The Press: Cherchez la Guerre

For correspondents covering the Indonesian civil war, the main problem has been to find the war. With no defined front line in vast Sumatra—more than twice the size of Korea—most of the skirmishes between the rebels and President Sukarno's government have been as haphazard as blind man's buff.

Hunting for the war, newsmen dashed over the jungled distances in sometimes-scheduled airliners, river boats, buses and ancient taxis. When they did find something to write about, they had the problem of getting it to Singapore. The Chicago Daily News's Keyes Beech finally had to send one dispatch by ship, a two-day trip. Luckier...

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