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It is reported, via California, that 4,000 Mexicans had sailed from Maaatlan for Acapulco. A report has just been presented to Parliament, signed Robert Spencer Robinson." on the war waging between the merits of wooden ships armour-plated, and iron ships armour-plated. It is intended to create a diversion in fa- vour of the five wooden ships whose armour-plating was suspended by the House last week. Mr. Robinson allows iron ships admit of being built larger, stronger, and more durable than the wooden ships intended for plating On the other hand, he maintains that the thin iron bottoms are either very weak, or, if strengthened, are very cumbrous and expensive; that they foul much faster; that the ship lores i's sailing qualities much more rapidly when zoophytes ac- cumulate on an iron bottom that it is all but impossible to test properly the quality of the iron employed; and that the ravages caused by splinters of iron, when shots penetrate them, is much more fearful. Finally-and here. we take it, is the great climax of the argumentâiron ships most be bnilt by contract, but wooden ships would be built in our own dockyards."

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