Badolgio fell, and there are rumors that Italy has withdrawn from the war. There is great rejoicing in Manila, with wine overflowing in the downtown coffee shops, to the disappointment of the Japanese. Rumors are conflicting as people talk about shortwave news from London and San Francisco regarding landings in Italy,and Russian advances and the conquest of cities occupied by the Axis. Listening to our talking about shortwave news is playing with fire and risking detention in Fort Santiago, but people do not seem to care.
Today has certainly been the day of days with the Tribune coming with the surrender of Badaglio and Italy to the Anglo-Americans. Steve and I celebrated with two cups of coffee this morning and my luck continued so he paid for the works.