Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Head Vaughan (1905 - September 29, 1957) journalist and Sociologist. Interned in the Bacolod Internment Camp and Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila, 1942-45.

Sun., Mar. 29, 1942

Sunday dinner at the Yangco hacienda, “Floencia,” named for Mrs. Yangco, Flora. Such quiet and peace here. None of the signs of war hysteria as

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Wed., Apr. 1, 1942

The air offense against Corregidor is lessening. Japanese first sent 64 planes, then 47, then groups of three. Now only two planes come at a

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Thurs., April 2, 1942

Amah disappeared today, did not return from her breakfast. She’s been singing and humming last year’s love ballads all working hours and getting herself into

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Wed., Apr. 8, 1942

Easter has passed. It was another stretch of daylight in our unending series of lightness and darkness. Except for the calendar and a few hastily

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Thurs., Apr. 9, 1942

“the Voice of Freedom” from somewhere in the Philippines, broadcast last night at 7:30, and news from KGEI, San Francisco, at 8:00 were both gloomy

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Fri., Apr. 10, 1942

The things that go through one’s mind in a crisis. During the long hours last night, I recalled standing on the deck of the Greystone

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Sunday, April 12, 1942

Formation of eleven bombers flew directly over the Central. We are having at least two air alarms daily now. Five towns have been occupied by

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Tuesday, April 14, 1942

Left Central at 7:00 a.m. for evacuation to camp in the hills. In the group: six women—Mdmes. Woods, Conant, Brown, Gibbs, McMaster, Vaughan; five children—June

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Thurs., Apr. 16, 1942

Report Japanese have landed on Negros. Someone suggested we go still farther into the hills. If we do we’ll be out of hiding and back

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Fri., Apr. 17, 1942

Wife of one of carpenters came to wash children’s clothes today. Surprised to find she spoke a little English. She set own wage, 6 pesos

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Mon., Apr. 20, 1942

Motherhood is a strange phenomenon. Today I gave myself entirely to my children, responding to their every whim and wish. In the afternoon I gasped

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Tues., Apr. 21, 1942

Negrito women in camp to sell vegetables today, dressed in rags resembling American dresses, necks open to waist, revealing with unconcern large drooping breasts. In

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Thurs., Apr. 23, 1942

Letter by messenger from Mr. Woods that Japs are on Guimeras [Guimaras] Island scouring each inch for food for army. Japanese women are fighting along

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Fri., Apr. 24, 1942

Mr. Thompson came today with much news. Only two white families were caught in Iloilo, Mr. and Mrs. Kerr, with two small children, and Mr.

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Sat., Apr. 25, 1942

Mr. Woods came to camp today and named it “No Belly Ache.” Its real name is Binagsukan, or, The End of the Road. Sejio returned

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Sun., Apr. 26, 1942

Curtains put up today. Two old scalloped blue bedspreads which, when split down middle, make curtains alreadyedged and hemmed at bottom. Also, with material from

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Tues., Apr. 28, 1942

A whole pig cooked over charcoal here at camp, was delicious. Pig raised off ground in a floored pen. Each household paid one peso, as

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Thurs., Apr. 30, 1942

The things Mr. Woods thinks of First we had a supply of kerosene tins waiting for us for holding water. A few dayslater larger covered

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Sat., May 2, 1942

My sewing machine was brought in tied to a long bamboo pole carried by two men. Machine and men covered with dust. Several new and

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Mon., May 4, 1942

Heavy trees being felled on mountain side to build another bodega for camp. First bodega built already full of unshelled rice, unrefined sugar, unrefined salt—which

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Tues., May 5, 1942

Venison again today for camp. All eat the same thing the same day due to jealousy. Each houseboy was going into hills to bargain with

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Wed., May 6, 1942

Visitors at camp today. A patrol of eight Filipino armed soldiers just “looking around” and refusing to tell from whence they came or where they

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Thurs., May 7, 1942

Corregidor has fallen! America’s last stronghold in the P.I. Islands has had to surrender due to exhaustion of food and ammunition supplies and a complete

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