December 26, 1898

Before ten o’clock in the morning the tricolor was hoisted from the Casa Real and the Tribunal. This event happened without any formalities and without anybody’s attention being drawn, as if the change of flag did not have any meaning. How clearly does this show that these people have no idea whatsoever of what it..

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Sunday, Dec. 25th, 1898

Cavite, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo. 1898 is fast slipping into eternity. Only one more week and the old year will be gone. Out of bed early & after prayer & bible reading cooked breakfast & hurried down to the 8.30 a.m. Cavite ferry. Reaching Binondo plaza..

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Saturday 12-24-98

A small box came from Miss Son. Half of regiment yet in trenches. Worked on plat all day. Sergt Burtt and I took walk in eve. These people know how to decorate. The poorest hut has bright candles and lanterns and flowers. All in gala attire for its Noces Pascual. Sung in front, to bath..

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Dec. 19 to 24, 1898

Neglected to write each day so will lump it. Nothing of importance has happened except the arrival of mail and more wies [wires]. I received another box. Letters from home, Marian, [and] Lottie. Wrote to Bert Harrell and others sending boxes. Mr. & Mrs. Miller, & Mrs. Dallin sent a cake. Astor Battery has gone..

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