Honorable Mention, 1914
Motto: Given to strong delusion, wholly believing a lie,
Ye saw that the land lay fenceless, and ye let the months go by Waiting some easy wonder: hoping some saving sign—
Military preparedness and the direction of arms are difficult enough in every country but nowhere in the world are they more difficult than in the United States. Our geographical position and freedom from entangling alliances have placed us in a position of such "splendid isolation" that the masses of this peace-loving and peace-professing nation refuse to realize the necessity for preparedness or the vastness of the effort entailed in waging war.
1AUTHOR'S NOTE.—The writer wishes to acknowledge here his indebtedness to Commander F. H. Schofield, U. S. N., to Commander C. T. Vogelgesang, U. S. N., and to Pay Inspector S. McGowan, U. S. N., for their many valuable suggestions and for their frank and painstaking criticism of this paper while in process of preparation. The war plan is very largely the work of Commander Schofield.