Nation: Squaring Off on the Canal

Both sides mobilize for the showdown on the treaties

Suddenly everyone was headed somewhere to talk about the Panama Canal treaties. With the pacts expected to be brought to a vote in the full Senate some time in March, seven members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by Chairman John Sparkman were in Panama last week to assess the situation there. So was the Duke himself, Actor John Wayne, a conservative on most issues but a supporter of the treaties ceding the canal to Panama. Meanwhile, a "Panama Canal truth squad," including several members of Congress and a former chairman of...

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