National Affairs: Waterline

At press conference in the President's oval office, a correspondent asked how far U. S. territorial waters (i, e., maritime frontiers) extend toward Europe. Hot off the bat Franklin Roosevelt answered: as far as U. S. interests require them to go. "Does that reach the Rhine, Mr. President?" Franklin Roosevelt tossed his head and laughed. He was, said he, talking only about salt water.

Within the vague waterline thus laid down last week, British blockaders and German submarines presumably may not venture without trouble from the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard on peace patrol. But then Franklin Roosevelt, apostle of aggressive,...

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