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If the puzzle Is to be mailed, 4c must be added to covor postage. ADDRESS: GET ONE AND GET BUSY. DAILY PRESS, l|||f NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA. Fun Crossing How old- Neptunus Rex ana his faithful initiated Into the mysteries of the sea the "rocke" of the United Slates battleship fleet when th y ''crossed the line" is graphically de? scribed In a letter from an olBcer of the battleship Connecticut to his son. "It was the funniest, thing Imagina? ble," IA5 BayR Tlie letter, which was written off Pornamhuco, Hrny.il, reads: "We left Trinidad on Sunday after? noon. Decent! ?er 23, 1007; and from there, for over a week, we hud to run nearly east against a strong current until we could get around Cape San Roque, tile eastern point of South America. Look at the map and see how far out to the east that point Is; It sticks out until it Is nearly under Europe, so we had a long way to the i ast to go. 'I ben, too, there Is al? ways a strong westerly current along I Ik re which Is known as the equato? rial curn nt. "The trade wind, from about east nertltoaat in that part of the world, starts the water flowing in the same direction, and It. flows along until it i-irikes the laud at Cape San Roque. It splits there, and part of It goes along the north coast of South Amer? ica, passing ? through the Windward Inlands and so on Into the Caribbean Sea. It keeps on going west until It strikes the coast of Central America and Mexico, and then it turns up around the west end of Cuba Into the Culi" of Mexico, and keeps on until It comes out the Stra'ts of Florida, where it is turned north by the Ba? hama Ranks, and thence flows up along our coast, where It is known as the Cnlf Stream. It follows our coast to Newfoundland, shoots across the ocean to England, turns down nlong tjie coast of France. Spain and Portu? gal, until it reaches the trade wind, when it starts across the ocean again, and so keeps it up all the time. "On January 1, in the evening, the Admiral received the following wire? less telegram: ?"Renr Admiral Evane, Commander ?n Chief:?Mvself nnd party will pay vou a visit on or about Sunday morn? ing at half-past right A. M. I wdsb yourself, olllcers and men of your fleet a prosnorous and hapnv new year. " 'NRPT?NK REX.' "We were a Utile late reachinc the line, so Neptune didn't really come until Monday morning. We kent re? ceiving signals fro mhim- bdrnlns barrels floating down the fleet?and cn Sun lav evening we received a vis? it from his secretary, who announced that on the next morning, at nine o'clock, he Would be on hoard to wel? come us to his domain and to Initiate Into the ntvsteries of the sea all thosf who bad never before paid tribute Ir him. "So Monday, nt nine o'clock sharp I the Equator the crew was called to quarter?, and? with the band Neptune and his party marched aft to the quarter deck. Where they were received by the ad? miral, captain, officers and crew, heading the procession were twenly ono policemen, in nil sorts of ridicu? lous policemen's clothes. These cleared the way, and following them ennie the band and then sixteen '?bears,' as they call them. Then came the rest of the party! and they all lined up In front of the captain and admiral. In the party there were Neptune, bis wife. Amphitrlte; their sou, a navigator, a doctor, a dentist, a judge, a secretary and two assist? ant secretaries, four barbers and four latherers. "Neptune, Amphitrlte and the heir, apparent then stepped out to the front and saluted the admiral and captain and Neptune Bald be was glad to wel? come them to his domain again, re? calling the first tlhie he had met them in each case, naming the date anil ship when they first crossed. The ad? miral said he thought the Neptune ho met the first time must have been tills one's grandfather, but Neptune; said be was the one himself. Then Neptune deliver, d the following ora? tion to the party, addressing it to the captain: ? "'Pleasant greeting to you, Captain, Your friend 1 wish to he; I am Neptune hold, well known of old As ruler of the sea. fiood cheer to you and all your crew. And welcome to my home; My fortune's best on each one rest, Wherever he may roam. On the ocean wave, where live the brave, Oood friends we're bound to be. Por In these domains whero Neptune reigns Ts hospitality. "'This Is my wife, my pride, my life, My sdster, so fair, so bright; Queen of our heart, till death us part Is lovely Amnhitritr-. Tier loving., wifely manners, sir. Are sonr.thing quite sublime. No matter what her object is. She wins out every time. Tier kitchen oratory, too. Has won her many a tussle; And if it lacks sufficient strength She backs it with her muscle. When hurricanes and angry slorma Disturb the mighty ocean. 