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The Cycling Sailor Axd The Donkey!
Also Other Yarns
About Other Sea
men and Their Va
BY ALBERT %ONNICHSEN,
Author of "Deep Sea Vagabonds."
LIST to the story of the cycling
second mate and the Honolulu
donkey; also of the agricul
tural sealing crew. Then know
that the landsman's conventional idea
of Jack ashore is not always true —
that there are sailors who never get
on golden jamborees and many who
spend their pay days in unique ways
never dreamed of by the landsman.
The second mate in question sailed
some years ag<j in the San Francisco
and Honolulu trade. He was a hope
less., bicycle fiend. He did i*ol carry a
wheel to sea with him. but he had
one ashore in Honolulu and another in
San Francisco, and whenever the ship
was loading or unloading in either
port, he put in all his spare time
skimming over the streets and coun
Most of his fifty dollars a month
went for repairs and damages. He
had altogether too daring a tempera
ment. He was not satisfied with or
dinary scorching; his ambition was
always to be doing new, difficult feats
that would make the shore people
open their eyes. They did usually
open their eyes pretty wide, but not
in the way he wanted them to stare.
In Honolulu they still tell a story
of this sailorman which also has for
another central figure a certain don
key belonging to a Chinese market
gardener out Weikiki way. v
The second mate was wheeling up
Various Ways of Cooking
MUSHROOMS, like potatoes,
are always seasonable. \
pound of mushrooms costs
more than two pounds of
beef, but it has more nourishment
than a pound of beef; .Besides, mush
moms are So bulky that they "go far
ther," as the old saying is, than the
same weight of beef.
A pound of mushrooms is enough,
when cooked, for the main luncheon
or dinner dish for three persons, while
tme very hungry person would think
nothing of eating a pound of beef for
dinner. That is to say, a hungry man,
for women seldom eat as much as
Mushrooms are not only nourishing,
but are among the most delicious of
favored food?. The only regret is that
they are an expensive luxury/and be
yond the reach of the average house
keeper. The variety known as the
meadow mushroom is the best grown
in this country.
If one is absolutely familiar with
these fungi, and there is no possibil
ity of mistaking some of the poison
ous varieties for the edible ones, it
is all right to gather them in the fields
and meadows where they grow, but it
is ahwtjrs safer to buy them in the
market. Mushrooms are really so
hearty that they should take the place
of meat, and not be served with it.
as they generally are. A man must
have the stomach of an ostrich to
digest beefsteak smothered with mush
• rooms, or chickens stewed with them.
There are many delicious ways of
cooking mushrooms. Among the very'
best is cooking them under glass. As
a rule, mushrooms are served on toast
when cooked under glass. - broiled,
fried or sauted. But they are much
better served without toast, as the
toast absorbs much of their flavor and
all of their juices.
To cook mushrooms under glass
select large, flat ones of the meadow
variety. Cut the stems quite close to
the body, or carefully break them off.
Save the stems for soup or for stew
ing. Peel the mushrooms and care
fully remove every imperfection in
each. Put enough for one portion on
the plate, season with salt, pepper and
a little butter, cover with the glass,
stand the dish in a rather hot oven
the street leading out to Weikiki. Just
m front of the King's palace he met
a Chinaman, followed by a donkey
on whose back was strapped a heavy
load of market produce. The donkey
and the Cninaman were coming down
the middle of the gravel drive, thus
leaving a rather uncertain space on
either side. The second mate wanted'
them to tack over to one side, so he
yelled "hi" at the top of his voice.
The Chinaman evidently understood
"hi" perfectly, for he fled to the side
walk at once, but the donkey interpre
ted the yell in another way. It stood
still and stared at the oncoming sec
The sailor passed the donkey safely
enough, and had he gone on all might
have been well, but he seemed to feel
that the donkey had challenged him
to do some of his remarkable cycling
feats. So he turned, and yelling "hi"
again, came back on the other side of
the animal. The. Chinaman also be
came infected wjth the cry and
shouted "hi," too, as did a 'score or
more of passers-by, natives and whites.
This encouraged the mate, and he
began to maneuver about the appa
rently petrified donkey with a dexter-
and let h remain from ten to fifteen
minutes.* The period must depend
upon the heat of the oven, as 'mush
rooms require very.little cooking.
