Manila, Luzon Island – Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo Dist.
Am troubled with influenza tonight. Heard running all day. A tropical climate does not exempt one from such pests. The Lord has blessed me with good health since coming to the Philippines; praise to His dear name.
Got up before 6 this morning with the intention of going to San Fernando, but while cooking a hasty breakfast, a Filipino boy bought a copy of today’s “Freedom”, which stated that the Montana’s, 3d Reg’t & South Dakotas were going to Manila in a short time, so I concluded to remain in the city.
After breakfast went down to San Nicolas Dist. with the sailor, Peter Weigner. My object was to order thro’ H. Kline same groceries for Weigner & 6 other sailors to take on the transport for food. I expected to foot the bill. Learned at the U.S. Commissary warehouse that K went south to join his reg’t (1st California vol. Inf.) & return home. This upset my plans for supplies. I went over to the post office & Weigner returned home.
We have been furnishing meals (Owens & myself) at No. 2 to the sailors. This was not only costly but very troublesome as there was no certainty when they would return to meals, so Owens gave $5 Mex. & I gave $5 Mex (from the money I set aside personally as the Lord’s tenth). Weigner is treasurer to purchase meals for the men. I have so far from the Lord’s tenth paid out $4.40 Mex. for their food & expect to spend $10. more.
Late this afternoon one of the Swedes August Hagerlund, who has been ailing several days ago was attacked by a high fever. I went over to the Utah Light Artillery Quarters (Cuartel Meisig) to get the doctor, but he was absent. The steward put up several powders to be taken at 2 hour intervals. Said he would tell the doctor, but the latter failed to appear up to time of writing. Took the medicine to him. The poor fellow is lying on the floor with only a tent under him. The 4 sailors brought their baggage up to the room.
Unpacked Private Frank Amie’s baggage & hung his clothing on a line to prevent mildew, as per his order; also hung his two blankets out in the sun. Also arranged some of my letters & memoranda & catalogued & counted the Spanish & Tagalog publication sent me by Rev. Rodgers Presbyterian missionary. He is about to depart for Hongkong but will come for them after his return. I opened 3 packages rec’d from the post office recently amounting to 50 copies “El Evangelista” Año XVI, No. 184, April 1899. 50 copies “El Amigo de la Infancia.” Año XXV!, Apr 1 – 99 No. 299. I do not want any of these wasted. The Lord may use them for the salvation of souls. So may it be. Amen.
Private Hall of H. Co. 1st Nebraska Vol. Inf. last January 19th wrote me offering to buy my gramophone. I delayed answering his letter until this afternoon. Wrote & copied one to him requesting him to call & see me. I will sell probably if he gives me enough. Since I purchase the machine the Sal. Army adopted the gramophone, but forbids the use of only certain records approved & purchased from the S.A.’s trade dep’t. This ruling will probably make my records useless.
Looked over vols. 1 & 2 of my book catalogue to familiarize my memory with the contents of the library.
Wrote Private Salas C. Johnson, K. Co. 10 Penn. Vol. Inf., a postal card giving address of Peter Dutkewich, photographs, who took pictures the day of the advance from La Loma to Malolos. He works for G. M. Davis, 21 Washington St. New York – I took dinner with Owens. They are packing up their household effects.