National Affairs: White House Night

Two years ago Congress authorized the Navy to build eight light cruisers. Action has been taken to build five of these. President Coolidge in his budget message to Congress (TIME, Dec. 13) did not recommend appropriations for the remaining three cruisers; instead, he suggested that their construction be postponed as a means of bringing the naval powers of the world to a new disarmament agreement.

Last week Rear Admiral Edward W. Eberle, Chief of Naval Operations, went before the Naval Affairs Committee of the House, told of the perilous state of the Navy,* demanded...

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