WAR IN CHINA: Life Line

Japan's plan to capture Hankow, China's acting capital, is first to cut all the city's communications, then gradually encircle it. Last week, a Japanese column tightened the net around the capital by capturing strategic Hwangchwan, north of the Yangtze. Another column captured one of a series of river booms at Wusueh, 100 miles down the river from Hankow. Meanwhile, Japanese aviators bombed away at their main objective, the Canton-Hankow Railway.

Since the start of the 14-months'-old war this line has been bombed in 1,300 places. Speedy repair work has held the periods of...