The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, July 12, 1909, Image 3

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The Last
of ?5be
Donna IseJhel
By Randall Parrish
Author of Bob Hampton ot Placer.
Illustrations by Deaborn Mclvill
gloved bond sweeping a semicircle In
our front, "I have Just taken an ob
servation, and this Is latitude 66 IT
south and longitude 110 20' west
Send your sharpest-eyed lookout to ths
toretopsall yard with these glasses.
Then call all hands."
He went down the bridge stain
aa though shot from a gun, and a
moment later a young seaman named
Eymea wa8 swiftly footing the rat
lines, their coating ot ice breaking un
'n his tread and rattling on the deck
Below. The men swarmed out from the
forecastle and up the main hatch, rang
ing themselves about the foot of the
foremast, watching me eagerly, and
occasionally peering up at Symes, now
well above the cross-trees.
-"Lads" I cried, bending over the
rail of the bridge, and staring down in
to their upturned faces "I've Just
figured out our position, and this is
the spot we've been hunting after in
these seas, T'vn sent Svmes aloft to
look out for Tuttle'B Island. If there's
any land in sight, well and good;
we'll have a try for looting the Donna
Isabel of those Spanish pesos. Dut 11
not, thon we'll call It a wild goose
chaso, and the Sea Queen points hei
nose north."
There was a faint, half-hearted at
tempt at a cheer, which ended In a
muttering of oaths and a shuffling oi
feet on the Icy planks. The glances
of the fellows turned upward toward
Symes, now securely posted on the
foretopsall yard, the glasses to hts
eyes. One or two among them, In
cluding Anderson, clambered to the
top of the forecastle where they could
see ahead.
"How the hell," the latter yelled
suddenly from that point of vantage,
"do we know this la the place, and
that you ain't foolln' us Just to get
The crowd turned their eyes on me,
and I heard a growl of approval.
4 "Principally because I say so, An
derson. The chart, with our course
pricked on It day by day, is yonder
ft the chart-house. And my figures
&FA thora alaA fr.r thta Hov'a panlrnn.
"But we don't any of us know any
thing about that!"
"True enough, but' there happens
to be one on board who can figure It
out for you If you doubt my word.
Lady Darlington can do It"
The rising medley of growling voices
ceased almost Instantly, and it I had
felt any question as to what her lady-
SBhlp would do It was immediately si
lenced. She slipped to the rail of the
stain, her hood thrown back, her hair
blowing in the wind.
"I I believe thoroughly in Mr. Ste
phens," she said, clearly, "but It Is
true that I know something of naviga
tion, and If you really doubt his state
men; I will figure it out for you."
"Now you hear that, lads," my
voice ringing out stern over the hub
bub. "You'll believe this lady if her
results are the same as mine. Now
. stop your growling."
I hollowed my hands for a hall
"What do you pick up. Symes?"
His words came back In a thread
of sound as he looked down upon us
from his bobbing perch.
"Not very much, sir, except water.
There's, a hell of a big field o' ice
out yonder," pointing with one hand,
the other gripping the spar, "but it's
mostly flat, an' all gllstentn' with
snow. There's maybe a dozen bergs
ahead an' off the port quarter, mostly
-medium size, but with the devil of a
big fellow a point or so. to the north."
"Any land?"
"Not a sign, sir. unless that's it I
take for a big berg. The shadows look
dark enough for rock."
"Ease her off two points, wheel
mnn." "Two points It Is, sir."
We stood there, silent and motion
less, walling anxiously, the men
ranged along the rail, with their eyes
all turned forward. I rang for full
'J . l n - .1 V, - C,t. rtit. fnli-ltf
rijreu, .win uiu ova sju..:u w
leaped ahead through the Iry smoth
er, flinging clouds of white spray over
the heedless figures. Within ten min
utes we began to perceive the huge
mass we were approaching from the
deck, and never before had my eyes
looked upon so gigantic and majestic
a mountnln of Ice. It was one Im
mense lift towering Into the upper
air, bi fully 300 feet high, and not
l"ss than 1,200 feet In length, with
vut gUOring pinnacles rising still
further luto the sky, Its entire front
a sheer precipice, gleaming In cold
blue, with hardly a darker shadow
anywhere to yield relief to the ee.
