AUSTRALIA: Reason to Pause

Into the wide, sunlit harbor of Sydney, New South Wales, one morning last week steamed a squadron of seven U. S. warships. While flags dipped, bombers droned overhead, ships' guns and shore batteries boomed a 21-gun salute, the biggest detachment of the U. S. Fleet to visit Australia in 16 years tied up at the big docks in Woolloomooloo Bay. Ashore piled 2,000 officers and men, leaving aboard the luckless few who had the duty.

The squadron had been lying in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 4,500 miles away, when news arrived last fortnight that Congress had passed the President's Lend-Lease Bill,...

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