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PHANTOM SHIP -OR- Thc Flying Dutchman. . BY CAPTAIN MAHXYAT. CHAPTER I. ( Continued. ) "That , Philip , i shall never be. I feel that death claims me ; and , oh , my son , were it not for you how I should quit this world rejoicing ! I have long been dying , Philip and long , long have I prayed for death. " "And why so , mother ? " replied Philip , bluntly ; "I've done my best. " "You have , my child , you have ; and may God bless you for it. Often have I seen you curb your fiery temper re strain yourself when justified in wrath to share a mother's feelings. 'Tis now some days that even hunger has not persuaded you to disobey your mother. And , Philip , you must have thought ine mad or foolish to insist so long , and yet to give no reason , I'll speak again directly. " The widow turned her head upott the pillow , and remained quiet for some minutes ; then , as If revived , she resumed : "I believe I have been mad at times have I not , Philip ? And God knows I have had a secret in my heart enough to drive a wife to frenzy. It has oppressed - } pressed me day and night , .worn my t mind , impaired my reason , and now , at , last , thank Heaven ! it has overcome . this mortal frame ; the blow is struck , Philip I'm sure it is. I wait but to tell you all and yet I would not 'twill turn your brain as It has turned mine , Philip. " "Mother , " replied Philip , earnestly , "I conjure you let me hear this killing secret. Be Heaven or hell mixed up with it I fear not. Heaven will not hurt me , and Satan I defy. " "I know thy bold , proud spirit , Philip thy strength of mind. If any one could bear the load of such a dreadful tale , thou couldst. My brain , alas , was far too weak for it ; and I see it is my duty to tell it to thee. " The widow paused as her thoughts reverted to that which she had to con fide ; for a few minutes the tears rain ed down her hollow cheeks ; she then appeared to have summoned resolution and to have regained strength. "Philip , it was of your father I would speak. It is supposed that he was drowned at sea. " "Andwas he not , mother ? " replied Philip , with surprise. "Oh , no ! " "But he has long beed dead , i mother ? " "No yes and yet no , " said the v widow , covering her eyes. Her brain \ -wanders , thought Philip , but he spolce again. "Then where is he , mother ? " The widow raised herself , and a tremor visibly ran through her whole frame , as she replied : "In living judgment. " The poor woman then sank down again upon the pillow , and covered her head with the bed clothes , as if she would have hid herself from her own memory. Philip was so much perplex ed and astounded , that he1 could make no reply. A silence of some minutes ensued , When , no longer able to bear the agony of suspense , Philip faintly whispered : "The secret , mother , the secret ; quick , let me hear it ! " "I can now tell all , Philip , " replied his mother , in a solemn tone of voice. "Hear me , my son. Your father's disposition - - position was but too like your own. Oh , may his cruel fate be a lesson to you , my dear , dear child ! He was a bold , a daring , and , they say , a first- rate seaman. He was not born here , but In Amsterdam ; but he would not live there because he still adhered to the Catholic religion. The Dutch , you know , Philip , are heretics , according to our creed. It is now seventeen years or more since he sailed for India in his fine chip , the Amsterdammer , with a valuable cargo. It was his third voy age to India , Philip , and It was to have been , if it had so pleased God , his last , - for he had purchased that good ship > -with only part of his earnings , and one more voyage would have made his fortune. Oh , how often did we talk -over what we would do upon his re turn , and how these plans for the future - > ture consoled me at the idea of his absence , for I loved him dearly , Philip he was always good and kind to me and after he had sailed , how I hoped for his return ! The lot of a sailor's wife is not to be envied. Alone and solitary for so many months , watch ing the long wick of the candle , and listening to the howling of the wind foreboding evil and accident wreck .and widowhood. He had been gone about six months , Philip , and there < -was still a long , dreary year to wait ] "before I could expect him back. One 1 night you , my child , were fast asleep ; 1 .you were my only solace , my comfort ] in my loneliness. I had been watching - 1 ing over you in your slumbers : you ] smiled and half pronounced the name < of mother ; and at last I kissed your < -unconscious lips , and I knelt and prayed prayed for God's blessing on you , my child , and upon him too i little thinking , at the time , that he was t ; BO horribly , so fearfully cursed. " The widow paused for breath , and then resumed. Philip could not speak. . His lips were sundered , and his eyes riveted upon his mother , as he devour ed her words. s "I left you and went downstairs into a that room , Philip , which since that dreadful night has never been reopen- ed. I sat me down and read , for the wind was