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October 14 was Dewey day in Boston. The Admiral arrived on the afternoon of the 13th, and was escorted to his hotel by three thousand veterans, representing two wars and every branch of the service. Immense crowds filled the station, and the streets were rendered almost impassable. It is estimated that fully fifty thousand people witnessed the pyrotechnic display on the Common on the pyrotechnic display on the common on the evening of his arrival. The Daughters of the American Revolution presented him with a magnificent floral piece fully four feet high. The flagship Olympia had arrived in Boston harbor several days previous, and was the object of great interest, being continually thronged with visitors. Saturday, October 14, was the great day. Twenty-five thousand school children gathered on the Common and sang patriotic songs. The feature of the day was the magnificent parade. The Admiral was presented with a sword and a handsome watch, the gifts of the city. The day closed with a banquet given by Governor Wolcott in honor of the occasion. The Admiral left Boston for Washington, on Sunday, at 7 P. M.

In his speech at Minneapolis upon the return of the 13th Minnesota volunteers, President McKinley declared in a much more comprehensive and emphatic manner than he did in his Pittsburg speech, the policy of the administration regarding the Philippines. He declared the future of the new possessions to be in the hands of Congress. and Congress is the servant of the people. He believes the islands will be retaired by the United States, and will prove a rich and invaluable heritage.

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