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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE. NEBRASKA.
1 I..... M UniNO tho contlnuanco of the present war thoro havo boen recordod scores of actB of gallantry and high heroism by tho sailors of nearly all the natlonB ongagod. Tho complete chango that has been mado In tho vessels of war within tho last "thirty yoars has had no effect apparently upon tho Bailor. Ho Is tho samo foarless and self-sacrificing fighter against man and tho olomonta that over ho was. In tho North sea and In tho Modi torranoan wo read almost dally ol feats of con spicuous personal gallantry on tho part of tho modern seamen. Sailors aro said to bo much alike tho world ovor. Tho .United Statos Is not engaged In war, but If It woro It Is believed that our drcadnaughts would bo manned by tho samo kind of mon that mado famous tho Constitution, tho Constellation, tho Kcarsargo, the Hartford and tho other old frlgatos and ships or tho lino. In tho navy department In Washington thero aro tho records of American Bailors' daring on many high occasions. Tho seaman always Is In danger, bolng compelled to engago in InBtant war with tho elemonts. So It Is that where thore Is pcaco on land tho sailor Is novor Buro of peace at ea. Wind, tho wavo and tho lightning always seomlngly aro ready to declare hostilities, and then thoro aro tho other porlls of tho deop tho doroUct, tho rock, and, when tho fog hangs heavy, tho moving ahlp whoso warning signals havo been unheard or havo been misunderstood. In tho whole record of serious dlsastors which havo ovortakon Dnclo Sam's ahips In tlmo of poaco thoro In not to bo found ono Instance of lack of discipline, careloBBncss, or cowardice Tho stories touching tho bearing of ofllcors and crows of American vossols ovortakon by tem pestuous seas, wreckod or cut to tho water's odgo by collision, aro such as to make every American fool that thero has boon no degenoracy In dis cipline since tho days of tho oldor Porter, Daln brldgo and Decatur. In tho number of mon lost the accldont to tho Malno loads all the other casualltles In that part of tho navy'a record written In tlmo of poaco. In tho first month of tho year 1870 tho Unltod States Btoam sloop of-war Oneida went to tho bot tom of tho bay of Yoddo, carrying with It 24 offlcora and 152 mon. It is questionable whothor tho account of tho Iobs ot this vohsoI bo ploaBant reading for British oyos. It was a dark night and a foggy ono. Tho British merchant stearaor Bombay crashod into tho atom of tho American vessol and practically carrlod away Its wholo quarter. ) Tho British stoamor was unlnjurod. It pro cdodod on its way, rofuslng to answer tho halls to "Btand by" which camo from tho dock of tho Oneida. A largo number of tho Onolda'B boata woro Btovo in and rondorod usoloss. Inu u-hat woro loft 30 mon, told off, woro placed. Thon tho remainder took their places woll forward and awaited death. In loss than llftoon minutes from tho tlmo of tho collision tho Oneida sank. Capt. B. P. Williams commandod tho Onolda. Tho mon ho causod to bo placod In tho boats woro tho Bhlp'a sick. Tho surgeon was ordered to go with tho Invalids. Not cno man of thoso to whom death was a certainty murmured at tho captain's act. Tho surgeon and tho sick Baw tho mon standing on tho deck and foarlosaly awaiting tho fato which Boon camo. It Is, perhaps, forgotten today outsldo of naval circles that near Admiral Slcard, now deceased, onco lost, by wrecking, a vessol under his com mand, It happoned 48 years ngo last October, and tho scene of tho wrock was Ocoan Island, In tho South Pacific. Tho admiral was thon a llouton ant commander In chargo of tho United States Btoam sloop Saginaw. It was tho subsequent horotsm of an olllcor and four mon of tho Saginaw that marked tho account of this disaster as ono of tho bright pages of Amorlcan i aval history. Tho Saginaw ran on a roof In an unexplored soa. It wris on early hour In tho morning. Tho com manding ofllcor had boon on dock all night ..lort, knowing that ho was coming to tho vicinity of pcean island. Spood waa diminished tj four and thon to two and a half knotB, whilo soundings with tho load woro constantly made. Thoro was a breezo doad astern. Suddenly tho lookout called, "Breakers nhead!" Tho command 'ras given to back tho onglnos. Tho topsails htd boen sot for an hour and thoro was not power enough in tho vosaol'B steam plant to drivo tho uhlp back whllo tho wind In tho Ailed topsails drovo her, forward. Tho iaglnaw struck tho rocf, Ltovo a great holo in her bow, and tho crow woro compollod to