Monday 11-28-98

Work in office in a.m. & in p.m. took a crew to town to mail letters on Hongkong steamer leaving at 2. Took inside route, passed the wooden wreck of a cruiser which the Spanish blew up. Up to the Customs House then Serg't Maj. Joe Smith & I went to P.O. Passed many wild-eyed,..

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Sunday 11-27-98

Detailed for special duty in adj. office. Went to town with Ser. Maj. Went to Valencia [Valenzuela] where is our 2nd batt. Then to town along long stone quat which is very dilapidated now, and was the means of the commissioner swindling Spanish gov't, out of lots of money. Their report showed drawings of marble..

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Saturday 11-26-98

To bed last eve early. Along coast which looked like Olympic Mts. About 4 a.m. we sighted a flash light on "Corregidor" Island, which stands in the entrance to Manila Bay. A splendid H²O & easily defended. Cavite on rt. Manila 7 mi. on. Most of the fleet is anchored at Cavite. Two old Spanish..

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Friday 11-25-98

Slept on cyl. room last night. Followed Luzon coast about 30 mi. W. Slept oh, so restfully. The 1st real sleep for a long time, as I nearly always think too much. Awake at 8 bells (4 a.m.) and saw the tropical sun rise from behind the great hills. Now closer. The most splendid sunrise..

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Thursday 11-24-98

Made 265.4. Awake early, and a poor tired land bird about the size of a robin was flying around decks, so we are near land. Breakfast of "breast of sow, served with bubby's." Had a great dinner in stateroom 104 with Sergt. Coombs, Burtt, Witherspoon and Herman, and Corps. Wilbon & Welch. Menu -- Salads.....

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