April 28 Friday 1933

Mission, Quezon, OsRox, Tir, Sab and 2 Commissioners dined with Pres. Roosevelt. Hopes for an agreement with Q are vanishing. He sails tomorrow for Europe in route  Manila and OsRox accompanied him to NY.  Our plan now is to sail home via Europe thus arriving in Mnla on same boat with Quezon et al.

April 26 Wednesday 1933

Saw Cutting today and he promised to talk to Murphy.

Quezon saw the Sec of War today and told him of satisfactory arrangement with our Mission. The Sec War expressed extreme satisfaction.

Luncheon today for Murphy who turned out to be a much more charming person than his pictures would seem to indicate.  Q in a brief speech promised cooperation and stated what he had told Sec War.  Murphy made a brief answer but said things that will bring cheer to people at home.

Our plans now are to return May 6 while while Q returns via Europe. We will meet in Hong Kong.

April 25 Tuesday 1933

In conversation with Va… he (V) tells me that Q’s attitude towars the bill ws influenced not so much by its provisions but by the growing resentment towards OsRox dating as far back as early 1931 when lying in Monrovia rumours reached him that OsRox were trying to dethrone him.  OsRox mistake last year was in not going home in July when Q summoned them to el in the reorganization Act.  Q seized that psychological opportunity to strengthen his forces.

Conferences were held all morning in Quezon’s suite, only absentees being Tirona who is sick and Sabido who evidently is still in NY, for we have no been able to locate him.  After prolonged discussions and another clear exposition of the situation by Q everyone capitulated with an agreement was proposed which all will sign pledging support acceptance of the bill by the Leg providing a resolution is also passed reassuring the right to ask Cong for modifications later.  This of course, what Mission has always planned so that agreement amounts to a complete vindication of our stand from the beginning.  It will be curious to know how Q will explain himself home.

Later in the aft, conferences were held by Q and party with Sen. Hawes just a social call – and at 5:00 pm OsRox & Q saw Murphy.  Our tentative plans now are to sail with Murphy on the 19th.

The agreement above referred to will be withheld from Manila for some time.  Meantime, Romulo is giving the impression that there is a deadlock and that all discussions are suspended until Q has conferred more fully with admin  officials and Cong leaders.  Such is politics!

April 24 Monday 1933

CKC Jr. breakfasted with me and Vernon? at the hotel. Then drove me to town where I shopped at Spaulding and Abercrombie.

We all started for Wash on the  Congressional [Limited] (except Sabido who remained behind.) In the train I spent much time with Osias, Roxas and Quezon and  Varona in a drawing room and from the conversation am convinced that Q is won over.  As Rox says, Q will become one of its strongest supporters.  But he seems to be cool towards Os.

April 23 Sunday New York 1933

Rox, Sabido, Tirona, Osias and I met Quezon and party arriving on the “Ile de France.”  When Q landed, he and Rox walked away arm in arm.  Q seemed sore.  I stayed to help the others – a motley group  – and others joined Q at the Waldorf Astoria where he was openly discussing the bill with Arthur & Switzer.  We joined Osmeña at Towers? Restaurant and then returned to the Waldorf where McIntyre also conferred with Q – I went to the New Yorker  for a much needed rest.  I understand that later Q also saw Morgan Shuster who gave him a good talking down.

In the eve we dined with  Vm…Portman, A…and Z… at the Paradise where we saw a very risqué floor show in the Paradise Restaurant and Cabaret.  Then to a movie witih  Varona…? at the “New Roxy,” which did not impress me having first seen the Music Hall yesterday.

After hearing bits of Quezon’s remarks to  O… S,  Osias and Roxas I are optimistic about the leaders reaching a satisfactory  agreement.  I understand that early this aft while I was with Osmeña & Quezon, Roxas gathered the others into our suite  in the Waldorf and gave them such a talk on the bill such as they had never heard before. There was to be little or no opposition from them. I don’t know why Q brought them along.