Japanese newsorgans, paced by the potent Tokyo Nichi Nichi and Osaka Mainichi, last week made ready to cover the long-awaited fall of Hankow. Some 500 newsmen, photographers and broadcasters, specially equipped with airplane radio transmitters, were poised behind the front to record the triumphal entrance of Japanese troops. Confident Japanese commanders gave out that this would take place before October 1.

Reason for this optimism was that, after weeks of excruciatingly slow progress by naval and land forces up the valley of the broad, brown Yangtze, Japanese troops suddenly knifed through stubborn Chinese defense lines and penetrated to Wusueh, on the...

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