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NOT UP TO POPULAR BELIEF. (London 'Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) WASHINGTON, December 18. (Received December 19, at 12.35 p.m.) Representative Gardner, the leader of the agitation for a larger American navy, giving evidence before the Houea Committee, «aid that many American ships were actually in cold storage-, and useless without" considerable repairs. The navy -was short by 18,000 men, aaid a shortaee of 40.000 is anticipated. Instead of 47"battleships, America had only 27, while instead of 187 destroyers it had only 68. Rear-Admiral Fletcher, ho said, was entirely wrong in saying that the United States fleet was equal to thai of Germanv. Tlio fact was that tho United States was a bad third in the world's navies.

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THE U.S. NAVY, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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THE U.S. NAVY Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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