Foreign News: Two Hilts, One Point

From the old fort above Portsmouth dockyard a gun boomed out last week, and the Union Jack broke from the halyards of Admiral Nelson's famed old wooden flagship, the Victory. In the courtyard before the barracks honor guards of bluejackets and Royal Marines snapped to present arms as nine high officers, walking stiffly in the epaulets and cocked hats of their full dress uniforms, entered the building to hold an exciting court martial.

Last January a British battle squadron was plowing in double column in maneuvers off the coast of Spain. On the yardarm...

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