October 31, 1944

Prices jumped high in three days. Peanuts were 80 a pound, jumped to 120, 240. and today are P400 a pound. Rumor says the Japanese admit Marinduque, Mindoro landings, and that the sea battle is over, in our favor. Our friend Helen has slipped away and again we wonder who will be next. It is..

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October 30, 1944

Camp gave us French fried camotes and gravy, then Jerry and the kids came down with luscious fried rice, still hot in the pan, sliced Spam on fresh green lettuce on a chromium plate, for my birthday. Afterward we had scrumptious ice cream made by Peg and covered with a spoonful of Emergency chocolate, melted..

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October 29, 1944

Doctor and the nurse said that many people who are never upset were sick last night. It must have been the fat in the fried camotes—we just can’t take fat in any quantity—for nearly everyone was trotting in the night. Over coffee, Jerry told about Anne’s lovely costume as a Chinese girl at the party,..

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October 28, 1944

Masaki says Gen. Kwo is not interested in anything but gates and fences. It is al] he sees, not people at all. He says the Philippine camps are the worst of all, Shanghai the best with many advantages. Miss McKim told of how hipped Yamato is on roll call etiquette and when Carl tried to..

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October 27, 1944

There is fish today, pork tonight, and camote tops! Meals have improved the last fortnight. 100 eggs came in and are to be used for general diet, scrambled in fried rice tomorrow. Jerry says Yamato talks to him by the hour at the tool shed and is obsessed with food. He has beriberi and perhaps..

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October 26, 1944

Dr. Shaffer came in looking very young and cheerful. He asked how we all were and said, beaming, "Well, it won't be much longer! If we were in Leyte now, we'd all be free! They've landed! There is even a rumor that there is landing in Aparri but we aren’t sure of this." Jerry says..

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October 25, 1944

I can see that Jerry too has traveled a long journey in here through books, deep experience and mental turbulence. In agonizing worry over the children and me during the last two months of hunger, decline and desperate illness, he has touched some unfathomable moments. He shows change and growth too, and has plumbed some..

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October 24, 1944

About 7:30 six planes roared over from east to west over the mountain backbone. The last two tore ahead of the middle two, zooming, dipping and soaring. Yamato asked Denki later, after the camp had lined the bank to watch, "What did you think of the planes?" Denki said, "I think they were American and..

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October 22, 1944

I talked with Jerry about June and his own slow decline and how I wished they could quit corn. He said, simply, "‘I know, Pete, but nothing can be done about it. We must eat corn when there is nothing else from camp. I haven’t the energy nor the supplies to correct it." It was..

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