We rcundnd its eastern edge so close
ly one could have tossed a biscuit rrotn
the foreyard against Its smooth front
the swell of its motion tossing the dar
ing yncht like an eggshell. Symes
clunr to his perch Rlnft with the grip
of a monVoy, sw! ns hack and forth
to the wild swa' f ihe spar. Sud
denly he yelled . -a:
"T . ore's wind ouiln' fnu.i the
sou'w.- . Bir."
"lie.. .-?'
"l-Qi'i lp he a e'llt brpv an'
it's bringing more snow."
"Lay down from aloft"
I sprang over to consult the binnacle-card,
and then cast one swift,
comprehending glance at the thicken
ing gloom In the southwest. Beyond
doubt the change had come.
"Give her two more points north,
wheelsman; keep her head nor'east
by nor" steady so. Mr. De Nova,
setd another man up here to the
wheel. All hands now; stow every
thing; tail on to those gaskets lively,
my lads; we're in for a blow, and a
run for our lives."
To my amazement scarcely a man
among thera stirred, the eyes of the
majority turning toward Anderson.
Evidently there was an understanding
between tiiem; they intended to revolt
and had chosen him their leader. He
stood Just 1u front of the forecastle,
a lumping big figure in his heavy
clothes, his coarso face and ugly Jaw
showing beneath a fur cap.
"What yer turnin' north for In such
a hurry, Mr. Stephens?" he growled,
hoarsely. "It's not by vote o' the
crew, an we're the ones that's got
they say of It onthl3 voyage. We're for
keepin' along this line o' latitude
for a day or so anyhow. Tut tie might
'a' got his figgers tangled an' missed a
few leagues. Anyhow, we want the
lady to give us her reckoning first."
I felt the hot blood leap to my face,
and my teeth clenched as I leaned
over the rail gazing down at him.
"Lads," I said, striving to master
myself. "I've put you exactly where
I promised I would; I've shown you all
that was here. You can see for your
selves what will happen if we hold on
any longer. The wind has swept
around; it Is going to bring that whole
pack of Ice down on us. We've got to
run for it or be crushed. Now what
I want to know Is, are you with me,
or with Bill Anderson?"
They held off muttering, yet casting
uneasy glances over the rail. Ander
son stamped angrily on the deck.
"Oh, to hell with yer fine words,"
he said, grimly. "What if the wind
has changed a bit? Can't we beat
off the floe under steam the same as
we did before? We're sailor-men, and
not afraid of a rough sea. For one, I'm
damned it I leave that gold to rot
here without htintin' for it."
Words were clearly useless, and I
ripped back my heavy coat, dragging
off my gloves, all patience exhausted.
"Come on, De Nova," I exclaimed,
"you've got sense enough to realize
what this means."
I was over the rail with a leap, front
ing them on the deck. Almost to my
surprise the Creole landed beside me,
and without a word we struck out at
the heads in our front. It was a fierce
mix-up for a minute, yet only a man or
two stood with Anderson, the sud
denness of our assault taking all the
fight out of most of them. I struck
Big Bill twice squarely In the face,
driving him back against the steps
leading to the forecastle deck; over
these he fell sprawling, his head
thumping the plank. The next Instant
I had De Nova's antagonists In the
rear, and together we laid them out
against the rail, and none too gently.
The mate's smile had become ugly,
and he would have leaped Into the rest
of the bunch, but I caught bis arm.
"They've had enough," I said, breath
ing bard. "Go back on the bridge, De
Nova. Now, you lads, get busy. If
one of you soldiers, or talks back to
me again, he'll go to his bunk for the
rest of this voyage. Get up, Ande.-sou,
and stop that growling! You fellowi
may as well learn first as last that )
am commanding the Sea Queen, and
that we are homeward bound."
Within the space'of five minutes I
had the whole pang at It, a profane,
shuffling crew enough, yet carrying
out my orders after a fashion, and
sufficiently cowed to bo obedient. At
lust I dlspatchod the starlsiard watch,
below, and, leHVIng De Nova In charge
of the bridge, started had to the com
panion. To my surprlso Lady Darling
ton, muffled to the eyes, still stood,
half protected, In the open door of the
chart house.
