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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 13, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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CREW WAGES DEADLY RACE WAR, SNAKES
BREAK LOOSE, AND YAKS CHASE OFFICERS
cars, Chinese and Hindus, and oh!
how they loved one another before
we were a day at sea. It was just
New York. Heave-ho, me hearties!
Gather round and listen to Capt.
Grant while lie- spins his latest deep
sea yarn. Oh, yes, it's true every
word. Capt. Grant of the good ship
Brilliant has Tiad salt in his whiskers
these 40 years, and has-the respect of
al lwho know him.
When the Brilliant reached here
after a sensational voyage of 115 days
from Hongkong, the captain told his
tale.
"There was something doing every
hour from the day we left Victoria
Island," he said.
"My Norwegian crew deserted ship
for a big drunk at Hongkong and I
recruited the best I could find Las-
A BLESSING
r.
"Your wife doesn't sing as- much as
she did a few years ago, does she?"
"No. We have two children now to
take up her time."
"What a blessing children are,
aren't they?"
o o
Admiral Prince Henry ot Prussia,
brother of the kaiser, has invented
and patented an electrical device for
cleaning windows of automobiles in
rainy or frosty weather. The device
is set in .operation by the pressing of
a button.
one terrific fight after another, night
and day.
"But that was child's play along
side the events following the ship's
'arrival in tropical waters. One after
noon about 3 o'clock the entire crew
rushed on deck like madmen and
went up the masts into the rigging,
splitting their throats with yells.
"I hurried down to the deck. There
I saw several objects squirming near
to the deckhouse. Fqur boxes, con
taining 200 cobras and other venom
ous reptiles, consigned to the New
York zoo, had broken'from Iheir fast
enings and the -whole mess ,of snakes
was loose! Well, do you think I could
get one of those crazy sailors down
out of the rigging to help Trill those
snakes? Not on your life. My offi
cers and I got clubs and we killed
them and we were just three we"eks
on the Job ! The snakes wiggled into
dark crevices everywhere from cock
pit to forecastle and we worked night
and day chasing them. The crew
stayed in the rigging most of that
time!
, "We had just about gotlhe snakes
cleaned up when five yaks 'began to
suffer from the terrific heat in the
Straits of Sundae. We took; 'em from
their cages and, by gosh, they sud
denly went mad and chased us all into
the rigging again. One of the officers
got a gun and we finally killed the
neat-crazed beasts and threw them
overboard. v
"The factional -waning among the
different .nationalities in the crew
kept up and every day I expected
murder.
"I've been at sea a good many
years, but never have I seen anything
to equal the excitement of this voy
age. The next time t take a mixed
crw it "won't be yellow and brown, bo-
Mievemel'
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