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1 Tfe K. and L. I ! EXPRESS I I ROBBERY I I B y W. BERT FOSTER | t ^ Copji rto7it , 1005 , by T. C. iifc au»-c ^ <&0<££^^<££<£^^<^!><}*<&^$3s£^ One of tlie most peculiar cases that ever cnrue under my notice , said Cap- tain Spink , was the K. and L. express robbery, which occurred when I was a member of the old steamboat squad. My work consisted mostly In investi- gating river piracies and keeping a sharp eye upon that small but exceed- ingly active fraternity of smugg lers who operate in New York harbor. The Iv. and L . Express company had an office on Long Wharf , at the foot of Jones street , and , doing a foreign busi- ness only, as they did , their sto rage rooms were on the wharf too. The storage shed was a two story building of brick. The office , which adj oined it , was at the extreme end of the wharf. It was built of wood and corrugated iron. Craft were passin g the end of the wharf all night long. There was a fer- ry slip near by. Every vessel at the dock had its keeper , and the property of the company itself was watched by an old and trusted watchman. Be- sides , the gates of the wharf were locked at 7 o ' clock in the evening, and if a lighter had left the place it would have been spied by one of the police patrol boats which ply up and down the river all night long. Yet that shanty was broken into , and out of it was removed a safe weig hing a couple of tons and containing money packets and valuables to an amount that rnade the entire downtown police department wake up with a decided shock . The K. and L. people were wild , and well they might be. The chief took hold of the matter himself , and I was one ol \ the men selected to go down to the scene of the robbery with him. And I tell you frankly I was sorry to be put on the job , for as soon as I heard the circumstances surrounding this oreairif Jo^fced to ine Ilke-rr blank wall that would be mighty hard either to climb over or dig through. The first report wo got was that the two story office had been blown half to pieces by the force of the charge of dynamite which the robbers had used to try to force the safe. And yet no- body along the water front had heard the explosion ! That was bad enough for a begin- ning. And when we got to the wharf we learned that , despite the wreck of the building, the burglars had evident- ly been unable to force the safe and had iinally earned it away with them. The corner of the structure was torn away, and as soon as the chief learned that the safe in question had stood right there where tho floor was gaping and the walls blown out he declared it to be his belief that the force of the charge used to open the safe had blown the iron box clean through the wall and that it was at the bottom of the river, lie was so sure of this that he sent over to the Navigation com- pany ' s ollices for a diver to go down and poke about in tiie mud near the dock . It was between 7 and 8 o ' clock in the morning when we had first been in- formed of the mystery, so the job was not many hours old. The company ' s watchman was alread y in custody and was scared blue. It seemed that he had been si t ting up daytimes with his sick child for the better part of a week , and he had just keeled over on this night and slept like a log in the stor- age building—was sleeping, in fact , when the longshoremen came to work. He swore the robbery could no . t have been committed before midnight. He had made his regular rounds until aft- er that hour. Then I made the discovery by talk- ing to the firs t clerk who had arrived on the scene that the door of the office building had been locked the same as usual , nor had there been a window unfastened. Therefore , added to the rest of the mystery, was the question , How had the robbers entered the office and mounted to the second lloor , where the safe was kept? But the chief was so confident that the safe really had not been stolen , only blown through the wall and had fallen into the water , that he would do nothing until he had heard the report of the diver. But 1 looked over the wreck again. The force which had earned the safe away must have been irresistible. Chairs were smashed : one desk was a mass of wreckage. I picked up in a corner a piece of what I supposed to be a part of a picture frame, for one side of the stick .was heavily gilded. \ \Where ' s the rest of the picture?