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The cruisers of the Pacific fleet, commanded by Rear Admiral Swinburne, finished the first stage of the cruise undertaken to test the practicability of towing torpedo boat destroyers, when the flagship West Virginia, the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee docked at Honolulu on the 2d inst. The destroyers Preble and Perry were towed the entire distance from San Francisco without break or delay of any kind. The Whipple's line once became chafed, and her consort was obliged to slacken speed while repairs were made. Each of the other destroyers had one or two broken tow-lines to its credit.

The Bureau of Equipment of the Navy Department had taken up with Secretary Metcalf the project of making use of the Washington Monument as a wireless station, and advised him that the plan is feasible. Without relaying, it is asserted, it would be possible to reach stations in western Europe and to communicate with the vessels of the American fleet at sea in distant waters. The plan is to use the Washington Monument only temporarily, and if the experiment proves successful to erect a permanent tower of the necessary height.

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CRITICS AND CRITICISM
September 19, 1908
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