Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 1898

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

Feel better today physically than yesterday. Sky cloudy and weather cooler.

Remained at home during the forenoon reading thru the newly arrived War Crys and Houston, Tex. “Posts”.

Wrote & copied 2 letters (1) Lt. Col. Wm Evans enclosing receipt for 2 weeks salary (Oct. 25th) (2) Ensign May Jackson Hongkong re me visiting interior of China in a missionary tour etc.

Visitors 15.

Cooked supper for 2 – myself & Mr. David Brown. The latter is a backslidder Methodist minister from Minneapolis, Minn, who disgraced the cloth but came here to start life over again. He wants a back room in No. 2.

I paid rent today for month of December, to the children of Senora Ysabel Wood $35. Mexican.

Took a War Cry to Peter Shipper of the Engineers at the Insular Tobacco factory & caught him smoking a cigar. Gave him straight talk re the evil of his ways.

Rumors of coming trouble with Aguinaldo forces still abroad.