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ANNEXATION OF THE NORTH POLE. A QUESTION OF*MORE SHIPS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. WASHINGTON, December 10. (Received December 11, at 8.30 a.m.) Representative Smith, of New York, has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives providing that the lands in the Arctic, including the North Pole, be formally annexed and described as United States territory. Mr Bryan has announced that tho United States Steel Company have abandoned their plans for constructing submarines for belligerents. The United States Ambassador in London (Mr Page) has handed his-Government tho British regulations whereundcr tho wool embargo may be lifted, also a Note showing haow American shipping can avoid interference from British warships. Air Bryan indicates that both are unsatisfactory. Admiral Fletcher considers that the American fleet is able to meet any war fleet in the world except the British!’ Tho United States ought to build two more battleships yearly, as tho German programme of construction would soon outdistance that of the United States. In the event of a conflict with Japan tho United States would undoubtedly bo able to control the seas, but lie was unable to assert that tho United States is able to bold tho Philippines and to defend Hawaii. A largo number of the American submarines that aro now available for active service are undergoing repairs, and it was possible for the submarines of hostile Powers to cross tho Atlantic and attack American ships. 4

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U.S. DEFENCE, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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U.S. DEFENCE Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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