This was said a long time ago, and one who takes the trouble to translate it, will find it is an old nursery rhyme; its application to our modern training system was suggested by one of our old shell-backs. It was not put into Latin (?) by the author, and so gives a fair measure of the originality which follows.
It was suggested one day during an examination of candidates for warrant rank, when, in looking over the papers of one of the candidates, well recommended for boatswain, the following statement was read: "Heavy Manila hawsers should be well oiled and stowed in the store-room." They say that straws show which way the wind blows—that examination was a whole load of hay.
When that reply, about caring for Manila hawsers, was read, a member of the board suggested that the title of this article be placed at the entrance to our training stations.