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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (July 26, 1909)
By Edward S.CIarka
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ASHINGTON.-A perusal of the
Navy Register in the depart
ment offices discloses the fact
that Capt. Lucien Young has
been advanced twice in rank
for conspicuous gallantry in
time of danger.
When Lucien Young of the
I'nlted States navy reported at
Annapolis for examination for
entrance to the naval academy
the examining board looked
upon a youthful Samson. He
was ns ilne a physical speci
men of boyhood as the old
salts ever had seen. He lifted
things that no two men in Annapolis were able
to lift. He scored perfect in his physical ex
amination, but when it came to the study ex
amination it is voraciously related that Young
ppelled Europe 'Trope."
This "short cut" in his spelling methods
came pretty near being his undoing, but the
cademy board had n second thought on the
matter and Young became a cadet, a cadet as
smart as a whiplash in work and in study, and
his classmates were put to it to keep pace
Lucien Young has been distinguishing him
self one way and another ever since the day
lie set Theodore Roosevelt a precedent in re
formed spelling. While he was still a mid
shipman he was cruising-on one of the old
time wooden warships in the Mediterranean.
A sailor fell from aloft, struck a spar and,
bounding clear of the vessel, full into the sea.
Midshipman Young saw the man fall and
an instant later he hnd cleared the rail and
was in the water swimming lustily to the res
cue. The fall had made the sailor practically
unconscious. He was so stunned that he made
but a feeble effort to help himself and It was
an Inert, heavy burden that Young held above
the water until a boat came from the ship to
Young Etarted on his er
rand and fell in with the
gunboats Hornet, Lieut.
Helm, and Wompatuek.
Lieut. Jungen. The little
squadron picked up a prize
in a vessel loaded with pro
visions and intended for the
Spaniards and then the three
vessels entered the Azuraga
Young discovered a gun
boat at anchor near a block
house. The Wompatuek was
unable because of her draft
to go in with the Hist and
the Hornet. The guns of the
two American vessels put
the Spanish gunboat out of
business after a lively en
gagement. In which nearly a
thousand Spanish soldiers on
shore had a hand. The Span
lards were not more than
400 yards away from the
American boats and they
literally swept the decks
ed away in
full view of
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luck. It was
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Spaniards Hip Spaniards could see the
Americans. The Winslow kept on fir
in K constantly, the gunners aiming as
well as they could under the guidance
of the sound of the Spanish guns.
Suddenly n shell -struck the Ameri
can boat, passing clean through the
conning tower, smashing the steering
apparatus and severing the steam pip
ing connecting the gear of the helm.
Hardly a second passed before an
other shot Jammed the rudder and cut
both wheel ropes. Still another pro
Jectlle burst close to the American
and a fragment of It struck Lieut. Her
nadou in the thigh, inflicting a gaping
wound and throwing the officer to the
Then there came a showing of pure
grit. liernadou rose to his feet,
dressed his own wound, stanching the
flow of blood and keeping knowledge
of the severity of his injury from tho
crew. With tils vessel disabled so
that steering was impossible and with
only one engine in working condition
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When Lucien Young was an ensign he was
assigned to a new iron man-of-war called tho
Huron. Tho vessel was bound south from
New York in November, 1877, and when off
Nag's Head, on the coast of North Carolina, it
struck the rocks nnd in less than an hour the
disnster was complete. It was a bitter night
and a tremendous sea was running. The black
ness shut out the shore view and no one knew
what the landing chances were in case it be
came possible to put boats through the pound
ing, grinding sea. One boat was launched and
it was smashed instnnter. Then It appeared
to the .captain that there was but one chance
to save any part of the crew. A volunteer was
asked for to attempt to carry n life line to the
The instant that the call came Ensign
Young volunteered to attempt to carry the line
to land. The captain told him that his chance
of life was not one in a thousand. Young said:
"All right. I'll go."
A sailor named Williams volunteered to ac
company Young. The two took what is known
ns a balsa, attached to a rope, and making
their way out on a spar they dropped Into the
seething water. Tho waves beat them back
against the spar and Young was severely
bruised by the contact. He stuck to his task,
however, and with Williams succeeded in mak
ing headway against the iierce assault of the
waves and in escaping death among the storm
beaten rocks. Finally they gained a foothold
upon the sands beyond the roaring surf. The
result of their heroism was the saving of about-one-third
of the Huron's crew. The vessel
went to pieces so quickly that the rescue of all
the crew by mean? of tho ll'o line proved Im
possible. Naval oil'icers believe tha. Young was born
lucky as well ns brave. Four days before the
naval battle off Santiago Rear Admiral Samp
non ordered Lieut. Young, who was in com
nirnd of a suml! gunboat called tho Hist, to
cruise in the vicinity of Mair.aulllo and if prac
ticable to destroy some Spanish gunboats said
V) be lying in ihe harbor.
had taken the Hist farther Into
the bay, ran into nine armed vessels "drawn
tip in the form of a crescent across the har
bor, close in shore, where they were supported
by artillery and large bodies of troops. On
the right of the crescent formntlon of craft
was a savage looking torpedo boat, while a
good sized gunboat guarded the left flank."
