National Geographic : 1949 Dec
rr **4 ii ' a lay 5+U .N i 1Mool1,d I1ron alnaera t lix Baby Susan Blood Goos and Gurgles; No Bogeyman Can Make a Face to Scare Her Born at Finschhafen, New Guinea, Susan has spent her young life among the tribes. She was a success at Nondugl the moment she flew in. Men, women, and children jostled one another to get a look at the valley's first white infant. Susan's rubber-tired stroller was almost as great a sensation; nothing like it had ever been seen. To people who had never devised a wheel, it was a pleasure to push the carriage and feel it roll. Baby's "sleeping" doll caused a panic. When its lifelike eyes opened and closed, brown folk threw up their hands and ran screaming in all directions. Bolder ones, staring with unbelieving eyes, stayed for a second look. They gained the impression, they confessed later, that the doll was a dead baby coming back to life. Susan's father supervises the Nondugl Sheep Station. Her 10-year-old brother does not share her exciting adventure. Unlucky boy, he has to remain in Australia, learning his lessons out of books. New Guinea parents pet their own children so much and punish them so little that some white folk think the youngsters are spoiled. Notwithstanding, juvenile delinquency is unknown in the highlands, and child abandonment is unheard of. -'^p riF~ C-! ",~i ""