The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on January 22, 1896 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 22, 1896
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'rH'"•',"''"^'!'A*Tt'Vl'''J<, v *"' j * V'. • e VISITO - f ,*,:*<'J,'? * ~ ~> ' ^ * G0K, IcoiMffciefe*, J804.1 If anyone cafes to buy ths yawl feny he inay have her for £206, or a trifle less than the Worth of net ballast* •As lead goes nowadays. iTor sufficient feasofcs^-to be disclosed in the course <ef this narrative-^! am unable to give lief builder's name, and for reasotia quite as sufficient 1 must admit the figures Of he? registered tonnage (29. Se), cut on the beam of her forecastle, to be a fraud. 1 will be perfectly frank; there is a mystery about the jracht. But 1 gave £400 for her in the -early summer of 1890, and thought her •dirt cheap. She was built under the •old "Thames rule," that is, somewhere between 1815 and 1880, and was, therefore, long and narrow to begin with. She has been lengthened since. Nevertheless, though nobody could call her a dry boat, she will behave herself in any ordinary sea, and come aboul quicker than most of her type. She is fast, has sound timbers and sheathing that fits her like a skin, and her main•mast and bowsprit are particularly fine •spars of Oregon pine; her mizzen doesn't •count for much. Let me add the newest of patent capstans—I put this into iier myself—cabins paneled in teak ;and pitch pine and cushioned with •crushed red morocco, two suits of sail, besides a big spinnaker that does not 'belong to her present rig, a serviceable •dinghy—well, you can see for yourselves without my saying more that, •even to break up, she is worth quite •double the money. In what follows I shall take leave liere and there to offer a name or suppress it. With these exceptions you shall hear precisely how the Siren .came into my hands. * tEarly in 1890 I determined—my "health being in rather a poor way—to take a longer holiday than usual, and spend the months of July, August and September in a cruise about the channel. My notion was to cross over to (the French coast, sail down as far as 'iCherbourg, recross to Salcombe, and ithence idle westward to Sicily, and {finish up, perhaps, with a run over to '-Ireland. This, I say, was my notion; ;you could not call it a plan, for it left yaehl was a bargain. Tlie lady wished to get rid of it at once; but they might mention that she would hot take a peniiy less than the quoted price of £400. They would be happy to deal with me in that or any other litte of business; and they Inclosed theif card. The card bore witness to the extraordinary versatility of Messrs. Dewy and Moss if to nothing else. It proclaimed them to be "Auctioneers; Practical Valuers; House and Estate Agents; Business Brokers; Ship Brokers; Accountants and Commission Mer* chants; Servants' Registry Office; Fire, Life, Accident, and Plate Glass Insur* ance Effected; Fire Claims prepared and adjusted; Live Stock' Insured} Agents for Gibson's Non-Slipping Cy* cles; Agents for Packington's Manures, the best and cheapest for all crops; Valuations for Probate; Emigration Agents; Private Arrangements negotiated with Creditors; Old Violins cleaned and 'repaired; Vice-Consulate for Norway and Sweden." F cannot say this card produced quite the impression which its composers no iloubt desired. It seemed to me that Messrs. Dewy & Moss had altogether too many strings to their bow. And the railway journey to F was a long one. So I hesitated for two days, and on the late afternoon of the third found myself some three hundred miles from home, standing in a windy street full of the blown odors of shipping and pulling at a bell which sounded with terrifying alacrity just on the other side of the door. A window was thrown up, right above me, and a head appeared (of Dewy, as it turned out) and commanded me to walk in and come upstairs. Mr. Dewy met me on the landing, introduced himself and led me into his office, where a fat young woman sat awkwardly upon a wooden chair several inches too high for her. Hastily reviewing the many professional capacities in which Mr. Dewy could serve her, I decided that she must be a cook in search of a place. The agent gave me the only other chair in the room- it was clear that in their various feats of commercial dexterity the firm de•me free to anchor in any port I chose, :and .to stay there just as long as it P ended very little upon furniture and ?oTr,vio<!