A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 11, 1954

One of the occupational badges of a veteran foreign correspondent is his bulging passport. Recently one such correspondent arrived in New York with a worn, battered old passport which had swollen to 140 pages. He is John Graham Dowling, TIME'S correspondent in Southeast Asia, who had just flown in from Singapore with his wife and eight-month-old son.

Long before he joined TIME'S staff, John Dowling was a veteran traveler. He began traveling early in life, he says, simply because his father, Actor Eddie Dowling, and his mother, Comedienne Ray Dooley, "were always on the road." At about the age of one year...

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