strong , and when the gale "W te blows , a sailor's wife can seldom sleep. It was past midnight , and the rain poured down. I felt unusual fear I knew not why. I rose from the couch , and dipped my finger in the blessed water , and I crossed myself. A violent gust of wind roared round the house , and alarmed me still more. I had a painful , horrible foreboding ; when , of a sudden , the windows and window- shutters were blown in , the light was extinguished , and I was left in utter darkness. I screamed with fright ; but at last I recovered myself , and was proceeding toward the window that I might reclose it , when whom should I behold , slowly entering at the case ment , but your father Philip ! Yes , Philip , it was your father ! " "Merciful God ! " muttered Philip , in ! a low tone almost subdued to a whis per. per."I "I knew not what to think he was in the room ; and although the dark ness was Intense , his form and fea tures were as clear and as defined as if it were noonday. Fear would have in clined me to recoil from his loved presence to fly toward him. I remain ed on that spot where I was , choked with agonizing sensations. When he had entered the room , the windows and shutters closed of themselves , and the candle was relighted then I thought It was his apparition , and I fainted on the floor. "When I recovered I found myself on the couch , and perceived that a cold oh , how cold ! and dripping hand was clasped in mine. This reassured me , and I forgot the supernatural signs which accompanied his appear ance. I imagined that he had been un fortunate , and had returned home. I opened my eyes , and beheld my loved husband , and threw myself into his arms. His clothes were saturated with rain ; I felt as if I had embraced ice but nothing can check the warmth of 'woman's love , Philip. He received my caresses , but he caressed not again ; he spoke not , but looked thoughtfully and unhappy. 'William William , " cried I ; 'speak , Vanderdecken ; speak to your dear Catherine. ' " 'I will , ' replied he , solemnly , 'for my time is short. ' " 'No , no , you must not go to sea again ; you have lost your vessel ; but you are safe. Have I not you again ? ' " 'Alas , no be not alarmed , but lis ten , for my time is short. I have not lost my vessel , Catherine , but I have lost Make no reply , but listen. I am not dead , nor yet am I alive. I hover between this world and the world of spirits. Mark me. " 'For nine weeks did I try to force my passage against the elements round the stormy Cape , but without success ; and I swore terribly. For nine weeks more did I carry sail against the adverse - verse winds and currents , and yet could gain no ground ; and then I blasphemed ay , terribly blasphemed. Yet still I persevered. The crew , worn out with long fatigue , would have had me return to the Table Bay , but I re fused ; nay more , I became a murderer unintentionally , it is true , but still a murderer. The pilot opposed me , and persuaded the men to bind me , and in the excess of my fury , when he took 1 me by the collar , I struck at him ; he reeled ; and with the sudden lurch of the vessel he fell overboard , and sank. , Even this fearful death did not restrain - strain me ; and I swore by the frag ment of the Holy Cross , preserved in that relic now hanging round your neck , that I would gain my point in defiance of storm and seas , of light ning , of Heaven , or of hell , even if I should beat about until the Day of Judgment. " 'My oath was registered in thun der , and in streams of sulphurous fire. The hurricane burst upon the ship , the canvas flew away in ribbons ; moun tains of seas swept over us , and in the center of a deep overhanging cloud , : which shrouded all in utter darkness , were written in letters of livid flame , these words : Until the Day of Judg . ment. " 'Listen to me , Catherine , my time ' is short. One hope alone remains , and for this I am permitted to come here. Take this letter. ' He put a sealed paper on the table. 'Read it , Catherine dear , and try if you can assist me. P Read it , and now farewell my time n ; is come. "Again the window and window- shutters burst open again the light . was extinguished , and the form of my ° husband was , as it were , -wafted in the ilark expanse. I started up and fol- a. lowed him with outstretched arms and frantic screams as he sailed through the window ; my glaring eyes beheld ais form borne away like lightning on the wings of the wild gale till it was hi lost as a speck of light , and then it lisappeared. Again the windows ; losed , the light burned , and I was left ilone ! "Heaven have mercy ! My brain ! ai ny brainPhilip ! ! Philip ! " shrieked aiPi " ' he poor woman ; "don't leave me lon't don't pray don't ! " During these exclamations the fran- , .ice widow had raised herself from the jed and , at last , had fallen into the inns of her son. She remained there iome minutes without motion. After L time Philip felt alarmed at her long tl juiesence ; he laid her gently down clK ipon the bed , and as he did so her clm lead fell back her eyes were turned m he Widow Vanderdecken was no