Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1942
Christmas was only a day away. Holiday stories vied with advertisements for last minute gifts and both vied with war news as the Japanese released the names of 132 American prisoners of war. A chilling item was that a U Boat, after sinking an Allied ship, had deliberately raked survivors in the lifeboat with machine gun fire. On the Home Front, rationing and rising costs for food were putting a crimp on holiday feasts. One “worried housewife” even wrote a Letter to the Editor. Why, she wanted to know, had green split peas gone from 9 cents a pound the previous spring to 15 cents a pound now. Mary Meade did her best to provide holiday cheer with recipes for cookies that would make good gifts. The prize recipe for the day — $5!! – was an economical version of fruit cake using only 2 eggs and leftover coffee.