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TELE ABGJTS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 19$.
STORY CF THE COMMANDER THAT
SAILORMEN LOVE TO TELL.
bow the Detroit Broke rp What the n-
arg-ent Admiral Called a "Blockade."
An Incident Tbat Please Men Wht
Have Seen Smiling Men Fight.
b It was in January, 1894, tbat the
civil war in .Brazil was coming to a cli
in ax in the harbor at Bio. Admiral da
Jama of the insurgents was in the har-
bor with several ships-of-war. The gov
ernment held the city, but while the in
surgent admiral held the water no ship
ping could go up to the front as long as
be Raid it couldn't, and he said no.
iVarions governments were affected by
his embargo "blockade" the admiral
called it. Great Britain wan concerned
chiefly, but -the United States was a
good second, -with Germany and other
nations as well.
t Europe looked to America to do some
thing in the matter and was na'nrally
diffident about interfering in family
rows on this side of the water. At laFt
Admiral Ben ham wad pent down to take
charge of the United States fleet in Bio
barbor. The flagship was the 5Sun 1 ran
;cisco, and on Sunday, Jan. 23, Admiral
iBenbam called on his captains to come
aboard. Ampng thtm was Commander
Brownson of the Detroit. It isnaid that
after the conference this commander
came back to his ship smiling. However
that may be, he certainly smiled next
morning. Just after 5 o'clork that even
ing it was calii) asoonld be, almost
the Yankee naval'ehips wero seen to be
in a bustle. The canvas awnings faded
away, and in the night certain sounds
were, heard aboard them, at which vari
ous listeners pot their hands cup shaped
behind their ears to listen Larder. On
tho morning of the. 2'Jtb there was a
change in the appurauco cf tho Yankee
cct. It had taken off it coat, waist
coat and shirt, so to speak, and was just
eying itself when day dawned to see
Jmw good its training had beu.
The insurgent ships Aquidaban and
Tamandure were up the bay above Vi
tus island with their cables thort,
rea-ly to trip. The Trajano ami Onana
bara, as well as the fleet of armed tags,
were crowded with men from the gar
risons of Cobras and Yillegaigou. The
BiLcrilndo flew the littlu blue ensign,
for Admiral de (Jama was aboard her,
lying with the Trajano and Gnanabara
north of Enchados island, a few yards
from the American bark Amy, ono of
tho boats kept out by tbo Llockade. The
I'arahyba was lying with its teeth, so
to ppeak, at tiso throat of the Yankee
barkentino Good News.
Commander 1'ruwuMiu on the Detroit
got his fcliip under way, having holbted
anchor at 6 o'clock, and beaded toward
the city between Encliudos and Cobras
inlands. Her crew was at her gnuH,
und na eager a lot of men as ono could
see anywhere at that tim. The anchor
got fouled in tho Detroit's hawso hole,
and that was ample excuse for proceed
ing slowly, which was convenient.
while a couple of insurgent tugs made
a spntter at tho northern littoral of the
city, as they bad been doing a long
time. After a couple of men hud been
killod aboard the tugs they drew back,
and tho Detroit, with everything clear.
rounded Enchados island and came
along starboard sido to starboard of the
Trajano. Tho men looked throngh their
eights nnd then up at Commander
Brownson on tho bridge. The story of
what they saw is a tradition in the
navy now and always will be so long as
men like Brownson are in command.
Tho commander was smiling.
A man on the Trajano raised a mus
ket and fired a bullet over tho beads of
sailors pulling away in a boat with a
line from the Amy to a ship at anchor
that tho Amy might be warped to the
forbidden docks. Two heavy insurgent
tugs came around with their rams
pointed at tbo tide of the Detroit. Un
the Sun Francisco tbo red flag of battle
had been run' op to tho fore truck in
Ptops. A quartermaster stood with his
band on the halyards eager to break it
out, with his eyes fixed on tho admiral,
who was looking at tho Detroit for the
sign which would can so him to give the
quartermaster tho order so ardently de
sired. When the insurgent shot was .fired.