Young, Helm and Jungen, for the Wompa
tuek succeeded In getting into action, fought
this apparently overwhelming force of the en
emy for an hour and a half, completely dis
abled the Spanish torpedo boat, put at least
four of the gunboata out of the business, broke
p a huge pontoon on which floated a six-inch
smooth-bore gun, caused the Spanish soldiers
supporting the naval force to retreat and won
an absolutely complete victory generally.
The American boats did not escape unin
jured in this action. The Hornet engines
were disabled and tho Wompatuek, under
Young's order, took her In tow, but. disabled
as she was, the Hornet stayed in action1 and
one of its gunners succeeded in putting a six
pound shot squarely into a sloop loaded with
soldiers, all of whom were firing at the crews
of tho American vessels. Tho sloop went to
the bottom and took mosjt of her crew with
In the fight, as has been snld, the Spanish
force was greatly superior to that of the Amer
ican. Young was then only a lieutenant, but
he was In command or three ships and he did
his work well. He was advanced threo num
bers for his gallantry in this fight. Years be
fore he had been advanced, as tho record
shows, "for extraordinary heroism on the oc
casion of the wreck of tho Huron."
Commander John Uaptlste Ilernndou, Vulted
States Navy, died recently at the Nava Hos
pital, New York City. The sea service Is
mourning the loss of one of Its finest sailors.
In May, 1R98, Hernadou was engaged In o-o
of tho hottest naval fights that marked thr
Spanish war. It was not a great affair llko
the buttlo in Manila bay or that off Santiago,
but wlfile It Usted the work was of the real
war kind and in dm engagement was killed
Knslgn Worth Ripley, the only officer of the
American sea servic e who lost his life in the
conflict with Spain.
Karly in May, W8, the Wilmington, Com
mander Todd, the Hudson, Lieut. Newcomb,
and the Winslow, Lieut. Dernndou, sailed into
Cardenas Harbor in search of some Spanish
gunboats which were believed to be anchored
there. Commanath r Todd being tho senior
officer present, was iu command of the little
squadron of three essels. In order to pre
vent the escape of any ships of the enemy he
ordered his two Junior commanding officers to
search either side of the bay while he took
his own vessel straight down the middle of
It happened, however, that tho commanding
officer himself first c aught sight of a Spanish
gunboat apparently moored to n wharf on tho
water front of the town. He signaled: "Win
slow go In nnd investigate gunboat moored to
wharf, there on rinlit, painted gray."
"Ay, Ay. sir." came the answer and Ilernn
dou took the Winslow in.
The Spanish gunboat turned out to be the
Antonio Lopez. Iternadou headed for tho town
with the Winslow under full speed. When the
boat was nt n distance of about tj00 yards
from the wharf smoke appeared from the bow
of the Spanish boat and a shell whizzed by
the port side of the Winslow. Instantly con
cealed land batteries opened on Hernadon's
little torpedo craft. In a minute the Ameri
can vessel was in the center of a perfect
storm of projectiles.
Ilernndou was no laggard In returning the
lire of the enemy, hut the luck of nature was"
against him, for sutilcnly a haze settled down
over the batteries of the Spaniards and over
tho Antonio Lopez and completely concealed
them from view. It. was known afterward
that ivhilt the Amarlcans could not see tho
the wounded officer succeeded in keeping his
ship moving enough to prevent Its becoming
a stationary mark for the enemy's guns.
While in this crippled condition the Ameri
can vessel kept up uninterrupted Are from its
guns and was aided by the fire of the Wil
mington nnd the Hudson. Notwithstanding
the apparent extremity of their case the gun
crews of the Winslow managed to put the
Spanish gunboat entirely out of action with
some well-planted shells, but the shore bat
teries were still iu able lighting condition and
they poured in their shot unceasingly.
Ily this time the Winslow was becoming
fairly riddled with shot nnd Lieut. Newcomb,
in command of the Hudson, notwithstanding
the fac t that his vessel was too frail to hope
to stand against any kind of shell punishment,
nsked permission to go to the Winslow's aid. It
was impossible for the Wilmington to dose
in because of the draught and Commander
Todd told Lieut. Newcomb to do what he
could for the stricken ship.
