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Bamboo Tales   By: (1872-1939)

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Bamboo Tales


Ira L. Reeves. 1st Lieut. 4th Infantry,

Author of "Twenty four Hours on a Mountain," "Looking Forward," and other Short Stories.

Illustrations by J. Alexander Mackay.

Press of Hudson Kimberly Publishing Co., Kansas City, U. S. A.

Copyright, 1900, Hudson kimberly Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo.

Respectfully Dedicated To the "First Man up San Juan Hill."


How the Spaniards Campaigned in Luzon 7 "Cougar" Daly 19 A Dying Spaniard's Request 31 Benito 38 The Army Mule 65 Comedy and Carnage 67 How I Saw Aguinaldo 79 What the Wounded Say and Do 92 The Flight of "Father Time" 101 Camp Alarms 106 An Encounter with Bolomen 124 "Carabao Bill" 135 "Paterno," the Disgraced Mascot 158



"It happened that we left such a hidden retirement and we went into Taal. We employed more than a whole day on the road, more than half of which we passed in a lagoon with water up to our waists. We arrived on the seventh.

"After six days of rest, on guard every other day, we embarked the thirteenth for Paranaque, where we arrived the fourteenth in the morning, and on the following day we left with rations of sea biscuit for three days, and at the end of the day we arrived at the camp of St. Nicholas, where we found encamped the Division La Chambre, which we joined.

"On the eighteenth we set out with a convoy for Salitran, and after passing a whole day in the water, we had to halt, because neither the darkness of the night permitted us to go any further, nor did the fire of the enemy permit us to follow the road.

"Next morning at dawn we took up the march, arriving at half past nine. We sent away the convoy, and at one p. m., after having eaten our ration of rice and ham, we started out again for camp, arriving at eight p. m., with some firing.

"The twenty third we set out on the same road toward Imus, which fell after an hour firing with innumerable loss. Imus was then the center of the insurrection. The General Coronal, who was not yet wearing his insignia, died.

"On the following day we came upon the second trench of the town above mentioned, and there entered it with guns 'at rest,' as we had promised the most excellent La Chambre.

"In this last capture the division lost about forty, the greater part of them officers.

"Until now the officers coming from the Balearic Islands have received no news, but some of the men have.

"It is March 25th, and we have been told that the review of the Commissary is to be passed in Noveleta, which is in the possession of the enemy.

"On the thirty first of the month we left Ymus, going toward Noveleta, and without following any route we found ourselves at night fall on the road which goes from Noveleta to San Francisco de Malabon, which is also in the power of the Tulisanes.

"During the day there was some firing, and finally we found a trench, which we captured with the loss of one man. The unfortunate man was the captain from Majorca, who died from a ball which exploded, entering through his left eye and exploding in the middle of his head, so that he died instantly... Continue reading book >>

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