The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on June 14, 1925 · Page 13
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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York · Page 13

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Sunday, June 14, 1925
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r THE Big Harry Reinhartsen, Expert Diver, Laughs at Perils of the Deep; Tells How He Found O'Rourke's Body 115 Feet Down Ran Across Old Village of Boonton, N. J., at Bottom of Lake Parsippanong Is a Philosopher. Diver Reinhartsen Going Down Into Boonton Lake for O'Rourke's Body Bf JAMES I HOLTON. . Braving death far below ilia sur-ftoe of tha aaa. or accomplishing feata of daring in the swirl and - aweep of sortie rlver'a current is no - rie-wr experience to Big Harry Rein-: hartsen, expert diver, who last Wedneaday recovered the body of Tame O'Rourke from the treacherous waters of Lake Parsippanong, N. J. . For the past eight years Reinhart-tn has been identified with nearly every ticklish wrecking or salvage ao ana diving feat performed ajsont - ' "oiuvi ui along- ino Ai lantlc seat-marri Y-i. ha. h... gaged in raising foundered vessels. in irairaiui me sea noor ror this or that, and worked on risky repair Jobs 100 feet and more down, where no light ever penetrates. And the history 0f New Tork's water gateway may almost be read in thn fine. lltltflitneH wt-lnlrlu .,ulnt. have grown about Harry's qulizloal Norse blue eyeei and In the set of nis strong jaw, ... One "comes hv rtlvln" Ppinh3t aen says. It's an instinct, and to be a. success one has to be "a good man. His First Dhlng Job. . More than a dozen years ago he made hla first trip sr. a diver, "Just to see what it was like." It was to a depth of 40 feet and Harrv en-Joyed the experience, asking that he HiiKin. oe given a jon diving regu- larlv. He Vm mn evti-o and then was given a place with the living corps or nis company, a niche iu im iiura ever Bince, witn Increas. inc skill. He insists his death-defying feat, ana me recovery of O Rourke's body from Lake Parsippanong, which had been caught in a crevice of the lake nottom 110 feet below the water level, is just part of the "Job," nothing particularly hazardous, or out of the ordinnrv. What if v ,411 -. 32 trips to the lake bottom at this "'""1 uuiiiir ine six aays or the search? What if Johnnie Hoar, another diver, lost his life In a similar search In the same part of the lake 20 years ago? "It's different now," said Harry: "the current wasn't so bad." Relnhartaen was at home and it was the evening following his finding of O'Rourke's body. He was with his wife and three small children. All were happy and laughing and shouting with the gladness of his return . to the little cottage at 415 Hoyt ave., West New Brighton, S. f. Tne children are Harry Jr., 8, Mayhelle, 10, and Violet, 6. Violet was sitt!:,g In father's lap. . Looks SO, In 41. Although he looka hardly 3(1 yyars old, Harry said he was nearly 41. His name, "Big Harry," is only a nickname, though he is not. a small man, being, perhaps, 6 feet 10 Inches tall, and weighing in the neighborhood of 170 pounds. He has a pleas-r.-st face and smiles as he talks. His hair is dark brown and his eyes are a shade darker than the awmge blue of the Scandinavian. His' par-nts were Norwegian, h'o aays. The diver talked about his search , and spoke of several Incidents and experiences In his colorful career. He would admit that only once did he have a narrow shave with his life. Let him tell it: "Yes, onca I did have a. narrow escape. It was about eight years Sito. 1 was young on the Job then. We were working at the time laying the Brooklyn-Stntan Island -water-mains across the bay and it who cold weather and the water was like Ice. "I was below and setting one of ihe lengths of pipe: I took an extra long time. Then happened what you might call the greatest danger the r fit 1 t ""TT" Q J diver has. Workinir in doen wtpr. about 100 feet, the temperature sometimes drops below freezing. It did at that time and the dampness in my air line concealed, froze nnd my air stopped. Ice had formed in one of the couplings. Probably I signaled. 1 don t know. Anvwav. When 1 came to. I was lv- inn on the float- and had been dracged up by my helpers.