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The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, November 29, 1912, Image 2

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Military experts are eagorly look
ing up details as to tho career of
SavofT of Bulgaria, conqueror of tho
TurkB. In four days, out of the
shadows of tho Balkans, ho has risen
to cmlnonco ainong European mili
tary commanders. HIa campaign in
Thrace, leading southward In a sorles
of desperately fought and brilliantly
maneuvered battles to tho gatos of
Constantinople, has written a now
chapter In tho science of warfare.
Tho great "turning movement,"
the speed with which ho moved hla
forces, his marvelous success In keep
ing his hoavlest artillery apaco with
Infantry and cavalry are all Bcparato
chapters of a dramatic war yet to bo
Turning to tho man himself, thoro
Is tho most meager Information con
corning him. Tho situation called for
ono of his abilities and ho responded.
All that la known of him Is that ho
Is yet a young man, bolng only forty-
two years old. Ho Is a native Bulgarian, a graduate of tho Bulgarian mili
tary school, who later took special courses In military science at St. Peters
burg, Paris and Borlln He is of medium height, dark like all Slavs, lithe,
sinewy, endowed with tremendous energy, Impetuous and gallant
mi'-, szZMt IKS!
Wm & W$.
, t?&
down to tho sea in ships? Will ho not rather
givo an ear to tho tales of strange things seen
and boltovcd by sailor-folk? N
It la tho writer's pleasure to wasto tinio sailing
tho sea in a small craft, usually alone. Upon one
of thoso voyages, having anchored upon tho odgo
of tho Noro Sands, ho awoke In tho middle of tho
night to find hlmsalf enshrouded by a thick fog
erlo enough, tho uninitiated rcador will doubttcBs
think. Upon looking out at tho blank woolly
wall of fog that surrounded him, ho distinctly
lioard his own namo hallqd acrosB tho water.
No othor crntt was nenr. This struck him as bo
lng so pocullar that ho mentioned It to a friend
when ho arrived at ono of tho llttlo anchorages,
1 and tho skipper of a bargo, chancing to overhear,
nald: "That's tho ol' gon'loman of tho Noro I
Often of foggy nights yo may 'car 'lm a-yoHlng
Rht in a kind o' 'olplcBS way, but sometimes Ms
language la something horful. Thoy say as 'e
was a flrat mate wot dropped overboard and
Hwnm to tho panda, where 'o walked about until
Mio tldo roao an' drowndod 'lm."
Upon another occasion I was sailing along tho
coaBt of Franco, under the cliffs upon which
stands Oris Nez HghthotiBo, which Is nbout tho
most powerful llgh In tho world. It waH a very
dark night, and tho revolving rays of tho light-
ho,UBo kopt flashing upon the sails of my boat,
lighting them like a poworful soarchllght, until
proceeding nlong tho course I got out of tholr
range. Tho strange offoct had boon forgotten,
only to bo remembered In tlmo to provont mo
"from becoming a firm bollevor In ghosts. Thoro
out at sea a ghostly ship was sailing; alio was
rather too modem, porhapB, to be n real ghost,
for ovory Ball net llko a glovo ghost ships woro
mover particular In this rcBpoct lndood, oho was
ono of thoso flno ships out of GlaBgow which aro
tho last words in sailing craft.
Prom apparently nowhere a ship had como
.a ship uncannily glowing with au unnatural light.
Her sallB woro surely cobwebs and her ropoa
wcro spider strings l
J tSMrango Bights and sounds frequently como tho
way ot seafarers.
Tho grovelling hlsBlng sea, breaking through
tho night. Its appearanco Is ghastly gray; It
comes from nowhere, It fadoa away soon after.
What could not tho Imagination wcavo It Into?
Shupo or sound of spirits chased by tho Evil One,
tho dying wlfo with arms outstretched, or sound
of mothor'a voice. Moreover, such messages as
noa sounds glvo have frequently como from tho
doad; tho howl of tho raging gale, or the mur
mur of tho gentlo breezo through tho halyards,
have borne tho departing message in words that
wero exactly thoso tho lost ono whispered last.
To tho mind of ono who knows tho sea, It
would aocm strange that sailors aro not mora
-nuporstltloua than thoy are, and thoro aro cor
tatnly many rcasonablo exciiBos tor tholr belief
tn such Btorlos as that of tho Flying Dutchman.
