The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, August 02, 1909, Image 3
V The Last Voyage of T5he Donna Isabel By Randall Parrish Author of Bob Hampton ot Placer. Illustrations by'Deaborn Melvi ! That same Intense cold of the Ant arctic smote us the moment the creak ing hinges yielded, and we stood peer lng down through the aperture. We waited Impatiently for the first frigid breath to escape, huddled about the etove in the cabin, and recalling va rious sea tales of treasure seeking, which only Berved to whet our appe tite for the coming adventure. Now and then I lifted my eyes, meeting Doris' questioning glance, and assured that I understood her mood; At last, but well wrapped In our mufflers and bearing a candle aloft to cast its flickering yellow light through the pitchy darkness, we ven tured below, scrambling down the short ladder. Cole held the glim, his black face shining, -the whites ot his eyes conspicuous as he stared eagerly about. We found innumerable boxes and barrels, crates, bottles and wicker flasks, some open, the packing straw trewn about, others tightly nailed, piled everywhere, evidence that the galleon had been amply provisioned for a long voyage, and that her crew Lad never perished of starvation. It had been the cold, the loneliness, the awful agony of their hopeless condi tion that had left the Donna Isabel a charnel ship. We handled this collec tion rapidly, contenting ourselves with merely testing the weight of each package, quickly convinced that none was heavy enough to conceal precious metal. This Job must have occupied more than an hour, handicapped as we were by the poor light, and several times I glanced through the open trap overhead to observe the face3 of the women framed there as they watched us silently. Once Dade stared down, bringing word the sky was thickening They Came Howling About Me Like 60 Many Wolves, Ejger to See. in the west, and lingering to obsem our operations until I bad to order him back upon deck. A solid, nail-studded, oaken door ap peared In the forward bulkhead, and mi soon as we Tiad succeeded In han dling every article stored within the lazarette, I had a passage cleared to it, the men working with feverish Im patience. When finally reached, the door was locked and seemingly as sol id as the bulkhead itself, nor did a search of the after state rooms reveal any keys. No doubt they were in Sal vatore's pocket, many a league astern, Hut Kelly and McKnlght brought down the cleaver and an Iron bar, and pro ceeded to burst It open, the rest of us crowding about, too cold and ex cited to keep still, but very confident the treasure awaited us within. My own heart beat fiercely with anticipa tion, and I heard De Nova swearing m French, quite unable to control him self. It seemed to me that door would never yield; but at last Johnson man aged to get a purchase low down, and with Cole heaving at his side, they fairly tore the wood asunder. Through the considerable opening thus made there burst a torrent of Icy water Into our very faces, extinguishing the light, and sending us stumbling backward to the ladder, up which we swarmed al most In panic. Anything unexpected In that ghost ship made cowards of ut all, and we fought our way forth Into the daylight In a suddenness of ter ror almost ludicrous, swearing and clawing at each other like mailmen. It required another hour for the deluge of water to drain away through the deck, after which we ventured be low again, the relighted candle re vealing slush leo everywhere, with a considerable trickle still gurgling through the hole In the door. How tver, wo had an opening to work at, and soon succeeded In tearing most of tti obstruction away piecemeal, only to bo confront! .1 by a solid barrier of glittering Ice ttilly Ave feet thick, leav ing a space at the top of the door bare ly sunn-lent fur a man's body to pass through. Ie Nova, cursing as If he had gone crazy, hoisted me to the top of It, where I clung prceai lously, hold ing the sputtering candle aloft, and 1 PmFh erring about ove? the gleaming sur face aid through into the black sha dows. Good Lord, but it was cold, re pellent, frightful! The beams sup porting the deck, huge, black timbers were within easy reach of my hand, and forward the spectral glow of day light streamed in through the rift in the deck-planks above. But from one bulging side to the other extended this solid mass of ice, the congealed draining of a century of waves that had dashed their salt spray down the opening ripped by the wrecked main mast. No wonder the old hulk hung sodden with all that load below! I crawled forward as far as the sil very butt of the mainmast whence I could look up through the splintered deck to the narrow strip of sky over head. There was a bulkhead forward, but the ice extended solidly to the wood. I could hear the ceaseless swell of the sea pounding against the sides, the groaning of timbers, the flapping of the Jib's canvas, and realized more than ever before the sickening, sodden roll of the laden hull. The level sur face of the ice told plainly enough its story ot formation- when all that wa ter came through, the vessel had been upon an even keel, Imbedded firmly, no doubt, in the ice-pack. I crept back as cautiously