>,9 .m»» rw.n A vnr i :„.(-„„.-,•— T i._j "accessories"—and balanced himself on the edge of his knee-hole table. He was a little, round man, and his feet dangled three inches from the floor. He looked honest enough, and spoke straightforwardly. "You have come about the yacht, sir. You would wish io inspect her at once. Dear, dear, it is most unfortunate! Your letter only reached us this afternoon. The fact is, my partner, Mr. Moss, has gone off for the day to N to attend a meeting of the Amateur Bee-Keepers' association—my partner is an enthusiast upon bee- culture." The versatility of Moss began to grow bewildering. "And will not be back until late tonight. As for me," he consulted his watch; "I am due in half an hour's time to conduct the rehearsal of a service of song at Lady Huntingdon's chapel, down the street, where I play the harmonium." The diversity of Dewy dazed me completely; "You are staying the night at F ?" he said. the WeSifertt shtJ*66i the river; btit & Soil yellow ttghfi 0 —otisiy spteftd to daMe, saSusea the whole sky,- and Was reflected Oii ttrf tide that stole tip with seafdely a rite. |>le. A sharp feefcd of the strata brought m& lit eight of the twd yUchts, hot fifty yafds away*-theiHnv6rt£d reflections motiofiless as themselves; t rested on my oafs and drifted tip to- Wards them, conning the black f iwl carefully. She stfttck me as loo big fof a thiftf* five tottnefj foRsshefrtened though shs lay-^-a wall-sided narrow boat* but a vei»y pretty specimeii of hef type. Bef dismantled masts were painted wi aad her upper boards had beefl moved, of Course. Buliol There was a man standing on deck. She lay with her ttose pointittf up the river and her stern towards me. The man stood by her wheel (fa* some idiotic reason best known to him* self, her builder had given he? a wheel instead of a tiller), which was covered up with tarpaulin. He stood with a hand on this tarpaulin case, and looked back over his shoulder towards me—a tall fellow with a reddish beard and a clean-shaven upper lip. I was drifting close by this time—he looking curiously at me—and must have been studying his features for half a minute before I hailed him. "Hil" I called out. "la this the Siren?" Getting no answer, I pulled the boat close under the yacht's side, made her fast and climbed on board by way of the channels. "This is the Siren, eh?" I said, looking down her deck towards the wheel. There was no man to be seen. I stared around for a minute or so; ran to the opposite side and looked over; ran aft and leaned over her taff- rail; ran forward and peered over her bows. Her counter was too short to conceal a man, and her stern had absolutely no overhang at all; yet no man *'S6riS f elino to lake t&? *<««/' hftttdi "Shall t »6t ftcha fay knees attaint! ha fi- ob. _ . . The eoiitemfilatlfe man's tioni "It is Iffipbssibls da viewtef these wopiti 6\iff 8s to npntt theth HOW gfeat is aatttre, hew little (Notes Ifi fftfious hafldss "Sd it Is, old chap! Tty audsba's fistradtl" and a "Shttt ttjjf ea»»t you see he's me. One fixed intention I had, :anfl'one only—to avoid the big regat- itas. Money had to be considered, and H thought at first of hiring 1 . I wanted •something between twenty-five and forty tons, small enough to be worked by myself and a crew of three, or at most three men and a boy, and large enough to keep us occupied while at j «sea. Of course I studied the advertisement -columns, and for some time found nothing that seemed even likely to suit. But at last in the Field, and in the left- hand bottom corner—where it had been squeezed by the lists of the usual world- iknown agencies—I came on the following coy announcement: "Yawl, 35 tons. For immediate SALE that fast and comfortable cruiser Siren, lately refitted and now in perfect condition tnroug-lxmt. Ringing, t-te., as good as new. Cabin appointments of "unusual richness and taste. £400. Apply, Messrs. Dewy and Moss. Agents, And Surveyors, Portside Street, F^ ." •On reading this I took down "Eunt, and Lloyd's Yacht Register," and hunted for further details. Simis W118M. ' "hy, yes. I sleep at tho Ship . but hoped to leave early to-morrow "Of course vou could you inspect the •crowd pretty thickly in the yachting list, only a little less thickly than Undines, and including Sircnes and birenas I found some fourteen-ancl not • sails and gear now at once- thev a yawl amongst them, nor anything of the loft behind.'' flc JrkeO a 