Mr. Bryan to Mr. Hay.
Lisbon , June 21, 1904 .
Sir: Regarding the visit of the North Atlantic battle-ship fleet to Lisbon, I have the honor to report the very favorable impression on the whole community here created by the war ships and their officers. The King and other authorities’ have extended to the visitors a most cordial welcome.
The advent of the Kearsarge, Maine, and Alabama on June 1, was very timely, not only in affording an opportunity for the admiral and other officers to participate in the ceremonies of the initiation of the Duke of Beja, second son of the King, as a naval apprentice, but also enabling me to present on that occasion our officers to the King, Queen, and other attending members of the royal family.
Rear-Admiral Barker, Captain Rodgers, and Flag Lieutenant Eberle accompanied me to a dinner given in compliment to them by the Portuguese sovereigns.[Page 704]
The King, Queen, Queen Mother, and Infante Don Alfonso made an exception in order to honor our country by attending the ball, given by me for the visiting officers at this legation, and repeatedly expressed their satisfaction at that entertainment.
The King lunched with Admiral Barker aboard the flagship, which he examined most minutely, with avowal of much admiration for all he saw. On that occasion, and on that of another handsome entertainment on the Kearsarge, everything was admirably arranged by Admiral Barker and his staff. This experienced commander in chief has here confirmed his reputation as a thorough disciplinarian, and as a worthy representative abroad of our great Navy, while his captains and staff have shown themselves throughout possessed of ability and savoir faire.
On the eve of their departure they were entertained at an elaborate and elegant banquet, given by the ministers of marine and foreign affairs, at which heartiest expressions of good will were exchanged.
Altogether the presentation made by our war ships and their commanders in Lisbon has added greatly to the prestige of our country in Portugal. This is evidenced by many favorable editorial comments, several of which, together with translations, I herewith inclose.
The receipt of the telegram from President Roosevelt to King Carlos was duly appreciated and complimented in the warm expressions to me of the royal recipient.
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