December 24, 1938

Breakfast at seven o'clock. The President and I still alone together, and both rather sleepy. He woke up, however, when I began to talk of the great iron deposits in eastern Surigao, reserved since 1915 by Executive Order for the disposition of the government. Quezon said that Marsman would not press his Challenge as to..

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December 12, 1938

I've played bridge recently with Pres. Q: once for a weekend on the Casiana; once for an afternoon at Malacañan. He's a peach of a player but somewhat unorthodox in bidding. Today I'm scheduled to give a talk to 31st Infantry officers on Philippine Defense Plan. It will be fun to address a bunch of..

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November 15, 1938

As a result of my inspection of American Armament Equipment, and of the information we've received from the U.S. Ord (Ord. mortars & amm.) will not be ready for sale for at least 1 more year at quantity production prices, since all technical problems are not yet licked. I came back here and suggested the..

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November 10, 1938

Arrived in Manila from the States on Nov. 5, and found a vastly different situation, so far as it affects me and my work, than from the one existing when I left on June 26. First of all, the General has apparently been stricken with the same obsessions with respect to me that he suffered..

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December 13, 1937

We had considerable excitement recently due to forced landings by three of our airplanes while they were returning from a southern island trip. On eastern shore of Luzon they ran into the edge of a typhoon area, and, practically out of gas, each had to seek a spot to get down. One plane reported in..

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October 8, 1937

At 12:15 today the General had a conference (called a conference by courtesy. It was nothing but a monologue --since even when given "2 minutes" to present our views, we'd lose the floor and have to subside) in his office. Present, Ord, T.J., Fellers and myself. Fellers was unquestionably present to act as "reporter" of..

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July 31, 1937

Have begun a campaign to instill in Philippine Army, particularly in officers, a higher regard for regulations, orders, and care of government property. Recently two or three instances have come to my attention of officers using government property for unauthorized projects. Have recommended in each case that the guilty officer refund the amount to government...

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