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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 6, 1898
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DEH MOIKEH: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY , JULY 6, 1808, DEEDS OF NAVAL ROISfil One of fli$ iflest formldaMe of the confederacy's ships was the Alabama, commanded by Capt. Semmes. This Was still afloat In 1864 and already had done immense damage to United States Chipping. She was seen only In European and more distant waters. Her last voyage was a prosperous one Into the south Atlantic and Indian oceans, during which she had captured sixty. seven vesels, Of which forty-five were destroyed. She returned to European waters early in the summer of 1864 and took refuge In the French harbor of Cherbourg. At that time the United States steamer Kearsarge, commanded by Capt. John A. Winslow, was lying In the Dutch port of Flushing. The 'American consul at Cherbourg immediately informed Winslow by telegraph of the presence of the Alabama, when he left Flushing and proceeded with the Kearsarge to look after the pirate ship, At Cherbourg on June 24 appeared the Kearsarge and as soon as it arrived Semmes, understanding the meaning of the visit, sent word to Winslow desiring him not to leave the harbor, alone, as he wished to flght him. Winslow did not need this information, as he had come thither fully intending to flght him, W he ever attempted to leave the harUor. Bemmes then made many preparations and secured valuable assistance. He deposited his private prpperty on the shore with his friends;' property that consisted chiefly of /a chest o£ coin and sixty-two chronjmicters, which he had taken from 0e vessels he had captured, and../at his own chosen time, •which wa's Sunday, June 19, he went tout of 'the harbor with the Alabama. He /was followed by the yacht named Ite'erhound, belonging to an English.. .4nan named Lancaster, as a tender to see that Semmes, if worsted in the flght, should not fall into Wlnslow's hands. • Winslow steamed out to sea about v seven miles from Cherbourg, to make sure of being out of the jurisdiction of France, and was followed by Semmes at a distance of about a mile. Then the •Kearsarge rounded to and made for the .Alabama. When within 1,200 yards >of her the latter opened fire. The iCearsarge received two or three broad- isides without returning any, when she suddenly retorted with great effect. 'Winslow attempted to close and board !his antagonist, but Semmes sheered the 'Alabama off and steamed ahead. Mean•while he fired rapidly and wildly, while the Kearsarge delivered her fire slowly and with deliberate aim. Now the ships lapparently moved in a circle, still fight- ,lng, and thus each kept its starboard Iside, from which it was firing, bearing iupon the starboard side of the-other. [They described in the course of the iconflict seven circles and at the same (time drifted together with the tide labout four miles from the place of the (beginning of the flght before it was lended. When the combat had continued an (hour and when it was a little past noon 'the Alabama was at the mercy of her 'adversary. She had been hit by several •eleven-inch shells, one of which dis- •abled a gun and seventeen men. An 'explosion had taken place in her coal (bunker, which had so blocked up the •engine-room as to compel a resort to *6ails. Her sides were pierced with iholes and otherwise shattered. The Ivearsarge was comparatively uninjured and was in position to fire grape>shot effectually. Now the Alabama's 'flag came down, but Winslow was in •doubt whether It had been shot or 'hauled down. Next a white flag was 'displayed over her stern, which Winslow respected and ceased his firing. Semmes was treacherous and in a few minutes opened two guns upon the Kearsarge, at the same time attempting to run into neutral waters, not far distant. This drew the fire of the Kearsarge again and then she steamed ahead and got in front of the Alabama's tows, where she opened a raking fire. 