Manila, Luzon Island – Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo
Clear, with heavy clouds in the sky but no rain. A breeze tempered the heat. Read a chapter in Numbers & a psalm. The latter to brig myself into a devotional frame of mind. Prayer, then cooked breakfast as usual. The entire forenoon & afternoon till about 2.30p.m. I remained at home taking things easy in order to husband my strength for a busy time next week. Read Weekly S.F. “Call”, dipped into the Houston “Post”, posted up on the histories of ancient & modern libraries. Also read the “American” & “Freedom”.
Private Perkins of the 3d Reg’t Artillery, who is troubled with rheumatism call to see me. Is a backslider. Had a talk with him about returning to Jesus but he negatived the proposition.
While taking lunch – lemonade, butter, bread & bananas. Orderly Clayton Scott rode up to No. 2 bringing a side of canvassed breakfast bacon from Kline of the U.S. Commissary Dept. Made some lemonade for Scott. He brought me $1 American Silver, donation from A. J. Merritt, U.S. Gov’t mule packer. Wrote out a receipt & sent it by Scott to Bro. M. Requested S. to ask furlough tomorrow in order to help me at the prison & hospital. Prayed together & we parted. I went to the Escolta & patronized a Spanish barbershop for a shave. Then hasted to the U.S. Commissary warehouse in Barrier San Nicolas where I found Serg’t Henry Kline of K. Company 1st California Vol. Inf. who sent me a supply of groceries which I think he drew from the Gov’t. Paid K. $2 U.S. coin for the same. He handed me a chair & we had a lengthy talk about S.A. affairs. Advised him to return to Jesus & make good memories on the Philippines while here, so that pleasant memories may follow to the homeland after he has returned there. Kline replied in effect that he has made the worst record of his life since coming to Manila. Bidding the backslider good-bye I returned to town, purchased 1 can of oatmeal at a Spanish store, do. candles then home again & cooked supper.