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Tim OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: APRIL 14, 1007.
To the Publics
WTR take nleasure in announcing th
THE SAGA OF SANDY M'LEAN
Kan 7ka Makes literature and Histoij
on lbs Pacific
ORIGINAL OF JACK LONDON'S "SEA WCLF"
Tales of Opium 8m((llac and
Kaoapea from Crnlsers One Ex
pedition la Search of
a Golrt llrlck.
Tlefore the Pacific ocean la bridged by the
wireless telegraph and before the criss
cross patha of many chips have made Its
wlldernesa aa familiar as the Atlantic and
uncovered to the eye of a humdrum world
Its secret places, the saga or Its romance
days should be written and the thousand
and one tales of Its ventuie lands put upon
record.- Aud when this haa been done one
Alexander McLean, who Is known from
Punt Arenas to Herchel Islands aa Sandy,
will have come to his own.
For Bandy McLean Is a maker of ro
mance. That Is not his business, but a by
product of his activities. Where Captain
Mclean drives hla ship there la going to be
truth stranger than tlctlou and fiction that
paases for truth.
Along the Paclflo coast of America and
across the water from Saigon to Hakodate
there has sprung up a cycle of legend and
ot faot about the doings of this skipper,
whose Invention Is beyond belief and whose
courage Is above the normal. The late
Frank Norrls knew him and In his stories
of tha "Three Blaok Crows" the chronicles
of Bandy Mclean are made mote than once
to serve the end of fiction. Jack London
baa publloly announced that McLean Is the
prototype for hla savage Wolf Larson ol
tha "Sea Wolf" and London ny 'h.'.t ha
once sailed under MeLeun'e mongrel Central
American flag ns a seat poacher.
Sandy McLean Is s'.lli living unj he It for
many reasons a modest man. For many
reasons, also, he now makes Victoria, B. C,
his headquarters, though he Is an American
by adoption, and be studiously avoids
American waters rxvept those that are
San Francisco knows Sandy better than
does Now Tork, and Yokohama has more
then once been hla rrtuge. In 1.1s tempo
rary retirement on Vancouver sound lie
oannot take offense It the record of some
of his achievements real and apocryphal.
Is set forth with a wholetome partiality
for truth. He has suffered much at the
TOOTH TALK NO. 114
rainless Dentistry," so fat aa
I am concerned, means "Careful
Dentistry." there's nothing- mys
terious about it uncommon ears
and oommoa sense, coupled vita
the help given ua by science.
If 70U dread dental work coma
to me and talk it over. At least
give ma credit for being sinoere
when I teU you that Z am mor
ally certain that S give leaa pain
than any teatlst aajwhsre.
DR. FICKES, Pi!!
Phone Doug. 117. US Bee Eldg.
hands of Mr. London and of some of the
San Francisco paper.
Copra and Opium.
Bandy Mclean aays he was born In Nova
Scotia and that he Is of Scotch parentage.
He was brought up on the deck of a fishing
smack and the salt ot the sea was the savor
of his youth.
When he left the North Atlantic and be
gan to make the Pacific his falmllar work
ing ground Is not known. Sandy himself
docs not say. But It Is a matter of record
that about fifteen years ago this big man
with the tremendous moustache and the
muscles of a Scotch heaver of the stane
began to run In and out of Ban Francisco
In what seemed to be legitimate business.
The reservation In this statement Is made
necessary by the fact that it Is not known
when McLean began to Indulge In business
which the laws of this country and of the
nations have condemned us illegitimate.
About ten years ago the customs officers
In San Francisco began to And tins of
opium burled In sacka of copra. The copra
waa shipped from Samoa, where at that
time there waa only a duty of 2 per cent
upon opium from China. Sometimes the
customs Inspector found as much as $5, OX)
worth of opium In one consignment of
Bandy McLean was then running between
San Francisco and Samoa and the Islands
of the sea, carrying a general cargo. After
the customs officers had begun to make an
Investigation Into the matter of smuggled
opium Sandy McLean gave up the South
sea regular run and went In for adven
ture. There waa never a warrant got out
against Sandy nor did his name appear In
the papers. Some noticed aa a coincidence
the fact that he went off on the 8oith sea
treasure hunt at about the same time that
the opium began to be found In the copra.