toko to tho boats. TJiov savnd largo quautltloa of ntorea from tho wreck and with thrm lander on a desort island, hundreds of miles distant from tho noaroet point of posslblo communication with tho civilized world. Tho shipwrecked markers wero far out of tho ordinary courso of vessels and It Boomed probablo that only a baro chance cou'.d savo them from ultlmato starvation. After a week's stay on tho baro roof Lieutenant Commandor Slcard asked for five volunteors to man a small boat and undortako a perilous voy ago of 1,500 miles ovor a trackless ocoan to Hono lulu. Nearly ovory man In tho ship's company volunteored to nttompt a Journey of which thero Boomed but ono chanco In a hundred of successful accomplishment. Tho commanding offlcor chose Lloutonant Talbot to command tho forlorn hope, and choso for sorvlco under him Coxswain Wil liam Halford, fjeamon Peter Francis, James Mulr and John Androws. One of tho ship's boats was partly docked ovor with matorlal from tho wreck of tho Saginaw. A small mast was steppod and provisions and a compass woro put on board. Then tho expedition started whilo tho wrecked crow cheered from tho coral roof. Tho frail bark kept on its way day and night for a wook, offlcor and men taking turn nnd turn t about nt tho oars. At tlmos tho wind was with them and thon tho sail holped wondorfully. At other times, with tho broozo dead ahoad, thoy could not but creep along, working laboriously at tho oars. Finally a galo ovortook thom, and for two days and two nights thoy expected to bo ovorwholmod. Thoro was no sloep for any ono of tho llttlo com pany, and wnllo two tolled at tho oara to koop tho craft's head up to tho wind tho others balled. At last a resplto camo, nnd by lot ono man was soloctod to watch for an hour, whllo tho others fllopt. For 24 hours they lay to, trying to recover from tho effects of tho exortion of tho Btrugglo with tho olomonta. A largo part of tho provi sions had been almost ruined by ilea water and tho supply of frosh water ran short. Then thoro woro dayB of untold suffering. Tho food was Bait soaked and nauseous and created a burning thirst which tho mon did not dnro to fully gratify bo causo of tho shortness of tho water supply. Strength was rapidly leaving thom, and yet It was necessary to toll at tho oars. Lieutenant Talbot was 111 almost unto- death, yot ho kept a cheerful face and Inspired tho men by his oxamplo. Ho worked with a will born of spirit ruthor than of strongth. Ono day, aftor a computation, Lloutonant Tal bot camo to tho conclusion that owing to an orror In an Instrument thoy had gono out of tholr courso. Tho information camo liko n deathblow to tho mon. Thoro was nothing 'to do, howovor, but to change tho vesp-i's head and go on onco moro. More days possod by and tho exhaustion of two of tho mon was so groat that thoy could not sit In tholr placos at tho oars, but foil Inert to tho bottom of tho boat. Tho condition of all was dosporato. Tholr tongues woro so swollen that thoy could not swallow tho llttlo food thoy had. Toward ovenlng of that dreadful day land was sighted. Lloutonant Talbot nnd Coxswain Hal-, ford managed to mako Bomo headway with the oars, and a favoring broozo holpod. At daylight tho next morning tho shore lay boforo thom but a mllo distant, a heavy lino of broakors Interven ing. Beyond tho white wall of surf thoy saw mo" on tho boach. At that moment of supromo Joy tholr boat struck a rock and In a moment was overturned. All tho mombors of that horolc crow woro too woak to strugglo and all savo ono was drownod when tho long-Bought land was almost under tholr foot. Coxswain Halford managed to strugglo for a fow mlnutoB with tho waves, thon ho was caught by a breaker and thrown on to tho sandy shore Ho was roBUscltatod with difficulty, and then ho foun i ho was on tho boach of ono of tho Hawaiian Islands, and that ho was tho only sur vivor of tho boat'B crow. JIo told his atory, and within 24 hours two stoamora woro dispatched from Honolulu to tho roscuo of Iloutcnant Com mandor Slcard and his men, who woro found woll and hearty, though living on somewhat short ra tlons. On tho sands and roofs of Samoa 27 years ago ' were wrecked tho Unltod States vessels Trenton Vandalla and Nlpslc. Forty-sovon Amorlcnn ollU cera nnd mon thoro lost tholr Uvea. Tho story of tho loss of these vessols and lives has in It tho recital of a showing of undaunted American heroism, coupled with romance which It is Jard to equal In tho truthful annals of tho sea. At tho tlmo of tho wrecking of tho Yankee vessels thrco Gorman warships woro destroyed, tho Iosb o: