Saturday, Jan. 21st, 1899

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

Alternately clear and cloudy, no rain; slightly cool. This is called winter. People catch colds and hack & cough much.

Remained at home through the forenoon & up to 2.30p.m. Commenced day with prayer & bible reading; then cooked breakfast & partook of the same. Invited to dinner with Rev. & Mrs. Owens. Accepted their hospitality.

Called at the post office; no mail. Then crossed the Bridge of Spain, on street car to the quarters of the 1st California Volunteer infantry to see Private Thomas Robertson drummer in the regimental brass band. Found him in the barracks minus a shirt. His father A. Robertson of 1014 ½ Tacoma Ave. Tacoma Wash wrote me to visit Tom (his son) & try to lead him to Christ. Spoke to him on this all important subject. He promised to come to my meeting tomorrow evening if possible. Many years ago he acted as the snare drummer for the first Salvation Army meetings held in San Francisco. His father was one of our ablest & most devoted street workers. Much has happened during these sixteen years. Little Tommie is now a big man, but is a stranger to the soaring power of Jesus.

Returning homeward stopped at Chofre & Co’s on the Escolta & paid for 3 books like this made by them for me. Amount $6 Mex. Want them for my diary.

Brothers Hines & Lloyd of the Montana’s called this p.m. to get more photos for their stereopticon outfit.

The daily Manila “American” failed to reach me yesterday as usual. Am a subscriber. Learned today that it has been suppressed by the American military authorities. Within the past 20 days both the “American Soldier’ (weekly) & “American” (daily) have failed. Isaac Russell of the forenoon was put in the guard house for writing disrespectfully of his superior officers.

Visitors 5.

Private Flansberg & I had a long talk. Advised him again not to marry the native woman. Had prayer also. F. said he is an American (B. Booth’s) Volunteer – a Lieutenant.

 

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 16th, 1899

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

Hot sultry weather; cloudy but dry. Went to post office; no mail. While down town ordered from Chofre & Co. 3 blank books like this one for diary purposes. Promised to have them finished in 4 or 5 days at $2 each. I read tonight in the Evening “Times” of Manila that this dentist I met on the Cavite ferry boat recently, Senor J. Arevalo, was arrested on suspicion of being implicated in getting out a ridiculous manifesto addressed to Americans & purporting to have been written by an American. This absurd document calls on Americans not to fight the Filipinos etc. I secured a copy in Cavite during my last visit there. Arevalo did not answer the letter I wrote him re the Protestant publications which I have on hand.

I remained at house all day following my return and went thro’ my accounts. Up to date my personal expenses and general work expense have been kept together. This was unavoidable because of the peculiar circumstances surrounding my send-off from San Francisco. I was given $100 to cover my expenses & was promised a regular salary, the latter however hung – fine several months. Finally, Nov. 25th I drew my first installment of $18. Am receiving $9 a week paid by San Francisco & charged against New York. At $9 a week my salary for July (I left San Francisco June 28th) August & September – 12 weeks would be $108. It will readily be seen that on the score of salary, Headquarters are considerably behind with the am’t due me; however that part cuts but a small figure as I am not here specially for money but for the glory of God & the good of humanity. From this date I am calling it square for convenience and will keep a separate account of such personal expenses as are not connected with Salvation army work.

Private Flansberg of the 13th Minnesota vol. Inf. came in after supper. I prayed with him & advised him not to marry a certain mestizo woman who is drawing him into the matrimonial net. F. says he feels God is opposed to the match but he cannot give her up. __ No soldiers meeting tonight. The troops are kept close inside their quarters ready for the expected rupture with the Filipino army now encircling Manila & Cavite on the land side. – Visitors to No. 2, only 1.

Friday, Jan. 13th, 1899

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

Cloudy gloomy day, but dry and cool. This is the day season.

Was quite busy through the flying hours. Handled considerable money taking in and expending the same.

Commenced the day with bible reading & prayer as usual.

Cooked breakfast; ate thereof, washed dishes then struck out. Went to the post office in a carromata with Rev. C. Owens. He paid the fare. Bought 75 cts. (U.S. coin) worth of stamps, also 2 postal notes: viz., No. 4434 to Major Jno McFarlance, New Orleans, La., $5 U.S. gold to pay for a valise, the second, to Major Ashley Pebbles, Washington D.C. to pay for the gramophone & records & case purchased in New York. No. of postal 4435. Mailed these letters & the one to Ensign Jackson containing the $5 bill, donated her.

