People: May 25, 1970

As a belated reward for his heroic World War II exploits against the Japanese, the one-eyed, one-handed New Guinea native was flown to Canberra to meet Queen Elizabeth during her recent Australian tour. Ex-Sergeant-Major Yau Wiga did not hesitate to offer political advice—in his best pidgin English. "Me tellin Missis Queen: 'Now queen, I'm one fella pickaninny. Self-guvim New Guinea im e no good. You givim self-guvim New Guinea now, New Guinea e all buggerup.' " The Queen's reply, reports Wiga, sounded something like, "Ooh, ah, ooh."

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