THIRD HONORABLE MENTION.
Motto: Better have all parts equally strong. The laws and regulations governing the purchase of supplies for the naval establishment should aim at obtaining only the quantity and quality necessary for perfect efficiency at the lowest market price with the least expenditure of money on account of administration.
GOVERNMENT PURCHASING DISTINCTIVE FROM COMMERCIAL TRADING.
Before discussing even in a general way the laws and regulations necessary for carrying out the principles here laid down, several elements that make government buying distinctive from ordinary commercial trading should be noticed.
First.—The result attained will deviate from that desired, in consequence of the purchases having to be made from the people who compose the government.