From the post office, I walked out to corner of San Miguel & Pascual de Casal streets & took a snap shot of the South Dakota quarters. Then called at the Montana qtrs. Met Berry & Freeman. Exchanged greeting & inquired re state of souls. Thence back to the Escolta & visited a photograph gallery to inspect their pictures. Also called at a couple of stores & purchased 4 blank note books, 65 cts Mex.

In the post office met Rev. (Chaplain) Mailie of the 1st Nebraska Vol. Inf. who inquired when I expected to come out again to Camp Santa Mesa. When I returned home, after thinking the matter over, wrote Private V. Herron of the Nebraska’s to arrange details with the Chaplain for a service next Monday night, the Lord willing. On my way down town I sent a letter into the Third Artillery barracks, Cuartel de Meisig, to meet me at the main entrance 2 p.m. or

The youngest son of my landlady, Mrs. Ysabel Wood, called for rent – No. 2 Calle Santa Elena – Paid him $35. Mex for the month of January & took her receipt.

About 2 p.m. I appeared at the main entrance of the artillery quarters. The sentry called the Sergeant & he felt disinclined to let me in without a pass. Private Frank Amie of Battery H. had been awaiting my arrival & met me inside the sentry line & according to a prearranged plan handed me a paper parcel. Returning home counted the contents which amounted to $35. 52 ½ in U.S. coin. That devoted man collected this money principally from batteries H. & K, 3d Reg’t Heavy artillery. 104 persons contributed. Wrote Annie & the men a letter of thanks.

Private D.C. Hines of the Montana vols. called to show me his photos, collected for stereopticon purposes. He brought me $3 U.S. coins from O.P. Georgeson, South Dakota Vol. Tenth League payment. With Hines I arranged as near as I could for a gramophone exhibition next week with the South Dakota troops, also Tuesday night service with the Montana men.

Visitors 3 again; prayed with them.

After supper our usual weekly holiness meeting did not materialize, only Scott, Flansberg, Rev. & Mrs. Owens & myself were present. We read paragraphically Micah IV & had prayer all around. I spoke to Flansberg about his soul; he is shaky again. Is in love with a mestizo woman against God’s will.

The U.S. troops are kept close in their barracks. In the meanwhile commissions appointed by General Otis & Aguinaldo are discussing differences. The two armies are keeping close watch on each other.

Financial standing today: Personal money (U.S.) $37.75

Salvation Army money-raised here (U.S. coin)    $77.63

Spanish money, silver & bills (S.A.) —                      $16.04

Value of S.A. money on hand as per Mex rate       $171.30

I have also on hand of Private Berry’s U.S. gold       $20.00

The Lord is causing the soldiers to assist me liberally with money, praise His dear name. The personal money is savings from my $9 weekly salary.

Sunday, November 13th, 1898

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

The storm of the past three days was a surprise for its duration. The night closes in with a hard wind.

Very busy all day. Cooked 3 meals. Had Private Clayton Scott to dinner & supper.

Expected to visit Cavite & hold a service on the “Monadnock” but heard the bay was so rough that the ferry did not run. On that account remained in Manila & sent Scott out to Malate to arrange for a meeting there. This done after dinner went out, Private Lloyd accompanying us to the thatched building occupied by the Y.M.C.A where I led and the service. Stormy day, wind blowing a gale & the waves breaking in the beach back of the house with a roar. Audience 28. Chaplain W.D. Stephenson of the Idaho’s assisted. Distributed 50 War Crys to the soldiers 25 of No.     & 25 of           No.

After supper held service in No. 2 Calle Sta. Elena parlor. Small audience. God present. At close Private Walter Lang Co. D. 13th Minn. professed to get reclaimed thru Christ. This was the first meeting he attended since leaving home.

Was formerly a member of the Burr St. Baptist church St. Paul. Minn. Glory to my God for victory. Lang came to our service with Private E. F. Flansberg, G. Co. 13th Minn. Confessed to be in a backslide condition, but refused to get right. Only a short time ago he commenced holding meetings on his own account so zealous was he; now is in the dumps. May God help him. We parted rejoicing.

Visitors 8.

On our way to Malate found the Christian Commission tent flat on the ground. Perhaps the storm did it.

The news reached us yesterday that Uncle Sam is shipping 7,000 more soldiers out to the Philippines, ditto war vessels. Looks suspicious.