Commander Brownson turned to the
gunner at a one pounder, and with a
scarcely perceptible increase of the
eroile ordered tho man to sboot into the
Trajano at tbo water lino six feet abaft
the stern. The order was misunder
stood, and the shot went across the in
surgents' bow. Thereupon Captain
. Brownson bailed:
"Trajano, ahoy!" he shouted. "If
yon fire again, I will return the fire,
and if you persist I will sink yon."
Tho Trajano' crews wero excited. If
a nervous linger bad pulled a trigger,
tho fight would have been on.
Bat tbo shot did not sound. The sail
ors on the Amy's yawl waited to see
What they were to do next.
' ' Yon go ahead, ' ' Commander Brown
Bon shouted, "and I'll protect you!'
The sailors went.
"Aim at the Guanabaral" ordered
Commander Brownson. And the greasy
black muzzles of the Detroit's broadside
and tho two pivct gnus swung aronnd,
looking bigger and bigger every mo
ment, till they stopped, leveled at the
cruiser. One particularly nervous gnn
crew aboard the iuBurgeut waa conspicu
ous. Commander Brownson waved hia
band, with a half smile, and this crew
Then the Yankee ships led the way
to the docks, with other ships crowding
In with them, and after awhile the re
bellion 'collapsed. Bat the sailors who
were on the Detroit at that time have
told the story of Commander Brown
son's smile to other sailors, and these
to still others, till it has rippled to ev
ery water where the starry flag flies,
and it is beard with marked interest by
men on the ships of other nations men i
who have seen smiling men fight. New
A young German engineer whoee
name is Herr "X." von der Werra had
an amusing incident happen to him on
a recent ocean voyage which will bear
repeating and which be narrates him
self with relish. On the eteamcr were
several English ladies who were devot
ed to whist and who frequently called
upon Herr X. to join them in a friendly
rubber. The young man does not care
particularly for the game; but, as the
ladies in qneatirai had several charming
girls under their wings, policy as well
as politeness bade him join in tho daily
games. The young man suffered from a
severe cold, and, in order to protect
himself from the drafts, took occasion,
to wear a couple of heavy bicycle sweat
ers in addition to his ordinary clothing.
The ladies sympathized and xreqneut'
ly spoke to Herr X. "fnudervear," as
tbey pronounced it, about bis precau
tions against additional cold. He was
not particularly well versed in English,
and the pronunciation of bis name puz
zled him very much in fact, he
thought they were referring, to bis
sweaters, so finally ho blurted out
"Ladies, why do ydu call me Mr. Un
derwear? Is it because of tkeso sweat
ers?" The reply was lost to posterity in
the roar of laughter which caused the
windows of the saloon to rattle. Phil
A method of metallizing wood, one
by which it becomes very solid and re
sistant and assumes the appearance ofxa
true metallic mirror, is described in tho
Paris Monde with much detail. Briefly,
the wood is first immersed for three or
four days, as may be its degree of per
ineability. in a caustic alkaline lye, and
thence passed immediately into a bath
of bydrosnlphite f calcium, to which
is added, after 24 or itG hours, concen
tratcd solution of sulphur m canstic
potash. The duration of this bath is
about 48 hours, and its temperature is
from o j to 50 degrees. Finally the wood
is immersed for 30 or 40 hours in a hot
solution of nceUrte of lead. The wood
prepared in this manner and after hav
iug undergone a proper drying at t
moderate temperature acquires under a
burnisher of hard wood a polished sur
face and exhibits a very brilliant metal
lic luster a luster still further iocrea
ed in its attractiveness if the surface of
tho wood lie rubbed thoronghly. in the
first place, witli a piece of lead, tin or
zinc and afterward be polished with a
glass or porcelain burnisher.
A Slisunderstood Jest.
Lord Lytton when viceroy of India
was seated cue day at dinner next to a
l.'irlnr U'hfwt ivslt Tftircli mill wlin
though very good looking, was not over-
intelligent. Saul sho to his excellency
"Are yon ucquaiuted with any of tho
"Ob, yes," replied Lord Lytton, "I
knew several of them most intimately
whilo at Eton indeed more intimately
than I cared to."
AIy Jonl. replied tho lady, "yon
forget the Birches are relatives cf
"And they cut me," paid the viceroy,
but." and ho smiled his wonted smile.
