It may be because we are growing old that we compare the old days with the present with unfavorable comment on the present, or it may be that we really observe shortcomings in present-day methods.
At the noon hour to-day I entered the room of my Naval Academy classmate B— who had remained in the service all these years, while I had spent almost 30 of them in civil life. I entered all smiles and said: “ I have been visiting outside your door with Billy Caperton, isn’t he a joy? Always the courteous, agreeable, pleasant gentleman, it makes you feel good all over to meet him.” He answered, “ Do you remember Caperton, Vinton and Stoney that first summer? ” And then we were off into reminiscences of the old days and comparisons with the new that took up the whole lunch hour, and our talk, like many other talks of the old U. S. Naval Academy graduates of 40 years ago, was about the following :