Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Friday, Jan. 20th, 1899

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

Cool and cloudy during the day; raining tonight. Remained at house larger part of the day. Overhauled my shells & some curios. Read a little and straightened up my personal accounts. Find that San Francisco H.Q. is a long way behind on my salary. Am supposed to be receiving $9 a week. Don’t care much. Am in this part of the world for Christ’s sake.

Private Hines of the 1st Montana Vols. Purchased from me on credit 28 of the Kodak prints made in HongKong. Is to pay me 15 cts. U.S. coin a piece, total $4.20.

Visitors 11.

After supper (which I cooked early) led a holiness service in parlor of No. 2. Calle Santo Elena, Manila. Present 11 soldiers. Good spirit. The dear Lord is with us. Tried to get some one for the Corregidor boat Sunday.

Affrighted people who left Manila last week are returning & on the surface peace prevails but the horizon is black still with storm clouds. Report tonight says an American sentry killed a Filipino officer last night. Latter threatened to shoot the American.