Naval Review in 1906, TR Speaks

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Naval Review in 1906, TR Speaks - GREAT NAVAL REVIEW Fifty - one Vessels of Many...
GREAT NAVAL REVIEW Fifty - one Vessels of Many Types in Brilliant Pageant Pass Before the President. BOOSEVELT MAKES SPEECH OYSTER BAY, N. Y., Sept. 3. More than one - third of the fighting and " floating force of the navy saluted its commander - in - chief, Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States, in the sound oft here today. It was a stately but simple show. Its domi nant note was of great dignity. It was the most Imposing pageant the Western hemisphere had ever wit Iiessed. It marked the advent of the United States into third rank among the nations of the world as a fighting but Deace - lovine nower A combined fleet of fifty - one naval keels, representing every type of ship in use in the navy, except a hospital ship and a machine ship, greeted the president and a Vast throng of sight eeers on hundreds of yachts, excursion coats, launcnes ana rowooats In as dramatic a stage setting as Old Boreas ever arranged When the president reached his yacht, the Mayflow er, in an open launch, a drenching rain was falling upon him The band had not finished playing the Star Spangled Banner, after he had stepped upon the deck and the presidential sa lute had scarcely begun when the Weather god became a wizard and tore aside the clouds in an instant, flood ing the ships with glorious . sunlight. It was almost as if some unseen pow er had torn "The azure robe of night' r a dreary day that practically ap proached the gloom of night to bathe the stars of Old Glory with a rare Jbrillianey. It was like a stage set ting. The lights were down, the star of the occasion came upon the stage the music began, the curtains parted and there stood out revealed, the vis ible sign of a great nation's physical Btrength. And every vessel seemed to Jump Into the lime light at once. Up to that time the assembled fleet in the darkened mist and rain resembled In the distance the appearance of fac lories, painted white with big, yellow emoke pipes and decorated for a holi day. They looked as if they might be trying to give a representation of Bpotless Town afloat, but when the Bun burst through, and the bright col crs of the dressed ships., the gleaming Bides, their beautiful alignment in three lines reaching for nearly three Wiles to the westward with a green Betting of the Long Island hills and bluffs for a back ground, was repealed, cheers upon cheers arose from the multitude afloat, and just at the moment when the president was offi cially in command. Then was fully disclosed battleships, armored cruis ers, protected cruisers, monitors,, gunboats, torpedo boat destroyers, torpedo boats, submarines, despatch boats and the president's yacht, beside auxllliary vesels that included colliers, a provi sion ship, a water ship and a cruiser laden with marines. With this brave show, for those who had ears to hear there was one noise that rose high and vibrant above the roar of the cannon, the blare of bands, the tooting of whistles and the cheers of the multitude. It was the. stream cf the American eagle. The bird of freedom simply stretched out his neck end let 'er go. It was not his Fourth of July scream, which every American recognizes as soon as he hears it; not a scream of victory over an enemy in war, such as the eagle more than once has uttered; It was a scream of pride because the United States had finally arrived at a first - class naval power, tangible evidence of which existed before the eyes of all who had come to see. There were fifty - one naval vessels !n the pageant, forty - three of which were fighting ships. They ranged from the massive battleship Rhode Island ot 16,000 tons, costing $3,000,000, and from the powerful and fast armored cruiser like the West Virginia of 15,000 tons, costing $5,800,000, down to the sub marine shark of 120 tons, costing probably $150,000, JThe.eombined cost of the ships so fa, ell rielAtruction was concerned wasvlrone Sc more than 11125,000,000. Vr There were 15,235 men on the fleet, Including 800 officers, If each ship had its full complement, and most of them did. This means that there were enough men afloat on the warships to supply a city of 90,000 people with men. There were something like 1,100 guns on the combined fleet. The doings of the day were of the Simplest kind. The president passed through and around the line of ships, anchored in three linos each forty - five yards apart. Then the Mayflower anchored and the three admirals of the fleet and all the commanding officers called on him and had luncheon. Then the president visited the three flagships and troop ship Yankee, Just back from a year's arduous work In Dominican waters, where he made a speech to the marines. Then he returned to the Mayflower and spent the afternoon and the early part of the evening on board, remaining long enough to witness the electrical displays on the ships and an exhibition of their search light work. The fleet was called officially the United States Atlantic Heet, under command of Rear Admiral Robley D, Evans. KAISER CAN'T VISIT IS. BERLIN, Sept. 3. At his audience With the kaiser on Saturday, when he presented to the German emmperor, the Bt. Iouls medal, Dnvid R. Francis assured him that, if he should visit 'America the American people would Rive him such a reception as no man had ever received. The kaiser replied that he was extremely fond of the Interest Americans were taking in him and that he would much like to see America, but thnt he. teas too bus at home to visit the United States, It to be it ofi of be a a Socialist to and own debate with long tive nnd in lamp were a United Brazilian especially Hnly,

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  1. The Scranton Republican,
  2. 04 Sep 1906, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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