'Again the white flag was seen flying and again Winslow ceased his firing. Then the boats of the Alabama were seen to be lowering and in one of them an officer came alongside the Kearsarge •with the information that her antagonist had surrendered and she was in Immediate danger of sinking. At that •moment the Deerhound, the Englishman's yacht, came alongside and Winslow invited him to assist in saving the people of the Alabama. He picked up Semmes and some of his officers and men and took them away to England. The JCearsarge rescued sixty-five of the Alabama's men from drowning. Thus ended a very remarkable naval battle, which was witnessed from the shore by thousands of French men and women and which brought great fame to Capt. Winslow. The casualties were slight, all things considered. The Alabama had nine men killed and twenty-one wounded. The Kearsarge had three men badly wounded, one of them mortally. On June 3, 189S, at 3 o'clock Jn the morning, Lieut. Richard P. HobsoiC with seven companions, started on the fcuge collier Merrimac for the northwest; part of the neck ot Santiago de harbor. His instruction*, which himself prepared, from Admiral were tp go right intp the har- untjl about 400 yards past the Bs- battery, which, 1 8 behind Morro He was to take every precaution 'against being sunk by the gyns of «astle before he should reach that 4s the Merrimac hgd In her channel should be reached he was told to put her helm hard to port, stop the engines, drop the anchors, open sea connections, touch off the torpedoes and leave the vessel a wreck, lying athwart the channel, which is not as broad as the Merrimac was long. Provision of 10-inch torpedoes were attached below the water line, on the port side, against the bulkhead and vital spots, and connected with each other by a wire under the ship's keel. Each torpedo contained eighty-two pounds of gunpowder. Likewise each torpedo was connected with the bridge, and thus was everything prepared, that Hobson and his men should do their work in a minute or a minute and a quarter. On deck it was ordered that there b« four men, besides Lieut. Hobson. In the engine-room were assigned two other men. This was the'lotal crew, and all were directed ,t6'wear nothing but their underclothing, that weight of clothing might^ not hinder their escape if they should' be obliged to take to water without boats. A man was placed forward: 'and around his waist a line was/thade fast to the bridge on which tlier lieutenant was to stand. By that man's side was to be an ax. When the vessel should reach the right point the lieutenant was to jerk the line as a signal to the man forward to cut the anchor lashings, and then jump overboard and swim to a four-oared dingy towed at the stern. The dingy was to have life buoys and rifles in her. The first man to reach her was to haul in the tow line and swing her round to starboard, to take in the rest of the crew as they should be released from duty on the Merrimac. The quarter- ' While robbed of some Sensational circumstances by the shots of the Spaniards, the affair, in its conception, was still of so daring and brilliant a nature as to command the admiration of the Spanish admiral, Cervera, and the applause and reward of the American government and people. That is about what history will say, and it is enough. In that manner the glorious affair will fie kept in remembrance as long as his- LIEUT. W. B. GUSHING, tory is read. But in the present, the excited and grateful people of the United States are excusable for making vastly more of it, for their pride and glory, than a naked statement of the facts will be likely to convey to any :bat may be living in after times. In liistory it will take its place along with other instances of individual daring, similar in nature, that are already infixed in the annals of the American "THE MEN BEHIND THE GUNS." master at the wheel was not to leave until after having put it hard aport and lashed it so. He was then to jumr overboard. Down below the man at the reversing gear was to stop the engines scramble up on deck and get over the side as quickly as possible. The man in the engine-room was to break open the sea connections and follow his leader into the water. This was to insure the sinking of the ship, whether the torpedoes worked or not. Then, as a last step, the lieutenant was to touch the electric button and start the explosion, while he should save himself as best he might. The Merrimac was run into the narrows according to the plan, but she was detected by the enemy in the shore batteries and subjected to a terrible cannonading. Still she made straight for the point where she would be, and there swung herself across the channel, but there was no need to put its machinery of destruction into operation. The Spaniards did all the work of destruction for it, with shot and shell they sank it, and so closed up the channel of their own harbor. Lieut. Hobson and his crew saved themselves by means ?f the boats, but were soon Jie 999 tons of coaj ana w^ to go in 1|n4#r full speed, phe wag expected ^9 '-i $pee4 fit the rate of ten knots an ttftrrowejBj part pf top LIEUT, JOHN A WINSLOW, captured find taken prisoners pf war and secured in Morro