more. S ; CHAPTER H. Philip Vanderdecken , strong as he was in mental courage , was almost paralyzed by the shock when he dis covered that his mother's spirit had fled ; and for some time he remained by the side of the bed , with his eyes fixed 'upon the corpse , and his mind in a state of vacuity. Gradually he re covered himself ; he rose , smoothed down the pillow , the tears trickled down his manly cheeks. Ho impressed a solemn kiss upon the pale , white forehead of the departed , and drew the curtains round the bed. "Poor mother ! " said he , sorrowful ly , as he completed his task , "at length thou hast found rest but thou hast left thy son a bitter legacy. " And as Philip's thoughts reverted to what had passed , the dreadful narra tive whirled in his imagination and scathed his brain. He raised his hands to his temples , compressed them with force and tried to collect his thoughts , that he might decide upon what meas ures he should take. He felt that he had no time to indulge his grief. His mother was in peace ; but his father where was he ? He recalled his mother's words "One hope alone remained. " Then there was hope. His father had laid a paper on the table could it be there now ? Yes , it must be ! his mother had not had the courage to take it up. There was hope in that prayer , and it had lain unopened for more than sev enteen years. Philip Vanderdecken resolved that he would examine the fatal chamber at once he would know the worst. Should he do it now , or wait till day light ? but the key , where was it ? His , eyes rested upon an old japanned cab inet in the room ; he had never seen his mother open it in his presence ; it was the only likely place of conceal ment that he was aware of. Prompt in all his decisions , he took up the candle and proceeded to examine it. It was not locked ; the door swung open , and drawer after drawer was ex amined , but Philip discovered not the object of his search ; again and again did he open the drawers , but they were all empty. It occurred to Philip that there might be secret drawers , and he examined for some time in vain. At last he took out all the drawers , and laid them on the floor , and lifting the cabinet off its stand he shook it. A rattling sound in one corner told him that in all probability the key was there concealed. He renewed his at tempts to discover how to gain it , but in vain. Daylight now streamed through the casements , and Philip had not desisted from his attempts ; at last , wearied out , he went into the adjoining room , threw himself upon his bed , and in a few minutes was in a sleep as sound as that permitted to the wretch a few hours previous to his execution. During his slumbers the neighbors had come in , and had prepared every thing for the widow's interment. They had been careful not to wake the son , for they held as sacred the sleep of those who must wake up to sorrow. Among' others , soon after the hour of noon , arrived Mynheer Foots ; he had been informed of the death of the widow , but having a spare hour , he thought he might as well call , as it would raise his charges by another guilder. He first went into the room where the bodV lay , and from thence he proceeded to the chamber of Philip , and shook him by the shoulder. Philip awoke , and , sitting up , per ceived the doctor standing by him. "Well , Mynheer Vanderdecken , " commenced the unfeeling little man , "so it's all over. I knew it would be 30 ; and recollect you owe me now an other guilder , and you promised faith fully to pay me ; altogether , with the potion , it will be three guilders and a half that is , provided you return my rial. " Philip , who at first waking was con- iused , gradually recovered his senses luring this address. ' ( To be continued. ) Friends Well Met. When true-hearted men in north and iouth met and understood each other , here was never real enmity between hem. A certain Virginian lived near he field of Mechanicsville , where Mc- Jlellan fought one of his severe battles n the summer of 1862. This man went mt to the field , after the northern roops had retired from it , and noticed little fellow lying , wounded , in the lot sun. As he looked pityingly at he boy , the young fellow gained cour- .ge to make a request : "Neighbor , I'on't you get me a drink of water ? 'm very thirsty. " "Of course , I will , " aid the man , and he brought the /ater. The little fellow was encour- ged by this , and he asked again : Won't you get me taken to the hos- ital ? I'm badly wounded. " "Well , ow , my boy , " said the man , "if I get ou taken care of , and you are well nough to go home again , are you com- ag down here to fight me and my folks > nee more ? How about that ? " It was hard test for a wounded prisoner , but lie boy stood it. He looked his captor rmly in the eye , and said : "That I : rould , my friend. " "I tell you , " said he Virginian afterward , "I liked his luck. I had that boy taken to the ospital , and he had good care. " III Idea. Little Ikey "Fader , vat ish a phil- athropist ? " Old Swindlebaum "A hilanthropist , mein sohn , ish a man ot induces oder peoples to gif avay ) Bir monish mit charity. " New York forld. What She Desired. Knicker I tried to convince my wife lat I couldn't afford a new sealskin ioak. Becker And did you succeed ? ; Inicker No , she wanted the argu- lent ! brought home to her. St. Louis tar. American Troops Engage in General Battle. NATIVE FORCES ARE DRIVEN BACK American Loss Is Twenty Killed and One Hundred and Twenty-Five Wounded Charleston and Concord Throw Shells Into Knetny Jfcbr/tsku Troops in the Conlllct buffer Severely. MANILA , Feb. 5. 