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From The Cuban Camps

From The Cuban Camps image
Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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A private letter froin Lieut. John ■ïaarer written Feb. 24, froni Amaro, o a friend in this city couveys the folowing information : "In a few days 3o. A, will leave the regiment. We have been ordered to Placetas, a town somewhere in the eastern portion of the jrovince of Santa Clara. We will be he only company there and have everything to ourselves. How long we will stay we do not know but we have )een ordered to take rations up to March 31." Speaking of the people he says: "As a rule the people seem to take life easy. Nearly everybody indulges in obacco, cigars and cigarettes. Mauy of the Cnban women smoke and they generally have a preference for big cigars. None of us have any fondness for the Cubans. ' ' "The only iuhabitants at Amaro," he says, "are a family of Cubaus, who ive in a little thatched hnt. All the iioorer class of Cubans, live in small ;hatched huts abont 15 feet square. Many of the smaller childreu run around iiaked. ' ' Sid M. Bangs in writíng from Amaro says that he did not expect to find the Cubans in the starving condition they seem to be in. "They will come around the camp and beg for morsels of food, even piek up pieces of broken hard tack which fall to the ground. The country around us has been completely destroyect by the Spanish soldiers but tnings begin to look differently. Alen are employed by theowners of plantations to fix the machinery in the sugar milis and the railways are beiug cleared np. " Mr. Baugs contiuues: "I wish you could enjoy listening to a Cuban band. It is something terrible and reminds one of the descriptions of a Zulú orchestra at an Afrioan pcw wow. I have been, with Mr. Fischer, appointed one of the trnmpeters of the regiment." The newspaper correspondents state that Placetas is a town of 10,000 in the mountams 15 miles from Santa Clara city aud is aid to be very healthy. Dr. Farmer, of Louisville, a contract surgeon, accompanies Company A.