castle. Toe qb- of ih,e expedition was accom- Jjappijy no life lyaj navy. It was October 31, 1893. Capt. Bainbridge, with the frigate Philadelphia, had been maintaining the blockade at Tripoli, but his vessel was blown away from its station by a furious gale. across to Tripoli was made in a Captured ketch, but arriving there at night j and in a furious storm the expedition suffered a delay of several days. On February 6 the weather cleared and they stood in for the harbor, and when night came the men were divided into five crowds. They came up with the Philadelphia and the ketch was made fast with grapnels to the Philadelphia and afforded a bridge en to it for the attacking officers and men. Twenty Tripolitans were killed, the rest were driven overboard, the stolen ship set on fire and finally blown up from its magazines. The enemy had not for some time shown much willingness to fight, but they had been successful in keeping their ships together well in their principal harbor. Capt. Preble therefore resolved to take unusual measures against them. The example of Decatur and the Philadelphia had inspired great enthusiasm in the men and warmed the officers sufficiently; they all were ready to undertake some new deed of daring. It was decided to send a fire ship among the enemy's shipping. The ketch Intrepid, that had served so well in the attack on the Philadelphia, was selected for the enterprise. One hundred barrels of powder in bulk, 150 fixed shells and a lot of iron were placed in a bin amidships and from this a pipe led to a room well aft, where a huge mass of combustible was clumped. It was intended to make the ketch appear to be a blockade runner and so deceitfully to get into the midst of the enemy's shipping. She was tlien to be fired in the after part and the blaze there, it was supposed, would be fierce enough to prevent the Tripoli- tans from extinguishing it. Meantime a train regulated to burn fifteen minutes should be running through the pipe to the magazine. There was a provision of rowboats placed on the ketch, and in these her crew hoped to escape to the smaller vessels that would be in waiting to pick them up. Volunteers for the service were called and plenty showed themselves eager to man the ketch. Of those who offered Master Commandant Somers was chosen to command, while Midshipman Henry Wadsworth, uncle to the poet Longfellow, was second in command. Ten seamen constituted the crow. On the evening of September 4, a dense fog lay on the waters in the harbor of Tripoli. There was a fair wind in prospect and at 8 o'clock the ketch left the flagship and sailed away. She was seen by the American vessels to glide in among the enemy's gunboats. After a little they saw that the enemy had taken the alarm and again after a little they saw lights move rapidly along the deck of the ketch and then seem to fall. They had been purposely dropped into the magazine. Instantly the Intrepid exploded and a shock followed that made the ships beyond the bar quiver until the water was agitated for miles around. A great noise was heard that was long in dying away in the surrounding hills. Then a profound silence. All night the Americans cruised up and clown in the channel, hoping to find some survivor. Next morning they found one Tripolitan boat missing and three more badly shattered on the beach. The ketch and all who sailed in her had been blown to pieces. Of the Tripolitans themselves it was learned that Somers, finding that his venture was discovered and the crew of a Tripolitan gunboat coming on board, had deliberately fired the mine and destroyed himself with the enemy. A number of the bodies were recovered, but none was recognized, so badly were they mutilated. The ram Albemarle was the most dreaded, as it was the most daring and best officered of the confederate fleet. She was, when Lieut. W. B. Cushing's ingenuity was brought to bear upon her case, lying at Plymouth in the Roanoke river. He believed that he could, if allowed to have his way, make close up to her and destroy her. His plan was this. He would construct a picket launch, furnish it with a'com- pact engine, man it with a small number of men all as brave as himself, and with it ascend the river stealthily by night to where the Albemarle was moored. Picket boats were not a new thing, but they had formerly been rowboats; nothing of the description that was proposed by Lieut. Cashing, propelled by steam and carrying torpedoes, had ever been seen. This plan was approved of by the admiral of the fleet and the navy de- when pulled, detach the torpede from the launch, and a third was to enable him