In a recent number of the Proceedings the writer made a futile attempt to solve some of the difficulties of the naval signal question, by proposing a system of day, night and fog signals conforming to the requirements of the American Morse code, adopted some two years ago as the service code; but any attempt to patch up the defects of that code, as applied to naval purposes, is a foredoomed failure, because it possesses just those undesirable qualities which every consideration of theory and practice condemns. The substitution of the English Morse code for the Myer was not regarded as successful, as it seems to have been dropped in turn for the American Morse. This last named was adopted by the Navy Department at the request of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army, in order that the two branches of the military service might communicate in emergencies. The principal reason which led the Army authorities to adopt the American code was, that it being the commercial code, in time of war skilled operators would be abundant from which to recruit the Signal Corps.
The Signal Question Up to Date
Ensign A. P. Niblack