The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, August 09, 1909, Image 3

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    The Last Voyage G,VES L,FE BL00D
Donna Isabel
By Randall Parrish
Author of Bob Ilimpton ot Pacer.
Illustrations bv Deaborn Melvi 1
casting the last lingering glances be
low, where the weird flame of the
candle flickered yellow, the blows of
the cleaver echoing sharply as they
clustered about the stove, welcoming
the warmth of It. It had been frigid
below decks, although we had been
scarcely conscious of It In our excite
ment. But now we stood shivering,
gazing Into each ethers' faces and
actually afraid to talk lst the whole
occurrence should prove a dream from
which a chanco word might awaken
us. Three million pesos here, actu
ally here; almost within reach of our
liand3; they were digging for thera
just below; even then, In the silence,
we could hear the faint echo of blows
being struck against the Ice. Three
million pesos! and It was all ours,
our very own to divide, to spend, to
lo with exactly as we pleased. We
had dreamed about all this before, on
the decks of the Ill-fated Sea Queen,
but now we sought to grasp It as an
actual existing fact, and our minds
seemed paralyzed by the knowledge.
I even forgot that Doris was present
until she touched me gently on the
shoulder, and I looked down Into her
questioning eyes.
"Do you not know what we have
Just discovered below?" I asked, still
tingling to the marvel, of it. "The
treasure, the Spanish treasure!"
"Oh, yes," but the soft voice seemed
tinged with sadness. "Yet It does not
greatly Interest rne. Money seems so
little here, so utterly valueless."
The simple words, the tone of their
utterance brought me to myself as
though I had received an electric
shock. She was still smiling, yet all
at once I noticed how white her face
was, how dark the shadows beneath
her eyes. The lure of the gold van
ished from my mind, as If some wiz
ard's wand had waved it away. I
thought of the treacherous sea with
out, the life and death struggle before
us, those dreary leagues separating us
from hope. My hands clasped hers,
the expression of love In my eyes
"brightening her face Instantly.
"That is so much better, Jack," she
said tenderly. "I knew it was only
the madness of a moment which
caused you to forget. Come out on
deck with me until you lose all mem
ory of It until I bring you back to
real life again."
'1 do not need It, sweetheart," and
I bent low, looking Into her eyes. 'The
Tever has left my blood. I hardly
know how It ever laid such hold upon
me, but the thought of all that wealth
below drove me as mad as the others.
Tou see how much I need you."
"Oh, no; you would have recovered
-without my help, although It might
"have required more time to complete
a cure. But I fear there Is no hope
for the men."
I certainly shall not spare you to
minister to them."
She laughed, her happiness of dispo
sition returning.
"That would be useless; they are of
different stamp. Th fever for sudden
-wealth Is In the blood of all of us.
See how excited Celeste Is. Perhaps
If I had ever experienced poverty I
might be crazed also. But It Is so
foolish here here," and she swept
tier hands about In comprehensive ges
ture, "when we know It can be ours
only for a day, or at most a week."
"But we have not given up hope," I
protested. "Why ahould we? The
Donna Isabel seems stanch beneath
"Even In case of that miracle I want
nothing to do with this treasure," she
nald gravely. "It seeniB to me, Jack,
there must be a curse upon that gold
below. It will never do good to any
human being. It was stolen by the
sword, won for Spain by the shedding
of blood, and has since cursed this
ship and all who sailed In her. The
living and the dead guarded It, and
now we have come Into Its evil clutch.
It Is not superstition but faith which
makes me say this the Donna Isabel
will never make port; that gold be
low will never do a soul on board
anything but harm. I wish It could
be left where It Is, burled In the Ice."
"At such a suggestion the men
would mutiny."
"I suppose so," she acknowledged
isdW. "and the end will be the same
Id either case. But I want you to be
different Let them build their air
castles; but do you come out on deck
with me, where the sea and sky will
give us other thoughts."
Comprehending only vaguely what
she meant, yet beneath the witching
spell of her presence I went gladly
enough, forgetting utterly that titleless
treasure Imbedded In the Ice below.
