Saturday, May 20th, 1899

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

Hot and dry. Clammy heat. Wrote a letter to Lieut-Col. Wm Evans soon after prayer, a chapter in Numbers and breakfast which I did not cook. Mrs. Owens prepared the meal I furnished the bread, bacon and some butter. The 4 sailors partook thereof with us.

The letter to Lt.-Col. Evans requested him to send someone to Mrs. Wm Pollock in San Francisco with P. C. War Crys containing my articles re the Philippine expedition.

Had a long talk with Peter Weigner re himself and his fellow sailors. Said Col. Pope will give them transportation back to the United States but they must take some food aboard as food will not be furnished. I agreed to give $10 to purchase the same.

My next move was a hasty one, down to see Harry Kline at the U.S. Private (Bro.) Devine K. Bat. 3d Reg’t, Heavy Artillery. Kline wrote an order to Sergt. Wilson in another dept. the crackers to be charged to him. I paid K. 75 cts. American silver, then hastened thro’ the hot sun to the delivery dep’t near Binondo estero on Pasig quay. Had no trouble to secure an 8 lbs tin of XXX sodas. Now for home. Wrapped the tin with paper, but first wrote & copied a letter to Devine at Malolos re the crackers, tried the package up enclosing the letter therein then over to Cuartel Meisig where the box was left with instructions to send north by the 2 p.m. train. A soldier who said he takes things to the train promised to see that the crackers got off on the aforesaid train.

Returned home wet with perspiration. Settled down in the front room to rest & cool off. Bugler Mendenhall of the 1st Colorado Vol. Inf. dropped in having walked from the Water works 6 or 8 miles. Was hot & weary. Rested. We had a long conversation which ended with prayer. Is imbued with the missionary spirit. Mendenhall was a student when the war broke out & like many other students joined the U.S. army.

Rev. C. Owens returned from the post office bringing me several papers & a letter. The latter from Lieut-Col. Alice Lewis, New York; date: April 14th. The second paragraph reads: “The Commander read your 16th weekly letter (it described the Tondo uprising 22 & 23rd Feb) in its entirety to the great audience gathered in the Memorial Hall on April 10th, when the Self-Denial victories were being proclaimed. Your letter was heard with the deepest interest, and I am sure many prayers will be with you as a consequence.”

In the afternoon when the sun became more aslant and less fierce that at noon I pushed down to the post office & mailed 2 letters; also purchased stamps and at a store oatmeal. Going & returning on the Jolo street car I paid no fare because the conductor could not make charge for 10 cts. He made change for Filipino passengers.

Read several articles in Christian Alliance monthly re missions including the Philippines.

See by “Freedom” that Bro. A. W. Prautch, Methodist, has opened in Santa Cruz Dist. a reading, writing, resting & meeting room patterned after the one I am attempting to run.

Owens said he expects to return home by the next or following transport. Bade ex-Serg’t Leon Chic good-bye. Is returning home.

I laid out to purchase food for the S.S. Pennsylvania sailors 20 cts Mex yesterday and $4.20 Mex today. I buy the groceries and the Owens’ cook them.

The “Olympia” weighed anchor this p.m. She leaves for home bearing Admiral Geo. Dewey and – Brother William Eletson. Much noise will be made over George and but little over William; yet both men took part in the battle of Manila Bay, May 1st 1898, one as commanding officer in the bridge. The other as a unit, part of a great fighting machine, below. Why all the honors for George and none for William? Are they not both Americans, loyal, brave and true?

My opinion is that in the eyes of Heaven William is a greater man than George.

What a sorry picture earth’s great ones will present as they troop up to the throne of Judgement, arrayed in the rags and tatters of earthly glory. Give me my lot with Christ and His cause.

Thursday, May 18th, 1899

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

Copper change is getting very scarce. Yesterday I traveled once on a street car without paying fare and today twice because the conducted when collecting fare could not make change. The reason for the scarcity given that this copper money is worth more in Spain than it is here, hence speculators are sending the coin out of the country.

