H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Friday, January 2, 1941-1942

Stay pretty close to home as we do not want to get caught on the street when the army comes in.

The looting is terrible! When the American forces left, they gave much of their stores to citizens to keep it from falling into the hands of the enemy. After they left, the Philippinos started to loot the Chinese stores. The police are powerless (?) to stop them and it continued till the Japanese came in. All stores were gutted, literally cleaned of anything of value. All fixtures were broken and thrown into the streets. Harrison St. and Libertad here in Pasay were shambles. Broken glass, furniture, and papers and cloth strewn around.

It is a good thing we have a few canned goods in the house, as there are NO stores now and nothing being sold in the market. Rice is at a premium.

In the evening, we went down to the corner of Taft and Buendia to see the first Japanese soldiers enter the city. Impossible to describe our feelings of apprehension and fear.