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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —The above is the name of a book by Alan H. Burgoyne, the eminent naval expert and architect, and editor of the ‘ Navy League Annual,’ which probably has been read by some of your readers, but I commend it to those who have not come across it. This book, published last year, is mainly a reproduction of articles that had previously appeared in English magazines, and the author, in Ids preface, thanks the editors of the ‘ Financial Review of Reviews,’ the ‘ Royal,’ the * Oxford and Cambridge,’ and ‘ Cassell’s ’ for allowing them to reappear in book form. These articles give concise and valuable information regarding our Navy and its capabilities, and the strength, cost, cost, and manning of onr fleet in comparison with the fleets of other nations ; and, moreover, these articles that appeared in the magazines named foretold much that has eventuated since declaration ot the war with Germany, which the author anticipated must ensue. 1 have lately read another interesting book (it is in the Athenaeum), ‘Before and After Waterloo,’ by Edward Stanley, sqme time Bishop of Norwich, and brother of the eminent Dean Stanley, of Westminster. It gives a vivid account of visits to the battlefields of France and Belgium in 1814, describing the destruction of the same towns and villages that have been again devastated in the present war, and of a later visit in 1815 to Brussels, the field of Waterloo, Liege, etc. Travelling in those days, in slow and heavy diligences,- >vas not so easy as at present, and the author’s description of the difficulties he and his companions bad to surnount in following the track of the armies is most interesting.—l am, etc., F. 0. Bhiugeman. October 23.

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‘WHAT OF THE NAVY?’, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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‘WHAT OF THE NAVY?’ Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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