The Merchant Marine and the Navy.
MR LEWIS NIXON.-I am led to reply to Naval Constructor Roberts' article by the importance of its subject rather than by any desire to answer its misrepresentations of my position and motives.
It is much to be regretted that the Institute has put the seal of its approval upon the collection of unproved, and in my opinion unfounded, assertions that constitute this essay. Before criticizing it, however, let me briefly dispose of personal references.
My own time and my own money are given solely in any efforts I make for the rehabilitation of our merchant marine. I am not building any commercial vessels for my own country and do not expect to and so am not influenced by personal interest.
I have studied the laws and commercial histories of my own and other countries and have matured opinions which I do not hesitate to express, because they have at least foundation of fact and precedent. And yet I do not abuse or misrepresent others because they differ with me. Perhaps I am even vociferous in my advocacy of preference for American ships.