Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Tuesday, November 15th, 1898

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

Quite warm middle of the day; cool & clear morning and evening.

Visitors 10. Feel encouraged because there is an increase.

Randall of Hongkong (an American) but agent (Colporteur) of the British Bible society called to see Rev. Owens.

While waiting we had a long talk re China & the Philippines.

I am casting about to get company to visit the interior with me. Spoke to him.

Rev. Owens & wife were around this afternoon. The floor of their rooms I got Filipinos to wash. Also shifted other things. They are purchasing furniture for house keeping. Had some singing this p.m. with their organ. The rooms quickly filled with natives.

I call at the post office.

Wrote & copied 2 letters (1) Capt. Whiting “Monadnock” (2) Capt Leutze of the “Monterey” aiming for services in their vessel next Sabbath.

Gave Peter Shipper of the U.S. Engineers 25 copies S.F. War Cry. No. 566. Oct. 1st for free distribution among his comrades.

Bought an “American”, to watch closely the drift of political events, to learn what Europe will do re the retention of the Philippines by the U.S. Very far reaching efforts are liable to follow the change of ownership in these parts.

Our street up to my front door flooded this a.m. from the estuary.