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volume lxxxy-no. 68.
California Troops Take an
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Active Part in the Defense
of Manila.
American Loss Slight Compared With
the Thousands Reported Slain
in Aguinaldo's Ranks.
Special Cable to The Call and the New Y-irk
Herald. Copyrighted. 1599, by James Gordon
Bennett. ___
MANILA, Feb. s.—Defeat
ed in a desperate effort to
break through the Ameri
can lines and enter the city of
Manila, the insurgent forces, af
ter fourteen hours of continuous
fighting, have been driven from
the villages of Santa Anna, Paco
and Santa Mesa. They have been
compelled to retreat to a position
quite a distance further out in
the suburbs than the one they
held before attacking the city.
B** Although it has been a
****** impossible thus far to ac- !:
88 _ , 2?
55 curately estimate the 58
88 number of Americans 8?
£ who fell, it is believed few **
** gj
,85 of our men have been ;-,
88 killed. Upwards of fifty 8*
-_ have been wounded.. &
88 The losses of the insur- J?
s* 88
™ gents are heavy, the 55
85 American troops having 88
88 gone into the engage- -^
*. ment with great enthusi- „
•5 aa
*. asm and determination. 88
88 They made the streets of ?j
the city ring with cheers 88
55 when they were notified 88
88 . of the attack last . night a
'. *** and were ordered to %
g advance. a
Several vessels in Dewey's
squadron participated .in the
fight, firing on the natives in Ma
late and Calvocan, and driving
them inland from * both those
places. j
This engagement, was brought
about by the action of three na
tive scouts, who, advancing close
to the American lines near Santa
Mesa, made a feint to go through.
They retreated upon being chal
lenged, but returned again in a
short time. Once more they re
treated. When they returned a
third time and attempted to make
their way past the outposts of the
Nebraska troops. Corporal Gree
ley challenged them and then fir
ed. One of the natives was kill
ed and another wounded.
This affair was followed at 9
o'clock by a general attack on
the American outposts. The in
surgents advanced all along the
line from Calvocan to Santa
Mesa. Our troops lost no time
in replying to the attack. The
members of the North Dakota,
Nebraska and Montana regi
ments returned the insurgent
fire with great vigor and suc
ceeded in holding the natives in
check until the main body of the
American troops arrived on the
scene. There was a lull in the
fighting after the first reply of
our troops, but the firing was
continued for five hours with
much regularity. During the
early hours of the morning it be
came more brisk, and at daylight
the American troops made a firm
At daylight it was found the
insurgents had massed them
selves about Santa Mesa and C-il
i. vocan and that they had a con
siderable force about Gagalangin.
Our troops directed their move
The San Francisco Call.
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O MANILA. Feb. The Call- O
O fornia and Washington Regi- O
O ments made a splendid charge O
O and drove the Filipinos from the O
O villages of Paco and Santa Mesa. O
O - The Nebraska Regiment also ©
O distinguished itself, capturing O
O several prisoners and one Howit- Q
O zer and a very strong position at O
O the reservoir, which is connected O
O with the water works. . O
O The Kansas and Dakota regi- O
O ments compelled the enemy's O
O right flank to retire to Calvocan. O
o o
ment promptly against the na
tives between the first named
places, and ultimately drove them
out of two villages.
Telling work was being done
at the same time against the in
surgents around Gagalangin,
and when the fighting ceased
our troops were in possession of
Santa Anna, at which village the
natives have rendezvoused for
weeks previous to the fight.
While the American troops
were doing such effective work
repelling the attack, news of the
fight was received on board the
vessels of the American squadron
and the monitor Monadnock,
which was lying off Malate, join
ed with the gunboat Concord
and the cruiser Charleston in fir
ing on the insurgents. The fire
is slackening as I send this dis
patch. Only desultory firing
has been fcept up through the
day. **■' - ' y' y
The American losses are esti
mated at twenty men killed and
X * ** > * - l
-125 wounded.
k ** /
a PRIVATE I. I. DEWAR, First California Infantry. 7" ~~ ? -" '-4 — ".
J COLONEL WILLIAM C. SMITH, First Tennessee Infantry; died of apoplexy during the
| ■ " • firing. ' 7 ' " -
7- MAJOR EDWARD McCONNVILLE, First Idaho Infantry.
a CORPORAL. FRANK CALDWELL, Company B, First Idaho Infantry.
7 PRIVATE LENGER, Company C, First Nebraska Infantry. '
i PRIVATE DAVIS LAGGER, Company I, First Nebraska Infantry. •
7 PRIVATE LOUIS L. BEGLER, Company I, First Nebraska Infantry. .
I PRIVATE RALPH W. KIMS, Company I, First Nebraska Infantry.
7 PRIVATE CHARLES C. BELLINGER, Company L, First Nebraska Infantry.*
7 PRIVATE ELMER U. 'DORAN, First Colorado Infantry. '.'■'- V
■ SERGEANT GEORGE RO GEN, First Wyoming Infantry, shot by a sharpshooter while
' sitting at his window. . 4
I Four unidentified men 'of the Fourteenth Infantry.
