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CAPT. DODGE FACED DEATH FOR DAYS WITH
CRAZED OFFICER AND MURDEROUS CREW
Captain F. C. Dodge, commanding the Cutter Unalga, at left, survey
ing seal rookeries on Pribilof Islands with Agent C. Fassett, government
official in charge.
Unalaska, Alaska, April 3. North-
ward stretches the "forbidden sea."
To protect its valuable fur seal
herds against poachers, Uncle Sam's
white cutters haunt the horizons like
Q menacing ghosts.
But occasionally a desperate crew
tries to evade the cordon, to slip
through to the misty Pnbilofs, where
the bull seals bellow like fat thunder.
For years none have eluded the
cutters, though many have tried.
There was the whaling barque
Lydia that smuggled a barrel of seal
skins aboard the whaler Northern
Lights as she left Dutch Harbor for
San Francisco. How the Lydia got
them no one Tcnows.
The U. S. R. C. Rush got wind of
it and sent a launch in pursuit The
skins were found, salted down in a
cask marked "salmon," and Lieut F.
C. Dodge, now Capt Dodge of the
Unalga, was placed aboard and told
to take the Northern Light to Sitka
to be condemned,