Taft's First Naval Review

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Taft's First Naval Review - President Taft Reviews Fleet for the First Time...
President Taft Reviews Fleet for the First Time SECRETARY MEYER THERE Naval Parade Feature of Province - lown Celebration Nations Executive Assists in Dedication of Towering Monument in Memory of Landing of the Pilgrims Pays Tribute to Their Characters and Tells of Countrys Debt to Them Will Receive President Montt at Beverly Today Hverly ilass Aug 6 President Tails visit ta - Jrovlncetown today to assist in the dedication of a towering monuipent pt iranite erected in memory of the Pilgrims was made notable by an impressive naval review in the land - sheltered harbor behind the hook of cape tod the first review of the present administration Secretary of the Navy Meyer also was there and the boom of cannon came nishing across the wind - n i fried waters all day Mr Taft came on the presidential cruiser yacht Mayflower and returned to Beverly on the same vessel tonight reaching there at 84o oclock Although he has been saluted a number of times when boarding and eav - liif the Mayflower President Taft today had his first real taste of gunpowder and apparently enjoyed the experience immensely Battleships in Fighting Garb The Mayflower was the central iigure in a number of reviews and naval eventa in the days of the Roosevelt administrations In those days the trim little white yacht slipped in and out among battleships whose lighting lines and tnin - bristlliig decks were softened by peace dressings of white hulls and bufl superstructures Today the Mayflower ap - pearrd timid and strangely out of place as she sailed slowly down a green sea lane inclosed by eight deep gray fighting craft of burly girth and not a friendly line about them They spoke noisily in salute of the Presidents flag aud tried to appear in keeping with the gala occasion by dis - pl lying long dressing lines of signal and varj - colored bunting from ded - line to deik line and across the new bracket - work fighting tops and to fire control towers But gray from water line to yard - arm tips the real purpose of the big ships was hut thinly disguised by the fluttering flags Each Ship Fires Salute The first and second divisions of the Atlantic fleet under command of Rear Admiral Srhroeder had anchored in two broad columns and their dressing lines had been triced up for a King while before the President arrivd Tiie Mayflower nas in view for an nour or more Icforc she turned the hook of sand and pointed into the harbor It was not until Uiis moment just before 030 a m that he ships let go with a roar of saluting sound that did not cease until all had tired a round of Ll guns The dignifiei little Mayflower never answers salutes when the President is aboard and she sailed quietly on her wiv Thi President stood on the bridge of the yacht in silk hat and frock coat With liim were Mrs Taft Justice White of the Supreme ourt Senators Lodge and Wet more and a number of other in - iied guests The Mayfloweranchored at the head of j h two lOlumns Secretary of the Navy Meyer was already speeding away from the Dolphin and soon was plpea over the sideof tlip Mayflower with a flourish of trumpets ruffle of drums and band rnusi - befitting his rank Then came the barges of Admiral Schroeder eommand - c - ln - chief of the fleet and Rear Admiral Vieeiand in command of the second division President Returns Courtesies The visit of the flag and commanding officers lasted for half an hour The President returned the eourtesies of the Meet by paying a brief visit to the Connecticut where be was received aboard with the highest honors of the naval code As he sailed away in the slanting rays of the late afternoon the President was given a parting salute by all of the ships The gray sides of the fighting craft were manned with white - dtad sailors The ma - vine bands and guards were drawn up on the quarterdecks and The Star - Spangled Banner was played b each ships musicians as the Mayflower came abreast

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 06 Aug 1910, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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