Catalogue of the Exhibit of the Navy Department at the Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States, 1888. Lieutenant Richard Rush, U. S. Navy Representative. Printed by direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
This catalogue, prepared by Lieutenant Rush and assistants, Ensigns A. B. Clements and John Gibson, contains a list of the bureaux and offices of the Navy Department and Naval Stations making contributions to the exhibit; also a complete list of the contributions, with clear and concise descriptions of the more important exhibits. The arrangement is admirable, and the catalogue contains much information regarding the work of the Navy, in a very compact form.
French Reader for the Use of Naval Cadets, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., June, 1888. Press of Isaac Friedenwald, Baltimore, Md.
This is a professional French Reader for the use of Naval Cadets, which has recently been prepared and published by the Department of Modern Languages of the Naval Academy. It consists of extracts from La Revue Maritime et Coloniale, and is followed by a short vocabulary of professional terms. The Reader is well adapted for the instruction of Naval Cadets, as from it they may become familiar with that portion of the French language which will be most useful to them in their future career. The typography is excellent, as all who arc familiar with the works issuing from the press of Isaac Friedenwald would expect.
The Battle of the Swash and the Capture of Canada. By Samuel Barton. Charles T. Dillingham, New York, N. Y.
This brochure is of the prophetic style that has been quite popular since the “Battle of Dorking” appeared, with those who desire to convey a lesson and at the same time afford information to their readers. The Battle of the Swash occurs in 1890, in the outer harbor of New York City. A description is first given of the condition of the United States prior to 1890, in which the decadence of our merchant marine engaged in the foreign trade, and the condition of the Navy, is given. Then come the causes which lead to the war, showing the relations between Canada and the United States, especially in regard to the fishery question. War is brought on by a collision between some of the New York militia and a party of Canadians, both intent upon capturing a body of Fenians. The English fleet arrives off New York, but is driven off by a novel design of torpedo-boat. The fleet returns and bombards the city. Peace is then purchased by the United States for $1,800,000,000, Canada becoming a portion of our territory. Moral.—Encourage the merchant marine by subsidies, build up the Navy and strengthen the fortifications.