Diary of Chriss A. Bell

Dec. 18, 1898

Sunday. Had a very fine dinner. Christmas boxes add greatly to our bill of fare. In afternoon Jim, Carr & I called on Launacia’s folks. They live about 2 miles from Adeiano[Adriano in Tondo?]  in a pretty lougi [Anloague?] district. Besclis mother father there is Herbina about Launacia are very bright and pretty. They are like all Phillipines (sic) but cleaner & are brighter. Carmen does fancy work for soldiers. Mother makes chocolate. They are very hospitable. Girls are odd. Do not hesitate to brush hair, powder face before company. It was a funny call we could not speak Togae [Tagalog] or Spanish & they no English. Some of our rude remarks were startling. They served chocolate snails. Old man was sick. Palpitation of heart. Insisted on our staying. Are going next week to take picture.