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The Last Voyage
By Randall Parrish
Author i f Dob Hampton ot P.dvxr.
I lustrations 'n- Dw'orn Melvill
educated' man, an' seemed to like to
hear me talk, an' among other sea
yarns I happened to tell him this one.
He seemed mighty Interested, although
he wasnl never given to seafarin',
an' asked me a whole pile o fool ques
tions. Finally he wanted to meet me
again alone the next day.
"Well, having nothln" better to do,
I was there when he came, an' he
Bhowed up with a queer-lookln', big,
ol' book, the cover half ripped off,
under his arm. Then-he made me tell
him that yarn over again, and de
membered It Then, when I'd got
through, an' told him everything I
could dig out o' my memory, he opened
up that book o' his on the table, an'
damme, sir, if he didn't show me a
picture of that same ol' hooker, plain
aa life, only everything was trim an'
shipshape on board, with the masts up
an' the sails drawln'. The name was
printed underneath, too Donna Isa
"That book he showed me sras
printed In Spanish not just like what
you see to-day, sir, but the letterln' all
rough, as though It had been cut out
o' wood, but the fellow showed me the
date when It was printed, an' it read
'Seville, 1779,' plain enough. Francisco
wrote out In English what be said was
printed there about this Donna Isa
bel; an' there It Is, sir, In his own
He took the paper out of his inner
coat pocket and spread It open on
the table before us. De Nova and
Anderson leaned forward eagerly to
look at it, but Tuttle shoved it along
"Read it out loud, sir," he said, his
voice trembling. The writing was not
clear, and I held It Up to the light.
"Galleon Donna Isabel, ship-rigged,
950 tons, Amador, Master, built 1730,
home port Cadiz. Sailed Guayaquil
for Valencia, June 11, 1753; crew num
bered 32, passengers 17, Including five
women; carried treasure, in gold In
gots and pieces ot eight, valued at
3,000,000 pesos, consigned by Canda
mo, presldente. to department of the
west, receipted for by Salvatore, gov
ernment agent. Spoken by ship Con
quistador, Sanchez, master, July 16,
1753, 80 degrees 20 minutes west and
47 degrees 15 minutes south; all well
Lost at sea; no report."
I put down the paper, and looked
across at Tuttle; he sat motionless,
his head In his hands. I confess tha
tale had affected me strangely, and I
could not doubt that tho man honestly
believed every word he had uttered.
Yet It was far too marvelous ever to
be true; too Impossible; too wildly
romantic. It must have been a hallu
cination, an optical Illusion born from
a mirage of fog and sun In those
frozen seas. Over 3,000,000 pesos,
locked within the eternal Ice for 126
years! Over 3,000,000 pesos, guarded
by the dead for a century amid that
grim desolation of crested sea! God!
It was simply unthinkable, and I even
ventured to smile at the credulity of
the men about me; yet I did It with
set Jaws and Hps parched and dry.
What if It was all true? I felt the
blood boiling up through my veins,
every extremity tingling with the
fever of It Over 3,000,000 pesos!
Merciful mother! It was the ransom of
a king; It was the temptation of hell!
I know not how I controlled my voice
so as to question calmly, for, even
as I first spoke, I noticed how my
hands trembled where they rested on
the outspread map.
"Is that all?"
Tuttlo nodded his head, uplifting
his eyes questlonlngly to mine.
"That'B tho whole of It, Bir. What
do ycu think?"
"That's more than I know, Mr. Tut
tle. Perhaps you dreamed, perhaps
Francisco lied. I should have liked to
see that book."
I bent lower over the chart, staring
at the red cross.
"What was It you men wanted me
"Iv operate the steamer, sir; the
rest of us aboard only understand
"Yes, of course; but why did you
happen to choose a Bteamer for tho
Job? There were plenty of sailing
craft lvlns: In the harbor easier to
steal than this yacht."
"Very true, but it happened to be
steam nower we wanted. Here is
about how we figured It, sir. First
place, we had to get away quickly
out of those portions of the sea where
they'd be most likely to hunt for us.
We're outlaws, an' every ship sallln'
under a flag Is an enemy. Well, sir,
what chance would a sallln' vessel
have In such a chase? We needed
somcthln' that would show m a
clean pair o' heels somethln' that
would give 'em a run for their money.
That's what this yacht can do; she's
pokln' It now at sixteen."
"Yes; you've got the advantage," I
confessed, "so long aa your coal lasts.
