World War: Finland Will Pay

Last week the wily Finns thought up a new scheme to get much-needed war materials. Behind the Russian front and over Leningrad their aviators scattered leaflets offering deserting Russian soldiers specific prices for their arms: 100 rubles for a pistol, 150 rubles for a rifle, 1,000 to 1,500 for a machine gun, 10,000 for a tank. The Russians were even told how to surrender:

"Form groups of from six to eight men. Sling rifle from the shoulder, muzzle downward, and raise hands aloft."

But the sweetest offer was for airplanes. Said the leaflets:

"Finland will pay 1,000 American dollars for each airplane received undamaged,...

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