Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Monday, Feb. 13, 1899

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

Days come and go with marvelous rapidity. I often wonder what has been accomplished in the space of a day, so fast flys the time.

I went down town twice today. Private D.C. Hines came in from the battle front with his gun & called at No. 2 with the same & a knapsack. There is a lull in thew storm of war so he was given a brief leave of absence. He left his knapsack at No. 2 & accompanied me to town. Purchased some photos (I did) at the Imperial gallery for expected stereopticon purposes. Also purchased supplies for my commissary department. The banks are closed & doing no business. I tried the door of the Indo-Chinese-Australasian bank. A Chinese with a bag of silver in his hand devined my purpose. From him I purchased $140.50 of Mexican & Spanish silver money. Paid $20. American gold for the same.

Visitors at No. 2, this day 3.

Prayed with Hines before he returned to Caloocan. Have just learned that some authorities spell Mr. Town’s name with two instead of one o.

Afternoon I visited the Escolta a second time. Secured back numbers of the “American” & the “Times” to bring my files up to date.

Cooked breakfast & supper. Took dinner with Rev. Owens. Before going to bed wrote 2 1/2 pages MS. additional to my War Cry narrative of current events.