National Geographic : 1944 Jan
At Ease in the South Seas the demands of the American soldier and sailor. Even the big bookstores of Honolulu and other Pacific cities are unable to meet the need. Go into a Hotel Street book vendor's any day, and you will be jostled by emissaries from the vessels lying at Pearl Harbor and the detachments scattered around Oahu Island, shouldering one an other, clamoring for a clerk's attention. These men buy, not a score of books, but several hundred dollars' worth for wardroom and barrack libraries. Purchases range through secondhand NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS, new fiction, 25 cent "who-dunnits" to much that is professional or technical. One volume seen in many South Seas tents teaches the rough stuff of commando tactics. The enterprising Honolulu Advertiser has built a large mail circulation through out the South Pacific catering to soldier tastes in its features. Not all that the men read comes from home. Occupation of these distant places and the necessity for training men in their environment has given rise to a new literature, published on the spot by the several American commands; random titles from this list include Cast away's Baedeker, The Native Carrier, Getting About in New Guinea, and You and the Native. Don'ts for Non-natives From these widely studied booklets the soldier and the sailor learn of native ways through such cautions as these: The native is nearly, if not quite, as good a man as you are. Don't underrate his intelligence. Don't curse and swear at him-and don't make fun of him. Joke with him by all means . . . (but) don't deliberately descend to his level. He will consider it unfitting. Don't enter a native village as if it entirely belonged to you. Don't beat a drum without first asking . . . As often as not the village drums are under tabu. Pay is important. The native eco nomic system is one of reciprocity .. Give him something for services rendered, even if it is only a half stick of tobacco, a fishhook, or a razor blade. Good trade lines, easy for the individual to carry, are beads, matches, handkerchiefs, fishlines, and red and black "paint" powder. Coarse salt goes well in the mountains. A dessertspoonful is worth a stick of to bacco. Keep your old newspapers for native cigarettes. Remember three things in any village gardens, pigs, and women. Interference with any of them will bring trouble to you and your mates. U. S. Marine Corps, Official "Luxury" in Guadalcanal's Jungle Ask any man at an advanced base what he wants first when he gets "out" and he'll answer, "A warm bath." This shower serves officers as well as privates. Having been swung into place by block and tackle, the oil drum is filled with water from trucks touring the bivouac daily.