ARMY & NAVY: Five O'Clock Nest

In New York Harbor, opposite where the Hudson and East Rivers meet, lies diminutive Governor's Island, known to military men as Fort Jay. Ceded to the U. S. in 1800, it was once a prime factor in Manhattan's defense. Iron cannon balls fired from it could repulse enemy ships riding up the harbor under full sail. Time brought changes in defense methods, supplied mines, air corps, long-range coast artillery out at Sandy Hook, left Fort Jay a quaint military relic with restful officers' homes, trim lawns, untrafficked roads, under the towered...

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