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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 19, 1902)
AROUND THE WORLD.
Great Calm Follows In the Wake of a Terrific
Storm of Three Days' Duration.
INCIDENTS DURING SEVEN DAYS.
Empress" Loses a Day from Geographical Causes Steerage Passengers
and other Interesting Features of Voynue Arrival at Yoko
hama on Fourteenth Day after Embarking.
How happy (hey
Whcfrom', the,, toil -fahd fturriult of their
' lives, "
Steal to look down whore , naught but
f ocean strives.
f -Lord Byron. .
Were Lord Byron among the living
and on board this ship, observing that
not a woman has been seen either in
the diner or on deck for two days, and
that strong men are now stretched out
like so many mummies, he would gladly
change that word happy to miserable.
It is one" thing- to look dbwn at,and
quite another to be.ouiu the, striving
ocean. The two chairs to the right of
1ne in the diner weccupicd by En
glishmen from London, the one going
to Calcutta, the other to Australia.
Both assert that they have made many
a voyage but "never were in the like of
this." At 10 o'clock last night mo
ments seemed to abide with us like
hours. Many feared that the "Em
press" was struggling in the embrace
of a typhoon. The machinery ceased
its accustomed motion as we -were
driven, although tho pilot kept the
prow toward the line of assault. One
man declared that his head bumped the
ceiling at one dropping or sinking of
the vessel. We are thankful that it is
no worse for on a former trip the good
ship had her side smashed in, her
smoke stacks crushed and the life boats
torn loose. The deep is more'' quiet
now and my text is, "He makcth the
storm a calm, so that tho waves thereof
are still. Then are they glad because
thev be quiet, so he bringeth them
unto their desired havenj" Psalm 107::
The good ship now speeds quietly
through the glassy waters.
"Like a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean."
In reply to my" question . as to why
she steams so swiftly, the officer re
plied, "On our departure from Van
couver we cabled under the Atlantic
and, Indian oceans to Japan stating the
precise hour we would arrive in Yoko
hama, and, in spite of the delay on ac
count of the storm, the "Empress
will poke hor snoot around the nook of
-land and be entering Yokohama harbor
'just as the signal gun fires Ihe 8 o'clock
salute on Monday morning, November
. 17th. She is now making up lost time."
Stepping out upon deck before break
fast, I noticed four sailors carrying
something rolled in a blanket. "I
wonder what that is," said I to the
second steward, who responded, "That's
nothing but a stiff, and its the third
person they now-have rolled in blank
ets. But that's only a common occur
rence." Thus this Chinese steerage
passenger went unwept to his casket.
3 They are not buried at sea like white
I people but are carried to destination of
ticket for Chinese will not patronize
j any steamship' line ' that will' "not con
J trat to carry each corpse -to land for
' burial. Chinese are usually stowed
away in the. hold as Asiatic steerage
700 of them are thus stowed away on
. this ship, all returning to their native
. land. When an American or Euro
pean dies aboard ship he is cast Over
board as food for sharks. On such an
occasion the ship runs at half speed,
the captain reads the burial service,
the corpse, weighted with- bars of iron,
is then slid into the deep and is seen no
more by human eyes. "White man
chucked overboard; yellow man carried
into port," is a sad but true saying.
I understand that some steamship lines
carry every corpse into port regardless
of color, but with us is a passenger
who says lie has witnessed a burial at
sea on every voyage he has taken, hav
ing crossed the Atlantic only a month
ago. The followiug verse is full of
meaning at this moment:
"Wrecks are darkly spread below,
Where with lonely keel we go:
Gentle brows and bosoms brave
Those abysses richly pave.
If beneath the briny deep
We, with them, should xoldly sleep,
Savior, o'er the whelming sea,
Take our ransomed souls to thee."
I shall, now retire and not waken till
"Wednesday morning, this being Mon
day night, although I do not expect to
sleep longer than usual.
We have crossed the 180th meridian,
which is the International date line,
where a day js dropped going west
ward, and it is now Wednesday, No
vember 12th. Hence this week will
.have only six days for us and Novem
ber only twenty-nine days.
If wc were
sailing castwnrd and should cross this
line on Mqndav, wo Would , -rise on the
following day and it would be Monday
also, making the week have eight days.
