The page for Friday, April 5th says:
At office 6:30 A.M. Santos Viernes. Off to Playa de Oro - 7 in our canoe. Stay all night. We are the guests of the Judge. See much. Sincerity marks every event. Many strange customs. Much lightning and thunder just about end of days ceremonies. At dark much preparation for the procession. Soldiers shoot off bomb in church. Whole families sleep on the floor. Many, many things to describe. Take Christ from the Cross. Soldiers, dress in parade much like a carnival festival in New Orleans. Mule is roped and gaily bedecked. Images of our Blessed Lady carried aloft by women. Men carry St. Joseph. Lastly, our Savior is buried into a sepulcher. All night intoning of prayers can be heard. Boy and I had a native bed - hard bamboo sticks. Not feeling good all day. In fact, sick, blue and very homesick. Collections taken up. Principal offerings are candles and eggs. All in all a strange sight. Soldiers across door sill of church on duty. Say my rosary in church. 200 people there.
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Questions and comments:
- This is Good Friday; “Santos Viernes” is Spanish for “Holy Friday”
- “Soldiers shoot off bomb in church” – I wonder if he meant what we would call fireworks.