Naval Greatness of the Nation based on new ships authorized

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Naval Greatness of the Nation based on new ships authorized - Naval Appropriation Bill Has Been Reported....
Naval Appropriation Bill Has Been Reported. lyflO-ION BATTLESHIPS It Also Provides for Two 14,500-ton Armored Cruisers of the First Class —Experiment to be Made of Construction in Navy Yards—Six New Warships in All to be Built of the Highest Type—Strength of the U. S. Navy at Present—Ships Determine Naval Greatness of the Nation Representative Foss. of Illinois, chairman of the naval affairs commit- ee of tlic house, has reported the naval appropriation bill. The bill car- •ics $77.t;,V.t.:)St.. which is $27.40.">.2»S > ; ;s than the estimates, ami a decrease if Sit-.404 from tho appropriation bill if last year. The pay of the navy in this bill is $ltU:;s,l',t!i. an increase of D37.!'1."i over the appropriation of last vear. due to the increased number of officers on the active list and the ap- ropriation for 3.000 additional men. The emergency fund has been reduced 'rom Si-jO.utiO to $100.Ooo. That part of the bill of most general nterest relates to the increase in the lavy. Under this head provision is made for two first-class battleships of he lushest type, with a displacement if Hi."in' tuns, to cost, exclusive of ar- nor mid armament, not exceeding $ 1.- _'12.i"iO each; two first-class armored •misers of 14,r.i»> ons, whose cost is imited to $4.('.jij.uOO, ami two 1.000-ton gunboats, at a cost of $3,802,000 In view of the fact that there is rnp public sentiment favorable to iilding ships in government navy . ards. the committee has inserted a irovision in the bill leaving it to the iiscretion of the secretary of the navy to build any cr all ships in government anls. but '-inking it mandatory on him o construct at least one battleship or cue armored cruiser, in such navy ,-ar<l as lie may designate, as an ex- leriment. It is further provided that lie shull Loop an accurate account ol ill expenditure.-; for labor and ina- erial in the inspection and construction of such ship, and report to con- ;ross at eatli session, and upon the •ompletion of saiil ship he shall make detailed report showing the relative- cost of one built by the .jovernment and one by contract. An appropria- io". of $175.000 is recommended for each yard in which a ship is built. COST OF THE SHIPS. The cost of the six ships provided 'or in the bill will be approximately •2U,">i)0,i)00. For armor and armament sa.000,000 Is set aside. The reduction of $4,000.000 in the estimates for the •nustruction of machinery, for which lie bill carries $13.303,010, is ascribed .0 the reports of the chief of construction and the chief of engineers, that owing to the delay in the delivery of material, strikes and other causes, the work on the vessels now in process of construction has not progressed as rapidly as was anticipated. In view of the necessity for increasing

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 30 Apr 1902, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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