The Bates Mission: Persuasion

    To place the Bates Mission in a more modern context, following the signing of the Bates Agreement on August 20, it became the equivalent of a traveling corporate "dog and pony show", in which Bates sought to convince hundreds of datus, headmen, and Imams to embrace, or at least not oppose, the introduction and presence of U.S. power in Moroland. The warships Charleston, Yorktown, and Manila showcased American power and technology and provided a persuasive platform for Bates and his staff to make their pitch. August 1, 1899, the Bates party voyaged south from Jolo, down to Lugus and Siasi, on board the USS Manila and accompanied by the Sultan's advisors. One of their duties was to pick up and return to Jolo the Sultan's small detachment of mercenary Sikh bodyguards; an impulsive and expensive indulgence that would soon be dispensed with by the Sultanate when the Americans refused to underwrite their salaries and upkeep.

A steam launch from the Manila takes a party ashore at Lugus Island

Lt. Reeve and Charlie Schuck ashore to proffer invitations to visit the Manila

Datu Amir Hussin is carried by a servant to the launch; then on board the USS Manila

Charlie Schuck is greeted by a Siasi datu

 Captain Hagedorn of the 23rd Infantry throws coins out to the children

Members of the Sultan's Sikh guards in Siasi and on board ship (LCDR Nazro in background)

Bates and party visit a pearl lugger near Siasi - note canvas-suited diver on railing

A Siasi "class photo" on the fantail of the Manila