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12 BATTLESHIPS UNSERVICEABLE AND 18,000 MEN SHORT. The question as to whether America is in a state of preparation for a defensive wax, raised hy Congieesman Gardnea in the Hqmso lasl. week (says a Washington newspaper «j October 22), has tieen further accentuated by a statement made to-day by Mr Franklin Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who is acting as Secretary in Mr Daniels absence. ~.r Roosevelt (dates that the American navy is lacking 18,000 men for the manning of her ships, and that 12 of the 33 battleships in tne navy are not in a serviceable condition owing to this lack of crews. This statement has caused a sensation, for though it was known that the navy had not its full cr implement of men, it was not thought that the case was so bad as this. There will doubt-lea* be immediate agitation on a',l sides to remedy this state of affairs, and though life In the American nary is a comparatively easy ore, with many privi. leges and inducement*, further inducements arc likely to bo offered. The chief difficulty in obtainng men lies in the Americana disinclination for discipline, while the superior wages paid ashore in other employment! militate against enlistment.

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THE UNITED STATES NAVY, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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THE UNITED STATES NAVY Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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