The newspaper reported on the front page the story of a man in India, a victim of the tsunami, who survived ("Just like Robinson Crusoe, tsunami victim survives 25 days alone on a remote island," The Daily Astorian, Jan. 28).

Of the 100 or so islanders, Michael Mangle alone survived the killer wave. After the rescue, he said, "I thought I would die, and worse than that, I would die all alone." A man trapped in the train wreck in California used his own blood wrote love notes to his wife and children because he thought it would soon be time to draw his last breath.