A patoh ot Bwlrltng vapor through tho rigging ot
his ship upon a dark night Imagination doea
tho rest; ho has neon tho Flying Dutchman.
Cornelius Vanderdecken, a Dutch navigator of
long ngo, was making a passago from Batavla.
For days and da'H ho encountered heavy gales
and baffling head 'winds while trying to round tho
Capo of Good Hope. Strugglo against tho winds
.as ho would, ho lost ns much on ono tack as ho
galnod upon tho othor. Struggling vainly for
nlno hopoleSH wcoks, ho ultimately found himself
(it tho samo position n ho was In at first, tho
ship having mado no progress. Vandordockon,
In a fit of wrath, throw himsolf on hlo knoos
upon tho deck and cursed tho
Dolty, swearing that ho would
round tho capo If It took him
till tho day of Judgment. There
upon camo a fair wind, ho
squared his yards and set off,
but although Ills ship plowed
through tho seas he mado no
headway, for tho Dolty had tak
on him at his word and doomed
him to Ball tho seaB for over.
Superstition has It that tho appearanco of tho
phantom ship leads to certain and swift misfor
tune. Old sailors will toll ot tho ship of tho Flying
Dutchman bowling along in tho very teeth of
tho wind, and of her overtaking their own ship
which was beating to windward. Somo of them
say thoy have seon her sail clean through tholr
ship, tho swirling films of her sails and rigging
leaving a cold clammy fooling llko tho touch of
Cornwall In tho old days was remarkable for
Its wrockors, and its rock-bound coast was tho
scono of mnny ovil deeds. Tho Prlos't's Cove
wreckor during hla evil llfo lured many vessels
to tholr doom upon tho cruel shore by means of
a falso light hung round tho nock of a hobbled
horse, To this day tho good Cornish folk will
toll you of tho phantom of the wreckor soon when
tho winds howl and tho seas rage high, carried
clinging to a log of wood upon tho crests of tho
breaking seas, and how it Is sent crashing upon
tho rocks, whero In tho seething foam it disap
pears from sight.
Tho wldo strotchlng sand-choked estuary of
tho Solway has many a ghost story and more
than ono phantom ship.
Tho "Spectral Shallop" Is tho ghoBt of a ferry
boat which wob wrecked by a rival ferryman while
carrying a bridal party across tho bay. Tho
ghostly boat is rowed by tho Bkolcton of tho
cruel forryman, and such ships as are so un
lucky aB to oncountor this ghastly pilot are
usually doomed to bo wrecked upon tho sands.
No monoy would tompt tho Solway fishermen
to go out, to meet tho two DanlBh sea-rovers
whoso Bhlps, upon cloar nights, nro Been gliding
up ono of tho narrow channols which thread tho
drlod-out Bunds, tho high-curved prows and rows
ot shiolds along tho gunwale glittering tn tho
moonlight. These two piratical ships, It seems,
ran Into tho Solway and dropped anchor there,
when a sudden furlouB storm camo up and tho
BhlpB, which woro heavily laden with plunder,
Bank nt tholr moorings with all tho villains
which composed their crows.
Among tho rocks upon the rugged coast of
Korry was found one wlntor morning, early In
tho eighteenth century, a largo galleon, mastloss
and desortod. Tho Kerry wreckers crowded
aboard, and wild was tholr Joy, for tho ship was
laden with Ingots of silver from the Spanish
Main. Thoy gradually filled their boats until the
gunwales woro almost down to tho wator'a edge,
and hastily thoy pullod to tho Bhoro In ordor that
thoy might roturn for further lngota boforo tho
tldo roao and floated the ship away. Nearlng tho
' ahoro a hugo tidal wavo broke over boats and
Bhlp, and when tho wavo had passed, tho horri
fied women watching on Bhoro Baw no sign ro
malnlng ot boats, men or ship.
Wild horses would not get a Korry fisherman
to visit tho scono ot this disaster upon tho anni
versary of tho day tho grim tragedy took place,
for only bad luck haB como to Hiobo who have
soon tho re-onactmont of tho affair, which Kerry
folk bellovo takes placo upon that day.
