A pair of church bells, war booty from the Philippine-American war at the turn of the 20th century, have finally been returned to the Philippines.
2 church bells taken by Americans turned over to National Museum
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09 March 2012
Xinhua, via Philstar.com, 10 March 2012
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario on Friday turned over to the National Museum a Philippine-American war artifact consisting of two church bells, reportedly taken by American troops from a church in Meycauayan, Bulacan in 1899.
The two bells are connected by a hard block of dark wood with a handle on top.
An inscription attached to the wooden block of the bells reads: “Taken from the Church at MEYCAUAYAN, Luczon (sic) Islands after bombardment by Utah Battery March 29, 1899. By P.O. Thomas, Co. A Batallion of Engineers.”
The artifact is approxmately 10 inches long on each side and about 3.5 inches wide. It is estimated to weigh five pounds.
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