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'I Came Through; I Shall Return'

"I came through and I shall re- turn." General MacArthur de- clared when he spoke at Terowie of the beleagured Philippines

This remarkable soldier looked an impressive figure as he walked easily out of the train. Much to   his surprise, and that of those who   hoped his arrival at Terowie would be a profound secret, there was a burst of cheering and cries of "Welcome to Australia" from   people partly hidden by a line of railway carriages. Turning swiftly, General Mac- Arthur strode towards an opening   and saluted the Terowie people and passengers on a nearby train. His flashing smile was a tonic for those   around, and there was another   round of cheers and cries of "Good- bye and good luck" when he joined his wife and son, who had been watching admiringly from a few yards off the world's most famous and dashing general. After having asked whether his   message would reach the United   States,General Mac Arthur said:—     "The President of the United   States ordered me to break   through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Aus-   tralia for the purpose, as I under-   stand it, of organising an Ameri-   can offensive against Japan, the   primary purpose of which is the   relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return."   Although General Mac Arthur   had been in Australia for several   days, this was his first interview   with the press. He intimated that his original intention was to make   a statement, if he considered it de- sirable, when he reached Mel-   bourne.   He said that, to avoid discrimina-   tion, he would make a very brief   statement to the pressmen he saw   yesterday. It had always been his   general policy during actual opera-   tions to limit himself completely   to the briefest publicity and to con-   fine such statements to general re- leases from his headquarters.   Also in the party were the Chief   of Staff (Major-General Richard   H. Sutherland), Lieutenant-Colonel     Hobbs and another officer. Two     nurses, one an Australian and the other a Filipino amah, and two Australian army sergeants, were     with General MacArthur when the   party reached Terowie.   The general, a tall and lean figure, was dressed in a loose hang-

ing jacket and slacks, and wore no decorations or insignia, except a laurel wreathed peak on his cap and another emblem. He looked fit. He inspected a guard of honour   of Australian soldiers under the command of Major G. A. S. Rogers, who saw service tn the last war. Mrs. MacArthur's appearance in     public was extremely brief, last- ing very few minutes She spoke to Major Rogers, and with her son, entered the coach ahead of General   MacArthur. She was simply   dressed and was hatless. At Ade- laide, the general introduced his wife to American and Australian officers, describing her as "the best I soldier I have ".