INDONESIA: Little Brown Thamboe

Once upon a time there was a lean, dark-brown Malayan and his name was Charles Thamboe. When he was a little boy the British taught him to speak beautiful English and later gave him a lovely job as a radio broadcaster. And then wasn't he grand?

When Yamashita, the Tiger of Malaya, gobbled up his country, Thamboe and some of his British bosses escaped to Java. By and by Java fell and he met the Japanese again. Little Brown Thamboe said, "Oh, please, Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll speak my beautiful English for you." So Thamboe started writing...

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