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It Is, perhaps, a man's duty to write of such experiences as are related in this book, for the benefit of young men, who knowing not what they want, want everything.
Those who may feel skeptical as to the truth of these writings are respectfully referred to the following newspaper article and letters:
The Davis County Republican, Bloomfield, Iowa, Thursday, January 16, 1902.
Happy Reunion at Ottumwa - John W. Swift, a Davis County Boy, Returns After Service in the Navy.
As Announced in these columns last week John W. Swift has returned home after three years' service in the United States navy. He was interviewed in Ottumwa by a Courier reporter after which the following appeared in Saturday's paper:
A happy family reunion took place in Ottumwa last night when J. D. Swift and family, a stock farmer whose home is near Bloomfield, met and exchanged greetings, for the first time in four years, with his son, John W. Swift, late chief yeoman on the United States cruiser Brooklyn and confidential stenographer to Admiral George C. Remey, commander of the Asiatic squadron. The son was married at Whitney's Point, N. Y., last week to Miss Edythe M. Allen, of that place, and they spent yesterday in Ottumwa, meeting his relatives in this city last evening. They are now at the Swift homestead in Davis county and will make their future home in or near Bloomfield.
Mr. Swift left Bloomfield about four years ago and joined the First Ohio Volunteer cavalry. This regiment did not get nearer to the seat of war than the camps in the southern states and this did not satisfy the Davis county volunteer; who had enlisted because he wanted to see service. After being discharged from the cavalry, Mr. Swift enlisted in the navy as a landsman, the lowest rating in the service. He requested to be sent to the Philippines and the request was granted.
The trip to the far east was made via the Suez canal route, and when Mr. Swift arrived in Asiatic waters he was assigned to the Bennington as captain's writer. About this time President Schurman of Cornell University, chairman of the peace commission, made a visit to the Philippines for the purpose of investigating conditions there.
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