quality of American ships vs. British
great yard of England could turn out ships adequate to the defense of eo great a country as the United States, tut the recent remarkable voyage of the batt'e-ship Oregon from San Francisco to Key West In which she broke a number cf world's records, ha brought attention to the fact that not only on one eeacoast, but on both, can we compete successfury. If faer round-the-Horn voyage Is any test, the Oregon, In speed and perfection of machinery. Is the equal of anything ever produced by a British shipbuilder, and yet she was built on tho far-off coast of California. Her builder, Irving M. Scott, has passed the three-score mark by one year. He Is a native of Baltimore county, Md., and 1 descended from sturdy Quaker stock. Young Scott was educated at a publlo school In Baltimore, finishing his course at Milton Academy. In 1854 be began hi career with Obed' Husaey, of reaper aul mower fame. He soon became an authority, on bigh-clas machinery. In 180 Colonel Peter Donahue, of the Union Iron Works, San FroncUco, engaged him aa special draughtsman, and took him west, where he toecame a citizen of California. In 1802, he took up tbe manufacture of mining machinery, designing new and powerful ore crushers, holsters, stamp mill and engine pecullar'y adapted for deep mines. He was eoon the chief man of hie profession, on the coast, and was made a member of the committee of afety.