Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Wednesday, November 16th, 1898

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

While at breakfast this morning Mr. Russell of the Utah battery, proprietor of the “American Soldier” dropped in to ask me to write him some copy for his paper as he was hard pressed. Wrote for him the following anecdotes & shortlets: “The First Whack”, “Mañana”, “Magnanimity to the Enemy”, “Hit the Bottom”.

Visitors 11.

Hired Filipinos to wash the floors of 2 rooms.

Called at the post office & rec’d mail.

Rev. Owens is fixing up his rooms. Rec’d key yesterday.

No. 2 Calle Santa Elena is becoming populous & busy on the second floor. Ever so many Filipinowomen and children swarmed into the house today to see & hear Mr. Owens.

A soldier bought me a copy, Nov. 16th Manila “Times”. News is to the effect that there is to be a mobilization of the Atlantic squadron at Hampton Roads presumably with the expectation of a renewal of hostilities with Spain.