On February 19, the birthday of Mrs. Quezon, the President ordered me to have champagne for the evening. Colonel Nieto also came to inform me of my departure from Corregidor. I was to go to the south entrance of the tunnel at night. I gave several bottles of champagne to the Officers so that they could have a toast when victory came. I kissed Mrs. Quezon and the children goodbye. On my way out, some boys saw me with my gas-mask. They called out good-bye and asked me to pray for them.

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