National Geographic : 1912 Apr
Photo by Charles Martin TIIE IrCI:(;1NING OF THE EXPLOSION ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE DAY OF THE GREAT ERUPTION through to the lake shore with all pos sible speed. They could not obtain boat men or even paddles, but taking posses sion of a leaky old dugout, and using their shovels for paddles, they embarked on the troubled waters of the lake, reached the devastated area, and began their gruesome but necessary task. The force of Philippines constabulary, which was camped near the lake at the time of the eruption, was promptly added to and rendered effective service in maintaining order and assisting the panic-stricken people. Promptly upon request, officers and men of the U. S. Army Signal Corps opened up commu nication with the devastated area by means of field wireless apparatus and of quickly constructed telephone and tele graph lines.