I huvo never felt moro inclined to kiss
tho rod than I do now. "
baa to soy, Mrs. liircn Old not Foe
the point and told her husband his ex
cellency had insulted her. Exchange,
An exqnisite gem- is tho opal, its
beautiful creamy surface lit with red,
blae and yellow rays scintillating in the
light and giving it a place in the front
rank of trecious stones. Unfortunately
tlte opal has a bad name, und we know
the proverb about the dog with the un
lucky cognomen. Superstition credits
this beautiful stono with bringing mis
fortune to its owner, and superstition
will win its way so long as tho world
lasts. Tho opal is peculiarly brittle and
sometimes crumbles away without any
apjiareiit cause, therefore it has been
branded "unlucky. " But let thoso
laugh who win, there are still somo
who value opals for tisvir worth and
beauty and who can afford to make
merry at the sujerstitious. Tho opal is
the typo of hope. Chicago News.
Gladstone and Moses.
A correspondent of The British
Weekly tells the following story rela
tive to Mr. Gladstone: "I was driving
one autumn evening in a conveyance
which in those days used to run from
Lumlash to King's Cross (Island of
Arr.ui) when for any reason the late
loat did not go round to Whiting bay.
Sitting opposite me wero two men who
appeared to belong to the Paisley weav
er class, and true to tbo traditions of
tbat class they were busily discussing
politics. Presently ono of tbeiu said,
with much emphasis, 'There hasnabeen
a lawgiver equal to Mr. Gladstone sinco
the day 8 o' Moses.' ' Menses!' retorted
the other. 'Moses got tho law gien tae
him frae tho Lord, bnt Mr. Gladstone
niaks laws out o' his ain bead!' "
Russian diplomats bold that it is no
disgrace or dishonor to lio in tho most
unblushing manner in order to promote
the interests of their country and of
their sovereign. When the late czar
asked once of Count Ignateifl? bow be
came to be nicknamed "The Father of
Lies" while embassador at Constantino
ple, he with a low bow responded, "In
the service of your majesty. "
Seamen Vote Ahead of Time.
Norwegian seamen are entitled
vote before leaving their country if the
polling' day is within three months of
their departure, or tbey can vote at a
foreign port within the same time by
baring their votes sent home throngh a
WUllnC te Sacrifice.
Lodging Hour-i Clerk Bed with
bath, 15 cents, t
Weary Watkirs I guess I'd rather
pay a little mora mid not take the bath.
A PIRATE'S" FITTING END.
The lroeaneer L'Oloanohi Was Tortured
to Death by Indiana.
In St. Nicholas, in bis series cf
sketches of "The Buccaneers - of Our
Coast," Mr. Frank R. Stockton tells of
the adventures of L'Olonnois, the
Frenchman. While coasting along Hon
duras L'Olonnois ran bis vessel ashore.
Mr. Stockton says:
As it was impossible to ret their
great vessel off the sand banks the pi
rates set to work to break ber up and
build a boat out of ber planks. Bu
when they began the work they bad no
idea it would take so long to build
boat. It was months before the un
wieldy craft was finished, and tbey oc
cupied part of the time in gardening,
planting French beans, which were ripe
in about six weeks, and gave them some
fresh vegetables. Tbey also bad some
of the ship's stores, and made bread.
thus managing to live very well.
L'Olonnois was never intended by
nature to be a- boatbuilder, and when
the boat was finished it was discovered
tbat it bad been planned so badly tbat
it would not hold them all, so they
drew lots to see who should embark in
bor, for one-half of them would have to
Etay until tho others came back. Of
coarso L'Olonnois went in the bout, and
be reached the mouth of the Nicaragua
river. There bis party was attacked by
some Spaniards and Indians, who killed
more than half of them and prevented
tho others from landing. L'Olonnois
and the rest of his men got safely away.
and tbey might have sailed back to the
island where they bad left their com
rades, for there was now room enough
for them all. But instead they went to
tho coast of Cartagena.
The pirates left on the island by their
heartless companions were rescued by
buccaneering vessel, but L'Olonnois bad
now reached the end of hisVicked ca
On the shores where be lauded be did
not find prosperous villages and peace
ful inhabitants to be robbed, but instead
be camo upon a fierco tribe of Indians
called by tho Spuuiards "bravos,"
or wild men. These people would never
have anything to do with tho whites.
