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February 9, 1943

Yesterday was quiet. John returned from another trip to the farm in Barotac Nuevo. He said that everything is normal there. Agustin is staying on the farm taking care of things and many of the tenants have returned to their homes. I received a letter from Maring (through John) and she said that the Japanese did not take anymore of our things – but the civilian looters did.

For the last four days we have been selling our old clothes and some new ones at a profit of 400%. Curtains that I bought at .45 centavos a meter I sold for 4 pesos a meter and the buyers were glad to get them. They are made into dresses.