NEW GUINEA: Old Ludwig

New Guinea is not a part of the world where white men can readily afford to execute one another. In all that wet island jungle, whose northeastern, German segment was put under Australian mandate at the end of the War, there are some 4,000 whites scattered among 700,000 blacks and numberless pigs, rats, butterflies and birds of paradise. Until last week the ruling Britons had hanged some 45 black men, not one white. But the elderly German gold prospector, Ludwig Schmidt, had gone too far.

"Old Ludwig'' and three others had raided a native compound for women. As they chained...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!