Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Wednesday, January 4th, 1899

The Weather is lovely we are going throug regular drill in the Morning having 7 men on Guard and 3 on Outpost General Ottis sends out the Proclaimation under Orders from the President this causes quiet some Excitment among Spaniards and Filipinos up town every thing is on the Boom all Soldiers having plenty of Mony we also sent Mail via Hong Kong in the afternoon the Pa Regt is playing their last Game of Ball in Order to win the Coup as well as the championship in the 8th Army Corps with the Minasotas Results 11 to 7 in favor of the 10th it was a verry exciting Game and was witnessed by Thausens of people of course the Boys celebrated the Victory at Night again we have Orders to be readdy at a Moments Notice we still have the same 12 men on the Sick List 3 are absent at check Roll and have to scrub our Quarters the following day we are now rejoicing any our absent “clen Quarters”

The weather is lovely. We are going through regular drill in the morning. We have seven men on guard and three on outpost. General Otis sends out a Proclamation under orders from the President. This causes some excitement among the Spaniards and Filipinos. Uptown everything is on the boom since all the soldiers have plenty of money. We also sent mail via Hong Kong. In the afternoon the Pennsylvania Regiment is playing their last game of ball in order to win the Cup as well as the championship of the 8th Army Corps against Minnesota. Result: 11 to 7 in favor of the 10th. It was a very exciting game and was witnessed by thousands of people. Of course the boys celebrated the victory at night and again we have orders to be ready at a moment’s notice. We still have the same twelve men on the sick list. Three men are absent at check roll and have to scrub our quarters the following day. We are now rejoicing when anyone is absent. “Clean Quarters.”