Sunday, 2 August 2015

3.8.45. Very cool day with rain off & on. Porridge breakfast, rice & greens tiffin & rice & a pot evening. In the evening a 7oz bar of soap per man came in, & a little dubbin for “immediate distribution”. We guess therefore that Tokunaga's1 inspection tomorrow morning of which we were warned is really a Red Cross inspection. The Yen continues on it’s downward course & a few Canteen prices are as follows. Tin syrup 650Yen; Chinese Tobacco 75Yen an ounce; peanut oil 810Yen per pound; brown sugar 320Yen a pound; tea 340Yen a pound; washing soap 192Yen a bar; salt fish 420Yen a pound; rock salt 50Yen a pound. Trading is extremely active in camp in beans, miso & cigarettes etc. Pete2 & I have about six pounds of fresh beans at the moment. A further issue of 3oz oil today making 9¼ total.

            1.Colonel Camp Commandant.           2.K.W.Pedersen, fellow HKVDC batman.

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