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Page 78 - Fr. Charles Murphy and Hong Kong

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/1/1 (158 reads)

Kong. I was in the city of Shanghai when the radio announcement came over, "As of 8 o'clock this morning, Japan is in a state of war with the United States and Canada," and all the foreign countries. 1941. (Pearl Harbour.) Yeah. And I was there during the war, doing mis? sionary work. And why?--I don't know why. God knows. He doesn't have to tell me what he does. He knows everything.... So the Japanese came in Christmas Eve. They came in and they knocked at the front door. And one of the Little Flower Sisters could speak English as well as Japanese. She went to the door, and they told her .that they were going to take over the convent for their sol? diers. (That was when they over? ran Hong Kong.) Yeah. And I was in the prison camp with all the Canadi? ans. There were Canadians and Dutch and French and English, and Chinese. (You were captured by the....) Japs. I guess captured is the word. COMPLETE LINE OF LUMBER & BUILDERS SUPPLIES visrr OUR showroom 252 HALFWAY RD?? SYDNEY MINES DON-RAY LUMBER LTD. 736-9722 IF BUSY • 736-6201 OR 736-7334 FAX 736-9806 A'rdingASid Weekend Shouldn't Be AnUphl Battle Come to Avis for that special car for a fun winter weekend. Avis makes it easy - with great selection and terrific rates. Rent by the day, the weekend or the week. Call Today For Full Details And Reservations! Sydney-Glace Bay Hwy: (902) 564-8341 Sydney Airport: (902) 564-8265 'fe try harder. Aeroplan I was staying at Stanley, but I walked into Hong Kong, which was 14 miles. And all the other priests there--there were Maryknoll Fathers and American priests. They said, "What are you going into the city for?" I said, "I want to find out what happened to our people." So I walked in 14 miles with my cassock on and everything. And I went through the Japanese lines. And they said, "Aren't you afraid?" I said, "No, no. If I was afraid, they'll shoot me, they'll kill me, and," I said, "that'll be it." They never did. I walked in, and I walked back again, the same day.... When the Japanese came in and took over Hong Kong, they came to Maryknoll House. We lived at Maryknoll House which was on a hill. And they came in there at Christmas Day in the morning. And they summoned us all downstairs to the foyer of the main build? ing. We were all kneeling down. They made us kneel. And our hands behind our backs. And there were some soldiers there from Austra? lia. And they had captured them, they had been there that night, the night that they came in. They came in at midnight. And we were all upstairs in bed. I was in my room, with two priests. And I slept under the ta? ble. And they wanted to try to escape. I said, "There's no need of escaping," I said. "They can't do anything to us. They just captured us here. And they'll have to look after us and give us something to eat. And do what they can for us." So they didn't do anything. They stayed all that night. And in the morning. And in the meantime, (the Japanese) went all through our house, at Hong Kong, at Stanley Vil? lage. They stole everything--all my books and photos and things like that--they took everything that they could get. Japanese U-DO CRAFT SUPPLIES LOCAL CRAFTS WICKER AND WOOD Crafts & Supplies C- AND MUCH MUCH MORE! Drop in and enjoy our Carge selection Jor your personal t*se or Jor gijts. . w." 1818 KING'S ROAD, SYDNEY B1P6G5 O 564-9877 tORMAWAY INN' LODGE CABIN SINCE 192Sis., The first choice for fine food and lodging on the Cabot Trail The Normaway is proud to be able to share a part of Cape Breton's culture. Enjo traditional music, nightly films, a choice selection of Cape Breton books and recor traditional Cape Breton entertainment most spring and fall weekends. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to enjoy a Normaway evening. Dinner served from 6 to 9 p.m., June 15 to October 15. Reservations suggested THE NORMAWAY INN 902-248-2987 or 1-800-565-9463 P.O. Box 142, Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada BOE 2C0
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