Sunday, May 30, 1943

Memorial Day—Ever since I can remember, this has been a memorable holiday, the kind that children remember because of their impressions. Strangely enough it has always been associated with warm, clear weather and the smell of lilacs in the air, in contrast to Independence Day, which has always been rainy, or at least spoiled by..

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May 30, 1943

In a hurried trip I made through northern Luzon, I have observed that this region is more peaceful and normalized. The people are occupied in their domestic chores, particularly those who live far from the mountains where recalcitrant elements are still hiding. If not for the lack of transportation and the shortage of prime commodities,..

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May 30, 1943

Decoration Day, after much talk the Japanese allowed us this day in which to honor our 5,000 dead comrades. At nine o’clock 2,000 of us marched to the grave yard a kilometer and ½ from camp. The services were conducted by Chaplain Oliver with other chaplains officiating. Prayers were given by Catholic, protestant and Jewish..

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Saturday, May 29, 1943

Porky allowed George to go shopping with the bus today wouldn't (let) Dayton go out however. Reason: Dayton is a member of this camp, George is Los Baños Internee no. 801 and spends part at Santo Tomás so he can go out. It will probably be announced that we are to uncover and remove cigarette..

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Friday, May 28, 1943*

Porky continues to be troublesome, wouldn't (let) the camp vegetable buyer go out even on commandant's pass. Wouldn't let the pineapples in or the canteen. We've had beans every day for lunch and today it was very light soup with a few dozen beans. Looks as though I'll be a monitor. Safety and Order office..

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May 29, 1943

The guards saw Eric and his wife eating together at the shop. They asked if it were husband and wife, and they said yes. A guard said, “All right, eat together if husband and wife. Sleep together—husband and wife make baby, not all right. Soldier cannot do it now. No one can.” A delightfully simple..

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May 27, 1943

Lunch with Mrs. Luther Bewley, the wife of my old director of education in the Philippines, who is now a prisoner of the Japanese at Santo Tomas. She and her sweet daughter were the last to escape from Corregidor by plane. She admires MacArthur and particularly so Wainwright and says the latter became very bitter..

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Thursday, May 27, 1943

Well, the notes we sent Monday came back undelivered and we gather that things have been other than quiet at Santo Tomas. I received ₱90 from you today, I suppose it was from G and that you kept half, holding out ₱10 for my shoes... Sugar 1.60 per K, I may get some tomorrow and..

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May 26, 1943

Doria and I sat in a taxi today with Mrs. Paul McNutt who had not seen our small daughter Ursula since she was a baby of three weeks at Baguio, six years ago. Mrs. McNutt was looking lovely and very smartly dressed. She commented on the regal style in which the Quezons lived at the..

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