War mongers had something new to talk about last week—nitrate shipments from Chile to Europe through the Panama Canal. In January 1933, 2,238 tons of the stuff that fires guns as well as fertilizes fields passed through the Canal. Last January nitrate shipments leaped up to 146,167 tons. For the first three weeks of February 93,604 tons were carried through in twelve ships, compared to 33,259 tons for the entire month last year. Half the shipments were under blind sailing orders to the Azores where they would be told their final destination. Westward...

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