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After the quarantine was lifted, we were sent back to the shipyard to our respective jobs, but the order still held that we had to have fever of 102 or more before we were excused from work.

The Japanese then supplied us with some medicine called Spranchin, Phised, Phiscall and a purple liquid that was used for all cuts and boils. We had no bandages, except what we had brought into camp with us, and these were used many times over. They were removed from one sore, washed out, and then boiled to sterilize for another usage.

Another camp rule was that all heads were to be clipped. As we were lined up for Tinko or roll call each night, the sergeant of the guard would carry a pair of clippers, and if one’s hair was too long to suit him, he would clip a swath through the center of the head. If the hair was not all clipped by the next night, the person got a beating. Sometimes it was very difficult to get one’s hair clipped, as there were only two or three pairs of clippers in the whole camp, The price of a hair clipping ranged from three to twenty cigarettes, depending on the scarcity of the item at the time. Most men shaved at least once a week. I know when I first came to this camp, I had only one package of Gillette thin blades, and this pack of five blades had to and did last me for the full time I was in prison camp.