Charles N. Sullivan Undergoes
Heroic Operation at Omaha
In Which the Trcaiura Causes Trouble
But the m-n did not forget, or cease
In their eager efforts to .rescue that
frozen gold from the grasp of the Ice.
By this time, thoroughly convinced
myself that our final preservation of
this wealth would prove Impossible, I
was still far from devoid "f Interest
In Its recovery, and consequently
made no effort to Interrupt the work
being carried on between decks. It
was better that the men be busy and
their minds occupied than to have
them roaming aimlessly about the
decks In discontent, now that the ship
and weather gave us little occasion
for concern. Here they vigorously
plied the cleaver, working In relays of
two hours each, during the renialndei
of the day and night. After break
fast had been served we all of us went
below to unite our strength In hauling
forth the loosened box from the lea
We accomplished this by resorting
to block and tackle, and even then ex
perienced no small difficulty in drag
ging It away from the ice grip. Under
the dim candlelight it appeared a fair
sized sea-chest, constructed of some
heavy, dark wood, and bound secure
ly by metal bands, with a cumbersom
lock. A considerable quantity ot w
ter fvom somewhere continued to seep
down Into the lazarette, making the
floor an Icy puddle, and so we tailed on
to the ropes again, and hoisted the
chest up through the trap door out up
on the cabin deck. I could find no
keys In any of the state-rooms, and
we must have been half an hour break
ing the rusty lock and prying open
the lid, the only sounds audible the
blows struck and the heavy breathing
of the men. Finally we wrenched apart
the last band, and our eager eyes be
held the revealed contents pieces-of-eight,
yellow and level to the top!
There was a wild yell, a fierce scram
ble, the crazed men digging their fin
gers Into the coins, handling them,
fondling them, laughing and crying
like children In their excitement, and
cursing each other as they struggled
for a chanco at the box. For the mo
ment, staring down at the dull glow of
the metal, I even lost control of my
self, scarcely aware of the mad uproar.
It was actually there there before
me! That old Spanish record had all
been true; here, and beneath that Ice
between decks lay the remainder
three million nesos! Here was the
wealth of a king; here, almost within
reach of our hands, and It was all ours
ours. If we could only bring It forth
to where It possessed value.
If we only could! The thought
struck me like a blow. I knew the
truth, the truth. There was not one
chance In a thousand not one. I
made no effort to deceive myself. The
men, even the mate, blinded by the
gold-lust had Ignored facts plain as
day to me the terrible listing of the
ship to port, the constant seeping of
water Into the hold, the Increasing
soddenness of the staggering hull all
these combined to tell the story that
the Donna Isabel was doomed. No
power of men, situated as- we were,
could ever save her. The protecting
Ice-sheath, by help of which she had
drifted ghost like out of the Antarctic,
pounded by the fierce seas, loosened
by the milder air of more northern
latitudes, had already commenced to
flake off, and the Invading water, was
discovering crevices everywhere along
her ancient seams. We had come to
the gold; we had discovered It; It
was ours. But we could only gaze on
It. and give It back to the ocean In ex
change for our lives. I straightened
up, my lips compressed, and looked be
yond the struggling figures of the men
Into Doris' questioning ' gray eyes.
Father of Mercy, I possessed some
thing worth more than money the
love of a woman! Ay, but what ot
the men? What of the men? It would
be cutting their hearts out; yet It
must be done done, If necessary, with
all the brutality of a slave driver. She
had said this treasure was a curse, a
legacy of crime and death, a prize
for dead men. Not while I retained
mind and body to buttle should It cost
our lives. I pushed De Nova back
ward, and planted myself across the
open chest, scowling Into the uplifted,
angry faces.
'That's enough, men. This Is part
of the treasure all right, but thore Is
no occasion for you to go crazy over
It Put those coins back do you hear,
McKnlght? put them back, and we'll
shut down the lid. They're nice to
look at, and dream over, but that's
about all the good we'll ever get of
them. Were there any signs of oth
ers down there In the Ice, Johnson?"
