A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 6, 1945

You can pick an orchid in the back yard of the house on bomb-battered Leveriza Street where TIME'S Manila correspondents live, but you have to lug some chlorinated water home if you want to brush your teeth. There are half a dozen bullet holes in the walls, and the staff of five TIME & LiFErs there had to get along without lights at night for quite a stretch.

At the other extreme is TIME'S News Bureau in sultry Washington, air conditioned from the chief's office to the office boys' hideaway.

But TIME'S correspondent in New...

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