Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Saturday, Jan. 21st, 1899

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

Alternately clear and cloudy, no rain; slightly cool. This is called winter. People catch colds and hack & cough much.

Remained at home through the forenoon & up to 2.30p.m. Commenced day with prayer & bible reading; then cooked breakfast & partook of the same. Invited to dinner with Rev. & Mrs. Owens. Accepted their hospitality.

Called at the post office; no mail. Then crossed the Bridge of Spain, on street car to the quarters of the 1st California Volunteer infantry to see Private Thomas Robertson drummer in the regimental brass band. Found him in the barracks minus a shirt. His father A. Robertson of 1014 ½ Tacoma Ave. Tacoma Wash wrote me to visit Tom (his son) & try to lead him to Christ. Spoke to him on this all important subject. He promised to come to my meeting tomorrow evening if possible. Many years ago he acted as the snare drummer for the first Salvation Army meetings held in San Francisco. His father was one of our ablest & most devoted street workers. Much has happened during these sixteen years. Little Tommie is now a big man, but is a stranger to the soaring power of Jesus.

Returning homeward stopped at Chofre & Co’s on the Escolta & paid for 3 books like this made by them for me. Amount $6 Mex. Want them for my diary.

Brothers Hines & Lloyd of the Montana’s called this p.m. to get more photos for their stereopticon outfit.

The daily Manila “American” failed to reach me yesterday as usual. Am a subscriber. Learned today that it has been suppressed by the American military authorities. Within the past 20 days both the “American Soldier’ (weekly) & “American” (daily) have failed. Isaac Russell of the forenoon was put in the guard house for writing disrespectfully of his superior officers.

Visitors 5.

Private Flansberg & I had a long talk. Advised him again not to marry the native woman. Had prayer also. F. said he is an American (B. Booth’s) Volunteer – a Lieutenant.