That attitude may have been widespread in those days. I have no difficulty understanding what he was saying. Rank and position had more weight in assigning credibility in those days. To a great extent it still does even today. But the point I was making is that that attitude causes one to loose some objectivity. It causes one to believe one person over another, not based on the evidence they give, but on factors that may not have any direct bearing on the issue at hand. The direction that Titanic was pointing in after she was stopped is another example that comes to mind.