May 6, 1942

— Many versions of the “exchange” are floating around. We pay little attention but they are good to listen to despite the part that there isn’t any logic in the whole thing. The Rumor has now reached its peak — 30,000 on the way out here & we are to be out by May 23!!!! So you can see how they stretch one little rumor. Assigned to go out with ration details soon. Rumor — Generals & Col’s to be moved elsewhere — Back a bit better but still extremely weak.

May 5, 1942

— Rumors too numerous to record — All false but one is wild enough — to merit writing down. Some driver reported that Manila papers say an exchange is under way & that the Japanese internees are already on their way to the Coast to boats!! Whether the deal includes us or not is an issue. We do need proteins as all are fairly weak. Hill sent a fine piece of coconut candy tonight — Rumors are worse here than they were in Bataan.