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LIFE ON A WAR SHIP.
HOW THE WEN SPEND THEIR LEISURE HOURS. Ua*lc Play* a Very Prominent Part A* a Rule the Sailor* Art Pretty llautlr with Their Pints —The Ship's Orator. (Washington Letter.) HE American peo ple have gathered considerable infor mation concerning modern meu-of war since the \faiue catastrophe. The facts that have been presented to them. however, have been, for the most part. Df a T mosi piti i. ui •* purely technical sort, relating largely to the structural peculiarities of war hips as compared with the different constructive points of non-fighting ves- ; seta, the storage of fuet and ammunl- i tlon. the prerogatives of men-of-war ■jffleers, the comparative rigidity of Jiscipllne of American naval crews and the crews of foreign warships and other data bearing more or less direct ly on the tattle ship explosion in Ha vana harbor. Not much has been said , of the daily uaval life of the “man forward," for the conditions under j which the blue jacket lives on board a modern man-of-war are little known or understood in this country. The enlisted man of the navy of the United States is even more interesting ; as an individual and as a servitor of the flag than the enlisted man of the army, and a man of no less experience tnd brains than Kudyard Kipling maintains that "the man that packs the j gun has more character In the crook of either of his arms than all his officers have In their whole construction." In the United States army there are In numerable men Jest as humorously devilish, ingeniously mischievous and j opportunely disobedient as the mem bers of Kipling’s characteristic trio of | Tommy Atkinses, Mulvaney. Learoyd | and Ortherls. “I’ve read all that 1 care to read . about their drills and their work and their discipline." said a Washington I man the other day. in talking about American naval sailors, “but what I want to And out is what the four or live hundred enlisted men on a big ship of war do when they’re not work ing or drilling or disciplining? How do they put m their time? When they’re not permitted to go ashore, as was the case with the men of the Maine how do they get Monotony , yith a big M. by the throat ar.d throttle It? How do they keep from going craxy. any how?” The main idea of moat persons who are unfamiliar with the life of the man forward on a man of war is that the tedium of such an existence can hardly be little short of unbearable. They can understand how the officials might And it possible to put In their sea service comfortably and enjoyably, and as a rule they can see nothing for It but a general twiddling of thumbs on the part of the whole ship's company for ward of a man of war when the men are not actually engaged In earning their monthly money by the sweat of their brows. There are frequent Inter vals during the progress of the routine of the naval day when the smoking lamp at the break of the fo’c’sle is alight, and when there is a glow in the smoking lamp that means that there Is nothing for any man forward to do but to loaf and Invite his soul or to seek amusement in any way he elects to seek It. so long as he does not bump Into regulations. The bo'- Bun’s mate's "knock off' pipe Is shrilled at about the hour In the afternoon when the government clerks in the Washington departments are closing their desks, and from that hour until pipe-down at 9:30 o’clock at night the time of the bluejacket or the marine is practically his own. For example, American men of war’s men are fond cf mock scrapping. THE SHIP’S ORATOR. (Their penchant for serious scrapping on occasion was written about in the Star some months ago.) The man for ward who knows how to use his hands effectively la generally regarded with a good deal more respect by the ship's company than the enlisted man who has an overplus of brains or informa tion to fit his ship's rating- the latter. ; Indeed, being always in grave danger 1 iof acquiring the name of a nian-o'- j war chaw.” Most American men-of- i ' war’s men know how to box well, and | those that do not imagine that they do. j ! When “knock-ofT* goes in the after- j * noon, there is a general breaking cut . j of boxing gloves on the main deck ami ; the bluejackets and marines go at each ! other for point*. Nor is it to be ira- I agincd that the men only dish out love I taps to each other. The work is per -1 fectly good natured and harmless, but 1 none the less they bang each other about for fair, sluggingly or sclcntiflc j ally, in accordance with the measure I of their skill. The writer has wltne?