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240 The National Music of America.
But never yet have seamen met
Or dared grim Death for victory In braver mood than they who died On drifting decks in Apia's tide While cheering every sailor's pride The banner of the Free."
Spite of the many deeds of bravery which can be credited to the United States Navy, it is only in recent years that our country has taken any rank among the maritime powers of the world. The war with Spain came as a revelation of the strength of a naval force but recently called into being. With the constant growth of this branch of the service, which is bound to follow, we may hope soon to possess a song of the sea that may equal the power of " Rule Britannia."