Glass mushroom cookers are made
expressly for this purpose. They may
be obtained in any good 1 house fur
nishing shop, or in that department
of any of the big department stores.
Serve the mushrooms to each per
son, just as they are taken from the'
oven, and after they are set before
each person remove "the glass covers.
Serv-e with mushrooms cooked in this
way quarters of lemon, as the juice
of the lemon is excellent with them.
Mushrooms Stewed in Cream.—
Cut the stems rather close from small
mushrooms, then peel them with a
sharp knife, pulling the skin off the
top of each mushroom Save the
stems. Cut the mushrooms in halves
or quarters, put them in a sauce pan
with a little melted butter, and season
them well with salt, and red pepper.
Stand the sauce pan over the fire, add
enough rich cream to cover them to
half their depth, and let them sim
mer gently about eight minutes, then
.serve in a hot vegetable dish.
Broiled Mushrooms. — Select the
largest and flattest of the meadow
mushrooms, remove the stems, peel
them, lay them on a well-buttered
broiler, sprinkle them with salt, and
broil them as quickly as possible on
each side. Put them on a hot platter,
put a little sweet butter, on each
mushroom, season with red pepper,
A fine chicken gumbo soup strained,
some brown bread and butter, a good
lettuce and tomato salad, with plenty
of broiled mushrooms, is a dinner fit
to set before a king.
JULE DE RVTHER.
For the Seashore.
The woman who expects to spend
much time at the seashore should be
sure to buy one of the large pongee
sunshades lined with green. These
have long been associated with apo
plectic Englishmen traveling in the
Far East, but, in reality, they have
no rivals in protecting both the eye
sight and the complexion from the
sun s summer rays.
And let every woman bear in mind
that this summer the parasol's the
thing, because it is no longer good
form to return from the shore wijth a
new growth of skin on her nose, or
a coat of tan hiding the pink and
white bloom of her cheeks. We are
back to Grandmother's day of gently
cherished complexions, and here the
parasol plays ni» mean part.
SUNDAY MORyiXG, JULY 10, 1904.
ity that raised quite a shout of admir
ing "his" from the increasing crowd
of spectators. Careening inward like
a sloop with a spanking breeze abeam,
the sailor circled about the animal,
but it was as immovable as the statue
of Kamehameha that overlooked them
all from the court house lawn.
This encouraged the second mate
still more, and the circle he was de
scribing about the pensive brute con
tracted with each revolution. By this
time the walks were lined with an in
tensely interested audience of Kana
kas, Japanese, Chinamen and white
Suddenly something happened—so
suddenly, in fact, that the human eye
could not follow the movement; and
the first thing the onlookers saw was
that the donkey's hind legs had gone
through one of the wheels of the
bicycle, and that donkey, wheel, sec
ond mate and market produce were
mixed in one wild whirl. A moment
later the donkey was scooting down
the street with the wheel clinging to a
leg, while the mate and the market
produce remained in a heap where the
trouble had taken place. Finally, the
Chinaman and some of the spectators
Ridley Family Ancient and Honorable
BY ELEANOR LEXINGTON.
The antiquity of the Ridley family
cannot be called in question if it is
true, as recorded, that "thex, kept a
boat of their own in the "time of the
Flood, and so were under no obliga
tions to Noah."
Although this statement may be
open to criticism, it is a fact that the
name Ridley is found in the earliest
records, and always as belonging to
persons of high estate and position.
What is said to be the most ancient
charter in existence, "issued by a king
to a subject, bears date 1125, and was
given by David of Scotland to Ger
vase de Ridel.
Galfridus Ridel was Lord Justiciary
of all England, the highest office in
the gift of the Crown, and one of his
descendants was Robert Bruce.
Walter Scott alludes in "The Lay
of .the Last Minstrel" to "ancient
Riddell's fair domain." One strong
hold of the family was Ridley Hall,
in Northampton. Unthank Hall was
another residence, and there Bishop
Ridley, the martyr, was born.
