Up at 5:30 and to airport with Adm. Giles Stedman. Got off at 7 a.m. by Philippine Air Lines Skymaster (DC-4). Up east coast of Formosa in good weather, but, on rounding north end of island, met heavy clouds and little ceiling. Pilot nosed around for 3/4 of an hour trying to find a break, but had to give it up and go on to Okinawa, where we landed about 2 p.m., and had lunch. Took off about 4 p.m. and, this time, managed to get in to Taipei at 6. 11 hours to complete a 4 hour flight. Adm. Stedman and a few other passengers were continuing on to Tokyo-another 7 or 8 hours. Met at airport by Lo Ching Hsiang, Fang Tu and about 15 members of the staff.
Holiday for E.C.A. but I worked, finishing odds and ends and getting my report polished up. With Foster Knight lunched at Capt. Rayon’s [Razon] house, with Sr. deLeon, former Commissioner of Customs, and Sr. Francisco (of the Dalupan Committee). De Leon said that getting rid of political influence in the Customs is even more important than raising pay. He was very bitter against the politicians. Capt. Razon said that the Philippine people have lost all confidence in, and respect for, the government. He intimated strongly that the best thing that would happen to the Philippines would be re-occupation by the USA.
Had an hour’s chat on the general situation and the E.C.A. program with Charles Glaser and David Sternberg. The latter is a cripple and confined to a wheel chair. He knows the country and the people pretty intimately. One thing that worries Glaser and Sternberg is the apathy of the people toward reform. They can’t understand why the common people are not more excited about the failure of the Congress to pass the Minimum Wage Law. Sternberg says they are “politically illiterate.” To buffet dinner given by Admiral Giles Stedman at Elks Club. Invited for 7:30 and arrived at 7:30. Dinner served at 9:30 —- by which time I was fit to be tied. I still dislike this type of entertaining intensely.
Fortunately, I had a table with Mr. and Mrs. Huie. Mr. Huie was in Navy during war (Commander) and had his ship blown out from under him in Manila Bay. Lost 40% of his complement. After occupation he was ordered to go to Santo Tomas, get a Chinese and his family and put them on a destroyer. He took 16 men, all armed to the teeth, and and finally found the family. He has forgotten the name but says the man was T.V. Soong’s secretary. Mrs. Huie was Miss Gloysteen, of Peking. She is very charming and easy on the eye. We have many friends in common. She spent a summer at Sacconnet, R.I. when she was at Smith took care of two children. Later, taught at Tingchow. I told her that I went to Junior Prom at Smith the year she was born (1914). Rotary Club had. a “Barrio Fiesta” on the lawn of the hotel tonight, and it was most colorful. Many of the American women wore the Philippine woman’s costume, and some of the American men wore Filipino “pina” shirts.
Made a couple of calls. Lunch here: Roy Jastram (Internal Revenue); Foster Knight; Dr. Dalupan; Mr. Gomez; Dr. Francisco (3 members of the Dept. of Finance Reorganization Committee). A very intelligent and public-spirited group of Filipinos. Dinner at Ambassador and Mrs. Cowens for Mr. and Mrs. John Foster Dulles. About 150 guests, and buffet supper served on the lawn. I happened to sit with Mr. and Mrs. Day (he is an old-timer here — in the oil business — Lever Bros.). They come from Vermont, and have a home at Orford, New Hampshire just above Hanover. They know the doctors at the Clinic, and love the country. I also met a lot of old friends, Giles Stedman; Ed and Mrs. Rice; etc., etc. Mrs. Cowen is a gracious and good-looking hostess. Mr. Dulles told me that his brother Allan had returned to service
in the C.I.A. as deputy to Gen. Bedell Smith.