Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, October 14, 1888, Part II, Page 12, Image 12
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There is a satisfaction to every purchaser to know that the lowest round of the ladder in prices has been reached by them , also that they have not been deceived as to the wearing qualities. By doing your trad ing at Barr's you reach these results every time , WM. BARR DRY &OODS COMPANY , Corner 16th and" Douglas Streets. Thrilling Adventures and Escapes of Bravo Driver. MANY DANGERS ENCOUNTERED. "Wlint tlio Hero of the Rubber Suit Told n Heporter A llutuim Ainpliihlnii and What Ho Saw. A Diver'H Story. "Yes , 1'vo spent a peed deal of time under water1' said Mr. ljetor K. Sculloy , of the contracting linn of Hopkins & Sculloy , that has so successfully huilt the Omaha and Council Bluffs bridge. "For sixteen yours I never earned a dollar lar on top of it , but I turned over a. good many at the bottom. "How did I start into the business V Well , It was away back in ' 53. My father was a stone cutter , and I learned the business. lie wasn't paying mo go ing wages , however , and I ran away from homo. I struck n job at my trade when they were building a bridge across the SchuyUill for the Reading road , iind in those days they .sank stone pillars at the bottom as a foundation for the piers. Somehow they got them too long , and they had to bo out down. Wo had a diver , but ho didn't know any thing about stone cutting , and 1 was young and volunteered to go down and do it. I got through it all right , and they paid me $10 a day. No more stone cutting for mo then. I quit , and I have boon in the diving business more or loss over since. What do they pay a diver ? Oh , all kinds of prices. I'm paying one man $2.r 00 a year , whether ho works or plays. Good , all-round divers got from S.'IOO to $ - " > 00 per month when they're working , but I only know of four in America worth that. Sometimes they pot heavy pay for a risky job. I once got 31,000 for three hours' work. "It was when they wore building the St. Louis bridge , and I was working up the stream for $ -100 a month. The su perintendent came up and ottered mo a Job , but when I told him what I was getting ho said ho could got all the divers ho wanted for ? l"-5 a mouth , and that settled the deal. By and by the river begun to raise , and his men couldn't stand it , and came up without being able to close the gala in the caisson. lie sent for mo and I managed to do it and saved the pier. Then I sent in my bill for 31,000 , and after Crumbling a day or two ho paid it. It was worth it , though , for the river was running fast and I was down 110 feet. "You , I've done work In Kuropo and South America , " continued Mr. Scully. * 'Ivr.s in the employ of the Now York 'Wrecking and Diving company , and they used to send us wherever they had a contract. I was one of two that were sent to Sevastopol by the way that is the correct way to spell it , for the Russians have no 'b' in tholr alpha- Tet to raise a lot of guns from the wrecks in the bay. They wore ralsod on account of the British government , anil our company got the contract. Joe Atwood and I wore sentout.and wo wore there absut cloven months , but I never could got my tonguoaround their lingo. Wo worked in about eighteen fathoms , and recovered n great deal of property. Jhen I was sent to Valparaiso in outli America. They wore building a dock there , and I was bent down to saw oft boine old hickory piles that had been under water for a century. I thought I could cut out about n half do/.cn a day , but they had almost turned into bone , and I was in luck to cut out one in two days. They had them carved into all kind * of trinkets and sold them for curios. But most of my work was done in North America. " "No , I never was troubled with sharks. , " continued Mr. Scully , "ajid very few divers are when they wear suits , though T do think they might be troublesome while a man is on top of the water. But they are very big cowards. The only fish that over troubled mo were the eels and a kind of jelly fish. The eels are very inquisitive and come up and look in your eyes or poke their heads between your lingers. The jelly fish adhere to your hands , and leave a smartingitching sensation worse than handling nettles. " "How does it feel beneath the water ? Well I can hardly describe it. It's rather pleasant for thirty or forty feet , but when you go below1 that , you begin to feel a pressure on the chest , and you can tell every foot you go below one hundred , and you can toll any one that talks to you about divers going "down oOO or 400 feet , and seeing dead bodies lloating around wrecks , that its all wrong. No living man can go down that depth and come up alive , and be sides , no matter how clear the water is you can't see live feet from you. I've road a newspaper forty fcot below the surface , but the water looks like a fog and yon can't see anything a few feet away from you , More than that , a diver doesn't keep his eyes _ open ho can't , he would bo blinded if ho did. If you got on the fiunny hide of a wreck the reflection of the sunlight