*- ! ed some friendly bouts of this ebarac i ter in which the eventual knockout of I one of the mixers has been as pretty and complete as any that happen in the j regular ring. He has himself been— j but that belongs to another reel. No ■ attempt is made by the officers to pat j j a stop to the boxing of the men. and i even when a man is put out no notice !is taken of the thin*. The knocked- j out man is brought around by the apothecary, and the following evening he will very likely have another try at the man who sent him to the deck j The officers give the men to understand ; that when they box It Is advisable for j them to keep well clear of running ! gear, bulkheads, turrets, or other deck furnishings liable to injure them in ease they should come Into sudden con tact with them, but unless, as happen* once in a great while, a pair of mock combatants get angry in the course of | their bout and begin to deliberately j rough It. the officers not only let them alone, but watch the boxing with in terest. While this Is going on on the main deck the most notable boxer In the ship's company is usually engaged down on the berth deck forward in In structing an enthusiastic class of ap j prentice boys in the art of handling j themselves fistically. If every appren j tice boy who served on the cruiser Philadelphia when Sharkey, now a 1 famous pugilist, was a second rate Imaster-of-arms on that vessel, did not become a first rate boxer. It was not the fault of Sharkey, who had a couple . of dozen of the lads bammeriug away | at each other, as well as at bis tnvul ! nerabie head piece, every evening dur i i ing his term of service. I i United States men of-war’s men are A QUARTET music lovers. In a large ship's com pany there are generally a score or more of men forward who can perform creditably, and In some cases even brilliantly, on musical instruments of one sort or another. It Is to be re membered that men of unusually fine education and accomplishments very olten drift into the United States navy, and it is this tlass of men who furnish the better order of instrumental music aboard war vessels that are not blessed with bands—and only flagships have bands. In a large ship’s company there are always banjo plunkers and guitar and mandolin thrummers in numerable up forward, but in the line of higher grade music there are few good sized ships In the American navy that can not produce one or more ex cellent violin or zither players. A young Pole of noble family shipped as a landsman on an American war ship at Gibraltar a few years ago. and before he had been aboard twenty-fotir hours he had all the officers aft as well as the men forward In a trance over his violin playing, lie did not have a violin of his own—it was in pawn somewhere in Italy—but he played on a violin belonging to an Irish marine. who<»e musical ability consisted only in Ills rendition of “The Rakes o' Mai low’ and “The Devil’s Dream.” This young Pole was simply a master of the violin. When the ship on which he served returned to the United States he was permitted to leave the service, and now he is Trevinck. the well known violin Instructor of Chicago— but he was not Trevinck in the navy. The musicians do not ordinarily bring out their instruments until after supper. But by the lime darkness falls the forward portion of any American man-of-war in any port in the world might be taken for a floating conserva tory of practicers. The clever players upon whose ears discord falls like vit riol take to the quieter portion of the ship below decks for their wooing of the harmonies, and they are generally followed by cliques of the non-players who yet understand and appreciate good music, from home. Also, there is the usual number of the vast mouth organ brigade take their practicing sta tions In t lose but oblivious juxfaposi tton tb each other on or under tbs i to'gallant fo'cYl*. and play away, each 1 man mauling a different tunc, to their i hearts' content, regarding not the Bab ylon of unmelodlc musical emissions ] all around them, which Is simply stun nlng until you get used to It. The instrumentalists do not furnish ' all the music. There are always aom•• flno voices among a man-of-war Bhip’s company, and some of the night slug ing of the numcious male quartets up . forw-ard is very beautiful, if conducive j to homesickness on the part of the young fellows not long away from home. Also, these is the usual num ber of men in an American tr.an-of-wrar ship's company—just as a similar com plement is always filled ashore—who imagine that they can slag, and there fore inflict unassuageable woe upon those who are compelled to listen to ; them. The man who can't sing, but j who only fancies he can. Is Invariable suppressed in t ire, however, by his shipmates—by impalement on the sharp points of their humor at his ex- , pease. The essentially American chAr- 1 acteristic of parodying all things breaks out in the vocal music furnish ed by the really good singers smong . a man-of-war ship's company. Just as it does ashore. There is nothing ir- • reverent, callous or disrespectful In the United States bluejackets’ funny par aphrasing of the soggy home and moth er songs that occasionally become epi demic ashore; rather, their American sense of humor Incites them to poke . parodying fun at the beery maudlin ne«# of such songs. The bluejacket who is a good Jig or buck or w<.