Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Saturday, Oct. 22d, 1898

Manila, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo.

War clouds are growing dark. We try to think the situation is not serious. Since yesterday morning various regiments and batteries (if not all) were kept in or close to their quarters ready for immediate action. That was the cause of my holiness meeting failing. The soldiers could not come. Today the situation remained unchanged. Trouble is expected at any moment. I was down in the Pasig Quay, Binondo, near U.S. Quartermaster’s warehouse & witnessed while there the landing of Battery G, Light Artillery. 6th reg’t. This battery is going to the front tonight to face the Insurgents. Six little horses were hitched to each gun and each caisson. The latter were filled with shrapnel & other projectiles. A Filipino (apparently friendly rode the ponies with exception of 2 or 3 white soldiers. Infantry regiments go to the front to support the battery.

I received a letter from G.P. Colvoconfses Lieut. Commander & Executive officer of the U.S.S “Concord”, permitting me to hold services on board his vessel any day after 10.a.m. or 1 p.m. Lieut. C. states such is Capt. Walker’s sentiments. I wrote that (D.V.) would come over tomorrow.

Called at U.S. Quartermaster’s to see Orderly C. J. Scott to arrange for his company. Will go if health permits, as troubled with dysentery.

Dealt personally with several men today about salvation – Were U.S. soldiers.

Purchased several newspapers. Am anxious to know how affairs will turn out affecting the fate of the Philippines.

Cooked breakfast of bacon, corn-meal mush & coffee; supper of mush and bacon. Cold dinner sufficed me.

Purchased for $1.75 mex. a pamphlet “El Katipunero ó el Filibusterismo en Filipinas”.

Commenced an article for the San Francisco War Cry, narrating my adventures also giving descriptions of queer features of life in these parts. Covered 7 pages Ms.

Visitors today only 2. They came after nightfall. Messrs. Gluz & Jackson advertised one with sign on Puerta [Puente] España (bridge) across Pasig river to hold services in their tent tomorrow.