NEW GUINEA: King Move Um Capital

Last week the Australian Government prepared to move the capital of mandated New Guinea out of the beautiful and terrible town of Rabaul on New Britain Island.

Rabaul has the legendary South Seas beauty of a very blue harbor, of casuarina and golden-fruited paupau trees, of silk-swathed Chinese and darkly graceful natives who dye their woolly hair in vivid colors and call a shower bath "washwash on top." During World War I, when part of New Guinea was taken over from Ger many, the Australians told them about the change of sovereignty as...

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