The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, December 03, 1936, Image 6

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**Heroes of the Sea ”
Famous Headline Hunter
FROM William M. Thom of Brooklyn, N. Y., comes an
other swell story of the sea—a heart-breaking tale of a j
sinking ship, and a fine epic of true sea-going courage. Bill
tells this tale of the wreck of the steamer Sibiria in 1916,
and it’s one that I wouldn’t have missed for a lot of money.
Bravery and hardihood aren’t such common qualities these
days that you can afford to pass them up, and this yarn will
bring to light a certain feat of the Lansdowne volunteer
crew of the English coast guard that well deserves to be
recorded in print.
Bill Thom was chief engineer on the Sibiria, and in November, 1916,
she was carrying munitions from Halifax to London. She crossed the
Atlantic without incident, but the night of the nineteenth was black and
wild, with a high sea running.
A few miles off to port lay the Kent coast, with no lights
showing, due to the danger of air raids. All hands were looking
forward to tying up at the Tilsbury docks the next morning, BUT
' | AGAIN.
The Sibiria Was in Serious Trouble.
Sometime in the black stormy night a mistake was made. The look
out had missed the North Foreland lighthouse beacon, and now the
Sibiria was in serious trouble. Practically at the mouth of the River
Thames lie the treacherous Goodwin Sands, graveyard of many a ship.
In the same locality was a mine-field, set to trap German submarines.
The Sibiria had blundered in between the two. Lost—wallowing through
rough seas in inky blackness—her captain was faced with a difficult
choice. He could either run her into the mine field, and probably be
blown to bits, or take his chances with the dreaded quicksands.
"What an alternative,” says Bill. "But on the Goodwin Sands we
had at least a slim chance of being rescued by the English coast guard.
Another Lifeboat Battling Its Way Toward Us.
So Captain Swift steered away from the mine field and gray dawn saw
the Sibiria on the sands, held fast, pounded by the waves and SLOWLY
Rockets and wireless messages were sent out all through the
night. Finally, in the light of the gray dawn, they saw an open
lifeboat headed toward them I'rom Deal. Huddled on the bridge
and the boat deck the Siberia’s crew watched the boat's crew
make a terrific fight against the sea. Imagine the disappointment
those fellows must have felt, when, after hours of battling, the
lifeboat was forced to return to shore.
i Couldn’t Launch the Boats.
As a last resort the captain ordered one of the Sibiria’s own boats
launched. It was battered to pieces against the side of the ship almost
as soon as it hit the water. "It was now afternoon," says Bill. "The
deck was awash and on the staircase of the dining salon we could see
the water slowly rising, one step every hour. Fifty-two of us huddled
on the bridge and the boat deck, waiting, waiting. Our hopes rose as,
from Ramsgate, on the north, our straining eyes picked out another
lifeboat battling its way toward us. But it was the same story. The
high seas broke their oars and almost swamped them. They, too, re
turned to shore.”
It was getting dark by then. The masts, funnel and bridge and
boat deck were all that remained above water. "We were being
drenched by every wave," says Bill. "The end was in sight—but we
hadn't reckoned with the determination of English seamen. They hadn’t
given up. Again from the direction of Deal came a boat, making a
bitter struggle. This time a British destroyer, at the risk of being
torpedoed by lurking U-boats, stood by and illuminated the scene with
her searchlights. For more weary hours the crew of that lifeboat fought
the mountainous seas. Nearer and nearer they came while we held our
breaths every time a big roller hit them. It was a life and death matter
to us—but it looked this time as if they were going to make it."
Then Came the Coast Guardsmen.
They did make It! And what a scene that was. The lifeboat
couldn’t come alongside the ship, for It would have been dashed
to pieces. But they came up on the lee side, and, at the ahouted
« instructions of the boat’s coxswain, one man Jumped into it each
time it swept past on the trough of a wave.
ONE MAN AT A TIME—that’s all they could take. Then, to get in
position again, they had to row clear around the ship. Around they went,
and a second man leaped into the boat. Around they went again—and
again. There were 16 men in that boat. They were the Lansdowne
volunteer crew, and most of them were fishermen. Their names deserve
to go down into history, for, after a heart-breaking battle with the
waves getting out to a spot two other boats had failed to reach, they
rowed around that ship time and again, saving a life at each trip.
