Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Wednesday, November 30th, 1898

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

Rainy weather. Cool, but a little exertion covers one’s body with a cold sweat. Remained at home until near noon then went to the post office for mail. Got none. Hastened over to the Palace in Old Manila. Gave McCullough a job to print 800 gramophone tickets, I to supply blank white or gray blotting paper, which I did. His charge will be $1.75 U.S. coin. No card board in the market, tickets he is printing on paper, hence the reason for using blotting paper.

Private Lloyd took the blotting pads over.

Private Frank Amie went to the U.S. Commissary & bought for me bacon & lime juice $1.45 U.S. coin. Made me a present of 1 can of apricots did Amie; God bless him; is very liberal.

Completed the letter to Comd’t H.H. Booth Melbourne asking him to bring or send with his reinforcements articles of war and other blanks, etc for routine work of the S.A.

Also wrote Lt.-Col. Wm Evans, San Francisco ordering 3 copies Bushnells hand copying books & 1000 gramophone points. Want to give exhibitions.

Supper over & dishes washed I left No. 2 with Private Devine (Landon) & Annie, 3d Artillery for San Miguel district or ward. No. 2 was left alone as Rev. & Mrs. Owens went to Messr. Glunz & Jackson’s Christian Commission tent near the Puerta [Puente] España bridge to start revival services.

Partly by horse car & partly on foot thru the mud we three hurried to the quarters of the 1st Battalion of the 1st South Dakota Vol. Infantry. Private A. Waterman, who had secured the consent of his chaplain for a meeting brought out a candle & put it on a column of the vestibule some other soldier bought a candle or two & I went in for an Army meeting. Private Hines & Lloyd came from the Montana barracks & Private Georgeson from the 1st Batallion of the South Dakota’s (stationed elsewhere) and God gave us a good time praise to His name. Audience, 60:3 or 4 Filipinos were present. At the close Private Patrick Flynn of H. Co. Ist Bat. 1st So. Dak. Inf. professed conversion. Glory to God. Flynn joined the regiment in San Francisco.

Visitors today at No. 2, 7.