Foreword.—This paper was prepared about February, 1904, and statements involving time refer to that date.
Since that time, the general staff, as a legislative proposition, has apparently died on its own merits, and not because it lacked for representation.
The scheme herein presented is not as ideal as if made out of new cloth, but is practicable in that it utilizes personnel already on hand, and distributes employment in accordance with present practice as far as consistent with the essential feature of consolidation.
In connection with this paper I wish to cite two ancient arguments, and answer them in order, viz.:
(1) They say, "that after consolidation, the duties must again be subdivided among the various experts, which is the same practice as now; hence, nothing will be gained thereby." "That such a condition already exists in a commandant and his heads of departments, and you will only get back to where you started from."