World: Numbers Game

The men who are fighting the Pacific war cut their slogans to fit their hopes. The most optimistic have clung to "Home alive by '45." A few have made it; more will make it before this year's end, but for most it is only a mirage. Those who stay may take their choice from among the following: "Out of the sticks in '46"; "From hell to heaven in '47" and the old standby, "Golden Gate by '48."

If there are any '49ers left in the Pacific this year, they keep it very quietly to themselves.

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