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•mi the h o m e - com* 4 ins of the Atlantic fleet at Hamp ton Roads all dqubts of the efficiency of the American navy, in the most exhaustive test of its powers ever attempted, were eter nally silenced. Hence forth the passage of the bruise of our groat armada is a triumphal progress. It is recorded that the men of the •‘battle fleet” were the most ____ popular of sailors in foreign lands. Not only were they popu lar among the male population as "good Indians.” but they were wel comed by the girls. When they visited Australia they were lionized; Japan made heroes of them and the senorHas of Sooth America still think of them. But the sailor hoys, according to all accounts, were the gay Lotharios they set themselves up to be and few were stung by Cupid's darts while on for eign shores. "Heart whole and care free,” they are visiting their friends ashore In Yank *e land to-day, still holding to ihe decision that the prize of them all is the American girl. Their patriotism to the United States species of beauty, however, did not prevent them from enjoying the company of the fair feminine speci mens of other lands and it is reported that this feature of the world-tour had -much to do with the splendid appear ance of the tars when they were wel Jr>fv ' ."•'•;•• i> - . and carried loss per ishable supplies. In nddttton to those the Yankton, n yacht like tender,ninth*the trip to servo n« dis patch boat for tbo fleet That all work and no play la likely to make poor sailor* was by no means overlooked In the great fleet At the various ports the ealiors were planted shore leavo with the greatest liberality. The reception our i wen everywhere re | reived waaone of the the most gratifying features of tho trip Everywhere the freedom of tho town was bestowed and the theaters woro thrown open to the men In unllorra The ports tried to outdr ono another in their hospitality. The trip. In encircling the Americas and visiting Aus tralia and New Zenland. served to cement friendships and good feelings beyond all hop i. With so much lavish enter tainment showered upon Jack CSTRIPPED' for ACTION JACKIES KIT PLAY comPKl by Theodore Roosevelt upon their re turn. * In several ports, however, men wdre left be hind by the fleet, but this Is always a danger •which in figured upon by battleship captains, and as a consequence the fleet “police squads," which at the end of every visit were sent out to gather in the stragglers, brought back to their shirs most of »he men inclined to look too highly upon foreign ports. Hut In oth°r lands there are still a few Jackies who have cast their lot with the peo ple of those shores, having been left behind, simply because the fleet policemen were unable to locate them before sailing. So In years to come we may read stories of American tars becoming leaders In foreign lands and when the details become known the world-tour may be the reason for this condition, for It Is de clared that where the Yankee lands he Is bound to prosper. All that has been claimed for the discipline of this army of sailors, for the high morale of •he personnel and the general seamanship of CJncle Sam's sailors ashore ns well as at sea has already been more than realized. In circling toe two Americas the fleet has suffered i the severest possible test. * No critic at home or abroad longer questions the ability of the great fleet to complete the longest voyage without serious mishap and on schedule time. The forebodings of the crlti- ! have been for gotten amid’the chorus of praises which has been showered upon the fleet at every point. It was pointed ont by more than one expert that the long run between ports which would carry the fleet a thousand miles or more from any adequate base of supplies was a serious menace. The problem of feeding thla army of sailors and of eoallrg the great fleet at the antipodes presented matters new to naval history. The control of the man when thousands of them should obtain shore leave together after long \ trip*’ alarmed others. The efficiency of the V pit - ter teen tested, therefore, at everv point. \ \\ hen, in Peccmbcr, 1907. the great fleet Bt.eamed majestically out or Hampton Hoads !t was watched by more than one anxious eye. Six months later the great armada entered the Golden Gate at San Francisco without the least mishap In the same unbroken formation. Nine months later the great flotilla wended its way into Hampton Roads. A greM floating city had been carried around the wo'Id. and Its busy, complicated life had not be»*n for a moment Interrupted. Throughout the Interminable runs this float ing city had been fed and the great ships had been coaled without Interruption. The general health of the men had remained good, while the sick had been cared for In an elaborately ap pointed hospital. Throughout the trip the boats have been kept In Instant communication with each other. Scarcely a day has passed without wireless communication with Washington. Doubtless