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Filipinos Were The Aggressors

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Manila, Fb. 7.- There ts but onpsíory here of the origln of the fight of Satur. day night and Sunday. It originated with the firing of a Nebraska sentry at Santa Mesa upon Filipinos who were deliberately erossing the line, efter repeated warnirgs, with the evident purpose of drawing our fire. The first shot from the American sentry was evidently accept'd as a pre-arranjed signal. for it -was followed almost immediately by a terrific fusillade alcng the ent're Filipino line on the north side of the Pasig river. The American outposts returned the fire with such vigor that the Filipino fire was checked until the arrival of re-enforcements. The American dring line consisted of the Third artillery, the Kanras and Mcntana reg'msnts, the Minnesota regiment, the Pennsylvanians, the Nebraskans, the Utáh battery, the Iflahos, the Washingtons, the Californians, the Fourth cavalry, North Dakota volunteers. Sixth artillery, and Fourteenth infantry. Thé Filipinos brought artillery into ac tion at Galingatan at 10:S0, but it was not effective. During the night the United States warship poured a hot fire into the Filipino trenches at Caloacan, md by 1 a .m. the Americans had apparently completely routed the enemy ind had taken the villages of Palawpong, Santa Mesa, Paco, Sananta, San Pedro, Macorte, Pandoncan and Pasai, had destroyed hundreds of native huts a.nd had secured posltion of the water main and reservoirs, a distance of over eix miles. The Ter.nessees joined the firing line at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning and assisted in capturing Santa Mesa.