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December 7-8, 1941

Events Just Preceding 1942

Sunday, the seventh of December, being the first Sunday of month, was Union Sunday. Willie was at Cavite, and I was at Pinagkaisahan.
The other boys were in various places. It just so happened that some of us gave little talks to the folks about the possibilities of war and
cautioned and encouraged them as best we could, little dreaming how close it really was. In the evening we had our Gospel Meetings, Willie, Leo and Ernest in Pasay, and Cecil and I are here in the San
Andres Sub-Division of Manila on the east-side of town. It was Sunday the seventh here but still the sixth in U.S. and Honolulu. We had very good attendance and interest in our mission here, and feel very sorry that it had to be broken up so abruptly by the war. (Two professed later on in home Meetings.)

Monday morning we got the news by paper of the attack on Pearl
Harbor and what a change came over the city. People began rushing
around with no place to go, and immediately transportation was at a premium. The army took over 82 of the Meralco buses, and many of the taxis and trucks in town were commandeered. Otherwise, Monday was quiet. Had a complete blackout that night.