COMMENT

The Ceaseless Demand.

"Ships, more ships, and still more ships." This time it is the Archbishop of York who utters these words. The British need and the American are exactly alike. It has been told and reiterated and emphasized we know not how often by the United States Shipping Board, the Emergency Fleet Corporation, the War Department and commercial bodies that feel the pinch of overseas transport shortage. Yet the total output of all the shipyards in America and the allied countries does not come up to the requirements for providing the nations and their armies with such supplies as are considered necessary to guarantee and expedite the wining of the war.

Says the British First Lord of the Admiralty. "Despite glowing reports in the American press, and great as the effort of that country doubtless is, there is no doubt a considerable time must elapse before the desired output is obtained." But so far is he from intending disparagement of the United States in comparison with the United Kingdom that he says in the latter there has been a serious drop in the rate of ship production, that owing to labor unrest and strike difficulties the men in the yards are not working as if the life of the country depended on their exertions, but that even at this late date they do not seem fully to realize the seriousness of the situation. --Boston Herald.