Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Friday, Dec. 30th, 1898

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

The year ’98 is drawing to a close. One more day left. Am trying by the grace of God to put a good finish to it. Weather cool & sky cloudy.

Cooked breakfast & supper. Satisfied my appetite with a cold dinner. Am planning for several trips (1) to Santa Cruz back on the Lagoon (2) to Corregidor – next Saturday to hold a service if possible with the convalescents. Arranged with Comrade Georgeson for a service with the third battalion 1st South Dakota Vol. Inf. tomorrow night. Called for comrades to come up to the help of the Lord, also to go over to Corregidor.

Visitors 16.

Wrote 4 letters recopied them.

This day was kept by the Filipinos as the first anniversary of the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal by the Spaniards. Black crape flags were hung from window or over doors; other funeral decorations were also used. I bought 2 Tagalog papers devoted specially to this Filipino martyr.

After supper I led thro’ the Lord the holiness meeting in No. 2 Calle Santa Elena. This is in a sense became the conservation part of our usual Watch Night service.

Quite a number of the comrades present consecrated or reconsecrated themselves to God for service during the year 1899, myself among the number providing the Lord permits us to live.

Called at the post office. No mail for me.