28th February 1945

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A Japanese told me today how many of his countrymen keep themselves tolerably warm in these days of rationed charcoal, gas, and electricity. They take an ordinary small electric stove, cover it with an empty gasoline can, and thus heat the whole room with the multiplied area of radiation. Of course this is for those fortunate and courageous souls who have small electric stoves to start with and who are willing to risk losing all electric light service by bucking restrictions. Other must content themselves with subscribing to three or four Japanese newspapers and feeding them slowly, sheet by sheet, not similar empty cans.

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