Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Thursday, Dec. 29th, 1898

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

The year ’98 is almost gone. Well God is good to me & has made it a useful year, over a vast territory; praise His dear name.

Out of bed early; prayed & read bible, cooked breakfast, then hurried away to Pasig river & took 8.30.a.m. boat for Cavite. Before going tried to find the residence of Capt. Plummer to deliver a letter from Rev. Owens. Failed. Returning from Cavite, tried again & succeeded.

In Cavite arranged with Senor Joseph Gomez to print 24 photo (Kodak) & develop 1 film for me. Price $5 Mex.

Cavite is quite a place for the sale of sea shells. Purchased quite a supply for my collection.

Mr. W.B. Silvers proprietor of American restaurant treated me to a fine dinner. Partly paid him back by bringing $5 gold worth Mex. silver – $10 – which gave him a margin of 30 cents.

Spoke to several individuals personally about Christ and salvation in Cavite.

The 18th U.S. reg. Inf. is gone – Iloilo. Other troops are taking their places – for the reg’t had several barracks.

After my arrival in Manila – return – learned from Rev. Mr. Owens that he was out house hunting for school purposes.

Ex-Rev. David Brown of Montreal, Canada (Methodist pastor) came in drunk in charge of U.S. soldiers. His desire to start life over apparently does not run in the right direction.

Visitors 5. Since return. Don’t know how many during the day.

Wrote & copied 4 letters.

Private O.P. Georgeson Co. L. 1st South Dakota Co. L. 1st South Dakota Inf. reposted that we can have service Sat. p.m. with his battalion.

Opened the Red Cross box from Mrs. Bella Wheeler of West Berkeley, Cal. A lot of newspapers & magazines & a small box of thread, needles, pins or buttons inside. Gave them to soldiers for distribution among 2d Oregon Inf. 1st South Dakota, 10th Penn., Utah Battery, & 3d Reg’t U.S. Heavy artillery Bat’s G.H. K. & L.

The second box was from the War Cry editor & printing office comrades principally viz: Ensign Arthur B. Barker, editor, Adj. Chas Danner, foreman, Capts. Harry Smith, R.W. Mitchell, E.L. Buttler, Lieut. H.W. Hickok, Ensign C.H. Boyant, J. B. Carter, Brother Martin, Bro. Spade & Bro. & Sister Botoford (of S.F. No. 9 – the latter). God bless them one & all. The box contained for the writer’s use (I must not forget in the list of donors, Bro. & Sister Tom Conlin) the following good things calculated to keep the proverbial wolf from the door.

1 can of cocoa; 2 cans of corn; 1 tin of tongue; 2 cans of salmon; 3 cans of oysters; 1 can chicken; 5 tins deviled ham; 1 tin of beef extract; 1 boy assorted nuts; 1 bag dried figs; 1 bag dried apricots; 1 bag peaches; 1 bar soap.