August 11, 1914

In the afternoon we are herded out in troops of ten and taken before the Provost Marshal one by one. I put on the most innocent mien and the following conversation ensues: “Where are you going?” “To Shanghai.” “Why did you leave Manila?” “My firm was forced to discharge me on account of bad business conditions.” “Did you know that …

August 6, 1914

The news is received that England has declared war on Germany. I am called to the Consulate once more and am ordered to get myself a ticket for the steamer Manchuria of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. The Consul explains that we will be reimbursed after the war, but that those who can not afford to buy their own tickets …