A great deal has been both said and written upon the question of our naval preparedness. Always the controversy has hinged and centered about the number and size of our battleships. These monster dreadnoughts have so filled the mind that we have hypnotized ourselves into believing that such war ships are invulnerable. We arm them each with a dozen 12-inch guns and nearly a score of 5-inch guns and are quite sure that we have launched forth a warship ready to fight any enemy
That we have omitted from this vessel something vital to its defense no one apparently has considered, or if they have but little noise is being made about it.