Motto: ''Historically, good men with poor ships are better than poor men with good ships."
It is admitted that the personnel of the Navy should be reorganized. At the last session of Congress a joint commission was appointed to investigate the matter. The commission devoted much time and study to the subject, listened to the views and claims of all classes, and took a large amount of testimony representing all shades of opinion. From a careful review of the proceedings of the commission, it would appear, with all due respect, that considerable time was given to the consideration of recommendations having a very remote bearing, if any, upon naval efficiency. The claims of individuals and classes were urged with greater energy than were the demands of the Navy as a whole. The interests of distinct corps were pressed to the front with a persistency that often sent the consideration of general fighting efficiency to the rear, or hid it beneath a load of bewildering arguments.