'Tis Amphltrito who down below Is stirring a commotion. ' " 'There is my son. mv hopeful one, llelr to my vns-t domains; ' 'Tis bo shall wield the sceptre, sir. 1 When Neptune no more reigns. > A chip out from the old blr>ck. sir. A lad both strong and wise; , Of happy disposition, too, Ho laughs, sir, when he erl?s. His name Is "It." It la his name; He obey* my every wish; He swims, good Captain, like a (Inch, And drinks, too, like a llsh. " 'This is my secretary cnp. He Is noble, grand and great; it's an honor, sir, to in.-et with him, I hope you appreciate. This is- nty family doctor sir, Quito skilful with a knife; He cures old age and broken hearts And brings the deml'to life. And this is my family dentist, sir, Who In business ne'er tunke? fif blunder; At pulling teeth he Is-- a failure, nut at pulling legs a wonder. "'And this Is my private barber, sir, A clover fellow he. Who will scrape your close acqnalnt anco With charming modesty. And thefs? uro my soldiers, sir, and guards. And deadheads of the court; All jolly, rrckles-ci fellows, too, Not overfoinl of work. And so to you and your gallant crew I a royal welcome give; flood fortune's cheer for each man here With many year?, to live. "'To every tar that liu:; crossed the bar I a welcome bnnd extend; Tho very best Hint I possess To them 1 gladly lend. But, by the gods of ancient (Irefce | (He became very stern here), That now look down upon us. The pressure of so many "rocks" To me Is quite obnoxious. The ancient law and custom here Show? no pnrtiallty; And lubbers entering my domain Must initiated be. "'So. Cnp. deliver un the "hibs!" !>>t us have something doing. I tree my men with towering brows, I fear there's trouble brewing. It's waste of time to parley vows; We must maintain the law. This l'-efiing unite .disgusts me, So let's knock off the chkwl Aim If this law yon dare Ignore, If Neptune you defy. If with the customs of my realm You care not to comply. Your ship shall not pass onward, sir; Ten thousand gales shall stop her. And I'll send her to the bottom Of Old Davy .lones' locker'.' "The captain welcomed him and ?old him to take charge of the 'rooks, and the admiral gave them a box ol cigars. Whereupon Neptune dlroeter the captain to have the smoking Jruur llehted. Neptune's navigator ther directed the captain to 'Keep the skit on ber cn-ir?o, sir.' and the nrocesslor ?nnrched off to the forecastle, where on the starboard side of the forwan turret a big canvas lank had been rc up and Miel with salt wnter nbou flvo feet deep. On tho edge of tliUi was a platform, with planka iir bar? bers' chairs, so rigged that (hay could be tilted over backward and dump the occupant Into tno pool. Neptune and his wife and BOti took seats ou top of the turret, overlooking the whole thing, and the secretaries, barbers, doctor, dentist judge and latherers tool; posFesTion of the platform. Tlte otflcers nil had seats up on the for? ward lower bridge and the men crowded around wherever they could. A big flag lnarlng a picture of Nep? tune floated at tho yard-arm. Await Victims In Tank. "Tlie olllcers first all filed down to report. ISnch one was questioned by the secretary and Judge, who either sat|Pflod tbemscelvos that the men questioned bad crossed before or pro? nounced a tine on them of a dozen bottles of l'>er. All this was recorded tn a ldg book. Meanwhile the boars bad all gene down Into the lank and were walling for their victims. Home of the midshipmen, with mock grnvi ty. said they would pay the line; and went through the initial Ion. Then the fun began. The men wen- dragged up and Initiated, the policemen chas? ing up ami arresting all who did not come up themselves, so that a fellow who did not. come, not only got hin ducking and shave, but was well lieatin with Bluffed clubs of the po? lice. "As soon as a man came up the secretaries ein eked his name off on I their list, and tho remainder of the I crowd grabbed him and seated hitn on a chair. They asked him a quos tlcthi and when b? tried lo answer the doctor or dentist jammed a pill In ills mouth and the Judge squirted a big syringe full of lather Into It. The latherers then gave him