H. Beaber - At Los Banos, Philippines - Sunday, July 30, 1944

Things go about pretty much the same. Food is not bad, and the few inconveniences are not hard to put up with.

Last week, a typhoon or rain storm hit this part and we have plenty of mud. One of the Catholic priests caused a little excitement. He has mental trouble at times and one night, he wandered out of camp and was taken into custody by the guards. Now, the Japanese want us to have a patrol of our own. Two men to be on duty for a two hour watch. As they want single men only, I may be one of the patrol men.

We were settled in Barracks No. 17 right across from the kitchen and just about the center of the camp, that is, as far as activity of conveniences are concerned. The upper, or back part, of the camp is not used much yet, except that the Catholics and Protestants have their chapels there.

So far, our fare has been good. For breakfast, we have course ground corn meal with coconut milk. We boys have sugar to add, which helps. On Sunday and Wednesday, we have coffee. For lunch, we have rice and either squash or mango beans. The latter go well with rice. For supper, we have rice and vegetables. Sometimes, we get a banana or a native lime. Mrs. Elizaga gave is some home-cured meat when we left, so we have had a little bacon and we just finished a ham which I boiled in our aluminum kettle.

We went to the Union Service again this morning. This time it was conducted by the Episcopalian minister. We had our own meeting at 1:30. Leo was not there with us as he is bothered with intestinal trouble again.