THE PHILIPPINES: Shock at Manila

At 7:20 one evening last week, the S. S. President Jefferson tied up in Manila harbor and 376 refugees, evacuated from Shanghai three days before, disembarked on the dock to the gay music of a Marine band. An hour later Manila's brightly lighted water front was suddenly plunged into pitch darkness. The dock on which the refugees were standing in confused groups began to shake. With a terrifying roar the roof above split apart. "They're bombing us again!" screamed a woman refugee. Another shrieked: "Is this another war?"

It was not another war but Manila's worst earthquake since 1882....

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