The Press: Hitchhiker Home

Almost too late A.P.'s famed Larry Allen last week decided to learn to swim-"enough at least," said he, "so that I can paddle out of reach of propellers and suction when battleships go down under me."

Furloughed to the U.S. after 20 months with the British Mediterranean Fleet, Correspondent Allen still carried grim memories of his lucky rescue, after 45 minutes in the water, from the torpedoed British Galatea (TIME, Dec. 29). He corrected first reports that he had been hospitalized afterwards in Alexandria—he had only gone to bed in a hotel. But he...