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IF U. S. COULD BE LICKED WE WOULD BUILD UP
AN AEROPLANE FLEET
BY HERBERT QUICK
Sometimes I read that most inter
esting publication, the Daily Consular
and Trade Reports, published by the
bureau of foreign and domestic com
merce. Iix. today's number is a com
munication from our consul-general
at Moscow, Russia.
"The Russian war department,"
says Mr. Snodgrass, "has completed
ENGLISH PASTOR AT SUNDAY
To tell the American Sunday
school workers about Sunday school
organization methods in England,
Rev. P. B. Meyer "has traveled from
London to Chicago.
The pastor of Regents Park Bap
tist Church, London, is one of sev
eral foreign visitors at the Interna
tional Sunday School convention..
its order for aerial craft covering
this year. It is proposed to order 326
ordinary aeroplanes and 10 aero
planes of the type of 'Ilya Muroinetz.'
Of the 336 airships, 100 will be of the
type of Sikorsky, of moderate dimen
sions. The other airships will repre
sent the types of Farman, Duerdis
sin, Moran and Voisin. The program
will be completed before the autumn
of 1914. The war department has al-
? ready ordered three large dirigibles,
of which two will be constructed in
France and the third in Russia."
Our great aeroplane fleet has been
sent to Vera Cruz. According to the
press dispatches, we have fifteen ma
chines in all, aeroplanes and hydro
aeroplanes, "half of which are in con
dition to be used."
This makes 714 airships belonging
to the air fleet of the United States,
as against 339 machines in one year's
orders for Russia!
If we are going to war, why haven't
we a proper equipment of these
cheapest and most useful of war ma
chines? The expense of our best battleship
would have .built 4,000 of these air
ships! Is Congress to blame? I cannot
say; but I suppose so. Congress is
rightly preoccupied by our internal
affairs. The silly thing about Con
gress and the people of this nation
is that we are so preoccupied with
our internal affairs that we neglect
our military preparedness until a cris
is comes on, and then we scream
loudly for war.
If we could only be SOUNDLY
LICKED ONCE, it would do us a
world of good. It would do us still
more good if we could possess our
souls in patience in a crisis.
We probatily shall go on having
military spasms occasionally and
making war with 7y2 airships in all,
as against nearly 400 a year for other