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For a few hours one afternoon last week the U.S. Senate chamber reflected the feeling and temper of pre-Pearl Harbor times. Three Senators, all onetime die-hard isolationists, rose to lambaste the bill drafting 18-& 19-year-olds. They wanted to retain the clause, opposed by the Army and thrown out by a joint conference committee, requiring a year of training in the U.S. for every teen-age soldier before being sent to combat duty overseas.

Montana's Burton Wheeler sniffed an Army dictatorship; California's Hiram Johnson was disturbed about the "warlike proclivities" of Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson; North Dakota's Gerald P. Nye...