Santo Thomas liberated
I 270 Held as Hostages By Japs For 34 Hours By C. Yates McDaniel General MacArthur's Headquarters, Philippines, Feb. 5, (Approximately 3700 civilian internees,' mostly Americans, Americans, were rescued from Santo Tomas internment camp in the heart of Manlia'by elements of the First Cavalry Division, Division, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced today. , C j British and Australians made up the bulk of internees who were not Americans. This was the second American rescue of Japanese - held prisoners prisoners on Luzon Island within a week. (Names of those liberated will be announced from Washington Washington in a day or two.) Among other ' nationals freed from the Catholic University grounds which the Japanese used as an internment camp were Dutch, Swiss, Canadians, French and Norwegians. Leading tanks of the First Cavalry crashed through the gates of Santo Tomas internment camp at 11 p. m. Saturday night to end three years of captivity for the united nationals For 34 hours the lives of 270 of. their number had hung in jeopardy as the Japanese camp commander and his guard bar - gained for a truce or safety in their precariously held and now surrounded position. But late this afternoon an ex change had been made and all Allied hostages were safe and free. Liberation of the largest number number of Allied nationals held anywhere anywhere in the Southwest Pacific theatre was achieved without loss to either the liberated or the liberators liberators caught in a short melee that opened the gates of Santo Tomas. However, several cavalrymen and civilians were injured. Friends and relatives of some of the original internees will be saddened when the list of survivors survivors is published. Some have died of prolonged confinement, (Continued on Page 7, Col. 4) THE WEATHER (l). 8. Weather Snrraai Sunrise, 8.12; sunset, 6.31. Harrisburr and vicinity Partly cloudy, colder and con - tinued windy this afternoon and tonight. Temperatures will drop steadily during the day. Tuesday 'sunny but continued cold with diminishing: winds. High today. 35; tomorrow, 32; yesterday, 36; low tonight, 20; last night, 30; rainfall, .02 of an inch; river 4.3 feet.