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Gen. Sultan Has Job He. Likes
Best—Commanding Troops By PRESTON GROVER, Associated Press War Correspondent. NEW DELHI, Nov. 4 (Delayed).— Eight days after taking over the jungle half of the China-Burma - India theater, Lt. Gen. Dan I. Sul tan had that piece of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell’s old command in such shape that he could quit New Delhi and get out into the field. “There’s more fresh air out there,” he said, "I don’t feel so cramped.” Being cooped up by office work evidently is one of the principal hates of this former Army football coach who now commands all forces on the western side of the hump. Asked what job in the Army he liked best, he replied, “commanding troops.” Doable Assignment. In Inheriting the India-Burma portion of Stilwell’s command, Gen. Sultan also inherited an office and a field assignment. Gen. Sultan's office, in a rambling one-story frame building, includes two rooms, one for him and one for his aide. Its decorations are maps, a desk slightly worn about its edges where Gen. Sultan rests his feet when at ease, and a couple of chairs. For quarters he has two rooms and a bath at the Imperial Hotel If he wanted it, he probably could take over part or all of one of the Maharaja palaces in the pukka : part of town, but he has not asked for such an accommodation and probably won't. Gen. Sultan, in the CBI theater for about a year, is known to every body. I have known him ever since he came here and it was a funny experience for both of us when I walked in and began shooting ques tions at him about the military situ ation, what type of razor he used, whether Burma would hold out un til the next monsoon and what he reads evenings when he is too tired to work. But he grinned and re laxed and I grinned and relaxed and we went at it. Formidable Looking. When he relaxed he is easy to talk to, although when he isn’t re laxed he looks pretty formidable. He wears the best quality uni forms—and yet his military natti ness seems somewhat short of a “pukka sahib general.” Gen. Sultan talks with a thick Southern drawl. He still considers Oxford, Miss., as his home town, although he hasn't lived there since he was 17. When he commanded the 38th Division in Southern Mis sissippi early in the war he used to fly a plane over Oxford on his way to Washington “so I could see what the town looked like from topside.” He was Engineer Commissioner for the District of Columbia from 1934 to 1938. When Gen. Sultan visits Oxford he stays with a favorite aunt, Mrs. Lily Hudson, now 85 years old. Three Girls in There are three girls in his family, one a daughter of Mrs. Sultan by an earlier marriage. All are con nected with the Army. The oldest, Shela, was born on Corregidor and is married to 28-year-old Col. Mar shall Gray, commander of a Flying Fortress group in Italy. Linda, un married, works at the quartermaster depot at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., where Mrs. Sultan is living. Mrs! Sultan’s daughter, Devin, is the wife of Capt. Howard J. Cameron, sta tioned in the Southwest Pacific. Gen. Sultan’s army work has been mainly engineering, but he has commanded every type of unit from platoon to army. Now the com mander of a theater, it’ is expected that besides Americans there will be Chinese armies and a British divi sion in North Burma directly under his wing. Gen. Sultan hopes to get back to Corregidor. He built most of the defense installations there in 1916. Expects to Fly Home Soon. “We will be flying home bv way of the Philippines before long,” he said, showing that it is shorter to America that way than across North Africa and the Atlantic. Gen. Sultan, who surveyed the route for a canal across Nicaragua from 1921 to 1931, believes “a Nicaraguan canal is perfectly feasible, • • • and better than adding a fourth series of locks at Panama, because it is 10 times as hard to stage a surprise attack against two canals as against one.” At Nicaragua, he was compelled to give up his life-long habit of rolling his own cigarettes, because “the jungle made loose tobacco too wet.” Since then he has smoked packaged cigarettes, except when Col. J. M. Thompson, of El Paso, Tex., a stag aide, comes in to see LT. GEN. DAN J. SULTAN. —A.P. Photo. him. Then they both roll one. "I still can do it,” he said. Cleans Out Deadwood. When he first came to India one of the local newspapers spoke of him as Dan-I-Sultan, as if he were some strange variety of American caliph. His quiet entry into India was felt quickly by the CBI com mand. He soon removed pieces of deadwood. which long has been overlooked because Gen. 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He has tryeled over every battlefield of the Civil War and asserts: "X am the best guide you can find on the tour of Gettys burg.” He took West Pointers on four annual tours there while he taught military history at the “Point.” Now, after a full day of staff con ferences and other work, he likes to read detective stories before go ing to bed. Charley Chan is his favorite. ' Except for brief visits to China while he was stationed in the Philip pines, Gen. Sultan never worked with the Chinees but now he finds he likes them. “Those Chinese soldiers in North Burma are good,” he said. "We will get along.’’ _' Dr. Edwards to Speak Dr. A. Joseph Edwards, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church, will dis cuss “Youth’s Role in Religion” at the Youth League Forum in the Twelfth Street Branch YMCA at 4 p.m. today. Miss Katheryne Elmes will preside and music will be fur nished by the YMCA-Peters Busi ness College Chorus. 'Chesterton, the Poet,' Subject of Address "G. K. 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