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Our Floating White House
Hnittiip nili iL i flS9 HHl ' w&Z. JES Too le.t President and Mr.. Harding and friend, waving goodby from the deck of the Mayflower; right-Commander B1 on L. Holmes, of the President's yacht, the Mayflower. v' Center, left The Mayflower; right Smoking room. Bottom, left Dining room: n Reception room. NO PRESIDENT nor Mistress of the White House ever has had so much rest and pleasure out of week-end yatching as the Hard ings Scarcely a week goes by that they do not embark on the beautiful government-Owned boat, the Mayflower, known everywhere as the President's yacht, and cruise down the historic Potomac into Chesa peake Bay, Visiting here or time as fancy dictates There's nothing selfish nor exclusive about these Mayflower trips. Neither the President nor Mrs. Harding are the sort of people who like to herd bv themselves in lonesome aloofness. Being real genuine, whole souled human beings, they thoroughly enjoy the good old-faihionec art of being neighborly and sociable as practiced in typical small American u wns where everybody knows each other by his first name. n this delightful respect the Hardin! haven't changed the least bit since eav.ng th little town of Marion. Ohio. The elevation to the position of chiet exec ve and America's first lady, has not, in the leastwise, turned the K M and Mrs. Harding. They never dream t,?h; yachting trip without inviting as many friends to be their guests as tne hmt will comfortably accommodate. . , The frc " use of the Mayflower during the past wring and summer has Bi c .7 . lual prominence in the press of the country, arousing the curiosuy of the public as to the history, general appearance and deta.l of the noted craft. - CimAmn fVilH New T!,, M.ivH...t. htor. WWW iSSSrfto UiZ s&ssr. :i aft t tssrsJyrsi''S yjsnr. tsi s&?ft dent of the tinted States. . , . the breadth The boat is of fair size, the water line being .75 leet t e 36 feet, and draft 17 feet 4 inches. Her water displacement tons. She makes an average speed of 14.2 knots an hour. It requires a large crew of officers and men to keep the Mayflower in readiness for sailing at any hour of the day or night. It is always spick and span in appearance, the decks and every nook and corner being as clean and shiny as a bride's kitchen or a nurse's collar. Many a present-day wife could get some valuable housekeeping pointers in the way of neat ness and cleanliness from the sailor methods aboard the Mayflower. It is quite evident that there is never any stinginess in the use of soap, water, scrub-brushes, brooms and elbow grease. The reception room is as cozy and comfortable as any to be found in a private home. There is an abundance of big cushiony chairs and couches. For the musically inclined there is a beautiful piano and a victrola. It is quite evident, however, that the Harding! and their friends have little or no patience with the jazz junk with which the world is so sorelv afflicted. On a little table near tne piano are nan a dozen hymn books and a large volume of old-tashioned songs, sucn as "Silver Threads Among the Gold." "The Old Oaken Bucket," "Dixie. "Swanee River." "Annie Laurie." "Good Bye My Lover, Good Bye." "My Home, and "Home. veet Home. tfotn tne nymnais ana OM k'riiriirLv the popular song volume look very much the worse for wear, clearly indicating that many a happy afternoon and evening have been spent in the reception room. Just one glance at the dining room is enough to make anyone ieel as though he had been meallcss for a week or more. It is by all odds, the most fascinating part of the boat. This room extends the full width of the yacht and is as richly furnished as the best hotel in the land. The smoking room is as comfortable and palatial as the ones to be found on popular ocean liners. . Taking it all in all. the Mayflower makes it possible for the Presi dent to have a floating White House that is virtually as comfortable in its appointments as the celebrated mansion in Washington. The man who is responsible for keeping the Mayflower in deep water and awav from jutting rocks or shoals is Commander Balston L. Holmes, of the United States Navy. Commander Holmes saw much active service during the World War.