\ I asked the head clerk , and 1 showed him the hit of gilded wood. \Why. there wasn 't a picture on the wall. \ he declared. \I don 't know wliere that came from. \ Now . that was a little thing, but it was too odd to be overlooked. I set my mind at work upon that broken piece of wood. As it was not a picture frame and there had been nothing in the office that was gilded . I could not understand how it got there. As I stood in the wrecked room and looked through the ra ggvM hole in the wall which gave uie a clear view of the river my eyes rested upon a big vessel being towed in to her dock. It was a clear day, and the sun Hash- ed from her brass work and trimmings and glittered upon her massive figure- head. And the sight sent an illuminat- ing ray- into the fog of my mind. The diver had arrived with a truck load of paraphernalia , but I took a trip along the docks, going aboard each ves- sel in the neighborhood and interview- ing as many of the watchmen or sail- ors who had been in the vicinity dur- ing the night as I could find. I learned severa l things. First , there had been a hea vy fog during the even- ing and for at least two hours after midnight. Then the wind changed and the sun had risen clearly. It was quite true that nobody seemed to have heard such an explosion as must have occurred when the safe of the K. and L. company was blown through the office wall. But one watch- man on a cattle ship two slips from the express dock had heard a noise be- tween 2 and 3 o ' clock whioh ho had not attributed to the mystery of the lost safe , however. \ 'Twere no explosion , officer , \ he told me. \That I'll be willin ' to swea r to. \ \What did it sound like?\ I asked: \Sure , ' twas more like a heap o ' lum- ber fallin ' down. I thought 'twas in the lumber yard on the next block. \ \Was anything going on out in the river at the time ?\ \Sure , Iv ' rything was quiet. I'd gone below to light me pipe at the cook' s lantern when the noise came to me. \ I telep honed the ship news office down on the Battery, and soon 1 had jotted clown the list of the vessels that had gone to sea since C o ' clock the pre- vious evening. Among them was the Rotterdam of the Bremen and New York lino , and , although, she should have sailed ea rlier , I learned by call- ing up the office of the company that , owing to the fog, she had not started for the Narrows in ch a rge of the tug Charier) B. Goodwin until after mid- night. By this time it was midforenoon , and the early editions of the afternoon pa- pers were being cried on the street with elaborate accounts of the robbery of the K. and L . safe. One enterprising sheet had even \faked\ a picture of the diver going over the edge of the dock into the river to hunt for the . lost safe. : Wevertlioless. ;! bolij iyed. tlan .t ^ tliafcblt of glided wood I carried around with me was the clew to the true explana- tion, so I called up the towing com- pany that owned the Charles B. Good- win and discovered where the tug would be likely to land upon her re- turn from her trip outside with the Rotterdam. I was on the wharf when the tug came in. I went aboard and saw the captain. \Mister , \ I said , \I' ve come to hear about it. Have you got the safe?\ \What safe?\ asked he , looking \wise. \The one your tow happened to car- ry away from the K. and L. dock this morning, \ I said. Then he laughed and showed me the safe and several bits of broken office furniture , which he had covered with a tarpaulin up forward. And his story was interesting, as I supposed it would be. When the fog showed promise of lift- ing and the wind changed the tug had pulled the big steamship clear of her dock and started down stream. But they kept inshore , and just off the K. and L . Express company ' s dock a fer- ryboat ran out and got in the way of the Goodwin. \Wo had to slack our engines , \ said the captain of the tug, \ and of course the towline dropped. The tide swung the bow of the Botterdam plumb into the end of the dock. \By hokey, you should have seen it! Her bowsprit punched a hole in one of the express company ' s buildings like a spea r into a fat hog. We steam- ed ahead quick, and that yanked the ship ' s bow out before it did more dam- age. But the corner of the shanty came with it , and I reckon a good deal of what was in the office clattered down on the old Rotte rdam ' s for ' ard deck. The Bremen and New York line will have to pay a nice little sum for damages , I suppose. But it warn 'tour fault. \When we got down the harbor the captain of the Rotterda m told me that along with the other wreckage whic ' : had fallen on his deck was the safe yonder , and I took it aboard before I left her outside. \Thought they 'd been burglarized , did they ? Well , I reckon it was about as queer a case of piracy as ever hap- pened along this river front. \ And he certainly was right. A queer- er thing never happen ed under my no- tice, nor did I ever evolve a theory from a more unpromising clew than from that bit of gilded wood which, as I suspected , had been broken off the figurehead of the outgoing vessel. The fact cannot be too strongly em- phasized that tin ' s is a government of law. and that it is the duty of every citizon to respect the government and to obey the law. There is never any excuse 0U the part of any one person or any number of persons for taking the law into his or their own hands. It is sometimes said that some excuse or justification for such action may be found in the \ unwritten \' law , what- ever that may mean , but there is no law . written or unwritten, which vests private individuals with the preroga- tive of being judge , jury and execu- tioner at the same time. To Cur© CortflM putlon For«v» r. Take Oiscarets Ciualy Githurtic 10c or F II C C. C fall to cure , drucgista r»rt>\A rao- 6 fmm AUTO i I ; ELOPEMENT $ V riy !Z0LA L. FORRESTER 0 9 i 6 Q ... ' . . ' opyrigli t , 1003 , \by T. O. McClure... 