3:15 : p.m. The long expected rupture between the Americans and the Filipinos has come at last. The former are now engaged in solving the Philippine problem with the utmost expedition possible. The clash came yesterday at 8:40 : in the evening , when three daring Fil ipinos darted past the Nebraska regi ment's pickets at Santa Mesa , but re tired when challenged. They repeat ed the experiment without drawing the sentries. But the third time Corporal Greeley challenged the Filipinos and then fired , killing one of them anu v/ounding another. Almost immediately afterward the Filipinos' line from Caloocan to Santa Mesa commenced a fusillade which was ineffectual. The Nebraska , Montana and North Dakota outposts replied vigorously and held their ground until reinforce ments arrived. The Filipinos in the meantime con centrated at three points , Haloocan , Gagalangin and Santa J'tesa. At about 1 o'clock the Filioinos opened a hot fire from all three places simultaneously. This was supp.ement- od by the fire of two siege guns at Balik-Balik and by advancing their skirmishers from Pace and Pandacan. The Americans responded with a terrific fire , but owing to the dark ness they were unable to determine its effect. The Utah light artillery finally succeeded in silencing the native bat tery. tery.The The Third artillery also did good work on the extreme left. The engagement lasted over an hour. The United States cruiser Charles ton and the gunboat Concord , sta tioned off Malabona , opened fire from their secondary batteries on the Fil- ippinos' position at Caloocan and kept it up vigorously. At 2:45 : there was another fusillade along the entire line and the United States seagoing double-turreted mon itor Monadnock opened fire on the cue.my off Malate. With daylight the Americans ad vanced. The California and Wash ington regiments made a splendid charge and drove the Filipinos from the villages of Pace and Santa Mesa. The Nebraska regiment also distin guished itself , capturing several pris oners and one howitzer and a very strong position on the reservoir , that is connected with the water works. The Kansas and Dakota regiments 'ompelled the enemy's right flank to retire to Caloocan. There was intermittent firing at va rious points all day long. The losses of the Filipinos cannot be estimated at present , but they are known to be considerable. The American losses are estimated at twenty men killed and 125 wounded. The Ygorates , armed with bows and arrows , made a very determined stand in the face of a hot artillery fire and left many dead on the field. Several attempts were made in this city yesterday evening to assassinate American officers. WASHINGTON , Feb. C. 12:15 a. m. The follwing dispatch from Gen eral Otis has been made public- : "MANILA , Feb. 5. To the Adjutant General : Insurgents in large force opened attack on our lines at S:45 o'clock last evening. Renewed at tack several times during the night and at 4 o'clock this morning entire line engaged. All attacks renulsed. At daybreak advanced against insurg- ' gents and have driven them beyond the lines they formerly occupied , cap : turing several villages and their de fense works. Insurgent loss in dead ties thus far estimated at 175 ; very few fatal. Troops enthusiastic and actiing fearlessly. Navy did splendid Gxecution on flanks of enemy , city held In check and absolute quiet prevails. Insurgents have secured good many Mauser riffes , a few field pieces and luick firing guns with ammunition luring last month. Signed ) OTIS. " WASHINGTON , Feb. G The fol lowing message was received from Manila this morning : "To the secretary of the navy. Washington : Insurgents here inaug urated general engagement last night , svliich has continued today. The American army and navy are generally successful. Insurgents have been Iriven back and our line advanced. Mo casualties to navy. . DEWEY. " WASHINGTON , Feb. 5. 