National Affairs: Fantastic Fears

While the State and War Departments were busy preparing their replies to the request of the Senate to tell what the Administration knew of British mining concessions obtained in Panama near the Canal (TIME, June 14), newspaper men in London obtained an interview. The interview was with Duncan E. Alves, chairman of the Panama Corporation, Ltd., the company which was formed to exploit the concessions.

Mr. Alves was emphatic: "The concessions had actually passed the Panama Congress and been officially gazetted before the British government even knew that the negotiations were taking place. The...

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