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THJ3 ARGrXTS, Tlf tJB S D A Y, APB I Li 6, 1899.
jSfl FIGHTS III THE. EAST,
Graphic Story Recited by Martin
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Soldiers, of Whom Me la One,
Defeat the Insurgents at Every Turn
Cruel Harder of Dr. Harry Toaoe, Who
Is Captured and Hacked to Pieces by
the Rebels Scenes on the Field.
Three interesting letters have been
received by The A kg is from Mtrtin
II. Danielsen, who is a private in
Company B, 18th United States infan
try, stationed at Manila. The first
is dated Feb. 0. In it the writer tells
that the long expected tight with the
insurgents had finally begun, and it
was expected would continue several
weeks. Saturday night, Feb. 4, two
natives attempted to cross a bridge
over which the American boys stood
guard, having orders not to allow
anyone to cross after 8 o'clock. The
two i-iiipinos obeyed the order, but
went back after reinforcements, and
returned with the intention of taking
possession of the bridge. Here the
trouble began, and it still continues.
The Nebraska loys have t-een strictly
n it," as Mr. Danielsen puts it, in
the fighting. The Nebraskans started
ahead of the other regiments and""re-
m aired in the lead, under the direc
tion of Col. Statsenburg, diiving the
insurgents to their own lines, where
they were permitted to rest until day-
oreaK. ben. Hale then directed Unit
the block houses le cleared anil cap
tured. This order was executed iu a
most brilliant manner. Following up
mis most successful move, the bovs
in blue went after the fort and pow
der magazine. Here the Americans
were most stubbnrnlv onnosed. and
advancing down the bill and across
the valley accompanied by two of the
Utah artillery guns, pounced upon
the fort and took possession of it.
The Utah and Nebraska men, in the
face of a terri lie lire, marched up the
opposite slope and successfully car
ried out tho work planned. Capt.
Clarke was ollicer of the day at tho
outpost, and immediately after the
attack, quickly rallied the guard, and
nring voiiev alter volley, kept back
the insurgents until the arrival of re-
nforcements. When thev came a line
was formed on the left of the position
held by the 3d artillery, which held the
firing line. A hot ba'ttle was waged
for three hours. Following another
order to charge the enemy's position
me command advanced, lacing a
heavy fire, and crossing the open with
yells and war whoops, and shooting
as they forged onward, driving the
insurgents from one clearing to an
other until the river was reached.
The natives kept on the run, but af
terward retreated to the outworks.
The Americans pursued them through
a narrow fort i lied opening across a
bridge, veiling all the time and
shooting down niffcrs."
An Order to Move Hack.
(Jen. MacArthur gave an order to
drop back 1,000 yards. The boys re
luctantly retreated in the midst of a
hot lire, allowing: a golden opportu
nity to the insurgents, but which the
latter did not improve, evidently gas
ecting it wasa catch movement. The
Americans held the line all night.
Monday afternoon the Concord began
shelling the woods.
Iu the land lighting that fol
lowed the Utah battery did splendid
work, cutting off the enemy's fire.
while the 3d artillery charged and
drove them from their eutrenchments.
Ia this charge four of Uncle Sam's
boys lost their lives and six were
wounded. The artillery advanced
and captured the insurgents' intrencli-
ments. J be natives made a stand in
a church yard. I hey were driven
from there, and during the skirmish
a shell of the Utah liattery exploded
and killed a sergeant and injured
three others. 'At 4 p. in. the enemy
Monday morning the 3d artillery
moved foiward. chasing the encmv up
the hill. This was the stronghold of
the natives. Here one of tho fiercest
of battles occurred. Bullets Hew and
men fcl1. The American surgeons
wcie in the thickest of the conflict,
caring for the dying and wounded.
Within half an hour after taps were
sounded the Pennsylvania boys were
called to arms from their leep and
ordered to the front. The following
Sunday morning the scene changed.
The insurgents opened a heavy fire
on the Pennsylvania line. The Amer
icans replied, but were soon ordered
to cease the fire and lay low. The
enemv blazed away from 2 to 5, but
could get no response from the IwVys
in the mud. Sunday morning the
Chinese hospital, from winch most of
the shooting of the night before was
directed, was taken, as were also a
blockhouse and twtf cemeteries and a
brick residence, the latter having been
used as headquarters by the insur
gents. In the charge upon the church
De La Loma. the rebels lost 42 pri
vates and three officers. A romantic
sight it was., to see the insurgents'
lieutenant-colonel galloping away on
bis charger, a sabre raised high above
his head. Ho tried bard to escape,
but his effort was in vain. He fell, a
bullet piercing bis forehead. The
cavalry lost four horses killed, while
the loss to the 14th infantry was 12
killed and 24 wounded.