But you can't put In anywhere for a
new supply what then?"
He turned partially about, and
winked at De Nova; the fellow
grinned back at him, but burst in
"Oh, we're not quite so green as all
zat, Mona. Stephens, an' I t'lnk we got
slk t'lng plan' out jus' 'bout right We
steam so till we get maybe far 'nough
south Were sey quit look for us. How
It be 130 degrees west an' 40 degrees
south? Nobody t'lnk we go zere
non, non. We got coal plenty for
sat, an' zen have bunch left I know;
I try It No move need push her elzer
after we leave ze Ferdandez we be
well ahead zen. Zen we rig up ze
schooner sails, an' make ze next
t'ousan' mile wlzout burn' a poun'.
You Bee how It do? Ze danjatre was
not, for In zat ocean we meet nossing
but maybe ze whale ishtp."
"You understand what be means,
sir?" went on Tuttle, as tho Creole
paused for breath. "Once well ahead
we can fall back on canvas, and save
the coal. But we'll need the steam
power down there to hold her off an'
on by the Island while we do the job.
It's a mighty nasty bit o' water, an' a
sallln' vessel Is apt to get pinched in
the ice. But with a steamer we can
hold her to It, however tho wind
I looked at the fellow with greater
respect. Evidently he had considered
t ii in, s. m ijiji
He Drove His Sheath Knife Half to
the Hilt Into the Table.
every angle ot the desperate game be
"Your scheme certainly sounds rea
sonable enough," I admitted, almost
reluctantly. "And the chances are
you will get there all right. But sup
pose you do; suppose you discover
this mysterious Island; suppose you
find there the galleon as you say; sup
pose you even succeed In getting
aboard, and Into possession of the
treasure what then? Don't you know
you're bound to be caught the minute
you come out of the Antarctic into
any ocean patrolled by the fleets of
the world? You have committed pi
racy a crime against the nations
and the civilized world will unite to
hunt you down."
"That's another reason way we hao
to have a steamer," he explained,
calmly. "You just remarked that
they'd be lookln' for the Sea Queen to
come back. Well, let 'em look; they
won't never see her, sir. Once we
get that gold under hatches, an' back
as far as that rock they call Dough
erty Island an' that's only a run o'
maybe 500 miles I'll engage to make
over this here Sea Queen so that her
own captain wouldn't know her CO
feet away. How? I'd strip the en
gines out o' her, h'lst the stack over
board, tear down tho bridge an' wheel
house, rig her as a barkentlne, change
every lino o' paint fore an' aft, an'
then wreck her somewhere along the
east Fatagonlan coast, or maybe the
Falkland. It would be nothln' but a
bloomln' whaler gone ashore on'
afore anybody finds out different, we'll
bo scattered to hell an' back."
I was obliged to acknowledge to
myself that It was not an Impossible
plan. Eliminating the chance ot ac
cident or some unusually bail luck,
success appeared not only possible,
"Did you think all that out yourself,
"Well, Francisco suggested consid
erable, but we did It tog-ithur."
"Where Is be? on board?"
Tho mate laughed, his eym ex
pressive of contempt.
"Not much, ho hadn't tho nerve.
He's a schemer all right, but a blamu'
"Hut suppose he gets to talking
back there In Valparaiso?"
It was big BUI Anderson who an
swered me, disgusted with our long
"Oh. to hell wld Franclnco!" he
broke In. gruffly. "It's Wat you're
goln' to do we want to know. Fran
clsco'U hold his gaff well enough. He
expects a bit ot the swag, aa', besides.
I lt h!m Vns-x what wai cousin' to ,
him if fci let his tongue was. I had
h'.m rlsbt. lot me toll ye. An', ;
damme, Mr. Stephens," the bully In
him breaking all bounds. "If It ain't
comin' the same way to any other
duffer who goes back on us this trip. of
That's whst talks!" He Jerked bis
sheath-knife from his belt, and, with
one fierce lunge, drove tt half to the
hilt into the table, his brute eyes
scowling threateningly luto mlua.
In Vhich I Explain to Her Ladyship.
I sized directly Into his bullying
eyes with a depth of contempt I made .
no BUKiuesi cuui l lu uiagumu. ucu
I arose deliberately to my feet
"Anderson, pluck that knife cut and
put It back fn your belt.' (
"I'm damned If" ' "
"Do as I say quick, you surly brute,"
I Interrupted, sternly. "Not another
word. I'm In command here yet, and
you'll obey orders, or I'll make you."
