The News from Leyte

Throngs of Filipinos stood in the rain beside the liquid roads of Leyte last week to watch the jeeps slosh by, to cheer, and cheer again. The whole green, steaming land had turned to quaking ooze. But there was no dampening the Filipino spirit.

The mud, thin and yellow and bottom less, rose against the stilts of the nipa shacks. It flowed level in the roads after the passage of each floundering truck; then lay mockingly smooth again, like rainswept concrete. It cut off villages and made islands of houses. The patient...

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