RED WAR AT MANILA.
Death of an Aggressive Filipino Starts the Long Expected Hostilities.
FIGHT BEGINS IN THE NIGHT.
Twenty of Our Troops Killed and One Hundred and Twenty-Five Wounded.
FILIPINO LOSS NOT KNOWN.
Undoubtedly Heavy, as Aguinaldo's Men Were Driven from Some of Their Positions by the Gallant Charges of Uncle Sam's Brave Soldiers-Dewey's Ships Help Otis with Shot and Shell-Desperate Grit of Some Half Savage Filipinos-Battle Details.
Washington, Feb. 6.- The following cablegram from General Otis has been received at the war department: "Have established our permanent lines well out and have driven off the insurgents. The troops have conducted themselves with great heroism. The country about Manila is peaceful, and the city perfectly quiet. List of casualties tomorrow. [Signed] "OTIS."
Washington,. Feb. 6.- The following message was received yesterday morning, by the secretary of the navy, from Admiral Dewey: "Manila, Feb. 5.- The insurgents here Inaugurated a general engagement last night, which has continued today. The American army and navy is generally successful. Insurgents have been driven back and our line advanced. No casualties to navy."
Among the troops at Manila, which number about 21,000 men, are the Fifty-first Iowa, Twentieth Kansas, Thirteenth Minnesota, the other troops being from Nebraska, Wyoming, the Dakotas and states farther west.
The following telegram just received by the chief signal officer at 9:55 p.m. yesterday, is the first news received from the army at Manila:
"Manila, Feb. 5. - Action continues since early morning; losses quite heavy; everything favorable to our arms. [Signed] "THOMPSON."
Colonel Thompson is the chief signal officer on the staff of General Otis. This is all the national administration has from the seat of war at this writing.
Brief Story of the Engagement.
Manila, Feb. 5., 8:15 p.m.- The Filipinos attacked the American line from Calvocan to Santa Mesa, at 8:45 last evening. There was heavy fusillade on both sides, and the artillery was used. The United States cruiser Charleston and the gunboat Concord bombarded the enemy. The Americans, after magnificent charges, captured several of the enemy's positions. The Americans lost twenty killed and had 125 wounded. The Filipinos lost heavily.
Long Expected Rupture Arrives.
Manila, Feb. 5, 8:15 p.m.- The long expected rupture between the Americans and the Filipinos has come at last. The former are now engaged in solving the Philippine problem with the utmost expedition possible. The clash came at 8:40 yesterday morning, when three daring Filipinos darted past the Nebraska regiments pickets at Santa Mesa, but retired when challenged. They repeated the experiment without drawing the sentries' fire. But the third time Corporal Greely challenged the Filipinos and then fired, killing one of them and wounding another. Almost immediately afterward the Fiipino line from Calvocan to Santa Mesa commenced a fusillade which was ineffectual. The Nebraska, Montana and North Dakota outposts replied vigorously and held their ground until reinforcements arrived. The Filipinos in the meantime concentrated at three points, Calvocan. Gagalangin and Santa Mesa.