NEW HEBRIDES: Whither Pandemonium?

Every once in a while (schedules are not rigid in the South Pacific), the natives of Tanna island daub their chests with red paint to spell out the letters U.S.A. Then, equipped with bamboo poles to symbolize rifles, they march down to the shores of the Pacific to await the arrival of John Frum. This godlike figure, whose origin is shrouded in mystery, is a legendary black cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is expected to reappear from the surf some day with all the Jeeps and chewing gum and other marvels that...

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