Still on the boat we think we will land monday. Left boat about 4 PM were put on lighters and sent up the Pasig River to a place called San Pedro Macati 6 miles from Manila arrived at 12 PM.
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.”
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.
Took carometa [carromata] for Capeton del Porta and at 9 a.m. the boat up river went off and left me. Carriage to Pasig cost 12 pesos –so took a car and rode out to Macati & telegraphed “No boat –extend pass” –Ans– “Very Well.” City full of sailors & soldiers. Had dinner at Paco –to Circus in eve. Tumblers & Jugglers, good –comedy bum. Slept in 16.
Went to Pasig. Visited boys in hospital, then walked to lower ferry where “New York” was hung up. Crossed to road at cut, & walked to Sn Pedro. Many amigos along road, but no trouble. Later in day a soldier was shot at 11 times here. Caught a chelais at Sn Pedro Macati and rode to Washington Restauranta where I had dinner. Later rode out to 14 Looban & had a special visit. To English Hotel at 5.30 when the curfew rang. Had a “time” with “Dick the Scout.”
[Battle at Las Pinas. See Report of Maj. Genl. Amy. for 1899–Part 2. p. 136 & 137]
Left S. P. Macati 5 a.m. Marched & fought all day. Leonard & 4 men wounded — 2 killed. Made camp in rice paddy west of Las Pinas at 7 p.m. After about hardest days experience since entering army. Terrifying incident at night.
Orders received last evening to be ready to move on 340 minutes notice. Expect to pull out tomorrow. Have had high fever & a cold for last 3 days but am better this morning, will go with command no matter how ill I may be. Left trenches 4 p.m. arrived at San Pedro Macati 8.30. Today my birthday.
Saturday. 21st Infantry start for lines near Waterworks also some regulars start for Lawton’s division to relieve Oregon. In afternoon get Carmetta [and] get Miss Bowman. Go to convent where I bought 2 Spanish & two Philippine bags also some doilies 7 a nickel of Juna [jusi] Cloth. Took some pictures of girls at work & mothers. Then started out through Paco to San Pedro Macati a fine trip through a fine country.
Every inch in rice fields well cultivated. Country is rolling in nature and hills & through a jungle of bamboo etc. Took several pictures along the road and several at San Pedro Macati from Gen. Kings old headquarters. Returning reached home at supper time. Took supper at Chinese restaurant with Tuft & Freeman.
On outpost across river in ruins of old house. Close to bamboos. All quiet. Sabia’s husband came in at 8 a.m. with presents of chickens & eggs for me. I got him a pass and went with him to his grass hut at Ususan. They fed me on eggs, boiled chicken and rice and fried bananas. Then, as I was on outpost last night Sabia spread mat and I laid down, while she squatted down on her haunches and fanned me to sleep. When the canoes were loaded, she awakened me and I had a few raw bananas. Then we floated down the river past the black ruins of Pateros, and on down the winding river until we reached the ferry at lower Pasig. I went to Pasig & had Col. Fife sign the pass. Then we swung into the river and made good time to San Pedro Macate [Makati]. 12th U.S. all along river road. A couple of catacombs on n. bank which is hilly & rocky. At Macati a Brig. Gen. Wholley signed pass and I left them to float down to Singalon [Singalong] alone. They gave me all dinero they had –12¢ Mex. and paddled down the Pasig with their loads of rice, chickens &c and white flag on bows. They used to work in the tabacalaria [Tabacalera], 5 men & 20 women and children. Came back to Pasig on H²O boat New York –& walked across to Taguig.