Publisher's Letter, Feb. 4, 1957

Dear TIME:Reader: As President Ramon Magsaysay paid a whirlwind visit to the Philippine province of Tarlac last week (see "Smiles in the Barrios" in FOREIGN NEWS), Correspondent James Bell, TIME'S new Hong Kong bureau chief, followed him in and out of a dust-coated Chrysler at each town and village. Alternately mauled, hugged, or decked in flowers by cheering crowds, Bell looked about him with more than a reporter's normal curiosity. Kansas-born, he had spent his formative years and attended high school (Brent School, class of '36) in the islands, where his father had...

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