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THE NOME NUGGET VOL. 44. No. 54. NOME, ALASKA, Wednesday, MAY 6, 1942. P« Copy 15# Corregidor Surrenders to Invaders British Forces Occupy French Island Madagascar j The Fortress of Corregidor and other island forts in Manila Bay surrendered to .lap invaders, Allied headquarters in Australia announced after a month's seige. Repulse 5 Jap Attaeks on Midway Pearl Harbor, May 5 (AP) —- The repulse of five Jap attacks on Midway island, the last one on March 10th, were revealed officially w hen Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander - in - chief of the Pacific fleet, re turned from inspections and awarding honors to personnel on the island He revealed that the is land has been attacked each month since Decem ber 7th, except April. He personally decorated the Marines for shooting down the four-engined Jap pat rol seaplane making the last attack. British Occupy Is. Madagascar Washingon, May 4 (De layed) (AP)—The British, stealing a march on the Japanese, have occupied the French island of Mad agascar, athwart the vital Allied supply lines in the Indian ocean. The State Department announced that the United States has served formal notice that, if necesary Am crican forces will help to defend it against all com ers. The State Department said the move had the full approval of this govern ment. The British communique said merely that British military forces arrived off the island at dawn. the efTtx't that the railroad would follow the route of the highway between Fort St. John and Wat son Lake and then continue along what is known as the “B" Route up the Valley of the Fran cois River, over Bering Divide into the Polly River watershed, and by some undetermined route be brought to the north bank of the Tanana some distance east of Tan across. The other report is to the effect that the suggested rail road would be built entirely on the “B" route departing from Prince George and continuing north to Watson Lake and thence by the route above described into Alaska. It is said that such a railroad could be built for $G8. 000,000 and be completed in six teen months. Other engineers have estimated that it would take five years to build the railroad and that it would cost $200,000, 000. This is another case where the experts do not seem to agree. Whether, if such a railroad were built, it would mean the discon-. tinuance of the building of the highway, no one seems to know, j but there is no evidence to that | effect. It will be remembered that in one of his press confer-, ences held some time ago the President mentioned the possibil ity of building a railroad to Al aska, saying that the subject was! under study, but this was before i the announcement had been ‘ made that the highway project had been adopted and that the highway would be built. British Air, Naval F orces Make Surprise Landing on Madagascar BITTER FIGHTING RAGES AFTER PETAIN AND DARLAN CALL FOR RESISTANCE UNDATED, May 5 (AP) — Bitter fighting was re ported raging at the north end of 1000-mile-long French Madagascar, the world’s 4th largest island, as British sea-borne forces attacked toward the Diego Suarez naval base after their surpise landing. France’s 86-year-old chief of state Petain ond Ad miral Darlan, anti-British chief of the French armed forces, are reported to have sent a message to the com mander in chief at Madagascar, urging the troops to “resist the attack and defend the honor of the French flag.” London military quarters said the British, striking to forestall a threatened Axis attempt to seize the strat egic territory, captured a French battery. A German broadcast said there have been French casualties, and that fighting continued for more than 36 hours after the British troops landed early yester day at Courier Bay, ten miles across the isthmus from Diego Suarez. The broadcast said it is not known yet whether the British landing operations will succeed, and added, “The French government may be expect ed to react most sharply, and 'its military effect will probably become manifest during the course of the day.” There was no immediate indcation whether Jap naval units, the nearest Axis striking force, are en route to dispute the British coup. A Jap armada of 3 battleships, 5 aircraft carriers and flotillas of destroy ers as well as cruisers, were recently reported operat ing in the Bay of Bengal. German dispatches said the British naval and air forces first appeared off Diego Suarez yesterday and Governor General Annet rejected a seven-hour ulti matum. The British attack then started. The British said the landing was executed at about 3 a.m. British time, or 6 p.m., Monday, Pacific time. A map showing Madagascar's position in relation to the supply routes from America, is shown on Page Three of this issue. Corregidor and Other Fortified Islands Surrender to Jap Invaders Allied Headquarters in Australia, May (5 (AP) —; Corregidor and other fortified islands in Manila Bay; surrendered today, it was officially announced. Be sides the fortified rock of Corregidor, other forts are:! Fort Mills, Fort Hughes, Fort Drum and Fort Frank. Report from General Wainwright Discloses Imminence of Collapse WASSINGTON, May 5, 3:45 p.m.