National Affairs: Big Ditch

Edwin L. Rice, 57, president of Rice Manufacturing and Aerial Transport Co. of Silver Spring, Md., has for 20 years devoted his spare time to submitting ideas to the U. S. Navy. Last week when the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, in its fourth week of hearings on Franklin Roosevelt's bill to spend $1,500,000,000, enlarging the U. S. Navy, was considering a provision to provide $15,000,000 "for development of ideas on national defense," Mr. Rice hastened to contribute. His idea: A canal across the U. S. to enable one navy to defend both coasts. His reasoning: A 360-mile ditch between the Missouri...

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