John Henry Asendorf

Sunday, September 18th, 1898

We had lots of Rain during the Night but the Morning was niece and clear the whole Co C is doing Guard duty for it takes every men not having time to attend Services any place in the afternon we recieved News paper anouncing the Fact that peace had being declared between the U.S. & Spain this of cause will make us all believe that we may soon goe home by this time nearly every Store in the City has being ran sacked by the Boys looking for Relics to take home the chinese Japs and Native and Spaniard are doing a ruching Buisnes and Saloon espesially Sunday and week day are all the same here as far as Buisness is concerned but the churches are open all day of course all are Catolic church bells are ringing from Morning until Night Christopher Lewis Hannon Baird and Kennedy are on the sick List

We had lots of rain during the night but the morning was nice and clear. The whole Company C is doing guard duty for it takes every man. [We don’t] have time to attend services any place. In the afternoon we received newspaper announcing the fact that peace had been declared between the U.S. and Spain. This, of course, makes us all believe that we may soon go home. By this time, nearly every store in the city has been ransacked by the boys looking for relics to take home. The Chinese, Japanese, natives and Spaniards are doing a rushing business and the saloons especially. Sunday and weekday are all the same here as far as business is concerned by the churches are open all day. Of course all the Catholic church bells are ringing from morning until night. [Frank] Christopher, [Charles] Lewis, [Max] Hannan, [James] Baird and [William] Kennedy are on the sick list.