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World Battlefronts: Come Live with Me

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TIME

On Kwajalein an alert officer stumbled on a neat, deserted hut. On the earth floor lay a plant stalk, with a carefully burned-out message in Marshallese. The officer picked it up, tied it carefully to his pack, said impressively: “A secret message to some Jap.”

On a neighboring island the officer found a group of natives, led by a grizzled chief. The old man read the message, pointed to a teen-age pair nearby, explained: “It’s from that fellow to the girl. It says: ‘I’ve built a new hut. Will you come and sleep with me?’ “

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