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eyo witnuHS of the
great naval battle
which was fought off
the port of Province
incetown, Masts., In the
Atlantic ocean, you
would say without hes
itation that "Uncle
Sam can lick the
It was a nilinlc en
counter, the feature of
this summer's maneu
vers of the Atlantic
battleship fleet, which
were held oft the rug
ged Massachusetts coast between
July 7 nnd August 5, the exercises
there having Just come to an end.
It was a great sgrap, bloodless of
course, but filled with enough mimic
gore to make an American of the
coldest temperament throw his hat
Into the air and yell for Old 'Glory,
the stars and stripes, President Taft
and all the rest.
Drawn up in battlp alignment were
50 war craft of every size and shape.
They ranged all the way front P-"r
Admiral Seaton Sthroeder'a 16,000 u.
flagship, V. S. S. Connecticut, to tht
tiny submarine torpedo boat Tnran
Divided into two squadrons, oppos
ing each other, these two divisions ot
"our friends, the enemy," broke the
mornlns mist on opposite horizons
and at the flagship's signals quickly
fell into circular battle formation,
opening fire at a distance of several
On paper it was a gory struggle. A
dozen of tho terrors of the sea were
"disabled" by Hear Admiral Schroe
der's edict and several submarines fig
uratively carried their crews to Davy
jones locKcr, never to return.
Tno battleship Connecticut led the ships of
one division. From out of the cover of each
opponent's guns darted the tiny torpedo boats
and almost as often their courses were
blocked and in soino cases tho torpedoes nnd
torpedo boats "destroyed."
Hy nightfall tho battle being called a
"drnw," the searchlights of the two sets of
enemies followed eneli other out of Bight and
that Saturday evening foes became friends
upon reaching headquarters at Provincetown.
Every known modern naval device was giv
en its inning during the fight. Torpedoes
were dispatched by wireless telegraph, this
being an experiment tried in an actual en
gagement for the first time by tho United
States. The newly adopted fire control mast,
which has been called the "inverted waste
basket," proved a success, the oilieers said.
The summer's maneuvers afforded the first op
opportunity for a crucial test of this invention.
A dozen torpedo boats made attacks on the
big battleships and olllcers nnd men wero re
quired to exert extreme vigilance to also
guard against the little submarine torpedo
boats, four of which with the parent ship, the
gunboat Castine, made things lively for the
monster war vessels. Time and again tho
flagship Connecticut was compelled to dip her
nets to ward off the destructive torpedoes
which shot little swirls of foam to the sur
face of tho ocean as they sped on their mis
sion of mimic death.
Tnc- gilm reaper, -burlesqued, stalked every
where during the encounter and time and
again ships were declared "sunk," "de
stroyed" or "scuttled" to prevent capture by
the enemy, while admirals, captains, petty of
ficers and men were notified they had been
"killed" by a well-directed shell.
The battle of the fleet was the play of tho
maneuvers. To the nlilc-bodlcii seamen the
work consisted of fleet drills and exercises In
Yoking tactical problems and battle evolu
tions. With their work oft Provincetown fin
ished the fleet, was scheduled to depart for the
southern drill grounds, south of Virginia
caper., for record and battle target practice,
the remits of which were ordered secretly
tabulated lor the war department,
This shooting will ocupy about two weeks
beginning August 19. At its close the vessels
will return to Hampton Roads and go to their
home yaids for repairs which may hnve been
necessitated by the vigorous summer cam
paign. The winter maneuvers will take placo
in West Indian waters.
Hampton Roads presented h great sight
when tho big war craft departed from there
would declare, and then fiuclpa roulj talk (i liJfl eoiaevhut
after tho fallowing manner:
"My friend, you feel wral;-nnd why? tflirit'ty frfJtf.W ft Lt
present moment yoi.r body, la the process tf liwraJAwr,, fjs it'
pelling from its various tk i iirtiuciits a bad f upetti'UiAiae aff
toxic matters and diseased or worthies tissue wblt1i vltl jt
wero overfeeding your yst in w i re unablo to be thror (
owing to the calls you !n:ul upon your digtla &t4 k induct
organs. Not only do f starve you now, my pi.-or frtenJ, but
morrow I will give you n purgatie. You think i i:A cruel, d
you? Not at all. All thnc noxious matters will be carried
away from your tysteia; but nccrlliclcss I shall 'continue, to
starve you, cam aiuico. When your temperature, has gone be
low the nc nun I- that Is to tay. when in a couple of days the
cm ess of toxic matter lias been eliminated, then you shall
have sunu thinJo cat. No, not till then."
