HIGH SEAS: Traffic Trickle

A fear had materialized. Last week Britain's Ministry of Economic Warfare admitted that economic contact had been established between Germany and Japan. Small quantities of rubber had reached the Reich from Jap-controlled rubber lands; since Dec. 8 several shipments of German machine tools had left Europe for Japan.

Probable carriers of these token shipments were lone ships which could steam some 16,000 miles around Cape Horn without refueling. Stealing secretly out of guarded ports, with radios silenced, a few such hermit ships had a fair chance of avoiding U.S. or British trade-route patrols. But what they carried around Cape Horn...

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