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pines), and here and there were rusty The Admiral had turned, leaving his tramps, battered and ill-featured but brave companion-he lifted his hat, and with a with bunting. A great cattle-steamer, her smile he gladly and gracefully acknowldeck piled with bales of hay, had steam edged the greeting. At that instant his up, but was waiting, anchor down. All picture was taken thirty times if once. afloat were in gala dress ; even a big Nor Then, as if the photographers were too wegian bark was flying her colors, and her much for him, he dismissed his audience yards had been squarely braced, “ ship by joining the other officer and calling shape and Bristol fashion,” and the Ameri- attention with a gesture to something up can flag was at the fore. The Goddess of aloft. But a few camera-shutters snapped Liberty, on her little island, stood above like belated pieces in a firing-squad. a line of rippling flags, and her attitude After drifting about for a few minutes, suggested that she was not only giving the nose of the Hazel Kirke was turned light unto the world, but bidding salve" up stream to take up her chosen position to the home-coming with a welcoming at the end of the line where the patient toast. But we were nearing the fleet, and crowds were waiting near the great white the elbowing and jostling at the rail tomb on the riverside. Nearing the city increased. The marine was kept busy again, it was a sight to remember long, and answering questions. “Who were the tell about; the flags against the sky and admirals present, and whose were those the tall office buildings looming up like flags he pointed out ?" “ Were those long castle towers, their harsh outlines softened black things torpedo-boats ?" “Which is by the shadows slanting down their lofty the Porter ?” There was a fever of ex fronts, and the Stars and Stripes flickering pectation. The people acted like small everywhere. Coming in from the Narrows boys nearing a circus tent. It brought was the great German steamer Graf Walback forgotten sensations felt long ago. dersee ; a line of flags bedecked her also
With the starboard paddle-wheel turn from stem to stern. The steerage pasing idly in the air, we made in closer until sengers she carried leaned over her rail, we were abreast of the Olympia's gang- gazing in wonderment at the strange way. The crew on deck gazed back at sights they saw. Perhaps they thought us listlessly ; it was an old story by this that all this was the usual way these time; a few replied to the waving of hand Americans carried on. They did not kerchiefs and flags. Right ahead of us understand that we had been given special lay a crowded tug, her decks half awash; license to go mad, and no doubt they she was squealing away like a pig under imagined that in the brilliant, rejoicing a gate, and the attempt of a cornetist in a city gold lay in the streets, and there near-by rowboat to play “Hail to the any man might find a fortune for the Chief” went for almost naught. Nearer reaching. we went in, still nearer, until the end of "I would like to know what those felthe boat boom was but a few feet off our lows think of all this,” observed a man in port quarter, and then some one shouted
a cloth yachting cap.
" It looks like fairyin ectasy:
land to me, and I'm only from Wilkes"Hi! See Dewey! There's Dewey!" barre.”
There were two figures pacing the quar We seemed to be the only vessel headter deck; the shorter had broad gold ing north. Yachts, excursion boats, comstripes on his sleeves, shining epaulets, mittee boats, and State craft were all and a cocked hat. So close were we that bound south to the rendezvous. We held as he turned about there could be no mis- in close to the pier-heads, and the biotake. Every one knew that much-pictured graph man kept grinding his long tape face !
of pictures and getting a panorama of the “That's him," said the marine.
peopled water-front. In order to make the Somebody proposed three cheers, and scene more realistic, probably, the crowds they were given with more vim than pre were induced to cheer and wave to us as cision, the captain coming to the fore with we passed them, and it was done by the three long pulls on the whistle-rope. use of the watchword of the day.
“Wot's the matter with Dewey?" “ What's the matter with Dewey?" some shouted a deck-hand from below,
one would call, and the crowds would fall
to cheering and waving flags and handker- anchored out in the channel. They were chiefs.
the two floats, “ Peace” and “ Victory," Out in midstream lay the training-ship and as we neared them the interest ran Portsmouth, and we made close up to her, high. “ Peace,” a tall figure made of within hailing distance. She was crowded staff, surmounted a lighter, and, as she with guests of the officers, and the boys was draped in flowing garments, they in the forecastle, who were soon to man rippled in the wind and gave a lifelike the yards in the old fashion, were all in appearance to the lady with the wreath their “clean blues.” With the assistance and palm. But greater attention was atof the Portsmouth's launch, we sent tracted by the other that lay farther on. aboard some guests from our own craft Alas, poor Victory! Owing to the wind and proceeded up the river.
