WAR FRONT: Rubber and Tin

Far out on the Pacific last week lay the U. S. battle fleet, its maneuvers completed, its next job not yet laid out. Beyond the battle fleet and across the Pacific many a U. S. businessman cast an uneasy mind's eye. For south and east from the foot of Thailand (Siam) across the Java Sea to Papua lie The Netherlands East Indies, whence the U. S. gets major portions of two strategic materials: rubber and tin. With The Netherlands at war, Japan might cut off that supply, alternatively might exploit a grab by...

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