to explode it at the right time When come within hearing distance 01 the Albemarle the engine was to be stopped and the oars then used. The night was pitch dark when with muffled oars they rowed toward Plymouth, and as they passed safely under the walls of the fort, they turned and shot across the river and on up the river above where the Albemarle was. Then they descended, still undiscovered, upon the ram which, they found, was moored to a wharf and protected by a log boom against just such attack as was this one. They were close upon the ram when they were discovered and challenged in the words, "What boat is that?" The answer was a lie, Of course; it was "The Albemarle's boat." At the same instant the launch struck full against the logs, which also in the same instant drew upon it a shower of bullets from the infantry on shore. In another second the ports of the Albemarle were open and belching shot and shell upon the daring visitor. Now Lieut. Gushing touched off a howitzer, and pulled the line which exploded the torpedo fair against the side of the ram, and so damaged her that she soon sank, carrying several lives with her. But a musket ball had hit the lieutenant in the right arm and a shell had burst on the launch; he and all the men were compelled to jump into the water. It was icy cold, but all, except the lieutenant, swam to the near shores under a rapid fire from the rebel infantry. Gushing, with one arm disabled, was longer in the water and made directly clown the stream for several miles to a safe landing for him. Crawling ashore, he could do no more then, but fell asleep only to be awakened by men talking. They were rebels, and talking of the wonderful adventure of the preceding night. From what he overheard of the conversation he knew that the Albemarle had gone down and that his work was effectually done. After another clay and night, he was again with the fleet and the object of admiration and praise. Soon hia exceptionally heroic deed was known to the whole country, and for the time and as long as he lived, he was made the recipient of many approriate attentions and rewards. JOHN M'DERMAID. When returning next morning Bainbridge saw a corsair stealing into port and gave it chase. The Philadelphia gained rapidly on the corsair, but struck on a reef hard and fast. The enemy came out upon it with his gunboats, shot into it until it keeled over and its magazines were flooded, Us pumps disabled, and men were' on board who made holes in the bottom and then hauled down the American lag. Then Bainbridge surrendered himself and 315 men. The victors righted the vessel, new rigged it and brought it to anchor under the ba- shaw's castle. Bainbridge found means of communicating with the commander of the American fleet and he proposed that the Philadelphia be destroyed as ehe ay at anchor. Volunteers were called or and sixty-two promptly responded, Among them were Midshipman Thomas dacdonough and James Lawrence, the first sixteen and the latter twenty ears old; pecatur was twentyrfpuj, all ittle more than boys, in partment, and young Gushing was detailed to visit New York and procure whatever he thought might be necessary for the success of the undertaking. When he returned he had with him a steam launch, of a size and shape best calculated to elude the vigilance of the enemy. It remained, that he secure his crew, and this he did In the manner that crews are invariably obtained for extra-dangerous enterprises —by calling for volunteers. These numbered several times as many as could be accepted. Indeed, the number accepted was the same as that had by Hobson when on his perilous adventure of the other day. Seven men were all the little launch could-well take, and In a very short time these were instructed in their duties, the torpedoes were attached, the engine fires started up, all ready for a start on the night of October 26, 1864. She did start, but quickly ran aground and was with much difficulty again set afloat. The following night all went in better fashion; .the launch was now off for good. His arrangements were carefully made to insure complete success, should he first succeed in passing the enemy's pickets and come alongside the Albemarle. Approaching, there must be perfect silence. The usual bell signals to the engineer were accordingly replaced by pulls at a line, one end of wWcb. was fastened around his leg, while the other end was in the hand of Went, Cubing, Another line HE FAINTED TWICE. A Tondor-Heurtotl Motormmi Kan Ovel an Kfrlgy of Woylor. A motorman in Brooklyn fainted twice Tuesday night, once from fright and once because 'he found