Every Man Was Rescued.
And they didn’t stop until every last man had been rescued. FIFTY
TWO TIMES they circled the Sibiria. Then, with 68 people in their badly
overloaded boat, they started a precarious journey back to the shore.
If It was hard going out, it was worse going back. The rowers
were tired. The load was more than three times as great as it
had been on the trip to the sinking ship. Of that struggle Bill
Thom doesn’t say much. “But we made it all right," is the way
he describes it. Yet, I can read between the lines of that simple
statement, and I guess you can, too.
The Sibiria was under charter to the Canadian government, but her
crew was American. So it came about that our own President, Wood
row Wilson, was the man who took official recognition of the Lansdowne
crew’s brave act. He awarded the coxswain a gold medal and a silver
one to each of the oarsmen. “And, believe me,” says Bill Thom, "they
deserved at least that."
©— WNU Service.
Founded Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio, was founded in
July, 1796, by surveyors from Con
necticut, who represented another
company, which had bought a strip
of land along Lake Erie. This land
had been claimed by Connecticut by
right of its old British charter, but
it had relinquished ru.i over it to
the federal government and had
sold the land to the Connecticut
Land company. The company, in
turn, resold farms and town lots
to people in Connecticut, New York
and elsewhere, and these settled in
tfoe city and the region around it.
Sleeping Knight
Zakopane's landmark is Giewont,
or the Sleeping Knight, a long
mountain whose shape resembles
that of a knight stretched out asleep
on the ground. It is one of the
highest peaks in Poland and vari
ous legends center about it One
tale is that the Sleeping Knight is
the guardian of the mountains, and
that to the end of time he will pro
tect the mountains and all guests.
Another legend says that within the
mountains sleeps the legendary
king, Bolcslaw the Bravs with all
his knights.
One Big Calcli
War Cornea Closer
More Houses Needed
Would Not Cat Ladies
President Roosevelt, interrupting
his journey to attend to official
Arthur llrlahnnr
Business, aid a ut
ile fishing from a
whale boat off
Port-of-Spain. It
was poor fishing,
but the President
did not complain;
he caught some
thing worth while
on election day—
to catch forty six
out of a possible
forty-eight fish is
good fishing.
Europe and
Asia seem to be
getting a little
closer to war, al
though many wise ones think it still
far off.
Germany admits willingness to
side with Japan in a fight against
bolshevism. Practical Stalin, man
of few words, tells Japan what he
thinks of her pact with Germany by
refusing to renew a treaty that per
mits Japan to fish in Russian water
off the coast of eastern Siberia.
That fishing privilege is vitally
important to the feeding of Japan’s
surplus millions, increasing at the
rate of one million new Japanese
every year.
Langdon Post, New York’s com
missioner of housing, tells the Amer
ican Federation of Labor that a
great national shortage of houses
exists, because there has been no
building. New York City, especially,
is in a bad way, according to Mr.
Post; there the shortage in housing
’’may have tragic consequences.”
That is good news for the build
ing trades, and temporarily good
news for landlords; they will not
overbuild. As usual, politicians will
seize the opportunity to raise taxes,
and presently money lenders will
be once more selling real estate un
der foreclosures.
Life is a brief game of seesaw
—now up, that is prosperity; then
down, that is depression. The bud
get is not the only thing that needs
Our neighbor. Nicaragua, well ad
vanced in modern intelligence, es
tablishes a military flying school,
orders fighting planes from the Unit
ed States, hires a first-class instruc
tor. There is progress everywhere,
and you realize it when you read in
chapter 26 of Westermarck’s “The
Origin and Development of the Mo
ral Ideas":
In ancient Nicaragua women were
held unworthy to perform any duty
in connection with the temples, and
were immolated outside the temple
ground of the large sanctuaries, and
even their flesh was unclean food for
the high priest, who accordingly ate
only the flesh of males.
What a jump from a civilization
in which the high priest would not
eat ladies that had been slaughtered
to a modern air school in which
young Nicaraguan women, once ex
cluded from the temples, will be al
lowed to fly planes and learn how
to release bombs!