Yesterday I saw standing on the Escolta a white man dressed in a Salvation Army uniform, i.e. every thing save the cap, band, badge and S. buttons. If he is a Salvationist he is trying to hide his identity. I was told that that Salvationist dressed in uniform came here, by an outsider who claimed to have come over on the same boat with him.

Wrote & copied three letters this forenoon (1) farewell to Bro. Wm Eletson of the Flagship “Olympia” (2) to Mrs. Lt. Col. Brewer, Newark, N. Jersey putting her in Eletson’s trail to secure a biographical sketch of him by “Harbor Lights” when he arrives in New York (3) Bro. Geo. Berry, Hospital, Corregidor island, asking him to let me know by Saturday’s mail what arrangements can be made for lodging & food 2 nights & one day in case I came over by next Tuesday to hold a meeting there.

Went down to the post office & mailed the letters. While on the car, looking out of the car window I saw Bro. Hans Verweibe coming down the Escolta going towards the bridge of Spain with another man. Verweibe did not come to see me as I expected he would.

Purchased more shells from a Filipino man for my collection, which is assuming respectable proportions. This afternoon Bro. J. Merritt dropped in to see me. I was agreeably surprised. Asked me to go out for a walk with him as he wanted to learn the city. I escorted him through the notorious Tondo district & explained the points of interest to him as far as the Isabel 2d canal monument; also asked him about the state of his soul. Said he is getting along well spiritually. We prayed together before starting out. I was greatly & agreeably surprised to learn that he is doing well for which I praise God.

God the Holy Ghost blessed me with His love in my soul that night; praise to His glorious name.

Paid $35 Mex. rent to Mrs. Isabel Wood for month of May.

Rev. & Mrs. Owens had a candy pulling to commemorate the 7th Anniversary of their marriage. The Presbyterian missionary, Rev. Rodgers, Bro. Glunz & several other men were present.

 

Tuesday, May 16th, 1899

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

Feel tired tonight & more like retiring to bed than writing a diary.

Am kept on the jump from morning till night.

Read a chapter in Numbers, a psalm, prayed, cooked breakfast, then turned to & wrote & copied my 26th weekly letter to Lieut Col. Alice Lewis, New York and a letter to Admiral Geo. Dewey, who sails in the “Olympia” next Saturday for home. I thanked the Admiral for permitting me to visit the vessels of his fleet thus making the services possible I led on the “Concord”, “Raleigh”, “Charleston”, “Baltimore”, “Monterey” and “Monadnock”. The letter finished I went down to the post office and mailed them. Rec’d a letter from Bro. Wm Eletson of the Flagship “Olympia”. Requested me to see him in case I have any message to take home. Is to leave the hospital to on the “Olympia” Friday & sail Saturday. Concluded to go over to Cavite tomorrow morning (D.V.)

Met. Rev. C. Owens in the P.O. Together we called at the new American barbershop, opened yesterday for the first time. We waited a weary time for our turn to get shaved & then had to pay 50 cents, Mexican, for the shave!

Rev. Owens paid me $17.50 mex. rent for his room in No. 2, for the month April 16 to May 15th. Receipted for the money. Got back home just in time to escape a heavy shower. Took a lunch & after the shower cleared away. Owens called a quilez or we two drove down to the Post Captains Office. At the quay I hired a sampan for $2.50 mex. 3 Filipino boatmen, to take us out to H.M.S. “Powerful” and back. Crawling in under the low bamboo roof. Owens & I cut down close to the floor on a seat about 2 inches above the bottom. It was on hard row out & back to near the sea wall. Here our boatmen threw a line to some bargemen who were being towed in by a tug. After that we went flying over the bay and up the Pasig.

