Last week the U. S. Navy had news of the biggest and some of the smallest fighting boats in the world. Big and little, the boats were on paper, but they were near enough to water to catch the interest of admirals, dictators and all those, including Franklin Roosevelt, who thrill to anything that floats.

Admiral William Daniel Leahy let Congress, and the world, know that the U. S. Navy plans to build two 45,000-ton, 880-foot battleships. They will be 10,000 tons heavier, 130 feet longer, and better armed by three guns than any...

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