3 .1-4. * e were two mol ' e in ! ovcr hls le " shoulder. ' ^hnf 1 f ericanyaehfcs ~ one ' a ! " So [ understand; but H would be -board schooner, the other a ' better to sec the boat first " center-board sloop; and in a further "" •list i came upon a Siren her tonnage thum center-board upon that had of •Changed her name to Mirage— a screw schooner of one hundred' and ninety tons, owned by no less a man than the iraarquis of Ormonde. On the whole it seemed pretty clear that neither Lloyd noy Hunt knew of the existence of this fast and comfortable cruiser" thirty-five tons. flowever, if half the promises of the fa^rertiseraent were genuine, the , • js&anee ought not to be lost for lack of . f ;, ywtfeer inquiry So I «rt down there «D4«ben and wrote a letter to the named Dewy and Moss, X swe questions in cteta?} about boat,;at»d, in particular, wfceye she "Naturally, sry answer came by return of post. ia.fl been Jaid upsj^pe theaw- SheltereU creek of "the IS 1 ' 'three-quarters of a mU'e'ut* .aUbpr side, \yhero Messrs 'Moss tran&acted ty 'at their office, and „. naturally. I hope you see _ how I am placed. You would 'no uesire me', I feel sure, to disappoint the members who will be waiting presently lor their ri^ea^].; (i began to delight in Dewy), -Stay, perhaps you would not greatly object to rowing up and in speeting the yacht by yourself? Here are the keys and my boat is at yoin disposal; or, if you prefer it, a waterman—" "Nothing would suit me better, jf you don't mind my using the boat." "It will be a favor, sir, your using her, I assure you. This way, if you please." He jumped from the table and led the way downstairs and through some very rickety back premises to the quay door, where his boat lay moored to a frape. As I climbed down &nd cast of? "The'evenings aye lengthening, and you wiU have plenty of time, Half an hour to high watey; you* wJU have W* With you each way, The keys ..„ open everything on board 1 . Bv the way, VOU i*ftn*T\ miaa IIA** VlU*—i^ *ii_ A " i PICKED rr UP. was to be seen, nor boat, nor sign of a man. I tried th,e companion, it was covered and padlocked. The sail hatch and fore hatch were also fastened and padlocked, and the skylights covered with tarpaulin and screwed firmly down. A mouse could not have found its way below, except perhaps by the stove pipe or the pipe leading down to the chain locker. I was no believer in ghosts, but I had to hit on some theory there and then. My nerves had been out of order for a month or two, and the long railway journey must have played havoc with them. The whole thing was an hallucination. So I told myself while getting the coverings off the skylights, but somehow got mighty little comfort out of it; and I will not deny that I fumbled a. ,bit with, the padiqpk on. the main hatchway, or that t looked down a. second time before setting foot on the companion ladder. She was a sweet ship; and the air below, though stuffy, had no taste of bilge in it. I explored main cabin, sleeping cabin, forecastle, The movable furniture had been taken ashore, as I knew; but the fixtures were in good prcler, the decorations In good taste, isot a cainel had shrunk or warped, nor could I find any leakage. At the same time I could fin'! no eyi- denpes that she had been visite'd lately by man o'r ghost. The only thing that seemed q teer was tho inscription "39.53" on the be&n hi tfie forecagtje. It certainly struck me that the surveyor ffiustjiaye under- registered her, but for the" "moment 1 thought little about li Passing back through the main cabin I paused to examine one or two of the' fittings—particularly a neat glass fronted bookcase, with a small sideboard below it, containing three drawers and a cellaret. The bookcase was empty and clean swept, as also were the drawers. At the bottom of the cellaret I found a eoupfe of flags stowed—$ tattered yellow quarantine signal tightly foiled into; a bundle, ftfld a red ensign fleatfy folded. As t lifted out the latter, there' dropped ffojn its folds, and fell upon ttfe' cabin floor a book. I picked it up—a thftt qWto bound Jn black moropco, an d raifce?'the worse for wear. On its topside It bore the following inscription in dingy gilt let* ters: "Job'e Hotel, Penleven. Visitors' Bool?. J. Job, Proprietor," Standing- there beneath the skyJlg&f, I turned its pages over, wondering vaguely how ^ the visitors' book, of a into that drawer, j$ contained, the usual' assortment of conventional praise