—11:50 p.m. (AP> —The War Department announced that the Japs as-, vaulted Corregidor fortress and a landing attack was' n progress there at midnight Tuesday, Manilla time.j The imminence of the collapse of this center of heroic American and Philippine resistance to Jap in vasion. was disclosed in a brief report from Gen. Wain wright that a landing attack was started across the narrow stretch of water separating the fortified island from Bataan Peninsula. There is no estimate as to the number of troops, holding out against the continuous aerial and artillery bombardment since the fighting ceased on Bataan aj month ago. Nazi Idea Is Jeered By British REPORTS OF PEACE OFFENSIVE BY BERLIN DO NOT INTEREST LONDON LONDON — The London Daily Mail hinted in its issue recently that Germany is seeking to cry quits in the aerial warfare between Germany and England, which England is now climaxing with thunderous blows with British Royal Air Force planes against Nazi dominated Europe. The Daily Mail, quoting a Berlin dispatch to a Swiss newspaper the Journal de Geneve, said: “It is semi officially stated Germany is willing to call off the bomb ing of English towns if the RAF will change its meth ods of bombing German cities. The present bombing duel is highly unpopular with the German people.” Ignored By Britain Authoritative British quarters commenting on the purported German offer, declared: “We are going after those blighters wherever they are. That’s final.” British home minister Morrison referred scornfully to the “cry of German propagandists* that it is to us to call off our raids and save ourselves.” Reports of an Axis peace offensive persist, and they’ve shifted now from Italy to Germany. But they still sound like Axis propaganda designed to create confusion among the Allies. Peace Reports Are Bogus The latest reports, coming from Turkey, say Nazi Marshal Goering has made three peace bids to England recently. But an authorized London diplomatic source says the reports are bogus, and he adds: “That would be futile anyway. It is hardly likely that the Allies would bite at any Axis peace feelers at a time when Allied striking power is reaching its peak.” At Stockholm, Sweden, local newspapers reported Berlin dispatches as saying that 10,000 German child ren were being moved out of the RAF target zone, 5,000 from Hamburg alone, and sent to Hungary to live with peasant families. Oen. Jonathan Wainwright (above) was in command of Corregidor and other forts in Manila Bay which fell to Jap invaders. Promulgate Stiff Regula tions Controlling Install ment Buying and Charging Washington, May 5 (AP) Stiff regulations controll ing installment purchases on nearly every article in common use in the Ameri can home were promulgat ed by the Federal Reserve: Board, which, in addition said ordinary charge ac counts on such articles must be paid by the tenth of the second month after the purchase. The orders are immediately effective. Railroad Now Planned From U. S. To Alaska WASHINGTON —(Although no thing official has been announced on the subject, there are numer ous reports to the effect that U. S. authorities are still consider ing the possibility of connecting the United States with Alaska by railroad. One such report is to Jap Militarist Discusses Possibility Invasion Japan from Alaska Bases _ I TOKYO, May 6 (AP) — Schichiji I to. well-known military commentator said in the May issue of the magazine “Contemporary Times” that the season of melting ice in the northern Pacific brought to the fore, the possibility of an American offensive against Japan from Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, but said var ious factors discounted that possibility It is not Japan but the United States who should fear operations in the Northern Pacific. The distance between Alaska and the U. S., poor transportation facilities in Alaska, the vulnerability of Alaska to parachute attack because of sparse popula tion, make Alaska the weakest point in the U. S. defense. He declared naval bases in Alaska are no^ completed and have only large enough harbors for; small auxiliary ships, subs and destroyers, and are not sufficient to replenish any carrier striking force sent against Japan. He added that heavy fog and other weather factors limit U. S. naval operations from m'id-June to early August and that the U. S is unable to transfer all rei maining capital ships from the Atlantic to operations against Japan.