through the water and through the glasses in the helmet dazzles and injures the eyesight. Then when you go to what you might call the shady side of the wreck , or in the cabin or hold of a sunken vessel , it is as if you wore in a soaof ink blacker than the darkest midnight. Divers do their business by the touch , and that is why some of thorn that are first-rate , bridgeinen are no use around a wreck , others know just where to put their while hands on any part of a vo aol , and can detach and recover the machinery and other valuable portions. " "Tho deepest I over wont down ? I guess it was in lake Erie , when old man Quigly , a Canadian , and myself , went down 105 feet to bring up the safe of the steamer Atlantic , I don't know how much was in it , but of course they said it was a milllion. I once did bring up a million though and flvo of thorn at that , all gold. It was when the City of Haiti more sank in Charleston har bour ton or eleven years ngo , and she was bringing in $0,000,000 Knglish gold as the proceeds of the sale of some rail way bonds. When they opened the safe , emptied the bags , and counted the coin it was piled up like wheat in a bin and was the most money 1 over saw atone ono time in my life. " "Divers have to take a good man > chances , though , and are often knocked out without a minutes' warning. A break in the air pump , a kink in thoair tube , the fall of a rock , or the ono hun dred and ono things that may and do happen , go to lesson the number every year. If the air gives out while they are working at any depth , the life is at once eruwhod out of thorn , they are ghastly looking objects when brought to the surface. Generally , the back part of the head and the front of the thighs are burst open , but death is al ways sudden. I've Boon a good many killed , and in different ways. * l' worst was V it St. Louis , where they wore aying livo-foot water pipes , and , he diver employed a worthiesbrother - in-law of bib to attend liiin. I warned liitn , but ho had the privilege of en gaging his own helper and ho went down. Two hour * afterwards I was passing and saw that something was wrong , and another diver wont down. Ho found him wedged in between the the ends of two of the pipes , and ground put of shape as if a railroad train had oassed over him. Ike Vinal , a Boston man , was killed by the engineer in charge , who was thumbing the valve of the air pump in an absent-minded way , and turned it oil. Ike was on board at the timo. but didn't notice it , and wont overboard in forty feet of water. He was brought up dead. Pat Anthony was working along side of mo at Havre do Grace and was hit with a rock that fell from above and Jim Jordan was killed in the same way by a heavy chain they were lowering from the surface which slipped from the hook * . There was another man , an amateur , killed near Baltimore. Then divers were scarce and they wore worth $100 a day unit they counted it a day if they only wet their suits , . Wo wore doing homework work for a gas companyand they kicked at the price , and finally bought a hiiit of their own. It just fitted a big Scotch man and ono Sunday morning he was sent down. Ho didn't got down , however - over , for they forgot to weight down his feet with lead , and hoeouldn'tbink. Ho came aihore once or twice , and although badly scared was persuaded to try it again , and ho told them that if he did not sink they wore to push him down with boards and when ho got to the bottom ho could stay there. They filled him up again , and as ho did not sink they were following his instructions and trying to push him down. They had bo'cn at it naif an hour and I rowed across and told them to stop or they'd kill him so they pulled him out but ho was dead. The air had kept his foot and body afloat while the heavy helmet kept his head down , and either the fright or a rush of blood to the head killed him. "Then there's another thing that kills the diver , but that's when he's above water , and its paralysis. You see the men who can work under water with the least air make the best divers , because they can keep their foot and not go wabbling around when at work on the bottom. Men like that just have air enough in tholr suit to lot them breathand there is little ornono in the leggings of their suits. The pressure of the water is so great that it forces thcso leggings close to the Ilesh , and I've seen them stick so closely that I couldn't pull thorn away. In cold wcatho" the legs become chilled and numb and its only a question of time till paralysis follows. Joe Atwood , that I told you about , has boon paralyzed all over the body for fifteen years and can't ' oven move his head. Ho got it while along with mo in Green Bay where wo wore raising a vessel loaded with rail road iron. It was very cold , and I was sick. Joe had boon down ills watch , and came up at 8 o'clock , but when ho saw I was sick and know there was only one chain to pass beneath her , ho wont back and finished the job. Ho looked chilled when ho wont down the second time , and I told him not to go , but ho did , and when ho came up his logs wore quito benumbed. From that