(See No. 146, p. 699.)
Lieutenant (J. G.) Garret L. Schuyler, U. S. Navy.—Discussion of any military subject, in the end, clears up details on which misunderstanding may exist, but the final conclusion is but a sort of weighted mean of the diverse views of the individuals, which views, as grounds for misunderstanding, are successively eliminated, arrange themselves even more markedly in two groups, the one favoring bold and the other cautious action. At the end each merely represents the mental type to which he belongs and from which it is purposeless to try to argue him.
The most mutable rate of fire is such a discussion, and those who would blaze away with utmost rapidity, at extreme range, cannot be reconciled with those who would with-hold their fire “ till they see the whites of the enemy’s eyes.” Compromise, as a natural outgrowth, will inevitably follow without assistance from any one, but perhaps the basis for it may be elucidated.