He understood I meant It, with his
Innate cowardice plainly apparent yet
did not yield until Tuttle interfered
with a sarcastio laugh.
"The captain isn't exactly the sort
to be handled In that kind o' way,
Bill," he said, smoothly. "He's a
deep-water sailor, not a land-shark,
but I guess he's likely ready enough
by this time to say what he's willln'
The entire situation seemed to un
roll before me like a panorama as I
stood there, hastily making up my
mind for action. I was afloat on the
high seas, absolutely powerless to re
sist the set purpose ot these men Bur-
rounding me, all rendered desperate
by greed. Much as I despised Anderson,
I comprehended that his threat was
no idle one; nor did I possess a single
comrade on board who would stand
at my back. I was utterly alone; nay,
worse even than alone with two
women dependent upon me. If I out
wardly agreed with these rascals, and
thus retained semblance of command
over them, I might possibly preserve
all our lives; I could, at least for the
the present, protect the women from
Insult, perhaps from danger,
"Well, Mr. Tuttle," I said, quietly,
"I may as well return you my an
swer one time as another. I don't give
a tinker's damn for Anderson's
threats, and I dont altogether put
much faith in your yarn. But per
haps it's worth taking a chance at.
What is to be my authority on board,
providing I agree to go with you?"
"You're the captain."
"Absolutely in command?"
He shifted about, appearing a trifle
disconcerted under my rapid ques
"Well, yes; in everything concernln'
the discipline an' sallln' ot the yacht,"
be explained. There won t be no
fuss about that job, sir. But we ain't
a regular articled crew, beln' that
we're all here on shares In the enter
prise, an' so, as regards the purpose
of the voyage, it'll have to be decided
by majority vote. However, that don't
need make no trouble."
"What is to be my share It you find
He thrust his bead out of the win
dow nearest him, looking up and down
tho deck; then he leaned across the
table toward me, lowering his voice
until It was little more than whisper
"You get one-fifth, sir; the four of
us here get one-fifth each; the other
fifth Is to be divided among the crew,
Ain't that fair enough, sir?"
"It would appear so; yet there is
still another matter ot some impor
tance to be decided first. There are
two women on board; how about
"What!" The vibrant excitement
of his high-pitched nasal voice was
echoed by the others.
"This steam-yacht we have stolen
was the property ot the earl of Dar
lington," I explained. "Lady Darling
ton and her maid are still on board, in
the cabin aft.
This unexpected and undesirable n
formation seemed fairly to stun the
fellows, their eyes meeting blankly. I
heard Bill Anderson swear.
"The question Is, how can we best
dispose of them? This is no excur
slon for ladle3, to rlc.rr.:ra ' I;: of any
kind, we've started on. SI all wo hall
some passing vessel and trans-ship'
them, or shp.lt we run In to Juan Fer
nandez and put them both safely
None of tho three men ventured to
glance toward me, and for a long
moment no answering volro spok".
Then Tuttle gave oily utteranco to
words of compromise
"Blame if this don't sort o' knock
me all out, sir," he acknowledged. "1
don't exactly cotton to either of thoso
ldocs of yours, an' I don't know what
Is best. I guess I'll have to talk It
over with my mates here first, but you
can tell them ladles that we'll get 'em
out somehow before we turn south.
Anyhow, they don't need to worry
none 'bout beln' 111 treated. Then I
take It, sir, that you mean to sail with
"There doesn't appear to bo any
thing else I can do."
"You're about right there. Well,
let's shake hands on It."
I did so, deliberately Ignoring both
tho others, and fooling my flesh
twitch when I touched his flabby palm.
Tuttle chewed savagely on the tobac
co In his cheek.
"Damn the women!" he commented
in sudden anger. "Hotter give the
crew their breakfast, Anderson. Mr.
Stephens, I've sent Dade Into the
cabin to attond things aft. He'll
make a good hand at that sort o'
We passed out together Into the
bright sunlight on deck, and I re
mained In silence for a moment be
side the rati, gating forth across the
(To be Continued)
Tl I'.elx'kuhH Mt, j
The annual convention of the !
Daughters cf Rebekah for the third
district was held at Nehawka, Wed
nesday, June 9th. A correspondent!
th furnishes the following:
Ail lodges m the Ulstnt were
represented but two. Last president
rf the stats, Mrs. Anna B. Crawford,
tf Llnccln, gave an excellent address
in the afuruccn and conducted a
question box. A goaj program was
given during the aftei nocn In which
many excellent papers were read.
