National Affairs: Old Ships and New

The Navy and its needs commanded both decks of Congress last week. While the House was 'Considering the present requirements of the Navy Department in a $352,000,000 appropriation bill, the Senate wrestled with itself as to whether to give this branch of national defense 15 swift new cruisers and, if so, when.

The bill on which the Senate was trying to act was, on its face, quite simple. As passed by the House it authorized the Navy Department to build five cruisers each year for the next three years,...

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