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The Phantom I Ship Another Version of This Com S mon Sea Yarn S -FE- S By MAY ETHEREDGE 9 •••••••••••••••••••••••••a One visaing the National Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, England, any clear day will see a lot of olil seadogs sunning tbemselvea In the grounds. They resemble the vessels they sailed In—old hulks laid up In some shipyard waiting for the scrap heap. One day a group of these old Baits were sitting together, keeping each other froth despondency by veminis centes. "Did any of ye ever fall in with a ghost ship?" asked one, taking his plpu out of hla mouth and scanning each countenance of the group in turn. There wai no affirmative reply, but one of the party declared that he bad heard there was such a craft, and her name was the Flying Dutchman, but be knew nothing about the legend that has been a favorite theme both In song and story. "Like enough you've fallen In with a craft o' that description yourself," said one of the party. "Well I wouldn't Bay ifasto't ns I 'ave, and I wouldn't say as I 'aveu't," replied the old fellow seriously. lie was a somber looking old chap, and it seem ed that if any of the party bad hnd such an experience it was he. "I 'ad a 'sperience wot looked like wot I'm talkln' about, but ghosts are not In the 'ablt o' 'splalnln'. Howsomever, a ship can't talk, and 'ow can she tell whether she's a ghost or real wood and Iron? "But if I'm golu' to spin the yarn 1 must go back to port, get up anchor an4 clear the 'arbor. No ship ever be gun a voyage out In the middle o' the ocean, and no more can I. When I was in the mldwatcli, beln' fifty years) old, I'd saved some money, and, cotnln' down with rheumatiz, which isn't par- 1 "M PELICAN ncunnD MOLLY. tlcularly helpln' to goln' aloft, I laid u£ tot awhile In a small town nigh on to the mouth of the Thames. 'T boarded with a lady wot kep' a sailors' boardin' 'ouse, and she 'ad a darter, a youngish craft wot was alius d^nc^n' aboutlike a ship's boat on a choppy sea. llolty was her name, and It sefcmedto lit tier'well enough, though mebbe another might 'a' done as well. WHi' she was dotn' nothln' she used t» cotee to me and wish me to tell luir riHiTanii. She was such a lively little thing that she braced me up when the wind was east with me and I was looklnf for dirty weather. She was the only .posaon I ever felt like tyln' up to', ^or I never sailed on the catamaran o" matrimony and never 'ad any chil dren o' my own. "ltat:ttat Molly was a child, for she waa iav«Mina yean old, and In them days girls want Into commission as Wlvfg aarUar than they does today, •ad: that was wot Molly begun to think about when 1 was boardin' with bar mother on the Mnt this yere river, for a ymt'kfM boy come In frsat a voyage that 'ad been a play mate of Molly's when they waa chll drjn. Wot was playln' together when he |tft Was somepla werry different ha got bafek. 1 met 'em walkln' on tha -shora one day, anA jfurleda $ag in 'er cheek, and It lib unft ind cross bones rag neither, if ever (here was a slghal ol HW lote It 'was the one Molly ran up occasion. Awhile the sailor boy—his waa Jim—want off on another voyage. Molly waan't th* aame arter thtlfsha didn't aeam to take an lnter aaM» -iWithlng, thongh she got closer to pa J^uui tM^Ore and kep' me spln nhft.pan yam, to bar till, my yarn lock arl^ati^juaft 1 'ad to spin 'em all b««k arftt dtfflit care abdnt the a Und o' fram har thlakln' ahoot Jim. Bat weather and shipwreck and all that she put her hand on my mouth, and I was obleegod to go about and take tbe other tack. You see, it made her worry about Jlin. "I stayed where I was till my rheu matiz was glvln' out and I wasn't quite BO stiff as 1 'ad been, mid I begun to think o' git tin' the barnacle# often me. holystonln' my decks, overhaulin' my riggln' and my sails and goln' into com mission ag'ln. 1 found a chance to ship on a vessel sailln' for South Amer ican ports, and I signed. "I found It hard to part with Molly, but she didn't find it hard to part with me. You see, Jim was cruisin' som'ers around Cape Horn, and it made 'er feel good to think I was goln' into them waters. She asked me if I was likely to meet Jim's Hhip down there aiul, if I did, could I signal him a mes sage from her? I told her that if I met him I'd send her message sure and asked her what I should say to 'lm. She said I'd better tell 'im that I she loved 'im more 'n hever and she 'ad a million kisses for 'im ag'ln he come back. I promised to send it all jlst ns she said it, and she believed I would. I didn't say anything about 'ow the cap'n would larf if I asked 'im to signal such a message. 