Friday, December 19, 1941

Took children with me to see Captain Richard Jones to try to get word of Jim. Got permission for telephone call on second visit in afternoon. Spanish women back of army headquarters sitting all day in crude air raid shelter sewing and talking. Permission to put through call to Manila granted and written notice taken to manager of telephone office at home just before dark for his approval before handing notice to long-distance operator. Talked to Jim at Manila Hotel. Could not understand well but he said he was in army (quartermaster’s division), had sent letter via plane (plane destroyed by Japs in Iloilo on December 18) and by boat (the Corregidor, which was sunk—now believed by sabotage bomb placed in ship), had tried to telegraph or telephone without success,

Others in distress: Mrs. Hollowell, Dutch who speaks little English, married to a Swiss who lived in Dutch East Indies many years. Mr. Hollowell in Manila and no world from him. Mrs. Hollowell and daughter q6 and son (overgrown imbecile, cannot talk, and requires semi-invalid care) living alone on hacienda. Filipino laborers demanding pay and Mrs. Hollowell has no money. Asked Governor Lizares for protection and he sent guards to her house.

Mrs. Jardelega, large, blonde, buxom American married to petite pockmarked Filipino, worried about only son (dark like father) tho was in school in Manila, about 12 years old. Mrs. Jardelega met Dr. Jardelega while he was studying medicine in the States—she was a
nurse—but came to Philippines to nurse at Iloilo Mission Hospital before marrying him. All white friends advised her against mixed marriage, but she seems happy enough helping Dr. Jardelega with his patients (Filipino) and his relatives and Filipino friends. Nevertheless, American women married to Filipinos are generally in a social class to themselves.

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