27 Dec 1941, W J Carrie's wartime diary
I couldn't write more last night - we were on the go the whole time. Another posse came and said they would soon bring 500 men - I bargained with them and they agreed to leave us half of the accommodation we previously had so we had a busy evening. Then this morning I wasn't sure if they would let us leave with all our stuff but we got away and are now in the Bacteriological Institute. I don't know how long we'll be able to stay here - we have ample water from a good spring - but can get no food. We have been in twice first for some sort of news and I, first of all, thought of going to our old offices - they are empty but I don't think they are suitable. Septic invited me to go into his place at the Bank but I prefer to stay here. I won't be able to write much now so I'll stop just now. B.