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THE HAWAIIAN STAR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17. 1803.
DOINGS OF WHALKS.
6EA YARNS SPUN BY AN OLD EX
WHALER OF SOUTH STREET.
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"That'll 1 1 1 bml reading I've had for
many 11 Ioiik day, Hxclaimed tha bronMd
Id ex-aeamau In liis dingy littlo "sail
Ing office" In Bottth street, and bli bright
hh twinkled, The reading that pi eased
bin no was the Victoria dispatch giving
mi account of the attach of an enoriuotu
whale n tho aohooner Mermaid off the
"Ton don't Know what Bleep mad in,
do you? It's jolt the kind of mad that
liig whale had mi him, mill the sumo kind
of mad that any liifr wbalo is sure to get
on him whea he has jnst had his dinner
and is taking his after dinner nap. The
whales of tile waters where this schooner
Mermaid was cruising aro great sleepers.
They turn over on their sides on top of
the water and let the waves rock thorn
to (leePi especially if they have lioon din
ing pretty heavy. They sleep sound, and
I liavo more than once milked a she
Whale when she was sleeping like that
without waking her up, just as you
might milk a cow. A good, healthy she
whale, with suckling cubs, would give
down a barrel of milk, and then we'd
have a feast after a hard day's work.
"Hut SUppoee that besides being sleep
mad this big whale that pitched into the
schooner Mermaid hadalso been harpoon
mad, If he had been, The Hun wouldn't
have had that story to print, for the
Schooner or her crew would never have
been heard from again.
"Did I ever have any close call from
an infuriated whale? Did I? Well, re
membering a few of 'em, I think I didl
For instance, what would you call this
one? Forty years ago I was one of the
crew of the whaler Mary Pilgrim of
Nantucket. Wo started In April after
sperm whales in tho waters around the
( jape de Verdo islands.
"We picked upawhalo now and then,
but Ihey were not plentiful, but one day
we discovered a tremendous bow head
or bone whale asleep close off our port
bow. Three boats were lowered. I was
the harpooner of the captain's boat, and
the mate and second mate were in
charge of tho other two. We got to the
whale without disturbing him, and 1
gavo him tho harpoon. That woko him,
1 can tell you! He was the maddest
whale I over saw, being both sloop mad
and harpoon mad. Ho turned on our
boat and came at us with a rush. In
stead of striking us head on ho passed
our bow, and as he was passing struck
the boat with his flukes. He cut us
Square In tWO and turned the boat bot
tom side up quicker than ever any boat
bad been capsized before. My leg be- j
came louieu in me uarpoou one, ana u
a second I found myself being towed
through the water at about 120 knots an
hour and several feet below the sur
face. The line was wound about my
log just below the knee and had cut
deep Into tho ilosh.
"I knew niy end was not more than a
minute ahead of mo unless 1 got loose
from that rushing whale. My knife was
in my belt. I got it out, and somehow
but X never know just how I managed
to reach down and sever tho lino. The
next second I appeared on the surface,
popping up in so sudden and startling a
manner that I almost scared tho mate
and his boat's crew into tits, for I came
up right alongside of their boat. It
seems that just as tho whale struck our
boat i and wrecked it the mate fastened a
barpoon in tho enraged monster and was
lieing towod by it to tho windward, and
I had come to tho surface just as they
were passing that sjiot. They took me
in on the fly, as it were, but I was very
littlo better than dead, Tho second mate
had picked up the captain and the rest
of the crew.
"As tho whale was tearing along with
tho mate's boat in tow he discovered
our vessel lying to, mid making up his
mind that there lay tho source of all his
troubles he turned and charged like a
tornado upon it. He hurled himself
against the vessel three different times,
knocking off tho cutwater clear to the
wood ends and starting a bad leak. While
bo was thus engaged the mate's boat got
near, and tho furious whalo turned on it.
The mate thrust his lance against the
whale's head and threw all his weight
upon it as the whalo rushed forward,
while the crow backed tho boat for their
lives. At that critical moment the cap
tain, with the second mate's boat, came
up. He hud a bomb lance and tired it
at tho whale. The bomb struck the
great head of the monster on the bone
above the left eye and exploded on the
outside, doing no damage except to mo
mentarily stun the whalo. He soon re
covered and charged on tho captain's
boat. That boat being free avoided the
rush, and then the whale made again for
the mate's boat.
"Three different times tho captain's
boat drew the whale away and saved tbe
iniito anil his crow. At the fourth time
the whale didn't turn aside from his
furious rush on the mate, and I thought
our fate was sealed. With a loss ex
perienced and true handed sailor than
trnr captain it would have been Boaled,
too, in a very few seconds more. Tbe
whale charged right upon us, and bis
giant flukes were in the air, to swoop
gown and crush us beneath their
iighty and irresistible sweep, but that
gave the plucky captain tho chanco he
wanted. Ho drove the hand lanco into
tbe whale ch ar to its Beizing, and the
monster fell back in tho water between
the two boats, neither one escaping by
more than a yard.
