THE FAR EAST: Fever in Saigon

The trouble in Indo-China (TIME, Sept. 24) worsened last week. The fever of nationalism that broke out in Saigon spread to islands of The Netherlands East Indies, as the Allied colonial powers scrambled to pick up the pieces of their Southeast Asia empires. It was clear that the empires' inhabitants had heard a bout such things as the four freedoms and the coming Philippine independence.

Britain, the strongest imperialist, had agreed to occupy southern Indo-China until the French could send forces to reclaim it. Moving into Saigon last month, Major General Douglas Gracey told the...

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