Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Sunday, Apr. 9th, 1899

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

Forenoon clean, afternoon short period of shower.

Bible reading & prayers, cooked breakfast, partook thereof, washed the dishes, picked out songs & a bible lesson – Rev. xx. – then discovered by making inquiry of a sentry across the street from No. 2 that it was 10.10 a.m. Prayed God to bless the services; then started out on foot up Paseo Azcarraga for Bilibid. Arrived whiled Lieut. Wolf Provost Sergeant Ryan and another man were inspecting the prison. I sat down on a low stone wall in front of the Sergeant’s quarter in the center of the prison yard under some shade trees, until they finished. The Sergeant then marched quite a long possesion of military prisoners, 2 abreast, to my place. The men ranged themselves on the stone wall, steps & some stood. I stand likewise. Brought with me Trestle Glen (California) Camp Meeting song books. Passed them to the prisoners. They helped me sing. I prayed twice, led the singing, read the Scriptures and urged the men in a brief address to repent of a sin, seek Christ for pardon of past transgressions & after a change of disposition thro’ the power of Jesus to serve Him faithfully. My time was limited so had to cut every thing short. No one professed conversion. Audience including soldiers about 40. Filipino convicts peered thro’ the bars of their windows & watched us with curious eyes. I walked back home rejoicing because so many men came out – about half the military prisoners. Held no service with the civil (white) prisoners.

Spent considerable time after my dinner of peach pie & lemonade reading. I expected Private Haslem of the 1st Colorado Vol. Inf. but he did not come.

Private Clayton Scott, mounted quartermaster’s orderly, rode up to No. 2 late in the afternoon. After conversation, he & I repaired to the “Old Folks at Home” restaurant down in San Nicolas district (run by a negro man & woman) for supper which Scott paid for. Scott’s brother is en route home – unsaved.

After dark heard shots fired in rapid succession in our neighborhood. Don’t know what the trouble was. Rev. Owens is talking of returning home on a transport.

Gave 4 New Testament to the military prisoners.