Motto: "To improve the stream begin at its source."
The U. S. Naval Institute was established about thirty years ago for the avowed purpose of advancing professional and scientific knowledge in the navy. There can be no doubt that this laudable object has been accomplished, to a great extent, through the disseminating of useful information and by giving publicity to well thought-out plans looking to the betterment of the naval service.
Not the least valuable of the contributions to its pages have been the discussion of questions connected with various phases of naval policy, upon which there have been wide and reasonable differences of opinion. But while the net results have been such as to promote sound public opinion on many of the leading questions at issue, it may well be asked, "What practical good has been accomplished through its means beyond that just stated? Who, in our system, is to consider and, haply adopt, any one of the many good ideas to be found in the pages of PROCEEDINGS?" This question leads directly to another: the consideration of the source, whence all naval policy proceeds, viz.: The Department of the Navy. This is not a new question.