SOUTH PACIFIC: Special Delivery

The South Pacific's frigate birds have not the high standards of U.S. postmen through storm and sleet and snow and dark of night. But, in their slapdash way, the frigate birds do pretty well. For centuries, the islanders in France's remote Tuamotu archipelago have used the frigate bird to carry messages from island to island, putting their faith in the tropical laziness that prompts the birds to fly no farther than the nearest island. If the mail is not always delivered on time and seldom with any privacy, at least it costs nothing and there are no stamps to fuss...

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