6 6,eO»O»O'O»O»OO»O*O»O«<>0O«'Q \\Wo can 't do a blessed thing, \ cried Daisy hopelessly. \Something broke when that lust bump caoic, and we may be here in the road for hours be- fore help comes , and I expect to see papa whiz around the corner any min- ute. It' s , dreadful. \ \Don 't cry, sweetheart , \ said Ralph. \You 'lf make your nose red , Daisy, \ added Mrs . Lambert merrily, \ and then what a moist , forlorn little bride you 'll bo. Stop potting her , Ralp h , and talk souse. Can 't you fix it?\ Care we shook his head despairlnglv. They were on the New York and Boston pike. Here and there an apple tree lay in the sunlight like a great pink and white puft'bnll. The grassy footpath along the pike was splashed with bright gold where dandelions and buttercups elbowed each other , and through the bars of a pasture on the right a couple of red and white calves were watching them with la ay interest. Mrs . Lambert drew in a deep- breath of appreciation . \Isn 't it lovely?\ she said. \Daisy sit up and look at your wedding day. I see a little white spire over the top of those hazel bushes , Ralph. \ Caruwe climbed to the top of the stone wall for a survey. \By Jove , Aunt Ruth , you ' re right!\ he CiilleU guyiy, \Come on, sweet- heart. \ Palsy flushed rosily as the eager , boyish arms lifted her to the ground , and she cast a half frightened glance down the smooth , dusty road. Any minute at ail the judge might oomo. He was sure to follow , and they were only a few miles from home . Mrs: . Lambert was looking at her green and gold chatelaine watch. \You ought to be back hero in half an hour , \ she said , her blue eyes as full of . excitement and happiness as Daisy ' s. \I' m not a bit afraid to stay here and face ^ tliejudse. \Sou two children run '^r \ tUb \ f Vhfte\ spivc^' naa , ' , b6aTon i:: b ' ]es ' s you both. \ \Aunt Ruth , did. any one ever toll you you were an angel?\ exclaimed Ralph , giving her hand a clasp that parted the seams of her neat tan gloves. \Severa l , \ laughed Itfrs. Lambert , \but all selfishly. One is never an ah- gel until one is a guardian angel. An impersonal angel is not recognised , I have found. If j'ou should happen to run across a village blacksmith and cau think of earthly tilings you might tell lifin there is work for tiiin on the pike. \ She sank back among the cushions of the auto with a sigh of sheer con- tent and \watched them run cross iots hand in hand , trampling the dande- lions and buttercups. They were such precious children , and it was the first elopement she had ever shared! As for the judge? She leaned back her head and looked up at the blue sky throug h half closed eyes and smiled. The judge really did not matter in the least. They had been neighbors for twenty years , the Norton ' s and Carewes , and it was at Mrs. Lambert' s that the judge ' s onl y daughter had met and loved her nephew , Ralph. He was a good boy , and there was no reason why ho should not woo and win Daisy. Rut the judge had thought differently, and Ruth Lambert , sitting alone in the sunshine and fragrance of the May- time , wondered whether any old prey- ing bitterness over his own defeat twenty years before had influenced the judge against Ralph' s suit It had been the same story. Jack Norton had wooed her against her fa- ther ' s wishes. He was a student then , with only his name and grit to win his way, and she had not known how much she cared until he had gone out of her life. If he had been brave and dared all like Ralph— She sighed and roused herself fro m the day dream. Down the road a light cloud of dust appeared , and Mrs. Lam- bert sat erect when she saw it. Before she could more than settle herself back comfortably among the cushions the otlier auto was abreast of her , and she heard the judge give a sharp order to the chauffeur to halt. He was frown- ing and warm as he bent toward her and raised his cap. \How do you do , Mrs. Lambert ?\ \Very well , thank you. \ Mrs. Lam- bert smiled at him graciously. \You have had an accident?\ \Just a slight one , I believe. I have sent for help. \ \Ah!