Robert Glen-Riddell. "the trusty."
was a patron of Robert Burns, and
the poem, "The Day Returns." was
written by Burns in celebration of the
anniversary of Riddell's wedding. No
vember 7. 1788. Riddell was an anti
quarian and also something of a musi
cian. He composed airs to several of
Burns' songs, including "The Blue-
The sonnet. "No More. Ye War
blers of the Wood, No More." was
written upon the de^th of Riddell.
Stirring tales of chivalry and ro
mance come into the story of the Rid
leys. Galfridus Ridel, the twelfth of
that name: was one of the moSt cele
brated of troubadour poets, and his
romantic history can hardly be
equalled, for did he not die of love
for a maiden whom he had never
Hearing continually the praises of
the beautiful Countess of Tripoli,
whose fame spread throughout
Christendom on account of her hos
pitality to the Cru*iders, his hear^
was? fired with passion and devotion
to such an extent that, unable to bear
the torments of absence any longer,
he started out to visit the unknown
Princess Melinsend. But the tem
pestuous voyage was his undoing.
The Princess, being told of the trou
badour dying for love of her, went on
board the ship and begged him to
live for her sake—so delightfully un
conventional and romantic were they
in 1150! Not to prolong the sad tale,
separated them from each other. Of
course, the second mate had to pay
damages to the Chinese market gar
dener, besides sustaining the loss of
, R .f. here was something of the old
Viking spirit in that second mate, for
the next week he was seen again on a
new wheel, and he was as devil-may
care in spirit as ever.
Common, sailors before the mast
not infrequently do queer things
ashore, but the case of Peter* was ex
traordinary, as was also the manner
in which his shore habits became
known to his shipmates.
Sometime^ in the tropics, when the
watch on deck was allowed to sleep
amidships on the hatches, the m<»
would be awakened by strange sounds
from ford, as if the voices of men
were floating in from the sea. One
night several of the watch determined
to investigate, so they crept carefully
ford to the forecastle-head where
Peters was on lookout. By the light
of a full tropical moon they saw him.
He stoo4 in a strange attitude, one
arm stretched upward, the other point
ed downward in front of him. He
was talking to someone, it appeared.
The investigators crept nearer, and
heard these words:
"My lord, I crave your forbearance
in behalf of this poor girl. She is in
nocent. I swear it on my honor and
my sword." ,
The listeners gasped.« ,
"Peters has gone daft," whispered
one, in an awed voice.
the poet died and the Princess buried
him in a tomb of porpliyry, with in
scriptions commemorating his genius
and love for her. His last song, writ
ten in her honor, she had transcribed
in letters of gold and always carried
next her heart. This poem, still ex
tant, has been translated into nearly
every European language.
Many Ridleys or Riddells and Rid
lons, as the name is usually found in
Colonial records, came to the New
World, some in their own vessels,
bringing servants, furniture, plate and
farm stock with them. .Tamps Riddell.
born in Scotland, came to Virginia
about i/oq. Cornelius Reiddell and
William Ridley were other settlers.
The family has a war .record. John
Redlon, of Maine, was a veteran of the
Revolution. He was presented 4on his
one hundredth and sixth birthday
with a beautiful banner, inscribed:
A Soldier of the Revolution,
Aged 106 Years."
James Redlon, of Maine, was in
Arnold's expedition, and was a mem
ber of the Revolutionary Army. "You
will never see Thomas again." said a
returned soldier to Thomas Redlon's
family, "for I marched with him so
far north that the North Star was
Peters made the quick move of
drawing an imaginary sword.
"Back! Back! I say, or a yard of
Spanish shall ventilate your base
anatomies! No Moorish slave shall
harm this maid!"
Peters jfbbed about him fiercely
with his phantom sword.
This so frightened the men that
they went aft at once and reported
Peters' state to the mate. He got out
a couple of rope gaskets and. accom
panied by the watch, went ford to sub
due Peters, whom all thought danger
His mates tied him up in spite of his
protests, but when morning came they
learned the truth. He produced from
his client several manuscript plays,
one called "The Spanish Knight," in
which a certain '"Don Orlando" fig
ured prominently, and whose lines
were underscored in red ink. Peters
was rehearsing as "Don Orlando."
It developed later that Peters was
quite an actor, and would appear be
hind the footlights of New York, Lon
don and San Francisco theatres for
whole seasons at a time. One of the
men who had caused him to be tied
up for a madman aboard ship saw him
in "Othello" some years later as
"lago," and declared him not half bad.
