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49 About 500,000 gallons of gasoline and a fairly satisfactory supply of kerosene and 48 Drake Rpt, App. A, Rpt, Col Irvin Alexander, Sup Problems of USFIP, p. 4. 49 (1) Wainwright Rpt, Annex XIV (Med Rpt), p. 24. (2) Wainwright, Story, p. 46. THE PHILIPPINES—THE OPENING OPERATIONS motor fuel oil were on hand at the beginning of January. Although these supplies did not include large stocks of the most appropriate gasolines and lubricants, they could be made to last several months with strict economy and careful substitution.

43 Nevertheless the mills in four weeks of operations turned out every day about 30,000 pounds, only 20,000 pounds less than the amount consumed. 44 Cavalry horses, Army pack mules, and pigs and cattle from Cavite Province were also butchered. In conjunction with the Veterinary Corps the QMC established a large abattoir near Lamao on the lower One of these sources was the peninsula's east coast. Small slaughterhouses, consisting rice crop, grown in a narrow belt along Ma- of little more than platforms, were built over nila Bay.

Carried on in Manila Bay, which teemed with aquatic life, and the QMC naturally tried to tap this rich source of food. It established a fishery at Lamao, the center of the industry, and sent local fishermen out on nightly expeditions. Daily catches finally reached about 12,000 pounds, and the QMC expected to increase this figure. But the fishermen dashed this hope by refusing to work any longer under growing dangers that emanated from friend and foe alike. Beach defense troops, uncertain of the identity of approaching boats, persistently shelled them as they neared shore.

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