the most surprising news from the fleet, to the layman at least, was the remark able efficiency of the torpedo squadron. This vanguard everywhere led the great wnrshlps, no matter how long the run between ports or the stress of weather. Even in a moderate sea torpedo boats seem a vain thing for safety. Unlit for speed rather than distance, they can carry but little fuel and limited supplies. Even In smooth weather they are excedlngly un stable. while In a moderate sea their motion Is so violent as to try all hut the most seasoned sailors. Nevertheless. It was the torpedo flotilla which ed the great fleet Into every port. With the les son of the long cruise summed tip the work of the torpedo boats must be set down an one of the great achievements of the cruise. To supply this great floating city with all (flie comforts of their naval home the autlllary fleet assembled for the cruise was made • <ne of the largo*st and most complete In naval history. In the lot g line of ships which left Hampton Roads and In the subsequent run the six ves sels composing this fleet attracted little atten tion. In the report of *hn fleet’s progress little was heard of them. It was this fleet, of course, which made the cruise possible, and Its e(Br|«ncv under the most trying conditions re flects the greatest credit up on the nary. The vastly complicated roa ehlnery of the battle ships re quires constant attention. Every detail of the great men of war has been kept In the most perfect running or der to he ready for any emergency. The Pan ther, the repair ship of the fleet, is a floating machine shop of the moBt complete typo. With the fleet thousands of miles from the base, the great fighting machines have nevertheless had every mechanical attention. The Ajax, the collier, performed remarkable featB In the run about South America In coal ing at sea. Amid the praise for the steady progress of the fleet In the long runs between ports the Jackies on tho Ajax should not be forgotten. Coaling at sea is a very delicate operation, only to be accomplished by long experience and by expert seamen. The Relief, the free hospital of the fleet, should he given all praise for Its work In main taining the health of the men at sea. One of the most completely equipped hospitals dither on land or sea. It remains always within reach of the squadron. An accident to any of the men, no matter how isolated the position of the fleet, received as efficient attention as In any great city. Not the least Important object lesson the fleet gavo to the world Is the wonderfully efficient, even tender, care the least of Its Jackies Instantly receives in case of need. The food problem throughout this unpre cedetited run again was something new In na val history. To supply a city with s population equivalent to that of the fleet would be no smell matter. To maintain such a population far out at sea for weeks at a time without op portunity of renewal, put the commissary de partment to the severest possible test. And while there have often been large fleets at sea before and for P ig Intervals, It Is safe to as sume that no na-y has ever been so carefully and plentifully » mved as Uncle Sam’s sailors. The fleet was nappy In Ihe names of Its t x lllarles. The Glacier, as l<is name indicates Is the refrigerator ship of the fleet—a most Impor tant factor throughout the months of tropical vo) aging. This provision of sending a refrig erator ship around the world made it possible to supply a variety of foods usually unfamiliar to the Jackies on long voyages. T*e Oulgda Is ag ordinary type of supply snip I ashore It wag exported that the Hat of deser tions might bo unusually large. Another grati fying record established by the fleet wag the remarknbly trifling number of desertions In the various ports. The behavior of the men has everywhere been praised enthusiastically. With thousands of pallors ashore, with their pockets literally full of money, there was not reported any serious misdemeanor upon the part of Uncle Sam's men. After the long Jour ney between Hawaii and New Zealand the purser of the fleet, drew In cash $500,000 and this was distributed among the men going ashore. No disorder of any kind resulted, and the fleet set out with practically no deser tions. AMERICAN VOICES Every country has Its exports In music; we get pianists from Poland, composers and wind instrument players from Germany, basses from Russia, baritones from England, tenors from Italy, violinists from Prnnce and Hungary, and apparently we must, look to America for a fu t.nre supply of soprano singers with an ade quate physique for the demands of modern opera. We get voices. It In true, from Austra lia, but as yet Australia Is too far out of the beaten track to provide the kind of atmosphere In which a lovely voice can develop alongside of a genuine nrtlstlc perception. The old Ho man throat seems to have become worn out— at least, as regards women singers. Their voices are beautiful still, but their bodies and brains seem to have degenerated until they have neither the Intelligence nor the strength for modern opera—they are voices and nothing more. The Italian tenors can still Just hold their own, with the help of prolonged rest cures. Rut from America, young, uncorrupted by culture, unaapped by tradition, now as a nation at the awkward age and at the least beautiful stage of youth, comes the first sign of what will some day be developed art—namely, tuneful voicea of women, young voices, fresh, untried, unspoiled voices.