My visit to the “Powerful” was in answer to a letter of invitation written by Private Wm Hy. Barnes, Mess 48; Royal Marines. Took 1 copy London War Cry & 1 copy London War Cry & I copy Toronto do, Easter edition. A marine received us at the landing. Had only 30 minutes to 4 p.m. when visitors must go ashore. During this brief period. I met & spoke to 3 of the 9 comrades. One of them is in the hospital. A comrade shared us over part of the vessel. The war vessel is a monster. The Britishers hold service on the upper deck every night, amidships but the attendance is small. There are many backsliders on board. When we left one of the comrades asked me to call again. There are 840 men on the vessel.

From the quay (Pasig) landing O & I walked back to No. 2. Met Mr. Randall, British Bible Society colporteur & a negro sitting in a Chinese store. We halted. Talk. Answered their question stating we were just in from H.M.S. the “Powerful.” “Are you not afraid to go abroad?” inquired. “Oh no,” I replied, “England is our friend.” Negro. “Yes – the most friendly of our enemies.” Owens. “England can whip the United States can whip England”. “We had better part company or there’ll be trouble”. Exit Owens & the writer.

Cooked supper after my return home & now for bed is past 9.

Thursday, May 4th, 1899

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

Taps is sounding over in the Cuartel Meisig as I commence to pen these lines. I am weary. Have been absent all day in Cavite including the ferry trip there & back. Read a chapter in Numbers and prayed. Next cooked breakfast & ate thereof but took not the time to wash dishes. Walked to the Cavite ferry. Was set down in C. about 9.45 a.m. My first business was to drop into a Filipino barber shop on Calle Real & get shaved. The sign says: “For Americans Only”. Next called on Bro. Z.K. Miller, engineer of the Ice factory. Had a spiritual talk. I mistake my first call after leaving the barber shop was an Private (Bro.) Chester Blaney of H.C. 10th Penn. Inf. is just pulling thro’ a spell of sickness. Encouraged him on religious lines & prayed with him. This was in the Collegio de Sagrada Familia. Gave Blaney some San Francisco War Crys for distribution among his comrades.

From the Ice factory I went to the Navy Hospital in the Arsenal where I remained sometime with Bro. Wm Eletson of the Flagship “Olympia”. Cheering him, specially on religious line, as the dear Lord is not unmindful of what happens to His servants. Eletson said Admiral Dewey while visiting the hospital recently spoke a few minutes to him & promised him that he should return home with his vessel. Eletson is afflicted with that mysterious & presumably incurable disease, beri-beri. Left some War Crys with Eletson & others to read. Pressed the subject of salvation on the attention of the chief nurse. Before bidding E. good-bye knelt down & prayed with hin. He gave me $1 greenback for the S.A. work. I advised him to help the Hongkong or Yokohama S.A. sailors’ houses, but he insisted that I should take it.

Had dinner, which a Chinese coolie cooked in the establishment of Mr. W.B. Silver on Calle Real. Paid 30 cts Mex for it. Very poor meal. S. said his place does not pay.

From the restaurant-salon, went over to the General Hospital to visit Bro. Hans Verwiebe (Salvationist) & Bro. [Sutton]. Gave Verweibe some War Crys for himself & the hospital people to read. He donated me 50 cts silver. I spoke to one of the hospital force who knew me in Mendocino county Cal. About the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayed with A.J. Smith in his room. He accompanied me across the street to make the acquaintance of Blaney. Two showers in Cavite while I was there.

Returned to Manila on the 4 p.m. ferry. Before going home called “Times Office” at the post office and purchased oatmeal in a Spanish store. Took street car back. Passed Clayton Scott, who brought some commissary supplies from H. Kline.

At home Private (Bro.) W. I. Mason Co. D. 9th U.S. Inf. was awaiting my return. A talk with him. Also did other personal dealing with men today re the importance of seeking Christ & His salvation.

Cooked supper & washed dishes. Am tired.

While standing over the cook pots heard rifle firing apparently in Malate. Sounded familiar.

Shooting is heard outside the city tonight; reminds me of the recent battles in the outskirts of Manila.

