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THE ARGUS, -FRIDAY,. 'tftjBUUARY 14,-1908.
NEW WAR CRAFT
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Formidable Toroedo Boats De
signed to Carry Maxim's
NO DIG GUNS TO BE USED
Experts Say Maximite Will Propel
Projectiles with Unerring Aim
at Seven Miles.
As a result of tbe Invention by Hud
eon Maxim of a new ami powerful ex
plosive known as maximite, which can
be used as the propelling power for
torpedoes, the navy department isi
drafting plans for a battleship which
will le a complete revolution in that
type of warship, snys a Washington
dispatch to the Kansas City Star.
The torpedo now In use is propelled
by compressed air. but this has a limit.
The maximite torpedo would have the
means within itself by reason of the
secret powder it will hold to generate
a gas as its propulsive power.
The new ship instead of big guus
will have broadside batteries of tor
pedoes of the highest speed. These
torpedoes can le propelled at a speed
of sixty miles an hour, are unerring in
aim up to seven miles and cannot be
dherted from their course.
The great weight now utilized for
big guns, barbettes, superimposed tur
rets and batteries will be put into addi
tional armor plate, especially along the
water line. The new vessel will carry
only a secondary battery of lung range
rapid fire guns for use In repelling tor
pedo boat attacks. It is believed with
Its battery of torpedoes it wtll bo able
to destroy anil sink any war vessel
within range of it before the guns of
the enemy can be.jnade effective.
Cot: I1 Fire HO Toriicilooit.
Such a vessel of the size of the pres
ent battleship could be provided with a
broadside of, say, fifty torpedoes, ef
fective at from 10,0X to 12.(KX yards,
and with the increased armor it could
. fearlessly approach within two milej
of the greatest guns now known to any
navy. The discharge of a broadside of
toredoes at that distance would de
moralise a whole fleet of Dread
noughts. It Is also pointed out by ex
perts that If it should happen that the
new torpedo battleship should ever get
Into clnse quarters it could, if so pro
vided, launch a submarine boat or two.
and a sea fight would be summarily
finished in favor of the new warship.
Naval experts sny that the proposed
Idea Is worth putting into practice. The
ship could be built for about $S.MH),(M10.
which 13 $2,000,000 less than the cost
of a Dreadnought. Its fighting value
would bo twofold first, ability to ap
proach the biggest warships now
afloat or to lie built within, the, next
Bu STEWART EDWARD WHITE
And SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS
COPYRIGHT. 1907. BY McCLURE, PHILLIPS
Kynnpnln of PrecrilloK hnptcrn.
CHAITKU I. The olllcers of the
1'nlti-il States ship Wolverine, cruising
in the. I'aeilic, are mystitk-d by a
Ktr:tngt radiance which appears sud
denly on Oip face of the sea and van
ishes as suddenly. The odieers discuss
the strange disappearance, two years
previously, of the schooner LnushinK
Iass. chartered Iiy Dr. Scliermerlioin,
CHAPTER If The Wolverine picks
tip the I.auKhhiK lass. with everything
shipshape save that there is no living
t'HAPTKR III. Ensign Edwards is
sent aboard the Laughing Lass with a
tiiAtTKH iv. rue wolverine sees
the strange light again. In a volcanic
mist the Laughing Lass drifts away
and is found again with no one on
board and her boats untouched.
i iiAt'lbu v. A second prize crew
Is sent aboard the schooner. The mvs
terloiiH light is seen again, and the
Wolverine discovers a volcano in full
eruption. The Laughing: Lass vanishes
CHAPTER VI The Wolverine picks
tip a dory belonging to the Laughing
jass. it contains Kalph Slade, a lour
nalist Known to have been witli Scher-
inev '-orn. and the corpse of the Wolver
ine's bo's'n's mate, who had gone with
r.dwnrcls. .Slade is in very bad ennui
tion from fever, thirst and exhaustion.
CHAPTER VII Slade recovers and
directs the Wolverine's course toward
the volcanic island, on which -he de
clares a man named Harrow is maroon
ed. Slade begins to tell his story to
the officers of the Wolverine.
