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VOLUME LXXXVI— NO. Hi).
"THANK GOD, I AM HOME AGAIN!" DECLARES ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY After an Absence of Twenty-Three Months the Hero of Manila Bay Fervently Expresses Pleasure Upon Returning, Talks About the Philippines and Seems to Dread the Great Welcome That Has Been Prepared for Him. NEW YORK, Sept. 26.— Out of the mist and fog that hung over the sea beyond Sandy Hook at peep o' day this morning emerged the Olympia, with Admiral George Dewey on board. The Olympia ■was weather-stained but stanch, after her long run horne — and ' tWo days ahead of — and Dewey, hearty, bronzed, modest, ready to receive the plaudits of his countrymen, but des tined before the day ended to be utterly 'dumfounded when ho learned the mag nitude of the welcome that awaited him. His flagship slipped around Sandy Hook, and it was by the merest chance that the little garrison at Fort Han cock got in an admiral's salute of seventeen guns before the oiympia came to anchor in the lower bay. The Olympia had come at a steady pace of 10 knots an hour, using one screw, for a. blade of the other had been damaged In coming through the Suez canal, and she made no stop anywhere. Her voy age was made in perfect weather, and the admiral caught the first glimpse of his native land early on Monday night. Then the Olympia stood off shore until daybreak when she came in, catching almost everybody napping except the ship news watcher in Sandy Hook lookout. Hardly had her anchor struck bottom before, the word was passed to this city and hence all over the country that Admiral Dewey had arrived. The gray mist of dawn had hardly been dispelled before pleasure boats began sailing about the cruiser and shouts of welcome arose. A storm of cheers floated over the water from the fleet of excursion craft when the ad miral was recognized. At sight of each new American flag- the admiral lifted his cap and bowed. Time and again he turned to some officers of the Olympia (standing by his side and said. "Thank God, I am home again." When her anchor rattled to the bot tom and the Olympia swung at her moorings the admiral stepped out on the quarterdeck. The sun had not long, been started on its climb up th" heavens. The admiral bared his head and took in a long breath, then .he pi.id: "I am glad to get back." Not at that moment nor at any time later in the day when official visits were showered on him, did he speak of the emotion he felt at • his changed position. Here stood the man for whom all Americans were waiting the one creat hero of the war. the individual The San Francisco Call. toward • whom the whole heart of his country went out in good-fellowship. He/had' come home to receive a wel come the like -of which has never been tendered to a living American, yet, less than two years before he had gone abroad, a commodore, it is true, but comparatively unknown outside of his profession of arms, and outside of his native. State. He has returned to find his name on everybody's lips and. his picture. in . everybody's window, and everybody speculating, some, vaguely and some with keen desire, whether, it would not be well to make George Dewey President. The admiral had not expected the re ception committee until to-morrow. He had telegraphed the Mayor that he would be at ; Tomkinsville to-morrow. But the gentlemen who are running the reception feared that Governor Roose velt might call before the committee, so they acted precipitately. These var ious calls and Interviews gave an in- Bight at close range into the character of the country's greatest hero. In the first place, everybody will be interested in knowing what Admiral Dewey thinks of himself as a Presidential candidate. He merely laughs. He declines to en tertain the thought of running for po litical office. . • When told that his relatives said that he was a Republican, he said they knew no more about his politics than a stick. When a wag informed him that there was talk of running him for President, with General Joe Wheeler for Vice President, he observed that he and Wheeler would make a pretty mess of it, "for he would try to run the country like a ship and Wheeler would try to run it like a regiment." The ad- | miral had no criticism of the conduct i of affairs in the Philippines. His re- j marks were very guarded, but he reit- : erated^ his .,. well-known saying. "Fill- ■ pinos are as capable of self-government as the Cubans," adding that he did not think the Filipinos were ready for self government just yet. Admiral Dewey appears keen, alert, eager in voice and action, and appar ently in perfect physical condition. He said he felt well. He told the commit tee on reception that he was all right if he could stand the strain of the re- i ception awaiting him. Then he ex plained that at Naples he bad accepted one dinner invitation, and as a result i had to accept four others, in conse- | quence of which he was sick for a week. His officers do not believe that the strain he will have to undergo will im pair his health in the least, and they ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY. SAN FBANCISCO, WEDSESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1899. OLYMPIA AT ANCHOR IN THE LOWER BAY. think be wH] come out of it as fresh as he is when he goes in. The admiral is not guing to sleep ashore until the heavy part of the reception is over. When h..