Tho Nowhaven ghost ship signified her own
doom. A ship built at Nowhaven In January,
1G47, having sailed away upon her maldon voy
ago, was thought to have been loBt nt sea. whon
ono ovonlng In Juno, during a furious thunder
storm, tho well-known ship was slghtod sailing
Into tho rlvor mouth but straight Into tho eye
of tho wln.d until sho ncarod tho town, when
slowly alio faded from tho sight of tho peoplo
who crowdod ou shoro to watch hor, Tho ap
parition was significant tho Bhlp was never
heard of again.
Tho rocky coasts of Hew England aro haunted
by many ghost ships. The Palatine Is tho best
known specter. Tho coasters and fishermen of
Long Island Sound will toll you that when a sight
of her la gotten, disastrous and long-lasting
stormB will follow. Tho Palatine, a Dutch trader,
misled by falso lights shown by wreckers, ran
ashore tipon Block Island In tho year 1752. Tho
wreckers, when they had stripped tho vessel,
set her on flro In order to conceal their crime.
As tho tldo lifted her and carried her flaming
out to sea, agonizing shrieks came from tho
blaze, and the figure ot a woman who had hid
den herself In tho hold in fear ot the wreckers
stood out black amid the roaring blaze. Then
tho deck fell In and ship and woman vanished.
Tho whaling in Nantucket, as you will rcmejm
her, waB In Its palmy days carried on almost en
tirely by Quakers. Ono Sunday evening a meet
ing was in progress; tho' simple service seemed
as though It might pass, and tho spirit moved
nono of the company. Tho elder Friend was Ju,st
about to offor his hand to his neighbor in tho
closing ot thb meeting, when a stranger rose
and declared that tho Lord's wrath was upon a
cortaln whaling ship, and that ho had seen her
In a 'vision descending a hugo wavo from tho
hollow of which sho never rose. Tho meeting
closed hurriedly, but tho speaker could not be
found, and tho ship was never heard of.
Some of tho best ghost stories aro thoso which
1 tho writer has heard from tho simple folk of the
salt marshes. It is hardly possible to describe
those, droary districts, for whon ono has Bald
thoy aro flat, atrotchlng for miles, and rather
subject to mlstB, ono has said pretty well all that
Is to bo said tho rest muBt bo felt. Howovor,
Just as thoro Is a call of tho sea, bo thoro is a
call of tho marshland. You shall go Into tho
saltern and feel Its moist breath upon your cheek
and tho breath of Its salty winds and tho ozone
of its calms. You shall bo lost In Its vastness,
and, threading Its Innumerable twisted narrow
waterways, which lead to nowhore, yo shall
tread Its carpet of scentless flowers. You shall
go to Its vory odgo where tho sea cornea often
most, and whero tho flowers decaying leave tholr
rust-colored remains. Thoro you shall meat mud,
and the cry of tho curlew shall mock as you
flounder In its filth. Tho moon shall cotno up
refracted by the mist Into unrecognizable shape,
which shall bo blood color. Vou shall be a gray
shape, differing llttlo from tho common things
thnt aro thero, for you shall bo enshrouded by
fog; nay, It shall sink Into your very soul, until
you aro not flesh and bonos, but a particle of
fog yourself. You shall listen to Its silences; you
shall be told things by them, and, strdng man
that you aro, you shall bo afraid.
Is it to be wondorod at, thon, that these slmplo
Essex marsh-dwellers remomber Btuh talcn as
that of tho young skipper, homo from a long
voyage, whoso haato to embrace his wife, and tho
babo he had not yet seen, bid him to go tho nearer
way of tho marshes? The talo has It that In
crossing a narrow gutway. near Pltsea, ho sank
In tho mud. So dooply did ho sink that ho could
not oxtrlcato himsolf; the moro ho struggled the
deeper ho sank, and with tho horror of knowing
that tho tldo was rising and would como stealing
up tho creek, ho shouted. As tho tldo rose higher
mo louuor woro nis screams. Tho salterns near
Pltsea aro lonoly; tho cries woro heard only by
a half-witted peat-cutter, who often in his less
Banc moments hoard such screams and thought
no moro of tho matter So tho shrioks became
gurgles, and by tho tlmo tho tldo had lifted the
peat-cutter's punt thoy had coased.