as I had advanced, the rolling of the wreck rendering the slip pery surface dangerous to travel over. The men watched me anxiously as I slid down Into the lazarette. ' What did you find,' sir?" "Nothing except Ice, solid ice clear to the forward bulkhead. It looks as though we had reached the end ol our treasure-hunt, my lads." There was a sullen growl of profan ity, McKnlght viciously slashing at the icefront with his cleaver. Twice he struck, with no other object except the venting of his ungovernable anger, his forehead beaded, the great muscles of his arms standing out like whip cords. A considerable chunk scaled off, falling thumping to the deck, and causing him to spring backward to escape Injury. As if maddened by this, he drove in the blade of the ax again It clanged against metal! We all heard it; we all witnessed the re bound. "Hy God, mates, there's one of 'em, anyhow!" roared a voice, hoarse from exploding excitement. Hut I was al ready upon my knees, feeling Mindly into the ice cavity. They came howling about me like so many wolves, eager to see with their ow eyes, but I crowded them back, snatching the candle from De Nova's fingers and throwing the flick ering light down level with the deck. "It's a brass-bound chest, men," I cried, straightening up and facing them. "But it is going to require some hard digging to get it out. About all I can see is the handle of it." I never comprehended before how the passion and lust for gold can ex press itself upon men's faces. Tense, motionless, breathing heavily, their features drawn, their eyes gleaming feverishly 1 the yellow flame, they tared at me and then at that ice-front, demented and speechless. No one thought of where we were castaways, our lives the sport of winds and waves, a sodden wreck under us, our nearest port a thousand miles away across a stormy sea; all we realized at that moment was that there, Just before us, under that mantle of ice, lay burled three million peso. God! the collar of my Jacket seemed choking me; I breathed as If a man's Angers clutched my throat, and I saw McKnlght's burly form shaking as if he had an ague fit. Three million pesos! The hot blood rushed to my head, a lava Btream, and De Nova's face, wsUte as chalk behind his little black mus taches, seemed dancing before me ghostlike. Damn him! tho fellow made me think of Salvatore, the man who, just above, frozen and dead, had guarded this treasure for 126 years. I cast the suggestion aside with a curse and a laugh, grasping Kelly by the Bhoulder to steady myself to re allze these were real men, this task before us real work. It was like com ing forth from under an anaesthetic, leaving me weak as a child, yet with brain and faculties aroused to action. Johnson thrust forward the cleaver. "Let me get In there, air; I'm the man for a cuttln' Job." I stepped aside, and the broad blade fell slashing against the front of the Ice. "Only two of you men can work here at once," I put In hastily. "Hold on, Johnson, until we get this ship shape. An axman, with a helper to haul back the Ice out of the way, Is all we need. Any more would only be In tho way; besides, some of us ought to be on deck. It Is going to re quire hours, maybo days, to get that rliest out, and tneun while we must suit vessel njiii ke. .; rVm il'le u Tlio thing to do Is td arrange rMay, unci keep at It steady. Johnson, you and Kelly go to work first. The rest of us will climb up Into the cabin, and figure It out." They went along with me up the lad'ler as though they were prisoners. (To be Continued) nine jlsu iLMys of the busiest July we have ever had will be money saving days for you if you will visit this store. The time to strike is when the iron is hot it's hot right now in here. Better come now. Next week may be too late. Here are some of the snaps left at the present writing: A few very few men's hose 5c A limited number of the fine brown hose 8c A good assortment fancy hose from our 25 and 35c lines that we are closing at 19c A few boy's shirts in sizes six to ten 23c A few boy's waists in sizes four to eight 16c About two dozen boy's Black Cat hose in the 25, 35 and 40c grade, sizes five to eight, at. . 16c A few rompers left in sizes three to six 39c Only about ten wash suits left, size three to six. .49c A limited number of those line men's night gowns, sizes only 14, 15 and few 16, at. . . .54c About 18 shirt left of the soft collarattached, in the 75c and SI. 00 grade, sizes 15 and 15 Ja . ,54c Look in our west window for what's left of the big seller in soft shirts for men at 39c Three dozen of those 4-in-hand wash ties left 12c You can't make money faster than by buying these standard goods at these clearance prices. Bring this ad with you and you will find everything just as advertised. Remember these prices are for cash. (0o VENERABLE FRIEND LAID TO FINAL REST Citizens Pay Last Tribute to the Late Conrad Heisel The funeral of the late Conrad Heisel was held yesterday from his late residence in the Second ward, on Washington avenue. This sad occasion was marked with the at tendance of a great number of the old friends and townsmen of the de ceased, all of whom were anxious to make their deep sorrow at the loss of so fine a man and citizen known. Mr. Heisel had