Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 1899

Manila, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo. Clear, bright sky and hot weather. Kept busy. Cooked breakfast & supper. Partook of dinner with Rev. & Mrs. Owens and chipped in a can of tongue. Started to catalogue for curio & commenced wrapping them up this forenoon. Wrote 2..

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Tuesday 1-17-99

Took it easy all day. Co. I buried their first man today. We are in command of a new outpost, "The Knoll," between b.h.'s 11&12. Gen. Miller has requested us at Iloilo. Hot. Last --but Oh, not least-- got mail --one letter for Welch --and it-- from Topsy, dated Tacoma, Dec 2nd '98 --46 days..

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Jan. 16, 1899

Went to hospital to see Jim. He has blotches all over face but they will disappear in a few months. Jim will be in quarters in few days. Had Andres skipped [skip) out with $.65 American Company money. All is quiet in regard to natives. I do not believe there will be any fighting. Regulars..

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Monday 1-16-99

Friday night at 9.00 we were deployed from the convent at b.h. 11 across the front to b.h. 12. The rice fields had been purposely flooded, and H²O was about 18 in. deep. Fixed a rocket board at b.h. 11and made my bed on a knoll. Went to sleep. Turned cold and started to rain...

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Sunday, Jan. 15th, 1899

Cavite, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo. Slow falling rain last night, cloudy all day with stiff breeze, sloppy streets & occasional light falls of rain. Up early, cooked breakfast and hurried away to the ferry landing without stopping to wash dishes. Private Clayton Scott met me down..

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