Gold Brick for MrLras.
This treasure hunt was unique for the
biff Sootch captain, because It was the first
and only time In his life that he was ever
caught with a gold brick. There are men
who still marvel at the fact that anybody
could ever hand "Sandy McLean any
thing." but on thla occasion he certainly
Mclean had built for himself a beautiful
-hoarier. It was three-masted, low In the
freeomrd. and It possessed a finer run of
line than any other schooner on the Pa
cific. Speed was spelled In Its every curve,
I arid speed was the requisite that McLean
I demanded In his business.
Shortly after McLean had built the boat
Custom Inspector Foster of Ban Fran
cisco sent a letter to the American consul
general at Apia, Samoa, warning Mm that
a notorious skipper by the nam of McLean
was about to leave San Francisco for the
South seas, together with a party of sixteen
landsmen, and that water front rumor had
It that his schooner, the Sophia Sutherland,
had arms concealed aboard of It. The ex
pedition was ostensibly bound for an island
In th western Pacific to hunt for gold
wrote the customs agent.
This wa In the spring of 1M. When
the customs agent's letter reached Apia
the American consul general went to see
the English and German consuls. He found
that the German consul had received the
same warning as he from the German
consul In Ban Francisco. It was decided
by th three agent that the American
consul general should be left to handle th
ahady affairs of hi nationals.
The Treasure Hunt.
In due time th Sophia Sutherland ap
peared at Apia and the American repre
sentative got out bis boat and went out to
th schooner's side. McLean met hlru. Mc
Lean, the big. bluff, good natured fellow,
who could be a gentleman when he put on
hi high bat to go ashore.
beside Mil saii thar wer aixleeo
the par excellence ot piano making.
firQt nnrl f i n n 1 nlinipp nf nil thp orrpnt
A full and complete line ol these
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Illustrated catalogues and full particulars sent upon request.
"Omaha's Leading Piano Store"
healthy mechanics and small traders on
board. They all Impressed the consul as
respectable citizens who hod embarked In
nocently on a treasure hunt for the pure
love of adventure. In short, Sandy Mc
Lean's boat could have flown the crossed
palm flag of the London Missionary so
ciety's schooner and not be out of churao
The consul bluntly told McLean that he
mutt look below fcr arms. The bluff cap
tain heartily ansented to the search. The
akin of the Sophia Sutherland's hold was
taken up In several places and not a rifle
nor a round of ammunition was found.
McLean said that there were three re
volvers on the boat and that was all they
had In the matter of weapons of defense.
The consul Invited McLeun up to his Ivcuse
for dinner and the skipper put on his frock
coat and silk hut of ceremony with great
Over the kava McLean told the consul
what his schemes were. On tho water
front lu Sun Francisco, he said, he hud
met a Pano by the name of Sorensen who
had a tale to tell of a tremendously rich
gold ledge on an Island In the Solomon
group. Sorensen ponsesRed a rough chart
of th location of the gold ledge which he
himself had made on the spot, and Snren
s. n alone knew how to get to that Island
and how to decipher the chart.
The Dane Identified.
McLean said that he believed the story
of the Dane was genuine and that a. stock
treasure hunting company had been fortned
by the Dane and himself for the purpose
of seeking out the go!. I. His contribution
to the enterprise wss the Sophia Sutherland
and his services as skipper, said Sandy.
The consul gave full credence to tha
sklpiier's story. He had seen Sorensen on
tho occasion of his first visit to the
schooner and there was something about
the Dane's face that was familiar to him.
