1900- One year and nine months into the Philippine-American War (1899 - 1914),
Lt. Colonel John S. Mallory of the invading United States forces
serving as military attache in Peking reports to the U.S. War Secretary
about the arms shipment
ready to be delivered to the Philippines; the shipment contains the
following: 5,000 rifles, 2,000 revolvers, 3,000 swords, 50,000 rounds of
ammunition, thirty guns, four tons of gunpowder, and 100 bombs; the Fil-Am War began in February 1899 when the imperialist Bald Eagle President William McKinley secretly ordered his regimental military commanders to instigate hostilities with the Filipinos in his bid to push the US Senate into approving invasion/annexation of the fledgling Southeast Asian nation.