Monday, Apr. 3d, 1899

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

The war situation today greatly relaxed. That is the tension. Tonight our neighborhood resounds with vocal and instrumental music, and laughter – English and Spanish. Everybody seems to be happy. The embryo brass band of the Utah Light Artillery that has been at the front since the outbreak, returned with the expectation of going out no more. It is rumored about town that Aguinaldo has made overtures of peace, but the “Times” of this evening says nothing about peace, but whatever is the cause there appears to be a break in the clouds of war, thank God.

Rev. & Mrs. Owens returned today after being absent since Saturday.

I received 2 letters (1) Wm Eletson, Flagship “Olympia”. Is praying for me & the comrades at the front. Expects to go with his vessel to HongKong this month. (2) Ensign Maj Jackson, Kowloon near HongKong China. Has been sick again, & passed thro’ the greatest trial of her life. Cannot study Chinese, because of sickness. Brother Glidden of the s.s. “Coptic” called to see her, also Private Spankie of the Idaho Vol. Inf. The latter is going home to California. Is unsaved. He reported to Jackson that I am doing a good work here: to God be the glory, amen. Jackson felt greatly tempted to return home. Acknowledged the $10 Mex. I sent her some time ago. Also said Lt.-Col. Wm Evans of San Francisco wrote her a letter asking that she make arrangement for the publishing of the San Francisco Chinese War Cry in Hongkong. Thinks arrangements have about been perfected to do so. I was sorry to learn thro’ the letter that a lawsuit has been decided against Brother Geo. Montgomery that will sadly cripple him financially. She asks me to pray for him. Will do so. Is a grand man.

Wrote & copied 3 letters (1) Lt.-Col. Wm Evans containing my narrative – 16 pages Ms. of Philippine experiences. (2) Answer to Wm Eletson (3) Answer to Ensign Jackson. I went to the post office & mailed Evans‘ letter which caught the U.S. mail via Nagasaki, on the transport “Sherman”.

Chaplain Stephenson called today to see the Owens’ while they were absent. He & I had conversation re war & other topics.

The private of the 23d U.S. Infantry who wanted my prayers did not call as per his promise.

Read some today re libraries in Encyclopedia Britannica, also an article by Villiers re the Japanese massacre in Port Arthur, China.

Cut out some clippings from the Houston Texas “Post”. Bible reading & prayer this morning. Cooked breakfast and supper. Cold dinner.

Wednesday, March 8th, 1899

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

As usual after morning ablutions, read Scripture –chapter in Exodus– & communion with my precious Creator. To such thrice blessed souls as have had a revelation of God in His “new best name of Love” He is precious. Cooked breakfast washed dishes took dinner late with Rev. & Mrs. Owens & made supper of dry bread & lemonade.

Such is batching in Manila.

Remained at home all day; only went as far as the Cuartel Meisig to purchase a loaf of bread.

Wrote & copied 3 letters (1) Lt-Col Wm Evans, sending him 7¼ pages Ms. copy for S.F. War Cry –narrative of Philippine experiences. Subheads: “Fort Rice”, “A Mummy”, “Damasa Garcia” & “Wild Boys.” Sent him 7 Kodak views taken by myself, to illustrate the same.

Time seems to fly remarkably fast. Days go by & I wonder what has been accomplished. (2) Lt-Col. Alice Lewis, New York, 18th weekly letter. (3) Wm Eletson on Flagship “Olympia.” Encouraging him on spiritual lines, asking movements of the flagship’s launches with a view to trying again to hold a service aboard & also asked names of commanding officers of the vessels.

Private Clayton Scott came in this evening. Sent the letter to the post office, also a bundle of mixed War Crys for the “Olympia” & H.M.S. “Narcissus” –British. Prayed with Scott. Said his brother will probably be released from Bilibid prison today & tomorrow.

At the Utah bakery a Utah artilleryman said a big advance will be made tomorrow by American troops. Lying in trenches is growing monotonous to the men, when rain commences will be very disagreeable.

