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PAUL JONES CAPTURING THE SERAPIS. (From an engraving
CAPT. SIR RICHARD PEARSON. (From an engraving by
JOHN PAUL JONES. (After a rare engraving),
SIGNATURE OF RICHARD DALE. (From a letter at the Lenox
A LETTER FROM PIERRE LANDAIS. (From the original at the
JOHN PAUL JONES. (From a miniature recently found 
JOHN PAUL JONES (IN COCKED HAT). (From a very rare
JOHN PAUL JONES'S MEDAL, .
JOHN PAUL JONES AND THE SERAPIS FIGHT. (From an engraving in the collection of Mr. W. C. Crane),
A LETTER FROM JOHN PAUL JONES TO THOMAS JEFFERSON.
SIGNATURE OF HOYSTED HACKER. (From a letter at the
SIR GEORGE COLLIER'S VICTORY IN PENOBSCOT BAY, 1779.
(After a miniature in the possession of Miss Josephine L. Stevens), AN OLD NAVAL ORDER. (From the original at the Lenox
A MEDITERRANEAN CORSAIR ANCHORING. (From a picture
A FRENCH VESSEL OF 118 GUNS, A CENTURY AGO. (From
an engraving by Canali),
DIAGRAM OF THE INSURGENT-CONSTELLATION BATTLE,.
MEDAL AWARDED TO THOMAS TRUXTON,
TRUXTON'S MEDAL AND THE CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION
THE SALLY ATTACKED BY A SEA-SERPENT OFF THE SHORE
CAPTAIN STERRETT IN THE ENTERPRISE, PAYING TRIBUTE
A SCHOONER-OF-WAR, LIKE THE ENTERPRISE. (From a wood-
BURNING OF THE FRIGATE PHILADELPHIA
(From an old wood-cut),
THE BLOWING UP OF THE FRIGATE PHILADELPHIA.
an engraving in Waldo's " Decatur "),
JOHN TRIPPE. (After a French engraving),
(From an engrav
MARRIAGE DAY." (From an English engraving, illustrat-
MAP OF THE HARBOR OF TRIPOLI,
THE EXPLOSION OF THE INTREPID. (From an old engraving), 375 PREBLE'S MEDAL,
"THE PRESS-GANG IMPRESSING A YOUNG WATERMAN ON HIS
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE "YOUNG WATERMAN' AND THE
THE UNITED STATES FRIGATE ESSEX.
(From a lithograph
at the Naval Academy, Annapolis),
CAPT. HENRY WHITBY, R. N. (From an engraving by Page),
English engraving), .
TAKING DESERTERS FROM THE CHESAPEAKE,
THE CURIOUS CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL SEA POWER-THE GASPÉ CAPTURED BY MEN ARMED WITH PAVING-STONES-TEA DESTROYED IN BOSTON-THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND THE ATTACK OF THE MACHIAS HAYMAKERS ON THE MARGARETTA-BRITISH VENGEANCE ON DEFENCELESS PORTLAND AND ITS EFFECT ON THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESSTHE COLONIAL NAVY DISTINGUISHED FROM THE TEMPORARY CRUISERS THE FIRST OFFICERS AND THE FIRST SHIPS OF THE AMERICAN NAVY-JOHN PAUL JONES AND THE FIRST NAVAL ENSIGN THE SIGNIFICANT "DON'T TREAD ON ME"-PUTTING
THE FIRST AMERICAN NAVAL SHIPS IN COMMISSION.
OF all the dates in American history not yet so commemorated, there is none so well worthy of recognition as a national holiday. as the 22d of December; for it was on December 22, 1775, that the American navy came into existence. And there is no part of the story of the American nation of more thrilling interest than that including the events which
compelled the establishment of this branch of the public service, nor is there any part of the nation's story as a whole that so stirs the patriotic pride of the American people as that which tells of the deeds of the heroes whose names have been inscribed upon the American naval registers.
It is a grateful task to recount once more how it was that an American navy was demanded for the preservation of American liberties, and what has been accomplished by that navy since the day when Commodore Esek Hopkins received his commission, and then stood by on the deck of his flagship while John Paul Jones flung to the breeze the broad folds of the flag that bore as a symbol the picture of a rattlesnake coiled to strike, with the significant and appropriate motto,
The salt-water Lexington, that is to say, the first fight afloat of the Revolutionary war, occurred on the night of June 17, 1772, in the waters of Rhode Island, and the fact that it was in Rhode Island will be recalled later on. The war of Great Britain against France for dominion in America, “though crowned with success, had engendered a progeny of discontents in her colonies." "Her policy toward them from the beginning had been purely