'Ow could I "When I got back from the voyage I wasn't flt for sea work on account of the rheumatiz comin' back on to me, and I laid up in the same snug 'ar bor ng'in, with Molly to coddle me. I tole her I'd fell In with Jim's ship off Rio and sent 'im 'er message. She wanted to know 'ow I done it, and I tolo 'er it was by runnln' up little flags. Somehow I couldn't flud it in my heart to tell 'er the truth. "Jim come ng'in one day while I was layln' up for repairs this second time, and I was mighty pleased to see 'im. Even if 'e 'ud other sweethearts in other ports Ills 'eart was true to Molly, for 'e 'adn't been back long when the two of 'em went off and got spliced. After that I felt easier nlxnit Molly's comfort, for, to tell the truth, mates, I ain't got nny faith in sailor inen conflnln' themselves to one sweet heart when they've got a string of 'em all the way round the world. Molly asked Jim if 'e'd got the message I sig naled 'lm at Rio, and when she tole 'lm what It was he grinned like a shark. When Molly scolded me for lyin' I tole her I'd sent the message, but there was a fog and Jim 'adn't seen it. "Howsomever, that's not the fog I'm comin' to. "Jim stayed in port a month this time, then sailed away ag'in, leavin' his young wife for a year's voyage. He tole me to look out for 'er and if it was necessary to tell 'er that 'e 'ad tooken the ship and put the cap'n In irons BO'S to come to 'er. I was to soy It or any other lie that was needed to make 'er feel comfortable about 'Im I promised to do as much Inventin' as my knowledge locker would stand. "This time Jlin went east'ard through the Mediterranean and the Suez canal on 'Is wu.v to India. 'IS was gone six months when 'e wrote to 'is wife that 'e was goln' to sail for 'ome. and 'Is vessel would come straight through with only a few stops. "Howsomever, Jim made a tol'able quick voyage and wrote from Naples, glvin' the time ubout which he expect ed to get 'oiue. I took Molly down to the mouth of the river a couple of days before 'e was expected, so's we might not miss 'im from 'is makin' port ahead o' time. I reckoned 'is vessel would go right up to Lunnon and we wouldn't see Jim nohow till the next day. But Molly could Bee The speaker paused and relighted pipe, which had gone out. There 1 the ship go by and get bnck 'ome in a couple o' hours nfter she'd passed. "We went down to a p'int where we could look out on the channel and the ocean beyond, reachln' there about noon. We didn't expect Jim's ship for several days because we 'ad 'eard of bad weather in the Mediterranean. But the day was bright where we was, and we walked down on the sands. "While we was walkln' along I saw a fog bank comin' up from the south east. It seemed to throw a chill over Molly, and I coufess I didn't like the looks of It myself. We sailors dou't like fogs, anyway. The bank kept comin' up till it covered the sun. Then when we begun to get the dampness ilt parted out on the water, and there was a ship with all her sails set com in' right toward tbe mouth of the river. 'The Pelican!' exclaimed Molly, clapping her hands. The Pelican was Jim's ship. "Molly, not beln' a sailor, didn't no tice, as I did, that there wasn't much wind and the ship was sailln' dead agin what there was. Furthermore, there seemed to be a commotion on her decks, as if somep'n had happened. We didn't git more'n a glimpse of her before the fog closed in on her again, and we lost her. "Molly turned and ran In tbe oppo site direction to see her when she went Into the river. But 1 couldn't keep up With her. I felt oneasy. I didn't like the Idee of a ship sailln' plumb agin the wind with her canvas set to sail before it. Biuieby Molly stopped for vfant o' breath, and I caught up with her. Then the fog lifted agin, and we looked toward where tjie sblp.o^ight to be. iv "No ship Was there and there wasn't any ship In sight. "Molly turned white as a sheet "We stayed there till the next after noon. when news came that the Pell can had struck a rock on tbe African coast and gone down with all on board." his was a aolemn stillness among his listeners for awhile. Then the recital seemed to have reminded others of tbe party of phantom ships they had seen or feiaaid of, and other yarns MI the aame •ptljact were welefout Professor Ferrero Calls At tention to Japanese Belief. ROFESSOR GUGLIELMO I'"Kli ft ERO, the distinguished Italian historian, lias published nn ar ticle calling attention to the as sertions that the Japanese intend to se cure a foothold In Mexico and Spanish American countries and declares that the Japanese will use their supposed relationship to the aboriginal races of these countries as a pretext for estab lishing nn entente cordiale. He says: A few