Manila, Luzon Island – Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo District
More or less clouds overhanging the earth all day but no rain. Atmosphere quite cool. No rain. Sun out at times.
Out of bed early. Expected to make a trip to Malolos but not feeling right physically changed my plans. Read a chapter in Deuteronomy. Prayed to my God.
Cooked breakfast. Read Daily “American” & “Freedom”. Bill collector of Daily “Times” called with bill for half a month’s subscription to the same – $1 Mex. Paid it & discontinued the paper.
Rev. Owens & I walked down to the bay beach skirting Tondo district to look for a photographer. A very interesting scene is presented here – a fleet of bancas and other small craft bringing in supplies for the city. The people are an interesting study. After hunting some time found my Filipino man; B. Caramanzana, Plaza Leon XIII, No. 72 Tondo, opposite the Tondo church. Hunted several squares before leaving the location of his house. Left 2 films with him to develop. $1 Mex. a film & 11 cts each for printing pictures.
Returning thro’ Tondo burnt district stopped at a Filipino undertaking establishment & purchased 2 mangoes. I gave one to Rev. Owens. The thrifty Filipino not only kept coffins for the accommodation of dead people and burial wreaths with which to decorate tombs, but mangoes & shirts for their living.
I had quite a long conversation with Mrs. Owens. She volunteered the information that dating back one year from last October, herself & Rev. Owens spent over $2,000. Their trip – Missionary – to the Philippines, will cost them by the time they arrive on American shores again $1,000.
Started again on my War Cry copy and wrote up to page 10 before laying aside the MS.
Chaplain Stephenson of the 1st Idaho Vol. Inf. dropped in this afternoon. Wants to get back to his pastorate in the interior of Idaho. Says his idea re an Army chaplain is that he is a failure.