On the sixth day radio men picked up his call letters and a cryptic word, "Adelante" [onward]. Thereafter, through burning days and drenching equatorial rains, Willis ignored the land world. He snatched half-hour naps, fished and wrote. There was alarm ashore at his silence, but his wife Tess remained calm. His radio worked full range only on automatic S O S, and Husband Willis had told her, "I'll never send S O S. I'll try to help myself."
And Willis did, keeping his troubles to himself. Three weeks out his stove failed and he subsisted on raw gruel and fish marinated in lemon juice. Playing a five-foot shark, he fell overboard, but luckily grabbed a trailing line. With more than 2,000 miles yet to go, the water leaked out of his rusted cans. Willis sipped salt water, trapped rain water and sucked more out of raw dolphin flesh. Then, with Samoa only three days away, as if belatedly seized by the desperate state of things, the cat ate the parrot.
To the Samoans cheering him when finally he stepped ashore, Willis said, "It was a nightmare, and a beautiful dream."
Willis' Route roughly follows the earlier voyage of the Kon-Tiki. At first he was swept northwestward by the Humboldt Current, then westward by the South Equatorial Current and the prevailing easterly trade winds. The larger Kon-Tiki, averaging 42� miles daily, on its 101st day grounded on a reef in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Averaging over 50 miles a day, sighting land only once dimly, in 115 days Willis sailed 1,700 miles farther to Samoa.
Dead Moose hung limply from block and tackle while happy hunter Harry Lamb of Dayton, Ohio (plaid shirt) got a proud and steadying grip on one horn of his trophy. The moose, seven feet tall when it stood on its own four feet and weighing a hefty 1,800 pounds, was far more cooperative dead than alive. In actual encounter in northern Ontario woods, Lamb's first bullet caught moose in leg, but failed to slow it down. Second shot stopped charging bull only 20 yards from hunter.
Mule Deer hanging on rack at Bend, Oregon were opening-day bag for local hunters—including Photographer Bill Van Allen (second from left) who set camera on stump and scurried back with rifle to get into the act with fellow sportsmen.
Buffalo hunt on Pennsylvania game preserve wound up with one-shot kill by Cal Abrams (left), star outfielder for Baltimore Orioles. Other hunters: Umpire Jim Honochick, County Commissioner Elmer Shellhammer, A's outfielder Elmer Valo.