Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Sunday, January 8th, 1899

This is a fine day as I leave for Headquarters every churchbell in the two Citys are ringing and people are rushing to early Mess most of them dress in the highest of spanich Fashion others in plain Filipine style good many of our Boys are attending but more for curiossity then anything else I worked all Morning we had Steak and Bread for dinner and Soup for Souper in the Evening most of us went to church and good many to the Entertainment wich was given for the Benefit of the Soldiers Monument wich is to be arected here into their Honor on Friday Night Doctor McAllister of our Regt died verry suddenly “poison” and he was buried this afternoon in full Honor of War the Sick List remains the same

This is a fine day. As I left for headquarters every church bell in the two cities are ringing and people are rushing to early Mass. Most of them dress in the highest of Spanish fashion, others in plain Filipino style. A good many of the boys are attending but more for curiosity than anything else. I worked all morning. We had steak and bread for dinner and soup for supper. In the evening most of us went to church and a good many to the entertainment which was given for the benefit of the soldiers’ monument which is to be erected here in their honor. On Friday night, Doctor McAllister of our Regiment died very suddenly, presumed poisoned. He was buried this afternoon with full honors of war. The sick list remains the same.