General Order No. 6 –issued by Major General Otis is quite an inconvenience to such as I who desire to conduct evening services. The second & last paragraph reads as follows:

“2. Until otherwise ordered the inhabitants of Manila will confine themselves to their homes after 7 in the evening & at that hour the streets will be cleared by the police. Very active demonstrations will be made against incendiaries or suspected incendiaries who are discovered in any locality of the city.

By command of Major General Otis.

Thomas H. Barry, Asst’g Adj. Gen’l.”

The war so far has not been destructive to American life seriously. The “Times” of 7th March reports: Total dead in field and hospital, 87; total wounded brought in, 247. Total dead & wounded brought in 334. Cases of exhaustion since returned to duty 22; wounded men returned to duty, 58. God has favored the American cause, praise His name.

President McKinley by proclamation restored property of Cortes family, No. 17 Calle Gandara where I first resided in Manila, was the city residence of Senor Maximo Cortes.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31st, 1898

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

Last day of 1898. Unto the Lord my God be the glory and praise for the good accomplished. He has kept me from disaster in the perilous hour of temptation. He has protected me from physical dangers. Truly the Lord is good to me. Truly ’98 has been an eventful year to me. God has given me opportunity to preach Christ & Him crucified in both the eastern & the western hemispheres & saved souls.

Have just returned from the barracks of the 3d Battalion of the 1st South Dakota Vol. Inf. The night is distributed by the report of exploding firecrackers. My underwear is with perspiration. I led a service in the splendid ex-Spanish mansion in San Miguel St. occupied by the 3d Bat. 1st South Dakota, 12 Salvationists assisted me. Hines, Lloyd, Berry & Freeman, of the 1st Montana, Private Frank Amie 3d Artillery, H. Battery; Private Schurmerhorn 2d Oregon; Pines, Waterman, Bertrand and Georgeson 1st South Dakota; Scott North Dakota & Private Flansberg, 13th Minnesota, Vol. Inf. Audience 85.

Private Georgeson settled details for the service. When I arrived the regimental brass band was playing selections in front the main entrance. Finished about 7.30.p.m. Candles were hurriedly lighted when they were through and entering into the vast vestibule of this elegant mansion we struck up the song “the blood of Jesus cleanseth white as snow don’t you know” etc. Throughout the meeting attention splendid. No souls publicly tried to get saved. After meeting Bertrand showed me thro’ the Battalion quarters. Before service I returned to Private Berry $5 gold of the $15, he put in my care some time ago. Have still $10 of his money. Some of the other Salvationists were talking of making me their banker. This is not of my seeking. Am afraid of getting robbed.

Rev. Chas. Owens went to the post office & brought back for me a large newspaper mail & several letters (1) from Maj. Acum London en/c another from L.B. Armstrong of Barcelona. Spain who wants me to put his new Tagalog scriptures into circulation (2) Staff Capt. E.J. Symons, Hongkong endorses bill for $9.20 Mex. for printing 92 Kodak pictures; (3) Capt. Port, S.F. re sending Kodak films to Kline for me. (4) Letter from Lt.-Col. Wm Ewans with salary remittance of $18 U.S. coin. Date,       ’98. I collected the same at the post office and paid $2 to the Lord on Tenth League a/c.

Visitors today about 6.

Comrade Wm Eletson of the Flagship “Olympia” called to see me. Donated $3 Mex to assist my work. He told me interesting anecdotes re Rear Admiral Geo. Dewey that I may relate later in this diary.

I cooked breakfast, then dinner on Eletson’s a/c & last supper.

Rec’d of S.F. War Crys: No. 572, Nov. 12th copies 119

“                     “       “         “   573   “     19         “       120

“                     “       “         “  574   “     26         “       120

Sent 12 copies 4 of each edition by Eletson, for distribution aboard the “Olympian”.

Took 20 copies of No. 572 ed. with me to the 3d Bat. of 1st South Dakota Vol. Inf. & distributed them.

