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Reason for Japan's interest in this
small country was not nationalism,
but the fact that a slender finger
of land, about as wide as the Isth
mus of Panama, called the Isthmus
of Kra, is controlled by Thailand. A
canal through this isthmus, connect
ing the Indian ocean and the Gulf
of Siam, would give a new short
route from the Pacific to India, ren
der Singapore impotent, and cut
three days from the trip between
Indo-China and Burma.
Such a canal would leave Singa
pore's giant guns and expensive
naval bases guarding an out-of-date
sea highway, almost as unimpor
tant as the Straits of Magellan after
the Panama canal was built.
That is one reason the British are
ready to fight to keep the Japanese
out of Thailand.
BRITISH INVASION TL.WS
First British plan for an invasion
of the continent (since the start of
the Russian-Nazi conflict) was a
landing in Holland. This, it was fig
ured, would get sympathetic support
firm the Dutch; would create a sec
ond front requiring Hitler to divert
part of his troops and airplanes
fp.m the Russian front.
The original British idea was to
have the United States co-operate in
a landing force. This, however,
scarcely got beyond the informal
suf!s?stion stage. It was immedi
ately and emphatically vetoed, first,
for political reasons; second, be
came Roosevelt did not have the
powiT to send troops abroad; third,
becrvise cf the scarcity of shipping
to t.-ansport and supply an Amer
ican army overseas.
Sir.ce then, none of the proposals
for creating a second European
front has contemplated any Amer
The second idea discussed was a
British attempt through bpaiti and
Portugal. This also scarcely got
beyond the discussion stage, because
it "was figured, first, that the Ger
man army probably could take over
Spain by the time British troops be
gan to land; second, that even if
a foothold could be obtained, a
march across the Pyrenees to
France would be too difficult.
The only part which the United
States might have played in such
a plan was to send food ships with
which to help win over the Spanish
Norway Heavily Fortified.
Since then another plan for pos
sible Eritish invasion of Norway has
been discussed. However, this also
is difficult. The Nazis now have 10
divisions in Norway; more impor
tant, they have been working fever
ishly with characteristic German
thoroughness to fortify Norwegian
ports and possible invasion points.
The chief factor holding back the
British, however, has been their
lack of armored equipment. Al
though the British army is about
2,000,000 strong, only about 750,000
men are fully armed with modern
equipment. And the most serious
defect in their equipment is the lack
Vast numbers of tanks were lost
by the British at Dunquerque, a loss
..hich has not yet been repleiished.
nd no invasion of the continent
:ould be successful without a pow
erful tank force.
Also, despite the strength of the
Nazi army on the Russian front, a
total of 47 well-equipped German
divisions are stationed in western
Europe. This is approximately
Recent discussion of British aid
to Russia has turned to the Near
last and a British move from the
Gulf of Persia, through Iran to the
Russian oil fields of the Caucasus.
These oil fields are one of the chief
goals of the Nazi army, and once
Hitler succeeds in taking the
Ukraine, it would be relatively easy
for him to cut off this supply.
Subject To Rules
Of Early Enrollees
Men who registered under the
Selective Training and Service Act
on July 1 and whose order numbers
were determined in the National
Lottery on July 17 are subject to
the same rules of individual classi
fication as the youths who were
enrolled previously, General J.
Van B. Metts, State Director of
Selective Service, emphasized to
day. Under no circumstances will the
new group of potential trainees be
classified and considered for pos
sible military training en bloc, the
Director declared. Each man will
have his order number by which
his local board will consider his
classification and no local board
can classify the individual regis,
trant until his number is reached,
except in case of volunteers, he
The National Lottery served as
a guide for every local board to
integrate its new registrants
among those who registered last
autumn, and that integration must
be carried out so that Jthe recent
registrants will consider their
classification only in a fair and
equitable ratio to those men not
yet inducted, Director Metts as
serted. Director Metts pointed out that
it was abvious that the new regis
trants who had received relatively
low order numbers would be clas-
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writing "of a" best's jZ5i7 'ami an im
measurable belief in his own great-
WALTER WINCHELL, who Is a
lieutenant commander In the U. S.
naval reserve is shown in uniform
while on temporary active duty.
ness, converted (him) into a nation
al hero and eventually into a na
tional danger." You're wrong. He
was referring to John C. Fremont, a
self-styled Napoleon of another era
. . . Reader's Digest insists money
isn't important ... If you don't
think money is important ask the
people who haven't any.
The Front Pages: The sense of
most of the communiques from the
Heinie High Command seems to be.
"We're licking the tar out of the
Russkys, but don't quote me" ...
There are dailies on this side of the
Atlantic that fit Donald Wickham's
vignette (in Truth) of The London
Times: "A paper which has always
had a shrewd sense of the news
value of looking earnestly ahead
and an even shrewder sense of the
political value of looking earnestly
into space" . . . When Richard
Boyer got back from Germany he
rapped the Nazi stunt of inviting
foreign correspondents to the war
zone. The reporters were practical
ly prisoners, he reported, and were
steered by Goebbels' helpers to the
items they wanted sent to the U. S.
Well, the boys are making tours
again, this time on the Russian
front. Maybe they figure it's bet
ter to send back propaganda rather
than no word at all.
New York News Reel: Ma Hen
Lane which was so named be
cause it was a footpath used by
lovers along a rippling brook . .
