Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Sunday, November 6th, 1898

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

Sky cloudy but rainless. The hours sped quickly. Up early. Cooked & finished breakfast in a hurry. Then fixed up & hurried away to the Cavite ferry landing on the Pasig to keep Clayton Scott from sailing. Did not go to the fleet because no arrangements had been made. Sat down on a bench at the Port Captain’s building & mapped out a plan for the day’s work. Scott hurried away to Malate & with Rev. W.D. Stephenson arranged that we hold a meeting out there in the p.m. The Chaplain announced. S. called at the post office when returning a brought me a letter from Capt. Lentz of the “Monterey” sanctioning a service on his vessel but regretting that the service could not be held this Sabbath.

Cooked dinner for Scott & myself.

Visitors today at No. 2 Calle St. Elena 16.

Following my return to No. 2 from the ferry Private Ike Russell proprietor of the “American Soldier” called & talked newspaper matters over with me. He asked me to advise him re his paper also to write for it; promise to do so.

Mr. Russell is not quite 19 years of age. Belongs to the Utah battery.

Mounting a horse car Scott & I went out to Malate. S paid the fares there & back. I led the service in the thatched house now occupied as a reading and writing room by the Christian Commission boys. Audience 36. No souls out.

Got back home about dark. The writer cooked supper in a hurry. When through washing dishes after supper, soldiers were gathering for the meeting. Had an audience of 13. The Holy Ghost revealed His presence. At the close Private D. W. Meeks Co. G. 1st Dakota Vol. Inf., a backslidden Salvationist, returned to the Lord Jesus. Scott is very useful to me in the meetings. Soldiers representing Montana, North & South Dakota, the Engineers & Nebraska regiments were present. The 3d artillery Christians Salvationists & all, were conspicuously absent just as they were from last Friday night’s holiness meeting. I do not know the reason.

Last night I gave to Private Geo. S. Bertrand Co. G South Dakota Vol. Inf. 50 War Crys No. 563 Sep 10th ’98 for the 3d Battalion.