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HE'S GOING TO PADDLE A CANOE ALONE ALL
. THE WAY FROM N. Y. TO SAN FRANCISCO
Speaking of summer vacations and
canoe trips and such, here's a city
weary man who is taking a summer
vacation of twelve months, consist
ing of a canoe trip 'steen thousand
He has started to paddle from New
J. H. Sullivan, Jr., and His Canoe.
York City to San Francisco via the
Great Lakes, the Mississippi, the Gulf
of Mexico, the Panama Canal and
the Pacific Ocean. And it will be
one long summer outing, because
he'll be so far south next winter that
there won't, be any winter.
That's going some, even for the
huskiest of canoeists. But John H.
Sullivan, Jr., 26, soldier of fortune,
water color artist, short-story writ
er, self-admitted gunman of the
Western variety, also expert stage
mechanic and electrician and lover
of all outdoors, is undismayed by
all the millions of paddle strokes he'll
have to take before his voyage ends.
He just tired of New York and civi
lization in general and had to get
into the open for a while.
"New York," he said, "is a desert
of 3,000,000 souls.
"I have been in Death Valley and
have enjoyed it I have been on
mountain tops and felt at home. I
have paddled alone through interm
inable Canadian forests and ridden
for days on the alkali plains of New
Mexico. But never have I been so
lonesome as in this town.
"I walked up and xiown Broadway
for hours the other night and not a
soul spoke to me. I'm going to beat
it to a real country."
Next day he took his 16-foot canoe
the same canoe in which he navi
gated the streets of Peru, Ind., and
saved lives in the spring flood filled
it with clothes, grub, guns, half-finished
water color sketches, tobacco,
shaving materials and other neces
saries of life, jumped in, blew a blas