Return of ADM Sampson to NY Harbor
JNew York Welcomes with,Great Enth .tsiasm the Return of the Famous Sea Fighters. AN IMPOSING PARADE ON THE HUDSON, (Seven nine AViirslilps In Line—Clieers from the Throats of Hundreds of Thousands— The Tomb of tren. KJraiit Sillnted by Guns That. Have Made " Wonderful lU-eord. New York, Aug. 22.—Hundreds of thousands of people along the banks cf the Hudson and thousands on all styles of river craft blended their tshouts in a royal welcome Saturday 1o the returned North Atlantic squadron under command of Rear Admiral Sampson, and as fine an August day as could be desired was nature's tribute to the return of the victors. For almost three solid hours steam whistles <of all sizes, steam sirens and small £uns along the shores shrieked and boomed in the effort to display the heartiest enthusiasm for the homecoming of the naval heroes with their battle-scarred *hips. Seven Illy- Sh!i>s In I.I no. Early in the morning the seven big •«hips, the Mew York, Iowa, Indiana, Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas, lay in New York bay just off 'Tompkinsville, S. I. There was no idea •vith Admiral Sampson that New Y.ork city was prepared for a rousing reception, out the news was brought shortly Ivy a tug from the navy yard, and all the ships of the squadron were imme- •diatcly put under preparation, for dress review. By nine o'clock the big, dull-looking fighting ships, looming l:;gh above thr picturesque confusion <of smaller craft which had come down roar snnouncing the first gun of national salute. The heavy smoke curled and tumbled down towards the water and up into the air until tlu> ships had been almost hidden, but the roar, coming again and again, seemed to reck the waters themselves. It was an imposing spectacle as the big battleships boomed a salute to the nation; as the warships saluted the final resting place of Gen. Grant, and the guns that sounded the knell of Admiral Cervera's ships at Santiago boomed a reverential obeisance to the dead hero. The salute ended, the return of the squadron along the line of review was begun. It was a repetition of the enthusiastic scenes on the way up the ADMIRAL SCHLEY. river. Every whistle that could be brought into its use played its part; every bell, every band joined in honoring the fleet, and above all were the resounding echoes of the shouts from on water and on land. The parade of the ships, from the time it passed the battery on its way up the river to the time it repassed on its way to anchorage off Tompkinsville, S. I., occupied just two hours and 35 minutes.