At 7 o'clock a fine banquet was
served to a large crowd
F. Sturms was toastmtstr.ss and
vas an Ideal one. Several witty
toasts were given and others full of
good thoughts. During the evening
tin inflatory work ws conferred on
l. candidates by the Nehawka du
re staff, who put on tho work In a
mrt perfect mainer in every parti
al. sr. Officers for the ensuing venr
vi ic elected, rs follows:
President Mrs- Bertha II iii'r,
Vice Pres. Miss Julia Nutzmmi,
Warden Mrs.C. F.Sturm. Nehaw-
.Secretary Mrs. Cushlng, Syra
Treasurer Mrs. Dora Guenzel,
The entire convention was a conv
plete success, and mucii credit is
due the Nehawka Rebekians for the
delightful manner In which they en
tertained their visitors.
Those in attendance from Nebrns
ka City were Mr. and Mrs. E.Guen
zel, Mrs. L. W. Clark and Miss Edna
Potts. Nebraska City News.
Ileceivi Sad News.
W. K. Fox today received through
C. C. Wescott, secretary of the
County Sunday School Association,
the sad intelligence of the death
last Saturday of his uncle Prof. E
A. Fox at Louisville, Ky.
Prof. Fox, at the time of his death
was General Secretary of the Ken
tucky State Sunday School Associa
tion and editor of the Sunday School
Reporter, one of the most widely
known and most influential church
papers in the United States. He
died last Saturday after an Illness
covering a period cf two weeks.
At one time he was principal of the
Paducah, Ky., high schools and had
attained considerable prominence as
an educator of marked ability. He
visited In this city some six years
ago when he met many residents
who remember him quite well. He
also was a fellow traveller with
James Stander when he made his
trip to. Rome and the Holy Land.
The news of his death reached Mr.
Wescott through the General Secre
tary of the Sunday School Associa
tion for Nebraska and It gave no
details as to the cause of his demise.
Mr. Fox was greatly shocked at the
news which came so suddenly and
unexpectedly. In his deep, sorrow
over the loss of this most estimable
man, he has the. sincere consolation
and sympathy of all.
A Cur Loud of Automobiles.
The other day we picked up a
paper published down In southwest
Kansas and read a notice that the
local hardware merchant was bring
ing in a car load of automobiles to
sell to the inhabitants.
It sounds queer. We were at that
town when nearly every man was
carrying a mortgage, and the ones
that weren't mortgaged were In that
fix because they hadn't anything to
mortgage. If some man had com
menced to talk about paying out
from $1,200 to $2,500 for an auto
mobile the probate Judge would have
said, "This is where I get busy. That
mnn neds investigating as to his
Of course there probably would
have been no trouble of that sort be
cause no manufacturer of devil wag
ons would havo thought for a min
ute that anybody In Hint town was
able to buy one. nut G-cent cattle
and 6-cent hogs and the spread of
nlfalfn has put a lot of Kansas men
on easy street and when tho average
Kansas mnn has the money be Is not
n tight wnd. If he grips n dollar
hard It Is because ho do sn't know
Jest when or where ho Is going to
g t another dollar. Tepeka Mnll
I'uiinei-M Nci-.l Sunshine,
.lohn Kraeger.tho prominent farm
er from west of the city came In
this morning to attend to business
with our merchants. Mr. Krneger
fctatis Hint the fnrniers are needing
sunshine ami warm weather very
badly and thnt tho crops nro suffer
ing for warm weather very
badly and thnt the crops are suffer
ing quite a good deal by the con
tinued wet and cool wynther.
There tins been more rnln than need
ed and hot. dry weather for a few
dnys would accomplish a world of
good. Small grain Is threatened
with rust on account of the bad wet
Mrs. A. F. Boybfrt of Cullom came
down this morning on the Schuvler
train for a day's visit in the rltyNl'w York and other points of
11 I t
and wide end club ties, and some beautiful designs in,
light weight rumchunda handkerchief ties,
A special line of new stripes and spots in silks and
washable ties which we are
A new stock of new stocks
L UoOGOil's 0110
"WHERE QUALITY COUNTS."
THE NEBRASKA TELEPHONE
COMPANY TO RAISE THEIR
Change lo be Made in The Plallsmoulh
Telephone Company Rates.
