Saturday, December 24th, 1898

The Weather is delightfull and we all recieved Mail and good many of the Men some smal Boxes Mail leaves in the afternon by Hong Kong the Company is going trough regular routine of Buisnes I mailed 3 letter and some papers but this did not leave as exspected I am feeling pretty good now but am still of duty in the Evening I went over to the prison where I found all prisoner enjoying themself every thing is iluminated and decorated verry tastefully the South Dacota Band furnishes some fine Musick the Prisoner also had a fine xmas Souper also the City is partly iluminated and Fire Works seems to be the best enjoyment of the Natives Hagen Asendorf McMasters Milbert Johnson Joe are on the Sick Book and of duty and 8 more on light duty total 13 men (fresh Mear recieved)

The weather is delightful and we all received mail and a good many of the men received some small boxes. Mail leaves in the afternoon via Hong Kong. The company is going through its regular routine of business. I mailed three letters and some papers but the mail did not leave as expected. I am feeling pretty now but am still off duty. In the evening I went over to the prison where I found all the prisoners enjoying themselves. Everything is illuminated and decorated very tastefully. The South Dakota band furnished some fine music. The prisoners also had a fine Christmas supper. Also, the city is partly illuminated and fireworks seem to be the best enjoyment of the natives. [Samuel] Hagan, [John] Asendorf, McMasters, Milbert and Joe Johnson are on the sick book and off duty. Eight more men are on light duty for a total of thirteen. (Fresh meat received)

Thursday, December 22nd, 1898

The Weather is clear and as hot as usual but have several Showers during the day the Comp goes through the regular Routine of Buisnes the S Paul arive in the Bay in the mornin and in the afternoon we recieved our Mail this was the largest Mail sins we left Home some recieved as high as a dozen letters also many Packages and papers every body is smiling to day I recieved 3 Bd. of Papers 1 Book one letter from Honu and 1 from H Lackman on account of my letters being pupliched in the Weekly Standard in wich I said the Offic. are trying to heep us here and so on I was called down by Lt Woods and just told him if the Shoe fits him he can weare it the Boys are all well pleased with the letter we also hear that Uniontown people send us some Mony to be equally divided christmas morning among the Boys & am still verry weak and under the Doctors care and not duty Sam Hagen D Twist Wm Collins Jno Jones are also on the sick Book

The weather is clear and as hot as usual, but we have several showers during the day. The company goes through the regular routine of business. The S. Paul arrived in the bay in the morning; and, in the afternoon we received our mail. This was the largest mail since we left home. Some received as many as a dozen letters. Also, many packages and papers were received. Everybody is smiling. Today I received three bundles of paper, one book, one letter from Honolulu and one letter from [brother-in-law] [Herman] Lackman on account of my letters being published in the Weekly Standard in which I said the officers are trying to keep us here and so on. I was called down by [Second] Lieutenant [Robert] Wood and told him, “if the shoe fits, wear it.” The boys are all well pleased with the letter. We also hear that Uniontown people sent some money to be equally divided Christmas morning among the boys. I am still very weak and under the doctor’s care and not on duty. Samuel Hagan, David Twist, William Collins, Jones are also on the sick book.

Friday, December 9th, 1898

The Weather is pleasant most of the Boys are getting their Mail ready as it leaves at 11 am I am working at Headq. all Morning helping to recieve Ratioin the Comp is going through the regular Routine of Buisnes drills and we also furnich 7 men and a Non each
day for Guard duty We have for Breakfast Mush fried and Hardtack and Coffee Beans for dinner and Beans for Soupper Hagen Sullivan McMaster Twist Martin Hustead are on the sick Book and about 10 men are market for light duty

The weather is pleasant. Most of the boys are getting their mail ready as it leaves at 11 a.m. I am working at headquarters all morning helping to receive rations. The company is going through the regular routine of business drills and we also furnish seven men and a non-commissioned officers each day for guard duty. We have for breakfast fried mush and hardtack; coffee and beans for dinner and beans for supper. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMaster, [David] Twist, [William] Martin and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about 10 men are marked for light duty.

Wednesday, December 7th, 1898

The Weather is fair and hot 14 of our Men are on Outpost duty the rest are going through regular drills in the Evening we had Regimental dressparade in Front of our Quarter in the afternoon we recieved Mail again and hardly any of us got disapointed Athur Riffle and myself recieved a Box of something good to eat and some Towels Soap and other things wich where intended for our Thanksgiving dinner but it came too late we had fresh Meat again on theese days I work from 6 am until noon at Headquarters and then returned to my Company and cut the Meat up for Souper and Breakfast Hagen Sullivan McMasters Twist Martin Louis and Hustead are on the sick Book and about a dozen have sore Feet out of 106 men only 58 are fitt for duty

The weather is fair and hot. Fourteen of our men are on outpost duty, the rest are going through regular drills. In the evening we had regimental dress parade in front of our quarters. In the afternoon we received mail again and hardly any of us were disappointed. Arthur Riffle received a box of something good to eat and some towels, soap and other things which were intended for our Thanksgiving dinner; but, it came too late. We have fresh meat again. On these days I work from 6 a.m. until noon at headquarters and then returned to my company and cut the meat for supper and breakfast. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, McMasters, [David] Twist, [William] Martin, Lewis and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick book and about a dozen have sore feet. Out of our 106 men only 58 are fit for duty.