\ The judge ' s tone was all com- prehensive. \Carter , get down and see what' s the trouble. \ The chauffeur obeyed. \Water run out, sir, \ he said briefly. \Got a little strain also. Some one run- ning it who wasn 't experienced. \ \I shouldn 't wonder , \ said the judg e grimly. \Go hunt some water some- where. \ When the man was out of hearing he turned to Mrs. Lambert , and there was war in his glance. 'Perhaps you will kindly tell mc where my daughter is. Mrs. Lambert?\ Mrs . Lambert pointed one dainty, gloved hand in the direction of the white spire. \Right . over there , judge , \ she said sweetly. \And Ralph is with her. They have gone to be married. \ There was a dead silence except for the clear , sweet song of a bluebird hid- den somewhere among the blossoms. Mrs. Lambert stole a look at the judge. He was staring down the narrow A'ista of the pike. There was the same clea r cut , purposeful profile and thick , wavy hair that had belonged to Jack Norton. The years had only added silver to the baix and strength to the profile. He turned his head , and their eyes met Some electric spark of thought aliiniiy long dead , seemed to flash to life. The color slowly rose in Mrs . Lambert' s cheek. The judge ' s voice was almost gentle wben ' he spoke at last. \Is It quite fair to me^ She is all I have , Ruth. \ \But she loves him so. \ Mrs. Lam- bert loaned forward eagerly, with ten- der , pleading eyes. \Ralph is a good boy. You don 't know how they love each other. \ The judge ' s mouth relaxed. Mrs. Lambert was a charming counsel for the defense. \You aided and ab etted them , Ruth . ' - \All the time , \ confessed Mrs. Lam- bert happily. Her voice was lower as she added hesitatingly, \It did not seem right that they should suffei through any animosity which you beai to me. \ The judge was already standing in the road beside her , and in his eyes was the earnestness that had been in Jack Norton ' s. \I know-what you mean , \ he said. \But it Is not that. There is no bit- terness , Ruth; ouly \ —he paused and took courage from the bluebird— \ only regret for me. Daisy is a child\ —- \She is eighteen , \ said Mrs. Lambert. \And I thought the boy a trifle over- bold and precipitate. \ \It is a good quality . \ The judge looked up with a sudden thought. \Perhaps If I had possessed a little of those qualities years ago I migh t have met with his success. \ She smiled down at him through eyes that sparkled with tears . \Perhaps you might have , Jack. \ A figure appeared on the hillside. It was the chauffeur with water . The judge laid his lmud firmly over the one in the tan glove that was nearest to him. \Am I too late , Ruth?\ he said gen- tly. \May we not seek the white spire yet? ,, '' - :V ~;\ iJ ' . \^ \\\ \' ¦ \•—;'-' ¦ — —^ ¦ y - - /. •/. - When Ivtr. and Mrs. Ral ph Cu rewe came cross lots they found the chauf- feur alone. \Where is papa?\ asked Daisy. And there was no fear in her voice , only joy and pride and new Hedged dignity. \Mrs. Lambert and he have gone on down the pike together , \ said the chauffeur . \They loft word to you to take this auto and go whore you pleased , but not to follow them. \ The bridal pair looked iu each oth- er ' s eyes and smiled. \Lot' s go home , \ said Daisy. And when the judge and his wife came by an hour later only the crush- ed liowers and scattered dust bore witness to -what had been , but among the blossoms somewhere the bluebird was still stinging to its brooding mate. H ow We Locate a. Sonnd. The detection of the direction of a sound by the sense of hearing is . like the rapid focusing of the eye on ob- jects at different distances , one of those Instinctive operations which are con- tinually done without any conscious method. Sound waves traverse the air as rip- ples stir the water , and the ear , by ex- perience , acquires some slight power of detecting the direction in one case , as the eye docs with far greater accuracy in the other. Usually we unconscious- ly receive assistance from other senses as well. Often we fail to locate at once some hidden source ct sound, such as a sing ing bird , and then our instinc- tive ingenuity displays itself. The intensity of sound is , of course , by no moans so great behind a screen as in front of it , and every one carries with him the screen of his own head , which may prevent a particular sound from being heard so well by one eat- as by the other. If , then , the head is turned until this inequality disappears , and both ears hear equally well , we know that we must be di rectly facing or turned from the source of sound , and our previous rough idea of its whereabouts generally prompts us to face it. \When Linen I N Translucent. The whiteness and opacity of dry linen , as of writing paper , are due mainly to the fact of repeated reflex- ions at the surface , so that the light Is wasted in these reverberations before it can