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SOVIET SHIPS PASS
THROUGH PANAMA CANAL ZONE
NEW YORK, Wednesday.
American airmen and troops in the Panama Canal zone were placed under a general alert yes- terday. ,. , .
Authorities in Panama City
told the American United Press that it was part of a general schedule, but it coincided with the passage of five Russian fish- ing ships through the canal,
Military, police, some armed with light canon, lined the Fourth of July. Avenue, which "is the boundary line between Balbao and Panama city.
The Soviet ships were guarded while at Christobel oft the Atlan-
They completed the passage without incident and tied up overnight in Balbao anchorage.
So far this year" 23 Russian ves: sçls have passed through..the canal. , ., ,