day out ho gradually grow worse until now ho is lying in his home at Columbia , Pa. , un able to movo. " "Was I over near killed ? Well , 1 read my own obituary once , after I had boon under water from 7UO : Monday morning until 11 o'clock Wednesday night. It was at Uavro do Grace- and I was capping a pyramid of loose rock with a slab about ton fcot long and nix inches thick tor the foundation of a pier. They wore lowering it down and 1 was jtiat.shoving it into position when it epmnieni'cd to slip towaids nu , and in tryinir to get out of the w.iy I slipped and foil. IJefore I could get up it was on mo and preyed me face downwards in the soft mud. 1 tried to make a chan nel to crawl out , but every time I did the sides caved in , and the rock preed me down still further. M ) I quit. I was in seventy-five feet of water , and the men ont down couldn't stand it and had to leave me. In the meantime they telegraped round the country and old Joe Battle came down Wednesday morning. I had always thought I would get out , but , although I did not know how long I had been there , I was giving up hope when I felt .Too put his hand on me. Ho had lost a thumb and I reeogni/wl him when ho caught my hand , and I know he'd .stay by me. Ho did stay , and I got out that night but during the last few hours the signal cord got foul and I couldn't sig nal and they thought I was dead , and that was how they came to print my obituary. Poor .loo was lulled by the bursting of an air pipu in Lake Michi gan. gan.Ono time I was eruihod by a steamer ; and then I thought I was gone. It was the Mollie Abel that sank near Lonv- on worth. She had ahix-foot plank torn from the bottom , and the full force of the pumps would jut rai.se her about four feet and no higher. I dug out a channel beneath her and worked my way nlong it on my back carrying a plank to" lit the leak , when ono of the pumpi stopped , and hho settled down on mo. The channel was the only thing saved mo. but she pressed so closely that I thought my time had coino. They started up the pump , however , and as she slowly swung up I rapidly slid out. ' Yes , the sea hides many secret. * , and homo of thorn should never bo told. I was employed by the Underwriters' association , but I had to leave in two months to save my life. A gang of cut throats , who called ihomselvo * vessel owners , wore in the habit of heavily in suring uiiboaworthy vesnols , and then putting to boa and scuttling them. I was bent to investigate , and fou'id a number of such. One of them , the Sarah Mingo , sank junt out of Bnlti- more , and I had to go down twice , the second time to bring up the plank that contained the augur holes. I did it , and was a witness , and after that was warned to leave town. "Yes , I've rocovqred a good many bodies , and I guess I took the most from the 'Morning Light' after bho sank off Bangor , Mo. They were all easy to move oxc < ? pt one. The hatches had boon battened down , and they had boon drowned Jiko rats in a hole. Wo knocked off the hatches and I went below , but all wo had to do waste to catch a corpse , tow it to the open hatch , push it thrpugh , and it would rise to the surface and bo. secured. There was ono long-whiskered old man , however - over , that would not rise. I pushed him up a dozen times , and next time I'd como back , he'd bo rolling back and forth at the foot of the hatchway. I finally loft him nlono until the rest were all up , and then my partner and I carried him up between us. When they were dressing him for burial , they found ho had boon weighted down with n bolt full of gold , but there was noth ing to say to whom ho or it belonged. There was a Swedish woman drowned in the same vessel , and when wo came to her wo found two sweet llttlo twins clasped to her breast. She had a shawl wrapped around them and her , crossed in front and tied behind , and her arms were foldn'.l around as if to protect thorn , but hfr efforts had neon vain. She was a handsome girl , and with her babes made a picture I can't forgot , and the ladies of Bangor worts so ntlected that , they bought a handsome collln with a glass lid , and all one day the residents ( locked around to look at her. No ono know her and doubtlo-s the luisb.ind and father .spent inanv a weary night before ho gave up for lost the passenger on 'the ship that never returned. ' "I recovered the body of another woman , and a very handsome one. hut although the sympathetic ladies of Bal timore furnished thocollin , and the sad- no-s of the case won her every token of respect when dead , I won't give you the nanio of the ship for her friends may bo yet alive. She was drowned in a coal laden vessel that went down in a squall while at anchor oil Harbor do Graee.and while the woman's husband , the captain , wnasl'oro rectifying some errors in his clearance papers. Of course , ho was terribly cut up and didn't give a thought to his entire fortune that had gene with the vessel , but only wanted to look once more on his wife. I was doing bridge work then , and the supcr- intondpnt came down and told me to trv and raise the bodv for the captain's sake. 1 went and felt my way to the