For several days he went over In his
mind the voyapes that he had made through
the South and West Taclfic and tlie men he
had met In strange Islands, trying to asso
ciate the bland face of Sornsen with some
past event. He compared notes with an
old South Sea skipper one day after McLean
had been In port about a week. The sklp-
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For the Mother, Ozomulsion is aa
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converted into Blood, and rapidiy Re
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throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa, of the
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oved the distinction
sAVU. Li W' iJ t
per supplied the missing link in Sorensen's
He was a man, so it was agreed, who
had once taken a Frenchman from Mel
bourne off on a pearl hunting expedition
In the New Hebrides banks on jti.-it such a
story of secret treasure that Mclean' was
following. Sorenren directed the expedi
tion, which was financed by the French
man, to Vate, an island Inhabited by canni
bals. There on some pretext he got the French
man and all the whites ou board ashore.
Then with the aid of tho natives among
the clew he sailed off with the boat, gath
ered In a herd of blackbirds, or natives,
from another Island and set off for Cooks
town to sell his human cargo to the plant
ers. Sorensen was captured, tried and sen
tenced to a term of years. A British RUn
boat went ur.4o Vate and took off the luck
less Frenchman and his white associates,
who had had a narrow squeak at the hands
of the man-eating natives.
Fate of Sorensen.
This story the- consul told to McLean
when he was sure that It was right. Mc
Lean sailed off In another week, deetrmlned
to give Sorensen a chance to make good,
but only under the closest watching.
When in four months the Sophia Suther
land put back to Apia It was without
Sorensen. The Dane, so McLean said, had
tried to play his game on the Sophia Suth
erland's crew after making a fruitless bluff
at finding the mythical treasure Island. So
while the schooner was touching at a little
bey of the almost uninhabited island of
Bougainville of the Solomon group the
treasure hunters had taken Sorensen
ashore, triced him up to a rnlm, beaten him
Into Insensibility and then sailed away.
Tills treasure hunt was McLean's last.
After he had returned to San Francisco he
began to go In for the Alaskan business.
That term was all embracing. What It
meant Jack London has shown In the most
unfavorable light In his "Sea Wolf" If,
Indeed, as London snys, Sandy McLean and
Wolf Larsen were one. Poaching on Amer
ican and Russian seal rookeries, running
off caches of skins, defying the revenue
cutters of the crar and Uncle Sam with
Impartial Impudence these thlncs were In
cidents of the Alaskan business.
Call on a Lonely (Harrison.
The story of the South Sea treasure hunt
is from the lips of the man who was the
American consul general figuring In the
tale. Miles Iiellly, one time captain of the
Spreckels tramp Montuia, is authority for
Rellly had the misfortune to be captured
by a Japanese cruiser while trying to run
a cargo of goods Into Petropaulovsky on
the Kamschatkan coast In the summer of
10. While he was swatting the action of
the Japanese prize court m Yokohama he
told the writer of how he had twice struck
close to the trail of Sandy McLean on the
blockade running trip to the Okhotsk.
Jiellly said that In avoiding the Japanese
fleet that was cruising about th Kurlle
Islands In search Of men like l.lmtcif he
put into the one little il.hll'U -d settlement
on Copper island, a Russian possession off
the southeast coast of Kamchatka. Here
the Russian government had a fur sta
tion and there is usually about a half
company of soldiers to guard it,
Rellly said that when he arrived he found
only ten soldiers, under the command of a
sergeant, the rest having been removed In
the general pai.lc that seized tho Russians
when the Island of Saghailen waa threat
ened with Invasion. These mournful ten,
marooned there on the bleak Island, had a
strange tale to tell.
In tte month of April, so they told Rellly.
Just after half cf the garrison had left for
Saghullen, a schooner flying a stranga
flag such a they had never Seen befor put
It was tirst estapiisneci in 15 j
Pianist?; and Musicians.
beautiful instruments will be found
Into the bay. The captain of the schooner,
a big American with a tremendous mus
tache, came ashore to get water.
ntisntnns Wined and Tricked.
