THE PRESIDENCY: Before Departure

The heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa steamed out of Norfolk under sealed orders. It carried special equipment for the President's use. Off Culebra Island, between the Virgins and Puerto Rico, naval maneuvers were scheduled for early December—and there the Tuscaloosa had been originally assigned. In Washington, in a week of rumors and counter-rumors, President Roosevelt told his press conference that he was leaving for a long defense inspection trip, and though it might take him more than twelve hours from Washington by rail, he would fly back if an emergency called him to the...

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