"No, sir, but they'll be there."
"Oh, yes, no doubt they'll be there
but the only way we could ever get
them out would be to run this hooker
ashore In some mild climate and lot
the Ice melt. It's plain enough to see
what has happened. The Donna Isa
bel sailed In ballnst, these chests b
Ing about the only cargo she carried.
They shifted In tho heavy seas, and
the Lord only knows where they are
now. Anyway, they are safe beyond
the reach of your Ice cleaver."
They stared Into each others' faros,
the dlsngreeulile truth slowly pene
trating their minds. Kelly spoke, his
voice trembling:
"Then why the hell, sir, couldn't we
do JtiBt what you said?"
"What! run her ashore? simply be
cause, my lad, that shore happens to
be a thousand miles aav. ami I doubt
(To be Continued)
A remarkable case of transfusion
of blood was performed yesterday
at one of the Omaha hospitals when
Charles N. Sullivan was operated on
and a pint or more of blood taken
from him to his sister, Mrs. Alice
Towle. The operation la what is
considered a most remarkable one
In medical annals. Mrs. Towle has
been very ill for sometime past and
her life has been despaired of for
several days. In accordance with
the opinion of the physicians, her
parents and relatives were summoned
to her bedside several days since In
expectancy of the untoward event.
She has throughout the trying ordeal
exhibited tho utmost endurance and
has stoutly maintained that she
would recover.
Yesterday her condition became
very alarming ancj the end seemed
very near. The attending physicians
at once decided that an operation of
the most delicate nature would be
necessary In order to save her life
and that nn injection of blood would
have to take place to revive her fall
ing energies. With only one chance
fating them, the physicians decided
that blood must be Injected from
her brother Charles N. Sullivan Into
her and he accordingly prepared for
It. An Incision was made In his
wrist for several Inches in length bar
ing an artery. A corresponding In
cision was made In Mrs. Towle's
wrist and a vein was opened. The
artery In her brother's wrist was al
so severed and the vein Inserted in
to tho artery. The latter working
like a pump forced the blood from
the brother to the sister and soon
tne cheeks of the young woman
changed from pallor and whiteness
to a rosy pink, and as the process
proceeded the full bloom of pew
found life mantled her In its folds.
After a pint or so of the precious
life blood had been transferred, the
vein was withdrawn and re-united
with the broken end as was the art
ery and the operation was over. The
marvelous effects of the transfusion
was soon apparent. Mrs. Towle re
vived at once and soon was as live
ly as ever. Mr. Sullivan suffered
but little from the effects, although
the loss of so much blood naturally
weakened him a great deal.
Mrs. Towle Is reported as getting
along famously after the transfusion
and the physicians who entertained
virtually no hope of her recovery be
fore tho operation now express the
utmost confidence In the ultimate
outcome. They consider the opera
tion a marvelous pne and are more
than pleased with the success attend
ing it.
and doing its share toward making
the first annual event a big success.
Mr. Schneider acted as chairman of
the meeting and Mr. C. W. Baylor
as secretary.
To Have Charge of the Various Days
at the Fall Festival
A meeting of the executive com
mittee of the Merchants' Carnival
was held last evening at tho office
of Register of Deeds Schneider, who
is chairman of the committee. The
committee were all there with the
exception of Frank E. Schlater, who
was out of the city, and they took
the preliminary steps toward per
fecting plans for the big doings. Ar
rangements were made to turn Pio
neer day, as the Old Settlers' day
will be known, over to R. B. Wind
ham, who will be chief In charge of
the day and select his own commit
tee. The scope of Live Stock day Is to
be enlarged so as to Include a dis
play of all agricultural products,
and this Is to be placed under Quar-
tus Parmele with a vice chairman to
be1 selected by himself and a commit
tee of his own appointing later.
Sports and games will be under D.
C. Morgan, who also will select his
own committee and arrange his own
Merchants' day will be under a
competent head and a program suit
able to the day will be determined
Musical day will be cut out owing
to an apparent feeling that It Is a
class day and not one which the en
tire run of the people would enjoy.