The Center Theatre which has a
special ventilating system to carry
off the heat produced by the 400
bulbs in the chandelier . . . The
fellow at 34th Street who runs a hot
dog stand and plays classical re
cordings on his phonograph between
sales . . . The beauty parlor's
warning to patrons: "Ladies should
be seen and not hard" . . . The
antique shop on 3rd Avenue with a
sensayuma. It displays jokebooks
in the window most of which you
can hear on the radio every night
. . . The doors of the vaults at the
Federal Reserve Bank which weigh
The hinterlands taking over Times
Square for the week-end. Broad
way on Sunday is Scranton, Pa.,
on Monday . . . The Columbus Cir
cle soap-boxer, talking to an audi
ence of one a hored cop . . .
Safety sign seen near the Lido
Beach Club: "Drive Slowly. Don't
Be a Hearse's Neck!" . . . The
down-and-outer near the City Hall
fountain washing his face and dry
ing it with a dirtier kerchief . . .
The chalked lettering on Tombs
Prison "Cooler Inside,"
sified sooner than those who had
received higher numbers.
"I'd like to stress the fact again"
said Director Metts, "that there
isn't any difference between treat
ment of the new registrants and
the old registrants in any respect
whatsoever. They are treated ex
actly alike. The same rules of de
ferment apply to both. Both have
the same right of appeal. The in
terests of both are protected by the
Government in the same manner.
And each case is considered indi
vidually when the registrant's or
der number comes up, regardless
of whether he registered July 1 or
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BILLIONS IN GOLD IDLE
I IKI CMPI KU RAKIIf
Piled up in the vaults of the
Bank of England are hoards of
gold and treasure, unclaimed for
years. Now efforts are being
made to use the wealth against en
emies of Great Britain. .Don't miss
this unusual story in the August
31st issue of
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K J X i
With The First "Mullet Shift"
THESE ISLANDERS GO AFTER FISH
JUST AS THEIR forefathers did a hundred years ago,
the residents of Ocracoke and Hatteras set sail in their
spritsail boats with net aboard after the famous Pamlico
Sound mullet when the first "mullet shift" a shift of
ti e wind to the northward comes in August. This Dicu,fe
on Ocracoke Island was made on the day that R. S. Wahab,
home on vacation from his business in Baltimore was get
ting ready to go "mulleting." (Photo by Ay cock Brown).
Urged To Assist
All Selective Service regis
trants who have been deferred
from military service today were
urged by General J. Van B. Metts.
State Director of Selective Service,
to offer their full assistance to
State and local civilian defense
Many young men have been
granted deferment because of their
occupations, because they have de
pendents or because they are not
physically capable of undregoiug
service in the armed forces, the
General said. Nevertheless, he add
ed, they are qualified to perform
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THE BEAUFORT NEWS BEAUFORT,
some work in connection vMu ci
vilian defense activities and should
offer their ervicvs to exNtmg
agencies or those which sire being
By granting certain men defer
ment, Congress, when it adopted
the Selective Training and Service
Act of 1940, gave no indication
that it intended to excuse these
men from the obligation which,
rests upon every young man that
of helping his country in times of
emergencyy, General Metts declar
ed. Each man is expected to do j
his share, in one way or another. !
when a crisis threatens the nation- j
al security, he said. !
General Metts quoted from a re- :
cent statement of Brig. Gen. Lewi:-
B. Hershey, Director of Selective
Service, as follows: !
At Ocracoke, N. C.
"Many of our young men have
entered the armed forces, leaving
at home others who for one reason
or another have had their military
training deferred. Those who re
main owe it to those who have
been called and owe it to their
country to help in its defense when
they are needed.
"They can do their part by of
fering their services in the inter
ests of civilia defense."
Pointing out that the Office of
Civilian Defense is coordinating
civilian defense activities of the
State and expanding them to com
munities where they are not or
ganized as yet, the State Director
said that in' the very near future
the vast majority of deferred reg
istrants should be able to find a
civilian defense activity where
their services can be used. Such
activities cover a wide range and
should include a task for almost
every young man who is deferred
from military training for one rea
son or another.
WHEN MOLD IS ALLOWED TO STAY IN
CLOTHES THEY WILL ROT
Be Wise and Let Us Clean and Press Them In Our
Suits Anil Plain Biessss
78 S. Front St.
Reduced To A Certificate
Now Held By Carteret
OWNERS OF THIS PROPERTY ARE URGED TO
COME IN AND PAY TO AVOID FURTHER
COSTS AND EMBARRASSMENT
QUESTION: When if the bet
time to uie ground limestone?
ANSWER: For best results,
limestone should be applied to the
soil from three months to a year
before legumes are planted, says
E. C. Blair, Extension agronomist
at State College. Lime should be
spread after the land is plowed in
order that it may become well
mixed with the top soil.
Question: What are the AAA
loan rates on 1941 cotton?
ANSWER: The average net
weight loan rate on 7-8ths-inch
middling cotton will be 14.62 cents
a pound, based upon parity price
of 10.4'.) cents for August 1, says
E. Y. Floyd, state AAA officer at
CASH AND CARRY
New Bern, N.
Thursday, Aug. 21, ig4l
State College. The average
weight loan for 15-16-inch cott!
will be 14.82 cents a no, ?
QUESTION7In what propot.
tions should winter legumes k
ANSWER: Legumes, which mav
be seeded alone as well as anions
growing crops such as corn and to.
bacco during the latterpart of An.
gust, should be planted as follows
says Earl Meacham, Extension soil
conservationist at State College'
Crimson clover (in( hull),
pounds to acre; vetch, 20 poundy
Austrian winter peas, 30 pounds'
and cleaned crimson clover, 25
Farmers of Greene County are
reporting heavy infestations of
boll weevils this year, according to
J. W. Grant, assistant farm agem
of the N. C. State College Exten.