Feb. 8. at 3 p. ni.. the American
forces captured the village of Para
naque, about seven miles south of
Fort Malate. The village was filled
with insurgents, who had stopped ia
their flight from the battle field to
rest up and attempt to make another
siaoa. ne troops which participated
m mo ugniing were inc itn.inianirv
the Idahos and North Dakotas. The
enemy's loss in this battle is esti
mated at 2 000. The American troops
have the country pretty well cleared
for eight to 20 miles around the city.
ihey ourn everything.
Murdered on the Field.
S rrow regns in the rank ad file of
the Utah battery and the whole 8th
army corps over the horrible fate and
end that came to Dr. Harry Young,
their popular surgeon, at the hands
of the .insurgents. After capturin
him they stripped him of his clothes
and then cut him and hacked him to
pieces, and also his horse. It was
Tuesday, at 10 a. m., when he was
found. He was going from one bat
tery to another, and as the firing was
very light he got beyond the lines and
fell into the bands of the insurgents.
who massacred him. He has leen
buried, but bis body will be later
sent to the United Slates.
The 1st Washingtons and 1st Cali
fornia volunteers fought their way
from Paco to Santo Anna, about three
miles, foot by foot, taking every block
house on te" way and driving the ene
my completely from the held, .hvery
house was burned to the ground and
many insurgents left dead on the road.
in the rice fields and shrubbery. Some
were even found in the burning
bouses. Many wounded were removed
to hospitals and many taken prisoners.
The war-hips of Admiral Dewey 'a
fleet did most excellent work during
the fight Sunday. Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday. The fun began when
the nav-! oflieers saw a rocket shoot
up in the air from the Colorado out
post, giving a fine, clear light. Iu a
very short time tho boom of the naval
guns were heard and it was then
known t b.-vt Dewey's trained gunners
were at work. The Monad nock a-
tended to the enemy south of Malate
th Concord paid her respects to them
in Caioocan, and the Uallo and Charles
ton sent their shells over the towns of
Malabon and Novatas. The Olvmpia
Boston, Monterey and Buffalo did
lively work and kept their eyes peeled
on -uaviie, on men Jell.
The American army has about 4.000
prisoners. Most of these are at work
burying their comrades on the battle
held. They dig a large hole and throw
from 10 to fiO in it and cover them up,
aik)ui i nice months ago a man
got a dishonorable discharge froui
the 1st California volunteers.
He then joined the insurgents
as lieutenant colonel, lie was at the
head of an army of insurgents in front
of t he Tennessees. He threw up his
hands with his sword in bis right. No
mercy wes shown him. He died
Acuinaldo's Secretary Captured.
Aguinalda's private secretary was
caught Monday night and taken to
prison. Aguinalda sent word in' to
Gen. Otis Sunday to take his forces
away, or tbey would all le killed;
that his men were mad and he could
not hold them any longer, .('en. Otis
sent word back to him, saying, "turn
them loose, we can hold them." The
2d Oregons are guarding tho walled
city. Monday night they caught two
native priests busy at work tapping
out their signals to the insurgents.
Tho rolcs they wore was all that
saved their lives. They were put
where they can't tap auy more sig
nals. The natives stole tbe valves,
etc., to render the waterworks pumps
Writing further, Mr. Danielsen
says: 'l have been an eye-witness
to a lot of this fighting. I am not with
my regiment any more. I have lxsen
in the hospital and on detached duty
here of late, as I am not able at pres
ent to handle a gun. I left Corrige
dor island Saturday at 3 p. m . on a
steamer for Manila. I was to go' back j
next day, but no boat went down, so
I was compelled to stay at Manila,
and I am glad it happened that way.
as I have seen the greatest battle of
the most stubborn class of people on
earth the Filipinos and it is not
over with yet. I would like to write
more, but the guns are booming out
in the hills every now and then, so I
must go out and rubber and see what
I can. .
The searchlights of Dewey's fleet
skim the hill and bay all night every
night. No boat is allowed to go out
of the bay unless it has the stars and
Scenes on the Field.
Manila, Feb. ll.i Thursday at 11
o'clock p. m. I went out with an ex
tra detail to the field of conflict, to
assist in taking care of the dying and
wounuen, wuicn were falling last and
thick. I had a few verv close calls.
