Somebody got to go get them cats
Editor’s Note.—This article was submitted in the Prize Essay Contest, 1934.
For over twenty-eight years I have been keeping, balancing, and proving Navy books of one sort or another. During that time, there has been no period of as long as five months when the books of some other officer have not been submitted to me for audit. Normally, this auditing duty has included from three to twelve books on each occasion. Using the tables of past experience and the solid old law of probability and chance as a guide, I hazard the statement that, on every such occasion, one book in three is wrong, one other is right but cannot be proved so with the evidence submitted, and one is recognizably correct except, perhaps, in minor detail.