Items of Interest

Perhaps no person ever received such a welcome in the United States as did Admiral Dewey upon his return home after an absence of twenty-three months. His arrival at New York on the morning of September 26 was unexpected, as he was two days ahead of time. His coming was greeted with the greatest enthusiasm, and the Olympia was soon surrounded by all manner of sailing and steam craft. He immediately notified the officials at Washington and New York of his arrival, and soon received the formal welcome of the navy department from Secretary Long. September 28 he was formally welcomed to the State of New York by Governor Roosevelt and his staff. On this day the three hundred and fifty men who fought under Dewey at Manila were given the bronze medals awarded them by Congress.

September 29 the naval parade was witnessed by at least three million persons. The parade was one of the most magnificent ever witnessed. It moved promptly at one o'clock, going up the Hudson to General Grant's tomb.

Saturday morning, September 30, the loving cup was presented by the city of New York in City Hall Park. The presentation speech was by Mayor Van Wyck. The magnificent celebration closed with the land parade from Grant's tomb to the triumphal arch.

The First American Printing-Press
October 5, 1899

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