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Monday, March 16, 1942

The first shelling of our small island, San Carlos shelled by Japanese destroyer which drew up to pier, threw rope over bow, and towed away small inter-island ferry Princess of Negros docked at San Carlos pier. Such confusion and fright. All night workers from Central fled with their families to the hills. Chief cause of panic here was report of the assistant to Mr, Gibbs, in charge of outside work of mill, who was in San Carlos at time of shelling and came back here to report Japs had landed on the island—he had seen them with his own eyes. What the assistant had seen was a group of Filipino Home Guard in their uniforms and in his hysteria he imagined them to be Japs. No Jap soldiers on our island yet.