Monday, Feb. 27, 1899

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


Another run around day. Time passes remarkably quick. Days go so swiftly. What has been accomplished for Jesus is the all important question. Spoke to several U.S. soldiers about Christ and salvation –2 of them backsliders belonging to the 23d U.S. Inf., & one a sentry at the Palace, 2d Oregon regiment vols. another backslider –the latter seemed inclined to put the matter off although under conviction.

Had a notion to go over to Cavite but changed my mind. After Bible reading and prayer, cooked breakfast, partook thereof & washed the dishes. Private Waterman of the South Dakotas came in with his gun while I was at breakfast. Prepared him a tin cup full of lemonade. First time I have seen Waterman since the war began. Is a true Salvationist. Prayed with him. Private Green of the Utah battery came in. Put 5 cents in stamps on some newspaper mail for him.

Rev. Chas. Owens & I struck out for a round. First called at the Anglo-India-Chinese-Australasian bank where I exchanged $5. gold for $10. paper notes & 15 cents coppers & Spanish silver. Put the $10. in a letter as a donation from myself to Ensign May Jackson, Kowloon near Hong Kong, China. The Ensign has been near death’s door & needs help. She is lonely & has been entirely neglected by Staff Capt. Symons & other Salvationists of that city. May God bless the money. Mailed this & 2 other letters.

Called at the post office & then walked over to old Manila inside the walls, to look at the Filipino prisoners of war. Between 1200 & 1400 are now held by the U.S. Gov’t in 3 or 4 prisons, but principally in the walls. We wanted to see the “wild boys.” Troop of 20th U.S. regulars (just arrived) guarded the prisoners. Did not care to let us pass thro’. We went away & met Corporals Ernest Turner & Sylvester Gray of Co. G. 23d U.S. Inf. regulars. They took us past the sentry. We went among the 400 Filipino prisoners. The 5 “wild boys” or Igorotes –a savage tribe of the mountains– were brought out of the wall prison for us to see. Their long hair –like a woman’s is now gathered up– and their nakedness is hid by clothing. Look like other Filipinos, seem dull faced. Cannot speak the Tagalog language.

From the Filipino prison we were taken into the arsenal and Citadel-Santiago where the 2 corporals treated us to dinner. While eating dinner with the soldiers Chaplain Stephen R. Wood espied us. Came over & invited us to his quarters. Accepted the invitation & had a pleasant chat.

Returned home where I spent the remainder of the afternoon & part of the evening writing War Cry long copy –S.F. Cry.

Must not forget to say while in old Manila called at the Palace, and from Private Henry Walkenhorst, draughtsman for the Engineer Dep’t received a map of the country surrounding Manila –(a blue-print) as a gift.– Cooked supper. Heard the sound of fighting this p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 1899

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

In the breeze, the temperature feels cool; shut away from it, hot; one perspires freely. A peculiar climate is this.

Out of bed, first serious business reading Bible –am reading in Genesis of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Prayer next. My precious God revealed Himself to me last night thro’ the Holy Ghost in His wonderful character of love. Eternal praise glory and dominion be to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost –ever blessed Three in One –amen & amen.

Cooked breakfast, washed dishes then with Rev. C. Owens went down town. First called at the Imperial Photograph Gallery. At last I succeeded in buying ($1.50 Mex) three pictures of the scenes connected with the Filipino war viz., (1) the Spanish Blockhouse overlooking the battlefield of Caloocan in which I passed 2 nights; (2) dead Filipinos in their trench at Santa Ana after the battle; (3) Third Reg’t Heavy artillery in line, Battlefield of Caloocan. Put them in a large envelope & returned immediately to the post office to catch today’s mail for the United States. Also wrote with lead pencil, enclosing 10 cents postage stamps, a letter to Mr. Hazeltine editor of Smith Bend, Wash. “Journal” for one copy of that paper in which was published a letter written by Rev. C. Owens, Edition No. 50.

Down on the Escolta purchased some beautiful seashells for my collection. Visited at same time “Freedom” editorial office, & listened to a glowing eulogy of a forthcoming book re the Philippines to be published by Hisk Judd Co. San Francisco.

Made my dinner on bread, guayara jelly, & lemonade. Cleaned some shells & read an article on 2 in London War Cry after dinner; counted cash on hand & concluded to sendf $ 10 to Ensign May Jackson at Kowloon, near Hongkong, China. She has been very sick; nigh unto death, catarrh of the stomach, vomiting blood, etc. Was lonely; Staff Capt. Symons & other Salvationists at HongKong never once came near her. Some Salvationists act remarkably strange. They toil early & late in religious work, claim to live only to bless others; are angels in human form to strangers & yet seem utterly heartless when dealing with their own comrades in the Salvation Army.

Private Perkins of Third reg’t artillery called to see me with his Krag-Jorgensen rifle & belt full of cartridges; just in from the front. Sent my regards out to the boys. Wrote Ensign May Jackson a cheering letter.

