December 13, 1937

We had considerable excitement recently due to forced landings by three of our airplanes while they were returning from a southern island trip. On eastern shore of Luzon they ran into the edge of a typhoon area, and, practically out of gas, each had to seek a spot to get down. One plane reported in..

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October 11, 1937

These notes were originally started more as an "aide memoire" --and as a matter of possible future interest have obviously become necessary as a protection against changes in orders and directives. Changes in plans are of course always necessary when the period for their execution extends over a decade, and their details include all the..

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October 8, 1937

At 12:15 today the General had a conference (called a conference by courtesy. It was nothing but a monologue --since even when given "2 minutes" to present our views, we'd lose the floor and have to subside) in his office. Present, Ord, T.J., Fellers and myself. Fellers was unquestionably present to act as "reporter" of..

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August 25, 1937

The last week has been one of the most trying ones I've had on the P.I. There has been an unusually large number of difficult administrative problems to handle with the Army staff, (and incidentally I heard that the Pres. was astounded and furious at the size of our Budget). But the cause for special..

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July 31, 1937

Have begun a campaign to instill in Philippine Army, particularly in officers, a higher regard for regulations, orders, and care of government property. Recently two or three instances have come to my attention of officers using government property for unauthorized projects. Have recommended in each case that the guilty officer refund the amount to government...

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June 28, 1937

a. General has directed me to get up estimates on total needs in mobilization equipment for next two years, to end of 1939. This amount, he says, he's going to get Mr. Quezon to donate from "oil" money. If this is so, then we ought to return to original composition of budget. Says he's been promised..

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January 21, 1937

Called on Consul General Blunt, fresh from the English Foreign Office. He had just passed through the United States and was emphatic in the belief that anti-Filipino sentiment was strong there--but still he did not believe that independence would ever come here: "These people don't want it." I pointed out that the rich ilustrado class..

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