lived for so many years in this community that almost every man, woman and child knew him and loved him. To all of these he was much as one of their own families, and they will all miss his familiar face upon the streets and about his mills. Mr. Heisel was one of the men who numbered his friends in this city by the hundred. In all the long years which he had lived here he had given to his busi ness the strictest of attention and by his untiring fidelity to it ho bad made It one of the best of the city's Industries. In so doing he hnd had occasion to meet with every busi ness man In the commulty and with every one of them he had had busi ness dealings. It is something to be able to look back over a career of fifty-two years in a community, all them marked with dally busi ness matters, and to say that every one whom he has met was a friend and gave their highest esteem and praise to he who has passed. Yet, that Is the record of the late Mr. Heisel. He left behind him none but friends and neighbors who respected him for his untarnished Integrity and his upright business methods. The services yesterday were con ducted by Rev. Bruechert of Omaha, who delivered a very fine Rermon, touching upon the many splendid attributes of the aged pioneer. The sermon was delivered in German, the native tongue of the deceased, and the many German citizens who attended the services pronounced his eulogy of the deceased as a most magnificent one. II. reviewed the simple, upright and moral life which deceased had lend during tho long years he had lived, the high Chris tian qualities ho had displayed throughout his long career In this community and the many excellent trnlts whli h had hara terl.e. his whole life, pronouncing them the true attributes of a Just and noble man. To the many nge pioneer friends who heard these words they brought tear lars of regret at the final parting of so good a citi zen. A quartette composed of Mrs. J. W. Gamble, Miss Estello Ilalrd, Eo Wescott's Sons "Where Quality Counts.' Mr. George Farley and Mn B. A. McElwaln, members of the Presby terian choir, sang a number of selec tions which the deceased had so well loved to hear in his lifetime, concluding with the beautiful hymn, "Nearer, My God, to Thee," a song which had been one of his favorites. His aged and venerable friend, Con rad Schlater, who had known him for more than fifty years and who loved him as a brother, also sang the beautiful solo, "Face to Face," he having been requested by the family of deceased to do so. Mr. Schlater was very much affected at the sad parting and his aged voice quivered with emotion as he sang the words of this melody. Despite his age Mr. Schlater sang remark ably well and the tones of his voice are as silvery as of old. At the conclusion of tho services, the funeral cortege wended its way to Oak Hill cemetery, where the casket was deposited in the grave. The last services at the grave were performed by the pall bearers, Messrs. John, Martin and Frank But tery, II. M. Soennlchsen, W. J. Whlto and Jacob Tiltmh, all of whom had been lifelong friends of deceased. In connection with the late Mr. Heisel, the Journal has been kindly shown a copy ot the riattsmouth Jeffersonlan, published in this city, on May 8, 1858. bearing the adver-) tlsement of Heisel & Kroth, who ad vertised that they were prepared to operate a flour mill, opening on Sept. 10, 1837. This paper, which Is the oldest printed In this city now In existence, Is owned by Mrs. M. K. Buttery of this city, and Is a valued relic of frontier and pioneer days. The advertisement reads uni que to modern eyes and describes the fitting up of the saw mill and Its conversion Into a grist mill. Tho paper is volume 1, No. 41, and It contains the earliest and most au thentic record of Mr. Helscl's em barking In business here. Cunt limed (lie Cute. The case of 11. M, Soennlchsen vs. the C. 11. & l). Railroad compnny, Involving the value of goods, wares and merchandise destroyed last March In the fire which burned the freight depot of that company, was to have been heard today before Justice Anhcr, but was continued for thirty days on application of the defendant. The company dues not see how It can try said (use without certain evidence which H expects to I procure, and hence the delay. Sizes 38, 42 and 44 shirts and 32, 36. 40 and 42 drawers left of a big line cf men's Summer underwear, that we are closing at .25c A new line of long nanow silk 4-in-hand, for the narrow collars that we selling at 29c A few, very few men's straw hats that were 75c M.OOand $1.50. closing at 25 and 48c The boy's knee pant wool suits at$1.39,S1.99,$2.49 to clean up our entire stock are the best bargain ever offered in PJattsmouth. Look in our corner window. We are especially strong in sizes 13, 14, 15 and 16. The men's pants at Si. 45, $1.99 and $2.48 have literally melted away. A few snaps left. They may be your size. Better come and see. The prices we lave made on rren's suits, $7,;0, 9.90 and $11.90, are cleaning us up fast on Summer suits. We have added one moreline at $13.90, which takes in all remnants of our finest lines. The Home of Satisfaction. With the Sick. The condition of Mrs. Lydla New land Is reported this morning as be ing very grave. She passed