40,000 Fleeing RussiansReportedly Are Closely
Pursued by Finns Who
Are More Warmly Clothed
COPENHAGEN, Thursday, Jan. 18.—(AP)—A general Russian retreat from the Salla sector of Finland, involving 40,000 troops, was reported early today in dispatches to the Copenhagen newspaper Berlinske Tidende.The dispatches, from the newspaper's correspondent on the northern front, said the Russians apparently had given up hopes of holding the frigid Salla front for the winter.
Earlier Scandinavian reports said the Red army was planning a major offensive from that, sector, which is in the lower Arctic circle, but last night a dispatch from the Finnish army in Upland said a small-scale, attack by 400 Russian troops had been repulsed.
The. 40,000 retreating Russians today were reported closely pursued by Finnish units which hoped to Inflict heavy rear-guard punishment.
COLD STOPS REDS.
HELSINKI, Jan. 17.—(AP)—Pitiless, death-dealing cold laid a glacial hand on Russia's war machine tonight but the Finns reported their troops were driving toward a new victory near Salla above the Artic circle.
TRADE PACTEXPIRES ON
Senate Committee Likelyto Begin Consideration
of Proposals to Embargo
War Materials Shipment.
By RUSSELL TURNER.WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.—(U.P.)—Chairman Key Pittman (D.-Nev.) of the Senate foreign relations committee said today Secretary of State Cordell Hull and other officials probably will be asked to review United States – Japanese relations before the committee at its first meeting after termination of the trade treaty.
Plttman's committee will meet five days after the treaty's lapse, on January 31, at which time the group also may begin consideration of two proposals to embargo the shipment to Japan of war materials, including such basic commodities as scrap iron and steel. This nation is Japan's
chief supplier of basic materials for her war in China.
After a meeting of the committee today, Pittman indicated it had reached a tacit understanding to survey the entire Afield of Japanese-American relations after the 1911 commerce treaty expires. Hull and other foreign affairs spokesmen would be the principal witnesses, he said.