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AT END OF VOYAGE
American Armada is Greeted by
President-An Imposing Sight
-Great Crowds Attended.
Old Point Comfort, V&, Feb. 22
With homeward-bound pennants
steaming far behind them 28 bands
playing 'The Star Splangled Ban
ner,'" and saluting cannon roaring tri
bute to the president of the United
States the battleship fleet of the
American navy, ended its world's
cruise here today after steaming in
review of the president, whose eagle
crested flag of blue was at the main
of the cruiser yacbt, Mayflower.
The sixteen white battleships final
:v east anchor in same fair way of
Hampton Roads, whence they started
14 months ago on a notable journey of
45,000 miles. The joy of home-com
ing was written upon every face of
the blue-jackets and every officer on
board the sixteen ships, tI.e long
cruise, the visits to any of the most
famous ports of the world, and th-a
homage that has been paid to the
fleet by every nation favored on the
calling list have been sources of in
tense interest to everyone a)oard the
famons vessels, but unquestionably
there was no scene in all the world
to compare in beauty with the famil
iar landmarks picked up by the battle
ship fleet as it steamed in triumphant,
self-reliant and efficient force through
the Virginia capes today and entered
the hospitable waters of Chesapeake
Bay and Hampton Roads.
New Cruising Standard.
T-he American nay has a new
Icruising standard for other navies of
the world to strive for. Ase she led
the beautiful column of battleships
ready for any emergency and bidding
-defiance to storms or to the riotous
channels of strange waters of two
hemispheres, out of Hampton Roads,
24 months ago, as she piloted the
fleet through all the seas and into all
the ports of the long cruise the flag
ship, Connecticut, steamed again to- I
day at the head of the returning
The day of honecoming dawned
with prospects of weather as fair as
the day in December, 1907, on whieh
the fleet set sail. Foreign naval at
taches, immense parties of govern
ment officials, high officers of the ar
my and navy were aboard the fleet
of welcome which steamed out to
greet the incoming vessels and to wit
ziess .the review by the president at
-the tail of the horseshoe.
The Mayflower, which came down
from Washington last night with a
distinguished party on board east her
anchors in the same waters today
-where she took up a position at the
saili.ig of the fleet.
After the ceremonial greetinugof
the battleships, and their escort, the;
Mayflower steamed herself at the -end
of the long column into Hampton
Roads and when the homecoming ves
sels had anchored, took up a posi
*tion in the centre of the fleet.
Admiral Sperry and otiher flag of
fieers, together with the captains com
manding, where received on board
and to them President Roosevelt ex
*tended cordial thanks which he after
wards expressed anew to the officers.
and crews of the four divisional flag
ships, which he visited late in the af
At 7 a. m. a fog settled down, but
lifted in an hour. A light rain be
.gan to fall about 9 a. m. with pros
pects that it would continue through
out the day.
Reviewed by President. .
.At 10.5S the flagship Connecticut
-reached the Mayflower and t.he 24 in
coming warships fired a simultaeous
salute of 21 guns in honor of the pres
ident. The president made his way to
the bridge of the Mayflower while the
saluting was in progreI'ss. He had not
long to wait before the imposing line
vias bearing right dowvn upon the re
viewing boat. it sent the nerves ting
ling with patriotic pride for there is
no more inspiring scene than a long
ceolumn of well drilled fighting ships.
One either side of the incoming
:armnada were gathered scores of ex-'
-cursion steamers their way to the~
home anchorage. As the prow of the
Connecticut reached tihe bridge of
the Mayflower the band on board the I
flagship began to play the "Star'
*Spangled Banner.'' The president
ldoffed his silk hat and stood at at
?ention in salute to the flag.
When the last of the cruisers had
*pa.ssed the Mayflower the Conneetit
eut was steaming by Old Point pier
more than seven miles away, and the
great crowds gathered there were,
cheering and waving flags. handker
chiefs and hats in a perfect ecstacy
of welcome enthusiasm. A fter the
ships had anchored the Mayflower.
gaily decorated in honor of the ocea
sion, passed through the lane left by:
the battleships amid cheers ashore
and afloat. Passing Fortress Monroe
~the president's flag received a salute
of. 21 gtms. The Mayflower ancbored
in the center of the fleet.
Then followed calls of the fleet of
Ricrs upon the president who warm
ly congratulated the officers and men
under them for the part each played
in the splendid cruise. The president
then visited the divisional flagships.
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many kindnesses ex ended us as your
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by putting the exact change on your
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zive you stamp in exchange for post
-ge value ,on the same.
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The above suggestions are intend
ad for ypur good and for the relief
+ AND YOl
of your carriers, and you, as patrons,
should use your every effort to- com
ply with them. Just think for a mo
ment, what has rural free delivery
done for me? Ought we not to wake
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the future than we have in the past?
I believe you will agree with me, and
answer yes. Trusting that the above
suggestions will prove beneficial to
eaeh of us, and that a bright future
awaits our efforts,
I am yours very truly,
Joseph T. Stovall, Jr.,
R. F. D. Carrier.
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