National Affairs: Lexington's Log

Seventeen years ago, the fast, graceful Mauretania outstripped her sister liners, logged 676 nautical miles in 24 hours. On a swift dash to Honolulu in 1923, the light cruiser Omaha set a 24-hr, record of 690 miles and linked the U. S. with Hawaii in 75 hours, 40 minutes, 40 seconds.

Last week, the U. S. aircraft carrier Lexington lifted anchor at San Pedro, Calif., bound for Honolulu. It broke the 24-hr, record the first day out, steaming 700 miles. It broke it again on the second day with 742 miles. On the third...