' LIEUTENANT CHARLES HOGAN, First California Infantry. '
I SERGEANT WILLIAM WALL, First California Infantry.
J PRIVATE A. F. SCHEREN, Company G, First California Infantry.
7 PRIVATE JOSEPH MATER, Company M, First California Infantry.
1 LIEUTENANT CHARLES I. HOUGH WORT, Company F, First Colorado Infantry.
I ' PRIVATE JAMES C. HENSON, Company A, First Idaho Infantry.
I PRIVATE ERNEST SCOTT, Company B, First Idaho Infantry.
7 PRIVATE GEORGE HALL; Company B, First Idaho Infantry.
■ MUSICIAN JAMES PIERCE, First Nebraska Infantry.
a PRIVATE CHARLES HECKLE Y,, Company A, First Nebraska Infantry. .
I SERGEANT O. T. CURTIS, Company C, First Nebraska Infantry.
7 LIEUTENANT L. ERWIN, Company A, First Washington Infantry. -
7 PRIVATE JOHN KLEIN, Company A, First Washington Infantry.
■ PRIVATE WILLIAM E. FAIT, Company A, First Washington Infantry.
7 PRIVATE JAMES INGREEK, Company A, First Washington Infantry.
7 PRIVATE R. H.McCLAIN, Company A, First Washington Infantry.
D. PRIVATE OSCAR HOWARD, Company A, First Washington Infantry.
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LONDON. Feb. 6.— The Morning Post
publishes the following account of the
fight at Manila: The immediate cause
of the attack was an advance by two
Filipinos to the Nebraska outpost on
the northeast of the city. "When or
dered to halt they refused and the sen
try fired. An insurgent signal gun was
then fired from blockhouse 7, and an at
tack was immediately begun on the Ne
braska regiment. -7 77'
The fighting soon spread ;on both
sides and the firing was in progress on
all the outposts around the city. The
American troops responded vigorously,
the insurgent fire being heavy and the
attack hurriedly planned.
* Firing continued throughout the
.night, with an occasional cessation of
A SOLEMN prayer, invoking the blessing of God up* the soldiers who fell in battle at Manila yesterday, was of
fered up in St. Mary's Church (Pauhst) last evening by the members of j| the congregation, who recited trie
sacred words after the dictation of the Rev. Father Francis B. Doherty. ? The prayer was selected specially
for the occasion and was announced from the pulpit by Father Walter Hopper immediately before the ser
mon. The idea of remembering those in Manila who fell in the defense of their country, was not only a trib
ute to their memory, but was said for the protection of the survivors who are now risking their lives in Manila.
Although the announcement came as a surprise to the congregation, this being the oi.ly church in the city
where prayers were offered up and a blessing invoked, they responded to it with devotion and sincerity. 7*7
It. was an impressive spectacle to see the entire congregation with heads bowed and on bended knee reciting
the sacred prayer of requiem and at the same. time giving it the double meaning of protection. './.
, The prayer, as it was said, is as follows: ' -
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J RANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that the souls, of Thy servants, the com- +
-f .'•'.' \J{ memoration of whom we keep with special reverence and for whom we are bidden and ♦
♦ bound to pray, and the souls of all our benefactors, relations and connections and all +
+ the faithful departed may rest ' in the bosom of Thy saints, and hereafter in the Resurrection ♦
I from the dead may please Thee in the land of the living through . Jesus Christ, our God. +
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+' v - Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. ' '*'.:.' • ' WiMpm^'
-♦ And let perpetual light- shine upon them. '
\. . May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through God's mercy, rest in 7 _+■
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from half an hour to an hour at a
time.' .
At daybreak the warships Charleston
and* Callao g began shelling the north
side of the city. 7
Their fire was followed, later by that
of. the Monadnock on the south side,
the insurgents' position having been
previously accurately located.
The Filipino loss is reported to have
been heavy. The wounded on the
American side is now estimated %at
200. Few Americans were killed.
The Americans began a vigorous ad
vance all along the line Sunday
morning and were soon pressing back
the insurgents in every direction, main
taining steadily their advanced posi
tions and capturing the villages of San
Juan del Monte, Santa Ana. San Pedro.
Macati, Santa Mesa and Lomin.
The splendid police system prevented
a general outbreak in the city, though
several soldiers were attacked by na
tives in the streets. . Lieutenant Charles
MANILA, Feb. 5.— *
To the Secretary of <
the Navy, Washing- m
ton : Insurgents-^
here inaugurated a %
general engagement i
y ester d night \
which has continued '■
to-day. The Ameri- i
can army and navy «
bave been generally <
successful. The in- j
surgents b ave beer) \
driven bacK and our 5
line advanced. No «
casualties to tbe j
navy. DEWEY. J
Hogaij and . Sergeant "Wall were shot
by three natives, the former being seri
ously wounded and the latter slightly.
Lieutenant Colonel Colton was attacked
by a native with a sword while riding
in a carriage to the front. He killed his
assailant with " 's revolver.
A sharpshooter within the American,
lines shot and killed a sergeant while
he was sitting at a window. of the sec
ond reserve hospital. Colonel "William
C. Smith died of apoplexy. Many of
the insurgents were driven into the
Pasig River and drowned. Several hun
dred were taken prisoners.