Going Vest a day is dropped; going
cast, a day is repeated. t
To be on the ocean today is pleasant.
The ship moves proudly over tho placid
waters. Whales ventured within 150
yards of us today in a school, playing
and gamboling in semi-circular contor
tions to the delight of every beholder.
One person approximated their length
AL t Wfe
or eighty foot and . worth
$5,000 each. ' " , ";
Today the ocean is decidedly rougher
and, as we skip over the billows, my
mind turns back to the scenes of my
childhood'. Among the incidents which
float within the horizon of memory are
many in which my cousiu Will and I
figured most prominently. Once I de
coyed him over to my home and wo
were playing in the barnyard to our
young hearts content, wncn suuueniy
I heard a thump. Turning quickly,
whom should "L see but Will's father
actively administering to his runaway
son an unexpected booting. Will im
mediately began a quick retreat home
ward, crying, and so was I on account
of the fright, whereupon I was warned
that I had better look sharp as I would
bo given a ditto. But space will not
permit a rehearsal of our adventures,
nevertheless our lives were almost In
separably locked like unto David and
Jonathan. When older I remember of
having-, gone to ' the fields with books
strapped on my shoulder to be read
while the horses were resting, -If per
chance no books were provided, I would
utilize spare time by making speeches
to the cornstalks, horses and cattle.
Often weary hunters seeking rabbit,
squirrel and wild fowl, would approach
unknown to me, and cheer by tho clap
ping of hands when the perorations were
ended. 1 also rememher the censor
ship exercised by my painstaking
mother over my articles written at the
age of 12 for publication in the pa
pers. As it has always been-my de
sire to smash everything that needed
smashing, she acted as a brake to pre
vent a too radical action as well as to
prevent my sending out errors cither
grammatical or rhetorical. Surely no
one is so much interested in a person's
welfare as a mother. No commence
ment day ever brought me greater glad
ness than, when at the age of 14, I
was commissioned by the Daily Ohio
State Journal to write for its columns.
Those days have hastened into the for
ever past and here I am at the age of
31 years upon tne Diuowy ueep, mis
named the Pacific (peaceful), and now
I shall end this before breakfast reverie
by recommending the advice set f to
verse by Horatius Bonar:
. "Begin the. day with Godl
He is thy sun and day..
He is the radiance of thy dawn; I
To him address thy lay. " .. '
"Take thy first walk with God! ,
Let him go forth with thee; 2
By stream or sea", or mountain' path, -
Seek still his company. ,
"Thy first transaction be "
With God himself above; '
So shall thy business prosper well,
And all thy day be love."
-One of the engineers invited me to
accompany him today, promising to in
sure me a sight that I -would never for
get. I was taken down a hatchway
into the hold where the 700 Chinese
steerage' passengers are packed. I
shall remember the scene "till Ga
briels nnai toot." Aoout boo were
stretched out in their bunks, some sick,
some smoking while the other 100 were
either gambling or looking over the
shoulders of thpse who were gambling.
Some climbed upon boxes and stretched
their necks that they might see who
won and lost. Being accompanied by
an officer, we inarched up to the table
and saw the gambling kings taking in
the hard earned cash from the men
who had labored for years to obiain it.
One flickering light in the center of the
table dimly revealed excited eyes and
faces quivering under the terrible
strain. Men resembled demons as they
moved back and forth under the ves
sel's rocking, housed away below the
water line where perpetual gloom pre
vails. I am reliably informed that
men, having lost every dollar in that
gambling den, have been known to
rush upon the quarter-deck and leap
into the sea, preferring to oflcr them
selves as food for tho sharks rather
than return penniless to China.
