World: Salted Gold

Into Merkers, an undistinguished vil lage about 15 miles southwest of Eisenach in mid-Germany, slogged the weary in fantrymen of Major General Herbert L. Earnest's 90th Division. Their job last week was the usual one of follow-through after Lieut. General George S. Patton's advanced tank forces: unsnarling knots of resistance, sorting out prisoners and slave laborers. Of the latter there were many for Merkers' big salt mines.

That night, after curfew, two of the goth's military police stopped two women in the village street. The women explained that they were going for a...

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