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farther up the hill, and many short intersecting streets; but it might still be called the quaint-townof-one-street.”
As our party walked along, they were passed and repassed by officers and seamen, who had come ashore from the battleships anchored in the harbor.
As Uncle Jack exchanged salutations with some of the older officers who passed, he said to Ben:
“These men, whom I saluted just now, were junior officers when I was in command. In fact, some of them served under me just before I went on the retired list.”
“Look, Uncle Jack! What flag is that they are raising on the Wyoming?” asked Ben, pointing to where that battleship lay.
“That's the President's flag,"Uncle Jack replied, as the flag reached the peak, and unfurled in the breeze.
“What does it mean?” asked Belle.
“It means that the President of the United States has just gone aboard the Wyoming,” replied Uncle Jack. “Suppose as we walk to the Hotel I tell you a little about the etiquette that is prescribed when the President of the United States visits a man-of-war?”
“Oh, do, Uncle Jack! Please do,” replied May. And Uncle Jack went on:
“You must remember, that under the Constitution, the President is also Commander-in-Chief of the entire Army and Navy. As the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, so is the President the supreme authority in Army and Navy matters.”
When the President visits a ship of the United States Navy his flag is raised at the main at the moment he reaches the deck and kept flying as long as he is on board. His flag is lowered simultaneously with the booming of the last gun of the salute.
To receive him, the entire corps of officers in special full dress assembles on the side of the quarter-deck at which he enters. He is received at the gangway by the flag officer and captain, accompanied by such other officers as may be designated. The yards or rail are manned; the marines par-. aded; and such of the crew as are not otherwise employed are formed in order forward of the marines.
As the Chief Executive reaches the deck the officers and men salute, the marine guard presents arms, the drums give four ruffles, and the bugles sound four flourishes. The ruffles and flourishes are followed by the national air, during the playing of which the President and all on board stand in silence with uncovered heads.
Every United States ship-of-war present, either at the arrival or departure of the President, mans the yards and fires a national salute of twenty-one guns, which is likewise a salute to the national flag.
So long as the President's flag flies from a shipof-war, it becomes the senior ship present. Her
motions are followed accordingly, and all other United States ships of war on meeting her, at sea or elsewhere, and all naval batteries which she passes, must fire the national salute of twentyone guns.
“High as the President's position is, it is not, however, high enough to place him above the Colors,” said Uncle Jack. “The President must salute the Colors whenever they pass him, just as does the youngest midshipman,” he continued, and one of the most imposing features of an inaugural parade is the dipping of the Colors by each regiment as it passes the President's stand. Each time the Colors are dipped, the President, with the Army and Navy officers and all members of the Diplomatic Corps present, must rise and stand uncovered until they have passed.
While they were at luncheon, the conversation turned on the work of the United States Navy.
Said the Doctor: "The enlisted men we met ashore to-day are as fine a body of young men as I have ever seen. They are well set up and most manly looking.” “That is very true,” said Uncle Jack. “In my
early days the enlisted men were largely foreigners. Now they are native Americans.”
“How do you account for the change?” asked Father.
“Well," was the reply, “the enlisted man has a splendid chance to see the world, he is well paid and well treated, and if he wishes to learn a trade while aboard ship, he can now do so.”
“What trades may be learned?” asked Father.
“Navigation, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and correspondence school courses on almost any subject desired,” was Uncle Jack's reply. “So you see that a boy, entering at seventeen, which is as early as he may enter, and leaving when his four-year term of enlistment is over, goes out of the service with the money he has saved, a trade, and the valuable knowledge gained by travel, — quite enough to make him a winner in life's race, if he has the quality of stick-to-it-ive
“It is wonderful to me,” said the Doctor, “how they will take an awkward boy, one who can't walk without falling over his own feet, and make him over into a well set-up young man.”
“The setting-up drill will, indeed, do wonders,” replied Uncle Jack. “As a matter of fact,” he