Schumann - Heink, artist of the
operatic stage, and a fine example
to all women, is dead at seventy
Young ladies who say “I can’t
have children because I must have
a career,” and sometimes have
neither, please observe that Mme.
Schumann - Heink had a magnifi
cent artistic career and many chil
dren also, including two boys killed
in the big war, and one on a sub
marine, who survived.
Winston Churchill, able English
man, thinks Great Britain, France
and the United States should remain
"one in support of democracy,”
and calls the United States "a child
of our blood and ideals.” This coun
try is the child of many different
kinds of blood and ideals. Greater
New York includes the biggest
Italian city in the world, bigger
than Rome or Milan; more than a
million of Italian birth or descent.
The same New York contains two
million jews, many more than ever
were in Palestine.
Colombia has written a new con
stitution. authorizing its govern
ment, among other things, to con
fiscate private property without
paying the owners. Conservative
citizens of Colombia call that “com
munistic,” which seems hardly an
More pay increases, more bo
nuses, more distribution of accu
mulated surplus by big corporations.
Sixty - five thousand workers in
textile and shoe industries learn
that they are to have Christmas
bonuses and better wages.
Two young female geniuses,
Misses Fanny Hurst and Agnes Rep
plier, disagree about book writing.
Agnes Repplier says it is "peril
ously easy”; Fanny Hurst says no,
it is hard.
Publishers say all depends on the
kind of books you write and the
brain you have.
O King Feature* Syndicate, loo.
WNU Service
Fur Borders Flourish in the Mode
tpOR stirring first page
* news in regard to
important style trends,
look to the borderlines
of fashion—which is by
way of calling attention
to the spectacular role
border treatments are
playing throughout costume design
this season.
Not only are sumptuous fur
borders flourishing in the mode,
but designers are performing all
sorts of tricks with borderings and
bindings of silks, velvets cut on
bias, laces, ribbons, braids, em
broidered bandings and glittering
novelties of various sorts.
To get some idea of the glamor
and glory of the situa.ion let fancy
run to this—a youthful and enchant
ing quaint full-skirted frock of black
taffeta the hemline of which is bor
dered with wide Roman-striped
ribbon in flamboyant red, yellow,
blue and green. Somewhere on the
bodice a bit of this bizarre bordering
plays up to the faiety of the skirt
hemline, and the effect is all that
you might suppose and then some.
However, it is not that just eve
ning costumes are doing the hon
ors with borders, for the demure
street gown has subscribed to the
border idea with an enthusiasm
that knows no bounds. It is ultra
chic for the very new and smart
circular - cut daytime dresses of
sheer black wool, or of the now-so
much-talked-of suede cloth, duve
tyn or broadcloth to be outlined with
a banding formed of braid or tiny
grosgrain ribbon in the gay and
lively Tyrolean colors or corona
tion reds, purples and blues.
So completely has the iuea of
borders and bindings captured the
fancy of designers, they do not stop
Black with a splash of high color
is the call - supreme in fashion's
realm for this fall and winter. The
right kind of an all-black gown, coat
ensemble or suit with the right
kind of colorful costume jewelry
works out the idea to a nicety as
the picture herewith assures. Solid
black high-lighted by bracelets and
finger ring of crystal and rhine
stones, creates the dramatic cos
tumes rere shown. Circular plaques
of prystal studded with simulated
sapphire stone set in prystal. The
rhinestone links, form two of the
bracelets. The third bracelet con
sists of two one-and-a-half-inch wide
plaques each going half way round
the arm, joined by prystal and rhine
stone links. The cabochon back and
front is set with a myriad of rhine
stones. The ring is a rectangular
sapphire stone set in prystal. The
modish high crowned hat is of black
matelasse jersey.
at mere hemline borderings for not
infrequently they allow applied
bands or inserts of lace, ribbon or
what-not to run around and around
the skirt and the bodice, one row
spaced above another. Indeed this
use of unique and versatile border
band and binding treatments is
well worth watching, for fashion’s
spotlight is cast direct upon them.
As to the smart fur borders that
are giving high distinction to au
tumn and winter fashions they are
staging just one thrill after another.
The three modes pictured typify
newest gestures in border treat
ments. Handsome gray wolf collars
and borders the coat of black nov
elty-weave woolen shown to the left.
