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Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright

WASHINGTON. December 5

The defences of the United States ar-' now occupying the attention of the Press and politicians. Representatives Fitzgerald and Sherley have conferred with President Wilson cm the question, expressing the belief that Mr Gardner's allegation that the defences of New York are inadequate is untrue. Competent army officers, thev said, believed that the defences were able to destroy any attacking fleet. Major Ales'hire informed the House Military Committee that the army was fullv supplied for six months, but that the militia were not yet fully equipped.


WASHINGTON. December 6.

Brigadier-general Weaver, giving evidence before the House .Military Committee, stated that 10.000 more men were needed to make the coast defences efficient. The coast guns were obsolete, having been built in 1890. and wore incapable of resisting the siege guns at present in U'o by the European artillery. The troops were delicient owing to numerous draft- being necessary for the Philippines. Costa Rica, ami elsewhere.

The American Press profosc great alarm af tiie condition of the land forces. Many doubt whether America i- able in put more than one division into (he field if war broke out to-morrow.

Mr Roosevelt is quoted as slating recently that New York is at the mercy of anv foreign foe. liepresciitative Gardner wishes to have a national security board formed, consisting of naval military experts. President Wilson and the Secretary of the Xavv 'Mr Daniels) oppose the idea.

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U.S. DEFENCE, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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U.S. DEFENCE Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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