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Struggle of the Filipinos for Liberty.
side, in the bay, was anchored Dewey's victorious American squadron, calmly awaiting reinforcements from home. With these he would aid Aguinaldo to prosecute the war on land.
THE SPANIARDS FORTIFY MANILA.
Meanwhile, the Spaniards displayed great energy in improving the defences of Manila. The moat was deepened, and all the shrubbery wherein an enemy might lurk and find cover was destroyed. For, as a last resource, the Spaniards intended to shut themselves in their grim old fortress, as if they thought to find security there, although a few ten-inch shells from the fleet would lay the whole city in ruins. Everywhere facing the bay trenches were dug, and modern 9 pounder Krupp field-pieces were mounted, and mountain batteries brought from the interior.
But, notwithstanding these elaborate preparations, the Spaniards were lacking in good modern ordnance and in accurate markmanship.
Another great source of Spanish weakness was their native allies. Howrever, these professed great loyalty to the Spaniards, asserting that they wrished to fight to preserve the Catholic religion. These natives had responded to a proclamation of the Captain-General, in which he called them brothers, and appealed to them to help defend their faith from the Yankee pigs who would desecrate "the holy Catholic church."
A few days after this proclamation, Spanish faith in these professions of loyalty was rudely shaken ; for some priests were barbarously murdered by the natives. The following day, several companies of these sworn allies, armed with Mauser rifles, attacked Bacora, a small town between Cavit and Manila, and, after a few
andres bonifacio : sometime rebel president of so-called tagal republic.andres bonifacio : sometime rebel president of so-called tagal republic.