1943 Belgian Congo Allies Uranium mentioned Franklin News-Herald PA July 28

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1943 Belgian Congo Allies Uranium mentioned Franklin News-Herald PA July 28 - BELGIAN CONGO RICH MINERAL AREA OF ALLIES...
BELGIAN CONGO RICH MINERAL AREA OF ALLIES Belgium's Govt, in Exile in Lon don Rules Central African Resources Against Axis. WASHINGTON', July 27. Deep in the heart of Africa, the Belgian Congo is plRylng a supply role alike im portant to captive Belgium and the cause of the United Nations. From its headquarters in London, Belgium's government in exile rules central Afri can resources yielding each year thou sands of tons of copper, tin, rubber, and other materials high on war's Tuust have" list. Founded as-a as-a as-a free state in 1885 by King Leopold II, the Congo has an area 75 times as large as the mother country, says the National Geographic Society. Congo census takers could count more than 10,000,000 noses, about a fourth above the figure for Belgium. Basin A Treasure House. Most significant feature of the land is the Congo River and its branches, broken with falls and rapids but navl gable for nearly 4,000 miles. Dense. dark forests cover an area of the upper basin as big as West Virginia, Kim of the basin tops 1,600 feet Highland temperatures average 70 de grees Fahrenheit; lowland, 80 degrees, Mean rainfall is about 43 inches. Copper plated, diamond studded, the Congo is a veritable war chest of vital minerals. In the Katanga district the copper-bearing copper-bearing copper-bearing belt is 250 miles long, from 25 miles to 50 miles wide. Pro duction has run 200,000 tons a year, Diamond fields in the southwest "have given up 4,000,000 carats a year, rank nest to the famous South African African deposits. From the Congo the world normally got about two-thirds two-thirds two-thirds of Its supply of industrial diamonds the tough, durable bort and carbanado for grinding and drilling. Source of Tin. Commercially promoted since 1918. the tin production was moving up at the war's outbreak, had put the Congo in sixth place among world's tin miners. For 1941 the Congo's total was 18.000 tons. In 1943 the Allies looked hopefully to Congo mines for a fourth of their needs. From nature's treasure house also has come thousands of tons of manganese manganese and lead ores, uranium from which radium is extracted, gold, platinum, platinum, cobalt and silver. Copals," varnish-making varnish-making varnish-making resins, are harvested from river beds by Congo natives. Brought down by the streams from ground where forests once grew, the fossilized gum is sought by expeditions expeditions trekking many miles in search of beds. Total "take" in a year may run 17,000 tons. War is taming the wild rubber trees. Plantations are again the fashion. Yield is expected in the proportion of 2,000 tons of rubber to 20,000 acres of trees. Natives annually produce about 8,-000 8,-000 8,-000 tons of jute-like jute-like jute-like fibers from their own plantations. These substitutes for jute make sandbags, rope and hawsers. Food staples, grown in sizable quantities, quantities, include rice, coffee, cocoa, maize, and sugar. Cotton, timber, ivory, and palm oil swell Congo incomes, buttress its position on the Allies' side of the war ledger. , IN DIVORCE. it

Clipped from The News-Herald28 Jul 1943, WedPage 3

The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania)28 Jul 1943, WedPage 3
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