"The captain's plunge with the hand
lance had been true to its mark. Both
boats hacked away from tho struggling
whalo. He lashed the sea into foam and
whirled about in an aimless and bewil
dered manner. Presently bo sent up a
spout of water that was red with blood,
and a lusty shout went up from a score
of throats. Every man knew it wus all
over with the ugly foe. We had a good
two days' work repairing our vesel, but
we got 190 barrels of oil and !!,)0U pounds
of bone out of tho whale, and our vic
tory was u great one." New York Bub.
lirurgis was a gooU iioy. lie was always
willing to lake good advice. The teacher
told bim OUe day that ho should avoid the
appearance of evil. QsOTg remembered
this. When he stole Farmer Clover's ap
ples that night, lit saved the cores and
dropped thein in trout of Dick Blather
skate s yard. Hick was a bad boy and got
punished for stealing Fanner Clover's ap-
ph s i hat night, hut George avoided the ap-
psaranosof evil. He ate the apples. '1 he
good an- al W I rewarded in this world and
lite bad punished TXSS MfUflg
The Mini j of iMH'l l'rlnift.
We nay still stand on tbetowefot the
capitol and survey that glorious pano
rama bounded by Tuscan, Sabine and
A I ban hills and dream what that scone
MM Nine 1,700 or I, Him . an ago. Tim
Forum below was one radiant avenue of
temples, triumphal arches, triumphal
columns, colossal statues, monuments
mid votive shrines- the senate house, the
Justus, the sacred way on tbeonetldei
tii" circular temple of Vesta, the temple
of Qsatur ami the basilica of Julius on
the other; above on the right the temple
if JoVS on tho left that of ,hmo,and tho
towering palaces of tho Palatine and the
Circus Maximal beyond the valley. Far
as tho SyS can reach would lie vast thea
ters, enormous baths, colossal sepulchers,
obi disks, columns, fountains, equestrian
statues in marble or in bronze.
The walls of these sumptuous edifices
are all of dazzling brilliance in oriental
marbles, bright with mosaic and with
frescoes, and their roofs are covered with
plates of hammered gold. In the far
distance, across terraces and gardens
shady with tho dark foliage of cypress
and stone pine, might bo seen the aque
ducts which bring from the mountains
wholo rivers into tho city to fill its thou
sand baths and its hundred fountains.
And between tho aqueducts and the
porticoes, far as tho eye can reach to the
hills beyond, villas gleam in the sun
with their terraces, gardens, statues and
shrines, each a little city in itself. This
earth lias never seen before or since so
prodigious an accumulation of all that is
beautiful and rare. Frederic Harrison
in Nineteenth Century.
"Th Olrl I Left II. I Me."
The fame of the song "Tho Girl I Left
Behind Me" is worldwide. No British
man-of-war loaves harbor, no British
regiment leaves its station for foreign
service, without the plaintive air being
hoard by the men who aro leaving and
tho girls their mothers, sisters, wives
and sweethearts who are being left be
hind. This song, like many another
that has stirred tho British heart at
home and abroad, that has given valor
in tho fight and brought the soft recol
lections of the motherland amid the
horrors of the battlefield, is anonymous.
It is no doubt of Irish origin, but no
one can toll who wrote either the words
or tho music. It has been found in a
manuscript dated about 1 770. "Tho air
was also taken down," says Bunting,
"from A. O'Neil, harper, A. D. 1800, au
thor and dato unknown. The air was
written for a march, and tho English I ment, restaurants and advertising wares
version of tho words, called 'Brighton an(' enterprises. In tho Midway plai
Camp,' differs considerably from these." sanceare the foreign villages, shops, etc.,
Chappell, while he put in an English described in a previous letter,
claim to the air, admits that it may be i Tho visitor who would merely take a
Irish. He thinks it was probably writ
ten in 1708, when there were encamp
ments along the coast at Brighton
among the rest where many tunes of
thiB sort originated. Wherever it was
first played, it is now almost a century
since it became tho soldier's and sailor's
loath-to-leave, and it has so long been
played on every man-of-war as she
weighed anchor and for every regiment
as it quitted a town where it had been
stationed that an omission would be
thought a slight upon the ladies. To
IIimorB to the Victor of Illciihelin.
Queen Anne was in hor closet one day
at Windsor a littlo turret chamber
with windows on every side looking over
the green and fertile valley of tho Thames,
with all tho trees in full summer foli
age, and the harvest beginning to be
gathered in from tho fields when there
was brought to her a scrap of crumpled
pajier bearing upon it the few hurried
lines which told of the "glorious victory"
of the battle of Blenheim. It had been
torn off in hasto from a memorandum
book on the field and was scribbled over
with an inn reckoning on the other side.
