Sword Training
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"Some of the boys on the Maine were very skillful with the weapons, and the survivors of the unlooked-for destruction of the battleship will probably draw a simile from the words of Cowper:

'No skill in swordsmanship, however just,
Can be secure against a madman's thrust.'

So with the loss of the Maine. It was not destroyed in fair fight, but by the mad act of a criminal " - Johnston

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