a big dose of lather with whitewash brushes and tho barbers shaved him With big wooden razors. Whereupon one ot them tilted the chair, aiid over went the victim backward Into the tank turning a half somersault and landing In the water on his bead. The lather was made of Hour. sonp. salt, waist and possibly a touch of tar. and the pills were the same, onlv thicker I With. I thuik, a touch of red pepper BO the victims were mostly ready t( go Into the water when the timf came. "As soon a;- they struck the fan! the t'tors pounced upon them am ducked theni good before thnv woilli let them crawl out the ladder In tin corner. You can imagine what wil< I fun it was for all the aotors were ai ' funny as they could be, ho'h In the! r costumes and actions. There weti I over eight hundred men to pti > through, and they were turned in fo i i while .-.1 a rate of twelve a minute 1 so the tank was one howling, squirm > Ing- niar-s of humanity. Of course an . man who had lo he <retailed hj? th ' police or who struggled ar fought o t who tried to escape and nirt of it trn t it worse than any of the ?est. II wa .?? '? ? "??!? I.1^_? . ...... (ho funniest (hint;, and wo nit sat up for four hours nnd just howled with laughter, The darkies were the fun? niest of all; some of them hid, and It took a long time to get them. Dennle, the Pig, Doused. "The funniest thlg that went through was Dentils, the pig. The puppies wire not so very funny. \)\\\ when they sat Dennis up on the chair he Just openrd bis mouth and squeal? ed like n good fellow. He wan quite human In his effort*. They lathered hint, gave htm his pill and stuck the lather brush Into his mouth, and then over " he went bnckward, until his squeals were drowned In tho Watjer. Thiay were very gentle with all the pets, though, much more :,~> than thjey were with the men. The coon was the Olily pet that didn't go through, and only because ho could not be found. I guess It was Just as well, for I fancy somebody would have been chewed, if they hod tried that foolishness with him. "After a while the supply of 'rooks' began to give out. t;o they grabbed anybody handy and put him through, nnd filially began, shaving one anoth? er. It was funny to see all those clowns In their funny costumes 'go flopping Into the tank with all sorts Of groUsqnc motions. ''Finally (he whole thing was over ind we nil went oft to midday meal, the performers to malte merry with plenty of beer and good cigars, and tho 'rooks-1 to dry out nnd congratu? late thenisrlve.s that they wero real ca dogs at lost. "All of us got our certificates of . Initiation, which are fine large piyter j certificates, with pictures of Neptttne nnd Aniphltrite, mermaids, &c. and . which read as follows: ? i "'DOMAIN OP N*EPT?NU3 KH:C. ' RULER OF THE RAGING MAIN. 1 '"To nil sailors wherever ye may in, and to all mermaids, sea uor ! pents, whales, sharks, lobsters, erabs. ! pollywoga nnd Other living things! of ' the sea, greeting. Know ye that on this sixth day ef January, 1908. In ' latitude 0' 0' 0" and longitude 38*| 1?' , 0" west, there appeared within the ?; limits of our royal domain the lr. S S. Connecticut, bound southward) foi I the Straits of Magellan and Pa:lfl< i ports. J " 'Re it remembered that the sa'<i ; vessel nnd officers and crew thcreoj I have been Inspected nnd passed' or I by ourself and our royal staff; an | b( , It known by all ye sailors, mar lies I landlubbers and others who may] in , honored by his presence tjjat. I.loyi f Horwitz Chandler, having been fistn. , worthy to be numbered as one of on L trusty rhellbacks, has been gatherer r to our fold and duly installed into tin solemn mysteries of the Ancient Or .' der of tho Deep. "'Re li rurtiinr understood that l>: ?> virtue of the power vested In roe r do hereby command all my subjects* b t show duo honor nnd respect to hin s wherever ho may enter our realm Disobey this order under penalty of our royal displeasure. Attest;? "'Theo. Rnderlekj Judge. Davy Jones. Ills Majtsty's Scribe. '"Given und', r our band nnd seal tills sixth day of January. 