No. 240 D.] U. S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station,
Flagship Olympia, Cavite, Philippine Islands, May 4, 1898.
Sir:—I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the squadron under my command:
The squadron left Mirs Bay on April 27, immediately on the arrival of Mr. O.F. Williams, United States consul at Manila, who brought important information and who accompanies the squadron.
Arrived off Bolinao on the morning of April 30 and, finding no vessels there, proceeded down the coast and arrived off the entrance to Manila Bay on the same afternoon.
The Boston and Concord were sent to reconnoiter Port Subig, I having been informed that the enemy intended to take position there. A thorough search of the port was made by the Boston and Concord, but the Spanish fleet was not found, although, from a letter afterwards found in the arsenal (enclosed with translation), it appears that it had been their intention to go there.