The nation's urge to rearm, so suddenly felt last autumn, so boldly cultivated by Franklin Roosevelt with warnings about the Dictators, was last week driving his national defense program steadily through Congress—when something happened to the urge. All went well as:

> Making ready to pass the House's $376,000,000 Army expansion bill, Senate committeemen raised from 5,500 planes to 6,000 the Army Air Corps' authorized maximum.

> Another group of Senators went even beyond the Administration's defense plans by presenting a bill to buy, beginning now, $100,000,000 worth of 37 strategic materials (antimony, chromium, manganese, nickel, tin, tungsten, quinine and the...

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