Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

April 18th-99

Last night was on outpost away up river road. Several filips showed themselves within 200 ft. but, rather than betray our outposts we let them go. Outpost to N. were fired upon –but held position. Rained hard and blew last night. We had a large canoe to use in case the outpost was compelled to fall back as the bamboo bridge is such an easy mark. Moon until 1 a.m. Getting hotter everyday. St. Cruz expedition returned after a very successful campaign. We sung tonight upon the balcony and has almost made me homesick.