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August 13, 1899

Have been kept on the ship. The niggers left on the 11th and very glad we were to have them go. The Cavalry got away on the 12th and then the ship seemed deserted. It was positively luxurious to have so much room. We thought we were going every minute and it has been pack and unpack continuously. Finally about 4 P.M. we were ordered into three canoes, which were taken in tow by a launch, and we left the Para after having been on her just thirty-one days. Passed the old fortifications up the Pasig River and finally disembarked about one-fourth mile from its mouth. About a two-mile march, it seemed much farther with knapsack, haversack and full canteen and one hundred rounds of ammunition in the belt, up the fashionable Luneta thronged with people, officers, civilians, Filipinos, Chinese and Japs, all driving, the women with no hats, across the wall and moat and finally halted in front of an old Spanish barrack, bamboo frames and walls of matting roofed with thatch. Each building about seventy-five feet long, raised about two feet from the ground, the beach at their back. Some bargaining with venders for cigarettes, fruit and cakes. Mexican money one-half U. S., as is also, to my disappointment, Hawaiian money, which constitutes my sole wealth. Coffee and corned beef (canned) before bed, blankets on floor. Slept sound and well.