and m1$MHosgoi" "Mr, and' tie KO», $rs, Smjth., o| The last entry was a brief one! "& MacGuii-e, Liverpool; Septem* . l88d." Twilight forced me to close the book and put it back in Its place. As I did so I glanced up involuntarily towards the skylight as if 1 half expected to find a pair of eyes staring 1 down on me. Yet the book contained nothing but these mere trivialities. Whatever my apprehension, 1 was, as J. Harper Would have said, agreeably disappointed. I climbed on deck again, re- locked the hatch, replaced the tarpaulins, jumped into the boat and rowed homewards. Though the tide favored me it was dark before 1 reached Mr. Dewy's quay door. Having with some difficulty found the frape, I made the boat fast. I groped my way across his back premises and out into the gaslit streets and so to the Ship inn, a fair dinner and a sound night's sleep. At ten o'clock next morning I called on Messrs. Dewy Jk Moss. Again Mr. Dewy received me, *nd again he apologized for the absence of his partner, who had caught an early train to attend a wrestling- match at the far end of the county. (Moss was becoming immense.) Mr. Dewy showed me the sails, gear, cushions, etc., of the Siren. Everything was -in surprising condition. I told him that I meant business, and added: "I suppose you have all the yacht's papers?" He stroked his chin, bent his head to. one side and asked: "Shall you require them?" "Of course," I said. "The transfer must be regular. We must have her certificate of registry at the very least." "In that case I had better write and get them from my client." "Is she not a resident here?? "I don't know," he said, "that I ought to tell you. But I see n*o harm —you are evidently, sir, a bona fide purchaser. The lady's name is Carlingford—a widow—residing at present in Bristol." "This is annoying," said I; "but if she lives somewhere near the Temple Mead station, I might skip a train there and call on her. She herself desired no delay, and T desire it just as little. But the papers are necessary.'-' After some little demur, he gave me the address and'we'.parted. At the door I turned and asked: "By the way, who was the fellow on board the Siren tast night as I rowed up to her?" [TO BE CONTINUED.] ttafff lii fi&gtaftd Is fetuiifeep " " - iftSn 4 it&m fivi te twenty y^affc . than thgffiirelvir:8, Tlie aetidtt of BftBohMis HufdetWJcttHii Ifi taMfig Bd yottng a htisband as Mf, Baftlett is by lid toeftnS UnCOttmOti !fi all of English Roclefy, a&d a bit of a " Atti€fieais, Wild id let lief htiftfcafid have quite „ 8f Bef itt point e! yiafts at least. It Was with almost 4 little of hotfe* ft sefltimgiitai was told of the Mi's. Ititfthte, ffc&ekefay 4 8 . and hef present husband. His ffiothef was a deaf Mead bf Mies Afitte Thaekefaft who, one day, whea about Stt yeam old, dropping into the Ritchie home, received the interesting liforiaatloti of ii brand new ttriival in the household. Pfoud Mrs. Bitchie her* self placed the Wee fiichard in Miss f hackeray's awtis, as that young lady fetttflirked with ft laughs «'So it is aft* other pink little boy *ome to inakd the Kltchie family happy." It was the Battle iti«hard filtchie Who in after years made Miss Ann** Thackeray his wife. . MURDER DONE BY A BlftD, Oriole fieeonts Captivity by Killing Off It* Voting. It has been claimed by observers of birds that some of the feathered tribe will feed their young if they are caged, and if they fail after a certain time to release them they will bring them a poisoned weed to eat that death may end their captivity. A few days ago, at the Holsteln ranch, says the Carson (Nev.) Appeal, the children captured a nest of three young orioles, and they were immediately caged and hung in a tree. The mother was soon about, calling her young, and in a little while brought them some worms. She continued feeding them regularly for some days without seeming to pay much attention to persons about. But on Sunday came the tragic ending that demonstrated the theory relative to birds. She brought them a sprig of green on Sunday morning and disappeared. In less than an hour they all died. The sprig was examined and proved to be the deadly larkspur, a weed that will kill full-grown cattle. The little creatures lay dead in the cage and BligHtly foaming at the mouth, victims of their mother's stern resolve that her offspring should die by her own act rather than live in captivity. Quick Bakers* Superior Cookers, Powerful Heaters* Ask for the Peninsular brand be determined to get it. For Sale by 0. 