When I was stationed at Paris as Naval Attache of our Legation, one of the principal subjects that I was directed to study was the Maritime Inscription, under which head are included the systems of manning the French navy and of providing a reserve in case of a sudden mobilization. The investigation which this study required first turned my attention to this subject. When, a year later, circumstances compelled me to retire from active service and engage in business pursuits, I found that my thoughts and ideas were always wandering back to the service, which till then had been my whole life, had included my whole future, and had been the embodiment of all my aspirations. Then, for the first time, I realized how the Navy had drifted away from all touch with the great body of the people of the country; that it was merely considered a necessary appendage to administration, not because of what it was but because of what it had been. Its glorious traditions were preserved, its past services were appreciated, but at that time, 1883, when it attracted any attention, it was when some individual interests were concerned, but rarely when any gallant service was to be chronicled. The vessels were known to be rapidly deteriorating; naval administration, particularly in the navy-yards, was a synonym for some of the worst political methods, and it was a condition to make sore the heart of any one who had a pride in his commission or who had the good of the service at heart. Such was the state of affairs when the first Advisory Board was appointed. From their work came the first squadron worthy of the name, which the Navy had possessed since the war, and with the appearance of this squadron popular interest in the Navy commenced to revive. At that time it was my constant endeavor to stimulate this revival among the business men of Boston, and the success of the efforts of my friends in and out of the Navy was evidenced in the universal enthusiasm with which the White Squadron was welcomed on its visit to Boston. The first signs of growing interest recalled me to my old studies, and determined me to take steps towards the creation of a naval reserve force which should be modeled after that of England or of France. At the same time officers of the Department had formulated a plan which bore fruit in a measure being introduced into Congress for the creation of a Naval Reserve. This measure failed of passage primarily because it had been saddled with another measure, that of subsidy, which brought it into the domain of politics, and that too during a period of high political excitement. During this time the Dorchester Yacht Club, a small club in Boston harbor, by some peculiar combination of events which I have never been able to understand, took a decided interest in the subject, and that interest was the first encouragement which I had to work on; and I may remark here, in passing, that the club has steadily given that same encouragement without stint, and has done more than any other individual or organization to create a decided interest in all naval matters among the people of Massachusetts. Its endeavors in this direction have attracted attention to it, and now it has grown into the Massachusetts Yacht Club, the most important organization of its kind in New England waters, with a squadron of 130 yachts, and it has furnished at least 50 men to the Naval Battalion.