The captain was an affable man. He was
Jolly. They had not seen eny Htrnnger for
many months and they were glad to meet
this big captain and his crew and to have a
Jolly time with them.
The American captain brought two cases
cf champagne ashore nnd that night they
had a blsr drinking bout. The captain
could drink more than anybody else. Every
body got blind, stone drunk.
The next morning when the Russians
awoke they found themselves triced up like
fowls for the basting, each to his bedpost,
and the big captain and all of the sailors
had vanished. When they had loosed
themselves the guardians if Russia's furs
discovered that the storehouse lock had
been forced and that between $15,0t0 and
$-0,000 worth of seal pells were gone all
the store of Copper Island.
That Is one of the tales of Sandy McLean
that Rellly told; nnd this the other, passing
In strangeness even the first:
When he put Into Petropaulovsky Just
three duys before the Japanese cruiser
came down on him, Rellly was told of how
one Alexander McLean, a sea pirate and
seal poacher sailing under a Mexican (las
In the auxiliary schooner Acapulco, had
put a Russian revenue cutter out of com
mission In the summer of I&u6 and escaped
from under the guns of that same cutter
under rover of u fog.
McLean's schooner had been caught by
the Russian cutter poaching off the Kom
mandorfsky Islands, northeast of Kami,
chatka, caught fairly and with bloody evi
dence of guilt below decks. McLean tried
to run, but he surrendered when a shut
was lired through his iWglng and he gave
up. His papers showed that his craft was
the Acapulco, Maratlan register; his flag
Eirape of the Acapulco.
The Russian revenue boat took th Aca
pulco under convoy to the nearest port of
the Kommandorfsky gioup, where Mc
Uun was to be tried and sentence passed
upon him. When the little harbor waa
reached the Russians uncoupled the aux
iliary engine of McLean's boat and took
some of the parts on board tuvlr own boat
to prevent the escape of the Acapulco.
Two days McLean and his ciew re
mulned on the schooner, anchored a short
distance away from the Russian boat. The
American captaiu sec-mid ready to take bis
Tho third night a heavy fog settled over
the bay Just after sundown. The com
mander of the levenue cutter was prepar
ing to set.d a guuid on board the Acapulco
at 9 o'clock. He heard the sound of ham
mering coming through the fog Irons the
direction of the captured schoonor and de
cided to hasten the senuing of the guaid,
when suddenly time waa a heavy explosion
Just under the overhung of the cutter,
followed by the splosh of oars.
Then the Russians heard the rattle of a
windlass and the excited cuughlug of an
engine. Orders were given to get tne cutter
unuer way and Investigate the state cf th
Acapulco. At the hist turn of the eug nes
the revenue culler's tall shaft spun fran
tically and the machineiy raced.
The prvpeller and part of the rudder
hud been blown anay by the explosion of
a bomb and the revenue cutter was help
less as a log. While the Russians stamped
and swore, they could hear the purling of
McLean's engines as the Acapulco felt
Its way through tha fog out to th open
McLean must have had extra part for
the engine concealed somewhere In the
hdd of his bnat for us In Just such an
emergency. He had coupled up In the fog
and tuen rowed over in a boat and set off
a bomb under the Russian's stern.
After this exploit Captain McLean fell
foul of the United States In transactions
that were various and productive of worrl
ment to four executive departments at
Washington. The suspicion that the cap
tain had been guilty of pouching on the
American herd of seals up around the
Aleutians had long been In the minds of
the revenue cutter men on tho Pacific
coast, but they had not been able to get
any evidence against McLean.
Foiled I'nrle Sum.
Early In 1004 McLean took out the
schooner Carmenclta from San Francisco
and started north. Complaint was made
against him to the Department of Com
merce. The caso was submitted to the Depart
ment of Justice, and on evidence submitted
by the secret service McLean was Indicted
In San Francisco. Then began a merry
chase all over the Bering sea. and north
Pacific. Two revenue cutters were In
structed to bring McLean back to San
Francisco, dead or alive.
