The Press: Thru God's Grace

Very much the worse for his 47-day journey through New Guinea's tangled jungle, Vern Haugland (TIME, Oct. 1) awoke last week from a nine-day delirium, smiled and said: "Tell my mother I've been real sick. . . ."

The lean, wiry A.P. reporter had been revived at Port Moresby hospital by special food and drugs flown in from the Australian mainland. He was still too weak to talk about his record trek after bailing out of a U.S. Army bomber, but his diary talked for him with terse eloquence. Some entries:

Aug. 7—Bailed out about 6:30 at about 13.000. Nite in chute in...

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