While at the Dakota quarters while waiting for the brass band to finish its old year work I utilized the time by arranging with the Salvationists for a squad to accompany me to Corregidor Island tomorrow. God willing.

Returning from the Dakota quarters tonight the salons were crowded with drinking, noisy American soldiers.

Well the year is almost done. It has in the main been spent in the service of God. His providence has not failed me in a single instance. I am saved & sanctified tonight because my Redeemer kept me. The Holy Ghost has been my guide & comforter. To my God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I give all the glory (for it belongs to God) for whatever good has been accomplished thro’ my feeble instrumentality. I pray & trust my faithful God to keep & use me through the coming year 1899.

~ Good – bye 1898 ~

Saturday, Dec. 24th, 1898

Camp Santa Mesa –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo.

Christmas Eve on a foreign shore, but our environments are radically different from what we have been accustomed to in the home-country. Anywhere for Jesus. Cooked breakfast of ham & chocolate, fried oatmeal mush left over from last night.

Struck out for San Miguel & took 3 photographs there & left a film with a soldier-photographer to develop for me. Comrades Hines (who is a company barber) shaved me for free. From the 2d to 3d battalion barracks I returned to the Escolta. Could not get either a postal money order, note or check at the post office or bank for $3 to remit that am’t to Staff Captain F. Symons at Hongkong for the balance required to print my Kodak films. Returning home about noon near Calle del Rosario passed the quarters of part of the 20th Kansas Vol. Inf. Their guns were stacked in the street, their knapsacks packed & ready inside the building & the soldiers lying around waiting orders. So much for Filipino friendship. The Montana and South Dakota regiments were roused up late last night. False alarm from the outpost. This condition of affairs cannot continue much longer.

Comrade Eletson of “Olympia & Dansare of the “Charleston” paid me a visit this afternoon likewise Private Harry Kline of Co. K. 1st California Vol. Inf. He brought me 12 Kodak films, sent by Lt.-Col. Wm Evans from San Francisco.

I had a long talk with Kline who is in a backslidder state & advised him to return to Jesus. Prayed with him. Would not give his heart to the Savior.

Write & copied 4 letters. Took dinner with Rev. Owens.

Kline said ex-Lieut-Col. J. J. Keppel & wife are returning to California to take charge of the American volunteer work for the Ballington Booth’s movement. Kline also brought me gloomy tidings officers & soldiers leaving the Salvation Army because of double-dealing on the part of the Booth-Tucker, Mrs. Evans & their respective chief assistants. I hope what K. said is not true. Made me feel bad. May God direct the S.A.

Took a cup of lemonade, 2 bananas & some dry bread for supper. Then hurried away to the Escolta where several Salvationists had agreed to rendezvous. Comrades Hines, Berry, Lloyd & Freeman of the Montana regm’t & Clayton Scott of the North Dacota’s met me there in front of the post office. Two quilez’ were hired & drove us out to Camp Santa Mesa where the 1st Nebraska’s Vol. Inf. are encamped on a hill. We arrived late; found the Chaplains tent filled with singing soldiers. Had an audience of 50 Chaplain Mailie testified, also our 6 Salvationists & some others. While the meeting was in progress I heard an Insurgent bugle blast or call in the distance. The Filipino troops, I heard surround Camp Santa Mesa on three sides.

I read the Scripture – Luke re the birth of our blessed Christ & exhorted the troops to yield to Him. None came forward. Several invitations were extended to us to come again.

An agreeable flutter of excitement struck the Montana boys today while I was in their quarters – Christmas boxes came.

Visitors 7 at No. 2 Calle Santa Elena.

Rev. Owens’ said he heard that tonight is the time set for the Filipinos to break loose.

Bro. Eletson of the Olympia said Rear Admiral Geo. Dewey is troubled much by autograph fiends who annoy him with their importunity. Dewey goes through his waste paper basket & hunts for everything personally bearing his signature & run a knife across it to spoil the signature. Eletson knowing the Admiral’s habit in respect resorted to a stratagem to secure an autograph for Senator Perkins of California. The Senator tried to get it but failed. Eletson sent in a request asking an extended furlough ashore – not expecting as a matter of course to get it. In due course request was returned, with the Admirals signature refusing to grant permission.

