The Record-Union (Sacramento, California)--11 November 1895--The need for greater appropriations

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The Record-Union (Sacramento, California)--11 November 1895--The need for greater appropriations - MODERN NAVAL VESSELS. They Cost a Lot of Money...
MODERN NAVAL VESSELS. They Cost a Lot of Money for Repairs aud Equipage. THE PRESENT APPROPRIATIONS ENTIRELY TOO SMALL. They ttaqnlra Much Greater Care Than Did the Wooden bhlp9 to Keep Them iv a Proper State of Efflci•uoy-CUlef Constructor Hlohborn Insists That a Million and a Half Will Be Needed for This Purpose the Comlnar Year. TGTON, Nov. 10.—The first ship of the new navy was put in commission ever nine years ago, and according to Chief Instructor Hichborn, th( demands for ordinary repairs on tht earlier vessels for the preservation and fur the maintenance of.^ tiielT . quipage In a proper state of efficiency are yearly becoming more serious, and Congress must hereafter make much larger appropriations for this purpose. Commodore fflchborn, In his annual report, declares that modern steel with their extreme subdivision and elaborate systems of ventilation, drainage and mechanical auxiliaries of all Kinds, require much greater care, both when in commission and in ordinary, than was formerly the case with the old wooden ships. The system is followed by much more serious and far; aching deterioration, and it is absolutely essential that the most careful supervision should be exercised i times, and remedies promptly aj In uider that the efficiency of the vessels as men-of-war may be properij maintained. ■ For several years past the Construction Bureau lias been compelled to retrench nearly to the danger point. limited by a repair appropriation of l< bs than 3 per cent, of the original cost of vessels, while in the British navy the figure varies from 4 to 9 per cent., the lower figure applying to heavier armored vessels. Constructor Hichborn insists that a million and a half dollars are n< for this year, where only $900,000 was secured from Congress for the c\ year. A significant feature of Coi dore Hichborn's report it that he officially recommended the construction of only two new vessels to be authorized by Congress at the next session, instead of the great Increases to our of heavy battleships which was unofficially suggested by his paper read ■ the naval architects in New York three days ago as being promptly needed by the navy. he recommends are two small composite sailing vessels of I.' 111" tons displacement, to cost only $250,000 These, If authorized by Con-8, will be the first two vessels with-. steam power that have been • 1 in the naval service for many No argument g this ■ lation is submitted by Contor Hichborn. Commodore Hichborti devotes con- Biderable space to pointing- out the necessity for greatly increasing the nura■;' dry docks at the navy yards, the mcy of our cruisers being seriously affected by the difficulties encountered in cleaning th«-ir subi •! portions. He recommends new docks at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, • :>. Mass.; Hare Island, Cal., and Norfolk. Va. I'ntil the Indefinite time In the future when the big dry do< New York. Puget Sound and Porl Royal are available Cor deep draught vessels, xh>- new battleships must remain unked. Chief Engineer Melville and C structor Hichborn concur in the that 55.895.079 must be provided Lisbursing next year on account of la authorized by the last ;' - fnr which, however, no appropriations were made. For repairs on the Cl - ■i.iMiu is required, and let rrd $170,000. Constructor Hichborn renews lasis the request h<- lias freqi tor an experimental tank, to cst about $100,000, which It \<. ;.i use to test models of ships befon -Is themselves are built." POSTAL SERVICE. lleport of First Assistant I'osl niaster- GwwnU Jones. WASHINGTON, Nov. 10.— First Assistant Postmastei Jones has submitted his report- Jt calls attention to a saving in his branch of the -■ during the past, year of $1,395,577. Mr. Jones recommends an appn tu.n of $1! : to cover compensation of Postmasters for the next year, and $10,500,000 for clerk hire at first and t ad-clasa Post* ffices. He recommends the order recently protnulby the President providing t ■ . ion of fourth-class Post and Bays the only positions at - Postoffices that r.r<- now ea from civil service examination are As: Postmaster, private secretai y and stenographer, cashier and as cashier; at Becond-class offices Assi PiPti tnder whatever legal designation known. Mr. Jones does not favor maintaining experimental free delivery service In tow ns and villages, but states that if the j> ople still demand it h.' assunv i will pass the necessary appropriajtablisb the service. In view of the great saving fff. I and the general Improvement In th>' si rvioe, especially in the larg< Mr. J inniends t he empl< <">f a number of men in the larger v. hose regular duty it shall be to v tin- ■ arriers, make suggestions extensions and changes of routes, to have ■ general superthe work of carriers outside <>'. Postofflces. Mr. Jones says thai I actual saving effected, the in:-l>io\. v iii the service in the offices investigated must be credited U the S ■ i ice At Bee the discipline of the force and efficiency •>: the sei \ Ice ! ay« been much lm] work more equally ■j. the letter carriers, and at many ■ extensions made and facilities Increased without additional cost. The Assistant Postmaster-General recommends that th« attention „• i Bhould tx called to the ad\ Isability of | „ penalty for the use of the post-marking stamp for unlawful purposes, or for counterfeiting it. or placing an Impression th< ■JQ ! nv< lope or postal card £.».- the purof deception. He says some penalty for the unlawful use of the franking privilege slum!,! i... imposed. position the the LCnglish of not British boundary had is his the see are out. A C. ranking to is his be tl>e '1 the lo of I of i ! : I I >i. ; abort.---! :in aeknoui; ! ■

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