*This article is based upon the more detailed pamphlet, “ The Ship’s Commissary Officer,” by Paymaster Dyer, published by the Institute separately from the Proceedings j it contains suggested weekly bills-of-fare to suit various conditions of cruising, lists of viands which may be used to give variety to the fare of the general mess, and other information of much practical value to officers dealing with the problems of that mess. Copies of “ The Ship’s Commissary Officer ” may be obtained from the Institute.
Commanding and executive officers, as well as pay officers, have a vital and direct interest in the subject here treated. All other officers should have a general interest in it; for it is one fundamentally affecting the fighting power of the fleet. It is in this belief that I venture to present the following observations, suggestions and notes concerning present-day general mess administration.