llfo upon thom being much heavier thai, upon ours. Tho Gorman vessols woro tho Olga, Adlor and Eber. Thoro was In the Samoan harbor at tho samo tlmo hor majcaty's ship Calllopo. This vessol was tho only ono which wont through that, awful hurrlcano unscathed. It not to superior seamanship, but to tho fact that Its powerful onglnos enabled It to put to sea and thero with prow to tho blast outride tho storm. On Friday, March 15, 1889, at ono o'clock In tho afternoon, Indications of b .d weathor wero ap paront on tho horrlzon. Tho coming disturbance f was first noticod by tho Amorlcan commanders, who at onco mado preparations to moot It. Tho lower yards wero loft down, tho topmasts housed, fires lighted and steam was raised. Tho Trenton, flagship, hold tho outer borth, whllo tho Nlpslc held tho inner. At throe o'clock it was blowing a gale. An hour later tho port bow cable of tho Trenton parted. Tho Vandalla tried Its best to steam out In tho face of tho galo, but thero waa not power enough In Its engines to keep tho ves sel's head in tho tooth of tho blast and tho ship wont crashing on a roof. All night long tho storm incroasod in violence Tho flagship at daylight lost its wheel, and, though rollovlng tacklo and a sparo tiller woro inBtantly attached, It was found that tho rudder was broken and thoy wero useless. Tho Tren ton was leaking badly, and, though boddlng was Jammed into tho fissures and all hands went to work balling, tho water galnod and soon put out tho tiros. Two of tho Tronton's anchorr held and it was not yet swopt from Its moorings. At halt past nlno on tho morning of Saturday tho hurrl cano was at Its holght. In tho afternoon tho wind hauled a bit. and tho flagship parted Its two chalnB and drifted toward tho castorn reef. Mognlflcont seamanship on tho part of Captain Farquhar and his navigating offl cors kept tho vessol from striking tho roof. Tho attempt was mado to sot Btorm sails, but it was ineffectual. Thon a last hazardous experiment was tried. Tho mon were ordered to'tho yards, thoro to form a living sail, as they stood with tholr bodies in a compact mass sido by sldo and with arms encircled. To attompt to mount aloft in that hurrlcano seemed certain death. Fearing that thoro might bo hesitancy to obey, Naval Cadot Jackson, llttlo moro than a boy, sprang to tho laddor and led tho way aloft, followed by tho crow. Finally tho Trenton reached tho vlnlclty of tho Vandalla, which was on tho roof, with great Boas breaking ovor It ovory momont nnd rnpldly going to pieces. Captain Schoonmakor of tho Vandalla, with many of his men and ofllcors, had been swept 07orlwnrl and drownod long boforo. Tho commundor had naon on tho brldgo through tho wholo or tho Btorm, nnd, -wikcnod finally by tho constant pounding or tho wnvtra, h was unablo to stand tho strain. His last word waa ono oC on couragomcnt nnd hopo to his men, and then, with four othors, ho was carried to hlB death. Of tho ofllcors and crow of tho Vandalla at tho tlmo tho Trenton camo alongsldo 39 wero doad. Hio rest woro In tho rigging cxpoctlng every moment that tho masts would go by tho board, and that they would meet tho fato or tholr comrades. Whon tho Tronton's ofllco: j saw tho poillous position or tho Vnndalla's crow thoy rosolved to savo tholr brothors. Rockots with linos attached woro sont over tho Vandalla's rigging, and the tho Tronton's men bogan tho dangerous v ork ot saving. Captain Farquhar ordorod tho flagship's band Into tho rigging, whoro tho musicians wero lashed. Thoy had tholr Instruments with thom. "Play tho 'Star-Spangled Banner,' " ordorod Cap tain Farquhar. Tho music camo with a will, and tho notes of tho national nnthom roso ovor tho roar of tho waters and tho howl of tho hurrlcano. Tho storm abated. Tho Nlpslc was woll beached, but badly broken up. Tho sovon mon lost by that vobboI woro drownod whllo attempting to launch n boat. Tho roports of tho officers of tho threo Amorlcan ships told ot tho horolsm of tho com mon Bailors, but said nothing of tholr own. Tho story in full camo from admiring aliens. ' Besides playing an Important part In spring millinery nnd now lingerie, ribbons, In obedlenco to fashion's call, aro making tho most of on extended Hold of usefulness. Wldo nnd nar row ribbons sharo honors equally In tho great variety of uses to which thoy are put. Tho narrower widths aro fea tured on street and Bpqrt hats for spring, whllo wider ribbons appear In high bows and ruches on ftressier mil Hnery. Thoy glvo tho desired tall ef fects and aro wired and plaited and ruffled and draped In no end of clover ways. Tho narrower