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EAST HONORS PAID TO "FIGHTING BOB" BY ADMIRALS
AND BLUEJACKETS; MEN OF TWO WARS AND BOYS
Washington, Jan. 5. Uncle
Sam paid last honors to "Fight
ing Bob" Evans this afternoon,
with all the impressive ceremoni
al of the largest military funeral
here in years.
More than a thousand men,
representing both branches of the
military service, formed the fu
neral escort, and were lined up at
"piesent arms" when the melan
choly notes of "taps" were sound
ed at the grave edge in Arlington
cemetery. Immediately there
after, a salute of thirteen guns
sounded a last farewell.
All Souls Unitarian church was
not large enough to accommodate
those who assembled for the last
religious rites over the dead ad
miral's body at 2 :30 o'clock.
In the congregation were
President Taft, Admiral George
Dewey, General Nelson A. Miles,
practically every member pi the
cabinet, and the representatives
of all foreign nations accredited
to the United States.
High navy officers who served
with the dead admiral back in
Chil War times, rubbed elbows
with humble bluejackets, who
claimed the same privilege that
of doing homage to him they had
esteemed as friend.
Grizzled veterans of two wars
'attended with the youngsters
from Annapolis Naval academy.
i Lined up in front of the church
were the long rifles of the Annap
olis and West Point cadets, a bat
tery of light artillery, four com-
-panies of marines, and two com
panies of bluejackets, with two
bands, wherein the drummers
beat upon muffled drumheads
when the solemn cavalcade
moved toward Arlington.
The most forlorn figure in all
the vast congregation at All
Souls church was little Dorothy
Sewell, granddaughter and loving
playmate of the dead warrior.
The Rev. Ulysses G. B. Pierce
delivered a brief sermon in the
church. The final invocation was
spoken at the side of the open
grave in Arlington cemetery by
the Rev. Mr. Wolburn, of Balti
more, an Episcopalian missionary
to Japan and a lifelong friend of
the dead admiral.
The pallbearers were: Rear
Admirals Brownson, Schroeder,
Stockton, Pillsbury, Nicholson,
and Swift, and Major Generals
Sanger and McCook.
Admiral Evans' sudden death
has utterly prostrated his wife.
Naturalist has trained turtles,
said to be the slowest in the head,
as well as in the fact, of all living
creatures, to do tricks like dogs.
Must be a sort of second cousin
Eight thousand and ninety-two
persons shook Taft's hand at the
New York reception. And a
whole lot more will shake him
Rhode Island, with 32.8 per
cent, has more foreign-born
whites than any other state.