A Constellation in Steel

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A Constellation in Steel - dls-cusslona : A COySTELLATIOIf YS STEJtl.!r...
dls-cusslona : A COySTELLATIOIf YS STEJtl.!r According to tha reports from the Navy Department the two battleships and two armored, cruisers ' authorized, for. construction in the 'recently passed Naval Appropriation bill Are to , be known on the shipping list of' the navy aa the Connecticut. Tennessee, . yiffane. and Washington In selecting the names of Btatea Cor these new vessels the -Navy Department la controlled by the law providing, that war vessela of the' first class shall be named for SUtes of the Union. In extending the naval fleet and complying with the law regulating naval nomenclature the scheme for naval increase outlined during the Administration of President Arthur haa developed tin til thirty-five stars in the constellation of the Union have given their names to unita of the greatest power In our "first line of defense." 15 ." The appropriation of State names for battleships and armored cruisers, aa the successors of shlps-of-the-Une and frigates, haa been rapid slnoe 1880, when the Maine and the Texas were laid down as the first expressions of the conviction that our sea power could not longer be maintained with such wooden bulwarks aa those of the old Minnesota or tha mora venerable and vulnerable Vermont, Tha group comprising " tha In dlana, Massachusetts,' and Oregon, laid .down in 1881.' waa an effective but small addition' to a flotilla otherwise usefully increased by the addition of large and araall cruisers and by the promise of the armored cruiser New Tork, : the .latter aow as for many years a 'creditable ex-ample of our skill in naval architecture. Although the Navy Department haa been able to prevent a chaotlo use of tha namea of States for vessels of war, tha eagerness of politicians to secure recognition of their States has' led to re-frettable departures from a strict interpretation of tha law. We have good reason to believe, for instance, that there was earnest opposition ta the Navy Depart ment to4he designation of the four' coast- defense monitors, laid down in 1809, as the Arkansaa, Florida, Connecticut, and Wyoming. This opposition ahould have been effective-to secure the rejection of an four names, aa it waa la the case of Connecticut, by mere reference o the law and the classification , of the vessels according to their power. The name Ne- vada was given to the monitor that was to have been the Connecticut; the names of the other States have been retained for vessels that do not in any: respect conform to the class, for which the law demands that the names of States shall fce reserved. v ; : .'" the gentleman. ruder for thing and thing in once, than Assuming Magis-traU for treat policeman to her is present being maid upon personal Interruption cannot in would : ' to the Colo-vado the he stopping might htm very

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 11 Jul 1902, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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