that he hac not crushed out a human life. He is the most remarkable motorman in Brooklyn. He is different from all his kind, says the New York Herald. He was running his car along at full speei at 1:30 o'clock, when the motorman saw a figure lying upon the track. He tried to stop the car. He was too late. There was a whirring sound, a crushing, grinding noise, which gradually ceased, and then the car stopped. The motorman saw a shoe over the edge oi the fender. He put his hands to his face and fell backward in a dead faint. More than a score of passengers with bleached faces left the car and looked at the form beneath the trucks. The limbs were twisted about the wheels and wisps of straw showed from the torn clothing. The passengers, after much difficulty, extricated the form which had been run over and found it was that of a Spanish general of great distinction. The man who had been run over bad a card across his breast, which bore the inscription: "This is Weyler." Half a dozen passengers had meanwhile succeeded in reviving th» motorman. "Did I kill him?" asked the knight of the lever, when he revived. "That's all right, old man," said a good-natured passenger, slap ping the motorman on the shoulder, "it was a straw one this time." No. 77S was in a daze. He looked at the passengers and then at the distorted figure upon the pavement. He jumped upon his car, released the lever and ran his empty conveyance with all speed up the avenue. He stopped short in front of the police station. He abandoned his car and rushed into the house. "Sergeant," he said, "I'vs killed a man down at Powell street." There was a scurrying around the station house. A patrol wagon hastened to the scene of the accident. Fifteen minutes later three disgusted-looking policemen came back. "Brace up, old man," said one of them to the wild- eyed motorman. "Your victim was a man of straw." Being told to "brace up," the motorman fainted again. He was revived with appropriate stimulants and a few minutes later he was running his car again, blithe and happy. Those During Uontoul;«ns. "That's the man over there, isn't it, who polished up Kipling's 'Recessional?' " "No. You've got them mixed. That's the man who rewrote the first chapter of Genesis in words of two syllables, and corrected the grammar of the Lord's prayer."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Cold Shoulder. It was once customary in France, when a guest had remained top long, for the host to serve him a cold shoulder of mutton instead of a hot roast. This was the origin of the phrase, "to give the cold shoulder." Siberia. Siberia is an empire in itself. Ther* have been discovered along its line of road fifty-four bituminous coal fields, twenty gold, forty copper and two silver deposits. Example. She—Did you ever see any rapid flr« ing? He—Yes; I was in WasWngton when the Spanish minister and attaches'* were sent home. CURRENT BTENT3. Neither camels nor elephants jump. Tea plantations in India cover 25,000 acres. Transparent leather is made in France. Tkere are always 5,000 British vessels at sea. Field rats are considered good eating in Cuba. Elephants c«m exert the strength ol 31 horses. Brooklyn is to have the world's biggest sugar refinery. There are four millionaires in land to one in France. Over 1.000 tons of copper are made every day in the world. Ravages, on the whole, live longer than civilized people. Only one person in a thousand dies of old age. The Suez canal yields an . annnal profit of $13,750,000. She—When yon married me yon said yon were well off. lie—I was, but I didn't know it. A man in the London slums makes a living- by selling hot water at a half penny per quart. A firm of divorce lawyers in Chicago lias a suite of offices bearing this sign: ".Misfit Parlors." Shells are used in various parts of the world ns money, particularly in parts of India and Africa. A pen carrying a small electric lamp to prevent shadows when writing has been patented in Germany. The Tartars have a quaint custom of taking :i guest by the ear when inviting him to eat or drink with them. Under the laws of China the man ivho loses his temper in. a discussion !s sent to jail for five days to cool clown. The origin of the American navy dates from October 13,1775, when cong- •ess authorized the equipment of two cruisers. And still cigars come along with the •be usual brands, spurning the idea hat any power on earth can blockade a label factory. _ Tlios. A Kirlcputrick, of San Franisco. a naturalized citizen of the ^nifed States, is a cousin of the ex- Binpress Eugenie. 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