"What in the world are you doing
here in all this snow and blow?" I
"Walling for you," she explained,
her eyes glowing. "I could not go to
the cuhln until I knew you had really
won. Is It true that wo are home
ward hound?"
"Yes," I answered, not altogether
happy over her evident pleasure. "The
Sea Queen has nt.alntV, her farthoft
southing. Are you glad?"
"Gin 'I!" He glovet'. ' rough t
mine. In all my life I lever hap
pier." The': Impulsive norda. t-iurf"! M
they were, nevertheless hurt ""e, I
perhaps my fare exhibited It. ier
eyes fell.
"You rnnnot know how niufh I have
suffered on this o) "re," sho said, re
gretf ill v a w-man rould. My
heart rrles out for rell' f. but It Is nt
became I wish to lose any friendship
termed en b'janl."
-Vet that Is what betns homeward
' bouud must inevitably mean."
Hit long lashes wore uplifted, dls
I closing the depths of those pray eyes.
I "Not with me. Mr. Stephens; I aui
not a woman to force'-"
In Which the Yacht Meits Disaster.
I have been endeavoring to recall
in sequence the occurrences of the
three days and nights following our j
turning northward, but it is all chaos,
vague, confused an expanse of sleep
less hours, raging seas, snow, sleet, '
and Ice, in the midst of which we bat
tled for life in as desperately terrific
a fight as men ever waged against na
ture. I can see and feel It all clearly
enough, yet the Incidents are so com
inlnglnd that the separate days and
uights appear one continuous event,
without beginning or end. I hear the
ceaseless howl of the wind, the growl
ot grinding Ice, the smiting of ions ot
water, the threshing of loosened can
vas, the rattle of blocks aloft, the
thousand noises emitted by the strug
gling fabric under foot. I see the swirl
of snow; the crested seas, boiling in
madness; the gleam of pursuing Ice
fields; the towering pinnacles of giant
bergs overhanging our mast-heads;
the flying clouds, and the settling
down about us ot the ghostly frost fog.
I feel the wild plunge down Into the
hollow; the sickening, staggering ef
fort to climb up; the dizzy balancing
upon the crest, and that awful drop
again into the heil below!
No man on board will ever know
how we made It; how we ever found
passage through those wind-lashed
channels; how we ever kept upright
under the pounding of that sea; how
the Sea Queen ever shook her trem
bling decks free from the tons of ice
and water, and rose staggering to the
crest. Once our engines broke, and
for two hours we rolled helplessly,
while McKnight and the Chilean tin
kered at the damaged machinery, and
the great waves buried us, and
smashed the charthouse into frag
ments. Once the rudder-chains be
came fouled with Ice, and we swung
Into the trough of the sea hurled ovei
until our lower yards trailed in the
water and half the yacht shivered be
neath the smother, we hanging on for
our lives, drenched and buffeted by
the waves. The Jib-boom snapped like
a pipestem, and a huge, ugly hole was
ripped out of the forward bulwarks
Up to the neck In Icy water we
chopped away the raffle, and flung It
overboard. Gustafson, shrieking wild
ly for help, went with the litter, while
his mates bore Symes below groaning
from a broken leg.
Mersiful heavens, how that Ice came
down, pursuing us like the very Fiend!
Once it pressed so closely against our
quarter that the sea, rebounding from
off its front, boarded us, sweeping aft
in a vast wall. It caught Dade open
ing the companion door, hurled him
smothering backward and flooded the
cabin a foot deep in icy water. Yet
we held to it, our eyes aching, our
limbs frozen, our oilskins stiff with
Ice, the exposed flesh of our faces one
festering frostbite, bruised by the
shocks, bait dead from fatigue, dizzy
from the battle. But it was no sea
manship which saved us; It was a
merciful Providence, for at times the
smother was so thick we ran into It
blindly, not daring to broach to with
all that Ice after us. driven by the
wind, and not knowing what was ten
yards ahead, or ten yards behind.