sliding door of the cabin , but couldn't open it. I thought it was either sprung or swollen , and went above for a crow bar to force it open. I succeeded , but found the door had boon locked. Then I groped my way till my hand came in contact with a lloating body , and as I drew it to the light 1 found it was that of a man one of the crow in night at tire. Again going in 1 found another corpse , and this time it was that of the woman , who was also in her night dress. I shoved back the body of the man and brought that of the woman to the hiir- faco. whore it was received by the liu.s- band with an outburst of grief that touched the hearts of all that saw him. They asked mo to bring up such of the crew as 1 could find , but I refused and gave no reason , for they like the wretch I had found were black , and 1 was afraid I might bring him up in mistake from the nameless grave ho had found. As I said bufore , the sea hides ninny secrets that are better not revealed , and this is ono of them , known only to myself and the dead. " "Bui coino sometime when you liavo an hour or two to spare , and I have thought things over , and I'll give you some that are worth printing"said Mr. Scully , as ho inado hi way back to the bridge , while the reporter wandered down to the olllco and thought. SAM K. PK'mnuisw. An "eight-footed horso" was billed as an attraction nt the Custor county ( Dak. ) fair. A child was born in North Carolina a few days ago with two perfectly developed tongues. A potato two and a half feet long has been dug up within n day or two on W. G. Wall's plage ut DawBon , Uu. A curious blra , with the wings of un owl and the face of a monkey , was caught the other day down in Virginia , and will bo sent to the Smithsonian Institute for exhibition. Hanson Craig , of Kentucky , is probably the heaviest man In the world. His weight is given nt 793 pounds , und it requires thirty- seven yards of cloth to niako him a suit. Two teeth have startled the all-the-ycar residents of Asbury Park , N. J. The tooth protrude moro than un eighth of an Inch from the gums of n tiny girl baoy , boin ; to the wife of Honlth Inspector 1' . A. Ltppln- cott of the park. The babe came to the world with the teeth anil a fully developed tongue. In the present alarming dearth of giant esses It may bo worth while to consider Miss Snllio Macalliater , of Springfield , ICy. She js nineteen years old , blacker than darkness , is live fact two Inches high , uud measures seven feet three inches about the waist und three feet six inches around the arm above the olhow Her net weight is 072 pounds , notwithstanding which she earns a living at the washtub. AND DRAMATIC. Miss Mather has milled Pincro's "Tho .Squire" to her repoituire. Minnie Palmer will fill her American dates. She will sUir in Europe all next \ear. Mr. Creston Clarke , neohew of Mr. Kdwin Month , is playing Hamlet in Philadelphia. Mine. Modjeska Is still on her ranch at HI Hotugio , in the lo\Ver portion of Cali fornia. Emma Abbott will sing Gilbert and Sulli van's new opera in San Francisco at the Uald win theater. Mr. Steele Mackayc went to Boston to lay o\it his plans for Mr. Stuart Hobson's new play , as yet unnamed. .lime Hading , whom they call "tho French Adelaide NnilKon , " just made her American debut in New Yorlc in company with ( Joqilplin. Signor Campaninl sailed for the United , States on October liO , and the artists of his company will all he here within a very few days after his arrival. Pauline L'Allemand will share the honors of prmiu ilonna with /.elm do Lussan in the IJobton Ideals. Lukme will ho produced dur ing the season. The company begins In Troy on October Hi. rjTho dramatic version of ttider Haggard's Impossible romance , ' ' .She , " produced at the London Guiety theater last week , pioved u dismal failure , untl the audiunco ( illicitly foil into a guying mood. In Dublin the boys who attended the Duly performances named Miss Itehan "Tho Limerick Girl , " and when the play was over they would go out in squads whistling the ballad of that name. Charles Gounod has nearly completed his new oponi , "Charlotto Corday. " It is to ho como the property of the Opera Oomiquo. which in exchange lor It has surrendered Gounod's "Homeo ot Juliette" to the Grand Opera. Robert Downing will ho scon this season in 'Ingotnar , " "Othello , " "Julius C.esar , " "Virginias , " and the romantic drama enti tled-'St. Marc" ( in which E. L. Davonpoit once starred ) , in addition to the old stand by , "Tho Gladiator. " Lillie Lchuiann has boon re-engaged by Mr. Stanton in the Metropolitan Opera house , Now York , a tact over which many Ceoplo will rejoice , but the nanio of her hus- and , Kalisch , is not to be found in the pub lished list of bingors. Mine. Hcrnhnrdt'H present tour will ex tend as far us Cairo , Kgypt , and will close next April , in time to allow her to appear In Pans during the exposition. Her repertory for this trip includes , besides "Fedora , " "Theodora , " "La Toscu. " "Camllle , " "Frou- Frou , " her own play , "La Vio. " Mary Anderson opened in Liverpool with "A Winter's Tale" last night , and will phiy ut the Alexandra