Sunday, Dec. 11th, 1898

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

The air is full of rumors on impending war with the Filipinos and preparation for some unusual event is evident. For the first time I met since their arrival in force, Kansas (20th reg’t) 51st Iowa’s, (Inf) Nevada Cavalry, Tennessee infantry and Wyoming battery. On my way to & from Cavite.

The 18th infantry privates were rounded up by their “non-coms” today & kept in their quarters ready for instant service. Rumor says the artillery have ammunitions ready. I heard artillery had been sent outside the gate in the wall facing San Roque. I essayed to go thro’ the gate but for the first time was halted by a sentry.

A Spanish woman who lives in the basement of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Manila, & begs food from us occasionally, told Brother (Rev.) Owens today that she overheard some Filipinos say they intend attacking the Americans.

I have a feeling that we shall soon be in the midst of a war with them, which I would very much deplore.

I was out of bed early. Prayed to my precious God. Cooked breakfast. Private G. Scott arrived. I hastened away without washing dishes. Took 8.30a.m. ferry to Cavite. Scott paid fares both ways.

I noticed the monitor “Monadnock” has taken up her position close to Manila, near mouth of the Pasig. Looks suspicious of impending trouble.

A steam launch was sent ashore for us & took us out to the U.S. Cruiser “Charleston” from the ferry boat. Lieut–Commander Blacklinger & Ensign Evans (officer of the deck) received us courteously. Mess table seats were brought up from below & arranged on the upper deck. Audience about 40. I was told this was the 2d meeting held on board since the cruiser went into commission.

Indeed we Salvationists are the only religionists holding evangelical services on the ships of Dewey’s squadron.

No souls forward. Clayton Scott & Bro. Dansare (seaman) assisted me. Were given dinner with the sailors & put ashore in the arsenal at 1.30p.m.

Called at the Divisional Hospital in Calle Arsenal to seek specially Bro. Hans Verwiebe who is cooking there-pastry. Found him in the kitchen. Belongs to S.F. No. 2. Talked salvation with him & encouraged him to go on.

Next Co. K. 18th U.S. Infantry stationed in the church & urged ex-Capt. Chas Spurgeon of Co. K. to return to Christ & the S.A. Refused. Also urged Private Ed Franzen to get Jesus to heal his backslidings. Said he thinks he is O.K. Was lying on the floor with a piece of mosquito netting about his head. Said he had come off duty & was very tired. So I left him.

I (in company with a soldier) examined this strange gloomy old monastery; also the church building attached to the “Colegio de la Familia Sagrada” on Calle Arsenal.

Returned to Manila on the 4.p.m. ferry boat.

On the trip spoke to a number of men personally about Christ & salvation on the boat, in hospital, on the street and on the war vessel.

Distributed War Crys (S.F) as follows:

In Divisional Hospital, Miscellaneous, copies 10.

On Cruises “Charleston” No. 570 edition, “     25.

18th U.S. Infantry, No. 570 edition Sept.     “     15

“                        “       “ 565     “         Sept. 24 “     3

“                        “       “ 566     “         Oct. 15 “     3

“                        “       “ 567     “         Oct. 18 “     3

Arrived home late & cooked supper for 4 men including myself; Scott, Wm W. Eletson & A. Marquardt _ last 2 of “Olympia”. After eating went into a meeting immediately & led it. Audience 16. No souls forward.

Donations: Calvin Liles, of U.S.C. Charleston $2. Mex.

“         A. Marguardt of Flagship “Olympia” $3 “

The U.S. soldiers make use of wood in the Roman Catholic church buildings for cooking purpose. I noticed during my visit today to the Collegio dela Familia Sagrada, that the timbers are being taken down from the ceiling, floor, etc. The Filipinos first gutted these edifices.