Newcomb took his boat In while the Wil
mington kept up n furious (ire on the enemy's
works, but failing to silence them during the
time the Winslow nnd the Hudson were In
their perilous positions. With the shot of the
Wilmington falling into their works and now
and then putting the men of an entire bnttery
out of action, the Spaniards still kept up their
lire on the crafts of Ilemadou nnd Newcomb.
The crew of the Hudson after o0 minutes'
work with the shells dropping all about them
succeeded In making fast a cable to the crip
pled Winslow and in towing the boat out of
range. Inning all this time the Winslow's
commanding officer. Lieut, nernadou, wounded
ns he was and almost fainting from the loss
of blood, kept the deck nnd the command. It
was an exhibition of heroism of which tut
nuvy will be pica, until the end of timu.
WHY PEOPLE SUFFER.
Too often the kidneys are the cause
and the sufferer is not aware of it.
Sick kidneys bring backache and sida
pains, lameness and stiffness, dizzi
ness, headaches, tired feeling, urinary
troubles. Doan's Kid
ney Pills euro the
cause. Mrs. N. E.
Iowa, says: "I suf
fered from kidney
trouble for years.
The secretions were
were pains in my back and swellings
of the ankles. Often I had smother
ing spells. .1 had to bo helped about
Doan's Kidney Pills cured me five
years ago and I have been well since.
They saved my life."
Remember the name Donn's. For
sale by all dealers. CO cents a box.
Ister-Milburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
KNEW SOMETHING OF IT.
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Williams (shaking his fountain
pen) You have no idea how easily
these pens run!
Ills Neighbor (applying a blotter to
his trousers) Oh, I have an Inkling.
No Need of Interference.
The two neighbors who were pass
ing the little cottnge heard sounds as
of a terrific conflict inside and
stopped to listen.
Presently they heard a loud thump,
as If somebody had fallen to the floor.
"Grogan is beating his wife again!"
Ilursting the door open, they rushed
Into the house.
"Whnt's the trouble here?" tlfey de-
"Ther" ain't no trouble, gentlemen,"
calmly answered Mrs. Grogan, who
had her husband down and was sit
ting on his head. "Gwan!"
Spoken from Experience.
It was the grammar class and the
teacher hnd asked for words ending
cvlth "ous." "Can any one." she said,
'give me a word like 'dangerous,'
meaning full of clangor, 'hazardous,'
'ull of hazard?"
There was silence for a moment.
Then a hoy in the bnck row put up
"Well, Hobby, what Is your word?"
"Please, Miss," came tho reply,
"pious, full of pie!"
He frowned in perplexity on hearing
the was out again.
"I wonder, Jimmy, If your sister re
alizes," he said bitterly, "that I have
treated her to three taxi rides and
four open-air concerts this month?"
"You bet she realizes it," said the
small boy, grinning. "That's why
she's keepln' her engagement to Jos
Johnson a secret."
Saving Her Blushes.
"I havo here," said the young In
ventor, "a device that will be a boon
to the typists."
"What Is it?" asked the manufac
turer of typewriters.
"It's an extra key. Whenever the
operator can't spell a word she
presses this key and it makes a
Mr.Snapp Life is full of contradic
tions. Mrs. Snapp And I say it' Isn't.
A 8ure and Easy Test on Coffee.
To decide tho all Important ques
tion of coffee, whether or not it is
really the hidden cause of physical
alls and approaching fixed diseases,
one should make a test of ten days by
leaving off coffee entirely and using
If relief follows you may know to
a certainty that coffee has been
your vicious enemy. Of course you
can take it bnck to your heart again,
if you like to keep sick.
A lady says: "I had suffered with
stomach trouble, nervousness and ter
rible sick headaches ever since I was
a little child, for my people were al
ways great coffee drinkers and let us
children have all we wanted. I got
so I thought I could not live without
coffee, but I would not acknowledge
that it caused my suffering.
"Then I read so many articles about
Postum that I decided to give it a fair
trial. I had not used it two weeks in
place of coffee until I began to feel
like a different person. The headache
and nervousness disappeared and
whereas I used to be sick two or three
days out of a week while drinking cof
fee I am now well and strong and
sturdy seven days a week, thanks to
"I had been using Postum three
months and had never been sick a
day when I thought I would experi
ment and see If It really was coffee
that caused the trouble, so I began S
to drink coffee again and Inside of a
week I had a sick spell. I was so ill
I was soon convinced that coffee was
the cause of all my ml eery and I went
back to Postum with the result that
I was soon well and strong again and
determined to stick to Postum and
leave coffee alono In the future."
Read the little book, "The Rond to
Wellvllle," In pkgs. "There's aReason."
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