National Affairs: 34.5 Knots

Forty-miles-per-hour seems no great speed in an automobile. In an airplane it would be almost standing still. For a motor launch it would be a very respectable commuting pace. For the longest of U. S. warships, for 32.500 tons of fighting steel, guns, seadogs, explosives and seaplanes, it was record-breaking. Thirty-four-point-five knots—approximately 40 m. p. h.—and a world's record for power, were what the U. S. aircraft-carrier Lexington made in trials off San Pedro, Calif., last week. Her turbines turned up 210,000 horsepower.

The Lexington's sistership Saratoga, went 33.2 knots, last June, while...