Cooked supper of ham, coca & oatmeal mush. While washing dishes was disturbed by soldiers shooting at somebody in the vicinity of No. 2.

The Filipinos did not recapture the waterworks.

Since Lt-Col. Alice Lewis wrote me to send on cost of my fare back home, I am feeling that it is about decided that the Philippines shall go to the Australasian division.

Saturday, Jan. 7th, 1899

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

Cloudy and warm but not rain. This is the dry season. Wrote, copied & mailed 3 letters. Also received one from the post office written by Ensign May Jackson of Hongkong China. She has been praying re the opening of Salvation Army work in China & thinks I would make the best pioneer that she is acquainted with. She says Staff Capt. Symons who has change of the Salvation Army soldiers & sailors have does not want her in any of his meetings which grieves her very much.

I wrote for the War Cry some more copy & mailed the whole batch, 20 pages, to Lt.-Col Wm Evans. The subhead titles are: “Camp Santa Mesa” (Xmas Eve) “Christmas in Cavite”, “Corregidor Island”, “Bones”, “Mariveles”, “Riding their High Horse” and “Called to Quarters”.

Passing down Calle San Jacinto on my way to the post office I saw a new poster pasted on a wall. Going up to look at it saw that Emilio Aguinaldo’s name was signed to it. Is printed in Spanish, and in to all intents & purposes a counter proclamation to that of Gen’l Otis. I was told by Editor Wilson of the “New Orient” who translated it, that the gist of the pronouncements is liberty or death. Filipinos do not want annexation to the United States & will fight first.

I went to the No. 24-next to the Suspension Bridge to secure at “La Republica Filipiniana” printing office a copy of Aguinaldo’s manifesto but failed. The men in charge were afraid they would get in trouble with the U.S. authorities for publishing it. Editor Wilson promised to get a copy for me.

Cooked supper. While eating Private Geo. Schurmerhorn of the 2d Oregon vols. Co. D. came in and gave me $4 U.S. coin – Tenth League payment. Bro. Chester Blaney of the 10th Penn. Did the same or two nights since.

During the day prayed several times with visiting comrades. Visitors as near as I can remember 3. The troops are almost all shut up in their quarters.

Made a 2d visit to the Escolta to buy Aguinaldo’s proclamation.

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 1898

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

Feel better today physically than yesterday. Sky cloudy and weather cooler.

Remained at home during the forenoon reading thru the newly arrived War Crys and Houston, Tex. “Posts”.

Wrote & copied 2 letters (1) Lt. Col. Wm Evans enclosing receipt for 2 weeks salary (Oct. 25th) (2) Ensign May Jackson Hongkong re me visiting interior of China in a missionary tour etc.

Visitors 15.

Cooked supper for 2 – myself & Mr. David Brown. The latter is a backslidder Methodist minister from Minneapolis, Minn, who disgraced the cloth but came here to start life over again. He wants a back room in No. 2.

I paid rent today for month of December, to the children of Senora Ysabel Wood $35. Mexican.

Took a War Cry to Peter Shipper of the Engineers at the Insular Tobacco factory & caught him smoking a cigar. Gave him straight talk re the evil of his ways.

Rumors of coming trouble with Aguinaldo forces still abroad.

Monday, Dec. 5th, 1898

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

Feel sluggish & tired. Don’t feel like doing anything. Sky generally clear but clouding up again.

Cooked breakfast & dinner & satisfied my appetite with a cold dinner.

Visitors 10.

Notified the landlady’s son to call for her rent.

Wrote & copied a letter to Capt. B.P. Lamberton asking the privilege of holding a service on the “Olympia” next Sabbath.

Rumors of approaching conflict with Aguinaldo’s forces. American troops are commencing entrenchments & are preparing for the front. Nebraska’s went out today.

Took a Kodak of this late quarters corner of Barcelona and San Fernando streets where I held a meeting one Sabbath & had a soldier profess conversion.

Gave some work to one Filipino (room cleaning) and food to another.

Met Chaplain Wood of the 23d regulars – infantry on the Escolta.

I called at the post office & rec’d 120 War Crys, No. 569 edition; also a package of Canadian, London etc. Crys from San Francisco.

Under date of Oct. 25th Ensign Wm J. Dart, cashier endorsed me a postal money order for $18 on salary a/c. This makes the second. Collected the money immediately & laid aside $2 for the Lord’s tenth.

Mrs. B. Wheeler of West Berkely, Cal. Under date of Oct. 26th, writes that she is sending me in care of Commissary Sergeant Mitchell of the 20th Kansas volunteer infantry, 1 box supplies from the West Berkeley Red Cross Society for me to distribute as I may see proper.

Ensign May Jackson writes under date of Oct. 22d from China – Started the letter on the houseboat “Morning Star”. Been on a Missionary tour (or several) with Miss Erickson and 15 Christian Chinese. Preached Christ in unreached regions. Longs to give her life to that work, but wants to come down on a visit to the Philippines.

The Lord is keeping me saved & sanctified; glory to His name.