December 16, 1944

I went biking yesterday to see the effect of the bombing yesterday and to hear the comments of the people.

Streets were empty. Traffic was paralyzed. Army trucks and cars moved around with camouflage nets. Many sentries posted in street corners.

42 civilians were wounded in Parañaque. Saw them in corridors of the P.G. Hospital. Most of them were hit by Jap A.A. shells which fell short.

Raid yesterday was non-stop –from morning to afternoon. I saw fires burning in the direction of Grace Park and Nichols and Murphy and McKinley.

People from San Juan say that a low-flying plane strafed a Jap truck crossing the bridge killing 4 persons. Consensus of opinion is that much damage was done to military installation.

Last night, conversation was on probability of landings. Some believe Americans have landed already somewhere in Luzon.

Heard three big explosions last night –one at 2 o’clock also.

Raid again.


Vic and Neneng wounded. A Jap shell landed near the house. Yesterday 3 exploded but no one was injured.

May 10, 1936

Sunday. Awakened at 5 a.m. by a ferocious brass band in the nearby barrio “playing” for some church festival. At 10 a.m. it is still at it, and worse than ever. What with dogs, roosters and church bells, this adds new horrors to residence in the Philippines. (The fiesta, with band complete went on steadily until 11 p.m.)

In the afternoon, I went out to McKinley and golfed alone. In the evening six toughs threatened Oleaga and his cook and frightened the family. Oleaga sent his chauffeur to the police station at Parañaque, but the police were all away at the fiesta!

Monday, July 24th, 1899

Rode to Manila on Friday 14th. meeting Lt Miles at Las Pinas by agreement & going in together to turn over to me E. company property. Miles returned Sunday & I Monday. Was taken very ill with cramps & dysentery immediately on return & am just getting around again. Exceedingly heavy rains last Monday night & throughout Tuesday: has done immense damage to roads & bridges; the latter at Imus & Paranaque being washed out & the one at Zapote seriously damaged. Almost entire town of Bacoor converted into rushing river during storm: numerous houses falling & being washed at once out into the bay. Tuesday afternoon I was carried on a litter by chinamen to Dr Hogan’s qrs. ¾ mile from here where I could have his constant personal attention. Have become much better & was able to walk back to my own quarters yesterday.

June 10th-99

Heavy firing at 4 a.m. awakened me. The advance upon Paranaque had begun. The line of the U.S. Army was in sight on the hills to the S.E. and the rebels made a very poor stand, altho’ they were in splendid trenches. Five thousand rebels in our front left their trenches –and while some of them got away south to Batangas, others were driven by the gunboats on the lake– to Paranaque. We went thro’ their trenches clear to the “tree.” They are simply wonderful –shrapnel-proof– all loopholed, and some of them are double-deckers, where two lines of fire could be directed to us –one above the other. Had we attacked them from the front they would have slaughtered us. But they are gone now. This is the last big bunch left now close to Manila. And this may, perhaps, let us have less work. It was a grand sight to see the army from the hills.

Thursday, June 1, 1899

Reported for duty yesterday afternoon. Regt. behind trenches at Pasay, about 3 miles from walled town. Insurgents shots heard at intervals through day & frequently at night. One insurgent killed about 30 paces in front of E. Cos outposts night before last. The 14th. line extends to Manila Bay on the right — rumors of a move on Parañaque thick — this will give the 14th the brunt of the attacks. Rumors of other moves in various & sundry directions also plentiful.

Sunday, Mar. 26th, 1899

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

Sky covered with light hazy clouds which hardly broke the force of the sun’s rays. Weather hot.

Bible reading, prayer, breakfast & lesson for Bilibid prisoners. About 10.30 a.m. struck out on Paseo Azcarraga for Bilibid Prison. Arrived there in good season. Met Major Bean first who directed me to Lt. Wolf of the 2d Oregon’s. We had a long talk in the yard re yesterday’s fight. He is quite friendly. Provost Sergeant M. Ryan went around among the military prisoners & invited them to attend my meeting in the yard. Only three responded. The Sergeant then suggested the quarters of the white civil prisoners. Agreed. Had an audience of 25; very rough men; mostly sailors and beach combers –apparently. I was thankful to the Lord for this change. Don’t have to stand in the hot sun. My rough audience joined heartily in the singing. The service was broken off abruptly, by dinner call. Indeed when we entered the cook was already dishing out dinner on the floor to the prisoners of this ward. The food was left standing until the close of the service. At the close I was invited to return again. The Sergeant & I managed to have future meetings in that place as it is the best I have seen up to date in Bilibid.

Walked back home thro’ the hot sun, & found my table covered with mail from the United States. After going thro’ the letters gave my attention the remainder of the day to the War Crys of different countries. The number is increasing in variety. Lt-Col. Alice Lewis sent me a “Dispo.” for Dec. ’98. the first to come so far. Now for the letters:

(1) Feb. 20th ’99 from Capt. V.R. Post enclosed Postal order No. 30678 date Feb 17th. –my salary; am’t $36. U.S. coin.

(2) Brigadier Jno. Complin, Canadian General Secretary acknowledged receipt of my copy for their War Cry re Philippines.

(3) Private G. Bertrand sent his Soldier’s Pass for me to sign

(4) Lt-Col. Wm Evans, pv. B. acknowledges War Cry copy.

(5) Lt-Col. Alice Lewis, New York. Refers to receipt of several weekly letters, says she quoted contents to Commander Booth-Tucker & Consul. Feel anxious about me & ask me to advise them what to do in my case whether to remain or go away. It has been decided for the present that the Philippines remain attached to United States as my work is with the American soldiers & sailors.

This last item at least settles my mind for a short time, as Commandant’s letter greatly unsettled me. Expected Australasian officers to come up from the land of the Kangaroo any day.

Heavy cannonading this afternoon. “Monandnock” shelled Paranaque.

A German prince is reported killed today at our lines. Was a spectator. Colonel of the 22d U.S. Inf. also reported killed.


Monday, August 1st, 1898

It is raignen steady we arive at Camp at 10 o Clock cerry tired and hungry after Breakfast or rather Dinner we tired to find Rest in our tents the Evening we where informed that 6 of our Regt where killed and 32 wounded everythink remainded verry wuiet in the Camp the Killed where laid At Rest in a church Yard about 1½ from our Camp and the Wounded where cared for at the general Hospital Sick Landis and Sergt Martin

It is raining steadily. We arrived at camp at 10 o’clock very tired and hungry. After breakfast, or rather dinner, we tried to find rest in our tents. In the evening we were informed that six of our regiment were killed and 32 wounded. Everything remained very quiet in the camp. The killed were laid to rest in a church yard about one and a half miles from our camp and the wounded were cared for at the general hospital. Sick: [Jacob] Landis and Sergeant Martin.