Wednesday, December 24, 1941

Came into Manila today, again. Went to the school first, then Mother and I walked home by the Bureau of Science, stopping to get gas-masks.

Passed Jeanettey just driving out in the car.

When we got home, some of the Nichols guys had just finished breakfast and were leaving. One was a guy that was here the other time. Mother and I washed the dishes, got our breakfast, and helped Mama clean the house. Then I helped Mama wash out the uniforms of some of the guys who were wounded. They’re all bloody. One of them had a swell knife in his pocket, so I cleaned it up and oiled it. Then Mama and I walked over to see Beaty — but she wasn’t home. However, the gardener gave us oodles of flowers to take over to Sternberg. On our way home, we stopped in at the soldier’s canteen and met some more U.S.A. guys.

There was another air-raid this noon. I’d wanted to go shopping for Christmas presents but didn’t have a chance.

Christmas Eve, us kids stayed up late outside – but it was lousy.

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