National Affairs: Modernization

It was known that a new Navy Bill was to come before the House in a few days—a bill to modernize our older battleships especially by installing oil-burning boilers in six of the oldest, to build eight new 10,000-ton scout cruisers, and to construct six river-gunboats—all at a cost of about $150,000,000. At this timely moment, Secretary Wilbur took opportunity to reply to a questionnaire on the strength of the Navy submitted to him in the form of a House resolution. His information corroborated and elaborated upon the letter to the House...

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