Diary of John Henry Asendorf

Saturday, January 14th, 1899

We have past a quiet Night and the day has past without much Excitment although the Filipinos have treathend us that the would forse their Way into the City on Sunday we put 6 men on Guard and 15 on Outpost every men is Kept in Quarters in the Morning we had Inspection of Arms wich with the Exception of a few passed sucsesfully the Boys on Outpost and Guard have strickt Orders the Natives must be in their Houses at o Clock and and remain their until daylight or else run the chance to be shut down by the Sentries many Document of verry exciting Nature are circulated and every thing is done to suppress the same we are all getting used to theese false Rumors and Keep coole the Troops have not landed yet in Iloilo and are awaiting Ration and Reinforcement wich has been promised them Cable grams are coursing in every day from the War department but to verry little satisfaction Rumors are afloat that the Filipinos are going to shut the Water off we recievd Word that Frank Brain was verry low and could not live much longer Read Murphie is doing well on the Sick List remain 10 men while Bugel blows “Taps” the Rain is coming down in torrents and will make it miserable for the Boys on Outpost

We have passed a quiet night and the day has passed without much excitement although the Filipinos have threatened us that they would force their way into the city on Sunday. We put six men on guard and fifteen on outpost. Every man is kept in quarters. In the morning we had inspection of arms which, with the exception of a few, passed successfully. The boys on outpost and guard have strict orders that the natives must be in their houses at o’clock and remain there until daylight or else run the chance to be shot down by the sentries. Many documents of a very exciting nature are circulated and every thing is done to suppress the same. We are all getting used to these false rumors and keep cool. The troops have not landed yet in Iloilo and are awaiting rations and reinforcements which have been promised. Cablegrams are coursing in every day from the war department but to very little satisfaction. Rumors are afloat that the Filipinos are going to shut the water off. We received word that Frank Brain was very low and could not live much longer. Reed Murphy is doing well. On the sick list remain 10 men. While the bugle blows Taps, the rain is coming down in torrents and will make it miserable for the boys on outpost.