CHAPTER VIII Slade' h story. lie
ships under the name Eagen. as mate
aboard the Laughing liss. Captain Sel
' over, commander, after the schooner
had been engaged by Schermerhorn for
two years, her destination being un
known. The doctor displays extraor
dinary care in taking aboard a heavy
brass bound chest.
CHAPTER IX. Slade makes the ac
quaintance of Handy Solomon, a pirati
cal looking seaman with a steel hook
in place of a right hand, and his four
mates. The crew show an unusual In
terest in a book on alchemy. The Laugh
ing Lass leaves San Francisco.
CHAPTER X. Slade discovers a col
lection of arms in the captain's cabin.
Hoth Captain Selover and Darrow.
Schermerhorn's assistant, are ignorant
of the schooner's destination.
CHAPTER XI. The crew believes
that the doctor is in search of treas
ure. CHAPTER Xlt. Captain Selover
overawes the crew. , Slade and a negro
sailor overhear Schermerhorn tell Dar
row lie has the secret of the transmuta
tion of metals locked up in his brass
bound chest. The negro tells the crew.
Captain Selover is indifferent to the
men's plotting, but gives Slade a re
volver. CHAPTER XIII. Landing is made on
an uncharted isiaiid, with u volcano in
partial action. The wreck of the C.old-
tti lioru is discovered, Darrow picks
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"vp years; second', "tlie specially formi
dable class of torpedoes of unerring
aim and great velocity would be of far
greater destructive capacity than the
guns of a dozen of the present battle
ships. It is understood that If the govern
ment should adopt the view of Repre
sentative Hobsou, which was Indorsed
by the president, for an annual ex
penditure of ?."0,(KpO,000, or would make
one special appropriation of $50,000,000
for the navy, the navy department wlii
construct one torpedo battleship as an
otit a small valley in which he and the
professor are to stay.
ERCY DA It HOW, unexpected,
made his first visit to us the
very next evening. He p-aun-tered
In with a Mexican corn
husk cigarette lietween his lips, carry
ing a lantern, blew the light out and
sat down with a careless greeting, as
though he had seen us only the day
"Hullo, boys," said he, "been busy?"
"How are ye, sir';" replied Handy
Solomon. "Good Lord, mates, look at
Our eyes followed the direction of
his forefinger. Against the dark blue
of the evening sky to northward glow
ed a faint phosphorescence, arch shap
ed, from which shot, with pulsating
regularity, long shafts of light. They
beat almost to the zenith and hack
again t half dozen times; then the
whole illumination disappeared with
the suddenness of gas turned out.
"Now, I wonder what that might
be?" marveled Thrackles.
"Northern lights," hazarded Tulz.
"I've seen them almost like that in
the Reriug seas."
"Northern lights your eye!" sneered
Handy Solomon. "You may have seen
them In the Reriug seas, but never
this far south and In August, and you
can kiss the book on that."
"What do you think, sir?" Thrackles
inquired of the assistant.
"Devil's fire," replied Tercy Dar
row briefly. "The island's a little
queer. I've noticed it liefore."
"Debbil fire," repeated the nigger.
Darrow turned directly to him.
"Yes, devil's fire, and devils, too, for
all I know, and certainly vampires.
Did you ever hear of vampires, doc
tor?" "No," growled the nigger.
"Well, they are women, wonderful,
beautiful: women. A man on a long
voyage would just smack his lips to
see them. They have shiny gray eyes
and lips red as rasplerrles.. When you
meet them they w ill talk with you and
go home with you. And then when
you're asleep thex tety a. UlUe hole In
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lips. When they aren't women they
take the shape of big bats like birds."
He turned to me with so beautifully
casual an air that I wanted to clap
him on the back with the joy of it.
"By the way, Eagen, have you no
ticed those big bats the last few even
ings over by the cliff? I can't make
out in the dusk whether they are
vampires or just plain bats." He di
rected his remarks again to the nig
ger. "Next time you see any of those
big bats, doctor, just you notice close.
If they have just plain black eyes
they're all right,- -but--If--they hnve
gray eyes, with red rims around "em.
they're vampires. I wish you'd let
me know if you do find out. It's in
teresting." "Don get me near no bats," growled
Where's Selover?" inquired Dar
"He stays aboard," I hastened to say.
