February 17, 1950

Finished memorandum on Customs Enforcement Divisions. Wrote a lot of short letters. Walked to National City Bank to cash a cheek Paid hotel bill. Spent an hour alone on the roof garden watching the sun set over the Bataan hills. These Manila sunsets are inexpressibly beautiful. Foster Knight and I dined together and watched the..

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February 16, 1950

Interview with President Quirino. (Introduced by Selden Chapin, US Chargé d’ Affaires). He was very cordial, and gave me an opening to preach my little sermon on politics and corruption in the Customs. I remarked that the disease is easy to diagnose but hard to cure, but added that, if (1) political influence could be..

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February 15, 1950

Had conference with Jacinto, Milleres and Foster Knight at custom House. Jacinto had appeared before Budget Committees of House of Representatives this morning, and had told them that the Commissioner of Customs should be ex officio Collector of the port of Manila. He did not mention my alternative plan, i.e., complete separation of Commissioner and..

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February 14, 1950

To lunch at Lion’s Club as guest of Pio Pedrosa, Secretary of Finance. 9-10 had conference with Pedrosa, Jacinto, Jastram and Knight. Handed my memorandum re relationship between Commissioner of Customs and Collector of the Port of Manila to the Secretary. We had general discussion of the two alternatives I proposed, and the Secretary asked..

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February 13, 1950

Made a couple of calls. Lunch here: Roy Jastram (Internal Revenue); Foster Knight; Dr. Dalupan; Mr. Gomez; Dr. Francisco (3 members of the Dept. of Finance Reorganization Committee). A very intelligent and public-spirited group of Filipinos. Dinner at Ambassador and Mrs. Cowens for Mr. and Mrs. John Foster Dulles. About 150 guests, and buffet supper..

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February 12, 1950

To Custom House. Finished two memorandums. Had 1 hour talk with Muni, head of Allied Warehouses (Customs brokers, etc.) and learned a lot about the Customs, and very little good. Dined at Liu's. (She was peggy Auyang Pauline's daughter). Chinese food, semi "pien fan", and good. K and Mrs. Huang; Mr. & Mrs. Picasso, and..

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February 11, 1950

Worked several hours on memorandum. To baseball game at Rizal Stadium --Formosa vs some local community (Santo Tomas). Quite a good game. Have been entirely alone today even eaten three meals all by myself. My Alice once stayed in this hotel, the year before I knew her. I wonder if she might have slept in..

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February 10, 1950

Plugged away in the office all morning, although Saturday is a holiday. Got quite a lot of writing done. Foster Knight had dinner with me here. This hotel is the center of Philippine entertaining, and Saturday night it is very crowded. Generally speaking, the Philippine women are nowhere near as attractive as the Chinese women..

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February 9, 1950

E.C.A. staff meeting at 8:15 am. Wrote memorandum to Secretary of Finance recommending change in relationship between Commissioner of Customs and Collector of Port of Manila. To Finance office to buy Military Scrip (same as we used in Japan), then to PX to buy tobacco and toilet articles, then to National City Bank to cash a..

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