rlbbonB on street and outing hats aro placed In prim, neat effects, and entire shapes aro covered with them. in beach pillows and bags, in bor ders and other embellishments, on par asols, ribbons shlno down their rival decorations. Thore is no part of tho apparel of women and girls that does not borrow of their beauty this sea son. Among tho prettiest Items that are mado of wldo ribbons, bonnots for tho llttlo miss of four or moro years aro calculated to captivate both her and her mother. It Is a slmplo matter to mako them, and plain soft satin rib bons aro' used for tho bonnots and lor tho flowers or rosettes that trim them. Tho bonnet shown In tho picture is mado of light pink ribbon. Threo shlrrlngs over small cable cord shape It to the head. Tho ribbon Is gathered qulto full over tho cord, forming a frill at tho bottom and top of tho bon net. After the length of ribbon is shirred tho ends aro sowed togother at tho right sido. Tho crown Is a scant puff made or an oval-shaped pleco of tho ribbon sowed in at tho upper row or shirring. For tho rosettes tho ribbon Is cut along tho center lengthwiso. Each of tho two pieces Is doubled along tho center and tho edges brought together. Thoy aro gathered on a strong thread, and this Is pulled up to form the rosette. Ono Is placed at each sldo to finish tho bonnet, which does not requiro lining. c New Models in Nightgowns Two very protty new models in nigutgowns aro pictured hero, show ing combinations of val laco and tho finest of organdlo embroidery In their mako-up. They aro both cut on em plro lines, with waists mado of alter nating rows of val Insertion and em broldorcd organdlo Insertions. Tho skirts aro of nainsook, and In both tho models, tho Bleovos are mado In ono with tho waists. In tho gown at tho loft tho nainsook is laid in flno tucks in groups or throe, and a sufficient number ot groups to tako up tho width or tho skirt and re duco it to that ot tho waist Tho val and organdlo embroidery aro sowed together along tho tiniest or hems at tho edges ot tho embroidery, and In tho gowns pictured this work Is dono on tho sowing machine. Tho effect Is good, but oven bettor when tho val Is whipped by hand to tho smallest ot rolled hems along tho edges ot the embroldory. Tho lace and embroid ery aro to bo sowed together In a pleco sufficiently long and wldo to mako tho waist, and tho waist cut out by n pattern as In any fabric. Tbo lines will bo moro or less di agonal, according to tho way tho pat tern ia laid on tho matorlal. Tho nock and very short sleoves aro finished with fine 7al edging, and a llttlo ruffle ot It la sot on whoro tho skirt nnd wnlst join. A bow of pink satin ribbon Is .1st at tho bottom of tho V-shaped opoulng at tho front, and a knot with two sprightly ends is porched on each sU.ovo. Tho gown at tho right Is mado in much tho samo -pay oxcopt that tho skirt Is sot In to tho waist by means of a narrow band of organdlo om broidery and Its fullness disposed In gathers Instead ot tucks. Tho lines In tho waist run on less or a diagonal and the sleoves aro finished with a frill mado ot tho ' embroidered organdie edged with a narrow val edging liko that about tho 'V-shaped neck. In both gowns tho necks havo ahortor openings at tho back or tho nock than at tho tront. Thoso aro Inexpenslvo and dainty models in simply-mado lacy garments that mako ono marvel at tho beauty or tho lino weaves or cotton. betit (TpUrfVt.; , Furs Agalnl It Is an assured ract that wo aro again to adopt tho Parisian costumo ot wearing rur during tho summor. Lastt, yuiir u ub cuiuinuu io me uso ot a boa ot whtto fox, but tho frocks and millinery designed for tho spring and summer of 191G aro trimmed with nar row fur bandings. Sheerest frocks of dainty laces, tulles, chiffons and mous- BuwiiuB nuvu iiounccs, tunics orl draperies edged with fur. wtw.thJ this will bocomo a popular fashion ro-l mains to do seen. Satin Tailored Suits. In the tearooms or tho amart hotels' tailored suits ot a heavy wolght ot satin aro frequently seen. Tho coats aro usualfy In emplro effect, with flar ing hem and trimmed with fur. Tho skirts aro gonernlly of moderate width novor In tho exaggerated fullness Tho dull, soft tones provall. High Neck Ruffles. High plaited neck ruffles of tulle aro worn by stylish women at tho theater. Usually thev form n i.n ...n - - ----- - ..ubu iuiio uuuor- fly bow at tho back of tho neck and aro fastened to tho neck of tho thea- lUi Will), In Making Wash Skirts. Put washable aklrto n inside bolts by means ot a strln of snappers and them u,m i ,v ." crumpled and ruined in the wlng. &