Thursday 31st

En route from Nagasaki to Shanghai. Fine day all day. Worked all day figuring tractions tables. We are crossing the Yellow Sea but the water don't look any different from any other sea. The orders are that we don't go ashore at Shanghai without permission from E.J.B. Guess I won't go ashore as it isn't much fun when you are broke and about seventy-five per cent of the crowd is in that condition at present.

Wednesday 30th

Memorial Day in the States but it doesn't seem much like it here. The Cherry sisters were ordered out of the hotel, refused to go and if it hadn't been for the women siding in with them they would have been put out. The crowd chipped in and bought Mr. Willsher, the manager of the hotel, a couple of vases to show our appreciation of the way he acted during the affair. We worked in the morning and in the afternoon came aboard the ship which came out of dry dock this A.M. They are coaling ship this afternoon and it certainly is an interesting sight. There are about 1500 Jap men and women and they stand on stairways rigged out from the side of the ship and pass the coal up in baskets. We counted 40 baskets go up on stairway in one minute; there are about 30 stairways in all and each basket holds about 20 or 25 pounds so it don't take long. We took on 2000 tons in less than ten hours. Sailed at 10 P.M. for Shanghai and everybody was glad to leave Nagasaki with its sand pillows and mattresses and bed bugs.

Tuesday 29th

Fine day. Worked in A.M. In P.M. went to another ball game with the Jap school. We won 2-5 owing to the masterly pitching of Davis who struck out 15 men. In the evening two of the teachers known as the "Cherry Sisters" appeared on the street in kimonos. Added to the other crimes they had committed this was too much and the bunch caught them and ducked them in the bay. They called the police and there was a devil of a time generally.

Monday 28th

Cloudy in the A.M. Worked all day. Cleared off in P.M. Ladies go up a concert in the parlor after dinner.

Saturday 26th

Fine day. Johnson relieved the tobacco famine by getting a lot from the transport "Sheridan" which came in yesterday. Sat around and played cards about all day. In the evening went to a smoker while the Nagasaki Bowling Club gave to the party. It developed into a large and handsome time.

Sunday 27th

Several dark brown tastes at breakfast. A cold rainy day all day. Went over to the steamer in the P.M. Saw the I.D.L. steamer "Roon" in dry dock. She went aground coming through the Inland Sea.

Thursday 24th

Fine day. Loafed around hotel about all day. Worked on tables in P.M. Went up in tenderloin district after supper and saw fight between French sailor and a Jap.

Friday 25th

Another fine day. In P.M. went to a ball game between teachers and a Jap team. Japs won 15-9. They play a pretty good game and show effect of coaching. Imagine they are easy to teach the game. Visible supply of good American tobacco is getting low.

Monday 21st

Foggy in A.M. Reached Nagasaki about 4:30 P.M. Didn't go ashore to-night. Taken sick (later) with indigestion. And didn't sleep any all night.

Tuesday 22nd

Sick as blazes all day. Came ashore about two P.M. and went to bed. Ship is in dry dock. All the 1st cabin passengers are at the Nagasaki Hotel. We are packed in 4 to a room. The pillows are stuffed with sand or something hard.

Wednesday 23rd

One month from K.C. Felt better this A.M. Got up and went over to the ship. Stayed round the hotel most of the day and worked on some cost sheets in the afternoon. Cruised round town a little after supper. Fair day.

Sunday May 20th

Fine day. Left Kobe at 12:30 P.M. and sailed down through Inland Sea of Japan. Lots of little islands and narrow passages. Should reach Nagasaki some time to-morrow.

Saturday 19th

Fair day. Ashore in A.M. and walked around town being broke. Stayed aboard in P.M. and slept and read. Kobe not such an attraction as Yokahama.

Thursday 17th

En route from Yokahana to Kobe. Foggy and hot and muggy. Sailed along the sight of coast nearly all the way and reached Kobe 8:30 PM. Quarantine. Raining hard now so stayed aboard. Sat up nearly all night reading "The Spoilers". Fine book.

Friday 18th

Aboard in A.M. figuring tables. Warm and partly cloudy. Ashore with Worthington in P.M. Walked and rickshawed round the town and went up to a waterfall in the hills back of the town. Saw a Japanese funeral.

Tuesday 15th

A whole crowd of us went out on an expedition to the tea houses in the A.M. In the P.M. I stayed aboard until four then went ashore and got some of my clothes. Stayed aboard in evening.

