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Japanese May Work Fast
To Merge Gains In China By The Washington Staff of Thi Associated Press WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.— - K»ep an e>'e on the fiShtin« beyond gently-captured Hengyang in cen j China for a sign of what course Japanese strategy will choose from now on* From here it looks as though the Japanese capture of this important ail junction—in a sudden burst 01 r rgy after a stalemated siege ol ,ix weeks—may be the first fruit If a more vigorous military policy the new Koiso cabinet in Tokyo. L it'S still two early to see clear l the rest of their design. ' From Hengyang the Japs car drive south 170 miles to take the rest of the Canton railway and jit the coast off from free China, but there is much doubt that this vulnerable line would do them much military good. TJiey also can drive southwest ward toward Kweilin and the cor ridor to Chungking and Running, where the Japs say American air bases are situated They may do neither—they may be in such a defensive frame of mind that they will dig in around Hengyang and stay there. But ex premier Tojo was thrown out be cause he doddered, and the Japs Know they are working against the time when the American air strength in China will be over whelming, and against the day when they no longer will control the China sea and their lines of communication to the south. The apparent urgency of their necessity to consolidate in China is a confession that their original con cept—that they could spread out and control southeast Asia because its huge size precluded reconquest -has collapsed. This urgency will be heightened by the Pearl Har bor conference, which unquestion ably mapped a strategic break through from the Pacific into the China sea •— not at some distant date, but soon. RUSSIAN ADVANCES The spectacular foward sweeps of the Red army, sometimes so fast they look like something done with mirrors, may slow down. Those who know say the reason will be simple. Up to now, the Red army has been largely mov ing over Soviet territory. Russian partisans have been advance in telligence units, and Russian ci vilians have been on had to re pair bridges and railways and keep the Army’s lightening supply lines open right up to the front. Now the Russians are moving j beyond their own borders. Some cooperation can be expected from , Polish partisans, but in general, the conditions which have contrib uted to rapid advances will be changed. WAR OUTLOOK Anyone confused by Prime Min ister Winston Churchill’s cheerful forecasts of early victory — as against the cautions of American leaders about over - optimism— might remember that “Winnie” has a home-front morale problem that doesn’t exist here. The British have been at war nearly five years—two years long er than Americans. They have suf fered Dunkirk, the blitz and now, worst of all, the unpredictable blasts of the buzz-bomb. War wear iness in Britain is understandable, and so is the prime minister’s need to give his people heartening news and assurance of better times soon. Plane production—Word is there will probably be no more contracts awarded by the Army and Navy for plane construction in Canada. U. S. makers can meet future needs, it's held, and contracts plac ed with American companies will help cushion the effect of curtail ed warplane production as the war “ears an end. AIR FLIVVER ERA Many indications point to a boom ® aviation sales and service en terprises when thousands of pilots and mechanics return from the air orces to civilian life. Many al ready have asked governmental agencies about financial aid under “e G. I. bill in starting plane fill g stations and service centers, nd there’s a current plan before * National Aeronautical associ Wfor a giant campaign to urge instruction of landing fields in all Jtts of the country. NAA will aBle a director and four assist ill/ '° c™duct the drive nation CUSTOM’S VICTIM lect^ J' Fulbright, se-' e® by Arkansas Democrats to ’p ace Senator Caraway, may not a place on the Senate foreign thn rns comrnittee despite his au (.^saiP °f the resolution which be etlle House expression of what country stands for in the post it tii Wor'<b- Should he seek one ,* ■ e coveted places on this Sen lj fcommittee, he would be con fer ^ Wittl a cusb°m of the past ... -’ears which denies member b to new senators. s RECESS lhe;rnators- anxious to get back to Publ tan;!'aigns> but afraid of what l0r'c faction will be, hesitate on sstmg a recess of Congress, them say they will stay lav *10n at beast through the hot J of August rather than leave the cU:1S! n begislation unpassed. 6, ^nate expects to go to work pr.,a, measure to provide for dis »ar °f ^.000,000,000 of surplus teek Pr°Ptl ty durinS th* coming BRITISH CAPTURE WRECKED TAUNGNI CHUNGKING, Aug. 12—(5^—Brit ish troops after a one-week drivi in difficult weather have capturec the strategic ndrth Burmese rail way town of Taungni, 17 mile; south of the former Japanese basi of Mogaung, the Chinese commam announced tonight. (Expulsion of the last remainin; Japanese from Northeastern Indi. along the Burma border was re ported imminent in a dispatch fron Southeast Asia command headquar ters at Kandy. Ceylon. Alliec troops on the Tiddim road belov Imphal were only a few mile; from the Burma border.) The British found Taungni wreck ed, disease rampant and the stencl of dead Japanese so great that the Allied troops found it impossible t( enter the city in force, a Chinesi communique stated. There was much evidence of malaria and beri beri, and the stench of the citj was “distinct even two miles t< the north” the bulletin declared The British drove to Taqngn through Nampadaung and -Sahmaw beginning their punch by capturing strongly-defenced “Hill 60" con trolling