Airs, with glassy sea to light breeze with dimpled surface, until taps. Filipinas Islas 30 mi to eastward, high & rugged. Lost smoke of S.S. Ohio going to relief of Morgan City –wrecked on east coast of Japan– at 4 p.m. Brisk wind all night, rolling boat.
[The Philippine portion of the diary ends here.]
7 months ago I was receiving my “baptism” of fire. Watched the signaling of the fleet in eve.
Labor Day. Regiment all aboard by six in eve. Lost my watch in bay. We are lying close to Cavite with the rusty, broken wrecks of the Spanish fleet close by. Several war vessels swim a few cables away.
Bought a watch with coat of arms of Spain upon back. Went to a great catholic church, and watched the priest butt his head upon the floor & the little kids ring bells. “$” out serenading in eve.
On working detail. Paid in p.m. Went to see Senora Rivera de Aguilar, then Serg’t Burtt & I took dinner at the Casino. Went all over town in eve.
Got off at 2.30 p.m. and passed down past our old battlefield, and past the burnt evident of wars grim terrors. Natives on bank cried, “Adios Wn.” Below Macati Co F cascoe ran ashore on a sharp bend, and Capt Booker had a swim for his money. Put us in barracks No. 12 at San Maguil [Miguel] the most beautiful part of town in San Miguel district. Had a fine supper, first in three days. Downtown in eve with “4” –everyone gave us the “glad hand.”
Was bitten by a spider last night, and badly poisoned. On guard 3rd relief. Nothing but beans to eat for two days. Hot. Relief came.
Not yet relieved, although 2 Co’s 37th Vets are in Pasig. There must have been trouble at St Pedro Macati, as we heard cannonading at intervals for two hours or more. Sometime ago they captured the mayor and 100 others for being implicated in an insurrection there.
Light winds from the W, cool & pleasant. Co’s K & M Headq’ts & band went aboard today. At Taguig we will be relieved perhaps tomorrow.