Feb. 21, 1909 (Monday)
SHIPS ARE ABOUT TO ARRIVE SAFELY HOME: The large fleet of "Admiral Sperry's fighting machines" are just about done with their spectacular 14-month voyage around the world. (That's Admiral Sperry at right.) The fleet, known in history as the Great White Fleet, has arrived off the shore of Virginia and is expected to enter Hampton Roads sometime tomorrow. To mark the event, today's Globe devoted a number of pages to the expedition and included this page-wide map (above) showing the general route of the ships. The front-page article is written by Winfield M. Thompson, (who would later report on the sinking of the Titanic -- partly while as a "Globe correspondent on the SS Franconia). He noted that the excitement is keen for the return of the fleet. That's a big change, he added, from the attitude among residents of Hampton Roads when the ships departed:
The departure of the ships 14 months ago was regarded almost with indifference in the country around the confluence of the Potomac and the James, the national naval rendezvous. Doubts of the wisdom of sending a fleet so far and political prejudices combined to affect the public mind.
Now that the cruise has proven to be a naval achievement without parallel, the fires of patriotism are blown into a blaze of enthusiasm. Politics and policies are no longer discussed here in connection with the fleet.
Once again, nothing succeeds like success.
STATE LOSES A LEADING EDUCATOR, SCHOLAR: Today's Globe also marked on its front page the death yesterday of Carroll Davidson Wright, a widely known sociologist and economist. He was president of Clark College in Worcester at the time of his death. Unabashed in its praise, the paper said "the output of his life, the sum of his activities, was enormous."