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Major-General Henry W. Lawton was killed December 19 while directing an attack against the insurgents at San Mateo. Upon receipt of the news at Washington, President McKinley sent the follow cablegram to General Otis:—Executive Mansion,

Washington, D. C., Dec. 20, 1899. To Major-General Otis, Manila: I have learned with inexpressible sorrow of the death of Major-General Lawton, and ask to share with the officers and men of the Eighth corps in their grief. One of the most gallant officers of the army has fallen. At the time the sad news came to us his nomination as brigadier-general of the regular army was already made for transmission to the Senate, but no rank can enhance his fame. He rose from the ranks of the Ninth Indiana volunteer infantry, filling every grade in the service to that of major-General of volunteers, and in three wars was conspicuous for bravery and devotion to duty. The country mourns the death of this intrepid leader. Convey to Mrs. Lawton my heartfelt sympathy in her overshadowing affiiction.

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December 28, 1899

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