World: Something they Ate

The U.S. forces that had taken over the South Seas island were in a hurry. An airfield had to be built and there was a lot of work to do. Native labor on the island was short. So Captain Martin Teem sent a sergeant of Massachusetts infantry to a nearby island to round up help.

When the sergeant landed, the natives, attired in loincloths and belts of coconut husks, were in the midst of a happy community feast. Main dish: the ten wives of a neighboring tribe's chief.

The sergeant waited around until the barbecue...

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