Tuesday, December 6th, 1898

The Night has been right chilly and had to make use of our Blankets but during the day we are allmost roasting there are many Rumors afloat about the Insurgent having made preparation to make a Raid on the City several suspiscious looking Character wich didnt obey the Orders of the Guard to Halt where shot death this is the Order of the day there are many Robberies comitted all over the City as well as Malette some of the Boys of the different Regiment are playing Ball every afternoon Sergt Martin an Priv Luis are both circumcused Hagen Sullivan Twist Hustead and Frank Kelly are on the sick Book and 9 others are of duty with sore Feet fresh Meat

The night has been right chilly and we had to make use of our blankets. But, during the day we are almost roasting. There are many rumors afloat about the insurgents having made preparations to make a raid on the city. Several suspicious characters who didn’t obey the orders of the guard to halt were shot to death. This is the order of the day. There are many robberies committed all over the city as well as Malate. Some of the boys of the different regiments are playing ball every afternoon. Sergeant [William] Martin and Private Lewis are both circumcised. [Samuel] Hagan, [Frank] Sullivan, [David] Twist, [Frank] Hustead and Frank Kelley are on the sick book and nine others are off duty with sore feet. Fresh meat.

Sunday, December 4th, 1898

This is anothr fine Morning all Boys are attending Services Morning and Every good many goe to the Catolic church in the afternoon we have fresh Meat every day and all are apearently satisfied with the Grub in the Evening at 9 pm our Guards where called to a place where some of the Macabebes had stabbed a Native Woman to death 13 Cuts where shown on her Bodie but their is no Clue to the Offender many arest are made these days hardly a day passes without a dozen or so arrest our Patrols are kept buisy all the time Sullivan Twist Hagen and Hustead are on the sick List and about 5 or 6 are kept on light duty

This is another fine morning. All the boys are attending services this morning. A good many go to the Catholic church. In the afternoon we have fresh meat. Every day and all are apparently satisfied with the grub. In the evening, at 9 p.m., our guards were called to a place where some of the Macabebes had stabbed a native woman to death. Thirteen cuts were shown on her body but there is no clue to the offender. Many arrests are made these days. Hardly a day passes without a dozen of so arrests. Our patrols are kept busy all the time. [Frank] Sullivan, [David] Twist, [Samuel] Hagan and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick list and about five or six are kept on light duty.

Friday, December 2nd, 1898

We had a light Rain during the Night but the Morning is prette and the Recruits get one more day to rest up they are all eager to see the sights of Manila the have a good time all are looking well we discharged our 2 China men Cook and Elected Candy Collins Chief Cook and Sparks and Kerr Assisance each men pays 30 cts per Month for the cooking Sam Hagen and David Twist are now with us again at our Quarters this only leaves 2 men in the General Hospital and Joe Johnson Sullivan and Jno Barnes in the Quarter but Twist and Hagen are of duty

We had a light rain during the night but the morning is pretty and the recruits get one more day to rest up. They are all eager to see the sights of Manila. They have a good time and all are looking well. We discharged our two Chinese cooks and elected Candy Collins Chief Cook and Ray Sparks and John Kerr Assistants. Each man [in the company] pays 30 cents per month for the cooking [to be paid to the cooks]. Sam Hagan and David Twist are now with us again at our quarters. This leaves only two men in the general hospital and Joe Johnson, [Frank] Sullivan and John Barnes in quarters. [David] Twist and [Samuel] Hagan are off-duty.

Thursday, November 3rd, 1898

This is a beautifull morning we have regular Drills fresh Meat for Dinner and Souper the boys are still celebrating Pay day good many are getting Mail and Postal Mony Orders ready for the Mail wich leave in the morning and most of us are buying Maps of the Battelfield wich are sold at 25ct USC the are verry correct we also receive the News that the US will verry likely hold all of the Philipine Island Herrington and Hustead are on the sick List Frankenberry is discharged from the Hospital this leaves Jno Baird Fred Gerriwine David Twist and Sam Hagen at the Gen Hospital

This is a beautiful morning. We have regular drills and fresh meat for dinner and supper. The boys are still celebrating pay day. A good many are getting mail and postal money orders ready for the mail which leaves in the morning. And most of us are buying maps of the battlefield which are sold at 25 cents U.S.C. (U.S. Currency). [The maps] are very correct (accurate). We also receive news that the US will very likely hold all of the Philippine Islands. [Charles] Herrington and [Frank] Hustead are on the sick list. [Joseph] Frankenberry is discharged from the Hospital. This leaves John Baird, Fred Jennewine, David Twist and Sam Hagan at the General Hospital.

Sunday, October 23rd, 1898

It has raigned pretty near all Night this Night I suffered terrible with Cramps in my Stomach and dissentary went and see the Doctor in the Morning this was a quiet Sunday just half of our Men went on Outpost some of our Men visited the churches and Hospitals and in the Evening attented service at the Opera House I was confined to my Bed all day suffered terrible all day Knotts Twist Miller Conn Hagen Frankenbery McMaster are on the Sick List Hagen Sam has Malaria Fever Frankenbery discentary and David Twist xxx desease the where taken to Brigade Hospital in the Morning

It has rained pretty near all night. This night I suffered terribly with cramps in my stomach and dysentery. I went to see the doctor in the morning. This was a quiet Sunday. Just half of out men went on outpost. Some of our men visited the churches and hospitals; and, in the evening they attended services at the Opera House. I was confined to my bed all day and suffered terribly. [George] Knotts, [David] Twist, [George] Miller, [George] Conn, [Samuel] Hagan, [Joseph] Frankenberry and [Albert] McMaster are on the sick list. Sam Hagan has malaria, Frankenberry dysentery and David Twist xxx disease. They were taken to the Brigade Hospital in the morning.