In Us stead Merchants' day will be
had, at which the merchants will be
asked to decorate their stores, make
bargains and Invite visitors. It ought
to be a Biiccess.
Burlington day will doubtless be
the biggest day of the week, coming
as it does on Labor day, when the
shops are closed and helped as It
will be by tho Burlington shop man
agement. A parade Is to be featured
if the plans go through as ftguerd
on, and the afternoon will also have
special attractions.
Every dny will bo a big day that
'Is true. Free attractions are already
pouring In, offers to show during the
week and there will be no trouble In
securing them. A balloon ascension
will be on the program for every
day and a baseball game will also
take place during the afternoon of
each day, at which the people will
see the best teams In eastern Ne
braska and western Iowa.
These are merely the forerunners
of the big, good things to be had
At last night's meeting a committee
of three members of the fire depart
ment were present and proposed to
the committee to add a hub and hub
hose cart race for a prize, and also
a nozzle fight between two mm
panles for a like consideration.
n-i ..
1 ii cue iwo suggestions were 011
tlniHlHHtli ally received and the com
mittee recommended thern to the
consideration of the sports commit
t-e. The lire department committee
was headed by Victor Anderson, Mho
acted as spokesman and Included
Chief Koubek and (). C. Hudson.
The meeting wns n good one and
shows that the committee Is alive
I'llinwood lias Booster.
A copy of the thirtieth anniversary
edition of the I'lattsmouth, Neb.,
Journal of July 1, accompanied by
a seventy-rive-page souvenir pro
gram of the Elmwood chnutauqun
formed a neat surprise at the Sun
office one day this week, and the
cause of this surprise was none other
than Louis W. Roettger, formerly of
New Bremen, but now one of the
leading business men of the hustling
reorasna town. The Journal con
tains a complete write-up of all the
towns In Cass county, Neb., among
which Elmwood Is the second larg
est, having a population of 1,000. It
makes favorable mention of the Elm
wood Chautauqua, which Is now in
Its third year, and contains excellent
cuts of buildings, etc. Among the
latter Is a two-column cut of Mr.
Roettger's residence and a four-column
cut of the Interior of Louis F.
Langhorst's department store. Both
Mr. Roettger and Mr. Langhorst are
on the board of managers of the
Elmwood Chautauqua, Mr. Roettger
being assistant secretary, and both
ot these old New Bremen boys are
doing their share In boosting the
town of their adoption. New Bre
men (0.) Sun.
A rieasnnt Surprise.
A scene of much merriment and
gayety was the home of Martin Step-
pat, in this city, on Wednesday even
ing, August 4, when the many
friends of his daughter, Miss Anna,
assembled to give her a very pleas
ant and agreeable surprise. It was
Miss Anna's sixteenth birthday, and
she was highly gratified to know that
her many friends remembered her
on mat occasion, She soon recov
ered from the shock of the surprise
and proceeded to make her many
guests feel that they were more than
The evening was spent In many
games, and music, both vocal and In
sirumentai, made the event tnore
than pleasant to all assembled. Later
a delicious and appetizing luncheon
was served, which all enjoyed huge
ly. After this the guests departed
for their several homes, having had
a most delightful evening. They ex
tended to Miss Anna their best
wishes and their hopes that she
would enjoy mnny more annlver
saries. In addition they gave Miss
Steppat many very handsome and
expensive presents, which she will al
ways treasuro In remembrance of the
happy event.
Those attending Included Misses
Mady Meyers of Omaha, Anna B.
Deutsch, Helen Trllllty, Laura and
Matilda MeUlnger, Freda Woklfarth
Tlllle and Minna Ploeger, (Irace and
Ella Noltlng, Anna Steppat; Messrs
Frank K. Iirenx, Eddie steppat
Albert Tlmmls, Iotiard MeMnger,
Fritz Slemolielt, Willie Noltlng;
Messrs. and Medatne Philip A
Melslnger, Frnlik II. Steppat, August
Steppot, Fred w. NolUng, John Kaf
feiilierger, Adolpn Wrwhe, Martin
Boy's Knee Pants, wool, not cotton, out
ot our regular 50 and oc lines, mostlvO hh
.0 itt
sizes 10 to 16.
