The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, September 30, 1898, Image 3
fw iV THE HESPERIAN. , v i-wy - . '- j" v J-w;g" ' lV f i I'"1'! wpl" M I'r'y"'1! mwhhwiI, y' l',WPIW!4jUKSiMBjUMjBwWWIMBHIBi WEEKLY JOURNAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. Vol. XXVIII. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SEPTEMBER 30, 1898. No. 3. UNIVERSITY BOYS AT MANILA. W. J. Hun'ting1 Graph icully Describes the Trip to the Philippines. Mani:, P. I., Aug. 20, 189E. Dear Pall Friends: It is about 'time I wrote j'ou a letter if I expect to get i't to you ly the opening1 of the Uni. year Now, not for the sake of apology, bu'b for education's sake, le't me tell you how I am writiwg. I am facing C. C. Tellesen, his genial countenance deeply lined with absorbed interest, for -he is writing to "some one." We are seated 'in cane chairs on the south side, (the shady side 'liere in. Manila now), of a Philippine shop. I have a second cane chair turned over for a writing fable, over which I am bent at an angle of 'thirty-three and one-third degrees. 'My much abused 'founltain pen is the only part of the writing outfit I own. The ink was borrowed at Olias. Corey's expense; the paper at Telleseni's, Behind me the river Pnsig is a scene of activity as our forces are at work, naising launches and boats sunk by the Spaniards as we came into 'the eily, down toward the mouth blasting 'has been carried on to remove 'the wrecks of Onseo's sunk to block the river against that man Dewey. Farther up the river dozens of ships lie ut anchor our prizes. So here I om in old Manila, fen thousand miles from the old Uni. on this cloudy, August morning, and "I would that I could utter The tiho'ts that arise in me." Aud if by chance I could get one solitary idea imprinted upon this (burrowed) paper I shall feel that I did not borrow this ink tin vain. I have just exchanged t!hc stamps 1 received on my last letters from America for some Philippine stamps. The woman who runs tins shvp seems very intelligent. There my desk !lias fallen, the chain, slipped down from the wall.' There, now I have it. I've got the chain on my lap and can 1eau back like a gentleman of leisure. Tellcsen lias a borrowed inxok to wrPtc op, but I wouldn't exchange for a great deal. The rumor is afloat this morning that the Nebraska boys are to go home sooiH to start inside of ten days, but I will nkt believe anything any more until I have tested the source and have made sure of the "quollen." We have been tantalized enough by reports and rumors in the army. 1 am almost ready to agree with David when he ex claimed: "All men aire liars," but I thinflc that is a little sweeping, even in the army. It -would "be a little bit discrediting to Pulladiian intelligence and1 oat riotism to attempt to give you a history of the events of out ser vice, i. e., to give them a$ a matter of history, information, etc., for you -have read the whole in the papers, trutli and falsehood together. But to make a frank confession, I shall have to wait till I get home to find out just what we have done at times in our work here. We ore left to conjure and rumor starting, and so no wonder we are vic timized by vivid imaginatkais. However I shall tell you some of our experiences, with their historical setting, in order to give you our view of things from .the field, ant) when it gets to you some months, (or possibly only weeks), her.ee you may study these pages, (search would be a less egotistical and more appropriate word), for hints of niood, character, eitc. My last letter to you was from Camp Merritit San Francisco; there I also received those eighteen missive in rerun lhan we sailed on June 15 for Honolulu. I shall ever remember that jrBv ov bivKr ies, x wrin-K so, and if It was not seasickness in out ms earnest, I pray to be spared the genuine thing. Not two hours I was feelings (wait till I fleht mosciuitoes n hit. , n.n ... sleeves. Why, those villinnous insects have half eaten me up just be cause I was absorbed- in waiting to my Pall friond. -nX ,i .. stem to realize at all that T3lv illn nrtf I suffered enoux?fh Inwf, niooa . .u! conMnfed forces. Oh the horrors of a sleepless night in an, old More house in Manila,) Well, J was feeling very -bad, such strange seusa taons rn head and digestive regions. Hut 1 said I must not give un Soon I felt much worse, and I gave up nearly everything; But I must leave the subject, it is painfully vivid yet; how I crawled nround for THEHE