Fay Cook Bailey

Fay Cook Bailey

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

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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May 1, 1942

Still very hot. Tempers are getting shorter. In Althea’s room great discussions regarding space. Reading detective stories also—The Sun is My Undoing and Mildred Pierce.

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May 2, 1942

Japanese having successes in Burma. American planes and men reported in Australia in large numbers. No confirmation of situation in Germany, but heavy bomb attacks

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