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T!;e r.'Vidon 'Daily Telepraph ' pnbhshe< an interview its Xew York corrcvotidenf had with the late Rear-Admiral Mahan t'" n months ago on the subject o! the naval of the European war. The Admiral* forbade mihlication of tha interview, because the United States Xav-7 Departmeiif stri'tlv erijoined silence mi nil naval officers. A.-ked his opinion about. British naval ajrateuv in the Xorth ?fa. Roar-Admiral Mahan' said :--

Hie British Admiralty has done right-, abfohifelv riprht. There was no other fours" which premised such good results. The people fomet that war is larcel.V economic, .and the policy of Britain is virtual! - *' destroy intrr the Ger.imn pvprsea= rnmmerro. in protecting the ocean routes and in s-curintr. safety for her ♦ rnons, was flm very best, possible. :t \rnuld have been 'madness to hava yielded to anv rash impulse to pursue the Germans' into their mine-locked ! i arbors.

The correspondent asked the na.vai exvert whether he shared Sir Perry Scott's reporter] vie" - reenrditts torpedoes and battleships. He replied ; Bv no means It is a fhe:,ry which war' alone can test. Torpedoes hav« their usefulness, r>artic-,;lar]y hi such couditioris as ihe British and (lermans fo-ind tliemsr]res at the beginning of thewar. WixYi the .IpveloTi'iterit of thu operations which we may expect, hattl.-i----sidps will <-orne h'to their own oncn

Rear Admiral Mabac, tk by no means convinced that a torpedo, except by th-J prealpst E.">;'d luck, could destroy a first, class battleship. \ s to the out.-ome or the present struggle, he did not pause to think, but leplied instantly:— Th-ira is only on" testiit, possible. Germany will he beaten, and the Allies nniM, win. My only regret is that Tt.'tlv seems to have'been' sitting on the fence, ImromciouK, apparently, of tho greil role slm might have played.

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BRITISH ADMIRALTY RIGHT, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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BRITISH ADMIRALTY RIGHT Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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