U.S. At War: Burdens and Bastions

When the Japs were masters of Angaur, in the Palau Islands, they tied noncooperative natives to trees and bashed in their heads with coconut-palm logs. This put a quietus on native dancing, which the Japanese considered a heathenish practice.

But two and a half months ago U.S. forces stormed ashore. By last week every native knew that rhythmic rotation of the pelvic girdle was legal again, was enjoying freedom of religion with muscular enthusiasm. Wrote New York Times Correspondent Sidney Shalett, after watching the Angaurese dance:

"It was a fantastic mixture of a Hollywood...

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