About the book:
An account of life in Manila, and some travels to other parts of the Philippines such as Mindanao, by one of the four Americans living in Manila at the time. The author was an employee of Henry W. Peabody & Co., a trading company that still exists today, and lived in Manila from 1893-1895 to conduct business in the hemp trade. The book is written in journal form, and the account is from the time of Spanish rule in the Philippines, although the book was published in 1898, shortly after the May 1st defeat of the Spanish by George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay. In the Introduction to the book the author argues that the US should not colonize the Philippines, although the main content deals less with politics and is instead full of descriptions and anecdotes of his stay there, including the forms of entertainment in Manila at the time (e.g., a fight between a tiger and a bull).