years ago the emperor of Ja pan sent to I'orfirlo Diaz, then presi dent of the Mexican republic, a dis patch In which lie bailed Diaz as the head of the sister state of Japan—that is to say. a country peopled by the same ruce. This declaration will appear to many people absurd. Most people In Europe imagine that both the Americas tire en tirely populated by the descendants of Europeans who have immigrated there during the past four centuries. This belief is only partly true. The popula tions which were living in America at the time of the discovery have not en tirely disappeared. Perhaps the wild Indians, of whom we hear In our romances, are becoming extinct In the United States, and the most flourishing and prosperous pnrt of the Argentine Republic is almost entirely peopled ly the descendants of Europeans. Hut even In the Argentine we find a large element of 'the ancient population, which becomes more and more numer ous as we go Inland from the Asiatic seaboard. In Chile the laboring classes are very largely composed of descend- QENXRAIi HTTERTA AND ADMIRAL TOGO SHOW A FAMILY LIKENESS. ants of the nncient aborigines. The latter are also very numerous in sev eral states of Brazil, and it is very important to remember that they form a great majority of the population or Mexico, where the descendants of Eu ropeans have hitherto constituted a kind of dominating aristocracy. To what race do these populations be long which have resisted with so much vigor European conquest and immigra tion? It is not necessary to be a learn ed anthropologist to And in them a cer tain resemblance to the Jupunese. I shall never forget the Impression pro duced on me at Uspallata. In the Andes mountains, by the men who 'cume to take the mail from tbe Argentine Re public across the colossal mountain range into Chile. At that time the trains were not able to go beyoud Us pallata during the winter. "Are those men Japanese?" I asked oue of the per sons who accompanied me. "They may be Japauese," was the answer, "for there are a considerable number of tbem in Chile, but they are Just as likely to be Chileans." A Frenchman who bad resided for a long time at Valparaiso, In Chile, told me an Interesting episode bearing on this subject. There was at the lawn tennis club to which his family be longed a jaultor whom everybody thought to be a Chilean of aboriginal stock. Oue day they found that tbe Janitor could speak not only Spanish, but French and English as well. The Europeans in tbe club were surprised that a man of supposed Indian blood should possess all these accomplish ments. and they asked him where he had learued them all. Then they found for the first time thnt he was really a Japanese. Many scientists have sought to give scientific certainty to the impression produced by similarity of features be tween the races. The «-i ..I I The Resemblance of Asi atics to Aboriginal Indians. Ing to prove this relationship, which may become so embarrassing to their country. Several American anthropolo gists have endeavored to prove that I America before the discovery was peopled by the same race that is found today in Japan and in China. The most various and subtle arguments have been constructed with this object 1 recall a long conversation on this sub ject with Senor Rodriguez, the late dis tiuguished director of the great botan ical garden at Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. This distinguished scientist believed he had found among the American aborig ines traces of religious rites and synt bols which are today found nowhere else but in China, lie outlined a by pothesis explaining how the same race bad been able to occupy countries sep- 0 1914, by American i?ress Association. QBOUF OP MEXICAN PEONS—FACIAL CIIAIT ACTERISTICS AUK ASIATIC. arated by an immense ocean at MAVA American and Japanese scientists of the United States have been very active In aeek- a pe riod when navigation must have been still very primitive. The resemblance between the architecture of the ancient civilized races of Mexico and that of Japan bus often been pointed out. I These Japanese theories have a cer tain practical bearing. Everybody knows that the Japanese are not dls posed to let Europeans profit alone by the prodigious development of the two Americas. For long time they have been endeavoring to establish them selves us settlers along the whole Pa cific coast of America from Chile to California. The difficulties which they have en countered, especially In California and the United States, are well known. The United States has adopted toward the yellow race a policy of resistance :v- MONOLITH AT COPAN, HON DC AS. THE CAHVED HEAD SEEMS ASIATICS, and exclusion, against