9:55 p. m. The following telegram just receiv- d by the chief signal officer , is the irst news received from the army at Manila : "MANILA , Feb. Feb. 5 To General Jreely , chief signal officer : Action ontinues since early morning. Losses quite heavy. Everything fa- rorable to our arms. , THOMPSON. " Colonel Thompson is the chief sig nal officer on the staff of General Idaho Men Among the Killed. CHICAGO , Feb. 6 A special to the rimes-Herald from Boise , Idaho , says : The following Idaho men are rejj orted killed in Manila : Maojr Edward McConville , who vas in command of the second bat- alien , Idaho volunteers. fcP Corporal Frank Caldwell , company fch 3 , aged 34 years ; born in Chicago ; h inlisted at Harrison , Idaho. h ; Private George Hall , company B , ged 25. Sweet , IdaKo. n Private Ernest Scott , company B , nai iged 21 ; born at Ashalnd , Wis. aihi Private James Hensen , . company H , hi 5 years old ; 'born at Overton , Tenn. hifll NEBRASKA BOYS FALL. First Regiment Leads a Charge and Suffci from Insurgents' I'lro. Charles 0. Ballenger , Company L , Omaha ; Ralph K. Wells , Company L , Omaha ; Harry S. Hull , First Sergeant Company A , York ; Charles R. Keckley , Company A. York ; Orrin T. Curtis , Second Sergenat , Company C , Beat ; rice ; Davis Lagger , Company I ; Louis Begler , Company F ; E. Eggen , Com pany unknown ; James Pierce , Musi cian. cian.OMAHA OMAHA , Feb. 6. These nine Ne braska boys , says the Omaha Bee , are reported among the killed at Manila. The First regiment was right at the front of the fighting line and appar ently was the heaviest sufferer from the lire of the insurgents. It is not known to what extent it contributed to the list of wounded. As in the former battle of Manila , it was one of the Nebraska boys , this time Corporal Greely , who fired the first shot when the natives attempted to pass the outposts. The pickets con sisted of Nebraska , Montana and North Dakota soldiers and they held their ground until reinforcements arrived. In the furious charge which drove the enemy from its uosition the Ne braska boys captured several prison ers , one howitzer and a very strong position on the reservoir which is con nected with the waterworks. It is plain from the list of killed that all the companies in the Nebraska reg iment porticipated in the conflict. At the hour of going to press but meager information is available respecting the Nebraska dead. A cable message was received last night from Manila signed by Captain Taylor of the Thurston Rifles con firming the killing of Ballenger and Kells of his company , both privates , residing at Omaha. Besides the First Nebraska the other volunteer regiments at Manila are : First California infantry , First Colorado rado Iowa infantry infantry , Fifty-first try , First troop , Nevada cavalry , Second end Oregon iniantry , First Washing ton infantry , First Wyoming infantry , A and D California artillery. First Idaho infantry , Twentieth Kansas in fantry , First Montana infantry , First North Dakota infantry , Tenth Penn sylvania infantry , A and B Utah light artillery and Wyoming light battery. LONDON , Feu. . The Morning .Post publishes the following account of the lighting at Manila : The immediate cause of the attack was an advance by two Filipinos to the Nebraska out post on the northeast of the city. When ordered to halt they refused and the sentry fired. An insurgent signal gun was then fired from block house No. 7 and an attack was immediately begun on the Nebraska regiment. The fighting soon spread on both sides un til firing was in progress on all the outposts around the city. The Ameri can troops responded vigorously , the insurgents fire being heavy and the at tack evidently hurriedly planned. Firing continued throughout the night , with an occasional cessation 'rom half an hour to an hour at a lime. At daybreak the war ships Charles ton and Callao began shelling the north side of the city. Their fire was followed later by that of the Monad- nock on tne southern side , the insurg ent positions having been previously accurately located. The Filipino loss is reported to have been heavy. The wounded on the American side are now estimated at 200. Few Americans were killed. The Americans began a vigorous ad vance all along the line this morning : ( Sunday ) and were soon rressi back the insurgents in every direction maintaining steadily their advanced positions , and capturing the villages of San Juan del Monte , Santa Ana. San Pedro , Macati , Santa Mesa and Lorn in. The splendid police system prevent ed a general outbreak in the city , though several soldiers were attacked by natives in the streets. Lieutenant Charles Hogan and Serg ° ant Wall were shot by three natives , the former being : seriously wounded and the lat ter slightly. Give Up Their Seats. WASHINGTON. D. C. , Feb. 6. The nquiry ordered by the house of repre sentatives as to what members had 'orfeited their seats by reason of ac- epting other offices ended today with L finding by a judiciary commission hat Major General Wheeler , member rom Alabama ; Colonel James R. Liinpbell of Illinois , Colonel David G. lolson of Kentucky , and Major Edward 3. Robbins of Pennsylvania had vaca- ed their seats in the house by accept- ng cofmissions in the army. At the ame time the committee determined hat none of the members of congress erving on civil commissions had hereby vacated their seats in the louse. * Heavy Firing on Both Sides. MANILA , Feb. 5 : 8:15 p. m. The Filipinos attacked the American line rom Calvocan to Santa Mesa at 8:45 Saturday evening. There was a heavy usillade on both sides and the artil- ery was used. The United States cruiser Charleston .nd the gunboat Concord bombarded he enemy. The Americans lost twenty killed nd had 125 wounded. 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