Monday, April 24th, 1899

Manila, Luzon Island – Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo

Lovely moon tonight. Strong breeze this evening; heavy clouds but no rain; hot. Busy day.

Out of bed read Leviticus & 2 psalms, prayed to my Lord, then cooked breakfast washed dishes & struck out for the post office. Heard that a mail from the U.S. arrived & a big mail at that. Asked the man at the General Delivery & rec’d several pockets full of papers & letters for Rev. Owens & myself. The latter written on the railroad by Adj. C. W. Bourne came. Brought me news prints. Adjutant Chas Danner is a very useful man in a printing office. I have never found a better, Bourne wants me to write a weekly letter for a Willoughby, Ohio, newspaper: The Fort Herrick. S.A. Colony is in a financial strait. Ballington Booth has assumed the title of “general”.

Rev. Ostora Gibson (formerly lawyer at Flagstaff, Arizona) pastor of Willcox and Peace, Ariz write from Willcox. Is addressing himself to pastoral work but continues his study of law. Is a noble man; one of God’s jewels.

  1. B. Marye of S.F. No. 6 corps wants me to find Hollie W. Ayers of the 1st California Vol. Inf. for his parents. Supposed to have been in the small pox hospital.

The Houston, Texas “Post” sends me a subscription dun although I renewed.

Capt. V. R. Post, for Lt.-Col. Wm Evans, enclosed me under date of March 20th, $36 postal Note no.             for one month’s salary. I collected the money (U.S. coin) immediately from the post office.

Read papers 2 or 3 hours. Dinner dry bread & lemonade.

Downtown again after dinner – hospital visitation. Called first at the 2d Reserve Hospital (military) out in Malate. Found Brother Dave Freeman. Claims to be well in soul & improving in body from overheating. Seemed pleased to have me call. He is in ward No. 4 Took him 2 War Crys, talked to him on spiritual matters & kneeled down beside his cot & prayed before leaving. Since my last visit the 2nd reserve has filled up remarkably with patients, even the verandahs were lined with cots.

Jumped on the street car & got off at the First Reserved Hospital. Was surprised how populous this hospital is become. The building is overcrowded & many tents are occupying vacant spaces in the yard. Found Brother Geo. Schumerhorn in Ward 3 down with dysentery, but is inspiring. Had a talk on spiritual matters. I knelt down & prayed with him before bidding him good-bye. Spoke to several men about Christ.

Met Dr. Kellogg of the Utah Light artillery on the Escolta. The Doctor is going home (DN.) on the transport “Sheridan”. Had a desire to do the missionary work in connection with his practice among the U.S. soldiers but found he said the military authorities offered to him. They are afraid of antagonizing the Roman Catholic power said the doctor.

Down on the Escolta, Private C. H. Goetz, Co. K. 14th U.S. Infantry & I had a talk re himself. He looks bad. Is so changed in appearance that I hardly knew him. War and undoubtedly is now a zealous Christian, studying for the ministry when he enlisted, the missionary spirit caused him to enlist.

Out of the firing line he purchased some bananas from Filipino fruit seller. They were all right. Afterwards, he purchased more. The second lot immediately made him sick. He is hardly over the effect yet. Goetz claims the Filipinos prisoned him.

Thursday, Dec. 29th, 1898

Cavite, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo.

The year ’98 is almost gone. Well God is good to me & has made it a useful year, over a vast territory; praise His dear name.

Out of bed early; prayed & read bible, cooked breakfast, then hurried away to Pasig river & took 8.30.a.m. boat for Cavite. Before going tried to find the residence of Capt. Plummer to deliver a letter from Rev. Owens. Failed. Returning from Cavite, tried again & succeeded.

In Cavite arranged with Senor Joseph Gomez to print 24 photo (Kodak) & develop 1 film for me. Price $5 Mex.

Cavite is quite a place for the sale of sea shells. Purchased quite a supply for my collection.

Mr. W.B. Silvers proprietor of American restaurant treated me to a fine dinner. Partly paid him back by bringing $5 gold worth Mex. silver – $10 – which gave him a margin of 30 cents.

Spoke to several individuals personally about Christ and salvation in Cavite.

The 18th U.S. reg. Inf. is gone – Iloilo. Other troops are taking their places – for the reg’t had several barracks.

After my arrival in Manila – return – learned from Rev. Mr. Owens that he was out house hunting for school purposes.

Ex-Rev. David Brown of Montreal, Canada (Methodist pastor) came in drunk in charge of U.S. soldiers. His desire to start life over apparently does not run in the right direction.

Visitors 5. Since return. Don’t know how many during the day.

Wrote & copied 4 letters.

Private O.P. Georgeson Co. L. 1st South Dakota Co. L. 1st South Dakota Inf. reposted that we can have service Sat. p.m. with his battalion.

Opened the Red Cross box from Mrs. Bella Wheeler of West Berkeley, Cal. A lot of newspapers & magazines & a small box of thread, needles, pins or buttons inside. Gave them to soldiers for distribution among 2d Oregon Inf. 1st South Dakota, 10th Penn., Utah Battery, & 3d Reg’t U.S. Heavy artillery Bat’s G.H. K. & L.

The second box was from the War Cry editor & printing office comrades principally viz: Ensign Arthur B. Barker, editor, Adj. Chas Danner, foreman, Capts. Harry Smith, R.W. Mitchell, E.L. Buttler, Lieut. H.W. Hickok, Ensign C.H. Boyant, J. B. Carter, Brother Martin, Bro. Spade & Bro. & Sister Botoford (of S.F. No. 9 – the latter). God bless them one & all. The box contained for the writer’s use (I must not forget in the list of donors, Bro. & Sister Tom Conlin) the following good things calculated to keep the proverbial wolf from the door.

1 can of cocoa; 2 cans of corn; 1 tin of tongue; 2 cans of salmon; 3 cans of oysters; 1 can chicken; 5 tins deviled ham; 1 tin of beef extract; 1 boy assorted nuts; 1 bag dried figs; 1 bag dried apricots; 1 bag peaches; 1 bar soap.