09 Feb 1943, W J Carrie's wartime diary
Here's my new paper - I hope the ink doesn't show through too badly.
I've been very busy since I last wrote. At last we are getting an allowance and some 40,000 Yen came in. The I.Q. are about one third of the Camp so I was responsible for paying out Y10,835. I had an awful scare on Saturday night and went to bed rather unhappy as I thought I was 10 or perhaps 15 Yen out and as 1 Yen = H$4 - it was no mean sum, in fact the whole of my allowance. However on Sunday I found the discrepancy and all was well. I'll tell you the whole story some day.
I'm on a big Discussion Group these days and on two Sub-Committees of it which is very interesting but take up a good deal of one's time. News from Russia is still very good but elsewhere things seem to have slowed up a bit and we are so weary of waiting.
I have been persuaded to stand for election to the Community Council - I'll tell you my reasons some day. It will be a little feather in my cap if I do get in but I'm not worrying. It's another thing to interest one - that's all.
No more letters yet - it is so mean of them to sit on them all this time - what good does it do them? - no parcels either. Cigs are very scarce again too so I am a little cross! But on the whole we keep fairly cheery and bright. The weather is lovely - pretty cold but a lovely bright sun. All my love always B.