This is the second part of the letter I started posting yesterday.
The Red Cross Center in Manila
The Red Cross holds a forum once or twice a week. Last Sunday’s subject was a discussion on the advisability of a peace-time draft. The boys were thinking too much about the latest government order to keep on the subject of the draft. The discussion gradually worked around to the government order – more fellows stopped to listen to the arguments. Pretty soon the crowd got too big. Somebody suggested that they go outside. Once outside, the crowd grew still bigger. It was suggested that they break up before there was trouble, and they made plans to meet outside City Hall at 8:30 the following morning (Monday).
They started with twenty-five at the forum in the afternoon on Sunday night – broke up down-town with two thousand. I didn’t know how many were at the 8:30 A. M. Meeting which chose a committee of five to ask Lt. Gen. Styer, commander of A F W G As P A C (Army Forces Western Pacific) for a statement. But Monday night a group of 20,000 were in front of City Hall to hear his statement and also speeches from some of the G. I.’s. General Styer didn’t like the idea of the demonstrations – but his hands were tied. Unless these men caused trouble, there was nothing he could do about it. That’s what thrilled me, Dad, these men aren’t a bunch of misled sheep, that go panicky and cause trouble. They feel something is definitely wrong and that it can be corrected by concerted action. I’ll tell you frankly – I didn’t go to any of these rallies because I was afraid there would be trouble. I have been very pleasantly surprised. According to today’s paper, it looks like we may get some action. I hope so.
I’m going to cut this here. So help me, I’ll try to write more often.
Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in nineteen thirty-nine. At this point in time, Lad (my Dad) is the only son currently away from home. Grandpa continues to write a letter each Sunday informing Lad of family news and local activities in Trumbull.