—Fllson Young In J-ondoa Sat urday Review. Religion and Business. Rightly regarded, the spheres of leliglon and of business, though supplementary to each oth er In a certain sense, are not factors in the dally life that can be merged to the fullest ex tent. They minister to a different phase of exmtence, both of which demand separate con sideration. BACKACHE 19 KIDNEYACHK. Usually Thera Are Other Troubles tm Prove IU Pain In the back Is pain In the k!4> neys, in most cases, and It po'nta to the need of a spe cial remedy to re> Here and euro the congest Ion or la flammatlon of the tldneya that ia In terfering with their work and causing that pain that makes you says "Oh, my back.'* Thompson Wat kins. professional nurse, 420 N. 23d St., Parsons, Kan*., ■nya: "Por tome time 1 was tn noyed with Bharp twinges across ttao Bntall of my back and Irregular pao» aagea of the kidney secretions. Since using Doan's Kidney Fills I am free from these troubles." Sold by nil dealers. BO cents a box. Foster-Mllburu Co.. Iluffalo. N. Y. DOUBTED TALES OF SCIENTIST. Scotsman's 8umming Up of Character of Man of Learning. Sir Archibald Getkte. the distin guished geologist, who will probably succeed I,ord Rayleigh as president of the Royal society, tells a good story In his capital book of "Scottish Remi niscences" "1 was quite sure you had been 1e our neighborhood." a friend said to Sir Archibald. "1 mot the old farm er of G-, who had a strange tale to tell me. “'Dod, Mr. Cnlthcart,' he began, T ran across the queerest body the other dny. As I was coming by the head of the dough 1 thocht I heard a whoen tinkers quarrolln’, but when I lookit down thero was ao woo afoot man. Whiles he was chapptn the rocks wl* a hammer, whiles he was wrltln' In a book, whiles fotchln* with the thorns and tnlsra'ln them for a' that was bad. When ho cam up frae the burn, him and me had a large confab. Dod! ho tcll't me a* about the stanes. and hoo they showed that Scotland wan anco like Greenland, smoored In Ice. A very entertainin’ body, Mr. Calthcart, but—an awful', awful' leear.”—Tit-Bits COVERED WITH HIVES Child a Mass of Dreadful oore. Itch ing, Irritating Humor for 2 Months —Little Sufferer in Terrible Plight. Disease Cured by Cuticura. "My six year old daughter had tho dreadful disease called, hives for two months. She became nffocted by play ing with children who had It. By scratching bIio caused large sores which wero Irritating. Hor body was a complete soro but It was worse on her arms and back. Wo employed & physician who left medicine but It did not help her and I tried several reme dies but without avail. Seeing the Cuticura Remedies advertised, I thought I would try them. I gave her a hot bath dally with Cuticura Soap and anointed her body with Cutlcurs Ointment. The first treatment re lieved the Itching and In a short time the disease disappeared. Mrs. George L. Frldhoff, Warren, Mich., June 30 and July 13, 1908." Pottor Drug * Chain. Oorp., Hoi* i'ropkk, Boaloa. Lots Easier. Bobby rushed out to meet his fattrar the other night ns ho was returning from work and said, breathlessly: “Oh, rapa, I won’t have to study nearly so hard at school any more.” Now. Bobby had been doing far from well, and hlk father was pleased to hear of the new Interest, hoping for better things. “How’s that, my son?” said he. “Oh, I got put back a class.”—The Housekeeper. Beware off Ointments ffor Catarrh that Contain Mercury, M mercury will m.rUy drwtroy tho rm of —itT* »r>tl completely fir ran re the whole nyitcrn who* entering it through the inucour mirfaom. Hues article* Nhotil I never be uw<l eicrpt on preaertp-. Cone from reputable phyrtetans, mi the rlamago they will do la to fold In tho rood you ran powilbly d*. rlva from Ibrm. ffnll’a Catarrh Cure, manufactnrwl by P. J. Cheney a Co., Tolrdo. 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The Kind Yon Have Always Bought Adversity Is a searching test of friendship, olvldlng the sheep from tho I oats with unerring accuracy: and thta In a good service.—John Watson, D. D. Delicious cakes and pastrlea are pro duced by tho use of Bonders’ Cream of Tartar Baking Powder and Souders’ Flavoring Extracts. All good grocerlaa. A man’s idea of values depends on whether ho wants to buy or sell. P’l.F.M CTRCD n«TO!l DAYS. j PA 70 OINTM KNT in mt traritanf to cur* any CM* I of Itching. Hlind. B'cclinS or t’rotnnllM IMaa la ' lloUdiftormoDO rntuMMl. Mm. Travel expands the mind, but oou» I tracts the pockatbook.