Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Saturday, January 7th, 1899

This is another fine day we are having regular Inspection of Arms and Dress allthough verry strick all past a good Examination in the Evening we have no drill and all of us spent a good day but to our sorrow we hear that Frank Brain is worse and has black smal Pox wich is regarded hopeles I wrote a letter to his Wife stating the facts this day Alguinald issues a Proclamation of his Own in wich he exspresses in strong Language that he does not reconise our General “Ottis” nor the proclamation and will fight it to the bitter End for the Independence of the Filopinio this of course creates more Excitment then ever and it allmost looks if a Scrap was only a matter of a few hours we again have Orders to be in Readines but we all went and slept as sound as ever it seems now we are getting used to it We have 11 Men on the Sick List Lt. Woods has also been of duty 4 days with Neuralegic

This is another fine day. We are having regular inspection of arms and dress. Although it was very strict, all passed a good examination. In the evening we have no drill and all of us spent a good day but we are sorry to hear that Frank Brain is worse and has black small pox which is regarded as hopeless. I wrote a letter to his wife stating the facts. This day Aguinaldo issues a proclamation of his own in which he expressed, in strong language, that he does not recognize our General Otis nor the proclamation and will fight to the bitter end for the independence of the Filipino people. This of course creates more excitement than ever and it almost looks as if a scrap was only a matter of a few hours. We again have orders to be in readiness but we all went and slept as sound as ever. It seems now we are getting used to it. We have eleven men on the sick list. Lieutenant [Robert] Woods has also been off duty four days with neuralgia.