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DESCENDANTS OF THE SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. WHO WILL ATTEND THE YORKTOWN AN NIVERSARY CELEBRATION. From left to right they are J. Ouincy Adams Johnson, jr., descended from Samuel Adams, of Massachusetts; Braxton D. Gibson, descended from Carter Braxton. of Virginia; Dr. Henry Morris, descended from Robert Morris, of Pennsylvania; the Rev. W. W. Dame, descendant of Wiiliam Paca, of Maryland; John Calvert, descendant of Benjamin Rush, of Pennsylvania; W. S. MeKean, special member of group, origi nator of Society of Signers of Declaration of Independence: Albert Mathewson, descended from William Williams, of Connecticut; John Quincy Adams Johnson, sr., descendant of Ssmuel Adams, of Massachusetts. They are shown grouped around the table in Independence Hall. Philadelphia, on which the Declaration was signed. TOUKTO WX CELEB JI A TIGS. Surrender of Cornwallu To lie Com memorated Next Week. Borne American patriots have reached the con clusion Mat Yorktown has been a little neglected. They intend to rectify this on Oc t».l" • IT I>> and 19 by having a grand celebra tion the occasion being the anniversary of the dat< when Lord Cornwallia surrender, d to Gen eral Washington and the War of the Revolution was practically ended. Major Henry X- Hat- Beld, of Philadelphia, president of the Yorktown Hist..ri. a! Society of the United States, and Dr. Henry Morris, of Philadelphia, president of the Fc.ci.tv of the Deso ndantfl of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, have joined forces with patriotic societies of Baltimore and other plac. b, an<l arrangements are being made to m<< i In a patriotic rally on the historical field at Yorktown. Historical buildings at Yorktown are to be marked by appropriate tablets, and the throe days' pilgrimage in this way will leave a more lasting record behind than would a more visit with gpecches and the passing of resolutions. So far the famous field has been Blgnaltzed to a ■such !« ss degree than have om>- battlefields of more recent date, but of no more significance In the history of th.- United States. The pil t who will gather there next Sunday plan to remove any reproach of this sort from the patriotic l ■•>\\< s. One reason why Yorktown has been neglected to scrii. .-xt'-nt is that it is a rather Inaccessible place Had Lord Coi nual is t oen gcx d• no igh to ■cli I b ■ more central point for his final how to the Colonial forces, or had Washington cornered him at a less remote i art of the Revo lutionary lattl'tri" nd, it woiM have been much tetter for patriotic posterity. But, remote or near- these societies are determined to prevent the name of Ybrktown from sinking into In significance in the American mind, and hence ntimenl in favor of making this celebra tion one that the entire country will regard \sith Int. rest. Tl i : ••: lation of Voi kt«i ,vn ' an ely t v. o hundred Th«n Is little of interesl there apart from ■ torical associations of the place, ■ re many \ nerienns who would like (o -• • step taken to do with Yorktown as v. illi Vallt-; F< • .•Mice spots connei ted wit 1 • i ' the Ite vol ij t ionarj d ' : ng a> irt of the land for ever a;- ■ \:;ru for th< |*u>i>l . where, on holi days and anniversaries, the spirit of American love '■ : th< flag i o 11 be fost< r< .1 ;< a 1a 1 ■ ■■ \ i» i -i.-iii.iti'.- T.i the O> m t- 1 i i d liy s|M*ak< \\ .ii ! i . i a;- ■ ■ there for this anni vi r - they will si • . almost in t !••; sai ruli ii tinn the fit Id over which, -n <» tober 19, 17S1, the Brit ish t n • I1 1 - k their an rendi r The pil^i ims v i ! ;■:; ■: ..•■ !.;>■! I |ntrciichmci i • ■■ ■ In their IttM (I. s|-< rat-- effort. Tin ■ \ ill Ir. nip a rosa tl.'- i-ery ground h< i Lafayette and hi Infant r\ stormed tin i-.i.u- i works where Alexander Haniiltun led I men to the attack, trusting to the bayonet . '..!..■ and winnii •rlth the old ■ teel Th< .. wMI stand on the teld v\lk r> Huron do Vi nil led his grenadiers |> the assault, where the Chevalier <U- Sameth, Lafayette's adjutant general, was wounded and where the British Bought to delay defeat l.y a desr-erate sortie, only t.. !. driven back t.. their Work* with loss. The house in which the terms of capitulation were signed will be visited and marked with a tablet; salient features of the battlefield will be m:\v-youk daily tkiiu m:, sinday, cktoukh 10, 1900. similarly rememberfd and historical buildings, practically unchanged since the time of the sur render, suitably inscribed. The pilprimage will be a practical reply to the charge, that patriotic sentiment is on the wane in America. HOUSE IN WHICH THE TERMS OF CAPITULATION AT YORKTOWN WERE SIGNED. H7//.Y OPPORTI MTY KNOCKS. A New Jersey farmer whose f;trm is near a school f..r toys was greatly annoyed by the ' depredations "f : ;» rs Finding two of the boys helping themselves to his choice ap pies, be ushered them from his premises, ably assisted by the toe of his boot. The following day he found the MUae bsgra loitering in the vi'inity of his orchard f "What you young scampa hangW round here for?" he shouted. "I told you yesterday what you'd Kit if I cP.ught you on my land as'in." "Yes. sir, we remember," explained the spokes man. "We didn't come for api lea this time. We came to a.