Squadron Review by the President

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SQUADRON REVIEWED President Roosevelt Visits North Atlantic Warships at Ojster Bay . Amid Roaring of Cannonade. MANY PROMINENT GUESTS OTSTER BAT, Aug. 17. The president today reviewed the North Atlantic squadron in the beautiful waters of the Sound off Oyster Bay. Down a watery lane, lined on the outer side with the black, low lying torpedo boats and on the inner side by frowning white battleships and cruisers, steamed the president's yacht, and through every moment of its progress, over a course of nearly four miles, thundered arid roared a continuous cannonade. The president went aboard the Mayflower at about 8:45 o'clock. The rails were manned by Jackies, the marines In blue and the ship's band In scarlet ; coats, were drawn up on the quarter deck, and as the president stepped aboard and was met by Lieutenant Greves the bugle sounded, the drums ruffled and the 21 guns were slowly fired. At 8:50 o'clock the Dolphin weighed anchor and, saluting as she got under way, steamed out toward the fleet, where she took her place at the western end of the line of cruisers next the Panther. Behind the Dolphin came the Mayflower, and following the president was the Sylph with a party on board. Sir Thomas Lipton's Erin and a number of other pleasure craft, among - which were noticed the Colonia, the Surf, the Privateer, Standard, Trionix, Nylkea, Constance and Ka - trlna and the May. The fleet, lying in the middle of the Sound in the bright rays of the sun, was a sight to stir the slowest pulse. The white uniforms of the jackies manned at the rails of every ship were picked out at the stern of each vessel by the blue uniforms of the marines and the scarlet coats of the ship's band. In the battleships every turret and fighting top was manned; the yards of the ship - rigged cruisers were manned as well, and on each torpedo boat the sailors manned at the rails drew a vivid line of white against the solid black. Add to all this, to the glitter of brass and the brilliancy of the officers' uniforms, the bugle calls echoing from ship to ship, and the constant wigwagging from bridge to bridge. , - ' - The first shot of the long cannonade was tired1 - pV: o'clock. The Mayflower wasta 'I,wllJf abreast th? Kearsarge, 'her band was playing "Hail Columbia," and the strains of "America" and the sound of cheering echoed from the Olympia across the quiet water. It was 9:45 o'clock when the president's yacht turned at the extreme western end of the line round the cruiser Chicago, which had joined the fleet over night. ,The Dolphin had anchored in a position corresponding to that held by the Chicago at end of the line of cruisers, and the Mayflower passed her a few moments later and started eastward again. At 10:15 o'clock, the Mayflower started to come about at the head of the line again, and about a quarter of an hour later she let fall her anchor midway between the Kearsarge and the Olyphia. a

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  1. The Scranton Republican,
  2. 18 Aug 1903, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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