NO MORE 50c PER MONTH BELL TELEPHONES
The following letter has just been
received from the Nebraska State
Railway Commission by General
Manager Pollock of the Plattsmouth
Telephone Company stating that the
Nebraska Telephone Company will
on July 1st, 1909, discontinue the
CO cent per month rate for residence
telephones at Plattsmouth, and raise
their telephone rates to the new
schedule filed with tho Railway Com
mission, as shown by the following
Lincoln, June 9, 1909.
Mr. T. II. Pollock,
General Manager, Plattsmouth
Referring to your favor of the
25th ult., In regard to rates charged
by the Nebraska Telephone Com
pany for Its Plattsmouth exchange:
Since our letter of the 1st inst.
was written, giving you a copy of
tho rates of file at that time, the
Nebraska Teh phono Company has
applied for authority to make tho
following changes In Its rates:
Individual line, business, reduce
from $30 to $30 per year.
Individual line, residence, reduce
fom $24 to $18 per year nnd to
climate all grounded circuit and
special rates now In effect at said
exchange; also for authority to es
tablish the following new rates:
2-pnrty line, business $24.00
2-pnrty lino, residence .... 15.00
4-pnrty line, residence 12.00
As It appeared to the Commission
that these rates, In no case, cut
below the rates charged by the com
peting company at Plattsmouth, ap
plication was granted, the new rates
lo become effective on nnd after July
1,ll't9. This for your Information.
Very truly jouif,
t t , Clark Perkins,
The Pluttsmotith Telephone Com
pnny started In business in rintts-
At Allu nt Ir ( II).
' Through an oversight tho depart
ure of Dr. T. P. Livingston to at
tend the meeting of the American
Medical Association at Atlantic City,
N. J. on Friday lust was not noticed.
Dr. Livingston Is a delegate to the
meeting which Is ono of the most
Important to be held by the medical
profession In the country. It will
Inst several das after which ho ex
pects to put in some time In visiting
the principal cities of tho east In
cluding Washington. Philadelphia.
terest. lie will also pay a visit to his
We have just received our
third Spring shipment of the
very latest things in Neck wear,
including new effects in
tiger stripes, Persian pat
terns, light grounds of pearl
and soft shades of olive and
brown with contrast figures.
Reversible, loose end and nar-,
row4in-hands. Also medium
50c. See our west window.
mouth In 1899 when the "Hell"
Company was charging $4 per
month for a business telephone and
$3 per month for a residence tele
phone for an exchange of 26 sub
scribers. The Plattsmouth Tele
phone Co. tstabllshed a rate of $2
per month for business and $1.00
per month for residence.
The Plattsmouth Telephono Com
pany own and operate over 3,000
telephones now owing nine ex-
changes and five toll stations in Casa
county, so that it is poslble to reach
nearly every farmer, bulness man
and telephono user in Cass county
over the Plattsmouth Telephone
The "Bell" Company own and
operate only one exchange In Casa
county, the one at Plattsmouth with
about 100 subscribers.
The Plattsmouth Telephone Com
pnnq operate 600 telephones on the
Plattsmouth exchange, which is be
ing rebuilt and made an all-cable
plant which will Insure first-clasa
service. The capacity of the Ex
change is being increased bo that
within the next two week It will bo
possible to supply a telephone to
every resident in Plattsmouth on
The long distance service over the
Independent or Pluttsmouth Tele
phone Company's lines Is all that
could bo desired, having first-class
copper long distance lines to all
points within 500 miles. Fine ser
vice to Omaha, Lincoln, Council
Muffs, St. Joe, Kansas City, Dea
Moines nnd all Intermediate points.
Tho Journal believes It is the duty
of every citizen of Plattsmouth to
stand by The riattsmouth Telephone
Co., ns It is tho company thnt has
brought down telephone rates to
reasonable place. Tho Journnl has
mnde Inquiry of the Plattsmouth;
Telephone Co., and find thnt no
, change In rates will be made, th'i
old rates of $2.00 per month for
business phones and $1.00 per month
for residence phones will prevail.
birthplace, Dlngmnn's Ferry, Pa.,
w here ho spent a portion of his child
hood. It will bo several weeks be
fore he returns to tho city.
New Niilloiml Hunk.
Dispatches from Washington an
nounce thnt tho Plnttsmouth State
Hunk of this city has been granted
permission to convert itself Into a
national bank under the title of the
Plattsmouth National flank with a
capital stock of $50,000. Thin
leaves but one state bnnk In the city
The Hank of Cass County. So far
as heard from there Is no Intimation
of a change In its form of organisation.
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