CHAPTER 4
On to Down Under

CANTON ISLAND is not defended in anyway. It has no harbor, no fighting planes to bomb an approaching submarine, not even machine guns to turn against invaders. Fuel and supply ships have to anchor safely away from the treacherous coral reefs and send cargo to the island on lighters. There is not even a proper hospital on Canton Island--or was not a month before the war began. There is a very competent physician there--on the staff of Pan-American--a nurse, and an infirmary and dispensary. If Canton Island has been shelled by the time this book appears in print, as the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Maui have been shelled from submarines before this was written, there will be great suffering and needless deaths because of lack of equipment to take care of the wounded.

Canton Island is one of those little Pacific atolls without even a spring of fresh water, and with its greatest natural elevation eight feet above high tide. It is the smallest condominium in the world, being jointly owned by the United States and Great Britain. British passengers on the clipper laughingly say they are "going back to the Empire" when

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Illustrations xvii
  • Chapter 1 Chasing the Sun 1
  • Chapter 3 Island Steppingstones 23
  • Chapter 4 on to Down Under 32
  • Chapter 5 Far Outpost of Courage 39
  • Chapter 6 50
  • Chapter 7 the Record 59
  • Chapter 8 the Man Behind the Record 71
  • Chapter 9 Australia, Our Base 84
  • Chapter 10 Straining Imperial Ties 94
  • Chapter 11 Australia's Future 110
  • Chapter 12 What Columbus Sought 117
  • Chapter 13 Soft Spoken, Hard Hitting 131
  • Chapter 14 Java's Human Air-Raid Siren 144
  • Chapter 15 What Recompense? 153
  • Chapter 16 "Those Indomitable Dutch" 163
  • Chapter 17 Manila in October 176
  • Chapter 18 We Taste Defeat 189
  • Chapter 19 the Great Prize 201
  • Chapter 20 China Looks Ahead 211
  • Chapter 21 Ordeal for Shanghai 220
  • Chapter 22 the Inevitable Clash 227
  • Chapter 23 That Eighth Point 245
  • Chapter 24 Vulnerable at Last? 251
  • Chapter 25 Yes, the Japanese Can Fly 256
  • Chapter 26 How Diplomats "Plant" News 267
  • Chapter 29 "Not for a Thousand Years--" 299
  • Chapter 30 the Men We Fight Today 309
  • Chapter 31 with a Month to Spare 316
  • Index 323
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