which Japan is struggling energetically, especially since her last war. On several occa sions after the Russian-Japanese war the federal government at Washington bad to consider protests made by the Japanese government against laws passed by the state of California. The Washington government found Itself in tbe embarrassing position of being responsible for tbe acts of a state which it could not prevent or change. The practical Importance of these ethnological theories, however vague and uncertain they may appear, must be considered from the point of view of this controversy between the two governments, which may one day be come grave. Reports have been cur rent recently that Japan and Mexico were planning an alliance and that Mexico would often to Japanese ports but. true or false, they are the less signs of ical tendency. Immi gration certain territories upon its frontier. It would be difficult to say how much truth there was In these re none an unmistakable polit A Speculation I In Sperm «sr, X, How the Disabling of the Nancy Gigg Brought Good 2 Fortune to a Sailor By PAUL C. SCHAFFER I'opyrnjht by Frank A. Munsey Co. As long as there is a sperm or a right whale left wallowing in the seven seas I presume there will sail out of New ltedford a few round bel lied, bluil' bowed old brigs, as awkward as Chinese junks, but sailed by men who usually would be quite capable of getting around this round world safe ly on a log of lignum vitae. Had the muster of the Nancy Glgg not been taken seriously ill just as she was filling tlie last of her 4,000 barrels of sperm and gone home by steamship from Fayal this tale would not have been written, and John Pepper would like enough be knocking ubout the world somewhere tonight In the fo'cas tle of wind jammer or at best hold ing the billet of second mate. Instead he is running a comfortable ship chandlery business on South street, all the result of what looked at the time like a knockout blow from fate. E John and four other men were inca pacitated by what whalemen, in igno rance of proper medical terms, call salt water blisters and were landed from t.ho Sunbeam at Pa.val when she put in there with her catch. She was out for three years. Only half the time was up. and the five in valids could not draw cent of pay until the ship returned to New Bedford and the owners settled with nil hands. Well, they might have starved on the beaches, only that Is impossible in Faynl. They did. however, have a hard time of it until they fell in with men from the Nancy Gigg. The brig was fitting out for home, but she was little short handed. During the two years and a half since drifting out of New Bedford harbor HE SENT A UAN TO SOUND THE PUMP WILL she had lost, beside tbe captain in valided home, tbe first mate and his boat's crew and several odd men here and there about the world. Pepper and bis four comrades were not much good, but tbey were a long sight better than dead men, and they were willing to do what they coold aboard the Nancy Glgg for the sake of getting home. The second mate was in command— a likely enough youngster, but one who got rattled easily when trouble blew his way. And certainly trouble marked the Nancy Gigg for its own on that homeward voyage. Everything went smoothly until three weeks after leaving Fayal, and when the old brig was nigh in sight of her home coast a full blown gale burst upon ber from the northwest Bhiftlng soon to the west. They got her hove to under a storm trysail, head on to the angry seas, and all might then have gone right and she would have ridden oat tbe gale had not a most uulooked for ac cident occurred. The kicking tiller bead must needs part its fastenings, and the next min ute she was beam on to the rollers, with every wave sweeping ber deck dean of everything movable. A seaman's arm was broken. An other man was carried over tbe rail and then sucked back by the sea and dashed senseless against the main mast After her long crnise the Nancy Glgg was not very well supplied with boats, and three of those remaining, with a big liferaft were smashed or swept away before she wallowed out of the trough of the sea. "She's sprung a terrible leak some where. boys!" cried the second mate, and he sent a man to sound the pumn well. Now, all across tbe ocean from Fayal tbe old brig hadn't shown enough wt^ to keep her sweet, and when tbe sailoi man cume running bnck witli the rod wet for eight feet of its leugih the whole ship's company was demoral ized. And well they might be. A ship that would take in eight feet of sea at such short notice was bound on quick voyage to Davy Jones, and noth ing under heaven could savelnr! Well, at such a time it is not only the survival