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. They questioned whether the Merrimac and Monitor had thrown any new fight on the subject, and thought forts could be made to maintain their superiority. They believed artillery could be made to crush these iron vessels. It would not do to proceed hastily, without further experience, but the Government would watch the question carefully. The subject dropped without action, but Mr. Bernal Osborne gave formal notice of a motion that it is expedient to suspend the construction of forts at Spithead until the value of iron-roofed gunboats for the defence of ports shall be fully considered. The newspapers were freely discussing the subject, and the London Times exhibits somewhat of a panic on it, urging that not a day should be lost, as wooden ships are clearly demonstrated to be wholly useless against iron, plated rams. Other journals and letter writers in abundance are also in favor of floating batteries. The question of iron batteries continues to attract great attention.