- u;ip invited to spend Friday night at the Waldorf, he said no, he Would return to his ship, and would be up in plenty of time to place himself at the disposal of the committee for the cup presentation at the City Hall at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. It waf not until he talked with naval callers that the magnitude of the re ception waiting him began to dawn on Admiral Dewey. He declared that he felt immense pride and gratification in the reception, but it almost confused him to see what his countrymen were doing. In all his conversation, in every tone, every detail of manner, every movement, the admiral typified the character which the American people have given him. All his callers united in saying that he is modest to a degree when speaking of his own work. In deed, he never referred to it by sug gestion or even by indirection, but he was enthusiastic and buoyant with pride when he spoke not only of his own officers and men, but of the whole service. Admiral Dewey is a humorist. He had to smile when the chairman of the reception committee, with great unc tion, detailed how the admiral was to ride with the Mayor in a carriage "drawn by four bay horses," and when he was called upon to explain how he happened to be two days ahead of time he remarked that he had made it a custom in life to be a day or two ahead rather than an hour behind time, "because, you see," he said, "I come from Vermont, and that is a State where we have to scratch gravel." The admiral also declared that his pictures made him look older than he really was. At the same time he re marked, "I think I am getting old. The fact is I started in to be a hero too late in life. I should have begun younger." Admiral Dewey found time yesterday to receive the newspaper men with great cordiality. He also found time to receive a call from Sir Thomas Lip ton, which he was to return later in the day. He was scrupulous about doffing his hat every time one of the Sandy Hook boats took a cheering crowd of commuters past. He took everything in a very matter-of-fact way, and seemed to be supremely happy to be back in his native land once more. DEWEY GLAD TO GET HOME Touched by the Splen did Welcome Pre pared by Ameri can People. NEW YORK. Sept. 26.— Admiral George Dewey arrived off New York at dawn, and the Olympia is now anchored in American waters in the light cf Sandy Hook. The first shout of welcome was from , the pilots a.nd crew of pilot boat No. 7, j fifteen miles south of the Hook light : ship. It happened to be Pilot John Peterson's turn and at 5:50 a. m. he was put on board the Olympia and ■ brought her around the Hook and into I the lower bay. The marine observers j along the coast had sighted the Olym | pia in the first light of the morning. I The shore batteries of Fort Hancock, manned by gunners called from break fast, let loose seventeen guns. The flagship replied with twenty-one and let go her anchors not far from where the cup challenger Shamrock is moored. The admiral was in his own country again, after twenty-three months' ab sence. He had returned "great with the arduous greatness of things done," and he scarcely seemed to realize it. The pilot had brought aboard the Sun day papers and a reporter of the Asso ciated Press was received by the ad miral in a cabin littered by the illus trated Dewey editions, which together made hundreds of pages in black and white and in colors, all concerning the great admiral and the preparations to receive him. "It almost saddens me," said he, "to see what my people are doing for me. The pride and gratification is immense and I cannot express the appreciation I feel. I did not know, I did not really perceive until this morning the splendid welcome that my countrymen are giv ing me. The Governors of many States are coming to see me and troops from GREAT JOY IN THE OLD GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE NEW YORK. Sept. 26. — In many places throughout the country guns were started booming, bells ringing and whistles screaming early this morning by the announcement of the safe arrival here of Admiral Dewey. , New York City was not the only Joyously noisy place. Other cities far and near celebrated, each in its own j fashion. Taken by surprise, the residents of Montpelier, Vt., only worked the harder in preparation for the recep tion of their most distinguished citizen. The news reached there early, and was greeted with the firing of can "non, fireworks and unlimited cheering. The