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An Ohio Woman in the Philippines

Giving Personal Experiences and Descriptions Including Incidents of Honolulu, Ports in Japan and China

Mrs. Emily Bronson Conger

Published with illustrations

1904 Press of Richard H. Leighton Akron, Ohio


To my beloved husband, ARTHUR LATHAM CONGER, whose love was Is my sweetest incentive; whose approval was Is my richest reward. Mizpah, EMILY BRONSON CONGER.



Out of the Golden Gate 7 14 First Glimpses of Japan 15 20 From Yokohama to Tokio 21 25 Tokio 26 33 Japan in General 34 41 In Shanghai 42 49 Hong Kong to Manila 50 55 Iloilo and Jaro 56 66 The Natives 67 77 Wooings and Weddings 78 82 My First Fourth in the Philippines 83 88 Flowers, Fruits and Berries 89 92 The Markets 93 95 Philippine Agriculture 96 100 Minerals 101 103 Animals 104 106 Amusements and Street Parades 107 110 Festivals of the Church 111 114 Osteopathy 115 122 The McKinley Campaign 123 125 Governor Taft at Jaro 126 132 Shipwreck 133 138 Filipino Domestic Life 139 151 Islands Cebu and Romblom 152 154 Literature 155 159 The Gordon Scouts 160 162 Trials of Getting Home 163 166



With the words ringing out over the clear waters of San Francisco Bay as the Steamer Morgan City pulled from the dock, "Now, mother, do be sure and take the very next boat and come to me," I waved a yes as best I could, and, turning to my friends, said: "I am going to the Philippines; but do not, I beg of you, come to the dock to see me off."

I did not then realize what it meant to start alone. I vowed to stay in my cabin during the entire trip, but, as we steamed out of the Golden Gate, there was an invitation to come forth, a prophesy of good, a promise to return, in the glory of the last rays of the setting sun as they traced upon the portals, "We shall be back in the morning." And so I set out with something of cheer and hope, in spite of all the remonstrances, all the woeful prognostications of friends.

If I could not find something useful to do for my boy and for other boys, I could accept the appointment of nurse from the Secretary of War, General Russell A. Alger. But, if it proved practicable, I preferred to be under no obligations to render service, for my health was poor, my strength uncertain.

The sail from San Francisco to Honolulu was almost without incident; few of the two thousand souls on board were ill at all. They divided up into various cliques and parties, such as are usually made up on ocean voyages. When we arrived at Honolulu, I did not expect to land, but I was fortunate in having friends of my son's, Hon. J. Mott Smith, Secretary of State, and family meet me, and was taken to his more than delightful home and very generously, royally entertained.

My impressions were, as we entered the bay, that the entire population of Honolulu was in the water. There seemed to be hundreds of little brown bodies afloat just like ducks... Continue reading book >>

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