Peters made good money, but at cer
tain periods he would heir the call of
the sea again, and go off. He said he
could only study and learn a new part
on board ship, and when he returned
from a long voyage he usually had
several new plays added to his rep
Scientific sailors, men who spent
their time and money ashore in study
and attending lectures, are plentiful
enough to be met with in the course
of two or three voyages.
south of us. and he has been going
in the same direction six weeks since.
I came away." Thomas, however, re
turned to his family.
Ephraim Redlon, "a powerfully built
young man, was one of the heroes of
the Revolution. He and his brother
were taken captives by the captain of
a British ship, but were allowed the
freedom of the deck. Watching his
opportunity, when all but two men
were below, he closed and bolted the
hatches, seized the two sailors, bound
theoi to the mast, and placed his
brother at the wheel. The following
dialogue ensued between the comman
der below and Redlon on deck.
"VVhp bolted the hatches"''"
""Big Eph Redlon. sir."
"Let me up, or I will put you in
"Wait till you get to port first."
The men began to cut away with
their axes, but Ephraim gave them
warning. "The first one of you
Britishers who puts his head through
this deck will get his skull broken."
Ephraim delivered his prisoners
safely at Boston, and in process of
time received a double pension for
his daring deed.
Ephraim was once on guard at Gen
eral Knox's headquarters when Wash
ington approached and was allowed
to pass without challenge. This
brought a severe reprimand from
Washington, and punishment wa?
threatened, but averted when Redlon
assured the General that he had been
The Ridley family has a wide range
in the orthography of its name. Be
ginning with de Ridlegh. or de Rid
leigh. the changes are rung on tlii
form through Rydleigh. Rodleigh and
Ridlea. The latter is- the spelling iii
documents in the British Museum and
the College of Arms. The list can be
extended through de Ridales, Rye
dale. Redlons. Readlons. Redel. Redly.
Reidell, Ridlon. Riddle. Riddell. Rud
dell, Radley, and finally Ridley.
Ryedale was perhaps the original
form, derived from "rye" and "dale"
or "dell"—a dale where rye was culti
vated. Riddle was an instrument by
which rye and other grains were win
nowed and cleansed; riddler. there
fore, was one who winnowed grain
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A Scotch sailor from the town, of
St. Andrews was an authority on an
cient history. He knew many of the
members of the faculties at Harvard,
Uxford, Cambridge and various lesser
universities, for he had heard them
lecture during his sojourns ashore
His principal hobby was denouncing
his own countryman, Carlyle, whom
he accused of being the most inexcus
able dolt that ever lived. He was just
as sour on Carlyle as that great writer
was sour on the world in general. His
favorite author was Herodotus, whom'
he quoted copiously.
Other sailors have recreations of a
less intellectual order. Many collect
stamps, and spend their money ashore
in rare collections of the country, and
sell or trade them in other countries.
Some do it for commercial reason*
others from pare love of philately.
In strong contrast with these men
was the case of an able seaman who
had an irresistible desire to tramp
when he came ashore. He had made
pedestrian tours through nearly all
the countries of Europe, parts of Aus
tralia and the United States. He was
particularly proud of his pilgrimage
to Jerusalem on foot from Port Said
on the Red Sea. Whenever his money
gave out, he shipped again. '
There are many seamen on the Bal
tic who are farmers half the year.
They till their soil, sow, and then let
the crops grow while they go off for
a voyage of a few months*. In the
harvest time they are back again to
A former skipper of the Alaskan
.sealing schooner Polar Bear was also
something of an agriculturist. Six
months of the year he hunted seal in
Alaskan waters; the other six he de
voted to his farm in Mendocino Coun
ty, California. For years he carried
the same crew, and when the schooner
laid up in the little bay close to the
skipper's farm, his sailors went ashore
with him to coax the early p,eas and
to hoe the shooting corn.
The writer first heard of this agri-
with a riddle, or sieve. Christian names
peculiar to early generations and per
petuated to this day are Nicholas,
Christopher, Mark and Cuthbert.
The Ridley arms jeproduced are
argent, a chevron gules between three
ears of rye; in chief, an open hand.