This brings up the importance of
gray fur trimmings on black. The
hue and cry for gray furs gains
momentum as the season advances.
A fashion which is taking well is
the fur-bordered tunic coat. To the
right in the picture you see an in
teresting version of the general fa
The coat centered in the group
is new among the newest. In the
first place it is all gray and
throughout the world of iashion the
praises of gray are being sung. In
this instance the material is a stun
ning gray basset wool weave with
a wide bordering of gray caracul
up-and-down the front. This method
of bordering with fur is the ‘‘last
© Western Newspaper Union.
Henna brown and burnt orange
are the two new shades stressed
by Vionnet in her new winter col
lection. These soft autumn shades
are well adapted to tweed sports
clothes and are shown in two and
three piece tailored suits, simple
woolen street dresses and even in
afternoon clothes combined with
brown or black.
The Vionnet silhouette has been
slightly changed in that -tarts are
fuller and a bit longer—coming to
well below the mid-calf line. Broad
ened and padded sleeves are used
throughout to emphasize the shoul
der line and many of the sleeves
are fashioned loose and open at the
Street and afternoon dresses are
made with severely high necks in
front which are often caught down
with clips of brilliants.
Combine Wool and Fur in
Smartest New Costumes
Wool and fur are combined to
provide some of the most striking
costumes for fall days in town, on
the campus and even ;a the coun
try. The luxurious onei, of course,
star silver fox, sable and mink
are destined to be worn only by
th" chosen few. Equally smart but
less expensive types make use of
semi-precious and casual furs.
These include suave woolen dresses
with fur jackets or coats that are
warm enough for now. The dresses
can go under heavier coats when
the weather gets colder and back
under the little fur jackets in early
Kidskin is the favorite right now.
Buttons Go Sporty
Inspired by the eleventh Olympi
ad, American manufacturers of but
tons are turning out a variety of
sports designs. There are tiny
binoculars, tops in two tones, chess
men. boxing gloves (only an inch
and a quarter long, but complete in
detail), and baseball mits.
Simple But Smart Models
JV/fATRON, maid, or tiny miss—
1 1 your attention please. For as
sembled here are three lovely
frocks to brighten your ward
robes. All are designed to be
made at home, quickly and inex
pensively, and each is accom
panied by a step-by-step instruc
tion chart which makes sewing a
real pleasure and recreation.
The lovely and graceful day
time or afternoon frock, Pattern
1949, features a novel yet simple
yoke and collar treatment, a clev
er swing skirt, and youthful
sleeves, long or short. Chic and
stylish, yet as simple as can be,
it will make up beautifully in sizes
12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 (30 to 38
bust measure), and size 14, with
short sleeves, requires just 3%
yards of 39 inch material.
The comely morning frock
which steals the center, Pattern
1973, is available in a wide range
of sizes and takes top honors for
comfort and versatility. Requiring
just five simple pieces including
the belt, it goes together like a
charm, to fit perfectly and make
your morning chores so much
lighter. The pointed yoke is slim
ming, the set in sleeves are free
and open, and the skirt is dart
fitted at the waist. As easy to
make as to wear, this pattern is
designed for sizes 36, 38, 40, 42,
44, 46, 48, 50, and 52. Send for
it today. Size 38 requires just 3ys
yards of 35 inch fabric, dimity
or percale or gingham or seer*
The tempting model for tiny tots,
Pattern 1944, is likewise utterly
simple to make, yet as cunning as
can be. Good for party or for
play, it is a pattern you can cut
twice and save for future use in|
any of a wide range of fabrics.
The tiny puff sleeves are cut in
one with the shoulder with just
two simple pieces for the front
and back of the dress. The size
range—six months, one, two and
three years. The one year size
requires 1% yards of 36 inch
material, and if you wish you can
make the pockets, cuffs and fac
ings in contrast.
Send for the Barbara Bell Fall \
and Winter Pattern Book contain- '
ing 100 well - planned, easy-to
make patterns. Exclusive fash
ions for children, young women,
and matrons. Send fifteen cents
in coins for your copy.
Send your order to The Sewing
Circle Pattern Dept., 367 W.
Adams St., Chicago, 111. Patterns
15 cents (in coins) each.
© Bell Syndicate.—WN’U Service.
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