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October 10, 1944

I can sit up twice a day in a chair, have visitors and normal diet.

“Report of a Conference with the Command and Mr Yamato. Carl, Miss McKim and Skerl. October 9, 1944. Among other things the Command said ‘If one or two million soldiers come to the Philippines that does not mean
Japan will be defeated, nor will the American Navy be easy to defeat.’ What he tried to emphasize in the talk about the war was the fact that it will take time for war to end, so we must make preparation for food shortage. The Chairman asked about the shooting on Saturday evening. The Command replied that the guards thought someone was trying to enter camp. He stated again that the guards would shoot at anyone trying to enter or leave camp. They are soldiers and this is their business.”

But they are finally able to get together with the Committee to work all problems out. It is strange how each nation thinks the other is insincere, “saying one thing, thinking another in the heart.”

Minutes: “‘The 387 eggs produced by camp chickens during September were an all-time high. There are now 52 hens, 15 roosters, 5 chicks (as of 1st of month), 5 ducks—a total of 72 in camp poultry flock. The two drakes contributed by Mr. Hayakawa are to be used in children’s diets tomorrow. 4 chickens were used for the children last month and 3 chickens died from unknown causes. We have four pigs and 7 piglets; one cow and 2 calves. . . . For this last 10-day period, we have totaled 1,828 hours in the garden, according to Skerl’s report.”

Masaki is a fine person, the son of a General. He sees no sense in blackouts unless an air raid sounds, so order was given at roll call by Hayakawa that there will be no more blackout. The camp let out a whoop and in one second was a blaze of light from one end of barracks down to the hospital. General jubilee. There was a complete change of atmosphere in one night. It may be only the difference between Masaki and Sakashita.