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Struggle of the Filipinos for Liberty. 29 7
his companions to leave the service of their foreign oppressors and strike a blow for liberty.
The soldiers received his words with acclaim, and instantly chose him as their leader. He then sought the fastnesses of the forest, where he was soon joined by thousands of his countrymen aall flaming to join the standard of revolt.
Aguinaldo is short of stature, with a well-knit figure. He has the Japanese cast of face, and wears a black pompadour, which heightens that impression. His countenance is imperturbable ; it is notable for its serious expression. During the rebellion he was in hourly fear of assassination. For, a reward of $25,000 had been offered by the Spaniards for his head ; and this prize had brought into his camp a host of mercenaries, that were only seeking a convenient opportunity to gain the coveted reward.
Aguinaldo's headquarters were in the former home of a rich native in Cavit. With him were his staff and his mother and several of his relatives. These he kept with him to secure them from Spanish vengeance.
The house is described as broad, low, and roomy. In front is a paved court ; on each side a trusted number of stalwart insurgents constantly kept guard. The uniform of these soldiers wras a cheap native homespun ; their arms were of the crudest description ; but they made up in loyalty what they lacked in training.
The General himself usually wore a spotless suit of white linen, a white shirt, with a well-polished front, a high collar and a black necktie. He wore red velvet slippers, embroidered in gold. In his office was a modern desk,apiled high with documents,aa large mirror, two large, strong, iron boxes,awhich served as a safe for the moneys of the insurgent government,aand a grand piano of Spanish make. Against a hat-rack leaned the rebel standard, and on the wall hung a map of the province. This the General used to scan eagerly, tracing the movements and the disposition of his troops.
Aguinaldo was usually surrounded by various members of his staff, none of whom, however, was as impressive as himself. IAguinaldo was usually surrounded by various members of his staff, none of whom, however, was as impressive as himself. I