reach to any depth. The body of linen is a network of transparent fibers not in optical con- tact , which intercept the light by re- peatedly reflexing it. Now , if the in- terstices of these fibers are filled by a body of the same refractive index as the fibers themselves the reflexion of the surface is destroyed and the linen is rendered more transparent. Water does this; hence linen when wet is darker , but more translucent, ju st as is the oiled paper used for tracings by architects and .engineers. The same Hold* good with ordinary- glass and grotuid glass , the repeated reflexions of the latter making it far less transparent. To a similar cause arc duo the whiteness and opacity of snow , of salt and of pulverized glass. EARNEST WORK NECESSARY. Democrats Should Beg in ft In livery Up State Election District. Democrats in the -various counties outside of Greater Now York are tak- ing more than usual interest this year in the political .nff. - .irs .of the metrop- olis. They realize, that much : is - .utt slake and are ready to contribute their mora l support to the cause which may mean so much to their beloved party fn slate and nation next year. Their sympathies are naturally with the great organization which .ua» .far w many years stood the hruffit -of %<HtfJe :uid enabled the \party to score certain victories over hypocritical and un- scrupulous enemies. Rut in their anxi- ety for Democratic success in the me- tropolis up state Democrats should not overlook the fact that they have them- selves ' important political work to ida , and the time to begin it is now. Ca n- didates for member of assembly are to be nominated in every district. In «v- ery county there are one or more can- didates for county offices to be named. In nearly forty of the counties town officers are to be chosen, the politica l complexion of as many board s of su- pervisors being determined bj' the ef- forts of up state Democrats. So lnir-tested last fall were certain in* state Democrats in the probable result in the metropolis that they apparently forgot not only to see that their Demo- cra tic neighbors got to the polls , but neglected to exercise the ri gid of suf- frage themselves. Creator New York gave an unprecedented plurality for the Democratic candidate for governor , but in all but a few of the up state counties the Democratic vote watt li ghter than it should have been. Usu- ally a larger Democratic vote is polled. up state than in the metropolis. It was the reverse last year , and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and other can- didates for state ollices were defeated. There is need for a strengthening of\ the Democratic o rganization in every election district outside of Greater New York , and the opportunity for coum try Democrats is already at hand. la every county, every assembly district , every town , the best and strongest: nominations possible should be made. County, ^committeemen , ^ .town. ^ commit- teemen , loya l volunteers- everywhere. should begin the figh t and inirenel* themselves wherever possible for the- struggle which is coming a year hence. Not entirely true was the statement recently made by a metropolitan news- paper of Republica n proclivities that the Democratic o rganization up the state was a derelict. The Republican county committee in the metropolis may bo as Mr. ?Sheldon' describes it , \ an old slough hole. \ but there are life and earnestness and parly spirit yet remaining in the rugged rura l Democ- ra cy. They need only to be fanned into* (lame by the energetic and persistent efforts of volunteer workers who stand ready to second the endeavors of the county, town and district organizations.. Let the work of regeneration and re- vitaiizatiou be commenced at once. In- every election district there are willing workers who will do and dare as u matter of party print-in!:' , careless as to. the spoils of office save that positions- of trust in county and town be filled with men of their faith who shall be not only able and loyal but honorable citizens. The divided triumph of last fall has stirred anew the spirit of De- mocracy , and where there were despond- ency and discouragement now exist hope and courage. There is a splendid' tishtiUS chance to redeem the great shite of N' ew York, and the work look- ing to that end should ho started with- out delay. Let our country brethren take their eyes from New York until election night and fasten iliem upon negligent and careless electors of their own faith in the country . Results can be achieved if a beginning be made im- mediately. The Corrector * ruBiiiSHEi> : . : EVERY SATURDAY MOUSING IN TSS -vmCAGE OF SAG HARBOR , S UFFOLK GO., N. Y. . JBRUTLET D. SLEIGHT , EDITOR iP nOr., H. D. SLEIGHT , B CSIXESS M ANAGBK . T ERMS , ?2.00 per annum , in advance. . O FFICE in the brick block , on the West side of HainStreet , opposite the America n Hotel , (Up- stairs} Sag- Harbor , X . Y. *l^~No paper discontinued until all arrears are p a id , except at the option of the Publisher. mm»»!axiA*jmjLi m j.ujiN iw.i.MaaimBaMaiim \ ¦ ¦ ?