H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Friday, December 26, 1942-1945

Had a quiet night except for the dogs. Cecil thought they were bad over on Rubi Street but I think they are worse here.

Air-raids started about 10 a.m. Four or five waves of 9 each came over and all seemed to drop bombs on the Port Area. We saw some leaflets dropped this morning. Saw one that was dropped yesterday, it was encouraging the Philippinos to fight against the Americans.

More wild rumors going around. Will list a few of the more fantastic ones. Some days ago, they said that the water had been poisoned and people went frantic again for a few hours. Then, they said that gas had been dropped by the invaders and went frantic again to get gas masks and anti-gas solution. First, we heard that 10,000 Chinese troops had landed at Cavite and next, we heard that it was 120,000 that had landed. Then, we heard 300 fighter planes were to come from Corregidor and later that 1,500 were to come from Australia. And later still, that 7,000 Australian troops were coming. Yesterday, the rumor got started that Manila was to be evacuated completely but there was no truth to it.

Some talk of the Authorities declaring Manila to be an open city but not decided yet. The all-clear signal just blew and the raids are over once again. Guess they did plenty of damage this time at least many bombs were dropped in the Port Area.

Walked to San Andre to visit the folks there. All of Miscos home now.