ion had increased rapidly, and the importance of immediate and decisive action was abundantly apparent.
The meeting with General Toral between the lines on the 13th, under a flag of truce, was no less interesting than important.
Several communications had passed between him and General Shafter in regard to the surrender of thurke left Mayaguez at 10.30 A. M. on the 12th and arrived at the forks of the Las Marias and Maricao roads about sunset, where he bivouacked for the night.
On the 13th he came up with a large force of Spaniards at the crossing of the Rio Prieto, near Las Marias, where a sharp engagement took place.
On this reconnoissance seventeically cleared the western part of the island of the enemy.
On the 12th General Garretson's brigade had passed over the mountains and reached Utuado, and on the 13th General Henry had joined that part of his command at that point, when he received notice of the suspension of hostilities.
In his report General Henry states t