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Jan 1. 1901 New Years Day still raining hard came off guard at 6 AM small steam boat named Cocu came in with the Presidente and his household goods Colonels Launch came in about an hour later received 2 letters 1 from home and 1 Mamie Lane. Launch left at noon A hyke ordered by Colonel got beer in quarters.

Jan 2 Hykers left at 4 PM Lieut Clark and 36 men arrived at Magaolallinas at 12.30 PM. eat dinner and at left at 130 PM arrived at -at 4PM eat supper and left for Bulusan arrived at 8.30 PM. sleep all night in an old stone building

Jan 3 woke up at 5 AM did not sleep on account of rain were greeted with a volley from the emeny for breakfast lazed around all day sleep in the same place at night

Jan 4 left Bulusan at 8 AM for home marched to and slept in an old spanish tower all night.

Jan 5 started for home arrived at Matnog at 4.15 PM everybody tired out

Jan 6 everybody resting up nothing of importance received new black belts

Jan 7 Sergt Weiss and detachment went out on a hyke came in with no news.

Jan 8 Rained hard all day.

Jan 9 Colonels launch came in got news of Lieut Slacks death recev receved orders for a hike Launch layed here all night

Jan 10 Went on guard on bridge hikers left at 5 AM under Lieut Clark 40 men.

Jan 11 Came off-guard Sergt Rech with Detachment went out came in 5 PM nothing seen

Jan 12 hikers still out receved beer at night had pretty good time

Jan 13 On Guard on bridge nothing of imp hikers returned at noon had no fighting.

Jan 14 Hike went out under Rech had small fight no one hurt

Jan 15 heavey rain.

Jan 16 " "

Jan 17 Went on guard at Commisary rained all day

Jan 18 Corpl Rollins went out with small detachment went to Magdallenas nothing of value

Jan 19 Inspection at 9.30 went on hike to Magdallenas captured an insurgent Capt. 6 PM boat with part of 45 Reg came into harbor to avoid heavy sea Colonels launch came in at 5 30 PM Our Corpl got a Christmas box received a piece of fruite cake Boat Castellano

Jan 20 Colonels launch left at 9 AM small hike under Sergt Cahill went out

Jan 21 Went on guard at head quarter. with Danfield small hike with natives found 2 amigos Boloed by insurgents first plug of tobacco in town hike went out under Lieut Clark with pack mules

Jan 22 Boat Castellana came in again could not get through straits the boys sleep on land and gave us an entertainement 4 colored men of the 11 Calvary

Jan 23 Paymaster came in at 8 AM unloaded rations got some cabbage first on the Island Paymaster left at 2.30 PM.

Jan 24 Generals boat came in with mail and rations Boat Francesca Reyes Colonels launch came in at 7.30 PM with little mail Capt Pony (?) and Lieut of 45 Reg came ashore

Jan 25 Small earthquake in the forenoon Castellano still in the harbor natives boxing fun to see them On Guard at Guard House

Jan 26 Castellano left at 8 AM , can by 2 bottles of beer every day forged check were circulated around town Privt Baldwin hull. Lubsch Quinn Kelly put in Guard house Lieut Clark returned with hikers and 22 prisoners no fighting of any kind

Jan 27 A sma 4 mast transport passed enroute to the States all the soldiers under arrest re- were released

Jan 28 Stood Reveille -- first time in garrison had short drill. another large boat passed insurgents tried to burn tower end of town

Jan 29 Several boats passed

Jan 30 Went Guard at Guard-House

Jan 31 Had Muster at 10.AM relieved from guard sleep in the morning. Top (?) Sergt read out an order for 2 men who wanted to go on police force in Manila.


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