February 12, 1942

SINGAPORE Falls! This was the headline that greeted us in the morning rag. The camp was stunned. People went about their work sadly and dejectedly.

Would Bataan and Corregidor go next? We couldn’t bear to think about it!

Christmas, New Year, and now Lincoln’s Birthday — all of them spent in the shadow of the Rising Sun!

Tonight we heard of another tragedy. The whispers we had heard of an escape were true. Three Australians who had escaped over the wall had been captured and cruelly beaten. Fellow internees heard their cries of agony. After their wounds had been dressed by our camp doctors, they were taken outside for further punishment.

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