Larger Navy a Duty, says Taft

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LAEGER NAVY A DUTY CONTINUED FROM FIRST PAGE - Venezuela on his thlrtyfourth birthday anniversary jffla youth the difficulties encountered in building and manning his fleet and his courage in the crisis - which turned the tide of victory were made the subjects of Mr Tafts eulogy The event in the light of the difflcul 1 ties encountered in building arming and manning his fleet served to show the - greatness of the man the speaker said But when we note the almost hand - to - hand fight in which he was engaged the slaughter upon the deck of his flagship his passage from one vessel tp another in an open boat - exposed to the direct fire of the enemy and then note how he took a second flasrshiD arid bore down nnon ihis - bco - formidable assailants and - made them strike their colors In ten minutes we see one worthy to rank with Lord Nelson and 11 the great naval command - ers In history When he - fought the bat tle he was not yet 28 years of age the age of Napoleon at Lodi and of Nelson at Cape St Vincent We celebrate the centennial of this battle - not In the spirit of a triumphal victory of arms but In the deep gratitude that 100 years has not seen Its repetition No historical review can1 give as much satisfaction to - htm that hopes for permanent international peace as the contrast - between the attitude of the two peoples then and now Beacon Light of Peace And so we are here today io mark the rearing of this beacon light of perpetual peace - Little could Perry have thought In the struggle that he had In building his puny fleet In the stress he was under in the height of battle in the victory that he announced in his famous J words to Gen Harrison that his work would be rernembered for 100 years as the harbinger of perpetual peace and While we venerate the - energy the ih trepidlty the patriotism the self - sacri - flee that brought him and his men their sreai uiuiuyii tuuajr vvc cueiiaa noi so much its evidence of American manhood and love of country as the teaching that Ks memory brings to the world of the practical possibility of unending love and peace between International neighbors Following Mr Taft Dr John A Mac - donald of Torontorepresenting Canada delivered his addresB At this place and on this day said Dr Macionald our deepest concern is not with the giory that either nation achieved 100 years ago but with the mes sage which both nations shair give to the world through the hundred years to come We are pledged to preach the gospel of freedom good will and peace Gov Cox of Ohio - said in part Heroes Pnsty Mingle We stand close to the longest boun dary line on the globe jiot marked nor marred by fortress urrprofaned by either cannon or bayonet Poets may sing the virtues of our race - but this Is - the greatest achievement It seems almost divine arrangement that here within sight of the Islands of Canada there should be builded on this day the centenary of peace a light to shine throughout the eerlastlng nights of time aa a beacon guide to the Crafts of nations and the conscience of the - ages Here we will bury together tomorrow the remains of American and British Bailors Who died in the battle of Lake Jlrie It matters not that their sacred bones are without national identity They were heroes every one They sprang from the loins or a commpn ancestor mnnijeaw chemy of time will mix their dust in this historic urn and the priceless treasure belongs alike to the American republic to England and - tcr Canada

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 11 Sep 1913, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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