September 19, 1952

AMERICAN WEAPONS: London, 18 – According to reports from Tokyo, an initial test of a radar-controlled missile in virtually wartime conditions, a possible forerunner to future wars that science will wage merely by «pushing a button,» was carried out in Korea. It would be premature of course to say what this robot missile will lead to; it was directed from a great distance and its slightest movement was monitored on a radar screen. What was revealed was that it is not a missile such as those used by the Germans in World War II. It was an old bomber of the Hellcat-2 type carrying a 1,980-pound (900-kilogram) bomb directed with mathematical precision at a well-guarded target in North Korea, at a distance of 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the aircraft carrier. It exploded when the pilot of its launcher, situated in another aircraft which was monitoring its flight, simply pressed a button. However, a navy representative in Tokyo, who revealed that the US already possessed more perfect means to use robot missiles, did not conceal the fact that this is how wars of the future will be waged, between one continent and another. HEMINGWAY: The American press has welcomed the publication of a new novel by the writer Ernest Hemingway, titled «The Old Man and the Sea,» calling it a major literary event.