&g dancer is always a pop ular man oa a ship of war. but he is not given much rest by the shipmates when the smoking lamp is alight. No matter what he may be doing writing , | letters, sewing or patching up his ' wearing gear, or engaging in any other ! occupation that he wants to get 1 ; through with—when one of the ! mouth-organ men aft at the main gangway suddenly starts up a Jig. all I hands around him begin the patter of hands and the yell penetrates forward for the dancer. If he doesn't respond within a reasonable time an irregularly organized committee of husky blue- | Jackets la organized to go forward af ter him. and they always fetch him. Then he has to dance as if he were do ing It for wages, but once he gets loto his stride he needs no further encour agement or applause, but goes right ahead until he is about ready to drop, the men around him clapping and stamping in time with his steps and making a cheerful uproar not unlike the dancing bee* still to be seen at I some of the southern cotton ports. The ship’s buffoon is as well marked aboard a man-of-war as If be wore the I uniform of cap and belle, and be la I generally a clever and well-liked man. if not very seriously regarded. His antics in the progress of the amuse ments after "knock-off" keep his fol lowers going, and not infrequently amuse the officers aft as much as they do the men forward. One of the ship’s buffoon's most entertaining schemes is to suddenly mount the bottom of a bucket or the top of a chest at one of the main gang-ways and to begin a stump speech with no apparent sense in it for any man who is not a member of the ship's company, but full of sharp but good humored "knocks" for member* of the crew forward who In dulge in peculiarities of temperament or manner All of the speaker's lis teners understand these allusions strung through the apparently crazy address and roar over them. Thought ll«r m VUIon. In "Life and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe" Mrs. Fields relates an anecdote Illustrative of the peculiar faculty of Professor Stowe of seeing visions. From early youth he had pos sessed the singular power of seeing moving about him persons who could not be perceived by others. Mrs. Stowe during her residence at Andover plan ned to go to Boston one day on busi ness. Making her preparations hur riedly she bade the household farewell and rushed to the station, only to see the train go out as she arrived. There was nothing to do but to return home and wait patiently for the next train; but wishing not to be disturbed, ihe quietly opened a side door, crept noise lessly up the staircase leading to her own room, and sat down by her writ ing table In the window. She had been there about half an hour when Professor Stowe came in, looked about him with n preoccuffled air. but did not speak to her. She thought his be havior strange, and amused herself by watching him; at last the situation became so extraordinary that she be gan to laugh. “Why!" he exclaimed with a most astonished air. "is that you? I thought it was one of my vi sions!" Would Not Take Ilia Own Medicine. Guest (in cheap restaurant) —Here, waller, this meal is simply vile. I won’t pay for It. Where’s the propri etor? Waiter —He’s out at lunch, sir. —Ttt-Blts. A Wail. Brown—" There is no rest for tbs wicked." Jones —"The righteous worry them so." —Pick-Me-Up. BOSTONIANS IN TEXAS. E*-«o»*rnor Hoc* »» d I‘srtjr Go Hast- | Ins v>til* Blank « artcld***. From the St. lgrala Post-Dispatch They have a great Joke on ex-Governor * Hon down In Texas, also on a party j of Bostonian*. The whole affair was ( arranged by CapUln AUdorf Faulkner, j who conducted the visitor* to Sugar land, to Initiate them into the delight* « and mysteries of a bear hunt. *'Tbe party was composed largely of ladle* and gentlemen from Massachusetts.' said Captain Faulkner, ‘ and of course > quite a number of them had read ‘Uncle ■ Tom'* Cabin.' and the entertainment; wra* arranged for them accordingly. Of j course the visitors were not let Into the secret. The Massachusetts people were eager for the hunt » begin. Each one was anxious to take a abot at tbr bear, little knowing that their shell* would do nothing bat make a loud re port. Finally all was arranged, an! the signal was given to unchain the bear. The fetters were taken off of bruin and be began to wander almlew*- ily about the thicket. The born was sounded, the dogs collected, all yelping Iln one voice, and the gay part) of hunters, astride of horses and mule* and armed with salt loaded shells, went off. Soon the hounds struck the trail of the bear and there wae music In the air. Spurs and whips and sticks were . brought into requisition and the gay ' cavalcade moved off toward the yelping hounds. Soon the bounds brought the j bear right by the party of hunters, and almost everybody took s whack at him with firearms, but. of course, it never feazed him. The heavy firing, how ever. frightened the horses and mules, who were altogether unacrustomed to | this kind of amusement. One old c >rn ! field mule kicked up hts heels and lit out across the field. The gay Bo<- . tonian astride of the animal stuck *« | him until he imagined he had found i woft place to alight, and he Jumped He landed on a marshy spot, so con. : mon in the Brazos bottoms, and 1 thought he would never step sinking in , the mud. He was finally extricate,!, and he was the worst looking ohjedi 1 ever saw. !u the meantime the cba«c after the bear was fast and furious. IThe hunters were still using their fire arms w Ithcut effect, and finally th* bear came near ex-Governor Hogg, and he had supposed that it was In the pro