October 21, 1944

Last night Jerry kept telling me over and over about the 800 pounds of peanuts brought in for sale or for camp consumption, by Furuya. He was almost babbling with relief of the supplies coming in, repeating the 800 pounds over and over like a grooved record. Fabian has manufactured a Ouija Board out of..

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October 20, 1944

It is like a squirrel cage [here], round and round, getting nowhere except every day a slight slipping backward, that losing feeling. How many millions go through  life with it --hideous insecurity and malnutrition which makes only half a person. There were distinct changes of attitudes toward Americans among the Japanese who stayed here any..

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October 19, 1944

Little Ronnie took the mouse in a trap to the cat, opened the trap, released the little mouse upon which the cat pounced, then Ronnie ate the bait which was a peanut. Oura, dark and anxious, sat in the arbor yesterday looking out toward the blue range and overseeing the garden workers. Miss McKim says..

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October 17, 1944

Onions planted in July are now being harvested. Several kilos were cut for the first time. June’s blood count is 4 million but her hemoglobin is low. She needs iron, the doctor says, and there is no more. He is going to put all three of them down for B-1 tablets. The poor doctors hardly..

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October 16, 1944

Out of deep sleep, I found Jerry sitting on my bed trying to explain to my befuddled brain why he wanted my watch and silver filigree bracelet, the result of two past anniversaries. He is trading it out sub rosa, hoping for exchange in food—peanuts or sugar instead of money. Then he can trade these..

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October 15, 1944

Jerry has been given special permit by the doctor to have coffee with me at 10 on Sunday mornings. His spice cake is delicious and Benguet coffee was an aromatic treat. Once a week I permit myself the indulgence of coffee. Peg and Jerry talked about camp and democracy and how at last it seemed..

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October 13, 1944

I have walked quite a bit today. No visitors will be allowed on November 3 which is Meiji-Setsu holiday. This is because of "difficult and dangerous conditions,’" says Mr. Yamato who has become a permanent member of the early garden crew, the shovel and hoe gang, and who tells Jo Smith he used to be..

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October 12, 1944

Jerry, Charles Bary, and Clark are the Investigating Jury. Eighteen chickens and many eggs have been missing since February. It goes back months, so that it involves more than this one white rooster. No one wants to tell or be a witness, each tries to avoid a share in clearing it up. No one wishes..

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Oct. 11, 1944

Jerry earns camotes which help the family meals. He seems to like the garden and has his second wind like Bedie. I have mine and wish June would get hers. I sat up reading pages of my toilet paper — Women in Love. There are many pages of majestic writing. Internally I feel normal for the..

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