It was impossible to conquer them or to
pacify them. They bated whito men
They had heard of L'Olonnois and bis
buccaneers, and when they found this
notorious pirate upon their shores they
were rilled with a fury such as they had
never felt toward any other of bis race.
is early au of the buocaueers were
killed, and L'Olonnois, being taken
prisoner, was put to death with most
cruel tortures a futo of which ho had
no right to complain.
DR. LYMAN BEECHER.
The Great Preacher's Peculiar Habits In
Preparing; 111 l Sermons.
Dr. Lyman Beecher's peculiar habits,
shown by his method of preparing ser
mous, furo illustrated in Auuio Field's
latest book, "The Life and Letters of
Harriet Beeuher Stowe." In her words:
"If he vus to preach in the evening.
be vaa to bo seen all day talking with
whoever would talk, accessible to all,
full of everybody's affairs, bnsiness aud
burdens, till un hour or two before tho
time, when ho would rush up into bis
study (which ho always preferred should
be tho topmost room of tho bouse), and,
throwing orr his coat, after a swing or
two with tho dumbbells to settle the
balance of his muscles, be would sit
down aud dash ahead, making quanti-
tiss of hieroglyphic notes on small stub
bed bits of paper about as big as the
palm of his hand. The bells would be
gin to ring, and still be would write.
Tbey would toll loud and long, and his
wife would say, 'He will certainly be
late,' and then would be running up
and down stairs of messengers to see
that be was finished, till, just as tho
lant stroke of tho bell was dying away,
he would emerge from the study with
his coat verymnch awry and come
down the stairs like a hurricane, stand
impatiently protesting 'while female
hands that ever lay in wait adjusted his
cravat and settled bis coat collnr, call
ing loudly the whilo for a pin to fasten
together the stubbed little bits of paper
aforesaid, which being duly dropped
into the crown of his hat aud, hooking
wife or daughter liko a satchel on bis
arm, away he would start on such a
race through the streets as left neither
brain nor breath till the church was
gained. Then came the process of get
ting in through crowded aisles wedged
up with heads, the bustle and stir and
bush to look at him as, with a matter
of fact, businesslike push, be elbowed
bis way throngh them and np the pulpit
The Real Troth.
Some people deceive themselves with
the notion that if tbey have been denied
somo advantage which another has bad
the only dignified course for them in
life is to ridicule that advantage.
"It is a strange thing to me to dis
cover," said Mr. A. to air. that I
bave wanted a college education all my
life, and never bave known it until
"What brought it to your knowledge
at last?" asked Mr. Z., smiling.
"I perceived tbat there was a certan
bitterness in the light way in which I
always said, 'Well, as for me, I'm
beartily glad tbat I didn't go to col
lege.' " Youth's Companion.
The dexterity of a modern virtuoso's
fingers made a deep impression on an
eld farmer who was among the audience
at a "piano recital. Clapping both
bands suddenly down upon bis knees.
be was heard to exclaim, "I'd give f 100
to bav: that man pick peas for me!"
Xc SeJBciently Kzplicit.
Timkini Who is tbat solemn look
fiimkins Why. that's Crankleih.
the great society leader. . -
Timkini Society for the suppression j
j of what? Chicago Neva.
" Comedy Orf the Stage.' ' j
It was only a byplay at tno tneater
the other evening bat it was entertain
ing to a limited portion of the audience.
Behind the little lady with a diminu
tive hat that bad its chief beauty in its
daintiness sat a member of the sex with
amazonian nronortions and voluble
tongue. In a brief intermission of chat
tering to those about her sho happened
to look down and espy the pretty bead
trear which was a clear foot below her
ranee of vision with the stage. Bnt it
was a tempting opportunity.
Will yon kindly remove your hat?'
asked the one in tho rear as she leaned
forward and spoke in a noisy whisper,
"Certainly,"; answered the one m
front as she made rather a vicious
plunge for the anchoring pin. "I will
kindly take off my hat Will yon
kindly stop yonr talking and permit us
to bear this play?" -
For full five minutes there was un
broken silence, bnt it was a greater self
restraint than tho large woman could
endure, and her annoying whisperings
again began. Suddenly the one in front
stuck the little hat upon tho very sum
mit of ber bead and pinned it there. It
seemed to have grown taller aud of
greater circumference and looked just
like a defiant challenge worked into ar
The large woman was too mad to
talk, and there w-as suppressed titter
ing while those around beamed on tho
littla woman and were sore tempted to
give ber a hand by way of applati.se.