a good stretch of the rail way. “Most of the countryside in the Taungni area is flooded,” the Chi nese communique said. “In manj places the water is three to foui feet deep. Bridges are cut and the transportation of equipment and ar tillery is almost impossible. “After the first bitter 'fight, the Japanese seemed to realize th,eii position was hopeless and they of fered little resistance. Many of the enemy dead were left unburied and much equipment was abandoned.” The bodies of 200 Japanese were counted between Hill 60 and Taung ni, and many more were found ir the town itself. “One officer whe walked through the filth and stench of the Hukawng and Mogaung val leys described the situation al Taungni as the worst he has en countered,” the communique said, -V The Smithsonian Institution’s fossil imprint of a jellyfish is be lieved to be the oldest evidence o: life. Dodgest Japs Chief Radioman George Ray 1 Tweed, 42, of Portland, Oregon, tells correspondents how he l5/ed 1 for mor? than two and one hall - years in the hills of Guam, dodg I ing the Japanese. While the Jap ■ anese put a price on his head and : carroed on a series of determined caves or without shelter before he , searches for him, Tweed lived ir escaped aboard an American war ship. CLUB TO COLLECT PAPER AT BEACH i The Senior Fraternity of th( Boys’ Brigade club will collect scrap papers from residents ol Carolina Beach next Friday, Thurs ton Davis, president of the frater nity, announced yesterday. Thurston asks that all newspa pers, magazines and books that art to be contributed to the campaigr be tied in bundles, and that loose paper be put in boxes or bags anc left on the boardwalk or front steps for collection. Any type of papei will be collected. The fraternity has collected more than 85,000 pounds of scrap papei in its current drive. --V Lt. LaRue Cribbs Missing In Action Lt. LaRue F. Cribbs, formerly of Wilmington, has been reported missing over the Netherlands since July 7. Lieutenant Cribbs is the son of Mrs. Grace Cribbs and the late John F. Cribbs. Mrs. Cribbs and a daughter live at 537 Wesi Hunter St., Lakeland, Fla. Lieuten ant Cribbs was a Flying Fortress pilot. -V More than one million persons In the United States stutter. FAIRMONT MARKET HAS HEAVY SALES ■ ■ ■ ■ I FAIRMONT,"Aug. 12.—C- B. Staf ford, supervisor of the tobacco board of trade, announced today that $482,899-65 has been paid for this week’s sale of 1,098,480 pounds of tobacco. Average low baskets this week brought 30 cents and top grades, 55 cents. Tobacco growers, Stafford said, were “highly pleased” with the sales and prices. Farjners are still curing tobacco and fully 20 per cent of the crop is in the field now, he added. -V ASKS FOR AID WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 —(A#‘— Declaring the Polish underground army faces the possibility of “ex termination”, the 'executive board of the Polish-American Congress appealed to th-e United States gov ernment today to grant full lend lease assistance to General Bor, commander of Polish forces tn Warsaw. ' Wacs In Great Need Of Laboratory Technicians Graduates of schools with bache lor’s degree and major in entomo ogy, bacteriology,parasitology, or biochemistry, or who have gradua ted from a registered school of medical technology, or who have had three years experience in a hospital laboratory, are needed to serve as laboratory technicians in the Women’s Army Corps. The Wilmington Army Recruit ing office, 309 Southern building, announced yesterday that qualified women are eligible to attain the rank of staff sergeant and will be assigned to an Army medical in stallation immediately upon com pletion of the six weeks of basic training given at Fort Ogelethorpe, Ga. , Women who have a sincere in terest in this field but who have not had the training outlined abo^e may be recommended to attend the Army’s medical laboratory technicians training school. Suce'S sful completion of this four-month course will lead to assignment as j technicians in an Army hospital. TABLE TALK °4 Inch sa" Floral or Fruit printed table cloths that will add color and gaiety to your fall dinners. In lovely bright colors and printed on sheeting or sail cloth. * LINENS SECOND FLOOR . s . V s How American Taxpayers lire Saved 160,000,000 on Harbor Tugs and Equipment .I II HI 11 I Ill' " llll1"——Mil I 'll IN II 11 'll1 .HI ii "I MB ■■■ Early in the war there developed a tremendous need for tugs and power units to help speed delivery of supplies and equipment to millions of our fighting officers and men throughout the world. In cooperation with the Army and Navy, our Chrysler Division, which had been building marine engines for many years, developed a marine tractor and a harbor tug (called the "Sea Mule”). We built them quickly and in large quantities, both of which ^ere very important to the armed forces—and at a saving of $60,000,000 to American Taxpayers as compared to the cost of alternate equipment. • CHRYSLER CORPORATION j ; ; ; WARTIME EARNINGS LESS THAN IN PEACETIME DURING 5 PRE-WAR YEARS before Pearl PBJ Harbor our earnings averaged 5Vz cents BRlnKf per dollar received for all products. f,l|rj f DURING 1942-1943—two om- I I IS plete years of war production— i our earnings averaged only 2% V cents per dollar received. iBR 56.8% PAID OUT TO OTHER COMPANIES More than half of all the money we have received on war production contracts—56.8%—we have passed along to more than 12,000 other com panies, most of them small, for materials and ") / i \ PLYMOUTH * DODGE • DESOTO a CHRYSLER AIRTEMP • AMPLEX Here are the bassenet dwellers essentials— everything baby needs for comfortable liv ing, indoors as well as outdoors. . CRIBS Easily handled crihs equipped with steel springs. 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