1 had begun to think my time had
come when I would become a victim
to those insurgents with their ugly
knives, which they can handle so well.
In one instance off at about two hun-
ired yards ahead of Steward Cox and
I we saw a native crawl-ng. and then
we saw what he was after. We ran
as fast as God would let us. straight
for him. but . we were too late. He
got to his victim before we could kill
him. He was a wounded sharpshoot
er. His victim was a wounded Amer
ican, unable to get away. The native
was shot through both legs and in
the right side, but all tbe same he
crawled to this unlucky American
and used his knife on the wounded
soldier's throat. He made two slashes.
I picked up the wounded native's
Mauser rifle and struck him in the
back of his ugly head. Going on a
little further hunting among the dead
and wounded, which were so thick
that at times we were compelled to
step on them, when we saw a wounded
native we made sure to finish him. or
he would shoot anil cut as long as he
could get his breath. The whites
were picked up and taken back to
hospitals as fast as possible. In an
other instance, we ran across a native
who was playing 'possum. He was
lying with his face down among the
dead and wounded. Cox hit him on
the back with a piece of bamboo, but
he never nioved until I went up with
a native kuife. Then he raised on his
knees and prayed to us. We felt
sorry for him and spared his life, but
gave him to the Idahos' mascot (a
little colored boy from the states), to
take - back as a prisoner, and when
the lad. about 14 years old, would
look at him, the native would drop to
his knees. J he hoy would say to the
native, "Don't you pray to me, son,"
and hit him in the face. Coming in
with the ambulance last night, while
passing a little house, the ambulance
was fired on with 11 wounded Ameri
cans in it. We stopped and ran into
the house with our revolvers in hand.
Here were four natives. We shot
and killed two of them. We took the
other two and hung them with the
lines off of our horses. Our forces
are now out 15 miles and further
from the walled city.
Thursday mprning, early, back of
Cavite. were found two Americans
with their throats cut from ear to ear
and all hacked to pieces. Our troops
at this point weut to enter tbe
village of San Rokic, but were
driven back. Dewey's gunners saw
this and set their good old ma
chine guns to working. The natives
threw themselves flat on the ground,
but to no avail. The gunners soon
got the range and scooped them up.
J. hen our boys advanced ana ured
upon the village.
We expect a very stubborn ngnt at
the capital of the insurgents, which
s at Malabon, and where Aguinaldo
is in command. The natives are
massing there by the thousands. It
is an inland town seven miles from
the bay, but Dewey has got the range
down pat. They can't get too far
away for him. Gee! the guns that
are at work now. V hat they are
shooting at I don't know so many
different things that need it. They
sound and feel like earthquakes.
Wednesday a fishing -fssel that
seemed to be sailing along- quietly
was seen by one of the Charleston's
boys. He let an 8-inch go at it. His
range was true. The boat went a' 1
to pieces nothing left to tell the tale
Monterey's Searchlight. "
The Monterey has her searchlight
shining on the German man of war
every night so as to keep watch that
Aguinaldo doesn't escape on her. We
want him for sure this time. Ibe
Chinese cooks have volunteered to
cook for our troops on the fighting
line. Wednesday a Chinaman came
across an open held under neavy nre
with two cans of coffee without
When a man gets shot with one of
those native brass bullets it is sure
death, no matter where the wound
may be he is poisoned and swells up
I have almost forgotten what sleep
is. I am writing now while I am
supposed to be asleep, in erder to get
out at 4 p. m. this afternoon. The
heavy guns are still talking on the
fleet. I guess I'll try to rest a little
now, and hope I'll " be lucky enough
to pull through O. K., as I received a
rabbit's foot from my little brother in
Kock Island a few days ago. Yours
sincerely. Maktix II. Danielsen.
Manila, Feb. 20. The war is just
as hot as ever. All wo can do now is
to hold our ground until reinforce'
mnts come. Our line is long and
thin. The sun is hot. being 130 in the
sun and 89 in the shade. Aguinaldo
has deserted his army and his com
mandcr-in-chief is now in charge.
The natives seem to come up out of
the groung and about 17,000 have been
killed. The natives , charge on ourl
forces every day, but gain nothing.
Our boys are use'ng smokeless powder I
now. 1 iust ate three hard .tacks. II
must get back to the front as soon
possible. Don't know when one
our boys will get it. I am in luck
far, not having received a scratch.
Maktjn II. Dasiklsen
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