- ' "No, I have never been frightened or scared. T enpsn ihnt'a whv t Vinve lots of luck. "Though thpre is really no great danger ever, of course you have got to be a good man to stand it and you have got to know what you are do ing an rne time, it you re nervous vou mlrht fas well nuir ritrhr now: you'll never last. Must Be Jack of All Trades. "Td be a good diver you've cot to be a Jack-of-all-trades,, machinist, carpenter, stone mason, nearly everything, including an electric wolder. Often we go down on salvage Jobs we have to cut holes in ships and other times do carpenter's work building cribbing and all such kinds of work.. "The time the Leviathan ran aground a couple of years usro off St. George, S. I., and knocked a hole in the New Jersey sewer trunk we had to natch uu the Job. (ioah. that was . some Job! We were busy for months. . "It- wasn't in such deep water, but we had to cut awav the broken lArtirtha n!.. u-ltl. aI..!!., , r. -..1. We'were' down beneath 60 feet of water. vou in you see tne nre : I II say you could, and see tho sparks fly through thei water, too! it's a great Job, but an awful tough one, long and tedious. 'It takes a long time to cut the Iron, and half the time, although you see the blow torch working, you can't see anything else. : "And before we were through we Carried dark set those pipes in cement u uown in oucxet. "It nearly always is pitch worKing uncicr water. Dirty Job on tho St. PauL "Another dirty Job we had was on the St. Paul. Remember, wnen She turned fiiw anma while at dock at Pier 60, North Riv er: just ronea over, the boat did. Well, we had to go down underneath her and carried nhntno nrnnH ik. bottom and set one side on piles, and after winches pulled the boat up straight again. We built a cofferdam up around it so it mlcht ho niimii-ri out. "Guess I started nt ,ll,i r-m w-orking on one of the company's derricks with the diving crew. I had worked in the shops and as a blacksmith first. Then nna ill. n n.... working on a wreck Jobahd I asked noy vnapman ir 1 coura go down. He let me. Oh. that was 14 nr is t-our. ago." Mill holding his little daughter in his lap, the sunburnt deep waterman continued his tale. He Ravo a graphi.-descrlpt.lon of his work In the search. ivi vi riuurae s oony. He said: Tound Old YlUago on Lake Bottom. - w hue wotklng the bottom of the lake J ran -across an old village. (This is the, old village of Boonton, N J., Which, when'lhe Roonton valley was dammed to. create th .1.,,.. --i.. reservoir, was covered over with the lake.) There' was not much mud, and as I worked my wav along the old valley floor I stumbled over an old stone -wall, several old foundations of houses, tree stumps and once. I stopped eft tha-adca nf a oank knit rfMn.i .4 dozen faet I hit the old bed of the river which had run through the valley. "It was pitch dark- I couldn't a foot. And the whole search I bad to make just by fealing my way. 'I tell you It waa spooky to And tnat old village down there lis fet from the top of tha water. I waa careful, too, not to step in a hole. Wife Doom't Like His Job. "Mrs. Relnhartaen doesn't like my diving a hit. And then yon paper fellows writing how dangerous It was and everything, she got scared, and when I called her up, Tuaaday night. Mha made me coma home. Didn't want me to go on with th Job. But I went back. .BF,r"I. ,rlp I found O Rourke. "It was sort of lucky. I was working along my guy line, and feeling .long the bottom, and I found when O Rourke's boat upset, I got happy riht away. I figured I had n.m. and j t hettar look around a "It, although I had bean over the bottom all around that spot one or JS D'Ior- Feeling all around 1 made a 26-foot circle, and thera he J '"""Idn't see him. but my ii A bumPd Into him. That was aa to it. Up he went." While working with Relnhartaen one diver searching for O'Rourke. co lapsed from the strain and Intense cold. Harry saya at tha 110-foot level the temperature was about 95 V'""8- n"t that It didn't affect him ..f 1 !l 8"re w cold." h offered. I had to wear my heaviest winter underwear." When the diver dona hla groteaque diving gear he his or besides his rubber suit and Si.pound helmet of Bteei and gls. his weighted belt, loaded with 78 pounds of lead, and with SO or 40 pounds weights ... io mem. Reinhartsen de scribes the sensation of diving: , Desert bra Diver's Descent. ' ou go down and down nnd down. Not very fast. Just alloolna- through the water as they lower wy on your lire line.- It's light near the surface, and you're hot and clammy with your heavy flannels and the surface water warmth: it Brows cooler: cold, Light streaks run throuah the -.