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SAYS OliR NAVY IS STRONG
DAMKI.S AXSWKKS XATIOXAI SKCI'IIITY LKAtiCK. Knterinsj .New Kr;t of I'ld^iess Sucli as .Navy Has Never Known \ l?efoi-e. New York. May 1 "?. ? Officers of the Atlantic fleet gathered here tonight at a dinner in their honor heard Secretary Josephus Daniels defend the navy as efficient and prepared for war and promise that the administration. with the support of the people, would make it more powerful and efficient. Mr. Daniels answered the navy's critics, particularly the National Security league, which recently 1 * 1 t\ttciv rloolarino maae puuiii* cm upcn u^viv>i><.Q that investigation disclosed that the navy was inadequate and unprepared for war. "With the praise of a great city ringing in our ears," said the secretary, "with our mighty ships in all their splendid strength lying just outside; in this hour of natural and pardonable exultation in our great navy, as the head of that navy I feel it right to utter a word of warning 'lest we forget' to those who feel inclined to rest too sure on this visible and outward display of our strength and at the same time to speak a word of promise and cheer to those who. perhaps, have looked too despondently upon the task that still lies before us in our efforts to reach as near as possible to perfection. Try to Make It I letter. "Our navy is good: it is not good enough. With your help, as long as I am secretary of the navy, we will all try to make it better. The navy is strong; it is not strong enough. With the help of the whole American people, with the help of a congress and an administration thoroughly committed to the policy of 'taking leave to be strong upon the seas' we will make it stronger. This reviewis not the end of a century's labors. We do not here exhibit our completed work. Rather, we here begin a new era, supported by the chief executive and by an enlightened and progressive congress, which gave evidence of its faith in a strong navy by the passage of the best navy bill in the history of your country. "We are entering upon an era of progress such as the navy has never known before, whose keynote will be onward and whose watchword will be forward?an era marked by the lifting of our navy out of politics and by / the subordination of all things afloat or ashore to the efficiency of the fleet in order that by our very strength we may be able to demand the right to live at peace with all the world. Wail of the Pessimist. "You have seen?and lately you have heard far too much?of the petrified pessimist who visits one of our leviathians of power with a sour and disappointed visage, looking for something upon which he can hang a tale of woe and wail a jeremiad. "The navy and its head have been a target of much criticism of late, some from those honest in their be-* liefs, but sadly ignorant or misinformed, and much from purely partisan and political sources which had no interest in facts whatever. As for such criticisms as concerned myself I have kept silent. Time must justify, or time condemn. "The splendid condition of the ships for which you are responsible; the splendid discipline of the crews which you have established, make today a far better answer than anything I could be able to say. As they ride tonight at their anchors on the river let them stand as their own spokesmen, and I rejoice that it is my pleasure to greet here tonight the commander-in-chief of the Atlantic fleet, Admiral Fletcher. "A few days ago a new organization bearing the name of the National Security league, issued an open letter 'announcing the result of investigations,' and published to the world this statement: " 'Investigation discloses it is asserted, that the navy is neither ade quate nor prepared for war; that it is inadequately manned, is short of ammunition and has no organized reserve of trained men: the submarine flotilla exists chiefly on paper; that fast scout cruisers, battle cruisers, aeroplanes, mine-layers, supply ships and transports are lacking and that target practice has been neglected or altogether omitted." Had They Known Truth. "If the gentlemen who signed the above libel of the navy had known the real truth their signatures would never have been appended. If they had not been misled and misinformed they would have written instead: " "Investigation discloses that the navy is efficient and prepared for war; that our ships are well manned; Viot tVio tnnnlv of munitions is vastlv larger than ever before, and the capacity of our plants has been practically doubled: that the last congress authorized a i naval reserve which is in process of organization: that we have seventy-four submarines authorized, built or building, j' .NOT SATISFIKI) WITH KKPOliT. j Decla es It's "Krroneous ami Misleading."