Tho commotion it caused was not one
of unmixed joy, for though tho queen
wrote her thanks and congratulations,
and there was a great thanksgiving serv
ice at !St. Paul's which sho attended in
state, tho party in power did all that in
them lay to depreciate the iuqiortance of
the victory. When, however, Marlbor
ough appeared in England with his pris
oners and trophies a marshal of France
among the former, and many standards
taken in the field tho popular sentiment
burst all bounds, and his reception was
enthusiastic. The crown lands of Wood
stock were bestowed upon him as a fur
ther reward, and the queen herself com
manded that a palace should be built
upon tho estate at the expense of tbe
crown, to be called Blenheim in com- I
memoration of tho extraordinary vie- I
tory. Mrs. Oliphant in Century.
A Hare riunt.
A lot of Detroit girls were talking
about tho young men of their acquaint
ance, as girls in Detroit and every other
town aro wont to do, and one they called
George seemed to bo in their estimation
a degree abovo his fellows.
"Yes," said a blond with lovely brown
eyes, "1 do think George is nice."
"I should say so," chimed in a spar
kling brunette. "Ho knows more than
most of them and isn't so horribly soft
at least not all the time. Indeed I con
sider him quite deciduous."
"Deciduous?" chimed the crowd.
'What do you mean by that?"
"Oh, he isn't evergreen," she said
martly, and tbe sentiment passed unan
imously. Detroit Free Press.
There are few American women uf socie
ty who care for wililwood sports, the ma
jority not sympathising with the tastes of
the many foreign women of high position
who make notable ottohss of salmon or re
turn from a day's hunt with a bag of game.
Some English girls of title have distill
guislied thfiiist-ivi-s as skillful salmon li -,h-crs,
but it is mostly on the continent that
women use the gun. The Infanta Isabel,
elder lister of the lufanla Kulalie. is a very
successful shot. She heails shooting parties
In the ruyal preserves, and brings down
with on erring aim partridges, woodcock,
hares and rabbits. She is one of the must
during riders to hounds hi the rough eoiin
tv about Madrid. New York Tribune.
Cttnitul OfleimcH In Ihafcsipiire'l Time.
In Kuglaiid during Shakespeare's life
time stealing above the value of Ul pence,
baming a huystack, killing or stealing u
sheep, breaking a dike or bridge, breaking
ii bunk of u Huh pond, cutting down a tree
in an orchard and the malicious tearing or
defacing the garments of a person in the
street were all capital nff units
"You don't see anything lite 10 many
trunks with covers on them as you former
ly did," said u truveh-r, "but 1 huve occa
sionally seen lately Something that 1 don't
remember to have seen at all years ago, mid
thul is people Dairying handbags prutectd
with covers, "
A Return toCiltnl PsBlltimenti
A great ninny people think it is pretty
bad business for the slat" to kill I innil
l cause that man has killed sunn-one
else. Thoy am quite right. It is very
bad business, and if any other procednrt
could bo devised capital punishment
Would be abolished at once.
Michigan has given imprisonment for
Ufa a fair trial. No criminal has bSSII
executed in that state for nearly fiO
years. It was, however, recently voted
by its lower house that the death penalty
be re-established that is to say, the
policy of leniency has utterly failed, and
It is more than probable that Michigan
trill again resort to the hangman's rope.
The people were startled one day by
the news that a life convict had murdor
ed his keeper and made a desperate push
for liberty. Their'tlis question occurred
to every oneatthe same moment, "Why
shouldn't every life prisoner do the same
thing, since under tho Jaws of the state
no additional penalty is attached to tho
Much a villain, when caught red hand
ed after a eccond murder, is no worse
off than ho was before he killed the keep
er. He was in for life anyhow, and
when arrested ho will bo in for life
again, but it is the same old life. If he
succeeds in escaping, that is so much
gain, and if ho fails ho loses absolutely
nothing. Tho abolition of capital pun
ishment is therforoan almost irresistible
incentive to kill a prison official and
mnke a daah for liberty. New York
Distance! nt the Fulr.
To see all that is to be seen and im
prove all tbe opportunities it offers will be
no summer day's task. One who comes
to Chicago expecting to take in these
wonders in a day or two or a week will
go away regretting that which ho must
of necessity leave unseen. A month
would not exhaust its interest. Per
haps it may bo thought this is an over
statement. A few faots and figures
will show that it is not. Jackson park,
in which tho exposition is being held,
has a frontage on I,ako Michigan of
1J miles and contains 533 acres, 77 of
which are water.
