Dec. 29, 1941 (Monday)

S.S. President Polk

Beautiful clear day. It’s become distinctly cooler the last few days, making sleeping at night quite comfortable.

Changed course to southwest this morning. From now until the time we arrive at our destination, we will be in a constant danger of Jap raiders and subs.

incidentally, our destination has almost certainly been changed, as the Japanese are closing in on Manila very fast. I hope they dump us all off in Australia, the Dutch East Indies or Singapore – all places far more interesting than Manila or the Philippines.

Our waiter, José, is a Filipino whose home and family are located just outside Manila. Poor fellow gets more jittery and jumpy each day.

Food still excellent – steaks, and waffles for breakfast. Fancy cheeses for dessert.

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