\ |Wu pti w iafflamitf 5 Cents per Co py C35~Nb notice can be taken of anonymoa* communications. We do not want the namo <* correspond ents for publication , but as a guar- antee of Kooa faith. We cannot return jojoolea communications. 537-Birth s , marriages, and deat hs , when accompanied by miinu of reBpousiblG par«x , published free, as news re-Obituaries , Tributes of Itespoct , Ao , sharped for at space rates. Advertialnjr jatea furnished at request. OMGE IS EMOOeM TO SEE Gnsta-re Dore ' s portrait of Dante is worth «seing—once. But once is enough. Soma such, look yon notice on. the faces of thosa who have suffered , aad still suffer , much {&y3l ca3 pain; peoplesti bjeot torheti matisia , goat , neuralgia , periodic headache , lumbo- fo , or pain from some old lesion. This pain- abit puta its marks on theni , as the custom of handling ropes crooks a sailor ' s fingers ; cr as too much riding of a 'bicycle stamps a -worried expression on certain faces. No ^render peop le said of the Italian poet as he passed along, \There goes THE MAM WHS HEVES LAUGHS. *' The complaints above named all y ield to . 4he action of Benson ' s Porous Plasters , and quickl y too. Not onl y those , \bat colds and oonghs , kidney and Mver affections , all congestions and muscular strains , diseases ofiha chest , asthma and all ailments •which are open to external treatment. It is fre- quently said that Benson ' s Plaster is Pain ' s MasUr. It cures when others are not even able to relieve. For thirty years tho lead- ing external remedy. The old-style plas- ters , as \well as salves , liniments , oils , ete., hare little or no efficacy aa compared witli It. Use it. Trust it. Keep it in the house. Ask for Benson ' s Plaster : take no ether. 'All drugg ists , or yre -will prepay postage on any number ordered la thd United Stfttea on laeoi pt of 25a. each. . Beabtuy * Johnson , Hfg. Chemists , if.K, — -.. i ¦ j j ¦ . J .. FIRE INSURANCE Cornelius R . Sleight , Age nt , Pos t Office Building Representing the largest American and English Companies. |5g^3iiyEBPOOIi & liOJSDON & GKLOBE INS. CO. ^a^^y a?-ogajg B70j ^Q,^Q0- , JosBeB in the Unitedgtates. 5^? 5h5ntiwT^^ Policies secured by Assets of §11 , 183 , 659.90. $HE COMMERCIAL TJXION ASSURANCE CO. LTD., Sm-plns , §1 , 500 , 000. THE HAXOVER EIRE INSURANCE CO. Cash Cap ital $1 , 000 , 000. THE NORTHERN ASSURANCE CO . . £10 ShpreB sel l for £82. Injure in these Companies and get the Hi g hest Security at the Lowest Rates. C H . SLEIGHT , Agent . NOTARY PUBLIC POST OFFICE BUILD ING . y gpjmm «»—p^g^M^i ¦ ii ¦ i . . . m i . i' ^ 1 ' ¦ ^ ¦ i— i iiy f . » i» «.wyi ±uu \i _ rmi _ U4_p Theodore Do Dinioii 5 COUNSELOR AT LAW. Office OTer Sag Harbor Savings Bank. BAG HARBOR , LONG ISLAND. ALBANY WEEKLY JOURNAL , published twice a \week , Tuesdays and Fridays , SI H Year. ALBANY EVENING JOURNAL , $o a Year. The Great Republican Famil y Newspapers of New York State. This is the time to subscribe so as to keep posted on political and general events. Address , THE JOUKNAL COMPANY , A LBANY , &EO C. 11 1TNO II , Attorney & Counselor. NOTARY PUBLIC. S AG H AKBOK , N. Y. LAX A KOLA. cure s constipation* CROMBIf/ S COUGH CURE CURES EVERY KIMD CF COUGH . One of tlio characters of the old navy was Captain Pereival , familiarly called J 'Mad Jack , \ whoso waggish and Iras- cible sayiinrs amused his eouteninn* nines. At one time the son of one of; his old friends was appointed a mid- shipman. As there was no Naval academy fa those days at Annapolis , the lnd wa* drafted to Captain Pcreivnl' s ship. The father wrote at once to hia friend to announce the fact that hU son was on shipboard , and after the usual parental recommendations to mercy he closed the letter with : My son has entered upon a profession where he will go down to his grave \ w op* , honored and sung or unwept , unhonorej and unsunsr. The young midshi pman had not been on board lon^ before he aroused tho wrath of his commander, who at once sat down and wrote to the lad' a father: My Dea r Sir—Your son la going to tho irrave unwept , unhonored and unsung. At another time, when Captain Per- eival was a member of the board for the examination of candidates for mid- shipmen ' s warrants , a son of nnothw friend came before the board. After the o;:aminatic:i Pereival. wishing to announce the n-snlt to the boy ' s fath er , wrotA with dt'lhjhtfnl imp lication: Dea r Did Messmate—Your boy has pass- ed. )).> yo i recollect our taking the Co- lumbus out of dock? She Just grazed. Not Honor Men.

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