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VOLUME LXXXV- NO. 117.
BEING ROUTED IN BATTLE, THE FILIPINOS HAVE FIRED MALABON ©-©-©- ©-© — ©— o — o— © — ©— ©— ©— ©— ©— © — ©— ©— © — ©-o — •— • -« Most Disastrous Battle « • \A/itH the <> © Retreating Insurgents. ° ©-©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©-©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©—©—© GENERfILS IN COMMAND DURING THE FORWARD MOVEMENT. VICTORIOUS ADVANCE OF AMERICANS Aguinaldo's Forces Fleeing to Malolos for a Final Stand. MANILA, March 26, 7:30 p. m. — The United States troops under Brigadier- Generals Hall and Lloyd Wheat on captured the town of Malinta, beyond the Tuliahan River, to day after a sharp fight. Colonel Harry C. Egbert, of the Twenty- Second Regular Infantry, was killed. Prince Loewenstein, for merly aid-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier-General Miller at Iloilo, somehow got in front of the firing line and was shot in the tide, dying almost instantly. A German who accompanied him was wounded. The American casualties to day were much lighter than those of yesterday, the total losses thus far reported since the engage ment commenced being 45 killed and I4t wounded. General Wheaton entered Ma linta, which is a small village of hyts, at 1 o'clock this afternoon. The United States gunboat Hel ena and other gunboats have been shelling Malabon, about a mile northwest of Caloocan, for several hours. . t The San Francisco Call. The insurgents made a fierce resistance to the American ad vance up the railroad at Malinta. In addition to the fatal wounding of Colonel Egbert, several men of the Twenty-second Infantry and several men of the Oregon and Kansas regiments were killed. Evidently anticipating a bom bardment by the fleet, a thousand rebels vacated Malabon last night, leaving a few to burn the town. General Wheaton's bri gade, composed of the Second Oregon regiment and the Twen ty-second and Twenty-third In fantry, stretched out along the railroad from Caloocan to the I Tuliahan River, was powerless to prevent the withdrawal, owing to the natural obstacles and to the strong opposition. A column of smoke at day ■break was the first intimation of the enemy's intentions, but oth ers followed at various points, all soon blending in a dense balloon shaped cloud. The flames of the burning rice mills and large buildings could be plainly seen SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, MARCH 27, 1899. INSURGENTS DRIVEN FROM ENTRENCHMENTS General Otis' Report of the Advance of the Flying Column Under Mac Arthur, WASHINGTON. March 26.— The War Department to-night received the following: "MANILA, March 26. — Adjutant - General, Washing ton: Mac Arthur's advance beyond New Canavan, two miles beyond Polo, nine miles from Manila and fifteen miles from Malolos. Railroad will be repaired to advance point to morrow and troops supplied by cars. Mac Arthur will press on to-morrow; is now in open country. Insur gents stoutly resisting behind succeeding lines of intrench ments from which the troops continually drive them. City is perfectly quiet and the native inhabitants appear to be relieved of anxiety and fear of the insurgents. Captain Krayenbuhl, Commissary Lieutenant Third Artillery, is mor tally wounded. OTIS." from Caloocan despite the strong sunlight. By 11 o'clock in the morning the only building of importance not destroyed was a large stone church in the center of the town, but even at noon fresh fires were started among the native huts in the outskirts of Malabon, al though the general exodus took place much earlier. Many of the rebels sought refuge in the sub urbs Navotas and Casag or were driven inland by the shells of the Helena, Callao, Ningdapan and Laguna de Bai. In the meantime General Wheaton's brigade held the rail road to the river, but was unable either to repair the bridge, which had been destroyed by the ene my, or to advance, owing to the opposition and the hills on the other side. The calculations of both Gen eral Hale and General Harrison Gray Otis, whose brigades con stituted General Mac Arthur's di vision, were much interfered with by the character of the country in front of both, and the enemy was able to take advantage of this, so that the operations against Novalrehs and Polo were delayed, though the right wing of the division swung out, sweeping the enemy in a north westerly direction. General Wheaton's headquar ters last night was half a mile south of the river on the railroad. The opposite bank was protected yesterday by blockhouses and in trenchments. Occasionally the artillery and infantry fired across the stream. Finally the engi PRINCE LOEWENSTEIN KILLED DURING THE PROGRESS OF BATTLE MANILA, March 26, 7:30 p. m. —Prince Loewenstein. formerly honorary aid-de-camp on the staff of General Miller at Iloilo, somehow got in front of the fir ing line and was killed. The death of Prince Ludwig Parl Loewenstein-Wertheim in yesterday's fighting ends a ca reer which of late had seemed mysterious and gives rise to no little speculation. According to a dispatch from London to the Associated Press on March 4, the Prince, who married Lad* Anne Saville, daughter of the Earl of M'-x borough, had 'been lost sight of by his friends, and an adver tisement inquiring as to his whereabouts had appeared in thf London newspapers. This elicited a dispatch from Manila saying that the missing Prince was in the Philippines, had been there for many months, was present at the de struction of Montejo's fleet and was