Fay Cook Bailey

Fay Cook Bailey

American banker with the National City Bank of New York; interned in Santo Tomas with his family.

December 8-24, 1941

Early news of bombing Pearl Harbor, unbelievable in view of latest negotiations of Japanese representatives in Washington. Later in a.m. reports of bombing in Baguio

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April 1, 1942

Hamiltons’ 13th anniversary. Sam arranged for fried chicken and we had mango ice cream and cake from home, also spinach and sweet potatoes. We gave

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April 2, 1942

The chief sport is scanning the skies. Some air activity indicating that Bataan and Corregidor are still being pressed. I scrambled Miss Buny’s eggs with

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April 4, 1942

A quiet day in the Red Cross office. We hear that the bank will not permit cash withdrawals. There are rumors that the camp will

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April 5, 1942

Easter Sunday. We had a hot meal from home including pie. Falek also sent a pie and Swish some hot cross buns and coffee roll.

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April 6, 1942

Went with T.J. Wolff and [Charles. W.] Franks to Red Cross meeting at headquarters. [Charles H.] Forster not there. Saw Swish and went to keg

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April 7, 1942

Talked economics with Calhoun and Fred in a.m. in Fred’s shack. Meeting of [NCB] staff in evening—more economics. Problems to be met after the war

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April 9, 1942

Rumors are that Bataan is having very heavy fighting. Plenty of bombers headed that way and there seems to be no opposition. It is even

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April 10, 1942

More and more reports of reverses in Bataan but they are unbelievable. Very hot today. Swish talking of coming in because of money but we

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April 11, 1942

Civilians evacuated from a part of Bataan and some Americans came to camp. Laphams with two children, and monkey—telling dire stories. Other reports say Bataan

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April 12, 1942

Trying times with pros and cons on Bataan situation being presented—rumors improve in evening. It is amazing where the reports come from but it is

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April 13, 1942

Heavy bombing to the south yesterday. Tamaraoo [Los Tamaraos]? Calhoun took $60 to loan to Mrs. P. [Prismall] for her British Counsul trip [repatriation]. Doug

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April 14, 1942

Quiet over head. Very Hot. Swish not coming in. Camp Murphy hit this a.m.? Busy time in Cebu. Blood test showed improvement. Leaving other half

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April 15, 1942

Yesterday 99.3 degrees. Wolff went out today. Japanese claim Cebu City in their hands. Corregidor guns demolished. Reports of bombing in various spots. Quiet overhead

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April 16, 1942

Reregistration of released internees began. Everyone is being checked up. Hottest day so far—101 degrees. Japanese arranging to take over Red Cross. Wolff has a

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April 17, 1942

Charlie Harris came into camp for registration, also Swish for Scotty et al. She had lunch with us. Hank Carpenterhome from hospital. We are quietly

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April 18, 1942

Hot. Wolff has his bed in the Red Cross office so he can take treatment and work at the same time. Japanese brought more lumber

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April 19, 1942

Sunday. We had cold fried chicken from home, very warm still. More air activity in p.m. Rumors say Bataan has not all been taken. We

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April 20, 1942

Reports of Tokyo bombing. Wolff and I went to Red Cross for meeting to prepare answers to Vargas letter regarding new Philippine Red Cross. We

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April 21, 1942

Rumors are that Germany is being heavily bombed and asking for truce, that Italy is asking for non-combat status. Russia declares war on Japan? Baguio

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April 22, 1942

Fred, George White and I joined on a cake for Room 26 for our birthdays (George is on 26th, 28 years) for tomorrow. Ordered some

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April 23, 1942

A cake day. Mrs. Falek sent three single layers to Sam and we received through Mrs. Wolff the P10 cake for Room 26, very good.

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April 24, 1942

Swish and Charles came in for the day. The Baileys had lunch with Fred and Co. in shantytown. Received a can of Granger from Roces

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April 25, 1942

[Fay C. Bailey’s 45th Birthday]: A very nice B’day in STIC. Presents from Althea toilet supplies and Granger tobacco. Tobacco and matches from the Hamiltons.

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April 26, 1942

We borrowed Fred’s charcoal stove and skillet for bacon and eggs but Falek sent in roast beef and vegetables, also fruit. Althea fell on the

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April 27, 1942

Went to Red Cross meeting at headquarters via Escolta. Ran into Annette Marsh and Anne Lee. Got cloth for Althea at Pellicer’s [Dry Goods]—P9 charged.

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April 28, 1942

The Tribune said this a.m. that the American Red Cross voted yesterday to turn over to new Philippine Red Cross all assets etc. Reported that

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April 29, 1942

Japanese Emperor’s birthday (41st). We did not have Gregorio come from the house as he had no [Japanese] flag. We had bacon and egg lunch

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April 30, 1942

Swish came in regarding Mr. Harris, did not stay for lunch. Still no official action by the “new Red Cross”. Reportsfrom the north are that

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