A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 21, 1942

To answer some of the questions our subscribers have been asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, writes and distributes its news.

Teddy White's expense account from Ceylon to Chungking passed across my desk for an okay this week. It gave me such a sharp new insight into what a correspondent's life in far-away places is really like these days that I thought you might also be interested in some of the entries. (A rupee is about 30 cents.)

91 rupees—For tropical shorts, shirts, and a monsoon raincoat. This island is only 8 degrees from the equator. The day I landed I almost passed...

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