( n grows darker and then pitch black. nun a gentia, barely noticeable bump, you reach bottom. The air Is throbbing In your aara: there's 40 pounds pressure on the pump. ou can t see, and you Just sort of creep and poke around with your heaw shoe n wti - - v-.. might is well be blind for all the your eyes ao you down there." The little girls and Harry Jr. were uw rranT in rm t. t m a n.:i . v. un, jviiiiiarL sen grew philosophical. ii you re going to die you're hjiiir m uu.. mat s ail," ne said. "IOOk at thftM fAll.rM .Kl. 1 airships. Why, you can get killed riding In an automobile or In a street car. or Just walking along the wwii nen my time com us it'll ceme. mill all. Thera la no u v orrylng about It now. Is there?" The greater part of Harry's life Weird Wfl tPrV VrtrM A Hla, t- - low the MUrfarc mnA .i. ' " . lui viilJ'.IIIU Hir nnxn anil a rpann aka - . . ... ' i ' inula uiiniieui.- lng him with the bright sunshine and wic-BiviiiB oxygen, to him It is desperate cold, and yet he likes it. His life work is iiiniFA,, K... ..... cannot make him admit it. SHOE WORKERS TO AMALGA. MATE. . ... Amalgamation of tha three h. workers' unions in rirr York into one body was forecast yes terday wnen 100 renresentativ nf shoe workers' unions from New York City, Boston and Lynn. Mass., met at the Hotel McAlpin for a conference. AVE MARIA m-B EXHIBIT. . ' The Ave Maria Club, Branch l ft 7. of the Catholic Church Extension society will hold Its annual exhibition of linens and church goods ut the home of Miss Emma Wnger 271 60th st., on Wednesday evening GERMANSDON'THIDE HATRED OF FRENCH, SAYS TRAVELER Brooklyn Man Discusses Con-ditions in Republic-Cry for "War of Liberalism." A Braoklj n man. now traveling in Germany., has sent the following letter to The Eagle: It is not difficult to fathom the feelings of the German people regarding the chaotic lfltraal tiAtl.lMl situation of the country and to guess what would happen if Hlndenburg should give tha word that the French mum oe ariven from German aoll. Not to mention others. I ot th. same answer from the miserably- paid custom official who at the German frontier confiscated cgara I had brought from New York for a friend In Leipalg, becauac I refused to pay 20 gold marka duty !), and from an all but starving Leipzig letter carrier, who poured out his soul to me In a street car, -Give us a !eader," they said, "whom we can trust unA .11 rise like one man against the French, even though we have to fight them with clubs. Indeed, the hatred I have found !!ere ,ua1a.lnn French ia indescribable. The cry now Is for a r'.r '""ration." One does not reaa it -in the Important German newspapers, or notice it In the public speeches of representative men. But in private conversation that la the slogan among high and low. They ferret the mil. h. it- u - . 1 ' 1 1 1 . , 1 ni"i nr. rrtnen preparedness. un the surface. Leipzig, which mi a i-w montna ago came within an ace of falling into the hands or the Reds, where the miinii-lnai buildings and churches still show L ,1 P1"' 01 anell fire and the bullets of machine guns, and where hundreds of hnm .ii .A j In the outlying sections of the city -.uo, Dy tne communists, is today one of the busiest and most V. 1 c,uw on earth. I am told the Reds are down and out, absolutely that they dare not raise their neaos in public. The election of Hlndenburg seems to have brought .uuul mis staie 01 arralra in the City of Leipzig and also In Halle, former iiuiuuu 01 Etoisnevism. My friend. Mayor John Hylan. would be delighted If he could be here with me for a few days so I could show him arnimd in ui. , of municipal ownership and ora- iimeeu, mere is very little within the boundaries of the town not owned and fLninl.J , . 1- . of Leipzig, just now the municipality """-"lis many apartment houses because of the house shortage fine Substantial Mtrtlrtum .1 . ' architecture. The city also fli ih rent of all privately-owned buildings not. however, on thn Konia, A of construction and miintannR.. I.' the case under the New York rent l.iws. but arbitrarily. An apartment of from four to five large and really beautiful rooms, with bath. In a gooa neighborhood, rents for 1,000 marks that la, about 120 a month A 13 THE wrvice in& satisfaction that The Eagl Cltlned Ad give ctn't be men- urpfl in money,' either. , RADIO BATTERY SERVICE t not nesiect yur rxilo hetterv. Riifher It frequently n do not a I. tow it to aland "aead" for