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son, in cabinet meeting, saying: "Mr. President, this is the commander who saved us so much trouble in Mexican affairs." And the Executive of the nation thanked him.

That officer is now a rear-admiral on the retired list, enjoying the rest to which advancing age entitles him, after an active and honorable career.

Many years have elapsed since the sad ending of Emperor Napoleon's unfriendly enterprise. But it will always remain a subject of interest to Americans; and the memory of it may in the future help to nerve the hearts and hands of our statesmen in the improbable event of the Old World again attempting to guide the destinies of the New. The example set by the little "Tacony" is also well worthy of emulation by those whose duty and privilege it is to sustain the fair name of the United States Navy.