h o m e -
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
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
trip to servo n« dis
patch boat for tbo
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
The reception our
i wen everywhere re
| reived waaone of the
the most gratifying
features of tho trip
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
With so much lavish enter
tainment showered upon Jack
comPKl by Theodore Roosevelt upon their re
* 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Rightly regarded, the spheres of leliglon and
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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
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tldneya that ia In
terfering with their
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that pain that
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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
"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
“'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
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months. She became nffocted by play
ing with children who had It. By
scratching bIio caused large sores
which wero Irritating. Hor body was
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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
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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."
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