A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 6, 1947

When Frederick Gruin arrived in Nanking last fall to become TIME'S first resident postwar correspondent there, he had to assume his share of the disorganization that eight years of Japanese occupation had inflicted upon China's capital. His efforts to establish himself, his wife, and their young son (partly detailed in his letter below) are typical of the difficulties in covering the news over much of the Far East today:

"Only the wealthy, the lucky, or foreign officialdom have a chance to find a place to sleep in Nanking. By a stroke of luck and persistence in following up a Shanghai newspaper ad,...

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