The leading editorial in the Army and Navy Journal for March 10 comments on the inexplicable action of Senator Hale of Maine in his opposition to Senate bill No. 1539, to increase the efficiency of the medical department of the United States Army, a bill the urgency of which is acknowledged not only by the medical corps, but by the line of the army. The Journal has repeatedly referred to the necessity of the passage of this bill which deals with a question of vital importance to the entire military service. In the editorial it is stated that "it is an amazing and disheartening thing... that a bill now pending in the Senate, which seeks to correct the admitted deficiencies in the Medical Department of the United States Army, should encounter an unreasoning and indefensible opposition at the hands of a distinguished Senator—Mr. Hale of Maine.