Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s Church.
Banquet by Catholic Ladies League of Japan. After mass at Kanda Church, there was a sumptuous banquet given at the “Seiyōken” at Ueno Park attended by Charge d’Affaires Lavides, the Embassy staff and the pensionados. The affair was put on by the Catholic Ladies League on the occasion of the safe return to Tokyo of the first group of Catholic sisters and lay teachers dispatched to the Philippines. After the banquet there were the usual speeches.
We enjoyed talking to the teachers who just arrived from the P.I. about two weeks ago, and they all seemed to have enjoyed their one and a half year’s stay in the P.I.
We sang “No Mas Amor Que El Tuyo,” “Eucharistic Congress Hymn” and “Aikoku no Hana” for our hosts. At the banquet table, I sat with Mrs. Takamine and her two daughters who later invited us to their home for dinner next Sunday.
It was a very enjoyable and quite a big affair with nearly 100 guests present.
(Before going to the “Seiyōken” this morning, we killed time at Felix Maruyama’s (Pinoy) place at Ueno. Miss Okamoto was with us.)
Nisei. After the affair at Ueno, with Sison I made new friends —Betty and Mamie Muraoka, second-generation Japanese (American-born). I found them very nice and hospitable, and I hope to drop in at their place at Toritsukoko again.
Early today rec’d April 8th number of “Time.” While going down to breakfast heard that Stahmer had been put in solitary conﬁnement. Seen him later at his usual seat at table, however, but by morning exercise time he was gone supposedly taken out to be sent to Germany either to testify in the Nuremberg trials or to be tried himself.
First news we got thru Laurel Jr. hearing kitchen radio was this am. at exercise time to the effect that Roxas was winning in the early returns which we supposed must be Manila and neighboring provinces ﬁve to two. This buoyed everybody up, specially Laurel who had been very low these days. My analysis of reported resuts— (1) that all those who in some way or another had served during Jap occupation, and that included practically every Commonwealth Govt. official of any consequence, both political, administrative, judicial and economic—started to work for Roxas only after lapse of deadline for ﬁling of cases in People’s Court. (2) That all those who in one way or another are personally or politically identiﬁed with or sympathetic to us who served the people during enemy occupation, Laurel, Aquino, Osias, Yulo, Recto, Alunan, Paredes, myself, everybody all worked tremendously hard after cases were ﬁled against us, on assumption that Roxas’ record being more or less identiﬁed with or similar to ours, his success would result in better understanding or appreciation of our cases or the whole collaborationist issue, for which Roxas was attacked by Osmeña supporters; (3) that people felt Roxas was Quezon man being supported openly by Doña Aurora and thru Morato; (4) the guerilleros really had more conﬁdence in Roxas, was more identiﬁed with him than with Osmeﬁa; and (5) that all thinking and responsible elements in Phil. must have condemned Osmeña’s unholy alliance with the dissident groups of Hukbalahaps and others. We all hope the ﬁnal result will be considered a popular vindication of our course of action during dark days of enemy occupation. This means, the Confesors and the Cabilis who claimed monopoly of patriotism have been kicked in the ass by the majority of the people themselves.
Stahmer was back after lunch——apparently bad weather——He may have to stay longer like the Chinese until somebody in the army remembers to give another order. It seems army authorities are at loggerhead as to what to do with him. One party says he is needed in Nuremberg as witness, another party says he is needed here for trial. It’s a toss-up just like most everything in MacA’s head these days.
Afraid had allowed my enthusiasm run away with myself. Read that dispatch about first returns and it merely says from early returns from five precincts, Roxas was leading 5 to 2 —Five precincts! They don’t mean anything in Phil. presidential elections. He may yet win by reason of being already in power and used at least his people, and not quite a few electoral tricks. Anyhow hope we will soon be back.
Rained all day —exercise both am. and pm. inside.
Leave Rokuroshi in Nip trucks 8 AM. Arrive Fukui 12 and stayed until 6. Walked about with Johnny Valkenaar and bought black wooden lacquer bowls, smoking set, obi, small china bowl, etc. Not much to buy.
Walk for one hour AM and PM with Tom Sawyer, Ferris and Anse. Storm seems definitely over. B 29 flew over 3 PM. We were paid ¥ 95.50. Security watch discontinued. #17 [sic] grapes and pears ¥ 2.80. Squid, hash and sake (!) for supper. Now receiving about 3,000 calories per day. Up to now the issue ration for 2 ½ years has averaged 1,500 calories.
Air alert at 7:25 a.m. Air raid alarm at 7:55 a.m.
Col. Nishiyama’s party. Beer.
Up at 9 and after walking and reading, joined the Rufinos and Morenos (newlyweds) for a champagne party in Suite C with result that I got dizzy and had to lie down till lunchtime.
After lunch, a little reading, then a nap till 5:30, a walk and dress for dinner preceded by a cocktail party in Osmeña’s suite. (Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Peters et al) (4 parts crème de cacao, 4 parts cream, 3 gin).
After dinner, movies and bridge.
I stand guard today for the first time, at the artillery depot. This lies between two hills and consists of about thirty large and small sheds containing ammunition, guns, etc.
The Japanese blockading feet is increased. A patrol under command of Captain S…. and Ist Lieut. H…. leaves, to reconnoitre Cape Jaeschke and find out about the supposed Japanese seizure. They find the region free of the enemy.