Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Thursday, April 6th, 1899

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

Bible reading – Exodus & Psalms & prayer the first thing to start day. Cooked breakfast, partook of same washed dishes, read the news & then at 9.30 a.m. mended my way through the hot sun down to the Headquarters of the United States Quartermaster. First spoke to Clerk Norton, chief transportation re securing a pass over the Dagupan railroad for myself. He directed me to Major G. A. Devol. I repeated my request & showed him my pass from Governor General Otis thro’ the American lines. Thereupon, the major wrote me out a pass on all trains. I am very thankful to the Lord for this pass as it will enable me to visit the front again. Passes over this road are very hard to obtain, judging formal accounts. The railroad is in possession of the United States for military purposes. Was seized.

From the Quartermasters’ after learning the hours of train 8.30 a.m. & 2 p.m. for Malolos (to which town my pass reads) I crossed the Estero Binondo by the crude Filipino boat ferry & went up to the post office. No mail. Purchased groceries for my private commissary dep’t.

On the Escolta met Private Haslen of the Colorado’s. Is limping around with a stick. Was wounded at Mariquina. Urged him to give his heart to Jesus. Appeared partly inclined that way. Invited him to call out at No. 2. Promised to come Sunday afternoon to talk the matter over.

After my return home Private Bennett of the 3 Rgt Heavy artillery dropped in with a bundle & note from Private Frank Amie of H. Battery 3d Rg’t Heavy artillery at Malolos. Had a spiritual talk & prayer with Bennett. He claims to be saved.

Had a headache all day. Did some reading. Cooked supper. All quiet at the front.