Antoine-Louis Barye; Wikimedia Commons

In 1935, many worried about the threat of war between the USA and Japan.

Others, such as the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, thought it unlikely: “I feel that the menace is almost non-existent, that it has been a scare engineered by unscrupulous newspapers and by certain Californian interests who want to have the fleet concentrated in the Pacific in order that California may benefit from the naval pay- roll and orders.”

Jones’ comments in an article entitled  Menace of War Between America and Japan Non-existent. (1935) make fascinating reading today.