1908. "T.bnt onded the Noptune business, and now all our newly made old salts are beading for the Pacific, feeling as If they really owned the ocean. "Up to this morning w<> had not sighted any land since we left Trlnl dad, but fhls morning we sighted the mountains Just, north of Pernatnbuco, and after our trip to the east we have now beaded a little to the westward, and it will be 'Westward Ho!' all the PURE AIR AS A PREVETIVE. A Moct Important Factor In the Elim? ination of Lung Troubles. There ia great activity being exor? cised In all countries to euro tuber? culosis among human beings. This' activity generally tnkc6 the form of having patients afflicted with con? sumption keep outdoors as much ns possible and inhale fresh and whole? some air. Now If a similar effort were made to prevent people front inhaling Im? pure air in homes, public buildings, and ears there would not he so many recruits for the army troubled with tuberculosis, in other words, It la possible to prevent thousands of cases of consumption If proper enro is ex? ercised concerning ventilation wher? ever human beings aro congregated. Tho slightest reflection should con? vince the most skeptical that the ma? jority of people are suffering more pr less from vitiated air. This is par? ticularly noticeable in the winter time, for then bouses and public buildings are overheated and there is scarce? ly any ventilation of them. Even In some churches on Sundays there is noticeable much impure air because in their construction provl , slon was not made f?r an adequate , supply of fresh air. In plnces of pub? lic entirtalnment an effort Is made ', in some cas's to ventilate the house? , with considerable success, yet much more remains to be done to rendet ihem breathing plnces. ' Now, in all these places Ihere are ' voting and old whose lungs are fat 1 from ctrong, and the Impurities the\ ' inhale from the tainted atmosphere ? weaken them nnd prenare them foi lung troubles. Little ehllijgc't are tat: ' en by their elders to places where the 1 air is so bad thnl it is easy to nc r count for their succumbing to dlseast 1 ot the lungs. p The Impurities that fill cars dur'r.c " the rush hours are enough to nnuse .ate many nasseugens predisposed tc Mlung troubles. Even tho strongos' I! are often affected, a I In the siimnvv there cannot he an1 > fault found with the open cars, foi 1.1 they 'are the healthiest convcyanc " 'NBRTUNE REX.' imaginable. But in winter those- who V: can do without the car servlco during a tho rush hours aro saving tholr lung* from many poisonous germs. It docs not roqnlro sometimes' moro than half an hour for tho pure air to I becomo oxhaunted. After It Is ox--..j' hau: ted the Impure air la breathed over and over again to the detriment of health, In a lighted room the air Incomes vitiated much sooner. This may seem an Insignificant matter to many, but If tho lungs aro"i-Jj not receiving fresh air tho wholo body )b affected Injuriously and the a heart Is pumping bad blood through the system without the proper atmos? pheric nourishment It should recolvs .. thorugh the lungs. Tho contraction of tuberculosis. therefore, can bo prevented by tho ' observance of the law? of health, tho chief of which Is to furnish tbu lungs with plenty of pure air. Tho world Is full of health Bookers' J who aro being sent where they will . 1 ?avo "a change of air." Whortrvor they go they will tlnd the Banjo klud of air which can bo Inhaled right near their homes any day If thoy will take tho trouble to go out after It,? ,' Boston Oloho. Diana of Philadelphia. At the mint in Philadelphia tlKro are to bo seen coins far moro pre? cious than nuy which find tholr way . I Into circulation. These form a col? lection of curious, and many of them date from times of great antiquity. Perhaps tho most Interesting of them is a handsome coin bearing on Its faco the profile of a womau, which has n striking resemblance to tho Goddess of Liberty of our own coun? try. Underneath Is the single word "Demos." which is the Greek for "tha people." On the reverse side of the coin -'s a beautiful figure of the Goddess Di? ana, arching her bow, and the In* ' scription, translated into English,, reads: "Diana, Frleud of tho Phila- j delphians." This coin waa minted more than 2,000 years ago at the city of Phila? delphia, in Asia Minor, whoro as wa know, thero grow up in later years one of tho seven churches of which St. John writes. Tho prize was dls- i covered sonio years ago In Europo by a Mr. Mickey, of Philadelphia. By him it was appropriately presented to fhe mint at Philadelphia. Probably. "In your opinion," asked the mem? ber -it tho investigation committee, "what la the cause of tho evident ua rest among the Indjans?" '' "Comanche Pete, tho noted scout blew a cloud of smoko Into the atmos? phere. Then ho took his plpo out of hin month. >, "Fleas," ho answored.?Chicago Tribune.