Wednesday 16th

Went ashore on first boat and got the rest of my clothes. We sailed at noon for Kobe. Fine day all day.

Sunday 13th

When we woke up we were anchored off quarantine. About seven we were all lined up for inspection by the quarantine officers and during breakfast the ship moved inside the breakwater to the inner harbor. We all went ashore and the whole crowd hired rickshaws and did up the town until lunch. After tiffin we went ashore again and got measured for khaki and duch suits. There we took rickshaws and visited the Yoshivara. ___ the best and we stayed there about an hour. Came back to the ship and stayed aboard in the evening. It rained all day. There are a number of warships in the outer harbor including the Wisconsin, Ohio, Raleigh, Charleston, the German battleship Hausa and the French battleships. The Empress of China came in and moored near us during the afternoon.

Monday 14th

This was an elegant day and most of the crowd went up to Tokyo. In the morning Oliver and I got rickshaws and went for a ride out into the country. We stopped at a pretty little tea house and had tea and cigars while Sokuka and her friends entertained us with a few up-to-date songs including Teasing and a few others of the vintage of 1895. In the P.M., Moore, Oliver and I took a sampan and went over to the Wisconsin. Then we went ashore and visited Sokuka and her friends again. The rickshaw and sampan men have us all sized up for easy marks but we are getting wise to them. They ask where we are from and when we say "the Minnesota" they double the price. In the evening we went ashore again and went looking for the original #9 which we heard was away out in the country. We fetched up about four miles out of the city and were surrounded by about a thousand Japs who seemed to be all worked up over something. We gave them our regards and beat it. The rickshaw men were all tired out so we had to come back by trolley.

Saturday 12th

Nice warm sunny day, the first of the trip. Stayed out on deck about all day. We made a record run of 367 miles and at noon were only 237 miles from Yokahama. Mr. Hopkins won the prize in the ladies pool. In the afternoon we sighted some funny looking boats and to-night we passed through a whole lot of fishing boats. Our first bit of land was a light-house sighted about 6:30 P.M. We all sat out on deck and had a fine time to-night. This is getting to be something like. Got $15 advance money. Seems good to have money in my jeans.

Friday 11th

Same as yesterday. We made 357 miles and Jones, a teacher, won the prize. The ladies are getting up a pool and held their auction in the dining saloon.

Thursday 10th

Nothing doing: cold and cloudy. We made 248 miles and Walt Davis won the prize.

Monday 7th

Cold and rainy all day. Nice breeze astir all day and the boat had a fine side roll to it and there were several contestants in the lunch putting contests over the rail. Worked on earthwork tables a little. Made 345 knots.

Wednesday May 9th, 1906

Cold and cloudy all day. Figured on tables in morning. They are getting up a pool on the ship's run tomorrow. They had the drawing in the smoking room tonight and then auctioned off the tickets. My number is 329. We made 348 today and I should get to Yokahama some time Sunday.

Sunday 6th

Cloudy and cold. Loafed round all day. Wrote a little home to mail at Yokahama. Must write a lot more this week. We crossed the international date line about eleven this A.M. so it is really Monday now but they called it Sunday all day and are going to drop Monday the 7th so tomorrow will be Tues the 8th. Ship made 346 knots.

Fri. May 4th

Pa's birthday. Cold with snow flurries in the morning. We turn a bit to the south to-day. At noon we were in lat 52-13 and made 336 knots - the best days run so far. We are going into dry dock at Nagasaki. It is very calm to-day and the sick ones have all recovered.

Sat. May 5th

Cloudy and cold. Didn't go out on deck at all except about ten minutes after dinner. Figuring on earthwork tables. Ship made 352 knots, the best run of the trip so far.

Thursday 3rd

Much calmer to-day but still cold. We are up in lat. 52-22 now and not far from the Aleutian Ids. Saw quite a number of whales spouting. About 5 o'clock we sighted a sail dead ahead. We came up close to her and she proved to be the "Leir Burgess" three weeks out of San Francisco. We sent up a string of flags meaning "San Francisco destroyed by fire and earthquake on the 18th". I suppose it was the first they had heard of it. She was bound for Alaska. I have been assigned to Farnham's party, we go to Negros.


Cold and windy. Pretty rough all day. Got soaked by a wave while standing in the bow about 20 feet above the water. Only made 296 miles.

Tuesday, May 1st

Nothing much doing. Got vaccinated but don't believe it will take. Cold and blowy; got a bit rough towards night. Ship made 322 miles.