?Suggests Investigation. Columbia. .May i?Governor 1 Manning tonight made public the fo!! lowing letter to .Mayor Grace, of 1 , i t Charleston: I "Hon. John P. Grace. Mayor, ("liar- j \ lest on. S. C.?Dear Sir: in regard I to the report of Chief of Police Cant- ; well, dated April 1 ! 1 .*>, to you. and] 'j by you transmitted to me. This says: ' I I beg to report the following parties ; and places who have discontinued j I business.' I "I. like you, received this report in I good faith, and took it to mean that j these parties had discontinued busi] ness as a result of the activities of the police squad. On looking into this, however, I find that the statement of Chief Cantwell is erroneous and misleading, and I will mention but two instances?L. Williams, who died some months ago, and M. Hackett, who was burnt out. Many of the places said to be closed are selling liquor. "This seems so serious to me that it should demand an investigation, and 1 suggest that you investigate this report. "I have, not received any subsequent report. "I am very truly yours, "RICHARD I. MANNING. Governor." which are the equal of those of any other country, and that one flotilla of submarines has just completed a remarkable long distance run; that we recognize me neea ior inure last light cruisers; that we have lately ordered eight aeroplanes and a dirigible out of a million dollars specially appropriated by the last congress for aviation; that within the last two years the navy's mine equipment has been more than doubled; that we are adding yearly to our force of auxiliaries, while more time has been devoted this year to target practice and manoeuvres than in many years past. We are proud of our navy as it is. tion in making it better and greater.' " I>ewey Praises Fleet. Admiral George Dewey, president of the general board of the navy for the last 15 years, 6ent a letter to the dinner in which he said; "The efficiency of the fleet has progressed steadily and never has been so high as it is today." The letter was read by Secretary Daniels. "The people of New York have just cause for pride in the fleet now assembled in their harbor," wrote Admiral Dewey. "Not only is it composed of the finest and most efficient warships that we ever have had, but it is not excelled, except in size, by the fleet of any nation in the world; our officers are as good as any, and our enlisted men are superior in training, education, physical develop tn ,,tr tn thnsp LUCU L ttuu UC r uuuu vv it v. vj WW of any other navy. As president of the general board for the last 15 years, I can say with absolute confidence that the efficiency of the fleet has progressed steadily and never has been so high as today. "However, we need more ships, more officers and more men." Admiral Fletcher's Opinion. Admiral Fletcher 6aid that battleships alone were inadequate and become a prey to torpedo boats, submarines and mines, and that it was necessary to have different types of vessels to protect battleships. He also emphasized the need of large scouting cruisers, destroyers and submarines. Major Gen. Wood said it was important to the government that the navy snouia grow, anu mat it muow grow to be adequate. Gen. Wood said that to be an effective support and part of the first line defence the militia has "got to become very much more federalized," otherwise, he said, the nation would have to wage war in the future as it has in the past, "as a confederacy." Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Riverside Drive and gothered in Riverside Park tonight to see the illuminated ships of the fleet and | witness a display of fireworks from floats in the river. Thousands of enlisted men visited the theatres in the city tonight for the last time during the visit of the fleet. During the afternoon many were entertained at baseball games at the Polo Grounds and in Brooklyn. Meanwhile during the morning Dr. S. Schulman, rabbi of the Temple Bethel, delivered an address to Jewish sailors. He paid tribute to Presi-, dent Wilson in his stand in the notej to Germany on submarine warfare. An aeroplane from which J. Robinson Hall was dropping American Beauty roses on tne snips 01 me neei, j fell from a height of about a thou-1 sand feet into the river tonight. The ' aviator was submerged and rendered unconscious. Hall and Jack Tweed, another aviator, who accompanied him in the flight, were rescued by i steamers from the battleship Virginia and taken on board the ship. The ship's suggeon announced that , Hall was in a dangerous condition. 9 Cl.