Iloftcwr, the doctor carried his Investigations
somewhat further. It occurred to him that even In
the healthy state," or in the normal body which is
supposed to L- enjoying good health, this used-up or
worthless tissue and effete matter must require oc
casional expulsion from the body. It is obvious that
w hen the regulation amount of food Is consumed the
and kindred or
gans have their
allotted tasks to
quently, the ref
use or worth
less matter ro
ninlns in tho
forming an ob
ject of attack
in the case of
source of debil
ity and a happy
for those nox
that prey upon
body, frst In
selves In a cen
ter of the body
which is predis
posed to tin
Wilbur D Nfsbit.
US. BATTLESHIP lliDJAiA
for New England ports, where they spent July
4, preparatory to . repairing to Provincetown
for tho maneuvers and sham naval struggle.
In tho northern ports the sailors and offl- .
cers wero granted shore leave in relays from
July 2 to July 6. Four ships visited Boston
Independence day. two were at Penobscot bay,
two at Portland, Me., and one each at Marble
head, Mass., Portsmouth, N. II., Eastport, Me.,
Prockport, Mass., Gloucester, Mass., and Booth
With the reassembling of the fleet at Brock
port, Mass., three days after the fourth began
the summer's work, which was more pictur
esque than that of any previous year, it was'
From Provincetown the fleet proceeded to
sea each week, returning Saturday nights. On
these trips of a week each occurred the fleet
drills, the evolutions and other exercises.
One feature of the maneuvers was the pres
ence of the naval militias of several eastern
states. The members of these militia bodies
are citizen sailors. Each body of militia was
taken out for a week's instruction on the big
Fhips. Permission to take the reserves on the
voyages was granted through the courtesy
ot the navy department.
Tho Provincetown maneuvers presented the
spectacle of battleships at practice firing at
sea under every weather condition for the first
time in the history of American naval art.
Night firing under the same conditions was
one of the Important parts of the program
which was carried out to the letter.
President Taft nud Secretary of the Navy
Meyer were witnesses of several of the maneu
vers of the lleet at sea and both officials ex
pressed themselves as delighted with the
progress which the sailors have made at
marksmanship since their world tour.
Two old torpedo boats, Nicholson and
O'Brien, were dismantled, filled with cork to
keep them afloat and used as targets for the
gigantic projectiles. Time and again they
were riddled and finally, the cork having been
so thoroughly perforated that they wero
longer-unable to keep afloat, they sank to the
bottom of tho ocean.
They were towed at different speeds by tho
cruisers and thus the gunners of tho men-of-war
given an opportunity to gauge distance
nnd motion at the same time, one of the most
illincult feats at which tho American tar is
The scout cruisers Chester, Salem and Bir
mingham and tho armored cruisers North Car
olina, Montana nnd New York Joined the fleet
at Provincetown nrd, took part lu the eUbo-
ARM0RZD QRUtSER COLORADO
rate program. The cruiser Montgomery, which
had been fitted up its a torpedo experimental
ship, was also with the fleet andvtook n promi
nent part in the struggle at sea, its experi
ments proving of gre;it future value.
The great Atlantic torpedo lleet also de
serves mention in connection with the sum
mer's play at war. The flotilla of 12 boats
with tho cruiser Dixie as parent ship and four
brand new submarine boats with the gunboat
Castine as their parent ship played spectacu
lar parts alongside of the monster battleships
of fifteen and sixteen thousand tons.
Only 12 of the hi battleships which went
around the world were with the fleet of tho
Atlantic ocean off Provincetown, the other
four in Rear Admiral Schroeder's command
being new vessels, receiving their first experi
ence at firing In this practice.
AND GET WELL
"In the course of my long experience I have
noted," says Dr. Cuelpa, one of Italy's best
known consulting physicians, according to the
New York World, "that the beginning of a
cure of a sick person always declares itself
when the bodily weight shows a decrease
Whenever, on tho contrary, tho weight re
mained stationary 1 never failed on any occa
sion to And that the temperature had In
creased and that the particular illness of the
moment had the upper hand."
And so it. was that Guelpa, much to the cha
grin nnd temporary discomfort, of his many pa
tientsand be had one of the largest clien
teles in Italy was wont to ruthlessly pre
scribe a "diet of starvation." The patient
would naturally protest. Ho felt weak, he
that position. Now, the eliminating, hut o
all, of these diseased areas Is the first dut.
of man, woman and child to themselves. Say
Dr. duelpa to his recalcitrant pntient:-
"Wlten you are attacked by an Illness, d
you not find, my dear friend, that nature ro
moves from you most of your ordinary deslir
to eat and drink? You, however, think tha
you know better than nature. You say t
yourself that you must prepare for your sick
ncss by putting in a stock of food -and per
haps drink. Foolish man! Does not occui
to you that nature Is trying to teach you how
to act and you won't learn. Far from wnltlnr
till you are stricken with Illness, try an occa
sional day's starvation and Illness may neve
come. You will, by doing this, rid your syt
tein of its effete tissues nud ita noxious toxh
matters or poisons. When you feel that occr.
