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Europe do not generally postpone honors of coated ships cannot be seriously injured by that kind. To prevent the Emperor of the any sea-service gun we have yet made. The French adopting the former alternative, it great Armstrong's 110-pounders would hop behooves our Government to maintain a firm off the side of our Warrior, and our old 68 and determined attitude and to give his Im- pounder smooth-bore could only at a very perial Highness timely and explicit notice short range demage the Warrior by concusthat any intermeddling with Texas, designed sion. Our ordnance slow coach has only to draw her from under the flag of the Union, travelled one stage, and there it sticks in the will be the occasion of a war that will know mud. The discovery has been made that the no cessation until Mexico is wrested from his amount of velocity of a shot entirely depends grasp, and proud France humbled in the on the amount of powder used in the charge sight of the world.-Philadelphia Press, 31 which propels it. Can Armstrong find a seaAug.

service gun of the present weight to bear an extreme charge of powder? He has not as yet done it. Can Whitworth ? He bas gone

much nearer to it than Armstrong. Can OUR DEFICIENCY OF ARMAMENT.

Blakely? He says he can, but it appears SIR,—It is some years since you favored that he is not permitted to try, although me by inserting certain cautionary remarks, other nations use his great guns with success. which it occurred to me might not be with- There are many other gun-founders who conout interest to the thoughtful portion of sider that a sea-service gun, not heavier than your readers. The remarks I have made a 68-pounder, can be constructed to pierce the have not been in a carping spirit, but, as iron plates placed on the sides of our armorfar as my judgment has led me, have been clad ships. This means, and it means nothfounded on matter of fact. The result has ing else than constructing a gun of our seanever failed to prove this. I have had no service weight, capable of exploding a charge prejudice to contend with, because I have of powder sufficient to carry a ball through been entirely unacquainted personally with the strongest sides of ships yet made. 1 those whose public acts I may have had to cannot find that Dahlgren’s guns have yet review. In my last letter I called your atten- been tried in England. Is not the experition to the unfortunate truism, that as a na- ment worth making? Armstrong, our sage tion we are inferior in armament to any nation philosophers assure us, is building a very in Europe. We believe as a matter of tradi- heavy gun of great calibre. That can be tion that Britannia rules the waves, we do done, the Americans have done it, and are not know by what means that desirable end using such guns at the siege of Charleston. is accomplished; but if our tutelar goddess When all other nations have made these great be supposed to rule the waves by dint of gun- guns, we shall try Armstrong's wonders powder and cannon-balls, we can only say against Whitworth’s prodigies, whilst all that the waves must be very old-fashioned and Europe is on the titter at us. highly traditionary waves to yield to her But all this time the Warrior and Achilles divinity any power of the sort, seeing that are defensive, not offensive, men-of-war ; they Britannia’s work-shops have been taxed in can take but they cannot give, and if we went vain to place her on an equality with the to war to-morrow, no man of common sense nations of Europe and even America. The can pretend to have that confidence in the French, according to the United Service Ga- success of our navy which should be fixed in zette, state that they have a gun to pierce any the mind of every Englishman. We may armor-clad ship at one thousand yards. Ad- despise American Buncombe, don't let us immiral Dahlgren, of the United States service, itate their odious foible, but learn to respect considers that the rifled heavy ordnance which the truth, however unpleasant to our selfberus his name can make short work of an love.

CAVETO. arnuor-plated ship. We know that our armor -Examiner, 15 Aug.

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