Feb 1945 story by 10 year old daughter of Manila Bulletin manager held at St Tomas
bar. .lOYearOldGirlTells Of Captivity In Manila, Starvation, Cruelty The followinc story on children's life In Santo Toraas Internment camp was written by Joan Elizabeth Benneit. 10 year old daughter of Mr. anil Mrs. Roy C. Bennett, whose father is man- of Ihe Manila Bulletin: found arid where we could grow little gardens and brishten things up. But after the Japanese cut us off from outside people last December things Ki'ev- worse. Food cot less and less and people began to grow thin. Pets Were Skinny Our pet cats and dogs were skinny but they began to disappear and the rats came back again. Rats probably would have been TOMAS Ulinili) Fnh th -Â°.j StCW Pots next The pe lu-u^s uviamia), *eD.i saH j p USS y S t 0 w was quite tasty 11.--(Delayed)--(--It is hard for!and fried, garden snail tasted like us 500 children of Santo Tomas tojehicken. So we used to say realize we are free. But we know|"snakes and snails and puppy tails--that's what people are made of now." The Japanese began to get very mean, with roll calls two times a day and forcing us to bow to soldier we saw. Then the Japanese used cftiiii to pull surnrise inspec- something wonderful has happened and we now are able to shout and augh again. We climb all over American anks, get hauled out from under he. wheels of army trucks and tag.,__., verywhere after our good natured ,,,,,, soldiers who pet us and feed us! Â·Â£?,', th A -j u candy i But t n e American air raids began 'Attempt To Have Yule ?"? the pe ? ple be | an to Â« ct a I was not quite S when the war h "! e TMÂ°* e hopc - , Even the kids started. Mostly, I remember ourrÂ°F? nB ill ttf-**! ? ! /' ' Â· house being crowded with people' 1 * l n a l l y e Amencans ca TMe "Â» who were bombed out of their own a J? d ", ow ever ythms is all right al- homes and our attempt to have a t h o u Kh sometimes we still can't be- Christmas. i lleve 'f w . e hea . r lots of shooting Christmas Eve. 1941, we had a. tie party in the house around tree for all the neighborhood cl.,i- ;f dren. We .went to bed at dark-! ness. When the Japanese planes came over we went into an air raid shelter and sung Silent Night, of all things, to drown out the sound of the bombs and keep us from! us b . ut the kids uch TM*' 0 "- TMe are more in- ln a11 the *ood new things )eing frightened. Other Christmases were not so lice. After the Japanese came into Manila they came and got Daddy and took him away because he had vritten things in his newspaper about them they didn't like. We lad no chance to say goodbye to For nearly a year and a half we never saw him. Mother, sister Men and myself were allowed to ive in a convent because Mother said the Japanese wanted to shadow her to see if they could find out something which would be hard on Daddy. They never got a chance. Our second Christmas was made glad because he had a part in ending truckloads of gifts to our oldier friends from Bataan. The generosity of the Filipinos and neu- rals was wonderful and gifts eached the prison camp safely 'hristmas morning, 1942. In April of the next year Daddy was released and we joined him t Santo Tomas. Most of the peo- ile who had been here didn't like he place but it was heaven to Daddy and great for us because he family could be together- again. That year was not so bad for us hildren. We went to school, lived n big^ dormitory rooms with each erson's space carefully guarded nd couldn't see out of the walls urrounding the camp. But we built a little Nipa (palm eaf) shanty which became "home"j vhere a little privacy could be I Throat Ailment Sends Pope Rius To Bed LONDON. Feb. 15._JU.PJ--The London Daily Mail reported in a Rome dispatch Vatican physicians have ordered Pope Pius "XII to bed for treatment of a throat ailment. ailment. The dispatch said Pope Pius caught cold while making an address address on Tuesday. Meat Lockers FOR RENT Hurry! -Just a Few More Left! BRUGETTI ICE CO. 1618 B St. Phone 2-0102 ROOFING Sears roofing contain genuine genuine asphalt and genuine Vermont slate granules. 100% pre-war quality and is approved approved by the Board of Fire Underwriters. Non better at any price.