ARMY & NAVY: Solomonic

Before vacationing Secretary of the Navy Charles Francis Adams hung a matter requiring the wisdom of Solomon. The time for awarding the Navy's annual pennant to the battleship most efficient in engineering, gunnery and communication was drawing near. Two battleships, New Mexico and Maryland had tied for first place in the complex system of scoring. Never before had a Secretary of the Navy to meet such an unprecedented crisis.

Great is the rivalry among U. S. battleship crews for the efficiency pennant, highest naval prize, fondly called the "meatball." Secretary Adams...

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