During all that time I scarcely left
the deck, although De Nova served his
watch on the bridge In the flying spray.
Dade fed me as best he could, and
what brief snatches of sleep I caught
were on the divan in the cabin, my icy
clothes drying en my body. I saw
nothing of the women; there was no
time, no opportunity. I doubt If eith
er could have kept upright amid the
awful pitching of the yacht, for I was
obliged myself to creep from one
hand grasp to another. So I saw noth
ing of the ladles, but Dade succeeded
in taking them food cold provender,
for the galley was wave-lashed, the
cook driven below although how the
lad ever managed It is a mystery, and
he reported that Celeste clung to her
bunk, sick and frlghtenud, but that
Lady Darlington was about and
dressed whenever he went In.
Some time during the third day the
wind had blown itself out, or else we
had baen driven beyond the sweep of
It Anyhow, it died down Into taint
puffs, but the sea remained heavy, the
fog thickening as the gale ceased.
This curtain, coupled with the sparse
light there was, left the decks so
dark that we attempted llttlo clearing
up, merely pointing the yacht's nose
more directly northward at half-speed,
trusting the Almighty to furnish us
with clear water. Indeed, there was
nothing else to do with that Ice-pack
back ot us, and the fierce seas pound
ing our poop. Besides, I had come to
the end of my endurance, and when
De Nova came limping forward, hang
ing to tho life line, to take bis watch,
I crept below more dead than alive,
and clawed my way across the cabin.
Lady Darlington stood braced In her
doorway, yet for the life of roe I
could not speak, although I tried my
head nodded on my shoulders, and I
fell forward across my bunk, asleep
before ! even struck the mattress.
Dade said she made him pull off my
boots and loosen my muffler, stand
ing over him until it was done.
It was not sleep it was more like
death, for I never stirred or knew
anything. I lay exactly as I fell, utter
ly Insensible to either noise or motion.
It was Dade's vigorous shaking that
' n'lly moused me. nor did he desist
' lie had uie sitting up in the bunk,
ti ) eyes wide Open.
"What time is it, Dodo?"
"Two o'uui K, sir."
"No. elr.. aftrnonn; bt tfio fog Is
(To hr Contlno. i
Here's a chance to buy Clothes at home, that are
dependable and that you know are good, for the
same or less than the big city'stores offer them.
It is our purpose during July to clear our shelves of all broken lots of
Summer merchandise, right now in the season when you can use it. We con
sider this is good business and a method used by the best stores in the coun
try. We have been deterred from putting it in practice the past two years by
the Hoods, which up-set our plans. This year we intend to make a clean
sweep of everything that is not contract goods, and if you will test the sincer
ity of our price reductions, you will be much the gainer. There will be no
juggl'mff no trickery, but a genuine slashing of prices. Everybody can buy at
the same low prices. No favorites, no discrimination.
We will sell some things less, some things )i
less, some things l2 less than the regular price.
These will be bonafide reductions. We don't in
tend to resort to any circus bill advertising, but
we do intend to sell all broken lots of merchan
dise VERY CHEAP. The goods themselves and
the prices we will make will talk louder than any
thing we can say. :: :: ;: ::
Watch this space for further announcements of particular lots. Also
watch our windows for evidences of these bargains.
CupitI in a I'll tit Shop.
Robert and Thomas Bates of the
Plattsmouth Journal have finally in
duced two young ladles to share
their trials and tribulations and be
taught tho Missouri language. Doth
of the young men are good boys and
have the credit of getting out one of
the brightest papers in the county,
and trusts that the ladles who have
had the courage to undertake the
task of guiding them through life
may find it a pleasant undertaking,
Nebraska City News.
Robert and Thomas Dates of the
Plattsmouth Journal could no longer
stand the strain of loncsomeness and
in the endeavor to alleviate their suf
fering they captured a couple of
young ladies, Miss Kittle Smith and
Martha Rupley, and hied themselves
to Council Bluffs on last Tuesday,
where the question was settled by
the bonds of matrimony. Messrs.
Bates are Industrious young men and
are conducting one of the best pa
pers in the county. The young
couples have our bent wishes for a
bright and happy Journey on the sea
of life. Nebraska Register.