Tho older folk at this stage ot tho storv as
sumo a mysterious air, and, with largeoyed
glanclngs athwart tholr shouldors, will toll you
that tho skipper's shrieks aro heard on starlit
nights as tho tldo glides up that creek
So here aro my ghost storlos. and If I some
times bo lovo In them whon I sail all alono on
tho midnight doop, you win not laugh at mo.
Speaking at tho now lord mayor's
Inaugural banquet tho other night,
Prime Minister Asqulth made the
emphatic statement that he belloved
It to bo the general opinion of Europo
that the Balkan states should not be
robbed of tho fruits of their victory.
Promler Asqulth referred to tho
unsuccessful efforts of tho powers o
prevent tho conflict and to tho groat
changes the war had mado In tho map
of Europo, and continued:
"In theso anxious times it Is satis
factory to be able to announce that
tho relations of England with tho
other powers, without a single excep
tion, wero never moro friendly and
"Tho great powers aro working
together with a closenesa of touch
and a frankness of discussion which
la remarkable and which may seem
almost unintelligible to thoso who be
lieve that because, for certain pur
poses, tho powers have been and aro
ranged in different groups, they must, therefore, in a tlmo of European crislB,
bo arrayed In opposlto camps
"The map of Europo will havo to be recast, and nowhere Is there a dis
position to belittle the magnitude of tho strugglo or dlsputo tho decisiveness
of tho result
"England has no direct lntorost In tho exact form which tho political
and territorial redistributions may ultimately take. The special relations of
tho other powers, geographical, economic, ethical and historical, with tho
scene of the conflict, aro such that thoy cannot bo expected not to claim a
voice when tho time comes for a permanent settlement."
That each woman who bears a
child shall receive a pension of $25
is ono of tho provisions of a bill
which Mrs. Ellen Spencer Mussey,
tho dean of tho Washington College
of Law the only exclusively women's
law school in tho country Is advo
cating beforo congress.
Mrs. Mussey's bill contains a num
ber of unique provisions, all putting
a premium on motherhood. Sho
would provide tho mother not only
with ?25 for every child born, but
would havo tho government allow
mothers $2.50 a week for throe
months beforo and three months
after tho birth of a child. In addition
to this a woman forty-five years old
with six children should also get a
pension, the amount not yet bolng
Mrs. Mussoy, in discussing her
bill, said that much of the blame for
the white Blave traffic in this country
could be laid to tho failuro ot mothers
to properly Instruct their growing daughters.
Tho sponsor for this bill Is ono of tho most prominent women In profes
sional llfo in the United States. Sho has been a practitioner bofore tho
Supremo Court of tho United States for fifteen ycarB, and sho was at ono
time a member of tho school board of Washington and was the most promi
nent flguro lp that board.
Dr. Emll G. Hirsch, preaching to
tno young Jows of Chicago, who aro
''departed from orthodoxy and lacking
religious anchorago," under tho aus
pices of tho People's Synagogue asso
ciation, created a sensation whon ho
denounced tho dovotlon to "supersti
tious observance that characterizes
orthodoxy In somo of Its manifesta
tions, and said:
"I urge you that, Instead ot ponder
ing about tho observance ot tho
dietary laws, abstaining from certain
foods, you lead lives of righteousness
and holp to spread our religion among
Jho peoplo. Wo believe in ono God
and that God In spiritual form. Let
us carry his word to our brothren.
"Tho Roformed Jewish church has
nothing to do with obsolete forms of
religion. It has to do with tho unifi
cation of the peoples of tho earth un
der one God, nnd tho koshprlng ot
meat Is far less Important In our
scheme ot things than tho reacuo of
human bolngs from moral, Intellectual and spiritual chaos.
"Tho pork chop is just as much my meat as your meat or any man's
meat Tho ouly thing I havo against pork chops Is their price. No super
Btitlon that tabooes pork has any torrors for mo or any othor roformed Jow.
"Wo havo nothing to do with undent and abandoned tribal Juju. Wb do
not bollovo that tho hog was tho ancestor ot any branch of tho Jowlsh, race,
and thla la the Basis of tho superstition that taboooa pork in orthodox

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