National Defense: Topeka Taken

If two Capital newshawks had not dug up the story, Topeka, Kans. would have had the shock of its life on Armistice Day. With their secret out, the cavalry at Fort Riley took a new tack, sent the city an ultimatum: "Citizens of Topeka . . . your city is doomed! We will move in and capture it and its people today. . . . Resistance is futile. . . ."

Soon after 9 a.m. six Army planes hedgehopped over the city, blew dead leaves from the trees in yellow showers, strafed the airport. An indignant housewife called police headquarters, complained that...

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