=U you to join our football eleven."— Harper's Weekly V "> TOWN-s PRINCIPAL STREET A3 IT .OOKS TO DAY. SUPER-DREADXOUGnTS. Continued from third pass. twenty-one knots, and -while the armor !» heavier than that of other vessels of her class the battery fire will be so superior that the ordi nary or Improved Dreadnought cannot stand against her. Results may be uncertain when Germans design hulls or engines, but they have little to learn about heavy guns. Their best ex perts have been experimenting for a long period, and whether or not they have introduced 13-inch or 14-lnch guns, they may have obtained a com bination of main and secondary batteries which will enable the Siegfried to outclass the British Dreadnoughts— even the improved Neptune. Similar results in cruiser-battleships are ex pected by Mr. Wilson, whose views are ex pressed in "The Daily Mail." The Germans started off with building an Invincible with in creased tonnage, more powerful engines and a more formidable battery, and theoretically the Yon d-r Tann. when launched, was as good as the best armored cruiser under the British flag. The next undertaking was the production of a cruiser-battleship designed to be superior In every respect to the best afloat under any flag. Two of these super-Invir.cibles are now under construction in German shipyards and little is known about them, as the measurements and forecasts of horsepower and battery fire have been concealed as state secrets of the highest importance. In order to outpace the British In vincibles they must have a sustained sea speed of more than I'tli-, knots, and it is safe to assume that there will be engines of 70.000 horsepower and a displacement of 22:000 tons. The design ers are expected to produce a _' v -krot battle cruiser that will sail around the British fleet and expose it to a destructive battery fire. If they succeed in outclassing the Invincibles there will be loud lamentations in England over the de cline of national prestige at sea, and a feverish, hysterical agitation for a more powerful navy. England, however, has not yet been beaten, even if some of the moat pessimistic critics of the Admiralty expect that defeat is in store for her. The Indefatigable has been lensthened and broadened, her displacement has been increased to 19, "C0 and her turbines are designed for a ■peed of 2») knots; and the Admiralty experts are talk:: vaguely about making the next ar mored cruiser as big as the Mauritania and forcing a speed of more than 2S knots. When the British Admiralty is making a strenuous fight fur sea power it is not likely either to admit that the German warships are better than its own or to relax its efforts to perfect its costly marine mechanism. If the tune be a poor match for either the Sieg- Dried or the Beowulf the plans for the two bat tleships recently ordered at Greenock and Jar ruw will be altered and British super-Dread noughts will be launched with batteries superior in striking energy and rate of fire to those now afloat. If the Indefatigable lags behind the Ger man super-Inilexib'.es in speed _> kn-'t armored cruisers will be speedily designed with marine engines exceeding in horsepower the maximum obtained in the rival navy. The process of knocking out the leviathans now under con struction will not be a protracted one when two energetic and jealous rivals are bent upon sur passing their achievements and plume them seK-es upon commissioning a battleship or an armored cruiser a year after the keel is laid. The cost of the competition will increase stead ily from year to year, for hulls as bii? as the I,usi:ania or the Mauritania are not cheap, nor can 7lM**> horsepower be economically ob tained, nor can guns capable of hurling l,^"»0 pound shells be bought for a song Super budgets will have to go with the super-Inllexi bii s and the super-Dreadnoughta Alaritime na tions will take the blood out of the taxpayers la this ruinous strife, and when the naval ex perts have said their last word they will have to wait for a stupendously destructive war be fore they can know what all this experimental mechanism la really worth. I. N. F.