(SEE No. 145, P. 41.)
COMMANDER W. W. PHELPS, U. S. Navy.—Lieutenant Commander Knox has clearly analysed the effect of defective naval discipline; preventing, as it surely must do all the way up the ranks and grades, the understanding of how to command correctly. He has given us manifestations of our cumbersome and complicated system, and, in the remedy he proposes, he has gone far; but it would not appear that he has gone entirely to the bottom of the trouble. We should first get at the root of our disease, then his excellent remedy would have healthy tissue to build on. The situation in the Navy to-day has its parallel in the volumes of enactments congresses and legislatures pass year after year to cure trusts and monopolies—the products of a fundamentally vicious and unnatural economic system, while they do nothing to correct the vicious and unnatural economic system whose natural offspring are those same oppressive monopolies.