Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Friday, Dec. 23d, 1898

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

Rainy morning; cool weather; clear night & a bright moon.

To (Rev) Private Sam’l Krell, who is a photographer (amateur perhaps) I ordered 12 photo of Iloilo, island of Panay & interesting incidents are to be on tropical paper, unmounted. He belongs (K) to Co. K. 51st Iowa Vol. reg’t. His command is to leave for Iloilo tonight the 18th U.S. reg. Inf. & others are to follow. That town is in a desperate plight & Lord pressed by Insurgents.

Rumors are floating around of trouble up here with Aguinaldo,

Sent a letter to Surgeon Fairchilds by Krell re the Red Cross box sent by Mrs. Belle Wheeler of West Berkeley. After dinner (3 p.m.) called at the post office & got nothing. Went to Spanish book store & bought 4 photos for stereopticon purposes in case I am required to lecture on the Philippines.

Seeing a poster of announcing the starting of daily excursions to Corregidor Island for $1 Mex. fare. Rev. C. Owens & I agreed to go over (DN) next Monday.

Collected the $1 postal note from Mrs. Louisa Fertig of Roseville Cal.

Private (Bro.) V. Henson of Co. F. 1st Nebraska Vol. Inf. came in from Camp Santa Mesa to tell me that Chaplain Mailie consented to a service Christmas Eve with the Nebraskan. So we are arranging for the same. He remained past noon & I cooked a dinner of fried bacon. Had chockolate, bananas & bread with it. Also during the day cooked breakfast & supper.

Brother Hines secured 2 Tenth League members Bros. Geo. Schurmerhorn Co. D. 2d Oregon Vols., & Bro. David E. Freeman (the new convert) Co. E. 1st Montana Vol. Inf.

After supper No. 2 Calle Sta. Elena parlor filled with the largest audience up to date (23) in that room for a holiness meeting. God the Holy Ghost present, praise to Him, Rev. & Mrs. Owens brought in their organ & assisted. At the close Private E. F. Flanberg Co. G. 13th Minnesota Vol. Inf. backslider, returned to Christ & claimed victory. Praise God. – Visitors today 25.