The Midway plaisanco is a mile long
and 600 feet wide and contains 80 acres
more. There aro 30 exposition buildings
proper, with a floor space of 159 acres.
Adding tho galleries, there are 190.7 acres.
Grouped around there are 44 state and
territorial buildings 18 buildings erected
by foreign governments and 40 others
for tho minor purposes of tho manage-
passing look at each of the vast array of
exhibits must prepare to walk along 134
miles of aisles. Add to this tho distances
from ono building to another, which
must of necessity bo traveled many
times, and the distance to be covered
will reach fully 150 miles. Cor. Ittts
Iletrothnl of the Duke mill 1'rincesH.
The official announcement of tho be
trothal of the Duke of York, tho ulti
mate heir to the throne, to tho Princess
May of Teck will bo received throughout
the country with a subdued approval.
The young couple are, it la said, sincerely
attached to each other, and wo heartily
hope the statement, in itself probable
enough, is actually true, for the English
idea 'n that respect, though no doubt
born of sentiment, has behind it a solid
basis of reason.
A prince or princess must occasionally
submit to Masons of state, but neverthe
less a king without a wife he cares about
is a very unhappy kind of being. Ht
rarely comes in contact with other closs
relatives, who aro usually married away
all over tho world. He can liavo no male
intimate friends the difference of grade
being too violent, and tho deep suspi
ciousness of royalty as to the motive of
courtiers' attachment being too incura
bleand if ho has female friends there
is suro to bo scandal. A well behaved,
honest court is tho best security here for
tho throne, as wo hsvo seen all through
Queen Victoria's reign, and tho best
guarantee for that tho only guarantee
indeed which works is that tho queen
shall be tho king's closest friend. Lon
Trying to He l'olite.
An old man rode op to the door ot a
Cumberland county postofneo on a gig.
As soon as the postmaster spied tho vis
itor he toro around behind tho little case
of boxes, grabbed a letter and a paper
aIU' darted out of doors at the same high
rate of speed
"Hero's your mail, Mr. Smith. Littlo
rainy, isn't it? Hope your ground's look
ing well," etc., until the old man tucked
his mail under bis leg mid drovo away.
Tbe postmaster saw fit to explain a
littlo when lie cumo back. "That's ono
of tho old seed Democrats of this town,
and" with a burst of confidence "it
always pays to bo polito to them kind. 1
don't know as it will amount to any
thing, but it don't cost a cent, and," con
tinued this rural diplomat, with a wan
smile, "thero ain't any signs of a now
postmaster being appointed yet." All of
which indicated tho state of suspense of
tho fourth class postmasters in this do
voted country. Lewiston Journal.
I -.1. --in of l'urlluiueiitury Debute.
Tho actual unimportance of debate in
l legislative assembly, so far as influ
encing votes goes, is strikingly illus
trated by tho action of the British house
of commons on tho homo rulo bill. Thero
have boon weeks of debate, participated
in by the greater as well as the lesser
leaders of both parties, and yet when tho
Vote was taken it was exactly along party
lines. Tho division was precisely what
it would have been if not a wocd bad
been spoken. Boston Journal. i'
It is said that five miuutos aft or tho
cyclone that struck Cisco, Tex., several
weeks ago, spreading death and destruc
tion in its path, tho moon was shining
down upon tho ruins from a perfectly
clear sky, and theshrieksof tbe wounded
and the moans of tho dying could bo
ill Ashautee parricides are tied hand and
foot to stakes driven in the ground near a
large aut hill. The mils are then irritated
by sticks thrust into the entrance uf their
dwellings, u guard Is set at a respectful dis
tance to prevent rescue, and tha prisoner U
lert to lie euleu up
lllllsiin There B a muu who never lees u
Waiter, but slips a half every time into his
own pocket Instead. He bus bought a house
and lot with the years' aceiiiniiluiiuUBl
BtilllOU (shivering) (Jud! I'll bet thai
buuie Is haunted! Clitb.
every person in
worna-n in child
whd desires to keep in touch witli the spirit ol this
progressive age and wishes tn be posted as to events
o( interest which are continually happening at home
and abroad, on land and sea."
The Star is a new paper and has introduced
California methods of journalism into Hawaii, where
belore its advent, the Massachusetts newspaper tradi
tions of 1824 "e'd sway. It has three prime objects:
To Support the cause ol annexation ii Hawaii to
the United States anil assisl all Other movements, politi
cal, social or religious, which are ol benefit to these
Islands and their people.
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favor, telling what gdes on with freshness and accuracy,
suppressing nothing which the public has the right
To make itself indispensable to the family circle by
a wise selection ol miscellaneous leading matter.
As a commentator the Star has never ipm accused
of unworthy motives.
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of its birth, has been able to reach the best c lasses ol
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