Will Lynch says the papers report that the Axis (enemies Germany, Japan, Italy, etc.) are not doing very well. Food situation is bad--scarce and expensive. Note that he always shows address of where he goes. Perhaps for information in case he does not survive. Roselyn
May 16, 1942. Saturday 160th Day
Hot at mid-day.
Had lunch with Mr. and Mrs. A. Bagg, 367 Roi Albert, Apr. 4. Very good.
Met. A.M. in lobby, after 2:00 p.m. Lost rummy 2-0.
After supper JBS won last leg on rummy "super series". He is tickled "pink" as he's always been losing.
Judging from papers and radio, "Axis" ain't doing so well.
JBS says repatriation now set for June 10th. I am undecided regarding my furniture--to auction or not.
May 17, 1942. Sunday. 161st Day.
Cloudy, rainy a bit and very cool.
Broke even at Hai Alai. Good concert.
No particular news.
May 18, 1942. Monday. 162nd Day.
Rainy, cold and bad.
Beat Brookhart (another of the Consulars) 4-0 at rummy and JBS 5-1 at checkers.
Food is better at this hotel, Cathay Mansions. Food situation outside is still bad. Food is scarce and expensive--as are all articles--priced in "Fapi" (Chinese scrip of sorts). Exchange shops offered me Chinese $32.30 for US $1.00.
Seems much U.S. money is taken into "Free China". Bought 13 handkerchieves for Chinese $7.00, about US 40 cents.
Introduction to Lynch Clan
My Lynch ancestors from Ireland came to America in 1848. The group included my Grandfather James Lynch and his five siblings, ages 10 to 18, who sailed without their parents to New York City. Soon they were living in a tenement house in Massachusetts working in a textile mill. From there they gradually migrated west. This blog will contain information gathered by my mother, Hazel Lynch Skonberg from her father, giving details of the trip over and life in America. There is also a diary written by his son, Will Lynch, who was with the American Consular Service of the State Department, and was taken hostage on Dec. 8, 1941, by the Japanese Army who had captured Shanghai that day. I hope you enjoy this blog about the James Lynch family in America.
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