Detroit Frco Press.
"Shabby Old Coat."
West Point was for tho last ten years
of bis life the summer borne of Gener
al '6cott,of whom Mrs. Sherwood, in
her "Keminisccnces, " pleasantly gos
Tho hero of tho Mexican war always,
on tho Fourth of July, woro his old
military coat, the ouo in which he rode
into the Mexican capital "on top of
picnic, " as bo used to say. "Very shab
by old coat, madam, very shabby old
coat I" the gratified old man would ex
claim as bo felt a lady's band laid gen
tly on his army as sho asked to touch
tho sacred cloth. Ho wore tho coat on
many historic days and was pleased to
shoulder his cane and fight his battles
Once, whilo telling tho story of Ar
nold's treason nnd pointing out from
tho hotel piazza tho spots associated
with tho traitor, ho said, referring to
Mrs. Arnold's devotion to her husband.
Sho clung like ivy to a worthless
Labor, to Spanish pride, was the
badge of inferiority, to bo escaped in
every possible way, says Henry C Lea
in Tho Atlantic. This national aversion
to labor manifested itself in an indo
lence which rendered the pretenso of
working almost illusory. Dormer tells
ns of bis compatriots that they did not
work as in other lands. A few hours A
day, aud this intermittently, wero ex
pected to provido for them as much as
the incessant activity of tho foreigner.
To these drawbacks on productive in
dustry is to bo added the multitude of
feast days, which Navarrete estimates
at about one-third of tho working days,
rising to one-half at the critical season
of tho barvests feast days which, ac
cording to Archbishop Carrauza, wero
spent in a debauchery rendering them
especially welcome to the devil. Under
such conditions it was impossible for
Spain to withstand tho competition of
A Stingy Princess.
A much talked of princess of Europe
is Mathilde, nice of King Albert of Sax
ony. In addition to being lacking in
persona! charms, sbo is said to be ex
ceedingly stingy, wearing the common
est apparel in order to save a few cents
All seasons find ber clothed in the
cheapest nnd ugliest of frarmeuts, and it
is asserted that sho has but one costume
in which sho is fit to bo seen at court
Notwithstanding her large income, she
dreads to iart with any portion of it
for anv -mrposo whatever, and haggles
over every purchase sho makes. Years
ago she was to bave been married to
Rudolph of Austria, and tho engage
ment was announced, bnt when h i saw
her he fled to Vienna, und poor Ma
thildo dropped into the ranks of Eu
rope s uziinarnr-geabie princesses, be
coming stingier than ever.
Chairman of the Cigar Company.
Two small boys, walking down Tot
tenham Court road, passed a tobacco
nist's shop. Tho bigger remarked, "I
say, Bill, I've got a ha'penny, and if
you've got one, too, we'll bave a penny
smoke between us."
Bill produced bis copper, and Tom
my, diving into the shop, promptly re
appeared with a penny cigar iw his
mouth. The boys walked si do by side
for a few minutes, when tho smaller
mildly said: "I say, Tom, when am I
to have a puff? The weed's half mine. "
Oh, you shut up! was the busi
nesslike reply. "I'm the chairman of
this company, and yon are only a share-
bolder. Yoa can spit." "Collect Tons
On the Safe Side.
Green I suspect that Gray is mak
ing lots of money. He is promoting
that concern forthe manufacture of left
handed wheel barrows.
Black Pshaw I A man never gets
back the money bo pnts into snch things
Green Just so. Gray doesn't own
any of the stock himself. Boston Tran
script. A Proper Answer.
"Why," be asked once when they
were quite alone and the twilight was
deepening into night, "do women al-.
ways cry at weddings?"
The look of withering disdain sho
gavo him gradually softened as pity
took possession of ber heart.
"Because, " she finally answered, not
I unkindly. Detroi t Journal.
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