How Dewey Allowed for Contingencies

"I EXPECTED a gale. I allowed for that, but we didn't get it. That's why we are early."

Here is a man who, not only having something to do, does it, but makes allowance for things that might interfere with his doing it. He did not simply allow a certain time to get to a certain place. He allowed for contingencies. Another little fact has come out that may have escaped attention in the admiral's remarks—namely, that he came across with one engine and one propeller. Thus not only did he have necessary machinery, but he had an engine and a propeller to spare. So he not merely started on time, but made provision, in case machinery should break down, for spare machinery that would carry him. And he scheduled his journey so that, in case a gale should come up, there would still be margin enough for him to be on the spot when expected. —Indianapolis News.

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