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The twice a week edition of the City Journal, issued on Tuesday and Friday of each week, containing the very latest telegraphic news and complete market reports fresh from the wires at time of .going to press, will be sent to any address at the following cash in advance rates: One year ..I bix months ,,,, 50 Three months ,...."" ''35 Sample Copies, free. Address, Perkin Bros. Co., Publishers, Sioux City, Iowa. $300 NEW GIVEN FOK SEALING A JiOOK BY TAI.MA GE. lu another pan of our paper you will notice an advertisement of the B. H, n oodward Co., Baltimore, Md. They are making a in jst generous offer of $200, and also other liberal inducements to anyone who will sMl their new book, "Gems of Ke- hgious Thought" by Talmage, This book lias just recently been issued, but is having a great sale. Agents o'fto'ft sell from 10 to J 5 copies a day, . T -, 1 i c S r1also Advertise theii' bo'olc "Talks to Children about Jesus," This book lias boon out several years, and over J/50,000 copies have been sold, and is, one of the most popular books of its kind ever pub- lishea. They give liberal inducements on this also, and their agents are making handsome profits-in selling both of these hooks, Write them at once. FOOLING THE VULTURES. But the Birds Soon round Oat Their Mistake. Some sports recently took place at a station in Upper Burinah, one of the events being what is popularly known as a "Victoria cross race"—that is, the competitors have to ride some distance, taking two or tiiree hurdles on their way, to a point where there are arranged a number of figures, shaped like human bodies; then they dismount, fire a round of blank- cartridges, pick up a dummy each, and race back, says Pearson's Weekly. In this case, after the sports were over, the dummies were left on the ground, and in about half an hour after the ground was deserted I noticed a vulture settle on the ground close to the dummies; in about another five minutes more than 30 had collected. The birds seemed much puzzled as they carefully inspected each lay figure, walking from one to the next oJl along the line, and eventually, after sitting in a circle for a short time, flew away.' The bird's must have discovered the dummies 'by sight, though I have often .heard, that vultures rely on their sense of smell as well! ' • < ~'" * Woudefa of Photography. ;• ^ A new and Interesting phase" of scien-' tific research Is described in an account of.what is called "thought graphs," The paper says that som gazed, steadily at a postage-stamp stuck to a black card f or hbou! a ininu?e, and then, in. the darkened room, a sensitive photographic mate was placectdn 1 the spot just occupied by the stamp, end the person continued to look—for SO minutes this tjroe, ^l 1 ? plate was then removed for developiiicSa^ and two distinct impressions of the postage^ stamp were obtained. Credible witnesses were there to see that every? thing was in order, and the more one thinks of this experiment the more startling ita possibilities become, In the couTsS of B few years the^jiisjten;, taneous-photbgrapli ^entl "will 'take snap-shots of our thoughts, develop them, and find out our most hidden sentiments toward humanity at large, Kidneykura A Specific For Rheumatism & Kidney Diseases. 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I have been taking your Kidneykura and I can truthfully say that It hns Helped me so that I am feeling better thnn I have for two years. A. SANDSTHDT, 6th and Dorcas streets. Sold by druggists or sent by mail, Price $1.00, Send address to our western office for Dr. Kay's Hand Book of Valuable Receipts and a Treatise on Diseases; the most valuable free pamphlet ever published. DR. B. J. KAY MEDICAL Co., 620 S. i6th St., Omaha, Neb. Sold by W, J, STUDLEY, Algona, Iowa. a tlapanepe Cable! IV"" There seems to be little that the plucky Japanese cannot take hold of and handle successfully, but we confess 1 our surprise at finding them ready to undertake^ cab]e j qy j fl g f It Ja £ !t st ' P leas ?ntest and roost reliable pfo? 10 ** a ? d lung '"edipme known. contains no .ipecac, tartar, emetic or other naueseating pr injurious drugs. Pleasant and safe for «// ages. Does not " s.cken or d.sagree with the stomach, Coughed Four Years. Several Doctors paiiael to Help? A reaerws er R. 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