler had his first view of war as practiced by the Filipinosa not a lasting or well-defined view, for it was but an affair of outposts, and being made at two in the morning, but little more than a glimpse was possible; but the warrior flame in the slight figure at our head as we galloped in the thick darkness to the outposts, burned as fiercely as it did when opposing Gerrard at Snap-Finger Creek in Georgia, or the Spanish at La Guasimas, thirty years afterward. It was fight with him from the first sound of shots. How time dragged its slow steps while waiting for daylight to come; then a brief telegram to the division commander, announcing his intention to move, and Wheeler was gone again. Luck was, however, with the insurgents. Luck and timidity combined, for as the sun came up over the tall bamboos we saw only the tracks of the barefooted men who had retired as silently as they had come.
a Fora few miles we followed; the General being for the greater part of the time squarely in the midst of the 'pointa and seldom farther to the rear than the a supporta of the advance guard.
a When he returned to his quarters he found that a poor native woman had been struck in the arm by a Remington bullet, as she lay in her miserable bamboo hut during the interchange of shots between our men and the enemy. He could not go too quickly to see the suffering woman. Taking his interpreter and a surgeon, he made it clear to all that nothing but regret for such a result was held by any American. And, though his mind was busy revolving a plan to catch Mascardo should he again come near us,
PLAZA AT MANILA, NEAR THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING.