Diary of Vernon L. Burge

February 4, 1912

Arrived Manila early morning. Went into dock about 7:30 a.m. Left transport at 9:00 a.m. and took carimetta [carromata] to Signal Corps post. Very pretty city. Fine quarters. Met several Signal Corps boys I knew. Annual carnival in progress. Big doings. Witnessed parade and aeroplane flight made by Lee Hammond, Baldwin aviator. Expect to go to Ft McKinley tomorrow. Native are queer set, wearing scarcely any clothes; women smoke same as men in the streets. Very shiftless.