a very bad night, falling to get any rest to speak of, and having several sinking spells in which her life was de spaired of. This morning very little Improvement was noticeable and her children have all been summoned to her bedside. Despite the desperate nature of her illness hope Is still en tertained by her friends that she may rally and recover. ' No word has been received for several days from Mrs. A. Hawrick at the hoHpltal In Chicago, III., and her condition Is getting along all right and expects to have definite information today. Her many friends trust his faith Is not misplaced and that she will Boon be able to return to her home a well woman. Mrs. Dr. W. B. Elster this morn ing received a telephone message announcing that her Bister, Mrs. Alice Towle of South Omaha, had been taken violently 111 once more and that she had been taken to a hospital for another operation. This Is sad news to Mr. Towlo's myriad of friends In the city, all of whom had hoped that her favorable condition would continue, and that no further trouble would he experienced. They surely hopo that her present trouble passes away and she soon recovers. Little change has taken place- In the condition of Frank Svobodu. He Is very low and suffers considerably on account of the heat. Owing to his long confinement to the bed, he Is very weak and to rally Is a very difficult matter. It Is hoped .that he shows signs of Improvement soon and that he may eventually re cover. From Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Osborne there Is little change to be record ed In their condition. It Is be lieved they will rally soon and re gain their usual good health. As is tho case with others, the continued hot weather works against them and a change to cooler weather would ho much appreciated by them. Their friends, however, expect and bllevo they will soon experience a turn for the better and recover. Henry Stendyke, mention of whose attack of Bunstroko was made in yesterday's Journal, Is getting along very nicely and Is able to be out and about, but he Is taking good care of himself and avoiding the sun's rays as much as posslbln. It Is believed he will get along all right In the fu ture. Very little change Is manifested In the condition of Mrs. Lillian K. Hasso at the hospital In Oniahn. Sho Is In r.Mher bad shape, but there Is a liability of n turn for the better at any time. Tills Is what her friends hope for anyway. Ferdinand llennlngs, one of Eight Mile Grove's fine citizens, Js spend ing the day In tho city looking after business matters and meeting his friend A I Hie Lute Waveily A. Bmnlmit. Mention was made yesterday ot the death of Waverly A. Barnhart, for many years a resident of this city, and well and favorably known, here. The funeral of Mr. Barnhart takes place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence, the services being conducted by Rev, Luther Moore of the Christian churclu Mr. Barnhart was born on Feb ruary 10, 1867, In Washington, county, Ohio, near the city of Mari etta, and at the time ot his death, was aged 42 years 5 months and 19 days. He came to Nebraska at an . early ago and with his parents set tled In this city. Here he received his education, having attended thg public schools In this city for a num ber of years. In 1904 ho was united In marriage to Miss Allle Fry, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Fry. Of this union one son, William B. Barnhart, was the Issue. To gether with the widow he survives his father. In addition Mr. Barn hart Is survived by his father ani mother, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Barnhart; four sisters, Mrs. E. E. Monroe of Pacific Junction, la.; Mrs. Clara E. Morris, Hyattsvllle, Wyo.; Mrs. J. T. Dellart of Benkleman. Neb., and Miss Lucy A. Barnhart ot this city, and three brothers, Earl E. and Samuel E. Barnhart of Hyatts vllle, Wyo., and Martin A. Barnhart of Baker, Wash. Tho sympathy of mnny friends goes out to the sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, and the family of deceased. A patient, gentle man Mr. Barnhart met death with resig nation and with true Christian spirit. Hail Is Given. John C. Clarence, last Thursday afternoon, gave ball as required by the supreme court, In the sum ot J 15,000 pending his appeal to that court. The bond, which Is signed by his father, John Clarence, and Simon Gruber, was approved by the clerk of the court and Clarence was given his liberty by Sheriff Qulnton, In whose custody ho had been Blnce the motion to a new trial was over ruled. He was well pleased to get out Into tho open air once more, and departed for his home near Union with alacrity. The case will not be up for henrlng In the supreme court for several months, at least. Louis Martin, who Is farming tho Schllchtmeler place, four miles north of Nehawka, drove In thin morning to look after some business matters In tho city. Mr. Martin states that the rainfall In Murray and towards Nehawka was much heavier than In this city and vlcln I'y, and it seemed to get heavier the farther south It was. A mile and a half north of Murray the fall com menced to lighten up and in this city It was noticeably lighter than at that point. Mr. Martin formerly re sided In this city and Is well known here.