Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Tuesday, July 19th, 1898

the Weather is clear but verry hot we begin to get ready for loading but where stopped again the Senator leaves for the Shore guided by the Boston wich later on through Anker near the Camping Ground there are 7 German War Vessels 4 English – 2 French and one Japanese Vessel in the Bay it is runored that the Germans have annoyed Dewy ever sins the came into the Bay and it is claimed that the have secret communication with the Spanich and urging them to hold out until proper time and then receive german Assistance We are all praying for the Montery and Monoduok to come for we fully believe that with their Assistance we are able to Cope with the german Fleet if nessesary to day we send our Mail via Hong Kong & Suez Canal 3 men are on the Sick List we all sleep on the Deck

The weather is clear but very hot. We begin to get ready for loading but were stopped again. The Senator leaves for the shore guided by the USS Boston which later on threw anchor near the camping grounds. There are seven German war vessels, four English, two French and one Japanese vessel in the bay. It is rumored that the Germans have annoyed Dewey ever since they came into the Bay and it is claimed that they have secret communications with the Spanish urging them to hold out until proper time and then receive German assistance. We are all praying for the USS Monterey and USS Monadnock to come for we fully believe that, with their assistance, we will be able to cope with the German fleet if necessary. Today we send some of our mail via Hong Kong and the Suez Canal. Three men are on the sick list. We all sleep on deck.