Miscellany, Mar. 18, 1940

Accounting

Pan American Airways' auditing department received a bill from the constabulary of Wanhsien, China, which, translated, read: "Board bill for one rescued soul, $3.18, Mexican." Cheap enough, agreed the auditors, but why the bill? Intracompany investigation led to Captain C. S. Vaughn, P.A.A. pilot on the Miami-Rio de Janeiro run, who used to fly on the China run.

His story: Four years ago, at Wahnsien, on the rushing Yangtze River, he called for help to a watching throng as his ship was about to collide with the landing float. "First to volunteer," explained he,...

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