"Wants to keep an eye on the ship."
"That's laudable. Wliat have you
"We've been cleaning ship. Just
finished yesterday evening."
"We were thiuking of wrecking the
"Quite right. Well, if you waut any
help with your engines or anything of
the sort, call me."
He arose and began to light his lan
tern. "I hope as how you're getting on well
there above, sir?" ventured Handy
"Very well, I thank you," replied
Tercy Darrow dryly. "Remember
those vampires, doctor."
He swung the lantern and departed
without further speech. We followed
the spark of it until it disappeared in
Behind us lellowed the sea. Over
against us In the sky was the dull
threatening glow of the volcano. About
us were mysterious noises of crying
lilrds, barking seals, rustling or rush
Ing winds. I felt the thronging ghosts
of all the old world's superstition swirl
Ing madly behind us in the eddies that
twisted the smoke of our fire.
w e wrecked the Golden Horn. For
ward wns a rusted out donkey engine,
which we took, to pieces and put to
gother again. It was no mean job,
for all the running parts had to be
cleaned smooth and with the excep
tion of a rudimentary knowledge on
the part of Tulz and Perdosa we were
ignorant. In ftict we should not have
succeeded at all had it not been for
Percy Darrow and his lantern. The
first evening we took him over to the
cliff's edge lie laughed aloud.
"Jove, boys, how could you guess it
all wrong?" he wondered.
With a few brief words he set us
right, Pulz, Perdosa and I listening in
tently, the others indifferent in the
hopelessness of being able to compre
ncna. . ut course we went wrong
again In our next day's experiments,
but Darrow was down two or three
times a week and gradually we edged
toward a practical result.
His explanations consumed but
few moments. After they were fin
ished we adjourned to the fire. .
Thus we came gradually to a better
acquaintance with the doctor's assist
ant In many respects be - remained
always a puzzle to me. Certainly the
men never knew how to take him. He
was evidently not only unafraid of
them, but genuinely Indifferent to
COME TO THIS
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Yet ho displayed a certain interest
, in their needs and affairs. His nracti-
cal knowledge was enormous. I think
I have told you of tho' completeness of
his arrangements. Everything had
been foreseen from grindstones to gas
nippers. The same quality of concrete
speculation showed him what we lack
ed In our own. lives.
There was, as you remember, the
matter of Handy Solomon's steel claw.
He showed Thrackles a kind of Jan
yard knot that deep sea person had
never used. ' He taught Captain Sel
over how to make soft soap out of one
species of seaweed. Me lie initiated in
the art of fishing with a white bone
lure. Our camp itself lie reconstruct
ed on scientific lines 'so that we en
joyed less aromatic smoke and more
palatable dinner. And all of it he did
amusedly, as though Lis ideas were al
most too obvious to need communica
tion. We became in a manner intimate
with him. He guyed the men in his
indolent fashion, playing on their cre-
lulity, their good nature, even their
forbearance. They alternately grinned
and scowled. He left always a con
fused Impression, so that no one really
knew whether ho cherished rancor
against Percy Darrow or kindly feel
The nigger was Darrow's especial
prey. Ihe assistant had e:;riy discov
ered that the cook was given to signs.
omens and superstitions.
From a curious- scholar's lore he
drew fantastics with which to torment
his victim. We hoard of all the witch
es, warlocks, Incubi, succubae, harpies,
devils. Imps and haunters of Avitchi,
from all the teachings of history, sa
cred and profane, Hindoo. Egyptian.
Greek, mediaeval, Swedenborg, ttosi-
crucian, theosophy, theology, with ev
ery last ounce of horror, mystery, shiv
ers and creeps squeezed out of them
They were gorgeous ghost stories, for
they were told by a man fully Inform
ed as to all the legendary and grew
some details. At first I used to think
he might have communicated it more
effectively. Then I saw that the cool,
drawling manner, the level voice, were
in reality the highest art.
