Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Friday 12-9-98

Every reg. in city is ready at a moment’s notice to fall in and go to the trenches and outposts. Co. D has already left when I got back. Co. M left soon after. Slept until 5 p.m. and posed as a hero the rest of the day. A prisoner was sent in and says Aguinaldo intends to attack the city in 5 days. All high officers expect trouble and there are some reg. in arms all the time. Our orders are to assemble at the Palace when alarm is sounded. Wrote to Tops. Mail got in today. Letters from home, Topsy, Jennie Adams and Gamble. Wrote home.