The page for Tuesday, August 27th says:
Buenaventura - Troop S.S. Manavi S.S. Memphis - German Line arrives in port. Get a good wash. Soldiers coming aboard - gambling with dice immediately. A motley gathering. Dress as variegated as at a masquerade. Sun screen partitions us from soldiers. Did think Captain might favor the Anglo-Saxon. Don't talk of an alliance with Great Britain to me. 3 Americans and an English S.S. ?? Jamaicans, Swiss, French, Italian and even a heathen Chinaman aboard trying to buy Potatoes. My Irish friend Downey saying nothing. Saw soldier wearing Sacred Heart on his shirt. Soldiers wear two hats. Sergents Eton jackets. Arms stowed. One sick man. Called Steward's, Doctor and 2d Officer's attention to put him ashore, if his disease was contagious. Women wearing blue ribbons around their hats indicated they fight with the regiment and are good fighters too. Though men and women holler at the high waves and run away from sides of ship when they come near afraid as if they were children. Soldiers.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- Nathaniel seems more worried about disease than anything else.
- An Eton jacket is a waist-length jacket with a V-shaped back, open in the front.