A MOBILE ARMY NECESSARY. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. WASHINGTON, "December 16. Commander Stirling, of tho Atlantic submarine flotilla, informed the Naval Investigation Comrrrittee that a large mobile army was required to protect the Panama Canal. The navy was Insufficient, niul was not prepared to protect the canal against one as largo as Germany. The lack of a base, however, would handicap » hostile nan. Ho thought the 1 ultimate development of the submarine: would be * * vessel of 2,000 tons, with a speed of 25 knots, which would bo able to aceomI»any » battleship everywhere. A FREE DISTRIBUTING CENTRE. SYDNEY, December 16. The New South Wales Trade Commissioner in America (Mr Ncllscn) has cabled to Mr Holman that he has succeeded 111 securing a decision from tho United States Government that the Panama Canal zone i# to he a free distributing centre for the trade of all countries.
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PROTECTING PANAMA, Evening Star, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914