Wo arc now three days' journey from
Japan, yet the ameliorating influence
of the Japan current is felt and tho
thermometer rises to our entire satis
faction as we havo had a medley of
weather since cmbarkfng. After the
s,torm of Saturday which absolutely
baffles description, we were treated to
rain, sleet and snow, nnd now a Warmer
climo is appreciated and welcomed as
a long absent friend. S
' t SATURDAY,
The fire bell sounded at 4 o'clock
and tho ship's crew hastily assembled
bfT tho' upper deck, manned tho life
boats and directed four streams (6t
Water In as many directions. It was a
false signal and the bugles soon gave
tho call "To your places" and the ex
citement was soon over. The full num
ber of men (when all places are filled)
in the crew is 300. Fronj'vfhaVI havo
seen during tho past two weeks, I am
thoroughly convinced that these fire
fighters are never handicapped by a
water famine. A false alarm is turned,
in frequently, 1 am told, in orderto
drill the men and fit them for any
If this day had been made to order,
I am confident that tho venerable Hicks
of almanac fame could not have im
proved upon it. At this time last Sun
day we were emergiug from the greatest
storm with which this vessel ever
fought. I am told today by an officer
that the storm of Saturday night has
no parallel in the ship's history, al
though the ship was damaged much
more severely in a previous encounter
to which I alluded under another date.
I had often read about the severity of
ocean tempests and the danger con
nected with ocean navigation, and for
months 1 have thought about how tame
it would be to made a voyage myself
without experiencing at least enough
rough weather to test the skipper. I now
have no complaint to offer. I am satis
fied, and will bo perfectly happy if the
weather continues as it is today for the
next sixty days' voyaging yet before
me. Nothing preventing, we shall
reach Yokohama tomorrow morning.
Not a ship has been sighted the past
two weeks; no evidence, of civilization
has come to our notice excepting some
rope which may ''have been the last
vestige of some weaker ship that failed
to weather the blast.
MONDAY, NOV. 17, IQ02.
is now past 4 o'clock and we are
in the Bay of Yeddo. Numerous tow
ering light houses to the right and left
tell us" where we are as the lights flash
across the quiet water. The scenes
give me a new conception of themsan
ing of the verse.
"There are lights along the shore
That never grow dim."
These great lights indicate great ex
pense. But why consider the expense
if they keep the ship from cutting her
throat on the rocks and from sending
to a watery grave a thousand people?
We are anchored outside the Yoko
hama harbor waiting the approach of
the quarantine oiheer. His boat ar
rives and every passenger is examined
before being permitted to land. We
are at breakfast !as 'the doctor enters
and one look at' us is sufficient
for no symptoms are present except in
The steerage passengers aro exam
ined thoroughly for among them dis
ease is most! often found. The exami
nation consumes one hour and a half.
The words, "all right" are spoken and
the vessel creeps into the harbor, where
boats from the hotels meet us. In ten
minutes we are ashore in a foreign
land, ready for the customs examina
tion of baggage which takes only a few
minutes. Then come tho jinrikishas,
each ready to wheel us to they care
not where. A jinrikisha is a two
wheeled baby buggy intended to carry
grown-up people. Here men do the
work of horses, over a million men be
ing thus employed in Japan alone, a
country of 45,000,000 people, and hav
ing an area equal to California.
The jinrikisha rate is 10 cents per
hour, and the rate at which those men
run with a heavy man is a surprise to
strangers. At 12'0'clock tiffin (lunph)
was announced and it surprised me
more than even the. rikisha men with
their running. Lunch consisted of
seventeen courses and I am frank to
admit that I never saw its equal else
where. Three other Americans join in
the same verdict. The room assigned
me is princely. 1 was never assigned
a superior, and the total cost per day
is three yen, or 1.50 American. Those
who have followed me thus far observe
that I avoid generalizing and present
particulars. I have read the writings
of travelers for years and all were given
too much to generalities to the painful
exclusion of particulars, hence I desire
to strike an unstruck chord on the liter
LockwoMd's Art Display I
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Our Furniture and Houso Furnishing stock la
THE LARGEST AND
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in tho city.
Our "Prices and'tTcrins" aro so rcaBonablo that
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After inspecting OUR Furniture closely and getting
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ature of travel. "An honest confes
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than about cathedrals, temples, etc.,
yet those creations of mau,'tt , genius
shall not be slighted.
Surrounded by scenes and life totally
different from any I had ever dreamed
of or anticipated, I slialUialt'juidj'wrta
more fully when I have completed my
survey of tho city and its surroundings,
and have accustomed myself to actually
believe that I see what I see.
"Pass not unmarked the Island In that sea,
Where nature claims the most celebrity,
Half hidden, stretching in a lengthened
In front of China, which its guide shall be,
Japan abounds in mines of silver fine
And shall enlightened be by holy faith dV
E. C. Horn.
Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 17., 1902.
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j tjfc 2&
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