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DISCOVERED By an American Admiral on a Desolate Isle"
in the Pacific! One Friendless, Starving Gin Bottle
Also One Large, Unidentified Toothbrush!
The Remarkable Explorations
Washingon, D. C April' 6.
Thd United State will use Pal
myra island for a coaling station
for the Pacific fleet upon the com
pletion of the Panama canal.
This information follows the
receipt of Rear Admiral. Souther
land's report of the exploration of
Palmyra island and 51 other
small bodies of land in the Pacific
by the cruiser West Virginia late
in February, when he annexed
the islarfds for the United States.
When the report reached the
state department some time ago
that England contemplated forti
fying Fanning island and mak
ing it a coaling station, the navy
department dispatched the West
Virginia to the Palmyra group to
grab them up if possible so that
they could be used as protection
for the western end of the
Panama canal and as central Pa
cific naval base.
"When the West Virginia
dropped anchor, off Palmyra
island," the admiral .reported,
"there was no sign of human hab-
of Admiral Sutherland, U. S. N,
itation. We sailed several times
around the island and further ex
amined it fn small boats, finding
it to be an irregufariy-shaped
coral island,enclosing several dis
tinct lagoons. It was entirety sur
rounded by a barrier reef of coral,
forming beautiful shapes in the
"There were ssome cocoaiiut
trees and an undergrowth "of
palms and young cocoanuts, with
an abundance of smaller trees, the
leaves of which resembled - dog
wood, while its method of gr.owth
was that of the crub pa Re
markable birds of many kinds
flew about in great abundance
snipe, curlew, boatswain's birds
and smalljjlackbirds with short
bills and white spots on their
heads." J m '
Upon landing, the admiral and
his men discovered no signs of
mankind or even the animals
which they expected to nnd there.
On the trunk of a fallen tree,
however, was discovered the let
ter "M" thickly overgrown with
moss and on another tree-was an
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