of the fittest, but there are certain rights which all seafaring men recognize. There was not room for John Pep per and his four friends in tbe boats of the Nancy Gigg. Indeed, there was scarce safety in them for the crew of the brig without taking outsiders. Pepper had been a petty officer aboard tbe Sunbeam, though he was tbe youngest of the five. lie knew something of navigation, and he was man oJ keen observation. He began to think, even before the boats of the brig were swallowed up in tbe darkness of the storm and night, that for a vessel leaking tbe way the brig was supposed to leak and with eight feet of water already In ber bold she was not as low in the sea as might be expected. Under the circumstances, she could not long keep her decks above water: yet it seemed to bim as thou?! now that she was driving steadily before the gale, the Nancy Glgg was not very far down in the water. He went to the rail and measured the distance between the rollers as best he could. His companions were pretty silent but somebody suggested tearing off tbe main hatch and making a raft ot that. "You'll have the brig filled then fn no time," Pepper said. "And what matter?" was the de mand. "She's bound to go down any way. Eight feet of water made in half an hour or so means that there's a hole in her big enough to drive an ox team through, or else every plank In her bottom Is sprung." "I dunno," said Pepper. "Let's try the pumps." "An* try an' pump the whole bloom in' Atlantic through her!" they cried, and cursed him soundly for a fool. So John Pepper went at it alone. He coupled on the pumps, and he worked the heavy brakes himself. It wasn't a minute before be had a stream the full size of the pipe squirting across the deck. John looked at this and stopped pumping. He went down on his bands and knees and smelled of the overflow from the pipe. Then he tasted It. Then for a long time he squatted theret on the pitching deck of the brig and1' thought. By and by he went back to his shiv-" ering comrades in the galley, where the cook had left a fire. "Got enough of It, did you?" said they. "Is she settling fast?" "No, she doesn't settle much," said Pepper slowly. "Well, let's turn to and knock to gether some kind of a raft," one of the men said. "The old ship's bound to sink soon anyhow, so we can't be much worse off." "Perhaps," said Pepper, "and then again perhaps not. If I'll show yoa fellowB how this brig can be saved and brought into port, providing something worse don't happen to her than bassi happened already, will you agree for me to have half the salvage, you four"** to divide the other half between you?"'• They stared at him in amazement.^ One muttered: "He's off his chump. It's turned the man's head." "I'm sane," said Pepper. "But with eight feet of water In her hold?" gasped another. "I don't care if there's eighty feet!" exclaimed John. "Answer me." "Save my life and ye can have all the salvage ye'll ever get out of the Nancy Gigg!" declared one. Pepper soberly got paper and ink from the captain's cabin, and while the old brig labored and pitched he drew up the document and his four wondering comrades signed It. "Now," he said, placing the paper in an inner pocket "I'll tell you that that dandy second mate of the Nancy Gigg was a blarsted Idiot She ain't leaking enough to hurt" "Get out, man! I saw the pump rod!" cried one. "So did I," Pepper returned. "It was wet full tight feet" "So it was, but not with water." The quartet stared at him blankly", "When the brig broached to," Pap per continued, "the barrels of spenn must ha' got adrift. There's hundreds of 'em smashed, and the bold is flood ed with. oil. That's what cornea through the pipes, and It's what wet the sounding rod. The old brig's aa sound as a dollar yet" Every man of the four had to sea the pure oil spurting from the pumpa before he could believe Pepper's state ment But at the sight they all pluck ed up heart. They were battered a deal by the wind, for gale followed gale for twen ty-seven days. Then the Nancy Gig*' was nearer the Azores again than the,!* American coast So under Pepper's directions an lm- provteed gear was rigged, and th«J steering by "pulley haul," they worked her Into Fayal. and Pepper wen#, ashore and told their story to &, American consul. owner8 fou*ht po88ib,e, bnt fln^ Pepper and his friends won. Thecal probably hasn't been a speculation apenn oil made in half a century th** 80 we» for ••a the ca»l ana tried to make out that the Were members of the Nancy Glmr»a« crew, and therefore it was their dutv&< to save her if me speculators. And If you can find John Pen •hoP on Sooth street and drop In »toy day when business la dall tell yon all about 1L 432.