citizens term the Olympiads early arrival "another Dewey surprise." At Norwich University at Northfleld, Vt., where the admiral was once a student, the receipt of the news } was a signal for a demonstration, in which all the bells and whistles of the town were used, while cannon on > the university grounds gave the admiral's salute. A meeting will be held at Northfleld to make arrangements j for receiving the admiral on October 13, when the cornerstone of Dewey Hall is to be laid. 5 In Philadelphia Mayor Ashbridge ordered the ringing of the bell in the tower of historic Independence Hall. J Seventeen strokes, an admiral's salute, were tolled. The booming of cannon broke the morning stillness of Princeton, N. J. Whistles, pistols, guns, firecrackers and other noise-making devices joined, until nothing could be heard but a medley of reverberating sounds. , The townspeople turned out in alarm, but the university students told them that Dewey was home. The admiral j is dear to the hearts of the sons of old Nassau, not only because of his deeds, but because his son is a gradu- j ate of Princeton and a loyal alumnus. ' The firemen of Belleview, N. J., were scared by the blowing of a whistle in a big factory. They had been warned that it would be blown when Dewey arrived, but it was so unexpected the flre-fighters hurried out the apparatus and raced to the factory. When they learned of their mistake the men rushed back and set the engine-house bell in motion. Newark, Morrietown. Jersey City and other places throughout New Jersey celebrated with demonstra- , tions of most enthusiastic kind. MAYOR'S OFFICE, City and County of San Francisco. To the People of San Francisco: Thursday, September 28, Admiral Dewey's arrival will be celebrated in New ; York. The people of San Francisco de sire to express their patriotic regard for the hero of Manila Bay, whose victory saved ! our coast from ravage and opened the Pacific Ocean to our trade. I therefore ; call upon all citizens to display the flag \ and to otherwise express their gratification on this joyous occasion. JAMES D. PHELAN, Mayor. Florida, Georgia and other far-away States are on their way to take part in receiving me." The admiral stroked the head of a tawny-haired dog. the crow dog of a Chinese breed that appears in the il lustrated interviews with the admiral. "Bob. here." he said, "is not well. He yearns to be ashore. He is sick to get a little grass and to scamper around. I feel a good deal that way myself. I am mighty glad to get home. It is not good for a man any more than a dog to live on shipboard for twenty three months." Alluding to his arrival two days ahead of time he said: "I am sorry that I am ahead of schedule. The Olympia has been steaming at the uni form rate of ten knots an hour since' we left Gibraltar. Several days ago we knew that we would arrive before Thursday unless we moderated our speed or went somewhere out of our course. Captain Lamberton. Lieuten ant Brumby and I held a consultation. The propriety of running into Hampton Roads or some other port in the South was spoken of, but we concluded that we ought not to touch land first any where except at New York. It was suggested that we cruise some distance outside New York harbor until Thurs day, but we knew that if we did we would be disco% - ered and reported. The weather looked a little squally, and it seemed better to be inside the Hook than outside. But the consideration that really decided us to come into port was to give Captain Lamberton a chance to clean un the ship before our PKICE FIVE CENTS. voyage up the harbor. Captain Lam berton and I are very proud of the Olympia and we wanted enough time at our anchorage to rub her down and to make her look spick and span." The Olympia looks as smart now as a yacht. The anchors were hardly down before details of the crew were washing the ship's white sides and touching up the stains with paint. The admiral's first business was to send an officer ashore with telegrams for the Navy Department, Mayor Van Wyck and General Butterfleld. announ cing the arrival. He then spent most of the morning in looking over news papers and receiving reporters. He was just finishing a midday breakfast when Sir Thomas Lipton called on him. With Sir Thomas were Dr. Mackay and other visiting Englishmen. "I suppose you have come for the ' tea." said Admiral Dewey, referring to | Sir Thomas' gift of five pounds of tea to each man on the ship while at Co lombo. "No; you're welcome to that if any body can drink it," replied Sir Thomas. The admiral and the owner of the cup challenger had a fifteen-minute talk. As Sir Thomas and his friends left th<; Olympia a half hundred of the ship s crew forward cheered the Baronet. "You could not stop "em," cried out Admiral Dewey, waving his hand at Sir Thomas Lipton. "They had not any orders to do that." Admiral Dewey then had a succes sion of notable callers. Rear Admiral Sampson with Captain Chadwick, his