\KI> KILLS COWIIT. I Tragedy on State I'ann.?Dead Man I-e on Clmi leston. Camden. .May I". John Green, a convict working on one of tiie South Carolina State farms, a few miles below Camden, was shot to death Tuesday by .1. M. I bulkhead, who was guarding a squad at work. Green was a life convict, sent up from Charleston some time ago. and from scars found on him after death it would seem that he had been in many lights. While the guard had his back turned, it seems that Green sprang upon M r- IJ.j L- lioo U -jrx-l tnnl: liic nisfnl away and that two other convicts standing nearby, Henry Fields and Abraham Jenkins, took the pistol front Green and returned it to the guard. Green then started to run and, it is said, the officer fired three shots, and seeing that Green was about to make his escape over a dam, another shot, which proved fatal, was fired. The negro fell, his intestines having been punctured. The (*onquci-e<l Banner. Furl that Banner, for 'tis weary; Round its staff 'tis dropping dreary; Furl it, fold it, it is best, For there's not a man to wave it, And there's not a sword to save it, And there's not one left to lave it In the blood which heroes gave it; And its foes now scorn and brave it; Furl it. hide it?let it rest. Take that Banner down! 'tis tattered; Broken is its staff and shattered; And the valiant hosts are scattered Over whom it floated high. Oh! 'tis hard for us to fold it; Hard to think there's none to hold it; Hard that those who once unrolled it Now must furl it with a sigh. Furl that Banner! furl it sadly! Once ten thousand hailed it gladly, And ten thousands wildly, madly, Swore it shall forever wave; Swore that foeman's sword should never Hearts like theirs entwined dissever, Til that flag should float forever O'er their freedom or their grave! P'url it. for the hands that grasped it, And the hearts that fondly clasped it, Cold and dead are lying low; And that Banner?it is trailing! While around it sounds the wailing Of its people in their woe. For. though conquered, they adore it! Love the cold dead hands that bore it! Weep for those who fell before it! Pardon those who trailed and tore it! But, oh! wildly they deplore it, Now who furl and fold it so. Furl that Banner! True 'tis gory, Yet 'tis wreathed around with glory, And 'twill live in song and 6tory, Though its fold are in the dust: For its fame on brightest pages, Penned by poets and by sages, Shall go sounding down the ages? Furl its folds though now we must. Furl that Banner, softly, slowly! Treat it gently?it is holy? For it droops above the dead. Touch it not?unfold it never; Let is droop there, furled forever, For its people's hopes are dead! ?FATHER RYAN. Football is almost as popular in Burma as it is among the western nations. The natives play the game unshod, and kick and shoot goals with bare feet. The First Legislature. The first representative legislative assembly ever held in America, convened at Jamestown, Va., in July, 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth and a decade before the Massachusetts Bay colony was begun, say6 the St. Paul Pioneer Express. It consisted of the governor, Sir George Yeardley, his council, two burgesses elected by each of the eleven incorporated plantations. The assembly sat in the chancel of the little church, where, five years before, Pochahontas had been married to John Rolfe, John Twaine, the clerk of the assembly, says in his official report: "The most convenient place we could find to sit in was the quire of the church, where Sir George Yeardley, the governor, being set down in his accustomed place, those of the counsel of estate sate nexte him on both handes, excepte onelv the secretary, then appointed speaker, who sate right before him, John Twine, clerke of the general assembly, being placed nexte the speaker, and Thomas Pierse, the sergeant standing at the barre. to be ready for any service the assembly should require. But forasmuch as men's affairs doe little prosper where God's service is neglected. all the burgesses took their places in the quire till a prayer was said by Mr. Bucke, the minister, that it would please God to guide and sanctifie all our preceedings to his own glory and the goode of this plantation." JOHN F. FOLK KK.W, ESTATE, STOCK, BONDS Ileal Estate for Sale. | 1 CiO-aere farm. 2 miles from Bam . i berg. ft4-a-re farm near Midway. L'ao-aore farm near Hunters Chappel , 1 lionse and lot. Bamberg, 4 rooms i 1 house and lot. Bamberg..6 rooms S vac-ant lots, different parts o i Bamberg. I 2 ft ft-acre farm near Ehrhardt. I 2 dwellings and lots in Ehrhardt. | 4 vac-ant lots in Ehrhardt. 1: 2 desirable lots in Denmark. 2.13 acres near Howell's Old Mill. i- a n 1~ r M?('KS anu IMMIll.s iur .iojc. 1 10 shares Bamberg Cotton Mil 1 stock. 1 15 shares Peoples Bank stock. 5 shares Enterprise Bank stock. , Uond and Mortgage Real Estat > Value. i $400. S per cent, interest, due ii 3 years. 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