gram for him to kill the bear, so he j took deliberate aim and fired twice. ! It was like the puffing of the wind, and the ex-governor Immediately said that the Job had been pnt up on him also. A Ml»r«l Karr. r«ot all Americans are Anglo-Saxon Even in the south, where the propor tion of people drawn from that source i is greatest, there are strong Infusions of French, Irish and Scotch-Irish blood. In the west are extensive Ger man. Irish snd Scandinavian popula tions; In the east a vast Irish popula tion. a large Canadian French element, and an immense number of Germans Even what Is called the Anglo-Saxon Stock la mixed with Dutch. Huguenot and Scottish contributions. When this country has lighting to do. she does not • look to one race among her people, but to all. and her foreign relations cannot be planted on the affinities of Anglo i Americana or any other ethnic ele- ■ ment. When we have cleared our 1 minds of error, prejudice and injustice. ! enabling ourselves to understand what j Americanism means —how it Is not the predominance of any race or religion , ■ —we shall perceive the exact worth 1 and character of the friendship sub -1 slating between Great Britain and the ; United States. There is a common language; there is a common law; ' there are many common political ideas; there are common Interests in trade, so that the prosperity of the one Is more | or less intertwined with the prosperity | of the other; and lastly both are free states, having an active, educated pub lic intelligence, peculiarly responsive to the appeals of a universal humanity. —Syracuse Standard. Mnklnc n Distinction. Miss Cayenne had caused her part ner a great deal of annoyance by for getting what her long suit was and re maining oblivious to trump signals. He mopped the perspiration from his brow and ventured the observation: “I was under the Impression that you said you were accustomed to playing whist.” “Yes,” she answered, sweetly, ”1 play it. I don't work at It as some people do.” —Washington Star. Feminine View of It. Mrs. Diggs—l was too 111 to attend the Woodbe-Uperton wedding. Were you there? Mrs. Biggs—Yes, indeed! Mrs. Diggs—And what did you think of the presents? The papers praised them very highly. Mrs. Biggs—They were just too lovely for anything. I do wonder of what firm they rented them. —Chicago News. ' How She Judful. Mr. Daykin—‘‘For my part, 1 can’t tee anything very artistic about this new rug you’ve bought.” Mrs. Day kin —“You can’t? Why, it waa the most expensive r-r* *hcy had in th® place.” FREAKS OF FIRES. I'rrWHatilr \rtlrle, ***»o.| 4,4 Hnm*«L Hfl “Speaking of tire*." a.;:,1 the anw mail. “they ar.- :!)•• thing* in the world A lir>- :ii *. time* take inrtnlt** |M.n> -t un everything lnde*trtn tiM.- leave nn lufl»imunM.> strt.l,> touched l tutve run a. r ill ■ f .jn.M-r fieak* played b\ n : ., a -r^Hj time. H “In a print In ft otlk-e tire cry wan charred ami every lii*»- f type wan either mel’e.l .»r w irs»«i 11 h to he of 110 fur Ik-r u»e. hut only font of wood tyi*e ;n il»e turned up all right, and when the need oil which had boiled out of w.«ml and »tor«d nil over l: in In'UtuH : wiped off It wan an good a* ever. H j "I remember otter when i tnwiixi hi one entrance r.* a cemetery n!r,h[H thought wan a* wafe ah a l»ad of Iron under water. Iwt the hura-i^B up Inside of n month. B “At another dm* I MwrvM a pobqr ■ on a rickety oM frame planing i&2 ■ which 1 knew would bum up u«& ■ of a year or two. Thar mi twenty- ■ five year* ago. Miner then every Iryt ■ planing mill that 1 have in»um! ba* ■ lieen burned, hut *”> nld frame ■ -rood until la*t yea when it w.i* t«t ■ dow n and replaced by a new bot ■ building fl “Ice hnßW> won Id aeetn to U- gw« ■ rtaka. but they burn mere rapidly that ■ match fßCtorlti. ami wheo the fire a B over the eon tent* are uwnallj a waj fl lom I would richer tonure gunp-wder fl than lee any day." 1 Mm With NwCfHH tUiatoff “Now.” *ald the lawyer who «u I • •inducting the a. 1 ”wlll you plea ar Mate !h»w and wber* I you flr*t met thU man T" •I think. ' »aid the Udy with tb* I kharp no*.-, “that It was “ “Never mind what yo*» think," later I rupted the lawyer. “We want fact* here. We don't rare what you thiak. j und we haven't any time to waste It I listening to what you think. Now pleaxe fell u« where ami wheo I: *n that you tlret met lUU num ’* The wltnena math- no reply. ■'Coin*-, come,** urged the lawyer J*l demand an answer to n»y qortllon ** StIU n<> rnpa—t from fbe wltn**** “Tour honor.” wild the lawyer, turn in* to the court. “I think I aiu cntltl-1 to an answer to the tjueatloit 1 bavr |Wtt.“ "The v'.iimw will pleas# an*w#*r tb* Ituewtkm.” Haiti the conrt In Imprassiv* tone**. “Can't," naltl th*' lady. “Why not Y' “The «vvurt .(neta't care to hear what I think. does It r “No.*" 'Then tliere la no aw <iu«lk>nin; me any further I am not a lawyer I can't talk without thinking” Ho they called the neat witness Cleveland !>*ailer. <r« Car* C***llp*lt** for»»«r. •tan* fawareu (Wndv ‘ »tt.» rti« iOc or TV. IT C. C. C- tall to cur*. druggut* refund tatiwaf “Any n«-w*r- “Tt«: the cn-tdraa of liberty 1 t« going to be tyaeeo of May tbla year. * Feeling. 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