A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 5, 1960

A GOOD reporter's duty, ambition and pleasure is to be on the spot when the news happens. Sometimes he finds himself in a tighter spot than some of the participants in the events he is reporting, and this duty becomes less pleasurable. In the past fortnight, two TIMEmen, Africa Correspondent Lee Griggs and Guatemala Stringer Robert Rosenhouse, found themselves too close to the news for comfort.

Griggs was on the job as Congolese troops hovered outside the U.N.-guarded embassy-residence of Ghanaian Chargé d'Affaires Nathaniel Welbeck, trying to get at the charge and make him fly out of the country. Watching the scene,...

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