FAR EAST: Porcupine Nest

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Abandoning his tour of Western Austral ia and summoning his Cabinet, Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies hurried back to Melbourne this week. The chips were down in the Far East ; the next thing to be seen was Japan's hand. Bob Menzies said that the people of Australia were standing with a catch in their throats in the most vital hour of their history. "In the mercy of God bombs have not yet fallen in this country. But they may."

Watching to see whether the Japanese would go north or south, or...

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