Crest, a dexter hand holding an ear
of rye, slipped and bladed. or.
Motto: "Utile et Duke"—"Useful and
agreeable." Other mottoes used by
different branches of the family are
"Virtus Maturat," "Constance Ffdeo,"
"Omina Cum Deo" and "Vade* in
Giving It a Good Time.
The elderly man stood on the rear
platform of the uptown car and swore
softly, but audibly, at intervals. Occa
sionally he would raise his hand to
his head and wipe the beads of per
spiration from his brow.
Finally the conductor became sym
pathetic and asked him what the
Eliminating the dark-blue oaths, he
"Well, sir, I'm going to see a den
tist. I got a tooth that's befen bother
in' a whole lot for a week or so. This
morning I got mad. I'm very fond of
candy, but I ain't dared to eat any for
a month or so, just on account of
"Well, this morning I went over to
the candy shop and bought about a
pound and I ate up every single bit
of it. I just said to that "tooth, 'Say,
if you're goin' to ache, why, you,
go ahead an' get your moneys worth!
You ain't got much more time!'"
"Did it?" asked the conductor.
"Huh,!" said the stranger. "If you
don't hurry up and get to my den
tist's place it will pound the roof off
this car. That tooth certainly didn't
take any bluffing from me."
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cultural master mariner and his nau
tical farm hands from a shipmate who
had been a member of the crew fol
one season. He liked the trip on the
1 olar ; Bear well enough, but when
they tried to make him till the soil
he parted company with them. This
is the way he told of his experience:
Well, I was stone broke in Seattle
an shippin was scarce, so when I got
a chance on the Polar Bear I took it
though 1 d rather have gone deep
water.* Everything seemed all right
skipper easy goin', grub good, not
much work, and she was easy to han
dle. Thinks I, first day out, this is a
"But then comes the first dog watch,
when the fellers was a swappin' yarns
and then, thinks I, what fell kind of a
crowd have I got into. Sez one:
" 'Bill, them pumpkins was a' lookin'
first rate when we left. Ye reckon
the cabbage will come out as well?'
, " I don't know, Jack—seems the
mate was kinder early plantin' the
cabbage—but I'll bet the prune crop'll
be all right this year. I just did
reckon , the bos'n knew somethin'
about bug pizen when he fixed them
prune trees. Nowjf only the pasture
jence holds good, an' the cows don't
bust in, yell see a crop as ye never
"Naturally, I began to git scared I'd
got into a crazy ship, but when they
told me what their lay was, an' I seen,
too, that they was good seamen, I got
used to them, and at the end of the
season I agreed to have a try at the
farmin'. "/. ;\'.*
"Well, farmin' may be all right to
them as likes it. They set me to
steerin' a big machine, 'bout the size
of an ocean liner, that was cutting
grass, but I.couldn't get used to the
steerin' gear. Then they put me to
diggin' little holes in the ground for
fence stanchions. One day the skip
per's wife come to the door of the
house and called me. Sez she:
"'You run down to the village an"
git me two bits worth o' matches an'
this tin full o' molasses.'
"I went. Thinks I, spos'n my ole
mother should see me now. Spos'n
some o' the fellers \ what was on the
Bermuda (a notorious Cuban filibus
ter) with me should see me, chasm'
molasses for a farmer's wife.
"Well, I left the molasses tin in the
store an' the two bits fer matches, an'
then j I struck out on the road to
Gray's Harbor. An' I ain't seen any
o' that gang o' sea farmers since."
(Copyright, 1904, by A. Sonnichsen.)
This Was a Mighty Bag oj
It is often said that the I ay of the
big game hunter in Africa is over,
now, that the continent has been par
celled out by white nations, seamed
with railroads, and more or less civi
lized. But there is still good sport
there, judging by the experience of
Mr. A. C. Butler, a young Scotsman,
who recently returned to his home
after a hunting trip in Abyssinia.
According to a Scottish newspaper,
he brought witrh him the skins, tusks
or skulls of thirty-nine lions, eleven
elephants, twenty-two rhinoceroses
four leopards, and forty-two antelopes.
He shot every one of these rißanimais
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to serve as meat hooks in a butcher
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or the more pretentious ones are set
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or even in pieces of mother-of-pearl
carved to resemble a fish.
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