Late last week, exactly five days after Secretary of State Cordell Hull had categorically denied that there was any written or implied agreement of any sort between the British and U. S. fleets (TIME, Feb. 14), three modern U. S. cruisers, Trenton, Milwaukee and Memphis, steamed into narrow Singapore Strait and dropped anchor to the boom of welcoming salutes from British shore batteries.

One of the hottest and most humid ports in the world is equatorial Singapore, where sallow white skins seldom stop perspiring, never suntan. To make the welcome as warm and...

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