Diary of Chriss A. Bell

Feb. 2, 1899

Capt. McDonald better. Went out in the forenoon to milk ranch to get him some genuine cow milk. Was told to come again at 3:30, did so & got the milk. Paid 200 for one glass to drink. First milk I have had since leaving Portland eight months ago.

Before getting milk I rode out to the outpost where Washington troops are located. It was there the natives made demonstration the night before. All was quiet. Few sentrys (sic) are within 200 feet of the natives. I took two pictures one of the blockhouse and one of native guard & guard house. The demonstration They made was simply to advance and as our troops did not retire but were set in, [they] forced & formed skirmish but the natives retired. Understand our boys have orders not to fire under any circumstances but in case of determined advance [they are] to retire in good order. This I understand are [is] because Aguinaldo hopes of settling difficulties without bloodshed. The troops near the Washington boys are not Aguinaldos [Aguinaldo’s] personal force but under another insurgent leader. He wishes to fight & it seems hard for Aguinaldo to hold him down. In the evening Freeman, Walker, Pointdexter & I went out to call on the Army Nurses, not Red Cross, we found at home Miss Bowman, Miss Dunsh, Miss Carhast, & Mrs. Biddell. We spent a very pleasant evening. Took a walk etc. Also saw Miss Killiam & Mrs. Antwood but the government nurses do not jibe with the Red Cross.