En route to San Francisco — December 24, 1931

Awoke late as usual. In fact most of us have been getting up late since Yokohama as we are unable to sleep well at night for some reason or other.

The Xmas dance proved to be a flat failure, there being few people interested in it.  The movie, as usual, was poor. We drank some champagne and spent a quiet evening chatting.

December 23, 1931, Honolulu

Arrived off the breakwater at 6:00 a.m. To my surprise we were not molested by medical inspection and I dozed on until 8 to find the ship already approaching a crowded pier.

We were met by two groups – one Filipino headed by Ligot (?) and Pedro Esquerros and composed of Filipinos and the other headed by Mr. F.C. Atherton and J.K. Butler. Our party therefore also divided into two groups – Osmeña, M[ontinola], Gloria and I went with Athertons and Butler to visit the Oahu plantations. Then cocktails at Mr. Waldron (?)’s home  and later luncheon at the Royal Hawaiian. There were about 18 guests. Next to me was Mr. Richard Cooke and we soon talked of golf.  After luncheon a short conference was held on the sugar question after which the party broke up into groups. Osmeña and Montinola went off in a private car placed at their disposal, to join the Ligots (?) and do some shopping.  I went off with Mr. Cooke to the Waialae Golf Club to see an exhibition match between Francis H.I. Brown and Atherton Byer (?) Hawaiian Amateur and Open Champions respectively vs  Geve (?) Saroyan (?) and Johnny Farell.[1]

The Waialae course, which skirts the seashore, is flat but windy. There were about 500 following the foresome. Their playing was not immensely impressive. The course was in good shape and made one feel that the two could do as well.  Parson and Bell were one up at the end of the 18th.

Returning to the ship I rested a bit and then Roxas, F and I went to a movie “Daddy Long Legs” with Janet  Gaynor (?). We sailed sometime after midnight.

[1] John Joseph Farrel (April 1, 1901-June 14, 1988)  American professional golfer who won the US open in 1928.

December 20 & 21, 1931

The weather continues improving and deck sports are becoming more popular but life continues boresome.  Horse racing on deck but relatively small attendance.

December 19, 1931

The weather is improving. Gloria was out on deck all day for the first time.  We took pictures, played ping-pong and deck tennis.

A round table conference was also held in Sen. O[smeña]’s suite with a dozen passengers who were supposed to be interested in the PI – mostly old hens and a few professors – all whom exhibited much ignorance about the subject.  Roxas did most of the talking.

December 18, 1931

Today is Mrs. Osmeña’s birthday. We sent a joint wireless to felicitate her.  In the evening a private dinner was held in the small dining room for 18 people which included the members of our party and also Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Witherspoon,  Miss Howard and Adorabelle (?). Also Mr. Morley (Helen Wills husband and Helen being ill) Lt. Taylor, Captain W….and Bill Clarke.  Then movies in the lounge room  – with Adorabelle (?) beside me.


En route to Honolulu, December 16, 1931

The sea during the past three days out was rough and Gloria was in bed most of the time.  The rest of our party went on deck only in fits and spurts – the weather being cold.  The trip , which had every indication of being uninteresting suddenly gave promise upon my meeting the stunningest little blonde I have ever known, Adorabelle (?) Massie, from Washington Falls, Texas.  We met the second night out and became friends quickly. She is traveling with her aunt, Mrs. Witherspoon and will enter college in February.

Our entire crowd is impressed by her and Sen. O[smeña] gave a cocktail party for her the second night out i.e. Dec. 12.

Yokohama, December 15, 1931 (Monday)

Arrived at Yokohama at 9:00 a.m. but had to go through immigration officials again. Fernandez and I went ashore in rickshaws to send telegrams and letters and then shopping at Butum(?)-Don.  Returned to the boat for lunch and out again at 2:00 to buy a suitcase.

Osmeña, Roxas and party arrived by motor from Tokyo accompanied by Cam[eron] Forbes[1] and his sister-in-law. They were royally treated in Tokyo with a banquet for 35 people – then again luncheon in the grand hotel in Yokohama.

General Ricarte,[2] wife and grandchildren were at the pier to see us off. We pulled anchor at 4 p.m. and so tired was I that I did not go upstairs for dancing.

[1] William Cameron Forbes  (May 21-1870 – Dec 24, 1959), an investment banker and diplomat,  served as Governor General of the Philippines 1909-1913 and Ambassador of the United States to Japan from 1930-1932

[2] General Artemio Ricarte (Oct 20, 1866-July 31, 1945) – a Filipino general during the Philippine Revolution was and also during the Philippine-American War when  he was commander in Santa Ana, Manila . He refused to take an oath of allegiance to the USA. He was exiled to Guam by the Americans, and eventually went to Hong Kong and then continued to live in exile in Japan. But during WW 2 he returned to the Philippines, and said “I can not take refuge in Japan at this critical moment when my people are in actual distress. I will stay in my Motherland to the last.” He died in the Mountain Province on July 31, 1945.