Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Saturday, Dec. 17th, 1898

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

Weather reminds me of the temperate zone – cloudy all day, cool & bracing. Started the morning with prayer or bible reading. Cooked breakfast, washed dishes & arranged with a Filipino to purchase back numbers of “La Independencia”.

Arranged a number of manuscripts 4 pages. Spanish archives from the Arsenal & Navy Yard at Cavite; also pieces MSS. Cavite prison records.

Put in part of the forenoon writing a report for the S.F. War Cry. Then went to the post office, purchased food supplies, talked salvation to soldiers on the streets. And on my return home purchased from the Filipino who called during the forenoon, many back numbers of “La Independencia”. My file is now complete. Am gathering papers that may be of historical value in the future.

The U.S. troop have more freedom but are kept ready for duty at a moments notice.

Visitors 9.

After supper Salvationists belonging to the U.S. army collected at No. 2. I swore in Private Geo. S. Bertrand of Co. G. 1st South Dakota Vol. Infantry, as a recruit to the Salvation Army. After the ceremony gave him 25 War Crys, No. 571. Nov. 5th to distribute among his comrades.

God is my refuge & keeper, praise to His name.