This despatch reached Butuan at a time when the alcalde-mayor, Atienza, was there.
Dr. Montano mentions a case which happened in Butuan in December, 1879.
The reduction of Butuan was not assured, with the visits made at long intervals.
From that place a contingent was sent to Butuan to make friends with the chief.
The more significant despatch was that from Father Belin to the father at Butuan.
On p. 348, he says that he saw many utensils of gold in the house of the Raja or King of Butuan.
The use of this drug was already established among the people of Butuan, and was gradually spreading up the river.
It is satisfactory to learn that the commandant at Butuan made him disgorge, and freed the hill-men from their heavy debt.
The Butuan chief went on shore and explained that the expedition brought people of peace who sought provisions.
Their settlements had been parcelled out among the members of the municipal council of Butuan to be plundered.