Naval War College Review


Thomas Hobbes


"It is a great misfortune that our military schools should be established in connection with the watering places characterized ... in scenes of social dis­play and dissipation. Surely the students will be wasted ... on the giddy maidens who disport themselves on the rocks in sun bonnets!" These were the words of Congressman William McAdoo as he described the relationship between New­port and the Naval War College in 1892. In 1974, though giddy maidens no longer wear sunbonnets and the social display is less conspicuous, Newport still offers a wide variety of entertain­ment and cultural activities for the family and enterprising bachelor.