10:30 AM Colonel Lehrbas aide-de-camp of General MacArthur called me by phone and told me that General MacArthur wanted to see me. I went to his office and talked to me for one hour on his plans for the reconquest of the Philippines. He gave me specific instructions to fly to Washington and transmit verbally to President Osmeña the top secret information. At 12 p.m. I returned to my office and began preparing the important papers. I have to take with me. Then at 12:45 p.m. I invited General Fellers to luncheon to discuss matters. I paid a courtesy call at 3 p.m. on Lieutenant General Lumsden British Army Liaison Officer with SWPA. He had flown to England and was received by Colonel Palmer. I brought to his attention the name of Colonel Hodsoll, former manager and co-owner of Warner Barnes Company in Manila and suggested his usefulness as an observer in Philippine affairs. Colonel Palmer said that it would be agreeable to this if General MacArthur would ask for him. At 6 p.m. I called on Mrs. MacArthur. At 6:45 p.m. I left with Colonel Soriano, and Colonel Smith to the home of Mrs. Bridge for dinner. Lovely dinner all cooked by Mrs. Bridge. I Returned to my apartment at 10:30 p.m.
Went to the Cathedral at 8 a.m. to hear Mass and receive Communion and to thank God for the successful completion of my trip across the Pacific.
At 9:30 a.m. General Fellers picked me up to accompany me to the office. At 11:00 AM I called on General MacArthur. He gave me a complete picture of his war plans. He is no doubt the best friend the Filipinos have. He has the best interest of the Philippines at heart. The visit lasted almost one hour.
Had luncheon at 1:00 PM with General Fellers & Colonel Soriano. After lunch I Went to the office. At 4:30 p.m. I drove to the U.S Army hospital to see Brigadier General Dunckel who is sick with a bad attack of Sciatica. At 6:15 PM I called on Mrs. MacArthur. I then invited General Fellers & Colonel Soriano to dinner. I was in bed at 10:00 p.m.
At 12:15 a.m. we took off from Canton Island. We encountered rain storms (squalls). The flying was pretty rough at times. At 6:30 a.m. Canton Time or 5:30 a.m. local time landed at Nandi Field at Viti Levu Island Fiji. We ate breakfast. After a short rest we took off for at 7:30 a.m. (local time) for New Caledonia. Our departure was delayed because a magneto in engine number 3 was out of order and had to be replaced. We landed at 12:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. local time) in Tontoula Airfield New Caledonia. Ate lunch. Afterwards, one of the oil indicators was not working, so departure was delayed. At 1:30 p.m. we took off for Amberley Field Brisbane. Our arrival into Amberley Field was at 5:30 p.m. Thank God!
Brigadier General Fellers and former Vice Governor Hayden of the Philippines met me at the Airport.
In Zamboanga. The Mayon arrived with Yulo, Quirino and Rodriguez, Santos, Fellers and many others, and Peters, Wolff and I shifted to the Mayon for Manila.
Interview with Johnson who has been here since ’99 and was an agent for Governor Frank Carpenter whom we discussed–he said Carpenter was a public servant thru and thru and perfectly coldblooded; knew everything that was going on from his agents and especially from Filipina women. Said the only way for a white man to succeed down here was by keeping active every day. Most of the fifty Americans who had settled in Zamboanga Province had gone in for loafing and booze, and lived on their Filipina wives. He was broke when in 1932 copra went down and he was left with nothing but debts–subsequently, he paid them all off and last year was assessed for the largest income tax in the Province, on an income of 50,400 pesos. It came from dealing in cutch and copra, and from stevedoring and automobile agencies. He remarked that the Chinese down here come as coolies, get a little tienda at some cross-roads and in ten years own all the property around–they plant nothing and create nothing–send to China for their “sons” (made by parcel post)! The Japanese on the other hand created plantations and improved and developed the country, and lived like highly civilized beings with all the modern conveniences. He greatly preferred the latter.