National Affairs: Volcano; Earthquake

The 1902 eruption of Mt. Momotombo, Nicaragua's proudest eminence (6,200 ft.), put a big fat question mark upon the idea of an interoceanic canal across that Central American republic, turned the tide of U. S. sentiment in favor of the Panamanian route. Last week's earthquake at Managua (see page 23) punctuated the same proposition, now revived, with another question mark no less big and fat.

Twenty-nine years ago the U. S. Congress was on the verge of approving a Nicaraguan canal. Frenchmen who wanted the U. S. to take the Panama site off their...

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