The cunning little elf Cupid has
been cutting up all sorts of capers In
the office of the Dally Journal over
at riattsmouth, claiming three vic
tims all in one day. It appears that
a portion of the Journal force took
a day off last Tuesday and went to
Council Bluffs with mntrlmonlnl In
tentions. Robert A. Bates, owner of
the Journal nnd formerly In the
newspaper business at Glen wood and
Silver City, was married to Miss
Martha Rupley, for several years o
bookkeeper In the Journal office.
Thomas B. Bates, a brother, was mar
ried to Miss Kittle May Smith of Om
aha. The Bates boys nnd their father
are wido-nwake newspnper men nnd
are making a grent success of the
Journal. The Tribune extends best
wishes C.lenwood (la.) Tribune.
Robert Bnles. publisher of Hi
riattsmouth Journal, nnd Ms brother
Tom, who has been Identified with
the Journal for several years, were
both married at Council Bluffs on
Tuesday of last week, the former lo
Miss Mattio Rupley of riattsmouth
nnd Tom to Miss Kittle May Sml'h
of Omaha. The writer Is personally
acquainted with All the contracting
parties excepting the last named
bride, Rnd extends congratulations
and best wishes to both couj 1 Tin
nates boys have mnde the Jour
nal the best pnper, dally and
weekly, ever published n riatts
mouth, and are hustlers ns well as
centlemen. Red Oak (la.) Txpnus
Mrs. 1'etha Mnybee wax n py.
setigor rt noon for llellev . I.'eh ,
v here she r ill vNt v illi rcl.vhc;
"Where Quality Counts."
The River Stationary.
The rise in the Missouri river
which has been on for several days,
came to a halt last night and this
morning the river Is stationary. It
will probably commence to fall again
today, and It Is not expected that it
will rise again this summer. A ces
sation of rains in the valley is the
cause of the stop in the rise and a
period of dry weather now will result
In the river getting back to normal.
A heavy rain at Sioux City and vicin
ity yesterday caused a big flood in
that town and the surrounding coun
try, but it will not be of sufficient
volume to affect the river here. Sioux
City reports today Indicate very
heavy property loss, although no
lives were reported lost. Telegraph
reports indicate the tributaries of the
Missouri are on the fall, and this Is
an additional indication that no high
water will be had. The floods in
Missouri and Kansas are now prac
tically over, although in the immed
iate vicinity of St. Joseph the water
Is still high and continuing to do
damage. A return to normal condi
tions Is looked for in a few days.
Farmers in this vicinity will hall the
dry weather with pleasure, as It will
enable Nebraska to harvest the great
est wheat crop it has ever had and
will help make corn. The lntter crop
with favorable weather will be a
bumper this year.
Death of William liOiigbrlilge.
Death Inst Saturday night claim
ed William Loughrldge, an old and
esteemed citizen of this county living
near Murray. Mr. Loughrldge has
been an Inhabitant of this county
for many years, and was a mnn high
ly respected by a wide circle of ac
quaintances throughout this section.
A man of unimpeachable character,
the soul of honor and of Ihe highest
Integrity, his death Is n distinct loss
to the community. A further account
of his life will appear in the Journal
Thursday next.
The funeral services will be held
from his late residence In Murray to
morrow (Tuesday) afternoon nt I
o'clock, burial being male at Oik
Hill cemetery In this city.
1). of II. Sicli.l. '
The ladles belongi , to the Cedar
Creek Degree i.f Honor Lodge ..III be
entertained at the home of Mrs. Will
Reyhert nt Cullon, Thursday, July
IB, all day. M-irtceable mir
prlses are In store lor those who
attend. Bring your frier nnd en
Joy a day of rest nnd w m ptit In
the country.
Ilepsir Shop.
I am n w prep, red to al ds of
re'-li'ej:, such ns furniture, stove,
gnsolltii utovis cleaned, lawn mowers
'larpened, etc. Shop a. Fight1'
street and Chicago a' mm. .
A. llawrkli.
Woodmen to Build New Home.