sional headache; when you feel that "all-ovei
ishness" that sometimes attacks you; whoi.
ytnj are depressed you call It bilious well
try n bout of starvation and then watch foi
How long should we starve, then, according,
to our (luclpa? lie says himself that there
are few persons who cannot do three dayi
without lood, and that, too, with constant pur
galivcs. At first a general gastric nnd mus
cular weakness is felt. That Is simply the b
ginning of the pro ess of, elimination. Soon u
sciiso of comfort begins to be enjoyed. ('
course the body in this period Is more prom
to catch cold, a matter that must be provided
for by an increase of clothing and a hot drinl
now ami then.
The Chamber of Commerce of Port uu
Prince oilers to place nt the disposal of chain
beis of commerce, producers and manufactur
er!? of the '.'lilted States and Its colonies t.
uaco in lt rooms for the exhibition of tuU
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Tlinuuli stive ilpi Jciki'H are now n. K-y
Yel stove iiies Mllll causn wrmh
Tlic s:un- Ai mMpent swims Hit noa
TImivikIi Joken alioiit It cli not pay;
Tin' seir-miiili-miiii Jest Is piisstiB
Hut Hi-ir-inuili- nun Ht III rise to fjimw;
Tlif oll-lniill Joke. Is hent anil Kriiy
The Joke Is ilcad, tlio fact's the
The gout Unit once oliiinncd you and
Hy eiitltiK iioHtiTH Just llkn liny
llss Jotneil the nioomi-r tilrl, nnd sho
In (lull oblivion has to stay;
The ina-ln-liiw Jest had Its day,
The miile'H-lier-l Joke Ion since went
The I'ock-llu'-linut quip's lost Its
Tlie joke Is dind; tho fact's the
No more In print maty uny see
t'liiircli-soclul-oysler Jesting gay,
Nor rend how many men there be
Who chuichly dues with button
The dldn't-know-'lwas loaded Jay
In print no longer takes his aim;
Piiiait children seldom hnvo their
The Joka I dead; the fact's the same.
Prince, though you moodily Inveigh
Against tho Jester's ancient game,
To this you cannot answer nay:
The Joku Is deud; the fact' the
The Affable Man.
The affable man is an individual
who runs to silky side-whiskers and a
He is so careful not to hurt your
feelings that he earns your anger
every time you meet him. .
In his anxiety to say something
nice he Invariably dwells upon the
good qualities of your second cousin
once removed. This Is the only rela
tive of yours he can think of; also it
Is tho only relative you have who
ever let you In on the ground floor of
a deal and then dropped the roof in
The affable man Is fond of having
the verses about, "Have you a kind
ness shown? Pass It on," framed and
hung In every room In his house.
Some day he will ask you to bis home
and you will be in the right mood and
set fire to tho place.
At church picnics everybody else
makes a mark of tho affablo man. He
has to carry all the baskets, put up
the swings, mix tho lemonade, shoo
the mosquitoes, pick up the dishes
and square things with the farmer
whoso 40 acres of corn have been
trampled down by the Joyous children.
Once there was an affablo man who
got tired of it, shaved oft his silken
whiskers, detached his smile and
mixed things up generally with any
one who dared to affront him.
But this only made matters worse.
This teaches us that the world
doesn't want us to laugh for it.
She Boiled Over.
"Mrs. Swellernever certainly made
a spectacle of herself yesterday when
she Jumped from her carriage and
thrashed a photographer when he
was trying to mnke a snapshot of
her. They say she even Jumped up
nnd down on his camera and com
pletely wrecked It."
"There were extenuating circum
stances," says the person who can al
ways make excuses for others. "She
wouldn't have minded his making the
snapshot if she hadn't been suffering
with a boil on her nose."
A Big One.
I would not be h hunter No!
And slay the elephants
For fear thnt through my life I'd go
pursued hy frightful ha'nts.
Of all the nwful ghosts and thlnro
Hy which one is nccursed
I'm sure that though It Ims no wing
The clephnntom's worst!
Asking Too Much.
"Yes, sir," says the proud Inventor,
standing by his nparatus. "With my
new system of wireless telegraphy
I can transmit the human voice, to
Mars. To night 1 thall send a messnge
over the millions of mlk'B of space to
"Well," suggests tho visitor, "before
you do that can't you put me In com
tnunlcatlon with my home town a
hundred miles from here?"
Knveloplng his reply lu a ivaze of
technical terms, the proud Inventot
explains why such a thing cannot be
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