any time. We will call for your battery, rechaxa It and leave a rental battery ' ALL FOR 75C' We 11- a low chrinj:'rte, pro. lontmt the life of your battery. A. RAFFER & SON IMT Faltfta at. SerTlc TUI la p.m. , LAFAVETTE MSI - I I t. "r 4W'olt'0''' JLi There isn't much we can tell you, in an advertise-ment, about ADAPTO Shoes. The best we can do is to sute die bald Tacts, free from glowing phrases and wordy description. iou II be all the more de- ichted then, when vou see 'ADAPTO Shoes and try them yourstlf Made especially for Stout Women, ADAPTO Shoes are available in all the latest models, in sizes from 2 to 11 and from AAA to EEE. And they are, always, as comfortable to wear as they are good to look upon. BdckffoiceQ Co. "Established Nearly a Century" FULTON AND SMITH STREETS, BROOKLYN ' in Marvelous Values this - Great Sal el Cool Summer Dresses 4. $15 & $2.50 life ADAPTO SHOES J STOUT "WOMEN SOLD EXCLUSIVELY BY JLaneSryant 21 WEST 385T. -NEW YORK .253LIVJNC5TONSTBrOOKLYN Plain and striped tub silks, printed crepes, flat crepes, embroidered and plain linens, kashmer, flan-nels and batiste. Short and long sleeve styles. Every garment beautifully trimmed or smartly tailored Every new color and color combination. A Clearance Sale of X Handsome Gowns & $38 Prices before Reduction up $115.00 Street, Dinner and Evening Frocks ! Some are exact copies of Paris models. The materials are crepe-de-jour, georgette, crepes and imported silks. Cold Storage for Furs $28 CONEY ISLAND EXTENSION ll?' T'VlJ""1 " ,,M,rab"',WORK STARTS SOON ON - r - I'ivn hi. II Hi trua tbat but far low rent, aalartl I workers simply could not ejrtut on j what they earn. Of course, ih-l owner seta le&a than nnthin m,t nt ' hla Invesrmant. Yet he le compelled to keeo hla buildln In s-onH r.n. for this, reason, private capital ta not to be had for the conmruction of apartment houses. Therefore th cliy u forced Into building opera-i Boro i.Kjiis on a large scaie. leaving tt to ; rr.e tasratnarer in v.n n n th. mn. count from other sources. However, -there Is ene feature of Leipzig municipal ownership and operation Mayor Hylan would not hesitate to denounce. A short time aero tha fare on the atreet cars waa rataed .from ID to IS pennler. .it range to ssy, this "outrage" did not start a new revolution. The fact Is that the Germans, wh :n not Leipzlgera figured out that If their Ktreet railways didn't pay expenses at 1 pennies a ride, the fare would liuva tn he rfttaerf lunnlanllv .a the deficit otherwise It would have 10 oe met ny an increase in taxes. Construction work nn the extension to the Coney Island boardwalk, from the foot of Ocean Parkway to Coney Island ave.,, will be expedited. according to the announcement of President Joseph A. Gulder yesterday. The plans will he ap proved following s public hearing before the Board of Eatlmate. The new section of the walk will be similar In type of construction to the present boardwalk. The extension will be continued at a width of 10 feet, and will be built on reinforced concrete piles. It ia planned also to construct at the foot of Ocean Parkway a large plaxa or esplanade, i which will permit or easier access to the public desiring to use either the Krirhlnn Reach nr h t r.r.a,, section of the walk. It Is estimated lh kA nau. -,n-l ...11, . . . ' . .,. . aii iiniiiii .III UUSL Hp I proximately (1,000,000. White Canvas Wallcintr . 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Introducing the . newest designs in Georgette frocks.' Tailored vith crepe trimmings. Allover ' pleated over Printed Silks. Many of the long sleeves show the, new bouffant line. The touch of white in silk gilets. Buttons to emphasize simple lines. Colors include navy, black, gray and cocoa. Also Georgettes with short sleeves; and lovely flower-pattfcrned models for afternoon and evening. Knit Sports Coats Well-tailored Knitted Coats of swagger and inimitable style, the smart woman's favorite for motoring and sports. Lightly brushed Mohair, Coats are bound in matching or contrasting colors. Coats of Zephyr Yarns are embroidered with designs in Fibre. Modish colors. IS-so 29-50 to 650 . Jl -ik : . j il ;i i i) 1 m" l -I ... ! ; 1 If aRI . , t ; I .my Knit Bathing Suits For the stout woman who wants a good practical Suit for swimming, these models knitted of soft, supple yarns are ideal. They are made in one piece with the tights attached. 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