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Apr 1 Had muster at 8.40 very windy all day done some washing up. Sergt Weiss and 4 men returned at 7.30 PM from Bulan brought some Manila papers and a rumor that we would be relieved between apr 8-15 Rained hard all night

Apr 2 No Reveille rain fellows all in quarter reading papers rain all day wrote a letter at night.

Apr 3 Sail boat came in with potatoes and onions Launch came in with Capt Terry rations and some clothing rumored we will leave Manila on the Lavilan between April 15-30 Mosquites bad

April 4 Launch left for Sorsogon at daybreak. was all day short drill in afternoon slight shower at night.

Apr 5 Went on guard at guard house rained at night

Apr 6 No inspection acct rain two rumors came in from arrosin (?) with a dispatch that forty riflemen from Bellamina's command were advancing to attack the town Lt Clark and 25 men started out at 1.30 PM with three days rations clear and warm at night Large Transport passed at 6 PM going towards Manila

Apr 7 Easter Sunday clear and warm slept in the morning watched the cock fights in afternoon Native runner came in from Bulan.

Apr 8 Kitchen police very little work. Capt send a runner out to Lieut Clark with a message. Expect hikers in tomorrow

Apr 9 Sergt Dunkle and 10 men came ina about noon pretty well broke up Lieut Clark and the rest of hiker came in about 4. Oclock drilled in afternoon

Apr 10 Went on guard at Guard house quite all day hikers resting

Apr 11 Came off guard slept in the morning Major Johnson 46 inf came in on launch had general inspection half an hour after another pipe to be relieved by 5th cav about Apr 20. Major stayed all night.

Apr 12 Major Johnson left on the launch at daybreak Prvt Kelly Lee and Flood put under arrest. rain

Apr 13 Inspection at 9.30 AM Capt read order regarding reinlisting and that we would be relieved between Apr 15 and May 1 at Retreat read an order regarding boxes to be taken back

Apr 14 Sunday Reveille done away with painted our box and lettered it also lettered Baldwin box for him fellows all fixing things up ready to leave had few fights had at the cock-pit very warm all day. mosquitos very bad at night Kline put under arrest in quarter patrol went out scouting for drunks

Apr 15 Had a thunder storm all day and night fellows are anxiously waiting for a boat heard from a prow that it was in Bulan passed night away sewing clothes Launch stopped on return from Gubat at 9PM Prvt Murray put in solitary confinement for drunkeness Schoch relieved after 43 days in the hospital

Apr 16 Launch left at 4.3 AM Went on guard at No 1 post clear and warm all day. bakery stopped baking bread

April 17 Came off guard rained all day

Apr 18 On old guard rained all day

Apr 19 Rained went out shooting

Apr 20 Paymaster came in paid us for March --

Apr 21 Cock fighting - clear

Apr 22 Clear

Apr 23 Clear

Apr 24 Clear and warm

Apr 25 Clear steamer came in with 49 men of Co F of 15 inf moved into church packed everything up

Apr 26 Steamer returned from Gubat with L. Co left at 4 PM for Bulan arrived at 7.30 PM.

Apr 27 B. co boarded at 6.30 left at 9 AM arrived at Sorsogon at 1 PM went ashore at 4 PM town is decorated for the Civil Commisioners native hung here yesterday for murder

Apr 28 Cock fighting town decorated natives had fire-works at night

Apr 29 Rain

Apr 30 Peace Comm came in on the Transport Sumner had muster by Major Weiss at 4 PM


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