Science: Hero's Return

Whistles shrilled, bands blared, crowds cheered, flags waved, aircraft soared, cannon boomed, lightning flashed from the heavens across the Potomac. The sun, which had been playing hide-&-seek all day, suddenly shone forth brilliantly. Down the gangplank of the barkentine icebreaker Bear of Oakland, leading his men in impressive single file, marched Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, retired, resplendent in white uniform, to revisit the U. S. for the first time in nearly two years.

Waiting on the cobblestones to greet him stood the President of the United States, who presently spoke into a national...

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