The Modern Woodmen building on
the south side of Main street will
be In sight in the near future, grad
ing having been started the first of
the week. A great deal of the Avoik.-'"
is to be donated by members of the
order, and "the boys" are taking
hold with tho true fraternal spirit
to get the lots In shape for masons
to begin their work. Tho building
will be a two-story brick, 45x70 feet,
the upper portion to be fitted for
lodge purposes and the lower pnrt
for rent as store rooms. Union
OIIDEIt TO snow c u si:.
In the District Court of Cass Coun
ty, Nebraska.
The cause comes on for heating up
on the petition of J. V. Eent'erger,
administrator of the estate of lteglnt.
Wolf, deceased, praying for license to
Heglnnlng at a point Forty-one (41)
rnos North of the renter of Section
Thirteen (13) In Township Twelve
U' North, liang Thirteen 13
Kant, running thence Went Eight
(801 rods; thence North Eleven U
rods; thence east Eighty (80) . rods;
thence south Eleven (11) rods
to the plHce of hcglnning, being
the North Half of Lots Thirteen (Hi
and Fifty-three &!i) in said section.
Township and Range, as now shown
on the plats of irregular tracts of
said Countv.
The undivided one-half (1-1) of
Lots Ten (10) and Eleven (11) In
Hlock Thirteen (13) In Duke's addi
tion to the City of riattsmouth, Cass
County, Nebraska, except the right
of way of the Omaha Southern 1 lull
wav over and across said Lots.
The undivided one-half (1-2) of the
following traet of land towlt:
Keglnnlng at a point Thirty (30)
rods North of the center of Section
Thirteen (13) Township Twelve (12)
North, Kange Thirteen (13) East;
hence running west Elghtv (80) roU,
thenre north Eleven (11) rods; thenra
East Eighty (SO) rods; thence South
Eleven (il) roiln to the plarn
of beginning, being the south)
half of Lots Thirteen (13) and Klfty
three (!i:i) In snld .Section. Township)
snd Hnnge, as shown by the irregular
tracts hi snld Countv. exrent lh.
right of way of the Omaha fcouthoru
Eallwity across the same.
. or siinVlcnt amount thereof to
'bring the sum of $;irii).V0 for the nny-
mem ei iii-oih nuoweii againsi snld es
iitto of the cost of adinlnlHtrntloii ami
In addition thereto tiie roots of tliU
proceedings there not being nnv per
sonal property to pay the said debts
ml expenses.
It Is therefore ordered that nil per
sons Interested In said estate appear
before me at Chambers nt my nllicu In
the Court House In the Pity of
rlattHinnuth, Nebraska, on the 21th
day of July, IKOit, at 10 o'clock a. m
of snld day to show cause why a li
cense should not be grunted to sul.l
administrator to sell the above rent
estate of snld deceased or so much
thereof as may be necessary to itnv
snld debts and expenses.
Iiated this 7 1 11 dav of June, 1909
Hnrvy p. Trnvls,
. Judge of the District Court.
U. O. Hwyer,
Sheriff's Sale.
sued by .Umes Kolirnson. clerk of the
JMtirlrt Court within and for Cin county, No
hriika. snd to me directed. I will on the
24th Day of July, A. D.,1909
st Un o'clock a m., of said dr nt the sou ')
door of Ihe court house. In td mum . aril ai
IMibllcancili.n to the highest bidder for ra-h
Mir fi llolin' real estate to-wlt; a,i
fourteen in. In block four (4) In the villa,..'. f
Murray. n- county. Nebraska. The sn i
liclng . ;, .1 e I 'on and taken as the pro-
pertvn Mia I . (Jnecn and Alls-rt. Qi n. de-
f.'iiiliini . mi sailsfy Judifi lent. i,r snld court
reroverei Ivtcr t'aim ,m .(, admlulstrnlo.
i J "- '-. i i"imi! !iiiii.cil. ucceiLseil
plaintiff, aunliml snld ilcfciiiliiui.
I'luttsiiiinitli, Ni'luaska. June I 'h. A. 1)
I UMi. C. i. g INToN,
Sin rid Cits ('utility. Nt btaska.