21 SEPTEMBER 1912, Page 2

According to a Reuter message in the papers of Monday

the American Navy Department has announced that the Panama Canal will be opened in the autumn of 1913. The date of opening has become steadily earlier as the excavations have pro- ceeded—a wonderful tribute to the able American engineers who are conducting the work. The original date suggested was January 1st, 1915. Meanwhile, it is said that Mr. Taft maintains his argument that the United States is justified in remitting tolls in the case of certain American shipping. We fancy there is some substance in the speculation that after the Presidential elections in November the Government will amiably falter in their present obstinacy. In any case we have yet to learn that any rational objection can be offered to sub- mitting the whole question to arbitration.