thuatro in that city for a week , after which she will make u brief tour of the provinces. She sails for Now York on the Umbria October U3 to fill iier American - can engagement with Mr. Abbey. Miss ICnunu Juch , after having won laurels and wealth by many years' experience as an artist , has started out In a modest way us u manageress. Although the contracts for ner concert tour nro signed by Mr. Locke , as ngant of the Emma Juch Concert company , It Is understood by the artists that the so prano Is the responsible employer. The cable reports from Loncon jwtho pro duction of Gilbert & Sullivan's now opera , "Tho Ycomnn of the Guard , " ilo not quito agree as to the success of tbo iiloco. Sulli van's music , as usual , made n hit , but tlicro Huems n doubt abiut Mr , Gilbert's libretto. W , S. Gilbert was always u very much over rated man. Sarah Hcrnhardt began her tour under t.ho management of Abbey , Hchocffol & Grnu in Antwerp last night , producing "Fodora , " and her husband , O.urmla , appeared with her for the llrst time ulnco their reconciliation , playing Louis. Mnurico Grau travels with her , taking personal direction of the man. agcmcnt. The season of the Coquolln company will bo very short , lasting but thrco weeks. They open at Wallack'i with "La Jolo 1'alt Pour. " The following U the repertoire : "Don Ciusar do llaian , " "L'Aventurlere Homo " " ' Plsaiur " "Lo , "Griajjolro King's , Sin prise du Divorce , " Jean Marie , " "M'lla de la Sou-lien' , " "Frou-Frou , " "Charnllac,1' ' "Le Maitre do Forges , " "La.loic FaitPour , " "Los Piecieuso Hiilicules , " "La Dame aui Camellas , " "Lc Debut do IJoinhlgnac , " "Tar- tulle " "L'Ktranirere " " " " , , "Deuiso , and "Lo- Pnttes do Mom-he. " It was the intention of Booth and Harrett to produce only "Julius Cnsar , " "Othello , " und "Tho Moichant of Venice" during their three weeks' engagement in Chicago , and they so announced , but the large number of letters sent to the theatre asking for n performance - formanco of "Hamlet" has induced them tu produce that tragedy for thrcu nights next week , which is the last of the engagement. "Hamlet" last season drew the largest audi ences ol any piece In the Uooth-Harrott rep ertory , and the Chicago people heem to think that u .season of liootti without "Hamlet" U an anomaly. KDUCATIONAIj. The public schools of St. Helena , Gal. , closed for three weeks to unable the children to gather grapes. The Chicago Evening Law School has had a lively light over the question of admitting women as students. The board of education of Now York decided - cided to appropriate1 ? ! i0 , ( ) to pay for a sorieu of free lectures for workingmcn mid women. Prof. Urainurd G. Smith has begun the in struction of a class in Journalism ut Cornell university , und has more uipllcants | than hu can accommodate. Itrown university has decided not to admit women to participation in the benign aud healthful iiillucnccs which It sheds over Providence , U. I. , und vicinity. Huron do Hirsch having guaranteed na an nual grant of H',00. ) francs to the Jewish Reboot ut Hottoschuu , Itmimunia , that Insti tution will bo shortly reopened , after having bocn closed for several years owing to want of funds. The freshmen and the sophomores of Hut- gers college had u rush In the chapel on Tues day. The freshmen hail called a class iiuvst. Ing and the sophomores called a prayer meet ing for the sumo timo. The two met , and their meeting was followed by a 'disturbance that brought in the faculty President Gates decided that the prayer meeting had prefer ence. A traveler riding recently through the plno woods of North Cuiolinn , states that ho camn across u neat now building which ho knew must bo u school , and on calling found it occupied by from thirty to forty coloiod children with a teacher of their own racu A little further on ho found a whit u .school much smaller In u building not nearly bo good. IMIMKTIKS. A genius has Invented nui ) patented an electric contribution box for church use. Cain was the tlrst base man. Abel wns Uiu first man struck out , after ho had Just made a sacrifice hit. It is fmiil that Sam Jones , the revivalist , has made J100oao slnco ho l > egiui to save souls. Lot us hope that ho has sarod the money. Clergymen on vacation ouchl to he baoll In their pulpits now. Satan left the fash- lonablo watering places some wocks ugo anil will soon bo working the cities in the sainit way. way.An An old preacher was once criticised for quoting n passage from Mutthow ami at tributing it to Job. Ho said : "Hrother , the mind sometimes goes off on an excursion on Its own hook. " Salaried church slngors pay llttlo atten tion to the words of the selections they urn culled upon to render , hut when a noted toner slngitr In Haltimoro , while rendering a solo in warren's "To Deum , " swcotly warbled , "Pedal , great Gatnba , and swell. " ho oven astonished thu choir. Ho had mis taken the Instructions to the organist for the sacred words. On top of a pile of bibles In front of a Grand uvcnuo book store In Kansas City U placard beunnu' the tempting injunction ; Ah , There , Slnncrl Huy a Hiblo While They're Dead Cheap.