THE CABINET: Canton Compromise

For well over a century no one cared who owned Canton and Enderbury Islands, two desolate coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean some 1,850 miles southwest of Hawaii. But Canton's reef-enclosed lagoon is one of the best seaplane bases in the Pacific, flat Enderbury is an equally good landplane base. To Great Britain, which claimed Canton and Enderbury as part of its Phoenix group, President Roosevelt last March put out a strong feeler by proclaiming that the U. S. was assuming possession of both islands, presumably by virtue of their discovery by...

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