McLean had evidently got wind of the
search that was being mude for him, for
following his old tactics he had put Into
the Mexican port of Maxatlan after leaving
San Francisco and had again registered his
boat under Mexican laws, changed its name
back to the Acapulco and hoisted the Mex
ican flag. So when after a year's dodging
and doubling in the northern seas McLean
put Into Victoria with ZW skins aboard in
September, 1905, the appeal that had been
sent to the British Columbia authorities to
arrest him could not avail.
His registry and his flag were Mexlcun;
the American government could not arrest
a man under the Mexican Hug for pelagic
dealing without special arrangements with
Mexico, Strong effort was made by the
agents of the Slate department to get rid
of the stumbling block the crafty Sandy
had thrown In ifya path of American Jus
tice, but the diplomatic snarl could not be
unraveled and the captain of the Acapulco
The last chapter In the romance of Sandy
McLean does not lack the spice of Irony.
He was lauded as a patriotic American by
counsel for the United States in the Joint
commission of this country and Canada
called to settlo claims made against the
United States through the enforcement of
the pelagic sealing regulations.
This enconium, pasued upon him by Don
M. Dickinson, the counsel, did not appear
until the Judiciary committee cf the house
In March, 19uu, passed favorably upon, a
bill providing for an examination by the
Ninth circuit court Into the rights of
American sealers under the Paris arbitra
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JPJIAD FIELD RLOULATOn OO.t
and is the
tion. The Judiciary committee reported,
that at Uie tlmo of the dispute between
thla government and the government ot
Canada over the rights of Canadian and
American sealers the American scaler
organized themselves Into a committee ot
investigation, with a view to reducing th
claims of the Canadians before the com
mission. Kvidence offered by them carried weight
and the Canadian claims were cut from
Il,2i9,0o)i to 4tJ,404. In commenting upon,
this act. Counsel Dicknuou said:
"Conspicuous among the Americans wo
Alexander McLean. Ho owned a half In
terest In two ships seized by the United
States, for which Great Britain demaiidodi
"His co-worke.r, a British subject, had!
sworn before the Paris tribunal that h
was the sole owner. Tho reglntry of th
ships did not disclose Captain McLean's
"Under the stipulations nothing could
be awarded to him, an American. But a
full award to the two ships would hav
benefited him to the extent of his exiultlea
"Under the circumstances this brave and
honest man mud oalh before the commis
sion to his part ownership when by silent
asucnt to tho perlidy of his partner h
would have benefited himself.
"Not only did Captain McLean lose by
his truthfulness, but his activity cn behalf
of the United States subjected him to many
unpleasant oxtxTienccs and porsonttl rlsle
at the hands of the British claimant and
their friends in Victoria. Surely such a
man and his countrynitn, the American
sealers who Joined, defended und sustained
him not tmJy deserves th confederation
of his government, but has earned th
praise of the Psalmist given to 'him who
sweareth to his own hurt, and change tn
Thus In the records of conyrejw remain
this tribute to tha virtue of Sandy McLean,
treasure hunter and gentleman adventurer
of the western aeos.
Perhaps the oldest triplets in the world
celebrated their GSth blithday In Jackson.
Miss., last week. These triplets are J. F.
Price, a well known hotel man of Jackson
for the Inst twenty years; his broths
Henry of Jackson und Mrs. Nancy Phillip
of Calhoun county. They are, to all ap
pearaneei, good for several years to cms,
being hale and hearty and perfect speci
mens of physical manhood and woman
hood. Henry Price Is a bachelor, but
Frank and Mrs. Phillips have been mar
ried many years and have grandchildren.
They firtt saw the light of day In Cumber,
land county. North Carolina.
Every mother feels ft
great dread of the pain
and danger attendant upon
the most critical period
of her life. Becoming
all women, will
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