or to the rough handling of the tugs that From the time we reached the wooded had towed her to her resting-place, she slopes of the Riverside Park we passed had come to sad disaster. She was in few vessels. Some yachts lay in towards ruin from her waist upwards, and a yawnshore dressed in their best, but in the ing, ragged hole showed upon what Aimsy shade of the trees and in the open, sunny constructions some of these beautiful fig. spots that ran from the avenue to the ures are erected. Four colossal maidens, water's edge were thousands upon thou- biowing upon long trumpets, stood at the sands of holiday-makers. The population corners of her pedestal. The breeze had of a fair-sized city was gathered there. In increased until it was blowing almost half some piaces the grass was covered with a gale, and the long trumpets wavered to reclining figures, and the number increased and fro like wands. A figure of Neptune as we neared the Claremont landing. But driving his four water-horses to his shellthe camera people's attention had been like car occupied the bows, and on the attracted by two white objects that lay stern was a huge white eagle gloating
over a great white globe. Four or five from any overwhelming danger, but in a workmen stood about smoking amid their far-off land he had carried the flag to vicclassical surroundings.
tory. It was not gratitude that animated But it was not the ruined float that them. It was a sentiment of pride and held the most attention. It was the mass of affection ; it was a spontaneous burst of of humanity and the sights to be seen on applause for an action that had been well shure. Every now and then, if one lis done. Few there were gathered there tened, there came the sound of a great who seriously realized the National issues murmuring down upon the wind, the that had been brought up and were yet mingling voices of the multitude, a con unsettled, and perhaps not many thought stant hum, punctuated here and there by or remembered that we are a nation still the music of a horn, or mayhap a burst at war; but they knew all about Manila, of laughter, or a cheer-for on such days and they longed to see the man and the as this was, people cheer at anything or ships that had fought there. nothing. We were first upon the ground, Suddenly, from the south, that had so to speak; except for a solitary police grown misty with a shower that passed patrol and the training-ship St. Mary's, over the lower bay, there appeared a few the stake-boat of the procession, the waters trailing clouds of smoke and steam and were deserted. A great float that usually then a moving mass of vessels; and as carried freight-cars across the river had they neared, borne on the wind, came a been turned for the nonce into a battle- great roaring, as if all the noonday ship, and her sides bristled with the guns whistles in the world had gathered and of a battery of artillery that were to salute were giving tongue.
Near and nearer the Admiral as he passed. As we lay it came, and the white smoke from a sathere, heaving to and fro in the current, luting battery on the eastern shore wasted there was one thing that impressed me. into the air ; then came the jarring reports It was that all these people had given up of the guns. We steamed slowly south to their daily work, had left their homes, meet the feet. It seemed hardly an insome of them many miles away, to turn stant, and we were in the midst of them! out and give a welcome to a man who lit- First came the Olympia, moving slowly tle above a year ago had been unknown on; and following her were the other to them.
He had not saved the country ships, between the long, well-kept line of
THERE WERE TWO FIGURES PACING THE QUARTER-DECK the police boats. The cannons began to ships was moving slowly up to the turningthunder from the float; the vessels an point, and every one was cheered at and swered them. From everywhere and no roared at and whistled to. The old Lanwhere the crowded excursion boats swept caster, a type of vessel that composed our in and gathered. The roaring of the navy but a few years ago and is now whistles was almost deafening from every obsolete and out of date, was towed up by side. It was impossible to speak and to two puffing tugs prodding her tall wooden be heard on the upper deck of the Hazel sides. She followed the great steel ships Kirke, for a small boy had gained admis like an old fighter whose day was gone but sion to the pilot-house, and he hung on to who yet wished to be remembered. Many the whistle-rope with grim determination such veterans did we see on the morrow and a smile of joy. One could not help in the land parade, and somehow when I gaining a confused impression of what saw them I thought of the old ship—hale followed during the next ten minutes. and hearty, but out of the fight forever. There was so much to see and to take in. We kept on towards the south, passing Crafts of all kinds loaded with sight- the parade as it came slowly on. The seers crossed athwart each other's bows transports and the trim craft of the reveand huddled close together. It seemed nue service were next after the war-ships a wonder if accident or collision could be and made fine showing. Then came the averted, for whistled signals were dis steam yachts, and probably there were counted by the roar and turmoil. From never before gathered together so many one of the great Sound steamers, that held playthings of the wealthy. Sea-going vesperhaps a thousand or more on her crowded sels, able to make the circuit of the globe, decks, was flying a string of big box kites were there in plenty, and the order that with the American ensign and a lettered they all kept was most astonishing ; no flag high in the sky. The string broke, and trained fleet could have been more orderly; away the kites went shoreward, and many not a vessel was out of line. On the starstopped looking at the procession to watch board hand, just abaft the quarter of the what happened. Some small boys in a flagship Corsair, was the Erin of our visiboat near the Jersey shore secured the tor, Sir Thomas Lipton, three yellow shamrunaways. The wind blew harder and in rocks on green fields flying in her rigging. gusts. Hats flew off and floated on the Sir Thomas, whether he carries the Cup water. In one case a tall silk tile went back with him or not, can never complain to destruction beneath our paddle-wheel. of the lack of cordiality in his reception ; People cheered one another and shouted no vessel passed him without saluting, jokes and messages from boat to boat and the boy at the Hazel Kirke's whistleAnd all the time the procession of war pull held on so long that it was a question