Motto: With a long pull and a strong pull,
And a pull all together.
There is no room in such a paper as this for historical review. Sufficient is it to state that, since the naval establishment was inaugurated, there have been a number of systems of obtaining sup- plies, caring for them in government store, and finally issuing them for use. Up to the present one, none had been devised with much thought of economic conditions in relation to the general government. Finally, a young businessman became Secretary of the Navy at an opportune time; old moss-covered methods were looked at askance; and a radical change was made. The result was the present system of keeping the navy's big store.