He told his stories in a half amused,
detached manner, .which imposed con
fidence more readily than any amount
of earnest asseveration. Ihe mere
fact of his own belief in what he said
came to matter little. He was tue
vehicle by which was brought ae
curate knowledge. He had rend a'l
these things and now reported them
as he had read. Each man could de
cide for himself as to their credibility,
At last the donkey engine was clear
ed and reinstalled atop the cliff. The
nigger built under her a fire of black
walnut. Captain Selover ..handed out
grog all around, and we started her up
with a cheer just to see the wheels re
volve. Next ' we "half buried 'some long
hatches, end up, to serve as bitts for
the lines, hitched our cables to them
and joyfully commenced the task e
pulling the Golden Horn piece by
piece up the side of the cliff.
The stores were badly damaged by
the wet, and there was no liquor, for
which I was sincerely grateful. We
broke into the boxes .and arrayed our
selves ia various garments which
speedily fell to pieces and appropri
ated glmcracks of all sorts. There
were some arms, but the ammunition
had gone bad. - Perdosa out of forty
or fifty misfires got one feeble sputter
and a tremendous bang which blew
up his piece, leaving only "the stock
in his hand. A few tinned goods were
edible, but all the rest was destroyed.
A lot of hard wood-, a thousand feet
of chain cable and a fairly good an-
Ichor might be considered as prizes.
As for the rest, it was foolishness, but
we hauled it up just the same until
nothing at all remained. Then we
shut off the donkey engine and put on
dry clothes. We had leon quite hap
py for tho eight months.
It was now well along toward spring.
The winter had been like summer, and
with the exception of a few raius of
a week or so we had enjoyed beauti
ful skies. The seals had thiuned out
considerably, but were now returning
in "vast numlers ready for their an
nual domestic arrangements.
Our Sundays we had mostly spent
in resting or in fishijitr. There were
I gasped with dismay at the man's coU
many deep sea fish to lie nad, or great
palatabllity, but small gameness. They
came like so many leaden weights. A
few of us had climbed some of the
hills In a half hearted curiosity, but
from their summits saw nothing to
tempt weariness. Tractlcaily we knew
nothing beyond the mile or so of heath
on which we lived.
Captain Selover had made a habit of
coming ashore at least once during the
day. He had contented hiraself with
standing aloof, but I took pains to
seem to confer with him, so that the ,
men might suppose that I, as mate,
was engaged In carrying out his di
rections. The dread of him was my
most potent Influence over them.
During the last few days of our
wrecking Captain Selover had omitted
his daily visit. The. fact made me un
easy, so that at my first opportunity
I sculled myself out to the schooner.
I found bim, moist eyed as usual, lean
ing against the mainmast doing noth
ing. "We've finished, sir," said I.
lie looked at me.
"Will you come ashore and havea
look, sir?" I inquired. ,
"I ain't going ashore again," he mut
"What!" I cried.
"I ain't going ashore again," he, re
peated, obstinately, "and that's all there
Is to it. It's too much of a strain on
any man. suit yourself. You run
O IT 3 Rock
them.' I shipped as enptain of a ves
sel. I'm no dock walloper. I won't do
it for no man!"
I gasped with dismay at the man's
complete moral collapse. It seemed
incredible. I caught myself wonder
ing whether he 'would recover tone
were he again to put to sea.
'Man, you must!" I cried at last.
'I won't, and that's flat," said he
and turned deliberately on his heel and
disappeared in the cabin.
I went ashore thoughtful and a little
scared. But on reflection I regained
a great part of my ease of mind. You
see, I. had been-with these men now
eight months, during which they had
been as orderly as so many primary
schoolboys. They had worked hard,
without grumbling, and had even ap
proached a sort of friendliness about
the campfire. My first impression was
overlaid. As I looked back on the
voyage with what I took to be a clear
er vision I could not but admit that
the incidents were in themselves triv
ial enough a natural exejtement by
a superstitious negro, a little tall talk
that meant nothing. It must have been
the glamour of the adventure that had
deceived me that and the unusual
stage setting and costuming. Certain
ly few men would work bard for eight
months without a murmur,' without a
chance to look about them. ,
In that of course I was deceived by
my inexperience. I realized later the
wonderful effect Captain Selover threw
away with his empty brandy bottles.
The crew might grumble and plot dur
ing the watch below, but when Cap
tain Ezra Selover said work they
worked. He had been saying work for
eight mouths. They had from force
of experience obeyed him. It was all
(To be Continued).
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