Also Boy's Wash Pants.
Boy's Wool Suits good reliable suits j nn
out of ourregular $2.50 and $3.501ines lid
Also a few Boy's Wash Suits left at. . ,49
Boy's Wool Suits, out of our $3.75, $4
and $4.50 lines
Boy's Fine VVool and Worsted Suits, n An
out of our $5 and $6 lines to close. . . . Ltj
Some of these have two pairs of pants; some of
them have double scat and knee pants. All of them
arc marvelous values at the price.
Want to say to you that if you miss these bar
gains in boy's suits you are missing the biggest
chance ot saving money or. bov's clothes ever offered
you. We are making a clean sweep of our boy's
department, preparatory to the big new line we
have bought for Fall. We are selling these goods
just as advertised. The pi ices are unbelievable, but
you will find them exactly as stated.
Men's Suits - Just Four Prices:
$7.90, $9.90, $11.90, $13.90
Understand these are not cheap shoddy goods
that were bought for special sale business, but de
pendable goods left over from our regular standard
stock. You can afford to buy these suits and lay
them away till you need them at a great saving.
Notice four of these suits in our corner window.
Bettet still, come in and we will show them to you.
Men's Shirts, for Dress or Work, 39c!
This line of shirts has been a marvel at this price.
They arc all full cut, well made, good patterns, and
shirts you will pay 50, 60 and 75c for elsewhere.
Some of them have soft collars, some have neck
bands and starched cuffs. As long as they last 39c.
Tho Last Gall on Pants!
$1 .39 and $1 .99
We have closed down so close on these sale pants
that we have put what's left in two lots at two low
prices to close, $1.39 and $1.99. If you can find
your size you'd better buy.
There are still some other small lots of big bar
gains, which you ought to take advantage of at
these final clearing prices. They are going fast.
No cah register tickets and no charging on sale
. E.
Kill Some of Tlieni.
The attention of tho police In re
spectfully Invited to the Rlnrnilng
prevalence of dogs In tho rlty. They
simply are over-running the town,
and complaints are being heard from
all quarters of their depredations.
Several parties have been badly
arared or bitten by them and mill
tho city authorities make no effort
to suppress them. They make tho
nights hideous with their howling
and barkings, and the people are
taking the law Into their own hands,
as Is evidenced by tho fusllade which
was opened on them from several
quarters last night. The Journal
protests Rgainxt the public streets
being made n playground for these
animals, and especially agnlnst It be
ing used fur the purpose of pulling
off dog fights. Dining the last three
evening at lenst a half n doxen
rights hate taken place on the
Ktreeti, and most of the Idlers have
greatly enjoyed them, much to the
.1 Isr list of respectable people. In ad
dition to this there Is grave dang-r
to small ihlldrcn, and even grown
persons from their attacks. If Mayor
Battler and his pollro force want to
do a real public service they should
start a war on the dogs. If nothing
Is dono tho public will take Borne
steps to protect Itself and administer
speedy Justice without regard to
law, and It will be pretty near Justified.
Iiokc Kyi.
Last week a little aon of Ernest
llundrock, living In the north part
of town, had the misfortune while
running after a chicken to fall Into a
biiHh, running a twig Into his eye.
He was hurried to a doctor and was
somewhat eaHcd of the Intense pala
which he suffered. It was thought
that ho was getting well, but Instead
his eye was gradually growing wors
until the first of the week, when h
was taken to Lincoln to a specialist.
It hH since I n learned with re
gret that the little fellow has lost
bis eye and that he may lose the
other. Kagle lleacon.
Miori horns for hale.
Three sood registered Shorthorn
yearling bulls for sale. Also good
fresh milk cows. Mark White,