In a subsequent telegram the follow
ing statements are made: Last night's
(Saturday) and to-day's (Sunday) en
gagements 'have '■' proved a veritable
slaughter for the Filipinos, their killed
being reported as amounting to thou
sands.. The -American Sj forces . could,
scarcely have been better disposed.* It
is now known that the attack was fully
expected and that every preparation
had been made to meet the contingency.
Firing slackened at noon (Sunday)
the enemy being apparently demoral
ized. . ' y
The American troops, however, are
fully equipped to meet a possible attack
Aguinaldo's private secretary has
been arrested as a spy in Manila. Per
fect quiet now reigns in the city. More
than 100 wounded Filipino's, taken
from the trenches, are being cared for
in the American hospitals.
MANILA, Feb. 5, 1:25 p. m.— The at
tack by the Filipinos o.i the Americans
last night has probably taught them a
lesson they will be long in forgetting.
This lesson may result in the better
ment of the . anomalous situation . here
caused- by the ; delay of the American
Senate in .ratifying the treaty of
peace. The delay, undoubtedly had the
effect of . encouraging j Aguinaldo and
his' supporters, whose agents in the
United States have kept them well in
I MANILA, Feb. 5.—
I To the Adjutant Gen-
O ■ -'7-. *7, V
» eral, Washington:
g Have established our
»■ permanent lines well
J out, and have driven
► off the insurgents.
& The troops have con
f ducted themselves
f with great heroism.
►Tbe country about
b. Manila is peaceful
s and the city perfect
ly quiet. List of cas
► ualties to-morrow.
►o "-_*'
♦ yy. -■■■•:

1 MANILA, Feb. 6, 6a. m.— The ~
85 Filipinos have apparently reached 55
♦ the conclusion that the Americans ♦
**? mean business now that the bar- 88
05 riers are removed, as there were £
£ no further hostilities last night **?
05 and no attempt was made to re- 05
♦ cover the lost ground. It is possl- ♦
*P ble, \ however, that they are fol- , ?
55 lowing the tactics they employed c.
*+- against the Spaniards, and will IT
? merely lie off a few days to re- 85
cuperate their forces before re- ♦
♦ turning to the attack. 85
88 It is impossible to ascertain as ♦'
♦ yet how the news has been re- 88
88 ceived at Malolos, the seat of the ♦
♦ insurgent government, but the 88
88 Filipinos in Manila express the ♦
£ opinion that the movement for in- 88
dependence has received }ts death 3.
85 blow and that annexation will 2
♦ soon be welcomed generally. st
88 . -. V*
formed of the situation at Washington.
The natives have also had an excellent
opportunity to learn the difference in
the fighting qualities of the Spanish
and Americans, * and their enlighten
ment has been great. Twenty Ameri
can soldiers were killed in the action.
Qne died during the firing from disease
made worse by the excitement. Eight
een Americans were wounded serious
ly enough to take to the hospital. A
number of. others received slight in
The fighting was not the result of any
aggression on the part of the Ameri
cans, but was precipitated by the ac
tion of two native soldiers, who refused
to obey the order of the sentry who
challenged their passage of his post.
Two natives advanced to the outposts
of the First Nebraska Regiment, who
are stationed to the northeast of Ma
nila. As they approached the sentry
the latter ordered them to halt. They
insolently refused to do so and con
tinued to advance. The sentry again
called upon them to halt, and as they,
paid no attention to the order, he lev
eled his rifle and fired upon them.
The action of the natives leads to the
supposition that their refusal to obey
the sentry was a part of a preconceived
plan. No sooner had the sentry fired
than the Filipinos who were occupying
blockhouse No. 7, fired ! a - gun, which
was evidently the signal for an attack
to be made on the Americans. The Ne
braska j regiment was encamped in the
vicinity of the outpost where the shoot
ing occurred, and it was upon this reg
iment the first attack was made. Im
mediately after the firing of the signal
gun the Filipinos moved against the.
Nebraskans. They were not prepared
for the reception they got. They
thought they would take the Ameri
cans by surprise, but in this they were
grievously disappointed, finding the
Americans ready for any contingency."
The fighting spread on both sides un
til there was extensive firing going on
at all outposts. Our troops, who had
been expecting trouble, were glad .to
have an opportunity to square accounts
with . the natives, » whose insolence of
late was becoming intolerable, and re
sponded with alacrity and vigor to the
fire of the Filipinos; which was heavy.
The enemy occupied trenches they have
been .digging for some time past In
plain view of the Americans, much to
the disgust of the latter. 7'/7/y7-
In the meantime Admiral Dewey had
not been idle. During the night it was
impossible for him to use shells, as his
firing would have been as dangerous
to the Americans as to the natives. He
gave orders, however, that as soon as it
was light enough to allow the positions
of the enemy, to be determined with
accuracy the cruise.- Charleston and
the captured gunboat Callao should
take a hand in the game. At daybreak
the two warships took up positions and
opened fire on the enemy north of the
city.' Later on the monitor Monadnock
Continued on Eighth Pag«

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