National Geographic : 1897 May
ADMIRAL R. W. MEADE, U. S. N. When the principal contents of this number of THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE were sent to the printer there was no in dication that the gallant and accomplished author of the article "A Winter Voyage through the Straits of Magellan " would have completed the long and eventful voyage of life before his stirring narrative of one of the most interesting portions of his famous cruise in the Narragansett could be placed in the hands of our readers. On the first of May, however, he succumbed to the effects of a surgical operation, from which he had been supposed by his friends to have permanently rallied. It is impossible, on the eve of going to press, to present more than the briefest outline of Ad miral Meade's distinguished career or to render adequate tribute to his memory. It must suffice to remind our readers of his brilliant career at college; of his becoming navigating officer of the Cumberland before he was 19 years of age; of his command of a naval division, engaged with the enemy, before he was 25; of the dauntless courage, good judgment, and unfailing skill that won for him, time and again, the commendations of his superior officers; of his historic cruise of 60,000 miles, mainly under canvas, in the Narragansett; of his success as a professor of sea manship and naval tactics; of his numerous contributions to periodical literature, and of his ever-welcome appearances before the National Geographic Society, of which he was an active member. The accompanying article contains an allusion, which we cannot regard as without significance, to "the Providence which watches over poor Jack." Himself handsome, coura geous, true-hearted, and patriotic, we can say of Admiral Meade, in the words of Dibdin's grand old sea-song: " His form was of the manliest beauty, His heart was kind and soft; Faithful below he did his duty, And now he's gone aloft." J. H.