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THE DEAD IN HIROSHIMA TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT

Tokyo radio stated that the dead in Hiroshima were too numerous to be counted.

Hiroshima was an open city, according to Tokyo radio. Authorised Tokyo quarters pronounce the Hiroshima bombing as a violation of international law, which forbids belligerents an unlimited choice in the means of destruction. The radio quoted the religious leader, Toyohika Nagawa, who contrasted the bombing with "Japan's careful and thoughtful air raids on Shanghai and Nanking."

Nagawa said the United States methods used against Japan exceeded the horrible cruelty of the atrocities perpetrated by Ghenghiz Khan. The fact that America had adopted such methods showed that she was already morally defeated. If America's policy as well as Japan's went back to the spirit of Washington and Lincoln there would be sufficient ground for America and Japan to be reconciled, to give freedom to China, liberate the Philippines, cut India's iron- chain, and give independence to Indonesia. He concluded: "I think America should stop and think." Mr. Harry Gewertz, a young Harvard engineer, who has been engaged for three years on a seismograph device to test the atomic bomb, five of which were used to gauge the damage potentialities of the bomb, said the damage in the New Mexico test was five to ten times greater than was anticipated. He added that the bomb used in the test was much smaller than the one dropped on Hiroshima.

A naval spokesman at Washington pointed out that the bomb will be extremely helpful in cleaning up Japanese garrisons on the by-passed islands. The Navy expects the atomic bomb principle later to be extended to naval shells and rockets. The spokesman said a single shell hit would blast a battleship to fragments. An atomic bomb dropped in the water near the fleet would cause great damage.

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THE DEAD IN HIROSHIMA TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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THE DEAD IN HIROSHIMA TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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