Ice jams in the gorges of the Danube broke up last fortnight and floated down toward the Black Sea. Last week upriver traffic started, and among the first to move were 30 barges carrying 18,000 tons of Rumanian oil to Germany—about one-seventh of that blockaded country's monthly oil quota from Europe's prime economic battleground.

British agents having bought up or leased all the loose Danube tanker barges in sight, Nazis were relieved last week when Yugoslavia—through which the Danube winds for some 200 miles—released seven big German oil barges which had been held for special transit permits.

Sixteen other German barges...

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