a member of the European Club. The dispatch asserted also that his behavior had given rise to a suspicion that he was acting as the confidential agent of the German Government. It was further alleged that before Manila surrendered he was al lowed to pass in and out of the Spanish and insurgent lines, each party apparently regarding him as favorable to themselves. For a few days it was even as serted that he acted as a volun tary aid-de-camp on the staff of Brigadier-General Miller. The London Daily Mail about the same time said it had in formation that Prince Ludwig was in Iloilo in January of this year, and with othf>r papers it asked the meaning of these "mysterious movements." neers moved a construction train up to the bridge, the iron frame work of which remained, and be- gan to replace the floor. While this was going on the Second Oregon regiment crossed the river on the left and the Twenty-second on the right, with four companies of the Twenty third Infantry supporting the lat ter regiment. A rising clear ground stretched away for a dis tance of half a mile to Malinta, situated on its crest. In front of the village were strong Filipino intrenchments, but no Filipinos were to be seen. Apparently they had fled. The Twenty-second regiment ap proached diagonally, with Gen eral Wheaton and his staff close behind and scouts closely observ ing the ground. When the Americans were within about 300 yards of the in trenchments the Filipinos sud denly volleyed heavily.' The Twenty-second, which was hold ing the center, suffered consider ably, but with the Oregonians on the left and the Kan sans on the right in the woods, the fighting was kept up for half an hour, the Twenty-second Infantry advanc ing up the slope through the thick grass under the hottest fire. General Wheat on and staff were all the time under a rain of bullets. Colonel Egbert, who was in the thickest of the fight ing, was shot in the abdomen. He was placed on a stretcher and an attempt was made to carry him to the cars, but he died on the way. It was a most affecting scene. General Wheaton. baring his head, said: "You have done nobly." Colonel Egbert gasped in reply: "I must die; lam too old." Xo Filipinos were found in the trenches. Though apparently | their force was much smaller 'than that of the Americans, they had an immense advantage in po sition and opportunity to retreat. General Mac Arthur's advance guard, the Third Artillery and Continued on Second Page. • General Egbert and Prince • # Loewenstein • « /Vmong the Dead. GALLANT TROOPERS WHO FELL Brave Men filled and Wounded During Battles With Tagallos. OFFICERS KILLED. COLONEL X C. EGBERT, Twenty-second Infantry. CAPTAIN JOHN S. STEWART, First Colorado Vol teers. OFFICERS WOUNDED. CAPTAIN C. D. CLfIY, Seventeenth Infantry. FIRST LIEUTENANT HAROLD L. JACKSON, Twen ty-second Infantry. CAPTAIN LEE FORBY, First Nebraska Volunteers. CflPTfllN WALLACE C. TAYLOR, First Nebraska Volunteers. FIRST LIEUTENANT A. BRAZEE, Second Oregon Volunteers. SECOND LIEUTENANT W. S. OVERTON, Third United States Artillery. CAPTAIN GEORGE B. FORSTEN, First Washington Volunteers (mortal). WASHINGTON. March 26.—Ad vices from General Otis were watched with keenest interest by the War Department of- ficials to-day, and Assistant Secretary Meiklejohn, who in the absence of Secretary Alger is acting Secretary' of War, remained in his office through out the day in order to keep in close touch with the progress of the fighting. Many army officers and other officials were also at the department, and the GENERAL EGBERT KILLED IN BATTLE WASHINGTON, March 26.— Colonel Henry C. Egbert, whom General Otis reports among the killed, was born in Pennsylvania, and ap pointed a first lieutenant in the army from civil life on Septem ber 23. 1861. He served continuously as a line officer for nearly forty years. Hp was more closely identified with the Twelfth In fantry than any other organization, having served with distinction in that regiment during the Civil War. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Get tysburg, but escaped and rejoined his command, and was severely wounded on June 3, 1864, In the battle of Bethesda Church, Virginia. He was major of the Seventeenth Infantry from 1890 to 1893, when he became lieutenant colonel of the Sixth Infantry. This regiment he commanded in the Santiago campaign until disabled by a shot through the body on July 1, IS9B. For his distinguished service in battle he was promoted a brigadier general of vol unteers, which grade he held until December, IS9S, when in the reduction of the volunteer army he was hrmorably discharged. He was promoted colonel in the regular establishment on July 1, 1898, and assigned to the Twenty second Infantry, whose colonel, Charles A. Wikoft", was killed at San Juan Hill. He joined the Twenty-second Infantry on January 30. 1899, sailed with it for Manila on February 1, and arrived at Manila on March 4, 1899. Gen eral Egbert was well known throughout the army as an officer of a high or der of ability and as a man of sterline Qualities. PRICE FIVE CENTS. President was kept advised as to the developments as indicated in General Otis' dispatches. Early this morning thf first message from General Otis was received, and was soon followed by others, whose contents gave the officials here their first general idea of the op erations of the last two days. The list of killed and wounded, which General Otis had promised, was anx iously awaited by the department and the friends and relatives here of the of