ANONYMOUS AMERICAN SAILOR 1907 DETAILED HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A KEEN EYED AMERICAN SAILOR - GUAM, MANILA, HONG KONG - SUPER CONTENT
Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia, Phillippines, 1907 Good+ Manuscript
This is an early diary, thin leather covers, measuring approx. (4 1/4" x 6 1/2"). It is written in very easy to read period brown ink. There are a total of (66) pages filled out. The diary was kept by a U.S. sailor, who made entries from his departure date in San Fransisco on July 1, 1907 to Nov. 10, 1907 when he arrived in Hong Kong. The first page reads "DIARY OF MY TOUR AROUND THE WORLD". The sailor first writes "JULY 1, 1907 - SIGNED ON U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT SHERMAN AS AN OILER". The following pages are headed "AT SEA - HONOLULU - MIDWAY ISLAND - GUAM - MANILA - CAVITTE - HONG KONG". His voyage continues, ending in Hong Kong. His descriptions of the voyage, other sailors, experiences, native people, sights, points of interest, etc. are very interersting and quite descriptive. Much of the diary is concerned with his time in Manila. Once there, he takes a job as a stock clerk with Castle Bros. He then goes to work for the government and describes bossing approx. 200 men. After working in Manila for a month or two, he then sails to Hong Kong. During his trip, he describes: EVERYBODY BEING EXTREMELY HOT, HOMESICK AND SEASICK - DESCRIBES RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL IN MANILA - HAVING A JAPANESE MASSAGE THAT HE WILL NEVER FORGET - GETTING A TATTOO - STAYING ON A STEAMER AND BOSSING (200) MEN REPAIRING BARGES - SNEAKING INTO AN INVITATION ONLY HIGH LEVEL MEETING WITH WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT SETTING UP THE PARLIAMENT OF MANILA AFTER THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR (HE DESCRIBES THE SPEECH AND DECORATIONS) - TELLS OF ENTERING AN ATHLETIC RACE DURING A LARGE CELEBRATION FOR TAFT - FAKING A FEVER TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN SICK BAY, ONLY TO BE FOUND OUT BY THE DOCTOR AND BEING KICKED OUT OF THE INFIRMARY PERMENANTLY - DESCRIBES GUAM - DESCRIBES MANILA HARBOR, PEOPLE, SIGHTS - MUCH MORE ABOUT MANILA: PARTYING, DANCING, ENGLISH, CHINESE, AMERICAN RESIDENTS, SIGHTSEEING - DETAILED AND GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF A COCK FIGHT - MEETS MANY 1898 AND 1899 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR VETERANS LIVING IN MANILA AFTER THE WAR - DESCRIBES HONG KONG AND IT'S PEOPLE - etc. There are too many stories, descriptions and anecdotes to list! He peppers some of his descriptions with racial slurs (n----r, c---k). Some of his exact entries include "TROOPS HAVE ARRIVED, 30TH INFANTRY, MUCH EXCITEMENT AND CONFUSION (description of leaving on his voyage) - BIG CROWD, FAREWELL, BAND PLAYING, LARGE CROWD - PARTNER OILER SMASHED TWO FINGERS - PHILIPPINO STUDENTS, AMERICAN EDUCATED, ON BOARD FOR MANILA - (HONOLULU) KANKA BOYS SWAM TO MEET US, DIVING FOR COINS - ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND PLAYING, FAREWELL, MANY SOLDIERS WEEPING - MIDWAY ISLAND, LONG NARROW, SANDY REEF WITH NO POINT HIGHER THAN 10 FEET ABOVE THE OCEAN, ONLY GOVT. OFFICIALS ARE THE INHABITANTS - COMPLETED 1ST. MONTH IN GOVT. EMPLOY, HARDEST WORK IS HOLLERING "SIGI" AT ANY N-----R WHOM I SEE SOLDERING - FOUND MYSELF IN A "C---K (Chinese)" THEATER TONIGHT - THOUSANDS OF CHINESE SAMPANS HAVE SURROUNDED THE BOAT - etc. Overall, very nice condition. Very clean with no damage. The writing is colorful and very easy to read. The covers are well attached and the interior pages are tight. The edge of the spine is covered with a piece of cloth tape.