U.S. At War: For Cats & Dogs

A Senate Committee grew inquisitive last week about another reckless Army wartime venture that (like Canol) blew up. The Committee's curiosity was aroused by the 905-mi. highway from Mexico to Panama, which Army engineers had figured would cost a mere $14,714,000. Undertaken with the approval of the General Staff and the Secretary of War, the road cost $42,715,591 before it was abandoned.

This would be no news to Congressman Albert J. Engel of Michigan. Earnest, wire-haired Mr. Engel, who has done plenty of scratching around in the underbrush of Washington, had long ago discovered that the War Department (in the matter of...

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