AltE NO BETTER SHOES F three days through sun and rain! How I slept on piles of canvas, ropes, boards, under boats and flat om the deck, any place but down in that hold where mortal stomach and brain- reeled like the heaving old ship. We got to Honolulu, were captivated by the hearty hospitality or the people, their integrity and energetic business-like qualities. The annexation bill had ixassed the house and we hoped more than ever it -would pass 'the sonde. We did not know of it unlcil we got to Manila on July 17. The vcyagc from Honolulu to Manila was ted'ioua indeed. Crowded on ship hoard1, deprived of opportunity for health lul exercise, and well arranged diet; almost suffocated in the hold', or drenched with water if we slept oiv deck; or covered with soot from the smoke stack on. clear night. We often awoko im the morning feeling stilt and tired, head ns dull ns a Philippine plough, and temper ns cites grained' as a knot; oh we were capable of doing most any thing on those 'hot days. Some nights a sihoiwer of fire came pouring out of the huge smoke stack and hot spots on, our pemsonls 60on brought us to consciousness, or if we were miissed by the tire, wo were sure to be caught by the Qi'ose when the sailors turned on 'thtei water to wet things down. One night Mr. Tellesen, and1 I lay sweetly sleeping; side by side, he on the deck floor, I on a four foot bencht. In the still hours following close upon midnight, a fearful rain storm --fearful a't least hi penetrative faculties came sweeping over the sea from the sou bin The roai disturbed my sleep a little, but I still dozed on; then the water came splashing in under -the canvas awn intg into my face; more came, 1 stirred pretty lively trying to cutI up under my blanket, and lay still, them wondering how C. C. was getting along doWni on. the floor. Ilia blanket stirred-. "Hun'ting, what shaill Ave do?" "Let's go down below." I suggested. But he was loth to go, so I concluded I could stand as much as he and. hUigged' my blanket dose. The rains-descended, (plural number, rcrncmiber), and the floodis did come, faster than. ever. A figure wrapped in a dragging blanket enme nlong the deck ait a very uncertain gait. It took a start out along toward the long stretch of humanity on the floor beside; me. The founltains of the deep were not broken up, but I know they were badiy jammed1, as 'iellescn suddenly came to n half sitting posture and roared, "Say, felCow, what " but the figure had fled down' the stairs. "Let's go down," said C. C, and down we went, only to deposit all wearing apparel and come !ack to have it out with tlie raging foe. We were paler and whiter when Ave returned, but it was mot from fear. But I would have bj borrow a great deal more paper if I told1 off half of the trouble Mr. Tellesen got me into oni the way over, and since we lanUud. Sunday morning, July 17, we pulled' slowly into Manila Bay. It was a pretty sight, the prettiest I ever saw. The hills oa each side, of Wife entrance, the slowly brigl lening twilight and the low clouds, Mice a blanket over the hills and valleys, the wide calm buy, all made it a most beautiful sight to a man who had becn on the ocean for over a month. Their Ave came in sight of Manila and Cavite. There lay Wi'e shattered hulks of the Spanish fleet, and we tried in imagination to pic-byre the quiet waters before us, as they must have appeared on Wiot Sunday morning, May 1. But Ave were not to be long Avithout oTidence of war; smoke row from the hills about Manila and the sounds of firing came faintly over from the shore. The-insurgeirts were hanging away at 'the city. Then a e longed to get ashore and have a chance July 20, we went ashore and Camp Dewey began to present n, long stretch df low white tents with just room enough for two. Pardon my mistake! strike out th word "enough" and' put in the Avord "as signed," and the truWi will be relieved from a severe dbraSni. For "There were two long boys in a dog tent, where scarcely one couldl lie, and their feet stuck out and their limls were drenched-, by rains and morning dcW." I think there is more to the atory, but I can't tell it mil on, account of the strong language used, as those boys got up at midnight Avith, the rain running freely about them, Mr, Tellesen and I Avere not in that tent, at least I Avas ndl, foi by curling upa little I always- mariaged -to keep in out of the rain. We busied ourselves at first in making OB MEN THAN REGENTS'' $3.50, , 103G 0 STBEET.